Transcript: Question Period: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | Nov 27, 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 INTRODUCTIONS OF VISITORS
THIS MORNING.
IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL
QUESTIONS, AND I recognize the Leader of the Official Opposition.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says SPEAKER, MY
FIRST QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THE FORD GOVERNMENT
SEEMED TO BREAK THEIR ELECTION
PROMISE OF LOWERING HYDRO BILLS
BY 12 percent.
THE MINISTER ANNOUNCED THAT
BILLS WILL NOTES NOT BE GOING
DOWN, THEY WILL GO UP A MINIMUM
OF THE COST OF LIVING ANNUALLY.
SO WILL PEOPLE EVER ACTUALLY
SEE THOSE PROMISED SAVINGS ON
THEIR BILL, SPEAKER?

The Speaker says RECOGNIZE THE
GOVERNMENT HOUSELEADER.

The Government House Leader says
TO THE 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 a black suit, blue shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says THEY SURE WILL, MR. SPEAKER,
AND WE HAVE BEEN TAKING STEPS
OVER THE PAST YEAR TO DEAL WITH
THE HYDRO MESS.
IN FACT IT STARTED OUT WITH A
PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WAS
EFFECTIVELY WORDED AS SUCH.
IT GOT RID OF... IT REPEALED
THE GREEN ENERGY ACT,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT DEALT WITH CONSERVATION PROGRAMS THAT WERE REDUNDANT
AND NO LONGER USEFUL IN THE
SYSTEM WHILE PROTECTING
ONTARIO'S MOST VOLNERABLE
GROUPS AND THEIR RATES,
MR. SPEAKER.
IT DEALT WITH A CORPORATE
ATTITUDE IN THE UTILITIES OF
ONTARIO THAT WERE PAYING
EXECUTIVES WAY TOO MUCH MONEY.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER
STEPS AND ONE MOST IMPORTANTLY
WAS TO TAKE DOWN 750 PROJECTS,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT MOST
MUNICIPALITIES, IF NOT ALL,
DIDN'T WANT, THE GRID DIDN'T
NEED, AND WERE TERRIBLINGLY
EXPENSIVE AND WE GOT RID OF
THOSE, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, DURING THE CAMPAIGN
THE PREMIER PROMISED THE HYDRO
BILLS PEOPLE WERE PAYING UNDER
THE LIBERALS WOULD GO DOWN, BUT
FAMILIES AREN'T SEEING... ARE
SEEING THE OPPOSITE.
DON WROTE US WITH A CONCERN
ABOUT HER BILL WHICH JUMPED 7 percent
FROM LAST YEAR.
SHE WRITES, I AM NOW ON A FIXED
INCOME.
MY MORTGAGE, HEAT, AND HYDRO
ARE MY HIGHEST MONTHLY PAYMENTS
HOWEVER I AM ONE OF THE LUCKY
ONES.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PEOPLE WHO
ARE DEPENDANT ON OAS AND CPP?
DO THEY HAVE TO START MAKING
HORRIBLE LIFE CHOICES TO KEEP
THE POWER ON?
THAT'S THE QUESTION FOR THIS
GOVERNMENT, SPEAKER.
DO PEOPLE LIKE DAWN HAVE TO
START MAKING HORRIBLE CHOICES
TO KEEP THE POWER ON JUST LIKE
THEY DID UNDER THE LIBERALS?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT,
MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THAT'S THE
SECOND EXAMPLE OF A CONSTITUENT
FROM THE OPPOSITION.
SO I WILL TELL YOU WHAT, TABLE
THEIR NAMES, GIVE THEM TO ME,
AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO GIVE
THEM...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says I WOULD BE HAPPY TO GIVE
THEM, MR. SPEAKER.
THEY ARE TABLED.
IT'S OFFICIAL.
WE WILL FOLLOW UP WITH THOSE
FOLKS.

The Speaker says PLEASE MAKE
YOUR COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR.
AND CONCLUDE YOUR ANSWER.

Rickford says IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER,
THROUGH THE CHAIR, I WOULD BE
HAPPY TO MEET WITH THOSE FOLKS
AND I WOULD EXPLAIN TO THEM THE
STATISTICS YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT
OUT.
FORWARD I HAVE REPEATED IN THIS
PLACE.
MOST NOTABLY AN INCREASE OF 22 percent
ON NOVEMBER 2015, WHICH AT THE
SAME TIME THE AUDITOR GENERAL
WHO CON VOOENTLY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION TODAY CONCLUDED
THAT RATE PAYERS PAY 37 BILLION DOLLARS MORE NECESSARY FROM 2006 TO
2014 UNDER THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT THEY SUPPORTED 100 percent
AT THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

Horwath says WELL, SPEAKER, HERE'S WHAT
PEOPLE SEE.
THE PREMIER PROMISED BILLS
WOULD BE 12 percent LOWER.
RETIREES ARE GETTING BILLS THAT
ARE 7 percent HIGHER.
THE PREMIER'S MEDDLING AT HYDRO
ONE, THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS
SPENT TEARING DOWN WIND FARMS,
AREN'T REDUCING HYDRO BILLS.
CAN THE FORD GOVERNMENT TELL US
WHEN BILLS WILL START GOING
DOWN OR ARE THEY READY TO ADMIT
THAT THEY NEVER INTENDED TO
KEEP THIS PROMISE?
IT WAS JUST ANOTHER LIBERAL
STRESS.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says MR. SPEAKER, SOMEBODY
APPRECIATES WHAT WE'RE TRYING
TO ACCOMPLISH HERE IN AN EFFORT
TO REDUCE HYDRO BILLS.
IT TURNS OUT IT'S THE AUDITOR
GENERAL.
WHEN THE GOVERNMENT TABLED
THEIR 2018/19 PUBLICTH ACCOUNTS
THE AUDITOR REVIEWED OUR
ALLOCATION AND IN SPEAKING TO
THE MEDIA YESTERDAY SHE STATED
THAT HER OFFICE HAD ALREADY
LOOKED AT THE COSTS ASSOCIATED
WITH THE CANCELLATION OF THE
CONTRACTS.
THE AUDT LOOKED ALL AT THE BIG
CONTRACTS AND A SAMPLE OF
SMALLER DEALS TO DETERMINE IF
THE GOVERNMENT'S CACULATIONS
WERE REASONABLE.
THE AUDITOR HERSELF CONCLUDED,
BASED ON THE REVIEW I FIND THE
AUDIO SKILLET TO BE CLEAN.
MR. SPEAKER, THE AUDITOR
GENERAL, THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO,
AND THIS AMAZING CAUCUS
RECOGNIZE THE STEPS THIS
GOVERNMENT HAD TO TAKE,
MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT
HYDRO RATES CAN COME DOWN IN
THE FUTURE AND WE INTEND TO
DELIVER ON THAT PROMISE,
MR. SPEAKER, BUT NOT UNTIL WE
HAVE CLEANED UP THE MESS THEY
SUPPORTED.
THAT PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT 100 percent
AT THE TIME.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
START THE CLOCK.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, IT'S INTERESTING THAT
THE MINISTER IS MAKING THESE
CLAIMS BECAUSE CONCERN ABOUT
THE REAL COST OF THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S 230 MILLION DOLLAR
WAR ON RENEWALABLE ENERGY
CONTINUES TO GROW, SPEAKER.
ONTARIO'S AUDITOR HAS MADE IT
CLEAR THAT HER OFFICE WILL BE
TAKING THE SAME APPROACH THAT
SHE TOOK... OR THAT THAT OFFICE
TOOK DURING THE GAS PLANT
SCANDAL.
THEY WILL CONDUCT A REVIEW...

The Speaker says ORDER

Horwath says WHEN THE
FORD GOVERNMENT CABINET OR THIS
ASSEMBLY OR AS WITH THE LIBERAL
GAS PLANT...

The Speaker says ORDER

Horwath says MR. SPEAKER,
I AM FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO
CONCENTRATE.
IT'S RUDE, ACTUALLY.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK.
I WOULD AGREE.
WITH THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.
START THE CLOCK.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION HAS
THE FLOOR.
SHE CAN PLACE HER QUESTION.

Horwath says THE AUDITOR
WILL BE TAKING THE SAME
APPROACH AS IT TOOK DURING THE
GAS PLANT SCANDAL.
THEY WILL CONDUCT A REVIEW WHEN
THE FORD CABINET OR THIS
ASSEMBLY OR AS WITH THE LIBERAL
GAS PLANTS THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
COMMITTEE ASKS FOR ONE.
NO MINISTER HAS STEPPED UP YET,
SPEAKER.
THE GOVERNMENT BLOCKED THE
ASSEMBLY'S EFFORTS TO CALL IN
THE AUDITOR, SO WILL THE
GOVERNMENT FINALLY DO THE RIGHT
THING AND DIRECT ITS PUBLIC
ACCOUNTS MEMBERS TO VOTE IN
FAVOUR OF CALLING IN THE
AUDITOR?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says WHO IS THE
QUESTION ADDRESSED TO?
WHO IS THE QUESTION ADDRESSED TO?
WHO IS THE QUESTION ADDRESSED TO?

Horwath says TO THE PREMIER, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says LOOK TO THE
GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.
MINISTER OF ENERGY.

Rickford says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Rickford says TURNS OUT THROUGH THE GLOBAL
ADJUSTMENT THAT BETWEEN...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says OH, MY GOODNESS.
OKAY.
TURNS OUT, MR. SPEAKER, FROM
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2009, TO NOVEMBER
1ST, 2015, WE SAW RATE IN
INCREASES FROM 5.5 TO 22 percent.
THE THING IS, MR. SPEAKER, AS
ABIGAIL MAY LIKES TO TELL ME,
MY LITTLE GIRL, THE THING IS
NOBODY KNEW ABOUT IT, NOBODY
KNEW ABOUT IT, MR. SPEAKER,
BECAUSE IT WAS PUT IN THIS
INNOVATIVE GLOBAL ADJUSTMENT
FUND THAT WAS REALLY 90 percent OF A
RATE PAYER'S BILL.
IT HAD BEEN CREATED BY THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT WHO WAS
ASKED TO LEAVE BECAUSE OF THAT
SCHEME AND IT HAD BEEN
SUPPORTED BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION 1... 100 percent OF THE TIME.

