Transcript: Question Period: Thursday, May 9, 2019 | May 10, 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.

The Speaker says IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL
QUESTIONS.
AND I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

She says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
WHEN THE GOVERNMENT
ANNOUNCED, FIRST ANNOUNCED
PLANS TO ELIMINATE 42 OF
ONTARIO'S 52 LAND AMBULANCE
SERVICES, THE FORD
GOVERNMENT CLAIMS THAT
PARAMEDICS SHOULD BE HAPPY
ABOUT THE CHANGES THAT WILL
ACTUALLY IMPROVE SERVICE.
NOW THE PREMIER HAS ALSO CUT
FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY
AMBULANCE SERVICES.
DOES HE BELIEVE THAT THIS
FUNDING CUT TO OUR SERVICES
WILL SPARK JOY AND IMPROVE
THE SERVICES HERE IN OUR
PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO 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 dark blue tie.

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

He says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THAT'S NOT ACCURATE.
BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S
ACCURATE, MR. SPEAKER.
ON JUNE THE 7TH, THIS
PROVINCE VOTED FOR CHANGE.
THEY VOTED FOR A GOVERNMENT
TO COME IN THERE AND BE
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, AND ON
JUNE THE 15TH THE FIRST
THING WE DID WE ANNOUNCED WE
WOULD SCRAP THE
CAP-AND-TRADE CARBON TAX.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says A CARBON TAX THAT IS NOW
IMPLEMENTED FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT THAT JACKED UP
THE GAS PRICES, JACKED UP
HEATING COSTS, JACKED UP
EVERYTHING IN THE STORES.
AS A MATTER OF FACT THERE
WAS A CONVENIENCE STORE WENT
INTO.
HE WAS THERE REPRISING ALL
THE GOODS BECAUSE OF THIS
TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE CARBON
TAX.
ON JUNE THE 21ST,
MR. SPEAKER, WE SAVED 7,500
JOBS AT THE PICKERING
NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says THAT'S 7,500 FAMILIES THAT
WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK
THAT THE N.D.P. AND THE
LIBERALS WANTED TO CLOSE
DOWN.
I JUST WONDERING WHERE THEY
GET THE ENERGY FROM BUT THEY
DON'T WORRY ABOUT THAT,
MR. SPEAKER.
THEY DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE
HYDRO BILLS THE HIGHNESS
NORTH AMERICA.
THEY IMPLEMENTED A PLAN TO
DESTROY THE ENERGY SYSTEM IN
THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Singh says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
ACROSS THE PROVINCE, PEOPLE
WHO RUN OUR AMBULANCE
SERVICES ARE WARNING ABOUT
THE RISKS OF THIS HEALTH
CARE CUT AS OTTAWA EMERGENCY
SERVICES SCRAMBLE TO DEAL
WITH FLOODING, THEY ADMITTED
THEY'LL HAVE TO REVISIT
PLANS TO HIRE PARAMEDICS
NEEDED TO MAINTAIN RESPONSE
TIMES.
IN LEEDS-GRENVILLE THE
PARAMEDIC CHIEF IS ADVISING
TO DELAY PLANS TO BUILD A
NEW PARAMEDIC STATION THAT
THEY DESPERATELY NEED.
IN BARRIE ONE PARAMEDIC WAS
CRYSTAL CLEAR, CUTS WILL
ULTIMATELY RESULT IN LONGER
RESPONSE TIMES.
WHY IS THE PREMIER MAKING
HEALTH CARE CUTS THAT WILL
LEAVE FAMILIES IN OUR
PROVINCE WAITING LONGER FOR
THE EMERGENCY CARE THEY
NEED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
ONCE AGAIN, THAT'S NOT
ACCURATE BUT I'LL TELL YOU
WHAT IS ACCURATE.
ON JUNE 27TH, WE COMMITTED
TO BUILDING A MEMORIAL
HONOURING THE HEROES OF THE
WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE SUPPORT OUR MILITARY,
UNLIKE THE OPPOSITION AND
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
DURING THE ELECTION.
ANTIWAR PEOPLE, ANTIMILITARY,
ANTIPOLICE BUT JUST STOOD BY
AND LET HER CAUCUS RUN
AROUND AND CRITICIZED
MILITARY AND OUR POLICE.
ON JUNE THE 30TH, WE
REFORMED OHIP TO SUPPORT THE
PEOPLE IN GREATEST NEED.
THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN
GREATEST NEED OUT THERE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says BUT WE REFORMED THE OHIP
PROGRAM THROUGH OUR ALL-STAR
MINISTER OF HEALTH.
ON JULY 11TH...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says WE REMOVED THE C.E.O. AND
BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF HYDRO
ONE.
THEY'RE DONE.
THEY'RE GONE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says WE HAVE TO
RESTRUCTURE HYDRO TO MAKE
SURE... ALL THE PEOPLE THAT
I MET ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
THAT CARES ABOUT THEIR HYDRO
BILL, WE'RE MAKING CHANGES
AT HYDRO ONE AND WE ARE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Singh says SPEAKER, EVERY DAY THE
FORD GOVERNMENT MAKES A
RIDICULOUS CLAIM THAT THEY
HAVEN'T CUT HEALTH CARE, AND
EVERY DAY ANOTHER NEWS STORY
BREAKS ABOUT HEALTH CARE
CUTS.
TO AMBULANCE SERVICES, TO
PUBLIC HEALTH, TO
TELEMEDICINE OR TO OUR OHIP
SERVICES.
FAMILIES IN THIS PROVINCE
NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN
GET AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE
CARE WHEN THEY NEED IT.
WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
CHIPPING AWAY AT THE
SERVICES THAT FAMILIES IN
OUR PROVINCE RELY ON?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says I
UNDERSTAND, MR. SPEAKER,
THAT THEY AREN'T VERY GOOD
WITH THE FIGURES OVER ON THE
OTHER SIDE.
BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE
BUDGET, THAT'S OPEN TO THE
WORLD TO LOOK AT, YOU SEE
1.3 BILLION DOLLARS MORE BEING SPENT
IN HEALTH CARE SO I'M NOT
SURE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says HOW THEY'RE ADDING THEIR
NUMBERS UP.
AGAIN ANOTHER INACCURATE
STATEMENT FROM THE
OPPOSITION, MR. SPEAKER.
WE CANCELLED A WASTEFUL
ENERGY CONTRACTS TOTALLING
790 MILLION DOLLARS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says THAT WERE ON THE BACKS OF
EVERY SINGLE ONTARIO
RESIDENT PAYING THEIR HYDRO,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP
ON THE ILLEGAL BORDER
CROSSING CRISIS, AND IT'S A
CRISIS.
BECAUSE 40,000 ILLEGAL
BORDER CROSSERS ENDED UP,
VAST MAJORITY, HERE IN
TORONTO.
WE CAN'T HANDLE THE
INFRASTRUCTURE.
WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF
OUR OWN PEOPLE HERE.
BUT GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER?
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OWES
US 200 MILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says I HAVEN'T
HEARD A PEEP, WORD FROM THE
CITY OF TORONTO ABOUT THE
200 MILLION DOLLARS, THAT THEY WOULD
GET A BIG CHUNK OF THAT,
MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THEY'RE
CARRYING THE BURDEN AS WELL.
SO WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE
WE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Timiskaming-Cochrane.

The caption changes to "John Vanthof. NDP. Timiskaming-Cochrane."

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

He says MY QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER.
AMBULANCE SERVICES ARE JUST
ONE OF THE COSTS THAT THE
FORD GOVERNMENT IS FURTHER
DOWNLOADING TO
MUNICIPALITIES, AND ACROSS
ONTARIO THOSE MUNICIPALITIES
ARE SCRAMBLING TO DEAL WITH
THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO
WALK AWAY FROM FUNDING
EVERYTHING FROM THOSE
AMBULANCE SERVICES TO FLOOD
PREVENTION.
THAT ONLY MEANS THAT
MUNICIPALITIES HAVE TO COVER
THAT FUNDING DRAFT WITH
SERVICE CUTS OR PROPERTY TAX
HIKES OR BOTH.
HOW HIGH A PROPERTY TAX HIKE
DOES THE PREMIER THINK IS
APPROPRIATE FOR HIS
DOWNLOADS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, TO THE MEMBER
OF PROVINCIAL PARLIAMENT
THAT JUST ASKED THE QUO,
WHERE WAS HE FOR THE LAST 15
YEARS AS THEY DISMANTLED,
THEY DESTROYED ONE OF THE
MOST PROSPEROUS PROVINCES IN
THE ENTIRE COUNTRY?
THEY WERE NOWHERE.
THEY'RE WORRYING ABOUT THAT.
AS GAS COSTS WENT UP,
HEATING COSTS WENT UP, OUR
DEBT WENT UP OVER 200
BILLION DOLLARS, THEY WERE
SIDE-BY-SIDE, 98 percent OF THE
TIME THEY WERE SUPPORTING
THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
I CAN TELL YOU.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says WHEN WE
FOUND OUT WE WERE INHERITING
A BANKRUPT PROVINCE, ON JULY
THE 17TH WE COMMITTED A...
COMMISSIONED A LINE-BY-LINE
AUDIT OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING
FROM ONE OF THE BIG FIVE
ACCOUNTING FIRMS.

