Transcript: Question Period: Thursday, May 16, 2019 | May 17, 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.

Most of the Members in the House wear bright green ribbon lapel pins.

The Speaker says I THINK THAT CONCLUDES OUR
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS.
SO IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL
QUESTIONS.
AND I RECOGNIZE THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath is in her fifties, with straight blond hair in a bob. She wears a light black blazer over a floral print blouse, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO
THE PREMIER.
THE FORD GOVERNMENT HAS
REPEATEDLY CLAIMED THAT NO
ONTARIAN WILL HAVE TO PAY
OUT OF POCKET FOR ESSENTIAL
HEALTH SERVICES AND THAT
OHIP COMFORTABLE WILL BE
THERE FOR PEOPLE WITH
SERIOUS MEDICAL NEEDS.
DOES THE PREMIER STAND BY
THIS COMMITMENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
TO THE PREMIER.

Premier Ford rises and says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE 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 green cardigan over a black blouse.

She says OF COURSE WE WILL BE
THERE TO COVER ESSENTIAL
MEDICAL NEEDS, BUT OF COURSE
YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT WE
INHERITED FROM THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT, A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.
WE ARE HERE TO PROTECT WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN A
LINE-BY-LINE REVIEW OF
EVERYTHING IN OUR GOVERNMENT
AND WE ARE FOCUSING ON THE
THINGS THAT MATTER MOST TO
PEOPLE, THE THINGS THAT ARE
GOING TO PROVIDE THE BEST
VALUE TO PEOPLE AND WE NEED
TO MODERNIZE OUR HEALTH
SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE IT
RESPONDS TO THE NEEDS OF
PEOPLE NOW AND INTO THE
FUTURE.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE
CONCENTRATING ON.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, ALISON KNUTSON AND
JOHN LANDRYVILLE ARE JOINING
US TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE.
THEY'RE IN THE OPPOSITION
GALLERY.
THEY BOTH LIVE WITH KIDNEY
FAILURE AND NEED REGULAR
DIALYSIS TREATMENTS TO STAY
HEALTHY.
ON OCTOBER 1ST THE PREMIER
IS PLANNING TO ELIMINATE OUT
OF COUNTRY HEALTH CARE COVER
FROM OHIP WHICH WILL INCLUDE
COVERAGE FOR DIALYSIS.
PEOPLE LIKE ALLISON AND JOHN
CAN'T GET PRIVATE TRAVEL
INSURANCE FOR DIALYSIS
TREATMENTS BECAUSE INSURANCE
COMPANIES WILL NOT PROVIDE
THAT COVERAGE.
SO THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO
GET PRIVATE INSURANCE.
DOES THE PREMIER FEEL THEY
SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO
LEAVE THE PROVINCE OR THAT
THEY SHOULD GO IN DEBT TO DO
SO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE OTHER COUNTRY TRAVELLERS
PROGRAM SPENDS A THIRD OF
ITS FUNDING ON
ADMINISTRATION ALONE AND...
HAS NOT HISTORICALLY
PROVIDED ONTARIANS WITH
MEANINGFUL TRAVEL COVERAGE.
THAT ALSO SAID, PEOPLE HAVE
BEEN LED TO BELIEVE THAT
THEY HAVE GREATER COVERAGE
THAN THEY ACTUALLY DO, AND I
THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO TELL
ONTARIANS THE TRUTH SO THAT
THEY CAN PROVIDE FOR THEIR
OWN COVERAGE WHEN THEY'RE
OUT OF COUNTRY.
NOW, THAT SAID, I UNDERSTAND
THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN
PEOPLE WE'VE DISCOVERED
THROUGH OUR CONSULTATIONS,
PEOPLE THAT ARE ON DIALYSIS
WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY
OBTAINING PRIVATE COVERAGE.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING
WITH YOU AND WITH YOUR
GUESTS TODAY TO WORK THAT
OUT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY
ARE ABLE TO TRAVEL AND THEY
ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE...

[APPLAUSE]

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

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN YOU CUT BEFORE YOU
CONSULT.
EXACTLY.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says THE KIND OF PROBLEM THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT IS CREATING
ALL ACROSS OUR PROVINCE, AND
I CAN GUARANTEE THE PREMIER
OF THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says MATTERS
THE MOST TO ALLISON AND TO
JOHN IS THEIR HEALTH AND
THEIR ABILITY TO GET
DIALYSIS AND LIVE THE KIND
OF LIFE THAT THEY WANT TO
LIVE.
ONTARIANS WHO NEED THESE
LIFESAVING TREATMENTS
DESERVE THE SAME
OPPORTUNITIES AS EVERYONE
ELSE.
THAT'S WHY OUR PUBLIC HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM IS SUPPOSED TO
PROVIDE EXACTLY THAT.
WITH THESE CUTS TO OHIP, THE
PREMIER IS EFFECTIVELY
BLOCKING PEOPLE LIKE ALLISON
AND JOHN FROM HAVING THE
PROVINCE... LEAVING, RATHER,
THE PROVINCE TO VISIT THEIR
FAMILIES, TO GO TO SCHOOL
AND TO ADVANCE THEIR
CAREERS.
WILL THE PREMIER LISTEN TO
ALLISON, JOHN AND THOSE
LIVING WITH KIDNEY FAILURE
ACROSS ONTARIO AND REVERSE
THEIR RECKLESS CUTS TO
HEALTH CARE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH TO RESPOND.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
TO THE LEADER OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION THAT,
AGAIN, A THIRD OF THE
EXPENSES THAT... RELATED TO
THE OUT OF COUNTRY
TRAVELLERS PROGRAM WERE
BEING SPENT ON
ADMINISTRATION.
THAT IS NOT PROVIDING GOOD
VALUE TO ONTARIO TAXPAYERS.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
PUT THE MONEY DIRECTLY INTO
FRONT-LINE SERVICES BUT WE
DO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE MAY
BE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES,
PEOPLE WHO ARE ON DIALYSIS
PROGRAMS THAT FIND IT VERY
DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN PRIVATE
COVERAGE.
WE WANT TO WORK WITH THEM TO
MAKE SURE THEY CAN RECEIVE
THE COMFORTABLE THEY NEED SO
THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO
TRAVEL.
WE WOULD ALSO URGE ALL
ONTARIANS TO TAKE A LOOK
WHEN THEY ARE TRAVELLING TO
PLEASE PURCHASE PRIVATE
INSURANCE.
FOR MOST PEOPLE IT IS NOT
EXPENSIVE AND IS EASILY
OBTAINED BUT THERE ARE
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND WE
LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH
YOU TO RESOLVE THOSE ISSUES.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says SPEAKER,
MY NEXT QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER BUT I THINK THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH JUST
ACKNOWLEDGED THAT PEOPLE ARE
GOING TO HAVE TO PAY OUT OF
POCKET FOR HEALTH CARE,
WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO DON'T
WANT.
THEY DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO
PAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says OUT OF POCKET FOR HEALTH
CARE BECAUSE SOLELY THE
PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD IT
WILL BE ABLE TO DO SO,
SPEAKER.
TODAY'S "TORONTO STAR."
REVEALS DISTURBING DETAILS
OF INTERNAL DOCUMENTS
WARNING THE FORD GOVERNMENT
THAT THEIR PLAN...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says CUTS
WOULD AND I QUOTE, PUT
FAMILIES AT HIGHER RISK OF
GOING INTO CRISES AND, QUOTE,
POSE A DANGER TO LIVE FOR
CHILDREN AND YOUTH AT RISK
OR IN NEED OF PROTECTION,
END QUOTE.
DID THE PREMIER READ THAT
DOCUMENT, SPEAKER?
AND IF SO, WHY DID HE CUT 1
BILLION DOLLARS FROM CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.

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

The caption changes to "Honourable Lisa MacLeod. PC. Minister of Children, Community and Social Services."

MacLeod is in her forties, with shoulder-length, wavy blond hair. She wears a gray blazer and a pearl necklace.

She says ONCE AGAIN I REJECT THE
PREMISE OF THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION'S QUESTION.
SHE KNOWS FULL WELL THAT A
BILLION DOLLARS IS NOT TAKEN
FROM THE MINISTRY IN FACT
THE BUDGET THIS YEAR HAS
INCREASED BY ALMOST 300
MILLION DOLLARS.

[APPLAUSE]

[UNCLEAR]

MacLeod says WE HAVE DOUBLED AUTISM
SERVICES IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO TO OVER 600
MILLION DOLLARS.
BUT WE WERE ELECTED TO GET
THIS PROVINCE BACK ON TRACK,
AFTER 15 YEARS OF RECKLESS
SPENDING, WASTE AND
MISMANAGEMENT SO THAT WE
COULD PROTECT WHAT MATTERS
MOST AND THAT IS FOR
CHILDREN AND YOUTH,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES, POVERTY REDUCTION,
IMMIGRANTS, NEWCOMERS,
VETERANS.
THAT'S WHO WE'RE STANDING UP
FOR, SPEAKER, AND THAT IS
WHY WE CONSIDERED A NUMBER
OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS THAT
WERE PROVIDED TO US AND WHY
WE REJECTED THOSE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says THAT HURT THE MOST
VULNERABLE.
THIS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT
WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT
WHAT MATTERS MOST AND I WILL
HAVE NO PART OF LISTENING TO
THE FEAR MONGERING OF THE MEMBER OPPOSITE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.
DREE DREED WELL, THE
GOVERNMENT CAN SPIN ALL THEY
WANT, SPEAKER, BUT THE
ESTIMATES ARE CLEAR ANT
BUDGET WAS CLEAR.
IN LAST MONTH'S BUDGET, THE
GOVERNMENT IGNORED WARNINGS
AND MADE VERY DEEP CUTS TO
ONTARIO'S MOST VULNERABLE
PEOPLE, AND THEY'VE MADE IT
CLEAR THAT THERE ARE MORE
CUTS ON THE WAY.
HOW MUCH MORE PAIN?
HOW MUCH MORE SUFFERING,
SPEAKER, CAN FAMILIES IN
NEED EXPECT FROM THIS
PREMIER AND HIS GOVERNMENT?

