Transcript: Question Period: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | May 08, 2019

A still camera shows the Ontario Legislature. A caption on screen reads "Oral questions."

The Speaker stands. He's is in his fifties, clean-shaven, with short light brown hair. He wears a black robe.

He says IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL
QUESTIONS.
AND I RECOGNIZE THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.

The caption changes to "Andrea Horwath. NDP. leader of her majesty's loyal opposition."

[applause]

Horwath is in her fifties, with straight blond hair in a bob. she wears a gray blazer over a printed blouse.

She says SPEAKER,
BEFORE I BEGIN, I THINK I
JUST WANT TO RELAY ON BEHALF
OF ALL OF THE M.P.P.S IN THE
LEGISLATURE OUR SINCERE
CONCERN AND WORRY ABOUT THE
FIRE THAT'S HAPPENING AT
YORK MEMORIAL COLLEGIATE
INSTITUTE AND ALL OF THE
STAFF AND FACULTY AND
STUDENTS WHO ATTEND THERE
AND WHO WORK THERE.
IT'S DEVASTATING TO SEE THAT
INSTITUTION GO UP IN FLAMES
ON ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY.
I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.
SINCE THE PREMIER THINKS
GETTING BEER INTO CORNER
STORES IS MORE IMPORTANT
THAN VACCINATING CHILDREN OR
PROVIDING SCHOOL BREAKFAST
PROGRAMS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

[WOMAN SHOUTING IN THE DISTANCE]

The Speaker says YOU CAN'T
MAKE THOSE KIND OF
INTERJECTIONS IN THE HOUSE.
WE'RE GOING TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE.

[MULTIPLE VOICES SHOUTING]

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
PEOPLE INTERJECTING HAVE TO
LEAVE.

[VOICES CHANTING]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

[VOICES FADING]

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO
REMIND EVERYONE WHO'S HERE
AS A GUEST THAT WE'RE
PLEASED TO HAVE YOU HERE TO
VIEW AND LISTEN TO THE
PROCEEDINGS OF PARLIAMENT,
BUT YOU CAN'T INTERJECT.
YOU CAN'T YELL AT THE MEMBERS ON THE FLOOR.
TO DO SO DISRUPTS THE
PROCEEDINGS OF PARLIAMENT.
WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO ASK
YOU TO LEAVE IF YOU DO THAT,
AND ALL OF YOU KNOW AND
YOU'RE INFORMED WHEN YOU
COME IN THAT YOU CAN'T DO
THAT.
SO PLEASE RESPECT PARLIAMENT,
THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE LEFT.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
THE PREMIER HAS THE FLOOR.

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

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

He says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE PUTTING 433 MILLION DOLLARS INTO TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH.
WE'RE PUTTING 2 BILLION DOLLARS RIGHT ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHY ARE WE
DOING THIS?
WE'RE DOING THIS TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE SUPPORT THE
THINGS THAT MATTER TO PEOPLE,
THINGS THAT MATTER TO
FAMILIES, MATTER TO THEIR
CHILDREN.
AND IT'S NOT SUSTAINABLE...
IT'S NOT SUSTAINABLE IF WE
CONTINUE SPENDING.
WE HAVE A 347 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT.
WE HAVE A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.
MR. SPEAKER, THE STUDENTS IN
THE STANDS UP THERE, THEY'RE
WORRIED ABOUT THEIR PARENTS
MAKING SURE THEY KEEP A JOB.
WE'RE CREATING JOBS.
WE'VE CREATED 123,000 JOBS.
WE LOWERED THEIR TAXES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says WHEN THEY
GO HOME, THEIR PARENTS WILL
SEE A LOWER HEATING COST
INSTEAD OF A HIGHER HEATING
COST.
WE'RE PUTING MONEY BACK INTO
THEIR POCKETS.
IT'S UNSUSTAINABLE.
YOU CAN'T KEEP SPENDING.
THE OPPOSITION, ALL THEY
WANT TO DO IS SPEND THE
TAXPAYERS' MONEY.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says SEEMS TO
ME THE PREMIER WANTS TO
SPEND THE PEOPLE'S MONEY ON
CAMPAIGN STICKERS ON GAS
PUMPS, SPEAKER.
THAT'S NOT A PRIORITY FOR
ONTARIANS.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says THE MAYOR OF TORONTO
YESTERDAY CHALLENGED THE
PREMIER'S MISPLACED
PRIORITIES AND HIS RECKLESS
CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, BUT
HE'S NOT ALONE.
MAYORS ACROSS ONTARIO SAY
THE PREMIER IS ENGAGED IN
DOWNLOADING BY STEALTH.
AND JUST YESTERDAY THE CITY
OF LONDON ANNOUNCED THAT THE
FORD GOVERNMENT CUTS HAVE
CREATED A 4 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE IN THEIR BUDGET.
MEANWHILE DOCTORS AND
FRONT-LINE HEALTH WORKERS
SAY CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH
WILL PUT FAMILIES AT RISK
AND MAKE HALLWAY MEDICINE
EVEN WORSE.
DOES THE PREMIER REALLY
BELIEVE ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE,
TO USE HIS OWN WORDS,
IRRESPONSIBLY WADING INTO
ISSUES THAT THEY DON'T
UNDERSTAND?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER TO REPLY.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE ONLY THING IRRESPONSIBLE
IS THE RHETORIC COMING FROM
THE OTHER SIDE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS
CONTINUE TO SPEND THE
TAXPAYERS' MONEY.
AS THEY RUN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS,
RUN THEIR SMALL BUSINESSES.
PEOPLE RUN THIS PROVINCE.
YOU CAN'T SPEND MORE THAN
WHAT YOU TAKE IN.
VERY SIMPLE.
THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND MATH.
WE UNDERSTAND MATH.
THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO
PROTECT HEALTH CARE, THE
ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO
PROTECT EDUCATION BY THE WAY
WE PUT 700 MILLION DOLLARS MORE INTO
EDUCATION, EVERY TEACHER'S
KEEPING THEIR JOB BECAUSE A
SAFETY NET OF 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS.
THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN DO
THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS TAKE
CARE OF YOUR BALANCE SHEET.
THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.
THEY WOULD SPEND, SPEND,
SPEND.
THEY BANKRUPT THIS PROVINCE.
WE INHERITED A BANKRUPT
PROVINCE THROUGH THE
LIBERALS THAT THE N.D.P.
SUPPORTED 9 percent OF THE TIME.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says IT'S
IRRESPONSIBLE.
THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RUN
A FISCAL BALANCE SHEET IF
THEIR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says THE SAME
SMALL BUSINESSES THAT DON'T
WANT THE PREMIER'S CAMPAIGN
STICKERS ON THEIR...

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says YOU KNOW, AT SOME POINT THE
PREMIER HAS TO REALIZE THAT
FUNDING CUTS AND INSULTS ARE
NO WAY TO BUILD A HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM.
YESTERDAY THE CHAIR OF THE
KINGSTON FRONTENAC LENNOX
AND ADDINGTON BOARD OF
HEALTH LAID OUT THE DANGERS
OF PUBLIC HEALTH CUTS AND I
QUOTE...
WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO
HAVE ANY INFECTIOUS OUTBREAK,
LIKE SARS, OR WATER
CONTAMINATION EVENTS LIKE
WALKERTON.
HISTORY TELLS US THE NEXT
THREAT IS JUST AROUND THE
CORNER.
THESE CUTS TO OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM PUT ALL OF US AT
RISK, SPEAKER.
DO WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE
NEXT DISASTER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says BEFORE
THE PREMIER UNDERSTANDS WHAT
HAPPENS WHEN YOU ROLL THE
DICE WITH HEALTH CARE CUTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says DEPUTY
PREMIER, MINISTER OF HEALTH.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE DEPUTY PREMIER, MINISTER
OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.

[APPLAUSE]

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 over a black shirt.

She says THE REALITY IS THAT WE
ARE INVESTING MORE MONEY IN
HEALTH CARE.
OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS MORE IN
HEALTH CARE.
BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT
TO NOTE THAT WE ARE FOCUSING
ON WHAT MATTERS THE MOST,
WHAT COUNTS THE MOST.
WE WERE ELECTED BY THE
PEOPLE LAST JUNE TO DO THAT.
PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE WERE
SPENDING MORE THAN 40
MILLION DOLLARS A DAY THAN WE WERE
TAKING IN.
THAT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE.
SO WE ARE ASKING OUR PUBLIC
HEALTH UNITS TO DOT SAME, TO
FOCUS ON THE KEY PRIORITIES,
TO FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT
COUNT THE MOST, TO MAKE SURE
THAT CHILDREN GET VACCINATED,
TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SCHOOL
BREAKFAST PROGRAMS CONTINUE,
TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILDREN
WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CONTINUE
TO GET THE HELP THAT THEY
GET.
IF THEY CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON
THOSE PRIORITIES, THERE WILL
BE ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE SURE
THOSE BASICS ARE COVERED.
BUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE
CITY OF TORONTO?

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WHAT HAVE THEY DONE?
THEY'VE HAD A SURPLUS IN
THEIR PUBLIC HEALTH BUDGET
OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS TO A
TOTAL OF 52 MILLION DOLLARS.
IN OTHER PARTS OF THEIR
BUDGET, THEY SPENT MONEY
WITH TREE MAINTENANCE
PROGRAMS...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
MY NEXT QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER, BUT I HAVE TO SAY
IT'S PRETTY DISGUSTING THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT PROMISED NO
CUTS TO HEALTH CARE AND NO
CUTS TO EDUCATION IN THAT
CAMPAIGN AND YET THAT'S
EXACTLY WHAT THEY'RE DOING.
IF PUBLIC HEALTH IS NOT THE
MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS.
PARENTS ACROSS ONTARIO ARE
WORRIED ABOUT THE PREMIER'S
RECKLESS CUTS TO CHILD CARE
ACROSS ONTARIO.
YESTERDAY.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says PREMIER
DISMISSED CONCERNS FROM HIS
FORMER ALLY, THE DEPUTY
MAYOR OF TORONTO, BUT
VIRTUALLY EVERY MUNICIPALITY
ACROSS ONTARIO IS FACING
DIRECT CUTS TO CHILD CARE
FUNDING.
TODAY MOTHERS FROM ACROSS
ONTARIO HAVE COME TO QUEEN'S
PARK TO EXPRESS THEIR
CONCERN.
WILL THE PREMIER LISTEN OR
WILL HE TELL THEM NOT TO
MEDDLE IN ISSUES THAT THEY
DON'T UNDERSTAND?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

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

Thompson is in her forties, with chin-length wavy blond hair. She wears glasses, a pale pink blazer and a pale blue scarf.

