Transcript: Question Period: Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Dec 13, 2019

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

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

He says IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL
QUESTIONS.
AND I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR KIIWETINOONG.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Sol Mamakwa. NDP. Kiiwetinoong."

Mamakwa is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with short black hair. He wears a gray suit, white shirt, and spotted blue tie.

He says MEEGWETCH, MR. SPEAKER.
QUESTION TO THE ACTING
PREMIER.
IN APRIL 2018, DEVIN
FREEMAN'S BODY WAS FOUND ON
A PROPERTY OF A GROUP HOME
WHERE HE WAS LIVING.
HE HAD DIED BY SUICIDE
NEARLY SEVEN MONTHS, SEVEN
MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER
BUT NO ONE LOOKED FOR HIM
THE WHOLE TIME.
DEVIN WAS 17 YEARS OLD AND
FROM THE CHIPPEWAS OF OR
GINA ISLAND FIRST NATION.
DEVIN'S GRANDMOTHER AND THE
FIRST NATION ARE ASKING THE
PROVINCIAL CORONER'S OFFICE
TO HOLD AN INQUEST INTO HIS
DEATH, AN INQUEST THAT WOULD
SHINE A LIGHT ON DEVIN'S
LIFE AND DEATH SO THIS
DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANY MORE
CHILDREN, MR. SPEAKER.
WILL YOU SUPPORT THIS
REQUEST AND TAKE ACTION ON
THIS INQUEST, THE INQUEST
RECOMMENDATIONS, YES OR NO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE DEPUTY
PREMIER.

The Deputy Premier says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
TO THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER
FOR CHILDREN'S AND WOMEN'S
ISSUES.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER FOR
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 green plaid blazer and a green shirt.

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR YOUR QUESTION.
THE DEATH OR INJURY OF YOUTH
OR ANY CHILD IS
UNACCEPTABLE.
ON BEHALF OF OUR ENTIRE
GOVERNMENT, OUR HEARTS GO
OUT TO THIS FAMILY AND
COMMUNITY, AND I CAN TELL
YOU, AS A MOTHER, THE
DEVASTATION OF A DEATH OF A
CHILD IS UNACCEPTABLE.
THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF
ALL OF ONTARIANS, ESPECIALLY
OUR MOST VULNERABLE, IS A
TOP PRIORITY FOR OUR
GOVERNMENT.
AS YOU KNOW FOR PRIVACY
REASONS, THE MINISTRY OF
CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES DOES NOT
COMMENT ON INDIVIDUAL CASES.
FURTHERMORE, THE DECISION TO
HOLD AN INQUEST IS MADE BY
THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF
CORONER.
THE CHIEF CORONER AND HIS
STAFF ARE EXPERTS IN THEIR
FIELD AND ARE RESPONSIBLE
FOR DETERMINING WHETHER
INQUEST IS NECESSARY.
CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETIES
FOLLOW A JOINT MINISTRY
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF CORONER
DIRECTIVE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Dunlop says A CHILD WHO HAS BEEN IN
CARE WITHIN THE LAST YEAR
DIES, TO HELP UNDERSTAND
WHAT HAPPENED AND TO
IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES SO
FURTHER DEATHS MAY BE
PREVENTED.

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Mamakwa says THE CONTINUED NEGLECT OF
COLONIAL GOVERNMENTS, SUCH
AS THIS, MEANS THAT YOUNG
PEOPLE LIKE DEVIN, RILEY
MCINAK, KERI BUNTING LIVE
WITHOUT HOPE, MR. SPEAKER.
THIS WEEK THE GOVERNMENT
VOTED DOWN AN AMENDMENT TO
BILL 116 TO CREATE A
PROVINCIAL MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS STRATEGY FOR
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, DESPITE
A CLEAR NEED WITH THE HIGHER
NUMBER OF SUICIDES COMMITTED
BY INDIGENOUS YOUTH.
MR. SPEAKER, HOW MANY MORE
YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE?
HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE
TO LOSE HOPE BEFORE WE WAKE
UP OUR SENIOR LEVELS OF
GOVERNMENT AND DO WHAT NEEDS
TO BE DONE?
TO GIVE THESE YOUNG PEOPLE
HOPE SO THEY CHOOSE LIFE
OVER DEATH?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ASSOCIATE
MINISTER.

Dunlop says REFERRED TO THE ASSOCIATE
MINISTER OF MENTAL HEALTH
AND ADDICTIONS.

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

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU FOR THAT VERY
IMPORTANT QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT TAKES MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO VERY
SERIOUSLY, AND THAT IS WHY
THERE IS NOW AN ASSOCIATE
MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
AND ADDICTIONS AND THAT IS
WHY THE STRATEGY WILL LOOK
SPECIFICALLY AT THE NEEDS OF
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TO ENSURE
THAT WE CAPTURE AND PROVIDE
THE SERVICES THAT THEY NEED
WHEN AND WHERE THEY NEED
THEM.
UNFORTUNATELY 15 YEARS OF
NEGLECT IN THIS AREA HAS
CREATED THE SITUATION WE
HAVE IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO, AND WE HAVE TO
BUILD THE SERVICES CONNECTED
AND INTEGRATED AND HOLISTIC
SO THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS HAVE
HOPE, ALL INDIVIDUALS
INCLUDING OUR INDIGENOUS
POPULATION, HAVE THE
ABILITY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Tibollo says TO HAVE THE PEACE AND
WHAT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO
GO ALONG THEIR JOURNEY AND
HAVE THAT HOPE INSTILLED IN
THEM.
AND IT'S OUR INTENTION
UTILIZING BILL 116 TO ENSURE
THAT THAT IS IN FACT WHAT WE
DO AS A PROVINCIAL
GOVERNMENT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA-LAKESHORE.

The caption changes to "Rudy Cuzzetto. PC. Mississauga-Lakeshore."

Cuzzetto is in his mid-fifties, clean-shaven, with short dark hair gelled back. He wears glasses, a dark blue suit, white shirt, and striped blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.
I WAS PROUD TO JOIN MY
COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE
PASSAGE OF THE FOUNDATION
FOR PROMOTING AND PROTECTING
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICE ACT YESTERDAY.
THE ISSUE OF MENTAL HEALTH
AND ADDICTION SERVICE IS NOT
PARTISAN.
EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE WANTS
TO ENSURE ONTARIANS ARE
FULLY SUPPORTED.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY
BEEN WORKING TO GET PEOPLE
LIVING WITH ADDICTIONS THE
HELP THEY NEED TO STAY
HEALTHY AND END THEIR
ADDICTION.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL THE
HOUSE WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS BEEN DOING TO ADDRESS
OPIOIDS AND WHAT WE ARE
PLANNING TO DO IN THE
FUTURE?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Elliott is in her late fifties, with long blond hair. She wears a dark blue dress.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA-LAKESHORE FOR
HIS QUESTION ON THIS.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK
THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS,
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE MEMBER FOR EGLINTON
LAWRENCE FOR THEIR VERY HARD
WORK ON THIS FILE.
WITH YESTERDAY'S PASSAGE OF THE FOUNDATIONS FOR
PROMOTING AND PROTECTING
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES ACT, WE ARE WORKING
TO BUILD A MODERN MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION SYSTEM.
THE ACT ADDRESSES KEY
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
SELECT COMMITTEE ON MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS, WHICH
WAS CREATED IN 2009 TO
ADDRESS THIS IMPORTANT
ISSUE.
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL, THE MEMBER FOR NICKEL BELT AND
MYSELF AND OTHER MEMBERS
HEARD TESTIMONY FROM
HUNDREDS OF WITNESSES.
THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF OUR
COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES
OF THIS HOUSE, WE ARE NOW
FINALLY ABLE TO TAKE ACTION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE WILL
MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN
THE LIVES OF ONTARIANS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Cuzzetto says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE
OUTSTANDING MINISTER FOR HER
WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT
ISSUE.
ALL MEMBERS IN THIS HOUSE
RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF
IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION SERVICES.
PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY HAVE
STRUGGLED WITH MENTAL HEALTH
AND WITH ADDICTIONS, AS HAVE
FRIENDS, FAMILY AND MEMBERS.
FOR TOO LONG MENTAL HEALTH
HAS BEEN PRIORITIZED AS
HIGHLY AS PHYSICAL HEALTH.
I AM PROUD THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN WORKING
TO CHANGE THIS AND THAT WE
TOOK ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP
YESTERDAY IN PASSING THE
FOUNDATION FOR PROMOTING AND
PROTECTING MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION SERVICE ACT.
WILL THE MINISTER UPDATE US
ON WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
DOING TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE
MENTAL HEALTH ADDICTION
SERVICES?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN
LISTENING TO ONTARIANS AND
WE KNOW THEY EXPECT US TO
TAKE ACTION ON THE MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS FILE.
WITH YESTERDAY'S ADOPTION OF THE FOUNDATIONS FOR
PROMOTING AND PROTECTING
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
SERVICES ACT, WE ARE
IMPROVING THE MENTAL HEALTH
AND ADDICTION SERVICES THAT
ONTARIANS NEED.
OUR GOVERNMENT WILL INVEST
3.8 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT
TEN YEARS, TO BE IMPLEMENTED
BY A NEW MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTION CENTRE OF
EXCELLENCE ON OUR STRATEGY.
THE CENTRE, WORKING WITHIN
ONTARIO HEALTH, WILL DEVELOP
CLINICAL QUALITY AND SERVICE
STANDARDS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
AND ADDICTIONS SO THAT
PATIENTS WILL RECEIVE
EXCELLENT AND CONSISTENT
CARE ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
THIS WILL ALSO ENABLE,
SPEAKER, PERFORMANCE
MONITORING ACROSS THE SYSTEM,
ALLOWING THE SERVICE
PROVIDERS TO GET THE
SERVICES THEY NEED TO
DELIVER TO PATIENTS AND
FAMILIES.
OUR GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE
TO LISTEN AS WE TRANSFORM
AND MODERNIZE OUR MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION SYSTEM.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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 checkered gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND
FOOD.
ONE OF ONTARIO'S
FEDERALLY LICENSED MEAT
PROCESSING FACILITIES
RECENTLY DISCLOSED, MAJOR
MARKET FOR ONTARIO'S
LIVESTOCK FARMERS.
IT CREATES AN EVEN BIGGER
PROBLEM BECAUSE WE HAVE A
SHORTAGE OF FEDERALLY
LICENSED PLANTS IN EASTERN
CANADA.
AND QUIETLY AMERICAN
PROCESSORS ARE ALSO SAYING
NO TO CANADIAN FINISH
CATTLE.
WHAT THIS IS DOING, IT'S
DROPPING THE PRICE.
SO DUE TO MARKET FORCES
BEYOND PRODUCERS' CONTROL,
THEY COULD BE LOSING UP TO
400 A HEAD.
WE HAVE A PROGRAM, OR HAD A
PROGRAM, TO PROTECT FARMERS
AGAINST MARKET FORCES BEYOND
THEIR CONTROL.
IT WAS CALLED BUSINESS RISK
MANAGEMENT.
AND IT WORKED.
IT WAS BANKABLE AND
PREDICTABLE UNTIL THE
LIBERALS CAPPED IT.
DURING THE LAST CAMPAIGN...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Vanthof says BOW WE BOTH PROMISED, THE
N.D.P. ANT CONSERVATIVES
PROMISED TO LIFT THAT CAP.
MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER IS WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU
WAITING FOR?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION TO
THE 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, shirt and tie.

