Transcript: Question Period: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | May 09, 2019

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

Almost every member wears a yellow ribbon pin.

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

The Speaker says IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS.
I recognize the Leader of the Official Opposition.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Andrea Horwath. NDP. Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition."

Horwath is in her fifties, with straight blond hair in a bob. She wears a pale peach blazer over a black shirt, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION
IS FOR THE PREMIER.
ANOTHER MORNING BRINGS MORE
NEWS OF MORE FORD GOVERNMENT
CUTS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES
THAT FAMILIES RELY ON.
MUNCIPALITIES REPORT THAT
AMBULANCE AND PARAMEDIC
SERVICES WILL SEE THEIR
FUNDING FROZEN AT 2017
LEVELS AND THE ONTARIO
TELEMEDICINE NETWORK HAS
ELIMINATED 44 FRONT-LINE
STAFF JOBS.
ACCOUNT PREMIER CONFIRM
THESE LATEST HEALTH CARE
CUTS AND EXPLAIN WHY THE
GOVERNMENT FEELS ONTARIO
FAMILIES CAN DO WITHOUT
THESE SERVICES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

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

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

He says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, I HAD A REAL
INTERESTING VISITOR,
MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY.
IT WAS A GRADE 11 STUDENT
FROM LINDSAY.
AND HE COULDN'T... HE
COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHY THE
OPPOSITION... COULDN'T
FIGURE OUT WHERE ALL THE
SPENDING WENT FOR THE LAST
15 YEARS THAT THEY DOUBLED
THE DEBT.
INCREASED THE DEBT BY 200
MILLION DOLLARS AND THIS IS A GRADE
11 STUDENT.
HE SAID TO HIS FRIEND, HE
SAID HE'D GO UP TO HIS
FRIENDS AND SAY WHEN YOU
TURN 18 AND YOUR PARENTS
GIVE YOU A CREDIT CARD AND
IT'S JUST ACCUMULATED DEBT
AND YOU'RE PAYING
INTEREST...

[INTERJECTIONS].

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says YOU'RE
PAYING INTEREST, DO YOU WANT
TO CONTINUE RACKING UP THE
DEBT OR DO YOU WANT TO PAY
IT OFF?
AND ONCE HE EXPLAINED IT
THAT WAY, ALL HIS FRIENDS IN
GRADE 11 SAID YEAH.
IT MAKES SENSE, PAY OFF THE
DEBT.
MY POINT IS, MR. SPEAKER,
THE...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says THE N.D.P.
DOESN'T UNDERSTAND IT BUT A
GRADE 11 STUDENT GETS IT.
IT'S ALL ABOUT SPENDING,
SPENDING, SPENDING THAT THEY
PUT OUR PROVINCE IN DEBT.
THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says I THINK,
SPEAKER, WHAT THE PREMIER
DOESN'T GET IS THE VAST
MAJORITY OF HARD WORKING
FAMILIES IN THIS PROVINCE
DON'T GIVE THEIR KIDS A
COMPANY OR A CREDIT CARD
WHEN THEY TURN 18.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says THE CUTS TO...
THE CUTS TO TELEMEDICINE ARE
PARTICULARLY IRRESPONSIBLE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says THE FORD
GOVERNMENT...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says THE FORD
GOVERNMENT HAD CLAIMED THAT
THEY INTENDED TO...
REALLY.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL
COME TO ORDER AND ALLOW THE
QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED.
SO THAT I CAN HEAR THEM.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THE FORD
GOVERNMENT HAD CLAIMED THAT
THEY INTENDED TO BOOST THE
AMOUNT OF VIRTUAL MEDICAL
CARE IN ONTARIO, BUT NOW
THEY'RE HANDING LAYOFF
NOTICES TO 44 OF THE VERY
PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE THAT
SERVICE.
THE PREMIER'S PROMISE THAT
NO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE WOULD
LOSE THEIR JOB IS ABOUT AS
CREDIBLE AS HIS PROMISE THAT
PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH
AUTISM WOULD NEVER HAVE TO
DEMONSTRATE ON THE LAWNS OF
QUEEN'S PARK AGAIN.
WHY IS THE PREMIER BREAKING
HIS PROMISE TO PROTECT
HEALTH CARE JOBS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE 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 dark blue suit and a colourful silk scarf.

She says WELL, IN FACT THE
SITUATION THAT THE ONTARIO
TELEMEDICINE NETWORK EXISTS.
THEY'RE MAKING THOUGHTFUL,
PRAGMATIC DECISIONS ABOUT
HOW THEY'RE USING TAXPAYER
DOLLARS, WHICH IS WHAT
ONTARIANS EXPECT THEM TO DO
AND THEY EXPECT US TO DO.
WITH RESPECT TO THE
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
SERVICES, WE ARE
STREAMLINING AND MODERNIZING
THE SERVICE BY CONSOLIDATING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says DISPATCH AND SERVICE
DELIVERY INTO REGIONAL
LOCATIONS AND ADOPTING NEW
MODELS OF CARE TO BUILD A
SUSTAINABLE, CONNECTED
SYSTEM.
THIS IS ALL PART OF OUR
OVERALL PLAN TO MODERNIZE
OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, TO
MAKE SURE THAT PATIENTS
RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY
NEED.
THEY RECEIVE CONNECTED CARE
THROUGHOUT THEIR JOURNEY IN
HEALTH CARE, WHICH IS NOT
THE SITUATION THAT WE HAVE
RIGHT NOW.
WE WANT TO CENTRE CARE
AROUND PATIENTS AND THAT'S
WHAT WE'RE DELIVERING ON.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THEIR PLAN TO
STREAMLINE AND MODERNIZE IS
SIMPLY A CLOAK OF CUTS THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT'S PUTTING IN
PLACE.
PEOPLE DON'T ACTUALLY SEE A
PLAN FOR HEALTH CARE,
SPEAKER.
BUT THE PEOPLE WHO ENSURE
THAT OUR AMBULANCES ARRIVE
ON TIME AND OUR CHILDREN ARE
VACCINATED, THEY DON'T SEE A
PLAN EITHER.
ALL THEY SEE IS CUTS AND
CHAOS.
CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS,
CUTS TO AMBULANCE SERVICES,
CUTS TO TELEMEDICINE, CUTS
TO OHIP COVERAGE.
IF THE FORD GOVERNMENT TRULY
HAS THIS PLAN, SPEAKER, WHY
DO DOCTORS, PARAMEDICS,
NURSES, REEVES, CHAIRS AND
MAYORS ALL TELL US THAT THE
ONLY PLAN THEY SEE IS A PLAN
TO CUT AND HURT FAMILIES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU, I JUST WANT TO
CORRECT THE RECORD OF WHAT
THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION JUST SAID.
WE ARE ACTUALLY ADDING MORE.
OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS MORE INTO
OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says IN OUR BUDGET, WE INDICATED
WHAT WE'RE PREPARED TO DO IS
PROTECT WHAT MATTERS MOST,
TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
ACTUALLY HAVE HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM AND HAVE AN EDUCATION
SYSTEM IN THE FUTURE.
BECAUSE WE SUSTAINED,
RECEIVED A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.

Interjection: THAT
YOU SUPPORTED.

Elliott says THAT IS A HUGE AMOUNT OF DEBT.
AND WHAT WE ARE DOING IS
BUILDING UP THE THINGS THAT
ARE MOST IMPORTANT, THE
THINGS THAT PEOPLE MOST CARE
ABOUT.
HEALTH CARE IS PROBABLY TOP
OF THAT LIST.
AND I CAN TELL THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION THAT
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ARE
VERY, VERY ENTHUSIASTIC
ABOUT THE CHANGES THAT WE'RE
BRINGING ABOUT.
WE ARE RECEIVING.

The Speaker says ORDER.
RESPONSE.

Elliott says FOR LOCAL HEALTH SERVICE
PROVIDERS OF THE SO TO
SUGGEST THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT
HAPPY IS ENTIRELY WRONG.
PEOPLE ARE VERY HAPPY THAT
WE'RE MAKING THE CHANGES
THAT WE'RE MAKING AND CAN'T
WAIT TO GET STARTED.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION'S ALSO FOR
THE PREMIER.
BUT HERE'S THE NEWS FLASH
FOR THE MINISTER.
NOBODY BELIEVES THAT ALL OF
THESE PEOPLE HAVE ONE
OPINION AND THE GOVERNMENT
HAS ANOTHER OPINION AND THE
GOVERNMENT'S RIGHT AND
EVERYBODY ELSE IS WRONG,
SPEAKER.
EVERYBODY CAN SEE THROUGH
WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS
CLAIMING.

[INTERJECTIONS].

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says YESTERDAY
IN FACT MUNICIPALITIES ALSO
RECEIVED SOME SHOCKING
FALLOUT FROM THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S BIG BUDGET
CUTS.
SUPPORT FOR REGIONAL TOURISM
IS ENDING EFFECTIVE THIS
YEAR BLATSING YET ANOTHER
MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR HOLE IN
MUNICIPAL BUDGETS.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US HOW
MUCH HIS PROVINCE'S DOWNLOAD
WILL COST MUNICIPALITY AND
PROPERTY TAXPAYERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION FOR
THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'M GOING TO REPEAT WHAT THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH JUST
MENTIONED.
HAS THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION EVER ADDED UP
EVERYTHING THAT SHE'S
PROMISED?
WE'RE IN A 15 BILLION DOLLAR HOLE.
ALL THE PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER,
ALL THE PEOPLE UP IN THE
STANDS THERE, EVERYWHERE
ELSE, THEY'RE 23,000 IN
DEBT.
WE HAVE THE LARGEST
SUB-SOVEREIGN DEBT IN THE
ENTIRE WORLD, CREATED BY THE
N.D.P. AND THE LIBERALS.
IT'S UNSUSTAINABLE.
I WONDER IF THEY RUN THEIR
FAMILY BUDGETS THE SAME WAY
AS THEY WOULD RUN THE
PUBLIC'S BUDGET.
BECAUSE HE DON'T CARE.
IT'S NOT THEIR MONEY.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S WORRIED
ABOUT THE PEOPLE'S MONEY.
WE WORRY ABOUT WHAT IS MOST
IMPORTANT, WHICH IS HEALTH
CARE, WHICH WE INCREASED
1.3 BILLION DOLLARS.
THEY WORRY ABOUT EDUCATION.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says THAT MEANS 700 MILLION DOLLARS.
NO TEACHERS WILL LOSE THEIR JOB.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says SENIORS ARE
GOING TO GET DENTAL CARE.
THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN
WAITING FOR FOR YEARS.
THAT'S WHAT MATTERS FOR
PEOPLE.
NOT ABOUT SPEND, SPEND,
SPEND, TAX, TAX, TAX.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
THE CITY OF TORONTO
ESTIMATES THE PREMIER'S
DOWNLOAD IS DRAINING 100
MILLION DOLLARS OUT OF CITY BUDGETS
THIS YEAR ALONE.
AND LONDON HAS BEEN FORCED
TO CONTEMPLATE A PROPERTY
TAX HIKE TO BACKFILL THE
PREMIER'S CUTS.
THE FORD GOVERNMENT'S BUDGET
IS FORCING MUNICIPALITIES TO
CHOOSE BETWEEN PROPERTY TAX
HIKES, CUTS TO SERVICES OR
BOTH.
WHEN THE PREMIER RAN LAST
YEAR, HE DIDN'T TELL PEOPLE
THAT HE'D BE ONTARIO'S FIRST
TAX-AND-CUT PREMIER.
WHY IS THE PREMIER RAISING
TAXES AND CUTTING SERVICES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION FOR
THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.

