Transcript: Question Period: Monday, May 13, 2019 | May 14, 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 THANK YOU SO MUCH.
IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL
QUESTIONS.
I recognize the Leader of the Official Opposition.

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 gray blazer over a white shirt, and a silver pendant necklace.

She [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 mustard-yellow blazer over a black shirt, and a pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY FIRST QUESTION THIS
MORNING IS TO THE PREMIER.
THIS MORNING TORONTO PUBLIC
HEALTH ISSUED AN ALERT ABOUT
TWO CONFIRMED CASES OF
MEASLES IN TORONTO.
CAN THE PREMIER PROVIDE AN
UPDATE ON THE NATURE OF
THESE CASES AND HOW THE
GOVERNMENT'S RESPONDING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Premier Ford rises and says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

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

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

Elliott is in her late fifties, with long blond hair. She wears a black suit.

She says TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH DID
ISSUE AN ADVISORY THIS
MORNING INDICATING THAT THEY
ARE INVESTIGATING TWO
LAB-CONFIRMED CASES OF
MEASLES IN ADULTS THAT ARE
TRAVEL RELATED.
TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH IS
FOLLOWING UP ON ALL KNOWN
CONTACTS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN
EXPOSED.
THE INTENT WILL BE TO THOSE
WHO MAY HAVE BEEN AT PEARSON
OR IN THE HOSPITAL DURING
THOSE TIMES TO BE AWARE THAT
THEY MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED
TO MEASLES, AND TORONTO
PUBLIC HEALTH IS WORKING
WITH THE MINISTRY, PUBLIC
HEALTH ONTARIO AND THE
PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF
CANADA TO MAKE SURE THAT
PEOPLE ARE INFORMED AND THEY
ARE TESTED AND TREATED
APPROPRIATELY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THIS ALERT FROM
TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH COMES
ON THE HEELS OF A STUDY FROM
PUBLIC HEALTH ONTARIO THAT
RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT THE
NUMBER OF ONTARIO CHILDREN
WHO HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED
FOR MEASLES.
A LACK OF VACCINATION OF THE
KIND PROVIDED BY PUBLIC
HEALTH UNITS HAS BEEN CITED
AS ONE OF THE REASONS FOR
RECENT OUTBREAKS IN THE U.S.
INVESTMENTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER,
SPEAKER.
ACCOUNT PREMIER TELL US HOW
ONTARIO IS DEALING WITH THE
THREAT OF MEASLES IN LIGHT
OF HIS GOVERNMENT'S FUNDING
CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH?

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

Elliott says WHILE MEASLES OUT BREAKS
ARE VERY RARE IN ONTARIO DUE
TO HIGH VACCINATION RATES,
BUT OF COURSE WE NEED TO
CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT ON
THAT COUNT.
WE HAVE BEEN ADVISING PEOPLE,
FOR MONTHS, THAT THEY NEED
TO BE VACCINATED.
THAT'S SOMETHING TORONTO
PUBLIC HEALTH WILL CONTINUE
TO DO, AS WILL THE PUBLIC
HEALTH UNITS ACROSS THE REST
OF THE PROVINCE.
WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT, WITH
THE ARRANGEMENTS THAT HAVE
BEEN MADE FOR THE NEXT FEW
YEARS WITH RESPECT TO
FUNDING TO PUBLIC HEALTH
UNITS, THAT THEY WILL
CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON THE
MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN
PUBLIC HEALTH.
VACCINATION RATES ARE ONE OF
THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES,
MAKING SURE THAT THEY
CONTINUE WITH CHILDREN'S
BREAKFAST PROGRAMS AND
OTHERS ARE ALSO IMPORTANT
PROGRAMS AND MAKING SURE
THAT CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL
NEEDS ARE SUPPORTED.
BUT I AM CONFIDENT WITH THE
FUNDING THEY WILL BE
RECEIVING THAT THEY WILL BE
ABLE TO FOCUS ON AND
CONTINUE WITH THOSE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAMS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SO IN EFFECT, SPEAKER,
IT'S THE JUST TRUST US
ANSWER.
THE LAST TIME THIS PARTY WAS
IN OFFICE, PEOPLE COULDN'T
TRUST THAT THEY WERE MAKING
THE RIGHT PRIORITIES

[INTERJECTIONS]

Horwath says AT THE
FRONT, SPEAKER.
VIGILANCE REQUIRES
RESOURCES.
THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE.
FAMILIES WORRIED ABOUT THEIR
HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF
THEIR CHILDREN ARE COMING TO
APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF
VACCINATIONS AND THE
IMPORTANT WORK THAT PUBLIC
HEALTH UNITS DO.
IN LIGHT OF MEASLES AND
PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES, IS
THE PREMIER WILLING TO
RECONSIDER HIS SIGNIFICANT
CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THROUGH YOU I WOULD LIKE
TO SAY IT IS VERY CONCERNING
TO ME THAT THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION WOULD USE THIS
CASE TO RAISE UNNECESSARILY
ALARM BELLS AND TO SCARE
PEOPLE.
WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS TO
MAKE SURE...

[INTERJECTIONS].

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says PEOPLE FOCUS ON THE
ISSUES THAT ARE MOST
IMPORTANT ON PUBLIC HEALTH.
WE WERE ELECTED IN ORDER TO
BE CAREFUL STEWARDS OF
PUBLIC FUNDS.
WE WOULD EXPECT THAT THE
MUNICIPALITIES WOULD DO THE
SAME.
I AM CONFIDENT THAT TORONTO
PUBLIC HEALTH IS FOCUSING ON
THIS MEASLES OUTBREAK.
IT DOES HAPPEN FROM TIME TO
TIME.
BUT AGAIN I AM CONFIDENT
THAT WITH THE MONEY THEY
WILL BE RECEIVING OVER THE
NEXT FEW YEARS, THAT IF THEY
FOCUS ON PRIORITIES AND
VACCINATION IS CONCERN ONE
OF THEM, THAT WE WILL BE
ABLE TO CONTAIN THIS AND
MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE
RECEIVE THE VACCINATIONS
THAT THEY RECEIVE NOW AND
INTO THE FUTURE.
THAT IS THE ROLE.
THAT IS WHAT THEY SHOULD BE
DOING.
THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER BUT I HAVE TO SAY
THOSE WHO DON'T REMEMBER
THEIR HISTORY ARE DESTINED
TO REPEAT IT, AND THAT WILL
HURT ONTARIO FAMILIES.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says THE MAYOR OF OTTAWA IS THE LATEST MUNICIPAL LEADER...

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT,
COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says SOME REPRIEVE FROM HIS
RETROACTIVE CUTS TO
EVERYTHING FROM PUBLIC
HEALTH TO FLOOD PREVENTION.

Interjection: BOB RAE.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says ON FRIDAY, HE ASKED THE
FORD GOVERNMENT... THIS BY
THE WAY IS THE MAYOR OF
OTTAWA.
I'M NOT SURE IF PEOPLE COULD
HEAR COMING FROM THE NOISE
ON OTHER SIDE OF THE
CHAMBER.
BUT ON FRIDAY THE MAYOR OF
OTTAWA ASKED THE FORD
GOVERNMENT TO AT THE VERY
LEAST GIVE MUNICIPALITIES
SOME TIME TO IMPLEMENT THE
CUTS, WHICH WERE IMPOSED
RETROACTIVELY, SPEAKER.
IS THE PREMIER UNWILLING TO
DO THAT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION 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 patterned lilac tie.

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

He says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE GREAT REPRESENTATION
UP IN OTTAWA.
WE HAVE GREAT MINISTERS UP
IN OTTAWA.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, IF YOU
LOOK IN THE JURISDICTION, WE
HAVE MORE MINISTERS IN THE
OTTAWA AREA THAN ANYWHERE IN
ONTARIO.
WE HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP
WITH THE MAYOR IN OTTAWA.
WE HAVE OPEN CONVERSATIONS.
WE TALK FREQUENTLY, MYSELF,
NOT TO MENTION THE MINISTERS,
TALK TO HIM ALL THE TIME.
HE WAS QUITE PLEASED TO
ACCEPT OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS, I
THINK 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS FOR
TRANSIT.
WE'VE SUPPORTED THAT AREA AS
MUCH OR MORE THAN ANY OTHER
AREA IN ALL OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says SO HE'S QUITE PLEASED WITH OUR PERFORMANCE,
MR. SPEAKER.

Interjection: HEAR, HEAR!

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, OTTAWA'S NOT THE
ONLY CITY ASKING THE PREMIER
TO RETHINK HIS CUTS TO
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT
FAMILIES RELY ON.
CITY OF TORONTO HAS PEGGED
THE FORD GOVERNMENT'S CUTS
AT 178 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THIS
YEAR ALONE RETROACTIVE.
THAT'S 24 MILLION DOLLARS CUT FROM
TRANSIT, MEEK MO... MEANING
MORE DELAYS ON THE TTC
THAT'S 65 MILLION DOLLARS CUT FROM
TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH MAKING
IT HARDER FOR THEM TO
RESPOND TO EVENTS LIKE
MEASLES OUTBREAKS.
AND THAT'S 85 MILLION DOLLARS CUT
FROM CHILD CARE BUTT...
PUTTING OVER 6,000 CHILD
CARE SUBSIDIES IN JEOPARDY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says HOW
ACCOUNT PREMIER JUSTIFY CUTS
TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
THAT ARE GOING TO HURT HIS
OWN CONSTITUENTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says IT LOOKS
LIKE THE CITY OF TORONTO'S
USING THE SAME CALCULATOR
THAT THE OPPOSITION IS.
AND YOU KNOW LET ME JUST
REMIND THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION AND MAYBE THE
CITY OF TORONTO.
THEY'RE SAYING THEY CUT 24
MILLION DOLLARS IN TRANSIT?
YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING.
WE PUT OVER 20 BILLION DOLLARS.
WE TOOK OFF THE BOOKS.
THAT'S WITH A "B."
20 BILLION DOLLARS OFF THEIR BOOKS
FOR BACKLOG REPAIR FOR
TRANSIT.
WE'RE INVESTING 28.5
MILLION DOLLARS IN TRANSIT.
VAST MAJORITY ARE GOING IN
TORONTO GETTING PEOPLE FROM
POINT "A" TO POINT "B" IN A
LOT MORE RAPPED FASHION.
AS FOR TORONTO HEALTH, YOU
KNOW SOMETHING?
I SAT DOWN THERE FOR YEARS
AND IT'S JUST A BASTION OF
LOSTIES THAT SIT ON THAT
COMMITTEE.
AS A MATTER OF FACT WE PUT
THEM THERE.
GUESS WHAT?
MAYOR TORY TOOK THE SAME
STRATEGY WE D.PUT ALL THE
LEFTYS IN ONE CORNER IN
TORONTO HEALTH.
THEY COME UP.
THEY SAY THEY CAN'T FIND
SAVINGS IN 2011 WE ASKED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says 10 percent.
THEY FOUND IT OVERNIGHT.
BUT GOING OUT AND SPENDING
MONEY JUST ABSOLUTELY
RIDICULOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY
WATERING TREE STUMPS IS ONE
BUT HAVING A COMPETITION
FOR...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says PEOPLE
DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER THAN
THIS, SPEAKER.
THE FORD GOVERNMENT CUTS TO
MUNICIPALITIES ARE GOING TO
HIT FAMILIES HARD.
THAT'S THE FACT.
IF THE PREMIER WANTS TO
PRETEND THAT OPERATING AND
CAPITAL COSTS ARE THE SAME
THING, THAT'S HIS DECISION
TO MAKE.
BUT WHETHER THE
GOVERNMENT... WHETHER THE
MUNICIPALITIES RELY ON
SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAMS,
CHILD CARE OR THEY'RE
COUNTING ON THE PROVINCE TO
HELP MITIGATE FLOODING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says MUNCIPAL
LEADERS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE
HAVE ASKED THE FORD
GOVERNMENT TO SIT DOWN TO
DISCUSS THE IMPACTS AT CUTS
ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE
ON FAMILIES IN THEIR
CONSTITUENCIES AND THE
PREMIER'S RESPONSE IS TO SIT
IN THE LEGISLATURE THE OTHER
DAY READINGS FROM ITINERARY
THAT HIS STAFF PRODUCED FOR
HIM.
PEOPLE DESERVE A LOT BETTER
THAN THAT, SPEAKER.
WILL THE PREMIER START DOING
HIS JOB AND LISTEN TO THESE
MUNICIPAL LEADERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says I'M GLAD
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION...

