Transcript: Question Period: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | May 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

Horwath is in her fifties, with straight blond hair in a bob. She wears a pink blazer over a blue, floral print blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
FIRST QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THE PREMIER FINALLY
ADMITTED WHAT ONTARIO FAMILIES,
MAYORS, MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS,
MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND MOST
OF HIS CAUCUS ALREADY KNEW, CUTS
FROM PUBLIC HEALTH TO EMERGENCY
SERVICES WAS RECKLESS,
IRRESPONSIBLE AND PUT FAMILIES
AT RISK.
YET THE PREMIER STILL CLAIMS
THAT HE PLANS TO MAKE THE SAME
CUTS JUST NEXT YEAR.
WHY DOES THE PREMIER THINK THAT
THE CUTS SO DISASTROUSLY THIS
YEAR ARE GOING TO WORK BETTER
NEXT YEAR?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

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

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

He says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, OUR
GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED TO CLEAN
UP 15 YEARS OF MESS THAT THE
OPPOSITION CREATED, THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT CREATED.
347 BILLION DOLLARS AND JUST THINK OVER
THE LAST TEN YEARS, MR. SPEAKER,
THEY HAVE DOUBLED THE DEBT.
THE NDP DOUBLED THE DEBT ALONG
WITH THEIR PARTNERS, THE
LIBERALS.
WE WERE ELECTED TO CLEAN UP THE
MESS, AND I'M GLAD TO SEE THE
MUNICIPAL PARTNERS THAT WE SPOKE
TO YESTERDAY, MANY MAYORS RIGHT
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE TAKE
KNOWLEDGE THERE IS ACTUALLY
WASTE TO BE FOUND.
THERE IS TONS OF WASTE IN
FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL, MUNICIPAL
GOVERNMENTS.
I KNOW THE NDP AND THE LIBERALS
HAVE HAVEN'T COME TO REALIZE HOW
MUCH WASTE THERE IS.
WE WERE ELECTED TO CLEAN IT UP.
LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH OUR
MUNICIPAL PARTNERS.
THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS
WASTE AND GIVE A LITTLE MORE
RUNWAY.
SO IT'S A GOOD NEWS STORY.
HUGE STORY YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD
NEWS STORY.

(SOME APPLAUSE)

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

Horwath says FOR MONTHS THE PREMIER HAS
STOOD IN HIS PLACE AND DENIED
THE DAMAGE HIS BUDGET WAS
CAUSING.
ANYONE WHO RAISED LEGITIMATE
CONCERN WAS FEARMONGERING,
ANYONE WHO POINTED TO A SERIOUS
PROBLEM WAS SPREADING FALSE
INFORMATION.
NOW EVEN WHEN HE HAS BEEN FORCED
TO ADMIT HE WAS WRONG, IT'S
UNBELIEVABLE THAT THE PREMIER IS
STILL PLANNING TO IMPOSE THE
SAME MUNICIPAL CUTS NEXT YEAR
THAT FAILED THIS YEAR.
AND IF THAT'S NOT THE CASE, WHAT
OTHER SERVICES TO PEOPLE IS HE
PLANNING TO CUT AS PART OF HIS
FISCAL FANTASY, SPEAKER?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WE
LISTENED TO THE MUNICIPALITIES,
AND WE ARE A GOVERNMENT THAT
LISTENS.
WE LISTEN THAT THEY CAN SAVE
MONEY.
THEY KNOW THERE IS A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT OF WASTE IN THIS
GOVERNMENT.
NOT ONLY THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WE
ARE GOING TO PROVIDE THEM
7.35 MILLION DOLLARS TO SUPPORT THEM
FINDING EFFICIENCIES, AND
ACTUALLY A LOT OF THE MAYORS I
SPOKE TO ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE
7.35 MILLION DOLLARS.
WE ALSO PROVIDED 200 MILLION DOLLARS WE
COMMITTED TO SMALL RURAL
MUNICIPALITIES TO MODERNIZE
SERVICES.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE OPPOSITION
DOESN'T GET.
THIS CAN'T GO ON.
IT JUST CAN'T GO ON.
SPENDING AND SPENDING AND
WASTING TAXPAYERS' MONEY.
WE HAVE TO START RESPECTING THE
TAXPAYERS, EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR
FROM THE DAY WE GOT ELECTED
UNTIL THE DAY OF THE NEXT
ELECTION...
THE DAY OF THE NEXT ELECTION WE
ARE GOING TO WATCH EVERY SINGLE
PENNY THAT THIS GOVERNMENT
SPENDS.

The Speaker says THE OPPOSITION HAS TO COME TO
ORDER.
MEMBER FROM WATERLOO COME TO
ORDER.

Horwath says GUESS THE PREMIER FOUND OUT
THE HARD WAY EMERGENCY SERVICES,
PUBLIC HEALTH AND KILLED CHOIR
ARE NOT A WASTE OF PEOPLE'S TAX
DOLLARS, MR. SPEAKER.
THEY ARE NECESSARY SERVICES TO
PEOPLE AND FAMILIES RELY ON.
BUT THE REALITY IS THAT EVEN AS
THE FORD GOVERNMENT SCRAMBLES TO
DO DAMAGE CONTROL VERY LITTLE
HAS CHANGED.
STILL MOVING TO CUTS TO
MUNICIPAL TRANSIT FUNDING.
STILL RAMMING BILL 108 BIGGEST
GIFT TO DEVELOPERS THAT THIS
PROVINCE HAS EVER SEEN DESPITE
SERIOUS CONCERNS FROM MUNICIPAL
LEADERS AND STILL PLANNING TO
MAKE THE SAME CUTS NEXT YEAR
THAT WERE A DISASTER THIS YEAR.
IF THE PREMIER ACTUALLY LISTENS
TO MUNICIPAL LEADERS, WHAT DOES
HE PLAN TO DO WHEN THEY TELL HIM
THEY CAN'T AFFORD THESE CUTS
THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR, SPEAKER?

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
STOP THE CLOCK.
MEMBER FOR KING VAUGHAN MUST
COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES
COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FROM KITCHENER CONESTOGA
MUST COME TO ORDER.
(INAUDIBLE) YES, YOU ARE.
START THE CLOCK.
PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION GOT IT
BANG ON.
SHE SAID WE'RE IN DAMAGE
CONTROL.
WE HAVE BEEN IN DAMAGE CONTROL
SINCE JUNE THE 7TH WHEN WE
LOOKED AT THE BOOKS.
THE DAMAGE THAT THEY CREATED,
THE LIBERALS CREATED.
THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH DAMAGE IN
THIS PROVINCE NEVER SEEN
ANYTHING LIKE IT.
YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN YOU
TALK TO THE SMALL BUSINESS
OWNERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS RIGHT
AROUND THIS PROVINCE THEY ARE
HAPPY AS PUNCH.
WHEN YOU TALK TO THE AVERAGE
PERSON GO OUT THERE AND SPEAK TO
THEM HAPPY AS PUNCH THAT SOMEONE
FINALLY HAS THE BACKBONE TO
STAND UP TO OTHER GOVERNMENTS TO
SAY WE NEED TO FIND EFFICIENCIES
AND, MR. SPEAKER, AS SURE AS I'M
STANDING THERE THEY WILL FIND
EFFICIENCIES BECAUSE THERE IS NO
ONE ON THIS PLANET THAT DOESN'T
BELIEVE ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR
CENTS WASTE IN ANY LEVEL OF
GOVERNMENT.
THE ONLY BELIEVE THERE IS NO
WASTE ARE THE NDP GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE THEY CREATED THE WASTE.

(SOME APPLAUSE)

The Speaker says I KNOW A LOT OF EXCITEMENT
AND ENTHUSIASM IN THE HOUSE
TODAY BUT I WOULD ASK THE MEMBERS TO ALLOW THE PERSON WHO
HAS THE FLOOR, WHETHER ASKING
QUESTIONS OR MAKING A RESPONSE,
TO MAKE IT WITHOUT SHOUTING.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION. LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
NEXT QUESTION TO THE PREMIER BUT
I WILL REMIND HIM THIS
JUNE 7TH IS THE ANNIVERSARY
OF ALL OF THE DAMAGE THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS DONE FOR A YEAR
THAT PEOPLE ARE ALREADY SICK AND
TIRED OF, SPEAKER.
VERY CLEARLY.
YESTERDAY THE FORD GOVERNMENT
REVEALED TO ONTARIANS THAT THEIR
PLANS TO RIP UP ONTARIO'S
CONTRACT WITH THE BEER STORE
GOING FORWARD AND THEY ARE GOING
TO ENTER INTO YET ANOTHER LEGAL
BATTLE, SPEAKER THAT IS SET TO
COST FAMILIES HUNDREDS AND
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
CAN THE PREMIER PROVIDE AN
ESTIMATE OF EXACTLY HOW MUCH
ONTARIANS ANTICIPATE PAYING TO
GET OUT OF THIS CONTRACT?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, WE CAMPAIGNED ON
MAKING SURE WE KEPT A PROMISE TO
BRING MORE CHOICE AND
CONVENIENCE TO THE PEOPLE.
AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE NEW
BRUNSWICK, IF THEY DON'T WANT TO
GIVE THE PEOPLE CHOICE, OR DO
THEY WANT TO KEEP IT ONE OF THE
CONGLOMERATES AS I SAY, ONE OF
THE MULTINATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL
GLOBAL BEER COMPANIES, THREE OF
THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD,
CONTROL THE MARKET WITH A
TERRIBLE DEAL.
IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE TERRIBLE DEAL
THAT THE LIBERALS PUT FORWARD,
TEN-YEAR DEAL, I DON'T KNOW WHO
SIGNS TEN-YEAR DEAL TOSS HAVE A
MONOPOLY.
AND WHAT BEER COMPANY, MR.
SPEAKER, WHAT BEER COMPANY WOULD
NOT WANT MORE DISTRIBUTION?
WHAT IS THE REASON?
THIS ONLY HAPPENS ANYWHERE IN
THE WORLD THIS ONLY HAPPENS IN
ONTARIO THAT THREE BEER
COMPANIES CONTROL THE MARKET.
IT'S UNHEARD OF.
ABSOLUTELY UNHEARD OF.
WHAT IS THE REASON THE BEER
STORES...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
ASK THE MEMBER FROM NIAGARA
FALLS TO COME TO ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says BEER IS FINE BUT CERTAINLY
NOT MY PRIORITY.
CERTAINLY NOT FOR HUNDREDS OF
MILLIONS.
BUT WITH ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT IN
THE LEGISLATURE THE GOVERNMENT
SUDDENLY INTRODUCING LEGISLATION
TO FORCE THROUGH A CONTRACT
CANCELLATION THAT COULD
LITERALLY COST HUNDREDS OF
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND
THOUSANDS OF JOBS.
THE GOVERNMENT POINTS TO THIS
BAD DEAL, THIS PARTICULAR BAD
DEAL SIGNED BY THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT BUT THE FORD
GOVERNMENT HAPPILY MAINTAINS
OTHER BAD LIBERAL DEALS LIKE
PRIVATE HYDRO SCHEMES AND
PRIVATE HOSPITALS.
SOMEHOW A GROUP OF WELL
CONNECTED LOBBYISTS HAS THE
PREMIER READY TO SPEND HUNDREDS
OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PUBLIC
MONEY TO RIP UP THIS PARTICULAR
CONTRACT.
SO MY QUESTION IS, WHY IS THE
ISSUE OF DISSOLVING CONTRACTS
WITH A BEER STORE SO URGENT FOR
THIS GOVERNMENT?

