Transcript: Question Period: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Nov 15, 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 LEADER OF
THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Andrea Horwath. NDP. Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition."

Horwath is in her fifties, with straight blond hair in a bob. She wears a burgundy blazer over a yellow blouse, and a pendant necklace.

She says THANKS
VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO START BY LEADER OF
THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION
WELCOMING THE P.O.A., BRUCE
CHAPMAN THE PRESIDENT WHO I
MET WITH SEVERAL WEEKS AGO
JUST TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE
POLICE OFFICERS THAT KEEP
OUR PROVINCE SAFE AND
CONTINUE TO WORK WITH YOU ON
ISSUES OF PRIVATIZATION,
MAKING SURE YOU'RE ABLE TO
STAY WELL AND CONTINUE TO DO
YOUR JOB WITH THE SUPPORT OF
YOUR PROVINCE.
SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER, WHO
APPARENTLY MISSED ME
YESTERDAY.
ALI CANVOUCHY SERVED THE
CONSERVATIVE PARTY IN MANY
ROLES BOTH IN OTTAWA AND
HERE AT QUEEN'S PARK.
HE WAS EVEN CHIEF OF STAFF
TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
DURING HIS BRIEF STINT AS
INTERIM LEAD EARLY.
YESTERDAY THE PREMIER
STRUGGLED TO ANSWER SOME
BASIC QUESTIONS, SO WILL THE
PREMIER TODAY AT LEAST ADMIT
TO KNOWING MR. VELSHI?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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 striped blue tie.

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

He says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE O.P.G. IS RESPONSIBLE
FOR THEIR OWN STAFFING
ISSUES.
BUT LET ME TELL YOU, WHAT WE
HAVE DONE WHEN IT COMES TO
THE ENERGY FILE.
WE ENDED UP SAVING 7,500
JOBS OUT IN PICKERING THAT
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
WANTED TO GET RID OF.
THAT'S 7,500 FAMILIES THAT
WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO
PAY THEIR MORTGAGE, PUT FOOD
ON THEIR TABLE BUT THAT
WASN'T A CONCERN TO THE
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.
WE CANCELLED THE WORST
CONTRACT THERE WAS.
IT WAS A GREEN ENERGY SCAM,
I CALL IT, THE GREEN ENERGY
ACT.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE SAVED 790 MILLION DOLLARS FOR
THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS GREAT
PROVINCE, CANCELLING THESE
CONTRACTS.
AGAIN, A WASTE OF MONEY.
WE ENDED UP GETTING RID OF
THE HYDRO BOARD AND THE
C.E.O.
WE'RE TURNING HYDRO AROUND
BECAUSE THE NUMBER-ONE ISSUE
WHEN I CRISSCROSSED THIS
PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER, WAS
ENERGY COSTS.
ENERGY COSTS TO BUSINESSES,
ENERGY COSTS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says TO PEOPLE
THAT COULDN'T AFFORD TO PAY
THEIR HYDRO BILLS, CHOOSING
BETWEEN HEATING AND EATING.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS TAKE
THEIR SEATS.
STOP THE CLOCK.
MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR
SEATS.
SHOULD I REREAD MY
STATEMENT?
HANSARD HAS IT.
I DON'T HAVE IT.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
BACK TO THE PREMIER.
WHEN DID THE PREMIER LEARN
THAT MR. VELSHI HAD BEEN
OFFERED A JOB AT ONTARIO
POWER GENERATION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
THIS IS... I THINK THIS IS
THE THIRD DAY.
THEY JUST KEEP REPEATING AND
REPEATING THE QUESTION.
O.P.G. IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
THEIR OWN... BUT I WANT TO
THANK THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION TO GIVE ME AN
OPPORTUNITY TO TELL THE
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
WHAT PEOPLE REALLY CARE
ABOUT.
ACTUALLY THERE ARE SO MANY
ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS MADE.
AS A MATTER OF FACT THERE'S
NO GOVERNMENT IN THE HISTORY
OF ONTARIO THAT HAS ENDED UP
GETTING MORE DONE IN FOUR
MONTHS THAN THIS GOVERNMENT
HERE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says I MENTIONED THE 7,500 JOBS
THAT THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION WANTED TO AXE.
WE PUT A MEMORIAL UP FOR THE
VETERANS OF THE AFGHAN WAR.
REFORMED OHIP SUPPORTING
PEOPLE IN THE GREATEST NEED.
FOUGHT FOR ONTARIO ON THE
ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSERS.
CANCELLED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says WASTEFUL
CONTRACTS 700 MILLION DOLLARS.
INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL
COMMISSION TO LOOK INTO WHO
WAS SPENDING THE MONEY THE
LAST 15 YEARS, A
LINE-BY-LINE AUDIT...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
AT ANY POINT IN THE HISTORY
OF ONTARIO DID THE PREMIER
DISCUSS MR. VELSHI'S
APPOINTMENT TO ONTARIO POWER
GENERATION WITH HIS CHIEF OF
STAFF...

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says I WANT TO
THANK THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION FOR GIVING ME
MORE TIME TO FINISH ALL
MY... OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
WE FOUGHT FOR ONTARIO JOBS
DURING NAFTA, PROTECTING
FARMERS, PROTECTING
STEELWORKERS.
WE ENDED A NASTY STRIKE AT
YORK UNIVERSITY.
WE ANNOUNCED A BETTER LOCAL
GOVERNMENT REDUCING THE SIZE
AND COST OF GOVERNMENT,
GETTING RID OF THE
POLITICIANS DOWNTOWN CITY OF
TORONTO THAT COULDN'T GET
ANYTHING DONE.
WE CHALLENGED THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT WITH A CARBON
TAX.
WE'LL BE GOING TO COURT OVER
THAT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says WE RETURNED
A BUCK-A-BEER.
PROVIDED 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO
FIGHT FOR...

The Speaker says ORDER.

[INTERJECTIONS]

Ford says TO FIGHT
GUNS AND GANGS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says HYDRO ONE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT.
182 MILLION DOLLARS O.P.P.
STATIONS...

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says PROTECTING FREE SPEECH.
INCREASED G.O. TRAIN SERVICE
IN THE GTHA.
SCRAPPED...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[Voice trailing]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
STOP THE CLOCK.

[Interjection]

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says I'LL REMIND
THE HOUSE TO QUOTE A FORMER
SPEAKER, WHEN THE SPEAKER
STANDS, YOU HAVE TO SIT
DOWN.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
THE PREMIER'S NOW HAD 24
HOURS TO REVIEW THE
NEWSPAPER REPORTS AND CONFER
WITH HIS CHIEF OF STAFF,
DEAN FRENCH.
CAN HE NOW CONFIRM OR DENY
THAT HIS CHIEF OF STAFF,
MR. FRENCH HIMSELF,
CONTACTED THE CHIEF... THE
CHAIR, RATHER, OF ONTARIO
POWER GENERATION CONCERNING
THE APPOINTMENT OF ALI KHAN
VELSHI TO AN EXECUTIVE
POSITION?

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF ENERGY.

The Speaker says 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 light gray suit, white shirt, and gray plaid tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
ONTARIO POWER GENERATION IS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN
STAFFING DECISIONS.
O.P.G. IS A CROWN
CORPORATION THAT IS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN
STAFFING DECISIONS.
PUT DIFFERENTLY, ALL
STAFFING DECISIONS AT O.P.G.
ARE MADE BY O.P.G..
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE
C.E.O. OF O.P.G. CAME TO
QUEEN'S PARK BUT REFUSED TO
DISCUSS EMPLOYMENT MATTERS
WITH REPORTERS AND
GOVERNMENT M.P.P.s
INTERVENED.

The Speaker says COME TO
ORDER, GOVERNMENT SIDE.

Horwath says AND
GOVERNMENT...

The Speaker says SIDE, COME
TO ORDER.

Horwath says AND
GOVERNMENT M.P.P.s
INTERVENED TO ENSURE THAT HE
DID NOT TAKE ANY QUESTIONS
ABOUT THIS MATTER AT THE
FISCAL TRANSPARENCY
COMMITTEE.
THE FISCAL TRANSPARENCY
COMMITTEE.
WILL THE PREMIER ASK O.P.G.
TO MAKE THE DETAILS OF
MR. VELSHI'S CONTRACT
PUBLIC?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTRY OF
ENERGY.

Rickford says THE BIGGEST POTENTIAL
HUMAN RESOURCES CHALLENGE
FOR O.P.G. WOULD HAVE BEEN
THAT IF THE ANTINUCLEAR
DEMOCRATIC POWER HAD POWER,
6,500 PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN
CUT LOOSE.
CAN YOU IMAGINE A SKILLED
WORKFORCE LIKE THAT,
BEAUTIFUL PICKERING COUNTRY
LOOKING FOR WORK,
MR. SPEAKER?
I CAN'T IMAGINE.
I'VE LOOKED AT ALL OUR
NUCLEAR FACILITIES.
I'M GETTING TO VISIT EVERY
SINGLE ONE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says GREAT WORKERS WHO ARE
COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE
ONTARIO HAS A STABLE SOURCE
OF ELECTRICITY FROM NUCLEAR
POWER.
THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT ASSETS
THAT WE APPRECIATE.
WE APPRECIATE THOSE PEOPLE
AND THANK GOD THEY DIDN'T
HAVE THAT HUMAN RESOURCE
PROBLEM.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE
CLOCK.
MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR
SEATS.
RESTART THE CLOCK.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER'S JOB
IS TO SET A HIGH ETHICAL
STANDARD, GOVERN IN THE
PUBLIC INTEREST AND BE
ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE
WHO ELECTED HIM.
INSTEAD THE PREMIER SEEMS TO
THINK HIS JOB IS OFF DOING
WHATEVER HE WANTS WHENEVER
HE WANTS AND ANSWERING TO NO
ONE AT ALL, MR. SPEAKER.
THE CONSERVATIVE... A
CONSERVATIVE INSIDER IS
GOING TO GET PAID HALF A
MILLION DOLLARS FOR A SINGLE
DAY'S WORK.
THE PREMIER'S OFFICE IS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS,
SPEAKER.
WILL THE PREMIER FINALLY
SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP AND
TELL ONTARIANS WHAT ROLE HIS
OFFICE PLAYED IN THIS ABUSE
OF THE PEOPLE'S MONEY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says WELL, THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
LET'S TURN HUMAN RESOURCES
INTO AN OPPORTUNITY AND TALK
ABOUT WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT
HAS DONE OVER THE PAST FOUR
AND A HALF MONTHS.
WE'VE BEEN ELIMINATING THE
BARRIERS THAT COST EMPLOYERS
AND SMALL BUSINESSES MONEY
TO BE COMPETITIVE, CREATING
JOBS.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION
BENCHES, COME TO ORDER.

