Transcript: Question Period: Thursday, May 30, 2019 | May 31, 2019

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

Most of the members in the Legislature wear red carnations on their chest.

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

The Speaker says IT IS NOW TIME FOR QUESTION PERIOD.
I RECOGNIZE THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR TIMMINS WILL COME TO ORDER.
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 black blazer over a printed white blouse.

She says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO WHOEVER ON
THE OTHER SIDE WANTS TO
ANSWER IT.
SCHOOL BOARDS ARE FACING...

[INTERJECTIONS]

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

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says I APOLOGIZE
TO THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION FOR INTERRUPTING
HER.
START THE CLOCK.

Horwath says MY
QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER,
SPEAKER.
SCHOOL BOARDS ARE FACING
OVERWHELMING CHALLENGES THIS
YEAR AS A RESULT OF CUTS
IMPOSED BY THE FORD
GOVERNMENT.
THEY'RE BEING FORCED TO FIRE
TEACHERS, LAY OFF EDUCATION
WORKERS AND COURSES ON
EVERYTHING FROM HANDS-ON
TECHNICAL LEARNING TO ARTS
EDUCATION ARE BEING
ELIMINATED.
THE PREMIER FINALLY BACKED
DOWN ON HIS PLANS TO IMPOSE
RETROACTIVE CUTS TO
MUNICIPALITIES THIS YEAR AND
AGREED TO HOLD THE
CONSULTATIONS HE SHOULD HAVE
BEEN HOLDING IN THE FIRST
PLACE.
WILL HE NOW AGREE TO DO THE
SAME THING WITH SCHOOL
BOARDS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says I RECOGNIZE
THE ACTING PREMIER.

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 VERY MUCH.
I WANT TO BEGIN BY REMINDING
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO THAT
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT WAS
SPENDING 40 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY
MORE THAN THEY TOOK IN, AND
WE HAVE DEVELOPED A BUDGET
THAT WAS PASSED YESTERDAY
THAT PUTS US ON A PATH TO
BALANCE.
IT'S A FIVE-YEAR PATH TO
BALANCE BUT, SPEAKER, IT
PROTECTS WHAT MATTERS MOST.
IT PROTECTS OUR HEALTH CARE
AND IT PROTECTS OUR
EDUCATION.
IN FACT WE'RE ADDING 1.4
BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT THREE
YEARS IN THE EDUCATION
BUDGET.
700 MILLION DOLLARS INCREASE IN
EDUCATION BUDGET THIS YEAR.
1 BILLION DOLLARS TO CREATE 30,000
CHILD CARE SPACES.
IN FACT 10,000 OF THEM WILL
BE IN SCHOOLS.
SPEAKER, THESE ARE THE KIND
OF THINGS THAT WE HAVE
PASSED IN OUR BUDGET
YESTERDAY, INCREASING THE
EDUCATION BUDGET THAT THE
N.D.P. VOTED AGAINST
YESTERDAY.
THEY VOTED AGAINST THE 700
MILLION DOLLARS INCREASE INTO THE
EDUCATION BUDGET.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, WHAT WE DID IS VOTE
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO BY
VOTING AGAINST THAT TERRIBLE
BUDGET.
[CHUCKLES]
ONCE AGAIN THE PREMIER
APPARENTLY HIS FINANCE
MINISTER DIDN'T DO THEIR
HOMEWORK AND OUR KIDS ARE
THE ONE HOS GET PUNISHED FOR
THAT.
YESTERDAY THE TORONTO
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
STARTED ISSUING BUMPING
NOTICES AS MORE TEACHERS ARE
DISPLACED DUE TO GOVERNMENT
CUTS.
THE HALTON BOARD HAS HEARD
FROM 7,000 PARENTS WHO
REJECT THE GOVERNMENT'S CUTS
TO CLASS SIZES AND MANDATORY
E-LEARNING.
I'M SURE IF THEY WERE HERE,
THEY WOULD HAVE VOTED
AGAINST THE BUDGET TOO.
THEY'RE CALLING FOR
CONSULTATION BEFORE THESE
CUTS ARE ROLLED OUT.
WILL THE PREMIER PROVIDE IT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE ACTING
PREMIER.

Fedeli says MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The Speaker says 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 blazer over a pale pink shirt.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND AGAIN, IT'S AN HONOUR TO
SERVE IN THE ROLE OF
EDUCATION AS MINISTER, AND I
HAVE TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT,
SINCE WE'VE BEEN IN THIS
POSITION ALMOST A YEAR NOW,
WE'VE COME TO REALIZE THAT
THERE'S A LOT OF WASTE
THROUGHOUT ONTARIO THAT
NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED.
AND WHEN WE CONDUCTED OUR
CONSULTATION THIS PAST FALL,
TEACHERS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY
MINDED PEOPLE AND STUDENTS
ALIKE POINTED THEIR FINGERS
WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT
EFFICIENCIES.
THEY POINTED THEIR FINGERS
TOWARDS SCHOOL BOARDS SAYING
THERE IS A LOT OF
OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOL
BOARDS TO LOOK FROM WITHIN
AND SEE AND IDENTIFY WAYS
THAT THEY COULD REALIZE
EFFICIENCIES.
AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE
ASKING SCHOOL BOARDS ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE TO DO.
YOU KNOW, WHILE WE'RE
INCREASING OUR BUDGET'S
CONTRIBUTION EDUCATION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says TO THE TUNE OF 700
MILLION DOLLARS, 90 MILLION DOLLARS OF WHICH
IS GOING TO SPECIAL
EDUCATION.
WE'RE INCREASING FUNDING FOR
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION.
THE LIST COULD JUST GO ON
AND ON.
WE'RE ASKING SCHOOL BOARDS
TO FIND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, IT'S PRETTY
DISAPPOINTING FOR THE
CHILDREN AND THE PARENTS OF
THIS PROVINCE TO SEE AN
EDUCATION MINISTER THAT
REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE
DEVASTATION THAT HER CUTS
ARE GOING TO CAUSE.
CONSEQUENCES ARE FOR OUR
KIDS AND THEIR FUTURES AND
THEY ARE DEVASTATING
CONSEQUENCES.
THEY MEAN OF COURSE FIRED
TEACHERS, LARGER CLASS SIZES,
FEWER COURSE OPTIONS AND
MORE CUTS IN THE CLASSROOM.
THE PREMIER FINALLY ADMITTED,
AS I SAID, THAT IT WAS WRONG
TO CUT WILL YOU BE IC...
PUBLIC HEALTH, WRONG TO CUT
CHILD CARE, WRONG TO CUT
EMERGENCY SERVICE THIS IS
YEAR.
WHY IS HE SO UNWILLING TO
CONSIDER TAKING SOME TIME
BEFORE IMPOSING THESE
RECKLESS CUTS THAT WILL HAVE
LASTING IMPACTS ON OUR
STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Thompson says YOU KNOW, SPEAKER, I
COMPLETELY REJECT THE FEAR
MONGERING THAT CONTINUES TO
COME FROM THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE
KNOW THERE'S OPPORTUNITIES
FOR SCHOOL BOARDS TO SHARPEN
THEIR PENCILS, AND IN NO WAY
SHOULD STUDENTS SUFFER
BECAUSE OF MISMANAGEMENT.
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SCHOOL
BOARDS THROUGHOUT ONTARIO
THAT ARE WORKING WITH US.
THEY'RE SAVING 1 TO 4 CENTS
ON THE DOLLAR FROM WITHIN SO
THEY'RE NOT IMPACTING THE
CLASSROOM.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE
OTHER SCHOOL BOARDS THAT
SEEMINGLY THE MEMBERS OF THE
OPPOSITION ARE PROPPING UP
TO ADD TO THE CAUSE OF
ANXIETY THROUGHOUT THIS
PROVINCE.
THEY'RE PROPPING THEM UP AND
SAYING YOU KNOW WHAT?
IT'S OK THAT YOU'VE BEEN
UNACCOUNTABLE AND YOU'VE
MISMANAGED OR CARRIED A
DEFICIT FOR THE LAST FOUR OR
FIVE YEARS.
THAT'S OK BECAUSE THAT'S
THEIR MENTALITY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says BUT, SPEAKER, WE WERE
ELECTED WITH A MANDATE TO
GET ONTARIO BACK ON TRACK
AND WE INVITE THE SCHOOL
BOARDS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE
TO WORK WITH US TO REDUCE
WASTEFUL SPENDING FROM
WITHIN AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE
A GOOD LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, MY NEXT QUESTION IS
TO THE PREMIER.
I HAVE TO SAY THE MINISTER
OF EDUCATION DOESN'T EVEN
UNDERSTAND SCHOOL BOARDS CAN
RUN DEFICITS.
THAT'S PRETTY WORRISOME.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says BEFORE I
BRING MY QUESTION FORWARD,
OF COURSE WE HAVE A VERY
IMPORTANT GAME TODAY, WHICH
IS THE RAPTORS GAME, AND I
THINK EVERYBODY IN THIS
LEGISLATURE IS EXCITED ABOUT
THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says JUST WANT TO SAY THAT IT'S
REALLY GREAT TO SEE SO MANY
CITIES THAT ARE GETTING
INVOLVED AS WELL, SO MANY
COMMUNITIES.
I HOPE PEOPLE ARE SAFE OUT
THERE.
I HOPE PEOPLE BEHAVE WELL
AND ARE SAFE AND WISH THE
POLICE FORCES ALL THE VERY
BEST IN THEIR EFFORTS TO
KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE AND
WELL.
SO ON THAT NOTE, MY NEXT QUESTION AGAIN AS I SAID IS
TO THE PREMIER.
THE PREMIER'S CLAIMS THAT
FAMILIES WON'T BE FACING
HEALTH CARE CUTS IS LOOKING
LESS AND LESS CREDIBLE BY
THE DAY.
AMONG THE 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS IN
CUTS FOUND BY ONTARIO'S
INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says WAS TUULI
A 22 MILLION DOLLARS CUT TO...

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR KING-VAUGHAN, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says A 22 MILLION DOLLAR CUT TO CANCER SCREENING.

The Speaker says SORRY.
STOP THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR KING-VAUGHAN
IS WARNED.
START THE CLOCK.
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says TAKE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THAT
AGAIN THEN, SPEAKER.
IT WAS A 22 MILLION DOLLARS CUT TO
CANCER SCREENING, A
REDUCTION OF NEARLY 20 percent.
CAN THE PREMIER EXPLAIN THE
RATIONALE FOR ELIMINATING
ONE-FIFTH OF ONTARIO'S
BUDGET FOR CANCER SCREENING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE ACTING
PREMIER.