[APPLAUSE]

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

MacLeod says SPEAKER, AGAIN THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION
IS GOING DOWN THIS PATH OF
FEAR MONGERING, SCARING
PEOPLE AND TRYING TO RILE UP
ONTARIO'S MOST VULNERABLE
PEOPLE.
WE WERE ELECTED WITH A
MANDATE TO PROTECT WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
WE LEFT NO STONE UNTURNED.
WE LOOKED AT ALL OF THE
OPTIONS.
WE REJECTED MOST OF THOSE
OPTIONS BUT, SPEAKER, THIS
IS WHAT THIS MINISTRY HAS
DONE.
SINCE TAKING OFFICE, WE HAVE
BROUGHT IN A 1.BLANK... A
1.5 percent INCREASE IN SOCIAL ASIS
TANS RIGHT ACROSS THE BOARD.
INVESTED AN HISTORIC.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION
COME TO ORDER.

MacLeod says TO COMBAT VIOLENCE
AGAINST WOMEN.
OUR INVESTMENT INTO AUTISM
SERVICES IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO ARE WELL OVER 600
MILLION DOLLARS.
AND, SPEAKER, WE'RE DOING
THAT BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE
OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, OUR
EDUCATION SYSTEM AND OUR
SOCIAL SERVICE SYSTEM ARE
WHAT PEOPLE RELY ON RIGHT
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says BUT IF THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE WANTS TO ENGAGE IN
RECKLESS RHETORIC, SHE CAN
CONTINUE TO DO THAT BUT AT
EVERY TURN SHE'D BETTER
UNDERSTAND ONE THING.
I WILL CALL HER OUT

[INTERJECTIONS]

MacLeod says AND I WILL...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

MacLeod says MAKE SURE THE RECORD I CORRECT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, I WOULD
RESPECTFULLY SUBMIT IT IS
THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO,
THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT
THAT HAS ALREADY INSTILLED
FEAR IN THE PEOPLE IN OUR
PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE,
AND THEIR RECKLESS CUTS THAT
HAVE THE DONE SO, SPEAKER.
IT IS CLEAR NOW EXACTLY
WHERE THE FORD GOVERNMENT
WANTS TO TAKE THIS PROVINCE
AND THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO,
ESPECIALLY THE MOST
VULNERABLE.
THOSE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES
THAT ARE GOING TO PAY THE
HIGHEST PRICE... HIGHEST
PRICE.
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN
WARNED THEIR CUTS WILL PUT
PEOPLE'S LIVES AT RISK
INCLUDING CHILDREN'S LIVES,
DEVASTATE FAMILIES AND WILL
INCREASE IN... RESULT IN
INCREASED COST IN HEALTH
CARE, IN POLICING, INCREASED
COST IN CORRECTIONS JUST TO
NAME A FEW, SPEAKER.
WHEN WILL THIS PREMIER START
LISTENING?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

MacLeod says MEMBER OPPOSITE ENGAGES
IN BASELESS RHETORIC.
SHE UNDERSTANDS FULL WELL
FROM THE ARTICLE THAT THAT
WAS A DRAFT DOCUMENT THAT
WAS CIRCULATED IN NOVEMBER,
A FULL SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE
THE BUDGET WAS TABLED ON
APRIL 11TH WHICH IS THE
FISCAL PLAN MOVING FORWARD,
PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS
TERSE MOST WITHIN THE
MINISTRY OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES WITH HISTORIC
INVESTMENTS INTO OUGHTISM
SERVICES, INVESTING IN
CHILDREN'S TREATMENT CENTRES...
AUTISM, A ENSURING WE CAN
HAVE A SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION
COME TO ORDER.

MacLeod says BUT LET ME BE PERFECTLY
CLEAR.
SHE CAN TALK ABOUT A DRAFT
UNSIGNED DOCUMENT ALL SHE
WANTS.
I'LL TALK ABOUT OUR BUDGET
WHICH WAS TABLED ON APRIL
THE 11TH.

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says ESTIMATES.
WHERE I LOOK FORWARD...

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says MEMBERS OPPOSITE ON WHAT THE TRUTH IS...
AND SOCIAL SERVICES,
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
ONCE AGAIN, LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER BUT I CAN ASSURE THE
GOVERNMENT THAT 1 BILLION DOLLARS CUT FROM CHILDREN, COMMUNITY
AND SOCIAL SERVICES IS
NOTHING DRAFT IT.
IT IS REAL AND IT IS HURTING
PEOPLE TODAY.
FOR OVER A WEEK NOW...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says HEALTH SCIENCES NORTH HAS
BEEN STRUGGLING WITH A
SERIOUS OVERCROWDING
SITUATION.
LAST WEEKEND THE HOSPITAL
CANCELLED SIX SURGERIES AND
TOOK THE STEP OF WARNING THE
PUBLIC TO EXPECT
LONGER-THAN-NORMAL WAIT
TIMES AND TO RECEIVE CARE IN
HALLWAYS, CLOSETS AND
BATHROOMS.
THEY NOW SAY THAT THEY'RE ON
THE VERGE OF DECLARING
SOMETHING CALLED A CODE
ORANGE.
A CODE ORANGE IS USUALLY
CALLED TO DEAL WITH
COMMUNITY DISASTERS SUCH AS
LARGE-SCALE ACCIDENTS AND
OCCURRENCES WITH MASS
CASUALTIES.
BUT THE ONLY LARGE-SCALE
DISASTER THAT'S HITTING
SUDBURY IS THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S DISASTROUS
HEALTH CUTS.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US WHY
HE'S MAKING HALLWAY MEDICINE
WORSE INSTEAD OF BETTER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

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

Elliott says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
WE ARE CERTAINLY AWARE THAT
HEALTH SCIENCES NORTH HAS
FACED FINANCIAL PROBLEMS
OVER THE LAST SEVER YEARS
AND THAT THEY ARE WORKING
THROUGH IT WITH THE MINISTRY
OF HEALTH OFFICIALS.
WE ARE PROVIDED FREQUENT
REPORTS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING
ON, BUT I THINK IT IS
IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WE
ARE WORKING ON THE FRONT
LINES OF HEALTH CARE AND ARE
INVESTING AN EXTRA 384
MILLION DOLLARS FOR ONTARIO'S
HOSPITALS FOR NEXT YEAR.
WE'RE CERTAINLY AWARE THAT
MANY OF ONTARIO'S HOSPITALS
ARE OVER CAPACITY RIGHT NOW,
THAT THEY ARE STRUGGLING
WITH PLACING PEOPLE IN
HALLWAYS AND STORAGE ROOMS
AND OTHER INAPPROPRIATE
PLACES.
WE'VE PROMISED THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO THAT WE WOULD END
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
WE ARE PUTTING THAT MONEY
INTO HOSPITAL OPERATIONS
THIS YEAR, WHICH SHOULD HELP
TO EASE MANY OF THE
SITUATIONS ONTARIO HOSPITALS
ARE FACING, INCLUDING...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
THE GOVERNMENT'S HOSPITAL
FUNDING BARELY KEEPS PACE
WITH INFLATION MUCH LESS
GROWING... RATHER MUCH LOWS
THE GROWING NEEDS OF A
GROWING AND AGING
POPULATION.
BUT THAT'S MATCHED WITH
FUNDING CUTS TO EHEALTH, TO
PUBLIC HEALTH AND TO HEALTH
RESEARCH, ALL OF WHICH MEANS
LESS COORDINATION, LESS
DISEASE PREVENTION AND MORE
PATIENTS HEADING TO
EMERGENCY ROOMS ALREADY
STRUGGLING WITH HALLWAY
MEDICINE.
THAT'S WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT
IS BRINGING TO ONTARIANS.
THE FORD GOVERNMENT PROMISED
INVESTMENTS TO HANDLE
HALLWAY MEDICINE, BUT
FAMILIES ARE SEEING NOTHING
BUT CUTS, CUTS AND MORE
CUTS.
HOSPITALS IN CRISIS,
FRONT-LINE WORKERS GETTING
LAYOFF NOTICES, AND MORE
ONTARIANS IN HALLWAYS.
WHY IS THIS WHAT THE
GOVERNMENT IS OFFERING
ONTARIANS WHEN THEY PROMISED
SO MUCH, MUCH MORE?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER, I
THINK I NEED TO REMIND THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
WHAT WE INHERITED LAST JUNE,
15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT THAT WE
HAVE TO WORK THROUGH.
WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE.
WE WENT LINE BY LINE.
ALL OF US WON'T LINE BY LINE
THROUGH OUR VARIOUS BUDGETS
AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO
PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST,
HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION.
IN FACT IN OUR BUDGET WE
COMMITTED TO SPENDING 1.2
BILLION DOLLARS MORE IN PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE.
THAT IS TO HELP EASE HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE, TO HELP PROMOTE
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
PLAN, TO MODERNIZE OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT
WE'VE SPOKEN ABOUT MANY
TIMES HERE IN THE
LEGISLATURE TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE CAN RESPOND TO THE
NEEDS OF PEOPLE NOW AND INTO
THE FUTURE.
WE ARE BRINGING FORWARD
DIGITAL HEALTH.
WE ARE BRINGING FORWARD A
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
PLAN.
WE ARE SUPPORTING HOSPITALS.
WE ARE SUPPORTING FRONT-LINE
CARE.
THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE CARE
ABOUT.
THAT'S WHAT WE COMMITTED TO
DOING.
WE ARE BEING RESPONSIBLE
STEWARDS OF PUBLIC MONEY AND
THAT IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO
MAKE SURE THAT WE DO FOR THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO BECAUSE
THAT'S WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT
TO THEM.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
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 blazer and a white shirt.

She says SPEAKER THIS QUESTION IS
FOR THE PREMIER.
FIFTEEN YEARS OF LIBERAL
GOVERNMENTS IN OUR PROVINCE
HAVE MADE LIFE HARDER FOR
ONTARIANS.
THE COST OF SKYROCKETING
HYDRO RATES UNDER A
GOVERNMENT THAT REFUSED TO
LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE.
THE FORMER LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT LED ONTARIO DOWN
AN UNSUSTAINABLE PATH,
ENDLESS TAXES, UNPRECEDENTED
HYDRO RATES BURDENED HARD
WORKING FAMILIES AND OUR
MOST VULNERABLE.
ONTARIO VOTED FOR CHANGE
LAST YEAR.
OUR P.C. GOVERNMENT UNDER
THE LEADERSHIP OF PREMIER
FORD IS BRINGING RELIEF TO
THE PROVINCE WHILE RESTORING
ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST IN
OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.
SPEAKER, CAN THE PREMIER
PLEASE HIGHLIGHT THE
POLICIES OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
INTRODUCED TO PROVIDE RELIEF
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO?

