Transcript: Question Period: Thursday, March 28, 2019 | Mar 29, 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.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker 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 dark green blazer over a white blouse and a silver pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION
IS TO THE PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THE PREMIER
REVEALED HIS INTENTION TO
SCRAP LONG ESTABLISHED PLANS
FOR G.T.A. TRANSIT PROJECTS,
SOME OF WHICH ARE ALREADY
UNDER WAY.
SO CAN THE PREMIER SHARE
WITH US WHAT ESTIMATES THE
GOVERNMENT OR METROLINX HAVE
PROVIDED WITH REGARDS TO HOW
MUCH THIS REWRITE OF PLANS
WILL DELAY THESE PROJECTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

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

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

He says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE BEEN
WAITING FOR DECADES, 10, 20,
30 YEARS TO GET TRANSIT
BUILT IN THIS CITY AND INTO
THE G.T.A.
WE'RE FINALLY, FINALLY WE
HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT IS
LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE.
WE'RE GOING TO DELIVER
TRANSIT FASTER, BETTER AND
LESS EXPENSIVE THAN ANY TIME
BEFORE.
WE NEED TO GET THE CITY
MOVING.
WE NEED TO GET THE G.T.A.
MOVING.
PEOPLE NEED TO GET TO WORK.
WE NEED TO GET TO SCHOOL.
WE WILL BUILD THE TRANSIT
SYSTEM LIKE THIS PROVINCE
HAS NEVER SEEN BEFORE.
WE'RE PUTTING TENS OF
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, TENS OF
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE
LARGEST INFRASTRUCTURE
TRANSIT PLAN EVER IN NORTH
AMERICA.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
ON THE NEW SUBWAY TRAINS.
WE'LL GO FROM ONE END TO THE
OTHER AND I JUST CAN'T WAIT
UNTIL WE GET IT BUILT.
WE'LL GET THE SHOVELS IN THE
GROUND.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL, THE
CITY OF TORONTO HAS
ESTIMATED THAT MOVING THE
EGLINTON WEST L.R.T. LINE
UNDERGROUND WOULD ADD AS
MUCH AS 1.32 BILLION DOLLARS TO THE
COST OF THAT PROJECT, AND
THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE
PROJECTS...

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR
YORK CENTRE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says CAN HE
TELL US HOW MUCH THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO WILL BE PAYING
FOR HIS REWRITE OF PLANS FOR
PROJECTS THAT ARE ALREADY
UNDER WAY?

The Speaker says THE MEMBER
FROM YORK CENTRE WILL COME
TO ORDER.
PREMIER, RESPOND.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE AREN'T GOING TO MAKE THE
SAME MISTAKE THAT THE
LIBERALS AND THE N.D.P. HAVE
DONE IN THE PAST WHEN THEY
BUILT THE SPADINA LINE.
JUST THE STATIONS ALONE RAN
OVER 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS.
WE HAVE THE FISCALLY PRUDENT
MINISTER.
AS A MATTER OF FACT THE BEST
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
YOU CAN EVER ASK FOR.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says I LOVE THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION WHEN HE COMES
UP TO ME YESTERDAY SAYING WE
HAVE SO MANY PROJECTS ON THE
GSO MANY ANNOUNCEMENTS,
FIXING TRANSPORTATION,
INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND THIS
PROVINCE.
WE'RE GOING TO START JUST
HIT 'EM ONE AFTER THE OTHER
AFTER THE OTHER, NO MATTER
IF IT'S THE 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS THAT
WE INVESTED IN OTTAWA FOR
THEIR L.R.T..

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says THAT'S GOING TO GO 44 COMPANIES AND 25 STOPS.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, EVERYONE FROM
TRANSIT EXPERTS TO THE CITY
OF TORONTO ITSELF SAY THAT
REWRITING TRANSIT PLANS,
ESPECIALLY WHEN PROJECTS ARE
ALREADY WELL UNDER WAY, WILL
INEVITABLY ADD BILLIONS MORE
IN COSTS AND MORE DELAYS.
AND IT'S FAMILIES ACROSS
ONTARIO THAT WILL BE STUCK
PAYING THE BILL AND WAITING
IN GRIDLOCK.
IS THE PREMIER HIDING THOSE
DETAILS OR DOES HE JUST NOT
KNOW HOW MUCH IT'S GOING TO
COST AND HOW MUCH LONGER
IT'S GOING TO TAKE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
I'M SURE IS NOT WORRIED
ABOUT OTHER AREAS OF THIS
GREAT PROBABLE PROVINCE, BUT
THE PEOPLE OF ETOBICOKE AND
SCARBOROUGH AND THE DOWNTOWN
RELIEF LINE, THAT'S OVER A
MILLION PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER,
THAT HAVE BEEN IGNORED.
THE PEOPLE OF SCARBOROUGH,
THE SCARBOROUGH LINE, SINCE
I WAS THERE, HAS BEEN
CHANGED 11 TIMES, 11 TIMES
AND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS HAVE BEEN WASTED.
IN THE LAST NINE YEARS, WHEN
WE GOT IT APPROVED FROM THE
FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL
GOVERNMENT IN THE
MUNICIPALITY, THERE'S NO
SHOVELS IN THE GROUND.
THERE'S NONE WHATSOEVER.
NOW WE'RE GOING TO GET THE
SHOVELS IN THE GROUND.
WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE HAVE AN EGLINTON
LINE THAT EXTENDS ALL THE
WAY OUT WEST, NOT TO IGNORE
THE 350,000 PEOPLE IN
ETOBICOKE, AND THEN THE
630,000 PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN
SCARBOROUGH THAT HAVE BEEN
STARVED FOR TRANSIT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says HELP IS ON
ITS WAY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE THEIR
SEATS.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says MY NEXT
QUESTION'S ALSO FOR THE
PREMIER.
SPEAKING OF THE RELIEF LINE,
THE PREMIER HAS INDICATED
THAT HE PLANS TO USE THE
SO-CALLED ALTERNATIVE
DELIVERY METHOD FOR
TORONTO'S LONG-AWAITED AND
DESPERATELY NEEDED RELIEF
LINE.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US
WHETHER ALTERNATIVE IN THIS
CASE IS ANOTHER TERM FOR
PRIVATIZATION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S NOT ANOTHER TERMINOLOGY
FOR PRIVATIZATION.
IT'S ABOUT ACKNOWLEDGING.
I KNOW MAYBE THE OPPOSITION
WANTS TO LIVE IN THE PAST
AND THE ANTIQUATED SYSTEM,
BUT THERE'S NEW TECHNOLOGY
THAT'S ALL AROUND THE WORLD
AND WE HAVE A GREAT
MINISTER.
WE HAVE A GREAT HEAD OF
METROLINX.
WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE
ONTARIO.
THAT'S WHY WE CAN DELIVER IT
AGAIN FASTER, BETTER AND
LESS EXPENSIVE.
WE ARE GOING TO BUILD THE
GREATEST DOWNTOWN RELIEF
LINE.
AS A MATTER OF FACT,
MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THEY
SHOWED ME THE PLAN, MY JAW
DROPPED.
I THOUGHT WOW.
THIS IS THINKING OUTSIDE THE
BOX.
AGAIN LESS EXPENSIVE, FASTER
AND BETTER.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says AND THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO AND THE G.T.A.
ARE GOING TO LOOK FORWARD TO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE CITY OF TORONTO
AND TTC OFFICIALS SAY THE
PROVINCE HAS NOT GIVEN US
ANY SPECIFICS WHATSOEVER
ABOUT WHAT THE PLANS ENTAIL,
WHAT IT'S GOING TO COST AND
HOW MUCH THE NEW PLANS WILL
DELAY THIS LONG AWAITED
PROJECT.
THE "GLOBE AND MAIL" CALLS
THE PREMIER'S PLAN AND I
QUOTE A SCHEME SO ILL
CONSIDERED, IT COULD HAVE
BEEN DEVELOPED BETWEEN
COURSES OF A BOOZY LUNCH.
UNQUOTE.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US
UNDER HIS NEW SCHEME WHEN
THE RELIEF LINE WILL BE
COMPLETED AND WHO WILL OWN
IT OR DOES HE EVEN KNOW?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says BOY.
THE "GLOBE AND MAIL."
THAT'S AMAZING.
A BOOZY LUNCH.
I DON'T EVEN DRINK,
MR. SPEAKER.
MUST HAVE BEEN A LOT OF
BOOZE THAT LUNCH.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE
ARE GOING TO GET TRANSIT
BUILT, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
WE'RE GOING TO BUILD
SUBWAYS.
PEOPLE WANT SUBWAYS.
WE'RE THINKING 50 YEARS DOWN
THE ROAD.
WE DON'T THINK ABOUT A
BAND-AID SOLUTION FOR FIVE
YEARS OR TEN YEARS.
WE'RE GOING TO BUILD AN
INCREDIBLE TRANSIT SYSTEM,
MR. SPEAKER.
WHEN YOU GO ON THE SUBWAY
YOU SEE THAT SAME TRANSIT
PLAN THAT'S BEEN AROUND
SINCE I'VE BEEN IN HIGH
SCHOOL, ONE LINE, ANOTHER
LINE UP.
WE'RE GOING TO HAVE LINES
ALL OVER THE G.T.A., ALL
OVER TORONTO.
WE'RE HAVING A LINE GOING UP
TO RICHMOND HILL.
WE'RE HAVING ONE GOING OUT
TO THE AIRPORT.
WE'RE HAVING PEOPLE IN
SCARBOROUGH GETTING TRANSIT
AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A
SPECTACULAR, SPECTACULAR
DOWNTOWN RELIEF LINE.
I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO
DESERVE AN END TO GRIDLOCK
BUT THE "GLOBE AND MAIL" AND
OTHER TRANSIT EXPERTS SAY
THAT THE PROVINCIAL
BLUEPRINT WILL RESULT IN
LESS NEW TRANSIT, BUILT MORE
SLOWLY AND MORE EXPENSIVELY.
ALL THE PREMIER'S OFFERING
WITH HIS REWRITE IS MORE
DELAY, HIGHER COSTS AND
ANOTHER GENERATION STUCK
WAITING FOR RELIABLE
TRANSIT.
AND HE WON'T EVEN TELL THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO, THE ONES
PAYING THE BILL, SPEAKER,
HOW MUCH IT'S GOING TO COST
IN TIME AND HOW LONG IT WILL
BE DELAYED.
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET
THOSE DETAILS FROM THE
PREMIER OF THIS PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
PREMIER?