Fedeli says SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR
THE QUESTION.
I NEED TO CONTINUE TO REMIND
THIS LEGISLATURE ABOUT THE
MANY INVESTMENTS THAT WE ARE
MAKING.
WE'RE STARTING ALREADY WITH
AN INCREASE IN THE HEALTH
BUDGET OF 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS THIS
YEAR ALONE.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says A BUDGET THAT THIS N.D.P.
OPPOSITION VOTED AGAINST.
WE ARE ADDING 384 MILLION DOLLARS TO HOSPITALS.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says 267 MILLION DOLLARS TO HOME CARE,
1.75 BILLION DOLLARS TO CREATE
15,000 NEW LONG-TERM-CARE
BEDS, MANY OF WHICH ARE
ALREADY IN THE GROUND,
STARTED IN THE GROUND TODAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says 90 MILLION DOLLARS.
I'VE SAID THIS MANY DAYS
NOW.
I CANNOT BELIEVE THE N.D.P.
VOTED AGAINST IT.
90 MILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says AGAINST PROVIDING FREE
DENTAL CARE TO 100,000
LOW-INCOME SENIORS.
HOW DARE YOU!
HOW DARE YOU VOTE AGAINST
THOSE SENIORS?!

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
OK.

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.
IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE TO
REMIND THE MEMBERS WE HAVE A
LARGE NUMBER OF GUESTS WHO
ARE WITH US TODAY IN THE
HOUSE TO OBSERVE OUR
PROCEEDINGS.
AND WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT
WHAT STANDARD WE HOPE TO SET
TODAY AND HOW IMPRESSED
THEY'LL BE WHEN THEY LEAVE.
AND I'D ASK ALL MEMBERS TO
THINK ABOUT THAT.
START THE CLOCK.
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
I BELIEVE HAS THE FLOOR.

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
I HAVE TO SAY WHAT I CAN'T
BELIEVE IS THAT THIS
MINISTER'S STILL TRYING TO
SPIN THE BUDGET.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS
THE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
OFFICER IS INDEPENDENT AND
HE HAS IDENTIFIED 2.7
BILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS TO THE
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says I'VE GOT TO SAY...
CANCER SCREENING IS
ABSOLUTELY VITAL FOR THE
DETECTION OF CANCER.
IT CAN LITERALLY SAVE LIVES.
OF ALL THE PREMIER'S
CUT-FIRST PLAN-LATER BUDGET
DECISIONS, THIS MAY HAVE THE
MOST SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES
FOR PEOPLE.
WILL THE FORD GOVERNMENT
REVERSE THIS CUT BEFORE
ONTARIANS' LIVES ARE
LITERALLY PUT AT RISK?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING PREMIER.

Fedeli says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF LABOUR.

[APPLAUSE]

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 pink blazer and a pearl necklace.

She says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I SAY
TO THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION WHAT MESSAGE IS
SHE NOT HEARING FROM THIS
GOVERNMENT?
WE HAVE INCREASED SPENDING
IN HEALTH.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR WATERLOO, COME TO ORDER.

Scott says TO TOTALLING 63.5
MILLION DOLLARS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO IS WARNED.
THE MINISTER OF LABOUR HAS
THE FLOOR.

Scott says SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE
INCREASED SPENDING IN HEALTH
CARE BY AND TOTALLING 63.5
BILLION DOLLARS.
WE HAVE MADE INVESTMENTS IN
LOW-INCOME SENIORS' DENTAL,
384 MILLION DOLLARS IN HOSPITAL
OPERATIONAL FUNDING, 27
BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN YEARS FOR
HOSPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
SPENDING, 174 MILLION DOLLARS FOR
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES, 267 MILLION DOLLARS INCREASE IN HOME AND
COMMUNITY CARE, 15,000 MORE
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Scott says OVER HALF OF WHICH HAVE
BEEN ANNOUNCED.
15,000 MORE LONG-TERM-CARE
BEDS --, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW
WHY THE OPPOSITION...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

[INTERJECTION]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Interjection: WOW.

The Speaker says ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR CARLETON WILL
COME TO ORDER.
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL HAS TO
COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
EAST-STONEY CREEK HAS TO
COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
WELL, IT WASN'T SO LONGING A
THAT CONSERVATIVES SUPPORTED
INDEPENDENT OFFICERS OF THE
LEGISLATURE LIKE THE
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
OFFICER.
BUT NOW THEY EXPECT US TO
IGNORE THE EXPERTS.
WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT,
SPEAKER.
NOBODY BELIEVES THIS
GOVERNMENT ANY MORE AND WE
CERTAINLY ARE SEEING THE
EVIDENCE FROM THE F.A.O. TO
BACK UP WHAT PEOPLE KNOW,
WHICH IS THE BUDGET SPIN IS
NOT THE CASE AND THAT IN
FACT THESE CUTS ARE GOING TO
HURT FAMILIES VERY, VERY
EASILY.
THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR.
CUTS TO CANCER SCREENING,
CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, CUTS
TO HOSPITAL FUNDING.
A TOTAL OF 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS IN
CUTS TO THE HEALTH CARE
BUDGET AND A RETURN TO THE
MIKE HARRIS ERA OF CLOSING
HOSPITALS, CLOSING HOSPITAL
BEDS AND FIRING NURSES.
WHY WON'T THE GOVERNMENT
ADMIT THAT THESE CUTS HAVE
CONSEQUENCES FOR FAMILIES
AND CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM?

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

Scott says MR. SPEAKER, I WILL AGAIN
REITERATE SOME OF THE MANY,
MANY INVESTMENTS WE'VE MADE
IN HEALTH CARE.
LIKE 384 MILLION DOLLARS ADDITIONAL
FUNDING IN HOSPITAL
OPERATIONAL FUNDING, 27
BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN YEARS FOR
HOSPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
SPENDING, 267 MILLION DOLLARS INCREASE IN HOME AND
COMMUNITY CARE.
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS
INVESTMENTS OVER 7,000 OF
THOSE ALREADY ANNOUNCED OF
THE 15,000 PROMISED,
REDEVELOPING 15,000
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT
HAS SEEN WHAT THE LIBERALS
AND THE N.D.P. HAVE DONE TO
HEALTH CARE AND THAT IS LIKE
A THOUSAND PEOPLE WAITING
FOR HEALTH CARE IN THE
HALLWAYS OF THE HOSPITALS
THAT WE HAVE NOW.
BACKLOGS OF 30-SOME THOUSAND
PEOPLE WAITING FOR
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS.
THAT'S WHAT YOU DID WHEN YOU
SUPPORTED THAT LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Scott says THAT'S THE STATE OF THE
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM YOU GAVE
US, AND WE'RE...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says MY NEXT QUESTION'S ALSO TO THE
PREMIER.
I HAVE TO SAY I DON'T KNOW
HOW A 2.7 BILLION DOLLAR CUT IN
HEALTH CARE IS GOING TO
SOLVE HALLWAY MEDICINE,
SPEAKER.
IT'S NOT.
IT'S GOING TO GET MUCH, MUCH
WORSE WITH THIS GOVERNMENT.
THE PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER
THAN THAT.
BUT AS WE SEE HERE TODAY
THERE'S ANOTHER ISSUE VERY
CONCERNING UNFOLDING IN OUR
PROVINCE, SPEAKER.
THE PEOPLE OF THE CANSCUM
FIRST NATION ARE FACING A
SERIOUS THREAT FROM A FOREST
FIRE.
A STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS
BEEN DECLARED.
YESTERDAY I SPOKE WITH CHIEF
AMANDA ABOUT THE NEED FOR
MORE PLANES TO BE ASSIGNED
TO HELP GET PEOPLE OUT OF
HER COMMUNITY.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US WHAT
HELP THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
IS PREPARED TO PROVIDE TO
THE COMMUNITY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ACTING
PREMIER.

Fedeli says MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS
AFFAIRS.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND I APPRECIATE THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER'S
QUESTION.
I CAN ASSURE HER THAT FIRE
CREWS, FIRE AIRCRAFT STARTED
FIGHTING THIS FIRE YESTERDAY
AT 1:30 THIS MORNING IT'S
BEEN A VERY LATE NIGHT AND
VERY EARLY MORNING,
MR. SPEAKER.
AS A JOINT RESPONSE
COORDINATION CENTRE,
INCLUDING THE PROVINCIAL
EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRE
TOGETHER WITH THE DEPARTMENT
OF NATIONAL DEFENCE, HAVE
MOBILIZED FIXED-WING
AIRCRAFT FROM ONTARIO AND
HERCULES FROM THE DEPARTMENT
OF NATIONAL DEFENCE.
AS WE SPEAK, PEOPLE ARE
BEING EVACUATED,
MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO APPRECIATE THE
LATE-NIGHT TEXTS BETWEEN
MYSELF THE MEMBER OF
PROVINCIAL PARLIAMENT FROM
KIIWETINOONG.
WE'VE COORDINATED OUR
EFFORTS WITH GRAND CHIEF
ALVIN FIDDLER AND CHIEF
AMANDA SANWAP.
A TREMENDOUS LEADER HERE.
THE COMMUNITY'S UNDER SIEGE
AND THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
HAS MOBILIZED ALL OF ITS
RESOURCES TO MOVE PEOPLE OUT
OF THAT COMMUNITY SAFELY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I SPOKE TO THE CHIEF
YESTERDAY AND SHE EXPRESS
TODAY ME HER CONCERN SMOKE
FROM THE APPROACHING FIRE
MAY SOON HINDER VISIBILITY
OF AIRCRAFT TO LAND.
THIS IS A COMMUNITY THAT OF
COURSE IS STILL REELING FROM
A YOUTH SUICIDE CRISIS THAT
JUST LONG ANOTHER YOUNG
PERSON TO SUICIDE ON TUESDAY
NIGHT.
IT IS CLEARLY A TIME WHERE
EVERY BIT OF HELP MATTERS.
IT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT
EVACUATION'S VERY SLOW
BECAUSE THERE'S ONLY 0 TO
100 PEOPLE THAT CAN FIT ON
EVERY PLANE AND ONLY REALLY
ONE PLANE DOING EVACUATIONS.
WE NEED MORE PLANE THERE TO
GET MORE PEOPLE EVACUATED
MORE QUICKLY.
I APPRECIATE THE MINISTER'S
RESPONSE AND THE
GOVERNMENT'S ACTIONS THUS
FAR BUT I GUESS WHAT I'M
ASKING FOR IS A COMMITMENT
TO ENSURE THAT WE
UNCONDITIONALLY PROVIDE ALL
THE HELP THAT'S NEEDED TO
SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF CAN JI
COUPLE AND GET THEM OUT OF
HARM'S WAY.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
AGAIN RECOGNIZE THE MINISTER
OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS TO REPLY.

