Transcript: Question Period: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | Jun 06, 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 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 light gray blazer over a printed yellow blouse, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says SPEAKER,
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.
THIS MORNING THE PREMIER
RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
URGING THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO
PROCEED WITH THEIR SCHEME TO
RIP UP THE CONTRACT WITH THE
BEER STORE.
THEY'RE JOINING THE ONTARIO
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND
THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
ONTARIANS WHO ARE RAISING
SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THIS
RECKLESS SCHEME.
DOES THE MINISTER STILL
BELIEVE IT'S A GOOD IDEA?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION 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.

He says WELL, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING
TO NOTE THAT MOST PEOPLE IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO...
THE SAME AS I WAS WHEN I
FIRST GOT ELECTED.
THEY DON'T KNOW, WE DON'T
REALIZE THE BEER STORE IS
NOT OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT
OF ONTARIO.
YES, WE OWN THE LCBO, BUT
THE BEER STORE IS OWNED BY
THREE GLOBAL BEER GIANTS.
THEY WERE GIVEN A SWEETHEART
DEAL BY THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT, WHO PUT PEOPLE
AHEAD OF PROFITS.
THE DEAL IS TERRIBLE FOR THE
CONSUMERS.
IT IS KILLING COMPETITION.
IT IS KEEPING PRICES HIGH
AND IT IS STIFLING OUR CRAFT
BREWERS.
THERE'S NO DEAL LIKE THIS
ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.
IT IS A SWEETHEART DEAL THAT
REWARDS ONLY THE BEER STORE
AND THEIR NEAR MONOPOLY.
WE WOULD HAVE TO OPEN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says 11,500 NEW OUTLETS,
SPEAKER, JUST TO BE AT THE
SAME LEVEL PER CAPITA AS THE
PROVINCE OF QUEBEC.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE U.S. CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE CERTAINLY KNOWS WHO
OWNS THE BEER STORE.
YOU KNOW, THE MINISTER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says AND THE PREMIER SPENT A
LOT OF PUBLIC MONEY JETING
TO NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON.
EVIDENTLY THEY NEVER CHECKED
IN WITH THE U.S. CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE.
LIKE THE ONTARIO CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE, THEY ARE RAISING
SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT A
GOVERNMENT THAT RIPS UP
CONTRACTS ON A WHIM.
NOW WE KNOW THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT DID THAT, AND NOW
WE HAVE... THE GOVERNMENT IN
PLACE IS DOING THE EXACT
SAME THING.
AND ONTARIO FAMILIES ARE
WONDERING WHY THE GOVERNMENT
IS READY TO BLOW HUNDREDS OF
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THIS
BEER STORE SCHEME.
IN FACT THIS BEER STORE
BATTLE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says WHEN THAT
MONEY COULD SO MUCH BETTER
BE INVESTED IN THINGS LIKE
EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE.
WHY IS THE FINANCE MINISTER
SO EXITED TO THIS RECKLESS
AND SENSELESS SCHEME?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

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

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says OUR GOVERNMENT'S OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS
AND THAT APPROACH IS
WORKING.
SINCE COMING TO OFFICE,
170,000 NET NEW JOBS HAVE
BEEN CREATED ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
JUST LAST WEEK WE HEARD FROM
FITCH BOND RATING AGENCY WHO
GAVE US AN UPGRADE, THE
FIRST UPGRADE IN EIGHT
YEARS.
EIGHT YEARS, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says AND THEY DID THIS AFTER WE
BROUGHT OUR LEGISLATION WITH
THE BEER STORE.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS
IT'S A BAD DEAL FOR
CONSUMERS AND A BAD DEAL FOR
BUSINESSES.
SPECIAL ADVISOR KEN HUGHES
SAYS THE AGREEMENT WITH THE
BEER STORE, AND I QUOTE,
STIFLES COMPETITION, KEEPS
PRICES ARTIFICIALLY HIGH AND
PREVENTS NEW CRAFT BEER
ENTREPRENEURS FROM GETTING A
STRONG FOOT HOLD IN THE
MARKET.
QUOTE.
SPEAKER, WE WILL ALWAYS GET
THE DEAL POSSIBLE FOR
ONTARIO CONSUMERS AND
ONTARIO BUSINESSES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO HAVE BEEN PRETTY
CLEAR.
THEY WANT A GOVERNMENT
THAT'S FOCUSED ON PRIORITIES
LIKE SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS.
INSTEAD THEY HAVE A
GOVERNMENT THAT'S READY TO
BLOW MILLIONS OF DOLLARS POTENTIALLY ON A BEER STORE
BATTLE, A SCHEME SO RECKLESS
IT'S BECOMING AN
INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT NOW.
WILL THIS MINISTER BACK AWAY
FROM THIS RECKLESS PLAN
TODAY?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Fedeli says SPEAKER, REPEATING BEER
STORE INSIDER MADE-UP
NUMBERS IS NOT GOING TO
ADVANCE THIS CAUSE.
NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD
DOES THE GOVERNMENT GIVE THE
BIGGEST BEER STORE COMPANIES
SPECIAL PRIVILEGES AT THE
EXPENSE OF CONSUMERS AND THE
REST OF THE INDUSTRY.
THE THREE GLOBAL BEER GIANTS
ARE FOR PROFITS, NOT FOR THE
PEOPLE.
YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF,
SPEAKER, WHY ARE THESE
MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES
FIGHTING THE PROVINCE SO
HARD WHEN ALL WE WANT TO DO
IS PUT MORE OF THEIR
PRODUCTS IN MORE STORES?
THE REASON, SPEAKER, IS
BECAUSE THEIR DEAL WAS SO
LUCRATIVE, THE SWEETHEART
DEAL THEY MADE WITH THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
IS SO LUCRATIVE, THEY WILL
DO ANYTHING, SAY ANYTHING TO
MAKE SURE THEY KEEP THEIR
TURF.
THEY'RE IGNORING THE
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THAT WE
KNOW.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says EXPANDING BEER AND WINE
INTO GROCERY STORES WILL ADD
100,000 JOBS TO THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO AND 3.5 BILLION DOLLARS IN OUR ECONOMY...

[VOICE FADES]

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.
YESTERDAY LONDON HEALTH
SCIENCES ANNOUNCED THAT THEY
WOULD BE CUTTING AN
EQUIVALENT OF 165 FULL-TIME
POSITIONS DUE TO BUDGET
CHALLENGES.
CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN HOW
ELIMINATING 165 FRONT-LINE
HEALTH CARE WORKERS IS GOING
TO ELIMINATE HALLWAY
MEDICINE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS 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 dark blue dress and a colourful scarf.

She says LONDON HEALTH SCIENCES
HAS EXPERIENCED SOME
DIFFICULTIES IN THE PAST.
BUT CERTAINLY OUR GOVERNMENT
IS HELPING ALL HOSPITALS
ACROSS ONTARIO WITH AN
ADDITIONAL 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS INTO
OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WITH
THIS YEAR'S BUDGET 384
MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW MONEY FOR
OPERATIONAL EXPENSES AND
1.2 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT FOR
LONDON HEALTH SCIENCES
CENTRE IN LAST FALL TO HELP
THEM GET PREPARED FOR THE
FLU SEASON.
HOWEVER THEY MAKE THEIR OWN
DECISIONS.
THEY HAVE THEIR OWN
INDEPENDENT BOARD OF
DIRECTORS BUT AS PART OF
THIS EXERCISE LONDON HEALTH
SCIENCES CENTRE IS EXPLORING
OPPORTUNITIES TO NOT FILL
VACANT NON-PATIENT FACING
ROLES AND IS ALSO REVIEWING
PARAMETERS TO MITIGATE
OVERTIME HOURS.
THERE ARE NO JOB CUTS OR
REDUCTIONS BEING
CONTEMPLATED AT THIS TIME.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE HOSPITAL C.E.O.
IN LONDON WAS PRETTY CLEAR
YESTERDAY AND I QUOTE...
IT'S BEEN VERY TOUGH TO
OPERATE IN THIS ENVIRONMENT,
TO OPERATE WHERE EXPENSES
ARE INFLATIONARY AND REVENUE
IS FLAT.
AND THE FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE OF
COURSE WAS CLEAR THAT WE'RE
GOING TO SEE MORE AND MORE
CUTS AS HOSPITAL FUNDING
FALLS BEHIND INFLATION.
IT WAS A RECIPE FOR HALLWAY
MEDICINE UNDER THE LIBERALS
AS THEY PLAYED THE GAME THE
SAME WAY, AND IT'S A RECIPE
FOR HALLWAY MEDICINE NOW, AS
THIS GOVERNMENT HASN'T
LEARNED FROM THE MISTAKES OF
THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
165 HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE
LOSING JOBS IN LONDON.
IS THE GOVERNMENT PREPARED
TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEIR
SCHEME TO END HALLWAY
MEDICINE IS SIMPLY NOT
WORKING BECAUSE IT'S
FUNDAMENTALLY THE SAME
SCHEME THAT THE LIBERALS HAD
IN PLACE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR DON VALLEY EAST WILL
COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER OF FINANCE WILL
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER-CONESTOGA WILL
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA-STREETSVILLE
WILL COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

