Transcript: Question Period: Thursday, April 29, 2021 | Apr 30, 2021

A still camera shows the Ontario Legislature. A caption on screen reads "Question Period."

Few members sit inside the chamber. They wear facemasks.

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

He says THANK YOU. IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS. I recognize the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.

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The caption changes to "Andrea Horwath. NDP. Leader of the Official Opposition."

Horwath is in her fifties, with straight blond hair in a bob. She wears a beige jacket over a colourful blouse.

She says THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. I WOULD NORMALLY GO TO THE PREMIER BUT HE'S ON HIS TENTH PAID SICK DAY TODAY SO I GO TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER WITH MY FIRST QUESTION. YESTERDAY THE AUDITOR CONFIRMED THAT SENIORS IN LONG-TERM CARE WERE ABANDONED TO COVID-19, AND WE ALL SAW THIS HORRIFYING TRAGEDY THAT ENSUED AS A RESULT. THE MINISTER, YESTERDAY, REFUSED TO TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER, ANY WHATSOEVER, AND WENT ON, IN FACT, IN HER PRESS CONFERENCE TO BLAME EVERYBODY THAT SHE POSSIBLY COULD, INCLUDING THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. SPEAKER, THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE HAS NOW HAD 24 HOURS TO REFLECT ON HER RESPONSE TO THE A.G.'S REPORT YESTERDAY. MY QUESTION WOULD BE IS IT STILL HER CLAIM THAT NEITHER SHE NOR THIS GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TRAGEDY THAT UNFOLDED IN OUR LONG-TERM-CARE SYSTEM WITH COVID-19?

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The Speaker says MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Merrilee Fullerton. PC. Minister of Long-Term Care."

Fullerton is in her forties, with long wavy blond hair and bangs. She wears a green blazer over a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO CLARIFY. AS I SAID YESTERDAY AND HAVE SAID REPEATEDLY, I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. I HAVE A DUTY AND AN OBLIGATION TO RESIDENTS, THEIR FAMILIES AND STAFF IN LONG-TERM CARE, AND I HAVE BEEN ABSOLUTELY CONSISTENT WITH THAT MESSAGING. SO I DON'T KNOW WHY THAT WASN'T HEARD YESTERDAY. I WANT TO THANK THE AUDITOR GENERAL AND HER OFFICE FOR HER SPECIAL REPORT ON LONG-TERM CARE, AND SHE WAS VERY CLEAR AND VERY INSIGHTFUL THAT IT IS THE LONG-STANDING ISSUES IN STAFFING AND THE LACK OF NEW DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT OF EXISTING LONG-TERM CARE SPACES THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. AND I HAD A VERY LONG DISCUSSION WITH THE AUDITOR GENERAL ON MONDAY, WHICH I APPRECIATED VERY, VERY MUCH. WE WILL TAKE EXTENSIVE AND ONGOING MEASURES TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF RESIDENTS. THE 4.9 BILLION DOLLARS THAT IS GOING TO CREATE 27,000.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fullerton says NEW STAFF FOR LONG-TERM CARE ON TOP OF THE 8,600 OR MORE WE CREATED DURING THE FIRST WAVE AND INTO THE SECOND WAVE. WE'LL CONTINUE TO TAKE MEASURES TO SHORE UP A SORELY NEGLECTED SECTOR.

The Speaker says THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION.

Horwath says PEOPLE WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN ALREADY CARE DON'T BELIEVE FOR A MINUTE THAT THIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO FIX OUR LONG-TERM-CARE SYSTEM, AND THEY FEEL AS ABANDONED AS EVER. THEY WEREN'T SURPRISED BY THE AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT AT ALL, SPEAKER, BUT THEY WERE SHOCKED BY THE RESPONSE OF THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE. FRED KRAMER, WHO LOST HIS MOTHER TO COVID-19 IN ORCHARD VILLA SAID THIS ABOUT THE A.G.'S REPORT, AND I'M QUOTING... "NO SURPRISES IN IT. THEY'RE GETTING AWAY WITH NOT LOOKING AFTER THE PEOPLE IN THE HOMES. WHY ARE THEY GETTING AWAY WITH IT?" IN REFERENCE TO THE GOVERNMENT. CATHY PARKS ALSO LOST HER MOTHER TO... RATHER HER FATHER, TO COVID-19 IN ORCHARD VILLA AND CATHY SAYS THIS, AND I QUOTE... "I SEE COMMENTS FROM THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE ABOUT HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS FIXING THIS. THEY'RE NOT." THEY HAVE NO INTENTION. IT'S HEARTBREAKING. THAT'S HOW PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT'S LACK OF ACTION IN LONG-TERM CARE. WHAT DOES THE MINISTER, WHAT DOES THE MINISTER, THIS PREMIER, WHAT DOES THIS GOVERNMENT HAVE TO SAY TO PEOPLE LIKE CATHY AND PEOPLE LIKE FRED? THE...

The Speaker says THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

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The Speaker says MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE.

Fullerton says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR PROVIDING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING AND HAVE BEEN DOING ALL ALONG. SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING OF OUR GOVERNMENT BEING ELECTED, WE PRIORITIZED REDEVELOPMENT IN LONG-TERM CARE, 15,000 SPACES, NEW SPACES OVER FIVE YEARS AND 30,000 NEW SPACES OVER TEN, IN ADDITION TO REDEVELOPING HOMES THAT WERE LANGUISHING FROM THE 1970S, ALL DURING THE TIME THAT YOU WERE, YOU KNOW, IN SUPPORT OF THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT, IN OPPOSITION. AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THAT RECORD SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED, THAT THE INACTION OF THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT AND THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION. WE'VE TAKEN EXTENSIVE MEASURES, AS I'VE SAID, ON THE STAFFING, ON THE REDEVELOPMENT, ON THE BUILDING, ON THE IPAC. THE 27,000 NEW HIRES THAT WE ARE... POSITIONS THAT WE ARE CREATING FOR LONG-TERM CARE TO ADDRESS OUR INCREASING CAPACITY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fullerton says THESE ARE LONGSTANDING ISSUES THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING. FINALLY IT'S OUR GOVERNMENT, A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, WHO'S DOING IT. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE FACTS. LET'S DEAL WITH THE FACTS. THANK YOU.

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The Speaker says THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WE GET THE SAME STORY FROM THIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT AT EVERY SINGLE STAGE OF THIS CRISIS. THEY SHOULD ACT TO SAVE LIVES BUT INSTEAD THEY FAIL TO ACT AND THEN THEY BLAME EVERYBODY ELSE ON THEIR FAILURE WHEN TRAGEDY UNFOLDS. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN LONG-TERM CARE OVER DECADES, FIRST UNDER THE HARRIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, THEN UNDER THE MCGUINTY, WYNNE AND DEL DUCA LIBERAL GOVERNMENT. LONG-TERM CARE WAS ABANDONED BY ALL OF THESE FOLKS.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Horwath says BUT THIS MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE AND THIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT UNDER PREMIER FORD ELIMINATED INSPECTIONS. THEY CUT FUNDING. THEY IGNORED ALL OF THE WARNINGS ABOUT WHAT WAS ABOUT TO UNFOLD IN LONG-TERM CARE. THEY PROTECTED PRIVATE PROFITS INSTEAD OF LIVES, SPEAKER, AND THEY'RE STILL DOING ALL OF THAT.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Horwath says AT WHAT POINT WILL THIS GOVERNMENT START PROTECTING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AND START PUTTING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AHEAD OF PRIVATE PROFITS AND THEIR OWN POLITICAL GAIN?

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The Speaker says MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE.

Fullerton says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN DEALING WITH REALITY AND FACTS. STUDENTS IN P.S.W. PROGRAMS THAT WE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY, 86 MILLION DOLLARS GOING TO 8,000 NEW POSITIONS, FUNDED POSITIONS FOR P.S.W.S.
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THAT MEANS 10,000 MORE P.S.W.S ARE BEING TRAINED IN THIS PROVINCE THIS YEAR COMPARED TO YEARS PRIOR, SOMETHING THAT THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT NEVER BOTHERED TO DO. IT'S ALSO OUR GOVERNMENT THAT WILL BE LEADING IN CANADA WITH A COMMITMENT TO FOUR HOURS OF DIRECT CARE FOR RESIDENTS ON AVERAGE PER DAY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN LACKED FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT HAD REPORT AFTER REPORT. IT DID NOT ACT, AND I WOULD ASK THE MEMBER, THE OPPOSITION LEADER OPPOSITE TO UNDERSTAND HOW MANY TIMES SHE ACTUALLY MENTIONED EVEN THE WORD LONG-TERM CARE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Fullerton says I THINK PEOPLE CAN GO BACK AND LOOK IN THE HANSARD. IT IS OUR GOVERNMENT THAT IS TAKING ACTION ON LONG-TERM CARE, THE FIRST GOVERNMENT IN DECADES, AND WE WILL DO IT AND WE ARE COMMITTED AND WE HAVE BEEN EVER...

