Representatives from the McGill University Health Centre were in Quebec city today to present their brief before the public hearings on the PQ's secularism charter.
The MUHC's director-general Normand Rinfret made it clear — they will respect the law of Quebec, even if they believe the charter should be withdrawn. He insisted, among other things, that it will make it more difficult to keep and attract highly skilled doctors and nurses to the MUHC, and would threaten the MUHC's worldwide reputation.
Rinfret also insisted dozens of current staff members would leave their staff for Ontario and other places because of the contentious article that bans the wearing of religious symbols — at a time when Quebec desperately needs doctors and nurses.
Minister Bernard Drainville, meanwhile, dismissed the argument that the accommodation issue isn't a problem at the MUHC, and has never been, pointing out that some health unions, most notably the FIQ nurses union, disagree.
Drainville continued to press the point, asking if the MUHC did accommodate members of certain religious and cultural groups.
Rinfret said they do what they can in order to honor its mandate of providing good and respectful care for everyone.