Transcript: Question Period: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | Dec 11, 2019

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

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

He says IT IS NOW TIME FOR QUESTION PERIOD.
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 light gray blazer over a dark red shirt, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says THANK YOU MR.
SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION IS
FOR THE PREMIER.
TODAY PARENTS AND TEACHERS
ACROSS ONTARIO WOKE UP WONDERING
WHETHER THEIR SCHOOLS WILL BE
OPEN TOMORROW AND HOW TO MANAGE
TO MAKE THE DAY WORK IF THEY
AREN'T.
IT'S BEEN A ROUGH YEAR FILLED
WITH DISRUPTION AND CLASSROOM
CUTS, AND AFTER A YEAR OF DOING
HIS UTMOST TO PICK A FIGHT WITH
TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM, HIS
VOICE HAS FALLEN SITE AS WE FACE
OUR FIRST EDUCATION STRIKE IN 22
YEARS.
WILL THE PREMIER BREAK HIS
SILENCE AND AND SAY WHAT HE'S
WILLING TO DO TO FIX THE
CLASSROOM CRISIS THAT HE'S
CREATED.

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED THE PREMIER.
REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS
GOVERNMENT IS TO KEEP KIDS IN
CLASS.
WE'RE NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH
TO ACHIEVE THAT OBJECTIVE AS WE
DID WITH CUPE A MONTH AGO.
WE WANT TO CALL OFF THIS
NEEDLESS STRIKE.
THEY HAVE... TO INVOKE PRIVATE
MEDIATION TO WORK WITH ALL
PARTIES TO KEEP STUDENTS IN
CLASS.
THAT'S WHAT OUR FOCUS SHOULD DO.
THE FACT IS, SPEAKER, WE'VE BEEN
TOLD SO CLEARLY THAT IF THE
GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO DOESN'T
GIVE ANOTHER 750 MILLION DOLLARS,
THEY'RE GOING TO STRIKE.
THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.
IT'S TIME WE PUT STUDENTS FIRST
IN THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says IT'S TIME
THIS LEADERSHIP DAY
RESPONSIBILITY AND DEAL WITH THE
CRISIS THEY'VE CREATED.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS AND
EDUCATION WORKERS HAVE BEEN
CRYSTAL CLEAR ABOUT HOW THIS CAN
BE RESOLVED.
THEY WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO BACK
AWAY FROM THE RECKLESS CLASSROOM
CUTS AND REVERSE PLANS TO
INCREASE CLASS SIZES AND IMPOSE
ALABAMA STYLE MANDATORY ONLINE
LEARNING.
SO IF THE PREMIER WANTS TO
DE-ESCALATE THE SITUATION AND
GET BACK TO THE TABLE, THAT'S
THE SIMPLE SOLUTION.
GET RID OF THOSE CUTS.
GET RID OF THAT MANDATORY ONLINE
E-LEARNING.
WILL HE ACTUALLY DO THAT?

The Speaker says QUESTION
REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, AND ALSO GIVE A
1.5 BILLION DOLLAR INCREASE, TO THE
SECOND HIGHEST PAID TEACHERS IN
THE NATION.

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO ASK
THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO TO
WITHDRAW.
MINISTER OF EDUCATION PLEASE
CONCLUDE YOUR REPLIES.

Lecce says THE OECD REPORT DEMONSTRATES
TOERNT EDUCATORS INTEREST AMONG
THE HIGHEST REMUNERATED, PAID IN
THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD.
THE FACT, IS, SPEAKER, WE'RE
BEING REASONABLE WITH THE
TAXPAYERS OF THIS PROVINCE.
WE'RE ASKING A 750 MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE, WE THINK THAT'S FAIR.
AND WE THINK STUDENTS SHOULD NOT
BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS
DISCUSS.
WHAT THEY SHOULD DO IS CALL OFF
THE STRIKE.
WHAT OSTFF SHOULD DO IS COME TO
THE TABLE AND INVOKE MEDIATION
WITHOUT PRECONDITION.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WITH AUDOUX
RESPECT, THE PREMIER NEEDS TO
SPEAK TO ONTARIANS IN THIS
REGARD.
TEACHERS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES
OPPOSED TO THESE CUTS.
PERSON OF INTEREST MADE IT CLEAR
THEY DON'T WANT THEIR KIDS
FORCED INTO ONLINE LEARNING
COURSES THAT WON'T WORK FOR
THEM.
STUDENTS MARCHED OUT OF SCHOOLS
ACROSS ONTARIO TO PROTEST LARGER
CLASS SIZES AND FEWER COURSE
OPTIONS.
THE PREMIER HAS NO MANDATE TO
MAKE THESE CUTS, SPEAKER.
NO ONE IN OUR SCHOOLS HAS ASKED
FOR THEM.
WHY IS HE SO DETERMINED, THEN,
TO IMPOSE THESE CUTS?

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Lecce says SPEAKER, THE PREMIER IS
DETERMINED TO KEEP KIDS IN
CLASS.
THAT'S WHY WE'VE BEEN
NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH.
THAT'S HOW WE GOT A DEAL WITH
CUPE ONE MONTH AGO.
THE PREMIER IS OFFERING A
750 MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE TO
EDUCATORS IN THIS PROVINCE WHO
WE VALUE.
SPEAKER, WHAT WE'RE TOLD BY
OSSTF IS IF WE DO NOT GIVE THEM
AN ADDITIONAL 750 MILLION DOLLARS OF TAX
DOLLARS, I'M TOLD, WE'RE TOLD
THEY WILL STRIKE AGAIN.
THAT'S TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE TO
THIS GOVERNMENT.
WE'RE BEING REASONABLE.
WE'RE TRYING TO PUT STUDENTS AT
THE CENTRE OF THIS DISCUSSION.
IT'S WHY, SPEAKER WE'VE
INCREASED INVESTMENT BY AN
ADDITIONAL, ON TRACK TO SPEND AN
ADDITIONAL 1.2 MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR
THAN LAST YEAR IN THE DEFENCE OF
PUBLIC EDUCATION.
MY MESSAGE TO OSSTF IS CLEAR,
CANCEL THIS NEEDLESS STRIKE.

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.

Horwath says I CAN TELL
YOU IF THE PREMIER IS DETERMINED
TO SOLVE THIS CRISIS HE KNOWS
VERY WELL WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO.
HE NEEDS TO STAND IN HIS PLACE
TODAY AND LET THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO KNOW THAT HE HAS A REAL
SERIOUS DESIRE TO FIX THE MESS
THAT HE'S CREATED.
STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS HAVE
ALREADY DEALT WITH A LOT THIS
YEAR.
THEY'VE SEEN COURSES VANISH
BEFORE THEIR EYES.
THEY'VE SEEN CLASSES GROWING IN
SIZE.
THEY'VE EVEN LEARNED THAT WATER
IN THEIR SCHOOLS MIGHT NOT BE
SAFE TO DRINK.
THE PREMIER CAN'T HIDE FROM
THIS, SPEAKER, ESPECIALLY AFTER
DOING SO MUCH TO CREATE THE
CONFLICT THAT WE'RE SEEING
TODAY.
SO I'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM THE
PREMIER DIRECTLY.
WHAT STEPS IS HE WILLING TO TAKE
TO BRING PEOPLE TO THE TABLE AND
SOLVE THIS CRISIS?

The Speaker says QUESTION ADDRESS
TO THE PREMIER.

Premier Ford says TO THE MINISTER.

The Speaker says TO THE MINISTER.

Lecce says WE'RE ASKING TO ACCEPT OUT
MEDIATION PRIVATE LEGISLATION
AND EVERY MEMBER SHOULD
ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO SO.
THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE STRIKE LAST
WEDNESDAY KNOWING THAT TOOL IS
AVAILABLE.
THE REPORT SAID SALARIES FOR
ONTARIO PUBLIC TEACHERS WITH TEN
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ARE AMONGST
THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION.
10,000 MORE THAN THE AVERAGE
CANADIAN.
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE BEEN
REASONABLE, OFFERING 750 MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE TO TEACHER PAY.
WHAT WE'RE HEARING IF WE DO NOT
ACCEPT AN ADDITIONAL
750 MILLION DOLLARS OF TAX DOLLARS,
THEY WILL STRIKE AGAIN.
THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE AND IT'S
TIME WE PUT STUDENTS FIRST IN
THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO ATTEMPT TO
GO BACK TO THE PREMIER.
FOR WEEKS THE FORD GOVERNMENT
HAS FOCUSED ON DODGING BLAME AND
SCORING POINTS IN THE PRESS WHEN
THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON
KIDS IN THE CLASSROOM.
ELEMENTARY REPORTS CORRECT THE
MINISTER WHEN HE SAYS HE WAS
LASER FOCUSED ON BARGAINING
WHILE THEY WERE ACTUALLY WAITING
A WEEK BETWEEN BARGAINING DATES.
WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT MORE
INTERESTED IN ORGANIZING PRESS
CONFERENCES AND DODGING BLAME
THAN ACTUALLY FINDING A
SOLUTION?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, THE FOCUS OF THE
GOVERNMENT IS TO KEEP THE
CHILDREN OF THIS PROVINCE IN
CLASS.
WE'VE BEEN NEGOTIATING IN GOOD
FAITH.
IT'S HOW WE GOT A GOOD DEAL WITH
CUPE THAT ENSURE STUDENTS REMAIN
IN POSITIVE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENTS.
THE PRIORITY OF THE GOVERNMENT
IS TO KEEP FOCUS ON OUR
GOVERNMENT.
WE ANNOUNCED AN ADDITIONAL
200 MILLION MORE DOLLARS IN THE
DEFENCE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.
MR. SPEAKER, LET THE FACTS BE
PART OF THIS DISCUSSION.
SINCE 2003, THERE ARE 12 percent MORE
EDUCATORS IN THIS PROVINCE AND
LESS THAN 1 percent MORE STUDENTS.
SPEAKER, WE HAVE INVESTED IN
EDUCATION.
WE ARE OFFERING A 750 MILLION DOLLAR REASONABLE AND FAIR INCREASE TO
OUR EDUCATORS.
SOME OF THE BEST EDUCATORS IN
THE WORLD.
MR. SPEAKER WHAT WE'RE TOLD, IF
WE DON'T GIVE ANOTHER
750 MILLION DOLLARS MORE, THEY WILL
STRIKE.
THIS IS 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS WE THINK IS
UNFAIR TO THE TEACHERS OF THIS
PROVINCE, AND I'M URGING OSSTF
TO WORK WITH US IN GOOD FAITH
AND CANCEL THIS STRIKE.

