Transcript: Question Period: Monday, November 18, 2019 | Nov 19, 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.

He says IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL
QUESTIONS, AND 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 burgundy blazer over a black shirt, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
PARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE
ANXIOUSLY WATCHING THE NEWS
ABOUT ONTARIO SCHOOLS THIS WEEK,
AND LOOKING FOR A GOVERNMENT
THAT'S READY TO WORK WITH
EDUCATORS IN OUR CLASSROOMS.
YET FOR THE LAST YEAR, THE
PREMIER HAS RELENTLESSLY
ATTACKED TEACHERS EVEN REFERRING
TO THEM AS UNION THUGS.
THE GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO
APOLOGIZE FOR THOSE REMARKS,
SPEAKER, WHEN GIVEN A CHANCE
EARLIER THIS YEAR, SO I'M ASKING
THE MINISTER NOW, DOES HE THINK
THAT THE PREMIER'S COMMENTS WERE
ACCEPTABLE?

The Speaker says QUESTIONS
ADDRESSED 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 gray suit, white shirt, and blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, IT'S THE
PREMIER AND EVERY MEMBER OF THIS
TEAM THAT VALUES OUR FRONTLINE
WORKER, DOCTORS, NURSES, STAFF,
AND WE VALUE THE LIVES OF EVERY
CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY.
PART OF AN ANNOUNCEMENT I MADE
THIS MORNING TO ENCOURAGE ALL
PARTIES TO TURN TO MEDIATION, SO
WE CAN ENSURE WE GET A DEAL FOR
THE CHILDREN OF THIS PROVINCE.
SO WE CAN ENSURE KIDS REMAIN IN
CLASS.
MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THE CUPE DEAL
WE TURN TO MEDIATION, IT WAS A
PRUDENT TOOL, IT WAS AN
INDEPENDENT POINT OF CONTACT
THAT HELPED BRING THE PARTIES
TOGETHER, BRIDGE THE GAP AND GET
A GOOD DEAL FOR ALL PARTIES.
WE SEEK TO REPLICATE THAT WITH
OUR TEACHERS, BECAUSE AT THE END
OF THE DAY OUR FOCUS FOR THIS
GOVERNMENT IS KEEPING KIDS IN
CLASS.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Horwath says IF THE
MINISTER WAS SERIOUS HE WOULD BE
OFFERING MEDIATION STRAIGHT TO
THE UNION AND NOT THROUGH THE
MEDIA.
THAT WOULD BE THE RESPECTFUL
THING TO DO.
MOST ONTARIANS RESPECT THE WORK
DONE BY TEACHERS IN THE
CLASSROOM.
BUT FOR THE LAST YEAR THE
PREMIER OF ONTARIO HAS REALLY
ONLY BEEN INSULTING THEM.
HE'S BLAMED THEM FOR THE
FAILURES OF HIS OWN POLICIES.
LAST SPRING WITH THE STUDENTS
WALKED OUT OF THE CLASSROOM TO
PROTEST THE GOVERNMENT'S
EDUCATION CUTS, THE PREMIER
CLAIMS THEY WERE ORDERED TO DO
SO BY THEIR TEACHERS.
AND HE STUCK BY THAT CLAIM, EVEN
WHEN STUDENTS CAME OUT HERE AT
QUEEN'S PARK TO TELL THEM THAT
HE WAS WRONG.
DOES THE MINISTER THINK THAT
THIS IS THE WAY TO BUILD A
RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIP?
AND IF NOT, WILL HE APOLOGIZE ON
BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT HE
SERVES UNDER FOR THE PREMIER'S
COMMENTS AND HIS PASSES.

The Speaker says AGAIN MINISTER
OF EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS GOVERNMENT
SINCE DAY WAS WAS TO LAND
VOLUNTARY SETTLEMENTS WITH ALL
UNIONS, ENSURE ALL STUDENTS IN
OF PROVINCE REMAIN IN CLASS.
WE OFFER MEDIATION TO THE UNIONS
AND TO THE PUBLIC, BECAUSE
URGOVERNMENT IS GOING TO REMAIN
INSTRUCTIVE AND REFEIGNED FOCUS
ON GETTING DEALS.
IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT AND THE
PARTIES THAT TURNED TO A
MEDIATOR AND AN INDEPENDENT
THIRD PARTY THAT WAS ABLE TO
BRING THE PARTIES TOGETHER AND
GET A GOOD SETTLEMENT, A
SETTLEMENT THAT HELPED US
ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES WE
SOUGHT, AS WELL AS INSURING WE
REINVESTED MONEY IN THE FRONT
LINE THAT HAD OVER 1,000
FRONTLINE WORKERS IN THIS
PROVINCE.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH TO GET
GOOD DEALS FOR THE CHILDREN OF
THAT PROVINCE.

The Speaker says THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
SOMETHING ABOUT NEGOTIATING
THROUGH THE MEDIA...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says SOMETHING
ABOUT NEGOTIATING THROUGH THE
MEDIA ACTUALLY DELIES THIS
MINISTER'S ASSERTION THAT HE'S
RESPECTFULLY NEGOTIATING,
SPEAKER.
FOR OVER A YEAR THE PREMIER HAS
MADE IT CLEAR HE WAS SPOILING
FOR A FIGHT FOR THE WOMEN AND
MEN WHO TEACH OUR KIDS.
HE CALLED THEM THUGS.
HE SECRETLY ORDERED HIGH SCHOOL
WALKOUT ACROSS ONTARIO LAST
SPRING.
HE EVEN BLAMED THEM WHEN HE WAS
BOOED AT PUBLIC EVENTS.
THESE AREN'T THE ACTIONS OF A
LEADER OR A GOVERNMENT WHO WANT
TO WORK PRODUCTIVELY WITH
TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM.
SO CAN THE MINISTER TELL US, WHY
HAS THE PREMIER WORKED SO HARD
TO PICK A FIGHT WITH OUR
ADMINISTRATORS.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Lecce says WE'RE WORKING HARD TO GET
DEALS FOR THE CHILDREN OF OUR
PROVINCE.
WE ACCEPTED OF THE CRITICAL FEW
ISSUES THAT REMAIN AT THE TABLE,
THAT WE WANT TO UTILIZE THE
TALENTS OF A MEDIATOR, A THIRD
PARTY WHO CAN HELP BRING THE
PARTIES TOGETHER TO GET A
VOLUNTARY SETTLEMENT.
AND MR. SPEAKER, EVERY OBJECTIVE
WE HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR THROUGH
THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN FOCUSED IN
GOOD FAITH BARGAINING.
ONE UNION IN SPECIFIC HAS
ACTUALLY OPTED TO PUBLICIZE THE
OFFERS TABLED.
THAT IS THE DECISION OF OSTF NOT
THE GOVERNMENT.
WE WANT TO NEGOTIATE IN GOOD
FAITH WITH ONE MISSION IN MIND,
A GOOD DEAL THAT KEEPS CHILDREN
AND TEACHERS IN THIS PROVINCE IN
CLASS.

The Speaker says THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says BACK TO THE
EDUCATION MINISTER, IT'S NOT
JUST HIS WORDS TO TEACHERS AND
PARENTS IT'S HIS ACTIONS.
ONE OF THE FIRST ACTS OF THE
PREERL WAS TO PUT A PLAN IN
PLACE TO FIRE 10,000 TEACHERS.
AND DESPITE MONTHS OF DENIAL,
THAT PLAN WAS ACTUALLY STILL IN
PLACE.
THE PREMIER CLAIMS HE CONSULTED
THOUSANDS OF EDUCATORS AND
STUDENTS ABOUT THEIR HOPES FOR
EDUCATION, SO MY QUESTION IS,
HOW MANY TEACHERS WERE CONSULTED
WITH THE FORD'S GOVERNMENT PLAN
TO TAKE 10,000 JOBS AWAY.
AND HOW MANY PARENTS ASKED
FOROVERCROWDED CLASSROOM.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Lecce says PATIENTS HAVE ASKED US TO DO
EVERYTHING TO KEEP CHILDREN IN
CLASS.
THAT IS THE ISSUE THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AVOID.
WE ADOPTED THAT APPROACH WITH
CUPE, WE WORKED IN GOOD FAITH
NOTWITHSTANDING THE DEADLINE,
AND NATIONAL EBB AND FLOW AND
FRUSTRATIONS FROM THOSE
OBSERVING.
WE GOT A DEAL, AND WE SEEK TO DO
THAT WITH OUR TEACHERS.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING FOR FAMILIES
IS THAT EVERY THREE YEARS THEY
HAVE TO FACE A CYCLICAL AND OMNI
PRESIDENT REALITY OF A LABOUR
STRIKE WHERE THEIR CHILDREN MAY
NOT BE IN CLASS ON MONDAY.
THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE WE WANT TO
PROVIDE PREDICTABILITY TO THE
TEACHERS OF THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, IF THE MINISTER WERE
ACTUALLY LISTENING TO THE ADVICE
OF PARENTS, AS HE CLAIMS, HE
WOULDN'T BE NEGOTIATING THROUGH
THE MEDIA BY SUGGESTING THAT
MEDIATION SHOULD HAPPEN TO THE
PUBLIC AS OPPOSED TO TALKING TO
THE UNIONS DIRECTLY.
STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ARE
LOOKING TO SUPPORT SCHOOLS THAT
WILL WILL ALLOW KIDS TO THRIVE.
FOR THE LAST YEAR THE PREMIER
HAS BEEN TEARING DOWN THE PEOPLE
WHO MAKE THOSE SCHOOLS WORK
WHILE MAKING DEEP CUTS IN THE
CLASSROOM.
AFTER UNILATERALLY OPPOSING CUTS
THAT NO ONE ASKED FOR.
THE GOVERNMENT UNILATERALLY AND
UNCONSTITUTIONALLY IMPOSED A SAL
RAY CAP.
HOW CAN THE PREMIER MAKE CUTS,
INTRUSIONS INTO BARGAINING, CALL
TEACHERS NAMES BARGAIN THROUGH
THE MEDIA AND HAVE THE BRASS TO
CLAIM THAT THEY'RE NOT LOOKING
FOR A FIGHT WITH TEACHERS.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION AGAIN.

