Transcript: Question Period: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | Mar 28, 2019

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 AND 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 magenta blazer over a matching floral print blouse.

She says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THE GOVERNMENT
STATED THAT THEY PLAN TO SET
STRICT CRITERIA FOR
ORGANIZATIONS THAT WANT TO
BID FOR HEALTH CARE
CONTRACTS FROM THE
GOVERNMENT'S NEW MEGA-AGENCY
FOR HEALTH CARE.
WILL ONE OF THE CRITERIA BE
EXCLUDING COMPANIES SEEKING
PRIVATE PROFIT FROM PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Premier Ford says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

The Speaker says THE 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 green blazer over a black shirt.

She says I THANK THE LEADER OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION FOR THE
QUESTION.
THE POINT OF THE CHANGES WE
ARE MAKING TO MODERNIZE OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS TO
CENTRE CARE AROUND PATIENTS,
FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS.
AND THERE WILL BE STRICT
CRITERIA FOR ANY
ORGANIZATIONS THAT WISH TO
BECOME A LOCAL ONTARIO
HEALTH TEAM.
GENERALLY SPEAKING, THEY
WILL BE CENTERED AROUND
BEING ABLE TO MANAGE THE
FUNDS THAT WILL BE ALLOCATED
TO THEM AND TO SPEND THOSE
FUNDS APPROPRIATELY, TO
MAINTAIN THE QUALITY OF CARE
THAT'S EXPECTED OF THEM TO
MAKE SURE THAT ALL HEALTH
ORGANIZATIONS ARE PROPERLY
FUNDED AND ABLE TO DELIVER
THAT CARE, AND THEY WILL BE
REQUIRED TO CONTINUE TO HAVE
PATIENTS, FAMILY MEMBERS AND
CAREGIVERS TO BE INCLUDED IN
THE DESIGN AND
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WORK
THAT THEY DO GOING FORWARD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, IT ALSO SEEMS THAT
THE GOVERNMENT'S PLANNING TO
CENTRE PROFITS AROUND THEIR
FRIENDS IN THE PRIVATE
SECTOR.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says IT'S CONCERNING THAT THE
FORD GOVERNMENT CAN'T
PROVIDE A SIMPLE ANSWER ON
THIS, AN ANSWER THAT THE
PUBLIC DESERVES.
YESTERDAY I ASKED
SPECIFICALLY ABOUT PRIVATE
SURGERY SERVICES, A COMPANY
CALLED ADVANCE SURGICAL
OPERATORY IN LONDON, ONTARIO,
WANT THE GOVERNMENT'S GREEN
LIGHT TO EXPAND PROCEDURES
AVAILABLE AT THEIR PRIVATE
FOR-PROFIT SURGERY CLINIC.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT EXCLUDE
PRIVATE OPERATING ROOMS FROM
THEIR SO-CALLED ONTARIO
HEALTH TEAMS, YES OR NO?
PLEASE TELL THE PUBLIC.
THEY DESERVE AN ANSWER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
QUESTION'S REFERRED TO THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says WELL, HERE IS THE ANSWER
TO YOUR QUESTION.
WE ARE CENTERING CARE ON
PATIENTS, FAMILIES AND
CAREGIVERS.
WE ARE STRENGTHENING OUR
PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM,
AND IF THERE ARE ANY FUND
LEFT OVER IN ANY PARTICULAR
YEAR, THEY'RE GIVEN TO ANY
LOCAL ONTARIO HEALTH TEAM.
THEY WILL BE REINVESTED BACK
INTO THAT PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, FAMILIES HAVE A
HARD TIME BELIEVING THE
GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO
DEFENDING PUBLIC HEALTH
CARE.
THE ANSWERS ARE NOT CLEAR
AND THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT
ADMITTING TO THEIR PLANS
WHEN IT COMES TO THE
PRIVATIZATION OF OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM.
PERHAPS BECAUSE THE SAME
OPERATING ROOM THAT IS SO
DESPERATE TO BREAK INTO OUR
HEALTH SYSTEM GOT A PERSONAL
VISIT FROM THE PREMIER.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says CAMPAIGN.
PRANCE IT'S BECAUSE THE
PREMIER HIMSELF SAID THAT HE
WOULD LEAVE, AND I QUOTE, NO
STONE UNTURNED IN HIS CUTS
TO PRIVATIZE PUBLIC SERVICES
LIKE HEALTH CARE.
SO I AM GOING TO ASK THE
PREMIER.
WHY IS HE UNWILLING TO MAKE
A BASIC COMMITMENT TO KEEP
PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT HEALTH
SERVICES OUT OF THEIR
ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
OK.
WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED.
I'M GOING TO ASK THE
GOVERNMENT TO COME TO ORDER.
I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HEAR
THE QUESTIONS.
I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FOCUS
ON WHAT THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION IS SAYING.
YOU WOULD EXPECT ME TO DO
SO.
START THE CLOCK.
RESPONSE.
MINISTER.

Elliott says SPEAKER, AND THROUGH YOU,
SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY THAT,
TO THE LEADER OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION, SHE
CONTINUES TO IGNORE THE FACT
THAT ABOUT 30 percent OF OUR
CURRENT HEALTH CARE SERVICES
ARE DELIVERED BY COMPANIES
THAT ARE PRIVATELY OWNED BUT
ARE PAID FOR THROUGH THE
GOVERNMENT, THROUGH OUR
PUBLIC...

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE
FROM THAT UNDER OUR NEW
PLAN.
WE ARE MODERNIZING THE
SYSTEM.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
PATIENTS OF FAMILIES RECEIVE
THE TRULY CONNECTED CARE
THAT THEY NEED AND WHY,
AGAIN THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER,
THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION AND HER PARTY
CONTINUES THIS FEAR
MONGERING, SCARING PATIENTS,
PARTICULARLY SENIORS.

Interjection: NOT HALLOWEEN.

Elliott says IT'S NOT RESPONSIBLE.
WE ARE STRENGTHENING AND
MODERNIZING OUR PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO MAKE
SURE THAT PATIENTS RECEIVE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says BETTER, MORE CONNECTED
CARE AND THAT'S THE END.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION IS ALSO FOR
THE PREMIER.
LAST NIGHT I HEARD FROM
RESIDENTS FROM ACROSS
BRAMPTON ABOUT THE STATE OF
THEIR HEALTH CARE.
THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT LONG
HOSPITAL WAITS AND GETTING
THE SERVICES THAT THEY NEED
AND THEY'VE ALREADY SEEN
FIRST HAND THE RISKS OF
PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT HOSPITALS
WHEN THE LAST CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT MADE THEIR
COMMUNITY THE GUINEA PIG FOR
ONTARIO'S FIRST PRIVATE P3
HOSPITAL.
THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT
BE PROUD OF THEIR RECORD ON
PRIVATIZATION, WHETHER IT'S
A P2 3 HOSPITAL OR HOME CARE,
THEY HAVE MADE A MESS OF OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WITH
THEIR PRIVATIZATION DRIVE.
THAT PROJECT DELIVERS FEWER
BEDS WHILE DRAINING AWAY
PUBLIC HEALTH DOLLARS INTO
PRIVATE FOR PROFITS.
THE GOVERNMENT'S OMNIBUS
HEALTH BILL THREATENS TO
OPEN THE DOOR EVEN WIDERR.

The Speaker says COME TO
ORDER.

Horwath says WILL THE GOVERNMENT AMEND
THEIR BILL TO KEEP PRIVATE
PROFITS OUT OF OUR PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM?

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
PREMIER.
QUESTION'S REFERRED TO THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH AND
LONG-TERM CARE.

Elliott says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
AGAIN THROUGH YOU I WOULD
SUGGEST TO THE LEADER OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION THERE IS
NOTHING TO AMEND IN BILL 74
BECAUSE THERE'S NO.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says FOR PRIVATIZATION.
THERE IS NOTHING OF THE SORT.
WHAT WE ARE DOING IS
MODERNIZING OUR PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, AND THE
SITUATION THAT SHE REFERS TO
IN BRAMPTON IS SOMETHING
THAT, MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH
YOU IS HAPPENING ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO
FIX.
WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE
1,200 PATIENTS EVERY DAY
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE RECEIVE
HEALTH CARE IN HALLWAYS OF
HOSPITALS, STORAGE ROOMS AND
OTHER INAPPROPRIATE PLACES.
WE ARE TRYING TO LIMIT THAT.
WE WANT TO ELIMINATE HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE, MAKE SURE THAT
PEOPLE RECEIVE THE CARE IN
THE PLACES WHERE THEY SHOULD
IN SAFE, APPROPRIATE CLEAN
ENVIRONMENTS AND THAT
PROVIDERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says IN ONTARIO ARE ABLE TO
DELIVER THE CARE THAT THEY
WANT.
THIS TRULY CONNECTED CARE IS
GOING TO HELP KEEP PATIENTS
OUT OF HOSPITALS AND CREATE
SAFE PLACES...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
THE PEOPLE OF BRAMPTON
AREN'T LOOKING FOR MORE
PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT HEALTH
CARE OR A MEGA HEALTH
AGENCY.
THEY KNOW THAT THEIR DOLLARS RIGHT NOW ARE BEING SIPHONED
OFF INTO THE POCKETS OF
PRIVATE INTERESTS INSTEAD OF
BEING UTILIZED FOR
FRONT-LINE CARE.
THEY WANT INVESTMENTS IN
FRONT-LINE CARE TO ENSURE
THAT THEY'RE NOT STUCK IN AN
E.R. HALLWAY WAITING DAYS
AND DAYS FOR TREATMENT,
SPEAKER.
OR WONDERING HOW THEY CAN
SUPPORT LOVED ONES WITHOUT
ACCESS TO HOME CARE.
THEY REMEMBER THE LAST TIME
A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT
PROMISED THEM PRIVATE
FOR-PROFIT HEALTH CARE GOING
TO IMPROVE THEIR HOSPITALS
AND THE WAITS ARE LONGER
THAN EVER BECAUSE OF THAT
ILL ADVISED DIRECTION THAT
THIS PARTY TOOK US THE LAST
TIME THEY WERE IN
GOVERNMENT.
SO WILL THE GOVERNMENT AMEND
THEIR NEW HEALTH OMNIBUS
BILL TO ENSURE THE DOOR IS
CLOSED, CLOSED TO PRIVATE
FOR-PROFIT HEALTH CARE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AGAIN THROUGH YOU, I WOULD
SAY THAT WHAT THE LEADER OF
THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION IS
TALKING ABOUT IS ABSOLUTE
NONSENSE.
ABSOLUTE COMPLETE AND UTTER
NONSENSE.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says WHAT WE ARE DOING IS
STRENGTHENING OUR PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
BILL 74 REFLECTS THAT.
WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT
TO... TO HEAR TO PEOPLE IN
COMMUNITIES AND I CAN TELL
YOU THAT I HAVE DONE A LOT
OF TRAVELLING SINCE WE'VE
ANNOUNCED THIS BILL.
I'VE BEEN TO COMMUNITIES
ACROSS ONTARIO, NORTH BAY,
BRACEBRIDGE, OTTAWA,
NORTHUMBERLAND, MY OWN
RIDING OF NEWMARKET-AURORA,
AND PEOPLE ARE EXCITED ABOUT
WHAT WE'RE BRINGING FORWARD.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says PROVIDERS CANNOT WAIT TO
APPLY TO BECOME LOCAL
ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS BECAUSE
THEY KNOW RIGHT NOW THERE
ARE MANY IMPEDIMENTS THAT
ARE IN PLACE THROUGH THE
MINISTRY OF HEALTH, FUNDING
SILOS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says THAT INHIBIT THEM FROM
BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE
WITH EACH OTHER.
THEY WANT TO DO THAT.
THEY WANT TO BE PROVIDING
EXCELLENT PATIENT CARE AND
THAT'S WHAT BILL 74 WILL
PROVIDE.
I HOPE YOU WILL COME AND
SUPPORT US.

