Transcript: Question Period: Thursday, November 22, 2018 | Nov 23, 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 yellow blazer over a burgundy shirt, and a pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION
IS FOR THE ACTING PREMIER.
ACCOUNT ACTING PREMIER TELL
US IF THE PREMIER HAS SPOKEN
WITH DEAN FRENCH, HIS CHIEF
OF STAFF, CONCERNING THE
"TORONTO STAR" REPORT THAT
HE ATTEMPTED TO ORDER POLICE
ARRESTS, AND THE "GLOBE AND
MAIL" REPORTS, THAT HE
PERSONALLY INTERVENED TO
HAVE ALYKHAN VELSHI FIRED
FROM ONTARIO POWER
GENERATION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING
PREMIER.

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.
I AM TRULY LOOKING FORWARD
TO QUESTIONS FROM THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION TODAY,
SPEAKER, THAT WE CAN TALK
ABOUT THE SUBSTANCE OF OUR
FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT, OUR
PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says TRULY LOOK FORWARD.
I KNOW THE N.D.P. DON'T WANT
TO TALK ABOUT THAT BECAUSE
IT BRINGS RELIEF.
IT BRINGS RELIEF TO 1.1
MILLION LOW-INCOME PEOPLE IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says OUR LIFT PROGRAM AND I
UNDERSTAND WHY THEY DON'T
WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT,
SPEAKER, BECAUSE IT IS A
PROGRAM THAT BRINGS TRUE
RELIEF.
IF YOU EARN 30,000 A YEAR
OR LESS, YOU WILL NO LONGER
PAY PROVINCIAL INCOME TAX IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE
FAMILIES IN ONTARIO THAT
WE'RE CARING ABOUT, RELIEF
IS HERE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT
MIGHT NOT WANT TO ANSWER
QUESTIONS ON THIS MATTER,
BUT THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW.
THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER
HAS INDICATED THAT HE MAY
CONDUCT AN INQUIRY ON THESE
ISSUES.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says BUT, BY
LAW HE'S ONLY ALLOWED TO...

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR
KING-VAUGHAN, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says WILL THE
GOVERNMENT COMMIT TO MAKING
THOSE FINDINGS PUBLIC,
SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN, I CAN
TELL YOU THAT WHEN WE
INHERITED A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT FROM THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT, SADLY SUPPORTED
97 percent OF THE TIME BY THE
N.D.P., WHICH IS HOW WE GOT
INTO...

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR
BRANTFORD-BRANT, COME TO
ORDER.

Fedeli says WE BROUGHT THREE THINGS
TO BEAR.
NUMBER ONE, WE LOOKED FOR
EFFICIENCIES AND FOUND 3.2
BILLION DOLLARS IN EFFICIENCIES
THROUGH GREAT WORK OF PEOPLE
LIKE OUR PRESIDENT OF OUR
TREASURY BOARD AND ALL OF
THE ACCOMPLISHED MEMBERS WHO
CONTRIBUTED IDEAS.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says AND WE TURNED AROUND AND
DELIVERED 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS OF
THAT BACK INTO THE POCKETS
OF THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
YOU'D THINK THE N.D.P. WOULD
BE CELEBRATING SOMETHING
LIKE THAT, SPEAKER, AS
OPPOSED TO CRITICIZING IT.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says WELL,
ONTARIO'S NUMBERS MAN SHOULD
KNOW THAT THEY ACTUALLY
SUPPORTED THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT 49 percent OF THE TIME
AND THE NEW DEMOCRATS DID
53 percent OF THE TIME, A WHOLE 4 percent
DIFFERENCE, SPEAKER.
THAT'S WHAT.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN...

[INTERJECTIONS]

Horwath says EARLIER
THIS MONTH STATED THAT HE
WOULD ALWAYS ENCOURAGE...

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES, COME TO
ORDER.

Horwath says THIS WEEK
INDICATE THAT GOVERNMENT
STAFF ARE...

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES, COME TO
ORDER.
I WILL GIVE YOU EXTRA TIME.
SORRY TO INTERRUPT.

Horwath says YET
MULTIPLE MEDIA REPORTS THIS
WEEK INDICATE THAT THE
GOVERNMENT STAFF ARE BERATED
AND FEAR LOSING THEIR JOBS
WHEN THEY RAISE ANY FACTS
THAT CHALLENGE THE PREMIER
OR THE PREMIER'S CHIEF OF
STAFF.
IF GOVERNMENT STAFF ARE
ENCOURAGED TO SPEAK TRUTH TO
POWER, AS THE PREMIER DID,
WHY ARE SO MANY OF THEM
TELLING REPORTERS THEY WOULD
LOSE THEIR JOBS IF THEY DID
THAT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
THE QUESTION.
WELL, LET ME TELL YOU A
LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE GREAT
WORK THAT OUR STAFF, OUR
CAUCUS, OUR CABINET AND OUR
PREMIER HAVE DONE.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says TODAY, WITH THE NOT
ACCEPTING THE LIBERALS'
SURTAX, WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS
WHO CLAIM TAX CREDITS NOW
SUCH AS SENIORS, THOSE WITH
DISABILITIES AND THOSE WHO
CLAIM ONTARIO'S MEDICAL
EXPENSE TAX CREDIT WOULD
HAVE SUFFERED UNDER THE
N.D.P.-BACKED LIBERAL PLAN
OF THE TAX INCREASES IN
JANUARY.
WE SAID NO, AND AS A RESULT
150,000 FILERS, WITH
ALLOWABLE ONTARIO MEDICAL
EXPENSE, WHO WOULD HAVE PAID
320 MORE DOLLARS IN JANUARY,
THEY WILL NOT BE PAYING
THAT.
THAT'S WHAT OUR STAFF HAVE
DEVELOPED, A PLAN FOR THE
PEOPLE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says ACTING
PREMIER, SPEAKER.
CAN THE ACTING PREMIER
EXPLAIN WHY KEN BENDARK IS
NO LONGER SERVING AS CHIEF
OF STAFF TO THE MINISTER OF
PUBLIC SAFETY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING
PREMIER.

The caption changes to "Honourable Victor Fedeli. Acting Premier."

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
LET ME CONTINUE TALKING
ABOUT OUR PLAN FOR THE
PEOPLE.
I CAN TELL YOU THE GREAT
STAFF THAT WE HAVE, THE
GREAT CAUCUS THAT WE HAVE
ASSEMBLED, THAT THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO VOTED TO SEND
HERE TO QUEEN'S PARK, THE
GREAT CABINET THAT PREMIER
FORD HAS PUT TOGETHER AND A
GREAT LEADER IN PREMIER FORD
HIMSELF.
WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A TEAM
THAT, WITH THAT TAX CREDIT
THAT I SPOKE ABOUT JUST A
MOMENT AGO, THAT PUTS 35
MILLION DOLLARS BACK IN THE POCKETS
OF FAMILIES THAT NEED IT
MOST.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says SENIORS, THOSE WITH
DISABILITIES AND THOSE WHO
ARE COLLECTING A MEDICAL
EXPENSE TAX CREDIT.
35 MILLION DOLLARS THEY WERE ABOUT
TO BE TAXED BY A LIBERAL TAX
THAT THE N.D.P. SUPPORTED,
SPEAKER.
THAT IS THE REALITY.
THAT IS WHAT THEY DON'T WANT
TO TALK ABOUT, SPEAKER.
I'M NOT AFRAID TO STAND UP
HERE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says AND TELL THE PEOPLE ALL
THE ABOUT... ALL ABOUT THE
RELIEF THAT'S COMING THEIR
WAY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
REPORTS INDICATE THAT
MR. VENDARIC WAS ONE OF THE
FEW BRAVE STAFF WHO
CHALLENGED DEAN FRENCH THE
PREMIER'S CHIEF OF STAFF
WHEN HE MADE THE COMPLETELY
INAPPROPRIATE DEMAND THAT
POLICE BE ORDERED NOT ONLY
TO MAKE ARRESTS, ORDERED TO
MAKE ARRESTS, BUT TO TIME
THOSE ARRESTS SO THAT THEY
WOULD MAKE IT ON TO THE NOON
NEWS.
CAN THE ACTING PREMIER
CONFIRM OR DENY THAT
MR. BENDARIC LOST HIS JOB
AFTER SPEAKING OUT AGAINST
THE INAPPROPRIATE DIRECTION
COMING FROM THE PREMIER'S
OFFICE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING
PREMIER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
WHAT I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT
OUR CANNABIS PLAN, IS
DESIGNED BY OUR PREMIER, OUR
CABINET, OUR CAUCUS, OUR
WHOLE TEAM, ALL OF OUR STAFF
A PLAN TO PROTECT CHILDREN.
A PLAN THAT IS TO KEEP OUR
STREETS SAFE AND A PLAN THAT
IS TO CURB THE ILLICIT
ACTIVITY.
I REALIZE THE N.D.P. MAY NOT
HAVE BOUGHT INTO THAT PLAN,
THE PLAN THAT IS GOING TO BE
A THOROUGH AND PROPER SALE
OF CANNABIS THROUGH ONTARIO.
THEY'RE MORE INTERESTED,
SPEAKER, AS I SAID
YESTERDAY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says THEY DEAL IN CHAOS.
WE DEAL IN CONFIDENCE.
THE N.D.P. DEALS IN
RESISTANCE.
WE WILL DELIVER RESULTS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
CAN THE ACTING PREMIER TELL
US HOW MUCH PUBLIC MONEY
WENT INTO PAYING FOR THE
SEVERANCE OF MR. VENDARIC
AND OTHER STAFF WHO MAY HAVE
BEEN DISMISSED FOR SPEAKING
OUT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fedeli says I CAN TELL YOU THAT
THERE'S 500 MILLION DOLLARS OF PEEP
OF PUBLIC MONEY BEING PUT
BACK INTO OUR LIFT PROGRAM,
THE LOW INCOME INDIVIDUAL
AND FAMILY TAX CREDIT.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says I REALIZE THE N.D.P. DON'T
WANT THOSE PEOPLE, OUR LOW
INCOME PEOPLE TO GET A LIFT.
HERE'S WHAT THEY SAID.
THIS IS A QUOTE FROM THE
N.D.P. MEMBER FROM HAMILTON
WEST-ANCASTER-DUNDAS.
SHE SAYS, QUOTE...
TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO
EARN SO LITTLE THAT THEY IN
FACT DON'T NEED A TAX BREAK.
WELL, SPEAKER, I THINK OUR
LOW INCOME FAMILIES...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says DO NEED THAT 500 MILLION DOLLARS TAX BREAK THAT WE ARE
GIVING.
THAT'S THE NUMBERS THEY
DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT,
SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says MY NEXT
QUESTION'S ALSO FOR THE
ACTING PREMIER.
WHAT LOW-INCOME PEOPLE DON'T
NEED IS A GOVERNMENT THAT
RIPS THEM OFF BY 2 GRAND BY
CANCELLING THEIR 15 MINIMUM
WAGE INCREASE.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says AND WHAT THEY DON'T NEED IS
A GOVERNMENT THAT SPEND 300
MILLION DOLLARS ON TAX BREAKS FOR
THE RICHEST ONTARIANS,
SPEAKER.
THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DON'T
NEED.