She THANKS VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE
TO SHARE A QUOTE FROM A
PRESS RELEASE TITLED
"LICENSED DAY CARE OPERATORS
SEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR
MUNICIPAL SAVINGS."
AND I WOULD LIKE TO QUOTE
SPECIFICALLY WHAT I SHARED
WITH YOU YESTERDAY.
THE REACTION BY SOME
MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS HAVE
BEEN TOTALLY OVER THE TOP,
SAYS ANDREA HANNON,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
ASSOCIATION OF DAY CARE
OPERATORS IN ONTARIO.
IT'S LIKE THEY WANT FAMILIES
TO START PANICKING.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS
THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF WASTE
IN THE SYSTEM FOR A VERY
LONG TIME, AND THE FACT IS
WE RECOGNIZE THAT THIS
OPPORTUNITY TO REALIZE
EFFICIENCIES, BUT MOST
IMPORTANTLY WE RECOGNIZE WE
MUST MAKE SURE THAT PARENTS
ARE THE CENTRE OF EVERY
DECISION AROUND CHILD CARE
FOR THEIR FAMILIES AS
OPPOSED TO GOVERNMENTS
TELLING THEM WHERE THEY NEED
TO GO AND WHAT THEY NEED TO
DO.
AND MORE IMPORTANTLY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says MAKING SURE THAT PARENTS
ARE PART OF THE DECISION
MAKING IS CENTRAL, BUT WE
ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
WE'RE LEAVING MONEY IN
PARENTS' POCKETS.
OUR CHILD CARE PLAN IS GOING
TO ENABLE 300,000
FAMILIES...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
APPARENTLY PARENTS IN THIS
MINISTER'S OWN RIDING WROTE
AN OPEN LETTER TODAY BEGGING
HER TO FIND CHILD CARE,
NOT-FOR-PROFIT, HIGH-QUALITY
AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE IS
WHAT PARENTS WANT, SPEAKER.
THE PREMIER IS CREATING A
CRISIS HERE AND IT WON'T
DISAPPEAR JUST BECAUSE HE'S
DENIED THAT IT'S HAPPENING
OR INSULTS PEOPLE THAT RAISE
CONCERNS.
ONE PARENT JOINING US TODAY
IS FROM THE RIDING OF
HURON-BRUCE.
SHE WARNS THAT THE
GOVERNMENT CUTS TO CHILD
CARE WILL, QUOTE, MAKE CHILD
CARE HARDER TO ACCESS, MORE
EXPENSIVE AND WILL PUT YOUNG
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AT
RISK.
DOES THE PREMIER DENY HIS
CUTS WILL IMPACT FAMILIES
THAT RELY ON PROGRAMS THAT
ARE LOSING FUNDING, SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says AGAIN, JUST LIKE ANY
M.P.P. IN OUR GOVERNMENT, WE
ENCOURAGE ALL OUR
CONSTITUENTS TO COME TO US
DIRECTLY AND WORK WITH US,
BECAUSE THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS WE LOOK FORWARD TO
MEETING WITH OUR
CONSTITUENTS, BECAUSE WE ARE
ABSOLUTELY LISTENING TO OUR
GRASSROOTS.
AND OUR GRASSROOTS HAVE TOLD
US THEY ARE TIRED OF
GOVERNMENT TAKING MONEY OUT
OF THEIR POCKETS LEFT AND
RIGHT.
SO THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS
WE'RE MAKING SURE THAT
FAMILIES FEEL SUPPORTED LIKE
NO OTHER TIME BEFORE LIKE
OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS.
WE'RE INVESTING OVER 2
BILLION DOLLARS AS I SAID.
ANY FAMILY THAT HAS A CHILD
BETWEEN THE AGE OF ZERO AND
SEVEN ACTUALLY GET A SUPPORT
OF 6,000 A YEAR PER CHILD
IN THE FAMILY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says OVER AND ABOVE THAT FROM
AGES 7 TO 16, THEY GET
SUPPORT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says OF 7,750.
AND FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL
NEEDS CHILDREN GET 8,250
TAX CREDIT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE FACT IS THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT KEPT THESE
CUTS HIDDEN FROM FAMILIES
BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW
SHAMEFUL AND HEARTLESS THEY
REALLY ARE.
AND THEY KNOW THEY ARE
TARGETING FAMILIES WHO ARE
IN THE MOST NEED IN OUR
PROVINCE, SPEAKER.
THE PREMIER DID NOT RECEIVE
A MANDATE TO SLASH
NOT-FOR-PROFIT CHILD CARE
FUNDING FOR FAMILIES ACROSS
ONTARIO.
THAT WAS NOT WHAT HE
PROMISED ON THE CAMPAIGN
TRAIL.
NOBODY VOTED, SPEAKER, TO
SEE FEWER OPTIONS FOR
AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE.
WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT
TARGETING CHILDREN AND
LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH HIS
CUTS?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Thompson says WELL, AGAIN, THIS IS
ABOUT GETTING THINGS RIGHT.
AND WE KNOW ACROSS THE
PROVINCE THERE ARE
OPPORTUNITIES NOT OPEN FOR
THE LIKES OF THE CITY OF
TORONTO BUT MUNICIPALITIES
ACROSS ONTARIO TO TAKE A
LOOK AT THEIR ADMINISTRATION
AND REALIZE SOME
EFFICIENCIES, TO MAKE SURE
THAT THE FOCUS OF CHILD CARE
SUPPORTS COMING FROM MY
MINISTRY IS FOCUSED ON
FAMILIES.
AGAIN WE'RE MAKING SURE THAT
THERE IS FLEXIBILITY,
AFFORDABILITY AND
ACCESSIBILITY TO ALL
FAMILIES IN EVERY CORNER OF
THIS PROVINCE.
WE ARE ACTUALLY MAKING SURE
THAT, FOR THE FIRST TIME,
THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A RIGHT
TO CHOOSE BETWEEN IN-CENTRE
CARE, IN-HOME CARE OR SUMMER
CAMPS.
AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS ALL OF THOSE EXPENSES
WILL BE COVERED OFF.
75 percent OF CHILD CARE EXPENSES
WILL BE COVERED OFF BY OUR
CARE, OUR TAX...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says SO THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS WE ARE GETTING IT RIGHT.
WE'VE LISTENED TO PARENTS,
AND SHAME ON THIS GOV... OR
OPPOSITION.

[INTERJECTIONS]

Thompson says SORRY, YES.

[INTERJECTIONS]

Thompson says THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION OF GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO
ASK THE OPPOSITION COME TO
ORDER.
ORDER.
NEXT QUESTION.
ONCE AGAIN THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
BUT I HAVE TO SAY IT IS NOT
RIGHT.
IT IS WRONG TO CUT ON THE
BACKS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE
FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN OUR
PROVINCE.
IT IS WRONG.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says THE PREMIER'S CUTS, SPEAKER, ARE BEING FELT ACROSS ONTARIO.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says FROM ONE
END OF THE PROVINCE TO THE
OTHER.
JUST THIS WEEK WE'VE SEEN
REPORTS OF NEARLY 40 CLASSES
BEING REMOVED FROM A
SECONDARY SCHOOL IN
STOUFFVILLE WITH SUBJECTS
LIKE MEDIA STUDIES, MUSIC,
HISTORY AND FRENCH ALL BEING
SCRAPPED, BECAUSE THE
PREMIER FIRED THE PEOPLE WHO
TEACH THOSE COURSES.
DOES THE PREMIER REALLY
THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO
TARGET CUTS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says OUR STUDENTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, IT'S VERY
DIFFICULT TO SIT HERE AND
LISTEN TO THE INACCURATE
STATEMENTS.
TOTALLY INACCURATE,
MR. SPEAKER.
I'LL TELL YOU WHAT WE DID
PROMISE.
WE PROMISED TO GET OUR
PROVINCE OUT OF BANKRUPTCY,
TO MAKE SURE WE PROTECT THE
REAL PEOPLE IN THIS PROVINCE,
THE PEOPLE WORKING IN THE
FACTORIES, PEOPLE WORKING IN
THE HOSPITALS STRUGGLING TO
PAY THEIR MORTGAGE.
WE'RE LOWERING THEIR TAXES.
WE CREATED 123,000 JOBS.
THERE'S 123,000 PEOPLE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says THAT WEREN'T WORKING BEFORE,
BECAUSE BEFORE BUSINESSES
DIDN'T HAVE ANY CONFIDENCE
IN THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT OR
THE N.D.P. GOVERNMENT.
THEY'RE AS HAPPY AS PUNCH
RIGHT NOW THAT WE'RE BEING
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE.
WE'RE DRIVING THE ECONOMY.
WE'RE MAKING SURE WE'RE
CREATING GOOD-PAYING JOBS.
COMPANIES ARE FLOODING IN
ALL OVER THE PLACE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says SO THE
STUDENTS UP THERE, THEIR
PARENTS ARE GOING TO HAVE A
SUSTAINABLE JOB.
THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE LOWER
TAXES, LOWER BILLS BECAUSE
OF OUR GOVERNMENT, NOT
BECAUSE OF THE SPENDTHRIFT
N.D.P. AND LIBERAL POLICIES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, STRUGGLING FAMILIES
ARE STRUGGLING EVEN MORE
UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT AND
YOU KNOW WHAT?
THEY'RE STRUGGLING BECAUSE
THEY DIDN'T GET THEIR 15
MINIMUM WAGE, WHAT THEY
SHOULD HAVE GOT, TO HELP
ACTUALLY PAY THE BILLS.
BUT LOOK.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says THE
QUESTION IS ABOUT STUDENTS
AND SO I'M GOING TO GET BACK
TO THAT, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says THESE
CLASSES LAID OUT A CLEAR
PATH TOWARDS FULFILLING
POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND
A CAREER.
NOW THEY ARE BEING LEFT TO
TRY TO PIECE TOGETHER A
SCHEDULE THAT DOESN'T
REFLECT THEIR INTERESTS OR
THEIR POTENTIAL.
ONTARIO STUDENTS ARE
WATCHING AS THE PREMIER
TEARS UP THEIR PLANS FOR
THEIR EDUCATION, LEAVING
THEM TO PICK UP THE PIECES.
WHY IS THE PREMIER SO
DETERMINED...

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
STOP THE CLOCK.
THERE IS A STANDING ORDER
THAT SAYS THAT INTERJECTIONS
ARE OUT OF ORDER.
THAT MEANS YOU CAN'T YELL
ACROSS THE FLOOR AT THE
PERSON WHO HAS THE FLOOR.
I APOLOGIZE TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION FOR
INTERRUPTING.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
SHE HAS THE FLOOR.

