Transcript: Question Period: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | Oct 30, 2019

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

Most members wear a red poppy pin.

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

He says IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS.
I recognize the Leader of the Official Opposition.

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

Horwath is in her fifties, with straight blond hair in a bob. She wears a gray blazer over a pale pink shirt, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION THIS
MORNING IS TO THE PREMIER, AND I
WANT TO START BY ASKING THE
PREMIER ABOUT THE IMPACT OF HIS
HEALTH CARE CUTS IN ONE
COMMUNITY.
FOR PATIENT SAFETY, ONTARIO,
HOSPITALS SHOULD BE OPERATING AT
NO MORE THAN 85 percent CAPACITY.
THAT'S THE INTERNATIONALLY
RECOGNIZED STANDARD.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US WHAT
LEVEL HOSPITALS IN BRAMPTON ARE
CURRENTLY FUNCTIONING AT?

The Speaker says QUESTIONS
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.
REFER TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.

The caption changes to "Honourable Christine Elliott. PC. Minister of Health."

Elliott is in her late fifties, with long blond hair. She wears a green blazer over a black dress, and a pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, WE DO KNOW THAT
MANY HOSPITALS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO ARE
OPERATING AT OVER 100 percent CAPACITY,
BUT THIS IS NOTHING NEW.
THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR A
NUMBER OF YEARS.
WE WERE ELECTED TO CHANGE THAT.
WE WERE ELECTED TO END HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE.
WE ARE DOING THAT.
THERE IS NO SIMPLE ANSWER TO
THIS.
I THINK AS ALL OF YOU KNOW, WE
KNOW THAT WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING FOR
LONG-TERM CARE BEDS BECAUSE OF
INACTION BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT.
WE PROMISE THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
THAT WE WOULD BUILD 15,000 BEDS
WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
WE ARE WORKING ON THAT, MY
COLLEAGUE, THE MINISTER OF LONG
TERM CARE IS WORKING ON THAT
DILIGENTLY.
WE KNOW WE ALSO HAVE PEOPLE
COMING INTO HOSPITALS WITH
CHRONIC MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS PROBLEMS, BECAUSE
THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE FOR THEM
TO GO.
WE ARE CREATING COMMUNITY MENTAL
AND HEALTH... MENTAL ADDICTIONS
AND HEALTH POLICIES AND
PROCEDURES AND FACILITIES, SO
THAT PEOPLE CAN HAVE NEEDS
BEFORE THEY GET INTO A CRISIS.
WE KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH
CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT
PROBLEMS.
WE ARE WORKING ON THOSE.
I'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY IN THE
SUPPLEMENTAL.

The Speaker says THANK YOU,
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL, SPEAKER, THROUGH
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, WE HAVE
LEARNED THAT IN FACT BRAMPTON
CIVIC HOSPITAL HAS SPENT THE
FIRST HALF OF 2019 OVER 100 percent
CAPACITY.
BUT EVEN MORE SHOCKINGLY,
BRAMPTON'S PEEL MEMORIAL URGENT
CARE CENTRE IS OPERATING AT 587 percent
VOLUME COMPARED TO WHAT IT IS
FUNDED FOR.
I'LL REPEAT THAT.
585 percent ABOVE WHAT IT IS FUNDED
FOR.
THAT MEANS THAT FOR EVERY
PATIENT THAT THAT URGENT CARE
CENTRE IS FUNDED TO CARE FOR,
NEARLY 5 OTHER PATIENTS ARRIVE
LOOKING FOR CARE.
DOES THE PREMIER THINK THIS IS
ACCEPTABLE, SPEAKER?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH?

Elliott says THANK YOU, WE ARE CERTAINLY
COGNIZANT OF THOSE FACTS.
IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
WE ARE WORKING TO CHANGE THAT.
THAT'S WHAT WE WERE ELECTED TO
DO.
WE ARE FOCUSED ON THAT EACH AND
EVERY DAY.
WE HAVE RAISED THE FUNDING FOR
HOSPITALS.
WE KNOW THAT THERE IS MORE TO
DO.
WE DID PROVIDE 384 MILLION DOLLARS MORE
IN FUNDING TO HOSPITALS THIS
YEAR, A 2 percent INCREASE.
WE HAVE ALSO FUNDED ANOTHER
68 MILLION DOLLARS FOR SMALL TO
MEDIUM-SIZED HOSPITALS BASED ON
AN INADEQUATE FUNDING FORMULA
BROUGHT IN BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT.
BUT WE ARE CHANGING THAT.
WE RECOGNIZE THAT HOSPITALS ARE
UNDER PRESSURE, AND WE ARE
WORKING WITH THE ONTARIO
HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, AND WITH
INDIVIDUAL HOSPITALS TO CHANGE
THAT.
BUT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT
CAN HAPPEN OVERNIGHT, BECAUSE
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN
GROWING FOR 15 YEARS BEFORE WE
WERE ELECTED.
WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THAT, AND
WE WILL DO THAT.

The Speaker says THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL, SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT
ABOUT SMALL AND MEDIUM
HOSPITALS, BUT I DARE SAY IT IS
ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT TAKING THE
SAME TRACK AS THE LIBERALS TOOK
IN UNDER FUNDING OUR HOSPITALS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says BRAMPTON'S URGENT CARE CENTRE
WAS BUILT TO BRING RELIEF TO THE
OVERCROWDED BRAMPTON CIVIC
HOSPITAL.
BUT UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT,
BRAMPTON CIVIC HOSPITAL HAS MORE
PATIENTS IN HALLWAYS.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DOCUMENTS
SHOW THAT THERE ARE MORE
PATIENTS IN HALLWAYS THIS YEAR
THAN LAST YEAR.
SO WHY IS HALLWAY MEDICINE IN
BRAMPTON GETTING WORSE ON THIS
PREMIER'S WATCH?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH?

Elliott says WE CERTAINLY KNOW THAT THERE
ARE MANY AREAS IN ONTARIO WHERE
THERE IS INCREASING PRESSURE
BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE AND MORE
PEOPLE MOVING INTO THE AREA.
THAT IS WHY WE ARE TAKING A LOOK
AT HOSPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS.
WE HAVE 27 MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE'RE
GOING TO BE INVESTING... SORRY
27 BILLION DOLLARS... OVER THE NEXT 10
YEARS TO BUILD HOSPITAL PROJECTS
THAT I'M SURE THE LEADER OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION WILL KNOW
THAT WE INHERITED A PRETTY
DISMAL FINANCIAL SITUATION,
AGAIN FROM THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT.
WE ARE WORKING ON AREAS WHERE
THERE IS THE MOST PATIENT NEED.
WE ARE CERTAINLY AWARE THERE IS
A PATIENT NEED IN THE BRAMPTON
AREA.
WE ARE WORKING TO ADDRESS THAT.
THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT CAN BE
TURNED AROUND ON A DIME.
THIS IS GOING TO TAKE SEVERAL
YEARS IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO
DEAL WITH THIS COMPLETELY.
WE ARE AWARE OF THESE PRESSURES.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE
WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE CARE
THAT THEY NEED IN THEIR OWN
COMMUNITIES AND THAT IS MAKING
SURE THAT...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says HOSPITAL FUND THAT GO WE HAVE
LONG TERM CARE BEDS, THAT WE
HAVE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
PROGRAMS.
WE ARE WORKING ON ALL OF THOSE
FACTORS.
WE WILL BRING DOWN HOSPITAL
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
THE NEXT QUESTION. ONCE AGAIN,
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says MY NEXT QUESTION IS ALSO FOR
THE PREMIER.
THE LIBERALS LEFT PATIENTS IN
HALLWAYS.
THIS GOVERNMENT IS KEEPING THEM
THERE, SPEAKER.
THAT'S THE PROBLEM.
IT'S NOT JUST BRAMPTON THAT IS
SEEING THINGS GO FROM BAD TO
WORSE.
TWO WEEKS AGO, I MET WITH
FRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS
IN LONDON WHO WERE BEING LAID
OFF AS THE HOSPITAL, YET AGAIN,
WAS CUTTING BEDS TO MEET THE
BUDGET CRUNCH, BECAUSE THEY ARE
NOT GETTING ENOUGH FUNDING FROM
THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT LIKE
THEY DIDN'T GET ENOUGH FUNDING
FROM THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
THE PREMIER KNEW THAT HOSPITALS
WERE UNDERFUNDED BY THE LIBERALS
FOR YEARS.
THIS MINISTER OF HEALTH HAS
REPEATED THAT ALREADY, WITH MY
FIRST THREE QUESTIONS THIS
MORNING, OR THE THREE PARTS OF
MY FIRST QUESTION, SO WHY HAS
THIS PREMIER CONTINUED TO UNDER
FUND THE HOSPITALS IN THIS
PROVINCE TAKING THINGS FROM BAD
TO WORSE HERE IN ONTARIO?

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 blue tie.

