This week at Queen's Park:
- The Auditor General's Report: On Tuesday, December 9 the auditor general released her annual audit of government programs and services. The PCs say Liberals are failing to get their finances in order. Meanwhile, the NDP says the Minister of Energy attacked the auditor general in his comments against the report’s findings.
- Child Care: The NDP is concerned about cuts to child care across the province, while the PCs want stricter safety regulations. The Liberals argue that spaces are opening up in full-day kindergarten, and Bill 10, The Child Care Modernization Act, will allow the government to move to a risk-based inspection system.
- Health Care: The PCs are concerned about the rate at which family health teams are losing staff in rural Ontario. They want to know how the government plans to ensure family health teams have enough staff to care for rural communities. The Liberals say they understand that there are issues of recruitment and retention from time to time, but they’re working hard to address the issue.
- Consumer Protection: Last week, it was revealed that Money Mart was offering to buy gift cards at 50 per cent of their value. According to the Ministry of Consumer Services the program has been suspended. The NDP wants to know how the government will ensure Money Mart doesn’t resume what it considers “a predatory lending practice.” The Liberals say they will propose legislation in the spring.
- Disaster Relief: Municipalities across Ontario have applied for disaster relief assistance after last winter’s ice storm. The PCs want to know when municipalities can expect to receive financial assistance. The Liberals say applications are still being processed.
Queen's Park This Week highlights the topics debated in Question Period and provides context and background on the issues. It is part of TVO's Civics 101 suite of tools that teach how Ontario's government works.
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