[APPLAUSE]

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

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
I DIRECT THE MINISTER AND
THE PREMIER TO THE 2007
AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT
THAT CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THAT
P3 HOSPITAL IN BRAMPTON WAS
BUILT AT A FAR HIGHER COST
THAN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AND
DELIVERED FEWER BEDS THAN IT
SHOULD HAVE BEEN AND COST US
MORE IN INTEREST PAYMENTS
AND OPERATING COSTS OVER
TIME THAN IT SHOULD HAVE
COST US, BECAUSE THE DOLLARS WENT INTO THE POCKETS OF
PRIVATE INTERESTS, NOT INTO
THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROPER
HOSPITALS IN BRAMPTON.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says AND LAST NIGHT, LAST NIGHT I
HEARD THAT THOSE FOLKS IN
BRAMPTON WANT A HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM THAT THEY CAN COUNT
ON, NOT ONE THAT
[UNCLEAR]
CONSERVATIVE FRIEND.
INSTEAD THEY SEE A
GOVERNMENT LAYING OFF NURSES
AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS,
MAKING DECISIONS BEHIND
CLOSED DOORS AND POSING FOR
POETO... PHOTO OPS AT
PRIVATE HEALTH CLINICS.
THERE IS A SIMPLE WAY THE
GOVERNMENT COULD GAIN SOME
TRUST FROM THE...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says A SIMPLE
WAY THEY CAN GAIN SOME
TRUST.
WHEN THE PREMIER FAILED TO
ACKNOWLEDGE ON THE CAMPAIGN
TRAIL THAT HE WAS GOING TO
PRIVATIZE HEALTH CARE, NOW
HE CAN GET THAT TRUST BACK.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT AMEND
THEIR NEW HEALTH OMNIBUS
BILL TO ENSURE THE DOOR IS
CLOSED TO PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT
HEALTH CARE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PLEASE STOP
THE CLOCK.
STOP THE CLOCK.
SORRY TO INTERRUPT.
MEMBER FOR
KITCHENER-CONESTOGA HAS TO
COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY HAS
TO COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST
HAS TO COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR KING-VAUGHAN HAS
TO COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

Elliott says SPEAKER, AGAIN THROUGH
YOU.
I WOULD HAVE TO REMIND THE
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION THAT THE HOSPITAL
SHE REFERRED TO WAS BUILT BY
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT, D'NOTHING TO DO
WITH THE PROGRESSIVE
CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT.
SO ONE THING WE CAN AGREE ON,
15 YEARS OF COMPLETE
MISMANAGEMENT AND TOTAL
DISREGARD FOR PATIENTS, WHAT
PATIENTS IN ONTARIO NEED.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE
CONCENTRATING ON WITH BILL
74.
THERE IS NO NEED TO AMEND
THAT BILL, BECAUSE THERE IS
NO ELEMENT OF PRIVATIZATION
THERE.
WE ARE CONCENTRATING ON
STRENGTHENING OUR PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
THE PEOPLE OF BRAMPTON AND
PEOPLE ACROSS THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO CAN CONTINUE TO
ACCESS OUR PUBLIC HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM FOR THEIR
SERVICES, THAT WE CAN REDUCE
THEIR WAIT TIMES, THAT WE
CAN CONNECT THEIR SERVICES,
THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE
DEALT WITH IN BILL 74.
SO PLEASE, I WOULD URGE YOU
TO READ IT AGAIN AND SUPPORT IT.

Interjection: READ IT
FOR THE FIRST TIME.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION.
ONCE AGAIN, THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says TO THE
PREMIER.
FOR MONTHS, THE PREMIER HAS
INSISTED THAT HE HAS A GREAT
TRACK RECORD WHEN IT COMES
TO BUILDING TRANSIT, WHICH
COMES AS A SURPRISE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.

[HECKLING]

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says START THE CLOCK.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION HAS THE FLOOR.

Horwath says WHICH COMES AS A HUGE
SURPRISE TO PEOPLE WHO
WATCHED HIM AT TORONTO CITY
HALL WHERE HE DID A FAR
BETTER JOB OF TEARING PLANS
UP RATHER THAN GETTING
ANYTHING BUILT.
NOW IT LOOKS LIKE HE'S AT IT
AGAIN, SPEAKER.
LAST NIGHT THE "TORONTO
STAR" REVEALED THAT THE FORD
GOVERNMENT IS RIPPING UP
TORONTO'S TRANSIT PLANS AND
INSISTING THAT THEY FOLLOW A
VAGUE NEW PLAN THAT INCLUDES
A PRIVATIZED RELIEF LINE.
WHY IS THE PREMIER MEDDLING
WITH LONG-ESTABLISHED
TRANSIT PLANS AND WHY IS HE
DETERMINED TO DELAY AND
DESTROY TRANSIT PLANS THAT
ARE ALREADY APPROVED AND
UNDER WAY IN TORONTO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

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

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

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES
TO TRANSPORTATION, WE'RE
JUST BEGINNING.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE'RE GOING TO BUILD PROPER
TRANSIT HERE IN TORONTO.
WE'RE GOING TO FINALLY GET
SUBWAYS BUILT TO GET PEOPLE
FROM POINT "A" TO POINT "B."
RIGHT ACROSS THE G.T.A.
WE'RE EXTENDING EGLINTON.
WE'RE MAKING SURE WE'RE
BUILDING THE DOWNTOWN RELIEF
LINE.
WE'RE HOPING THE PEOPLE OF
SCARBOROUGH, MY FRIENDS IN
SCARBOROUGH, HELP IS ON ITS
WAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE'RE GOING TO BE BUILDING
TRANSPORTATION.
WE HAVE A GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT
TODAY FROM THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS OF INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND
ONTARIO.
WE'RE FINALLY GETTING THIS
PROVINCE MOVING.

Interjection: HEAR, HEAR!

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
PEOPLE IN TORONTO SIMPLY
WANT TRANSIT THAT WORKS.
INSTEAD THEY HAVE A PREMIER
WHO SEEMS MORE INTERESTED IN
WASTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REWRITING PLANS, DELAYING
CONSTRUCTION, ISSUING
DEMANDS AND PRIVATIZING
TRANSIT LINES SO HIS
WELL-CONNECTED FRIENDS CAN
TURN A PROFIT.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
SHOULDN'T BE STUCK WITH THE
BILL BECAUSE THE PREMIER OF
THE PROVINCE DECIDES, ONCE
AGAIN, THAT HE WANTS TO PLAY
MAYOR OF TORONTO.
ANT PEOPLE OF TORONTO
DESERVE TRANSIT THAT WORKS,
NOT A PLAN WRITTEN IN CRAYON
BY THE PREMIER WHO'S NEVER
MET A TRANSIT PLAN HE
COULDN'T DERAIL.
WILL THE PREMIER STOP
MIDDLING, STOP PRIVATIZING
AND WORK WITH THE CITY OF
TORONTO TO GET TRANSIT
BUILT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO BUILD,
BUILD, BUILD SUBWAYS,
SUBWAYS, SUBWAYS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says AROUND THE G.T.A., AROUND
TORONTO.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
WE'RE EXPANDING RIGHT ACROSS
ONTARIO.
A GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT HAVING
1.2 BILLION DOLLARS.
YOU'LL BE HEARING FROM THE
BEST MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION YOU COULD
EVER ASK FOR.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says HE'S SO BUSY, HE CAN'T KEEP
UP WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENTS.
ANNOUNCEMENTS EVERY SINGLE DAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says MAKING SURE WE EXTEND THE GO.
MAKING SURE WE FIX THE
ROADS.
WE'RE BUILDING THE GREATEST
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN THE
WORLD.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE
ARE PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO
INFRASTRUCTURE THAN ANYONE
IN NORTH AMERICA.
WE'RE GOING TO BE PUTTING
TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
HASTINGS-LENNOX AND ADDINGTON.

[APPLAUSE]

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, blue shirt and yellow tie.

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TODAY IS TO OUR
PREMIER.
LAST WEEK, THE PREMIER
JOINED THE MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL
AFFAIRS ANT MINISTER OF THE
ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION
AND PARKS DOWN IN OXFORD TO
DISCUSS THE IMPACTS OF THE
FEDERAL CARBON TAX WITH SOME
OF THE LEADERS IN OUR
AGRICULTURE RAL SECTORS.
FARMERS IN MY RIDING THEY
MADE IT VERY, VERY CLEAR
THAT THE FEDERAL CARBON TAX
IS GOING TO COST THEM DEARLY,
IN EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR
OPERATIONS.
FARMERS ARE ALREADY SOME OF
OUR BEST SFUERDS OF THE
LAND.
THEY'VE MADE THEIR LIVING
FOR GENERATIONS BY
PRESERVING THEIR LAND FOR
THEIR LIVESTOCK, THEIR CROPS
AND TO PASS DOWN TO THEIR
FAMILIES.

