Transcript: Question Period: Thursday, May 13, 2021 | May 14, 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 IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS. I recognize the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.

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 leather jacket over a printed blouse.

She says THANK YOU SO MUCH, SPEAKER. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING MY FIRST QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. WE KNOW NOW THAT THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE WAS WRITING NOTES ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN LONG-TERM CARE. ON APRIL 17 HER NOTE WAS AND I QUOTE, MILITARY PLAN NEEDED, GET THEM IN WITHIN 24 TO 48 HOURS. THAT WAS APRIL 17. APRIL 17 IS WHEN QUEBEC HAD THE MILITARY COME IN TO THEIR PROVINCE AND YET ONTARIO WAITED FIVE FULL DAYS BEFORE CONTRACTING THE CAF THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES TO HELP IN LONG-TERM CARE. IT'S CLEAR THAT THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH WAS PART OF THE SELECTION PROCESS. PART OF THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS AROUND WHICH HOMES WOULD GET MILITARY AID SO MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH IS WHEN DID SHE FIRST LEARN THAT PEOPLE IN LONG-TERM CARE WERE DYING FROM NEGLECT AND DEHYDRATION AND THAT MILITARY INTERVENTION WAS REQUIRED?

The Speaker says THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

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

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

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION. AS I MENTIONED YESTERDAY WE OF COURSE ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATIVE OF THE WORK OF THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES IN HELPING OUT THOSE HOMES THAT REQUIRE ASSISTANCE. AS I MENTIONED ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE CLEARLY ON THE 2015 FOR THE BETTER PART OF A... DEFENSIVE FOR THE BERBER PART OF THE YEAR... BETTER PART OF THE YEAR FIGHTING COVID-19. THERE WAS A LACK OF INVESTMENT BEFORE WE TOOK OFFICE, LACK OF INVESTMENT IN STAFFING. LACK OF INVESTMENT WITH RESPECT TO THE BILL OF NEW HOMES. THERE WAS LACK OF INVESTMENT IN REFURBISHING OLD AND OUTDATED HOMES. WE'RE ADDRESSING THAT NOW WITH THE HIRING OF OVER 27,000 PSWS. A MASSIVE BUILD OUT OF LONG-TERM CARE HOMES. FOUR HOURS OF CARE. GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THE WORK THAT THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES DID BUT WE'RE WELL ON UNDER ARREST WAY TO PUTTING THIS BEHIND US. THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Horwath says SPEAKER, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED OVER A YEAR AGO. THAT'S WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED. THE MINISTER HAS DECIDED TO AVOID QUESTIONS BUT SHE IS RESPONSIBLE, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TIMING OF THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES TO THOSE HOMES IN CRISIS WHERE PEOPLE WERE LITERALLY LOSING THEIR LIVES TO NEGLECT AND DEHYDRATION. YET THE OWNERS OF THESE HOMES, THE PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT OWNERS DENY THAT THIS HAPPENED. MY QUESTION IS, DOES THE MINISTER ACCEPT REPORTS FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES THAT 26 PEOPLE AT LEAST DIED OF DEHIGH TRACING AND NEGLECT IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES IN OUR PROVINCE OR DOES SHE BELIEVE AS OPENERS AS THE FOR PROFIT HOMES DO THAT THE ARMED FORCES WERE SIMPLY MAKING IT UP?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS OF COURSE ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE PREMIER REQUESTED AND ENSURED THAT THERE WAS A COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE THE INITIAL PROBLEMS WE SAW IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES. I MENTIONED EARLIER IN THE WEEK THAT THE CORONER IS ENGAGED ON THE FILE AS WELL. BUT ULTIMATELY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IS CORRECT WE HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES AND THAT IS WHY BEFORE THE PANDEMIC WE MADE THOSE CHANGES. WHETHER IT WAS INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF HOMES CONSTRUCTED. THE YEARS PREVIOUS AND THE DECADE PREVIOUS IT WAS SOMETHING LIKE 600 NEW BED WERE BUILT IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. THIS WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT COULD BE SUSTAINED AND THAT'S WHY WE INVESTED IN THOUSANDS OF NEW BEDS. WE'RE INVESTING IN FOUR HOURS OF CARE. A NORTH AMERICAN LEADING LEVEL OF CARE FOR OUR RESIDENTS OF LONG-TERM CARE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Calandra says THERE IS A LOT OF WORK DONE BEFORE, TOURING AND AFTER THE PANDEMIC SO THAT WE NEVER SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN AGAIN AND WE CAN PUT COVID BEHIND US.

