Transcript: Question Period: Monday, June 3, 2019 | Jun 04, 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 IT IS NOW
TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS.
AND I RECOGNIZE THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

She says WELL,
THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
BEFORE I START, THOUGH, I
JUST WANT TO SAY A BIG
THANK-YOU TO FIRST
RESPONDERS IN THE OTTAWA
AREA, WHO, YOU KNOW, MADE
SURE THAT PEOPLE WERE SAFE
AND THAT, AS THE STORMS WERE
HAPPENING ON SUNDAY, THEY
MADE SURE THAT FOLKS WERE
SAFE AND TOOK CARE OF
PEOPLE'S CONCERNS.
IT'S BEEN A TOUGH GO IN THE
OTTAWA AREA, AND THE
CHALLENGES ON THE WEEKEND
WERE YET ANOTHER DIFFICULTY
THAT FIRST RESPOND HERS TO
DEAL WITH ANT PEOPLE OF
OTTAWA-VANIER AS WELL.
SO I THINK OUR HEART GOES
OUT TO EVERYONE.
THANKS, EVERYONE, AS WELL.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR
THE PREMIER.
EARLIER THIS MORNING, I LAID
OUT DETAILS OF LEGISLATION
THAT WOULD ENSURE
MUNICIPALITIES DON'T HAVE
CHANGES TO THEIR GOVERNANCE
IMPOSED ON THEM WITHOUT
THEIR CONSULTATION OR THEIR
CONSENT.
SADLY, THAT HASN'T BEEN THE
REALITY IN ONTARIO OVER THE
LAST YEAR.
AS THE PREMIER MADE CLEAR
WHEN HE CANCELLED ELECTIONS
IN PEEL AND TORONTO, EVEN IF
IT MEANT BYPASSING THE
CONSTITUTION AND USING THE
NOTWITHSTANDING CLAUSE.
SO MY QUESTION IS WHAT
GUARANTEES DO ONTARIANS HAVE
THAT THE PREMIER WON'T BE
DOING THIS AGAIN?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Premier Ford rises and says MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.

The Speaker says 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 dark blue tie.

He says OUR GOVERNMENT VALUES OUR
MUNICIPAL PARTNERS, AND WE
HAVE HAD AND WILL CONTINUE
TO HAVE A VERY ROBUST
CONSULTATION WITH OUR
STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING THE
ASSOCIATION OF
MUNICIPALITIES OF ONTARIO.
LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR
MONTHLY MEETING AT THE
M.O.U. TABLE NEXT WEEK AND I
LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING
TO MEET WITH OUR PARTNERS,
THE REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS
HAVE A MEETING NEXT... SORRY,
THEY HAVE A MEETING THIS
FRIDAY.
I LOOK FORWARD TO ENGAGING
WITH THEM.
I JUST FINISHED MEETING WITH
LUMCO A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, AS
MOST PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE
REALIZE, AND AGAIN, SPEAKER,
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO CONSULTING WITH OUR
MUNICIPALITIES.
WE'VE PROBABLY THROUGH THE
AMO M.O.U. TABLE THAT WE'RE
ABLE TO HAVE A VERY ROBUST
DISCUSSION.
WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO SO,
SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THIS YEAR THE
PREMIER ATTEMPTED TO IMPOSE
RETROACTIVE CUTS TO
MUNICIPAL SERVICES RANGING
FROM SCHOOL BREAKFAST
PROGRAMS TO PARAMEDICS,
WHICH IS ACTUALLY WHY THE
MINISTER HAD TO MEET WITH
LUMCO, SO THAT HE COULD
BACKTRACK ON THOSE ODIOUS
DECISIONS.
THIS WEEK HE'S IGNORING
MUNICIPAL CONCERNS ABOUT
BILL 108, HIS SCHEME TO LET
DEVELOPERS OVERRIDE
MUNICIPAL PLANNING AND
ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS.
LETTERS REJECTING BILL 108
CONTINUE TO POUR IN FOR
MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
I CAN'T IMAGINE LUMCO
WOULDN'T HAVE SOMETHING TO
SAY ABOUT IT.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT LISTEN
TO ONTARIANS' MUNICIPALITIES
THIS TIME AND CANCEL THE
REGRESSIVE CHANGES PROPOSED
IN BILL 108?

Clark says SPEAKER, I MADE IT CLEAR
TO THE MEMBERS OF LUMCO THAT
WE WOULD HOPE THAT ALL 444
MUNICIPALITIES WOULD LOOK TO
FIND EFFICIENCIES TO HELP
THAT LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT
WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY AND
DELIVER SERVICES AS BEST AS
THEY CAN TO THEIR
CONSTITUENTS.
BUT, SPEAKER, I WANT TO
CORRECT THE RECORD IN TERMS
OF OUR CONSULTATION.
WE CONSULTED WIDELY ON BILL
108 AND OUR MORE HOMES MORE
CHOICE ONTARIO'S HOUSING
SUPPLY ACTION PLAN.
WE RECEIVED OVER 2,000
SUBMISSIONS.
85 percent OF THOSE SUBMISSIONS
CAME FROM THE GENERAL
PUBLIC.
IN TERMS OF OUR REGIONAL
GOVERNMENT REVIEW, WE
RECEIVED I BELIEVE IN EXCESS
OF 5,000 SUBMISSIONS FROM
THE PUBLIC THROUGH OUR
ONLINE PORTAL.
WE CONTINUE TO CONSULT WITH
MUNICIPALITIES AND WE'VE
INDICATED, SPEAKER, THAT IN
TERMS OF BILL 108 ON THE
COMMUNITY BENEFITS
AUTHORITY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says WE WILL CONTINUE TO
CONSULT WITH MUNICIPALITIES.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO SIT
ACROSS THE TABLE FROM THEM
AND GET THEIR ADVICE ON HOW
TO PROCEED IN THAT SECTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT IS
ONCE AGAIN RUNNING ROUGHSHOD
OVER ONTARIO'S
MUNICIPALITIES WITH BILL
158.
THEY'VE HAD JUST ONE DAY OF
HEARINGS AND REFUSED TO
EXPAND THOSE HEARINGS WHILE
MUNICIPALITIES CONTINUE TO
SEND IN CONCERNS BY LETTER
TO THIS VERY DAY, SPEAKER.
FROM DURHAM TO BRAMPTON TO
SOUTH FRONTENAC TO AURORA,
MUNCIPALITIES ARE PASSING
RESOLUTIONS, SPEAKER, ASKING
THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO MOVE
FORWARD WITH LEGISLATION
THAT WILL REVERT BACK TO THE
OLD O.M.B. MODEL.
BUT THE PREMIER OF COURSE
ISN'T LISTENING.
HE WON'T EXTEND DEADLINES
FOR COMMENTS.
HE WON'T OFFER ANY MORE TIME
FOR COMMITTEE HEARINGS.
HE CONTINUES TO STONEWALL
ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES AT
EVERY TURN AND REFUSES TO
ENGAGE IN A MEANINGFUL
CONSULTATION.
WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT ONCE
AGAIN SHUTTING OUT ONTARIO'S
MUNICIPALITIES AND NOT
CONSIDERING WHAT THEY HAVE
TO SAY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Clark says SPEAKER, IN TERMS OF THE
BENEFITS CHART, THAT'S
EXACTLY WHAT WE'VE
INDICATED.
WE'VE INDICATED THAT WE ARE
GOING TO BE CONSULTING
MUNICIPALITIES ON THE
FORMULA THAT ULTIMATELY IS
PRESENTED.
AGAIN, SPEAKER, WE'VE
CONSULTED MUNICIPALITIES.
WE'VE CONSULTED THE GENERAL
PUBLIC.
BUT, SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO
REALIZE WHY WE TABLED BILL
108, MORE HOMES MORE CHOICE.
FOR TOO LONG, SPEAKER,
GOVERNMENT HAS STOOD IN THE
WAY OF CREATING AFFORDABLE
HOUSING OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE
IN THIS PROVINCE.
WE'RE IN A HOUSING CRISIS IN
THIS PROVINCE AND WE HAVE TO
DO SOMETHING.

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says WE CAN NO LONGER HAVE
GOVERNMENT STANDING IN THE
WAY.
WE HAVE TO WORK WITH ALL OF
OUR PARTNERS, WHETHER THEY
BE NONPROFITS, WHETHER THEY
BE HOME BUILD NERS THIS
PROVINCE FOR OUR
MUNICIPALITIES.
MAKE NO MISTAKE, SPEAKER,
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
CONSULT BUT WE NEED MORE
HOUSING AND MORE CHOICE NOW.
WE CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER
MINUTE.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THANKS VERY MUCH.
MY NEXT QUESTION IS ALSO TO
THE PREMIER.
BUT I HAVE TO SAY THERE'S A
CRISIS IN HOUSING
AFFORDABILITY, SPEAKER, AND
THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT
SOLVING IT WITH THEIR
RAMMING THROUGH OF BILL 108.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says TOMORROW WE'LL...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
TO HEAR...

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
STOP THE CLOCK.
GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.
THANK YOU.
START THE CLOCK.

Horwath says TOMORROW
WE'LL HAVE A LONG-AWAITED
OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM
MINISTER... THE MINISTER OF
HEALTH AS THE STANDING
COMMITTEE ON ESTIMATES GETS
A CHANCE TO REVIEW THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S SCHEME FOR
HEALTH CARE SPENDING CUTS.
BUT PERHAPS THE PREMIER CAN
GET THE BALL ROLLING FOR US
TODAY, SPEAKER.
THE IF ANY ACCOUNTABILITY
OFFICE TELLS US THAT
ONTARIO'S HEALTH BUDGET WILL
BE DECREASED BY 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL
ONTARIANS HOW MANY MORE
PATIENTS WILL BE STACKED UP
IN HALLWAYS AS A RESULT OF
THESE CUTS TO OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

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

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERS]

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

Elliott is in her late fifties, with long blond hair. She wears a black blazer and a pearl necklace.