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

The Speaker says YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER,
SOCIALISM THEY BELIEVE IN.
THEY BELIEVE IN A SOCIALIST
MENTALITY DOESN'T WORK
ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
YOU CAN'T KEEP DIGGING INTO
THE POCKETS OF THE PEOPLE
THAT ARE WORKING IN THE
FACTORIES, WORKING IN THE
OFFICES.
SOCIALISM DOES NOT WORK.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
I'M GOING TO ASK THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON EAST-STONEY
CREEK TO COME TO ORDER AND
MEMBER FOR ESSEX TO COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Vanthof says ONCE AGAIN TO THE PREMIER,
ALMOST EVERY DAY SINCE THE
FORD GOVERNMENT'S BUDGET WAS
REVEALED, MUNICIPAL LEADERS
HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH A NEW
CUT, A CUT TO MUNICIPAL
TRANSIT TRANSFERS, A CUT TO
THE MUNICIPAL PARTNERSHIP
FUND, CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH
UNITS, AMBULANCE SERVICES,
CUTS TO LIBRARY SERVICES,
CUTS TO MUNICIPAL CHILD CARE
SPACES, CUTS TO TOURISM
AGENCIES.
HOW CAN THE PREMIER PRETEND
THAT DOWNLOADING ALL THESE
COSTS ONTO MUNICIPALITIES
DOESN'T MEAN TAX HIKES AND
SERVICE CUTS FOR FAMILIES
ACROSS ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I JUST WANT TO REMIND THE
OPPOSITION, THEY WERE
INVOLVED IN SCHEMES, I'LL
TELL YOU, THE LARGEST TAX
HIKES THIS PROVINCE HAS EVER
EVER SEEN ON BUSINESSES, ON
THE AVERAGE PERSON WORKING
HARD, MR. SPEAKER.
THEY UNDERSTAND ONE THING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says THEY
UNDERSTAND ONE THING,
CONTINUE TO ATTACK PEOPLE
AND CONTINUE TO WASTE
TAXPAYERS' MONEY.
ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY.
ON JULY THE 17TH, BECAUSE
THEY WERE SPENDING AND THEY
WERE MAKE, THE BACK-ROOM
DEALS WITH THE CRONIES AND
ALL THEIR BUDDIES, JULY 17TH
WE LAUNCHED THE INDEPENDENT
FINANCIAL COMMISSION OF
INQUIRE TOI FIND OUT WHO WAS
GETTING RICH OFF THE BACKS
OF THE TAXPAYERS.
AND THAT WAS A REAL
EYE-OPENER FOR THE
TAXPAYERS.
ON JULY THE 18TH TO THE 20TH...

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Ford says LEADER SHIP
AT THE COUNCIL OF
FEDERATION.
WE HAD AN AGREEMENT FROM ALL
PROVINCES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says TO MAKE
SURE THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT'S HELD
ACCOUNTABLE ON ILLEGAL
IMMIGRATION TO PAY BACK THE
200 MILLION DOLLARS.
IT WASN'T JUST ME,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT WAS EVERY SINGLE PREMIER
IN THIS PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Vanthof says ONCE AGAIN TO THE
PREMIER.
FAMILIES EXPECT GOVERNMENTS
TO WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE
THEY HAVE THE SERVICES THEY
NEED.
WHETHER IT'S RELIABLE
TRANSIT, VACCINATIONS OR
LIBRARY BOOKS.
INSTEAD THEY HAVE A PREMIER
WHO WAS BASICALLY WALKING
OUT OF THE RESTAURANT AND
LEAVING MAYORS AND
COUNCILLORS TO DEAL WITH THE
BILL.

Interjection: THAT'S
RIGHT.

Vanthof says WHY CAN'T THE PREMIER
ACTUALLY WORK WITH MUNICIPAL
LEAD TORIES SOLVE THESE
PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF BEING
THE ONE THAT CREATES THEM
AND ALSO BEING THE ONE WHO
EVEN REFUSES TO ANSWER THE
QUESTIONS REGARDING THESE
ISSUES?
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Vanthof says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
ANOTHER INACCURATE
STATEMENT.
ON JULY THE 19TH,
MR. SPEAKER, WE FOUGHT FOR
THE AUTOMOTIVE JOBS AND
TRADE TALKS IN WASHINGTON,
D.C.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says I'LL TELL
YOU WHAT THE BIG FIVE
AUTOMOTIVE FOLKS SAID, THAT
THE HIGH HYDRO RATES THAT
THEY SUPPORTED ARE KILLING
AUTOMOTIVE JOBS.
THE HEAD OF THE UNIONS WERE
KILLING AUTOMOTIVE JOBS.
THERE'S PLACES ALL OVER
NORTH AMERICA TO PRODUCE
CARS.
WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
CREATE...

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Ford says AUTOMOTIVE
SECTOR.
WE SUPPORTED NEW LOWERING
BOND PROJECTS BY CUTTING RED
TAPE.
IT WAS FULL OF RED TAPE.
AS WE KNOW WE HAVE 385,000
REGULATIONS CREATED BY THE
N.D.P., CREATED BY THE
LIBERALS THAT STIFLE JOBS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says THAT STIFLE
ENTREPRENEURS FROM GETTING
AHEAD IN LIFE BUT WE PUT AN
END TO THAT.
WE CUT RED TAPE.
WE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO
END THE CAP-AND-TRADE CARBON
TAX ONCE AND FOR ALL.
NOW WE HAVE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Singh says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY OUR LEADER, THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION, TABLED A
RESOLUTION TO OFFICIALLY
DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY
HERE IN ONTARIO.
ACROSS THE PROVINCE, WE ARE
SEEING THE DEVASTATING TOLL
THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS
TAKING ON OUR COMMUNITIES,
OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR
ECONOMY.
INCREASING INSTANCES OF
NATURAL DISASTERS LIKE
TORNADOES, FOREST FIRES AND
FLOODS ARE TEARING THROUGH
ONTARIO AT AN ALARMING RATE,
THREATENING LIVES,
DISPLACING FAMILIES AND
CONTRIBUTING TO MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.
RECOGNIZING THE VERY REAL
THREAT CLIMATE CHANGE POSES
TO OUR PROVINCE SHOWS THAT
WE ARE COMMITTED TO TAKING
IMMEDIATE, DECISIVE ACTION
TO PROTECT OUR PEOPLE AND
THE ENVIRONMENT.
WILL THE PREMIER SUPPORT OUR
MOTION TO DECLARE A CLIMATE
EMERGENCY IN ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says I'LL TELL
YOU ONE OF THE BIGGEST
CLIMATE CRISIS RIGHT NOW IS
BURDENING THE BACKS OF
BUSINESSES, BURDENING THE
BACKS OF THE PEOPLE DAY IN
AND DAY OUT WITH THIS
TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE CARBON
TAX.
WE'VE PROVED TO THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT WE DON'T NEED A
CARBON TAX TO BE
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.
OUR MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT
HAS PUT TOGETHER A SOLID
PLAN, A GREAT PLAN TO MAKE
SURE WE'RE ENVIRONMENTALLY
CONSCIOUS, TO MAKE SURE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE GO AFTER THE BIG
EMITTERS.
THAT'S ACCURATE,
MR. SPEAKER.
BUT WE CANCELLED... AND THIS
IS WHAT DESTROYED THE
ENERGY.
THE ENERGY POLICY.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says TO THE
LIBERALS DESTROYED THIS
PROVINCE.
WE CANCELLED THE WHITE PINES
WIND PROJECT AND MADE A LOT
OF PEOPLE HAPPY IN MINISTER
SMITH'S AREA AND ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
IT'S UNFORTUNATE WE CAN'T
CANCEL THE REST OF THEM.
DRIVING UP COSTS ANYWHERE
FROM 14 CENTS PER KILOWATT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says UP TO 40
CENTS.
THEY'RE GOUGING THE PEOPLE.
THERE'S NEVER BEEN A BIGGER
TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM THE
HARD-WORKING PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO TO THE POLITICAL
INSIDERS THAN THIS ENERGY
PROJECT AND THESE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Singh says THIS RESOLUTION REFLECTS
THE PRIORITIES OF
COMMUNITIES CANADA WIDE.
CITIES LIKE OTTAWA,
VANCOUVER, HALIFAX, HAMILTON
AND KINGSTON HAVE ALL
ACTUALLY TAKEN THE SAME
STEPS.
THEY ALL KNOW THAT IGNORING
THE THREATS OF CLIMATE
CHANGE WILL NOT STOP IT FROM
DESTROYING OUR COMMUNITIES.
THE PREMIER HIMSELF HAS EVEN
ADMITTED THAT CLIMATE CHANGE
IS REAL AND THAT IT IS
CONTRIBUTING TO THE
DEVASTATING FLOODS THAT
WE'RE SEEING IN ONTARIO
RIGHT NOW.
SO IT'S HARD TO UNDERSTAND
WHAT THERE IS TO DISAGREE
ABOUT HERE.
WILL THE PREMIER STAND BY
HIS WORD, LISTEN TO
ONTARIANS AND SUPPORT THIS
MOTION THAT WOULD MAKE
ONTARIO THE FIRST
LEGISLATURE IN CANADA,
SPEAKER, TO DECLARE A
CLIMATE EMERGENCY, YES OR
NO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THE BIGGEST
CRISIS MR. SPEAKER... YOU
KNOW SOMETHING THAT'S REAL,
MR. SPEAKER?
I'LL WAIT UNTIL THEY FINISH
CLAPPING.
MR. SPEAKER, YES, IT'S REAL.
BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S REAL
AS WELL?
THEIR ENERGY POLICIES THAT
THEY SUPPORTED THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT LOST 300,000
JOBS.
THERE'S 300,000 FAMILIES
THAT COULDN'T PAY THE BILLS.
THEY COULDN'T PAY THEIR
HYDRO BUYS.
THEY COULDN'T PAY THEIR RENT,
COULDN'T PAY THEIR MORTGAGE
BECAUSE OF THEIR POLICY.
WE BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE
BUT WE ALSO BELIEVE IN
SUPPORTING COMPANIES AND
PEOPLE TO CREATE JOBS AND
THE CARBON TAX IS THE WORST
SINGLE TAX YOU COULD PUT ON
THE BACKS OF THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.
ON JULY THE 26TH, YORK
UNIVERSITY, THEY WERE
HOLDING THE STUDENTS HOSTAGE...
KIND OF SIMILAR WHAT'S GOING
ON NOW HOLDING STUDENTS
HOSTAGE.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, AT YORK
UNIVERSITY, WE LEGISLATED
THEM BACK TO WORK.
GET THE STUDENTS BACK INTO
THE CLASSROOM, BECAUSE WE
KNEW IT WAS THE RIGHT THING
TO DO FOR THE PEOPLE OF YORK
UNIVERSITY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says AND THE
STUDENTS.
WE ANNOUNCED THE BETTER
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT MAKING
SURE THAT ACROSS THE BOARD
THAT THEY'RE ACCOUNTABLE...
SEE YOU LATER, BUDDY.
TRS' A GOOD ONE.

