Transcript: Question Period: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | May 30, 2019

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

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

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
IT IS 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 pink blazer over a floral print blouse, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says SPEAKER,
MY FIRST QUESTION THIS
MORNING IS TO THE PREMIER.
IN THEIR REPORT THIS WEEK,
THE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
OFFICE REVEALED THE DEEP
HEALTH CARE CUTS HIDDEN IN
THE FORD GOVERNMENT BUDGET.
ONE OF THEIR KEY FINDINGS
WAS THAT, DESPITE THE
PREMIER'S CLAIMS, HEALTH
SPENDING WILL DECREASE BY
2.7 BILLION DOLLARS WHEN COMPARED
WITH THE 2018 BUDGET.
THE F.A.O. WAS UNABLE TO
PROVIDE DETAILS OF THOSE
CUTS BECAUSE THE FORD
GOVERNMENT WOULDN'T ALLOW
THEM TO.
WHY IS THE PREMIER HIDING
THE DETAILS OF THESE HEALTH
CARE CUTS FROM THE PUBLIC?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Premier Ford rises and says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The Speaker says TO THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.

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

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

He says WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR THE QUESTION AND THANK
YOU, SPEAKER.
TODAY WE TRULY HOPE THAT
YOUR GOVERNMENT WILL JOIN...
OR YOUR OPPOSITION PARTY

[INTERJECTIONS]

Fedeli says WILL JOIN THE GOVERNMENT...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says IN SUPPORTING PROTECTING
WHAT MATTERS MOST.
AND IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOKED
THROUGH THE 383-PAGE BUDGET
YOU WILL FIND THAT THE
HEALTH BUDGET HAS INCREASED
BY 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says SPENDING FOR HOSPITALS IS UP
384 MILLION DOLLARS.
SPENDING IN HOME CARE IS UP
267 MILLION DOLLARS.
WE ARE PROVIDING 1.75
BILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD 15,000 NEW
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says MANY OF THEM ARE ALREADY
UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
MORE THAN 7,000 HAVE BEEN
ANNOUNCED, SO I WOULD URGE
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
TO OPEN TO ANY PAGE OF
383-PAGE BUDGET...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, EVERYONE IN ONTARIO
KNOWS THAT THIS FINANCE
MINISTER TRIED TO SELL HIS
BUDGET AS SOMETHING THAT IT
COMPLETELY IS NOT AND NOW
THE F.A.O. IS LAYING BARE
THE FACTS.
THE F.A.O. IS NOT PARTISAN,
AND HE WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO.
HE IS NOT A PARTISAN.
HIS OFFICE HAS OTHER
INSIGHTS INTO THE DEEP AND
RECKLESS CUTS THE GOVERNMENT
HAS PLANNED FOR OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM.
UNDER THE FORD GOVERNMENT'S
SCHEME HOSPITAL FUNDING WILL
BE EFFECTIVELY CUT, NOT EVEN
KEEPING PACE WITH INFLATION.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says OF THE
2.7 BILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says ONE OF
THE DEEPEST WILL BE TO
CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says WHICH
WILL BE SLASHED BY 15 percent.
CAN THE PREMIER PROVIDE ANY
JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER TO
CUTS TO CHILDREN'S MENTAL
HEALTH WHILE THERE ARE OVER
12,000 CHILDREN ON A WAIT
LIST FOR SERVICES, MOST
WAITING AT LEAST 18 MONTHS
TO GET THAT SERVICE, OR TO
HOSPITAL FUNDING WHILE
PATIENTS CONTINUE TO BE
STACKED UP IN HALLWAYS FROM
THE LIBERALS' SCHEME OF
HEALTH CARE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
REFERS TO THE LIBERALS,
CONSIDERING THEY SUPPORTED
THEM ALL ALONG THE WAY ON
THIS...

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says ON THE CREATION OF THE
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE PROBLEM.
TO HELP WITH THAT PREMIER...
SPEAKER, AS I SAID, WE ARE
ADDING 27 BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN
YEARS IN NEW HOSPITALS,
INCLUDING 17 BILLION DOLLARS OVER
TEN YEARS IN CAPITAL
IMPROVEMENTS.
SPEAKER, WE ARE PUTTING AN
UNPRECEDENTED 1.9 BILLION DOLLARS INTO MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS IN THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says AND THE ONE THAT I TALK
ABOUT ALMOST EVERY DAY AND I
CANNOT BELIEVE AS AN M.P.P.
WHO HAS SENIORS COMING INTO
THEIR OFFICE OVER AND OVER
WITH DENTAL WORK THAT NEEDS
TO BE DONE THAT WE CANNOT
AFFORD.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO
VOTE AGAINST GIVING 90
MILLION DOLLARS

[INTERJECTIONS]

Fedeli says TO VOTE...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT,
COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says TO 100,000 SENIORS ON LOW
INCOME, OF LOW INCOME.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WHAT I
CAN'T BELIEVE IS THAT THIS
CALLOUS GOVERNMENT IS MAKING
YET ANOTHER CUT TO
VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN THEIR
BUDGET, SPEAKER.
THAT'S WHAT I CANNOT
BELIEVE.
FAMILIES KNOW THE PREMIER
HAS NO PLAN TO CUT HEALTH
CARE WAIT TIMES.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says THEY
DEFINITELY SEE A PLAN TO CUT
HEALTH CARE SERVICES.
THE INDEPENDENT F.A.O. IS
BLUNT, SPEAKER.
IN 40 YEARS, IN 40 YEARS IN
THIS PROVINCE, ONLY ONE
GOVERNMENT HAS PULLED OFF
HEALTH CARE SPENDING
RESTRAINT OF THE KIND
PROPOSED BY THIS FORD
GOVERNMENT, AND THAT PREMIER
WAS MIKE HARRIS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says THE LAST
CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, THE
SAME MIKE HARRIS WHO CLOSED
28 HOSPITALS, FIRED 6,000
NURSES AND ELIMINATED 7,000
HOSPITAL BEDS.
WHY IS THIS PREMIER TAKING
US BACKWARDS TO AN ERA OF
DEEP HEALTH CARE CUTS,
PUTTING FAMILIES AT RISK AND
DEEPENING THE LIBERAL
HALLWAY MEDICINE CRISIS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
GOING TO CALL THE MEMBERS TO
ORDER.
MEMBER FOR KING-VAUGHAN,
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER-CONESTOGA COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR WHITBY, COME
TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
MINISTER OF FINANCE TO REPLY.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says AGAIN, SPEAKER, I'VE SAID IT
ALMOST EVERY DAY IN THIS
LEGISLATURE, THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT WAS SPENDING 40
MILLION DOLLARS A DAY MORE THAN THEY
TOOK IN.
WE ARE BRINGING AND IN FACT
THE F.A.O. HAS CONFIRMED
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
DELIVERING A MEASURED,
THOUGHTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE
PATH TO BALANCE.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says IT'S CREDIBLE.
IT'S A PLAN LAID OUT IN
BUDGET 2019.
IT WILL PUT THE PROVINCE ON
A SUSTAINABLE FOOTING BUT IT
ALSO DELIVERS 26 BILLION DOLLARS BACK TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.
I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE
FACT... THIS MORNING THE
N.D.P. WILL NOT SUPPORT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says 2 BILLION DOLLARS IN CARE TAX
CREDITS GIVEN TO 300,000 LOW
AND MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES.
300,000 FAMILIES ARE WAITING
FOR THAT 2 BILLION DOLLARS CARE TAX
CREDIT AND YOU'RE NOT GOING
TO SUPPORT IT.
I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THEY
WILL NOT SUPPORT IT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says THE 2 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE
LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUAL AND
FAMILY TAX CREDIT.
SPEAKER, THERE ARE 26
BILLION DOLLARS THAT THEY'RE VOTING
AGAINST.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO WILL COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT WILL
COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
EAST-STONEY CREEK WILL COME
TO ORDER.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER BUT I THINK THERE IS
NOTHING RESPONSIBLE ABOUT
PRIORITIZING BEER OVER
HEALTH CARE, SPEAKER.
NOTHING AT ALL RESPONSIBLE
ABOUT THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says BUT MY QUESTION'S ABOUT
ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES WHO
ARE FIGHTING BACK AGAINST
THE GOVERNMENT'S BILL 108,
AN UNBALANCED SCHEME THAT
GIVES DEVELOPERS THE POWER
TO OVERRIDE EVERYTHING FROM
MUNICIPAL PLANNING TO
ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND
BRINGS BACK THE MUCH HATED
ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER, A
BOARD UNDER A NEW NAME.
EARLIER THIS WEEK THE
PREMIER FINALLY ADMITTED TO
MUNICIPALITIES THAT HE HAD
MADE SERIOUS MISTAKES BUT
THE FORD GOVERNMENT IS STILL
IGNORING REQUESTS TO GIVE
MUNICIPALITIES TIME TO
COMMENT ON THIS BILL, BILL
108.
WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT
RAMMING THIS LEGISLATION
THROUGH AND ONCE AGAIN
IGNORING SERIOUS CONCERNS OF
MUNICIPALITIES?

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]

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 patterned brown tie.

He says THANKS.
THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU TO THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER.
IT'S VERY INTERESTING,
SPEAKER, THAT YESTERDAY WE
HAD THE ONTARIO HOME
BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION HERE
AT QUEEN'S PARK, AND I KNOW
THAT MEMBERS FROM ALL THREE
PARTIES WERE THERE AS WELL
AS MY FRIEND FROM THE GREEN
PARTY.
SORRY ABOUT THAT.
SO AND EVERYONE ACKNOWLEDGED,
EVERYONE, EVERYONE ON HER
BENCH ACKNOWLEDGED WHAT THE
ONTARIO HOME BUILDERS WERE
SAYING YESTERDAY, THAT WE'RE
GOING TO NEED TO BUILD
HOUSING SUPPLY IN THIS
PROVINCE.
WE CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER
MINUTE.
AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE
MOVED FORWARD WITH OUR
HOUSING SUPPLY ACTION PLAN.