Horwath says THE
QUESTION IS WHY IS THE
PREMIER SO DETERMINED TO
LEAVE ONTARIO STUDENTS WITH
LESS OPTIONS IN OUR SCHOOLS
AND FEWER PROSPECTS AFTER
THEY GRADUATE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Thompson says SPEAKER, THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IS DOING
NOTHING BUT FILLING PEOPLE
WITH ABSOLUTE RHETORIC THAT
IS NONSENSE.
IT'S NOT TRUE.

[INTERJECTION]

The Speaker says ORDER.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says OPPOSITION PARTY BEHIND
HER IS ACTUALLY DOING A
DISFAVOUR BECAUSE THE FACT
OF THE MATTER IS WE'RE GOING
TO BE WORKING WITH SCHOOL
BOARDS, BECAUSE WE HAVE AN
AT RIGS PROTECTION PROGRAM
FOR GOODNESS SAKES.
1.6 BILLION DOLLARS.
NOT ONE TEACHER IS GOING TO
INVOLUNTARILY LOSE THEIR JOB,
AND IF THERE IS A TEACHER...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says THAT IS GOING TO BE
RETIRING THAT PERHAPS
TEACHES MATH, THAT PERHAPS
TEACHES A TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
OR PERHAPS TEACHES ARTS, WE
ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT...

[VOICE FADING]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION WILL TAKE HER SEAT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO INTERRUPT AND
CALL THE MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT TO ORDER AND THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO TO ORDER.
NEXT QUESTION.
MINISTER OF EDUCATION WILL
COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER OF EDUCATION WILL
COME TO ORDER.
NEXT question. The member for Mississauga Centre.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Kusendova is in her thirties, with long wavy brown hair in an updo. She wears a gray dress and a pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER OF ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, NURSES ARE AN
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND
VALUED PART OF ONTARIO'S
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
IN FACT, THEY ARE THE
BACKBONE.
THEY DELIVER HIGH-QUALITY,
COMPASSIONATE,
PATIENT-CENTERED CARE THAT
ONTARIO'S PATIENTS AND
FAMILIES CAN RELY ON.
THAT IS WHY I APPEAR SO
PROUD TO STAND IN THIS
LEGISLATURE TO CELEBRATE
NATIONAL NURSING WEEK.
I'M ALSO PROUD TO BE A PART
OF A GOVERNMENT THAT VALUES
THE HARD WORK OF ONTARIO'S
NURSES.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
PREMIER PLEASE EXPLAIN TO
THE MEMBERS OF THIS
LEGISLATURE WHY IT IS SO
IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE
NATIONAL NURSING WEEK IN OUR
PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GREAT
MEMBER FROM MISSISSAUGA
CENTRE FOR THE QUESTION.
INCREDIBLE...

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO
HAVE TO INTERRUPT.
STOP THE CLOCK.
I'M GOING TO HAVE TO
INTERRUPT.
I HAVE TO INTERRUPT.
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEAT.
THE CLOCK'S STOPPED.
THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO AND
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION
HAVE TO COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE PREMIER.

Ford says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE
HAVE TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL
NURSING WEEK BECAUSE THEY'RE
INCREDIBLE PEOPLE.
I SAID THROUGHOUT THE
CAMPAIGN AND THE OPPOSITION
WANT TO MAKE FUN OF ME OF
SAYING I LOVE THE NURSES.
I TRULY DO LOVE THE NURSES.
I'VE HAD MANY EXPERIENCES,
LIKE ALL OF US HAVE.
WHEN YOU TAKE A LOVED ONE
INTO THE HOSPITAL, OF COURSE
THE DOCTORS ARE THERE
OVERSEEING EVERYTHING.
BUT THE BACKBONE OF EVERY
SINGLE HOSPITAL,
MR. SPEAKER, ARE THE NURSES.
THE NURSES ARE THERE AROUND
THE CLOCK.
THE NURSES ARE TAKING CARE
OF THE PATIENTS, MAKING SURE
THEY'RE FEELING BETTER.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S NO
ONE THAT APPRECIATES NURSES
MORE THAN OUR TEAM.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says OUR CAUCUS,
OUR P.C. GOVERNMENT AND
WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE WE
TAKE CARE OF THE NURSES
BECAUSE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER,
THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF
EVERY HOSPITAL THROUGHOUT
THIS PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Kusendova says I THANK THE PREMIER FOR
HIS RESPONSE.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT OUR
NURSES RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO
ARE THE BEST, AND I KNOW
THAT IT MEANS A LOT TO
EVERYONE IN THE HEALTH CARE
SECTOR THAT WE HAVE
STEADFAST LEADERED SHIP AND
OUR PREMIER OF HEALTH AND
LONG-TERM CARES DEEPLY A
ABOUT WHAT MATTERS THE MOST.
THAT IS WHY I AM PROUD TO BE
PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT
SUPPORTS THE HARD WORK AND
SACRIFICES OF OUR NURSES
ACROSS ONTARIO.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO SUPPORTING FRONT-LINE
NURSES BY ENSURING THAT THEY
HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO
PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY
PATIENT-CENTRE CARED FOR
ONTARIANS.
COULD THE PREMIER PLEASE
INFORM THIS HOUSE WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO
SUPPORT NURSES ACROSS
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND I FORGOT TO MENTION THE
M.P.P. FROM MISSISSAUGA IS
ACTUALLY A NURSE.
SHE'S ACTUALLY A NURSE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says A MINISTER OF... OUR
MINISTER OF LABOUR WAS A
NURSE.
WE HAVE LOTS OF NURSES SO WE
HEAR FIRST HAND, FIRST HAND
THEIR NEEDS, FIRST HAND WHEN
IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
NIGHT AND THEY HAVE TWO
NURSES ON DUTY ON A WHOLE
FLOOR, THAT'S WHAT CONCERNS
OUR GOVERNMENT.
WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR
NURSES, WHICH WE WILL
SUPPORT OUR NURSES, BECAUSE,
AGAIN, WHEN THE PATIENTS
NEED HELP AND THEY NEED TO
BE TAKEN CARE OF, THE
PATIENTS, WHO TAKES CARE OF
THEM?
THE NURSES SO WE NEED TO
TAKE CARE OF THE NURSES.
MR. SPEAKER, I CAN ASSURE
THE NURSES OUT THERE,
THEY'LL BE WELL TAKEN CARE
OF.
WE'LL LISTEN TO THEIR
CONCERNS BECAUSE NO ONE
UNDERSTANDS THE HEALTH CARE
SECTORS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says BETTER THAN
THE FRONT LINE PEOPLE.
THE NURSES ARE THERE DAY IN
AND DAY OUT.
THEY SEE THE STRUGGLES WITH
THE PATIENTS.
THEY SEE THE STRUGGLES WITH
THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES.
NURSES ARE ABSOLUTE
CHAMPIONS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE 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, white shirt, and blue tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, YESTERDAY JOHN TORY,
THE DISTINGUISHED MAYOR OF
TORONTO AND FORMER MER
LEADER OF THE PREMIER'S
PARTY SAID THAT SINCE THE
PREMIER HAD SO MANY
BUDGETING SUGGESTIONS FOR
THE CITY OF TORONTO, MAYBE
THE CITY OF TORONTO WOULD
RECIPROCATE BY HELPING THE
FORD GOVERNMENT FIND WASTE
IN THEIR OWN BUDGET.
SPEAKER, NEW DEMOCRATS WOULD
LIKE TO HELP THE MAYOR
IDENTIFY THE MOST WASTEFUL
SPENDING IN THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S BUDGET BUT
WE'RE STRUGGLING TO DECIDE
BETWEEN WHICH ONES.
SPEAKER, THERE'S THE HOUSE
LEADER'S SECRET JUNKET TO
INDIA, THE FINANCE
MINISTER'S VISIT TO THE BIG
APPLE, THE CURRENT
BILLION-dollar BEER STORE
BOONDOGGLE, AND OF COURSE
WHO WOULD FORGET THE
PREMIER'S OFF-THE-BOOKS
PRERNL PLEASURE WAGON.
CAN THE PREMIER HELP US HELP
MAYOR TORY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says I'D BE MORE
THAN HAPPY TO HELP THE CITY
OF TORONTO FIND SAVINGS.
I WAS DOWN THERE FOR FOUR
YEARS.
WE SAVED OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WHERE'S THE SAVINGS NOW?
ALL YOU'RE SEEING IN THE
CITY OF TORONTO THE BUDGET
GO UP BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF
YEARS.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says THE SERVICE
VERSUS GONE DOWN AND THE
SPENDING'S GONE UP.
WHO GOES OUT AND BUYS 10
MILLION DOLLAR FLEET AND HAS IT
SITTING IN THE BASEMENT AND
DOES NOTHING?
WHO GOES AROUND PAYING
PEOPLE TO WATER STUMPS ON
TREES?
YOU KNOW THE AUDITOR GENERAL...
THE AUDITOR FROM THE CITY OF
TORONTO HAS GIVEN THEM A
LENGTHY LIST OF SAVINGS AND
GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER?
THE CITY OF TORONTO HAS
IGNORED THEM.
NAME ONE EFFICIENCY ANYONE
IN THIS ROOM, ONE EFFICIENCY
TORONTO HAS FOUND IN THE
LAST FIVE, SIX YEARS?

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says I CAN TELL
YOU NOT ONE.
NOT ONE SINGLE EFFICIENCY.

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Ford says ALL THEY DO
IS WASTE MONEY.
THEY'RE PART OF THE
N.D.P./LIBERAL LITTLE GANG
OVER THERE THAT LOVES TO
SPEND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[VOICE TRAILING]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Natyshak says SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT WE
BARELY SCRATCH THE SURFACE
WHEN IT COMES TO THIS
GOVERNMENT'S INDEFENSIBLE
SPENDING, BUT WE UNDERSTAND
THE PREMIER HAS ASKED MAYOR
TORY NOT TO MEDDLE IN
PROVINCIAL AFFAIRS.
THE PREMIER HAS CRITICIZED
THE MAYOR FOR IRRESPONSIBLY
WADING INTO PROVINCIAL
ISSUES THAT HE IS EITHER NOT
INVOLVED IN OR DOESN'T
UNDERSTAND, AND YOU KNOW WE
GET IT, SPEAKER.
IT'S ANNOYING WHEN ANOTHER
LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT
IRRESPONSIBLY WADES INTO
ISSUES THAT THEY AREN'T
INVOLVED IN, AND THEY REALLY
DON'T UNDERSTAND.
SPEAKER, ACCOUNT PREMIER
EXPLAIN WHY HE DOES IT SO
OFTEN?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.
MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION,
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
THE CITY OF TORONTO HAS OVER
A 13 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET.
WE JUST TOOK 20 BILLION DOLLARS.
WE TOOK OVER 20 BILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR ESSEX, COME TO ORDER.