Rickford says MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A
VERY SERIOUS MATTER AND I
CAN ASSURE THE MEMBER THAT
ALL ASSETS WITH RESPECT TO
AIRCRAFT HAVE BEEN MOBILIZED.
WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO NOW,
IN MY MOST RECENT
CONVERSATION WITH CHIEF
AMANDA SANAWAP COMMUNITY
LEADERS IS TO IDENTIFY TOWNS
AND CITIES IN NORTHWESTERN
ONTARIO THAT CAN BE EITHER
HUBS OR DESTINATION CITIES.
PIKANGIKUM HAS CLOSE EYES TO
DRYDEN KENORA.
THESE WOULD BE MORE
APPROPRIATE PLACES AS
INITIAL EVACUATIONS ARE
GOING TO KAPUSKASING.
WE APPRECIATE THE FOLKS FOR
THEIR EFFORTS BUT IT'S 60
KILOMETRES AWAY FROM
PIKANGIKUM.
TIMMINS AND OTHER HOST
CITIES SOME 920 KILOMETRES
AWAY, MR. SPEAKER.
I'VE SPOKEN TO MAYORS FROM
ACROSS NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
HOTEL OPERATORS I HAVE CLOSE
TIES WITH AND WE'RE
MOBILIZING QUICKLY TO ENSURE
THESE FOLKS HAVE A SAFE
COMFORTABLE PLACE TO BE
WHILE WE DEAL WITH THIS
EMERGENCY.
IN THE COMMUNITY ITSELF,
MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTRY OF
NATURAL RESOURCES HAS PLANES
COMING IN AND OUT OF THERE
TO DELIVER FIRE CREWS AS THE
COMMUNITY MAY BE AT RISK,
MR. SPEAKER.
THAT MEANS SOAKING DOWN
BUILDINGS BUT AS WELL MOVING
PEOPLE OUT.
WE HAVE EVERY PLANE POSSIBLE
HELPING PIKANGIKUM AT THIS
TIME AND I APPRECIATE
EVERYBODY'S SUPPORT IN THIS
PLACE AT THIS TIME FOR THOSE
EFFORTS.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Markham-Stouffville.

The caption changes to "Paul A. Calandra. PC. Markham-Stouffville."

Calandra is in his late forties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt and light gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Calandra says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT AND THE
GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.
MINISTER, 15 YEARS OF
LIBERAL GOVERNANCE IN
ONTARIO BROUGHT RECKLESS
SPENDING THAT HAS BURIED OUR
PROVINCE IN DEBT.
NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW
YOU'RE HAPPY TO APPRECIATE
THAT THE DAYS OF ABUSING
TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS ARE OVER
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
ONTARIO VOTERS DEMANDED
VALUE FOR THEIR MONEY WHEN
THEY HEADED TO THE POLLS
LAST YEAR.
SPEAKER, VOTERS ACROSS OUR
PROVINCE ELECTED A P.C.
GOVERNMENT KNOWING THAT A
CHANGE IN OUR LEADERSHIP AT
QUEEN'S PARK WOULD DELIVER
GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND
ACCOUNTABILITY TO ONTARIANS.
SINCE TAKING OFFICE, THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN A
PROACTIVE MEASURES TO STAND
UP FOR ONTARIANS.
SPEAKER, WE HAVE DONE SO
MUCH AND I'M WONDERING IF
THE MINISTER COULD REMIND
THIS HOUSE OF THE STEPS OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN TO
SUPPORT THE HARD-WORKING
PEOPLE ACROSS OUR GREAT
PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER
FROM MARKHAM STOUFFVILLE FOR
THE QUESTION THIS MORNING.
I ALSO WANT TO THANK HIM FOR
THE OUTSTANDING WORK THAT
HE'S DOING IN REPRESENTING
THE CONSTITUENTS IN HIS
RIDING AND ALSO ASSISTING
OUR MINISTER OF ENERGY.

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says THE LIBERAL HYDRO MESS AND
THE GREAT WORK HE'S DOING AS
A PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
THERE.
SPEAKER, WE WERE ELECTED ON
A PROMISE TO MAKE LIFE MORE
AFFORDABLE FOR THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO AND THAT'S EXACTLY
WHAT WE'RE DOING AND THAT'S
EXACTLY WHY WE'RE CONTINUING
TO FIGHT JUSTIN TRUDEAU'S
RECKLESS, DANGEROUS,
EXPENSIVE CARBON TAX THAT
HE'S IMPOSING ON PROVINCES
ACROSS THE TERRITORY.
YOU KNOW, THIS IS SOMETHING
THAT IS BEING SUPPORTED BY
OUR COUNTERPARTS RIGHT
ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
YESTERDAY I HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH
MANY OF THEM AT THE
INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE
MEETINGS IN HALIFAX.
WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT AN
AGREEKS... EGREGIOUS TAX
THIS IS, WHAT A JOB-KILLING
TAX THIS IS.
WE'RE STANDING UP FOR OUR
FARMERS, OUR SMALL BUSINESS
PEOPLE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says OUR LARGE MANUFACTURERS,
OUR COMMUTERS, OUR DRIVERS
IN ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING THAT
WE CAN.
NO TAXES, NO FEE INCREASES
UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Calandra says WELL, I WANT TO THANK THE
MINISTER.
ALL THAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED
IN ONE YEAR FOR MOST
GOVERNMENTS WOULD HAVE BEEN
ENOUGH.
THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN PACKED
IT UP AND MOVED ON.
IN FACT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED
MORE IN ONE YEAR THAN THE
LIBERALS DID IN 15 YEARS.

[APPLAUSE]

Calandra says LIBERAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS...
WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED WAS
RAISING DEBT, RAISING TAXES
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO,
MAKING LIFE HARDER FOR THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO IN OVER 15
YEARS THEY SET A RECORD.
THEY SET A NEW HIGH BAR IN
HOW TO SPEND PEOPLE'S MONEY
AND ACCOMPLISH NOTHING.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE DONE JUST
THE OPPOSITE.
WE'VE PUT MORE MONEY BACK IN
PEOPLE'S POCKETS.
WE'VE PUT OTHERS SELVES ON A
PATH TO A BALANCED BUDGET.
WE'RE PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST TO THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO, BECAUSE A STRONG
ONTARIO IS A STRONG CANADA.
I'M WONDERING...

[APPLAUSE]

Calandra says IF THE MINISTER COULD
CONTINUE TO HIGHLIGHT SOME
OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE
ACCOMPLISHED OVER THE LAST
YEAR.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Smith says THANKS VERY MUCH TO THE MEMBER AGAIN FROM MARKHAM
STOUFFVILLE YOU KNOW.
HE'S RIGHT.
WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED A LOT.
THE LIBERALS ACCOMPLISHED A
LOT, TOO, MR. SPEAKER.
THEY DOUBLED OUR DEBT IN
ONTARIO MAKING ONTARIO THE
MOST INDEBTED JURISDICTION
IN NORTH AMERICA, THE
SUB-SOVEREIGN JURISDICTION
AROUND THE WORLD,
MR. SPEAKER.
340 MILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT.
IT'S UNBELIEVABLE THE MESS
THAT THEY MADE.
WE'RE WORKING HARD TO CLEAN
UP THAT, MR. SPEAKER,
WORKING HARD TO ENSURE THAT
ONTARIO IS A DESTINATION
WHERE FOREIGN DIRECT
INVESTMENT WANTS TO COME AND
SET UP AND CREATE JOBS.
WE'RE MAKING SURE OUR JOB
CREATORS WHO ARE ALREADY
HERE CAN CREATE MORE JOBS,
MR. SPEAKER, BY REDUCING RED
TAPE AND WE'VE TAKEN MANY,
MANY STEPS IN REDUCING RED
TAPE THROUGH BILL 47, THE
MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS ACT.
RESTORING ONTARIO'S
COMPETITIVENESS ACT.
OTHER RED-TAPE BUYS ARE
COMING, MR. SPEAKER, TO
ENSURE THAT WE CAN MAKE
ONTARIO THE MOST.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says COMPETITIVE PLACE IN
NORTH AMERICA ON THE GLOBE,
MR. SPEAKER, TO DO BUSINESS.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE FOCUSING
ON.
WHILE AT THE SAME TIME
ENSURING THAT WE'RE NOT
RAISING TAXES OR FEES.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Essex.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, SINCE COMING TO
OFFICE, THE PREMIER HAS
INCURRED MILLIONS IN LEGAL
FEES IN SETTLEMENTS ON
EVERYTHING FROM HYDRO ONE TO
ALYKHAN VELSHI'S CONTRACT
WITH THE O.P.G. EVEN TO
TESLA'S ELECTRIC CARS.
SPEAKER, LEGAL EXPERTS ARE
NOW CALLING THE PREMIER'S
PLAN TO RIP OPEN THE
CONTRACT WITH THE BEER STORE,
QUOTE, A PUBLIC POLICY GAFFE
OF EPIC PROPORTIONS.
SPEAKER, CAN THE ACTING
PREMIER TELL US HOW MUCH OF
THE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS HE'S
BUDGETED FOR LEGAL FEES AND
EVENTUAL SETTLEMENTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
THE ACTING PREMIER TO REPLY.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
APPRECIATE THE QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, SPEAKER, THIS IS
NOT JUST ABOUT BEER AND
WINE.
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT BRINGING
CHOICE AND CONVENIENCE, BUT
IT'S ABOUT CREATING FAIRNESS
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
NOW IT'S INTERESTING TO KNOW
AND I'M QUITE SURE MOST
PEOPLE IN THE GALLERY WOULD
NOT KNOW THIS, BUT THE
GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO DOES
NOT OWN THE BEER STORE.
YES, WE OWN LCBO BUT WE DO
NOT OWN THE BEER STORE.
IT IS OWNED BY THREE GLOBAL
BEER MULTINATIONALS, NOT THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
AND SO WE HAVE RETAINED A
SPECIAL ADVISOR WHO TOLD US
THIS WAS A BAD DEAL FOR
ONTARIANS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says THAT THIS CONTRACT
STIFLES COMPETITION.
IT KEEPS PRICES ARTIFICIALLY
HIGH, AND IT PREVENTS NEW
CRAFT BEER ENTREPRENEURS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says FROM GETTING A STRONG
FOOT HOLD IN THE MARKET.
SO THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT
PUT MULTINATIONAL PROFITS
AHEAD OF PEOPLE AND WE'LL
MAKE GOOD ON OUR PROMISE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA FALLS HAS TO
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX.

Natyshak says SPEAKER, IT'S OBVIOUS I'M
PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS
MOST.
TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO UNDER
THIS GOVERNMENT.
SPEAKER, FOR A GUY WHO
CLAIMS TO SUPPORT UNBRIDLED
CAPITALISM, THE PREMIER
SEEMS TO...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE MUST COME TO ORDER.

