in Quebec History
23 August 2000
French Canadians and Jews
Notre-Dame Hospital Internes
Devoir, Saturday June 16, 1934, p. 3
year, the number of senior internes having passed from 10 to 15, and the number
of junior internes having decreased from 51 to 36 over the past year, it would
have been logical for the hospital to make known its future needs by public notice,
as other hospital do, and by so doing to have fulfilled its need without resorting
to foreign elements.
to the public statement of the hospital to the effect "that no French Canadian
application has been received", in truth we must state that at least one
has been submitted, that of Dr. Trépanier.
internes official petition, unanimously signed on May 29, was forwarded
to the medical council (regrouping some heads of services) and requested that
the hiring [of Dr. Rabinovitch] be revoked. However the communiqué of the authorities
does not state that this petition was first submitted to the Medical Board (regrouping
all of the doctors of the hospital) which supported it by a vote of 25 against
Notre-Dame Hospital claims that the hiring of Dr. Rabinovitch was effected to
fill a vacancy. What should one think of this claim when one of the most important
doctors at the hospital declares that the hospital could make due with a smaller
number of internes, and that others state that the hospital could dispense with
Hospital claims that not a single French Canadian doctor could be found to fill
the fifteenth senior-interne post, and that consequently it had to accept Dr.
Rabinovitch to fill the position. However, since yesterday, and in consequence
of the resignation of the 14 French Canadian doctor-internes, the hospital is
seeking applications to these positions. However, if the hospital could not find
a French Canadian for this position, how will it now find 14? One is led to believe
that these 14 positions will be filled by 14 more Jews.
position remains what it has always been.
Signed: Geo. Whissell, M.D.
J. R. Titley,
1999 Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College