Transcript: Question Period: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | Apr 04, 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.
IT IS NOW TIME FOR QUESTION
PERIOD.
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 black blazer over a floral print blouse.

She says SPEAKER,
MY QUESTION'S TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY AT COMMITTEE,
MEMBERS HEARD FROM SOME OF
THE THOUSANDS OF ONTARIANS
WORRIED ABOUT THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S PLANS TO CREATE
A MEGA HEALTH BUREAUCRACY
AND OPEN THE DOOR TO
PRIVATIZATION.
IN HIS TESTIMONY, MICHAEL
SHERER THE PRESIDENT AND
C.E.O. OF CANCER CARE
ONTARIO SAID THAT AGENCY WAS
NOT EVEN CONSULTED ON THE
GOVERNMENT'S LEGISLATION.

Interjection:
INCREDIBLE.

Horwath says AND THAT
THEY FIRST HEARD OF THE
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN THROUGH
THE MEDIA.
THE GOVERNMENT PRAISED THE
WORK OF CANCER CARE ONTARIO.
WHY THE HECK WERE THEY NOT
CONSULTED, SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says DEPUTY
PREMIER.
OR ACTING PREMIER, SORRY.

The Acting Premier says THANK YOU.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE 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 blue suit, white shirt, and silver tie.

He says THANKS.
THANKS, SPEAKER, AND THANKS
TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR
THE QUESTION.
OBVIOUSLY THAT THE
INDIVIDUAL THAT THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE HAS REFERRED TO HAD
THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR AT
COMMITTEE YESTERDAY AND
WE'VE HAD A COUPLE OF DAYS
OF COMMITTEE HEARINGS OF THE
SOCIAL POLICY COMMITTEE ON
THE HEALTH CARE BILL, BILL
74, WHICH WAS BROUGHT
FORWARD.
I JUST WANT TO ADD A LITTLE
CONTEXT HERE, BECAUSE WHAT
THE HOUSE LEADER OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION AND WHAT
THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION HAVE ASKED FOR
THIS MORNING IS FOR US TO
HAVE 70,000 DIFFERENT PEOPLE
APPEAR BEFORE COMMITTEE.
I JUST WANT TO PUT THAT INTO
PERSPECTIVE, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Smith says 07,000 PEOPLE BEFORE
COMMITTEE.
THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING
AT, MR. SPEAKER.
THAT WOULD TAKE US WELL OVER
A YEAR TO HEAR IN PERSON
FROM ALL OF THOSE DIFFERENT
PEOPLE.
MANY OF THEM, MANY OF THEM.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Smith says FRIEND OF THE N.D.P. THAT
HAVE FILED THESE
SUBMISSIONS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says IN OUR INBOXES,
MR. SPEAKER.
WHAT WE ARE DOING IS
ALLOWING ANYBODY WHO WANTS
TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN
SUBMISSION ON THE HEALTH
CARE BILL, WE ENCOURAGE THEM
TO DO SO AND THE HEALTH
MINISTRY WILL CONSIDER ALL
OF THEM.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THERE THE
GOVERNMENT GOES, MAKING
STUFF UP AGAIN.
7,000 AT LEAST DOCUMENTS
HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY
COMMITTEE AND THEY ARE NOT
GOING TO BE ABLE TO BE
REVIEWED IN TIME FOR
CLAUSE-BY-CLAUSE.
THAT'S THE WAY THIS
GOVERNMENT IS SHUTTING DOWN
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
FOR WEEKS THE GOVERNMENT HAS
INSISTED THAT ORGANIZATIONS
LIKE CANCER CARE ONTARIO,
FOR EXAMPLE, COULD BE SHUT
DOWN ITSELF WITHOUT ANY
DISRUPTION OF SERVICES.
IN FACT THE MINISTER CLAIMED
YESTERDAY THAT THE NEW
MEGA-AGENCY WOULD LEARN
LESSONS FROM CANCER CARE
ONTARIO.
YET THE ORGANIZATION WAS
VERY CLEAR YESTERDAY.
THEY FIRST HEARD OF THE
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN WHEN THEY
READ ABOUT IT IN THE NEWS.
HOW CAN THE GOVERNMENT CLAIM
THAT THEY'RE GOING TO LEARN
LESSONS FROM CANCER CARE
ONTARIO, SPEAKER, WHEN THEY
CAN'T EVEN BE BOTHERED TO
CONSULT WITH THEM ON THEIR
PLANS IN THE FIRST PLACE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
HOUSE LEADER.

Smith says SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT THE
MEMBER OPPOSITE KNOWS WHAT
HAPPENED ON JUNE 7 LAST
YEAR.
AFTER A LENGTHY CAMPAIGN,
WHERE THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
CHOOSE FOR A PLAN THAT WAS
FOCUSED ON ENDING HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE IN OUR HOSPITALS.
THE ONTARIO P.C. PARTY AND
OUR PREMIER DOUG FORD TO
LEAD THE WAY IN CLEARING
THOSE BACKLOGS TO ENSURE THE
PATIENT CARE THAT PEOPLE
WERE RECEIVING IN ONTARIO
WAS FOCUSED ON THE PATIENT.
THEY DON'T WANT MORE LOG
JAMS HERE AT THE
LEGISLATURE, MR. SPEAKER.
THEY WANT ACTION.
THEY WANT TO ENSURE THAT WE
ARE GETTING RID OF HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE IN ONTARIO.
OUR MINISTER OF HEALTH,
CHRISTINE ELLIOTT, HAS DONE
AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN
PUTTING TOGETHER BILL 74,
WHICH IS GOING TO ACHIEVE
EXACTLY THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says IN THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WANTS
TO STAND IN HER PLACE AND
DEFEND THE LOCAL HEALTH
INTEGRATION NETWORKS, THE
LHINs, SHE CAN DO THAT,
MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE'RE
FOCUSED ON ENDING HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE IN ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION TO
DOT FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.
I REMIND ALL MEMBERS AS IS
OUR CONVENTION TO REFER TO
EACH OTHER BY OUR MINISTRY
NAMES IF APPLICABLE OR OUR
RIDING NAME SES, NOT OUR
PERSONAL NAMES.
START THE CLOCK.
FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
WHAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW IS
THEY WERE ELECTING A
GOVERNMENT THAT THINKS
IT'S-HOUR TO TAKE AWAY THEIR
VOICE AND PARTICIPATION IN
THEIR OWN DEMOCRACY.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says THAT PARTY OVER THERE DIDN'T
HELP.
AT EVERY TURN, THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS TRIED TO SHUT
PEOPLE OUT.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WERE
DENIED A CHANCE TO APPEAR AT
THE COMMITTEE.
WE KNOW THAT.
ALMOST 1,600 PEOPLE.
1594 PEOPLE DENIED A SPOT AT
COMMITTEE.
THE MINISTER INSISTS THEY
CAN MAKE WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS
THE OTHER DAY, BUT THOUSANDS
OF PEOPLE WHO TOOK THE
MINISTER AT HER WORD ARE NOW
LEARNING THAT THE GOVERNMENT
WON'T EVEN GIVE THE
COMMITTEE TIME TO READ
THROUGH THOSE SUBMISSIONS
BEFORE RAMMING THROUGH THEIR
CHANGES.
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT STOP
PLOWING AHEAD WITH THEIR
MEGA BUREAUCRACY HEALTH
PRIVATIZATION BILL AND TAKE
THE TIME TO SEE AND HEAR THE
LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF
ONTARIANS WHO HAVE SERIOUS
WITH THEIR HEALTH CARE
SCHEME?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER TO
REPLY.

Smith says SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
FOR THE PEOPLE COMMITTED
DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN
THAT WE WOULD END HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE IN ONTARIO AND
WE'RE FULLY COMMITTED TO
FOLLOWING THROUGH ON THAT
PROMISE.
THERE WERE 1,500 REQUESTS TO
APPEAR AT COMMITTEE.
1,500 REQUESTS TO APPEAR AT
COMMITTEE.
DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG THAT
WOULD TAKE US TO GET THROUGH
THAT PROCESS OF HEARING FROM
THEM DIRECTLY?
IT WOULD TAKE US 50 WEEKS.
IT WOULD TAKE US A FULL YEAR
OF INACTION ON THIS FRONT.
IF THE N.D.P. WANT TO
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE
STATUS QUO OR THE LIBERAL
POLICIES OF THE PAST,
THEY'RE ENTITLED TO DO THAT
BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO
THAT ON THIS SIDE OF THE
HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE ACTING TO END HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE IN ONTARIO.
OF THE 7,000 THAT WERE
WRITTEN TO US, THE VAST
MAJORITY OF THESE WRITTEN
SUBMISSIONS CAME FROM AN
N.D.P. UNION-LED WRITE-IN
CAMPAIGN.
THESE ARE THEIR FRIENDS
TRYING TO BLOCK OUR
TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says TO THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR
THAT IS GOING TO ENSURE THAT
WE END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE
AND HAVE A PATIENT-CENTERED
APPROACH TO DELIVERING
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE...

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says SPEAKER,
THANK YOU.
MY NEXT QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION, BUT I
WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT, YOU
KNOW, PEOPLE THINK THAT GOOD
GOVERNMENT MEANS YOU LISTEN
TO FOLKS AND YOU HAVE A
DEMOCRACY.
I DON'T THINK THAT'S WHAT WE
HAVE IN THIS GOVERNMENT AND
IT'S VERY, VERY
DISAPPOINTING TO MANY, MANY,
MANY ONTARIANS.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says TOMORROW THOUSANDS OF
STUDENTS WILL BE WALKING OUT
OF CLASSES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ACROSS ONTARIO.
THEY'RE TAKING THIS DRAMATIC
STEP FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON.
THEY FEEL THEIR EDUCATION
AND THEIR FUTURE IS AT RISK.
CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN TO
STUDENTS AND TO YOUNG PEOPLE
ACROSS ONTARIO WHY THE FORD
GOVERNMENT THINKS EDUCATION
CUTS THAT WILL MEAN LARGER
CLASSROOMS, MASSIVE TEACHER
LAYOFFS, ELIMINATION OF ARTS
AND MUSIC PROGRAMS AND
ELIMINATION OF TECH AND
TRADE PROGRAMS MAKE STUDENTS
MORE RESILIENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