Natyshak says MEDDLING IN THE ECONOMY.
WHETHER IT'S MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS SPENT IN OUR
ELECTRICITYTY SECTOR OR HIS
PLAN TO MANDATE TO DISPLAY
PARTISAN ADS AND PAY A
10,000 A DAY FINE.
THE PREMIER SEEMS TO HAVE A
GIFT OF LANDING HIS
GOVERNMENT IN COURT.
SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY IT'S
ONTARIANS WHO ARE GOING TO
PAY THE PRICE.
WILL THE FINANCE MINISTER
TELL US TODAY HOW MUCH HE'S
BUDGETED OF THE PEOPLE'S
DOLLARS FOR LEGAL FEES AND
EVENTUAL SETTLEMENTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE ACTING
PREMIER.

Fedeli says MINISTER OF ENERGY.

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

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

Rickford says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE OBVIOUSLY CONCERNED
WITH THE COURT OF PUBLIC
OPINION, MR. SPEAKER, AND
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HAVE A
RIGHT TO KNOW.
IN WINDSOR-ESSEX ALONE THE
TWO HOSPITALS DOWN THERE ARE
GOING TO INCUR COSTS OF
800,000 BECAUSE OF THIS
JOB-KILLING REGRESSIVE
CARBON TAX.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says THAT THAT...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says SUPPORTS, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Rickford says WINDSOR-ESSEX IS GOING TO
INCUR 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS BECAUSE
OF THE JOB-KILLING
REGRESSIVE CARBON TAX,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says SORRY TO
INTERRUPT.
MEMBER FOR ESSEX IS WARNED.
I APOLOGIZE TO THE MINISTER
FOR INTERRUPTING HIM.

Rickford says THE MEMBER OPPOSITE TALKS
ABOUT STICKERS, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT STICKING
IT.
HOW HE AND THAT PARTY,
MR. SPEAKER, HAVE STUCK IT
TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO FOR
A SIGNIFICANT COST THAT WE
NEED NOT INCUR TO FIGHT,
MR. SPEAKER, OUR
ENVIRONMENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says WE CAN LOWER EMISSIONS
WITH AN ONTARIO-MADE PLAN,
MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT ADDING
ON A JOB-KILLING REGRESSIVE
CARBON TAX.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
HALFWAY THROUGH QUESTION
PERIOD I THINK IT'S
IMPORTANT TO REMIND THE MEMBERS OUR PRACTICE HAS
BEEN NRECENT MONTHS, THAT IF
YOU'RE WARNED AND IF THE
SPEAKER HAS TO CALL YOU TO
ORDER AGAIN, YOU MAY VERY
WELL BE NAMED.
START THE CLOCK.
NEXT question. The member for Ottawa-South.

The caption changes to "John Fraser. Liberal. Ottawa South."

Fraser is in his late forties, clean-shaven, with wavy white hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, blue shirt, and checkered burgundy tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE ACTING
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I JOINED
PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS OF
CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AT A
ROUNDTABLE IN MY RIDING OF
OTTAWA SOUTH AND HEAR SOME
OF THE... HERE ARE SOME OF
THE CONCERNS THEY EXPRESSED.
THE NEW O.A.P. NEEDS TO BE
NEEDS BASED.
AGE CAP AND CATEGORIZATION
OF CHILDREN ARE BARRIERS TO
CARE.
THERE IS NO TRANSPARENCY
AROUND THE EXPERT PANEL AND
IT'S LATE.
WE ALSO KNOW THE GOVERNMENT
SECRETLY FROZE THE WAIT LIST
LAST FALL AND NOW WE KNOW.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fraser says AND NOW WE KNOW THAT NO
NEW FAMILIES HAVE BEEN ABLE
TO REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM
SINCE APRIL 1ST.
THERE HAS BEEN NO...

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN COMMUNITY...

Fraser says O.A.P.

The Speaker says MUST COME TO ORDER.

Fraser says SO MY QUESTION FOR THE
ACTING PREMIER IS DOES THE
ACTING PREMIER BELIEVE THAT
THIS IS ACCEPTABLE?

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS TO THE ACTING PREMIER.

Fedeli says MINISTER OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

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

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

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

She says A COUPLE OF THE ERRONEOUS
MESSAGES THAT I JUST HEARD.
FIRST 500 CHILDREN HAVE
RECEIVED THEIR CHILDHOOD
FAMILY BUDGET LETTERS THIS
WEEK SO WE'VE START TODAY
REMOVE KIDS OFF THE WAIT
LIST AS OF APRIL 1ST JUST AS
I PROMISED.

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says SPEAKER, I WANT TO ADDRESS
THE FACT THAT THE WAIT LIST
WAS FROZEN.
THAT'S COMPLETELY UNTRUE.
IN FACT THE SYSTEM WAS BROKE
AND BROKEN.
THAT'S WHY I HAD TO GO TO
TREASURY BOARD TO SUSTAIN
THE CHILDREN THAT WERE ON
THE PLAN FOR AN EXTRA 102
MILLION DOLLARS THANKS TO THE
TREASURY BOARD PRESIDENT,
THANKS TO THE FINANCE
MINISTER AND THANKS TO THE
PREMIER OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says BUT I'D ALSO LIKE TO ADDRESS
ONE OTHER THING.
HE SAYS THE AUTISM ADVISORY
PANEL IS SECRET.
I'D INVITE THE MEMBER TO
CHECK TWITTER RIGHT NOW
BECAUSE THE NAMES OF THOSE
THAT ARE ON THE LIST HAVE
JUST BEEN RELEASED.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Fraser says SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO
THANK THE MINISTER.
I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE
MINISTER OF THEIR PARENTS
HERE EVERY DAY.
YOU'RE NOT JUST RESPONDING
TO ME, YOU'RE RESPONDING TO
THEM.
THE INTAKE IS NOT OPEN AND
YOU KNOW THAT.
I'M GLAD YOU'VE ANNOUNCED
THE EXPERT PANEL BUT THERE
WAS NO TRANSPARENCY...

The Speaker says I INTERRUPT
THE MEMBER.
HAVE YOU TO MAKE YOUR
COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR.
WE'RE ADDRESSING EACH OTHER
IN THE HOUSE.

Fraser says THERE HAS BEEN NO
TRANSPARENCY AROUND IT,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND WE KNOW, WE KNOW THAT
YOU'RE DOING 500 LETTERS A
MONTH, WHICH MEANS MANY
FAMILIES ARE GOING TO WAIT
YEARS FOR CARE.
SO YOU'VE DONE 500 LETTERS
BUT YOU KNOW THE LIST IS
BIGGER.
SO THIS WEEK THE PREMIER
SAID, SPEAKER...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Fraser says PEOPLE WHO ARE RAISING
CONCERNS, WERE RAISING
CONCERNS HAVE THEIR HANDS IN
THE PUBLIC TROUGH.
SO LET'S LOOK AT THE
PREMIER'S RECORD.
FIRST OF ALL HE'S MADE OHIP
PLUS OHIP MINUS.

The Speaker says OK.
I'M GOING TO ASK THE MEMBER
TO WITHDRAW.
WITHDRAW HIS
UNPARLIAMENTARY...

Fraser says I WITHDRAW, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says CONCLUDE
YOUR QUESTION.

Fraser says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SO LET'S LOOK AT THE
GOVERNMENT'S RECORD ON
CHILDREN SO FAR.
THEY'VE MADE OHIP PLUS OHIP
MINUS.
HALF THE INCREASE FOR SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE.
FIRED THE CHILD ADVOCATE.
PUT THE FAMILIES THROUGH
HELL.
OK.
CUT THE FUNDING FROM
CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY AND
THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND
ON.
AND EVERY DAY WE LEARN
SOMETHING NEW.
SO HAS THIS GOVERNMENT
DECLARED WAR ON CHILDREN?
AND, MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH
YOU, DOES THE MINISTER
THINK...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Fraser says THAT OPPOSING THESE
THINGS IS HAVING YOUR HAND
IN THE PUBLIC TROUGH?

The Speaker says SORRY.
I'M GOING TO ASK THE MEMBER
TO WITHDRAW.

Fraser says I WITHDRAW.

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

MacLeod says LET'S BE PERFECTLY CLEAR.
500 CHILDREN THIS PAST MONTH
ARE NOW OFF THE WAIT LIST.
THAT WAS OUR PRIORITY ON
APRIL THE 1ST.
WE ARE DELIVERING ON THAT
COMMITMENT.
WE BELIEVE EVERY SINGLE
CHILD WITH AUTISM IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO SHOULD
GET A LEVEL OF SUPPORT FROM
THEIR ONTARIO GOVERNMENT
UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
ADMINISTRATION.

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says THAT ALLOWED THREE OUT OF
FOUR CHILDREN OF 23,000
CHILDREN TO LANGUISH ON A
WAIT LIST ASYSTEM THAT WAS
BROKEN THAT REQUIRED AN
ADDITIONAL INJECTION OF 102
MILLION DOLLARS JUST TO KEEP 8,000
CHILDREN IN SERVICE.
500 MORE CHILDREN HAVE
GAINED SERVICE.
I WISH HE CHECKED TWITTER.
THERE'S OVER 26,000 PEOPLE
FOLLOWING ME AND THEY WOULD
KNOW AND HE SHOULD KNOW.

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says THE FORMER MINISTER OF
CHILDREN AND YOUTH UNDER
DALTON MCGUINTY IS
CO-CHAIRING MY PANEL.

The Speaker says ORDER.
STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH HAS
TO COME TO ORDER.

The Speaker says START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Eglington-Lawrence.

The caption changes to "Robin Martin. PC. Eglinton-Lawrence."

Martin is in her fifties, with short wavy blond hair. She wears glasses and a light gray blazer over a matching dress.

She says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS TO THE MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.
OUR GOVERNMENT INHERITED A
BROKEN, BROKE, INEQUITABLE
AND UNSUSTAINABLE ONTARIO
AUTISM PROGRAM THAT LEFT 75 percent
OF THE PRECIOUS CHILDREN
WAITING FOR SERVICES,
LANGUISHING ON A WAIT LIST
INDEFINITELY.
I WAS PLEASED WHEN THE
MINISTER TOOK ACTION EARLIER
THIS YEAR TO INTRODUCE A NEW
PLAN THAT WOULD CLEAR THAT
LIBERAL WAIT LIST AND ENSURE
EVERY CHILD WITH AUTISM
WOULD RECEIVE SUPPORT.
THESE WERE IMPORTANT STEPS,
BUT THE MINISTER HAS ALSO
PROMISED THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT WILL DO MORE.
AND OVER THE PAST MONTH OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ENGAGING
WITH PARENTS, FAMILY MEMBERS
AND SERVICE PROVIDERS TO
HELP INFORM HOW WE CAN BEST
PROVIDE ADDITIONAL
ENHANCEMENTS TO SUPPORT
CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH
AUTISM WHO HAVE COMPLEX
NEEDS.
SPEAKER, ACCOUNT MINISTER
UPDATE THE LEGISLATURE ON
THE PROGRESS OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S CONSULTATIONS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S TO THE MINISTER
OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.

MacLeod says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO
THE MEMBER FROM THE
EGLINTON-LAWRENCE.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU
FOR ALL THE WORK AND
ADVOCACY YOU HAVE PROVIDED.