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON EAST STONY CREEK COME
TO ORDER.
MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION.

Horwath says THEIR VAJ HAS
BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF AN ABJECT
FAILURE.
THIS COMES DOWN AT THE END OF THE DERICKX SPEAKER, THIS COMES
STRAIGHT DOWN TO LEADERSHIP, AND
THE BUCK STOPS WITH THE PREMIER
OF THIS PROVINCE.
HE CAN'T SIT SILENTLY AND HOPES
THIS GOES AWAY.
WE CAN AVOID A STRIKE TOMORROW
IF THE PREMIER REVERSES HIS PLAN
FOR CLASSROOM SIZES TO INCREASE.
AND REVERSES HIS PLAN FOR
ALABAMA-STYLE MANDATORY ONLINE
COURSES.
SO WILL THE PREMIER ACTUALLY
SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP HERE, STAND
IN HIS PLACE TODAY AND SAY THAT
HE WILL DO THAT, SPEAKER?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
EDUCATION TO REPLY.

Lecce says MR. SPEAKER, THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION LEFT OUT ANOTHER
ELEMENT OF THEIR TOP THREE PARTY
LIST, A 1.5 BILLION DOLLAR REQUEST OR
DEMAND OF THE TAKES PAIRS OF
THIS PROVINCE, IF WE GIVE THEM
THAT, IF WE GIVE AN ADDITIONAL
750 MILLION MORE DOLLARS, THE
TAXPAYER, PAID BY THE TAXPAYERS,
THEN THEY WILL CONSIDER PRIVATE
MEDIATION, NOT EVEN GET A DEAL.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S UP
ACCEPTABLE AND PARENTS ARE
DEMANDING EVERY MEMBER OF THIS
LEGISLATURE TO STAND UP AGAINST
ESCALATION.
WE BELIEVE SPEAKER THAT OSSTF
SHOULD CANCEL THIS NEEDLESS
STRIKE, STAY FOCUSED ON OUR
STUDENTS, SHOULD REMAIN FOCUSED
ON KEEPING THEM IN CLASS.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO
EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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

Horwath says MY NEXT QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER.
THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO REALIZE
THAT NOBODY, NOBODY TRUSTS THEIR
NUMBERS.
THEY HAVE NOT BEEN VERY GOOD.
LET THE FORMER ENVIRONMENTAL
ADMISSIONER, THE OFFICE OF THE
LEGISLATURE, WHO USED TO PROVIDE
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH ON THE
ENVIRONMENT BEFORE THE PREMIER
FIRED HER, HAS JOINED THE
AUDITOR GENERAL IN SLAMMING THE
FORD GOVERNMENT MADE TO FAIL
CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN.
SHE DESCRIBES THE PREMIER'S
DEFENCE OF THE PLAN AS COMPLETE
NONSENSE.
DOES THE PREMIER THINK THAT SHE
SHOULD ALSO WAIT UNTIL 2030
BEFORE OFFERING HER OPINION?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER.

Ford says THE HOUSE
LEADER.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.
ORDER.

The caption changes to "Honourable Paul A. Calandra. PC. Government House Leader."

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION.
WHAT THE AUDITOR GENERAL DID SAY
WAS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT REMAINS
ON TRACK TO REDUCING GREENHOUSE
GAS EMISSIONS, THAT'S ACTUALLY
REALLY GOOD NEWS FOR THE PEOPLE
OF THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, MR.
SPEAKER.
OBVIOUSLY WE THANK THE AUDITOR
GENERAL FOR HER WORK.
SHE ALSO DID HIGHLIGHT THAT THE
PLAN NEEDS TO... THERE NEEDS TO
BE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PLAN.
THE MINISTER HIMSELF HAS SAID
THAT THIS IS A LIVING, BREATHING
PLAN THAT WILL CHANGE AS
CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE.
JUST LAST WEEK THE PREMIER
ANNOUNCED THAT ONTARIO, NEW
BRUNSWICK, AND SASKATCHEWAN
WOULD PARTNER UP IN SMR IN
EXPANDING SMR TECHNOLOGIES.
THAT'S GOOD NEWS.
THAT WASN'T IN THE ORIGINAL
PLAN, BUT IT'S GOOD NEWS.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TRANSIT AND
TRANSPORTATION.
WE'RE ON TRACK BECAUSE THE
PREMIER HAS MADE THIS A
PRIORITY.
HE HAS SAID WE WILL MEET OUR
TARGETS, HE SAID THAT TO OUR
CAUCUS AND CABINET, MR. SPEAKER.
WE WILL MEET OUR TARGETS.
WE ASK THE OPPOSITION TO HELP US
TO DO THAT.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says I'M GOING
BACK TO THE PREMIER ON THIS
QUESTION.
AT THAT TIME WHEN THE WORLD IS
COMING TOGETHER TO CONFRONT THE
CLIMATE CRISIS AND THE STAKES
COULD NOT POSSIBLY BE ANY
HIGHER.
ONTARIO'S PREMIER IS NOT JUST
DEFENDING A PLAN THAT'S
ACCURATELY DESCRIBED AS BASED
NOT ON SOUND EVIDENCE, BUT
TELLING PEOPLE, DEMANDING URGENT
ACTION THAT HE WON'T LISTEN TO
THEM UNTIL 2030.
SO I'M ASKING THE PREMIER
DIRECTLY, WHY IS HE DRAGGING
ONTARIO BACKWARDS, EXACTLY WHEN
THE REST OF THE WORLD IS MOVING
TOWARDS ACTION ON CLIMATE
CHANGE?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE
LEADER.

Calandra says MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING COULD BE
FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
IN FACT, THIS GOVERNMENT AND THE
PREVIOUS ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HAVE
ALWAYS BEEN LEADERS WHEN IT
COMES TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
WE'RE LEADING THE NATIONS IN
TERMS OF OUR GHG REDUCTION
EMISSIONS.
THE PREMIER HAS SAID VERY
CLEARLY WE WILL MEET OUR
TARGETS.
LET'S LOOK AT THE WHAT THE NDP
HAVE TO OFFER.
THEY SAID THEY WANT TO OFFER A
NEW GREEN DEAL, BUT NOT UNTIL
2022.
WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS RIGHT NOW
WITH OUR ONTARIO, MADE IN
ONTARIO ENVIRONMENT PLAN, MR.
SPEAKER.
WHAT ELSE... THEY SAY WE HAVE TO
TAKE URGENT ACTION ON FLOODS,
BUT WHAT DO THEY HAVE ON THE
TABLE?
NOTHING.
WE HAVE ON THE TABLE, WE FOCUSED
THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES,
MR. SPEAKER.
THEY SAID THEY WANTED TO TALK
ABOUT SPECIES AT RISK AND
EXTINCTION, BUT WHAT DO THEY PUT
ON THE TABLE?
NOTHING, MR. SPEAKER.
ON EVERY SINGLE POINT THEY'RE
TELLING THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO
WAIT UNTIL 2022.
PROBABLY WHY THEY'VE ONLY WON
ONE ELECTION SINCE
CONFEDERATION, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE MEMBER FOR MARKHAM-UNIONVILLE.

The caption changes to "Billy Pang. PC. Markham-Unionville."

Pang is in his late forties, 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.
SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
PREMIER, WE HAVE SPOKEN BEFORE
ABOUT THE NEED TO UNITE THIS
COUNTRY ECONOMICALLY.
YOU HAVE SAID PREVIOUSLY WHAT IS
GOOD FOR ONTARIO IS GOOD FOR
CANADA, AND VICE VERSA.
YOU EVEN PUT THESE WORDS INTO
ACTION RECENTLY IN YOUR
LEADERSHIP ROLE AT THE COUNCIL
OF THE FEDERATION MEETING.
DEMONSTRATING HOW OUR PROVINCE
SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER
AGAINST THE WORLD AND NOT
COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER.
EVEN THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF
CANADA STEPHEN POLOZ WAS
RECENTLY QUOTED IN "GLOBE and
MAIL" SAYING THAT, QUOTE, THERE
ARE SO MANY FRONTS ON WHICH
FEDERAL PROVINCIAL
COLLABORATIONS WOULD BE BETTER.
UNQUOTE.
PREMIER, CAN YOU SPEAK TO THE
LEGISLATURE MORE ABOUT THE
IMPORTANCE OF ENDING
INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE BARRIER
AND THE POSITIVE IMPACTS THAT
THERE WILL BE FOR ALL CANADIANS?
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER.

Ford says THANK YOU, MR.
SPEAKER.
SPEAKER.
SPEAKER.

Members of the government caucus rise in ovation.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS, PLEASE
TAKE YOUR SEATS.
ORDER.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING.
ORDER.
STOP THE CLOCK.
ORDER.
ORDER.
RESTART THE CLOCK.
PREMIER TO REPLY.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR.
SPEAKER, AND I WANT TO THANK THE
OPPOSITION FOR THE STANDING
OVATION.
I KNOW WE'VE BEEN DOING A GREAT
JOB.
THANK YOU.
I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR GREAT
ALL-STAR MPP FROM
MARKHAM-UNIONVILLE, BUT I WANT
TO GIVE A SPECIAL SHOUTOUT TO
BLOOR COLLEGIATE.
I MET WITH STUDENTS DOWNSTAIRS.
THEY HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE UNDER
OUR GOVERNMENT.
THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY...