Interjection: HEAR, HEAR!

Kramp says OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN
WORKING HARD TO BRING OUR
FARMERS' COST OF BUSINESS
DOWN BY SCRAPPING THE GREEN
ENERGY ACT AND DISASTROUS
CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM.
PLEASE TELL US WHAT HE HAS
HEARD FROM THE AGRICULTURE
INDUSTRY LEADERS ON THE
IMPACT OF DISCUSSING HARMFUL
FEDERAL CARBON TAX?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says I WANT TO
THANK OUR CHAIR OF CAUCUS,
GREAT M.P.P. FOR
HASTINGS-LENNOX AND
ADDINGTON.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says HE IS A TRUE LEADER IN OUR
CAUCUS.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I
VISITED OUR MEMBER'S RIDING
AND HE'S AN ALL-STAR.
WHEN YOU GO DOWN THE STREET,
EVERYONE LOVES THE MEMBER.
MY FRIENDS, I WAS OUT WITH
THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.
WE WERE IN THE RURAL AREA.
FINALLY GET OUT OF THE
BUBBLE.
WE CALL TORONTO THE BUBBLE.
TALK TO THE REAL PEOPLE, THE
FARMERS WORKING 1 HOURS A
DAY AROUND THE CLOCK, THE
BEST STEWARDS OF THE
ENVIRONMENT.
OUR MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT
HAS PUT AN OUTSTANDING PLAN
TOGETHER.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says SHOWING THAT YOU DON'T NEED
A CARBON TAX THAT'S GOING TO
HURT THE FARMERS, HURT
FAMILIES, HURT BUSINESSES,
BECAUSE THE CARBON TAX DOES
NOTHING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT,
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says WE'VE
ALREADY HIT 22 percent REDUCTIONS.
WE HAVE 11 YEARS TO HIT THE
30 percent MARK AND WE'RE GOING TO
NOT ONLY HIT IT.
WE'LL SURPASS IT.

Interjection: HEAR,
HEAR!

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Kramp says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I CERTAINLY THANK THE
PREMIER FOR THE ANSWER.
YOU KNOW, WHEN THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO ELECTED THIS
GOVERNMENT, THEY ELECTED A
GOVERNMENT THAT WILL BRING
AN END TO THE 15-YEAR
LIBERAL MISMANAGEMENT AND
MAKE LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE
AGAIN FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Kramp says MR. SPEAKER, SADLY WE ARE
NOW ONLY A FEW SHORT DAYS
AWAY FROM HAVING THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT IMPOSE, IMPOSE
THEIR CARBON TAX ON THE
EVERYDAY HARD-WORKING PEOPLE
IN THIS PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS CLEARLY
UNACCEPTABLE.
AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS
TAX BEING THE WORST TAX THAT
WE HAVE PROBABLY EVER SEEN,
OUR PREMIER AND THIS PARTY
IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING
ABOUT IT.
WE ARE GOING TO CHALLENGE
THEM ALL THE WAY.
IT IS INJUST.
IT IS NOT RIGHT.
IT IS IMPROPER AND IT HAS TO
COME TO AN END.
PREMIER, WHAT ARE YOUR
THOUGHTS ON THIS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'LL GIVE YOU MY THOUGHTS
AND GIVE YOU THE THOUGHTS OF
EVERYONE NOT JUST IN ONTARIO
BUT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.
PEOPLE CAN'T STAND THIS
CARBON TAX.
IT PUTS A BURDEN ON THE
BACKS OF EVERY SINGLE FAMILY,
NOT ONLY IN ONTARIO BUT
ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.
PUTS A BURDEN ON EVERY
SINGLE BUSINESS, THE
HARD-WORKING PEOPLE AT THE
CONVENIENCE STORES THAT WORK
1 HOURS A DAY.
PEOPLE WAKING UP AT 6,
OPENING THEIR STORES AT 7,
WORKING 'TIL MIDNIGHT AND
DOING IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN
SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says IT'S GOING TO HURT THE
CONVENIENCE STORE OWNERS,
HURT THE SMALL BUSINESS
OWNERS, THE LARGE
BUSINESSES.
WE'RE TRYING TO COMPETE
WORLDWIDE.
WE'RE TRYING TO COMPETE WITH
ONE HAND TIED BEHIND OUR
BACKS.
MY FRIENDS, THE WARNING BELL
IS, ON APRIL 1st, YOU'RE ALL
GOING TO BE PAYING 4.5 CENTS
MORE PER LITRE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says FOR GAS.
YOU'RE GOING TO BE PAYING
MORE FOR ABSOLUTELY
EVERYTHING IN THE GROCERY
STORE.
IT'S GOING TO BE A RECESSION
WHEN IT COMES TO THE CARBON
TAX.
WE'RE GOING...

[Voice trailing]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
STOP THE CLOCK.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

[INTERJECTIONS]

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

The caption changes to "Kevin Yarde. NDP. Brampton North."

Yarde is in his forties, clean-shaven, with short-cropped dark hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE
APPOINTMENT OF RON TAVERNER
AS O.P.P. COMMISSIONER, THE
PREMIER WAS CALLED... THE
PREMIER CALLED IT A
TRANSPARENT PROCESS.
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNITY
SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL
SERVICES CLAIMS, QUOTE,
INDEPENDENT SELECTION
COMMITTEE, UNQUOTE, MADE THE
DECISION.
LATER THAT SAME DAY, A
MEMBER OF THAT VERY
COMMITTEE CORRECTED HER BY
REACHING OUT TO DEAN FRENCH
SAYING, QUOTE...
THE MESSAGING IN TODAY'S
LEGISLATURE ON THE O.P.P.
COMMISSIONER USES THE TERM
"INDEPENDENT" SELECTION
PANEL.
INDEPENDENT OF WHO?
I'M THE DEPUTY MINISTER TO
THE PREMIER AND RON REPORTED
TO MARIO WHEN HE WAS AT
T.P.S..
I WOT DROP THE WORD
INDEPENDENT...
UNQUOTE.
SO MY QUESTION IS THE
PREMIER WILLING TO CORRECT
HIMSELF HERE TODAY AND SET
THE RECORD STRAIGHT OR DOES
HE STAND BY...

The Speaker says QUESTION.
STOP THE CLOCK.
I ASK THE MEMBER FOR
CARLETON TO COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
PREMIER TO REPLY.

Ford says GOVERNMENT
HOUSE LEADER.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
HOUSE LEADER.

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

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

He says THANKS, SPEAKER.
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IS THE
SAME MEMBER WHO FILED THE
COMPLAINT WITH THE INTEGRITY
COMMISSIONER IN ONTARIO.
THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER
HERE IN THE PROVINCE WENT
THROUGH AND EXHAUST... AN
EXHAUSTIVE INTERVIEW PROCESS
WITH NUMEROUS INDIVIDUALS
WHO WERE ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED
IN WHATEVER THE MEMBER WAS
ALLEGING, AND WHEN THE
INVESTIGATION WAS COMPLETED,
THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER
CAME OUT WITH THE REPORT AND
I WOULD LIKE TO POINT THIS
OUT, THAT COMPLETELY
EXONERATED THE PREMIER OF
ONTARIO FOR ANY WRONGDOING
IN THIS CASE.
AND WE APPRECIATE, WE
APPRECIATE THE FINDING OF
THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER.
WE ACTUALLY THANK HIM FOR
THE INVESTIGATION THAT HE
HAS DONE, AND IN OUR OPINION
THIS MATTER HAS BEEN PUT TO
REST, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER
THINGS THAT I KNOW THE
MEMBER FROM BRAMPTON,
MARKHAM AND SCARBOROUGH
SHOULD BE ASKING BUT THEY'RE
NOT ASKING THESE QUESTIONS
ON POLICY TODAY.
INSTEAD THEY'RE TRYING TO
PLAY IN THE GUTTER AND PLAY
GUTTER POLITICS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Yarde says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
QUESTION AGAIN IS TO THE
PREMIER.
THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER'S
REPORT CLEARLY STATES AND
CLEARLY REVEALS THAT THE
SECRETARY OF CABINET HAS
SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE
CATEGORIZATION OF THIS
PROCESS AS INDEPENDENT.
DAY AFTER DAY THE MINISTER
AND THE PREMIER STOOD IN
THIS HOUSE AND USED THE VERY
WORD THE SECRETARY TOLD HIM
TO DROP.
WE'VE ASKED THE SPEAKER FOR
HIS VIEW.
BUT THE MINISTER COULD CLEAR
THINGS UP TODAY.
NOW THAT IT'S BEEN REVEALED
THAT THE SECRETARY OF
CABINET WAS TELLING THE
GOVERNMENT NOT TO USE THE
WORD, QUOTE, INDEPENDENT,
UNQUOTE, IS THE PREMIER
READY TO ADMIT HE AND HIS
MINISTER WERE WRONG TO DO
SO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Smith says THANKS, SPEAKER.
THANKS TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION.
THE REPORT MAKES IT PRETTY
DARN CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER.
THE REPORT MAKES IT VERY
CLEAR, AS WE SAID FROM THE
BEGINNING, THAT THIS
COMPLAINT WAS FRIVOLOUS AND
WITHOUT MERIT AND COMPLETELY
EXONERATED THE PREMIER OF
ONTARIO.
AND I DON'T KNOW WHY THE
MEMBER OPPOSITE AND MEMBERS
OPPOSITE, INCLUDING THE
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION, CONTINUES TO
PLAY DOWN IN THE GUTTER ON
THIS CLEARLY POLITICAL ISSUE
THAT THEY'RE DEALING WITH
OVER THERE, BECAUSE NOBODY
ELSE REALLY SEEMS TO CARE
WHEN IT COMES TO THIS.
PEOPLE IN ONTARIO WANT TO
KNOW ABOUT WHAT THE
GOVERNMENT IS DOING WHEN IT
COMES TO POLICY AND CREATING
JOBS.
IN HONOUR OF ALL OF THOSE
GREAT YOUNG ATHLETES WHO ARE
HERE FOR SPECIAL HOCKEY DAY
TODAY, I WOULD SAY HOLY
MACKINAW, SPEAKER.
WE'VE CREATED 95 NEW JOBS IN
ONTARIO.

