Transcript: Question Period: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | Jun 05, 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.
I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR TIMISKAMING-COCHRANE.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "John Vanthof. NDP. Timiskaming-Cochrane."

Vanthof is in his fifties, clean-shaven, with short side-parted gray hair. He wears a gray suit, gray shirt, and patterned gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE, SOMEONE
WE ARE HOPING IS WILLING TO
ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ARE
ASKING.
YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT AND
C.E.O. OF THE ONTARIO
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WROTE TO
THE MINISTER CONCERNING THE
GOVERNMENT'S PROPOSAL TO RIP
UP THE CONTRACT WITH THE
BEER STORE.
IN HIS WORDS, AND I QUOTE...
BREAKING A LEGITIMATE
CONTRACT IS A SHORTSIGHTED
APPROACH.
DOES THE MINISTER AGREE OR
WOULD HE NOW CHARACTERIZE
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS
AS CERTAINLY AS BEER AND
CIDERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
ADDRESSED TO THE MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

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

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

He says THANK YOU.
SPEAKER, NOWHERE ELSE IN THE
WORLD DOES A GOVERNMENT GIVE
THE BIGGEST BEER COMPANIES
SPECIAL PRIVILEGES AT THE
EXPENSE OF CONSUMERS AND AT
THE EXPENSE OF THE INDUSTRY.
THE THREE GLOBAL BEER GIANTS
ARE FOR PROFITS NOT FOR THE
PEOPLE.
MOST PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO DO NOT KNOW...
AND I TELL YOU WHEN I WAS
FIRST ELECTED AS AN M.P.P. I
DID NOT KNOW THAT THE BEER
STORE WAS NOT OWNED BY THE
GOVERNMENT.
WELL, IT'S NOT OWNED BY THE
GOVERNMENT.
IT IS OWNED BY THREE GLOBAL.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says BEER GIANTS WHO GOT A
SWEETHEART DEAL FROM THE
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.

[INTERJECTION]

Fedeli says THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says PUT PROFITS AHEAD OF
PEOPLE, SPEAKER.
THAT, THAT IS THE RESULT IS
A LUCRATIVE DEAL FOR THE
BEER STORE AND THEIR
INSIDERS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Vanthof says ROCCO ROSSI ISN'T JUST
THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
HE'S ALSO A FORMER P.C.
CANDIDATE, WHO THE
MINISTER'S ENTHUSIASTICALLY
QUOTED IN THIS LEGISLATURE.
HE'S NOW JOINED THE CHORUS
OF CONCERNED CITIZENS THAT
THE GOVERNMENT, TELLING THE
GOVERNMENT THAT THE HUNDREDS
OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THEY
PLAN TO SPEND ON THEIR BEER
STORE SCHEME COULD BE BETTER
INVESTED IN TRUE SERVICES
FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
WILL THE MINISTER RECONSIDER
THESE RECKLESS PLANS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN
MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Fedeli says SPEAKER, WE CAMPAIGNED ON
A PROMISE TO PUT THE PEOPLE
FIRST, INCLUDING BY GROWING
JOBS, EXPANDING CHOICE AND
EXPANDING CONVENIENCE FOR
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO,
SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says OUR GOVERNMENT IS OPEN
FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR
JOBS.
AND SINCE COMING INTO OFFICE,
OVER 170,000 NET NEW JOBS
HAVE BEEN CREATED ACROSS THE
PROVINCE, AND JUST LAST WEEK
FITCH BOND RATING AGENCY
GAVE US AN UPGRADE, THEIR
FIRST THEY'VE DONE IN EIGHT
YEARS.

Interjection: WOW.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says AND, SPEAKER, THAT CAME
AFTER, AFTER WE LAUNCHED OUR
LEGISLATION TO BRING CHOICE
AND CONVENIENCE TO THE
PEOPLE.
THE BEER STORE KNOWS THAT A
GOVERNMENT NEED NOT CONTINUE
LEGISLATION FROM A PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT OR CONTINUE WITH
BAD LIBERAL DEALS.
SPECIAL ADVISOR KEN HUGHES
SAID THE AGREEMENT, AND I'M
QUOTING HERE, STIFLES
COMPETITION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says KEEPS PRICES ARTIFICIALLY
HIGH AND PREVENT NEW CRAFT
BEER ENTREPRENEURS FROM
GETING A STRONG FOOTHOLD IN
THE MARKET.
THAT'S WHAT THE N.D.P. WANT
TO SEE, PREMIER.
OR SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Vanthof says THE FORD GOVERNMENT
STARTED ATTACKING PEOPLE
THEY BELIEVED TO BE THEIR
ENEMIES.
NOW THEY'RE ALIENATING THEIR
FRIENDS.
NOT TO MENTION THE MILLIONS
OF ONTARIO FAMILIES WHO WANT
TO SEE A GOVERNMENT FOCUS ON
BETTER CLASSROOMS AND ENDING
HALLWAY MEDICINE.
INSTEAD WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT
THAT'S CUTTING THOSE THINGS
WHILE THEY TWEET ABOUT PLANS
TO POTENTIALLY BLOW HUNDREDS
OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BECAUSE THEY'RE BREAKING
CONTRACTS.
WHAT KIND OF GOVERNMENT
CLAIMS TO UNDERSTAND
BUSINESS AND BREAKS
CONTRACTS WITH COMPANIES?
THE ONTARIO...

[APPLAUSE]

Vanthof says BREAKING A LEGITIMATE
CONTRACT IS A SHORTSIGHTED
APPROACH.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT COME TO
THEIR SENSES AND REALIZE
THIS AND CANCEL THAT PLAN
TODAY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Fedeli says SPEAKER, AGAIN, NOWHERE
ELSE IN THE WORLD DOES THE
GOVERNMENT GIVE THE BIGGEST
BEER COMPANIES SPECIAL
PRIVILEGES AT THE EXPENSE OF
CONSUMERS THAN THE REST OF
THE INDUSTRY.
THE THREE GLOBAL BEER GIANTS
ARE FOR PROFITS, NOT FOR THE
PEOPLE.
YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF,
SPEAKER, WHY THESE
MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says ARE SO OPPOSED TO HAVING
THE GOVERNMENT HELP THEM
SELL MORE OF THEIR PRODUCTS
IN MANY STORES.
IT'S BECAUSE OF THE
LUCRATIVE DEAL, THE
SWEETHEART DEAL THEY
RECEIVED FROM THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
THEY'RE IGNORING THE
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THAT'S
BEFORE US.

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says NEW JOBS WILL BE CREATED
AND 3.5 BILLION DOLLARS ADDED TO
OUR ECONOMY.
THE ONTARIO CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE SHOULD JOIN US IN
SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES,
SUPPORTING CONSUMERS AND
SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL
BREWERS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

Singh is in her thirties, with long curly black hair. She wears a dark blue blazer over a floral print blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.
IT SEEMS THE PREMIER IS
UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO
ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS
GOVERNMENT'S HEALTH CARE
SPENDING CUTS SO I'LL ASK
THE MINISTER DIRECTLY.
YESTERDAY THE MINISTER
DISMISSED A REPORT FROM THE
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
OFFICE DETAILING THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S HEALTH CARE
CUTS AS ACCOUNTING
DIFFERENCES.
AMONG THE F.A.O.'S FINDINGS
WAS THAT THE GOVERNMENT
BUDGET WOULD REDUCE HEALTH
CARE SPENDING BY 2.7
BILLION DOLLARS, SPEAKER.
CAN THE MINISTER PROVIDE
DETAILS OF WHAT WILL BE CUT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH
AND LONG-TERM CARE.

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

Elliott is in her late fifties, with long blond hair. She wears a black blazer over a floral print dress.

She says IN FACT WHAT WE'RE DOING
IS INCREASING OUR HEALTH
CARE SPENDING.
WE'RE SPENDING 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS
MORE ON...

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
WE'RE ADDING 174 MILLION DOLLARS NEW DOLLARS TO MENTAL HEALTH
AND ADDICTIONS FUNDING.
WE'RE PROVIDING A NEW
PROGRAM OF 90 MILLION DOLLARS FOR
OUR DENTAL PROGRAM FOR
LOW-INCOME SENIORS.
WE PROVIDE 384 MILLION DOLLARS IN
OPERATIONAL FUNDING
INCREASES FOR HOSPITALS.
WE ARE ON THE INCREASE AND
WE'RE MODERNIZING OUR SYSTEM,
TRANSFORMING OUR SYSTEM IN
THE PROCESS OF IT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh says IN THE REPORT, THE F.A.O.
IS CLEAR, AND I'LL QUOTE...
WE CANNOT DISCLOSE THE 2.7
BILLION DOLLARS REDUCTIONS IN
PLANNED SPENDING FROM THE
2008 BUDGET PLAN FOR THE
2019 BUDGET PLAN BY PROGRAM
AREA AS THE PROVINCE HAS
DEEMED THIS INFORMATION TO
BE A CABINET RECORD, END
QUOTE.
IN OTHER WORDS, THE FORD
GOVERNMENT IS MAKING DEEP
CUTS BUT THEY WON'T TELL US
EXACTLY WHAT THEY'RE
CUTTING.
IN MY COMMUNITY OF BRAMPTON,
OUR HOSPITAL HAS BEEN
STRUGGLING OVER CAPACITY FOR
DECADES NOW, WITH PATIENTS
ROUTINELY BEING TREATED IN
HALLWAYS.
THOSE PATIENTS WANT TO KNOW
WHERE IS THIS GOVERNMENT
PLANNING TO FIND 2.7
BILLION DOLLARS IN HEALTH CARE
SPENDING CUTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO
RESPOND.