The Speaker says FINALLY SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says MY QUESTION IS BACK TO THE MINISTER HEALTH, SPEAKER, SHE HAS RESPONSIBILITY HERE THAT SHE NEED TO ADDRESS. PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES IN LONG-TERM CARE AND FAMILY LOST LOVED ONES IN HORRIFYING CONDITIONS. ONE WOMAN LOST HER SISTER IN LONG-TERM CARE. THIS IS WHAT SHE TOLD HER. I'LL BRING OVER THE PRESS BRIEFING TO THE MINISTER TO SEE IT. I QUOTE. SHE CALLED ME THREE DAYS BEFORE SHE PASSED, OH, MY GOD, SHE CITED, SHE CRIED, SHE SAID I'M HUNG, I'M HUNGRY. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO DAISY. SHE DIED ON APRIL 14TH. THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES WOULDN'T ARRIVE IN THAT HOME UNTIL JUNE 1ST. THE FAMILY IS STILL LOOKING FOR JUSTICE. THEY'RE STILL LOOKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. THE MINISTER KNEW THERE WERE HORRORS UNFOLDING IN THE LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM IN THESE HOMES. WHY IS SHE ALLOWING HER GOVERNMENT, THIS GOVERNMENT, THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT TO DENY THOSE FAMILIES JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAT THEY WERE PROMISED?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says THE GOVERNMENT OF DOING NO SUCH THING. OF COURSE, OF COURSE WE UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR ONTARIANS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE ESPECIALLY DURING THAT FIRST AND SECOND WAVE. WE IS THAT YOU IN ALL RIDING. WE... WE SAW THAT IN ALL RIDING. WE SAW HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR PEOPLE WORKING INSIDE OF THOSE LONG-TERM CARE HOMES. WE WERE PUT ON THE DEFENSIVE DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND WAVES IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO BECAUSE FOR A DECADE AND A HALF BEFORE THERE WERE NO INVESTMENTS MADE IN LONG-TERM CARE. WHEN YOU HAVE A SYSTEM THAT IS UNDERSTAFFED WITH 6 600 NEW BS BUILT THE PROSEEDING TEN YEARS THERE ARE GOING TO BE CHALLENGE. WE MOVED BEFORE THE ELECTION TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES WITH RESPECT TO STAFFING AND WITH RESPECT TO BUILDING NEW HOMES, THOUSANDS OF NEW HOMES WERE BEING BUILT. WE BROUGHT IN THOUSANDS OF NEW PEOPLE DURING THE PANDEMIC AND WE'RE STARTING THAT BEFORE THE PANDEMIC. WE'RE BUILDING THOUSANDS OF ADDITIONAL SPATESES. THIS IS... SPACES. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO FIX AND PUT IT BEHIND US FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL.

The Speaker says NEXT QUESTION.

Horwath says THANK YOU. MY NEXT QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. THIS GOVERNMENT'S VACCINE ROLLOUT HAS BEEN CONVOLUTED AND CONFUSING TO SAY LEAST. WE JUST HEARD THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW CANCELLING ITS HELP FOR HOT SPOTS. THERE'S NO PLAN FOR A SECOND DOSE. NO DETAILS FOR PARENTS AROUND WHEN OR IF THEIR CHILDREN CAN GET VACCINATED BEFORE SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER. NO ANSWERS FOR FOLKS WHO GOT THEIR FIRST SHOT OF ASTRAZENECA. THE QUESTION IS CLEAR. WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT, WHEN WILL THIS PREMIER GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER?

