Transcript: Question Period: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Nov 14, 2018

A still camera shows the Ontario Legislature. A caption on screen reads "Oral questions."

The Speaker stands. He's is in his fifties, clean-shaven, with short light brown hair. He wears a black robe.

He says IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS.
I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR
TEMISKAMING-COCHRANE.

The caption changes to "John Vanthof. NDP. Timiskaming-Cochrane."

Vanthof is in his fifties, clean-shaven, with short side-parted gray hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
THERE IS A MEMORANDUM OF
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ONTARIO
GOVERNMENT AND ONTARIO POWER
GENERATION, AND BASICALLY THE
GOVERNMENT APPOINTS THE
DIRECTORS, AND THEN THE
DIRECTORS WHO ARE APPOINTED BY
THE GOVERNMENT RUN THE COMPANY.
SO THEY DO THE HIRING, THE
FIRING, THE MANAGING.
DOES THE PREMIER AGREE WITH THAT
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says Mr. PREMIER.

Premier Ford stands up. He's in his early fifties, clean-shaven, with short blond hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and blue tie.

The caption changes to "Honourable Doug Ford. PC. Premier."

He says THROUGH YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, THE
ONTARIO GENERATION IS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN
HIRING.
BUT LET ME TELL WHAT YOU WE DID
WITH THE ENERGY ACT.
WE CANCELLED THE GREEN ENERGY
ACT.
WE SAVED 7,500 JOBS AT PICKERING
THAT THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION WANTED TO CANCEL.
WE SAVED 790 MILLION DOLLARS IN
CONTRACTS.
WE GOT RID OF HYDRO ONE.
THEY'RE DONE.
THEY'RE GONE.
AND HOME HEATING COSTS ARE
ACTUALLY GOING DOWN.
ENERGY COSTS ARE GOING DOWN.
THAT'S WHAT WE DID FOR THE
ENERGY FILE.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO DO.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Vanthof says THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO THE
PREMIER.
I THINK I HEARD THAT HE SAID
THAT THE BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE HIRING.
I DIDN'T HEAR FIRING.
BECAUSE I WAS SURPRISED THAT
ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS HE
WAS FIRED FROM HIS EXECUTIVE
POSITION AT OPG AFTER A SINGLE
DAY ON THE JOB THANKS TO A CALL
FROM THE PREMIER'S OFFICE.
YESTERDAY WHEN ONTARIO POWER
GENERATION WAS ASKED FOR
COMMENT, THEY REFUSED TO GIVE
ANY DETAILS ABOUT HIS SEVERANCE
PACKAGE.
BUT SOME ARE ALREADY SUGGESTING
THAT IT COULD BE AS HIGH AS
500,000.
HALF A MILLION DOLLARS.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US HOW MUCH
OF THE PUBLIC'S MONEY WILL Mr.
VELSHIE BE TAKING HOME FOR HIS
24 HOURS ON THE JOB.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says AGAIN, THROUGH YOU, Mr.
SPEAKER, THE OPG IS IS
RESPONSIBLE FOR DOING THEIR OWN
HIRING.
THE OPPOSITION WANTED TO FIRE
7,500 PEOPLE OUT OF PICKERING.
THEY WANTED TO GET RID OF 7,500
PEOPLE THAT WERE RELYING ON GOOD
PAYING JOBS TO PAY THEIR
MORTGAGE, TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR
TABLES.
YOU DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THE 7,500
PEOPLE IN PICKERING.
WE CARED ABOUT THE 7,500 PEOPLE
IN PICKERING.
THAT'S WHY THEY'RE STILL
EMPLOYED THERE.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says START THE
CLOCK.
FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Vanthof says ONCE AGAIN TO THE PREMIER,
ONCE AGAIN, IT LOOKS LIKE THE
PREMIER OF THIS PROVINCE ARE
GOING TO BE STUCK WITH THE BILL
FOR ONE OF PREMIER FORD'S
DECISIONS.
AND PAYING THE PRICE FOR
SETTLING HIS POLITICAL SCORES.
IF SOMEONE IS GETTING PAID HALF
A MILLION DOLLARS FOR ONE DAY'S
WORK, PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO
ANSWERS.
AND THE QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO
BE ANSWERED IS DID THE PREMIER
DIRECT OR REQUEST THAT Mr.
VELSHIE BE FIRED.
AND IF HE DID, HOW MUCH WILL HIS
SEVERANCE COSTS THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says THE PREMIER,
MINISTER OF ENERGY.

The caption changes to "Honourable Greg Rickford. PC. Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines."

Rickford is in his early fifties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears a black suit, blue shirt, and gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
ONTARIO POWER GENERATION SEASON
SPOL FOR THEIR OWN STAFFING
DECISIONS.
OPG IS A CROWN CORPORATION THAT
IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN
STAFFING DECISIONS.
ALL STAFFING DECISIONS AT OPG
ARE MADE BY OPG.
THANK YOU.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION T
MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE.

The caption changes to "Sara Singh. NDP. Brampton Centre."

Singh is in her thirties, with long curly black hair. She wears a sleeveless gray blazer over a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER
AND THIS QUESTION IS ABOUT THE
PREMIER'S STANDARDS FOR CABINET
AND HIS SENIOR STAFF AND HOW HE
COMMUNICATES THOSE STANDARDS.
OVER THE LAST WEEK WE'VE SEEN
THE PREMIER SAY A MINISTER WAS
LEAVING FOR ONE REASON, ONLY TO
LEARN LATER ON THAT THAT WASN'T
THE REASON AT ALL.
AND NOW SENIOR STAFF ARE BEING
DISMISSED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
NIGHT AND WE'VE JUST LEARNED
THAT THEY'RE HIRING THEIR OWN
LEGAL COUNSEL FOR
REPRESENTATION.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL WHITE HOUSE
ON HILLS SENIOR TEAM HAS BEEN
LET GO THIS PAST WEEK AND WHAT
WERE THE REASONS FOR THEIR
DISMISSALS.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, I
THINK I ANSWERED THIS YESTERDAY.
WHEN IT COMES TO STAFFING, WE
DON'T COMMENT ABOUT OUR INTERNAL
STAFFING.
THAT IS UP TO THE PC PARTY AND
THAT'S THE WAY IT'S GONNA BE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Singh says SPEAKER, LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT
SETTING A STANDARD AND
COMMUNICATING THAT VERY CLEARLY.
IF THE PREMIER HALLS ANY
STANDARDS AT ALL, IT'S NOT CLEAR
WHAT THEY ARE.
BECAUSE HE'S NOT TELLING ANYONE.
THE PREMIER SAILS HE HAD 10,000 percent
CONFIDENCE IN HIS NEW MINISTER
OF TOURISM, EVEN THOUGH HE FELT
THE NEED TO MOVE HIM JUST AFTER
DAYS AFTER THE REVELATIONS ABOUT
HIS ROLE IN A PONZI SCHEME THAT
BILLED 8,000 FAMILIES OUT OF
THEIR LIFE SAVINGS.
WERE YOU AWARE OF THIS WHEN YOU
WELCOMED YOUR NEW MINISTER INTO
THE CABINET?

The Speaker says THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, YOU
WANT TO TALK LEADERSHIP?
AT LEAST THE LEADER'S HERE FROM
THE PC PARTY.
NOT RUNNING AWAY.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.
I WILL REMIND ALL MEMBERS WHO
KNOW BETTER THAT IT'S TOTALLY
INAPPROPRIATE TO MAKE REFERENCE
TO THE ABSENCE OF ANOTHER MEMBER
IN THIS HOUSE.
AND WE ALL KNOW THAT FROM TIME
TO TIME INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS WILL
HAVE TO BE AWAY FOR GOOD REASON.
AND THAT'S WHY IT'S TOTALLY
INAPPROPRIATE AND I'M GOING TO
ASK THE PREMIER TO WITHDRAW.

Ford says WITHDRAW.

The Speaker says WHERE ARE WE?
PREMIER CAN RESPOND.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, Mr. SPEAKER,
YOU'RE GOING AFTER A TEAM
PERSONALLY DAY IN AND DAY OUT.
I'LL TELL YOU ABOUT OUR TEAM.
OUR TEAM IS A STRONG TEAM FOR
THE PEOPLE.
OUR TEAM IS THERE REPRESENTING
THE PEOPLE AND THE TAXPAYERS OF
THIS PROVINCE.
WE'RE THERE FOR THE PEOPLE.
WE'RE WILL TO REDUCE TAXES.
REDUCE HYDRO RATES.
MAKING SURE THE PEOPLE HAVE A
VOICE, EMPOWERING THE PEOPLE OF
THIS PROVINCE INSTEAD OF
EMPOWERING THE GOVERNMENT.
THE OPPOSITION WANT TO JUST
RAISE TAXES, LAY OFF 7,500
PEOPLE IN PICKERING.
THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE IT'S
UNAFFORDABLE TO LIVE IN ONTARIO.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT'S
AFFORDABLE TO LIVE IN ONTARIO,
CREATE GOOD PAYING JOBS.
THAT'S WHAT WE DO.

The Speaker says FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Singh says PEOPLE SEND US HERE IN HOPE
OF SEEING AN OPEN GOVERNMENT
THAT THEY CAN TRUST.
A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL BE
TRANSPARENT WITH THE ACTION IT
HAS TAKEN.
INSTEAD THE PREMIER IS
ANNOUNCING CABINET CHANGES IN
THE DEAD OF NIGHT.
EARLIER THIS WEEK MEDIA REPORTED
THAT THE FORMER MINISTER WAS
RELATEDED TO A HEAD OF A LOBBY
GROUP SEEKING TO INFLUENCE THAT
VERY SAME MINISTRY.
WAS THE PREMIER AWARE OF THIS
WHEN HE APPOINTED THAT MINISTER
TO HIS POSITION?

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, Mr. SPEAKER,
THE MINISTER WAS APPOINTED
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
HE TOOK IMMEDIATE STEPS TO
DECLARE A CONFLICT WITH THE
INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER.
SO HE IS CLEAN, OKAY.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT
SOMEONE WITH INTEGRITY.
HE'S ONE OF THE BEST MINISTERS
DOWN HERE RIGHT NOW.
HE HALLS INTEGRITY.
HE HAS HONESTY.
HE HAS ACCOUNTABILITY.
THAT'S WHAT OUR TEAM IS MADE OF.