Ford says BACKLOG REPAIRS.
WE'RE DELIVERING A 28.5
BILLION DOLLAR TRANSIT SYSTEM.
WE'RE GIVING TORONTO HELP
433 MILLION DOLLARS.
WE'RE SUPPORTING THE CITY OF
TORONTO LIKE NO OTHER
GOVERNMENT.
I REMEMBER ONE THING,
MR. SPEAKER.
WHEN I WAS AT THE CITY OF
TORONTO, WE NEVER CAME HAT
IN HAND TO THE GOVERNMENT,
NOT ONCE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says AS THEY
WERE SPENDING, WE WERE
SAVING.
AS THEY WERE RAISING TAXES,
WE WERE LOWERING TAXES.
AS A MATTER OF FACT THE
FIRST YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, WE
DELIVERED A 0 percent TAX INCREASE.
THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.
MR. SPEAKER, JUST IMAGINE.
IF THEY TOOK CARE OF ALL
THEIR CONSTITUENTS THAT
VOTED FOR THEM.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says AND RAN
THEIR GOVERNMENT AND WE RAN
OURS, THEY'D BE BANKRUPT IN
A MONTH.
ABSOLUTE BANKRUPT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER
FOR ESSEX HAS TO COME TO
ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA CENTRE
HAS TO COME TO ORDER.
NEXT question. The member for Scarborough-Rouge Park.

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

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

He

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

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

He

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
DEPUTY PREMIER AND MINISTER
OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.
THIS WEEK IS MENTAL HEALTH
WEEK.
IT IS AN IMPORTANT TIME TO
RAISE AWARENESS TO HELP END
THE STIGMA AROUND MENTAL
HEALTH.
THAT'S WHY I'M VERY PROUD TO
BE PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT
IS COMMITTED TO DEVELOP AND
IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE
AND CONNECTED MENTAL HEALTH
AND [UNCLEAR] STRATEGY NOT
JUST THIS WEEK BUT EVERY
WEEK.
I HEARD TIME AND TIME AGAIN
FROM MY CONSTITUENTS OF THE
RIDING OF SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE
PARK THAT PEOPLE CANNOT
ACCESS THE MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION SERVICES WHEN AND
WHERE THEY NEED IT.
WE NEED TO DO BETTER.
MR. SPEAKER, WOULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE
WHAT IS BEING DONE TO
SUPPORT ONTARIANS LIVING
WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION CHALLENGES?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Elliott says THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO
THE MEMBER FROM
SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE PARK FOR
THIS QUESTION.
I KNOW THIS IS A REALLY
IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR YOU AS
WELL.
ONTARIO'S MENTAL HEALTH
SYSTEM IS DISCONNECTED,
MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR
PATIENTS AND FAMILIES TO GET
THE CARE THEY NEED WHEN THEY
NEED IT.
THIS FRAGMENTED APPROACH TO
TREATING ONTARIO'S FAMILIES
IS SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
THAT'S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT IS
ADDING DESPERATELY NEEDED
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES ON THE GROUND, IN
SCHOOLS, COMMUNITIES AND
HEALTH CENTRES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
I WAS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
YESTERDAY THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING 174
MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW FUNDING TO
ADDRESS THE CRITICAL GAPS IN
ONTARIO'S SYSTEM AND TO
SUPPORT PATIENTS AND
FAMILIES LIVING WITH MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
CHALLENGES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Thanigasalam says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MINISTER FOR HER
RESPONSE.
THERE'S NO DOUBT HOW MEN...
OUR HEALTH AND... MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION SYSTEM
NEEDS BETTER ACTION.
WE NEED BETTER WRAPAROUND
SERVICES SO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO ARE SUPPORTED IN
ADDICTION CHALLENGES.
MY CONSTITUENTS AND EVERYONE
IN ONTARIO WILL CERTAINLY
BENEFIT FROM THESE COMMUNITY
SERVICES, AND I'M PROUD TO
BE PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT
TAKES MENTAL HEALTH VERY
SERIOUSLY.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE
WHAT THIS INVESTMENT OF 174
MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE USED FOR?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says THANK YOU VERY MUCH AGAIN
TO THE MEMBER.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS KEEPING
OUR PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO TO MAKE MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES A PRIORITY, THAN IS
WHY WE ARE TAKING A
MULTIMINISTERIAL APPROACH TO
ONTARIO'S MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS CHALLENGES.
THIS FUNDING WILL GO
DIRECTLY TOWARD SERVICES FOR
PATIENTS AND FAMILIES AND
HELP REDUCE WAIT TIMES,
ENHANCE OPIOIDS AND
ADDICTION SERVICES, CREATE
ADDITIONAL HOUSING, BUILD
CAPACITY IN CHILD AND YOUTH
MENTAL HEALTH, SUPPORT OUR
MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND
ADD SERVICES FOR SENIORS,
FRANCOPHONES AND ONTARIO'S
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.
THESE INVESTMENTS ARE PART
OF OUR GOVERNMENT'S
COMMITMENT TO SPEND 3.8
BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN YEARS IN
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES.
TOGETHER WE WILL CREATE A
CONNECTED SYSTEM OF CARE
THAT WILL MAKE SURE THAT
SERVICES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says ARE AVAILABLE FOR
INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
THROUGHOUT THEIR JOURNEY TO
MENTAL WELLNESS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT 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 blazer and a patterned gray blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
THE NEW ONTARIO AUTISM
PROGRAM WAS SUPPOSED TO
START APRIL THE 1ST.
THOUTSES OF FAMILIES ACROSS
THE PROVINCE HAVE WAITED
ANXIOUSLY FOR THE NEW
PROGRAMS.
YET TO DATE NOT ONE FAMILY
IN ONTARIO HAS RECEIVED
THEIR CHILDHOOD BUDGET.

Interjection: WOW.

Taylor says THIS GOVERNMENT'S
RECKLESS ROLLOUT OF THEIR
AUTISM PROGRAM HAS ACTUALLY
LEFT PARENTS WAITING LONGER.
FAMILIES FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE
BEEN SHIFTED FROM A BAD
LIBERAL WAIT LIST TO A
CONSERVATIVE ONE, WITH
ABSOLUTELY NO END IN SIGHT.
PREMIER HOW MUCH LONGER WILL
FAMILIES HAVE TO WAIT TO GET
THE FUNDING FOR SERVICES FOR
THEIR CHILDREN?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

The Speaker says 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 blue tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THAT
QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, LAST
YEAR WE CAME OUT WITH A NEW
PROGRAM FOR AUTISM IN
ONTARIO.
NOT ONLY DID WE DOUBLE THE
FUNDING, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE
WENT TO WORK AT A SYSTEM
THAT CLEARLY WASN'T WORKING
FOR ONTARIANS.
ONE OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN
ONLY RECEIVED TREATMENT FROM
THEIR GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE WORKED TO END THAT WAIT
LIST SO THAT FOUR OUT OF
FOUR CHILDREN ARE GOING TO
RECEIVE TREATMENT TO SUPPORT
THE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
THROUGHOUT THIS PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE DOING
JUST THAT.
NOT ONLY WITH OUR WHYS TO
CLEAR THE WAIT LIST BUT ALSO
SPO IT WITH CLEAR FUNDING TO
600 MILLION DOLLARS.
AND WE'VE JUST STARTED A
CONSULTATION PROCESS,
MR. SPEAKER, TO SEE HOW WE
CAN BEST MOVE FORWARDS
TOWARDS A NEED-BASED
PROGRAM.
THIS IS WHAT PARENTS HAVE
BEEN ASKING FOR,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE GOING TO DELIVER THAT.
I HOPE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says TO DEVELOP THE PROGRAM
TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT
PEOPLE, CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
ARE TRULY SUPPORTED.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Taylor says JUST SO THE MINISTER
KNOWS, I'VE BEEN TALKING TO
FAMILIES FOR FOUR YEARS, FOR
EIGHT YEARS.
YOU CAN'T PUT PROGRAMS
BEFORE YOU TALK TO PARENTS.
IT'S BACKWARDS.
FAMILIES HAVE NO IDEA WHEN
THEY WILL RECEIVE FUNDING
FOR THEIR CHILDREN WITH
AUTISM.
FAMILIES WHO WERE NEXT ON
THE LIST UNDER THE OLD
O.A.P. ARE STILL WAITING.
IT'S NOT CLEAR IF THIS
GOVERNMENT IS WITHHOLDING
FUNDS DELIBERATELY OR IF
THEY'RE DELAYED JUST BECAUSE
THEY DESIGN PROGRAMS ON THE
FLY.
FAMILIES SHOULDN'T HAVE TO
WAIT FOR THE CONSERVATIVES
TO GET THEIR HOUSE IN ORDER.
PREMIER, WHEN CAN FAMILIES
EXPECT TO RECEIVE NOT JUST
APPLICATION PACKAGES BUT
ACTUAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE
THE SERVICES THAT THEIR
CHILDREN NEED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Yurek says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER, FOR THAT
QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, PREVIOUSLY PRIOR
TO OUR CHANGES, THREE OUT OF
FOUR CHILDREN IN THIS
PROVINCE WERE NOT RECEIVING
ANY FUNDING AND WERE
INDEFINITELY PLACED ON A
WAIT LIST, MR. SPEAKER.
IT SEEMS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
AND THE OPPOSITION WANTS TO
RETURN TO THAT TYPE OF
SYSTEM WHERE THREE OUT OF
FOUR CHILDREN IN THIS
PROVINCE DO NOT RECEIVE ANY
FUNDING AND ONLY HAVE ZERO
HOPE TO GET OFF THAT WAIT
LIST.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE MAKING
THE CHANGE IN THIS PROVINCE.
WE'RE PUTTING MORE... THE
MINISTER IS PUTTING MORE
MONEY INTO THE SYSTEM.
WE'RE WORKING TO MAKE SURE
FOUR OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN
WITH AUTISM RECEIVE THE
SUPPORT AND CARE THAT THEY
NEED IN THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Yurek says NOT ONLY HAVE WE STARTED
CONSULTATIONS FOR A
NEED-BASED SYSTEM,
MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE'RE
WORKING WITH THE MINISTER OF
HEALTH, MINISTRY...
WRAP-AROUND, SOMETHING THE
OPPOSITION HAS BEEN ASKING
FOR, FOR CHILDREN WITH
AUTISM.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
DELIVER ON THAT PROGRAM.
WE'RE CUTTING RIGHT NOW,
LISTENING TO PARENTS.
I WOULD HOPE THE MEMBERS
OPPOSITE WOULD HELP WORK
WITH US.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says CHILDREN WITH AUTISM GET
THE SUPPORTS AND SERVICES THEY NEED.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Ottawa-South.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO THE
PREMIER.
PREMIER, I HOPE YOU SLEPT
WELL, TO DREAMS OF YOUR
DOUBLE-DIP DODGE.
AND I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON
THAT QUESTION THAT I ASKED
YOU YESTERDAY.
AND NOW THAT YOU'VE HAD TIME
TO THINK ABOUT IT, I'D LIKE
TO PRESENT TO YOU SOME NEW
FACTS.
SO ON APRIL 29TH, CHAIR,
MR. SPEAKER, 85,000 WAS
DEPOSITED TO YOUR LEADERSHIP
CAMPAIGN ON THE WAY TO
CONSERVATIVE PARTY COFFERS.
46 PEOPLE DONATED THE
MAXIMUM.
THAT'S JUST IN THE LAST TWO
WEEKS.
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER KNOWS
THIS IS WRONG.
IT'S AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE.
HE KNOWS THAT NOT ANY OTHER
MEMBER IN THIS LEGISLATURE
CAN DO THIS.
IT'S WRONG AND HE KNOWS IT.
I KNOW THAT.
SO, THROUGH YOU, THROUGH YOU
TO THE PREMIER, SPEAKER,
DOES THE PREMIER BELIEVE
THERE'S ONE RULE FOR HIM AND
ANOTHER RULE FOR THE PEOPLE?