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

Horwath says MY NEXT QUESTION'S TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER BUT HOLY SMOKES! SHE'S A YEAR LATE. SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING ALL OF THOSE THINGS A YEAR AGO. WE LOST 4,000 SENIORS TO COVID-19 IN LONG-TERM CARE UNDER HER WATCH. SO I DON'T THINK SHE HAS BRAGGING RIGHTS, SPEAKER. BUT MY QUESTION NOW IS ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS GOVERNMENT, 407 DAYS INTO A PANDEMIC, THAT'S TAKEN NOW 8,029 LIVES. YES, WE'VE NOW REACHED A VERY GRIM MILESTONE IN ONTARIO. THEY HAVE REFUSED, EVERY SINGLE DAY, THEY HAVE REFUSED TO BRING IN PAID SICK DAYS AND NOW, YESTERDAY, THEY ANNOUNCED A PITIFULLY INADEQUATE PAID SICK DAY SCHEME AS WORKERS CONTINUE TO DIE FROM COVID-19. I GUESS MY QUESTION IS WHERE DID THEY COME UP WITH THE SCHEME? DID THEY EVEN CONSULT THEIR OWN COVID-19 EXPERTS AND ADVISORS WHEN THEY DRAFTED UP THIS TERRIBLY INADEQUATE PLAN?

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The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

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

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

He says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE HAVING THE BACKS OF EVERY SINGLE WORKER IN THIS PROVINCE UNTIL WE DEFEAT COVID-19. AND, MR. SPEAKER, WE WERE THE VERY FIRST PROVINCE IN THE COUNTRY TO BRING FORWARD JOB-PROTECTED LEAVE LAST MARCH FOR ANY WORKER IN SELF-ISOLATION, IN QUARANTINE. IF YOU'RE A MOM OR A DAD THAT HAS TO STAY HOME AND LOOK AFTER A SON OR DAUGHTER BECAUSE THE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED, YOU CAN'T BE FIRED FOR THAT. FURTHERMORE, MR. SPEAKER, WE ELIMINATED THE NEED FOR SICK NOTES IN ONTARIO. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD THAT YESTERDAY, THAT WE ANNOUNCED THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO ENSURE THAT WORKERS ARE PROTECTED.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says THEY CAN STAY HOME WHEN THEY'RE SICK AND WE'RE GOING TO...

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

McNaughton says EVERY STEP OF THE WAY UNTIL WE DEFEAT COVID-19.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

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Horwath says SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT'S PLAN THAT THEY ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY, OR THE SCHEME THEY ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY, HAS BEEN WIDELY PANNED BY PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY. THE SCIENCE TABLE, OF COURSE, WASN'T CONSULTED, BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT NEVER LISTENS TO THE SCIENCE TABLE. WHY SHOULD THEY NOW, I GUESS? AND HERE'S WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT'S FAILURE IN THEIR ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY, THAT THE SCHEME IS ARBITRARY, STINGY AND IN THE END FOOLISH. DOCTORS WARN OF COURSE THAT IT'S TOO FEW DAYS THAT THERE'S TOO LITTLE PAY AND THAT IT MIGHT ACTUALLY IMPACT WORKERS TO PUT THEM IN AN EVEN WORSE-OFF POSITION THAN BEFORE THIS SCHEME WAS PUT INTO PLACE. YOU KNOW, AT A TIME WHEN THE PREMIER HAS JUST TAKEN TEN PAID DAYS OFF TO, APPROPRIATELY, QUARANTINE AS THE EXPERTS ADVISE US TO DO, WHY DO THEY THINK THAT WORKERS DON'T DESERVE THE SAME THING, TO BE ABLE TO QUARANTINE COMPLETELY AND NOT HAVE TO MAKE DECISION BETWEEN GOING BACK TO WORK SICK OR PAYING THE BILLS? WHY DO THEY ONLY GET THREE WHEN THE PREMIER GETS TEN?

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The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO BE BRINGING FORWARD LEGISLATION THIS AFTERNOON TO BRING IN THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE THE VERY FIRST PROVINCE IN CANADA TO BRING FORWARD PAID SICK DAYS DURING COVID-19. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, BRITISH COLUMBIA'S N.D.P. GOVERNMENT HAS REFUSED TO BRING IN PAID SICK DAYS. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME DISCUSS SOME OF THE PLANS THAT'S GOING TO BE IN THE LEGISLATION THIS AFTERNOON. WE HAVE AGREED TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE TOPPING UP THE FEDERAL PROGRAM. WE WANT TO MAKE THAT FEDERAL PROGRAM 1,000 dollars PER WEEK FOR FOUR WEEKS. WE'RE THE FIRST PROVINCE IN THE COUNTRY TO DO THAT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO BRING IN, IF APPROVED BY THIS HOUSE, THREE PAID SICK DAYS. THAT'S GOING TO BE FLEXIBLE, OPEN. NO SICK NOTES REQUIRED, TO ENSURE THAT WORKERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says IN THIS PROVINCE, FOR EXAMPLE, WILL BE PAID TO GET VACCINATED. MY QUESTION TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IS, IS SHE GOING TO SUPPORT US TO BRING IN PAID SICK DAYS FOR WORKERS IN ONTARIO?

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The Speaker says THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. YOU KNOW IT'S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT GET THIS RIGHT, AND THEY HAVEN'T. PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY. PEOPLE ARE... 41 OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS, LIVES LOST. 8,029 PEOPLE NOW THAT HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THIS PROVINCE TO COVID-19. THE I.C.U.S ARE OVERWHELMED. 884 I.C.U. PATIENTS RIGHT NOW IN OUR HOSPITALS. ESSENTIAL WORKERS HAVE TO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY SING DAY WHEN THEY GO INTO WORK AND THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A SAFE QUARANTINE AS I'VE ALREADY SAID AND GOING BACK TO WORK SICK BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THE BILLS. I JUST DON'T GET WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT'S PROBLEM IS. WHY WON'T THEY EVER MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION TO SUPPORT WORKERS, TO SAVE LIVES AND TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN OUR PROVINCE?

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The Speaker says MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. MINISTER OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I AM TRULY DISAPPOINTED TO HEAR THAT THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AND THE N.D.P. ARE GOING TO VOTE AGAINST OUR PAID SICK LEAVE PROGRAM THAT WE'RE GOING TO INTRODUCE THIS AFTERNOON. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND I ANNOUNCED THAT WE'RE GOING TO BRING FORWARD LEGISLATION TO BRING IN THE ONTARIO COVID-19 WORKER INCOME PROTECTION BENEFIT. WE ARE THE FIRST IN CANADA TO OFFER THE DOUBLING OF PAYMENTS FOR THE FEDERAL SICK DAYS PROGRAM. WE ARE ALSO INTRODUCING THREE PAID DAYS OFF FOR WORKERS WHO NEED TO STAY HOME IF THEY'RE SICK. IF THEY NEED TO GO AND GET VACCINATED, IF THEY NEED TO RECOVER FROM VACCINATIONS. IF YOU'RE A WORKER OUT THERE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES RELATED TO COVID-19, YOU WILL BE COVERED UNDER OUR PLAN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says AND, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU ARE A MOM OR DAD OUT THERE THAT HAS A CHILD AT HOME WITH SYMPTOMS RELATED TO COVID-19, YOU CAN STAY HOME AND BE PAID. WE CALL ON THE N.D.P. TO STAND WITH US TODAY TO...

The Speaker says THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for SCARBOROUGH SOUTHWEST.

THE CAPTION CHANGES TO "DOLY BEGUM. NDP. SCARBOROUGH SOUTHWEST."

BEGUM IS IN HER LATE THIRTIES, WITH LONG WAVY BLACK HAIR. SHE WEARS A black BLAZER OVER A black BLOUSE.

SHE MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF LABOUR. MR. SPEAKER, THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC, WE HAVE USED THE TERM "ESSENTIAL WORKERS" WHEN REFERRING TO MANY OF THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, LIKE MINE IN SCARBOROUGH OR IN PEEL, NORTHWEST TORONTO, WHO NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND A SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO IN-PERSON WORK. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC, OVER 3 MILLION ESSENTIAL WORKERS HAD TO WORK IN COMMON WORK SETTINGS. WHEN OUR WHOLE PROVINCE PAUSED TO STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE, THESE WORKERS NEVER GOT TO STAY HOME OR STAY SAFE. THEY HAD TO TAKE CROWDED BUSES TO GO TO WORK IN UNSAFE FACTORIES, WAREHOUSES AND OTHER JOBS WHERE THEIR HEALTH WAS JEOPARDIZED AND THEN THEIR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY'S HEALTH WAS JEOPARDIZED. MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU DEFINE IF A WORKPLACE IS ESSENTIAL? WHY ARE IN A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER... WE ARE IN A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER AND A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE MIDDLE OF A PUNISHING THIRD WAVE AND THE GOVERNMENT'S STRATEGY IS TO ASK PEOPLE TO STAY HOME.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Begum says SO MY QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU DETERMINE IF A WORKPLACE OR A WORKER IS ESSENTIAL? THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

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The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AND THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF EVERY SINGLE WORKER IS OUR GOVERNMENT'S TOP PRIORITY. THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NOW DONE NEARLY 50,000 WORKPLACE INSPECTIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS RELATED TO COVID-19 SINCE THE PANDEMIC HIT THE PROVINCE. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE HIRED MORE THAN 100 NEW MINISTRY OF LABOUR TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT INSPECTORS, WHICH BRINGS THE INSPECTOR TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN PROVINCIAL HISTORY UNDER THIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT AND I HAVE TO REMIND THE MEMBER OPPOSITE THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT SHE ACTUALLY VOTED AGAINST OUR PLAN TO HIRE MORE INSPECTORS TO KEEP WORKERS SAFE. WE'VE NOW SHUT DOWN 90 UNSAFE WORKPLACES AND JOB SITES RELATED TO COVID-19. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE BOOTS ON THE GROUND EVERY SINGLE DAY INTO WORKPLACES PARTNERING WITH LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says TO ENSURE THAT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF EVERY WORKER IS PROTECTED.