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I JUST CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE
MINISTER UNVEILS THIS PLAN.
IT'S ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says I'M BITING MY TONGUE TODAY.
IT'S GOING TO BE SO
EXCITING.
IT'S GOING TO SERVE MILLIONS
OF PEOPLE AROUND TORONTO AND
THE G.T.A.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN YOU
GO ON THE STREET AND YOU
TALK TO PEOPLE, THEY TELL
YOU I DON'T CARE WHO BUILDS
IT.
WE NEED IT BUILT.
AND FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS
WE'VE SEEN NOTHING BUILT.
WE SAW ONE LINE BUILT AND IT
WENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER BUDGET.
AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE
HAVE A PRUDENT FISCAL
CONSERVATIVE LIKE THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
WATCHING EVERY SINGLE PENNY.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says IT'S GOING TO BE ON TIME, ON
BUDGET FASTER, CHEAPER AND
IT'S GOING TO BE BETTER.
THE BEST TRANSIT SYSTEM
YOU'VE EVER SEEN.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR
SEATS.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
ONCE AGAIN THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU
SO MUCH, SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION IS ALSO TO
THE PREMIER.
LAST NIGHT THE ASSEMBLY
PASSED A MOTION PUT FORWARD
BY THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
MOUNTAIN CALLING ON THE
GOVERNMENT TO SCRAP THEIR
SCHEME TO REMOVE SUPPORT FOR
ONTARIO'S CHILDREN WITH
AUTISM AND DEVELOP A NEW
PLAN IN CONSULTATION WITH
PARENTS THAT MEETS THE NEEDS
OF CHILDREN AND IS EVIDENCE
BASED.
WILL THE PREMIER ABIDE BY
THE MAJORITY VOTE TAKEN HERE
IN THE LEGISLATURE YESTERDAY
AFTERNOON?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.

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, wavy blond hair. She wears a gray blazer over a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND
TO THIS.
WE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT
WE WERE GOING TO LYNCH AND
CONSULT WITH PARENTS AND
EXPERTS TO BRING IN A STRONG
NEEDS-BASED MODEL, WHICH IS
WHAT THE MOTION CALLED FOR.
WE FELT THAT, IN THE SPIRIT
OF THE REQUEST THE
OPPOSITION HAD ASKED FOR,
BASED ON THE ANNOUNCEMENTS
THAT WE HAD MADE THE WEEK
BEFORE, THAT WE'RE IN
ALIGNMENT.
OUR HOPE IS AND WHY WE
THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR
THIS DEBATE YESTERDAY TO BE
RESPECTFUL WAS TO TAKE THE
TEMPERATURE DOWN AND NOT
CONTINUE TO FAN THE FLAMES
OF RHETORIC THAT THE
OPPOSITION HAS BEEN DOING
FOR THE PAST SIX WEEKS.
WE FEEL THAT OUR PLAN THAT
WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON APRIL
THE 1st WILL CLEAR THE WAIT
LIST OF 23,000 CHILDREN IN
THE NEXT 18 MONTHS.
WE'RE GOING TO A DIRECT
FUNDING MODEL.
WE ARE GOING TO EXTEND A
GRACE PERIOD OF AN
ADDITIONAL SIX MONTHS FOR
ASSISTING CONTRACTS.
WE'RE GOING TO EXPAND THE
CHOICE ON WHAT PARENTS CAN
SPEND THEIR ANNUAL CHILDHOOD
BUDGET ON.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says AND REMOVE THE INCOME
TEST.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE
OPPOSITION COULD ARGUE WITH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, EVEN MEMBERS OF THE
PREMIER'S OWN PARTY WERE
UNWILLING TO STAND AND
DEFEND THE FORD GOVERNMENT'S
PLAN LAST NIGHT.
THEY KNOW THAT THE PREMIER
AND THE MINISTER OF CHILDREN
COMMUNITY AND YOUTH SERVICES
IS... THEIR PLAN IS AN
INDEFENSIBLE DISASTER.
THAT'S THE PROBLEM.
THAT'S WHAT PARENTS KNOW.
THAT'S WHAT WE KNOW AND
THAT'S WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT
YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, TO TRY
TO DERAIL THAT DISASTER AND
PUT SOMETHING ELSE IN PLACE
THAT ACTUALLY DOES THE JOB
FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN
WITH AUTISM.
SO WILL THE PREMIER LISTEN
TO THE ADVICE OF PARENTS,
THE EXPERTS, THE MEMBERS OF
THIS ASSEMBLY AND STOP
DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE
AND DEVELOP AN ENTIRELY NEW
PLAN THAT IS TRULY EVIDENCE
BASED AND MEETS CHILDREN'S
NEEDS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS TAKE
THEIR SEATS.
QUESTION'S BEEN REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES.

MacLeod says THANKS TO THE PREMIER,
OUR PROVINCE WILL NOW BE
SPENDING MORE MONEY ON
AUTISM SERVICES THAN
ANYWHERE ELSE IN CANADA OR
NORTH AMERICA.

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says 600 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET IN THIS
MINISTRY ALONE.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
WORK WITH THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION AS WELL AS THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH TO EXPAND
OUR SERVICES SO THAT WE ARE
HAVING BETTER WRAPAROUND
SUPPORTS IN PLACE.
BUT I HAVE TO ASK THE NEW
DEMOCRATS.
WHEN WE CAME FORWARD WITH AT
PLAN THAT WAS BASED ON
SEVERITY AND NEEDS AND BASED
ON CONSULTATION AND ANSWERED
THEIR REQUEST IN THEIR
OPPOSITION DAY MOTION, WHICH
THEY ACKNOWLEDGED YESTERDAY
IN THEIR SPEECHES, WHY THEY
CAN'T TAKE YES FOR AN
ANSWER.
THEY WERE SUPPORTIVE OF
CLEARING THE WAIT LIST UNTIL
THIS GOVERNMENT MADE THAT
COMMITMENT.
THEY WERE SUPPORTIVE OF
GOING TO A DIRECT FUNDING
MODEL UNTIL THIS GOVERNMENT
MADE A DECISION TO DO THAT.
THEY WERE SUPPORTIVE OF
EXPANDING CHOICE UNTIL THIS
GOVERNMENT MADE THE
DECISION.
THEY DIDN'T LIKE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says THE INCOME TEST.
WE REMOVED T.THEY'VE ASKED
US TO CONSULT PARENTS.
WE'RE DOING THAT.
WHY CAN'T THEY TAKE YES FOR
AN ANSWER, SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
MEMBERS TAKE THEIR SEATS.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
MISSISSAUGA-STREETSVILLE.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

She says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS FOR THE PREMIER.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
FOR THE PEOPLE HAVE REMAINED
COMMITTED TO PUBLIC SAFETY
ACROSS THIS GREAT PROVINCE.

Interjection:
ABSOLUTELY.

Tangri says THE DAILY DUTIES OF A
POLICE OFFICER ARE DANGEROUS,
AND THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN
OF OUR POLICE SERVICES
DESERVE OUR RESPECT AND
SUPPORT.

Interjection:
ABSOLUTELY.

Tangri says THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT'S LEDGE SLAIRKTS
BILL 175, REPRESENTED A
SIGNIFICANT STEP BACKWARDS
FOR POLICING IN ONTARIO AT A
TIME WHEN THE GOVERNMENT,
THE POLICE AND THE PEOPLE
SHOULD BE PARTNERS IN THE
NAME OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
IT DEMONSTRATED TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO THAT THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
DID NOT RESPECT THE WORK
POLICE DO TO KEEP US ALL
SAFE.

Interjection: SHAME.

Tangri says MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
PREMIER PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW
THE COMPREHENSIVE ONTARIO
POLICE SERVICES ACT WILL
MAKE ONTARIO SAFER AND TREAT
POLICE WITH FAIRNESS AND
RESPECT?

Interjection: NOW
THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER PREM
FROM PREM THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK
THE CHAMPION FROM
MISSISSAUGA MILTON.
INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE
CANDIDATE, INCREDIBLE M.P.P.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says SPEAKER, THE LIBERALS AND
N.D.P. IF THEY HAD IT THEIR
WAY, TODAY THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO WOULD BE LIVING WITH
A DEEPLY FLAWED PIECE OF
LEGISLATION THAT IGNORED
EVERYDAY REALITIES OF THE
DIFFICULTIES WHEN IT COMES
TO THE JOBS THROUGH OUR
DEDICATED POLICE OFFICERS,
OUR HARD WORKING MEN AND
WOMEN THAT PUT THEIR LIVES
ON THE LINE EVERY SINGLE DAY
TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFER.
THE LEAST THING WE CAN DO,
ALL PARTIES, IS SUPPORT OUR
POLICE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE
KNOW WE SUPPORT THE POLICE.
I CAN'T SAY THE SAME.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says FOR THE
OTHER PARTIES.
WHEN IT COMES TO BILL 175,
IT SHOWS VERY CLEARLY THAT
WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT OUR
POLICE ACROSS THIS PROVINCE,
BECAUSE WE HAVE...

[Voice trailing]

Ford says ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Tangri says MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE
PREMIER FOR HIS SUPPORT OF
OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN
UNIFORM.

Interjection: HEAR,
HEAR!

Tangri says MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE
PAST 15 YEARS, WE WITNESSED
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT FAIL TO RESPECT
THE PROFESSION OF POLICING.
IT IS GREAT TO SEE OUR
GOVERNMENT ACT ON ITS
COMMITMENT TO RESTORE THE
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE
GOVERNMENT, THE POLICE AND
THE PEOPLE OF ONE OF MUTUAL
RESPECT.
AS A MEMBER OF THIS
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE, I
AM PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY
AND KNOW THAT WE HAVE KEPT
ANOTHER PROMISE WE MADE TO
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
PREMIER PLEASE TELL US MORE
ABOUT HOW OUR GOVERNMENT'S
COMPREHENSIVE ONTARIO POLICE
SERVICES ACT WILL PROVIDE
SPECIAL SUPPORT TO OUR
POLICE OFFICERS AND KEEP THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO SAFE?