The Speaker says ORDER

Rickford says BUILD THOSE WIND TOWERS,
MR. SPEAKER.
MAYBE EVEN PUT THEM UP ON THE
DANFORTH AS ONE MEMBER
SUGGESTED.
ONTARIO REJECTED THAT PLAN AND
THEY ARE SUPPORTING US AND OUR
MEASURES, MR. SPEAKER, TO
REDUCE HYDRO RATES FOR
EVERYBODY IN THIS PROVINCE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL, SPEAKER, IT TURNS OUT
THAT THE CONSERVATIVES ARE
DOING EXACTLY WHAT THE LIBERALS
DID.
TODAY'S TORONTO STAR...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says REPORTS ONLY
A FRACTION OF THE COMPANIES
ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION HAVE
BEEN PROCESSED AND THE PRICE
TAG THAT HAS ALREADY GROWN FROM
0, WHICH IS WHAT THE PREMIER
CLAIMED IT WAS GOING TO BE

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says IS 231
MILLION DOLLARS WILL JUST KEEP
GROWING.
DURING THE LIBERAL GAS PLANT
SCANDAL THE CONSERVATIVES WERE
ADAMANT ABOUT CALLING IN THE
AUDITOR WHEN THEY SAT ON THIS
SIDE OF THE HOUSE AS
OPPOSITION, THEY WANTED THAT
AUDITOR GENERAL TO REVIEW WHAT
THE LIBERALS WERE PAYING FOR
THE CANCELLED GAS PLANT.
SO NOW WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF
THIS?
WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF?
WILL THEY CALL IN THE AUDITOR
AND DO THE RIGHT THING?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
ENERGY.

Rickford says WE'RE NOT AFRAID OF
ANYTHING, MR. SPEAKER.
AND IT'S INCREDIBLE WHEN THE
OPPOSITION PARTY NEEDS THE
TORONTO STAR TO DO THEIR HEAVY
LIFTING, MR. SPEAKER.
I WILL TAKE NO LESSONS FROM THE
NDP ON THIS.
THE AUDITOR GENERAL HAS SPOKE
LOUD AND CLEARISH

The Speaker says ORDER.

Rickford says SHE LOOKED AT ALL OF THOSE
BIG CONTRACTS, MR. SPEAKER, AND
A SAMPLE OF SMALLER DEALS TO
DETERMINE WHETHER THE
GOVERNMENT'S CALCULATIONS WERE
REASONABLE, AND THE AUDITOR
HERSELF CONCLUDED, AND I QUOTE
FOR THE BENEFIT OF THIS PLACE,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT BASED ON THE
REVIEW OF THE CONTRACTS AND
ESTIMATES OF THE PAYMENT, I
FIND THE AUDIT TO BE CLEAN.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, I THINK THIS MINISTER
MIGHT WANT TO TALK TO SOME OF
HIS COLLEAGUES WHO WERE IN THE
LEGISLATURE WHEN THE LIBERAL
GAS PLANT SCANDAL WENT DOWN
BECAUSE THEY CAN TELL YOU
EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
IT'S AMAZING HOW MUCH THE FORD
GOVERNMENT SOUNDS LIKE THE
FORMER LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
JUST LIKE THE LIBERALS THEY
FIRST CLAIMED THEIR ELECTRICITY
BOONDOGGLE WOULD COST NOTHING.
THEN JUST LIKE THE LIBERALS
THEY ADJUSTED TO 230 MILLION DOLLARS.
NOW JUST LIKE THE LIBERALS THEY
SAY THE AUDITOR HAS REVIEWED
THE PUBLIC ACCOUNT AND SIGNED
OFF ON THEM, AND JUST LIKE THE
LIBERALS THEY ARE REFUSING TO
CALL IN THE AUDITOR.
TOMORROW NEW DEMOCRATS WILL BE
MOVING A MOTION AT THE STANDING
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
JUST LIKE HAPPENED WHEN THE
LIBERAL GAS PLANNED SCANDAL
WENT DOWN.
WE'RE GOING TO ASK FOR THE
AUDITOR TO LOOK INTO THIS.
WILL THE FORD GOVERNMENT ALLOW
THAT MOTION TO
PASS OR WILL THEY CONTINUE TO
STAND IN THE WAY OF
TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
AND FOLLOW IN THE HORRIFYING
FOOTSTEPS OF THE LIBERALS

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Rickford says WOULD THAT MEAN THAT THE
HORRIFYING FOOTSTEPS OF THE
LIBERALS THAT THE NDP FOLLOWED
IN 100 percent OF THE TIME?
I WILL TELL YOU... I WILL TELL
YOU WHAT MY COLLEAGUES... MY
COLLEAGUES AROUND THIS PLACE,
MR. SPEAKER, HAD TO SAY ABOUT
THEIR DAYS IN OPPOSITION AND
THE DECISIONS MADE BY THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT AND
THE ONES THAT THE NDP SUPPORTED
100 percent OF THE TIME.
THEY TALKED OUT LOUD,
MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT HOW THESE
WIND TOWERS WERE GOING TO BE
EXPENSIVE AND ERRATIC.
THEY TALKED, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT
HOW THEY WOULD SCAR THE
LANDSCAPE.
I HAD TO GO WHERE I HAD GONE
AFTER ALLOW MY YEARS IN
UNIVERSITY, MR. SPEAKER.
THE LITERATURE.
I LOOK THROUGH PERIODICALS.
I HAD A QUOTE YESTERDAY, POWER
GRID OPERATORS HAD BEENSISTER G
YOUINGING TO KEEP THE... THE
CAUSED BY GERMAN ELECTRICITY
PRICES TO BECOME AMONGST THE
MOST EXPENSIVE WORLDWIDE,
MR. SPEAKER.
THAT'S WHY WE LED, MR. SPEAKER,
AND GOT RID OF THOSE CONTRACTS

The Speaker says THANK YOU. Thank you very much.
The next question.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

Horwath says MY NEXT QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER BUT
ALL I WOULD URGE THE MEMBERS TO
DO IS VOTE THE SAME WAY AT
COMMITTEE AS YOU DID LAST TIME.
VOTE WITH US TO CALL IN THE
AUDITOR GENERAL.
IT'S BEEN A TOUGH YEAR FOR
PARENTS AND STUDENTS BUT TODAY
THEY STARTED THEIR SCHOOL DAY
WITH MORE UNCERTAINTY THAN
USUAL.
PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND TEACHERS
ARE POINTING TO THE PREMIER'S
CLASSROOM CUTS AS THE CULPRIT
HERE.
IS THE PREMIER READY TO ADMIT
THAT THE FORD GOVERNMENT'S
EDUCATION CUTS WHICH HAVE
ALREADY DONE SO MUCH DAMAGE
WERE RECKLESS AND POORLY
PLANNED AND HAVE CREATED THE
CONFLICT THAT PARENTS ARE
SEEING TODAY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

The Government House Leader says
FOR THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, IT IS THE
GOVERNMENT'S AIM TO GET DEALS
WITH ALL TEACHER UNIONS IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
WE HAVE TURNED TO MEDIATION AS
A MEANS TO GET THE DEALS AS WE
DID WITH CUPE.
WHAT IS REGRETTABLE ON THIS DAY
PARENTS WILL FACE MORE UN CERN
UNCERTAINTY BECAUSE UNIONS HAVE
OPTED TO ESCALATE AT A TIME
WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP THEM
AT THE TABLE AND KEEP THEIR
KIDS IN CLASS.
THAT IS OUR AIM.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE
REASONABLE.
CONTINUE TO INVEST IN PUBLIC
EDUCATION.
THE HIGHEST LEVELS EVER IN
INVESTED IN ONTARIO'S HISTORY
BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN THE
POTENTIAL OF EVERY STUDENT IN
THIS PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Horwath says WHAT IS
REGRETTABLE IS FOR MONTHS THE
FORD GOVERNMENT INSISTED THEIR
CUTS WOULDN'T HURT KIDS IN THE
CLASSROOM AND NOW THEY ARE
DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO
KEEP THE CUTS IN PLACE.
ONLY THE FORD GOVERNMENT WOULD
CLAIM THAT EXPANDING CLASS
SIZES FROM 22 TO 25 STUDENTS
ISN'T AN INCREASE IN CLASS
SIZES.
ONLY THE FORD GOVERNMENT WOULD
CLAIM THAT MOVING FROM 0
MANDATORY ONLINE COURSES TO 2
IS A DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF
MANDATORY ONLINE COURSES.
HALF OF A BAD PLAN, SPEAKER, IS
STILL A BAD PLAN.
TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND STUDENTS
DON'T WANT THESE CUTS IF I
NECESSARIED.
THEY WANT THEM REVERSUSED.
WHEN WILL THE GOVERNMENT DO
THAT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, WHAT HURTS KIDS
ARE STRIKES, MR. SPEAKER, AND
WE SEEK TO AVOID THEM TO KEEP
CHILDREN IN THIS PROVINCE IN
CLASS.
WHAT WE ARE DOING IS INVESTING
IN PUBLIC EDUCATION, THE HIGH
HIGHEST LEVELS RECORDED IN
ONTARIO HISTORY UNDER THIS
PREMIER'S LEADERSHIP.
WE'RE DOING THIS BECAUSE WE
WANT TO ENSURE YOUNG PEOPLE CAN
GRAD WAIT AND GET ACCESS TO
GOOD-PAYING JOB.
THIS YEAR ALON WE'RE ON TRACK
TO SPEND 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN
WE DID LAST YEAR.
THAT IS PROOF POSITIVE OOF OUR
DEFENCE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE ENGLISH
AND FRENCH IN URBAN AND RURAL
COMMUNITIES ACROSS ONTARIO
BENEFIT FROM THE INVESTMENTS.
IMPROVING MATH SCORES AND
POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE NOT GOING TO
BE DETERRED FROM OUR AIM TO
KEEP KIDS IN CLASS, GET GOOD
DEALS FOR THE TEACHERS, AND AT
THE END OF THE DAY IMPROVE
EDUCATION FOR EVERYONE IN THIS
PROVINCE.