Elliott says WELL, IN FACT,
MR. SPEAKER, I WILL SAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says TO THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION THROUGH YOU, WE
ARE INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF
MONEY WE ARE PUTING INTO
HEALTH CARE 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR.
WE PROMISED THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO DURING LAST YEAR'S
ELECTION CAMPAIGN THAT WE
WOULD PROTECT WHAT MATTERS
MOST AND THAT'S HEALTH CARE
AND EDUCATION.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says INCREASING OUR EDUCATION
BUDGET AS WELL, AS WELL AS
HEALTH CARE.
1.3 BILLION DOLLARS IS A LOT OF
MONEY.
384 MILLION DOLLARS TO INCREASE THE
OPERATIONAL COSTS IN
HOSPITALS IS A LOT OF MONEY.
WE ARE WORKING WITH LONDON
HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE.
THERE HAS BEEN AN UPDATE
FROM YESTERDAY I'M HAPPY TO
SAY.
AND WE KNOW THAT LONDON
HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE IS
TAKING STEPS TO MITIGATE
THEIR BUDGETARY CHALLENGES
AND IS UNDERTAKING A REVIEW
TO GENERATE COST SAVINGS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says AND AS I INDICATED IN THE
PREVIOUS RESPONSE THEY ARE
ALSO EXPLORING ACTIVE
OPPORTUNITIES TO NOT FILL
VACANT NONPATIENT FACING
ROLES AND ARE NOT
CONTEMPLATING ANY JOB CUTS.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, FOR FAMILIES THAT
ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE STATE
OF ONTARIO'S HEALTH CARE AND
THE IN CONNECTION TRIP TO
THE EMERGENCY ROOM... THE
NEXT TRIP TO THE EMERGENCY
ROOM, THE FORD CUTS ARE
DEEPLY, DEEPLY CONCERNING.
CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, CUTS
TO AMBULANCE SERVICES, CUTS
TO CANCER SCREENING AND NOW
ELIMINATING FRONT-LINE
HEALTH STAFF AT HOSPITALS.
SPEAKER, THESE ARE THE
THINGS THAT MATTER MOST TO
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
IS THIS WHAT THE FORD
GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING ON
DOING FOR THE NEXT THREE
YEARS TO OUR HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM?
WE DON'T WANT TO SEE WHAT
THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE,
SPEAKER.
IS THE MINISTER READY TO
ADMIT THAT HER BUDGET CUTS
ARE CAUSING FRONT-LINE STAFF
TO BE LAID OFF, IMPACTING
CARE FOR THE PATIENTS OF OUR
PROVINCE AS A RESULT, AND
WILL SHE LEAVE MORE PATIENTS
WAITING FOR CARE IN HOSPITAL
HALLWAYS BY CONTINUING WITH
THIS WRONG-HEADED MOVE?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I GUESS I NEED TO SAY IT
AGAIN.
WE ARE INCREASING OUR
INVESTMENT INTO OUR HEALTH
CARE.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says BUDGET BY 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS THIS
YEAR.
AND AS... IN ADDITION TO
THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING IS
MODERNIZING OUR SYSTEM MUCH
IT'S NOT RESPONDING TO THE
NEEDS OF ONTARIANS.
IT'S NOT FULFILLING THEIR
REQUIREMENTS.
IT'S NOT GOING TO BE
SUSTAINABLE FOR THE FUTURE
AND THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
KNOW THAT IF WE WANT TO HAVE
A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, IF WE
WANT TO HAVE AN EDUCATION
SYSTEM IN THE FUTURE, WE
NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES
AND WE NEED TO MAKE THOSE
CHANGES RIGHT NOW.
WHAT WE ARE DOING IS MAKING
SURE THAT WE WILL BE
RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF
ONTARIANS NOW AND INTO THE
FUTURE.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
THEY RECEIVE THE CONNECTED
CARE THAT THEY DESERVE WHICH
THEY'RE NOT RECEIVING RIGHT
NOW.
RIGHT NOW ONCE PEOPLE LEAVE
HOSPITAL AND THEY NEED HOME
CARE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S
GOING TO HAPPEN.
THEY DON'T KNOW WHO'S GOING
TO BE COMING, WHEN THEY'RE
COMING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says THAT IS NOT EXCELLENT
QUALITY HEALTH CARE.
THAT'S WHAT WE ARE CHANGING.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON
IN HOSPITALS AND HEALTH
FACILITIES ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE SO IT WILL BE
SUSTAINABLE FOR THE FUTURE
AND IT WILL PROVIDE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

[INTERJECTION]

The Speaker says I DIDN'T
HEAR WHAT WAS SAID BUT I'M
GOING TO ASK THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH TO STAND UP AND
WITHDRAW.

The member rises and says WITHDRAW.

The Speaker says RECOGNIZE
AGAIN THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THAT.
AS I SAID MY QUESTION IS TO
THE MINISTER OF THE
ENVIRONMENT.
WHILE THE FORD GOVERNMENT
SPENDS MILLIONS OF PUBLIC
DOLLARS FEAR MONGERING ABOUT
THE DANGERS OF FIGHTING THE
CLIMATE CRISIS, A NEW STUDY
BY CANADIANS FOR CLEAN
PROSPERITY, A BUSINESS
ORIENTED ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP,
SHOWS THAT THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S INADEQUATE
CARBON REDUCTION SCHEMES
WILL ACTUALLY COST ONTARIO
BUSINESSES FAR MORE THAN AN
EFFECTIVE ONE WOULD AND ADD
AS MUCH AS 154 A YEAR TO
HOUSEHOLD BUDGETS.
WILL THE MINISTER BE
REVISING HIS STICKER
CAMPAIGN TO WARN HOUSEHOLDS
OF THE INEFFECTIVENESS OF
AND THE EXPENSE ASSOCIATED
WITH THE FORD GOVERNMENT'S
CARBON SCHEME?

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU
TO THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.
MR. SPEAKER, THE FACT THAT
THE CARBON TAX LOBBY GROUP
IS SAYING THAT A CARBON TAX
IS A GOOD THING SHOULDN'T BE
A SURPRISE EVEN TO THE
N.D.P., MR. SPEAKER, THE F.A.O.
CONFIRMED THAT 648 IS THE
AMOUNT THAT IT WILL COST
ONTARIO FAMILIES IN 2022.
IN FACT THE REPORT SHE'S
REFERENCING ACTUALLY AGREES
WITH THOSE NUMBERS.
IT SUGGESTS THAT THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR PLAN
AND THE LIBERAL PLAN IS
550.
PRETTY CLOSE TO THAT 648,
WOULDN'T YOU SAY,
MR. SPEAKER?, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
WOULD BE MORE CONCERNED
ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF CARBON
TAX FOR EXAMPLE IN HAMILTON.
SO WHEN I SEE THAT HAMILTON
HEALTH SCIENCE CENTRE AND
THE ST. JOSEPH'S HEALTH CARE
CENTRE ARE GOING TO TOGETHER
BE PAYING CLOSE TO 3
MILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL TAX TO
JUSTIN TRUDEAU I WOULD THINK
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
WOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT
WHAT'S HAPPENING...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL KEEP
TALKING ABOUT OUR PLAN TO
REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[VOICE TRAILS]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, THE SIMPLE FACT IS
WHEN IT COMES TO THE CLIMATE
EMERGENCY THAT WE ARE ALL
FACING, THE COST OF ACTION
IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE
COST OF INACTION.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says AND HAMILTONIANS KNOW THAT
VERY, VERY WELL.
IN FACT THE CITY OF HAMILTON
HAS DECLARED A CLIMATE
CRISIS, SPEAKER.
PERHAPS THIS GOVERNMENT
SHOULD DO THE SAME.
THIS SPRING IT'S BEEN MORE
CLEAR THAN EVER THAT ONTARIO
NEEDS TO ACT.
YET THE FORD GOVERNMENT IS
MOVING ABSOLUTELY IN THE
WRONG DIRECTION, CUTTING
FUNDING TO TREE PLANTING AND
CONSERVATION EFFORTS EVEN
WHILE THEY SPEND MILLIONS
FORCING EVERY ONTARIO GAS
STATION TO POST PARTISAN
ADVERTISING.
IS THE FORD GOVERNMENT READY,
SPEAKER, TO CONCEDE THAT
THEIR SCHEME WILL NOT ONLY
COST FAMILIES MORE BUT
UTTERLY FAIL TO ADDRESS THE
GROWING DANGER OF THE
CLIMATE EMERGENCY THAT ALL
OF US ARE FACING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT,
CONSERVATION AND PARKS TO
RESPOND.

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU
TO THE MEMBER.
AGAIN, WHEN WE GOT RID OF
KATHLEEN WYNNE'S
CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM, A
PROGRAM THAT I KNOW THIS
OPPOSITION PARTY SUPPORTED,
IT WAS 264 IN THE POCKETS
OF ONTARIANS.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU'S PROGRAM IS
GOING TO TAKE 648 OUT OF
THE POCKETS AND THAT DOESN'T
EVEN INCLUDE, MR. SPEAKER,
THE IMPACTS ON MCMASTER
UNIVERSITY.
MR. SPEAKER, A VERY
IMPORTANT INSTITUTION AGAIN
IN THE GREAT, GREAT CITY OF
HAMILTON.
1.3 MILLION DOLLARS, MR. SPEAKER.

[INTERJECTIONS]

Phillips says 1.3 MILLION DOLLARS OF IMPACT IN
HAMILTON.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Phillips says WHERE THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION IS FROM.
WE WILL KEEP TELLING
ONTARIANS ABOUT THESE
PROGRAMS.
WE WILL KEEP TELLING
ONTARIANS ABOUT THE IMPACTS
ON FAMILIES.
NO WE'RE NOT GOING TO STEP
AWAY FROM FIGHTING CARBON
TAX OR CLIMATE CHANGE.
YOU CAN FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
WITHOUT A CARBON TAX,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for CARLETON.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION
AND TRADE.
LAST WEEK THE MINISTER
TRAVELLED TO HALIFAX TO
PROMOTE OUR OPEN FOR
BUSINESS OPEN FOR JOBS MANDATE
AT THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNAL
TRADE.
AS A FORMER INTERNATIONAL
TRADE LAWYER I UNDERSTAND
THE IMPORTANCE OF
INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE AS A
KEY ECONOMIC DRIVER IN
ONTARIO.
INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE
SUPPORTS AGRICULTURE,
FARMERS, SMALL BUSINESSES
AND GOOD JOBS IN MY RIDING
OF CARLETON AND ACROSS
ONTARIO AND IN 2017 ALONE,
ONTARIO HAS SPORTED...
SUPPORTED APPROXIMATELY 145
BILLION DOLLARS IN GOODS AND
SERVICES TO OTHER CANADIAN
JURISDICTIONS.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
OUTLINE HOW HE HAS BEEN
WORKING HARD TO REDUCE
INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE
BARRIERS AND PROMOTE THE
IMPORTANCE OF FREE TRADE
BETWEEN PROVINCES AND
TERRITORIES?