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Victor Fedeli. Minister of Finance."

Fedeli is in his fifties, with short white hair and glasses. He wears a gray suit, white shirt and yellow tie, with a golden pin on his left lapel.

He says THANK YOU, PREMIER.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT JUST
ABOUT BEER AND WINE.
THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT CHOICE
AND CONVENIENCE.
THIS IS ABOUT CREATING FAIRNESS
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
TO BE CLEAR, SPEAKER, THE
GOVERNMENT DOES NOT OWN THE BEER
STORE AS MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE.
IT IS OWNED BY THREE GLOBAL BEER
MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS.
KEN HUGHES OUR SPECIAL ADVISOR
STATED THAT THE LIBERALS
SWEETHEART DEAL WITH THESE
MULTINATIONALS IS THE OBSTACLE
TO US DELIVERING ON OUR
COMMITMENT.
MR. HUGHES STATES THAT IT IS,
QUOTE, A BAD DEAL FOR ALL
ONTARIANS THAT IT QUOTES,
STIFLES COMPETITION, KEEPS
PRICES ARTIFICIALLY HIGH AND
PREVENTS NEW CRAFT BEER
ENTREPRENEURS FROM GETTING A
STRONG FOOTHOLD IN THE MARKET.
SPEAKER, THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT
PUT MULTINATIONAL PROFITS AHEAD
OF OUR FAMILIES.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER, WHAT THIS IS ABOUT
IS THE PREMIER'S PRIORITIES.
FAMILIES IN ONTARIO WANT
EXCELLENT SCHOOLS FOR THEIR
KIDS.
THEY WANT HEALTHCARE THAT THEY
CAN COUNT ON.
BUT WHEN THEY LOOK TO THIS
PREMIER FOR LEADERSHIP, SPEAKER,
THE ONLY THING HE IS OFFERING IS
BEER.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
I APOLOGIZE TO THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.
THE GOVERNMENT SIDE MUST COME TO
ORDER.
THE VOLUME PROGRESSIVELY LOUDER.
I CAN BARELY HEAR THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.
START THE CLOCK.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says SO WHEN THEY LOOK TO THIS
PREMIER AND HIS PRIORITIES, ALL
THEY SEE IS SOMEBODY WHO IS
OFFERING MORE BEER.
REALLY, SPEAKER, THAT'S THE
PRIORITIES FOR ONTARIO FAMILIES?
THE PREMIER IS READY TO LOSE
7,000 JOBS, AND HUNDREDS OF
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN A FIGHT
WITH A BEER STORE BUT HE CAN'T
FIND FUNDING FOR CHILDREN WITH
AUTISM.
WHAT KIND OF PRIORITY IS THAT,
SPEAKER?
HOW DOES THE PREMIER USE ANY
SENSE OF ONTARIO'S PRIORITIES.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT SIDE COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER OF FINANCE TO REPLY.

Fedeli says THANK YOU.
IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THE NDP DO NOT
UNDERSTAND THAT OUR
PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM GIVES US
THE TOOLS TO GET OUT OF THESE
BAD DEALS SIGNED BY PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENTS.
OUR LEGISLATION ENSURES WE CAN
GET THE BEST POSSIBLE DEAL
CONSUMERS AND TAXPAYERS WON'T BE
HELD HOSTAGE BY MULTINATIONAL
COMPANIES.
THIS SWEETHEART DEAL, SPEAKER
IS, QUOTE, A TERRIBLE DEAL FOR
ONTARIO CONSUMERS, AND SMALL
BUSINESSES.
LEFT ALONE, IT WILL CONTINUE THE
UNFAIRNESS OF THE...
OF THIS SYSTEM FOR THE NEXT SIX
YEARS.
SPEAKER, YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHY
THESE MULTINATIONAL SUPPORTED BY
THE NDP WOULD BE SO OPPOSED TO
SELLING THEIR PRODUCT IN MORE
CONVENIENCE STORES, MORE GROCERY
STORES, AND BIG BOX STORES.
IT'S BECAUSE THE SWEETHEART
DEALS OF THE LIBERALS IS SO
LUCRATIVE THAT THEY ARE CHOOSING
TO IGNORE THE ECONOMIC
OPPORTUNITIES BEFORE US, 9,000
NEW JOBS THAT CAN BE CREATED,
THE 3 and a half BILLION DOLLARS THAT WILL
BE ADDED TO OUR GDP.

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

Horwath says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY FINAL QUESTION IN THIS ROUND
IS TO THE PREMIER AGAIN BUT I
GOT TO SAY, THE PREMIER AND HIS
CAUCUS AND HIS CABINET LIKE TO
CALL EVERYBODY FEARMONGERRERS
BEEN BUT THEY ARE NOTHING BUT
BEERMONGERRERS, MR. SPEAKER.
YESTERDAY THE FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TABLED
THEIR REPORT LOOKING INTO
SPENDING AT THE MINISTRY OF
HEALTH.
THE PREMIER INSISTS THAT
SPENDING IS ON THE INCREASE BUT
WHEN THE FAO DOVE INTO THE
NUMBERS THEY FOUND SOMETHING
QUITE DIFFERENT.
PERHAPS THE BACKBENCHERS WOULD
LIKE TO HEAR EXACTLY WHAT THE
FAO SAID IN HIS REPORT, SPEAKER
AND I WILL TELL YOU WHAT THEY
KNOW AND I QUOTE THE 2019 BUDGET
PROJECTS ENOUGH SPENDING
REDUCTION OF 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS OVER
THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
THIS IS IN THE MINISTRY OF
HEALTH.
THEY ALSO NOTE, AND I QUOTE THE
FAO CANNOT DISCLOSE THE
2.7 BILLION DOLLAR REDUCTION BY
PROGRAM AREA AS THE PROVINCE HAS
DEEMED THIS INFORMATION TO BE A
CABINET RECORD.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US WHAT
HEALTH SERVICES HE PLANS TO CUT
IN ORDER TO FIND 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS?
AND WHY THE FORD GOVERNMENT
WOULD TRY TO KEEP THAT
INFORMATION SECRET.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
STOP THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR WHITBY MUST COME
TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR KING VAUGHAN MUST
COME TO ORDER.
THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT SIDE NEEDS
TO COME TO ORDER.
THE OPPOSITION MUST COME TO
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
PREMIER TO REPLY.

Ford says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
CERTAINLY WE THANK THE FAO FOR
HIS REPORT AND HIS CONFIRMATION
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT'S MEASURED,
THOUGHTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE PATH
TO BALANCE IS CREDIBLE AND THE
PLAN LAID OUT IN BUDGET 2019
WILL PUT THE PROVINCE ON A
SUSTAINABLE FOOTING.
SPEAKER, THE TITLE PROTECTING
WHAT MATTERS MOST SAYS EVERYTHING.
WE ARE TAKING A BALANCED
APPROACH TO MANAGING THE
PROVINCE'S FINANCES.
WE'RE ALREADY SEEING THE SUCCESS
OF OUR PLANS.
THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS HIRED
170,000 PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO.
THAT TELLS YOU OUR PLAN IS
WORKING.
WE KNOW THE OPPOSITION DOES NOT
SHARE OUR VISION.
THEIR PRIORITIES ARE TO CONTINUE
TO TAX, SPEND MORE AND GET LESS
BUT WE'LL CONTINUE OUR
RESPONSIBLE PATH TO BALANCE
WHILE PROVIDING TRUE AND REAL
RELIEF IN PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST, THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Horwath says SPEAKER, FOR MONTHS THE
PREMIER HAS INSISTED THAT HIS
CUTS DON'T HAVE ANY
CONSEQUENCES.
I THINK THE FINANCE MINISTER IS
TRYING TO SELL THAT SAME STORY.
THE FACT IS AFTER YESTERDAY, NO
ONE BELIEVES THEM ANYMORE.
THE PREMIER CAN ACCUSE THE
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICER
OF FEARMONGERING.
THEY CAN CALL HIM A LEFTY IF
THEY WANT BUT THE NUMBERS ARE IN
BLACK AND WHITE.
AT LEAST THE NUMBERS THAT THE
PREMIER WILL LET US SEE.
IS THE PREMIER WILLING TO DO THE
RIGHT THING, SPEAKER AND REVERSE
THE HEALTHCARE CUTS, THE
2.7 BILLION DOLLARS THAT WERE
IDENTIFIED YESTERDAY BY THE FAO
IN HEALTHCARE CUTS?
OR IS HE ONCE AGAIN GOING TO
DENY REALITY, IGNORE PUBLIC
OUTCRY AND PRETEND THE CUTS JUST
AREN'T HAPPENING.

