The master of ceremonies at the Parti Québécoisvictory party Tuesday night in Montreal is criticizing the security team assigned to the premier-designate, who was whisked off the concert hall stage during the fatal shooting the night of the provincial election.

Quebec actor and director Yves Desgagnés said security was extremely weak at the party, and he asked several questions about it well before the shots were fired that killed one man and injured another.

He said many people were allowed to enter the Metropolis through an unlocked back door, which was steps away from where PQ Leader Pauline Marois was set to address her supporters after the results came in.

Desgagnés said he was told to mind his own business and not to worry about the security.

Just before midnight, a man walked to the back of the concert hall while Marois was giving her victory speech after winning a minority government.

A lighting technician and his colleague, who were at the back of the venue, were shot before the gunman's weapon reportedly jammed. One of the men died. The other was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery.

The suspect then lit the stage door of the venue on fire.

Confusion inside, chaos outside

Marois was rushed off the stage by plainclothes officers, and Desgagnés was left to return to the podium and reassure the crowd.

"There was a slight glitch. We were told that someone let off a blank . . . you will understand that we thought it would be better to protect our premier," he told the confused crowd. "Let's calm down a bit and we will come back in a few minutes."

The reality of the deadly situation unfolding outside would later become apparent. But in the interim, Marois returned to the podium and urged for a calm evacuation.

"Why did they allow her to come back on stage?" Desgagnés asked in an interview with Radio-Canada on Thursday night.

He said there should be an independent review of how security worked that night.

Police say PQ leader's safety never compromised

Quebec provincial police (Sûreté du Québec), who were responsible for the security of the premier-designate that night, would not comment on the accusations.

However, the policedid say that the safety of Marois was never compromised.

The accused in the shooting and fire, Richard Henry Bain, made a court appearance Thursday and was charged with 16 offences, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons-related charges.

All but one of the nearly two dozen guns seized at the scene and from his home and vehicle were legally registered.

He has not been charged with endangering or threatening Marois. The Crown prosecutor said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed.

Bain will return to court in October.

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  • A three-axle military truck sits near the entrance to Richard Henry Bain's fishing camp in La Conception, near Mont-Tremblant, Que. on Wednesday Sept. 5, 2012. Police sources confirmed they arrested a suspect by that name in the Montreal shooting that left one person dead and made headlines around the world.

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  • A weapon is recovered at the scene of the shooting outside the Parti Quebecois' election victory party (RDI screen shot)

  • Fire burns outside Montreal's Métropolis concert hall shortly after the shooting. (QMI)

  • A man is arrested outside Montreal's Métropolis concert hall soon after shots were fired during PQ Leader Pauline Marois' victory speech. (QMI)

  • A police officer looks towards a black SUV that has had its contents removed on a crime scene outside the Metropolis in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

  • Police and fireman work at the rear of an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Montreal. Guards whisked PQ leader Pauline Marois off the stage as handlers informed the partisan crowd there had been an explosive noise and they needed to clear the auditorium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois takes the stage after winnnig the provincial election in Tuesday, Que. September 4, 2012. With the win, Marois becomes the first female premier in Quebec history. Moments later, she was rushed off the stage.

  • Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois is removed from the stage by SQ officers as she speaks to supporters in Montreal, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 following her election win. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

  • Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois is whisked off stage as she delivered her victory speech in Montreal, Que., Tuesday, September 4, 2012. With the win, Marois becomes the first female premier in Quebec history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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  • Police detail a person behind the Métropolis concert hall where Pauline Marois was making her victory speech (RDI screen shot)

  • Fire burns outside Montreal's Métropolis concert hall shortly after the shooting. (QMI)

  • Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois returns to complete her speech after being whisked off the stage by security as she delivered her victory speech in Montreal, Que., Tuesday, September 4, 2012. With the win, Marois becomes the first female premier in Quebec history.

  • Police cordon off the rear outside an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Montreal. Guards whisked PQ leader Pauline Marois off the stage as handlers informed the partisan crowd there had been an explosive noise and they needed to clear the auditorium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Police and fireman work at the rear of an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Police cordon off the rear outside an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Montreal. Guards whisked PQ leader Pauline Marois off the stage as handlers informed the partisan crowd there had been an explosive noise and they needed to clear the auditorium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Police work on a crime scene outside the Metropolis in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

  • A police officer looks towards a black SUV that has had its contents removed at a crime scene outside the Metropolis in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)