Elliott says AGAIN WE ARE INCREASING
SPENDING AS I INDICATED
BEFORE BY 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
WE ARE MAKING CHANGES.
WE ARE MODERNIZING OUR
SYSTEM.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
OUR SYSTEM BECOMES PATIENT
FOCUSED, THAT PEOPLE CAN
ACHIEVE CONNECTED SERVICES
WHEN THEY GO FOR HEALTH CARE
SERVICES.
WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE
SPENDING RIGHT NOW IN
ESTIMATES.
I JUST STARTED THIS MORNING
IN THE ESTIMATES COMMITTEE.
YOU'RE WELCOME TO COME BY
AND LISTEN TO SOME OF THE
EXPLANATIONS WE ARE GOING
THROUGH WITH SPECIFIC
QUESTIONS FROM THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION ABOUT SPENDING.
SPENDING IS INCREASING, NOT
DECREASING IN HEALTH CARE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh says SPEAKER, THE MINISTER OF
HEALTH MUST KNOW THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT IS ON THE WRONG
TRACK.
AS PATIENT OMBUDSMAN SHE
HEARD FROM PATIENTS WAITING
IN HALLWAYS AND NURSES
WORRIED ABOUT THE CARE THAT
PATIENTS ARE RECEIVING.
SHE KNOWS THAT 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS IN HEALTH CARE CUTS WILL
HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT
HERE IN THIS PROVINCE, BUT
INSTEAD OF STANDING UP FOR
PATIENTS, SHE'S TWEETING
PHOTOS OF HERSELF BEING AT
CONVENIENCE STORES AND
PROMOTING THE PREMIER'S
BILLION-dollar BEER
BOONDOGGLE.
WHY IS THE MINISTER REFUSING
TO DISCLOSE THE DETAILS OF
THE 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS HEALTH CARE
CUT?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Elliott says AGAIN IT'S VERY CLEAR TO
THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMITTEE,
TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says WHERE THE MONEY IS BEING
SPENT.
I AM IN ESTIMATES RIGHT NOW.
I WILL BE THERE FOR ANOTHER
SIX HOURS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,
PLEASE COME BY AND ASK,
BECAUSE THE MEMBERS OF YOUR
PARTY ARE ASKING THE
QUESTIONS ABOUT MONEY THAT'S
BEING SPENT.
IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT IT IS
AN INCREASE IN SPENDING.

Interjection: WHICH
YOU VOTED AGAINST.

Elliott says WHICH YOU VOTED AGAINST.
WE ARE INCREASING SPENDING
AND MAKING OUR CARE SERVICES
MORE CONNECTED FOR PATIENTS.
I CAN CERTAINLY SAY THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER, TO YOU
THAT, AS PATIENT OMBUDSMAN,
WHAT I DID HEAR ABOUT ON A
DAILY BASIS WAS HOW
DISCONNECTED PEOPLE FELT
FROM THEIR SERVICES.
THEY FELT THAT ONCE THEY
WERE DISCHARGED FROM
HOSPITAL, THEY WERE LEFT TO
THEIR OWN DEVICES.
THEY HAD TO FIND THEIR OWN
SUPPORTS AND SERVICES.
HOME CARE, LONG-TERM CARE
WAS NOT CONNECTED.
WE ARE GOING TO CONNECT
PATIENTS TO THE SERVICES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says THEY NEED THROUGHOUT
THEIR HEALTH CARE JOURNEY.

Interjection: HEAR, HEAR!

[APPLAUSE]

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

The caption changes to "Sol Mamakwa. NDP. Kiiwetinoong."

Mamakwa is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with short black hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and colourful printed tie.

He says MEEGWETCH, MR. SPEAKER.

[REMARKS IN OJI-CREE]

Mamakwa continues MY QUESTION THIS MORNING IS
FOR THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE
FOR WOMEN'S ISSUES.
THE FINAL REPORT OF THE
NATIONAL INQUIRY INTO
MISSING AND MURDERED
INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS
COMMISSION RELEASED
YESTERDAY MADE 231 CALLS FOR
JUSTICE.
WE THANK THE FAMILIES FOR
COMING FORWARD AND SHARING
THEIR TRUE TELLING STORIES
TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF
INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS.
PREVIOUS REPORTS AND
COMMISSIONS HAVE MADE OVER
1,200 RECOMMENDATIONS,
MR. SPEAKER, TO ALL LEVELS
OF GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS THE
ISSUE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST
INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS.
MR. SPEAKER, HOW MANY OF
THESE RECOMMENDATIONS HAS
ONTARIO WHOLLY IMPLEMENTED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE MINISTER
RESPONSIBLE FOR WOMEN'S ISSUES.

The caption changes to "Honourable Lisa MacLeod. PC. Minister Responsible for Women's Issues."

MacLeod is in her forties, with shoulder-length, wavy blond hair. She wears a sleeveless black dress.

She says I WANT TO THANK MY
COLLEAGUE FOR RAISING THIS
VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE
LEGISLATURE TODAY.
ONE OF THE MOST EMOTIONAL
PERIODS OF MY LIFE I THINK
IN PUBLIC OFFICE WAS SITTING
THERE YESTERDAY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says ACCEPTED THE REPORT.
I WAS PLEASED TO BE THE ONLY
GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE
THERE THAT ACTUALLY WALKED
TO ACCEPT THE
RECOMMENDATIONS WITH OUR
ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF.
ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD.
AND IT WAS VERY MEANINGFUL
FOR ME.
A NUMBER OF THOSE
RECOMMENDATIONS WE'RE
WORKING ON.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
WORK WITH OUR FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT COUNTERPARTS WITH
RESPECT TO BILL C-92 AND
JORDAN'S PRINCIPLE AND WE'RE
GOING TO CONTINUE TO ENSURE
WE HAVE A STRONG INDIGENOUS
LED VOICE WITHIN THE
MINISTRY OF CHILDREN AND
YOUTH, COMMUNITY SERVICES
WITH RESPECT TO WOMEN'S
ISSUES AS WELL.
I LOOK FORWARD TO WORK WITH
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AS HE
BRINGS FORWARD THESE VERY
IMPORTANT ISSUES.
I WILL SAY THIS TO THOSE WHO
MAY NOT HAVE SEEN IT BUT
STANDING THERE YESTERDAY TO
WATCH THE GRANDMOTHER OF
TINA FONTAINE, A YOUNG GIRL
THAT WAS 15 YEARS OLD WHEN
SHE WAS MURDERED IN MANITOBA,
WAS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST
POIGNANT THINGS I'VE EVER
SEEN, SPEAKER.
THAT'S WHY THIS GOVERNMENT
UNDER PREMIER FORD IS
COMMITTING TO ENSURE WE
SUPPORT OUR INDIGENOUS
SISTERS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Mamakwa says I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR HER ANSWER BUT WE
HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WE'VE...
THINGS HAVE BEEN THIS WAY
FOR GENERATIONS AND
GENERATIONS AND NOW PEOPLE
LIVE IT ON A DAILY BASIS.
HE'S NOT ENOUGH TO ACCEPT A
REPORT FROM THE INQUIRY AND
SAY THE GOVERNMENT WILL
LISTEN.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE EXPECT
ACTION AND SYSTEMIC CHANGE,
MR. SPEAKER.
CHANGES SUCH AS CUTTING THE
INDIGENOUS CULTURAL FUND,
MAKING MANDATORY INDIGENOUS
CULTURE CURRICULUM AS AN
ELECTIVE AND CUTTING THE
CHILD ADVOCATE ARE NOT ACTS
OF POSITIVE SYSTEMIC CHANGE,
MR. SPEAKER.
THESE CUTS IMPACT INDIGENOUS
SAFETY AND THE FUTURE OF OUR
PEOPLE.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT COMMIT
TO REVERSING THESE CUTS AS
THE FIRST STEP IN RESPONDING
TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM
YESTERDAY?

[APPLAUSE]

Mamakwa says AND ALSO PROVIDING FUNDING
FOR PREVENTION PROGRAMS TO
COUNTER VIOLENCE AGAINST
INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS
AND PROVIDE SUPPORT PROGRAMS
FOR THOSE LEFT BEHIND?

[APPLAUSE]

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

MacLeod says THANKS VERY MUCH.
I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION.
THERE'S ONLY FEW TIMES IN
THIS CONFEDERATION
PARLIAMENTS YOU SIT WHERE
YOU ACTUALLY WITNESS A
MOMENTOUS OCCASION SUCH AS
THE ONE I WAS FORTUNATE TO
YESTERDAY AS WE TALKED ABOUT
THE MISSING AND MURDERED
INDIGENOUS WOMEN, AS WELL AS
THOSE FROM THE LGBTQ PLUS
COMMUNITY.
LET ME ANSWER THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE THIS WAY.
WE ARE GOING TO BE VETTING
AN ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN AND
YOUTH WITHIN THE MINISTRY OF
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES WITH
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR
CHILDREN AND WOMEN.
WE HAVE A NUMBER OF
INDIGENOUS LED CHILDREN'S
AID SOCIETIES IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO ONE OF
WHICH I JUST SIGNED OFF ON A
FEW WEEKS AGO.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
COLLABORATE WITH OUR
INDIGENOUS-LED CHILD WELFARE
SYSTEMS ACROSS THE PROVINCE
AND I HOPE TO GROW THEM.
I THINK THAT WE HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY THERE.
I THINK WE HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON BILL
C92 SO LONG AS THEY DON'T
REDUCE OUR STANDARD.
FINALLY WE HAVE AN
INDIGENOUS LED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says CHILD WELFARE ROUNDTABLE
THAT WILL BE CREATED IN THE
COMING WEEKS.
I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS
AND I'LL BE MAKINGS
ANNOUNCEMENT SHORTLY.
WITH RESPECT TO POVERTY
REDUCTION WE'RE TAKING
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE REFORMS
VERY SERIOUSLY.
THAT IS WHY WE ARE THE
CONSULTING OUR FIRST
NATIONS.
SPEAKER, THIS IS AN
IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT EVERY
MEMBER OF THIS ASSEMBLY AND
EVERY PERSON IN THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO SHOULD BE AWARE
OF.
WE MUST STAND WITH OUR
INDIGENOUS SISTERS AND LGBTQ
PLUS INDIVIDUALS AS THEY
CONFRONT SYSTEMIC RACISM
ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND THIS
COUNTRY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Haldimand-Norfolk.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Toby Barrett. PC. Haldimand-Norfolk."

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
THE SKILLED TRADES ARE
CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY.
YET SO MANY JOBS ARE GOING
UNFILLED.
I'VE HEARD FROM EMPLOYERS IN
MY RIDING WHO ARE FRUSTRATED.
THE RED TAPE, STIFLING
REGULATION THE PREVIOUS
SKILLED TRADES FRAMEWORK
CREATED AND THE LACK OF
ACTION BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT TO MAKE LIFE
EASIER FOR THOSE IN THE
TRADES.
SO I'M SO PLEASED TO HEAR
LAST WEEK THE PREMIER, OUR
MINISTER OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
ANNOUNCED OUR GOVERNMENT'S
PLAN TO MODERNIZE THE
TRADES.
TRADESPEOPLE IN MY RIDING
ARE EXCITED TO SEE A
GOVERNMENT FINALLY TAKING
THE TRADES SERIOUSLY.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US MORE
ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THIS
PLAN IS FOR THESE PEOPLE AND
HOW IT WILL HELP ONTARIO
OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN
FOR JOBS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION FOR
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 spotted blue tie.