[Some applause]

Horwath says BUT THE ACTING PREMIER IS
PART OF A GOVERNMENT TEAM
AND HE MUST KNOW THAT IT'S
NOT APPROPRIATE TO INTERVENE
AT ONTARIO POWER GENERATION
AND FIRE EXECUTIVES IS
TRIGGERING A
HALF-A-MILLION-DOLLAR
SEVERANCE, ANOTHER THING
THAT THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
DON'T NEED, OR ORDERING
POLICE TO MAKE ARRESTS THAT
LOOK GOOD ON THE NOON-HOUR
NEWS, ANOTHER THING THAT
ONTARIANS DON'T NEED.
HAS HE PERMANENTLY RECEIVED
ANY... RAISED ANY OF THESE
CONCERNS OR ISSUES WITH THE
PREMIER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING
PREMIER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THIS GOVERNMENT, OUR FORD
GOVERNMENT, WE ARE BRINGING
RELIEF TO FAMILIES, SPEAKER.
WE'VE... BRINGING RELIEF TO
INDIVIDUALS.
WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THOSE.
BUT LET ME TALK ABOUT THE
RELIEF THAT WE ARE BRINGING
TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY,
BECAUSE THEY WERE ABOUT TO
PAY A SURTAX, PREMIER... OR,
SPEAKER.
THEY WERE ABOUT TO RECEIVE A
SURTAX THAT WOULD CAUSE THEM
YET AGAIN TO HAVE FEWER
EMPLOYEES.
WHAT WE ARE DOING IS
RETURNING TO 7,900
BUSINESSES WILL NOT HAVE THE
INCREASE THAT THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT WAS BRINGING
IN...

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says THAT WILL SAVE UP TO 40,000
PER BUSINESS THAT THEY CAN
REINVEST.
SPEAKER, I'M A LIFE-LONG
BUSINESS PERSON.
WE KNOW THAT WHEN BUSINESS
HAS... CAN FIND A DIME, WE
INVEST IT IN OUR COMPANIES.
WE HIRE MORE PEOPLE.
THAT'S ALL WE BUSINESS
PEOPLE HAVE EVER DONE,
SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says THAT'S WHAT WE DO.
TAKING THAT 40,000.
THEY WILL BE REINVESTING IT
IN THEIR BUSINESS AND HIRING
MORE PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
TAKE THEIR SEATS.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
PEOPLE EXPECT A GOVERNMENT
THAT SETS HIGH STANDARDS AND
ACTUALLY GOVERNS IN THE
PUBLIC INTEREST.
INSTEAD THE PREMIER AND DEAN
FRENCH, HIS HANDPICKED CHIEF
OF STAFF, SEEM TO THINK THAT
THEIR TITLES MEAN THAT THEY
CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT
WHENEVER THEY WANT, WHETHER
IT'S ORDERING POLICE TO
ARREST PEOPLE IN TIME FOR
THE NOON-HOUR NEWS OR PAYING
SOMEONE HALF A MILLION DOLLARS FOR A SINGLE DAY'S
WORK AND STICKING THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO WITH THE BILL,
BECAUSE THE PREMIER JUST
DIDN'T LIKE THAT GUY.
DOES THE ACTING PREMIER
THINK THIS IS AN ACCEPTABLE
WAY TO BEHAVE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING
PREMIER.

Fedeli says THE CANADIAN FEDERATION
OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
TALKED ABOUT OUR LIFT
PROGRAM.
THE N.D.P. WON'T BUT THEY
SAID CFIB WAS PARTICULARLY
PLEASED TO SEE THAT THE
GOVERNMENT IS HELPING
LOW-INCOME EARNERS WHILE
PROVIDING SOME RELIEF TO
EMPLOYERS FROM THE 23 percent
MINIMUM WAGE HIKE.
THE LIFT PROGRAM WILL KEEP
MORE MONEY IN EMPLOYEES'
POCKETS WITHOUT THREATENING
JOBS.
THAT'S WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY.
THE CANADIAN TAXPAYERS
FEDERATION SAID LOW INCOME
WORKERS ACROSS ONTARIO WILL
BENEFIT FROM THE TAX
ANNOUNCED WHICH WILL SAVE
INDIVIDUALS 508 PER YEAR.

The Speaker says COME TO
ORDER.

Fedeli says 1.1 MILLION LOW INCOME
WORKERS IN ONTARIO KEEP THE
MONEY THEY EARNED MUCH IT'S
THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS COMBINED THESE STEPS TOWARDS
A MORE COMPETITIVE AND
PROSPEROUS ECONOMY.
ONTARIO IS STRONGEST WHEN
INDUSTRY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says AND GOVERNMENT WORK
TOGETHER AND WE LOOK FORWARD
TO WORKING WITH THE
GOVERNMENT.
SPEAKER, IT'S OBVIOUS
ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE CENTRE.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Kinga Surma. PC. Etobicoke Centre."

Surma is in her thirties, with long straight blond hair. She wears a gray blazer over a white shirt, and a pearl necklace.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.
MINISTER, TODAY WE MARK
NATIONAL HOUSING DAY.
WE KNOW THAT FOR THE PAST 15
YEARS THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT FAILED TO LISTEN
TO THE CONCERNS OF ONTARIANS.
THERE HAVE BEEN COUNTLESS
CALLS FOR INCREASED HOUSING
SUPPLIES.
THERE HAVE BEEN COUNTLESS
CALLS TO CREATE MORE
COMMUNITY HOUSING FOR THE
MOST VULNERABLE.
I KNOW I'VE HEARD THAT FROM
MY VERY OWN CONSTITUENTS.
BOTH THOSE CALLS, HOWEVER,
WERE IGNORED.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE NOW IN
THE MIDST OF A HOUSING
CRISIS.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF
NATIONAL HOUSING DAY AND
TELL US HOW HE AND OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Surma says IS DOING TO FIX THIS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR
YORK CENTRE, COME TO ORDER.
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, pink shirt and striped blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER
FOR ETOBICOKE CENTRE FOR
THIS IMPORTANT QUESTION AND
HIGHLIGHTING THIS URGENT
ISSUE.
NATIONAL HOUSING DAY IS A
DAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND CALL
ON ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT
TO DO MORE TO PROVIDE
HOUSING THAT IS AFFORDABLE
NOT JUST ACROSS OUR GREAT
PROVINCE BUT ACROSS THE
COUNTRY.
AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS, WE
NEED MORE HOUSING.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
ACKNOWLEDGED THIS AND WE'VE
TAKEN IMMEDIATE STEPS TO
ADDRESS THE CRISIS.
I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH MY
MINISTRY TO FIND WAYS TO CUT
RED TAPE AND TO SPEED UP THE
SYSTEM AND INCREASE HOUSING
SUPPLIES.
THIS IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR
MYSELF AND OUR GOVERNMENT
FOR THE PEOPLE, AND I LOOK
FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ON
PROVIDING MORE HOUSING
SUPPLY.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Surma says THANK YOU, MINISTER.
I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN WORKING
TREMENDOUSLY HARD ON THIS
FILE.
WE ALL KNOW THAT HOUSING IS
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.
IT IS OFTEN THE FIRST STEP
TO BRINGING PEOPLE OUT OF
POVERTY AND GETTING THEM
BACK ON THEIR FEET.
MR. SPEAKER, WHILE OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
PUTTING GREAT EFFORTS IN
RESOLVING THIS CRISIS,
HOUSING REQUIRES THE
COLLABORATION OF ALL LEVELS
OF GOVERNMENT AND STAKE
HOLDERS.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPAND ON HOW HE IS WORKING
WITH OTHER LEVELS OF
GOVERNMENT AND STAKEHOLDERS
SO THAT WE CAN CREATE MORE
HOUSING THAT IS AFFORDABLE
AND CREATE MORE COMMUNITY
HOUSING FOR THOSE THAT NEED
IT THE MOST?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Clark says I WANT TO THANK THE
MEMBER FOR THAT GREAT
QUESTION.
THE LACK OF HOUSING IS NOT
AN ISSUE THAT WAS CREATED
OVERNIGHT, NOR IS IT AN
ISSUE THAT CAN BE FIXED WITH
ONE SOLUTION.
IT REQUIRES, AS THE MEMBER
SAYS, THE HELP FROM ALL
LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT AND
STAKEHOLDERS ALIKE.
SINCE I TOOK CAUCUS I'VE
BEEN SPEAKING TO HUNDREDS
OF HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT
STACK HOLDERS TO FIND A
SOLUTION TO START BUILDING
MORE HOUSING AND INCREASE
THAT SUPPLY THAT IS JUST SO
VITAL IN OUR PROVINCE.
I'VE ALSO SPOKEN WITH
DIFFERENT LEVELS OF
GOVERNMENT TO TRY TO FIND A
WAY THAT WE CAN ALL WORK
COLLABORATIVELY, TO
STREAMLINE BUILDING AND
REPAIRING OUR COMMUNITY
HOUSING.
I WELCOME ALL SUGGESTIONS ON
HOW TO IMPROVE HOUSING
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE, AND I
WOULD ENCOURAGE CONSTITUENTS
TO GO TO ONTARIO
ONTARIO.CA/HOUSINGSUPPLY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR
CONSULTATION.
I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING
THE CONVERSATION.
I WANT TO THANK THIS MEMBER,
YOUR EXCELLENT MEMBER FOR
YOUR CONSTITUENTS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR MUSHKEGOWUK-JAMES
BAY.

The caption changes to "Guy Bourgouin. NDP. Mushkegowuk-James Bay."