Interjection: HOLY MACKINAW!

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
TAKE YOUR SEATS.
ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE.

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

Hogarth is in her late thirties, with blond hair in a bun. She wears glasses, a black blazer and shirt, and a silver necklace with a key pendant.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Hogarth says WELL, I HAVE A POLICY
QUESTION.
MY QUESTION TODAY IS FOR OUR
ATTORNEY GENERAL.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ON THIS SIDE
OF THE HOUSE AND MY P.C.
COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE HALL
HERE ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THE
MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM BY
PROVIDING THEM WITH THE
TOOLS AND THE RESOURCES THEY
NEED TO KEEP THE STREETS AND
OUR HOMES SAFE.
MY CONSTITUENTS IN
ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE TRUST
OUR GOVERNMENT'S WILLINGNESS
TO CRACK DOWN ON VIOLENCE
COMMITTED BY ARMED GANGS,
BUT THEY ALSO APPRECIATE OUR
EFFORTS TO DIVERT OUR YOUTH
FROM A PATH OF CRIME AND
VIOLENCE.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL PLEASE
EXPLAIN TO THIS HOUSE OUR
GOVERNMENT'S APPROACH TO
BREAK THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE
IN OUR COMMUNITIES TO THE
GUNS AND GANGS STRATEGY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ATTORNEY
GENERAL.

The caption changes to "Honourable Caroline Mulroney. Attorney General."

Mulroney is in her mid-forties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears a navy-blue blazer over a black blouse.

She says MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE
TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM
ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE FOR HER
QUESTION.
I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT
YESTERDAY OUR GOVERNMENT FOR
THE PEOPLE ANNOUNCED OUR...
THE NEXT PHASE OF OUR
COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO
SUPPORT THE LOCAL FIGHT
AGAINST GUN AND GANG
VIOLENCE IN COMMUNITIES
ACROSS ONTARIO.
IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR, OUR
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THE
FIRST PHASE, TO FIGHT THE
URGENT GUN AND GANG PROBLEM
IN TORONTO.
THE PROVINCEWIDE SECOND
PHASE OF THE STRATEGY
ADDRESSES THE THREATS FACED
BY COMMUNITIES ON ALL FRONTS
THROUGH ENHANCED LOCAL
ENFORCEMENT, PROSECUTION AND
PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
INITIATIVES.
ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS OF
OUR PREVENTION APPROACH IS
TO ESTABLISH JUSTICE CENTRES
THAT WILL MOVE JUSTICE OUT
OF THE COURTROOM AND INTO
COMMUNITY SETTINGS BY
CO-LOCATING JUSTICE, HEALTH
AND SOCIAL SERVICES ALL
UNDER ONE ROOF.
THIS IS A NEW MODEL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says OF INTERVENTION IN
ONTARIO THAT IS PROVEN TO BE
EFFECTIVE IN DISRUPTING GANG
RECRUITMENT AND PROTECTING
YOUNG PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES
AND JURISDICTIONS ACROSS
NORTH AMERICA.
MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO
SAY WE ARE MAKING GOOD ON
OUR PROMISE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Hogarth says MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR HER
RESPONSE.
MR. SPEAKER, THE P.C.
CANDIDATE, WE ALL CAMPAIGNED
ON A PROMISE TO IMPROVE
PUBLIC SAFETY IN THIS
PROVINCE.
AS A MEMBER OF THIS
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE, I
AM PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY
TO KNOW THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
IS COMMITTED TO TACKLING GUN
AND GANG VIOLENCE ACROSS
ONTARIO AND KEEP CRIMINALS
OFF OUR STREETS.
I WOULD NOW LIKE TO DIRECT
MY SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION TO
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNITY
SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL
SERVICES.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE OUTLINE HOW
OUR INVESTMENT IN FRONTLINE
POLICING WILL KEEP OUR
FAMILIES SAFE AND TACKLE
VIOLENT CRIMES IN ALL OF OUR
COMMUNITIES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ATTORNEY GENERAL.

Mulroney says something undiscernible.

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 colourful striped blazer.

She says MEMBER FROM
ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE.
I KNOW WE'VE SPOKEN MANY
TIMES ON THE JUSTICE AND
COMMUNITY SAFETY FILE AND I
KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO
YOU AND THE RESIDENTS OF
ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE.
SO IN ADDITION TO THE NEW
PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
MEASURES YESTERDAY OUR
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED NEW
SUPPORTS AND RESOURCES TO
HELP POLICE FORCES DISRUPT
AND DISMANTLE CRIMINAL GANGS
AND KEEP INNOCENT PEOPLE IN
ONTARIO SAFE FROM GUNS AND
GANGS.
THE GUN AND GANG SUPPORT
UNIT WILL SUPPORT POLICE
FORCES ACROSS ONTARIO TO
UNDERTAKE MAJOR GUN AND GANG
INVESTIGATIONS AND
PROSECUTIONS, AS WELL AS
IMPROVE PROVINCEWIDE
INTELLIGENCE GATHERING,
INTEGRATION AND COORDINATION.
IN ADDITION, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED
GUN AND GANG SPECIALIZED
INVESTIGATION FUND TO
SUPPORT JOINT OPERATIONS
BETWEEN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says FORCES.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT
IS CLEAR.
WE WILL NOT STAND BY AND LET
GANGS PREY ON OUR YOUNG
PEOPLE AND DESTROY THE
SECURITY THAT THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO DESERVE AND EXPECT
FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON EAST.

The caption changes to "Gurratan Singh. NDP. Brampton East."

Singh is in his late thirties, with a prominent full beard. He wears a pink turban, glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and blue tie.

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH AND
LONG-TERM CARE.
YESTERDAY WE HAD A TOWN HALL
IN BRAMPTON ABOUT OUR BROKEN
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHICH...
PACKED ROOM OF PEOPLE CAME
TO SHARE THEIR STORIES.
AFTER GIVING BIRTH, TERESA
DESCRIBED AS REALLY SCARY.
SHE'S HAVING ANXIETY AND
IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS.
LATER SHE FOUND OUT THAT SHE
WAS SUFFERING FROM
POSTPARTUM ANXIETY.
AS A NEW YOUNG MOTHER, SHE
WENT TO BRAMPTON CIVIC AND
DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS
FROM DEDICATED FRONT-LINE
WORKERS, SHE HAD TO WAIT
HOURS BECAUSE THERE WERE NO
ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR HER.
IN ORDER TO BE SEEN BY A
DOCTOR, SHE HAD TO SHARE HER
DEEPEST AND DARKEST EMOTIONS
IN A HALLWAY WITH STRANGERS
PASSING BY.
NOW TERESA'S... FOR THE
SECOND TIME, AND THOUGH
SHE'S EXCITED IN THE BACK OF
HER MIND SHE'S ALSO SCARED.
WHAT IF I SUFFER FROM
POSTPARTUM ANXIETY AGAIN?
WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
FORCING MOTHERS LIKE TERESA
TO BEAR THEIR SOULS IN
PUBLIC?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Elliott says THANK HIM VERY MUCH FOR
HIS QUESTION.
I DO AGREE WITH YOU RIGHT
NOW WE DO HAVE A BROKEN
SYSTEM WHERE PEOPLE ARE NOT
RECEIVING THE CARE THEY
DESERVE AND TRANSITION FROM
HOSPITAL HOME CARE ARE
FRACTURED.
THAT'S WHAT WE ARE
ATTEMPTING TO FIX WITH THE
MODERNIZATION OF OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM.
I SHARE YOUR CONCERN AND
YOUR CONSTITUENTS' CONCERN
ABOUT RECEIVING CARE IN
HALLWAYS.
AS I'VE INDICATED BEFORE
THAT'S HAPPENING IN
HOSPITALS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
1,200 PEOPLE EACH AND EVERY
DAY.
IT'S NOT AN EASY THING TO
FIX.
THERE'S NOT ONE SIMPLE
ANSWER TO IT.
WE NEED TO DO A NUMBER OF
THINGS ON A NUMBER OF FRONTS
BUT THAT'S WHAT WE ARE DOING
WITH BILL 74 AND ALSO WITH
OUR MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS PLAN.
WE HAVE 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS THAT IS
BEING INVESTED BY THE
PROVINCE OVER TEN YEARS TO
MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE SUCH
AS YOUR CONSTITUENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says RECEIVE THE HELP THEY
NEED FOR POST PAR TUM
DEPRESSION FOR WHATEVER
THEIR MENTAL HEALTH OR
ADDICTION PROBLEM IS.
THAT IS WHAT WE ARE DOING,
MODERNIZING OUR PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN ORDER
TO DEAL WITH SITUATIONS
EXACTLY...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Singh says MR. SPEAKER, IN ORDER TO
END HALLWAY MEDICINE SO NEW
MOMS LIKE TERESA CAN RECEIVE
THE CARE WITH SOME DIGNITY,
INSTEAD OF FULLY FUNDING
BRAMPTON CIVIC HOSPITAL,
INSTEAD OF CONVERTING PEEL
MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTRE TO A
FULL-TIME 24-HOUR HOSPITAL,
INSTEAD OF BUILDING A NEW
HOSPITAL FOR OUR GROWING
COMMUNITY, THIS GOVERNMENT
HAS VOTED AGAINST ENDING
HALLWAY MEDICINE IN
BRAMPTON.