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

He says WELL,
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I
WANT TO THANK MY ALL-STAR,
AND HE'S A REAL ALL-STAR,
FROM HALDIMAND-NORFOLK.
I WAS AT...

[APPLAUSE]

[CHUCKLES]

Ford says I WAS UP IN HIS AREA AT A
FISH FRY.
I CAN TELL YOU THE PEOPLE
ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIM.
BUT THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION
COME TO ORDER.

Ford says COLLEGES
AND UNIVERSITIES AS WELL AS
HER PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
AND THE MEMBER FROM
NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH AND MEMBER FOR DURHAM
FOR JOINING ME AT THE
DARLINGTON ENERGY COMPLEX.
WE HAD A GREAT MEETING THERE
LAST FRIDAY.
AND WHEN WE WENT THROUGH
THERE, THERE WAS 14
DIFFERENT TRADES,
MR. SPEAKER, AND ALL 14
ABSOLUTELY LOVED US, LOVED
WHAT WE'RE DOING.
THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WE
SUPPORT, THE FRONT-LINE HARD
WORKING TRADESPEOPLE.
AND THROUGH OUR BUDGET OF
2019.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says WE PASSED
THE MODERNIZING SKILLED
TRADES AND APPRENTICESHIP
ACT WHICH WILL REDUCE RED
TAPE FOR EMPLOYERS AND
APPRENTICES, STREAMLINE
SERVICES AND DELIVERY AND
HELP PROMOTE THE TREMENDOUS
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES THAT
THE SKILLED TRADES OFFER.
AND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Barrett says WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
PREMIER.
AND IT'S GREAT TO HEAR THAT
WE'RE TAKING DECISIVE ACTION
TO IMPROVE SKILLED TRADES
FRAMEWORK, IGNORED FOR 15
LONG YEARS BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT.
I'M DISAPPOINTED THE N.D.P.
WOULD REFUSE TO SUPPORT OUR
PLAN TO REDUCE THE BURDEN ON
TRADESPEOPLE.
OBVIOUSLY IT'S CLEAR OUR
GOVERNMENT'S LISTENING AND
OUR PLAN WILL CUT RED TAPE,
PROMOTE CAREERS, OPEN UP
ONTARIO FOR JOBS.
SPEAKER, WE DO KNOW THAT BY
2021, ONE IN FIVE JOBS WILL
BE IN THE SKILLED TRADES.
YET WE ALSO KNOW SO MANY
BABY BOOMERS ARE NOW
RETIRING.
VERY PROUD OUR GOVERNMENT
RECOGNIZES THIS URGENT NEED
TO FILL THE SKILLS GAP, OPEN
UP WELL-PAYING REWARDING
CAREER PATHWAYS FOR YOUNG
PEOPLE.
AND THE PREMIER...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Barrett says CAN THE PREMIER TELL US
MORE ABOUT OUR PLAN FOR THE
SKILLED TRADES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN THE
PREMIER.

Ford says THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION
AGAIN.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE MEMBER'S ABSOLUTELY
RIGHT THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
TAKING ACTION TO REDUCE THE
RED TAPE AND BURDENS ON
ONTARIO SKILLED
TRADESPEOPLE.
AS PART OF OUR PLAN,
MR. SPEAKER, TO PUT OUR
SKILLED TRADESPEOPLE FOR OUR
STAR GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING
18.1 MILLION DOLLARS IN
PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
TO HELP PREPARE HARD WORKING
ONTARIANS FOR CAREERS IN THE
SKILLED TRADES, MR. SPEAKER.

[SOME APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE'RE ALSO INVESTING 12.2
MILLION DOLLARS TO SUPPORT THE
ONTARIO YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP
PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENTS IN
GRADES 11 AND 12.
THEY CAN EXPERIENCE SKILLED
TRADES WHILE GETTING A
CREDIT FOR SCHOOL.
MR. SPEAKER, BY INVESTING IN
JOBS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW,
OUR GOVERNMENT IS DELIVERING
ON OUR PROMISES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says TO GET
ONTARIANS WORKING AND MAKE
ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS,
OPEN FOR JOBS.
MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A SHAME
THAT THE N.D.P. DECIDED TO
VOTE AGAINST THESE MEASURES
THAT WOULD MAKE LIFE
EASIER...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Davenport.

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

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered blond hair in a bob. She wears a red blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THIS QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION GIVEN
THAT THE PREMIER SEEMED
UNABLE TO ANSWER IT
YESTERDAY.
SPEAKER, EMILY JENKINS IS A
DRAMA TEACHER AT PARRY SOUND
HIGH SCHOOL.
SHE GREW UP IN THE COMMUNITY
AND SHE CAME BACK TO TEACH,
WHICH IS A JOB SHE LOVES.
BUT AFTER 12 YEARS, EMILY
HAS RECEIVED NOTICE THAT HER
JOB IS NOW AT RISK THANKS TO
THIS GOVERNMENT'S CUTS TO
EDUCATION.
SHE TOLD THE PARRY SOUND
NORTH STAR THAT HER FAMILY
IS ALREADY CUTTING BACK ON
GROCERIES, CURTAILING
EXPENSES, CONSIDERING ALL
OPTIONS INCLUDING SELLING
THEIR HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, EMILY'S STORY
IS SADLY NOT UNIQUE,
ESPECIALLY IN HER BOARD,
WHERE 240 SECONDARY TEACHERS
HAVE BEEN DECLARED REDUNDANT
AND ONLY 37 ARE BEING
BROUGHT BACK.
IS THE MINISTER REALLY GOING
TO STAND HERE AGAIN AND
CLAIM THAT HER CUTS WON'T
RESULT IN JOB LOSSES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR 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 light gray blazer over a gray blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I HAVE TO TELL YOU THIS.
I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE, DAY IN AND
DAY OUT, STANDS UP AND
PERPETUATES NONSENSE.

The Speaker says ORDER.
OPPOSITION COME TO ORDER.

Thompson says I KNOW THAT SHE VERY
CAREFULLY WORDED HER
QUESTION BECAUSE SHE KNOWS
FULL WELL THAT TEACHERS
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE, AS
HAPPENS EVERY YEAR, ARE IN
THE CURRENT PROCESS OF BEING
RECALLED.
YOU KNOW, LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AT THIS.
82 TEACHERS WITH THE
LAMBTON-KENT DISTRICT SCHOOL
BOARD, WHO WERE RUMOURED TO
BE OUT OF WORK BY NEXT
SCHOOL YEAR AND THOSE
RUMOURS ARE CONTINUING TO BE
PERPETUATED BY THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE.
GUESS WHAT?
ALL OF THEM ARE BEING
RECALLED.

[INTERJECTIONS]

Thompson says TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL
BOARD ARE VERY MUCH PLEASED
AND ANNOUNCING THROUGH
SOCIAL MEDIA THAT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says 100 percent OF THEIR HIGH SCHOOL
TEACHERS WILL HAVE A JOB IN
SEPTEMBER.

Interjection: OH!

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says LIST GOES ON AND ON.
I THANK THE SCHOOL BOARDS IN
ONTARIO THAT ARE CHOOSING TO
WORK WITH US, PUTTING...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Stiles says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
BELIEVE ME, I WISH I DIDN'T
HAVE TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS
EVERY DAY EITHER.
SPEAKER THIS MINISTER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Stiles says WILL TRY TO BLAME
EVERYONE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Stiles says BUT HERSELF FOR THESE
PAINFUL CUTS.
IT'S REAL PEOPLE AND REAL
FAMILIES WHO HAVE TO DEAL
WITH THE IMPACTS.
AT LEAST... IN TORONTO AT
LEAST 90 CHILD AND YOUTH
WORKERS, 7 OCCUPATIONAL
THERAPISTS, 10 SOCIAL
WORKERS, 14 SPEECH LANGUAGE
PATHOLOGISTS AND 4 A.B.A.
FACILITATORS WERE LET GO
YESTERDAY.

Interjection: WOW.

Stiles says AT A TIME WHEN WE KNOW
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SHOULD
BE A PRIORITY, STUDENTS ARE
GOING TO HAVE TO DO WITHOUT
IN-SCHOOL SUPPORT.
AT A TIME WHERE STUDENTS ON
THE AUTISM SPECTRUM WILL BE
LOSING FUNDING AND SPENDING
MORE TIME IN OUR SCHOOL.
THERE WILL BE FEWER
QUALIFIED ADULTS TO SUPPORT
THEM.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Stiles says SPEAKER, WILL THE
MINISTER TAKE AN OUNCE OF
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS MESS
AND SCRAP THE CUTS IN OUR
SCHOOLS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND YOU KNOW I FIND IT VERY
RICH COMING FROM THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE.
SHE IS A FORMER MEMBER OF
THE TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL
BOARD AND SHE KNOWS FULL
WELL...

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says SHE KNOWS FULL WELL THAT
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS
THIS IS AN EXERCISE THAT
HAPPENS YEAR IN AND YEAR
OUT.

Interjection: I
DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

Thompson says AND THE REALITY IS WE'RE
INVESTING 700 MILLION DOLLARS OR
MORE IN EDUCATION...

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says AND THAT MEMBER OPPOSITE
VOTED AGAINST IT.
SPEAKER, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY
PREPOSTEROUS THE MANNER IN
WHICH THEY'RE CONTINUALLY
SAYING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Thompson says LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT
WE'RE DOING.
WE'RE INCREASING AWARENESS
AND EXPOSURE TO TECHNOLOGY
AND SKILLED TRADES, LIKE THE
PREMIER REFERENCED EARLIER.
WE'RE INCREASING FUNDING FOR
FINANCIAL LITERACY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says INCREASING FUNDING FOR
SPECIAL NEEDS.
SPEAKER, THE LIST GOES ON
AND ON.
AND FINALLY, ONTARIO HAS A
GOVERNMENT THAT BELIEVES IN
EDUCATION AND WE'RE
INVESTING...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE GENERAL
NOISE LEVEL IN THE HOUSE
SEEMS TO BE INCREASING
DURING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
AND I WOULD ASK THE MEMBERS
TO PLEASE COME TO ORDER TO
ALLOW US TO HAVE A
REASONABLE QUESTION PERIOD
TODAY.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Don Valley East.