Rickford says THERE'S A HUMAN RESOURCE
OPPORTUNITY.
IT USED TO BE AN ISSUE
DURING THE DECADE OF
DARKNESS.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ASKED
US TO FLIP THE SWITCH ON,
BRIGHTEN THEIR HORIZON AND
CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR
JOBS SO THAT THE ONLY HUMAN
RESOURCE ISSUES THAT
BUSINESSES IN THIS PROVINCE
HAD WAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO
GO AND HIRE MORE PEOPLE.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU
SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.
FOR WEEKS NOW THE GOVERNMENT
HAS REFUSED TO DISCLOSE
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT
CONTRACTS AWARDED BY THE
ONTARIO CANNABIS STORE.
THESE ARE CONTRACTS AWARDED
USING PUBLIC MONEY.
WILL THE MINISTER DISCLOSE
WHO HAS WON THE LUCRATIVE
CONTRACTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker 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 spotted yellow tie, with a golden pin on his left lapel.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
THE QUESTION.
SO THE ONTARIO CANNABIS
STORE HAS A NUMBER OF
CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS
WITH DIFFERENT BUSINESSES
AND ENTITIES THAT PROVIDE
THE RECREATIONAL CANNABIS TO
ITS CUSTOMERS.
I'LL BREAK IT DOWN
SUCCINCTLY.
WE BEGIN WITH 32 FEDERALLY
LICENSED PRODUCERS, SOME
LIKE CANOPY GROWTH AND
UPCANNABIS.
THERE'S A LONG LIST THAT'S
BEEN PUBLISHED OF THE 32
LICENSED PRODUCERS THAT WE
PURCHASE FROM.
THAT GOES, THAT PRODUCT GOES
TO OUR WAREHOUSE WHO NOT
ONLY WEAR HOUSE THE PRODUCTS
BUT DISTRIBUTE THEM, AND
THAT WAS... THAT O.C.S.
WAREHOUSE, SPEAKER, WAS
COMPETITIVELY TENDERED AND
NEGOTIATED UNDER THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
THEN CANADA POST DELIVERS
THE ORDERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says SHOPIFY.
SPEAKER, SECURITY AT OUR
WAREHOUSE IS A TOP PRIORITY,
AND WE WILL NOT BE SHARING
INFORMATION ON THE...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE MINISTER MIGHT
THINK IT'S IDIOTIC TO BE
CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THE
GOVERNMENT SPENDS PUBLIC
DOLLARS.
BUT AFTER THIS PAST WEEK,
PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE
CONCERNED ABOUT THIS
GOVERNMENT'S DECISION MAKING.
WHEN WAS THE CONTRACT
AWARDED?
HOW MUCH WAS IT AWARDED FOR?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says MONEY, SPEAKER?
WHO GETS...

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SO ONCE AGAIN, WE BEGIN WITH
THE 32 PUBLISHED FEDERALLY
LICENSED PRODUCERS.
WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE A
WAREHOUSE WHICH I'LL TALK
ABOUT AGAIN IN ANOTHER
MOMENT.
WE HAVE SHOPIFY WHO WON THE
CONTRACT BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT TO RUN OUR ONLINE
OPERATION, AND WE HAVE
CANADA POST WHO DELIVER IT.
NOW, WHEN IT COMES TO THE
WAREHOUSE, IT WAS
COMPETITIVELY TENDERED AND
NEGOTIATED BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT.
SECURITY OF THE O.C.S.
WAREHOUSE IS A TOP PRIORITY,
SPEAKER.
WE WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT BE
SHARING FURTHER INFORMATION.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says ON THE DAY-TO-DAY
OPERATIONS.
THIS IS A SECURE.

The Speaker says MEMBER FROM
WATERLOO, COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says THE SECURITY OF THOSE
EMPLOYEES.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR St. CATHARINES, COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says PARAMOUNT CONCERN,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE VERY DISAPPOINTED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says THAT THE N.D.P. WANT TO
PURSUE INFORMATION OF SUCH A
SUPREME CONFIDENTIAL NATURE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA CENTRE.

The caption changes to "Natalia Kusendova. PC. Mississauga Centre."

Kusendova is in her thirties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears a dark blue dress.

She says GOOD MORNING, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION THIS MORNING IS
FOR THE MINISTER OF
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.
CONGRATULATIONS ON HER NEW
PORTFOLIO.
MR. SPEAKER, CONSTITUENTS
AND POLICE OFFICERS IN MY
RIDING OF MISSISSAUGA
CENTRE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Kusendova says VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE
TREATMENT OF OUR
HARD-WORKING AND DEDICATED
FRONT-LINE POLICE OFFICERS
IN INSTANCES WHERE THEY
ADMINISTER NALOXONE TO
OVERDOSE VICTIMS.
UNDER A REGULATION IN THE
POLICE SERVICES ACT, POLICE
OFFICERS HAVE BEEN REQUIRED
TO REPORT TO AND BE
INVESTIGATED BY THE S.I.U.
IN AN INCIDENT IN WHICH A
CIVILIAN DIES AFTER NALOXONE
IS ADMINISTERED.
SPEAKER, THIS REQUIREMENT IS
PLACING UNFAIR BURDENS ON
OUR DEDICATED FRONT-LINE
OFFICERS WHO PERFORM THEIR
DANGEROUS DUTIES DAY IN THE
AND DAY OUT TO KEEP OUR
ONTARIO COMMUNITIES AND
FAMILIES SAFE.
TO THE MINISTER, COULD YOU
PLEASE UPDATE THE MEMBERS OF
THIS LEGISLATURE ON HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
ADDRESSING THIS PROCESS
WHICH UNFAIRLY BURDENS OUR
BRAVE FRONT-LINE OFFICERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

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 navy blue suit.

She says IT WOULD BE AN HONOUR,
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
OF MISSISSAUGA CENTRE,
BECAUSE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT
ISSUE.
BUT, SPEAKER, BECAUSE THE
POLICE ASSOCIATION OF
ONTARIO IS HERE, BECAUSE SO
MANY FRONT-LINE OFFICERS ARE
JOINING US TODAY, I WOULD
LIKE TO PUBLICLY THANK YOU
ON BEHALF OF OUR GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says ON THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT
YOU DO.

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A
GOVERNMENT WHO UNDERSTANDS
THE CHALLENGING WORK THAT
YOU DO AS FRONT-LINE
OFFICERS AND THAT YOU HAVE A
GOVERNMENT WHO IS LISTENING.
IT WAS A GREAT HONOUR
YESTERDAY, BUT FRANKLY I
REALLY HAVE TO GIVE ALL THE
THANKS TO MINISTER TIBOLLO,
BECAUSE HE DID ALL THE WORK
IN PREPARATION FOR THE
ANNOUNCEMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says SO THANK YOU.
VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
AND I WILL SPEAK TO THE
SPECIFICS OF THE NALOXONE
CHANGE IN MY TALK.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Kusendova says SPEAKER, I THANK THE
MINISTER FOR HER RESPONSE.
IT IS VERY REASSURING TO
HEAR THAT OUR GOVERNMENT FOR
THE PEOPLE IS TREATING THE
DEDICATED HARD WORKING MEN
AND WOMEN OF ONTARIO'S
POLICE SERVICES WITH
RESPECT.
OUR DEDICATED FRONT-LINE
OFFICERS PERFORM SOME OF THE
MOST DANGEROUS WORK IN THE
PROVINCE, AND WE MUST ENSURE
THAT THEY HAVE THE NECESSARY
TOOLS THEY NEED TO PERFORM
THEIR WORK SAFELY.
I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE
TODAY, KNOWING THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
TAKING ACTION TO ENSURE THAT
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR
POLICE SERVICES ARE BETTER
EQUIPPED TO CONTINUE SAVING
LIVES AND KEEPING OUR
COMMUNITIES SAFE.
SPEAKER, ACCOUNT MINISTER
PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY THIS
AMENDMENT TO THE POLICE
SERVICES ACT NEEDED TO BE
MADE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
CURRENTLY TODAY OUR
FRONT-LINE OFFICERS OUR
PARAMEDICS, OUR FIREFIGHTERS
ARE ABILITY USE NALOXONE.
THEY DON'T HAVE TO GO
THROUGH AN UNNECESSARY
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IF
SOMETHING GOES WRONG.
AND YET, BEFORE THIS SMALL
REGULATORY CHANGE WAS MADE,
OUR POLICE OFFICERS DID.
IT WASN'T FAIR.
IT WASN'T RIGHT.
WE MADE THAT CHANGE AND I'M
PROUD TO STAND WITH PREMIER
FORD AND OUR GOVERNMENT TO
SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PLEASE TAKE
YOUR SEATS.
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 striped gray tie.