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says MR. SPEAKER,
THEY CAN GO HOME AND TELL THEIR
PARENTS THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY
ABOUT THE HIGH TAXES THAT'S SEEN
OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS.
THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT
THE 300,000 JOBS THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT AND THE NDP RAN OUT
OF THIS PROVINCE, BECAUSE OUR
PROVINCE IS BOOMING.
PEOPLE ARE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU, THANK
YOU VERY MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Pang says MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.
PREMIER THOSE ARE VERY POWERFUL
COMMENTS BY GOVERNOR POLOZ, WHO
IS A WELL-KNOWN SPEAKER.
BUT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WORK
IN ISOLATION.
WE'RE IMPACTED BY COMMUNITIES.
YOU WERE RECENTLY IN WASHINGTON
AND EXPERIENCED THE FIRSTHAND
IMPORTANT ROLES AND IMPACTS THAT
THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCE MARKET
HAVE ON ONTARIO AND CANADA
NEGOTIATIONS.
CAN YOU COMMENT ON WHAT THE
ECONOMIC COMMUNITY HAS SAID
REGARDING THE IMPACTS THAT THE
PROVINCIAL TRADE IS HAVING ON
ONTARIO AND EVEN CANADA.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says I THANK OUR
GREAT MPP FOR THAT QUESTION.
YES, WE HAD A GREAT MEETING BY
THE WAY WITH THE PREMIERS,
MAKING SURE WE HAVE A NATION
THAT'S UNITED, NOT DIVIDED LIKE
WE SAW AFTER THE LAST ELECTION
OF THE EVERY SINGLE PREMIER LEFT
HERE FEELING POSITIVE, HAVING A
LITTLE BIT OF CERTAINTY THAT
THEY CAN BRING HOME TO THEIR
PROVINCE.
WE DISCUSSED INTERPROVINCIAL
TRADE, THAT'S 50 BILLION DOLLARS SITTING ON THE TABLE TO MAKE
SURE THAT EACH PROVINCE CAN
TRADE FREELY AMONGST THE
COUNTRY.
MR. SPEAKER, IT'S EASIER TO
TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES
THAN IT IS AMONGST THE
PROVINCES, BUT WE'RE GOING TO
FIX THAT.
WE HAD A GREAT MEETING IN
WASHINGTON, MET GOVERNOR HOGAN,
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, U.S.
GOVERNORS ARE COMING TO TORONTO.
OUR PROVINCE IS THRIVING.
WE'RE THE ENVY OF NORTH AMERICA
RIGHT NOW.
THE ENVY OF NORTH AMERICA.
THEY COULDN'T BELIEVE WE WERE
DOING 390 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN
TRADE, TWO-WAY TRADE WITH THE
UNITED STATES, MR. SPEAKER.
AGAIN, PROSPERITY IS HERE IN
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

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

She says THANK YOU, GOOD MORNING,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER.
YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT IS APPEALING A RULING
THAT OVERTURNED THEIR ATTACK ON
POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS,
UNIVERSITIES, AND COLLEGE
CAMPUSES ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
THE COURTS WERE CLEAR, SPEAKER,
THIS GOVERNMENT'S TERRIBLE
POLICIES WERE STRUCK DOWN AS A
HUGE OVERSTEP BY THE GOVERNMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, WILL THE PREMIER
ABANDON HIS UNNECESSARY APPEAL
AND STOP WASTING TAXPAYER
DOLLARS WITH YET ANOTHER LOSING
LAWSUIT?

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER FOR
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

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

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 black suit, white shirt, and black tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
ENSURING THAT TUITION IS
AFFORDABLE FOR ALL STUDENTS IN
ONTARIO.
WE'VE SPOKEN ABOUT THIS FOR A
VERY LONG TIME, MR. SPEAKER,
BACK TO THE TIME OF OUR
ELECTION.
WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT
PEOPLE HAD MORE MONEY IN THEIR
POCKETS.
WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT
EDUCATION WAS AFFORDABLE FOR ALL
STUDENTS.
THAT IS WHY WE TOOK THE MEASURES
WE TOOK, MR. SPEAKER.
MEASURES TO REDUCE PEOPLE'S
COSTS FOR TUITION, MEASURES LIKE
THE STUDENT CHOICE INITIATIVE
WHICH WERE GEARED TOWARDS MAKING
SURE THAT STUDENTS HAVE A CHOICE
WITH RESPECT TO WHAT THEY SPEND
THEIR MONEY ON.
AS THE PROCESS IS PRESENTLY
UNDER AN APPEAL IT WOULD BE
INAPPROPRIATE TO COMMENT ON THE
DETAILS OF THE MATTER AT THIS
TIME, MR. SPEAKER, BUT AGAIN, WE
REITERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF
ENSURING THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE
ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION.
THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO ENSURE,
MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh says MR. SPEAKER, I THINK STUDENTS
AND THE COURTS WERE PRETTY CLEAR
ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT'S
DECISION, AND THE DAMAGE HAS
ALREADY BEEN DONE.
WE'VE SEEN CAMPUS FOOD BANKS
CLOSED, SPACES FOR LGBTQ
STUDENTS RACIALIZED STUDENTS AND
WOMEN CLOSED.
CAMPUS LIFE HAS BEEN DISRUPTED.
THIS GOVERNMENT'S CUTS ON
EDUCATION ARE HURTING STUDENTS
BOOTH IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SECTOR AND POST-SECONDARY
EDUCATION AS WELL.
INSTEAD OF GOING TO COURT AND
TRY TO TEAR UNIVERSITIES AND
COLLEGES DOWN, WE SHOULD BE
INVESTING IN THEM, SPEAKER.
IN WORLD CLASS EDUCATION THAT
STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN THIS
PROVINCE DESERVE.
INSTEAD OF TAKING OUR STUDENTS
TO COURT AGAIN, WILL THE PREMIER
STOP HIS ATTACK AND RESTORE THE
FUNDING FOR THE CAMPUS PROGRAMS
HE HAS FORCED TO CLOSE?

The Speaker says AGAIN MINISTER
OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY TO REPLY.

Romano says THANK YOU, AGAIN, MR.
SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU FOR THE
QUESTION.
I'M HAPPY TO STAND UP AND SPEAK
ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO ENSURE
THAT STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO
AFFORDABLE EDUCATION, AND I AM
PROUD OF THE SYSTEM WE HAVE IN
ONTARIO, SPEAKER.
WHEN STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE
WORLD WANT TO COME TO ONTARIO TO
GET AN EDUCATION, THAT IS AN
INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE TESTAMENT
TO HOW OUTSTANDING OUR
UNIVERSITIES ARE, AND OUR
COLLEGES ARE IN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Romano says OUR SYSTEM IS RECOGNIZED
WORLDWIDE.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR
STUDENTS CAN ACCESS THAT
EDUCATION AND IT'S AFFORDABLE
FOR THEM.
THAT'S OUR GOAL.
THAT'S WHY WE MADE THE
INITIATIVES WE MADE TOWARDS
OSAP, MAKING SURE IT'S
SUSTAINABLE FOR FUTURE
GENERATIONS.
LISTEN TO THE AUDITOR GENERAL,
THE SYSTEM WAS FALLING APART.
IT WAS UNSUSTAINABLE.
WE'RE MAKING SURE THAT IT'S
SUSTAINABLE FOR FUTURE
GENERATIONS WE'VE PROVIDED A 10 percent
REDUCTION IN TUITION.
WE'VE DONE A NUMBER OF THINGS
AND WILL DO THINGS TO MAKE
SCHOOL AFFORDABLE FOR OUR
STUDENTS

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER
FROM SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD.

The caption changes to "Mitzie Hunter. Liberal. Scarborough-Guildwood."

Hunter is in her forties, with long wavy black hair. She wears a brown dark red dress.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
TO THE PREMIER, THE FAO REPORT
SHOWED OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS
THIS GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SPEND
10 percent LESS ON PROGRAMS AND
SERVICES, THAT'S 1,070 LESS PER
PERSON.
SINCE THIS GOVERNMENT TOOK
OFFICE WE'VE SEEN A RISE IN
HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY AND
RELIANCE ON FOOD BANKS.
ONTARIANS ARE INCREASINGLY
DEPENDENT ON PRECARIOUS WORK.
WE KNOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE ARE
WORKING IN THE ECONOMY AND
STAGNATION OF WAGES IS HURTING,
WHICH HAS LEFT MANY PEOPLE
FEELING HOPELESS AND HELPLESS.
MR. SPEAKER, HOW CAN THIS
GOVERNMENT JUSTIFY AND DEPRIVE
ONTARIANS OF THE PROGRAMS AND
SERVICES THEY NEED, AND THAT
THEIR LIVES DEPEND ON.
WHY ARE YOU CUTTING TO CREATE
EFFICIENCIES THAT ARE HARMING
PEOPLE.

The Speaker says QUESTION ADDRESS
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
FINANCE.

The Speaker says REFERRED 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, blue shirt and green tie.

He says MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION, AND I
THANK THE FAO FOR HIS INCISIVE
REVIEW OF THE SITUATION IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE OF THE
PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, MR.
SPEAKER, WE FOUND OURSELVES IN A
VERY, VERY CHALLENGING FINANCIAL
SITUATION.
THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE FAO
POINTED OUT.
THAT'S WHY WE'VE BEEN CALGARY,
MR. SPEAKER, THREE PRIORITIES,
THE PRIORITY OF INVESTING IN
CRITICAL SERVICES.
WE'RE SPENDING MORE ON HEALTH
CARE, 1.9 BILLION DOLLARS MORE.
MORE ON EDUCATION, 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS MORE.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE PUTTING MONEY
BACK INTO THE POCKETS OF
ONTARIANS, 3 BILLION DOLLARS MORE BY
GETTING RID OF THE CAP AND TRADE
CARBON TAX AND THE OTHER
ADVANTAGES WE HAVE TO
INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES.
AND MR. SPEAKER WE'RE ALSO
MAKING SURE WE'RE ON TRACK TO
BALANCE THE BUDGET BY 2023.
MR. SPEAKER, THREE PRIORITIES
THAT THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT
IGNORED, THE PRIORITIES WE ARE
ELECTED ON.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hunter says MR. SPEAKER, THIS
GOVERNMENT'S PRIORITIES ARE OUT
OF WHACK.
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE THERE ARE
CHILDREN GOING TO SCHOOL HUNGRY,
AND PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN
SUBSTANDARD HOMES THAT CAN'T
AFFORD HEAT.
I RECENTLY HEARD FROM A YOUNG
PERSON WHO GREW UP IN RURAL
ONTARIO, THAT WHEN HE WAS IN
HIGH SCHOOL, A FRIEND OF HIS DID
NOT ALWAYS GO TO SCHOOL.
AS HIS PARENTS WERE SCARED THAT
CHILDREN'S AID WOULD TAKE THEIR
SON IF HE WENT TO SCHOOL UNFED.
MR. SPEAKER, 'TIZ THE SEASON OF
GIVING.
INSTEAD, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS
TAKEN AWAY SERVICES.
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON MANY
ONTARIANS WILL BE DEPRIVED OF
FOOD, OF SHELTER, OF WARMTH,
BECAUSE OF THIS GOVERNMENT'S
RECKLESS CUTS.
NOT JUST CUTS TO SERVICES, BUT
NOW THEY HAVE POINTED OUT
THEY'RE PLANNING TO CUT REVENUES
WHICH WILL FURTHER STARVE
PROGRAM EXPENSES.
WILL YOU TELL THIS HOUSE WHICH
PROGRAMS YOU PLAN TO CUT TO KEEP
YOUR PROMISE OF CUTTING TAX...