The caption changes to "Michael Coteau. Liberal. Don Valley East."

Coteau is in his early forties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears a dark blue suit, white shirt, and striped blue tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL.
RECENTLY LEGAL AID HAS SEEN
THEIR BUDGET CUT BY OVER 30 percent
WHICH HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY
MANY ONTARIANS AS SIMPLY
CRUEL.
MINISTER, VULNERABLE
ONTARIANS RELY ON ACCESS TO
LEGAL AID AND THE SERVICES
THAT IT PROVIDES.
IN FACT, MINISTER, WHEN I
WAS 15 YEARS OLD MY FAMILY
RELIED ON LEGAL AID WHEN WE
WERE SENT AN EVICTION
NOTICE.
IF IT WASN'T FOR THE
FLEMINGDON PARK LEGAL CLINIC,
MY SINGLE MOTHER AND MY TWO
BROTHERS MAY HAVE ENDED UP
ON THE STREET.
MINISTER, THESE SERVICES
PROTECT FAMILIES, YET IN
REST OPINIONS TO THE
BLOWBACK BY THE CUTS AND
CHAOS IT'S CAUSED, THIS
PREMIER HAS CONFIRMED THAT
HE WILL GUARANTEE ANYONE IN
THIS PROVINCE LEGAL AID.
I WANT TO KNOW WITH THESE
CUTS, MR. SPEAKER, HOW WILL
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ASSURE
THAT EVERY ONTARIAN HAS
ACCESS TO LEGAL AID?

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S ADDRESSED 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 an indigo dress.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
FOR THE QUESTION.
ONTARIO HAS THE MOST
COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL AID
SYSTEM IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY,
AND THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT
FUNDS LEGAL AID UP TO THE
TUNE... THE AMOUNT OF ALMOST
433 MILLION DOLLARS.
I AM VERY PLEASED THAT LEGAL
AID HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY
WITH MY MINISTRY TO ENSURE
THAT FRONT-LINE SERVICES
WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THOSE
WHO NEED IT.
FAMILIES LIKE YOUR FAMILY
WHO NEEDED LEGAL
REPRESENTATION WERE ABLE TO
GO TO LEGAL AID AND THOSE
SERVICES WILL STILL BE
AVAILABLE, MR. SPEAKER.
WE ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY
WITH THEM AND WE ARE VERY
PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THEY
WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT.
YOU KNOW, THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT SPENT ALMOST 100
MILLION DOLLARS MORE ON LEGAL AID
OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AND
ONTARIO TAXPAYERS AND THE
CLIENTS WHO RELY ON LEGAL
AID SERVICE DOES NOT SEE AN
INCREASE IN THE SERVICES AS
THEY SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED
GIVEN THAT LEVEL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says OF INCREASE IN FINANCING.
SOME LAWYERS MAY NOT WELCOME
RENEWED ACCOUNTABILITY AT
LEGAL AID, MR. SPEAKER, BUT
THE TAXPAYERS OF ONTARIO AND
THE CLIENTS WHO RELY ON
LEGAL AID WILL.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Coteau says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
NOT ALL ONTARIANS HAVE THE
ABILITY TO GO OUT AND JUST
HIRE A LAWYER.
LEGAL AID IS ABOUT ENSURING
THAT THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS
THE MOST VULNERABLE.
IT'S ABOUT ENSURING THAT ALL
ONTARIANS HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND THEM
SELF IN COURT.
THERE ARE RUMOURS OUT THERE
THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
PLANS TO IMPORT A U.S.-STYLE
PUBLIC DEFENDER SYSTEM HERE
IN ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, WILL THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL CONFIRM ON
WHETHER SHE DOES IN FACT
PLAN TO MOVE TOWARDS THIS
AMERICAN-STYLE SYSTEM?

The Speaker says AGAIN THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL TO REPLY.

Mulroney says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'M NOT SURE WHERE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IS GETTING
HIS INFORMATION.
I'M WORKING HARD ON
REFORMING LEGAL AID TO
ENSURE THAT IT'S SUSTAINABLE
AND PROVIDING LEGAL AID
SERVICES TO THE MOST
VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY,
AS I HAVE BEEN DOING NOW FOR
A VERY LONG TIME.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S PRIORITY IS
PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS
MOST, MR. SPEAKER, HEALTH
CARE AND EDUCATION AND LEGAL
REPRESENTATION FOR THOSE WHO
CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR
LEGAL REPRESENTATION
THEMSELVES.
LEGAL AID IS WORKING VERY
CLOSELY WITH MY MINISTRY TO
ENSURE THAT THE FRONT-LINE
SERVICES THAT PEOPLE NEED
ARE THERE FOR THEM WHEN THEY
NEED THEM, MR. SPEAKER.
BUT WE WILL DO IT IN A
SUSTAINABLE WAY.
WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH
CLINICS, WITH LAWYERS WHO
PROVIDE LEGAL AID TO ENSURE
THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE
THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE BEEN
DOING NOW FOR SOME TIME,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE ARE ABLE TO DO THAT IN A
SUSTAINABLE WAY AND RUMOURS
ABOUT OTHER SYSTEMS COMING
INTO ONTARIO TO PROVIDE
LEGAL AID IN A DIFFERENT
WAY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says ARE UNFOUNDED.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

The caption changes to "Christine Hogarth. PC. Etobicoke-Lakeshore."

Hogarth is in her late thirties, with blond hair in a bun. She wears a white blazer and a polka-dotted black dress.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Hogarth says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
RECENTLY THE MINISTER
INTRODUCED A COMPREHENSIVE
PIECE OF LEGISLATION THE
GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ACT.
IF PASSED THIS
LEGISLATURE... LEGISLATION
WILL INCLUDE TO CUT RED TAPE,
SAVE BUSINESSES TIME AND
MONEY AND HELP KEEP
ONTARIO'S ROADS AMONGST THE
SAFENESS NORTH AMERICA.
THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ALSO
KICK-START OUR GOVERNMENT'S
PLAN TO BUILD MORE TRANSIT
THAT WILL CONNECT MORE
PEOPLE TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES.
IN MY RIDING OF
ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE, THE
PREMIER UNVEILED OUR
GOVERNMENT'S BOLD AND
HISTORIC VISION FOR TRANSIT,
A PLAN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY,
A 28.5 BILLION DOLLARS TRANSIT
VISION TO EXPAND THE
PROVINCE'S SUBWAY NETWORK BY
50 percent AND GET MILLIONS OF
COMMUTERS MOVING AGAIN S.WE
ARE MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR
PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES IN THE
PROVINCE BY DELIVERING
SIMPLER, FASTER AND BETTER
GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hogarth says ACCOUNT MINISTER UPDATE
THE LEGISLATURE ON GETTING
ONTARIO MOVING ACT?

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS 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 blue tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE WORK THE MEMBER FROM
ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE HAS DONE
IN THE LAST 11 MONTHS,
ALMOST 12 MONTHS THIS
FRIDAY.
SHE'S BEEN QUITE AN ADVOCATE
FOR TRANSIT BUT HAS BEEN
WONDERFUL TO WORK WITH.
I CONTINUE HOPEFULLY TO WORK
WITH HER.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says MR. SPEAKER, SHE'S RIGHT.
TODAY WE WILL VOTE ON THIRD
READING OF BILL 107, WHICH
IS A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF
LEGISLATION.
THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, IF
PASSED, WILL CUT RED TAPE
FOR JOB CREATORS.
IT WILL REDUCE BURDENS SO
THAT THE BUSINESSES, JOB
CREATORS CAN GET DOING WHAT
THEY DO BEST AND THAT'S
CREATING JOBS FOR THE PEOPLE
OF THIS PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, SIMPLY PUT WE
WANT TO TRANSFORM HOW THE
M.T.O. INTERACTS WITH
BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE.
DESPITE ALL THE GREAT THINGS
THIS LEGISLATION WOULD DO
THE N.D.P. KEEP VOTING
AGAINST THIS PIECE OF
LEGISLATION.
I'M HOPING TODAY, I HOPE
THEY TAKE A LOOK AT
THEMSELVES AND LOOK AT HOW
GREAT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says THIS LEGISLATION SSTAND
UP FOR THE INTEREST OF
ONTARIANS AND VOTE TO
SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION.
THIS BILL IS CUTTING RED
TAPE, REDUCING REGULATORY
BURDENS IN ONTARIO AND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Hogarth says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
FOR THAT GREAT RESPONSE.
I LOOK FORWARD TO THIRD
READING VOTE TODAY AND I
HOPE, TOO, THE OPPOSITION
DOES THE RIGHT THING AND
VOTES TO GET ONTARIO MOVING.
WE HAVE A PLAN TO FINALLY
GET SUBWAYS BUILT AFTER 15
LONG YEARS OF BARELY ANY
ACTION ON THE PART OF THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
THE PROPOSED ONTARIO LINE
ALONE WILL PROVIDE REAL LEE
LEAF FROM CONGESTION ON LINE
ONE.
IT WILL BE TWICE AS LONG AS
AND MOVE TWICE AS MANY
PEOPLE AS THE ORIGINAL
RELIEF LINE PROJECT AND WILL
GET IT DONE AT ABOUT THE
SAME COST.
WE KNOW THAT WE CAN GET
SUBWAYS BUILT BEFORE 2029
AND THAT'S A TARGET THAT WAS
SET BY THE CITY.
WE'RE GOING TO DELIVER IT BY
2027.
CAN THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION TELL US MORE
ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THE
ONTARIO LINE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANK YOU AGAIN,
MR. SPEAKER, FOR THAT
QUESTION.
SIMPLY PUT, THE ONTARIO LINE
WILL PROVIDE RELIEF THAT IS
DESPERATELY NEEDED.
PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF CROWDED
PLATFORMS AND WATCHING THREE
FULL TRAINS GO BY BEFORE
THEY CAN GET ON WITH THEIR
COMMUTE.
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT
EVERYBODY WANTS, AND IT'S
TIME THE OPPOSITION AND
LIBERALS STOOD UP AND VOTED
FOR THE LEGISLATION THAT'S
GOING TO GET SUBWAYS BUILT
IN THIS PROVINCE,
MR. SPEAKER.
THESE SUBWAYS ARE GOING TO
BE BUILT IN THEIR OWN
RIDINGS ON THE OPPOSITE
SIDE, MR. SPEAKER.
IT MAKES NO SENSE FOR THOSE
MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST IT.
SO I'M HOPING MEMBERS FROM
THE PARKDALE-HIGH PARK,
DAVENPORT, SPADINA, ROSEDALE,
TORONTO CENTRE AND
TORONTO-DANFORTH
BEACHES-EAST YORK, DON
VALLEY EAST AND WEST.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Yurek says I HOPE THEY TAKE A MOMENT
AND LOOK AFTER THEIR OWN
CONSTITUENTS AND VOTE FOR
THE NEEDED RELIEF THAT'S
NEEDED ON OUR SUBWAY SYSTEM
TODAY.
PLAU WE'RE GOING TO GO
FORWARD AND BUILD THIS
PROJECT.
THE CITY OF TORONTO'S GOING
TO BE WITH US, MR. SPEAKER...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says WHY WON'T THE OPPOSITION
HELP US?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for University-Rosedale.

