Transcript: Question Period: Monday, November 25, 2019 | Nov 26, 2019

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

Most members wear long purple scarves.

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

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

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

Horwath is in her fifties, with straight blond hair in a bob. She wears a gray blazer over a patterned beige blouse.

[APPLAUSE]

She says SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, CAN I JUST START BY
SAYING THAT, ALTHOUGH THE
TIGER-CATS LOST LAST NIGHT
AT THE GREY CUP, WE ARE VERY
PROUD OF OUR TEAM.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says THEY HAD A GREAT SEASON.
WE'LL GET 'EM NEXT TIME,
OSKEE WEE WEE.
MY FIRST CHE OF COURSE IS TO
THE PREMIER, SPEAKER.
LAST WEEK THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO FIRST LEARNED THAT
THE PREMIER WAS SPENDING AT
LEAST 231 MILLION DOLLARS CANCELLING AND TEARING
TEARING DOWN RENEWABLE
ENERGY PROJECTS.
SINCE THEN THE PREMIER HAS
REPEATEDLY REFUSED TO LET
THE AUDITOR IN TO REVIEW THE
COSTS OF CANCELLING THESE
CONTRACTS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says INCLUDING BLOCKING U.C.
JUST THIS MORNING.
MY QUESTION IS WHAT IS THE
PREMIER TRYING TO HIDE,
SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S 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 striped gray tie.

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

He says WELL, THANK
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
KNOWS THAT WE'RE SAVING 790
MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE TAXPAYERS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says SO PROUD TO GO AROUND AND
TELL PEOPLE HOW WE'RE SAVING
ENERGY COSTS BY GETTING RID
OF THE WIND TURBINES,
GETTING RID OF THESE SOLAR
FARMS THAT HAVE MADE OUR
ELECTRICITY COSTS THE
HIGHEST IN NORTH AMERICA,
PUTTING IT ON THE BACKS OF THE HARD-WORKING MEN AND
WOMEN IN THIS PROVINCE,
PUTTING IT ON THE BACKS OF
COMPANIES, SMALL MEDIUM AND
LARGE, MAKING THEM
UNCOMPETITIVE IN THE GLOBAL
MARKET.
MR. SPEAKER, IF WE CAN
CANCEL ANOTHER 790 MILLION DOLLARS AND SAVE THE TAXPAYERS,
THAT'S NOT JUST SAVING THE
790.
IT'S WHEN THEY GET UP AND
RUNNING, ANOTHER... HUNDREDS
OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SO
I'LL DO THAT ALL DAY LONG,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
I WANT TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT
TO REMIND THE PREMIER THAT
LAST YEAR, WHEN THE PREMIER
FIRST ANNOUNCED THAT HE
WOULD BE TEARING UP
CONTRACTS AND TEARING DOWN
WIND FARMS, THE FORD
GOVERNMENT INSISTED THAT IT
WOULDN'T COST US A DIME.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says WHEN THEY FOUND OUT IT
WOULD COMFORT US AT LEAST
231 MILLION DOLLARS, THEY QUIETLY
BURIED THAT NUMBER AND HOPED
THAT NO ONE WOULD NOTICE IT.
NOW THE PREMIER SAYS THE
COSTS WON'T CLIMB HIGHER.
WHY SHOULD ANYONE TAKE THE
PREMIER'S WORD?

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says CALL IN
THE AUDITOR.
SPEAKER, CALL IN THE
AUDITOR.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER TO
RESPOND.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WHAT THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION ISN'T TELLING THE
PEOPLE, WHILE THEY'RE DOING
THEIR LAUNDRY AT 9:00 AND
10:00 AT NIGHT IS BECAUSE
THE POLICIES THE N.D.P. AND
THE LIBERALS WENT INTO THESE
RIDINGS WITHOUT ANY APPROVAL
OF THE MUNICIPALITIES AND
RAMMED IT DOWN THEIR
THROATS.
WHAT THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION ISN'T TELLING
PEOPLE THAT, THROUGH THE
WIND TURBINES AND SOLAR
PANELS, WE'RE PAYING TEN
TIMES THE AMOUNT OF
ELECTRICITY WHAT IT SHOULD
COST, 80 TO 89 CENTS A
KILOWATT WHEN IT SHOULD BE
COSTING 6, 7, 8 CENTS.
THAT'S WHAT THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION ISN'T TELLING
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO THAT
THEY'VE BEEN GETTING GOUGED
FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS UNDER
THE N.D.P. AND THE LIBERALS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, WHEN THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT FIRST
ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD BE
SCRAPPING THE GAS PLANT
CONTRACTS, THE LIBERALS
INSISTED THAT THE PRICE
WOULD BE 230 MILLION DOLLARS.
THE LIBERALS INSISTED THAT
THE AUDITOR HAD REVIEWED THE
NUMBERS IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
AND SIGNED OFF ON THEM.
YET WHEN THE AUDITOR WAS
ACTUALLY ABLE TO LOOK AT THE
REAL COSTS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says PRICE TAG
BALLOONED TO 1 BILLION DOLLARS.
NOW WE HAVE THE FORD
GOVERNMENT, SPEAKER, MAKING
THE SAME CLAIMS THAT THE
LIBERALS USED TO MAKE AND
REFUSING...

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT
SIDE, COME TO ORDER.

Horwath says REFUSING
TO LET THE AUDITOR IN.
THE PREMIER PROMISED CHANGE,
SPEAKER.
WHY IS HE REPEATING THE
EXACT SAME LIBERAL TACTICS
HE USED TO CRITICIZE?
WHAT IS HE TRYING TO HIDE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF ENERGY.

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

[APPLAUSE]

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 glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and red tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S ACTUALLY WHAT WE'RE
TRYING TO EXPOSE.
JUST ONE OF MY FAVOURITE
PERIODICALS, THE CLIMATE
CHANGE DISPATCHER.
SAYS GERMANY PULLS PLUG ON
WIND ENERGY AS INDUSTRY
SUFFERS SEVERE CRISIS.
POWER GRID OPERATORS HAVE
BEEN STRUGGLING TO KEEP THE
GRID STABLE DUE TO ERRATIC
FEED-IN AND SUB...
SUBSIDIZED FEED IN GERMAN
ELECTRICITY PRICES TO BECOME
AMONGST THE MOST EXPENSIVE
WORLDWIDE.
I'LL BE A CHICKEN FRIED IN
GOOSE FAT.
TURNS OUT ANOTHER
JURISDICTION HAVING THE SAME
CHALLENGES WE R.WE SAVED THE
RATEPAYERS 790 MILLION DOLLARS,
MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Rickford says RIPPING UP THOSE CONTRACTS
AND MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE
AN ELECTRICITY SYSTEM THAT
IS LESS COMPLEX AND MORE
AFFORDABLE.
WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT
ALL DAY LONG, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER AS WELL.
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HAVE
SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE.
IT WAS CALLED THE GAS PLANT
SCANDAL.
NOW IT'S CALLED THE WIND
FARM SCANDAL.
PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER THAN
THIS, SPEAKER.
LAST WEEK THE PREMIER
CLAIMED BLOWING 431 MILLION DOLLARS RIPPING UP CONTRACTS AND
TEARING DOWN WINDMILLS WAS
ACTUALLY A PLAN TO LOWER
HYDRO RATES.
WHEN HE WAS LOOKING FOR
VOTES LAST YEAR, THE PREMIER
PROMISED TO LOWER HYDRO
RATES BY 12 percent.
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US HAVE
THE HYDRO BILLS GONE UP OR
DOWN SINCE HE'S BEEN
PREMIER?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER, TALKING
ABOUT THE MOVIE.
THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
WAS THE PRODUCER OF THE
MOVIE FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says SHE WAS THE EXECUTIVE
PRODUCER.
I'LL TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
THERE'S NEVER, EVER BEEN, IN
THE HISTORY OF ONTARIO, A
LARGER TRANSFER OF WEALTH
FROM THE HARD WORKING
RATEPAYERS OF THIS PROVINCE
TO THE POLITICAL INSIDERS OF THE N.D.P. AND THE LIBERALS,
EVER.
THEY MADE HUNDREDS AND
HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS ON THE BACKS OF THE
HARD-WORKING PEOPLE.
AND THEY'RE HAPPY ABOUT
DOING THAT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says WE AREN'T
HAPPY ABOUT DOING THAT.
WE'RE LOWERING HYDRO RATES.
WE'LL HIT OUR TARGET OF 12 percent,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE CAN ASSURE YOU THAT.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says SPEAKER,
WHAT THE PREMIER FORGOT TO
MENTION IS THAT THE RATES
ARE ACTUALLY... THE BILLS
ARE ACTUALLY GOING UP IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO SINCE HE
BECAME THE PREMIER, AND
FAMILIES ACROSS ONTARIO KNOW
THIS EVEN IF THE PREMIER
DOES NOT KNOW IT.
AS ONE ONTARIO FARMER TOLD
ONTARIOFARMS.COM THIS WEEK
AND I QUOTE...
THIS GOVERNMENT WAS SUPPOSED
TO CLEAN UP HYDRO SAYING
THEY INHERITED A MESS
THROUGH KATHLEEN WYNNE'S
LIBERALS.
INSTEAD THE CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT'S JUST TRAITING
MORE OF A PROBLEM.
THE PREMIER SAID BILLS WOULD
COME DOWN BY 12 percent, SPEAKER.
WAS THAT A STRETCH GOAL OR
CAN THE PREMIER TELL US WHEN
BILLS ARE STARTING TO
DECLINE AS PROMISED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says MINISTER OF ENERGY.

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

Rickford says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR
THAT.
LET'S REVIEW SOME OF THESE
INCREASES HERE.
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2009, 5.5 percent
INCREASE.
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2010, 6.25.
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2011, 8.7.
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2012, 8.8 percent
INCREASE.
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2013, 8.9 percent
INCREASE.
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2014, 8.2 percent
INCREASE.
YOU'RE SITTING DOWN FOR THIS
ONE, MR. SPEAKER...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says NOVEMBER 1ST, 2015, A 22 percent
INCREASE.
AUTHORED BY THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT,
SUPPORTED 100 percent, MR. SPEAKER,
BY THE N.D.P.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL
NEVER MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO
REDUCE COSTS

[INTERJECTIONS]

Rickford says IN THIS COMPLEX SYSTEM.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says RUNS THE RISK OF PUTTING
ONTARIO OUT OF BUSINESS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says WE'RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS,
MR. SPEAKER, AND WE'RE GOING
TO SEE TO IT THAT ENERGY
COSTS ARE REDUCED FOR PEOPLE
ACROSS ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, HERE'S THE FACTS.
AT A TIME WHEN THE WORLD IS
EMBRACING CLEAN RENEWABLE
POWER, THE PREMIER IS
LITERALLY TEARING IT DOWN.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says AND
ONTARIO FAMILIES ARE NOT
JUST GETTING STUCK WITH A
231 MILLION DOLLARS BILL FOR THIS.
THEY'RE ALSO SEEING THE COST
OF ELECTRICITY CONTINUE TO
CLIMB.
THE FACT IS THE FORD
GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLAN FOR
THE CLIMATE CRISIS.
HYDRO BILLS ARE CONTINUING
TO CLIMB.
IN FACT JUST A COUPLE WEEKS
AGO, NOVEMBER 1ST2019, THE
BILLS WENT UP AGAIN UNDER
THIS GOVERNMENT'S WATCH, AND
WE'RE PAYING, LITERALLY
PAYING CLEAN ENERGY
COMPANIES MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS NOT TO GENERATE
POWER.
HOW DOES THE PREMIER JUSTIFY
THIS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
BEEN REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF ENERGY, NORTHERN
DEVELOPMENT AND MINES.