[APPLAUSE]

Singh says MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE. WHY?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says THE SITUATION IN BRAMPTON
IS SIMILAR TO MANY OTHER
FAST GROWING COMMUNITIES
WHERE THEY ARE EXPERIENCING
HIGHER LEVELS OF HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE.
WE WANT TO STOP THAT.
WE WANT TO STOP THAT IN
BRAMPTON.
WE WANT TO STOP THAT ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
BUT AGAIN THE ANSWER IS NOT
SIMPLE.
ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO
DO IS CREATE MORE
LONG-TERM-CARE HOMES,
BECAUSE AS YOU WELL KNOW THE
PATIENTS WHO ARE IN HOSPITAL
WHO DON'T NEED TO BE THERE
ANY MORE BUT HAVE NO OTHER
PLACE TO GO REMAIN IN
HOSPITAL FOR EXTENDED
PERIODS OF TIME.
THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS
WHY WE'VE MADE OUR CAMPAIGN
COMMITMENT TO CREATE 15,000
NEW LONG-TERM CARE SPACES
WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
WE'VE ALREADY ATTAINED ABOUT
HALF OF THAT GOAL AND WE'RE
WORKING ON IT ON A DAILY
BASIS.
WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT PEOPLE RECEIVE THE
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
CARE THAT THEY NEED IN THE
COMMUNITY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says SO THEY DON'T NEED TO GO
TO THE HOSPITAL AS THEIR
LAST MEANS OF RESORT AND WE
KNOW THAT MANY PEOPLE CYCLE
IN AND OUT OF EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENTS.
FINALLY WE NEED TO HAVE
BETTER CHRONIC DISEASE
MANAGEMENT PATHWAYS, WHICH
IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
LANARK-FRONTENAC-KINGSTON.

The caption changes to "Randy Hillier. Independent. Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.

Hillier is in his early sixties, clean-shaven, with short receding gray hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, blue shirt, and striped black tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SAFETY
AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.
SPEAKER, LAST THURSDAY I WAS
AT A FUND-RAISING EVENT IN
PERTH FOR LANARK COUNTY
INTERVAL HOUSE, WHO PROVIDE
VITAL SERVICES AND
ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
I WAS REMINDED OF A
COMMITMENT FROM THE MINISTRY
OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES THREE
YEARS AGO TO CONSIDER A
PILOT PROJECT ON ACTIVE
G.P.S. ELECTRONIC MONITORING
OF VIOLENT OFFENDERS.
SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER
CONFIRM IF THIS PILOT
PROJECT WAS UNDERTAKEN AND
SHARE THE RESULTS WITH THE HOUSE?

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SAFETY
AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AS THE MEMBER FROM LANARK
FRONTENAC AND KINGSTON WOULD
KNOW, THREE YEARS AGO THE
LIBERAL PARTY WAS THE
GOVERNMENT IN POWER.
I CAN ASSURE THE MEMBER THAT
WE ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED WITH
OUR PARTNERS AND PROBATION
AND PAROLE TO END FRANKLY
THE MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY
GENERAL AS A JUSTICE FILE
COLLECTIVELY TO STUDY ISSUES
THAT ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO
MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER.
AND WHAT WE HAVE DISCOVERED
IS THAT THERE WAS A LACK OF
ACTION THAT WAS HAPPENING IN
THE LAST 15 YEARS.
WE HAVE SIGNALLED VERY
STRONGLY TO OUR PARTNERS ON
BOTH SIDES OF THE JUSTICE
FILE, WHETHER IT'S IN
POLICING OR ON THE CROWN
ATTORNEY SIDE THAT, WE WILL
WORK TOGETHER IN THE
MULTIMINISTERIAL APPROACH TO
MAKE SURE THAT THE...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY
CONTINUE TO UNDERSTAND AND
VALUE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR
GOAL, WHICH IS TO MAKE
COMMUNITIES SAFER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Hillier says AGAIN TO THE MINISTER.
SPEAKER, I DIDN'T HEAR AN
ANSWER WHETHER THE PILOT
PROJECT WAS UNDERTAKEN OR
NOT.
I'M ASTONISHED THAT THE
MINISTER WOULD NOT KNOW IF
IT HAD BEEN UNDERTAKEN OR
NOT.
SPEAKER, WILL THE MINISTER
COMMIT TO THIS HOUSE TO
REVIEW MY PREVIOUS
CORRESPONDENCE AND I CAN
SEND SOME OF IT OVER WITH
THE PAGE RIGHT NOW.
THE CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE
MINISTRY ON THIS SUBJECT AND
REPORT BACK ON THE STATUS OF
AN ACTIVE G.P.S. ELECTRONIC
MONITORING SYSTEM SO THAT
WOMEN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAN HAVE
GREATER SECURITY THAN JUST A
RESTRAINING ORDER ON A PIECE
OF PAPER?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says MINISTER?

Jones says THANK YOU.
SO AS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
KNOWS, WE COLLECTIVELY,
WHETHER IN OPPOSITION OR IN
GOVERNMENT, HAVE STUDIED
MANY SYSTEMS.
WE MADE MANY SUGGESTIONS
WHEN WE WERE IN OPPOSITION.
BUT AS I MENTIONED, THIS IS
A MULTIMINISTERIAL APPROACH
THAT WE ARE REVIEWING AND I
WANT TO HIGHLIGHT SOMETHING
ON THE VIOLENCE AGAINST
WOMEN SEX TRAFFICKING AND
HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
YOU KNOW, WE ALREADY HAVE A
CURRENT INVESTMENT IN OUR
GOVERNMENT OF 174.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING.

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN...
WE ARE INVESTING AN
ADDITIONAL 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN
FUNDING FOR RURAL FRONT-LINE SERVICES.

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANY
DOUBT THAT WE SEE CHALLENGES,
WHETHER IT IS IN RURAL
ONTARIO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says WHERE WE HAVE DISTANCE
CHALLENGES OR IN URBAN
CENTRES WHERE THE INCREASING
PREVALENCE OF HUMAN
TRAFFICKING CONTINUES TO
BECOME SOMETHING THAT OUR
POLICE SERVICES...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

Martin is in her fifties, with short wavy blond hair. She wears glasses, a dark blue blazer and a silver necklace.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE BEST
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

[Cheers]

Martin says AS A TORONTO M.P.P., I AM
PROUD THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
DELIVERING ON OUR PROMISE TO
TACKLE CONGESTION IN THE
G.T.A.
FOR TOO LONG, GRIDLOCK HAS
IMMOBILIZED TORONTO AND THE
GREATER TORONTO AREA,
COSTING THE PROVINCE
BILLIONS IN ECONOMIC
PRODUCTIVITY AND ONTARIANS
LOST TIME AND INCONVENIENCE.
POLITICIANS HERE AT QUEEN'S
PARK AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE
RUN IN CIRCLES TALKING ABOUT
TRANSIT BUT NOT GETTING
ANYTHING DONE.
WE NEED LESS TALKING AND
MORE DIGGING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Martin says WE NEED TO BUILD A
REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM THAT
WORKS FOR THE RESIDENTS OF
THE G.T.A.
WE NEED TO BUILD SUBWAYS AND
WE NEED TO BUILD THEM
FASTER.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN HIS PLAN.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Martin says TO GET SUBWAYS BUILT SO
THAT WE CAN FINALLY GET
TORONTO AND THE REGION MOVING?

[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 checkered gray tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANKS, MEMBER FROM
EGLINTON-LAWRENCE.
FLATTERY WILL GET YOU
EVERYWHERE.

[Laughter]

Yurek says MR. SPEAKER, TRANSIT IS AN
IMPORTANT ISSUE AND OUR
GOVERNMENT MADE A STRONG
COMMITMENT TO GET IT BUILT.
THAT WAS OUR PLAN AT THE
START.
IT'S OUR PLAN NOW, AND IT'S
OUR PLAN GOING INTO THE
FUTURE.
THAT'S ALL IT'S ABOUT IS
BUILDING TRANSIT,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S NOT ABOUT PLAYING
POLITICAL GAMES AND IT'S NOT
ABOUT SAYING SO-CALLED
STEALING THE TRANSIT FROM
TORONTO, MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S ABOUT BUILDING TRANSIT
FASTER, AT A LOWER COST TO
THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS
PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says MR. SPEAKER, WE CAMPAIGNED
TO UPLOAD THE SUBWAY FROM
THE TTC
WE CAMPAIGNED ON FINALLY
GIVING SCARBOROUGH THE
TRANSIT THEY DESERVE.
WE CAMPAIGNED ON EXTENDING
THE EGLINTON L.R.T.
WE CAMPAIGNED ON EXTENDING
THE TTC.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says TO THE NORTH OF YONGE
STREET.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, WE
CAMPAIGNED TO FINALLY BUILD
THE YONGE RELIEF LINE.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE
GOING TO GET IT DONE.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Martin says ANSWER, MINISTER.
IT'S GREAT TO HEAR THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
STICKING TO ITS GOAL AND ITS
PLANS TO BUILD TRANSIT.
WE CAN'T BE SIDELINED BY
POLITICS.
WE NEED TO DELIVER TRANSIT
PROJECTS AND SUBWAYS RIGHT
AWAY.
UNFORTUNATELY THE USUAL
SUSPECTS AT CITY HALL ARE
MORE INTERESTED IN HOLDING
THE REGION BACK AND PLAYING
POLITICS.
THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO AND
THE G.T.A. HAVE WAITED YEARS
FOR TRANSIT TO FINALLY GET
BUILT.
FOR 15 YEARS THEY WATCHED
THE WYNNE LIBERALS FAIL TO
GET THE PROVINCE MOVING.
TO DECADES THEY WATCHED
TORONTO CITY COUNCIL FAIL TO
GET THE REGION MOVING.
MINISTER, THE TIME FOR
ACTION IS NOW.
CAN YOU COMMIT TODAY TO
TAKING THE STEPS NECESSARY
TO GET SUBWAYS BUILT AND THE
PEOPLE OF TORONTO AND THE
G.T.A. MOVING EASILY?

Interjection: GREAT QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yurek says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANKS FOR THAT QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ON THE
RIGHT TRACK.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET
SHOVELS INTO THE GROUND.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET
PEOPLE MOVING.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says WE NEED TO KEEP GOING ON
THIS RIGHT TRACK,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE WILL NOT LET THE N.D.P.
ANT IDEA LOGS FROM CITY
COUNCIL TO HOLD US BACK ANY
FURTHER, MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE A PLAN.
WE'RE GOING TO DELIVER THAT
PLAN.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says WE WILL EXPAND TRANSIT TO
SCARBOROUGH.
WE WILL EXPAND L.R.T.
WE WILL BUILD THE DOWNTOWN
RELIEF LINE AND EXTEND THE
TTC NORTH TO YORK REGION.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO...