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

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

He says I WANT TO THANK THE
PREMIER FOR REFERRING THE
QUESTION TO ME.
WE WERE CRYSTAL CLEAR AT THE
ASSOCIATION OF
MUNICIPALITIES OF ONTARIO
CONFERENCE, THE ROMA
CONFERENCE, THE OSOM
CONFERENCE, THE NOMO
CONFERENCE.
YOU KNOW, SPEAKER WE
INHERITED A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT FROM THE LIBERAL
PARTY, SUPPORTED 97 percent OF THE
TIME BY THE N.D.P., WHO MADE
IT VERY CLEAR THAT WE WERE
GOING TO DO A LINE-BY-LINE
REVIEW OF OUR EXPENSES TO
ENSURE THAT WE GET VALUE FOR
MONEY AND WE LOOK AT EVERY
PROGRAM, EVERY POLICY, EVERY
SERVICE AND WE PUT PEOPLE
FIRST.
WE TRY TO, AGAIN, THROUGH
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
BUDGET, WE ARE PUTTING
FORWARD A BUDGET, A
RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE
BUDGET, A VERY THOUGHTFUL
BUDGET THAT PROTECTS WHAT
MATTERS MOST TO PEOPLE.
BUT WE MADE IT VERY CLEAR.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says TO ALL OF OUR PARTNERS,
WHETHER THEY BE BE ONTARIO'S
444 MUNICIPALITIES, THAT WE
EXPECTED THEM TO DOT SAME.
WE EXPECTED THEM TO REVIEW
EVERY POLICY, EVERY PROGRAM,
EVERY SERVICE AND PUT PEOPLE
FIRST.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says YESTERDAY
WE HEARD FROM TORONTO MAYOR
JOHN TORY, SPEAKER, AND
GUELPH MAYOR CAM GUTHRIE
BOTH OF WHOM ARE SPEAKING
OUT ABOUT THE PREMIER'S
THOUGHTLESS CAUGHT, BOTH OF
WHOM ARE OR WERE
WELL-RESPECTED CARD CARRYING
MEMBERS OF THE PROGRESSIVE
CONSERVATIVE PARTY AND WERE
VERY CLEAR.
WHAT WE'RE SEEING AREN'T
EFFICIENCIES.
THEY ARE, AND I QUOTE,
STRAIGHT-UP CUTS.
WHY IS THE PREMIER SO
COMMITTED TO FORCING PAINFUL
CUTS AND PAINFUL TAX
INCREASES AT THE SAME TIME
THAT WILL ONLY HURT ONTARIO
FAMILIES AND MAKE LIFE MORE
EXPENSIVE?
WHY HE IS A TAX, TAX, TAX,
CUT-CUT-CUT PREMIER,
SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS WILL
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
THE QUESTION'S BEEN REFERRED
TO THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS.

Clark says SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMIND
THE HONOURABLE MEMBER THAT
BACK IN MARCH, BEFORE THE
END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, WE
PROVIDED 405 MUNICIPALITIES
400 MILLION DOLLARS.

Interjection: THAT'S
A LOT OF MONEY.

Clark says UNCONDITIONALLY TO BE
ABLE TO HELP DRIVE
EFFICIENCIES, TO BE ABLE TO
HAVE SERVICE DELIVERED
REVIEW IT IS THEY FELT IT
WAS IMPORTANT, TO BE ABLE TO
MODERNIZE THEIR I.T., TO BE
ABLE TO WORK WITH SOME OF
THEIR NEIGHBOURS ON SHARED
SERVICE AGREEMENTS.
THIS WAS THE LARGEST
MUNICIPAL MODERNIZATION
FUND...

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says IN MANY, MANY YEARS ACROSS
ONTARIO'S MUNICIPALITIES AND
WE MADE IT FLEXIBLE.
WE MADE IT SO THAT ONE SIZE
DOESN'T FIT ALL.
SO THAT IF A COMMUNITY
DECIDES THEY WANT TO BE MORE
EFFICIENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE,
THAT WE PUT SOME MONEY INTO
IT FOR THEM, THAT WE GAVE
THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE
THOSE TYPE OF CONVERSATIONS.
BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, SPEAKER...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says WE INHERITED A FINANCIAL
MESS FROM THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT, AND WE ASK ALL
OF OUR PARTNERS, ESPECIALLY
ONTARIO'S 444 MUNICIPALITIES,
TO WORK WITH US TO CONTINUE
TO CONSULT.
THE GROUPS THAT THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Davenport.

The caption changes to "Marit Stiles. NDP. Davenport."

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered blond hair in a bob. She wears a black blazer over a black blouse.

She says MR. SPEAKER, THIS
QUESTION'S FOR THE PREMIER.
FOR MONTHS THIS GOVERNMENT
HAS ASSURED US THEY ARE
LISTENING TO ONTARIANS WHEN
IT COMES TO THE FUTURE OF
PUBLIC EDUCATION, POINTING
TO THEIR COLUMNS AND THEIR
ONLINE SURVEYS AS PROOF.
BUT IT'S CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER,
THAT STUDENTS AND PARENTS
FEEL THEY HAVEN'T BEEN
HEARD.
THE PUBLIC BACKLASH TO THEIR
EDUCATION CUTS IS REAL AND
IT IS GROWING.
SOMETHING ELSE THAT APPEARS
TO HAVE GROWN SUBSTANTIALLY
IS THE COST OF THOSE
SO-CALLED CONSULTATIONS.
THE MINISTRY'S INITIAL
CONTRACT FOR SERVICE CITED A
MAXIMUM COST OF 200,000.
NOW WE'VE OBTAINED
GOVERNMENT ESTIMATES SHOWING
THAT THE TOTAL COST CAME IN
AT 973,000.
CAN THE PREMIER EXPLAIN HOW
THIS GOVERNMENT MANAGED TO
SPEND NEARLY 1 MILLION DOLLARS ON A
SO-CALLED CONSULTATION HE
WAS ONLY GOING TO IGNORE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW SOMETHING?
I GET TIRED ABOUT HEARING
FROM THE RADICAL LEFT ABOUT
CUT, CUT, CUT.
WHAT I WANT TO SAY IS THIS
PROVE DOES SHE IS THIS
PROVINCE BETTER OFF NOW THAN
IT WAS WHEN WE GOT ELECTED
BEFORE?

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says YOU ASK ANY FINANCIAL
ADVISOR.
THE 123,000 JOBS,
UNPRECEDENTED BY THE WAY,
THAT WAS CREATED BECAUSE WE
CREATED THE ENVIRONMENT FOR
COMPANIES TO THRIVE AND
PROSPER AND GROW.
AND WHEN THEY THRIVE,
PROSPER AND GROW THEY HIRE
EMPLOYEES, MR. SPEAKER.
WE FOCUSED ON WHAT MATTERS.
AS I SAID EARLIER, WE PUT
90 MILLION DOLLARS TO 100,000
SENIORS FOR DENTAL CARE.
WE PUT 2 BILLION DOLLARS FOR CHILD
CARE THAT MATTERS TO WORKING
FAMILIES.
WE ENDED UP PUTTING 1.3
BILLION DOLLARS INTO HEALTH CARE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says PROTECTING
ALL TEACHERS.
700 MILLION DOLLARS MORE INTO
EDUCATION.
OUR ECONOMY'S ON FIRE.
WE HAVE MORE JOBS OUT THERE
AVAILABLE THAN WE HAVE
PEOPLE TO FILL THOSE JOBS.
ONTARIO IS THRIVING AND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Stiles says SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND WHY
THIS MAKES THE PREMIER
UNCOMFORTABLE.
EVERY DAY WE ARE HEARING NEW
REPORTS EVERY TEACHERS...
AND THIS IS BACK TO THE
PREMIER.
WE'RE HEARING NEW REPORTS OF
TEACHERS AND EDUCATION
WORKERS BEING HANDED THEIR
WALKING PAPERS, COURSES
BEING DROPPED FROM STUDENT
SCHEDULES AND SCHOOL BOARDS
FACING MAJOR BUDGET
SHORTFALLS AS A RESULT OF
THIS GOVERNMENT'S CUTS.
YET THIS GOVERNMENT SOMEHOW
FOUND 1 MILLION DOLLARS TO PAY FOR
37 TELEPHONE CALL-INS AND AN
ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE ONLY TO
IGNORE THE RESULTS.
GIVEN THE COST OF THIS
CONSULTATION.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Stiles says THE PREMIER SHOULD BE
ABLE TO TELL US HOW MANY
PEOPLE ASK FOR THEIR KIDS TO
BE JAMMED INTO LARGER
CLASSES?
HOW MANY ASK FOR FEWER
ADULTS IN SCHOOLS AND FEWER
COURSE OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS?
AND HOW MANY SAY THEIR CHILD
DESERVES LESS FROM THEIR
EDUCATION SYSTEM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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 and a pale blue blazer over a white blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH
EVERYBODY LISTENING TODAY
AND TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
AS WELL AS HER PARTY THAT WE
ARE LISTENING AND WE'RE
GETTING IT RIGHT.
YOU KNOW WHAT?
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS,
OUR CONSULTATION WAS
ABSOLUTELY HISTORIC.
AND WE LISTENED.
YOU KNOW WHAT?
PEOPLE ARE WERE ASKING TOUS
CONDUCT THE FORD GOVERNANCE
REVIEW.
SO WHAT DID WE DO?
WE INCLUDED IT IN OUR
BUDGET.
PEOPLE WERE TELLING US,
INDIGENOUS STUDIES ARE VERY
IMPORTANT.
SO WHAT DID WE DO?
O IN OUR BUDGET WE
RECOGNIZED FROM GRADES 9 TO
12 WE'RE INTRODUCING AN
ABSOLUTELY ENCOMPASSED
CURRICULUM THAT OUR
INDIGENOUS PARTNERS ARE
GOING TO BE PLEASED WITH.
PEOPLE HAVE ASKED US TO MAKE
OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM MORE
ACCOUNTABLE, AND THAT'S WHAT
WE'RE DOING AND THAT'S WHY
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO
WORKING WITH OUR LABOUR
PARTNERS AND OUR EDUCATION
PARTNERS TO REALIZE THAT
THERE ARE EFFICIENCIES AT
THE ADMINISTRATION LEVEL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says SO THAT WE CAN ABSOLUTELY
FOCUS IN ON A GREAT LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT IN THE CLASSROOM
FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
ACROSS ONTARIO.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Willowdale.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Che says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR
THE MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
AND CONSUMER SERVICES.
MINISTER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
ONTARIO'S NEW HOME WARRANTY
PROGRAM RUN BY TARION.
MANY ONTARIANS HAVE VOICED
THEIR CONCERN WITH TAR I
DON'T KNOW... TARION AND
HAVE CALLED FOR REFORMS TO
THE STRUCTURE AND PRACTICE
OF THE ORGANIZATION.
IN FEBRUARY THE MINISTER
ANNOUNCED OUR GOVERNMENT'S
PLAN TO TRANSFORM TARION TO
ENSURE IT BETTER PROTECTS
NEW HOME BUYERS.
THE MINISTER OUTLINED A
NUMBER OF INITIATIVES OUR
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO FIX
ONTARIO'S NEW HOME WARRANTY
PROGRAM.
THESE CHANGES OF COURSE ARE
EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED
ITS HOUSING SUPPLY ACTION
PLAN.
MORE HOMES FOR ONTARIANS
MEANS MORE NEW HOME BUYERS
IN NEED OF PROTECTION.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER OUTLINE THE
INITIATIVES HIS MINISTRY HAS
UNDERTAKEN TO TRANSFORM
TARION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER
SERVICES?