The Speaker says THANK YOU TO
THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE CENTRE.
THE QUESTION'S TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO
THANK OUR ALL-STAR M.P.P.
FROM ETOBICOKE CENTRE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says ABSOLUTE CHAMPION.
MR. SPEAKER, AFTER SPENDING
NUMEROUS YEARS, ACTUALLY
DECADES, CREATING JOBS HERE
IN CANADA, CREATING JOBS IN
THE U.S., I UNDERSTAND WHAT
IT TAKES TO CREATE JOBS.
WE'RE MAKING THIS ATMOSPHERE
A LOT EASIER FOR JOB
CREATORS TO PUT MONEY BACK
INTO THEIR BUSINESS, TO
INVEST IN EQUIPMENT, TO
INVEST IN PEOPLE TO GET THE
PROVINCE GOING.
MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT UNDER
THE LIBERALS, WE SAW 300,000
JOBS EXIT THIS PROVINCE WITH
THE HELP OF THE N.D.P.
THEY VOTED WITH THE N.D.P.
AND LIBERALS 98 percent OF THE
TIME.
THEY WERE CONNECTED AT THE
HIP.
THEY DESTROYED THIS PROVINCE,
JACKED UP HYDRO RATES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says BUT GUESS
WHAT, MR. SPEAKER?
WE'RE TURNING THE PROVINCE
AROUND.
JUST LAST MONTH ALONE WE
CREATED 30,000 JOBS FOR
YOUNG PEOPLE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says A TOTAL OF 175...

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

Surma says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WHAT'S ABSOLUTELY CLEAR IS
THAT THIS IS A GOVERNMENT
THAT IS FOR THE PEOPLE.
WE HAVE COMMITTED TO MAKING
LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE TODAY
AND FOR YEARS TO COME.
WHILE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
CONTINUES TO MAKE LIFE MORE
EXPENSIVE THROUGH THEIR
SENSELESS CARBON TAX, OUR
GOVERNMENT REMAINS STEADFAST
IN DELIVERING ON OUR
PROMISES TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.
WE ARE STANDING UP FOR
SENIORS, STUDENTS,
FRONT-LINE WORKERS AND
EVERYONE IN BETWEEN.
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS SO FAR
DEMONSTRATE THAT.
COULD THE PREMIER PLEASE
TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS
GOVERNMENT AND HOW HE IS
STANDING UP FOR THE PEOPLE
OF THIS PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE M.P.P. FROM
ETOBICOKE CENTRE FOR HER
QUESTIONS.
BUT AS I WAS SAYING,
MR. SPEAKER, JUST LAST MONTH
AID LOAN, IN APRIL, WE
CREATED 30,000 JOBS FOR
YOUNG PEOPLE... APRIL ALONE.
47,000 TOTAL IN APRIL.
THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED IN
ONTARIO.
IN TEN MONTHS, WE CREATED
170,000 JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says 170,000 JOBS, MR. SPEAKER.
AND IT SURE WASN'T FROM THE
HELP OF THE N.D.P. THAT GET
UP THERE AND ALL THEY WANT
TO DO IS RAISE TAXES, TAX
THE PEOPLE TO DEATH.
THEY'RE CONSTANTLY HAVING
THEIR HANDS IN THEIR POCKETS
ALONG WITH THEIR BUDDIES THE
LIBERALS.
IT'S ALL ABOUT TAX AND SPEND
WITH THE OPPOSITION.
WE TOOK A DIFFERENT
APPROACH.
WE GOT ELECTED TO STRAIGHTEN
OUT A FISCAL JUST DISASTER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says WE
INHERITED A BANKRUPT
PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER.
WE INHERITED 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT, THE LARGEST
SUB-SOVEREIGN DEBT IN THE
ENTIRE WORLD, CREATED BY
THEM.
THEY DESTROYED THE PROVINCE.
WE'RE TURNING IT AROUND.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
STOP THE CLOCK.
STOP THE CLOCK.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESTART THE CLOCK.
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 dark blue blazer over a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD-BRANT TOOK TO
TWITTER APPARENTLY SHOCKED
AND CONFUSED BY STORIES OF
CANCELLED COURSES AT SCHOOLS
IN HIS RIDING AND HE PLEADED
WITH CONSTITUENTS TO TELL
HIM IF THEY HAVE HAD COURSES
CANCELLED SO HE COULD, QUOTE,
SEE WHAT'S GOING ON.
SPEAKER, I CAN HELP EXPLAIN
WHAT'S GOING ON.
THE GRAND EERIE DISTRICT
SCHOOL BOARD HAS ALREADY
TOLD 21 ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
AND 84 SECONDARY TEACHERS
THEY WON'T HAVE JOBS THIS
FALL.
STUDENTS IN EVERY COMMUNITY
WILL BE DIRECTLY IMPACTED NO
MATTER WHICH SIDE OF THIS
HOUSE THEIR M.P.P. SITS ON.
SO FAR THE PREMIER HAS
REFUSED TO TAKE
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE
PAINFUL CUTS, MR. SPEAKER.
WILL HE LISTEN TO HIS OWN
MEMBERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL
THE M.P.P. FROM BRANTFORD IS
AN ABSOLUTE CHAMPION OUT
THERE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says THE PEOPLE LOVE HER.
SHE'S... HE'S CREATED
THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN HIS
RIDING.
HE'S LISTENING TO THE
PEOPLE.
HE'S INSTRUMENTAL IN TURNING
THIS PROVINCE AROUND.
HE'S A TRUE LEADER IN OUR
CAUCUS.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I JUST
WANT TO REMIND THE
OPPOSITION, WE INCREASED
EDUCATION BY 700 MILLION DOLLARS,
MR. SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, SIMPLE.
ANYONE CAN FIGURE 2 PLUS 2
OUT.
EVEN THE OPPOSITION CAN
FIGURE OUT.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says WE'RE
CREATING MORE SPOTS FOR
EDUCATION PUTTING MONEY BACK
INTO THE CLASSROOM.
IT'S VERY SIMPLE.
YOU ADD UP THE TEACHERS AND
ALL THE TEACHERS IN THE
PROVINCE IS ROUGHLY 200,000
OF THEM.
GUESS HOW MANY STUDENTS
THERE ARE?
THERE'S 2 MILLION DOLLARS.
DO THE MATH, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says THAT'S ONE
IN TEN.
ONE IN TEN.
WE'RE PUTTING MONEY BACK
INTO THE CLASSROOMS.
NOT ALL THE LAYERS OF
BUREAUCRACY.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says NOT ALL THE SCHOOL BOARDS THAT SIT THERE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Stiles says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THINK THE PREMIER NEEDS TO
GO BACK AND LEARN HOW TO
READ A BUDGET, BECAUSE WE
ARE SEEING THE IMPACT OF
THESE DEVASTATING CUTS IN
OUR CLASSROOMS TODAY, AND
IT'S ONLY GETTING WORSE.
EVERY SINGLE DAY.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Stiles says IMPACT OF THESE CUTS.

The Speaker says I APOLOGIZE
TO THE MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT
FOR HAVING... TO INTERRUPT
HER.
I WOULD ASK THE GOVERNMENT
MEMBERS ONCE AGAIN TO COME
TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT.

Stiles says I APPRECIATE THAT IT'S
DIFFICULT NEWS FOR THE
GOVERNMENT, BUT EVERY DAY
THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF
THESE CUTS IS MORE APPARENT,
AND EVERY DAY THIS PREMIER
AND HIS MINISTER OF
EDUCATION DENY AND DEFLECT
AND DELAY.
WELL, NEXT WEEK AS MEMBERS
OPPOSITE HEAD BACK TO THEIR
RIDINGS, THEY'LL HAVE TO
ANSWER TO THEIR OWN
CONSTITUENTS ABOUT WHY THEY
WANT TO SHORTCHANGE OUR
KIDS, CUTTING COURSES,
CUTTING SUPPORTS, REDUCING
ONE-ON-ONE TIME WITH
TEACHERS.
WILL THE PREMIER USE NEXT
WEEK TO RETHINK THIS
DISASTROUS PLAN AND COME
BACK WITH ONE THAT WILL
STRENGTHEN OUR PUBLIC
EDUCATION SYSTEM AND PUT
STUDENTS FIRST?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says YOU KNOW,
THE MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION
THAT KEEPS SAYING CUTS.
WHAT CUTS?
THEY CAN'T NAME ANY BECAUSE
THERE HASN'T BEEN ANY,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE'VE INCREASED 700
MILLION DOLLARS.
I'M GOING TO SEND THEM TO A
MATH CLASS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says THEY CAN'T ADD.
700 MILLION DOLLARS WE'RE PUTTING
BACK INTO EDUCATION.
BUT THAT'S NOT IT,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE PUTTING 1.6...

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

Ford says PROTECTING
EVERY TEACHER'S JOB.
I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER
SO ALL THE RHETORIC AND
NONESENSE THAT WE'VE HEARD
FROM THE OPPOSITION, ALL THE
RHETORIC WE'VE HEARD FROM
THE TEACHERS' UNIONS THAT
DON'T HAVE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says THAT DON'T
HAVE THE TEACHERS' BEST
INTERESTS.
YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, IN
SEPTEMBER EITHER' GOING TO
SAY WE TOLD YOU SO.
THERE WASN'T ANY...

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE'RE PUTTING MORE MONEY
INTO THE CLASSROOMS.
THAT'S WHAT IT'S ABOUT.
WE'RE IN THIS STATE
BECAUSE...

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says 15 BILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT question. The member for Barrie-Innisfil.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

She says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER WHO BUILDS UP
SUCCESS, THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.
LAST WEEK...
[CHUCKLES]
LAST WEEK I WAS IN RED ROCK
FOR AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT, FOR THE
PEOPLE, MARKED THE START OF
A NEW RED ROCK WASTE WATER
TREATMENT PLANT.
WATER QUALITY, AS YOU KNOW,
IS FUNDAMENTAL TO HEALTHY
AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES.
THIS NEW INVESTMENT SUPPORTS
QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE THAT
PEOPLE NEED.
RED ROCK'S NEW WATER
TREATMENT FACILITY WILL KEEP
CITIZENS HEALTHY, PROTECT
THE ENVIRONMENT AND ALLOW
MORE PEOPLE TO ENJOY NIPGIN
BAY.
THIS CRITICAL PROJECT
ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE
NIPGONE BAY IS IDENTIFIED AS
AREA OF CONCERN UNDER THE
CANADA U.S. GREAT LAKES
WATER TREATMENT AGREEMENT.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
US ABOUT THIS GREAT PROJECT
AND HOW IN THE INVESTMENT
WILL NOT JUST GROW THE
ECONOMY BUT HELP THE
ENVIRONMENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Monte McNaughton. PC. Minister of Infrastructure."