She says AS THE LEADER OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION KNOWS,
WE MADE A PROMISE TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO LAST YEAR
DURING THE LAST ELECTION
CAMPAIGN THAT WE WERE GOING
TO END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
WE WERE GOING TO INCREASE
THE NUMBER OF LONG-TERM-CARE
BEDS.
WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE CREATED
PATIENT-CENTERED HEALTH CARE,
AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.
WE HAVE ACTUALLY ADDED 1.3
BILLION DOLLARS TO THE HEALTH CARE
BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says AND THAT'S GOING TO BE
EXPANDED IN A VARIETY OF
WAYS BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE'RE GOING TO END
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
THAT'S ONE OF OUR KEY
PROMISES.
RIGHT NOW WE HAVE OVER 1,000
PATIENTS A DAY RECEIVING
HEALTH CARE IN HOSPITAL
HALLWAYS, STORAGE ROOMS AND
OTHER PLACES THAT ARE NOT
ACCEPTABLE, NOT FOR PATIENTS
AND NOT FOR PROVIDERS.
WE'RE GOING TO END THAT.
WE ARE INCREASING SPENDING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT IS
AN IMPORTANT POLICY THAT IS
AN IMPORTANT CONCEPT THAT
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO EXPECT
US TO CONTINUE.
HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION
ARE THOSE TWO KEY POLICIES
AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING
TO DELIVER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, I MIGHT WANT TO
REMIND THE GOVERNMENT THAT
THEIR LAST ELECTION CAMPAIGN
CLAIMED THAT THEY WERE GOING
TO MAKE CUTS BUT THEY
WEREN'T GOING TO TOUCH
HEALTH CARE OR EDUCATION
MUCH SO MUCH FOR THAT,
SPEAKER.

Interjection: RIGHT.

Horwath says SO MUCH
FOR THAT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says IN FACT
THE INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY WAS WAS
CRYSTAL CLEAR.
IT'S INDEPENDENT.
IT'S NOT GOVERNMENT SPIN.
IT'S A PERSONAL AND GROUP OF
PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR THE
PUBLIC WITHOUT ANY BIAS.
FORD GOVERNMENT IS, WHAT
THEY SAID IT'S PROPOSING TO
CUT HEALTH SPENDING TO A
LEVEL ONTARIO HAS ONLY SEEN
ONCE IN 40 YEARS, DURING THE
MIKE HARRIS GOVERNMENT OF
THE 1990S.
DURING THAT TIME, ONTARIO
FAMILIES SAW 6,000 NURSES
FIRED AND 28 HOSPITALS
CLOSED.
HAS CUT-FIRST PLAN-PLAIRT
GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says PREPARED
ANY ANALYSIS WHATSOEVER OF
HOW THIS ROUND OF CUTS WILL
AFFECT FRONT-LINE HEALTH
CARE AND STAFF?

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says THANK YOU.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WHAT'S
ACTUALLY HAPPENING HERE.
WE ARE INCREASING HEALTH
CARE SPENDING BY 1.3
BILLION DOLLARS AS A RESULT OF THIS
BUDGET.
AND ANY... THE FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICER, I
HAVE NO QUARREL WITH THE
REPORT THAT HE'S PREPARED.
I WOULD SUGGEST, THOUGH,
THAT SOME OF THE SUGGESTIONS
THAT HE HAS MADE WITH
RESPECT TO CUTS ARE ACTUALLY
ACCOUNTING DIFFERENCES.
WHAT'S HAPPENED IS SOME OF
THE...

[INTERJECTION]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says SOME OF THE FUNDS THAT
WERE ACCOUNTED FOR THAT
WERE... APPEARED TO COME OUT
OF...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Elliott says CANCER SCREENING BUDGET
HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN
TRANSFERRED TO CANCER CARE
ONTARIO.
SO THERE ARE DIFFERENCES IN
THE ACCOUNTING.

[INTERJECTION]

Elliott says ACTUAL OVERALL AMOUNT IS
INCREASED.
1.3 BILLION DOLLARS MORE GOING INTO
HEALTH CARE THIS YEAR.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, IT SEEMS TO ME WHEN
A GOVERNMENT WANTS TO REFUTE
AN INDEPENDENT OFFICER OF
THE LEGISLATURE, THEY RELY
ON ACCOUNTING DIFFERENCES,
JUST LIKE THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT DID.
NOW THIS GOVERNMENT'S
PLAYING THE SAME GAME.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says BUT THE
REALITY IS THERE ARE 2.7
BILLION DOLLARS OVER TWO YEARS BEING
CUT FROM OUR HEALTH CARE
BUDGET.
THAT'S WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT
IS DOING.
THE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
OFFICE IS CLEAR.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS
FACING RECKLESS CUTS, CUTS
TO CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH,
CUTS TO CANCER SCREENING,
SPEAKER, CUTS TO HOSPITAL
BUDGETS.
YOU CAN'T CLAIM TO BE ENDING
THE HALLWAY HEALTH CARE
CRISIS WHEN YOU'RE FOLLOWING
THE LEAD OF MIKE HARRIS
CONSERVATIVES WHO CREATED IT
ANT LIBERALS WHO MADE IT
WORSE, SPEAKER.
WHEN WILL THIS PREMIER COME
CLEAN ABOUT WHAT HE'S
CUTTING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says WELL, AGAIN LET ME BE
CLEAR TO THE LEADER OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
WE ARE INCREASING HEALTH
CARE SPENDING BY 1.3
BILLION DOLLARS.
1.3 BILLION DOLLARS INCREASE.
THE SUGGESTION WITH RESPECT
TO CANCER SCREENING, I'VE
ALREADY EXPLAINED.
THAT HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO
CANCER CARE ONTARIO.
WITH RESPECT TO MENTAL
HEALTH AND ASICS, CHILDREN'S
MENTAL HEALTH AND ASICS DIXS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says AGAIN THAT WAS MONEY THAT
WAS PROMISED.
58 MILLION DOLLARS WAS PROMISED BY
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT.
THAT WAS A FANT... A FANTASY
BUDGET AS WE ALL KNOW.
THERE WAS NO MONEY THERE.
THERE IS MONEY IN THIS
BUDGET.
WE HAVE SPENT 18 MILLION DOLLARS OF
THAT.
THE REST OF THE 40 MILLION DOLLARS WAS NEVER ACTUALLY USED
BECAUSE IT DIDN'T EXIST.
WE ARE SPENDING MONEY THAT
ACTUALLY EXISTS, IN
INCREASING THE HEALTH CARE
BUDGET BY 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
MEMBER FOR WATERLOO MUST
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR KING-VAUGHAN
MUST COME TO ORDER.
ALL THE MEMBERS MUST COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION'S ALSO TO
THE PREMIER.
I'VE GOT TO SAY NOBODY
BELIEVES THIS GOVERNMENT
ANYMORE.
TALK ABOUT A FANTASY BUDGET.
THEY HAD THO ROLL BACK HALF
THEIR BUDGET JUST A WEEK AGO.
LAST FRIDAY STATSCANADA
REVEALED THAT FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN 40 YEARS THE LIFE
EXPECTANCY OF CANADIANS IS
DECLINING AND THE BLAME FOR
THAT RESTS WITH THE OPIOID
CRISIS, SPEAKER.
CAN THE PREMIER EXPLAIN
YGIVEN THE DEPTH OF THIS
CRISIS, THE GOVERNMENT
CLOSED OVERDOSE PREVENTION
SITES AND IS BLOCKING
EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH THEM IN
COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY'RE
DESPERATELY, DESPERATELY
NEEDED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

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

Elliott says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says THIS GOVERNMENT...
THIS GOVERNMENT DOES TAKE
THE OPIOID CRISIS VERY
SERIOUSLY.
THAT IS WHY, WHEN WE DID OUR
REVIEW OF THE OVERDOSE
TREATMENT SITES LAST SUMMER
AND INTO THE FALL, WE TOOK A
LOOK AT WHAT WAS ACTUALLY
HAPPENING IN THE CENTRES AND
THAT'S WHY WE REPURPOSED
THEM TO BECOME CONSUMPTION
AND TREATMENT SITES, BECAUSE
OF COURSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO
SAVE LIVES TO MAKE SURE THAT
PEOPLE THAT ARE OVERDOSING
RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY
NEED.
THAT'S IMPORTANT.
BUT THE OTHER PART OF IT IS
TO HELP THEM GET THE
TREATMENT THAT THEY NEED.
THEY WERE NOT GETTING THE
TREATMENT THAT THEY NEEDED
IN THE PREVIOUS CENTRES.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE REPURPOSING
THEM.
WE HAVE OPENED 15 SITES.
THERE ARE SIX MORE YET TO BE
OPENED.
WE ARE REVIEWING THE
APPLICANTS UNDER VERY, VERY
STRICT CIRCUMSTANCES TO MAKE
SURE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO
BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT
ASSISTANCE.
BUT THEY CAN'T...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says DO EVERYTHING WITHIN THE
CON SUM... CONSUMPTION
SITES.
THAT WE HAVE PROMISED WE
WILL SPEND OVER THE NEXT TEN
YEARS ON BOTH MENTAL HEALTH
AND ADDICTION SERVICES...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, WHILE THE
GOVERNMENT TALKS ABOUT
RESPONDING TO THIS CRISIS,
THEIR ACTIONS ON ADDICTIONS
AND MENTAL HEALTH SPEAK
LOUDER THAN WORDS.
CLOSING OVERDOSE PREVENTION
SITES, A 330 MILLION DOLLAR CUT TO
MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING, A 69
MILLION DOLLAR CUT TO CHILDREN'S
MENTAL HEALTH.
OVER 1,000 ONTARIANS DIED OF
AN OVERDOSE LAST YEAR ALONE,
SPEAKER.
WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT MOVING
BACKWARDS AS THIS CRISIS
CONTINUES TO GROW AND GET
WORSE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER?

Elliott says WELL, SPEAKER I THINK
IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT
THE FACTS OF THE SITUATION.
WE HAVE PLEDGED AND WE ARE
SPENDING 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS MORE
ON HEALTH SERVICE THIS IS
YEAR IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO, INCLUDING 174
MILLION DOLLARS MORE ON MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says THAT IS FOR THIS YEAR,
ANNUALIZED FUNDING.
WILL CONTINUE YEAR AFTER
YEAR AFTER YEAR.
WE ARE TAKING THE OPIOIDS
CRISIS VERY SERIOUSLY.
THAT IS WHY WE HAVE SET UP
15 OF THE CONSUMPTION AND
TREATMENT SERVICES SITES TO
HELP PEOPLE WITH OVERDOSES
BUT ALSO HELP THEM WHEN THEY
ARE READY TO GO INTO THERAPY
TO GET THE SERVICES THAT
THEY NEED.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says THAT IS NOT ALL OF THE WORK
WE HAVE TO DO.
THERE'S MORE THAT'S GOING TO
COME FROM THAT 174 MILLION DOLLARS,
MORE DETOX BEDS, MORE
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES, GETTING PEOPLE THE
HELP THAT THEY NEED IN THE
COMMUNITY SO THAT THEY DON'T
NEED TO BE IN CRISIS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says TO BE IN THOSE SITUATIONS
SO THEY MAKE SURE THAT THEY
GET THE HELP THAT THEY NEED.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says TO GET THE SERVICES THAT
THEY NEED.
WE'RE REVIEWING MORE SITES.
I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO
NOTE WE HAVE OPENED C.T...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

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

[APPLAUSE]
[CHEERS]

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

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

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE PREMIER.
IT HAS BEEN ALMOST A YEAR
NOW SINCE THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO VOTED FOR CHANGE.
OUR GOVERNMENT HIT THE
GROUND RUNNING AND HASN'T
STOPPED SINCE.
IT WILL BE A YEAR THIS
FRIDAY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McKenna says MORE THAN EVER TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO PROMISES
MADE.

