Investigators are raiding several locations, including Montreal City Hall, according to a UPAC spokeswoman. (Joël Simard-Ménard/Twitter)
Quebec's anti-corruption squad is raiding seven municipal offices across Montreal, including city hall.
The raids started at around 4 p.m. at Montreal City Hall, where all elected officials were told to leave the building.
Louise Harel, the leader of Vision Montreal, said it wasn't clear at first what was going on.
"We'll certainly learn more in the hours to come," she said. "It's exceptional – the City of Montreal the subject of raids. I've certainly never seen it."
Projet Montréal's Richard Bergeron said he had a meeting with the mayor at 4:15 p.m. to discuss the "cultural mosaic."
"When I arrived at his office, it was clear what was important at Montreal City Hall right now wasn't the cultural mosaic," he said.
"There are a lot of UPAC [the province's anti-corruption unit] members inside city hall. We got an order to leave the building and we left."
He said those inside city hall were told to take only their coats with them as the building was evacuated.
A spokeswoman for UPAC said investigators are questioning about 25 people and no arrests are expected.
Six other borough offices are also being searched. They include:
- Ville St-Laurent.