Nurses' union supports Charter

The provincial nurses' union has announced its support for Quebec's secularism charter.

The Fédération interprofessionaelle de la santé du Québec undertook a poll of a sample of its members and found that over 60 percent of them backed the legislation that would ban religious symbols in the workplace.

The poll was held in October and November by an independent firm and the union is confident that it is scientifically valid.

FIQ vice-president Michelle Boisclair says the union had no choice but to democratically represent their members.

She adds that they took the poll because of intense public and media interest in their position, given how closely they work with vulnerable patients.

However, she says the union will urge caution in the charter's implementation when the FIQ appears before government hearings next month.

Photo courtesy La Presse

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  1. Barcham posted on 12/05/2013 04:48 PM
    A Quebec union supporting a PQ government. I NEVER would have expected that. I'm stunned!!
  2. Paula posted on 12/05/2013 05:01 PM
    The nurses at the FIQ don't represent the sentiments of the majority of the nurses.
  3. chicken1 posted on 12/05/2013 05:55 PM
    They polled 670 people out of 67,000 members-- real democratic consulatation!
  4. RobMtl posted on 12/06/2013 03:58 AM
    LaPresse's coverage included the Federation's president, Régine Laurent, stating: "Il y aura une commission parlementaire, on verra si ça devient une loi. Si c'est le cas, on dira à nos membres de respecter la loi et on accompagnera ceux qui y dérogent, comme nous le faisons actuellement avec ceux qui dérogent à leur code d'éthique"

    Really, Ms. Laurent? Wow, she may want to read some news stories on Nelson Mandela today. Ms. Laurent, if this was South Africa would you say "Apartheid is the law and we expect our members to respect it as they would their code of ethics"?
  5. ric posted on 12/06/2013 08:22 AM
    A poll taken by a separatist union with a separatist leader, what do you expect. It's like the last referendum, they cheated and still lost.
  6. vanessa posted on 12/06/2013 09:44 AM
    Funny how myself nor any of my colleagues were aware of this pole. Is there an official report on the methodology behind its "sample"? I'd like to see it. This is outrageous.
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