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, WE SEEK A
RESOLUTION WITH OUR TEACHERS,
BECAUSE WE VALUE THEIR WORK.
MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS THIS
GOVERNMENT THAT WANT O'ED IN THE
LAST BUDGET TO ALLOCATE OVER
1.5 BILLION DOLLARS TO ENSURE TEACHERS
REMAINED IN CLASS.
IT WAS THIS GOVERNMENT WHO
ANNOUNCED IN THIS MOST RECENT
ECONOMIC STATEMENT.
200 MILLION DOLLARS MORE DOLLARS, THE
HIGHEST INVESTMENT EVER RECORDED
IN THE HISTORY OF THIS PROVINCE,
UNDER THIS PROGRESSIVE
CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS THIS
GOVERNMENT, THEY MORE THAN
DOUBLED THE FUNDING FOR MENTAL
HEALTH, IT WAS THIS GOVERNMENT
THAT HIRED NEARLY 200
PSYCHOLOGISTS, PSYCHOTHERAPYISTS
FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS.
IT'S THIS GOVERNMENT THAT IS
REVAMPLING OUR MATH CURRICULUM,
GOING BACK TO CURRICULUM AND
KEEPING FOCUSSED TO KEEP KIDS IN
CLASS.
WE HOPE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS
LEGISLATURE WILL STAND WITH THE
GOVERNMENT AND STAND WITH THE
PARENTS IN KEEPING THIS TO BE
THEIVE.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL, THIS
MINISTER KNOWS VERY WELL THAT
WITH TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION
STUDENT POPULATION GROWTH AND
INFLATION, HIS RAW NUMBERS
REALLY MEAN NOTHING.
THE LAST YEAR HAS BEEN TOUGH FOR
PARENTS AND STUDENTS, HOWEVER,
MR. SPEAKER.
THEY'VE ALREADY SEEN LAYOFFS FOR
TEACHERS AND EDUCATION WORKERS,
EXPANDED CLASS SIZES ARE A
REALITY.
THE ELIMINATION OF THOUSANDS OF
HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES HAVE TAKEN
PLACE.
AND PROGRAMS LIKE FULL-DAY
KINDERGARTEN ARE PUT AT RISK.
INSTEAD OF WORKING WITH THE
TEACHERS AND EDUCATION WORKERS
WHO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS WORK, THE
PREMIER HAS CALLED THEM NAMES.
PARENTS AND STUDENTS ACROSS
ONTARIO DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER
THAN THAT, MR. SPEAKER.
IS THE GOVERNMENT GOING TO START
UNDOING THE DAMAGE OR ARE THEY
GOING TO CONTINUE WITH THE
PREMIER'S AGENDA OF CUTS IN THE
CLASSROOM AND PICKING FIGHTS
WITH THE EDUCATORS WHO MAKE OUR
SCHOOLS RIGHT.

Lecce says THIS GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO
INVEST IN THE STUDENTS OF THIS
PROVINCE.
WE ARE ON TRACK THIS YEAR, MR.
SPEAKER, TO SPEND MORE THAN 1.2
BILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN WE DID LAST
YEAR.
WE'RE INVEST 200 MILLION DOLLARS MORE
IN THIS ECONOMIC STATEMENT
ANNOUNCED BY THE MINISTER OF
EMPLOYMENT.
SPEAKER, WE'RE DOING ALL OF
THIS, MORE EXPENDITURE FOR
HEALTH AND EDUCATION, THE
SERVICES SO CONSEQUENTIAL TO THE
LIVES OF OUR FAMILIES, WHILE
KEEP COSTS LOW AND ON TRACK TO
BALANCE.
THIS IS THE PLAN FOR EVERY
PERSON IN THIS PROVINCE SO THE
NEXT GENERATION WON'T HAVE TO BE
BURDENED WITH DEBT.
WE BELIEVE BY INVESTING IN
CHILDREN AND EDUCATION, WE BUILD
A SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE CAN
ACHIEVE THEIR POTENTIAL, GET
GOOD JOBS AND BE ABLE TO
CONTRIBUTE TO THIS COUNTRY'S
DEVELOPMENT, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered blond hair in a bob. She wears a black blazer over a leopard print blouse, and a pearl necklace.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THIS MORNING PARENTS HEARD MORE
CONCERNING NEWS ABOUT TALKS WITH
TEACHERS AND DISRUPTION IN OUR
SCHOOLS.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF EDUCATION.
FOR MONTHS.
PREMIER HAS DONE HIS UTMOST TO
PICK A FIGHT WITH TEACHERS IN
THE CLASSROOM, AND TODAY INSTEAD
OF BACKING DOWN FROM THEIR CUTS,
THE MINISTER GOES TO A PRESS
CONFERENCE AND TRIES TO BLAME
ANYONE BUT THE PREMIER HIMSELF
WHO STARTED THIS FIGHT.
BARGAINING WAS LITERALLY...
BARGAINING WAS DELAYED BECAUSE
THE MINISTER HAD TO HOLD YET
ANOTHER PRESS CONFERENCE.
WHY IS THE PREMIER MORE FOCUS ON
ESCALATING TENSIONS INSTEAD OF
WORKING TOWARDS A SOLUTION.

The Speaker says AGAIN, THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU.
AND THANK YOU TO THE NEB
OPPOSITE.
MR. SPEAKER, I OFTEN REFLECT AS
A STUDENT OF HISTORY ON WHAT IS
THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IN THIS
EXPERIENCE.
WHAT UNITES PREMIER BOB REAL
ESTATE, MIKE HARRIS, ERNIE
EAVES, KATHLEEN WYNNE, DALTON
MCGUINTY AND NOW DOUG FORD, IS
THE COMMONALITY, THE IDEOLOGY OR
THE VALUE STATEMENT OF THE PARTY
OR THE FACT IN EACH AND EVERY
EXAMPLE UNIONS HAVE OPTED
TOVINGLATION.
OUR MISSION, OR PRACTICE IS ON
GETTING DEALS.
WE HAVE SEEN THIS STORY BEFORE.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE GOVERNMENT
IS TO SAY TO FAMILIES, WE'LL DO
EVERYTHING IN OUR TOOLKIT TO GET
DEALS.
TODAY I OPTED TO TURN TO
MEDIATION ENCOURAGING THE MEMBERS OF THE UNION AND THE
TRUSTEES TO CONSIDER IT AS A
VIABLE PATH TO GET DEALS.
IT IS A CONSTRUCTIVE OPTION, A
THIRD PARTY OPTION, AND IT HAS
WORKED FOR CUPE JUST WEEKS AGO.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTIONS.

Stiles says MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD
ENCOURAGE THE MINISTER TO GO
BACK TO HISTORY CLASS THAT'S
PROBABLY BEING CUT UNDER HIS
GOVERNMENT.
OUR TEACHERS, STUDENTS, AND
FAMILIES ALL DESERVE...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT SIDE
COME TO ORDER...

Stiles says THE CUTS AND CHAOS THEY
HAVE ROLLED UP.
THEY CREATED A CRISIS IN OUR
SCHOOLS.
CATHOLIC TEACHERS TODAY DESCRIBE
CHAOS, CHAOS AT THE BARGAINING
TABLE WITH A GOVERNMENT CHANGING
TEAMS AND PROPOSALS
MID-NEGOTIATION.
INSTEAD OF WORKING WITH TEACHERS
IN GOOD FAITH TO FIX THIS MESS,
THEY'RE GOING TO THE PRESS
TRYING TO AVOID BLAME.
WHEN WILL THE GOVERNMENT REVERSE
THEIR CUTS TO EDUCATION, AND
START FIXING THE DAMAGE INSTEAD
OF EXACERBATING THE COUNTRY.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND TO
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Lecce says WHAT I AFFIRM TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE, SINCE DAY ONE WE HAVE
DONE EVERYTHING WE CAN TO GET A
DEAL.
WHEN WE FACE CHALLENGES WITH OUR
PARTNERS AND CUPE WE OFFER MORE
DAYS, TURN TO A MEDIATOR.
WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO BE
CONSTRUCTIVE, BECAUSE FAMILIES
IN THIS PROVINCE DESERVE TO KNOW
THAT THERE ARE FORCES AT THE
TABLE THAT ARE GOING TO FIGHT TO
KEEP THEIR KIDS IN CLASSROOMS
EVERY DAY.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOT AN
ABSTRACTION, IT'S A REAL REALITY
THAT WE GOT A DEAL RATIFIED WITH
CUPE, BY ADVANCING THAT
ENVISION, KEEPING KIDS IN CLASS
AND TEACHERS AT THE FRONTLINE.
WE WANT TO DO THAT WITH
TEACHERS.
WE VALUE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND
WE WANT TO KEEP THEM IN CLASS
TOO WORKING.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE DOING
EVERYTHING WE CAN TO WORK WITH
OUR PARTIES TO GET A DEAL.
I HOPE ALL PARTIES WOULD LOOK TO
AN INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY WITH
A PROMISE TO REACH DEAL TO KEEP
ALL OUR CONSTITUENTS' CHILDREN
IN CLASS.
SCOMBL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THE NEXT question. The member for Durham.

The caption changes to "Lindsey E. Park. PC. Durham."

Park is in her twenties, with long straight blond hair. She wears a sleeveless gray shirt, and a purple scarf.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE ASSOCIATE
MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS AND
RED TAPE REDUCTION.
THE PEOPLE OF DURHAM AND ALL
ACROSS ONTARIO EXPECT US TO WORK
TOWARDS, AND TAKE MEASURES THAT
ENSURE CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER,
AND AN ENVIRONMENT THAT'S
PROTECTED ACROSS THIS PROVINCE
FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
I KNOW THAT'S ONE OF THE GUIDING
PRINCIPLES THE MINISTRY USED IN
DEVELOPING HIS PROPOSAL, THE
BETTER FOR PEOPLE, SMARTER FOR
BUSINESS PACKAGE.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
ME HOW THE BETTER FOR PEOPLE,
SMARTER FOR BUSINESS ACT IS
ENSURING THE ENVIRONMENT IS
PROTECTED FOR FUTURE
GENERATIONS?

The Speaker says THE ASSOCIATE
MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND
RED TAPE REDUCTION.

The caption changes to "Honourable Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria. PC. Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction."