The Speaker says QUESTION.
MINISTER.

Fedeli says THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.
LET'S BE PERFECTLY CLEAR, THE
BUDGET IS FULLY COSTED AND ALL
EFFICIENCIES AND ALL MONEY
INITIATIVES ARE ACCOUNTED FOR.
SO LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT'S IN
BLACK AND WHITE.
WHAT'S IN BLACK AND WHITE IN THE
HEALTH BUDGET IS 1.3 BILLION DOLLAR INCREASE IN THE BUDGET.
384 MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE IN
HOSPITALS.
267 MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE IN
LONG-TERM...
IN HOME CARE.
1.75 BILLION DOLLARS FOR 15,000 NEW
LONG-TERM CARE BEDS.
MANY OF WHICH ARE UNDER
CONSTRUCTION THIS VERY MINUTE.
90 MILLION DOLLARS, 90 MILLION DOLLARS FOR LOW
INCOME SENIORS HEALTHCARE.
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NDP TO
STAND UP TOMORROW AND VOTE IN
FAVOUR OF GIVING 90 MILLION DOLLARS TO
100,000 SENIORS IN NEED OF
DENTAL CARE.
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT TOMORROW.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX HAS TO
COME TO ORDER.
YES, THAT'S YOU.
MEMBER FOR WATERLOO HAS TO COME
TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER for Flamborough-Glanbrook.

The caption changes to "Donna Skelly. PC. Flamborough-Glanbrook."

Skelly is in her forties, with long straight chestnut hair. She wears a light gray blazer and a white shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT WAS
ELECTED TO CLEAN UP THE FISCAL
MESS LEFT BEHIND BY THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
FOR 15 YEARS THERE WAS RECKLESS
SPENDING AND PROMISES MADE ON
THE BACKS OF TAXPAYERS IN AN
ATTEMPT TO SIMPLY STAY IN POWER.
LAST JUNE THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
VOTED FOR CHANGE.
THEY VOTED TO END THE WASTEFUL
SPENDING OF THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT AND TO GET OUR FISCAL
HOUSE IN ORDER.
SPEAKER, THAT MEANS WE NEED TO
MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS WHICH IS
WHAT RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENTS DO.
CAN THE PREMIER PLEASE EXPLAIN
TO THIS HOUSE THE ACTIONS OUR
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO RETURN
TO BALANCE WHILE PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I WANT
TO THANK THE FABULOUS,
INCREDIBLE MEMBER FINALLY HAVE A
VOICE UP IN HAMILTON RATHER THAN
A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO
SPEND MONEY UP THERE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE WERE ELECTED
AGAIN ON JUNE THE 7TH TO
CLEAN UP THE FINANCIAL MESS OF
THIS PROVINCE THAT THE NDP AND
LIBERALS CREATED,
347 BILLION DOLLARS LONG-TERM DEBT LEFT
TO THE CHILDREN AND
GRANDCHILDREN.
MR. SPEAKER, ALWAYS TALKING
ABOUT CHILDREN AND
GRANDCHILDREN.
WHERE ARE WE GOING TO LEAVE
THEM, A DEBT OF 347 BILLION DOLLARS,
13.3 BILLION DOLLARS INTEREST EVERY
SINGLE YEAR.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, MR.
SPEAKER, BEEN HERE AN HOUR, A
MILLION DOLLARS AND A HALF DOLLARS ON
THE INTEREST THAT THE NDP LEFT
US.
YOU CAN'T CONTINUE ON WITH
SOCIAL LIST MENTALITY THAT
NDP...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Skelly says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
BACK TO THE PREMIER.
SPEAKER WHEN WE COMMITTED TO
BALANCING THE BOOKS OF THE
GOVERNMENT WE ALSO MADE IT CLEAR
THAT WE EXPECT OUR PARTNERS TO
DO THE SAME AND WE ARE HELPING
THEM ACHIEVE THIS.
THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING PREVIOUSLY
ANNOUNCED 200 MILLION DOLLARS TO SMALL
AND RURAL MUNICIPALITIES AND OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED OVER
7 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING THROUGH
THE AUDIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
FUND TO HELP MUNICIPALITIES FIND
FOUR CENTS ON THE DOLLAR IN
SAVINGS.
SPEAKER, CAN THE PREMIER PLEASE
SPEAK FURTHER TO THE
ANNOUNCEMENTS HE MADE WITH THE
MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
AND HOUSING YESTERDAY TO FURTHER
OUR WORK WITH MUNICIPALITIES TO
FIND SAVINGS AND BRING ONTARIO
BACK TO BALANCE.

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH AND I THANK THE MPP AGAIN.
MR. SPEAKER, I TALKED TO
NUMEROUS MAYORS EVERY THE LAST
WEEK, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM,
EVERY ONE OF THEM SAID, YES WE
CAN FIND SAVINGS.
THEY ADMITTED THEY CAN FIND
SAVINGS SO THEY ADMITTED THAT
THERE IS WASTE.
THEY ASKED FOR A LITTLE BIT MORE
TIME WE SAT DOWN WE SAID OKAY WE
ARE GOING TO EXTEND THE RUNWAY A
LITTLE LONGER.
WE ARE GOING TO SUPPORT YOU.
WE'LL GIVE YOU 7.35 MILLION DOLLARS ANY
OF THE LARGE URBAN AREAS, SAID
TO THE SMALL MUNICIPALITIES
TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF WE'LL SUPPORT
YOU WITH 200 MILLION DOLLARS BECAUSE
WHEN YOU FIND SAVINGS IT GOES
RIGHT BACK INTO THE POCKETS OF
THE TAXPAYERS FOR 15 YEARS
TAXPAYERS HAVEN'T BEEN RESPECTED
HERE, MR. SPEAKER.
ALL THEY DO CONSTANTLY IS WANT
TO TAX AND SPEND.
OUR GOVERNMENT DOESN'T BELIEVE
IN TRACTION AND SPEND.
WE BELIEVE IN CREATING JOBS,
PROSPERITY, GROWTH, WEALTH FOR
EVERY SINGLE ONTARIO RESIDENT.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION.

The caption changes to "Bhutila Karpoche. NDP. Parkdale-High Park."

Karpoche is in her thirties, with long straight black hair. She wears a short-sleeved black plaid dress.

She says TO THE PREMIER ONE IN FIVE
YOUTH IN ONTARIO WILL EXPERIENCE
A MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGE.
YESTERDAY THE FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE PUBLISHED
A REPORT THAT REVEALED A
CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT CUT
69 MILLION DOLLARS COMPARED TO THE YEAR
BEFORE.
THIS IS A 15 percent CUT TO CHILDREN'S
MENTAL HEALTH WHEN CHILDREN AND
YOUTH ARE ALREADY WAITING MONTHS
TO ALONG FOR MENTAL HEALTH
RESOURCES.
DOES THE PREMIER BELIEVE THAT
THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR
FAMILIES SHOULD FEND FOR
THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT
WHAT MATTERS MOST TO HIS
GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE
TAKE MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERIOUSLY.
WE ENDED UP COMMITTING
1.9 BILLION DOLLARS TO MENTAL HEALTH.
BUT YOU KNOW SOMETHING, MR.
SPEAKER, WHEN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
SUPPORTS US I GIVE THEM CREDIT.
I GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
CREDIT THAT MATCHES THE
1.9 BILLION DOLLARS.
WE PUT 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS BACK INTO
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS.
WE ARE MAKING SURE WE GO AFTER
CORE SERVICES TO SUPPORT PEOPLE
WITH ADDICTIONS AND MENTAL
HEALTH.
THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT, NO
GOVERNMENT IN THIS COUNTRY THAT
HAS PUT 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS INTO
SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH.
I HAVE ALL THE CONFIDENCE IN THE
WORLD...
I HAVE ALL THE CONFIDENCE IN THE
WORLD IN OUR MINISTER OF HEALTH.
SHE IS MAKING SURE WE ARE NOT
LEAVING ANYONE OUT.
NO ONE AT ALL OUT.
WE ARE GOING TO BE MAKING SURE
WE SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS.

The Speaker says ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Karpoche says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER AND HIS
GOVERNMENT TALK A LOT ABOUT
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS BUT
SO FAR WHAT WE SEE ARE DIRECT
CUTS TO FRONT LINE CARE AND
SERVICES.
IN FACT, THE CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT FAILED TO MATCH THE
174 MILLION DOLLARS FEDERAL INVESTMENT
IN MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
FUNDING IN ONTARIO THIS YEAR.
AND NOW THEY ARE CUTTING
69 MILLION DOLLARS FROM CHILDREN AND
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.
ONCE AGAIN, THE GOVERNMENT IS
CHOOSING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET
ON THE BACKS OF VULNERABLE
CHILDREN.
WILL THE PREMIER DO THE RIGHT
THING, LISTEN TO FAMILIES
SEEKING HELP FOR THEIR CHILDREN
AND REVERSE THE DEEP CUTS MADE
TO CHILDREN AND YOUTH MENTAL
HEALTH PROGRAMS?

The Speaker says RECOGNIZE THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

The Speaker says DEFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF LABOUR.

The caption changes to "Honourable Laurie Scott. PC. Minister of Labour."

Scott is in her mid-fifties, with blond hair in a bob. She wears a bright blue blazer over a white blouse, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE
MADE HISTORIC INVESTMENTS IN
MENTAL HEALTH.
TO SAY THE OPPOSITE IS JUST NOT
ACCURATE.
YESTERDAY ALONE, LEGISLATION WAS
INTRODUCED...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION COME TO ORDER.