The Speaker says THE 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 dark blue dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. TO THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION FOR THE QUESTION. THERE IS A PLAN, THE PLAN WAS FORMULATED MONTHS AGO PRIOR TO THE DELIVERY OF THE VACCINE. IT'S BEING ROLLED OUT IN THREE-PHASE. NOW WE'RE IN PHASE 2, I CAN ADVISE THE HOUSE THAT WE HAVE ADMINISTERED VACCINES TO 6.6 MILLION PEOPLE OVER 50 percent OF THE ADULTS IN ONTARIO OVER AGE 18. WE ALSO HAVE 4.8 MILLION VACCINES ALREADY BOOKED. WE ARE ALSO PROCEEDING WITH DAILY VACCINES. YESTERDAY WE ADMINISTERED VIRTUALLY 138,000 VACCINES. WE ARE WELL ON TRACK TO OUR TARGET OF ADMINISTERING VACCINES TO 65 percent OF ADULTS OVER AGE 18 IN ONTARIO BY THE END OF MAY. I WOULD SAY THAT THIS IS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS AND THAT PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO RECEIVE VACCINES BECAUSE OVER 4.8 MILLION HAVE BEEN BOOKED.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER, THE PREMIER AND NOW THIS MINISTER HAVE BEEN BRAGGING FOR MONTHS THAT THEIR... THAT THIS PROVINCE'S SCAVENGER HUNT OF A VACCINE ROLLOUT IS EFFECTIVE WHEN IT HASN'T. IT'S VOLUNTEER VAX HUNTERS HAVE BEEN HOOK FOLKS UP TO VACCINES. THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT'S NOT THE PREMIER IT'S VAX HUNTERS GETTING PEOPLE THEIR SHOTS. PEOPLE WHO CAN'T GET THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT'S CONFUSING AND CONVOLUTED VACCINE SYSTEM IS LEFT SCRAMBLING. SO WHAT DID DOES IT SAY, SPEAKER, WHAT DOES IT SAY WHEN THE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS WORKING PART-TIME ARE DOING A BETTER JOB OF GETTING PEOPLE THEIR VACCINES IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO THAN THIS PREMIER-HIS MINISTERS.

Elliott says MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THROUGH YOU THAT WHAT YOU'RE SUGGESTING IS SIMPLY NOT THE CASE. WE'VE GOT PEOPLE RECEIVING A SECOND DOSE AND THEIR SECOND DOSES ARE BOOKED THROUGH THE BOOKING TOOL OR THROUGH THE ADMINISTRATION THAT WE HAVE ALREADY. WE HAVE ALREADY, I'M NOT SURE HOW THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION WOULD TWINE SUCCESS BUT I WOULD SAY AT THIS POINT HAVING OVER HALF THE ADULTS IN ONTARIO OVER 18 RECEIVING THEIR FIRST DOSE IS A SUCCESS. WE'RE ON COURSE FOR 65 percent. BY THE END OF THE MONTH WE HAVE A PLAN WE'VE BEEN DEVELOPING WITH THE MINUTE INDUSTRY OF... MINISTRY OF EDUCATION TO VACCINATE YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN 12 AND 17. FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE IMMINENTLY BUT WE'RE WELL ON TRACK TO ACHIEVING OUR GOAL OF MAKING SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO WANTS A VACCINES... VACCINE IN ONTARIO WILL DO SO IN SHORT ORDER.

The Speaker says FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says WHILE ONTARIANS ARE PLAYING VACCINE HUNGER GAMES. HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON IN OTHER PROVINCES. IN ALBERTA EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 12 CAN BOOK A VACCINE. IN SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA EVERYONE HAS BEEN TOLD THAT THEY'RE GETTING THEIR SECOND DOSES IN JULY. BUT HERE, IT'S ALL STILL A MYSTERY. IF YOU'RE OVER 12 MAYBE JUNE, MAYBE NOT. IF YOU'RE WAITING FOR A SECOND DOSE YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS ANYONE'S. ONTARIANS DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS. WHEN IS THE GOVERNMENT GOING TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER AND GIVE ONTARIANS CERTAINTY ABOUT HOW THE REST OF THIS VACCINE ROLLOUT IS GOING TO GO.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THERE IS CERTAINTY ABOUT HOW THE VACCINE ROLLOUT IS GOING TO GO AND IT'S BEEN EXPLAINED TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO. WE KNOW THAT AS OF THE WEEK OF MAY 24 PEOPLE OVER 18 WILL BE ABLE TO BOOK ACROSS THE PROVINCE. WE KNOW THAT OUR VACCINE ROLLOUT IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE THE HOT SPOT COMMUNITIES HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL SUCH THAT MOST PEOPLE AND MOST AGES IN HOT SPOTS ARE RECEIVING 5 percent OF THE VACCINES IN THE NONHOT SPOT AGENCIES WHICH IS WHY WE SET UP THIS PROGRAM IN THE FIRST PLACE AND IT'S CLEARLY WORKING. THE STATISTICS DEMONSTRATE THAT. AS FOR SECOND DOSES ANYONE WHO BOOKED FOR A VACCINE BOOKING TOOL ALREADY HAS THE SECOND DOSE BOOKED. WE'VE ALSO INDICATED TO PHARMACIES HAVE THEY SHOULD BE BOOKING A SENDING DOSE AND IF THEY'RE FINDING THAT DIFFICULT WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN DO THAT. EVERYBODY IS IN THE SYSTEM. EVERYBODY IS IN THE COVAX SYSTEM AND PEOPLE WILL BE...