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND
THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR WILLOWDALE M.P.P. STAN CHO
FOR HESS GREAT WORK AND
REPRESENTATION...

[APPLAUSE]

Walker says WILLOWDALE.
AND FOR THE GREAT QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING
ACTION TO PROTECT HARD
WORKING ONTARIANS WHEN THEY
MAKE ONE OF THE BIGGEST
PURCHASE IN THEIR NEW LIFE,
A NEW HOME.
WE RECOGNIZE CONSUMERS
ACROSS THE PROVINCE HAVE
SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH TARION
AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO
FIXING IT.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR PLAN TO
TRANSFORM TARION INCLUDES
ESTABLISHING A SEPARATE
REGULATOR FROM TARION FOR
NEW HOME BUILDERS AND
VENDORS TO ADDRESS CONFLICTS
OF INTEREST.
WE'RE EXPLORING THE
FEASIBILITY OF A
MULTIINSURANCE MODEL FOR
PROTECTIONS IN ONTARIO.
PROPOSED LEDGE SLAEFB
AMENDMENTS THAT WILL ENABLE
THE GOVERNMENT TO REQUIRE
TARION TO MAKE EXECUTIVE AND
BOARD COMPENSATION PUBLICLY
AVAILABLE AND MOVE TO A MORE
BALANCED SKILL-BASED FORWARD
COMPOSITION.
WE'RE INTRODUCING NEW
INITIATIVES TO BETTER INFORM
AND PROTECT PURCHASERS OF
CANCELLED CONDOMINIUM
PROJECTS.
SPEAKER, THESE MEASURES WILL
HELP ENSURE THAT GOING
FORWARD TARION IS
ACCOUNTABLE, TRANSPARENT AND
PROVIDES QUALITY SERVICE FOR
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Cho says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU, THANK YOU TO
THE MINISTER FOR HIS
RESPONSE.
I KNOW ONTARIANS WILL BE
GLAD TO HEAR THE ACTIONS THE
MINISTER IS TAKING TO
TRANSFORM THE PROGRAM AND
STRENGTHEN PROTECTION FOR
HOME BUYERS.
IN ADDITION TO PROTECTING
NEW HOME BUYERS, OUR
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
ENSURING MORE ONTARIANS CAN
FINALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY
TO ENTER THE HOUSING MARKET.
I KNOW THE MINISTER HAS A
KEY ROLE TO PLAY IN OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO EXPAND
HOUSING AVAILABILITY FOR THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
IN ADDITION TO THE CHANGES
THE MINISTER JUST OUTLINED,
OUR GOVERNMENT'S HOUSING
SUPPLY ACTION PLAN ALSO
CONTAINS ADDITIONAL REFORMS
TO TARION.
SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER
OUTLINE THESE ASPECTS OF THE
TRANSFORMATION AND HOW THESE
CHANGES WILL HELP PROTECT
ONTARIANS AND EXPAND ACCESS
TO NEW HOMES IN THIS GREAT
PROVINCE?

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE MINISTER.

Walker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER M.P.P.
CHO.
STAN IS THE MAN FOR THE
PEOPLE OF WILLOWDALE.

Interjection: HE IS THE MAN.

[APPLAUSE]

Walker says THE MEMBER IS ABSOLUTELY
CORRECT THAT A KEY COMPONENT
OF OUR GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO
IMPROVE HOUSING AVAILABILITY
FOR FOR YANS IS
STRENGTHENING PROTECTIONS
FOR NEW HOME BUYERS BY
TRANSFORMING TARION.
OUR PROPOSED CHANGES ADDRESS
KEY CONSUMER CONCERNS DURING
CONSULTATIONS.
WE'RE DOING THIS BY
SUPPORTING GREATER QUALITY
IN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION
THROUGH PROACTIVE RISK-BASED
INSPECTIONS DURING
CONSTRUCTION.
WE'RE ENABLING GREATER
TRANSPARENCY THROUGH ACCESS
TO INFORMATION ON THE TRACK
RECORD OF BUILDERS.
ONTARIANS ONTARIO BUILDER
DIRECTORY AND WE'RE
ENHANCING DISPUTE RESOLUTION
SO IT IS QUICK, FAIR AND
CONSISTENT DECISIONS CAN BE
MADE.
THESE MEASURES ARE IN
ADDITION TO THE INITIATIVES
ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS YEAR
TO TRANSFORM TARION AND
SUPPORT THEIR PLAN TO BID
MORE HOUSING AND REDUCE
HOUSING COSTS.
MR. SPEAKER, BUYING A HOME
IS LIKELY THE MOST
SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL
DECISION MOST ONTARIANS EVER
MAKE IN THEIR LIFE.
OUR PLAN ENSURES MORE
ONTARIANS MAKE THAT STEP AND
THAT THEY WILL BE PROTECTED
WHEN THEY DO SO.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
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 striped black tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER SEEMS
COMPLETELY UNABLE TO CURB
HIS GOVERNMENT'S SPENDING OF
TAXPAYER DOLLARS, THE
PEOPLE'S MONEY, ON FOREIGN
JUNKETS AND THE GRAVY TRAIN
OF SIX-FIGURE JOBS FOR THE
PREMIER'S FRIEND.
THAT HASN'T STOPPED HIM FROM
INSISTING THAT HE KNOWS BEST
WHEN IT COMES TO SPENDING AT
THE CITY OF TORONTO.
NOW THAT CONSERVATIVE MAYORS
IN GUELPH AND LONDON ARE
CALLING OUT THIS PREMIER FOR
HIS RECKLESS CUTS, WILL THE
PREMIER BE TAKING HIS SHOW
ON THE ROAD TOURING ONTARIO
AND OFFERING BUDGET ADVICE
TO MUNICIPALITIES SUFFERING
FROM HIS FORD GOVERNMENT
CUTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
WHAT THE MEMBER DOESN'T
REALIZE, I GUESS HE'S NEVER
EXPERIENCED IT, WHEN YOU'RE
INVOLVED IN AN ORGANIZATION,
A GOVERNMENT THIS SIZE AND
IT'S BEEN A BANKRUPT
GOVERNMENT.
AROUND THE WORLD ALL THE
INVESTORS ENDED UP LEAVING.
THEY DIDN'T WANT TO INVEST
ANY LONGER.
YOU HAVE TO GO OUT TO SOME
OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST
INVESTORS, WHICH I DID, WITH
OUR ALL-STAR CHAMPION
FINANCE MINISTERS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WHO WERE ABLE TO RAISE FUNDS
TO THINK WITH THEIR DEBT...
THAT'S IRONIC WE'RE RAISING
FUND OVER IN THE U.S. TO PAY
FOR YOUR DEBT.
WE WENT OUT THERE.
WE ATTRACTED FORTUNE 500
COMPANIES.
THEY'RE EXCITED.
THEY'RE OPENING UP JOBS
HERE.
THAT'S WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT.
THAT'S WHY OUR MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WENT
OVER TO INDIA AGAIN TO TELL
THE WORLD THAT ONTARIO'S
OPEN FOR BUSINESS, OPEN FOR
JOBS, OPEN FOR INVESTMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says AND IT'S COMING IN.
YOU CAN SEE IT COMING IN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says CREATED
123,000 NEW JOBS AND
BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF
DOLLARS OF NEW INVESTMENT
BECAUSE OF THIS GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Natyshak says RAMBLING.
SPEAKER, WHAT THE PREMIER
SEEMS TO CONVENIENTLY FORGET
IS THAT COMPANIES LIKE
CHRYSLER, G.M. AND FORD
STARTED CUTTING JOBS THE
MINUTE AFTER HE WAS EEED AS
THE PREMIER OF THIS PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

Natyshak says MAYBE HE CAN CHECK THE FACTS
BEFORE HE STARTS RAMBLING
OFF INCOHERENTLY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Natyshak says THE FACT IS THAT
MUNICIPAL LEADERS, EVEN CARD
CARRYING ONES, KNOW WHAT
THIS FORD BUDGET MEANS.
IT MEANS HIGHER PROPERTY
TAXES OR CUTS TO SERVICES OR
BOTH, SPEAKER.
NOW WE KNOW THAT THE PREMIER
LOVES HIKING PROPERTY TAXES
BECAUSE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT
HE ENDORSED AT CITY HALL TO
PAY FOR THE SCARBOROUGH
SUBWAY.
SPEAKER, DOES THE PREMIER
UNDERSTAND THAT SOMETIMES
CONSERVATIVE MUNICIPAL
LEADERS DON'T WANT A DOUG
FORD-STYLE CUT AND CUT
GOVERNMENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO
REMIND ALL MEMBERS, WE REFER
TO EACH OTHER BY OUR
MINISTERIAL TITLE OR RIDING
NAME AS APPLICABLE, NOT BY
OUR SURNAME.
PREMIER TO APPLY.

Ford says AGAIN THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
AS I SAID EARLIER, WE'RE
CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR
COMPANIES TO THRIVE.
PEOPLE ARE THRIVING.
YOU ASK ANY BUSINESS OWNER
FROM THE PERSON THAT HAS THE
CONVENIENCE STORE TO THE
COMPANIES THAT HAVE EMPLOYED
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, YOU ASK
THEM WHO THEY SUPPORT.
THEY SUPPORT THIS GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE WE'RE LOWERING TAXES,
LOWERING HYDRO BILLS.
PUTTING MONEY BACK INTO THE
COMMON FOLKS' POCKET.
WE ENDED UP GIVING A TAX
BREAK THEY'RE PAYING 0 percent TAX
TO THE LOWEST INCOME PEOPLE
IN THE ENTIRE PROVINCE.
THAT'S OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS.
THEY'RE PAYING 0 percent TAX.
BECAUSE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS A
THEORY, MR. SPEAKER.
YOU PUT MORE MONEY INTO THE
PEOPLE'S POCKETS, THEY'LL GO
OUT AND SPEND IT THAT THEY
MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE BE ABLE
TO SPEND WHEN YOU HAVE THE
DEBT, WHEN YOU'RE BEING
TAXED TO DEATH.
WHEN YOU SEE A CARBON TAX
THAT IS ABSOLUTELY
DESTROYING THE ECONOMY
ACROSS CANADA.
PEOPLE ARE PAYING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says MORE FOR
GAS, PAYING MORE FOR HEATING
BILLS.
WE'RE DOING THE OPPOSITE.
WE ACTUALLY LOWERED GAS BY
4-AND-A-HALF CENTS.
WE LOWERED THE HOME HEATING
BILLS.
WE ARE FOCUSED ON WHAT'S
BEST FOR THE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Mississauga East-Cooksville.