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

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

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO
REPLY BACK TO THE LEADER OF
THE OPPOSITION IS THAT SHE
IS WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.
AND WRONG AGAIN WITH ALL THE
FEAR MONGERING AND ALL THE
ACCUSATIONS THAT SHE AND HER
SUPPORTERS ARE TRYING TO
MAKE THE STUDENTS EMBRACE.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK IS
REALLY SHAMEFUL IS THE FACT
THAT WE SHOULD BE
CELEBRATING THE FACT THAT WE
HAVE 72,000 STUDENTS,
PARENTS, TEACHERS, CONCERNED
CITIZENS PARTICIPATE IN THE
LARGEST CONSULTATION IN THE
EDUCATION HISTORY OF
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS THAT IS WHERE IT'S THE
PROPER FORUM TO HAVE THEIR
VOICES HEARD.
WE ARE CONTINUING FOR THE
CONSULTATION RIGHT NOW
THROUGH TO MAY 31st.
AND I ENCOURAGE ALL TEACHERS,
ALL STUDENTS AND ALL
PARENTS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says AND SCHOOL BOARDS TO MAKE
SURE THAT THEY EMBRACE THE
OPPORTUNITIES TO HAVE THEIR
VOICES PROPERLY HEARD IN THE
CURRENT CONSULTATION THAT WE
HAVE GOING THROUGH TO MAY
31st.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL, SPEAKER, IT IS THE
MINISTER WHO IS WRONG, WRONG,
WRONG.
IT'S NOT JUST STUDENTS
SOUNDING THE ALARM BELL.
SCHOOL BOARDS ARE ECHOING
THEIR CONCERNS.
IN HASTINGS, IN PRINCE
EDWARD COUNTY, THE BOARD
WROTE THE MINISTER TO SAY
THAT WE ARE PARTICULARLY
ALARMED BY CHANGES TO CLASS
SIZES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
THE CHAIR OF THE TORONTO
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD WROTE
TO EXPRESS HER DEEP CONCERN
ABOUT THE MAGNITUDE OF
PERMANENT TEACHER
REDUCTIONS.
THEY'RE PRETTY CLEAR.
THESE CHANGES WILL NOT MAKE
KIDS MORE RESILIENT.
THESE CHANGES WILL DAMAGE
THEIR EDUCATION AND SHORT
CHANGE THEIR FUTURE.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT,
COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says WHY IS
THE MINISTER NOT LISTENING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO
REPLY.

Thompson says SPEAKER, WHAT I CAN SAY
IS THE DRAMA CLAUSES THAT
THE... CLASSES THAT THE
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION ARE
ENROLLED IN ARE MAY BE
PAYING.

[APPLAUSE]

[UNCLEAR]

Thompson says ONTARIO STANDING
UP FOR STUDENTS.
WE'RE LISTENING TO PARENTS
AND WE'RE STANDING UP WITH
TEACHERS AS WELL.
BUT WITH REGARDS TO TOMORROW,
SPEAKER, WITH REGARDS TO
TOMORROW, I WANT TO BE VERY
SERIOUS HERE.
WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT
SCHOOL BOARDS, AS WELL AS
TEACHERS, UNDERSTAND THE
RESPONSIBILITY THEY HAVE TO
PARENTS TO MAKE SURE
WHATEVER HAPPENS TOMORROW,
THEY KEEP THEIR STUDENTS
SAFE.
CLASSROOMS SHOULD BE A PLACE
FOR LEARNING.

Interjection:
EXACTLY.

Thompson says NOT FOR PUSHING
IDEOLOGIES AND NONSENSE AND
FEAR MONGERING.
SO, AGAIN...

The Speaker says OP SCISSION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says INVITE ALL STUDENTS AND
PARENTS AND TEACHERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says TO ENGAGE WITH ME IN THE
PROPER MANNER.
WE HAVE A CONSULTATION OPEN
RIGHT NOW TO MAY 31st.
I WELCOME YOUR INPUT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
MEMBERS TAKE THEIR SEATS.
ORDER.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
APPARENTLY THE MINISTER HAS...
READ THE LETTER SO I'M GOING
TO SEND THEM OVER BY MIRREN
PAGE SO SHE CAN LOOK AT THE
REAL FACTS IN TERMS OF THE
DAMAGE HER CHANGES TO
EDUCATION ARE GOING TO DO.
PARENTS ARE ALSO STANDING
WITH THEIR CHILDREN AS THEY
STAND UP FOR THEIR
EDUCATION.
ONE SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
PUT IT WELL IN A LETTER TO
THE MINISTER AND I QUOTE...
YOUR GOVERNMENT RAN ON THE
PLATFORM FOR THE PEOPLE.
HOWEVER, BY TARGETING PUBLIC
EDUCATION TO BALANCE THE
BUDGET, YOU HAVE SHOWN US
THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT
INCLUDED IN THE PEOPLE FOR
WHOM YOUR GOVERNMENT CLAIMS
TO BE WORKING.
THE FORD GOVERNMENT CLAIMS
THEY'RE MAKING STUDENTS
RESILIENT.
REALLY?
THEY ARE LEAVING OUR KIDS
BEHIND.
AGAIN, ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT MAKING CHANGES TO
EDUCATION THAT LEAVES OUR
KIDS BEHIND.
THEY DID DAMAGE LAST TIME
THEY WERE IN GOVERNMENT.
THEY'RE DOING THE SAME
DAMAGE AGAIN.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Horwath says WILL THIS
MINISTER LISTEN TO THE
THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
PROTESTING TOMORROW AND STOP
HER PLANS FOR THE CUTS TO
THE CLASSROOM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says WE'RE JUST
OVER 10 MINUTES INTO
QUESTION PERIOD.
THAT MEANS WE'VE GOT 50
MINUTES TO GO.

Interjection: ALL RIGHT.

The Speaker says I COULD
BARELY HEAR THE LEADER OF
THE OPPOSITION'S QUESTION.
I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HEAR
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION'S
QUESTION.
I WOULD ASK MEMBERS ON BOTH
SIDES OF THE HOUSE TO COME
TO ORDER AND ALLOW US TO BE
ABLE TO HEAR EACH OTHER AS
WE DEBATE THESE IMPORTANT
ISSUES.
START THE CLOCK.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

Thompson says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND TO THE PEOPLE WATCHING,
I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY
WATCHING.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says AND IN THE HOUSE TODAY THAT
IT'S THE PARTY OPPOSITE.
THE OPPOSITION PARTY 97 percent OF
THE TIME PROPPED UP A
LIBERAL ADMINISTRATION THAT
ABSOLUTELY PUT THE EDUCATION
SYSTEM IN ONTARIO INTO CHAOS.
THAT PARTY ACROSS THE HALL
FROM ME FAILED OUR STUDENTS.
AND SO WHAT ARE WE
TARGETING?
WE'RE TARGETING THE MESSAGES
THAT WE HEARD FROM PARENTS
LOUD AND CLEAR.
WE'RE TARGETING GETTING BACK
TO THE BASICS.
WE'RE TARGETING FUND AMOUNT
ALLEGES.
WE'RE LOOKING AT MATH,
LOOKING AT SCIENCE, LOOKING
AT TECHNOLOGY.
WE'RE EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY
FOR GOOD AND GUESS WHAT,
SPEAKER?
EMPLOYERS OF PARENTS AND
STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ARE
EMBRACING THAT BECAUSE WE'RE
INVESTING IN JOB SKILLS.
WE'RE INVESTING IN LIFE
SKILLS.
WE'RE INVESTING NOT ONLY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says IN OUR STUDENTS BUT OUR
TEACHERS AS WELL.
LATER TODAY I'LL NEVER BE SO
PROUD WHEN WE SEE BILL 48...

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE
CLASSROOMS BECOME LAW.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS TAKE THEIR SEATS.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR KITCHENER CENTRE.

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

Lindo is in her thirties, with long highlighted hair in thin dreads. She wears a black blazer, black and white shirt, and a bead necklace.

She says THANKS MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
THE UPPER GRAND DISTRICT
SCHOOL BOARD HAS ISSUED
LAYOFF NOTICES TO 54
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
DUE TO A LOSS OF FUNDING AND
PROGRAMMING.
THIS IS WHAT THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S ATTACK ON
EDUCATION IN ONTARIO HAS
DONE.
THERE WILL BE FEWER ADULTS
IN OUR SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS
WILL NO LONGER HAVE ACCESS
TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
THAT THEY ONCE ENJOYED.
THE FORD GOVERNMENT'S
EDUCATION THAT WORKS FOR
YOUTH SCHEME IS A FARCE.
SINCE IT'S NOT WORKING FOR
THE STUDENTS AND IT'S NOT
WORKING FOR THE TEACHERS,
WHO WAS THIS PLAN REALLY
DESIGNED TO WORK FOR?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I'M REALLY GLAD TO HAVE
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO STAND
IN THIS HOUSE AND TO
ACTUALLY REMIND EVERYBODY IN
THIS HOUSE THAT WHAT WE'RE
HEARING COMES FROM SCHOOL
BOARDS RIGHT NOW IS NORMAL,
ROUTINE ANNUAL PRACTICE.
AND IF THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
ACTUALLY SPOKE TO ANY OF HER
CAUCUS MEMBERS THAT USED TO
BE SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEES,
YOU WOULD KNOW FULL WELL
THAT THIS IS A NORMAL
STANDARD PRACTICE TO ISSUE
NOTICES IN TERMS OF THE
NUMBER OF LOCAL FACTORS THAT
ARE HAPPENING SPECIFICALLY
TO SCHOOL BOARD TO SCHOOL
BOARD.
AND I MIGHT REMIND EVERYBODY
THAT, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE
FIRST WE HEARD OF THIS WAS
BACK ON MARCH 6 WHEN THAMES
VALLEY DISTRICT ACTUALLY
REPORTED IN THE NEWSPAPER
THAT... THEY SAID, YOU KNOW,
WE DON'T ANTICIPATE ANY
ACTUAL JOB LOSSES AT THE END
OF THE DAY AFTER WE ISSUE
SURPLUSES BECAUSE OF
RETIREMENTS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says RESIGNATIONS, EXCUSE ME,
AND REDEPLOYMENT.
THIS IS NORMAL, ANNUAL,
STANDARD PRACTICE.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Lindo says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, SCHOOL BOARD
OFFICIALS FOR THE GUELPH
REGION HAVE SAID THAT THE
BOARD IS BEING MADE TO
OPERATE WITH LESS PROVINCIAL
DPUNDING.
THE MINISTER'S NEW EDUCATION
PLAN IS DRAGGING ONTARIO IN
THE WRONG DIRECTION.
THE FORD GOVERNMENT CUTS
TRANSLATE TO THOUSANDS OF
FEWER TEACHERS, BIGGER CLASS
SIZE, LESS HELP FOR KIDS,
PARTICULARLY MARGINALIZED
AND UNDERSERVED STUDENTS.
I'M TALKING ABOUT BLACK
STUDENTS, INDIGENOUS
STUDENTS, QUEER STUDENTS,
STUDENTS LIVING WITH AUTISM
AND MANY OTHER STUDENTS THAT
LIVE ON THE MARGINS.
ONTARIO HAS THE OPPORTUNITY
TO HAVE A WORLD-CLASS PUBLIC
EDUCATION SYSTEM.
BUT TO DO THAT WE NEED TO
GIVE OUR CHILDREN MORE
OPPORTUNITIES, NOT LESS.
SPEAKER, WHEN WILL THIS
GOVERNMENT STOP CUTTING THE
BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF
CHILDREN AND TEACHERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Thompson says BACK TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE.