McNaughton is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with receding short brown hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and gray plaid tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM BARRIE-INNISFIL FOR
THAT EXCELLENT QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, THE NEW
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROJECT
IN RED ROCK THAT THE
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
ANNOUNCED ON BEHALF OF OUR
GOVERNMENT WILL BENEFIT
PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS
CONTRIBUTING TWO THIRDS OF
THE TOTAL COST OF THIS
PROJECT, MR. SPEAKER, MORE
THAN 17 MILLION DOLLARS.
THIS PLANT WILL IMPROVE
WATER QUALITY IN THE REGION
TO ENSURE ECONOMIC
PROSPERITY FOR AREA
RESIDENTS AND PROTECT
WATERWAYS AND FISH HABITATS.
MACHINE INFRASTRUCTURE TRULY
MATTERS.
WITH THIS CRITICAL
INVESTMENT WE ARE ENSURING
QUALITY WATER FOR THE
COMMUNITY WHILE FOLLOWING
THROUGH ON OUR ENVIRONMENTAL
DMIMENT THROUGH OUR MADE...
COMMITMENT THROUGH OUR
MADE-IN-ONTARIO
ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN.
THIS IS YET ANOTHER WAY
WE'RE HIGHLIGHTING OUR
COMMITMENT TO HELPING THE
ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT THE NEED
OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU'S CARBON
TAX.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE RIGHT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says INVESTMENTS WE'RE
PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST
AND PUTTING PEOPLE AT THE
CENTRE OF EVERYTHING THAT WE
DO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Khanjin says THANK YOU FOR THAT
WONDERFUL ANSWER, MINISTER.
MY FOLLOW-UP QUESTION,
MR. SPEAKER, IS TO SEE THE
ENCOURAGING BENEFITS OF THIS
PROJECT THAT WILL BRING
BENEFITS TO THE MEMBERS OF
RED ROCK AND TO NIPIGON BAY
AND IT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF
HOW OUR MADE-IN-ONTARIO PLAN
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT IS
WORKING AND IT'S AN
ENVIRONMENT PLAN,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S NOT A TAX PLAN THAT
WILL NOT ONLY HELP OUR
ENVIRONMENT, PROTECT OUR
ECONOMY AND ENABLE ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT IN PLACES LIKE
THUNDER BAY, RED ROCK AND
NIPIGON BAY.
AT YOU'VE SEEN AFTER 15
YEARS OF FISCAL
MISMANAGEMENT BY THE
N.D.P.-LIBERAL COE ASSISTS
LITION, IT LETS MANY... LEFT
MANY VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES
IN A STATE WHERE THEY NEED A
LOT OF HELP.
BUT THERE'S HOPE,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS NOW KEEPING
OUR PROMISE TO BRING THE
PROVINCE BACK ON TRACK FOR
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.
SO MY FOLLOW-UP QUESTION TO
THE MINISTER IS CAN HE TELL
THIS HOUSE WHY IT'S SO
IMPORTANT TO PROTECT WHAT
MATTERS MOST AND TO BALANCE
THE BOOK TO BRING US BACK TO
PROSPERITY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

McNaughton says THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT GREAT
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, I COULDN'T
AGREE MORE.
PUTTING THIS PROVINCE BACK
ON TRACK MEANS GETTING OUR
FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER.
WE ARE TURNING THIS PROVINCE
AROUND.
WE'RE BUILDING SMART
INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS
AT THE RIGHT TIME AND IN THE
RIGHT PLACE.
ONTARIO'S 2019 BUDGET LAYS
OUT A COMPREHENSIVE
FIVE-YEAR PATH TO BALANCE
WHILE PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST TO THE PEOPLE
OF THIS PROVINCE.
THIS 17 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT
MEANS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
IN THE REGION MAKING IT
ATTRACTIVE FOR BUSINESSES
AND GOOD JOBS.
IT'S THE RIGHT INVESTMENT
THAT WILL DIRECTLY IMPROVE
WATER QUALITY ON NIPIGON BAY.
MR. SPEAKER, NORTHERN
ONTARIO IS TRULY NOW OPEN
FOR JOBS.
WE'RE HELPING COMMUNITIES
WITH THEIR CRITICAL
INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS,
FULFILLING OUR COMMITMENT TO
HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT ALL
WHILE CREATING JOBS, HELPING
FAMILIES AND PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
ON MARCH 26, THE PEEL
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD SENT A
LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION OUTLINING SERIOUS
CONCERNS WITH THIS
GOVERNMENT'S CUTS TO
EDUCATION.
BECAUSE THE MINISTER FAILED
TO RESPOND YESTERDAY, THE
SCHOOL BOARD ACTUALLY SENT
ANOTHER LETTER HIGHLIGHTING
THE IMPACT OF THE
GOVERNMENT'S CUTS AND LARGER
CLASS SIZES WILL HAVE ON
STUDENTS IN BRAMPTON AND THE
PEEL REGION.
SO I CAN APPRECIATE THAT THE
MINISTER MAYBE GETS A LOT OF
EMAILS SO I'M HAPPY IF A
PAGE IS WILLING TO COME OVER
TO SEND THIS LETTER OVER TO
THE MINISTER SO THAT SHE CAN
REVIEW IT AND THERE'S A COPY
HERE FOR THE PREMIER AS
WELL.
IN THIS LETTER, THEY WARN
THAT SCHOOLS WILL BE LEFT
WITH LIMITED OR NO ELECTIVE
COURSES, AND SOME, WHICH
WILL HAVE AND I QUOTE,
SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE IMPACT
ON SOME SUBJECT AREAS,
MR. SPEAKER.
SO DOES THE PREMIER BELIEVE
THAT CUTTING ALL ELECTIVE
COURSES WILL IMPROVE
LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR
STUDENTS IN BRAMPTON AND
ACROSS THE PEEL REGION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says REFERRED 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 beige blouse.

She says AGAIN, IT'S ANOTHER DAY
AND ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO
TALK ABOUT HOW WE NEED TO
GET THIS PROVINCE BACK ON
TRACK AND THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS WE'RE SPENDING 36
MILLION DOLLARS A DAY IN INTEREST ON
THE DEBT AND DEFICIT THAT WE
INHERITED FROM A FAILED
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
SO WE ALL HAVE TO DO OUR
PART.
AND WHEN I'M CONSULTING
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE, I'M
HEARING FROM TEACHERS, LOOK
TO THE BOARDS.
LOOK TO THE BOARDS TO SEE
WHAT THEY CAN DO TO FIND
SOME SAVINGS, BECAUSE REALLY
WE'RE STANDING WITH
TEACHERS.
WE'RE STANDING WITH
STUDENTS.
WE'RE STANDING WITH PARENTS
WHEN WE SAY SCHOOL BOARDS,
STOP THE FEAR MONGERING.
THIRD... PARDON ME,
OPPOSITION PARTY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says STOP THE FEAR MONGERING.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says YOU KNOW WHAT?

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says THEY ARE ABLE TO LOOK
WITHIN AND FIND THE
APPROPRIATE SAVINGS, AND
LET'S FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
MOST AND PROTECT WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
THAT'S THE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT IN THE
CLASSROOM.
SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Singh says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
STUDENTS ACROSS THE PEEL
REGION HAVE SPOKEN OUT ABOUT
THE CUTS TO THEIR EDUCATION.
WHETHER IT'S CANCELLING
COURSES, CUTTING JOBS OR
INCREASING CLASS SIZES,
PEOPLE ACROSS THIS PROVINCE
ARE CONCERNED, CONCERNED
ABOUT THE CANCELLED ELECTIVE
COURSES THAT THE PEEL
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD SAYS AND I QUOTE...
FOR CERTAIN STUDENTS, THESE
TYPES OF COURSES ARE KEY TO
THEIR ONGOING ENGAGEMENT IN
SCHOOL AND THEY ARE
DISCIPLINES THAT INSPIRE AND
MOTIVATE LEARNERS.
THE ELIMINATION OR REDUCTION
OF THESE COURSES,
MR. SPEAKER, WILL DECREASE
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, WHICH IS
DIRECTLY LINKED TO STUDENT
ACHIEVEMENT, CREDIT
ACQUISITION AND ULTIMATELY
THESE STUDENTS' ABILITY TO
GRADUATE.
SO I'LL ASK AGAIN.
WHY IS THIS PREMIER MAKING
IT SO HARD FOR STUDENTS IN
THIS PROVINCE TO COMPLETE
THE COURSES THEY NEED TO
GRADUATE AND EARN THEIR HIGH
SCHOOL DIPLOMAS?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Thompson says SPEAKER, WHAT WE JUST
HEARD FROM THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE IS ABSOLUTELY A
POSITIVE PROOF POINT WHY WE
NEED TO HAVE A BOARD
GOVERNANCE REVIEW.
THAT NONSENSE THAT'S COMING
FROM THAT BOARD IS
ABSOLUTELY MEAN SPIRITED.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says CREATING ANXIETY FOR
STUDENTS AND PARENTS AND
TEACHERS ALIKE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says WE LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING
SURE THAT SCHOOL BOARDS PULL
UP THEIR SOCKS.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says FROM WITHIN TO FIND
SAVINGS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE
THE BEST LEARNING...

The Speaker says LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION HAS TO COME
TO ORDER.
THE OPPOSITION CAUCUS HAS TO
COME TO ORDER SO AS TO ALLOW
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION TO
RESPOND.
MINISTER.

Thompson says AGAIN, I AM VERY, VERY
POINTED WHEN I SAY IT'S NOT
AN ACTION THAT PEOPLE ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE HAVE ASKED US
TO DO A BOARD GOVERNANCE
REVIEW, BECAUSE THEY ARE
SICK AND TIRED OF THE
MISMANAGEMENT AT THE BOARD
LEVEL AND ABSOLUTELY THE
RHETORIC THAT COMES FROM
THAT...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says BECAUSE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says OUR SCHOOL BOARDS ARE
RESPONSIBLE ADMINISTRATION
AND THEY CAN LOOK WITHIN TO
FIND SAVINGS AS OPPOSED TO
FEAR MONGERING WITH STUDENTS
AND TEACHERS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
ORDER.
ORDER.
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 dark blue suit, pale blue shirt, and checked green tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
OBIO CAME TO QUEEN'S PARK
THIS WEEK TO TALK ABOUT THE
IMPORTANCE...
THE WAY IN WHICH IT
CREATES...

A voice says POINT OF ORDER.

The Speaker says NO POINTS OF
ORDER DURING QUESTION
PERIOD.
I'VE BEEN ADVISED THAT THE MEMBER FOR GUELPH HAS ASKED
A QUESTION IN THIS ROUND AND
IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO ASK A
QUESTION AT THIS TIME.
THE NEXT question. The member for Mississauga-Erin Mills.