Interjection: GOOD
QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE TO
APOLOGIZE.
I MEANT
MISSISSAUGA-STREETSVILLE.
I APOLOGIZE TO THE M.P.P.
MY FRIENDS, MY FRIENDS, IT'S
VERY CLEAR.
IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT THE
POLICE NEED OUR SUPPORT.
YOU SEE THEE NEED... THEY
NEED SUPPORT NOWHERE ELSE
MORE THAN MENTAL HEALTH.
WHEN I SAT DOWN WITH THE
O.P.P. ASSOCIATION, THERE
WAS ABOUT 50 MEMBERS.
THEY WEREN'T ASKING FOR MORE
MONEY.
THEY WEREN'T ASKING FOR
ANYTHING ELSE.
THEY WERE ASKING FOR SUPPORT
IN MENTAL HEALTH.
WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST
YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, EIGHT
O.P.P. OFFICERS TAKE THEIR
OWN LIVES.
THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE HERE IN
ONTARIO.
I SAID FROM DAY ONE, FROM
DAY ONE THE LEADERSHIP OF
ALL POLICE DEPARTMENTS
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE HAVE TO
START LISTENING TO THE
FRONT-LINE POLICE OFFICERS.
POLICE OFFICERS THAT MAY SEE
AN ACCIDENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says MAY SEE AN
ACCIDENT ON THE HIGHWAY,
MR. SPEAKER, AND IT STICKS
IN THEIR MIND FOREVER.
SOME OF THESE TERRIBLE
STORIES I'VE HEARD FROM
THESE POLICE OFFICERS,
THEY'RE ABSOLUTE HEROES.
I LOVE OUR POLICE AND WE'RE
GOING TO SUPPORT THEM
1,000 percent.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
UNIVERSITY-ROSEDALE.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
EXPERTS HAVE BEEN CALLING
FOR A TORONTO RELIEF LINE
FOR OVER A CENTURY.
IT'S 2019 AND THE RELIEF
LINE IS READY TO PROCEED.
THE ROUTE HAS BEEN CHOSEN.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
IS COMPLETE.
ALL WE NEED NOW IS FUNDING.
BUT INSTEAD OF MOVING
FORWARD, THIS PREMIER IS
TAKING US BACK TO THE
DRAWING BOARD AND DELAYING
THIS PROJECT YET AGAIN.
A CENTURY IS ENOUGH.
WHY ARE YOU MAKING COMMUTERS
AND TRANSIT RIDERS WAIT EVEN
LONGER FOR THE RELIEF LINE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

[APPLAUSE]

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 spotted pink tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
FOR THAT QUESTION.
JUNE 7th, THIS GOVERNMENT
WAS ELECTED ON THE PROMISE
TO UPLOAD THE SUBWAY SYSTEM
AND TO EXPAND AND BUILD
TRANSIT FOR THE G.T.A. AND
TORONTO, MR. SPEAKER, AND
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.
WE HAVE HIRED SPECIAL
ADVISOR MICHAEL LINDSAY TO
WORK WITH THE CITY OF
TORONTO ON A NEW PARTNERSHIP
THAT WOULD CREATE AN
INTEGRATED TRANSIT SYSTEM
ACROSS THE G.T.A. AND
INCLUDING TORONTO.
MR. SPEAKER, WE CAME TO
TERMS OF REFERENCE WITH THE
CITY.
WE'RE CURRENTLY WORKING
THROUGH THAT PROGRAM AND,
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SUCH A
GREAT PLAN FOR THE CITY OF
TORONTO AND THE TTC
IT'S GOING TO BE WONDERFUL
GETTING PEOPLE ACTUALLY
MOVING THROUGH THE CITY AND
GETTING PEOPLE, GETTING
VALUE FOR THE TAXPAYERS'
DOLLARS AS WE GO FORWARD
WITH OUR DOWNTOWN RELIEF
LINE, OUR EXTENSION ON TO
YONGE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says EGLINTON WEST AND OF
COURSE GOING INTO
SCARBOROUGH WHERE THEY
DESPERATELY NEED SOME
TRANSPORTATION, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Bell says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT
WOULD WORK WITH
MUNICIPALITIES, WOULD WORK
WITH MUNICIPALITIES TO MOVE
FORWARD WITH TRANSIT
PROJECTS AND NOT CREATE
CHAOS.
WE NOW HAVE NO IDEA WHEN THE
RELIEF LINE WILL BE BUILT.
WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH IT
WILL COST.
WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT
WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO THE
REST OF THE TTC
WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT
TECHNOLOGY YOU'RE GOING TO
USE.
TORONTONIANS DON'T WANT
ANOTHER UNION PEARSON
EXPRESS BOON DOINGLE...
BOONDOGGLE.
THIS HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE.
PREMIER, CAN YOU COMMIT
TODAY WILL BE FULLY
INTEGRATED INTO THE TTC
AND THAT RIDERS WILL ONLY
HAVE TO PAY ONE FLAT FARE TO
RIDE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY WILL COME TO ORDER.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER WILL
COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE CENTRE
WILL COME TO ORDER.
RESPONSE.

Yurek says THANK YOU HAD AGAIN,
MR. SPEAKER, FOR THAT
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE
N.D.P. ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE
THAT THINK THE CURRENT
SYSTEM IS WORKING TODAY.
IF YOU WOULD ASK EVERY RIDER
GOING ON THE TTC, THEY
WANT EXPANSION TO BE BUILT.
THE CITY HAS BEEN UNABLE TO
BUILD ANY EXPANSION PROJECT.
YET ONE OVER THE LAST 15
YEARS, MR. SPEAKER.
IT GETS MIRED IN THE
MUNICIPAL POLITICS.
WE ARE LOOKING AT UPLOADING
THAT SYSTEM, MR. SPEAKER,
GETTING THE PLANS PUT
TOGETHER, PUTTING THE
FUNDING TOGETHER AND GETTING
THE PROPOSALS AND THE
EXPANSION BUILT.
WE ARE TURNING PLANS INTO
PROJECTS, MR. SPEAKER, AS
OPPOSED TO SITTING WITH
PLANS THAT...

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says CITY, MR. SPEAKER.
AT THE END OF THE DAY,
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO
COMMIT TO BUILDING THE
EXPANSION OF THE YONGE
RELIEF LINE, THE EGLINTON
WEST, THE YONGE EXTENSION
AND OF COURSE INTO
SCARBOROUGH, MR. SPEAKER,.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO, THE RIDERS OF THE
TTC EXPECT AND NEED
BETTER AND WE ARE GOING TO
DELIVER THAT AS A
RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR DURHAM.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Lindsey E. Park. PC. Durham."

Park is in her twenties, with long straight brown hair. She wears a patterned coat over a burgundy blouse.

She says THIS WEEK I WAS VERY
PLEASED TO HEAR THAT THE
MINISTER WAS IN PETERBOROUGH
WITH THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION AND THE
MEMBER FOR
PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA TO
ANNOUNCE 1.62 BILLION DOLLARS IN
FUNDING, ALLOCATED FOR
TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE IN
MUNICIPALITIES OUTSIDE THE
GTHA.
AND THIS IS PART OF A MUCH
LARGER PROGRAM DEDICATED TO
MAKING LIFE AFFORDABLE,
MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR JOBS,
AND I MIGHT ADD IS GOOD FOR
THE ENVIRONMENT TOO.
SPEAKER, THIS IS BIG NEWS
FOR THE PEOPLE OF SMALL-TOWN
ONTARIO, PROVIDING THE RIGHT
INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE RIGHT
PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME
SHOWS OUR COMMITMENT TO NOT
ONLY PUTTING THE PEOPLE
FIRST BUT ALSO RETURNING OUR
BUDGET TO BALANCE.
WILL THE MINISTER PLEASE
TELL IT US MORE ABOUT THIS
GREAT PROGRAM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Monte McNaughton. PC. Minister of Infrastructure."

McNaughton is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with receding short brown hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and red tartan tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'D BE HAPPY TO TELL YOU
MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.
I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY
THANKING THE MEMBER FROM
DURHAM FOR THAT QUESTION
THIS MORNING.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST.
THIS MONTH I LAUNCHED 30
BILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING THAT WILL
MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR THE
PEOPLE RIGHT ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE.
THE INVESTING IN CANADA
INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM WILL
HELP KEEP OUR ROADS SAFER,
MAKE OUR COMMUTES EASIER AND
KEEP COMMUNITIES HEALTHIER.
IT WILL CREATE AND PROTECT
GOOD JOBS RIGHT ACROSS
ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, THE WYNNE
LIBERALS PROMISED
INFRASTRUCTURE WITH
ABSOLUTELY NO PLAN TO PAY
FOR IT.
THAT WAS MADE CLEAR WHEN WE
INHERITED A 15 BILLION DOLLARS DEFICIT.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOT
SURPRISING THAT THEIR
FEDERAL COUSINS, THE TRUDEAU
LIBERALS, ARE FOLLOWING THE
SAME PLAYBOOK.
THEY PROMISED INFRASTRUCTURE
SPENDING THAT A SENATE
COMMITTEE RECENTLY DESCRIBED
AS A, QUOTE, SHORTSIGHTED.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
ISN'T MAKING EMPTY PROMISES.
WE ANNOUNCED THIS PROGRAM
AFTER A CAREFUL PROVINCEWIDE
REVIEW TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
GOT IT RIGHT.
MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL MAKE
THE RIGHT INFRASTRUCTURE
INVESTMENTS AT THE RIGHT
TIME AND IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Park says SPEAKER, THIS IS
ENCOURAGING NEWS FROM THE
MINISTER.
WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT INVESTS
IN SMART INFRASTRUCTURE,
WE'RE CREATING JOBS, GROWING
THE ECONOMY AND SHAPING THE
FUTURE FOR HARD WORKING
FAMILIES IN ONTARIO.
WHILE THE TRUDEAU LIBERALS
HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED BY THE
PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER,
THE AUDITOR GENERAL AND THE
SENATE COMMITTEE, OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
MAKING INVESTMENTS TO MAKE
ONTARIO OPEN FOR JOBS WITH A
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE
APPROACH.
SPEAKER, THE INVESTING IN
CANADA INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN
IS BUILT TO ADDRESS THE
NEEDS OF COMMUNITIES AND
DELEGATE FUNDING THROUGH
SEVERAL DIFFERENT STREAMS.
WOULD THE MINISTER TELL US
MORE ABOUT THE STREAMS
ANNOUNCED THUS FAR?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

McNaughton says ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER,
THANK YOU TO THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR THAT EXCELLENT
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, ON MARCH 12th
WE LAUNCHED THIS PROGRAM
WITH THE OPENING OF THE
RURAL AND NORTHERN FUNDING
STREAM.
OUR GOVERNMENT BELIEVES IN
SUPPORTING SMALL, RURAL,
NORTHERN AND INDIGENOUS
COMMUNITIES IN MAKING
CRUCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE
INVESTMENTS LIKE ROADS AND
BRIDGES.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK AS I
SAID I LAUNCHED THE TRANSIT
STREAM WITH THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.
THAT'S 1.62 BILLION DOLLARS FOR
PUBLIC TRANSIT IN
MUNICIPALITIES OUTSIDE OF
THE GTHA.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, SHORTER
COMMUTES MEANS MORE TIME
SPENT WITH FAMILIES AND MORE
GOODS TRANSPORTED.
THAT MEANS HEALTHIER
COMMUNITIES AND THAT MEANS
MORE JOBS AND ECONOMIC
GROWTH RIGHT ACROSS ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS LISTENING AND HAS HEARD
THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OF
OUR MUNICIPALITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says WE ARE SERVING THE NEEDS
OF THE PEOPLE BRINGING THE
PROVINCE BACK TO BALANCE AND
SHOWING THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN
FOR JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

Gélinas is in her forties, with short straight blond hair and bangs. She wears a patterned knitted jacket over a purple turtleneck.

She speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH
AND LONG-TERM CARE.

[End of Translation]

In English, Gélinas continues
OF ONE IN HEALTH CARE
APPRECIATES THE WORK CANCER
CARE ONTARIO DOES.
THEY PROVIDE CLINICAL AND
MEDICAL ADVICE, EDUCATION
FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR LOVED
ONES.
THEY DO THE STRATEGIC WORK
TO ENSURE THAT PATIENTS
ACROSS OUR PROVINCE RECEIVE
SOME OF THE BEST QUALITY
CARE IN THE WORLD.
CANCER CARE ONTARIO TOOK
THIS PROVINCE FROM PROVIDING
PASSABLE CANCER TREATMENT TO
HAVING A PROVINCEWIDE
PROCEDURES AND SYSTEM IN
PLACE TO ENSURE THAT CANCER
PATIENTS RECEIVE TREATMENTS
IN A TIMELY, EQUITABLE COST
EFFICIENT MANNER AND THE
OUTCOMES ARE THERE TO PROVE
THEIR SUCCESS.
WILL THE MINISTER COMMIT
TODAY TO RECONSIDER HER
LEGISLATION AND NOT DISSOLVE
CANCER CARE ONTARIO INTO THE
SUPER BUREAUCRACY?

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

Elliott is in her late fifties, with long blond hair. She wears a black leather jacket, white shirt, and printed black scarf.

She says WELL, I THANK THE MEMBER
VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION
AND I CAN ASSURE THAW CANCER
CARE ONTARIO IS GOING TO
CONTINUE TO DO ITS EXCELLENT
WORK.
I ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH YOU
THAT THEY ARE EXCELLENT AT
DEALING WITH CANCER CARE IN
ONTARIO, MAKING SURE THAT
THERE IS EXCELLENT EQUITY
AND ACROSS THE PROVINCE
MAKING SURE THAT THEY LOOK
AT INNOVATIONS, NEW
PROCEDURES AND SO ON.
THEY WILL CONTINUE THEIR
WORK.
THEY HAVE EXCELLENT CARE IN
CANCER AND ALSO IN DEALING
WITH RENAL INDICATIONS.
THE REN WHY CANCER CARE
ONTARIO IS NOW BEING HEADED
BY THE ONTARIO HEALTH
DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY DON'T
CONTINUE TO DO THEIR WORK.
THEY WILL, BUT BECAUSE THEY
HAVE SUCH A GREAT MODEL,
THAT MODEL CAN BE USED FOR
CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT
IN OTHER AREAS, SUCH AS IN
DIABETES MANAGEMENT, WHICH
IS IN NEED OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says THERE'S A LOT OF WORK
THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.
CANCER CARE ONTARIO PROVIDES
AN EXCELLENT MODEL FOR THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Gélinas says SPEAKER, IN BRITISH
COLUMBIA AND IN ALBERTA,
HEALTH CENTRALIZATION WASTED
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND
PATIENTS SUFFERED FOR
DECADES.
YET THE GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO IS HAPPY TO BLINDLY
FOLLOW DOWN THE EXACT SAME
PATH.
GIVEN THE MINISTER'S
CONFIDENCE IN THIS PLAN...
PLEASE GUARANTEE THAT NO
PATIENTS RECEIVING CANCER
TREATMENT OR SERVICES, NO
PATIENTS RECEIVING RENAL
TREATMENT, WILL HAVE THEIR
CARE DISRUPTED BY THE
UPCOMING MERGER OF CANCER
CARE ONTARIO INTO THE NEW
SUPER BUREAUCRACY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
MINISTER.

Elliott says WELL, AGAIN I CAN ASSURE
THE MEMBER THAT PATIENT CARE
AND PATIENT SAFETY IS OUR
UTMOST CONSIDERATION.
THAT IS WHY WE ARE BRINGING
FORWARD THIS PLAN TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE CENTRE CARE
AROUND PATIENTS, FAMILIES
AND CAREGIVERS, THAT THEIR
NEEDS ARE ALWAYS FIRST AND
FOREMOST IN OUR THOUGHTS AND
IN OUR PLANS, AND THAT WE
WILL CONNECT CARE FOR THEM
BECAUSE THAT'S NOT HAPPENING
NOW.
YOU WILL KNOW THAT WHEN
PEOPLE ARE DISCHARGED FROM
HOSPITAL AND REQUIRING HOME
CARE, THEY DON'T KNOW BY THE
TIME THEY GO HOME WHO WILL
BE PROVIDING THE CARE, WHAT
CARE THEY WILL BE RECEIVING
AND WHEN THEY WILL BE
ARRIVING.
WE ARE GOING TO CONNECT THAT
CARE.
AND WITH RESPECT TO YOUR
COMMENTS ABOUT
CENTRALIZATION, IN FACT WE
ARE DOING THE OPPOSITE.
WE ARE RELEASING THE
BOUNDARIES SO THAT LOCAL
CARE PROVIDERS CAN PROVIDE
THE CARE THAT IS NEEDED IN
THEIR COMMUNITY.
NOT TO BE DICTATED BY THE
MINISTRY OF HEALTH BUT TO BE
PLANNED AND ORGANIZED
LOCALLY BECAUSE HEALTH NEEDS
ARE DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT
PARTS OF ONTARIO, FROM
NORTHERN ONTARIO TO TORONTO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says AND EVERY OTHER PART.
WE ARE ACTUALLY DIRECTING
CARE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, TO
BE SURROUNDED BY PATIENTS
AND FOR PATIENTS AND
FAMILIES TO BE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR SIMCOE-GREY.

The caption changes to "Jim Wilson. Independent. Simcoe-Grey."

Wilson is in his fifties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and striped blue tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY
QUESTION'S FOR THE MINISTER
OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, SHE'S ONE
OF MY FAVOURITE MINISTERS.
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT.

[Laughter]

[APPLAUSE]

Wilson says AND MY FAVOURITE TOPIC IS
THE HOSPITALS IN MY RIDING.
CALLING ALISTER HOSPITAL.
THE HOSPITALS ARE 50 AND 60
YEARS OLD, BUSTING AT THE
SEAMS.
THEY WERE IGNORED UNDER THE
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT AND
THEY'RE WAITING FOR
REDEVELOPMENTS AND OVER THE
LAST 15 YEARS, THIS IS THE
SECOND TIME NOW THAT THEY'VE
BOTH HAD TO PRESENT THE SAME
DOCUMENTATION FOR STAGE ONE
AND THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
THEY'RE RUNNING OUT OF
PATIENCE AND WE DEAL WITH
HALLWAY MEDICINE EVERY DAY,
AND YOU CAN IMAGINE THE
EXTENT OF HALTWAY MEDICINE.
IN ALLISTON, FOR EXAMPLE,
WHEN THE BUILDING WAS BUILT
FOR 7,000 EMERGENCY ROOM
VITS... VISITS AND LAST YEAR
DID CLOSE TO 50,000.
COLLINGWOOD BEING A FOUR
SEASON RESORT, THE COMMUNITY
DEALS WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS
MORE VISITS THAN IT WAS
BUILT FOR.
THE LAST THREE DEVELOPMENT
WAS UNDER MIKE HARRIS IN
1998.
ALLISTON GOT ABOUT 5
MILLION DOLLAR FIX AND ABOUT 18
MILLION DOLLARS AT COLLINGWOOD
GENERAL AND MARINE.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Wilson says OVER THE LAST 60 YEARS
NOTHING'S REALLY BEEN DONE.
I'D ASK IF YOU COME UP AGAIN
AND TOUR AND SEE THE NEEDS
OF THE REDEVELOPMENT
YOURSELF.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Elliott says I THANK THE MEMBER VERY
MUCH FOR THE QUESTION.
YOU'RE ONE OF MY FAVOURITE
MEMBERS AS WELL.
SO...