Rickford says WE TAKE THE OECD'S
DECISION TO RAISE IT TO THE
RATE OF INFLATION WHICH
ISN'T A FRACTION OF THOSE
PREVIOUS YEARS, VERY
SERIOUSLY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says OUR PLAN IS FOCUSED ON
REDUCING COSTS, INTRODUCED
BY THE FORMER LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORTED
100 percent BY THE N.D.P.
THAT'S WHY THOSE PRESSURES
KEEP BEARING DOWN ON THE
PRICE OF ELECTRICITY,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE AIM TO FIX IT.
IN THE MEANTIME,
MR. SPEAKER, LET'S TALK
ABOUT THE 6,000 WORKERS IN
PICKERING THAT WOULD HAVE
BEEN PUT OUT OF BUSINESS
LAST... A YEAR AND A HALF
AGO, MR. SPEAKER, ON JUNE 9,
2018.
THEY'D HAVE GOT THEIR
WALKING PAPERS, MR. SPEAKER,
BECAUSE THEY DON'T SUPPORT
ONE OF THE CLEANEST, SAFEST
FORMS OF GREEN ENERGY IN THE
WORLD, MR. SPEAKER, NUCLEAR
ENERGY.
WE STAND UP FOR THE WORKERS
IN PICKERING, ACROSS THE
DURHAM REGION, MR. SPEAKER,
AND WE'RE HOPEFUL TO
CONTINUE OUR INVESTMENTS IN
THOSE REFURBISHMENTS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says THAT WILL SEE THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO DO
BETTER THAN 92 percent EMISSIONS
FREE IN THE PRODUCTION OF
OUR ENERGY.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION'S ALSO FOR
THE PREMIER.
ON FRIDAY THE PREMIER MET
WITH THE PRIME MINISTER IN
OTTAWA.
INSIDERS WITH KNOWLEDGE OF
DISCUSSIONS REPORT THAT THE
PREMIER TOLD THE PRIME
MINISTER THAT ONTARIO
ALREADY HAD ROBUST DRUG
COVERAGE AND THAT ONTARIO
FAMILIES WOULDN'T BE
INTERESTED IN A NATIONAL
PHARMACARE PROGRAM.
FOR ONTARIO FAMILIES
SPENDING THOUSANDS OF
DOLLARS TO GET THE
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT THEY
NEED, CAN THE PREMIER
CONFIRM THAT HE TOLD OTTAWA
NOT TO MOVE AHEAD WITH THE
NATIONAL PHARMACARE PLAN
BECAUSE ONTARIO DIDN'T WANT
ONE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says FIRST OF
ALL I'M GLAD THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION KNEW IT WAS
SAYING IN A PRIVATE OFFICE
BUT THAT'S ANOTHER WHOLE
STORY.
ANYWAYS, WHAT I WAS SAYING
IS WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS
THE NATIONAL PHARMACARE
PROGRAM.
WE DON'T BELIEVE THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE
SPENDING 20 BILLION DOLLARS.
WHEN WE DO HAVE A ROBUST
PRIVATE SECTOR PLAN THAT
TAKES CARE...

The Speaker says ORDER

[INTERJECTIONS]

Ford says THROUGH
COMPANIES.
BECAUSE YOU KNOW SOMETHING?
NOT EVERYONE WORKS FOR THE
GOVERNMENT, BY THE WAY,
MR. SPEAKER.
A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WORKING
IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
PLUS, PLUS, MR. SPEAKER, WE
DO HAVE A STRONG OHIP PLUS
PLAN, BUT THE 4 percent THAT MAY
NOT BE COVERED ARE COVERED
UNDER TRILLIUM.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says THAT WAS
THE DISCUSSION IN THERE.
WE WILL HAVE A ROBUST
CONVERSATION WHEN THE
PREMIERS GET HERE ON
DECEMBER THE 2ND.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, I FIND IT QUITE
WORRISOME THAT THIS PREMIER
HAS JUST ACKNOWLEDGED HIS
PLAN TO CONTINUE TO
PRIVATIZE MORE AND MORE OF
OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

[INTERJECTIONS]

Horwath says ALTHOUGH THAT'S NOT...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO DURING THE ELECTION
CAMPAIGN.
FOR WEEKS THE PREMIER HAD
BRAGGED ABOUT THE KEY ROLE
ONTARIO WOULD BE PLAYING ON
THE NATIONAL STAGE.

The Speaker says I APOLOGIZE
TO THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.
THE HOUSE MUST COME TO ORDER
SO I CAN HEAR THE PERSON
THAT'S ASKING THE QUESTION.
AGAIN APOLOGIZE.
THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.
START THE CLOCK.

Horwath says HE'S
SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FIGHTING A LOSING COURT
BATTLE WITH HIS FELLOW
CONSERVATIVE PREMIERS.
HE SENT FUND-RAISING EMAILS
COMPLAINING ABOUT
EQUALIZATION PAYMENTS TO
ALBERTA.
BUT WHEN THE ONTARIO SENIORS
AND FAMILIES IN OUR PROVINCE
STRUGGLING WITH SERIOUS
ILLNESSES AND THE COSTS OF
MEDICATION NEEDED SOMEONE TO
SPEAK UP FOR THEM IN OTTAWA,
THE PREMIER TOLD THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO DO NOTHING.
HIS PRIVATE SECTOR BUDDIES
APPARENTLY ARE GOING TO FIX
THE PROBLEM.
WHY IS THE PREMIER...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says WILLING TO FIGHT FOR
ALBERTA'S EQUALIZATION
PAYMENTS BUT NOT FOR ONTARIO
FAMILIES STRUGGLING WITH THE
COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER TO REPLY.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
HERE'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE FOR
THE WORLD TO SEE HOW THEY
SPIN THE WORDS.
I SAID THE PRIVATE SECTOR,
PEOPLE WORKING IN THE
PRIVATE SECTOR.
ALL OF A SUDDEN IT'S TURNED
INTO PRIVATE HEALTH CARE.
1000 percent WE ARE NOT TOUCHING
THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR
MAKING IT A PRIVATE SECTOR
AS THE LEADER OF THE N.D.P.
WANT TO FEAR MONGER TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

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

The caption changes to "Stephen Crawford. PC. Oakville."

Crawford is in his forties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and striped pink and blue tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
MR. SPEAKER, THE PREMIER HAD
AN HISTORIC MEETING WITH THE
PRIME MINISTER, HIS FIRST
MEETING SINCE THE ELECTION
THIS FRIDAY.
THE PREMIER DISCUSSED THE
ROLE OF ONTARIO IN THE
FEDERATION AND HOW IT IS OF
VITAL IMPORTANCE.
ONTARIO IS A MAJOR DRIVER
FOR ECONOMIC STRENGTH AND
SUCCESS OF THIS COUNTRY.
OUR PROVINCE IS ONE OF THE
JOB LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY
THANKS TO THE POLICIES THAT
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS PUT IN
PLACE.
NEARLY HALF OF ALL
IMMIGRANTS TO CANADA IN 2019
SETTLED IN ONTARIO.
AS YOU HAVE STATED WHAT'S
GOOD FOR ONTARIO IS GOOD FOR
CANADA AND WHAT'S GOOD FOR
CANADA IS GOOD FOR ONTARIO.
WITH THAT IN MIND, CAN THE
PREMIER PLEASE SHARE WITH
THIS LEGISLATURE MORE ABOUT
YOUR MEETING WITH THE PRIME
MINISTER AND YOUR ADVOCACY
FOR KEY ONTARIO PRIORITIES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says I WANT TO
THANK THE RIGHT M.P.P. FROM
OAKVILLE.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says I WAS OUT THERE LAST WEEK
OUT IN OAKVILLE.
THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE
HAVE A VERY COLLABORATIVE
MEETING, VERY PRODUCTIVE
MEETING WITH THE PRIME
MINISTER.
WE TALKED ABOUT THINGS THAT
WE CAN AGREE ON AND THE
THINGS THAT WE CAN AGREE ON,
MANY THINGS, ONE BEING
TRANSIT, OUR 28 BILLION DOLLARS TRANSIT PLAN.
THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT
WE HAVE OVER 350 PROJECTS
THAT WE'RE WAITINGING TO GET
APPROVED AND FUNDING THROUGH
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
WE TALKED ABOUT HEALTH CARE,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE TALKED ABOUT ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT AND JOBS.
I'M SURE HE WAS JUST AS
PROUD AS I AM ABOUT CREATING
252,400 JOBS, THE LARGEST
ECONOMIC GROWTH WE'VE SEEN
IN NORTH AMERICA OUT OF ANY
OF THE STATES OR THE
PROVINCES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR COMPANIES TO THRIVE,
PROSPER AND GROW.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Crawford says THANK YOU AGAIN,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU FOR THE RESPONSE
TO THE PREMIER AND FOR YOUR
CONTINUED STRONG EXAMPLE OF
LEADERSHIP ON THE NATIONAL
STAGE.
I KNOW IN OAKVILLE AND
HALTON REGION, THE NEED FOR
EXPEDE YAITED APPROVAL AND
ACTION WHEN IT COMES TO
INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSIT
PROJECTS IS OF CRITICAL
IMPORTANCE.
MR. SPEAKER, THE PREMIER,
ALONG WITH OTHER PROMINENT
CANADIANS, HAVE RAISED THE
ISSUE OF DIVISION AND
DISUNITY IN THIS COUNTRY
SINCE THE ELECTION.
MAYOR NENSHI FROM CALGARY
RECENTLY SPOKE WITH THE
PRIME MINISTER ABOUT HIS
CONCERNS ON WESTERN
ALIENATION, STATING,
QUOTE...
CARELESS WORDS AND CARELESS
THOUGHTS, IF LEFT UNCHECKED,
COULD EASILY REND US UNDER
WHAT HAS TAKEN GENERATIONS
TO PUT THIS COUNTRY
TOGETHER.
MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THE
PREMIER HAS GREAT
RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE OTHER
PREMIERS AND PEOPLE
THROUGHOUT THIS FEDERATION.
CAN THE PREMIER SPEAK TO HIS
VIEWS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF
THOSE RELATIONSHIPS AND
NATIONAL UNITY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says THANK YOU
FOR THE QUESTION FROM OUR
GREAT M.P.P.
AND IN THAT SPIRIT, WE HAD A
CALL WITH PREMIER PALLISTER,
PUTTING A LITTLE WAGER ON
THE GAME.
YOU'LL WANT TO FIRST OF ALL
CONGRATULATE THE HAMILTON
TIGER-CATS FOR DOING AN
INCREDIBLE JOB.
I WANT TO...