[SOME APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS TO THE MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.
OUR GOVERNMENT PLAN FOR
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE IS ABOUT A
MORE EFFECTIVE, SUSTAINABLE
APPROACH TO HELPING PEOPLE
PREPARE TO RETURN TO WORK
AND ACHIEVE BETTER... BETTER
OUTCOMES.
SPEAKER, THE MINISTER HAS
OFTEN SAID THAT THE BEST
SOCIAL SAFETY NET IS A
COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY, AND
THE BEST SOCIAL PROGRAM IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO IS A
JOB.

[APPLAUSE]

Sabawy says SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
CREATED 170,000 NEW JOBS
SINCE JUNE 2018.
CAN THE MINISTER OUTLINE HOW
OUR GOVERNMENT'S SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE REFORMS WILL
ALLOW THE PROVINCE'S MOST
VULNERABLE TO LIFT
THEMSELVES OUT OF THE
POVERTY?

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

MacLeod says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I THINK THAT WAS A VO
IMPORTANT QUESTION AND I'M
GLAD TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER
IT.
AS WE ALL KNOW, SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE IN THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO COSTS ONTARIO
ABOUT 10 BILLION DOLLARS.
WE HAVE ABOUT A MILLION PEOPLE ON SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
YET STILL ONE IN SEVEN
PEOPLE LIVE OR ARE TRAPPED
IN A CYCLE OF POVERTY.
WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT.
OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS, THE
NUMBER OF ONTARIANS FORCE
TODAY GO ON SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE HAS SKYROCKETED
BY A WHOPPING 55 percent.
YET AT THE SAME TIME WE KNOW
WE HAVE 200,000 JOBS THAT
REMAIN UNFILLED IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, AND IN
THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS,
AFTER TAKING OFFICE, PREMIER
FORD AND OUR FINANCE
MINISTER AS OUR TEAM HAVE
BEEN ABLE TO GROW THE
ECONOMY BY ANOTHER 170,000
JOBS, WHICH WE'RE VERY PROUD
OF.
WE BELIEVE THERE ARE A
NUMBER, HUNDREDS OF
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ON
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE WHO ARE
EMPLOYABLE, WHO DESERVE THE
DIGNITY AND RESPECT OF A JOB
AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE
CREATING WRAPAROUND SUPPORTS
THE MINISTRY OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says SO THAT WE CAN TRAIN
PEOPLE FOR THE JOBS THAT ARE
OUT THERE SO THEY CAN
ACTUALLY HAVE A PAY CHEQUE
FROM A KILOMETRE AND THEY
CAN ENSURE THEY ARE LOOKING
AFTER THEMSELVES AND THEIR
FAMILY.
WE BELIEVE THE BEST SOCIAL
PROGRAM IS A JOB.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Sabawy says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR THE WORK SHE'S DOING TO
SUPPORT THE PROVINCE'S MOST
VULNERABLE.
ALMOST ONE MILLION ONTARIANS
ARE ON SOME FORM OF SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE.
UNDER THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT, THESE
INDIVIDUALS MET WITH A
SYSTEM OF DIS JOINTED AND
PAMP WORK SUPPORTS THAT TRAP
OUR NEIGHBOURS IN A CYCLE OF
POVERTY THAT IS DIFFICULT TO
ESCAPE.
I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN
THAT AS A RESULT ONLY 1 percent OF
PEOPLE ON SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
REENTER THE WORK FORCE IN A
GIVEN MONTH.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
ELABORATE ON HOW SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE REFORM ALSO HELP
ONTARIO'S MOST VULNERABLE
GET BACK TO OUR...

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

MacLeod says IMPORTANT TO HAVE STRONG
FAMILIES, SAFER STREETS AND
SELF RELIANCE IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND THAT
IS WHAT WE AIM TO DO IN THE
MINISTRY OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE WORKING
WITH THE OTHER MINISTRIES IN
THE HUMANITIES SO THAT WE
CAN BEST APPROACH THE
WRAPAROUND SUPPORTS THAT ARE
NEEDED BY THOSE WHO ARE ON
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE.
THEY CAN GET BACK INTO THE
WORK FORCE, GET THE MENTAL
HELP THAT THEY NEED, GET THE
CHILD CARE THEY DESPERATELY
REQUIRE AND MAKE SURE THEY
DON'T PAY AS MUCH TAXES.
WE BROUGHT IN THE TAX
CREDIT.
THIS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT'S
DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY.
WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER
LEVERAGING THE
WHOLE-OF-GOVERNMENT APPROACH
WHICH IS SOMETHING I'M QUITE
PROUD OF.
AND AS I MENTIONED IN THE
BEGINNING OF THE QUESTION,
WE'RE WORKING WITH THE
MINISTRY OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO
GET PEOPLE EMPLOYMENT READY
SO THAT THEY CAN GET BACK
INTO THE WORKFORCE AND THEY
CAN HAVE THE DIGNITY AND
RESPECT OF A JOB AND
CONTRIBUTES TO OUR GREAT AND
WONDERFUL SOCIETY HERE IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
BUT, SPEAKER...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says AS WE CONTINUE TO REFORM
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE, I MUST
SAY WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO
PROTECT WHAT MATTERS MOST
AND WHAT MATTERS MOST IS A
COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO WHICH IS
WHAT WE'RE CONTINUING TO
BUILD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Waterloo.

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

Fife is in her late forties, with straight brown hair in a bob. She wears glasses, a black blazer and a floral print blue shirt.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER.
LAST FRIDAY WE GOT WORD IN
THE REGION OF WATERLOO THAT
THEIR PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT WAS
TO BE MERGED WITH POLL AND
HALTON REGIONS AS WELL AS
WELLINGTON AND DUFFERIN AND
GUELPH.
THIS NEW PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT
WILL SERVE NEARLY 3 MILLION PEOPLE WITH VERY DIFFERENT
NEEDS OVER A LARGE
GEOGRAPHIC AREA.
COUPLE THIS WITH MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS IN CUTS, PEOPLE AND
MEDICAL OFFICERS ARE
JUSTIFIABLY WORRIED.
WHY?
BECAUSE THERE WOULD BE LESS
MONEY TO SERVE MORE PEOPLE
AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO
SUGGEST THAT THE GOVERNMENT
UNDERSTANDS THE CONSEQUENCES
OF THEIR CUTS AND OF THIS
MOVE.
MR. SPEAKER, WHY IS THIS
GOVERNMENT NOT THINKING
BEFORE THEY ACT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

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

Elliott says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
WE ARE MODERNIZING OUR
PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM SO IT'S
GOING TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND
TO THE NEEDS OF ONTARIANS
NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE.
THE DOCUMENTS THE MEMBER WAS
REFERRING TO IS A
CONSULTATION DOCUMENT.
IT HAS... NO BOUNDARIES HAVE
BEEN DECIDED UPON YET.
THAT IS SUBJECT TO
CONSULTATIONS WITH THE LOCAL
HEALTH UNITS AS WELL AS WITH
THE MUNICIPALITIES.
JUST FOR PURPOSES OF
DISCUSSION TO UNDERSTAND
WHAT THE APPROPRIATE
BOUNDARIES SHOULD BE.
SO THERE'S NOTHING CARVED IN
STONE AS YET.
I THINK THAT THAT WILL
BECOME CLEARER AS WE HAVE
THOSE DISCUSSIONS AND AS WE
SPEAK WITH MUNICIPALITIES
AND PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS SO
THERE'S NO NEED TO PUSH THE
PANIC BUTTON.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Fife says AND YET THE PETERBOROUGH
MEDICAL OFFICER, THE
PETERBOROUGH MEDICAL OFFICER
SAYS THAT THERE WAS NO
CONSULTATION ABOUT THE
PROPOSED BOUNDARIES OF THE
NEW PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES
AND SAYS WE HAVE NOT EVEN
BEEN GIVEN ANY RATION.
MR. SPEAKER, PUBLIC HOLT
WORKS BECAUSE IT PREVENTS
THE SPREAD OF DISEASE AND
OTHER NEGATIVE HEALTH
OUTCOMES.
FOR EVERY 1 SPENT ON
IMMUNIZE --NIZATIONS THERE
ARE 45 WORTH OF SAVINGS TO
THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
THESE ARE SMART INVESTMENTS
IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
AND AT A TIME WHEN HOSPITALS
ARE OVERCROWDED, WE HAVE A
RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE
DYING FROM OPIOID OVERDOSES
AND MEASLES CASES HAVE BEEN
REPORTED IN TORONTO, THESE
PUBLIC HEALTH CUTS ARE
FRANKLY IRRESPONSIBLE.
PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS AND
MEDICAL EXPERTS ARE TELLING
THE GOVERNMENT THIS.
WHY ARE YOU NOT LISTENING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says REMIND THE MEMBERS TO MAKE THEIR
COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR.
I RECOGNIZE THE MINISTER
AGAIN TO REPLY.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
CONSULTATIONS ARE HAPPENING
THROUGH TECHNICAL TABLES
THAT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED.
THERE WILL BE CONSULTATIONS
WITH LOCAL HEALTH UNITS.

[INTERJECTION]

Elliott says WITH MUNICIPALITIES ABOUT
THE APPROPRIATE BOUNDARIES
TO MAKE SURE THAT THE NEEDS
OF ONTARIANS ARE GOING TO BE
MET.
AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT,
WITH THE MONEYS THAT THE
LOCAL HEALTH UNITS AND THE
BROADER BIGGER HEALTH UNITS
AS THEY'RE ESTABLISHED ARE
GOING TO RECEIVE, THEY WILL
BE ABLE TO MEET THE PUBLIC
HEALTH NEEDS OF THEIR
COMMUNITY, MAKING SURE THAT
PEOPLE RECEIVE THE
VACCINATIONS THAT THEY NEED,
MAKE SURE THE CHILDREN'S AND
OTHER BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
PROGRAMS ARE CONTINUED,
MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE WITH
SPECIAL NEEDS NEEDS ARE
BEING MET.
ALL WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED IF
PEOPLE SET THEIR MIND TO THE
PRIORITIES OF WHAT PUBLIC
HEALTH UNITS ARE SET UP FOR.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Elliott says FINANCIAL STEWARDS AND
PUBLIC FUND PROVINCIALLY.
WE TAKE THAT SERIOUSLY AND
WE KNOW.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says THE PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS
WILL DO THE SAME TO MAKE
SURE THAT THOSE PRIORITIES
ARE COVERED.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for King-Vaughan.