Scott says PROMOTING AND PROTECTING
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
SERVICES.
WE ARE ACTUALLY FOLLOWING THIS
SELECT COMMITTEE, I KNOW A
MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION WAS
UPON ON MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS IN 2010, THAT IS ONE
OF THE KEY RECOMMENDATIONS, WAS
TO ESTABLISH A MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
WITH ONTARIO HEALTH.
INVESTMENTS BY THE MINISTRIES
COORDINATING WITH COMMUNITY
SERVICES THAT'S WHAT THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM
CARE IS DOING.
WE SPEAK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS AND HELP EVERY DAY IN
THIS LEGISLATURE.
MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE A LOT OF
PIECES OF THE PUZZLE BUT WE ARE
ON OUR WAY TO SOLVING...

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
I HAVE TO ASK THE MEMBER FOR PARKDALE HIGH PARK TO COME TO
ORDER.
MEMBER FROM ESSEX ONCE AGAIN TO
COME TO ORDER.
SOLICITOR GENERAL TO COME TO
ORDER.
MEMBER FOR WATERLOO ONCE AGAIN,
PLEASE COME TO ORDER.
NEXT QUESTION. START THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR GUELPH.

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE PREMIER.
LAST WEEK A REPORT CAME OUT
SHOWING THAT THE CLEAN TECH
SECTOR GENERATES 35 BILLION DOLLARS OF
INVESTMENT IN 2017 REPRESENTING
3 percent OF CANADA'S GDP.
ONTARIO IS HOME TO 39 percent OF THIS
GDP GROWTH GENERATING 138460
JOBS.
YET YOUR GOVERNMENT SEEMS
DETERMINED TO SHUT THE DOOR TO
THESE JOBS.
TO DATE THE GOVERNMENT HAS
RIPPED UP CONTRACTS FOR CLEAN
ENERGY.
CANCELLED RETROFIT PROGRAMS
HELPING PEOPLE SAVE MONEY BY
SAVING ENERGY.
AND NOW YOU ARE CUTTING PROGRAMS
THAT SUPPORT JOB CREATION IN
INNOVATION AND CLEAN TECH.
MR. SPEAKER, WILL THE PREMIER
STOP ATTACKING INNOVATORS IN
CLEAN TECH JOB BY REVERSING CUTS
TO COMMUNE TECH, MARS AND OTHER
INNOVATION PROGRAMS CREATING
ONTARIO JOBS AND HELPING GROW
CLEAN TECH BUSINESS.

The Speaker says I REMIND MEMBERS TO MAKE
COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR.
QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT.

The Speaker says DEFERRED TO MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
WE AS A NEW GOVERNMENT HERE IN
ONTARIO HAD TO MAKE A NUMBER OF
VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS OVER
THE LAST NUMBER OF MONTHS SINCE
WE HAVE BEEN HERE BUT THE ONE
THING I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT WE
ARE CONTINUING TO WORK WITH OUR
PARTNERS IN THE CLEAN TECH
SECTOR.
WE ARE CERTAINLY WORKING WITH
OUR PARTNERS IN THE INNOVATION
SECTOR.
AND WHEN IT COMES TO GROUPS LIKE
COMMUNITTECH OR MARS WE WORKED
WITH THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
AND ONE THING I WILL SAY MR.
SPEAKER THEY UNDERSTAND THE
CHALLENGES OUR GOVERNMENT IS
FACING WHEN IT COMES TO THE
15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT HERE IN
ONTARIO AND THAT EVERYONE IS
GOING TO HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER
TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE GETTING
THE END RESULT THAT WE ALL WANT,
AND THAT IS THAT ONTARIO IS ON A
FISCAL FINANCIAL FOOTING,
BECAUSE IF WE ARE FISCALLY
RESPONSIBLE HERE IN ONTARIO, IF
WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS
IN THE INNOVATION AND TECH
SECTOR TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE
GETTING THE OUTCOMES THAT WE
WANT, WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE THE
TYPE OF JOB GROWTH THAT WE HAVE
EXPERIENCED OVER THE LAST
SEVERAL MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER.
170,000 JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED
HERE IN ONTARIO ACROSS ALL
SECTORS AND THAT'S BECAUSE WE
ARE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS.

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Schreiner says MR. SPEAKER, GIVEN THE
PREMIER'S RESPONSE, RECEIVED AT
A RECENT INTERNATIONAL TECH
CONFERENCE I WOULD SUGGEST THAT
THE MINISTER WORK A LITTLE MORE
CLOSELY WITH THE TECH SECTOR.
ANY GOOD ECONOMIC STRATEGIST
WOULD TELL YOU NEED TO SKATE
WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING NOT TO
WHERE IT HAS BEEN.
ONTARIO IS WELL POSITIONED TO BE
A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE
FAST-GROWING CLEAN TECH SECTOR
IF WE SUPPORT THE SECTOR, MR.
SPEAKER.
SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE
TECH SECTOR IS KEY TO OUR
SUCCESS, AND IT WILL ALSO HELP
TACKLE THE HIGH YOUTH
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 12 percent.
SO, MR. SPEAKER, IF THE PREMIER
IS NOT GOING TO RESTORE CUTS TO
COMMUNITECH AND MARS AND OTHER
HUBS, WILL THE GOVERNMENT
RESTORE THE YOUTH JOB LINK AND
TALENT THAT WAS HELPING TECH
BUSINESSES HIRE YOUNG PEOPLE TO
GIVE THEM THE HELP AND HAND'S ON
JOB EXPERIENCE TO SUCCEED?

The Speaker says QUESTION DEFERRED TO THE
MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT.

Smith says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE BEEN
MEETING WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE
WORKING IN THE TECH SECTOR RIGHT
NOW.
ONTARIO IS EXPLODING, BURSTING
AT THE SEAMS WHEN IT COMES TO
OUR TECH SECTOR JOBS, MR.
SPEAKER WHETHER ATTICA NATIONAL
AT THAT NORTH AND I HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY THERE WHERE SERIOUS
ABOUT TECH, WITH TRAINING
COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITY OR THIS
MORNING AT A DIGITAL MEDIA
CREATOR, MR. SPEAKER, MAKING
VIDEO GAMES THAT ARE BEING
SPREAD ALL AROUND THE WORLD, MR.
SPEAKER.
65 JOBS RIGHT NOW AT THE COMPANY
THAT I WAS AT THIS MORNING
HEADING FOR 250 JOBS IN THE NEXT
COUPLE OF YEARS.
AND YOU KNOW WHY THEY ARE
EXPANDING, MR. SPEAKER, THEY ARE
EXPANDING BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT
HAS TAX INCENTIVES IN CERTAIN
AREAS BUT WE'RE ALSO CREATING AN
ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY CAN BE
SUCCESSFUL BY REDUCING RED TAPE,
WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUE HERE,
THE MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND
CONSUMER SERVICES, TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE ARE CHANGING PROCUREMENT
IN ONTARIO SO THAT WE CAN BE
EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL AND
CONTINUE TO SEE THE TYPE OF JOB
GROWTH IN THE TECH SECTOR THAT
WE WANT TO SEE.

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
STOP THE CLOCK.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for SAULT STE. MARIE.

The caption changes to "Ross Romano. PC. Sault Saint. Marie."

Romano is in his forties, with short gray hair and a stubble. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and black tie.

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY.
IN BUDGET 2019 OUR GOVERNMENT
COMMITTED TO PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
AND THAT INCLUDES PROTECTING OUR
ENVIRONMENT AND OUR NATURAL
RESOURCES.
COST ONTARIO TAXPAYERS BILLIONS
OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR.
IN FACT, RECENT STUDIES
ESTIMATED THE IMPACT OF INVASIVE
SPECIES IN ONTARIO AT
3.6 BILLION DOLLARS WITH A B, MR.
SPEAKER, DOLLARS EVERY YEAR.
OUR MADE IN ONTARIO ENVIRONMENT
PLAN RECOGNIZES THESE IMPACTS
AND COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH
PARTNERS TO COMBAT, PREVENT,
DETECT AND RESPOND TO INVASIVE
SPECIES.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER
PLEASE UPDATE OUR HOUSE ON THE
RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT WHERE OUR
GOVERNMENT COMMITTED SUPPORTING
THE IMPORTANT WORK DONE BY THE
INVASIVE SPECIES CENTRE IN MY
RIDING OF SAULT STE. MARIE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
WANT TO THANK THE GREAT MEMBER
FROM SAULT STE. MARIE FOR
THAT QUESTION.
I ALSO WANT TO THANK HIM FOR
MAKING THE FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT
ON BEHALF OF OUR GOVERNMENT FOR
THE PEOPLE.
WE KNOW THAT WE MUST CONTINUE TO
WORK TOGETHER ON ALL FRONTS TO
IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO THE
THREAT OF INVASIVE SPECIES.
THE INVASIVE SPECIES CENTRE IS A
LEADER IN INVASIVE SPECIES
SCIENCE, EDUCATION AND ACTION.
AND WE BELIEVE THEY ARE IN THE
BEST POSITION TO PROTECT OUR
ECOSYSTEMS PROVINCEWIDE.
OUR GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES THE
IMPORTANT WORK THE INVASIVE
SPECIES CENTRE DOES THROUGH
RESEARCH AND ON THE GROUND
ACTIONS TO PREVENT THE
INTRODUCTION AND SPREAD OF
INVASIVE SPECIES.
AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
THAT WE WILL BE INVESTING
850,000 TO SUPPORT THEIR
CONTINUED EFFORTS.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Romano says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER
FOR THAT GREAT ANSWER.
THE CENTRE DOES VITAL WORK AND
PEOPLE ACROSS ONTARIO KNOW THAT
INVASIVE SPECIES POSE A REAL AND
ACTIVE THREAT TO ONTARIO'S
LANDS, LAKES, RIVERS AND OUR
ECONOMY.
SINCE 2011, WHEN THE INVASIVE
SPECIES CENTRE WAS FORMED AS A
STRATEGIC INITIATIVE OF THE
ONTARIO AND THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT, IT HAS SERVED AS A
UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF PARTNERSHIPS,
AND AS A HUB FOR COLLABORATION.
BY BRINGING TOGETHER
GOVERNMENTS, INDUSTRY,
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, AND
ACADEMIA, THE INVASIVE SPECIES
CENTRE PLAYS A LEADING ROLE IN
COORDINATING OUR EFFORTS TO
FIGHT INVASIVE SPECIES IN
ONTARIO.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
ELABORATE ON HOW MUCH INVASIVE
SPECIES COSTS THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO AND WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS FOCUSED ON AS WE CONTINUE TO
COMBAT THEIR SPREAD?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yakabuski says THANKS AGAIN TO THE MEMBER
FOR THE QUESTION.
AND PERHAPS NO ONE KNOWS THE
COST OF INVASIVE SPECIES BETTER
THAN PRESIDENT OF THE INVASIVE
SPECIES CENTRE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS WHO HAD THIS TO SAY
ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT'S
ANNOUNCEMENT.
AND I QUOTE, THE MADE IN ONTARIO
ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN, ENVIRONMENT
PLAN RECOGNIZED THAT PREVENTING
INVASIVE SPECIES IS THE SINGLE
MOST EFFECTIVE AND LEAST COSTLY
METHOD TO MANAGE INVASIVE
SPECIES.
IN FACT, FOR EVERY DOLLAR SPENT
ON COORDINATED
MULTIJURISDICTIONAL PREVENTION
ACTIVITIES, 3 IN MITIGATION
REGULATORY AND DEPLETION COSTS
CAN BE AVOIDED IF ONLY ONE SUCH
PEST IS PREVENTED FROM
ESTABLISHING.
THE INVASIVE SPECIES CENTRE IS
COMMITTED TO WORKING TOGETHER TO
FIND EFFICIENCIES IN THE FIGHT
AGAINST INVASIVE SPECIES AND
THANKS THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO
FOR ITS SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT
TO PROTECTING OUR NATURAL SPACES
AND ECONOMIES.
I THINK BOB'S GOT IT RIGHT.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