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION...
I FIND IT VERY IRONIC THAT THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IS
SAYING WHAT SHE IS SAYING
BECAUSE THEY VOTED 90 percent WITH THE
LIBERALS TO DESTROY THE HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM.
WE'RE INVESTING, AS THE MINISTER
OF HEALTH MENTIONED, HISTORIC
27 BILLION DOLLARS INTO INFRASTRUCTURE,
BUILDING NEW HOSPITALS.
WILLIAM OSLER, THEY HAVE TENS OF
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF
INFRASTRUCTURE PUT INTO PLACE IN
THEIR EMERGENCY ROOM.
I WAS THERE NOT LONG AGO WITH
ONE OF THEIR GREAT M.P.P.S
FROM MISSISSAUGA THAT WAS
ACTUALLY A NURSE THERE.
WE ARE FOCUSING ON REDUCING
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE BY PUTTING
IN OVER 7500 BEDS SO FAR,
LONG-TERM CARE BEDS.
SO FAR, WE ARE PROMISING 15,000
BEDS AND ANOTHER 15,000 AFTER
THAT THAT WILL ALLEVIATE THE
PRESSURES AT THE HOSPITALS.
BUT I DO APPRECIATE THE
QUESTION.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL, SPEAKER, WHAT I FIND
IRONIC THAT AFTER FIVE MONTHS,
THE PREMIER STILL DIDN'T STUD
EAT HANSARD TO FIGURE OUT WHAT
WENT ON IN THE FOUR YEARS BEFORE
THEY MADE GOVERNMENT.
BUT NONETHELESS, PATIENTS ARE
STUCK WAITING IN HOSPITAL,
SPEAKER.
THEY ARE NOT FOOLS BIT PREMIER'S
RHETORIC AS THEY SIT LANGUISHING
IN THE HL HALLWAYS OF OUR
HOSPITALS.
THEY KNOW THAT HOSPITAL FUNDING
IS NOT KEEPING PACE WITH
INFLATION MUCH LESS WITH PATIENT
NEED.
THEY KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE
IN THE HOSPITAL WHO ARE
DESPERATELY WAITING FOR
LONG-TERM CARE BEDS, AND THEY
SEE THAT THE WAIT LIST FOR
LONG-TERM CARE BEDS IN FACT HAS
GROWN EVEN LONGER AFTER ONE YEAR
OF THE FORD GOVERNMENT.
DOES THE PREMIER UNDERSTAND THAT
CUTS AND LAY-OFFS AND BUDGET
SQUEEZES WON'T SOLVE THE HALLWAY
MEDICINE CRISIS.

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.
BUT I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO
LOOK AT THE FACTS.
WE ARE INVESTING 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS MORE INTO OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
THIS YEAR THAN WE DID LAST YEAR.
WE ARE DOING THAT ACROSS A
VARIETY OF AREAS.
HOSPITALS CERTAINLY HAVE
RECEIVED AN INCREASE,
384 MILLION DOLLARS PORE THIS YEAR THAN
LAST YEAR, A 2 percent INCREASE.
BUT WE KNOW THAT THERE IS MORE
THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.
WE HAVE INVESTED 68 MILLION DOLLARS IN
SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED HOSPITALS,
AND IT MAY NOT BE IMPORTANT TO
THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION, BUT IT CERTAINLY IS
IMPORTANT TO MANY HOSPITALS AND
MANY PEOPLE ACROSS THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO.
WE HAVE ALSO PROMISED THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO THAT WE ARE GOING TO
BUILD MORE LONG-TERM CARE BEDS
BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT CONTRIBUTES
TO HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
WE HAVE PROMISED 15,000 NEW
LONG-TERM CARE SPACES.
WE HAVE ALREADY BUILT OR CREATED
MORE THAN 8,000 OF THOSE BEDS,
OR HAVE THEM IN LINE TO BE
OPENED WITHIN THE NEXT SEVERAL
YEARS.
WE KNOW... IT DOESN'T HAPPEN
OVERNIGHT.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
ORDER.
THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL, SPEAKER, HERE IS WHAT
FAMILIES SEE, HOSPITALS LAYING
OFF NURSES, HOSPITALS LAYING OFF
NURSES AND BEDS STILL BEING
CLOSED IN HOSPITALS.
HOSPITALS ROUTINELY OPERATING
OVER 100 percent CAPACITY, AND IN A
COMMUNITY OF BRAMPTON, AN URGENT
CARE CENTRE THAT IS OPERATING AT
587 percent VOLUME COMPARED TO WHAT
IT'S FUNDED FOR.
THIS PREMIER COMMITTED TO ENDING
HALLWAY MEDICINE, SPEAKER.
WHY IS HE IN FACT MAKING IT
WORSE?

The Speaker says QUESTION
REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, THROUGH
MR. SPEAKER TO THE LEADER OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION, I'M SURE
SHE WILL KNOW THAT HOSPITALS ARE
INDEPENDENT CORPORATIONS.
THEY MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS
WITH RESPECT TO STAFFING, AND
THAT IN THE SITUATION THEY ARE
SPEAKING OF...

The Speaker says ORDER...

Elliott says I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THE MEMBER AS SHE WILL LISTEN WAS
SPEAKING WITH RESPECT TO SOME
CHANGES IN THE LONDON AREA.
THAT IS A RESULT OF DECISIONS
THEY MADE BASED ON THE NEED AND
BASED ON THE USAGE.
THEY HAVE MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH
COMMUNITY CENTRES TO TAKE UP
SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT HAVE
BEEN... NEED TO BE DEALT WITH.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH
CHANGING OUR SYSTEM OF HEALTH
CARE TO REFLECT PATIENT-CENTRED
CARE.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE
RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED,
BOTH IN THE COMMUNITY, AND IN
THE HOSPITAL.
AS WE KNOW, HOSPITALS ARE NOT
ALWAYS THE BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE
TO RECEIVE CARE.
SOME TIMES IT'S ABOUT HOME CARE.
WE ARE INVESTING 155 MILLION DOLLARS MORE IN HOME CARE SO THAT PEOPLE
CAN BE TREATED IN THEIR OWN
HOMES INSTEAD OF HOSPITALS,
WHICH IS WHERE THEY WANT TO BE.
SO THERE IS NO ONE SIMPLE
SOLUTION TO THIS, AS I'M SURE
THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION KNOWS.
WE ARE WORKING ON MANY FRONTS.

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

Horwath says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
LAST JANUARY, NEW DEMOCRATS
ASKED THE GOVERNMENT WHETHER
MARIO DI TOMASO RECENTLY
APPOINTED DEPUTY MINISTER OF
COMMUNITY SAFETY HAD DECLARED A
CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHEN HE SAT
ON THE HIRING COMMITTEE FOR THE
NEW O.P.P. COMMISSIONER.
WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR AN
ANSWER.
CAN THE PREMIER PROVIDE ONE
TODAY?

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.

The caption changes to "Honourable Sylvia Jones. PC. Solicitor General."

Jones is in her sixties, with straight blond hair in a short bob. She wears glasses and a purple suit, skirt and shirt ensemble.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, I REALLY WANT TO TALK
ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS THAT ARE
HAPPENING UNDER COMMISSIONER AND
WITH THE O.P.P.
WE HAVE A COMMISSIONER IN PLACE
WHO IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED WITH HIS
COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND THE
O.P.P.A ON ACTUALLY DEALING WITH
THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS THAT WE
HAVE WITHIN OUR POLICE OFFICERS
AND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS.
YOU KNOW, WHEN COMMISSIONER
AGREED TO TAKE ON THIS VERY
IMPORTANT ROLE, THE FIRST
QUESTION I ASKED HIM WAS WHAT IS
YOUR TOP PRIORITY, IF YOU BECOME
THE COMMISSIONER?
AND HE SAID THE HEALTH AND
SAFETY OF MY OFFICERS.
I CAN SAY WITHOUT ANY DOUBT THAT
WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN PLACE AT
THE O.P.P. WITH THE WORKING
TOGETHER, WITH THE O.P.P.A IS AN
AMAZING ORGANIZATION THAT IS
ACTUALLY SUPPORTING AND
ENCOURAGING THEIR OFFICERS TO
ENSURE THAT OUR COMMUNITIES ARE
SAFER, AND PUBLIC SAFETY WILL
ALWAYS BE FIRST AND FOREMOST
WITH COMMISSIONER CREE AND
MYSELF AS THE MINISTER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL, SPEAKER, THE
GLOBE AND
MAIL HAS JUST PUB I SHOULD A
NEWS STORY DETAILING THE CLOSE
TIES BETWEEN MARIO DI TOMASO AND
THE ONE TIME PICK FOR THE O.P.P.
COMMISSIONER.
THE STORY SAYS THAT TAVENER
HELPED ORGANIZE THE RETIREMENT
PARTY OF THE MAN WHO WOULD SIT
ON HI HIRING COMMITTEE.
WE ALREADY KNOW THAT HIS
PREDECESSOR FELT HE WAS FORCED
FROM THE JOB OF DEPUTY MINISTER
AFTER FEELING PRESSURE TO HIRE
TAVENER.
MY QUESTION IS... I DIDN'T GET
RESPONDED TO IN THE LAST
RESPONSE FROM THE MINISTER, DOES
THE PREMIER ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE
DEPUTY MINUTE SISTER HE HIRED
HAD A CONFLICT?
IF SO, WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO
ABOUT IT?

The Speaker says QUESTION
REFERRED TO THE SOLICITOR
GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SO, TO BE CLEAR, WE HAVE A
50-YEAR PLUS VETERAN OF THE
TORONTO POLICE SERVICE WHO KNOWS
A 40-YEAR PLUS VETERAN OF THE
TORONTO POLICE SERVICE.
THAT IS NOT SHOCKING TO ME.
THAT DOES NOT SURPRISE ME.
WHEN YOU GET TO 50 YEARS SERVING
IN THE LEGISLATURE, I WOULD BE
HONOURED TO CO-HOST ANY...

(INDISCERNIBLE).

The Speaker says I MIGHT ASK THE MINISTER TO
WITHDRAW THAT.
JUST KIDDING.
THE NEXT question. The member for BRANTFORD-Brant.

The caption changes to "Will Bouma. PC. Brantford-Brant."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR OUR MINISTER
OF ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT
AND MINES.
MR. SPEAKER, EVERYONE IN THIS
HOUSE IS WELL AWARE THAT ONTARIO
IS THE ECONOMIC ENGINE THAT
DRIVES THE CANADIAN ECONOMY.
THE FINANCIAL... THE FINANCIAL
CAPITAL OF CANADA IS RIGHT HERE
IN ONTARIO.
EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE IS THE FACT
THAT OUR PROVINCE IS ALSO HOME
TO THE MINING FINANCE CAPITAL OF
THE ENTIRE WORLD, THE TSX AND
THE TSX VENTURE RAISE MORE
MINING EQUITY THAN ANYWHERE ELSE
ON THE PLANET.
THIS LEADS TO MAJOR INVESTMENTS
IN CANADA AND IN OUR PROVINCE.
MINING BENEFITS ALL AREAS OF THE
PROVINCE, PROVIDING A BROAD
SCOPE OF EMPLOYMENT AND
ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES.
EVEN IN MY RIDING, WE HAVE
COMPANIES LIKE AECON MINING.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL US
MORE ABOUT MINEING IN ONTARIO
AND THE SPECIAL CELEBRATION WE
ARE HAVING TODAY?