Interjection: PROMISES KEPT.

McKenna says WE SCRAPPED THE
CAP-AND-TRADE CARBON TAX.
WE'RE CUTTING RED TAPE AND
CREATING GOOD JOBS AND WE'RE
PUTTING MONEY BACK IN
PEOPLE'S POCKETS TAX RELIEF
FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
AND FOR LOWER INCOME WORKERS
IN THE PROVINCE.
FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION
OF THE BRINGING CHOICE AND
FAIRNESS TO THE PEOPLE ACT
LAST WEEK, COULD THE PREMIER
INFORM THE HOUSE OF WHAT
ELSE OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING
TO FULFIL THE PROMISES WE
MADE TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE PREMIER.

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

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

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER
FROM BURLINGTON FOR THE
QUESTION AND ALL THE GREAT
WORK SHE DOES IN BURLINGTON.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE MADE A PROMISE TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO, AND WE
PLAN ON KEEPING OUR PROMISES,
AS WE HAVE KEPT ALL OUR
PROMISES ALL THE WAY SINCE
LAST YEAR.
IT'S ALMOST COME UP TO BE A
YEAR.
WE'RE GOING TO PUT BEER AND
WINE IN THE CORNER STORES,
BOX STORES AND MORE GROCERY
STORES.
AND I WAS THINKING OF OUR
VISITOR FROM THE UNITED
STATES.
HE'S PROBABLY SITTING UP
THERE THINKING YOU'VE GOT TO
BE KIDDING ME.
YOU DON'T HAVE BEER IN A
GROCERY STORE?
YOU DON'T HAVE WINE?

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says I WANT TO
SAY TO OUR FRIEND FROM THE
UNITED STATES, WE'RE THE
ONLY JURISDICTION IN THE
ENTIRE WORLD.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says FROM THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT,
THE LIBERAL LOBBYISTS THAT
MADE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OFF
THE BACKS OF THE TAXPAYERS,
INCREASED THE COST OF BEER
AT THE BEER STORE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO
MAKE SURE PEOPLE HAVE THE
CONVENIENCE WHEN THEY HOLD A
BARBECUE TO BE ABLE TO GO
INTO THE STORE AND ACTUALLY
BUY A CASE OF BEER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

McKenna says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE PREMIER FOR
HIS RESPONSE.
IT IS EXCITING TO HEAR HOW
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO EXPANDING THE SALE OF
BEER AND WINE.
WE ALL KNOW THAT CONSUMERS,
SMALL BUSINESSES AND LOCAL
BREWERIES ALL STAND TO
BENEFIT.
THE RETAIL COUNCIL OF CANADA
SAYS THAT EXPANDING THE
MARKET COULD CREATE UP TO
9,000 NEW JOBS.

Interjection: WOW.

McKenna says AND ADD 3.5 BILLION DOLLARS TO
ONTARIO'S G.D.P.
IT WILL INTRODUCE A MUCH-NEEDED
COMPETITION THAT WILL HELP
LEAD TO LOWER COSTS FOR
CONSUMERS.
IT WILL PROVIDE CONVENIENCE
TO RESPONSIBLE ADULTS AND
SUPPORT GROWTH IN OUR SMALL
BUSINESSES FROM BURLINGTON
ALL THE WAY TO BELLEVILLE
AND BEYOND.
CLEARLY THE STATUS QUO IS
UNACCEPTABLE.
COULD THE PREMIER EXPLAIN
WHY BRINGING FAIRNESS TO THE
PEOPLE IS SO IMPORTANT TO
US?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION ONCE AGAIN.
YOU'VE HEARD OUR ALL-STAR
MINISTER OF FINANCE SAY THIS,
AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN.
THIS ISN'T ABOUT JUST BEER
AND WINE.
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT CHOICE
AND CONVENIENCE.
THIS IS ABOUT FAIRNESS.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says ABOUT THE
FAIRNESS TO THE PEOPLE.
IT'S ABOUT FAIRNESS TO THE
RETAIL FOLKS THAT ARE OUT
THERE WORKING ALL DAY, ALL
NIGHT.
MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE
THAT THE BEER STORE ISN'T
OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT MUCH
IT'S OWNED BY FREE GLOBAL
GIANTS, THREE GLOBAL GIANTS
THAT DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE
PEOPLE IN ONTARIO.
THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT
PUTTING MONEY IN THEIR
POCKETS.
THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE WORRIED
ABOUT.
WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT THE
CONVENIENCE.
AND ISN'T IT AMAZING,
MR. SPEAKER?
JUST IMAGINE...

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says JUST
IMAGINE IN ALL THE N.D.P.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says OPTED OUT.
OPTED OUT.
THEY'D BE GOING CRAZY THEIR
CONSTITUENTS IF THEY EVER
OPTED OUT, BUT WE'RE GOING
TO DO THAT BECAUSE WE'RE
GOING TO MAKE SURE WE'RE
GOING TO GIVE YOUR
CONSTITUENTS THE CONVENIENCE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says says STOP THE CLOCK.
MEMBERS TAKE THEIR SEATS.
ORDER.

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says ORDER.
THE GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.
THE OPPOSITION SIDE, COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR ESSEX, COME TO ORDER.
PREMIER, COME TO ORDER.
MINUTE STIR
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY, COME
TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX, COME
TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
EAST-STONEY CREEK, COME TO ORDER.

[LAUGHTER]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT SERVICES, COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT.

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

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered blond hair in a bob. She wears a mustard sweater over a striped blue shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THIS QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
LAST WEEK, ADRIAN ROBERTS
RECEIVED A NOTICE THAT HER
EMPLOYMENT AS A TEACHER AT
GRAND ERIE DISTRICT SCHOOL
BOARD WILL BE TERMINATED ON
AUGUST 31ST.
ANOTHER SAD OUTCOME OF THIS
GOVERNMENT'S CUTS TO
EDUCATION.
AFTER ADRIEN POSTED HER LAYOFF
NOTICE ON TWITTER THE
PREMIER'S OFFICE TWEETED
BACK CONDOLENCES.
THEN THEY BLAMED THE SCHOOL
BOARD FOR PLAYING POLITICS.
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER'S CUTS
TO EDUCATION AND FRANKLY
THEIR SCHEME TO JAM UP TO 40
KIDS IN SECONDARY CLASSES
MEANS ADRIENNE WILL BE JUST
ONE OF THOUSANDS OF TEACHERS
WITHOUT A JOB BY THE END OF
THIS GOVERNMENT'S TERM.
LET'S BE CLEAR.
SHE HAS NO CHOICE.
THERE ARE NO... THERE IS NO
FAIRNESS AND THERE ARE NO
CHOICES FOR THESE TEACHERS.
IS THE PREMIER FINALLY READY
TO ADMIT THAT HIS KLUTZ TO
CLASSROOM ALSO MEAN TEACHERS
LOSE THEIR JOBS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

[APPLAUSE]

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 patterned blue blouse.

She says WELL, THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.
EVERY DAY I'M PLEASED TO
STAND UP IN THIS HOUSE AND
TALK ABOUT HOW WE ARE MOVING
FORWARD AND MAKING SURE THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO
DISPLAY ACTIONS AND
GUARANTEES THE PEOPLE ACROSS
ONTARIO THAT THE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT IN THE CLASSROOM
IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.
YOU KNOW, LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AT SOME OTHER INFORMATION
THAT WE'RE HEARING.
100 percent OF THE TORONTO CATHOLIC
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD HIGH
SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL HAVE A
JOB IN SEPTEMBER.
IN LAMBTON-KENT, WE HEARD
SPECIFICALLY 82 TEACHERS
WITH THE LAMBTON-KENT
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, WHO
WERE RUMOURED TO BE OUT OF
WORK BY THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR,
WILL BE BROUGHT BACK IN
2019.
AND WE'VE ALSO LEARNED THAT
OTHER SCHOOL BOARDS THAT ARE
CHOOSING TO FEAR MONGER
ACTUALLY NEED TO TAKE A STEP
BACK.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says WE'VE ASKED BOARDS ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE TO WORK WITH
US.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE
JUST LEARNED THAT THE
TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL
BOARD, INSTEAD OF INVESTING
MONEY IN THE CLASSROOM,
THEY'RE IN... INVESTING
MONEY IN THEIR OWN
ADMINISTRATIVE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

Thompson says 5 MILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[VOICE TRAILS]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
I REMIND THE MEMBER WHEN THE
SPEAKER STANDS UP, YOU HAVE
TO SIT DOWN.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Stiles says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
I SHOULD JUST START BY
SAYING THAT THE MINISTER IS
ACTUALLY... NEEDS TO BE
CORRECTED ON THAT, ON THAT
ITEM BECAUSE IN FACT SHE'S
BEEN DOING A GREAT
DISSERVICE TO THE TORONTO
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD.
SHE KNOWS PERFECTLY WELL
THAT DID NOT HAPPEN AND IT
IS NOT HAPPENING.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Stiles says FIRST THE PREMIER BLAMED
PARENTS FOR SKEWING THE
RESULTS OF THIS
MILLION-dollar EDUCATION
SURVEY.

The Speaker says I HAVE TO
ASK THE MEMBER TO WITHDRAW.
UNPARLIAMENTARY COMMENT.