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX.

The caption changes to "Taras Natyshak. NDP. Essex."

Natyshak is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with neatly combed short brown hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and checked gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER.
THIS IS A QUESTION FOR THE
PREMIER.
AND TO THE PREMIER ABOUT
ENSURING CONFIDENCE IN THE
TRANSPARENCY OF POLICE
INVESTIGATIONS.
SPEAKER, ONTARIO PROVINCIAL
POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE
GOVERNING PARTY AND THAT SHOULD
RAISE SERIOUS CONCERNS.
THERE'S AN ONGOING POLICE
INVESTIGATION INTO A DATA BREACH
AT 407 WHICH FORCED THE
RESIGNATION OF A PC CANDIDATE
AND ANOTHER ONGOING
INVESTIGATION INTO POTENTIAL
FRAUD AND NOMINATION IN HAMILTON
WEST.
Mr. SPEAKER, WHAT STEPS ARE THE
PREMIER TAKING TO ENSURE THE
PUBLIC, THE PROVINCIAL POLICE
ARE ABLE TO CONDUCT THESE
INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE
GOVERNING PARTY IN AN IMPARTIAL
MANNER?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
community SAFETY and CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

[Some Applause]

The caption changes to "Honourable Sylvia Jones. PC. Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services."

Jones is in her sixties, with wavy blond hair to her shoulders. She wears glasses and a black tailored suit.

She says YOU KNOW, AS A LEGISLATOR,
AS A LONG-SERVING MEMBER OF THIS
PARLIAMENT, I WOULD HAVE HOPED
THAT A MEMBER OF THE NDP WOULD
UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THAT
WE CANNOT AND WILL NOT COMMENT
ON ONGOING POLICE
INVESTIGATIONS.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Natyshak says SPEAKER, PEOPLE NEED
ASSURANCES THAT INVESTIGATIONS
ARE CONDUCTED WITHOUT ANY
INTERFERENCE FROM THE
GOVERNMENT.
IT'S A SERIOUS MATTER OF PUBLIC
POLICY.
IN THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION
INTO THE HAMILTON WEST PC
NOMINATION, COURT AFFIDAVITS
INDICATE THAT POLICE ARE
UNWILLING TO RELEASE INFORMATION
BECAUSE IT COULD BIAS PEOPLE
AGAINST THE FORD GOVERNMENT.
AND THAT NUMEROUS WITNESSES ARE
UNCOOPERATIVE AND TRY TO CONTROL
INTERVIEWS WITH POLICE.
TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS
INDEPENDENCE AND TRANSPARENCY AT
EVERY STAGE OF THIS
INVESTIGATION, PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENTS HAVE APPOINTED
SPECIAL PROSECUTORS FROM OUTSIDE
OF THE PROVINCE.
WILL THE PREMIER DO THAT TODAY?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
COMMUNICATION SAFETY AND
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

Jones says WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THE
MEMBER OPPOSITE IS MAKING MY
ARGUMENT.
WE CANNOT INTERFERE WITH THESE
INVESTIGATIONS.

[Some Applause]

Jones says THE ONLY WAY THAT POLICE ARE
GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THE
IMPORTANT WORK THEY NEED TO DO
TO INVESTIGATE AND LAY CHARGES
WHEN APPROPRIATE IS FOR US TO
STAY OUT OF THE WAY.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR WILLOWDALE.

[Some Applause]

The caption changes to "Stan Cho. PC. Willowdale."

Cho is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with black hair gelled back. He wears a gray three-piece suit, white shirt, and blue tie.

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB
CREATION AND TRADE A WEEK AGO
SATURDAY THE MINISTER'S
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT AND I
MET WITH A DOZEN SMALL BUSINESS
OWNERS IN MY RIDING TO DISCUSS
THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE
EVERYDAY IN BUILDING THEIR
BUSINESSES, OUR ECONOMY AND
CREATING MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT
FOR THE PEOPLE OF WILLOWDALE.
THESE HARD-WORKING ENTREPRENEURS
FROM A VARIETY OF SECTORS
APPLAUDED THE WORK THIS
GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO MAKE
ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND
ARE EXTREMELY ANXIOUSLY AWAITING
FOR THE STEPS BEING PROPOSED IN
BILL 47 THAT WILL STOP PUNISHING
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS FOR THE
IMPORTANT WORK THAT THEY DO.
Mr. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER
PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THIS HOUSE
ON THOSE MEASURES AND ON OUR
GOVERNMENT'S LARGER STRATEGY FOR
MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

The caption changes to "Honourable Todd Smith. PC. Government House Leader."

Smith is in his late forties, balding, with a gray goatee. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, and pale blue tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr.
SPEAKER, AND A GREAT QUESTION
FROM THE MEMBER OF WILLOWDALE.
IT'S HELPFUL TO HAVE TWO
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANTS THAT
HAVE BEEN DOING OUTSTANDING WORK
ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
HEARING FIRSTHAND FROM BUSINESS
OWNERS AND OPERATORS RIGHT
ACROSS ONTARIO.
THE BELL PASSED SECOND READING
AND IT'S HEADING TO THE
COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND
ECONOMIC AFFAIRS HERE AT QUEEN'S
PARK.
I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE
THE DEAD LIEP TO REQUEST TO
PRESENT AT THE COMMITTEE IS NOON
TODAY.
SPEAKER, BILL 47 IS A KEY PIECE
OF OUR GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO
RESERS 15 YEARS... 15 YEARS OF
LIBERAL POLICY THAT ATTACKS
SMALL BUSINESS.
AND I'D LIKE TO READ ONE OF THE
MANY QUOTES THAT SAY WE'RE ON
THE RIGHT TRACK WITH THIS BILL.
WE'RE VERY SUPPORTIVE THAT THE
FORD ADMINISTRATION IS LISTENING
TO ONTARIO'S HOSPITALITY
INDUSTRY AS WE WERE CONSIDERED
AMONG ALL OTHER SECTORS IN A ONE
SIZE FITS ALL APPROACH TO ALL
LABOUR REFORMS.
THE CEO ONTARIO RESTAURANT,
HOTEL ADMINISTRATIONS.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says RESTART THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Cho says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
AND THROUGH YOU, I'D LIKE TO
THANK THE MINISTER ON BEHALF OF
THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN MY
COMMUNITY FOR THIS VERY, VERY
IMPORTANT WORK.
AND ONE OF THE ENTREPRENEURS I
SPOKE WITH RUNS A RESTAURANT IN
WILLOWDALE WITH VERY HUMBLE
BEGINNINGS, AND WITH SOME HARD
WORK HE HAD SUCCESS AND PLANS ON
OPENING A SECOND LOCATION.
CREATING NEW JOBS AND
OPPORTUNITIES.
BUT HE PUT THOSE PLANS ON PAUSE
BECAUSE HE COULD NOT JUSTIFY THE
COST AND THE RISK WITH HIS WAGE
EXPENSES, AND THEY WERE TO JUMP
32 percent IN 18 MONTHS UNDER THE
LIBERALS BILL 148.
INCREASED RED TAPE AND OUT OF
DATE APPRENTICESHIP RATIOS ARE
NOT JUST A BARRIER TO BUSINESS,
Mr. SPEAKER, THEY'RE A HIDDEN
TAX ON EMPLOYMENT.
CAN THE MINISTER EXPAND ON HOW
THE MEASURES OF BILL 47 WILL
HELP BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE THOSE
IN MY RIDING TO EXPAND, BE
SUCCESSFUL AND CREATE MORE
MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Smith says WELL, THANKS AGAIN TO THE
MEMBER FROM WILLOWDALE FOR
ANOTHER GREAT QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, THINK OF BILL 47 AS
ONE STOP ON THE TRAIN TO SUCCESS
FOR THIS PARTICULAR RAIL LINE
HERE IN ONTARIO.
WE'VE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO TO
MAKE THIS PROVINCE THE BEST
PLACE TO OPEN A BUSINESS AND
EXPAND A BUSINESS AND HAVE A JOB
IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY.
HERE'S ANOTHER QUOTE.
THE REPEAL OF BILL 148 IS A
MAJOR STEP TOWARD REDUCING COSTS
AND RESTORING BUSINESS
COMPETITIVENESS FOR ONTARIO
MANUFACTURERS.
WE APPLAUD THE GOVERNMENT ACTION
TO ELIMINATE THESE BARRIERS TO
DOING BUSINESS IN THE PROVINCE.
THAT'S FROM DENNIS DARBY FROM
THE CANADIAN MANUFACTURERS AND
EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION.
Mr. SPEAKER, WE'VE GOT A GREAT
TEAM AND WE'RE ON THE RIGHT
TRACK OVER HERE WITH THIS PC
GOVERNMENT.
SPEAKER, THETORIES LIKE TO
WORKDAY AND NIGHT TO MAKE SURE
WE'RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
WE'VE UNLOCKED THE DOOR.
WE'RE FLIPPING OVER THE OPEN

[Inaudible]
[Some Applause]

The caption changes to "Honourable Ted Arnott. Speaker."

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON.

Singh says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR
THE PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THE PREMIER REFUSED TO
ANSWER A SIMPLE QUESTION.
ONE THIS PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO
KNOW.
SO I'LL ASK IT AGAIN TODAY
HOPING FOR A STRAIGHT ANSWER
THIS TIME.
WILL THE PREMIER DISCLOSE WHAT
PRIVATE COMPANY IS RUNNING OUR
CANNABIS WAREHOUSE OPERATION AND
HOW WERE THEY ABLE TO LAND SUCH
A LUCRATIVE CONTRACT?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Victor Fedeli. Minister of Finance."