He says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
TO THE PREMIER.
A QUESTION ABOUT ENSURING
IMPARTIALITY IN OUR CRIMINAL
JUSTICE SYSTEM AS POLICE
INVESTIGATE THE ACTIVITIES
OF THE ONTARIO P.C. PARTY.
AS THE PREMIER WELL KNOWS,
THERE ARE MULTIPLE POLICE
INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVING THE
PARTY THAT HE CURRENTLY
LEADS.
YESTERDAY THE GOVERNMENT
ADMITTED THAT IT WOULD BE
IMPROPER FOR THE GOVERNMENT
TO INVOLVE ITSELF IN AN
INVESTIGATION.
FOR THIS REASON, WILL THE
PREMIER AGREE TO BRING IN AN
INDEPENDENT SPECIAL
PROSECUTOR TO ENSURE THE
COMPLETE IMPARTIALITY OF
THIS INVESTIGATION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, AS I'VE
ANSWERED THIS A COUPLE TIMES
ALREADY.
WE CAN'T GET INVOLVED IN
POLICE INVESTIGATION, BUT
I'LL TELL YOU.
I WAS ELECTED TO BE A LEADER
OF THIS PARTY, TO CLEAN UP
PATRICK BROWN'S MESS.
THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I DID
AND WE'RE MOVING THIS
PROVINCE FORWARD IN A
POSITIVE WAY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Natyshak says SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY
THE LEVEL AND FREQUENCY OF
THE SCANDALS AT THAT WE'RE
SEEING IS EVEN MAKING THE
LIBERALS BLUSH IN THIS HOUSE.
SPEAKER, IT IS OF PUBLIC
IMPORTANCE THAT THIS
INVESTIGATION AND EVENTUAL
PROSECUTION.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Natyshak says FAIRLY AND IMPARTIALLY.

The Speaker says VAUGHAN,
COME TO ORDER.

Natyshak says TO POSSIBLE FRAUD IN THE
P.C. NOMINATION IN HAMILTON
WEST, POLICE REPORT THAT
WITNESSES HAVE BEEN SO FAR
UNCOOPERATIVE AND REFUSE TO
PROVIDE STATEMENTS.
THIS IS VERY CONCERNING,
BECAUSE THE FACT IS THAT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Natyshak says ONE OF THESE CANDIDATES
AT THE CENTRE OF THIS
NOMINATION BATTLE IS NOW
SAFELY EMPLOYED WITHIN THE
GOVERNMENT, WORKING DIRECTLY
FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
SPEAKER, SOMETHING SMELLS
HERE AND THE PUBLIC JUST
WON'T BELIEVE THAT THE PARTY
UNDER INVESTIGATION CAN BE
TRUSTED TO PROSECUTE ITSELF.
SPEAKER.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Natyshak says WILL THE PREMIER AGREE TO
BRING IN AN INDEPENDENT
SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO ENSURE
THE COMPLETE IMPARTIALITY OF
THIS INVESTIGATION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.
GOVERNMENT, PLEASE TAKE
THEIR SEATS.

Ford says THE MEMBER
FROM ESSEX IS SUGGESTING HE
DOESN'T TRUST THE HAMILTON
POLICE.
HE DOESN'T TRUST ANY OF THE
POLICE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says I TRUST THE
INVESTIGATION.

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Ford says I HAVE
FAITH BECAUSE THEY'RE
ACCOUNTABLE.
THEY'RE TRANSPARENT UNLIKE
THE N.D.P.
YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY'RE
COMING FROM.
I HAVE ALL THE FAITH IN THE
WORLD.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says IN OUR
POLICE ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.
THEY'RE ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONS.
THAT'S WHO I'M TRUSTING.
I HAVE TRUST...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE
CLOCK.
ONCE AGAIN I'LL REMIND
MEMBERS MAKE THEIR COMMENTS
THROUGH THE CHAIR.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR
ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Christine Hogarth. PC. Etobicoke-Lakeshore."

Hogarth is in her late thirties, with blond hair in a bun. She wears a black cardigan over a gray dress, and a pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY.
I'M PLEASED TO HEAR THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
WILL BE CONDUCTING FORESTRY
ROUNDTABLES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE TO DEVELOP A
COMPREHENSIVE FORESTRY
STRATEGY.
CURRENTLY ONTARIO'S FORESTRY
SECTOR CONTRIBUTES 15.3
BILLION DOLLARS TO THE ECONOMY AND
SUPPORTS ROUGHLY 150,000
JOBS IN APPROXIMATELY 250
COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE.
OUR FORESTRY SECTOR IS A
MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVER IN
ONTARIO.
HOWEVER, UNDER THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT, THE INDUSTRY
LOST 51,000 JOBS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT
IS COMMITTED TO BOLSTERING
ONTARIO'S FORESTRY INDUSTRY
AND REPAIRING THE DAMAGE
INFLICTED BY THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
COULD THE MINISTER INFORM
THE HOUSE OF THIS CRUCIAL
IMPORTANCE OF CONDUCTING HIS
ROUNDTABLES AND ENGAGING
WITH STAKEHOLDERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
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, blue shirt, and checked gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
I AGREE WITH THE MEMBER THAT
ONTARIO'S FOREST INDUSTRY IS
A MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVER IN
THIS PROVINCE AND I'M
PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT
I'LL BE GETTING ON A PLANE
TONIGHT AND TRAVELLING TO
SAULT Ste. MARIE FOR THE
VERY FIRST ROUNDTABLE.

[APPLAUSE]

Yakabuski says THE FORESTRY INDUSTRY WAS
NEGLECTED BY THE FORMER
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
RESTRICTIONS, REGULATION AND
TAX BURDENS HINDERED THE
INDUSTRY.
OUR FORESTRY STRATEGY WILL
HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES GROW
AND THRIVE BECAUSE,
MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIO IS ONCE
AGAIN OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

[APPLAUSE]

Yakabuski says GATHERING FEEDBACK FROM
FORESTRY STAKEHOLDERS ABOUT
THE CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES
THAT ARE PREVENTING THE
INDUSTRY FROM GROWING LIKE
WE KNOW IT CAN.
THE INFORMATION GATHERED AT
THESE ROUNDTABLES WILL ALLOW
OUR GOVERNMENT, FOR THE
PEOPLE, TO IDENTIFY WHAT WE
CAN DO TO HELP THE INDUSTRY
AND UNLEASH ITS FULL
POTENTIAL AS A DRIVER FOR
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND
PROSPERITY, PARTICULARLY IN
NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Hogarth says I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR THAT RESPONSE.
AND I'M SO GLAD TO HEAR THAT
OUR MINISTER IS STARTING
RIGHT AWAY WITH THESE
FORESTRY ROUND TABLES IN MY
RIDING OF SAULT Ste. MARIE
AND CONTINUES TO ENGAGE WITH
THE INDUSTRY THROUGHOUT THE
PROVINCE AND THROUGH WRITTEN
SUBMISSIONS AND ONLINE
SUBMISSIONS.
THERE ARE SO MANY
HARD-WORKING ONTARIANS WHOSE
FAMILIES DEPEND ON THE
FORESTRY SECTOR AND I'M
PLEASED TO HEAR THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
COMMITTED TO STRENGTHENING
THE SECTOR AS A WHOLE AND
OPENING UP ONTARIO FOR
BUSINESS.
CAN THE MINISTER EXPAND MORE
ON HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS
SUPPORTING THE FORESTRY
SECTOR IN ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yakabuski says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AGAIN THANK YOU TO THE
MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE HAS BEEN CLEAR THAT
WE ARE COMMITTED TO OPENING
UP ONTARIO FOR BUSINESS AND
THE FORESTRY STRATEGY WE ARE
DEVELOPING WILL ASSIST IN
DOING JUST THAT.
OUR GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS
VALUE AND STAND UP FOR OUR
FORESTRY INDUSTRY.
SPEAKER, I WAS DISAPPOINTED
TO HEAR THE LEADER OF THE
N.D.P. DISREGARD FORESTRY
AND DEEM THE MINISTRY OF
NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY A LOWER PORTFOLIO.

[INTERJECTIONS]

Yakabuski says SPEAKER, THOUSANDS OF
ONTARIANS...

The Speaker says ORDER ON THE
GOVERNMENT SIDE.

Yakabuski says DOES THE LEADER OF THE
N.D.P. CONSIDER THEM LOWER
AS WELL?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES HAS A LOUD
VOICE.
THE GOVERNMENT SIDE IS SO
LOUD, I CAN HARDLY HEAR HIM.
I WOULD ASK THE MINISTER TO
CONCLUDE HIS COMMENTS.

Yakabuski says SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT
IS COMMITTED TO REDUCING RED
TAPE, IMPROVING EFFICIENCIES
AND IDENTIFYING
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATION
WHILE ENSURING SUSTAINABLE
FOREST MANAGEMENT.
FORTUNATELY WE HAVE A
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
THAT WILL ALWAYS STAND BY
FORESTRY AND I CAN ASSURE
THE MEMBER AND THIS HOUSE
THAT THAT WILL ALWAYS BE THE
CASE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE
LEADER OF THE N.D.P. SAYS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT.

The caption changes to "Marit Stiles. NDP. Davenport."

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered blond hair in a bob. She wears a black jacket and a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
SPEAKER, SO FAR THIS
GOVERNMENT'S RECORD ON
EDUCATION HAS BEEN NOTHING
BUT CUTS, CHAOS AND
CONTRADICTIONS.
THEY HAVE CUT 100 MILLION DOLLARS IN
FUNDING MEANT TO TACKLE THE
SCHOOL REPAIR BACKLOG.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Stiles says LEAVING US.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Stiles says WEARING HATS AND MITTS
INSIDE THE CLASSROOMS.
THEY CUT THE PARENTS
REACHING OUT GRANT, GRANTS
THAT FUNDED IMPORTANT
PROGRAMS AIMED AT ENGAGING
PARENTS IN THEIR CHILDREN'S
EDUCATION.
AND THEY SCRAPPED THE MODERN
SEX-ED CURRICULUM, LEAVING
YOUNG PEOPLE WITHOUT THE
TOOLS THEY NEED TO FACE
ISSUES, CYBERBULLYING,
CONSENT AND TO PROTECT
THEMSELVES FROM ABUSE.
SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
ALREADY TAKEN SO MUCH OUT OF
EDUCATION.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US
WHAT OTHER CUTS PARENTS,
STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Stiles says COULD BE BRACING
THEMSELVES FOR?

[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 black blazer over a gray shirt.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, I STAND BEFORE YOU
TODAY AND TELL YOU WITH MY
HEART ON MY HAND WHAT I AM
GOING TO CUT OUT IS THE
NONSENSE COMING FROM...

[INTERJECTIONS]

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says NOTHING BUT PERPETUATING
FEAR AND IT'S GOT TO STOP.
THIS IS NOT...

