Transcript: Question Period: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | Nov 20, 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.
I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE.

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

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

She says THANK YOU.
GOOD MORNING, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER
AND I HOPE HE TAKES THE
OPPORTUNITY TO ANSWER THE
QUESTION HIMSELF AND SPEAK
DIRECTLY TO ONTARIO'S PARENTS.
YESTERDAY THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION REFUSED TODAY ANSWER
SOME BASIC QUESTIONS THAT THE
PREMIER'S ATTACKS ON TEACHERS.
EVEN AS HE INSISTED THE FORD
GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T BE BLAMED
FOR THE CONFLICT AND CUTS IN OUR
CLASSROOMS.
THE PREMIER SPENT THE LAST YEAR
ON THE JOB ATTACKING TEACHERS
AND CALLING THEM THUGS AND DOING
EVERYTHING HE COULD TO PICK A
FIGHT WITH THEM.
I'M ASKING THE PREMIER, AND
AGAIN I HOPE THE PREMIER WILL
ANSWER, DOES HE REGRET MAKING
THOSE COMMENTS AND IS HE WILLING
TO APOLOGIZE?

The Speaker says QUESTION ADDRESSED to THE PREMIER.

Premier Ford says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The Speaker says ORDER.
STANDING ORDER TO ALLOW
MINISTERS TO REFER QUESTIONS TO
OTHER MINISTERS.
LET'S MAKE THAT CLEAR.
THEY CAN CHOOSE TO DO SO OR NOT.
QUESTION HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO 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 floral print tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER THE
PREMIER OF THIS PROVINCE, EVERY
MEMBER OF THIS CABINET AND
CAUCUS STANDS WITH THE FRONT
LINE WORKERS OF THIS PROVINCE.
OUR TEACHERS, NURSES AND
DOCTORS.
WE BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, SO MUCH
WE WANT TO SEE THEM SUCCEED.
WHY IN THE MOST RECENT LABOUR
NEGOTIATIONS WE TABLED A PLAN TO
MOVE TO MEDIATION IN ORDER TO
GET A GOOD DEAL FOR THE STUDENTS
OF THIS PROVINCE.
THE PREMIER HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR
ABOUT HIS EXPECT TASTE OF ME
THAT WE REMAIN REASONABLE TO GET
DEALS SO PARKS OF THIS PROVINCE
ARE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN
IN CLASS.
WE STAND WITH THEM ON THAT
MISSION.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
LAST APRIL IN RESPONSE TO
THOUSANDS OF HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENTS WHO SPOKE OUT ABOUT THE
GOVERNMENT'S EDUCATION CUTS, THE
PREMIER SAID AND I QUOTE, THIS
ISN'T ABOUT CLASS SIZES.
THIS IS STRICTLY FROM THE UNION
THUGS, A TEACHERS' UNIONS, END
QUOTE.
HE SAID HE HAD THE BACKBONE TO
HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.
HOW CAN THE FORD GOVERNMENT
CLAIM TO BE LOOKING FOR
SOLUTIONS WITH OUR TEACHERS WHEN
THE PREMIER HAS MADE IT CLEAR
THAT HE IS DESPERATE TO PICK A
FIGHT WITH THEM.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE GREATEST SOLUTION WE CAN
OFFER FAMILIES OF THIS PROVINCE
IS A DEAL THAT KEEPS THEIR
CHILDREN IN CLASS.

[APPLAUSE]

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, OUR PLAN IS TO
MOVE FORWARD WITH MEDIATION IN
THE MOST RESECT DEAL WE RECEIVED
WITH CUPE.
WE TURNED TO MEDIATOR TO HELP US
ADDRESS THE FEW OUTSTANDING
ISSUES THAT REMAIN.
BY DOING SO WE WERE ABLE TO
DELIVER A GOOD DEAL THAT WAS
GOOD FOR THE WORKERS, GOOD FOR
THE GOVERNMENT AND GOOD FOR THE
TRUSTEES.
A WIN-WIN-WIN PROPOSITION.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING FOR THAT
THOSE THAT OBSERVE IS EVERY
THREE YEARS, SPEAKER, WE'RE BACK
IN THE SAME POSITION
'RESPECTIVE
OF PARTY.
FAMILIES DESERVE THAT
PREDICABILITY AND OUR GOVERNMENT
SEEK TO DELIVER IT FOR EVERY
STUDENT IN THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Singh says FOR MONTHS PARENTS AND
STUDENTS HAVE WATCHED AS
CLASSROOM CUTS HAVE TAKEN THEIR
TOLL AND WATCHED AS THE PREMIER
ATTACKED TEACHERS IN OUR
CLASSROOMS CALLING THEM THUGS
ABOUT MAKING THREATS.
THE PREMIER HAS YET TO
APOLOGIZE, MR. SPEAKER.
HE CONTINUES TO USE THE SAME
LANGUAGE OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
YESTERDAY THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION CLAIMED THE PREMIER
VALUES THESE FRONT LINE WORKER
SO TODAY, AGAIN, I'LL ASK THE
PREMIER AND WE NEED TO HEAR THIS
ANSWER DIRECTLY FROM HIM, MR.
SPEAKER.
DOES HE CONSIDER THIS A GOOD WAY
TO BUILD A RESPECTFUL
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE
THAT TEACH OUR CHILDREN.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says AS I AFFIRMED YESTERDAY EVERY
MEMBER OF THE PROGRESSIVE
CONSERVATIVE TEAM BELIEVES AND
STANDS WITH OUR WORKERS OF THIS
PROVINCE.
WHY WE HAVE YESTERDAY IN ORDER
TO ENSURE OUR TEACHERS, THE VERY
SUBJECT OF THE QUESTION DOING
WHAT THEY DO BEST WHICH IS
INSPIRE THE NEXT GEN RAG OF
WORKERS.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS WHY WE
TURNED TO MEDIATION.
I HOPED ALL MEMBERS WOULD STAND
WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN TURNING
TO A REASONABLE PROPOSITION TO
CONSIDER MEDIATION TO GET A
DEAL.
IT IS A PATH THAT WORKS FOR CUPE
TO REPLICATE WITH OUR TEACHERS.
AT THE END OF THE DAY THE DEAL
IS NOT JUST A DEAL, A GOOD DEAL
WITH OUR KIDS.
WE DID WIT CUPE AND HOPE TO DO
IT WITH OUR TEACHERS IN THE
COMING WEEKS.

The Speaker says MEMBER FROM
DAVENPORT.

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

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

She says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
WHEN THE PREMIER FIRST ANNOUNCED
PLANS TO EXPAND CLASS SIZES AND
TAKE 10,000 OF OUR TEACHERS OUT
OF SCHOOLS, HE CLAIMED PARENTS
AND STUDENTS WOULD WELCOME THE
CHANGE.
THAT IT WOULD IMPROVE EDUCATION
IN ONTARIO BUT IT HASN'T.
IT HAS MADE THINGS WORSE AND
IT'S ONLY YEAR ONE.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
AND I WANT TO NOTE PARENTS AND
STUDENTS WANT TO HEAR AN ANSWER
FROM THE PREMIER.
HIMSELF.
WILL THE PREMIER REVERSE THIS
TERRIBLE COURSE THAT'S HURTING
SO MANY OF OUR CHILDREN?

The Speaker says QUESTIONS
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The Speaker says SDE FER TODAY
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE BASIS OF THE QUESTION IS
PREMISED ON FUNDING.
I WANT TO BE CLEAR THIS
GOVERNMENT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP
OF THIS PREMIER IS SPENDING MORE
ON PUBLIC EDUCATION THAN ANY
GOVERNMENT IN THE HISTORY OF
ONTARIO.
THOSE ARE THE FACTS.
ANOTHER FACT; WE'VE JUST OPENED
UP A 5 IS 15 MILLION DOLLAR PROGRAM TO
HELP RENEW SCHOOLS AND BUILD NEW
SCHOOL IN THE PROVINCE.
OVER 1.2 MILLION DOLLARS IN RENEWAL.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE DOING THIS
BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN THE
POTENTIAL OF OUR STUDENTS AND WE
BELIEVE IN THE DEFENCE OF PUBLIC
AND CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR PLAN IS TO HELP
GROW THE ECONOMY, KEEP TAXES LOW
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY HAVING THE
AND TO INVEST INTO SOCIAL
SERVICE THAT MATTER.
1.9 BILLION DOLLARS IN HEALTH CARE AND
IN EDUCATION.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
INVEST IN THE PRIORITY OF THE
WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Stiles says GOING TO RETURN BACK TO THE
PREMIER AGAIN.
I WANT TO SAY, THIS IS COMPLETE
FICTION COMING FROM THIS
MINISTER.
PLEASE!
THE SPENDING... THE EDUCATION
SPENDING IN THIS PROVINCE IS
DOWN.
THE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
SAYS IT'S DONE.
YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT...

The Speaker says ORDER.
GOING TO CAUTION THE MEMBER ON
HER LANGUAGE AND ASK HER TO
PLACE HER QUESTION.

Stiles says THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION
SPENT ALL DAY YESTERDAY
DESPERATELY DEFLECTING BLAME, BE
IT'S NOT A MYSTERY WHY THERE'S
BEEN SO LITTLE PROGRESS AT THE
BARGAINING TABLE.
ELIMINATED THOUGHT OF HIGH
SCHOOL CLASSES FROM CONSTRUCTION
TECHNOLOGY TO MATH AND ADVANCED
PHYSICS COURSES.
HE'S FORCED STUDENTS INTO A
MISGUIDED ONLINE LEARNING
PROGRAM.
TEACHERS THINK THIS IS A BAD
IDEA.
PARENTS AND STUDENTS THINK THIS
IS A BAD IDEA.
WHY IS THE PREMIER SO COMMITTED
TO THESE CUTS.