Fedeli is in his fifties, with short white hair and glasses. He wears a gray suit, white shirt and yellow tie, with a golden pin on his left lapel.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
WELL, THE ONTARIO CANNABIS STORE
HAS A NUMBER OF CONTRACTS AND
AGREEMENTS WITH DIFFERENT
BUSINESSES AND ENTITIES TO
PROVIDE RECREATIONAL CANNABIS TO
ITS CUSTOMERS.
SO LET'S JUST RUN THROUGH THIS,
SPEAKER.
ONCE AND FOR ALL.
THE ONTARIO CANNABIS STORE HAS
SIGNED SUPPLY AGREEMENTS WITH 32
FEDERALLY LICENSED PRODUCERS WHO
PROVIDE THE ONTARIO CANNABIS
STORE WAREHOUSE WITH ITS
PRODUCT.
SO THERE ARE SEVERAL OF THESE.
3
32 OUT THERE THAT ARE WELL KNOWN
NAMES.
SHOP DLS IFY WAS AWARDED A
CONTRACT UNDER THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT TO POWER THE
INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE OCS
WEBSITE WHERE CUSTOMERS ORDER
THEIR PRODUCTS.
ORDERS ARE FULFILLED AT THE
ONTARIO CANNABIS STORE WAREHOUSE
IN A COMPETITIVELY TENDERED AND
NEGOTIATED CONTRACT UNDER THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
CANADA POST THEN DELIVERS THE
ORDERS.
THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE
INVOLVED IN CANNABIS SUPPLY.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Singh says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, BUT WE
STILL HAVEN'T HEARD WHO IS
RUNNING THE ACTUAL WARE HOUSE.
WE'VE HEARD ABOUT ALL THE
OTHERS.
PERHAPS WE CAN GET AN ANSWER
THIS TIME.
WITH AT LEAST A THOUSAND
COMPLAINTS TO THE ONTARIO
OMBUDSMAN IN JUST A FEW WEEKS
WITH PROBLEMS WITH THE OCS'S
DELIVERIES, ISSUES WITH THE
WEBSITE, MISLABELED PRODUCT,
BOTCHED SHIPPING AND PACKAGING,
ONTARIANS WANT ANSWERS.
BUT WE'RE NOT GETTING STRAIGHT
ANSWERS PROSECUTE PREMIER.
INSTEAD HE'S JUST BLOWING SMOKE.
NOW, TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THE
GOVERNMENT IS UNWILLING TO
DISCLOSE WHO EXACTLY IS RUNNING
OUR CANNABIS WAREHOUSES.
WHY WON'T THE PREMIER TELL US
WHO'S RUNNING THOSE WAREHOUSES
AND HOW THEY LANDED THOSE
CONTRACTS.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says WELL, AGAIN, I'LL REPEAT
MYSELF THAT THE ONTARIO CANNABIS
WAREHOUSE WAS COMPETITIVELY
TENDERED AND NEGOTIATED UNDER
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
YOU KNOW, MANY OF US ON THE
GOVERNMENT SIDE CAME HERE IN THE
SAME WAY.
WE SERVE THE PEOPLE TODAY
PROVINCIALLY.
MANY OF US SERVE THE PEOPLE
LOCALLY.
AND MANY OF US WERE IN BUSINESS
FOR OURSELVES BEFOREHAND.
WE UNDERSTAND HOW BUSINESS
WORKS.
NOW, I CAN APPRECIATE VERY MUCH
THAT THE NDP DON'T QUITE
UNDERSTAND HOW BUSINESS WORKS.
BUT AS THE SECURITY OF THE OCS
WAREHOUSE IS A TOP PRIORITY, WE
WILL NOT BE SHARING FURTHER
INFORMATION ON THE DAY-TO-DAY
OPERATION.
THAT'S HOW BUSINESS WORKS.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
ORDER.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR
CHATHAM-KENT-LEAMINGTON.

The caption changes to "Rick Nicholls. PC. Chatham-Kent-Leamington."

Nicholls is in his fifties with short white hair and a goatee. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and green plaid tie.

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES
AND FORESTRY.
THIS PAST WEEK DURING
REMEMBRANCE DAY, MILLIONS OF
CANADIANS PARTICIPATED IN
REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES
ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PAY THEIR
RESPECT AND RECOGNIZE THE MANY
SERVICE MEMBERS FOR THEIR
SACRIFICES, CONTINUED SERVICE
AND FOR PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON
THE LINE EVERYDAY TO DEFEND OUR
FREEDOM AND VALUES.
I WANT TO THANK ALL THE VETERANS
AND MILITARY PERSONNEL FOR THEIR
OUTSTANDING COURAGE AND
TREMENDOUS SACRIFICES TO OUR
COUNTRY.
MANY MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE AND WE
AS CANADIANS WILL BE FOREVER
GRATEFUL TO THEM AND THEIR
FAMILIES.
MINISTER, CAN YOU INFORM THE
HOUSE OF THE CHANGES THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS MAKING AS THEIR
WAY OF GIVING BACK TO THE MEN
AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED AND
THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR
COUNTRY.

The Speaker says MINISTER FOR
NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY.

The caption changes to "Honourable John Yakabuski. PC. Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry."

Yakabuski is in his early sixties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and gray checkered tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER
FOR THE QUESTION.
I'D ALSO LIKE TO EXTEND MY
THANKS TO ALL OUR SERVICE
MEMBERS ACTIVE AND VETERANS FOR
THEIR BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE TO
DEFEND OUR FREEDOM AND OUR
VALUES IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND
PROVINCE.

[Some Applause]

Yakabuski says LAST WEEK I HAD THE HONOUR OF
ANNOUNCING WORK UNDERWAY TO
AMEND FISHING REGULATIONS TO
VETERANS AND ACTIVE ARMED FORCES
MEMBERS CAN ENJOY FREE
RECREATIONAL FISHING BY EARLY
2019.
AS ALL MEMBERS IN THIS HOUSE
KNOW, RECREATIONAL FISH
SOMETHING AN IMPORTANT LIFE OF
THE LIVES OF MANY ONTARIANS.
FISHING IS A MEMORABLE WAY TO
EXPERIENCE THE OUTDOORS, RELAX,
DESTRESS AND GET INVOLVED IN
THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY.
WE ARE ESZ BLED TO LIVE IN A
PROVINCE THAT HAS A GREAT
DIVERSITY OF FRESH WATER FISH
AND IS RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE FOR
ITS RECREATIONAL FISHING.
BY ALLOWING VETERANS AND ACTIVE
CANADIAN ARMED FORCES TO FISH
FOR FREE, ONTARIO IS MAKING LIFE
A LITTLE EASIER FOR THOSE WHO
GAVE AND CONTINUE TO GIVE SO
HONOURABLY WITH THEIR SERVICE.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Nicholls says IT'S NICE TO KNOW OUR
VETERANS WILL BE HOOKED ON
FISHING.
THANK YOU FOR THAT RESPONSE.
IT'S GOOD TO HEAR THE GOVERNMENT
IS GIVING BACK TO VETERANS AND
CANADIAN ARMED FORCE MEMBERS BY
GIVING FREE FISHING RECREATIONAL
LICENSES.
BUT IN ADDITION TO THIS GREAT
ANNOUNCEMENT OUR GOVERNMENT ALSO
ANNOUNCED DURING REMEMBRANCE DAY
WEEK THAT THE ROYAL CANADIAN
LEGION BRANCHES IN THE PROVINCE
WILL BE EXEMPT FROM PAYING
PROPERTY TAX.
CONSULTATIONS WILL START ON A
NEW HOT LIPOSARCOMA FOR MILITARY
FAMILIES MOVING TO ONTARIO,
MAKING IT EASIER TO FIND
INFORMATION ON HEALTH CARE,
SCHOOLS, JOB UNTOOTS, CHILD
CARE, LICENSING FOR DRIVERS AND
VEHICLES AND OTHER PROGRAMS AND
SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE
GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO ANNOUNCED
PLANS TO BUILD A MEMORIAL THAT
HONOURS THE HEROS OF THE WAR IN
AFGHANISTAN RIGHT HERE ON THE
LEGISLATIVE GROUNDS.
CAN THE MINISTERS PROVIDE MORE
DETAILS ON THE 40,000 VETERANS
AND 25,000 ACTIVE SERVICE
MEMBERS IN THE CANADIAN ARMED
FORCES WHO WILL BE ABLE TO FISH
FOR FREE IN EARLY 2019.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MINISTER.

Yakabuski says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR
HIS QUESTION.
IN EARLY 2019 ALL VETERANS AND
ACTIVE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
MEMBERS RESIDING IN ONTARIO WILL
NO LONGER NEED TO PURCHASE A
FISHING LICENSE IN THIS
PROVINCE.
VALID MILITARY IDENTIFICATION
WILL BE LEGALLY RECOGNIZED AS A
FISHING LICENSE, AND FOR THOSE
WHO HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED THEIR
THREE-YEAR PERMIT, THEY WILL BE
REFUNDED ON A PRO RATED BASIS
STARTING ON THE AFFECTED DATE OF
THIS CHANGE.
MORE INFORMATION WILL BE
AVAILABLE ONCE THIS CHANGE
BECOMES EFFECTIVE IN EARLY 2019.
WE'RE EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO GIVE
BACK TO THE 40,000 VETERANS AND
25,000 ACTIVE SERVICE MEMBERS IN
THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES THAT
LIVE HERE IN ONTARIO.
YOUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
IS GIVING BACK TO THOSE WHO HAVE
GIVEN SO MUCH TO OUR COUNTRY AND
PROVINCE.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS A SMALL BUT
TANGIBLE STEP TO SHOW OUR
VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE
ARMED FORCES THAT WE CELEBRATE
THEIR COURAGE AND ARE GRATEFUL
FOR THEIR SERVICE.
THANK YOU.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER from Kiiwetinoong.

The caption changes to "Sol Mamakwa. NDP. Kiiwetinoong."

Mamakwa is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with short black hair. He wears a light gray suit, white shirt, and printed tie.

