Transcript: Question Period: Thursday, November 21, 2019 | Nov 22, 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 LEADER OF THE
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 dark green blazer over a black shirt, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I DO WANT TO, ON BEHALF OF THE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION, SEND OUR
SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO THE
YURECH FAMILY.
IT'S A SAD PIECE OF NEWS, AND WE
ARE ALL... ALL HAVE THEIR FAMILY
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
ABSOLUTELY.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION IS TO
THE PREMIER.
I HOPE HE'S GOING TO TAKE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO ANSWER THIS
QUESTION PERSONALLY BECAUSE THE
BUCK IS SUPPOSED TO STOP WITH
HIM.
WHEN DID THE PREMIER LEARN THE
COST OF CANCELLING RENEWABLE
ENERGY CONTRACTS HAS SOARED TO
AT LEAST 231 MILLION DOLLARS?

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

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

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

He says THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE YURECH
FAMILY.
OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE
WITH THEM.
I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO
HIM LAST NIGHT.
QUEUES PASSED ON OUR
CONDOLENCES.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I AM
SO PROUD DURING THE ELECTION
THAT WE CANCELLED THE CAP AND
TRADE CARBON TAX.
THE WORST TAX ON THE BACKS OF THE HARD-WORKING TAXPAYERS.
I'M PROUD WE SAVED THE TAXPAYERS
790 MILLION DOLLARS.
THAT'S 790 MILLION DOLLARS THAT WOULD
HAVE WENT ON THE BACKS OF
COMPANIES, BACKS OF THE
HARD-WORKING TAXPAYERS.
THESE WIND TURBINES WERE RAMMED
DOWN THE THROATS OF COMMUNITIES
THAT DIDN'T EVEN WANT THEM.
THE REASON THAT PEOPLE ARE DOING
THEIR LAUNDRY AT 9:00 AT NIGHT,
10:00 AT NIGHT, IS BECAUSE THE
OPPOSITION AND THE FORMER
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WERE GOUGING
THE PEOPLE, ABSOLUTELY GOUGING
THE PEOPLE, OF ONTARIO.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTAL
QUESTION.

Horwath says LAST YEAR
THE FORD GOVERNED REPEATEDLY
CLAIMED THERE WOULD BE NO COST
TO CABSELLING THESE CONTRACTS.
NO COST.
WE KNOW NOW THAT THE COST HAS
CLIMBED TO AT LEAST
231 MILLION DOLLARS.
AND THE PREMIER WON'T SAY WHEN
HE FOUND OUT.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS BUDGETED
231 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE COST OF
CANCELLATION THIS FISCAL YEAR.
MY QUESTION IS WILL THERE BE
FURTHER CANCELLATION COSTS ADDED
NEXT YEAR?

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THE REASON
WE HAVE THE HIGHEST HYDRO RATES
IN NORTH AMERICA IS BECAUSE OF THE NDP AND THE LIBERALS.
THEY PUT THIS PLAN TOGETHER THAT
HAS DESTROYED OUR ENERGY FILE,
AND AS I SET OUT IN THE NEWS
CONFERENCE, WE RAISED SOME MONEY
IN NEW YORK AND ONE OF THE BIG
BANKS CAME UP TO US AND SAID,
EVEN IF WE TRIED TO DESTROY
SOMEONE'S ENERGY, NO ONE COULD
HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB THAN THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT AND
THE CURRENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
HE SAID ALL THE INVESTMENT,
BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF
DOLLARS, HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY.
AND THE NDP CONDONED THIS.
THEY'RE FOR IT.
WE SAVED THE TAXPAYERS
790 MILLION DOLLARS AS THEY STOOD BY AS
HYDRO RATESSED, RAISED TO BE THE
HIGHEST IN NORTH AMERICA, AGAIN,
GOING ON THE BACKS OF THE
HARD-WORKING PEOPLE.
THERE'S NEVER BEEN A MORE
TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM THE
RATEPAYER TO THE POLITICAL
INSIDERS BECAUSE THE NDP AND THE
LIBERALS.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE
PREMIER AND THE CONSERVATIVES
LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE BECAUSE
THEY STARTED SELLING OFF AND
DEREGULATING OUR ELECTRICITY
SYSTEM WHEN THEY WERE IN OFFICE.
WHICH IS THE CAUSE OF THE
INCREASE IN OUR ELECTRICITY
RATES IN THE HISTORY OF THIS
PROVINCE.
BUT TODAY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
THIS PREMIER'S LEADERSHIP.
WHEN THE WORLD WAS MOVING
TOWARDS THE CLEAN ENERGY
INITIATIVE IN THE MIDST OF A
CLIMATE CRISIS, THE PREMIER HAS
TAKEN 231 MILLION DOLLARS AWAY FROM OUR
SCHOOLS AND AWAY FROM OUR
HOSPITALS AND HANDED THEM TO THE
PRIVATE COMPANIES SO THAT THEY
CAN TEAR DOWNWIND FARMS AND NOT
SUPPLY GREEN ENERGY.
AND IF THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH,
THE FORD GOVERNMENT DIDN'T EVEN
TELL THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO THAT
THEY WERE GOING TO BE HIT WITH
THE BILL.
AND SUDDEN THE PREMIER IS
SHAMELESS ENOUGH TO SAY THAT HE
COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF THIS
MESS.
WHY IS THE PREMIER SHOWING SO
LITTLE RESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE OF
THIS PROVINCE?

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says THE ONLY
PEOPLE THAT WERE DISRESPECTED
WERE THE PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE
UNDER THE NDP AND LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT.
THEY DIDN'T WORRY ABOUT IT.
AS I SAID IN MY PREVIOUS ANSWER,
MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S NEVER IN
THE HISTORY OF ONTARIO BEEN MORE
OF A TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM THE
HARD-WORKING RATEPAYERS TO THE
POLITICAL INSIDERS FROM THE NDP
AND THE LIBERALS EVER IN THE
HISTORY OF ONTARIO.
THESE PEOPLE ARE MAKING TENS OF
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OFF THE
BACKS OF THE RATEPAYERS.
SOMETHING IS WRONG.
WE SAVED THE TAXPAYERS
790 MILLION DOLLARS ON CANCELLING THESE
TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE WIND
TURBINES.

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says QUESTION
ALSO TO THE PREMIER.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO SIMPLY
CAN'T BELIEVE THIS GOVERNMENT
WHEN IT COMES TO THE COST OF THESE CANCELLED CONTRACTS,
SPEAKER.
AS THE PREMIER KNOWS, HE HAS THE
POWER TO REQUEST A SPECIAL
REVIEW BY THE AUDITOR.
YESTERDAY THE GOVERNMENT REFUSED
TO DO SO.
TODAY, I HOPE THE PREMIER WILL
ACTUALLY SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP.
WILL HE DO THE RIGHT THING, BUY
THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE OF THIS
PROVINCE, WHO HAVE 231 MILLION DOLLARS SUCKED OUT OF THEIR POCKETS
BECAUSE OF THIS GOVERNMENT'S
DECISION AS FAR AS WE KNOW,
23 DOLLARS, 231 MILLION DOLLARS.
AND WILL HE ASK THE AUDITOR TO
CONFIRM THE NUMBERS TO CONDUCT A
COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE TOTAL
COST OF THESE CANCELLED
CONTRACTS.

The Speaker says QUESTION FOR
THE PREMIER.

Ford says AGAIN,
MR. SPEAKER, THE REASON
THERE'S 252,400 PEOPLE WORKING G
IS BECAUSE WE LOOKED AT THE
ENERGY FILE, MAKING SURE WE'RE
SAVING COSTS RATHER THAN
INCREASING COSTS.
EVERY SINGLE PERSON AND COMPANY
THAT I WENT DURING THE ELECTION
AND SPOKE TO, NUMBER ONE CONCERN
WAS THEIR ENERGY COSTS.
IT CAME TO THE POINT OF HEATING
OR EATING FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE
DURING THE ELECTION.
I REMEMBER ONE PERSON CAME UP TO
ME IN TEARS SHOWING ME THEIR
BILL THAT THEY COULDN'T AFFORD
IT.
ALL BECAUSE OF THE RECKLESS,
CARELESS SPENDING UNDER THE NDP
AND THE LIBERALS.
WE SAVED THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS
PROVINCE 790 MILLION DOLLARS,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says I'M SURE
THAT PERSON, SPEAKER, IS STILL
CRYING BECAUSE THE BILL WENT UP
BY ABOUT 2 percent JUST LAST WEEK.
WHEN THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO DISCLOSE
THE REAL COSTS, THE REAL COST,
OF CANCELLING THE GAS PLANT, THE
PREMIER HIMSELF AT THE TIME
COULDN'T CONTAIN HIMSELF.
HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, "THERE'S
ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY."
THIS IS WHAT THE PREMIER SAID AT
THE TIME.
HE CLAIMED THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO
HAD BEEN HOODWINKED.
HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, "I CAN'T
WAIT TO BRING RESPONSIBLE
GOVERNMENT TO THE FOLKS OF
ONTARIO."
NOW, HOW CAN THIS VERY SAME
PERSON, NOW THAT HE SITS IN THE
PREMIER'S CHAIR, POSSIBLY
JUSTIFY REFUSING CALLING IN THE
AUDITOR GENERAL TO MACSURE THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO KNOW HOW MUCH
THEIR ENERGY BOONDOGGLE IS
COSTING THEM?