The caption changes to "Kaleed Rasheed. PC. Mississauga East-Cooksville."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES.
YESTERDAY...

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO
ASK THE MEMBERS TO COME TO
ORDER TO ALLOW THE MEMBER
FOR MISSISSAUGA
EAST-COOKSVILLE THIS TIME TO
ASK HIS QUESTION SO I CAN
HEAR IT.
ONCE AGAIN I APOLOGIZE TO
THE MEMBER.

Rasheed says YESTERDAY, ANOTHER REPORT
WAS RELEASED CONFIRMING THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S FAILED
BORDER POLICIES.
THE AUDITOR GENERAL FOUND
CANADA WAS ILL EQUIPPED TO
DEAL WITH THE SURGE IN
ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSERS
SEEKING ASYLUM BY CROSSING
AT UNAUTHORIZED PORTS OF
ENTRY.
MORE THAN 42,000 ASYLUM
SEEKERS HAVE ENTERED CANADA
BETWEEN OFFICIAL BORDER
CROSSINGS SINCE THIS CRISIS
BEGAN TWO YEARS AGO.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN TO THIS HOUSE HOW
OUR GOVERNMENT IS MANAGING
UNDER THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT'S FAILURE?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF CHILDREN...

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 black blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I REALLY APPRECIATE THE
ADVOCACY FROM THE MEMBER OF
MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE
WHO HAS COME TO THIS COUNTRY
AND MADE A GOOD LIFE.
WE'RE VERY PROUD OF YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION
BECAUSE, SPEAKER, THIS IS
SOMETHING WE HAVE
CONSISTENTLY RAISED IN THE
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PAST 11
MONTHS WHERE THERE IS A PORT
OF ENTRY THAT IS NOT KNOWN
AS A LEGAL OR AUTHORIZED
PORT IN QUEBEC WHICH IS
SENDING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
ACROSS THE BORDER INTO
ONTARIO WHICH IS COSTING OUR
TAXPAYERS 200 MILLION DOLLARS AND
GROWING.
BUT DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR
IT.
THE FEDERAL AUDITOR GENERAL
HAS JUST AGREED WITH THE
PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER
AS WELL AS THE TORONTO
NEIGHBOURHOOD STUDIES
PROCESS TO SUGGEST THAT THIS
IS A PROCESS THAT WE CANNOT
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO BECAUSE
TWO THINGS.
ONE IS CANADIANS DO NOT HAVE
A CONFIDENCE IN THE BORDER.
AS YOU KNOW, FEDERAL BORDER
CROSSINGS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says IS A SOLE JURISDICTION OF
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
HOWEVER, THE DOWNSTREAM
COSTS ON OUR [UNCLEAR] IN
OUR TWO LARGEST CITIES IN
OTTAWA AND TORONTO IS OVER
84 MILLION DOLLARS...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE OPPOSITION WILL COME TO ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Rasheed says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AFTER THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT FAILED TO STAND
UP TO THEIR...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rasheed says COUNTERPART, IT IS
REFRESHING...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION
COME TO ORDER.

Rasheed says FIGHT FOR ONTARIO
TAXPAYERS.
IT APPEARS THE PRIME
MINISTER AND MINISTER
RESPONSIBLE FEEL THEY CAN
SPEND THEIR WAY OUT OF THIS
ISSUE.
THE 2019 BUDGET COMMITTED
208 MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW FUNDS
FOR THE IMMIGRATION AND
REFUGEE BOARD TO HELP CLEAR
THE BACKLOG.
SPEAKER, IT'S HARD TO
IMAGINE HOW WE'LL CLEAR SUCH
A BACKLOG AS MORE ILLEGAL
BORDER CROSSERS ARRIVE EACH
DAY.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
US HOW WE ARE STANDING UP
FOR ONTARIO'S TAXPAYERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

MacLeod says JOIN EVERY SINGLE PREMIER
WHO JOINS OUR PREMIER,
PREMIER FORD, ACROSS THIS
GREAT PROVINCE, ACROSS THIS
GREAT NATION, THROUGH OUR
TERRITORIES AS WELL AS THE
OTHER PROVINCES IN CALLING
ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO
PAY FOR ITS BILLS AT ITS
BROKEN BORDERS CROSSINGS.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY
WORD FOR T.EVERY SINGLE
PREMIER OF EVERY POLITICAL
STRIPE IN THIS COUNTRY
SIGNED ON WITH PREMIER FORD.
THE PARTRY BUDGET OFFICER
WHO'S INDEPENDENT OFFICER OF
THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENT HAS
AGREED.
THE AUDITOR GENERAL
FEDERALLY HAS ALSO AGREED.
THAT'S WHY WE CONTINUE TO
CALL ON MINISTER BILL BLAIR
AND MR. AHMED HUSSEIN TO
PROVIDE ONTARIO WITH 200
MILLION DOLLARS, WHICH 184 MILLION DOLLARS IN SHELTER COSTS IN OUR TWO
LARGEST CITIES AND 90
MILLION DOLLARS IN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
COSTS AND GROWING AND OVER
20 MILLION DOLLARS IN EDUCATION
COSTS.
THE REALITY IS SIMPLE,
SPEAKER.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS
NO CONTROL OVER ITS BORDER,
BUT IT DOES HAVE CONTROL
OVER ITS FINANCES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says WE WANT OUR 200 MILLION DOLLARS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
THE NEXT question. The member for Niagara Centre.

The caption changes to "Jeff Burch. NDP. Niagara Centre."

Burch is in his forties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a gray suit, white shirt and checked gray tie.

He

The caption changes to "Jeff Burch. NDP. Niagara Centre."

Burch is in his forties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a gray suit, white shirt and checked gray tie.

He

The caption changes to "Jeff Burch. NDP. Niagara Centre."

Burch is in his forties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a gray suit, gray shirt and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
FAMILIES DEVASTATED BY
FLOODING ACROSS ONTARIO WERE
RELIEVED TO HEAR THE
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCE THAT
DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE
WILL BE AVAILABLE AS THEY
PREPARE TO PUT THINGS BACK
TOGETHER.
BUT THEY'RE WORRIED THAT THE
PROMISE OF ASSISTANCE WILL
DRY UP AS SOON AS THE
CAMERAS GO AWAY.
THE MINISTER HAS PROMISED TO
ADDRESS THE LONG DELAYS AND
CUMBERSOME PAPERWORK THAT
HAVE AFFLICTED THIS PROGRAM
AND LEFT PEOPLE WITHOUT
SUPPORT THEY DESPERATELY
NEEDED.
WILL THE PREMIER TELL PEOPLE
APPLYING TODAY FOR DISASTER
RELIEF TODAY WHEN THEY CAN
EXPECT THE SUPPORT THEY'RE
APPLYING FOR?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY HEART BREAKS.
WHEN I WENT UP TO MUSKOKA,
TO OTTAWA.
I'VE BEEN UP TO MUSKOKA
SEVERAL TIMES AND OTTAWA
SEVERAL TIMES TO MAKE SURE I
SAW THE DAMAGE MYSELF.
MADE SURE MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says WAS INVOLVED.
I GAVE MY WORD TO THE MAYOR
OF MUSKOKA LAKES AND THE
BRACEBRIDGE MAYOR AND
HUNTSVILLE MAYOR THAT WE'D
PUT A TASK FORCE TOGETHER.
MR. SPEAKER, I'M SO GLAD TO
ANNOUNCE, YESTERDAY WE SAT
DOWN WITH THE MINISTRIES.
WE'RE PUTTING A TASK FORCE
TOGETHER.
IT'S TAKEN US TWO DAYS TO
GET THAT GOING WHICH IS
UNBELIEVABLE IN GOVERNMENT.
BUT OUR GOVERNMENT MOVES
QUICK WHEN EMERGENCIES
HAPPEN.
SO WE'RE REACHING OUT TODAY
ACTUALLY TO THE PREMIERS.
GOING TO BE HEADING UP THERE
AGAIN TO PAY HIM A VISIT TO
SIT DOWN AND WE'RE GOING TO
HAVE THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL
RESOURCES, MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT PLUS THE THREE
MUNICIPALITIES UP IN THE
MUSKOKA REGION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says ALONG WITH THE OTTAWA
REGION AND WE'RE GOING TO
COME UP WITH GREAT IDEAS
HAVING TO TAKE CARE OF THE
WATERSHED UP THERE TO MAKE
SURE WE CAN PREVENT THE
FLOODING IN THE PATH AND
CONTROL THE WATER A LOT
BETTER THAN WHAT'S HAPPENED
OVER THE LAST YEAR.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Burch says SPEAKER, FAMILIES WHO
HAVE WATCHED THEIR HOPES
DISAPPEAR UNDER FLOODWATERS
SHOULDN'T BE LEFT WAITING
FOR YEARS FOR THE HELP AS
THEY PUT THINGS BACK
TOGETHER.
FOLLOWING THE TORNADO THAT
HIT THE OTTAWA RESIDENTIAL
LAST YEAR, ONLY 7 OF 111
APPLICANTS HAVE RECEIVED THE
DISASTER FUNDING THEY
APPLIED FOR.
AND RESIDENTS OF WINDSOR
FLOODING IN 2017 ARE STILL
WAITING FOR THE ASSISTANCE
THEY APPLIED FOR.
WILL THE PREMIER BE CLEAR
TODAY THAT HELP WILL COME
WHEN THE CAMERAS ARE GONE
AND COMMIT THAT THESE PEOPLE
WILL RECEIVE SUPPORT WHEN
THEY NEED IT, NOT YEARS FROM
NOW?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.

Clark says THANKS, SPEAKER.
I'M GLAD THAT THE PREMIER
MENTIONED THE TASK FORCE,
AND I WANT TO THANK PREMIER
FORD AND ALSO ALL OF MY
MINISTERIAL COLLEAGUES
INCLUDING MY SEAT MATE THE
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY, FOR
ALL OF THEIR WORK THAT WE'RE
DOING.
AS THE PREMIER SAID THE
SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO IS OUR TOP CONCERN
OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND MY
MINISTRY SPECIFICALLY.
I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE
FIRST RESPONDERS, ALL OF THE
MUNICIPAL STAFF AND EVERYONE
WHO'S ON THE GROUND,
INCLUDING THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF OUR CANADIAN ARMED FORCES,
FOR ASSISTING IN THIS...