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says AND BILL 108.
MORE HOPES, MORE CHOICE.
THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE
DOING.
WE'VE SPOKEN WIDELY ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE INCLUDING OUR
MUNICIPAL PARTNERS.
LISTEN, SPEAKER, IT'S THE
WILL OF THE LEGISLATURE
WHETHER THAT VOTE AFTER
QUESTION PERIOD WILL CARRY
FOR BILL 108 AND I'M SURE
AND WE'LL BE WATCHING VERY
CLOSELY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says THAT THOSE SAME MEMBERS
THAT HAD THE COCKTAILS AND
CANOPÉS FOR THE ONTARIO HOME
BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION LAST
NIGHT

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Clark says WILL SEE WHERE THEY STAND WHEN THAT BILL 108...

[APPLAUSE]
[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
TO HAVE A MINISTER THAT
DOESN'T UNDERSTAND IT'S
ABOUT BUILDING COMMUNITIES,
NOT JUST HOMES, IS PRETTY
WORRISOME.
PRETTY TROUBLING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says GOVERNMENT REALLY WANTED TO
CONSULT WITH MUNICIPAL
PARTNERS, AS HE LIKES TO
PRETEND THAT THEY ARE, ON
BILL 108, THEY WOULDN'T BE
SCRAMBLING TO RAM THIS BILL
THROUGH THIS LEGISLATURE.
BUT WITH LESS THAN TWO WEEKS
LEFT IN THE LEGISLATURE, THE
GOVERNMENT HAS ONLY
SCHEDULED A SINGLE DAY OF
COMMITTEE HEARINGS.
SO THEY CAN HAVE CANOPÉS AND
WINE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says WITH
THEIR FRIENDS FROM THE HOME
BUILDERS BUT THEY CAN'T GIVE
MUNICIPALITIES THE
OPPORTUNITY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says TO
DISCUSS THE PIECE OF
LEGISLATION...

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
I APOLOGIZE
TO THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.
START THE CLOCK.
CONCLUDE YOUR QUESTION.

Horwath says THEY
DON'T HAVE TIME TO SPEND
LISTENING TO THE CONCERNS OF
MUNICIPALITIES FROM ONE END
OF THIS PROVINCE TO THE
OTHER ON A BILL THAT IS
GOING TO HAVE SERIOUS
IMPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF
MUNICIPAL PLANNING AND
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION?
SPEAKER, WHERE IS THEIR
PRIORITY?
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT DO THE
RIGHT THING AND EXTEND THE
COMMITTEE HEARINGS OVER THE
SUMMER?
THEY CAN EVEN SERVE THEIR
WINE AND CANOPÉS IF THEY
WANT OR WILL THEY RAM
THROUGH AGAIN.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says YET
ANOTHER UNWORKABLE SCHEME
THAT NOBODY IN THIS PROVINCE
THAT IS A MUNICIPAL LEADER
ACTUALLY WANTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MEMBERS TAKE THEIR SEATS.
MINISTER.

Clark says SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO
THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.
SHE CAN TALK ABOUT MY
FRIENDS IN THE DEVELOPMENT
INDUSTRY.
I TELL YOU SOMETHING.
HER CAUCUS LOOKED PRETTY
FRIENDLY WITH THEM LAST
NIGHT.

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says SPEAKER, YOU KNOW WHO'S MY
FRIEND, SPEAKER?
ANY PARTNER THAT WANTS TO
BUILD MORE HOUSING.
I WANT TO SAY, SPEAKER, TO
THAT MILLENNIAL COUPLE, WHO
DON'T SEE A PATH TO HOME
OWNERSHIP, I WANT TO TALK TO
THEM.
I WANT THEM TO SAY AND THEM
TO KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A
GOVERNMENT THAT UNDERSTANDS
THAT WE NEED TO BUILD MORE
HOMES AND MORE CHOICE.

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says AND I WANT TO WORK WITH ANY
PARTNER IN ANY INDUSTRY,
WHETHER IT'S IN THE PUBLIC
SECTOR OR THE PRIVATE
SECTOR.
WE NEED FRIENDS TO BUILD
MORE HOMES AND TO HAVE MORE
CHOICE.
THEY'VE GOT A LOT OF FRIEND
ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE,
SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says AND THEY HAD THEM WHEN
THEY WERE IN OPPOSITION AND
THEY HAVE THEM NOW THAT
THEY'RE IN GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
THIS PAST GOVERNMENT THE...
SUMMER THE GOVERNMENT SIGNED
AN AGREEMENT WITH THE
ASSOCIATION OF
MUNICIPALITIES OF ONTARIO
AND IN IT THEY ENDORSE THE
PRINCIPLE OF REGULAR
CONSULTATION WITH
MUNICIPALITIES AND MADE A
COMMITMENT TO CO-OPERATE
WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHEN
CONSIDERING NEW LEGISLATION
THAT WOULD HAVE A MUNICIPAL
IMPACT.
THE PREMIER MADE A MOCKERY
OF THAT COMMITMENT WITH HIS
BUDGET AND HAS BEEN
SCRAMBLING TO UNDO THAT
DAMAGE ALL THIS PAST WEEK.
MUNCIPALITIES HAVE MADE IT
VERY CLEAR THAT BRINGING
BACK THE O.M.B. MIGHT BE
WHAT THEIR DEVELOPER FRIENDS
WANT IN THE GOVERNMENT BUT
IS NOT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE
COMMUNITIES THAT MACHINE AL
LEADERS REPRESENT.
MR. SPEAKER, AL COUNCILS IN
GRIMSBY, IN GREY COUNTY
NSOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX AND
MARKHAM HAVE ALL PASSED
RESOLUTIONS REJECTING THAT
SCHEME.
WILL THE PREMIER HONOUR HIS
COMMITMENT, ADMIT THIS BILL,
LIKE HIS BUDGET, IS NOT
WORKABLE AND STOP RAMMING
LEGISLATION THROUGH.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Horwath says FOR THEIR
DEVELOPMENT FRIENDS?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Clark says I FIND IT VERY PASSING
STRANGE THAT THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION CONTINUES TO
SLAG HOME BUILDERS AND
PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY PROVIDE
HOPE TO PEOPLE.
HER CAUCUS DIDN'T SEEM TO
HAVE ANY PROBLEM IN MEETING
WITH THESE HOME BUILDERS
YESTERDAY, THESE PEOPLE WHO
ARE PROVIDING HOPE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Clark says THEY AGREE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Clark says IS WE NEED TO BUILD A
MILLION HOMES TO BE ABLE TO
SATISFY DEMAND.
I JUST CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY
THAT MEMBER IS SO FAR OUT OF
STEP WITH ALL OF HER CAUCUS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Clark says SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO
MAKE NO APOLOGIES.
THE FIRST THING I DID AS
MINISTER WAS I INCREASED THE
OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH THE
ASSOCIATION OF
MUNICIPALITIES OF ONTARIO.
I MOVED FROM EVERY TWO
MONTHS UNDER THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT TO EVERY MONTH.
IN FACT, SPEAKER, I MEET
WITH THEM A LOT MORE THAN
ONCE A MONTH.
I MEET WITH THEM ALMOST ON A
WEEKLY BASIS.