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

Ford says FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN 15 YEARS, THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HAVE SEEN ACCOUNTABILITY
AND TRANSPARENCY.
THEY'VE SEEN US SAVE 6 BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE TAXPAYERS, MAKING SURE
THAT WE LOWER TAXES, CUT RED
TAPE, CUT REGULATIONS.
THE ECONOMY, MR. SPEAKER, IS
ABSOLUTELY BOOMING RIGHT NOW.
WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO FILL THE
JOBS.
WE NEED A COUPLE HUNDRED
THOUSAND PEOPLE TO FILL THE JOBS
THAT ARE OUT THERE TO KEEP UP
WITH THE PRODUCTION
REQUIREMENTS.
BUT AGAIN, THE NDP SUPPORTED
THEIR BUDDIES OVER THERE, THE
LIBERALS, 90 percent OF THE TIME.
THEY WERE SUPPORTING THE GAS
PLANT.
THEY WERE SUPPORTING THE BIG
SCAM THAT WAS GOING ON.
SIDE-BY-SIDE, THEY WERE
PARTNERS.
AND THEY'RE TO BE BLAMED FOR ALL
THE SCANDALS AND THE DISASTER OF
OUR ECONOMY AND LOSING 300,000
JOBS.
MY FRIENDS, OUR ECONOMY IS
BOOMING, ABSOLUTELY BOOMING.
PEOPLE AROUND NORTH AMERICA KNOW
IT.
WE'RE AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE IN
NORTH AMERICA BECAUSE OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S POLICIES.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says PERHAPS THE
PREMIER DOESN'T REALIZE IT, BUT WHEN YOU GET RID OF INDEPENDENT
OFFICERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, YOU
REDUCE TRANSPARENCY AND
ACCOUNTABILITY, WHICH IS EXACTLY
THE FIRST MOVE THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT MADE WHEN THEY TOOK
OFFICE.
BUT LOOK, THAT DOES NOT CHANGE
THE FACT THAT GOVERNMENTS ALL
OVER THE WORLD ARE SCRAMBLING TO
EMBRACE CLEAN ENERGY, AND THE
FORD GOVERNMENT IS HANDING AT
LEAST 231 MILLION DOLLARS TO COMPANIES
0 SO THAT THEY CAN PARE DOWN
RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS.
THAT'S ENOUGH MONEY TO
COMPLETELY REPAIR EVERY SINGLE
SCHOOL IN ETOBICOKE NORTH AND IN
KING VAUGHAN.
WHEN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR
TRANSPARENT AND HONEST
GOVERNMENT, THE FORD GOVERNMENT,
JUST LIKE THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
WITH THE GAS PLANT, IS CHOOSING
TO STONEWALL.
THEY ARE CHOOSING TO STONE WALL.
PEOPLE DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER
THAN THIS.
AND THE PREMIER CAN FIX IT TODAY
BY CALLING IN THE AUDITOR.
SO MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER IS
WILL HE DO THAT.

Ford says WE SAVED
790 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE HARD-WORKING
TAXPAYERS OF THIS PROVINCE.
IT'S UNFORTUNATE WE WEREN'T
ELECTED TEN YEARS AGO.
WE WOULDN'T BE IN THE MESS RIGHT
NOW THAT WE'RE IN.
WE'RE IN AN ABSOLUTE MESS AND
WORKING HARD TO TURN THE CORNER,
INCREASING HEALTH CARE SPENDING,
INCREASING EDUCATION SPENDING.
THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING.
THERE'S MORE JOBS OUT THERE THAN
THE PEOPLE THAT WE CAN FILL
THEM.
SO MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO
CONTINUE LOOKING AT
EFFICIENCIES.
IF WE HAD THE CHANCE TO GET RID
OF ALL THE WINDMILLS, WE
WOULD... WIND TURBINES, I SHOULD
SAY.
IT'S TOTALLY UNREALISTIC.
WE'RE PAYING 80 CENTS A KILOWATT
RATHER THAN 7 OR EIGHT CENTS.
SOMETHING IS BROKEN HERE.
THERE'S NO ONE OUT THERE THAT
AGREES ON PAYING 80 CENTS A
KILOWATT AND MAKING THE WIND
TURBINE FOLKS MULTIMILLIONAIRES
ON THE BAX OF THE RATEPAYERS.

The Speaker says ON THE
BACKS OF THE RATEPAYERS.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT.

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

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered, shoulder-length blond hair. She wears a pink blouse.

She says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY, THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION REFUSED TO OWN UP TO
THE FACT THAT HIS ACTIONS ARE
ACTIVELY SABOTAGING TEACHER
BARGAINING.
THE MINISTER CHANGED BARGAINING
TEAMS AT THE LAST MINUTE,
CANCELLED MEETINGS, DROPPED
POISON PILL POSITIONS ON THE
TABLE, EXPECTING TEACHERS TO
THANK THEM FOR IT.
THE MINISTER DOESN'T HAVE TO
CALL A PRESS CONFERENCE FOR US
TO KNOW THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
NO INTENTION OF NEGOTIATING WITH
TEACHERS.
WHY WON'T THE PREMIER ADMIT THE
ONLY DEAL THEY'RE LOOKING FOR IS
ONE THAT INCLUDES PINK SLIPS FOR
TEACHERS AND OVERCROWDED,
UNDERFUNDED CLASSROOMS FOR OUR
KIDS.

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 striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I WANT TO REMIND THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE IT WAS THIS GOVERNMENT
THAT GOT A VOLUNTARY AGREEMENT
WITH CUPE ONE MONTH AGO BY
NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH.
LET'S NOT FORGET THIS GOVERNMENT
HAS MADE REASONABLE OFFERS AT
THE TABLE WITH OSSTF AND SO MANY
OTHERS BECAUSE WE BELIEVE
EDUCATION... CONTINUING
EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE STOPPED,
SHOULD IN THE BE IMPEDED,
BECAUSE NEGOTIATORS CANNOT AGREE
ON AN OUTCOME.
I WANT AN OUTCOME.
THAT'S WHY WE TURNED TO
MEDIATION AND LOOKED AT THE
APPROACH IN THE PAST IT IS OUR
AIM TO GET DEALS THAT KEEP KIDS
IN CLASS AND IMPROVE EDUCATION
FOR EVERY CHILD IN THIS
PROVINCE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Stiles says MR. SPEAKER, PARENTS ARE
SCRAMBLING RIGHT NOW.
THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT
[INDISCERNIBLE] PULL OFF AT
THE LAST MINUTE DURING A FEDERAL
ELECTION A MONTH AGO.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS SHOWN NOTHING
FOR TEACHERS.
THEIR CHAOTIC APPROACH TO
BARGAINING HAVE LEFT
NEGOTIATIONS GOING NOWHERE.
DESPITE THE GOVERNMENT'S
ACTIONS, TEACHERS REMAIN WILLING
TO BARGAIN AND THERE IS STILL
TIME TO REACH A DEAL THAT
PROTECTS AND STRENGTHENS OUR
EDUCATION SYSTEM.
MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN TO THE
PREMIER, WILL HE STOP THIS
RECKLESS GAME HE'S PLAYING,
REVERSE THESE HEARTLESS CUTS,
AND GET BACK TO THE BARGAINING
TABLE?
OR DOES THE PREMIER JUST THINK
THAT STUDENTS AREN'T WORTH IT?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, THE PARENTS OF
THIS PROVINCE, FROM DUNDAS TO
DAVENPORT AND EVERYONE IN
BETWEEN DO CARE THIS GOVERNMENT
GOT A GOOD DEAL FOR PARENTS.
THEY DO CARE.
THEY'RE INVESTING MORE IN THIS
BUDGET THAN EVER BEFORE.
THEY CARE THAT WE'RE SUPPORTING
THE POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH IN
THE CLASS.
THEY SUPPORT OUR IMPROVEMENTS TO
MATH CURRICULUM, TO GO BACK TO
BASICS.
THEY SUPPORT OUR INITIATIVES TO
ENSURE [INDISCERNIBLE] CLASS.
EVERYTHING WE DO IS ABOUT
ENSURING STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO
ACHIEVE THEIR POTENTIAL TO GOOD
PAYING JOBS.
WE WILL NOT BE DETERRED FROM OUR
MISSION.

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

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

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

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

She says THANK YOU SO MUCH.
MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO
THE PREMIER, AND I'D LIKE TO
WISH HIM A HAPPY BELATED
BIRTHDAY TO START OFF.
PREMIER, I KNOW THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT, AND NEW PARTICULAR,
HAVE MADE THE ISSUE OF NATIONAL
UNITY AND BRIDGING DIVERGING
REGIONAL INTERESTS ACROSS THIS
COUNTRY AS ONE OF OUR KEY
PRIORITIES.
WE HAVE SEEN A GROWING CONCERN
ON THIS COUNTRY ABOUT REGIONAL
ECONOMIC DIVISIONS AND SENSE OF
NATIONAL DISUNITY.
THIS CONCERN WAS EVEN CAPTURED
IN A RECENT GLOBE AND MAIL
ENVIRONICS INSTITUTE POLL WHICH
INDICATED THE GROWING CONCERNS
OF DISUNITY IN THIS COUNTRY.
WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE
SATISFACTION AND THE DIRECTION
OF THIS COUNTRY TWO YEARS AGO,
THERE WAS AN 11-POINT DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN THE REGIONS.
THAT GO NOW STANDS TODAY AT 28
POINTS.
PREMIER, CAN YOU ELABORATE MORE
ON THIS HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT
YOU MADE THIS MORNING ABOUT WHAT
STEPS OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING
TO BRING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE PREMIER.

Ford says MPP FROM BURLINGTON.
THE PEOPLE ABSOLUTELY LOVE HER
OUT THERE WHEN I'M THERE, SO
THANK YOU.
FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER, I
WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE FEDERAL
MINISTER'S APPOINTMENTS
YESTERDAY.
WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO
WORKING WITH THEM AND ROLLING UP
OUR SLEEVES AND GETTING OUR
MINISTERS INVOLVED AND HAVING A
REAL COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP
WITH THEM AND BUILDING
INFRASTRUCTURE, MAKING SURE THAT
WE FOCUS ON THINGS THAT MATTER
AS THE INFRASTRUCTURE, THE
TRANSIT, BROAD BAND ACROSS THIS
COUNTRY.
AS WE'VE ALWAYS SAID, WHAT IS
GOOD FOR ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER,
IS GOOD FOR CANADA.
WHAT IS GOOD FOR CANADA IS GOOD
FOR ONTARIO.
I'M REALLY, REALLY LOOKING
FORWARD TO HAVING THE PREMIERS
HERE IN TORONTO FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN RECENT MEMORY.
I CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER ALL THE
PREMIERS GATHERING HERE.
IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT.
WE HAVE TO RESPECT THE CONCERNS
OF THE PEOPLE FROM THE WEST, WE
ALSO HAVE TO RESPECT THE PEOPLE
FROM THE EAST.
AND I ALWAYS BELIEVE THERE'S
ALWAYS COMMON GROUND WHEN WE
COME TOGETHER 'CAUSE WE ALL GET
ALONG QUITE WELL.