The Speaker says ORDER. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Begum says SPEAKER, LET THE RECORD SHOW THAT THE MINISTER OF LABOUR, AFTER A YEAR INTO THIS PANDEMIC, FAILED TO IDENTIFY HOW THEY DEFINE ESSENTIAL WORKERS OR AN ESSENTIAL WORKPLACE. WE CALL THEM HEROES, MR. SPEAKER, AND DEEM THEIR LABOUR ESSENTIAL BUT WE FAIL TO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION ON HOW TO PROTECT THEM. IN AN EARLY APRIL MEMO FROM THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR OUTLINED THAT, JUST IN 2021, THEY FOUND 15,000 WORKPLACE COVID INFRACTIONS BUT ONLY STOPPED UNSAFE WORK 24 TIMES. WE HAVE BEEN USING THE TERM ESSENTIAL WORKER TO UNDERMINE THE MARGINALIZEATION FACED BY THOSE WHO ARE WORKING PRECARIOUS AND LOW-INCOME JOBS THAT HAVE PUT THEIR HEALTH AND SAFETY IN DANGER. WORKPLACES HAVE BEEN REPORTED AS A KEY DRIVER IN THE COVID-19 NUMBERS WE HAVE SEEN IN ONTARIO. WE ARE HEARING FROM OUR COMMUNITY, FROM OUR HEALTH WORKERS THAT OVERWHELMINGLY THOSE WHO ARE FAILING.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Begum says TO CALL IN SICK ARE THE ONES WORKING IN CONGREGATE SETTINGS IN FACTORIES LIKE CHOCOLATE FACTORIES AND COSMETICS FACTORIES. SO, MINISTER, MY QUESTION IS WHY ARE THESE PLACES LIKE CHOCOLATE FACTORIES AND COSMETIC FACTORIES OPEN? IF WE'RE TRULY IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY WHY ARE YOU NOT TAKING DECISIVE ACTION TO STOP UNSAFE AND NONESSENTIAL WORK?

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The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF EVERY SINGLE WORKER HAS BEEN THE GOVERNMENT'S PRIORITY FROM DAY ONE. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, AS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE KNOWS BECAUSE SHE SUPPORTED THIS LEGISLATION, BACK WHEN THE PANDEMIC THAT'S ININVISIBLE ENEMY HIT ONTARIO, WE MOVED DECISIVELY. WE BROUGHT IN JOB PROTECTED LEAVE. IF ANY WORKER IS IMPACTED AT ALL BY COVID-19, THEY CAN STAY HOME. THEY SHOULD STAY HOME. THEIR JOB IS PROTECTED. MR. SPEAKER, WE WENT FURTHER. WE ELIMINATED THE NEED FOR SICK NOTES IN ONTARIO DURING COVID-19. AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS SPRING OF LAST YEAR WHEN THIS PANDEMIC HIT THE PROVINCE, THAT WE BROUGHT IN HUNDREDS OF GUIDANCE RESOURCES, TIP SHEETS, POSTERS IN DOZENS AND DOZENS OF MULTIPLE LANGUAGES, MR. SPEAKER, AT ONTARIO.CA/COVIDSAFETY, TO ENSURE EMPLOYERS KNEW WHAT THEY NEEDED TO BE DOING, THAT WORKERS KNEW WHAT THEY NEEDED TO BE DOING. AND, MR. SPEAKER, WE MOVED QUICKLY TO HIRE MORE THAN 100.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says MINISTER OF LABOUR TRAINING DEVELOPMENT INSPECTORS AND I CREDIT THEM, MR. SPEAKER. THEY'VE GONE TO 50,000 WORKPLACES. THEY'VE DONE INSPECTIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.

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The Speaker says THANK YOU. NEXT MEMBER'S question. The member for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. I KNOW OUR GOVERNMENT, YOURSELF IN PARTICULAR, HAVE BEEN WORKING DAY AND NIGHT TO ENSURE THE SWIFT AND EQUITABLE ROLLOUT OF VACCINES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. ONTARIANS ACROSS MY RIDING AND THE PROVINCE HAVE CONTINUED TO ASK ME WHEN IT WILL BE THEIR TURN TO GET THE VACCINE AND WHEN CAN LIFE RETURN TO NORMAL AND THINGS GET BACK TO THE WAY THEY USED TO BE? WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ON OUR GOVERNMENT'S VACCINE ROLLOUT?

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The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

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

Elliott is in her late fifties, with shoulder-length blond hair. She wears a gray blazer and dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR AURORA-OAK RIDGES-RICHMOND HILL FOR THE QUESTION. SINCE DAY ONE, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO VACCINATING ONTARIANS AS QUICKLY AND AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE. JUST A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AGO I STOOD IN THIS HOUSE AND SPOKE ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT WE HAD MADE IN MAKING SURE THAT WE HAD ADMINISTERED OVER 3 MILLION DOSES TO ADULT ONTARIANS ACROSS THE PROVINCE. TODAY I AM DELIGHTED TO INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE THAT YET ANOTHER MILESTONE HAS BEEN REACHED AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ADMINISTER OVER 5 MILLION DOSES OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE.
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WE KNOW THAT MANY ONTARIANS ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THEIR TURN AND WE'RE ANXIOUS TO GET THE VACCINES TO THEM, AND THAT'S WHY THIS WEEK WE ALLOWED INDIVIDUALS 45 AND OLDER WHO LIVE IN HOTSPOT NEIGHBOURHOODS TO BOOK VACCINATIONS THROUGH APPOINTMENTS IN OUR BOOKING SYSTEM. WE ARE COMMITTED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says TO DELIVERING THE MOST SUCCESSFUL VACCINATION CAMPAIGN IN THE COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER.

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The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Parsa says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER AND ALL THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES FOR HELPING US ADMINISTER THESE CRUCIAL VACCINES. IT'S QUITE REASSURING TO SEE THAT LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL GROW BRIGHTER AND BRIGHTER AS MORE AND MORE VACCINES GET PUT INTO ARMS. SPEAKER, TIMES ARE DIFFICULT RIGHT NOW FOR EVERY ONTARIAN. PEOPLE CAN TAKE COMFORT IN THE FACT THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WILL NOT REST UNTIL WE DEFEAT THIS VIRUS, WHICH IS WHY WE COMMITTED TO INOCULATING 40 percent OF THE POPULATION BY THE START OF MAY. WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON OUR PROVINCE'S PROGRESS WITH ACHIEVING THAT GOAL?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU AGAIN, SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. OUR GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS THAT VACCINES ARE OUR WAY OUT OF THIS PANDEMIC, WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE WORKED NONSTOP TO ENSURE WE CAN GET AS MANY SHOTS INTO ARMS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE ARE COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT EVERY ONTARIAN WHO WANTS TO RECEIVE A VACCINE WILL RECEIVE THAT VACCINE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. AND THIS DEDICATION HAS LED US TO A RECORD BREAKING. JUST LAST WEEK WE ADMINISTERED OVER 130 DOSES PER DAY FOR THREE DAYS IN A ROW. THE CONTINUED SUCCESS MEANS WE ARE ON TRACK TO EXCEED OUR TARGET OF HAVING 40 percent OF THE ADULT POPULATION VACCINATED WITH THEIR FIRST DOSE BY THE END OF THIS MONTH, BY THE END OF APRIL. AS WE'VE SAID TIME AND TIME AGAIN, WE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ALL ONTARIANS.

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The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Parkdale-High Park.

The caption changes to "Bhutila Karpoche. NDP. Parkdale-High Park."

Karpoche is in her thirties, with long straight black hair. She wears a tan blazer over a white blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. DAVID OWNS A HOME DECOR BUSINESS IN MY RIDING. HE APPLIED FOR THE ONTARIO SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT IN JANUARY AND WAS APPROVED ON MARCH 14TH. BUT HE HAS YET TO RECEIVE A DIME. SANDRA LEE OWNS A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS AND WAS APPROVED FOR FUNDING ON MARCH 7TH. MORE THAN 50 DAYS LATER, SHE'S STILL WAITING FOR PAYMENT. AND THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT RESPONDING TO THEIR EMAILS OR PHONE CALLS. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS HAVE HAVE BEEN LOCKED DOWN FOR MONTHS. THEY WILL GO BANKRUPT WITHOUT THIS SUPPORT. MY QUESTION TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER IS SIMPLE. WHEN WILL THE SMALL BUSINESSES GET THE FUNDING YOU APPROVED?

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The Speaker says MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND RED TAPE REDUCTION.

The caption changes to "Honourable Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria. PC. Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction."