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

Interjection: WOW.

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON EAST-STONEY
CREEK WILL COME TO ORDER.

[LAUGHTER]

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Simcoe North.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Jill Dunlop. PC. Simcoe North."

Dunlop is in her forties, with long straight blond hair. She wears a white blazer and a patterned white blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
THIS SPRING MANY REGIONS IN
ONTARIO WERE HIT WITH
INCREDIBLE FLOODING THAT
CAUSED HAVOC IN OUR
COMMUNITIES.
OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE
FAMILIES THAT HAVE HAD THEIR
LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BY
THESE FLOODS.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE
PREMIER FOR THE STRONG
LEADERSHIP HE HAS DISPLAYED.
VISIT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
AND MET WITH MUNICIPALITIES
TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO KNOW OUR GOVERNMENT
STANDS WITH THEM.
IN FACT OUR ENTIRE TEAM HAS
STEPPED UP DURING THIS VERY
CHALLENGING TIME.
WE WANT EVERY ONTARIAN TO
KNOW THAT YOU HAVE OUR
GOVERNMENT'S FULL SUPPORT
DURING THIS MOST DIFFICULT
TIME.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE PREMIER
SPEAK ABOUT A FEW OF THE
ONTARIO BUSINESSES THAT ARE
DOING THEIR PART FOR ONTARIO
DURING THIS FLOOD?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says I WANT TO
THANK THE MEMBER FOR SIMCOE
NORTH, DOING A GREAT JOB IN
THE SIMCOE AREA.
SHE'S ABSOLUTELY LOVED IN
THAT AREA.
SO THANK YOU FOR THE
QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, I'VE BEEN UP
NORTH OF MUSKOKA.
I'LL PROBABLY BE UP THERE
AGAIN THIS WEEKEND TALKING
TO THE LOCAL THREE MAYORS
AND I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL
THANK THE ESSENTIAL SERVICE
FOLKS OUT THERE, THE
EMERGENCY FOLKS THAT ALL
CAME TOGETHER AROUND THE
TABLE, SUPPORTED THE
COMMUNITY BUT MOST IMPORTANT
THE 2,000 CANADIAN ARMED
FORCES WHO HAVE BEEN
INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING
PEOPLE FILL THE SANDBAGS,
MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE FEEL
SECURE THERE, AND THEY'RE
JUST INCREDIBLE HEROES IN
THIS COUNTRY.
WE'RE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE
THEM.
MR. SPEAKER, HYDRO ONE HAS
WAIVED ALL RECONNECTION FEES,
USUALLY TYPICALLY 400 dollars, TO
RECONNECT.
THEY'VE CANCELLED ALL THOSE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says OTTAWA
HYDRO'S DONE THE SAME SO WE
WANT TO THANK HYDRO ONE.
WE WANT TO THANK OTTAWA
HYDRO FOR MAKING LIFE A
LITTLE BIT EASIER FOR THE
PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN
AFFECTED IN THE FLOODED
AREAS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Dunlop says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE PREMIER FOR
HIS ANSWER.
RISING WATER LEVELS HAVE
PUSHED MANY ONTARIANS OUT OF
THEIR HOMES.
MANY MORE HAVE SEEN
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THEIR
PROPERTY.
THIS IS A DEVASTATING
SITUATION BUT I KNOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DEDICATED TO
ASSISTING THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO IN THIS TRYING
TIMES.
MR. SPEAKER, SOME MEMBERS OF
THIS HOUSE HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY
HEARD CONCERNS FROM
FLOOD-AFFECTED RESIDENTS
THAT THE ELECTRICAL SAFETY
AUTHORITY WOULD BE CHARGING
THEM A 400 dollar FEE TO RECONNECT
THEIR ELECTRICITY.
TO PUT IT SIMPLY, THIS IS AN
UNFAIR BURDEN TO PLACE ON
ONTARIANS WHO HAVE SEEN
THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BY
FLOODING.
SPEAKER, COULD THE PREMIER
PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT ACTIONS
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO
ENSURE RESIDENTS IN FLOOD
AFFECTED AREAS ARE NOT
SUBJECTED TO FURTHER COSTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

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 gray suit, white shirt, and patterned blue tie, as well as a golden pin on his lapel.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU, I WANT TO THANK
MY HONOURABLE COLLEAGUE THE MEMBER FOR SIMCOE NORTH FOR
THE GREAT WORK SHE DOES AND
THIS VERY IMPORTANT
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO FIRST
EXPRESS MY DEEPEST
SYMPATHIES TO ALL THOSE
FAMILIES WHO WERE AFFECTED
BY THE RECENT FLOODING IN
ONTARIO.
I KNOW MY THOUGHTS AND THE
THOUGHTS OF EVERYONE IN THIS
HOUSE ARE WITH THEM.
I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW
DIFFICULT IT IS TO BE
DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOME IN
SUCH A DEVASTATING WAY.
FOR TOO MANY PEOPLE,
RESTORING THEIR PROPERTY
AFTER A FLOOD CAN CREATE
SIGNIFICANT HARDSHIP BOTH
EMOTIONALLY AND FINANCIALLY.
THAT'S WHY I'M PLEASED TO
RECORD THAT THE ELECTRICAL
SAFETY AUTHORITY WILL BE
WAIVING THE RECONNECTION FEE
FOR RESTORING ELECTRICAL
SERVICES IN FLOOD DAMAGED
AREAS.
I'VE BEEN INFERRED BY THE
E.S.A. THAT A FULL REFUND
WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ANYONE
WHO HAS ALREADY PAID IN THE
FEE.
I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO
LET ONTARIANS KNOW THEY CAN
CONTACT E.S.A.'S CUSTOMER
SERVICE CENTRE
1-877-372-7233.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH
THE DEDICATED STAFF ON THE
GROUND AND OUR PARTNERS IN
EMERGENCY SERVICES TO ENSURE
THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF
RESIDENTS.
I'M GLAD TO SEE THE E.S.A.
JOINING US IN THOSE EFFORTS.
FINALLY I WANT TO PERSONALLY
THANK ALL THE RESPONDERS,
FIRST RESPONDERS, UTILITIES
FOR SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES
ACROSS ONTARIO DURING THIS
DIFFICULT TIME.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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 striped blue tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER KNOWS
OR SHOULD KNOW THAT IN A
DEMOCRACY PEOPLE CAN AND
SHOULD VISIT THEIR LOCAL
M.P.P. WHEN THERE ARE ISSUES
THAT CONCERN THEM.
THAT'S WHY IT WAS SHOCKING
TO SEE THE M.P.P. FOR
NIAGARA WEST CALL THE POLICE
ON A GROUP OF ABOUT 15 BOOK
CLUB MEMBERS AND FORMER
LIBRARIANS WHO VISITED THE
CONSTITUENCY OFFICE TO RAISE
CONCERNS ABOUT LIBRARY CUTS.
SPEAKER, JANET HODGKINS, A
BOOK CLUB MEMBER AND A
RETIRED LIBRARIAN WHO WORKED
AT THE WELLAND PUBLIC
LIBRARY FOR 28 YEARS TOLD
THE PRESS AND I QUOTE...
I DON'T THINK WE LOOK
THREATENING.
SPEAKER, DOES THE PREMIER
BELIEVE AT THAT THIS GROUP
OF RETIRED LIBRARIANS POSED
A THREAT THAT REQUIRED
POLICE INTERVENTION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT POSE A
THREAT TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO ARE THEIR POLICY.
THE N.D.P. AND THE LIBERALS'
POLICIES FOR THE LAST 15
YEARS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says 15 YEARS THEIR PROLSS HAVE
DESTROYED THIS PROVINCE.

Interjection: CHAOS.

Ford says ON AUGUST
2ND, MR. SPEAKER, WE
CHALLENGED THE FEDERAL
CARBON TAX IN COURT.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says I CAN TELL
YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE
WILL DECIDE IN OCTOBER WHERE
THIS CARBON TAX IS GOING.
IT'S NOT GOING TO BE THE
COURTS.
IT WILL BE THE PEOPLE OF
THIS COUNTRY.
YOU SEE THE BLUE SWEEP GOING
RIGHT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.
I THINK THE FEDS NEED TO
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES.
ON AUGUST THE 7TH, ONE OF
THEIR FAVOURITES.
WE ISSUED A BUCK-A-BEER
CHALLENGE AND PEOPLE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says PLACES WERE
SOLD OUT OF EVERY STORE THAT
SOLD IT.
THAT WAS ON AUGUST 7TH.
ON AUGUST 8TH, WE RESPONDED
TO THE FOREST FIRE CRISIS.
WE WENT UP THERE.
WE MADE SURE WE PUT THE
RESOURCES NEEDED TO FIGHT
FOREST FIRES.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Natyshak says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I'M DISAPPOINTED.
THE PREMIER HAD AN
OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW
LEADERSHIP IN HIS ANSWER AND
HE DID NOT TAKE THAT
OPPORTUNITY AT ALL, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER...