The Speaker says NEW QUESTION.

McKenna says PREMIER, THAT IS TRULY
HISTORIC NEWS AND SPEAKS TO THE
IMPORTANT ROLE THAT ONTARIO
PLAYS IN THE FEDERATION.
AS WE ALL KNOW, ONTARIANS
SPECIFICALLY PASSED ONTARIO
PREMIERS THAT PLAYED A MAJOR
ROLE IN SUPPORTING NATIONAL
UNITY AND DISCUSSIONS WITH THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
OF THIS INCLUDES THE STRONG
LEADERSHIP OF PREMIER ROBART,
BILL DAVIS, AND THE 1982
CONSTITUTION DISCUSSIONS.
DAVID PETERSON AND BOB RAE WITH
MEECH LAKE AND CHARLOTTETOWN
ACCORD.
AND MIKE HARRIS FOLLOWING THE
1995 QUEBEC REFERENDUM.
CAN YOU SPEAK ON WHAT PRIORITIES
THIS NEW COUNCIL WILL HAVE
REGARDING ONTARIO SPECIFIC
INTERESTS.

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says I WANT TO
THANK OUR MEMBER.
AS WE ANNOUNCED THE KEY AREAS
THAT WE BELIEVE THAT WHERE WE
CAN WORK TOGETHER,
MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE BEEN IN
DIALOGUE WITH THE PRIME
MINISTER'S OFFICE AND HAVE COME
UP WITH COMMON GROUND.
THERE'S SO MANY AREAS THAT WE
CAN SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO AND ALSO SUPPORT THE
PEOPLE OF CANADA.
ONE OF THE AREAS IS A SUBWAY
EXPANSION PLAN.
IT'S AN AMAZING PLAN.
I WANT TO THANK THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR
CONTRIBUTION SO FAR.
WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE SUPPORT
THERE FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT
THEY HIT THE THRESHOLD OF 40 percent,
MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH THE
CANADA INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM.
WE NEED SHOVELS IN THE GROUND.
LET'S PUT POLITICS ASIDE, LET'S
START GETTING THINGS DONE FOR
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
AGAIN, AS I SAID EARLIER,
ANOTHER AREA WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON
IS HEALTH CARE.
NO PROVINCE CAN GO ALONE ON
HEALTH CARE.
WE HAVE A GREAT MINISTER THAT'S
GOING TO END HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE.
THANK YOU.

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

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

Shaw is in her late forties, with chin-length straight brown hair. She wears glasses, a black blazer and sweater, and a white shirt.

She says GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TODAY IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
GOOD MORNING, PREMIER.
THE PEOPLE OF HAMILTON LEARNED
LAST NIGHT THE DISTURBING NEWS
THAT 24 BILLION LITRES UNTREATED SEWAGE HAVE BEEN SEEPING
UNDETECTED OVER THE PAST FOUR
AND A HALF YEARS INTO CHINOOK
CREEK AND COOTES PARADISE.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL THE HOUSE
WHEN EXACTLY WAS THE MINISTRY
AWARE THAT RAW SEWAGE WAS
LEAKING INTO THE WATER
IN HAMILTON.

The Speaker says QUESTION FOR
THE PREMIER.

Ford says DEFER TO THE MINISTER OF ENERGY.

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

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

He says MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO MY
COLLEAGUE JEFF Yurek TODAY.
THE
SEWAGE SPILL, FIX THE COMBINED
SEWAGE OUTFLOW TANK AND PREVENT
FUTURE DISCHARGES.
THE CITY REPORTED THE DISCHARGE
TO THE MINISTRY'S SPILL ACTION
CENTRE ON JULY 18, 2018.
SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE CITY WAS
ORDERED TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS,
QUANTIFY THE AMOUNT OF SEWAGE IN
OF WHAT IN THE SEWAGE DISCHARGED
TO THE CREEK, EVALUATE THE
IMPACTS TO THE CREEK, ASSESS THE
NEED FOR REMEDIATION AND PROVIDE
THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD
INCLUDING TIMELINES, SUBMIT THAT
SPILL REPORT WITH THE CLEANUP
EFFORTS AND IDENTIFY ALL
COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOW
LOCATIONS.
AND THAT WORK CONTINUES.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Shaw says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
BACK TO THE PREMIER.
SINCE THE PREMIER HASN'T
ANSWERED AND WHAT WE HEAR NOW IS
THAT THE MINISTRY HAS KNOWN FOR
OVER A YEAR AND A HALF THAT
10,000 OLYMPIC-SIZED SWIMMING
POOLS OF SEWAGE HAVE BEEN
LEAKING INTO HAMILTON'S FRESH
WATER SUPPLY.
IT'S BEYOND DISTURBING THE
MINISTRY KNEW THIS BUT REFUSED
TO MAKE THIS PUBLIC.
AND THEY ALSO REFUSED TO STEP IN
AND HELP THE CITY WITH ITS
EMERGENCY CLEANUP.
WHY DID THE MINISTRY NOT
IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY HAMILTON
RESIDENTS THAT A SPILL HAD TAKEN
PLACE AND IMMEDIATELY ASSIST
WITH THE EMERGENCY CLEANUP?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
ENERGY.

Rickford says TO CONTINUE.
WHILE THE CITY SUBMITTED
INFORMATION, THE MINISTRY IS
REQUIRED BY THE ORDER, WE ISSUED
A SECOND ORDER NOVEMBER 14,
2019, REQUIRING CLARIFICATION
AND CONFIRMATION OF IMPACTS,
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REMEDIATION,
MISSION, AND MONITORING.
THE MATTER HAS BEEN FORKED TO
THE MINISTRY'S INVESTIGATION AND
ENFORCEMENT BRANCH.
INAPPROPRIATE TO MAKE ANY
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS EXCEPT THAT
THE MINISTRY WILL CONTINUE TO
WORK WITH THE HAMILTON PUBLIC
HEALTH UNIT, THE CITY OF
HAMILTON, HAMILTON CONSERVATION AUTHORITY, AND OTHER AGENCIES IN
ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE
APPROPRIATE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
ARE BEING TAKEN TO MITIGATE THE
IMPACTS OF THIS SEWAGE
DISCHARGE.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says question. The member for Simcoe-Grey.

The caption changes to "Jim Wilson. Independent. Simcoe-Grey."

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

He says THANK YOU.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER of HEALTH.
MY CONSTITUENTS, JAMIE LAROCQUE
AND SASHA HOYEN, HAVE TWO YOUNG
SONS, AGED 7 AND 9, WHO HAVE
CYSTIC FIBROSIS, WHICH LEADS TO
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE LUNGS AND
EARLY DEATH.
THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH HAS
ATTACHED A STRINGENT PRESCRIBING
CRITERIA TO THIS MEDICATION.
THE MINISTRY CLAIMS ONTARIO IS
PROVIDING COVERAGE FOR CAMBIE
FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS, YET NOT A
SINGLE PATIENT IN ONTARIO HAS
QUALIFIED FOR ACCESS.
MY CONSTITUENTS ARE WATCHING
THEIR SONS STRUGGLE WITH THIS
DISEASE.
ONE SONG IS ON A DRUG TRIAL.
THE OTHER SON IS NOT.
SPEAKER, WILL THE MINISTER
ADJUST THE PRESCRIBING CRITERIA
FOR THESE LIFE SAVING DRUGS TO
ALLOW DOCTORS AND NOT
BUREAUCRATS TO ALLOW ACCESS TO
THESE DRUGS.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

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

Elliott is in her late fifties, with long blond hair. She wears a green blazer and a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE MEMBER FOR YOUR QUESTION.
I KNOW THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS
ISSUE FOR MANY FAMILIES ACROSS
ONTARIO, INCLUDING SOME OF YOUR
GUESTS WHO ARE HERE TODAY WHO I
WOULD ALSO LIKE TO WELCOME TO
QUEEN'S PARK.
I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING WITH
SEVERAL PASSIONATE ADVOCATES FOR
CYSTIC FIBROSIS NEXT WEEK.
THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT WE HAVE
BEEN STUDYING.
THE ISSUE THAT IT'S ONLY
AVAILABLE UNDER LIMITED
CIRCUMSTANCES.
IT IS A REQUIREMENT ANY PUT
PRODUCTS BEING INTRODUCED IN
ONTARIO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE
SAME TRIALS.
THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE SAME
PROCESS.
IT WOULDN'T BE APPROPRIATE FOR
ANY MINISTER OF HEALTH ANYWHERE
TO JUMP IN AND MAKE DECISIONS.
I'M NOT A PHYSICIAN.
I NEED TO LEAVE THAT UP TO
PHYSICIANS TO MAKE THAT
DETERMINATION AS WELL.
BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS IS
A MATTER OF PRIORITY.
I AM WORKING WITH THE ASSISTANT
DEPUTY MINISTER WHO'S DEALING
WITH MEDICATIONS AND WE HOPE TO
HAVE A SOLUTION PRODUCED VERY
SOON BECAUSE AGAIN, I KNOW THIS
IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR
MANY ONTARIANS.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Wilson says GO BACK TO THE MINISTER, AND
I THANK THE MINISTER FOR THAT
ANSWER.
AS YOU KNOW, MINISTER, WHEN WE
WERE IN OPPOSITION, SOME FIVE
YEARS AGO, WE WENT THROUGH THIS
VERY SAME PROCESS FOR THE DRUG
COLYDICOE.
AND I THINK WHAT WE'VE LEARNED
SINCE THEN IS THE FUNDAMENTAL
ROOT OF THIS PROBLEM, THE
APPROVAL OF CYSTIC FIBROSIS
DRUGS ACROSS THE BOARD, THERE'S
MANY OTHER DRUGS, WE'VE NEVER
REALLY GOT TO THE ROOT OF THE
PROBLEM, WHICH WAS WE NEED A
SPECIAL DRUG PROGRAM IN THIS
PROVINCE.
I KNOW THE MINISTER IS WELL
AWARE OF THAT.
BURR TECH, THE COMPANY THAT
MAKES MOST OF THESE CYSTIC
FIBROSIS DRUGS, IT IS HARD FOR
MY CONSTITUENTS AND CYSTIC
FIBROSIS SUFFERERS ACROSS
ONTARIO TO TRY AND UNDERSTAND
THAT 18 OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE
WESTERN INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD
COVER THESE DRUGS UNDER THEIR
DRUG PLANS AND CANADA IS ONE OF THE ONLY WESTERNIZED COUNTRIES
THAT DOES NOT.
SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE
MINISTER TO KEEP THIS AS A
QUESTION AND WORK AS QUICKLY AS
POSSIBLE TO HELP PUT CANADA ON
THE MAP, MAKE ONTARIO A LEADER,
AND PROVIDING THESE LIFE SAVING
DRUGS TO CYSTIC FIBROSIS
PATIENTS.