Singh Sarkaria is in his thirties, with a prominent full beard. He wears a black turban, blue suit, white shirt and spotted blue tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR BRINGING THAT FORWARD. WE ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK. WE HAVE HIRED OVER 100 EXTRA INDIVIDUALS TO SUPPORT AND ENSURE THAT BUSINESSES GET THE MONEY THAT THEY NEED. WE RECOGNIZE IT'S A SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFICULT TIME FOR THEM. TO DATE, WE HAVE PROCESSED OVER 107,000 PAYMENTS DIRECTLY THROUGH THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROGRAM TOTALLING 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS. 57,000 BUSINESSES HAVE ALSO RECEIVED A SECOND AUTOMATIC PAYMENT OF THAT FUND AS WELL TOTALLING ANOTHER 850 MILLION DOLLARS, SO OVER 2.4 BILLION DOLLARS IN DIRECT SUPPORTS HAVE GONE TO THESE BUSINESSES. WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE STILL SOME CHALLENGES. WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THOSE AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE BUSINESSES GET THE MONEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE DO NOD STAND THAT THIS IS A VERY CHALLENGING TIME AND WE'RE HAPPY TO LOOK INTO THOSE AND SUPPORT THE MEMBER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Karpoche says SPEAKER, THIS MINISTER HAS NO CLUE OF THE REALITY ON THE GROUND. SO MANY SMALL BUSINESSES ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THIS PROGRAM. STEVE OWNS A MOVING COMPANY. HE WAS TOLD TO UPLOAD HIS FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS BUT THE LINK HE WAS SENT DOESN'T WORK. HE HAS CALLS AND EMAILS AND CAN'T GET A RESPONSE. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE STEVE ARE TRYING TO SURVIVE THE PANDEMIC. THEY NEED SUPPORTS NOW, NOT IN WEEKS OR MONTHS. THEY NEED AN APPLICATION SYSTEM THAT WORKS. WHEN YOU PROMISE SOMETHING, YOU HAVE TO DELIVER IT OR YOU'RE JUST WASTING PEOPLE'S TIME AND PUTTING THEM THROUGH HELL. WHEN CAN STEVE AND THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS EXPECT TO HEAR FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER.

Singh Sarkaria says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND I UNDERSTAND THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND THE CONCERNS THAT SHE HAS PUT FORWARD, BUT WE HAVE ALSO ENSURED THAT THERE ARE OVER 100 PEOPLE, TRIPLE THE SUPPORT STAFF BEHIND THE PROGRAM RECOGNIZING THAT WE NEED TONE SURE THE MONEY IS GETTING OUT TO ALL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES. 2.4 BILLION DOLLARS OF DIRECT SUPPORT HAS BEEN PAID OUT TO SMALL BUSINESSES. WE'LL CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY ELIGIBLE BUSINESS THAT HAS APPLIED FOR THE PROGRAM GETS THE MONEY THAT THEY NEED. WE'VE ALSO ENSURED THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO GETTING 100 percent OF THEIR PROPERTY TAX PAID, 100 percent OF THEIR ENERGY COSTS PAID. THEY CAN APPLY FOR THE DIGITAL MAIN STREET PROGRAM WHICH IS UP TO 2,500 SUPPORT GRANTS, AND WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS PROGRAMS IN TERMS OF 90 percent OF THEIR RENT RELIEF THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE COVERED AS WELL AS 75 percent OF THEIR WAGE SUBSIDY. WE WILL ENSURE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Singh Sarkaria says THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO GET THE BUSINESSES THE SUPPORT THEY NEED, AND THAT'S WHY 2.4 BILLION DOLLARS HAVE FLOWED DIRECTLY TO SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS ONTARIO.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD.

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

Hunter is in her forties, with long wavy black hair. She wears a beige blazer over a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER. THIRTY DAYS AGO, YOUR GOVERNMENT RELEASED ITS BUDGET. THERE WAS NO MENTION OF A COUPLE OF BILLION DOLLARS FOR PAID SICK LEAVE. THERE WAS ONLY AN ASSUMPTION THAT THE PANDEMIC WOULD BE OVER AND YOU PUT A BILLION DOLLARS INTO PRUDENCE. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT WANT TO SUPPORT ONTARIO WORKERS OR THEY WOULD NOT HAVE RESISTED A PAID SICK LEAVE PROGRAM THAT MEDICAL EXPERTS AND REALLY ALL WORKERS HAVE BEEN DEMANDING SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN, TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S BUDGET THAT THEY TABLED LAST MONTH WAS OUT OF DATE BEFORE IT EVEN LANDED. THE GOVERNMENT FINALLY PUT FORWARD A PAID SICK LEAVE PROGRAM... OR IS PUTTING FORWARD ONE, WHICH IS FULL OF HALF MEASURES AND DOES NOT FULLY PROTECT ONTARIO WORKERS AND DEMONSTRATES HOW CLEARLY OUT OF TOUCH THIS GOVERNMENT IS.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hunter says SO, SPEAKER, WILL THE PREMIER COMMIT TO A FISCAL UPDATE THAT CONTAINS THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BETTER PAID SICK LEAVE, VACCINATION LEAVE AND TESTING SO THAT WE CAN KEEP THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO SAFE AND ENSURE THAT A BOOSTER PROGRAM IS BUILT INTO IT?

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

McNaughton says WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE LEGISLATION THAT'S GOING TO BE COMING FORWARD THIS AFTERNOON. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS GOING TO BE VERY FLEXIBLE, VERY GENEROUS, VERY OPEN. THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN ALL OF CANADA. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIO IS THE FIRST PROVINCE IN THE COUNTRY TO BRING FORWARD PAID SICK LEAVE DURING COVID-19. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WILL SUPPORT OUR LEGISLATION. BUT I DO WANT TO POINT OUT ONE OF THE OTHER IMPORTANT INITIATIVES AND PARTS OF OUR LEGISLATION THAT WILL BE COMING AND I SAID THIS YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE ARE ALSO GOING TO ENSHIRE THAT ALL SMALL BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS ARE REIMBURSED. UNLIKE THE ONTARIO LIBERAL PLAN THAT CAME FORWARD, MR. SPEAKER, THAT REALLY WOULD HAVE BANKRUPTED THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE PROVINCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says AND MOST CERTAINLY, MR. SPEAKER, WORKERS WOULDN'T HAVE JOBS TO GO BACK TO. OUR APPROACH I BELIEVE IS THE RIGHT ONE AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND WITH...

The Speaker says THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Hunter says WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PREMIER'S PROMISE FOR THE BEST PROGRAM IN NORTH AMERICA? CLEARLY, YOU HAVE NOT DELIVERED. FOR OVER 400 DAYS, WE HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR A SAFE SICK DAY PROGRAM. ALL MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION HAVE BEEN DOING THAT. AND, SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS FALLEN FAR SHORT. JUST LOOK TO THE SOUTH. THEY HAVE GIVEN WORKERS 80 HOURS OF PAID SICK LEAVE TO COVER ASPECTS OF THIS PANDEMIC. SO, SPEAKER, THREE DAYS IS NOT ENOUGH. TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, THE GOVERNMENT INCLUDED ALL SORTS OF OTHER THINGS INTO THE PROGRAM THAT REALLY DESERVE ITS OWN PLAN. SO WILL YOU COMMIT TO THE TEN DAYS THAT THE EXPERTS HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR? BECAUSE EVERY DAY YOU DELAY AND DRAG YOUR FEET, PEOPLE ARE AT RISK.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hunter says SO WILL YOU MAKE THIS PROGRAM MUCH MORE REALISTIC BY PROVIDING TEN DAYS AND MAKE IT PERMANENT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN HAVE PAID SICK DAYS MOVING FORWARD?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, LET ME REMIND THE MEMBER OPPOSITE THAT WE ANNOUNCED THAT WE WANTED DOUBLE THE FEDERAL PROGRAM TO 1,000 PER WEEK FOR FOUR WEEKS, PLUS THREE PAID SICK DAYS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN CANADA. IF A WORKER NEED TO TAKE TIME OFF TO GET VACCINATED, THEY CAN BE PAID. IF A WORKER NEEDS TIME OFF TO RECOVER FROM A VACCINATION, THEY CAN BE PAID. IF A MOM OR A DAD HAS A SICK CHILD AT HOME OR SYMPTOMS RELATED TO COVID-19, THEY CAN STAY HOME AND BE PAID. MR. SPEAKER, IF A WORKER...

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says IN ONTARIO IS SUFFERING.

The Speaker says ORDER.

McNaughton says FROM MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES RELATED TO COVID-19, THEY CAN STAY HOME AND GET PAID. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE MOST...
[APPLAUSE]
GENEROUS OPEN AND FLEXIBLE PLAN, BALANCED BECAUSE WE'RE REIMBURSING ALL SMALL BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says WE PLEAD WITH THE ONTARIO LIBERALS TO FINALLY STEP UP, STAND WITH WORKERS IN ONTARIO AND JOIN US TODAY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says ORDER. THE NEXT question. The member for Mississauga East-Cooksville.

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 silver tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE SOLICITOR GENERAL. WITH ONTARIO'S VACCINATION CAMPAIGN RAMPING UP ACROSS THE PROVINCE THIS MONTH, I KNOW THAT ACCESS TO THE VACCINE IN CONVENIENT LOCATIONS IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR MANY, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO RELY ON PUBLIC TRANSIT OR WHO WORK JOBS OUTSIDE OF TRADITIONAL NINE TO FIVE. ACCOUNT SOLICITOR GENERAL OUTLINE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT HAS RAMPED UP PROMISED VACCINE CLINICS AS PART OF PHASE TWO OF THE PROVINCE'S VACCINATION PLAN, ESPECIALLY FOR MY COMMUNITY HERE IN PEEL? THANK YOU.