The Speaker says THE 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 light gray suit, white shirt, and striped gray tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE.
EARLIER THIS MONTH THE MINISTER
DELIVERED OUR GOVERNMENT'S FALL
ECONOMIC STATEMENT AND WITH IT
OUR PLAN TO BUILD ONTARIO
TOGETHER.
THE MINISTER OUTLINED A PLAN
THAT INVOLVED CREATING A
COMPETITIVE BUSINESS
ENVIRONMENT IN OUR PROVINCE.
SPEAKER, IT'S CLEAR THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS THE
IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING SMALL
BUSINESSES.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE IN
INFORM THE HOUSE WHAT ACTIONS
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO
SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES IN OUR
PROVINCE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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 green tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM AURORA-OAK RIDGE-RICHMOND
HILL FOR THAT QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT SMALL
BUSINESS IS SPECIAL TO OUR
PROVINCE'S ECONOMY,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY WE
REMAIN COMMITTED TO MAKING A
MORE COMPETITIVE BUSINESS
ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL THE SMALL
BUSINESSES.
TO DO SO, WE HAVE COMMITTED, IN
THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT, TO
CUT THE SMALL BUSINESS TAX RATE
BY 8.7 percent.
THAT WILL SAVE OVER 275,000
SMALL BUSINESSES UP TO 1,500 A
YEAR, MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S A MEASURE THAT WILL
BENEFIT SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS
THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE
PROVINCE, I'M SORRY, AND THAT I
S WHY WE WHEN VISITED THE
FAMILY-OWNED 247 SALON IN
BRAMPTON WITH THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON WEST AND THE MINISTER
OF SMALL BUSINESSES AND RED
TAPE TWO WEEKS AGO WE TALKED TO
THE SMALL BUSINESS PERSON.N
SHE UNDERSTOOD THINGS A
GOVERNMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESS
AND THAT'S GOING TO CREATE JOBS
AND OPPORTUNITY IN THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Parsa says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
HIS RESPONSE.
SPEAKER, IT'S REALLY EXCITING
TO BE A PART OF THIS
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO BUILD
ONTARIO TOGETHER.
OURS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT
UNDERSTANDS THAT ONTARIO'S
COMPETITIVENESS IS ESSENTIAL TO
OUR LONG-TERM SUCCESS.
TAX RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
MEANS THAT SAVINGS CAN BE RE
REINVESTED TO HELP SMALL
BUSINESSES GROW, CREATE MORE
JOBS, AND BOOST OUR ECONOMY.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE IN
INFORM THE HOUSE ABOUT THE
ADDITIONAL STEPS IT IS TAKING
TO ENSURE THIS VISION FOR AN
ONTARIO THAT IS A TOP GLOBAL
DESTINATION TO INVEST, WORK,
AND CREATE JOBS AND BECOMES A
REALITY, SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, AND, AGAIN, I
THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, WHEN YOU TALK TO
LOU, WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT
LOU, SHE IS LIKE A LOT OF OTHER
ONTARIANS.
HER HUSBAND IS ALSO A SMALL
BUSINESS OWNER.
SHE OWNS A SALON, HE OWNS AN
AUTO REPAIR SHOP.
SHE SAYS WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO
EMPLOY PEOPLE, GET AHEAD, HAVE
THE THINGS OUR FAMILY WANTS,
AND, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO
THAT WITH A GOVERNMENT THAT
SUPPORTS US.
ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE DOING
AUTOS WELL FOR HER AND HER
HUSBAND AND ALL THOSE UNDER 27
275,000 SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE
IS WE'RE GOING TO CREATE A
SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGY.
A STRATEGY FOR SMALL BUSINESS
SUCCESS.
WE'LL BE TALKING TO SMALL
BUSINESS PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT ELSE
WE CAN DO.
WHAT REGULTIONS WE CAN CUT.
WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE THEM
SUCCESSFUL TO MAKE OUR PROVINCE
SUCCESSFUL, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered, shoulder-length blond hair. She wears a spotted black blazer over a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, GOOD MORNING,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
WHILE THE EDUCATION MINISTER IS
BUSINESS BUNGLING EDUCATION
NEGOTIATIONS AND FORCING
TEACHERS INTO JOB ACTION,
STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ARE
FEELING THE IMPACT OF THIS
GOVERNMENT'S CUTS.
SCHOOL BUDGET CUTS IN PLACES
LIKE KITCHENER MEAN THAT
SCHOOLS THAT ARE ALREADY 600
STUDENTS OVER CAPACITY ARE NOW
HAVING TO FORCE KIDS INTO EVEN
BIGGER CLASSES WITH FEWER
TEACHERS.
MR. SPEAKER, WITH TEACHERS
TAKING ACTION TO DEFEND PUBLIC
EDUCATION AGAINST CUTS, WILL
THIS GOVERNMENT STOP THEIR
SPINS, STOP THE ATTACKS ON
TEACHERS AND EDUCATION WORKERS
AND REVERSE THEIR CUTS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

A voice says TO THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

The Speaker says TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION

Lecce says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT IS
GOING TO CONTINUE TO INVEST IN
THE DEFENCE OF PUBLIC
EDUCATION.
IT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE
IN
INCREASED EXPENDITURE TO THE
HIGHEST LEVELS EVER RECORDED IN
ONTARIO HISTORY.
THOSE PARENTS, I AGREE, THEY
SEEK AN INVESTMENT IN THEIR
CHILDRENS' FUTURE WHICH IS WHY
WE PUT MORE MONEY IN THE
SYSTEM.
THE PARENTS ALSO SEEK
PREDICTABILITY.
THE QUESTION IS DO THEY STAND
WITH THE PARENTS AND SAY TO YOU
STOP HURTING OUR I HAD CAN KIDS
AND START KEEPING THEIR FOCUS
ON GETTING A DEAL AT THE TABLE.
THAT IS THE QUESTION.
AND MY SUSPICION IS THERE IS
NOT PURPOSE ON THAT QUESTION.
OUR AIM UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT
IS TO KEEP KIDS IN CLASS, GET
GOOD DEALS AS WE DID WITH CUPE
TO ENSURE CHILDRENS' EDUCATION
IS NEVER COMPROMISED IN THIS
PROVINCE

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION

Stiles says MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE FACT
THE... IF THAT'S THE
GOVERNMENT'S AIM THEY ARE DOING
A TERRIBLE JOB OF IT, AND
INFLATING YOUR SPENDING NUMBERS
BY THROWING CHILD CARE REBATES
INTO THAT IS FICTION.
THANK YOU, I WANT TO GO BACK TO
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION THIS
TIME, THE MINISTER WANT TO PLAY
THE BLAME GAME, BUT ITS HIS OWN
GOVERNMENT THAT'S TO BLAME FOR
THE ABSOLUTE MESS IN OUR
SCHOOLS.
THE MINISTER SAYS HE WANTS KIDS
IN CLASS, BUT I HAVE HEARD FROM
KIDS WHOSE CLASSES ARE SO FULL
NOW THANKS TO THIS GOVERNMENT'S
CUTS THAT THEIR DESKS ARE IN
THE HALLWAY.
THE MINISTER SAYS HE WANTS
PREDICTABILITY, BUT THE ONLY
THING PREDICTABLE IS THIS
GOVERNMENT'S CUTS ARE GOING TO
GET DEEPER AND MORE TEACHERS
WILL BE FIRED AND KIDS ARE
GOING TO SUFFER.
THE MINISTER KEEPS SAYING HE IS
BEING REASONABLE, BUT,
MR. SPEAKER, IN A WORLD WHERE
10,000 PINK SLIPS AND OVER
CROWDED CLASSROOMS ARE
CONSIDERED REASONABLE, WE DON'T
WANT ANY PART OF IT.
REVERSE YOUR CUTS.

[APPLAUSE]

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE WAY... THE WAY BY WHICH WE
AVOID ANY FURTHER ESCALATION IS
TWO-FOLD.
THE FIRST IS FOR UNIONS TO
CONSIDER MEDIATION AS A
LEGITIMATE MEANS TO GET A DEAL
BECAUSE PARENTS IN THIS
PROVINCE ARE SICK AND FED UP
WITH EVERY...

The Speaker says ORDER

Lecce says THREE YEARS, MR. SPEAKER,
IRRESPECTIVE OF THE PREMIER AND
THE PARTY, IT DOES NOT MATTER.
WHAT IS TRULY THE CONSTANT IS
IRRESPECTIVE OF PARTY THERE IS
ESCALATION BY THE UNIONS AND
STUDENTS IN THIS PROVINCE
SHOULD NOT...

The Speaker says ORDER

Lecce says THEY SHOULD NOT BE
COMPROMISED THEIR EDUCATION.
THERE SHOULD BE A CONTINUEM OF
EDUCATION IN THE CLASSROOM.
WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET A GOOD
DEAL FOR ALL PARTIES TO KEEP
TEACHERS IN PLACE CLASS BUT TO
PROVIDE PREDICTABILITY FOR THE
PARENTS IN THISSEN PROVINCE SO
EVERY CHILD IN ONTARIO IS ABLE
TO GET AN EDUCATION EVERY
SINGLE DAY THIS YEAR.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for FRONTENAC-KINGSTON.

The caption changes to "Randy Hillier. Independent. Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston."

Hillier is in his early sixties, clean-shaven, with short receding gray hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit and a white shirt.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.
LAST WEEK THE MINISTER MADE A
LIGHT
LIGHTHEARTED QUIP IN THIS HOUSE
ABOUT NOT BEING IN THE HOCKEY
HALL-OF-FAME YET, BUT IF HIS
HANDLING OF AUTISM DOESN'T
IMPROVE HE MAY SURELY FIND
HIMSELF IN THE POLITICAL HALL
OF FAME.
REGRET
GRETA'S SON IS A 9-YEAR-OLD
WITH AUTISM.
THEY HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR
SAVINGS.
ARE FORCED TO DIG DEEPER AND
DEEPER INTO THEIR LINES OF
CREDIT, AND THIS GOVERNMENT
DEATHERS AND REFUSES TO RELEASE
FUNDS TO ASSIST FAMILIES LIKE
THEIRS.
SPEAKER, WILL THE MINISTER STOP
SKATING AROUND HIS RESPONSE
RESPONSIBILIIES AND HELP OUT
THIS YOUNG BOY AND HIS FAMILY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY, AND SOCIAL
SERVICES.

