MUHC denounces values charter
The McGill University Health Centre is the latest group to denounce the Marois government's proposed Charter of Quebec Values.
A statement from officials representing a large segment of Montreal's English medical community — including the MUHC, St. Mary's Hospital, the Douglas Hospital, the Jewish General Hospital and McGill University's Faculty of Medicine — takes a strong stand against the Charter and its principles.
"[The five institutions] affirm their shared and steadfast belief in providing an open and welcoming environment to all doctors, health care professionals, scientists, support staff, students, residents, volunteers and patients where they are free to wear unconcealed religious symbols," the statement reads."We believe exercising this choice in no way impedes one's capacity to carry out his or her professional activities in our academic and hospital communities."
"We have a long experience with dealing with people from different cultural communities who work together side by side and provide excellent care for patients without regard to their political affiliation or religious beliefs," says Dr. David Eidelman, the Dean of McGill's Faculty of Medicine, one of the five people who signed the statement. "We think that that demonstrates that it is possible to integrate people into society without asking them to change their mode of personal expression."