[APPLAUSE]

Natyshak says SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT SIDE
SHOULD REMEMBER THAT WE ALL
ANSWER TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.
AND TALKING TO CONSTITUENTS
IS A PART OF THIS JOB, NOT
SOMETHING THAT REQUIRES A
POLICE ESCORT.
SO IT SHOULD GO WITHOUT
SAYING.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Natyshak says SPEAKER, OUR POLICE HAVE
BETTER THINGS TO DO.
AND CONSTITUENTS DESERVE TO
BE HEARD.
AND NO ONE SHOULD BE CALLING
THE POLICE ON RETIRED
LIBRARIANS POLITELY RAISING
CONCERNS.
SPEAKER, WILL THE PREMIER DO
THE RIGHT THING.
SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP IN HIS
ANSWER AND INSTRUCT THE MEMBER TO MAKE A FORMAL
APOLOGY.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Natyshak says AND IF HE REFUSES, WILL
THE PREMIER DO SO ON HIS
BEHALF?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Ford says NOT SO
RICH.
SO IRONIC.
WHO TALKS TO THEIR
CONSTITUENTS?
I MADE FIVE CONSTITUENT
CALLS IN YOUR AREA, BY THE
WAY.
519 AREA CODE TODAY.
ONCE THEY FIND OUT THE
VOTING RECORD HOW THEY VOTED
DOWN ALL THE TAX BREAKS AND
ALL THE INCENTIVES, IT MIGHT
BE A DIFFERENT STORY,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says 545 MILLION DOLLARS TO FIGHT GUNS AND GANGS.
WE SAW AN INCREASE IN
SHOOTINGS.
IT TOOK US A FEW DAYS TO...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says FIGHTING
GUNS AND GANGS NOW,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE ANNOUNCED THE CANNABIS
RETAIL MODEL FOLLOWING
LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS.
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT WANTED TO
UNIONIZE IT ALL MAKING SURE
THEIR BUDDIES GET THEIR CUT
OF THE PIE AS WELL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says WE THOUGHT
IT WOULD BE BETTER TO LET
ENTREPRENEURS PROSPER, OPEN
THEIR OWN STORES AND CREATE
JOBS THEMSELVES RATHER THAN
BEING TIED TO THE UNIONS AS
THE N.D.P...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Kinga Surma. PC. Etobicoke Centre."

Surma is in her thirties, with long straight blond hair. She wears a black turtleneck sweater.

She says MR. SPEAKER, OUR
GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED ON A
PROMISE THAT WE WOULD RETURN
ONTARIO TO FISCAL HEALTH.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Surma says AND AS WE NOW KNOW, THE
INTEREST ON THE DEBT
ACCUMULATED BY THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT IS THE SINGLE
LARGEST CUT TO FRONT-LINE
SERVICES IN ONTARIO'S
HISTORY.
OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS,
THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN
TAKING STEPS TO REDUCE
EXPENDITURES WHILE INVESTING
IN THE PEOPLE.
FOR EXAMPLE, OUR CARE TAX
CREDIT WILL PROVIDE ABOUT
300,000 FAMILIES WITH UP TO
75 percent OF THEIR ELIGIBLE CHILD
CARE EXPENSES.
WE HAVE TAKEN THIS ACTION
WHILE WORKING CAREFULLY AND
DILIGENTLY TO MANAGE
EXPENDITURES WHILE
PROTECTING OUR FRONT-LINE
SERVICES.
ACCOUNT PRESIDENT OF THE
TREASURY BOARD PLEASE TELL
THIS HOUSE HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO WORK
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PRESIDENT OF
TREASURY BOARD.

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 purple tie.

He says WELL, THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE CENTRE.
WHAT A GREAT RIDING.
THAT'S WHERE I KNOCKED ON
DOORS WITH THE GREAT, LATE
MICHAEL WILSON FOR MANY
YEARS IN THE '80S.

[APPLAUSE]

Bethlenfalvy says OF MICHAEL WILSON.
MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIANS
UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST
RIGHT OUR FISCAL SHIP.
BY SPENDING 40 MILLION DOLLARS MORE
A DAY THAN WE WERE TAKING IN,
INHERITED FROM THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT, WE ARE ON A
COURSE TO PUT THINGS AT RISK
THAT MATTER MOST TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO, OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND OUR
EDUCATION SYSTEM,
MR. SPEAKER.
THAT'S NOT IDEOLOGY.
THAT'S MATH.
MR. SPEAKER, LATER TODAY I
WILL TABLE IN THE HOUSE THE
ESTIMATES FOR 2019-2020.
THIS MILESTONE IS ANOTHER
OPPORTUNITY TO GAUGE, IN AN
OBJECTIVE CONVERSATION ABOUT
THE FUTURE OF OUR PROVINCE,
A CONVERSATION WE ARE HAPPY
TO HAVE.
IT'S TIME TO RETURN TO THE
CORE COMMITMENT BEHIND OUR
PLAN, A PROMISE TO PROTECT
WHAT MATTERS MOST,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Bethlenfalvy says THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE
ARE DOING AND WE WILL MAKE
NO APOLOGY FOR IT,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Surma says THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.
IT'S CLEAR THAT THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT'S SPENDING
PRACTICES HAVE TAKEN THEIR
TOLL ON OUR PROVINCE.
INSTEAD OF MAKING CRITICAL
INVESTMENTS TO ENHANCE
ECONOMIC GROWTH, THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT
INCREASED GOVERNMENT
SPENDING AND WASTED BILLIONS
OF DOLLARS.
THIS WAS DONE AT THE EXPENSE
OF HARD WORKING ONTARIANS.
YOU WOULD THINK THAT WITH
ALL OF THAT SPENDING, THE
SERVICES AND PROGRAMS THAT
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
DEPENDED ON WOULD HAVE
IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY BUT
THEY DIDN'T.
THE ONLY THING THAT THE
PEOPLE GOT MORE OF WAS DEBT
AND MISMANAGEMENT OF
HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS.
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE
PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY
BOARD INFORM THE HOUSE ON
WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING
TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE THAT
WAS DONE BY THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT AND BRING
RELIEF TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ONCE AGAIN
PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY
BOARD.

Bethlenfalvy says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS
THAT REDUCING THE BURDEN OF
EVERYDAY EXPENSES CAN MAKE A
HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES
OF THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
THAT'S WHY WE FOUGHT FOR THE
GREAT LEADERSHIP OF THE
MINISTER OF ENERGY AND HIS
PARTNER THE MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT TO FIX THE HYDRO
MESS SO THAT MORE MONEY
STAYS IN THE POCKETS OF HARD
WORKING ONTARIANS.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY WE
ARE WORKING TO BRING OVER 2
BILLION DOLLARS TO THE HARD WORK OF
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
THROUGH OUR NEW LOW INCOME
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY TAX
CREDIT, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THAT'S WHY WE INVESTED
1.6 BILLION DOLLARS TO PROTECT
TEACHER JOBS WHILE BOARDS
ALIGN CLASS SIZES WITH OTHER
CANADIAN JURISDICTIONS
THROUGH THE HARD WORK OF OUR
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE
PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST
WHILE WE RESTORE FISCAL
BALANCE TO THIS PROVINCE.
ONTARIANS DESERVE A BETTER
BRIGHTER FUTURE AND THAT'S
WHAT WE ARE BUILDING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Bethlenfalvy says WITHOUT APOLOGY AND WITH
TREMENDOUS CARE.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
THE NEXT question. The member for London West.

The caption changes to "Peggy Sattler. NDP. London West."

Sattler is in her late fifties, with short wavy blond hair in a bob. She wears glasses and a purple blazer.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, FIVE EMPLOYMENT
SERVICE AGENCIES IN LONDON
HAVE BEEN FORCED TO LAY OFF
A DOZEN STAFF BECAUSE OF A
2 MILLION DOLLAR FUNDING CUT THAT
TOOK EFFECT APRIL 1ST.
ABOUT HALF THE CUT IS THE
RESULT OF THIS GOVERNMENT'S
CANCELLATION OF TWO
PROVINCEWIDE PROGRAMS
FOCUSED ON YOUNG PEOPLE.
THE EMPLOYING YOUTH TALENT
INCENTIVE, WHICH PROVIDED
SUBSIDIES FOR SMALL BUSINESS
TO HIRE YOUTH, AND THE YOUTH
JOB LINK.
WILL HURT HUNDREDS OF
VULNERABLE YOUTH IN LONDON
AND THOUSANDS MORE ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
SPEAKER, WITH THE SUMMER JOB
SEASON UPON US AND WITH SO
MANY ONTARIO YOUTH
STRUGGLING TO FIND
EMPLOYMENT, WHY IS THIS
GOVERNMENT ELIMINATING
PROGRAMS THAT ARE
SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO
HELP YOUNG PEOPLE GAIN
SKILLS AND VALUABLE JOB
EXPERIENCE?

Interjection: GOOD
QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT OUR
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM IS?
CREATING JOBS.
WE CREATED 143,000
PRIVATE-SECTOR JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A
LABOUR SHORTAGE.
THERE ARE SO MANY JOBS OUT
THERE.
ANYONE WHO'S HEALTHY AND
PHYSICALLY ABLE TO WORK CAN
GO OUT THERE AND GET A JOB
TOMORROW.
EVERY COMPANY I TALK TO
NEEDS PEOPLE, NO MATTER WHAT
SECTOR IT IS, MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE CREATED THE
ENVIRONMENT TO THRIVE AND
PROSPER IN THIS GREAT
PROVINCE.
BEFORE WE LOST 300,000 JOBS,
MR. SPEAKER.
BUT WHEN IT CAME AUGUST THE
15TH, MR. SPEAKER, WE
ENSURED GREATER TRANSPARENCY
AND ACCOUNTABILITY AT HYDRO
ONE.
THE 6 MILLION DOLLARS MAN, HE'S
DONE.
HE'S GONE.
GUESS WHAT?

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Ford says WE MADE
SURE THE COMPENSATION WAS
300 percent LOWER FOR THE NEXT
C.E.O..

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says INTO THE
POCKETS OF RATEPAYERS WHO
PAY THEIR HYDRO BILLS.
NINE NEW O.P.P. DETACHMENTS.
WE LOVE OUR O.P.P..
WE LOVE OUR POLICE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
I'M GOING TO ASK THE PREMIER
TO WITHDRAW.