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says AND I'LL CONTINUE TO MEET
WITH THEM, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says CONTINUE TO CONSULT WITH
THEM.
MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE'RE GOING
TO BUILD MORE HOMES AND
PROVIDE MORE CHOICE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO IT.
SHE CAN CONTINUE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SEEMS
APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME TO
REMIND MEMBERS THIS IS THE
PARLIAMENT OF ONTARIO.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says MY NEXT QUESTION'S ALSO TO THE
PREMIER.
THE FALLOUT FROM THE FORD
GOVERNMENT BUDGET CONTINUES
TO HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT
ON STUDENTS IN OUR
CLASSROOMS.
TODAY WE'RE LEARNING MORE
DETAILS OF THE IMPACT ON
FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL
BOARDS.
THE MAUNA VIA CATHOLIC BOARD
SAYS 40 TEACHERS WILL BE
LOSING POSITIONS.
THE VIAMONDE BOARD SAYS THAT
THEY ARE BEING FORCED TO
SHED 22 TEACHING POSITIONS
AND THESE CUTS DON'T JUST
MEAN FEWER TEACHERS AS WE
ALL KNOW, SPEAKER.
THEY MEAN FEWER COURSES AND
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
FOR STUDENTS.
IS THE PREMIER STILL ARGUING
THAT THESE CUTS WON'T HAVE
AN IMPACT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR 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 and beige blazer with a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, I'M PLEASED TO
STAND IN THIS HOUSE TODAY
AND SAY WE HAVE A VERY GOOD
WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH
OUR FRANCOPHONE PARTNERS,
AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS WE'RE WORKING VERY
CLOSELY TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE
GROWING FRANCOPHONE
EDUCATION LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
WE'RE INCREASING OUR
INVESTMENTS AND WE'RE
WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH
THEM.
AND DO YOU KNOW THE FACT OF
THE MATTER IS WHEN WE TAKE A
LOOK AT OUR OVERALL
SITUATION IN ONTARIO, AGAIN
WE'RE SPENDING 36 MILLION DOLLARS A
DAY ON INTEREST ON THE MONEY
THAT WE OWE JUST TO MAKE
ENDS MEET.
WE HAVE TO GO OUT TO THE
PEOPLE WE'RE TRANSFERING
DOLLARS TO AND SAY PLEASE
WORK WITH US.
SURELY, SURELY SCHOOL BOARDS
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE CAN
FIND 1 TO 4 CENTS ON DOLLAR
FROM WITHIN AS OPPOSED TO
HITTING THE FRONT LINES,
BECAUSE AGAIN WE HAVE BEEN
TOLD.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says LOUD AND CLEAR FROM ONE
END OF THIS PROVINCE TO THE
OTHER BY TEACHERS, PARENTS
AND STUDENTS THAT THERE'S A
LOT OF WASTE IN SCHOOL
BOARDS AND SURELY THEY
SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOOKING
FROM WITHIN FIRST.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
THESE CUTS ARE ESPECIALLY
DEVASTATING TO
FRANCO-ONTARIANS WHO HAVE
ALREADY SEEN THIS GOVERNMENT
DESTROY A FRENCH LANGUAGE
UNIVERSITY AND THE FRENCH
LANGUAGE COMMISSION...
SERVICES COMMISSIONER.
SO ONCE AGAIN THE PREMIER IS
HITTING THIS COMMUNITY WITH
EVEN MORE CUTS.
IT'S NOT FAIR TO THEM,
SPEAKER, AND IT'S ESPECIALLY
UNFAIR TO STUDENTS WHO ARE
LOSING TEACHERS, WATCHING
CLASS SIZES GURODE AND
SEEING COURSE OPTIONS
VANISH.
WILL THE PREMIER ADMIT THESE
CUTS HAVE CONSEQUENCES,
CONSEQUENCES TO FRENCH
STUDENTS AND REVERSE THOSE
CUTS NOW?
DO THE RIGHT THING FOR A
CHANGE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Thompson says WELL, AGAIN, SPEAKER, I
HAVE TO REMIND THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS THE
IMPORTANCE OF FRENCH
EDUCATION FOR MANY FAMILIES
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE AND
WE'RE PRESERVING THE HISTORY
AND THE FUTURE OF FRENCH
LANGUAGE ACROSS ONTARIO, AS
I SAID.
IN FRENCH CATHOLIC AS WELL
AS FRENCH PUBLIC
INSTITUTIONS, JUST THIS PAST
WEEK MY SEAT MATE THE
PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY
BOARD ON BEHALF OF MINISTER
MULRONEY, OPENED VIOLA LEGER
NEAR COURTICE SOUTH OF
PETERBOROUGH AND THAT'S GOOD
NEWS FOR ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says YOU KNOW, AND WE'RE
INVESTING LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
WE'RE INVESTING 1.8 BILLION DOLLARS THROUGH THE GRANTS FOR
STUDENT NEEDS.
THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE
OF MORE THAN 16 MILLION DOLLARS THAN WHAT WAS COMMITTED FROM
THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IN
THEIR PREVIOUS YEAR.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says TO ENSURE THAT FRENCH
EDUCATION REMAINS AN
IMPORTANT PART OF OUR
CHILDREN'S OVERALL
EDUCATION.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Mississauga-Erin Mills.

[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 patterned gray and blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY WE LEARNED OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO BEGIN A
CALL FOR DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
TO REVITALIZE ONTARIO PLACE.
AFTER YEARS OF NEGLECT FROM
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT, IT
IS FANTASTIC TO HEAR THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING
CONCRETE STEPS TO ENGAGE IN
A WORLDWIDE SEARCH FOR A
PARTNER OR PARTNERS TO HELP
US MAKE ONTARIO PLACE A
WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION ONCE
AGAIN.
THERE IS SO MUCH POTENTIAL
FOR THAT SIDE FOR A PRIZE AS
BIG AS ONTARIO PLACE.
ITS LOCATION ALSO MEANS THAT
THE SITE COULD BE AN
ECONOMIC BOON FOR BOTH THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND THE
CITY OF TORONTO.
ACCOUNT PREMIER PLEASE LET
THE HOUSE KNOW WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
HAS IN STORE IN THE
IMMEDIATE FUTURE FOR THE
ONTARIO PLACE SITE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

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

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

He says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK OUR GREAT
M.P.P. FROM THE GREAT STATE
OF MISSISSAUGA-ERIN MILLS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says YES... YESTERDAY... I KNOW.
CAN'T TAKE A LITTLE JOKE.
BUT ANYWAY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says YESTERDAY,
MR. SPEAKER, OUR MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE, MINISTER OF
TOURISM, CULTURE AND SPORT.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says MADE A
GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT, AN
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR A
DESTINATION THAT THIS
COUNTRY'S NEVER SEEN BEFORE,
FOR PUTTING PROPOSALS OUT
FOR IDEAS ACROSS THE WORLD.
AND THAT'S GOING TO BE OPEN
FOR NEXT FEW MONTHS.
WE'RE GOING TO BE REVIEWING
IT, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE AN
INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE
DESTINATION FOR FAMILIES.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S
TWO THINGS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says DO AT
ONTARIO PLACE.
THE FIRST THING WE AREN'T
GOING TO DO, MR. SPEAKER, WE
AREN'T BUILDING A CASINO.
THE SECOND THING WE AREN'T
GOING TO DO IS THERE WAS A
PROPOSAL FROM MAYOR TORY
THAT HE WANTED TO BUILD...

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

Sabawy says THANK YOU.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, TO
THE PREMIER FOR HIS
RESPONSE.
I ECHO HIS SENTIMENTS THAT
HE SHARED ABOUT HIS EXPENSES
AND I AM SURE MANY MEMBERS
OF THIS HOUSE HAVE FOND
MEMORIES OF ONTARIO PLACE AS
WELL.
IT IS A SHAME THE CURRENT
GENERATION WERE NOT ABLE TO
EXPERIENCE THE SITE.
HOWEVER, SPEAKER, THE SITE
IS 48 YEARS OLD AND NEEDS TO
BE REIMAGINED FOR THE 21ST
CENTURY.
WE HAVE A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME
OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A
TRULY GREAT ATTRACTION, ONE
THAT WILL BE SOMETHING
ONTARIANS WILL BE PROUD OF
AND WILL ATTRACT TOURISTS
FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
SPEAKER, ACCOUNT PREMIER
PLEASE TELL THE HOUSE MORE
ABOUT THE CALL FOR
SUBMISSIONS PROCESS AND WHAT
OUR GOVERNMENT ENVISIONS FOR
THE FUTURE OF THIS SITE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO
THANK OUR GREAT M.P.P. FOR
MISSISSAUGA.
WE HAVE SO MANY ALL STARS
OVER HERE, IT'S AMAZING.
IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SOME GREAT IDEAS, DESTINATION
AGAIN THE LIKES WHICH THIS
PROVINCE HAS NEVER SEEN.
WE ALL GREW UP MR. SPEAKER...
I'M SURE YOU WENT TO
ONTARIO PLACE AND A LOT OF
FOLKS OVER IN THE OPPOSITION
AND OUR PARTY GREW UP THERE,
GOING THERE.
WHAT A HIGHLIGHT!
I KNOW I HAD SOME GREAT
TIMES IN THE SUMMERTIME.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says GOING TO THE BAND SHELL.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says IT'S GOING
TO CONSIST OF A DESTINATION
THAT CAN BE USED 365 DAYS A
YEAR, NOT JUST IN THE
SUMMERTIME EVEN THOUGH IT'S
BEAUTIFUL DOWN THERE IN THE
SUMMER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says WE CAN'T
WAIT 'TIL WE SEE THE
PROPOSALS.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING
WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO
MAKING SURE THAT THE
EXHIBITION PLACE AND ONTARIO
PLACE ACTS AS ONE
DESTINATION.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
EAST-STONEY CREEK, WE DON'T
NEED THE BUZZER.
NEXT question. The member for Essex.

The caption changes to "Taras Natyshak. NDP. Essex."

Natyshak is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
GOOD MORNING, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, SINCE COMING TO
OFFICE, THE PREMIER HAS MADE
SOME SHOCKING INTERVENTIONS
INTO PRIVATE CONTRACTS.
WHO CAN FORGET WHEN HE
RIPPED UP ALI CAN VELSHI'S
CONTRACT AT O.P.G. COSTING
TAXPAYERS A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS?
HE ALSO RIPPED UP CONTRACTS
AT HYDRO ONE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Natyshak says WHICH COST ONTARIO
RATEPAYERS 103 MILLION DOLLARS U.S.
IN BUNGLED CONTRACTS.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT,
COME TO ORDER.

Natyshak says COMRADES, THE FINANCE
MINISTER AND HIM.
THEY WERE JUST WARMING UP.
THEY CLAIMED THEY CAN
EXPROPRIATE, WITHOUT
COMPENSATION, WHENEVER THE
GLORIOUS LEADER DEMANDS IT.
SPEAKER, WHAT CONTRACTS DO
THEY PLAN ON RIPPING UP
NEXT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
PREMIER.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, I'M ACTUALLY
HAVING A LOT OF FUN TODAY.
YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I'M
SURE THE M.P.P. FROM ESSEX
WAS TALKING ABOUT THE BEER
STORE.
THE MONOPOLY THAT WE'VE SEEN
SINCE... WHAT WAS IT?
I THINK SINCE 1926,
SOMEWHERE AROUND THERE, THAT
THREE HUGE MULTINATIONAL
GLOBAL COMPANIES CONTROLLING
THE CHOICE OF THE CONSUMER
IN ONTARIO.
THE ONLY PLACE IN THE WORLD
BY THE WAY.
IT'S NOT A SIN, MR. SPEAKER.
I'LL PUT MY BOTTOM DOLLAR ON
IT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WHEN
THEY ARE IN THE CONVENIENCE
STORE...

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says AND THE
RETAIL STORES AND IT'S A HOT
SUMMER DAY... I'M LOOK OVER
THERE.
THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF
THIRSTY MOUTHS GOING INTO
THOSE CONVENIENCE STORES TO
GET A COLD BEER.