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says AND WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE
COLLINGWOOD AND ALLISTON
SITUATION.
I UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE
UNDER GREAT STRAIN AND THAT
THE POPULATION HAS
DIVERSIFIED.
IT IS REALLY FOUR SEASON
RESIDENCE NOW WHERE PERHAPS
IT USED TO BE MORE A SMALLER
GROUP OF LOCAL RESIDENTS
WITH MORE SEASONAL VISITORS
BUT THERE WERE MORE FAMILIES
SETTLING THERE NOW.
I KNOW THAT THERE ARE ISSUES
THERE SO I LOOK FORWARD TO
WORKING WITH YOU ON THAT.
WE'RE CONTINUING OUR
CONVERSATIONS WITHIN THE
MINISTRY ON YOUR COMMUNITY'S
NEEDS AS WELL AS THE NEEDS
OF MANY OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WHERE THEY HAVE OUTDATED
INFRASTRUCTURE AND RAPIDLY
GROWING POPULATIONS.
SO IT IS A CHALLENGE THAT WE
NEED TO TACKLE TOGETHER.
THAT'S PART OF OUR PLAN TO
END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE AND
MAKE SURE THAT ALL
COMMUNITIES GET UPDATED...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Wilson says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER.
I KNOW THERE'S TREMENDOUS
PRESSURE ON THE CAPITAL SIDE
AND THE OPERATING SIDE, BUT
THESE BUILDINGS ARE BUSTING
AT THE SEAMS.
AND MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE
NOTICED THAT YOU'VE BEEN
ABLE TO TOUR OTHER HOSPITALS
IN THE AREA AND SO THEY'VE
ASKED ME TO COME HERE TODAY
AND TO SAY CAN YOU HAVE
CHRISTINE COME UP?
WE'D REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF
WAITING SO MANY YEARS IS,
PARTICULARLY OVER THE LAST
FOUR OR FIVE YEARS WE'VE HAD
SOME REAL SUPERSTARS IN
TERMS OF PHYSICIANS AND
NURSES AND STAFF AND BOARD
MEMBERS AND EVEN
ADMINISTRATORS COME TO BOTH
HOSPITALS WITH THE
EXPECTATION THAT WE'D BE
SEEING A NEW HOSPITAL, YOU
KNOW, WITHIN THE LAST FIVE
YEARS.
AND THAT HASN'T HAPPENED.
SO MORALE'S TAKEN A BIT OF A
DIP IN BOTH HOSPITALS AND
I'M UNDERTAKING TO VISIT THE
BOARD IN ALLISTON IN JUST A
FEW DAYS AND THE COLLINGWOOD
BOARD TO TRY AND BRING
MORALE UP AND TRYING TO
RETAIN THOSE SPECIALISTS AND
THOSE PHYSICIANS AND NURSES
THAT HAVE COME WITH THE
EXPECTATION OF NEW
BUILDINGS.
SO AGAIN, IF YOU COULD FIND
IT IN YOUR HEART TO COME UP
AND SAY HELLO.
SKIING SEASON'S OVER BUT
WE'LL TAKE YOU BOATING OR
WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO.

[Laughter]

Wilson says AND TOUR THE HOSPITALS AND
HELP US BOOST MORALE.
THEY'RE MAKING THIS
GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Wilson says AND ALL THE POLITICIANS
LOOK GOOD BY NOT COMPLAINING
ABOUT HALLWAY MEDICINE.
YOU DON'T HEAR COMPLAINTS
FROM THESE HOSPITALS.
THEY'RE VERY RESPECTFUL TO
GOVERNMENT.
THEY'RE VERY RESPECTFUL OF
THEIR MEMBER BUT THEY ARE...

[Voice trailing]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
RESPONSE?

Elliott says WELL, I THANK THE MEMBER
VERY MUCH FOR THE INVITATION.
CERTAINLY I KNOW THAT THERE
ARE MANY HOSPITALS THAT HAVE
HAD NEEDS FOR MANY, MANY
YEARS, FOR 15 YEARS THEY
WERE NOT... LARGELY NOT
ATTENDED TO.
WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THAT.
WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE
PRIORITIES IN CERTAIN AREAS
BECAUSE OF AGING
INFRASTRUCTURE WITH PIPES
THAT ARE READY TO BURST AND
ROOFS THAT ARE FALLING IN.
THAT IS A SAD STATE OF
AFFAIRS BUT WE'RE GOING TO
FIX THAT.
AND I HAVE BEEN TOURING
ACROSS THE PROVINCE THE LAST
NUMBER OF WEEKS TALKING TO
GROUPS THAT ARE ALREADY
PROVIDING INTEGRATED HEALTH
CARE.
IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE WHAT'S
HAPPENING ON THE GROUND AND
HOW EXCITED PROVIDERS ARE
AND PATIENTS ARE ABOUT OUR
PLAN.
BUT I DO LOOK FORWARD TO
COMING TO BOTH ALLISTON AND
COLLINGWOOD HOPEFULLY IN THE
VERY NEAR FUTURE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR MARKHAM-THORNHILL.

The caption changes to "Logan Kanapathi. PC. Markham-Thornhill."

Kanapathi is in his forties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, and printed blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR MINISTER
OF ENVIRONMENT AND
CONSERVATION AND PARKS.
SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT WAS
ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO ON COMMITMENT TO
BRING CHANGE TO THIS
PROVINCE.
AS PART OF OUR COMMITMENT,
THE PREMIER AND MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT ANNOUNCED THAT
AS OF APRIL 1st, OUR
GOVERNMENT WOULD BRING TO AN
END THE OUTDATED AND
INEFFECTIVE DRIVE CLEAN
PROGRAM.
SINCE 1999, DRIVERS ACROSS
ONTARIO HAVE NEEDED TO
COMPLETE A DRIVE CLEAN TEST
TO CONTINUE DRIVING THEIR
CARS.
IT TOOK TIME OUT OF THEIR
DAY AND NO LONGER DELIVERED
EFFECTIVE RESULT,
MR. SPEAKER.
ACCOUNT MINISTER PLEASE TELL
US, THIS HOUSE, WHAT...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Kanapathi says CANCELLATION OF DRIVE
CLEAN PROGRAM OR EMISSION
PROGRAM WILL BRING TO
ONTARIO?

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM MARKHAM-THORNHILL.
I KNOW HE DOES A FANTASTIC
JOB FOR HIS CONSTITUENTS.

[APPLAUSE]

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, OUR
MADE-IN-ONTARIO ENVIRONMENT
PLAN PROTECTS ONTARIO'S AIR,
ITS LAND, ITS WATER.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WE ALSO
PROTECT TAX DOLLARS AND WE
WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT TAX
DOLLARS ARE SPENT IN THE
RIGHT WAY.
AND THE DRIVE CLEAN PROGRAM
WHEN IT WAS PUT IN PLACE
OVER 20 YEARS AGO BY A
PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT TMADE SENSE.
BUT PROGRAMS FROM 20 YEARS
AGO DON'T NECESSARILY MAKE
SENSE IN 2019.
MR. SPEAKER, THE FORMER
MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT NORM
STERLING SAID IT WAS TIME TO
GET RID OF THE PROGRAM.

[APPLAUSE]

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, THE FORMER
MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT,
THE LIBERAL MINISTER
ENVIRONMENT ADMITTED THE
PROGRAM HAS LITTLE IMPACT.
MR. SPEAKER, EVEN THE LEADER
OF THE GREEN PARTY, WITH US
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE,
SAYS THAT IT WAS NO LONGER
AS RELEVANT AS IT ONCE WAS.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, MOST
IMPORTANTLY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Phillips says DOUG FORD SAID DRIVE
CLEAN, IT'S DONE.
IT'S GONE.
SO THAT 40 MILLION DOLLAR PROGRAM,
MR. SPEAKER, AS OF APRIL 1st
IS GONE FROM ONTARIO DRIVERS
AND NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Kanapathi says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR THE
WONDERFUL ANSWER.
I AM SURE MOST ONTARIANS
WOULD AGREE THAT IT'S CLEAR
THAT DRIVE CLEAN WAS NO
LONGER USEFUL AND THEREFORE
NO MORE EFFECTIVE WAY TO
PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.
I KNOW FOR A FACT MY
CONSTITUENTS IN
MARKHAM-THORNHILL ARE HAPPY
ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT SAVING
SOME 40 MILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR.
OUR GOVERNMENT COMMITTED
THAT THEY WOULD DO RIGHT BY
TAXPAYERS AND END
INEFFECTIVE PROGRAMS TAKING
MONEY OUT OF PEOPLE'S
POCKETS.
THE END OF DRIVE CLEAN IS
PERFECT EXAMPLE.
MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIANS
RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO DO OUR
SHARE TO FIGHT CLIMATE
CHANGE.
MR. MINISTER.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Kanapathi says CAN YOU ADD MORE ABOUT
THE DRIVE CLEAN PROGRAM?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

[APPLAUSE]

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, LIEU YOU TO
THE MEMBER AND THANK YOU FOR
THE QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, INSTEAD OF
SPENDING 40 MILLION DOLLARS FOR A
PROGRAM THAT EVERYONE ADMITS
WAS NOT WORKING, WE ARE
FOCUSING ON LARGE EMITTING
TRUCKS.
WE'RE FOCUSING ON DIESEL
TRUCKS.
WE'VE ALL SEEN THOSE ON THE
HIGHWAY SO THE MINISTRY IS
BRINGING IN PROGRAMS TO
FOCUS ON THOSE VEHICLES.
OF COURSE AS THE LEGISLATURE
KNOWS IN OUR MADE-IN-ONTARIO
PROGRAM, WE'VE ALSO FOCUSED
ON TARGETS TO REDUCE
GREENHOUSE GASES SO WE HAVE
COMMITTED TO THE TARGETS
AGREED TO BITE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT INTERNATIONALLY
FOR A 30 percent REDUCTION IN
G.H.G.s BY 2030.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE BROUGHT
IN A PRAGMATIC SENSIBLE PLAN,
A PLAN THAT IS SENSITIVE TO
THE FACT THAT WE CAN HAVE A
HEALTHY ECONOMY AND A
HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.
A PLAN THAT FOCUSES ON
REDUCING EMISSIONS BUT IN A
SENSIBLE WAY THAT WON'T
PUNISH FAMILIES AND WON'T
HURT THE ECONOMY AT THE SAME
TIME.
MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN GET RID
OF OUTDATED PROGRAMS THAT
ONCE WORKED AND AT THE SAME
TIME BRING IN SOLUTIONS THAT
PROTECT THE TAXPAYERS AND
PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
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 striped red tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SAFETY
AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.
TODAY WE'RE JOINED BY MANY
OF THIS PROVINCE'S
FRONT-LINE CORRECTIONAL
STAFF.
WELCOME THEM ALL HERE TODAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Yarde says THEY'RE HERE, MR. SPEAKER,
BECAUSE THE CRISIS IN
CORRECTIONS UNDER THE
LIBERALS IS NOW THE CRISIS
IN CORRECTIONS UNDER THE
CONSERVATIVES.
MEMBERS WHO MEET WITH OUR
FRONT-LINE CORRECTIONAL
WORKERS TODAY WILL HEAR HOW
VIOLENCE IS IN FACT
INCREASING IN THIS PROVINCE
AND THE CORRECTIONAL
FACILITIES AND IN THE JAILS.
IT WAS ONLY A MONTH AGO THAT
EIGHT CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS
WERE INJURED IN AN ATTACK OF
A TORONTO SOUTH DETENTION
CENTRE.
SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO NOW
THE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS,
THE CORRECTIONS STAFF WOULD
LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HAS THIS
MINISTER DONE SINCE THE
VIOLENT INCIDENT OCCURRED TO
MAKE OUR CORRECTIONAL
FACILITIES MORE SAFE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