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says I'M GLAD THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION HER LAST WORD
WERE JOBS.
WE CREATED 47,000 JOBS,
UNPRECEDENTED IN ONTARIO,
LAST MONTH.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE CREATED 175,000 JOBS.
THAT'S 111 MONTHS.
THAT'S 175,000 FAMILIES ARE
ABLE TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR
TABLE, ABLE TO PAY A
MORTGAGE, ABLE TO GET OUT
THERE, FEEL GREAT ABOUT
THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF OUR
GOVERNMENT.
OUR GOVERNMENT CREATED THE
ENVIRONMENT TO CREATE
175,000 JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says OR 11 MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER...
THE OPPOSITION INCREASED
TAXES, INCREASED SPENDING.
DO THEY EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW
THE SYSTEM WORKS,
MR. SPEAKER?
DO THEY BELIEVE IN JUST
CONTINUOUSLY SPENDING US
MORE INTO BANKRUPTCY OTHER
THAN WHAT WE'VE ALREADY...
WE ALREADY CAME IN HERE WITH
A BANKRUPT PROVINCE.
BUT WE'RE TURNING IT AROUND,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says THROUGH THE
GREAT BUDGET THROUGH OUR
FINANCE MINISTER, WE FOUND A
SAVINGS OF 8 percent.
WE'RE PUTTING MONEY BACK
INTO THE TAXPAYER'S POCKET
INSTEAD OF THE GOVERNMENT'S
POCKET.
BUT THE N.D.P., ALL THEY
WANT TO DO IS SPEND THE
TAXPAYER'S MONEY.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION'S ALSO FOR
THE PREMIER.
LATER TODAY WE'RE GOING TO
BE DEBATING A RESOLUTION TO
OFFICIALLY DECLARE CLIMATE
EMERGENCY IN ONTARIO.
WE KNOW THAT NAMING AND
FRAMING THIS ISSUE IS THE
FIRST STEP TO TAKING REAL
ACTION TO MITIGATE THE
DISASTROUS EFFECTS OF
CLIMATE CHANGE THAT WE'RE
SEEING UNFOLD AGAINST...
AROUND OUR PROVINCE.
WILL THE PREMIER SUPPORT OUR
MOTION TO DECLARE A CLIMATE
EMERGENCY IN ONTARIO,
SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT.

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF
THE GOVERNMENT, WE LOOK
FORWARD TO DEBATING THAT
MOTION.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO AN
OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT
OUR MADE-IN-ONTARIO PLAN.
WE ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO OUR
ABILITY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT
WE'VE DONE FOR ONTARIANS IN
TERMS OF ELIMINATING
PROGRAMS THAT WEREN'T
WORKING, PROGRAMS LIKE THE
CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM OF THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
WE PUT 260 BACK INTO THE
POCKETS OF ONTARIANS BY
ELIMINATING THAT PROGRAM AND
HAVE PRESENTED A PROGRAM
THAT WILL MEET OUR TARGETS
OF REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS
BY 30 percent.
SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE LOOK
FORWARD TO THE DEBATE.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING
ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE
AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO
HEARING THE NEW IDEAS THAT
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
WILL BRING TO THE TABLE
ABOUT HER PLAN FOR FIGHTING
CLIMATE CHANGE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
THE PREMIER HAS ADMITTED
THAT THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES
CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND
THAT THE FLOODING WE'RE
SEEING ACROSS ONTARIO IS
LIKELY ONE OF THE EFFECTS OF
IT.
WHAT THIS RESOLUTION DOES IS
AFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT AS
LEGISLATORS TO ACT IN THE
BEST INTERESTS OF ONTARIANS
TO TAKE DECISIVE STEPS TO
FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE.
SO IF THE GOVERNMENT ALREADY
BELIEVES CLIMATE CHANGE IS
AN ISSUE AND A REAL ISSUE,
WILL THEY STAND WITH US THIS
AFTERNOON AND SUPPORT OUR
RESOLUTION?
IT'S A SIMPLE QUESTION.
I'D ASK FOR AN ANSWER.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T WANT
TO SPOIL THE SURPRISE SO I'M
GOING TO MAKE THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER WAIT FOR THE DEBATE.
BUT IN ADDITION TO OUR PLAN
AROUND HOW TO SUPPORT THE
FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE,
WE ARE ALSO SUPPORTING
ONTARIANS BY FIGHTING JUSTIN
TRUDEAU'S CARBON TAX.
AND I KNOW THAT THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION BEING A
MEMBER FROM HAMILTON WILL BE
CONCERNED BECAUSE SHE LIKES
TO TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE,
ABOUT THE 2.1 MILLION DOLLARS JUSTIN TRUDEAU'S CARBON TAX
IS GOING TO COST THE
HAMILTON HEALTH SCIENCES
CORPORATION OR THE 696,000
JUSTIN TRUDEAU'S CARBON TAX
IS GOING TO COST ST.
JOSEPH'S HEALTH CARE.
SO IN ADDITION TO FIGHTING
CLIMATE CHANGE, IN ADDITION
TO MAKING SURE WE DO WHAT'S
BEST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
WE'RE ALSO GOING TO DO BEST
FOR THINGS LIKE HEALTH CARE.
SO I GUESS THE QUESTION BACK
TO THE HELP FROM HAMILTON,
ARE THEY GOING TO BE
SUPPORTING JUSTIN TRUDEAU'S
APPROACH OR ARE THEY GOING
TO COME WITH THEIR OWN
IDEAS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
FOR SEVERAL WEEKS WE HAVE
DEALT WITH FLOODING IN
COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE AND IT IS HAVING
PROFOUND IMPACTS ON MANY
ONTARIANS AS HIGH WATER
LEVELS PUT PEOPLE AND
PROPERTIES AT RISK WHILE
DISRUPTING BUSINESSES AND
THE ECONOMY.
THANKFULLY OUR PREMIER HAS
BEEN DEMONSTRATING STRONG
LEADERSHIP...

[APPLAUSE]

McDonnell says ACTING DECISIVELY BY MEETING
WITH OUR MUNICIPAL PARTNERS
TO DETERMINE WHAT CAN BE
DONE TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE
FLOOD EVENTS.
LAST WEEK THE PREMIER
COMMITTED TO A TASK FORCE TO
OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WATERSHED MANAGEMENT IN THE
MUSKOKA AND OTTAWA REGION,
THAT CAN BE APPLIED TO
WATERSHEDS THROUGHOUT THE
PROVINCE.
ACCOUNT PREMIER UPDATE THE
HOUSE ON WHAT PROGRESS HAS
BEEN MADE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says I WANT TO
THANK THE MEMBER FROM
STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH
GLENGARRY.
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE MEMBER.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE WERE UP THERE NOT TOO
LONG AGO.
ANOTHER M.P.P. PART OF OUR
CAUCUS.
AND WE'VE BEEN UP IN OTTAWA.
WE'VE BEEN ALL OVER
MUSKOKAS.
ACTUALLY OVER IN MUSKOKA
AGAIN THIS WEEKEND LOOKING
AT THE FLOODING AREA.
FIRST OF ALL, MY HEART GOES
OUT TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON
DEALING WITH THIS FLOODING
DISASTER BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT
IT REALLY IS.
IT'S FLOODING INTO THEIR
HOMES.
AGAIN, ONCE AGAIN, I WANT TO
THANK THE COMMUNITIES FOR
HELPING OUT BUT I ALSO WANT
TO THANK OUR CANADIAN
MILITARY.
THEY'RE ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says I MENTIONED WE'VE PUT A TASK
FORCE TOGETHER NOT MUCH
LONGER THAN A WEEK AGO.
WE'VE ALREADY ASSEMBLED A
TASK FORCE HEADED UP BY THE
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY,
WHICH IS DOING A GREAT JOB.
NOT ONLY IN THE MUSKOKA AREA
BUT THE OTTAWA REGION, ANY
OTHER REGIONS THAT HAVE BEEN
FLOODED, MR. SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE IS TAKING THIS
SITUATION SERIOUSLY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says AND AGAIN,
WHEN WE'RE UP THERE VISITING
IT, RATHER THAN JUST SITTING
BACK HERE AND TALKING ABOUT
IT OR CRITICIZING IT LIKE
THE OPPOSITION, WE'RE IN.
WE'RE IN THERE.
WE'RE IN THE COMMUNITIES
TALKING TO THE PEOPLE.
OUR GOVERNMENT...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.
PREMIER.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

McDonnell says THANK YOU TO THE PREMIER
FOR THE RESPONSE,
MR. SPEAKER.
I'M SURE MY CONSTITUENTS AND
ONTARIANS EVERYWHERE WILL BE
REASSURED HOW SERIOUSLY OUR
GOVERNMENT AND OUR PREMIER
ARE TAKING THE SITUATION.
I KNOW THAT THE PREMIER'S
BEEN WORKING HARD ALONGSIDE
THE MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY.
MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING AND THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL.
AS WE RESPOND TO THE
SITUATION ON THE GROUND.
I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE
VOLUNTEERS, FIRST RESPONDERS
AND THE CANADIAN MILITARY,
WHO HAVE COME TOGETHER TO
HELP ALL THOSE IMPACTED BY
THE FLOODING.
THIS CONTINUES TO BE A
TRYING TIME, BUT TOGETHER WE
WILL GET THROUGH THIS.
SPEAKER, CAN THE PREMIER
PROVIDE US FURTHER DETAILS
ON THE TASK FORCE ON
WATERSHED MANAGEMENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN THE
QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says AGAIN I
WANT TO THANK OUR ALL-STAR
M.P.P.