[Inaudible]

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says ABSOLUTE NONSENSE!

The Speaker says I HAD MY
EARPHONE IN.
I COULDN'T HEAR THE MINISTER
OF EDUCATION BECAUSE OF THE
APPLAUSE FROM THE GOVERNMENT
SIDE.
I WOULD ASK THE GOVERNMENT
MEMBERS TO CONSIDER THAT AND
THINK ABOUT IT.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Stiles says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I SUSPECT THAT I HIT A
NERVE.
BACK TO THE MINISTER.
I'M NOT SURPRISED...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Stiles says I AM NOT SURPRISED BY
THIS MINISTER'S LACK OF
RESPONSE, MR. SPEAKER.
IN FACT LAST WEEK THE
GOVERNMENT SHOWED JUST HOW
UNWILLING THEY ARE TO TALK
ABOUT LOOMING CUTS.
WHEN A JOURNALIST ASKED WHAT
CUTS THIS GOVERNMENT HAS IN
STORE FOR OUR KIDS'
EDUCATION THE MINISTER'S
STAFF REPLIED LET'S IGNORE.
SO MUCH FOR TRANSPARENCY,
MR. SPEAKER.
SO MUCH FOR ACCOUNTABILITY.
I ASK AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER,
ACCOUNT MINISTER TELL US
WHAT FURTHER EDUCATION CUTS
ARE COMING, OR IS HER
GOVERNMENT GOING TO CONTINUE
TO IGNORE THE REAL CONCERNS
OF PARENTS, STUDENTS AND
EDUCATORS ACROSS ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Thompson says SPEAKER, WHAT WE NEED TO
CUT OUT OF THIS HOUSE ONCE
AND FOR ALL IS THE
PERPETUATING OF FEAR BY A
NONSENSE...

[INTERJECTIONS]

Thompson says THE FACT OF THE MATTER...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS
THIS PROVINCE IS -
CURRENTLY PAYING...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says THIS PROVINCE IS
CURRENTLY PAYING 1.426
MILLION DOLLARS AN HOUR IN INTEREST
ON OUR DEBT.
AND I'M TELLING YOU THAT WE
NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE IN
HERE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says AND I'M HEARING, SPEAKER,
AND EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE
NOTE OF THAT, THIS COMMENT
THAT PEOPLE ARE APPRECIATING
THAT WE ARE TAKING OUR TIME
WITH OUR LINE-BY-LINE AUDIT,
CUTTING OUT THE WASTE
BECAUSE THERE WAS A LOT OF
IT IN THE LAST 15 YEARS, AND
I'M VERY PROUD OF.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says WHAT MY...
IS DOING IN A RESPONSIBLE
MANNER...

[INTERJECTIONS]

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE
CLOCK.
MEMBER FOR
YORK CENTRE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX WILL
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST
WILL COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST
WILL COME TO ORDER.
THE PREMIER WILL COME TO
ORDER.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR GUELPH.

The caption changes to "Mike Schreiner. Green. Guelph."

Schreiner is in his late forties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and spotted green tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THE ENVIRONMENT
COMMISSIONER REVEALED THAT
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT
ALLOWED RAW SEWAGE TO BE
DUMPED IN OUR RIVERS AND
LAKES 1,327 TIMES LAST YEAR.
THIS IS DISGUSTING.
MY DAUGHTER HAS ONE WORD FOR
IT...
GROSS.
THIS IS OUR DRINKING WATER.
THIS IS THE WATER WE TAKE
OUR KIDS SWIMMING, FISHING
AND PADDLING THE AND WE KNOW
THAT CLIMATE CHANGE WILL
ONLY MAKE THE SITUATION
WORSE.
ONE LOW-COST SOLUTION IS TO
STOP PAVING OVER OUR GREEN
SPACE.
SO I'M ASKING TODAY, PREMIER,
WILL YOU COMMIT TODAY TO
PROTECT AND EXPAND THE
GREENBELT TO DEFEND THE
PLACES WE LOVE AND TO
PROTECT OUR WATER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says MINISTER OF
THE ENVIRONMENT.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
THE ENVIRONMENT,
CONSERVATION AND PARKS.

[APPLAUSE]

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 checkered green tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU
TO THE MEMBER FROM GUELPH
AND THANK YOU FOR THE
QUESTION.
HE IS CORRECT IN NOTING THAT
THE COMMISSIONER DID DELIVER
HER ANNUAL REPORT, AND THERE
WERE SOME TROUBLING
INFORMATION ABOUT THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT'S FOCUS
ON WATER, AND HE HAS SPOKEN
TO ME ABOUT THIS
INDIVIDUALLY AND PERSONALLY
AS WELL.
IT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL BE
PART OF THE PLAN THAT WE
WILL HAVE COMING OUT AT THE
END OF THE MONTH WITH
REGARDS TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
IT'S AN IMPORTANT
CONSIDERATION CLEAN WATER,
CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN LAND.
WHAT THIS PARTY COMMITTED TO
IN ITS ELECTION AND WHAT WE
COMMITTED TO IN OUR
ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN THAT WILL
BE FORTHCOMING IS TO MAKE
SURE THAT ONTARIANS HAVE
CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER AND
CLEAN LAND.
I SHOULD REFERENCE AS WELL
WE ARE STILL OPEN FOR
CONSULTATIONS ON THAT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Phillips says WE'VE HAD OVER 5,000
ONTARIANS CONTRIBUTE AND
THEY CAN CONTINUE TO UNTIL
FRIDAY AT ONTARIO.CLIMATE.CA.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Schreiner says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I DO HOPE THE PREMIER WILL
COMMIT TO PROTECTING THE
GREENBELT THOUGH.
YESTERDAY ALSO THE INSURANCE
BUREAU OF CANADA WAS HERE
RAISING ALARM BELLS ABOUT
THE COSTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
1.2 BILLION DOLLARS IN INSURABLE
LOSSES IN THE LAST NINE
MONTHS.
THAT'S OVER 350 PER
HOUSEHOLD.
YET THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO
PLAN TO REDUCE THESE COSTS
ON FAMILIES.
I RELEASED A CLIMATE CHANGE
STRATEGY THIS MORNING.
I FORWARDED IT TO THE
MINISTER'S OFFICE.
HE'S WELCOME TO STEAL EVERY
IDEA IN THAT PLAN.
BUT MY QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER OR THE MINISTER IS
WILL THE GOVERNMENT TODAY
COMMIT TO POLLUTION TARGETS
THAT MEET OUR PARIS
OBLIGATIONS AND LEAVE A
LIVABLE, AFFORDABLE FUTURE
FOR OUR CHILDREN AND
GRANDCHILDREN?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, AND TO THE
MEMBER FROM GUELPH, I DO
APPRECIATE BOTH DIRECTLY AND
TODAY HIS INPUT THAT HE'S
PROVIDED AS I SAID OVER
5,000 ONTARIANS HAVE
PROVIDED INPUT DIRECTLY AND
WE CONTINUE TO GATHER THAT
INPUT.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THE MEMBER
FROM GUELPH ALSO, THIS
MORNING HE ATTACKED OUR
GOVERNMENT.
HE ATTACKED OUR GOVERNMENT
FOR GETTING RID OF CAP AND
TRADE, WHICH WAS A
COMMITMENT THAT WE MADE
DURING OUR ELECTION AND PART
OF THE MANDATE THAT ELECTED
US.
OWE ATTACKED OUR GOVERNMENT
FOR FIGHTING THE TRUDEAU
CARBON TAX, AGAIN SOMETHING
WE COMMITTED TO.
MR. SPEAKER, WE WON'T
APOLOGIZE FOR MEETING OUR
COMMITMENTS.
WE WON'T APOLOGIZE FOR AN
ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN THAT
PROTECTS FAMILIES AND
PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT.

Interjection: HEAR, HEAR!

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR CARLETON.

THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Goldie Ghamari. PC. Carleton."

Ghamari is in her thirties, with long straight black hair. She wears a black blazer over a black and white dress.

She says BEFORE I BEGIN I WOULD JUST
LIKE TO WELCOME TO THE
LEGISLATURE A PERSONAL
FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE OF MINE,
MATT SCOTT, PRESIDENT OF THE
OTTAWA POLICE ASSOCIATION,
AS WELL AS DIRECTORS BARMACK
ANVARLEY, JAMIE McGARRY AND
BRIAN SAMUEL.
AND I LOOK FORWARD TO
MEETING WITH THEM LATER
TODAY.
MY QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER, IS
FOR MINISTER OF HEALTH AND
LONG-TERM CARE.
WE HAVE AN ONGOING
POPULATION, AGING POPULATION
IN THIS PROVINCE AND ACROSS
OUR COUNTRY.
OUR SENIORS BUILT THIS GREAT
NATION, FOUGHT IN OUR WARS
AND MADE ONTARIO WHAT IT IS
TODAY.
HOWEVER, SADLY, THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENTS TREATED THEM AS
NOTHING BUT AN AFTERTHOUGHT
FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS.
WE HAVE OVER 30,000 PEOPLE
ON WAIT LISTS FOR
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS, AND IN
MY RIDING OF CARLETON ALONE,
THESE WAIT LISTS ARE YEARS
LONG.
I KNOW THIS IS AN ISSUE.
THE MINISTER HAS ADVOCATED
FOR PASSIONATELY IN THE
PAST.
CAN THE MINISTER.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Ghamari says EXPLAIN WHAT IS BEING
DONE TO INVEST IN ADDITIONAL
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS ACROSS
MY RIDING OF CARLETON IN
ONTARIO?