He says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK THE MEMBER ACROSS THE AISLE FOR
THE QUESTION.
AND I WANT TO ENSURE THE MEMBER THE ISSUE OF REGENCY,
THOUGH IT IS A FEDERALLY
INSPECTED PLANT, IS OF GREAT
CONCERN NOT ONLY TO THE BEEF
PRODUCERS BUT TO OUR
GOVERNMENT, TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE CAN FIND PLACES TO
HAVE SAFE FOOD PROCESSED IN
THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE
MANNER.
AS IT RELATES TO THE SUPPORT
PROGRAMS, I CAN TELL YOU
THAT WE HAVE BEEN VERY...
WORKING VERY HARD WITH ALL
THE STAKEHOLDERS IN
REVIEWING THE PROGRAM THAT,
AS YOU MENTIONED, THE
BUSINESS FINANCIAL PROGRAM
THAT WAS CAPPED BY THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
SO IT NO LONGER WORKS TO
COVER, IN DISASTERS SUCH AS
THIS, IT NO LONGER WORKS SO
WE'RE WORKING WITH ALL THE
INDUSTRY TO COME UP WITH A
PROGRAM THAT NOT ONLY IS
THERE GOING FORWARD.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Hardeman says BUT IT'S THERE TO THE
EXTENT THAT THEY NEED IT
GOING FORWARD.
BECAUSE THE PROGRAM, AS IT'S
PRESENTLY DESIGNED, WILL DO
NOTHING TO HELP THESE
FARMERS IN THESE
CIRCUMSTANCES.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE
A...

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

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says Supplementary question.

Vanthof says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I AGREE WITH THE MINISTER
THAT THIS PROGRAM NO LONGER
WORKS, BECAUSE IT'S CAPPED.
WHAT THE MINISTER IS NOT
TELLING THE FARMERS OF
ONTARIO THAT, SINCE HE'S
BEEN THE MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE, THE BUDGET FOR
THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
HAS BEEN CUT BY OVER 25 percent.
OVER 250 MILLION DOLLARS.
YOU'D THINK AT THE LEAST, AT
THE LEAST THIS GOVERNMENT,
WHO CLAIMS TO LOVE FARMERS,
COULD HAVE TAKEN SOME OF
THAT 250 MILLION DOLLARS AND LIFTED
THE CAP UNDER RISK
MANAGEMENT...

[APPLAUSE]

Vanthof says AND MAKE THE PROGRAM
BETTER BUT LIFT THE CAP SO
FARMERS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED,
BANKABILITY AND
PREDICTABILITY.
YOU'VE CUT 25 percent OUT OF THE
MINISTRY'S BUDGET.
LIFT THE CAP AND DIRECTLY
IMPACT THOSE FARMERS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
AND THE MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE TO REPLY.

Hardeman says MR. SPEAKER, AND TO THE MEMBER FOR THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Hardeman says AND AS I WAS SAYING, THE
PROGRAM NOT ONLY WAS CAPPED
BUT IT ALSO DOESN'T WORK IN
TIMES OF NEED.
IT IS BASED ON THE
ACROSS-THE-BOARD COST OF
PRODUCTION AND HELPING
EVERYBODY A LITTLE BIT IN
BAD TIMES BUT THERE'S
NOTHING IN THE PROGRAM THAT
DEALS WITH SITUATIONS LIKE
WE HAVE HERE.
SO WHAT WE'RE DOING IS
GETTING ALL THE PEOPLE
TOGETHER AND SAYING THIS IS
THE MONEY THAT'S AVAILABLE.
LET US FIGURE OUT THE BEST
WAY WE CAN DO TO MAKE SURE
OUR AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY IS
PROTECTED IN TIME OF NEED,
UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND
THEIR CONTROL, WHICH OF
COURSE THE ITEM THAT YOU
MENTIONED IS BEYOND THEIR
CONTROL.
BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE
THAT HELP IS THERE TO DO
THAT.
WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF OTHER
INSTANCES.
WE HAD IT LAST YEAR WITH
THE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Hardeman says REFORM.
THE PROGRAM DOES NOT COVER
THAT.
AND SO WE NEED TO FIX IT SO
WHEN TIMES, SOMETHING
HAPPENS BEYOND THEIR CONTROL,
THAT WE HAVE A PROGRAM.
THE WHOLE INDUSTRY IS
WORKING WITH US TO DESIGN
ONE OF THOSE, AND WE WILL BE
BRINGING THAT FORWARD WHEN
IT'S...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THE NEXT question. The member for Thunder Bay-Superior North.

The caption changes to "Michael Gravelle. Liberal. Thunder Bay-Superior North."

Gravelle is in his sixties, clean-shaven, with short gray hair. He wears a gray suit, blue shirt, and purple tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL.
SPEAKER, WITH THE GUNS,
GANGS AND DRUG PROBLEMS IN
THUNDER BAY CONTINUING TO
GET WORSE, I NEED TO PRESS
THE MINISTER FURTHER ABOUT
PROVIDING INCREASED
RESOURCES FOR THE THUNDER
BAY POLICE SERVICE TO DEAL
WITH THIS ENORMOUS
CHALLENGE.
WITH GANGS FROM SOUTHERN
ONTARIO INFILTRATE THUNDER
BAY AND BRINGING MAJOR CRIME
TO OUR COMMUNITY, WE NEED TO
SEE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM
THE PROVINCE AND WE NEED TO
SEE IT NOW.
WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
PROVIDED 65 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE
PROVINCE TO DEAL WITH GUNS
AND GANGS, WE WERE VERY
DISAPPOINTED THAT THUNDER
BAY WAS NOT A RECIPIENT OF
SOME OF THOSE FUND.
THE TIME HAS COME FOR THAT
SUPPORT TO BE PROVIDED,
MINISTER.
SO I ASK THE MINISTER TODAY,
WILL YOUR GOVERNMENT PROVIDE
FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THUNDER
BAY POLICE SERVICE TO DEAL
WITH THIS OVERWHELMING
CHALLENGE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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 blue dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES.
IN FACT WE ANNOUNCED
YESTERDAY 195 MILLION DOLLARS ACROSS POLICE SERVICES
BOARDS TO ACCESS THE
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND
POLICING GRANT.
I WAS PLEASED TO MAKE THAT
ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY.
AS I SAID, THERE ARE 89
POLICE SERVICES BOARDS WHO
PUT IN APPLICATIONS THAT
FOCUSED ON LOCAL NEEDS, THAT
FOCUSED ON PROVINCIAL
PRIORITIES INCLUDING GUNS
AND GANGS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
AND OF COURSE HUMAN
TRAFFICKING.
THOSE MONEYS HAVE BEEN
ANNOUNCED.
THAT MONEY IS FLOWING AND WE
ARE MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE
IN ENSURING THAT OUR
COMMUNITIES ARE SAFE AND
GETTING THE FUNDS THAT THEY
NEED.
I THINK THERE IS NO ONE... I
HOPE THAT THERE IS NO ONE IN
THIS CHAMBER WHO WOULD
DISAGREE WITH THE STATEMENT
THAT OUR POLICE SERVICES AND
OUR BOARDS NEED TO HAVE THE
SUPPORT THAT THEY DESERVE TO
PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES.
WE ARE DOING THAT AS A
GOVERNMENT, AND AS I SAID
195 MILLION DOLLARS IS FLOWING TO
89 POLICE SERVICE BOARDS
ACROSS ONTARIO.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Gravelle says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
THANK YOU, MINISTER.
WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO
REPORTS WHERE THAT GOES
THUNDER BAY POLICE SERVICE.
ON A RELATED JUSTICE NOTE,
SPEAKER, THE THUNDER BAY
DISTRICT JAIL IS IN A STATE
OF VIRTUAL CRISIS, WITH
EXTREME OVERCROWDING.
THERE IS A DANGEROUSLY
INCREASED TENSION BETWEEN
THE INMATES, UNSANITARY
CONDITIONS AND EXTREMELY
UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS
FOR THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICE
STAFF THAT WORK THERE.
WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE
CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW
CORRECTIONAL FACILITY IN
THUNDER BAY, WE ARE DEALING
WITH A DANGEROUS SITUATION
THAT WILL ONLY ESCALATE IF
NOT DEALT WITH.
SO I REALLY HAVE TWO
QUESTIONS FOR THE MINISTER.
FIRST, CAN YOU PROVIDE US
WITH MORE DETAILS ON THE
TIMING OF THE BUILDING OF THE NEW CORRECTIONAL
FACILITY?
AND DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS TO
DEAL WITH THE OVERCROWDING
OF THE DISTRICT JAIL TODAY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN,
SOLICITOR GENERAL TO REPLY.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
WELL, AS THE MEMBER KNOWS
ONLY TOO WELL SERVING IN
THIS PORTFOLIO PREVIOUSLY,
THERE ARE CHALLENGES IN OUR
CORRECTION FACILITIES.
THE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AND
THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK IN
THE 25 PLUS INSTITUTIONS
ACROSS ONTARIO DEAL WITH
SOME VERY CHALLENGING
INDIVIDUALS IN SOME FRANKLY
OLD INFRASTRUCTURE.
WE HAVE MADE AN
ANNOUNCEMENT.
VERY PLEASED AND OF COURSE
YOU WERE THERE WHEN WE MADE
THE ANNOUNCEMENT, TO INVEST
IN THE CITY OF THUNDER BAY
AND BUILD A NEW CORRECTIONS
FACILITY.
THAT IS MOVING FORWARD, BUT
WE ARE GOING TO AND WE
CONTINUE TO WORK DIRECTLY
WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE
IMPACT OF STAKEHOLDERS.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
THE FACILITY THAT WE BUILD
IS WHAT THE CORRECTIONS
OFFICERS NEED AND DESERVE,
IS WHAT THE COMMUNITY AND
THE JUSTICE SECTOR NEED AND
DESERVE.
THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE
ONGOING NOW.
WE ARE IN THE FINAL STAGES
OF TWEAKING...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says THE DESIGN BILL BECAUSE
WE WANT TO GET THIS RIGHT.
YOU KNOW ONLY TOO WELL THAT
THERE ARE FACILITIES IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO THAT
APPROACH 100 YEARS OLD.
WE NEED TO TAKE THE TIME NOW
TO GET IT RIGHT AND WE ARE
DOING THAT BY CONSULTING
DIRECTLY WITH THE COMMUNITY.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Niagara West.