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

Phillips says MINISTER, AS I SAID BEFORE,
INCREASES IN HASH, 1.9 BILLION DOLLARS.
INCREASES IN EDUCATION, 1.2
BILLION DOLLARS, BUT THE MEMBER FOR SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD WE PUT IN
PLACE ONE OF THE MOST
PROGRESSIVE TAX REDUCTION, THE
LOW INCOME TAX CREDIT.
IT'S GOING TO HELP 1.1 MILLION ONTARIANS, 580,000 PEOPLE
WORKING ON MINIMUM WAGE ARE
GOING TO GET OFF OF THE TAX
ROLES.
BUT THE MEMBER FOR STROBE... LD
SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD AND THE
OPPOSITION VOTED AGAINST THAT.
IT'S TIME FOR THE MEMBER OF THE
INDEPENDENT CAUCUS TO THINK
SERIOUSLY ABOUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE
DONE TO HELP LOW INCOME
FAMILIES, ALL ONTARANS TO
AFFORDABILITY IS AT THE TOP OF THE AGENDA FOR THE THIS
GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR OAKVILLE NORTH-BURLINGTON.

The caption changes to "Effie J. Triantafilopoulos. PC. Oakville North-Burlington."

Triantafilopoulos is in her fifties, with long straight black hair. She wears a black blazer and a white shirt.

She says MY QUESTION FOR THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL, I HEAR FROM
CONSTITUENTS ALL THE TIME WHO
HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH THE LEGAL
SYSTEM, AND ASK WHY THEIR
EXPERIENCE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN
EASIER, FASTER AND MORE
AFFORDABLE.
THEY WONDER WHY THE NEED TO
HIGHER SOMEONE TO MANAGE MATTERS
THAT SEEM SIMPLE, ONLY TO FIND
OUT JUST HOW COMPLEX AND
OUTDATED THE COURT SYSTEM IS.
AND THE AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT
OUTLINES THE SAME CONCERNS ABOUT
THE SLOW AND ANTIQUATED NATURE
OF OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM.
SPEAKER, CAN THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL TELL US WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO IMPROVE
AND MODERNIZE THE WAY OUR
JUSTICE SYSTEM WORKS TO MAKE IT
SIMPLER, FASTER, AND MORE
AFFORDABLE FOR PEOPLE TO ACCESS
JUSTICE.

The Speaker says QUESTIONS
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 glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and patterned gray tie.

He says THANK YOU TO THE FANTASTIC
MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION, AND MR.
SPEAKER, THERE IS NO QUESTION
THAT WE INHERITED A BADLY AND
OVERLY COMPLICATED JUSTICE
SYSTEM BY THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
SUPPORTED BY THE NDP GOTH.
WE'VE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR FROM
PEOPLE ACROSS ONTARIO THAT THE
JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS GROWN TOO
COMPLEX AND OUTDATED.
IT NEEDS BETTER SUPPORT.
WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF
SAFER COMMUNITIES, MR. SPEAKER.
WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR VICTIMS
OF CRIME AND STAND UP FOR LAW
ABIDING SYSTEMS.
THAT'S WHY I TABLED THIS ACT
YESTERDAY WHICH PROPOSES OVER 20
SMART AND SENSIBLE REFORMS WHICH
WILL MAKE ONTARIO'S JUSTICE
SYSTEM WORK BETTER EVERY DAY FOR
LAW ABIDING CITIZENS, CONSUMERS,
BUSINESSES AND MAKE OUR
COMMUNITY SAFER TO GETTING
TOUGHER ON CRIME, TO MAKE SURE
CRIMINALS ARE NOT PROFITING FROM
THEIR OWN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Triantafilopoulos says SPEAKER, I THINK WE CAN ALL
AGREE THAT CRIME SHOULD NOT PAY.
WHEN THE CIVIL REMEDIES ACT WAS
FIRST CREATED IN 2001 BY THE
PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT, IT WAS AN INNOVATIVE
CRIME-FIGHTING PIECE OF
LEGISLATION INTENDED TO, AND
SUCCESSFUL, IN DETERRING
UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY.
THIS ACT ALLOWS POLICE TO SEIZE
PROPERTY AND FUNDS USED IN, OR
GAINED FROM, ILLEGAL AND
CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, AND
REDIRECTED INTO THE HANDS OF
VICTIMS AND POLICE PROGRAMS THAT
FIGHT CRIME.
UNFORTUNATELY, WHILE ONTARIO WAS
ONCE AT THE FOREFRONT OF CIVIL
FORFEITURE RULES OUR PROVINCE
LACKS FAR BEHIND OTHER
JURISDICTIONS THAT HAVE UPDATED
THEIR FORFEITURE LAWS.
CAN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TELL
THIS HOUSE WHAT HE IS DOING TO
ADDRESS THIS GROWING PROBLEM?

The Speaker says THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL.

Downey says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU FOR THE INSIGHTFUL
MEMBER FROM OAKVILLE NORTH.
SHE'S RIGHT.
THE MEMBER IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT,
OUR PROVINCE'S CIVIL FORFEITURE
LAWS AND ENTIRE JUSTICE SYSTEM
WERE LEFT NEGLECTED UNDER 15
YEARS OF LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
THEY WEREN'T ENSURE JUSTICE KEPT
UP WITH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.
MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE THE FIRST
GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ON THE
IMPORTANT WORK OF MODERNIZING
OUR LAWS AROUND CIVIL FORFEIT
TOUR SO ONTARIO CAN SUPPORT
FRONT LINE POLICE OFFICERS TO
MAKE SURE IT'S HARDER FOR
CRIMINALS TO HANG ON TO THE
PROFITS OF THEIR CRIMINAL
ACTIVITIES.
IN THE REFORMS WE PASSED WILL
SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS TO SEIZE
THOSE PROCEEDS OF CRIME AND
DIRECTED TO PROGRAMS TO FIGHT
CRIME

The Speaker says MEMBER FROM BRAMPTON EAST.

The caption changes to "Gurratan Singh. NDP. Brampton East."

Gurratan Singh is in his late thirties, with a prominent full beard. He wears a purple turban, glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and black tie.

He says MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.
YESTERDAY THIS CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT CONFIRMED THAT THE
30 percent CUT TO LEGAL AID ONTARIO
WILL BE MADE PERMANENT.
A CUT THAT THREW THE LEGAL
COMMUNITY INTO CHAOS.
UNDERMINED ACCESS TO JUSTICE TO
THE LOWEST INCOME ONTARIANS AND
PUT IN SPECIAL CLINICS LIKE THE
ONES THAT SERVE INJURED WORKERS.
WHY IS THIS PREMIER GOING AHEAD
WITH CUTS THAT WILL HURT
ONTARIANS, CLOG OUR COURT
SYSTEMS, AND COST TAXPAYER
DOLLARS MORE IN THE END?

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO PREMIER.

Ford says ATTORNEY
GENERAL.

The Speaker says Question referred to the Attorney General.

Downey says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AFTER YEARS OF LIBERAL
MISMANAGEMENT SUPPORTED BY THE
NDP, LEGAL AID WAS LEFT AT AN
UNACCOUNTABLE, UNACCOUNTABLE,
UNSUSTAINABLE PATH THAT
JEOPARDIZED THE NEEDS OF THE
MOST VULNERABLE CLIENTS WHEN AND
WHERE THEY NEEDED IT THE MOST,
MR. SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT TOOK IMMEDIATE
STEPS TO CONSULT WIDELY ACROSS
THE PROVINCE WITH THOSE
PROVIDING A SERVICE, THOSE WHO
ARE RECEIVING THE SERVICE,
CLINICS, PRIVATE PAY LAWYERS,
DUTY COUNSEL, JUDICIARY LAWYERS
ACROSS THE SYSTEM, STAKEHOLDERS,
VULNERABLE VICTIMS GROUPS.
MR. SPEAKER, WE CONSULTED WITH
EVERYBODY, AND WE CAME UP WITH A
PLAN THAT WILL MODERNIZE LEGAL
AID FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE
FIRST TIME, SINCE 1998 WHEN IT
WAS BROUGHT IN.
IT HAD NOT BEEN TOUCHED FOR THAT
LONG.
WE'VE MODERNIZED LEGAL AID.
I'M PROUD TO STAND BEHIND.
WE WANT TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Gurratan Singh says MR. SPEAKER, ONLY THIS
GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE THE GALL
TO CELEBRATE NOT CUTTING LEGAL
AID A FURTHER 31 MILLION DOLLARS AT THE SAME TIME AS ANNOUNCING
THAT THE 133 MILLION DOLLARS THAT THEY
ALREADY HAVE CUT WILL BE MADE
PERMANENT.
YESTERDAY THE GOVERNMENT TABLED
OMNIBUS LEGISLATION THAT IS YET
ANOTHER ATTACK ON LEGAL AID
ONTARIO.
THE BILL TEARS AWAY THE WORDS
"ACCESS TO JUSTICE, AND LOW
INCOME" OR ANYTHING TO DO WITH
LEGAL AID SERVICES.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS
EXACTLY WHAT LEGAL AID IS
SUPPOSED TO DO, PROVIDE ACCESS
TO JUSTICE TO LOW-INCOME
ONTARIANS.
WHY IS THIS PREMIER SETTING UP
LOW-INCOME PEOPLE TO FAIL IN OUR
JUSTICE SYSTEM?

The Speaker says ATTORNEY GENERAL
AGAIN TO REPLY.

