Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Credit Where Credit Is Due:

I've been waiting a long time to actually say something nice about Paul Martin on this blog (it is a Liberal blog after all). And believe me, I've been trying to find something nice to say...anything. I would have settled for a nice haircut. Suffice to say, there's been little good to be said about Turner 2's campaign so far. In fact, I'd been all set to come on here and talk about Martin stealing the CSL slogan for his Quebec campaign and Herle advising McGuinty on the budget.

But then, gasp!, Paul went and did something smart. The Liberal Health platform released today is very good. I don't know if he'll follow through on it or get approval from the Premiers but if he does, I'll tip my hat to Paul on a job well done. The big ticket spending is needed as are the little things like recognizing foreign credentials and adding 1000 spots to med schools across the country. Proof enough of just how sound this program is: the NDP is attacking it on the "Liberals can't keep their promises" strategy as supposed to "it's not enough" strategy.

Will people believe the man who gutted health care in the 90s? Will Ontario voters trust Liberals? I don't know. But, for the first time since becoming Prime Minister, Martin has actually put something substantial on the table. Sure beats opening up the Louis Riel trial, eh?

6 Comments:

  • I haven't seen the details of the medical school part. is there anything in the plan that would fund more positions for internships and residencies?

    One of the big problems has been that we have qualified immigrants who have passed ALL the Canadian exams who are driving cabs (while they wait to get admitted to the US) because they cannot get a slot for an internship.

    I think there are only 30 or so nation wide per year in excess of those needed for new medical school grads.

    This is one of the issues brought up over and over again--sometimes in terms of Liberal Party racism.

    By Blogger calgal, at 5:51 PM  

  • Here's the blurb from the official website:

    "A Liberal government will work with the provinces and territories to help overcome the shortage of medical providers by increasing the number of spaces in universities, colleges and residency programs, and by supporting a program to train 1,000 new Canadians to provide first-class primary care physicians right across the country."

    They don't mention the foreign credentials on the website but it showed up in the Globe story. That's a problem in all fields though - not just medicine. A lot of these immigrants have Ph. D.'s or have been engineers for decades in their own countries but, like you said, they wind up driving cabs. Hopefully the government will seriously address this.

    Another problem I hear from some of my friends in med school is that foreign students come to Canada and get their schooling here but it's very hard for them to get a residence in Canada. So they use our education system and, even though they want to stay, they have to go back home or to the US. I doubt this will be addressed but it's something which should be changed.

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