The Speaker says MINISTER TO
Reply.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
I CERTAINLY RECALL THE SITUATION
A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO.
WITH THE USE OF COLYDICOE AND
IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE MADDIE
HERE TODAY HOOK SOG WELL.
LOOKING SO WELL.
WE WANT ALL YOUNG PEOPLE TO HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE HEALTHY,
HAPPY CHILDHOODS, YOUTH, AND
ADULTHOOD.
IT'S IMPORTANT WE BRING FORWARD
MEDICATIONS THAT ARE GOING TO
ALLOW THEM TO LIVE THOSE HAPPY
LIVES.
WITH RESPECT TO OUR CAMBIE WE
HAVE BEEN IN CONVERSATIONS WITH
BURTEX AND WORKING WITH THE
ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER.
MY OFFICE IS ALSO INVOLVED
BECAUSE I KNOW THIS HAS BEEN A
LONG PROCEDURE, ESPECIALLY
CONSIDERING THAT OTHER
JURISDICTIONS HAVE ALREADY
APPROVED THE DRUG.
WE HOPE TO COME TO A
SATISFACTORY RESOLUTION VERY
SOON TO MAKE IT MORE IMMEDIATELY
AVAILABLE.
I KNOW THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER
MEDICATIONS THAT ARE BEING
CONSIDERED.
ONE IS WITH HEALTH CANADA RIGHT
NOW.
THE OTHER HAS NOT COME BEFORE
HEALTH CANADA YET.
IT HAS TO GO THROUGH THAT
PROCESS FIRST.
WE WILL DEAL WITH IT VERY
QUICKLY AS SOON AS IT COMES TO
THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE
QUESTION.
THANK YOU TO YOUR GUEST FOR
BEING HERE TODAY.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for AURORA OAK RIDGES
RICHMOND HILL.

The caption changes to "Michael Parsa. PC. Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill."

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS ALSO FOR THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING
TIRELESSLY TO ADDRESS THE
CONCERNS THAT ONTARIANS HAVE
ABOUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM.
THE PREMIER LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
NEGLECTED ONTARIO'S HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM, LEAVING IT ON LIFE
SUPPORT.
I'M SURE WE CAN ALL AGREE IT'S
TIME TO BRING MORE
ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY
BACK TO THE SYSTEM.
AS PART OF THE FALL ECONOMIC
STATEMENT, THE MINISTER OF MINIF
HEALTH BROUGHT FORWARD PROPOSED
CHANGES THAT WOULD APPROPRIATE
ACCOUNTABILITY IN OUR OHIP
PROGRAM AND ONE OF THE LARGEST
EXPENDITURES OF GOVERNMENT.
THESE PROPOSED MEASURES WILL
HELP PREVENT INCORRECT BILLING
FOR OUR PUBLICLY-FUNDED HEALTH
CARE SERVICE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
ENSURING THAT ONTARIANS GET THE
BEST VALUE FOR THEIR TAX
DOLLARS.
WILL THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE HOUSE WHY THESE CHANGES ARE
BEING IMPLEMENTED.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR AURORA OAK RIDGES RICHMOND HILL
FOR YOUR QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS INTRODUCING
CHANGES THAT, IF PASSED, WILL
MAKE OHIP MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND
TRANSPARENT.
OHIP IS A 16 BILLION-dollar
PROGRAM REPRESENTING MORE THAN
25 percent OF ALL HEALTH CARE SPENDING,
AND THAT'S APPROXIMATELY 10 percent OF THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT SPENDING.
THESE CHANGES WERE BROUGHT
FORWARD DIRECTLY WITH RESPECT TO
RECOMMENDATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN
MADE FOR SEVERAL YEARS BY THE
AUDITOR GENERAL.
FOR SEVERAL YEARS, THE AUDITOR
GENERAL FOUND LONGSTANDING
WEAKNESSES IN THE LAWS,
POLICIES, AND PROCESSES THAT
OVERSEE PHYSICIAN BILLING.
RECOGNIZING THAT INCORRECT
BILLING IS OFTEN DONE
INADVERTENTLY RATHER THAN BY
DIRECTLY DOING SO, WE'RE ALSO
COMMITTED TO IMPROVING EDUCATION
TO HELP PROVIDERS UNDERSTAND HOW
TO BILL AND HOW TO CORRECT
BILLING.
SIMILAR TO THE PROCESS TO REVIEW
CANADIAN TAXES, IT IS IMPORTANT
THAT THE GOVERNMENT MEET ITS
RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT
TAXPAYERS ARE BEING ACCOUNTED
FOR AND SHOULD THERE BE A NEED
TO BE ABLE TO RECOUP THOSE FUNDS
THAT ARE NOT MET.
SPEAKER, WE ARE TAKING OUR
RESPONSIBILITY AS FINANCIAL
STEWARDS FOR ONTARIO TAXPAYERS
VERY SERIOUSLY.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Parsa says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
TAKING THE STEPS TO ADDRESS THIS
LONGSTANDING ISSUE.
THESE CHANGES ARE FAIR AND
REASONABLE AND WILL ENSURE
ONTARIO TAXPAYERS HAVE THE
CONFIDENCE THEY NEED AND DESERVE
IN THEIR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM.
OUR PROPOSED CHANGES WOULD
STRENGTHEN OHIP ACCOUNTABILITY
MEASURES AND ENSURE A
SUSTAINABLE HEALTHY INSURANCE
PLAN TODAY AND INTO THE FUTURE.
THE PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING,
TRANSPARENCY, AND VALUE FOR
MONEY ARE WHAT THESE CHANGES ARE
BUILT ON.
I KNOW THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO MY
CONSTITUENTS THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
REMAIN TRANSPARENT AND THAT WE
ENSURE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE
SPENT WISELY.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE HOUSE ABOUT THE STEPS WE'VE
TAKEN THAT HAVE LED TO THESE
CHANGES.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
OUR GOVERNMENT REMAINS COMMITTED
TO WORKING WITH OUR
STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING THE
ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, TO
BUILD THE POLICIES AND PROCESS
THAT UNDERPIN THIS LEGISLATION.
IN FACT, THESE CHANGES FOLLOW
MANY MONTHS OF CONSULTATION WITH
THE ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.
WE HAVE ENSURED THAT THEIR INPUT
BE INCLUDED IN MANY OF OUR
CHANGES SUCH AS LIMITING THE
RECOVERY PERIOD TO TWO YEARS,
THE NEW PROCESS OCCURRING ON AN
ONGOING BASIS ONLY, ESTABLISHING
A TARGET TO COMPLETE AUDITS
WITHIN 12 MONTHS.
AND SPEAKER, THE LIST DOES GO
ON.
OUR GOVERNMENT VALUES DOCTORS'
IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF
ONTARIANS.
HOWEVER, I AM SURE THAT WE WILL
ALL AGREE THAT NO DOCTOR SHOULD
BE ABLE TO BILL OHIP
INAPPROPRIATELY.
ONTARIO TAXPAYERS DESERVE
INCREASED ACCOUNTABILITY,
INCLUDING A FAIR AUDIT PROCESS,
SO THE PUBLIC MONEY IS SPENT IN
THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE MANNER
AND COST-EFFECTIVE MANNER.
THAT IS WHAT WE WILL

[INAUDIBLE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER
FROM TIMISKAMING-COCHRANE.

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

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

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
THE MEMBER'S INTEGRITY ACT
STATES ALL BUSINESS MEMBERS MUST
PUT THEIR BUSINESS ASSETS IN AN
ARM'S-LENGTH TRUST.
THIS MORNING THE GLOBE AND MAIL
REPORTS DECO LABELS, THE COMPANY
THE PREMIER OWNED AND OPERATED,
AIDE INDICATED DOUG FORD WAS
STILL PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY.
SINCE DECO LABELS SHOULD BE AN
ARM'S-LENGTH TRUST, HOW IS IT
THE PREMIER IS STILL BEING
LISTED AS THE PRESIDENT ON LEGAL
DOCUMENTS?