[INTERJECTION]

Ford says WE'VE GOT TONS OF ALL STARS.
UNFORTUNATELY YOU DON'T HAVE
THE SAME.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says AS...

[INTERJECTION]

Ford says YOU KNOW SOMETHING?

The Speaker says ORDER.

[INTERJECTION]

Ford says ARE YOU DONE?
OK.
AS I'VE SAID PREVIOUSLY.
WE'VE REACHED OUT TO
MUNICIPAL LEADERS ASKING FOR
THEIR INPUT, ASKING THEM TO
PUT PEOPLE ON THE TASK
FORCE.
SO WE'RE HOLDING SESSIONS.
WE'RE HOLDING SESSIONS AND
HOPEFULLY THE N.D.P. WON'T
GET THEIR UNION BUDDIES TO
PROTEST THESE SESSIONS LIKE
THEY DO EVERY OTHER PLACE WE
GO.
WE'RE HOLDING SESSIONS IN
MUSKOKA ON MAY THE 17TH, IN
PEMBROKE ON MAY THE 23RD AND
IN OTTAWA MAY THE 24TH.
WE'RE THERE TO LISTEN.
WE'RE THERE TO SUPPORT THESE
COMMUNITIES.
WE'RE THERE TO PUT RESOURCES
INTO THE COMMUNITIES AND
HELP REBUILD THEIR HOMES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says REBUILD THE
BUSINESSES AND GET IT BACK
TO NORMAL AND PREVENT THIS
FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Toronto Centre.

The caption changes to "Suze Morrison. NDP. Toronto Centre."

Morrison is in her late thirties, with straight brown hair in a bob. She wears glasses, a black jacket over a yellow shirt, and a pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER.
LAST WEEK THREE OF THE
PREMIER'S MEMBERS, THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST, THE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD-BRANT
AND THE MEMBER FOR SCARBOROUGH CENTRE, ALL
SPOKE AT A RALLY AGAINST
REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS HELD ON
THE LAWN OF QUEEN'S PARK.
IN HIS REMARKS, THE MEMBER
FOR NIAGARA WEST SAID AND I
QUOTE...
WE PLEDGE TO MAKE ABORTION
UNTHINKABLE IN OUR LIFETIMES.
THE PREMIER WAS GIVEN THE
OPPORTUNITY, IN THE
LEGISLATURE, TO DISTANCE
HIMSELF FROM THESE COMMENTS.
INSTEAD, HE DEFERRED THE
QUESTIONS TO THE MINISTER OF
ENERGY, WHO INEXPLICABLY
TALKED ABOUT THE FEDERAL
CARBON TAX.
THE PREMIER HAS ANOTHER
CHANCE TODAY, AND IT'S
IMPORTANT THAT THE ANSWER
COME FROM HIM.
WILL HE SAY THAT HE REFUTES
HIS MPPS COMMENTS AND
SUPPORTS A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO
CHOOSE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says WELL,
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE...

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE ARE NOT, I'M GOING TO
REPEAT WE ARE NOT REOPENING
ANY ABORTION ISSUES HERE IN
THIS LEGISLATURE.
IT'S VERY SIMPLE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says IF ANY OF MY MEMBERS SPEAK
THEIR MINDS?
YEAH, THEY CAN SPEAK THEIR
MIND.
BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE IN THIS
LEGISLATURE THINKS THE SAME.
BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT WE DO
THINK THE SAME.
WE THINK THE SAME WHEN IT
COMES TO CUTTING TAXES,
RESPECTING TAXPAYERS,
CREATING JOBS, LOWERING
ENERGY COSTS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says THAT'S WHAT
WE BELIEVE IN, MR. SPEAKER.
I'LL BE VERY CLEAR AGAIN.
WE'RE NOT REOPENING
ANYTHING.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Morrison says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESTART THE
CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Morrison says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE PREMIER NEEDS TO BE VERY
CLEAR HERE.
WE KNOW THAT WOMEN ACROSS
CANADA HAVE FOUGHT HARD FOR
THEIR RIGHTS TO THEIR OWN
BODIES.
AND THE REMARKS MADE BY
THESE THREE MEMBERS OF HIS
TEAM ARE A DIRECT THREAT TO
THOSE RIGHTS.
WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE
PREMIER IS MAKING SWEEPING
CUTS TO ONTARIO'S HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM THAT COULD
IMPACT WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE
RIGHTS.
THE REMARKS MADE BY THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST
REFLECT THE PRIORITIES OF
THIS GOVERNMENT?
AND WILL ONTARIANS SEE ANY
CHANGES TO ABORTION SERVICES
IN ONTARIO?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE PREMIER.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF COMMUNITY...

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 short-sleeved black dress.

She says MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND
TO THIS.
THIS PROGRESSIVE
CONSERVATIVE PARTY IS A BIG
TENT BUT LET ME BE PERFECTLY
CLEAR TO ECHO WHAT THE
PREMIER OF ONTARIO HAS SAID.
THIS PARTY, THIS GOVERNMENT
WILL NOT BE REOPENING THE
ABORTION DEBATE.
THIS MEMBER RIGHT HERE STOOD
IN SUPPORT OF THE BUBBLE
ZONE IN OTTAWA TO PROTECT
WOMEN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE.
THIS GOVERNMENT WILL
CONTINUE TO STAND UP...

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE DESPITE THE
RHETORIC OF THE MEMBERS
OPPOSITE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says IF THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE
THINK WE SHOULD HAVE AN
HOMOGENOUS THOUGHT PROCESS
IN THE GOVERNMENT AS WE
REPRESENT 73 DIFFERENT
RIDINGS ACROSS THIS GREAT
PROVINCE, THEY MUST THINK
AGAIN.
WE RESPECT DEBATE INTERNALLY
WITHIN OUR CAUCUS BUT LET ME
BE PERFECTLY CLEAR.
THIS PARTY, THIS GOVERNMENT,
THAT PREMIER WILL CONTINUE
TO STAND FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE AND WE
WILL NOT BE REOPENING THE
ABORTION DEBATE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
THE NOKES question. The member for Burlington.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Jane McKenna. PC. Burlington."

McKenna is in her forties, with short chestnut hair. She wears a black blazer and blouse.

She says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION
AND TRADE.
OUR GOVERNMENT CAME INTO
OFFICE ON A COMMITMENT TO
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE
BUSINESSES CAN THRIVE AND
CREATE GREAT JOBS.
BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT
BUSINESSES THRIVE, PEOPLE
THRIVE AND WHEN PEOPLE
THRIVE, COMMUNITIES THRIVE.
OUR PLAN IS WORKING.
LAST MONTH ONTARIO LED THE
WAYS WITH THE MOST CANADA
POSTED RECORD JOB GROWTH.
47,000 JOBS IN APRIL, MORE
THAN ANY OTHER PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

Interjection:
EXACTLY.
AND IT'S GOING TO KEEP
GROWING.

McKenna says MORE PEOPLE ARE WORKING
IN ONTARIO THAN EVER BEFORE,
WHICH MEANS MORE PEOPLE HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO THRIVE
AND GET AHEAD.
AND I KNOW THESE JOB GAINS
ARE IN THE LARGE PART THANKS
TO THE POLICIES OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS PURSUED SINCE
TAKING OFFICE.
SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER
PLEASE OUTLINE FOR THE HOUSE
HOW WE ARE MAKING ONTARIO AN
ENGINE FOR JOB CREATION?

Interjection: GREAT
QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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, blue shirt, and striped blue tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND THANKS TO THE MEMBER
FROM BURLINGTON, OUR
OUTSTANDING MEMBER FROM
BURLETON WHO DOES SUCH A
GREAT JOB AT PROMOTING JOB
GROWTH IN HER RIDING.
SO FAR THIS YEAR, ONTARIO
HAS CREATED 115,000 JOBS.
THAT'S ON TOP OF THE 47,000
JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says THAT WERE CREATED LAST
MONTH.
THAT'S OVER HALF OF THE JOBS
CREATED IN CANADA IN 2019.
WE'RE LEADING THE WAY
BECAUSE OF OUR
OPEN-FOR-BUSINESS POLICIES
THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO
IMPLEMENT HERE IN THE EARLY
DAYS OF OUR GOVERNMENT IN
ONTARIO.
CUTTING RED TAPE, MAKING
SURE WE'RE CUTTING TAXES,
STARTING TO DEAL WITH THE
LIBERALS' ELECTRICITY MESS,
MR. SPEAKER.
THEY WANT TO INVEST.
JOB CREATORS WANT TO INVEST.
THEY WANT TO CREATE JOBS
HERE IN ONTARIO AND THEY
UNDERSTAND THAT, IN ONTARIO,
WE HAVE A PREMIER AND WE
HAVE A GOVERNMENT WHO
UNDERSTANDS EXACTLY THAT.
THAT GETTING OUT OF THE WAY
OF GOVERNMENT AND ENSURING
THAT THEY HAVE THE
ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY CAN
CREATE JOBS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says OUR 2019 BUDGET
INTRODUCED NEW MEASURES TO
SUPPORT OUR JOB CREATORS
LIKE THE ONTARIO JOB
CREATION INVESTMENT
INCENTIVE, WHICH HAS ALSO
BEEN A HUGE HIT FOR JOB
CREATORS.
WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED,
MR. SPEAKER.
MORE JOBS TO COME.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