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

He speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
ACTING PREMIER.
MR. MINISTER, YESTERDAY
THERE WERE CUTS FROM YOUR
GOVERNMENT THAT WE LEARNED
AND THAT WILL BE AFFECTING
THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD.
YESTERDAY WE GOT THE NEWS
THAT THE CONSERVATIVES
DECIDED TO CANCEL 2.9
MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE DESJARDINS
CENTRE.
IT'S AN ART CENTRE OF THE
OTTAWA FRANCOPHONE CENTRE.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY
IRRESPONSIBLE FROM YOU.
MR. MINISTER, IT'S NOT
ENOUGH FOR YOU TO ELIMINATE
THE OFFICE THAT DEFENDS OUR
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND TO
CANCEL WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN
OUR UNIVERSITY.
MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE...
WHY ARE YOU SO DETERMINED TO
ATTACK THE FRANCO-ONTARIAN
COMMUNITY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING
PREMIER.

Fedeli says MINISTER OF TOURISM,
CULTURE AND SPORT.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND
SPORT.

[APPLAUSE]

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 gray suit, white shirt, and spotted blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.
FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER,
I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT OUR
PROVINCE HAS A UNIQUE
CULTURAL FABRIC AND THAT
FRANCOPHONE LANGUAGE AND
CULTURE IN AN INTEGRAL PART
OF ONTARIO'S RICH CULTURE.

Interjection: HEAR,
HEAR!

Tibollo says WE WOULD NEVER MAKE A
DECISION SOLELY TO HARM THE
FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY.
THIS WAS A DECISION MADE OUT
OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.
THE FORMER LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED 2.9
MILLION DOLLARS FOR A PROJECT TO
HELP WITH DEBT REPAYMENT AT
LA NEW EL St. DESJARDINS
THEATRE BUILDING, EVEN
THOUGH NO PROJECT PROPOSAL
OR IMPLEMENTATION PLAN HAD
BEEN MADE AVAILABLE.
IT IS ACTUALLY SAD TO SEE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says THAT THIS QUESTION IS
BEING ASKED, GIVEN THAT THE
LIBERALS WERE GIVEN GIVING
MONEY AWAY WITH NO DETAILS
PROVIDED.
DEPENDING ON ELIGIBILITY,
THERE ARE FUNDING AVENUES...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Bourgouin says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MINISTER, IT SEEMS THAT FOR
YOU, OUR CONSTITUTIONAL
RIGHTS, OUR EDUCATION AND
NOW OUR CULTURE ARE FOR YOU
BUT A MERE FINANCIAL AFFAIR.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Bourgouin says NEXT WEEK OUR LEADER
ANDREA HORWATH WILL TABLE A
MOTION TO REESTABLISH THE
COMMISSIONER AND THE
UNIVERSITY...

[Speaking in French]

[APPLAUSE]

Bourgouin says MINISTER, IT IS MORE THAN
CLEAR THAT THE CONSERVATIVES
HAVE NO INTEREST IN ASSUMING
THAT THEY HAVE LEFT
FRANCO-ONTARIANS LIKE MYSELF
BEHIND.
AS IF WE ARE... AND OUR
RIGHTS AND EDUCATION AND
HERITAGE WERE UNIMPORTANT TO
YOU.
MINISTER, ARE YOU GOING TO
SUPPORT THIS MOTION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS WILL
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
MINISTER.

Tibollo says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AS WE'VE SAID AND AS I'VE
SAID AS WELL, THE
FRANCOPHONE LANGUAGE, THE
CULTURE IS AN INTEGRAL PART
OF WHO WE ARE AS ONTARIANS.

[APPLAUSE]

Tibollo says WE, MR. SPEAKER, WERE ELECTED...
ACCOUNTABILITY.
THE LIBERALS SADDLED US WITH
OVER 347 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT,
MAKING PROMISES TO MANY
PEOPLE IS NOT THE WAY THAT
YOU GET OUT OF THE FISCAL
MESS.
YOU GET OUT OF THE FISCAL
MESS BY BEING RESPONSIBLE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO MAKING FISCALLY
RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS ON
BEHALF OF ALL ONTARIANS.
LA NOUVELLE IS WELCOME TO
WORK WITH US TO FIND FUNDING
FOR A SOLUTION AND THAT IS
SOMETHING THAT WE WILL DO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says WHETHER GRANT OR OTHER
SOURCES, WE WILL WORK TO
ENSURE THAT THE FACILITY IS
KEPT OPEN.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA.

The caption changes to "Dave Smith. PC. Peterborough-Kawartha."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.
ONTARIO'S ECONOMY HAS
STRUGGLED FOR THE PAST 15
YEARS UNDER THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT.
ACCORDING TO THE FRASER
INSTITUTE, THEY EVEN HAD A
DECADE THAT IT WAS THE WORST
PERFORMANCE IN CANADA.
WE ALL KNOW THE LIBERALS
LEFT OUR PROVINCE SADDLED
WITH DEBT AND UNCOMPETITIVE
ON THE WORLD STAGE.
OUR GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED
TO TURN THINGS AROUND.
LAST WEEK'S FALL ECONOMIC
STATEMENT PROVED TO ONTARIO
WE'RE COMMITTED TO FIXING
THE MESS THE LIBERALS LEFT
BEHIND.
IT ALSO PROVED TO CANADA
THAT WE'RE DETERMINED TO
ONCE AGAIN MAKE ONTARIO THE
ECONOMIC ENGINE OF OUR
COUNTRY.
WE CALLED ON THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO TAKE DECISIVE
ACTION IN THEIR OWN
ECONOMIC STATEMENT THIS PAST
FALL TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES
IN ONTARIO AND ACROSS
CANADA.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
SHARE HIS REACTIONS TO THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S FALL
ECONOMIC STATEMENT FROM
YESTERDAY?

The Speaker says QUESTION.
MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR
PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA FOR
THE QUESTION.
PREMIER FORD'S LEADERSHIP TO
RESTORE BUSINESS
COMPETITIVENESS IN ONTARIO
LED TO THE MEASURES
ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY IN THE
FEDERAL FALL ECONOMIC
STATEMENT.
WE WELCOME THE FEDERAL
MEASURE TO ALLOW BUSINESSES
TO ACCELERATE THE EXPENSING
OF MANY DEPRECIABLE ASSETS.
HOWEVER, THE PREMIER ALSO
TOOK A STAND FOR FAMILIES
AND ASKED THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO BE HONEST
ABOUT HOW MUCH THEIR
JOB-KILLING CARBON TAX WILL
ACTUALLY COST.
WE'RE DISAPPOINTED THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CHOSE TO
CONTINUE IGNORING THE DAMAGE
THEIR FEDERAL CARBON TAX
WILL DO.
WE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT
WE INTEND TO PROTECT ONTARIO
FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES FROM
BEING PUNISHED BY THIS
DISCRIMINATORY CARBON TAX.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says WHILE PREMIER FORD HAS
BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN MAKING
ONTARIO MORE COMPETITIVE, WE
WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT TO
ENSURE ONTARIO REMAINS OPEN
FOR BUSINESS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Smith says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR HIS RESPONSE.
I AGREE WE ARE DISAPPOINTED
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID
NOT MATCH ALL THE U.S. TAX
RELIEF MEASURES TO MAKE
ONTARIO, AND CANADA, FULLY
COMPETITIVE.
IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE
CANADA, SPECIFICALLY ONTARIO,
COMPETITIVE ON THE WORLD
STAGE.
FOR TOO LONG WE'VE WATCHED
BUSINESS INVESTMENT FLOW OUT
OF THIS PROVINCE AND THIS
COUNTRY.
IT CONTINUES TO BE
CONCERNING THAT THE FEDERAL
LIBERALS WILL NOT YET TELL
ONTARIANS JUST HOW MUCH
THEIR JOB-KILLING CARBON TAX
IS GOING TO COST US.
BUT WE KNOW THERE'S MORE
WORK TO BE DONE.
WE'LL CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR
ONTARIO FAMILIES AND
BUSINESSES.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN WHAT ACTIONS WILL BE
TAKEN FOLLOWING THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT'S FALL ECONOMIC
STATEMENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
WELL, WE ARE PLEASED TO
ANNOUNCE THAT ONTARIO WILL
MATCH THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT'S MEASURE TO
ACCELERATE THE EXPENSING OF
DEPRECIABLE ASSETS.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ADVOCATED
FOR THIS CHANGE OVER THE
PAST MONTH AND WE ARE
EXCITED TO PROVIDE
BUSINESSES TO MAKE THESE NEW
INVESTMENTS IN ONTARIO'S KEY
INDUSTRIES.
OUR OWN FALL ECONOMIC
STATEMENT LAST WEEK TOOK
THIS POSSIBILITY INTO
ACCOUNT.
WE ARE PREPARED TO IMPLEMENT
THIS CHANGE IMMEDIATELY AND
WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL
IMPACT ON OUR FINANCIAL
POSITION.
AT THE SAME TIME WE WILL
PURSUE WAYS TO MAKE SURE
THAT EVERY PERSON IN ONTARIO
KNOWS JUST HOW MUCH THE
FEDERAL CARBON TAX WILL COST
THEM.
WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR
POWER TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM
BEING PUNISHED BY A
DISCRIMINATORY FEDERAL
CARBON TAX.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says SPEAKER, AFTER 15 YEARS
ONTARIO IS FINALLY OPEN FOR
BUSINESS, AND WE PLAN TO
KEEP IT THAT WAY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR WINDSOR WEST.

The caption changes to "Lisa Gretzky. NDP. Windsor West."

Gretzky is in her forties, with shoulder-length straight dark hair. She wears a black blazer over a burgundy shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF CHILDREN
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.
THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE A
LENGTHY RECORD WHEN IT COMES
TO CUTS THAT HURT THE MOST
VULNERABLE ONTARIANS.
THE LAST P.C. GOVERNMENT
SLASHED SOCIAL ASSISTANCE BY
21 percent.
IN EIGHT YEARS IN OFFICE,
NOT ONCE DID THEY RAISE THE
MINIMUM WAGE FROM 6.85 AN
HOUR.
WE'VE SEEN MUCH OF THE SAME
FROM THIS P.C. GOVERNMENT,
SCRAPPING THE BASIC INCOME
PILOT, A 50 percent CUT TO SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE RATE INCREASES,
ROLLBACK OF MINIMUM WAGE.
CAN THE MINISTER CONFIRM
WHETHER TODAY'S SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL
BE MORE CUTS, MORE AUSTERITY
AND MORE SUFFERING FOR
VULNERABLE PEOPLE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.