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS FOR
WINNING THE GREY CUP.
I'VE AGREED IF I WON I'D
HAVE TO WEAR THEIR JERSEY
FOR A LITTLE BIT OF THE DAY
SO I'M SURE HE'LL BE
BRINGING A JERSEY OVER ON
DECEMBER THE 2ND FOR ME TO
WEAR.
BUT IN SAYING THAT, WE HAVE
TO BE UNITED.
WE HAVE TO SEND A MESSAGE
AROUND THE WORLD OF
CERTAINTY THAT CANADA IS
OPEN FOR BUSINESS, AND
NOTHING SCARES BUSINESSES
MORE WHEN WE GIVE THEM
UNCERTAINTY.
BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU WE'RE
GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT A
UNITED CANADA, BECAUSE
UNITED WE STAND.
DIVIDED WE FALL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says AND WE'LL
ALWAYS BE UNITED HERE IN
ONTARIO WITH CANADA.

Interjection: HEAR, HEAR!

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
NEXT question. The member for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION THIS MORNING IS
FOR THE PREMIER.
PREMIER, THIS PAST WEEKEND,
I TOURED COOT'S PARADISE
WITH THE ROYAL BOTANICAL
GARDENS REPRESENTATIVES.
I ALSO TOURED THE CITY OF
HAMILTON'S COMBINED SEWER
OVERFLOW FACILITY WITH
PUBLIC WORKS OFFICIALS.
IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO
UNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE OF
THIS DISASTER.
AN ESTIMATED, ESTIMATED 24
BILLION DOLLARS LITRES OF RAW SEWAGE
SEEPED INTO HAMILTON'S WATER
SYSTEM FOR OVER FOUR YEARS.
I LEARNED THAT THE ROYAL
BOTANICAL GARDENS WAS NOT
NOTIFIED BY THE MINISTRY, OR
BY ANYONE ELSE, THAT THIS
DISASTER HAD TAKEN PLACE.
SO, MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
THIS MORNING IS WHEN DID THE
PREMIER FIRST BECOME AWARE
OF THIS DISASTER, AND WHAT
STEPS DID HE TAKE TO INFORM
THE COMMUNITY DIRECTLY, AND
I MEAN DIRECTLY, ABOUT THESE
DANGERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
ENERGY.

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

Rickford says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO
TAKE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY
OF ALL ONTARIANS VERY
SERIOUSLY, AND IT'S
UNFORTUNATE THAT THE CITY
CHOSE TO KEEP THIS
INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC.
HOWEVER, WE ARE ENSURING
THAT THE CITY OF HAMILTON IS
TAKING EVERY NECESSARY STEP
TO CLEAN UP THE SEWAGE SPILL,
REPAIR AND FIX THE COMBINED
SEWAGE OVERFLOW TANK
EQUIPMENT AND PREVENT
FAILURE DISCHARGES.
AS SOON AS WE LEARNED ABOUT
THE SPILL, MR. SPEAKER, WE
DIRECTED THE CITY OF
HAMILTON TO REPORT BACK TO
US ON STEPS THAT WERE BEING
TAKEN.
THAT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR US,
MR. SPEAKER.
WHEN THIS FAILED TO HAPPEN,
WE ORDERED AGAIN THAT THIS
BE DONE.
AN ADDITIONAL FOLLOW-UP WAS
REQUESTED AND THE INCIDENT
WAS FORWARDED TO THE
MINISTER'S INVESTIGATION AND
ENFORCEMENT BRANCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Shaw says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I
THINK I UNDERSTAND THAT THE
MINISTRY HAS INITIATED AN
INVESTIGATION, AND IT WOULD
BE VERY HELPFUL FOR THE
RESIDENTS OF HAMILTON TO
MAKE THAT INVESTIGATION
PUBLIC.
WE DON'T EVEN KNOW IF IT'S
COMPLETE SO THAT WOULD BE
SOMETHING WE WOULD EXPECT
FROM THIS MINISTRY.
BUT WASN'T JUST THE ROYAL
BOTANICAL GARDENS THAT WERE
KEPT IN THE DARK.
DIANE, ONE OF MY CON STIMP
WENT, LIVED IN THE AFFECTED
AREA.
SHE AND THE REST OF HER
FAMILY GET THEIR HOUSEHOLD
WATER DIRECTLY FROM A WELL
THAT DRAWS FROM COOT'S
PARADISE.
DIANE CONTACTED MY OFFICE
AND SHE WAS VERY ALARMED AND
UPSET THAT THEY WERE NOT
NOTIFIED ONCE BY ANYONE OR
MADE AWARE OF THE RISK.
AND SHE SAYS TO THIS DAY I'M
THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS
BOTHERED TO RETURN ANY OF
HER CALLS.
SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE
PREMIER AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER,
AND MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR,
PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW
WHAT'S IN THEIR WATER AND
THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO
PROTECT THE RESIDENTS OF
ONTARIO.
THE MINISTRY HAS THE
POWER...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Shaw says TO NOTIFY THE PUBLIC
ABOUT SIGNIFICANT HEALTH AND
ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS.
WHY WERE THE PEOPLE OF
HAMILTON NOT NOTIFIED THAT
24 BILLION DOLLARS LITRES OF RAW
SEWAGE FLOWED INTO OUR WATER
SYSTEM FOR OVER FOUR YEARS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
THE QUESTION REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT and mines.

Rickford says MR. SPEAKER, IT BEGS THE
QUESTION WHY WOULD THE
N.D.P. MEMBERS OF HAMILTON
NOT TAKE THEIR CITY COUNCIL
TO TASK FOR KEEPING THIS
INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC,
MR. SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

Rickford says SERIOUSLY.
CONVENIENTLY OVERLOOKED
THOSE FACTS, AGAIN STILL ON
THE FACT-FREE DIET,
MR. SPEAKER.
AS THE INVESTIGATION IS
ONGOING, IT WILL BE
INAPPROPRIATE TO COMMENT
FURTHER BUT I WANT TO BE
CLEAR THAT THE ROLE OF THE
MINISTRY IS TO ENSURE THAT
THE CITY OF HAMILTON IS
TAKING ALL THE NECESSARY
STEPS TO CLEAN UP THE SEWAGE
SPILL.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED,
THROUGH THE DRAFT MADE IN
ONTARIO PLAN, THE MINISTRY
IS COMMITTED TO INCREASE
TRANSPARENCY AND
ACCOUNTABILITY BY MANDATING
REAL-TIME MONITORING OF
SEWAGE OVERFLOWS AND MAKING
SURE THAT THE CITY OF
HAMILTON IS HELD TO TASK ON
CLEANING THIS MESS UP.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Don Valley East.

The caption changes to "Michael Coteau. Liberal. Don Valley East."

Coteau is in his early forties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and red tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE'VE HEARD A LOT TODAY
ABOUT COLLABORATION AND
WORKING WITH OTHER LEVELS OF
GOVERNMENT.
SO MY QUESTION IS TO THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL.
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US WHY
YOU CONTINUE TO FIGHT LOSING
BATTLES AGAINST STUDENT
GOVERNMENT, THE CITY OF
TORONTO AND THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT?

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S ADDRESSED TO THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
AS THE MEMBER KNOWS, THE
DECISION'S COME OUT RECENTLY
AS WE'RE IN AN APPEALING
PERIOD IT'S DIFFICULT FOR ME
TO ADDRESS THAT QUESTION
DIRECTLY.
SO I'LL MAYBE ASK THAT HE
POSE ANOTHER QUESTION THAT I
CAN ANSWER.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Coteau says I DO HAVE ANOTHER
QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'VE SEEN MASSIVE CUTS TO
THE CLIMATE CHANGE
MITIGATION PROGRAM, TO LEGAL
AID SERVICES.
WE'VE SEEN CUTS TO
MUNICIPALITIES.
SO MY QUESTION TO THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL IS THIS.
CAN YOU TELL US HOW MUCH
WE'VE ACTUALLY SPENT ON
THESE LOSING COURT BATTLES
OVER THE LAST YEAR?

The Speaker says ATTORNEY
GENERAL.

Downey says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AS THE MEMBER WELL KNOWS,
ALL OF OUR COSTS ARE PUT OUT
IN ESTIMATES TO BE REVIEWED
EVERY YEAR.
EVERYTHING'S FULLY
DISCLOSED.
WE DISCLOSE EVERYTHING THAT
WE CAN IN TERMS OF
TRANSPARENCY FOR THE
GOVERNMENT.
THE ESTIMATES COMMITTEE IS
MEETING CURRENTLY NOW AND...

Interjections.

Downey says AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, ALL I CAN SAY
IS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE KNOWS
WHERE TO FIND THE ANSWERS
AND I LOOK FORWARD TO
DISCUSSING IT WITH HIM
FURTHER.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says question. The member for Kitchener South-Hespeler.

The caption changes to "Amy Fee. PC. Kitchener South-Hespeler."

Fee is in her late thirties, with shoulder-length straight blond hair. She wears glasses, a knitted gray blazer and a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

Fee says JOB CREATION.
BEING OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND
OPEN FOR JOBS MEANS BEING
OPEN FOR TRADE.
INDIA IS A COUNTRY OF 1.3
BILLION PEOPLE AND
REPRESENTS ONE OF THE
FASTEST GROWING MARKETS IN
THE WORLD.
ONTARIO IS ALSO HOME TO A
PROUD, VIBRANT COMMUNITY OF
OVER 830,000 INDO CANADIANS.
THE MINISTER RECENTLY HAD A
TRADE AND INVESTMENT MISSION
TO INDIA, INCLUDING 12
ONTARIO BUSINESSES IN THE
I.T. AND INFRASTRUCTURE
SECTORS.
CAN THE MINISTER INFORM THIS
HOUSE ABOUT THE RECENT
SUCCESSFUL TRADE INVESTMENT
MISSION TO ONE OF THE
WORLD'S MOST IMPORTANT
MARKETS?

