In today's Le Devoir, we see the continuation of an ongoing debate over the place of the McGill University Health Centre:
Le CUSM, l'hôpital de tous les Québécois?: Il y a deux solutions possibles : la première est de réduire la place du CUSM dans la recherche en santé au Québec, en transférant des ressources au CHUM, au CHUL et au CHUS. Le CUSM retrouverait alors sa vocation première qui est d'offrir des services en anglais à la minorité anglophone.
La deuxième solution est de mener à terme la logique d'intégration et de faire du CUSM un véritable établissement québécois. Cela implique d'imposer le français comme langue de travail au CUSM et de garantir une représentation équitable des francophones à tous les échelons de la hiérarchie.
This opinion article is claiming that McGill's health system absorbs too many resources from the federal and provincial governments for the people the author believes it serves: Quebec anglophones. Also, the health system sends too many of its students outside the province after graduation. Hence, he is proposing that its funding be reduced (so that it serves the small number of Quebec anglos only) or be forced to become a francophone institution like every other Quebec hospital.
This follows after an article by McGill officials defending the place of their hospital in Quebec by arguing that many of its staff are francophone and that it is well-integrated into the Quebec health community. And, in turn, it was a response to another opinion article suggesting that McGill's hospital be merged with the Université de Montréal's hospital.
I won't comment too much on this article, except to say that it's interesting that the place of anglophones and anglophone institutions in Quebec is still in question--even though both "anti-McGill" authors hasten to add how important it is for there to be some anglophone service. One irony is that the author of this article is studying abroad. Also, this is almost the same variety of argument used by people in the ROC against, say, funding Radio-Canada in Vancouver (it's not quite the same, though). I also note that the McGill officials didn't seem to emphasize, interestingly, what they really must have been thinking: that their hospital, by virtue of being anglo and prestigious, is Quebec's real international hospital.
Minor update: "un véritable établissement québécois". ie, a "real Quebec institution." This is to be achieved via making it mostly a francophone institution. This is technically and trivially correct, and may actually be the just path as well. However, Quebec nationalists (though the author doesn't directly imply he is one) often repeatedly emphasize that Quebec anglos are real Quebeckers. Maybe I'm nitpicking but the choice of language is interesting: an anglo institution is not, apparently, a real Quebec institution. Which, again, is neither here nor there, but assuming the author has the sentiments I think he does, is still an interesting admission.