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANKS TO THE MEMBER FOR CARLETON FOR THE GREAT
QUESTION AND THE GREAT WORK
THAT SHE'S DOING IN HER
RIDING AND HERE AT THE
LEGISLATURE.
I HAD A PRODUCTIVE TRIP TO
HALIFAX LAST WEEK,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S ALWAYS GREAT TO GET
BACK TO THE MARITIMES.
THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNAL
TRADE WAS MEETING THERE.
THAT'S THE BODY THAT GOVERNS
THE CFTA, THE CANADA FREE
TRADE AGREEMENT, SPEAKER,
WHICH WAS MEANT TO GET RID
OF INTERNAL TRADE BARRIERS
AND SOMETHING THAT ONTARIO
IS A LEADER ON, MR. SPEAKER.
AND DESPITE THE AGREEMENT
BEING IN FORCE SINCE 2017,
PROGRESS IS JUST TOO SLOW,
SPEAKER.
TRADE BARRIERS BETWEEN
PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES
ARE HOLDING BACK JOB
CREATORS IN ONTARIO AND
THEY'RE HOLDING BACK JOB
CREATE TORS IN CANADA QUITE
HONESTLY.
THE BANK OF MONTREAL
ESTIMATES ELIMINATING THESE
BARRIERS WOULD ADD 15 TO 20
BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO ONTARIO
G.D.P. AND THAT'S WHY THIS
IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT
PRIORITY FOR PREMIER FORD
AND OUR GOVERNMENT, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says WE CAN CREATE THOUSANDS
OF JOBS BY TEARING DOWN
THESE BARRIERS AND THAT'S
WHY ONTARIO IS GOING TO
CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR FREER
TRADE WITH CANADA'S
PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Ghamari says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU, THANK YOU TO
THE MINISTER FOR HIS
EXCELLENT RESPONSE.
INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE IS AN
IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR THE
HARD-WORKING PEOPLE OF
CARLETON AND ACROSS ONTARIO.
AND I KNOW THAT I SPEAK ON
BEHALF OF OUR SIDE OF THE
HOUSE WHEN I SAY THAT I AM
RELIEVED THAT REDUCING
INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE
BARRIERS IS ONE OF THE
MINISTER'S KEY PRIORITIES IN
HIS PORTFOLIO.
MR. SPEAKER, WE CAME INTO
OFFICE ON A COMMITMENT TO
PROTECT WHAT MATTERS MOST
AND THAT INCLUDES CREATING
AND PROTECTING GOOD JOBS.
THAT MEANS WE NEED TO PUSH
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS AND
OTHER PROVINCES ON THIS
ISSUE.
THE AGREEMENT ONTARIO SIGNED
WITH SASKATCHEWAN IN THE
FALL IS ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW
WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN STEPS TO
REDUCE TRADE BARRIERS RIGHT
HERE IN ONTARIO.
AND THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE EXPAND ON
WHAT OTHER STEPS ONTARIO IS
TAKING TO REDUCE
INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE
BARRIERS?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Smith says THANKS.
THANKS, SPEAKER.
SINCE TAKING OFFICE IN JUNE
OF LAST YEAR, WE'VE BEEN
PROVIDING A LOT OF
LEADERSHIP ON THE
INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE FILE,
SPEAKER.
BACK IN OCTOBER AS THE MEMBER JUST MENTIONED
PREMIER FORD AND PREMIER MOE
OF SASKATCHEWAN SIGNED AN
M.O.U. TO CUT RED TAPE AND
REDUCE TRADE BARRIERS
BETWEEN THE TWO PROVINCES.
WHEN I WAS IN HALIFAX I TOLD
MY COLLEAGUES THAT WE'RE
COMMITTED TO GETTING
PIPELINES BUILT,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT WILL ADD
TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY NOT
JUST IN ONTARIO BUT TO OUR
COUNTRY.
IN APRIL I WROTE TO MY
COUNTERPARTS AND TOLD THEM
ONTARIO'S GIVING UP OUR VETO
OF PIPELINE PROJECTS UNDER
THE CANADA FREE TRADE
AGREEMENT.
A REPORT FROM THE FRASER
INSTITUTE SHOWS CANADIAN OIL
PRODUCERS LOST ALMOST 21
BILLION DOLLARS, MR. SPEAKER, LAST
YEAR BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET
THEIR OIL TO MARKET.
WE DON'T WANT TO GET IN THE
WAY OF THAT, SPEAKER, IN
ONTARIO.
WE WANT TO GET OUT OF THE
WAY SO WE CAN SEE THAT KIND
OF GROWTH IN OUR G.D.P. AND
IN OUR ECONOMY THAT
THOUSANDS OF GOOD JOBS THAT
WE'RE MISSING OUT ON,
SPEAKER, HERE IN ONTARIO AND
IN CANADA.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO
SIT IDLY BY WHILE THAT
HAPPENS.
PREMIER FORD HAS BEEN A
LEADER ON THE CANADIAN FRONT
AND WE ARE GOING TO STRIVE
FOR A CANADA FREE TRADE
AGREEMENT THAT WORKS FOR ALL
PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
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 blazer over a burgundy shirt, and a silver necklace.

She says SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.
YESTERDAY METROLINX QUIETLY
CUT FIVE G.O. BUS ROUTES
ALTOGETHER AND SIGNIFICANTLY
REDUCED SERVICE ON TWO MORE.
THESE CUTS MEAN THAT COMMUTE
NURSE OAKVILLE, MILTON,
BOLTON AND NORTH YORK WILL
HAVE TO CRAM ON OVERCROWDED
G.O. BUSES AND FACE EVEN
LONGER TRAVEL TIMES.
MR. SPEAKER, HOW CAN THE
MINISTER EXPECT ONTARIANS TO
BELIEVE HE IS COMMITTED TO
IMPROVING OUR COMMUNITIES
WHEN HE SCRAPS BUS ROUTES
AND REDUCES SERVICE WHEN NO
ONE IS LOOKING?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
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 FOR THAT
QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE AND GOOD MORNING.
YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE
CAME TO GOVERNMENT JUST
ABOUT THIS FRIDAY WILL BE A
YEAR SINCE WE WERE ELECTED
AND SWORN IN THE END OF JUNE
AND...

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says MR. SPEAKER, WE INHERITED
A 15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT,
RECORD DEBT.
WHAT WE'VE DONE OVER THE
LAST YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, IS
REVIEW LINE BY LINE THE
SPENDING WITHIN THE MINISTRY
OF TRANSPORTATION.
WHAT WE'VE DONE,
MR. SPEAKER, IS WE HAVE
FOCUSED ON EXPANDING G.O.
RAIL THROUGHOUT THIS
PROVINCE, INCREASED SERVICE
25 percent TO KITCHENER.
FIRST TIME EVER HAVE G.O.
RAIL GOING OUT TO NIAGARA
FALLS AND ST. CATHARINES,
MR. SPEAKER, THE LARGEST
EXPANSION OF SERVICE ON THE
LAKESHORE EAST AND WEST.
MR. SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY
WE'VE LOOKED AT WHAT
PROGRAMS WHAT BUSES WERE
RUNNING IN THIS SYSTEM THAT
WERE EMPTY, MR. SPEAKER...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says AND WE'VE REPOSITIONED
SOME OF THOSE BUS ROUTES TO
NEWER ROUTES THAT HAVE BEEN
BROUGHT FORWARD,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE
GROWING OUR REGIONAL
TRANSPORTATION NETWORK IN
THE GTHA.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Bell says BACK TO THE MINISTER.
ESTIMATES CAME OUT LAST
MONTH AND THEY SHOWED THAT
THE GOVERNMENT SLASHED 184
MILLION DOLLARS FROM METROLINX'S
BUDGET.
KNOWS... IT IS NOW CLEAR IT
MEANS AXING BUS SERVICE
PEOPLE RELY ON EVERY DAY.
THESE BUSES ARE NOT EMPTY.
MR. SPEAKER, WHAT ADDITIONAL
SERVICE CUTS AND FARE HIKES
DOES THE MINISTER HAVE
PLANNED FOR OUR REGION'S GO
RIDERS?

The Speaker says AGAIN
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION TO REPLY.

Yurek says I THINK THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE NEEDS TO TAKE A
LOOK AT THE SUCCESSES THAT
WE'VE HAD OVER THE LAST YEAR
ON THE G.O. TRANSIT SYSTEM.
AS I MENTIONED EARLIER,
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE
EXPANDED SERVICE TO
KITCHENER BY 25 percent.
WE'VE CREATED A NEW ROUTE TO
NIAGARA AND ST. CATHARINES
AND EXPANDED THE LAKESHORE
EAST AND WEST ROUTES.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE
POSITIONING OURSELVES TO
CONTINUE TO GROW THE G.O.
NETWORK ACROSS THE ENTIRE
GTHA.
JUST RECENTLY WE ANNOUNCED
TO KIDS UNDER 12 GET TO RIDE
G.O. TRANSIT FOR FREE.
THAT'S A PERMANENT...

[APPLAUSE]

Yurek says WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
INTEGRATE OUR FARES IN THE
SYSTEM, MR. SPEAKER.
WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR
PARTNERS AT C.N. AND C.P. TO
EXPAND RIDERSHIP.
AND JUST RECENTLY WITH THE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE
WE RELEASED THE R.F.P.
THAT'S GOING TO WORK TOWARDS
EXPANDING G.O. TRANSIT
ACROSS THE ENTIRE NETWORK.
IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, ONCE
THIS R.F.P. IS IN PLACE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says G.O. RAIL WILL BE
SELF-SUFFICIENT BY 2031.
THAT'S A RECORD WE WANT TO
HAVE FOR THIS GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Scarborough-Guildwood.

The caption changes to "Mitzie Hunter. Liberal. Scarborough-Guildwood."

Hunter is in her forties, with long wavy black hair. She wears a white blazer and a printed gray blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE DEPUTY
PREMIER.
THE PREMIER CONTINUES TO
PUSH A MANUFACTURED FISCAL
CRISIS IN THE NAME OF
FINDING EFFICIENCIES.
DOES THIS GOVERNMENT... YET
THIS GOVERNMENT SEEMS
PERFECTLY HAPPY TO SPEND

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT,
COME TO ORDER.

Hunter says TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS ON BOOZE.