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD SHALL THE
EXTRAORDINARY WORK HE DOES IN
THIS PLACE ON BEHALF OF HIS
CONSTITUENTS, AND RIGHTLY POINTS
OUT THAT MINING HAS AN IMPACT ON
JUST ABOUT EVERY REGION IN THIS
PROVINCE.
WE STRIVE TO MAKE ONTARIO THE
MINING CENTRE OF THE WORLD.
YOU MENTIONED IT'S THE FINANCIAL
CAPT AFL THE WORLD.
THAT'S TRUE.
BUT WE STILL FACE SOME
CHALLENGES, MR. SPEAKER.
THAT'S WHY BORNE OUT THIS HAVE
ANNUAL TRADITION OF MEETING THE
MINERS, WHICH IS TODAY, AND A
LONG-STANDING TRADITION, THE
PREMIER AND I AND SOME OTHER
COLLEAGUES DECIDED TO ESTABLISH
THE MINING WORKING GROUP.
THIS CALLS ON THE PREMIER'S
OFFICE, THE MINISTER OF
TRAINING... LABOUR, TRAINING AND
SKILLED TRADES, AS WELL AS THE
MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT
IMPORTANTLY TO ATTEND PANELS
WITH THE OMA, WORK WITH THEM ON
THE CHALLENGES OR THE PROSPECTS
AS WE LIKE TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THIS MINING WORKING GROUP IS
HIGHLY SPECIALIZED DISCUSSION ON
THE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO TO
ENSURE THAT THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM
OF MINING ACTIVITY DESTINATIONS
IS ONTARIO.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says THANK YOU,
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Bouma says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR HIS ANSWER.
HE HAS BEEN AN EXCELLENT
ADVOCATE FOR THE MINING SECTOR.
OUR WORK IS ONLY JUST BEGINNING.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINING COMMUNITY FOR VISITING US
HERE AT QUEEN'S PARK TODAY.
WE WOULD LIKE THEM TO KNOW THAT
THEY HAVE AN AL EYE IN OUR
GOVERNMENT.
WE ARE FOCUSED ON BRINGING GOOD
JOBS TO NORTHERN COMMUNITIES.
THE MINING SECTOR IS A HUGE PART
THAT HAVE PLAN.
OUR GOVERNMENT AS PLAN IS TO
KEEP TAXES AND POWER RATES LOW,
CUT UNNECESSARY AND COSTLY RED
TAPE, AND CREATE UNPRECEDENTED
JOBS AND PROSPERITY, ALL OF
WHICH MAKES ONTARIO MORE
GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE, AND A
GREAT PLACE TO INVEST.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ABOUT HOW
IMPORTANT MINING IS TO ONTARIO'S
ECONOMY.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says ONCE AGAIN,
MINISTER OF NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT
AND MINES.

Rickford says THANK YOU PLRKS SPEAKER.
OVER THE PAST 15 OR 16 MONTHS,
WE HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED
IN A NUMBER OF KEY MINING
OPPORTUNITIES IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO.
SADLY, FOR THE PREVIOUS 15
YEARS, MINING ACTIVITY IN
NORTHERN ONTARIO HAD COME... HAD
BEEN SLOWING DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY,
SO WHEN WE CAME ON BOARD, IT IS
THE PREMIER AND I WHO WENT UP TO
THE SUGAR ZONE AND THE HEART
GOLD PROJECT.
WE WERE INVOLVED IN MOVING THEM
PAST THE STARTING LINE ON A FEW
FINAL REGULATORY MATTERS.
I WAS RECENTLY UP AT THE BORDEN
MINE, GET A CHANCE TO CELEBRATE
THE FIRST COMPLETELY ELECTRIC
MINING OPERATION, MR. SPEAKER.
THEY WILL YOU, THEY WILL SAY
UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT WE DID MORE
TO HELP THEM IN REGULATORY
MATTERS IN THE YEAR LEADING UP
TO THEIR OPENING, THAN HAD BEEN
DONE IN THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
MORE RECENTLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE
ANNOUNCED THE EAST-WEST TIE, A
CORRIDOR ACROSS NORTHWESTERN
ONTARIO THAT HOLDS THE KEY TO A
NUMBER OF POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS
TO SUPPORT MINING ACTIVITY, AND
OF COURSE THE PROSPECT IN
GREENSTONE GOLD, GERALDTON,
MR. SPEAKER, WHERE WITH WE COULD
BE FACING ONE OF THE BIGGEST
OPPORTUNITIES IN A VERY LONG
TIME, THE CENTRE OF GRAVITY FOR
THE RING OF FIRE, MR. SPEAKER,
AND ALL THAT THAT REGION COULD
BENEFIT FROM.
WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH THESE
MINING COMPANIES AND THE
COMMUNITIES THAT SURROUND THEM
FOR A PROSPEROUS MINING SECTOR.

The Speaker says 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 spotted black blazer over a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THIS QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY, 50 LAID
OFF TEACHERS WERE HERE IN THE
PUBLIC GALLERIES.
AMONG THEM WAS LINDSEY.
LINDSEY IS A MATH AND SCIENCE
TEACH FRER CHATHAM WHO HAS
WORKED FOR 12 YEARS IN VARIOUS
LONG-TERM ASSIGNMENTS BUT
WITHOUT PERMANENT WORK.
SHE IS ALSO A NEW MOM.
THIS YEAR, LINDSEY WASN'T
OFFERED AN ASSIGNMENT AT ALL
BECAUSE THERE WERE NO JOBS
AVAILABLE.
NOW THAT THE IMPACT OF THE
PREMIER AS CUTS ARE TOO
DIFFICULT TO IGNORE, DOES HE
STILL STAND BY HIS CLAIMS THAT
NOT A SINGLE TEACHER WILL LOSE
THEIR JOBS?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The caption changes to "Honourable Stephen Lecce. PC. Minister of Education."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE I THANK HER FOR THE
QUESTION.
IT'S CLEAR THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING
FRONT-LINE WORKERS AND
FRONT-LINE TEACHERS IN THE
CLASSROOM.
IT IS WHY IT WAS THE DRIVING
FORCE, SPEAKER, WHY THIS
GOVERNMENT IN OUR LAST BUDGET
ALLOCATED 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS TO ENSURE
TEACHERS REMAIN IN THE FRONT OF
CLASS.
IT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER,
GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED A FUND
THAT IS WORKING.
IN FACT IN WINDSOR ESSEX, ALL
TEACHERS THAT HAD REDUNDANCY
NOTICES HAVE BEEN RECALLED.
MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE THE
STORIES THAT PERMEATE IN THE
DEBATES.
IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE
SEEING MORE OF THIS MANIFESTED
ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO INVEST IN
PROTECTING TEACHERS, INVEST IN
THE MODERNIZING CURRICULUM AND
MODERNIZING OUR SCHOOLS BECAUSE
THAT'S WHAT PARENTS EXPECT.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Stiles says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE PREMIER AND THE MINISTER CAN
DENY WHAT IS HAPPENING, BUT THE
FACT IS THAT TEACHERS ARE STILL
BEING LAID OFF, AND STUDENTS ARE
BEING FORCED TO ACCEPT LESS, AND
WITH THE GREATEST OF RESPECT,
SORRY, IT IS NOT CLEAR AT ALL
THAT YOU ARE PROTECTING THESE
JOBS.
THE INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS
REPORTED THAT BY THE END OF THIS
GOVERNMENT'S DETERMINE, THERE
WILL BE 10,054 FEWER TEACHERS IN
THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.
I HAVE THE CITATION HERE.
THIS YEAR ALONE, THE FAO
ESTIMATES THERE WILL BE 957
FEWER ELEMENTARY TEACHERS AND
1,859 FEWER SECONDARY TEACHERS.
DOES THE PREMIER THINK IT'S
RIGHT THAT QUALIFIED, CARING
TEACHERS ARE MOONLIGHTING AS
WAITRESSES TO MAKE ENDS MEET
WHILE STUDENTS ARE SEEING
SUPPORT AND COURSES THAT THEY
NEED DISAPPEAR?

The Speaker says ASK THE
MINISTER TO RELY, I'LL RE-- MAKE
YOUR COMMENTS, ADDRESS THEM
THROUGH THE CHAIR.
MINISTER OF EDUCATION, TO REPLY.

Lecce says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, GOVERNMENT MADE A
DETERMINATION TO CREATE A
FEECHER PROTECTION FUND BECAUSE
WE WANT TO ENSURE TEACHERS
REMAIN IN THE FRONT OF CLASS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION WILL KNOW THAT THE
HAMILTON WENTWORTH CATHOLIC
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD WHERE SHE
PROUDLY HAILS FROM, THE CHAIR
THAT HAVE BOARD SAID THAT THIS
YEAR THERE ARE FEWER CLASS WS 0
OR MORE STUDENTS THAN THERE WERE
LAST YEAR.
IT IS... MR. SPEAKER, OUR PLAN
IS WORKING.
IT IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT OUR
INVESTMENT TO THE FRONT-LINE IS
YIELDING POSE SPHIF RESULTS BY
INVESTING HALF A BILLION DOLLARS TO REMOVE SCHOOLS TO THE
PROVINCE.
WE HAVE A 2-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT
TO ENSURE MATH SCORES.
WE ARE DOING ALL THIS BECAUSE WE
BELIEVE IN THE POTENTIAL OF THE
YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO.