Singh Sarkaria is in his thirties, with a prominent full beard. He wears a purple turban, gray suit, white shirt and light gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR DURHAM.
I KNOW THE MEMBER FOR DURHAM
CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THE
ENVIRONMENT AND IS ALWAYS
LOOKING FOR WAYS TO WORK
TOGETHER WITH INDUSTRY AND
OTHERS TO ENSURE THAT OUR
ENVIRONMENT IS PROTECTED FOR THE
FUTURE GENERATIONS OF OUR
PROVINCE.
THE BETTER FOR PEOPLE, SMARTER
FOR BUSINESS ACT IS TAKING AN
APPROACH TO FIXING ONTARIO'S
BROKEN REGULATORY FRAMEWORK.
ONE.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THIS
GOVERNMENT WHILE EASING
REGULATORY BIRDS IS MAINTAINING
A CLEAR FOCUS ON PROTECTING AND
SAFEGUARDING ONTARIO'S
ENVIRONMENT.
SMARTER REGULATION IS NOT AT
ODDS WITH THIS PRIORITY, MR.
SPEAKER.
WHEN OPERATING PROPERLY, THESE
PRINCIPLES GO HAND IN HAND.
THAT'S WHY OUR PACKAGE, FOR
INSTANCE, PROPOSES TO EXPAND THE
USE OF ADMINISTRATIVE MONETARY
PENALTIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
VIOLATIONS IN ORDER TO HOLD
POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE.
THE BROADER USE OF
ADMINISTRATIVE MONETARY
PENALTIES WILL ALLOW THE
GOVERNMENT TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION
AGAINST ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Park says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR
HIS WORK ON THIS FILE.
YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH
JUST TO HAVE LAWS ON THE BOOKS
WITHOUT ANY CONSEQUENCE FOR
VIOLATIONS.
SO I'M PLEASED TO HEAR THE
MINISTER HAS BEEN THOUGHTFUL IN
HIS APPROACH TO PROTECTING OUR
ENVIRONMENT FOR FUTURE
GENERATIONS.
I'D LIKE THE MINISTER TO BE A
BIT MORE SPECIFIC.
CAN YOU TELL ME HOW YOU PROPOSE
TO HOLD THOSE WHO COMMIT
ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS
ACCOUNTABLE?

The Speaker says THE ASSOCIATE
MINISTER.

Singh Sarkaria says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
RIGHT NOW, ONLY 140 FACILITIES
IN THIS PROVINCE CAN BE FINED
FOR VIOLATIONS THROUGH
ADMINISTRATIVE MONETARY
PENALTIES.
THE BETTER FOR PEOPLE, SMARTER
FOR BUSINESS ACT, IF PASSED,
WILL INCREASE THAT NUMBER TO UP
TO 150,000 FACILITIES IN THE
PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE STRENGTHENING
ENFORCEMENT, AND ADDING NEW
TOOLS SO THAT IF A COMPANY IS
BREAKING THE RULES AND MAKING
AND BENEFITTING FINANCIALLY FROM
DOING SO, NOT ONLY WHETHER THEY
BE FINED UNDER THIS NEW SYSTEM,
THEY WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE
ECONOMIC BENEFIT AS WELL.
AND TO BE FURTHER REFERRED FOR
PROSECUTION.
WE'VE MADE IT MUCH TOUGHER ON
ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATERS, MR.
SPEAKER.
WHAT WE'RE DOING THROUGH THIS
PACKAGE IS ADDING YET ANOTHER
TOOL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICERS
TO DO THE IMPORTANT WORK OF
SAFEGUARDING OUR ENVIRONMENT ON
BEHALF OF ALL ONTARIANS AND
PROTECTING OUR FUTURE
GENERATIONS.
THANK YOU.

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

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

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

He says I THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL, SPEAKER.
AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL KNOWS OR
SHOULD KNOW JUDICIAL
APPOINTMENTS ARE LIFETIME
APPOINTMENTS.
AND KEEPING THE APPOINTMENT
PROCESS FAIR AND IMPARTIAL IS
VITALLY IMPORTANT TO THE JUSTICE
SYSTEM.
BUT LAST WEEK THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL REVEALED THAT THE FORD
GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING CHANGES
TO THE JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS
PROCESS, AND TO QUOTE ONE LEGAL
EXPERT, THE REASON IS OBVIOUS.
HE SAID, QUOTE, THEY WANT A
BUNCH OF NAMES SO THEY CAN LOOK
DOWN AND FIND A NICE SOUL MEAT
TORY, END QUOTE.
SPEAKER, WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
TRYING TO CHANGE THE
APPOINTMENTS PROCESS TO MAKE IT
EASIER TO HIRE THEIR FRIENDS?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL.

The caption changes to "Honourable Doug Downey. PC. Attorney General."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WAS EXPECTING THE QUESTION,
BECAUSE I READ THE PAPERS THIS
MORNING, AND THE PAPERS ACTUALLY
TALKED ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT
THAT I MADE LAST WEEK.
SO NO SHOCK AT ALL.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I CAN TELL YOU, I HEAR OVER AND
OVER AGAIN ABOUT OUR JUSTICE
SYSTEM AND HOW WE CAN ALWAYS DO
BETTER.
AND THIS IS NOT A NOTION THAT I
CAME TO IN THE LAST COUPLE OF
MONTHS.
30 YEARS AGO I WAS WORKING,
TRAINING NEW JUDGES ON HOW TO DO
PAPER WORK.
I PROBABLY DEALT WITH MORE
JUDGES THAN ANYBODY ELSE IN THIS
CHAMBER, THEN I DID A COURSE IN
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FOR
COURTS, THEN A LAW DEGREE, MR.
SPEAKER, THEN I WORKED IN THE
JUDICIAL SYSTEM FOR SEVERAL,
SEVERAL YEARS.
MR. SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU,
LEGAL AID, I TOOK LEGAL AID
CERTIFICATES, THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
MR. SPEAKER...

[INTERJECTIONS]

Downey says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL
HAVE MORE TO SAY IN MY
SUPPLEMENTARY.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Natyshak says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
AS WE JUST SAW WITH THE
MINISTER'S RESPONSE.
WE'VE SEEN WITH THE FORD
GOVERNMENT IN ACTION, AND WE
KNOW THEY LIKE TO GIVE JOBS TO
THEIR FRIENDS, RELATIVES AND
INSIDERS, WHETHER IT'S HIRING A
26-YEAR-OLD LACROSSE PLAYING
BUDDY OF THE PREMIER'S CHIEF OF
STAFF TO A JOB IN MANHATTAN OR
TRYING TO INSTALL THE PREMIER'S
FRIEND AS CHIEF OF STAFF OR
CHIEF OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL
POLICE, RATHER, OR FIRING THE
ACTING COMMISSIONERS OF THE OPP
WHEN HE HAD THE COURAGE TO BLOW
THE WHISTLE, WE KNOW THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT CAN'T BE TRUSTED TO
RUN A FAIR APPOINTMENTS PROCESS.
SPEAKER, THE JUDICIAL
APPOINTMENTS PROCESS IS WORKING
WELL.
WHY IS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
TRYING TO CHANGE THAT?

The Speaker says THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL REPLY.

Downey says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAT WE
NEED TO DO.
I'M DRAWING ON MY EXPERIENCE AS
AN EXECUTIVE MEMBER ON THE
ONTARIO BAR ASSOCIATION, ON MY
VOLUNTEER TIME WITH THE LAW
SOCIETY OF ONTARIO.
I'M CONSULTING WITH FORMER
ATTORNEY GENERAL.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Downey says TO TALK TO SEVERAL ATTORNEY
GENERALS FEDERALLY AND
PROVINCIALLY.
I CAN TELL YOU MR. SPEAKER,
THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO DO TO
MAKE OUR SYSTEM SO MUCH BETTER.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS SUGGESTION,
THE SUGGESTION THAT WE WOULD NOT
BE ABLE TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM,
THAT WE NEED WHAT WE NEED, MR.
SPEAKER, IF YOU LOOK AT THESE
YOUNG PAGES, THESE YOUNG PAGES
AROUND US, THAT WAS ME WHEN THIS
SYSTEM WAS BROUGHT IN.
THINGS CHANGE, WE NEED TO
MODERNIZE, WE NEED TO MOVE
FORWARD.
WE NEED TO ATTRACT THE BEST.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

The caption changes to "Amanda Simard. Independent. Glengarry-Prescott-Russell."

Simard is in her late twenties, with long straight brown hair in a bun. She wears a black blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO
THE DEPUTY PREMIER.
FOR MONTHS, AND EVEN YEARS NOW,
THE HUSBAND OF ONE OF THE
GOVERNMENT CAUCUS MEMBERS, THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE
HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN VICIOUSLY
ATTACKING MEMBERS OF THE
FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY, MAKING
HATEFUL AND RACIST COMMENTS.
JUST RECENTLY HE TARGETED A
FRANCOPHONE REPORTER MOCKING HIS
FRENCH NATIONALITY.
I COULD REFERENCE SO MANY
EXAMPLES, BUT HERE'S JUST ONE.
HE POSTED ONLINE THAT THE LEADER OF THE ORGANIZATION HAD HIS NOSE
UP IN A SPECIFIC BODY PART OF THE FORMER FRENCH LANGUAGE
COMMISSIONER.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ASK THE MEMBER
TO TAKE HER SEAT.
THE QUESTION HAS TO BE ABOUT
GOVERNMENT POLICY.
COULD THE MEMBER REPHRASE HER
QUESTION.

Simard says THAT'S RELATED TO A CAUCUS MEMBER'S POSITION.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
WILL THE MEMBER PLEASE TAKE HER
SEAT.
WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HEAR THE MEMBER.
ONCE AGAIN, THE QUESTION HAS TO
BE ABOUT GOVERNMENT POLICY.
I'LL GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO
REPHRASE YOUR QUESTION.

Simard says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THAT.

The Speaker says WE'RE GOING TO
MOVE ON.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE NEXT question. The member for Niagara West.

The caption changes to "Sam Oosterhoff. PC. Niagara West."