The Speaker says QUESTION
REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says I WANT TO RESPECTFULLY REJECT
THE PREMISE OF THE QUESTION.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, MR.
SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES TO AREAS
OF PRIORITY FOR STUDENTS IN THE
PROVINCE, IN MENTAL HEALTH WE'VE
MORE THAN DOUBLED THE FUNDING
EDUCATION.
THE HIGHEST ALLOCATION EVER
INVESTED FOR SPECIAL ED.
FOR TRANSPORTATION AT THE
HIGHEST LEVELS.
FOR FRENCH LANGUAGE AT THE
HIGHEST LEVELS IN THE HISTORY OF
THIS PROVINCE.
SO MR. SPEAKER, TO HEAR THE
RHETORIC FROM THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE.
WHAT WE'RE ALSO DO, MR. SPEAKER,
BEYOND THE EXPENDITURE IS
IMPROVING OUR CURRICULUM.

The Speaker says GOING TO ASK THE
MINISTER TO WITHDRAW.

Lecce says I'LL WITHDRAW.
WE'VE ENSURED THAT OUR
CURRICULUM REMAINS UPDATEED WITH
A BACK TO BASICS.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS
ON SUCCESS OF OUR STUDENTS.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Stiles says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
YOU KNOW, I WON'T REFER TO THIS
SPENDING SHELL GAME THAT THE
MINISTER IS TALKING ABOUT.
HERE'S WHAT PARENTS AND STUDENTS
SEE RIGHT NOW.
TEACHERS, WORKING HARD OFTEN
PAYING OUT-OF-POCKET TO PROVIDE
EDUCATION TO OUR CHILDREN.
AND THE PREMIER WHO CALLS THEM
THUGS WHILE FIRING 10,000 OF THEM.
FORCING KIDS GO UNTESTED ONLINE
LEARNING MODULES BASED ON A
PROGRAM IN ALABAMA AND INTO
OVERFLOWING CLASSROOMS.
THE FORD GOVERNMENT CLAIMS THEY
WANT TO AVOID MORE CHAOS IN OUR
SCHOOLS.
WILL THE PREMIER STAR TODAY BY
REVERSING HIS CLASSROOM CUTS.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
BUILD ON OUR POSITIVE PLAN TO
IMPROVE EDUCATION IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
INVEST IN OUR STUDENTS, CONTINUE
TO RENEW OUR SCHOOLS, UPDATE THE
CURRICULUM WITH A MORE LABOUR
FORCES ALIGNMENT.
OUR PLAN IS TO KEEP CHILDREN IN
CLASS WHICH IS THE FIRST BASIS
OF THIS DISCUSSION AND OUR PLAN
YESTERDAY IS NOTHING MORE THAN
AN OBJECTIVE TO KEEP THE PARTIES
AT THE TABLE TO ENSURE THEY KNOW
THAT WE ARE SERIOUS THROUGH
MEDIATION TO GET A GOOD DEAL
THAT ALLOWS PARENTS TO HAVE THE
PREDICABILITY THEY DESERVE.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Toronto-Danforth.

The caption changes to "Peter Tabuns. NDP. Toronto-Danforth."

Tabuns is in his late fifties, clean-shaven, with short white hair. He wears glasses, a black suit, white shirt, and black tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.
LAST YEAR THIS GOVERNMENT
INSISTED THERE WOULD BE NO COST
TO CANCELLING RENEWABLE ENERGY
PROJECTS LIKE THE WHITE PINES
WIND FARM.
TO QUOTE THE THEN GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER, QUO, WE PUT IN A
PLAN, A PROCEDURE THAT IS GOING
TO DEAL WITH THIS WIND FARM
PROJECT WITHOUT COSTING THE
TAXPAYERS.
IN THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS FOR THE
MINISTRY OF ENERGY THERE'S A
STRANGE LITTLE ENTRY.
HOS THE GOVERNMENT SPENT 231
MILLION DOLLARS ON SOME UNDETAILED
QUOTE-UNQUOTE OTHER
TRANSACTIONS.
WILL THE PREMIER CONFIRM THIS
231 MILLION DOLLARS REPRESENTED THE
COST OF CANCELLING ABOUT 750
RENEWABLE ENERGY CONTRACTS LAST
YEAR.

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says ASSOCIATE MINISTRY OF ENERGY.

The Speaker says ASSOCIATE
MINISTER OVER ENERGY.

The caption changes to "Honourable Bill Walker. PC. Associate Minister of Energy."

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
WE THOUGHT MAYBE WOULD BE COMING
AT SOME POINT.
MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO BE VERY
CLEAR RIGHT FROM THE OUTSET THAT
THIS MUNICIPALITY WAS AN
UNWILLING HOST FROM DAY ONE.
THEY DID NOT WANT THE TURBINES
AND WE DID THE RIGHT THING.
THE MEMBER FOR THE BAY OF
QUINTE FROM DAY ONE SAID THEY
DIDN'T WANT IT AND WOULD NOT
HAVE ONE THERE.
AT THE END OF THE DAY OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR,
MR. SPEAKER.
ONTARIO HAS AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY
OF POWER RIGHT NOW.
THE CAPACITY IS NOT REQUIRED AT
THIS TIME.
MR. SPEAKER, THE ENVIRONMENTAL
REVIEW TRIBUNAL DECREASED IT
FROM 29 TURBINES TO NINE
TURBINES EARLY IN THE SEQUENCE
WHICH SHOULD HAVE LED TO CANCEL
THE CONTRACT AT THAT TIME.
MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT THE
TURBINES... TERMINATION ACT
HAPPENED JULY 25TH, 2018,
EFFECTIVELY TERMINATE THE
PROJECT WITH THE INDEPENDENT
ELECTRICITY SYSTEM OPERATOR AND
REVOKING PROJECTED PERMITS.
MR. SPEAKER, THEY DON'T...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

Tabuns says SPEAKER, I TAKE THAT AS A
YES.
I APPRECIATE THAT INFORMATION.
WASTING... WASTING 231 MILLION DOLLARS TO CANCEL HYDRO CONTRACTS IS THE
SORT OF THING THAT THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT DID DURING
THE GAS PLANT SCANDAL.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Tabuns says SIMILARITIES ARE STRIKING, MR. SPEAKER.
WE SAW WHAT THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT DID TO HYDRO BILLS.
THE PREMIER IS LETTING HYDRO
PRICES INCREASE.
HE'S THROWING AWAY 231 MILLION DOLLARS NOT TO BUILD RENEWABLE ENERGY.

The Speaker says ORDER.
STOP THE CLOCK.
STOP THE CLOCK.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF ENERGY
TO REPLY.

Walker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
LET'S START BY MOST OF THE THING
THAT THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT DID
PUT THIS PROVINCE IN A PERILOUS
STATE, MR. SPEAKER.
THEY SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS WILL
CONTINUE TO PAY FOR.
THIS IS YET ONE MORE PROJECT.
WE DID NOT NEED THE POWER.
WE KNEW THAT FROM DAY ONE.
THEY KNEW THAT AND CONTINUE TO
IMPOSE THESE ON UNWILLING HOSTS
LIKE WHITE PINES WAS, MR.
SPEAKER.
THE ENERGY SECTOR... FROM THE
LOWEST RATE IN CONFEDERATION,
MR. SPEAKER TORE THE HIGHEST
RATES.
STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WAYS
TO LOWER THE COSTS AND BRING
THOSE DOWN SO THE PEOPLE CAN
HAVE RESPITE.
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PROJECTS WE
DIDN'T.
WE'RE TAKING...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
MEMBER FROM BRAMPTON WEST.

The caption changes to "Amarjot Sandhu. PC. Brampton West."

Sandhu is in his thirties, with short black hair and a stubble. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, and spotted red tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
PREMIER, WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT WAS
ELECTED WE HAD A SYSTEM THAT WAS
AND PARTLY IN NEED OF REPAIR.
WE HAD A SYSTEM THAT WAS
FORGOTTEN AND LEFT IN DISREPAIR
FOR YEARS LEADING TO
OVERCROWDING ABOUT LACKING IN
SERVICE.
PREMIER, I UNDERSTAND THAT BOTH
YOURSELF AND THE MINISTER OF
INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERED A
KEYNOTE AT THE CONFERENCE TO
OVER 300 MAJOR INDUSTRY
REPRESENTATIVES HIGHLIGHTING OUR
COMMITMENT TO INFRASTRUCTURE FOR
THE PROVINCE.
CAN YOU ELABORATE WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN IS TO EXPAND
AND MODERNIZE THE INFRASTRUCTURE
SYSTEMS FOR THE PROVINCE?

The Speaker says THE QUESTION IS
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says I WOULD LIKE THE THANK...
I'LL START.

The Speaker says ORDER.
PREMIER HAS THE FLOOR.