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

Thompson says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
RIGHT BACK TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE, I WOULD LIKE TO
SAY WHEN IS YOUR PARTY GOING
TO STOP FEAR MONGERING ONCE
AND FOR ALL?
CLEARLY, CLEARLY, SPEAKER,
THAT IS ALL THAT THEY'RE
TRYING TO FOSTER ON THEIR
SIDE OF THE HOUSE.
AND QUITE FRANKLY I THINK
IT'S SHAMEFUL, BECAUSE AGAIN
IF THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
ACTUALLY WAS TUNED INTO THE
MEDIA COVERAGE OF WHAT WAS
HAPPENING WITH THE UPPER
GRAND, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN
WOULD HAVE SEEN ONE OF THE
LEADERSHIP FROM THE LOCAL
ORGANIZATION SAYING THAT
THIS IS NORMAL, ORDINARY
ROUTINE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS
AND WHEN ALL THE CHIPS FALL
AFTER THE SURPLUS NOTICES
ARE GIVEN AND ALL THE
RESIGNATIONS, REDEPLOYMENTS
AND RETIREMENTS FALL INTO
PLACE, THEY'RE HOPEFUL THAT
EVERYBODY WILL HAVE A JOB.
AGAIN TO THE PEOPLE WATCHING,
DON'T LET THIS OPPOSITION
PARTY FEAR MONGER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says AND CAUSE YOU TO STAY
AWAY FROM THE FACTS.
THE REALITY IS...

[INTERJECTIONS]

Thompson says THE
REALITY IS THEY'RE DOING
NOTHING BUT FEAR MONGERING
AND WHAT WE'RE HEARING IN
THE NEWS TODAY.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says ANNUAL...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
HALDIMAND-NORFOLK.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Toby Barrett. PC. Haldimand-Norfolk."

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

He says QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER
OFING A CAN CULTURE FOOD AND
RURAL AFFAIRS.
SPEAKER, AS WE ALL KNOW THIS
PAST MONDAY, APRIL 1st, THE
JOB-KILLING
RECESSION-CAUSING FEDERAL
CARBON TAXES COME INTO
EFFECT.
FARMERS IN MY RIDING HAVE
TOLD ME TIME AND TIME AGAIN
THAT THIS CARBON TAX IS
GOING TO RAISE THE COST OF
EVERYTHING FROM FIELD TO
FORK.
SO FROM FARMERS, PROCESSORS,
RETAILERS, CONSUMERS,
FEDERAL CARBON TAX IS GOING
TO MAKE US MORE EXPENSIVE TO
GROW THE FOOD WE ALL ENJOY
AND MORE EXPENSIVE FOR
CONSUMERS TO BUY THAT SAME
FOOD.
CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN TO
THIS HOUSE WHAT THIS
GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO
OPPOSE THE FEDERAL CARBON
TAX, THE TRUDEAU CARBON TAX,
AND OFFER A REAL PLAN TO
FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND TO THE MEMBER FROM
HALDIMAND-NORFOLK, I
RECENTLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
TO HOST THE PREMIER AND THE
MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT,
CONSERVATION AND PARKS IN MY
RIDING TO DISCUSS THE
IMPACTS OF THE FEDERAL
CARBON TAX WITH THE LEADERS
OF OUR AGRICULTURE
COMMUNITY.
I'VE HEARD TIME AND TIME
AGAIN FROM OUR FARMERS AND
LEADERS OF THE AGRIBUSINESS
THAT THE FEDERAL CARBON
ATTACKS WILL STIFLE
INNOVATION AND GROWTH.
IT WILL CAUSE A SIGNIFICANT
INCREASE IN COSTS FROM
HEATING FUELS TO
TRANSPORTATION COSTS, FROM
GASOLINE TO DIESEL FUEL.
OUR GOVERNMENT BROUGHT
FORWARD A MADE-IN-ONTARIO
PLAN THAT IS FOCUSED ON
STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE
BETWEEN A HEALTHY ECONOMY
AND A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.
OUR PLAN WILL REDUCE WASTE
AND LITTER, GIVE
MUNICIPALITIES A SAY IN THE
LOCATION OF LANDFILLS, AND
ENSURE WE DO OUR PART IN
REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS
EMISSIONS.
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS A PLAN
TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT
AND SUPPORT OUR FARMERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Hardeman says WITHOUT PROPOSING A TAX
OF ANY KIND.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Barrett says YOU KNOW, THIS NEWLY
IMPOSED FEDERAL CARBON TAX,
IT NOT ONLY AFFECTS FARMERS.
IT ALSO AFFECTS SENIORS IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
LIVING ON A FIXED INCOME,
SENIORS NEED TO MAKE EVERY
DOLLAR COUNT AND THE CARBON
TAX THREATENS THE DAY-TO-DAY
BUDGET THEY TRY TO STICK TO.
SPEAKER, THE FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS
CONFIRMED THE FEDERAL CARBON
TAX WILL COST THE AMPLE
ONTARIO HOUSEHOLD 648 A
YEAR IN ADDITION BY 2022.
OUR SENIORS HAVE WORKED HARD
FOR DECADES.
THEY DESERVE TO ENJOY A
HEALTHY AND A COMFORTABLE
LIFESTYLE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED
THAT PRESSURES CAUSED BY THE
FEDERAL CARBON TAX WILL HAVE
A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THAT
QUALITY OF LIFE THAT OUR
SENIORS ENJOY.
MY QUESTION, AND PERHAPS.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Barrett says MINISTER COULD EXPLAIN TO
THIS HOUSE HOW THE CARBON
TAX WILL AFFECT OUR SENIORS.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL
AFFAIRS.
I WOULD LIKE TO REFER TO THE
MINISTER OF SENIORS AND
ACCESSIBILITY.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Honourable Raymond Cho. PC. Minister for Seniors and Accessibility."

Cho is in his late fifties, clean-shaven, with short side-parted black hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, lavender shirt, and checkered gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MEMBER FOR RAISING GREAT
QUESTION.
MANY SENIORS LIVE ON THE
FIXED INCOME.
FOR THEM, EVERY DOLLAR
COUNTS.
IT'S NOT REALLY FAIR TO
BURDEN OUR SENIORS WITH
UNNECESSARY TAX.
NOW SENIORS HAVE SPENT MORE
FOR HEATING THEIR HOMES,
GROCERIES AND GAS DUE TO THE
FEDERAL CARBON TAX.
THIS WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE
IMPACT OF THE QUALITY OF
LIFE OF OUR SENIORS AND
THAT'S WHY I'M STANDING UP
TO FIGHT FOR OUR SENIORS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
CAN RESTART THE CLOCK.
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 pale blue turban, glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and black tie.

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
IN OPEN LETTER TO THE
MINISTER, THE PEEL DISTRICT
SCHOOL BOARD EXPRESSED
SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE
GOVERNMENT'S EDUCATION
CHANGES.
BECAUSE THERE WILL BE MORE
STUDENTS IN EVERY CLASSROOM
AND FEWER TEACHERS IN EVERY
SCHOOL.
STUDENTS IN BRAMPTON,
MISSISSAUGA AND CALEDON WILL
HAVE FEWER OPTIONS,
INCLUDING COURSES THAT
EXPOSE STUDENTS TO THE
SKILLED TRADES, TO
TECHNOLOGY AND TO RECOVERY
COURSES THAT HELP THE MOST
VULNERABLE STUDENTS COMPLETE
HIGH SCHOOL.
WHY IS THIS MINISTER DENYING
STUDENTS IN BRAMPTON AND THE
PEEL REGION THE OPPORTUNITY
TO LEARN NEW SKILLS AND
GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Thompson says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I STAND IN THE HOUSE TODAY,
AND WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING
SURE THAT WE MAKE SURE OUR
STUDENTS HAVE THE LIFE
SKILLS AND THE JOB SKILLS
THAT PARENTS, EMPLOYERS AND
STUDENTS THEMSELVES ARE
ASKING FOR, WE'RE GETTING IT
RIGHT, SPEAKER.
WE'VE LANDED IN A REALLY
GOOD PLACE.
WE'VE GOTTEN WONDERFUL
RESPONSE WITH REGARDS TO THE
FINANCIAL LITERACY PACKAGE
THAT WE'RE GOING FO TO BE
FOCUSING ON.
WE'RE GETTING IT RIGHT WITH
THE MATH CURRICULUM THAT
WE'LL BE ROLLING OUT AND
PHASING IN OVER THE NEXT
NUMBER OF YEARS.
WE'RE GETTING IT RIGHT WHEN
IT COMES TO HEALTH AND
PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
SPEAKER, EVERYTHING I
ANNOUNCED IN MY PLAN, THE
VISION THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE
SURE OUR STUDENTS FINALLY GO
BACK ON A PATHWAY...

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says HOW EDUCATION WORKS FOR YOU
AND HOW EDUCATION IS GOING
TO WORK FOR STUDENTS AND
ALSO FOR TEACHERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says I MIGHT REMIND EVERYBODY
IN THE HOUSE TODAY THAT WE
FIRST TOOK IMMEDIATE STEPS
LAST SUMMER BY INTRODUCING
BILL 48 AND I BRING IT UP
AGAIN BECAUSE THIS IS THE
PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT
MAKES SENSE FOR EVERY SINGLE
ONE OF US...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Singh says BACK TO THE MINISTER.
BRAMPTON IS ONE OF THE
YOUNGEST AND FASTEST GROWING
CITIES, AND OUR SCHOOLS ARE
ALREADY CHRONICALLY
OVERCROWDED.
OUR YOUTH DESERVE A QUALITY
EDUCATION AND SMALLER CLASS
SIZES.
BUT THE PREMIER'S SCHEME TO
INCREASE CLASS SIZES AND CUT
500 TEACHING JOBS FROM THE
PEEL REGION ALONE WILL TAKE
THINGS FROM BAD TO WORSE.
WILL THE MINISTER ADMIT
TODAY THAT LARGER CLASSES,
FEWER TEACHERS AND LESS
OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS
IS NOT HOW YOU HELP KIDS
BECOME MORE RESILIENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Thompson says THANK YOU.
SPEAKER, I WILL TELL
EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE
TODAY THAT WHAT DOESN'T HELP
STUDENTS IS THE FEAR
MONGERING WE'RE HEARING FROM
EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE
OPPOSITION PARTY.
IT'S ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING.
BECAUSE THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS PEEL REGION, JUST
LIKE EVERY OTHER SCHOOL
BOARD DISTRICT IN THIS
PROVINCE MATTERS, AND
THEY'RE GOING TO BE WORKING
WITH US TO GET IT RIGHT.
AND PEOPLE ARE FINALLY
HAVING HOPE BECAUSE THE FACT
OF THE MATTER IS, THROUGH
OUR CONSULTATION, WE'VE
LISTENED.
AGAIN HEALTH AND PHYSICAL
EDUCATION CURRICULUM.
WE'VE LISTENED AND WE'VE GOT
THAT RIGHT AS WELL.
AGAIN WE'VE LISTENED TO
EMPLOYERS AND WE'RE GOING TO
BE TALKING ABOUT JOB SKILLS
AND LIFE SKILLS.
WHEN WE TALK ABOUT STEM,
THAT'S GOING TO BE THE FOCUS
OF OUR FUNDAMENTALS THAT OUR
STUDENTS REQUIRE GOING
FORWARD.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says TO ADDRESS THE JOBS OF
TODAY AND TOMORROW.
WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE
THEY HAVE A BALANCED
CURRICULUM SO THAT THEY CAN
ENJOY SCHOOL.
THEY HAVE PROGRAMMING AND
CURRICULUM THAT MATTERS TO
THEM.
BUT MOST OF ALL THEY'LL BE
EMPLOYABLE AND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
BARRIE-INNISFIL.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Andrea Khanjin. PC. Barrie-Innisfil."