Oosterhoff is in his early twenties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and patterned burgundy tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF HEALTH.
OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS IN
ONTARIO, WE HAVE SEEN THE
PROBLEM OF HALLWAY HEALTH CARE
GROW AND GROWER.
AND I'M PROUD OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO END HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE.
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT
SUPPORTED BY THE NDP IGNORED THE
PROBLEMS WITH OUR PUBLIC HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM AND IT WAS
ESPECIALLY TRUE OF THE PROBLEMS
FACED GOO I SMALL AND MEDIUM
HOSPITALS.
WE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED INCREASED
FUNDING FOR HOSPITAL OPERATIONS
ACROSS ONTARIO TO HELP ADDRESS
MANY YEARS OF NEGLECT.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US HOUSE
WHAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS DOING
TO END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE IN
THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
premier.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, PREMIER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER
FROM NIAGARA WEST FOR THE
QUESTION. THE MEMBER IS RIGHT.
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT FAILED
TO ADDRESS CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS
AND PREPARE OUR HOSPITALS FOR
THE PRESSURES THEY'RE CURRENTLY
FACING.
ENDING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE TAKES
SMART INVESTMENT IN OUR SYSTEM
AND FOCUS ON PATIENT CARE.
OF OUR GOVERNMENT MADE A
68 MILLION DOLLAR IN-YEAR
ADJUSTMENT FOR STABILIZATION AND
RELIEF.
THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE
384 MILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN ONTARIO
HOSPITALS HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED
THIS YEAR.
THIS INVESTMENT ADDRESSES
PROBLEMS WITH THE FUNDING
FORMULA THAT SAW SMALL AND
MEDIUM SIZE HOSPITAL
SHORTCHANGED FOR YEARS.
THIS GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE ON
OUR PATH TO END HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE, AND WORK WITH PATIENTS,
FAMILIES, AND FRONT LINE
PROVIDERS TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE
PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR
YEARS TO COME.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Oosterhoff says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, I'D LIKE
TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR HER
WORK FOR HOSPITALS ACROSS
ONTARIO, INCLUDING MY RIDING OF
NIAGARA WEST.
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT FUNDING
FORMULA SAW SMALL AND MEDIUM
HOSPITALS LOSE OUT ON THE
OPERATIONAL FUNDING THEY NEEDED
BUT OUR GOVERNMENT INVESTED
68 MILLION DOLLARS, AND I KNOW THIS
WILL MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
IN SMALL COMMUNITIES LIKE
BROCKVILLE, OWEN SOUND,
HAWKESBURY, COMMUNITIES ACROSS
ONTARIO.
SPEAKER, HALLWAY HEALTH CARE IS
A VERY COMPLEX ISSUE AND ONE
THAT NO ONE SINGLE SOLUTION WILL
FIX.
IT'S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT HAS A
PLAN TO TACKLE HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE TO TACKLES MANY DIFFERENT
FACTORS.
CAN THE MEMBER TO ABOUT THE
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO TACKLE
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE FOR CITIZENS
ALL ACROSS ONTARIO.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AS THE MEMBER MENTIONED HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE IS A COMPLEX ISSUE AND ONE
THAT'S GOING TO TAKE A
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO FIX.
AS PART OF OUR PLAN, WE WILL
PLACE A FOCUS ON HEALTH
PROMOTION TO KEEP ONTARIANS
HEALTHY AND OUT OF HOSPITAL.
UNDERSTANDING THAT HOSPITALS
AREN'T ALWAYS THE BEST PLACE FOR
PEOPLE TO RECEIVE CARE, WE'RE
ALSO WORKING TO ENSURE THAT
ACCESS TO THE RIGHT CARE IS
AVAILABLE IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO
ALL ONTARIANS REGARDLESS WHERE
THEY LIVE.
WE ARE ALSO BETTER INTEGRATING
CARE TO IMPROVE PATIENT FLOW,
AND ENSURE PATIENTS WHO ARE
READY TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL CAN
RETURN HOME WITH THE SUPPORTS
AND SERVICES THAT THEY NEED.
FINALLY BY INVESTING 27 BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN YEARS IN HOSPITAL
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, WE WILL
BUILD CAPACITY THROUGHOUT THE
SYSTEM, INCLUDING IN OUR
HOSPITALS, AND IN OTHER
COMMUNITY-BASED CARE FACILITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says SPEAKER, WE MADE A COMMITMENT
TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO THAT WE
WOULD END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE
AND OUR PLAN IS WELL ON OUR WAY
TO DOING THAT.

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE ACTING
PREMIER, AND THROUGH YOU.
TODAY THE "TORONTO STAR" IS
REPORTING SOMETHING THAT
RESIDENTS IN TO THINGHAM HAVE
KNOWN FOR YEARS, THEIR TAP WATER
IS CONTAMINATED WITH DANGEROUS
CHEMICALS, INCLUDING
TRIHALOMETHANES LINKED TO
PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS,
CANCERS, DAMAGE TO THE HEARTS,
LIVER AND CENTRAL NERVOUS
SYSTEM.
WHAT'S WORST, MR. SPEAKER, THESE
DOCUMENTS SHOW THE MINISTRY OF
ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION AND
PARKS HAS KNOWN ABOUT THIS
CONTAMINATION FOR YEARS,
SPEAKER.
THE LIBERALS KNEW ABOUT IT, THE
CONSERVATIVES KNEW ABOUT IT, AND
NO ONE HAS DONE ANYTHING.
HOW COULD THE GOVERNMENT LET
THIS HAPPEN?

The Speaker says THE DEPUTY
PREMIER.

The Deputy Premier says THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION AND PARKS.

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 striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR
THAT QUESTION.
AND JUST TO ADD TO THE RECORD,
THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN 2017
BETWEEN THE MECP AND THE
MUNICIPALITY SHOWED THE PROVINCE
ADVISED THE TOWNSHIP TO ADDRESS
IT'S HALLOW METHANE PROBLEM WITH
TREATMENT MEASURES AND
OPERATIONAL PRACTICES.
THE LETTER WAS FROM DISTRICT
MANAGER CINDY HOOD.
THE PROPOSED STRATEGIES FROM THE
MINISTRY WERE CONSIDERED, BUT
ELIMINATED BY THE TOWNSHIP FOR
VARIOUS REASONS.
THE MINISTRY PROVIDED
RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH ARE NOT A
LEGAL REQUIREMENT.
HOPEFULLY THE MUNICIPALITY HAS
TAKEN THE PROPER ACTIONS GOING
FORWARD.
BUT MR. SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU
THE WATER SYSTEMS ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE ARE IN GOOD EXCELLENT
SHAPE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says WE'LL WORK WITH THE TOWNS TO
ENSURE THE WATER GOING
FORWARD... I'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY
ON THE SUPPLEMENTAL AND FURTHER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE AREA.

The Speaker says THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS.
MEMBER FOR NIAGARA CENTRE.

The caption changes to "Jeff Burch. NDP. Niagara Centre."

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

He says SPEAKER, FOR MORE THAN 15
YEARS, POLITICIANS AND HEALTH
OFFICIALS IN ONTARIO HAVE KNOWN
THAT THE TAP WATER IN TO
THINGHAM WAS UNSAFE, YET THEY
DIDN'T FEEL IT WAS NET TO LET
PEOPLE KNOW.
IT'S NOT JUST TOTTINGHAM.
2016 MORE THAN 80 COMMUNITIES
HAVE EXCEEDED THE ALLOWABLE
GUIDELINES FOR THM IN ONTARIO,
INCLUDING NORTH BAY, INNISFIL,
KAWARTHA LAKES AND TIMMINS,
AMONG OTHERS.
THE LIBERALS DOWNLOADED THE COST
OF WATER PROTECTION ON TO THE
MUNICIPALITY.
THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE FOLLOWED
THE SAME PATTERN FURTHER CUTTING
MUNICIPAL AND CONSERVATION AUTHORITY FUNDING.
WHY DOES THE ACTIVE PREMIER
BELIEVE SAVING A BUCK IS WORTH
GETTING PEOPLE SICK.

The Speaker says QUESTION
DEFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF THE
ENVIRONMENT.
MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS.
MINISTER.

Yurek says THANK YOU, VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
THE TOWN WILL CONTINUE TO
MONITOR THE THM LEVELS IN
TOTTINGHAM WATER SAMPLING THE
DRINKING WATER LICENCE IN
TOTTINGHAM.
THE TOWN EXPECTS TO BEGIN
CONSTRUCTION OF A 2020 MAIN
WHICH WILL CONNECT THE
TOTTINGHAM WATER SYSTEM TO THE
MAIN PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION
FINISHED BY 2022.
THE AERATION SYSTEM IS TO HELP
REDUCE, THMS IN THE WATER.
WE'RE WORKING WITH THE TOWNSHIP,
I CAN'T ANSWER FOR THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT'S INACTION BUT WE'RE
WORKING WITH THE TOWN TO MAKE
SURE WE CLEAN UP THE WATER
SYSTEMS HERE AND REMAIN
COMMITTED TO ENSURING ONTARIO
HAS THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF
DRINKING WATER PROTECTION AND
WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH ALL
OUR PARTNERS ACROSS ONTARIO,
WITH BUSINESSES, PRIVATE OWNERS,
RESIDENCES, SCHOOLS, INDIGENOUS
COMMUNITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Yurek says MR. SPEAKER WE'LL MAINTAIN
ONTARIO'S WORLD CLASS DRINKING
WATER SYSTEM IN THIS PROVINCE.

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF HEALTH.
LAST WEEK OUR GOVERNMENT
ANNOUNCED A DIGITAL FIRST HEALTH
STRATEGY.
SPEAKER, ONTARIANS HAVE BEEN
FRUSTRATED BOO I A SYSTEM THAT'S
OUTDATED.
WE'VE HAD TO TELL OUR STORIES
OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO DIFFERENT
DOCTORS.
WE'VE HAD TO CARRY AROUND PAPER
FILES OR SEND INFORMATION BY
FAX, MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S TIME THAT WE PUT AN END TO
THIS KIND OF SYSTEM.
THAT'S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT IS
BUILDING COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS
TO THESE PROBLEMS IN MAKING A
DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF
PATIENTS.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL THIS HOUSE
HOW OUR DIGITAL FIRST TO HEALTH
STRATEGY WILL HELP ONTARANS ENDS
ACCESS THE CARE THEY NEED.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU SPEAKER, AND THANK
YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER-CONESTOGA FOR HIS
QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S DIGITAL FIRST
FOR HEALTH STRATEGY BRINGS THE
PATIENT EXPERIENCE INTO THE 2 IS
HE CENTURY, AND HELPS ENHALLWAY
HEALTH CARE BY OFFERING MORE
CHOICES AND MAKING HEALTH CARE
SIMPLER, EASIER AND MORE
CONVENIENT FOR PATIENTS.
THIS STRATEGY WILL ENABLE
INNOVATION IN OUR HEALTH SECTOR
SO FRONT LINE CARE PROVIDERS ARE
PROVIDED ACCESS TO BETTER AND
MORE CONNECTED TOOLS.
THANKS TO THESE CHANGES, THE NEW
ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS WILL BE
ABLE TO USE SECURE DIGITAL
SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE PATIENT
CARE.
WITH THE POTENTIAL TO REDUCE
TRAVEL FOR PATIENTS IN RURAL AND
REMOTE COMMUNITIES, THIS PHASE
OF OUR STRATEGY WILL ALSO EXPAND
VIRTUAL CARE OPTIONS SO THAT
PATIENTS WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF
VIDEO VISITS FROM THEIR CARE
PROVIDERS.
MR. SPEAKER...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WHEN IT COMES TO BRINGING
ONTARIO'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
INTO THE 21ST CENTURY, OUR
SYSTEM AND OUR GOVERNMENT IS
JUST GETTING STARTED.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTIONS.