Ford says WITHDRAW.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Sattler says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AGAIN TO THE PREMIER.
IT'S NOT ONLY YOUTH JOBS AND
SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE
UNDER ATTACK.
THIS GOVERNMENT IS ALSO
GUTTING FUNDING FOR STARTUPS
AND INNOVATIVE COMPANIES BY
AS MUCH AS 50 percent.
SPEAKER, THE SUPPORTS
AVAILABLE TO EARLY STAGE
FIRMS ARE WHAT KEEPS THESE
COMPANIES HERE IN ONTARIO.
WITHOUT THESE SUPPORTS, THEY
CAN AND WILL GO ELSEWHERE.
IN PARTICULAR, CUTS TO
ONTARIO CENTRES OF
EXCELLENCE WILL MEAN THE
LOSS OF VITAL SCALE-UP
INVESTMENT FOR LATER STAGE
BUSINESSES, WHICH IS KNOWN
TO BE THE BIGGEST GAP IN
ONTARIO'S INNOVATION
ECOSYSTEM.
THESE BUSINESSES WILL SIMPLY
LEAVE TO FIND INVESTORS.
SPEAKER, OTHER THAN SIGNS ON
THE BORDER, DOES THIS
GOVERNMENT HAVE ANY PLAN TO
KEEP HIGH-POTENTIAL FIRMS IN
ONTARIO CREATING JOBS FOR
ONTARIANS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS TAKE
THEIR SEATS.
THE PREMIER.

Ford says UNIVERSITIES.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Honourable Merrilee Fullerton. PC. Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities."

Fullerton is in her forties, with long wavy blond hair and bangs. She wears a black blazer, a white shirt, and a pearl necklace.

Fullerton says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE FOR THAT QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED
WITH A STRONG MANDATE TO
RESTORE TRUST AND
ACCOUNTABILITY IN ONTARIO'S
FINANCES.

[APPLAUSE]

Fullerton says AND RESPECT FOR TAX DOLLARS.
I'LL REPEAT THAT, RESPECT
FOR TAX DOLLARS.
AND FOR THE HARD-WORKING
PEOPLE THAT WORK SO HARD TO
EARN THOSE DOLLARS.
WE AS A GOVERNMENT ARE BEING
FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE SO
THAT WE CAN PROTECT WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO DELIVERING CORE SERVICES
BY FOCUSING ON PUTTING THE
PEOPLE FIRST AND ENSURING
THAT WE ARE GETTING THE BEST
VALUE FOR MONEY.
WE LOOKED AT THE EMPLOYMENT
SERVICE PROVIDERS, AND MANY
OF THEM WERE NOT DELIVERING
ON THEIR TARGETS.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO EXPECT
THEIR TAX DOLLARS TO DELIVER
RESULTS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fullerton says AND NOT JUST MAINTAIN THE
STATUS QUO FOR THE SAKE OF
MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO.
WE ARE DELIVERING ON OUR
PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO TO MAKE ONTARIO OPEN
FOR BUSINESS...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

The Speaker says THE NEXT QUESTION.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Guelph.

The caption changes to "Mike Schreiner. Green. Guelph."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
FOR YEARS THE ONTARIO
MUNICIPAL BOARD COST
CITIZENS AND TAXPAYERS
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
IT'S BAD ENOUGH THAT
DEEP-POCKETED DEVELOPERS USE
THE O.M.B. TO OVERTURN LOCAL
PLANNING DECISIONS.
HE'S EVEN WORSE THAT
MILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS WERE
WASTED ON THESE JUDICIAL
DISPUTES.
IN GUELPH ALONE THE O.M.B.
HEARINGS COST CITY TAXPAYERS
MORE THAN 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN
THREE YEARS.
REVISING THE OLD O.M.B.
RULES IS A MASSIVE TRANSFER
OF POWER AND MONEY FROM
TAXPAYERS TO BIG DEVELOPERS.
MR. SPEAKER, WHY IS THE
PREMIER SHOWING SUCH
DISRESPECT FOR TAXPAYERS BY
REVIVING AN OLD O.M.B.
SYSTEM THAT TOOK SO MUCH
MONEY OUT OF THEIR POCKETS
TO OVERTURN THE DECISIONS
CITIZENS MADE?

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

The Speaker says TO THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.

[APPLAUSE]

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.
FIRST OF ALL, THE MEMBER'S
STATEMENTS, SPEAKER, DO NOT
REFLECT THE FACTS.
IN FACT WHAT WE ARE DOING
FOR THE TAXPAYERS... LET ME
TELL YOU THE CHOICES THAT WE
MADE.
WE'VE CHOSEN TO INVEST IN
PROJECTS LIKE 90 MILLION DOLLARS IN
FREE DENTAL CARE FOR 100,000
LOW-INCOME SENIORS.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says WE'VE CHOSEN TO INVEST 1.75
BILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD 15,000
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR
THE TAXPAYER.
WE'VE CHOSEN TO INVEST 2
BILLION DOLLARS TO FUND UP TO 75 percent OF
CHILD CARE FOR 300,000
FAMILIES.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says WE'VE CHOSEN TO INVEST 2
BILLION DOLLARS SO THAT LOW-INCOME
EARNERS NO LONGER PAY ANY
PROVINCIAL INCOME TAX.
WE'VE CHOSEN TO INVEST 1
BILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says TO ADD 30,000 CHILD CARE
SPACES IN OUR SCHOOLS.
THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE CHOSEN
TO DO FOR THE TAXPAYERS OF
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Schreiner says MR. SPEAKER, IT WOULD
HAVE BEEN NICE IF THE
MINISTER HAD ACTUALLY
ANSWERED THE QUESTION I'D
ASKED.
WE UNDERSTAND, WE UNDERSTAND
THAT YOU'VE CHOSEN TO
DISMANTLE PROGRAMS THAT
WOULD FISCALLY RESPONSIBLY
PREVENT DISASTERS, EAST
ELIMINATING TREE PLANTING
AND FLOOD PROTECTION.
BUT YOU'VE ALSO CHOSEN
THROUGH BILL 108 TO BRING
BACK O.M.B. RULES THAT
RESULTED IN A MASSIVE
TRANSFER OF MONEY AND POWER
TO BIG DEVELOPERS.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE COME TO ORDER.

Schreiner says MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE
PREMIER TELL OR THE MINISTER
TELL THIS HOUSE AND THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HOW MUCH
MONEY IN ANTICIPATED LEGAL
FEES, BRINGING BACK THE
O.M.B. RULES WILL COST
MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT AND
MUNICIPAL TAXPAYERS?

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU.
WELL, I CAN TELL YOU HOW
MANY JOBS WE'VE CREATED IN
ONTARIO SINCE WE'VE BEGUN.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says THE BUSINESS CLIMATE THAT WE
HAVE PUT OUT HAS CREATED
123,000 JOBS SINCE WE WERE
ELECTED.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says AND THAT'S DONE BY CUTTING
880 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE
CAP-AND-TRADE CARBON TAX.
THAT'S DONE BY FREEZING
MINIMUM WAGE AT 14, GIVING
BUSINESSES A CHANCE TO CATCH
UP AND SAVE 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS,
WHICH THEY'VE REINVESTED AND
HIRED THOSE PEOPLE.
WE FROZE WSIB FEES, SAVED
1.4 BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE
BUSINESS COMMUNITY WHO
REINVESTED THAT MONEY AND
HIRED 123,000 PEOPLE.
WE'VE INVESTED COST 1.4
BILLION DOLLARS IN THE ACCELL RACES...
CAPITAL COST.
BUSINESSES REINSISTED THAT
MONEY.
WE FROZE THE LIBERALS' 300
MILLION DOLLAR LIBERAL TAX.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says THE BUSINESSES TOOK THAT
MONEY, REINVESTED IT IN
BUSINESSES AND HIRED 123,000
PEOPLE SINCE WE GOT ELECTED.
THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN
DOING.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.

[INTERJECTIONS].

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR HAMILTON EAST-STONEY CREEK
HAS TO COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA-STREETSVILLE HAS
TO COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH
NEEDS TO COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Willowdale.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION THIS MORNING IS
FOR THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION
AND TRADE.
THIS MORNING I JOINED THE
MINISTER IN THE GREAT RIDING
OF WILLOWDALE TO BRING
ATTENTION TO THE HARM THE
FEDERAL CARBON TAX IS DOING
TO SMALL BUSINESSES.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN
DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WITH
JOB... WHERE JOB CREATORS
CAN THRIVE.
UNFORTUNATELY THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT IS DOING EXACTLY
THE OPPOSITE.
THEY HAVE IMPOSED A
JOB-KILLING CARBON TAX IN
ONTARIO, ON ONTARIO
BUSINESSES AND ONTARIO
FAMILIES.
SMALL BUSINESSES IN
PARTICULAR ARE BEING HURT BY
THE LIBERAL CARBON TAX.
THE PEOPLE RUNNING THESE
BUSINESSES, MR. SPEAKER,
AREN'T BILLIONAIRES AND
THEY'RE CERTAINLY NOT GOING
TO CLIMATE CONFERENCES IN
THEIR PRIVATE JETS.
THEY'RE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE
JUST TRYING TO MAKE ENDS
MEET.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPAND ON HOW THE FEDERAL
CARBON TAX IS HARMING SMALL
BUSINESSES ACROSS ONTARIO?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB
CREATION AND TRADE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Todd Smith. PC. Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade."

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT WAS GREAT TO BE WITH THE MEMBER FOR WILLOWDALE IN
HIS RIDING THIS MORNING
TALKING ABOUT THE
DEVASTATING EFFECTS THE
FEDERAL CARBON TAX WILL HAVE
ON SMALL BUSINESS.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S BEEN DOING
EVERYTHING WE CAN, WORKING
TIRELESSLY, SPEAKER, TO
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE
BUSINESSES WANT TO GROW,
INVEST AND CREATE JOBS.
BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
IS DOING EVERYTHING THAT
THEY CAN TO HOLD ONTARIO
BACK.
THEIR CARBON TAX IS HURTING
ALL BUSINESSES.
SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE WITH
SMALL BUSINESSES BEING HIT
THE HARDEST LIKE DREWRY
VARIETY WE WERE AT THIS
MORNING.
THE CFIB HAS FOUND NEARLY
HALF OF CARBON TAX REVENUES
WILL BE COMING FROM SMALL
BUSINESSES, SPEAKER.
THESE BUSINESSES AREN'T ABLE
TO ABSORB THESE KINDS OF
COSTS AND ARE GOING TO HAVE
TO CUT BACK AS A RESULT.
HALF OF THE CFIB MEMBERS SAY
THE CARBON TAX IS PRESSURING
THEM TO FREEZE OR CUT
SALARIES FOR THEIR WORKERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says CAUSING THEM TO DELAY
INVESTMENTS IN THEIR
BUSINESS.
MR. SPEAKER, JUSTIN TRUDEAU
AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF
HURTING SMALL BUSINESS AND
HIS CARBON TAX IS NO
DIFFERENT, MR. SPEAKER.