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says DISASTER.
AS THE MEMBER WILL KNOW, WE
ACTIVATED THE DISASTER
RECOVERY ASSISTANCE FOR
ONTARIANS PROGRAM BACK AT
THE END OF APRIL IN THE
RENFREW AND THE PEMBROKE
AREA, WHICH I TRAVELLED TO
WITH THE MINISTER LAST WEEK.
HUNTSVILLE AND BRACEBRIDGE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says AND AS WELL YESTERDAY WE
AUTHORIZED IN KAWARTHA LAKES
IN THE.
IN THE TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN.
WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK OUR
MUNICIPAL PARTNERS.
ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE THE
PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS IF
POSSIBLE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Don Valley East.

The caption changes to "Michael Coteau. Liberal. Don Valley East."

Coteau is in his early forties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears a dark gray suit, white shirt, and striped red tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
PREMIER, PUBLIC HEALTH IN
ONTARIO HAS EMBRACED A
PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE
STRATEGY THAT NOT ONLY SAVES
MONEY BUT SAVES LIVES.
AND ONE WOULD THINK THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT WOULD
UNDERSTAND THAT.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY THEY'VE
PUT IDEOLOGY AHEAD OF
SCIENCE AND DATA.
SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO THE
PREMIER CAN HE EXPLAIN HOW
CUTTING FUNDING TO PUBLIC
HEALTH WILL HELP MAKE OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM MORE
EFFICIENT?

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

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

Elliott says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
THE QUESTION.
WE ARE MODERNIZING OUR
PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM.
IT'S IMPORTANT TO DO THAT TO
MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE
PROTECTED AND RECEIVING
ESSENTIAL SERVICES THAT THEY
NEED.
THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF
INCORRECT INFORMATION OUT
THERE ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF
THESE CHANGES.
THEY'RE SMALL CHANGES OVER
THE COURSE OF THREE YEARS.
THEY ARE BRINGING FORWARD...
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
LOCAL UNITS CAN CONCENTRATE
ON THE THINGS THAT ARE MOST
IMPORTANT LIKE MAKING SURE
THAT CHILDREN WESTBOUNDING
VACCINATED.
WE'RE IN DANGEROUS TERRITORY
IN SOME PARTS OF ONTARIO
WITH RESPECT TO THAT BECAUSE
WE REQUIRE A CERTAIN
PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION
TO BE VACCINATED IN ORDER
FOR EVERYONE TO BE SAFE.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
NUTRITION PROGRAMS ARE GOING
TO CONTINUE.
THAT IS CONTINUING WITH
FUNDING FROM THE MINISTRY OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES AND THAT
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
GET THE HELP THEY NEED AS
WELL AS WOMEN EXPECTING
CHILDREN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WE RECOGNIZE THAT.
THAT IS SOMETHING THAT, WITH
THE FUND THAT THE LOCAL
UNITS ARE RECEIVING FROM THE
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, THEY
WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE.
WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON
PRIORITIES.
WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS
MOST IMPORTANT.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Coteau says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AGAIN BACK TO THE PREMIER.
IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT
ACCEPT SCIENCE AND DATA, HOW
ABOUT SOME HISTORY?
UNDER MIKE HARRIS MASSIVE
CUTS WERE MADE TO HEALTH
CARE AND THERE WAS A
BREAKING POINT, MR. SPEAKER.
THE SARS OUTBREAK TOOK PLACE
UNDER THE...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Coteau says RECOGNIZING THE CRUCIAL
ROLE THAT PUBLIC HEALTH
PLAYS IN PREVENTING OUT
BREAKS.
THE FORMER LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT INCREASED PUBLIC
HEALTH SPENDING BY 25 percent THAT
YEAR.
WE KNOW THAT THIS GOVERNMENT
WANTS TO TAKE US BACK TO THE
'90S AND ONLY FUND HALF OF
PUBLIC HEALTH.
BUT, PREMIER, YOU HAVE A
DUTY TO LOOK AHEAD, TO
STRENGTHEN OUR PUBLIC HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM NOT TO UNDERMINE
T.SO SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU.
HOW DOES THE PREMIER THINK
THAT THESE MASSIVE CUTS WILL
HELP PREVENT A FUTURE PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE CRISIS?

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

Elliott says WELL, THANK YOU.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I
WOULD SAY LET'S LOOK AT THE
FACTS AND LET'S LOOK AT THE
MATH.
WE INHERITED A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT AS A RESULT OF
THINGS THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT DID.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says DO WE HAVE A BETTER
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, A BETTER
EDUCATION SYSTEM...

[INTERJECTIONS]

Elliott says CERTAINLY
NOT.
WE HAVE TAKEN STEPS
NECESSARY IN ORDER TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE HAVE A
SUSTAINABLE SERVICES FOR THE
FUTURE.
WE ARE PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS...
HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION
MATTER AND WE ARE TAKING
EVERY STEP POSSIBLE TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE DO OUR
RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO TO BE RESPONSIBLE
FINANCIAL STEWARDS AND WE
ARE EXPECTING MUNICIPALITIES
TO DO THE SAME.
WITH THE FUNDING THEY WILL
BE RECEIVING AND PUBLIC
HEALTH FROM THE PROVINCE,
THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT
IF THEY CONCENTRATE ON THE
ESSENTIAL PRIORITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says AND I'M SURE THAT THEY
WILL AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO
WORKING WITH THEM IN ORDER
TO DO THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

Kusendova is in her thirties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears a blue cardigan over a striped black and white shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL.
MR. SPEAKER, THE RISING
TREND OF OPIOID OVERDOSES
ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN
ONTARIO IS A PUBLIC HEALTH
ISSUE THAT DEMANDS ACTION.
IN AN EFFORT TO FIGHT BACK
AGAINST THE OPEN YESTERDAY
CRISIS I RECENTLY INTRODUCED
MY FIRST PRIVATE MEMBER'S
BILL WHICH IF PASSIONED
WOULD MANDATE ALL POLICE
SERVICES ACROSS ONTARIO BE
TRAINED IN THE
ADMINISTRATION OF NALOXONE.
IT IS A LIFESAVING
MEDICATION THAT CAN
TEMPORARILY REVERSE THE
EFFECTS OF AN OPIOID
OVERDOSE AND ALLOW FOR
MEDICAL HELP TO ARRIVE.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL PLEASE
EXPLAIN TO THIS HOUSE HOW
OUR GOVERNMENT IS EMPOWERING
POLICE SERVICES ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE TO SAVE LIVES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SOLICITOR
GENERAL.

The caption changes to "Honourable Sylvia Jones. PC. Solicitor General."

Jones is in her sixties, with wavy blond hair to her shoulders. She wears glasses, a pale pink blazer and a floral print dress.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA CENTRE.
YOU KNOW, AS A REGISTERED
NURSE, I KNOW THAT SHE HAS A
PARTICULAR INTEREST AND
INSIGHT INTO THIS ISSUE AND
HOW WE CAN DO MORE WORK TO
SUPPORT OUR EVERYDAY HEROES
ON THE FRONT LINES.
LAST FALL, OUR GOVERNMENT
MADE CHANGES SO POLICE
OFFICERS WOULD NOT BE
SUBJECTED TO AN AUTOMATIC
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION WHEN
THEY USED NALOXONE IN AN
UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO
REVIVE SOMEONE WITH AN
OVERDOSE.
IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO
DO.
THIS AMENDMENT ENABLED
POLICE OFFICERS TO CARRY OUT
THEIR DUTIES WITHOUT FEAR OF
FACING A CRIMINAL
INVESTIGATION, BUT MORE
IMPORTANTLY IT HELPED SAVE
LIVES.
POLICE SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO
THE SAME RULES AS OTHER
FIRST RESPONDERS WHEN
ADMINISTERING THIS
POTENTIALLY LIFESAVING
MEASURE.
POLICE OFFICERS ARE OFTEN
THE FIRST TO ARRIVE ON THE
SCENE OF AN EMERGENCY.
IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, THEY
DO WHAT ANY FIRST RESPONDER
WOULD DO.
THEY TRY TO SAVE A LIFE.
THESE CHANGES WERE
IMPORTANT.
THEY SENT A MESSAGE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says TO FIRST-LINE RESPONDERS
THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE
THEIR BACKS WHEN THEY NEED IT.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Kusendova says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MINISTER, FOR YOUR ANSWER
AND FOR YOUR CONTINUED
ADVOCACY AND STEADFAST
LEADERSHIP WHEN IT COMES TO
ENSURING THE SAFETY OF OUR
PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW MANY
OVERDOSES HAPPEN IN A
VICTIM'S HOME AND POLICE
OFFICERS ARE OFTEN THE FIRST
TO ARRIVE IF HE SCENE.
THE BRAVE POLICE OFFICERS IN
MY RIDING AND THE REST OF
THE PROVINCE WILL NOW BE
TREATED THE SAME AS
FIREFIGHTERS AND PARAMEDICS
WHEN IT COMES TO THE
ADMINISTRATION OF NALOXONE.
THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO
DO FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN
UNIFORM WHO ARE KEY FIRST
RESPONDERS IN THE OPIOID
CRISIS.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL PLEASE
SHARE MORE ABOUT OUR
GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO
SUPPORTING PUBLIC SAFETY IN
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says IT WOULD BE AN HONOUR,
SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, IN LESS THAN A
YEAR, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
DONE MORE TO SUPPORT...
RESPECT AND SUPPORT PUBLIC
SAFETY HEROES THAN FRANKLY
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT DID
IN 15 YEARS.
WE FIXED IN PAST LEGISLATION
THAT RESTORES RESPECT TO THE
BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE
POLICE AND PUT PUBLIC SAFETY
FIRST.
WE ANNOUNCED TWO PHASES OF
OUR PLAN TO CRACK DOWN ON
GUN VIOLENCE AND BREAK UP
THE GANGS WHO PREY ON OUR
YOUNG PEOPLE WITHIN OUR
COMMUNITIES.
WE RECENTLY HIGHLIGHTED OUR
GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO
MOVE AHEAD WITH BUILDING A
NEW MODERN PROTECTIONAL
FACILITY IN THUNDER BAY THAT
WILL KEEP CORRECTIONAL
OFFICERS SAFE AND BETTER
PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE JUST
GETTING STARTED AND I WILL
HAVE MORE TO ANNOUNCE SOON.
THANK YOU.
PLAU.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT question. The member for Kiiwetinoong.

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

Mamakwa is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with short black hair. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, and matching printed tie.