Harris says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER.
THE DIGITAL FIRST FOR HEALTH
STRATEGY IS ADDRESS MANY
LONG-STANDING ISSUES WITH HOW
CARE IS DELIVERED IN THIS
PROVINCE.
IT IS CLEAR, THIS PLAN WILL NOT
ONLY HELP ACHIEVE A MODERN AND
FULLY CONNECTED HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM, BUT ALSO HELP WITH
REDUCING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
I AM PLEASED THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
IS MAKING PLANS TO EXPAND
SOLUTIONS THAT ONTARIANS HAVE
NEEDED FOR SO LONG.
WITH PRIVATE SECTOR DATA
BREACHES BECOMING AN
INCREASINGLY COMMON ISSUE AROUND
THE WORLD.
ONTARIANS ARE CONCERNED WITH THE
PRIVACY OF THEIR INFORMATION.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL HOW THIS
STRENGTHENS PROTECTIONS FOR
ONTARIO'S MEDICAL INFORMATION.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF
HEALTH TO REPLY.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AS PART OF THIS STRATEGY OUR
GOVERNMENT IS STRENGTHENING THE
PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION
PROTECTION ACT SO THAT ONTARIANS
CAN BE CONFIDENT THAT THEIR
MEDICAL RECORDS ARE GOING TO BE
PROTECTED.
OUR GOVERNMENT DID ENGAGE WITH
THE INFORMATION AND PRIVACY
COMMISSIONER, AS WE DEVELOPED
THIS STRATEGY, AND WE ARE VERY
PLEASED THAT THE COMMISSIONER IS
SUPPORTIVE OF THE INITIAL
PROPOSED CHANGES.
WE ARE ALSO INTRODUCING STRICTER
PENALTIES FOR MISUSE OF PERSONAL
HEALTH INFORMATION, INCLUDING
CREATING NEW OFFENCES FOR
REIDENTIFYING A PERSON USING
THEIR HEALTH INFORMATION.
OUR GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT
PATIENTS MUST HAVE CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH INFORMATION AND
PRIVATE CONSENT IN HOW IT IS
USED AND SHARED.
OUR DIGITAL FIRST FOR HEALTH
STRATEGY IS ABOUT HARNESSING THE
IMAGINATION AND CAPABILITIES OF
ONTARIO'S DIGITAL HEALTH
INNOVATORS, WHILE, OF COURSE,
PROTECTING THE PRIVACY OF
ONTARIANS.

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, NEXT QUESTION FOR MEMBER
FROM 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 striped shirt.

She says THANK YOU, TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION, LAST WEEK THE
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
PUBLIC I SHOULD ITS ANALYSIS OF
OF THE MINISTRY OF
TRANSPORTATION PLAN.
THEY'RE PLANNING A MASSIVE 40 percent
CUT TO TRANSIT SPENDING.
HOW CAN THIS GOVERNMENT KEEP ITS
TRANSIT PROMISES WHEN THIS
GOVERNMENT IS CUTTING FUNDING
FOR THE PROVINCE'S TRANSIT
CAPITAL PLAN BY A MASSIVE 40 percent?

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
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 plaid blazer over a red dress.

She says WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND WE THANK THE FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICER FOR HIS
REPORT.
AS OUTLINED IN OUR BUDGET IN
2019, OUR GOVERNMENT PLANS TO
SPEND 67 BILLION DOLLARS IN TRANSIT
OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A TEN-YEAR
PLAN THAT REFLECTS A REALISTIC
FORECAST OF CONSTRUCTION TIME
TIMELINES FOR MAJOR PROJECTS
UNDERWAY WITH TRAFFIC PATTERNS.
IT FOCUSES ON A FIVE-YEAR TIME
FRAME.
I THINK EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE
KNOWS OUR GOVERNMENT IS MAKING
SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN
TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE, LIKE OUR
MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR COMMITMENT
TO GET SUBWAYS BUILT IN TORONTO,
AND WE HAVE A REALISTIC PLAN TO
DELIVER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Bell says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
BACK TO THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.
THE FAO FOUND THAT NOT ONLY DID
THIS GOVERNMENT CUT TRANSIT
SPENDING BY 40 percent, BUT IT'S
CUTTING FUNDING FOR METROLINX BY
36 percent AS WELL.
METROLINX HAS ALREADY MADE CUTS
TO GO BUS SERVICE AND BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING CUT THIS
HAS LEFT RIDERS STRANDED.
MONKEYS HAS HIKED FARES ON THE
PEARSON EXPRESS.
THIS GOVERNMENT LIKES TO MAKE
BIG TICKET PROMISES BUT IN
REALITY THIS GOVERNMENT IS
MAKING CONGESTION WORST BY
CUTTING SERVICE AND HIKING
FARES.
HOW CAN THIS GOVERNMENT SAY IT'S
HELPING COMMUTES WHEN TRANSIT
CUTS ARE MAKING CONGESTION
WORSE?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.

Mulroney says ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

The Speaker says DEFERRED TO THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION, GTA.

The caption changes to "Honourable Kinga Surma. PC. Associate Minister of Transportation."

Surma is in her thirties, with long straight blond hair. She wears a black shirt.

She says THANKS VERY MUCH TO THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION AND
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
LETTING ME ADDRESS THIS.
I THINK OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN
VERY CLEAR OVER THE LAST
YEAR-AND-A-HALF THAT WE ARE
COMMITTED TO GETTING ONTARIANS
MOVING.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE MADE HISTORIC
INVESTMENTS IN PUBLIC TRANSIT IN
THE CITY OF TORONTO AND YORK
REGION SPENDING 28.5 BILLION DOLLARS.
FORMING A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE
CITY OF TORONTO.
GETTING THE CITY MOVING AGAIN,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE SPENT 30 BILLION DOLLARS ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE IN INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS SO THAT WE CAN REACH
OUR TWO-WAY ALL DAY GO SERVICE,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE HAVE IMPROVED ALL OF THE
LINES IN OUR CORE KEY SEGMENTS,
INCLUDING NIAGARA, LAKE SHORE
EAST.
MR. SPEAKER, THE KITCHENER LINE
WHICH WE'VE INCREASED SERVICE BY
48 percent WHICH I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES
IN THIS HOUSE ARE VERY HAPPY
ABOUT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Surma says MR. SPEAKER, NOT TO MENTION
CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER DON'T PAY
FOR THE FEES, AND OF COURSE
BRING YOUR WI-FI TO THE GO
NETWORK NEXT YEAR.
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Surma says PUBLIC TRANSIT IS A KEY ISSUE
FOR THIS GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA.

The caption changes to "Norman Miller. PC. Parry-Sound-Muskoka."

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

He says THANK YOU, QUESTIONS FOR THE
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE.
MY PAST ROLE AS CRITIC FOR
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND MINES,
I TRAVEL AROUND NORTHERN ONTARIO
AND SAW THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS
ACROSS THE REGION.
I TRUST OUR GOVERNMENT IS
WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT, MUNICIPALITIES,
COMMUNITY GROUPS, INDIGENOUS
GROUPS AND BUSINESSES TO ENSURE
IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD FOR THE
BENEFIT OF NORTHERN ONTARIOANS.
I RECENTLY NOTICED OUR
GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING OVER
33 MILLION DOLLARS IN TRANSIT
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE CITY OF
SUDBURY.
CAN THE MINISTER PROVIDE THE
HOUSE WITH DETAILS ON THESE
IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS FOR THE
PEOPLE OF SUDBURY?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

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

Scott is in her mid-fifties, with blond hair in a bob. She wears a black blazer over a patterned black and white blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA FOR HIS
GREAT ADVOCACY FOR THE NORTH,
BECAUSE HE'S QUITE RIGHT.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING MORE
THAN 33 MILLION DOLLARS FOR TRANSIT
INFRASTRUCTURE IN CITIES LIKE
SUDBURY.
SUDBURY ASKED FOR FUNDING FOR
THEIR ACCELERATED BUS FLEET
REPLACEMENT PROGRAM, SO ONTARIO
IS INVESTING MORE THAN
11.5 MILLION DOLLARS.
IN ADDITION, WE HAVE COMMITTED
MORE THAN 9 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A
MAJOR MOBILITY HUB FOR GREATER
SUDBURY TRANSIT.
WE'RE ALSO PUTTING MORE THAN
8.7 MILLION DOLLARS TOWARDS THE DESIGN
OF BUS RAPPED TRANSIT CORRIDORS
IN THE CITY, WHICH TOGETHER WITH
ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS IN
VARIOUS TECHNOLOGICAL
IMPROVEMENTS AND TRAFFIC SIGNAL
RENEWAL WILL RESULT IN IMPROVED
TRANSIT FOR THE PEOPLE OF
SUDBURY.
SUDBURY OFFICIALS TOLD US THESE
WERE THEIR PRIORITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Scott says AND WE LISTENED.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE COMMITTING TO
MORE THAN 33 MILLION DOLLARS IN TOTAL
TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE
INVESTMENT, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTIONS.

Miller says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR CONFIRMING OR GOVERNMENT'S
COMMITMENT TO INVESTING IN
PRIORITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE
PEOPLE OF SUDBURY.
THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF
INVESTMENTS THAT CAN REALLY HAVE
A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE DAILY
LIVES OF FAMILIES.
BUT MOST OF NORTHERN ONTARIO
DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO PUBLIC
TRANSIT.
THESE AREAS NEED INVESTMENTS IN
ROADS AND BRIDGES TO ENSURE
PEOPLE AND PRODUCTS CAN TRAVEL
SAFELY AROUND THE NORTH.
SO ASIDE FROM THE TRANSIT IN THE
CITY OF SUDBURY, CAN THE
MINISTER TELL THIS HOUSE IF
THERE HAVE BEEN INVESTMENTS MADE
IN OTHER NORTHERN ONTARIO
COMMUNITIES?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE.

Scott says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THE MEMBER
IS QUITE RIGHT, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS INVESTING NEARLY 31 MILLION DOLLARS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS NORTHERN
ONTARIO FROM TIMMINS TO ALGOMA
TO COCHRANE, TO JAMES BAY, FOR
ROADS FOR TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS.
IN TIMMINS, ONTARIO IS INVESTING
CLOSE TO ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR
IMPROVED TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Scott says INCLUDING TWO IMPROVED
ACCESSIBILITY AND THE PURCHASE
OF TWO NEW LOW FLOOR
ACCESSIBILITY PARATRANSIT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Scott says MOBILITY BUSES.
IN RED LAKE WE'RE INVESTING MORE
THAN 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE
REHABILITATION OF PRIORITY
ROADWAYS, AND IN PICKLE LAKE
WE'RE COMMITTING MORE THAN
ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE
REINSTRUCTION OF THE PICKLE LAKE
ROAD...
RECONSTRUCTION.
IN ALGOMA MANITOULIN WE'RE
PUTTING 13.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN ROADS,
BRIDGES AND AIRPORT
INFRASTRUCTURE, WHICH IS CRUCIAL
TO NORTHERN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Scott says MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS TOLD US
THESE WERE PRIORITY PROJECTS AND
OUR GOVERNMENT LISTENED, AND I
HOPE THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION
SUPPORTS THESE INITIATIVES.