[CHUCKLES]

Ford says BUT IT'S ALSO GOING TO BE
AVAILABLE IN RETAIL STORES.
SO JUST IMAGINE,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says I HAD SOME
FOLKS FROM THE U.S. UP HERE
YESTERDAY.
I TOLD THEM ABOUT THE BEER
BATTLE.
THEY LOOKED AT US LIKE WE
HAD THREE HEADS.
YOU CAN'T GO INTO A RETAIL
STORE AND BUY A STEAK, FOOD
AND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY question. The member for Essex.

Natyshak says SPEAKER, THAT IS
UNBELIEVABLE ANSWER FROM THE
PREMIER.
NOTHING OF AN ANSWER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL COME TO ORDER.
I APOLOGIZE TO THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX FOR INTERRUPTING HIM.

Natyshak says TRADE EXPERTS AND
BUSINESS ANALYSTS HAVE
LOOKED AT THE PREMIER'S BEER
STORE SCHEME AND THE REVIEW,
SPEAKER, ABOUT AS BAD AS HIS
APPROVAL RATING RIGHT NOW.
SPEAKER, THE HIGHLIGHTS
INCLUDE AND I QUOTE, FLIRTING
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER SEEMS
TO FORGET POPULISTS ARE
SUPPOSED TO BE POPULAR.
SPEAKER, WHY, WHY IS HE
PLOWING AHEAD WITH THIS
RISKY AND EXPENSIVE SCHEME
THAT COULD END UP COSTING
TAXPAYERS 1 BILLION DOLLARS,
SPEAKER?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE COME TO ORDER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR SAULT STE.
MARIE MUST COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST
MUST COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR MARKHAM
STOUFFVILLE MUST COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
PREMIER TO REPLY.

Ford says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WHO
MAY NOT BE AWARE, THE
GOVERNMENT DOES NOT OWN THE
BEER STORE AS MANY PEOPLE
BELIEVE.
IT IS OWNED BY THREE
MULTINATIONAL GLOBAL BEER
COMPANIES.
SPEAKER, OUR PARLIAMENTARY
SYSTEM, AS YOU KNOW, GIVES
US THE TOOLS TO GET OUT
OF...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION
COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says SIGNED BY THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
OUR LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT
WE WILL GET THE BEST
POSSIBLE DEAL FOR CONSUMERS
AND TAXPAYERS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says AND WE WILL NOT BE HELD
HOSTAGE BY MULTINATIONAL
COMPANIES, SPEAKER.
THIS SWEETHEART DEAL THAT
THE LIBERALS SIGNED IS A
TERRIBLE DEAL FOR ONTARIO
CONSUMERS AND SMALL
BUSINESSES.
LEFT ALONE AS THE N.D.P.
WOULD WANT, THIS UNFAIR DEAL
WOULD CONTINUE FOR SIX MORE
YEARS.
YOU HAVE TO WONDER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says WHY THESE MULTINATIONAL
CORPORATIONS ARE SO OPPOSED
TO US SELLING THEIR PRODUCTS
IN MORE CONVENIENCE STORES.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA FALLS
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO COME
TO ORDER.
NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER... I THINK IT'S
TIME FOR AN INDEPENDENT
QUESTION.
I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR DON VALLEY WEST.

The caption changes to "Kathleen O. Wynne. Liberal. Don Valley West."

Wynne is in her fifties, with short curly blond hair. She wears a beige blazer over a black shirt, and a beige scarf.

She says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS FOR THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.
I'M JOINED, AS I SAID
EARLIER THIS MORNING, BY A
GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM MY
COMMUNITY OF DON VALLEY WEST
AND FROM DON VALLEY EAST.
MANCHESTER THE CLASS SIZE
CHANGES BEING IMPLEMENTED BY
THIS GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE A
DIRECT IMPACT ON THESE
STUDENTS WHO WILL FIND
THEMSELVES SITTING IN
CLASSES WITH MORE STUDENTS
IN SCHOOLS WITH FEWER ADULTS
AND WITH FEWER OPTIONAL
COURSES AVAILABLE TO THEM.
THE MINISTER HAS PREVIOUSLY
USED ACADEMIC OUTCOMES IN
COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA AND
VIETNAM TO JUSTIFY THE
INCREASE IN CLASS SIZE.
BOTH JURISDICTIONS HAVE VERY
TEST ORIENTED HIGHLY
COMPETITIVE EDUCATION
SYSTEMS WITH NOTABLY HIGH
LEVELS OF STUDENT ANXIETY
AND DEPRESSION.
A 2019 UNICEF STUDY POINTS
TO THE PRESSURES OF SCHOOL
IN VIETNAM AS A MAJOR
CONTRIBUTOR TO MEANT TAL
HEALTH PROBLEMS IN
TEENAGERS.
COULD THE MINISTER SHARE
WITH US ALL THIS MORNING THE
STUDIES THAT SHE HAS USED
THAT DEMONSTRATE A DIRECT
LINK BETWEEN INCREASED CLASS
SIZE AND IMPROVED STUDENT
OUTCOMES WITHOUT
ACCOMPANYING DETERIORATION
IN STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH AND
WE BEING?

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

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND I LOOK FORWARD TO
CONTINUING THIS DISCUSSION,
BECAUSE YOU KNOW I THINK
IT'S RATHER RICH HEARING
FROM THE MEMBER OPPOSITE HER
QUESTIONING OF THE MANNER IN
WHICH WE BASED OUR DECISIONS
TO GO FORWARD WITH EDUCATION
AFTER THE DISASTROUS MANNER
IN WHICH THEY TOTALLY
DERAILED EDUCATION IN
ONTARIO OVER THE SPAN OF 15
YEARS.
THEY ACTUALLY DESTROYED OUR
STUDENTS' OPPORTUNITY TO
LEARN MATH IN A PROPER WAY.
THEY DESTROYED THE
ATMOSPHERE IN THE SCHOOLS
CREATING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE
AFTER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE.
SO THE STUDY THAT HAS LED
THE WAY AND INFORMED THE
POLICY THAT WE'RE MAKING WAS
BASED ON THE RESPONSES OF
72,000 PEOPLE FROM ACROSS
ONTARIO LAST FALL.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says 72,000 PEOPLE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says TIME TO EITHER
PARTICIPATE IN A TELEPHONE
TOWN HALL, ONLINE SURVEY OR
WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS TO TELL
US HOW TO FIX THE MESS THAT
THAT MEMBER OPPOSITE MADE TO
EDUCATION IN ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
MEMBER FOR DON VALLEY EAST
WILL COME TO ORDER.
I RECOGNIZE AGAIN THE MEMBER FOR DON VALLEY WEST
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Wynne says SPEAKER, I'M INTERESTED
TO KNOW HOW MANY OF THOSE
PEOPLE ACTUALLY SAID
INCREASED CLASS SIZE.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I HAD THE
PLEASURE OF ATTENDING THE
OPENING OF THE BEAUTIFUL NEW
SIOUX NORTH HIGH SCHOOL AS
THE MINISTER DADE IN SUE
LOOK OUT LAST WEEK.
EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE Q8 AND
PATRICIA DISTRICT SCHOOL
BOARD AND I NOT MINISTER
AGREES.
AS SHE KNOWS INDIGENOUS
YOUTH IS THE FASTEST GROUP
OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN ONTARIO.
WE NEED THEM TO BE AT THEIR
VERY BEST BUT THEY FACE
CHALLENGES AS THE
STUDENTS... THAT THE
STUDENTS HERE TODAY DO NOT.
THEY OFTEN HAVE TO TRAVEL
THOUSANDS OF KILOMETRES TO
GET TO HIGH SCHOOLS WHERE
THEY'RE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT
OF THEIR COMMUNITY.
THEY'RE DEALING WITH
INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA OF
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS AND FOR
ALL THOSE REASONS AND MORE,
THEY NEED SUPPORTS IN THEIR
HIGH SCHOOLS SO THEY CAN
GRADUATE ON GO ON TO COLLEGE,
UNIVERSITY OR SKILLED
TRAINING.
ONE OF THE BRILLIANT
SUPPORTS THE Q8 AND PATRICIA
BOARD HAS PUT IN PLACE IS
GRAD COACHES.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Wynne says I HOPE THE MINISTER HAD A
CHANCE TO MEET SOME OF THE
TEACHERS, SUPPORT STAFF AND
COMMUNITY ELDERS WHO ARE
THESE GRAD COACHES.
MR. SPEAKER, GIVEN THAT THE
ADMINISTRATION OF THE Q8 AND
PATRICIA BOARD IS PLANNING
FOR STAFF CUTS VUL OF THE
CLASS SIZE INCREASES,
ACCOUNT MINISTER TODAY
GUARANTEE THAT THE SUPPORTS
THAT ARE ACTUALLY AND
DEMONSTRABLY IMPROVING
OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIGENOUS
STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CUT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
RESPONSE BY THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
IT ALMOST FEELS LIKE THIS IS
A...

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says VERY MUCH.
AND YES, TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE, ABSOLUTELY IT WAS
A GREAT DAY IN SAULT NORTH
AND SIOUX LOOKOUT LAST WEEK.
THE VICE PRINCIPAL OF THAT
PARTICULAR SCHOOL, JENNY,
SHE WAS ALMOST IN TEARS WHEN
SHE SAID THANK YOU.
THANK YOU FOR EXPANDING THE
GRAD COACH PROGRAM.
I CHOSE TO EXPAND OUT OF A
PILOT PROGRAM THAT THE
LIBERALS FACILITATED.
I EXPANDED THE PROGRAM TO
TOUCH 37 DIFFERENT COACHES
IN 31 SCHOOL BOARDS TO
PROVIDE SUPPORT TO
INDIGENOUS STUDENTS AS THEY
PURSUED THEIR DIPLOMA.
IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S
WORKING INCREDIBLY WELL.
IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE PROBABLY
SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT
EXPANDING DURING HER TIME...