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
THE NEXT question. The member for Ottawa-South.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, VERY MUCH
MR. SPEAKER.
AND MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
AND FIRSTLY, I WOULD LIKE TO
CONGRATULATE THE PREMIER ON A
GENUINE EFFORT TO CHANGE THE
TONE OF THE LEGISLATURE.
WE ALL WEM COME THAT CHANGE.
SPEAKER, WHAT WE NEED MORE THAN
A CHANGE IN TONE IS A CHANGE IN
THE PREMIER'S PRIORITIES.
SO, THIS GOVERNMENT STILL TRYING
TO MAKE CLASS SIZES LARGER, WAIT
TIMES IN EMERGENCY ROOMS ARE
GETTING LONGER, THEY ARE NOT
GETTING SHORTER.
WHAT IS MOST CONCERNING IS THE
PREMIER'S ALREADY DISMANTLED ONE
PLANE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE, AND HE
IS TRYING TO TEAR ANOTHER ONE
DOWN.
IN THE FEDERAL ELECTION, ALMOST
THREE-QUARTERS OF ONTARIANS
VOTED TO SUPPORT A PLAN FOR
CLIMATE CHANGE.
SO SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU, WHY IS
THE PREMIER TRYING TO TEAR DOWN
A PLAN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE WHEN
HE HAS NONE OF HIS OWN?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says QUESTION FOR
THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER of the ENVIRONMENT.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
THE ENVIRONMENT.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN
THIS SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE.
I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR
YOUR LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE IN
THE LEGISLATURE.
I THINK WE'RE MOVING TO BETTER
PLACE HERE.
SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
WE DO SUPPORT YOUR WORK.
MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THAT
QUESTION.
UNFORTUNATELY I AM GOING TO JUST
REJECT HIS WHOLE PREMISE ABOUT
AN ENVIRONMENT PLAN FOR ONTARIO,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE ARE ALMOST AT THE YEAR TO HE
WILL CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY
OF OUR MADE IN ONTARIO
ENVIRONMENT PLAN WHICH IS
LOOKING AT PROTECTING LAND, AIR
AND SEA, MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE MOVED FORWARD WITH A
NUMBER OF INITIATIVES ALREADY
BEARING FRUIT IN THE SHORT TIME
COMING FORWARD.
WE SENT OUR MISSION PERFORMANCE
STANDARDS TO THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO TARGET THE BIGGIE
MITTERS WHICH WILL BE FAIR AND
FLEXIBLE, MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE MOVED TOWARDS CHANGING
THE RECYCLING PROGRAM TO THIS
PROVINCE TO MOVE PLASTICS OUT OF
OUR LANDFILLS, AND PUT THEM IN
CIRCULAR ECONOMY, CREATE A NEW
ECONOMY WITHIN ONTARIO THAT WILL
DEGREE AND CREATE JOBS,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S ALSO GOING TO CLEAN THE
ENVIRONMENT.
I HAVE MORE TO SAY ON OUR... MY
SUPPLEMENTAL.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTAL
QUESTION.

Fraser says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR THAT ANSWER.
SO, SPEAKER, IN AUGUST, HERE IS
WHAT THE PREMIER HAD TO SAY
ABOUT HIS COURT CHALLENGE AND I
QUOTE, ONCE THE PEOPLE DECIDE, I
BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY.
I RESPECT DEMOCRACY.
WE MOVE ON.
SPEAKER, WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE
THEN?
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS NO REAL PLAN
FOR CLIMATE CHANGE.
THEY ARE NOT EVEN MEETING MEAGER
TARGETS.
I AGREE WITH THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION WHEN HE SAYS THE NEXT
GENERATION DESERVES BETTER.
IT'S IRON QUICKIC, EVEN THE GAS
PUMP STICKERS ARE TRYING TO SEND
HIM A MESSAGE.
SO SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU, WILL
THE PREMIER COMMIT TO THE COURT
CHALLENGE AND WORNG WITH ALL
MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO COME UP
WITH A REALISTIC PLAN FOR
CLIMATE CHANGE?

The Speaker says QUESTION
REFERRED TO MINISTER OF THE
ENVIRONMENT.

Yurek says THANKS, AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR
THAT QUESTION.
YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, LAST JUNE
WE WERE ELECTED WITH A MANDATE
TO END THE CAP AND TRADE PROGRAM
THAT THAT MEMBER OPPOSITE WAS A
PART OF, MR. SPEAKER.
THE FACT THAT MADE LIFE MORE
UNAFFORDABLE, THE MAIN THING I
FIND IRONIC THAT THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE TALK ABOUT DEMOCRACY.
HE WAS PART OF A GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER.
HE WAS PART OF A GOVERNMENT
FOLLOWING THE LEADER THAT SITS
BESIDE HIM THAT FORCED
MUNICIPALITIES IN RURAL ONTARIO
TO TAKE THESE WIND TURBINE...
DROVE UP THE COST OF OUR ENERGY,
MR. SPEAKER.
THEY ARE THE LAST WE SHOULD BE
TALKING ABOUT DHOK CRASS
SEEVMENT THROW SOME FACTS OUT
THERE, SPEAKER.
ANGUS REID RELEASED A POLL THAT
SHOWED THAT EITHER MORE THAN
HALF OF THE PEOPLE POLLED SHOWED
THAT THE FEDERAL CARBON TAX
SHOULD BE CANCELLED,
MR. SPEAKER.
A FIFTH, 22 percent EVER NDP SUPPORTERS
SAID THE CARBON TAX SHOULD BE
CANCELLED, MR. SPEAKER SPRKS 20 percent
OF THE GREEN VOTERS SAID THAT
THE CARBON TAX SHOULD BE CUT,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE WILL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO
MAKE OUR MADE IN ONTARIO
ENVIRONMENT PLAN WHICH WILL...

(INDISCERNIBLE).

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

The caption changes to "Parm Gill. PC. Milton."

Gill is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with short-cropped black hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and spotted blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR MINISTER OF
ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND MINES.
MR. SPEAKER, EVERYONE IN THIS
HOUSE IS WELL AWARE, ONTARIO IS
THE ECONOMIC ENGINE THAT DRIVES
THE CANADIAN ECONOMY.
ONTARIO IS CANADA'S LARGEST
MINERAL PRODUCER, PRO DIEWTION
10.1 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF MONEY
LAST YEAR ALONE, MR. SPEAKER.
ACCOUNT MINISTER SHARE WITH THIS
HOUSE, THE STEPS OUR GOVERNMENT
IS TAKING TO ENSURE ONTARIO
REMAINS THE WORLD LEADER IN
MINING AND INVESTMENT?

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

Rickford says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR MILTON.
IMPORTANT WORK HE DOES.
AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS HE MAKES
TO THIS CAUCUS.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S PLAN IS TO
CREATE A LOW-TAX ENVIRONMENT,
MR. SPEAKER, CUT COSTLY RED
TAPE, AND CREATE UNPRECEDENTED
JOBS AND PROSPERITY.
YOU KNOW, THE FINANCIAL ACTIVITY
OF THE MINING SECTOR IS GREAT.
IT'S WONDERFUL FOR BAY STREET.
BUT WE'RE CONCERNED OBVIOUSLY
WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES AND THE
PROS SPECKS SPECKS OF MORE THAN
200 MINES, MORE THAN 75 percent OF
THOSE IN NORTHERN ONTARIO.
LOOK AT THE WORKS FORCE,
MR. SPEAKER.
11.2 percent OF PEOPLE WORKING IN
MINES, THAT MINE SITES AND
MINING ACTIVITIES ARE INDIGENOUS
PEOPLE.
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART TO
OUR... OF OUR NORTHERN
COMMUNITIES, OUR NORTHERN
ECONOMIES, AND CRITICAL SUCCESS
FOR THE VAST REGIONS THIS HAVE
PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO TRANSLATE THOSE
FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS AND
ACTIVITIES UP NORTH.
THAT'S WHY WE ARE WORKING WITH
COMPANIES TO PUSH THEM ACROSS
THE STARTING LINE, MR. SPEAKER,
AND GET DIGGING.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Gill says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER.
MR. SPEAKER, MINERAL, WEALTH AND
ITS ASSOCIATED ECONOMIC
ACTIVITIES ARE THE KEY SOURCE OF
JOBS AND PROSPERITY FOR MANY
MINING INDUSTRY WORKERS, AND
THEIR FAMILIES IN COMMUNITIES
ACROSS OUR GREAT PROVINCE.
IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, THE MINING
INDUSTRY HAS CREATED MORE THAN
26,000 DIRECT JOBS, AND
APPROXIMATELY 50,000 INDIRECT
JOBS IN MINERAL MANUFACTURING
AND PROCESSING ACROSS ONE AREA.
UNDER THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT, MINING COMPANIES
FACED DELAY AFTER DELAY,
MR. SPEAKER.
CAN THE MINISTER SHARE WITH THIS
HOUSE, THE INITIATIVE OUR
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO PROMOTE
THE INDUSTRY'S STRONG FUTURE IN
ONTARIO?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE TAKING A
WHOLE GOVERNMENT APPROACH FROM
THE PREMIER'S OFFICE, MINISTER
OF ENVIRONMENT, AND MINISTER OF
LABOUR, SKILLS, TRADE, AND THE
MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES.
WE ALSO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE
MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS,
MR. SPEAKER, IN THE
MODERNIZATION AND EFFICIENT
ONTARIO ACT, WE ARE PROPOSING A
NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS, IN
PARTICULAR SOME TO THE MINING
ACT.
THIS WOULD PROVIDE PROPONENTS A
CLOSURE PLAN FOR EXAMPLE
AMENDMENT WITH GREATER CERTAINTY
BY CREATING A 45-DAY TIMELINE
FOR THOSE DECISIONS.
YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THESE
MINES NEED CERTAINTY.
THEY NEED CERTAINTY WHEN IT
COMES TO THE REGULATORY
ENVIRONMENT.
THEY NEED CERTAINTY WHEN IT
COMES TO THE COST OF ENERGY.
THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF
OUR FIRST ACTS LAST SUMMER WAS
TO MAKE SURE THAT MINES THAT ARE
PARTICULARLY ELECTRICITY
INTENSIVE EXPERIENCE SIGNIFICANT
SAVINGS ON THEIR PER MONTHLY
COSTS OF OPERATION.
OF COURSE CELEBRATE COMPLETELY
ELECTRIFIED BY, MR. SPEAKER.
WE WILL CONTINUE OUR WORK.
WE CELEBRATE THE ONTARIO MINING
ASSOCIATION DAY TODAY BECAUSE
MR. SPEAKER, MINING MATTERS.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Essex.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER.
SPEAKER FOR MONTHS THE PREMIER
HAS LAID LOW WHILE DETAILS OF
HIS PATRONAGE APPOINTMENTS
LEAKED OUT HANDING LUCRATIVE
POSTINGS TO FORMER P.C. PARTY
PRESIDENT ANDY LACROSSE, FRIEND
OF HIS CHIEF OF STAFF'S SON.
STACKING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
WITH FRIENDS AND RELATIONS, AND
TODAY, WE HAVE LEARNED MORE
DETAILS OF THE CLOSE TIES
BETWEEN THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF
COMMUNITY SAFETY, AND THE MAN HE
WANTED TO MAKE THE O.P.P.
COMMISSIONER.
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER CLAIMS THAT
THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONDUCTING A
REVIEW OF THE APPOINTMENTS
PROCESS.
HE HAS FIVE MONTHS TO DO SO.
FIGURE OUT WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THAT REVIEW?