The caption changes to "Honourable Lisa MacLeod. PC. Minister of Children, Community and Social Services."

MacLeod is in her forties, with shoulder-length, curly blond hair. She wears a white red suit.

She says THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THAT
QUESTION.
YOU'RE GOING TO BE SO
SURPRISED THIS AFTERNOON.
WHEN WE HAVE A PLAN...

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says FOR THOSE WHO CAN WORK, A
PLAN THAT OFFERS A PATH OUT
OF POVERTY.
WE ARE GOING TO FOR THOSE
WHO CANNOT WORK BUILD IN
MORE AND BETTER AND
COMPASSIONATE SUPPORTS.
I AM SO PROUD OF THIS
GOVERNMENT AND THE TEAM THAT
WE HAVE BUILT TOGETHER OVER
THE PAST 114 DAYS.
WE'VE LOOKED AT THAT 10
BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET THAT IS
SUPPORTING ALMOST 1 MILLION PEOPLE BUT STILL ONE IN
SEVEN ARE LIVING IN POVERTY.
AND I AM SO PROUD TO BE PART
OF THIS GOVERNMENT THAT'S
NOT ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE BUT
FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE
PEOPLE IN THIS PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

[UNCLEAR]

MacLeod says STAND UP...
ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE
CLOCK.
ONCE AGAIN, I WILL INFORM
THE GOVERNMENT SIDE THAT I
HAD TO STAND UP BECAUSE I
COULDN'T HEAR WHAT THE
MINISTER WAS SAYING.
BECAUSE OF THE NOISE OF THE
STANDING OVATION.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Gretzky says BACK TO THE MINISTER.
MANY RECIPIENTS OF ONTARIO
DISABILITY AND ONTARIO WORKS
HAVE BEEN ANXIOUSLY AWAITING
THIS AFTERNOON'S SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE ANNOUNCEMENT, AND
I MEAN ANXIOUSLY.
SOME RECIPIENTS HAVE SHARED
STORIES OF HEIGHTENED
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION, AND
EVEN SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
DURING THIS DISTRESSING
PERIOD, WHILE THIS P.C.
GOVERNMENT DECIDES THEIR
FATE.
SINCE SUCH LITTLE
INFORMATION HAS BEEN MADE
AVAILABLE, AND THERE WAS
ZERO, ZERO PUBLIC
CONSULTATION, WE ONLY HAVE
THE P.C.s' RECORD OF CUTS
AND AUSTERITY TO GO OFF OF
WHEN ANTICIPATING THE
RESULTS.
CAN THE MINISTER CONFIRM
WHETHER SHE INTENDS TO
FOLLOW THE LENGTHY P.C.
TREND AND CONTINUE TO MAKE
LIFE HARDER FOR OUR MOST
VULNERABLE ONTARIANS?
AND I SUGGEST YOU DON'T
LAUGH AFTER MY QUESTION THIS
TIME.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

MacLeod says IF YOUR QUESTIONS WEREN'T
SUCH A JOKE, MAYBE I
WOULDN'T LAUGH.
BUT, SPEAKER, LET ME TELL
YOU SOMETHING.
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT...

The Speaker says I ASK THE
MINISTER TO WITHDRAW.

MacLeod says WITHDRAWN.
SO FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
CONSULTED.
WE USED THOSE CONSULTATIONS.
WE CONSULTED WITH PEOPLE
RIGHT ACROSS ONTARIO.
IN FACT, I WANT TO READ THIS
TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE.
MINISTERS MacLEOD AND SMITH
SEEM TO GENUINELY ENGAGE IN
THE CONVERSATION AND
EXPRESSED APPRECIATION TO
ALL WHO ATTENDED.
WE WERE ENCOURAGED BY
MINISTER MacLEOD'S FINAL
COMMENT THAT HER MINISTRY IS
THE HEART OF THE GOVERNMENT
AND SHE IS RESOLVE THAT
PEOPLE WILL NOT REDUCE ITS
DEFICIT ON THE BACKS OF THE
MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE.
POVERTY ROUNDTABLE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says CONSULTATION.
BUT LET ME BE PERFECTLY
CLEAR, WE ANNOUNCED OUR PATH
FORWARD ON SOCIAL ASSISTANCE,
WE WILL LIFT PEOPLE UP.
WE WILL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says BUILD COMPASSION INTO THE
PROGRAM AND WE WILL MAKE
SURE THOSE WHO CAN WORK WILL
BE WORKING AND THOSE WHO
CAN'T HAVE THE SUPPORTS THEY
NEED.

[APPLAUSE]

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

The caption changes to "John Fraser. Liberal. Ottawa South."

Fraser is in his late forties, clean-shaven, with wavy white hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and striped purple tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS FOR THE ACTING PREMIER.
IT'S BEEN A BANNER WEEK FOR
ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE FORD
GOVERNMENT.
FIRST THE PREMIER REFUSES TO
HOLD HIS CHIEF OF STAFF
ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS.
THE FINANCE MINISTER OPENS
THE BACKROOM DOOR FOR UNION
AND CORPORATE DONATIONS IN
HIS FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT.
MORE CRITICALLY, THE ATTACK
ON INDEPENDENT OFFICERS OF
THIS LEGISLATURE IS
UNPRECEDENTED.

[Speaking in French]

Fraser speaks French and a translator says THE
ELIMINATION OF THE
COMMISSIONER OF FRENCH
SERVICES IS...
REALLY DIFFICULT.

[End of Translation]

In English, Fraser continues MINISTER IS WRONG.
AND THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS
THIS BECAUSE THERE ARE
VOICES INSIDE THEIR OWN
GOVERNMENT THAT ARE...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fraser says TELLING HIM.
SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU...

[Interjection]

Fraser says WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT SO
AFRAID OF ACCOUNTABILITY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING
PREMIER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO
THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
IT'S OBVIOUS, PREMIER, THAT
HE MISSED PAGES OF THE FALL
ECONOMIC STATEMENT OR MISSED
THE ODD LINE, BECAUSE IT'S
VERY CLEAR THAT WITH RESPECT
TO FUND-RAISING, I REALIZE
THAT THE LIBERALS WERE
CAUGHT IN A FUND-RAISING
SCANDAL, SPEAKER, AND IT
CAUSED...

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR
WATERLOO, COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says BUT, SPEAKER, WHAT HE IS
MENTIONING, WHAT THE MEMBER
IS MENTIONING ABOUT UNION
AND CORPORATE DONATIONS IS
ABSOLUTELY INCORRECT.
IT'S CATEGORICALLY WRONG.
THAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE
FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT.
IN FACT WHAT IS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says IS THE FACT THAT WE WILL
BE MIRRORING THE FEDERAL,
CLOSER MIRRORING THE FEDERAL
REGULATIONS, WHICH
ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT ALLOW
FOR CORPORATE OR UNION
DONATIONS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says AND I'M VERY WORRIED HE
MISSED A LOT OF THE OTHER
GOOD THINGS IN THE FALL
ECONOMIC STATEMENT, WHICH I
HOPE TO ADD TO IN THE
RESPONSE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Fraser says WELL, YOU MUST HAVE
FORGOT YOUR ATTESTATION
ABOUT OWN FUNDS.
MINISTER CAN SAY WHATEVER HE
WANTS ABOUT IT, OK, BUT WE
DIDN'T RUN AROUND SILENCING
OUR CRITICS.
IT'S PATHOLOGICAL WITH THESE
FOLKS.
PATHOLOGICAL.
THE DECISION TO ELIMINATE
THE CHILD ADVOCATE IS WRONG,
TOO.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT,
COME TO ORDER.

Fraser says THE CHILD ADVOCATE IS THE
VOICE.

The Speaker says WEST, COME
TO ORDER.

Fraser says VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN
THIS PROVINCE, CHILDREN
WHOSE VOICES ARE THE HARDEST
TO HEAR.
I KNOW THAT THE MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, I KNOW THAT SHE
KNOWS IN HER HEART THAT IT'S
THE WRONG THING TO DO.
SO THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO
SECRETLY MOVED TO EXERCISE
THE POWER OF HIRING AND
FIRING INDEPENDENT OFFICERS
OF THIS LEGISLATURE BASED ON
THEIR OPINIONS, AND IF
THAT'S NOT AN ATTACK, I
DON'T KNOW WHAT IS.
SO BACK AGAIN.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fraser says TO THE MINISTER.
WHAT IS IT YOU'RE SO AFRAID
OF?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fedeli says WELL, SPEAKER, WHERE DO
YOU GO WITH THAT?
I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT DID RUN
AROUND CREATING, AS THE
AUDITOR GENERAL CALLED IT
BOGUS FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS.
THAT'S WHAT THE LIBERALS
WERE BUSY DOING.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says SO IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THE
MEMBER HAS MISSED CERTAIN
KEY PIECES.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says OF THE FALL ECONOMIC
STATEMENT.
SOLE FOR THAT MEMBER I WILL
REMIND THAT, IN OUR FALL
ECONOMIC STATEMENT, WE ARE
BRINGING RELIEF TO 1.1
MILLION INDIVIDUALS IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says ANYONE EARNING 30,000 OR
LESS WILL NO LONGER PAY
PROVINCIAL INCOME TAX,
SPEAKER.
THAT IS 500 MILLION DOLLARS THAT IS
BEING RETURNED INTO THE
POCKETS OF THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

s Fedeli says ays WHEN PREMIER FORD AND OUR
TEAM WAS ELECTED, WE SAID
RELIEF IS ON THE WAY.
SPEAKER, FOR THOSE MILLIONS,
RELIEF IS HERE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE
CLOCK.

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND
CONSUMER SERVICES.
WE RECENTLY LEARNED THE
DISTURBING NEWS THAT JUSTIN
TRUDEAU'S LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
HAS BROUGHT IN ACCESS TO THE
PERSONAL FINANCIAL
INFORMATION OF CANADIANS.

Interjection: SHAME.