The Speaker says 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 and a white shirt.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION TO THE ACTING PREMIER. LAST NIGHT CTV REPORTED THAT THE PCS ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO "PROTECT THE KING." PROTECT THE KING. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS THEY'RE MORE WORRIED ABOUT BUILDING AN IRON RING TO PROTECT THE KING THAN THEY EVER WERE ABOUT PROTECTING THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE. ON TOP OF THAT, SPEAKER, THE PREMIER HAS BEEN DUCKING PUBLIC NEWS CONFERENCES FOR WOULD WEEKS NOW... TWO WEEKS NOW. TONIGHT HE'S HOSTING A 1,000 dollar A PLATE...

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK. THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION GTA WILL COME TO ORDER. THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH WILL COME TO ORDER. START THE CLOCK. THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX HAS THE FLOOR.

Natyshak says WE KNOW WHERE TO FIND THE PREMIER BECAUSE TONIGHT HE'S HOSTING A 1,000 dollar TICKET ZOOM CALL. SO MY QUESTION TO THE GOVERNMENT, WHY IS IT THAT IF YOU'RE A PC PARTY INSIDER WITH DEEP POCKETS YOU CAN HAVE ACCESS TO THE PREMIER WHILE HE DODGES QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS RECORD FROM THE MEDIA?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN IN THIS HOUSE SINCE FEBRUARY AND WHEN WE CAME BACK IN FEBRUARY THE NDP WERE UPSET THAT THE PREMIER WAS TOO AVAILABLE. HE WAS DOING NEWS CONFERENCES TOO OFTEN AND THEY TINT LIKE THE FACT THAT THEY WERE ON TV AT 1 O'CLOCK EVERY DAY UPDATING THE PROVINCE...

The Speaker says THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER HAS THE FLOOR.

Calandra says I TOUCHED A NERVE BUS EVEN WHEN THE... BECAUSE EVEN WHEN THE PREMIER IS NOT OUT EVERY SINGLE DAY MORE PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR FROM HIM THAN THE LEADER OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Natyshak says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. YOU KNOW I KIND OF FEEL SORRY FOR THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER HE'S BEEN CARRYING THE LOAD FOR THIS PREMIER FOR SOME TIME. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU'RE SHOWING LEADERSHIP WHERE THERE'S A VACUUM IN THIS HOUSE. SPEAKER, WHILE THE PCS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR FUNDRAISING TO PROTECT THEIR KING ONTARIANS ARE GRAPPLING WITH THE REALITIES OF THIS PANDEMIC. THE GOVERNMENT FAILED TO PROTECT 3,000 PEOPLE WHO DIED IN LONG-TERM CARE. SOME OF WHOM DIED WITHOUT EVEN A GLASS OF WATER. OUR CANADIAN ARMED FORCES CALLED THAT CRIMINAL, SPEAKER. IT BOGGLES THE MIND WHY THE PREMIER HAS NO TIME TO ANSWER MEANWHILE QUESTIONS BUT ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO DRUM UP CASH FROM HIS DEEP POCKET DEVELOPER FRIENDS. WE ALL KNOW THE ADAGE. IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN. THIS PREMIER LEFT THE RESTAURANT COMPLETELY. WHY HAS THIS PREMIER FOUND THE TIME IN HIS SCOTT MOE TO HOST EXPENSIVE FUNDRAISERS INSTEAD OF LETTING ONTARIANS HOLD HIM TO ACCOUNT?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says OBVIOUSLY THERE IS NOBODY WHO BELIEVES ANYTHING COMING FROM THAT SIDE OF THE HOUSE.

The Speaker says THE OPPOSITION COME TO ORDER.

Calandra says WHETHER IT WAS... EVEN BEFORE THE PANDEMIC THIS PREMIER RAN ON ENDING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE BASE OF THE LACK OF INVESTMENT BY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT. WE WERE INCREASING ICU CAPACITY. HE IDENTIFIED THE FACT THAT WE NEEDED TO PUT MONEY INTO LONG-TERM CARE AND WE'RE HIRING AN ADDITIONAL 27,000 PSWS AND BUILDING THOUSANDS OF HOMES. NEW HOMES AND REFURBISHING OLD ONES. WE HAD TO PUT THE PROVINCE BACK ON SUSTAINABLE FOOTING. WE STARTED. WE KNEW HE HAD TO MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE TO DO BUSINESS HERE, TO LIVE HERE...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Calandra says WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT, AND BEFORE THE PANDEMIC WE LED THE NATION IN JOB CREATION AND WE WILL DO THE SAME.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH.