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

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

He says THANKS VERY MUCH TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE
QUESTION AND THANK YOU,
SPEAKER, FOR GIVING ME THE
OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND.
FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS I'VE
BEEN HONOURED TO BE THE
MINISTER OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY, AND SOCIAL SERVICES,
SOMETHING THAT I AM TAKING VERY
SERIOUSLY, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THE ONE THING I CAN TELL
YOU ABOUT THE AUTISM FILE IS
OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS DATING
BACK TO THE BOB RAY GOVERNMENT
NO GOVERNMENT HAS EVER GOT THIS
FILE RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THAT'S WHY OVER THE LAST
FIVE MONTHS I'VE BEEN TAKING
THE TIME TO CROSS THE PROVINCE
AND TALK WITH INTERESTED
STAKEHOLDERS IN EVERY
COMMUNITY, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE
AT THE SAME TIME WE HAD AN
ONTARIO AUTISM PANEL THAT WAS
WORKING DELIBERATELY 18 DAYS
THEY MET FACE-TO-FACE ALL DAY
SESSIONS, WHETHER MR. SPEAKER,
TO DEVELOP AN AUTISM PROGRAM IN
ONTARIO FOR THE AUTISM
COMMUNITY IN ONTARIO.
THIS IS GOING TO BE THE GOLD
STANDARD WHEN IT FINALLY
DEVELOPED, MR. SPEAKER, AND I
CAN TELL YOU THAT MY OFFICIALS
HAVE BEEN WORKING EXTREMELY
HARD SINCE GETTING THE
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE
ONTARIO PANEL ABOUT THREE WEEKS
AGO TO DEVELOP A TRULY
NEEDS-BASED PROGRAM,
MR. SPEAKER.
ONE THAT HAS DOUBLED THE AMOUNT
OF FUNDING IN IT THAN THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER.
I WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY IN THE
SUPPLEMENTARY.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hillier says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN
REGULARING THE PUCK ON AUTISM,
SPEAKER, AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE
I SPOKE WITH RACHEL W.
AND SHE HEARD BACK FROM THE
MINISTRY, AND THIS IS WHAT THEY
TOLD HER, THE MINISTRY'S FIRST
PRIORITY ARE YOUNG CHILDREN,
NOT OLDER ONES THAT ARE 9 YEARS
OLD
OLD, LIKE HER SON.
THEIR SECOND PRIORITY ARE THOSE
WHO HAVE BEEN ON THE WAIT LIST
THE LONGEST, NOT HER SON WHO
HAS ONLY BEEN WAITING NEARLY
THREE YEARS.
THREE YEARS IS AN ETERNITY IN A
CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT.
THE MINISTER STATED THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS DOUBLED, ADDED
300 MILLION DOLLARS FOR AUTISM, BUT
APPARENTLY PROVIDED IT TO
FAMILIES IS NOT THE MINISTRY'S
PRIORITY.
SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER TELL
THIS HOUSE...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hillier says AND RACHEL WHEN WILL HER SON BECOME A PRIORITY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Smith says MR. SPEAKER, I CAN TELL THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND I CAN TELL
RACHEL THAT WHEN THIS PROGRAM
IS FULLY UP AND RUNNING EVERY
CHILD IN THE PROVINCE WILL BE
ABLE TO GET SUPPORTS FROM THE
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT.
SOMETHING THAT WE WERE NEVER
ABLE TO SAY BEFORE.
IN THE PROVINCE'S HISTORY.
AND I CAN TELL YOU... I CAN
TELL YOU, SPEAKER, THAT RIGHT
NOW MORE CHILDREN THAN EVER IN
THE PROVINCE'S HISTORY ARE
GETTING SUPPORT FROM THE
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT.
11
11,499 OF THEM TO BE EXACT,
MR. SPEAKER, AS OF NOVEMBER 1.
THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, AND THAT'S
WHY WE CONTINUE TO ROLL OUT
CHILDHOOD BUDGETS TO FAMILIES
ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND THAT IS
WHY WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK
TOWARDS THE GOLD STANDARD
ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM,
MR. SPEAKER.
SO THAT FAMILIES LIKE RACHEL'S
AND FAMILIES ALL ACROSS THE
PROVINCE, I'VE HEARD FROM EVERY
MEMBER OF THIS LEGISLATURE, I
AM SURE, OVER THE LAST FIVE
MONTHS, ABOUT CONSTITUENTS OR A
NUMBER... SMEI

The Speaker says RESPONSE

Smith says A NUMBER OF CONSTITUENTS WHO
AREN'T GETTING THE SERVICES
THEY NEED BUT WITH THE
INVESTMENT OF AN ADDITIONAL 300
MILLION DOLLARS AND A TRULY NEEDS-BASED
PROGRAM WE WILL BE ABLE TO
REACH THOSE FAMILIES WITH THE
HELP THEY ARE LOOKING FOR,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for BRAMPTON-WEST.

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

Sandhu is in his thirties, with short black hair and a stubble. He wears a gray suit, black shirt, and gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE AUDITOR
GENERAL.
WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON FAST
APPROACHING I KNOW THAT MANY
PEOPLE IN MY RIDING AND IN
COMMUNITIES ACROSS ONTARIO WILL
BE ATTENDING HOLIDAY PARTIES
WITH THEIR FAMILIES, FRENELDS,
OR COWORKERS.
MOST OF US KNOW NOT TO DRIVE
HOME WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE,
HOWEVER DURING THE LAST HOLIDAY
SEASON POLICE SERVICES IN THE
GREATER TORONTO AREA LAID
HUNDREDS OF CHARGES FOR
IMPAIRED DRIVING, INCLUDING 265
IMPAIRED DRIVING OFFENCES
CHARGED BY THE PEEL REGIONAL
POLICE.
IT'S CLEAR THAT SOME PEOPLE
STILL NEED A REMINDER ABOUT
ONTARIO'S IMPAIRED DRIVING
LAWS, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING
THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF
FEDERAL CANNABIS LEGALIZATION.
CAN THE SOLICITOR GENERAL
EXPLAIN ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF
TESTING PROGRAMS.

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
ADDRESSED TO THE SOLICITOR
GENERAL.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON-WEST.
I DON'T THINK IT IS A SURPRISE
TO ANY IN THIS HOUSE AND THE
VAST MAJORITY OF ONTARIO
RESIDENTS THAT IMPAIRED WHETHER
BY ALCOHOL OR DRUGS IS AN
OFFENCE AND WE NEED TO STOP IT
IN OUR TRACKS.
IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
THE... HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
THE RIDE PROGRAM IS AUGMENTED
DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR.
IT'S... IT'S A TOOL THAT WE
GIVE OUR FRONTLINE OFFICERS TO
KEEP OUR ROADS SAFE, AND I WANT
TO REMIND THE PUBLIC THAT WHEN
YOU SEE SOMEONE WHO IS ABUSING
IT, WHETHER IT IS THROUGH
ALCOHOL OR DRUGS, WE NEED TO
SPEAK UP AND TALK OUT BECAUSE
ULTIMATELY WE NEED TO KEEP OUR
COMMUNITIES SAFE AND WHETHER
THAT IS A DANGER TO OTHERS ON
THE ROAD OR PEDESTRIANS, WE ALL
HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY.
THAT IS WHY THE POLICE...
MUNICIPAL POLICE FORCES ACROSS
ONTARIO ARE INCREASING IN THE
COMING WEEKS AND ONTARIO
ALREADY HAS STRONG, IMMEDIATE
PENALTIES FOR THOSE WHO DRIVE
WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE,
INCLUDING 90-DAY DRIVER LICENSE
SUSPENSIONS, 7-DAY VEHICLE
IMPAIRMENT.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Sandhu says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND TO
THROUGH YOU I WANT TO THANK THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR THEIR
ANSWER.
I WANT TO THANK THE
HARD-WORKING MEMBERS OF THE
PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE
FOR THE WORK IN MY COMMUNITY OF
BRAMPTON-
BRAMPTON-WEST.
OUR POLICE SERVICES WORK HARD
TO KEEP OUR ROADS AND
COMMUNITIES SAFE FROM IMPAIRED
DRIVING EVERY DAY AND
ESPECIALLY DURING THE HOLIDAY
SEASON.
IT'S AN IMPORTANT REMINDER OF
THAT WHETHER IT'S ALCOHOL,
DRUGS, OR BOTH, IMPAIRED IS
IMPAIRED.
KEEPING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE IS
A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY AND WE
ALL HAVE A PART TO PLAY IN
COMMUNITY SAFETY.
CAN THE SOLICITOR GENERAL OUT
OUTLINE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS
SUPPORTING FESTIVE RIDE
PROGRAMS ACROSS ONTARIO?

The Speaker says SOLICITOR
GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR SHARING THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE.
EVERYDAY OUR POLICE DO
INCREDIBLE WORK TO KEEP OUR
COMMUNITIES SAFE.
OFTEN THIS WORK IS SILENT,
PREVENTIVE, AND UNSEEN.
AND ON BEHALF OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE I WANT TO THANK THE
POLICE SERVICE AND FRONTLINE
OFFICERS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING
IN MANY HOLIDAY RIDE PROGRAMS
STARTING THIS WEEK.
AS I SAID BEFORE, OUR
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
PROVIDING POLICE SERVICES WITH
THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES THEY
NEED TO DO THEIR JOB
EFFECTIVELY AND KEEP OUR
COMMUNITIES SAFE.
FINALLY, SPEAKER, AS A PLEA, AS
A REMINDER, IF YOU ARE PLANNING
TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON, PLEASE
PLAN AHEAD.
DRIVE SOBER.
GET HOME SAFELY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for BEACHES-EAST
YORK.

The caption changes to "Rima Berns-McGown. NDP. Beaches-East York."

Berns-McGown is in her fifties, with shoulder-length curly brown hair with white strands. She wears a gray dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER.
A NEW REPORT RELEASED TODAY
SHOWS WHAT HUNDREDS OF
THOUSANDS OF RACIALLIZED
ONTARIANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
ALREADY KNOW BECAUSE IT IS
THEIR LIVED EXPERIENCE.
BLACK AND OTHER RACIALLIZED
PEOPLE MAKE UP NEARLY 46 percent OF THE GTA'S WORKFORCE, BUT 63 percent OF THE WORKING POOR.
BLACK COMMUNITIES IN PARTICULAR
EXPERIENCE AMONG THE HIGHEST
RATES OF WORKING POVERTY IN
ONTARIO.
WHAT ARE THE PREMIER'S PLANS TO
ADDRESS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN
ANTBLACK RACISM AND WORKING
POVERTY?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.
MINISTER OF CHILDREN,
COMMUNITY, AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

[APPLAUSE]

Smith says THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANKS TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
FOR THE QUESTION.
IT'S A... IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT
ONE AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE TAKING
A CROSS-SECTOR APPROACH AND
CROSS GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO
THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT
ISSUE, MR. SPEAKER.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT OVER THE
LAST NUMBER OF MONTHS THAT WE
HAVE BEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF
ONTARIO I AM VERY PROUD OF OUR
RECORD WHEN IT COMES TO JOB
CREATION FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF
ONTARIO.
WE HAVE CREATED OVER 250,000
JOBS, MR. SPEAKER, AND AT THE
SAME TIME WE HAVE SEEN SALARIES
AND PAY INCREASE DURING THAT
TIME, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT'S
RE WE HAVE TAKEN A VERY, VERY
CONCERTED EFFORT IN MY MINISTRY
AND OTHERS, ALONG WITH THE
MINISTER OF LABOUR, TRAINING,
AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT,
MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT
WE'RE LIFTING PEOPLE OUT OF
POVERTY BY GETTING THEM INTO
WORK, MR. SPEAKER, AND THERE IS
A LOT OF WORK OUT THERE.
AS THE PREMIER HAS OFTEN SAID
IN THIS HOUSE AND CERTAINLY THE
MINISTER OF LABOUR HAS SAID...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Smith says WITH THE SUCCESS WE HAVE HAD
IN CREATING JOBS THERE ARE GOOD
JOBS OUT THERE FOR ALL PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO THAT NEED TO BE
FILLED.
WE'RE DOING WHAT WE CAN IN THE
EMPLOYMENT SECTOR AND THE PART
OF SOCIAL ASSISTANCE TO LIFT
PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY BY GIVING
THEM A JOB

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY question. The member for Brampton CENTRE.