He says THIS QUESTION
IS TO THE PREMIER.
IN MAY A NEW TRIAPARTHEID
AGREEMENT FOR IMPROVED POLICE
SERVICES WAS SIGNED BETWEEN
ONTARIO, CANADA AND THE FIRST
NATION.
THIS LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT
MARKED A NEW ERA IN POLICING IN
THE FAR NORTH WHERE AFTER
DECADES OF CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING
THE NATION COMMUNITIES WOULD
FINALLY BENEFIT FROM A LEVEL OF
SERVICE.
POLICE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ALL
OTHER CITIZENS IN ONTARIO.
HOWEVER, IN A LETTER TO THE
PREMIER, THE FIRST NATION
SERVICES AND THE LEADERSHIP
SOUGHT CONFIRMATION WITHIN SEVEN
DAYS THAT AGREEMENT WOULD
CONTINUE TO BE HONOURED, CITING
A SIGNIFICANT BREACH OF OVER 4
MILLION DOLLARS.
THAT RESPONSE IS DUE TODAY, Mr.
SPEAKER.
A LETTER NOTED WITHOUT ADEQUATE
FUNDING THAT GOVERNMENT WOULD BE
PUTTING CHILDREN, FAMILIES,
COMMUNITIES IN THE FAR NORTH AS
RISK AGAIN.
DOES THE PREMIER NOT BELIEVE
FIRST NATIONS IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO COMMUNITIES DESERVE
POLICE SERVICES THAT MEET THE
SAME POLICING STANDARDS AS THOSE
IN THE REST OF ONTARIO?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says COMMUNITY SAFETY AND
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

Jones says THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE
QUESTION.
AS I HOPE YOU CAN APPRECIATE, I
JUST CAME TO THIS FILE, AND
THERE WAS A LETTER SENT ON
NOVEMBER 3rd WITH A VERY SHORT
7-DAYTIME FRAME.
I AM ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN MAKE
SURE THAT THE EXCELLENT WORK
THAT IS HAPPENING WITH OUR FIRST
NATIONS POLICING CONTINUES.
BUT I DO RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT
YOU GIVE ME THE TIME TO ASSESS
AND REVIEW THOSE FILES
THOROUGHLY.
THANK YOU.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Mamakwa says AGAIN, QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER.
THE POLICE SERVICE PATROL AN
AREA THE SIZE OF FRANCE.
OFTEN WITHOUT BACKUM OR PROPER
BASIC EQUIPMENT SUCH AS WORKING
RADIOS.
IF THE GOVERNMENT IS SERIOUS
ABOUT HONOURING TREATY AND LEGAL
OBLIGATIONS, IT WOULD NOT
WITHHOLD PAYMENTS THAT ARE
ESSENTIAL FOR THE VERY EXISTENCE
OF THESE POLICE SERVICES AND THE
SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE IN MY
RIDING AND ALSO THE FAR NORTH.
WHEN WILL THE PREMIER BE
PROVIDING A PROMISED FUNDING TO
THE POLICE SERVICES AS PER
AGREEMENT THE GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO SIGNED?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Jones says MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

The caption changes to "Honourable Greg Rickford. PC. Minister of Indigenous Affairs."

He says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, AND I
APPRECIATE THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER'S QUESTION.
OF COURSE WE CELEBRATE THE GREAT
POLICE WORK THAT THEY DO UP IN
THE FAR NORTH FOR THOSE POLICE
OFFICERS AS A FRONTLINE WORKER
WORKING IN NURSING STATIONS.
I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN SUPPORTING
THOSE RESOURCES IN THE PAST AND
PREVIOUS CAPACITIES IN THE OTHER
PLACE.
AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE
WORK THEY DO.
THE LEVEL OF COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT THAT THEY HAVE, THE
ASSETS THAT THEY HAVE TO NOT
JUST ENFORCE THE LAW, BUT TO
ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY ON THEIR
OWN TERMS.
WITH RESPECT TO THE RADIO, Mr.
SPEAKER, WE JUST MADE A GREAT
ANNOUNCEMENT THAT WE'RE GOING TO
BE HAVING A WORLD CLASS PSRN
NETWORK OF COMMUNICATIONS THAT
WILL FIT ALL FRONT LIPOSARCOMA
WORKERS.
POLICE, AMBULANCE AND FIRE, Mr.
SPEAKER.
THAT MEMBER SHOULD BE VERY
PLEASED WITH THAT.
IF HE EVEN KNOWS WHAT IT'S
ABOUT.
THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER from

The caption changes to "Marie-France Lalonde. Liberal. Orléans."

Lalonde is in her forties, with straight brown hair in a bob and bangs. She wears a patterned gray sweater.

She says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER.
LAST NIGHT ""THE GLOBE AND
MAIL"" REPORTED THAT THERE WAS
INTERFERENCE TO HAVE PATRICK
BROWN FIRED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF
ONTARIO POWER GENERATIONS.
I CAN TELL YOU THIS REALLY LOOKS
SKETCHY.
SPEAKER NOT ONE, NOT TWO BUT
THREE PC SOURCES TOLD THE MEDIA
THAT THEY WOULD COST ONTARIO
TAXPAYERS 500,000.
THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER, WILL THE
PREMIER TELL THE HOUSE IF HE
THINKS IT'S APPROPRIATE TO USE
RESOURCES, MEDDLING IN EARN
INTERNATIONAL STAFFING MEMBERS
INSTEAD OF FUNDING LIKE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING, EDUCATION,
SENIORS, HEALTH CARE,
TRANSPORTATION AND
INFRASTRUCTURE.
THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF ENERGY.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF ENERGY.

Rickford says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
I JUST LOVE IT WHEN THE
INDEPENDENT MEMBERS LIST OFF ALL
THE DIFFERENT FILES THAT THEY
FUNDAMENTALLY FAILED ONTARIANS
AT.
IT'S A BIT RICH, Mr. SPEAKER,
BUT WITH RESPECT TO THE
QUESTION, OPG IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
THEIR OWN STAFFING DECISIONS.
OPG IS A CROWN CORPORATION AND
THEY MAKE THEIR OWN STAFFING
DECISIONS.
ALL STAFFING DECISIONS ARE MADE
BY THE OPG.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Lalonde says SO, Mr. SPEAKER, AGAIN, FOR
THE PREMIER, YOU KNOW, FOR A
GOVERNMENT THAT SAYS THAT YOU
CARE SO MUCH ABOUT RESPECTING
TAXPAYERS, THIS JUST DOESN'T
SEEM RIGHT.
I MEAN, COMBINED WITH THE 3
BILLION DOLLAR CANCELLATION OF CAP AND
TRADE AND THE FADED LAWSUITS
AGAINST THE FEDS COSTING THE
PROVINCE 30 MILLION DOLLARS, THIS SEEMS
MORE LIKE A GOVERNMENT FOR THE
LAWYERS, THE INSIDERS AND FOR
THE PREMIER HIMSELF.
SO CAN THE PREMIER TELL US HOW
MUCH MORE OF ONTARIO'S MONEY IS
GOING TO WASTE?
AS WE PREPARE FOR A FEDERAL
LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says WELL, THERE IT IS, Mr.
SPEAKER.
WE'VE FINALLY HARD IT.
FROM THE INDEPENDENT LIBERAL
PARTY.
A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY IS
WHEN A GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY TRIES
TO PUT IT BACK IN THEIR POCKET.
THEIR PHILOSOPHY IS IT'S A WASTE
WHEN THEY CAN'T ACTUALLY WASTE
IT.
WHEN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS GO OUT
THE DOOR TO PROJECTS THAT PEOPLE
DIDN'T WANT AND COMMUNITIES
DIDN'T NEED.
THEY STRIP MUNICIPALITIES OF
THEIR POWERS, DECISION MAKING,
Mr. SPEAKER, AND THROUGH THE
KIEPDZ OF PROJECTS THAT HAVE
COST THE KINDS OF FAMILIES AND
BUSINESSES WHO ARE HAVING
DIFFICULT PAYING THOSE MONTHLY
BILLS A LOT OF MONEY.
WE'RE OUT TO REDUCE HYDRO RATES.
WE'RE OUT TO REDUCE TAX RATES.
WE'RE OPENING ONTARIO FOR
BUSINESS AFTER A DECADE AND A
HALF OF DARKNESS.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ARE GOING
TO BE ABLE TO TURN THE LIGHT ON,
Mr. SPEAKER, TO A BRIGHTER
FUTURE.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION T MEMBER FOR
GLENGARRY-PRESCOTT-RUSSELL.

[Some Applause]

The caption changes to "Amanda Simard. PC. Glengarry-Prescott-Russell."

Simard is in her late twenties, with long straight brown hair. She wears a black blazer over a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.

[Speaking French]

She continues in French and a translator says
Mr. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL
AFFAIRS MINISTER.

[End of Translation]

In English, Simard continues
FROM SEVERE RAINFALL SHORTAGES.
THIS DROUGHT HAS REDUCED THEIR
PASTURE YIELDS THAT ARE VITAL
FOR THEIR LIVESTOCK.
FARMERS HAVE HAD TO MAKE TOUGH
HERD MANAGEMENT DECISIONS
FOLLOWING THE DROUGHT, INCLUDING
SELLING A PORTION OF THEIR
LIVESTOCK IN SOME CASES DUE TO
NOT HAVING ENOUGH FEED FOR THEM
IN THE WINTER MONTHS.
FARMERS ALREADY EXPERIENCED
ENOUGH RED TAPE AND REGULATORY
BURDEN HURDLES UNDER THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT AND ARE
COUNTING ON THIS GOVERNMENT TO
HELP THEM WHEN THEY NEED IT THE
MOST.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE LET US
KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING TO HELP
LIVESTOCK FARMERS AS A RESULT OF
THIS DROUGHT.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Ernie Hardeman. PC. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs."