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER.
THE COMPANY IS IN BLIND TRUST
THE IT WENT THROUGH THE
INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER.
AND HE APPROVED IT.
BUT I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH
THE COMPANY IN DAY-TO-DAY
OPERATIONS.
BUT I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Vanthof says THE PROVISIONS IN THE ACT ARE
DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS
NOT AN APPEARANCE OF A CONFLICT
OF INTEREST.
IT'S IMPORTANT FOR ANY CABINET
MINISTER TO BE COMPLETELY
ARM'S-LENGTH FROM BUSINESS
INTERESTS.
ACCORDING TO FILINGS WITH THE
CANADIAN GOVERNMENT, THE FIVE
DIRECTORS ARE FAMILY RELATIONS
TO THE PREMIER.
EACH LISTS THE PREMIER'S
FAMILIAR HOME AS THEIR BUSINESS
ADDRESS.
IN FACT, THE PREMIER'S PERSONAL
HOME IS LISTED AS THE MAILING
ADDRESS DECO.
PREMIERS' OFFICE STAFF CLAIMED
TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DECO'S
CURRENT CLIENT LIST.
IN THE U.S., THE COMPANY STILL
THINKS THE PREMIER IS RUNNING
THE COMPANY.
THE PREMIER JUST STATED HE HAS
NOTHING TO DO WITH THE
DAY-TO-DAY ACTIVITIES OF DECO
LABELS.
CAN THE PREMIER SAY IN THE
LEGISLATURE TODAY THAT HE IS
ABSOLUTELY AT ARM'S-LENGTH AND
HAS NO DEALINGS WITH THE COMPANY
AT ANY LEVEL?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says AGAIN, THE
COMPANY IS IN BLIND TRUST.
I'M TOO BUSY TURNING THIS
PROVINCE AROUND FROM THE MESS
THAT THEY LEFT.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
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 blue suit, white shirt, and burgundy tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF TRAINING, CULTURE... TOURISM,
CULTURE, AND SPORTS.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPORTING THE
2021 CANADA GAMES IN THE NIAGARA
REGION BY COMMITTING TO A COST
SHARED INVESTMENT OF 29 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW AND
UPGRADED SPORTS FACILITIES FOR
THE 18 SPORTS TEAMS FROM EVERY
PROVINCE AND TERRITORY THAT WILL
BE COMING TO NIAGARA.
THE GAMES WILL FEATURE AN
ESTIMATED 5,000 PARTICIPANTS AND
4,000 VOLUNTEERS IN ADDITION TO
THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF
VISITORS FROM ACROSS THE
PROVINCE AND COUNTRY WHO WILL BE
CHEERING ON THEIR FAVOURITE
ATHLETE.
WITH THIS IN MIND, COULD THE
MINISTER EXPLAIN TO THE MEMBERS
OF THE LEGISLATURE HOW THIS
PROVINCIAL FUNDING WILL HELP
DRIVE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY NOT ONLY
IN NIAGARA BUT ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HERITAGE, SPORTS, TOURISM, AND
CULTURE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Lisa MacLeod. PC. Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries."

MacLeod is in her forties, with shoulder-length, wavy blond hair. She wears a black zip-up blazer.

She says I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO
THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA FOR HIS
STRONG ADVOCACY ON SPORT ACROSS
THE PROVINCE AND THE TWO MEMBER
FROM THE NEW DEMOCRAT AND ST.
CATHARINES WHO JOINED US IN
NIAGARA AS WE ANNOUNCED OUR
GOVERNMENT'S SUPPORT FOR THIS
IMPORTANT INITIATIVE.
WE SPEND 25 MILLION DOLLARS INVESTING
IN SPORTS ACROSS THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO AND IT YIELDS A
12.6 BILLION DOLLAR ECONOMIC IMPRINT N
THIS CASE, THE GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO IS REPRESENTING
10.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN INVESTMENT FOR
CAPITAL AND OPERATING COSTS AND
AN ADDITIONAL 29 MILLION DOLLARS INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND
FACILITIES.
IN RED DEER THIS YEAR THERE'S A
132 MILLION-dollar ECONOMIC
IMPRINT.
IN NIAGARA IN 2021 THIS NUMBER
WILL ASTOUND YOU.
WE WILL CREATE OVER 400 MILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
[INDISCERNIBLE] 2100 JOBS ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GREAT
RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND A GREAT
RETURN ON SPORTS.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Oosterhoff says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR YOUR
RESPONSE.
IT'S CLEAR THESE GAMES WILL HAVE
A SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC IMPACT IN
THE NIAGARA REGION AND ACROSS
ONTARIO.
THE 2021 GAMES WILL SPUR
400 MILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC
ACTIVITY WITH AN ANTICIPATED
2100 JOBS TO BE CREATED.
THE GAMES ARE MORE THAN AN
INVESTMENT IN OUR LOCAL ECONOMY
BUT ALSO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES
FOR LOCAL ATHLETES TO COMPETE ON
A NATIONAL STAGE.
THIS OF COURSE CANNOT HAPPEN
WITHOUT THE DEDICATION AND
KNOWLEDGE OF OUR ATHLETES,
COACHES.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
HIGHLIGHT THE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT
IS SUPPORTING OUR COACHES AND
THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR TEAMS
ACROSS ONTARIO.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HERITAGE.

MacLeod says EXCELLENT QUESTION BECAUSE
NOT ONLY DO WE TALK TO
[INDISCERNIBLE] THROUGH THIS
MINISTRY AND SUPPORTING OUR
ARTISTS BUT WE ALSO TOP PODIUMS
AROUND THE WORLD.
THROUGH OUR ORGANIZATION THIS
MINISTRY FUNDS THAT WE SUPPORTED
BIANCA ANDREESCU AND PENNY
OLEKSIAK.
IN 2021 OUR ATHLETES WILL BE THE
TOP PERFORMERS AND ALSO THE
SAFEST BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN CANADIAN HISTORY, EVERY
SINGLE ATHLETE IN CANADA WILL
HAVE TO ADHERE TO CANADA'S FIRST
CONCUSSION LEGISLATION HAPPENING
IN NIAGARA 2021.
THIS PROVINCE ISN'T ONLY OPEN
FOR BUSINESS OR JOBS.
WE'RE ALSO OPEN FOR ATHLETES.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for HUMBER RIVER BLACK CREEK.

The caption changes to "Tom Rakocevic. NDP. Humber River-Black Creek."

Rakocevic is in his late thirties, with side-parted blond hair and a boxed beard. He wears glasses, a gray suit, checkered shirt, and gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER of HEALTH.
THIS YEAR MY CONSTITUENT SONIA
DELARENTEZ WAS DIAGNOSED WITH
METASTATIC LUNG CANCER THAT
DELIVERED TO HER BRAIN AND
VERTEBRAE.
SHE IS WITH US TODAY WITH HER
TWO SONS.
SONIA RECEIVE TREATMENT AT ONE
OF THE BEST CANCER HOSPITALS IN
THE WORLD, PRINCESS MARGARET
CANCER CENTRE.
HER ONCOLOGIST RECOMMENDED A
SPECIFIC MEDICATION THAT WAS HER
ABSOLUTE BEST CHANCE TO FIGHT
HER CANCER.
THIS MEDICATION COSTS HER FAMILY
10,000 A MONTH BECAUSE IT IS A
TAKE-HOME CANCER DRUG.
THIS IS AN IMMENSE BURDEN ON HER
FAMILY.
MINISTER, WILL YOU COMMIT TODAY
TO HELP THIS FAMILY IN COVERING
THE COST OF SONIA'S TAKE-HOME
CANCER DRUGS.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says I THANK THE MEMBER VERY MUCH
FOR THE QUESTION AND I'M VERY
SORRY FOR YOUR CONSTITUENT'S
SITUATION, AND I THANK HER FOR
BEING HERE TODAY.
THIS IS A SITUATION THAT WE ARE
REVIEWING MEDICATIONS, WE ARE
REVIEWING THE ITEMS THAT CAN BE
ON OUR ONTARIO DRUG BENEFIT
PLAN, THAT CAN BE AVAILABLE TO
PEOPLE.
WE DO HAVE THE TRILLIUM PROGRAM
THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE
THAT FIND IT DIFFICULT TO PAY
FOR THEIR MEDICATIONS.
I WOULD CERTAINLY BE HAPPY TO
MEET WITH YOUR CONSTITUENT TO
UNDERSTAND MORE PARTICULARS AND
SEE WHAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO DO TO
ASSIST HER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Rakocevic says THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR
AGREEING TO MEET WITH HER.
SHE'S TRIED EVERYTHING.
IF SONIA AND HER FAMILY LIVED IN
ANY PROVINCE WEST OF ONTARIO,
SHE WOULDN'T NEED TO ASK FOR
HELP BECAUSE TAKE-HOME CANCER
DRUGS ARE PUBLICLY-FUNDED THERE.
MOST CANCER TREATMENTS ARE NOW
AVAILABLE AT TAKE-HOME
MEDICATION TO MEET THE NEEDS OF
PATIENTS, IMPROVE THEIR QUALITY
OF LIFE, AND TO REDUCE HOSPITAL
TRIPS.
JUST LAST YEAR, THIS GOVERNMENT
VOTED AGAINST AN NDP MOTION TO
COVER TAKE-HOME CANCER DRUGS.
THAT WAS WRONG.
IT'S TIME FOR ONTARIO TO CATCH
UP TO THE REST OF OUR COUNTRY.
WILL THE MINISTER OF HEALTH DO
THE RIGHT THING, FINALLY COVER
TAKE-HOME CANCER DRUGS UNDER
OHIP, SO PEOPLE LIKE SONIA GET
THE HELP THEY DESERVE.

The Speaker says ASK THE MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR SEATS.
MINISTER OF HEALTH WILL REPLY.

Elliott says WELL, I UNDERSTAND THERE IS
AN ISSUE WITH RESPECT TO
TAKE-HOME CANCER DRUGS, AND I
KNOW THIS IS NOT OF COMFORT TO
YOUR CONSTITUENT TODAY, BUT
THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE
ARE DOING OUR TRANSFORMATION OF
OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, TO BRING
IT INTO THE 21EST CENTURY.
AND I MEAN THAT IN RESPECT OF
EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE DOING IN
OUR POLICIES, OUR PROCESSES, OUR
TECHNOLOGY, EVERYTHING.
SO I CAN'T MAKE A PROMISE WITH
RESPECT TO THIS PARTICULAR
ISSUE, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT
WE ARE REFORMING OUR SYSTEM SO
IT WILL BE MORE RESPONSIVE TO
THE NEEDS OF ONTARIANS IN THE
FUTURE.
AND AGAIN, I REITERATE MY
WILLINGNESS TO MEET WITH SONIA
AND HER FAMILY TO DISCUSS HOW WE
MIGHT SPECIFICALLY BE OF SOME
ASSISTANCE TO HER AS SHE'S
DEALING WITH HER HEALTH PROBLEMS
TODAY.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Cambridge.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE VERY
LOVELY MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
AND CONSUMER SERVICES.
OUR GOVERNMENT HEARD LOUD AND
CLEAR FROM CONSUMERS AND REAL
ESTATE PROFESSIONALS ALIKE TO
REVIEW THE AGE LEGISLATION TO
REFLECT THE MODERN MARKETPLACE.
THAT IS WHY WE'VE INTRODUCED THE
TRUST IN REAL ESTATE SERVICES
BILL.
YESTERDAY THE MINISTER
HIGHLIGHTED FIVE KEY MESSAGES IN
THE ACT.
ONE OF THE MESSAGES BEING
ENHANCING CONSUMER CHOICE AND
CONFIDENCE.
MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE
MINISTER PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THE
TRUST IN REAL ESTATE SERVICE ACT
WOULD ENABLE REGULATORY CHANGES,
GIVING CONSUMERS MORE CHOICE IN
THE REAL ESTATE SECTOR.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER
SERVICES.