Interjection: SHAME,
SHAME.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Cho says THANK YOU.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
THANKS TO THE MINISTER FOR
HIS ANSWER.
I WAS ALSO JOINED BY THE
MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT,
CONSERVATION AND PARKS, WHO
SPOKE AT LENGTH ABOUT THE
PROGRESS OUR PROVINCE HAS
MADE TO REDUCE EMISSIONS
WITHOUT A TAX.
IT'S CLEAR THAT THROUGH
GREAT SACRIFICE AND THE
MEANINGFUL EFFORTS OF
INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL
BUSINESS, OUR PROVINCE HAS
DONE ITS FAIR SHARE TO FIGHT
CLIMATE CHANGE AND REDUCE
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.
UNFORTUNATELY THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT FAILS TO GRASP
THIS CONCEPT.
THEY BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY
WAY TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
IS WITH A REGRESSIVE CARBON
TAX.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU CONTINUES TO
FORCE HIS CARBON TAX ON THE
PEOPLE OF THIS VERY PROUD
PROVINCE.
THEIR CARBON TAX IS HURTING
ALL BUSINESSES, MR. SPEAKER,
WITH SMALL BUSINESS BEING
HIT THE HARDEST.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Cho says EXPLAIN WHAT THE
SACRIFICES OF ONTARIO'S
HARD-WORKING PEOPLE HAVE
ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Smith says MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION
AND PARKS.

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU
TO THE MEMBER.
THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.
THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT WORK
THAT HE DOES AND THANK YOU
AS WELL TO THE MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TRADE
AND JOB CREATION FOR JOINING
US TODAY.
YOU KNOW, WE'VE SPOKEN IN
THIS LEGISLATURE,
MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT WHAT
ONTARIO HAS DONE, AND THE
REPORT CAME OUT, THE NEW
REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL
INVENTORY JUST TWO WEEKS AGO.
WELL, ONTARIO HAS REDUCED
GREENHOUSE GASES BY 22 percent, THE
REST OF CANADA HAS GONE UP
6 percent.
YOU KNOW MR. YOUNG WHO OWNS
DRURY VARIETY, HE
UNDERSTANDS THAT BECAUSE HE
KNOWS THAT IN ADDITION TO
THE 1,000 dollar A YEAR JUSTIN
TRUDEAU'S LIBERALS CARBON
TAX WILL ADD, IN ADDITION TO
THAT TO MOVE TO A LOW
EMISSIONS ECONOMY THEY HAVE
COST MR. YOUNG AND OTHER
SMALL BUSINESSES 435 dollars A
MONTH, MR. SPEAKER.
5,000 dollars A YEAR.
THAT'S AN INVESTMENT THAT
BUSINESSES HAVE ALREADY
MADE.
THAT'S WHY OUR
MADE-IN-ONTARIO PLAN FOCUSES
ON.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Phillips says NOT PENALIZING
JOB-KILLING CARBON TAX BUT
OTHER PRAGMATIC MEASURES
THAT WILL HELP US MEET OUR
TARGETS BUT NOT HURT
FAMILIES AND NOT HURT
BUSINESSES.

[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 brown blazer over a black blouse, and a leopard print scarf.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THIS QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
IT WAS CLEAR FROM THE START
THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S
SO-CALLED EDUCATION
CONSULTATION WAS NOTHING
MORE THAN A PUBLIC RELATIONS
EXERCISE.
THE REAL PLAN FOR MASSIVE
CUTS AND LOST JOBS WAS BEING
HATCHED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
THIS SO-CALLED CONSULTATION
ASKED ABOUT IMPROVING
OUTCOMES IN MATH, BUT THEIR
PLAN ADDS DISTRACTIONS OF
LARGE CLASSES AND TAKES AWAY
TEACHING SUPPORTS.
THE SO-CALLED CONSULTATION
TALKED ABOUT GETTING KIDS
INTO TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING
AND THE SKILLED TRADES.
BUT THEIR PLAN IS CANCELLING
COURSES IN TECHNOLOGY,
ROBOTICS AND SHOP.
GIVEN THE TURMOIL THE
GOVERNMENT HAS BROUGHT TO
OUR SCHOOLS, DOES THE
PREMIER THINK THIS
MILLION-dollar SURVEY WAS
MONEY WELL SPENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

She says THE RESULTS OF THIS
CONSULTATION HAS INFORMED US
FOR EDUCATION POLICY FOR
YEARS TO COME, AND WE'VE
LISTENED.
WE ARE INVESTING LIKE NEVER
BEFORE.
WE'RE INVESTING IN OUR
CAPITAL INVESTMENTS IN TERMS
OF SCHOOLS, SCHOOL REPAIRS
AND BUILDS ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE.
13 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT
TEN YEARS.
WE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR FROM
THE CONSULTATION THAT OUR
STUDENTS WERE GRADUATING
WITHOUT THE JOB SKILLS THEY
REQUIRED.
WE ARE INVESTING IN MATH
CURRICULUM SO WE CAN GET
BACK TO THE FUNDAMENTALS AND
GET THEM BACK ON TRACK.
WE ARE SUPPORTING TEACHERS
AS WELL IN THAT REGARD SO
THAT THEY HAVE THE SKILLS TO
TEACH THE MATH FUNDAMENTALS
THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE
MISSED OVER THE LAST 15
YEARS.
WE LISTENED TO THAT
CONSULTATION AND FOUND THAT
PARENTS WANT TO BE INCLUDED
AND ENGAGED IN CURRICULUM.
AND WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT
HAPPENS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says SPEAKER, THAT CURRICULUM
HAS GIVEN US SO MUCH
OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO
LISTEN AND PROPERLY INVEST
LIKE NEVER BEFORE, SO
ULTIMATELY THAT CLASSROOM IS
THE BEST...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Stiles says MR. SPEAKER, THE PARENTS
ARE ACTUALLY SAYING THEY'RE
OUTRAGED BY YOUR CUTS,
MINISTER.
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER IS
FORCING SCHOOL BOARDS TO
FIND CUTS IN THE CLASSROOM
IN THE NAME OF EFFICIENCY
WHILE HIS OWN SO-CALLED
CONSULTATION CAME IN 300 percent
OVER BUDGET.
BUT IF THEY WANT SOME FREE
FEEDBACK ON THEIR EDUCATION
PLAN AND ITS IMPACT, SPEAKER,
THEY DON'T HAVE TO LOOK VERY
FAR.
JUST ASK ONE OF THE 23
TEACHERS DECLARED REDUNDANT
IN SIMCOE COUNTY LAST WEEK,
DESPITE GROWING ENROLLMENT,
OR THE COUNSELLORS AND
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
LET GO IN HALTON.
OR ASK ONE OF THE STUDENTS
AT BRAMPTON CENTENNIAL, WHO
WILL LOSE 30 COURSES OPTIONS
NEXT YEAR.
BUT OF COURSE THIS
GOVERNMENT SHUT THE DOOR ON
STUDENTS YESTERDAY SO THEY
SURE AREN'T LISTENING TO
STUDENTS.
MR. SPEAKER, IT DOESN'T TAKE
1 MILLION DOLLARS TO FIND OUT THAT
STUDENTS.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Stiles says PARENTS AND EDUCATION
WORKERS ARE UNITED AGAINST
THESE CUTS.
WILL THE PREMIER LISTEN?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Thompson says SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMIND
OUR PURPOSE IN GETTING
EDUCATION RIGHT IS MAKING
SURE PARENTS KNOW THEY'VE
BEEN LISTENED TO AND WE'VE
DONE THAT LOUD AND CLEAR.
WE'RE INVESTING 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS IN ATTRITION PROTECTION
FUNDING.
WE'RE INVESTING 90 MILLION DOLLARS IN INCREASED SPENDING IN
SPECIAL EDUCATION.
WE'RE INCREASING OUR
INVESTMENT IN STUDENT
TRANSPORTATION BY 92
MILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says SPEAKER, IN OUR BUDGET
WE'VE DEDICATED AN INCREASE
OF 700 MILLION DOLLARS IN ONTARIO
EDUCATION ALONE, AND AGAIN
WE'RE LOOKING AT OVER 1
BILLION DOLLARS IN EXTRA NEW CHILD
CARE SPACES, 30,000 SPACES
OF WHICH 10,000 WILL BE IN
SCHOOLS.
SPEAKER, OUR INVESTMENTS ARE
VERY, VERY CLEAR IN
DEMONSTRATING THAT, THROUGH
THAT CONSULTATION, WE'VE
LISTENED TO WHAT MATTERS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says AND WHAT'S IMPORTANT AND
WE'RE PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says AND OUR INVESTMENTS THAT
WE'RE DEMONSTRATING IS
ABSOLUTELY CLEAR WE'RE
GETTING IT RIGHT.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE WOULD BE IN
TERMS OF SCHOOL RENEWALS,
SCHOOL REPAIRS.
WE'RE INVESTING... AGAIN,
COMMITTING ANOTHER 1.4
BILLION DOLLARS.
SPEAKER...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.
SPEAKER, I'VE HEARD FROM
MANY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE
FRUSTRATED WITH THE COMPLEX,
CONVOLUTED AND CONSTRAINING
SYSTEM SET UP BY THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT AND THE
ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TRADE.
THEY'RE FRUSTRATED WITH THE
RED TAPE AND STIFLING
REGULATIONS THE PREVIOUS
SKILLED TRADE FRAMEWORK
CREATED AND THE LACK OF
ACTION BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT TO MAKE LIFE
EASIER FOR TRADESPEOPLE IN
ONTARIO.
THAT'S WHY I WAS SO PLEASED
TO SEE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCED A PLAN TO
MODERNIZE THE SKILLED TRADES
IN ONTARIO.
WOULD THE MINISTER TELL US
HOW THE GOVERNMENT'S
MODERNIZATION OF THE SKILLED
TRADES WILL HELP MAKE
ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS
AND OPEN FOR JOBS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRAINING, COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES.