Stiles says SPEAKER, FIRST THE
PREMIER BLAMES PARENTS FOR
SKEWING THE RESULTS OF HIS
MILLION-dollar EDUCATION
SURVEY.
THEN HE BLAMES STUDENTS WHO
OPPOSE HIS PLAN CALLING THEM
PAWNS.
THEN HE BLAMES TEACHERS AND
EDUCATION WORKERS CALLING
THEM UNION THUGS.
AND NOW THIS GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER, IS DESPERATE,
DESPERATE TO PIN THE BLAME
ON SCHOOL BOARDS.
ANYTHING, ANYTHING TO AVOID
TAKING ACTUAL
RESPONSIBILITY.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Stiles says FOR THE DELIBERATE CHAOS
THEY WERE CAUSING IN OUR
SCHOOLS.
WHY WON'T THE PREMIER JUST
BE STRAIGHT WITH ONTARIANS
AND ADMIT THAT THIS PLAN
MEANS FEWER RESOURCES, FEWER
CLASS OPTIONS AND FEWER JOBS
FOR TEACHERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
QUESTION REFERRED TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
YOU KNOW WHAT I CANNOT
BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, IS
THAT WE SAW FIRST HAND,
RIGHT HERE IN THIS HOUSE,
THAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IS
CHOOSING TO SUPPORT A SCHOOL
BOARD THAT IS NOT PUTTING
MONEY INTO THE CLASSROOM AND
SUPPORTING TEACHERS ON THE
FRONT LINES.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says ABSOLUTELY SPINNING HER
WHEELS, BECAUSE THE FACT IS,
THE FACTS MATTER, AND ONLY
WHEN THE TORONTO DRS. SCHOOL
BOARD.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says LAST THURSDAY BECAUSE
MEDIA STARTED ENQUIRING, DID
THEY CHOOSE TO CANCEL THE
CONTRACT.

Interjection: WOW.

Thompson says FACTS MATTER AND YOU
BETTER STICK WITH THE FACTS
BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT GETTING
ANYWHERE ELSE.

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says AND AT LEAST FOUR PREVIOUS AUDITS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says AND EXTERNAL REVIEWS HAVE
IDENTIFIED PROCUREMENT
ISSUES WITH THE TORONTO
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OVER
THE RECENT YEARS.
SPEAKER, I ABSOLUTELY
APPRECIATE ALL...

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

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Ottawa-Vanier.

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

Des Rosiers is in her late fifties, with blond hair in a bob. She wears glasses, a gray blazer over a dark blue dress, and a pearl necklace.

She speaks in French and a translator says
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY OTTAWA COMMUNITY HAS BEEN
AFFECTED, SO THANK YOU FOR
THE PARAMEDICS WHO HAD TO BE
CALLED THIS WEEKEND.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL.

[END OF TRANSLATION]

Des Rosiers says OF COURSE I RECOGNIZE THAT
JURISDICTIONAL DISPUTES
BETWEEN THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT AND THE
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD
NOT BE BORNE BY CHILDREN.
THE JORDAN PRINCIPLE UPHELD
BY THE COURTS TELL US THAT
ALL FIRST NATION CHILDREN
SHOULD HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO
GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND THE
FIRST GOVERNMENT WHO COMES
IN CONTACT WITH A CHILD
SHOULD RESPOND FOR A NEED.
CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE
DENIED WHILE GOVERNMENTS
BICKER ABOUT WHO SHOULD PAY.
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
CANCELLED THE CHILDREN IN
TRANSITION BENEFIT FOR
CHILDREN OF REFUGEES, AND
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS
SAID THAT SHE BELIEVES IT'S
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT
HAS THE OBLIGATION TO CARE
FOR THESE CHILDREN.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Des Rosiers says CONVENTION OF RIGHTS OF
THE CHILD SAYS THAT ANY
GOVERNMENT MUST LOOK AFTER
CHILDREN ON ITS TERRITORY
IRRESPECTIVE OF THE STATUS
OF ITS PARENTS.
IS SHE HOLDING CHILDREN
HOSTAGE IN HER ONGOING
BATTLE WITH THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT?

The Speaker says I BELIEVE
THE QUESTION IS ADDRESSED TO
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
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 black blazer over a blue dress.

She says SPEAKER.
AND I THANK THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO HELPING THE MOST
VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY
AND WE HAVE CONTINUED TO DO
THAT WITHIN MY MINISTRY.
WE'VE... WITH RESPECT, I'M
NOT SURE WHERE THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE'S QUESTION WAS
GOING.
IT WAS A BIT CIRCUITOUS, BUT
I CAN TELL YOU THAT WITH
RESPECT TO FUNDING FOR LEGAL
AID SERVICES WE ARE
CONTINUING TO CALL ON THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MEET
ITS RESPONSIBILITIES.
YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT SPENT
BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF
DOLLARS ON INTEREST EXPENSE
THAT IT COULD HAVE SPENT ON
HELPING OUR MOST VULNERABLE
IN OUR SOCIETY.

[APPLAUSE]

Mulroney says OUR CHILDREN, OUR NEW COPRS
TO CANADA, AND WE ARE
COMMITTED TO GETTING IT
RIGHT.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO ENSURING
THAT THE SUPPORTS THAT WE DO
PROVIDE TO THE MOST
VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY
ARE SUSTAINABLE.
WE ARE TAKING THE TIME TO
SPEAK WITH THEM.
WE ARE TAKING THE TIME TO
LOOK CLOSELY AT THE BOOKS TO
MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE
PROVIDING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says THE NECESSARY SUPPORT SO
THAT WHEN THEY NEED THEM TEN
YEARS FROM NOW, STILL ABLE
TO PROVIDE THEM INSTEAD OF
PAYING DOWN EVEN MORE MONEY
IN INTEREST EXPENSE,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Des Rosiers says THE CHILDREN IN
TRANSITION PROGRAM WAS A
SMALL PROGRAM THAT THE
GOVERNMENT'S OWN NUMBERS
SAID 16 CHILDREN A MONTH
WERE BEING HELPED BY THEM,
AND THEY NEEDED THAT TO HAVE
ACCESS TO FOOD AND CLOTHING.
SO THE PREMIER SAID LAST
FRIDAY, FREE THE BEER AS A
GOOD SLOGAN, BUT I THINK
FEED THE CHILDREN IS ALSO A
VERY GOOD SLOGAN.
THE NEED FOR THIS PROGRAM IS
COMPOUNDED BY THE CUTS TO
LEGAL AID FOR REFUGEES
BECAUSE IT WILL TAKE LONGER
FOR FAMILIES TO ACTUALLY
HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR STATUS.
DOES THE MINISTER NOT SEE
THAT THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT
OF NO REPRESENTATION AND NO
ASSISTANCE FOR THESE
CHILDREN WILL JEOPARDIZE
THEIR START IN ONTARIO AND
THEIR ABILITY TO LATER
BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF
OUR SOCIETY?
DOES SHE NOT SEE THAT THIS
WILL BE A BLACK MARK ON OUR
REPUTATION TO WAGE A WAR
WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Des Rosiers says ON THE BACKS OF CHILDREN.
WILL SHE COMMIT TO TELL HER
COLLEAGUES TO REINSTATE THE
CHILDREN IN TRANSITION
PROGRAM?

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
AGAIN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
TO REPLY.

Mulroney says THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Honourable Jeff Yurek. PC. Minister of Transportation."

Yurek is in his forties, clean-shaven, with thinning brown hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and striped blue tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANKS AGAIN FOR THAT
QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE IS MOVING FORWARD
WITH SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
REFORMS THAT'S GOING TO
RESTORE DIGNITY, ENCOURAGE
EMPLOYMENT AND EMPOWER THE
PROVINCE'S MOST VULNERABLE
TO GET BACK TO A PATH
TOWARDS SELF RELIANCE,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE
IMPLEMENTING THE CHANGES TO
THE TRANSITIONAL CHILD
BENEFIT TO FIRST NATIONS IN
ONTARIO WORKS.
WE WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED
THAT WAY.
HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE
NEEDING TO MAKE CHANGES.
THE TRANSITIONAL CHILD
BENEFIT PROVIDES ROUGHLY AN
AVERAGE 16,000 RECIPIENTS
WITH A TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF
67 MILLION DOLLARS.
REFUGEE CLAIMANTS ACCOUNT
FOR ALMOST 50 percent OF THE TOTAL
TRANSITION CHILD BENEFIT
EXPENDITURE BUT ONLY MADE UP
35 percent OF THE RECIPIENTS,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE
ABLE TO PROVIDE A PROGRAM TO
THE CHILDREN OF THIS
PROVINCE IN ORDER FOR THEM
TO BE SUPPORTED WHOLLY.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHAT
WE'RE DOING.
WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE
WITH THE CHILD BENEFIT
PROGRAM.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says TO ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO
GET THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
THAT THEY NEED.
MR. SPEAKER, FILING YOUR
TAXES ALLOWS YOU TO ACCESS
THE CHILD BENEFIT REPORT
BY... AND WE'LL BE
INCREASING THE INVESTMENT BY
THIRTY...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Peterborough-Kawartha.

The caption changes to "Dave Smith. PC. Peterborough-Kawartha."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS
AFFAIRS.

Interjection: GREAT
MINISTER.