Downey says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I CAN TELL YOU WHAT OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS DONE IS WE HAVE
GONE OUT AND TALKED TO THE
PEOPLE WHO OPERATE IN A SYSTEM.
WE HAVE HEARD THE PEOPLE IN THE
SYSTEM WHO ARE RECEIVING
SERVICE, AND EACH YEAR WE
INCREASED THE ELIGIBILITY BY 6 percent,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY YEAR
OVER YEAR OVER YEAR, MR.
SPEAKER.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE
PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE
WHO NEED THEM THE MOST IN THE
FORM THAT THEY NEED THEM,
WHETHER IT BE DUTY COUNSEL
WITHIN THE COURTS.
WHETHER IT BE PRIVATE PAY
LAWYERS THROUGH CERTIFICATE
PROGRAMS.
MAKING SURE IT'S WORKING BETTER.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE CLINICS
ARE SUSTAINABLE.
THEY'RE THE FOUNDATION PART OF THE THREE PILLARS OF LEGAL AID,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE RECOGNIZE THAT, AND WE WANT
TO PUT THEM ON A PATH OF SUCCESS
TO PROVIDE SERVICES WHERE AND
WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST, MR.
SPEAKER.
NOW, THE CHALLENGE I HAVE, MR.
SPEAKER, AND WHEN WE GET INTO
FACTS, WHEN WE GET INTO FACTS
IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO HAVE A
CONVERSATION WITH THOSE WHO ARE
NOT FULLY AWARE OF THE FACTS,
MR. SPEAKER.
YESTERDAY AFTER THE PRESS
CONFERENCE, THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON EAST STOOD UP AND SAID
THAT OUR MOVES HAVE CLOSED
CLINICS.
I CHALLENGED THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON EAST TO MENTION ONE
CLINIC THAT IS CLOSED UNDER OUR
WATCH.

The Speaker says ORDER.
ORDER.
THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER
FROM CHATHAM-KENT-LEAMINGTON.

The caption changes to "Rick Nicholls. PC. Chatham-Kent-Leamington."

Nicholls is in his fifties with short white hair and a goatee. He wears glasses, a gray suit, gray shirt, and blue plaid tie.

He says MY QUESTION IS TO THE
HARD-WORKING, CARING, AND
COMPASSIONATE MINISTER OF
HEALTH.
SPEAKER, ACROSS ONTARIO WE'RE
FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOME OF THE
FINEST HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
DEDICATED TO DELIVERING THE
HIGHEST QUALITY CARE.
BUT WE ALL KNOW OUR HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM IS FACING CAPACITY
PRESSURES AND PATIENTS AND
FAMILIES ARE GETTING LOST IN THE
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
THEY'RE FALLING THROUGH THE
CRACKS, WAITING TOO LONG TO GET
THE CARE THEY NEED.
THAT'S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT MADE A
COMMITMENT TO FIX ONTARIO'S
PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
THE MINISTER HAS BEEN VERY BUSY
OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS
ANNOUNCING THE NEXT STEP IN
MAKING OUR COMMITMENT A REALITY.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THIS HOUSE MORE ABOUT WHAT SHE'S
BEEN FOCUSED ON OVER THE LAST
TWO WEEKS?

The Speaker says QUESTIONS TO THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.

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

Elliott is in her late fifties, with long blond hair. She wears a gray plaid jacket over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR CHATHAM-KENT-LEAMINGTON FOR THE
QUESTION, THE GREAT WORK HE'S
DOING IN THIS COMMUNITY.
SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT MADE A
COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE
AND CONNECTED PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM, AND TO END HALLWAY
HEALTH CARE.
AS A KEY COMPONENT OF OUR PLAN,
WE'VE ANNOUNCED THE FIRST SERIES
OF ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS.
THESE 24 TEAMS WILL BETTER
SUPPORT PATIENTS AND FAMILIES BY
CONNECTING CARE PROVIDERS TO
WORK AS A SINGLE TEAM.
IN DOING SO, ONTARIO HEALTH
TEAMS WILL CREATE A SEAMLESS
EXPERIENCE AND BETTER TRANSITION
FOR PATIENTS THROUGH OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM.
EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM WILL CREATE
A LOCAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT
PROVIDES COORDINATED CARE FOR
PATIENTS, REDUCES WAIT TIMES,
AND LEADS TO BETTER HEALTH
OUTCOMES FOR PATIENTS.
THIS MODEL PROVIDES AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR FRONTLINE HEALTH
CARE PROFESSIONALS TO DO THE
WORK THEY DO BEST, DELIVERING
EXCELLENT QUALITY PATIENT
SERVICE.

The Speaker says FIRST
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Nicholls says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND THANK
YOU, MEMBER FOR DELIVERING ON
OUR GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT.
IT'S GREAT TO SEE THIS MUCH
NEEDED CHANGE BECOME REALITY
WITHIN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO.
AS WE FINALLY BREAK DOWN THE
LONG-STANDING BARRIERS THAT HAVE
PREVENTED CARE PROVIDERS FROM
WORKING DIRECTLY WITH EACH OTHER
TO SUPPORT PATIENTS THROUGHOUT
THEIR HEALTH CARE JOURNEY, THE
PATIENT EXPERIENCE WILL BE
GREATLY IMPROVED, AND NAVIGATING
THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL BE
EASIER AND MORE CONVENIENT.
I KNOW THE PEOPLE IN MY RIDING
OF CHATHAM-KENT-LEAMINGTON ARE
THRILLED TO HAVE AN ONTARIO
HEALTH TEAM AND ARE EXCITED TO
ENJOY THE BENEFITS THAT HAVING
ONE WILL PROVIDE THEM.
SPEAKER, AS PART OF OUR
COMMITMENT, BEING FOCUSED ON
ENDING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE, CAN
THE MINISTER EXPAND ON HOW
ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS WILL HELP
BRING AN END TO HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE?

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
AGAIN, MINISTER TO REPLY.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
ONCE FULLY OPERATIONAL, ONTARIO
HEALTH TEAMS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO
ENDING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE BY
MAKING IT EASIER FOR ONTARIANS
TO MOVE THROUGH THE HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM.
THIS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THOSE
PATIENTS WHO ARE READY TO LEAVE
HOSPITAL CAN DO SO HOPEFULLY AT
HOME WITH THE SUPPORTS AND
SERVICES THAT THEY NEED.
P AND BY BETTER CONNECTING
HOSPITALS AND PRIMARY CARE
PROVIDERS WITH COMMUNITY-BASED
SUPPORTS THAT WILL HELP TO
ENSURE PEOPLE RECEIVE THE RIGHT
CARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK
ALL OF OUR HEALTH CARE PARTNERS
FOR THEIR ENTHUSIASM,
PARTNERSHIP, AND DEDICATION TO
WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE
ONTARIO PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
WITH THE BEST QUALITY CONNECTED
HEALTH CARE.
THERE IS STILL A LOT OF WORK TO
BE DONE, BUT WE'RE CONFIDENT
THAT ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER
WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE ALL
ONTARIANS WITH THE EXCELLENT
QUALITY CARE THAT THEY EXPECT
AND DESERVE.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says THE NEXT QUESTION 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 dress.

She says THANK YOU, MY QUESTION IS TO
THE PREMIER.
THE GOVERNMENT'S RECKLESS CUTS
ARE LEAVING A 5 BILLION DOLLAR HOLE
WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE AND
EDUCATION.
IN IT ORDER TO PAY FOR A TAX CUT
FOR THE HIGHEST INCOME EARNERS
IN THE PROVINCE.
SO TO BE PERFECTLY CLEAR, THE
PREMIER'S SETTING ASIDE MONEY TO
PAY FOR A TAX CUT FOR THE RICH.
EVERY DAY FAMILIES WILL GET JUST
18, 18, WHILE WEALTHY PEOPLE
WILL GET WELL OVER 1,000 A
YEAR.
SO MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE, WHY
DOES THE PREMIER WANT TO GIVE
AWAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO HIS
WEALTHY FRIENDS WHILE GUTTING
SERVICES FOR EVERYONE ELSE?

The Speaker says QUESTION IS
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The Speaker says MEMBERS TAKE
YOUR SEATS.
QUESTION REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.
THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Phillips says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, AS I'VE SAID BEFORE
TODAY IN THIS LEGISLATURE, WE'RE
INVESTING IN CRITICAL SERVICES.
WE'RE INVESTING 1.9 BILLION DOLLARS MORE IN HEALTH CARE.
1.2 BILLION DOLLARS MORE IN EDUCATION.
MR. SPEAKER, I'VE ALSO TALKED
ABOUT BALANCING THOSE THREE
PRIORITIES.
YES, WE'LL INVEST IN CRITICAL
SERVICES, YES, WE'LL BALANCE THE
BUDGET.
WE THINK THE BEST THING FOR
WORKING ONTARIANS IS PUTTING
MONEY BACK IN THEIR POCKETS.
WE'RE NOT AFRAID TO DEBATE AND
TALK IN THIS HOUSE ABOUT THE BILLION DOLLARS MR. SPEAKER THAT WE PUT
BACK INTO THE POCKETS OF
ONTARIANS THROUGH THE LOW INCOME
TAX CREDITS, THROUGH THE
CHILDCARE TAX CREDIT, GETTING
RID OF THE CAP-AND-TRADE CARBON
TAX.
THINGS WE BELIEVE ARE SUPPORTING
THE AFFORDABILITY ISSUES, AND WE
CAN BALANCE ALL THREE.
WE'RE NOT A SINGLE ISSUE PARTY,
WE CAN DO ALL THREE.

The Speaker says ORDER.
THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Shaw says WELL, I APPRECIATE THE
MINISTER'S SMARTS THIS MORNING,
WHAT I HAVE HERE IS A VERY
SERIOUS QUESTION.
SO BACK TO THE PREMIER.
ON TOP OF BLOWING A HOLE IN OUR
BUDGET, RECKLESS CUTS WILL MEAN
FEWER SERVICES, FEWER FRONTLINE
WORKERS, LIKE TEACHERS, AND MORE
KIDS IN CRUMBLING SCHOOLS.
IT WILL MEAN EVEN LONGER WAITS
TO SEE NURSES AND DOCTORS, AND
IT DOES NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY
NOTHING, TO FIX HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE.
IN FACT, IT WILL MAKE IT WORSE.
EVERYDAY FAMILIES ARE GOING TO
GET FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND.
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO
TAKE THINGS FROM BAD TO WORSE.
SO, SPEAKER, DO YOU REALLY THINK
THAT EVERYDAY FAMILIES SHOULD
FOOT THE BILL TO PAY FOR A
TAXEBRATE
TAXEBRATE... TAX BREAK FOR THE
WEALTHIEST AMONG US.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Phillips says MR. SPEAKER, 27 BILLION DOLLARS THAT
THE NDP VOTED GENTZ.
MR. SPEAKER, 1.9 BILLION DOLLARS MORE
FOR FRONT LINE HEALTH CARE JUST
THIS YEAR.
MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, AND I'M
HOPING ON THIRD READING PERHAPS
THE NDP WILL VOTE FOR, BUT UNTIL
NOW THEY VOTED AGAIN.
MR. SPEAKER WE'RE PUTTING MONEY
INTO THE VITAL SERVICES THEY
TALK ABOUT.
BUT MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ALSO
DEDICATED TO BALANCING THE
BUDGET, BECAUSE THAT'S
IMPORTANT.
AND MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ALSO
DEDICATING TO PUTTING MORE MONEY
BACK INTO THE POCKETS OF
ONTARIANS
ONTARIANS.
WE WON'T APOLOGY FOR IT.
IT'S GOOD FOR OUR ONTARIO AND
ECONOMY AND WE'LL KEEP IT UP.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for BRANTFORD BRANDT.