He says MEEGWETCH, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
RECENTLY THE GOVERNMENT
PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE CHANGES
TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES
ACT, REVIEWING THE FAR NORTH
ACT AND CHANGES TO THE
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
ACT.
THE LANGUAGE USED BY THE
GOVERNMENT TO DESCRIBE THESE
PROPOSALS IS THAT, THAT THIS
IS ALL ABOUT EFFICIENCIES
AND NOTHING ELSE.
BUT THESE CHANGES CAN TAKE
PLACE... CAN'T TAKE PLACE
WITHOUT REAL PRIOR AND
INFORMED CONSULTATION AND
CONSENT OF FIRST NATIONS.
WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S
PLANS FOR MEANINGFUL
CONSULTATIONS WITH OUR
CITIZENS, INCLUDING FIRST
NATIONS, BEFORE MOVING AHEAD
WITH THESE CHANGES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S ADDRESSED TO THE
DEPUTY PREMIER.

The Deputy Premier says MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO AGAIN STATE THAT
WE CONTINUE TO WANT TO
ENGAGE IN OUR INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES AND ALL OF OUR
COMMUNITIES ABOUT OUR
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES.
I SPEAK, YOU KNOW, AS PART
OF OUR MORE HOMES MORE
CHOICE ACT.
WE'VE WORKED VERY DIRECTLY
WITH THE MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE
AND PARKS, CONSERVATION AND
PARKS.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING
VERY DILIGENTLY AS PART OF
OUR MORE HOPES MORE CHOICE
PLAN.
WE'VE BROUGHT FORWARD A KEY
PIECE OF OUR MADE-IN-ONTARIO
ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN THAT WILL
HELP TURN OUR HOUSING CRISIS
FORWARD.
SO I APPRECIATE THE MEMBER'S
COMMENTS ABOUT SOME OF THESE
ENVIRONMENTAL... THEY'RE
STILL POSTED ON THE
ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTRY FOR
COMMENT.
STILL ENGAGING WITH.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says FOLKS.
AND AGAIN I LOOK FORWARD TO
THE FEEDBACK THAT WE GET.
WE HAVE RECEIVED A
TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF
FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC AND
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES TO
DATE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Mamakwa says MEEGWETCH, MR. SPEAKER.
BACK TO THE ACTING PREMIER.
THE PURPOSE OF THE CURRENT
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ACT
IS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO, BY
PROVIDING THE PROTECTION,
CONSERVATION AND WISE
MANAGEMENT OF ONTARIO'S
ENVIRONMENT.
THE MATAWA CHIEFS WERE
WORKING ON AN ENHANCED
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
PROCESS WITH ONTARIO AND
HAVE INSIGHTS, STRONG
INSIGHTS ACTUALLY, ON MAKING
IMPROVEMENTS TO
ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS THAT CAN
BRING CERTAINTY FOR
COMMUNITIES AND INDUSTRY
ALIKE.
WHY HAS NOT THE PREMIER NOT
RESPONDED AND NOT TAKEN THE
TIME TO MEET WITH MATAWA
CHIEFS ON THE RING OF FIRE
DEVELOPMENT AND THE APPROACH
INCLUDING FIRST NATIONS?
AND THIS IS MAKING IN THE
NORTH.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Clark says SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO
THE HONOURABLE MEMBER,
CONSULTATION WITH OUR
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IS
VERY IMPORTANT TO US.
WHETHER IT BE IN MY HOUSING
SUPPLY ACTION PLAN, WHETHER
IT BE OUR MADE-IN-ONTARIO
ENVIRONMENT PLAN.
I KNOW THAT IF THE MINISTER
OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS WAS
AVAILABLE TODAY, HE WOULD
TALK ABOUT THE EXTENSIVE
CONSULTATION THAT WE'VE HAD
REGARDING A NUMBER OF THESE
MATTERS.
I APPRECIATE THE NUMBER OF
FOLKS IN THE ROOM.
AND I WILL PASS ALONG SOME
OF THEIR COMMENTS INVOLVING
OUR.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Clark says ENVIRONMENT PLAN.
AGAIN, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE
AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT
I'M CARRYING FORWARD IN THIS
LEGISLATION, THINGS LIKE THE
CHANGES TO OUR ENDANGERED
SPECIES ACT, THINGS FOR OUR
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ACT,
WHICH I MIGHT SAY A NUMBER
OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE
EXEMPTING UNDER THE
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ACT
ARE VERY LOW-RISK PROJECTS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says THAT IN NO OTHER
JURISDICTION IN CANADA
THEY'RE PART OF THE
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
PROCESS.
THINGS LIKE SNOWPLOWING,
CREATING BIKE LANES,
CREATING COMMUNITY PARKS.
NO OTHER JURISDICTION
INCLUDES THOSE IN THE
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
PROCESS.
THERE'S NOT ONE OTHER
LOCATION THAT DOES THAT.
AGAIN, CONSULTATION'S
IMPORTANT.
WE WANT TO...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
THE NEXT question. The member for Thornhill.

The caption changes to "Gila Martow. PC. Thornhill."

Martow is in her forties, with wavy blond hair to her shoulders. She wears a pale pink jacket over a beige shirt, and black-rimmed glasses.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
AMAZING MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.
WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR ROADS
AND HIGHWAYS ARE AMONG THE
SAFEST IN NORTH AMERICA, BUT
I'M SURE THAT WE CAN ALL
AGREE THERE'S ALWAYS MORE
THAT CAN BE DONE TO ENSURE
THAT ONTARIANS ARE SAFE
GETING FROM POINT "A" TO
POINT "B."
I KNOW THAT THERE ARE A
NUMBER OF SAFETY MEASURES IN
THE GETTING ONTARIO MOVING
ACT THAT IF PASSED WILL
INCREASE THE SAFETY OF EVERY
PERSON WHO USES OUR ROADS,
HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO EXPECT
OUR GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THE
ROADS SAFER FOR THEM, AND WE
ARE DOING JUST THAT.
MR. SPEAKER, ACCOUNT
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
SHARE WITH THE LEGISLATURE
SOME OF THE PROPOSED SAFETY
MEASURES IN THE GETTING
ONTARIO MOVING ACT?

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

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

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

He says THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FROM
THORNHILL FOR THAT QUESTION.
AND SHE TRULY IS A CHAMPION
FOR TRANSIT IN HER AREA AND
I CAN'T REMEMBER A DAY WHICH
I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM HER ON
THE TRANSIT FILE.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK,
I WAS THRILLED TO TABLE THE
GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ACT
AS WELL AS THE NUMBER OF
PROPOSED REGULATORY CHANGES
THAT WILL CUT RED TAPE, SAVE
BUSINESSES AND TAXPAYERS
TIME AND MONEY AND HELP KEEP
ONTARIO'S ROADS THE SAFENESS
NORTH AMERICA.
WE ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE
IT'S OUR FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF
THAT WE NEED TO PUT THE
PEOPLE FIRST IN EVERYTHING
WE DO AND THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO EXPECT US TO KEEP
OUR ROADS SAFE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE
PROPOSING INCREASED FINES
FOR SLOW MOVING DRIVERS THAT
TRAVEL IN THE LEFT-HAND LANE,
BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE DRIVE
DANGEROUSLY SLOW THEY'RE
PUTTING THE SAFETY OF OTHERS
AT RISK.
AND IF PASSED THE
LEGISLATION WILL MAKE
LEARNING TO DRIVE SAFER BY
INTRODUCING THE NEW OFFENCE
FOR ANY DRIVING INSTRUCTOR
THAT VIOLATES AND ZERO BLOOD
ALCOHOL OR.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says DRUG PRESENCE
REQUIREMENT.
I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING
MORE IN MY SUPPLEMENTAL.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Martow says THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR HIS GREAT RESPONSE.
OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO
KEEP THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
FRONT OF MIND IN EVERY
DECISION WE MAKE.
IN FACT NO MATTER WHAT THE
SERVICE REGULATIONS PROGRAM
OR POLICY, WE WANT TO HEAR
FROM ALL ONTARIANS AND
INVOLVE THEM IN
DECISION-MAKING.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR NUMBER ONE
PRIORITY IS KEEPING THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO SAFE,
WHETHER AT HOME, WORK OR
DURING THEIR COMMUTE.
THIS IS WHY WE ARE WORKING
TO ENSURE WE HAVE THE SAFE
AND EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION
NETWORK.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE
CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO
FIND WAYS TO MAKE SURE
ONTARIO ROADS REMAIN AMONG
THE SAFEST IN NORTH AMERICA.
WILL THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION PLEASE SHARE
MORE ABOUT THE PROPOSED
REGULATIONS AND SAFETY
MEASURES?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says THANKS AGAIN FOR THAT
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, WE DO HAVE A
NUMBER OF PROPOSED SAFETY
MEASURES IN OUR BILL AND
REGULATIONS.
WE'RE PROPOSING STRONGER
FINES FOR DRIVING CARELESSLY
AROUND MAINTENANCE AND
CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, TOW
TRUCK DRIVERS AND RECOVERY
WORKERS.
WE'RE ALLOWING MOTORCYCLISTS
TO USE THE H.O.V. LANES, A
MUCH SAFER PART OF THE ROAD
FOR THEM TO USE.
WE'LL GIVE MUNICIPALITIES
THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO
TARGET DRIVERS WHO THREATEN
THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN
CROSSING ROADS ON THEIR WAY
HOME OR TO SCHOOL.
MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIANS
EXPECT THE GOVERNMENT TO
ENACT LAWS AND REGULATIONS
THAT KEEP THEM SAFE,
ESPECIALLY OUR HIGHWAYS.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO
INCREASING THE SAFETY OF
EVERY PERSON WHO USE OUR
ROADS HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES.
MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW
WHY THE N.D.P. AND
OPPOSITION VOTED AGAINST THE
PROPOSED CHANGES.
THEY'RE ALL FOR THE BENEFIT
OF ONTARIANS.
HOPEFULLY WHEN SECOND
READING COMES AROUND THEY'LL
HOP ON BOARD AND SUPPORT OUR
GOVERNMENT WITH THESE
CHANGES.

[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 white sleeveless jacket over a black dress, and a beaded necklace.