Hardeman is in his sixties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FROM
GLENGARRY-PRESCOTT-RUSSELL FOR
THE QUESTION.
I'VE WRITTEN TO THE FEDERAL
MINISTER TO ASK THAT HE
DESIGNATE AREAS SEVERELY
IMPACTED BY DRY WEATHER AS
ELIGIBLE FOR THE LIVESTOCK TAX
DEFERRAL PROGRAM.
THE ABILITY TO USE THIS PROGRAM
WAS A REQUEST FROM THE BEEF
FARMERS OF ONTARIO, AND I WANT
TO COMMEND THEM FOR STANDING UP
WITH THEIR MEMBERS AND, WOULDING
TOWARDS FINDING A SOLUTION FOR
THOSE IMPACTED.
THIS PROGRAM WOULD ALLOW CATTLE
PRODUCERS WHO HAVE TO SELL AT
LEAST 15 percent OF THEIR BREEDING HERD
TO DEFER A PORTION OF THE SALE
PROCEEDS TO THE FOLLOWING YEAR
WHEN THEY HAVE TO REPLENISH
THEIR HERD.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
STANDING UP FOR OUR FARMERS AND
PUTTING MONEY BACK IN THEIR
POCKETS SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO
PRODUCE THE BEST QUALITY FOOD IN
THE WORLD AND KEEP ONTARIO OPEN
FOR BUSINESS.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Simard says THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
HIS ANSWER AND FOR HIS QUICK
ACTION ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE
THAT'S IMPACTED MANY AREAS
ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
MAKING LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR
OUR FARMERS, INCLUDING PUTTING
MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS
THROUGH TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAMS LIKE THIS.
CERTAIN AREAS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE, INCLUDING PARTS OF
EASTERN ONTARIO NEAR MY RIDING
HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THESE
DROUGHTS, PROPORTIONALLY HIGHER
THAN OTHER AREAS.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL US
WHICH AREAS ARE MOST IMPACTED BY
THESE DROUGHTS AND WHAT TYPE OF
ASSISTANCE CAN THEY EXPECT FROM
THIS PROGRAM?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Hardeman says THANK YOU AGAIN, Mr.
SPEAKER.
AND I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HER
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION AND HER
LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE.
THE FEDERAL LIVESTOCK TAX
DEFERRAL PROGRAM WILL GREATLY
HELP FARMERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE
IF A SOLE PORTION OF THEIR
LIVESTOCK EXPERIENCE A REDUCTION
IN THEIR FORAGE YIELDS OF AT
LEAST 60 percent OF THEIR LONG-TERM
AVERAGE.
SOME OF THESE AREAS WITH THE
HIGHEST FORAGE REDUCTION ARE IN
MANITOULIN, GREY COUNTY AND LEES
GRENVILLE.
I RECOGNIZE THE CHALLENGES THESE
FARMERS IN THESE AREAS HAVE HAD
TO MAKE AND I ASSURE THEM OUR
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO MAKE
LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR OUR
FARMERS.
THE REQUEST I SENT TO THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABOUT THIS
PROGRAM WILL ACTIVATE A PROCESS
THAT DETERMINES WHICH AREAS OF
THE PROVINCE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR
ASSISTANCE, AND I LOOK FORWARD
TO HEARING FROM THE FEDERAL
MINISTER TO WORKING WITH THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE
OUR HARD-WORKING FARMERS TIMELY
AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Vanthof says THANK YOU, MY
QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE.
AS WE'VE HEARD IT'S BEEN A TOUGH
YEAR FOR FARMERS EXPERIENCING
DROUGHT.
GRAIN FARMERS EXPERIENCED A
REALLY TOUGH SPRING AND A TOUGH
FALL TO GET THE CROMS OFF.
AND THEY'RE EXPERIENCING RECORD
YIELDS, WHICH SHOULD BE GREAT.
BUT UP WITHS THE CROPS START
COMING OFF, THEY'VE BEEN
IMPACTED BY SOMETHING CALLED
MICROTOXINS.
SO IT'S A RECORD YIELD.
ALL OF A SUDDEN PART OR AAGE
MATT OR ALL OF YOUR CORN CROP IS
UNSALABLE.
NOW, THAT SHOULD BE COVERED BY
PRODUCTION INSURANCE, BUT THIS
IS AN EMERGENCY FOR FARMERS.
IF YOU HAVE A CROP, YOU THOUGHT
YOU COULD SELL AND IT NOW YOU
CAN'T, THEY NEED HELP NOW.
MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER IS
HOW IS HE EXPEDITING THAT
PROCESS.

Hardeman says I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HIS
QUESTION.
I'M AWARE THAT THIS PREGRAIN
FARM SURVEY REFIELD HIGHER
LEVELS OF TOXINS THAN PREVIOUS
YEARS.
THIS YEAR'S RESULTS IS LIKELY
DUE TO THE WET AND HUMID
WEATHER, AS HE WOULD KNOW.
I UNDERSTAND THAT THESE FINDINGS
ARE CONCERNING TO SOME FARMERS
AND AS THEY'RE TAKING THEIR CROP
OFF THEY CAN BE VERY DISRUPTIVE
AND THESE TOXINS ARE VERY
HAZARDOUS IN SOME AREAS TO THE
LIVESTOCK FEED.
I SPOKE WITH THE GRAIN FARMERS
OF ONTARIO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
THE ISSUE AND WENT TO WORK WITH
THEM TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THE
PROGRAM.
AND MINISTRY STAFF ARE
MONITORING THIS ISSUE AND
WORKING WITH GRAIN FARMERS OF
ONTARIO.
THE ONTARIO AGRI BUSINESS
ASSOCIATION AND THE LIVESTOCK
ASSOCIATION WILL NOTIFY FARMERS
ABOUT THE FINDINGS, AS WELL AS
WHAT STEPS CAN BE TAKEN TO
REDUCE THE RISKS TO THEIR
OPERATION.
AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO
CONTINUING THAT WORK AS WE GO
FORWARD.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Vanthof says THANK YOU, ONCE AGAIN, TO
THE MINISTER, AND TO EVERYONE
ELSE.
TO UNDERSTAND THE SEVERITY OF
THIS ISSUE, IF YOU HAVE PART OF
YOUR CROP INFECTED WITH TOXIN,
YOU CAN'T STORE IT WITH THE REST
OF YOUR CROP.
SO YOU HAVE A STORING FACILITY
OR YOU TAKE IT TO THE ELEVATOR
AND THEY DON'T WANT IT.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT?
AND UNLESS YOU KNOW YOU'RE GONNA
GET COMPENSATED, WHAT DO YOU DO
WITH IT?
THIS ISN'T SOMETHING WE CAN TAKE
A LOT OF TIME TO STUDY BECAUSE
FOR CERTAIN FARMERS THEY MIGHT
NOT HAVE MUCH.
BUT IF THE MAJORITY OF YOUR CROP
IS IMPACTED BY TOXINS, IT COULD
BE TEND OF YOUR FARM.
AND THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT
THEY CAN CONTROL.
SO AGAIN, I URGE THE MINISTER TO
ACT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO
MAKE SURE THAT THE FARMERS WHO
HAVE PUT EVERYTHING IN ACTUALLY
ARE, SOMEHOW, COMPENSATED UNDER
THEIR PRODUCTION INSURANCE SO
THAT THEY'RE STILL THERE TO FARM
THE NEXT YEAR.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MINISTER.

Hardeman says THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE
MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
I WANT TO SAY WE ARE WORKING
WITH THE FARMERS, RECOGNIZING
THAT ALL THE THINGS THAT THE
MEMBER PUT FORWARD IN THESE
QUESTIONS ARE, IN FACT,
HAPPENING ON THE GROUND AS WE
SPEAK.
WE HAVE FARMERS TAKING THEIR
CROP OFF AND WE HAVE BEEN
ADVISED BY THE MINISTRY TO BE
SURE THAT THEY HARVEST THE MOST
ACCEPTABLE CROP IN THE
MARKETPLACE FIRST TO MAKE SURE
THAT THE PROBLEM DOESN'T GET
WORSE.
AS WE COLLECTIVELY WORK TO FIND
A SOLUTION AS TO WHAT WE'RE
GOING TO DO WITH THAT WHICH
CANNOT BE USED.
NOW, SOME OF IT CAN BE USED,
MIXING IT WITH OTHERS THAT HAVE
LESS TOXIN ON IT.
IF YOU MIX THE PROPERTY IT COULD
BE USED IN CERTAIN CASES.
IN ETHANOL THEY CAN USE IT BUT
WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT
COMES OFF OF THE PROCESS.
THEY CAN'T USE THAT FOR
LIVESTOCK FEED.
SO THERE'S A LOT OF QUESTIONS.
THAT'S WHY THIS COMING THURSDAY
WE'RE HAVING A DISCUSSION WITH
ALL THE PLAYERS INVOLVED,
INCLUDING HOW THE INSURANCE IS
DEALT WITH.
WE'RE GOING TO MEET WITH ALL THE
PEOPLE TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS
TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES THAT ARE
LEFT OVER AFTER WE'VE DEALT WITH
THAT CROP, WHICH IS STILL
HARVESTABLE.
I WANT EVERYBODY TO UNDERSTAND,
WE HAVE A LOT OF GOOD CORN
COMING OFF THE FIELDS IN
ONTARIO.
WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE DEAL
WITH THAT.
THEN WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WHAT
WE DO WITH THE PRODUCT WE CAN'T
USE FOR ITS ORIGINALLY INTENDED
PURPOSE.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE
QUESTION.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA-Streetsville.

The caption changes to "Nina Tangri. PC. Mississauga-Streetsville."

Tangri is in her forties, with wavy dark hair. She wears a pink blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE Minister OF
Indigenous AFFAIRS.
Mr. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS THAT
CREATE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY FOR
ALL THE PEOPLE IN ONTARIO.
THIS IS A PROMISE THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE TAKES
VERY SERIOUSLY.
AND IT INCLUDES CREATING THE
CONDITIONS FOR PROSPERITY IN
ONTARIO'S INDIGENOUS
COMMUNITIES.
TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE MUTUALLY
BENEFICIAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH
COMMUNITY LEADERS THAT DELIVER
ECONOMIC PROSPERITY TO
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ACROSS
ONTARIO.
WHILE WE ARE DEVELOPING THESE
PARTNERSHIPS, WE MUST ALWAYS
RESPECT THE TREATY RIGHTS OF
OOINLD COMMUNITIES.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL THE
MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE HOW AN
IMPORTANT WEEK THAT HIGHLIGHT IT
IS SIGNIFICANCE OF TREATIES IN
THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

[Some Applause]

Rickford says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, AND
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM
MISSISSAUGA FOR THE QUESTION.
LAST WEEK FROM NOVEMBER 4-10 THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO CELEBRATED
TREATIES IN ONTARIO DURING
TREATY RECOGNITION WEEK.
I WANT TO DO A SPECIAL SHOUTOUT.
MY VERY CAPABLE PARLIAMENTARY
ASSISTANT OVER AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF NIPISSING, AS I WAS AT BEAVER
BRAY SECONDARY SCHOOL.
WE PUT A PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON
HAVING THE CELEBRATIONS IN OUR
SCHOOLS.
IT'S A CHANCE TO GAIN A BETTER
UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANCE
OF THE TREATIES TO THE HISTORY
OF ONTARIO.
HOW IT GAVE SHAPE TO IT.
WE HAVE MORE THAN 46 HISTORICAL
TREATIES.
MOST OF THE RIDING WE HAD A
CHANCE TO, AGAIN, CELEBRATE THE
HISTORY OF THESE TREATIES AND WE
LOOK FORWARD TO A RENEWED
RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS
COMMUNITIES AND THEIR TREATIES
MOVING FORWARD.