Khanjin is in her early thirties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears a black blazer over a white blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE GREAT
MINISTER WHO KEEPS BUILDING
UP SUCCESS, THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

[APPLAUSE]

Khanjin says CONGESTION ON OUR ROADS HAS
REAL COST TO BOTH PEOPLE AND
OUR ECONOMY.
PEOPLE STUCK IN GRIDLOCK ARE
TRYING TO GET TO WORK ON
TIME, TRYING TO GET TO
SOCCER PRACTICE OR HOME TO
THEIR FAMILIES.
IT'S FRUSTRATING AND IT'S
STRESSFUL AND IT THE COSTS
THE AVERAGE PERSON 273 PER
WEEK.
THERE IS ALSO ECONOMIC
COSTS.
IF IT TAKES LONGER TO
DELIVER GOODS AND SERVICES,
IT SLOWS DOWN BUSINESSES.
OUR GOVERNMENT, HOWEVER, FOR
THE PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER,
WANTS TO GROW SUCCESS, WANTS
TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND WE
WANT TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE
THAT WE ARE OPEN FOR
BUSINESS.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING
THE FUTURE EASIER FOR HARD
WORKING FAMILIES IN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Khanjin says CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
TELL US ABOUT THE 1.62
BILLION DOLLARS TRANSFORMATIONAL
INVESTMENT FOR COMMUTERS
LIKE THOSE IN BARRIE
INNISFIL AND OUTSIDE THE
G.T.A?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MINISTER...

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 tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE GREAT
MEMBER FOR BARRIE-INNISFIL
FOR THAT QUESTION THIS
MORNING.
MR. SPEAKER, I WAS PLEASED
ON MARCH 26 TO JOIN THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
AND PETERBOROUGH AND AREA
M.P.P.s DAVE SMITH AND DAVID
PICCINI TO ANNOUNCE HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING IN
SMART INFRASTRUCTURE TO
CREATE JOBS AND GROW
ONTARIO'S ECONOMY.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ANNOUNCED
THE OPENING OF THE PUBLIC
TRANSIT STREAM OF THE
INVESTING IN CANADA
INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM.
THIS INTAKE WILL THE UNLOCK
UP TO 1.62 BILLION DOLLARS IN
FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL
FUNDING FORB PUBLIC TRANSIT
PROJECTS OUTSIDE OF THE GTHA.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE
GREAT NEWS TO SHARE.
YESTERDAY WE BEGAN ACCEPTING
PROPOSALS.
THE 85 ELIGIBLE
MUNICIPALITIES NOW HAVE
EIGHT WEEKS TO SUBMIT THEIR
PROJECTS.
THIS INVESTMENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says LOCAL TRANSIT OPTIONS.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, THIS
INVESTMENT WILL CREATE AND
SUSTAIN GOOD JOBS ACROSS
ONTARIO, AND THIS IS AGAIN
OUR COMMITMENT TO ENSURE
THAT ONTARIO'S OPEN FOR JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Khanjin says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THAT
GREAT RESPONSE AND GETTING
HEALTHY COMPETITION AMONGST
OUR MUNICIPALITIES.
I'M SO PLEASED TO SEE OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION
NETWORKS TO GET PEOPLE
MOVING HERE IN ONTARIO.
IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ARE
SUPPORTING MUNICIPALITIES BY
PROVIDING PREDICTABLE AND
SECURE FUNDING THAT
ADDRESSES LOCAL NEEDS.
OUR HIGHWAYS, ROADS AND
BRIDGES ARE VITAL
INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE MUST
MAINTAIN TO KEEP PEOPLE
MOVING AND ALLOWING THEM TO
GET FROM POINT "A" TO "B" AS
EFFICIENTLY AND QUICKLY AS
POSSIBLE.
I KNOW MY COMMUNITY OF
BARRIE-INNISFIL WAS VERY
PLEASED TO HEAR THE FUNDING
ANNOUNCEMENT.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE IS DELIVERING ON OUR
PROMISES TO GET PEOPLE
MOVING FASTER THROUGH NEW
INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING THAT
WILL KEEP AND MAKE OUR
PROVINCE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
AND OPEN FOR JOBS.
CAN THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION TELL US MORE
ABOUT THIS EXCELLENT
PROGRAM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

McNaughton says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

The Speaker says 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 striped black tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH.
THANKS TO THE MEMBER FROM
BARRIE-INNISFIL AND GREAT
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE,
MONTE McNAUGHTON, FOR THAT
QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, SPEAKER I COME
FROM THE GREAT RIDING OF
ELGIN MIDDLE SEX LONDON...
ELGIN MINDSCH
MIDDLESEX-LONDON.
I TRULY UNDERSTAND THE NEED
FOR TRANSPORTATION AND
INFRASTRUCTURE.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO,
ESPECIALLY THOSE IN MY NECK
OF THE WOODS IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO, DEPEND ON OUR ROADS,
HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES TO TAKE
THEM TO WORK, TAKE THEM HOME,
TAKE THEM TO SEE THEIR
FRIENDS, TO PARTICIPATE IN
EVERYDAY LIFE.
HE WAS PLEASE TODAY JOIN THE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE
TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF
THE PUBLIC TRANSIT STREAM OF
THE INVESTING IN CANADA
INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM.
MUNCIPALITIES CAN EASILY
APPLY FOR THE ICIP USING THE
GRAND ONTARIO WEBSITE A
ONE-STOP WINDOW SOURCE FOR
THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
AND WE'RE COMMITTED,
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS COMMITTED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says TO GET THE PEOPLE OF THIS
PROVINCE MOVING.
I CAN SURELY KNOW THAT MY
MUNICIPALITIES AND
MUNICIPALITIES THROUGHOUT IN
THE PROVINCE ARE IN
DESPERATE NEED OF SUPPORT,
AND OUR GOVERNMENT'S GOING
TO DELIVER THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
ACTING PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THE FORD
GOVERNMENT ADMITTED THAT THE
PLAN TO SLAP THEIR OPEN FOR
BUSINESS CAMPAIGN SLOGAN ON
ONTARIO LICENCE PLATES IS
PURELY POLITICAL.
THE PREMIER ADMITTED THAT
HIS GOAL IS TO HAVE THE
TAXPAYERS OF ONTARIO FOOT
THE BILL SO HE CAN PROMOTE
HIMSELF AND HIS PARTY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Natyshak says ON PRIVATE LICENCE
PLATES.
SPEAKER, MY QUESTION'S
PRETTY SIMPLE.
WILL THE ACTING PREMIER OR
THE PREMIER CAN BE DECLARING
THE COST OF THOUSANDS OF NEW
LICENCE PLATES AS A CAMPAIGN
EXPENSE WITH ELECTIONS
ONTARIO?

A voice says GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER SERVICES.

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S BEEN REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
AND CONSUMER SERVICES.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO
ORDER.

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

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

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE
QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER
ACROSS THE FLOOR.
I CAN TELL YOU THERE
ACTUALLY HAS BEEN A LOT OF
DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT WE
SHOULD BE DOING AFTER
FOLLOWING 15 YEARS OF
DISASTER LIBERAL MISS
MANAGEMENT FOR OUR PROVINCE.
WE ARE LOOKING AT A NEW
SLOGAN.
BUT DESPITE SPECULATION,
PASSENGER LICENCE PLATES
WILL NOT FEATURE THE SLOGAN
OPEN FOR BUSINESS OR FOR THE
PEOPLE.
AND DESPITE THE N.D.P. FEAR
MONGERING IN ALMOST EVERY
TOP NICK THIS HOUSE THERE,
IS NO TRUTHS TO THAT
WHATSOEVER.
PEOPLE ARE EITHER
MISINFORMED OR THEY'RE LYING,
SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.
I ASK THE MEMBER TO WITHDRAW
HIS UNPARLIAMENTARY REMARKS.

Walker says WITHDRAW, SPEAKER.
PASSENGER AND COMMERCIAL
PLATES WILL NOT HAVE THE
SAME SLOGANS BUT I CAN TELL
YOU WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT
WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Walker says WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING
WITH GREAT EXCITEMENT IN THE
COMING WEEKS WHAT WE WILL BE
DOING ON BEHALF OF THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
WE ARE VERY EXCITED.
WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT AND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Natyshak says I'LL FORGIVE THE MINISTER
FOR BEING CONFUSED ABOUT THE
PREMIER'S POLICY ON THIS BUT
PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THIS
BUILDING HAVE A DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVE.
IF THE PREMIER'S INTERESTED
IN BETTER SUGGESTIONS, THE
PEOPLE ACROSS ONTARIO HAVE
BEEN PUTTING THEIR IDEAS
FORWARD, SPEAKER.
THERE'S ONTARIO RIGHT TO THE
BOTTOM.
ONTARIO YOURS TO RECOVER.
SPEAKER, MY PERSONAL
FAVOURITE, ONTARIO, CAUGHT
OR ELSE.

[Laughter]

Natyshak says SPEAKER, THOUSANDS,
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Natyshak says ON THIS GOVERNMENT TO
ABANDON THE WASTEFUL
EXERCISE IN SELF-PROMOTION.
WHY IS THIS PREMIER SO
DETERMINED TO USE EVERY
LICENCE PLATE IN ONTARIO TO
PROMOTE HIMSELF AND HIS
CHEESY CAMPAIGN SLOGANS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
ORDER.
STOP THE CLOCK.
HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
THE OPPOSITION SIDE WILL
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX WILL
COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY WILL
COME TO ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
AND I CAN HEAR THE
MINISTER'S REPLY NOW.