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

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

He says I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY ALL
STAR MEMBER FROM BRAMPTON WEST.
GREAT PEOPLE OUT IN BRAMPTON.
PEOPLE KNOW ALL TOO WELL
INFRASTRUCTURE WAS NEGLECTED
UNDER THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT ON
TOP OF HOSPITALS AND ON TOP OF
SCHOOLS, ON TOP OF ROADS AND
BRIDGES AND HIGHWAYS.
THEY DIDN'T THINK ABOUT BUILDING
SUBWAYS.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS HELPING MOVING
THIS PROVINCE FORWARD.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE PUTTING A
HISTORIC INVESTMENT IN
INFRASTRUCTURE.
144 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT TEN
YEARS.
90 BILLION DOLLARS INTO TRANSIT, THE
BALANCE GOING INTO NEW SCHOOLS
THAT THE REEVE USE GOVERNMENT
CANCELLED 600 SCHOOLS.
WE'RE GOING TO BE INVESTING IN
HOSPITALS, MR. SPEAKER, AND MAKE
SURE THIS PROVINCE THIS RYES,
GROWS AND PROSPERS.

Sandhu says PREMIER, THAT ISN'T TERRIBLE
NEWS FOR OUR RIDING.
I KNOW MANY FAMILIES IN MY
REGION ARE EXCITED TO HEAR ABOUT
THE NEW INVESTMENT THAT WILL CUT
DOWN ON THE LOSS.
THIS CAN ONTARIO BE MADE
POSSIBLE BY HARDWORKING PEOPLE
OF THIS PROVINCE WHO BUILDS UP
PROJECTS THEMSELVES.
I KNOW IN MY RIDING OF BRAMPTON WEST. WE HAVE MANY AMAZING
INDIVIDUALS WHO HELP SUPPORT
THIS INDUSTRY.
CAN YOU SPEAK ABOUT OUR SUPPORT
FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE
CONSTRUCTION WORKER OF THIS
PROVINCE.

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH, YEAH MR. SAEKER, I
WANT TO THANK OUR GREAT MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
YOU ONLY HAVE TO WALK BY A
CONSTRUCTION SITE.
THE SUPPORT IS OVERWHELMING.
THE HARD HELMETSES.
OUT THERE CHEERING, KEEP GOING,
KEEP GOING.
HAD AN OPPORTUNITY ACTUALLY TO
GO LUNA, STANDING OVATION ON THE
WAY IN, STANDING OVATION ON THE
WAY OUT.
THEY KNOW THERE'S A GOVERNMENT
THAT FINALLY RECOGNIZES THE HARD
WORK THAT THE CONSTRUCTION
TRADES ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.
WE'RE GOING THE CONTINUE
THROWING MONEY INTO THE TRADES,
MAKE SURE WE HAVE PROPER
TRAINING THERE, MR.K SPARE.
JUST KEEP IN MIKE EVERY TIME YOU
DRIVE ON A ROAD, ON A HIGHWAY,
GO TICK YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL OR
THE HOSPITAL OR MALL, THINK OF THE HARDWORKING CONSTRUCTION MEN
AND WOMEN OUT THERE DOING AN
INCREDIBLE JOB REBUILDING THIS
PROVINCE ABOUT GUESS WHAT, MR.
SPEAKER?
THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE 144
BILLION DOLLARS TO DO THAT WITH.

The Speaker says MEMBER FROM
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 SPEAKER, LAST "THE GLOBE and
MAIL" REPORTED IN EXCHANGE FOR A
20,000 DONATION THE PREMIER
DINED WITH A DEVELOPER LOOKING
TO REDEVELOP CANADA PLACE.
THE NEXT DAY THAT DEVELOPER
TRIED TO LINE UP MORE MEETINGS
ON THE TOPIC WITH THE PREMIER'S
STAFF.
SPEAKER, THIS IS CONCERNING FOR
THE THOUSANDS OF ONTARIANS WHO
CAN'T SPARE 20,000 TO MEET WITH
THE PREMIER.
IT RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS
ABOUT WHO IS MEETING WITH THE
PREMIER AND WHY.
WILL THE PREMIERE PROVIDE A FULL
LIST TO THE PUBLIC AND TO THE
INTEGRITY MISSIONER OF EVERY
PERSON WHO HAS PAID MONEY TO
MEET WITH HIM?

The Speaker says Question is to the Premier.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE TO TELL
YOU, THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST
DISGUSTING COMMENTS I'VE EVER
HEARD DOWN HERE IN THE HOUSE.
WHAT HE DOESN'T KNOW IT WAS AT
THE CHIEF'S GALA FOR VICTIM
SERVICES.
PEOPLE... VICTIM OF CRIME THAT
THEY CAME UP TO ME LAST MINUTE
AND SAID, DO YOU WANT TO AUCTION
OFF A DINNER?
THERE'S NO LOBBYING.
PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO LOBBY DOUG
FORD.
MRS. JONES CALLED ME ABOUT A
POTHOLE AND I'LL SHOW UP TO HER
DOOR.
BY THE WAY, I'M PROUD TO SAY...

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO SAY
THAT WE RAISED 100,000 FOR
VICTIM OF CRIME.
GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER?
I DID IT AGAIN.
I DID IT THIS WEEK AND THE WHOLE
CROWD, 1,600 PEOPLE, WERE
APPLAUDING BECAUSE I LEFT IT UP
TO THEM.
THEY APPRECIATE RAISING MONEY
FOR VICTIM OF CRIME UNLIKE THE
NDP THAT DON'T CARE ABOUT
VICTIMS.

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.
ORDER.
MEMBER FROM NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH.
COME TO ORDER.

Natyshak says IT'S TRULY DISGUSTING THAT VICTIM OF CRIME AND VICTIM
SERVICES HAVE TO PUBLICLY FUND
RAISE BECAUSE THE FORD
GOVERNMENT CUT THEIR BUDGET AND
CUT THOSE SERVICE TO THE VICTIMS
OF CRIME.
THAT'S WHAT'S DISGUSTING.
SHAME ON THE PREMIER.
SHAME ON THE PREMIER.
FOR A PREMIER WHO SAYS HE CAN'T
BE BOUGHT, SHE SURE SEEM TO MAKE
TIME FOR THOSE WITH DEEP
POCKETS.
ONE OF THOSE BUSINESSES IS A
LOBBYING GROUP LOOKING FOR MORE
CRACKS WITH THE GOVERNMENT.
THEIR LOBBYIST REGISTERED...

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Natyshak says THE PREMIER'S NUMBER ONE SIDE
CHRIS FROGGET.
THIS IS THE THYME KIND OF THING
THAT WAS COMMON PLACE UNDER THE
LIBERALS BUT AS WITH OTHER FILES
THE PREMIER HAS TAKEN CASPER
ACCESS RACQUET...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT SIDE
COME TO ORDER.

Natyshak says SPEAKER, WHY DOES IT SEEM THE
PREMIER ONLY TAKES MEETINGS WITH
HIS PREFERRED LOBBYISTS AND
THOSE WITH CASH TO BUY ACCESS
RATHER THAN ONTARIANS WHO ARE
SIMPLY TRYING TO GET AHEAD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS, PLEASE
TAKE THEIR SEATS.
PREMIER TO REPLY.

Ford says THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I
JUST WANT TO REMIND THE MEMBER
FROM ESSEX, THE POLICE CHIEF WAS
THERE.
THE POLICE CHIEF WAS THERE AND
INN THE MEETING.
THERE'S NO LOBBY, NO NOTHING.
I'M TRYING TO HELP VICTIMS OF
CRIME.
THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO.
I'M TRYING TO DO... EVERYONE...
ONE THING, MR. SPEAKER, THEY MAY
NOT AGREE WITH ME.
THEY MAY AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH
ME, BUT EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN
THIS PROVINCE KNOWS TWO THINGS;
DOUG FORD CAN'T BE BOUGHT AND IF
SOMEONE CALLS DOUG FORD TO GET
SOMETHING FIXED I'LL SHOW UP TO
THEIR DOOR, RETURN THEIR PHONE
CALL UNLIKE THE NDP THERE
DESTROYED THIS PROVINCE FOR THE
LAST 15 YEARS.

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

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER
FROM 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.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER.
WE LEARNEDED THE GOVERNMENT IS
OFFERING A CRACK TO A CONSULTING
FIRM.
MOST OF WHICH WE LEARNED WILL
COME FROM DEVELOPMENTAL
SERVICES.
SPEAKER, SAVE SGS A EUPHEMISMS
FOR CUTS.
CUT TO THE MOST VULNERABLE
PEOPLE AND FAMILIES IN OUR
PROVINCE.
FAMILIES LIVING WITH AN ADULT
CHILD WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITY.
THIS GOVERNMENT IS HEADED DOWN
THE SAME PATH THEY WERE WITH THE
ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM.
THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER, TO THE
PREMIER... TO THE PREMIER, WILL
HE RELEASE THE DETAIL OF THIS
CONTRACT AND WILL HE COMMIT TO
NOT CUTTING FUNDS FOR ADULTS
WITH DEVELOPMENT MENTAL
DISABILITIES IN THIS PROVINCE;
YES OR NO?

The Speaker says QUESTION ADDRESS
TODAY THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF 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 gray suit, white shirt, and light gray tie.

He says THANKS VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
THANKS TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
FOR THE QUESTION.
AS THE MEMBER KNOWS THERE IS A
GROWING DEMAND FOR DEVELOPMENTAL
SERVICES ACROSS THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO.
EVERY DAY KIDS ARE TURNING 18
AND THEY REQUIRE SERVICES IN THE
DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES SECTOR.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
IMPROVING THIS SECTOR, MR.
SPEAKER, SO THAT THESE
INDIVIDUALS CAN GET THE KIND OF
ACCOMMODATION AND SERVICES THAT
THEY REQUIRE AND SINCE BECOMING
THE MINISTER, MR. SPEAKER, I'VE
BEEN OUT THERE MEETING WITH
FAMILIES, I'VE BEEN MEETING WITH
OUR SERVICE PROVIDER IN
COLLABORATION TO ENSURE THAT WE
CAN WORK TOGETHER TO GET BETTER
RESULTS FOR THE GROWING DEMAND
ON DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES IN OUR
PROVINCE.
JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKSY AGO I
SPOKE TO THE PROVINCIAL
NETWORK...