The Speaker says 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. She wears a black blazer.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
INCIDENTS OF RACISM IN ONTARIO
SCHOOLS CONTINUES TO BE A
GROWING CONCERN FOR STUDENTS,
THEIR FAMILIES, AND FOR
TEACHERS.
STUDENTS DESERVE ANSWERS, AND WE
KNOW THAT EMPTY WORDS WON'T HELP
STUDENTS AND FAMILIES FEEL SAFE,
WELCOME, AND RESPECTED IN THEIR
SCHOOLS.
RECENTLY THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION ANNOUNCED A REVIEW OF THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
IN LIGHT OF REPORTS OF
ANTI-BLACK RACISM THAT EXISTED
UNDER THE LIBERALS, AND PERSIST
UNDER THE CONSERVATIVES.
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
SPOKE A LOT OF PRETTY WORDS
AFTER HEARING FROM CONCERNED
COMMUNITIES, AND TOOK NO
CONCRETE ACTION.
AND THIS GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY
CUT FUNDING FROM ANTI-RACISM
INITIATIVES THAT SHOULD FUND
INITIATIVES JUST LIKE THIS.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE PROVIDE
DETAILS TODAY OUTLINING HOW
TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AND
PARENTS CONCERNED WILL BE TAKEN
SERIOUSLY THIS TIME.

The Speaker says QUESTIONS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Lecce says I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
INDEED IN THIS PROVINCE THERE IS
NO TOLERANCE FOR RACICH, FOR
PREJUDICE AGAINST ANY CHILD.
IN THE CASE OF THE PEEL DISTRICT
SCHOOL BOARD, AS I'VE
COMMUNICATED WITH HER OVER THE
WEEKEND AND WITH VARIOUS MEMBERS
OF THE CHAMBER AND THE
OPPOSITION, THAT I TAKE THIS
SERIOUSLY, AND I FIND IT
UNACCEPTABLE WHEN SERIOUS
ALLEGATIONS EMERGE OF ANTI-BLACK
RACISM, OR RACISM THAT IS
TARGETING CHILDREN, VISIBLE
MINORITIES, RACIALIZED STUDENTS.
THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE IN THIS
PROVINCE AND IN THIS COUNTRY.
THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, ALMOST
IMMEDIATELY AFTER FINDING OUT
ABOUT THESE ALLEGATIONS BEING
RAISED BY THE CHAIR AND THE VICE
CHAIR, AS WELL AS ONE OF THE
DIRECTORS OF EDUCATION, I
IMMEDIATELY TOOK ACTION BY
CALLING IN TO OUR VIEWERS WHO
WILL BE BRINGING FORWARD
RECOMMENDATIONS TO ME IN THE
COMING WEEKS ON AN EXPEDITED
BASIS.
THOSE VIEWERS WILL BE IN THE
SCHOOLS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF
WEEKS.
IT GIVES ME THE ABILITY TO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Lecce says IMPROVE EQUITY AND EVERY
PROVINCE IN PEEL AND ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
FOR MEMBER FROM BRAMPTON CENTRE.

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

Singh is in her thirties, with long curly black hair. She wears a black blazer and a white shirt.

She says BACK TO THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.
SINCE THE MINISTRY ANNOUNCED
THEIR REVIEW OF THE PEEL
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD DUE TO
REPORTS OF ANTI-BLACK RACISM,
WE'VE BEEN HEARING CONCERNS FROM
PARENTS AND TEACHERS IN PEEL
THAT THIS GOVERNMENT WILL JUST
FILE ANOTHER REPORT THAT WILL BE
SWEPT UNDER THE RUG.
RACISM IN OUR SCHOOLS CANNOT BE
TOLERATED, MR. SPEAKER.
AND WE ALL, WE ALL HAVE A
RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT
RACIALIZED STUDENTS FEEL SAFE
AND WELCOME AT THEIR SCHOOLS,
AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
THE MINISTER PROMISED THIS
REVIEW WOULD BE TRANSPARENT, BUT
AFTER PROMISING NO TEACHER WOULD
LOSE THEIR JOBS, THIS FEELS LIKE
COLD COMFORT.
WILL THE MINISTER ENSURE THAT
THE REVIEW HAS THE RESOURCES TO
FULLY INVESTIGATE THE CULTURE OF
RACISM AT THE PEEL DISTRICT
SCHOOL BOARD AND THAT A CONCRETE
PLAN OF ACTIONS AND THOSE
RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE MADE
PUBLIC.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND I
WANT TO EXPRESS MY CATITUDE TO
THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE
FOR THE QUESTION.
LOOK, AT THE END OF THE DAY,
SPEAKER, IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT
IRVING EVERY MEMBER OF THIS
CHAMBER DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY FORM
OF RACISM OR DISCRIMINATION FOR
ANY REASON, AND THE ANTI-BLACK
RACISM AND THE ALLEGATIONS THAT
HAVE RAISED IN PEEL, I'VE SPOKEN
TO BOTH MEMBERS ON THIS SIDE OF THE CHAMBER, ALL MEMBERS AND THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE AND IN EVERY
COMMUNICATION I'VE MADE CLEAR
WE'VE CALLED IN THE REVIEWERS
WITH ONE VISION TO INVESTIGATE
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF BIAS AND
PREJUDICE TO ROOT IT OUT.
I WILL COMBOS ON THIS BOARD THIS
YEAR TO MAKE SURE EVERY CHILD
FEELS MORE SAFE AND WELCOME AND
INCLUDED IN THE CLASSROOMS OF
THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says THANK YOU, THE
NEXT question. The member for Flamborough-Glanbrook.

The caption changes to "Donna Skelly. PC. Flamborough-Glanbrook."

Skelly is in her forties, with long straight chestnut hair. She wears a gray blazer and a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
MR. SPEAKER, BULLYING IS A
PAINFUL REALITY FOR THE MAJORITY
OF CANADIAN CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
WHETHER THEY'RE THE ONES BEING
BULLIED OR THE ONES AGGRESSIVE
TOWARDS OTHERS.
CHILDREN MAY FIND TALKING TO
ADULTS ABOUT BULLYING DIFFICULT,
EVEN THOUGH ADULT INTERVENTION
IS THE KEY TO BULLYING
INTERVENTION.
IN 2001 ONTARIO DESIGNATED THE
WEEK BEGINNING THE THIRD SUNDAY
OF NOVEMBER AS BULLYING
AWARENESS AND PREVENTION WEEK.
18 YEARS LATER, THE GOAL OF
PROMOTING SAFE SCHOOLS AND THE
POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT, IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER.
WE KNOW THAT THE LONGER A CHILD
IS BULLIED, THE MORE LIKELY THEY
ARE TO DEVELOP PHYSICAL,
EMOTIONAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL
SCARS, THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME.
CAN THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION
PLEASE TELL THE LEGISLATURE AND
THE GOVERNMENT WHAT IT'S DOING
TO ADDRESS BULLYING IN OUR
SCHOOLS.

The Speaker says QUESTIONS
ADDRESSED TO THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN HAMILTON
ACROSS THE PROVINCE IN RAISING
AWARENESS TO COMBAT BULLYING IN
ALL ITS FORMS.
MR. SPEAKER, INDEED IT IS
BULLYING AWARENESS AND
PREVENTION WEEK, AND I THINK ALL
MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE SPEAK WITH
ONE VOICE IN THE DENOUNCEMENT OF
THIS FORM OF INCREASING VIOLENCE
THAT CAN TARGET YOUNG KIDS,
INCREASING FORM OF HATE AND
DISCRIMINATION.
IN THIS PROVINCE WE HAVE A ZERO
TOLERANCE POLICY.
I BELIEVE THERE ARE TOO MANY
EXAMPLES AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF
WOMEN AND MEN EMERGING WITH
STORIES AND THEIR NARRATIVES
BEING TOLD OF THEM SAYING THE
SYSTEM HAS NOT BEEN RESPONSIVE
TO THEIR NEEDS.
IN TODAY AND THE COMES DAYS I'LL
BE MAKING MORE STEPS TO INCREASE
ENFORCEABILITY, AND SUPPORT FOR
THESE VICTIMS OF BULLYING AND
ENSURE THERE'S ACCOUNTABILITY
FOR THOSE WHO PERPETRATE THESE
KINDS OF HEINOUS ACTIVITIES.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO WORK
EVERY SINGLE DAY ACROSS PARTY
LINES TO ENSURE EVERY STUDENT IN
THIS PROVINCE IS SAFE FROM
BULLYING.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY,
THE MEMBER FOR BURLINGTON.

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

McKenna is in her forties, with short chestnut hair. She wears glasses, a gray blazer and a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MINISTER FOR YOUR RESPONSE.
WE KNOW BULLYING CAN HAVE
SERIOUS EFFECT ON KIDS, AND
KIDS' MENTAL HEALTH AND
TRAGICALLY AS WE HAVE SEEN
RECENTLY, IT CAN HAVE FATAL
CONSEQUENCES.
I WAS PLEASED TO JOIN YOU
MINISTER ON OCTOBER 12TH AT CAMH
TOGETHER WITH NATALIE PIERRE
FROM MY RIDING OF BURLINGTON FOR
YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT ON MENTAL
HEALTH EDUCATION.
THAT DAY YOU PROVIDED NATALIE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE
STORY OF HER SON MIKE, A GRADE
12 CORPUS CHRISTIE HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENT WHO IN 2017 SADLY TOOK
HIS OWN LIFE.
MINISTER, CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE
THIS LEGISLATURE THIS CONCRETE
EXAMPLES OF THE ACTIONS OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN TO ADDRESS
BULLYING IN.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WANT TO AGAIN THANK THE MEMBER FOR BURLINGTON FOR HER
LEADERSHIP AND FOR INTRODUCING
ME TO NATALIE PIERRE WHO IS AN
INCREDIBLY COURAGEOUS WOMAN WHO
TRAGICALLY LOST HER SON.
AND IT IS FOR MIKE FOR THAT
YOUNG MAN, AND FOR SO MANY OTHER
VICTIMS OF BULLYING, AND
ISOLATION THAT WE SPEAK UNITED
TODAY TO SAY BULLYING MUST END
IN THIS PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, IN OUR GOVERNMENT
WE ANNOUNCE A HEALTH AND
PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
WHICH IN GRADE THREE STARTS TO
REMOVE THE PHYSICAL AND VISUAL
DIFFERENCES IN THE EYES OF OUR
YOUNG PEOPLE.
WE'RE TRYING TO CHANGE THE
CULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM, SO
PEOPLE APPRECIATE THE INHERENT
DIGNITY OF EVERY PERSON, DESPITE
OF HEALTH ET CETERA.
MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S MORE TO DO
TO STRENGTHEN ENFORCEMENT
STRENGTHEN DATA COLLECTION, TO
UNDER HOW PERVASIVE THE PROBLEM
IS.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO SUPPORT
VICTIMS OF THESE CRIMES.