Walker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
MR. SPEAKER.
WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS IF IT
WAS THE N.D.P. IN POWER
PROBABLY CLOSED FOR BUSINESS
WOULD BE THE SLOGAN.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Walker says MAYBE WE'LL COME BACK TO
MY RIDING AND WE'LL SAY
WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT
WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO
THINGS FOR THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO WE WANT.
WE WANT TO TURN THIS
PROVINCE AROUND.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE
ARE PROUD TO BE ONTARIANS.
WE WILL NOT BE SENDING
350,000 MANUFACTURING JOBS
OUT OF OUR PROVINCE LIKE THE
LIBERALS DID.
WE WILL NOT BE CLOSING DOWN
BUSINESSES IN ALL OF OUR
SMALL RURAL AND...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Walker says AND WE WILL NOT BE
SUPPORTING A CONTINUATION OF
HOW THE LIBERALS MISMANAGED
THIS WHOLE PROVINCE,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE WILL DEFINITELY BRING
THINGS IN THAT ARE GOING TO
MAKE PEOPLE PROUD TO BE
ONTARIANS.
WE WANT PEOPLE TO STEP UP
AND SEE THAT WE HAVE A
GOVERNMENT AND A PREMIER WHO
IS HERE AND HE IS FOCUSED ON
TURNING LIVES...

[Interjection]

Walker says TO ENDING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Walker says TO MAKING SURE WE HAVE
BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR
KIDS IN THE FUTURE AND AN
EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT WE'RE
ALL PROUD OF HERE IN ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE HOUSE
WILL COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR Orléans.

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

Lalonde is in her forties, with straight brown hair in a bob and bangs. She wears a dark gray blazer over a patterned white blouse.

She speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF YOUTH SERVICES
AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.

[End of Translation]

In English, Lalonde continues
ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM,
CHILDREN, PARENTS, FRONTLINE
WORKERS, ORGANIZATIONS HAVE
BEEN IN A STATE OF COMPLETE
CHAOS.
MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY HOPE
THAT THE MINISTER WON'T DO
HER ALWAYS HER SAME SPIN
WITH HER ANSWER.
I REALLY DON'T WANT TO HEAR
TODAY AGAIN ABOUT THE FACT
THAT BILL REDUCE THE WAIT
LIST OR ELIMINATE THE INCOME
TAX OR DOUBLING THE
INVESTMENT IN THE DIAGNOSTIC
HUBS OR THAT THEY'RE
LISTENING TO PARENTS BY
ACTUALLY PROVIDING THERAPY
OR THAT EXISTING PROGRAM OF
THE CHILDREN WHO ARE
RECEIVING THE PROPER SERVICE
WERE EXTENDED BY SIX MONTHS.
MINISTER, WHAT I WANT TO
KNOW AND I THINK EVERYONE IN
ONTARIO WANTS TO KNOW IS
ACTUALLY WHAT ARE YOU
ACTUALLY DOING?
NO MORE POLITICAL SPIN.
NO ONE ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT IS
YOU'RE DOING.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Lalonde says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS SIMPLE.
WHAT IS THE MINISTER
ACTUALLY DOING TO HELP DAY
DAY-TO-DAY LIFE OF PARENTS
OF CHILDREN WITH autism?

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO
REMIND THE MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY ONCE AGAIN THAT HE
HAS TO COME TO ORDER.
Member FOR KITCHENER-CONESTOGA
HAS TO COME TO ORDER.

[Interjection]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND
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 black blazer over a gray blouse.

She says I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HER
QUESTION AND I THINK IT WAS
A REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION
TO ASK.
SO HERE'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.
WE WENT TO TREASURY BOARD.
WE WERE ABLE TO GET 152
MILLION DOLLARS TO KEEP THE CURRENT
PROGRAM GOING.
WE INVESTED 321 MILLION DOLLARS IN
FEBRUARY AND WE'RE INVESTING
AN ADDITIONAL 300 MILLION DOLLARS TO DOUBLE THE FUNDING TO
SUPPORT ALL CHILDREN WITH
AUTISM IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO.
WE HAVE INVESTED INTO
DIAGNOSTIC HUBS BY DOUBLING
THOSE AND THOSE WAIT LISTS
WILL START TO BE CLEARED
THIS MONTH.
THERE'S 2,400 CHILDREN THAT
ARE ON THAT LIST.
23,000 CHILDREN ARE WAITING
FOR SERVICE FROM THEIR
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE GOING TO A
CHILDHOOD BUDGET AND WE'RE
GOING TO BE OFFERING THOSE
CHILDREN A LOT OF CHOICE IN
WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES THAT
THEY GET.
WE'VE ALSO SAID THAT WE'RE
GOING TO BRING FORWARD A
MASSIVE CONSULTATION PROCESS
AS OF MAY THE 1st AND WE
WOULD ENCOURAGE MEMBERS
OPPOSITE TO BE PART OF THIS
PROCESS WITH US.
WE'RE GOING TO BE ENSUERG
THAT THERE'S PARENTS
INVOLVED, CLINICIANS
INVOLVED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says AND MANY OTHER PEOPLE.
WE'RE ALSO GOING TO EXTEND
AN INVITATION TO MEMBERS
OPPOSITE WHO-TO-HOST ROUND
TABLES AND WE HOPE THAT THEY
TAKE US UP ON THAT OFFER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Lalonde says I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU
TO THE MINISTER FOR HAVE
MISSED ALL THE POLITICAL
SPIN TALKING POINTS THAT SHE
SAID FOR A VERY LONG TIME
NOW.
AND I ACTUALLY, MR. SPEAKER,
I WANT TO SAY TAKING THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER TO HEART
BECAUSE I HAVE ACTUALLY TWO
CONSULTATION IN ORLéANS ON
MAY 6 AND MAY 16 IN ORLéANS
TO DISCUSS THE CONSULTATION.
I THINK PARENTS STILL HAVE
QUESTIONS AND THAT'S TODAY
WHAT I'M SKTH MINISTER.
YOU KNOW, THEY'RE WONDERING
WHY WE HAVEN'T START WITH
ACTUALLY THE CONSULTATION.
MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WE ARE
ALL WONDERING WHY THE
CONSULTATION DID NOT START
FIRST BEFORE DOING THIS
WONDERFUL APPROACH OF CHAOS
TO THOSE PARENTS.
I'M GOING TO ASK,
MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF
ALL THE PARENTS HERE WHY...
AND HOPEFULLY I'LL GET AN
ANSWER.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Lalonde says SO MY QUESTION AND I HOPE
YOU ANSWER, MINISTER.
WHEN FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN
THROWN OFF THE WAIT LIST
WILL BE STARTING FUNDS,
RECEIVING THE FUNDS?
I'M GOING TO ASK THE
MINISTER HOW FAMILIES...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

MacLeod says THANKS VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I'M PROUD THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT STARTED
CONSULTATIONS AS EARLY AS
JUNE LAST YEAR WHEN WE WERE
FIRST APPOINTED... FIRST
ELECTED AND WHEN I WAS FIRST
APPOINTED.
WE HAD OVER A DOZEN ROUND
TABLES LED BY MY
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT AMY
FEE.
LET ME BE PERFECTLY CLEAR
WITH THE ADDITIONAL 300
MILLION DOLLARS WE WERE ABLE TO
SECURE THANKS TO THE
FLEXIBILITY OF PREMIER FORD
WE ARE GOING OUT FOR A
NEED-BASED ASSESSMENT TOOL
TAN AS OF MAY 1st THERE WILL
BE AN ON-LINE SUR VI
ONTARIO.CA/AUTISM.
I HOPE ALL ONTARIO PARENTS
TAKE PART IN THAT.
SECOND THING IS HAVE
TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS RIGHT
ACROSS THE PROVINCE IN THE
MONTH OF MAY.
THE THIRD THING IS ENSURE
EVERY SINGLE M.P.P. WHO
WANTS TO HAVE A ROUNDTABLE
HAS AN ABILITY TO PROVIDE
SUPPORT TO THEIR
CONSTITUENTS AND THEN FILL
THAT INFORMATION IN TO MY
MINISTRY.
THIS IS WHAT I'M VERY PROUD
OF AND WHAT EVERYONE'S
TALKING ABOUT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
AND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ARE
DOING WRAPAROUND SUPPORTS
AND WE ARE GOING TO LEVERAGE
ALL RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN
WITH AUTISM IN THE PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
MISSISSAUGA-ERIN MILLS.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Sheref Sabawy. PC. Mississauga-Erin Mills."

Sabawy is in his fifties, balding, with a mustache. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and patterned gray tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS FOR THE MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER
SERVICES.
MINISTER, MANY MEMBERS OF
THIS CHAMBER HAVE HEARD
CONCERNS ABOUT THE LONG AND
BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES
REQUIRED TO ACCESS
GOVERNMENT SERVICES.
WHETHER IT IS A PAPER-BASED
PROCESS FOR BUSINESSES AND
CITIZENS OR DELAY
REGISTRATION.
WE ALL KNOW THE FRUSTRATION
DELAYS CAN CAUSE OUR
CONSTITUENTS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE ISSUE I
RAISE AGAIN AND AGAIN THAT
THE PROBLEM LIES WITH
OUTDATED PROCESSES CAUSING
LONG WAITS AND DELAYS.
I KNOW THIS IS AN ISSUE THE
MINISTER IS WELL AWARE OF
AND WHAT HE UNDERSTANDS AND
NEEDS TO BE FIXED.
ONTARIANS CAN DO EVERYTHING
ELSE ONLINE FROM BUYING
GROCERIES AND GIFTS TO
PAYING THEIR HYDRO BILLS AND
MORTGAGES.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Sabawy says MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE
MINISTER SHARE WITH THE
ASSEMBLY OUR COMMITMENT
IMPROVING QUALITY OF SERVICE
DELIVERING TO ONTARIANS?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER
SERVICES.