The Speaker says RESPONSE

Smith says CHRISTIAN HORIZONS.
WE WERE GETTING AN OUTSIDE SET
OF EYES TO LOOK OUT AT HOW WE
CAN MAKE THE SYSTEM WORK BETTER
AND WORK WITH THEM TO ENSURE
WE'RE PROVIDING THE SERVICESES
IS THEY REQUIRE IN THIS SECTOR,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
question.

Fraser says I THINK PEOPLE WOULD HAVE
MORE CONFIDENCE IF THE MINISTER
GAVE THEIR BUDGETS BEFORE
SEPTEMBER.
WE ACTUALLY HAVEN'T DONE IN THE
LAST 30 YEARS FOR THESE
FAMILIES.
SO I INVITE THE MINISTER AND THE
PREMIER TO COME TO MY RIDING TO
CLIFFORD BOWIE SCHOOL AT
GRADUATION TIME AND SEE THE
PARENTS' FACE, THE JOY AT THEIR
CHILD GRADUATE AND THE FEAR THEY
KNOW THEY WILL NO LONGER HAVE
SUPPORTS POST 21 FOR THEIR CHILD
AND THEY KNOW THAT THEY'RE ON
THEIR OWN.
IT'S LIKE STEPPING OFF A CLIFF,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S A LIFE OF WEIGHTLESS AND
PRECARIOUS PROGRAMS.
IMAGINE BEING 75 YEARS OLD AND
HAVING A 40-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER
AND SAYING I DON'T KNOW WHO'S
GOING TAKE CARE OF MY DAUGHTER
WHEN I DIE.
THIS IS WHAT THESE FAMILIES LIVE
EVERY DAY.
EVERY DAY IN THE PROVINCE.
SOMETHING THAT SHOULD KEEP US
ALL AWAKE AT NIGHT.
I ASK THE PREMIER AGAIN,
SPEAKER, WILL HE COMBHIT TO NOT
CUTTING FUNDS FOR ADULT WITH
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABLES IN THIS
PROVINCE; YES OR NO?

The Speaker says QUESTION HAS
BEEN REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
COMMUNITY SERVICES.

Smith says WE KNOW THIS SECTOR DESERVES
BETTER RESULTS FOR ITS CLIENTS
AND WE KNOW THAT WHILE WE'RE
INVESTING 2.6 BILLION DOLLARS IN THIS
SECTOR, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE NOT
GETTING THE RESULTS WE SHOULD BE
GETTING.
THAT'S WHY WE'VE GONE OUT, HIRED
THIS SECOND SET OF EYES TO LOOK
AT THE SECTOR.
THEY'VE DON A JURISDICTIONAL
SCAN, MR. SPEAKER, TO LOOK AT
BEST PRACTICES IN OTHER
COUNTRIES WHERE THEY'RE ACTUALLY
BUILDING THE SUPPORTS NECESSARY
WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THE
GOVERNMENT, MYSELF AND MY TEAM
ARE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS
THIS THE SECTOR TO ENSURE WE'RE
GET THE RULES WE WANT.
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT, MR.
SPEAKER, THEY MADE DECISIONS AND
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THEY MADE
THE DECISION NOT TO INVEST IN
THIS SECTOR.
FOR 15 YEARS.
THEY MADE THAT DECISION.
THAT'S THEIR RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER
TO MAKE THAT DECISION.
WE'RE NOT MAKING THAT DECISION.
WE ARE MAKING A DECISION TO WORK
WITH THE SECTOR TO ENSURE THAT
WE'RE GETTING BETTER RESULTS FOR
THOSE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.

[SOME APPLAUSE]

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

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

Hogarth is in her late thirties, with blond hair in a bun. She wears a plaid blazer and a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF HEALTH.
HIGHWAY HEALTH CARE IS AN ISSUE
THAT AFFECTS EVERY ONTARIAN.
DUE TO THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT'S MISMANAGEM AND
POORLY DIRECTED SPENDING MORE
AND MORE PATIENTS ARE
EXPERIENCING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE
AS PRESSURES MOUNT IN OUR
HOSPITALS.
SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
SHOULD HAVEN'T TO WORRY ABOUT
HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE FOR THEM
TO SEE A DOCTOR OR WHETHER THE
SERVICE THEY NEED WILL BE
AVAILABLE TO THEM.
I IS TIME THAT SOME CHANGES
HAPPEN IN OUR PROVINCE.
CAN THE MINISTER OF HEALTH
PLEASE TELL THIS HOUSE WHAT
FUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT HAS XHIED
TO IN ORDER TO BRING AN END TO
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE AND REDUCE
PRESSURES ON OUR PUBLIC HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM.

The Speaker says QUESTION 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 black sweater and a printed scarf.

She says THANK YOU, MRA MR. SPEAKER.
IT IS ESSENTIAL WE TACK TL
MEDIATE CHALLENGE OF HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE AND LOOKING AT THE
LONG-TERM TO MAKE SURE FUTURE
GENERATIONS DON'T HAVE TO DEAL
WITH THE SAME PROBLEM.
THIS YEAR OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
INVESTED AN ADDITIONAL 384
MILLION DOLLARS IN OUR HOSPITAL SECTOR
TO ADDRESS MEDIATE CHALLENGES.
SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED HOSPITALS
RECEIVED ADDITIONAL 68 MILLION DOLLARS A
TO MAKE UP FOR YEAR WEEFRM
ADDRESSING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE
BY INVESTING DEGREE 27 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS TO BUILD
NEW HOSPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND
INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BEDS
AVAILABLE.
SPEAKER, TO BE CLEAR, OUR
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING ACTION TO
END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE NOW
WHILE PROTECTING THE
SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR PUBLIC
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM INTO THE
FUTURE.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hogarth says I WANT... MR. SPEAKER, I WANT
TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR ALL
HER HARD WORK AND THAT ANSWER
AND WHILE THE OPPOSITION
CONTINUES TO ENGAGE IN FEAR
MONGERING, WE ARE FOCUSSED ON
TAKING REAL ACTION TO MODERNIZE
OUR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
AND END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
IT IS CLEAR WE'VE TAKEN ON THE
RESPONSIBILITY OF CLEANING UP
THE MESS THAT THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT LEFT US IN AND MITT
FUNDING WHERE IT IS NEEDED MOST.
ENDING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE IS A
COMPLEX ISSUE.
WE ARE ADDRESSING THE MEDIATE
PROBLEMS WITH OUR LONG-TERM
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHILE AT THE
SAME TIME CONSIDER THE LONG-TERM
NEEDS OF OUR POPULATION.
CAN THE MINISTER UPDATE THIS
HOUSE ON OTHER INVESTMENTS WE
ARE MAKING TO GIVE ONTARIANS
ACCESS TO MORE TIMELY CARE AND
END HEALTH CARE NOW AND IN THE
FUTURE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH TO REPLY.

Elliott says THE FACT IS, SPEAKER, THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ELECTED US TO
TAKE MEDIATE ACTION TO FIX OUR
PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND
THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE
DOING.
TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE PRESSURES
ON HOSPITAL EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENTS, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
BROUGHT FORWARD NEW MODEL OF
CARE FOR 911 PATIENTS TO ENSURE
PATIENTS RECEIVE CARE IN THE
MOST APPROPRIATE SETTINGS.
WE'VE COMMITTED TO INVESTING
HISTORIC 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN
YEARS TO BUILD A COMPREHENSIVE
CONNECTED AND INTEGRATED MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION SYSTEM SO
EVERY ONTARIAN CAN BE TRULY
SUPPORTED ON THEIR JOURNEY
TOWARDS MENTAL WELLNESS.
THIS YEAR ALONE WE'VE INVESTED
AN ADDITIONAL 174 MILLION DOLLARS IN
MORE ON THE GROUND MENTAL HEALTH
SERVICE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE,
FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS IN
COMMUNITIES ACROSS ONTARIO.
SPEAKER, THESE ARE SOME OF THE
STEPS WE'RE TAKING TO ENSURE
THAT PATIENTS RECEIVE MORE
TIMELY AND APPROPRIATE CARE IN
THEIR COMMUNITIES WHILE ALSO
HELPING TO END HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE AND REDUCE WAIT TIMES.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER
FROM ST. Catharine's.

The caption changes to "Jennifer (Jennie) Stevens. NDP. Saint Catharines."

Stevens is in her late fifties, with blond hair in a short bob and bangs. She wears a black blazer and shirt, and a silver necklace.

She says TO THE PREMIER, BEFORE WE
RETURN TO OUR RIDINGS LAST WEEK
TO HONOUR OUR VETERANS IN
REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES
ACROSS THE PROVINCE, I ASKED THE
GOVERNMENT WHY IT DOES NOT ALLOW
VETERANS WHO SERVED AFTER THE
KOREAN WAR TO ACCESS GRANTS FOR
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS FROM
ONTARIO'S SOLDIER AID COMMISSION
WHICH IS AN UNFAIR EXCLUSION
THAT TREATS POST KOREAN WAR VETS
AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS.
BUT THE GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO
ANSWER SO I WILL ASK AGAIN.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT EXTEND
COVERAGE OF ONTARIO'S SERVICE
AID COMMISSION TO ALL VETERANS;
YES OR NO?