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 striped blazer and a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE. I KNOW HE AND I HAVE HAD MANY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE VARIANT PHASES AND STAGES AS WE GET A MORE STEADY AND INCREASED SUPPLY OF THE VACCINES. SO ACCESS TO A CONVENIENT LOCATION TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE IS CRITICAL, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT BE HESITANT ABOUT GETTING THE VACCINATION. BUT WHERE THERE'S EASE OF ACCESS, A DECIDING FACTOR CAN HELP. THAT'S WHY WE'VE BEEN WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH PHARMACY PARTNERS FROM ACROSS ONTARIO TO RAPIDLY BUILD UP CAPACITY IN PHARMACIES ALLOWING MUCH GREATER LOCAL ACCESS WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES. TO DATE, NEARLY 1,500 PHARMACY LOCATIONS ARE ABLE TO OFFER THE VACCINE, INCLUDING MORE THAN 150 IN PEEL REGION, 7 OF WHICH ARE ABLE TO OFFER 24-7. ONTARIO'S PHARMACY AND PRIMARY CARE PRACTITIONERS HAVE COLLECTIVELY ADMINISTERED ALMOST A HALF A MILLION.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says DOSES OF VACCINES SINCE THEY BEGAN ONLY A FEW SHORT WEEKS AGO.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Rasheed says THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. AND, SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU, THANKS TO THE SOLICITOR GENERAL. I KNOW SO MANY CONSTITUENTS ARE READY TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES TO GET VACCINATED WHEN IT'S THEIR TURN, AND THESE PHARMACY LOCATIONS ARE A GREAT STEP IN THE CAMPAIGN TO GET ALL ONTARIANS VACCINATED. BUT OF COURSE, PHARMACIES ARE ONLY ONE AVENUE THROUGH WHICH ONTARIANS CAN GET VACCINATED. WITH VACCINE SUPPLY COMING INTO ONTARIO EXPECTED TO RISE EVEN MORE THAN IT WAS IN APRIL, CAN THE SOLICITOR GENERAL SHARE HOW PHARMACIES FIT INTO ONTARIO'S BROADER PLAN TO ENSURE VACCINES ARE AS ACCESSIBLE AS POSSIBLE TO THE PEOPLE? THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says AGAIN, SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU. AND AGAIN, THANKS TO THE MEMBER. I'M PROUD TO HIGHLIGHT ONTARIO'S MULTIPRONGED APPROACH TO ENSURING EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO VACCINE AS SOON AS SUPPLIES INCREASE. THIS INCLUDES PHARMACIES, PRIMARY CARE PRACTITIONERS, AS WELL AS HOSPITALS AND MASS VACCINATION CLINICS AS THE BACKBONE OF OUR VACCINE PLAN. WE'VE ALSO BEEN WORKING TO BRING VACCINES DIRECTLY INTO COMMUNITY THROUGH MOBILE AND POP-UP CLINICS IN HOTSPOT NEIGHBOURHOODS. THIS INCLUDES VACCINE CLINICS IN WORKPLACES, STARTING WITH AMAZON, MAPLE LODGE FARMS AND MAPLE LEAF FARMS, WHICH ALSO OFFER VACCINATION TO THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY. ADDITIONALLY COMMUNITY-BASED CLINICS CONTINUE TO OPEN, INCLUDE THE BASK TEMPLE, BRAMPTON ISLAMIC CENTRES AND THE WORLD SIKH ORGANIZATION. MORE WILL OPEN.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says AS OUR SUPPLY OF VACCINES INCREASE AND ARRIVE CONSISTENTLY. THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU. NEXT question. The member for Waterloo.

The caption changes to "Catherine Fife. NDP. Waterloo."

Fife is in her late forties, with straight brown hair in a bob. She wears glasses and a black blazer over a blue blouse.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY QUESTION'S TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER. THE PREMIER'S ON HIS TENTH PAID SICK DAY TODAY, AND WE KNOW THAT HE STILL HAS ANOTHER FOUR IN THE BANK. BUT FOR SOME REASON, HE THINKS THAT FRONTLINE WORKERS ONLY DESERVE THREE TEMPORARY DAYS. WHAT'S... WHAT'S GOOD FOR ONE PRIVILEGED WORKER, IN THIS CASE THE PREMIER, IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO DO THE FUNDAMENTAL WORK IN THIS PROVINCE. SO MY QUESTION THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER, TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER, CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY THE PREMIER, WHO SAYS HE'S FOR THE PEOPLE, THINKS THAT HE DESERVES BETTER THAN THE VAST MAJORITY OF ONTARIANS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says OH, MR. SPEAKER, IF THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTED THE N.D.P.'S PROPOSAL OR THE ONTARIO LIBERAL PROPOSAL, THERE WOULDN'T BE BUSINESSES OPEN IN THE PROVINCE, BECAUSE YOU WOULD HAVE CRUSHED THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE PROVINCE BECAUSE YOU WERE GOING TO PUT 100 percent OF THE COST ON THOSE SMALL MOM AND POP SHOPS ACROSS THE PROVINCE, WHICH IS WRONG. MR. SPEAKER, OUR PLAN IS GENEROUS. IT IS FLEXIBLE AND IT'S OPEN FOR WORKERS. WE'RE GOING TO STAND WITH WORKERS AND FAMILIES TO GET THROUGH COVID-19. MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIO IS THE FIRST IN CANADA TO OFFER DOUBLE PAYMENTS FOR THE FEDERAL SICK DAYS PROGRAM TO 1,000 dollars PER WEEK FOR FOUR WEEKS, PLUS THREE PAID SICK DAYS. THAT'S 23 DAYS IN TOTAL, MR. SPEAKER. THIS INCLUDES TIME OFF FOR PEOPLE WHO GET VACCINATED.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says WHO HAVE TO RECOVER FROM VACCINATIONS, IF THEY'RE HAVING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO COVID-19. WE CALL ON THE N.D.P. TO STAND WITH US AND STAND WITH WORKERS IN ONTARIO.

Interjection: HEAR, HEAR!

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Fife says THANK YOU. WELL, I'D LIKE TO TELL THE MINISTER, YOUR MISHANDLING OF THIS PANDEMIC HAS CRUSHED BUSINESSES. WE'RE IN OUR THIRD LOCKDOWN IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
[APPLAUSE]
SO WHILE THE PREMIER GETS TO SIT AT HOME AND COLLECT HIS FULL PAY CHEQUE, OVER 4,500 dollars THUS FAR, HE'S STILL FORCING...

The Speaker says I'M GOING TO INTERRUPT THE MEMBER. INTERRUPT THE MEMBER. YOU CAN'T MAKE EXPLICIT REFERENCE TO THE ABSENCE OF ANY MEMBER IN THE HOUSE.

[INTERJECTION:] COME ON.

The Speaker says AND I DON'T NEED THE ASSISTANCE OF THE GOVERNMENT SIDE WITH THIS. THANK YOU. PLEASE CONCLUDE YOUR QUESTION.

Fife says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. SO HE'S STILL FORCING EVERYDAY ONTARIANS TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS, WAIT FOR WEEKS AND JUST HOPE FOR THE BEST WHILE THEY'RE UNABLE TO PAY FOR THEIR BILLS. AND WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THE THREE DAYS? WHERE DID YOU... DID YOU ROLL THE DICE AND KEEP GAMBLING WITH THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE? IF THE PREMIER DESERVES TWO WEEKS AT HIS FULL SALARY, WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT TRYING TO TELL ONTARIANS THAT THEY DESERVE ANYTHING LESS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, I JOINED WITH THE MINISTER OF FINANCE YESTERDAY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE WOULD BE BRINGING FORWARD THE ONTARIO COVID-19 WORKER INCOME PROTECTION BENEFIT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WILL BE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN ALL OF CANADA AMONGST ALL THE PROVINCES. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO DOUBLE THOSE FEDERAL PAYMENTS TO 1,000 dollars PER WEEK. IT WAS AN INJUSTICE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS PAYING WORKERS HERE IN ONTARIO BELOW MINIMUM WAGE. WE'RE GOING TO DOUBLE THOSE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO BRING IN THREE ADDITIONAL DAYS. THAT'S 23 DAYS FOR WORKERS IN THIS PROVINCE BUT WE'RE GOING TO GO FURTHER. WE'RE ALSO GOING TO STEP UP AND SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES SO THEY HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE TO PROSPER AND GROW THROUGH COVID-19 AND AFTER COVID-19, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE WANT TO ENSURE WORKERS ARE PROTECTED, THEY'RE KEPT SAFE. WE DEFEAT COVID-19 AND THAT EVERY WORKER HAS A JOB.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says TO GO BACK TO WHEN COVID-19'S DONE.

The Speaker says THANK YOU. NEXT question. The member for York Centre.

The caption changes to "Roman Baber. Independent. York Centre."

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION'S TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. IT HAS TO BE ASKED TODAY BECAUSE THERE ARE RUMOURS THIS GOVERNMENT MAY ADJOURN PARLIAMENT AND GO INTO HIDING WHEN WE'RE NEEDED HERE MOST TO DEAL NOT JUST WITH THE COVID PANDEMIC BUT THE SUBJECT OF MY QUESTION WHICH IS THE MENTAL HEALTH PAN PANDEMIC CREATED AND CONTINUED BY THIS GOVERNMENT. FOUR DAY AGO THE CBC AIRED A STORY. AN EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN IN OTTAWA "OUR DEPARTMENT IS FILLED WITH PATIENT RIGHT NOW WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND PATIENTS ALSO PRESENTING WHO HAD NO PRIOR MENTAL HEALTH HISTORY WHO ARE COMING WITH A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. SOME OF THEM ARE ATTEMPTING SUICIDE BECAUSE THEY JUST DON'T WANT TO LIVE ANY MORE DURING COVID ESPECIALLY ELDERLY PEOPLE DUE TO ISOLATION." SPEAKER, THIS IS CAUSED BY THE LONGEST AND TOUGHEST LOCKDOWN ON THE PLANET. EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM KNOWS THIS. YOU GET THE SAME CALLS I DO. THE PREMIER AND THIS MINISTER ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS CATASTROPHE SO I'M PLODING WITH HER NOW ON BEHALF OF MILLIONS OF ONTARIANS, WILL YOU PLEASE END THIS LOCKDOWN?