Walker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FROM
MISSISSAUGA-ERIN MILLS,
MR. SUBWAY, FOR THE GREAT
JOB HE DOES FOR HIS
CONSTITUENTS AND I WANT TO
ENSURE HIM, HIS CONSTITUENTS
AND EVERYONE LISTENING WE
TAKE THIS ISSUE VERY
SERIOUSLY.
ONTARIANS ARE USED TO
BANKING ONLINE ALL DAY.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HAVE
CHOICE AND FLEXIBILITY IN
NEARLY EVERYTHING BUT
GOVERNMENT SERVICES.
FOR 15 YEARS THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT REFUSED
TO CHANGE OUT-OF-DATE OVERLY
BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES.
THE FACT IS THERE ARE
CURRENTLY DOZENS OF
PROVINCIAL LAWS GOVERNING
MULTIPLE MINISTRIES FORCING
THEM TO RELY ON OUTDATED AND
INEFFICIENT PROCESSING
METHODS BY SNAIL MAIL AND
FAX MACHINES.
I BELIEVE WE CAN AND US...
MUST DO BETTER.
I CAN SAY TO THE MEMBER OUR
GOVERNMENT'S COMMITTED TO
DELIVERING A PLAN FOR
SIMPLER, FASTER BETTER
SERVICES FOR THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO AND WE WILL
IMPLEMENT THAT AT EVERY
OPPORTUNITY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Sabawy says MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY
HAPPY TO HEAR THE MINISTER
AND GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO
CREATE THE MISTAKES OF THE
PAST 15 YEARS OF LIBERAL
RULE AND IS BRINGING ONTARIO
INTO THE 21st CENTURY.
ONE ISSUE I HAVE HERE FROM
MY CONSTITUENTS IS A DELAY
IN RECEIVING BIRTH
REGISTRATIONS TO THEIR
NEWBORNS.
AS I'M SURE THE MINISTER'S
AWARE WITHOUT HAVING A BIRTH
REGISTERED, THERE ARE
IMMENSE NUMBER OF FEDERAL
AND PROVINCIAL PROGRAMS THAT
THE NEW PARENTS CANNOT SIGN
UP FOR, DELAYING THE PROCESS
OF GETTING THEIR AND THEIR
INFANT'S LIFE IN ORDER.
THE PRIVATE SECTOR LONG AGO
REACTED TO THE CUSTOMERS'
DEMANDS AND MADE SHOPPING,
BANKING AND PRACTICALLY
EVERYTHING WE DO EASIER TO
DO AND ACCESSIBLE ONLINE.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Sabawy says MR. SPEAKER, TO THE
MINISTER, WHAT PROCESSES HE
IS PUTTING IN PLACE TO
CORRECT OUTDATED LIBERAL
PRACTICES IN ORDER TO SOLVE
THOSE DELAYS?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Walker says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AGAIN TO THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER, THANK YOU FOR THE
QUESTION.
IT IS NO SECRET THAT SERVICE
ONTARIO'S CURRENTLY
EXPERIENCING
LONGER-THAN-NORMAL
PROCESSING TIMES.
MR. SPEAKER, A COUPLE WEEKS
AGO I VISIT THE OFFICES OF
REGISTRAR GENERAL IN THUNDER
BAY.
THE STAFF THERE AS WELL AS
ACROSS ONTARIO ARE THE HARD
WORKING AND DID INDICATED TO
SERVING THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO BUT SADLY IN MANY
CASES WORKING WITH OUTDATED
PROCESSES.
RIGHT NOW EVEN A MINOR TYPO
ON A BIRTH REGISTRATION FORM
AUTHOR THEIR NEWBORN BABY
MANUAL INTERVENTION IS
NEEDED TO FIX THE PROBLEM
DELAYING THE PROCESSING
TIME.
WE NEED TO RETHINK THESE
OUTDATED RULES AND
PROCESSES.
WE NEED TO ENGAGE IN
DIGITAL SOLUTIONS TO MAKE
LIFE EASIER AND MORE
CONVENIENT FOR PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO AND MODERNIZE OUR
GOVERNMENT.
ABOVE ALL WE NEED TO PUT THE
PEOPLE BACK AT THE CENTRE OF
EVERYTHING GOVERNMENT DOES.
THIS, MR. SPEAKER, IS
SOMETHING THAT I AM
COMMITTED TO.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR TORONTO-DANFORTH.

The caption changes to "Peter Tabuns. NDP. Toronto-Danforth."

Tabuns is in his late fifties, clean-shaven, with short white hair. He wears glasses, a black suit, and a white shirt.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
GLOBAL NEWS IS REPORTING ON
THE ABUSIVE PRACTICES OF
WIDE MEET ERRING, A COMPANY
THAT METERS INDIVIDUAL
APARTMENTS.
BROCK UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
WERE BILLED DOUBLE FOR THE
POWER IN THEIR UNITS.
YESTERDAY WE FOUND OUT IN
OSHAWA, WISE WAS CHARGING
TENANTS FOR POWER FROM A SUB
METER WHEN WIDE HAD NOT
INSTALLED ANY SUCH METER FOR
THAT UNIT.
THE INDIVIDUAL APARTMENT
METERING BUSINESS IS THE
WILD WEST.
BUT BILL 66 ELIMINATED THE
PROTECTION THE TENANTS NEED
FROM PREDATORY PRIVATE
ENERGY METERING COMPANIES.
WHY DID THE GOVERNMENT
DECIDE TO NOT PROTECT
TENANTS FROM THESE PREDATORY
COMPANIES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE ACTING PREMIER.

A voice says MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
AND I WANT TO THANK THE
MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
SPEAKER, IN THE DYING DAYS
OF THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT,
THE WYNNE LIBERALS MADE A
MISGUIDED COMMITMENT THAT
WOULD HAVE RAISED
ELECTRICITY BILLS FOR
LOW-INCOME TENANTS.
RATE REGULATING UNITS SUB
METERING COMPANIES WOULD
HAVE INCREASED HYDRO BILLS
FOR LOW-INCOME TENANTS.
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE TO OUR
GOVERNMENT.
CONSUMERS ARE PROTECTED FROM
PRICE GOUGING THROUGH
COMPETITION.
WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE UNIT
SUB METERING COMPANIES
OFTEN.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Yakabuski says AT LOWER COSTS THAN USUAL
UTILITIES.
THERE ARE SEVERAL MEASURES
IN PLACE THAT PROTECT
LOW-INCOME CUSTOMERS.
UNIT SUB METERING COMPANIES
MUST STILL BE LICENSED UNDER
THE O.E.B. AND MUST COMPLY
WITH CONSUMER SERVICES RULES
AS SET OUT BY THE O.E.B..
WE KNOW THAT THESE
PROTECTIONS ARE WORKING
BECAUSE OUT OF 326,000 SUB
METER CUSTOMERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yakabuski says ONLY 95 COMPLAINTS WERE
MADE TO THE O.E.B. IN 2018.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.
THE MEMBER FOR OSHAWA.

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

French is in her thirties, with shoulder-length straight gray hair. She wears a black blazer over a dark blue sweater.

She says THANK YOU AND AGAIN TO
THE ACTING PREMIER.
MY CONSTITUENTS IN OSHAWA
DESERVE PROTECTION FROM
PREDATORY ENERGY METERING
COMPANIES LIKEWISE METER.

[APPLAUSE]

French says THE GLOBAL NEWS STORY MADE
IT CLEAR.
STUDENTS WERE CHARGED AT
LEAST DOUBLE THEIR ACTUAL
CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRICITY
BY A COMPANY THAT HAS NOT
EVEN INSTALLED METERS.
STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND THE
PROGRAMS MEANT TO HELP
PEOPLE NEED PROTECTION FROM
PREDATORY COMPANIES.
THIS GOVERNMENT STRIPPED
THEM OF THAT PROTECTION.
SPECIFICALLY ON PURPOSE IN
BILL 66.
WHY DID THIS GOVERNMENT
KNOWINGLY OPEN THE DOOR TO
CORPORATE GREED AND CANCEL
LAWS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO
PROTECT PEOPLE FROM
PREDATORY BILLING?

[APPLAUSE]

Yakabuski says MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION
AND TRADE.

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

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says THANKS, SPEAKER.
WE'RE ECSTATIC ABOUT THE
PASSAGE OF BILL 66 YESTERDAY,
THE RESTORING ONTARIO'S
COMPETITIVENESS ACT, WHICH
REDUCES RED TAPE ACROSS A
NUMBER OF DIFFERENT
INDUSTRIES WHICH IS GOING TO
MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS, MR. SPEAKER.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHEN WE
INTRODUCED BILL 66, ON THE
LAST DAY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Smith says OF THE LEGISLATURE BEFORE
CHRISTMAS, THE OPPOSITION
MEMBERS HAD ALL KIND OF
OPPORTUNITY TO OPINE ON THE
CONTENTS OF BILL 66.
THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO
PROTEST SOME THINGS.
THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO
START PETITIONS.
WHEN THE BILL ACTUALLY WENT
TO COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER,
OUR MEMBERS WERE THERE AND
WE ACTUALLY PUT FORWARD A
COUPLE OF VERY FRIENDLY
AMENDMENTS TO CHANGE THE
BILL TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
YOU KNOW WHAT THE MEMBERS OF
THE N.D.P. DID WHEN IT WENT
TO COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
ZERO.
THEY STAND HERE TODAY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Smith says ON THEIR FEET AND THEY
COMPLAIN ABOUT IT AFTER THE
FACT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says MR. SPEAKER, THEY HAD NO
AMENDMENTS.
IF WE HAD AN N.D.P. LICENCE
PLATE IN ONTARIO IT WOULD
SIMPLY SAY...
ONTARIO.
NO DARN PLAN.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
FLAMBOROUGH-GLANBROOK.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Donna Skelly. PC. Flamborough-Glanbrook."

Skelly is in her forties, with long straight chestnut hair. She wears glasses, a purple blazer and a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
MR. SPEAKER, LIKE MANY
ONTARIANS, I WAS REALLY
PLEASED WHEN THE MINISTER
INTRODUCED BILL 48 TO ENSURE
THAT OUR CLASSROOMS ARE ONCE
AGAIN SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE
COMMUNITIES.
OUR SCHOOLS ARE THE PLACE
WHERE OUR CHILDREN GROW AND
LEARN.
IN MY RIDING OF
FLAMBOROUGH-GLANBROOK AND
FOR STUDENTS RIGHT ACROSS
ONTARIO, THE PASSAGE OF THIS
LEGISLATION MEANS AN
EDUCATION THAT WORKS FOR ALL
STUDENTS.
CAN THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION TELL US WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO
ENSURE THAT ALL STUDENTS IN
ONTARIO ARE RECEIVING A
MEANINGFUL EDUCATION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE
MEMBER FROM
FLAMBOROUGH-GLANBROOK.
YOU DO A GREAT JOB
REPRESENTING...

[APPLAUSE]

Interjection:
ABSOLUTELY.