The Speaker says QUESTION ADDRESS
ODD THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

The Speaker says REFER ODD THE
MINISTER OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY
AND SOCIAL SERVICE.

Smith says THANKS TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
FOR THE QUESTION.
I DID ANSWER THE QUESTION LAST
WEEK BEFORE REMEMBRANCE DAY.
I WANT TO SAY THAT WE ALL WERE
OUT AT OUR CENOTAPHS LAST WEEK
AND AT OUR LEGION DINNERS AND
MEETING WITH OUR VETERANS AND
THOSE WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN
SERVICE AND I JUST WANT TO SAY
ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO WE APPRECIATE THEIR
SERVICE AND WE APPRECIATE THEIR
ONGOING SUPPORT FOR OUR COUNTRY,
THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE
WORLD IN WHICH TO LIVE.
AS FAR AS THE SOLDIERS AID
COMMISSION GOES, MR. SPEAKER, I
CAN TELL YOU THAT IT WAS
BASICALLY MOTH BALLED FOR 15
YEARS UNDER THE REEVE USE
GOVERNMENT.
THIS IS A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT
PART OF THE MINISTRY OF
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES.
WE'RE CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW
LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN EXPAND THE
MANDATE OF THE SOLDIERS AID
COMMISSION.
WE'RE WORKING WITH OUR MILITARY
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRES.
WE'RE WORKING WITH SEAMLESS
CANADA TO ENSURE WE'RE
PROVIDING, AT PROVINCIAL LEVEL...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Stevens says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I HOPE THE MOTHBALLS COME OFF
QUICK.
ONTARIO SOLDIERS AID COMMISSION
HELPS VETERANS IN EMERGENCY
SITUATIONS LIKE THOSE FACING THE
THREATS OF HOMELESSNESS.
LAST WEEK GLOBAL NEWS BROUGHT US
A TRAGIC STORY OF PHILIP
KITCHEN, AN AFGHAN VETERAN WHO
RETURNED HOME SUFFERING FROM
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
AND LEFT LIVING IN A TENT WITH
HIS YOUNG CHILD THIS.
IS SHAME OF, SPEAKER.
IT CAN BE AVOIDED IF THE
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT STOPS
TREATING SOME VETERANS AS SECOND
CLASS AND TURNING THEM AWAY FROM
THE IMPORTANT SUPPORT FUNDING.
AS A MOTHER OF AN ACTIVE MEMBER
IN THE CANADIAN FORCES I CAN SAY
THERE IS NOTHING SECOND CLASS
ABOUT THE SERVICE THESE BRAVE
MEN AND WOMEN HAVE PROVIDED FOR
OUR COUNTRY.
WILL THE PREMIER TELL THIS HOUSE
HOW MANY VETERANS ARE TURNED
AWAY FROM ONTARIO'S SERVICE AID
COMMISSION PROGRAM?

The Speaker says QUESTION BEEN
REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES.
MEMBER, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEAT.
MINISTER?

Smith says THANKS, MR. SPEAKER.
I REJECT THE PREMISE OF THE
QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE.
I MEAN, THERE'S NO GOVERNMENT
THAT HAS DONE MORE IN ITS FIRST
15 MONTHS FOR OUR VETERANS THAN
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS, MR.
SPEAKER.
I CAN TICK OFF THE LIST OF
DIFFERENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR
THOSE IN OUR ARMED FORCES AND
KEEPING IN MIND THAT VETERANS
SERVICES ARE A CANADIAN
JURISDICTION, RIGHT?
WE ARE DOING WHAT WE CAN AT THE
PROVINCIAL LEVEL TO ENSURE THAT
WHERE THERE ARE CRACKS IN THE
SYSTEM, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE
FILLING THOSE CRACKS AND WE HAVE
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY BY TAKING
THE SOLDIERS AID COMMISSION
WHICH AGAIN HAS SAT IDLE FOR 15
YEARS AND MAKE SURE THAT IT'S
MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR CURRENT
MILITARY MEMBERS AND WE'RE DOING
THAT BY WORKING WITH SEAMLESS
CANADA.
WE HAD SEAMLESS CANADA
REPRESENTATIVES HERE EARLIER
THIS YEAR TALKING TO MEMBER OF THE VARIOUS CAUCUSES WHO WERE
HERE.
WE HAD A GREAT TURNOUT FROM THE
TORY CAUCUS.
A NUMBER OF NDP MEMBERS.

The Speaker says TAKE YOUR SEAT.
TAKE YOUR SEAT.
NEXT question. The member for Don Valley West.

The caption changes to "Kathleen O. Wynne. Liberal. Don Valley West."

Wynne is in her fifties, with short curly blond hair. She wears a gray blazer over a black blouse, and a white pendant necklace.

She says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
MADE A SERIES OF POLICY
DECISIONS ABOUT CUTS AND THE
DECISION TO ONTARIO THE ONLY
Jurisdiction TO REQUIRE FOUR
ONLINE COURSES TO GRADUATE HIGH
SCHOOL WHICH WILL FURTHER REDUCE
TEACHERS IN SCHOOL AND UNDERTAKE
THIS IN LESS THAN A YEAR FROM
NOW.
THEY MADE THIS DECISION WITHOUT
ADEQUATELY CONSULTING ANY
EXPERTS IN EDUCATION.
RESEARCH FROM THE PUBLIC POLICY
INSTITUTE FROM CALIFORNIA
INDICATES THE STUDENTS ARE LESS
LIKELY TO FINISH AN ONLINE
COURSE AND EXES ASKER BAIT
ACHIEVEMENT GAPS.
AN INN A SURVEY OF 6,000
STUDENTS ACROSS ONTARIO THE
STUDENT TRUSTEES ASSOCIATION,
6,000 STUDENTS GRADES 8 TO 12,
95 percent OPPOSED THE NEW E-LEARNING
MANDATE.
I ASK THE MINISTER, MR. SPEAKER
LYOU LISTEN TO STUDENTS ACROSS
ONTARIO, REVERSE THIS RECKLESS
DECISION THAT WILL HAVE COMPLEX,
UNKNOWN AND NEGATIVE IMENT PANGS
ON MANY STUDENTS?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, I THINK IT WOULD BE
PRUDENT TO NOTE OUR PLAN WHEN IT
COMES TO ONLINE LEARNING IS
ABOUT MAKING SURE YOUNG PEOPLE
HAVE ACCESS TO MORE COURSE
SELECTIONS UTILIZING A MODERN
TECHNOLOGY AND A PLATFORM MADE
IN THIS COUNTRY.
WITH GREAT RESPECT TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE, I MEAN, IT IS FLABBER
GOOD AFTERNOONING TO BE ASKED A
QUESTION IN THE CONTEXT OF
EDUCATION WHEN UNDER HER TENURE
AS PREMIER MORE SCHOOLS WERE
CLOSE UNDER THIS PROVINCE THAN
ANY PREMIER IN THE HISTORY OF
THIS PROVINCE.
I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN YOU
CONTRAST THAT APPROACH WITH OUR
PLAN TO EXPEND HALF A MILLION DOLLARS EACH YEAR TO IMPROVE
SCHOOLS, TO IMPROVE CURRICULUM,
GIVE PEOPLE MORE COURSE
SELECTIONS TO ACHIEVE FULL
POTENTIAL IN THE CON TEST OF THE
JOURNEY OF LEARNING, WE WILL
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS
BY GIVING THEM MORE COURSES AND
EMBRACING--...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Lecce says EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY AS AN
OPPORTUNITY IN THE WORKFORCE.

Wynne says I THINK STUDENTS NOT ABLE TO
GET THEIR OPTIONS THIS YEAR
BECAUSE OF INCREASED CLASS SIDES
WOULD TAKE ISSUE WITH WHAT THE
MINISTER HAS SAY.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS EXACTLY THE
KIND OF BADLY THOUGHT THROUGH
DECISION THAT HAS POISONED THE
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THIS
GOVERNMENT AND EDUCATOR IN EVERY
SCHOOL?
ONTARIO.
THAT POISONED RELATIONSHIP IS ON
FULL DISPLAY RIGHT NOW, MR.
SPEAKER.
A GOVERNMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF
NEGOTIATIONS FIRES ITS
BARGAINING TEAM, TRIES TO
DISTRACT FROM FROM LACK OF
PROGRESS AT THE TABLE BY
PRETENDING MEDIATION IS THE
ANSWER.
THE ANSWER, MR. SPEAKER, IS FOR
THE GOVERNMENT TO ADMIT THAT ITS
CUTS ABOUT WRONGHEADED POLICIES
LIKE MANDATORY ONLINE KORSS WERE
A MISTAKE AND ROLL THEM BACK.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT REENGAGE
SERIOUSLY WITH TEACHERS IN ORDER
TO GET AN AGREEMENT AT THE
BARGAINING TABLE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
SY THE FOCUS OF THE GOVERNMENT
TO GET DEALS FOR STUDENT IN THIS
PROVINCE.
THAT'S WHY WE'VE ASKED THE
PARTIES YESTERDAY TO CONSIDER
MEDIATION AS A VIABLE TOOL TO
PROCEED.
IN ORDER TO GET THEM TO STAY AT
THE TABLE GIVEN THE HEIGHTENED
LEVELS OF ESCALATION ACROSS THE
BOARD OF ALL TEACHER UNIONS.
WHAT UNITESES THE... UNITES THE MEMBER, THE PACT THAT EVERY
THREE YEARS WE'RE IN THE SAME
POSITION OF PARENTS HAVING THE
FRUSTRATION OF NOT KNOWING IF
THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE IN CLASS
ON MONDAY.
WE SEEK AN ENDURING SOLUTION TO
HELP KEEP CHILDREN IN CLASS AND
A DEAL WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE
CHILDREN OF THIS PROVINCE.