The caption changes to "Stephen Lecce. PC. King-Vaughan."

Lecce is in his thirties, with short dark hair and a stubble. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, and printed purple tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.
PARLIAMENTARIANS OF ALL
POLITICAL STRIPES HAVE A
DUTY TO STAND UP FOR
INTOLERANCE INCLUSION AND
FREEDOM.
DISTURBINGLY IN TWRN IN THIS
PLURALISTIC LIBERAL DE MOCK
WRASSE HATE CRIMES TARGETING
PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS
INCLUDING AGAINST JEWS IN
THIS COUNTRY.
ANTI-SEMITIC ACTS TO
INTIMIDATE AND INFLICT
VIOLENCE.
SPEAKER, IT IS INCUMBENT ON
ALL MEMBERS OF THIS
LEGISLATURE TO DENOUNCE IT
AND NAME IT AND SHAME IT.
IN COMMUNITIES LIKE VAUGHAN
AND ACROSS THE GLOBE WE'VE
SEEN THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF
HATE CRIMES EVER RECORDED
TARGETING OUR JEWISH
NEIGHBOURS AND MOST RECENTLY
A MORE PERVERSE NEW
ANTI-SEMITISM IS EMERGING
THAT DEMONIZES ISRAEL AND
HER CITIZENS THE HOMELAND OF
THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
TO THE SOLICITOR GENERAL,
WILL YOU IN IT TO A CAMPAIGN
WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT EFFORT
TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM AND
ALL FORMS OF HATE IN
COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SOLICITOR
GENERAL.

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

Jones is in her sixties, with wavy blond hair to her shoulders. She wears glasses and a striped gray blazer.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR KING-VAUGHAN FOR RAISING
THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE TODAY.
YOU KNOW, IT DESERVES THE
ATTENTION OF EVERY SINGLE
MEMBER AS HE MENTIONED.
I WANT TO START BY STATING
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
ABSOLUTELY ZERO TOLERANCE
FOR HATE, RACISM,
DISCRIMINATION OR VIOLENCE
IN ALL ITS FORMS.
THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE,
SPEAKER.
AND I KNOW THAT MEMBERS AND
COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES
WILL, AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY,
JOIN ME IN DENOUNCING RACIAL
DISCRIMINATION.
LET ME BE CLEAR.
ONTARIO IS ONE OF THE SAFEST
AND MOST ACCEPTING
JURISDICTIONS IN THE ENTIRE
WORLD TO BE A MINORITY, BUT
SADLY HATE PERSISTS ON THE
MARGINS.
PROMOTED BY A DESTRUCTIVE
VIEW WHO SEEK TO SOW
DIVISIONS WITHIN OUR
COMMUNITIES.
WE KNOW RACISM IN ITS MANY
FORMS IS A THREAT HERE IN
ONTARIO.
SOME PEOPLE IN ONTARIO,
INCLUDING IN THE BLACK,
INDIGENOUS JEWISH AND MUSLIM
COMMUNITIES DEAL WITH
SYSTEMIC RACISM AND BIAS ON
A REGULAR BASIS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says AS SOLICITOR GENERAL AND
MINISTER SPPBABLE FOR THE
DIRECTORATE I CAN FIRMLY SAY
WE WON'T STAND IDLE AND
ALLOW THESE ACTS TO
CONTINUE.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Lecce says SPEAKER, BACK TO THE
MINISTER.
LEARNED MEMBERS OF THIS
HOUSE WILL TAKE NOTE OF SIR
WINSTON CHURCHILL'S
COMMENTS...
THOSE WHO FAIL TO LEARN FROM
HISTORY ARE CONDEMNED TO
REPEAT IT.
EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE
HAS A DUTY TO STAND UP
AGAINST ACTS OF VIOLENCE AND
RACISM TARGETING MINORITY
FAITH COMMUNITIES IN THIS
COUNTRY.
WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN
ANTI-SEMITISM IS ON THE RISE
ACROSS THE GLOBE, FROM
TORONTO TO PARIS TO BUENOS
AIRES.
WE EXPECT ALL LEVELS OF
GOVERNMENT TO DENOUNCE
VIOLENCE AND DIVISION WITHIN
THE PROVINCE.
WITH THE PROLIFERATION EVERY
HATRED TARGETING JEWS AROUND
WORLD, NOW MORE THAN EVER IT
IS INCUMBENT TO... FOREIGN
POLICY THAT PROMOTES THE
VALUES OF FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY,
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF
LAW.
SPEAKER, TO THE SOLICITOR
GENERAL.
CAN YOU OUTLINE THE STEPS
THIS GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO
KEEP PEOPLE SAFE, TO STAND
UP FOR VICTIMS AND TO GET
TOUGH ON THOSE WHO TARGET
CANADIANS SIMPLY BECAUSE OF
THEIR FAITH?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SOLICITOR
GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR TAKING A LEADERSHIP ROLE
ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES.
GOVERNMENT ALSO HAS A
LEADING ROLE TO PLAY IN
ELIMINATING ANTI-SEMITISM
AND ALL FORMS OF HATE ACROSS
OUR PROVINCE AND WE'RE
WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS
AND THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO
ADDRESS THESE THREATS TO THE
SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES
AND EVERYONE WHO CALLS
ONTARIO HOME.
AS A GOVERNMENT WE'VE
PROMISED TO GIVE OUR POLICE
THE TOOLS, RESOURCES AND
SUPPORT THEY NEED TO DO
THEIR JOB.
THAT INCLUDES FIGHTING HATE
CRIMES.
BUT BUILDING A MORE
INCLUSIVE SOCIETY DOESN'T
JUST FALL TO GOVERNMENT.
IT IS ON US, AS CITIZENS, TO
LEARN ABOUT HATRED IN ALL OF
ITS FORMS, TO LEARN ABOUT
HISTORY SO THAT IT DOESN'T
REPEAT ITSELF, TO RECOGNIZE
OUR OWN BIASES.
MOST IMPORTANTLY IT'S UP TO
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO
CALL OUT RACISM AND HATRED
WHEN WE WITNESS IT.
THAT TAKES COURAGE TO DO
SOMETIMES, SPEAKER, BUT WE
ABSOLUTELY MOUSE DO
T.TOGETHER WE CAN ENSURE THE
RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF
EVERYONE IN ONTARIO IS
RESPECTED AND WE CAN WORK
TOGETHER TO COMBAT THE
THREAT OF RACIAL
DISCRIMINATION IN THE PLACES
THAT WE WORK, THAT WE GO TO
SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITIES
WHERE WE LIVE FOR THE FUTURE
OF OUR CHILDREN.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

Interjection: WELL
SAID.

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR LONDON-FANSHAWE.

The caption changes to "Teresa J. Armstrong. NDP. London-Fanshawe."

Armstrong is in her early fifties, with shoulder-length brown hair in a bob and bangs. She wears glasses, a white blazer and a yellow blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE
GOVERNMENT TOLD MIDDLESEX
LONDON PARAMEDIC SERVICES
THAT THEIR BUDGET WOULD BE
FROZEN FOR THIS YEAR.
THIS WEEK, MIDDLESEX LONDON
PARAMEDIC SERVICES RELEASED
THEIR PROJECTIONS ON WHAT
THAT FUNDING FREEZE WILL
MEAN TO PARAMEDIC SERVICES
IN LONDON, IN THE LONDON
AREA AND IT'S NOT GOOD.
THEY ARE PROJECTING A
750,000 HOLE IN THEIR BUDGET,
WHICH WILL BE MADE UP BY
POSSIBLY INCREASES TO
LONDONERS' TAX BILLS,
PROPERTY TAX BILLS SO THAT
SERVICES DON'T NEED TO BE
CUT.
WHY IS THE PREMIER FORCING
LONDON TO CONTEMPLATE
RAISING PROPERTY TAXES SO
THEY CAN PROPERLY FUND
LIFESAVING PARAMEDIC
SERVICES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

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

Elliott says THANK YOU.
PARAMEDIC SERVICES ARE
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BOTH IN
TERMS OF THEIR TRADITIONAL
ROLE AND SOME LESS
TRADITIONAL ROLES THAT THEY
ARE FULFILLING.
BUT WE ARE CONSISTENTLY
STICKING WITH STABLE FUNDING
FOR PARAMEDICS TO MAKE SURE
THAT THEY CONTINUE TO DO THE
WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING BUT
WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE CAN UPGRADE THEIR
TECHNOLOGY SO THAT THEY CAN
HAVE FASTER ACCESS TO DIS
PATCH AND SENDING PEOPLE OUT
SO THAT BY THE TIME THE
PARAMEDICS ARRIVE ON THE
SCENE THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT
THE SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCESS
THAT THEY NEED TO DEAL WITH
AND THEY CAN PROVIDE THOSE
LIFESAVING SERVICES FASTER
BECAUSE TIME IS OF THE
ESSENCE AS YOU KNOW.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
PEOPLE CAN GET THE TREATMENT
THEY NEED WHETHER EN ROUTE
TO HOSPITAL OR MAYBE EVEN
BEING DIRECTLY PROVIDED BY
PARAMEDICS.
SO WE SUPPORT THEM.
WE APPRECIATE THE GREAT WORK
THAT WE'RE DOING AND WE ARE
SUPPLYING THEM WITH STABLE
FUNDING.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Armstrong says SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE
WARDEN OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY,
THE PARAMEDIC SERVICES
BUDGET IS, QUOTE, THE LOWEST
POSSIBLE IT CAN BE.
WITH THE CUTS NOW, WE CAN
ONLY LOOK AT REOPENING THE
BUDGET, BUT REALISTICALLY
THERE ISN'T MUCH TO SHAVE
OFF, END QUOTE.
THE GOVERNMENT'S FUNDING
FREEZE WILL PUT THE PEOPLE
OF LONDON MIDDLESEX COUNTY
AT RISK.
WHEN WILL PEOPLE HAVE A
MEDICAL EMERGENCY CALL...
WHEN PEOPLE HAVE A MEDICAL
EMERGENCY THEY CALL 9-1-1
AND THEY KNOW THAT THEIR
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
WILL BE THERE TO HELP SAVE
THEIR LIVES.
WHY IS THE PREMIER FREEZING
FUNDING THAT PARAMEDIC
SERVICES NEED TO SAVE LIVES?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MUNCIPALITIES RECEIVED A
5.8 percent INCREASE IN AMBULANCE
SERVICE FUNDING IN 2017 AND
A 5.3 percent INCREASE IN FUNDING
WITH 2018.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING
STABLE FUNDING THIS YEAR TO
PROVIDE THE PARAMEDICS AND
THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE
WITH THE REVENUE THAT THEY
NEED.
AGAIN I NEED TO REMIND THE MEMBER THAT WE INHERITED A
15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT, THE
LARGEST SUB-SOVEREIGN DEBT
IN THE WORLD.
WE HAVE TO BALANCE THAT
AGAINST THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE
TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH A
QUALITY EDUCATION AND HEALTH
SERVICES THAT THEY NEED.
I AM CONFIDENT, WITH THE
INCREASES THEY'VE HAD OVER
THE PAST YEARS AND WITH THE
STABLE FUNDING THAT THEY'RE
RECEIVING THIS YEAR, OUR
PARAMEDICS WILL BE ABLE TO
CONTINUE TO DO THE GREAT
WORK THAT THEY DO IN
COMMUNITIES ACROSS ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.
MR. SPEAKER, MOST OF US IN
THIS HOUSE HAVE LIKELY
RENTED AT LEAST ONCE IN
THEIR LIFETIME.
FOR SOME IT WAS WHEN YOU
LEFT YOUR PARENTS' HOME FOR
FIRST TIME.
FOR OTHERS, IT WAS WHEN
MOVING TO A NEW CITY, AND
SOME COULD BE RENTING NOW.
HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS
BECOMING INCREASINGLY
DIFFICULT TO FIND RENTALS IN
MISSISSAUGA AND ACROSS
ONTARIO.
THERE ARE RECORD LOW VACANCY
RATES AND IT IS CLEAR THAT
THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOMES
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
WHICH, IN TURN, DRIVES UP
COSTS.
WHEN RENT CONTROL WAS
EXPENDED IN 2017, THERE WERE
REPORTS OF PLANNED
PURPOSE-BUILT RENTAL UNITS
BEING CANCELLED.
THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE,
MR. SPEAKER.
ACCOUNT MINISTER PLEASE
INFORM THE HOUSE OF WHAT
ACTIONS OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
TAKEN TO HELP MAKE RENTALS
MORE AFFORDABLE AND
ACCESSIBLE ACROSS ONTARIO?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.