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

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

He says STRICTER BORDER MEASURES HELPED TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND VARIANTS. THE REALITY IS BACKED UP BY HARD EVIDENCE AND DATA. MANY OF OUR FELLOW G7 NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD IMPLEMENTED STRICT BORDER MEASURES TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND VARIANTS OF CONCERN. WE ALSO KNOW IT ISN'T JUST ABOUT OUR INTERNATIONAL BORDER. IT MATTERS TO INTERPROVINCIAL TRAVEL AND COVID ENTERING FROM OUR PROVINCES AS WELL. WHEN WE PURSUANT GOVERNMENT TO DO THEIR PART IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT ARE DOING THEIR PART AS WELL. ACCOUNT SOLICITOR GENERAL REMIND THE HOUSE WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS.

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 a black blazer and a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR HIM AND HIS CONSTITUENTS AND THE PEOPLE ACROSS ONTARIO. OUR GOVERNMENT ISSUED AN EMERGENCY ORDER RESTRICTING TRAVEL INTO ONTARIO THROUGH LAND AND WATER CROSSINGS FROM MANITOBA AND QUEBEC. WE CONTINUE TO ASK, COMPEL, BEG THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESTRICT AIR TRAVEL. IT DOES TIME FOR THE... IT'S TIME FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO DO HIS JOB. WE ARE AND HE NEED TO ADDRESS THE BORDER ISSUE BY IMPLEMENTING COVID TESTING REQUIREMENT FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHTS JUST AS HE HAS DONE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL. THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Piccini says THANK THANK YOU, SPEAKER. IT'S REASSURING FOR ONTARIO APPS TO KNOW THAT THE PROVINCE IS DOING HIS PART. I SPOKE TO A CONSTITUENT OF MINE, MIKE, WE SPOKE ABOUT A CONCERNING ARTICLE THAT I READ IN THE CBC THIS MORNING WHERE IT WAS SAID THAT PRIVATE JETS ARE FLYING IN TOO THIS COUNTRY WITH IMPUNITY. MOST ASSUMED THAT AFTER A YEAR OF THIS PANDEMIC OUR PRIME MINISTER AND OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD DO SOMETHING TO SECURE OUR BORDERS. BE IT LUXURY JETS, PRIVATE EXECUTIVES, WE KNOW THERE ARE LOOPHOLES. BE IT FUELING A MASS EXODUS OF PEOPLE WALKING ACROSS THE BORDER AND FLAUNTING THE RULES. MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. BACK TO THE MINISTER, CAN SHE PROVIDE ANY SPECIFIC MORE EXAMPLES OF WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING AND SPECIFICALLY THE EMERGENCY ORDERS TO STOP THE SPREAD.

Jones says THE MEMBER IS RIGHT. WE KNOW THAT THE...

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Jones says THEY ARE COMING FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AND OTHER PARTS OF CANADA. THE OPP HAVE TURNED AWAY OVER 4,500 TRAVELLERS ATTEMPTING TO COME INTO ONTARIO. WHILE ONTARIANS ARE ASKED TO STAY HOME SOME WANTED TO TRAVEL TO ONTARIO FOR TRIVIAL REASONS. SOME HAVE BEEN TURNED AWAY AS THEY WERE OUT FOR A DRIVE AND GOING TO PLAY POOL. ONE INDIVIDUAL SUGGESTED THAT BRINGING EMPTY BEER CANS INTO ONTARIO SO GET A REFUND IS ESSENTIAL TRAVEL. IT'S NOT. ANOTHER RISK BEING COVID IN FROM ANOTHER PROVINCE TO IF AND GRAB A... TO GO AND GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE. ONTARIO IS TRYING TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND IT'S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO THEIR JOB.

The Speaker says THE 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 dress.