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

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

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered blond hair in a bob. She wears a patterned black blouse and a silver necklace.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER.
SPEAKER, FOLLOWING A MASSIVE
PUBLIC BACKLASH AGAINST THE
PREMIER'S CUTS TO
MUNICIPALITIES, HE HAS DECIDED
TO GIVE THEM A BIT MORE RUNWAY,
RUNWAY I THINK THE WORD USED
BEFORE BRINGING DOWN THE AX ON
CHILD CARE, AMBULANCE SERVICES
AND PUBLIC HEALTH.
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO OUR
SCHOOLS, THE RUNWAY TO ADAPT TO
THIS GOVERNMENT'S MASSIVE
EDUCATION CUTS IS GETTING
SHORTER EVERY DAY.
THESE CUTS WILL HIT STUDENTS
HARD THIS FALL AS THEY RETURN TO
LARGER CLASSES AND FEWER OPTIONS
AND LESS TIME WITH TEACHERS AND
OTHER EDUCATION WORKERS.
SPEAKER, SCHOOL BOARDS ARE
FINALIZING THEIR BUDGETS RIGHT
NOW.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR THE
PREMIER TO DO THE RIGHT THING.
WILL HE REVERSE HIS CUTS TO OUR
SCHOOLS.

The Speaker says QUESTION.
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 blazer over a blue blouse.

She says MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO
START OFF BY SAYING PERHAPS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE MISSED THE MEMO.
WE ARE ACTUALLY INCREASING
SPENDING IN EDUCATION BY
700 MILLION DOLLARS.
AND AGAIN, WE ARE GETTING
EDUCATION BACK ON TRACK BECAUSE
WE INHERITED A SYSTEM THAT WAS
ABSOLUTELY BROKEN AND FAILING
OUR STUDENTS.
SO WE NEED TO TAKE STEPS IN
TERMS OF GETTING IT BACK ON
TRACK AND LET ME TELL YOU, WE'RE
WORKING WITH OUR SCHOOL BOARDS
AND I'M PLEASED TO SAY WHEN I
WAS IN NORTHERN ONTARIO LAST
WEEK, THE SCHOOL BOARD, THE
SCHOOL BOARD INDICATED TO ME
THEY WILL BE ABLE TO FIND 4 percent.
OTHER SCHOOL BOARDS ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE ARE KEEPING THEIR HEAD
DOWN AND WORKING WITH US AND
IDENTIFYING WAYS TO ACHIEVE
EFFICIENCIES, AND YOU KNOW THE
FACT OF THE MATTER IS, WE ARE
WORKING ON INTRODUCING AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOL BOARDS TO
WORK WITH US.
WE HAVE INVITED THEM TO COME
FORWARD AND SAY, YEAH, WE WOULD
LIKE TO TAKE...
PARTICIPATE IN THE AUDIT AND
ACCOUNTABILITY EXERCISE THAT YOU
ARE WORKING THROUGH BECAUSE,
SURELY, SCHOOL BOARDS ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE CAN FIND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
Supplementary question.

Stiles says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND BACK TO THE PREMIER.
I GOT TO ASK YOU, WHAT DOES THIS
GOVERNMENT HAVE AGAINST KIDS?
CUTTING 69 MILLION DOLLARS FROM
CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH,
SLASHING OUR CLASSROOMS, AND I'M
HAPPY TO BRIEF THE MINISTER, MR.
SPEAKER ON HOW HER BUDGET IS
SHORTCHANGING OUR KIDS.
EVERY SINGLE DAY, MORE TEACHERS
AND EDUCATION WORKERS ARE BEING
HANDED PINK SLIPS.
THIS GOVERNMENT KNOW IT IS.
WE KNOW IT.
FAMILIES KNOW IT.
STUDENTS KNOW IT.
I HEARD FIRSTHAND LAST WEEK FROM
PARENTS AND TEACHERS IN NORTH
BAY AND THE MINISTER OF
FINANCE'S OWN RIDING HALF OF ALL
SECONDARY TEACHERS IN A SINGLE
BOARD STAND TO BE LOST.
ALONG WITH 62 IN ELEMENTARY
SCHOOLS.
62.
SPEAKER, AS WE SIT HERE...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT SIDE COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR ESSEX COME TO ORDER.

Stiles says IT'S CAUSING ENORMOUS
ANXIETY, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THE PROGRAMS THAT HELP OUR
MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS ARE AT
RISK.
WILL THE PREMIER TAKE A SECOND
LOOK AND CHANGE COURSE BEFORE IT
IS TOO LATE?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Thompson says YOU KNOW WHAT, MR. SPEAKER, I
HAVE TO TELL YOU I ABSOLUTELY
REJECT ALL THE DRAMATIC
PREPOSTEROUS NONSENSE COMING
FROM THAT MEMBER OPPOSITE.
ALL THE DRAMA THAT SHE IS TRYING
TO CREATE, SINCERELY I SAY TO
HER IT HAS NO MERIT WHATSOEVER.
WHEN WE GO ACROSS THE PROVINCE,
THE MEMBER FROM NIAGARA WEST
ACTUALLY SHARED WITH ME NO
TEACHERS ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS.
YOU KNOW, AS WE GO SCHOOL BOARDS
AFTER SCHOOL BOARD WE ARE GOING
TO GET IT RIGHT AND WE ARE
WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS.
AND YOU KNOW, LET'S TALK ABOUT
OUR BUDGETS.
OUR PLAN AND EDUCATION THAT
WORKS FOR YOU IS ABSOLUTELY
GEARING UP TO MAKE SURE THAT
AFTER 15 YEARS OF FAILING OUR
STUDENTS BY THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT UNDER KATHLEEN WYNNE
AND DALTON MCGUINTY GETTING
THINGS BACK ON TRACK.
MET WITH PARENT ASSOCIATION
TRUSTEE LAST WEEK AND THEY ARE
ON BOARD MAKING SURE WE ARE
ENGAGING AND PREPARING
STUDENTS...

The Speaker says THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

(SOME APPLAUSE)

The Speaker says CONSIDERABLE NOISE ON BOTH
SIDES OF THE HOUSE, AND IT'S
RISING.
I'M GOING TO ASK THE MEMBERS TO
COME TO ORDER.
ORDER.
THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER.

The caption changes to "Marie-France Lalonde. Liberal. Orléans."

Lalonde is in her forties, with straight brown hair in a bob and bangs. She wears a patterned white blouse.

She speaks in French and a translator says
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

In English, Lalonde continues
EARLIER THIS WEEK THIS
GOVERNMENT ADDED CHILD BENEFIT
TOSS SEEMINGLY ENDLESS LIST OF
SHORT SIDED CUTS.
A PROGRAM OF LAST RESORT THAT
GAVE FAMILIES MONEY FOR FOOD AND
BASIC NEEDS.
MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT IN
THIS HOUSE WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT
CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE FOOD AND
CLOTHING.
THEY SHOULD NOT BE COLD AND
HUNGRY.
MEANWHILE, THE PREMIER AND HIS
GOVERNMENT ARE SPENDING MILLIONS
ON PEDALLING BEER IN CORNER
STORES.
SO, SPEAKER, IS THE PREMIER OKAY
WITH HAVING COLD AND HUNGRY
CHILDREN IN ONTARIO AS LONG AS
IT'S EASIER TO BUY A BEER?

