McGill academic health network affirms belief in freedom to express faith

Montreal, September 17, 2013 - In the context of the proposed Charter of Quebec Values and its proposal related to the wearing of conspicuous religious symbols by state employees, the McGill University Health Centre, the Jewish General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Center, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the McGill Faculty of Medicine – 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. 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.

Over the decades, the teaching hospitals affiliated with the McGill Faculty of Medicine, supported by a diverse and devoted community of doctors, health care professionals, support staff, scientists, residents, students and volunteers, have served with great pride and expertise Quebec patients from across the province, from different cultural, social, linguistic, religious and other backgrounds.
Together, we are committed to creating an environment that represents a wide range of cultural, religious and other perspectives, to provide excellence in education, research and health care for Quebec society.

Dr. David Eidelman
Vice-Principal (Health Affairs)
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
McGill University
Mr. Normand Rinfret
Director General and CEO
McGill University Health Centre
Dr. Hartley Stern
Executive Director
Jewish General Hospital

Mr. Ralph Dadoun
Interim Director General & CEO
St. Mary’s Hospital Center


Ms. Lynne McVey
Executive Director
Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Cynthia Lee
Media Relations Office
McGill University
514-793-6753 (cell.)