She says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
TODAY WE ARE ALL WEARING
PINS, ALL MEMBERS OF THE
HOUSE, TO COMMEMORATE AND
RECOGNIZE CHILDREN'S MENTAL
HEALTH WEEK.
RECOGNITION, SPEAKER, IS
LONG OVERDUE, BUT THE TIME
FOR ACTION IS NOW.
CHILDREN IN THIS PROVINCE
SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WAIT MORE
THAN 18 MONTHS IN ORDER TO
ACCESS THE VITAL HELP THEY
NEED.
ACCORDING TO THE CHILDREN'S
MENTAL HEALTH ONTARIO, ONE
IN FIVE CHILDREN AND YOUTH
HAS A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE IN
OUR PROVINCE, BUT ONLY ONE
OUT OF SIX OF THESE YOUNG
PEOPLE WILL GET THE SUPPORT
AND SPECIALIZED TREATMENT
THAT THEY NEED.
YET THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
PROVIDED LESS THAN A QUARTER
OF THE 150 MILLION DOLLARS THAT
CMHO NEEDS TO SUPPORT
CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.
WILL THE PREMIER RECONSIDER
AND PROVIDE THE FULL FUNDING
NEEDED TO TREAT YOUTH MENTAL
ILLNESS, PREVENT YOUTH
SUICIDES AND PREVENT
CHILDREN FROM UNNECESSARY
HOSPITAL VISITS HERE IN OUR
PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
I RECOGNIZE THE DEPUTY
PREMIER TO REPLY.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
I CERTAINLY WOULD AGREE WITH
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE THAT WE
DO NEED INVESTMENTS IN OUR
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SYSTEM, PARTICULARLY WITH
RESPECT TO CHILDREN'S MENTAL
HEALTH.
THAT'S WHY DURING THE
ELECTION CAMPAIGN WE
COMMITTED TO SPENDING 3.8
BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN YEARS,
MATCHING THE FEDERAL
COMMITMENT OF 1.9 BILLION DOLLARS.
WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT WE
MAKE INVESTMENTS IN THE
PROPER WAY.
THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO EXPECT US TO DO.
JUST THE OTHER DAY ON MONDAY,
I MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN
ADDITIONAL 174 MILLION DOLLARS.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
REDUCE WAIT TIMES FOR
CHILDREN RECEIVING MENTAL
HEALTH CARE.
WE KNOW THAT STUDENTS ARE
ALSO IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL
FUNDING.
OUR COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES ARE BEING
OVERWHELMED BY THE MENTAL
HEALTH AND ASICS DIX NEEDS
OF THEIR STUDENTS BUT WE
NEED TO DO IT IN A CAREFUL
WAY.
WE NEED TO MAKE THE RIGHT
INVESTMENTS AND SO AS A
MATTER OF FACT I AM MEETING
WITH CHILDREN'S MENTAL
HEALTH ONTARIO, THE YOUTH
ACTION COMMITTEE, TO TALK
ABOUT THEIR SUGGESTION FOR
HOW WE CAN IMPROVE MENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES FOR YOUNG
PEOPLE, FOR CHILDREN AND
YOUNG PEOPLE.
WE HAVE BEEN HEARING...

The Speaker says ORDER.
OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER.
RESPONSE.

Elliott says BUT WE NEED TO HEAR FROM
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE RECEIVING
SERVICES OR WHO NEED TO
RECEIVE SERVICES.
SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND BACK TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
TODAY A GROUP OF YOUNG
ONTARIANS HAVE COME TO
QUEEN'S PARK TO ASK THE
PREMIER TO INVEST IN THEIR
FUTURE.
AS THE MINISTER SAYS SHE'LL
BE MEETING WITH THEM LATER.
THESE ADD MINISTERIAL
STATEMENTS ARE NOT ENOUGH
WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE'S MENTAL
HEALTH INITIATIVES CONTINUE
TO BE UNDERFUND UNDER THIS
PROVINCE, SPEAKER.
THESE GESTURES AREN'T GOING
TO HELP CHILDREN WHO REMAIN
WAIT-LISTED FOR OVER 18
MONTHS.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT,
COME TO ORDER.

Singh says MACHINE MENTAL HEALTH
SUPPORTS THAT THEY NEED.
THE PREMIER PROMISED TO
MATCH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
IN MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING BY
COMMITTING 3.9 BILLION DOLLARS OVER
TEN YEARS.
BUT THIS YEAR'S BUDGET FOR
MENTAL HEALTH IS ACTUALLY
ALL JUST FEDERAL MONEY.
THERE'S NO NEW COMMITMENT
FROM THIS PROVINCE.
ONTARIO'S CHILDREN CANNOT
WAIT ANY LONGER,
MR. SPEAKER.
CAN THE PREMIER PLEASE TELL
US WHY THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
ONCE AGAIN FAILED TO INVEST
IN YOUNG PEOPLE HERE IN
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU I COMPLETELY
DISAGREE WITH WHAT THE MEMBER HAS JUST INDICATED.
WE HAVE MADE THE COMMITMENT
TO SPEND 3 BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN
YEARS, AND AS A MATTER OF
FACT WITH RESPECT TO THE
ANNOUNCEMENT THAT I MADE ON
MONDAY, OF AN ADDITIONAL
174 MILLION DOLLARS WHICH IS PART
OF OUR BUDGET PLAN.
AND WHICH WILL INCLUDE MORE
SUPPORTS FOR CHILDREN AND
YOUTH.
WE ARE GOING TO MAKE...
ENSURE CHILDREN GET MENTAL
HEALTH ASSISTANCE IN SCHOOLS
AS WELL AS IN THE COMMUNITY.
WE'RE ALSO GOING TO MAKE
SURE PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS
ARE GOING TO RECEIVE HOUSING
SUPPORTS.
PEOPLE WITH SEVERE MENTAL
ILLNESS GET BETTER SUPPORT
THROUGH MOBILE CRISIS TEAMS
WORKING... AND THAT YOUTH
AND ADULTS GET FASTER ACCESS
TO ADDICTIONS TREME.
BUT WE CERTAINLY RECOGNIZE
THE NEED FOR FASTER ACCESS
FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH TO
GET SERVICES AND CONNECTED
SERVICES.
THERE'S ALSO A PROBLEM WITH
YOUTH.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says TRANSITIONING INTO ADULT
SERVICES WHERE THEY GET
DROPPED WHEN THEY'RE 18 AND
THEN THEY CAN'T GET PICKED
UP AGAIN FOR SERVICES.
WE WANT TO WORK WITH
CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM THEM
DIRECTY ABOUT THEIR...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Northumberland-Peterborough South.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "David Piccini. PC. Northumberland-Peterborough South."

Piccini is in his early forties, clean-shaven, with short blond hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and printed blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TODAY IS FOR THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL.
MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIO'S
GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED WITH
THE MANDATE TO IMPROVE
PUBLIC SAFETY ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE AND TO PROVIDE THE
HARD WORKING FRONT-LINE
STAFF IN OUR CORRECTIONAL
FACILITIES WITH THE TOOLS
AND THE RESOURCES THEY NEED
TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR DUTIES
SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY.
EACH YEAR DURING THE FIRST
WEEK OF MAY WE CELEBRATE THE
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION
MADE BY CORRECTIONAL
OFFICERS, PROBATION AND
PAROLE OFFICERS, NURSES,
SOCIAL WORKERS, RECREATIONAL
STAFF AND SO MANY OTHERS TO
KEEP ONTARIO SAFE.
MR. SPEAKER, TO HELP MARK
THIS IMPORTANT WEEK, COULD
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL PLEASE
EXPLAIN TO THIS HOUSE HOW
OUR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPORTING
THE EFFORTS OF FRONT-LINE
HEROES IN OUR CORRECTIONAL
FACILITIES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM
PETERBOROUGH, FROM
NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH FOR THIS IMPORTANT
QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S
BEHIND INSTITUTIONAL WALLS
OR IN OUR COMMUNITIES,
CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AND
THEIR STAFF ARE ESSENTIAL
PARTNERS IN ONTARIO'S
JUSTICE SYSTEM.
THROUGH THEIR HARD WORK AND
DEDICATION THESE
PROFESSIONALS PERFORM
IMPORTANT SUPERVISION, CARE
AND REHABILITATION DUTIES
AND HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY
SAFE.
THEIR DILIGENCE AND
PROFESSIONALISM DOES NOT GOT
UNNOTICED BY OUR GOVERNMENT.
OVER THE COURSE OF THE
COMING WEEKS, THE MEMBER
FROM BRAMPTON SOUTH, MY
EXCELLENT PARLIAMENTARY
ASSISTANT PRABMEET SINGH,
WILL BE VISITING
CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES AND
PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICES
ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
THESE MEETINGS ARE ANOTHER
OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN
FIRSTHAND THE FRONT-LINE
WORKERS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES
THEY EXPERIENCE IN THEIR
DAY-TO-DAY WORK KEEPING OUR
COMMUNITIES SAFE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Jones says LET ME BE CLEAR.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says OUR GOVERNMENT WILL
ALWAYS SUPPORT CORRECTIONAL
STAFF IN THEIR VITAL WORK,
WHICH EE ESSENTIAL TO
PROTECTING ONTARIO
COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Piccini says MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE
MINISTER FOR HER RESPONSE
AND FOR TAKING THE TIME TO
MEET WITH FRONT-LINE WORKERS
IN MY COMMUNITY.
I WILL TELL YOU THAT MY
CONSTITUENTS ARE HEARTENED
TO HEAR THIS GOVERNMENT'S
COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY
AND FRONT-LINE WORKERS LIKE
THOSE AT BROOKSIDE AND
WARKWORTH CORRECTIONS IN MY
RIDING.
THIS WEEK THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO'S CORRECTIONAL
SERVICES STAFF WILL PAY
TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE
FALLEN IN THE LINE OF DUTY
AT THE ANNUAL CORRECTIONAL
SERVICES CEREMONY OF
REMEMBRANCE AT QUEEN'S PARK.
ONTARIO FORMALLY HONOURS THE
CONTRIBUTIONS AND SACRIFICES
OF THE PROVINCE'S
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES STAFF
AT THIS SOLEMN CEREMONY EACH
YEAR.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL TELL US
HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS
WORKING WITH FRONT-LINE
HEROS IN OUR CORRECTIONAL
FACILITIES TO PROVIDE A
SAFER ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SOLICITOR
GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I HOPE MEMBERS FROM ACROSS
ALL PARTY LINES AND THE
GENERAL PUBLIC ACTUALLY
PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONY
TOMORROW, BECAUSE AS HE
SPOKE, IT IS VERY EMOTIONAL
AND VERY IMPORTANT TO
ACKNOWLEDGE.
THOUGH IT GOES UNSEEN BY
MOST ONTARIANS, THE VITAL
WORK OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICE
PROFESSIONALS HELP MAKE
ONTARIO ONE OF THE SAFEST
JURISDICTIONS IN THE WORLD.
WE DO NOT TAKE THIS FOR
GRANTED, WHICH IS WHY WE
RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO
CORRECTIONS OFFICERS,
PROBATIONS AND PAROLE AND
OTHER CORRECTIONAL STAFF.
OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS,
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS MADE
IMPROVEMENTS AT ADULT
CORRECTION FACILITIES ACROSS
THE PROVINCE, INCLUDING
BETTER HEALTH AND WELLNESS
SUPPORTS FOR CORRECTIONAL
OFFICERS, RECONFIRMING
ONTARIO'S COMMITMENT TO
BUILDING NEW, MODERN,
COMPLEX IN THUNDER BAY.
EXPANDING THE FEMALE UNIT AT
MONTEITH CORRECTIONAL
COMPLEX.
HAVING A DEDICATED K-9 UNIT
AT THE ELGIN...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says AND INCREASING SAFETY AT
THE KENORA JAIL BY UPGRADING
INFRASTRUCTURE AND
STRENGTHENING PARTNERS...
PARTNERSHIPS.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION
COME TO ORDER.

Jones says IF THE N.D.P. MEMBERS
ACTUALLY SPOKE TO THEIR
CORRECTIONS OFFICERS, THEY
WOULD HEAR ABOUT THE
INVESTMENTS...

[INTERJECTIONS].

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
ORDER.
ORDER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Humber River-Black Creek.