[Applause and cheering]

The Speaker says THE HOUSE
WILL COME TO ORDER.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
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 blue blazer over a black shirt, and a pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
WITH 10,000 EDUCATION JOBS
SET TO VANISH UNDER THE
CONSERVATIVE EDUCATION PLAN,
IT'S IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER
THE IMPACT THAT LOSING EVEN
ONE TEACHER WILL HAVE ON
STUDENTS IN ONTARIO'S SMALL
AND RURAL SCHOOLS.
AS BOARDS MEET TO ASSESS THE
DAMAGE, MORE DETAILS ARE
SLOWLY EMERGING.
THE BLUE WATER DISTRICT
SCHOOL BOARD ESTIMATES AT
LEAST 50 TEACHING JOBS WILL
BE LOST BECAUSE OF THIS
PLAN.
GRAND EERIE DISTRICT SCHOOL
BOARD STANDS TO LOSE 94
TEACHING POSITIONS AS WELL
AS EIGHT ADDITIONAL
POSITIONS THAT FOCUS ON
SECONDARY SCHOOL PROGRAMMING.
SPEAKER, HOW WILL TAKING
AWAY TEACHERS HELP STUDENTS
IN SMALL AND RURAL
COMMUNITIES SUCCEED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE 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 white blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I'M VERY PLEASED TO TALK
ABOUT HOW WE'RE PARTICULARLY
GOING TO BE SUPPORTING
SCHOOLS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE,
BOTH IN URBAN AND RURAL
ONTARIO, BECAUSE WE HAVE A
PLAN THAT'S GOING TO WORK
NOT ONLY FOR PARENTS, NOT
ONLY FOR TEACHERS BUT FOR
STUDENTS AS WELL.
AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT
SUPPORTING OUR TEACHERS I
WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR.
WE'RE INVESTING, THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO IS GOING
TO BE INVESTING TO MAKE SURE
THAT NO ONE LOSES
INVOLUNTARILY THEIR JOB.
AND THE NUMBERS THAT ARE
BEING...
ACROSS THE WAY ACTUALLY HAS
NOTHING TO DO BUT HAVE A
PREMISE OF FEAR MONGERING,
SPEAKER.
IT'S VERY, VERY SAD.
AND IT'S SHAMEFUL THAT THIS
PARTY OPPOSITE IS JUST GRASPING
ONTO ANYTHING TO TRY AND
FEAR MONGER AMONGST OUR
STUDENTS, AMONGST OUR
TEACHERS AND AMONGST OUR
PARENTS.
AS I SAID BEFORE IT IS
ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL.
BECAUSE ANYONE WHO KNOWS
ANYTHING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says ABOUT SCHOOL BOARDS KNOWS
THAT THIS IS THE TIME OF
YEAR THAT SCHOOL BOARDS TAKE
A LOOK AT THEIR ROSTER AND
THEY HAVE TO WORK THROUGH A
PROCESS WHEREBY THEY GIVE
NOTIFICATION...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.

Stiles says MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTER
CAN'T KEEP AVOIDING THESE
QUESTIONS.
THESE ARE NUMBERS COMING
FROM THE BOARDS THEMSELVES
AS A RESULT OF THIS
MINISTER'S PLAN TO CUT
EDUCATION.
FOR SMALL AND RURAL BOARDS,
LOSING TEACHERS AND SUPPORT
STAFF DOESN'T JUST LIMIT THE
ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION KIDS
DESERVE.
IT ALSO MEANS LOST
OPPORTUNITIES TO PURSUE A
VARIETY OF SUBJECTS.
WHEN TEACHERS WITH
SPECIALIZED QUALIFICATIONS
IN MUSIC, ART, TECHNOLOGY,
PHYSICS OR FRENCH RETIRE BUT
ARE NOT REPLACED, THOSE
COURSES WILL BE LOST.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
ESTIMATE 34,000 CLASSES
COULD BE LOST UNDER THIS
GOVERNMENT'S SCHEME, AND
THAT WILL DISPROPORTIONATELY
HURT RURAL SCHOOLS AND RURAL
STUDENTS.
SPEAKER, THE LIBERALS JUST
SPENT 15 YEARS ATTACKING
RURAL STUDENTS BY CLOSING DO
YOU KNOW THEIR SCHOOLS.
WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Stiles says TO DOT SAME?

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says SPEAKER, I NEED TO BE
VERY CLEAR AND TO EVERYBODY
WATCHING AND LISTENING TO
THE TYPE OF RHETORIC THAT'S
COMING FROM ACROSS THE
FLOOR.
IT'S ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL THE
MANNER IN WHICH THIS PARTY
OPPOSITE IS TRYING TO FEAR
MONGER.
BECAUSE THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS WE ARE SUPPORTING
OUR CLASSROOMS.
WE WANT THE BEST LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT POSSIBLE.
THEN THAT MEANS SUPPORTING
OUR TEACHERS, SUPPORTING OUR
STUDENTS.
SO ULTIMATELY PARENTS ONCE
AGAIN HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE
ONTARIO EDUCATION SYSTEM.
AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT
WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING.
AS I SAID BEFORE, THERE WILL
BE NO INVOLUNTARY JOB
LOSSES.
AND IN FACT WE'RE GOING TO
BE WORKING WITH SCHOOL
BOARDS AND INVESTING TO MAKE
SURE NOBODY HAS ANY BAD
EXPERIENCE ON BEHALF OF A
SITUATION THAT THE SCHOOL
BOARDS MAY IMPOSE.
SO THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS
AGAIN WE'RE INVESTING OVER
1 BILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE SURE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says NOBODY INVOLUNTARILY
LOSES THEIR JOBS AND WE'RE
GOING TO GET EDUCATION IN
ONTARIO BACK ON TRACK ONCE
AND FOR ALL.

Interjection: BACK ON THE RAILS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR WILLOWDALE.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.
OUR GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNED ON
A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO BRING
MORE CHOICE AND MORE
CONVENIENCE TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.
AND THE PEOPLE TOLD US, LOUD
AND CLEAR, THEY WANT OUR
GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND THE
SALE OF BEVERAGE ALCOHOL
INTO BIG-BOX STORES, MORE
GROCERY STORES AND CORNER
STORES.
WE BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO DESERVE TO HAVE
MORE OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS
THE PRODUCTS THAT THEY WANT
TO BUY.
AND WE KNOW OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS BEEN MAKING PROGRESS ON
FULFILLING OUR COMMITMENT TO
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO
SECRET THAT OUR FAMILY OWES
ITS SUCCESS TO ITS
BEGINNINGS IN THE
CONVENIENCE STORE WORLD.
NOW WITH MEMBERS OF THE
ONTARIO CONVENIENCE STORE
ASSOCIATION IN THE GALLERY
TODAY, COULD THE MINISTER
PLEASE REITERATE OUR
GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO
BRINGING MORE CHOICE AND
MORE CONVENIENCE TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM
WILLOWDALE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO IMPROVING CHOICE AND
CONVENIENCE FOR ONTARIO
CONSUMERS.
THAT IS WHY WE INVITED
PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS
ON THE SALES AND CONSUMPTION
OF BEVERAGE ALCOHOL IN
ONTARIO THROUGH PROVINCEWIDE
ONLINE CONSULTATIONS.
WE ARE CURRENTLY REVIEWING
THE 33,000 RESPONSES WHICH
WILL HELP DEVELOP OUR PLAN
TO EXPAND SALES INTO CORNER,
GROCERY AND BIG-BOX STORES.
WE BELIEVE ONTARIO CONSUMERS
ARE MATURE ENOUGH AND
RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO HAVE
FREEDOM TO MAKE THE CHOICES
THAT ARE BEST FOR THEM.
THROUGH THESE CHANGES,
ENSURING THE SAFE,
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION OF
ALCOHOL REMAINS OUR TOP
PRIORITY.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TOLD
US THEY WANT TO SEE THESE
CHANGES AND, SPEAKER, WE
PLAN TO DELIVER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.
THE MEMBER FOR AURORA OAK RIDGES.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Michael Parsa. PC. Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill."

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANKS TO THE MINISTER FOR
HIS RESPONSE.
SPEAKER, PEOPLE ACROSS
ONTARIO ARE EXCITED ABOUT
THE PROSPECT OF HAVING A
GREATER CHOICE AND
CONVENIENCE WHEN BUYING
BEVERAGE ALCOHOL.
OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO
MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO AND WE
PLAN TO CONTINUE THIS TREND.
BUT LET US TAKE A MOMENT TO
ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZE THE
ONTARIO CONVENIENCE STORE
ASSOCIATION AT QUEEN'S PARK
TODAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Parsa says SPEAKER, THESE BUSINESS
OWNERS ARE THE CORNERSTONES
OF THEIR RESPECTIVE
COMMUNITIES.
WE KNOW THEY CREATE JOBS AND
INVEST IN THE COMMUNITIES
THEY CALL HOME.
THEY ARE PART OF THE REASON
WHY OUR GOVERNMENT IS SO
FOCUSED ON MAKING ONTARIO
OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF
THE CONVENIENCE STORES IN
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM AURORA-OAK
RIDGES-RICHMOND HILL.
IT IS A PLEASURE TO WELCOME
THE ONTARIO CONVENIENCE
STORE ASSOCIATION TO QUEEN'S
PARK TODAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says WITH OVER 7,500 MEMBERS,
HALF OF WHOM ARE INDEPENDENT
BUSINESS OWNERS, WE'RE
THRILLED TO JOIN THEM THIS
MORNING TO TALK ABOUT BEING
OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN
FOR JOBS.
THAT IS WHY WE CANCELLED THE
CAP AND TRADE CARBON TAX
WHICH SAVED BUSINESSES 880
MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR ALONE.
THAT IS WHY WE'RE GIVING
BUSINESS MORE TIME TO ADJUST
TO THE 14-AN HOUR MINIMUM
WAGE AND THAT IS WHY WE
CONTINUE TO CUT RED TAPE AND
REDUCE THE REGULATORY BURDEN
THAT BUSINESSES FACE.
THROUGH THESE CHANGES WE
WANT TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING
THOSE IN OUR BUSINESS
COMMUNITY WHO HAVE BEEN
IGNORED FOR FAR TOO LONG.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND WELCOME.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MEMBER FOR TIMMINS.

The caption changes to "Gilles Bisson. NDP. Timmins."

Bisson is in his fifties, balding, with a full white beard. He wears glasses, a white shirt, and a checkered black tie.