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

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

She says THANK YOU CRICKS SPEAKER,
AND BACK TO THE PREMIER.
SPEAKER, THAT ANSWER AND THIS
GOVERNMENT SIMPLY JUST IGNORE
THE REAL FACTS ON THE GROUND.
LOW-WAGE EMPLOYMENT IS WHAT
THIS GOVERNMENT AND THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HAD
TO OFFER FOR ONTARIANS.
THE ECONOMY MAY BE WORKING FOR
THE FRIENDS OF THE PREMIER, BUT
FOR TOO MANY FAMILIES IN PLACES
LIKE BRAMPTON, SCARBOROUGH, AND
ACROSS THE GREATER TORONTO
AREA, LIFE IS HARD AND THOSE
JOBS SIMPLY ARE NOT THERE.
THE REPORTS SHOW THAT OVER 10 percent
OF THE WORKING POOR IN THE GTA
ARE SECOND AND THIRD GENERATION
BLACK RESIDENTS, MR. SPEAKER.
THE DATA IS CLEAR.
IN
INCREASING ECONOMIC INEQUALITY
IMPACTS RACIALLIZED,
RACIALLIZED, COMMUNITIES.
SO WE NEED TO HEAR THE MINISTER
ACKNOWLEDGE RACIALLIZED
COMMUNITIES.
MY QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER AND
THE MINISTER IS

The Speaker says QUESTION

Singh says WHAT IS THIS GOVERNMENT'S
PLAN TO ADDRESS PROFFERED AND
THE DISIMPORTANT IMPACT ON
RACIALLIZED WORKERS HERE IN
ONTARIO.

The Speaker says MINISTER IN
RESPONSE.

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

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF CHILDREN
AND WOMEN'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 gray blazer over a black dress.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
SUPPORTING BETTER OUTCOMES FOR
BLACK CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND
FAMILIES THROUGH THE ONTARIO
BLACK YOUTH ACTION PLAN.
SPEAKER, ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS
THE PROVINCE WHO ARE FUNDED
THROUGH THE BLACK YOUTH ACTION
PLAN ARE DOING AMAZING WORK.
THEY ARE PROVIDING KEY SERVICES
IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE, INCLUDING CULTURALLY
FOCUSED PARENTING INITIATIVES
AND MENTOR PROGRAMS FOR BLACK
CHILDREN AND YOUTH AGES 6 TO
25.
PROGRAMMING TO SUPPORT YOUNG
PEOPLES' WELLNESS BY CONNECTING
THEM AND THEIR FAMILY TO LOCAL
RESOURCINGS AND ASK AT THE
POINT THEM TAKE PREVENTIVE
MEASURES.
ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION AND
SKILLS OPPORTUNITIES.
PROVIDING TRAIN AND WORK
PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP
BLACK YOUTH TO GRADUATE FROM
POST-SECONDARY SECURE
HIGH-QUALITY EMPLOYMENT AND
ADVANCING THEIR CAREERS.
INVESTING IN COMMUNITY OUTREACH
AND PROMOTING ANTIVIOLENCE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS FOCUSED ON
IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR BLACK
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
THROUGHOUT ONTARIO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Dunlop says THANK YOU.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF FINANCE.
CO-OPS PROVIDE PEOPLE IN
ONTARIO WITH ACCESS TO VALUABLE
GOODS AND SERVICES, INCLUDING
THOSE THAT MIGHT BE OTHERWISE
OUT OF REACH.
THEY ALSO PROVIDE JOB
OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL
AND NORTHERN REGIONS WHERE THEY
FOSTER INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC
GROWTH FOR NEWCOMERS, WOMEN,
AND LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS.
OUR GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS THAT
OUT
OUTDATED AND BURDENSOME
LEGISLATION CREATES BARRIERS
FOR CO-OPS COSTING THEM TIME
AND MONEY WHICH PREVENTS THEM
FROM GROWING.
CAN THE MINISTER INFORM THE
HOUSE WHAT STEPS THE GOVERNMENT
IS TAKING TO SUPPORT
CO-OPERATIVE CORPORATIONS IN
ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

Phillips says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO
THE MEMBER FOR PARRY
SOUND-TONE BROKING... MUSKOKA
FOR THIS QUESTION.
PART OF OUR PLAN TO CREATE A
BETTER PROVINCE TO CREATE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ONTARIANS IS
TO MODERNIZE THE CORPORATION
SECTOR SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO
CONTRIBUTE PARTICULARLY IN
RURAL AND NORTHERN ONTARIO.
OUR GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES THE
IMPORTANCE OF SERING THIS
IMPORTANT SECTOR AND THE ROLE
THAT THEY PLAY IN COMMUNITIES
AND THAT IS WHY AFTER EXTENSIVE
REVIEW AND CONSULTATIONS WITH
THE CO-OPERATIVE... ON THE
CO-OPERATIVE CORPORATIONS ACT
WE ARE PROPOSING CHANGES THAT
WILL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE ARE GOING TO REMOVE THE
CURRENT 50 percent RULE THAT LIMITS
CO-OPERATIVES TO WORKING ONLY
WITH THEIR MEMBERS AND UNFAIRLY
RE
RESTRICTS THEM FROM DOING
BUSINESS WITH THE COMMUNITY.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS JUST ONE
PART OF OUR PLAN TO GROW
ONTARIO TOGETHER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Miller says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
HIS ANSWER.
I AM PROUD OF THE WORK OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO SUPPORT
THE SUCCESS OF CO-OPERATIVE
CORPORATIONS IN ONTARIO.
CO-OPS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE SMALL BUSINESS LANDSCAPE IN
ONTARIO AND WE REMAIN COMMITTED
TO CREATING A COMPETITIVE
BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT TO ENSURE
THEIR SUCCESS.
EARLIER THIS MONTH THE MINISTER
INTRODUCED OUR GOVERNMENT'S
FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT WHICH
OUT
OUTLINED OUR GOVERNMENT'S PLAN
TO BUILD ONTARIO TOGETHER.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE IN
INFORM THE HOUSE ABOUT ANY
ADDITIONAL STEPS THIS
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO SUPPORT
SMALL BUSINESS IN ONTARIO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, SMALL BUSINESS,
AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE IN THIS
LEGISLATURE, IS ESSENTIAL.
98 percent OF THE BUSINESSES IN
ONTARIO ARE SMALL BUSINESSES.
2 MILLION DOLLARS ONTARIOS, OR ALMOST
ONE-THIRD OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR
WORKFORCE WORK FOR SMALL
BUSINESS, AND THAT'S,
MR. SPEAKER, WHY WE ARE TAKING
A NUMBER OF STEPS.
WE'RE SETTING UP THE SUCCESS
TASKFORCE, SMALL BUSINESS
SUCCESS TASKFORCE.
WE ARE REDUCING THE SMALL
BUSINESS TAX RATE BY 8.7 percent.
WE REDUCED OUSIB PREMIERS,
ELIMINATED THE CAP AND TRADE
CARBON TAX, AND, MR. SPEAKER,
WHEN YOU PUT ALL THE SUPPORTS
IN PLACE, ONTARIO SMALL
BUSINESS WILL EXPECT TO SEE 2.3
BILLION DOLLARS OF RELIEF IN
2020.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS PART OF
OUR PLAN TO BUILD OUR PROVINCE
TOGETHER AND TO WERB WITH SMALL
BUSINESS TO SUPPORT OUR
PROVINCE, SUPPORT OUR
EMPLOYEES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for 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 patterned gray tie.

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
LAST NIGHT HIGHWAY 17 EAST WAS
CLOSED TO SNOW.
AT THE SAME TIME, HIGHWAY 11
BETWEEN COCHRANE WAS CLOSED TO
SNOW.
THIS IS THE TRANCE-CANADA
HIGHWAY.
THIS ISN'T JUST A NORTHERN
ONTARIO ISSUE.
ALL THE TRUCKS THAT COME OUT OF THE GTA, OUT OF THE ENGINE OF
ONTARIO, SERVING THE REST OF THE COUNTRY ARE STOPPED DEAD
RIGHT THERE.
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ECONOMIC
ACTIVITY STOPPED DEAD RIGHT
THERE
THERE.
WHY WON'T THIS GOVERNMENT TREAT
THE TRANS-CANADA PORTION OF
HIGHWAY 11 AND 17 THE SAME AS
THE TRANS-CANADA PORTION OF THE
400 SERIES?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR CONTINUEING TO RAISE HIS
CONCERNS ABOUT HIGHWAY SAFETY
AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT AS WELL
OF ROAD CLOSURES ON... ON THE
LIVES OF ONTARIANS AND ON THE
BUSINESSES OF ONTARIO.
IT IS SOMETHING THAT... THAT AS
THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION
IS OF GREAT CONCERN TO US.
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A VERY
GOOD RECORD IN ONTARIO OF
SAFETY ON OUR HIGHWAYS AND OF
MAINTENANCE ON OUR HIGHWAYS.
AS I'VE SAID IN THIS HOUSE
BEFORE, MAKING SURE THAT WE
KEEP THOSE STANDARDS AS HIGH AS
POSSIBLE IS A PRIORITY IN THE
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION.
WE ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY TO
MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE TAKING
ALL THE STEPS NECESSARY.
UNFORTUNATELY WHEN IT SNOWS,
FOR SAFETY CONCERNS, WHICH I AM
SURE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WOULD
AGREE, IS A CONCERN FOR ALL...