[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 dark blue dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MEMBER FROM CARLETON FOR
THIS IMPORTANT QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE IS DELIVERING ON OUR
PROMISE TO END HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE BY TAKING URGENT
ACTION TO EXPAND ACCESS TO
LONG-TERM CARE, REDUCING THE
STRAIN ON OUR HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM IN ADVANCE OF THE
UPCOMING FLU SEASON, AND
WORKING WITH FRONT-LINE
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
AND OTHER EXPERTS TO
TRANSFORM THE PROVINCE'S
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH
BUILDING 6,000 NEW
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS ACROSS
ONTARIO, REPRESENTING THE
FIRST WAVE OF MORE THAN
15,000 NEW LONG-TERM-CARE
BEDS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS
COMMITTED TO BUILD OVER THE
NEXT FIVE YEARS OF THE WE...
YEARS.
WE TOLD THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO WE'D HELP OUR
HOSPITALS RUN BETTER AND
MORE EFFICIENTLY AND HELP
GET THEM THE CARE THEY
DESERVE AND, MR. SPEAKER, WE
ARE KEEPING THAT PROMISE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Ghamari says I'D LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR HER RESPONSE.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
I'M EXCITED TO HEAR THAT
THIS IS JUST THE FIRST WAVE
OF LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS AND
THAT WE'LL SEE MANY MORE
BEDS ACROSS ONTARIO IN THE
COMING YEARS.
IT IS CLEAR THAT WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE... WITH
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE, HELP IS ON THE WAY.
WE'VE DONE A LOT IN JUST
FOUR MONTHS AND I KNOW THAT
THE MINISTER IS COMMITTED TO
ENDING 15 YEARS OF NEGLECT.
FOR 15 YEARS THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT FAILED TO
TAKE CARE OF THE SENIORS WHO
WORKED TO BUILD ONTARIO UP.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
PROVIDE MORE DETAILS ABOUT
OUR PLAN TO SHOW RESPECT FOR
ONTARIANS WHO EXPECT AND
DESERVE QUALITY LONG-TERM
CARE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS.
OUR GOVERNMENT WILL BE
EXTENDING FUNDING FOR SPACES
ALREADY OPERATING IN THE
HOSPITAL AND COMMUNITY
SECTORS ACROSS ONTARIO TO
HELP COMMUNITIES PREPARE FOR
THE SURGE THAT ACCOMPANIES
THE UPCOMING FLU SEASON.
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE IS A
MULTIFACETED PROBLEM THAT
WILL REQUIRE REAL AND
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS.
OUR GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE
TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO
WORK ON THE FRONT LINES OF
OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AS WE
DEVELOP A LONG-TERM
TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALTH CARE
STRATEGY TO ADDRESS HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE AND END IT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR NICKEL BELT.

The caption changes to "France Gélinas. NDP. Nickel Belt."

Gélinas is in her forties, with short straight blond hair and bangs. She wears a bright green blazer over a patterned black dress.

She speaks in French, and a translator says
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS ALSO FOR THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH AND
LONG-TERM CARE.

[End of Translation]

In English, Gélinas continues
FOR TOO LONG, ONTARIO'S
FAMILIES HAVE BEEN STUCK
WAITING LONGER AND LONGER
FOR THE HEALTH CARE THAT
THEY NEED.
AND THIS WEEK'S FINANCIAL
UPDATE, IT IS CLEAR THAT
CUTS AND PRIVATIZATION WILL
BE ON THE AGENDA FOR OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
THE MINISTER HAD SAID SO
MUCH IN RECENT SPEECHES TO
THE ONTARIO HOSPITAL
ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHERS.
CAN THE MINISTER LAY OUT
EXACTLY HOW PRIVATIZATION
AND SPENDING CUTS WILL MAKE
IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO FIND
A FAMILY PHYSICIAN OR TO GET
THE HOSPITAL CARE THEY NEED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.

Elliott says WELL, MR. SPEAKER,
THROUGH YOU, IN FACT I FEEL
IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO
ADDRESS FOR ALL MEMBERS OF
THE LEGISLATURE AND ANYONE
WATCHING THESE PROCEEDINGS
THE ACTUAL FACTS.
IN FACT I MADE NO SUCH
STATEMENT.
WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IS
EXPAND HEALTH CARE ACROSS
ONTARIO FOR THE PEOPLE THAT
NEED IT.
THAT'S WHY THEY COMMITTED TO
BUILDING OR CREATING 5,000
NEW LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS
WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
THAT'S WHY WE HAVE COMMITTED
TO 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN
YEARS TO CREATE A CONNECTED
AND COORDINATED MENTAL
HEALTH SYSTEM ACROSS
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

[Voice trailing]

Elliott says AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE
GOING TO DO.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Gélinas says SPEAKER, WHEN I HEAR
MINISTER TALK ABOUT
INNOVATION, I FEEL LIKE I
HAVE SEEN IN AGENDA BEFORE.
IT IS CLEAR DURING THE
MINISTER'S SPEECHES, DURING
THE RESOLUTIONS THAT WILL BE
DEBATED AT THE P.C.
CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND.
WHEN I SEE THINGS SUCH AS
RESOLUTION TO ENCOURAGE
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR
PARTNERSHIP IN THE DELIVERY
OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, I GET
NERVOUS, SPEAKER.
LIKE TOMMY DOUGLAS, THE
N.D.P. BELIEVES THAT CARE
SHOULD BE BASED ON NEED, NOT
ON ABILITY TO PAY, AND THAT
THE PRIVATE HEALTH CARE
BUSINESSES SHOULD NOT BE
MAXIMIZING THEIR PROFITS ON
THE BACK OF SICK PEOPLE.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US
WHICH HEALTH CARE SERVICES
HER CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT
PLANS TO PRIVATIZE NEXT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER?

Elliott says LET ME BE CLEAR.
NO SUCH THING IS GOING TO
HAPPEN, THAT THERE ARE MANY
THINGS THAT GET DISCUSSED AT
PARTY CONVENTIONS.
YOU HAVE PARTY CONVENTIONS.
THE OTHER PARTIES HAVE
CONVENTIONS.
WE HAVE CONVENTIONS.
THAT DOES NOT MEAN...

[Interjection]

Interjection:
ANTIPOLICE.

Elliott says NOT AT ALL.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says WE ARE COMMITTED DO
MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS...

[Interjection]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says AREAS WHERE THAT IS NOT
HAPPENING.
WE'RE GOING TO CONCENTRATE
ON THAT.
WE ARE GOING TO WORK ON
ENDING HALLWAY MEDICINE BY
CREATING THOSE LONG-TERM
CARE SPACES, BY DEVELOPING A
LONG-TERM CONNECTED MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION
STRATEGY, BY MAKING SURE
THAT PEOPLE GET THE HOME
CARE SERVICES THAT THEY
NEED.
THAT'S WHAT WE ARE
CONCENTRATING OUR EFFORTS ON
BY BUILDING UP OUR SERVICES
IN ONTARIO SO THAT ALL
PEOPLE, ALL PEOPLE WILL HAVE
ACCESS TO THIS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR HASTINGS-LENNOX
AND ADDING TON.

The caption changes to "Daryl Kramp. PC. Hastings-Lennox and Addington."

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

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TODAY IS FOR OUR
FINE MINISTER OF TOURISM,
CULTURE AND SPORT.

[APPLAUSE]

Kramp says WHEN WE HEAR HURRY!
HURRY!
I'M NOT SUGGESTING WE
ACCELERATE THE ACTIONS OF
THIS HOUSE.
OF COURSE WHAT I AM
REFERRING TO IS THE TIM
HORTON BRIER.
CANADA'S ANNUAL CURLING
CHAMPIONSHIP.
THE WINNER OF THE 2020
CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP WILL
REPRESENT CANADA A MONTH
LATER AT THE WORLD MEN'S
CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FROM
MARCH THE 28th TO APRIL THE
5th IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.
ADDITIONALLY, THAT WINNING
TEAM WILL RETURN TO DEFEND
ITS TITLE AS TEAM CANDIDATES
IN THE 2021 TIM HORTONS
BRIER.
CAN THE MINISTER TODAY
INFORM THIS HOUSE AND OUR
GOVERNMENT'S INVOLVEMENT
WITH THIS TREMENDOUSLY
IMPORTANT 2020 BRIER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TOURISM, CULTURE AND SPORT.

The caption changes to "Honourable Michael A. Tibollo. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport."

Tibollo is in his late fifties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, and blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM HASTINGS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Tibollo says LENNOX AND ADDINGTON FOR
THE QUESTION.
I'M HAPPY TO TELL THE HOUSE
TODAY THAT, AFTER WAITING
FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS,
KINGSTON WILL GET ITS
LONG-AWAITED SECOND
OPPORTUNITY TO HOST THE
WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS NATIONAL
CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP.

[APPLAUSE]

Tibollo says IN 2020 TIM HORTONS BRIER
WILL BE PLAYED FEBRUARY 29
TO MARCH 8 IN DOWNTOWN
KINGSTON, THE HOME TO ONE OF
THE OLDEST CURLING CLUBS IN
CANADA.
AND IT'S FITTING THAT THE
CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE COMING
BACK TO THE CITY.
GREAT SPORTS LIKE CURLING
STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES AND
BRING US CLOSER TOGETHER.
ADDITIONALLY, THE TIM
HORTONS BRIER WILL PROVE TO
HAVE A POSITIVE ECONOMIC
EFFECT IN KINGSTON AND THE
SURROUNDING AREA.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says IT WILL CREATE JOBS AND
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO
MEET AND SOCIALIZE.
I CONGRATULATE THE CITY OF
KINGSTON FOR THIS GREAT
ACHIEVEMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Kramp says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MINISTER FOR
THAT RESPONSE.
YOU KNOW KINGSTON LAST
HOSTED THE BRIER IN 1957.

Interjection: WOW.

Kramp says A LONG TIME AGO, WHEN
AL... I EVEN REMEMBER.
ALBERTANS HOSTED THE TANKARD,
PERFECT 10-0 ROUND-ROBIN
PERFORMANCE AT THE KINGSTON
MEMORIAL CENTRE BUT THE
BRIER IS NOT ONLY AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR ONTARIANS TO
COME TOGETHER AND SUPPORT
OUR SPORT SECTOR BUT ALSO
TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO
PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC GROWTH
THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ALL
OF THESE REGIONS.
COULD THE MINISTER TODAY
ELABORATE ON THE IMPORTANCE
OF THE BRIER FOR ONTARIANS
AND ALL OF OUR LOCAL
COMMUNITIES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
MINISTER.