Tangri says BACK TO THE MINISTER.
ONTARIANS CAN BE CONFIDENT THAT
THIS GOTH IS WORKING HARD TO
ENSURE PROSPERITY ACROSS
ONTARIO.
THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ARE
WELL AWARE OF THE INVESTMENTS
WE'VE MADE TO CONTINUE THE GOAL.
Mr. SPEAKER, MANY OF THE MEMBERS
KNOW HOW MUCH BUTTE NORTHERN
ONTARIO HAS TO OFFER.
IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
CONTINUES TO MAKE INVESTMENTS
THAT WILL HELP NORTHERN
COMMUNITIES BECOME EVEN MORE
VIBRANT DESTINATIONS FOR
TOURISTS.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL THE
MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ABOUT HOW
OUR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPORTING
TOURISM IN THE NORTH?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.
THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT IT'S HIGH
TIME WE'RE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THE
RICH HISTORY AND CONTRIBUTIONS
OF TREATIES IN THE INDIGENOUS
COMMUNITIES AND THE
OPPORTUNITIES AND LEVEL OF
INTEREST FRANKLY THAT PEOPLE
HAVE WHEN THEY VISIT THE VAST
REGION OF NORTHERN ONTARIO AND
IN PARTICULAR NORTH WESTERN
ONTARIO.
EAGLE LAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, IS
KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD AS A
GREAT PLACE TO COME IN THE
SUMMER TO CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS
CULTURE.
I WANT TO FINISH THIS ANSWER BY
CELEBRATING SOMETHING THAT
HAPPENED IN RAINY RIVER DURING
THAT WEEK.
HI A CHANCE TO TAKE PART IN A
LIVING LIBRARY EVENT.
I WANT TO THANK PRINCIPAL BENOIT
FOR LEADING OUR OPENING PRAYER.
ROBERT GREEN GAVE A COMPELLING
STORY OF THE HISTORY OF TREATY 3
AND AND HOW IT SHAPED WESTERN
ONTARIO.
WE'RE VERY PROUD OF OUR HERITAGE
HERITAGE, Mr. SPEAKER.
A COMMON UNDERSTANDING IS
IMPORTANT FOR US ALL MOVING
FORWARD TOGETHER.
I APPRECIATE THE RESPECT AND
CANDOR I'VE DRAWN.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
The member for Windsor-Tecumseh.

The caption changes to "Percy Hatfield. NDP. Windsor-Tecumseh."

Hatfield is in his sixties, with short white hair parted in the middle and a moustache. He wears a black three-piece suit and a white shirt.

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.
GOOD MORNING, MINISTER.
SPEAKER, FOUR PEOPLE DIED FROM A
DRUG OVERDOSE IN WINDSOR WITHIN
A 24-HOUR PERIOD LAST WEEKEND.
FOUR.
SOME SAY AS MANY AS 30 OTHER
USERS OVERDOSED BUT THEIR LIVES
WERE SAVED.
FENTANYL IS IT ONE OF THE
SUSPECTED CAUSES.
SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUT
AN ARBITRARY CAP ON THE NUMBER
OF OVERDOSE PREVENTION SITES
THAT ARE ALLOWED TO OPERATE IN
THE PROVINCE, PITTING COMMUNITY
AGAINST COMMUNITY WHILE THE
OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO CLAIM
LIVES.
WITH FOUR FATAL OVERDOSES IN
JUST ONE DAY AND 30 MORE CLOSE
CALLS, HOW CAN THE MINISTER
JUSTIFY AN ARBITRARY CAP ON
OVERDOSE PREVENTION SITES THAT
WILL LEAVE WINDSOR WITHOUT THIS
IMPORTANT LIFE SAVING RESOURCE?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF Health and Long-Term Care.

The caption changes to "Honourable Christine Elliott. PC. Minister of Health and Long-Term Care."

Elliott is in her late fifties, with long blond hair. She wears a black blazer over a black floral print dress.

She says I THANK THE MEMBER VERY WELL
FOR THE QUESTION.
THIS IS A TRAGIC SITUATION.
I UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS BEING
INVESTIGATED AT SEVERAL LEVELS,
THAT THEY'RE PARTICULARLY
CONCERNED BECAUSE THE FOUR
DEATHS DID NOT HAPPEN TOGETHER,
WHICH SOMETIMES HAPPENS.
I UNDERSTAND THAT THE CORONER'S
OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING, AS IS
MY OFFICE.
WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY
WHAT HAPPENED HERE TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE PUT PROCEDURES IN PLACE
TO MAKE SURE THAT IT DOESN'T
HAPPEN AGAIN.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Hatfield says SPEAKER, WITH AN ESCALATING
OPIOID CRISIS, WE NEED MORE
SANCTIONED OVERDOSE PREVENTION
SITES.
NOT FEWER.
THE NEW APPLICATION GUIDELINES
THE MINISTRY HAS PUT FORWARD Mr.
MAKE IT NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE FOR
SOME OVERDOSE PREVENTION SITES
TO CONTINUE, AND THE ARBITRARY
CAP WILL MAKE IT NEXT TO
IMPOSSIBLE FOR NEW SITES TO
OPEN.
IN WINDSOR WE NEED A SAFRPGS
SITE WHERE PEOPLE CAN TEST THEIR
STREET DRUGS FOR THE PENALTY NIL
AND OTHER TOXIC KEM CAM CALLS TO
AVOID MORE HORRIFIC FATALITIES.
WE NEED TO FILL THE GAP IN
HARM-BASED REDUCTION TREATMENT.
WE NEED MORE MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION SUPPORTS.
SPEAKER, MOST OF ALL, WE NEED A
GOVERNMENT TO RECOGNIZE THESE
NEEDS AND TO TAKE ACTION ON ALL
FRONTS.
WILL THE MINISTER COMMIT TODAY
TO ANSWER OUR NEEDS IN WINDSOR
AND TO DO MORE TO ADDRESS THE
OPIOID CRISIS IN EVERY CORN OF
OUR PROVINCE.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says WELL, I CAN CERTAINLY ASSURE
THE MEMBER THAT WE DO TAKE THE
OPIOID SITUATION VERY SERIOUSLY
IN ONTARIO AND IN ALL PARTS OF
ONTARIO.
ACTUALLY, AS WE ANNOUNCED
SEVERAL WEEKS ACHE, IT IS
POSSIBLE FOR ANY ORGANIZATION TO
EMPLOY TO BECOME A CONSUMPTION
AND TREATMENT SERVICE OPERATIONS
SITE.
THAT IS OPEN TO ORGANIZATIONS IN
WINDSOR AS IT IS OPEN TO OTHER
ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
BUT IT'S ALSO REALLY IMPORTANT
TO REMEMBER THAT WHILE WE DO
HAVE THE CONSUMPTION AND
TREATMENT SERVICE SITES
AVAILABLE, WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE
SURE WE HAVE APPROPRIATE MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION TREATMENT
ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
THAT IS WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON
NOW.
THAT IS ONE OF OUR PRIMARY
ELECTION PROMISES TO THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO.
THAT IS WHY WE HAVE COMMITTED TO
SPENDING 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE
NEXT TEN YEARS TO EXPAND OUR
SERVICES, TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE
THE SERVICES TO MAKE SURE WE CAN
HELP PROVIDE HOUSING, TO MAKE
SURE WE CAN PROVIDE THE
TREATMENT SERVICES THAT PEOPLE
NEED.
THE CONSUMPTION AND TREATMENT
SERVICE SITES ARE IMPORTANT.
OF COURSE.
BUT THEY ARE ONLY ONE PART OF
THE BIGGER PICTURE THAT WE ARE
WORKING ON.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR CAMBRIDGE.

[Some Applause]

The caption changes to "Belinda Karahalios. PC. Cambridge."

Karahalios is in her thirties, with long curly brown hair. She wears a burgundy blazer over a white blouse.

She says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
YESTERDAY THE MINISTER AND
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT STOOD IN
THE HOUSE TO DEBATE THE SAFE AND
SUPPORTIVE CLASSROOMS ACT.
THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO PUT
STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND EDUCATORS
FIRST BY MAKING OUR SCHOOLS
SAFER AND MORE SUPPORTIVE
ENVIRONMENTS FOR EVERYONE.
SPEAKERICS PART OF THIS BILL
FOCUSES ON ENSURING MORE
CONSISTENCY AND TRANSPARENCY FOR
FAMILIES WHO REQUEST PERMISSION
FOR SERVICE UNANIMOUSES IN THE
CLASSROOM...
SERVICE ANIMALS IN THE
CLASSROOM.
THE FANTASTIC MEMBER OF
KITCHENER PUT THIS FORWARD.

[Some Applause]

Karahalios says ONLY HALF OF ONTARIO SCHOOL
BOARDS HAVE SERVICE ANIMAL
POLICIES IN PLACE, MEANING HALF
THE SCHOOL BOARD'S FAMILIES ARE
LEFT UNSUPPORTED WITHOUT ANSWERS
AND SOMETIMES FORCED TO MOVE TO
ANOTHER SCHOOL BORED DISTRICT.
MINISTER, WHAT WILL THIS
GOVERNMENT DO TO PROVIDE
CONSISTENCY ACROSS THE PROVINCE
WHEN IT COMES TO STUDENT ACCESS
FOR SERVICE ANIMALS?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

The caption changes to "Honourable Lisa M. Thompson. PC. Minister of Education."