[INTERJECTION]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE MINISTER FOR CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.
PLEASE COME TO ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
I APOLOGIZE TO THE MEMBER FOR SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD.

Hunter says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE PREMIER CONTINUES TO
PUSH A MANUFACTURED FISCAL
CRISIS IN THE NAME OF
FINDING EFFICIENCIES.
YET THIS GOVERNMENT SEEMS
PERFECTLY HAPPY TO SPEND 1
BILLION DOLLARS OF TAXPAYERS'
DOLLARS ON BOOZE IN DAMAGES
TO BEER STORES, WHILE AT THE
SAME TIME.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Hunter says SOCIAL SERVICES OVER THE
NEXT THREE YEARS.
THE GOVERNMENT'S PRIORITIES
ARE WRONG-HEADED FORCING
CHILDREN WITH AUTISM INTO
OVERSIZED CLASSROOMS,
SPENDING MORE TAX DOLLARS ON
INEFFECTIVE AND REGRESSIVE
CLIMATE POLICIES, AXING THE
CHILD ADVOCATE BY HIRING A
SPECIAL ADVISOR FOR ALCOHOL.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hunter says AND FIRING NONPARTISAN
EXPERT PANEL ON ENDING
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.
SPEAKER, WHEN WILL THIS
GOVERNMENT BE OPEN FOR
CHILDREN WITH AUTISM, OPEN
TO REAL CLIMATE CRISIS
SOLUTIONS AND OPEN TO THE
GENERAL WELL-BEING FOR
ONTARIANS RATHER THAN CORNER
STORE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER-CONESTOGA MUST
COME TO ORDER.
QUESTION'S TO THE DEPUTY
PREMIER.
I RECOGNIZE THE DEPUTY
PREMIER.
REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says THANKS VERY MUCH.
WHERE DO YOU START WITH ALL
OF THOSE PIECES OF WHICH,
SPEAKER, SADLY VERY LITTLE
OF THAT IS EVEN BASED ON
FACT.
WE PASSED A BUDGET, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says TITLED PROTECTING WHAT
MATTERS MOST, AND THAT IS
EXACTLY WHAT IT DOES,
SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says IT PROTECTS HEALTH CARE.
IT PROTECTS EDUCATION AND IT
PROTECTS THE SERVICES THAT
WE RELY ON EVERY DAY.
YOU HAVE TO THINK, SPEAKER,
COMING FROM THIS MEMBER,
THIS LIBERAL MEMBER WHO SAT
BOY AND WATCHED THEIR
GOVERNMENT SPEND 40 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY MORE THAN THEY TOOK
IN.
AND THAT WAS FINE THEN.
THAT WAS FINE FOR THE
LIBERALS TO DO.
40 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says MORE THAN THEY TOOK IN.
WE HAVE BEEN MAKING SMART
LONG-TERM DECISIONS.
WE'RE REINVENTING THE WAY
GOVERNMENT DELIVERS
SERVICES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says WE'RE FOCUSING RESOURCES
ON THE INDIVIDUALS AND
FAMILIES IN GREATEST NEED
AND THAT IS HOW WE'RE
RESTORING TRUST,
TRANSPARENCY AND
ACCOUNTABILITY AND BALANCING
THE BUDGET...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Hunter says SPEAKER, THE REALITY IS
THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS
SPENDING ABOUT 5 BILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT'S PREVIOUS
BUDGET.
AND SOMEHOW WE CONTINUE TO
SEE DEVASTATING CUTS FOR THE
PEOPLE, JUSTIFIED BY SHAM
CONSULTATIONS AND LITTLE TO
KNOW EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION
MAKING.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Hunter says WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
SET ON LEAVING THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO BEHIND THROUGH
COUNTLESS BROKEN PROMISES
AND SKEWED PRIORITIES?
THIS GOVERNMENT CAN'T
CONTINUE TO PULL THE WOOL
OVER ONTARIANS' EYES.
EVIDENCE IS RIGHT IN FRONT
OF US.
WE CANNOT BE FOOLED.
THE PEOPLE ARE NOT PAWNS IN
YOUR POLITICAL GAMES.
THESE ARE REAL LIVES THAT
ARE AT STAKE WITH REAL
CONSEQUENCES.
THE FAMILIES AND THE
CHILDREN WITH AUTISM HAVE
BEEN HERE DAY AFTER DAY
AFTER DAY.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hunter says LOOKING FOR ANSWERS FROM
THIS GOVERNMENT.
WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT
FINALLY PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST
JUST LIKE YOU CLAIMED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK
AGAIN.
INTERJECTIONS ARE OUT OF
ORDER.
SO IS YELLING ACROSS THE
FLOOR.
THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER-CONESTOGA MUST
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR CARLETON MUST
COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE TO REPLY.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SPEAKER, AGAIN, WHERE DO YOU
START WITH THAT?
LAST QUESTION WE'RE NOT
SPENDING ENOUGH.
THIS QUESTION, WE'RE
SPENDING TOO MUCH.
WHY DON'T WE JUST SORT OF
GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT,
SPEAKER?
LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THAT
MEMBER AND HER PARTY VOTED
AGAINST, SPEAKER.
THEY VOTED AGAINST BRINGING
26 BILLION DOLLARS OF TAX RELIEF TO
ONTARIO FAMILIES, SENIORS,
INDIVIDUALS, STUDENTS AND
BUSINESSES.
THAT'S WHAT THAT
GOVERNMENT... THAT'S WHAT
THAT OPPOSITION VOTED
AGAINST.
SPEAKER, THEY VOTED AGAINST
2 BILLION DOLLARS IN LOW-INCOME
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY TAX
CREDITS.
THEY VOTED AGAINST 2
BILLION DOLLARS IN BRINGING CHILD
CARE TO 300,000 LOW AND
MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES.
AND YES, THEY TOO VOTED
AGAINST BRINGING 90 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP 100,000 LOW-INCOME
SENIORS HAVE FREE DENTAL.
THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE VOTING.
WE CERTAINLY KNOW WHAT
THEY'RE AGAINST NOW,
SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says THEY'RE AGAINST
PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST,
SPEAKER.
WE WILL STAY HERE AND WE
WILL PROTECT WHAT MATTERS
MOST FOR THE PEOPLE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH MUST COME TO ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Markham-Stouffville.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.
MR. SPEAKER, FOR 15 VERY
LONG YEARS, THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOWED
THE SKILLED TRADES TO BECOME
COMPLEX, CONVOLUTED.
IN FACT THEIR SYSTEM KEPT
PEOPLE OUT OF THE SKILLS
TRADES.
NOW WE KNOW BY 2021 SOME ONE
IN FIVE JOBS WILL BE IN THE
SKILLED TRADES.
NOW THESE ARE VERY GOOD
JOBS.
THESE ARE IMPORTANT JOBS
HELPING BUILD A BIGGER
BETTER STRONGER PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER.
AND I KNOW IN MY RIDING,
TRADESPEOPLE ARE VERY
EXCITED BY THE OPPORTUNITIES
THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS
PUTTING FORWARD.
I KNOW LAST WEEK THE
MINISTER MADE AN
ANNOUNCEMENT ON THIS.
I WONDER IF SHE MIGHT HELP
THE HOUSE BETTER UNDERSTAND
THE CHANGES THAT SHE'S
BROUGHT FORWARD AND THE
ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT SHE MEAD
LAST WEEK.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says BEFORE I
RECOGNIZE THE MINISTER TO
RESPOND, MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
EAST-STONEY CREEK HAS TO
COME TO ORDER.
THE MINISTER OF TRAINING,
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Honourable Merrilee Fullerton. PC. Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities."

Fullerton is in her forties, with long wavy blond hair and bangs. She wears a blue blazer over a black shirt, and a pearl necklace.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR HIS QUESTION AND HIS
GREAT WORK ON BEHALF OF THE
PEOPLE OF... I WAS GOING TO
SAY PERTH-WELLINGTON BUT
MARKHAM STOUFFVILLE.
SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO
THANK THE PREMIER AS WELL AS
THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH AND THE M.P.P. FROM
DURHAM FOR JOINING ME LAST
FRIDAY AT THE DARLINGTON
ENERGY COMPLEX.

[APPLAUSE]

Fullerton says TO ANNOUNCE OUR PLAN TO
MODERNIZE THE SKILLED TRADES
IN ONTARIO.
THROUGH BUDGET 2019, WE
PASSED THE MODERNIZING THE
SKILLED TRADES AND
APPRENTICESHIP ACT WHICH
WILL REDUCE RED TAPE FOR
EMPLOYERS AND APPRENTICES,
STREAMLINE SERVICE DELIVERY
AND HELP PROMOTE THE VIBRANT
AND TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES
IN THE SKILLED TRADES IN
ONTARIO.
OUR PLAN INCLUDES THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF A PORTABLE
SKILLS MODEL WHICH WILL
ALLOW TRAINING AND
CERTIFICATION WITHIN AND
BETWEEN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fullerton says THE TRADES.
THIS NEW FLEXIBLE FRAMEWORK
WILL ALLOW OUR WORK FORCE TO
RESPOND TO THE DEMANDS OF
THE CHANGING JOB MARKET,
ENSURING THAT ONTARIO IS
OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN
FOR JOBS.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON EAST-STONEY
CREEK HAS TO COME TO ORDER.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Calandra says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
HOW DISAPPOINTING IT IS TO
SEE THE N.D.P., YET AGAIN,
VOTING AGAINST AND WORKING
AGAINST OUR TRADESPEOPLE
WHETHER IT'S CRAFT BREWERS,
WHETHER IT'S SMALL BUSINESS
PEOPLE AND NOW THE
TRADESPEOPLE.
THE N.D.P. WILL ALWAYS VOTE
AGAINST THOSE PEOPLE WHO
WANT TO WORK HARD, MAKE A
DIFFERENCE FOR THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO AND HELP BUILD A
BIGGER BETTER STRONGER
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
IT IS CLEAR THEY'RE UPSET
THAT OUR CHANGES ARE SEEING
MORE PEOPLE COME INTO THE
TRADES.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Calandra says THEY SHOULD BE HAPPY
ABOUT THAT.
WE KNOW WHAT 15 YEARS OF
LIBERAL GOVERNMENTS CREATED.
THEY CREATED A SYSTEM WHERE
PEOPLE COULDN'T GET IN.
WHEN I MEET WITH THE
TRADESPEOPLE THEY SAID IT'S
PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
INCREASING HOUSE PRICES
BECAUSE THERE WEREN'T ENOUGH
TRADESPEOPLE TO DOT JOBS,
MR. SPEAKER.
SO I WONDER IF THE MINISTER,
DESPITE THE OPPOSITION THAT
WE'RE GETTING FROM THE
N.D.P. WHO DON'T SEEM TO
CARE ABOUT HARD-WORKING
PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCE OF
ORDER.