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says GOVERNMENT LEADER, HOUSE LEADER.

The Speaker says MINISTER FOR
GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

The caption changes to "Honourable Paul A. Calandra. PC. Government House Leader."

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
AS THE MEMBER KNOWS OBVIOUSLY,
PUBLIC APPOINTMENT PROCESS IS
SOMETHING WE ARE CONSTANTLY
WORKING ON, STRIVING TO MAKE IT
MORE OPEN AND ACCOUNTABLE,
MR. SPEAKER, AND IN FACT
TRANSPARENT, WE CONTINUE TO DO
THAT, NOT JUST OFFER THE LAST
FIVE MONTHS BUT THE ENTIRE TIME
THAT WE HAVE THE HONOUR OF
SERVING ONTARIANS FROM THIS SIDE
OF THE HOUSE.
I HOPE THE HONOURABLE MEMBER, IF
HE HAS SUGGESTION HE AND THE MEMBERS OF HIS PARTY WILL SEND
THOSE FORWARD.
WE ARE WORKING ON THAT,
MR. SPEAKER.
THERE IS MORE TO COME.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Natyshak says I HAVE A LOT OF SUGGESTIONS
SPEAKER, ONE WOULD BE FOR THE
MINISTER TO REVIEW THE
COMMITTEE'S REPORTS AND THE
ANSWER FROM THE COMMITTEE WE
HAVE MADE LOTS OF SUGGESTIONS TO
OPEN UP THAT COMMITTEE FOR
TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY,
FOR CANADIANS AND ONTARIANS.
SPEAKER, THE SAD REALITY IS THAT
NOBODY TRUSTS DOUG FORD AND HIS
GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE...

The Speaker says ORDER.
I ASSUME THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX IS
AWARE THAT WE DON'T REFER TO
EACH OTHER BY OUR GIVEN NAMES.
WE REFER BY OUR RIDING NAMES OR
MINISTERIAL NAMES AS
APPROPRIATE.
I WOULD ASK THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER TO REPHRASE HIS QUESTION.

Natyshak says MR. SPEAKER, THE SAD REALITY
IS THAT NOBODY TRUSTS THE
PREMIER'S GOVERNMENT TO
INVESTIGATE THE PREMIER'S
GOVERNMENT SCANDALS.
THE PC CAUCUS HAS SHUTDOWN ANY
EFFORT TO HAVE APPOINTMENTS
REVIEWED ULTIMATELY BY
GOVERNMENT AGENCY'S COMMITTEE.
THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT WILL CONDUCT A REVIEW
AT ALL.
AN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT ONE.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT COMMIT TODAY
DO A TRULY OPEN AND INDEPENDENT
REVIEW OF THE APPOINTMENT
PROCESS?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AS THE MEMBER KNOWS, OBVIOUSLY
WHEN IT COMES TO THE... WE ARE
FOLLOWING THE PROCESS ACTUALLY
PUT IN PLACE BY THE PREVIOUS NDP
GOVERNMENT.
THERE IS A LOT THAT I WOULD LIKE
TO PRESENT AND HAVE FORGOTTEN
ABOUT THE NDP TIME IN OFFICE,
MR. SPEAKER.
HERE IS ONE THING THEY CAN
CELEBRATE.
THEY BROUGHT A PROCESS IN THAT
WE HAVE BEEN USING.
WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON
IMPROVING THAT, MAKING THEM MORE
OPEN AND TRANSPARENT, BUT THESE
ARE PEOPLE THAT DO VERY GOOD
WORK ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY
ARE IN IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS.
THEY ARE DOING IT.
THE WORK THEY DO IS IN THE BEST
INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER.
WHILE I HAVE THE FLOOR, LET ME
ASK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER,
MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THERE IS A
NEW CONSERVATIVE MEMBER OF
PARLIAMENT, I HAVEN'T HAD THE
CHANCE TO CONTACT.
I WONDER IF HE WOULD EXPRESS MY
CONGRATULATIONS.

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

The caption changes to "Mike Schreiner. Green. Guelph."

Schreiner is in his late forties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears glasses, a light gray suit, white shirt, and spotted green tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME EVERYONE
BACK TO THE LEGISLATURE AND
DIRECT MY FIRST QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER.
THE PREMIER'S STICKERS THAT
DON'T STICK CONTINUE TO IGNORE
HOW THE CARBON REBATE WILL LEAD
8 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE WITH MORE
MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS.
I'M SHOCKED, MR. SPEAKER, THAT
THE PREMIER DOESN'T UNDERSTAND
HOW MARKETS WORK.
WE CAN PUT A PRICE ON
COMPLIEWTION, WE CAN REDUCE
EMISSIONS, PUT MONEY IN PEOPLE'S
POCKETS.
THE PREMIER SAYS HE WANTS TO
MAKE LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE, BUT
HE CONTINUES...

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR GUELPH.
THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX WILL COME
TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR GUELPH I APOLOGIZE.

Schreiner says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THE
PREMIER SAYS TAUPES MAKE LIFE
MORE AFFORDABLE FOR PEOPLE.
BUT HE CONTINUES TO WAGE OUR
HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS FIGHTING
A PROGRAM THAT ABSOLUTELY PUTS
MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF 80 percent OF
ONTARIANS.
SO MR. SPEAKER, WHY DOES THE
PREMIER WANT TO RAISE TAXES ON
80 percent OF ONTARIANS BY TAKING AWAY
THEIR CARBON REBATES?

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF ENERGY.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF ENERGY.

Rickford says I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD POINT OUT TO HIM THAT
THE ONLY PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE
HAD WITH THE STICKERS ARE
LIBERAL STAFFERS ACTUALLY
PEELING THEM OFF GAS PUMPS.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK YOUR
TWITTER ACCOUNT, SEE ONE THAT
OPENLY... THEY ARE ASHAMED THAT
HAVE TAX, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE
THEY KNOW THAT WHEN AMBULANCES
AND SCHOOL BUSES, FAMILIES FUEL
UP THEIR CARS, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN
BUSES IN KENORA TAKING SCHOOL
KIDS AND SPORTS TEAMS OVER TO
DRYDEN OR ACROSS ARE PAYING MORE
TO OPERATE THOSE BUSES,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S COSTING THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO MORE MONEY, MR. SPEAKER.
WE ARE IS NOT STANDING DOWN FROM
THIS EXERCISE IN TRANSPARENCY.
SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE WE REJECT
THIS REGRESSIVE CARBON TAX.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Schreiner says MR. SPEAKER, I'M SORRY, THE
GOVERNMENT CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH
WAYS.
SO THEY SAY IT'S A JOB-KILLING
CARBON TAX, MEANWHILE, THE NEXT
DAY THEY TALK ABOUT HOW WE'RE
CRETE ATING MORE JOBS IN
ONTARIO.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, IF YOU LOOK
AROUND THE WORLD, THE ECONOMY IS
CREATING THE MOST JOBS HAVE A
PRICE ON POLLUTION.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO ARE PROBLEM SOLVERS, NOT
PROBLEM DENIERS.
THEY DO NOT WANT THEIR TAX MONEY
WASTED ON A LAWSUIT THAT,
AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,
IS IT ACTUALLY GOING TO INCREASE
TAXES ON 0 percent OF ONTARIANS.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, TO THE
MINISTER, WILL THE GOVERNMENT
BACK OFF THIS WASTEFUL LAWSUIT
AND WORK WITH THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT ON DEVELOPING A REAL
CLIMATE PLAN THAT CREATES JOBS
AND REDUCE DLIEM AT POLLUTION?

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

Rickford says MR. SPEAKER F THE MEMBER
COULD JUST PROVIDE ANY EVIDENCE
THE CARBON TAX ESPECIALLY HERE
IN CANADA HAS ACTUALLY REDUCED
GMG EMISSIONS.
THE ONLY THING THAT HAPPENED,
MR. SPEAKER IS THAT IT'S
INCREASED THE COSTS OF LIVING IN
THOSE JURISDICTIONS.
THAT'S A FACT, MR. SPEAKER.
AND IT'S ANOTHER FACT THAT WE
KNOW THAT AT LEAST ONE LIBERAL
STAFFER TOOK PRIDE IN SAYING
THAT HE PEELED OFF 100 OF THOSE
STICKERS.
MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW WHY HE IT
DIS IT.
WE KNOW BECAUSE THAT GOVERNMENT
AT THE TIME ISSUED A JOB-KILLING
CARBON TAX, MR. SPEAKER, STILL
HAVING AN IMPACT ON REGIONS.
I CAN SPEAK AS A GUY FROM
NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO,
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HAVING HARD
TIMES.
SOME OF THOSE JOBS CREATED HERE
ARE STILL A CHALLENGE FOR US IN
NORTHERN ONTARIO.
THE LAST THING THAT MILL NEEDS
UP IN EAR FALLS, MR. SPEAKER,
SPENDING A MILLION EXTRA DOLLARS A YEAR ON THE CARBON TAX ALOAN
TO OPERATE THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE.
WE WILL STAND WITH WOODLAND
OPERATORS.
WE WILL STAND WITH OUR MILLS AND
THE MINES AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS
PROVINCE WHO ARE PAYING WAY TOO
MUCH.

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

The caption changes to "Gila Martow. PC. Thornhill."