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 black leather jacket and a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THE
COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBER FOR CAMBRIDGE WHO IS DOING A GREAT
JOB FOR HER RIDING AND CLEARLY
IS DEMONSTRATING SHE IS AS
COMMITTED TO GETTING CONSUMER
PROTECTION RIGHT IN ONTARIO AS
WE ALL ARE IN OUR CAUCUS.
WE'RE INTRODUCING MORE MODERN
REGULATORY SYSTEMS, SYSTEMS THAT
WILL REFLECT TODAY'S REAL ESTATE
SECTOR.
IT HAS CHANGED SO MUCH IN THE
LAST 20 YEARS.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS GIVING
CONSUMERS MORE CHOICE IN THE
PURCHASE AND SALE PROCESS BY
PERMITTING REAL ESTATE
PROFESSIONALS AND BROKERAGES TO
DISCLOSE DETAILS OF COMPETING
OFFERS AT THE SELLER'S
DISCRETION.
CURRENTLY IN MULTIPLE OFFER
SITUATIONS, BROKERAGES ARE
REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE THE NUMBER
OF COMPETING OFFERS TO EVERY
PERSON WHO HAS MADE AN OFFER.
BUT THE REGULATION DOES NOT
ALLOW THE BROKERAGES TO DISCLOSE
THE SUBSTANCE OF THE COMPETING
OFFERS.
SO FUNDAMENTAL THE BILL PASSES,
POTENTIAL SELLERS COULD CHOOSE
WHETHER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS
MORE OPEN PROCESS BY PROVIDING

[INAUDIBLE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Karahalios says THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
HER KIND WORDS AND FOR HER
ANSWER.
ALSO FOR WORKING SO HARD WITH
CONSUMERS AND REAL ESTATE
PROFESSIONALS ACROSS OUR
PROVINCE TO ENHANCE CONSUMER
CONFIDENCE AND REDUCE BURDEN IN
THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
CONTINUE CONSULTING WITH
CONSUMERS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO
DEVELOP PROPOSED REGULATIONS
THAT WILL HELP CONSUMERS MAKE
MORE INFORMED DECISIONS.
YOU HAVE YOU ALSO SPOKEN IN THIS
HOUSE ABOUT SOME OF THE KEY
ELEMENTS OF THE TRUST IN REAL
ESTATE SERVICES ACT.
FOR EXAMPLE, ENSURING AN
EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE
REGULATION IN THE REAL ESTATE
INDUSTRY.
MR. SPEAKER, ACCOUNT MINISTER
PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT WILL ENSURE EFFICIENT
REGULATION IN THE REAL ESTATE
INDUSTRY THROUGH THE TRUST IN
REAL ESTATE SERVICES ACT.

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Thompson says ABSOLUTELY.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
INTENDS TO IMPROVE THE
REGULATION OF THE REAL ESTATE
SECTOR BY UPDATING THE POWERS
AVAILABLE TO THE REAL ESTATE
COUNCIL OF ONTARIO AND ITS
REGISTRAR.
IT'S KNOWN AS RICO AND WE'RE
ALLOWING THE REGISTRAR TO
CONSIDER A BROADER RANGE OF
FACTORS WHEN CONSIDERING
ELIGIBILITY FOR REGISTRATION.
WE'RE GIVING RECO THE AUTHORITY
TO LEVY ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES
AND PROVIDING THEIR DISCIPLINE
COMMITTEE THE AUTHORITY TO
REVOKE OR SUSPEND A REAL
ESTATE'S PROFESSIONAL
REGISTRATION.
CONSUMERS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR
THIS.
WE'VE LISTENED, AND WE'RE
ACTING.
SPEAKER, THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE CHANGES OF OUR PROPOSED
LEGISLATION, AND THESE UPDATES
WILL NOT ONLY ENHANCE CONSUMER
PROTECTION BUT IMPROVE THE
INFORMATION CONSUMERS RECEIVE
ABOUT WHAT REAL ESTATE
PROFESSIONAL AND BROKERAGES MUST
DO FOR THEM.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Toronto Centre.

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

Morrison is in her late thirties, with straight brown hair in a bob. She wears glasses, a gray cardigan a nd a blue shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
IN 2018, YOUR GOVERNMENT
ELIMINATE RENT CONTROL FOR NEW
UNITS.
YESTERDAY I HEARD FROM A GROUP
OF TENANTS THAT 22 JOHN STREET
IN YORK SOUTH-WESTON WHO ALL
LIVE IN UNITS THAT ARE NO LONGER
PROTECTED BY RENT CONTROL.
AS LEASES HAVE COME UP, SOME OF THESE TENANTS ARE FACING RENT
INCREASES AS HIGH AS 25 percent.
SPEAKER, THAT'S 375 A MONTH IN
INCREASE, ALMOST 4,500 A YEAR.
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT MOST
PEOPLE I KNOW CANNOT UNIVERSITY
A RENT INCREASE THAT HIGH.
HOW... RENT INCREASE THAT HIGH.
HOW CAN THIS PREMIER JUSTIFY
SUCH STEEP RENT INCREASES?

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

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

He says I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THAT
QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT
EVERY ONTARIAN NEEDS A SAFE
PLACE TO CALL HOME.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE COMMITTED TO
LISTENING TO BOTH SIDES OF THE
EQUATION AND TRY TO MAKE THE
SYSTEM FAIRER FOR BOTH TENANTS
AND LANDLORDS.
AND WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE A
CONTINUED DIALOGUE.
THAT'S WHY AS PART OF OUR
HOUSING SUPPLY ACTION PLAN, WE
CONSULTED WITH BOTH TENANTS AND
LANDLORDS AND REVIEWING WHAT WE
HEARD AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH
THE SYSTEM.
I KNOW I'VE KEPT MY COLLEAGUE,
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, INFORMED
AS WE MOVED THROUGH THE
CONSULTATIONS, BECAUSE I KNOW
THAT HE AND I HAVE A SHARED
RESPONSIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO
THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT
AND THE LANDLORD/TENANT BOARD.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
ANALYZE WHAT WE'VE HEARD AND
MOVE FORWARD WITH LEGISLATIVE
AND REGULATORY CHANGES.
I ENCOURAGE THE MEMBER TO HAVE
HER CONSTITUENTS CONTINUE TO
HAVE THE DIALOGUE [INAUDIBLE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Morrison says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION AGAIN IS TO THE
PREMIER.
THIS GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO
SLASH RENT CONTROL FOR NEW UNITS
MEANS THAT RESIDENTS IN MY
RIDING OF YORK SOUTH-WESTON ARE
SEEING RENT INCREASES AS HIGH AS
25 percent.
THIS IS SHAMEFUL, MR. SPEAKER.
PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD THESE KINDS
OF INCREASES.
IN AN E-MAILED TRIREPLY TO ONE
OF THE TENANTS, THE PREMIER'S
OFFICE SAID THAT EXEMPTING NEW
UNITS FROM RENT CONTROL WILL,
AND I QUOTE, "ENCOURAGE
DEVELOPERS AND SMALL LANDLORDS
TO CREATE MORE AFFORDABLE
APARTMENTS."
MR. SPEAKER, HUNDREDS OF
DOLLARS A MONTH OF RENTAL
INCREASES [INDISCERNIBLE]
AFFORDABLE.
WILL THE PREMIER RISE IN THIS
HOUSE TODAY AND COMMIT TO
REVERSING THE CUTS TO RENT
CONTROL.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.

Clark says AGAIN, SPEAKER, TO CORRECT
THE MEMBER'S RECORD, OUR
GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED ON A
PROMISE TO NOT JUST INCREASE
HOUSING SUPPLY BUT WE KEPT OUR
PROMISE TO PRESERVE RENT CONTROL
FOR [INDISCERNIBLE] STIMULATE
CONSTRUCTION OF NEW RENTAL
HOUSING, OUR GOVERNMENT
ANNOUNCED AN EXEMPTION ON NEW
UNITS FROM RENT CONTROL AND
ACTUALLY OUR RESEARCH HAS SHOWN
THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE.
SINCE OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LAST
NOVEMBER, WE'VE BEEN SEEING SOME
VERY PROMISING SIGNS OF
INCREASED DEVELOPMENT.
OUR EXAMPLES INCLUDE OVER THE
FIRST 10 MONTHS OF 2019, THERE
HAS BEEN 3838 RENTAL STARTS IN
THE TORONTO AREA.
SPEAKER, THAT IS THE MOST FOR
ANY PERIOD IN ANY YEAR SINCE
1992.
DEVELOPERS HAVE NEARLY 53,000
NEW UNITS OF RENTAL HOUSING
PLANNED FOR THE TORONTO AREA IN
THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2019.
OUR RESEARCH HAS ALSO SHOWN THAT
THE RENT CONTROL EXEMPTION FOR
NEW UNITS HAS SEEN SIGNIFICANT
IMPACTS IN THE PROVINCE OF
MANITOBA.
OUR RESEARCH SHOWS THE COMPLETE
OPPOSITE, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Burlington.