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

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

He says THANKS, SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA
EAST-COOKSVILLE FOR THAT
GREAT QUESTION AND ALSO FOR
HIS ADVOCACY ON THE HOUSING
FILE IN HIS RIDING.
SPEAKER, AS I'VE SAID...
SHOULD GIVE HIM A HAND.
SPEAKER, AS I'VE SAID MANY
TIMES IN THIS HOUSE, WE HAVE
A SUPPLY PROBLEM AND AS THE MEMBER NOTES, WE'VE HAD...
WE WERE SEEING RECORD
VACANCY SHORTAGES IN MANY
COMMUNITIES ACROSS ONTARIO.
WE'RE PUTTING FORWARD A
NUMBER OF MEASURES TO
INCREASE THE HOUSING SUPPLY
IN ONTARIO, ESPECIALLY
PURPOSE-BUILT RENTALS THAT
OUR PROVINCE NEEDS SO
DESPERATELY.
LAST FALL, AS PART OF OUR
FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT, WE
EXEMPTED NEW RENTAL UNITS
FROM RENT CONTROLS WHILE
PROTECTING EXISTING TENANTS.
THIS EXEMPTION CREATES A
POSITIVE INVESTMENT
ENVIRONMENT, AND AGAIN WE
HOPE IT WILL SPUR ON NEW
PURPOSE-BUILT RENTALS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says THROUGHOUT THIS CHANGE
AND MANY OTHERS AND I'LL GET
TO SOME OF THOSE OTHER
CHANGES IN OUR SUPPLEMENTARY
WE ARE PROVIDING MORE HOMES
AND MORE CHOICE.
VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE TO
BRING FORWARD IN THIS HOUSE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Rasheed says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE
MINISTER FOR THAT GREAT
ANSWER.
SPEAKER, IN MY RIDING OF
MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE,
PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF
LIFE ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND
A HOME OR RENTAL UNIT.
IN ONTARIO, MORE THAN HALF
OF RENTALS FIND THE AVERAGE
RENT FOR A TWO-BEDROOM TO BE
TOO MUCH FOR THEIR BUDGET.
THAT IS IF THEY COULD FIND A
QUALITY RENTAL IN THE FIRST
PLACE.
THAT MEANS RENTAL UNITS FOR
YOUNG ADULTS LEAVING HOME OR
FOR SENIORS LOOKING TO
DOWNSIZE ARE STRUGGLING TO
MOVE INTO THE NEXT STAGE OF
THEIR LIFE.
THANKFULLY OUR GOVERNMENT
WANTS TO PUT AFFORDABLE HOME
OWNERSHIP IN REACH OF MORE
ONTARIO FAMILIES AND PROVIDE
MORE PEOPLE WITH THE
OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE CLOSER
TO WHERE THEY WORK.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE
MINISTER FURTHER EXPAND ON
WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING
TO INCENTIVIZE THE BUILDING
OF MORE RENTAL UNITS ACROSS
ALL OF ONTARIO?

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Clark says THANKS, SPEAKER.
AGAIN I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THAT
QUESTION AND THOSE GREAT
POINTS.
SPEAKER, TO ENCOURAGE THE
BUILDING OF MORE RENTALS,
OUR GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING
TO ALLOW DEVELOPMENT CHARGES
FOR RENTAL HOUSING TO BE
PAID OVER A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD
INSTEAD OF UP FRONT,
DEFERRING THOSE DEVELOPMENT
CHARGES UNTIL THE UNITS ARE
OCCUPIED WOULD AGAIN MAKE IT
MORE ATTRACTIVE FOR RENTAL
UNITS TO BE DILT.
WE ARE ALSO EXEMPTING SECOND
UNITS FROM DEVELOPMENT
CHARGES TO AGAIN ENCOURAGE
THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE
SECONDARY UNITS.
THESE ARE THINGS, SPEAKER,
LIKE BASEMENT APARTMENTS AND
LANEWAY UNITS.
FURTHER, SPEAKER, WE'RE
WORKING WITH TRIBUNALS
ONTARIO TO FILL THE GAPS AND
INCREASE RESOURCES AT THE
LANDLORD TENANT BOARD.
WE'RE ENCOURAGING THE
BUILDING OF AFFORDABLE
HOUSING AND RENTAL UNITS
AROUND MAJOR TRANSIT STATION
AREAS.
SO ONTARIANS CAN GET TO WORK
AND HOME A LOT QUICKER.
SPEAKER, THESE PROPOSED
CHANGES WE BELIEVE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says WILL PROVIDE MORE HOMES
AND MORE CHOICE AND I WANT
TO THANK AGAIN THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THAT
WONDERFUL QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says question. The member for Timmins.

The caption changes to "Gilles Bisson. NDP. Timmins."

Bisson is in his fifties, balding, with a full white beard. He wears glasses, a white shirt and an orange tie.

He speaks French and a translator says
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF EDUCATION.
AS A RESULT OF THE PREMIER'S
CUTS TO OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM,
FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAMS
THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE ARE
AT RISK.
THE TDSB SAYS THAT THERE
WILL BE A REDUCTION, A
SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN THE
BUDGET FOR FRENCH IMMERSION
PROGRAMS.
STUDENTS IN HAMILTON FEAR
THAT THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO
TAKE FRENCH IMMERSION
CLASSES THIS FALL.
AS A RESULT OF THE INCREASE
IN CLASS SIZE IN THE UPPER
GRAND SCHOOL BOARD HAS
INDICATED THAT SMALLER CLASS
SIZES AND SPECIALIZED
COURSES SUCH AS FRENCH
IMMERSION COULD BECOME...
CAN COULD NO LONGER BE
POSSIBLE.
WHY, MADAME MINISTER, ARE
YOU CURRENTLY CUTTING FRENCH
IMMERSION PROGRAMS IN THIS
PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says SPEAKER, LET ME BE
PERFECTLY CLEAR.
WE'RE INVESTING IN EDUCATION
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE, BOTH
ENGLISH AND FRENCH.
FRENCH IMMERSION IS VERY
IMPORTANT.
I'VE HAD WONDERFUL MEETINGS
WITH OUR GOOD WORKING
PARTNERS AND WE'RE GOING TO
MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE
HONOURING THE EXPECTATIONS
AND THE NECESSITIES THAT GO
ALONG WITH ENSURING THAT
WE'RE A BILINGUAL PROVINCE,
AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS SCHOOL BOARDS ARE DOING
NOTHING BUT FEAR MONGERING.
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IS
PERPETUATING IT, AND I CAN'T
WAIT FOR SEPTEMBER TO COME
ALONG, WHEN TEACHERS ARE IN
PLACE, COURSES ARE IN PLACE,
AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS WE'RE FOCUSING IN ON
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, AND NO
MATTER WHAT THE MEMBERS
OPPOSITE SAY.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER RESPOND.

Thompson says THIS MORNING.
700 MILLION DOLLARS IN EDUCATION
AND WE'RE GOING TO GET IT
BACK ON TRACK NO MATTER WHAT
THE MESSAGE IS THAT MEMBER
OPPOSITE IS...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Bisson speaks French and a translator says
MADAME MINISTER, YOU'RE
ACCUSING SCHOOL BOARDS, BUT
IT'S YOUR CUTS THAT ARE AT
THE SEWN TER OF WHAT PEOPLE
ARE AFRAID OF IN THIS
PROVINCE.
NO ONE'S TRYING TO SCARE
ANYONE.
IT'S YOUR CUTS THAT ARE
FRIGHTENING.
YOUR CUTS MEAN THAT
DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO
REDUCE FRENCH IMMERSION
PROGRAMS AND WHY?
AS A RESULT OF THE CUTS OF
YOUR MINISTRY ON SCHOOL
BOARDS.
SO, THEREFORE, I ASK YOU THE
QUESTION AGAIN.
WHY ARE YOU PUTTING FRENCH
IMMERSION PROGRAMS AT RISK
IN THIS PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

[END OF TRANSLATION]

Thompson says WELL, SPEAKER, AGAIN, YOU
KNOW WHAT?
IT'S ONE...

[INTERJECTIONS].

The Speaker says ORDER.
OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER.
ALLOW THE MINISTER TO REPLY.
MINISTER.