The Speaker says RESPONSE

Mulroney says SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO CLOSE
THE HIGHWAYS BUT ONCE THOSE
MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN, ALL
NECESSARY STEPS ARE TAKEN TO RE
REOPEN THOSE HIGHWAYS AS
QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND IN
ONTARIO AND IN THE NORTH ON
SECTIONS OF HIGHWAY 11 WE ARE
BEATING THE STANDARDS OF CLASS
1 HIGHWAYS ALREADY.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION.

Vanthof says WE ARE ALL IN FAVOUR OF
SAFETY IN THIS LEGISLATURE.
THE ISSUE WITH SNOW ON THE
TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY, IF YOU
CAN'T GET IT OFF QUICK ENOUGH,
YOU DO IT MORE OFTEN.
THAT'S WHY THIS SIDE OF THE
HOUSE PUSHED THAT THE HIGHWAYS...
SAY 11 TO 17 HAD CLASS 1
STANDARDS LIKE THE 400 SERIES
HIGHWAYS.
YOU SOLEMNLY VOTED AGAINST IT.
THE MAINTENANCE ENFORCEMENT OF
NIPISSING STATED IN THE MEDIA
WE DON'T NEED CLASS 1 HIGHWAYS
IN THE NORTH.
AGAIN, THIS ISN'T JUST A SAFETY
ISSUE.
NORTHERNERS ARE CUT OFF, BUT I
DON'T THINK THAT SOUTHERN
ONTARIO REALIZES HOW MUCH IT'S
COSTING THE PROVINCE, COSTING
THE COUNTRY, TO NOT CLEAN THE
SNOW.
THE ANSWER IS NOT, WELL, IT'S
SNOWING.
CLOSE THE HIGHWAY.
IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.
IT'S SNOWING, RUN MORE PLOUGHS.
THAT'S THE ANSWER.
WHY
WHY?
WHY WON'T YOU DO IT?

The Speaker says MEMBERS, PLEASE
TAKE THEIR SEATS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Mulroney says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AS THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE KNOW...

The Speaker says ORDER...

Mulroney says SECTIONS OF HIGHWAY 11 AND
17 ARE ALREADY CONSIDERED CLASS
1 HIGHWAYS AND AS HE KNOWS
BECAUSE I HAVE REPEATED IN THE
HOUSE WE ALREADY EXCEED THE
STANDARD FOR CLASS 1 HIGHWAYS
ON OTHER SECTIONS OF HIGHWAY 11
AND HIGHWAY 17.
WE ALREADY DO RUN MORE PLOUGHS,
MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE WE TAKE
THE SAFETY OF DRIVERS BES ON
THOSE HIGHWAYS VERY SERIOUSLY.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE
GETTING GOOD TO MARKET.
MR. SPEAKER, THE STANDARD FOR
CLASS 1 HIGHWAYS IS GETTING TO
BARE PAVEMENT IN 8 HOURS.
WE EXCEED THOSE STANDARDS,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Mulroney says SINCE 2015, 2016 WE INVESTED
40 MILLION DOLLARS MORE ON NORTHERN
HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE CONDITION TO WORK TO IMPROVE
OUR RECORD AND TO CLEAR...

The Speaker says RESPONSE

Mulroney says SNOW FASTER AND MAKE SURE
WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN
TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR
MOTORISTS AND WE WILL CONTINUE
TO DO SO, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE
ARE INVESTING IN NORTHERN
HIGHWAYS AND WE WILL CONTINUE
TO DO SO IN THE PROMOTE WAYS.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for
DUNDAS-SOUTH Glengarry.

The caption changes to "Jim McDonnell. PC. Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry."

McDonnell is in his sixties, clean-shaven, with short side-parted white hair. He wears glasses, a black suit, purple shirt, and burgundy tie.

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF CHILDREN
AND WOMEN'S ISSUES.
SPEAKER, I KNOW SHE HAD A BUSY
SUMMER TOURING THE PROVINCE TO
LEARN ABOUT ONTARIO CHILD
WELFARE SYSTEM, SPEAKING TO
THOSE ON THE FRONTLINE.
IN FACT, THE MINISTER CAME TO
MY RIDING WHERE SHE MET WITH
OUR LOCAL CHILDREN'S AID
SOCIETY.
WE SPOKE ABOUT WHAT IS
CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE SYSTEM
AS WELL WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED.
CAN THE MINISTER UPDATE THE
HOUSE HOW THESE VISITS TO
DIFFERENT CHILDREN'S AID
SOCIETIES IN ONTARIO HAVE GONE
SO FAR IN RESPECT TO
MODERNIZING THE CHILD WELFARE
SYSTEM
SYSTEM?

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

Dunlop says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT GREAT QUESTION.
I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT
YOUR BEAUTIFUL RIDING THIS
SUMMER AND THANK YOU FOR
JOINING ME AS WE TOURED
CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY ONE OF THE 33 DIFFERENT CHILDREN'S AID
SOCIEIES I HAVE MET WITH SO
FAR.
SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT ALL
CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN ONTARIO
DESERVE THE BEST CARE AND
SUPPORT, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN
THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM.
THE SERVICES PROVIDED TO THOSE
IN THE CHILD WELFARE SPACE NEED
TO BE HIGH QUALITY, CULTURALLY
APPROPRIATE, AND TRULY
RESPONSIVE TO THEIR NEEDS.
THAT IS WHY IN AUGUST I
ANNOUNCED A REVIEW OF ONTARIO'S
CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM.
WE WANT TO MODERNIZE THE SYSTEM
AND ARE COMMITTED TO IMPROVING
OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
IN CARE AS WELL AS YOUTH
TRANSITIONING OUT OF CARE.
SPEAKER, BY CONSULTING WITH
THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES AND
THOSE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE, WE
CAN UNDERSTAND THEIR NEEDS AND
IMPLEMENT THEIR SUGGESTIONS

The Speaker says RESPONSE

Dunlop says TO IMPROVE OUR SYSTEM.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

McDonnell says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR THAT
ANSWER.
IT'S REASSURING TO KNOWER
WORKING HARD TO BETTER
UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF THE
CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM.
BY DIRECTLY SPEAKING TO THOSE
ON THE FRONTLINE AND WHO WORK
IN THE SYSTEM.
THIS WAS THE FIRST VISIT BY A
MINISTER TO THE LOCAL SOCIETY
IN SOME TIME AND STAFF WERE
PLEASED TO REPORT ON THE
PROGRESS BEING MADE.
I ALSO KNOW THAT THERE WAS AN
ONLINE SURVEY FOR THOSE IN THE
CHILD WELFARE SPACE TO
PARTICIPATE.
THIS INCLUDED FRONTLINE
WORKERS, FAMILY LAW
PROFESSIONALS, AND CHILDREN WHO
ARE PART OF THE SYSTEM JUST TO
NAME A FEW.
CAN YOU, MINISTER, LET THIS
HOUSE KNOW THE IMPACT OF THE
SURVEY AND WHAT SHE HAS BEEN
HEARING SO FAR AS SHE LOOKS TO
MODERNIZE THE CHILD WELFARE
SYSTEM.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Dunlop says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU, AGAIN, TO THE MEMBER.
SPEAKER, I WANT TO TAKE A
MOMENT AND THANK ALL OF THOSE
WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR ONLINE
SURVEY.
THERE WERE CHILDREN AND YOUTH
IN THE SYSTEM, FAMILIES,
INDIGENOUS PARTNERS, FAMILY LAW
PROFESSIONALS, CAREGIVERS,
FRONTLINE WORKERS, AND SECTOR
LEADERS WHO TOOK THE TIME TO
SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES.
I AM PROUD TO SHARE THAT WE HAD
OVER 3500 RESPONSES TO THE
SURVEY.
IT IS THROUGH THIS FEEDBACK
THAT WE CAN MODERNIZE THE
SYSTEM WHERE WE REDUCE BARRIERS
AND BUILD A SYSTEM THAT IS
FOCUSED ON PREVENTION AND EARLY
INTERVENTION.
THIS WOULD MEAN LESS CHILDREN
AND YOUTH WOULD BE PLACED IN
CARE AND MORE WOULD BE ABLE TO
STAY WITH THEIR FAMILIES, WHICH
WE KNOW PROVIDES THE BEST
OUTCOMES.
I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO
MEET WITH FRONTLINE WORKERS,
INCLUDING INDIGENOUS PARTNERS,
SO WE CAN CREATE A SYSTEM THAT
PROVIDES THE SERVICES NEEDED
FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH TO
SUCCEED AND THRIVE.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He speaks French and a translator says THANK
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER.
LAST WEEK STUDENTS FROM SCIENCE
AND EDUCATION FROM LAURENTIAN
UNIVERSITY FOUND OUT THAT THEY
ARE CANCELLING COURSES.
LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY OFFERS
CLASSES FOR STUDENTS FROM 7TH
TO THE 12TH GRADE COMPLETELY IN
FRENCH.
THE ANNOUNCE OF CANCELLING
THESE CLASSES WAS QUITE A SHOCK
FOR THE STUDENTS.
WHAT DOES THE PREMIER WANT TO
TELL STUDENTS THAT WOULD LIKE
TO BE EDUCATED IN FRENCH BUT
NOW ARE INCAPABLE OF TAKING
CLASSES OF THEIR CHOICE IN
FRENCH?

[END OF TRANSLATION]

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

[APPLAUSE]

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 lavender tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION.
OBVIOUSLY I THINK OUR
GOVERNMENT MADE SOME VERY, VERY
STRONG INDICATIONS EARLY IN MY
TIME AS MINISTER OF COLLEGES
AND UNIVERSITIES WORKING ALONG
SIDE OF OUR MINISTER OF
FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS WITH
RESPECT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF
ONTARIO.
THE AREA WE MADE WITH RESPECT
TO FRANCOPHONE RELATIONS AND
EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT TO US AS
A GOVERNMENT.
THE WORK WE ARE DOING IS TO
ENSURE WE FOSTER AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE OUR STUDENTS ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE CAN LEARN AND GAIN AN
EDUCATION AND ENSURE THAT THEY
DO SO IN A WAY THAT IS GOING TO
ALLOW THEM TO LEARN IN THE
FRENCH LANGUAGE.
WE ARE MAKING A LOT OF... WE'RE
DOING A LOT OF WORK TO ENSURE
THAT WE CAN WORK WITH THE
UNIVERSITY

The Speaker says RESPONSE

Romano says AND OTHER SUCH INSTITUTIONS.
WITH RESPECT TO MY FRIEND'S
COMMENTS ABOUT LAURENTIAN
SPECIFIC, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO
DISCUSS THIS WITH YOU FURTHER
AND HAPPY TO MEET WITH THE
PRESIDENT OF LAURENTIAN AS WELL
TO DISCUSS.