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says IN THIS PARTICULAR FILE.
IN THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, MY
COMMITMENT AND MY PRIORITY
HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO ELIMINATE
THE WAIT LIST AT 23,000
CHILDREN, THREE OUT OF FOUR
CHILDREN IN ONTARIO WITH
AUTISM THAT WE INHERITED.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS ENGAGE
UNDER PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS
THROUGH AN ONLINE SURVEY AND
SIX TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS.
I'M PLEASED TO RECORD OVER
2,300 ONTARIANS PARTICIPATED
AND COMPLETED THE SURVEY AND
OVER 1250 ONTARIANS
PARTICIPATED IN OUR
TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK
MEMBERS OF THIS ASSEMBLY
INCLUDING THE GREEN PARTY
LEADER, THE N.D.P. MEMBER FOR KITCHENER-WATERLOO AS
WELL AS MANY MEMBERS
INCLUDING THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION WHO HAVE HELD
ROUNDTABLES IN THEIR
CONSTITUENCIES.
WE'RE TAKING UP FEEDBACK AND
I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
TODAY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says ADVISORY PANEL WHO WILL
BE CO-CHAIRED BITE LIBERAL
MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND
YOUTH FROM 2003-2006 MURRAY
BOUNTROGIANNI.
EXECUTIVE OF ONTARIO MARK
SPOELSTRA.
AND MANY MORE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Martin says THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR THAT RESPONSE AND FOR
HER RELENTLESS WORK SINCE
DAY ONE TO ENSURE EVERY
CHILD WITH AUTISM RECEIVES
SUPPORT FROM THE ONTARIO
GOVERNMENT AS THEY DESERVE.
I AM GLAD TO HEAR THAT SO
MANY ONTARIANS HAVE
PARTICIPATED IN OUR
GOVERNMENT'S CONSULTATION ON
THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE.
I WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE
FAMILIES IN MY RIDING OF
EGLINTON-LAWRENCE TO
PARTICIPATE, TO HELP INFORM
ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS TO
THE ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM.
SPEAKER, ACCOUNT MINISTER
PLEASE ELABORATE ON HOW
THESE CONSULTATIONS AND THE
NEW ADVISORY PANEL WILL
ENSURE THAT ONTARIO HAS A
PROGRAM WHERE CHILDREN WITH
AUTISM WHO HAVE COMPLEX
NEEDS RECEIVE APPROPRIATE
SUPPORT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

MacLeod says I'M VERY EXCITED.
AS WE KNOW OUR INITIAL
COMMITMENT WAS 321 MILLION DOLLARS PROGRAM, WHICH WAS AN
ENHANCEMENT OF 56 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
ADMINISTRATION.
IN FACT WHAT WE DID AFTER
APRIL THE 1ST IS PREMIER
FORD DECIDED HE WOULD UNLOCK
AN ADDITIONAL 300 MILLION DOLLARS SO WE'LL BE WORKING TOWARDS
A MORE NEEDS-BASED SYSTEM...

[APPLAUSE]

MacLeod says EXTENDING THE CONTRACT.
I'M SO EXCITED DR. MARIE
BOUNTROGIANNI AND MARK
SPOELSTRA WILL CO-CHAIR THIS
EXTREMELY TALENTED GROUP OF
PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE
ONTARIO AUTISM COALITION,
INCLUDING ONTABA, INCLUDING
AUTISTIC FOR OUGHT STICKS,
OTHER CLINICAL EXPERTS FROM
ACROSS THE PROVINCE AS WELL
AS PARENT ADVOCATES.
THEY WILL SEE ALL THAT
INFORMATION SO WE CAN BEST
ADDRESS A NEED-BASED SYSTEM
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
WITH THE MOST EXPENSIVE
SYSTEM THIS PROVINCE HAS
EVER COME FORWARD WITH OVER
600 MILLION DOLLARS DEDICATED
TOWARDS CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
IN THIS PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

[UNCLEAR]

MacLeod says SO WE CAN PUT FORWARD A GOOD,
SUSTAINABLE PROGRAM, UNLIKE
WHAT WE INHERITED.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Humber River-Black Creek.

The caption changes to "Tom Rakocevic. NDP. Humber River-Black Creek."

Rakocevic is in his late thirties, with side-parted blond hair and a boxed beard. He wears glasses, a dark gray suit, white shirt, and pale blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
THE TORONTO RAPTORS ARE
HEADING TO THEIR FIRST EVER
NBA FINALS TODD TONIGHT, AND
WE'RE ALL EXCITED.
KAWHI, CANADA LOVES YOU.
STAY WITH US.
MAPLE SYRUP FOR LIFE.
YOU KNOW IT.

[APPLAUSE]

Rakocevic says BUT WATCHING THE GAME AT THE
SCOTIABANK ARENA IS JUST OUT
OF REACH FOR TOO MANY FANS.
GAME ONE RAPTORS TICKETS
SOLD OUT WITHIN HALF AN HOUR
THANKS TO A FEEDING FRENZY
BY SCALPERS FORCING RAPTORS
FANS TO PAY 2,000 BUCKS FOR
THE AVERAGE SEAT.
EVEN STANDING ROOM ON THE
BALCONY IS GOING FOR OVER
1,000.
ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THIS
GOVERNMENT DID WAS SIDE WITH
SCALPERS AND RIP UP
PROTECTIONS THAT WOULD HAVE
CAPPED TICKET RESALES AT 50 percent
OF THEIR ORIGINAL VALUES.
SHAME.
WHY DOES THIS PREMIER
BELIEVE RAPTORS FANS SHOULD
BE GOUGED LIKE THIS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
BEEN PLACED TO THE PREMIER.

Premier Ford rises and says MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

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

Smith says WE ARE EXTREMELY EXCITED
ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME ONE OF
THE NBA FINALS.

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says I'LL TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
THAT'S "KAWHI" THE P.C.
GOVERNMENT IS FULLY BEHIND
THE TORONTO RAPTORS.
THE N.D.P. COULD BRING
ANYTHING, GRINDING TO A HALT
WITH NEGATIVITY,
MR. SPEAKER, EVEN SOMETHING
AS EXCITING AS THIS,
MR. SPEAKER.
BUT WHAT WE'VE DONE IS WE
SAW THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
LEGISLATION THAT WAS
COMPLETELY UNEBB FORCIBLE.
THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY
THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE
ABLE TO ENFORCE THIS AND
WHAT IT ACTUALLY WAS DOING,
MR. SPEAKER, WAS DRIVING
MORE PEOPLE TO THE BLACK
MARKET.
SO WE'VE TAKEN SOME STEPS,
MR. SPEAKER, INCREASING
PENALTIES TO DISCOURAGE
BLACK MARKET TICKET SALES,
CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL...

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Smith says MAKING TICKET SELLERS
PROVIDE CLEAR AND
EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND
INFORMATION ABOUT TICKET
AVAILABILITIES, GETTING RID
OF THE...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says HOME TEAMS, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE
CAN TO SUPPORT ONTARIANS AND
THE TORONTO RAPTORS,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR ST.
CATHARINES HAS TO COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR WINDSOR WEST HAS
TO COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
EAST-STONEY CREEK HAS TO
COME TO ORDER.
YES.
START THE CLOCK.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Rakocevic says LAST YEAR THE "TORONTO
STAR" AND CBC REVEALED THAT
TICKETMASTER, WHO
MONOPOLIZES THE SALE OF
RAPTORS TICKETS, WERE DOUBLE
DIPPING AND SECRETLY HELPING
SCALPERS ONLINE.
AND RATHER THAN STAND UP FOR
SPORTS FANS THE MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER
SERVICES IS SIDING WITH
SCALPERS.
HE SAW NO PROBLEM WITH
TICKETS BEING RESOLD FOR
60,000.

Interjection: SHAME.

Rakocevic says 60,000, SPEAKER.
NO EVERYDAY FAMILY CAN
AFFORD THAT.
WHEN IT COMES TO TICKET
SALES HERE THERE'S NO
TRANSPARENCY AND THE ONLY
REAL CHOICE, FANS, IS TO GET
RIPPED OFF BY TICKET
SELLERS.
THAT'S THE ONLY CHOICE FANS
HAVE HERE.
WILL THE PREMIER DIRECT HIS
MINISTER TO REVERSE COURSE
AND START PROTECTING FANS,
STANDING UP FOR SPORTS FANS
IN THIS PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Smith says MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE
N.D.P. AND THE LIBERALS ARE
FOCUSED ON PLAYING POLITICS
WITH TICKET PRICES, WE'RE
CELEBRATING THE FACT THAT
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR
24-YEAR HISTORY THE TORONTO
RAPTORS ARE IN THE NBA
FINALS, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says IT'S A VERY EXCITING TIME.
AND AS YOU CAN MARRIAGES THE
ARENA HOLDS 20 PLUS THOUSAND
FANS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Smith says NOT 60,000 FANS LIKE IN
THE EARLY DAYS AT THE ROGERS
CENTRE OR AT THE SKYDOME.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THIS IS THE PARLIAMENT OF
ONTARIO MUCH IT'S NOT A
BASKETBALL GAME.
WE'RE NOT SPECTATORS AT A
BASKETBALL GAME.
START THE CLOCK.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

Smith says SPEAKER, RUN BY CANADA'S
NBA FRANCHISE.
PEOPLE IN THIS CITY ARE
ECSTATIC.
THEY'RE GOING TO BE DOWN AT
JURASSIC PARK FORMERLY KNOWN
AS MAPLE LEAF SQUARE,
MR. SPEAKER, AND SPREAD ALL
THE WAY OVER TO THE SKYDOME.
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS
ARE GOING TO BE PACKING BARS
AND RESTAURANTS, NOT JUST IN
TORONTO, MR. SPEAKER...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says THE RAPTORS HAVE SWEPT
THE COUNTRY.
I WAS JUST IN HALIFAX.
REPRESENTATIVES FROM ACROSS
THE COUNTRY ARE EXCITED.
I KNOW JURASSIC PARK EAST IS
GOING TO BE IN PICKERING,
MR. SPEAKER.
THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME.

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

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says says THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
EAST-STONEY CREEK IS WARNED.