Smith says LATE LAST WEEK OUR
GOVERNMENT WAS MADE AWARE OF
A DIRE SITUATION IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO.
A WILDFIRE BEGAN TO SPREAD
NEAR PIKANGIKUM FIRST
NATION.
ON MAY 29TH AT 1:30 A.M. THE
COMMUNITY DECLARED A STATE
OF EMERGENCY BECAUSE THE
FLAMES AND SMOKE WERE COMING
DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO THE
COMMUNITY.
OUR GOVERNMENT WAS READY TO
MOBILIZE THE NECESSARY
SUPPORTS FOR PIKANGIKUM
DURING THIS CRISIS.
QUICK ACTION IS INCREDIBLY
IMPORTANT WHEN A COMMUNITY
IS THREATENED BY WILDFIRE.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
ABOUT HOW OUR GOVERNMENT
CAME TO THE AID OF THE
PEOPLE OF PIKANGIKUM FIRST
NATION?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THINK THE FIRST THING THAT
WE SHOULD SAY IS THANK YOU,
THANK YOU TO THE LEADERSHIP
IN PIKANGIKUM.
CHIEF AMANDA SANWAS AND
FRANKLY THE MINISTRY OF
NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY, OUR PILOTS,
WORKERS ON THE GROUND WITH
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION
OF ONTARIO AT THE RUNWAY
THERE, MR. SPEAKER, KEPT IT
GOING.
WE'RE PLEASED TO REPORT THAT
1,600 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
EVACUATED THROUGH THE
DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL
DEFENCE.
HERCULES PLANES AND SOME OF
OUR OWN AS WELL AS A COUPLE
OF COMMERCIAL OPERATORS WHO
CHIPPED IN, MR. SPEAKER.
THOSE PEOPLE ARE NOW OUT IN
HOST CITIES FROM TIMMINS,
COCHRANE, SMOOTH ROCK FALLS,
MR. SPEAKER,, THUNDER BAY,
DRYDEN, SIOUX LOOKOUT AND
WINNIPEG, MR. SPEAKER, AND
COORDINATED EFFORTS ON THE
GROUND WITH OTHER OFFICIALS
FROM OTHER MINISTRIES HERE
IN ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER, ARE
MAKING SURE THOSE PEOPLE ARE
GETTING THE CARE AND
FOLLOW-UP THAT THEY DESERVE,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE VERY PLEASED WITH THE
RESPONSE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says FRANTIC THURSDAY AFTER
THE INITIAL PASS FROM THE
HERCULES, BUT THINGS HAVE
GONE SMOOTHLY SINCE THEN.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Smith says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS
AFFAIRS FOR THAT RESPONSE.
I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY FOR
DEPLOYING THE FIRE CREWS FOR
KEEPING THIS FIRE AT BAY.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS
AFFAIRS FOR TAKING SUCH A
STRONG LEADERSHIP ROLE TO
COORDINATE MUNICIPALITIES
THAT WERE ABLE TO HOUSE
THOSE WHO WERE BEING
EVACUATED FROM PIKANGIKUM.
DURING THESE CHALLENGING
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS IT'S
IMPERATIVE THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATES
EFFECTIVELY WITH PARTNERS
AND SUPPORT PROVIDERS THAT
PLAY IMPORTANT ROLES IN
EMERGENCY RESPONSES.
IN THIS CASE IT BECAME CLEAR
THAT THE AND EVACUATION WAS
GOING TO BE NECESSARY.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
MORE ABOUT OUR ROLE IN
HELPING VULNERABLE MEMBERS
OF THE COMMUNITY REACH
SAFETY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S TRUE THAT AN OPEN LINE
OF COMMUNICATION WAS
ESTABLISHED VERY QUICKLY.
I'VE HAD A COUPLE OF
CONVERSATIONS WITH
LEADERSHIP ON THE GROUND AND
GRAND CHIEF ALVIN FIDDLER TO
MAKE SURE THAT COMMUNITY
MEMBERS THAT WERE EVACUATED,
MR. SPEAKER, FOUND A SAFE
PLACE IN VARIOUS CITIES
ACROSS NORTHERN ONTARIO,
NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO AND
INTO MANITOBA, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THAT THEY WERE WELL
TAKEN CARE OF.
WE APPRECIATE THE PROVINCIAL
EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRE.
SOME OF MY STAFF IN
PARTICULAR, MR. SPEAKER, IN
INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS ONTARIO
ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON, WE
ASSUMED, MR. SPEAKER, A
COORDINATING ROLE TO ENSURE
THAT ALL MINISTRIES ACROSS
OUR GOVERNMENT WERE
INVOLVED, MR. SPEAKER, IN
MAKING SURE THAT SUPPRESSION
ACTIVITIES THROUGH THE
MINISTRY OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY WERE
GOING ON, MR. SPEAKER.
THAT THE COMMUNITY CONTINUE
TO HAVE A SMOOTH AND STEADY
EVACUATION.
YOU KNOW, THERE'S AN HOUR OF
MAINTENANCE REQUIRED EVERY
TIME ONE OF THOSE HERCULES
LANDED ON THE STRIP,
MR. SPEAKER.
SO THIS WAS JUST AN
INCREDIBLE EXERCISE IN A
SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO
THE THREAT, MR. SPEAKER,
THAT WHILE THE FIRE IS
SUPPRESSED, SMOKE COULD TURN
BACK ON THE COMMUNITY AND
WE'LL BE READY TO EVACUATE
ANY OTHER PEOPLE THAT THE
CHIEF SEES FIT, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says THANKS VERY
MUCH.
THE NEXT question. The member for Nickel Belt.

The caption changes to "France Gélinas. NDP. Nickel Belt."

Gélinas is in her forties, with short straight blond hair and bangs. She wears a yellow jacket over a spotted black dress.

She speaks French and a translator says
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PRIME
MINISTER.
FOR THE PREMIER, RATHER.

[END OF TRANSLATION]

In English, Gélinas continues
MORE UNNECESSARY CUTS TO
FRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE
RESOURCES BY ABRUPTLY
CUTTING FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS
WHO HELP YOUTH QUIT SMOKING.
LEAVE THE FACTS BEHIND, AS
IT IS CALLED, IS A VERY
SUCCESSFUL EVIDENCE-BASED
SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM
FOR YOUTH.
IT IS A 1 MILLION DOLLAR-A-YEAR
INVESTMENT THAT PAYS HUGE
DIVIDEND.
SPEAKER, TOBACCO KILLS 50 percent
OF THEIR USERS.
ONE IN TWO SMOKERS DIED OF
THEIR ADDICTION.
THIS HEALTH PROMOTION
PROGRAM SUPPORTS OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM.
IT SUPPORTS YOUNG ONTARIANS
BY HELPING THEM QUIT SMOKING
AND DEVELOP HEALTHIER
HABITS.
WHY IS THE PREMIER CUTTING
SUCH AN IMPORTANT PROGRAM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

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

Elliott says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says I THANK THE MEMBER VERY MUCH
FOR THE QUESTION.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HELP
YOUTH AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO
WISH TO QUIT SMOKING TO DO
SO.
BUT I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT
THAT NO ONE PULLS FUNDING ON
THIS.
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED WAS
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT HAD
GIVEN THEM A ONE-YEAR
PROGRAM THAT THEY DECIDED
NOT TO CONTINUE WITH, AND WE
CONTINUED WITH THAT.
SO THERE'S NO PULLING
FUNDING.
THERE'S NO CUTTING INVOLVED
HERE.
THIS JUST SOMETHING THAT
WASN'T REVIEWED.
IT WASN'T RENEWED UNDER THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT AND IT'S
CONTINUED WITH US.
BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE
SURE THAT THERE ARE PROGRAMS
THAT ARE THERE TO HELP YOUNG
PEOPLE WHO WANT TO QUIT
SMOKING.
WE STILL HAVE A NUMBER OF
PROGRAMS OUT THERE.
THE STOP PROGRAM AT CAMH,
THE OTTAWA MODEL FOR SMOKING
CESSATION AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE
AND A SMOKER'S HELP LINE
THAT ANY ONTARIAN CAN ACCESS
REGARDLESS OF AGE OR
LOCATION AMONG MANY OTHERS
THAT CAN I GO INTO IN THE
SUPPLEMENTAL.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Gélinas says THE 1 MILLION DOLLARS TO LEAVE
THE PACK PROGRAM HAS BEEN IN
PLACE FOR 19 YEARS.
IT IS VERY EFFECTIVE, AND
THE FUNDING IS NOT FLOWING
THIS YEAR.
IT HAS FLOWN FOR THE LAST 19
YEARS.
THE CANADIAN LUNG
ASSOCIATION RELEASED A
REPORT A FEW DAYS AGO THAT
SAYS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS
NOT DOING ENOUGH TO REDUCE
TOBACCO USE.
IT TALKS ABOUT THE TROUBLING
RATE OF YOUNG PEOPLE
STARTING TO VAPE.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN
DECADES, THE SMOKING RATES
ARE GOING UP, NOT DOWN.
SO WHAT DOES THIS GOVERNMENT
DO?
WELL, IT PASSES LEGISLATION
THAT ALLOWS TOBACCO
COMPANIES TO DIRECTLY MARKET
VAPING PRODUCTS TO THE
PUBLIC ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES OR
ACROSS THE STREET FROM HIGH
SCHOOLS.
MARKETING IS VERY EFFECTIVE,
SPEAKER.
IN MY RIDING, 60 percent OF HIGH
SCHOOL STUDENTS, NONE OF
THEM OVER THE AGE OF 18, ARE
VAPING.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Gélinas says WHY IS THE PREMIER MAKING
IT EASIER FOR TOBACCO
COMPANIES TO SELL THEIR
VAPING AND SMOKING PRODUCTS
TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

Interjection: GOOD
QUESTION.

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

Elliott says ONCE AGAIN IT'S IMPORTANT
TO NOTE THAT THE ORIGINAL
PROGRAM THE MEMBER REFERRED
TO WAS... STARTED TO BE
WOUND DOWN IN 2017 AND THAT
HAS CONTINUED.
BUT AGAIN, IT'S IMPORTANT TO
REALIZE, RECOGNIZE THAT
THERE ARE MANY OTHER
PROGRAMS THAT ARE OUT THERE
TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE AND
ANYONE WHO WISHES TO STOP
SMOKING.
IN ADDITION TO THE ONES THAT
I'VE ALREADY MENTIONED TO
YOU, THERE ARE THE PUBLIC
HEALTH UNITS STOP ON THE
ROAD, THE SMOKER'S HELP LINE
I REFERRED TO, LAKEHEAD
UNIVERSITY MOVING ON TO
BEING FREE, CANCER CARE
ONTARIO, ABORIGINAL TOBACCO
PROGRAM, ABORIGINAL HEALTH
ACCESS CENTRES, HEALTHY
EATING ACTIVE LIVING,
ONTARIO FEDERATION OF
INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP
CENTRES, URBAN ABORIGINAL
HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM, AS
WELL AS THE WORK THAT'S
BEING DONE AT CAMH.
SO THERE ARE A NUMBER OF
PROGRAMS OUT THERE THAT ARE
AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE ACROSS
ONTARIO THAT WISH TO STOP
SMOKING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says ANYBODY WHO IS INTERESTED
TO BE IN CONTACT WITH ONE OF
THOSE PROGRAMS FOR THAT
ASSISTANCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Kitchener-Conestoga.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR "THE."
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO PUTTING THE PEOPLE AT THE
CENTRE OF EVERY DECISION WE
MAKE.
AND WE ARE PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
IN MY RIDING AND ACROSS
ONTARIO, HEALTH AND SAFETY
MATTERS.
THE MINISTER HAS SPENT HOURS
ON THE ROAD ANNOUNCING GREAT
PROJECTS ACROSS RURAL
ONTARIO AND HE'S SEEN FIRST
HAND THE CRITICAL ROAD AND
BRIDGE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT
OUR COMMUNITIES NEEDED MOST.
WHILE ONTARIO LAUNCHES THE
MOST AMBITIOUS
INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM IN
HISTORY, MR. SPEAKER, PRIME
MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS
SAYING THE PROVINCE IS NOT
AT THE TABLE AND I AM
BAFFLED BY THIS CRITICISM.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
TELL US ABOUT WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING FOR
RURAL ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
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 striped blue tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT EXTENT LENT AND VERY
IMPORTANT... EXCELLENT AND
VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION.
I ECHO THE MEMBER'S CONCERN
FOR CRUCIAL HEALTH AND
SAFETY PROJECTS, PROJECTS
ACROSS RURAL AND NORTHERN
ONTARIO.
TRUDEAU'S COMMENTS ARE
SIMPLY BAFFLING,
MR. SPEAKER.
TO SAY WE ARE STALLING ON
OUR INFRASTRUCTURE
COMMITMENT IS DEAD WRONG.
AS THE AUDITOR GENERAL,
SENATE AND PARLIAMENTARY
BUDGET OFFICER HAVE ALL SAID,
THE FEDERAL RECORD ON THE
INFRASTRUCTURE FILE IS POOR.
IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER,
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WENT
MISSING UNDER JUSTIN TRUDEAU'S
WATCH.
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE OUR
PRIORITIES STRAIGHT IN
ONTARIO.
WHILE THE FEDERAL LIBERALS
ARE FOCUSED ON THE ELECTION
SEASON, I'M FOCUSED ON THE
CONSTRUCTION SEASON.
THUS FAR MR. SPEAKER...