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says LET ME TELL YOU.
WE'RE ALSO INVESTING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says IN 3.25 MILLION DOLLARS TO
SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION
OF THE NEWLY RELEASED
CURRICULUM WE ANNOUNCE UNDER
THUNDER BAY LAST WEEK.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says AND I LOOK FORWARD TO
WORKING WITH OUR INDIGENOUS
PARTNERS AS WE MEET IN JUNE
TO TALK ABOUT HOW ELSE WE
CAN BETTER SUPPORT OUR
INDIGENOUS STUDENTS ACROSS
ONTARIO.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY QUESTION'S FOR
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.
OVER THE PAST MONTH, WE'VE
HEARD FROM PEOPLE ACROSS THE
PROVINCE ABOUT OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO PROTECT
WHAT MATTERS MOST.
HEARING FROM MY CONSTITUENTS
HAS MADE ONE THING VERY
CLEAR TO ME.
BUDGET 2019 WAS A RESOUNDING
SUCCESS.
AFTER 15 YEARS OF LIBERAL
TAX AND SPENDING POLICIES,
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WERE
TIRED AND WANTED CHANGE.
FINALLY, THEIR GOVERNMENT
HAS PUT FORWARD A PLAN THAT
PUTS PEOPLE FIRST AND WILL
RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND
TRUST IN OUR PROVINCE'S
FINANCES.
I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING
ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN
FAVOUR OF THE PROTECTING
WHAT MATTERS MOST ACT LATER
ON TODAY.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
TELL THE HOUSE THE IMPORTANT
CHANGES THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO CAN EXPECT IF THE
LEGISLATION PASSES TODAY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR AURORA-OAK RIDGES-RICHMOND
HILL.
THE PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS
MOST ACT TURNS THE PAGE ON
15 FAILED LIBERAL BUDGETS,
WASTE, MISMANAGEMENT AND
HYDRO SCANDALS.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says FINALLY THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO HAVE A GOVERNMENT
THAT IS COMMITTED TO BEING
OPEN ABOUT HOW WE SPEND
THEIR MONEY.
THE PROPOSED FISCAL
SUSTAINABILITY TRANSPARENCY
AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT PUTS
PEOPLE FIRST AND RESTORES
ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST IN
THE PROVINCE'S FINANCES ONCE
AGAIN.
THIS IS A HUGE STEP TOWARDS
REDUCING THE DEFICIT WE
INHERITED FROM THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT.
AS I SAID EARLIER THEY WERE
SPENDING 40 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY
MORE THAN THEY BROUGHT IN.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING
TRANSPARENCY TO THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO AND HOPE THAT ALL
MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE VOTE
IN FAVOUR OF PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Parsa says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR HIS RESPONSE.
TRUST, TRANSPARENCY AND
ACCOUNTABILITY HAVE BEEN
ABSENT FOR FAR TOO LONG IN
ONTARIO, SPEAKER.
BY REVERSING THIS TREND WE
CAN IMPLEMENT OUR PLAN TO
PROTECT WHAT MATTERS MOST
WHILE RESPECTING TAXPAYERS
AND BEING FULLY TRANSPARENT
IN OUR DECISIONS.
WE'RE PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST
IN EVERYTHING WE DO.
WE'RE PROVIDING RELIEF TO
FAMILIES AND TO INDIVIDUALS.
WE'RE MAKING ONTARIO OPEN
FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR
JOBS AND WE'RE DOING IT ALL
IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE
ESSENTIAL SERVICES THAT THE
PEOPLE ACROSS ONTARIO RELY
ON.
WOULD THE MINISTER EXPLAIN
HOW THE PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST ACT WILL HELP
US FULFIL THESE COMMITMENTS,
BRING RELIEF AND ENSURE THE
SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR
CRITICAL PUBLIC SERVICES?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
WE CANNOT WAIT TO BRING
PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS ACT
IN A FEW MORE MINUTES FOR
THIRD READING.
IT'S UNFORTUNATE THE
N.D.P. HAVE ALREADY MADE
THEIR OPPOSITION TO THIS
BILL CLEAR BUT IT'S NOT TOO
LATE FOR THEM TO CHANGE
THEIR MINDS.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN
NUS VOTING IN FAVOUR OF THE
CARE TAX CREDIT WHICH WILL
PROVIDE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says 300,000 FAMILIES WITH UP
TO 75 percent OF THEIR ELIGIBLE
CHILD CARE EXPENSES.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says THE N.D.P. CAN STILL VOTE
FOR MODERNIZING THE SKILLED
TRADES AND APPRENTICESHIP
ACT, WHICH WILL MAKE IT
EASIER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO
GET THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO
FIND A WELL-PAYING JOB.
THEY CAN STILL SUPPORT THE
PTSD AWARENESS DAY, AN
IMPORTANT SIGN OF PROGRESS
AS OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES
TO MAKE HISTORIC INVESTMENTS
IN MENTAL HEALTH.
SPEAKER, THE N.D.P. HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE RIGHT
THING NOW.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says JOIN US IN PROTECTING
WHAT MATTERS MOST.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
NEXT question. The member for MUSHKEGOWUK-JAMES BAY.

The caption changes to "Guy Bourgouin. NDP. Mushkegowuk-James Bay."

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

He speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
TO THE PREMIER.
DRASTIC CUTS FROM THIS
GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION FUTURE
IN FRENCH IN ONTARIO IS IN
DANGER.
LAST WEEK I MET SEVERAL
TEACHERS OF THE FRANCOPHONE
SCHOOL BOARD OF MY REGION.
THEY WERE IN MY OFFICE TO
SHARE THEIR CONCERNS
REGARDING THE CUTS IN
EDUCATION.
DOES THE PREMIER WANT TO LET
THE FRANCOPHONES KNOW THEIR
CHILDREN'S EDUCATION IS NOT
A PRIORITY FOR HIS
GOVERNMENT?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Ford says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK
ABOUT WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
DOING IN SUPPORT OF
FRANCOPHONE EDUCATION.
AND AGAIN I HAVE TO THANK
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR
ALLOWING US THE OPPORTUNITY
TO STAND UP IN THIS HOUSE
AND SHARE THAT, OVER THE
NEXT YEAR, OUR GOVERNMENT
WILL BE PROVIDING OUR FRENCH
LANGUAGE BOARDS WITH OVER
1.8 BILLION DOLLARS.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says IN GRANTS.
AND THIS REPRESENTS A 16
MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE OVER WHAT WAS COMMITTED BY THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
YOU KNOW, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY
ON THE RIGHT TRAJECTORY IN
TERMS OF SUPPORTING AND
GROWING OUR FRENCH EDUCATION
IN THIS PROVINCE.
WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH
OUR PARTNERS AND DO THE
RIGHT THING, BECAUSE FRENCH
EDUCATION NEEDS TO BE AN
IMPORTANT PART OF OUR
CHILDREN'S EDUCATION.
YOU KNOW, I HAVE FAMILY
MEMBERS THAT ACTUALLY ARE
TEACHING IN FRANCOPHONE
SCHOOLS AND I'M HEARING
FIRST HAND THE IMPORTANCE OF
MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE
CHOICE ANT FRANCOPHONE
LANGUAGE AND FRANCOPHONE
EDUCATION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says IN ONTARIO IS ABSOLUTELY
PARAMOUNT IN THE OVERALL
SUCCESSFUL LANDSCAPE OF
EDUCATION IN THIS PROVINCE.
AGAIN I SAY MERCI BEAUCOUP
TO...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Bourgouin speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE MINISTER'S
ANSWER, BUT THERE ARE ALSO
ABOUT 50 TO 70 TEACHERS WHO
ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR JOB
THIS SUMMER.
TO THE PREMIER AGAIN.
SUCH CUTS WILL HAVE A
DEVASTATING EFFECT ON
CHILDREN'S EDUCATION IN MY
RIDING.
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW IT, BUT
ABOUT 60 percent OF MY CONSTITUENTS
ARE FRANCOPHONES.
WE NEED MORE SUBSTITUTE
TEACHERS AND WE ALSO NEED
MORE TEACHERS, REGULAR
TEACHERS.
WE WANT FRANCOPHONE
EDUCATION IN A CONSTITUENCY
THAT IS A MAJORITY OF
FRANCOPHONES.

[END OF TRANSLATION]

Thompson says I HAVE TO SHARE WITH THE MEMBER OPPOSITE THAT C'EST
DOMAGE.
IT'S TOO BAD.
IT IS REALLY TOO BAD.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says THAT THE PEOPLE OPPOSITE
IN THE PARTY ARE FEAR
MONGERING.
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT
LANGUAGE YOU SPEAK.
FEAR MONGERING IS FEAR
MONGERING.
AND THIS PARTY JUST DOESN'T
SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF IT.
BECAUSE THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS, WE'RE INVESTING
IN FRANCOPHONE EDUCATION IN
THIS PROVINCE.
AND OUR PARTNERS, OUR
EDUCATION PARTNERS THAT
WE'RE SINCERE WHEN WE SAY
THAT FRANCOPHONE LANGUAGES
AND FRANCOPHONE EDUCATION IS
PARAMOUNT IN IMPORTANCE TO
MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE A
ROBUST EDUCATION SYSTEM IN
THIS PROVINCE AND WE'RE
LEADING BY EXAMPLE.
AND AGAIN, IN TERMS OF
SCHOOL BOARDS GENERALLY
SPEAKING, I SAY...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says SURELY, SURELY WHEN IT
COMES TO THE WASTE THAT
PEOPLE ARE POINTING TO, THEY
CAN FIND ONE, TWO, POSSIBLY
4 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR WITHIN
THEIR ADMINISTRATION AS
OPPOSED TO HITTING...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Ottawa West-Nepean.

The caption changes to "Jeremy Roberts. PC. Ottawa West-Nepean."

