CHUM research centre inaugurated
The CHUM medical complex's research centre opened its doors today, in a ceremony outside the building at the corner of St-Denis and Viger Sts.
The building is being hailed as a state of the art, world-class facility, but that hasn't stopped some union activists from demonstrating outside.
The VIPs announcing the centre's opening were clearly happy and relieved that the 70,000 square-metre, half-billion dollar building is finally complete.
Its director Jacques Turgeon says that the facility helps cement Montreal as one of the top medical research clusters in the world.
But some union members were upset that the government is still operating it as a private-public partnership — a move they think opens the door to corrupt companies managing our healthcare.
Quebec health minister Rejean Hebert says the future of public-private partnerships in the province is still vague. He says the CHUM project, which was launched under the former Liberal government as a public-private partnership, will continue in its current form, but wouldn't commit to future public-private partnerships.
The new CHUM is expected to be fully operational by 2016.
Photo: Patrick Lejtenyi