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

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
THE NEXT question. The member for Nickel Belt.

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

Gélinas is in her forties, with short straight blond hair and bangs. She wears a green jacket.

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

[END OF TRANSLATION]

In English, Gélinas continues
ONCE AGAIN THE FLU SEASON IS
UPON US.
DESPITE EVERYONE'S BEST EFFORTS,
MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING SICK.
THIS GOVERNMENT, BILL 47, WILL
ALLOW EMPLOYERS TO REQUEST SICK
NOTES BEFORE WORKERS CAN GO BACK
TO WORK.
WE'VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE,
SPEAKER.
THE MAJORITY OF ONTARIANS FEEL
FORCED TO GO TO WORK SICK,
RATHER THAN GET A SICK NOTE.
GETTING A SICK NOTE FOR MINOR
ILLNESS IS NOT QUALITY CARE.
MUCH TO THE OPPOSITE.
PEOPLE GOING TO WORK SICK SPREAD
THEIR DISEASE.
PEOPLE GETTING A SICK NOTE WILL
OFTEN BE IN THE WAITING ROOM
SPREADING THEIR GERMS, TO OFTEN,
FRAIL SICK PEOPLE AROUND THEM.
WILL THE ACTING PREMIER REVERSE
THE DECISION REGARDING SICK
NOTES FOR MINOR ILLNESSES?

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER.

The Deputy Premier says TO MINISTER OF LABOUR.

The Speaker says DEFERRED TO THE
MINISTER OF LABOUR, TRAINING AND
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.

The caption changes to "Honourable Monte McNaughton. PC. Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development."

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO
STAND UP EVERY DAY IN THE HOUSE
TO TALK ABOUT OUR RECORD IN THE
LAST 16 MONTHS WHEN IT COMES TO
STANDING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER
WITH WORKERS RIGHT ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE CREATED, IN
15 MONTHS, OVER A QUARTER OF
A MILLION NEW JOBS IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE THE LOWEST
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN NEARLY
THREE DECADES TODAY THANKS TO
THE MEASURES THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS PUT IN PLACE.
AND MR. SPEAKER, WAGES ARE GOING
UP IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO,
AND THE ONE THING THAT I'VE YET
TO HEAR OF THE NDP, A COMPLIMENT
THIS GOVERNMENT ON AND THE ONE
POLICY I'M PRODUCE OF MINISTER,
IS THE FACT THAT IN 2019 PEOPLE
EARNING UNDER 30,000 PER YEAR IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO WILL PAY
ZERO INCOME TAX.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. The member for London West.

The caption changes to "Peggy Sattler. NDP. London West."

Sattler is in her late fifties, with short wavy blond hair in a bob. She wears glasses, a black blazer and a spotted blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, THIS PREMIER PROMISED
TO END HALLWAY MEDICINE, BUT
FIRST HE CANCELLED THE TWO-DAY
SICK LEAVE.
NOW HE'S FORCING PEOPLE TO GET
SICK NOTES FOR MINOR ILLNESSES.
ACTIONS THAT ARE GOING IN THE
OPPOSITE DIRECTION.
THEY ARE MAKING HALLWAY MEDICINE
WORSE, WHEN WORKERS FEEL THEY
HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO GO TO WORK
POTENTIALLY MAKING OTHERS ILL.
SPEAKER, WILL THIS GOVERNMENT
LISTEN TO HEALTH CARE
PROFESSIONALS WHO OVERWHELMINGLY
AGREE THAT ASKING PEOPLE TO GET
A SICK NOTE FOR A MINOR ILLNESS
IS NOT ONLY A WASTE OF
RESOURCES, IT IS DANGEROUS.
WILL THE ACTING PREMIER REVERSE
THE PROVISION OF BILL 47?

The Speaker says QUESTIONS TO THE
CURRENT MINISTER OF LABOUR, TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.

McNaughton says WELL, THANK YOU, AGAIN, VERY
MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.
AS THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE KNOWS,
THIS IS NOT MANDATORY, IT'S
OPTIONAL.
BUT MR. SPEAKER, WE ASSUMED
OFFICE AFTER 15 YEARS OF
RECKLESS DECISIONS MADE BY THE
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY,
SUPPORTED BY THE NDP.
MR. SPEAKER, 300,000 WELL-PAYING
MANUFACTURING JOBS WERE OBOLIVIA
OBLITERATED, FROM THE NDP IN
THOSE 15 YEARS.

THE SPEAKER SAYS ORDER.

McNaughton says IN 16 MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER,
OVER A QUARTER OF A MILLION NEW
JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
WAGES ARE GOING UP.
UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT A 30-YEAR LOW
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, AND,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says THOSE MAKING 30,000 A YEAR
OR LESS WILL PAY NO INCOME TAX
IN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Richmond Hill.

The caption changes to "Daisy Wai. PC. Richmond Hill."

Wai is in her late fifties, with short wavy gray hair. She wears glasses, a striped silver jacket and a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF LABOUR, TRAINING, AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.
SINCE WE'VE TAKEN OFFICE, WE
HAVE BEEN WORKING TO MAKE THIS
PROVINCE OPEN FOR BUSINESS,
WHILE MAINTAINING THE RULES THAT
KEEP PEOPLE HEALTH AND SAFE.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS SHOWN WHAT IT
MEANS TO TRULY PUT THE PEOPLE AT
THE CENTRE OF EVERY DECISION
THAT WE HAVE.
IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT THE
HISTORY OF HARD WORKING MEN AND
WOMEN IN ONTARIO SHOULD BE
SHARED WITH EVERYONE IN OUR
PROVINCE.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL US
WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO
PROMOTE THE HISTORY OF LABOUR IN
ONTARIO.

The Speaker says MINISTRY OF
LABOUR, TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.

McNaughton says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FROM RICHMOND
HILL FOR THAT EXCELLENT AND
IMPORTANT QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER.
IT IS MY PLEASURE TO SHARE WITH
THE MEMBER IN THIS HOUSE THAT
ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO HAVE
LAUNCHED A NEW ONLINE EXHIBIT
TITLED "ONTARIO AT WORK."
THIS EXHIBIT COMMEMORATES THE
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
MINISTRY OF LABOUR, TRAINING,
AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.
SINCE TAKING ON THIS NEW
PORTFOLIO IN JUNE, MR. SPEAKER,
I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET
NOW WITH OVER 150 LABOUR LEADERS
ACROSS THE PROVINCE, MANY
BUSINESS LEADERS, AND COUNTLESS
WORKERS IN ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, WITH EVERY
CONVERSATION, I LEARN SOMETHING
NEW ABOUT LABOUR AND THE DIVERSE
WORK PLACES WE HAVE RIGHT ACROSS
ONTARIO.
AS OUR GOVERNMENT LAYS THE
GROUND WORK FOR A SAFER, FAIRER,
AND MORE HARMONIOUS FUTURE, I
ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO VISIT THIS
NEW EXHIBIT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO VISIT ONTARIO.CA/ARCHIVES.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Wai says CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU
FOR YOUR ANSWERS.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS MAKING THE
PROVINCE OPEN FOR JOBS.
THE MINISTER OF LABOUR IN
RICHMOND HILL HAS BENEFITTED A
LOT FROM IT.
JOBS IN ONTARIO AND AROUND THE
WORLD HAVE CERTAINLY CHANGED A
LOT OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS.
I'M SURE THAT THE OPPORTUNITY TO
LOOK BACK AT THE PAST WILL BE
INTRIGING AND INSIGHTFUL AS WE
PREPARE TO THE FUTURE.
THIS JOURNEY, THROUGH THE
HISTORY, GIVES US KNOWLEDGE IT
NEVER HAS BEFORE.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL US
MORE ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT, AND
WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE PEOPLE IN
ONTARIO.

The Speaker says AGAIN, MINISTER
OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says WELL, THANK YOU AGAIN,
MINISTER OF RICHMOND HILL FOR
THAT QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS EXHIBIT SHOWS
THREE PRINCIPLES THAT I FIRMLY
BELIEVE.
FIRST IT DEMONSTRATES THAT A
SAFETY FIRST APPROACH IS BOTH
GOOD FOR WORKERS AND GOOD FOR
THE BOTTOM LINE.
SECOND, IT MAKES CLEAR THAT
STABLE AND CONSTRUCTIVE LABOUR
RELATIONS SUPPORTS A COMPETITIVE
AND SUSTAINABLE PROVINCIAL
ECONOMY.
AND THIRD, MR. SPEAKER, IT
ILLUSTRATES THE ROLE OF THE
MINISTER OF LABOUR TO BE FAIR TO
WORKERS AND RESPONSIBLE TO
TAXPAYERS.
I'M PROUD TO NOTE, MR. SPEAKER,
THAT 98 percent OF LABOUR NEGOTIATIONS
ARE RESOLVED WITHOUT DISRUPTION,
AND ONTARIO IS A LEADER IN
HEALTH AND SAFETY.
SINCE WE FORMED GOVERNMENT OUR
PROVINCE HAS 256,200 BRAND NEW
JOBS, UNEMPLOYMENT IS DOWN, AND
WAGES ARE UP.
MR. SPEAKER, MAKE NO MISTAKE,
WE'RE BUILDING ONTARIO TOGETHER.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Windsor West.

The caption changes to "Lisa Gretzky. NDP. Windsor West."