Thompson says WORKING WITH YOU AS WELL.
SPEAKER, I'M ALSO PLEASED TO
BE ABLE TO STAND UP AND
SPEAK TO THE SAFE AND
SUPPORTIVE CLASSROOMS THAT
WE'RE GOING TO SUCCEED
THROUGH PASSAGE OF THIS ACT
LATER THIS MORNING.
YOU KNOW, IT'S OUR
RESPONSIBILITY TO STAND UP
FOR STUDENTS AND BEGIN TO
MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE A
SAFE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO
LEARN.
WITH THIS LEGISLATION, WE
ARE CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE
THAT ALLOWS OUR STUDENTS TO
FEEL SAFE, TO LEARN AND TO
GROW.
OUR GOVERNMENT WILL NOT
TOLERATE THE ABUSE OF OUR
STUDENTS AND CHILDREN.
THIS LEGISLATION MAKES IT
VERY CLEAR, SPEAKER, THAT
ANY EDUCATOR FOUND GUILTY OF
ANY SEXUAL ABUSE WILL LOSE
THEIR LICENCE.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN
AREA.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says THAT SIMPLY CANNOT
TOLERATE.
THIS IS AN AREA THAT DOES
NOT ALLOW FOR SECOND
CHANCES.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Skelly says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND BACK TO THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.
MINISTER, I AM SO PLEASED TO
HEAR YOU MENTION HOW WE ARE
GOING TO BE ENSURING THAT
OUR CLASSROOMS ARE ONCE
AGAIN SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE
ENVIRONMENTS AND IT'S
REFRESHING TO HEAR WE
FINALLY HAVE A GOVERNMENT
THAT PUTS STUDENTS FIRST.

Interjection: HEAR,
HEAR!

Skelly says I KNOW THAT WE ARE
SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS IN
THE CLASSROOM, BUT CAN THE
MINISTER TELL ME MORE ABOUT
WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL DO
TO HELP OUR TEACHERS PROVIDE
OUR STUDENTS WITH A QUALITY
EDUCATION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
THAT.
AND IT'S A PLEASURE TO STAND
UP AND TALK ABOUT THE FACT
THAT, IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE
WE SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS, WE
ALSO NEED TO BE SUPPORTING
OUR TEACHERS, SPEAKER.
AND THIS GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO, P.C. GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO IS DOING JUST THAT.
IN BILL 48 WE PROPOSE THAT
WE'RE GOING TO BE SUPPORTING
TEACHERS BY HELPING THEM BE
BETTER PREPARED TO TEACH THE
FUNDAMENTALS OF MATH.
BY MAKING MATH CONTENT
KNOWLEDGE TESTS A
REQUIREMENT FOR
CERTIFICATION WITH THE
ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS,
WE'RE GOING TO ENSURE THAT
ALL OF OUR NEW TEACHERS
ENTERING THE CLASSROOM WITH
A STRONG FOUNDATION IN MATH,
AND WE'RE GOING TO BE
SUPPORTING OUR TEACHERS
ALREADY IN THE CLASSROOM AS
WELL.
YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT
THAT THERE'S CONFIDENCE IN
THE CLASSROOM, AND THAT IS
WHAT OUR PLAN FOR EDUCATION
IN ONTARIO IS GOING TO DO,
SPEAKER.
THIS IS GOING TO GIVE
PARENTS THE CONFIDENCE THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR
EDUCATORS ARE WORKING
TOGETHER TO ENSURE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says ONTARIO CONTINUES TO HAVE
ONE OF THE BEST EDUCATION
SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON MOUNTAIN.

The caption changes to "Monique Taylor. NDP. Hamilton Mountain."

Taylor is in her forties, with blond hair in a short bob. She wears black-rimmed glasses, a gray jacket and a striped dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND
COMMUNITY SERVICES.
FOR WEEKS NOW, I'VE BEEN
HEARING FROM ANXIOUS PARENTS
ABOUT SPECIAL SERVICES AT
HOME FUNDING.
SSAA HELPS FAMILIES SUPPORT
THEIR CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL
AND DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES.
USUALLY FAMILIES GETTING
THAT FUNDING NOTICE IN MARCH
LAST WEEK, BUT THIS YEAR
STAFF ARE SAYING THAT
FUNDING HAS BEEN FROZEN
UNTIL THE BUDGET IS RELEASED
ON APRIL 11th.
THAT'S NEXT WEEK.
THE MINISTRY WON'T SHARE ANY
MORE INFORMATION OTHER THAN
THAT.
FAMILIES HAVE LOST SERVICES
AND ARE AFRAID THAT CUTS ARE
COMING.
PARENTS ARE NOT ABLE TO PLAN
AND FEEL THAT THEY ARE BEING
TARGETED.
WILL THE MINISTER TELL US
WHY THE GOVERNMENT IS
LEAVING FAMILIES AND THEIR
VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN THE
DARK?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION FOR
THE MINISTER OF CHILDREN
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES.

MacLeod says SPECIAL SERVICES AT HOME
IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM
THROUGHOUT OUR MINISTRY.
I CAN ASSURE THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE THAT WE HAVE A
BUDGET PROCESS.
THE BUDGET WILL BE ANNOUNCED
ON THE 11th OF APRIL.
AS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE KNOWS,
AS ONTARIANS KNOW BECAUSE
THE FINANCE MINISTER
PUBLICLY INDICATED THAT.
BUT LET ME ASSURE THE MEMBER,
WITH RESPECT TO SPECIAL
SERVICES AT HOME, I HAVE NOT
SOUGHT NOR WILL I BE
REDUCING SPECIAL SERVICES AT
HOME, AND IT WOULD BE
IRRESPONSIBLE FOR THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE TO CONTINUE TO FEAR
MONGER.
PLAU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Taylor says PARENTS ARE ASKING FOR
THESE QUESTIONS, MINISTER SO
IT'S NOT ABOUT ME FEAR
MONGERING.
YOU NEED TO DOUR JOB AND
EDUCATE THE PEOPLE OF THIS
PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Taylor says FAMILIES KNOW THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS A CRUEL TRACK
RECORD ON SUPPORTING
VULNERABLE CHILDREN.
FIRST THEY ABOLISHED THE
CHILD ADVOCATE.
THEN THEY INTRODUCED A BAD
AUTISM PROGRAM, WHICH SHE
HAS STILL YET TO ACKNOWLEDGE
WAS BAD OR APOLOGIZE FOR.
AND NOW PARENTS ARE AFRAID
OF WHAT THEY'LL DO TO
SPECIAL SERVICES AT HOME.
PARENTS HAVE RECEIVED NO
INFORMATION EXCEPT THAT
FUNDING IS FROZEN UNTIL THE
BUDGET IS RELEASED.
PARENTS NEED TO PLAN FOR
THEIR CHILD'S CARE AND THEIR
OWN FINANCES.
IS THE GOVERNMENT CUTTING
THIS PROGRAM?
AND IF NOT, WILL THE
MINISTER PLEASE PROVIDE
PARENTS THE INFORMATION THEY
NEED TO BE ABLE TO PLAN
THEIR LIVES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.

MacLeod says SPEAKER, I ANSWERED THAT
QUESTION WHEN SHE FIRST
ASKED T.I AM NOT REDUCING
FUNDING FOR SPECIAL SERVICES
AT HOME PROGRAM PERIOD.
I WAS VERY CLEAR WITH THAT
AFTER THE FIRST QUESTION.
FAMILIES CURRENTLY RECEIVING
SUPPORTS THROUGH THE PROGRAM
WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR
2019-2020 FUNDING ALLOCATION
AFTER THE FINANCE MINISTER
TABLES HIS FIRST BUDGET.
HE WAS VERY CLEAR ABOUT
THAT.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE IS COMMITTED TO
PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR
FAMILIES LIVING WITH
DEVELOPMENTAL AND-OR
PHYSICAL DISABILITIES.
THE SPECIAL SERVICES PROGRAM
AT HOME HELPS FAMILIES CARE
FOR CHILD LIVING WITH
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
OR PHYSICAL DISABILITIES BY
HELPING CHILDREN LEARN NEW
SKILL SKILLS AND ABILITIES
AND PURCHASING SERVERSS THAT
HELP THE FAMILIES.
WE WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THE AUTISM PROGRAM.
HERE'S ENEMAIL I JUST
RECEIVED...
PREMIER FORD, I COMMEND YOU
FOR AUTHORIZING THE
INCREASED FUNDING AND
ENHANCED SUPPORT FOR THE
ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO COMMEND
MINISTER MacLEOD FOR HER
LEADERSHIP...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEN FOR
HAMILTON... HAMILTON
MOUNTAIN AND THE MEMBER FOR
WATERLOO HAVE TO COME TO
ORDER.
NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
HASTINGS-LENNOX AND
ADDINGTON.

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, gray shirt and pink tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TODAY TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
MINISTER WHO IS FINALLY
GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ONCE
AGAIN.

[APPLAUSE]