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

Jones is in her sixties, with wavy blond hair to her shoulders. She wears glasses, a black jacket over a white dress, and a pearl necklace.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU, I WANT TO JOIN
AND THANK YOU THE EXCELLENT
WORK THAT OUR CORRECTIONS
OFFICERS DO EVERY SINGLE
DAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says ONTARIO.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT'S NUMBER-ONE
PRIORITY IS TO ENSURE THE
SAFETY, THE SAFETY OF OUR
CITIZENS, THE SAFETY OF OUR
STAFF ANT SAFETY OF THE
INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HOUSED
IN OUR INSTITUTIONS.
IN TERMS OF WHAT HAS BEEN
HAPPENING IN THE MINISTRY, I
THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE
THAT EARLIER THIS YEAR WE
LAUNCHED A WELLNESS AND
RESILIENCE PROGRAM THAT
SPECIFICALLY IS GOING TO
HELP CORRECTIONAL STAFF TO
BUILD RESILIENCE AT WORK,
MANAGE STRESS AND ENHANCE
PERSONAL HEALTH AND TRY TO
REDUCE INJURIES RELATED TO
OCCUPATIONAL STRESS,
INCLUDING PTSD.
THIS VERY WEEK, MY FRIEND
AND COLLEAGUE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says THE MINISTER OF ATTORNEY
GENERAL AND I ANNOUNCED GUNS
AND GANGS PHASE TWO.
IT SPECIFICALLY HAS A
COMPONENT THAT IS INCREASING
CORRECTIONS INTELLIGENCE AND
SECURITY WITHIN OUR JAILS.
WE ARE NOT WAITING.
WE ARE ACTING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says AFTER 15 YEARS OF
INACTION, AND WE ARE
PROACTIVELY MOVING FORWARD
ON THINGS THAT MAKE OUR
JAILS SAFER AND OUR
CORRECTIONS OFFICERS SAFER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO
ASK THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA
FALLS TO COME TO ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Yarde says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WITHOUT HAVING FIRST
ADDRESSED THE LACK OF
RESOURCES, THE LACK OF
ADEQUATE STAFFING IN ORDER
TO GET OUR CORRECTIONAL
FACILITIES BACK TO ZERO
TSOUNDS LIKE THE GOVERNMENT
EXPECTS FRONT-LINE
CORRECTIONAL WORKERS TO DO
EVEN MORE WITH LESS.
INSTEAD THIS GOVERNMENT
CONTINUES WHAT THE PROO...
WITH THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT'S FAILED APPROACH
OF HIRING ONLY ENOUGH
CORRECTIONAL STAFF TO COVER
SHIFTS WHEN CORRECTIONAL
OFFICERS ARE OFF SICK, ON
VACATION OR OUT INJURED OR
ON STRESS LEAVE.
MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER
IS SIMPLE, VERY SIMPLE.
WHEN WILL SHE PROVIDE ENOUGH
STAFF TO GET THE JOB DONE
SAFELY AND PROVIDE THE RIGHT
TOOLS TO FIX THE CRISIS IN
CORRECTIONS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS.
MINISTER.

Jones says SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU AS I
SAID IN MY INITIAL ANSWER,
WE ARE ACTIVITY AND
PROACTIVELY ENGAGED IN
MAKING CHANGES RIGHT NOW
THAT ARE MAKING A
DIFFERENCE.
I CONTINUE TO HAVE
CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR
CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AND OUR
FRONT-LINE STAFF TO
UNDERSTAND WHAT
OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE NEED
TO TAKE.
BUT LET'S BE CLEAR.
FIFTEEN YEARS OF LIBERAL
INACTION IS NOT GOING TO BE
SOLVED IN EIGHT MONTHS.
I AM WORKING VERY ACTIVELY
WITH MY MINISTRY TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE'RE PUTTING
STUFF IN PLACE.
I'VE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT
THE PHASE TWO IN THE GUNS
AND GANGS ANNOUNCEMENT THAT
WAS MADE THIS WEEK.
WE NEGOTIATED A PROGRAM IN
JANUARY.
WE ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE
THAT OUR JAILS ARE SAFE.
WHEN WILL YOU PARTICIPATE IN
ENSURING THAT WE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says HAVE THE TOOLS WE NEED?
I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT,
TOGETHER, WE CAN KEEP OUR
JAILS SAFE AND OUR
CORRECTIONS OFFICERS SAFE.
I'M HAPPY TO HAVE ANY KIND
OF POSITIVE...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
SARNIA-LAMBTON.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says ANYWAY.
MR. SPEAKER, MY COMMENT... I
WON'T SAY IT.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO NATURAL
GAS OWNERS, HEATING... LOWER
HEATING COSTS CREATES JOBS
AND MAKES BUSINESSES MORE
COMPETITIVE.
RECENTLY I WAS WITH THE
MINISTER AT TRULY GREEN
FARMS AND CEDAR LINE
GREENHOUSES IN CHATHAM-KENT
WHERE HE ANNOUNCED THAT THIS
LOCAL BUSINESS WILL BE ABLE
TO GROW THANKS TO OUR
GOVERNMENT'S NEW NATURAL GAS
EXPANSION SUPPORT PROGRAM.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TAPPING HIGH ENERGY COSTS.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE TELL US MORE
ABOUT HOW THIS NEW PROGRAM
WILL SAVE PEOPLE MONEY AND
SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT
ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

McNaughton says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FROM
SARNIA-LAMBTON AND MY GOOD
FRIEND FOR THAT EXCELLENT
QUESTION THIS MORNING.
MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE
TO THANK THE MINISTER OF
ENERGY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON
BRINGING AFFORDABILITY BACK.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says TO ENERGY BILLS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
SPEAKER, I REPRESENT THE
NEIGHBOURING RIDING OF
LAMBTON-KENT-MIDDLESEX AND
I'VE HEARD FIRST HAND FROM
MY OWN COMMUNITY ABOUT WHAT
ACCESS TO NATURAL GAS MEANS
FOR HARD WORKING ONTARIO
FAMILIES.
OUR PRIORITY AS A GOVERNMENT
IS CREATING AND PROTECTING
GOOD JOBS FOR THE PEOPLE.
BY LOWERING ENERGY COSTS WE
ARE MAKING BUSINESSES MORE
COMPETITIVE AND SIGNALLING
THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
JOBS.
THE CHATHAM-KENT NATURAL GAS
EXPANSION PROJECT IS
POSSIBLE THANKS TO OUR
GOVERNMENT'S NEW AND
INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW
TRANSMISSION LINES AND
SUPPORTING DISTRIBUTION
MAINS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says NATURAL GAS TO AN
ESTIMATED 1300 HOUSEHOLDS
AND 200 BUSINESSES.
MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD
TO SHARING MORE ABOUT THIS
IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN MY...

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE]

Bailey says THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR
THAT ANSWER.
MR. SPEAKER, AFTER 15 YEARS
OF ONTARIO'S LIBERALS
PASSING POLICIES THAT
BENEFIT THEIR INSIDER
FRIENDS, IT IS REFRESHING TO
SEE A GOVERNMENT THAT IS
SQUARELY FOCUSED ON MAKING
LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR
FAMILIES.
WHILE OTHER PARTIES WANTED
TO BAN PRIVATE-SECTOR
PARTICIPATION AND EVEN
NATURAL GAS ALTOGETHER, I AM
PLEASED TO HEAR THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS ENDING ENERGY
POVERTY.
PEOPLE NO LONGER HAVE TO
CHOOSE BETWEEN HEATING AND
EATING.

[APPLAUSE]

Bailey says MR. SPEAKER, WOULD THE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE
PLEASE TELL THE HOUSE MORE
ABOUT HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS
HELPING PEOPLE IN LAMBTON
COUNTY AND ACROSS THIS GREAT
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

McNaughton says WELL, ONCE AGAIN THANK
YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM
SARNIA-LAMBTON FOR THAT
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, WE REPLACED A
ONETIME TAXPAYER-FUNDED
GRANT PROGRAM WITH A
SUSTAINABLE PRIVATE
SECTOR-LED MODEL THAT WILL
SAVE ONTARIO 61.5 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THREE YEARS.

Interjection:
AMAZING.

McNaughton says SPEAKER, EXPANDING ACCESS
TO NATURAL GAS WILL PUT
MONEY BACK IN PEOPLE'S
POCKETS.
RESIDENTIAL CONSUMERS CAN
SAVE UP TO 2,500 PER YEAR
BY SWITCHING FROM ELECTRIC
HEAT, PROPANE OR OIL.
FOR CHATHAM KENT, THE
MUNICIPALITY ESTIMATES THIS
PROJECT ALONE COULD BRING
1,400 BRAND-NEW JOBS TO THE
GREENHOUSE SECTOR ALONE.
AS GREG DEVRIES --,
MR. SPEAKER, AS PRESIDENT
AND C.E.O. OF TRULY GREEN
FARMS AND CEDAR LINE
GREENHOUSES SAID AND I
QUOTE...
THIS NATURAL GAS PROJECT IS
A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW
INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULATES
THE ECONOMY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ONLY
THE BEGINNING.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS BRINGING
PROSPERITY TO RURAL, REMOTE
AND OTHER UNDERSERVED
COMMUNITIES ACROSS ONTARIO.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS
YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A
PROMISE MADE, PROMISE KEPT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR TORONTO St.
PAUL'S.

The caption changes to "Jill Andrew. NDP. Toronto Saint Paul's."

Andrew is in her thirties, with black hair in a bun. She wears a gray blazer over a beige shirt, and a dark blue scarf.