Tibollo says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU FOR THAT
QUESTION.
ONTARIO'S GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
AND COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING
THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF OUR
SPORT SECTORS.
IN MANY COMMUNITIES ACROSS
ONTARIO, CURLING IS AN
ESSENTIAL PART OF OUR
CULTURAL HERITAGE AND OUR
IDENTITY AS PROUD ONTARIANS.
IT'S A TIME FOR ALL
PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO
COME TOGETHER FOR WHAT IS
ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS
TROPHIES IN CANADIAN SPORT.
THE BRIER WILL BE A POSITIVE
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BENEFIT
FOR KINGSTON AND FOR ALL
ONTARIANS WHO WILL GATHER TO
WATCH THE CHAMPIONSHIP FROM
ACROSS THE REGION.
THAT'S WHY I'M HAPPY TO
CONGRATULATE KINGSTON TODAY
AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE
CAMARADERIE AND COMPETITION
THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE
SHORTLY IN KINGSTON.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER CENTRE.

The caption changes to "Laura Mae Lindo. NDP. Kitchener Centre."

Lindo is in her thirties, with long highlighted hair in thin dreads. She wears a black blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SAFETY
AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.
ONTARIO'S BLACK YOUTH ACTION
PLAN WITH A COMMITMENT AND
INVESTMENT IN BLACK CHILDREN,
BLACK YOUTH AND THEIR
FAMILIES.
FUNDING MEANT ENHANCED
OUTREACH BY YOUTH WORKERS
WHO RECEIVED ANTIRACISM
TRAINING TO BETTER HELP WITH
MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES.
BLACK YOUTH AND THEIR
FAMILIES WOULD ALSO BE
CONNECTED WITH
COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES AND
RESOURCES, AS WELL AS
PROVIDED WITH CULTURALLY
APPROPRIATE MENTORSHIP.
TO DATE, THE CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT HAS NOT MADE
COMBATING SYSTEMIC ANTIBLACK
RACISM A PRIORITY AND HAS
INSTEAD RELIED ON PRE
WRITTEN SCRIPTS TO EVADE
TALKING ABOUT REAL ACTION.
WILL THE MINISTER BE
CONTINUING THE FUNDING FOR
THE BLACK YOUTH ACTION PLAN,
YES OR NO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

Jones says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
OF THE N.D.P. FOR THE
QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING
TO ME THAT WE HIVE OFF THESE
INDIVIDUAL ISSUES, AND YET
WHEN WE SAY WE ARE REVIEWING
ALL PROGRAMS, WE ARE LOOKING
AT EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT PROVIDES TO
ENSURE THAT IT IS PROVIDING
THE APPROPRIATE OUTCOMES AND
GETTING WITH THE PEOPLE...
WHAT THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
NEED AND DESERVE.
THAT'S WHAT OUR
RESPONSIBILITY IS AS
GOVERNMENT AND THAT'S WHAT
WE ARE DOING.
YES TAKES TIME.
YES, IT IS GOING TO BE
THOROUGH BUT WE ARE DOING A
LINE-BY-LINE
PROGRAM-BY-PROGRAM AUDIT TO
ENSURE THAT THE OUTCOMES
THAT WERE PROMISED ARE
ACTUALLY BEING DELIVERED.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Lindo says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
BACK TO THE MINISTER.
NOT TALKING ABOUT SYSTEMIC
AND INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM
DOESN'T MAKE IT GO AWAY.
THE ANTI-RACISM DIRECTORATE,
WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT THE
ONTARIO N.D.P. HAS LONG BEEN
ADVOCATING FOR, WAS THE
GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO
BUILDING A MORE INCLUSIVE
SOCIETY AND ITS COMMITMENT
TO IDENTIFYING, ADDRESSING
AND PREVENTING SYSTEMIC
RACISM IN GOVERNMENT POLICY,
LEGISLATION, PROGRAMS AND
SERVICES.
IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THE
RACIALIZED POPULATION IN
ONTARIO WILL BE 48 percent BY 2036,
WHICH MEANS THAT THE WORK OF
THE ANTI-RACISM DIRECTORATE
IS CRITICAL FOR SUPPORTING
THE NEEDS OUR INCREASINGLY
DIVERSE POPULATION.
WILL THE MINISTER BE
MAINTAINING THE ANTIRACISM
DIRECTORATE WITH ADEQUATE
RESOURCES TO DO THEIR JOBS,
YES OR NO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Jones says THANK YOU.
I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR
THE MEMBERS OF THE N.D.P. TO
UNDERSTAND THAT WE WORK AS A
TEAM HERE TOGETHER.
AND I AM INCREDIBLY PROUD OF
MY PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
THE MEMBER FROM BRAMPTON
SOUTH WHO IS TAKING...

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says AND MAKING THEM...
BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THE
IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING OUR
YOUNG PEOPLE.
WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE
OF ENSURING THAT THE
PROGRAMS WE ARE PROVIDING
ARE GETTING THE OUTCOMES
THAT WE WANT.
AND MY PARLIAMENTARY
ASSISTANTS, OUR TEAM MEMBER,
THE BRAMPTON... THE MEMBER
FROM BRAMPTON SOUTH IS DOING
THAT, AND I KNOW THAT WITH
HIS THOROUGHNESS, WE WILL
GET THERE WITH APPROPRIATE
OUTCOMES THAT ACTUALLY ARE
GOING TO MICK A DIFFERENCE
FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE
CHILDREN OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR OAKVILLE.

The caption changes to "Stephen Crawford. PC. Oakville."

Crawford is in his forties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears a gray suit, blue shirt, and spotted blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Crawford says THANK YOU.
SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR
THE PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD.
MY CONSTITUENTS ARE
CONCERNED ABOUT HOW YEARS OF
LIBERAL MISMANAGEMENT HAVE
LEFT THE PROVINCE'S FINANCES
IN TERRIBLE SHAPE.

Interjection: SHAME.

Crawford says THEY'RE ALSO CONCERNED
ABOUT HOW THE DAMAGE WASN'T
LIMITED ONLY TO THE PUBLIC
ACCOUNTS BUT TO PUBLIC
TRUST.
THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT
TO HEAR DURING A SPEECH LAST
WEEK THAT THE PRESIDENT OF
THE TREASURY BOARD TALKED
ABOUT RESTORING
ACCOUNTABILITY, TRUST TO
GOVERNMENT.

Interjection: HEAR, HEAR!

Crawford says IN FACT I WAS INTERESTED
TO SEE THAT, JUST YESTERDAY,
THE PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD ATTENDED A
TOWN HALL WITH EMPLOYEES
FROM THE MINISTRY TO ANSWER
MANY OF THEIR QUESTIONS.
CAN THE PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD PLEASE INFORM
THIS HOUSE WHAT ACTION THE
MINISTRY IS TAKING TO
REINSTALL TRANSPARENCY AND
ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGHOUT
GOVERNMENT?

Interjection: GOOD
QUESTION.
GOOD QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PRESIDENT OF
THE TREASURY BOARD.

The caption changes to "Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy. PC. President of the Treasury Board."

Bethlenfalvy is in his late fifties, clean-shaven, with receding gray hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and patterned blue tie.

He says WELL, THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER
FROM OAKVILLE FOR THAT
THOUGHTFUL QUESTION.
SINCE BEING SWORN IN, I
VISITED HUNDREDS OF THE
MINISTRY STAFF IN THEIR
OFFICES TO DISCUSS WHAT THEY
DO AND HOW THEY ARE DOING
IT.
MR. SPEAKER, PEOPLE ARE
HUNGRY FOR CHANGE.
THAT'S WHY WE'VE CONSULTED
PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH OUR
BIG BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE,
AND WE'VE RECEIVED THOUSANDS
AND THOUSANDS OF GREAT IDEAS
FROM OUR ONTARIO PUBLIC
SERVICE AND HOW WE CAN
TRANSFORM GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER.
APPLY RELEASE LAST WEEK WAS
CALLED "THE CHALLENGE OF OUR
GENERATION."
WELL, IT WAS MADE CLEAR
DURING THE TOWN HALL
YESTERDAY THAT THE STAFF OF
THE TREASURY BOARD
SECRETARIAT ARE ABLE AND
READY TO MEET THAT
CHALLENGE, MR. SPEAKER.
I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING
WITH THEM AND ALL OF MY
COLLEAGUES AS WE TRANSFORM
GOVERNMENT AND SERVE THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TOGETHER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Interjection: GOOD ANSWER.

Crawford says YES.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE PRESIDENT
OF THE TREASURY BOARD FOR
THE ANSWER.
I MUST SAY IT'S REFRESHING
TO HAVE SUCH AN ENGAGED AND
KNOWLEDGEABLE PRESIDENT OF
THE TREASURY BOARD.

Interjection: HEAR,
HEAR!

[APPLAUSE]

Crawford says IT'S BEEN SAID NO SINGLE
PERSON HAS A MONOPOLY ON
GOOD IDEAS.
THAT'S WHY THE PLANNING FOR
PROSPERITY SURVEY HAS
RECEIVED OVER 26,000 IDEAS
FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
EAGER FOR CHANGE.
ONLY BY CONSULTING A WIDE
RANGE OF ONTARIANS CAN WE
UNDERSTAND WHAT ACTION WEISS
NEED TO TAKE TO REPAIR THE
YEARS OF DAMAGE CAUSED BY
THE LIBERAL MISMANAGEMENT.

Interjection: YEARS.

Crawford says IT'S IMPORTANT WE ENSURE
OUR PROVINCE IS
MOTHER-IN-LAW AND FISCALLY
SUSTAINABLE FOR THIS
GENERATION ANT NEXT.
ACCOUNT PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD PLEASE INFORM
THIS HOUSE WHAT IDEAS WERE
BROUGHT FORWARD IN THE
C.B.S. TOWN HALL CONCERNING
MODERNIZING THE PUBLIC
SERVICE?

Interjection: EXCELLENT QUESTION.