He says THANK YOU.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY WE ASKED THE
PREMIER WHETHER HE'D JOIN US
IN ASKING ELECTIONS ONTARIO
TO REVIEW CONCERNS ABOUT
POLITICAL PARTY
FUND-RAISING.
THE PREMIER RAISED SERIOUS
ISSUES HERE IN THE ASSEMBLY,
AND IF HE REALLY MEANT A
WORD HE SAID, SURELY HE'D
WANT AN INVESTIGATION
CONDUCTED.
WILL HE ADD HIS NAME TO THE
LETTER THAT WE AUTHORED
YESTERDAY?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE DEPUTY PREMIER.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Smith says SPEAKER, I'M NOT EXACTLY
SURE HOW THIS HAS ANYTHING
TO DO WITH GOVERNMENT POLICY
AGAIN FROM THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE BUT I'M HAPPY TO
TELL YOU WE HAVE RAISED A
FAIR AMOUNT OF MONEY SINCE
BECOMING THE GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO BECAUSE WE'RE
WORKING HARD TO DO THAT AND
ALL OF THE FUND-RAISING THAT
WE'RE DOING IN ONTARIO
FOLLOWS THE RULES THAT ARE
LAID OUT BY THE LEGISLATION
THAT HAS BEEN PASSED HERE IN
THE ONTARIO LEGISLATURE.
THAT'S THE SAME LEGISLATION
THAT THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION
WOULD WORK WITHIN, WE HOPE,
AND MEMBERS OF THE
INDEPENDENT REALM OVER
THERE.
THEY WOULD ALSO HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO FUND-RAISE
WITH THOSE SAME RULES IN
PLACE, MR. SPEAKER.
AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT
THE FUND-RAISING THAT OUR
PARTY HAS DONE SO FAR HAS
BEEN ACCORDING TO THOSE
RULES.
IT'S BEEN ABOVEBOARD AND
IT'S ACTUALLY BEEN VERY
SUCCESSFUL, MR. SPEAKER, SO
I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY MEMBERS
OF THE OPPOSITION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says ACCORDING TO MEDIA
REPORTS, ARE A LITTLE UPSET
BECAUSE THIS PARTY IS
SELLING SOMETHING THAT THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WANT TO
BUY.
THEY'RE NOT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Bisson says AGAIN TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
OTHER MEMBERS OF THE
ASSEMBLY HAVE SAID THEY'RE
READY TO JOIN US.
IN FACT SOME OF THOSE
MEMBERS SAT IN THE
GOVERNMENT CAUCUS NOT TOO
LONG AGO.
MAYBE THE PREMIER DOESN'T
WANT ELECTIONS ONTARIO
LOOKING INTO ITS
1250-A-PLATE DINNER, AND
THE LOBBYISTS WHO WERE
FORCED TO SELL THOSE
TICKETS.
BUT WE THINK THAT PEOPLE
DESERVE AN ANSWER.
IF THE PREMIER DOESN'T AGREE,
HE SHOULD SAY SO.
OTHERWISE, HE SHOULD JOIN US
TODAY.
WILL YOU ASK YOUR PREMIER TO
SIGN THE LETTER ALONG WITH
OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS
ASSEMBLY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
HOUSE LEADER.

Smith says SPEAKER, WE HAVE THE
RULES.
WE HAVE AN ELECTIONS
OFFICER.
WE HAVE FUND-RAISERS THAT
HAPPENED EVERY DAY.
YET WE'VE HAD ALL KINDS OF
25 SPAGHETTI DINNERS THE
PREMIER HAS ATTENDED.
WE'RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD
TO HEADING OUT ON THE
BARBECUE CIRCUIT AND PUTTING
THE PASTA TO BED FOR A WHILE
HAVING SOME GOOD
OLD-FASHIONED HOT DOGS AND
MAYBE SOME HAMBURGERS AND
SEEING THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO,
THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HAPPY
WITH THE DIRECTION THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING.
YOU KNOW, WE HAD A BIG
FUNDRAISER.
WE HAD A REALLY BIG
FUNDRAISER, MR. SPEAKER.
IT WAS A RECORD FUNDRAISER
AS A MATTER OF FACT.
THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION THE
N.D.P., THEY'RE HAVING THEIR
OWN 800-A-PLATE FUNDRAISER.

Interjection: DIDN'T
ADVERTISE IT.

Smith says I'M NOT SURE,
MR. SPEAKER, IF THEY
FOLLOWED THE RULES OR NOT.
THERE WAS SOME QUESTION
ABOUT THAT.
THERE WAS A LOT OF FUZZINESS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says MAYBE THERE WILL BE AN
INVESTIGATION INTO THAT.
BULL THEY'RE CHARGING 800
AND IT COMES WITH A SPECIAL
REWARD TO SPEND TIME WITH
THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION.

[INTERJECTIONS].

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
ORDER.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
BARRIE-SPRINGWATER-ORO MEDONTE.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Doug Downey. PC. Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE P.C.
PRODUCTIVE AND COMPETENT
MINISTER OF ENERGY, NORTHERN
DEVELOPMENT AND MINES.

[APPLAUSE]

Downey says MR. SPEAKER, AFTER 15 LONG
YEARS, THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT GOT COMPLACENT
AND TIRED.
THEIR COMPLACENCY CAUSED
WASTE AND INEFFICIENCIES
THROUGH ALL OF GOVERNMENT.
THE ENERGY SECTOR IS AN
EXAMPLE OF THAT WASTE,
MR. SPEAKER.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
ELECTED OUR GOVERNMENT TO
CLEAN IT UP.
WE CANCELLED THE WASTE
RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS
OUR SYSTEM NEVER NEEDED.
REME PEELED THE GREEN ENERGY
ACT TO ENSURE THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT'S WASTE WOULDN'T
CONTINUE.
NOW WE'RE TAKING ANOTHER
STEP TOWARDS CLEANING UP THE
HYDRO MESS, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD ASK THE MINISTER WHY
IT IS SO IMPORTANT WE
MODERNIZED ONTARIO ENERGY
BOARD.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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 gray suit, blue shirt, and spotted blue tie.

He says NOT SURE I CAN RIVAL THAT
ACRONYMOLOGY.
I SPOKE AT THE ELECTRICITY
DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION AND
THEY WERE CRYING OUT FOR
O.E.D. MODERNIZATION.
YESTERDAY AT THE HYDRO ONE
MAJOR CUSTOMER CONFERENCE,
MR. SPEAKER, HUNDREDS OF
PEOPLE SAID PLEASE REFORM
THE O.E.B..
TIRED OF SUBMISSIONS IN THE
THOUSANDS OF PAINS.
LENGTHY DELAYS FOR
APPROVALS, MR. SPEAKER, AND
UNCERTAINTY AROUND COSTS,
MR. SPEAKER, AND RATE AND
REGULATORY MATTERS.
IT'S TIME, MR. SPEAKER.
THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY.
YOU KNOW LAST WINTER THE
N.D.P. STOOD IN THIS PLACE
AND SAID WE'RE NOT
DELIVERING POWER FOR ONTARIO
IN THE HEART OF THE COLDEST
WINTER.
NOW THEY'RE SAYING WE'RE NOT
DELIVERING POWER UNDER A
TRANSPARENT MODEL SUGGESTED
AND RECOMMENDED BY THE
AUDITOR GENERAL.
NOW THEY'RE SAYING THEY
DON'T STAND NOT DELIVERING
POWER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says MR. SPEAKER, AND THEY'RE
SAYING WE'RE NOT DELIVERING
POWER UNDER GOOD PRINCIPLES
OF CONSERVATION THAT PROTECT
FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESSES
AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE PLUGGING THE CORD IN,
MR. SPEAKER, FOR A BRIGHTER
FUTURE AND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.

Downey says THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR THAT ANSWER.
THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT UNDER
THIS MINISTER'S LEADERSHIP
THE O.E.B. WILL CUT THROUGH
UNNECESSARY RED TAPE THAT'S
BEEN BURDENING OUR ECONOMY
FOR MANY YEARS.
MR. SPEAKER, BUT THAT'S NOT
ALL OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING.
WE ALL KNOW IN THIS HOUSE
HOW THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT
LIKED TO SPEND MONEY.
THEY'VE NEVER SEEN OTHER
PEOPLE'S MONEY THEY DIDN'T
LIKE TO SPEND AND WHEN THEY
RAN OUT OF THAT THEY
BORROWED AND TAXED TO SPEND
MORE.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
DOESN'T DO THAT.
WE RESPECT THE TAXPAYER.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
HOW WE'RE RESPECTING THE
TAXPAYERS WITH BILL 7 FIXING
THE HYDRO MESS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says APPROPRIATELY NAMED PIECE
OF LEGISLATION.
IT HAS INDEED BEEN DESCRIBED
AS A MESS BY NOT JUST PEOPLE
WHO PAY THEIR BILLS EVERY
MONTH BUT STAKEHOLDERS WHO
ENGAGE THE O.E.B. ANT LIKES
MR. SPEAKER,.
LISTEN TO WHAT THE AUDITOR
GENERAL HAD TO SAY,
MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT THINGS
THAT GO TO COST.
AND THIS WAS A SIGNIFICANT
AND SERIOUS COMPLAINT.
THE AUDITOR GENERAL SAID...
REDUCING ELECTRICITY
CONSUMPTION THROUGH
CONSERVATION EFFORTS IS OF
LITTLE VALUE.
INVESTING IN CONSERVATION
DURING A TIME OF SURPLUS
ACTUALLY COSTS US MORE.
COST, COST, COST,
MR. SPEAKER.
HERE'S ANOTHER ONE FROM TOM
ADAMS AND ROSS McKITTRICK IN
2016.
CONSERVATION PROGRAMS COST
ABOUT 2 FOR EVERY DOLLAR
THEY SAVE., MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE
COMMITTED TO KEEPING MONEY
IN THE POCKETS OF THE
HARD-WORKING PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.
WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT THEIR
ENERGY BILLS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says ARE AFFORDABLE, THAT THEY
SEE IN A TRANSPARENT MANNER
HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY IS
SUBSIDIZED.
IN MOVING FORWARD,
MR. SPEAKER, TO PURSUE A CUT
MODEL AND RELIEVE ONTARIANS
FROM THE HIGH COST OF ENERGY
AND THE MESS THAT WAS...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR YORK
SOUTH-WESTON.