Kramp says I WAS PLEASED TO SEE THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE MAKE AN
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT LAST
WEEK AT HIS COMMUNITY.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE IS COMMITTED TO
GETTING THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO MOVING AND ENSURING
ALL OF ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS.
OUR ROADS, OUR BRIDGES, OUR
TRANSIT NETWORKS ARE VITAL
TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN
THIS PROVINCE AND ALL THE
LOCAL ECONOMIES AND WE'RE
COMMITTED TO MAKING IT
EASIER FOR FAMILIES TO GET
FROM POINT "A" TO POINT "B."
WHETHER IT'S ON THE DAILY
COMMUTE, GETTING TO MEDICAL
TREATMENT, GETTING HOME TO
SMEND SPEND SOME TIME WITH
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED
ONES.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION SHARE WITH
THIS LEGISLATURE THE
EXCITING NEWSS THAFSES
DELIVERED TO THE COMMUNITY
OF NORTH BAY LAST WEEK?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FROM
HASTINGS-LENNOX AND
ADDINGTON.
HE'S ONE OF THE BEST CAUCUS
CHAIRS WE'VE HAD AT THE
GOVERNMENT.
AS A GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE
ANNOUNCED A GREAT
ANNOUNCEMENT IN NORTH BAY.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE ANNOUNCED THAT WE'RE
PARTNERING WITH THE
NIPISSING FIRST NATION TO
REPLACE THE DECHAINEY CREEK
BRIDGE ON HIGHWAY 17-B.
IT'S ESTIMATED 12 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT WILL INCLUDE 1
KILOMETRE OF PAVING,
REPLACEMENT OF THE BRIDGE
AND ABANDONED C.N. BRIDGE
WILL BE REMOVED.
WE WILL GET THIS JOB DONE
THROUGH A LIMITED
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN
NIPISSING FIRST NATION AND
MILLER PAVING COMPANY WHO
CREATED A COMPANY THAT THE
FIRST NATION WILL BE THE
MAJORITY OWNER.
IT'S GREAT NEWS,
MR. SPEAKER.
THROUGH THIS PARTNERSHIP
ONTARIO WILL PROVIDE JOBS,
SKILLS AND ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT FOR NIPISSING
FIRST NATION WHILE BUILDING
INFRASTRUCTURE THAT BENEFITS
EVERYONE, MR. SPEAKER,.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says I'M PLEASED WITH THIS
PARTNERSHIP.
AGAIN, THANK YOU, CAUCUS
CHAIR, FOR BEING A GREAT
CHAMPION.
PLAU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Kramp says THANK YOU, MINISTER.
AND I'M CERTAINLY PLEASED TO
HEAR THAW AND OUR GOVERNMENT
FOR THE PEOPLE IS PARTNERING
WITH THE NIPISSING FIRST
NATION, REPLACING THE
DECHAINEY BRIDGE ON HIGHWAY
17-B.
THIS PARTNERSHIP IS JUST THE
LATEST EXAMPLE OF STRONG,
STRONG CO-OPERATION BETWEEN
OUR GOVERNMENT AND NIPISSING
FIRST NATION AND THIS
ANNOUNCEMENT IS A VERY, VERY
IMPORTANT EXAMPLE OF HOW WE
CAN AND DO WORK TOGETHER TO
REALIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES
THAT ARE PRESENTED TO US AND
EXIST.
ALSO ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTING
TO GETTING THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO MOVING AND TO
IMPROVE AND TO PROVIDE A
BETTER TRANSPORTATION
NETWORK ACROSS ONTARIO,
SPECIFICALLY IN THIS CASE IN
THE NORTHERN REGION.
I KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, ACCOUNT
MINISTER OF FINANCE DIRECTLY
ENGAGE WITH THIS LEGISLATURE
MORE DETAILS ON THIS
PARTNERSHIP AND WHY IT WAS
SO IMPORTANT FOR HIS
COMMUNITY IN NORTH BAY?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yurek says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
REFERRED 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
HASTINGS-LENNOX AND
ADDINGTON FOR THE QUESTION.
THIS PROJECT IS THE LATEST
STEP IN OUR GOVERNMENT'S
WORK TO SUPPORT NIPISSING
FIRST NATION.
LAST FALL WE ANNOUNCED 1
MILLION DOLLARS FOR THEIR BUSINESS
CENTRE.
RECENTLY WE ANNOUNCED A
THREE-YEAR RENEWAL OF THE
M.O.U. WITH THEM TO HELP THE
RECOVERY OF THE WALL EYE
POPULATION IN LAKE
NIPISSINGMENT NOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING 12
MILLION DOLLARS TO REPLACE THE
DECHAINEY CREEK BRIDGE,
INVALUABLE LYNN NORTH
CAROLINA MY RIDING.
CHIEF SCOTT MacLEOD HAD TO
SAY QUOTE...
THIS MARKS A SIGNIFICANT
CHANGE IN THE WAY OF DOING
BUSINESS IN A REAL STEP
FORWARD TOWARDS
RECONCILIATION.
THIS MEANS REAL
OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR PEOPLE,
NOT JUST PLATITUDES AND
PROMISES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says WE WILL CONTINUE WORKING
TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT WE
MAKE MEANINGFUL CHANGE IN
OUR NORTHERN COMMUNITIES.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

[End of Translation]

In English, Bourgouin continues
KEEP ON WONDERING WHY THIS
GOVERNMENT SIMPLY DOESN'T
CARE ABOUT THEIR WELL-BEING.
THERE'S A DIVIDE BETWEEN THE
NORTH AND THE SOUTH IN OUR
BEAUTIFUL PROVINCE AND THIS
GOVERNMENT DOESN'T SEEM TO
CARE.
WE NEED TO BRING NORTHERN
ONTARIO UP TO PAR WITH BASIC
THINGS LIKE INTERCITY
TRANSPORTATION.
THE NORTH LAND... THE
NORTHLANDER... NORTHLANDER,
THE TRAIN THAT USED TO
CONNECT TO TORONTO, COULD DO
EXACTLY THAT, MR. SPEAKER.
THE TRAIN IS A RELIABLE,
SAFE, ACCESSIBLE AND
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS
WAY TO TRAVEL THAT COULD
HELP BRING PROSPERITY TO
NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO.
MINISTER, WHEN WILL THE
GOVERNMENT DO RIGHT BY
NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RESTORE
THE NORTHLANDER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THAT
QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, I DO HAVE TO SAY
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
CARING FOR ALL PEOPLE OF THE
PROVINCE.
WE LOOK OUT FOR THE PEOPLE
IN SOUTHERN, NORTHEASTERN
AND NORTHWESTERN GTHA.
WHAT WE'RE DOING IS BUILDING
A REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION
SYSTEM.
AT THE SAME TIME LOOKING AT
HOW WE CAN BUILD
INFRASTRUCTURE AND
TRANSPORTATION TO SPUR
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND GIVE
PEOPLE MORE TIME WITH THEIR
FAMILIES GET FROM POINT "A."
TO POINT "B."
MINISTER OF FINANCE JUST HAD
A GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT IN
NORTH BAY.
WORKING WITH THE MINISTER OF
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND
MINES AND MINISTER OF
FINANCE WE'RE LOOKING AT HOW
WE CAN FIX THE
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS UP IN
THE NORTH.
UNFORTUNATELY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED BY THE
N.D.P. GOT RID OF THE
NORTHLANDER FOR THE PEOPLE
OF NORTHERN ONTARIO AND WE
ARE GOING TO.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Yurek says TRANSPORTATION
OPPORTUNITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE
NORTH AS WELL AS NORTHERN
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Bourgouin says LET ME MAKE ONE THING
CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER.
IT WAS THE LIBERALS WHO LET
US DOWN FIRST BY SHUTTING
DOWN THE NORTHLANDER BACK IN
2012.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Bourgouin says GOVERNMENT IS ON TRACK TO
DO THE SAME.
IT SEEMS IF BOTH LIBERALS
AND CONSERVATIVES HAVE BEEN
TRYING TO ERASE 100 YEARS OF
TRADE HISTORY IN OUR BELOVED
REGION.
LIBERAL TORIES, SAME OLD
STORY.

[APPLAUSE]

Bourgouin says OUR PEOPLE DESERVE SO MUCH
BETTER.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE
ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING
TRANSPORTATION IN SOUTHERN
ONTARIO.
IT IS NOW TIME TO FOCUS ON
NORTHERN ONTARIO'S REGION
AND WE CAN CERTAINLY DO SO
IF THE NORTHLANDER IS
RESTORED.
IS THE MINISTER'S INTENTION
TO GIVE UP ON SENIORS,
STUDENTS, MEDICAL PATIENTS,
IMMIGRANTS AND FAMILIES...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Bourgouin says THAT COULD BENEFIT
FROM THE RESTORATION OF
PASSENGER ROUTES IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Yurek says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU I AM
ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED THAT YOU
WOULD EVEN GO DOWN THAT
PATH.
THAT SHUTDOWN OF THE
NORTHLANDER ONLY HAPPENED
BECAUSE THE N.D.P. SUPPORTED
THE LIBERALS ON THAT.
THE ONLY REASON WHY.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says BUT LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE
BIT MORE, SPEAKER.
WHEN IN POWER, THE ONTARIO
N.D.P. REDUCED BUS SERVICE
FROM TIMMINS TO CHAPLEAU AND
WAWA.
THEY DOCKED THE NEW FERRY IN
TOBERMORY.
THEY CUT NOR ON TEAR SERVICE
FROM 21 TO 6 COMMUNITIES AND
THEY SOLD OFF STAR TRANSFER,
THE TRUCKING FIRM OF ONTC.
THAT'S A HECK OF A LEGACY
YOU'VE LEFT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS TAKE
THEIR SEATS.
ORDER.
ORDER.
GOVERNMENT SIDE, ORDER.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING, AND
IT'S TAKING YOUR TIME.
MEMBER FOR
STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH
GLENGARRY.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Jim McDonnell. PC. Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry."

McDonnell is in his sixties, clean-shaven, with short side-parted white hair. He wears a dark gray suit, blue shirt, and striped purple tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE,
FOOD AND RURAL AFAIRS.
AS WINTER FADES AWAY AND THE
TEMPERATURES SLOWLY START TO
INCREASE, I WANT TO DRAW
EVERYONE'S ATTENTION TO A
STICKY SITUATION, THE ANNUAL
MAPLE SYRUP SEASON HAS
ARRIVED.
ACROSS THE PROVINCE, MORE
THAN 3,000 FARMERS WILL
PARTICIPATE IN THIS ANNUAL
RITUAL OF TAPPING TREES.
FARMERS FROM MY RIDING ARE
LOOKING FORWARD TO GATHERING
SAP, TAPPING TREES AND
BOILING TO MAKE DELICIOUS
MAPLE SYRUP AND CREATING
SOME DELICIOUS MAPLE
PRODUCTS.
YEAR AFTER YEAR THESE
FARMERS DEDICATE HOURS OF
CARE AND DEDICATION TO
PREPARING THE TASTY CANADIAN
TREATS.
AS A CHILD I ALWAYS REMEMBER
IT WAS A HIGHLIGHT AS AN END
TO A LONG COLD WINTER.
BUT THE BENEFITS OF MAPLE
SYRUP GO FAR BEYOND THE
KITCHEN TABLE.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
TELL THE HOUSE ABOUT THIS
POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE
ECONOMY OF ONTARIO?

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

Hardeman says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK
THE MEMBER FROM
STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH
GLENGARRY FOR HIS SWEET
QUESTION.
WITHOUT SUGARCOATING IT,
MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION IN
OUR PROVINCE HAS A LONG AND
STORIED HISTORY WITH
TRADITION PROUDLY PASSED ON
FROM ONE GENERATION TO
ANOTHER.
FARMERS SPEND MONTHS
PREPARING FOR HARVEST.
THIS SEASON DEDICATION IS
CLEARLY SEEN.
IT TAKES 40 TO 45 LITRES OF
MAPLE SAP TO MAKE JUST ONE
LITRE OF MAPLE SYRUP.
THIS WEEKEND'S ANNUAL MAPLE
SYRUP WEEKEND PROVIDES AN
EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR
ONTARIANS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT
MAPLE SYRUP MAKING FIRST
HAND.
HOSTED BY THE ONTARIO MAPLE
SYRUP PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION,
THIS MAPLE SYRUP FARMERS
ACROSS THE PROVINCE WILL
WELCOME THEIR NEIGHBOURS
ONTO THEIR FARMS.
ONTARIO MAPLE SYRUP
PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION
ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO
DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH
A PRODUCER, CHECK OUT THEIR
LOCAL FARM AND BUY LOCAL.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOUR
PERSONAL FAVOURITE PRODUCER,
MINE BEING JASON'S MAPLE
PRODUCTS LOCATED IN THE
GREAT RIDING OF OXFORD.
EACH YEAR I HAVE THE
PLEASURE OF ENJOYING THEIR
MAPLE SYRUP...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

Watch: Question Period: Wednesday, April 3, 2019