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, I THINK OUR
M.P.P. THE LEADER... LIBERAL
INDEPENDENT PARTY, LIBERAL
PARTY WHATEVER YOU WANT TO
CALL THEM, HE FORGETS THE
20,000-A-PLATE DINNERS HE
WOULD GO TO WITH THE PREMIER,
WITH THE MINISTER, RUNNING
AROUND.
THEY ACTUALLY HAD TO CHANGE
THE RULES BECAUSE OF WHAT
WAS GOING ON FOR THE
PAY-TO-PLAY.
IT WAS CALLED PAY-TO-PLAY
UNDER THE LIBERAL PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT.
YOU GO SPEND 20,000 AND YOU
GET TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE
WITH THE MINISTER.
YOU MIGHT EVEN BE ABLE TO
GET A ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE
PREMIER.
WE'RE RAISING MONEY AROUND
THE PROVINCE, 25 SPAGHETTI
DINNERS.
THE MAJORITY OF OUR... WE'LL
PUT OUT A STATEMENT,
MR. SPEAKER, IN BETWEEN 5,
10 AND 25.
WE'LL RAISE 100,000 BECAUSE
PEOPLE BELIEVE IN OUR
MESSAGE.
THEY BELIEVE IN WHAT WE'RE
DOING.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says THEY BELIEVE WE'RE TURNING
THE PROVINCE AROUND AND
PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Fraser says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
AND THE PREMIER MIGHT WANT
TO CHECK HIS OWN WEBSITE
BECAUSE THE LCBO CHAIR IS
RAISING MONEY FOR HIS
FINANCE MINISTER, AND IT'S
NOT A 25 SPAGHETTI DINNER.
SO, PREMIER, ON APRIL 29TH,
34 PEOPLE EXCEEDED THEIR
ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION LIMITS.
YOU ASKED THEM.
YOU SAID... YOU ASKED THEM.
YOU SAID GIVE ME MONEY FOR
MY LEADERSHIP AND THEN GIVE
ME SOME MORE MONEY FOR THE
CONSERVATIVE PARTY.
AND YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS
WRONG.

The Speaker says YOU HAVE TO
MAKE YOUR COMMENTS THROUGH
THE CHAIR.
AND THE QUESTION HAS TO BE
RELEVANT.
COME TO ORDER.

Fraser says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE PREMIER KNOWS THAT THIS
IS WRONG.
OK?
SO YOU'RE CLOSING IN ON
THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS TO A LEADERSHIP
CAMPAIGN...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE COME TO ORDER.

Fraser says THE MILLIONAIRE PREMIER
AND MILLIONAIRE FINANCE
MINISTER, SPEAKER, MAY
BELIEVE THAT THIS IS OK.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Fraser says FOR REGULAR FOLKS, THIS
IS A LOT OF MONEY, SPEAKER.
SO I WANT TO ASK THE PREMIER
ONE MORE TIME.
DOES... DOES HE BELIEVE
THERE'S A RULE JUST FOR HIM...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
PREMIER TO REPLY.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAD TO CHANGE THE RULES
BECAUSE OF ALL THE NONSENSE
GOING ON WITH THE LIBERAL
PARTY.
PLAU THEY WERE FILLED WITH
CANDLES.
BACK-ROOM DEALS,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says I ASK THE
PREMIER TO WITHDRAW.

Ford says WITHDRAW, MR. SPEAKER, THEY WERE
ATTENDING 20,000-A-PLATE
DINNERS.
WE'RE RAISING MONEY FROM
PEOPLE AGAIN WITH A 5, 25,
30 DONATION.
THEY ACTUALLY, MR. SPEAKER,
THEY ACTUALLY CHANGED THE
GREENBELT BOUNDARIES TO SUIT
THEIR DEVELOPER BUDDIES.
THEY SWITCHED IT.
AS A MATTER OF FACT THEY
SWITCHED THE GREENBELT 19
TIMES, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says COME TO
ORDER.

Ford says DEVELOPMENT
MONEY.
19 TIMES.
WE WOULDN'T EVEN MENTION IT,
PEOPLE GO WILD.
IT'S CALLED PAY TO PLAY
UNDER THE LIBERAL PARTY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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, white shirt and red tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TODAY IS TO THE
MINISTER EVERYONE LOVES, THE
CARING MINISTER FOR SENIORS
AND ACCESSIBILITY.

[APPLAUSE]

Kramp says MR. SPEAKER, GRACEFULLY
THE MINISTER OF SENIORS
ACCESSIBILITY AND OUR
MINISTER OF HEALTH AND
LONG-TERM CARE RECENTLY
ANNOUNCED PUBLICLY FUNDED
DENTAL CARE FOR LOW-INCOME
SENIORS.
MR. SPEAKER, NO SENIOR IN
ONTARIO SHOULD EVER, EVER
HAVE TO GO WITHOUT QUALITY
DENTAL CARE.
YET WE KNOW MANY SENIORS
LIVE IN A FIXED INCOME AND
TWO-THIRDS OF OUR LOW-INCOME
SENIORS DO NOT HAVE ANY
ACCESS TO DENTAL INSURANCE.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER FOR SENIORS AND
ACCESSIBILITY PLEASE INFORM
THIS HOUSE WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING FOR
LOW-INCOME SENIORS WITH
THEIR DENTAL CARE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER FOR
SENIORS AND ACCESSIBILITY.

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, white shirt, and checked blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO
THANK THE VERY HARD WORKING
MEMBER FOR RAISING VERY
IMPORTANT QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

Cho says ONTARIO IS PROTECTING WHAT
MATTER MOST, OUR SENIORS.

[APPLAUSE]

Cho says LIVING ON A FIXED INCOME CAN
CREATE GAPS IN CARE,
SOMETHING THAT MANY SENIORS
IN ONTARIO FACE.
THAT'S WHY WE INTRODUCED OUR
DENTAL CARE PROGRAM FOR
LOW-INCOME SENIORS, WHICH
WILL HELP REDUCE UNNECESSARY
TRIPS TO THE HOSPITAL,
PREVENT CHRONIC DISEASE, AND
INCREASE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR
OUR SENIORS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Cho says DENTAL CARE FOR OUR
LOW-INCOME SENIORS.
AND THIS GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCED THE PROGRAM IN
OUR FIRST BUDGET.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
I ASK THE MINISTER TO TAKE
HIS SEAT.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Kramp says WELL, I CERTAINLY THANK
THE MINISTER FOR HIS
RESPONSE.
I KNOW SENIORS IN MY
CONSTITUENCY AND LITERALLY
IN EVERY CONSTITUENCY OF
EVERY MEMBER HERE CERTAINLY
NEED A PROGRAM SUCH AS THIS.
AND THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT
TAKES THE HEALTH NEEDS OF
OUR SENIORS SERIOUSLY.
BECAUSE NOT ONLY A BENEFIT
FOR OUR SENIORS BUT ALSO
BENEFICIAL FOR OUR LARGER
PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
HERE IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO.
SO TO THE MINISTER... COULD
THE MINISTER AS WELL PLEASE
EXPLAIN HOW THIS PROGRAM
CONTRIBUTES TO OUR
GOVERNMENT'S LARGER PLAN
THAT'S GOING TO MODERNIZE
THE ONTARIO HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM AND HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE AND FINALLY BRING
PROPER CARE BACK TO OUR
SENIORS IN THIS PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Cho says THANK YOU FOR THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.
I WOULD LIKE TO REPORT THE
QUESTION TO HARD WORKING MY
FAVOURITE MINISTER OF HEALTH
AND LONG-TERM CARE.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Elliott says TO THE MEMBER FOR HASTINGS-LENNOX AND
ADDINGTON FOR THE ORIGINAL
QUESTION.
PREVENTABLE DENTAL ISSUES
LEAD TO MORE THAN 60,000
EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS PER
YEAR.
A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF
WHICH ARE SENIORS.
THIS PUTS A STRAIN ON OUR
HOSPITALS AND IS A FAILURE
TO OUR SENIORS.
NO SENIOR IN ONTARIO SHOULD
GO WITHOUT QUALITY DENTAL
CARE.
THAT'S WHY WE ARE INVESTING
NEARLY 90 MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR
IN DENTAL CARE FOR
LOW-INCOME SENIORS.
PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS,
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRES,
ABORIGINAL HEALTH CENTRES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says AND MOBILE DENTAL BUSES
WILL ASSIST ONTARIO SENIORS
WITH THEIR DENTAL NEEDS.
ONTARIO SENIORS CAN BE
CONFIDENT THAT THEIR PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL BE
THERE FOR THEM WHEN AND
WHERE THEY NEED IT.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
NEXT question. The member for Brampton Centre.

The caption changes to "Sara Singh. NDP. Brampton Centre."

Singh is in her thirties, with long curly black hair. She wears a black blazer.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, LEGAL AID CLINICS
ARE LOOKING AT AN
APPROXIMATE 60 MILLION DOLLAR CUT
TO THEIR OVERALL BUDGET.
THE SOUTH ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC
IS BUT ONE OF 73 LEGAL AID
CLINICS IN THIS PROVINCE.
THEY, LIKE OTHERS ACROSS OUR
PROVINCE RIGHT NOW, PROVIDE
COUNSEL AND LEGAL
REPRESENTATION TO SOME OF
THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE
HERE IN OUR PROVINCE.
LIKE A WOMAN THEY REFER TO
AS MIRIAM.
A NEW IMMIGRANT AND A TENANT
IN MISSISSAUGA.
HER LANDLORD KEPT TURNING UP
AT HER UNIT WITHOUT A
NOTICE.
ON ONE OCCASION SHE
COMPLAINED THAT HER LANDLORD
EVEN ASSAULTED HER.
AFTER THAT CAME A THREAT OF
EVICTION.
THE LEGAL AID CLINIC WORKED
WITH MIRIAM TO ENSURE THAT
SHE WAS NOT EVICTED AND TO
GET COMPENSATION THAT SHE
DESERVED FOR HER INJURIES.
SPEAKER, WHERE DID THE
PREMIER SUGGEST THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE LIKE MIRIAM GO TO GET
THE HELP THEY NEED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER.