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says THUS FAR WE NOMINATED 49
RURAL AND NORTHERN ROAD AND
BRIDGE PROJECTS TO OTTAWA
AND YOU KNOW WHAT,
MR. SPEAKER?
NOT A SINGLE ONE HAS BEEN
APPROVED BY JUSTIN TRUDEAU.
IN KITCHENER-CONESTOGA, THIS
INCLUDES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says ROSCOE STREET IN THE
TOWNSHIP OF WOOLWICH.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
WAS AT WORK SUNDAY TO PUT
THE PEOPLE FIRST.
I'M CALLING ON JUSTIN
TRUDEAU TO REFLECT THIS
COMMITMENT AND APPROVE THESE
PROJECTS...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.
THE MEMBER FOR WHITBY.

The caption changes to "Lorne Coe. PC. Whitby."

Coe is in his late sixties, clean-shaven, with short white hair. He wears a gray suit, pink shirt, and striped beige tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR
THAT EXCELLENT ANSWER.

[SOME APPLAUSE]

Coe says WHEN IT COMES TO VITAL
INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS,
IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE GET
IT RIGHT.
AS A CAUCUS, WE'RE
ENCOURAGED BY THE CONSTANT
FLOW OF GREAT ANNOUNCEMENTS
FROM THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.
FOR MY RIDING THE MOST
IMPORTANT HAS BEEN CRUCIAL
TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE THAT
ALLOWS MY CONSTITUENTS TO
TRAVEL SAFELY.
SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT WAS
ELECTED ON A MANDATE TO OPEN
ONTARIO FOR BUSINESS AND TO
GET THIS PROVINCE MOVING.
DESPITE HAVING NOMINATED
FIVE G.T.A. TRANSIT PROJECTS
THAT MY CONSTITUENTS
DESPERATELY NEED, THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CHOOSES
TO PICK A FIGHT INSTEAD OF
PICKING UP A SHOVEL.
WOULD THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE TELL US MORE
ABOUT HOW WE'RE PUTTING THIS
PROVINCE BACK ON TRACK AND
HELPING MUNICIPALITIES GET
MOVING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

McNaughton says WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH
TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT GREAT
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, FOR MONTHS
WE'VE HEARD THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT ASK US TO SEND
THEM PROJECTS FOR APPROVAL.
THEY EVEN SAID THAT ONTARIO'S
PRIORITIES WERE THEIR
PRIORITIES.
ON MAY 15TH WE NOMINATED OUR
54TH PROJECT TO THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT.
THE BALL IS CLEARLY NOW IN
THEIR COURT.
AND THESE ARE IMPORTANT
PROJECTS, MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE NOW NOMINATED FIVE
G.T.A. TRANSIT PROJECTS
WHICH WILL REQUIRE A
COMBINED 28.5 BILLION DOLLARS, OF
WHICH WE ARE COMMITTING
11.2 BILLION DOLLARS.
THIS IS FUNDING FOR FIVE NEW
TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS IN THE G.T.A.,
INCLUDING THE ONTARIO LINE,
THE YONGE NORTH EXTENSION,
THE BLOOR-YONGE ENHANCEMENT
PROJECT, THREE-STOP
SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY EXTENSION
AND THE SMARTTRACK STATION
PROGRAM.
THE LIBERALS ARE DESPERATELY
TRYING TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL
FROM THE SCANDAL-PLAGUED
GOVERNMENT IN OTTAWA.
MR. SPEAKER, MY MESSAGE TO
JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS CLEAR...
PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR
MOUTH IS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says WE WANT JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO
JOIN US IN GETTING ONTARIO
MOVING.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
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 black suit, gray shirt, and gray tie.

He says MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
SPEAKER, FAMILIES WATCHING
THE RAPTORS THIS WEEK ON TV
HAD A LOT TO CHEER FOR BUT
WHEN THE COMMERCIAL BREAKS
CAME THEY ALSO HAD A LOT TO
JEER.
BASICALLY SEEING THAT THEIR
MONEY WAS WASTED ON THE
GOVERNMENT'S LATEST PARTISAN
AD CAMPAIGN.
SPEAKER, CAN THE PREMIER
TELL US HOW MUCH THE
TAXPAYERS OF ONTARIO ARE
PAYING FOR THE PRIMETIME
ADVERTISING SPOTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
TO THE PREMIER.
ORDER.

A voice says MINISTER OF ENERGY.

The Speaker says DEPUTY
PREMIER REFERRED TO THE
MINISTER OF ENERGY.

Rickford says AS WE KNOW, THE TAXPAYERS
ARE PAYING SOMEWHERE NORTH
OF 3.5 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SEND
POSTCARDS TO EVERYBODY THAT
THEY'D BE GETTING 307 NET
BENEFIT, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says JOB-KILLING REGRESSIVE
CARBON TAX.
ISN'T THAT SOMETHING,
MR. SPEAKER?
WE HEARD FROM AIR CANADA
THAT THEY HAVE NOT EVEN
BEGUN.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT
THIS TAX IS GOING TO HAVE ON
THE PRICE PER TICKET,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE KNOW THAT... WE WERE AT A
MEETING LAST WEEK DOWN IN
CHATHAM, MR. SPEAKER.
GREAT M.P.P. DOWN THERE
STANDING UP FOR FOLKS, IN
OUR INDUSTRIAL INITIATIVE
CONSULTATIONS ON THE PRICE
OF ELECTRICITY, ALL THE TALK
WAS ABOUT.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Rickford says JOB-KILLING CARBON TAX,
MR. SPEAKER, WHY IT'S
CONTRIBUTING, FOR EXAMPLE,
TO THE HIGHEST COST PER
KILOGRAM OF CHICKEN FOR
CHICKEN FARMERS,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE WON'T STAND FOR THAT,
MR. SPEAKER...
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
DESERVE TO KNOW HOW MUCH
THIS TAX IS COSTING THEM.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
OPPOSITION HAS TO COME TO ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Natyshak says MINISTER SEEM TO FORGET
THE MONEY THAT PAYS FOR
THESE ADS ARE NOT THEIR
MONEY, SPEAKER.
IT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF
THE PROVINCE.
SPEAKER, THE SAME PREMIER
WHO SAYS THERE'S NO MONEY TO
KEEP TEACHERS IN THE
CLASSROOM, TO HELP CHILDREN
WITH AUTISM OR TO END
HALLWAY MED SIP FIND PLENTY
OF CASH WHEN IT'S TIME TO
GET ITS PARTISAN CAMPAIGN
ADS ON THE AIR, SPEAKER.
HOW CAN THE PREMIER TELL
CHILDREN WITH AUTISM TO WAIT
FOR TREATMENT OR TELL
SENIORS THAT ARE IN THE
HALLWAY THAT THAT'S GOOD
ENOUGH FOR THEM?
SPEAKER, WHILE THESE ADS ARE
AUTHORIZING
MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR AD BUYS
FOR HIS OWN PARTISAN
PURPOSES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
ENERGY AGAIN.

Rickford says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
LAST WEEK, WE HAD AN
OPPORTUNITY TO IDENTIFY JUST
EXACTLY HOW MUCH THIS TAX
WAS GOING TO BE COSTING
HEALTH CARE IN ESSEX,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT
WINDSOR WEST GROUND EFFECTS.
THEY MAKE AUTOMOTIVE
PRODUCTS HERE, MR. SPEAKER.
THE ESTIMATED ADD-ON BY
SUPPLIERS, MR. SPEAKER, IN
2019 AS A RESULT OF THIS
JOB-KILLING CARBON TAX IS
1.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2019.

Interjection: WOW.