Bethlenfalvy says MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN
THROUGH YOU, THANK YOU TO
THE MEMBER FOR THAT QUESTION.
YESTERDAY, AS I LOOKED OUT
AT THE CROWD AT THE TOWN
HALL, I WAS STRUCK BY THE
YOUNG, DIVERSE AND MANY
TALENTED PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE
IN TREASURY BOARD
SECRETARIAT.
IN FACT A T.B.S. EMPLOYEE IS
HERE TODAY.
COLIN... I DON'T KNOW WHERE
HE IS IN THE GALLERY... BUT
HE'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
DIGITAL DOCUMENTS IN CABINET
TO SUPPORT OUR MEETINGS.
THAT'S THE KIND OF
MODERNIZATION THAT WE NEED
TO CONTINUE TO DRIVE.
MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ALL... UP
TO ALL OF US TO WORK
TOGETHER AS WE DELIVER A
MODERN, SUSTAINABLE
GOVERNMENT THAT SERVES THE
PEOPLE, NOT THE OTHER WAY
AROUND.

Interjection: HEAR,
HEAR!

Bethlenfalvy says I'M CONFIDENT THAT,
TOGETHER, WE WILL MEET THE
CHALLENGE.
WE HAVE TO, FOR THIS
GENERATION AND FOR FUTURE
GENERATIONS.
MR. SPEAKER, TOGETHER WE ARE
RESTORING TRUST.
WE ARE RENEWING
ACCOUNTABILITY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Bethlenfalvy says AND WE ARE RE-ESTABLISHING
TRANSPARENCY, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO.

The caption changes to "Catherine Fife. NDP. Waterloo."

Fife is in her late forties, with straight brown hair in a bob. She wears glasses and a black blazer over a gray shirt.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION
AND TRADE.
113 PEOPLE APPLIED TO APPEAR
BEFORE THE COMMITTEE THAT
WILL ANALYZE ROLLBACKS
OUR EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR
STANDARDS JUST TOMORROW.
THAT'S 113 PEOPLE FOR ONLY
20 SPOTS.
OVER A FIVE-HOUR PERIOD OVER
ONE DAY.
AND THESE PEOPLE APPLIED
FROM PETERBOROUGH, FROM
BARRIE, FROM THUNDER BAY,
FROM OTTAWA, FROM CAMBRIDGE,
FROM BRANTFORD, FROM
CHATHAM.
AND IT'S ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE
WHO CAN MAKE IT TO TORONTO
JUST TOMORROW.
DOES THE MINISTER THINK THAT
THAT IS ENOUGH CONSULTATION
ON THIS REGRESSIVE PIECE OF
LEGISLATION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB
CREATION AND TRADE.

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

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

He says THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE
QUESTION THIS MORNING AND,
SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO
ANSWER IT.BILL 148 WAS THE
MOST HARMFUL PIECE OF
LEGISLATION THAT WAS BROUGHT
FORWARD FOR BUSINESSES IN
ONTARIO IN OUR GENERATION.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Smith says WE RAN AN ELECTION IN THE
SPRING ON MAKING CHANGES TO
BILL 148, TO ENSURE THAT
ONTARIO WAS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AGAIN.
AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHEN
BILL 148 WAS INTRODUCED BY
THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, OUR
MEMBERS WENT OUT THEN AND
MET WITH BUSINESS OWNERS,
EMPLOYERS, EVEN EMPLOYEES
ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND
HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THEM,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT THIS PIECE
OF LEGISLATION, BILL 148,
WAS KILLING JOBS ACROSS
ONTARIO.
IT WAS A JOB KILLER,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND SINCE THE ELECTION,
SINCE THE ELECTION, MY TWO
PARLIAMENTARY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says ASSISTANTS SKELLY AND
BARCA HAVE BEEN SPANNING OUT
AND HEARING FROM EMPLOYERS
DIRECTLY AS WELL.
WE'VE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR.
WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK
HERE, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY?

Fife says MR. SPEAKER, THE
GOVERNMENT IS IMPOSING
SERIOUS FAR REACHING
REGRESSIVE CHANGES TO LABOUR
LAWS AND STANDARDS ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE.
ACROSS THE THE BOARD, WAGES
WILL BE CUT.
PAID SICK DAYS WILL BE
SLASHED.
WORKPLACE RIGHTS REMOVED.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fife says BUT THE GOVERNMENT
DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE THE
DECENCY TO HEAR FROM THE
PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE,
FROM HARD-WORKING ONTARIANS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fife says SHUTTING DOWN THE VOICES
OF THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ON
A BILL THAT WILL DIRECTLY
IMPACT THEM IS UNDEMOCRATIC
AND IT AFFECTS THE QUALITY
OF THE LIFE OF WORKERS IN
THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fife says PREMIER, LET THE PEOPLE
IN AND LET THEM BE HEARD IN
THIS BILL AND MAKE SURE THAT
YOU EXTEND THE DELEGATIONS
ON BILL 47.
WILL YOU DO THE RIGHT THING?
WILL YOU?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
MINISTER.

Smith says MR. SPEAKER, I CAN TELL
YOU THAT, WHEN THE LIBERALS
INTRODUCED BILL 148 IN THIS
HOUSE, WE HEARD LOUD AND
CLEAR FROM PEOPLE ACROSS
ONTARIO THAT THAT PIECE OF
LEGISLATION, WHICH WAS
SUPPORTED BY THE THIRD PARTY
AT THE TIME, POTENTIALLY
HEADED FOR THIRD PARTY
STATUS AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER,
WASN'T DOING ANYTHING TO
GROW THE ECONOMY IN ONTARIO.
IT WAS KILLING JOBS IN
ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER.
IT WAS SENDING EMPLOYERS
OUTSIDE OF OUR JURISDICTION,
TO THE UNITED STATES.
TACK ON THE HIGH COST OF
ELECTRICITY AND THE N.D.P.
SUPPORTED THAT LEGISLATION
AS WELL, THE GREEN ENERGY
ACT.
AND TACK ON THE CAP AND
TRADE, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Smith says THE THIS.
D.P.SUPPORTED THE LIBERALS
ON THAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION
AS WELL.
THESE GUYS HAVE DONE
EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO DRIVE
JOBS OUT OF ONTARIO.
WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE
CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT
ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESSES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE
CLOCK.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says ORDER.
MEMBER FOR YORK CENTRE, COME
TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
MEMBER FOR SARNIA LAMBTON.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Bob Bailey. PC. Sarnia-Lambton."

Bailey is in his late fifties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and striped blue tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, TO YOU AND
THROUGH YOU TO THE MINISTER
OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND
RURAL AFFAIRS.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR WE
HAVE SEEN UNPRECEDENTED
LEVELS OF MOMA TOXIN MOULD
ACROSS NORTH AMERICA.
FARMERS IN MY RIDING AND
ACROSS THE PROVINCE ARE
STRUGGLING TO KEEP THEIR
BUSINESSES OPERATING BECAUSE
OF THE RISING LEVELS OF
MOULD, RESULTING IN SOME
CORN BEING REJECTED AT THE
GRAIN ELEVATORS.
FARMERS ARE STRUGGLING TO
GET THEIR CORN TO MARKET.
AGRI-FOOD BUSINESSES ARE
STRUGGLING TO PRODUCE FEED
AND LIVESTOCK FARMERS ARE
WORRIED ABOUT PROVIDING
THEIR ANIMALS WITH
NUTRITION.
THIS IS AN ISSUE,
MR. SPEAKER, AFFECTING THE
AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY ACROSS
THE BOARD.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
US WHAT FARMERS CAN DO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

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 striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE
MEMBER FOR SARNIA-LAMBTON
FOR THAT VERY IMPORTANT
QUESTION.
AS THE MEMBER HIGHLIGHTED,
THIS YEAR HAS SEEN AN
UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT IN
CORN.
IM AWARE FARMERS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE ARE FRUSTRATED
ABOUT IM... THE IMPACTS ON
THEIR BUSINESS.
I UNDERSTAND HOW CHALLENGING
THIS IS FOR NOT ONLY ONTARIO
FARMERS BUT ALSO THE
HARD-WORKING PEOPLE ACROSS
THE ENTIRE AGRICULTURE
INDUSTRY.
MY MINISTRY ENCOURAGES
FARMERS TO HARVEST AS EARLY
AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID HAVING
THE DISEASE SPREAD FURTHER
ACROSS THE FIELD AND TO KEEP
STORAGE BINS CLEAN AND
SEPARATE FROM THE DISEASED
CORN.
I ENCOURAGE ALL FARMERS TO
CONTACT AGRI CORE FOR MORE
ADVICE ON WHAT ASSISTANCE IS
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR THEM.
I CONTINUE TO MEET WITH
THOSE IMPACTED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Hardeman says MY MINISTRY AND AGRICORE
WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP
FARMERS INFORMED ON ANY NEW
NEXT STEPS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Bailey says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
TO YOU AND THROUGH YOU TO
THE MINISTER.
THANK YOU FOR HIS RESPONSE
AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS
ISSUE.
I HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF
FARMERS WHO HAVE FOUND HIGH
LEVELS OF OMI TOXIN IN THEIR
CORN AND THE NUMBER OF
CONCERNS I'M HEARING IS
INCREASING DAY BY DAY.
SOME FARMERS ARE NOT ABLE TO
GET THEIR CORN TO MARKET AS
THEIR CROPS ARE BEING
REJECTED AT THE ELEVATORS
FOR THE LEVEL OF MOULD.
FARMERS ARE BEGINNING TO
CONTACT AGRI CORE FOR
ASSISTANCE ON WHAT TO DO
WITH IMPACTED CORN AND WHAT
THIS MEANS FOR THEIR
PRODUCTION INSURANCE.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE
MINISTER PLEASE TELL US WHAT
THIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO
HELP FARMERS AND PROVIDE
THEM WITH THE ASSISTANCE
THAT THEY SO DESPERATELY
NEED?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

[APPLAUSE]

Hardeman says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AGAIN I THANK THE MEMBER FOR
THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.
I WANT TO ASSURE THE MEMBER
MY OFFICE IS IN CONTACT WITH
AGRI CORE AND THOSE ACROSS
THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY ON
NEXT STEPS ANT BEST
PRACTICES TO PROVIDE A
TIMELY AND EFFECTIVE
SOLUTION FOR ALL THESE
IMPACTS.
I ACKNOWLEDGE THE CHALLENGES
AND THE HURDLES OUR FARMERS
AND AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRIES ARE
EXPERIENCING.
FREQUENTLY RAINY WEATHER
AMONGST MANY OTHER FACTORS
HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE
PROBLEM AND MADE HARVESTING
A CHALLENGE.
TOMORROW I WILL BE HOSTING A
ROUNDTABLE WITH THOSE ACROSS
THE VALUE CHAIN FROM GRAIN
FARMERS TO ETHANOL COMPANIES,
FEED PRODUCERS AND TO
LIVESTOCK FARMERS TO GATHER
INPUT FROM THOSE IMPACTED IN
THE SECTOR.
MR. SPEAKER, I WILL WORK
TIRELESSLY WITH PARTNERS
LIKE AGRI CORE TO FIND
SOLUTIONS AND SUPPORT
ONTARIO'S HARD WORKING
AGRICULTURAL WORKERS.
MY MINISTRY IS COMMITTED TO
WORKING WITH THE FARMING
INDUSTRY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Hardeman says AND PROVIDING ALL THOSE
IMPACTED WITH CLEAR AND
EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS.
I THANK THE MEMBER AGAIN
VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA FALLS.