The caption changes to "Belinda C. Karahalios. PC. Cambridge."

Karahalios is in her thirties, with long curly brown hair. She wears a black blazer over a purple blouse.

She says ONTARIO IS FACING A HOUSING
Crisis. NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT.
UNDER THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT PEOPLE STRUGGLE TOLL
FIND HOMES THEY COULD AFFORD AND
NOT ENOUGH HOMES ARE BEING BUILT
TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EVERY PART
IN OUR PROVINCE.
WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT DOING NOW
TO FIX THIS PROBLEM WHICH WAS
INHERITED FROM THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT AND HOW ARE WE
PROVIDING RELIEF TO THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO TO GET NEW HOUSING BUILT?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

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

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

He speaks French and an interpreter says THANK
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR HER QUESTION.
DURING THE LAST SESSION WE HAVE
PUT IN PLACE AN ACTION PLAN FOR
MORE HOUSING.
OUR PLAN WILL HELP FIGHT THE
HOUSING CRISIS THAT WE ARE
FACING BY BUILDING MORE HOUSING
IN THIS PROVINCE.
END END THE LOCAL PLANNING
APPEAL TRIBUNAL WOULD HEAR
APPEALS AND MAKE THE BEST
DECISIONS ON IMPORTANT LAND USE
CASES AND INCREASE CASE
MANAGEMENT AND MEDIATION POWERS
TO AVOID DELAYS ABOUT WILL
APPOINT ADDITIONAL ADJUDICATORS
TO HANDLE LATE FILING,
PROCESSING AND MANAGE THE
CURRENT AND FUTURE CASELOAD.
FINALLY GOING TO PUT A FAR
BETTER AND MORE AUTONOMOUS AND
ACCESSIBLE SYSTEM.
THERE ARE MANY THINGS TO DO TO
CHANGE THE SYSTEM AND I LOOK
FORWARD TO THE SUPPLEMENTARY.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Karahalios says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE LOCAL PLANNING APPEALS
TRIBUNAL HAS EXPERIENCED SIG
CAN'T DELAYS AND BACKLOG OF
LEGACY CASES THAT HAS IMPEDED
THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW HOMES IN
OUR PROVINCE.
IMPACTING APPROXIMATELY 100,000
WOULD-BE HOUSING UNITS IN
TORONTO ALONE.
WHAT PROGRESS HAS THE GOVERNMENT
MADE THAT'S PREVENTING NEW
HOUSING UNITS THAT FROM BEING
BUILT?

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY

Clark says TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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

He THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AS THE MINISTER MENTIONED, IN
AUGUST WE APPOINTED MARIE
HUBBARD.
SHE WAS APPOINTED AT THE INTERIM
ASSOCIATION CHAIR OF THE LOCAL
PLANNING APPEALING TRIBUNAL.
WE'VE ALSO APPOINTED EIGHT NEW
FULL TIME MEMBERS.
FOUR NEW PART TIME MEMBERS AND
THE TRIBUNAL HAD A BAG LOG OF
1,200 CASES.
SOME DAYING BACK TO THE '90S,
MR. SPEAKER.
LEFT TO LANGUISH AND WE PICKED
IT UP THIS.
IS SO IMPORTANT.
I'M PLEASE TODAY REPORT THAT THE
TRIBUNAL HAS ALREADY SINCE JUNE
CLOSED NEARLY 20 percent OF THE LEGACY
CASES.

[SOME APPLAUSE]

Downey says NOW WE'RE LEFT WITH
APPROXIMATELY 900 KAYS... CASES
OUTSTANDING.
WE PLAN TO RAM UP AND FURTHER
REDUCTIONS OF THE BACKLOG BY THE
END OF THE YEAR.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for London-Fanshawe.

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

Armstrong is in her early fifties, with shoulder-length brown hair in a bob and bangs. She wears glasses and a black blazer over a striped black shirt.

She says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS I'VE
BEEN CONTACTED BY CONSTITUENTSES
WORRIED SICK ABOUT THE RISING
HYDRO BILLS.
GLENIS HILL IS A SEEN... SENIOR
IN MID MYSELF... SENIOR IN MY
RIDING LIVED ON A FIXED INCOME.
SHE HAS TROUBLE STAYING UP SO
LATE TO DO LAUNDRY WHEN IT'S THE
MORE AFFORDABLE TIME.
SHE ALSO READS BY CANDLELIGHT
AND WEAR AS COAT INSIDE HER
HOUSE TO AVOID USING
ELECTRICITY.
BUT HER BILLS ARE STILL TOO
HIGH.
GLENIS IS AT THE END OF HER
ROPE.
WHAT MORE WOULD THIS PREMIER
HAVE GLENIS DO?

The Speaker says DEPUTY PREMIER.

The Deputy Premier says ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF ENERGY, PLEASE.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE Associate MINISTER.

Walker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.
IT'S TRULY SAD ALL OF US ARE
SUFFERING FROM THE HIGHEST
ENERGY RATES THIS PROVINCE HAS
EVER SEEN.
THANK YOU TO THE LIBERAL FOR THE
15 YEARS AND YOU SUPPORTED MOST
OF THEIR GREEN ENERGY ACT ALL
ALONG THE WAY THAT CAUSED THESE
RATES.
MR. SPEAKER, AS SOON AS WE GOT
ELECTED, MR. SPEAKER, WE
CANCELLED 750 RENEWABLE ENERGY
CONTRACTS SAVING THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO 790 MILLION DOLLARS.
WE CENTRALIZEDED CONSERVATION PROGRAMS TO PROTECT THE MOST
VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR
PROVINCE WHILE SAVING UP TO 442
MILLION DOLLARS FOR RATE PAYER AND
EXPANDED NATURAL GAS FOR RURAL
ONTARIO SAVE THE AVERAGE
CUSTOMER 800 TO 2,500 A YEAR.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING TO
LOWER THE PRICE AND CLEANING UP
MESS OF 15 YEARS CREATED BY THE
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Walker says WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE
CAN FOR ALL PEOPLE INCLUDE THE
PERSON YOU'RE SPEAKING OF.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Armstrong says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
THIS NOVEMBER THIS GOVERNMENTAL
GOVERNMENT
ALLOWED HYDRO BILLS
TO RUN UP.
BILLS CONTINUE TO INCREASE WITH
NO RELIEF IN SIGHT.
CERTAINLY NOT THE 12 percent DECREASE
LIKE THIS GOVERNMENT PROMISED.
FOR SENIORS LIKE GLENIS THIS
MEANS NOR NIGHTS STAYING UP
DOING LAUNDRY AND MORE NIGHTS
READING BY CANDLE LIGHT.
IT'S 2019, SPEAKER.
DOES THE PREMIER REALIZE HE'S
HURTING PEOPLE LIKE GENIS WHEN
HE FAILS TO DELIVER ON A REAL
HYDRO RELIEF PLAN FOR ONTARIANS.

The Speaker says QUESTIONS
REFERRED TO THE Associate MINISTER OF ENERGY.

Walker says THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION AND
THANK YOU, GLENIS, FOR BRINGING
THIS TO US.
THINK ABOUT WHAT THE RATE WOULD
HAVE BEEN HAD WE NOT CANCELLED
THE 751 RENEWABLE CONTRACTS AND
TOOK ACTION TO STOP MORE OF THE
INSANITY OF WHAT THE LIBERALS
WERE DOING WITH THEIR IDEOLOGY,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE CANCELLED 751 CONTRACTS
SAVING 790 MILLION DOLLARS.
WE'VE ACTUALLY PASSED BILL 87 SO
WE ACTUALLY REPLACE THE LIBERAL
SCHEME WITH A NEW, MORE
TRANSPARENT ON BILL REBATE.
SOMETHING THE AUDITOR GENERAL
WANT TODAY HAPPEN SO THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO TRULY KNEW WHAT THE
COST OF ELECTRICITY IS.
IT IS TRULY SAD, MR. SPEAKER.
WE ALL STAND HERE SAD OF THE
PRICE OF OUR ENERGY TODAY
BECAUSE OF THE MESS CREATED
UNDER THE 15 YEARS OF LIBERAL
MANAGEMENT SUPPORTED FULLY BY
THE NDP FOR THAT WHOLE TENURE,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO TRY TO DO
THAT.
WE'LL TRY EVERYTHING WE CAN TO
LOW TER RAYS AND MAKE SURE WE
HAVE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MEMBER FROM MISSISSAUGA Center.

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

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

Kusendova is in her thirties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears glasses, a green dress and a matching scarf.

She speaks French and an interpreter says MY
QUESTION IS TO THE WONDERFUL
MINISTER OF
I KNOW THE MINISTER AS WELL AS
THE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY
BOARD HAVE BEEN HARD AT WORK
FINING WAYS TO ENSURE THAT EVERY
SINGLE TAXPAYER DOLLAR IS WELL
INVESTED AND RESPECTED.
THIS YEAR IS DRAWING TO A CLOSE,
COULD THE MINISTER TELL THIS
HOUSE WHAT STEPS HIS MINISTRY
HAS TAKEN THUS FAR TO HELP
MUNICIPALITIES LIKE THE REGION
OF PEEL AND OTHERS ACROSS
ONTARIO TO FIND SAVINGS AND
EFFICIENCIES.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.