The Speaker says THE DEPUTY PREMIER AND MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THE SHORT ANSWER IS NO. OF COURSE WE'RE NOT GOING TO END THIS LOCKDOWN. IT'S SAVING PEOPLE'S LIVES. IF WE HAD NOT TAKEN THE ACTIONS THAT WE'VE TAKEN... THERE HAVE BEEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AND THAT IS TRAGIC. THAT IS TRULY TRAGIC. HOWEVER, IF WE HAD NOT TAKEN...

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR YORK CENTRE IS WARNED.

Elliott says WOULD BE MANY, MANY MORE LIVES LOST. WE ARE TRYING TO PRESERVE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO AND SAVE LIVES. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO CONTINUE WITH THIS LOCKDOWN, AND THAT IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH CAPACITY OF PEOPLE GOING... PROBABLY KNOW THERE'S GOING TO BE LOTS OF ISSUES RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH AS A RESULT OF THE SHUTDOWN OF SURGERIES AND SO ON. BUT AT THIS POINT WE HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF ANYONE WHO NEED TO COME INTO OUR HOSPITALS. WE NEED TO SLOW DOWN THE TRANSMISSION IN OUR COMMUNITY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says THAT'S WHY THE LOCKDOWN IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THAT WE CONTINUE IT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR YORK CENTRE HEARD ME. HE'S BEEN WARNED. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Baber says SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT AND THIS MINISTER HAS NO SHAME. THEY KNOW THE HARM THEY'RE CAUSING PARTICULARLY TO CHILDREN. LOCKDOWN IS NOT THE ONLY OPTION. IT HAS NEVER BEEN PART OF OUR PANDEMIC PLANNING AND WE KNOW HOW MUCH HARM THE LOCKDOWN IS DOING. DR. JAY LITTLE, AN OTTAWA PEDIATRICIAN, TOLD THE CBC YESTERDAY I BELIEVE QUOTE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS LEVEL OF KID WITH MAJOR DEPRESSION AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS. CHIEF OF PEDIATRICS AT QUEENSWAY-CARLETON SAID THEY'RE SEEING EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IN ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION AMONG OLDER CHILDREN. IT'S NOT THE PANDEMIC THAT'S CAUSING THIS. IT'S THIS GOVERNMENT. IT'S THE LOCKDOWN. IT'S THE SCHOOL BEING CLOSED MUCH IT'S ISOLATION THAT ONTARIO KIDS CANNOT BEAR ANY MORE. STOP PRETENDING IT ISN'T HAPPENING. SO I ASK THE MINISTER ONE MORE TIME. ON BEHALF OF 2 MILLION ONTARIO CHILDREN, WILL YOU LET BE KIDS AGAIN? WILL YOU LET THEM LIVE AGAIN? WILL YOU END THIS LOCKDOWN?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says AT THE RISK OF REPETITION, I WOULD SAY NO AGAIN, BECAUSE WE ARE TRYING TO SAVE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN, ADULTS, SENIORS IN THIS PROVINCE. THIS LOCKDOWN IS NECESSARY. WE'VE ALSO BROUGHT FORWARD OUR ROAD MAP TO WELLNESS. WE KNEW THAT THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE HAVING MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION ISSUES BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC EVEN BEGAN, WHICH IS WHY WE BROUGHT FORWARD OUR ROAD MAP TO WELLNESS PROGRAM.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says IT IS GOING TO EXTEND MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES TO THE MANY PEOPLE THAT NEED THEM. THEY WERE NOT ALL CAUSED BY THIS LOCKDOWN. SOME HAVE BEEN EXACERBATED BY THE LOCKDOWN BUT THEY WERE NOT CAUSED BY THIS LOCKDOWN AND WE ARE GOING TO WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY PERSON IN ONTARIO WHO NEEDS MENTAL HEALTH OR ADDICTIONS SUPPORT, WILL RECEIVE THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.

Parsa says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION'S ONCE AGAIN TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. I'M AWARE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT'S VACCINATION STRATEGY IS FOCUSED ON IMMUNIZING THOSE MOST AT RISK, OLDER ADULTS WHO FACE SEVERE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES IF THEY CONTRACT COVID-19 AND HOTSPOT COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE BEEN ESPECIALLY HIT HARD BY THIS VIRUS. I KNOW MANY ONTARIANS ARE ANXIOUS TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE. SO WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS MAKING SURE EVERY ELIGIBLE ONTARIAN WHO WANTS A VACCINE IS ABLE TO RECEIVE ONE?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR AURORA-OAK RIDGES-RICHMOND HILL FOR THIS QUESTION. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS SAID FROM THE BEGINNING THAT OUR FOCUS WILL NEED TO BE ON PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE USING A VARIETY OF DELIVERY CHANNELS FOR VACCINES TO ENSURE THAT EVERY PERSON WHO WANTS TO RECEIVE A VACCINE CAN DO SO. ONE OF THESE DELIVERY METHODS ARE MOBILE VACCINATION TEAMS WHICH HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND JUST RECENTLY STARTED ADMINISTERING SHOTS TO THOSE 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER IN SELECT HOTSPOT NEIGHBOURHOODS IN TORONTO AND PEEL. ADDITIONALLY WE INCLUDED CHILDCARE WORKERS IN OUR VACCINE PRIORITIZATION TO ENSURE THESE VULNERABLE WORKERS ARE PROTECTED FROM COVID-19. THIS IS A TEAM EFFORT.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH VACCINATION SITES AND OTHER HEALTH CARE WORKERS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL VACCINE PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR AURORA-OAK RIDGES-RICHMOND HILL.

Parsa says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER. THAT'S FANTASTIC TO HEAR THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT POSSIBLE TO ENSURE VACCINES ARE GETTING TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM. I ALSO KNOW THAT WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT STRIDES IN THE AREAS OF TESTING IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE ONTARIANS WHO NEED A TEST CAN RECEIVE THEIR RESULTS SWIFTLY. I'VE ALSO BEEN TOLD THAT OUR WORLD CLASS TESTING SYSTEM ALLOWS PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS TO QUICKLY BE NOTIFIED OF POSITIVE CASES OF COVID-19 AND ALLOW THEM TO TAKE THE PROPER STEPS TO NOTIFY INDIVIDUALS AND KEEP THEIR COMMUNITIES SAFE. WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE PROVIDE THIS HOUSE WITH AN UPDATE ON OUR PROVINCE'S TESTING STRATEGY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT QUESTION. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT KNOWS THAT TESTING IS VERY IMPORTANT IN DEFEATING COVID-19. AND WE'VE MADE IT CLEAR THAT TESTING IS A PRIORITY. THE SOONER WE CAN IDENTIFY CASES, THE SOONER WE CAN STOP THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS, WHICH IS WHY WE'VE MADE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN OUR TESTING STRATEGY THAT HAS SEEN OVER 14 MILLION ONTARIANS TESTED. WE'VE BEEN COMMITTED TO PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ONTARIANS FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC. THIS ONGOING EFFORT WILL ENSURE TIMELY ACCESS TO TESTING. TARGETING TESTING TO VULNERABLE COMMUNITY AND EXPANDING CAPACITY TO PROCESS TESTS EFFECTIVELY IS OUR GOAL. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH ONTARIO HEALTH AND OUR SECTOR PARTNERS ON RAMPING UP MOBILE TESTING AND COMMUNITY TESTING, IN ADDITION TO HAVING TARGETED TESTING CAMPAIGNS FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS ACROSS THE PROVINCE. THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for London North Centre.

The caption changes to "Terence Kernaghan. NDP. London North Centre."

Kernaghan is in his early forties, bald, with a goatee. He wears a light gray suit, white shirt, and beige tie.

He says MY QUESTION'S FOR THE DEPUTY PREMIER. SPEAKER, THE PROVINCE'S VACCINE ROLLOUT HAS BEEN AN INCONSISTENT CONFUSING MESS EXCLUDING FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE. TWO OF MY CONSTITUENTS, COLLEEN AND RICHARD, ARE BOTH 58 AND REGISTERED FOR VACCINES AT SHOPPERS AND COSTCO THE MINUTE THEY BECAME AVAILABLE. WEEKS LATER, THEY'VE NOT RECEIVED A CALL OR ANY INFORMATION AS TO WHEN THEY CAN EXPECT THEIR VACCINE. COLLEEN ASKED ME, HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE THAT WE WERE ON THE WAITING LIST FIRST BUT PEOPLE IN THE NEXT DEMOGRAPHIC ARE GETTING IT BEFORE US? THIS WHOLE THING IS A MESS. NONE OF THIS IS MAKING ANY SENSE. SPEAKER, WHY IS ONTARIO RELYING ON A SLAP SHOT SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE VACCINE WAITING LISTS THAT LEAVES LONDONERS LIKE COLLEEN AND RICHARD FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION. I WOULD SAY IN FACT WE'VE HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL VACCINE ROLLOUT. WE'VE ALREADY HAD VACCINES DELIVERED.