Martow is in her forties, with wavy blond hair to her shoulders. She wears glasses and a gray plaid blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF LONG TERM CARE.
WITH AN INVESTMENT OF
72 MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR OVER LAST
YEAR, AND THE CREATION OF A NEW
MINISTER DEDICATED TO LONG-IT
WERE CARE, IT IS CLEAR THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS MAKING LONG-TERM
CARE A PRIORITY.
WE KNOW THAT THE STRESSES OF OUR
LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM ARE
SERIOUS, BUT I'M PROUD THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN QUICK AND
CONCRETE ACTION TO IMPROVE THE
SITUATION.
FOR EXAMPLE, OUR INVESTMENT OF
1.75 MILLION DOLLARS BUILDING 30,000
BEDS ACROSS ONTARIO, AND WITH
THE MINISTER WILL HAVE FIRST
HAND EXPERIENCE WE DELIVER
HEALTH CARE AND LONG CAN A TERM
CARE IN THIS PROVINCE.
CAN THE MINISTER PROVIDE SOME
INSIGHT AS TO SHOW SHE PLANS TO
BUILD SUSTAINABLE AND RESIDENT
LONG TERM CARE SYSTEM RIGHT HERE
IN ONTARIO?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF LONG TERM CARE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Merrilee Fullerton. PC. Minister of Long-Term Care."

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THORNHILL FOR THE QUESTION AND
FOR THE GOOD WORK SHE DOES.
AS MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE,
I'M WORKING TO BUILD A SYSTEM
THAT FOCUSES ON RESIDENTS, AND
SUPPORTS OUR PROVINCES MOST
VULNERABLE IN A PLACE THAT THEY
CAN CALL HOME.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO BUILDING A
21ST CENTURY LONG-TERM CARE
FACILITY THAT ENSURES PEOPLE ARE
TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND
RESPECT, AND ONE THAT WILL
CONTINUE TO BE THERE TO THOSE IN
NEED.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING
LONG-TERM CARE PROVIDERS BE MORE
RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF
RESIDENTS, WHILE MAINTAINING
SAFETY AND THE HIGHEST QUALITY
OF CARE THAT.
MEANS LOOKING AT WAYS TO OFFER
HOMES MORE FLEXIBILITY TO FUND
PRIORITY AREAS, AND REDUCING RED
TAPE RESPONSIBLY.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE
PROVINCE'S HISTORY, ONTARIO IS
STARTING TO PRIORITIZE THE
LONG-IT WERE CARE SECTOR AND
PUTTING LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS
AND CAREGIVERS FIRST.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Martow says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR HER ANSWER AND FOR
ALL OF HER HARD WORK.
LONG TERM CARE FACILITY AND
IMPORTANT PRIORITY TO OUR
GOVERNMENT.
BUT I KNOW THAT THERE CAN BE
CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY, AND WE
HAVE TO WORK HARD TO ACHIEVE
THAT GOAL.
IT RECENTLY CAME TO MY ATTENTION
THAT LONG TERM CARE CONSIDERED
ONE OF THE MOST REGULATED PARTS
AND SECTORS IN OUR PROVINCE.
WHILE WE NEED SOME REGULATIONS
I'M SURE THERE IS A BUILD UP OF
RED TAPE IN THE LONG TERM CARE
FACILITY THAT SOMETIMES PREVENTS
RESIDENTS FROM GETTING THE CARE
THEY NEED.
SPEAKER, CAN CAN THE MINISTER
PLEASE TELL THE HOUSE WHAT SHE
IS DOING TO MAKE LONG TERM CARE
MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE
SUSTAINABLE?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
LONG TERM CARE.

Fullerton says THANK YOU, MY THANKS TO THE MEMBER AGAIN AFTER THOSE
QUESTIONS.
OUR GOVERNMENT ALSO RECOGNIZES
THAT SOMETIMES WE EXPERIENCE A
BUILD UP OF RED TAPE THAT
INTERFERES IN THE ABILITY TO
DELIVER HIGH-QUALITY CARE FOR
RESIDENTS.
WE ARE WORKING TO REDUCE
REGULATORY BURDEN, AND
ADMINISTRATIVE BARRIERS, GET THE
SHOVELS IN THE GROUND FASTER AS
WE DEVELOP NEW LONG-IT WERE CARE
BEDS AND REDEVELOP OLDER BEDS TO
ENSURE THAT RESIDENTS CAN GET
THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE WHEN THEY
NEED IT.
RECENTLY WE ALSO MADE CHANGES
UNDER BILL 66 TO MODERNIZE THE
LONG TERM CARE LICENSING
PROCESS.
OUR HOPE IS THAT THIS WILL
REDUCE THE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN
FOR HOME OPERATORS, AND EXPEDITE
THE APPROVAL ASSOCIATED WITH THE
DEVELOPMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE COMMITTED TO
REDIEWTION RED TAPE.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO GETTING BEDS
BUILT.
AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO GETTING
ONTARIANS OFF OF WAIT LISTS AND
THE CARE THEY NEED WHEN THEY
NEED IT.

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 burgundy tie.

He says GOOD MORNING MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
SPIRIT LAKE FIRST NATION, ALSO
KNOWN AS... IS ANNA STATE OF
EMERGENCY.
THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN
DEVASTATED BY A BREAKDOWN OF...
IN ITS MOST IMPORTANT... THEY
HAVE SUFFERED OVER THE PAST TWO
YEARS INTERMITTENTLY WITHOUT
ESSENTIAL SERVICES SUCH AS POWER
AND RUNNING WATER.
SEWAGE SYSTEM HAS BACKED UP INTO
THE COMMUNITY DUE TO FAULTY
PUMPS.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ONTARIO.
IT IS 2019.
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO
STAND BY AND USE JURISDICTION TO
AVOID COMING FORWARD AND HELPING
SPIRIT LAKE?

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS
AFFAIRS.

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

Rickford says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER ON
SIT FOR HIS QUESTION, SHORT
ANSWER IS, NO, WE WON'T,
MR. SPEAKER, AT EVERY TURN, WE
HAVE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THE
STRUCTURAL AND
LONG-TERM-LONGSTANDING ISSUES
THAT.
SO ISOLATED REMOTE FIRST NATION
COMMUNITIES ARE FACING,
MR. SPEAKER, AND WE ARE ASSURING
THEY DON'T COME TO A CRISIS
SITUATION.
IN THE CASE OF NORTH SPIRIT
LAKE, MR. SPEAKER, A SERIES OF
UNFORTUNATE EVENTS HAPPENED IN A
VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND
THE COMMUNITY WAS UNABLE TO
MOBILIZE AND RESPOND TO THEM.
THAT'S WHY WE WORKED EFFECTIVELY
WITH NAN, I SPOKE WITH GRAND
CHIEF ALVIN FIDDLER LAST WEEK.
HE OFFERED OUR FULL SUPPORT.
IT WAS A COORDINATED EFFORT TO
THE PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY
OPERATION CENTRE AND THE
INDIGENOUS SERVICES CANADA,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE MOBILIZED TO LEAD THE
RESPONSE ON WATER SYSTEM ISSUES,
PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE HEALTH
NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.
WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO WORKING
WITH THEM ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS,
MR. SPEAKER, AS THEY WORK
THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says Supplementary QUESTION.

Mamakwa says NORTH SPIRIT LAKE DOESN'T
NEED THE PHONE CALLS OR CALLS.
THEY NEED ACTUAL EMERGENCY
SUPPORT.
TWO WEEKS AGO, I WAS IN NORTH
SPIRIT LAKE.
THE COMMUNITY SPOKE TO ME ABOUT
THE SOCIAL BREAKDOWN THAT OCCURS
WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE THE BASIC
HUMAN NEEDS.
TEACHERS AND NURSES HAVE BEEN
FORCED TO LEAVE THE COMMUNITY
BECAUSE OF LACK OF BASIC
SERVICES NEEDED IN THE
FACILITIES TO DO THEIR WORK, TO
DO THEIR JOBS.
THEY ARE EXPERIENCING AN
ADDICTION EPIDEMIC.
THEY NEED HELP.
THE CHILDREN ARE EXPERIENCING
TRAUMA AS A RESULT OF THIS, AND
THEY NEED HELP.
THEY HAVE SAID TO ME JUST
BECAUSE THEY ARE SMALL, IT'S NOT
THE RIGHT TO BE IGNORED AND BE
NEGLECTED BY GOVERNMENT.
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT BE PART OF
THE SOLUTION TO HELP NORTH
SPIRIT LAKE, YES OR NO?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

Rickford says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THE ANSWER IS YES, AND WE
HAVE BEEN, MR. SPEAKER.
I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY SERVING
THAT REGION AS THE MEMBER OF
PARLIAMENT.
THAT WAS NOT A SMALL COMMUNITY
TO ME.
IT WAS AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY.
THAT'S WHY WE BUILT A BRAND NEW
SCHOOL IN NORTH SPIRIT LAKE AT
THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER.
WE RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF
PUT THAT GO ASSET IN THE
COMMUNITY SO THE CHILDREN HAD A
BETTER PLACE AND A BETTER SPACE
TO GO TO SCHOOL.
WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF AN ACUTE
CRISIS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S
UNFORTUNATE.
THAT'S WHY WE PROVIDED FUNDING
SUPPORT, AND I HAVE PLEDGED
BEYOND PHONE CALLS, MR. SPEAKER,
TO SEND MENTAL WELLNESS TEAMS TO
COVER THE CRISIS AND SURGE
RESPONSE TO THE COMMUNITY LIKE
BASIC NEEDS FOR THE CHILDREN AND
FAMILIES, AND TRAVEL COSTS FOR
CRISIS WORKERS, MR. SPEAKER.
I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO
CONTINUING TO WORK WITH
ANISHNAABE NATION, IN PARTICULAR
INDIGENOUS SERVICES CANADA TO
ASSURE WE WORK THROUGH THE ACUTE
CRISIS IN NORTH SPIRIT LAKE AND
FIND SOLUTIONS FOR SOME OF THE
LONG-STANDING CHALLENGES THEY
HAVE FACED IN THE PAST, THANK
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

The caption changes to "Honourable Ted Arnott. Speaker."