Thompson is in her forties, with chin-length wavy blond hair. She wears glasses and a pale blue blazer over a spotted blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr.
SPEAKER.
FIRST OF ALL, I'D LEEK TO THANK
THE MEMBER FROM CAME BRIMMING
FOR THIS TIMELY QUESTION...
CAMBRIDGE FOR THIS TIMELY
QUESTION.
I TOO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT I
HAVE A TEAM THAT'S WORKING VERY,
VERY HARD AT THE MINISTRY OF
EDUCATION TO MAKE SURE THAT
STUDENTS WHO REQUIRE SPECIAL
SUPPORTS HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY
TO HAVE SUCCESS IN THE
CLASSROOM.
AND ALSO, WITH THE MEMBER OF
CAMBRIDGE, I ADD MY APPRECIATION
TO NOT ONLY MY AMAZING
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT FROM THE
MEMBER FROM NIAGARA WEST, BUT
ALSO TO THE MEMBER'S FAMILY.
THEY HAVE BEEN TIRELESSLY
ADVOCATING FOR THE PROPER
APPROACH TO ADDRESSING THE NEEDS
FOR SUPPORT DOGS.
THAT SAID, IT IS BECAUSE WE KNOW
SOME STUDENTS IN THIS PROVINCE
RELY ON THE ASSISTANCE OF
SERVICE ANIMALS IN THEIR SCHOOL
ENVIRONMENT.
THIS INCLUDES STUDENTS WITH
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS SUCH AS
STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM
DISORDER, AND MENTAL HEALTH
DISORDER AND NEEDS.
BUT SPEAKER, WE KNOW
UNFORTUNATELY SCHOOL BOARDS
DON'T HAVE A CONSISTENT APPROACH
AND WHAT THIS BILL, BILL 48 WILL
DO, IS IT MAKE SURE ALL SCHOOL
BOARDS WILL BE DIRECTED TO HAVE
CLEAR AND FAIR POLICIES
REGARDING SERVICE ANIMALS.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Karahalios says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
THAT RESPONSE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TEAM FOR ALL
THE HARD WORK YOU'RE DOING FOR A
FULL CONSULTATION.
THEY'VE BEEN PARTICIPATING.
WILL YOU CONTINUE LISTENING
TODAY TO LISTEN TO PARENTS AND
EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS IN CAME
CAMBRIDGE AND IN OUR GREAT
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Thompson says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, AND
TO THE MEMBER, YEP.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
LISTEN AND WE HAVE BEEN
LISTENING.
THAT'S WHY IT'S SO NICE TO BE
BRINGING FORWARD A PIECE OF
LEGISLATION THAT DEMONSTRATES
THAT PARENTS IN ONTARIO MATTER
TO THE PC GOVERNMENT.
AND, YOU KNOW, ALL MATTERS OF
THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TO ALSO PROVIDE
INPUT ON THE POLICY DIRECTIVE
THAT WILL BE ISSUED TO THE
BOARDS.
THAT INCLUDES FAMILIES,
EDUCATION PARTNERS, ADVOCACY
GROUPS AND COMMUNITY AGENCIES.
IT WILL HELP US FORM THE BEST
POSSIBLE GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL
BOARDS TO DEVELOP POLICIES THAT
WORK FOR FAMILIES, FOR STUDENTS
WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
AND PARENTS DESERVE THIS.
SPEAKER, I CAN'T STRESS THIS
ENOUGH.
AFTER 5 YEARS OF ABSOLUTE
MISMANAGEMENT IN THIS SECTOR,
PARENTS DESERVE A CLEAR AND
TRANSPARENT PROCESS FOR
REQUESTING SERVICE ANIMALS.
NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR UNIVERSITY-ROSEDALE.

The caption changes to "Jessica Bell. NDP. University-Rosedale."

Bell is in her late thirties, with shoulder-length wavy brown hair. She wears a gray blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS ABOUT THE TRANSIT
PROJECT THAT HAS A LOT OF
COMMUNITY SUPPORT.
DURING THE ELECTION, THE PREMIER
PROMISED TO BUILD IT.
YET WHEN WE MET WITH MINISTRY OF
TRANSPORTATION STAFF, THEY
REFUSED TO SAY WHETHER THIS
GOVERNMENT IS MOVING AHEAD WITH
THE HURONTARIO LRT.
PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH BEING
STUCK IN TRAFFIC FOR HOURS,
CRAMMED LIKE SARDINES IN
OVERCROWDED SUBWAYS, BUSS AND
STREETCARS.
SINCE I CAN'T GET A STRAIGHT
ANSWER FROM THE MINISTRY STAFF,
SPEAKER, I'LL ASK THE PREMIER
DIRECTLY.
IS THIS GOVERNMENT GOING TO
BUILD THE HURONTARIO LRT AND
PROVIDE TRANSIT WILL HE LEAF TO
RESIDENTS?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER.

The caption changes to "Honourable Steve Clark. PC. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing."

Clark is in his fifties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears rounded glasses, a gray suit, white shirt and printed gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER, AND I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION.
AS HAS BEEN SAID IN THIS HOUSE
MANY TIMES, OUR PREMIER AND OUR
GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO
TRANSIT IS THERE.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK
WITH OUR PARTNERS.
I APPRECIATE THE INPUT THAT THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER HAS TAKEN.
WE LOOK FORWARD TONE GAUGING HER
AND THE MINISTER ON THIS MATTER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Bell says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
RED LIGHTS ACROSS THE GTA ARE
FEELING THE PAIN OF TRANSIT
CONSTRUCTION THAT IS REQUIRED TO
EXPAND DAY SERVICE.
FROM DAVENPORT TO THE St.
LAWRENCE MARKET AREA TO THE
BEACHES, RESIDENTS ARE GRPALLING
WITH AROUND THE CLOCK NOISE,
DUST AND INCREASED POLLUTION.
THEIR ONE CONSOLATION IN THE
FACE OF THIS DISRUPTION IS THE
PROVINCIAL PROMISE TO ELECTRIFY
GO, WHICH WILL REDUCE AIR
POLLUTION AND NOISE ONCE THE
TRAINS ARE RUNNING.
BUT WHEN WE MET WITH MINISTRY OF
TRANSPORTATION STAFF, THEY WERE
NOT ANSWERING IF THAT'S GOING
AHEAD.
ONTARIANS DESERVE THIS AS
PROMISED.
IS THIS GOVERNMENT GOING TO DO
SO?
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.

Clark says I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER AGAIN FOR THE
QUESTION.
AS MEMBER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
AND HOUSING, I KNOW I SPEAK ON
BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUE, THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ITEM
FOR US.
BUT SPEAKER, WE LOOK FORWARD TO
DEALING WITH THAT NEW
STREAMLINED COUNCIL WHEN THEY
GET CALLED IN THE DECEMBER.
WE WANT TO WORK WITH NEM AND THE
PEOPLE OF TORONTO AND THEIR NEW
COUNCIL AND OUR AGENCIES TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE BUILD TRANSIT, THAT
WE BUILD HOUSING, THAT WE BUILD
INFRASTRUCTURE IN THIS
COMMUNITY.
SO I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING
THAT CONVERSATION WITH THIS
MEMBER AND THE AGENCIES AND
COUNCIL FURTHER.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FROM MISSISSAUGA
EAST-COOKSVILLE.

The caption changes to "Kaleed Rasheed. PC. Mississauga-East-Cooksville."

Rasheed is in his forties, clean-shaven, with short-cropped black hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and spotted red tie.

He says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT
AND MINES.
I WILL KNOW OUR GOVERNMENT FOR
THE PEOPLE IS COMMITTED TO
SUPPORTING NORTHERN ONTARIO'S
AGRICULTURE SYSTEM.
INVESTING IN THE AGRICULTURE
SECTOR SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE
THAT NORTHERN ONTARIO IS OPEN
FOR BUSINESS.
THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN
THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR BECAUSE
OF THE INCREASING NEED FOR
LOCALLY GROWN AND PRODUCED FOOD.
I'M PROUD THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
FOR THE PEOPLE THROUGH THE
NORTHERN ONTARIO HERITAGE FUND
CORPORATION IS SUPPORTING
AGRICULTURE PROJECTS.
WE ARE TAKING REAL ACTION TO
SUPPORT STRONG AND VIBRANT
COMMUNITIES ACROSS NORTHERN
ONTARIO.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL US
ABOUT RECENT INVESTMENTS THAT
ARE HELPING NORTHERN ONTARIO'S
AGRICULTURE SECTOR?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND
MINES.

Rickford says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE MEMBER'S
QUESTION FROM MISSISSAUGA
EAST-COOKSVILLE.
IN FACT, I LIKE THE WAY
MISSISSAUGA'S TRENDING THIS
MORNING, Mr. SPEAKER.
IN APPRECIATION FOR INDIGENOUS
CULTURE, TOURISM IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO AND NOW THIS BURGEONING
AGRICULTURE SECTOR THAT WE HAVE
ACROSS NORTHERN ONTARIO.
BUT PARTICULARLY IN NORTHWESTERN
ONTARIO.
THEY KNOW THAT FARMERS FEED
CITIES, Mr. SPEAKER, AND I SPENT
A GREAT DEAL OF TIME IN THE
SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE AREA.
WE HAVE AN AWESOME AGRICULTURE
SECTOR.
I WAS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE ARE
INVESTING IN FOR AGRICULTURE
PROJECTS.
WE'RE GOING TO BE HELPING THEM
PURCHASE NECESSARY FARMING
EQUIPMENT, Mr. SPEAKER.
BUILDING GRAIN STORAGE CAPACITY
AND INCREASING GREENHOUSE
CAPACITY, Mr. SPEAKER.
CLOVER BELT COUNTRY MEATS LATER
ON IN THE WEEK IN DRYDEN,
BUILDING A GREAT ABILITY TO
PROCESS MEAT.
WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT
AGRICULTURE IN NORTHWESTERN
ONTARIO AND BEING OPEN FOR
BUSINESS.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.
STOP.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Rasheed says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
THE GREAT ANSWER.
YES, WE DO RESPECT OUR FARMERS.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING EVERYTHING
IT CAN TO ENSURE THAT WE CREATE
ECONOMIC PROSPERITY RIGHT ACROSS
ONTARIO.
THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ARE
WELL AWARE OF THE IMPORTANT
INVESTMENT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
CONTINUED TO MAKE TO SUPPORT
THIS GOAL.
Mr. SPEAKER, MANY OF THE MEMBERS
KNOW HOW MUCH BEAUTY NORTHERN
ONTARIO HAS TO OFFER.
IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
CONTINUES TO MAKE INVESTMENTS
THAT WILL HELP NORTHERN
COMMUNITIES BECOME EVEN MORE
VIBRANT DESTINATIONS FOR
TOURISTS.
CAN THE MINISTER OUTLINE OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO GROW OUR
TOURISM SECTOR AND CREATE BETTER
JOBS IN NORTHERN ONTARIO?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
I'LL TALK ABOUT PARTICULAR
INVESTMENT IN A VERY SPECIAL
TOWN AND MAKE A SHOUTOUT FOR THE
MEDIA, WHICH I'M NOT REFUTED TO
DO.
I DID A GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT LAST
WEEK AND DENNIS SMITH, WHO RAN
THE DRIFTWOOD FOR SEVERAL
DECADES PASSED AWAY WITH CANCER
LAST WEEK.
HE WAS AN HONOURABLE MAN WITH
INTEGRITY.
HE KEPT DRIFTWOOD ALIVE LIVE AND
WELL, INFORMING THOSE
CONSTITUENTS OF IMPORTANT EVENTS
THAT WERE GOING ON IN HIS TOWN
AND ACROSS THE REGION AND I
APPRECIATE HIM VERY MUCH.
Mr. SPEAKER, I WAS THERE TO
CELEBRATE A BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
PLAN.
A MASTER PLAN TO HELP A TOWN
HISTORICALLY HARD HIT BY
ECONOMIC HARDSHIP OVER THE
COURSE OF TIME.
WAY OUT THERE ON THE EASTERN
SIDE OF MY RIDING, BUT THEY'RE
FIGHTING BACK.
REAL ESTATE LOOT FOREST PRODUCTS
PUT A MILL NOT TOO FAR AWAY.
THEY'VE GOT SOME OTHER
ACTIVITIES THEY'RE FOCUSSING ON.
A BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE AND
OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS TO DO
THINGS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.
WE'RE INVESTING IN THOSE SMALL
TOWNS.
THEY WANT TO STAND WITH
NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO AND THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR SPADINA-NORTH YORK.