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. THE MEMBER for Mushkegowuk-James Bay.

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

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

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

He speaks French and a translator says AGAIN
TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER, ONCE
AGAIN THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE
OF THE CUTS IN EDUCATION,
POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AND TO
THE THE FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY
BY THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT.
IN 2018 THE PREMIER HAD USED
BILINGUAL EDUCATION AS A REASON
TO CUT IN EDUCATION ALL WHILE
THERE ARE... THERE IS GROWING
ENROLMENT AND TOO MANY STUDENTS
IN A SINGLE CLASS FOR FRENCH
CLASSES.
HOW WILL THE GOVERNMENT DEAL
WITH THE SHORTAGE OF FRENCH
TEACHERS IN THE PROVINCE?

[END OF TRANSLATION]

Romano says TO THE MINISTER OF
FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS.

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

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

Mulroney speaks French and a translator says THANK
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR HIS
QUESTION, BUT HE KNOWS VERY
WELL THAT IT'S OUR GOVERNMENT
THAT FINALLY FUNDED CONCRETE
FUNDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT
OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE
UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY.
IN ONTARIO.
HE KNOWS THAT THIS WAS A
PROMISE FROM THE FRANCOPHONE
COMMUNITY THAT'S BEEN ASKING
FOR THIS FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS,
AND THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HAD
15 YEARS TO FUND THIS
UNIVERSITY AND THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT DID NOT DO SO.
IN LESS THAN A YEAR, OUR
GOVERNMENT DID WHAT WAS NOT
DONE FOR A VERY LONG TIME FOR
THE FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY TO
ENSURE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE
FRANCOPHONE UNIVERSITY.
IN TERMS OF THE SHORTAGE OF
FRANCOPHONE TEACHERS, THIS IS
AN ISSUE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
STUDYING AND WORKING VERY
CLOSELY WITH THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION IN ORDER TO FOCUS ON
THIS AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL
FRANCOPHONE STUDENTS A) HAVE
THE TEACHERS THAT THEY NEED.

[APPLAUSE]

[END OF TRANSLATION]

McDonnell says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND RURAL
AFFAIRS.
MR. SPEAKER, FARMERS IN ONTARIO
HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH A COLD,
WET SPRING AND A DISAPPOINTING
HARVEST.
OFTEN THIS IS THE NATURE OF
FARMING AND WE HAVE TO DO OUR
BEST TO SUPPORT OUR FARMERS IN
THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.
LAST WEEK I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL
FROM A FARMER IN MY RIDING
TELLING ME AFTER A LONG AND
DIFFICULT HARVEST HIS PROPANE
SHIPMENTS HAVE BEEN CUT OFF DUE
TO A CN STRIKE.
I AM HAPPY TO SAY EARLIER THIS
MORNING THE STRIKE IS OVER.
NEVERTHELESS, THIS HIGHLIGHTS
THE DIFFICULTIES OUR FARMERS
FACE REGULARLY, ESPECIALLY
THOSE WHO WHEN WE RELY ON
PROPANE TO DRIVE THE HARVEST
WHICH OTHERWISE COULD BE LOST.
ANDY WAS NOT THE ONLY FARMER
STRUGGLING.
WILL THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
US ABOUT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT
HAS DONE ABOUT THIS STRIKE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Ernie Hardeman. PC. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs."

Hardeman is in his sixties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears glasses, a dark blue suit, white shirt, and spotted gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION.
I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT GIVEN
THE STRIKE IS ENDING, FARMERS
CAN REST ASSURED THAT CN RAIL
WORKERS WILL BE BACK ON THE JOB
TOMORROW AT 6:30 A.M. TO START
PROPANE SHIPMENTS AGAIN.
THIS WAS SQUARELY A FEDERAL
ISSUE.
LAST WEEK I CALLED MY FEDERAL
COUNTERPART TO PRESS THE
GRAVITY ON... FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT ON THIS ISSUE.
THE PREMIER, LIKEWISE, PRESSED
THE PREMIER ON THIS ISSUE
HIGHLIGHTING THE STRUGGLES
FARMERS FACE.
LAST FRIDAY I VISITED A CORN
FARMER IN MY RIDING FACING MUCH
THE SAME ISSUE THAT WAS
MENTIONED.
OUR GOVERNMENT ACTED QUICKLY
AND PRO ACTIVELY REVIEWED WAYS
TO HELP FARMERS DURING THIS
TIME.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS HIGHLIGHTS
THE VULNERABILITIES FARMERS
FACE REGULARLY BUT OUR
GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS BE READY
TO STAND UP FOR ONTARIO FARMERS
AND RURAL COMMUNITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
THANK YOU.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

McDonnell says THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR THAT QUESTION... THAT
ANSWER.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
REMAINS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING
FARMERS AND SUPPORTING RURAL
ONTARIO.
AND I AM ENCOURAGED THAT THE
STRIKE HAS ENDED AND ENCOURAGED
BY OUR GOVERNMENT'S QUICK
ACTION ON THE MATTER.
FARMERS HAVE STRUGGLED LONG
ENOUGH AND DESERVE CLARITY WHEN
IT COMES... WHEN EVERY EFFORT
IS MADE TO ENSURE THEY ARE ABLE
TO DRY THEIR HARVEST AND BRING
THEIR GOODS TO MARKET.
THEIR LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS ON IT.
UNFORTUNATELY I KNOW THIS ISN'T
THE ONLY FEDERAL CYBER THAT...
ISSUE THAT IS IMPACTING
FARMERS.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US THE
OTHER ISSUES HE IS WORKING ON
WITH HIS FEDERAL COUNTERPARTS?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE.

Hardeman says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE MEMBER, AGAIN, FOR THAT GREAT
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.
I AM PLEASED THAT THE MINISTER
HAS BEEN REAPPOINTED AND I LOOK
FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK
WITH HER ON THE CHALLENGES OUR
FARMERS HAVE FAING AND I
TALKED TO HER A NUMBER OF TIMES
SINCE THE REAPPOINTMENT.
ANOTHER URGENT FEDERAL ISSUE
IMPACTING OUR FARMERS IS THE
SHORTAGE OF PROCESSING CAPACITY
FOR OUR CATTLE.
THE CFIA HAS SUSPENDED THE
LICENSE OF ONE OF THE LARGE
FEDERAL PLANTS IN ONTARIO WHICH
MEANS FARMERS HAVE NOWHERE TO
SHIP THEIR CATTLE.
WE HAVE COMMUNICATED TO THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE URGENT
SITUATION OUR FARMERS ARE
FACING.
WE URGE THEM TO FIND A SOLUTION
AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE THAT
BOTH MAINTAINS OUR HIGH LEVELS
OF FOOD SAFETY AND CREATES
CAPACITY FOR OUR FARMERS.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO STANDING UP
FOR OUR FARMERS AND WORKING
WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS THEY
ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES OUR
FARMERS ARE FACING, AND THANK
YOU, AGAIN, FOR THE QUESTION.

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

The caption changes to "Joel Harden. NDP. Ottawa Centre."

Harden is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with short curly brown hair. He wears a gray suit and a checkered blue shirt.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE DEPUTY
PREMIER.
OVER THE WEEKEND WE LEARNED
FROM A CBC MARKETPLACE
INVESTIGATION THAT SOME SENIORS
HOMES ARE USING ONTARIO'S
TRESPASSING LAW TO BAN FAMILY
MEMBERS FROM VISITING THEIR
LOVED ONES WHEN THEY SPEAK OUT
ABOUT THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS.
IN OTTAWA MARY WAS BAND BANNED
FROM SEEING HER 97-YEAR-OLD
MOTHER FOR 316 DAYS AFTER SHE
RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT HER MOM'S
LIVING SITUATION.
SPEAKER, IT'S NOT AN ISOLATED
INCIDENT.
THE ADVOCACY CENTRE FOR THE
ELDERLY GETS CALLED ABOUT
TRESPASSING MATTERS LIKE THIS
AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.
IN MY OPINION, AND I THINK IN
THE HOUSE OPINION, BANNING
FAMILY MEMBERS FOR RAISING
CONCERNS ABOUT LIVING
CONDITIONS OF SENIORS IS WRONG,
SO MY QUESTION FOR THIS
GOVERNMENT, WILL THEY LAUNCH A
FULL INVESTIGATION INTO
RETIREMENT HOMES USING
TRESPASSING LAWS IN THESE WAYS
TO MAKE SURE FAMILY MEMBERS CAN
ACCESS THEIR LOVED ONES

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
SENIORS AND ACCESSIBILITY.

The caption changes to "Honourable Raymond Cho. PC. Minister for Seniors and Accessibility."

Cho is in his late fifties, clean-shaven, with short side-parted black hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER RAISING THAT QUESTION.
I AM WELL AWARE OF THIS, AND
IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT ONE
OF THE FAMILY MEMBER IS BANNED
FOR COMING INTO THE... THE
LONG-TERM CARE HOME BECAUSE OF
SOME... SOME... HOW CAN I SAY
IT?
UNEASY INCIDENT HAPPENED AND IT
IS NOW BEING INVESTIGATED AND I
WILL GET MORE DETAILS LATER FOR
THE SENIOR WHO IS 97 YEARS OLD
AND HER DAUGHTER COULD CONTACT
THE MOTHER IN DIFFERENT WAYS
BECAUSE WHEN THE DAUGHTER COMES
TO THE RETIREMENT HOME THERE IS
SOME VIOLENT INCIDENT HAPPEN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE

Cho says SO I WOULD LIKE TO GET MORE
DETAILS AND NEXT TIME I WILL
GET MORE DETAILED ANSWER TO
YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

[APPLAUSE]

Harden says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
BACK TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER OR
THE MINISTER, JUST TO BE CLEAR,
THIS IS A CBC MARKETPLACE
STUDY.
ANY OF US CAN AVAIL OURSELVES
IN WATCHING THIS.
IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED IT YOU
MUST.
IN THIS CASE MARY WAS NOT
ALLOWED TO SEE HER MOM ON
CHRISTMAS, ON THANKSGIVING, AND
EVEN HER BIRTHDAY.
316 DAYS FOR ASKING QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF
HER MOTHER.
THAT'S NOT DISRESPECTFUL OF THE
STAFF.
THAT IS THE DUTY OF US AND
FAMILIES TO TAKE CARE OF EACH
OTHER.
I THINK IT'S UNACCEPTABLE THAT
MARY HAD TO RISK ARREST,
SPEAKER, SHE DEFIED THE
TRESPASS ORDER, WENT INTO THE
HOME, AND WAITED FOR POLICE TO
COME SO SHE COULD RAISE HER
OBJECTION TO THIS PROCESS AND I
WANT THIS GOVERNMENT TO TAKE
THIS CONCERN SERIOUSLY.
I'M NOT TRYING TO SCORE POINTS.
I WANT YOU AS A MINISTER...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Harden says TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING
ABOUT THIS.
I WANT YOU TO USE YOUR POWER...