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

The caption changes to "Natalia Kusendova. PC. Mississauga Centre."

Kusendova is in her thirties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears a blue dress.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY IME IS FOR THE MINISTER OF
LONG-TERM CARE.
I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE HER
ON ASSUMING THE NEWPORT FOAL
YOAVMENT YOUR EXPERTISE AS A
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER WILL SERVE
ONTARIANS WELL.
EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE IS
AWARE OF THE CRISIS HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE POSES TO OUR
PROVINCE.
1,000 PEOPLE ARE RECEIVING
HEALTH CARE IN HALLWAY AND IS
CLOSETS EVERY SINGLE DAY IN
ONTARIO.
AND OVER 33... 36,000 ARE
WAITING FOR LONG-TERM CARE BED.
MR. SPEAKER, THE SITUATION IN MY
REGION OF PEEL AND HALTON IS
SERIOUS.
THE LONG-TERM CARE LIST IS THE
LONGEST IN ONTARIO.
THIS IS A SAD LEGACY LEFT TO US
BY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT WHICH HAS LARGELY
IGNORED THE SECTOR DURING THEIR
MANDATE.
RESIDENTS OF PEEL, HALTON AND
ALL ONTARIANS ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT
SO LONG FOR THE CARE THEY
DESPERATELY NEED AND DESERVE.
WHAT ACTION HAS THE MINISTER
TAKEN TO SHORTEN LONG-TERM CARE
WAIT LISTS IN THE REGION OF
SPIEL IN.

Fullerton says I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER TO MISSISSAUGA FOR THEIR
DEDICATION TO THE PEEL REGION.
THE MEMBER IS CORRECT IN STATING
THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PROBLEM.
ESPECIALLY IN THE PEEL REGION.
AND EARLIER THIS SUMMER, I WAS
PLEASED TO JOIN THE MEMBERS FOR
BRAMPTON SOUTH, AND BRAMPTON WEST., TO ANNOUNCE THE ALLOCATION
OF 168 NEW BEDS, AND THE
REDEVELOPMENT OF 280 BEDS FOR
BRAMPTON, AT FILLMORE CARE
COMMUNITY.
THAT SAME DAY, I WAS PLEASED TO
STAND WITH SEVERAL MEMBERS FROM
MISSISSAUGA TO ANNOUNCE THE
ALLOCATION OF 457 NEW BEDS, AND
THE REDEVELOPMENT OF 275
UNGRADED BEDS IN MISSISSAUGA AT
THE TRILLIUM HEALTH, AND A NEW
PROJECT, MISSISSAUGA SENIORS
CARE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT.
THESE BEDS WILL MAKE A REAL
DIFFERENCE IN PEEL, AND REDUCE
WAIT LISTS TO ENSURE THAT
ONTARIANS WHO NEED TO BE IN A
LONG-TERM CARE HOME ARE THERE,
AND NOT IN A HOSPITAL.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Kusendova says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER OF LONG TEM CARE FOR
THAT ANSWER AND FOR THE WORK SHE
IS DOING IN MY REGION AND FOR
LONG TERM CARE RESIDENTS ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
I'M ALSO EXCITED TO SEE NEW
PROJECTS GOING AHEAD TO ENSURE
THAT THE RESIDENTS OF
MISSISSAUGA AND BRAMPTON RECEIVE
THE CARE THEY NEED WHEN AND
WHERE THEY NEED IT.
HOWEVER, I KNOW THAT WITH 15,000
NEW BEDS TO BE BUILT ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE AND 15,000 EXISTING
ONES TO BE RENOVATED THERE IS
STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE.
WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION TODAY, TO
ENSURE THAT OUR MOST VULNERABLE
ARE GETTING THE CARE THEY NEED
NOW AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER TELL
THIS HOUSE WHAT SHE IS DOING TO
MOVE THESE BEDS FORWARD, AND
ENSURE THAT ONTARIANS ARE
GETTING THE CARE THEY HAVE BEEN
WAITING FOR, FOR SO LONG?

Fullerton says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAK ARER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER... SORRY.
THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER AGAIN FOR THEIR
QUESTIONS.
TO DATE, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
ALLOCATED ALMOST 8,000 NEW
LONG-TERM CARE BEDS FULFILLING
MORE THAN 50 percent OF OUR COMMITMENT.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS MOVING ONE
STEP CLOSER TO FULFILLING OUR
COMMITMENT TO CREATE 15,000 NEW
LONG-TERM CARE BEDS AND
REDEVELOP 2000 EXISTING BEDS
OVER FIVE YEARS.
WE HAVE STARTED ACCEPTING
APPLICATIONS FROM CURRENT AND
POTENTIAL LONG-TERM CARE HOME
OPERATORS TO BUILD NEW LONG-TERM
CARE BEDS AND REDEVELOP EXISTING
BEDS IN ONTARIO.
THIS CALL FOR APPLICATION
SECESSION DESIGNED TO BUILD THE
REMAINING BEDS.
WITH AN AGING POPULATION, THESE
NEW AND REDEVELOPED BEDS WILL
HELP MORE FAMILIES AND RESIDENTS
GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED, AND
THE HIGH-QUALITY CARE THEY NEED
WHEN THEY NEED IT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE?
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, THE NEXT question. The member for Niagara Falls.

The caption changes to "Wayne Gates. NDP. Niagara Falls."

Gates is in his fifties, with short black hair and a prominent moustache. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and patterned pink tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
YESTERDAY, FORD MOTOR COMPANY
ANNOUNCED THEY ARE LAYING OFF
ANOTHER 450 WORKERS AT THEIR
OAKVILLE PLANT.
FOR MONTHS, I HIGHLY SKILLED
HARD-WORKING AUTO WORKERS HAVE
BEEN IS ASKING THIS GOVERNMENT
TO STOP HIDING, GET OFF YOUR
HANDS AND DO SOMETHING TO
PROTECT THIS INDUSTRY.
UNFORTUNATELY, THE ONLY TIME THE
PREMIER NOT SITTING ON HIS HANDS
IS WHEN HE IS WAVING GOODBYE TO
GOOD-PAYING AUTO JOBS.
HE SAID NOT A SINGLE JOB WOULD
BE LOST ON HIS WATCH.
BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT IS JUST
TALK.
EMPTY PROMISES, MR. SPEAKER,
WONT PAY THESE FAMILIES BILLS.
IT'S TIME FOR ACTION.
WILL THE PREMIER COMMIT TODAY TO
FINALLY DEVELOPING AN AUTO
STRATEGY AND ACTUALLY START
FIGHTING FOR WHAT MATTERS TO
EVERY DAY FAMILIES, NOT JUST HIS
RICH FRIENDS?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT.

The caption changes to "Honourable Victor Fedeli. Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE ARE ALL DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN
OF FORD MOTOR COMPANIES DECISION
TO ISSUE LAY-OFF NOTICES AT
THEIR OAKVILLE ASSEMBLY PLANT.
WE WANT THE EMPLOYEES TO KNOW
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT STANDS WITH
THEM AND WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
BUT SPEAKER, IT'S NOT ALL THAT
LONG AGO THE C.E.O. OF FIAT
CHRYSLER TOLD FORMER PREMIER
WYNNE SHE MADE ONTARIO THE MOST
EXPENSIVE JURISDICTION IN NORTH
AMERICA IN WHICH TO DO BUSINESS.
THAT IS WHY OUR GOVERNMENT TOOK
SWIFT ACTIONS TO MAKE ONTARIO
OPEN FOR BUSINESS, AND OPEN FOR
JOBS SINCE TAKING OFFICE, WE
HAVE REDUCED RED TAPE AND
REDUCED THE COST OF DOING
BUSINESS IN ONTARIO BY
5 BILLION DOLLARS, AND THIS GIVES THE
SECTOR THAT HAD ONCE LOST HOPE
UNDER THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT A
FIGHTING CHANCE.
SPEAKER, OUR PLAN IS WORKING AS
WE HAVE SEEN THE CREATION OF
OVER 272000 NEW JOBS IN ONTARIO
SINCE OUR ELECTION.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Gates says REPLY TO THAT QUICKLY.
WE HAVE THE BEST AUTO WORKERS IN
THE WORLD.
I WANT TO SAY THAT CLEARLY.
IT'S JUST NOT FAMILIES IN
OAKVILLE WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT TO
SUFFER THANKS TO THIS
GOVERNMENT'S INACTION AND
INDIFFERENCE.
ON THE PREMIER'S WATCH, WE HAVE
SEEN THOUSANDS OF JOB LOSSES IN
WINDSOR, IN OSHAWA, IN AJAX, AND
MORE.
I HAVE HEARD FROM MANY FAMILIES
IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY WHO ARE
ALREADY STRUGGLING THANKS TO THE
PREMIER'S CUTS TO HEALTH CARE
AND EDUCATION AND THE SKY-HIGH
COST OF LIVING THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT ONLY HAS MADE WORSE.
THE PREMIER NEEDS TO IMMEDIATELY
START WORKING WITH UNIFOR AND
THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY TO SECURE
A NEW PRODUCT LINE FOR OAKVILLE
PLANTS.
WILL THE PREMIER FINALLY TAKE
ACTION TO SAVE AUTO JOBS?
WILL MORE WORKERS HAVE TO BE
SENT TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE
BEFORE THE PREMIER FINALLY DOES
SOMETHING TO PROTECT THIS
IMPORTANT INDUSTRY TO ONTARIO?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Fedeli says AGAIN SPEAKER, WE WANT THE
EMPLOYEES AT THE OAKVILLE
ASSEMBLY COMPLEX TO KNOW THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT STANDS WITH THEM
AND THEIR FAMILIES.
YESTERDAY WHEN THE PREMIER
TALKED TO FORD MOTOR COMPANY
PRETTY AND MY CALLS WITH THEIR
TEAM, WE TOLD THEM, WE SAID WE
ARE ACTIVELY WORKING WITH THE
MINUTE STREER OF LABOUR,
TRAINING SKILLS AND DEVELOPMENT
ON HOW TO HELP WITH SUPPORT
THIS. SITUATION IS EXACTLY WHY
WE DEVELOPED DRIVING PROSPERITY
FOR OUR 40 MILLION DOLLAR PLAN FOR
TONT'S AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR, WITH
FORD ADDING 400 CONNECTED AND
AUTONOMOUS RESEARCH JOBS IN
OTTAWA.
G.M. ADDING 700 OF THOSE SAME
JOBS IN MARKHAM, WITH UBER
ADDING 300 OF THOSE SAME
CONNECTED AND AUTONOMOUS JOBS
HERE IN TORONTO, WE ARE
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE.
WE ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE
TOYOTA ON THEIR J.D. POWER AWARD
MAKING THEM THE SINGLE-BEST
AUTOMOTIVE PLANT IN ALL OF THE
WORLD.
MR. SPEAKER, WE DO KNOW HOW TO
BUILD CARS IN ONTARIO AND THE
REST...