Fullerton says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO
THE MEMBER FOR AURORA-OAK
RIDGES-RICHMOND HILL FOR HIS
QUESTION AND FOR HIS GREAT
WORK ON BEHALF OF HIS
CONSTITUENTS.

[APPLAUSE]

Fullerton says SPEAKER, UNLIKE THE N.D.P.,
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS BY REDUCING THE
BURDEN ON SKILLED WORKERS.
OUR MODERNIZING SKILLED
TRADES AND APPRENTICESHIP
ACT, IF PASSED, WILL CREATE
A FLEXIBLE SYSTEM FOR THE
SKILLED TRADES IN ONTARIO.
IT WILL REDUCE RED TAPE FOR
EMPLOYERS AND APPRENTICES.
IT WILL STREAMLINE SERVICE
DELIVERY AND HELP PROMOTE
THE TREMENDOUS CAREER
OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE
SKILLED TRADES OFFER.
THIS NEW FRAMEWORK WILL
ALLOW OUR WORK FORCE TO
RESPOND TO THE DEMANDS OF
THE JOB MARKET, ENSURING
THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Parsa says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR THE ANSWER.
SPEAKER, I'M THRILLED THAT
WE'RE TAKING DECISIVE ACTION
TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR OUR
TRADESPEOPLE WHETHER THEY'RE
AN APPRENTICE OR JOURNEY
PERSON.
I KNOW THAT THIS WILL COME
AS A RELIEF TO MANY OF MY
CONSTITUENTS AND IT WILL
MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS.
SPEAKER, I'VE ALSO HEARD
FROM MANY CONSTITUENTS WHO
ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE HIGH
MEMBERSHIP FEES CHARGED BY
THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF
TRADES.
SPEAKER, I HEARD THIS AGAIN
AND AGAIN AS I TRAVELLED
ACROSS ONTARIO AND LISTENED
AND CONSULTED WITH THE
PEOPLE.
WOULD THE MINISTER TELL US
ABOUT WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
DOING TO REDUCE THE
FINANCIAL BURDEN ON
TRADESPEOPLE IN OUR
PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Fullerton says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THE MEMBER IS ABSOLUTELY
RIGHT.
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT INCREASED FEES ON
JOURNEY PERSONS BY 300 percent.

Interjection: SHAME.

Fullerton says YET WAGES FOR
TRADESPEOPLE DID NOT
INCREASE BY 300 percent OVER THAT
SAME PERIOD.
AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE
ELIMINATED MEMBERSHIP FEES
FOR APPRENTICES AND REDUCED
THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES
FOR JOURNEY PERSONS BY 50 percent.

[APPLAUSE]

Fullerton says THESE REDUCTIONS WILL PUT
MORE MONEY BACK IN THE
POCKETS OF OUR TRADESPEOPLE
AND ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO
PURSUE A CAREER IN THE
SKILLED TRADES.
SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO
THE N.D.P. SUPPORTING OUR
GOVERNMENT'S ACTIONS.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Kingston and the Islands.

The caption changes to "Ian Arthur. NDP. Kingston and the Islands."

Arthur is in his late thirties, with short gray hair and a trimmed beard. He wears an orange suit, white shirt, and black tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THROUGH YOU, MY QUESTION
IS TO THE ACTING PREMIER.
THIS PAST WEEK THE UNITED
NATIONS RELEASED A REPORT
STATING THERE ARE A MILLION SPECIES CURRENTLY AT RISK OF
DISAPPEARING ALTOGETHER.
WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE
SIXTH GREAT EXTINCTION ON
EARTH AND THE ONLY ONE
CAUSED BY US.
BUT INSTEAD OF TAKING ACTION
TO PROTECT ENDANGERED
SPECIES IN ONTARIO, THE
PREMIER'S NEWEST SCHEME IS
GOING TO ALLOW DEVELOPERS,
SPRAWL DEVELOPERS, TO PAY TO
BREAK THE LAW, TO BUY THEIR
WAY OUT OF THE ENDANGERED
SPECIES ACT.
UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT,
CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT
ALLIES CAN NOW BULLDOZE
PREVIOUSLY PROTECTED AREAS
AND IGNORE BEST PRACTICES
FOR DEVELOPMENT IN ONTARIO.
HOW CAN WE PRESERVE THE
NATURAL DIVERSITY IF WE
ALLOW DEVELOPERS TO PAY TO
PAVE OVER PROTECTED AREAS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING
PREMIER.

The Acting Premier says MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

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

[APPLAUSE]

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO THE MEMBER'S QUESTION TO TALK
ABOUT OUR MADE-IN-ONTARIO
ENVIRONMENT PLAN.
MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN THAT NOT
ONLY DEALS WITH CLIMATE
WHICH WE ENJOY TALKING ABOUT,
BUT ALSO DEALS WITH OTHER
IMPORTANT ISSUES INCLUDING
SPECIES AT RISK.
WE ARE TAKING DEFINITIVE
ACTION TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS
ON A PLAN.
ON TEN YEARS, WHERE EVEN
YOUR OWN... YOUR OWN HOUSE
LEADER VOTED AGAINST THE
EXISTING SPECIES AT RISK ACT.

[INTERJECTIONS]

Phillips says I'M SURE
THAT THE MEMBER FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO, WHO ARE IN
N.D.P. CAUCUS, UNDERSTAND
THE CHALLENGES THAT THIS
PUTS IN FRONT OF BUSINESS.
THAT'S WHY WE BROUGHT BACK A
MORE BALANCED APPROACH.
JUST LIKE OUR APPROACH TO
THE ENVIRONMENT IN GENERAL.
BALANCE.
WE BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN
BALANCE A HEALTHY ECONOMY
AND A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT,
NOT WITH THE HIGHEST CARBON
TAX IN THE WORLD.

Interjection: HEAR, HEAR!

[APPLAUSE]

Phillips says BUT WITH AN APPROACH THAT
UNDERSTANDS THAT HUMAN
HABITATION ANT HABITATION OF
ENDANGERED SPECIES CAN
COEXIST.
THAT'S WHAT YOUR OWN HOUSE
LEADER BELIEVED WHEN THIS
WAS TAXED TEN YEARS AGO.
WHY DON'T YOU TALK TO HIM
ABOUT IT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Arthur says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU AGAIN TO THE
ACTING PREMIER.
WE NOT ENVIRONMENTAL SHAM IS
ABOUT OPENING UP PROTECTED
AREAS FOR THE PREMIER'S
SPRAWL DEVELOPER BUDDIES.
THAT IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT AND
THAT IS ALL IT IS ABOUT.
IT ALLOWS HIS DEVELOPER
FRIENDS TO BUY THEIR WAY OUT
OF COMPLYING WITH THE
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT.
IT IGNORES SCIENCE.
IT IGNORES BEST PRACTICES
AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND
IT MOVERS US FURTHER AWAY
FROM THE SUSTAINABLE
PROVINCE WE WANT TO PASS
ONTO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR
GRANDCHILDREN.
FAMILIES DESERVE BETTER.
OUR CHILDREN AND
GRANDCHILDREN THEY DESERVE
BETTER, SPEAKER.
WHO LOBBIED THE PREMIER TO
ALLOW DEVELOPERS TO PAY TO
PASS ENDANGERED SPECIES
PROTECTION LAWS?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, OUR APPROACH,
OUR SCIENCE-BASED APPROACH
WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT
SPECIES, BUT I DON'T HAVE TO
REFERENCE OUR HOUSE LEADER.
FORMER LEADER.
SPEAK TO HOWARD HAMPTON.
HE WAS AT THE CONFERENCE
THAT I WAS AT IN SAULT SAINT MARIE.
HE STOOD UP AND TALKED ABOUT
THE ESSENTIAL NEEDS FOR
CHANGES TO THE ENDANGERED
SPECIES ACT, TO CREATE THAT
BALANCE, ONCE AGAIN THAT
BALANCE THAT WE TALK ABOUT
IN OUR MADE-IN-ONTARIO
ENVIRONMENT PLAN.
A BALANCE WHEN IT COMES TO
CLIMATE NOT THE HIGHEST
CARBON TAX IN THE WORLD BUT
A BALANCE THAT HITS OUR
TARGET.
A BALANCE WHEN IT COMES TO
CLEAN WATER.
WHEN 1327 TIMES THE
GOVERNMENT YOU SUPPORTED
ALLOWED SEWAGE TO BE PUT
INTO CLEAN WATERS AND LAKES
IN ONTARIO.
WE'VE STOOD UP AGAINST THAT.

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Phillips says WE SAID MUNICIPALITIES
WOULD HAVE TO NOTIFY THEIR
CONSTITUENTS.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO
MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE
ENVIRONMENT.
WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE
DOGMATIC OR IDEOLOGICAL.
WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT THE
ENVIRONMENT FOR ONTARIANS
WITH A BALANCED PLAN, NOT
THE IDEOLOGY OF THE N.D.P.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
NEXT question. The member for Mississauga-Erin Mills.