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

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

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

He says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.
ON JUNE 7, 2018, OUR
GOVERNMENT RECEIVED A
MANDATE TO LOWER TAXES, TO
GROW THE ECONOMY TO BA LANCE
OUR BUDGET ALL WHILE
PROTECTING THE SOCIAL
SERVICES OUR FAMILIES DEPEND
ON.
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR
PREMIER, WE ARE ACTING
DECISIVELY TO RESTORE
CONFIDENCE IN THE MARKETS,
HOPE IN OUR WORKERS THAT
ONTARIO'S BEST DAYS REMAIN
AHEAD.
UNDER OUR PLAN, ITR IS
LEADING THE NATION IN
ECONOMIC GROWTH.
WE ARE LEADING THE NATION IN
ATTRACTING THE MOST
IMMIGRANTS TO THIS
PLURALISTIC PROVINCE.
WE LEAD THE NATION IN JOBS
GROWTH.
17,000 FULL TIME,
OVERWHELMINGLY FULL TIME
PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE JUST
GETTING STARTED.
WE UNVEILED THE RESPONSIBLE
PLAN BUDGET 2019 THAT PLACES
ONTARIO ON A PRUDENT PLAN TO
BALANCE, WHILE RETURNING
THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BACK
INTO THE POCKETS OF FAMILIES
OF SENIORS AND OUR YOUNG
PEOPLE, SPEAKER, EXACTLY
WHERE IT BELONGS.
TO THE MINISTER, COULD YOU
OUTLINE HOW OUR PLAN FOR
JOBS AND GROWTH IS
INSTILLING CONFIDENCE IN
INVESTORS AT HOME AND
ABROAD?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM
KING-VAUGHAN.
YESTERDAY FITZ ANNOUNCED
THEY ARE MOVING ONTARIO'S
OUTLOOK FROM NEGATIVE, AS IT
WAS UNDER THE LIBERALS, TO
STABLE AS A RESULT...

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says AS A RESULT OF THE
RESPONSIBLE PATH THAT WE
HAVE PUT THE PROVINCE ON.
SPEAKER, DURING A RECENT
MEETING WITH FITCH, WE
EXPLAINED OUR FIVE QUR PATH
TO BALANCE, OUR DEBT
REDUCTION STRATEGY AND THE
INITIATIVES WE HAVE ALREADY
TAKEN TO CONTROL RUNAWAY
SPENDING.
WE TOLD THEM HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS CREATING A
CLIMATE THAT IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS, OPEN FOR JOBS BY
LOWERING TAXES, PROVIDING
MORE FOCUSED TRAINING
PROGRAMS, ELIMINATING
UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS AND
RED TAPE.
THIS IS GREAT NEWS FROM
FITCH, AND IT'S A RESULT OF
OUR GOVERNMENT TAKING A
RESPONSIBILITY APPROACH TO
BALANCING THE BUDGET WHILE
PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST,
SPEAKER, OUR WORLD-CLASS
HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION
SYSTEM.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU.
BACK TO THE MINISTER.
YESTERDAY AS THE MINISTER
NOTED FITCH CREDIT RATING
AGENCY ANNOUNCED THAT WE ARE
MOVING ONTARIO'S OUTLOOK
FROM NEGATIVE, AS IT WAS
UNDER THE LIBERALS, TO
STABLE AS A RESULT OF THE
RESPONSIBLE PATH WE'VE PUT
OUR PROVINCE ON.
THIS GOVERNMENT IS TAKING
IMMEDIATE ACTION TO
UNSHACKLE THIS PROVINCE ON
THE CONSTRAINTS IMPOSED ON
THEM BY THE FORMER LIBERAL
AND CURRENT FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT.
DEBTS THAT THE LEAD TO
SERVICE CUTS OR TAX HIKE.
DEBT THAT CROWD OUT FUTURE
GOVERNMENTS' ABILITIES TO
SUSTAIN A SUSTAINABLE HEALTH
AND EDUCATION SYSTEM.
THE LIBERALS HAVE
DEMONSTRATED NO FISCAL
RESTRAINT, NO VALUE FOR
MONEY, NO PLAN TO MAKE LIFE
AFFORDABLE.
SPEAKER, NO WAY CAN THESE
LIBERALS RETURN TO POWER AND
FURTHER ERODE THE SOCIAL
SERVICES OF OUR CHILDREN.
THAT'S WHY FROM DAY ONE
WE'VE TAKEN ACTION TO
UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL OF OUR
PROVINCE AND OUR PEOPLE.
MINISTER, CAN YOU OUTLINE
FURTHER EVIDENCE OUR PLAN
THAT WORKING FROM CREATING
JOBS TO TAPPING INVESTMENT...
THE WORLD TO ONTARIO'S
ECONOMIC MOW MEN TUM.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THIS NEWS FROM FITCH CAME
JUST TWO DAYS AFTER DBRS
RATING AGENCY CONFIRMED THE
PROVINCE'S RATING AS WELL AS
STABLE.
DBRS STATED THAT, QUOTE, THE
RATINGS ARE SUPPORTED BY THE
PROVINCE'S DIVERSE AND
GROWING ECONOMY, EFFECTIVE
DEBT AND LIQUIDITY
MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, AS
WELL AS THE IMPROVING
DIRECTION OF FISCAL POLICY.
THEY FURTHER ADDED, QUOTE...
THE CHANGE IN FISCAL POLICY
IS CLEARLY POSITIVE FROM A
CREDIT PERSPECTIVE AND THERE
APPEARS TO BE A GENUINE AND
CREDIBLE COMMITMENT TO
ADDRESSING THE PROVINCE'S
BUDGET IMBALANCES AND
GRADUALLY REDUCE THE DEBT
BURDEN.
SPEAKER, OUR PLAN IS WORKING
AND THE WORLD IS TAKING
NOTICE.
THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN
ONTARIO CREATED 170,000 JOBS
IN THE LAST YEAR.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 15
YEARS, BUSINESSES ONCE AGAIN
HAVE CONFIDENCE AS ONTARIO
AS A PLACE TO INVEST, GROW
AND CREATE GREAT JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

Singh is in her thirties, with long curly black hair. She wears a dark blue, long-sleeved dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR
THE PREMIER.
THIS WEEK IS VICTIMS AND
SURVIVORS OF CRIME WEEK, A
CHANCE FOR US TO WORK WITH
VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS TO
HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN
OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
SADLY THIS GOVERNMENT
DOESN'T BELIEVE VICTIMS OF
CRIME DESERVE SUPPORT.
MAYBE THAT'S WHY THEY'RE
CUTTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WOULD HAVE GONE TOWARDS
COMPENSATING VICTIMS OF
VIOLENT CRIME, SPEAKER.
MONEY THAT COVERS THINGS
LIKE THEIR FUNERAL COSTS,
PHYSICAL THERAPY AND THEIR
LOSS OF INCOME.
DOES THE PREMIER BELIEVE
THAT CUTTING COMPENSATION IS
A JUST OUTCOME FOR VICTIMS
AND SURVIVORS OF HEINOUS
ACTS OF CRIME?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says TO THE
PREMIER.

Ford says ATTORNEY GENERAL.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

The caption changes to "Honourable Caroline Mulroney. Attorney General."

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WHILE THE N.D.P. HAS JUST
VOTED AGAINST THE BUDGET
THAT WILL INCREASE SUPPORT
FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME FROM
25,000 TO 30,000 A YEAR,
MR. SPEAKER.
UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM,
MR. SPEAKER, VICTIMS OF
CRIME WERE WAITING ONE TO UP
TO THREE YEARS TO GET THE
COMPENSATION THAT THEY NEED
IN THE AFTERMATH OF A CRIME.
AND SO OUR GOVERNMENT TOOK
ACTION TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
CAN ENSURE VICTIMS OF CRIME
ARE GETTING THE COMPENSATION
THAT THEY NEED IN A FASTER
MORE EFFICIENT WAY.
THAT IS WHY WE'RE SWITCHING
FROM AN AJUDICATIVE MODEL TO
AN ADMINISTRATIVE MODEL,
MR. SPEAKER.
THAT MEAN AS VICTIM WILL NO
LONGER HAVE TO APPEAR BEFORE
AN ADJUDICATOR TO DECIDE ON
HOW MUCH COMPENSATION SHOULD
BE PAID THAT, THEY WILL BE
ABLE TO SUBMIT THEIR
PAPERWORK AND RECEIPTS TO
THE MINISTRY WHO WILL ISSUE
A SIMPLE RECEIPT.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS COMMITTED TO ENSURING
THAT VICTIMS GET THE SUPPORT
THAT THEY NEED IN A MORE
TIMELY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says WAY AND WE WILL CONTINUE
TO DO THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTRY
QUESTION.

Singh says SPEAKER, BACK TO THE
PREMIER.
UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S NOT
WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM
ADVOCATES ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE WHO ARE CONCERNED
ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT'S CUTS
AND THE NEW FUNDING
COMPENSATION MODEL FOR
VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS.
THE "TORONTO STAR" REPORTED
THAT A VICTIM OF HUMAN
TRAFFICKING WAS PREVIOUSLY
AWARDED THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT
OF 25,000 ENTIRELY FOR PAIN
AND SUFFERING.
SHE PLANNED TO USE THIS
MONEY TO GET HER LIFE BACK
ON TRACK, GO TO SCHOOL AND
SUPPORT HER TWO CHILDREN.
BUT WITH THESE NEW CUTS,
SURVIVORS LIKE HER WILL NOT
BE ABLE TO GET THE MUCH
NEEDED SUPPORT THAT THEY
DESERVE.
WHY IS THE PREMIER MAKING IT
HARDER FOR VICTIMS AND
SURVIVORS OF CRIME TO ACT AS
THE... ACCESS THE SUPPORTS
AND SERVICES THEY NEED FOR A
SPEEDY RECOVERY?

The Speaker says THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL.

Mulroney says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
TO ENSURE THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS MEETING THE
NEEDS OF VICTIMS OF CRIME
AND THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IS
HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THE
GROWING NEEDS THAT VICTIMS
OF CRIME ARE FACING, VICTIMS
OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING REQUIRE
GREAT SUPPORT.
AND TO ADDRESS THOSE GROWING
NEEDS, MR. SPEAKER, THE
MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL IS OVERSEEING AT
CROSS MINISTERIAL REVIEW OF
ALL THE SUPPORTS THE
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
PROVIDES TO VICTIMS TO MAKE
SURE VICTIMS ARE NOT
SIMPLEBLY AN AFTERTHOUGHT,
WHEN WE UNDERSTAND NEW
PROBLEMS ARISE THAT, WE ARE
THINKING THOUGHTFULLY AND
PROVIDING MEANINGFUL
SUPPORTS TO VICTIMS
REGARDLESS OF THE CRIME.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS WILL
ENSURE THAT VICTIM PROGRAMS
IN ONTARIO ARE VICTIM
FOCUSED, THAT THEY ARE
SUSTAINABLE AND DESIGNED TO
MEET AS I SAID THE GROWING
PRESSURES ON THE SECTOR.
MR. SPEAKER, THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT FAILED VICTIMS
AND MADE UNFUNDED PROMISES.
OUR VICTIM SUPPORT SYSTEM,
MR. SPEAKER, WILL BE
SUSTAINABLE.
IT WILL BE VICTIMS FOCUSED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says AND IT WILL ENSURE THOSE
WHO NEED HELP GET THE
SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.

The caption changes to "Doug Downey. PC. Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte."

