Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
30-'HE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Thursday. March 16, 197? Yei in leislature c to provide new 'professional code' Quebec UT> Quoboc is taking steps to provide a sin- gle code of law Rovernins! (ho conduct of nil priifessionals aixl givi'.iK public representa- tioii fur the first time on the bodies that govern thi'sc pro- fessums. But tlieve arc of oppo- sition to the province's new "profcssion.il code" which may bring verbal fireworks ulien the coim'S be- fore a legislature coir.railtee later this winter. The code, given first read- ing in the legislature late last year along with oilier liil's governing specific profes- sions, is intended lo ensure that protection of Uie public is Ihc first concern of profes- sional bodies. Put another way, it is an al- tempt to eliminate what one civil servant called the ciiance that self-governing p r o f c s- sional bodies act as "trade protecting inter- ests of their members before all else. Strongest complaint aiiout the legislation so far has come from the Quebec Bar, whose president, Yvon .las- min, told a recent r.ews con- VTCH! i f r" A i JI CFCN-TV's NEW SEASON" Medical Centre TONIGHT GOOD LOOKING fi'rcnco Uie legislation could threaten the confidential na- ture of lawyers' dealings with clients. SEKK EXEMPTION He said the general council of the Quebec Bar unani- inously decided to ask to bo exempted from the legislation and lo ask for legislation concerning the Bar Act to re- place the amending legislation introduced last December. Key to bringing new protec- tion and participation for the public is the professional code. It requires a small number o f government-appointed members on the boards of directors of all professional bodies. It also establishes n Quebec professions board to oversee the professional bodies. The board will "see that each pro- fessional corporation adopts a code of ethics and an arbitra- tion procedure for its mem- bers' accounts." It also will ensure that some corporations establish in- demnity funds and that the corporations r e in a i n finan- cially solvent. The n u m b e r of govern- ment-appointed directors on Uie professional corporations mil range from two to four. The corporations will have from eight to 24 directors de- pending on their size. EDITORIAL CRITICAL First sign of a lawyers' re- volt against the legislation came in an editorial in the Quebec Bar's monthly news- paper, Barreau '71. Lawyer Rene Letarte asked In the editorial whether gov- ernment appointment of direc- tors would be "an element of (public) participation or the beginning of a trusteeship which sooner or later is likely (o undermine the real inter- ests of The editorial noted that gov- ernment-appointed directors are not required under the legislation to be trained in the profession to which they aro named director. It also questioned other gov- ernment nominations. Under Uie bill, each profes- sional corporation would have a professional inspection com- mittee to supervise the quality of work done by professionals and a discipline committee to enforce standards of conduct. The government would ap- point the secretary of tha three-member inspection com- mittee and the quired to be a with 10 y e a r s' tho three-member discipline eonv mittee. as chiropractors iotherapists, radiology cians, podiatrists, dc and dental hygienists. phys- techni- ntnrists The bill amending the Bar Aet would allow law gradu- ates or members of the bar from oilier countries lo lw ad- mitted directly lo Ihe profes- sion in Quebec if their di- ploma is considered equiva- lent to Quebec law diploir.as. PAINTING HECOVEKKD BOLOGNA, Italy CAP) Po- lice announced Tuesday they have recovered two paintings by Titian and Gucrcuio valued at million that were stolen from a church at Ancona early [his month. 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