Crawford says TO STATISTICS CANADA
WITHOUT ANY CONSENT.
THE PRIVACY COMMISSIONER OF
CANADA WASN'T EVEN AWARE OF
THIS AND EXPRESSED GREAT
CONCERNS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE FACT THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROPOSES
COLLECTING THIS SENSITIVE
DATA.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Crawford says IS VERY CONCERNING.
IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE
THAT THEIR INTENTION IS TO
COLLECT THIS DATA WITHOUT
EVEN INFORMING CANADIANS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Crawford says IT WAS ONLY REVEALED BY
THE MEDIA.
THIS IS NO WAY FOR A FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO TREAT
ONTARIANS AND RESPECT THEIR
VIOLATION OF THEIR PRIVACY.
LAST WEEK.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR
KING-VAUGHAN, COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR Orléans, COME TO
ORDER.

Crawford says ACCOUNT MINISTER INFORM
US HOW THIS BILL WILL
PROTECT ONTARIANS WITH THEIR
PRIVATE INFORMATION?

Interjection: GOOD
QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER
SERVICES.

The caption changes to "Honourable Bill Walker. PC. Minister of Government and Consumer Services."

Walker is in his forties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears glasses, a black suit, white shirt, and black tie, as well as a golden pin on his lapel.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU I WOULD LIKE TO
THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER
FROM OAKVILLE FOR THIS
EXCELLENT QUESTION AND FOR
BRINGING THIS PIECE OF
LEGISLATION FORWARD IN THIS
HOUSE.
I'M SURE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS
HOUSE HAVE, BY NOW, HEARD
STATISTICS CANADA WAS
GATHERING THE PRIVATE
FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF
CANADIANS WITHOUT THEIR
KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT.

[Interjection]

Walker says SIMPLY PUT, THIS IS
UNACCEPTABLE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Walker says NO LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT
SHOULD BE ABLE TO COLLECT
HIGHLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION
LIKE THIS WITHOUT, AT THE
VERY LEAST, INFORMING
CITIZENS OF THEIR ACTIONS.
INSTEAD, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT
WE'VE SEEN FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT IS SMOKE-FILLED
BACKROOM DECISIONS AND DATA
COLLECTION THAT WOULD MAKE
BIG BROTHER BLUSH.
WE'RE NOT GOING TO STAND FOR
IT, MR. SPEAKER.
IF JUSTIN TRUDEAU ISN'T
GOING TO DO SOMETHING, WE
WILL.
THE SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION
ACT INTRODUCED BY THE MEMBER
OF OAKVILLE WILL REQUIRE THE
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Walker says REQUESTING PERSONAL
INFORMATION OF CITIZENS MAY
ONLY CLOSE INFORMATION WITH
THE CONSENT OF THE CITIZEN.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Crawford says MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE
TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR
THE RESPONSE AND
CONGRATULATE HIM ON THE
ACTION WE ARE TAKING TO
PROTECT ONTARIANS FROM
FEDERAL OVERREACH.
WE IN THIS HOUSE KNOW THAT,
WHEN CONSUMERS ENTER CREDIT
AGREEMENTS WITH BANKING AND
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, THEY
DISCLOSE SENSITIVE PERSONAL
INFORMATION.
THAT INFORMATION AFFECTS
YOUR CREDIT SCORE AND
AFFECTS YOUR ABILITY TO GET
EVERYTHING FROM A CREDIT
CARD TO A MORTGAGE TO
PURCHASE A HOUSE.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IN
ITS DECISION, HAS
OVERSTEPPED INTO A REALM OF
PRIVATE DATA COLLECTION
WHICH NO PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT
HAS FELT NECESSARY.
MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE
MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND
CONSUMER SERVICES TO
EXPLAIN.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Crawford says HOW THIS LEGISLATION WILL
PROTECT CONSUMERS AND HOW
THIS WILL PREVENT THE ABUSE
FROM THE FEDERAL LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT TO SENSITIVE
INFORMATION FOR ONTARIANS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Walker says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO THANK
MY HONOURABLE COLLEAGUE FOR
THE QUESTION.
WE KNOW THIS IS AN IMPORTANT
ISSUE FOR ONTARIANS AND
CANADIANS GENERALLY.
A RECENT NANOS POLL NOW
FOUND 75 percent OF CANADIANS ARE
OPPOSED TO STATISTICS CANADA
ACCESSING THEIR PERSONAL
RECORDS WITHOUT THEIR
CONSENT AND 57 percent WOULDN'T BE
COMFORTABLE GIVING UP THIS
PERSONAL INFORMATION.
MR. SPEAKER, WE WON'T ALLOW
THE FEDERAL LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT IN OTTAWA TO
TRACK CREDIT SCORES OF
ONTARIANS WITHOUT THEIR
CONSENT.
IF SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION
ACT IS PASSED IT WILL PUT
THE PROTECTION OF CONSUMERS
FIRST.
GOVERNMENT WILL NEED THEIR
CONSENT BEFORE SHARING THIS
INFORMATION.
THIS IS A NECESSARY STEP IN
PROTECTING THE INFORMATION
OF ALL ONTARIANS AND WILL
FILL REGULATORY GAPS THAT
ALLOWED JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO
PULL DATA WITHOUT CITIZENS'
KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENTS.
I'M PROUD TO STAND IN THIS
HOUSE AND SUPPORT THIS
LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER,
AND I'LL BE PROUD TO STAND
UP FOR IT WHEN THE BILL IS
DEBATED AT SECOND READING
NEXT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER
29th.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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 black blazer over a red blouse.

She says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT
CUT 1.4 BILLION DOLLARS FOR TRANSFER
INFRASTRUCTURE COMPARED TO
WHAT WAS IN THE LAST BUDGET.
THIS GOVERNMENT FAILED TO
SPECIFY WHERE THESE CUTS ARE
COMING FROM AND WHAT TRANSIT
PROJECTS COULD BE ON THE
CHOPPING BLOCK.
CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN
WHAT TRANSIT PROJECTS ARE IN
JEOPARDY BECAUSE OF THIS
1.4 BILLION DOLLAR CUT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

The caption changes to "Honourable Jeff Yurek. PC. Minister of Transportation."

Yurek is in his forties, clean-shaven, with thinning brown hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and blue tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE
QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE.
APPRECIATE HAVING THIS
OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO
YOU.
LOOK, WHAT WE DID MENTION,
AND I ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS
WEEK IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO
BE MOVING FORWARD WORKING
WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO AND
UPLOADING THE TTC TO THE
METROLINX.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says SO WE WILL BE...
AFTER WE WORK OUT A DEAL
WITH TORONTO AT BUILDING
PLANNING, DESIGNING NEW
SUBWAYS AND ALSO MAINTAINING
THE TRACK IN THE CITY OF
TORONTO OF COURSE WILL
CONTINUE TO RUN THE SUBWAYS
AND KEEP THE FARES THAT ARE
COLLECTED.
AND BY DOING THIS MEASURE WE
ARE CREATING EFFICIENCIES IN
OUR BUDGETING SYSTEM WHICH
WILL ALLOW US TO ACTUALLY
INVEST MORE AS WE GROW AND
BUILD A TRANSIT SYSTEM
ACROSS THE ENTIRE G.T.H.
REGION.
THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.
I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR
SUPPLEMENTAL.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Bell says BEFORE THE ELECTION, THE
PREMIER PROMISED TO MAINTAIN
FUNDING TO THE HURONTARIO
L.R.T. WHICH IS SCHEDULED
FOR COMPLETION IN 2022.
BUT THE FALL ECONOMIC
STATEMENT DID NOT MENTION
THE HURONTARIO L.R.T. AT ALL,
AND LAST WEEK THE GOVERNMENT
REFUSED TO CONFIRM THE
PROJECT WOULD BE MOVING
FORWARD.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US YES
OR NO, WILL HE BE
MAINTAINING FUNDING TO THE
HURONTARIO L.R.T. SO THAT IT
CAN BE COMPLETED BY 2022 AS
PLANNED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yurek says THANKS AGAIN FOR THAT
QUESTION.
WE'VE HAD NUMEROUS
DISCUSSIONS IN THE MINISTRY,
REVIEWING ALL THE PROJECTS
GOING FORWARD.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE WERE
MAKING THE BEST DECISIONS ON
BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS
PROVINCE.
YOU KNOW WE HAVE INHERITED A
15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT AND OVER
300 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT.
WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE MAKE
DECISIONS THAT ARE GOING TO
WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE
GTHA.
AS WE'RE UPLOADING THE
TTC, WE ARE GOING TO BE
CREATING A REGIONAL
STRUCTURE ACROSS THE GTHA,
AND UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF
METROLINX WE ARE GOING TO BE
MAKING SOME GOOD DECISIONS
FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS
PROVINCE AND WE'RE GOING TO
BE EXPAND NG THE TRANSIT
OPPORTUNITIES.
THE HURON L.R.T. IS STILL
HAVING A GREAT DISCUSSION
ABOUT WITHIN OUR MINISTRY
AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO
HAVING GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT
WITH YOU IN A SHORT TIME
FORWARD.
THANKS VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE PARK.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Vijay Thanigasalam. PC. Scarborough-Rouge Park."