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

He says MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Downey says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MAGNANIMOUS MINISTER OF
ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT
AND MINES.
FOR OVER 90 YEARS THE
ONTARIO WINING ASSOCIATION
HAS DONE REMARKABLE WORSE.
IT'S HELPED OUR PROVINCE
IMPROVING PROVE THE MINING
SECTOR AND SUSTAINABLE FOR
GENERATIONS TO COME.
IN THE NORTH AND SUPPLIERS
ACROSS AROUND LIKE ROAD TECH
THE PREMIER WAS AT RECENTLY
EVERYBODY: IT'S ALSO THE
LARGEST PRIVATE SECTOR
EMPLOYER OF INDIGENOUS IN
ONTARIO.
IT'S A FANTASTIC STORY AND
ONE OUR GOVERNMENT INTEND TO
BUILD UPON.
THE MINISTER SPENT YESTERDAY
MORNING WITH THE ONTARIO
MINING ASSOCIATION.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
ELABORATE ON OUR
GOVERNMENT'S FIRM COMMITMENT
TO MAKE THE MINING INDUSTRY
OPEN FOR BUSINESS?

The Speaker says MINISTER FOR
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND
MINES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

Rickford says I THANK THE MEMBER FROM
BARRIE-SPRINGWATER-ORO
MEDONTE OR DEPUTY DOWNEY WE
OFTEN REFER TO HIM FOR HIS
IMPORTANT WORK IN THIS PLACE
AND FOR HIS CONSTITUENTS.
HE'S RIGHT.
I SPOKE TO THE ONTARIO
MINING ASSOCIATION AT THEIR
A.G.M., MR. SPEAKER.
THE FUTURE IS LOOKING A LOT
BETTER.
THEY LIKE THE WAY WE'VE
SHARPENED THE FOCUS OF THE
NORTHERN ONTARIO INTERNSHIP
PROGRAM PARTICULARLY WITH
RESPECT TO INDIGENOUS YOUTH,
MR. SPEAKER.
LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD
AND MAKING IT MORE
ACCESSIBLE FOR THEM TO GET
ON-THE-JOB TRAINING,
MR. SPEAKER, TO WORK IN THE
ENERGY SECTOR, TO WORK IN
THE MINING SECTOR,
MR. SPEAKER...
THE TWO GO HAND IN HAND.
AS WE WORK CLOSELY WITH
MINES ACROSS NORTHERN
ONTARIO TO PUSH THEM ACROSS
THE STARTING LINE,
MR. SPEAKER, AND HE'S
TRANSFORMING SOME OF OUR
TOWNS.
WHITE RIVER'S ON THE MOVE,
MR. SPEAKER, THANKS TO SOME
LAST-MINUTE INTERVENTIONS BY
THIS GOVERNMENT SO THE DAY
COULD BEGIN EXTRACTION
ACTIVITIES.
GREENESTONE GOLD IS MOVING
ON TO THE NEXT STEP AND A
LEAVE TO CONSTRUCT IS JUST
ON THE HORIZONS,
MR. SPEAKER.
NEWMONT GOLDCORP'S BOARD IS
SET TO REVOLUTIONIZE AND BE
ELECTRIFIED IN THE NEW LOOK
OF THE MINING SECTOR.

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Downey says SPEAKER, ONTARIO IS LUCKY
TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT AND A
MINISTER THAT'S TAKING
ACTION TO MAKE OUR PROVINCE
MORE COMPETITIVE.
WE ELIMINATED THE
JOB-KILLING CAP-AND-TRADE
CARBON TAX.
WE REPEALED THE COSTLY GREEN
ENERGY ACT.
THESE MEASURES ARE IMPORTANT
TO THE ENTIRE PROVINCIAL
ECONOMY BUT ESPECIALLY IN
THE MINING SECTOR.
MINING IS AN ELECTRICITY
INTENSE INDUSTRY THAT
DELIVERS DELIVERY...
REQUIRES DELIVERY OF LARGE
QUANTITIES OF POWER.
KEEPING THE BEST INTEREST OF
THE MINING SECTOR IN MIND.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
TELL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
MORE ABOUT HOW HE IS
LEVERAGING HIS ROLE AS
MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
ENERGY FILE TO SUPPORT
ONTARIO'S MINING INDUSTRY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says WELL, SPEAKER, THERE WAS
A LOW POINT IN THE
DISCUSSIONS THE OTHER DAY.
IT WAS AROUND THE INDUSTRIAL
CONSERVATION INITIATIVE
DURING THE DECADE OF DARKNESS
IN THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER.
TWO SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS,
COST AND COST UNCERTAINTY,
MR. SPEAKER.
FRANKLY, AS I PROCEED WITH
OUR CONSULTATIONS ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE IN SECTORS, WE
HEAR IT OVER AND OVER AND
OVER AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER.
HIGH COSTS AND UNPREDICTABLE
COSTS, UNCERTAIN COSTS,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE WORKING TO CHANGE THAT
AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE
MINING SECTOR, MR. SPEAKER.
I MENTIONED THE BOARD MINE
IN CHAPLEAU, MR. SPEAKER, AS
IT GOES COMPLETELY
ELECTRIFIED.
WE HAVE NEW MINES COMING ON
BOARD THAT NEED NEW MORE
AFFORDABLE OPTIONS FOR
ENERGY, MR. SPEAKER, AND
EVERYTHING IS ON TABLE AS WE
PROCEED WITH OUR
CONSULTATIONS, MR. SPEAKER,
TO MAKE SURE THAT NORTHERN
TOWNS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says OPERATING NORTHERN MINES
BECAUSE A STRONG NORTHERN
ONTARIO IS A STRONG ONTARIO,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

Arthur is in his late thirties, with short gray hair and a trimmed beard. He wears a dark blue suit, pink shirt, and gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU TO THE PREMIER.
THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT
HAS GIVEN US ANOTHER EXAMPLE
OF ITS RECKLESS CUTTING TO
INCREDIBLY VALUABLE
PROGRAMS.
THIS TIME THEY HAVE CUT AT
LEAST NINE PROGRAMS AIMED AT
STONG INVASIVE SPECIES IN
ONTARIO.
THEY'VE CUT... THEY MADE
KUTHS TO THE ONTARIAN
INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL A
GROUP THAT COMBATS THE
ADVANCE OF PLANT SPECIES
THAT COMBAT BIODIVERSITY,
RECREATION, LAND VALUES AND
A WHOLE LOT MORE.
IN MY RIDING OF KINGSTON AND
THE ISLANDS AND ALL ACROSS
ONTARIO WE ARE FIGHTING
POISON PARSNIP WHICH CAN
CAUSE SKIN AND EYE
IRRITATION, BURNS AND
BLISTERING.
THE ONTARIO FEDERATION OF
ANGLERS AND HUNTERS SAID IT
WAS BLINDSIDED BY THESE CUTS,
SPEAKER.
CAN THIS GOVERNMENT EXPLAIN
WHY IT DOES NOT CARE ABOUT
THE HARM THAT INVASIVE
SPECIES DO TO LANDOWNERS,
FARMERS, GARDENERS AND
NATURE LOVERS, SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU
FOR THAT QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'M SURE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
IS WELL AWARE OF THE FISCAL
HOLE THAT WE WERE LEFT BY
YOUR PARTY QUITE FRANKLY AND
BY THE LIBERALS.
A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.
WE'VE HAD TO REVIEW EVERY
LINE WHEN IT COMES TO
SPENDING THROUGHOUT
GOVERNMENT.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WE
RECOGNIZE AS A GOVERNMENT
THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTING,
RESPONDING TO AND REMOVING
INVASIVE SPECIES IN OUR
PROVINCE.
I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT AN
ANNOUNCEMENT THAT WAS MADE A
COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO BY OUR
OUTSTANDING MEMBER FROM
SAULT STE. MARIE, WHO
ANNOUNCED 850,000 IN THE
INVASIVE SPECIES CENTRE IN
SAULT SAINT MARIE.
I KNOW THAT WAS
WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says ANGLERS AND HUNTERS.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, OUR
GOVERNMENT'S GOING TO
CONTINUE TO PROMOTE PUBLIC
EDUCATION ON A NEGATIVE
IMPACTS OF INVASE SIF
SPECIES... INVASIVE SPECIES
AND CONTINUE TO FIGHT WITH
ALL MEANS NECESSARY.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Arthur says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
AND THROUGH YOU AGAIN.
INVASIVE SPECIES THREATEN
ABOUT 20 percent OF ONTARIO'S
SPECIES AT RISK.
A RECENT U.N. REPORT
DECLARES THAT WE ARE FACING
A BIODIVERSITY CRISIS.
WE KNOW THIS GOVERNMENT IS
NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE
CLIMATE EMERGENCY.
WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY ALSO
DO NOT REALLY CARE ABOUT
ONTARIO'S NATURAL DIVERSITY.
THESE SPECIES HAVE AN
ECONOMIC IMPACT SO IT'S
INTERESTING TO HEAR ABOUT
THE FISCAL REASONS FOR
MAKING THESE CUTS THAT THE
GOVERNMENT HAS PUT FORWARD.
STUDIES REVEAL THAT INVASIVE
SPECIES PLANTS COST BILLIONS
OF DOLLARS, SPEAKER.
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN
ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES,
INCLUDING TO AGRICULTURE AND
FORESTRY AND ANYONE WHO USES
THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN
ONTARIO.
WHY DOES THIS GOVERNMENT
THINK IT'S NOT IMPORTANT TO
FUND EFFORTS THAT PREVENT
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC
DAMAGE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE AGAIN.

McNaughton says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL
REMIND THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
THAT, BECAUSE OF HIS PARTY
ANT LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, THEY
ADDED 200 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF
DEBT.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT
OUR GOVERNMENT MAKING
CAREFUL DECISIONS TO PROTECT
WHAT MATTERS MOST TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
THAT'S WHY, IN THE BUDGET
THAT WAS PASSED YESTERDAY,
THAT YOU, SIR, VOTED AGAINST,
ADDED OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS TO THE
HEALTH CARE BUDGET, ADDED
HUNDREDS OF MILLION DOLLARS TO THE EDUCATION BUDGET.
MR. SPEAKER, THOSE ARE THE
DECISIONS THAT WE HAVE TO
MAKE.
WE WERE FACED WITH A FISCAL
CRISIS IN THIS PROVINCE.
BUT IN SAYING THAT,
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE
CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE
ONTARIO FEDERATION OF
ANGLERS AND HUNTERS.
WE WORK VERY, VERY CLOSELY
WITH THEM.
THEY'RE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF
THE MEASURES THAT WE BROUGHT
FORWARD.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says OUR SUPPORT FOR ANGLERS
AND HUNTERS RIGHT ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN WE
JUST ANNOUNCED THE MEMBER
FROM SAULT STE. MARIE,
850,000 IN THE INVASIVE
SPECIES CENTRE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Northumberland-Peterborough South.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "David Piccini. PC. Northumberland-Peterborough South."