The caption changes to "Will Bouma. PC. Brantford-Brant."

Bouma is in his early forties, clean-shaven, with short blond hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and green tie.

He says MEMBER FOR AGRICULTURE FOOD
AND RURAL AFFAIRS.
MR. SPEAKER AS A MEMBER OF A
RIDING WITH A LARGE AGRICULTURAL
COMMUNITY, I ALWAYS HEAR FROM
OUR LOCAL FARMERS ABOUT HOW HARD
THEY WORK TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE
ENSURING SAFE PRACTICES AT WORK.
WE RELY ON OUR FARMERS TO
PROVIDE US SOME OF THE SAFEST
FOOD IN THE WORLD ON A DAILY
BASIS.
YES I HEARD HOW FARMERS CAN FEEL
SOMETIMES THEY'RE NOT SAFE WHEN
ON THE FARM, DUE TO PEOPLE
TRESPASSING ON TO THEIR
PROPERTIES, PARTICULARLY OVER
THE LAST YEAR.
FARMERS IN MY RIDING AND ACROSS
THE PROVINCE ARE EAGER TO HAVE A
GOVERNMENT THAT SUPPORTS THEM,
THEIR INDUSTRY, AND IS WILLING
TO LISTEN TO THEIR CONCERNS.
SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER
PLEASE INFORM THE HOUSE ABOUT
HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS ACTING ON
THE CONCERNS OF OUR FARMERS.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL
AFFAIRS.

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 blue suit and shirt, and a gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER
FROM BRANTFORD BRANDT FOR THESE
GREAT QUESTIONS.
LAST WEEK HE PASSED AN ACT, AND
SECOND READING WILL BEGIN TODAY.
NO ONE SHOULD FEEL UNSAFE AT
HOME AND WORK.
FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF WORKERS
AT HOME AND WORK IS NO
DIFFERENT.
IF PASSED BILL 56 WOULD KEEP
ONTARIO FARMER, THEIR FAMILY,
AGRI-FOOD WORKERS AND FARMERS
SAFE.
MR. SPEAKER, IF OUR FARMERS ARE
PROVIDED WITH SOME OF THE BEST
AND SAFEST FOOD IN THE WORLD, IT
IS IMPORTANT THAT WE SUPPORT
THEM AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE
TOOLS TO MAINTAIN A HIGH LEVEL
OF BIO SECURITY, AND IF PASSED
THAT IS WHAT BILL 156 WILL DO.
AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Bouma says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR
HIS RESPONSE.
MR. SPEAKER, I'M GLAD THAT THE
MINISTER MENTIONED BIO SECURITY,
BECAUSE I THINK ALL OF US IN THE
LEGISLATURE SUPPORT THE IDEA OF
HAVING PRACTICES IN PLACE THAT
KEEP OUR FARM ANIMALS SAFE AND
HEALTHY, WHETHER YOU WORK ON A
FARM, WHETHER YOU'RE A
VETERINARIAN, OR A LIVESTOCK
TRANSPORTER.
I WAS GLAD TO BE PART OF AN
ANNOUNCEMENT BACK IN SEPTEMBER
WHERE SOIL SOLUTIONS PLUS, A
SMALL BUSINESS OUT IN ST. GEORGE
IN BRANDFORD BRANDT WAS
RECEIVING A GRANT OF OVER
15,000 TO INSTALL EQUIPMENT, TO
POWER WASH THEIR VEHICLES TO
REDUCE THE RISK OF SPREADING
DISEASE WHEN DRIVING BETWEEN
FARMS.
THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF
HOW OUR FARMERS AND WORKERS IN
THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR MAKE
SURE THAT OUR FARM ANIMALS ARE
SAFE.
ANIMAL SAFETY AND WELFARE IS A
TOP PRIORITY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT
AND I'M PROUD OF THE WORK WE'RE
DOING TO...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Bouma says CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN HOW BILL 156 WILL DO THIS.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Hardeman says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN
DEEPLY COMMITTED TO ANIMAL
WELFARE.
TRESPASSERS MAY NOT REALIZE HOW
THEIR ACTIONS COULD LEAD TO THE
INTRODUCTION OF DISEASE AMONG
LIVESTOCK AND PROVIDE THEM WITH
UNDUE STRESS IN THE PROCESS.
MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO MAKE THIS
POINT VERY CLEAR.
ANYONE WHO SUSPECTS ANIMAL ABUSE
SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CALL THE
AUTHORITIES AND REPORT IT.
ANIMAL CRUELTY IS A SERIOUS
ISSUE AND I'M PROUD OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS ZERO TOLERANCE
APPROACH TO ANIMAL ABUSE.
IF PASSED, OUR LEGISLATION WOULD
STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE AND
ENSURE PROTECTION FOR FARMERS,
AS WELL AS THEIR ANIMALS, AND
THE INTEGRITY OF ONTARIO'S FOOD
SUPPLY.
IN ADDITION, IT WOULD, ALONG
WITH THE RECENTLY PASSED PAWS
ACT MEAN ONTARIO WOULD HAVE SOME
OF THE STRONGEST ANIMAL WELFARE
LAWS IN ONTARIO.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.
THANK YOU, THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE member FOR ESSEX.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
LAST JUNE THE PREMIER PROUDLY
UNVEILED THAT HE WOULD BE
APPOINTING EXPERTS, INCLUDING
THE FORMER P.C. PARTY PRESIDENT,
AND A LACROSSE PLAYING FRIEND OF
DEAN FRENCH'S SON, AS AGENTS'
GENERAL EARNING BIG BUCKS.
MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD VERY MUCH
LIKE MY QUESTION DIRECTED TO AND
ANSWERED BY THE PREMIER.
SPEAKER, THE PREMIER HAD TO
QUICKLY FIRE TWO OF THE AGENTS'
GENERALS DAYS AFTER THEY
RECEIVED THEIR APPOINTMENTS.
YET THE OTHER TWO ARE STILL
COLLECTING PAY.
SPEAKER, CAN THE PREMIER UPDATE
US ON THE WORK THEY'RE DOING ON
LOCATION IN DALLAS AND CHICAGO?

The Speaker says QUESTION ADDRESS
TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

THE SPEAKER SAYS ORDER.

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, I'M VERY PLEASED
TO UPDATE THIS HOUSE ON THE
PROGRESS, SPEAKER.
WE HAVE 15 INTERNATIONAL TRADE
AND INVESTMENT OFFICES AROUND
THE WORLD THAT RAISE THE
COMMERCIAL PROFILE OF ONTARIO.
NOW, I CAN TELL YOU IN MY DIRECT
EXPERIENCE WITH THESE MEN AND
WOMEN ACROSS INDIA, AND ACROSS
KOREA, AND ACROSS JAPAN, WE HAD
TREMENDOUS SUCCESS.
THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HUGE
EXPERTISE, HELPED US PUT THE
DEAL TOGETHER WITH TECHNOLOGIES
THAT'S HIRING 200 PLUS ENGINEERS
IN THE KITCHENER-WATERLOO AREA.
THAT WAS AN EXCITING
ANNOUNCEMENT THAT CAME.
AFTER MONTHS OF ENGAGEMENT BY
OUR STAFF THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
THIS WAS ONE OF THE RESULTS.
AS I SAID IN THE LEGISLATURE
YESTERDAY, WE HAD ANOTHER
TREMENDOUS RESULT WITH THE
KOREAN IMPORTERS' ASSOCIATION.
8,000 PLUS MEMBERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says 535 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF TRADE
AND WE'RE NOW HAVING THROUGH OUR
NEW MEMBERS, WE NOW HAVE ACCESS
TO THOSE MARKETS.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Natyshak says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AS MUCH AS I APPRECIATE HEARING
ABOUT INDIA, JAPAN, AND KOREA, I
ASKED ABOUT DALLAS AND CHICAGO
IN NORTH AMERICA.
IF THE MINISTER IS NOT AWARE OF
WHERE THESE JURISDICTIONS ARE,
SPEAKER...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Natyshak says JUNE 20TH OF THIS YEAR,
FORMER P.C. PARTY PRESIDENT,
JAGG BODWAHL HAS BEEN COLLECTING
165,000 A YEAR AS ONTARIO'S
AGENT GENERAL IN DALLAS.
YET ON NOVEMBER 26TH HE WAS
HERE, IN TORONTO, JOINING THE
FORD CABINET AT AN EVENT
CELEBRATING PC WOMEN AND
POLITICS.
AND LAST OCTOBER CONSERVATIVE
PARTY ACTIVISTS WERE PROUDLY
TAKING PHOTOS WITH THE DALLAS
AGENTS GENERAL AS HE CAMPAIGNED
WITH THEM IN BRAMPTON.
SPEAKER, CAN THE PREMIER EXPLAIN
WHY THE PARTY'S INSIDER, IS
PAYING 165,000 TO REPRESENT
ONTARIO IN DALLAS, SEEMS TO
SPEND SO MUCH TIME CAMPAIGNING
FOR THE CONSERVATIVES HERE IN
THE GTA?

The Speaker says REPLY?