Clark says THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.
IN AUGUST OUR GOVERNMENT HEARD
LOUD AND CLEAR FROM THE
MUNICIPAL SECTOR THEY UNDERSTAND
OUR FISCAL CHALLENGES THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT FACED AND THE FACT
THAT IT... ALSO COMPROMISES WHAT
MATTERS MOST.
THAT'S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT
RESPONDED.
WE INTRODUCED THE AUDIT AND
ACCOUNTABILITY FUND.
A FUND WHICH WOULD PROVIDE 7.35
MILLION DOLLARS TO THE 39 LARGEST
MUNICIPALITIES TO HELP THEM
BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE AND
EFFICIENT.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT, SPEAKER?
WE HAD 100 percent SUPPORT.
ALL 39 SIGNED ON BECAUSE THEY
WANT TO WORK WITH OUR GOVERNMENT
TO FIND SAVINGS FOR TAX PAYERS.
WE ALSO INTRODUCED THE 200
MILLION DOLLAR MUNICIPAL MODERNIZATION
FUND WHICH HELPED THE 405
SMALLEST, MOST RURAL AND MOST
NORTHERN COMMUNITIES WITH THEIR
SERVICE DELIVERY.
WE PROVIDED THE TWO FUNDS TO
WORK WITH MUNICIPALITIES AND
EXCITED TO SHARE THE NEXT STEPS
IN OUR GOVERNMENT'S YOUR
HONOURNY WITH MUNICIPALITIES IN
THE SUPPLEMENTARY.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Kusendova says THANK YOU, PEAKER.
I THANK THE MINISTER FOR HIS
ANSWER AND STEADFAST LEADERSHIP
ON ENGAGING WITH AND BUILDING
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR MUNICIPAL
PARTNERS INCLUDE THE REGION OF
PEEL.
LAST MONTH THE MINISTER AN
NOUNSED HIS CONTINUED COMMITMENT
AND SUPPORT FOR HELPING
MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS OUR
PROVINCE BE MORE EFFICIENT.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN WHAT NEW STEPS THE
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO CONTINUE
TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR
MUNICIPALITIES.

Clark says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I DO... I AM PROUD TO OUT LAFR
LINE OUR GOVERNMENT'S PATH
FORWARD.
FOUR STEPS OUR GOVERNMENT IS
TAKING.
GOING TO RENEW THE MUNICIPAL
MODERNIZATION FUND WITH UP TO
125 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FOUR
YEAR TO THE 405 SMALL, RURAL AND
NORTHERN MUNICIPALITIES.
WE'RE GOING TO EXTEND THE AUDIT
AND ACCOUNTABILITY FUND AND
PROVIDE UP TO 600 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY OVER THE NEXT THREE
YEARS TO HELP THOSE LARGE
MUNICIPALITIES WITH THEIR
EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY.
THIRDLY, WE'RE GOING CONSULT
WITH HELPTIES TO TALK ABOUT
ALIGNING THE MUNICIPAL FISCAL
YEAR WITH THE PROVINCIAL FISCAL
YEAR.
FINALLY ANOTHER ITEM THAT'S BEEN
DISCUSSED FOR MANY YEARS ABOUT
THAT'S THE FACT THAT WE'RE GOING
TO START CONSOLIDATING THE
MUNICIPAL VOTERS LIST WITH THE
CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER IN
ONTARIO REMOVING THAT
MUNICIPALITY WITH ONTARIANS
ABOUT GOING TO WORK WITH
MUNICIPALITIES AND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

The caption changes to "Guy Bourgouin. NDP. Mushkegowuk-James Bay."

Bourgouin is in his forties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt and checkered tie.

He speaks French and a translator says MY NEXT IS TO THE FRANCOPHONE MINISTER.
A TEACHER HAD TO CALL 911 FROM...
FOR AN EMERGENCY.
AND THEY HAD TO REPEAT THE
QUESTION IN ENGLISH BECAUSE THE
PERSON AT THE END OF THE LINE
COULD NOT ANSWER IN FRENCH.
A COMPLAINT WAS SET.
MADAM MINISTER, DO YOU REALLY
THINK THE YOONTY AND FRENCH
LANGUAGE SERVICES WAS... HAVE
THE SAME MANDATE AS THE PREVIOUS
INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER?

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

The caption changes to "Honourable Caroline Mulroney. Minister of Francophone Affairs."

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

She speaks French and a translator says I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HIS
QUESTION.
THE SAFETY OF ONTARIANS IS VERY
IMPORTANT FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE
GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO SERVICES
AND THE OFFICE IS DOING THE WORK
TO REPLACE THE COMMISSIONER.
THEY'RE INDEPENDENT.
WE'RE ALL WAITING FOR THEM TO
NOMINATE THE REPLACEMENTS.
THEY SHOULD HAVE AN OFFICE FOR
COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE
COMMISSIONER CONTINUES TO DO THE
WORK IN THE PAST AND THEY WILL
CONTINUE TO DO THE WORK AND HAVE
THE SAME RESPONSIBILITIES AS IN
THE PAST.
THANK YOU.

Bourgouin speaks French and a translator says
NEITHER THE COMMISSIONER NOR THE
MANDATE NOR THE NATURE DOES NOT
REQUIRE THAT THE OMBUDSMAN
INQUIRE ON THIS.
THEY SHOULD USE ALL AVAILABLE
NEEDS WITHOUT TURNING... BEFORE
TURNING TO THE OMBUDSMAN WITH
THE PREVIOUS COMMISSIONER IT WAS
DONE A FEW WEEKS AGO.
I PUT FORWARD A DRAFT BILL
RECENTLY IN ORDER TO HAVE AN
INDEPENDENT OFFICE.
MADAM MINISTER, I PUT THE
QUESTION THAT FRANCOPHONES ARE
GOING TO PUT YOU TO YOU.
ARE YOU GOING TO REESTABLISH THE
INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER; YES OR
NO?

Mulroney speaks French and a translator says
SPEAKER, WE TRUST THE CAPACITY
OF THE OMBUDSMAN TO DO THE WORK
ABOUT RESPECT THE LAW ON FRENCH
LANGUAGE SERVICES BUT IT'S
IMPORTANT THAT THE MEMBER BE
AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE SAKE FOR
THE FRANCOPHONES.
THEY WANT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
FOR THE FRENCH SPEAKING
COMMUNITY.
THEY WANT TO KNOW WHEN THEY NEED
SERVICES IN FRENCH PROMOTE THEIR
INTERESTS.
THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT FILES
FOR THE FRENCH SPEAKERS AND THIS
IS THE MINISTRY CONTINUES DOING.
THANK YOU.

The caption changes to "Stan Cho. PC. Willowdale."

Cho is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with black hair gelled back. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, and burgundy tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER
SERVICES.
I SPOKE AT A PANEL AT THE
ONTARIO REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION
CON TRENGS ALONGSIDE THE MEMBER
FROM GUELPH, OTTAWA SOUTH AND
BRAMPTON CENTRE.
I WAS ENCOURAGED TO SEE MEMBERS
FROM ALL POLITICAL STRIPES
REPRESENTED.
REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS FROM
ACROSS THE PROVINCE WERE IN
ATTENDANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN
IMPORTANT DISCUSSION OF THE
FUTURE OF THEIR INDUSTRY AND
IT'S GREAT TO SEE IN ATTEND
DANCE TODAY.
AS THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR
OVERSEEING THE LEGISLATION CAN
THE MINUTE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT
WORK THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO
ENSURE THE INDUSTRY IS MANAGED
IN A WAY THAT PROTECTS CONSUMERS
ABOUT PROVIDES THE HARDWORKING
REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS IN
THIS PROVINCE WITH THE TOOLS
THEY NEED TO SUCCEED.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
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 a blue blazer and a black shirt.

She says YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER AND THANK YOU TO THE
QUESTION FOR THAT GREAT
QUESTION.
I ALSO THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME
AND THE PREMIER AND OTHER MEMBER
OF THE HOUSE IN A VERY IMPORTANT
DISCUSSION IN TERMS OF HOW DO WE
MOVE OUR REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY
FORWARD IN ONTARIO.
AS YOU KNOW, IT'S BEEN NEARLY 20
YEARS, SPEAKER, SINCE THE LAST
ACT WAS PASSED AND TODAY'S
MARKET IS SO DRASTICALLY
DIFFERENT WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES,
INCREASED ACCESS TO MARKET DATA
AS WELL AS CHANGES TO CONSUMER
EXPECTATIONS.
YOU KNOW, IN RESPONSE TO PART OF
THIS CHANGE THAT IS NEEDED, WE
ACTUALLY REACHED OUT TO OUR REAL
ESTATE PROFESSIONALS AND WE'RE
SO PLEASED TO WITH THE RESULT OF THE CONSULTATION.
4,200 REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS
RESPONDED TO OUR ONLINE SURVEY
AND WE HAD OVER 80 SUBMISSIONS
TO OUR CONSULTATION PAPER AS
WELL AND THIS VALUABLE FEEDBACK
WILL INFORM THE LEGISLATION THAT
GOVERNS THE INDUSTRY IN THIS
PROVINCE GOING FORWARD.
I THANK THEM FOR THEIR FEEDBACK
AND THEIR PARTICIPATION AND
ENGAGEMENTAGE LOOK FORWARD TO
SPEAKING MORE ABOUT THIS IN THE
SUPPLEMENTARY.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Cho says THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
THE IMPORTANT WORK SHE'S DOING
FOR THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY IN
ONTARIO.
NO SECRET THAT REAL ESTATE IS A
CRUCIAL PART OF OUR PROVINCE'S
ECONOMY.
IN 2018, MR. SPEAKER, THERE WERE
OVER 86,000 REGISTERED REAL
ESTATE BROKERAGES, BROKERS ABOUT
AND SALES PEOPLE IN ONTARIO AND
HOME SALE OF 107.9 BILLION DOLLARS.
IT'S BEEN TWO DECADES SINCE A
MEANINGFUL UPDATE HAS BEEN MADE
TO THE BROKER'S ACT AND THE
MARKET HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY
SINCE THEN.
I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR
THE LEADERSHIP ON TAKING ON THIS
IMPORTANT REVIEW WHICH IMPACTS
THE LIVELIHOOD OF SO MANY
ONTARIANS.
WILL THE MINISTER HIGHLIGHT FOR
THE MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE SOME OF THE CHANGE THAT SHE IS
PROPOSING?