Piccini is in his early forties, clean-shaven, with short blond hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and spotted pink tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
IS FOR THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.
WE KNOW THAT IN A DIGITAL
WORLD BEING DISCONNECTED
MEANS BEING DISADVANTAGED.
DROPPED CALLS OR LOST
CONNECTIONS PUT PEOPLE IN
DANGER DURING TIMES OF
EMERGENCY.
MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN ALL
AGREE THAT HAVING RELIABLE
CELLULAR AND BROADBAND
ACCESS IS CRITICAL.
DESPITE THIS, THERE ARE MANY
HOMES, BUSINESSES AND
ROADWAYS IN MY RIDING AND
AROUND EASTERN ONTARIO WHERE
IT REMAINS DIFFICULT TO MAKE
CALLS AND ACCESS THE
INTERNET.
THIS POSES A THREAT TO THE
REGIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND
PERSONAL SAFETY.
BUT NO LONGER, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, A NEW DAY HAS
DAWNED IN RURAL ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Piccini says AND OUR GOVERNMENT, AND OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN
DECISIVE ACTION TO END THE
GAP.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE HOUSE ABOUT THE EXCITING
ANNOUNCEMENT HE MADE IN
ROSENEATH, IN MY RIDING, ON
THE 17TH?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

McNaughton says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU
TO THE AMAZING MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH FOR THAT EXCELLENT
QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON
THIS ISSUE.
MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT A DOUBT
BEING DISCONNECTED MEANS
BEING DISADVANTAGED.
I'M PROUD TO JOIN THE MEMBER
ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES,
THE MEMBERS FOR
HALIBURTON-KAWARTHA
LAKES-BROCK,
RENFREW-NIPISSING-PEMBROKE,
PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA,
STORMONT THE DUNDAS SOUTH
GLENGARRY AND
HASTINGS-LENNOX AND
ADDINGTON TO ANNOUNCE OUR
GOVERNMENT'S OF UP TO 71
MILLION DOLLARS TO THE EASTERN
ONTARIO REGIONAL NETWORK
KNOWN AS EEOREN.
MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO
SAY THIS PROJECT WILL
VIRTUALLY ELIMINATE ALL
CELLULAR DEAD ZONES IN
EASTERN ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, BETTER
CONNECTIONS MEAN STUDENTS
CAN DO THEIR HOMEWORK OR
TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE.
FAMILIES CAN STAY IN TOUCH.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE
ACCESSIBLE AND BUSINESSES,
MR. SPEAKER, OF ALL SIZES
CAN TRULY BENEFIT FROM THE
PROMISE OF DIGITAL
OPPORTUNITIES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. The member for Sarnia-Lambton.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR
THAT EXCELLENT RESPONSE.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT
TO GETTING RID OF CELLULAR
AND BROADBAND DEAD ZONES
ACROSS ONTARIO IS JUST ONE
MORE EXAMPLE OF HOW WE'RE
PUTTING PEOPLE AT THE CENTRE
OF EVERYTHING WE DO.
MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT
THIS IS AN ISSUE FOR ALL
RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
LAST WEEK THE MINISTER
JOINED ME IN MY RIDING FOR
AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT ON
BROADBAND ACCESS IN
SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO.
WE'VE ALL HEARD STORIES OF
STUDENTS, BUSINESS OWNERS
AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS
HAVING TO GO TO A LOCAL FAST
FOOD PARKING LOT TO ACCESS
THEIR WI-FI TO TAKE CARE OF
THEIR BUSINESS, TO DO THEIR
HOMEWORK AND CONNECT WITH
LOVED ONES.
MR. SPEAKER, FOR 15 YEARS OF
LIBERAL NEGLECT THESE
COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN
ROUTINELY ABANDONED AND
FORGOTTEN.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US
MORE ABOUT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
AND HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS
HELPING THE PEOPLE OF RURAL
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE TO REPLY.

McNaughton says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I HAVE TO THANK THE MEMBER
OF SARNIA-LAMBTON FOR THAT
GREAT QUESTION AND OF COURSE
HIS LEADERSHIP IN PUSHING
THE GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND
BROADBAND ACROSS
SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, RURAL RESIDENTS
AND BUSINESSES SHOULD BE
ABLE TO STREAM HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET FROM THEIR HOMES,
FARMS AND BUSINESSES.
PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO
ACCESS DIGITAL SERVICES, GET
THEIR WORK DONE AND CONNECT
WITH THEIR LOVED ONES.
LAST WEEK I WAS JOINED BY
THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE,
FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS AND
MEMBERS FROM
HALDIMAND-NORFOLK, KITCHENER
SOUTH-HESPELER AND
SARNIA-LAMBTON TO ANNOUNCE
OUR GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT
OF UP TO 53.7 MILLION DOLLARS TO
THE SOUTHWESTERN FIBRE
TECHNOLOGY PROJECT ALSO
KNOWN AS SWIFT.
THIS IS LIKEWISE A PROJECT
TO BE DELIVERED WITH SUPPORT
FROM OTHER LEVELS OF
GOVERNMENT.
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SUPPORT
FOR THIS INITIATIVE.
MR. SPEAKER, AFFORDABLE
BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY IS
ESSENTIAL TO THE FAMILIES
AND BUSINESSES IN RURAL
ONTARIO.
WITH THIS COMMITMENT WE'RE
PROVING THAT WE'RE PUTTING
PEOPLE AT THE CENTRE OF
EVERY DECISION THAT WE MAKE
AND PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS
MOST.

[APPLAUSE]

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

The caption changes to "Terence Kernaghan. NDP. London North Centre."

Kernaghan is in his early forties, bald, with a goatee. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and patterned gray tie.

He says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE INDIVIDUAL WE CALL
THE PREMIER.
THIS WEEK THE CHILDREN'S AID
SOCIETY OF LONDON AND MIDDLE...

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says THAT COMMENT
CAUSED A LOT OF DISCOMFORT
IN THE HOUSE.
I ASK THE MEMBER TO WITHDRAW.

Kernaghan says WITHDRAW.
THIS WEEK THE CHILDREN'S AID
SOCIETY LONDON AND MIDDLESEX
REVEALED THAT THEIR DEFICIT
WILL INCREASE TO 2.1
MILLION DOLLARS, EVEN AFTER SPENDING
THEIR SURPLUS FROM PREVIOUS
YEARS.
INSTEAD OF ADDRESSING THIS
SHORTFALL, THE GOVERNMENT IS
CAREENING AHEAD WITH 28
MILLION DOLLARS CUT FROM CHILDREN'S
AID SOCIETIES, LEAVING
LONDON MIDDLESEX CHILDREN'S
AID WORKERS SCRAMBLING TO
FIGURE OUT HOW THEY'RE GOING
TO COVER PROGRAMMING COSTS.
WHY IS THE PREMIER MAKING IT
HARDER FOR VULNERABLE
CHILDREN TO GET THE CARE
THEY NEED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
PUT TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY...

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

MacLeod says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
CHILD WELFARE IN THE
PROVINCE IS EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT TO THE PREMIER AS
WELL AS MYSELF AND OUR
ENTIRE GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE.
THAT IS WHY WE HAVE STARTED
CONSULTING WITH CHILDREN'S
AID SOCIETIES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
IF THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WOULD
LIKE TO PROVIDE ME WITH
ADDITIONAL DETAILS AFTER
QUESTION PERIOD, I WOULD BE
HAPPY TO WORK WITH HIM AND
HIS OFFICE TO ENSURE WE ARE
PROTECTING THE CHILDREN OF
HIS COMMUNITY AS BEST WE
POSSIBLY CAN.
JUST THE OTHER DAY I SPENT
TIME IN OTTAWA WORKING WITH
THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY.
WE RECOGNIZE THE MODEL WITH
INDIGENOUS CHILDREN HAS
CHANGED.
WE ARE TRYING TONE SURE
THERE IS MORE KIN-BASED CARE
WITHIN THE SYSTEM MORE SO
THAN HAS EVER BEEN IN THE
PAST.
SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK
WITH CHILDREN'S AID
SOCIETIES AS WE ENSURE THIS
GREATER CHILD PROTECTION.
I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN
THE COMING DAYS ANNOUNCING A
CHILD WELFARE PANEL THAT
WILL REPORT DIRECTLY TO ME.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says PROVIDE INFORMATION.
LOOKING FORWARD THROUGH THE
COMING MONTHS TRAVELLING
ACROSS THE PROVINCE
CONSULTING WITH CHILDREN'S
AID SOCIETIES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Kernaghan says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
CUTTING BEFORE CONSULTING
SOUNDS LIKE NO PLAN AT ALL.
SPEAKER THIS GOVERNMENT IS
PLOWING FORWARD LIKE A
TRANSPORT TRUCK WITHOUT A
DRIVER.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN LONDON
NEED A GOVERNMENT THAT
SUPPORTS THEM INSTEAD OF
CUTS THAT PUT THEM FURTHER
AT RISK.
MY CON STICHT WENT KEEP
ASKING WHY IS THE PREMIER
CUTTING THE BUDGET ON THE
BACKS OF LONDON'S MOST
VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND
YOUTH?
RECENTLY THE PREMIER TOLD
TRAVIS DANRASH FAMILIES WITH
AUTISTIC CHILDREN ARE NOT
REAL PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY
DIDN'T VOTE FOR HIM AND WERE,
I QUOTE, THE SAME PEOPLE
THAT HAD THEIR HANDS IN THE
PUBLIC TROUGH

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Kernaghan says AND GETTING MONEY FROM
THE PUBLIC.
QUOTE WHEN IS THE PREMIER
GOING TO PUT HIS BRAKES ON
THE GRAVEY TRAIN, STOP
PANDERING...

[INTERJECTIONS]

Kernaghan says REVERSE RUTHLESS CUTS TO
VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND STOP
INSULTING HARD WORKING
FAMILIES OF CHILDREN...

[APPLAUSE]

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

MacLeod says DIFFICULT TO TAKE THAT
MEMBER SERIOUSLY WHEN JUST A
WEEK AND A HALF AGO HE SAID
THAT NOT ONE MEMBER OF THIS
ASSEMBLY, ON THIS SIDE OF
THE LEGISLATURE, SPOKE ABOUT
TRANSPHOBIA WHEN ACTUALLY I
GAVE A MINISTERIAL STATEMENT
TO TALK ABOUT THAT.

[INTERJECTION]

MacLeod says AND THEN HE HAD TO RESPOND TO IT...

The Speaker says THE member FOR
LONDON NORTH CENTRE WILL
COME TO ORDER... THE MEMBER FOR LONDON NORTH CENTRE WILL
COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

MacLeod says I WILL NOT BE BULLIED BY
THAT MAN OPPOSITE.
I WILL CONTINUE TO...

[APPLAUSE]

Watch: Question Period: Thursday, May 30, 2019