She says THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. YESTERDAY I QUESTIONED ABOUT THE PREMIER ABOUT WHAT EVIDENCE WAS USED TO CLOSE OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. ACCORDING TO THE SCIENCE TABLE WHAT WAS SHARED WITH US, "NOT THAT'S ALL HE SAID." THE PREMIER SAID HE HAD A YES OR NO CHART. HE SAID THAT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE TWO OUT OF THE THREE CRITERIA LIKE STAYING 2 METRES APART, WEARING A MASK, STAYING OUTSIDE THIS IS WHAT THE SCIENCE TABLE HAS SAID. AT THE POINT YOUR ACTIVITY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED LOW RISK. I'LL GIVE THE PREMIER ANOTHER CHANCE OR ANYONE ON THAT SIDE. CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE WHAT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WAS USED TO CLOSE OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES? THEY DESERVE AN ANSWER.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THAT QUESTION. WE CERTAINLY DO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE OUTDOORS ESPECIALLY WITH THE WEATHER NICER, WE WANT PEOPLE TO SPEND TIME OUTDOORS. FOR CHILDREN ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT. THEY CAN GO FOR A WALK, A BIKE RIDE, WALK THEIR DOGS, ALL OF THOSE ACTIVITIES. SO WE KNOW THAT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO BE OUTDOORS. THERE'S SOME SWIGSES, THOUGH, WHERE PEOPLE ARE IN... SITUATIONS, THOUGH, WHERE PREMIER IN CLOSER CONTACT. AND WITH THAT WE ASK PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THE PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES THAT WE KNOW WORK. IF YOU CAN'T MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING, WEAR A MASK AND DO THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING WHERE YOU CAN, FREQUENT HAN WASHING AND ALL THE MEASURES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC REMAIN INTO EFFECT.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Fife says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. THE CHART THAT THE PREMIER REFERRED TO STATES IN BIG LETTERS AT THE TOP. OUTDOOR SETTINGS ARE CONSIDERABLY SAFER THAN INDOOR SETTINGS IF PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN AGAINST NEW VARIANTS. I'LL SEND THE CHART OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT SIDE. THOSE PRECAUTIONS AS ADVISED BY THE SCIENCE TABLE ARE TWO OUT OF THREE, BEING OUTSIDE, WEARING A MASK OR MAINTAINING A TWO METRE DISTANCE. TO MAKE IT CLEARER, THE SCIENCE TABLE WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY YESTERDAY AND I QUOTE, WE ARE ENCOURAGING THE GOVERNMENT TO RE-OPEN APPROPRIATE OUTDOOR FACILITIES WHERE PEOPLE CAN MASK OR BE 2 METRE APART. SO TO THE PREMIER, TO THE HEALTH MINISTER, TO ANYONE ON THAT SIDE OF THE HOUSE WE ARE WEEKS INTO THE THIRD WAVE, WHY DOES THIS GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO RESIST SCIENTIFIC ADVICE ON OPENING OUTDOOR AMENITY. THE PREMIER IS WRONG AND THE PEOPLE KNOW YOU'RE WRONG. DOT RIGHT THING, WALK THIS BACK AND LET PEOPLE GO OUTSIDE.

Elliott says THANK YOU, THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE OUTDOOR TRANSMISSION HAPPENS LESS OFTEN THAN INDOOR TRANSMISSION AND WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE OUTDOORS AT THIS POINT ESPECIALLY WITH THE WEATHER NICER, WITH A LONG WEEP COMING UP WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE OUTDOORS AS MUCH AS THEY WISH TO. HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME SITUATIONS WHERE WE ARE WANTING TO LIMIT MOBILITY. THAT'S THE GUIDE BEHIND IT, WE HEARD FROM THE MEDICAL EXPERTS THAT, YES, BEING OUTDOORS IS GOOD. WE HEARD THAT WE NEED TO LIMIT MOBILITY WHILE WE'RE DEALING WITH THE VARIANT OF CONCERN. WE HAVE TO PUT THOSE TOGETHER AND WE'RE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BE CAUTIOUS BECAUSE WE ARE STILL NOT IN THE CLEAR YET. WHILE WE ARE STARTING TO SEE OUR NUMBERS GO DOWN IN OUR HOSPITALS AND IN OUR INTENSIVE CARE UNITS. WE STILL NEED TO FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES AND WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE OUTDOORS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR PHYSICAL HEALTH AS WELL AS THEIR MENTAL HEALTH.

The Speaker says THANK YOU. THE MEMBER FOR CAMBRIDGE.

The caption changes to "Belinda C. Karahalios. NB. Cambridge."

Karahalios is in her thirties, with long curly brown hair. She wears a white blouse.