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.
OUR GOVERNMENT RAN ON A
COMMITMENT TO PUT MORE MONEY
IN PEOPLE'S POCKET.
PREMIER FORD MADE IT CLEAR
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO PAY ENOUGH
TAXES ALREADY.
UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS NOT
SOMETHING THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
UNDERSTOOD.
WE HAVE BEEN DOING
EVERYTHING WE CAN TO BRING
RELIEF TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO FROM 15 YEARS OF
LIBERAL TAX AND SPEND
POLICIES.
WE HAVE TAKEN ACTION LIKE
STOPPING THE HIGH DRIVER'S
LICENCE FEES.
TAKE ACTION LIKE SCRAPPING
THE PUNISHING CAP AND TRADE
CARBON TAX.
THE POINT IS EVERY DOLLAR
COUNTS.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN THE STEPS TAKEN IN
OUR FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT
TO PROVIDE FURTHER TAX
RELIEF TO THE HARDWORKING
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM
SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE PARK.
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT RAISED OUR TAXES
EVERY SINGLE CHANCE THEY
GOT.
THE LIBERALS' 2018 BUDGET
PLANNED TO FURTHER PUNISH
THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO WITH CHANGES TO THE
RATES, BRACKETS SURTAX AND
CREDITS FOR ONTARIO'S
PERSONAL INCOME TAX.
WE MADE IT CLEAR DURING THE
ELECTION THAT WE WOULD NOT
IMPLEMENT THESE LIBERAL TAX
INCREASES AND AS A RESULT,
SPEAKER, SENIORS, THOSE WITH
DISABILITIES AND THOSE WHO
CLAIM ONTARIO'S MEDICAL
EXPENSE TAX CREDIT WILL
BENEFIT THE MOST.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S DECISION
WILL SAVE ABOUT 150,000
PEOPLE WITH ALLOWABLE
ONTARIO MEDICAL EXPENSES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says 320 ON AVERAGE.
OUR DECISION WILL SAVE THESE
TAXPAYERS 35 MILLION DOLLARS,
SPEAKER.
THAT'S MONEY THAT WILL STAY
IN THEIR POCKETS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Thanigasalam says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE
MINISTER FOR HIS RESPONSE.
WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT THE
DAYS OF UNFAIR LIBERAL TAX
HIKES ARE OVER.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
DESERVE A BREAK, ESPECIALLY
THE SENIORS AND THOSE LIVING
WITH DISABILITIES AS THE
MINISTER MENTIONED.
WHILE THE LIBERALS ARE TOO
FOCUSED ON FUNDING THEIR
OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING AND
WASTE, OUR ECONOMIC FALL
STATEMENT TURNED THE PAGE ON
15 YEARS OF MISMANAGEMENT.
OUR DECISION NOT TO PROCEED
WITH LIBERAL TAX HIKES IS
JUST ONE OF THE WAYS WE ARE
LETTING ONTARIANS KEEP MORE
MONEY, THEIR HARD-EARNED
MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS BUT
WE ARE ALSO CUTTING TAXES
FOR THOSE WHO NEED RELIEF
THE MOST.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Thanigasalam says THE TAX RELIEF THEY ARE
BRINGING TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO WHO NEED THE MOST?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
OUR LEGISLATION, IF PASSED,
WOULD INTRODUCE ONE OF THE
MOST GENEROUS TAX CUTS FOR
LOW INCOME WORKERS IN A
GENERATION.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says THE LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS
AND FAMILIES TAX CUTS OR
LIFT.
PREMIER FORD PROPOSES THAT
ANYONE EARNING 30,000 OR
LESS A YEAR SHOULD PAY NO
PERSONAL INCOME TAX IN
ONTARIO.
THIS CHANGE, IF PASSED.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says WOULD PROVIDE TAX RELIEF
TO 1.1 MILLION PEOPLE.
NOW, UNFORTUNATELY.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR
WATERLOO, COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says THE N.D.P. DO NOT WANT TO
TALK ABOUT THIS MUCH NEEDED
RELIEF.
IN FACT AS I SAID EARLIER,
THE N.D.P. M.P.P. FROM
HAMILTON
WEST-ANCASTER-DUNDAS THINKS
WE ARE, QUOTE, TALKING ABOUT
PEOPLE WHO EARN SO LITTLE
THAT IN FACT THEY DON'T NEED
A TAX BREAK.
I'M TALKING ABOUT 500
MILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says THEY DON'T WANT TO SHARE
WITH THE PEOPLE.
WE WILL NEVER BACK DOWN FROM
BRINGING RELIEF TO THE
PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE
CLOCK.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
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 light gray suit, white shirt, and orange tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER
OF TRANSPORTATION.
THE PREMIER PROMISED THE
PEOPLE OF NIAGARA THAT HE
WOULD DELIVER ALL-WAY
TWO-WAY SERVICE TO NIAGARA
FALLS.
BUT THE WORD NIAGARA IS
COMPLETELY MISSING FROM THE
FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT.
WHAT WAS THERE WAS 1.4
BILLION DOLLARS CUT TO TRANSIT
INFRASTRUCTURE.
THE PREMIER OF ONTARIO, THE
PREMIER OF ONTARIO HAS
COMMITTED TO EXPAND G.O.
RAIL SERVICE TO GRIMSBY, TO
GRIMSBY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Gates says St. CATHARINES AND ALL
THE WAY TO NIAGARA FALLS BY
2023.
WILL THE MINISTER CONFIRM
THAT THE PREMIER WILL LIVE
UP TO HIS COMMITMENT TO
BRING ALL-WAY TWO-WAY G.O.
RAIL SERVICE ALL THE WAY TO
NIAGARA FALLS.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST,
COME TO ORDER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
THAT QUESTION TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE, AND I DO
APPRECIATE RECEIVING THE
QUESTION TODAY.
IT'S NICE TO HAVE THIS
CONVERSATION IN THE
LEGISLATURE.
LOOK, WE'VE MADE PROMISE TO
IMPROVE TWO-WAY GO SERVICE
ACROSS THIS REGION AND WE'RE
LIVING UP TO THAT PLAN.
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE
IMPLEMENTED THE LARGEST G.O.
TRAIN SERVICE INCREASE IN
OVER FIVE YEARS AND WE'RE
REDUCING CONGESTION
THROUGHOUT THE GTHA.
IN FACT THERE'S ALREADY 220
NEW TRIPS PER WEEK ON THE GO
LAKESHORE CORRIDOR.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says THAT'S AN INCREASE OF...
15 percent.
BY ADVANCING TRANSPORTATION
ACROSS THIS REGION WE ARE
STARTING TO KICK START THE
ECONOMY.
WE'RE MOVING PEOPLE.
WE'RE GOING TO BE MOVING
GOODS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Yurek says AND ONTARIO IS TRULY OPEN
FOR BUSINESS UNDER THE P.C.
GOVERNMENT LED BY PREMIER
FORD.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR
NIAGARA FALLS, COME TO
ORDER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.
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 purple blazer over a black turtleneck.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
MY QUESTION'S ALSO TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
BEFORE THE ELECTION THE
PREMIER PROMISED TO DELIVER
TWO-WAY ALL-DAY GO SERVICE
TO KITCHENER AS QUICKLY AS
POSSIBLE.
BUT SINCE THE ELECTION, WE
HAVE HEARD NOTHING.
THE WORDS G.O. TRANSIT AND
REGIONAL EXPRESS RAIL WERE
COMPLETELY MISSING FROM THE
FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT.
BUT WHAT WAS THERE WAS A
1.4 BILLION DOLLARS CUT TO TRANSIT
INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING,
DESPITE THE FACT THAT
TRANSIT IS AN ECONOMIC
DRIVER.
WHEN WILL THE MINISTER
DELIVER TWO-WAY ALL-DAY GO
SERVICE TO KITCHENER?
BECAUSE THEY HAVE WAITED
LONG ENOUGH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yurek says THANK YOU VERY MUCH AGAIN
FOR THAT QUESTION.
I REALLY DO APPRECIATE
DISCUSSING POLICY HERE.
NOT TOO OFTEN WE GET GREAT
QUESTIONS ON POLICY.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says AND, LOOK...
I DO HAVE TO CALL OUT MY
COLLEAGUE ON THE P.C. CAUCUS,
THE MEMBER FROM NIAGARA
WEST.
THE MEMBERS FROM KITCHENER
CONESTOGA.
THE MEMBER FROM KITCHENER
SOUTHWEST... SOUTH HESPELER,
EXCUSE ME.
THEY HAVE BEEN STRONG
ADVOCATES FOR G.O. TRANSIT
IN THE PROVINCE,
PARTICULARLY IN THE REGION.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says THE WHOLE HOUSE AGREES UPON.
WE NEED TO GET ONTARIO
MOVING AGAIN AND THAT'S WHAT
WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING.
STAY TUNED.
THAT'S ALL I CAN TELL THE
MEMBERS OPPOSITE.
STAY TUNED, BECAUSE GOOD
THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says AND ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AS WE GO FORWARD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE
CLOCK.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
MEMBER FOR YORK CENTRE.

The caption changes to "Roman Baber. PC. York Centre."

Baber is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says HARD QUESTION OF THE DAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Baber says HARD QUESTION OF THE DAY.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW
PORTFOLIO, MINISTER.
YESTERDAY THE MINISTER
DELIVERED REMARKS AT THE
TORONTO REGION BOARD OF
TRADE ON OUR GOVERNMENT'S
PLANS FOR TRANSIT AND WE
COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED.
OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
UNDERSTANDS THE VITAL
SERVICE THAT THE TORONTO
TRANSIT COMMISSION PROVIDES.
THE TTC SUBWAY'S THE
THIRD LARGEST SYSTEM IN
NORTH AMERICA WITH OVER HALF
A BILLION RIDERS IN 2017.
I'M PROUD TO BE ONE OF THOSE
RIDERS.

[APPLAUSE]

Baber says MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE GOT TO
GET MOVING ON THE TTC
MORE IMPORTANTLY WE'VE GOT
GET RIDING.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE HOUSE ON OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO
REVITALIZE THE TTC SUBWAY
SYSTEM FOR THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THANKS FOR THAT QUESTION TO
THE MEMBER OF YORK CENTRE,
ANOTHER STRONG VOICE IN OUR
CAUCUS.
AND I OMITTED, THE MEMBER
FROM CAMBRIDGE.
I COULDN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY
TIMES SHE HAS ADVOCATED FOR
EXPANDED...

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says I'M SORRY FOR DOING THAT.
LISTEN, I WANT TO TAKE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE
TORONTO REGION BOARD OF
TRADE FOR INVITING ME TO
SPEAK TO THEM YESTERDAY.
AND I'M REALLY HAPPY THAT MY
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
KINGA SURMA WAS WITH ME AT
THAT TIME.
THANKS VERY MUCH, KINGA.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says ANOTHER STRONG ADVOCATE.
I WANT TO THANK MY COE HEAVE
MINISTERS MINISTER
McNAUGHTON AND MINISTER
CLARK FOR ATTENDING.
TO IMPROVE TRANSIT AND
TRANSPORTATION EXPERIENCES
IN THE CITY OF TORONTO BY
ASKING OURSELVES THESE
QUESTIONS...
HOW DO WE MAKE LIFE EASIER
FOR COMMUTERS?
HOW CAN WE GET TOURISTS AND
TRANSIT USERS MOVING FASTER?
HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THE BEST
VALUE FOR OUR CUSTOMER, THE
ONTARIO TAXPAYER?
WE WILL BE UPLOADING
COMPONENTS OF THE TTC TO
THE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says PROVINCE BECAUSE OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
COMMITTED TO TREATING THE
SUBWAY LIKE THE VITAL
SERVICE THAT IT IS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Baber says MR. SPEAKER, I'M SO
GRATEFUL TO THE MINISTER FOR
THE PLAN AND FOR THE ANSWER.
MY FAVOURITE THREE WORDS IN
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
MR. SPEAKER...
SUBWAY, SUBWAY, SUBWAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Baber says SUBWAY, SUBWAY, SUBWAY!
ALL RIGHT!
BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE
CURRENT...