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says OVER 5 MILLION VACCINES HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO DATE. WE ARE ON TRACK TO REACH OUR PRIORITY AS...

[INTERJECTION]

The Speaker says ORDER.

Elliott says WITH AT LEAST ONE VACCINE DOSE. 40 percent OF THE ADULT POPULATION OF ONTARIO, BY THE END OF THIS MONTH. WE'VE ALSO BOOKED OVER 2.9 MILLION TESTS THROUGH OUR ONLINE BOOKING PORTAL. IN ADDITION TO THE TESTING THAT IS AVAILABLE AND THE VACCINATIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR PHARMACIES. WE HAVE OVER 1,400 PHARMACIES NOW AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE VACCINES. MANY OF THEM ARE STARTING TO OFFER THAT 24-7 SO THAT PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT WORK SCHEDULES CAN BE ACCOMMODATED. THIS IS A GREAT SUCCESS. WE ARE MAKING IT A PRIORITY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ONTARIANS, AND WE ARE WELL ON OUR WAY.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WITH 5 MILLION DOSES ALREADY ADMINISTERED.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MEMBER FROM LONDON NORTH CENTRE, SUPPLEMENTARY.

Kernaghan says 5 MILLION DOSES IS KIND OF A MIRACLE WITH THE LACK OF COORDINATION, THE DAILY BLAME ROUTINE AND THE LEADERLESS DEPLOYMENT. THIS SUPPOSEDLY BUSINESS-FRIENDLY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH THE JUST IN TIME SYSTEM. BUT INSTEAD THE DEPLOYMENT HAS BEEN A DISASTER. BACK TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER, SPEAKER. WHILE LONDONERS COLLEEN AND RICHARD WAIT FOR A PHARMACY TO CALL THEM, OTHER LONDON VERSE NEED TODAY TURN TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO CHASE OUT A VACCINE. A FEW MINUTES SENDING OUT A TWEET, ONE SHOPPERS IN LONDON WAS OVERWHELMED WITH PEOPLE HOPING TO GET AN APPOINTMENT. THE PHARMACY'S APPOINTMENTS ALL CLAIMED IN AN HOUR LEAVING COUNTLESS PEOPLE SCRAMBLING FIGURING OUT WHAT TO DO NEXT. TRISTAN, ONE OF THE LONDONERS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET A SHOT SAID... I THINK IT'S KIND OF BIZARRE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE OLDER THAN MYSELF ON WAITING LISTS TO GET THE SHOT. MEANWHILE THERE'S PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO COULD JUST ROLL RIGHT UP. SPEAKER, IT NEED TO BE AS EASY AS POSSIBLE.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Kernaghan says TO BOOK A VACCINE. IT SHOULDN'T FEEL LIKE WINNING THE LOTTERY. WHY IS IT THE LONDONERS ARE FIGHT... FINDING OUT ABOUT HOW TO GET THEIR VACCINE ON SOCIAL MEDIA INSTEAD OF FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says WELL, SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY THROUGH YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IT'S INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO ME HOW YOU WOULD CONSIDER THE DELIVERY OF OVER 5 MILLION VACCINES IN SHORT ORDER NA LITTLE OVER A MONTH SA FAILURE. IN FACT IT'S A GREAT SUCCESS, AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO ROLL OUT.
[APPLAUSE]
THOSE VACCINES WITH OVER 2.9 MILLION VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS ALREADY BOOKED. NOT TO MENTION THE VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS THAT ARE BEING BOOKED THROUGH THE VACCINES, THE POP-UP CLINICS THAT WE HAVE, MINI CLINICS WE HAVE IN VARIOUS WORKPLACES. WE'RE CONTINUING TO DELIVER THE VACCINES.

Elliott says ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST HAS BEEN THE VACCINE SUPPLY. WHEN WE DIDN'T HAVE RELIABLE SUPPLY CHAIN, WE DIDN'T HAVE RELIABLE DELIVERY OF VACCINES, BUT THAT IS CHANGING. AS OF NEXT WEEK, WE ARE RECEIVING SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF THE PFIZER VACCINES. WE ARE ALREADY RECEIVING MODERNA VACCINES. WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO INCREASE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says PHARMACIES AND OTHER CLINICS TO BE ABLE TO DERIVE THEM AND CONTINUE OUR JOB OF MAKING SURE THAT EVERY PERSON IN ONTARIO WHO WANTS TO RECEIVE A VACCINE WILL RECEIVE ONE IN A TIMELY MANNER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Ottawa-Vanier.

The caption changes to "Lucille Collard. Liberal. Ottawa-Vanier."

Collard is in her fifties, with long wavy blond hair and bangs. She wears glasses, a black jacket and a green shirt.

She says MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF LABOUR. IT'S REALLY GREAT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS FINALLY TAKING ACTION WITH A PROVINCIAL PAID SICK DAYS PROGRAM, AFTER OVER 400 DAYS INTO THE PANDEMIC. MAYBE WE CAN AGREE THAT THIS DOES NOT QUALIFY AS PROACTIVE IN DECISIVE ACTION. FROM PAID SICK LEAVE TO WORK, IT NEEDS TO BE SIMPLE, QUICK AND SEAMLESS. INSTEAD THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES THAT EMPLOYERS BE ABLE TO PAY WORKERS' SALARIES, UNINTERRUPTED, FROM THIS PLACE AND WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE REIMBURSED. THE SCIENCE TABLE HAS CLEARLY OUTLINED WHAT A PAID SICK LEAVE PROGRAM NEEDS TO LOOK LIKE TO BE EFFECTIVE AT BRINGING THE NUMBERS DOWN. THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT FULFIL THOSE REQUIREMENTS. IN THE U.S., THE INTRODUCTION OF AN EFFECTIVE PAID SICK LEAVE PROGRAM RESULTED IN AN ESTIMATED 50 percent REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES PER STATE PER DAY. SO KNOWING THE SCIENCE, WHY DIDN'T THE GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENT A UNIVERSAL AND ACCESSIBLE PAID LEAVE PROGRAM.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Collard says THAT WOULD PROVIDE UNINTERRUPTED SALARY SUPPORT FOR A MINIMUM OF TEN DAYS?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THIS VERY... QUESTION. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND I MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND I, WE ENSURED THAT WE LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT EMPLOYERS ARE GOING TO PAY THE WORKERS AND THEN THE EMPLOYERS WILL BE REIMBURSED THROUGH THE PROVINCE AND THE WSIB IS GOING TO BE ADMINISTERING THAT PROGRAM FOR US TO REIMBURSE SMALL BUSINESSES AND ALL EMPLOYERS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WE DO NEED TO CONTINUE, ALL OF US TOGETHER, WORK TOGETHER TO GET THROUGH COVID-19. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ACCEPT OUR OFFER TO DOUBLE THAT PAYMENT TO 1,000 A WEEK FOR FOUR WEEKS. THAT WILL ENSURE THAT WORKERS IN ONTARIO ARE GETTING 25 PER HOUR TO STAY HOME.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

McNaughton says WHEN THEY'RE SICK AND THAT WILL INCENT PEOPLE SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A PAY CHEQUE AND THEIR HEALTH.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Collard says SPEAKER. AGAIN TO THE MINISTER OF LABOUR. I HEAR FROM ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN MY RIDING FEELING ABANDONED BY THIS GOVERNMENT EVERY SINGLE DAY. MANY HAVE GONE TO WORK SICK BECAUSE THEY NEED TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THIS NO DOUBT CONTRIBUTES TO THE CONTINUED INCREASE OF NUMBER OF CASES IN MY RIDING. THIS NEW PROGRAM FALLS SHORT OF WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BRING THE CHANGES AND BEHAVIOUR THAT WE NEED TO SEE TO BRING THE NUMBERS DOWN. THE EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES THE URGENT CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THIS GOVERNMENT AND THE FEDERAL COUNTERPARTS. DOES THE MINISTER COMMIT TO CO-OPERATING ACTIVELY AND URGENTLY WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR.

McNaughton says MR. SPEAKER, YES.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Nickel Belt.

The caption changes to "France Gélinas. NDP. Nickel Belt."

Gélinas is in her forties, with short straight blond hair and bangs. She wears a translucent pink cardigan over a floral print dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES. TOMORROW IS APRIL 30TH. APRIL 30TH IS A SIGNIFICANT DATE IN SUDBURY RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THE FIRST PHASE OF LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY INSOLVENCY PROCESS WILL COME TO AN END. M.P.P. JAMIE WEST HAS STOOD IN THIS LEGISLATURE REPEATEDLY, ASKING YOUR GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND STOP THE C.A.A. PROCESS AND THERE'S NO MORE TIME TO WASTE. I'M HERE TO ASK ONCE AGAIN, WILL THE MINISTER PUT IN PLACE A MORATORIUM ON THIS PROCESS? WE NEED TO MAINTAIN ALL PROGRAMS AND ALLOW ALL STUDENTS TO GRADUATE IN THE PROGRAM THEY INTENDED TO GRADUATE FROM WITHOUT HAVING TO TAKE ANY EXTRA COURSES OR PAY ANY ADDITIONAL FEES. THIS ENTIRE SITUATION SHOULD NOT FALL ON THE BACK OF THESE STUDENT. WILL THE MINISTER FINALLY DO THE RIGHT THING AND SAVE LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH AND PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT.

The caption changes to "David Piccini. PC. Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Colleges and Universities."