The caption changes to "Sam Oosterhoff. PC. Niagara West."

Oosterhoff is in his early twenties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, gray shirt, and spotted gray tie.

He SPEAKS IN FRENCH AND A TRANSLATOR SAYS MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU.
IT IS FOR THE MINISTER OF
FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS.
IN OUR COMMUNITY OF NIAGARA
WEST, MANY PEOPLE HAVE
PARTICULAR NEEDS WITH THE
FRENCH FACT.
EITHER THEY'RE FRANCOPHONES
OR HAVE ANCESTORS WHO ARE
FRANCOPHONES, OR THEY HAVE A
TASTE FOR FRENCH CULTURE.
AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S
IMPORTANT FOR MY
CONSTITUENTS THAT IT'S
IMPORTANT WE HAVE
FRANCOPHONE CULTURE, THAT
ONTARIO CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE
OF FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT
CREATIVITY.
CAN THE MINISTER TELL US
WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR THE
FUTURE AND MEASURES THAT
WILL BE TAKEN BY THE
MINISTRY OF FRANCOPHONE
AFFAIRS DURING OUR MANDATE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF
FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS.

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

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

She speaks in French and a translator says I
THINK THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA
WEST FOR HIS QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS AWAKENED
THE INTEREST OF THE
FRANCO-ONTARIAN BUSINESS
COMMUNITY AND WE ARE VERY
HAPPY.
TO ILLUSTRATE THAT, I WOULD
LIKE TO CITE, TO QUOTE THE
COUNCIL OF FRENCH ONTARIO,
THAT WAS AT THE ECONOMIC
FALL STATEMENT SAID THE
FOLLOWING.
THE POLITICAL APPROACH IS
IMPORTANT.
THE FRANCOPHONIE IS NOT JUST
A FOLK THING BUT IT IS
LINKED WITH EVERYONE.
IN COLLABORATION WITH MY
COLLEAGUE, THE MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB
CREATION AND TRADE, DURING
THE MEETING WITH QUEBEC'S
PREMIER AND OUR PREMIER, WE
WILL HAVE ECONOMIC TRADES
THAT JOIN OUR PROVINCE, AND
WE WANT TO HAVE LINKED WITH
OUR NEIGHBOURS IN QUEBEC.

Oosterhoff SPEAKS in FRENCH AND A TRANSLATOR SAYS THANK YOU FOR THE ANSWER.
THIS IS GOOD BECAUSE IT'S
VERY POSITIVE.
DURING THE LAST DECADE, WE
HAVE NOT ALWAYS USED ALL THE
FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY'S
POTENTIAL IN ONTARIO, AND IN
OUR... EVEN THOUGH WE ARE
CLOSE TO QUEBEC MARKET.
I KNOW THAT THE MINISTER IS
GOING TO TALK TO AN ELITE
BUSINESS CROWD IN THE FORUM
IN MONTREAL...
TELL US MORE OF THE
MESSAGES SHE'LL HAVE THERE?

The Speaker says THE
MINISTER.

Mulroney SPEAKS IN FRENCH AND A TRANSLATOR SAYS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AS MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE
AFFAIRS, I WANT TO GO TO THE
COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL
RELATIONS IN MONTREAL TO
HAVE FRENCH MESSAGE AND TO
HAVE A NEW SOLIDARITY
BETWEEN FRANCO-ONTARIANS AND
QUÉBEÉCOIS, IN PARTICULAR IN
THE ECONOMIC FIELD, SO THAT
AS THIS RELATIONSHIP HAVE A
POSITIVE EFFECT FOR ALL
ONTARIANS, FRANCOPHONE AND
ANGLOPHONE.
AND THE CO-OPERATION IS
BASED ON NEW ECONOMIC
REALITY, NEW TECHNOLOGIES
AND TURNS TO THE FUTURE, AND
WITH GREAT PROJECTS SUCH AS
A UNIVERSITY OF FRENCH
ONTARIO, AND ALSO
POSSIBILITIES OF EXPORTING
ONTARIO PRODUCTS TO
INTERNATIONAL MARKETS.
THE GREATEST SERVICE IS THAT,
IN OUR COLLECTIVE ENTRY, WE
PARTICIPATE IN BUSINESS AND
TECHNOLOGIES TO MAKE EVERY
ONTARIAN RICHER.

[APPLAUSE]
[END OF TRANSLATION]

The Speaker says THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE LEADER OF HER MAJESTY'S
LOYAL 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 pale pink shirt, and a silver pendant necklace.

She says SPEAKER,
I WANT TO START BY THANKING
YOU FOR THE LOVELY HOLIDAY
PARTY YOU PUT ON LAST NIGHT
CELEBRATING THE WONDERFUL
PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THE
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY AND
ALSO ON BEHALF OF NEW
DEMOCRATS, THANK YOU, LOUISE,
FOR THE WORK SHE'S DONE FOR
MANY, MANY YEARS ON REHER
RETIREMENT.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT
HOLIDAY SEASON TO CELEB
CELEBRATE WITH FAMILY AND
FRIENDS.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE PREMIER,
SPEAKER.
LAST SPRING WHEN THE
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THEIR
BUDGET, THE PREMIER STOOD IN
THIS ASSEMBLY AND BOLDLY
PREDICTED THAT PARENTS WOULD
WELCOME HIS CLASSROOM CUTS
AND THAT NOT ONE TEACHER
WOULD LOSE THEIR JOB.
THIS FALL, AS PARENTS WERE
LEFT TO DEAL WITH CUTS AND
CONFLICT AND CHAOS IN THE
SCHOOLS BECAUSE... CAUSED BY
THOSE VERY CUTS, THE PREMIER
HAS FALLEN SILENT, NOT
ANSWERING A SINGLE QUESTION
ABOUT EDUCATION SINCE
OCTOBER, DESPITE BEING ASKED
ON 18 SEPARATE OCCASIONS.
SO MY QUESTION IS WILL THE
PREMIER BREAK HIS SILENCE
TODAY AND EXPLAIN TO PARENTS
WHY HE FEELS HIS CUTS ARE
JUSTIFIED?

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

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

He says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO WISH EVERYONE A
MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY
HOLIDAYS AND LOOK FORWARD TO
GETTING BACK IN THE CHAMBER
IN THE NEW YEAR TO DO GREAT
THINGS FOR ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, IT'S
UNREASONABLE FOR THE OSSTF
TO SAY TO THE PARENTS THAT
THEY WILL CONTINUE STRIKING
UNLESS THEY GET AN
ADDITIONAL 750 MILLION DOLLARS.
TO PUT THAT INTO PERSPECTIVE,
MR. SPEAKER, IT'S EVERY
RESIDENT IN THE LEADER'S
RIDING... AS A MATTER OF
FACT LET'S MAKE IT ALL OF
HAMILTON, ALL OF BURLINGTON,
ALL OF OAKVILLE GOING UP TO
THEM AND SAYING YOU'RE
PAYING AN ADDITIONAL 1,000
OF TAX.
THAT DOESN'T FLY,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says OUR NUMBER
ONE PRIORITY IS TO KEEP THE
KIDS IN THE CLASSROOM.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says MR. SPEAKER, I ALWAYS
DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE
HARD-WORKING FRONT-LINE
TEACHERS THAT WORK THEIR
BACK OFF.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says EDUCATING
OUR STUDENTS OVER THE HEADS
OF THE UNION.
THE HEADS OF THE UNIONS WANT
TO MAKE SURE THEY LINE THE
POCKETS OF THE UNIONS.
THEY DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE
TEACHERS.
THEY DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE
PARENTS.
OUR GOVERNMENT WORRIES ABOUT
THE TEACHERS...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

THE SPEAKER SAYS SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, NOW WE SEE THE REAL
PREMIER, THE ONE THAT TOOK
ON THE UNIONS FROM DAY ONE
AND SAID THEY WERE UNION
THUGS AND CREATED THIS
POISONED ENVIRONMENT THAT
HAS SET NEGOTIATIONS SO FAR
BACK.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says IT'S
REALLY, REALLY TROUBLING,
SPEAKER.
BUT THE BUCK DOES STOP WITH
THE PREMIER.
HE'S THE ONE WHO CLAIMS THE
PARENTS WOULD WELCOME THESE
CUTS AND OF COURSE THEY
HAVEN'T.
HE'S THE ONE WHO SAID LARGER
CLASS SIZES WOULD MAKE
STUDENTS TOUGHER, AND OF
COURSE IT WON'T.
AND HE'S THE ONE WHO TOLD
TEACHERS THAT NOT ONE PERSON
WOULD LOSE THEIR JOB, AND OF
COURSE MANY HAVE.
NOW, AS PARENTS, STUDENTS
AND EDUCATORS REEL FROM THE
CHAOS CAUSED BY THESE CUTS,
ALL THE PREMIER CAN DO IS
NAME-CALL THE PEOPLE THAT
WORK IN OUR EDUCATION
SYSTEM.
HOW CAN THE PREMIER PRETEND
THAT HE IS NOT THE ONE
WHOLLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS
MESS, SPEAKER?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TWO
SEPARATE VALUES HERE IN THE
CHAMBER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says SEPARATE
VALUES IS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says THE LEADER OF THE N.D.P. IS BEHOLDEN TO
THE HEAD OF THE UNIONS.
BY THE WAY IT'S THE PUBLIC
SECTOR UNIONS BECAUSE SHE
SLOTS ALL THE SUPPORT IN THE
PRIVATE SECTOR UNIONS
BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN WHAT
WE'RE DOING, CREATING JOBS
AND PROSPERITY.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says CONSTRUCTION CANADIANS.
THEY KNOW IT.
MR. SPEAKER, I'LL TELL YOU
WHAT WE CAN DO WITH 750
MILLION DOLLARS.
WE CAN PUT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says 7,500 MENTAL HEALTH
WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES.
WE COULD HELP 64.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says NEW
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS OR 28 NEW
SECONDARY SCHOOLS, JUST TO
REMIND THE PUBLIC THAT,
UNDER THE PREVIOUS REGIME,
THEY CLOSED 600 SCHOOLS RNLSCH,
MORE THAN ANY OTHER
GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says IN THE
HISTORY OF ONTARIO.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says OUR
PRIORITY IS TO MAKE SURE WE
TAKE CARE OF THE STUDENTS,
WE TAKE CARE OF THE PARENTS
AND WE TAKE CARE OF THE
TEACHERS.
WE DON'T TAKE CARE OF THE
HEADS OF THE UNIONS THAT ARE
BEHOLDEN TO THE N.D.P. AND
THE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
UNFORTUNATELY NOBODY BUYS
THE PREMIER'S VISION OF THE
WORLD.
AND IN FACT OUR PARENTS AND
PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES VALUE
THE WORK THAT EDUCATION
WORKERS DO...