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

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

Hogarth is in her late thirties, with shoulder-length, straight blond hair. She wears a beige and black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR
THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
A RELIABLE AND ROBUST PUBLIC
TRANSIT NETWORK IS WHAT
ONTARIANS EXPECT.
THE GPA'S RELENTLESS GRID CLOCK
PROBLEM CALLS FOR REAL
SOLUTIONS... G.T.A., SOLUTIONS
THAT WILL MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR
COMMUTERS SO THEY CAN GET TO
WORK AND HOME FASTER AND EASIER.
JUST RECENTLY, AN INDEPENDENT
STUDY FROM UNIVERSITY TORONTO
EXPERTS WAS RELEASED THAT
EXAMINES HOW EXACTLY THE ONTARIO
LINE, THE CENTREPIECE OF OUR
HISTORIC SUBWAY TRANSIT PLAN
WILL BENEFIT G.T.A. COMMUTERS.
WITH:THE MINISTER PLEASE SHARE
THE FINDINGS OF THIS REPORT?

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

The caption changes to "Honourable Caroline Mulroney. Minister of Transportation."

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

She says WELL, THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE FOR THE
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, FOR DECADES
POLITICAL SQUABBLING HAS
PREVENTED US FROM MOVING FORWARD
TOGETHER ON BUILDING TRANSIT IN
THE G.T.A.
THIS REPORT CONFIRMS THAT THE
ONTARIO LINE STANDS TO BENEFIT
ALL TORONTO COMMUTERS, INCLUDING
MARGINALIZED COMMUNITY WHO HAVE
HAD LIMITED ACCESS TO PUBLIC
TRANSIT UNTIL NOW.
THE REPORT CONCLUDES THAT THE
BENEFITS OF THE ONTARIO LINE ARE
AND I QUOTE "CONCENTRATED AMONG
LOW INCOME, VISIBLE MINORITY,
COMPARED TO THE AVERAGE BENEFITS
ACROSS THE POPULATION.
THE ONTARIO LINE WILL GRANT
ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSIT TO
COMMUNITIES THAT NEED IT MOST.
IT'S A PATHWAY FORWARD TO LIFT
UP THE CITY'S MOST VULNERABLE BY
CONNECTING MORE PEOPLE TO MORE
JOBS, AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hogarth says WELL, I WANT TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR THAT ANSWER.
IT IS GREAT TO HEAR HOW
FAR-REACHING THE BENEFITS OF THE
ONTARIO LINE WILL BE.
RESIDENTS IN MY RIDING OF
ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE ARE LOOKING
FORWARD TO FINALLY SEEING REAL
PROGRESS BE MADE ON GETTING
SUBWAYS BUILT RIGHT HERE IN
TORONTO.
THE STUDY CONDUCTED BY U OF T
EXPERTS UNDERSCORES JUST HOW
IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE WORK
TOGETHER TO GET THE ONTARIO LINE
BUILT.
COULD THE MINISTER TELL US MORE
ABOUT THE ONTARIO LINE, AND WHAT
IT WILL BRING TO TORONTO
COMMUTERS?

The Speaker says ONCE AGAIN, MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

Mulroney says THANK YOU AGAIN, MEMBER OF
ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE FOR THE
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE PUT FORWARD
A PROPOSAL THAT WAS ENDORSED BY
THE MAYOR, BY CITY STAFF, AND BY
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
THE NEW ONTARIO LINE WILL COVER
15.5 KILOMETRES CREATING A NEW
ACCESS ACROSS THE CITY CENTRE
CONNECTING ONTARIO PLACE THROUGH
DOWNTOWN TORONTO, TO THE ONTARIO
SCIENCE CENTRE.
THE ONTARIO LINE WILL BENEFIT
ALL WALKS OF LIFE, AND THE STUDY
SHOWS IT.
THE REPORT CONFIRMS THAT AND I
QUOTE "LOW INCOME POPULATIONS
ARE MORE LIKELY TO SEE MORE
REDUCTION IN TRANSIT TRAVEL TIME
THAN THE TORONTO POPULATION ON
AVERAGE.
THE ONTARIO LINE AND OUR
REMAINING 3 PRIORITY PROJECTS
ARE GOOD FOR TORONTO, AND THEY
ARE GOOD FOR THE REGION AND THEY
ARE GOOD FOR THE PROVINCE.
TODAY, I'M CALLING ON ALL
MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO JOIN US
AND THE CITY OF TORONTO TO
SUPPORT US IN OUR EFFORTS TO
BUILD TRANSIT IN THE G.T.A.

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

The caption changes to "Laura Mae Lindo. NDP. Kitchener Centre."

Lindo is in her thirties, with long highlighted hair in thin dreads, in an updo. She wears a checkered black and yellow blazer over a black shirt, and beaded necklaces.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
THIS SUMMER, THE ONTARIO NDP
CAUCUS HOSTED DEPUTATION
MEETINGS WHERE WE HEARD TIME AND
TIME AGAIN THAT FOOD AND
SECURITY WAS DISPROPORTIONATELY
IMPACTING BLACK COMMUNITIES.
AND LAST WEEK, A STUDY RELEASED
BY FOOD SHARE, THE UNIVERSITY OF
TORONTO CONFIRMED THIS.
28 percent OF BLACK CANADIANS ARE AT
RISK OF GOING HUNGRY COMPARED TO
10 percent OF WHITE CANADIANS.
AND YET, JUST LIKE THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT BEFORE THEM, THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO COMMIT
ANY REAL RESOURCES TO ANTIRACISM
INITIATIVES.
MY QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER,
WHAT STEPS IS YOUR GOVERNMENT
TAKING TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS?

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says SOLICITOR GENERAL.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.

The caption changes to "Honourable Sylvia Jones. PC. Solicitor General."

Jones is in her sixties, with straight blond hair in a short bob. She wears glasses and a purple blazer, skirt and shirt ensemble.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW THE ANTIRACISM
DIRECTORATE AND THE STAFF
WORKING THERE ARE DOING SOME
REALLY EXCITING THINGS.
WE HAVE WORKED WITH THEM ON SOME
OF THE REPORTING THAT THE
MINUTE... MEMBER OPPOSITE WOULD
KNOW FULL WELL IS COMING FORWARD
IN THE COMING MONTHS.
I AM PROUD OF THE WORK THAT THEY
ARE DOING.
I THINK RESPECTFULLY THAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IS NOT HAVING A
DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE
ROLE OF THE ANTIRACISM
DIRECTORATE IS AND DOES, AND THE
FACT SHE CONTINUES TO BASICALLY
SUGGEST THAT THESE VERY VALUABLE
INDIVIDUALS WORKING WITHIN THE
DIRECTORATE HAVE BEEN DOING
NOTHING FOR THE LAST MONTH IS
DISENGENUOUS AT BEST.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Lindo says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AGAIN TO THE PREMIER, RACISM IS
NOT AN ABSTRACT PROBLEM.
RACISM IS CAUSING ONTARIANS TO
GO HUNGRY.
THAT IS, I UNDERSTAND.
WHEN THE CONSERVATIVES HAD TO
SQUEEZE PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH
THE COST OF BAKES ESSENTIALS,
BLACK FAMILIES HAVE BEEN
DISPROPORTIONATELY HURT.
THAT MEANS BLACK CHILDREN ARE
MORE LIKELY TO GO TO SCHOOL HUNG
DEGREES, BLACK PARENTS ARE MORE
LIKELY TO BE FORCED TO CHOOSE
BETWEEN PAYING THEIR HYDRO BILL
OR PAYING FOR GROCERIES THIS
WEEK.
AND NOW, WE HAVE DATA TO PROVE
IT.
SO AGAIN, I ASK THE PREMIER,
WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT BEGIN
COLLECTING AND ANALYZING
RACE-BASED DATA AND FIND
SOLUTIONS TO SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS
THAT ARE CAUSING VERY REAL
SUFFERING FOR BLACK COMMUNITIES
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE?

The Speaker says SOLICITOR
GENERAL TO RESPOND.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, ON THIS, I BELIEVE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND I CAN AGREE.
WE ARE FOCUSED ON ENSURING THAT
WE HAVE GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO WHICH IS WHY
FRANKLY WE NEED TO APPLAUD THE
FACT THAT 272000 JOBS HAVE BEEN
CREATED IN... SINCE OUR
GOVERNMENT WAS FORMED.
NOW, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT WHEN
OUR FAMILIES ARE CHALLENGED WITH
PAYING ADDITIONAL COSTS LIKE
CARBON TAX, ON GAS, IT HAS AN
IMPACT ON THEIR ABILITY TO LOOK
AFTER THEIR CHILDREN.
WE ARE LOOKING AFTER THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO.
WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT THOSE
JOBS ARE THERE AND THAT IS WHY
WE HAVE CREATED THINGS LIKE THE
RED TAPE COMMISSION, WHERE WE
CAN ACTUALLY UNLOCK SO MUCH OF
THE AMAZING POTENTIAL THAT WE
HAVE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
WITH OUR JOBS CREATORS.
I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH PREMIER
FORD ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT WORK.
And I'll CONTINUE TO DO THAT WITH ALL our cabinet and caucus.

The Speaker says That concludes the time we have available for Question Period this morning.

Watch: Question Period: Tuesday, October 29, 2019