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Calandra says IF THE MINISTER COULD
PROVIDE US MORE INFORMATION
ON WHY THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS
SO GOOD FOR THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERS]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRAINING, COLLEAGUES...

Fullerton says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE MEMBER IS ABSOLUTELY
RIGHT THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
TAKING DECISIVE ACTION TO
REDUCE THE BURDEN ON
ONTARIO'S SKILLED
TRADESPEOPLE AND DEVELOP A
MODERN, SKILLED TRADE
WORKFORCE.
SPEAKER, AS PART OF OUR PLAN
TO PUT OUR SKILLED
TRADESPEOPLE FIRST, OUR
GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING
18.1 MILLION DOLLARS IN
PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
TO HELP PREPARE HARD WORKING
ONTARIANS FOR CAREERS IN THE
SKILLED TRADES.
WE ARE ALSO INVESTING 12.2
MILLION DOLLARS TO SUPPORT THE
ONTARIO YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP
PROGRAM.

[APPLAUSE]

Fullerton says TO HELP STUDENTS IN GRADE 11
AND 12 GAIN THE EXPERIENCE
THEY NEED IN THE SKILLED
TRADES WHILE GETTING CREDITS
FOR SCHOOL.
SPEAKER, BY INVESTING IN THE
JOBS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW,
OUR GOVERNMENT IS
DELIVERING.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fullerton says ON OUR PROMISE TO GET
ONTARIANS WORKING AND MAKE
ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS
AND OPEN FOR JOBS.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

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

[INTERJECTION]

The Speaker says HAS TO COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON
EAST-STONEY CREEK IS WARNED.
THE MEMBER FOR MARKHAM
STOUFFVILLE WILL COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR MARKHAM
STOUFFVILLE IS WARNED.
THE MEMBER FOR SUDBURY CAN
NOW ASK THE QUESTION.

The caption changes to "Jamie West. NDP. Sudbury."

West is in his forties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a black suit, white shirt, and blue plaid tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
THE MEMBER FOR STOUFFVILLE
ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT NEW
DEMOCRATS NOT CARING ABOUT
WORKERS.
A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THE
GOVERNMENT TO DEMONSTRATE...

The Speaker says OK.
STOP THE CLOCK.
HE'S GOING TO ASK HIS
QUESTION TO THE GOVERNMENT.
HE'S GOING TO SAY WHO IT IS.
DON'T START YELLING AT HIM.
JUST AS HE'S GOT THE FLOOR.
ORDER!
START THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR SUDBURY.

West says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I APOLOGIZE FOR THE
BEHAVIOUR.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF LABOUR.
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE SAID THE
NEW DEMOCRATS DON'T CARE
ABOUT WORKERS.
THIS QUESTION IS AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MINISTER
TO DEMONSTRATE HER CARE AS
WELL.
SPEAKER, AS REPORTED BY THE
"TORONTO STAR" THREE
TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS
DIED WORKING FOR FIERA FOODS
OR AFFILIATED PLANTS OVER A
17-YEAR SPAN.
AND ONLY AFTER PRESSURE AND
DAMNING MEDIA REPORTS DID
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT LAUNCH AN
INSPECTION OF THE INDUSTRIAL
BAKERY.
AND FOLLOWING THOSE
INSPECTIONS, ANOTHER WORKER,
A 52-YEAR-OLD TEMP WORKER,
DIED IN A RELATED FIERA
BUSINESS THAT WAS NOT PART
OF THE PREVIOUS INSPECTIONS.
THERE... IT'S CLEAR THERE'S
A PATTERN OF INCIDENTS AT
SIERRA FOODS AND AFFILIATES
BUT THE MINISTER HAS FAILED
TO INVESTIGATE PROPERLY.
WILL THE MINISTER OF
LABOURED INSPECTIONS OF ALL
SIERRA FOOD?

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
TO THE MINISTER OF LABOUR.

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

Scott is in her mid-fifties, with blond hair in a bob. She wears a blue suit and a white blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
FOR THE QUESTION.
WORKPLACE DEATHS ARE A
TRAGEDY.
WE ON THIS SIDE OF MINISTRY
OF LABOUR NOT WILLING TO
COMPROMISE ON PROTECTING
WORKERS THROUGH HEALTH AND
SAFETY ENFORCEMENT.
WE'RE INCREASING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Scott says ACTUALLY ENFORCEMENT
BUDGETS BY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Scott says WE ARE HELPING MORE WORKERS
BECOME SAFER BY MAKING
HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING
MORE ACCESSIBLE, MORE
CONVENIENT AND LESS
EXPENSIVE.
WE'VE MADE HEALTH AND SAFETY
TRAINING COURSES AVAILABLE
ONLINE AS A WAY TO
SUPPLEMENT IN TRAINING.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE
MODERNIZING GOVERNMENT
SERVICES ACROSS THE BOARD BY
MAKING MORE INFORMATION AND
SERVICES AVAILABLE ONLINE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Scott says WE, MR. SPEAKER, IN
RESPECT ARE ACTUALLY
INCREASING THE NUMBER OF
HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTORS
THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE SO
THAT WE CAN WATCH WHERE
WORKPLACE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

West says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WOULD ARGUE PERHAPS THAT
REDUCING THE NUMBER OF HOURS
OF WORKPLACE TRAINING FROM
THREE FULL DAYS IN PERSON
CLASS TO SIX AND A HALF
HOURS ONLINE IS NOT
IMPROVING SAFETY.

[APPLAUSE]

West says I ASKED THE MINISTER THE
QUESTION BECAUSE SINCE THE
FOURTH DEATH OF A TEMPORARY
WORK AT FIERA BUSINESSES,
THE GOVERNMENT SIGNALLED TO
LARGE EMPLOYERS SUCH AS
FIERA THAT HEALTH AND SAFETY
CONDITIONS WOULD LARGELY BE
SELF REPORTED.
IT ALSO SIGNALS TO TEMP
WORKERS THAT THEY HAVE IT
TOO GOOD AND THEY DON'T NEED
SPECIFIC PROTECTIONS.
IN FACT SINCE THE DEATH OF
THE FOURTH TEMPORARY WORK AT
FIERA BUSINESSES, SPEAKER,
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS CUT AT
LEAST 16 MILLION DOLLARS FROM
PROGRAMS MEANT TO PREVENT
WORKPLACE INJURIES AND
DEATHS.
I ASK AGAIN WILL THE
MINISTER OF LABOUR COMMIT
TODAY TO STANDING UP FOR
WORKERS, ORDERING PROACTIVE
WORKPLACE SAFETY INSPECTIONS
AT ALL FIERA FOOD AFAIL
YATES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN THE
MINISTER OF LABOUR TO
RESPOND.

Scott says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THE MEMBER OPPOSITE SHOULD KNOW
THAT I CANNOT COMMENT
DIRECTLY ON INVESTIGATIONS
THAT ARE OCCURRING THROUGH
THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR.
BUT I CAN TELL THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE THAT HEALTH AND
SAFETY ENFORCEMENT IS NOT
NICE TO HAVE.
IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR THIS
GOVERNMENT AND WE ARE
PROTECTING HEALTH AND
SAFETY.

[APPLAUSE]

Scott says MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE
INCREASED ENFORCEMENT
BUDGETS BY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Scott says WE'RE PROUD OF THE FACT
THAT WE PRIORITIZED HEALTH
AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS AND
ENFORCEMENT, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION
COME TO ORDER.

Scott says INVESTIGATIONS THATINGLY
ON PROACTIVELY AND
PREVENTATIVELY, MR. SPEAKER.
I KNOW THAT THIS SIDE OF THE
HOUSE AND I AS MINISTER OF
LABOUR ARE KEEPING WORKERS
SAFE AND THAT'S WHAT WE OWE
THEM AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE
GOING TO DO, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Scott says BY MODERNIZING THE MINISTRY
OF LABOUR.
WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Scott says AND, MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN I
WILL SAY FOR THE THIRD TIME
IN THIS QUESTION PERIOD.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Scott says WE'VE INCREASED THE
ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR
HEALTH AND SAFETY.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE.
WE RECEIVED NEWS A FEW WEEKS
AGO WITH THE MINISTER AND
THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE
ARRIVED IN MY RIDING TO
UNVEIL A KEY PIECE OF
ONTARIO'S BUDGET COMMITMENT
TO IMPROVE PEOPLE'S
BROADBAND CONNECTIONS.
NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE.
FOR YEARS I'VE BEEN HEARING
FROM PEOPLE IN MY AREA
COMPLAINING.
I HEAR THESE COMPLAINTS IN
MY OWN HOME ACTUALLY ABOUT
POOR INTERNET SERVICE AND IT
IS GOING TO HELP.
IT'S GOING TO HELP FAMILIES
STAY CONNECTED.
IT'S GOING TO HELP STUDENTS
WITH THEIR HOMEWORK.
IT'S GOING TO HELP BOTH
LARGE AND SMALL BUSINESSES
BE PART OF ONTARIO'S
THRIVING ECONOMY.
MINISTER, COULD YOU LET
PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE, GIVE
THEM AN IDEA WHAT THE SWIFT
PROGRAM IS ABOUT AND WHAT
ARE THE NEXT STEPS FOR THIS
PROGRAM TO SEE SOME PROGRESS
DOWN IN NORFOLK COUNTY?