The caption changes to "Jessica Bell. NDP. University-Rosedale."

Bell is in her late thirties, with shoulder-length wavy brown hair. She wears a gray jacket, a black shirt, and a silver necklace.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
MR. SPEAKER, SINCE EARLY
APRIL THE GOVERNMENT HAS
BEEN TALKING UP THEIR
TRANSIT PLAN AS IF IT WAS A
DONE-DEAL, NOT A FEW LINES
DRAWN ON THE BACK OF A
NAPKIN.
NOW THE PREMIER HAS GONE HAT
IN HAND TO THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT FOR THE ONTARIO
LINE EVEN THOUGH THE
MINISTER HIMSELF ADMITTED
YESTERDAY THAT THE BUSINESS
CASE STILL ISN'T COMPLETE.
THE FEDS AREN'T BUYING IT.
THEY SAY THEY NEED TO SEE
REAL ESTIMATES AND CONCRETE
PLANS BEFORE THEY CONSIDER
HANDING OVER A SINGLE DOLLAR.
MR. SPEAKER...MINISTER REALLY
EXPECT ANYONE TO FUND THE
BACK-OF-THE-NAPKIN PLAN WHEN
BASIC DETAILS LIKE WHERE
STATIONS WILL BE AND HOW
MUCH THE LINE WILL COST ARE
STILL UNKNOWN?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION
FROM THE OTHER SIDE.
YOU KNOW, WE MADE A HISTORIC
ANNOUNCEMENT IN THIS
PROVINCE OF 28.5 BILLION DOLLARS TO
FINALLY BUILD TRANSIT THAT'S
MUCH NEEDED IN THIS CITY AND
IN THE GTHA.
WE'RE BUILDING THE ONTARIO
LINE, MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH
MUCH NEEDED RELIEF TO THE
LINE ONE.
WE ARE GOING TO EXTEND THE
YONGE SUBWAY INTO RICHMOND
HILL AND MARKHAM.
WE'RE GOING TO BUILD
EGLINTON INTO ETOBICOKE
TOWARD THE AIRPORT,
MR. SPEAKER.
FINALLY AFTER YEARS AND
DECADES AWAITING
SCARBOROUGH'S GOING TO GET
THE THREE-STOP SUBWAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, THE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE
AND MYSELF HAD AN
ANNOUNCEMENT AND REQUEST FOR
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN
TRUDEAU.
THE SAME AS OTHER PROFIT
VINCES GIVE US CONDITIONAL
APPROVAL FOR THE
INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING MUCH
LIKE THEY DID TO BRITISH
COLUMBIA.
IN 2017, THE PRIME MINISTER
IN HIS OWN BUDGET ANNOUNCED
FUNDING FOR A PROJECT THAT
WASN'T EVEN SUPPORTED BY THE
PROVINCE, NOT EVEN SUPPORTED
BY THE CITY BUT EVENTUALLY A
YEAR LATER IT WAS SUPPORTED
AGAINST THE BUSINESS CASE.
ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR IS
EQUAL TREATMENT.
I DON'T KNOW WHY THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE IS AGAINST BUILDING
SUBWAYS IN THIS CITY IN THE
GTHA.
I DON'T KNOW WHY PRIME
MINISTER TRUDEAU ISN'T
STEPPING FORWARD AND HELPING
SUPPORT...

[APPLAUSE]

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

Bell says OK.
BACK TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.
SO THIS GOVERNMENT NOW
CLAIMS THEY WANT TO WORK
TOGETHER WITH OTHER LEVELS
OF GOVERNMENT WHEN IT COMES
TO TRANSIT.
NOW THAT'S A BIT RICH COMING
FROM A PREMIER WHO'S
UNDERCUT THE CITY OF TORONTO
EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IN
THEIR HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF
THE SUBWAY SYSTEM AND YOUR
REPUTATION IS STARTING TO
GET AROUND.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T
TOO EAGER TO JUMP ON BOARD
WITH A GOVERNMENT THAT
NTHEIR WORDS, CUTS FIRST AND
THINKS LATER.
MR. SPEAKER, HOW DOES THE
MINISTER EXPECT ONTARIANS TO
TRUST THIS GOVERNMENT WITH
LARGE INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS LIKE PUBLIC TRANSIT
WHEN THEY CAN'T EVEN PLAY
NICE WITH OUR FEDERAL AND
MUNICIPAL PARTNERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Yurek says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

[APPLAUSE]

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, lilac shirt, and striped black tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
LET ME MAKE IT PERFECTLY
CLEAR.
WE WILL TAKE NO ADVICE WHEN
IT COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says FROM JUSTIN TRUDEAU.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

McNaughton says AND THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says IN FACT MR. SPEAKER...

The Speaker says I NEED TO BE
ABLE TO HEAR THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE REPLY.
I'D ASK THE OPPOSITION TO
COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE
FORWARDED TO THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT 54 PROJECTS FOR
FUNDING.
THAT INCLUDES 49 PROJECTS IN
RURAL AND NORTHERN
COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE, AND AS THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
SAID, FIVE MAJOR TRANSIT
PROJECTS INSIDE OF THE GTHA.
WE WOULD EXPECT ALL MEMBERS
IN THIS HOUSE TO STAND UP
FOR ONTARIO.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says TREAT ONTARIO LIKE HE
TREATS EVERY OTHER PROVINCE
IN THE COUNTRY.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, LIKE THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
SAID, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
ANNOUNCED THEIR SUPPORT FOR
METRO VANCOUVER BEFORE CITY
COUNCIL SUPPORTED IT AND
BEFORE THE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[VOICE TRAILS]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.

The caption changes to "Randy Hillier. Independent. Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston."

Hillier is in his early sixties, clean-shaven, with short receding gray hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, and a blue shirt.

He says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.
IT IS A FUNDAMENTAL ASPECT
OF BUDGETING THAT ONE MUST
FIRST ACCURATELY COMPILE ALL
THE APPROVED PROGRAM
SPENDING THROUGH DETAILED
ESTIMATES FROM EACH
MINISTRY.
THESE ARE THEN ROLLED UP AND
AGGREGATED FOR EACH MINISTRY
AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S
TOTAL BUDGET.
THE ESTIMATES OR DETAILED
SPEND HAVING THEN DETAILED
AND VOTED UPON IN COMMITTEE
AND REFERRED BACK TO THE
HOUSE.
I KNOW THIS IS THE FINANCE
MINISTER'S FIRST TIMETABLING
A BUDGET AND THE FIRST
TIMETABLING DETAILED
ESTIMATES.
MY QUESTION, SPEAKER, IS IS
THE MINISTER CONFIDENT THAT
THE BUDGET IS ACCURATE AND
WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT ERRORS
OR OMISSIONS?
OR IS IT POSSIBLE THAT HE
GOT THE CART BEFORE THE
HORSE?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE'RE
VERY PROUD OF THE BUDGET
THAT WE NOT ONLY PRESENTED
BUT PROUD OF THE BUDGET THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS PASSED.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says IT'S ALL ABOUT PROTECTING
WHAT MATTERS MOST, AND THAT
INCLUDES HEALTH CARE,
EDUCATION AND SOCIAL
SERVICES AND THE SERVICES
THAT OUR PEOPLE IN ONTARIO
LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING ON
A DAILY BASIS.
AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE SEEN
AN ADDITION OF 1.3 BILLION DOLLAR INCREASE INTO THE HEALTH
BUDGET.
WE'VE SEEN A.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says 700 MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE
INTO THE EDUCATION BUDGET.
SPEAKER, I'VE SAID THIS MANY
TIMES IN THIS LEGISLATURE.
I SIMPLY CANNOT, I JUST DO
NOT FUNDAMENTALLY UNDERSTAND
HOW THE N.D.P. CAN VOTE
AGAINST 90 MILLION DOLLARS FOR
100,000 SENIORS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says FOR FREE DENTAL CARE.
I SIMPLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND
WHY THEY WON'T SUPPORT
OUR...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX, COME
TO ORDER.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hillier says AGAIN TO THE MINISTER OF
FINANCE.
ON MARCH 26TH, BEFORE THE
RELEASE OF THE BUDGET, THE
MINISTER OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES STATED, AND I
QUOTE...
UNDER THE ONTARIO
PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE
PARTY, AUTISM FUNDING THIS
FISCAL YEAR WILL BE OVER
600 MILLION DOLLARS.
HOWEVER, HER MINISTRY IS
ONLY SEEKING APPROVAL FOR
331 MILLION DOLLARS, WHICH IS
TABLED IN THE PROVINCIAL
ESTIMATES UNDER VOTE 702.
SPEAKER, ONE OF THREE THINGS
MUST BE HAPPENING.
ONE, THE MINISTER OF SOCIAL
SERVICES IS OUT OF THE LOOP
AND LEAVING FAMILIES OF
AUTISTIC CHILDREN EUCHRED.
TWO, THERE'S A HIDDEN
DEFICIT OF NEARLY 300
MILLION DOLLARS, OR THREE, THE
GOVERNMENT WILL SECRETLY USE
A TREASURY BOARD ORDER TO
DEFUND OTHER APPROVED
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES TO
FILL THE GAP.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hillier says SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO HAVE
THE MINISTER ANSWER WHICH OF
THE THREE IT IS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
ORDER.
ORDER.
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE TO REPLY.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
WE HAVE BEEN PERFECTLY
CLEAR.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says THE BUDGET THAT WAS
PASSED BY THIS GOVERNMENT...