Thompson says ABSOLUTELY.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR WILLOWDALE AGAIN BECAUSE
YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD DAY WHERE I
WAS ABLE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS
FROM ACROSS ONTARIO AND TELL
THEM SINCERELY WE HEARD YOU LOUD
AND CLEAR.
WE KNOW THIS ACT NEEDS UPDATE
AND WE INTEND TO TAKE BOLD
ACTION TO BRING THIS LEGISLATION
INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.
CHANGES AND OPPORTUNITIES BEING
CONSIDERED ARE ENHANCING
CONSUMER PROTECTION.
THIS MEANS INCREASING CHOICE FOR
CONSUMERS AND GIVING GREATER
ACCESS TO INFORMATION THEY KNEE.
ALSO LOOKING AT INCREASING THE
PROFESSIONALISM AMONG REAL
ESTATE PROFESSIONALS AND
BROKERAGES.
THIS HAS BEEN ASKED FOR AND WE
WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE IS A
CLEAR SET OF RULES THAT ARE EASY
TO UNDERSTAND FOR ALL PARTIES.
THIRDLY, WE WANT TO ENSURE
EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE
REGULATION FOR THE REAL ESTATE
SECTOR AND PROMOTING A STRONG
BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND ALSO
WE'RE GOING TO BE REDUCING
BURDEN ON THEIR BUSINESSES.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Sudbury.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
SPEAKER, THE DRIVING CONDITIONS
IN NORTHERN ONTARIO HAVE... THAT
NORTHERN ONTARIANS HAVE TO DEAL
WITH EVERY WINTER ARE
DISGRACEFUL.
ON NOVEMBER WE HAD A FIRST
WINTER CLOSE ON HIGHWAY 11.
THERE WERE MULTIPLE COLLISIONS.
THE CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS LAST
WEEK VOTED DOWN MY COLLEAGUE...
THE MEMBER FOR JAMES BAY
PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL THAT WOULD
HAVE IMPROVED WINTER MAINTENANCE
ON HIGHWAYS 11 AND 17.
DURING THE DEBATES GOVERNMENT
MEMBERS FROM THE SOUTH SAYS IMPROVING WINTER MAINTENANCE IN
THE NORTH WOULD COST TAXPAYERS
WITHOUT GREAT BENEFITS.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT'S
REPLY.

The Deputy Premier says MINISTER of Transportation.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

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

Mulroney says THANK YOU.
I WOULD LIKE THE THANK OPPOSITE
FOR RAISING THE CONCERNS HEARD
BY HIS CAUCUS AND THEIR IDEAS
FOR REGARDING WINTER ROAD SAFETY
ON OUR NORTHERN HIGHWAYS.
I THINK ALL OF US, MR. SPEAKER,
IN THIS HOUSE SHARE THOSE GOAL
OF MAINTAINING ONTARIO'S ROSEDS
AMONG THE SAFEST IN NORTH
AMERICA.
IN SOUTH AND IN THE NORTH.
THAT'S WHY WE HAVE SOME OF THE
HIGHEST STANDARDS IN NORTH
AMERICA FOR ROAD SAFETY AND FOR
HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE.
OVER THE COURSE OF A TYPICAL
WINTER, MR. SPEAKER, ON AVERAGE
BARE PAVEMENT IS REGAINED ON
HIGHWAYS 11 AND 17 WITHIN SEVEN
HOURS AFTER THE END OF A STORM.
MUCH SOONER THAN THE STANDARD
TIME FRAMES FOR BOTH MAJOR
HIGHWAYS CLASS 2 AND FREEWAYS
ABOUT URBAN HIGHWAYS CLASS 1.
OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS THE
MINISTRY HAS WORKED VERY HARD TO
CONTINUE TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY
OF SERVICE ON OUR NORTHERN
HIGHWAYS AND ROADS TO ENSURE
THEY ALSO ARE ON AMONG THE
SAFEST IN NORTH AMERICA.
WE HAVE DONE THAT, MR. SPEAKER,
WE'RE COMMITTED TO ENSURE THE
SAFETY AND HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Cho says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
7 TO 8 HOURS AFTER A STORM MEANS
A LOT DIFFERENT IN THE NORTH
THAN THE SOUTH.
THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AND
FAMILIES ABOUT WORKERS ARE AT
RISK.
THE MEMBER FOR NIPISSING SPOKE
IN THE HOUSE ON "MUCH"...
CONSTITUENTS AND MUNICIPALITIES
WANT THE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION UNDERTAKE THE
EVALUATION AND POTENTIAL
RECLASSIFICATION TO ENSURE
ADEQUATE ROAD MAINTENANCE.
THAT MEMBER WAS RIGHT TO
CRITICIZE THE LIBERALS IN THE
PAST FOR DEREGULATING THE
MAINTENANCE CONTRACT BUT THE
PRIVATIZATION OF WINTER SERVICES
BEGAN UNDER THE CONSERVATIVE
PREEM YOUR OF MIKE HARRIS.
WHY DOES THIS GOVERNMENT THINK
NORTH THEN ONTARIANS SHOULD
DRIVE ON POORLY MAINTAINED ROADS
AND RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY
SINGLE WINTER.

Mulroney says MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL,
THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION ABOUT
TRADE HAS BEEN THE FIERCEST
ADVOCATE FOR THE NORTH IN THIS
CHAMBER FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS
WHILE THE LIBERALS TOOK AWAY THE
THINGS... IGNORED THEIR
CONCERNS.
THE MEMBER FOR NIPISSING AND
THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC JOB
CREATION, DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE
HAS BEEN A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR
ROAD SAFETY IN THE NORTH AND
THAT'S WHERE WE ALREADY EXCEED
THE STANDARD THAT WERE CALLED
FOR BY THE MEMBER OF OPPOSITION
IN HIS PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL.
SEVEN HOUR TO GET TO BEAR
PAVEMENT, THOSE ARE HIGHER
STANDARDS THAN ON CLASS 1 AND 12
HIGHWAYS.
I'M PROUD OF THE WORK WE'RE
DOING TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF
OUR HIGHWAYS ACROSS THE PROVINCE
AND ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH
WHERE WINTER CONDITION MAKE
DRIVING DIFFICULT.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE HOW WE
CAN IMPROVE ON OUR GOOD RECORD.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO
ENSURE THE SAVETY OF OUR ROADS
AND THE DRIVERS WHO USE THEM.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF HEALTH.
MR. SPEAKER, FOR YEARS
HAMILTONIANS HAVE BEEN FACING
LONG WAIT TIMES IN OUR
HOSPITALS.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO GAVE US A
CLEAR MANDATE TO FIX THIS LONG
STANDING PROBLEM.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE TAKING STEPS
TO END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE NOW
WHILE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE
PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR
THE FUTURE.
THIS A S WHAT ONTARIANS EXPECT
OF US.
WILL THE MINISTER TELL THIS
HOUSE WHAT WE ARE DOING TO END
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE IN HAMILTON
AND RIGHT ACROSS THE PROVINCE.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FOR GLENBROOK
FOR HER QUESTION FOR BEING SUCH
A STRONG ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF
HER CONSTITUENTS.
IT'S AN IMPORTANT PILLAR OF OUR
PLAN TO END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS COMMITTED TO
INVESTING 27 BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN
YEARS TO BUILD CAPACITY
THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM INCLUDING
IN OUR HOSPITALS AND IN OTHER
COMMUNITY-BASED CARE FACILITIES.
IN HAMILTON THAT MEANS THE
CENTRE FOR MOUNTAIN HEALTH
SERVICES IS RECEIVING 19.8
MILLION DOLLARS TOWARDS ANNUAL SERVICE
PAYMENTS FOR THEIR WEST FIFTH
SITE.
THE HAMILTON HEALTH SCIENCESES
STEM CELL TRANSPLANT CAPITAL
EXPANSION PROJECT IS ALSO
RECEIVING 10 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING
FOR PLANNED CONSTRUCTION
PROGRESS.
THESE NEW INVESTMENTS IN
HOSPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE WILL
ACCOMMODATE THE GROWING DEMAND
FOR HOSPITAL BEDS AND FOR
SPECIALIST SERVICES.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO BUILD OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM AND DELIVER REAL results for Ontarians.

The Speaker says Thank you.

Watch: Question Period: Tuesday, November 19, 2019