Roberts is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears a gray suit, gray shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO MY FRIEND
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU, I
KNOW THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
BEEN CLEAR ABOUT OUR
COMMITMENT TO GET EDUCATION
IN ONTARIO BACK ON TRACK.
THIS IS A KEY PRIORITY FOR
MANY PARENTS IN MY RIDING OF
OTTAWA WEST-NEPEAN.
FOR THAT TO HAPPEN, IT IS
CLEAR THAT OUR STUDENTS NEED
TO BE PREPARED WITH THE
SKILLS THEY REQUIRE TO
SUCCEED, LIKE BEING ABLE TO
SPEAK FRENCH.
MR. SPEAKER, WITH OVER
100,000 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN
FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
ACROSS ONTARIO, COULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE TELL US WHAT
SHE IS DOING TO SUPPORT
FRENCH LANGUAGE EDUCATION
RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Thompson says MERCI BEAUCOUP.
OTTAWA WEST-NEPEAN.
I KNOW HE'S DOING GREAT WORK
ON BEHALF OF HIS RIDING AND
AS A MEMBER OF OUR CAUCUS, I
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says YOU LEAD WITH YOUR HEART,
JEREMY AND I THANK YOU FOR
THAT.
I ALSO WANT TO SAY MERCI
BEAUCOUP TO SAYO WHO IS IN
THE GALLERY AS WELL.
THEY ARE EXCELLENT ADVOCATES
FOR OUR FRENCH PUBLIC BORBD.
I'M EXTREMELY PROUD OF THE
INVESTMENTS TO ENSURE OUR
FRENCH LANGUAGE EDUCATION
SYSTEM HERE IN ONTARIO.
I KNOW THEY'RE LEADING BY
EXAMPLE.
I SAY MERCI BEAUCOUP AGAIN
FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH
THEY'RE LEADING AND
COHABITATING AND MAKING SURE
CAPITAL DOLLARS ARE WELL
INVESTED.
THEY'RE LEADING BY EXAMPLE
IN THAT REGARD, SPEAKER.
GRADUATION RATES ARE AT
HISTORIC HIGHS AND
ENROLLMENT HAS INCREASED.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS EXCITED TO
HAVE FRENCH LANGUAGE
EDUCATION IN ONTARIO, NOT
ONLY GROWING BUT THRIVING.
JUST THREE WEEKS AGO MY
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says THE MEMBER FROM NIAGARA
WEST ANNOUNCED OUR
GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING
ALMOST 20 MILLION DOLLARS IN
PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES TO
SUPPORT STUDENTS, PARENTS
AND TEACHERS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

[SPEAKING IN FRENCH]

Roberts speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR HER ANSWER.
I AM VERY GLAD TO KNOW THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES
THE IMPORTANCE OF
FRANCOPHONE EDUCATION.
I AM ALSO VERY PROUD THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT DOES SO MUCH
TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND
FAMILIES IN OUR FRANCOPHONE
EDUCATION SYSTEM.
MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT
THIS INVESTMENT IS ESSENTIAL
AND WILL PROVIDE A SUPPORT
FOR FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY, A
SUPPORT THAT IT NEEDS.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
TELL US MORE ON WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO
SUPPORT FRANCOPHONE SCHOOL
BOARDS AS WELL AS THEIR
STUDENTS IN ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Mulroney is in her mid-forties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears a black blazer over a white dress.

She speaks French and a translator says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK
THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA
WEST-NEPEAN FOR HIS
QUESTION.
IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ONE.
I KNOW THAT TODAY IN THE
GALLERIES WE HAVE MEMBERS OF
THIBEAULT AND ALL OF US IN
THIS HOUSE CAN RECOGNIZE A
VERY IMPORTANT WORK THAT
THEY'RE DOING FOR OUR
FRANCOPHONE SCHOOL BOARDS.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The translator continues
NEXT YEAR OUR GOVERNMENT
WILL PROVIDE THESE SCHOOL
BOARDS MORE THAN 1.8
BILLION DOLLARS.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS INVESTMENT
IS ESSENTIAL AND REPRESENTS
AN INVESTMENT THAT IS
GREATER THAN WHAT WAS
PROVIDED BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT IN 2018-2019.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
WILL KEEP WORKING WITH THEIR
PARTNERS IN EDUCATION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[END OF TRANSLATION]

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

The caption changes to "Joel Harden. NDP. Ottawa Centre."

Harden is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with short curly brown hair. He wears a gray suit and blue shirt.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL
ACCESSIBILITY WEEK, AND
WHILE WE'VE MADE STRIDES AND
PROGRESS IN THIS PROVINCE
THANKS TO DISABILITY RIGHTS
ACTIVISTS AROUND OUR TOWNS
AND CITIES.
UNFORTUNATELY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT PAID LIP SERVICE
TO THE GOAL OF ACCESSIBILITY,
AND THIS GOVERNMENT'S ON
TRACK TO DO THE SAME.
DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN,
THE PREMIER PROMISED
STRONGER ENFORCEMENT OF
ACCESSIBILITY LAWS, A CLEAR
STRATEGY TO MEET
ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS,
EXAMINING OUR BUILDING CODE
REQUIREMENTS FOR PROVISIONS
AND REQUIRING DESIGN
PROFESSIONALS TO HAVE
ACCESSIBILITY TRAINING.
WE DIDN'T HEAR ANY
ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE BUDGET
ON THIS AND I'M WONDERING
WHY THERE'S NO
PRIORITIZATION DURING
NATIONAL ACCESSIBILITY WEEK
FOR THIS GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says MINISTER OF SENIORS AND ACCESSIBILITY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF SENIORS AND
ACCESSIBILITY.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Honourable Raymond Cho. PC. Minister for Seniors and Accessibility."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK THE MEMBER OF
OPPOSITION RAISING THE
IMPORTANT QUESTION.
THIS HOUSE AND THIS
GOVERNMENT TAKES OUR
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR
ONTARIANS LIVING WITH
DISABILITIES VERY SERIOUSLY.
LAST WEEK, WE ANOUNSD...
ANNOUNCED FURTHER DETAILS OF
OUR PLAN TO PARTNER WITH
RICK HANSEN FOUNDATION ON
THEIR BUILDING PROGRAM.
1.3 MILLION DOLLARS WE'RE INVESTING
WILL ALLOW US TO PERFORM
ACCESSIBILITY AUDITS OVER
200 BUILDINGS OVER TWO
YEARS.
WE KNOW THERE'S MORE TO DO,
BUT IT'S ALSO TIME FOR REAL
ACTION AND WE ARE TAKING IT
RIGHT NOW.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Harden says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
TO PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE
TO WHAT THE MINISTER SAID
1.3 MILLION DOLLARS IS LESS THAN
WHAT THE PREMIER OF THIS
GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING ON
HIS OWN PERSONAL LAWYER IN
HIS OFFICE MR. GAVIN TEAGUE.
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
DESERVE MORE FROM THIS
GOVERNMENT.
WE KNOW THAT THE LAST
GOVERNMENT TALKED A GREAT
TALK BUT DELIVERED VERY
LITTLE.
WE KNOW THAT QUEEN'S PARK,
THE VERY BUILDING IN WHICH
YOU AND I ARE WORKING, IS
NOT FULLY ACCESSIBLE AND
THAT IS TRUE ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE.
HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION,
TRANSPORTATION, OUR SPACES
OF RECREATION REMAIN
INACCESSIBLE, SPEAKER AND WE
ARE OBLIGED BY LAW TO MAKE
THIS PROVINCE FULLY
ACCESSIBLE BY 2025.
TOMORROW WE ARE GOING TO BE
INTRODUCING A PRIVATE
MEMBERS MOTION TO WILL
REQUIRE US AS A LEGISLATURE
TO SET CLEAR TARGETS ON
ACCESSIBILITY.
I HAVE A VERY CLEAR QUESTION
FOR THE PREMIER FOR THE
MINISTER.
WILL YOU BE SUPPORTING THIS
MOTION TOMORROW?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says BACK TO THE
MINISTER.

Cho says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Cho says I WILL REPEAT WHAT THE
OPPOSITION MEMBER SAID.
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT THE
LAST 15 YEARS STATED...
THE LAST 15 YEARS, N.D.P.
SUPPORTED THE LAST
GOVERNMENT ALL DECISIONS.
SO YOU ARE THE SAME TEAM.
OK.
MR. SPEAKER, THE SOLE
QUESTION BARRIER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Cho says A.O.D. REVIEW BY MORIN.
THIS CITY REPORT IS AN
INDICTMENT OF THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT, WHICH YOUR PARTY
SUPPORTS FOR 15 YEARS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Cho says MR. SPEAKER, OUR
GOVERNMENT IS CAREFULLY
REVIEWING THE REPORT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Cho says WHICH WAS MADE PUBLIC
FASTER THAN EITHER PREVIOUS
REPORT.
AND I WILL RESPOND TO YOUR
MOTION TOMORROW.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE FOOD
AND RURAL AFFAIRS.
ONTARIO HAS A ROBUST
AGRICULTURE AND AGRI FOODS
SECTOR, ONE THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS LONG BEEN AN
ADVOCATE FOR.
AGRICULTURE IS A CRITICAL
COMPONENT OF OUR PROVINCE'S
ECONOMY, GENERATING 39.5
BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR AND EMPLOYING
OVER 17,000 PEOPLE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO ENSURING THIS SECTOR
REMAINS VIABLE AND
SUSTAINABLE INTO THE FUTURE.
THIS WEEK THE MINISTER MET
WITH THE ONTARIO INDEPENDENT
MEAT PROCESSORS, INCLUDING
PROCESSORS IN THE NORTH, TO
DISCUSS ITS ISSUES FACING
THE INDUSTRY.
ACCORDING TO THE ONTARIO
INDEPENDENT MEAT PROCESSORS,
TOTAL MEAT PROCESSING SALES
IN ONTARIO IS VALUED AT 2.2
BILLION DOLLARS.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
TELL THE HOUSE HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS HELPING TO
GROW ONTARIO'S MEAT
PROCESSING INDUSTRY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
TO THE MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL
AFFAIRS.