The Speaker says THE
OPPOSITION MUST COME TO ORDER.
THE INDEPENDENTS MUST COME
TO ORDER.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says THE MINISTER CAN REPLY.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
WE HAVE MADE OURSELVES
PERFECTLY CLEAR.
THE BUDGET IS FULLY COSTED
AND ALL EFFICIENCIES AND ALL
VALUE-FOR-MONEY INITIATIVES
HAVE ALL BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR,
SPEAKER.
BUDGET 2019 LAYS OUT OUR
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND WE'LL
CONTINUE TO ROLL OUT A
RESPONSIBLE PATH TO BALANCE
OVER THE MONTHS AND THE
YEARS AHEAD.
SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says OUR PLAN, WE PUT PEOPLE
AT THE CENTRE OF EVERYTHING
WE DO AND WE WILL CONTINUE
OUR PATH TO BALANCE AND
PROTECT OUR FRONT-LINE
SERVICES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR MARKHAM-THORNHILL.

Interjection: BEER
GOGGLES OFF.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Logan Kanapathi. PC. Markham-Thornhill."

Kanapathi is in his forties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and gray tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY
QUESTION'S TO THE MINISTER
OF TRANSPORTATION.
OUR GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNED ON
A PROMISE TO MAKE LIFE
EASIER FOR ONTARIANS BY
IMPROVING TRANSIT, EASING
CONGESTION AND CARRYING
PEOPLE TO HOME AND WORK
FASTER.
LEAVING THEM MORE TIME WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
I KNOW WE HAVE MOVED QUICKLY
OVER THE LAST TEN MONTHS TO
INCREASE G.O. TRAIN SERVICE
FOR PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE
REGION.
THIS INCLUDES THE LARGEST
INCREASES IN G.O. TRAIN
SERVICES IN FIVE YEARS ON
THE LAKESHORE EAST AND THE
LAKESHORE WEST LINE, MORE
SERVICE ON THE KITCHENER
LINE... SERVICE TO NIAGARA
FALLS AND SAINT CATHARINES.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
UPDATE THE HOUSE FOR OUR
G.O. TRAIN SERVICES IN THE
REGION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANKS VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FROM
MARKHAM-THORNHILL.

[INTERJECTION]

Yurek says NO.
HE'S WORKING HARD TO BUILD
THAT EXTENDED SUBWAY SYSTEM.

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says HE'S BEEN A KEY PART OF THAT
PROGRESS IN MAKING IT GO
FORWARD, MR. SPEAKER.
AND AS PART OF THE 2019
BUDGET, WE ANNOUNCED OUR
COMMITMENT TO MOVE AHEAD
WITH THE G.O. RAIL EXPANSION
PROGRAM TO IMPROVE AND
EXPAND G.O. TRAIN SERVICE.
JUST LAST WEEK THE MINISTER
OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND MY
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT,
KINGA SURMA, WERE ON HAND TO
ANNOUNCE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
IS DELIVERING ON OUR PROMISE
BY MOVING FORWARD WITH THE
NEXT STAGE OF THE G.O. RAIL
EXPANSION PROGRAM AND
ANNOUNCING THE PREQUALIFIED
TEAMS WILL BE BIDDING ON THE
ON CORRIDOR WORKS PROJECT.
THE FOUR TEAMS WERE CHOSEN
ON THE ABILITY TO...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says ON TRANSIT M.P.R.,
PARTNERS ARE THE GROUPS THAT
ARE BIDDING, MR. SPEAKER.
WE WANT TO CREATE A MORE
INTEGRATED SEAMLESS SYSTEM
AND THAT'S WHAT THIS PROJECT
IS GOING TO DO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Kanapathi says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR
THAT GREAT ANSWER.
IT IS ENCOURAGING TO KNOW
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
PUTTING THE PEOPLE OF OUR
PROVINCE FIRST BY MOVING
AHEAD WITH THE G.O. TRAIN
EXPANSION PROGRAM.
FOR YEARS THIS PROVINCE HAS
BEEN PLAGUED BY CONGESTION
AND LACK OF VITAL TRANSIT
INFRASTRUCTURE.
WITH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, OUR
GOVERNMENT IS SHOWING THAT
WE ARE COMMITTED TO GETTING
IT RIGHT, GETTING THIS
PROVINCE MOVING.
MR. SPEAKER, GETTING IT
RIGHT MEANS HAVING THE RIGHT
TOOL FOR THE JOB, ENSURING
THIS PROJECT IS DELIVERED ON
TIME, DELIVERED ON BUDGET.
WILL BE VITAL TO ITS
SUCCESS.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US
MORE ABOUT HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO GET
THIS PROJECT GOING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF INFRASTRUCTURE.

McNaughton says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE FOR THAT EXCELLENT
QUESTION AND FOR HIS
LEADERSHIP, MR. SPEAKER.
CONGESTION IN THE GTHA IS AN
11 BILLION DOLLAR PROBLEM.
THIS HAS A REAL IMPACT ON
PEOPLE'S LIVES.
LAST WEEK I WAS EXCITED TO
ANNOUNCE THAT THE MINISTER
OF TRANSPORTATION THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS LAUNCHED
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR
THE LARGEST TRANSIT
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
IN CANADA'S HISTORY.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, WE ASKED THE
PRIVATE SECTOR FOR THE BEST
AND MOST INNOVATIVE
SOLUTIONS TO A SIMPLE
CHALLENGE, MOVE PEOPLE FROM
POINT "A" TO POINT "B."
WITHIN A CERTAIN TIME FRAME.
THIS PROJECT MEANS FASTER
TRAINS, INCREASED RIDERSHIP
AND LOWER MAINTENANCE.
IT WILL MAKE TRAVELLING
ACROSS THE GTHA FASTER,
EASIER AND MORE SEAMLESS.
PARTNERING WITH THE PRIVATE
SECTOR TO DELIVER THIS
PROJECT WILL MINIMIZE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says CONSTRUCTION DELAYS AND
FINANCIAL RISKS TO
TAXPAYERS.
THIS ALLOWS US TO PROTECT
FRONT-LINE SERVICES AND
PROGRAMS THAT MATTER TO
PEOPLE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND WE'RE PUTTING
ONTARIO BACK ON TRACK.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Hamilton Mountain.

The caption changes to "Monique Taylor. NDP. Hamilton Mountain."

Taylor is in her forties, with blond hair in a short bob. She wears black-rimmed glasses, a gray jacket over a blue dress, and a silver necklace.

She says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES.
TODAY WE RELEASED A REPORT
OUTLINING WHAT WE HAVE BEEN
HEARING FROM PARENTS SINCE
THE GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED
ITS DEVASTATING AUTISM
PROGRAM AND FRANKLY WHAT WE
HEARD UNDER THE LIBERAL
PROGRAM AS WELL.
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE WE
HEARD THAT PARENTS AREN'T
GETTING THE HELP THAT THEY
NEED, AND THEY DON'T TRUST
THIS GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER
THE PROGRAMS THAT THEY
DESERVE.
THAT'S WHY WE ARE CALLING
FOR AN ALL-PARTY ARM'S
LENGTH SELECT COMMITTEE TO
TRANSPARENTLY DESIGN AND
IMPLEMENT A NEW AUTISM
PROGRAM THAT WILL WORK FOR
FAMILIES.
THIS IS A CHANCE FOR THE
GOVERNMENT TO TAKE THE
POLITICS OUT OF AUTISM.
WILL THE MINISTER AGREE TO
OUR CALLS AND STRIKE A
NONPARTISAN COLLECT
COMMITTEE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
QUESTION'S 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 says THANKS VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY PLEASURE TO RESPOND TO
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE.
OBVIOUSLY I'M VERY EXCITED
THAT WE APPOINTED LAST WEEK
A NONPARTISAN ADVISORY PANEL
TO THE MINISTRY WITH...
AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO
RECEIVING THE REPORT FROM
THE NEW DEMOCRATS.
I HAVE YET TO RECEIVE T.I'M
PLEASED THAT MEMBERS OF ALL
PARTIES IN THIS ASSEMBLY
INCLUDING THE GREEN PARTY,
THE LIBERAL PARTY AS WELL AS
NEW DEMOCRATS INCLUDING
MEMBERS OF THE PROGRESSIVE
CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT HAVE
HAD ROUNDTABLE
CONSULTATIONS.
I'M HAPPY TO PROVIDE THAT TO
THE CHAIR.

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says OF THE COMMITTEE
DR. MARIE BOUNTROGIANNI A
FORMER LIBERAL CABINET
MINISTER.
I'M ALSO EXCITED WE HAD A
NUMBER OF TELEPHONE TOWN
HALLS AS WELL AS ONLINE
SURVEYS WHERE OVER 4,000
ONTARIANS WERE ABLE TO
CONTRIBUTE THEIR VIEWS,
THEIR VALUES AND THEIR
THOUGHTS.
BUT, SPEAKER, I THINK THAT
WE MUST TAKE THE POLITICS
OUT OF THIS, WHICH IS WHY I
APPOINTED NOT ONLY A LIBERAL
M.P.P., FORMER LIBERAL
M.P.P. AS CHAIR.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says BUT A NUMBER OF MY OWN
PERSONAL CRITICS SO WE COULD
GET THIS RIGHT FOR THE
CHILDREN IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO WITH AN
UNPRECEDENTED FUND OF OVER
600 MILLION DOLLARS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Taylor says SPEAKER, IT WASN'T VERY
LONG AGO THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT WAS CALLING
FRUSTRATED PARENTS
PROFESSIONAL PROTESTORS.
THE SAME PARENTS WHO WERE
TOLD BY THE CONSERVATIVES
THAT THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO
PROTEST ON THE LAWNS OF
QUEEN'S PARK UNDER THEIR
GOVERNMENT.
THESE PARENTS HAVE TRIED AND
TRIED TO HAVE THEIR VOICES
HEARD ONLY TO BE STIFLED BY
PRICELY... PRIVATELY
CONTROLLED TELEPHONE TOWN
HALLS AND INVITE-ONLY
COMMUNITY MEETINGS.
FAMILIES HAVE LOST THEIR
TRUST IN THIS GOVERNMENT AND
THIS MINISTER TO DO THE
RIGHT THING BY THEIR
CHILDREN.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE ASKING FOR
A NONPARTISAN ARM'S LENGTH
SELECT COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE
THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
NEW AUTISM PROGRAM.
IT'S TIME THIS GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCED SOME TRANSPARENCY
AND FAIRNESS INTO THE WAY
THAT IT DELIVERS PROGRAMS.
WILL THIS MINISTER GET THE
POLITICS AND SECRECY OUT OF
AUTISM AND STRIKE THIS
COMMITTEE?