She says GOOD MORNING, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
THIS GOVERNMENT'S SCHEME TO
INCREASE CLASS SIZES WILL
MEAN ART CLASSES, THAT
TYPICALLY HAVE SMALLER CLASS
SIZES, WILL BE PUT IN
JEOPARDY.
WHEN ASKED METRO MORNING
ABOUT HOW THIS WILL IMPACT
ARTS PROGRAMS IN HIGH
SCHOOLS, THE MINISTER
REPLIED AND I QUOTE...
WHEN IT COMES TO THE WORLD
OF WORK, OUR STUDENTS NEED
TO HAVE SKILLS IN THE
PATHWAYS THAT ARE PROVIDING
JOBS, END QUOTE.
ESSENTIALLY, SHE THREW ARTS
EDUCATION UNDER THE BUS AND
SPEAKER, LET'S BE CLEAR.
ASK DRAKE IF ARTS AREN'T
JOBS.
SPEAKER, THERE ARE OVER
269,000 ARTS AND CULTURE
JOBS IN ONTARIO,
CONTRIBUTING 26 BILLION DOLLARS,
NOT MILLION DOLLARS, ANNUALLY TO OUR
ECONOMY.
WHY DOES THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION THINK ARTS AND
CULTURE JOBS DON'T MATTER?
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says BEFORE I ASK
THE MINISTER TO REPLY I'VE
GOT ASK THE MEMBER FOR
NORTHUMBERLAND QUINTE WEST
TO COME TO ORDER.
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 textured blue jacket over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND I AM VERY PLEASED TO
STAND IN THIS HOUSE TODAY
AND SUGGEST TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE THAT THE SHE SHOULD
NEVER, EVER PUT WORDS IN MY
MOUTH, BECAUSE I COME FROM A
FAMILY THAT ABSOLUTELY.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says CULTURE.
SHAME ON HER FOR CONTINUING
THIS RIDICULOUS RHETORIC
THAT ABSOLUTELY DOES NOTHING
BUT CONFUSES PEOPLE.
I SAID THAT WE NEED TO MAKE
SURE THAT STUDENTS HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY, MATH, THE SKILLS
THAT ARE GOING TO SEE THEM
ADAPT AND ABSOLUTELY BE
SUCCESSFUL IN THE CAREERS OF
TODAY AND TOMORROW.
IF THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE WERE
TUNED IN, THEY WOULD KNOW
THAT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says THE REALITIES ARE FOR
STUDENTS GOING FORWARD, WE
NEED SKILLED TRADES.
WE NEED TECHNOLOGY.
WE NEED MATH, COMPETENCY AND
ALL THAT...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.

Andrew says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
IN FACT, THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION DOESN'T LISTEN,
BECAUSE I SAID TO ADD SOME
STEAM TO HER STEM.
ARTS MATTER, TOO.
WHEN THE MINISTER WAS ASKED
ABOUT BAND CLASSES IN HIGH
SCHOOLS BEING CANCELLED, SHE
LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG
THAT NOT EVERY SCHOOL BOARD
WOULD BE ABLE TO AFFORD BAND
CLASSES.
INSTEAD SHE SUGGESTED ARTS
ENTHUSIASTS COULD STEP IN
AND OFFER THESE COURSES
INSTEAD OF PROFESSIONAL
EDUCATORS.
SPEAKER, THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION'S SCHEME WILL MEAN
FEWER CLASSES THAT ENRICH
STUDENTS' LEARNING.
I HEARD FROM LIZ BERNA, AN
ARTS EDUCATOR FOR 27 YEARS.
SHE SAID ARTS EDUCATION
PROVIDES SAFE SPACES,
SPEAKER, FOR STUDENTS WHO
OFTEN DON'T FIT IN ANYWHERE
ELSE.
WHY IS THIS MINISTER HAPPY
TO CUT ARTS CLASSES THAT
BRING SO MUCH VALUE TO A
YOUNG PERSON'S LIFE.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Andrew says PROVEN TO CREATE BETTER,
MORE WELL-ROUNDED STUDENTS.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
MINISTER OF EDUCATION,
REPLY.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS, I NEED TO REPEAT.

Interjection: THAT
WAS QUITE A SHOW.

Thompson says NEVER, EVER PUT WORDS IN
MY MOUTH.
THAT MEMBER HAS...

[APPLAUSE]

[UNCLEAR]

Thompson says GREAT RHETORIC THAT'S GOING
TO CONFUSE PEOPLE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says THE FACT IS I WAS
ALLUDING TO WHEN I WAS
SPEAKING TO THAT PARTICULAR
RADIO PROGRAM IS THE REALITY
THAT NOT EVERY SCHOOL ACROSS
ONTARIO ACTUALLY HAS MUSIC
CLASSES IN CURRICULUM.
SOME PEOPLE, LIKE IF SHE GOT
OUT OF HER BUBBLE IN TORONTO,
IN RURAL ONTARIO AND
NORTHERN ONTARIO ONLY HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE
ARTS THROUGH CLUBS.
THAT IS WHAT I WAS SAYING.
SO, AGAIN, THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS WE NEED TO.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says OUR KIDS WITH SCIENCE,
MATH.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says TECHNOLOGY, SKILLED
TRADES SO THAT THEY HAVE
CAREER PATHWAYS THAT
ABSOLUTELY WILL GUARANTEE...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ASK THE MEMBER FOR
TORONTO-St. PAUL'S TO COME
TO ORDER.
SHE CAN'T INTERJECT
CONSTANTLY WHILE THE
MINISTER'S REPLYING.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR OAKVILLE
NORTH-BURLINGTON.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Effie J. Triantafilopoulos. PC. Oakville North-Burlington."

Triantafilopoulos is in her fifties, with long straight black hair. She wears a navy blazer over a black shirt.

She says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD.

Interjection: WHAT A
GUY.

Triantafilopoulos says FOR 15 YEARS THE LIBERALS
RECKLESSLY SPENT TAXPAYERS'
MONEY ON PET PROJECT AND
SCANDALS WHICH RESULTED IN
MILLIONS... HUNDREDS OF
MILLIONS EVERY DOLLARS OF
TAXPAYER MONEY BEING WASTED.
THEIR OUT-OF-CONTROL
SPENDING PUT THEIR PUBLIC
SERVICES AT RISK.
THEY SHOWED A COMPLETE LACK
OF RESPECT FOR THE HARD
WORKING MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE
TAX MONEY THEY SQUANDERED.
YESTERDAY THE SUNSHINE LIST
WAS RELEASED AND IT SHOWED
THAT UNDER THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC
SECTOR WAGES HAVE FAR
OUTPACED PRIVATE SECTOR
WAGES.
IT'S UNFAIR THAT THE AVERAGE
ONTARIAN IS EARNING FAR LESS
BUT IS BEING EXPECTED TO PAY
FAR MORE TO... RAPIDLY
GROWING SALARIES.
CAN THE PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD INFORM THE
HOUSE WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT
DOING TO RESTORE
SUSTAINABILITY,
ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPECT
FOR TAXPAYER MONEY?

The Speaker says PRESIDENT OF
THE TREASURY BOARD.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU, M.P.P.
TRIANTAFILOPOULOS FOR THE
GREAT...

[APPLAUSE]

Bethlenfalvy says WHEN YOU'VE GOT A NAME LIKE
BETHLENFALVY.
OUR GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED
ON A PROMISE TO GET SPENDING
UNDER CONTROL AND REPAIR THE
DAMAGE THAT WAS LEFT BY THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 2003, THE
NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THE
SUNSHINE LIST HAS GROWN FROM
20,000 TO OVER 150,000.
THAT'S ALMOST 20 OU OR A
600 percent INCREASE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO
ENSURE THE RESPONSIBILITY
FOR TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS, AND
THAT'S WHY WE'VE TAKEN STEPS
IMMEDIATELY, UPON GETTING
ELECTED.
FOR EXAMPLE WE FROZE
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.
WE FROZE EXTERNAL... IN THE
PUBLIC SERVICE.
NOW WE REQUIRE ALL AGENCIES
TO GET APPROVAL FOR
BARGAINING MANDATES.
WE ARE PLACING RELIABILITY
AND THE TAXPAYER AT THE
CENTRE OF EVERYTHING WE DO,
MR. SPEAKER, AND WE ARE
PUTTING IN PLACE STRUCTURES
THAT CREATE A CULTURE OF
ACCOUNTABILITY AND
EFFICIENCY.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Triantafilopoulos says SPEAKER, IT'S GREAT TO
HEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND
THE PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD ARE TAKING
DECISIVE ACTION TO ENSURE
THAT TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING
TO THE FRONT-LINE SERVICES
THAT ONTARIANS DEPEND ON.
LIKE MOST ONTARIANS, IT'S
DEEPLY TROUBLING TO THE
CONSTITUENTS OF MY RIDING OF
OAKVILLE NORTH-BURLINGTON TO
KNOW THAT BECAUSE OF THE
TAX-AND SPEND LIBERALS,
ONTARIO IS NOW THE MOST
INDEBTED SUB SOVEREIGN
JURISDICTION ON THE PLANET.

Interjection: SHAME.

Triantafilopoulos says BECAUSE OF THE FEEBLE
LEADERSHIP AND RECKLESS
OVERSPENDING OF THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, WE WERE
LEFT WITH A 15 BILLION DOLLARS DEFICIT.
THIS IS SHAMEFUL.

Interjection: IT
REALLY IS.

Triantafilopoulos says THE RESULT OF THE
SUNSHINE LIST, PUBLISHED
YESTERDAY, SHOW US AREAS OF
CLEAR OVERSPENDING.
CAN THE PRESIDENT TELL US
WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING
TO FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE AND
ELIMINATE RECKLESS
GOVERNMENT SPENDING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PRESIDENT OF
TREASURY BOARD.

Bethlenfalvy says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU AGAIN I THANK MY
COLLEAGUE FOR THAT QUESTION
AND SHE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
WE'VE GOT TO ENSURE THAT WE
SUPPORT THE FRONT LINES OF
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WHO
SUPPORT THE PATIENTS AND THE
PEOPLE IN THIS GREAT
PROVINCE, AND NOT
NECESSARILY THE PAPER
PUSHERS.
LET ME TELL YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT,
THE PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES
MADE 33 percent MORE THAN THE
AVERAGE ONTARIO WORKER.
33 percent MORE.
DISPARITY IS INDICATIVE OF
THE UNSUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
OF THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT, A GOVERNMENT
WHICH SADDLED THE PEOPLE AND
FUTURE GENERATIONS AS THE
MEMBER MENTIONED OF 347
BILLION DOLLARS, MR. SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS BEING...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Bethlenfalvy says COMMITTED TO BEING
ACCOUNTABLE TO THE TAXPAYERS
OF THIS PROVINCE.

Interjection: HEAR,
HEAR!

Bethlenfalvy says I KNOW THIS IS VERY
TROUBLING TO THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT TO HEAR
ALL THIS.
THAT'S WHY...