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, pink shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR HALDIMAND-NORFOLK FOR THAT
EXCELLENT QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT A DOUBT
BEING DISCONNECTED MEANS
BEING DISADVANTAGED MUCH I
WAS HAPPY TO JOIN THE MEMBER
ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE, THE
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE,
FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS, FOR
THIS VERY EXCITING
ANNOUNCEMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS COMMITTING UP TO 63.7
MILLION DOLLARS TO THE SWIFT
PROGRAM.
WE'VE HEARD FROM OUR RURAL
AND NORTHERN COMMUNITIES,
AND UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, WE'RE
TAKING ACTION.
SWIFT OFFERS RELIABLE
BROADBAND ACCESS ALLOWING
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES TO
STREAM HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
FROM THEIR HOMES, FARMS AND
BUSINESSES.
PEOPLE WILL ACCESS DIGITAL
SERVICES, GET THEIR WORK
DONE AND CONNECT WITH THEIR
LOVED ONES.
MR. SPEAKER, AFFORDABLE
BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY IS
ESSENTIAL IN RURAL AND
NORTHERN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says WITH THIS COMMITMENT
WE'RE PROVING THAT WE'RE
PUTTING THE PEOPLE AT THE
CENTRE OF EVERYTHING WE DO
AND PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS
MOST.

The Speaker says THANKS VERY
MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Barrett says THANK YOU, MINISTER.
I WILL ADD THE OTHER HALF OF
MY RIDING, HALDIMAND COUNTY,
DID NOT OPT INTO THE SWIFT
PROGRAM AND THEY ALSO HAVE
SOME CONSIDERABLE ISSUES
WITH CONNECTION.
AGAIN, HOWEVER THIS IS GREAT
NEWS FOR FARMERS.
FARMERS CAN'T REPLAIN
COMPLIANT AND COMPETITIVE
WHEN THEY CAN'T EFFECTIVELY
DO BUSINESS ONLINE OR FILE
DOCUMENTS.
MODERN AGRICULTURE REQUIRES
CONNECTIVITY FOR VARIETY OF
JOBS, CHECKING THE WEATHER,
CHECKING THE MARKETS.
AFFORDABLE BROADBAND IS
ESSENTIAL ACROSS RURAL
ONTARIO TO ACCESS E-COMMERCE,
PROCESS PAYMENTS, PROCESS
DEALS, SHARE INFORMATION,
CONNECT WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS
AND WITH YOUR MARKETS.
SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER
REITERATE WHY BROADBAND IS
SO IMPORTANT FOR THE
BUSINESS OF FARMING?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANKS TO THE MEMBER FOR HALDIMAND-NORFOLK FOR THAT
VERY GREAT QUESTION.
OUR FARMERS KNOW ACCESS TO
RELIABLE INTERNET IS
CRITICAL FOR THEIR BUSINESS
TO THRIVE.
AGRICULTURE'S INCREASINGLY
HIGH TECH WITH THE RISE OF
PRECISION AGRICULTURE.
AS FARMING BECOMES
INCREASINGLY HIGH LAND AND
LABOUR INTENSIVE, TECHNOLOGY
ALSO NEEDS TO BE FAR MORE
CONTROLLED AND ACCURATE IN
THE SYSTEM LIKE G.P.S.
GUIDANCE, SENSORS, ROBOTICS,
DRONES, AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
LIKE TRACTORS AND MANY MORE.
FARMERS AND THOSE IN RURAL
PARTS OF THE PROVINCE HAVE
ACCESS TO EVEN FEWER
RESOURCES DUE TO THE NATURE
OF THEIR REMOTE LOCATIONS SO
THEIR NEED TO ACCESS WIDER
GOVERNMENT RESOURCES SUCH AS
HEALTH CARE AND ESPECIALLY
MENTAL HEALTH CARE OPTIONS
ONLINE IS EVEN MORE URGENT.
I'M PROUD OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S INVESTMENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Hardeman says BROADBAND IN SOUTHWESTERN
ONTARIO THROUGH THE SWIFT
AND IN EASTERN ONTARIO
THROUGH ECORRESPOND AND WE
LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE TO
THIS IMPORTANT WORK TO MAKE
SURE THOSE IN RURAL ONTARIO
HAVE THE SAME ACCESS...

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

The caption changes to "Suze Morrison. NDP. Toronto Centre."

Morrison is in her late thirties, with straight brown hair in a bob. She wears glasses, a white jacket and a printed yellow blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.
TODAY THE "GLOBE AND MAIL."
UNCOVERED THE PREMIER'S
LATEST SCHEME TO PLAY MAYOR
OF TORONTO.
THE PREMIER AND HIS MINISTER
WILL BE UNILATERALLY MAKING
CHANGES TO THE CITY OF
TORONTO'S OFFICIAL PLAN THAT
WOULD, AND I QUOTE, LOOSEN
THE RULES IT WOULD HAVE
IMPOSED ON DEVELOPERS IN
ORDER TO INCREASE
FLEXIBILITY AND REDUCE RED
TAPE FOR BUSINESSES, END
QUOTE.
THE CITY WILL HAVE NO
ABILITY TO APPEAL THESE
DECISIONS AND THE PEOPLE OF
TORONTO WILL HAVE NO
ABILITIES TO MAKE THEIR
VOICES HEARD ON THESE
CHANGES.
MR. SPEAKER, THE PREMIER IS
ONCE AGAIN MAKING CHANGES TO
WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT
IMPACT ON THE PEOPLE OF
TORONTO WITHOUT ANY
CONSULTATION.
SO MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE.
WHY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE MINISTER OF HOUSING.

The caption changes to "Honourable Steve Clark. PC. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing."

Clark is in his fifties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears rounded glasses, a gray suit, white shirt and patterned gray tie.

He says SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO
THE HONOURABLE MEMBER, I'LL
TELL YOU WHY.
LAST JUNE WE HAD AN ELECTION
AND THOSE TWO OFFICIAL PLAN
AMENDMENTS 405 AND 406 WERE
PRESENTED TO THE MINISTRY.
THOSE DEPARTMENT REFLECT OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PRIORITIES...
THOSE DIDN'T REFLECT OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PRIORITIES.
WE CONTINUE TO MAKE IT CLEAR
WE NEED TO BUILD MORE
HOUSING.
SO WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE, YOU
KNOW, DIRECT YOUR COMMENTS
NOT TO THE PREMIER BUT TO
ME.
THE FILES WERE SENT TO ME
AND IT'S MY INTENTION TO
PROVIDE MODIFICATIONS TO
O.P.A. 405 AND 406 TO
REFLECT GOVERNMENT
PRIORITIES.
IN TERMS OF CONSULTATION
WE'VE HAD ROBUST
CONSULTATION, MR. SPEAKER,
THROUGH YOU TO THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER.
OUR HOUSING SUPPLY AKP
ACTION PLAN BILL 108 BEING
PRESENTLY DEBATED AT THIRD
READING MAKES IT VERY CLEAR
THAT WE ARE GOING TO
INCREASE THE HOUSING SUPPLY.
A PLACE TO GROW.
THE GROWTH PLAN FOR THE
GREATER GOLDEN HORSESHOE HAD
EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION LAST
FALL AND THIS SPRING AGAIN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says AGAIN UNANIMOUSLY WE
INDICATED THAT WE WOULD BE
INTENSIFYING AROUND NATURE,
TRANSIT STATION AREAS.
THERE'S BEEN LOTS OF
CONSULTATION.
NOW WE'RE WORKING INTO
IMPLEMENTATION, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Morrison says BACK TO THE MINISTER.
THIS IS HARDLY THE FIRST
TIME THAT THIS PREMIER HAS
MADE SWEEPING CHANGES THAT
AFFECT THE DAILY LIVES OF
THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS STOLEN
THE SUBWAY SYSTEM AWAY FROM
THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO.

[INTERJECTIONS]

Morrison says THEY THREW...

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

Morrison says WITHDRAW.

The Speaker says COMPLETE HER
QUESTION.

Morrison says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THEY THREW TORONTO'S
DEMOCRACY INTO CHAOS WITH
THEIR UNILATERAL CHANGES TO
TORONTO CITY COUNCIL IN THE
MIDDLE OF AN ELECTION, AND
THEIR CUTS TO EVERYTHING
FROM PUBLIC HEALTH TO
EDUCATION WILL MAKE THE
LIVES OF PEOPLE IN THE CITY
OF TORONTO SO MUCH HARDER.
HOW ACCOUNT MINISTER JUSTIFY
RUNNING ROUGHSHOD OVER THE
PEOPLE OF TORONTO ONCE
AGAIN?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND
HOUSING AGAIN TO RESPOND.

Clark says I CAN JUSTIFY A LOT.
WE NEED TO LEVERAGE THE
28.5 BILLION DOLLARS THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING ON
TRANSIT.

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says LOOK AT THOSE TWO OFFICIAL
PLAN AMENDMENTS.
90 percent OF THE TRANSIT AND THE
L.R.T. IS IN THAT AREA.
WE HAVE TO INTENSIFY AROUND
MAJOR TRANSIT STATION AREAS.
AND AGAIN THE MEMBER KEEPS
TALKING ABOUT THE PREMIER.
IT IS MY INTENTION, AS
MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS, TO PRESENT THOSE
MODIFICATIONS LATER TODAY TO
THE CITY, AND AGAIN WE ARE
TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD ON
THINGS THAT I WOULD THINK
THAT THIS MEMBER WOULD
SUPPORT.
WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
WORK ON INCLUSIONARY ZONING
SO THAT WE CAN HAVE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEAR
TRANSIT.
BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, WHEN WE
HAD THOSE CONSULTATIONS ON
HOUSING SUPPLY AK ACTION
PLAN, WHEN WE HAD THE
CONSULTATIONS ON A PLACE TO
GROW, THE GROWTH PLAN FOR
THE GREATER GOLDEN
HORSESHOE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY WE
TALKED ABOUT INTENSIFYING
AROUND MAJOR TRANSIT STATION
AREAS.
THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO
DO FOR THE PEOPLE, THOSE
PEOPLE THAT ARE DREAMING.

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says REALIZE THE DREAM OF HOME OWNERSHIP WE HAVE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for MARKHAM-Unionville.