[SHOUTING IN THE BACKGROUND]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
YOU HAVE TO LEAVE.
THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE
PROTESTING HAVE TO LEAVE.

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says THE HOUSE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH IS WARNED.
Member FOR SARNIA-LAMBTON
WILL COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR NIAGARA CENTRE
WILL COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX WILL
COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY WILL
COME TO ORDER.
WHERE WERE WE?
DEPUTY PREMIER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE DEPUTY PREMIER HAS THE FLOOR.

Elliott says ATTORNEY GENERAL, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND I WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO
ANSWER THE QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND SPEAK TO
THE VITAL SERVICES LEGAL AID
PROVIDES INCLUDING TO PEOPLE
SUCH AS MIRIAM BUT I DO WANT
TO POINT OUT THAT THE
PHOTOGRAPHER FROM THE
OPPOSITION PARTY HAS BEEN IN
THE GALLERY TODAY, AND IT
LOOKS AS THOUGH THE
OPPOSITION HAS BEEN
COORDINATING AN EFFORT TO
DISRUPT THIS HOUSE...

[SOME APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

[APPLAUSE]
[HECKLING]

The Speaker says THE
GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
THE GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL COME TO
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, PLEASE
CONCLUDE YOUR RESPONSE.

Mulroney says MR. SPEAKER, LEGAL AID
PROVIDES VITAL SERVICES AND
THAT IS WHY IT IS ESSENTIAL
THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN
TO ENSURE THAT IT HAS
ACCOUNTABILITY AND
TRANSPARENCY AND THAT IT IS
SENDING THE HUNDREDS OF
MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THE FRONT-LINE SERVICES
THAT ARE SO DESPERATELY NEEDED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS
WE HAVE SEEN LEGAL AID
SPENDING HUNDREDS... ALMOST
100 MILLION DOLLARS MORE.
LEGAL AID CLIENTS AND
TAXPAYERS HAVE NOT BEEN
SEEING THE RESULTS THAT THEY
SHOULD EXPECT FROM THAT KIND
OF INVESTMENT, MR. SPEAKER.
AND SO THEREFORE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh says SPEAKER, A WORKER WE WILL
REFER TO AS IMRAN WORKED FOR
AN EMPLOYER WHO PAID HIM
ONLY 7 AN HOUR, EVEN THOUGH
OUR MINIMUM WAGE HERE IN
THIS PROVINCE IS 14.
THE LEGAL AID CLINIC HELPED
IMRAN MAKE AN EMPLOYMENT
STANDARDS CLAIM FOR HIS
WAGES, OVERTIME AND
TERMINATION PAY.
IMRAN SAYS THAT WITHOUT THAT
HELP, HE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN
ABLE TO GET WHAT WAS OWED TO
HIM AND HE IS GRATEFUL FOR
THE CLINIC'S SUPPORT.
THIS GOVERNMENT'S CUTS PUT
THESE CLINICS AT RISK AND
THE CLOSURE... OF CLOSURE
AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
KNOWS THAT THIS IS THE CASE.
IS IT THE PREMIER'S
INTENTION TO CLOSE LEGAL AID
CLINICS SO THAT PEOPLE LIKE
IMRAN CAN GET THE WAGES THAT
THEY ARE ACTUALLY OWED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

Mulroney says MR. SPEAKER, LEGAL AID
HAS SAID ITSELF THAT
FRONT-LINE SERVICES WILL
CONTINUE TO REMAIN STRONG SO
THE SERVICES THAT PEOPLE
SUCH AS IMRAN HAVE RECEIVED
WILL CONTINUE TO BE OFFERED,
MR. SPEAKER.
LEGAL AID HAS A BUDGET OF
OVER 400 MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR
AND WILL HAVE EVEN MORE IF
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
COMMITS TO PAY THE FUNDING
THAT IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR.
WHILE SOME LAWYERS MAY NOT
WELCOME THIS RENEWED
ACCOUNTABILITY AT LEGAL AID,
MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ESSENTIAL
FOR LEGAL AID CLIENTS AND
FOR THE TAXPAYER OF ONTARIO
THAT IS SPENDING SO MUCH
MONEY TO ENSURE THAT THOSE
PEOPLE IN ONTARIO WHO CANNOT
AFFORD LEGAL REPRESENTATION
ARE ABLE TO GET THAT.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE 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 patterned gray and black sweater.

She speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.

[END OF TRANSLATION]

In English, Lalonde continues
GAMBLING RESEARCH EXCHANGE
ONTARIO HAS BEEN STUDYING
PROBLEM GAMBLING AND FINDING
WAYS TO HELP REDUCE THE ARM
OF GAMBLING, PROVIDING
RESOURCES TO FRONT-LINE
AGENCIES, TO PREVENT
GAMBLING ADDICTION.
LAST WEEK THE GOVERNMENT
ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS CUTTING
THEIR ENTIRE BUDGET,
SHUTTING DOWN THE
ORGANIZATION.
SPEAKER, AS THIS GOVERNMENT
CONTINUES THIS CRUSADE TO
EXPAND ALCOHOL ANDING ACCESS
THROUGH ONTARIO, INCLUDING
ALCOHOL IN CASINOS, WHY, WHY
IS THIS GOVERNMENT NOT
CONCERNED ABOUT THOSE MOST
VULNERABLE PEOPLE AFFECTED
BY GAMBLING ADDICTION?

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
I THANK THE MEMBER VERY MUCH
FOR THE QUESTION.
OF COURSE WE ARE CONCERNED
ABOUT PEOPLE WITH GAMBLING
ADDICTIONS BUT WE ARE ALSO
CONCERNED ABOUT MAKING SURE
THAT WE PUT RESOURCES ON THE
FRONT LINE WHERE PEOPLE
REALLY NEED THE ASSISTANCE.
SO WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION
TO REDIRECT ALL AVAILABLE
RESOURCES TO THE FRONT
LINES.
WE HAVE TO WIND DOWN SOME OF
THE RESEARCH PROGRAMS.
SO WE ARE COMMITTED TO
SUPPORTING AN EFFECTIVE AND
RESPECTFUL WIND-DOWN PERIOD
FOR THE GAMBLING RESEARCH
EXCHANGE ORGANIZATION.
HOWEVER, WE ARE CONTINUING
TO INVEST IN PROGRAMS TO
PREVENT GAMBLING PREVENTION
AND TO ENSURE TREATMENT
PROGRAMS SUCH AS WITH
RESPECT TO PREVENTION,
FUNDING OTHER RESPONSIBLE
GAMING COUNCIL, YMCA AND THE
ONTARIO ABORIGINAL
RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING PROGRAM
MADE UP OF SEVEN INDIGENOUS
ORGANIZATIONS TO IMPLEMENT
COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAM
GAMBLING PREVENTION
INITIATIVES, TARGETED...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says POPULATIONS AT RISK
INCLUDING CHILDREN AND YOUTH,
AND ETHNOCULTURAL AND
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES.
I'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY IN
SUPPLEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Lalonde says I APPRECIATE THE DEPUTY
PREMIER'S ANSWER, BUT
COMPARED TO THE NEXT PROFITS
OF GAMBLING OF OVER 2.4
BILLION DOLLARS, THE 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUAL BUDGET TO FUND
RESEARCH INTO PROBLEM GAMING
I WOULD SAY IS FAIR AND
REASONABLE, ESPECIALLY SINCE
WE KNOW ALL TOO WELL IN THIS
HOUSE THE EFFECT THAT
PROBLEM GAMBLING CAN HAVE ON
INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES.
SPEAKER, THIS CUT FOLLOWS
THE TREND OF THIS GOVERNMENT
AS RETREAT FROM ITS
RESPONSIBILITIES TO
ONTARIANS' PUBLIC WELL-BEING
FROM PUBLIC HEALTH, AUTISM,
CHILD CARE, LEGAL AID,
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES.
THE LIST GOES ON,
MR. SPEAKER.
ON TOP OF THAT, WE CAN NOW
ADD PROBLEM GAMBLING.
SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
TALKED ABOUT PAYING DOWN THE
DEBT.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Lalonde says IT IS WILLING TO PAY THE
COSTS TO HAVE BEER IN CORNER
STORES.
BUT IT IS UNWILLING TO DEAL
WITH THE GAMBLING ADDICTION.
ACCOUNT DEPUTY PREMIER
EXPLAIN THE RATIONALE OF NOT
LOOKING...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
WELL, OUR GOVERNMENT IS
COMMITTED TO PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO
PROTECTING OUR EDUCATION
SYSTEM WITH AN ADDITIONAL
700 MILLION DOLLARS GOING INTO THAT,
TO PROTECTING OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM WITH AN
ADDITIONAL 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS GOING INTO OUR HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM.
BUT WE ALSO ARE COMMITTED TO
RESPECTING ADULT CHOICES BY
ALLOWING PEOPLE TO MAKE
RESPONSIBILITY CHOICES THAT
WORK FOR THEM.
THIS INCLUDES ENSURING THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HAVE
ACCESS TO SAFE AND LEGAL
GAMBLING OPTIONS BUT IN
TERMS OF WE'VE ALREADY
SPOKEN ABOUT PREVENTION, BUT
IN TERMS OF TREATMENT, IT'S
ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT
WE FUND 94 AGENCIES ACROSS
THE PROVINCE WHO OFFER
PROBLEM GAMBLING SERVICES,
INCLUDING TREATMENT FOR
CO-OCCURRING SUBSTANCE USE
PROGRAMS.
SO WE ARE ADDRESSING THE
PROBLEM BUT WE WANT TO MAKE
SURE THAT THE SERVICES GO
DIRECTLY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says TO THE FRONT LINES.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE COMMITTED
TO DOING AND THAT'S WHAT WE
ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE
HAPPENS ACROSS THE PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

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

Hogarth is in her late thirties, with blond hair in a bun. She wears glasses and a short-sleeved, frilled black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
LAST WEEK THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION INTRODUCED
LEGISLATION CALLED GETTING
ONTARIO MOVING APP THAT
INCLUDE AS NUMBER OF
PROPOSED MEASURES THAT, IF
PASSED WILL CUT RED TAPE,
RADIO REDUCE REGULATORY
BURDENS AND KEEP ONTARIO
OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
FOR THE PEOPLE WAS ELECTED
LAST JUNE WITH A MANDATE TO
GROW OUR ECONOMY AND MAKE
LIFE EASIER FOR ONTARIANS.
WE HAVE BEEN ACTING FAST TO
ATTRACT NEW INVESTMENT, TO
CREATE AND PROTECT JOBS, AND
TO REDUCE REGULATORY BURDENS
BY CUTTING RED TAPE FOR
BUSINESSES.
THE MAJORITY OF US IN THIS
LEGISLATURE CAN ALL AGREE
THAT A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
CANNOT RUN WHEN THEY ARE
BURDENED WITH DEBT AND RED
TAPE.
I KNOW LAST WEEK'S PROPOSED
LEGISLATION CONTAINED A
NUMBER OF MEASURES THAT, IF
PASSED, WOULD CUT RED TAPE.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hogarth says AND REDUCE BURDENS FOR
THE BUSINESS OF ONTARIANS.
CAN THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION SHARE SOME OF
THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS IN
THE GETTING ONTARIO MOVING
ACT AND REGULATORY POSTINGS?