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM KITCHENER SOUTH-HESPELER.
WE'RE PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO
SPEAK TO THE NEW INVESTMENTS
THAT WE SECURED DURING OUR
BUSINESS MISSION TO INDIA.
FOLLOWING MONTHS OF
ENGAGEMENT, OUR GOVERNMENT
WAS ABLE TO ANNOUNCE THAT
VBDN TECHNOLOGIES WOULD BE
OPENING THEIR ENGINEERING
CENTRE IN THE
KITCHENER-WATERLOO AREA.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says THEIR NEW FACILITY... THEIR
NEW FACILITY WILL CREATE
OVER 200 NEW HIGH VALUE
ENGINEERING JOBS FOR LOCAL
RESIDENTS.
THESE ARE JOBS FOR PEOPLE
WITH MASTERS IN ENGINEERING
DEGREES.
200 NEW ENGINEERS.
PREMIER FORD AND OUR TEAM
UNDERSTAND THAT PROVINCES
MUST TAKE A GREATER ROLE IN
PROMOTING ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE GIVEN
WE LIVE IN A GLOBALLY
COMPETITIVE WORLD.
ACTIONS LIKE THESE SHOW OUR
GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO
ATTRACTING INVESTMENT
OPPORTUNITIES AND WORKING
WITH OUR GLOBAL PARTNERS TO
BRING PROSPERITY TO THE
FAMILIES OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Fee says THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR
THAT ANSWER.
ALSO THANK YOU FOR SECURING
THAT DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE OF
KITCHENER AND ALL OF
WATERLOO REGION.
STRONG LOCAL ECONOMIES LEAD
TO STRONGER ECONOMIES FOR
EVERYONE HERE IN ONTARIO.
MY QUESTION IS BACK TO THE
MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION
AND TRADE.
MINISTER, OUR PROVINCE DOES
3.2 BILLION DOLLARS OF TWO-WAY
TRADE WITH INDIA.
CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN HIS
APPROACH TO SECURING TRADE
AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
IN KEY INTERNATIONAL
MARKETS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Fedeli says SPEAKER, WE TOOK A HARD
LOOK AT THE TRADE
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN
ONTARIO AND INDIA BEFORE WE
LEFT AND WE WERE SURPRISED,
I MIGHT SAY SHOCKED, TO
LEARN THAT OF THAT 3.2
BILLION DOLLARS, ONTARIO ONLY
EXPORTS 389 MILLION DOLLARS TO
INDIA, COUNTRY OF 1.3
BILLION PEOPLE.
PLUS WE SEE THAT, SPEAKER,
AS A BLACK CANVAS FULL OF
NEW TRADE AND INVESTMENT
POTENTIAL.
THAT'S WHY MISSIONS LIKE
THESE ARE SO VERY IMPORTANT.
WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT
ONTARIO BUSINESSES HAVE
ACCESS TO THESE KEY MARKETS
LIKE INDIA.
DURING OUR SUCCESSFUL
MISSION, THE BUSINESS
DELEGATION WAS ABLE TO
SECURE 150
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS
MEETINGS AND EXPAND THEIR
FOOTPRINT IN THE KEY
INTERNATIONAL MARKET.
THEY HAD HUGE SUCCESS FROM
THEIR TRIPS AS WELL.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING A
PROACTIVE LEAD WHEN IT COMES
TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND
STRENGTHENING JOB CREATION
IN ONTARIO.
BUILDING A STRONG PRESENCE
IN THESE KEY MARKETS,
SPEAKER, IS VITAL TO OUR
OPEN FOR BUSINESS, OPEN FOR
JOBS, OPEN FOR TRADE PLAN.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Davenport.

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

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered blond hair in a bob. She wears a black jacket.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THIS QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
LAST WEEK, WE LEARNED THAT
THIS GOVERNMENT'S OBSESSION
WITH TAKING OUR SCHOOL
SYSTEM FROM BAD TO WORSE HAD
RESULTED IN A SCHOOL IN
OTTAWA BEING CLOSED FOR TWO
DAYS BECAUSE OF MOULD FROM
LEAKY PIPES.
STUDENTS IN CLASSROOMS
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE ARE
WEARING COATS AND MITTENS TO
CLASS BECAUSE THE HEAT ISN'T
WORKING.
BUCKETS CATCH DRIPS FROM THE
LEAKY SCHOOL ROOF, AND EVEN
THE WATER FOUNTAINS AREN'T
SAFE TO DRINK FROM.
TO THE PREMIER, MR. SPEAKER.
UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT'S
WATCH, THE SCHOOL REPAIR
BACKLOGS THAT GOT OUT OF
CONTROL UNDER THE LIBERALS
HAS GROWN BY 400 MILLION DOLLARS,
TO A WHOPPING 16.3 BILLION DOLLARS.
WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO STOP
MAKING OUR KIDS SUFFER AND
START REVERSING YOUR
HEARTLESS CUTS TO EDUCATION?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

[APPLAUSE]

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 dark blue suit, white shirt, and purple tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE
ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO
ENSURING THAT CHILDREN ARE
ABLE TO LEARN IN A POSITIVE
AND SAFE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT, WHICH IS WHY
SOME MONTHS AGO I ANNOUNCED
THE OPENING OF A 550
MILLION DOLLARS CAPITAL INVESTMENT
ON AND ANNUALIZED BASIS TO
MAKE SURE WE REMEDIATE THE
BACKLOGS WE INHERITED AFTER
15 YEARS OF THE FORMER
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ALSO
COMMITTING TO MEET THE
AUDITOR GENERAL'S REQUEST OF
2.5 percent IN ALLOCATION.
WREE DOING THAT THROUGH A
1.2 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUAL
ALLOCATION TO MAINTAIN OUR
SCHOOLS BECAUSE WE EXPECT
SCHOOLS IN THIS PROVINCE TO
BE POSITIVE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENTS FOR EVERY CHILD
IN ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Stiles says MR. SPEAKER, THOSE
NUMBERS DON'T TAKE INTO
ACCOUNT THAT YOU'RE ALSO
COVERING NEW SCHOOL BILLS.
IF THE PREMIER WON'T LISTEN
TO MY NUMBERS, MAYBE HE WILL
START LISTENING TO
ONTARIANS.
TODAY THE ONTARIO PUBLIC
SCHOOL BOARDS' ASSOCIATION
RELEASED NEW PUBLIC OPINION
DATA THAT MAKES IT CRYSTAL
CLEAR.
ONTARIANS DON'T SEE
EDUCATION AS A PLACE TO MAKE
CUTS.
IN FACT THEY OVERWHELMINGLY
SEE IT AS A PLACE TO INVEST.
BUT THIS GOVERNMENT
CONTINUES TO PUSH AHEAD WITH
PLANS FOR FEWER TEACHERS,
BIGGER CLASSES AND A RISKY
MANDATORY ONLINE LEARNING
SCHEME.
MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE
PREMIER STOOD IN THIS PLACE,
BRAGGED ABOUT HOW PROUD HE
WAS THAT HIS GOVERNMENT
ELIMINATED FUNDS EARMARKED
FOR SCHOOL REPAIRS.
WHY DOES THE PREMIER THINK
THAT MOULDY SCHOOLS,
OVERCROWDED CLASSROOMS AND
CHAOS IN OUR EDUCATION
SYSTEM ARE ANYTHING TO BE
PROUD OF?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.
MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIANS,
THROUGH THAT OCSTA REPORT
THEY SUPPORT MORE
INVESTMENTS IN THE FUTURE OF
THIS PROVINCE IN PUBLIC
EDUCATION.
UNDER THIS PREMIER'S
LEADERSHIP WE ARE INVESTING
1.2 BILLION DOLLARS MORE THIS YEAR
THAN WE DID LAST YEAR.

[APPLAUSE]

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, THAT VERY
SURVEY SUGGESTED
OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR
EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES IN
THE SKILLED TRADES.
IT IS WHY THE GOVERNMENTS
STUDENTS OVER 50,000 WOMEN
AND MEN WILL BE IN SKILLED
PROGRAMS IN THIS PROVINCE
UNDER OUR LEADERSHIP.
UNDER THAT REPORT THEY
SUPPORT MORE INVEST MANYS IN
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND MENTAL
HEALTH.
IT IS UNDER THIS PREMIER'S
LEADERSHIP WE MORE THAN
DOUBLED THE INVESTMENT IN
MENTAL HEALTH AND INCREASED
SPECIAL EDUCATION TO THE
HIGHEST LEVEL EVER REPORT
UNDER ONTARIO HISTORY.
IN THAT REPORT THEY ALSO
SUPPORT STANDARDIZED TESTING,
A QUESTION I ASKED MEMBERS
OP...
OPPOSITE.
OVER 07 percent OF FAMILIES.
WE BELIEVE IN ENSURING
ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ALL
EDUCATION.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
IN THIS PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
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,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS A PLAN TO
BUILD ONTARIO TOGETHER AND
WITH EVERY DAY THAT PASSES
WE SEE MORE AND MORE
EXAMPLES OF HOW OUR PLAN IS
WORKING.
WE'RE MAKING LIFE MORE
AFFORDABLE.
WE'RE BUILDING SMARTER
GOVERNMENT AND WE'RE
PREPARING PEOPLE FOR JOBS,
SPEAKER.
A LARGE PART OF THE WORK OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING IS
SUPPORTED BY OUR PLAN TO
CREATE A MORE COMPETITIVE
BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT.
EARLIER THIS MONTH, THERE
WAS A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES
OUTLINED IN THE FALL
ECONOMIC STATEMENT TO THIS
END.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
HIGHLIGHT OUR PLAN TO CREATE
A MORE COMPETITIVE BUSINESS
ENVIRONMENT?
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

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

The caption changes to "Rod Phillips. PC. Minister of Finance."