Fedeli says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT
ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS,
OPEN FOR JOBS, AND OPEN FOR
TRADE, AND QUITE FRANKLY, OPEN
FOR TRADE WITH THE U.S.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says IT'S ONE OF OUR ESSENTIAL
ECONOMIES.
THERE'S NO STRONGER TRADING
PARTNER, SPEAKER, TO ONTARIO
THAN THE UNITED STATES.
IN 2018, TWO-WAY TRADE BETWEEN
OUR JURISDICTIONS WAS VALUED AT
390 BILLION DOLLARS.
WE'RE THE TOP TRADING PARTNER
WITH 19 STATES, AND NUMBER TWO
WITH NINE OTHER STATES OF THE
PREMIER HAS BEEN LEADING THIS IN
A GREAT WAY, SPEAKER, WITH
ONGOING TRADE UNCERTAINTY, WE
NEED TRADE REPRESENTATIVES, WE
NEED EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE, AND I
CAN TELL YOU, SPEAKER, THAT WE
HAVE BEEN DOING A REMARKABLE JOB
WITH THE UNITED STATES, WITH OUR
TRADE IN THE UNITED STATES.
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT 390
BILLION DOLLARS THAT'S OHIO, ONE OF THE
NUMBER ONE TRADING PARTNERS WE
HAVE, WE DO MORE BUSINESS WITH
OHIO THAN WE DO WITH SEVERAL
OTHER COUNTRIES COMBINED,
SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Peterborough-Kawartha.

The caption changes to "Dave Smith. PC. Peterborough-Kawartha."

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
TO THE MINISTER OF HERITAGE,
SPORT, TOURISM AND CULTURE
INDUSTRIES.
MOST OF US KNOW THE MINISTER'S
PASSION FOR SPORTS.
WE'VE HEARD HER CHAMPION THE
OTTAWA RESLACKS AND SENATORS IN
THIS LEGISLATURE.
BUT MEMBERS MAY NOT BE AWARE OF THE JUNIOR SPORTS.
THE MEMBER STILL FINDS TIME TO
COACH A LOCAL HOCKEY TEAM IN
NEPEAN, SUPPORTING AMATEUR
ATHLETICS IS IMPORTANT TO ME AS
WELL.
IN MY RIDING OF
PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA WE
RECENTLY CELEBRATED THE 17TH
TIME NATIONAL LACROSSE CHAMPION
PETERBOROUGH LACROSSE.
SORRY, PETERBOROUGH LAKERS.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US HOW OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS HELPED NOT ONLY
LACROSSE PLAYERS, BUT ALL
AMATEUR ATHLETES ACROSS ONTARIO?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF
HERITAGE, SPORT, TOURISM AND
CULTURE INDUSTRIES.

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 dress.

She says MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY
OBVIOUSLY SAY THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR BEING A STEADFAST
SUPPORTER OF HIS CONSTITUENCY.
I WOULD REMISS NOT TO SAY THANK
YOU TO OUR PETERBOROUGH LAKERS.
WE CONGRATULATE THEM FOR THE
NATIONAL WIN THAT THEY BROUGHT
TO THIS ASSEMBLY.
THE ONTARIO LACROSSE ASSOCIATION
RECEIVED OVER 200,000 DOLLARS IN
ANNUAL FUNDING LAST YEAR, AS A
DESIGNATED PROVINCIAL SPORT
ORGANIZATION, AND THAT
CONTRIBUTES TO 170 TEAMS, AND
22,000 LACROSSE PLAYERS ACROSS
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
THE ONTARIO LACROSSE ASSOCIATION
IS ALSO RECIPIENT OF THE QUEST
FOR GOLD.
ALL MEMBERS OF THIS ASSEMBLY
SHOULD BE AWARE WE HAVE AN
ONTARIO ATHLETE ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM WHICH SUPPORT 18 TOP
RANKED ATHLETES TO COVER
TRAINING AND LIVING COSTS, AND
OVER THE YEARS IN 2018 AND 19
THESE ATHLETES RECEIVED OVER
1,400 DOLLARS AND GIVEN CHANGES
FOR THE MANN CUP AS DESIGNATED
TROPHY IT'S AVAILABLE IN THE
INDUSTRY FOR SPORT HOSTING
EVENTS.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Smith says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MINISTER
FOR SUPPORT IN AMATEUR SPORTS IN
OUR RIDING.
SPORT CREATES LIFE LONG
FRIENDSHIPS.
I SERVED AS A CHURCH HOCKEY
LEAGUE.
ORGANIZED HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA,
I NOTE THE MINISTER IS WELL
VERSED IN THE BENEFITS OF
AMATEUR SPORT, AND WHAT THEY
OFFER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR
FUTURE COMMUNITY LEADERS.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US HOW THE
MINISTRY'S INVESTMENT IN AMATEUR
SPORT PAYS DIVIDENDS FOR ALL OF
US.

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

MacLeod says I THANK THE MEMBER FOR STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE.
I SPENT THIS WEEKEND COACHING
AND ENJOY IT IMMENSELY.
ONTARIO HAS 27 MILLION DOLLARS TO
SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
WHEN WE HEAR NAMES LIKE BIANCA
ANDREESCU, PENNY OLEKSIAK AND
ANDRE DE GRASSE.
WE'RE PROVIDING RECREATIONAL
SUPPORT AND MAKING SURE THAT OUR
ATHLETES RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO
ARE TOPPING PODIUMS, NOT JUST IN
CANADA BUT AROUND THE WORLD.
WE'RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS, OPEN
FOR JOBS, AND WE'RE OPEN FOR
ATHLETES.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

The caption changes to "Judith Monteith-Farrell. NDP. Thunder Bay-Atikokan."

Monteith-Farrell is in her fifties, with short brown hair with blond highlights. She wears glasses and a patterned gray dress.

She says THANK YOU.
WE'RE LOSING AUTISM SERVICES IN
THE NORTH.
DIAGNOSTIC CAPACITY IS
DECREASING.
CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE
WAITED LONG ENOUGH, AND THANKS
TO THIS GOVERNMENT'S CUTS,
SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE LAYING OFF
STAFF AND DISCONTINUING
SERVICES, SOMETHING THIS
GOVERNMENT KNEW WOULD HAPPEN,
BUT DID IT ANYWAY.
MEANWHILE, THIS GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY WON'T DO ANYTHING TO HELP
UNTIL MAYBE NEXT APRIL.
NORTHERN FAMILIES CANNOT WAIT.
AY DRIANA ATKINS FROM
MANITOUWADGE WHO IS HERE TODAY
MUST TRAVEL WITH HER SON, 400
KILOMETRES TO THUNDER BAY FOR
SERVICES HE NEEDS.
ADRIANA NEEDS OUR HELP NOW AND
NOT NEXT YEAR.
WHEN IS THIS GOVERNMENT GOING TO
FIX THE PROBLEMS IT CREATED FOR
NORTHERN FAMILIES?

The Speaker says THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
SERVICES.

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

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

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

He says THANKS VERY MUCH, TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE
QUESTION, AND THANKS FOR THE
FAMILIES, ACTUALLY, WHO HAVE
TRAVELLED DOWN TO NORTHERN
ONTARIO TO BE WITH US HERE
TODAY.
WE'RE TAKING THIS ISSUE VERY
SERIOUSLY.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT FOR THE LAST
30 YEARS GOVERNMENTS OF ALL
STRIPES IN THIS LEGISLATURE HAVE
NOT GOTTEN THE AUTISM FILE
RIGHT, AND THAT'S WHY WE'VE
TAKEN THE TIME OVER THE SUMMER
TO ENSURE THAT, FIRST OF ALL, I
WENT OUT AND MET WITH A LOT OF THE FAMILIES WHO WERE HERE IN
THE NORTH AND KENORA, AND IN
THUNDER BAY, AND IN SAULT STE.
MARIE AND SUDBURY, AND ALSO IN
NORTH BAY, MR. SPEAKER, JUST A
FEW OF THE STOPS OVER THE
SUMMER.
BUT WHILE I WAS DOING THAT IN
CONJUNCTION WITH THAT TOUR AND
MEETING WITH FAMILIES FACE TO
FACE, MR. SPEAKER, OUR ONTARIO
AUTISM PANEL WAS MEETING
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.
THEY'VE MADE WELL OVER 100
RECOMMENDATIONS MR. SPEAKER.
WE'RE WORKING EXTREMELY HARD TO
IMPLEMENT ALL OF THE
RECOMMENDATIONS THAT THAT PANEL
HAS MADE, MR. SPEAKER, SO THAT
WE CAN HAVE AN AUTISM PROGRAM TO
BE PROUD OF.

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

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

West is in his forties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a gray suit, pink shirt, and striped brown tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, BACK TO THE PREMIER.
THE NORTH IS IN CRISIS, PREMIER,
THE GOVERNMENT'S CUTS HAVE BEEN
DEVASTATING FOR FAMILIES OF
CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN THE
NORTH.
THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN DECIMATED
IN LESS THAN A YEAR UNDER THIS
GOVERNMENT.
PROVIDERS LIKE CHILD COMMUNITY
RESOURCES THIS SUDBURY HAVE HAD
TO LET GO OF STAFF AND
DISCONTINUE SERVICES.
SPEAKER, THIS WAS THE ONLY
PROVIDER FOR FRENCH SPEAKING
CHILDREN IN SUDBURY AND IN THE
RIDING OF NICKEL BELT.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE NOW
LEFT WAITING, BECAUSE THERE'S
NOWHERE TO SPEND THE MONEY THEY
RECEIVE FOR TREATMENT, AND THOSE
ARE THE LUCKY ONES THAT RECEIVE
ANY SUPPORT AT ALL OF THE NORTH
CANNOT WAIT UNTIL APRIL 2020.
WE NEED A NEEDS-BASE SYSTEM NOW.
PREMIER HOW MUCH LONGER WILL
FAMILIES BE FORCED TO WAIT TO
GET HELP FOR THEIR KIDS?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Todd Smith replies in French and a translator says
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER.