[APPLAUSE]

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

MacLeod says I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED
WITH THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WHO
CONTINUES TO BRING
PARTISANSHIP INTO THIS
ISSUE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

MacLeod says WILL BE INVESTED THIS
YEAR INTO THE ONTARIO AUTISM
PROGRAM.
MORE CHILDREN ARE RECEIVING
SERVICE THAN EVER BEFORE IN
THE PROVINCE AND WE HAVE NOW
PUT FORWARD A SELECT...
EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL.

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says CONSERVATIVE PARTISAN
THAT WE KNOW AS MARIE
BOUNTROGIANNI FORMER LIBERAL
CABINET MINISTER.
LISA MACLEOD MSIKA FANS AT
ONTABA AND OAC.

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says WE DECIDE TODAY TAKE
PARTISANSHIP AND POLITICS
OUT OF THIS, ADD AN
UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF
MONEY SO THAT WE CAN SUPPORT
EVERY SINGLE CHILD IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO WITH
AUTISM.
NOW WHAT, SPEAKER?
WHAT FRUSTRATES ME DAY IN
AND DAY OUT ON THIS FILE IS
THE IRRESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEMBER ON SIT TO FEAR
MONGER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says AND THE BEHAVIOUR OF THAT
PARTY WHO WANT TO PLAY
POLITICS WITH CHILDREN...

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON MOUNTAIN MUST
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
MOUNTAIN MUST COME TO ORDER.
THE HOUSE
WILL COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA
NECESSARY NEPEAN IS
ANXIOUSLY AND PATIENTLY
AWAITING THE OPPORTUNITY TO
ANSWER THE QUESTION.
START THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA
WEST-NEPEAN... TO ASK THE
QUESTION.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION
AND TRADE.
LAST WEEK, THE MINISTER
ANNOUNCED CHANGES TO THE
ONTARIO INTERACTIVE DIGITAL
MEDIA TAX CREDIT.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS CUTTING
RED TAPE AND LEVELLING THE
PLAYING FIELD FOR SMALL AND
MEDIUM INTERACTIVE DIGITAL
MEDIA COMPANIES ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE.
IN 2016, ONTARIO'S
INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA
INDUSTRY EMPLOYED ALMOST
20,000 PEOPLE.
MEMBERS OF INTERACTIVE
ONTARIO, THE ASSOCIATION
REPRESENTING COMPANIES IN
THE SECTOR, SAY THEY PLAN TO
HIRE THOUSANDS OF NEW PEOPLE
OVER NEXT YEAR, INCLUDING IN
OTTAWA'S WEST END.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
OUTLINE FOR THE HOUSE HOW
OUR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING TO
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE
INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA
COMPANIES CAN GROW AND
THRIVE?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

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

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

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE DILIGENT
MEMBER FROM OTTAWA
WEST-NEPEAN FOR THAT GREAT
QUESTION THIS MORNING, AND
IT WAS A PLEASURE TO VISIT
LAST WEEK GAMES HERE IN
TORONTO FOR AN IMPORTANT
ANNOUNCEMENT WE MADE.
GREAT TO SPEAK WITH BUSINESS
LEADERS AND THE INTERACTIVE
DIGITAL MEDIA SECTOR HERE IN
ONTARIO WHERE THEY HAVE AN
IMPACT OF 3 BILLION DOLLARS IN THAT
SECTOR FOR OUR ECONOMY.
THESE COMPANIES ARE WORKING
ON EVERYTHING FROM VIDEO
GAMES, SPEAKER, TO DIGITAL
MARKETING SOLUTIONS FOR SOME
OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST
COMPANIES.
THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY HAS
COME A LONG WAY, SPEAKER,
SINCE YOUR DONKEY KONG DAYS.
IT'S REALLY, REALLY BIG
BUSINESS.
JEAN SILVAN SOREMANI IS THE
PRESIDENT OF SNOWDON STUDIOS,
THE DEVELOPER IN WEST OTTAWA
WHERE THE MEMBER IS FROM.
HE SAID I THINK THIS IS
GREAT AND WE DO TOO,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S A GREAT CHAIN.
SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESSES
MAKE UP 85 percent OF THE SPACE
WITH OUR CHANGES TO THE
DIGITAL MEDIA TAX CREDIT.
THOSE COMPANIES ARE GOING
TO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says PAY LESS RED TAPE WHEN
THEY'RE ACCESSING THIS
IMPORTANT SUPPORT.
AS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE SAYS,
THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
JOBS IN ONTARIO ARE
DEPENDING ON US.
WE'RE COMING THROUGH TO
CREATE EVEN MORE...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Roberts says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE MINISTER'S
RESPONSE.
IT'S ALWAYS GOOD NEWS FOR
OUR PROVINCE ANY TIME WE CAN
REMOVE RED TAPE FOR
ONTARIO'S BUSINESSES.
I AM PLEASED TO HEAR THE
STEPS OUR GOVERNMENT IS
TAKING TO HELP OUR SMALLER
VIDEO GAME DEVELOPERS TO
GROW AND THRIVE HERE AT HOME
IN ONTARIO.
THROUGH STRATEGIC
INVESTMENTS, WE CAN ENSURE
THAT ONTARIO IS A LEADER IN
THIS FIELD AND CREATE JOBS
AND KEEP JOBS IN THIS
PROVINCE FOR YEARS TO COME.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
ACCOUNT MINISTER PLEASE
ADVISE THE HOUSE FURTHER ON
HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS
CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT IN
THE MEDIA SECTOR, WHERE WE
CAN ATTRACT INVESTMENT AND
CREATE JOBS, GROWTH AND
LONG-TERM PROSPERITY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Smith says SPEAKER, I NOT MINISTER
OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND
SPORT WOULD LIKE TO ANSWER
THIS QUESTION.

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU FOR THE
OPPORTUNITY TO ANSWER THAT
IMPORTANT QUESTION AND ALSO
FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU
DO OUT IN YOUR CONSTITUENCY.
MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO
COMMEND ALSO THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION
AND TRADE FOR THE GREAT WORK
HE'S DOING TO BRING JOBS TO
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
WE HAVE TAX CREDITS ACROSS
THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE,
MR. SPEAKER, FOR FILM,
TELEVISION, MUSIC, BOOKS AND
OF COURSE VIDEO GAMES.
THESE TAX CREDITS ARE
DISTRIBUTED THROUGH A
PROVINCIAL AGENCY CALLED
ONTARIO CREATES.
THESE TAX CREDITS,
MR. SPEAKER, ARE USED FOR
THE INDUSTRIES TO SIMPLY
ALLOW THEM TO ACCESS FUNDS
TO BE ABLE TO DO GREAT WORK
IN THE PROVINCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY
WE'RE COMMITTED TO CUTTING
RED TAPE FOR VIDEO GAME
DEVELOPERS, STRIKING FILM
AND TELEVISION ADVISORY
PANELS FOR THOSE TAX CREDITS
TO ENSURE WE'RE SUPPORTING
JOB CREATION.

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for London-Fanshawe.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THIS MORNING I RECEIVED A
MEDIA RELEASE FROM LONDON
HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE AND
I'D LIKE TO HAVE A PAGE
DELIVER IT TO THE MINISTER,
IN CASE SHE HASN'T SEEN IT.
AND THIS IS MY QUESTION TO
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
THIS MORNING LONDON HEALTH
SCIENCES CENTRE ANNOUNCED
THEIR BUDGET PLANS THIS YEAR
AND IT'S NOT GOOD.
THEY WILL NEED TO MAKE 28
MILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS, EQUAL TO 2 percent
OF THEIR TOTAL BUDGET.
AND THEY HAVE ASKED ALL THE
DEPARTMENTS TO FIND BETWEEN
2 AND 2.5 percent OF CUTS TO THEIR
BUDGETS.
DOES THE MINISTER STILL
STAND BY HER STATEMENT THAT
SHE IS NOT CUTTING HEALTH
CARE?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Elliott says THE ANSWER IS YES.
WE ARE ACTUALLY INVESTING,
AS I INDICATED EARLIER, 1.3
BILLION DOLLARS MORE INTO HEALTH
CARE THIS YEAR.
WE'RE INVESTING IN THE FRONT
LINES OF OUR HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM WITH AN EXTRA 384
MILLION DOLLARS FOR HOSPITALS'
OPERATIONAL COSTS THIS YEAR.
THIS INCLUDES A 12 MILLION DOLLARS INCREASE IN BASE FUNDING FOR
LONDON HEALTH SCIENCES
CENTRE IN 2019.
OUR GOVERNMENT ALSO
ANNOUNCED A 1.2 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT FOR LONDON HEALTH
SCIENCES CENTRE IN THE FALL
TO HELP THAT HOSPITAL DEAL
WITH INCREASES DURING FLU
SEASON.
WE ALSO INVESTED OVER 8
MILLION DOLLARS AS PART OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S LARGER
COMMITMENT TO UPGRADE,
REPAIR AND MAINTAIN HOSPITAL
FACILITIES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
TOGETHER THESE INVESTMENTS
WILL ALLOW.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says ABLE ALL HOSPITALS,
SPECIFICALLY LONDON HEALTH
SCIENCES CENTRE, TO DEAL
WITH THE INCREASES THAT THEY
ARE EXPERIENCING.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Armstrong says IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE 28
MILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS, LONDON
HEALTH SCIENCE CENTRE IS
FORCED TO REDUCE STAFFING
HOURS EQUIVALENT TO 1.6 percent OF
THEIR WORKFORCE.
TO START, THERE WILL BE A
HIRING FREEZE OF NONCLIB...
NONCLINICAL STAFF, NATURAL
ATTRITION AND NONUNION
VOLUNTARY EXITS.
BUT LONDON HEALTH SCIENCE IS
CLEAR.
THIS IS ONLY THEIR GOAL AND
THE EXACT NUMBER OF LAYOFFS
WILL BE UNKNOWN FOR SOME
TIME.
HOW DO BUDGET CUTS AND
LAYOFFS HELP TO END HALLWAY
MEDICINE?
DOES THE MINISTER STILL
STAND BY HER STATEMENT THAT
THERE WILL BE NO LAYOFFS OF
FRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE
WORKERS ON HER WATCH?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says AS THE MEMBER WILL KNOW,
HOSPITALS ARE INDEPENDENT
CORPORATIONS THAT ARE RUN BY
THEIR OWN BOARDS OF
DIRECTORS AND AS SUCH
THEY'RE MAKING THEIR OWN
DECISIONS WITH RESPECT TO
HOW THEY'RE GOING TO DEAL
WITH THEIR OPERATIONAL
PRESSURES.
BUT I WOULD SAY THAT WE
UNDERSTAND THAT THE HOSPITAL
IS WORKING TO MITIGATE THE
EFFECT ON STAFF BY
IMPLEMENTING TEMPORARY
HIRING FREEZES OF
NONCLINICAL STAFF THROUGH
NATURAL ATTRITION AND
NONUNION VOLUNTARY EXITS.
SO I UNDERSTAND THE HOSPITAL
IS DOING WHATEVER THEY CAN
DO TO MINIMIZE THE EFFECTS
IN TERMS OF JOB LOSSES, BUT
THEY MAKE THEIR OWN
DECISIONS WERE THEIR OWN
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, BUT WE
WILL, AS A MINISTRY,
CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE
HOSPITAL TO ENSURE THAT THEY
CAN GET THROUGH THE NEXT
PERIOD OF TIME, WITH THE
ADDITIONAL HELP THAT WE HAVE
ALREADY PROVIDED THEM WITH
IN MONETARY TERMS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Barrie-Innisfil.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER
OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.
AFTER MORE THAN THREE YEARS
OF COLLECTING TESTIMONY FROM
CANADIANS THROUGH COMMUNITY
MEETINGS, TOWN HALLS HELD
ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE
COMMISSION OF THE NATIONAL
INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND
MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN
AND GIRLS DELIVERED ITS
FINAL REPORT YESTERDAY.
THIS REPORT CONTAINS
TESTIMONY FROM OVER 2,300
FAMILY MEMBERS, SURVIVORS,
EXPERTS AND KNOWLEDGE
KEEPERS COLLECTED FROM
HEARTFELT AND OFTEN
EMOTIONAL PUBLIC HEARINGS.
SPEAKER, THE MINISTER WAS IN
OTTAWA YESTERDAY TO RECEIVE
THE REPORT ON BEHALF OF HER
GOVERNMENT.
CAN SHE PLEASE TELL US THE
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FINAL
REPORT OF THE NATIONAL
INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND
MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN
AND GIRLS?