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM BURLINGTON.
LAST WEEK, I SPOKE AT THE
ONTARIO SECURITY COMMISSION
DIALOGUE CONFERENCE, AND WE
SHARED SOME OF THE KEY
ELEMENTS OF OUR PLAN TO
CREATE A BETTER BUSINESS
ENVIRONMENT TO CREATE MORE
JOBS.
IN PARTICULAR OUR PLAN
ADDRESSES THE NEED TO
MODERNIZE THE FINANCIAL
SERVICES SECTOR, TO REDUCE
REGULATORY BURDENS, FOSTER
COMPETITION, IMPROVE
INVESTOR EXPERIENCE AND
INVESTOR PROTECTION.
THE SECURITIES ACT IS LONG
OVERDUE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE
REVIEW.
IN FACT THE FIVE-YEAR REVIEW
CYCLE IS 15 YEARS OUT OF
DATE.
THE LEGISLATION NEEDS TO BE
MODERNIZED AND THAT'S WHY
WE'RE ESTABLISHING A
SECURITIES MODERNIZATION
TASK FORCE THAT WILL SOLICIT
INPUT FROM STAKEHOLDERS TO
INFORM THE CREATION OF A
21ST-CENTURY SECURITIES
REGULATORY FRAMEWORK.
WE WANT TO HARNESS ONTARIO'S
POTENTIAL, MR. SPEAKER, FOR
INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS SO
WE CAN KEEP THE GOOD NEWS
ABOUT JOBS GROWING HERE IN
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

McKenna says THANKS, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR HIS ANSWER, HIS
CONTINUED DEDICATION AND
HARD WORK FOR THE GOOD
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
THE WORK BEING DONE TO
IMPROVE ONTARIO'S
COMPETITIVENESS IS EXCITING.
THERE IS NO DOUBT WE CAN
MAKE OUR PROVINCE A TOP
GLOBAL DESTINATION TO INVEST,
WORK AND CREATE JOBS.
OUR GOVERNMENT'S VISION IS
BECOMING A REALITY, SPEAKER.
THE MINISTER MENTIONED OUR
GOVERNMENT'S CAPITAL MARKET
PLAN AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF
OUR PLAN TO CREATE A MORE
COMPETITIVE BUSINESS
ENVIRONMENT.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
INFORM THE HOUSE ABOUT SOME
OF THE WORK THE ONTARIO
SECURITIES COMMISSION HAS
RECENTLY COMPLETED AS PART
OF OUR CAPITAL MARKET PLAN?
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Phillips says THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR BURLINGTON.
AS SHE MENTIONED, THE
CAPITAL MARKET PLAN IS PART
OF OUR PLAN TO MAKE SURE
THAT ONTARIO IS THE KIND OF
LOCATION WHERE PEOPLE WILL
INVEST.
EARLIER THIS YEAR THE O.S.C.
UNDERTOOK AN UNPRECEDENTED
CULLTATION REGARDING CAPITAL
MARKETS, MR. SPEAKER.
NEARLY 70 O COMMENT LETTERS
WERE RECEIVED.
750 PARTICIPANTS IN THREE
ROUNDTABLES TALKING ABOUT
BURDEN REDUCTION.
AND I'M PLEASED TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE RECEIPT OF THE O.S.C.'S REPORT LAST
WEEK.
107 CONSTRUCTIVE
RECOMMENDATIONS,
MR. SPEAKER, RECOMMENDATIONS
I'LL BE REVIEWING ABOUT
INVESTS TORE PROTECTION,
REDUCING THE COSTS, ABOUT
BRINGING US INTO THE 21ST
CENTURY FROM A REGULATORY
PERSPECTIVE.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
WILL WORK DILIGENTLY, REVIEW
THE REPORT'S RECOMMENDATIONS
AND WE THANK O.S.C. FOR THE
DETAIL AND SCOPE OF THEIR
WORK.
WE LOOK FORWARD CONTINUING
TO WORK WITH THE SECURITIES
COMMISSION AND OTHER
REGULATORS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Phillips says TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE
ON THE PATH OF JOB GROWTH IN
THIS GREAT PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Spadina-Fort York.

The caption changes to "Chris Glover. NDP. Spadina-Fort York."

Glover is in his late forties, with short white hair and a boxed beard. He wears a gray suit, blue shirt, and patterned black tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
IN JANUARY YOUR GOVERNMENT
LAUNCHED AN ATTACK ON
STUDENT UNIONS AND THE
SERVICES THEY PROVIDE IN
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY
CAMPUSES ACROSS ONTARIO.
IN A UNANIMOUS DECISION LAST
WEEK, THE ONTARIO SUPERIOR
COURT RULED IN FAVOUR OF THE
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF
STUDENTS' LEGAL CHALLENGE
AND OVERTURNED THIS ATTACK
BECAUSE, AS THEY SAID THE
MINISTER HAD NO STATUTORY
AUTHORITY TO INTERFERE WITH
THE DEMOCRATIC DECISIONS
MADE BY STUDENTS RESPECTING
THEIR STUDENT ASSOCIATION
MEMBERSHIP FEES.
THE JUDGES ALSO WROTE THAT
THE GOVERNMENT'S DEFENCE OF THEIR ATTACK WAS REPUGNANT
TO THE CORE PRINCIPLES OF
PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY.
SO MY QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER IS WILL THE PREMIER
RESPECT THE COURT'S DECISION
AND THE RIGHTS OF STUDENTS
AND NOT WASTE MORE
TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS ON AN
APPEAL?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S ADDRESSED TO THE
PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

The caption changes to "Honourable Ross Romano. PC. Minister of Colleges and Universities."

Romano is in his forties, with short gray hair and a stubble. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and burgundy tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THE MINISTRY OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY IS CURRENTLY
REVIEWING THE DECISION AND
WE WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY
ABOUT THIS AT A LATER DATE.
BUT I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND
EVERYONE WATCHING AT HOME.
IF YOU GO BACK ABOUT 18
MONTHS AND YOU REMEMBER THE
COURSE OF THE ELECTION, WE
MADE A NUMBER OF PROMISES,
FIVE CRITICAL PROMISES TO
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
ONE OF THOSE PROMISES WAS TO
RESTORE TRUST AND
ACCOUNTABILITY IN
GOVERNMENT.
THAT IS WHAT THE STUDENT...

[INTERJECTIONS]

Romano says ALL ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Romano says ABOUT ENSURING THAT
STUDENTS HAVE CLARITY WITH
RESPECT TO WHAT ANCILLARY
FEES ARE.
CLARITY TO KNOW WHAT IT IS
THEY'RE SPENDING THEIR MONEY
ON AND THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE
WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO
SPEND THEIR MONEY ON THIS.

[APPLAUSE]

Romano says IT IS CRITICAL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Romano says CRITICAL, MR. SPEAKER,
THAT WE RESPECT OUR STUDENTS
AND ALLOW THEM THE
OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE HOW IT
IS THEY SPEND THEIR DOLLARS.
THAT IS WHY WE MOVED FORWARD
WITH THE STUDENT CHOICE
INITIATIVE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Romano says CURRENTLY REVIEWING IT AND WILL DO SO.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Glover says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW FOR THE LAST YEAR
AND A HALF, YOUR GOVERNMENT
HAS ATTACKED THE LEGAL AND
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THE
PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE AND
THEIR ATTACK ON THE STUDENT
UNIONS AND THE SERVICES THEY
PROVIDE ON CAMPUSES THAT'S
CREATED CHAOS.
SHORTFALLS FOR FUNDING FOR
FOOD BANKS, FOR LGBTQ AND
INDIGENOUS CENTRES, CAMPUS
RADIO STATIONS JUST TO NAME
A FEW.
IN THE MIDDLE OF A MENTAL
HEALTH CRISIS ON CAMPUSES,
WHERE RESEARCH SHOWS THAT
46 percent OF STUDENTS ARE AT RISK
OF ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION,
YOUR ATTACK HAS LED TO THE
SHORTFALL IN FUNDING FOR
PEER-TO-PEER COUNSELLING AND
OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES.
SINCE IT WAS THIS
GOVERNMENT'S UNLAWFUL
ACTIONS THAT LED TO THESE
FUNDING SHORTFALLS, WILL THE
PREMIER DO THE RIGHT THING
AND FULLY RESTORE FUNDING
FOR THESE SERVICES WITHOUT
BURDENING STUDENTS WITH
RETROACTIVE FEES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER,
REPLY.

Romano says THANK YOU AGAIN,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND GOING BACK TO THAT
ELECTION PERIOD ONCE AGAIN,
ANOTHER PROMISE OUR
GOVERNMENT MADE TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WAS WITH
RESPECT TO HEALTH CARE.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Romano says WE TALKED ABOUT MENTAL
HEALTH AND THE IMPORTANCE OF
IT.
WE'VE LEARNED SO MUCH OVER
THIS LAST NUMBER OF YEARS
AND HOW CRITICAL IT IS THAT
PEOPLE HAVE COME FORWARD AND
ARE WILLING TO TALK ABOUT
WHAT AILS THEM.
THIS IS SO CRITICAL AND THAT
IS WHY OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
MADE INVESTMENTS IN PURSUANT
TO A 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS LANDMARK
INVESTMENT OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS MADE OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT TEN YEARS IN MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
SPECIFICALLY EARMARKED 16
MILLION DOLLARS OF THAT IN THE
COMING YEAR TOWARDS MENTAL
HEALTH AND AWARENESS ON
CAMPUSES AND WE CONTINUE TO
MAKE THESE INVESTMENTS
BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW CRITICAL
IT IS FOR OUR STUDENTS TO
HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO
TO SCHOOL AND GET ALL THE
SUPPORTS THEY NEED WHILE
THEY'RE AT SCHOOL,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND THAT IS WHY...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Romano says STUDENT CHOICE
INITIATIVE.
WE ENSURE THAT AS AN
ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THAT
THAT MENTAL HEALTH ON
CAMPUSES WOULD BE MAINTAINED
SUCH AS PROGRAMS TO MENTAL
HEALTH AND COUNSELLING.
THAT IS WHY...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
NEXT question. The member for Northumberland-Peterborough South.

The caption changes to "David Piccini. PC. Northumberland-Peterborough South."

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION
THIS MORNING IS TO THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS.
MINISTER, EACH YEAR 2.5
MILLION ONTARIANS... THAT'S
ONE IN FIVE ONTARIANS...
WILL EXPERIENCE A MENTAL
HEALTH OR ADDICTION CHALLENGE.
IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT
ONE IN 20 CAN EXPERIENCE
SYMPTOMS OF MAJOR DEPRESSION
IN ANY GIVEN YEAR.
I KNOW THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS PLEDGED TO MAKE
SUBSTANTIAL NEW INVESTMENTS
IN MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION SERVICES OVER THE
COMING YEAR.
MINISTER, CAN YOU PLEASE
TELL THE MEMBERS OF THIS
LEGISLATURE MORE ABOUT
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES AVAILABLE TO
ONTARIANS AND HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT PLANS TO
STRENGTHEN SUPPORTS FOR
THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
CHALLENGES THIS YEAR?
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS.

The caption changes to "Honourable Michael A. Tibollo. Associate Minister of Mental Health and addictions."