Rickford says AGGREGATE TO 3.9 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2022, MR. SPEAKER.
ADD ON THE 3.5 MILLION DOLLARS THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT
TO SEND THEIR POSTCARDS
AROUND.
I SUSPECT THE PEOPLE IN
ESSEX ARE GETTING A LITTLE
BIT ANXIOUS ABOUT HOW MUCH
THIS TAX IS REALLY GOING TO
COST THEM.
THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER,
THIS QUESTION IS STICKING
AROUND.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Rickford says WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT AT THOSE
PUMPS THERE'S A STICKER TO
REMIND THE PEOPLE OF ESSEX.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says AND ACROSS THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO HOW MUCH THIS
JOB-KILLING REGRESSIVE
CARBON TAX IS COSTING THEM,
THEIR FAMILIES, OUR
BUSINESSES AND OUR EMPLOYEES,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Sault Saint Marie.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF NATURAL
RESOURCES AND FORESTRY.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS.
ACROSS NORTHERN ONTARIO,
THOUSANDS OF ONTARIANS AND
THEIR FAMILIES DEPEND ON THE
FORESTRY SECTOR TO PUT FOOD
ON THE TABLE.
THE FORESTRY SECTOR HARVEST
A TRULY RENEWABLE RESOURCE.
WORKERS IN THIS SECTOR ARE
EXCELLENT STEWARDS OF OUR
NATURAL RESOURCES PLANTING
AN AVERAGE OF 68 MILLION DOLLARS TREES EVERY YEAR THROUGH
REFORESTATION EFFORTS.
LAST WEEK THE MINISTER WAS
IN TIMMINS AND HURST MEETING
DIRECTLY WITH INDUSTRY AND
OTHER STAKEHOLDERS.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
UPDATE THE HOUSE ON WHAT HE
IS HEARING FROM STAKEHOLDERS
AS WE REBUILD THE FORESTRY
SECTOR IN ONTARIO?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANKS VERY MUCH SPEAKER.
I THANK THE GREAT MEMBER
FROM SAULT STE. MARIE FOR
THE QUESTION.
WE HAD A GREAT TRIP TO HURST
AND TIMMINS LAST WEEK AND
IT'S ENCOURAGING TO SEE THE
GREAT WORK BEING DONE AS THE
SECTOR CONTINUES TO
INNOVATE.
LAST THURSDAY I HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR COLUMBIA
FOREST PRODUCTS PLYWOOD MILL
IN HURST WHERE OUR
GOVERNMENT'S INVESTMENT OF
3.2 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT
FIVE YEARS WILL HELP CREATE
AND RETAIN NEARLY 350
WELL-PAYING JOBS IN THAT
COMMUNITY.
LATER IN THE DAY, I TOOK
PART IN OUR FINAL FORESTRY
ROUNDTABLE WITH STAKEHOLDERS
FROM THE BROADER FORESTRY
SECTOR.
THIS WAS THE FINAL ONE AS WE
DEVELOPED A NEW PROVINCIAL
FORESTRY STRATEGY AND I LOOK
FORWARD TO SPEAKING MORE
ABOUT THE FEEDBACK WE
RECEIVED FROM STAKEHOLDERS
IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY.
WE ARE BEHIND FORESTRY IN
THE FORD GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Romano says WELL, THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU
TO THE MINISTER FOR THAT
EXCELLENT ANSWER.
I KNOW THAT HE HAS BEEN
WORKING VERY HARD ON THE
DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW
PROVINCIAL FORESTRY STRATEGY,
HAVING HELD ROUNDTABLES ALL
ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
AFTER 15 YEARS OF THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
FAVOURING SPECIAL INTEREST
GROUPS AND NEGLECTING THE
HARD WORKING ONTARIANS WHO
MAKE THEIR LIVING IN THE
FORESTRY SECTOR, IT IS
ENCOURAGING TO SEE THAT THE
SECTOR IS CONFIDENT IN OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO MAKE
ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS
AND OPEN FOR JOBS.
NOW THAT THE FORESTRY
ROUNDTABLES HAVE BEEN
COMPLETED, CAN THE MINISTER
PLEASE UPDATE THE HOUSE ON
WHAT HE HAS HEARD FROM THE
SECTOR THROUGH THE PROCESS
OF DEVELOPING A NEW
PROVINCIAL FORESTRY STRATEGY?

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY. RESPONSE.

Yakabuski says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE
SUPPLEMENTARY AS WELL.
WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE
FORESTRY SECTOR ABOUT THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT VIEWED
THEIR SECTOR AS A SUNSET
INDUSTRY THAT WAS ON ITS WAY
OUT.
WE BELIEVE THE BEST DAYS FOR
FORESTRY ARE AHEAD.
WE'VE HEARD FROM CRUCIAL
NEEDS FOR FORESTRY ACCESS
ROADS WHICH I WAS PLEASED TO
ANNOUNCE EARLIER THIS YEAR
THAT WE WERE CONTINUING
FUNDING OF 54 MILLION DOLLARS A
YEAR FOR THAT PROGRAM.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACING
THIS INDUSTRY IS ACCESS TO
WOOD, ACCESS TO WOOD AND
ACCESS TO WOOD.
THREE BIGGEST PROBLEMS.
OUR FORESTRY STRATEGY WE
DEVELOPED IS GOING TO
ADDRESS THAT SO THAT THE
FORESTRY OF TOMORROW WILL BE
A FOREST INDUSTRY THAT
PEOPLE'S CHILDREN WILL BE
ABLE TO GET GOOD JOBS IN
BECAUSE WE ARE NOT IGNORING
IT.
IT IS A GREAT INDUSTRY AND
HIS BEST DAYS ARE AHEAD OF
IT IF THE GOVERNMENT IS
DOING THE RIGHT THING.

[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 gray blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE DEPUTY
PREMIER.
THE CUTS TO LEGAL AID
ONTARIO WILL PREVENT THE
MOST VULNERABLE ONTARIANS
FROM ACCESSING JUSTICE HERE
IN OUR PROVINCE.
THESE CUTS HIT COMMUNITIES
THAT STRUGGLE THE MOST.
INDIVIDUALS OUR PROVINCE
SHOULD ACTUALLY BE HELPING,
MR. SPEAKER.
FOR EXAMPLE THE SOUTH ATHAN
LEGAL CLINIC OF ONTARIO, WHO
SERVE CLIENTS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE AND INCLUDING IN MY
CITY OF BRAMPTON, WORKED ON
BEHALF OF A CLIENT NAMED
SAFIA, A TENANT WHO HAS HAD
SIGNIFICANT MENTAL HEALTH
AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
DISABILITIES.
HER LANDLORD WAS ACTUALLY
TRYING TO EVICT HER FROM HER
UNIT.
WITH LEGAL SUPPORTS SAFIA...
WITHOUT LEGAL SUPPORT, SHE
WOULD HAVE BEEN EVICTED
LEADING TO HOMELESSNESS,
MR. SPEAKER.
BECAUSE OF SUPPORT THROUGH
THE LEGAL AID CLINICS, SAFIA
WAS ABLE TO STAY IN HER UNIT
AND THE LANDLORD AND TENANT
BOARD RULED IN HER FAVOUR,
AND THEY'VE ACTUALLY
MODIFIED HER UNIT SINCE THEN
TO ACCOMMODATE FOR HER
DISABILITIES.
SPEAKER, WHY IS THE PREMIER
MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR
ONTARIANS LIKE SAFIA TO
RECEIVE THE LEGAL AID THEY
NEED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE DEPUTY
PREMIER.

The Deputy Premier says ATTORNEY GENERAL.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

Mulroney says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Mulroney says YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, OVER
THE LAST FIVE YEARS, OVER
THE LAST FIVE YEARS,
MR. SPEAKER, WE SAW THE
PRIOR GOVERNMENT SPENDING
MORE AND MORE MONEY WITHOUT
SEEING THE RESULTS THAT THE
PEOPLE WHO NEEDED SERVICES
AND THE ONTARIO TAXPAYER
SHOULD EXPECT.
WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT
LEGAL AID IS FOCUSED ON
PROVIDING THE LEGAL
REPRESENTATION TO GET LEGAL
ADVICE TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO
NEED IT WHEN THEY NEED IT
AND WHERE THEY NEED IT.
LEGAL AID THIS YEAR WILL
HAVE A BUDGET OF OVER 400
MILLION DOLLARS, MR. SPEAKER, AND
EVEN MORE IF THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT PAYS ITS FAIR
SHARE FOR THE SERVICES THAT
IT'S RESPONSIBLE FOR.
I HAVE BEEN VERY CLEAR,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT LEGAL AID
HAS ALSO STATED VERY CLEARLY
THAT FRONT-LINE SERVICES
WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN
STRONG SO PEOPLE LIKE SAFIA
WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO THE
SOUTH ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC AND
GET THE SERVICES SHE NEEDS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says MR. SPEAKER, LAWYERS MAY
NOT WELCOME THIS ERA OF NEW...
OF... OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND
LEGAL AID, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[VOICE TRAILS]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE PREMIER HAD REPEATEDLY
PROMISE THAT NO JOB LOSSES
WILL HAPPEN TO FRONT-LINE
SERVICES, BUT THAT SIMPLY IS
NOT TRUE DESPITE EVEN WHAT
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS
SAYING HERE IN THIS HOUSE
TODAY.
THIS PROVINCE'S LEGAL AID
LAWYERS, LEGAL WORKERS AND
SUPPORT STAFF NOW FIND THEIR
JOBS ACTUALLY ON THE CHONG
BLOCK, MR. SPEAKER.
LOW-INCOME ONTARIANS RECEIVE
LEGAL AID BECAUSE OF THE
WORK THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS
DO FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE
PEOPLE HERE IN OUR PROVINCE.
COMMUNITY LEGAL AID CLINICS
ALREADY OPERATE SLIM BUDGETS
AND THEY ARE RUNNING THEIR
OPERATIONS AS EFFECTIVELY
AND EFFICIENTLY AS THEY
POSSIBLY CAN.
EVEN MINOR BUDGET CUTS WILL
MEAN JOB LOSSES AND
REDUCTION OF FRONT-LINE
SERVICES AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER,
TO THE MOST VULNERABLE
PEOPLE HERE IN OUR PROVINCE.
WILL THE PREMIER REVERSE
THESE CUTS, CRUEL AND
DEVASTATING CUTS TO LEGAL
AID BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE AND
HE'S TELLING US NO SO WE'LL
MAKE SURE WE GET THAT ON THE
RECORD.
NO, THE PREMIER WILL NOT
REVERSE THE CUTS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ATTORNEY
GENERAL.

Mulroney says MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN
VERY CLEAR.
THOSE PEOPLE IN ONTARIO WHO
NEED AND CANNOT AFFORD LEGAL
REPRESENTATION WILL BE ABLE
TO CONTINUE TO GO TO LEGAL
AID AND GET THOSE FRONT-LINE
SERVICES.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED
TO ENSURING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Mulroney says THOSE LEGAL SERVICES ARE
THERE WHEN AND WHERE.
THE MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY
GENERAL IS WORKING VERY
CLOSELY WITH LEGAL AID, WITH
CLINICS, STAKEHOLDERS ACROSS
THE SECTOR TO MAKE SURE
LEGAL AID IS PROVIDING LEGAL
REPRESENTATION IN THE MOST
EFFICIENT WAY POSSIBLE.
HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT ON
LEGAL AID.
ONTARIO TAXPAYERS NOW KNOW
THAT IT'S BEING DONE IN AN
EFFICIENT WAY WHILE WE ARE
STILL ENSURING THAT THOSE
WHO NEED LEGAL
REPRESENTATION WILL BE ABLE
TO GET IT.
MR. SPEAKER, LEGAL AID.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Mulroney says DOING GREAT WORK TO
ENSURE THE CLINICS AND THE
REPRESENTATION THAT PEOPLE
ARE SEEKING IS AVAILABLE AND
THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO,
MR. SPEAKER.
THE N.D.P. SHOULD STOP.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says TELLING PEOPLE THEY WILL
NOT BE ABLE TO GET THOSE
SERVICES, BECAUSE THEY WILL
CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO GET
THOSE SERVICES THAT THEY
NEED.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Rasheed says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND
CONSUMER SERVICES.
LAST WEEK THE MINISTER
ANNOUNCED AT THE OPEN
GOVERNMENT SUMMIT IN OTTAWA
THE RESULTS OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PUBLIC
CONSULTATION ARE ON OUR DATA
STRATEGY.
MR. SPEAKER, I'VE HEARD FROM
MANY ONTARIANS ABOUT THE
IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING
THEIR PERSONAL DATA AS WE
LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS
INCREASINGLY DRIVEN BY THE
USE OF DATA.
MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, DATA
IS USED NOT ONLY BY
BUSINESSES BUT ALSO BY
GOVERNMENTS TO ENSURE THE
PUBLIC IS RECEIVING THE
SERVICES THEY NEED IN A
TIMELY FASHION.
RECOGNIZING THIS, IT IS OF
PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT DEVELOP A
PROVINCIAL DATA STRATEGY
THAT PROTECTS ONTARIANS'
PRIVACY.
I KNOW THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS BEEN LISTENING TO
ONTARIANS ON THIS ISSUE.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE OUTLINE THE
KEY FINDINGS OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PUBLIC
CONSULTATION?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER
SERVICES.