The Speaker says THE QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

The Speaker says DEFERRED TO 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 striped blue tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS MOVING FORWARD
WITH SOCIAL ASSISTANCE REFORMS
THAT WILL RESTORE DIGNITY,
ENCOURAGE EMPLOYMENT, EMPOWER
THE PROVINCE'S MOST VULNERABLE
TO GET BACK TO A PATH OF
SELF-RELIANCE, PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT WHICH THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE WAS A MEMBER OF HAD A
PATCHWORK OF BENEFITS AND
SUPPORT PROGRAMS, FORCED
FAMILIES TO SPEND PRECIOUS TIME
SEARCHING FOR RELEVANT RESOURCES
THROUGH MULTIPLE OFFICES.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED BY
HELPING FAMILIES BY SIMPLIFYING
THE SUPPORT.
PROVIDES EQUAL ACCESS TO
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO
FILE THEIR TAXES.
THAT'S WHY WE ARE INCREASING OUR
INVESTMENT IN THE ONTARIO CHILD
BENEFIT BY 31 MILLION DOLLARS FOR TOTAL
OF 1.2 MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR.
THIS WILL ABSLOW...
THERE WILL BE A SLOW AND GRADUAL
WIND DOWN OF THE TRANSITIONAL
CHILD BENEFIT AND RECIPIENTS
WILL BE NOTIFIED DIRECTLY WELL
IN ADVANCE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION
DATE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE DEALING WITH
THE RECORD DEFICIT AND DEBT THAT
THAT MEMBER OPPOSITE WAS A PART
OF THAT DEVASTATED SERVICES OF
ONTARIO AND PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Lalonde says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE
APPRECIATE THE PREMIER ANSWERING
THE QUESTION ABOUT HIS
IMPORTANCE FOR CHILDREN OR BEER
IN ONTARIO AND I THINK SO FAR
WHAT I HAVE HEARD TIME AND TIME
FROM THIS GOVERNMENT IS THE
IMPORTANCE OF BEER ALL ACROSS
ONTARIO.
I WILL REMIND THIS GOVERNMENT
ALSO OF LAST YEAR'S DECISION TO
SLAP OUR FRANCO ONTARIANS...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT SIDE COME TO
ORDER.

Lalonde says BY CUTTING THE FRENCH
LANGUAGE SERVICES COMMISSIONERS
AND ABANDONING THE FRANCOPHONE
UNIVERSITIES.

She speaks in French and a translator says
FRANCO ONTARIANS AND
FRANCOPHONES WE ARE A COMMUNITY,
SUPPORTING THIS COMMUNITY AND WE
HAVE LIKE A BILINGUALISM.

In English, Lalonde continues
THE PREMIER MADE A CHOICE TO
SPEND UP TO A BILLION DOLLARS, A
BILLION DOLLARS TO SELL BEER IN
CORNER STORES.
WHY IS SELLING BEER MORE
IMPORTANT TO HIM THAN THE
FRANCOPHONE ONTARIANS?

The Speaker says OKAY.
ASK THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER
CONESTOGA TO COME TO ORDER.
MARKHAM STOUFFVILLE MUST COME TO
ORDER.
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION CAN
REPLY.

Yurek says THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.
I CAN TELL THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE WE ARE
DETERMINED SIT FOUR YEARS
STRAIGHT AND SERVE THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO AND ELECTED US.
NOT RUN OFF AND JOIN ANOTHER
PARTY DOWN IN THE POLLS AND
HIGHLY DOUBTFUL THEY WILL RETAIN
POWER, MR. SPEAKER.
BUT MR. SPEAKER, LET US BE
STRAIGHT.
THAT MEMBER OPPOSITE PART OF
THAT GOVERNMENT,
15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.
OVER 300 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT.
1 BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH IS SERVICING
THAT DEBT.
OVER 13 BILLION DOLLARS GOES TO SERVICE
THE INTEREST ON THAT DEBT.
CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT WE COULD DO
FOR SERVICES ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE IF WE WEREN'T SERVICING
THAT DEBT, MR. SPEAKER?
IT'S UNHEARD OF, WHAT THAT
MEMBER DID TO THIS PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO AND HOPEFULLY NOT JOIN
HER COMRADES UP IN THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT AND DO WHAT THEY DID
TO ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER.

(SOME APPLAUSE)

The Speaker says THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Carleton.

The caption changes to "Goldie Ghamari. PC. Carleton."

Ghamari is in her thirties, with long straight black hair. She wears glasses, and a sleeveless black and gray dress.

She says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE FANTASTIC MINISTER OF
TRAINING, COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES.
MR. SPEAKER, EMPLOYERS AND JOB
SEEKERS IN MY RIDING OF CARLTON
ARE FRUSTRATED ABOUT THE SKILL
GAP THAT IS PREVENTING YOUNG
PEOPLE FROM FINDING WORK AND
EMPLOYERS FROM FINDING THE
WORKERS WITH THE RIGHT SKILLS.
AND THE PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT
SERVICES SYSTEM INHERITED FROM
THE LIBERALS WAS COMPLEX, AND
MR. SPEAKER, IT DID NOT PRODUCE
RESULTS FOR JOB SEEKERS,
EMPLOYERS, OR TAXPAYERS IN
CARLTON ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND
I KNOW TASS PRIORITY OF OUR
GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS THE SKILL
GAP AND CONNECT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
WITH HIGH QUALITY, WELL PAYING
JOBS IN SECTORS THAT ARE IN HIGH
DEMAND.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, CAN
THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL US HOW
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TRANSFORMING
OUR EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS TO
ENSURE THAT ONTARIANS IN CARLTON
AND ACROSS THE PROVINCE ARE
PREPARED FOR THE JOBS OF TODAY
AND TOMORROW.

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 black blazer and shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU MEMBER FROM
CARLTON FOR HER VERY HARD WORK
AND SHE IS AN AMAZING MPP.
AND SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT IS
TRANSFORMING EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
SO THAT THEY ARE INNOVATIVE,
RESPONSIVE, AND CREATE GOOD
LOCAL SOLUTIONS.
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
SUPPORTED BY THE NDP DID NOT
DELIVER FOR JOB SEEKERS, FOR
EMPLOYERS, OR FOR ONTARIO'S
ECONOMY.
WE ARE MODERNIZING OUR
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES SYSTEM BY
CREATING A NEW MODEL THAT
INTEGRATES SOCIAL ASSISTANCE AND
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, INTO
EMPLOYMENT ONTARIO.
TO HELP THE PROVINCE'S MOST
VULNERABLE, INCLUDING THOSE THAT
WITH DISABILITIES.
TO BREAK FREE OF THE POVERTY
CYCLE.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS PROMISED THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO CREATE GOOD
JOBS AND MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS.
AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE
DOING.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Ghamari says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR HER HARD WORK FOR JOB
SEEKERS IN ONTARIO, AND GETTING
THIS PROVINCE BACK ON TRACK.
IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE
ENSURE OUR EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS
ARE RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF
THE JOB MARKET SO THAT JOB
SEEKERS IN CARLTON AND ACROSS
THE PROVINCE CAN ACTUALLY FIND
GOOD JOBS WHILE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE RESPECTED.
THERE IS AN URGENT NEED, MR.
SPEAKER, TO CONNECT ONTARIANS
WITH JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL
LEAD TO A PROSPEROUS CAREER.
AND THE PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT
SERVICES SYSTEM FAILED TO DO
THAT.
AND THAT'S WHY I'M SO PLEASED TO
SEE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS A
STRONG PLAN TO REFOCUS OUR
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS IN A WAY
THAT WILL BENEFIT ALL ONTARIANS
AND HELP MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS AND
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, CAN
THE MINISTER TELL US MORE ABOUT
HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPORTING
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS THAT ARE
ADAPTIVE AND FORWARD THINKING.

Fullerton says THANK YOU SPEAKER AND THE MEMBER FOR HER QUESTION.
NOT ONLY ARE WE IMPROVING
SERVICE DELIVERY OF EMPLOYMENT
PROGRAMS IN ONTARIO WE ARE ALSO
INVESTING IN INNOVATIVE
TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL SUPPORT
JOB CREATION.
I'M PROUD THAT THE MEMBER, THE
MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
AND HOUSING ABLE TO REPRESENT
THE GOVERNMENT IN BROCKVILLE
LAST WEEK TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING MORE
THAN 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP CREATE
A CUTTING EDGE CAREER
EXPLORATION TOOL FOR JOBS IN THE
STEEL AND ALUMINUM DELETE S NUMB
INDUSTRIES.
THE BROCKVILLE BASED EMPLOYMENT
CENTRE WILL LEAD A PROJECT TO
DEVELOP VIRTUAL REALITY SOFTWARE
AND WORK CLOSELY WITH REGIONAL
EMPLOYERS TO CREATE VIRTUAL
CAREER EXPLORATION MODULES
ALLOWING JOB SEEKERS TO LEARN
ABOUT CAREER, OPPORTUNITIES IN A
DYNAMIC AND INTERACTIVE DIGITAL
ENVIRONMENT.
THE MODULES CAN LATER BE USED BY
EMPLOYMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS ALL
OVER THE PROVINCE ENSURING
ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND
OPEN FOR JOBS.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for HAMILTON WEST-ANCASTER-DUNDAS.

The caption changes to "Sandy Shaw. NDP. Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas."