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE FOR THAT
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I WAS
PROUD TO REDUCE THE GETTING
ONTARIO MOVING ACT.
THIS COMPREHENSIVE PIECE OF
LEGISLATION IF PASSED WILL
CUT RED TAPE, SAVE
BUSINESSES AND TAXPAYERS
TIME AND MONEY AND HELP KEEP
ONTARIO'S ROADS AMONGST THE
SAFEST IN NORTH AMERICA.
IN ADDITION THE LEGISLATION,
WE'LL ALSO BE CHANGING MANY
REGULATIONS TO MEET THESE
GOALS.
WE ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE
IT'S FUNDAMENTAL IN OUR
EFFORTS TO PUT PEOPLE FIRST,
GETTING ONTARIO MOVING AND
ENSURE BUSINESSES ARE NOT
BOGGED DOWN BY RED TAPE.
SOME OF THE MEASURES WE ARE
PROPOSING TO CUT AND REDUCE
ARE...
MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR
PEOPLE WITH PERSONAL USE
PICKUP TRUCKS AND TRAILERS
BY CHANGING REGULATIONS THAT
GET THEM FROM BURDENSOME
ANNUAL INSPECTIONS AND...
REDUCING THE BURDEN ON THE
SHORT-LINE RAILWAY INDUSTRY
BY ADDRESSING CONCERNS FROM
THE INDUSTRY FOR THE
MINISTRY TO DEVELOP A
RISK-BASED SHORT LINE
RAIL...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says REDUCTION STRATEGY.
MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD
TO SHARING MORE IN MY
SUPPLEMENTAL.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hogarth says MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU TO
THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION FOR THAT
GREAT ANSWER.
AND I KNOW THE COMMUNITY OF
ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE WILL BE
PLEASED WITH THE PROPOSED
MEASURES.
MR. SPEAKER, ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE, INDIVIDUALS WHO
OWN A PICKUP TRUCK OR A
PERSONAL TRAILER HAVE TO GO
THROUGH THE TIME AND EXPENSE
OF GETTING THEM INSPECTED AS
IF THEY WERE COMMERCIAL
VEHICLES.
THIS PROPOSED CHANGE, IF
PASSED, WILL CHANGE THAT AND
GIVE PEOPLE EXEMPTIONS FOR
PERSONAL USE VEHICLES.
ADDITIONALLY, I KNOW THAT
SIX FREIGHT AND FOUR TOURIST
SHORT-LINE OPERATIONS THAT
ARE LICENSED BY THE PROVINCE
WILL BE THRILLED ABOUT THE
BURDEN REDUCTION FOR THIS
INDUSTRY IF THIS INDUSTRY'S
PROPOSED CHANGES ARE PASSED.
CAN THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION TELL US MORE
ABOUT THE BURDEN REDUCTION
MEASURES INTRODUCED LAST
WEEK?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yurek says THANKS AGAIN, MEMBER FROM
ETOBICOKE LEAK SHORE, FOR
THAT QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, THE GETTING
ONTARIO MOVING ACT, IF
PASSED, WILL MAKE LIFE
EASIER FOR TOURISM OPERATORS
AND OFF ROAD DRIVERS BY
SIMPLIFYING THE RULES AROUND
OFF ROAD VEHICLES TO ALLOW
THEM TO OPERATE ON MUNICIPAL
ROADS SOMEWHAT SPECIFICALLY
PROHIBITED.
ADDITIONLY WILL AMEND THE
VEHICLE WEIGHTS AND
DIMENSIONS REGULATION TO
ALLOW FOR THE USE OF
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES SUCH
AS WIDE FACED SINGLE TIRES.
THIS WILL HARMONIZE THE
RULES WITH OTHER
JURISDICTIONS TO IMPROVE
INDUSTRY PRODUCTIVITY,
REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION AND
IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY,
DEMONSTRATING TO EVERYONE IN
THE WORLD THAT ONTARIO IS
OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE JUST
BUT A FEW GREAT EXAMPLES OF
THE PROPOSED MEASURES IN THE
GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ACT
AND PROPOSED REGULATION
CHANGES.
MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PEOPLE
IS NOT JUST A SLOGAN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says IT'S OUR GUIDING
PRINCIPLE THAT DRIVES US
EACH AND EVERY DAY IN
GOVERNMENT.
OUR GOVERNMENT WANTS TO KEEP
GOODS AND PEOPLE MOVING BY
IMPROVING ITS TRANSPORTATION
NETWORK.
WHAT WE'RE ELECTED TO DO AND
IT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO
DELIVER TO THIS PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Honourable Ted Arnott. Speaker."

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

The caption changes to "Judith Monteith-Farrell. NDP. Thunder Bay-Atikokan."

Monteith-Farrell is in her fifties, with short brown hair with blond highlights. She wears glasses and a printed black blouse.

She says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE ACTING PREMIER.
YESTERDAY I ASKED ABOUT THE
DEMISE OF THE 50 MILLION TREE PROGRAM AND ITS
DEVASTATING IMPACT ON BOTH
THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE
BUSINESSES LIKE FERGUSON
TREE NURSERY IN KEMPTVILLE
AND MILTON FOREST INDUSTRY
IN TIMMINS.
ACCORDING TO ED PATCHLE FROM
KEMPTVILLE, HIS BUSINESS
WILL HAVE TO DESTROY THREE
MILLION TREES THAT WERE
INTENDED TO BE PLANTED IN
2020 AND 2021.
THE MINISTER SAID THAT
MR. PATCHELL I'M SURE WHEN
HE EXAMINES WHAT'S REALLY
HAPPENING WILL WANT TO
CHANGE HIS STATEMENT.
MR. PATCHELL STANDS BY HIS
STATEMENT.
HOW CAN THIS GOVERNMENT
JUSTIFY CUTS THAT FORCE
BUSINESSES TO LITERALLY
THROW TREES IN THE TRASH?

Interjection: SHAME.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
I GUESS TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says GREAT
MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY.

[APPLAUSE]

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, white shirt, and patterned blue tie.

He says THE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION.
AS I SAID YESTERDAY THE
PLANTING OF THE TREES THAT
IS SCHEDULED AND CONTRACTED
FOR THIS YEAR WILL GO AHEAD.
FORESTS IN ONTARIO HAVE
ALREADY INDICATED THAT
THEY'RE LOOKING AT OTHER
SOURCES TO FUND THE FURTHER
PLANTING OF TREES ON PRIVATE
PROPERTIES, WHICH ALSO MAKES
IT ELIGIBLE FOR MISTIP GRANT,
OR MISTIP REDUCTION IN
TAXES.
SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO
ENSURE THAT THE TREES THAT
WERE CONTRACTED FOR THIS
YEAR WILL BE PLANTED.
FOR FURTHER YEARS, FOREST
ONTARIO AND THE NURSERIES
HAVE AMPLE TIME TO LOOK FOR
PRIVATE FUNDING TO PLANT
TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.
WE WANT TO SEE THAT CONTINUE,
BUT THE TAXPAYER OF ONTARIO,
WHICH WAS LEFT A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT BY THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, WHICH
WAS SUPPORTED EVERY STEP OF
THE WAY BY THE N.D.P..

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yakabuski says MUST MAKE CHOICES.
OUR CHOICE IS THAT WE'RE
GOING TO PLANT... HAVE THOSE
TREES PLANTED THIS YEAR.
BUT IN THE FUTURE, IN THE
FUTURE, THEY WILL HAVE TO...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Monteith-Farrell says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AGAIN TO THE PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THE MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY STATED THAT EVERY
TREE CONTRACTED UNDER THE 50
MILLION TREE PROGRAM THIS
YEAR WILL BE PLANTED.
BUT ACCORDING TO FOREST
ONTARIO, PLANTING THIS
YEAR'S TREES WAS NEVER IN
QUESTION.
THE PROBLEM THE GOVERNMENT
HAS NOT ADDRESSED, HOWEVER,
ARE THE TREE SEEDLINGS THAT
ARE ALREADY BEING CULTIVATED
TO BE PLANTED FOR FUTURE
YEARS.
TREE SEEDLINGS TAKE
APPROXIMATELY THREE YEARS TO
GROW, AS I KNOW THE MINISTER
KNOWS, BECAUSE THEY NEED TO
BE... FOR SOUTHERN ONTARIO,
THEY NEED TO BE A CERTAIN
SIZE IN ORDER TO BE VIABLE.
THIS IS THE UNSOLVED PROBLEM
FOR THESE BUSINESSES.
WILL THE PREMIER DO THE
RIGHT THING AND REVERSE HIS
DECISION TO CUT THE 50
MILLION TREE PROGRAM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION'S BEEN REFERRED TO THE MINISTER...

Yakabuski says AS I HAVE SAID, THE TREES
THAT ARE CONTRACTED FOR THIS
YEAR WILL BE PLANTED.
FORESTS ONTARIO AND ALL
THEIR PARTNERS HAVE AMPLE
TIME BEFORE NEXT YEAR'S
PLANTING SEASON AND THE
SEASON AFTER THAT, TO DO AS
THEY HAVE INDICATED THAT
THEY WERE GOING TO DO, WHICH
WAS GO TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR
TO FIND THAT FUNDING, TO
FILL THAT FUNDING GAP.
SPEAKER, WE'VE MADE IT
CLEAR.
WE CAMPAIGNED ON A PROMISE
TO FIX THE FISCAL MESS WE
WERE LEFT BY THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT, WHICH AS THE MEMBER KNOWS WAS SUPPORTED
BY HER PARTY EVERY STEP OF
THE WAY.
WE ARE DOING THAT.
AND WE ARE MAKING SURE IT'S
DONE IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY SO
THAT THE TREES THAT HAVE
BEEN CONTRACTED FOR THIS
YEAR WILL BE PLANTED.
FURTHER YEARS, FORESTS
ONTARIO AND ITS PARTNERS
HAVE TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yakabuski says THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
WE'RE GOING TO FIX THE MESS
THAT WAS LEFT US, AND THIS
IS PART OF THE DECISION THAT
WE'VE HAD TO MAKE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. THE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD-BRANT.