The Speaker says ORDER.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says TO HELP
THEIR CHILDREN BUILD A GOOD
FUTURE.
TEACHERS AND ED ITION
CHARACTER... EDUCATION
WORKERS HAVE BEEN CLEAR
ABOUT THE WHOLE PROCESS.
THIS IS ABOUT THE FORD
GOVERNMENT'S CLASSROOM CUTS
NO MATTER WHICH WAY THE
PREMIER TRIES TO PAINT IT.
THE PREMIER SPENT THE SPRING
PICKING A FIGHT WITH THE
PEOPLE WHO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS
WORK AND HE SPENT OF DAY
SINCE OCTOBER TRYING TO
AVOID BLAME FOR THE CONFLICT
THAT HE'S CREATED, BUT
OBVIOUSLY TODAY, SPEAKER,
HE'S DOUBLING DOWN ON THAT
CONFLICT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT
HE THRIVES ON, SPEAKER.
AND NOW PARENTS AND STUDENTS
ARE LOOKING FOR THE PREMIER
TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY
THEM, BUT OBVIOUSLY HE'S
REFUSING TO DO THAT.
SO I GUESS MY QUESTION IS
WILL HE FINALLY STAND IN HIS
PLACE TODAY AND ANNOUNCE
THAT HE'S REVERSING THOSE
RECKLESS CLASSROOM CUTS AND
MAKING SURE THAT OUR QUALITY
EDUCATION SYSTEM IS STILL
THERE FOR OUR KIDS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE PREMIER.

Ford says THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THE
PARENTS I'VE TALKED TO...
AND I'VE TALKED TO A LOT OF
TEACHERS.
EVEN THEY'RE FED UP WITH
EVERY THREE TO FOUR YEARS,
THEY HOLD THE PROVINCE
HOSTAGE.
THEY HOLD THE ECONOMY
HOSTAGE.
THEY HOLD THE PARENTS AND
THE STUDENTS HOSTAGE.
THERE'S NO PREDICTABILITY.
PEOPLE WANT CERTAINTY,
MR. SPEAKER.
THIS GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE
SURE THAT THEY HAVE
CERTAINTY.
THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE
THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE A
SAFE PLACE TO GO TO SCHOOL.
WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE
THAT TEACHERS ARE WELL
COMPENSATED.
THEY'RE ACTUALLY THE HIGHEST
COMPENSATED TEACHERS IN THE
COUNTRY.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Ford says AT 92,000
A YEAR.
BY THE WAY, THEY DO A GREAT
JOB, THE TEACHERS.
THEY REALLY DO.
THEY DO A GREAT JOB.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says SOME OF THE TEACHERS I'VE
TALKED TO ARE FRUSTRATED
WITH THE HEADS OF THE
UNIONS.
THEY WANT TO GET BACK IN THE
CLASSROOM.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says THEY WANT
TO START DOING WHAT THEY'RE
BEING PAID TO DO, AND THAT'S
TEACH OUR STUDENTS.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Horwath says MY NEXT QUESTION'S ALSO FOR THE
PREMIER BUT I CAN TELL YOU
THAT THE ONLY THING THAT
FOLKS IN ONTARIO ARE CERTAIN
ABOUT IS THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT'S HOLDING OUR
KIDS EDUCATION HOSTAGE...

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says MY NEXT QUESTION TO THE PREMIER IS
LAST NIGHT ON CBC NEWS
ONTARIO FAMILIES HEARD THE
TRAGIC STORY OF ULLA JABUR,
A MER AND GRANDMOTHER WHO
HAS BEEN FORCED TO LIVE IN A
HOSPITAL BED, BREATHING
THROUGH A TUBE FOR THE LAST
TWO YEARS AS SHE LANG WISHES
ON A WAIT LIST FOR SURGERY.
ACCOUNT PREMIER EXPLAIN TO
MS. JABUR'S FAMILY AND TO
ALL ONTARIANS WHY ANYONE
SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE IN A
HOSPITAL BED YEAR AFTER YEAR
WAITING FOR PROCEDURES THAT
SHOULD BE AVAILABLE BUT
SIMPLY NEVER ARRIVE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says PREMIER?

Ford says MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

The Speaker says referred to the Minister of Health.

Elliott says I THANK THE MEMBER VERY
MUCH FOR THE QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says THIS IS A SITUATION THAT WE
ARE AWARE OF, ALTHOUGH I'M
NOT ABLE TO DISCUSS THE
PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, I
AM SORRY FOR THIS WOMAN AND
HER FAMILY.
I'M NOT ABLE TO DISCUSS THE
PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES
BECAUSE OF PRIVACY ISSUES,
WHICH I'M SURE YOU WILL
UNDERSTAND.
HOWEVER, I AM ABLE TO SAY
THAT THIS WAS A VERY RARE
AND UNUSUAL PROCEDURE.
THERE ARE VERY, VERY FEW
SURGEIONS WHO ARE ABLE TO
PERFORM THIS PROCEDURE, SO
THIS WAS NOT ANYTHING TO DO
WITH HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
THIS HAD TO DO WITH THE
PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES FOR
THIS WOMAN.
NOW THAT'S NOT SATISFACTORY,
WE... BUT IT WAS DUE TO THE
MEDICAL PROCEDURE THAT THIS
PERSON NEEDED.
HOWEVER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT
IN TERMS OF HALLWAY HEALTH
CARE, WE ARE MAKING STRIDES.
WE DO HAVE A PLAN THAT IS...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says REDUCING THE NUMBER OF
PEOPLE WHO ARE RECEIVING
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
THOSE NUMBERS ARE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO GO DOWN IN THE
FUTURE AND WE ARE WORKING ON
MANY FRONTS IN ORDER TO DEAL
WITH THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says MISS JABUR HAS MISSED HER
DAUGHTER'S WEDDING AND THE
BIRTH OF HER GRANDDAUGHTER
WHILE SHE LANG WISHES IN A
HOSPITAL BED.
BUT HER STORY IS FAR FROM
UNIQUE REGARDLESS OF THE WAY
THIS MINISTER IS TRYING TO
PAINT THE SITUATION.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, I RAISED
THE CASE OF MARIA CONOPESCA,
AN OTTAWA RESIDENT STUCK IN
HOSPITAL FOR TWO YEARS WHILE
SHE WAITS FOR HOME CARE
SUPPORTS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says THE PREMIER SAID FIX
HALLWAY MEDICINE, SPEAKER.
WHY ARE THINGS GOING FROM
BAD TO WORSE UNDER THIS
PREMIER?

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WISH TO ASSURE YOU AND,
THROUGH YOU, THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION AND
THE PUBLIC, THAT THIS
SITUATION IS NOT THE NORM.
IT HAD TO DO WITH THIS
PERSON'S PARTICULAR
REQUIREMENTS FOR SURGICAL
PROCEDURE.
BUT WE ARE WORKING TO REDUCE
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE.
AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS NOT A
SIMPLE THING TO DO.
I AM WORKING WITH THE
MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE
IN ORDER TO CREATE MORE
LONG-TERM CARE SPACES.
WE MADE A PROMISE WE WOULD
CREATE 15,000 NEW SPACES
WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
WE'RE WELL ON THE TRACK TO
DOING THAT BECAUSE WE NEED
TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE
PATIENTS WHO DON'T NEED TO
BE IN HOSPITAL, THE YOU
ALTERNATE LEVEL OF CARE
PATIENTS ARE ABLE TO MOVE
OUT OF HOSPITAL.
THAT HAS BEEN A PROBLEM
BECAUSE OF THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT'S INACTIVITY ON
THIS FILE, THEIR LACK OF
CREATING THOSE LONG-TERM CARE SPACES THAT HAS ALLOWED
THIS PROCEDURE FOR TO HAPPEN,
ALLOWED FOR THIS BUILDUP OF
PATIENTS IN THE HOSPITAL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WE'RE ALSO WORKING ON OUR
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
PLAN TO MAKE SURE PATIENTS
WHO CYCLE IN AND OUT OF OUR
HOSPITAL EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENTS ARE NOT DOING
THAT ANY MORE, THAT THEY'RE
GOING TO BE ABLE TO RECEIVE
THE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
SUPPORTS THAT THEY NEED SO
THEY DON'T END UP IN THE
HOSPITAL BECAUSE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

THE SPEAKER SAYS THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WELL,
SPEAKER, REANNOUNCING
ALLOCATIONS OF
LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS THAT THE
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT HAD
ALREADY ANNOUNCED DOES NOT
ACTUALLY BUILD BEDS.
21 BEDS BUILT WHEN ALMOST
3,000 NEW PEOPLE JOINED THE
WAITING LIST IS NOT GOOD
ENOUGH FOR THE PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