McKenna says THANK YOU SO MUCH,
MINISTER, FOR THAT RESPONSE.
YOU SURE CAN ARGUE THE FACTS
HERE.
I KNOW MY CONSTITUENTS ARE
EXCITED ONTARIO'S ECONOMY IS
BOOMING.
PEOPLE ARE COMING BACK INTO
THE LABOUR FORCE.
WORKERS AND FAMILIES WHO
GAVE UP AFTER 15 YEARS OF
LIBERAL MISMANAGEMENT ARE
SEEING OPPORTUNITY AGAIN.
WE PROMISED TO CREATE AN
ENVIRONMENT WHERE BUSINESSES
CAN GROW, THRIVE AND CREATE
GOOD JOBS AND WE ARE DOING
EXACTLY THAT.
I KNOW THE PREMIER, THE
MINISTER AND OUR ENTIRE TEAM
HAVE BEEN WORKING TO MAKE
ONTARIO A BETTER PLACE TO
INVEST, AND WHEN COMPANIES
INVEST, THEY HIRE MORE
PEOPLE.
FROM OUR AUTO PLAN TO MAKING
IT EASIER TO HIRE
APPRENTICES TO THE ONTARIO
JOB CREATION INVESTMENT
INCENTIVE AND CUTTING RED
TAPE.
WE ARE INTRODUCING POLICY
AFTER POLICY AIMED AT
CREATING GOOD JOBS.
COULD THE MINISTER OUTLINE
FOR THE HOUSE THE IMPORTANCE
OF CONTINUING TO CREATE GOOD
JOBS FOR THE GOOD PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Smith says I WANT TO MAKE IT
ABUNDANTLY CLEAR IN THE
CALENDAR YEAR 2019, ONTARIO
HAS CREATED 115,000 JOBS.
SINCE WE'VE BEEN THE
GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO,
175,000 JOBS, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says WE'RE DOING IT, THOUGH...
MR. SPEAKER WE'RE DOING IT
IN SPITE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING
ON PARLIAMENT HILL WITH THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
THEY'RE IMPLEMENTING A
CARBON TAX.
IN SPITE OF THEIR TAX HIKES
AND IN SPITE OF THEIR
FAILURE TO RESOLVE THE STEEL
AND ALUMINUM TARIFF
SITUATION THAT WE FIND
OURSELVES IN, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE
CAN IN ONTARIO TO ENSURE
THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS.
I'VE BEEN CRISSCROSSING THIS
PROVINCE, AS HAS BEEN THE
PREMIER AS WELL, AND I CAN
TELL YOU THAT PEOPLE FROM
WINDSOR TO BROCKVILLE AND
ALL POINTS IN BETWEEN, THEY
WANT GOOD JOBS.
AND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY,
MR. SPEAKER, WHETHER IT WAS
CANCELLING THE LIBERALS'
COSTLY CAP-AND-TRADE SYSTEM.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says OR REDUCING THE
OVERREGULATION THAT THE
LIBERALS PILED ON US OR
CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP, THE
N.D.P. HAVE FOUGHT US EVERY
STEP OF THE WAY,
MR. SPEAKER.
WHY WON'T THEY GET ON BOARD
AND HELP US CREATE JOBS IN
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
STOP THE CLOCK.
MEMBERS TAKE THEIR SEATS.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
MEMBER FOR HAMILTON MOUNTAIN.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
THE ESTIMATES CAME OUT LAST
WEEK AND IT SHOWS THIS
GOVERNMENT IS GUTTING THE
MINISTRY OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES BY NEARLY 900
MILLION DOLLARS FOR THIS YEAR ALONE.
BUT WHAT IT DOESN'T SHOW IS
THE PREMIER'S PROMISED 600
MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE REVAMPING OF
THE ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM.
WILL THE PREMIER EXPLAIN WHY
HE'S DECIDED TO BACKTRACK ON
THE PROMISE TO PROPERLY FUND
THE ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM?

Interjection: GOOD
QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.

The Speaker says Ford says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER
OF CHILDREN...

MacLeod says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND.
AS THE PEM OPPOSITE WOULD
KNOW, NOT ONLY DID WE INVEST
1.2 BILLION DOLLARS EXTRA IN HEALTH
CARE, 700 MILLION DOLLARS MORE IN
EDUCATION BUT ALSO 300
ADDITIONAL MILLION DOLLARS IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY
AND SOCIAL SERVICES.
WHAT WASN'T IN THE ESTIMATES
BECAUSE THE ENHANCEMENTS
WERE MADE AFTER THE DOCUMENT
WAS PREPARED, IS THE
ADDITIONAL 300 MILLION DOLLARS WE
ARE ADDING ON TOP OF THE
321 MILLION DOLLARS THAT HAS
ALREADY BEEN COMMITTED BY
OUR GOVERNMENT.
I'LL BE PLEASED TO TALK A
LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT IT IN
THE SUPPLEMENTAL BUT MAKE NO
MISTAKE THE MINISTRY OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES HAS ONE IN
TEN ONTARIANS WHO RELY ON
THIS MINISTRY.
THEY RANGE FROM CHILDREN IN
THE CUSTODY TO CHILDREN IN
CARE.
THOSE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES AND AUTISM.
PEOPLE ON SOCIAL ASSISTANCE,
WHETHER THAT'S ONTARIO WORKS
OR ONTARIO DISABILITY
SUPPORTS.
WOMEN FLEEING DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says TRAFFICINGS AND VETERANS
WHO RELY ON US FOR A
SECONDHAND UP.
SPEAKER, WE'LL ALWAYS
CONTINUE TO DEFEND THE
PEOPLE WHO RELY ON THIS
MINISTRY AND WE'LL CONTINUE
TO DEFEND THE PEOPLE OF THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Taylor says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
BUT WHAT I HAVE TO SAY TO
THE MINISTER IS EVERY GROUP
THAT SHE JUST NAMED IS PART
OF THE VULNERABLE SECTOR
THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
ATTACKED.
THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THIS...

[APPLAUSE]

Taylor says SPEAKER, FAMILIES WITH
CHILDREN WITH AUTISM ARE
UPSET.
THEIR CHILDHOOD BUDGETS ARE
NOT FLOWING.
THE TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS ARE
FRUSTRATING AND P.C. MEMBERS
ARE REFUSING TO HOLD
ROUNDTABLES.
THE ESTIMATES SHOW THAT THE
PROVINCE'S NEW FUNDING TO
THE ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM
DOES NOT EXIST.
WHY WILL THE PREMIER NOT
DELIVER ON THE PROMISE TO
FAMILIES OF CHILDREN LIVING
WITH AUTISM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

MacLeod says THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
WELL, THE TELEPHONE TOWN
HALLS HAVE BEEN VERY WELL
ATTENDED ACROSS THIS GREAT
PROVINCE.
M.P.P.S, I KNOW A MEMBER OF
HER OWN CAUCUS, CATHERINE
FIFE, SHARED WITH ME A
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION JUST
LACK... LAST WEEK.
I SPOKE WITH THE MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT SERVICES HOSTING
ROUNDTABLE HIMSELF.
VERY PLEASED THIS IS
HAPPENING RIGHT ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
MAKE NO MISTAKE WE HAVE OVER
500 LETTERS HAVE GONE OUT...

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says WE ARE MOVING PEOPLE OFF
OF THE WAIT LIST AND INTO
SERVICE.
SERVICE BY THE WAY WHICH
THEY HAVE MORE CHOICE THAN
EVER BEFORE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says AND AS WE DO THIS,
SPEAKER, WE ARE INVESTING AN
ADDITIONAL 300 MILLION DOLLARS FOR
A NEED-BASED PROGRAM.
THE SPEND FOR THIS PROGRAM
IN ONTARIO AUTISM WILL BE
THE BIGGEST SPEND OF THIS
KIND IN THE HISTORY OF THIS
PROVINCE IN THE HISTORY OF
THIS GOVERNMENT, AND WE'RE
GOING TO CONTINUE TO CONSULT
WITH EXPERTS AND I'LL BE
RELEASING THE EXPERT PANEL
LATER ON EITHER THIS WEEK OR
EARLY NEXT WEEK.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says BUT LET ME BE PERFECTLY
CLEAR.
THE OPPOSITION CONTINUES TO
SOW THE SEEDS OF DIVISION,
AND I THINK THAT IT'S TIME
WE STARTED WORKING TOGETHER
AND I'VE INVITED THEM TO DO
THAT...

The Speaker says ORDER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
STAR START
START THE CLOCK.
OTTAWA-VANIER.

The caption changes to "Nathalie Des Rosiers. Liberal. Ottawa-Vanier."

Des Rosiers is in her late fifties, with blond hair in a bob. She wears glasses, a black sweater over a white shirt, and a pendant necklace.

She speaks French and an interpreter says
QUESTION TO THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.