The caption changes to "Honourable Bill Walker. PC. Minister of Government and Consumer Services."

Walker is in his forties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears glasses, a black suit, white shirt, and spotted lilac tie, as well as a golden pin on his lapel.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU, I WANT TO THANK
MY HONOURABLE COLLEAGUE FOR
HIS QUESTION AND THE GREAT
REPRESENTATION ON BEHALF OF
THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE.
OUR GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES
THE TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC
POTENTIAL OF EMERGING DATA
TECHNOLOGIES NEED TO BE
BALANCED WITH THOUGHTFUL AND
ROBUST PRO TEXTS FOR THE
PRIVACY OF ALL ONTARIANS.
WE BELIEVE ONTARIANS DESERVE
TO KNOW AND CONSENT HOW
THEIR DATA IS COLLECTED AND
USED AND BY WHOM.
MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH PUBLIC
CONSULTATIONS WE'VE HEARD
79 percent OF RESPONDENTS BELIEVE
THEY NEED STRONGER
PROTECTION.
MAJORITY OF RESPONSE
INDICATE THEY WOULD LIKE THE
GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLY SHARE
MORE OF ITS OWN DATA WITH
BUSINESSES TO HELP THEM
CREATE NEW JOBS, PRODUCTS
AND SERVICES FOR ONTARIANS
AND WE HEARD A MAJORITY OF
RESPONDENTS ALSO BELIEVE
SHARING DATA AMONG
MINISTRIES WILL HELP
STREAMLINE AND IMPROVE
INTERACTION BETWEEN CITIZENS
AND GOVERNMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, THESE RESULTS
MAKE IT CLEAR WHILE CITIZENS
UNDERSTAND THE BENEFITS OF
SHARING DATA, OUR PROVINCIAL
DATA STRATEGY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Walker says PERIPHERYSY PROTECTION IS
PARAMOUNT AND WE'RE
COMMITTED TO DO JUST THAT TO
THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Rasheed says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR HIS RESPONSE.
I'M VERY PLEASED TO HEAR
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
TAKING A PROACTIVE APPROACH
TO PROTECTING ONTARIANS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT HAS RECENTLY
RELEASED THEIR DIGITAL
CHARTER.
IT IS DISAPPOINTING THAT THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN
THEIR ENTIRE FOUR YEARS
MANDATE TO TAKE ACTION ON
THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE, ONE
THAT TOOK OUR GOVERNMENT
ONLY 10 MONTHS.
ONE EXAMPLE THAT SHOWS
CANADIANS NEED CLEAR RIGHTS
AND PROTECTION IS SMART
CITIES.
SMART CITIES ARE NOT NEW.
IN FACT THEY ARE BEING
DEVELOPED ACROSS ONTARIO.
BUT THESE SMART CITIES ARE
MOVING FORWARD WITHOUT A
POLICY FRAMEWORK.
LAST FALL THE AUDITOR
GENERAL REMINDED OUR
GOVERNMENT THAT A POLICY
FRAMEWORK IS NEEDED TO GUIDE
FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF SMART
CITIES IN ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER OUTLINE OUR
GOVERNMENT'S SMART CITY
FRAMEWORK AND HOW WE WILL
BALANCE THE NEEDS OF
BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT
WHILE PROTECTING ONTARIANS'
DATA?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Walker says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY COLLEAGUE FROM
MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE
RAISE AS VERY IMPORTANT
POINT.
SMART CITIES ARE NOT NEW.
IN FACT THEY'RE BEING
DEVELOPED ACROSS ONTARIO
INCLUDING RIGHT HERE IN
TORONTO.
THAT IS WHY WE ARE
DEVELOPING A FRAMEWORK THAT
WILL REQUIRE SMART CITIES
AND THE COMPANIES THAT
CREATE THEM TO GUARANTEE
THAT ONTARIANS' PRIVACY AND
PERSONAL DATA ARE PROTECTED,
MANAGED RESPONSIBLY AND KEPT
SECURE.
PUT PEOPLE FIRST BY ENSURING
ONTARIANS ARE THE PRIMARY
BENEFICIARIES AND... VALUED
PARTNERS IN OPPORTUNITIES
CREATED BY PROJECT.
CREATE RESPONSIBLE AND GOOD
GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS THAT ARE
DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABLE AND
TRANSPARENT.
LEADING BEST PRACTICES THAT
ENSURE CHOSEN TECHNOLOGIES
TO USE OPEN SOFTWARE AND
OPEN LOCALLY PRO KRUERD,
FLEXIBLE AND EDUCATE THE
PUBLIC ON THE RISKS
ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECTS
AND PROVIDE MEANINGFUL
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL
RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE AND
ENGAGE IN THE CREATION OF
THE SMART CITIES.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS WILL
ENSURE OUR PROVINCE IS OPEN
FOR BUSINESS AND PROTECTING
ONTARIANS.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

The caption changes to "Judith Monteith-Farrell. NDP. Thunder Bay-Atikokan."

Monteith-Farrell is in her fifties, with short brown hair with blond highlights. She wears glasses, a spotted gray jacket and a blue blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
LAST WEEK THE GOVERNMENT PUT
CUTS TO MUNICIPALITIES ON
THE BACK BURNER.
BUT AS WE SPEAK, RETROACTIVE
CUTS TO CONSERVATION
AUTHORITIES ARE STILL GOING
AHEAD.
THE RAVAGES
OF CLIMATE CRISIS IS EVIDENT
ALL AROUND US AND
CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES ARE
TRYING TO RESPOND TO RECORD
FLOODING IN OUR WATERSHEDS
WITH LESS RESOURCES THAN
THEY HAD BEFORE.
THESE CUTS PUT COMMUNITIES
AT RISK.
WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT
REVERSE CUTS TO THE NATURAL
HAZARD MANAGEMENT GRANT
PROJECT, PROTECT COMMUNITIES
AND INCREASE FUNDING FOR ALL
THE VITAL WORK THAT
CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES DO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR HER QUESTION.
I GUESS WHEN THEY WERE
LOUNGING AROUND THE POOL ON
THE WEEKEND, MY MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES WAS
ACTUALLY OUT WORKING,
WORKING HIS BACK OFF WITH
CONSERVATION...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says SO MY
MINISTER DECIDED TO GIVE ME
A CALL ON I BELIEVE IT WAS
SATURDAY, MINISTER, AND PUT
ME ON THE PHONE WITH TWO
CONSERVATION OFFICERS...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says CAN YOU
TOLD HOLD... HOLD MY TIME
FOR A MINUTE?
MR. SPEAKER, HE CALLED ME
UP.
I ANSWERED THE PHONE, LIKE I
TRY TO NO MATTER WHO CALLS.
PICK IT UP AND IT WAS THE
MINISTER ON THE PHONE.
HE PASSED THE PHONE TO THE
TWO CONSERVATION OFFICERS.
I SPOKE TO EACH ONE
INDIVIDUALLY.
THEY ARE AS HAPPY AS PUNCH
WITH THIS GOVERNMENT.
THEY THANKED ME OVER AND
OVER AGAIN FOR DOING THE
GREAT WORK.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says MORE
CONSERVATION.
I'LL TELL YOU, THEY
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS
GOVERNMENT.
I LOVE THOSE CONSERVATION
OFFICERS.
THEY DO A GREAT JOB.
THIS HE' OUT THERE
WORKING...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Monteith-Farrell says WELL, THANK YOU.
THIS IS TO THE PREMIER AS
WELL.
CONSERVATION OFFICERS ARE
NOT THE SAME AS CONSERVATION
AUTHORITIES.
AND THE CONSERVATION
AUTHORITIES HAVE HAD THEIR
FUNDING CUT.
I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THE
DIFFERENCE.
ANOTHER PROGRAM THAT'S BEEN
CUT IS THE SUMMER EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITIES YOUTH
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM.
ITS FUNDING HAS BEEN CUT BY
THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL
RESOURCES.
THIS PROGRAM HELPS
CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES
EMPLOY AND MENTOR YOUTH, AND
YOUNG PEOPLE GAIN RELEVANT
EXPERIENCE FOR THEIR
CAREERS.
WHY DID THIS GOVERNMENT CUT
THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
PROGRAM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
NATURAL RESOURCES.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER
OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY.

[APPLAUSE]

Yakabuski says I THANK THE PREMIER FOR
TAKING THE CALL.
THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION
TO THE MEMBER.
WE HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THIS
BEFORE.
WE HAVE ASKED CONSERVATION
AUTHORITIES TO FOCUS ON
THEIR CORE MANDATE, NOT THE
MISSION CREEK THAT THEY HAVE
BROUGHT UPON THEMSELVES OVER
THE PAST NUMBER OF DECADES.
WE HAVE SAID FOCUS ON WHY
YOU WERE BROUGHT INTO THIS
PROVINCE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
THE PROVINCE'S FUNDING
AVERAGES ABOUT 8 percent TO
CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES OF
THEIR TOTAL FUNDING.
IN SOME CASES IT'S LESS THAN
2.5 percent.
BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT'S
BEEN GOING ON IN SOME OF
THEM AS THE AUDITOR GENERAL
POINTED OUT.
THERE WAS ONE CONSERVATION
AUTHORITY THAT THEIR
ADMINISTRATIVE SPENDING WENT
UP BY 48 percent WHILE WATERSHED
SERVICES WAS DOWN BY 18 percent.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE SAYING TO
CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES GET
BACK TO WHAT THE PURPOSE WAS
IN THE INITIAL...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yakabuski says INITIATED IN THE FIRST
PLACE.
CONCENTRATE ON YOUR CORE
MANDATE AND LOOK FOR SOME
SAVINGS.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

Watch: Question Period: Monday, June 3, 2019