Tibollo is in his late fifties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR... FROM
NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH FOR THE GREAT QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS CONTINUING TO MAKE MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTS A
PRIORITY IN THE PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, DUE TO THE LACK
OF ACTION WE'VE SEEN BY
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENTS
PROPPED UP BY THE N.D.P.,
ONTARIO HAS BEEN FACED WITH
A MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION SYSTEM THAT IS
OVERWHELMED BY EXTENSIVE
WAIT TIMES, SIGNIFICANT
BARRIERS TO ACCESS, A LACK
OF STANDARDIZED DATA AND
WIDESPREAD FRAGMENTATION.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS WHY OUR
GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUING TO
MAKE MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS A PRIORITY.
THIS YEAR ALONE,
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE
INVESTED AN ADDITIONAL 174
MILLION DOLLARS IN MORE
ON-THE-GROUND MENTAL HEALTH
SERVICES TO SUPPORT PEOPLE,
FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS IN
COMMUNITIES ACROSS ONTARIO.
WE'LL CONTINUE TO CONSULT
WITH...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says LOCAL FRONT-LINE TIER
PROVIDERS AND LISTEN TO THE
PEOPLE WHO ARE IMPACTED THE
MOST TO ENSURE THAT ONTARIO
HAS BETTER ACCESS TO
APPROPRIATE MENTAL HEALTH
CARE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
WHERE AND WHEN THEY NEED IT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Piccini says THANK THE MINISTER FOR
HIS RESPONSE AND FOR BEING A
TRUE CHAMPION AND ADVOCATE
FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION SUPPORTS IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO MUCH
IT'S REASSURING TO HEAR THAT
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF
PREMIER FORD AND OUR
GOVERNMENT WE ARE CONTINUING
TO MAKE MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION AS PRIORITY.
I KNOW THAT CONSTITUENTS MOO
IN MY RIDING OF
NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH ARE FINALLY GOING TO
RECEIVE THE NECESSARY TOOLS
AND RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED
TO ADDRESS ONGOING MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
CONCERNS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
MINISTER, COULD YOU PLEASE
PROVIDE THE MEMBERS OF THIS
LEGISLATURE WITH AN UPDATE
ON THE WORK THAT YOU ARE
DOING TO ADDRESS
LONG-STANDING GAPS AND
BARRIERS TO ACCESS IN
ONTARIO AND WITHIN MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION SYSTEM?
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Tibollo says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANKS AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT GREAT
QUESTION.
AS ONTARIO'S FIRST ASSOCIATE
MINISTER OF MENTAL HEALTH
AND ADDICTIONS, I'M HONOURED
TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
WORK ALONGSIDE THE DEPUTY
PREMIER AND MINISTER OF
HEALTH TO ADDRESS MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS IN THE
PROVINCE.
RECENT DATA REVEALS THAT
BETWEEN 2016 AND 2017,
ROUGHLY 15,000 ONTARIANS
VISITED AN EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT FOR A MENTAL
HEALTH OR ADDICTIONS RELATED
ISSUE.
THIS NUMBER CONTINUES TO
INCREASE STEADILY EACH YEAR.
THESE ARE STAGGERING
NUMBERS.
OUR GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS
PLACE A HIGH PRIORITY ON THE
NEEDS OF PEOPLE AND,
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE COMMITTED
TO BUILDING AN INTEGRATED
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICE SYSTEM THAT WILL
SUPPORT PEOPLE THROUGHOUT
THEIR ENTIRE LIVES.
AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK
TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT
NOBODY...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says IS LEFT BEHIND.
WORKING TOGETHER WITH MY
COLLEAGUES, MR. SPEAKER,
FROM PARTNER MINISTRIES,
WE'RE GOING TO BUILD A
SYSTEM WHERE SERVICES ARE
EASIER TO ACCESS, OUT OF
HIGH QUALITY AND FOCUS ON
BETTER OUTCOMES FOR THE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

Morrison is in her late thirties, with straight brown hair in a bob. She wears glasses, a white cardigan and a white shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
LAST YEAR, THE PREMIER
SCRAPPED REN... RENT CONTROL
FOR NEW BUILDING BUILDINGS
IN THIS PROVINCE.
ONE YEAR LATER TENANTS AT A
NEW BUILDING 22 JOHN STREET
IN YORK SOUTH-WESTON WERE
FACING DOUBLE DIGIT RENT
INCREASES LAST WEEK.
WHAT'S WORSE IS THAT THE
DEVELOPER RECEIVED MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS IN GRANTS FROM
THIS PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT.
WHY DOES THE PREMIER THINK
IT'S OK TO HAND OUT PUBLIC
MONEY TO DEVELOPERS WHO THEN
TURN AROUND AND GOUGE THEIR
TENANTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS.

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 black suit, white shirt and black tie.

He THANKS, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Clark says AND I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR TORONTO CENTRE
FOR THAT QUESTION.
SHE'S THE TENANTS' RIGHTS
CRITIC FOR THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
AND AS I ADDRESSED A
QUESTION FROM HER LAST WEEK,
I WANT TO REITERATE THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO AND WE'RE ALSO
COMMITTED TO HAVE A SYSTEM
THAT PROTECTS BOTH TENANTS
AND LANDLORDS AND, AS SHE
KNOWS, WE CONSULTED BROADLY
FOR OUR HOUSING SUPPLY
ACTION PLAN.
WE'RE ANALYZING MANY OF THE
SUGGESTIONS THAT BOTH
TENANTS AND LANDLORDS HAVE
SAID AND I KNOW THAT SHE
EXPRESSED DISSATISFACTION IN
THAT ANSWER AND SHE'S HAVING
A LATE SHOW TOMORROW NIGHT.
I CAN'T TELL YOU, SPEAKER,
HOW ENCOURAGED I WAS WHEN I
HEARD THE DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION, THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE
AND MY NEW HOUSING CRITIC
WHEN SHE SAID THIS...
I'M SURE THAT MEMBERS OF THE
OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE
DON'T EXPECT US TO BE
ADVOCATING FOR LANDLORDS AS
WELL.
BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT THEY
NEED TO HAVE BOTH PARTIES
PROTECTED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Clark says IN ORDER TO FIND A REAL
SOLUTION AND ADDRESS THE
AFFORDABLE SUPPLY WE HAVE IN
THE PROVINCE.
I'M ENCOURAGED BY THOSE
WORDS BY THE DEPUTY LEADER
AND I LOOK FORWARD TO
WORKING WITH HER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Morrison says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
IF THIS GOVERNMENT WAS SO
CONCERNED ABOUT MAKING SURE
WE HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLY, YOU
COULD ENSURE THAT BUILDINGS
THAT ARE BEING BUILT HAVE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING BY
ALLOWING FOR INCLUSIONARY
ZONING RULES.
BUT INSTEAD OF REQUIRING
DEVELOPERS TO INCLUDE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THEIR
BUILDINGS, THE PREMIER
PUSHED THROUGH A LAW THAT
ROLLED BACK INCLUSIONARY
ZONING.
THEN HE WENT ON TO SCRAP
RENT CONTROL.
NOW TENANTS AT 22 JOHN
STREET, WHICH IS JUST THE
FIRST OF I'M SURE MANY
SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WE'RE
GOING TO SEE OVER THE COURSE
OF THE COMING MONTHS.
THEY'RE FACING STEEP RENT
INCREASES.
EVEN AFTER THE SAME LANDLORD
COLLECTED MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS FROM THE PROVINCE IN
EXCHANGE FOR THE PROMISE OF
AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
WILL THE PREMIER ADMIT THAT
HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT
TENANTS AND ONLY CARES ABOUT
DOING FAVOURS FOR HIS
DEVELOPER FRIEND?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Clark says AGAIN TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE.
I'VE MADE IT VERY CLEAR IN
THIS HOUSE WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT WANTS TO DO IN
TERMS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING
AND I'VE STATED VERY, VERY
EMPHATICALLY HOW WE ARE
WILLING TO WORK WITH ANY
PARTNER.
I STOOD AT WORLD HABITAT DAY
AND PILED UP A MODEL
DEVELOPER, THE DANIELS
CORPORATION, WHO HAS DONE
TREMENDOUS WORK WITH HABITAT
FOR HUMANITY TORONTO.
I SAID IT THAT DAY AND I'LL
SAY IT AGAIN TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE.
WE WILL WORK WITH ANY, ANY
PARTNER, ANY NONPROFIT, ANY
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, ANY
CO-OP, ANYONE WHETHER THEY
BE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR OR
THE PUBLIC SECTOR.
I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING
WITH MY NEW COLLEAGUE AT THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
WE NEED TO LEVERAGE EVERY
FEDERAL DOLLAR, EVERY
PROVINCIAL DOLLAR AND EVERY
MUNICIPAL DOLLAR TO BUILD
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THIS
PROVINCE AND I CALL ON THAT
MEMBER AND THAT PARTY
OPPOSITE TO WORK WITH US.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Mississauga Centre.

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

Kusendova is in her thirties, with long wavy brown hair. She wears a pale pink blazer and shirt, and a colourful scarf.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF
CHILDREN AND WOMEN'S ISSUES.
SPEAKER, TODAY IS THE U.N.
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE
ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE
AGAINST WOMEN.
AND THIS MONTH IS WOMEN
ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH.
VIOLENCE AND ABUSE AGAINST
WOMEN DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE.
IT THE CROSSES EVERY SOCIAL,
ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL
BOUNDARY IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
AND UNFORTUNATELY IT IS
HAPPENING IN ONTARIO.
SPEAKER, ONE IN THREE WOMEN
WILL EXPERIENCE SEXUAL
VIOLENCE IN THEIR LIFETIME
AND WOMEN ARE THREE TYPES
MORE LIKELY TO BE STALKED
AND FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY
TO BE A VICTIM OF INTIMATE
PARTNER VIOLENCE.
IF YOU ARE AN INDIGENOUS
WOMAN, BELONG TO A VISIBLE
MINORITY OR THE LGBTQ2S
COMMUNITY, THE RISKS ARE
EVEN HIGHER.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THIS HOUSE WHAT SHE IS DOING
TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
AGAINST WOMEN?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF
WOMEN AND CHILDREN'S ISSUES.

The caption changes to "Honourable Jill Dunlop. PC. Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues."