The caption changes to "Chris Glover. NDP. Spadina-Fort York."

Glover is in his late forties, with short white hair and a boxed beard. He wears a gray suit, blue shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
THIS GOVERNMENT IS STRIPPING
AWAY BASIC OPPORTUNITY FOR
PART-TIME TEMPORARY WORKERS AND
CREATING CONDITIONS THAT
ENCOURAGE EMPLOYERS TO HIRE
PEOPLE ON CONTRACT RATHER THAN
CREATING FULL-TIME PERMANENT
POSITIONS.
LAST WEEK A PROFESSOR CAME TO
QUEEN'S PARK.
SHE'S BEEN TEACHING IN ONTARIO'S
COMMUNITY COLLEGES FOR 21 YEARS
AS A PART-TIME TEMPORARY
CONTRACT EMPLOYEE AND EVERY
THREE MONTHS OVER THOSE 21 YEARS
SHE'S HAD TO REPLY FOR HER JOB.
SHE SAYS, AND I QUOTE, "DESPITE
HAVING TAUGHT THOUSANDS OF
STUDENTS SPANNING TWO DECADES IN
FRONTLINE EXPERIENCE, I'M PAID
SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN A
FULL-TIME COUNTERPART TEACHING
FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME."
IS THIS WHAT A GOOD JOB LOOKS
LIKE IN DOUG FORD'S ONTARIO?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says ONCE AGAIN,
I'LL REMIND MEMBERS THAT WE
REFER TO EACH OTHER EITHER BY
OUR RIDING OR OUR MINISTERIAL
TITLE IF APPLICABLE.
RESPONSE.
MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

The caption changes to "Honourable Todd Smith. PC. Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade."

Smith says THANKS VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER.
IT'S A PLEASURE TO TAKE THIS
QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE.
WE WERE ELECTED WITH A STRONG
MANDATE, AS WOULD HE KNOW, AND
WE ALL KNOW, ON JUNE 7th, TO
MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS,
Mr. SPEAKER.
AND THAT'S NOT... THAT REQUIRES
US TO CHANGE THE ENVIRONMENT FOR
BUSINESS IN THE PROVINCE THAT
THE LIBERALS HAD CREATED OVER
THE PAST 15 YEARS.
THAT WAS AN ENVIRONMENT THAT LED
TO OVER 300,000 MANUFACTURING
JOBS, LEAVING THIS JURISDICTION
FOR OTHER JURISDICTIONS SOUTH OF
THE BORDER OR OTHER PROVINCES
WITHIN OUR COUNTRY, Mr. SPEAKER.
WE'VE ALREADY STARTED.
WE'VE ALREADY STARTED GETTING
ONTARIO BACK ON TRACK.
BY ELIMINATING THE VERY COSTLY
CAP AND TRADE CARBON TAX, AND BY
TAKING ON THE VERY HARD BILL
148, WHICH WAS BROUGHT FORWARD
BY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT.
SPEAKER, WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING
WE CAN.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says RESTART THE
CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Glover says Mr. SPEAKER, DOES OPEN FOR
BUSINESS MEAN YOU'RE GOING TO DO
IT ON THE BACKS OF THE STAFF AND
STUDENTS AT ONTARIO'S COLLEGES
AND UNIVERSITIES?
DOES IT MEAN WE'RE IN A RACE TO
THE BOTTOM?
ONE OF THE PROFESSORS SAID OF
HIS STUDENTS AT ONTARIO'S
UNIVERSITIES; THEY JUGGLE
MULTIPLE JOBS, HIGH RENT, RISING
TUITION AND SEVERE COURSE LOADS.
BILL 47 PUNISHES THEM FURTHER BY
STRIPPING THEM OF PAID SICK DAYS
AND ALLOWING THEIR EMPLOYER TO
RESCHEDULE SHIFTS WITHOUT
NOTICE.
OR WITH LITTLE NOTICE.
I AS AN EDUCATOR HAVE SEEN
FIRSTHAND HOW THIS JEOPARDIZES
STUDIES AND CAUSES STRESS AND
ANXIETY.
CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN HOW
THIS IS SETTING STUDENTS UP FOR
SUCCESS?

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Smith says MINISTER OF TRAINING COLLEGES
AND UNIVERSITIES, Mr. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRAINING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

The caption changes to "Honourable Merrilee Fullerton. PC. Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities."

Fullerton is in her forties, with long wavy blond hair and bangs. She wears a black blazer.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
FOR THE QUESTION.
AS THE MEMBER KNOWS, BILL 47
PRESERVES EQUAL PAY PROTECTION
BASED ON GENDER AND OTHER HUMAN
RIGHTS AND CHARACTERISTICS.
OUR GOVERNMENT STRONGLY SUPPORTS
EQUAL PAY AND STRONGLY SUPPORTS
FAIRNESS AND EQUAL RIGHT.
THE SO-CALLED EQUAL PAY
PROVISION IN THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT'S BILL 148 WERE
IMPRACTICAL AND BURDENSOME FOR
OUR JOB CREATORS.
ONTARIO'S JOB CREATORS KNOW BEST
HOW TO RECRUIT, REINTAN AND REP
WARD THEIR EMPLOYEES.
THE MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS ACT WILL GIVE OUR JOB
CREATORS THE ABILITY TO HIRE
WORKERS, INVEST BACK INTO THEIR
BUSINESS AND ATTRACT NEW
BUSINESSES TO COME TO ONTARIO
AND INVEST.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[Some Applause]

The Speaker says ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR KING VAUGHAN.

The caption changes to "Stephen Lecce. PC. King-Vaughan."

Lecce is in his thirties, with short dark hair and a stubble. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, and gray tie.

He says TO THE MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT CONSER RADIATION...
CONSERVATION AND PARKS,
OPPOSITION TO PRIME MINISTER
TRUDEAU'S CARBON TAX REMAIN ON
THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY.
SPEAKER, FOLLOWING THE LIBERAL
ANNOUNCEMENT TO CIRCUMVENT THE
PROVINCE AND THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO BY IMPOSING A CARBON TAX
ON WORKERS, ON COMMUTERS AND ON
JOB CREATORS IN THIS PROVINCE.
Mr. SPEAKER, CONSERVATIVES SAY
NO.
WE SAY NO TO A CARBON TAX WHICH
DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTS
CANADIANS AND INCREASES THE COST
OF EVERYTHING.
WE SAY NO TO A CARBON TAX THAT
UNDERMINES OUR COMPETITIVE
ADVANTAGE AND OUR FUTURE
PROSPERITY.
AND WE SAY NO TO A CARBON TAX
THAT RATES EVERYTHING FROM
GROCERIES TO GAS.
SPEAKER, WHILE THE NDP SEEMS TO
DEFEND THE LIBERAL LEADER
INCREASES ON FAMILIES, THE
LIBERALS WE KNOW, THE LIBERALS
THAT DON'T HAVE AN ENVIRONMENT
PLAN, THEY HAVE A PATH SUPPORTED
BY THE NEW DEMOCRAT PARTY OF THE
PROVINCE.
WILL YOU COMMIT TODAY TO SEND A
MESSAGE TO OUR PRIME MINISTER
THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS A GOING
TO FIGHT THIS TAX EVERY STEP OF
THE WAY?

[Some Applause]

[Inaudible]

The caption changes to "Honourable Rod Phillips. PC. Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks."

Phillips is in his early fifties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt and pale blue tie.

He says Mr. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO
THE MEMBER FROM KING VAUGHAN,
Mr. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT WAS
ELECTED WITH A MANDATE TO MAKE
LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR
FAMILIES.
THAT'S WHY WE REPEALED THE
REGRESSIVE...

[Inaudible]

Phillips says 264 IN THE POCKET OF EVERY
FAMILY MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S 264
THAT THEY CAN USE THAT THE
GOVERNMENT CAN DO WITHOUT
MR.SPEAKER THE FEDERAL CARBON
TAX IS GOING TO ADD 648 TO THE
PRICE OF A FAMILY'S LIFE.
MR SPEAKER, WHEN THE PRIME
MINISTER TALKS ABOUT TAXING
POLLUTERS HE'S TALKING ABOUT
TAXING COMMUTERS.
THAT'S WHY UNDER THE LEADERSHIP
OF OUR PREMIERE WE WILL USE
EVERY TOOL THAT WE HAVE.
TO FIGHT THIS CARBON TAX, TO
PROTECT ONTARIO FAMILIES
TO IMPROVE COMPETITIVENESS
AND TO ENSURE ONTARIO IS OPEN
FOR BUSINESS.

The Speaker says THAT CONCLUDES THE TIME THAT WE HAVE TODAY FOR QUESTION PERIOD.

Watch: Question Period: Tuesday, November 13, 2018