The caption changes to "Tom Rakocevic. NDP. Humber River-Black Creek."

Rakocevic is in his late thirties, with side-parted blond hair and a boxed beard. He wears glasses, a gray suit, blue shirt, and patterned blue tie.

He

The caption changes to "Tom Rakocevic. NDP. Humber River-Black Creek."

Rakocevic is in his late thirties, with side-parted blond hair and a boxed beard. He wears glasses, a black suit, lilac shirt, and printed orange tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
THIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT
IS MAKING MASSIVE
CONCESSIONS TO THE AUTO
INSURANCE INDUSTRY IN THEIR
REGRESSIVE NEW PLAN.
RIGHT THERE IN BLACK AND
WHITE, THE GOVERNMENT IS
PLANNING TO ALLOW INSURANCE
COMPANIES TO JACK UP DRIVERS,
INSURANCE RATES EVEN MORE IF
THEY DON'T HAVE PERFECT
CREDIT BY ALLOWING INSURANCE
COMPANIES TO ASK FOR YOUR
CREDIT HISTORY TO DETERMINE
HOW MUCH HAVE YOU TO PAY.
THAT WILL BE DEVASTATING TO
FAMILIES IN AREAS LIKE
HUMBER RIVER-BLACK CREEK,
BRAMPTON, SCARBOROUGH.
EVEN THE PREMIER'S OWN
RIDING, WHO ARE ALREADY
OVERPAYING BECAUSE OF THE
NEIGHBOURHOOD THEY LIVE IN.
WHAT YOU PAY FOR AUTO
INSURANCE SHOULD BE BASED ON
YOUR DRIVING RECORD, NOT
WHERE YOU LIVE AND NOT BASED
ON YOUR CREDIT RATING.
PREMIER, WHAT ON EARTH DOES
CREDIT RATING HAVE TO DO
WITH YOUR DRIVING RECORD?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The Speaker says 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 VERY MUCH FOR
THE QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, IT'S SO CLEAR,
SPEAKER, THAT THE
LIBERAL-N.D.P. SYSTEM OF
FAILED STRETCH GOALS ON AUTO
INSURANCE IS BROKEN.
IT IS COMPLETELY BROKEN.
THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING ABOUT
THIS.
OUR PLAN, OUR PLAN THAT
WE'VE PROPOSED IN THE BUDGET
WILL PROVIDE CHOICE, WILL
PROVIDE CHOICE FOR FAMILIES.
IT'S PUTTING THE DRIVERS
FIRST.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says IT WILL ALLOW DRIVERS TO
BE ABLE TO SELECT ITEMS FOR
THEIR OWN INSURANCE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says ALLOW INSURANCE COMPANIES
TO OFFER OPTIONS TO DRIVERS
THAT THEY CAN'T... THAT THEY
NO LONGER AREN'T AVAILABLE
TODAY.
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY,
SPEAKER, TO MODERNIZE, TO
DIGITIZE.
YOU'LL BE ABLE TO USE AN APP
NOW FOR YOUR DRIVER
INSURANCE.
INSTEAD OF INTERESTING ON A
PINK FORM IN YOUR GLOVE
COMPARTMENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says WE'RE MODERNIZING,
TRANSFORMING AND DIGITIZING
GOVERNMENT AND AUTO
INSURANCE IS A BIG PART OF
THIS PROGRAM, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Rakocevic says I SEE THAT THE MINISTER
DOESN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT
THAT DARK SECRET IN THEIR
AUTO INSURANCE PLAN.
THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT
VOTED AGAINST MY BILL, THE
LOWER AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE
ACT THAT, WOULD HAVE LOWERED
AUTO INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR
MILLIONS OF ONTARIO'S
DRIVERS.
ACCORDING TO EXPERT DR. FRED
LAZAR, MY BILL COULD HAVE
LOWERED HOW MUCH DRIVERS
HAVE TO PAY FOR INSURANCE BY
1 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR
PROVINCEWIDE.
INSTEAD THIS GOVERNMENT IS
GIVING RICH AUTO INSURANCE
COMPANIES NEW DISCRIMINATORY
TOOS TO GO AFTER DRIVERS
BASED ON THEIR CREDIT
RATING.
WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
SIDING WITH RICH AUTO
INSURANCE COMPANIES OVER
ONTARIO DRIVERS WHO ARE
BEING GOUGED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fedeli says PREMIER, DRIVERS ACROSS
ONTARIO HAVE BEEN PUSHING
FOR 15 LONG YEARS FOR CHANGE
TO THIS FILE, AND WE ARE
BRINGING THAT.
AND RATHER THAN MEANINGFUL
CHANGE FROM US, WE CONTINUE
TO HEAR THESE PROGRAMS FROM
THE N.D.P. AND THE LIBERALS
THAT GO ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE.
SO LET'S HEAR FROM A COUPLE
OF PROFESSIONALS.
THE CANADIAN AUTOMOBILE
ASSOCIATION, THE C.A.A.
INSURANCE IS PLEASED TO SEE
THAT THE 2019 PROVINCIAL
BUDGET PROVIDES ONTARIO
MOTORISTS GREATER CHOICE
AROUND AUTO INSURANCE SO
THAT COVERAGE BETTER SUITS
INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.
THE INSURANCE BUREAU OF
CANADA, QUOTE...
THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT'S
MULTI-YEAR PLAN TO FIX AUTO
INSURANCE IS A WIN FOR
CONSUMERS.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says THESE CHANGES WILL GIVE
CONSUMERS GREATER CHOICE IN
THEIR COVERAGE AND BETTER
CONTROL OVER THE PRICE THEY
PAY FOR AUTO INSURANCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says IT'S SO AWFUL TO SEE THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT, THE
OPPOSITION IS NOT GOING TO
SUPPORT THIS BUDGET AND
BRING CHOICE AND LOWER COSTS
FOR INSURANCE FOR THE
FAMILIES OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
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 black suit, lilac shirt and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
TODAY MY QUESTION IS FOR MY
NEIGHBOURING MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY.
THE RATHER QUIET NEIGHBOUR.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE WE UNDERSTAND JUST
HOW IMPORTANT THE FORESTRY
INDUSTRY IS TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO AND I KNOW BOTH THE
MINISTER AND I ARE PERSONALLY
AWARE OF THE IMPACT.
YET FOR 15 YEARS THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT, THEY
IGNORED THIS EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT INDUSTRY AND THEY
LET IT FALL RIGHT BY THE
WAYSIDE.
COMPLETELY IGNORED IT.
I NOT MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES HAS BEEN WORKING
HARD TO MAKE ONTARIO OPEN
FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR
JOBS.
SO COULD THE MINISTER UPDATE
THIS HOUSE ON HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DIRECTLY
INVESTING IN THE FORESTRY
INDUSTRY?

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK MY NEIGHBOUR
FROM HASTINGS-LENNOX AND
ADDINGTON FOR THAT QUESTION.
HE'S RIGHT.
WE ARE MAKING ONTARIO OPEN
FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR
JOBS.
I RECENTLY VISITED KILL
LALOO TO SEE FIRST HAND HOW
OUR INVESTMENT OF 5.5
MILLION DOLLARS OVER FIVE YEARS HAS
HELPED TO PROTECT LOCAL JOBS
AT A FAMILY RUN SAWMILL.
IT WAS WONDERFUL TO BE THERE
WITH HIS WITH DEAN AND WIFE
TANYA.
DEAN IS FOURTH GENERATION AT
OAKHAM AND SONS.
ONE OF EASTERN ONTARIO'S
LARGEST LUMBER PRODUCERS AND
THE PROVINCE'S BIGGEST
PRODUCER OF RED AND WHITE
PINE LUMBER.
THIS INVESTMENT WILL HELP
PROTECT OVER 100 JOBS AND
HELP THE SAWMILL COMPETE
WITH ANYBODY IN THE WORLD.
IT HAS BEEN TOO LONG SINCE
THE GOVERNMENT INVESTED IN
SUCH AN IMPORTANT INDUSTRY
AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE
SUPPORTING SUCCESS STORIES
LIKE VAN OAKHAM AND SON IS
JUST BEGINNING FOR THIS
GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE WE STAND
100 percent BEHIND OUR FORESTRY
SECTOR.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Kramp says THANK YOU, MINISTER.
CERTAINLY I CAN ADVISE ALL
PEOPLE, IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN
TO KILLALOE, YOU'RE
DEFINITELY MISSING
SOMETHING.
EXCITING TO SEE OUR
GOVERNMENT TAKING MESH
TOWERS MAKE ONTARIO REALLY
THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD
TO DO BUSINESS.
ONE OF OUR GOVERNMENT'S
NUMBER ONE PRIORITIES TO
GROW THE ECONOMY AND HELP
CREATE AND PROTECT OUR JOBS.
MR. SPEAKER, I'M GETTING
REALLY, REALLY TIRED OF
SEEING THIS 15 BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY JUST NEGLECTED AND
FLUSHED DOWN THE TOY LET BY
15 YEARS OF INACTION BY THIS
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
I KNOW THIS INVESTMENT BY
OUR GOVERNMENT IN THE
DEVELOPMENT OF A FORESTRY
STRATEGY ARE ONLY A VERY FEW
NUMBER OF THE WAYS THIS
MINISTER'S HELPING COMPANIES
LIKE BEN OAKHAM AND SONS
CONTINUE TO THRIVE HERE IN
ONTARIO.
SO, MR. SPEAKER, COULD OUR
MINISTER PLEASE INFORM THIS
HOUSE, THIS INDUSTRY AND
THIS INVESTMENT IS
BENEFICIAL TO THE ENTIRE
FORESTRY INDUSTRY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yakabuski says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FOR SUPPLEMENTARY.
SINCE BEING FOUNDED IN 1956,
BEN OAKHAM AND SON HAS GONE
FROM A SMALL CIRCULAR
SAWMILL PRODUCING ABOUT 2
MILLION BOARD FEET TO TWO
SILOS THAT PRODUCE OVER 31
MILLION BOARD P.E.S PER
YEAR.
WHEN WE PRODUCERS LIKE BEN
OAKHAM, SO DO HARVESTERS
THAT PROVIDE THEIR LOGS AND
OTHER PRODUCERS.
THIS WAS NOT JUST AN
INVESTMENT IN BEN OAKHAM BUT
INVESTMENT IN THE COMMUNITY
AND FORESTRY SECTOR AS A
WHOLE.
JOBS WILL BE CREATED IN THE
FORESTRY INDUSTRY WHICH I
HAVE SO MUCH CONFIDENCE IN
THE FUTURE AS WE DEVELOP A
FORESTRY POLICY THAT WE'RE
BEHIND THEM NOT TRYING TO
STAND IN THEIR WAY.
AND I HOPE THAT MY
COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE
IN THE N.D.P. WILL STAND
WITH US AND SUPPORT OUR
FORESTRY INDUSTRY AS WE TRY
TO BRING THE FORESTS INTO
THE 21ST CENTURY.

Watch: Question Period: Wednesday, May 8, 2019