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

She says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.
[INDISCERNIBLE] HOSPITAL SERVED
OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1961.
OVER THE PAST YOUR I'VE MET WITH
PATIENTS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND
HEALTH CARE WORKERS, AND EVERY
ONE OF THEM RECOGNIZED THAT OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM NEEDS
SIGNIFICANT CHANGE, THAT IT
NEEDS TO BECOME MORE PATIENT
CENTRED.
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH EARLIER
THIS YEAR VISITED JOSEPH BRANT
HOSPITAL TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW
THEIR INTEGRATED CARE MODEL HAS
IMPROVED PATIENT OUTCOMES IN
BURLINGTON, ESPECIALLY FOR
SENIORS.
YESTERDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE
FREE DENTAL PROGRAM, LOW INCOME
SENIORS WILL MAKE A HUGE
DIFFERENCE FOR PEOPLE IN MY
RIDING LIKE ANNE AND JUDITH WHO
HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR THIS KIND
OF SUPPORT FOR YEARS.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL THIS HOUSE
ABOUT OUR STRATEGY AND HOW THIS
NEW SENIORS DENTAL PROGRAM GETS
INTO ENDING FOUR-WAY HEALTH
CARE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR BURLINGTON FOR HER QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING ACTION
TO END HALLWAY HEALTH WARE
THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE FOUR
PILLAR STRATEGY AND IS ALREADY
MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
A MAIN PART OF OUR STRATEGY IS
PREVENTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION.
A LACK OF PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE
CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS HEALTH
PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD.
THIS CAN REQUIRE HOSPITALIZATION
OR INTENSIVE TREATMENT IN ORDER
TO FIX.
UNFORTUNATELY, NOT EVERY
ONTARIAN HAS ENJOYED ACCESS TO
PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE.
YESTERDAY THE PREMIER, THE
MINISTER OF FOR SENIORS AND
ACCESSIBILITY, AND I ANNOUNCED
OUR GOVERNMENT IS KEEPING OUR
PROMISE TO PROVIDE PUBLICLY
FUNDED DENTAL CARE TO LOW INCOME
SENIORS.
WHILE HELPING LOW INCOME SENIORS
WITH PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE, OUR
NEW SENIORS DENTAL PROGRAM WILL
HELP KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF HOSPITAL
EMERGENCY ROOMS.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS JUST ONE
PART OF OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
TO END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE, AND
I LOOK FORWARD TO DISCUSSING
MORE ABOUT THE OTHER PILLARS OF THE PLAN IN MY SUPPLEMENTARY
ANSWERS.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

McKenna says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER OF MIF
HEALTH WHO WERE INVOLVED IN
MAKING YESTERDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT
POSSIBLE.
HEALTH PROMOTION INITIATIVES
LIKE THE FREE SENIORS DENTAL
PROGRAM ARE A GREAT WAY TO
IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR
OUR SENIORS.
WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ORAL HEALTH
AND OVERALL WELLNESS.
THE ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY
FOUND THAT OVER 90 percent OF ALL
SYSTEMIC DISEASES PRODUCE ORAL
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS.
THAT'S WHY THIS FREE DENTAL
HEALTH PROGRAM FOR LOW INCOME
SENIORS WILL IMPROVE OVERALL
HEALTH WHILE HELPING TO PRODUCE
PRESSURES ON HOSPITAL EMERGENCY
ROOMS.
OUR FOUR PILLAR PLAN TO END
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE IS JUST
GETTING STARTED, AND IT WILL
LEAD TO BETTER OUTCOMES FOR ALL
ONTARIANS.
ACCOUNT MINISTER TELL THIS HOUSE
MORE ABOUT THE WORK OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO END
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says THANK YOU.
PREVENTIVE CARE AND HEALTH
PROMOTION IS THE FIRST PILLAR ON
OUR PLAN TO END HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE.
AS A SECOND PIECE, WE ARE
PLACING A FOCUS ON ENSURING THAT
PATIENTS RECEIVE THE MOST
APPROPRIATE CARE POSSIBLE, WHICH
IS WHY WE'VE INTRODUCED NEW
MODELS OF CARE FOR 911 PATIENTS.
WE WILL HELP KEEP PATIENTS OUT
OF HOSPITAL WHEN A MORE
APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
CAN BE FOUND.
NEXT, TO ONTARIO HEALTH AND THE
UPCOMING IMPLEMENTATION OF
ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS, WE WILL
BETTER INTEGRATE CARE TO IMPROVE
PATIENT FLOWS.
WE'RE WORKING TO HELP ONTARIANS
WHO NO LONGER NEED TO BE IN
HOSPITAL TO RETURN TO THEIR
HOMES WITH THE EXTRA SUPPORTS
THAT THEY NEED.
FINALLY, SPEAKER, WE ARE
INVESTING 27 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE
NEXT TEN YEARS IN HOSPITAL
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO
INCREASE OUR CAPACITY INCLUDING
NEW AND UPGRADED HOSPITALS AND
COMMUNITY CARE FACILITIES.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE MOST
COMPREHENSIVE CONNECTED PLAN IN
THE HISTORY OF OUR PROVINCE, AND
WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TOWARDS
WORKING AT OUR GOAL OF ENDING
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
NEXT question. The member for NIAGARA CENTRE.

THE CAPTION CHANGES TO "JEFF BURCH. NDP. NIAGARA CENTRE."

BURCH IS IN HIS FORTIES, CLEAN-SHAVEN AND BALDING. HE WEARS A GRAY SUIT, gray SHIRT AND striped GRAY TIE.

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
FOR MONTHS THE TENS OF THOUSANDS
OF NIAGARA DRIVERS WHO RELY ON
THE [INDISCERNIBLE] DAILY
EXPERIENCED INCONVENIENCES,
DELAYS, AND FRUSTRATION.
WITH THE RECENT NEWS THE MTO IS
CLOSING TWO WAY TRAFFIC THROUGH
THE TUNNEL, MANY OF OUR
CONSTITUENTS AND LOCAL ELECTED
OFFICIALS HAVE COME FORWARD TO
EXPRESS DEEP CONCERNS.
THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION
HAS FAILED TO ADDRESS THE
DIFFICULTIES THIS WILL POSE FOR
ACCESS TO MAJOR HOSPITALS,
STROKE CLINICS, AND AMBULANCE
TRANSPORTATION.
POTENTIALLY PUTTING RESIDENTS AT
RISK.
ONE-WAY TRAFFIC THROUGH THE
TUNNEL FOR THE FORESEEABLE
FUTURE IS NOT A SOLUTION.
IT CREATES A MYRIAD OF OTHER
ISSUES AND WILL RESULT IN MAJOR
DISRUPTIONS.
IS THE MINISTER PREPARED TO
LISTEN TO LOCAL ELECTED
OFFICIALS AND TAKE THE NECESSARY
STEPS TO MAINTAIN THE CURRENT
TRAFFIC CONFIGURATION IN ORDER
TO ENSURE OUR COMMUNITY IS SAFE,
ACCESSIBLE, AND MOVING
EFFICIENTLY.

The Speaker says 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 gray blazer over a white shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION.
I RECEIVED A LETTER EARLIER THIS
WEEK FROM THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AS
WELL AS OTHER MEMBERS OF THE
OPPOSITION CAUCUS FROM NIAGRA ON
THIS ISSUE.
I'VE ALSO HAD A CHANCE TO HAVE A
CONVERSATION WITHIN OUR CAUCUS
AND OUR MEMBER FROM NIAGRA WEST
WHO HAD SPOKEN ABOUT HIS
RECOMMENDATION THAT THE MINISTRY
CONSULT WITH MUNICIPAL
STAKEHOLDER AS WE CONTINUE TO
FIND A SOLUTION FOR DRIVERS IN
NIAGRA.
I RECOGNIZE AND I APPRECIATE THE
DIFFICULTIES THAT THE CLOSURES
AT THE THOROLD TUNNEL ARE HAVING
FOR MOTORISTS IN THE AREA.
AND KEEPING DRIVERS INFORMED OF
POTENTIAL CLOSURES IS VERY
IMPORTANT.
AND MINISTRY OFFICIALS DO
COMMUNICATE REGULARLY ABOUT
CONSTRUCTION WORK THROUGH
TRAFFIC BULLETINS,
TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITIES, OUR
511 SERVICE, AND THROUGH MEDIA
CHANNELS.
BUT WE ARE ALWAYS STRIVING TO DO
BETTER, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO
FIND WAYS TO IMPROVE OUR
COMMUNICATION CHANNELS WITH
MUNICIPALITIES AND WITH DRIVERS.
SINCE LEARNING OF THIS ISSUE
LAST WEEK, MR. SPEAKER, I'VE
DIRECTED SENIOR OFFICIALS IN MY
OFFICE AND THE MINISTRY TO
DEVELOP NEW SOLUTIONS AND REPORT
BACK TO ME.

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY.
MEMBER FOR NIAGARA FALLS.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS ALSO TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
OVER 24,000 VEHICLES PASS
THROUGH THE THOROLD TUNNEL EACH
DAY.
MOST OF THEM ARE EITHER
RESIDENTS OF NIAGRA FALLS OR
TRAVELLING TO WORK IN NIAGRA
FALLS.
WE HAVE LOCAL BUSINESSES OWNERS
TELLING US THIS IS A DISASTER
FOR THEIR BUSINESSES.
RESIDENTS TELL US ABOUT THE
HARDSHIP THIS WILL CAUSE THEM.
AND THERE ARE CONCERNS OVER
RESPONSE TIMES FROM FIRST
RESPONDERS.
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THIS
LANE REDUCTION AND CLOSURE WAS
PLANNED WITHOUT ACCOUNTING FOR
SNOWPLOWS BEING ABLE TO FIT
THROUGH THE TUNNEL?
IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE.
LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE
DEMANDING A MEETING TO GET
ANSWERS ABOUT WHAT THE
MINISTER... WHEN THE MINISTER
BECAME AWARE OF THE TUNNEL WAS
UNSAFE.
WILL THE MINISTER IMMEDIATELY
SIT DOWN WITH LOCAL ELECTED
OFFICIALS TO ANSWER THESE
QUESTIONS AND COMMIT, AND THIS
IS IMPORTANT, COMMIT EXTRA
RESOURCES TO GET THIS TUNNEL
OPENED QUICKLY TO BOTH EAST AND
WESTBOUND LANES.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Mulroney says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
FOR THE QUESTION AND FOR RAISING
THE CONCERNS OF RESIDENTS AND
MOTORISTS OF NIAGRA REGION.
I WANT TO REITERATE,
MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE MEMBERS
OF THE HOUSE, THAT WE HAVE HEARD
THE CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN
RAISED, AND THE MINISTRY IS
LOOKING FOR THE BEST AND A
BETTER PATH FORWARD TO ADDRESS
THESE CONCERNS.
WITH RESPECT TO CONCERNS
REGARDING SNOW CLEARANCE, A
TRADITIONAL SNOWPLOW DOES NOT
FIT IN THE CURRENT STATE OF THE
THOROLD TUNNEL.
THAT MEANS THAT IF IT SNOWS MORE
THAN TWO AND A HALF CENTIMETRES
WE WILL NEED TO SHUT THE TUNNEL
TO CLEAR THE SNOW KNOW THIS IS
NOT AN IDEAL SOLUTION AND ARE
LOOKING FOR A BETTER WAY FORWARD
SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE REAL
LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS FOR
MOTORISTS IN THE NIAGRA REGION.
THE MINISTRY IS CURRENTLY
FINALIZING A LONG-TERM PLAN AND
BE WILL SHARE THE PLAN WITH THE
PUBLIC SHORTLY.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says 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 an animal print blazer, white blouse and red skirt.