In English, Des Rosiers continues
IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
BECAUSE IT VIOLATES THE
CHARTER.
CRUEL AND UNUSUAL TREATMENT.
WHILE ONTARIO'S AVERAGE
PRISON POPULATION HAS
DECREASED OVER THE LAST TEN
YEARS, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE
ARE PUT IN SEGREGATION.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM
ARE IN ADMINISTRATIVE
SEGREGATION, NOT
DISCIPLINARY AND THERE'S NO
LEGISLATIVE LIMIT TO THE
LENGTH OF THEIR STAY.
MANY ARE ON SUICIDE WATCH OR
SUFFER FROM MENTAL HEALTH.
THERE WAS A BILL PROPOSED BY
THE FORMER GOVERNMENT THAT
WAS INTRODUCED AND PASSED BY
THIS HOUSE, WHICH WOULD
BRING NECESSARY AMENDMENTS
THAT ARE NECESSARY TO LIMIT
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.
SPEAKER, SINCE LAST JUNE,
THE BILL HAS BEEN COLLECTING
THAT.
IT'S NOT BEEN ENFORCED AND
I'M ASKING THE MINISTER
TODAY, CAN SHE TELL US WHEN
SHE'S GOING TO IMPLEMENT THE
BILL TO ENSURE THAT ONTARIO
COMPLIES WITH ITS
CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE 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 a black cardigan and a gray dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I UNDERSTAND THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE HAS A PARTICULAR
INTEREST IN THIS FILE AS DO
I AS ACE SETTLER...
SOLICITOR GENERAL.
BUT I THINK SHE'S TAKING A
VERY NARROW VIEW OF THE
ISSUE.
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE AN
OBLIGATION AND TO YOUR
CREDIT YOU DID IT RAISE IT
IN YOUR QUESTION, WHERE LESS
THAN 5 percent OF THE INDIVIDUALS
WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN
SEGREGATION ARE ACTUALLY
THERE BECAUSE OF A
DISCIPLINARY MATTER.
IN FACT MANY ASK FOR IT,
BECAUSE THEY ARE... THEY ARE
CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR
SAFETY.
AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE
THAT CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS
AND STAFF HAVE A NUMBER OF
TOOLS AVAILABLE TO THEM.
THIS IS PARTLY ABOUT
ENSURING THE SAFETY OF OUR
STAFF BUT ALSO FRANKLY
ENSURING WE DON'T HAVE AN
INCREASED INCIDENCE OF
INMATES... INMATE-ON-INMATE
INTERACTION.
I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE
CHANGES THAT WE MAKE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says ARE GOING TO BE POSITIVE
FOR BOTH THE CORRECTION
STAFF AS WELL AS THE
INDIVIDUALS SERVING IN OUR
INSTITUTION AND I WILL WORK
WITH MY MINISTRY TO MAKE
SURE THAT HAPPENS.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Des Rosiers says THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.
THIS AFTERNOON I WILL BE
TABLING A BILL THAT SEEKS TO
END THE PRACTICE WITHIN FIVE
YEARS.
BUT IN THE CONTEXT OF
OBVIOUSLY WANTING TO PROTECT
INMATES AND GUARDS
SIMILARLY.
SO I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, I
WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
ARE RESPONDING ADEQUATELY TO
THE COURT OF APPEAL
DECISION.
I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO
ALL OF US, NOT JUST ME, THAT
WE COMPLY WITH THE CHARTER.
MY INTEREST HERE IS SIMPLY
TO ENSURE THAT PROMPTLY THE
GOVERNMENT DEALS WITH THIS
QUESTION SO THAT WE ARE IN
COMPLIANCE WITH THE
CONSTITUTION.
CAN THE MINISTER INDICATE
WHETHER SHE'S PREENED TO ACT
ON THIS FILE QUICKLY AND
MAYBE TAKE SOME LESSONS OR
SOME IDEAS FROM MY PRIVATE
MEMBER'S BILL?

The Speaker says MINISTER.
SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND WHILE I'M INTERESTED IN
READING THE MEMBER OPPOSITE'S
PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL, I
WANT TO ENSURE THE MEMBERS
OF THE HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO THAT WE ARE
ALREADY MAKING SOME
PROACTIVE CHANGES THAT ARE
IMPROVING SAFETY AND
SECURITY IN OUR CORRECTIONS
FACILITIES.
IT WAS LESS THAN A MONTH AGO
THAT MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE,
WE WERE ABLE TO ANNOUNCE IN
THUNDER BAY THAT WE ARE
GOING AHEAD, MOVING AHEAD
WITH THE NEW CORRECTIONS
FACILITY IN THUNDER BAY,
WHICH WILL LEAD...

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says THANK YOU.
THE INVESTMENTS THAT THE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE
AND I ARE MAKING WILL LEAD
TO SAFER JAILS, WILL LEAD TO
STRONGER AND SAFER WORK
ENVIRONMENTS FOR OUR
CORRECTIONS OFFICERS.
I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, AS
WE ARE MAKING THESE
INVESTMENTS, WE ARE DOING IT
IN A MEASURED AND REASONABLE
WAY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says ONE OF THOSE CHANGES WAS
CLEARLY THE INVESTMENT IN
THUNDER BAY, AND THERE WILL
BE MORE IN THE MONTHS AHEAD.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU., MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.
RECENTLY THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION TABLED A
COMPREHENSIVE BILL WITH A
NUMBER OF MEASURES THAT, IF
PASSED, WILL CUT RED TAPE,
REDUCE BURDENS AND MAKE OUR
ROADS, BRIDGES AND HIGHWAYS
SAFER FOR EVERYONE.
THIS PAST FRIDAY I WAS
PLEASED TO JOIN THE MINISTER
IN A VERY IMPORTANT
ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT OUR
HIGHWAYS.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S NUMBER ONE
PRIORITY IS KEEPING THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO SAFE
WHETHER IT BE AT HOME, WORK
OR DURING THEIR COMMUTE.
THAT'S WHY WE ARE WORKING TO
ENSURE THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
HAVE A SAFE AND EFFICIENT
HIGHWAY NETWORK.
IN THE MID 1970S, POSTED
SPEEDS ON OUR PROVINCIAL
FREEWAYS WERE REDUCED IN
RESPONSE TO THE ENERGY
CRISIS.
MOST PROVINCIAL HIGHWAY
VERSUS A DESIGNED SPEED OF
20 KILOMETRES AN HOUR ABOVE
THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT.
SPEAKER, ACCOUNT MINISTER
SHARE WITH THE LEGISLATURE
THE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
HE RECENTLY DELIVERED FOR
IMPROVING ONTARIO'S
HIGHWAYS?

[APPLAUSE]

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 green tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
THANK THE MEMBER FOR SARNIA-LAMBTON FOR THAT
GREAT QUESTION.
IT'S RIGHT.
JUST LAST WEEK, I WAS IN THE
DELAWARE REGION OF THE
PROVINCE WITH THE MEMBER
FROM SARNIA-LAMBTON, BOBBY
BAILEY, AS WELL AS ROAD
SAFETY PARTNERS ELLIOTT
SILVERSTEIN FROM C.A.A. AND
SOUTH CENTRAL ONTARIO AND
BRIAN PATTERSON FROM THE
ONTARIO SAFETY LEAGUE.
WE WERE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS
MOVING FORWARD WITH THE
PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPLORE THE
NEW WAY OF IMPROVING OUR
TRANSPORTATION NETWORK BY
INCREASING THE SPEED LIMITS
TO 110 KILOMETRES AN HOUR ON
SELECT HIGHWAYS.
WE'LL BE UTILIZING HIGHWAY
401 2 FROM LONDON TO SARNIA,
Q.E.W. FROM ST. CATHARINES
TO HAMILTON.
HIGHWAY HAD 1... 417 FROM
OTTAWA TO THE ONTARIO QUEBEC
BORDER.
PUBLIC SAFETY ON OUR ROADS
AND HIGHWAYS IS OF COURSE
OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE TAKING THE
TIME TO PREPARE PILOT
LOCATIONS TO BEGIN IN MID
SEPTEMBER.
THE PILOT WILL BE CONDUCTED
FLAITHFULLY AND FOR OVER TWO
YEARS.
I LOOK FORWARD TO SPEAKING
MORE ON THIS IN MY
SUPPLEMENTAL.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

Bailey says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION FOR SHARING
THE DETAILS OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S NEW SPEED
PILOT.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS ACTING
FAST TO IMPROVE EXPAND BILLS
NEW PUBLIC TRANSIT AND
INVEST IN MAKING OUR ROADS
AND HIGHWAYS MORE EFFICIENT
AND SAFER.
WE KNOW WHEN WE GET
COMMUNITIES MOVING, PEOPLE
WILL HAVE ACCESS TO NEW JOBS
AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES.
IT'S PART OF OUR PLAN TO
ENSURE THAT OUR
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WORKS
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO, WE
KNOW THAT OUR PROVINCIAL
HIGHWAYS, ESPECIALLY THE 401
AND 402, ARE BOTH GATEWAYS
TO OUR U.S. MARKETS.
HIGHWAY 402 IS ESPECIALLY
IMPORTANT FOR COMMUTERS
GOING TO LONDON AND PEOPLE
VISITING FRIEND AND FAMILY
IN SARNIA-LAMBTON.
HIGHWAY 402 IS ALSO VITAL
FOR LARGE AND SMALL
BUSINESSES EXPORTING
PRODUCTS TO MICHIGAN AND THE
STATES BEYOND.
MR. SPEAKER, ACCOUNT
MINISTER SHARE MORE ABOUT
THE NEED FOR THIS PILOT AND
TO GET THE PEOPLE OF THIS
PROVINCE MOVING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yurek says THANKS AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FROM SARNIA-LAMBTON
FOR THAT QUESTION.
AS I MENTIONED EARLIER THE
PILOT'S GOING TO RUN FOR TWO
YEARS AND WE ARE GOING TO
MONITOR ITS EFFECTIVENESS.
OUR GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT
INCREASING SPEED LIMITS WILL
BRING POSTED LIMITS IN LINE
IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS AND
HOW PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY
DRIVING.
THE PILOT IS THE FIRST STEP
AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO GATHER
INFORMATION FOR A PERMANENT
DECISION.
WE ARE LAUNCHING
PROVINCEWIDE PUBLIC
CONSULTATIONS FOR THE NEXT
FEW WEEKS THAT WILL BE PART
OF OUR FINAL DECISION-MAKING
PROCESS.
AND WE WILL BE ENGAGING OUR
ENFORCEMENT AND ROAD SAFETY
PARTNERS EVERY STEP OF THE
WAY TO ENSURE THAT OUR
HIGHWAYS CONTINUE TO BE
RANKED AMONG THE SAFEST IN
NORTH AMERICA.
THIS PILOT ALONG WITH OUR
CONSULTATIONS WILL ALLOW THE
PROVINCE TO MONITOR CHANGES
IN AVERAGE SPEED, TRAFFIC
VOLUMES AND OTHER FACTORS TO
DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF AN
INCREASED POSTED SPEED LIMIT
IN THESE PILOT AREAS.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS FOCUSED ON SAFETY.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S FOCUSED ON
GETTING PEOPLE MOVING AND
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO
DO.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Windsor West.

The caption changes to "Lisa Gretzky. NDP. Windsor West."

Gretzky is in her forties, with shoulder-length straight reddish brown hair. She wears glasses, a black blazer and a white shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
WE'VE ALL HEARD THAT FAMOUS
QUOTE THAT THE TRUE MEASURE
OF ANY SOCIETY CAN BE FOUND
IN HOW IT TREATS THE MOST
VULNERABLE MEMBERS.
SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT TO
BE TRUE.
SO WHEN THIS CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT RIPPED 900
MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE MINISTRY OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES, I THINK
IT'S EVIDENT THAT ONTARIANS
ACROSS THE PROVINCE THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING
IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO OUR
SOCIETY.
CHILDREN, PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES, THOSE LIVING
IN POVERTY.
THEY ARE THE ONES THAT WILL
SUFFER THE MOST.
HOW CAN THE PREMIER POSSIBLY
JUSTIFY THESE COLDHEARTED
CUTS?
WHY IS THE PREMIER TARGETING
THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE
IN ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY...