The caption changes to "Will Bouma. PC. Brantford-Brant."

Bouma is in his early forties, clean-shaven, with short blond hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and striped green tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
DEPUTY MINISTER AND THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH AND
LONG-TERM CARE.
MR. SPEAKER, APPROXIMATELY 2
MILLION PEOPLE IN ONTARIO
CURRENTLY LIVE WITH ASTHMA.
LIVING WITH ASTHMA CAN
CHALLENGE YOU, NEVER KNOWING
WHEN IT'S GOING TO FLARE UP
OR HOW SEVERE IT'S GOING TO
BE, MAKING IT HARD TO
BREATHE.
AND I KNOW THE FEAR OF
WATCHING HELPLESSLY AS ONE
OF MY BOYS VERSUS... HAS
STRUGGLED TO BREATHE AFTER
JUST NORMAL ACTIVITIES.
THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT
FOR MY CONSTITUENTS AND FOR
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO
HAVE PROPER ASTHMA SUPPORTS.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE EXPLAIN TO
THE MEMBERS OF THIS
LEGISLATURE HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS SUPPORTING
PEOPLE IN ONTARIO WHO ARE
LIVING WITH ASTHMA?

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

Elliott says WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH
TO THE MEMBER FROM
BRANTFORD-BRANT FOR YOUR
QUESTION.
I KNOW IT'S PERSONALLY VERY
IMPORTANT TO YOU, AS IT IS
FOR MANY PEOPLE AND I'M VERY
GRATEFUL THAT THE PEOPLE
FROM ASTHMA CANADA ARE HERE
TODAY., MR. SPEAKER, DID YOU KNOW
THAT ONE IN THREE PEOPLE
WILL DEVELOP ASTHMA IN HIS
OR HER LIFETIME?
AND ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN
WILL BE AFFECTED BY ASTHMA.
UNCONTROLLED ASTHMA CAN LEAD
TO SCHOOL AND WORK ABSENTEEISM
AND INCREASES IN URGENT AND
A... ACUTE HEALTH CARE
NEEDS.
THAT'S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT IS
INVESTING UP TO 4 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE ASTHMA PROGRAM.
OUR GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES
THE NEED FOR A COORDINATED,
INTEGRATED APPROACH TO
ASTHMA CARE IN ORDER TO
IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK AND
LISTEN TO PARTNERS AND
FRONT-LINE CARE TO FIND
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS AND
BUILD A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO LIVING WITH ASTHMA.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Bouma says MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO
THANK THE MINISTER FOR HER
RESPONSE AND FOR HER
EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS FILE
AND THIS INCREDIBLE
MINISTRY.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT
ASTHMA IS A SERIOUS HEALTH
ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE
PROPERLY ADDRESSED.
THAT'S WHY I AM SO PROUD TO
BE A PART OF A GOVERNMENT
THAT SUPPORTS PEOPLE LIVING
WITH ASTHMA IN THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO.
TOGETHER, WE WILL CREATE A
CONNECTED, SUSTAINABLE
PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
THAT TRULY WORKS FOR
EVERYONE IN ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE
HOW OUR GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO
MODERNIZE THE HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM WILL BENEFIT PEOPLE
LIVING WITH ASTHMA ACROSS
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER.
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE
COMMITTED TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO TO BUILD A MODERN,
SUSTAINABLE AND INTEGRATED
HEALTH SYSTEM AND TO END
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
EVERY STEP OF THE WAY WE
HAVE PUT PEOPLE AT THE
CENTRE OF OUR DECISIONS.
WE ARE EMPOWERING OUR NURSES
AND DOCTORS TO PROVIDE
BETTER, FASTER INTEGRATED
CARE.
I KNOW THE PEOPLE LIVING
WITH ASTHMA WILL APPRECIATE
A BETTER CONNECTED HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM, ONE THAT
ENSURES THAT THEY WILL GET
CONNECTED TO THE RIGHT
SPECIALIST CARE WHERE THEY
DON'T HAVE TO REPEAT THEIR
HEALTH CARE SITUATION OVER
AND OVER AGAIN BECAUSE ALL
OF THEIR CARE PROVIDERS WILL
HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME
HEALTH RECORDS.
THESE ARE THE KIND EVERY
CHANGES THAT ARE NEEDED TO
DELIVER CARE THAT IS TRULY
FOCUSED ON PATIENTS, ON
THEIR FAMILIES AND ON THEIR
CAREGIVERS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Kitchener Centre.

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

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

She says THANKS, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
LAST YEAR... OR, YES, LAST
YEAR THE PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD WARNED THAT
FUND... FUNDING FOR
INNOVATION HUBS WAS ON THE
CHONG CLUB.
FOR COMMUNITECH IN WATERLOO
REGION THIS MORNING BECAME A
REALITY LAST WEEK WHEN THEY
WERE FORCED TO LAY OFF 15 OF
THEIR INNOVATORS DUE TO THE
CONSERVATIVE FUNDING CUTS.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PLAN
FOR THE PROVINCE BUT
INNOVATION HUBS LIKE
COMMUNITECH ACTUALLY DO.
COMMUNITECH DOES WAY MORE
THAN SIMPLY SUPPORT THE TECH
INDUSTRY IN
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, FROM
ARTS TO FINANCE, THEY HAVE
SPURRED INNOVATION IN EVERY
FACET OF WATERLOO REGION'S
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
THESE CUTS WILL HAVE A
CHILLING EFFECT ON
INNOVATION IN THE REGION.
MR. SPEAKER, WHY IS THE
GOVERNMENT CUTTING
INVESTMENT TO OUR PROVINCE'S
MOST SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC
DRIVERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE PREMIER.

Ford says PRESIDENT
OF THE TREASURY.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD.

[APPLAUSE]
[CHEERS]

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

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

He says THANK UP, MR. SPEAKER.
I'M GLAD THAT MY COLLEAGUES
REMEMBER WHO I AM HERE IN
THE FRONT ROW.
MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU,
THROUGH YOU TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE, FOR THAT QUESTION.
YOU KNOW WE... I WAS JUST UP
IN CAMBRIDGE A FEW WEEKS
AGO.
I'VE BEEN THERE MANY TIMES.
I VISIT THE COMMUNITECH
FACILITIES THERE.
THEY DO A GREAT JOB.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUING
TO FOCUS ON INNOVATION.
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HELPED
CREATE 123,000 NEW JOBS IN
THIS PROVINCE WITH WHICH
COMMUNITECH HAS PLAYED A
ROLE AND I'M VERY PLEASED TO
SAY THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE
ONE OF THE LARGEST FUNDERS
FOR COMMUNITECH.
BUT THERE HAS TO BE A BRIDGE
TO SOMEWHERE AND THE PRIVATE
SECTOR HAS GOTTEN INVOLVED.
IN FACT THERE WERE A NUMBER
OF COMPANIES AT MY SPEECH IN
CAMBRIDGE THAT SUPPORTED
COMMUNITECH AND WILL
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE GOOD
WORK.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Bethlenfalvy says SO, MR. SPEAKER, THIS
GOVERNMENT IS PO FOCUSED ON
PROTECTING GOOD JOBS IN THIS
PROVINCE AND WE'RE PROUD TO
WORK WITH COMMUNITECH TO
CONTINUE THAT PATH FORWARD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. The member for Waterloo.

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

Fife is in her late forties, with straight brown hair in a bob. She wears glasses, a beige blazer and a white blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
WELL COMMUNITECH IN
KITCHENER-WATERLOO HAS A
PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF
SUCCESS.
FOR EVERY PUBLIC DOLLAR THAT
IS INVESTED THROUGH
COMMUNITECH, 22 IS RETURNED
TO THE ECONOMY.
MR. SPEAKER, IF IT WAS A
STOCK, I WOULD HAVE INVESTED
YEARS AGO.
DESPITE THIS, THE GOVERNMENT
WENT AHEAD AND CUT
COMMUNITECH'S FUNDING BY ONE
THIRD AND THEY WERE FORCED
TO LAY OFF STAFF.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fife says THAT'S 15 MORE JOBS LOST
IN WATERLOO REGION DUE TO
THIS GOVERNMENT'S AND YOUR
ACTIONS.
IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO
MAKE ONTARIO A PLACE TO
ATTRACT INVESTORS, THEY
WOULD BE DOING MORE, NOT
LESS TO SUPPORT
ORGANIZATIONS LIKE
COMMUNITECH.
WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT
CUTTING FUNDING FOR
ONTARIO-BASED STARTUPS LIKE
COMMUNITECH WHEN THEY
STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY, DRAW
INVESTMENT INTO ONTARIO AND
CREATE JOBS?
IT IS ABSOLUTELY TAKING THIS
PROVINCE BACKWARDS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
BEEN REFERRED TO THE
PRESIDENT OF TREASURY BOARD.

Bethlenfalvy says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AGAIN THANK YOU TO THE OTHER
MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THAT
QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, THE NUMBER 15 WAS
MENTIONED AND IT JUST GAVE
ME A FLASHBACK AND BREAKING
NEWS TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE.
WE INHERITED A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT, MR. SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT
THAT WE TAKE ACTION, BECAUSE
AFTER 15 YEARS... NUMBER
HERE.
15 YEARS OF INACTION AND
SPENDING BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT, WE INHERITED SO
MUCH DEBT.
DO YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER,
THAT THIS GOVERNMENT, THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT SPENT
40 MILLION DOLLARS MORE A DAY THAN THEY TOOK IN?
IN ADDITION 30 MILLION DOLLARS OF
INTEREST EXPENSE EVERY
SINGLE DAY.
THAT'S 70 MILLION DOLLARS THAT WENT
OUT EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT
DIDN'T GO TO ONE NEW
HOSPITAL, DIDN'T GO TO ONE
NEW SCHOOL, DIDN'T GO TO ONE
NEW SOCIAL PROGRAM,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE GOT ELECTED ON A
COMMITMENT TO TAKE ACTION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Bethlenfalvy says AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT
WE'RE DOING, MR. SPEAKER,
AND WE WON'T TIRE UNTIL THE
job is done.

Watch: Question Period: Tuesday, May 7, 2019