The caption changes to "Billy Pang. PC. Markham-Unionville."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR MINISTER
OF INFRASTRUCTURE.
THIS WEEK HE JOINED THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
FOR AN EXCELLENT
ANNOUNCEMENT.
OUR GOVERNMENT RAN ON A
MANDATE TO MAKE ONTARIO OPEN
FOR BUSINESS AND TO GET THE
PROVINCE MOVING.
COMMUTERS HAVE SPENT YEARS
FRUSTRATED WITH OVERCROWDING
ON YONGE LINE, AND THEY WANT
MORE CONNECTIONS ACROSS THE
REGION.
WITH THE UPLOAD OF THE
TTC TO THE PROVINCE AND
THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW
LINES AND SUBWAY EXPANSIONS,
OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING JUST
THAT.
DESPITE THIS, PREMIER...
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN
TRUDEAU AND HIS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN TO
PLAY POLITICS WITH
INFRASTRUCTURE THAT PEOPLE
DESPERATELY NEED.
MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE FIRST
TIME EVER, THE PROVINCE IS
TAKING A TRUE LEADERSHIP
ROLE IN BUILDING NEW
TRANSIT.
COULD THE MINISTER TELL US
ABOUT HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS
DOING.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Pang says IN THIS PROVINCE?
THANK YOU.

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

McNaughton says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT EXCELLENT QUESTION THIS
MORNING.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE PUTTING
PEOPLE AT THE CENTRE OF
EVERYTHING THAT WE DO.
THAT MEANS HELPING COMMUTERS
AND PROVIDING RELIEF FOR
PEOPLE IN THE G.T.A. THROUGH
FIVE GREAT TRANSIT PROJECTS.
PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU
CLAIMS THAT WE HAVEN'T DONE
OUR PART TO GET
INFRASTRUCTURE BUILT.
WELL, MR. SPEAKER, JUSTIN
TRUDEAU IS DEAD WRONG.
WE'VE NOMINATED 54 ROAD,
BRIDGE AND TRANSIT PROJECTS
TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,
AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS YET
TO APPROVE A SINGLE PROJECT.
THE PRIME MINISTER IS
WORRIED ABOUT ELECTION
SEASON.
WE'RE WORRIED.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION SEASON.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT DIDN'T WASTE ANY
TIME APPROVING TRANSIT
PROJECTS IN VANCOUVER.
THEY APPROVED VANCOUVER'S
PROJECTS BEFORE A BUSINESS
CASE WAS EVEN SUBMITTED.
YET JUSTIN TRUDEAU.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says PREFERS TO PLAY POLITICS.
HIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT
PUTTING THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO FIRST.
WE'VE SUBMITTED THESE
PROJECTS TO THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT.
I'M CALLING ON JUSTIN
TRUDEAU TO PUT HIS MONEY
WHERE HIS MOUTH IS.
FUND OUR PROJECTS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Pang says MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU TO
THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE GREAT
RESPONSE.
THE PREMIER MADE A
HISTORICAL ANNOUNCEMENT JUST
A COUPLE MONTHS AGO.
OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE
PEOPLE ANNOUNCED A 28.5
BILLION DOLLAR SUBWAY PLAN THAT
WILL GET THE COMMUTERS OF
THIS PROVINCE MOVING.
THOSE COMMUTERS USED LINE
ONE ON A DAILY BASIS KNOW
THE CONGESTION THAT EXACTLY
EXISTS.
WE'VE HEARD FROM PEOPLE LOUD
AND CLEAR THAT THEY'RE TIRED
OF OVERCROWD ON SUBWAYS SO
WE ARE BUILDING THE NEW
ONTARIO LINE BOTH FOR
TORONTO RESIDENTS AND PEOPLE
COMING INTO THE CITY.
HOWEVER, AS THE MINISTER HAS
STATED, WE ARE CALLING ON
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO
GIVE THEIR SUPPORTS TO THE
HISTORICAL SUBWAY PLANS.
CAN THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE SHARE MORE
ABOUT THE FUNDING COMMITMENT
MADE FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT?
THANK YOU.

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

McNaughton says I'LL REFER THIS QUESTION
TO OUR AMAZING MINISTER
OF...

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Yurek says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANKS FOR THAT QUESTION
OPPOSITE.
LET ME INFORM THE CHAMBER
THAT WE HAVE A PLAN.
WE HAVE FOUR PROJECTS THAT
WE NEED TO GET ROLLING.
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE BEEN
SPEAKING WITH THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT AND NOW IT'S TIME
FOR THEM TO ACT.
WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR
FAVOURS.
WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR SPECIAL
TREATMENT.
WE ARE IN FACT ASKING FOR
THE SAME TREATMENT THAT THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER
JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS GIVEN
OTHER PROVINCES.
AND RIGHT NOW WE ARE NOT
BEING TREATED THE SAME.
THAT'S WHY THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE AND I CALLED
ON JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO
PUBLICLY STOP CAMPAIGNING
AND PLAYING GAMES WITH THIS
FUNDING.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Yurek says TO BUILD TRANSIT,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE MONEY COMMITTED TO
BUILDING IT.
WE HAVE LEGISLATION THAT...

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Yurek says FASTER AND CHEAPER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says WE HAVE TAKEN DECISIVE
ACTION TO GET TRANSIT BUILT
FOR ONTARIANS, MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S TIME FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU
TO DO HIS JOB AND FUND AND
BUILD TRANSIT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
START 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 and a white shirt.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE.
SPEAKER, SINCE 2008,
RESIDENTS IN NORTH
CHATHAM-KENT HAVE BEEN
DEALING WITH WELL WATER
CONTAMINATED BY BLACK SHALE
A KNOWN CARCINOGEN.
CONTRIBUTED TO THE PILE
DRIVING OF FOUNDATIONS
THROUGH THE BED ROCK OF THE
NORTH TENT ONE WIND TURBINE
PROJECT.
SPEAKER, DURING THE CAMPAIGN
THE CURRENT PREMIER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Natyshak says THE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY
THIS CONTAMINATION THAT HE
WOULD CONDUCT A HEALTH
HAZARD INVESTIGATION
IMMEDIATELY.
WELL, SPEAKER, IMMEDIATELY
HAS COME AND GONE.
IT'S NOW MORE THAN A YEAR
LATER AND THE PEOPLE ARE
STILL WAITING.
THEY'RE HERE IN THE GALLERY
TODAY AND THEY HAVE LOST
TRUST IN THIS PREMIER AND
THIS GOVERNMENT.
WILL THE MINISTER STAND UP
TODAY AND MAKE GOOD ON HIS
PROMISE TO ENSURE THESE
ONTARIANS HAVE CLEAN AND
SAFE DRINKING WATER?
I'M CALLING ON THE MINISTER
TO PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS
MOUTH IS AND INITIATE THIS
HEALTH HAZARD
INVESTIGATION...

[APPLAUSE]

Natyshak says CLEAN DRINKING WATER.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND
FORESTRY WILL COME TO ORDER.
THE QUESTION TO THE MINISTER
OF INFRASTRUCTURE.

McNaughton says WELL, THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
I THANK THE MEMBER OF ESSEX
FOR THE HEADS-UP FOR THIS
QUESTION HERE THIS MORNING.
WE WELCOME THOSE MEMBERS AND
EVEN THE FORMER MEMBERS FROM
THE COMMUNITY IN
CHATHAM-KENT WHO HAVE FOUGHT
FOR THIS ISSUE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE BEEN
WORKING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says VERY, VERY HARD ON THIS
ISSUE.
I'VE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY
WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO
HAVING MORE TO SAY.
BUT, YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER,
THIS IS QUITE IRONIC.
THIS MEMBER, THE PARTY
OPPOSITE, THE OPPOSITION
PARTY VOTED IN FAVOUR OF THE
GREEN ENERGY ACT,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says THEY VOTED IN FAVOUR OF
THE SAMSUNG AGREEMENT,
MR. SPEAKER.
THEY SUPPORTED PRIVATE POWER
WHEN THEY VOTED FOR THAT
GREEN ENERGY ACT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, WE WERE LEFT
WITH A MESS.
WE ARE GOING TO CLEAN IT UP.
THEY CAUSED THIS PROBLEM.
WE'LL TAKE NO ADVICE FROM
THAT MEMBER OPPOSITE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

[HECKLING]

The Speaker says THE GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL
COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX.

Natyshak says THE MINISTER KNOWS WHEN
HE'S DODGING THE QUESTION.
I KNOW THAT HE'S DODGING THE
QUESTION.
MORE IMPORTANTLY HIS OWN
COMMUNITY KNOWS THAT HE'S
DODGING THE QUESTION,
SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Natyshak says SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT
PRIORITIES.
NOW WHAT I FIND IRONIC IS
THAT THIS IS A GOVERNMENT
THAT PRIORITIZES ACCESS TO
BEER OVER ACCESS TO CLEAN
DRINKING WATER.

[APPLAUSE]

Natyshak says MEMBER FOR HIS OWN RIDING.
UNBELIEVABLE.
TALK ABOUT IRONY.
IN A LETTER TO KEVIN JAKOBEK
OF WATER WELLS FIRST THE
PREMIER WROTE THE FOLLOWING
QUOTE...
I COMMIT MYSELF ANT P.C.
PARTY OF ONTARIO TO STOPPING
THIS TRAVESTY AND COMMIT
THAT A FULL HEALTH
INVESTIGATION IS CONDUCT
UNDER NORTH CHATHAM-KENT.
AS PREMIER YOU HAVE MY WORD,
KEVIN.
WE WILL HOLD ACCOUNTABLE
EVERY PARTY THAT DID THIS.
PREMIER AND MINISTER, WILL
YOU HONOUR YOUR WORD?
OR SHOULD WE JUST CHALK THIS
ONE UP AS ANOTHER EMPTY
PROMISE FROM THE PREMIER AND
HIS MINISTERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER
OF INFRASTRUCTURE.

McNaughton says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THIS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says SUPPORTED.

