Threats and insults: Barrette said not to do bullying

News 7 December, 2017
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    When he made reference to the murder of a colleague, it was “an image” expressed in a Christmas party to be stretched, said the minister of Health.

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    Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:39

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    QUEBEC | When Gaétan Barrette has made reference to the murder of a colleague, in 2009, it was “an image” expressed in the context of a Christmas party especially tense, has defended the minister of Health, on Thursday morning

    “Carignan (a fellow doctor), he stabs people in the back. But me, I’m going to stab him from the front, until he dies”, would have said to the minister, at the time when he was radiologist at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital.

    “These are conversations of a Christmas dinner. […] I can tell you that at this Christmas dinner there, the mood wasn’t too jojo”, the minister said Strip, on Thursday morning, laughing.

    Mr. Barrette was responding to an inquiry from The Press in which are listed several episodes of inappropriate language required by the minister, at the time when he was radiologist.

    According to the montreal newspaper, Mr. Barrette has held such a conversation during a phone call to dr. Robert Fillion, September 3, 2009.

    Mr. Barrette also would have indicated, at the time, that he was going to “destroy them one by one” with her colleagues. When he became minister, supports the montreal newspaper, he would have then tried to remove the cardiac ultrasound field of competence of radiologists. The doctors involved saw it as a personal revenge.

    Despite the terms raw and threats, Mr. Barrette refused to see himself as a bully.

    His actions would still be able to be perceived as bullying by others, ” he admits.

    “There is no doubt that people feel rushed”, he also admitted.

    With respect to its intention to prevent the radiologists to perform cardiac ultrasound scans, Mr Bar considers a “chance” if it affects former colleagues with whom he has maintained a strained relationship.