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.
LAST WEEK THE MINISTER
TABLED A COMPREHENSIVE PIECE
OF LEGISLATION THAT, IF
PASSED, WILL REDUCE THE
INCREASING SAFETY ON OUR
ROADS, HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES
TO GET ONTARIANS MOVING.
DURING THE ELECTION, OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
COMMITTED TO REDUCING THE
GRIDLOCK AND IMPROVING
TRANSIT ACROSS ONTARIO TO
BRING RELIEF TO ALL
COMMUTERS.
I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
HAS MADE MANY SIGNIFICANT
ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT WILL GET
THE PEOPLE OF OUR PROVINCE
MOVING.
WE HAVE ANNOUNCED HIGHWAY
EXPANSION PROJECTS, GO
SERVICE EXPANSION, THE
BIGGEST SUBWAY EXPANSION IN
THE HISTORY AND SO MUCH MORE.
CAN THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION SHARE SOME OF
THE GREAT INITIATIVES THAT
ARE INCLUDED IN THE GETTING
ONTARIO MOVING ACT?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANKS TO THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA-ERIN MILLS FOR
THAT QUESTION.
GREAT JOY WORKING WITH HIM
DAY IN AND DAY OUT.
JUST LAST WEEK, MR. SPEAKER,
I INTRODUCED THE GETTING
ONTARIO MOVING ACT.
AS THE MEMBER STATED IT'S
QUITE A COMPREHENSIVE PIECE
OF LEGISLATION THAT IF
PASSED WILL CUT RED TAPE FOR
OUR PROVINCE'S JOB CREATORS,
KEEP OUR ROADS SAFE AND MAKE
IT EASIER TO DEAL WITH THE
M.T.O. WITH THOSE
INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT OUR
PROVINCE.
MILLIMETRE WE ARE PRONG
CHANGES THAT WILL BUILD MUCH
NEEDED TRANSIT, REDUCE
CONGESTION AND GET COMMUTERS
MOVING AGAIN.
SOME OF THE PROVED MEASURES
IN MY BILL INCLUDE
ADMINISTRATIVE MONETARY
PENALTY REGIME FOR
IMPROPERLY PASSING A SCHOOL
BUS, INCREASING PENALTIES
FOR DRIVING TOO SLOWLY AND
FAILING TO DRIVE ON THE
RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE
ROADWAY WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING
SLOW AND STRONGER PENALTIES
FOR DRIVING CARE LOUWSLY
AROUND MAINTENANCE WORKERS,
CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, TOW
TRUCK PERSONNEL AND RECOVERY
WORKERS ON OUR HIGHWAYS.
MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE JUST
BUT A FEW THINGS THAT WE'RE
DOING TO GET ONTARIO MOVING
AND I HAVE MORE TO SAY IN MY
SUPPLEMENTAL.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

Sabawy says MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU
FOR THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION FOR THE VERY
INFORMATIVE RESPONSE.
I KNOW MY COMMUNITY OF
MISSISSAUGA-ERIN MILLS WILL
BE HAPPY TO HEAR THE
PROPOSED MEASURES IN THIS
BILL.
IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE
ARE PROTECTING OUR MOST
VULNERABLE, OUR CHILDREN,
AND MEASURING... ENSURING
THAT THEY GET TO AND FROM
THE SCHOOL SAFELY.
INCREASING FINES FOR DRIVERS
WHO ARE DRIVING TOO SLOW IN
THE LEFT-HAND LANE WILL ALSO
IMPROVE OUR ROAD SAFETY.
I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT WE
INTEND TO BETTER PROTECT
MAINTENANCE, CONSTRUCTION,
TOW TRUCK AND WORK FRERS
DANGEROUS DRIVERS.
I KNOW THESE MEASURES WILL
HELP TO KEEP ALL ONTARIANS
SAFE WHILE WORKING AND
COMMUTING.
CAN THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION TELL US MORE
ABOUT SOME OF THE PROPOSED
MEASURES INTRODUCED LAST
WEEK?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says THANKS AGAIN FOR THAT
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY DID WE
INTRODUCE THE ONTARIO MOVING
ACT.
WE'VE ALSO NEGOTIATED A
NUMBER OF REGULATORY CHANGES
THAT WERE POSTED THIS PAST
WEEK.
WE PROPOSED PERMITTING
SINGLE OCCUPANT MOTORCYCLES
TO USE THE H.O.V. LANES: WE
HAVE EE PROPOSED TO AMEND
MOTORCYCLE HANDLE BAR HEIGHT
RESTRICTIONS, HIGH STYLE
HANDLEBARS BEFORE THE
OPERATOR'S SHOULDERS OR
BELOW WHILE SEATED.
WE ALSO MAKE IT EASIER FOR
CHARTER BUSES TO TRAVEL IN
ONTARIO THROUGH AMENDMENTS
THAT WOULD ALIGN WITH
REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE
INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION
PLAN.
WE'RE ALSO PROPOSING TO MAKE
LIFE EASIER, EXPAND COUPLE
ER CHOICE BY EXEMPTING
PEOPLE WITH PERSONAL-USE
PICKUP TRUCKS FROM THE
BURDENSOME ANNUAL
INSPECTIONS., MR. SPEAKER, THE ONTARIO
GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ACT
SPELLS OUT A NUMBER OF
SAFETY MEASURES THAT IS
GOING TO MAKE OUR ROADS
SAFER, IMPROVE BUSINESS
OPPORTUNITIES AND HELP THE
INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT OUR
PROVINCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says IT'S UNFORTUNATE,
MR. SPEAKER, THE OPPOSITION
MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST THIS
BILL WITHOUT READING IT.
THEY'RE PUTTING THE SAFETY
OF OUR CHILDREN AT RISK

[INTERJECTIONS]

Yurek says AND I HOPE
THEY LEARN FROM THEIR
MISTAKE AND...
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT QUESTION.
ORDER.
THE NEXT question. The member for Nickel Belt.

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

Gélinas is in her forties, with short straight blond hair and bangs. She wears a mustard-yellow blazer over a striped dress..

She SPEAKS IN FRENCH AND A TRANSLATOR SAYS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.

[END OF TRANSLATION]

In English, Gélinas continues
WOMEN ACROSS ONTARIO HAVE
FOUGHT REALLY HARD FOR THEIR
REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS.
CONSERVATIVE M.P.P.S JOINED
AN ANTICHOICE RALLY OUTSIDE
QUEEN'S PARK JUST NOW AND
THEY TOLD THE PROTESTER WE
PLEDGED TO FIGHT TO MAKE
ABORTION UNTHINKABLE IN OUR
LIFETIME.
DOES THE PREMIER SUPPORT HIS
M.P.P.?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THE
MINISTER OF ENERGY.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF ENERGY,
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND MINES.

The caption changes to "Honourable Greg Rickford. PC. Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
OF COURSE WE'RE PROTECTING
WHAT MATTERS, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE FOCUSED ON A HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM THAT ADDRESSES
THE NEEDS OF EVERY PERSON
WHO LIVES IN ONTARIO.
WE'RE CONCERNED,
MR. SPEAKER, FOR EXAMPLE
THAT A JOB-KILLING
REGRESSIVE CARBON TAX WOULD
COMPROMISE THE RESOURCES OF
HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL
CLINICS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE
AND ACROSS NORTHERN ONTARIO,
MR. SPEAKER, TO SERVE THE
NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.
MOVING FORWARD, MR. SPEAKER,
WE'RE PROTECTING AND
INVESTING IN EDUCATION, IN
HEALTH CARE, MR. SPEAKER.
PROTECTING SENIORS AND
MAKING SURE THAT THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO HAVE THE ACCESS
TO THE HEALTH SERVICES AND
PROGRAMS THEY DESERVE.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Gélinas says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO GO BACK TO THE
PREMIER AND I FAIL TO SEE
HOW THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO
WITH THE QUESTION THAT I
ASKED.
SO THE PREMIER HAS BEEN LESS
THAN CLEAR ON THIS ISSUE.
HE HAS COURTED THE SUPPORT
OF THE ANTICHOICE ACTIVISTS,
AND I'M ASKING HIM THIS
MORNING, WILL HE STAND HERE
TODAY AND SAY THAT HE
REFUTES HIS MPPS
COMMENTS AND SUPPORT A
WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Rickford says THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HAVE
ACCESSES TO HEALTH SERVICES
AND PROGRAMS THAT THEY NEED
AND DESERVE NO MATTER WHERE
THEY LIVE IN THIS GREAT
BEAUTIFUL PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Sarnia-Lambton.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.
SPEAKER, IT'S CLEAR FROM THE
BUDGET 2019 THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
FILLING THE SKILLS GAP SO WE
CAN MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS.
WE KNOW THERE ARE THOUSANDS
OF HIGH-QUALITY JOBS IN THE
SKILLED TRADES THAT ARE LEFT
UNFILLED BECAUSE OF A LACK
OF WORKERS TRAINED FOR THESE
JOBS.
THESE JOBS ARE WELL-PAYING
FULFILLING CAREER
OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR YOUNG
PEOPLE.
ONTARIO'S EMPLOYERS KNOW
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS ON
THE RIGHT TRACK IN MAKING IT
EASIER TO ENTER THE SKILLED
TRADES.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
US HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS
LISTENING TO JOB CREATORS BY
MODERNIZING THE SKILLED
TRADES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE MINISTER OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES and Universities.

Fullerton says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR SARNIA-LAMBTON FOR THE
QUESTION AND HIS GREAT WORK
ON BEHALF OF HIS RIDING.
SPEAKER, WE ARE HEARING FROM
STAKEHOLDERS ACROSS ONTARIO
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT'S
ACTIONS ON THE SKILLED
TRADES ARE HELPING MORE
YOUNG PEOPLE ENTER SKILLED
TRADE PROFESSIONS AND
YESTERDAY I MET WITH THE
ONTARIO GENERAL CONTRACTOR'S
ASSOCIATION, WHO REQUESTED
THAT YOUR OUR GOVERNMENT
DEVELOP A GOVERNMENT-WIDE
SKILLS STRATEGY, ADDRESS
BARRIERS TO ENTRY INTO THE
TRADES, TRANSFORM THE
PERCEPTIONS OF THE SKILLED
TRADES, AND CREATE A
FLEXIBLE SYSTEM FOR THE
TRADES.
SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO SAY
THAT IN BUDGET 2019, OUR
GOVERNMENT IS MOVING AHEAD
WITH EACH OF THESE MEASURES.
AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO
WORKING WITH THE OGCA TO
FILL THE SKILLS GAP AND MAKE
ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Watch: Question Period: Thursday, May 9, 2019