The caption changes to "Faisal Hassan. NDP. York South-Weston."

Hassan is in his early forties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
FOR EIGHT YEARS NOW, FOOD
SHARE TORONTO HAS EMPLOYED,
SUPPORTED AND NURTURED UP TO
20 STUDENTS EACH SUMMER
WHILE PROVIDING THEM THE
OPPORTUNITY TO EARN UP TO
TWO CORE CREDITS.
FOOD SHARE... STUDENTS WHO
ARE BEHIND IN CREDITS,
NEWCOMERS, STUDENT FROM
LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AND
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING
DISABILITY.
BUT BECAUSE OF THESE
GOVERNMENT'S CUTS TO OUR
YOUTH, FOOD SHARE TORONTO
HAS BEEN UNABLE TO
PARTICIPATE IN MARCH BREAK
JOB PROGRAMS AND SPRING
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS.
WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
TURNING ITS BACK ON
ORGANIZATIONS LIKE FOODSHARE,
WHO ARM STUDENTS WITH THE
SKILLS TO ALLOW THEM TO
SUCCEED IN TODAY'S
WORKPLACE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I'M PLEASED TO STAND AND
ADDRESS THIS QUESTION IN THE
SENSE THAT I NEED TO BE VERY
CLEAR.
I WANT TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR.
WE RIN VESTING IN STUDENTS
AND WE'RE INVESTING IN
PROGRAMS THAT ARE GOING TO
SEE THEM MAKE SURE THAT THEY
HAVE THE SKILLS, THE JOB
SKILLS AND THE LIFE SKILLS
THEY NEED TO GO OUT AND GET
A REALLY GOOD JOB, YOU KNOW.
I WANT TO TALK ABOUT JUST
BEING AT FIRST ROBOTICS UP
IN BARRIE A COUPLE OF
WEEKENDS AGO.
IT WAS... I WAS JOINED BY
MEMBER DOWNIE AND IT WAS AN
AMAZING DISPLAY OF TEAM WORK,
OF PEOPLE, BOTH MENTORS,
TEACHERS EXCITED ABOUT THE
STUDENTS THEY ARE ENABLING
TO EMBRACE STEM IN A VERY
UNIQUE WAY.
THOSE ARE THE SKILLS THEY
KNOW OUR STUDENTS NEED IN
ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD IN
JOBS BOTH TODAY AND
TOMORROW.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says AND THOSE SKILLS ARE THE
ONES WE'RE INVESTING IN AND
GETTING RIGHT ONCE AND FOR
ALL IN THE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENTS IN ONTARIO.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Hassan says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AGAIN MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT'S
WATCH, ONTARIO'S YOUTH
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 12.3 percent.

Interjection: SHAME.

Hassan says HIGHER THAN THE RATE FOR
THE REST OF CANADA.
THIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT
CLAIMS TO BE ALL ABOUT JOBS
BUT THEY DO NOT SEEM TO CARE
ABOUT JOBS FOR THE YOUTH IN
COMMUNITIES LIKE YORK
SOUTH-WESTON.
LEAVING PROGRAMS LIKE FOOD
SHARE TORONTO IN THE BACK
ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY
WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO
EMPLOY, EDUCATE AND SUPPORT
STUDENTS SHOWS WHERE THE
GOVERNMENT'S REAL PRIORITIES
LIE.
AND IT IS NOT WITH OUR
YOUTH.
WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT
STOP BALANCING ITS... ON THE
BACKS... ITS BUDGET ON THE
BACKS OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Thompson says WELL, AGAIN, I WANT TO
STAND IN FRONT OF EVERYONE
IN THIS HOUSE TODAY AND SAY
IT'S OUR P.C. GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO THAT'S ACTUALLY
GOING TO BE ABLE TO TOUT THE
SUCCESS THAT WE HAVE IN
MAKING SURE OUR STUDENT HAVE
THE JOB SKILLS AND LIFE
SKILLS THEY NEED FOR JOBS OF
TODAY AND TOMORROW.
YOU KNOW SOME OF THOSE
SKILLS ACTUALLY INVOLVE
EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY FOR
GOOD.
I WANT TO SHARE AN EXAMPLE
OF SOMETHING WE JUST LEARNED
ABOUT TODAY.
McDONALD'S CANADA, FOR THE
FIRST TIME TODAY, IS
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM
STUDENTS VIA SNAPCHAT.
I'M TELLING YOU, SPEAKER, WE
NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE
DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO
INVEST IN PROPER STUDIES
NPROPER CURRICULUM SO THAT
OUR STUDENTS ARE EQUIPPED TO
WORK WITH THE MEANS AMONGST
THEM AND TECHNOLOGY FOR GOOD
IS ABSOLUTELY A MEANS TO AN
END WHEREBY WE WANT TO MAKE
SURE THEY HAVE THE SKILLS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says TO GO OUT AND PURSUE THE
JOBS THAT THEY'RE GOING TO
HAVE SATISFACTION IN AND
HONEST TO GOODNESS, SPEAKER,
I'M EXCITED ABOUT WHERE
WE'RE GOING WITH OUR ONTARIO
CURRICULUM APPLAUSE...
BECAUSE...

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF TOURISM, CULTURE
AND SPORT.
IN ONTARIO WE HAVE MORE THAN
70 ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN
SPECIAL NEEDS HOCKEY, SOME
OF WHOM WERE IN THE HOUSE
TODAY.
AS WE CELEBRATE ONTARIO'S
FIRST EVER SPECIAL HOCKEY
DAY.
I OUTLINED IN MY...

[APPLAUSE]

Dave Smith says AS I OUTLINED IN MY ORIGINAL
PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL,
SPECIAL HOCKEY DAY COINCIDES
WITH THE START OF THE 2019
SPECIAL HOCKEY INTERNATIONAL
TOURNAMENT.
RECOGNIZING THIS DAY IS
IMPORTANT TO RAISE THE
AWARENESS FOR THE MANY
SPECIAL HOCKEY ORGANIZATIONS
ACROSS ONTARIO AND CELEBRATE
ALL OF THESE ESSENTIAL
ATHLETES.
CAN THE MINISTER INFORM THE
LEGISLATURE HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
WORKING TO PROMOTE ONTARIO'S
FIRST EVER SPECIAL HOCKEY
DAY?

[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 gray suit, white shirt, and blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER
FOR PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA
FOR HIS FANTASTIC QUESTION
AND ALSO COMMEND HIM FOR THE
GREAT WORK THAT HE DOES
ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF
PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

[APPLAUSE]

Tibollo says I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THIS
CAUSE IS TO HIM, AND THIS
DAY SHOWS THE POWER THAT
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS CAN HAVE
IN THIS PLACE WHEN THEY'RE
PASSIONATE ABOUT A CAUSE.
I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE FOR
INCORPORATING THE
LEGISLATION INTO THE FALL
ECONOMIC STATEMENT SO THAT
WE WERE ABLE TO ENSURE THE
SPECIAL HOCKEY DAY WAS
ENSHRINED IN LAW AT THIS
TIME.
MR. SPEAKER, AN
INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY
TOURNAMENT PROVIDES ATHLETES
THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE
AGAINST THE BEST FROM AROUND
THE WORLD, ALLOWING THEM TO
PERFECT THEIR SKILLS.
IT TEACHES THE ATHLETES THE
IMPORTANCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says OF TEAM WORK AND THE
VALUE OF WORKING TOGETHER.
AND IT CREATES MEMORIES AND
FRIENDSHIPS THAT LAST A
LIFETIME.
I'M HONOURED ALONG WITH MY
COLLEAGUES TO WELCOME ALL
THE ATHLETES TO THIS
TOURNAMENT.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Dave Smith says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR HIS ANSWER.
AS HE SAID, TODAY IS THE
OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE
25th ANNIVERSARY OF SPECIAL
HOCKEY INTERNATIONAL
TOURNAMENT.
AND IT'S THE FIRST TIME IT'S
BEEN BACK IN ONTARIO SINCE
THE GREAT RIDING OF
PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA HOSTED
IT IN 2017.
THIS YEAR'S FESTIVITIES ARE
BEING HELD IN TORONTO AT THE
MATTAMY ATHLETIC CENTRE
FORMERLY KNOWN AS TORONTO
MAPLE LEAF GARDENS.
THIS MILESTONE EVENT IS
BEING HOSTED BY THE
GRANDRAVINE TORNADOES.
I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS
TIME TO WISH ALL OF THE
ATHLETES WHO WILL BE
COMPETING A SAFE AND FUN
TOURNAMENT.
WOULD THE MINISTER UPDATE
THE LEGISLATURE ON HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
SUPPORTING OUR SPECIAL NEEDS
ATHLETES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Tibollo says THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR
THAT QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S COMMITTED
TO HELPING ATHLETES WITH
SPECIAL NEEDS REALIZE THEIR
FULL POTENTIAL.
I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT
SPECIAL OLYMPICS ONTARIO IS
A RECOGNIZED PROVINCIAL
SPORTS ORGANIZATION AND
RECEIVES FUNDING THROUGH THE
ONTARIO AMATEUR SPORT FUND.
WE ALSO PROVIDE
PROJECT-BASED FUNDING TO
HELP DELIVER NATIONAL AND
INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR SPORTS
EVENTS IN ONTARIO, LIKE THE
2019 INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL
OLYMPICS ONTARIO
INVITATIONAL YOUTH GAMES
BEING HELD HERE IN ONTARIO.
OUR GOVERNMENT ALSO
RECOGNIZES HOW POWERFUL
SPORTS TRULY IS TO THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
AND THIS TOURNAMENT IS A
GREAT WAY TO RECOGNIZE THE
UNIQUE TALENTS OF SPECIAL
HOCKEY PLAYERS FROM HERE IN
ONTARIO.
I WANT TO ECHO THE MEMBER
FROM PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA
WHEN I SAY GOOD LUCK TO ALL
THE ATHLETES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says COMPETING IN THE
TOURNAMENT AND WISH EVERYONE
A VERY SPECIAL FIRST EVER
SPECIAL HOCKEY DAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Watch: Question Period: Wednesday, March 27, 2019