Horwath says THE REALITY FOR PAERBTS LIKE
ULLA AND MARIA, HOWEVER, IS
THAT THE CONSERVATIVES UNDER
DOUG FORD HAVE CONTINUED THE
SAME POLICIES AS THE
LIBERALS BEFORE THEM,
EFFECTIVELY FREEZING FUNDING
FOR HEALTH CARE AND LEAVING
HOSPITALS OPERATING OVER
CAPACITY TO DEAL WITH THE
FALLOUT IN CROWDED HALLWAYS.
THAT WE SEE PATIENTS LIKE
ULLA AND LIKE MARIA WAITING
UNDER A LIBERAL PREMIER AND
NOW CONTINUING TO WAIT UNDER
A CONSERVATIVE PREMIER.
WHY IS THE PREMIER TAKING
THINGS FROM BAD TO WORSE
WHEN HE PROMISED TO FIX
HALLWAY MEDICINE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN I'LL
REMIND THE MEMBERS WE REFER
TO EACH OTHER BY OUR
MINISTERIAL TITLE IF
APPLICABLE AND OUR SLIDING
NAME IF NOT.
LOOK TO THE MINISTER OF
HEALTH TO REPLY.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND AGAIN THROUGH YOU,
SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO
INDICATE TO THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION THE
ACTUAL FACTS OF THE
SITUATION, WHICH ARE THESE.
WE ARE INVESTING 1.9
BILLION DOLLARS MORE IN HEALTH THIS
YEAR OVER LAST YEAR.
WE'RE INVESTING 384 MILLION DOLLARS MORE IN HOSPITAL OPERATIONS
AND WE'VE ALSO INVESTED AN
ADDITIONAL 68 MILLION DOLLARS TO
SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE
HOSPITALS, TO CORRECT A
FUNDING FORMULA PROBLEM
CREATED BY THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT, WHERE THOSE
HOSPITALS WERE HAVING
TROUBLE MAKING ENDS MEET.
BUT THERE'S MORE TO BE DONE.
WE ARE WORKING ON THAT.
WE ARE CREATING THOSE 15,000
BEDS.
WE ARE CREATING A LOCAL
ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS.
THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO
CONNECT CARE FOR PEOPLE SO
THEY DON'T END UP IN
HOSPITALS IN THE FIRST
PLACE.
WE HAVE GREAT EXAMPLES OF
SOME OF THE WORK THAT'S
ALREADY BEING DONE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says SOUTH LAKE AT HOME IS A
GREAT EXAMPLE BEING DONE AT
SOUTH LAKE HOSPITAL OF
CONNECTING THOSE PATIENTS
THAT ARE ALTERNATE LEVEL OF
CARE WITH HOME CARE SUPPORTS
SO PEOPLE CAN GO BACK HOME
WHICH IS WHERE THEY WANT...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says 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 blue tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN,
SPEAKER, FOR HOSTING THAT
WONDERFUL PARTY.
IT WAS GREAT TO TALK WITH MY
COLLEAGUES.
I WANT TO WISH EVERYBODY A
MERRY CHRISTMAS AS WE HEAD
BACK TO OUR FAMILIES AND OUR
COMMUNITIES.
SPEAKER, IT SHOULD COME AS
NO SURPRISE THAT THE TOP OF
MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST IS
FOR THE PREMIER TO ACTUALLY
ANSWER ONE OF MY QUESTIONS
THIS SESSION.
SO I'M HOPING FOR A
CHRISTMAS MIRACLE, SPEAKER.
WHEN THE PREMIER ANNOUNCED
BACK IN JUNE THE ROLES OF
AGENTS-GENERAL HE SAID THOSE
FUTURE DEPLOYMENTS WERE
EXPERTS AND FOR THE
EXPERTISE OF HIS FORMER
PARTY PRESIDENT, A
26-YEAR-OLD LACROSSE PLAYER
AND DEAN FRENCH'S NIECE, HE
OFFERED TO PAY UPWARDS OF
155,000 A YEAR PLUS
EXPENSES.
HE ALSO SAID THAT THE
AGENTS-GENERAL APPOINTEES
WOULD BE, QUOTE, ACCOUNTABLE
TO REAL METRICS, INCLUDING
DEALS CLOSED AND BUSINESSES
HELPED.
SO TO THE PREMIER A VERY
SIMPLE QUESTION.
WILL HE TABLE, TODAY, THAT
ACCOUNTABILITY DOCUMENT THAT
HE'S CLEARLY HAD PREPARED.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Natyshak says SHOWS TWO REMAINING
AGENTS-GENERAL APPOINTEES
HAVE ACCOMPLISHED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

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

[APPLAUSE]

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 THANKS VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING A
THOUGHTFUL AND THOROUGH
APPROACH TO FILLING THESE
POSITIONS BECAUSE WE
UNDERSTAND THEIR IMPORTANCE
IN ATTRACTING TRADE AND
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES.
WE'RE TAKING OUR TIME IN
ENSURING THE CANDIDATES
SELECTED FOR OUR OFFICES IN
NEW YORK AND LONDON ARE BOTH
CREDIBLE AND COMPETENT IN
THEIR ABILITY TO SEVEN THE
PROVINCE AND WORK ON BEHALF
OF THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO IN
THESE KEY INTERNATIONAL
MARKETS.
BUT YOU ASKED FOR SOME
METRICS.
LET ME TELL YOU.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says 2018-19 FISCAL, ONTARIO'S
TRADE AND INVESTMENT OFFICES
GENERATED 394.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN
INVESTMENT ATTRACTIONS
LEADING TO THE CREATION OF 1,640
NEW JOBS AND FACILITATED
MARKET ACCESS FOR 640
ONTARIO COMPANIES THAT HAVE
REPORTED CLOSE TO 70
MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES.
SPEAKER, WE NEED GOOD
QUALIFIED PEOPLE WHO CAN
CONTINUE TO HELP SELL
ONTARIO TO THE WORLD.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says WE LOOK FORWARD TO
PROVIDING AN UPDATE WHEN WE
HAVE MORE TO SHARE IN THE
FUTURE.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Natyshak says ALAS, SPEAKER.
I GUESS IT IS A LUMP OF COAL
FOR ME THIS CHRISTMAS, AND
OF COURSE FOR THE TAXPAYERS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Natyshak says OF THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO, SPEAKER, BECAUSE
THE PREMIER, WHO ONCE
PROMISED TO RESPECT THE
TAXPAYER, IS NOW ASKING THE
PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO PAY
SIX-FIGURE SALARIES TO HIS
FRIENDS, TO HIS RELATIVES
AND TO INSIDERS AND HE CAN'T
EVEN TELL US WHAT THEY DO.
IT'S NOT JUST THESE JOBS,
SPEAKER.
FROM THE HIGH-PRICED
WASHINGTON JOB HE GAVE HIS
CAMPAIGN TOUR DIRECTOR TO
HIS REQUEST FOR AN
OFF-THE-BOOKS PERSONAL
PLEASURE WAGON, THE PREMIER
HAS BECOME THE CONDUCTOR.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Natyshak says OF THE GRAVY TRAIN HE
USED TO RAIL AGAINST.
SPEAKER, WHY DOES HE THINK
THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE OF
ONTARIO SHOULD FOOT THE BILL
FOR HIS PERSONAL PATRONAGE
APPOINTMENTS?

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S BEEN REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT.

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
WELL, SPEAKER, ONTARIO
OPERATES THIS INTERNATIONAL
NETWORK OF TRADE AND
INVESTMENT OFFICES, AND I
HAVE TO TELL YOU, YOU ASKED
AGAIN FOR RESULTS.
I CAN GIVE YOU THE RESULTS.
SOUTH KOREA, IN OUR
INTERNATIONAL TRADE OFFICE
IN SOUTH KOREA.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says CAN TELL YOU THAT, DALEY
COMPANY IS INVESTING 20
MILLION DOLLARS HERE IN ONTARIO IN A
BRAND-NEW INVOICEMENT FUND.

[APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says IN INDIA, DDN TECHNOLOGIES
ANNOUNCED THE HIRING OF 200
ENGINEERS.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MASTERS
IN PH.D. LEVEL ENGINEERS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says HERE IN
KITCHENER-WATERLOO.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says THOSE ARE THE KIND OF
SUCCESSES.
WE WORKED FOR MONTHS ON THAT
ONE, SPEAKER.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT OUR
AGENTS-GENERAL FOR DALLAS
AND CHICAGO HAVE BEEN
WORKING THROUGH THE LONG AND
MANDATORY AND THOROUGH
SECURITY PROCESSES, BECAUSE
BOTH OFFICES ARE CO-LOCATED
IN THE FEDERAL.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says CONSUL-GENERAL OFFICES.
THEY'RE BOTH AT HARD WORK
BOTH IN MARKETS AND IN
ONTARIO, AS THEY WORK
THROUGH THOSE PROCESSES AND
THEY'LL BRING THE SAME
SUCCESSES, SPEAKER, AS ALL
OF THE OTHER SUCK CEASES
WE'VE SHOWN.

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
THE MEMBER FOR STORMONT-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 a dark gray suit, blue shirt, and striped red tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
FIRST I WANT TO TAKE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU FOR
THE GREAT PARTY LAST NIGHT
AND TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO'S
HERE FOR THE SERVICE THEY'VE
GIVEN TO THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO AND TO THE PEOPLE IN
THEIR RIDING.

[APPLAUSE]

McDonnell says PREMIER, OUR GOVERNMENT HAD
A MONUMENTAL YEAR ACHIEVING
THE MANY GREAT SUCCESSES
SERVING THE PEOPLE OF THIS
PROVINCE.
WHETHER IT'S BEEN OUR
HISTORIC RETURN OF JOBS AND
EMPLOYMENT, THE PLANNING OF
CRUCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS OR HELPING END
HALLWAY HEALTH CARE BY
INVESTING IN VITAL
FRONT-LINE SERVICES.
WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT OUR
PLAN IN THIS PROVINCE IS
WORKING AND THE PEOPLE ARE
FINALLY RECEIVING THE
SUPPORT THEY HAVE NEEDED FOR
SOME TIME.
PREMIER, CAN YOU ELABORATE
ON KEY MILESTONES AND
INITIATIVES THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS ACHIEVED AND
BROUGHT FORWARD AND WHAT OUR
PRIORITIES WILL BE FOR NEXT
YEAR?

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL
START BY THANKING OUR GREAT
M.P.P. FROM
STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH
GLENGARRY, DOING AN
INCREDIBLE JOB.
AND OUR M.P.P. HAVE SEEN IT
FIRSTHAND, MR. SPEAKER, IN
THE PROSPERITY AND THE
GROWTH THAT WE'VE SHOWN THIS
PROVINCE WITH OVER 271,000
MORE FAMILIES THAT ARE OUT
THERE WORKING, THAT CAN PUT
FOOD ON THEIR TABLE.
AS A MATTER OF FACT FOR
EXAMPLE IN STRATFORD BRUCE
PENINSULA AREA, UNEMPLOYMENT
RATE DROPPED IN NOVEMBER...
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS ONE?
THIS IS A RECORD
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
2.4 percent, THE LOWEST LEVEL IN 19
YEARS.

[APPLAUSE]

Ford says WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE WORKING,
MORE PEOPLE OFF THE
GOVERNMENT PAYROLL, AND
THEY'RE ACTUALLY
CONTRIBUTING.
THEY'RE CONTRIBUTING BACK
INTO SOCIETY BY PAYING MORE
TAXES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says AND MORE MONEY IS COMING
UP TO QUEEN'S PARK TO THE
TUNE, MR. SPEAKER, OF 1.6
BILLION DOLLARS.
THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN
ENVIRONMENT THAT THE ECONOMY
CAN THRIVE, MR. SPEAKER, AND
EMPLOY MORE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

THE SPEAKER SAYS SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

McDonnell says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AGAIN BACK TO THE PREMIER.
PREMIER, THIS IS INCREDIBLE
NEWS AND ONE OF MANY OF THE
GREAT EXAMPLES OF THE LEADERSHIP AND CULTURE
CHANGE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS BROUGHT BACK TO QUEEN'S
PARK.
I KNOW IN MY RIDING SUPPORT
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
PROVIDING THANKS TO THE
BETTER FOR PEOPLE SMARTER
FOR BUSINESS AND THE PLAN TO
BUILD ONTARIO TOGETHER ACTS
WILL BE MAKING A MAJOR
IMPACT.
WHETHER IT'S REMOVING
UNNECESSARY AND BURDENSOME
RED TAPE ON OUR LOCAL JOB
CREATORS, ENSURING IMMEDIATE
FINANCIAL RELIEF TO FAMILIES
THROUGH TAX CUTS, OR
PROVIDING A FIVE-YEAR FREEZE
ON WSIB PREMIUMS FOR OUR
NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS,
OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING
ACTION FOR THE PEOPLE.
PEOPLE... PREMIER, CAN YOU
SPEAK MORE TO THE ACTIONS
OUR GOVERNMENT HAVE TAKEN
OVER THE PAST YEAR AND OUR
PLANS TORE THE... PLANS FOR
THE YEAR TO COME?