Dunlop is in her forties, with long straight blond hair. She wears a short-sleeved purple dress.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT IMPORTANT QUESTION.
SPEAKER, THE SAFETY AND
SECURITY OF ALL WOMEN IN
ONTARIO IS A TOP PRIORITY
FOR MYSELF AS A WOMAN AND A
MOTHER EVERY THREE
DAUGHTERS.
I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE
ELAINE, WHO IS HERE TODAY AT
THE LEGISLATURE TO RAISE
AWARENESS FOR THEIR
ENCOURAGE CAMPAIGN.
I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO
JOIN ON THE STAIRCASE AFTER
QUESTION PERIOD FOR A
PICTURE.
SPEAKER, ABUSE COMES IN MANY
FORMS.
IT COULD BE PHYSICAL, SEXUAL,
EMOTIONAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND
FINANCIAL.
WHICH IS WHY TODAY AND EVERY
DAY WE NEED TO RAISE
AWARENESS AND TO CALL OUT
EVERY KIND OF ABUSE.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO
PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN
ALL ITS FORMS.
I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY THIS
SUMMER TO MEET WITH SOME OF
OUR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
COORDINATING COMMITTEES TO
SPEAK WITH FRONT-LINE
WORKERS ON HOW WE CAN
IMPROVE AND BETTER SERVE
THOSE WHO ARE FLEEING FOR
THEIR SAFETY.
SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT IS
INVESTING MORE THAN 166
MILLION DOLLARS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Dunlop says SURVIVORS AND VIOLENCE
PREVENTION INITIATIVES.
THIS IS JUST ONE STEP IN HOW
WE CAN COMBAT ABUSE AND I'LL
HAVE MORE TO SAY IN MY
SUPPLEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Kusendova says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE
MINISTER FOR HER ANTICIPATES
AND... ANSWER AND ADVOCACY
ON THIS FILE.
THIS SUMMER, I HAD THE
HONOUR OF HOSTING ROUND
TABLES ON COMBATING HUMAN
TRAFFICKING WITH FRONT-LINE
WORKERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND
IN SOME CASES SURVIVORS,
INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVES
FROM THE INDIGENOUS AND
FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITIES.
THEY SPOKE AT LENGTH ABOUT
THE TRAGEDY THAT IS HUMAN
TRAFFICKING AND HOW IT ROBS
THE SAFETY, LIVELIHOOD AND
DIGNITY OF VICTIMS AS YOUNG
AS 12 YEARS OLD WHO ARE
BEING EXPLOITED AND ABUSED.
SPEAKER, THIS IS A CRISIS
HAPPENING RIGHT IN FRONT OF
OUR EYES, ACROSS OUR
PROVINCE, IN OUR BIGGEST
CITIES LIKE MISSISSAUGA AND
SMALLEST TOWNS, AND IT WILL
NOT BE TOLERATED.
IN MY CITY OF MISSISSAUGA, I
SPOKE TO AN OUTREACH WORKER
WHO SPOKE ABOUT HOW IT
SOMETIMES TAKES UP TO 12
INTERVENTIONS TO HELP
VICTIMS EXIT THEIR SITUATION
AND SEEK HELP AND HOW
SUPPORTS NEED TO MEET.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Kusendova says MEET THE VICTIMS EXACTLY
WHERE THEY ARE AT.
SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER
FURTHER EXPLAIN HOW HUMAN
TRAFFICKING IMPACTS OUR
PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Dunlop says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER AS WELL AS THE MEMBER FOR CAMBRIDGE, FOR YOUR WORK
ON THIS IMPORTANT FILE.
SPEAKER, IN TOTAL WE HELD 13
ROUNDTABLES WITH THOSE WHO
HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY HUMAN
TRAFFICKING.
THESE ROUNDTABLES ARE
HELPING TO INFORM A MORE
RESPONSIVE AND SUPPORTIVE
SYSTEM FOR SURVIVORS OF
VIOLENCE AND TRAFFICKING AND
TO CHANGE THE ATTITUDES THAT
GIVE RISE TO VIOLENCE
AGAINST WOMEN.
I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE
ESTABLISHING HOLDERS WHO
PARTICIPATED IN THESE
ROUNDTABLES, INCLUDING
INDIGENOUS PARTNERS WHO FACE
A HIGHER RISK OF VIOLENCE
AND TRAFFICKING.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION
FOR PLACING AN EMPHASIS ON
TEACHING CHILDREN AND YOUTH
WHAT SEX TRAFFICKING IS IN
THE HEALTH AND PHYSICAL
EDUCATION CURRICULUM.
SPEAKER, WE ALL NEED TO WORK
TOGETHER ACROSS SECTORS AND
ACROSS JURISDICTIONS SO WE
CAN RAISE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Dunlop says PUT AN END TO HUMAN
TRAFFICKING AND VIOLENCE
AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
IN ALL ITS FORMS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Toronto Saint Paul's.

The caption changes to "Jill Andrew. NDP. Toronto Saint Paul's."

Andrew is in her thirties, with black hair in a bun. She wears a beige blazer.

She says GOOD MORNING,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.
TODAY IS THE INTERNATIONAL
DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.
WHILE THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT
WANT TO PAT THEMSELVES ON
THE BACK, THEIR SHAMEFUL
RECORD SHOW THEY'VE GOT
NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT.
ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THE
GOVERNMENT DID WHEN THEY GOT
INTO GOVERNMENT WAS SLASH
THE ROUNDTABLE ON VIOLENCE
AGAINST WOMEN.
SINCE THEN, THEY'VE DOUBLED
DOWN BY SLASHING FUNDING FOR
RAPE CRISIS CENTRES.
THEY'VE CUT ESSENTIAL
SUPPORTS FOR SURVIVORS,
INCLUDING VICTIM
COMPENSATION FUND, THE
HOUSING CRISIS FOR GOODNESS
SAKE DISPROPORTIONAL ATLEE
AFFECTS WOMEN.
THEY'RE ON THE HOOK AS WELL,
TOO.
TODAY ON THE DAY WHEN THE
REST OF THE WORLD IS WORKING
TOGETHER TO ELIMINATE
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, WILL
THIS GOVERNMENT FINALLY STOP
WORKING AGAINST US, REVERSE
THEIR RECKLESS CUTS AND
START PUTTING THEIR MONEY
WHERE THEIR MOUTHS ARE?
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY... I
APOLOGIZE.
MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND
WOMEN'S ISSUES.

The Speaker says ASSOCIATE
MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND
WOMEN'S ISSUES.

Dunlop says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR YOUR QUESTION.
AS I SAID, THE SAFETY AND
SECURITY OF ALL WOMEN IN
ONTARIO IS A TOP PRIORITY TO
ME.
AS A WOMAN, AS A MEMBER OF
THIS LEGISLATURE.
VI THREE DAUGHTERS AND WE
LOOK AT THE NUMBERS ONE IN
THREE WOMEN ARE AFFECTED BY
SEXUAL VIOLENCE.
I FIND THAT VERY DISTURBING
AND I TAKE IT PERMANENTLY.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO
PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN
ALL ITS FORMS.
AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE
SURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE
AFFECTED BY VIOLENCE AND
EXPLOITATION RECEIVE THE
SUPPORTS THEY NEED WHILE
OFFENDERS ARE HELD
ACCOUNTABLE THROUGH THE
JUSTICE SYSTEM.
I MET WITH FIVE OF OUR
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
COORDINATING COMMITTEE THIS
IS SUMMER TO SEE HOW WE
COULD IMPROVE AND BETTER
SERVE THOSE WHO ARE FLEEING
FOR THEIR SAFETY.
I'VE ALSO VISITED OVER 15
WOMEN'S SHELTERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Dunlop says ACROSS THE PROVINCE THIS
SUMMER TO GET THEIR FEEDBACK
ON HOW WE CAN GET TER
SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE
FLEEING VIOLENCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Andrew says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER FOR
VISITING THOSE SHELTERS.
SOME SHELTERS HAVE ONE STAFF
FOR 30 CLIENTS AND THEY HAVE
PTSD.
EMERGENCY SHELTERS ACROSS
THE PROVINCE ARE OVER
CAPACITY AND THIS
GOVERNMENT'S CUTS ARE TAKING
THINGS FROM BAD TO WORSE.
IN TIMMINS, THE CLOSURE OF
TRANQUILITY HOUSE MEANS
SHELTERS ARE STRUGGLING TO
MEET THE DEMANDS AND WOMEN
ARE GETTING TURNED AWAY.
IN LONDON, THE CUTS RESULTED
IN A WOMEN'S SHELTER LAYING
OFF FRONT-LINE WORKERS
DESPITE A GROWING NUMBER OF
WOMEN NEEDING THEIR
SERVICES.
AS OF THIS JUNE,
MR. SPEAKER, THE SHELTER HAD
TO TURN AWAY MORE THAN 2,500
WOMEN BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T
HAVE ENOUGH BEDS.
SUPPORTING WOMEN FLEEING
FROM VIOLENCE SHOULDN'T BE A
CONSERVATIVE SPEAKING POINT,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE NEED ACTION AND WE NEED
IT NOW.
WILL THE PREMIER...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Andrew says INVEST IN THESE ESSENTIAL
FRONTLINE SERVICES AND
REVERSE THESE CALLOUS,
HARMFUL CUTS?
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S BEEN REFERRED TO THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER.

Dunlop says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR YOUR QUESTION.
WE ARE INVESTING IN VIOLENCE
PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY
SUPPORTS THAT SUPPORT WOMEN
AND THEIR DEPENDENTS.
THIS YEAR THE MINISTRY IS
INVESTING MORE THAN 166
MILLION DOLLARS IN SUPPORTS...

[APPLAUSE]