The caption changes to "Wayne Gates. NDP. Niagara Falls."

Gates is in his fifties, with short black hair and a prominent moustache. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and patterned pink tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY
QUESTION'S TO THE MINISTER
OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND
HOUSING.
ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT
INHERENT ASSETS IN THE
NIAGARA LAKE IS THE RAND
ESTATES.
THE TOWN OF
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE RECENTLY
MOVED TO THE DESIGNATE THE
RAND ESTATE UNDER THE
HERITAGE ACT FOR ITS LOCAL
AND NATIONAL CULTURAL
HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE.
THAT DESIGNATION IS NOW
BEING APPEALED BY THE
DEVELOPER, WHO INSTEAD WANTS
TO DEVELOP THIS HISTORIC
PROPERTY.
THIS SAME DEVELOPER NOW,
TODAY, IS TAKING A CHAIN SAW
TO THIS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
SITE.
MR. SPEAKER, THE PROVINCE
HAS THE TOOLS AVAILABLE TO
HELP THE TOWN OF
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE AND HIS
RESIDENTS REGAIN CONTROL OF
WHAT'S HAPPENED ON THIS SITE,
INCLUDING UNDER THE PLANNING
ACT.
SPEAKER, WILL THE MINISTER
TAKE ACTION TO ENSURE THAT
THIS JEWEL IN
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE IS NOT
LOST FOREVER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND
HOUSING.

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 burgundy tie.

He says THANKS.
THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
AND I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR
PUTTING HIS QUESTION TO ME
THIS MORNING.
I'M SURE HE KNOWS THAT I
OBVIOUSLY HAVE TO BE CAREFUL
IN MY COMMENTS, GIVEN THAT
THE MATTER IS BEFORE A
TRIBUNAL.
BUT I AM VERY CONCERNED AND
VERY INTERESTED IN... TO THE
POINTS THAT HE MADE
REGARDING WHAT'S HAPPENING
ON THE SITE THIS MORNING.
I WOULD LIKE TO, THROUGH YOU,
SPEAKER, OFFER THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN WITH
THE MEMBER AND GAIN FURTHER
INSIGHT INTO WHAT'S ACTUALLY
HAPPENING IN HIS RIDING, IF
HE WOULD AFFORD ME THAT
OPPORTUNITY, I'D GIVE HIM
SOME TIME AFTER QUESTION
PERIOD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Gates says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THIS WEEK THE DEVELOPER
VIRTUALLY CLEAR-CUT A
QUARTER OF THE SITE.
HE IS THUMBING HIS NOSE AT
THE TOWN OF
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE AND ITS
RESIDENCE.
IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THIS, WHO
ARE NOW ENGAGED IN ACTS OF
PROTEST TO TRY TO STOP THIS
DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION OF
THIS CULTURAL HERITAGE
JEWEL.
THE RESIDENTS ARE DOING
EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO RAISE
OPPOSITION TO THIS.
HE'S CHOPPING DOWN TREES
THAT ARE 150 YEARS OLD.
SPEAKER, WILL THE MINISTER
STAND WITH THE RESIDENTS OF
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE AND
ISSUE AN ORDER UNDER HIS
POWERS IN THE PLANNING ACT
TO PROTECT THIS HISTORICALLY
SIGNIFICANT PROPERTY?
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Clark says AGAIN, SPEAKER, THROUGH
YOU TO THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER.
I DON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER
INFORMATION TO ADD.
I'VE MADE MY OFFER.
I'D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO
SIT DOWN WITH YOU BUT, AGAIN,
YOU HAVE TO BE... YOU HAVE
TO BE, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT
TO THE HECKLING FROM ACROSS,
MATTERS IN... BEFORE THE
TRIBUNAL ARE VERY, VERY
DELICATE, AND... BUT I DO, I
DO VALUE THE MEMBER'S
INFORMATION THAT HE'S PLACED
BEFORE THIS HOUSE, AND I
LOOK FORWARD TO SPEAKING TO
HIM AFTER QUESTION PERIOD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FROM MILTON.

The caption changes to "Parm Gill. PC. Milton."

Gill is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with short-cropped black hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and striped blue tie.

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY...

[APPLAUSE]

Gill says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER
OF ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION
AND PARKS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE RESIDENTS
OF MY RIDING OF MILTON KNOW
THAT CARBON TAX WILL RAISE
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING.
THIS TAX IS HURTING OUR MOST
VULNERABLE.
IT HURTS OUR FAMILIES.
IT HURTS OUR SENIORS.
IT HURTS OUR JOB CREATORS,
AND IT HURTS THE PROSPERITY
OF OUR PROVINCE,
MR. SPEAKER.
I'M PROUD TO OPPOSE THIS TAX
AND I'M PROUD TO BE PART OF
A GOVERNMENT THAT IS CUTTING
TAXES AND NOT RAISING THEM.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
CAN THE MINISTER OUTLINE OUR
EFFORTS TO OPPOSE THIS
AGGRESSIVE TAX?
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
THE ENVIRONMENT,
CONSERVATION AND PARKS.

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU
TO THE MEMBER FROM MILTON.

[APPLAUSE]

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NEVER
BEEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN NOW
FOR THIS GOVERNMENT UNDER
THE LEADERSHIP OF PREMIER
FORD TO STAND AGAINST THE
TRUDEAU LIBERALS.
AS YOU KNOW OUR PREMIER HAS
BEEN LEADING A GROWING
COALITION OF PROVINCES.
THERE ARE NOW SIX PROVINCES
THAT STAND OPPOSED TO THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S CLIMATE
PLAN AND THIS COULD NEVER BE
MORE IMPORTANT.
BECAUSE JUST YESTERDAY...
AND I'VE HAD TO LEARN,
MR. SPEAKER, TO PARSE THE
STATEMENTS OF MY FEDERAL
COUNTERPARTS.
BUT JUST YESTERDAY THE
FEDERAL MINISTER OF THE
ENVIRONMENT TALKED ABOUT
UNDER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE
FACT THAT THE CARBON TAX,
ACCORDING TO ECONOMISTS,
WASN'T HIGH ENOUGH TO BE
EFFECTIVE.
IT WAS ONLY GOING TO ADD
648 TO THE PRICE OF
FAMILIES HERE.
BUT SHE SAYS THE FOCUS
NOW... AND I HAVE TO
TRANSLATE THIS.
THE FOCUS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Phillips says CLIMATE FRAMEWORK.
BY THAT THEY MEAN A CARBON
TAX.
AND THEN, THEN MOVE FORWARD
WITH INCREASED TARGETS IN
THE FUTURE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE DON'T KNOW
HOW MUCH IT'S GOING TO COST
ONTARIO FAMILIES...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY?

[APPLAUSE]

Gill says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER
FOR HIS ANSWER.
AND BACK TO THE MINISTER.
MR. SPEAKER, THE FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICER OF
ONTARIO REPORTED THAT THE
COST OF TRUDEAU CARBON TAX
IS WELL OVER 600.
IT IS UNFAIR TO IMPOSE THIS
TAX ON WORKING FAMILIES AND
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO AGREE,
MR. SPEAKER.
THEY DO NOT WANT TO SEE
HIGHER GAS PRICES OR
GROCERIES.
SPEAKER, ACCOUNT MINISTER
UPDATE and... US ON WHAT THE
NEXT STEPS WE'RE TAKING TO
PROTECT OUR JOBS AND OPPOSE
THIS TAX, MR. SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU
TO THE MEMBER FROM MILTON.

Interjection: THE
MEMBER FROM MILTON.

[APPLAUSE]

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, THE
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
OFFICER DID IDENTIFY 648 AS
THE MEMBER POINTED OUT, PER
FAMILY BY 2022.
AND AS I JUST POINTED OUT,
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T
DONE YET.
IT IS TALKING ACTIVELY AND
PUBLICLY ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY
PLAN TO INCREASE THAT TAX
AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A
NUMBER OF STEPS THAT I CAN
TALK ABOUT.
WE ARE OF COURSE USING THE
COURTS AND AS WE TALKED
ABOUT NO STONE WILL GO
UNTURNED.
SO WE ARE SUPPORTING THE
GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN'S
REVIEW OF THIS.
WE WILL HAVE OUR OWN FOR
WHICH OUR FACTUM WILL BE
FILED AT THE END OF THE
MONTH.
WE WILL ALSO BE TAKING OTHER
STEPS IN TERMS OF WORKING
WITH OTHER GOVERNMENTS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL
MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT
CANCELLED THE REGULAR FACE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Phillips says TO FACE IN OTTAWA WHERE
THIS WAS GOING TO BE THE
FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA.
I WONDER WHY THAT IS.
SO WE'LL FOLLOW UP WITH
THOSE OTHER MINISTERS AND
TAKE ALL THE STEPS WE CAN
WITHIN OUR POWER...

[APPLAUSE]

Watch: Question Period: Wednesday, November 14, 2018