The Speaker says PREMIER.

Ford says AGAIN I
WANT TO THANK OUR M.P.P., MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE
HISTORIC ACTIONS OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS UNDERTAKEN IS
TO SUPPORT THE COMMITMENT TO
GET OUR PROVINCE MOVING
AGAIN.
AFTER 15 YEARS OF SCANDAL,
MISMANAGEMENT AND ALL THE
BACK-ROOM DEALS,
MR. SPEAKER, THOSE DAYS ARE
DONE.
PROSPERITY IS HERE IN
ONTARIO.
WE'VE NEVER SEEN SO MANY
JOBS CREATED OVER THE LAST
NUMEROUS DECADES.
NO MATTER WHERE I GO,
MR. SPEAKER, NO MATTER IF
IT'S IN THE UNITED STATES OR
GREAT MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, TRAVELLING THE
WORLD, SPREADING THE WORD
THAT ONTARIO'S OPEN FOR
BUSINESS, OPEN FOR JOBS.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE
MAKING SURE THAT WE GIVE
INCENTIVES TO THE PEOPLE OUT
THERE BY PUTTING MORE MONEY
IN THEIR POCKET, GIVING
INCENTIVES TO SMALL
BUSINESSES AS WE REDUCE
THEIR TAX RATE BY 8.75 percent,
MR. SPEAKER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Ford says AGAIN, UNTIL THESE SMALL
BUSINESSES CAN GROW INTO
LARGER BUSINESSES, BUY MORE
EQUIPMENT.
AND BY THE WAY, WE PUT
CAPITAL... EXPEDITE CAPITAL
EXPENSES OF 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS.
A TOTAL OF 5 BILLION DOLLARS...

The Speaker says THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Oshawa.

The caption changes to "Jennifer French. NDP. Oshawa."

French is in her thirties, with shoulder-length straight gray hair. She wears a black blazer and vest, and a white shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
AFTER 100 YEARS OF GENERAL
MOTORS IN OSHAWA, THIS WEEK
MOST OF G.M.'S OSHAWA
ASSEMBLY LINE WORKERS WILL
WORK THEIR LAST SHIFT WITH
THE FINAL VEHICLE EXPECTED
TO ROLL OFF THE LINE NEXT
WEEK.
THE END OF G.M. PRODUCTION
IN OSHAWA WILL LEAVE
THOUSANDS OF PROUD AUTO
WORKERS IN MY COMMUNITY
WITHOUT A JOB AND IT WILL
HAVE DEVASTATING RIPPLE
EFFECTS ACROSS THE LOCAL
ECONOMY AND THE AUTO PARTS
SUPPLY CHAIN.
THIS IS A TOUGH TIME FOR
OSHAWA.
WE DESERVE TO HAVE A PREMIER
STAND UP FOR US AND STAND
ALONGSIDE US.
INSTEAD, WE HAVE A PREMIER
WHOSE ROLLOVER INSTINCT WAS
TO SAY THE SHIP HAS ALREADY
LEFT THE DOCK.
THEY'RE GONE.
THEY'RE DONE.
THOSE ARE HIS WORDS THEN.
ARE THEY STILL HIS WORDS NOW
TO THE WORKERS AND FAMILIES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
FOR THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

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

Fedeli says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I WANT TO REINFORCE, SPEAKER,
THAT WE HAVE THE BEST AUTO
WORKERS IN THE WORLD AND WE
WILL ALWAYS FIGHT FOR THEM.

[SOME APPLAUSE]

Fedeli says WE KNOW THAT NOW.
WE LEARNED THAT WHEN TOYOTA.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says THE PLATINUM AWARD,
MAKING THEM ANNOUNCING THEM
AS THE BEST AUTO PLANT IN
THE WORLD.
SO WE KNOW WE HAVE THE
CAPACITY, SPEAKER.
AND WE WERE VERY HAPPY WHEN
WE LEARNED THAT UNIFOR AND
G.M. REACHED THEIR AGREEMENT
SOME TIME AGO TO KEEP 300 OF
THOSE JOBS IN OSHAWA.
IT WAS VERY GOOD NEWS FOR
THE CITY OF OSHAWA AND ALL
OF DURHAM.
AND WE KNOW THAT THIS
HISTORIC SITE WILL CONTINUE
TO BE A HUB FOR VEHICLE
PARTS MANUFACTURING,
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND
REGIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH,
SPEAKER.
AND THAT'S WHY WE CONTINUE
TO INVEST IN OUR AUTO
STRATEGY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says DRIVING PROSPERITY.
WE CONTINUE TO INVEST,
SPEAKER, IN ALL OF THE
AUTOMOTIVE PARTS, THE MOULD
MAKERS AND THE AUTOMAKERS,
SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

French says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
IT WAS BRUTAL THAT THE
PREMIER OF ONTARIO DIDN'T
FIGHT FOR OSHAWA AND THE
FUTURE OF AUTO MANUFACTURING
IN THIS PROVINCE.
HE THREW IN THE TOWEL BEFORE
EVEN GETTING INTO THE RING.
SPEAKER, SINCE THE PREMIER
DECIDED NOT TO SHOW UP, LET
ME UPDATE HIM ON WHAT HAS
BEEN HAPPENING AT THE G.M.
PLANT IN THE U.S. THAT WERE
ALSO SLATED FOR CLOSURE.
LAST WEEK IT WAS ANNOUNCED
G.M. PLANT IN LORDS TOWN,
OHIO WILL NOW BE MAKING
ELECTRIC BATTERIES INDICATE
CREATING OVER 1,000 JOBS.
JUST THE OTHER DAY GENERAL
MOTORS ANNOUNCED THEY ARE
PREPARED TO PRODUCE ELECTRIC
TRUCKS AT THEIR PLANT IN
DETROIT.
THEY WERE ALSO TOLD IT WAS
THE END OF THE LINE,
SPEAKER.
BUT THEIR LEADERSHIP DIDN'T
JUST DECIDE TO TAKE T.SO I
WONDER WHAT COULD HAVE
HAPPENED, WHAT MIGHT HAVE
BEEN DIFFERENT IF THIS
PREMIER HAD HAD THE NERVE TO
FIGHT BACK.
HE ACCUSED US OF FALSE HOPE.
YOU KNOW WHAT?
THE FOLKS IN LORDS TOWN IN
DETROIT ALSO HAD SOME OF
THAT AND NOW THEY HAVE
MANUFACTURING IN THEIR
FUTURE.
SO DOES THIS PREMIER THINK
THAT THERE STILL WAS NOTHING
THAT HE COULD HAVE DONE FOR
OSHAWA OR IS HE JUST GETTING
THE G.M. COMMEMORATIVE
T-SHIRT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBERS
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.
THE QUESTION HAS BEEN
REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Fedeli says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO ASSURE
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO THAT
WE HAVE THE BEST AUTO
WORKERS IN THE WORLD, AND
OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO
STAND UP FOR THEM.

[INTERJECTIONS]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says WE'VE ALWAYS MADE SURE
THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR
BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS,
AND THAT MEANS PROTECTING
AND CREATING JOBS.
WE'RE SO PLEASED.
I TOURED GENERAL MOTORS'
FACILITY IN MARKHAM JUST THE
OTHER DAY, SPEAKER, WHERE
THEY HAVE 700 EMPLOYEES.
YOU KNOW THE NEAT THING
ABOUT ONTARIO, SPEAKER, IS
THAT WE HAVE ALL FIVE OF THE
WORLD'S LARGEST AUTOMAKERS
IN ONTARIO.
WE'RE THE NUMBER-TWO
AUTOMAKER IN NORTH AMERICA,
JUST A BIT BEHIND MICHIGAN.
BUT WE'RE ALSO THE
NUMBER-TWO I.T. SECTOR IN
NORTH THE AMERICA, JUST A
BIT BEHIND SILICON VALLEY.
WE TALK ABOUT THAT, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Fedeli says THE FUTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE
IS GOING TO NEED BOTH
MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY,
AND ONTARIO IS THE ONLY
CENTRE IN THE WORLD.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fedeli says THAT HAS BOTH.
WE HAVE A GREAT FUTURE AHEAD
OF US, SPEAKER, IN THE
AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR BECAUSE
ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
AND OPEN FOR JOBS.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

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

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

She says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Hogarth says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF
CHILDREN AND WOMEN'S ISSUES.
AND I KNOW THE MINISTER HAS
BEEN VERY BUSY SINCE SHE'S
BEEN SWORN INTO HER NEW ROLE
SINCE JUNE.
AND I WANT TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR ALL HER HARD
WORK.
SHE HAS SPOKEN IN THIS HOUSE
ABOUT CHILD WELFARE REFORM,
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN,
WOMEN'S SHELTERS, HOSTING
ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING
ROUNDTABLES AND INCREASING
WOMEN'S ECONOMIC
OPPORTUNITIES.
THANK YOU, MINISTER.
RECENTLY THE MINISTER WAS IN
VICTORIA TO SPEAK WITH OUR
STATUS OF WOMEN COUNTERPARTS
ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.
CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL
THE HOUSE WHAT WAS DISCUSSED
AT THE CONFERENCE AND HOW IT
WILL IMPACT ONTARIANS?