[END OF TRANSLATION]

In English, Todd Smith continues
I KNOW THEY'RE MEETING WITH
SOME OF MY STAFF A LITTLE LATER
TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE ROLLOUT
OF THE ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM
AND HOW THAT'S GOING TO BE
OCCURRING OVER THE COMING WEEKS
AND MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER.
I JUST WANT TO LET THEM KNOW
THAT WE FULLY UNDERSTAND THE
SITUATION IN THE NORTH.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Todd Smith says AND WE HAVE BEEN IN CONSTANT
COMMUNICATION WITH THOSE SERVICE
PROVIDERS.
THOSE AGENCIES THAT ARE ACTUALLY
GOING TO BE HELPING THEIR
CHILDREN GET THE SERVICES THAT
THEY NEED.
I CAN TELL YOU MY STAFF HAVE
BEEN WORKING EXTREMELY HARD IN
THE MINISTRY AND IN THE
DEPARTMENT, MR. SPEAKER, TO TAKE
THOSE OVER 100 RECOMMENDATIONS
AND THEN FIGURE OUT HOW WE'RE
GOING TO IMPLEMENT THOSE, MR.
SPEAKER, SO THAT, FIRST OF ALL,
WE DO HAVE A TRULY NEEDS-BASED
PROGRAM.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Todd Smith says ONE THAT'S THERE FOR THE
FAMILIES WHEN HE THEY NEED IT,
AND ONE THAT'S BIGGER THAN IT'S
EVER BEEN, MR. SPEAKER,
600 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET, THAT'S
TWICE THE AMOUNT BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT, MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S GOING TO BE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
THE MEMBER FOR AURORA OAK RIDGES.

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

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

He says MY MEMBER IS FOR THE
GOVERNMENT OF GOVERNMENT AND
CONSUMER SERVICES.
LAST WEEK OUR GOVERNMENT'S PLAN
WAS RELEASED FOR THE PROTECTION
OF PEOPLE AT HOME, ONLINE AND IN
OUR COMMUNITY.
A KEY COMPONENT OF THIS PLAN IS
TO INTRODUCE CHANGES TO NEW HOME
WARRANTIES IN THE PROVINCE.
I KNOW THAT MANY OF MY
CONSTITUENTS, AND ONTARIANS
ACROSS THE PROVINCE ARE EAGER TO
HEAR MORE ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT'S
PLAN TO TAKE ACTION ON REFORMING
CARRY ON.
WITH THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THIS HOUSE AND HOMEBUYERS ACROSS
ONTARIO WHAT THEY CAN EXPECT
FROM THE LEGISLATION YOU
INTRODUCED LAST WEEK.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
GOVERNMENT, CONSUMER SERVICES.

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

Thompson is in her forties, with chin-length wavy blond hair. She wears a black blazer over a printed black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR AURORA OAK RIDGES
AND RICHMOND HILL, WE'RE FINALLY
GOING TO HAVE A NEW WARRANTY
PROGRAM HERE IN ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, WE LISTENED, AND WE
HAVE TAKEN ACTION AND THE WAIT
IS OVER.
I THINK THE MEMBER FOR HUMBER RIVER, BLACK CREEK PUT IT QUITE
WELL A FEW DAYS AGO WHEN HE SAID
THE LIBERALS FAILED NEW
HOMEBUYERS IN THIS PROVINCE BY
TAKING NO MEANINGFUL ACTION
ONTARIAN REFORM.
WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE JUST
NOT REFORMING CAREY ON, WE'RE
OVERHAULING IT, AND WE'RE GOING
TO BE PULLING TOGETHER AND
WORKING WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS TO
DELIVER A NEW HOME WARRANTY
PROGRAM, AND WE'RE GOING TO BE
FOLLOW THE FINDINGS OF THE
AUDITOR GENERAL, AS WELL AS
JUSTICE CUNNINGHAM AND WE'RE
TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE
PRIORITIES THAT WE HEARD...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Parsa says MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK
THE MEASURE FOR HER ANSWER, HER
LEADERSHIP, AND FOR BRINGING
CHANGE TO THIS PROVINCE THAT,
QUITE FRANKLY, WAS LONG OVERDUE.
MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT THIS
LEGISLATION COMES JUST OVER ONE
MONTH AFTER THE AUDITOR GENERAL
ANNOUNCED HER RECOMMENDATIONS TO
REFORM NEW HOME WARRANTIES IN
ONTARIO.
THE MINISTER HAS SHOWN THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS A CHAMPION OF NEW
HOMEBUYERS WHO HAVE BEEN WRONGED
BY BAD ACTORS.
WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN TO THIS HOUSE AND TO THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WHAT ACTIONS
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING IN THE
RESTORING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE
ACT THAT WILL IMPROVE THE NEW
HOME WARRANTY SYSTEM IN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Thompson says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER AND THE MEMBER FOR AURORA RICHMOND HILL AND OAK
RIDGES IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT,
BECAUSE WE ARE ABSOLUTELY A
CHAMPION, AND WE'RE STANDING
WITH NEW HOMEOWNERS, BECAUSE WE
ARE OVERHAULING THE GOVERNANCE
STRUCTURE, AND WE'RE INCREASING
GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT ONCE AND
FOR ALL.
WE'RE ALSO GOING TO IMPROVE THE
WARRANTY CLAIM PROCESS, SO THAT
IT'S FAIR FOR CONSUMERS AND
TIMELY.
OUR PLAN ALSO INCLUDES INCREASED
OVERSIGHT OF THE HOME BUILDING
PROCESS, SO THAT ONTARIANS CAN
MOVE INTO THEIR NEW HOMES
WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT THE
EFFECTS.
BUYING A HOME IS THE LARGEST
INVESTMENT AN ONTARIAN CAN MAKE
IN THEIR LIFETIME AND THAT'S WHY
OUR GOVERNMENT FOUND IT WAS
IMPORTANT TO BRING SWIFT CHANGES
IN, THAT WILL ENSURE EFFECTIVE
OVERSIGHT OF NEW HOME WARRANTY
PROGRAMS, AROUND CURB THE
INFLUENCE OF BUILDERS, SO
ONTARIANS CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH
OUR GOVERNMENT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PREMIER FORD AND
OUR ENTIRE CAUCUS, BECAUSE THE
INVESTMENT IN A NEW HOME IS SO,
SO IMPORTANT, AND...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
THE NEXT QUESTION...

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 blue cardigan and a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MY
QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.
RECENTLY TENANTS AT 25
MONTGOMERY AVENUE IN
EGLINTON-LAWRENCE WERE FACED
WITH A DEMOGRAPHIC RENT INCREASE
BETWEEN 10 AND 15 percent.
THIS BUILDING IS OWNED BY ROCK
PORT GROUP, THE SAME DEVELOPER
WHO TRIED TO HIKE UP RENTS 20 percent
AT 22 JOHN STREET.
THESE PEOPLE ARE IN NEW
BUILDINGS NO LONGER PROTECTED BY
RENT CONTROL BECAUSE OF THE
LOOPHOLE CREATED BY THIS
GOVERNMENT.
HOW CAN THE PREMIER TURN A BLIND
EYE TO THESE RESIDENTS BECAUSE
OF A LOOPHOLE YOU CREATED?

The Speaker says QUESTION
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.

The Speaker says QUESTION TO THE
MINISTER.

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

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

He says THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.
YESTERDAY WE HAD DOWNSTAIRS AN
ADVOCACY DAY AT QUEEN'S PARK BY
RENTAL HOUSING PROVIDERS FROM
ALL ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.
I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT
MEMBERS FROM ALL PARTIES
ATTENDED THAT ADVOCACY DAY,
INCLUDING THE OPPOSITION HOUSE
LEADER, WHO I ACTUALLY AGREE
WITH SOME OF HIS COMMENTS.
HE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR
LANDLORDS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A
FAIR RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT.
SO I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF THE OPPOSITION HOUSE LEADER.
I ALSO APPRECIATE THE QUESTION
FROM THE MEMBER OPPOSITE, AND I
DO APPRECIATE THE FACT WE KNOW
BETTER THAN ANYONE AS A
GOVERNMENT WE NEED TO HAVE A
FAIR SYSTEM, AND CREATE A FAIR
SYSTEM FOR BOTH LANDLORDS AND
TENANTS.
THAT'S WHY...

The Speaker says Response.

Clark says WE KEPT OUR PROMISE TO
MAINTAIN RENT CONTROL FOR
EXISTING TENANTS, BUT WE ALSO
MADE A COMMITMENT AS A
GOVERNMENT TO CREATE MORE
HOUSING SUPPLY...

The Speaker says THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Morrison says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND RESPECTFULLY TO THE
MINISTER, WHAT YOU'VE
EFFECTIVELY CREATED IS TWO
CLASSES OF TENANTS IN ONTARIO.
THOSE WITH RENT CONTROL AND
THOSE WITHOUT.
RENTS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE ARE
OUT OF CONTROL, AND EVERY DAP
WORKING PEOPLE SIMPLY CANNOT
AFFORD THE COST OF THE A ONE
BEDROOM APARTMENT IN CITIES LIKE
TORONTO.
LAST WEEK I INTRODUCED
LEGISLATION THAT WOULD RESTORE
RENT CONTROL TO ALL RENTAL UNITS
IN ONTARIO, CLOSING THE RENT
CONTROL LOOPHOLE THAT THIS
PREMIER CREATED.
WILL THE PREMIER FINALLY SEE THE
DAMAGE THAT HE HAS CAUSED AND
SUPPORT MY BILL THAT WOULD
RESTORE PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS,
THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS CUT?

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

Clark says SPEAKER, QUITE FRANKLY, SINCE
OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LAST NOVEMBER
TO EXEMPT NEW UNITS FROM RENT
CONTROL, WE'VE SEEN EXACTLY WHAT
OUR GOVERNMENT PROMISED, AND
THAT'S MORE PURPOSE-BUILT
RENTALS BEING BUILT IN THIS
PROVINCE.
YOU KNOW, SPEAKER, WE DECIDED AS
A GOVERNMENT THAT WE WERE GOING
TO TACKLE THE HOUSING SUPPLY,
THAT'S WHY WE TABLED OUR MORE
HOMES, MORE CHOICE ONTARIO
ACTION PLAN.
BUT SPEAKER, DON'T TAKE IT FROM
ME.
TAKE IT FROM THE GENTLEMAN WHO
WAS HERE YESTERDAY, THAT ALL
PARTIES MET WITH IN TERMS OF
ADVOCACY FOR RENTAL HOUSING
PROVIDERS.
I'M GOING TO QUOTE TONY IRWIN,
PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE
FEDERATION OF RENTAL HOUSING
PRIORITIES OF ONTARIO.
HERE'S THE QUOTE, IN NDP POLICY
CHANGE, THE THIRD CHANGE IN
THREE YEARS, SERVED AS AN
DISINCENTIVE to boosting CONFIDENCE AND BRINGING HOUSES
TO THE MARKET.
WE'RE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF GTA rental starts in almost 3 decades.

The Speaker says Thank you very much.
Thank you.
That concludes our question period for this morning.

Watch: Question Period: Tuesday, December 10, 2019