She says GOOD MORNING, MY QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE SHOCKED WHEN I TELL THEM THERE ARE NO LAWS IN ONTARIO FOR CONSEQUENCES COMMITTING VOTER FRAUD. CALLING THE POLICE WILL NOT HELP YOU. I TABLED BILL 150 IN THE HOUSE TO REMEDY THIS PROBLEM. IF IT WERE TO BECOME LAW, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ONTARIO'S HISTORY THE CONSEQUENCES OF VOTER FRAUD IN A PARTY ELECTION. DESPITE THE PREMIER TELLING MEDIA IN 2019 THAT HE WAS AGAINST THE BILL IT UNANIMOUSLY PASSED SECOND READING. SINCE THEN IT'S STUCK IN COMMITTEE WHERE IT HASN'T COME UP FOR DISCUSSION. DOES THE GOVERNMENT PLAN TO BRING BILL 150 TO THE HOUSE SO IT CAN BECOME LAW AND MAKE IT AN OFFENCE IN ONTARIO TO MANIPULATE PARTY ELECTIONS?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW IT'S NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ORDER HOW COMMITTEES DO THEIR BUSINESS. WE'LL LET THE COMMITTEES IDENTIFY THEIR BUSINESS ON THEIR OWN.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Karahalios says I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS THAT THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH THE INTERNAL PARTY VOTES. THE GOVERNING MANAGER OF THE PC PARTY ANNOUNCED THIS HIS LOBBYIST HAD THIS TO SAY ON THE CBC ABOUT... [INAUDIBLE]... AND IT'S ALWAYS RIGGED. THE PEOPLE ADMINISTERING IT ARE IN A HUGE CONVICT. THEY SET THE RULES AND PUT THEIR FINGERS ON A SCALE AND IT'S A PREDICTOR OF THE FUTURE AND WE'LL SEE IT AGAIN BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE ALWAYS SEE. MR. [SPEAKING KOREAN D MR. KA KNIGHT WAS PART OF THE CONVENTION THAT SUPPOSED TO... [INAUDIBLE]... IS NOW BEFORE THE COURTS. DOES THIS GOVERNMENT WHOSE OWN ONTARIO PC PARTY HAS SEEN ELECTION IRREGULARITIES DECIDE ELECTIONS UNDER BILL 150'S ATTEMPTS TO SET CONSEQUENCES FOR SUCH BEHAVIOUR OR NUMBER OF THE?

The Speaker says RESPONSE, GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, LOOK, THE GOVERNMENT STUNT ORDER THE INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ORDER ITS BUSINESS, SPEAKER, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PRIVATE MEMBERS BILLS THAT MADE THE FLOR OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY... FLOOR OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE. TODAY WE DEBATE PRIVATE MEMBERS BUSINESS FOR THE MEMBER FOR WILLOWDALE. FOR THE MEMBER OF MUSKOKA. A GOOD BILL FROM THE MEMBER FOR SCARBOROUGH SOUTHWEST, SPEAKER. WHAT UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES ALL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE WHEN THEY BROUGHT BILLS FORWARD AND THEY'VE WORKED WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES TO GET THEM TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND AS GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER ALL I CAN SAY IS FOR THE MEMBER TO DO THE SAME. WORK WITH MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDE AND HOPEFULLY THE MEMBERS WILL BRING IT THE FLOOR AND HOPEFULLY MEMBERS WILL PASS IT.

The Speaker says NEXT question. The member for Willowdale.

The caption changes to "Stan Cho. PC. Willowdale."

Cho is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with black hair gelled back. He wears a blue suit, white shirt, and striped blue tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU. THIS IS A TOPIC THAT CAME UP A COUPLE OF TIMES THIS WEEK IN THE LEGISLATURE SPEAKER, BUT IT CONTINUE AB AN ISSUE IN MY RIDING. STRICTER BORDER CONTROLS. IT'S A SHAME THAT THE OPPOSITION HECKLES AND LAUGHS. NO LATCHING MATTER. ONTARIANS HAVE MADE SERIOUS SACRIFICES AND ARE FRUSTRATED AFTER ALL OF THAT DIFFICULTY, THE VARIANTS OF CONCERN...

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Cho says THE MAJORITY OF THE CASES TODAY ARE VARIANTS OF CONCERN. WE'VE SEEN JURISDICTIONS DO BETTER AROUND THE WORLD. AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH KOREA. SPEAKER,ING WE NEED STRICTER BORDER CONTROLS TO GET THESE VARIANTS OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO. BUT IT'S NOT JUST INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS, SPEAKER. COVID-19 AND VARIANTS ENTER ONTARIO FROM OTHER PROVINCES AS WELL. WHILE OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO URGENTLY RELAX AND SECURE OUR BORDERS IT'S NOT A PRIORITY. CAN THE SOLICITOR GENERAL UPDATE THE HOUSE REGARDING WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO GET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS?