Interjection: GREAT
QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

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

Dunlop says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE
LAKESHORE FOR HER GREAT
QUESTION AND ALL YOUR HARD
WORK ON THIS TOPIC AS WELL.
I WAS THRILLED TO BE IN
VICTORIA LAST WEEK TO SPEAK
WITH FELLOW MINISTERS OF
WOMEN'S ISSUES FROM MANY
PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES,
AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL
MINISTER OF GENDER EQUALITY.
SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THAT
WOMEN'S ISSUES CROSS ALL
GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS,
WHETHER IT'S ECONOMIC
EMPOWERMENT, JUSTICE ISSUES
OR REPRESENTATION IN
APPOINTMENTS AND BOARDS.
POLICIES MADE BY GOVERNMENTS
IMPACT ALL GENDERS.
ONE AREA OF PARTICULAR
IMPORTANCE IS COMBATING
GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE.
THIS INCLUDES SHELTER AND
SAFETY SYSTEMS, CYBER
VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND
SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORTS.
I WANT TO THANK MY
COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE
COUNTRY FOR THEIR INSIGHTS
INTO SUCH AN IMPORTANT
TOPIC.
I'M HONOURED ALSO TO BE THE
CO-LEAD OF THE HUMAN
TRAFFICKING TASK TEAM IN
CANADA.
I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO
WORKING FURTHER WITH MY
FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL AND
TERRITORIAL PARTNERS TO
EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES TO
HOST A NATIONAL CONFERENCE
SUMMIT OR EXPERT PANEL TO
ADDRESS THE PRESSING ISSUE
OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACROSS
ONTARIO AND CANADA.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hogarth says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU TO THE MINUTE
OFFICER FOR THAT ANSWER AND
REPRESENTING OUR GREAT
PROVINCE ON THE NATIONAL
STAGE.
SPEAKER, AS THE MINISTER
MENTIONED, GENDER-BASED
VIOLENCE AND HUMAN
TRAFFICKING ARE SERIOUS
ISSUES THAT IMPACT THE LIVES
OF MANY INDIVIDUALS IN
ONTARIO.
IT IS AN ISSUE THAT CROSSES
ECONOMIC SPECTRUMS, GENDERS
AND AGES AND I HAD THE
HONOUR OF HOSTING A
FUND-RAISING EVENT FOR OUR
LOCAL WOMEN'S HABITAT A FEW
WEEKS AGO TO HELP DECORATE
BEDROOMS FOR THOSE WOMEN IN
NEED SO THEY HAVE A WARM
PLACE TO GO WHEN THEY ARE
FLEEING TERRIBLE SITUATIONS.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, TWO WEEKS
AGO OUR PREMIER NAMED THE
MINISTER, ALONG WITH THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL, CO-LEADS
IN OUR GOVERNMENT'S
ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING
STRATEGY AND OUR GOVERNMENT
ALSO ANNOUNCED INVESTMENT
SUPPORTS FOR SURVIVORS AND
RESOURCES TO COMBAT SUCH A
HORRIBLE CRIME.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hogarth says CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN FURTHER WHAT THOSE
INVESTMENTS ARE MEANT FOR
AND HOW THE STRATEGY WILL BE
FORMED?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ASSOCIATE
MINISTER.

Dunlop says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR YOUR QUESTION,
FOR BEING ADVOCATE FOR THE
WOMEN IN YOUR RIDING AND
ACROSS ONTARIO.

[SOME APPLAUSE]

Dunlop says SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT A
CRIME OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
IMPACTS VICTIMS AND FAMILIES
IN MULTIPLE WAYS.
THAT IS WHY OUR GOVERNMENT'S
ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING
STRATEGY IS BEING CO-LED.
THIS THE SOLICITOR GENERAL
AND I HAVE ALREADY BEEN HARD
AT WORK.
WE ARE ALSO WORKING ACROSS
MINISTRIES WITH OUR
COLLEAGUES AND ACROSS
SECTORS TO BUILD A STRATEGY
THAT IS TRULY IMPACTFUL AND
HELPS SURVIVES, WHILE
HOLDING OFFENDERS
ACCOUNTABLE.
AS A FIRST STEP, WE HAVE
COMMITTED TO 20 MILLION DOLLARS A
YEAR IN ANNUALIZED FUNDING
FOR SURVIVOR SUPPORTS AND
AID TO HELPING BRING
TRAFFICKERS TO JUSTICE.
SPEAKER, THIS FUNDING WILL
GO TOWARDS WRAPAROUND
SERVICES SUCH AS
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, TRAUMA
INFORMED COUNSELLING AND
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
TREATMENTS.
WE ARE ALSO PROVIDING
FUNDING FOR.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Dunlop says INDIGENOUS-LED
INITIATIVES THAT SUPPORT
CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE CARE
THAT ARE DESIGNED BY AND LED
BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU.
THE NEXT question. The member for Brampton-East.

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

Singh is in his late thirties, with a prominent full beard. He wears a bright orange turban, glasses, a blue suit and a black shirt.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, IT'S 2019 AND IN
CANADA NO ONE SHOULD BE
PROHIBITED FROM WORKING
BECAUSE OF THEIR FAITH.
BUT CURRENTLY IN ONTARIO,
SIKH PARAMEDICS ARE BEING
TOLD THAT THEY HAVE TO
CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR FAITH
AND THEIR PROFESSION.
A CHANGE IN SPECIFICATIONS
OF HELMETS WORN BY
PARAMEDICS ARE THREATENING
TO MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR
SIKHS IN ONTARIO TO SERVE IN
THAT ROLE.
DESPITE REPEATED REQUESTS TO
THE MINISTRY TO PROVIDE AN
EXEMPTION OR A WAIVER THAT
WOULD RESPECT THE HUMAN
RIGHTS OF SIKHS, THE
MINISTRY HAS TAKEN NO
ACTION.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
WILL HE ACT NOW TO END THIS
DISCRIMINATION AND ENSURE
THAT SIKH PARAMEDICS CAN
CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THE
VALUABLE ROLE THAT THEY WERE
TRAINED TO DO?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE
QUESTION'S TO THE PREMIER.

Ford says MINISTER OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.

The Speaker says REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.

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 spotted gray tie.

He says THANKS, SPEAKER.
WE VALUE OUR MUNICIPAL
PARTNERS.
WE VERY MUCH RESPECT THE
INFORMATION THAT THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER OPPOSITE
HAS PLACED ON THE TABLE.
I, AGAIN, WANT TO SAY TO THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER I
APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THIS
MATTER BEFORE.
I WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY
TO SIT DOWN WITH YOU AFTER
QUESTION PERIOD.
BUT AGAIN OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
PLEDGED WE ARE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR
MUNICIPAL PARTNERS AND WE
WANT TO SIT DOWN AND REALLY,
YOU KNOW, IF THERE ARE
ISSUES THAT THEY NEED
CLARIFICATION ON, THERE'S
ALWAYS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR
US TO HAVE THOSE MEETINGS
AND I WANT TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PLACING THAT FORWARD.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh says BACK TO THE PREMIER.
THIS SITUATION WAS
HIGHLIGHTED IN THE RECENT
ARBITRATION BETWEEN THE CITY
OF HAMILTON PARAMEDIC
SERVICES AND OPSEU.
IN HER DECISION THE ARBITER
SAYS AND I QUOTE...
TO EXCLUDE CAPABLE AND
VALUABLE PARAMEDICS IS AN
INTOLERABLE RESULT.
CAN IT REALLY BE THAT A SIKH
CANNOT BE A PARAMEDIC IN
THIS PROVINCE IF HE OBSERVES
HIS RELIGION?
HOWEVER, THIS IS WHAT HE
FELT HE HAD TO DO BASED ON
THE CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENT'S REGULATION.
THE MINISTRY SAID IN LAST
AUGUST THAT THEY WOULD
CONSIDER CHANGING THE
REGULATION, WITH JUST A FEW
DAYS LEFT TO LIVE UP TO THIS
COMMITMENT, WILL THE PREMIER
END THIS DISCRIMINATION NOW?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says QUESTION'S
BEEN REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL
AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.

Clark says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

The Speaker says referred to the Minister of Health.

Elliott says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Elliott says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE
QUESTION.
OUR GOVERNMENT BELIEVES IN
BUILDING INCLUSIVE
WORKPLACES IN ONTARIO.
WE ARE CERTAINLY AWARE OF THE RECENT ARBITRATION ARE
REVIEWING THE DECISION AND
WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR
PARTNERS IN THE MINISTRY OF
LABOUR ANT PARAMEDIC SERVICE
THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THIS
CASE.
WE ARE WORKING TO ENSURE
THAT REASONABLE
ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
TO HEALTH CARE
PROFESSIONALS.
WE RESPECT THE WORK THAT
THEY DO VERY MUCH AND WE
WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY ON
THIS ISSUE SHORTLY.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE
QUESTION.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE.

[APPLAUSE]

The caption changes to "Kaleed Rasheed. PC. Mississauga East-Cooksville."

Rasheed is in his forties, clean-shaven, with short-cropped black hair. He wears glasses, a gray suit, white shirt, and lavender tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
ONTARIO'S INVESTMENT IN
REFURBISHING ITS NUCLEAR
FLEET HAS ENABLED THE
NUCLEAR INDUSTRY TO DEVELOP
AN ADVANCED SKILLS AND
CAPABILITIES.
OUR MATURE INDUSTRY OF
OPERATORS, SUPPLIERS AND
HIGHLY SKILLED TRADES ARE
EXACTLY WHAT'S NEEDED TO
SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF
SMALL MODULAR REACTORS.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS POSITIONS
ONTARIO AS ONE OF THE BEST
PLACES IN THE WORLD TO
DEVELOP NEW NUCLEAR
TECHNOLOGY.
WILL THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER
OF ENERGY TELL THE HOUSE HOW
SIGNING AN M.O.U. WITH NEW
BRUNSWICK AND SASKATCHEWAN
WILL CREATE EVEN MORE HIGHLY
SKILLED JOBS IN ONTARIO?

The Speaker says THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF
ENERGY.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR AN EXCELLENT
QUESTION FROM MISSISSAUGA
EAST-COOKSVILLE AND ALL THE
WORK HE DOES ON BEHALF OF
HIS CONSTITUENTS.
WE'VE ALREADY INVESTED 26
BILLION DOLLARS TO REFURBISH THE
PROVINCE'S NUCLEAR REACTORS
TO SUPPORT RELIABLE
EMISSIONS FREE ENERGY AND
HIGHLY SKILLED JOBS MAKING
US A LEADER IN THE WORLD IN
THE SECTOR.
THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY
SUPPORTS OVER 60,000 JOBS
ACROSS THE PROVINCE, MANY OF THEM IN MY GREAT RIDING OF
BRUCE-GREY-OWEN SOUND.
AND, MR. SPEAKER, EVEN MORE
JOBS WILL BE CREATED AS A
RESULT OF FURTHER INVESTMENT
IN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY RIGHT
HERE IN ONTARIO.
IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS
ESTIMATED THAT 6,000 HIGHLY
SKILLED JOBS WILL BE CREATED
PER YEAR FROM 2030 TO 2040
IF WE INVEST IN SMALL
MODULAR REACTORS, SMR
TECHNOLOGY ACCORDINGLY.
IN ADDITION TO THE CREATING
JOBS, SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT
AND EXPORT POTENTIAL.
THE MINISTER OF ENERGY,
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND
MINES WILL OUTLINE THIS
INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL IN HIS
SUPPLEMENTARY ANSWER.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Rasheed says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
IT'S APPARENT THAT INVESTING
IN S.M.R.S WILL SUPPORT
THOUSANDS OF JOBS WHILE
PRODUCING NON-EMITTING POWER
AND EXPORT POTENTIAL.
WOULD THE MINISTER OF
ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT
AND MINES TELL THE HOUSE
ABOUT THE FUTURE MARKET
POTENTIAL OF DEVELOPING
S.M.R. HERE IN ONTARIO?

The Speaker says ORDER.
MINISTER?

Walker says MINISTER OF ENERGY,
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND
MINES.

