ON Premier wants 100% local students at provincial med schools, politicians and advocacy groups push back

Government of Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently stated that he does not want international students taking the places of Ontario students at the province’s medical schools. According to the Canadian Press, Ford was discussing York University’s new medical school when he expressed that the ministry will be working to remove the 18% of medical students who come from other countries and stated “I want 100% of Ontario students going to these universities.” The comments have been met with criticism from other politicians and advocacy groups. “The Premier’s comments were wildly disrespectful to the thousands of students and internationally trained physicians with experience from across the world stuck waiting for a residency spot so they can finally practice in our province,” said ON NDP Leader Marit Stiles.

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