The caption changes to "Honourable Ernie Hardeman. PC. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs."

Hardeman is in his sixties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FROM
PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA FOR HIS
EXCELLENT QUESTION.
THIS MONDAY I HAD THE
PLEASURE OF HOSTING A UNIQUE
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION WITH
NORTHERN ONTARIO MEAT
PROCESSORS TO HEAR FIRSTHAND
SOME OF THE CHALLENGES
AFFECTING THE SECTOR.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPORTING
MEAT PROCESSING TO HELP
ENSURE SAFE, HIGH QUALITY
FOODS THROUGH A RECENT
INTAKE WE OPENED THROUGH THE
CANADIAN AGRICULTURE
PARTNERSHIP.
THROUGH A TARGETED INTAKE IN
FEBRUARY FOR FOOD SAFETY
IMPROVEMENT, 39 PROJECTS
WERE APPROVED TO RECEIVE UP
TO 509,000 IN COST SHARING
FUNDING.
THESE PROJECTS WILL FOCUS ON
FOOD SAFETY INITIATIVES
WHILE ALSO HELPING
PROCESSORS GROW AND DEVELOP
THEIR BUSINESS.
I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT
A SECOND INTAKE OPENED ON
MAY THE 24TH, 2019, WHICH
WILL RUN TO AUGUST THE 30TH.
I ENCOURAGE MEAT PROCESSORS
FROM AROUND THE PROVINCE TO
APPLY FOR THE SECOND.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Hardeman says LOOK FORWARD TO
CONTINUING TO SUPPORT THE
INDUSTRY.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Miller says THANK YOU.
MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE
THE MINISTER'S HARD WORK
ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF
ONTARIO MEAT PROCESSORS.

[APPLAUSE]

Miller says BEST MEAT PRODUCTS IN THE
WORLD PROCESSED RIGHT HERE
IN ONTARIO.
AGRICULTURE AND AGRIBUSINESS
ARE A VITAL... OF VITAL
IMPORTANCE TO OUR PROVINCE'S
ECONOMY.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO GROWING AGRICULTURE IN
THE NORTH AND ACROSS ONTARIO,
WHILE ENSURING ONTARIANS
CONSUME SAFE AND HEALTHY
FOOD PRODUCTS.
I KNOW THAT FARMERS IN
NORTHERN ONTARIO APPRECIATE
HAVING A GOVERNMENT THAT
LISTENING TO... LISTENS TO
THEM AND ACKNOWLEDGES THE
UNIQUE CHALLENGES THAT THEY
FACE.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE HOUSE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT
IS SUPPORTING AGRICULTURE IN
THE NORTH?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Hardeman says THANKS AGAIN,
MR. SPEAKER, AND THANKS TO
THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING
CLOSELY WITH REPRESENTATIVES
FROM NORTHERN ONTARIO TO
HEAR FIRST HAND THE WAYS WE
CAN WORK TOGETHER TO GROW
THE INDUSTRY AND CREATE GOOD
JOBS.
I WANT TO THANK THE NORTHERN
MEAT PLANTS THAT TOOK PART
AND SHARE THEIR IDEAS.
ONE OF THE AREAS THAT MY
MINISTRY'S ADVISORY GROUP IS
FOCUSING ON LED BY MY
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT IS
HOW OUR GOVERNMENT CAN
FURTHER GROW AGRICULTURE IN
THE NORTH.
OUR GOVERNMENT RECENTLY
ANNOUNCED THAT WE RIN VESTING
MORE THAN 350,000 IN TWO
AGRICULTURE COMPANIES IN
COCHRANE AND TIMMINS,
SUPPORTING FIVE FULL-TIME
JOBS.
I'M PLEASED TO BE WORKING
VERY CLOSELY ON THIS FILE
WITH THE MINISTER OF ENERGY
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT MINES
AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS TO
CREATE AND PROTECT JOBS AND
BOOST LOCAL ECONOMYS IN
NORTHERN ONTARIO.
WE WANT TO REINFORCE THE
NORTH'S COMPETITIVE
ADVANTAGE AND MAKE SURE
NORTHERN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Hardeman says PROVINCE IS EQUALLY OPEN
FOR BUSINESS.
I'M PROUD OF THE WORK OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS DONE SO FAR
AND LOOK FORWARD TO
CONTINUING TO SUPPORT
AGRICULTURE IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
ON MAY 8TH I MET WITH A
GROUP OF CONSTITUENTS WHO
HAVE BEEN SUFFERING DUE TO
POOR AIR QUALITY IN THEIR
NEIGHBOURHOOD.
FOR YEARS NOW RESIDENTS OF
STOCKYARDS, NEIGHBOURHOODS
OF YORK SOUTH-WESTON, HAVE
BEEN UNABLE TO GO WORK IN
THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD OR SEND
THEIR KIDS OUT TO PLAY FOR
THE TOXIC NOXIOUS CHEMICAL
IN THE AIR EMITTED BY
INDUSTRY IN THE
NEIGHBOURHOOD.
ACCOUNT PREMIER COMMIT TO
FINDING A SOLUTION FOR THE
HARD-WORKING PEOPLE OF STOCK
YARD ONCE AND FOR ALL,
BEGINNING WITH THE TESTING
OF THE AIR QUALITY IN THIS
NEIGHBOURHOOD?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE ACTING
PREMIER.

The Acting Premier says MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU
TO THE MEMBER AND THANK YOU
FOR THE QUESTION.
AIR QUALITY IS OF ESSENTIAL,
ESSENTIAL ISSUE FOR OUR
GOVERNMENT AND FOR OUR
PROVINCE.
IN FACT ONE OF THE ISSUES
THAT ONE OF THE MATTERS WE
PUT FORWARD IN OUR
MADE-IN-ONTARIO ENVIRONMENT
PLAN WAS TO ADVANCE THE
CAUSE OF REAL-TIME AIR
MONITORING.
AS THE MEMBER LIKELY KNOWS
MUCH AIR MONITORING IS DOWN
THROUGH MODELLING.
WE HAVE BOTH INVESTED IN
TERMS OF THE ABILITIES TO
HAVE MINISTRY RESOURCES DO
THE MONITORING BUT ALSO WORK
WITH INDUSTRIES SO THEY CAN
DO REALLY-TIME MONITORING AS
OPPOSED TO MOTT MONITORING
OF THE PAST.
TO GET MORE DETAILS FROM THE MEMBER ABOUT HIS SPECIFIC
SITUATION IN HIS
NEIGHBOURHOOD.
WANT TO MAKE SURE STANDARDS
ARE BEING MET AND THAT BOTH
THE INDUSTRY ANT
NEIGHBOURHOOD'S CONCERNS ARE
BEING COVERED.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hassan says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AGAIN, MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
INDUSTRY IN THE STOCKYARDS
AREA HAVE BEEN FINED OVER
THE YEARS TO NO AVAIL.
ALL THE WHILE RESIDENTS HAVE
HAD TO SUFFER AND LIFTING
FEAR OF THEIR SAFETY AND
WELL-BEING OF THEIR LOVED
ONES.
NO PARENT SHOULD HAVE TO
EXPLAIN TO THEIR CHILDREN
WHY THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD IS
ALWAYS STINKY OR WHY THEY
CANNOT GO OUT AND PLAY WITH
THEIR FRIENDS.
WILL THE MINISTER COMMIT TO
FOUNDING EXPEDIENT AND
EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR THE
PEEP OF STOCKYARDS AND TO
RESTORE THEIR PRIDE IN THEIR
NEIGHBOURHOOD?

Interjection: GREAT QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ONCE AGAIN,
MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN AS I SAID TO THE MEMBER, I WOULD
BE HAPPY TO MEET WITH HIM,
TO UNDERSTAND THE SPECIFICS
OF THIS ISSUE BUT OF COURSE,
MR. SPEAKER, AIR QUALITY,
WATER QUALITY, THE QUALITY
OF OUR SOILS AND LAND ARE
IMPORTANT PRIORITIES FOR OUR
GOVERNMENT AND WE ALSO
BELIEVE IN MAKING SURE
THERE'S PRIDE IN OUR
COMMUNITIES, PRIDE BECAUSE
WE ARE MAKING SURE WE ARE
DEALING WITH THE LOCAL
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES LIKE
LITTER, LIKE SMELL, LIKE
OTHERS SO I WOULD BE HAPPY
TO SIT WITH THE MEMBER,
UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE BETTER
AND RESPOND DIRECTLY TO HIM.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for RICHMOND HILL.

The caption changes to "Daisy Wai. PC. Richmond Hill."

Wai is in her late fifties, with short wavy gray hair. She wears glasses, a white jacket and a colourful scarf.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCED OUR FIRST BUDGET,
IT WAS CLEAR THAT IT WAS
DESIGNED TO PROTECT WHAT
MATTERS MOST AND PUT
ONTARIANS FIRST.
AFTER YEARS OF WASTE AND
MISMANAGEMENT IN THIS
PROVINCE, FINALLY THERE IS A
PLAN THAT WILL RESTORE
PEOPLE'S TRUST IN GOVERNMENT
AND PUT MONEY IN PEOPLE'S
POCKETS.
I KNOW THAT SOME ONTARIANS
WEREN'T ALWAYS ABLE TO
ACCESS HIGH QUALITY AND
AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN HOW THE GOVERNMENT
IS BRINGING RELIEF TO
ONTARIAN PARENTS AND HELPING
THEM TO ACCESS MORE OPTIONS
WHEN IT COMES TO CHILD CARE?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MEMBER FROM RICHMOND HILL.
YOU KNOW, SPEAKER, SHE
BRINGS A CERTAIN SPARK...