Shaw is in her late forties, with chin-length straight brown hair. She wears glasses, a spotted gray blazer, a black shirt, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER.
AFTER A HUGE BACKLASH, THE
PREMIER AND HIS CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT WERE FORCED TO BACK
DOWN ON THEIR DEEP CUTS TO
MUNICIPALITIES AND THE SERVICES
FAMILIES RELY ON LIKE PUBLIC
HEALTH AND CHILD CARE.
WHILE THIS IS GOOD NEWS WE ALL
KNOW THAT THE CUTS AREN'T GOING
TO STOP.
LAST WEEK THE ANALYSIS FOUND
THAT THE PREMIER'S RECKLESS
DRIVE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET NO
MATTER THE COST REQUIRE ANOTHER
6 BILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS TO PROGRAMS
AND SERVICES OVER THE NEXT THREE
YEARS.
HAVING BEEN FORCED TO BACK DOWN
ON CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, CHILD
CARE AND AMBULANCE SERVICES MR.
SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS WHERE
DOES THE PREMIER PLAN TO CUT
NEXT.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The Speaker says DEFERRED TO MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE
QUESTION.
AND AGAIN THANK THE
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICER FOR
CONFIRMING THAT OUR GOVERNMENT'S
MEASURE THOUGHTFUL AND
RESPONSIBLE PATH TO BALANCE
SHOWS THAT IT'S A CREDIBLE PLAN
THAT WAS LAID OUT IN BUDGET 2019
IT PUTS THE GOVERNMENT ON
SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL FOOTING.
WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE IN THIS
LEGISLATURE YET AGAIN, SPEAKER,
THAT THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT WAS
SPENDING 40 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY MORE
THAN THEY TOOK IN.
AND THAT IS ABSOLUTELY
UNSUSTAINABLE.
AND SPEAKER, WE TOLD THE
MUNICIPALITIES, AGENCIES AND
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS THAT
WE'LL LOOK FOR FOUR CENTS ON
EVERY DOLLAR, AND IN FACT, WE
HAVE FOUND ALMOST 8 CENTS ON
EVERY DOLLAR SPENT AND ALL THAT,
SPEAKER, WHILE RETURNING.
WE'LL RETURN 26 BILLION DOLLARS OF THAT
BACK TO EVERY FAMILY,
INDIVIDUAL, SENIOR, AND BUSINESS
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Shaw says THANK YOU.
I IMAGINE WE READ A DIFFERENT
REPORT BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW
THAT'S WHAT THAT REPORT SAID AT
ALL.
AND I JUST HAVE TO SAY THIS
FALLS UNDER THE CATEGORY OF
FISCAL FANTASY ON PART OF THE
MINISTER.
SO BY CANCELLING CAP AND TRADE,
OFFERING TAX CUTS TO THE RICH
AND NOW RISKING A MULTIMILLION
DOLLAR LAWSUIT FROM THE BEER
STORE, THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE
CREATED MORE INSTABILITY AND
UNCERTAINTY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Shaw says AND THE MOODY'S CREDIT RATING
AGENCY RESPONDED TO THE
PREMIER'S MISMANAGEMENT BY
DOWNGRADING ONTARIO'S CREDIT
RATING.
NOW NOT ONLY IS THIS
GOVERNMENT'S MISMANAGEMENT
UNDERMINING OUR ECONOMY IT IS
HURTING OUR FAMILIES.
SO FAR THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
ATTACKED CHILDREN, PEOPLE LIVING
WITH DISABILITIES, SENIORS,
FRANCO ONTARIANS, INDIGENOUS
PEOPLE AND EVERY DAY FAMILIES
WITH HIS CUTS.
SO I AGAIN ASK, MR. SPEAKER, WHO
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT TARGET
NEXT?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Fedeli says WELL, THANK YOU.
I REALIZE THAT THE MEMBER MAY
HAVE MISSED MANY ITEMS IN THE
BUDGET HAD SHE ACTUALLY READ THE
383 PAGES BECAUSE IT TALKS ABOUT
THE FACT OF OUR LOW INCOME
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY TAX CREDIT
RETURNING 2 BILLION DOLLARS TO THE
LOWEST INCOME EARNERS IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
SHE MAY HAVE MISSED THE MEMO
WHERE WE ARE GIVING 300,000
FAMILIES AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE
UP TO 75 percent OF THEIR CHILD CARE
PAID FOR.
2 BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT.
SPEAKER, WE ARE OFFERING THE
BUSINESS COMMUNITY THE
ACCELERATED CAPITAL COST WHICH
ALLOWS THEM TO RIGHT THEIR
EQUIPMENT OFF EARLIER.
THEY HAVE DONE THAT.
AND THEY CREATED 170,000 JOBS,
SPEAKER.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT PART OF THIS
THE MEMBER DOESN'T GET BUT
26 BILLION DOLLARS THAT'S BEING
RETURNED TO FAMILIES IN ONTARIO.
AND AGAIN, I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU
TO STAND UP AND VOTE IN FAVOUR
OF GIVING...

The Speaker says THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
ORDER.
THE NEXT question. The member for KITCHENER CONESTOGA.

The caption changes to "Mike Harris. PC. Kitchener-Conestoga."

Harris is in his late thirties, with short brown hair and a stubble. He wears a gray suit, gray shirt, and spotted purple tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION FOR
THE MINISTER OF ENERGY NORTHERN
DEVELOPMENT AND MINES.
WE ALL KNOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS
COMMITTED TO MAKING A BIG
DIFFERENCE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES
IN THE NORTH.
AFTER 15 YEARS OF NEGLECT WE
PROMISED TO STEP UP TO THE
PEOPLE OF NORTHERN ONTARIO.
THE NORTHERN ONTARIO HERITAGE
FUND CORPORATION IS ONE OF THE
TOOLS WE ARE USING TO DELIVER ON
THAT PROMISE.
IT WAS CREATED BY A FORMER PC
GOVERNMENT AND WE ARE CONTINUING
ITS LEGACY BY MAKING STRATEGIC
INVESTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE
NORTH.
NOT ONLY ARE WE CREATING JOBS.
WE ARE ALSO PROTECTING THE
CORNERSTONES OF NORTHERN
COMMUNITIES BY SUPPORTING THE
WORK THEY DO.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE EXPAND
ON OTHER INITIATIVES WE ARE
TAKING TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF
NORTHERN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND MINES.

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

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

He says I WANT TO THANK EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR OF THE IISD
EXPERIMENTAL LAKES AREA, DR.
PATERSON AND ASPER FAMILY IN
PARTICULAR MY FRIEND GAIL ASPER.
TODD SELLERS SUSTAINABLE
ORGANIZATION FOR UNDERSTANDING
THE VISION WE HAD, MR. SPEAKER.
WHEN I FIRST ANNOUNCED FISH
BIOLOGIC STUDIES WE FOUND PLACE
IN DETERIORATION HARDLY COULD BE
CALLED WORLD CLASS.
MR. SPEAKER, BY INVESTING IN A
PARTNERSHIP WITH IISD WE
ELEVATED TO THE WORLD CLASS
FACILITY IT IS, MR. SPEAKER.
WE NOW HAVE HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS
FROM HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS ONTARIO
COMING THERE, TOP FLIGHT
UNIVERSITY LAKE, MCGILL
UNIVERSITY DOING IMPORTANT WORK
THERE, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THEM FOR THEIR
COLLECTIVE EFFORTS AND ANNOUNCE
A PLAN FOR TRAINING CENTRE
STUDENTS FROM HIGH SCHOOL WILL
BE ABLE TO LEARN ONCE AND FOR
ALL AND FINALLY THE GREAT THINGS
WE DO IN THERE NOW.

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Harris says THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
THE HARD WORK HE CONTINUES TO DO
FOR THE PEOPLE ALL ACROSS
NORTHERN ONTARIO.
THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
EXPERIMENTAL LAKE AREA IS UNIQUE
WORLD CLASS ORGANIZATION
RECOGNIZED GLOBALLY AS LEADER IN
QUALITY SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
THAT HELPS US TO PROTECT OUR
WATER SYSTEMS.
THE SCIENTIFIC WORK BEING DONE
HERE HELPS INFORM SOUND POLICY
DECISIONS THAT BENEFIT NOT ONLY
ONTARIO BUT ALSO CANADA AND
COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.
I KNOW THE MINISTER IS VERY
PROUD TO HAVE SUCH A WORLD CLASS
FACILITY AT HOME IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER
ALSO UPDATE THE HOUSE ON THE
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS
INVESTING IN THE EXPERIMENTAL
AREA TO SUPPORT THEIR IMPORTANT
WORK BEING DONE AT THE FACILITY.

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

Rickford says MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES.

The Speaker says DEFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES.

Yakabuski says ALSO WANT TO THANK MY
COLLEAGUE MINISTER RICKFORD FOR
THE TREMENDOUS WORK HE HAS DONE
ON THIS FILE AND COMMITMENT TO
THIS AREA THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE
POLITICAL CAREER.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS PUTTING PEOPLE
FIRST BY WORKING TO ENSURE WE
CAN CONTINUE TO ENJOY AND
BENEFIT FROM OUR FRESH WATER
ECOSYSTEMS.
WE RECOGNIZE HOW FORTUNATE WE
ARE TO BE HOME TO MANY LAKES,
RIVERS AND STREAMS THAT PROVIDE
RECREATIONAL AND TOURISM
OPPORTUNITIES AND SIGNIFICANT
CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR ECONOMY.
THAT'S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT WILL
BE INVESTING UP TO 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN
2019-20 TO ENSURE THE CONTINUITY
OF ONGOING MULTIYEAR RESEARCH
PROJECTS AND IMPORTANT LONG TERM
MONITORING OF THE EXPERIMENTAL
LAKES AREA.
THIS INVESTMENT WILL HELP
DELIVER ON OUR COMMITMENT TO
ENSURING CLEAN WATER WAYS AND
DRINKING WATER WHICH ARE
INTEGRAL TO ONTARIO'S ECONOMIC
STABILITY AND WELL-BEING AND I
THANK THE MINISTER OF NORTHERN
DEVELOPMENT FOR CONTINUING TO
MAKE SURE WE UNDERSTOOD HOW
IMPORTANT THIS WAS.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for NIAGARA CENTRE.

THE CAPTION CHANGES TO "JEFF BURCH. NDP. NIAGARA CENTRE."

BURCH IS IN HIS FORTIES, CLEAN-SHAVEN AND BALDING. HE WEARS A GRAY SUIT, WHITE SHIRT AND striped GRAY TIE.