The Speaker says I ASK THE
MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH TO
COME TO ORDER.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
EAST-STONEY CREEK.

[APPLAUSE]

[Cheers]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
STOP THE CLOCK.

Interjection: YAY!

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE WILL COME TO ORDER.

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says START THE CLOCK.
MEMBER FOR HAMILTON EAST
STONEY Creak.

The caption changes to "Paul Miller. NDP. Hamilton East-Stoney Creek."

Miller is in his late forties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair parted in the middle. He wears a black suit, teal shirt, and striped gray and white tie.

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.
TENANTS IN HANDLE MILTON ARE
BEING SQUEEZE... SQUEEZED
OUT BY LANDLORDS WHO ABUSE
THE RULES TO SEEK RENT
INCREASES THAT ARE HIGHER
THAN THE GUIDELINE.
LAST NIGHT, THE CITY OF
HAMILTON APPROVED FUNDING
FOR A TENANT DEFENCE FUND TO
HELP TENANTS DEFEND
THEMSELVES AGAINST UNETHICAL
PRACTICES.
DOES THE MINISTER THINK IT
IS FAIR THAT TENANTS SHOULD
BE FORCED TO TURN TO THE
CITY OF HAMILTON TO GET THE
PROTECTION THAT THIS
PROVINCE IS SUPPOSED TO
PROVIDE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER...

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

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

He says THANKS, SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THAT
QUESTION.
WE'RE OBVIOUSLY VERY
CONCERNED ABOUT A NUMBER OF
ISSUES IN THE HOUSING SPACE.
THAT'S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT
BEGAN CONSULTATIONS ON THE
HOUSING ACTION PLAN TO
REMIND MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
WE ASKED FOR SUGGESTIONS ON
FIVE THEMES, COST, SPEED,
MIX, INNOVATION AND ALSO
RENT.
WE RECEIVED OVER 2,000
SUBMISSIONS.
I HAVE TO TELL YOU, SPEAKER,
THROUGH YOU TO THE MEMBER,
THAT OVER 85 percent OF THOSE
SUBMISSIONS WERE FROM THE
GENERAL PUBLIC SO THERE WAS
A WIDE VARIETY OF OPINION.
WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THOSE
CONSULTATIONS AND MOVE THEM
FORWARD INTO A PIECE OF
LEGISLATION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says HOUSING SUPPLY ACTION
PLAN.
I TAKE THE CONCERNS OF
MEMBERS, EVERY MEMBER OF
THIS HOUSE VERY SERIOUSLY
AND I CAN ASSURE THEM THAT
COMMENTS LIKE THAT WILL BE
TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION AS
WE MOVE FORWARD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Miller says THANK YOU.
LANDLORDS ARE USING
UNETHICAL TACTICS, MINISTER,
TO SQUEEZE OUT TENANTS.
BECAUSE ONCE THE TENANT IS
GONE, THEY CAN JACK UP THE
RENT TO WHATEVER THEY
PLEASE.
THE MINISTER COULD PROTECT
THESE TENANTS, BUT INSTEAD
HE ACTUALLY WANTS TO MAKE IT
EASIER FOR LANDLORDS TO
EVICT TENANTS.
AND NOW THE CITY OF HAMILTON,
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, HAS BEEN
FORCED TO STEP IN TO GIVE
TENANTS THE PROTECTION THE
MINISTER AND THIS GOVERNMENT
REFUSES TO PROVIDE.
WHY IS THIS MINISTER WILLING
TO PROTECT LANDLORDS BUT NOT
TENANTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Clark says SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO
THE MEMBER.
THE MEMBER'S INCORRECT.
HE'S REFERENCING THE
"TORONTO STAR'S" STORY.
THERE IS NOTHING THAT STORY
THAT IS BEFORE ME AS A PIECE
OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION.
IN FACT, SPEAKER, I'VE SAID
THE OPPOSITE.
I HAVE INDICATED A NUMBER OF
TIMES, AND I'M WORKING WITH
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON SOME
OF THE CHALLENGES THAT ARE
FACING THE LANDLORD TENANT
BOARD.
THERE IS A BACKLOG OBVIOUSLY
IN SOME OF THOSE CASES, AND
OUR GOVERNMENT IS VERY, VERY
CONCERNED ABOUT THAT.
SO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT
ISSUES AND OPTIONS TO MAKE
IT EASIER FOR THE SYSTEM TO
GO FORWARD, TO HELP
STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS BUT
AT THE SAME TIME RECOGNIZE...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says HARD TO BE A LANDLORD.
THERE ARE SOME DIFFICULTIES.
BUT THAT'S THE BALANCE,
SPEAKER, BETWEEN TENANT
PROTECTION AND SOME OF THE
OTHER ISSUES ON THE TABLE.
AGAIN...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR SAULT Ste. MARIE.

The caption changes to "Ross Romano. PC. Sault Ste. Marie."

Romano is in his forties, with short gray hair and a stubble. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and black tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY.
LIKE MANY ONTARIANS, I WAS
EXCITED TO LEARN ABOUT THE
SUCCESSFUL RELOCATION OF...
FROM ONTARIO TO IDLE ROYALE
NATIONAL PARK IN MICHIGAN.
OUR GOVERNMENT KEEPS THE
CONSERVATION OF OUR NATURAL
RESOURCES SERIOUSLY...
TAKES... AND WAS ABLE TO
RESTORE A HEALTHY POPULATION
OF WOLVES TO ISLE ROYALE.
ONTARIO HAS AN IMPORTANT
TRADING RELATIONSHIP WITH
THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, AND
THIS OPERATION WILL
STRENGTHEN OUR BOND.
CAN THE MINISTER INFORM THE
HOUSE ON HOW THIS OPERATION
WAS CARRIED OUT AND HOW THE
WOLVES ARE ADAPTING TO THEIR
NEW HOME IN MICHIGAN?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK OUR GREAT
MEMBER FROM SAULT Ste. MARIE
FOR THAT EXCELLENT QUESTION.
THIS WAS WHAT YOU CALL A
WIN-WIN, A REALLY, REALLY
GREAT OPERATION THAT WE
WORKED TOGETHER ON.
ANNOUNCED BY OUR PREMIER AND
THE GOVERNOR... GOVERNOR OF
MICHIGAN MY MINISTRY WORKED
WITH THE UNITED STATES PARK
SERVICE TO IDENTIFY ONTARIO
WOLVES ON MITCH PA COTTON
ISLAND.
BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO
ISLE ROYALE, THE WOLVES WERE
EXAMINED BY VETERINARIANS
AND FOUND TO BE IN GOOD
HEALTH.
HOWEVER, THESE WOLVES
SUFFERED FROM A LACK OF FOOD
ON MITCH PA COTTON AND
RELOCATION GIVES THEM AN
EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO
THRIVE.
ISLE ROYALE HAS AN
OVERPOPULATION OF MOOSE
PUTTING STRESS ON VEGETATION
AND ECOSYSTEM.
SO THIS IS A PERFECT MATCH.
THEY HAVE OVERPOPULATION OF
MOOSE AND WE HAVE WOLVES
THAT NEEDED TO BE RELOCATED.
IN THE WORDS OF MARK ROMANCEKY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yakabuski says THE PARK'S NATURAL
RESOURCES DIVISION CHIEF...
THESE WOLVES WILL ALMOST
CERTAINLY KNOW WHAT TO DO
WHEN THEY ENCOUNTER A MOOSE.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Romano says THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR
THAT ANSWER, MR. SPEAKER.
I SHARE THE MINISTER'S...
EXCUSE ME.
I SHARE THE MINISTER'S
CONFIDENCE THAT OUR WOLVES
WILL HAVE NO ISSUES ADAPTING
TO THEIR NEW HOME, BECAUSE
AS THE MEDIA HAS SAID... AND
THESE ARE AS I QUOTE, ELITE
CANADIAN WOLVES.
IN FACT, I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT
WHEN THESE WOLVES DISCOVER
THE ABUNDANT MOOSE
POPULATIONS ON ISLE ROYALE,
THEY WILL HOWL WITH DELIGHT,
JUST LIKE THE N.D.P. DID FOR
THE LAST 15 YEARS WHENEVER
THE FORMER LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT RAISED TAXES ON
THE BACKS OF HARD-WORKING
ONTARIANS.
FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, BACK
TO THE MINISTER.
COULD HE CONFIRM HOW MANY
WOLVES WERE RELOCATED AS
PART OF THIS OPERATION AND
PLEASE EXPAND ON HOW THE
RELOCATION WILL BENEFIT
ONTARIANS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yakabuski says WELL, I THANK THE MEMBER
AGAIN FOR THE SUPPLEMENTARY
AS WELL.
AND HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
THE WOLVES THAT WERE
TRANSPORTED ARE HIGH,
HIGH-QUALITY WOLVES.
IN FACT AN ALPHA MALE AND
ALPHA FEMALE WERE PART OF
THAT RELOCATION.
WE'VE HEARD, AND AS FAR AS
OUR GOVERNMENT ATTACKING
OTHER ISSUES WITH RESPECT TO
OUR CO-OPERATION WITH
MICHIGAN, WE'VE HEARD THE
TERM DEFICIT HAWK IN
POLITICS BEFORE BUT IN OUR
GOVERNMENT I BELIEVE WE HAVE
A CAUCUS OF DEFICIT WOLVES.
AND WE WILL BE FEROCIOUS IN
RESPECTING TAXPAYERS'
DOLLARS AND PUTTING ONTARIO
BACK ON A RESPONSIBLE TRACK
TO BALANCE.
FOR EXAMPLE, THE 11 WOLVES
THAT WERE RELOCATED WAS
FUNDED BY THE UNITED STATES
PARK SERVICE AND PRIVATE
DONORS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yakabuski says THERE WAS NOT A SINGLE
PENNY OF COST TO ONTARIO
TAXPAYERS.
WE ALSO COLLABORATE WITH
MICHIGAN TO PROTECT OUR
WATERWAYS FROM INVASIVE
SPECIES AND TO COMBAT FOREST
FIRES THROUGH THE GREAT
LAKES FOREST COMPACT.
THE PREMIER RECENTLY VISITED
THE TRIAUTO SHOW TO PROMOTE
ONTARIO, AND WE LOOK FORWARD
TO INCREASING 64 BILLION DOLLARS IN
TWO-WAY TRADE AS WE MAKE
ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Watch: Question Period: Thursday, March 28, 2019