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Baber says DESPITE FIGHT WHAT MY
FRIENDS IN THE NO
DEVELOPMENT PARTY SAY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Baber says THE CURRENTS PLAN BY THE
CITY DOES NOT WORK.
IT'S TIMELY, COSTLY AND
INEFFECTIVE.
TAKE THE SPADINA EXTENSION
FOR INSTANCE.
IN THE GREAT RIDING OF YORK
CENTRE, OVER BUDGET, OVER
TIME BY ABOUT FOUR YEARS.
THIS IS NOT A WAY FOR US TO
DO BUSINESS.
THIS IS NOT THE WAY OUR
GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO
APPROACH TRANSIT IN THIS
PROVINCE.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPAND ON OUR GOVERNMENT'S
PLAN TO UPLOAD THE TTC
SUBWAY SYSTEM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yurek says THE QUESTION TO THE
MEMBER OPPOSITE.
AS THE MEMBER STATED, THE
CURRENT PLANNING AND
APPROVAL PROCESS IS FAR TOO
ONEROUS, COSTLY AND IT'S
FAILING TO PROVIDE ONTARIANS
WITH THE BEST AND MOST
EFFICIENT SUBWAY SYSTEM THAT
THEY DESERVE.
FIXING THIS WAS A KEY
ELECTION PROMISE FROM OUR
PARTY.
AND THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
ANSWERED THAT PROMISE BY
ELECTING A P.C. MAJORITY
GOVERNMENT IN THIS PROVINCE.
THAT'S WHY WE'VE NOW CRAFTED
A SOLUTION TO UPLOAD
COMPONENTS OF THE TTC TO
THE PROVINCE.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS A GREATER
CAPACITY TO FUND THESE
PROJECTS WHICH WILL
FACILITATE DEVELOPMENT OF
OUR TRANSIT PROJECTS.
ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS OF
THIS PROCESS WAS LAST AUGUST
APPOINTING SPECIAL ADVISOR
MICHAEL
[UNCLEAR]
OF THIS UP LOVER HE HAD.
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO
WORKING FURTHER WITH THE
CITY OF TORONTO TO DEVELOP
THE PLAN AND IMPLEMENT IT IN
THE NEW YEAR TOWN LOAD THE
TTC AND PROVIDE THE
REGIONAL TRANSIT PLANNING
AND OPERATIONS AND
IMPLEMENTATION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR OSHAWA.

The caption changes to "Jennifer French. NDP. Oshawa."

French is in her thirties, with shoulder-length ash-blond hair. She wears a black three-piece suit and white shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND MY QUESTION IS ALSO TO
THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

[APPLAUSE]

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

French says THE PREMIER PROMISED TO
DELIVER TWO-WAY ALL-DAY GO
SERVICE TO THE FINE FOLKS OF
BOWMANVILLE, BUT SINCE THE
ELECTION WE HAVE BEEN TOLD
THAT ALL TRANSIT PROJECTS
ARE UNDER REVIEW INCLUDING
PROJECTS THAT THE PREMIER
HAD SPECIFICALLY PROMISED TO
DELIVER.
THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT
SHOWED AN UNEXPLAINED 1.4
BILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS TO TRANSIT
INFRASTRUCTURE EXPENDITURES.
SO I'M HOPEFUL THAT THE
MINISTER WILL PLEASE
REASSURE THOSE FINE FOLKS IN
BOWMANVILLE AND THE DURHAM
REGION AND ANSWER WHEN WILL
THE MINISTER DELIVER TWO-WAY
ALL-DAY GO SERVICE TO
BOWMANVILLE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE
MEMBER FROM OSHAWA FOR THAT
QUESTION.
I MISS SITTING IN COMMITTEE
WITH HER WE USED TO SIT IN
BACK IN THE LAST SESSION SO
IT'S APPRECIATIVE TO GET THE
QUESTION.
I'M FEELING A LIT LITTLE BIT
LIKE THE MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT TODAY GETTING
LOTS OF QUESTIONS.
APPRECIATIVE.
LISTEN, WE ARE DOING A
REVIEW OF ALL OF THE
PROJECTS GOING ON IN THE
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION.
WE'RE STARTING TO FOCUS ON
THE UPLOAD OF THE TORONTO
TTC WHICH WILL ENABLE US
TO HAVE MORE FUNDING
AVAILABLE FOR TRANSIT ACROSS
THE REGION AND ONTARIO AS A
WHOLE.
YOU KNOW, WE'VE ALREADY HAD
SOME EXPANSION WITH GO
SERVICE AND LOOKING FORWARD
TO CONTINUING TO SEE HOW WE
CAN EXPAND GO SERVICE BUT
NOT ONLY GO SERVICE BUT
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION
ACROSS THE REGION TO MAKE
SURE THAT IT'S INTEGRATED,
TO MAKE SURE THE FARES ARE
COMING CLOSER IN LINE.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS GOING
TO BE A GREAT FOUR YEARS FOR
THE PEOPLE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says AND THE GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO AND FOR THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO AS A WHOLE, AND
I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD
TO THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.
THANKS VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.
THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA CENTRE.

The caption changes to "Joel Harden. NDP. Ottawa Centre."

Harden is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with short curly brown hair. He wears a black suit and shirt.

He says SPEAKER, BACK TO THE
MINISTER.
IN 2016 THE PROVINCIAL
GOVERNMENT COMMITTED 1
BILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING FOR PHASE
TWO OF THE OTTAWA L.R.T.
CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED TO
BEGIN NEXT YEAR BUT THE FALL
ECONOMIC STATEMENT MAKES
ABSOLUTELY NO REFERENCE TO
THE PROJECT.
IN FACT IT ONLY PREDICTS A
1.4 BILLION DOLLARS CUT TO TRANSIT
INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING.
WILL THE MINISTER CONFIRM
THAT THE PROVINCE WILL FUND
1 BILLION DOLLARS TOWARDS THE
SECOND PHASE OF THE OTTAWA
L.R.T. SO THE CONSTRUCTION
CAN BEGIN NEXT YEAR AS
PLANNED?
AN ANSWER WOULD BE LOVELY.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANK YOU FOR THAT
QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER
FROM OTTAWA CENTRE.
IT'S NICE TO RECEIVE A
QUESTION FROM YOU.
LOOK, AS I SAID BEFORE WE'RE
DOING A GREAT REVIEW OF THE
PROJECTS THAT ARE ONGOING IN
THIS PROVINCE.
WE HAVEN'T WALKED AWAY AT
ALL FROM THE OTTAWA L.R.T.
EXPANSION.
I CAN TELL YOU THE MEMBERS
FROM THE OTTAWA REGION THAT
ARE PUSHING HARD IN OUR
CAUCUS ARE STRONG VOICES FOR
THE PEOPLE.
WE'VE GOT THE MEMBER FROM
OTTAWA WEST-NEPEAN.
WE'VE GOT OF COURSE OTTAWA
NEPEAN,
GLENGARRY-PRESCOTT-RUSSELL
OF COURSE AND CARLETON.
CARLETON.
LISTEN, I'M HEARING THEIR
VOICES.
I'M HEARING YOUR VOICES.
WE'RE GOING TO ENSURE
TRANSIT IS BUILT IN THIS
PROVINCE.
THE OTTAWA L.R.T. IS STILL
ON TRACK.
YOU KNOW, I LOOK FORE...
FORWARD TO CONTINUE WORKING
WITH YOU AS WE GO FORWARD.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR EGLINTON-LAWRENCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Robin Martin. PC. Eglington-Lawrence."

Martin is in her fifties, with short blond hair. She wears glasses, a gray suit and a silver necklace.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
MINISTER, FAR TOO OFTEN WE
HEAR ABOUT INCIDENTS OF
BULLYING ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE.
BULLYING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE,
AT HOME OR IN SOCIAL
SETTINGS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
I'M MOST TROUBLED WHEN I
HEAR THIS HAPPENING IN OUR
SCHOOLS.
WE KNOW BULLYING CAN HAVE
MAJOR IMPACTS NOT ONLY ON
PHYSICAL HEALTH BUT ALSO ON
MENTAL HEALTH AS WELL.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS BEEN CLEAR THAT WE'RE
COMMITTED TO ENSURING SAFE
AND SUPPORTIVE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS
ACROSS ONTARIO.
WHEN A CHILD ARRIVES AT
SCHOOL, THEY SHOULD FEEL
WELCOME AND THEY SHOULD FEEL
SAFE.
MINISTER AS BULLYING
AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
WEEK COMES TO A CLOSE, CAN
YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT HOW
OUR GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE
TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THIS
ISSUE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?

[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 gray blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK
THE MEMBER FROM
EGLINTON-LAWRENCE BECAUSE
SHE IS LEADING WITH HER
HEART.
SHE DOES A GREAT JOB ON
BEHALF OF...