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

MacLeod says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AS I MENTIONED THE MINISTER
OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES IS ACTUALLY
INCREASING THIS BUDGET THIS
YEAR BY AN ADDITIONAL 300
MILLION DOLLARS.
SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO TAKE MY
WORD FOR IT.
SHE CAN ACTUALLY LOOK AND
READ THE ESTIMATES.
IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE KNOW
THAT THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE
TRY TO SUGGEST WE'RE CUTTING
EDUCATION WHEN THE MINISTER
OF EDUCATION IS INVESTING AN
ADDITIONAL 700 MILLION DOLLARS INTO
OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM.
THEY TRY TO SUGGEST THAT
WE'RE CUTTING MONEY FROM
PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH
CARE WHEN WE NOT MINISTER OF
HEALTH IS INVESTING AN EXTRA
1.2 BILLION DOLLARS INTO HEALTH.
NOW THESE DON'T FIT THE
NARRATIVE OF WHAT THE
GOVERNMENT... OR THE MEMBERS
OPPOSITE WANT BUT WE WERE
VERY CLEAR IN OUR BUDGET, IN
OUR MESSAGE TO ONTARIANS, WE
ARE PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS
MOST TO ONTARIANS AND THAT
MEANS WE WANT TO END HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE, INVEST IN
STUDENT AND SCHOOLS AND
THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO HAVE A
SUSTAINABLE... SUSTAINABLE
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO
SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH AUTISM,
TO SUPPORT CHILDREN IN
CUSTODY, TO SUPPORT CHILDREN
IN CARE AND TO ENSURE WOMEN
ESCAPING VIOLENCE AND SEX
ABUSE ARE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Gretzky says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I ACTUALLY DID LOOK AT THE
ESTIMATES.
PERHAPS THE MINISTER SHOULD,
TOO.
BECAUSE THE CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT'S ESTIMATES
REVEALS A LOT IN TERMS OF
WHAT THEY VALUE AND WHAT
THEY DON'T.
THE MINISTRY OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES WAS CUT BY 900
MILLION DOLLARS.
THE ONTARIO DISABILITY
SUPPORT PROGRAM WAS CUT BY
222 MILLION DOLLARS.
ONTARIO WORKS WAS CUT BY
300 MILLION DOLLARS.
AND THE FAMILY
RESPONSIBILITY OFFICES WAS
CUT BY 3.3 MILLION DOLLARS.
THAT OFFICE, THAT CUT HURTS
MOSTLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
IF THE PREMIER TOOK TIME TO
LISTEN TO ONTARIANS IMPACTED
BY THESE CUTS AND THE
MINISTER, FRANKLY, WHAT
THEY'D HEAR IS THE
OVERWHELMING FEAR AND
ANXIETY ABOUT THE FUTURE
FROM PEOPLE IN THIS
PROVINCE.
DOES THE PREMIER UNDERSTAND
THAT HE'S PUTTING PEOPLE'S
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS IN
JEOPARDY WITH THESELE
CALLOUS CUTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION
EAST BEEN REFERRED TO THE
MINISTER... MEMBERS PLEASE
TAKE THEIR SEATS.
REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND...

MacLeod says THERE'S A FUNDAMENTAL
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US IN THE
GOVERNMENT AND THEM IN
THE... IN OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION.

[INTERJECTIONS].

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says THERE'S A DIFFERENCE...

[APPLAUSE]

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says MEMBERS WILL
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
I ASK THE OPPOSITION TO COME
TO ORDER.
I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HEAR
THE MEMBER WHO HAS THE
FLOOR.
ORDER.
ORDER.
THE MINISTER.

MacLeod says THE MINISTER OF FINANCE...
MADE SURE THAT WE HAD A
BUDGET THAT PROTECTS WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HAS
BEEN ABLE TO ANNOUNCE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

MacLeod says NEW JOBS.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN,
SPEAKER?
IT MEANS MORE PEOPLE IN
ONTARIO ON SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT.
THAT MEANS THEY'RE MOVING
OFF OF THE ROLLS.
UNFORTUNATELY THE MEMBERS
OPPOSITE WOULD RATHER HAVE
PEOPLE RELY ON A GOVERNMENT
CHECK THAN THE DIGNITY OF A
JOB.
I HAVE SAID REPEATEDLY IN
THIS HOUSE AND I REMAIN
STEADFAST, THE BEST SOCIAL
PROGRAM IS A JOB.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says THIS GOVERNMENT...
AND THAT'S WHY...
CREATED 116,000 NEW JOBS
SINCE JANUARY ALONE.

[APPLAUSE]

[UNCLEAR]

[VOICE TRAILING]

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Parry-Sound-Muskoka.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Norman Miller. PC. Parry-Sound-Muskoka."

Miller is in his fifties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, blue shirt, and brown tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS
AFFAIRS.
OUR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PLAY
AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN
CREATING A STRONG AND
ENRICHED PROVINCE.
THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN
NORTHERN ONTARIO.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS FOCUSED ON
CREATING ECONOMIC
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES ALL OVER ONTARIO.
WE ARE ALREADY MAKING
PROGRESS, MR. SPEAKER, AND
THE MINING SECTOR HAS
RESPONDED BY INVESTING AGAIN
IN THIS PROVINCE.
THE MINING SECTOR'S THE
LARGEST PRIVATE SECTOR
EMPLOYER OF INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES AND WE ARE EXCITED
FOR THE NEW PROJECTS THAT
WILL CREATE GREAT NEW JOBS.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
US MORE ABOUT HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS MAKING A REAL
DIFFERENCE FOR INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES IN THE PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

The caption changes to "Honourable Greg Rickford. PC. Minister of Indigenous Affairs."

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

He says THANKS, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER
FOR PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA FOR
THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK HE
DOES FOR HIS CONSTITUENTS.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE VERY
PLEASED TO HAVE HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD
ON SOME INITIATIVES THAT
WERE LONG OVERDUE TO MOVE
FORWARD WITH FOR THE BENEFIT
OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.
WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF INDEXING
THE PENSIONS FOR GRASSY
NARROWS AND WABASEEMONG
FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE
SUFFERING FROM MERCURY
CONTAMINATION.
WE IMPLEMENTED THE ENGLISH
WABIGOON TRUST.
WILL START THIS SUMMER TO
GIVE INDIGENOUS YOUTH AN
EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY.
WE UNDERSTAND THERE ARE
CHALLENGES, MR. SPEAKER, BUT
THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES.
THE WILLIAMS TREATY.
I WAS JOINED BY THE MEMBER
OF SIMCOE NORTH AND
NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH FOR A LONG OVERDUE
SIGNING OF THIS TREATY,
MR. SPEAKER.
THE SIX NATIONS, NICHE NAB
IC NATION, NICHE NAB IC ASKI
NATION HAVE ALL HELD
RECEPTIONS TO BUILD POWERFUL
RELATIONSHIPS WITH THIS
GOVERNMENT, MR. SPEAKER, AND
IN FACT ALL MEMBERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says OF THIS PLACE.
WE'RE PROUD OF THAT RECORD,
MR. SPEAKER, AND WE KNOW
THERE'S MORE WORK TO BE DONE
AND WE'RE WORKING ON IT.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Miller says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR BEING A STRONG
ADVOCATE FOR INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES IN CAUCUS AND IN THE
LEGISLATURE.
MR. SPEAKER, EVERYONE IN
THIS HOUSE IS AWARE OF THE
CHALLENGES KASHECHEWAN FIRST
NATION FACES EVERY YEAR.
EACH SPRING WHEN THE ICE
MELTS NEAR THIS NORTHERN
COMMUNITY, FAMILIES ARE
FORCED TO EVACUATE THEIR
HOMES IN FEAR OF FLOODING.
RISING WATER LEVELS HAVE
BEEN THREATENING THIS
COMMUNITY FOR FAR TOO LONG,
MR. SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ACTED
QUICKLY TO HELP THE PEOPLE
OF KASHECHEWAN EVACUATE, BUT
THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH,
MR. SPEAKER.
FAMILIES IN KASHECHEWAN
DESERVE A PLACE TO BUILD NEW
ROOFS, A PLACE THAT'S SAFE
FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
ABOUT A RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT
THAT IS FINALLY GOING TO
PROVIDE KASHECHEWAN FIRST
NATION WITH A LONG-TERM
SOLUTION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[SPEAKING INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE]

Rickford continues
IN JUST UNDER TEN DAYS,
MR. SPEAKER, AS CHIEF FRIDAY
FROM KASHECHEWAN SAID IN HIS
OWN LANGUAGE, WE MOBILIZED
THE RESOURCES AND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE LEADER
FROM KASHECHEWAN FIRST
NATIONS, CHIEFS OF ONTARIO,
GRAND CHIEF ROSANNE
ARCHIBALD, GRAND CHIEF ALVIN
FIDDLER FROM NISHNAWBE ASKI
NATION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH
AN AGREEMENT THAT HAD NOT...
OR AGREEMENTS THAT HAD NOT
SERVED KASHECHEWAN FAIRLY
OVER THE YEARS, MR. SPEAKER.
EFFORTS HAD BEEN MADE.
DOCUMENTS HAD BEEN SIGNED.
SOME EFFORTS, MR. SPEAKER,
TO MOVE THAT COMMUNITY TO
HIGHER GROUND HAD LITTLE OR
NO EFFECT.
HERE WE WERE 15 YEARS LATER,
MR. SPEAKER.
I HAD VISITED THE COMMUNITY
IN MY PREVIOUS ROLE AS A
MEMBER OF PROVINCIAL
PARLIAMENT THAT'S PLENTY
FAMILIAR WITH THIS,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says WORK PLAN SUMMARY WE
SIGNED THAT IS GOING TO MOVE
THAT COMMUNITY, MR. SPEAKER,
IN THE COMING YEARS.
WE'RE ROUD OF OUR... PROUD
OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND
WE THANK THE LEADERSHIP FROM
THE COMMUNITY AND OTHER
INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS FOR
THE IMPORTANT...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK I.
THE NEXT question. The member for Brampton-North.

The caption changes to "Kevin Yarde. NDP. Brampton North."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
LAST WEEK THE GOVERNMENT
RELEASED MORE DETAILS ABOUT
THEIR CUTS TO THE PROGRAMS
AND SERVICES THAT FAMILIES
RELY ON.
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK IS THE
O.P.P., WHO WILL SEE THEIR
BUDGET... THIS QUESTION IS
FOR THE PREMIER.
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK IS THE
O.P.P., WHO WILL SEE THEIR
BUDGET SLASH... BUDGET
SLASHED OVER 46 MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR.
ONE OF THE VITAL PUBLIC
SAFETY SERVICES THE O.P.P.
PROVIDES IS TO KEEP DRIVERS
SAFE ON OUR PROVINCIAL
HIGHWAYS BUT THE GOVERNMENT
HAS JUST ANNOUNCED IT IS
CONSIDERING INCREASING
SPEEDS ON THOSE VERY
HIGHWAYS WHILE CUTTING THE
O.P.P.'S BUDGET.
WHY IS THE PREMIER ASKING
POLICE OFFICERS TO DO MORE
WITH LESS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says DEPUTY PREMIER.