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The Speaker says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICE.

MacLeod says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER
FROM BARRIE-INNISFIL FOR HER
STRONG LEADERSHIP IN
DEFENDING ALL VULNERABLE
WOMEN IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO AND FOR BRINGING
THIS IMPORTANT QUESTION TO
THE FLOOR OF THE LEGISLATURE
TODAY.
I REALLY DO APPRECIATE IT
BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT THAT
EVERY MEMBER IN THIS
ASSEMBLY UNDERSTAND WHAT
TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY IN OUR
COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
I WAS PROUD, AS I MENTIONED
EARLIER, TO REPRESENT
ONTARIO YESTERDAY AND ALSO
TO BE THE ONLY LEVEL OF
GOVERNMENT, THE ONLY
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TO
BRING ALONGSIDE OUR ONTARIO
REGIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE
ARCHIBALD TO RECEIVE THE
REPORT ALONGSIDE ME.
I FELT THAT THAT WAS
IMPORTANT, SPEAKER, NOT ONLY
AS A GESTURE BUT AS THE NEXT
STEP AFTER THE MISSING AND
MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN
AND GIRLS REPORT WAS TABLED.
THE PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE
AGAINST INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND
GIRLS IN CANADA IS ENTIRELY
UNACCEPTABLE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says SPEAKER, THAT IS WHY THIS
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
SUPPORTING VULNERABLE WOMEN,
PARTICULARLY IN OUR
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, SO
THAT WE CAN ENSURE THEIR
SAFETY, THEIR SECURITY AND
THEIR...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Khanjin says THANK YOU.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER
FOR ACCEPTING THIS REPORT ON
BEHALF OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND
STANDING UP FOR INDIGENOUS
WOMEN AND GIRLS AND
ENCOURAGING ALL ONTARIANS
BOTH MEN AND WOMEN TO STAND
UP AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST
WOMEN AND GIRLS.
SPEAKER, THIS REPORT
HIGHLIGHTS STATISTICS THAT
SHOW INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND
GIRLS IN CANADA ARE 12 TIMES
MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE
VIOLENCE THAN NON-INDIGENOUS
WOMEN DURING THEIR LIFETIME
AND DEMONSTRATE THROUGH
TESTIMONY HOW ISSUES SUCH AS
SEX TRAFFICKING,
EXPLOITATION ARE AFFECTING
YOUNG GIRLS IN OUR
COMMUNITIES.
THIS HIGH PREVALENCE OF
VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS
WOMEN AND GIRLS IN CANADA IS
ENTIRELY UNACCEPTABLE.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
SHARE WITH US THE STEPS OUR
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO
COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST
INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE?

Interjection: GOOD
QUESTION.

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The Speaker says MINISTER.

MacLeod says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I THINK THE ISH... I TAKE
THE ISSUE OF SEX TRAFFICKING
VERY SERIOUSLY.
LATER TODAY I WILL BE
MEETING WITH A NUMBER OF
SURVIVORS SO WE CAN MOVE
FORWARD ON PROTECTING WOMEN
IN A MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE WAY
ACROSS THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO, INCLUDING OUR
INDIGENOUS SISTERS.
THE MINISTRY WILL CONTINUE
WORKING WITH FIRST NATIONS,
INWITT, MÉTIS PARTNERS TO
SUPPORT THE DELIVERY OF
CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE CHILD
WELFARE SERVICES AS WELL.
THAT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
TO US.
ONTARIO HAS SIGNED
RELATIONSHIP AGREEMENTS WITH
THREE FIRST NATION POLITICAL
ORGANIZATIONS IN RELATION TO
CHILD AND YOUTH WELL-BEING.
WE HAVE 12 INDIGENOUS
CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETIES
RIGHT NOW WHO DELIVER
CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE CARE
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
AND THESE AGREEMENTS AND
OTHERS IN DEVELOPMENT
DEMONSTRATE OUR SHARED
COMMITMENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says AS A PROVINCE TO WORKING
TOGETHER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES
AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FIRST
NATIONS WOMEN AND GIRLS AND,
SPEAKER, I BELIEVE EVERY
SINGLE MEMBER OF THIS
ASSEMBLY STANDS COMMITTED IN
ENSURING THAT WE PROTECT
INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS
IN THE PROVINCE.

[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 black suit, purple shirt, and checkered purple tie.

He says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND
LONG-TERM CARE.
LONDON'S FACING ONE OF THE
MOST SEVERE OPIOID OVERDOSE
CRISIS IN THE COUNTRY.
FIVE LONDONERS DIE UNDER A
SINGLE WEEK.
HEARTBREAKING NEWS WE
RECEIVED YESTERDAY THAT THE
GOVERNMENT ABRUPTLY PULLED
MIDDLE SEX LONDON'S FUNDING
FOR A SUPERVISED CONSUMPTION
SITE ON YORK STREET AND DID
NOT EVEN PROVIDE A REASON
WHY.
LONDON CITY COUNCIL DECIDES
THE LOCATION, NOT THE
PREMIER.
THIS GOVERNMENT ONCE AGAIN
TAKES ITS CUES FROM WEALTHY
INSIDER FRIENDS AND
LOBBYISTS INCLUDING AMIR FRA
HI AND BLACK RIDGE STRATEGY.
THERE ARE DEEP CONNECTIONS
BETWEEN BLACK RIDGE STRATEGY
AND THE PREMIER'S OWN OFFICE
STAFF.
LOBBYISTS PUSHED OUT YORK
STREET SITE CANCELLED AND
SURE ENOUGH THAT'S WHAT
HAPPENED.
THIS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE
PREMIER CUTTING DEALS IN
BACK ROOMS AND MEDDLING IN
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS WHILE
VULNERABLE PEOPLE PAY THE
PRICE.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Kernaghan says WILL THE MINISTER PUT THE
NEEDS OF LONDONERS AHEAD OF
THE PREMIER'S FRIENDS...
FRIENDS AND IMMEDIATELY FUND
THE YORK STREET SUPERVISED
CONSUMPTION SITE?

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH
AND LONG-TERM CARE.

Elliott says WELL, I THANK YOU FOR THE
QUESTION BUT THE PREMISE IS
ENTIRELY INCORRECT.
WHAT I WILL TELL YOU IS THAT
A SELECTION SITE HAS BEEN
MADE FOR KING STREET THAT
WAS MADE ON THE SAME
CRITERIA THAT ALL APPLICANTS
ARE TREATED TO.
THE... ALL APPLICATIONS ARE
EVALUATED AGAINST THE EXACT
SAME CRITERIA.
PROXIMITY TO OTHER SITES,
SERVICES AND COMMUNITY
SUPPORT, ONGOING COMMUNITY
CONSULTATION, INTEGRATION
WITH PRIMARY CARE TREATMENT
AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH
SERVICES, DEFINE PATHWAYS TO
ADDICTIONS TREATMENT AND
REHABILITATION, PRIMARY CARE,
MENTAL HEALTH HOUSING
EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER HEALTH
AND SOCIAL SERVICES.
THAT IS A CRITERIA THAT HAS
BEEN APPLIED TO ALL OF THE
OTHER APPLICANTS THAT HAVE
BEEN APPROVED.
THE OTHER 15 SITES ACROSS
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
LONDON IS NO DIFFERENT.
THE KING STREET SITE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS THE
APPLICANT AS THE SITE THAT'S
GOING TO BE PROVIDING THOSE
TREATMENT AND SERVICES.
THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE
LONDON NEEDS THOSE SERVICES
AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE
PROVIDED AT THE KING STREET SITE.

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Watch: Question Period: Tuesday, June 4, 2019