He says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER.
ONTARIO'S EXPERIENCING STRONGER
AND MORE FREQUENT FLOODS AS A
RESULT OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS.
TEN COMMUNITIES ARE IN A STATE
OF EMERGENCY.
WHEN ASKED ABOUT THESE
DEVASTATING FLOODS, THE PREMIER
SAID, QUOTE, SOMETHING IS GOING
ON, AND WE HAVE TO BE CONSCIOUS
OF IT.
YET THIS PREMIER SLASHED THE
COULDN'T INVASION AUTHORITY
FUNDING FOR FLOOD MANAGEMENT BY
50 percent.
WE KNOW THIS GOVERNMENT DOES NOT
TAKE THE CLIMATE CRISIS
SERIOUSLY BUT THEY COULD AT
LEAST PROVIDE THE FUNDING
NECESSARY TO HELP ONTARIO
FAMILIES DEAL WITH FLOODING
EMERGENCIES.
CAN THE PREMIER EXPLAIN WHY
AMIDST A TIME OF RECORD FLOODS
HE IS GUTTING FLOOD MANAGEMENT
PROGRAMS?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES.

Yakabuski says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER AND I LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER OPTS FOR THE QUESTION AND
I DON'T THINK I NEED TO REMIND
HIM THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
INHERITED A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT
FROM THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT THAT YOUR PARTY
SUPPORTED 98 percent OF THE TIME.
SO YOU WEAR SOME OF THAT AS
WELL.
AND WE MADE IT CLEAR THINGS WERE
GOING TO CHANGE.
AND WHAT WE HAVE SAID...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION COME TO ORDER.

Yakabuski says ACROSS THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO THAT THEY NEED TO
CONCENTRATE ON WHAT...

The Speaker says THE OPPOSITION MUST COME TO
ORDER.
I APOLOGIZE TO THE MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY.
PLEASE CONCLUDE YOUR RESPONSE.

Yakabuski says THEY NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON
WHAT THEIR ORIGINAL MANDATE WAS.
NOT THE MANDATE THAT THEY
CREATED FOR THEMSELVES OVER THE
MANY, MANY YEARS AND WE HAVE
SAID TO THEM WE ARE CUTTING OUR
FUNDING WHICH AMOUNTS ACROSS THE
BOARD ON AVERAGE ABOUT 8 percent OF A
CONSERVATION AUTHORITY'S FUNDING
AND SOME CONSERVATION
AUTHORITIES LESS THAN 2 percent.
WE HAVE SAID TO THEM YOU NEED TO
CONCENTRATE ON YOUR CORE MANDATE
OF FLOOD MANAGEMENT, FLOOD
FORECASTING TO ENSURE THAT
ONTARIO...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Burch says SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT
CONTINUES TO LEARN LEAVING A
FISCAL MESS BEHIND THEM.
80 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.
STORMS AND FLOODS IN FEBRUARY OF
LAST YEAR CAUSED MORE THAN
57 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE ACROSS
SOUTHERN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC.
FLOODS THAT HAPPEN EVERY ONCE
EVERY HUNDRED YEARS HAPPENING
ONCE EVERY FEW YEARS.
MUNICIPALITIES AND FAMILIES
CANNOT COPE WITH THESE COSTS.
THE PROGRAMS USED TO MITIGATE
DAMAGE ARE CUT AND THE PROGRAMS
USED TO ASSIST PEOPLE AND
MUNICIPALITIES IN REPAIRING
AFTER A DEVASTATING FLOOD ARE
CUMBERSOME AND DIFFICULT TO
ACCESS.
CAN THE PREMIER EXPLAIN TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WHY HE IS
CUTTING FLOOD MANAGEMENT WHEN
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO NEED IT
MOST?

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Yakabuski says I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THAT
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION, SPEAKER
AND I DO REBEHIND MIND HIM AGAIN
OF THE FISCAL MESS THAT WE
INHERITED FROM THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT AS I SAID WE
SAID TO THE CONSERVATION
AUTHORITIES STICK TO YOUR
MANDATE, STICK TO WHAT YOU WERE
DESIGNED TO DO.
I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT MY
MINISTRY CONTINUES TO MONITOR
WATER LEVELS ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE.
SURFACE WATER MONITORING CENTRE
HEADQUARTERED IN PETERBOROUGH
MONITORS WATER LEVELS ALL ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
I ALSO WANT TO SAY WHILE I HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY, SPEAKER, HOW
OUR HEARTS HAVE GONE OUT TO THE
PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED BY
FLOODS THIS YEAR AND I WANT TO
THANK THE PREMIER FOR
INSTITUTING AN INTERNAL
TASKFORCE THAT HAS HAD THREE
REGIONAL MEETINGS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE NOW TO SIT DOWN WITH
PEOPLE AND WE'LL HAVE PUBLIC
MEETINGS FURTHER TO SIT DOWN
WITH PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE
EFFECTS THOSE FLOODS HAVE ON
PEOPLE.
I CAN TELL YOU MY COLLEAGUE THE
PROGRAM IS THERE FOR THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO.
WE HAVE THEIR BACKS.
THAT'S ONE THING YOU CAN COUNT
ON, THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS YOUR BACKS.

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

The caption changes to "Rudy Cuzzetto. PC. Mississauga-Lakeshore."

Cuzzetto is in his mid-fifties, clean-shaven, with short dark hair gelled back. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and patterned gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION FOR THE AMAZING
MINISTER OF TOURISM CULTURE AND
SPORT.
MR. SPEAKER, I WAS DELIGHTED TO
HEAR THE MINISTER LAUNCH A CALL
TO DEVELOP AND REVITALIZE
ONTARIO PLACE EARLIER THIS
MORNING.
I KNOW MANY OF THE MEMBERS IN
THIS HOUSE ALONG WITH COUNTLESS
OTHER ONTARIANS HAVE FOND
MEMORIES OF ONTARIO PLACE.
I'M GLAD TO HEAR THE GOVERNMENT
IS TAKING ACTION TO REVITALIZE
THIS IMPORTANT ATTRACTION.
IN DOING SO SEND AGCLEAR
MESSAGE.
ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE FORMER LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT FAILED TO PRIORITIZE
ONTARIO PLACE AND LET IT FALL TO
DISREPAIR.
THEY DID NOT VALUE THE FULL
POTENTIAL OF THIS INCREDIBLE
UNIQUE WATERFRONT SITE.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER
PLEASE EXPLAIN AND CALL FOR THE
DEVELOPMENT PROCESS WHICH WILL
SEEK TO TRANSFORM ONTARIO PLACE
INTO A WORLD CLASS YEAR-ROUND
DESTINATION.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF
TOURISM, CULTURE AND SPORT.

The caption changes to "Honourable Michael A. Tibollo. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM MISSISSAUGA LAKE
SHORE FOR THE QUESTION.
AND FOR THE GREAT WORK HE DOES
FOR THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSAUGA
LAKE SHORE.
MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WAS AT
ONTARIO PLACE WITH THE MINISTER
AND MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE
THE MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE
TO ANNOUNCE THE NEXT STEPS OUR
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO
REDEVELOP ONTARIO PLACE INTO THE
WORLD CLASS DESTINATION IT WAS
ORIGINALLY ENVISIONED TO BE.
WE ARE BEGINNING A WORLDWIDE
SEARCH, MR. SPEAKER TO FIND A
PARTNER OR PARTNERS WITH THE
BEST AND MOST INNOVATIVE IDEAS
THAT WILL BRING OUR VISION FOR
ONTARIO PLACE TO LIFE.

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

He speaks in French and a translator says
IT IS OUR INTENTION TO CREATE A
SPECTACULAR DESTINATION, WORLD
CLASS DESTINATION THAT WILL
BRING VISITORS FROM THE ENTIRE
WORLD.

In English, Tibollo continues
WE ARE BEGINNING A WORLDWIDE
SEARCH TO FIND THIS PARTNER, MR.
SPEAKER.
AND THE PROCESS IS DESIGNED TO
PROVIDE AS MUCH FLEXIBILITY AS
POSSIBLE FOR INTERESTED...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Cuzzetto says THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER, THANK
YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR YOUR
RESPONSE.
IT IS REFRESHING TO SEE THAT SO
MUCH OF THIS UNTAPPED POTENTIAL
OF ONTARIO PLACE WILL FINALLY BE
UTILIZED SO THAT THE SPACE CAN
BE ENJOYED BY NEW GENERATIONS OF
ONTARIANS ALONG WITH OTHER
TOURISTS FROM OUTSIDE ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, WE SAW A PROCESS
EARLIER THIS YEAR INVOLVING
INTERESTED PROPONENTS TO SUBMIT
THEIR IDEAS FOR FUTURE OF THIS
SITE.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE INFORM
THIS HOUSE OF WHAT EXACTLY HAD
CHANGED WITH RESPECT TO THIS
PROPOSAL?

The Speaker says REPLY.

Tibollo says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY SET OUT
THE FORMAL PROCESS FOR
ORGANIZATIONS OR CONSORTIA TEAMS
TO SUBMIT FORMAL PROPOSALS FOR
THE SITE.
WE ALSO MADE IT CLEAR TODAY THE
PROPOSALS INCLUDING THE CASINO
WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED, AND I
WILL CONFIRM IN THE HOUSE TODAY
AND TO ALL MEMBERS THAT THERE
WILL BE NO CASINOS AT ONTARIO
PLACE.
I'M ALSO EXCITED TO SEE THE BEST
PROPOSALS THAT CAN COME FORWARD
FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

Tibollo speaks in French and a translator says
WE'LL BE SUBJECTING THESE
PROPOSALS TO RIGOROUS CRITERIA
FOR RESPECT FOR OUR HERITAGE AND
FOR...
RESPECTING OUR FUTURE.

In English, Tibollo continues
THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF
TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT AT THE
TIME ONTARIO PLACE IS OPEN.
HE SAID THAT ONTARIO PLACE WILL
BE THE WORLD'S MOST EXCITING
ISLAND.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says MR. SPEAKER, WE LOOK FORWARD
TO SEEING THAT THE NEW ONTARIO
PLACE WILL BE THE WORLD'S MOST
EXCITING ISLAND ONCE AGAIN.

Watch: Question Period: Tuesday, May 28, 2019