[APPLAUSE]

[UNCLEAR]

Thompson says SO I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU
THAT TOO OFTEN, FAR TOO
OFTEN, SPEAKER, WE HEAR
ABOUT INCIDENTS OF BULLYING
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE AND IT
ABSOLUTELY BREAKS MY HEART.
BULLYING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE,
AT HOME, IN SOCIAL SETTINGS,
IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND IN
SOME INSTANCES RIGHT HERE IN
THE HOUSE.
I'M MOST TROUBLED, THOUGH,
WHEN I HEAR OF THIS
HAPPENING IN OUR SCHOOLS.
WE KNOW BULLYING CAN HAVE
MAJOR IMPACTS ON NOT ONLY
PHYSICAL HEALTH BUT MENTAL
HEALTH AS WELL.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS BEEN CLEAR THAT WE ARE
COMMITTED TO ENSURING SAFE
AND SUPPORTIVE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENTS FOR STUDENTS
THROUGHOUT ONTARIO.
WHEN A CHILD ARRIVES AT
SCHOOL, THEY SHOULD FEEL
WELCOME.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says AND THEY SHOULD FEEL
SAFE.
MINISTER... OR, SPEAKER, AS
BULLYING AWARENESS AND
PREVENTION WEEK COMES TO A
CLOSE, YOU KNOW WHAT?
WE ARE PUTTING OUR BEST FOOT
FORWARD WITH ALL OUR
EFFORTS.
EXCUSE ME.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE]

Martin says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR
YOUR RESPONSE.
ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS,
I WANT TO THANK THE
GOVERNMENT FOR ENSURING
BULLYING PREVENTION IS A
CONVERSATION WHICH IS
HAPPENING ALL YEAR LONG.
MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTER IS
RIGHT.
EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE NEEDS
TO GET INVOLVED IN THIS
CONVERSATION AND DO THEIR
PART TO PREVENT BULLYING
FROM HAPPENING IN THEIR OWN
COMMUNITIES AND TO PROVIDE
SUPPORTS TO THOSE WHO NEED
IT MOST.
WE KNOW THAT BULLYING CAN
HAVE LONG-TERM EFFECTS ON
ITS VICTIMS.
MINISTER, WHAT CAN M.P.P.s
DO AND WHERE CAN WE TURN
WHEN WE LEARN OF INCIDENTS
OF BULLYING IN OUR
COMMUNITIES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Thompson says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
BACK TO THE MEMBER FROM
EGLINTON-LAWRENCE.
AND AGAIN THERE'S SO MUCH
THAT WE CAN DO AND YOU LEAD
BY EXAMPLE IN THAT REGARD.
EVERY MEMBER IN THIS HOUSE
NEEDS TO KNOW THERE ARE SO
MANY SUPPORTS NOT ONLY IN
YOUR OWN RIDING BUT
THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE.
JUST YESTERDAY MORNING I
SPENT TIME AT THE KIDS HELP
PHONE IN TORONTO.
IT'S PHENOMENAL WHAT THEY
DO.
THE COUNSELLORS THEY HAVE ON
STAFF, THE VOLUNTEERS THAT
ARE IN PLACE ARE REACHING
OUT TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY'RE
LOOKING FOR HELP THROUGHOUT
THIS AMAZING PROVINCE.
AND I SAY AMAZING BECAUSE
TECHNOLOGY HAS BROUGHT
EVERYONE TOGETHER THROUGH
THE KIDS HELP PHONE.
AND I LOVE WHAT THEY'RE
DOING SO MUCH IN THAT THEY
ARE REACHING OUT THROUGH
EVERY SOCIAL CHANNEL
AVAILABLE TO THEM.
IT'S JUST NOT ON THE PHONE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says BUT ALSO IT'S THROUGH
EVERY SOCIAL CHANNEL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says I WAS INSPIRED TO SEE
PEOPLE DEDICATED TO
SUPPORTING CHILDREN 24-7,
SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, AND THEY
ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE AT THE KIDS
HELP PHONE LINE THAT THERE
ARE OTHER INITIATIVES LIKE
WEB FOR YOUTH, GET IN TOUCH
FOR HUTCH AND SO MANY MORE.
AND WE NEED TO...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR KIIWETINOONG.

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

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

He says TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.
REMOTE POPULATIONS SERVED BY
ONTARIO REMOTE AIRPORTS ARE
AMONG THE FASTEST GROWING IN
NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO,
NORTHERN ONTARIO.
ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE
TO UNDERSTAND THESE AIRPORTS
ARE ACTUALLY LIFE LINES FOR
THE COMMUNITIES THAT THEY
SERVE.
BUT ONTARIO'S NORTHERN
AIRPORT INVESTMENTS HAVE NOT
KEPT UP WITH THE NEEDS, AND
BECAUSE OF THAT, THERE HAS
BEEN SITUATIONS WHERE PEOPLE
HAVE NOT RECEIVED URGENT
MEDICAL ATTENTION, BECAUSE
PLANES, HELICOPTERS WERE NOT
AVAILABLE TO LAND.
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN
GROCERIES AND MEDICINES HAVE
SPOILED BECAUSE THEY COULD
NOT BE DELIVERED.
SO MY QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER,
HAS THE GOVERNMENT BEGUN TO
ENGAGE WITH FLY-IN FIRST
NATIONS COMMUNITIES IN THE
FAR NORTH TO BEGIN
DISCUSSION ON ESSENTIAL
IMPROVEMENTS TO THESE
AIRPORTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
THAT CONVERSATION... THAT
QUESTION AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S
RIGHT.
WE NEED TO IMPROVE
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN THE
NORTH, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR
INDIGENOUS
POPULATIONS AND WE HAVE AN
UNDERSTANDING OF THAT TO
CONNECT COMMUNITIES, TO
ENSURE THEY HAVE OPPORTUNITY
TO RECEIVE SUPPLIES, TO
RECEIVE MEDICAL HELP, TO
MOVE TO AND FRO OUT OF THE
AREA.
AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT, AND
THE MINISTRY OF
TRANSPORTATION IS WORKING
WITH THE MINISTER OF ENERGY,
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND
MINES TO ADDRESS THESE
ISSUES.
HAS THE MINISTRY STARTED
THAT ENGAGEMENT.
I'VE BEEN ON THE JOB FOR 15
DAYS.
I'M STILL GETTING THE
BRIEFINGS AND I'LL FIND OUT
FOR YOU WHAT THEY'RE DOING.
IF THEY HAVEN'T, I'LL GET
THEM TO GET WORKING ON IT.
I'LL GIVE YOU THAT MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Interjection: GOOD ANSWER.

Mamakwa says THESE AIRPORTS,
MR. SPEAKER, SERVE A
CRITICAL ROLE FOR THE SAFETY
AND THE WELL-BEING OF THE
PEOPLE IN THE FAR NORTH
COMMUNITIES.
AND YES, THERE HAS BEEN NEEDLESS
DEATHS, UNNECESSARY
SUFFERING DUE TO THE LACK OF
LANDING APPROACH
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THESE
REMOTE AIRPORTS.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
TELL THE HOUSE HOW HE PLANS
TO BEGIN WORKING WITH THE
REMOTE NORTHWESTERN,
NORTHWESTERN AND NORTHERN
COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTH SO
THE BASICS LIKE UP-TO-DATE
LANDING INSTRUMENTATION
EQUIPMENT IS AVAILABLE TO
THESE AIRPORTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
NORTHERN AFFAIRS AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY
TO RESPOND TO THIS QUESTION.
OF COURSE WHAT I THINK ABOUT
AND THE MEMBER FOR
KIIWETINOONG AND I WERE JUST
YOUNGSTERS, BUT THERE WAS A
GREAT PROGRESSIVE
CONSERVATIVE MEMBER.
HE WAS CALLED THE EMPEROR OF
THE NORTH.
AND HE IS IN FACT THE GUY
WHO STARTED TO BUILD THOSE
DEVELOP AIRPORTS AND RUNWAYS
IN ALL OF THOSE ISOLATED
COMMUNITIES.
THAT'S VERY WELL DOCUMENTED.
WE CONTINUE, MR. SPEAKER, TO
REMAIN COMMITTED TO THE
OPPORTUNITY OF OPENING UP
OUR NORTHERN COMMUNITIES, TO
ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE
SOCIAL, HEALTH AND ECONOMIC
BENEFITS THAT ARE AFFORDED
TO THOSE ISOLATED
COMMUNITIES BY BUILDING
CORRIDORS TO PROS PERIOD OF
TIME.
ELECTRIFICATION AND ROAD
ACCESS IS JUST AS ESSENTIAL
AS ANY OTHER FORM OF
TRANSPORTATION
INFRASTRUCTURE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING
BIG THAT IN THE NEXT COUPLE
OF MONTHS.
THERE'S GOING TO BE A BUDGET
TO SUPPORT THAT.
WE JUST HOPE THE MEMBER WILL
STAND WITH US AND VOTE TO
SUPPORT BETTER
TRANSPORTATION IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR SIMCOE NORTH.

[APPLAUSE]

[Cheers]

The caption changes to "Jill Dunlop. PC. Simcoe North."

Dunlop is in her forties, with long straight blond hair. She wears a gray blazer over a printed blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.
MINISTER, I WAS HAPPY TO
SPONSOR THE ONTARIO
ELECTRICAL LEAGUE RECEPTION
THIS MORNING.
I NOTE ALSO MET WITH M.P.P.s
ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE.
I ALSO SEE MANY
O.E.L.MEMBERS IN THE
GALLERY.
THEY WERE VERY EXCITED ABOUT
THE PASSING OF BILL 47
YESTERDAY, ESPECIALLY THE
CHANGES TO THE JOURNEY
PERSON TO APPRENTICE RATIO.
THEY WILL ALSO TELL ME HOW
THEY WILL NOW BE ABLE TO
HIRE MORE APPRENTICES.
WE KNOW THERE'S A DEMAND FOR
SKILLED TRADES IN ONTARIO.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US
WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING
TO CREATE BETTER JOBS AND
FILL THESE JOB SHORTAGES
WITHIN OUR PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES.

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 HER STRONG
ADVOCACY.
WE PROMISED THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO TO CREATE GOOD JOBS
AND GOOD PAYING JOBS AND
MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS.
WE WANT TO WORK WITH
EMPLOYERS, UNIONS, EMPLOYEES,
BUSINESSES TO MAKE SURE THAT
HAPPENS AND TO FULFILL OUR
PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE.
MODERNIZING THE ONTARIO
COLLEGE OF TRADE AND
STANDARDIZING RATIOS ARE KEY
STEPS TO DELIVERING ON THOSE
CORE PROMISES TO ONTARIANS.
THE CURRENT SYSTEM WAS NOT
WORKING AND WE NEED TO
CHANGE THAT.
IT WASN'T WORKING FOR THE
TRADES.
WASN'T WORKING FOR EMPLOYERS,
AND IT WASN'T WORKING FOR
ONTARIO.
WE NEED A SYSTEM THAT GETS
ONTARIO'S ECONOMY MOVING AND
FILLS THAT SKILLS GAP.
GROUPS LIKE THE ONTARIO
ELECTRICAL LEAGUE, WE'VE
HEARD FROM AND WE WANT TO
MAKE SURE THAT WE MOVE
FORWARD.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fullerton says WITH CHANGES THAT ARE
POSITIVE FOR BUSINESSES,
EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES.
THE PREMIER WAS CLEAR WITH
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO DURING
THE CAMPAIGN THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT WILL FILL THAT
SKILLS GAP BY INCREASING...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THAT CONCLUDES QUESTION PERIOD.

Watch: Question Period: Thursday, November 22, 2018