[INAUDIBLE]

Thompson says AND TO INTEGRATE JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says SINCE WE TOOK OFFICE OUR
MANDATE HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR
AND WE WANT TO PROTECT WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
AND THAT'S WHY WE INTRODUCED
OUR CHILD CARE ACCESS AND
RELIEF FROM EXPENSES TAX
CREDIT, OR CARE FOR SHORT.
THIS TAX CREDIT WILL GIVE
PARENTS, NOT THE GOVERNMENT,
CONTROL OVER THE CHILD CARE
DECISIONS THEY MAKE FOR
THEIR CHILDREN.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS CREDITS
FAMILIES IN ONTARIO... WITH
THIS CREDIT, I SHOULD SAY,
FAMILIES IN ONTARIO COULD
RECEIVE UP TO 6,000 FOR
EVERY CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF
7.
3,750 PER CHILD BETWEEN THE
AGES OF 7 AND 16, AND
FAMILIES WHO SUPPORT A CHILD
WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR 8,250
PER CHILD REGARDLESS OF THE
AGE.
THIS CREDIT WILL ALLOW
PARENTS TO OFFSET CHILD CARE
EXPENSES THEY MAY INCUR WHEN
STARTING NEW JOBS, WORKING
LONGER HOURS OR GOING BACK
TO SCHOOL.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Wai says THANK YOU THE MINISTER
FOR UNDERSTANDING THE NEED
OF OUR FAMILIES.
I AM SO GLAD THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT BELIEVES IN
EMPOWERING PARENTS IN MY
RIDING IN RICHMOND HILL AND
ALL OVER THE PROVINCE.
TO MAKE THIS DECISION... THE
DECISIONS THAT ARE BEST FOR
THE CHILDREN AND THEIR
FAMILIES.
IT WAS ALWAYS CLEAR THAT THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT SIMPLY
DID NOT LISTEN TO THE
PEOPLE.
THAT'S WHY IT IS SO PLEASING
TO HEAR THAT FINALLY WE HAVE
A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL
SUPPORT PARENTS AND PUT THEM
IN CHARGE OF MAKING
IMPORTANT DECISIONS FOR
THEIR CHILDREN.
COULD MINISTER PLEASE TELL
ME MORE ABOUT THE CARE TAX
CREDIT AND HOW IT BRINGS THE
GREATEST RELIEF TO PARENTS
AND FAMILIES IN ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Thompson says THANK YOU FOR THAT.
WE'RE GOING TO BE PUTTING
PARENTS FIRST.
PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN
NEED TO BE AT THE CENTRE OF
EVERY DECISION THAT GETS
MADE AND THIS CRUCIAL
SUPPORT WILL PROVIDE OVER
300,000 ONTARIO FAMILIES
WITH FUNDING UP TO 75 percent OF
THEIR ELIGIBLE CHILD CARE
EXPENSES.
FAMILIES WILL HAVE THE
ABILITY, SPEAKER, TO CHOOSE
THE CHILD CARE OPTION THAT
IS BEST SUITED TO THEIR
CHILDREN, INCLUDING CARE IN
CENTRES, IN-HOME CARE OR
EVEN CAMPS BECAUSE WE KNOW
THAT CHOOSING THE
APPROPRIATE CHILD CARE IS
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT
DECISIONS A PARENT WILL EVER
MAKE.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS WILL MAKE
CHILD CARE FOR ONTARIO
FAMILIES MORE AFFORDABLE AND
MORE ACCESSIBLE AND FLEXIBLE
AND THIS WILL ENSURE PARENTS
AGAIN AS I SAID WILL HAVE
CHOICE TO MAKE THE BEST
DECISIONS FOR THEIR
FAMILIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says WE CAN'T EMPHASIZE HOW
IMPORTANT THIS SUPPORT FOR
LOWER INCOME FAMILIES TO BE.
IN SOME CASES THE CARE TAX
CREDIT MIGHT MEAN A PARENT
CAN JOIN THE WORK FORCE OR
DECIDE TO WORK MORE HOURS.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THE NEXT question. The member for Saint CATHARINES.

The caption changes to "Jennifer (Jennie) Stevens. NDP. Saint Catharines."

Stevens is in her late fifties, with blond hair in a short bob and bangs. She wears a purple cardigan and a white blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
A REPORT WAS RELEASED ON AN
AVERAGE MONTHLY RENTAL RATES
ACROSS CANADA.
THIS REPORT SHOWS ST.
CATHARINES HAD MOVED UP
THREE SPOTS, NOW MAKING IT
THE NINTH MOST EXPENSIVE
CITY TO RENT IN IN ALL OF
CANADA.
THE COST OF A ONE-BEDROOM
ROSE 5.2 percent AND THE COST OF A
TWO-BEDROOM ROSE 5 percent, WELL
ABOVE WHAT THE PEOPLE'S
WAGES ROSE BY.
IT'S NO SECRET THAT NIAGARA
REGION IS FACING AN
AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS
AND AN INCREASE IN RENTAL
RATES WILL PUSH PEOPLE FIRT
INTO POVERTY AND EVEN
HOMELESSNESS.
YET THIS GOVERNMENT GUTTED
PROJECTIONS FOR RENTERS AND
REMOVED RENT CONTROLS.
WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
MAKING RENTING MORE
UNAFFORDABLE FOR THE PEOPLE
IN ST. CATHARINES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.

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

Clark says I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION AND I APPRECIATE
BEING IN HER RIDING ON
FRIDAY.
WE HAD AN EXCEPTIONAL
OPENING OF AN AFFORDABLE
HOUSING PROJECT, AND I
APPRECIATE HER ADVOCACY FOR
THAT PROJECT WHEN SHE WAS ON
COUNCIL.
SPEAKER, AGAIN PART OF OUR
HOUSING SUPPLY ACTION PLAN
AND OUR BILL "MORE HOMES
MORE CHOICE" IS WE REALIZE
THAT THERE IS A RECORD LOW
VACANCY RATE IN THIS
PROVINCE, PROBABLY A 17 OR
18-YEAR LOW.
WE HAVE TO HAVE MORE
PURPOSE-BUILT RENTAL AND
THAT'S WHY IN OUR FALL
ECONOMIC STATEMENTS, WE
ANNOUNCED THAT WE WOULD
PROTECT EXISTING TENANTS,
BUT ALLOW AN ENVIRONMENT
WITHOUT THE RENT CONTROL SO
THAT MORE PURPOSE-BUILT
RENTAL CAN BE BUILT IN THIS
PROVINCE AND WE NEED A LOT
OF PURPOSE BUILT RENTALS,
SPEAKER, TO BE ABLE TO HAVE
A SITUATION WHERE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says WE CAN DEAL WITH THAT
CRISIS.
SO I APPRECIATE THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER INDICATING
THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM IN
HER RIDING.
QUITE FRANKLY, SPEAKER, ALL
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE THERE'S
A PROBLEM.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTY QUESTION.

Stevens says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
YES, IT WAS FRIDAY THAT WE
DID ATTEND THE GRAND OPENING
OF THE NEW AFFORDABLE
HOUSING BUILT IN ST.
CATHARINES, OWNED AND
OPERATED BY THE NIAGARA
REGIONAL HOUSING.
IT WAS A BIG DAY FOR ST.
CATHARINES AS THE ISSUE OF
AFFORDABLE HOUSING WAS KIND
OF ADDRESSED.
HOWEVER, WITH 85 NEW UNITS,
ONLY A VERY SMALL DENT WAS
MADE IN THE N.R.A. HOUSING
WAIT LIST OF 16 YEARS,
CURRENTLY OVER 5,500 PEOPLE.

Interjection: WOW.

Stevens says MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN
ABOUT 40 YEARS SINCE THE
LAST AFFORD AND HOUSING UNIT
WAS BUILT, OWNED AND
OPERATED BY THE NIAGARA
REGIONAL HOUSING UNIT.
WERE BUILT IN ST. CATHARINES
40 YEARS AGO WAS THE LAST
ONE.
WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT
TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THE
CRISIS HAPPENING NOW AND
ALLOCATE FUNDING TO ASSIST
THE NIAGARA REGION IN
BUILDING MORE AFFORDABLE
HOUSING UNITS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Clark says SPEAKER, THAT'S EXACTLY
WHAT WE'RE DOING, SPEAKER.
ON FRIDAY I ACKNOWLEDGED
THAT ONE OF THE REASONS WHY
OUR GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THE
COMMUNITY HOUSING RENEWAL
STRATEGY BEFORE WE TABLED
BILL 108 WAS BECAUSE OF
ADVOCATES LIKE THE ONES IN
NIAGARA REGION WHO INDICATED
THAT WE NEEDED TO DO... MAKE
A CLEAR SIGNAL RIGHT ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE THAT WE WANT
TO LEVERAGE EVERY SINGLE
DOLLAR IN THE SYSTEM TO
BUILD, RENEW AND EXPAND OUR
COMMUNITY HOUSING SYSTEM.
THAT'S WHY WE DID IT PRIOR
TO THE TABLING OF BILL 10
MORE HOMES MORE CHOICE.
OUR MESSAGE TO OUR 47
SERVICE MANAGERS, SPEAKER,
AND OUR TWO INDIGENOUS
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS IS WE
WANT TO WORK WITH YOU.
WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU AND
LEVERAGE EVERY DOLLAR YOU
HAVE IN THE SYSTEM.
IMPORTANTLY, SPEAKER, EVERY
DOLLAR THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT HAS IN THE
SYSTEM.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says WE ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK
THE IF HE... FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR RENEWED
INTEREST ON THE HOUSING FILE
BUT ALL THREE LEVELS OF
GOVERNMENT, ALL OUR
NOT-FOR-PROFIT PARTNERS AND
ALL OF OUR...

Watch: Question Period: Wednesday, May 29, 2019