The Deputy Premier says TO THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, WHEN THE N.D.P.
ARE TRYING TO SUGGEST THAT
THREE, THREE PILOT PROJECTS
ACROSS ONTARIO ARE IN SOME
WAY GOING TO BE DEVASTATING
IMPACTS FOR PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO WHEN ALL WE ARE
TALKING ABOUT IS THREE PILOT
PROJECTS OF 110 KILOMETRES
AN HOUR, I HAVE TROUBLE WITH
THAT, SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE EXCELLENT
O.P.P. OFFICERS IN THIS
PROVINCE.
WE HAVE A LEADERSHIP THAT
UNDERSTANDS THAT YOU CANNOT
CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME
THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN
AND EXPAND... AND EXPECT A
DIFFERENT RESULT.
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SOME VERY
CREATIVE THINGS THE O.P.P.
ARE DOING LIKE VERY SIMPLE
BASIC THINGS.
ADDING MORE OIL CHANGES TO
OUR FLEET OF CARS THAT WILL
ALLOW THEM TO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says EXPAND THE ROAD LONGER.
I HAVE GREAT FAITH IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE O.P.P. TO
BE ABLE TO MANAGE THESE
CHALLENGES WITHIN THEIR
EXISTING ALLOTMENT, BECAUSE
THEY HAVE DONE IT AND THEY
UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO
BRING ONTARIO'S FISCAL
HEALTH...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Yarde says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
BACK TO THE ACTING PREMIER.
IN ADDITION TO CUTTING OVER
46 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE
O.P.P.'S BUDGET THIS YEAR,
THE GOVERNMENT IS RIPPING
OVER 35 MILLION DOLLARS OUT OF THE
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.
THAT MEANS OUR CORRECTIONAL
FACILITIES WILL CONTINUE TO
EXPERIENCE DANGEROUS LEVELS
OF UNDERSTAFFING, PUTTING
CORRECTION WORKERS AND
INMATES AT RISK.
WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT
REFUSING TO LISTEN TO
FRONT-LINE CORRECTIONAL
WORKERS, WHO SAY THEY CAN'T
AFFORD TO SEE ANY MORE CUTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN
SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says SO LET'S BE CLEAR HERE,
SPEAKER.
LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON, MY
FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE THE
MINISTER AND I WILL BE
MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF
ANOTHER O.P.P. DETACHMENT
THAT IS GOING TO BE OPENING
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
WE'VE ALREADY ANNOUNCED A
NEW FACILITY IN THUNDER BAY.
WE HAVE MADE IMPROVEMENTS IN
OUR CORRECTIONS FACILITIES,
WHERE THERE IS A BODY
SCANNER IN EVERY SINGLE
CORRECTIONS FACILITY BAR ONE
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says WE ARE MAKING CHANGES THAT
ARE ACTUALLY IMPROVING THE
LIVES OF THE CORRECTIONS
OFFICERS AND STAFF WHO WORK
IN OUR FACILITIES, THE
O.P.P. OFFICERS WHO SERVE
OUR COMMUNITIES SO WELL, AND
WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT.
BUT WE WILL DO IT IN A WAY
THAT IS FISCALLY PRUDENT AND
FRANKLY FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE,
WHICH HAS BEEN FAR TOO
LACKING IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO FOR THE LAST 15
YEARS.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
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 glasses, a black blazer and a pink blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
THE MINISTER RECENTLY TABLED
A COMPREHENSIVE PIECE OF
LEGISLATION THAT IF PASSED
WILL BRING MUCH NEEDED
CHANGE TO ONTARIO'S ROADS
AND HIGHWAYS.
MANY OF THE MEASURES FOUND
IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION
WILL ASSIST ONTARIANS BY
CHANGING REGULATIONS TO
EXEMPT INDIVIDUALS WITH
PERSONAL TRAILERS AND PICKUP
TRUCKS FROM BURDENSOME
ANNUAL INSPECTIONS AND
PROTECTING FRONT-LINE
ROADSIDE MAINTENANCE,
CONSTRUCTION, TOW TRUCK AND
RECOVERY WORKERS FROM
CARELESS AND DANGEROUS
DRIVERS.
MY COMMUNITY OF THORNHILL IS
VERY PLEASED TO HEAR OF OUR
PROPOSED MEASURES AIMED AT
KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE BY
ALLOWING A NEW
ADMINISTRATIVE MONETARY
PENALTY FRAMEWORK THAT GIVES
MUNICIPALITIES THE TOOLS
THEY NEED TO TARGET DRIVERS
WHO BLOW BY SCHOOL BUSES AND
THREAT EBB THE SAFETY OF OUR
CHILDREN WHEN THEY CROSS OUR
ROADS... THREATEN.
ACCOUNT MINISTER SHARE MORE
ABOUT THE GETTING ONTARIO
MOVING ACT?

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

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FROM
THORNHILL FOR THAT GREAT
QUESTION.
AND AS SHE HAS STATED, OUR
COMMITMENT TO SAFETY IS
REAFFIRMED IN MANY OF THE
PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE
GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ACT.
IN ADDITION TO THE PROPOSED
CHANGES THE MEMBER OUTLINED,
WE ALSO WANT NEW DRIVERS TO
KNOW IT'S NEVER SAFE TO
DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE.
SO WE'RE INTRODUCING A
NEW... FOR ANY DRIVING
INSTRUCTOR WHO VIOLATES ZERO
BLOOD ALCOHOL REQUIREMENT.
WE'RE ALSO FOCUSED ON
IMPROVING TRAFFIC FLOW AND
ENHANCED ROAD SAFETY BY
INTRODUCING TOUGHER
PENALTIES FOR DRIVING TOO
SLOW IN THE LEFT-HAND LANE.
ADDITIONALLY LOOKING TO
ALLOW MOTORCYCLISTS TO
OUTSIDE HIGH OCCUPANCY
VEHICLE LANES WHICH IS THE
MUCH SAFER PART OF THE ROAD
FOR THEM.
MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE MUCH
MORE TO SHARE REGARDING
SAFETY IN THE NEXT
SUPPLEMENTAL.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Martow says THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THAT
GREAT RESPONSE.
THE GETTING ONTARIO MOVING
ACT CLEARLY HAS MANY
MEASURES THAT WILL INCREASE
THE SAFETY OF OUR ROADS,
HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES WHILE
CUTTING RED TAPE AND
REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS
FOR ALL ONTARIANS.
MR. SPEAKER, NO MATTER WHAT
THE SERVICE REGULATION
PROGRAM OR POLICY, WE WANT
TO HEAR FROM ONTARIANS AND
PUT THE EXPERIENCE OF REAL
PEOPLE FIRST.
AT THE CENTRE OF OUR
DECISION MAKING, WE ASK
OURSELVES HOW THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO WILL BENEFIT.
THE POLICY MEASURES THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
IS PROPOSING WILL GIVE LONG
NEEDED RELIEF TO COMMUTERS,
HELP MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES
SAFER AND MAKE ONTARIO OPEN
FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR
JOBS.
IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THE
N.D.P. CHOSE TO VOTE AGAINST
THESE MEASURES IN THE FIRST
READING, BUT I'M CONFIDENT
THAT THEY'VE NOW READ THE
BILL AND THEY'LL BE
SUPPORTING T.I LOOK FORWARD
TO HEARING MORE FROM THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
WHEN HE ELABORATES FURTHER
ON THE PROPOSALS FOUND IN
THE GETTING ONTARIO MOVING
ACT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.
RESPONSE.

Yurek says THANKS AGAIN FOR THAT
QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER, AND
YOU KNOW PUZZLED TWO WEEKS
AGO WHEN I INTRODUCED MY
LEGISLATION AND THE
OPPOSITION VOTED AGAINST IT
WITHOUT READING IT.
WHEN WE WERE THE OPPOSITION
PARTY THEY USED TO MAKE FUN
AND TALKING POINTS ABOUT OUR
PARTY, VOTES THAT WERE
DISASTROUS TO THIS PROVINCE
WITHOUT READING THEM.
MR. SPEAKER, WHAT'S CHANGED
OVER THERE WITH THAT
GOVERNMENT OVER THERE?
ARE THEY AGAINST SAFETY,
MR. SPEAKER?

[INTERJECTIONS]

Yurek says ARE THEY
AGAINST MOVING FORWARD?
ARE THEY AGAINST LEGISLATION...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Yurek says MAKING ONTARIO A BETTER
PLACE.
SECOND READING'S AROUND THE
ROAD, MR. SPEAKER.
I HOPE THEY CHANGE THEIR
MIND AND JOIN US IN
SUPPORTING THIS BILL FOR
SAFETY.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS
NOT ONLY ABOUT SAFETY.
IT'S ABOUT SPEAKING WITH
ONTARIANS.
WE'RE LAUNCHING TWO
PROVINCEWIDE CONSULTATIONS,
ONE TO REVIEW SPEED LIMITS
ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says AND ANOTHER ONE TO LOOK
AT THE RUES AROUND BICYCLES,
E-BIKES AND SCOOTERS.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE
ROAD IS SAFE FOR ALL USERS
ON OUR ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
THROUGHOUT THIS PROVINCE,
MR. SPEAKER.
I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS
CONSULTATION PROCESS AS
WE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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 an orange blazer over a colourful printed dress.

She speaks French and a translator says
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
SINCE THE ELECTION OF THE
PREMIER, IN JUNE 2018,
FRANCOPHONES HAVE SEEN THEIR
RIGHTS BEING REDUCED.
WE LOST THEIR FRANCOPHONE
UNIVERSITY.
WE LOST THE COMMISSIONER OF
FRENCH LANGUAGE SERVICES.
WE'VE ALSO DISCOVERED THAT
HIDDEN IN THE BUDGET, NOTICE
TREASURY COUNCIL, THAT THE
BUDGET OF FRANCOPHONE
AFFAIRS WILL BE REDUCED BY
15 percent.
WHEN WILL FRANCOPHONES IN
ONTARIO SEE THE END OF THE
CUTS IN FRANCOPHONE
SERVICES?