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX WILL COME TO ORDER.
THE PREMIER WILL COME TO ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE HAS THE
FLOOR.
HE CAN REPLY.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, WE HONOUR
OUR COMMITMENT.
WE MADE ALL KINDS OF
PROMISES AND WE'RE
FULFILLING EVERY SINGLE
PROMISE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says THAT WE MADE IN THAT
CAMPAIGN.
MR. SPEAKER, WE CAME TO
GOVERNMENT.
WE IMMEDIATELY CANCELLED 75
WIND AND SOLAR CONTRACTS.
YOU OPPOSED THAT, SIR.
MR. SPEAKER, WE CANCELLED
THE GREEN ENERGY ACT THAT
THAT PARTY OPPOSITION
SUPPORTED.
YOU VOTED AGAINST THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE...

[CONTINUED APPLAUSE]

[INTERJECTIONS]

McNaughton says HOLD THOSE PARTIES
ACCOUNTABLE.

The Speaker says OK.
MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR
SEATS.
STOP THE CLOCK.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX WILL
COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO WILL
COME TO ORDER.

[INTERJECTION]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH, COME TO ORDER.
ANYBODY ELSE?
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT question. The member for Brampton South.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria. PC. Brampton South."

Singh Sarkaria is in his thirties, with a prominent full beard. He wears a dark blue turban, gray suit, white shirt and checkered red tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT SPEAKS THE
LANGUAGE OF THE PEOPLE.
AND TODAY, AS ALL OF ONTARIO
AWAITS THE TIP-OFF OF GAME
THREE OF THE NBA FINALS, WE
ARE TALKING RAPTORS.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL., MR. SPEAKER, MILLIONS OF
ONTARIANS HAVE TURNED IN...
TUNED IN TO WATCH KYLE LOWRY,
KAWHI LEONARD, PASCAL SIAKAM
AND THEIR TEAMMATES TAKE THE
CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE NORTH.
FROM THE COMFORT OF THEIR
HOMES TO OUR MULTIPLYING
JURASSIC PARK, ONTARIANS ARE
TAKING NOTE OF THE BRAND-NEW
CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN
GAMES 50-50 DRAWS ONLINE
FROM ANYWHERE IN THE
PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL PLEASE TELL
THIS HOUSE ABOUT THIS
GOVERNMENT'S SUPPORT FOR
CHARITIES.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Singh Sarkaria says AND THE IMPORTANT CHANGES
THAT HAVE ALLOWED CHARITIES
LIKE THE MLSE FOUNDATION TO
OPEN UP THEIR 50-50 RAFFLES
ONLINE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

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

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

She says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, LET'S
GO, RAPTORS!

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERS]

Mulroney says MR. SPEAKER, TO MAKE LIFE
EASIER FOR CHARITIES AND THE
PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THEM, MY
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT, THE MEMBER FOR DURHAM, ON BEHALF
OF MY MINISTRY ANNOUNCED
CHANGES EARLIER THIS YEAR
THAT HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE
TO-TO-FUND RAISE THROUGH
ONLINE 50-50 DRAWS.
NOW YOU DON'T NEED TO BE IN
THE BUILDING FOR THE BIG
GAME TO GRAB A CHANCE TO WIN
THE BIG PRIZE THROUGH A
SEAMLESS ONLINE EXPERIENCE.

The Speaker says OPPOSITION,
COME TO ORDER.

Mulroney says CONFIDENT ABOUT THE
RAPTORS' CHANCES TONIGHT IN
OAKLAND, WE KNOW THAT THE
CHARITIES AND THE PEOPLE AND
THE COMMUNITIES THEY SUPPORT
ARE ALREADY WINNING.
I HAVE HAD THE CHANCE TO
DEVELOP A CHARITY OF MY
FAMILY AND EXPERIENCE THE
PROFOUND IMPACTS WE EACH
HAVE WHEN WE COME TOGETHER
COMMUNITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE.
MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN
INCREDIBLE TO SEE THE FUNDS
RAISED THIS SPRING FOR
CHARITABLE INITIATIVES BY
ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE MLSE
FOUNDATION, JAYS CARE, THE
OTTAWA SENATORS
FOUNDATION...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh Sarkaria says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
FOR HER RESPONSE.
OF COURSE WE KNOW THAT THE
OTTAWA SENATORS FOUNDATION,
JAYS CARE FOUNDATION AND
OTHER FOUNDATIONS AND
CHARITIES LIKE HOSPITAL
FOUNDATIONS ARE AMONG SO
MANY IMPORTANT CHARITIES
THAT WILL HELP SO MANY
PEOPLE ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.
FOR EXAMPLE THE MLSE
LAUNCHPAD HAS HELPED 13,000
YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH FREE
SPORTS PROGRAMMING SINCE IT
OPENED ITS DOORS IN 2017.

[APPLAUSE]

Singh Sarkaria says THEY HAVE AN ADDITIONAL
6,000 KIDS CURRENTLY
ENROLLED.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO JAYS CARE
NEXT CHALLENGER BASEBALL
NATIONAL JAMBOREE AND THE
GIRLS AT BAT ALL-STAR GAME.
NOW WE ALL KNOW THAT IN
BASEBALL AND BASKETBALL THE
NUMBERS TELL THEIR OWN
STORIES.
AND SINCE THE MEMBER FOR DURHAM MADE THIS
ANNOUNCEMENT, WE HAVE
NOTICED A SIGNIFICANT
INCREASE IN THE IMPACT
THESE.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Singh Sarkaria says THESE CHANGES HAVE HAD TO
FOUNDATIONS.
COT ATTORNEY GENERAL PLEASE
SHARE SOME OF THESE NUMBERS
TO ILLUSTRATE THE IMPACT OF
ALLOWING ONLINE ERAFFLES IN
ONTARIO ACROSS THIS PROVINCE?

The Speaker says THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL WILL REPLY ONCE
AGAIN.

Mulroney says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE POWER OF THE ONLINE
PLATFORM FOR CHARITABLE
50-50 DRAWS IS TRULY
REMARKABLE ANT MEMBER IS
RIGHT.
SINCE THE MEMBER FOR DURHAM
MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT, THE
NUMBERS THAT HAVE BEEN
GENERATED THIS SPRING ARE
ALSO TRULY REMARKABLE.
FOR GAME TWO OF THE NBA
FINAL, MORE THAN 490,000 IN
50-50 DOLLARS WERE RAISED.
ONE GAME ALONE, MR. SPEAKER,
87 percent OF THE SALES 978,000 dollars IN
SALES TOOK PLACE ONLINE.
IN TOTAL THE MLSE FOUNDATION
HAS RAISED OVER 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE MLSE INITIATIVE AT
MAPLE LEAFS AND RAPTORS
GAMES MUCH MEANWHILE THE
TORONTO BLUE JAYS CARE
FOUNDATION NEARLY DOUBLED
ITS 50-50 SALES THROUGH ITS
OPENING FOUR-GAME SERIES
THIS SEASON COMPARED TO LAST
YEAR.
IN TOTAL MORE THAN 977,000 dollars IN TOTAL 50-50 TICKETS WERE
SOLD OVER THOSE FOUR GAMES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Mulroney says HELPED FUND INITIATIVES
LIKE THE CHALLENGER PROGRAM
WHICH EMPOWERS CHILDREN,,
YOUTH AND ADULTS LIVING WITH
PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE
DISABILITIES WITH LIFE
SKILLS INHERENT TO BASEBALL.
MR. SPEAKER...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas.

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

Shaw is in her late forties, with chin-length straight brown hair. She wears glasses, a black blazer and a spotted tan blouse.

She says QUESTION IS FOR THE
ACTING PREMIER.
THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR LAST
WEEK HAD A FRONT PAGE STORY
ABOUT MY PRIVATE MEMBER'S
BILL NANCY ROSE ACT.
MY SISTER NANCY DIED OF
LEUKEMIA AS A CHILD.
DIRECTLY NEXT TO THAT STORY
ABOUT MY BILL WAS A REPORT
ABOUT LEUKEMIA RATES IN
HAMILTON.
THIS STUDY FOUND IN SOME
HAMILTON NEIGHBOURHOODS
DOUBLED THE NATIONAL
AVERAGE.
SARNIA, THUNDER BAY, ST.
CATHARINES, SAULT STE. MARIE
AND HAMILTON ARE THOSE FIVE
COMMUNITIES.
BENZENE EXPOSURE FROM
INDUSTRIES AS HAVING LINKED
TO SPECIFIC TYPES OF CANCER
INCLUDING ACUTE MY LLOYD
LEUKEMIA.
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS REPEALED
THE TOXIC SUBSTANCE ACT.
FACILITIES NO LONGER NEED TO
PREPARE TOXIC SUBSTANCE
PLANS OR EVEN TO REVIEW
EXISTING PLANS.
MY QUESTION IS DOES THIS
GOVERNMENT THINK TRACKING
AND REDUCING TOXIC SUBSTANCE
ARE IMPORTANT?
AND WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO SAY
TO THOSE RESIDENTS WHO ARE
BEING EXPOSED TO HEALTH
RISKS WITH LITTLE TO NO
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OR
OVERSIGHT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT.

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

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU
TO THE MEMBER AND AGAIN WE
ALL COMMEND HER ON HER
PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL.
MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE
ISSUES THAT THIS GOVERNMENT
IS TAKING EXTREMELY
SERIOUSLY.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS WHY,
AFTER YEARS AND YEARS OF
PROMISES, THE COMMUNITIES
LIKE SARNIA WOULD RECEIVE A
HEALTH STUDY.
PROMISES MADE BY THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER.
THIS GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE,
MR. SPEAKER, OF THE HARD
WORK OF OUR M.P.P. FROM
SARNIA, BOB BAILEY... I NOIM'
NOT SUPPOSED TO SAY THEIR
NAMES, MR. SPEAKER, BUT HE
CAME TO ME AS MINISTER OF
THE ENVIRON THE ON DAY ONE
AND SAID YOU NEED TO COME TO
SARNIA AND NEED TO HEAR THE
PROMISES ABOUT A HEALTH
STUDY THAT HASN'T BEEN KEPT.
THAT'S WHY THIS GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER, IS INVESTING IN
THOSE KINDS OF STUDIES.
WE ARE DOING THE WORK THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT DIDN'T
DO.
WE TAKE THESE STUDIES VERY
SERIOUSLY, MR. SPEAKER.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE FOCUSED ON
CLEAN AIR, CLEAN...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

Watch: Question Period: Wednesday, June 5, 2019