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

[APPLAUSE]

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

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

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE
FOR THE WORK THAT HE DOES
AND FOR HIS QUESTION.
I WANT TO WISH ALL MY
COLLEAGUES IN THIS PLACE A
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND SAFE
TRAVELS BACK TO YOUR RIDING.
LAST NIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, WE
SPOKE AT A RECEPTION WITH
THE ONTARIO NUCLEAR
ADVANTAGE AND THE CANADIAN
NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION.
WE WEREN'T AS... IT WASN'T
AS BIG AS YOUR RECEPTION BUT
WE WERE LOUD AND PROUD,
MR. SPEAKER.
A FULL ROOM OF PEOPLE WHO
SEE THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
THAT'S ATTACHED TO
DEVELOPING SMALL MODULAR
REACTORS.
MR. SPEAKER, IN TERMS OF
ON-GRID POTENTIAL, WE COULD
REPLACE FOSSIL FUEL PLANTS,
MR. SPEAKER, IN OUR SYSTEM
WITH AN ECONOMIC VALUE OF
108 BILLION DOLLARS.
OFF GRID, MORE THAN 35
BILLION DOLLARS IN REMOTE
COMMUNITIES, MR. SPEAKER,
FORESTRY AND MINING
OPERATIONS.
OF COURSE THE EXPORT,
MR. SPEAKER, FROM GET THIS
RIGHT, AND WE WILL.
BY 2030, MR. SPEAKER, WE SEE
AN ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF
MORE THAN 150 BILLION DOLLARS.
MR. SPEAKER, THE PREMIER'S
LEADERSHIP IN SIGNING THE
M.O.U. WITH OUR PARTNERS IN
SASKATCHEWAN, NEW BRUNSWICK
HAS ALREADY ATTRACTED OTHER
PROVINCES AND JURISDICTIONS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Rickford says TO WANT... WHO WANT TO
GET IN THE ON THE ACTION,
MR. SPEAKER, AND MAKE SURE
S.M.R.IS PART OF THE ENERGY
SOLUTION FOR THE FUTURE OF
ONTARIO, CANADA ANT REST OF THE WORLD.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Humber River-Black Creek.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WANT TO WISH ALL MY
COLLEAGUES MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

[INTERJECTION]

Rakocevic says THANK YOU.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
THE RECENT AUDITOR GENERAL'S
REPORT CONFIRMED WHAT NEW
HOME BUYERS HAVE BEEN SAYING
FOR YEARS, THAT TARION
PROTECTS BAD BUILDERS AND
NOT CONSUMERS.
THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT IGNORED THE
PROBLEMS AT TARION FOR 15
LONG YEARS.
AS ONTARIO FAMILIES
STRUGGLED WITH CRACKED
FOUNDATIONS, LEAKY WINDOWS,
MOULD AND OTHER SERIOUS
DEFICIENCYS IN THEIR NEWLY
BUILT HOMES.
BUT THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT
IS MAKING THESE FAMILIES
WAIT EVEN LONGER FOR HELP.
THE STATUS QUO WILL CONTINUE
FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR.
TARION WON'T SLOWLY FIX
ITSELF.
WHY WON'T THE PROPER APPOINT
AN ADMINISTRATOR TO TAKE
OVER TARION AND START FIXING
THE PROBLEMS FOR FAMILIES
WHO ARE STRUGGLING RIGHT
NOW?

[APPLAUSE]

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

Ford says MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

THE SPEAKER SAYS REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER
SERVICES.

[APPLAUSE]

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 dark green jacket.

She says WELL, ONE THING THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND I
ABSOLUTELY AGREE ON IS FOR
THE LAST 15 YEARS, THE NEW
HOME WARRANTY PROGRAM IN
ONTARIO ABSOLUTELY CRUMBLED
UNDER THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
WATCH.
IT WAS ABSOLUTELY APPALLING
WHAT THEY ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.
AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS WE HAVE BEEN VERY
DECISIVE AND WE'VE BEEN
TAKING ACTION BASED ON WHAT
WE'VE HEARD FROM CONSUMERS.
OUR REFORM HAS FOCUSED ON
OVERHAULING THE WARRANTY
PROGRAM, ENHANCING CLAIMS
AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
PROCESSES, INTRODUCING
MEASURES TO ENSURE BETTER
BUILT HOME and AND... HOMES AND
INCREASING TRANSPARENCY AT
TARION.
WE'VE BEEN LISTENING AND
ACTING AND BRINGING
CONFIDENCE BACK INTO NEW
HOME OWNERSHIP IN ONTARIO.
AND I HAVE TO SHARE WITH YOU
THAT.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says MEASURED IN HOW WE GO
FORWARD, AND WE HAVE ACTED
ON 27 OF THE 32
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE
AUDITOR GENERAL.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Rakocevic says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THE GOVERNMENT IS TINKERING
AROUND THE EDGES OF TARION
WITH CHANGES THAT DON'T GO
FAR ENOUGH AND WON'T HAPPEN
FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR.
THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR FAMILIES
IN CARDINAL CREEK VILLAGE
WHO NEED HELP RIGHT NOW.
THIS MORNING I PROVIDED THE
PREMIER AND OTHER GOVERNMENT
M.P.P.S SEVERAL LETTERS FROM
THESE FAMILIES WHO ARE
DEALING WITH SERIOUS
DEFICIENCYS IN THEIR NEW
HOMES AND CAN'T GET HELP
FROM TARION BECAUSE IT WOULD
RATHER PROTECT THE DEVELOPER
INSTEAD OF THESE FAMILIES.
LATER TODAY I WILL TABLE A
BILL THAT WOULD HELP THESE
FAMILIES RIGHT NOW.
WHY DOES THE PREMIER THINK
THE FAMILIES IN CARDINAL
CREEK SHOULD WAIT A SECOND
LONGER FOR HELP?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER?

Thompson says AGAIN, I REALLY
APPRECIATE THE QUESTION, AND
WE HAVE BEEN VERY DECISIVE
AND ACTING VERY QUICKLY,
QUITE FRANKLY.
AS SOON AS THAT AUDITOR
GENERAL REPORT WAS TABLED,
BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT
FAMILIES ACROSS ONTARIO WHO
HAVE NOT BEEN PROPERLY
TREATED AND RESPECTED WHEN
IT COMES TO NEW HOME
WARRANTY.
AND THE REALITY IS WE ARE
MOVING QUICKLY AND WE'RE
GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY
OVERHAULING THE BOARD AT
TARION, AND WE'RE GOING TO
MAKE SURE THAT THE CONSUMER
VOICE IS HEARD.
AND IN DOING SO, WE'RE
REDUCING THE SIZE OF THE
BOARD FROM 16 TO 12, AND
HOME BUILDERS AND VENDORS
WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE
MORE THAN ONE THIRD
REPRESENTATION AND THE OTHER
THIRD WILL BE MADE UP BY
APPOINTMENTS WITH THE
REMAINING THIRD BEING
EXPERTS AND CONSUMERS THAT
DESERVE TO HAVE THEIR VOICES
HEARD WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT
MATTERS WHEN BUILDING THE
BIGGEST INVESTMENT THEY MAY
BE MAKING IN THEIR LIFETIME.
AND I AM SO PROUD OF THE
WORK THAT OUR TEAM...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Thompson says IN A SHORT AMOUNT AND I
CAN TELL YOU, WITH CERTAINTY,
THAT PEOPLE WILL HAVE
CONFIDENCE IN THE NEW HOME
WARRANTY PROGRAM THAT WE'LL
BE BRINGING FORWARD, AND I
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS
QUESTION.
I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING
WITH YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for MARKHAM-THORNHILL.

The caption changes to "Logan Kanapathi. PC. Markham-Thornhill."

Kanapathi is in his forties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a gray suit, dark red shirt, and printed blue tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

Kanapathi says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION TO THE SOLICITOR
GENERAL.
YESTERDAY THE SOLICITOR
GENERAL ANNOUNCED THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING
SERVICE INR ONTARIO 195
MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT SO THAT
THEY HAVE THE NEEDED
RESOURCES TO KEEP THEIR
COMMUNITIES AND CITIZENS
SAFE AND COMBAT CRIME.
IN MY RIDING OF
MARKHAM-THORNHILL, MARKHAM
AND ACROSS THE YORK REGION,
WE HAVE A STRONG PARTNERSHIP
WITH THE YORK REGIONAL
SERVICE.
AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR
THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE TO
OUR COMMUNITY.
SERVICES ACROSS ONTARIO ARE
AS DIVERSE AS COMMUNITIES
THEMSELVES.
THAT'S WHY I'M GRATEFUL THAT
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL NEW
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CRIME
PROGRAM.
FOR THE LOCAL SERVICES TO
RECEIVE FUNDING TO TACKLE
THE LOCAL NEEDS OF COMMUNITY
SAFETY.
ACCOUNT SOLICITOR GENERAL
TELL US HOW THE Y.R.P. IS
BEING SUPPORTED THROUGH THE
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND POLICY
CRIME PROGRAM?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE QUESTION
IS TO THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION
FROM MEMBER FROM
MARKHAM-THORNHILL.
I KNOW THAT HE UNDERSTANDS
HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE
KEEP... WE KEEP OUR
COMMUNITY SAFE AND PROVIDE
THE RESOURCES OUR POLICE
NEED TO DO THE IMPORTANT
WORK THAT THEY DO.
AS YOU MENTIONED, I WAS
PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE
RECIPIENT OF THE 195 MILLION DOLLAR COMMUNITY SAFETY AND
POLICING GRANTS WERE
ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY.
AND IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE
YOU ARE FROM YORK REGION, I
WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT
YORK REGION IS RECEIVING.
SO THE YORK REGIONAL POLICE
SERVICES WILL BE RECEIVING
16 MILLION DOLLARS THROUGH THE
COMMUNITY SAFETY POLICING
GRANT.
THEY HAVE RIGHTFULLY
HIGHLIGHTED A NUMBER OF KEY
INITIATIVES THAT ARE GOING
TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT
DIFFERENCE TO THE PEOPLE OF
YORK REGION.
THEY ARE SUPPORTING AN
INTEGRATED AND
MULTISECTORIAL PARTNERSHIP
THAT AIMS TO ADDRESS THE
ISSUES OF GUN VIOLENCE,
SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND
HARASSMENT AND HUMAN
TRAFFICKING.
IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO
UNDERSTAND THAT HUMAN
TRAFFICKING IN PARTICULAR IS
A FUNDING PATHWAY THAT GANGS
ARE USING IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO TO FUND THEIR
ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.
THE INVESTMENT THAT WE'RE
MAKING IN YORK REGION AND
ACROSS ONTARIO IS GOING TO
CHOP THAT FUNDING
OPPORTUNITY OFF SO THAT
GANGS ARE NOT USING OUR
YOUNG PEOPLE AS A
FUND-RAISING REVENUE TO
ASSIST THEIR ILLEGAL
ACTIVITIES ACROSS ONTARIO.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says I HATE TO say this, but that concludes Question Period for 2019.

Watch: Question Period: Thursday, December 12, 2019