Dunlop says SUPPORTS FOR SURVIVORS AND
VIOLENCE PREVENTION
INITIATIVES.
FOR EXAMPLE WE FUND SUPPORTS
SUCH AS EMERGENCY SHELTERS,
COUNSELLING, 24-HOUR CRISIS
LINES, SAFETY PLANNING AND
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING.
WE HAVE BOOSTED SUPPORT FOR
RURAL FRONT-LINE AGENCIES TO
INCREASE COLLABORATION AND
REDUCE GEOGRAPHIC AND
TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS.
THE MINISTRY'S ALSO FUNDING
18 INDIGENOUS AGENCIES THAT
PROVIDE EMERGENCY SHELTERS,
COUNSELLING, CHILD WITNESS
PROGRAMS AND OTHER SUPPORTS,
BOTH ON AND OFF RESERVE.
WE ARE LOOKING AND WORKING
WITH OUR MUNICIPALITIES ON
HOW WE CAN BE SUPPORTING
THOSE...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Dunlop says WE DO RESPECT WOMEN AND
CHILDREN EXPERIENCING
VIOLENCE AND WILL DO
EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO
SUPPORT THEM.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF HERITAGE, SPORT,
TOURISM AND CULTURE
INDUSTRIES.
RECENTLY THE MINISTER LED A
DELEGATION TO LOS ANGELES TO
MEET UP WITH TOP FILM, TV
AND MUSIC EXECUTIVES TO DRUM
UP MORE BUSINESS FOR
ONTARIO.
AT THE END OF THE MISSION,
THE ONTARIO CULTURE
INDUSTRIES AND CANADIAN
MOTION PICTURES ASSOCIATION,
WENDY KNOX SAID THE STUDIO
WE REPRESENT MAKE
SUBSTANTIAL INVEST MANYS IN
ONTARIO THROUGH THE
PRODUCTION OF LONG RUNNING
TELEVISION SERIES AND MAJOR
FEATURE FILMS AS WELL AS
POST PRODUCTION, VISUAL
EFFECTS AND DIGITAL
ANIMATION PROJECTS.
MINISTER MACLEOD'S MISSION
TO L.A. DEMONSTRATES THE
FORD GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT
TO GROW AND SUPPORT THE FILM
AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY.
AND THE CANADIAN FILM CENTRE
ECHOED THESE SENTIMENTS BY
SAYING IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO
SEE MINUTE MACLEOD'S PASSION
FOR THE INDUSTRY AND HER
COMMITMENT TO BREAK DOWN
BARRIERS TO CONTINUE THEIR
VALUABLE WORK.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hogarth says ACCOUNT MINISTER TELL US
WHAT SHE IS DOING TO ATTRACT
FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
PRODUCTIONS IN ONTARIO AND
TO THE MANY STUDIOS IN MY
RIDING OF ETOBICOKE
LAKESHORE?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER
OF HERITAGE, SPORT, 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 jacket.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
IT IS A REAL PLEASURE TO
HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY WITH
THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE TO
ATTEND THE CANADA'S WALK OF
FAME THIS PAST SATURDAY AS
WE CELEBRATED CANADIAN
UNITY.
WHEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
TO GO TO LOS ANGELES ON OUR
MISSION WITH THE FILM,
TELEVISION AND MUSIC
INDUSTRIES, I WAS GRATEFUL
TO THE MOTION PICTURE
ASSOCATION OF CANADA, AS
WELL AS CANADIAN FILM CENTRE
AND ONTARIO CREATES, TO PUT
TOGETHER AMAZING ROUNDTABLES
IN TOP-LEVEL MEETINGS WITH
SENIOR EXECUTIVES AT THOSE
RANGING FROM NETFLIX TO
APPLE TV TO NBC UNIVERSAL,
CBS, SONY AND SO MANY
OTHERS.
WHAT WE HEARD IS THEY WANTED
STABILITY ON THEIR TAX
CREDITS AND I WAS ABLE TO
DELIVER THE MESSAGE THAT
ONTARIO REMAINS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND WE REMAIN
COMMITTED TO THE STABILITY
OF THE TAX CREDITS.
WE HEARD ABOUT THE LABOUR
SHORTAGE BELOW AND ABOVE THE
LINE IN FILM AND TELEVISION
AND I REMAIN COMMITTED TO
WORKING WITH THE MINISTER OF
LABOUR AND SKILL
DEVELOPMENT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says TO ENSURE THIS.
WE ALSO HEARD THAT THERE IS
A SHORTAGE OF FILM STAGES
AND WE ARE DOUBLING THAT
CAPACITY.
WE HAVE 10,000 FILM FRIENDLY
LOCATIONS IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO.
WE'RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS,
OPEN FOR JOBS AND WE'RE OPEN
FOR THE BEST MOVIES IN THE
WORLD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hogarth says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THAT
IS GREAT NEWS FOR ONTARIO
AND THAT IS GREAT WORK NEWS
FOR THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE
IN ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE.
THE MINISTER'S TOUR ALSO
INCLUDED THE PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENT
MUSIC ASSOCIATION WHO NOTED
THAT THE ASSOCIATION WAS
IMPRESSED BY OUR
GOVERNMENT'S ENTHUSIASM FOR
INDEPENDENT ARTISTS,
ENTREPRENEURS AND COMPANIES
WITHIN THE INDUSTRY.
MUSIC CANADA ALSO ECHOED
THOSE SENTIMENTS BY SAYING
WE ARE THRILLED TO BE
INVOLVED IN MINISTER
MACLEOD'S TOUR TO SEE ONCE
AGAIN FIRSTHAND HOW THE
MUSIC INDUSTRY OPERATES AND
HOW DEEPLY INTERCONNECTED IT
IS ACROSS BORDERS AND
BETWEEN CULTURAL INDUSTRIES.
MAINTAIN THE HEALTH OF OUR
ENTIRE CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM
HAS NEVER BEEN MORE
IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE OF
OUR CULTURAL ECONOMIC
COMMUNITY.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US HOW
THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN
ONTARIO COULD BENEFIT WITH
GREATER CROSS-BORDER
CONSULTATIONS?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

MacLeod says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I APPRECIATE THE
OPPORTUNITY.
AS THE MEMBER KNOWS WE HAVE
SPENT SOME TIME WITH THE
CANADIAN CENTRES ON THE
WEEKEND AND WE ARE VERY
PROUD OF THEM AND SO MANY
OTHERS FROM THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO.
SPEAKER, MUSIC CANADA AND
THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENT
MUSIC ASSOCIATION, WITH
ONTARIO CREATES, SET UP SOME
AMAZING MEETINGS FOR US WITH
SO MANY THAT ARE PUTTING
MUSIC INTO MOVIES AND
TELEVISION AND I WOULD BE
REMISS NOT TO SAY THAT
ONTARIO GENERATES 75 percent OF
CANADA'S TOTAL MUSIC
INDUSTRY REVENUE.
THINK ABOUT THE BIG BANG
THEORY.
THE THEME SONG TO THAT MUSIC
IS FROM THE BARENAKED LADIES
FROM RIGHT HERE IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
YOU CAN'T LISTEN TO A RADIO
STATION ANYWHERE IN NORTH
AMERICA AND NOT HEAR ALESSIA
CARA, DRAKE OR SHAWN MENDES.
SPEAKER, WE HAVE HOMEGROWN
TALENTS LIKE SERENA RYDER
WE'LL BE SPENDING SOMETIME
WITH LATER THIS WEEK.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE
COMMITTED TO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

MacLeod says TO GROW THE ONTARIO...

The Speaker says ORDER.

MacLeod says SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO
LISTEN TO CANADIAN ARTISTS
RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO AND
AROUND THE WORLD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Niagara Falls.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER!

Gates says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER.
THE WSIB EXPERIENCE REBATE
PROGRAM LEADS TO CLAIM
SUPPRESSION OF WORKERS
INJURED ON THE JOB BECAUSE
IT GIVES FINANCIAL
INCENTIVES TO EMPLOYERS TO
FILE FURTHER CLAIMS, NOT
PROVIDING SAFER WORKPLACES.
UNDER THE LIBERALS, CLAIM
SUPPRESSION AND CHRONIC
UNDERFUNDING OF THE WSIB TO
DRASS... THROUGH DRASTIC
RATE CUTS PAID BY EMPLOYERS
WAS ALREADY BAD.
BUT UNDER THE FORD
GOVERNMENT, IT IS GETTING
WORSE.
AND NOW THE FORD GOVERNMENT
IS PROMISING EVEN MORE
MILLIONS IN GIVEAWAYS TO
EMPLOYER AT THE EXPENSE OF
WORKER SAFETY.
AND THAT'S AFTER THE
GOVERNMENT'S ALREADY CUT 16
MILLION DOLLARS IN SAFETY PREVENTION
RESOURCES AND ALLOWED EVEN
MORE SELF-REGULATION...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Gates says SAFETY MEASURES MUCH
THESE CHANGES WILL CONTINUE
TO MAKE ONTARIO WORKPLACES
LESS SAFE.
WILL THE PREMIER REVERSE HIS
DEEP CUTS TO WORKPLACE
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAMS,
YES OR NO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S ADDRESSED TO THE
PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
LABOUR.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF LABOUR, TRAINING.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE KNOWS,
CURRENTLY THERE IS AN
ANTICIPATIONAL REVIEW OF THE
WSIB, WHICH I LOOK FORWARD
TO RECEIVING BY THE END OF THE YEAR.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME
MAKE IT PERFECT... PERFECTLY
CLEAR.
HEALTH AND SAFETY IS A TOP
PRIORITY FOR ME AS MINISTER
OF LABOUR, TRAINING AND
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, A TOP
PRIORITY OF PREMIER FORD AND
OUR ENTIRE GOVERNMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, I WAS PROUD TO
JOIN WITH WORKERS ON FRIDAY,
WITH SMALL BUSINESSES,
MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES AND
LARGE BUSINESSES,
MR. SPEAKER, TO INTRODUCE A
FIRST OF ITS KIND PROGRAM IN
CANADA, MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S
GOING TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND
SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACES.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE NOW
GOING TO MOVE TO RECOGNIZE
HEALTH AND SAFETY CHAMPIONS
IN THIS PROVINCE WHO EXCEL
AT IMPROVING OCCUPATIONAL
HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE
WORKPLACES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A
GREAT DAY FOR WORKERS IN THE
PROVINCE AND IT'S ALSO GOOD
FOR BUSINESS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Gates says I'LL CERTAINLY AGREE WITH
THE MINISTER, IT'S GOOD FOR
BUSINESS, NOT NECESSARILY
WORKERS.
PARTICULARLY WORKERS AT
FIERA FOODS OORT YOUNG
ELECTRICIAN WHO WAS KILLED
ON THE JOB RECENTLY.
SPEAKER, THE WORKPLACE
SAFETY AND INSURANCE BOARD
WAS SET UP SO WHEN SOMEONE
WAS HURT ON THE JOB, THEY
DIDN'T HAVE TO RESORT TO THE
COURTS TO GET JUSTICE.
NO WORKER SHOULD BE
SENTENCED TO POVERTY BECAUSE
THEY'RE INJURED ON THE JOB.
INSTEAD THE LIBERALS AND NOW
THIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT,
HAS TREATED WSIB LIKE A
SLUSH FUND FOR THEIR
WELL-CONNECTED FRIEND.
THIS GOVERNMENT LAST WEEK,
LAST WEEK ANNOUNCED MILLIONS
IN REBATES FOR EMPLOYERS,
TAKING MONEY AWAY, TAKING
MONEY AWAY THAT SHOULD BE
AVAILABLE FOR INJURED
WORKERS.
AT THE SAME TIME WSIB IS
REFUSING TO COVER INJURED
WORKERS' CLAIMS MUCH IT'S
GOING ON ALL THE TIME IN
ONTARIO.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Gates says WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
CARVING OUT MILLIONS,
MILLIONS IN WSIB FUNDING TO
GO TO EMPLOYERS AND NOT TO
INJURED WORKERS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
LABOUR TO REPLY.

McNaughton says WELL, MR. SPEAKER,
OBVIOUSLY THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE DIDN'T READ THE
PRESS RELEASE THAT WENT OUT
LAST WEEK.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS GOING TO
IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND
SAFETY OF EVERY WORKER IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, BUSINESSES GET
REBATES WHEN THEY IMPROVE
THEIR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
AND SAFETY PROGRAM IN THAT
SPECIFIC BUSINESS.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, APART FROM
THE ANNOUNCEMENT WE MADE ON
FRIDAY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says THE OTHER EXCITING THING
THAT'S GREAT FOR WORKERS IN
THIS PROVINCE, GREAT FOR
BUSINESSES, MR. SPEAKER, IS
THAT ON JANUARY 1ST OF 2020
WE'RE MOVING TO A NEW RATE
FRAMEWORK IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, THOSE
BUSINESSES WHO IMPROVE
HEALTH AND SAFETY, ENSURE A
SAFER WORKPLACE FOR EVERY
WORKER IN THE PROVINCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says BOTH BUSINESSES WILL BE
RECOGNIZED, MR. SPEAKER,
WILL PAY A LOWER RATE.
THOSE WILL BE THE HEALTH AND
SAFETY CHAMPIONS THAT WE
RECOGNIZE HERE IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Watch: Question Period: Monday, November 25, 2019