McGill Residents Support Freedom to Wear Religious Symbols

Montreal, March 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association of Residents of McGill (ARM) represents over 1000 culturally diverse medical residents, the majority having grown up in Quebec.

The ARM is proud to represent such a body of residents, each one contributing a unique set of talents and cultural values.  Throughout their training, residents dedicate themselves to becoming medical experts, and to providing the best care for patients, responsibilities that are not hindered by their choice to wear a religious symbol.  Residents benefit from an open and respectful working and learning environment in Quebec.

In light of the debates on Bill 60, and more specifically on article 5, which limits the wearing of conspicuous religious symbols by employees of the public sector, the ARM has stated its firm belief in the freedom of religious expression as a fundamental right.

We contribute to our communities and should be judged by the quality of our care, not by the conspicuousness of our clothing.  Our residents have strongly manifested their desire to show support for their colleagues.  We are united in our belief in the freedom to wear religious symbols in the workplace.  It is in this spirit that we are holding a Day in Support of Religious Freedom.  Today, residents in all the McGill teaching centers are donning buttons to show their support for each other throughout this ongoing debate.  Today is a day of Solidarity for residents by residents. 

Details
Event: ARM Day in Support of Religious Freedom
Date: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

SOURCE Association of Residents of McGill

For further information: Media Contacts: Stephanie Lam, President, ARM, (514) 282-0256, president@arm-mcgill.ca; Austin Gagné, Vice-President Family Medicine, (514) 282-0256, austin.gagne@mail.mcgill.ca