She says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF ENERGY.
NATURAL GASES ONTARIO'S MOST
COMMON HEATING HOURS AND HAS
BEEN PROVEN TO BE MUCH MORE
AFFORDABLE IN OTHER SOURCES SUCH
AS ELECTRICITY, OIL, OR PROPANE.
YET MUCH OF ONTARIO STILL DOES
NOT HAVE ACCESS TO NATURAL GAS.
IN DURHAM REGION, RURAL PARTS OF THE REGION DON'T HAVE ACCESS
LIKE SCUGOG AND I KNOW WE'RE
REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO
PROGRESS ON THIS FILE.
COULD THE MINISTER UPDATE US
WHAT WE'RE DOING TO EXPAND
ACCESS TO NATURAL GAS, TO PARTS
OF ONTARIO THAT DON'T YET HAVE
IT.

The Speaker says ASSOCIATE
MINISTER OF 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 patterned gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FROM DURHAM FOR HER
QUESTION.
HER GREAT REPRESENTATION AND
SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF DURHAM.
THE NATURAL GAS EXPANSION
SUPPORT PROGRAM WAS CREATED
UNDER THE ACCESS TO NATURAL GAS
ACT TO HELP EXTEND ACCESS TO
NATURAL GAS TO ONTARIANS ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
THE PROGRAM ENCOURAGED
COMMUNITIES TO PARTNER WITH GAS
DISTRIBUTORS ON NEW PROJECTS AND
SUBMIT THEM TO THE ONTARIO
ENERGY BOARD.
MR. SPEAKER, THE SUCCESS OF
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN
INCREDIBLE.
I'M PROUD TO HAVE ANNOUNCED THE
PROJECTS IN CHATHAM KENT,
SOUTHERN BRUCE, AND CHIPPEWAS
FIRST NATION ARE ALL UNDERWAY
WITH SEVERAL MORE COMING SOON.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE
PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN COMMUNITIES
AND DISTRIBUTORS TO EXTEND
NATURAL GAS TO AS MANY ONTARIANS
AS POSSIBLE WHICH WILL MAKE OUR
PROVINCE MORE ATTRACTIVE FOR
BUSINESS AND LOWER COSTS FOR
ALL.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Park says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR
HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF
THAT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN
COMMUNITIES AND DISTRIBUTORS.
I KNOW ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM IS THAT MORE
COMMUNITIES ARE GOING TO BE
ELIGIBLE THAN UNDER THE PREVIOUS
PROGRAM.
AND I KNOW IAN AND LYNN IN
SCUGOG ARE REALLY LOOKING
FORWARD TO SHOVELS HITTING THE
GROUND AND EXPANSION ON SCUGOG
ISLAND.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE UPDATE
US ON JUST HOW MUCH ONTARIANS
CAN EXPECT TO SAVE ONCE THEY'RE
CONNECTED TO NATURAL GAS.

The Speaker says ASSOCIATE
MINISTER OF ENERGY.

Walker says AGAIN, WHAT A GREAT QUESTION
FROM THE MEMBER FOR DURHAM.
THE BENEFITS OF EXPANDING
NATURAL GAS CANNOT BE
OVERSTATED.
SWITCHING TO NATURAL GAS CAN
SAVE THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL
CUSTOMER 2,200 PER YEAR ON
THEIR ENERGY BILL.
THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS
FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES
ACROSS OUR GREAT PROVINCE.
FURTHERMORE, NATURAL GAS
EXPANSION ALSO SIGNALS THAT A
PROVINCE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
FOR EXAMPLE IN CHATHAM KENT IN
THE RIDING OF OUR INCREDIBLE
MEMBER FROM LAMPTON KENT
MIDDLESEX, THE ADDITIONAL
NATURAL GAS CAPACITY IN THAT
COMMUNITY COULD BRING BACK
APPROXIMATELY 1400 JOBS IN THE
GREENHOUSE INDUSTRY ALONE.
WE'RE GOING TO KEEP EXPANDING
NATURAL GAS ACROSS OUR PROVINCE
TO REALIZE SAVINGS FOR RESIDENTS
HEATING THEIR HOMES AND CREATE A
STRONGER BUSINESS PLAN IN OUR
PROVINCE.

The Speaker says MEMBER.

Vanthof says IT'S A FIRST CLASS HIGHWAY
SPECIFICALLY WITH WINTER
MAINTENANCE.
IT'S TREATED FIRST CLASS.
WHEN YOU CROSS OVER NORTH BAY,
IT'S A SECOND CLASS HIGHWAY.
SNOW REMOVAL IS SECOND CLASS.
THIS ISN'T JUST THE NDP THAT'S
BEEN COMPLETING ABOUT THIS.
ALL OUR RESIDENTS ACROSS
NORTHERN ONTARIO.
I'D LIKE TO QUOTE THE MEMBER OF
NIPISSING IN THE LAST PARLIAMENT
THAT HIS CONSTITUENTS AND THE
MUNICIPALITIES WANT THE MINISTRY
THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION TE
THE EVALUATION AND POTENTIAL
RECLASSICS OF ALL PROVINCIAL
HIGHWAYS TO ENSURE QUAD ROAD
MAINTENANCE.
WHEN WE PUT FORWARD TO CONSIDER
MAKING HIGHWAY 1117 CLASS 1 FOR
WINTER MAINTENANCE, IT WAS
ROUNDLY, SOLIDLY DEFEATED.
EVEN THE CONSIDERATION WAS
SOLIDLY DEFEATED.
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT DRIVERS ON
HIGHWAY 11... HIGHWAY 17 OR
HIGHWAY 11 NORTH DESERVE CLASS 2
WINTER MAINTENANCE AND THAT
THEIR LIVES CONTINUE TO BE PUT
AT RISK?

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

Mulroney says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION AND
THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND.
WINTER MONTHS POSE SIGNIFICANT
PROBLEMS ACROSS OUR PROVINCE FOR
HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE AND
CLEARANCE, AND BE NO MORE SO
THAN IN NORTHERN ONTARIO.
HIGHWAYS ARE CLASSIFIED ALONG
FIVE CLASSES, AND THESE ARE
TECHNICAL DESIGNATIONS.
HIGHWAYS 11 AND 17 ARE
CLASSIFIED TECHNICALLY AS CLASS
2 HIGHWAYS.
HOWEVER, PRACTICALLY THE LEVEL
OF HIGHWAY AND SERVICE
MAINTENANCE THE MINISTRY OF THEF
TRANSPORTATION THROUGH PRIVATE
CONTRACTORS AND THROUGH THEIR
WORK HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE
IS AT A BETTER STANDARD THAN
CLASS 1 HIGHWAYS IN SOUTHERN
ONTARIO AND IN NORTHERN ONTARIO.
FOR CLASS 1 HIGHWAYS,
MR. SPEAKER, THE STANDARDS TO
GET TO BARE PAVEMENT IS EIGHT
HOURS.
ON HIGHWAYS 11 AND 7, THE
STANDARD... ON AVERAGE HAS BEEN
SEVEN HOURS.
SO MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE FOCUSED
ON MAKING SURE WE PROVIDE THE
LEVEL OF SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE
REQUIRED ACROSS OUR HIGHWAY
SYSTEM AND ESPECIALLY...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION.

Vanthof says THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER,
AND I'M GLAD YOU'RE STUDYING
THIS FILE 'CAUSE I BROUGHT UP AN
ISSUE WHEN THE LIBERALS WERE IN
POWER AND I'M GOING TO QUOTE IT
AGAIN.
THE LAST TIME WE HAD ACCESS TO
THIS INFORMATION, IF YOU'RE CAR
IS REGISTERED IN THE DISTRICT OF
TEMISCAMING AND IT IS INVOLVED
IN AN ACCIDENT ON A PROVINCIAL
HIGHWAY, IT IS FOUR TIMES AS
LIKELY TO BE FATAL.
THE LIBERALS SOLVED THAT PROBLEM
BY STOPPING TO PUBLISH THE
INFORMATION.
SO IF IT'S TRUE THAT MAINTENANCE
IS BETTER IN TEMISCAMING THAN IT
IS IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO, SHOW US
THAT INFORMATION BECAUSE PEOPLE
CONTINUE TO DIE ON OUR HIGHWAYS.

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

Mulroney says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE SAFETY OF OUR HIGHWAYS IS
THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF THE
THEMINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION.
THAT'S WHY I AM VERY PLEASED TO
REPORT TO THIS HOUSE WE ARE
CONTINUING TO FIND WAYS TO
IMPROVE ON THE ALREADY VERY GOOD
RECORD THAT WE HAVE IN THE
PROVINCE.
WE ARE LEADING IN NORTH AMERICA
ON SAFETY ON OUR HIGHWAYS.
BUT OUR WINTER CONDITIONS IN THE
NORTH PROVIDES VERY DIFFICULT
CIRCUMSTANCES FOR OUR MOTORISTS,
AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK.
IT IS A NON-PARTISAN ISSUE,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE ARE LOOKING TO PROVIDE REAL
SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE
MINISTRY IS LOOKING TO FIND NEW WAYS TO IMPROVE... TO GET
CONDITIONS THAT THEY'RE
CONTINUING TO WORSEN,
MR. SPEAKER, BUT SEVEN HOURS
TO BARE PAVEMENT IS BETTER THAN
THE STANDARD THAT WE EXPECT ON
OUR CLASS 1 HIGHWAYS.
AND THE MINISTRY OF THE
TRANSPORTATION IS VERY PLEASED
TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT LEVEL OF SERVICE BUT WILL CONTINUE to improve.

Watch: Question Period: Thursday, November 21, 2019