[APPLAUSE]

[END OF TRANSLATION]

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE
AFFAIRS AND ATTORNEY GENERAL.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Honourable Caroline Mulroney. Minister of Francophone Affairs."

Mulroney is in her mid-forties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears a gray blazer over a printed gray blouse.

She speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO ASK THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE TO CORRECT HER
RECORD.
MAYBE SHE'S HAD PROBLEMS
FOLLOWING THE NUMBERS THAT
WERE IN THE ESTIMATES, BUT
WE... THE CHANGES IN TERMS
OF THE MINISTER OF
FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS ARE ON
THE ADMINISTRATIVE SIDE AND
LESS THAN WHAT SHE
MENTIONED.
MAYBE THE N.D.P. BELIEVED IN
THE PROMISES FROM THE
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT DURING
THE ELECTORAL CAMPAIGN.
THESE WERE EMPTY PROMISES
BUT WE KNEW THAT ONTARIANS
DIDN'T BELIEVE THE LIBERALS
AND THEIR EMPTY PROVINCES.
THAT'S WHY WE WERE ELECTED
WITH A STRONG MANDATE AND
THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE WITH
OVER 66 MEMBERS TO REPRESENT
ONTARIANS AND WE CONTINUE TO
PROMOTE THE INTERESTS OF
FRANCOPHONES IN A
SUSTAINABLE MANNER, IN A
COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MANNER
THAN THE FORMER GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

Gélinas speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE
AFFAIRS COORDINATES THE
FRANCOPHONE SERVICES
THROUGHOUT THE GOVERNMENT.
THIS AFFECTS ALL
INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE
GOVERNMENT AND FRANCOPHONES.
DURING THE LAST SUMMER, THIS
GOVERNMENT WASN'T EVEN ABLE
TO COORDINATE THE
MODIFICATIONS FOR FRENCH
LANGUAGE SERVICES IN THE
COMMUNITY OF THE FRENCH
RIVER.
WE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT
THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY
OBVIOUS IN THAT AREA, BUT IT
WASN'T.
GIVEN ITS BAD REPUTATION
WITH FRANCOPHONES, WHY DOES
THE PREMIER BELIEVE THAT
FRENCH LANGUAGE SERVICES CAN
CONTINUE TO BE REDUCED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says TO THE MINISTER.

Mulroney speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AS MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE
AFFAIRS, I AM WORKING VERY
CLOSELY WITH THE PREMIER IN
ORDER TO IMPROVE FRENCH
LANGUAGE SERVICES TO HAVE
BETTER ACCESS TO FRONT-LINE
SERVICES IN FRENCH AND TO
PROTECT THE ACQUIRED RIGHTS
BY THE FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY.
ALSO WE ARE FOCUSING ON
CREATING JOBS FOR
FRANCOPHONES IN THIS
PROVINCE.
WE HAVE OFFERED IN OUR
BUDGET AN EXTENSION OF LAQUE
FO, IN TERMS OF
ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE
ACCESS TO FUNDING FROM THE
GOVERNMENT.
WE'VE ALSO IMPLEMENTED
LEGISLATIVE CHANGES THAT
WILL ALLOW CAISSE POPULAIRE
AND CREDIT UNIONS TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM
TO FEDERAL BANKS.
AND ALSO AS ATTORNEY GENERAL
THERE'S AN ACTION PLAN TO
IMPROVE ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN
SUDBURY.
YOUR GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER, IS WORKING IN
ORDER TO IMPROVE ACCESS AND
WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS.

[APPLAUSE]

[END OF TRANSLATION]

The Speaker says Markham-THORNHILL.

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS FOR SOLICITOR GENERAL.
MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIO
GOVERNMENT FOR PEOPLE WAS
ELECTED WITH A MANDATE TO
IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE AND TO PROVIDE
THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF
OUR POLICE SERVICES WITH THE
TOOLS AND RESOURCES THEY
NEED TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES
SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY.
THIS WEEK IS A POLICY THAT
FOCUSES ON AWARENESS AND
RECOGNITION OF GREAT WORK OF
OUR POLICE SERVICES IN
KEEPING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL PLEASE
EXPLAIN TO THIS HOUSE HOW
FOR THE PEOPLE IS SUPPORTING
BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR
POLICE SERVICES IN ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SOLICITOR
GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER
FROM MARKHAM-UNIONVILLE.
HE'S BLESS UNDER YORK REGION
TO HAVE AN EXCELLENT SERVICE
LED BY CHIEF JOLLIFFE.
SO I UNDERSTAND... I KNOW
THAT YOU APPRECIATE AND
UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT
IS THAT WE SUPPORT AND MARK
POLICE WEEK ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
WE BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT
THAT WE TAKE TIME TO
COLLECTIVELY ACKNOWLEDGE AND
HONOUR THE WORK POLICE
PERSONNEL DO EACH and EVERY DAY.
THEIR DEDICATION TO THEIR
PROFESSION IS OUTSTANDING
AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO
OUR OAT IS INVALUABLE.
WE OWE THEM OUR GRATITUDE.
YOU KNOW, SINCE BEING
ELECTED IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR,
WE HAVE SHOWN THAT IN VERY
CLEAR WAYS BY MAKING CHANGES
SO THAT POLICE OFFICERS WHO
USE NALOXONE TO SAVE A LIFE
WERE ACTUALLY NOT GOING TO
BE UNDER AN UNNECESSARY
S.I.U. INVESTIGATION.
WE MADE CHANGES TO THE
POLICE SERVICES
COMPREHENSIVE ONTARIO POLICE
SERVICES ACT TO ENSURE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says THAT WE HAD ACHIEVED THE
APPROPRIATE BALANCE BETWEEN
INTEGRITY WITH OUR POLICE
AND TRANSPARENCY WITH THEIR
OPERATIONS.
YOU KNOW, WE WILL CONTINUE
TO DO MORE BUT...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE]

Kanapathi says MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR HER
RESPONSE.
ONTARIO'S HOME TO SOME OF
THE FINEST POLICE ANYWHERE
IN THE WORLD.
IT IS AN HONOUR TO BE PART
OF OUR GOVERNMENT THAT
RECOGNIZE COMMITMENT TO
OTHER COMMUNITIES AND IS
WILLING TO STAND UP FOR
FRONT-LINE POLICE OFFICERS.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR COMMUNITIES
ARE MORE SAFE WHEN THE
POLICE, THE PEOPLE AND THEIR
GOVERNMENT ARE EMPOWERED TO
WORK TOGETHER.
MR. SPEAKER, I COULD ASK THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL PLEASE
SHARE MORE ABOUT HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS SUPPORTING THE
POLICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY IN
ONTARIO.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says THANK YOU.
YOU KNOW, I COULDN'T AGREE
MORE WITH THE MEMBER FROM
MARKHAM-UNIONVILLE.
PUBLIC SAFETY IS AND ALWAYS
WILL BE A PRIORITY FOR OUR
GOVERNMENT.
OUR COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE
OUR FRONT-LINE POLICE
OFFICERS WITH THE RESOURCES,
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPORTS THEY
NEED TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS
IS UNWAVERING.
IT'S VERY EXCITING THAT
WITHIN A FEW HOURS, I WILL
BE MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT
WITH MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE
THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE TO OPEN A
GROUNDBREAKING FOR AN
ADDITIONAL O.P.P. DETACHMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

Jones says AS A GOVERNMENT TO GIVE THE
PEOPLE AND THE POLICE THE
RESOURCES AND THE TOOLS THEY
NEED TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES
SAFE, BECAUSE AT THE END OF
THE DAY, THAT IS ONE OF OUR
MOST SINCERE PRIORITIES AS A
GOVERNMENT.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT.
AND AS WE MARK POLICE WEEK,
I HOPE THAT MEMBERS FROM ALL
SIDES OF THIS HOUSE TAKE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN A
CONVERSATION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says WITH THEIR POLICE AND
THEIR CHIEF AND UNDERSTAND
THE IMPORTANT VALUE THAT
THEY PLAY IN OUR
COMMUNITIES.
IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE
ACKNOWLEDGE THIS WORK, AND I
APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT
THEY ARE DOING.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for York South-Weston.

The caption changes to "Faisal Hassan. NDP. York South-Weston."

Hassan is in his early forties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears glasses, a gray suit, gray shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
A DEVASTATING SIX-ALARM FIRE
BROKE OUT AT YORK MEMORIAL
COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE IN MY
RIDING OF YORK SOUTH-WESTON
LAST TUESDAY.
FOR 92 YEARS, YORK MEMORIAL
HAS SERVED AS A PILLAR OF
THE COMMUNITY, AS A TRIBUTE
TO THE CITY OF YORK'S FALLEN
SOLDIERS.
YORK MEMORIAL OFFERED A
SPECIALIZED PROGRAM TO
HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS ACROSS
YORK SOUTH-WESTON AND BEYOND,
INCLUDING ADVANCE PLACEMENTS
COURSES AND THE RUSH
PROGRAM.
THE COMMUNITY IS CONCERNED
ABOUT BOTH THE IMMEDIATE
NEEDS OF THE YOUTH AND
BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY THIS
FATHER AS WELL AS THE
LONG-TERM FUTURE OF YORK
MEMORIAL AS A HISTORIC
STRUCTURE AND COMMUNITY HUB.
THE YORK MEMORIAL... THE
PEOPLE OF MY RIDING,
MR. SPEAKER, WANT ASSURANCES
FROM THIS GOVERNMENT THAT
THEIR SCHOOL WILL BE
REBUILT.
WILL THE PREMIER COMMIT TO
REBUILDING YORK MEMORIAL
COLLEGIATE, YES OR NO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

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

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

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
AND TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
ABSOLUTELY WE'RE COMMITTED
TO WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL
BOARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT
COMMUNITY HUB, IF YOU WILL,
IS ABSOLUTELY RESTORED,
BECAUSE COMING BACK FROM
SKILLS ONTARIO LAST TUESDAY,
TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY MORNING
WHEN IT WAS ON FIRE AGAIN,
WE ACTUALLY DROVE BY AND
IT'S A HEART BREAK WHAT HAS
HAPPENED TO THAT COMMUNITY.
I UNDERSTAND IT'S UNDER
INVESTIGATION AND WE
CERTAINLY WILL BE WORKING
WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD AND I
LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH
YOU TO MAKE SURE WE GET IT
RIGHT.
THANK YOU.

Watch: Question Period: Monday, May 13, 2019