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. SPEAKER, AS I'VE SAID IN THIS HOUSE BEFORE, MR. SPEAKER, WE UNDERSTAND THE VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION THAT STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF ARE GOING THROUGH AT LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY. I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT 90 percent OF STUDENTS AFFECTED, 90 percent OF STUDENTS HAVE NOT BEEN AFFECTED AND THAT THE 10 percent WHO HAVE, WE ARE WORKING ACTIVELY WITH THE INSTITUTION. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION DIRECTLY, YES, WE WILL ENSURE PATHWAYS TO GRADUATION. YES, WE WILL ENSURE THEY ARE NOT DISRUPTED, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE INSTITUTION TO DO THAT. WHILE I'M UP, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY WE'VE INCREASED FUNDING FOR CAPITAL FOR OUR UNIVERSITY INCREASED FUNDING SUPPORTS TO SUPPORT WITH COVID-19 OFFSETS. WE'VE INCREASED FUNDING FOR OUR FRANCOPHONE INSTITUTIONS. 74 MILLION DOLLARS, THIS GOVERNMENT COMMITS TO FRANCOPHONE EDUCATION IN THE NORTH. WE'VE INCREASED FUNDING FOR OUR INDIGENOUS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Piccini says STUDENTS. WE'VE EXPANDED OSAP ELIGIBLEMENT. WHEN IT COMES TO SECURING OUR POSTSECONDARY FUTURE IN THE NORTH, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN THERE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

Gélinas speaks French and an interpreter says
THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS. THE CCAA IS ABOUT TO BE OVER TOMORROW. FRANCO-ONTARIANS ALL AGREE. WHATEVER GROUP WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ONE THING. WE TALK ABOUT WHAT WE'RE EXPECTING FROM THE MINISTER. WE WANT THIS UNIVERSITY TO WORK FOR AND WITH FRANCO-ONTARIANS. AS THE MINISTER FOR FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Piccini replies in French and an interpreter says
THANK YOU. ONTARIO INVESTED IN POST SECONDARY STUED... STUDYS IN FRENCH. WE WILL INVEST 74 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2021. THAT'S ADDED TO 1 MILLION DOLLARS WE'VE ALREADY INVESTED. IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REALLY WANTS TO SUPPORT FRANCO-ONTARIANS AND POSTSECONDARY STUDIES IN FRENCH, THE GOVERNMENT... THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD START BY OFFERING MORE SERVICES.

[END OF INTERPRETATION]

In English, Piccini continues
WHAT IS REALLY DISTURBING ABOUT WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM THAT MEMBER OPPOSITE IS THAT, MR. SPEAKER, THE N.D.P. HAVE HAD ONLY ONE OPPORTUNITY TO FORM GOVERNMENT IN THIS PROVINCE ONE AND IN THIS QUESTION WE SEE WHY. WHAT A CHILLING FORESHADOW OF THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. THEY WANT POLITICIANS TO DECIDE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Piccini says WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED. THEY WANT POLITICIANS TO INTERVENE IN INDEPENDENT PROCESSES LED BY EDUCATIONAL EXPERTS. PROGRAMS THE MOST CONCERNING, MR. SPEAKER, IS THEY WANT POLITICIANS...

The Speaker says THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Ottawa-South.

The caption changes to "John Fraser. Liberal. Ottawa South."

Fraser is in his late forties, clean-shaven, with wavy white hair. He wears glasses, a blue suit, pale blue shirt, and purple tie.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH HAS THE FLOOR.

Fraser says I LIVE A FEW BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE CAMPUS THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL AND I'VE ALWAYS HEARD ORNGE HELICOPTERS GOING OVERHEAD. THEY'RE VERY CLOSE AND VERY LOUD. I ALWAYS THINK THERE'S A STORY. THERE'S A FAMILY UP THERE. I HEAR MORE HELICOPTERS NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE TO MOVE PEOPLE. AND I WANT TO TELL YOU ONE OF THOSE STORIES. ONE OF THOSE STORIES IS ABOUT JAMIE NGUYEN'S UNCLE WHO'S 72 YEARS OLD. THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR HIM IN THE I.C.U. AT SCARBOROUGH. THEY HE TRANSFERRED HIM TO THE MONTFORT HOSPITAL. HE DIED THERE. NO FAMILY. NO SUPPORTS, ALONE. AND THEN THEY HAD TO BRING HIS BODY BACK, AND THEY GOT A BILL FOR 1,000. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. AND SO MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER IS, MINISTER, THIS IS ONTARIO. CAN YOU COMMIT TO ENSURING THAT THIS FAMILY ISN'T OUT OF POCKET FOR THIS? AND THAT WE ENSURE THAT PATIENTS WHO PASS AWAY ARE REPATRIATED TO THEIR FAMILY AT OUR EXPENSE? THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH TO REPLY.

Elliott says WELL, FIRST OF ALL IT'S A FIRST OF ALL IT'S TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCE THIS PERSON PASSED AWAY SO FAR AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILY AND MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY. BUT YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS TRANSPORTATION, AND EVERY EFFORT IS BEING MADE. WE WILL ENSURE THAT THIS FAMILY IS REIMBURSED. I UNDERSTAND THEY HAD ALREADY PAID THE COSTS BUT WE WILL ENSURE THAT THEY ARE REIMBURSED AND WE ARE WORKING WITH THE HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW TO ENSURE THAT AND WE WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY. MEMBER FOR SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD.

Hunter says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. I THANK THE MINISTER FOR HER ANSWER. AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOU SAY IS THAT YOU WILL USE YOUR EXISTING AUTHORITY TO INSTRUCT HOSPITALS THAT PATIENTS, REGARDLESS OF TRANSFER, WHETHER DEAD OR ALIVE, WILL NOT FACE ANY BILL FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WE FIND OURSELVES IN. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HAVE A LOVED ONE TRANSFERRED. JUST TWO NIGHTS AGO MY FAMILY AND I WERE UP WAITING FOR THAT DECISION, AND THANKFULLY OUR RELATIVE WAS TRANSFERRED TO A HOSPITAL IN THE ADJACENT COMMUNITY. PEOPLE ARE AFRAID. PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED FOR THEIR LOVED ONES. WHAT THEY DON'T NEED TO FEEL IS THE HEALTH SYSTEM THAT IS LETTING THEM DOWN, BECAUSE THE VIRUS IS DOING THAT JOB. SO I REALLY NEED TO BE ABLE TO TELL JAMIE TODAY, FROM MY COMMUNITY IN SCARBOROUGH, THAT THIS WAS A MISTAKE. WE ARE VERY SORRY, AND IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN TO ANOTHER FAMILY.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU. MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WELL, I WOULD SAY TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED. THIS IS A VERY, VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION I KNOW FOR MANY FAMILIES WHERE THEIR FAMILY MEMBER, WHO MAY BE VERY ILL, NEEDS TO BE TRANSPORTED TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL IN ANOTHER PART OF ONTARIO TO RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED, BUT THEY SHOULD NOT BE PAYING FOR THE COSTS, NOR WILL THEY BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE COST IN THE FUTURE. THIS WILL BE MADE... THIS INFORMATION WILL BE OF COURSE BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL OUR HOSPITALS. THIS AS I SAID BEFORE SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED AND WE WILL MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN SO THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THANK YOU. THE NEXT question. The member for York South-Weston.

The caption changes to "Faisal Hassan. NDP. York South-Weston."

Hassan is in his early forties, clean-shaven and bald. He wears glasses, a blue suit and shirt, and a gray tie.

He says THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. MY RIDING OF YORK SOUTH-WESTON IS DESIGNATED ONE OF HIGH RISK. WE STILL AWAIT A MORE MOBILE POP-UPS AND PERMANENT FACILITIES. I HAVE HEARD THE GOVERNMENT TALK OF VACCINE HESITANCY. THE ONLY HESITANCY IN OUR COMMUNITY IS ACCESS TO VACCINES. IN ADDITION TO THIS GOVERNMENT'S NEEDS TO PAY WORKERS SO THEY DO NOT LOSE WAGES WHILE GETTING VACCINES, AND THOSE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES THEY WORK AT ARE ASKING THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP ARRANGE AND COVER COSTS OF VACCINATING WORKERS ON THE SPOT. WILL THE GOVERNMENT BE PROACTIVE AND MOVE TO TAKE THOSE EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO PROTECT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES?

[APPLAUSE]

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. WE ARE GOING TO BE ACCELERATING OUR EFFORTS BECAUSE OF THE VASTLY INCREASED SUPPLY OF VACCINES THAT WE WILL BE RECEIVING THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY, PRIMARILY PFIZER BUT ALSO MODERNA, AND WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING MORE COMING TO MASS VACCINATION CLINICS, MORE TO PRIMARY CARE CENTRES, MORE TO PHARMACIES AND MORE TO POP-UP AND MOBILE CLINICS IN WORKPLACES OR IN PLACES LIKE INDUSTRIAL PARKS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHERE PEOPLE FROM SMALLER BUSINESSES CAN COME AT A TIME THAT'S CONVENIENT TO THEM, PERHAPS ON LUNCH HOUR OR ON A BREAK, AFTER WORK WHERE THEY CAN COME IN AND RECEIVE THE VACCINES. WE WANT TO MAKE THIS AS EASY AND AS ACCESSIBLE AS POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE, AND WITH THE INCREASED VACCINES THAT WE WILL BE RECEIVING, WE WILL BE DOING THAT IN THOSE POP-UP MOBILE CLINICS throughout the province.

Watch: Question Period: Thursday, April 29, 2021