The Speaker says ORDER

Harden says TO INVESTIGATE RETIREMENT
HOMES TO MAKE SURE MARY AND
OTHER LOVED ONES GET THE ACCESS
TO THEIR LOVED ONES IN A TIMELY
BASIS.
PLEASE DO YOUR JOB.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Cho says THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE
QUESTION
QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER.
AT THE PRESENT TIME THE
SITUATION IS UNDER
INVESTIGATION SO I CANNOT
ANSWER MORE IN DETAIL BUT MAKE
SURE THAT WE WILL HELP THIS
FAMILY AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE
STAFF AND ALL THE REST IN THE
RETIREMENT HOME.
I WILL GET BACK TO YOU MORE
LATER.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says question. The member for DON VALLEY NORTH.

The caption changes to "Vincent Ke. PC. Don Valley North."

Ke is in his fifties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears glasses, a blue suit, blue shirt, and patterned blue tie.

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
ASSOCIATED MINISTER OF MENTAL
HEALTH AND ASSISTANCE.
MINISTER, SUICIDES CONTINUE TO
AFFECT TOO MANY PEOPLE AND
FAMILIES ACROSS ONTARIO EACH
AND EVERY DAY.
IN FACT, SUICIDES HAVE BECOME
THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF
DEATH FOR YOUNG CANADIAN AGED
15 TO 19.
WE KNOW THAT IN ONTARIO ABOUT
14 percent OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
REPORTED HAVING SERIOUS
CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE IN THE
PAST YEAR, AND ABOUT 4 percent
REPORTED HAVING ATTEMPT
SUICIDE.
THIS NUMBERS ARE SHOCKING.
MINISTER, COULD YOU PLEASE
SHARE WITH THE MEMBER OF THIS
LEGISLATURE WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT
IS DOING TO ADDRESS SUICIDES IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO?
THANK YOU.

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

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.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
FROM DON VALLEY-NORTH FOR THAT
QUESTION.
AS THE MEMBER MENTIONED,
MR. SPEAKER, SUICIDE CONTINUES
TO AFFECT MANY PEOPLE AND
FAMILIES ACROSS ONTARIO EACH
AND EVERY YEAR.
INCLUDING FAR TOO MANY YOUNG
PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES
THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS WHY WE
WILL CONTINUE TO INVEST 3.8
BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT
TEN YEARS TO BUILD AN
INTEGRATED MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION SYSTEM.
OUR INVESTMENT, MR. SPEAKER,
WILL REACH ACROSS INDIVIDUAL'S
ENTIRE LIFE-SPAN WHERE SERVICES
ARE EASIER TO ACCESS, OF HIGH
QUALITY, AND FOCUSED ON BETTER
OUTCOMES FOR ONTARIANS,
INCLUDING CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND
THEIR FAMILIES.

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

Tibollo speaks French and a translator says OUR
INVESTMENTS WILL COVER THE
WHOLE LIFE OF A PERSON SO THAT
THE SERVICES ARE EASIER TO
ACCESS AND THIS WILL GIVE A
BETTER TREATMENT TO ALL
INCLUDING CHILDREN AND
FAMILIES.

[END OF TRANSLATION]

Ke says THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER
FOR HIS RESPONSE.
I AM THRILLED TO HEAR THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS TAKING THE
ONGOING ISSUES AROUND SUICIDE
VERY SERIOUSLY.
SUICIDES CONTINUE TO AFFECT
PEOPLE OF ALL AGE ACROSS
ONTARIO AND IT IS REASSURING TO
HEAR THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
TAKING REAL ACTION TO ADDRESS
SUICIDE.
AND IS SUPPORTING SUICIDE
PREVENTION INITIATIVE ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
I KNOW THAT CONSTITUENTS IN MY
RIDING WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE
ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND SERVICES
THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO
MAY BE STRUGGLING.
MINISTER, COULD YOU PLEASE
PROVIDE SOME ADDITIONAL DETAILS
ABOUT THE INVESTMENT WE ARE
MAKING

The Speaker says QUESTION

Ke says TO ADDRESS THE ONGOING
ISSUE OF SUICIDES IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
MINISTER TO REPLY.

Tibollo says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY
KNOWING THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
TAKEN REAL ACTION TO ADDRESS
THE ONGOING ISSUES SURROUNDING
SUICIDE ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.
RECENTLY OUR GOVERNMENT WAS
PROUD TO ANNOUNCE AN INVESTMENT
OF 3 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THREE
YEARS IN A NEW MENTAL HEALTH
INITIATIVE CALLED PROJECT NOW
WHICH AIMS TO END CHILD AND
YOUTH SUICIDE IN MISSISSAUGA
WITHIN THE NEXT DECADE BY THE
YEAR 2029.
RECENT INVESTMENTS,
MR. SPEAKER, ALSO INCLUDE 6
MILLION DOLLARS IN INTENSIVE SERVICES
FOR YOUTH WITH ADDICTIONS
DURING OR INCLUDING WITHDRAWL,
MANAGEMENT SERVICES, AND
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT AND 3.5
MILLION DOLLARS FOR EARLY
INTERVENTION SERVICES.
IN ADDITION, WE'LL BE PROVIDING
3.3 MILLION DOLLARS OVER FOUR
YEARS TO TEST AN INTEGRATED
YOUTH SERVICES APPROACH KNOWN AS
YOUTH WELLNESS HUBS.
MR. SPEAKER, INVESTMENTS ARE
ALSO BEING MADE ACROSS OUR
GOVERNMENT SUCH AS THE MENTAL
HEALTH SCHOOL... IF INITIATIVES
IN THE SCHOOL.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for LONDON WEST.

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

Sattler is in her late fifties, with short wavy blond hair in a bob. She wears glasses and a black blazer over a patterned black and white shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
SPEAK
SPEAKER, MORE THAN 18 MONTHS
AGO THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR
ORDERED ISABELLE FORD'S
EMPLOYER MANKIND GROOMING TO
PAY HER 5,000 IN BACK WAGES.
WHEN THE PAYMENT DEADLINE WAS
MISSED THE ORDER WAS SENT TO
THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE BUT THE
MINISTRY HAS NOT COLLECTED THE
PAYMENT BECAUSE THE COMPANY SHE
WORKED FOR CHANGED ITS LEGAL
NAME.
SHE SAYS SHE HAD NO WAY OF
KNOWING THAT THE MINISTRY OF
LABOUR WOULD DO ESSENTIALLY
NOTHING TO ENFORCE ITS OWN
REGULATIONS AND SHE HAS YET TO
RECEIVE HER MONEY.
SPEAKER, WILL THIS GOVERNMENT
ACT NOW TO ENFORCE ORDERS
AGAINST EMPLOYERS LIKE
ISABELLES WHO BREAK WORKPLACE
LAWS?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.
MINISTER OF LABOUR, TRAINING,
AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER, AND I COMMEND THE MEMBER FOR LONDON-WEST FOR
THIS QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR, OUR
GOVERNMENT STANDS SHOULDER IS
TO SHOULDER WITH EVERY WORKER
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
AS MINISTER OF LABOUR, TRAINING, AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, MR. SPEAKER, I
EXPECT THAT THE EMPLOYMENT
STANDARDS ACT IS FOLLOWED TO
THE LETTER AND, MR. SPEAKER, I
BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT THE
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
ACT SHOULD BE FOLLOWED AS WELL.
MR. SPEAKER, I WILL HAVE MORE
TO SAY IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY ON
THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE, BUT,
AGAIN, WE EXPECT THE EMPLOYMENT
STANDARDS ACT TO BE FOLLOWED
AND THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND
SAFETY ACT TO BE FOLLOWED

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Sattler says SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
NOT... IS NOT STANDING SHOULDER
TO SHOULDER WITH ISBELL AND
OTHER WORKERS.
A YEAR AGO THE MINISTRY OF
LABOUR RULED THAT ONE JOSE WAS
OWED MORE THAN 25,000 IN LOST
WAGES AND BENEFITS.
LIKE ISABELLE, HE IS STILL
WAITING FOR HIS MONEY.
THE CORPORATION THAT OWNED
DOMINO'S PIZZA, HIS EMPLOYER,
SIMPLY DISSOLVED TWO MONTHS
AFTER THE IT WAS ISSUED.
THEY CAN'T COLLECT FROM A
COMPANY THAT NO LONGER EXISTS
EVEN THOUGH.COM.COM NEO-S IS
STILL GOING STRONG.
YOU CAN GO THERE TODAY AND
ORDER A PIZZA.
SPEAKER, ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF
EMPLOYS WHOSE WAGES ARE STOLEN
BY THEIR EMPLOYERS NEVER
RECEIVE WHAT THEY ARE OWE.
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT CLOSE THE
LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW EMPLOYERS
TO IGNORE THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO
THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THEM?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
LABOUR.

McNaughton says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, AS
MINISTER OF LABOUR, TRAINING,
AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT I
BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT WHEN
SOMEONE GOES TO WORK THEY
DESERVE TO BE PAID FOR A FAIR
DAY'S WORK, BUT, MR. SPEAKER,
LET ME TELL YOU A BIT ABOUT
WHAT WE DID IN OUR MINISTRY IN
2018 AND 2019.
MR. SPEAKER, WE RESOLVED 22,434
CLAIMS IN THE PROVINCE TO
ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WERE PAID
FOR A DAY'S WORK AND FOR THEIR
TIME WORKING WITH AN EMPLOYER.
MR. SPEAKER, WE CONTINUE TO
STAND SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER WITH
EVERY SINGLE WORKER IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY I AM
PROUD OF OUR TRACK RECORD IN 16
MONTHS WE HAVE CREATED MORE
THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS NEW JOBS...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says WAGES ARE GOING UP, AND,
MR. SPEAKER, I THOUGHT THE MEMBER FOR LONDON-WEST WOULD
SUPPORT OUR ACTION TO ELIMINATE
PROVINCIAL INCOME TAX FOR THOSE earning under 30000 dollars per year.

Watch: Question Period: Tuesday, November 26, 2019