Thompson says I JUST AM FINDING THE
CLAIMS COMING FROM THE PARTY
OPPOSITE TO BE ABSOLUTELY
AMUSING AT THIS STAGE OF THE
GAME.
DAY IN AND DAY OUT, THIS
PARTY IS DOING NOTHING BUT
MAKING A FOOL OUT OF
THEMSELVES.
BECAUSE WHEN THIS FALL COMES
AROUND, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE
ABSOLUTE EVIDENCE THAT THEY
WERE DOING NOTHING BUT FEAR
MONGERING.
YOU KNOW, WE'RE INVESTING IN
EDUCATION LIKE NO OTHER
GOVERNMENT HAS.
WE ARE INVESTING IN
FINANCIAL LITERACY.
WE'RE INVESTING IN MATH.
WE'RE INVESTING IN MAKING
SURE THAT THERE ARE GOOD
LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says FOR FRANCOPHONE STUDENTS.
AND WE'RE GETTING EDUCATION
BACK ON TRACK.
THEY CAN SAY THE SKY IS
FALLING.
THEY CAN PUSH ALL THE PANIC
BUTTONS THEY WANT.
BUT THE REALITY IS WE'RE
GOING TO BE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Simcoe North.

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

Dunlop is in her forties, with long straight blond hair. She wears a pale pink jacket over a printed white blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

Interjection: Yay!

Dunlop says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.
SPEAKER, THE SKILLED TRADES
ARE A CRITICAL ASPECT OF OUR
ECONOMY AND YET MANY JOBS IN
THE TRADES CONTINUE TO GO
UNFILLED.
I HAVE HEARD FROM EMPLOYERS
IN MY RIDING WHO ARE
FRUSTRATED WITH THE RED TAPE
AND STIFLING REGULATIONS
THAT THE PREVIOUS SKILLED
TRADES 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 IN BUDGET
2019 TO MODERNIZE THE
SKILLED TRADES IN ONTARIO.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US
ABOUT HOW OUR 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.

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 blue blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM SIMCOE NORTH FOR HER
GREAT WORK AND FOR THE
QUESTION.
SPEAKER, UNLIKE THE N.D.P.,
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS
BY REDUCING THE BURDENS ON
SKILLED WORKERS, AND IN THE
FALL, THE MAKING ONTARIO
OPEN FOR BUSINESS ACT WAS
PASSED, AND IMMEDIATELY
REDUCED JOURNEY PERSON TO
APPRENTICESHIP RATIOS TO A
STANDARD 1-TO-1.

[APPLAUSE]

Fullerton says BY 2019 WE INTRODUCED THE
MODERNIZING THE SKILLED
TRADES AND APPRENTICESHIP
ACT, WHICH IF PASSED WILL
CREATE A FLEXIBLE...
FLEXIBLE SYSTEM FOR THE
SKILLED TRADES IN ONTARIO.
IT WILL REDUCE RED TAPE FOR
EMPLOYERS AND APPRENTICES,
STREAMLINE SERVICE DELIVERY
AND HELP PROMOTE THE
TREMENDOUS CAREER
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SKILLED
TRADES.
THIS NEW FRAMEWORK.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fullerton says WILL ALLOW OUR WORK FORCE
TO RESPOND TO THE DEMANDS OF
THE JOB MARKETS, ENSURING
THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Dunlop says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR YOUR ANSWER.
SPEAKER, IT'S GREAT TO HEAR
WE ARE TAKING DECISIVE
ACTION TO ADDRESS THE
FAILING SKILLED TRADES
FRAMEWORK LEFT BEHIND BY THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
IT'S CLURE OUR GOVERNMENT IS
LISTENING TO EMPLOYERS AND
IT'S CLEAR THAT OUR PLAN
WILL REDUCE RED TAPE,
IMPROVE ACCESS TO THE
SKILLED TRADES AND MAKE
ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
I KNOW OUR GOVERNMENT
RECOGNIZES THE URGENT NEED
TO FILL THE SKILLS GAP AND
OPEN UP WELL-PAYING
REWARDING CAREER PATHWAYS
FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US
MORE ABOUT OUR PLAN FOR THE
SKILLED TRADES IS ALREADY
HELPING CREATE GOOD JOBS IN
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Fullerton says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR FROM
EMPLOYERS THAT OUR PLAN IS
WORKING.
DURING COMMITTEE HEARINGS
FOR BILL 100, STEVEN
HAMILTON OF THE ONTARIO HOME
BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION
HIGHLIGHTED SEVERAL
ASSOCIATIONS' MEMBERS THAT
HAVE BEEN ACTIVE IN HIRING
APPRENTICES SINCE OUR CHANGE
TO ONE-TO-ONE RATIO.
QUOTE...
JAMIE ADAM FROM PIONEER
CRAFTSMAN IN WATERLOO REGION
HAS ALREADY HIRED AN
ADDITIONAL THREE CARPENTRY
APPRENTICES.
GARY BURCH FROM HALIBURTON
COUNTY HAS HIRED AN
ADDITIONAL TWO APPRENTICES.
AND PETER MASSDEN FROM
C.C.R., BUILDING AND
REMODELING IN LONDON, HAS
HIRED SIX ADDITIONAL
CARPENTRY APPRENTICES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
SPEAKER, THESE ARE JUST A
FEW EXAMPLES OF THE JOBS
THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED AS A
DIRECT RESULT OF OUR ACTIONS.

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

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH
PROVIDES SPECIAL HEALTH
SERVICES TO THE PEOPLE OF
TORONTO BUT IN MY RIDING OF
YORK SOUTH-WESTON ALONE
THERE ARE 102 PROGRAMS AT
RISK OF BEING DEFUNCT
BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S
CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, LIKE
SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAMS
THAT SERVICE THOUSANDS OF
STUDENTS IN MY COMMUNITY.

[INTERJECTION]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
MINISTER OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES HAS TO COME TO
ORDER.
ONCE AGAIN RESTART THE CLOCK
AND GO BACK TO THE MEMBER
WITH THE QUESTION.

Hassan says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS TO THE PREMIER.
TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH
PROVIDES ESSENTIAL HEALTH
SERVICES TO THE PEOPLE OF
TORONTO BUT IN MY RIDING OF
YORK SOUTH-WESTON ALONE
THERE ARE 102 PROGRAMS AT
RISK OF BEING DEFUNCT
BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S
CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, LIKE
SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAMS
THAT SERVES THOUSANDS OF
STUDENTS IN MY COMMUNITY OR
DENTAL CARE FOR SENIOR
PROGRAMS THAT HELP KEEP
THEIR SMILES BRIGHT.
WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
TURNING ITS BACK ON THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO, THEIR
HEALTH AND THEIR WELL-BEING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

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

Elliott says PUBLIC HEALTH IS
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND WE
HAVE COMMITTED TO PROVIDE
THE CITY OF TORONTO WITH
114 MILLION DOLLARS FOR PUBLIC
HEALTH THIS YEAR, WHICH WILL
ENABLE THEM TO PROVIDE THOSE
VITAL SERVICES LIKE
VACCINATIONS.
THE BREAKFAST PROGRAMS WILL
CONTINUE.
THEY ARE ALSO PARTIALLY
FUNDED THROUGH THE MINISTRY
OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.
WE WILL ALSO BE FUNDING THE
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
NECESSARY TO SUPPORT
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
BUT IF THE TORONTO BOARD OF
HEALTH CONCENTRATES ON THOSE
ISSUES, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO
PROVIDE THOSE VITAL
SERVICES.
BUT WHAT HAS BEEN FLOATED
LATELY IS, INSTEAD OF DOING
THE HARD WORK AND GETTING
DOWN TO LOOKING THROUGH LINE
BY LINE BY LINE AT
EVERYTHING THAT THEY DO, AS
WE HAD TO DO, INSTEAD THE
AUTOMATIC ANSWER IS LET'S
RAISE TAXES.
THAT'S NOT THE ANSWER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WHAT THE CITY OF TORONTO
NEEDS TO DO IS TAKE A LOOK,
DOT HARD WORK AND FIGURE OUT
WHAT CHANGES NEED TO BE
MADE.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN
CONCENTRATE ON THE VITAL
PUBLIC...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hassan says AGAIN MY QUESTION IS TO
THE PREMIER.
WE MUST LEARN FROM OUR PAST
TO MAKE SURE THAT HISTORY
DOES NOT REPEAT ITSELF.
PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS WERE
IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF THE
WAYS TO ENSURE TRAGEDIES
SUCH AS WALKER TON OR THE
TORONTO SARS OUTBREAK NEVER
HAPPENS AGAIN.
INVESTMENT IN OUR PUBLIC
HEALTH SYSTEM IS VITAL TO
KEEPING ONTARIO STRONG AND
HEALTHY.
BUT CUTTING PUBLIC HEALTH
FUNDING AND PUTTING OVER 100
HEALTH PROGRAMS AT RISK IN
YORK SOUTH-WESTON, IN MY
COMMUNITY ALONE, WILL BE
DAMAGING TO THE LONG-TERM
HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY.
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT DO THE
RIGHT THING AND COMMIT TO
REVERSING CUTS MADE TO
PUBLIC HEALTH ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
AGAIN I WOULD SAY TO THE MEMBER, THE MINISTRY OF
HEALTH IS COMMITTED TO
SPENDING... PROVIDING THE
CITY OF TORONTO WITH 114
MILLION DOLLARS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
FOR THIS YEAR.
THAT IS MORE THAN AN
ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR
THEM TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE
THE NECESSARY PROGRAMS AND
SERVICES.
BUT I WOULD SUGGEST THAT
WHAT THE CITY SHOULD BE
DOING IS TAKING A LOOK LINE
BY LINE THROUGH AWE OF THE
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES THEY
PROVIDE TO MAKE SURE THAT
THEY ARE PROVIDING THE
SERVICES THAT MATTER MOST TO
PEOPLE, AND WHAT I HAVE
CERTAINLY HEARD FROM PEOPLE
IS THEY CARE ABOUT
VACCINATIONS.
THEY CARE ABOUT THOSE
BREAKFAST PROGRAMS.
THEY CARE ABOUT SUPPORTING
PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
WE'VE ALSO INVESTED 90
MILLION DOLLARS FOR A DENTAL PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS.
WE ARE MAKING THE
INVESTMENTS IN SERVICES THAT
MATTER MOST AND I AM SURE
THAT IF THE CITY OF TORONTO
GETS DOWN AND GOES THROUGH
LINE BY LINE OF ALL THOSE
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, THEY
WILL FIND THAT THERE IS MORE
THAN ENOUGH MONEY TO PROVIDE
THE SERVICES THAT PEOPLE
CARE ABOUT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says ESSENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICES
THAT MATTER MOST TO KEEP
PEOPLE SAFE AND HEALTHY IN
THE CITY OF TORONTO.

[APPLAUSE]

Watch: Question Period: Thursday, May 16, 2019