Gretzky is in her forties, with shoulder-length straight reddish brown hair. She wears glasses, a gray blazer and a white shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
IN THE PREMIER'S VERY FIRST
BUDGET HE CUT 1 BILLION DOLLARS MINISTRY OF CHILDREN SERVICES,
AND PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH
DISABILITIES LIKE DOWN'S
SYNDROME, AND FETAL CHOL
SPECTRUM DISORDER AND OTHERS.
THIS IS DEVASTATING NEWS AFTER
15 YEARS OF UNDERFUND BEING AND
NEGLECT BY THE LIBERALS.
BUT NOW WE'VE LEARNED THAT THIS
CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT ISN'T
LISTENING TO FAMILIES, BUT THEY
ARE WILLING TO PAY UP TO
1 MILLION DOLLARS FOR A CONSULTANT TO
TELL THEM HOW TO CARRY OUT THESE
DEEP CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT
SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.
WILL THE ACTING PREMIER EXPLAIN
WHY THEY CONTINUE TO
PURPOSEFULLY FORCE PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES TO BEAR THE BRUNT
OF THEIR SHORT-SIGHTED CUTS?

The Speaker says QUESTIONS
ADDRESSED TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER.

The Deputy Premier says THE MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND
COMMUNITY SERVICES.

The Speaker says DEFERRED TO THE
MINISTER OF CHERNE, COMMUNITY
AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT QUESTION
WAS COUNTERFACTUAL, MR. SPEAKER.
IT JUST WAS NOT TRUE.

The Speaker says CAN I ASK THE
MINISTER TO WITHDRAW.

Smith says I WITHDRAW THAT, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, AS EVERYONE KNOWS
THERE'S A GROWING DEMAND FOR
DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
WE'VE MET WITH THE MEMBER.
WE'VE TAKEN TO THE STREETS AND
EVERY COMMUNITY ACROSS THE
PROBLEM AND WILL CONTINUE.
FAMILY, CHILDREN WHO ARE
AFFECTED WILL BE MEETING WITH
THOSE WHO PROVIDE THE SERVICES,
MR. SPEAKER, IT'S THE GOVERNMENT
THAT WILL BE DOING THAT.
WE ESSENTIAL KNOW WE CAN DO
BETTER IN THIS SECTOR, AFTER TEN
YEARS OF ZERO INVESTMENT IN THIS
SECTOR BY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT.
SHE WAS RIGHT ABOUT THAT, MR.
SPEAKER.
WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO
WE'RE GOING TO WORK TOGETHER
WITH THE MEMBER OPPOSITE TO MAKE
SURE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS.

Gretzky says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
ACTUALLY THE MEMBER DID COME TO
WINDSOR AND SAT ACROSS THE TABLE
WITH FAMILIES OF PARENTS WITH
DISABILITIES AND DRIED AND
BEGGED TO HELP, YET HE STILL
SPENDS 1 MILLION DOLLARS ON A
CONSULTANT TO CUT THE SUPPORTS
AND SERVICES THEY NEED.
PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENT AM
DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES
ARE WORRIED SICK ABOUT THESE
DRASTIC CUTS.
THE PROGRAMS THE CONSERVATIVES
ARE LOOKING TO CUT PROVIDE
CRUCIAL SUPPORT LIKE RESPITE,
DAY PROGRAMS AND INHOME
CAREGIVERS.
SOME PROGRAMS FAMILIES AREN'T
EVEN ABLE TO ACCESS BECAUSE
THEY'VE BEEN ON A WAIT LIST FOR
YEARS.
AGENCIES IN THE DEVELOPMENTAL
SERVICES SECTOR WHO HAVEN'T SEEN
A BASE FUNDING INCREASE IN OVER
A DECADE STILL DO NOT HAVE THEIR
ANNUALIZED BUDGET.
SEVEN MONTHS AFTER THE FISCAL
YEAR BEGAN.
THEY'RE COMPLETELY IN THE DARK
ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR
FUNDING.
THE ACTING PREMIER COCHAIRED A
COMMITTEE THAT DETERMINED FIVE
YEARS AGO THAT FAMILIES WERE,
QUOTE, BEING PUSHED TO THE BRINK
OF DISASTER.
HOW CAN HE CONTINUE FIVE YEARS
LATER TO PURPOSEFULLY CAUSEAYIOS
FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES
AND THE PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT
THEM.

The Speaker says MEMBER, PLEASE
TAKE YOUR SEAT.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

Smith says MR. SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU
THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO WORKING
WITH ALL THOSE IN THIS SECTOR TO
ENSURE THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY
HELPING THE FAMILIES THAT NEED
THE HELP, MR. SPEAKER.
AS I MENTIONED, I SAT WITH THE MEMBER IN HER OWN RIDING AND SAT
WITH THOSE FAMILIES.
THOSE ARE THE SAME CHALLENGES
THEY HAVE BEEN FACING IN THIS
SECTOR FOR THE LAST 10 TO 15
YEARS, AND THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING WHEN IT
CAME TO THIS FILE, MR. SPEAKER.
WE RECOGNIZE THE CHALLENGES.
WE ARE SPENDING 2.6 BILLION DOLLARS IN
THIS SECTOR NOW IN ONTARIO, MR.
SPEAKER, BUT WE KNOW WE CAN DO
SO MUCH BETTER.
AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE HIRED THE
SERVICES OF AN OUTSIDE FIRM
WHILE AT THE SAME TIME MEETING
WITH THOSE WHO ARE PROVIDING THE
SERVICES IN ONTARIO TO ENSURE
THAT WE ARE GOING TO GET THE
INVESTMENT AND THE BETTER
OUTCOMES THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS
DESERVE.
THE WAIT LIST HAS GROWN AND
GROWN AND GROWN UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING
ABOUT IT TO MAKE IT BETTER TO
HELP THESE FAMILIES GET THE
SERVICES THAT THEY NEED.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Niagara West.

Oosterhoff says TWO WEEKS AGO THE MINISTER
STOOD IN THIS HOUSE AND
EXPLAINED THE WAYS IN WHICH DATA
HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A
LIMITLESS RESOURCE FOR JOBS AND
ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THIS
PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTER WAS
ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, AND THE
MINISTER WAS ALSO RIGHT TO POINT
OUT THE MASSIVE POTENTIAL OF THE
DATA THE ECONOMY NEEDS TO BE
PURR TOURED AND MAKE SURE THE
PERSONAL INFORMATION OF
ONTARIANS IS PROTECTED.
MINISTER CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW
ONTARIANS HAVE HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR SAY IN
THE PROVINCIAL DATA STRATEGY
THROUGH YOUR CONSULTATIONS AND
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT WHAT
YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DOING
TO ENSURE THE PEOPLE AND
BUSINESS OWNERS OF THIS
PORT-AU-PRINCE ARE HAVING THEIR
VOICES HEARD ON THIS IMPORTANT
ISSUE?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT...

The caption changes to "Honourable Lisa M. Thompson. PC. Minister of Government and Consumer Services."

Thompson is in her forties, with chin-length wavy blond hair. She wears glasses, a green jacket and a black shirt.

She says I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS
FROM NIAGARA WEST FOR HIS
QUESTION, BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS
TO BE SECURED IN THIS PROVINCE
IS OUR GOVERNMENT IS FOCUSED ON
CREATING JOBS AND GROWING
BUSINESSES, AND THE DATA ECONOMY
IS THE INDUSTRY WHERE WE CAN
EXPECT MASSIVE GROWTH.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY OUR
GOVERNMENT IS WELL ON ITS WAY TO
LAUNCHING ITS FIRST OF ITS KIND
PROVINCIAL DATA STRATEGY THAT
WILL HELP FOSTER ECONOMIC
GROWTH, PROTECT THE DATA OF
ONTARIANS, AND ENABLE SMARTER
MORE ACCESSIBLE GOVERNMENT.
WE KNOW THAT BUSINESS LEADERS
AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE KNOW BEST, AND
THAT'S WHY I'M VERY PLEASED THAT
THE RESULTS OF OUR CONSULTATIONS
WE'VE HAD ACROSS ONTARIO.
WE'VE BEEN CONSULTING WITH
PEOPLE IN STRATFORD, OTTAWA,
PETERBOROUGH, MOST RECENTLY IN
SARNIA AND SAULT STE. MARIE, AS
WELL.
I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR
HELPING OUT WITH THOSE
CONSULTATIONS, AND I'D LIKE TO
GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MY
PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT BOB
BAILEY FOR THE GREAT WORK...

[APPLAUSE]

Thompson says I'D LIKE TO ENSURE EVERYONE
THEY CAN ALSO PARTICIPATE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, THE SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTIONS.

Oosterhoff says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MINISTER
FOR THE RESPONSE.
I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR
HER ANSWER AND ALSO FOR GIVING
ONTARIANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO
HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD WHEN IT
COMES TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE
FIRST EVER PROVINCIAL DATA
STRATEGY IN CANADA.
TRULY GROUNDBREAKING.
I KNOW MANY ONTARIANS WERE GLAD
TO BE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO MEET
WITH YOU AND YOUR STAFF AND
OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS GOVERNMENT
TO ENSURE HOW WE CAN ENSURE
GROWTH IN THE ECONOMIC DATA
ECONOMY IS KEEPING DATA SAFE.
MINISTER YOU'VE SPOKEN IN THIS
HOUSE ABOUT SOME OF THE ELEMENTS
THAT WILL FORM THE SPACE OF THE
PROVISIONAL DATA STRATEGY LIE
THE MINISTER'S TASK FORCE.
CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE AN UPDATE
TO THIS HOUSE ABOUT THE WORK
THAT HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN SO FAR
BY THE MINISTER'S DIGITAL AND
DATA TASK FORCE THUS FAR, AND
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE
NEXT STEPS FOR THE TASK FORCE.

The Speaker says MINISTER?

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I'M PLEASED TO TELL EVERYONE,
THE APPOINTMENT OF MY MINISTER'S
DIGITAL AND DATA TASK FORCE IS A
CRITICAL PART IN THE DEVELOPMENT
OF OUR OVERALL PROFIT DATA
STRATEGY.
THE TASK FORCE IS ANOTHER WAY IN
WHICH OUR GOVERNMENT IS
LISTENING TO PEOPLE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS GIVING
BUSINESS LEADERS, ACADEMIC
EXPERTS, AND WORLD CLASS
PRACTITIONERS, THE OPPORTUNITY
TO BRING THEIR EXPERIENCE AND
THEIR VALUABLE INSIGHT TO THE
POLICY MAKING PROCESS.
SINCE MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN JULY, OUR TASK FORCE HAS BEEN
MEETING REGULARLY, AND WE'RE
GOING TO BE ASSESSING AND MAKING
CONCRETE RECOMMENDATIONS IN
RESPONSE TO THE CONSULTATIONS
THAT WE'VE HAD, AND I LOOK
FORWARD TO REPORTING BACK ON
THIS VERY IMPORTANT INITIATIVE.

Watch: Question Period: Monday, November 18, 2019