The Speaker says SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THE MEMBER'S ENGAGEMENT ON THIS FILE. IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING AND WE CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESTRICT TRAVEL THROUGH FEDERALLY REGULATED AVIATION. OUR GOVERNMENT WROTE THREE LETTERS WITH VERY SPECIFIC AND URGENT REQUESTS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASKING HEM TO TAKE ACTION ONLY TO GET A VAGUE AND NONRESPONSIVE LETTER. WE SENT ANOTHER LETTER TO OUR FEDERAL COUNTERPARTS TO IMPLORE THEM TO TAKE ACTION NOW. IT'S TIME FOR PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AND ADDRESS THE BORDER ISSUE BY IMPLEMENTING COVID TESTING FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHTS JUST AS THEY DID FOR INTERNATIONAL UPON OUR REQUEST.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Cho says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. FRANKLY WHEN I SPEAK TO RELATIVES OVERSEAS FROM OTHER JURISDICTION AND TELL ME THAT THE WE WON'T DON'T HAVE DOMESTIC TESTING THEY'RE SHOCKED. IT'S A CHANGE THAT WOULD BE CRITICAL FOR TRAVELLERS WHO ARE SITTING BESIDE UNTESTED TRAVELLERS AND NOT KNOW THEY'RE AT RISK. WE NEED TO PROTECT ONTARIO FOR INCOMING CASES FOR COVID-19 AND THESE DANGEROUS VARIANTS. WHETHER THEY'RE DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL SOURCES. THIS SHOULD NOT BE POLITICAL AND I WISH THE OPPOSITION WAS NOT HECKLING. JOIN EFFORTS ON. BACK TO THE MINISTER, DID SHE PROVIDE DETAILS IN THE MOST RECENT LETTER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?

The Speaker says SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Cho says THANK YOU, AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE SOME OF THE DETAILS. SO WE KNOW THATLY. ING TRAVEL AND NOBILITY... LIMITING TRAVEL AND MOBILITY IS THE BEST WAY TO SLOW COVID-19 AND VARIANTS. WE ASKED ONTARIANS TO DO THEIR PART AND THEY'RE FOLLOWING THE PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE. MEANWHILE DESPITE THE LAST THREE LETTERS ASKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TEST DOMESTIC TRAVELLERS THEY'VE REFUSED TO DO. THE PREMIER OF OUR PROVINCE HAS REPEATEDLY ASKED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP AND DO THEIR JOB. IN THE MOST RECENT LETTER WE ASKED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO A BAN ON ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL. MANDATORY PSR TESTING FOR INTER PROVINCIAL TRAVELLERS AND END THE LOOPHOLE AT LAND BORDERS AND PROPER ENFORCEMENT OF HOTEL QUARANTINE. WE CONTINUE TO BE CLEAR. TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE'RE IMPLORING THEM TO TAKE STRICTER MEASURES IN OUR BORDER TO PROTECT...

The Speaker says RESPONSE. THE 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 striped gray blazer over a black blouse.

She says ONTARIANS WHO RECEIVED A FIRST DOSE OF ASTRAZENECA ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT A SECOND DOSE. BILL A CONSTITUENT WHO RECEIVED A FIRST DOSE OF ASTRAZENECA IN MARCH SPOKE FOR THOUSANDS OF ONTARIANS WHEN HE ASKED MY OFFICE WHEN AND WHERE CAN I GET A SECOND DOSE? CAN I GET A PFIZER OR MODERNA SHOT IN LIEU OF ASTRAZENECA? I'M CONFUSED AND WORRIED. ONTARIANS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO ASK 6 MONTHS INTO THE ROLLOUT. ONTARIO WILL HAVE 300,000 DOSES OF ASTRAZENECA VACCINE NEXT WEEK. MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER IS, WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S PLAN FOR THESE DOSES. WILL ONTARIANS WHO RECEIVED THE FIRST DOSE OF THE ASTRAZENECA GET SOME ANSWERS ABOUT THEIR SECOND DOSE.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER AND THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. I ALSO RECEIVED ASTRAZENECA AS A FIRST DOSE; HOWEVER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH OUT OF CAUTION HAS PUT A PAUSE ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF DOSE OF THE ASTRAZENECA GOVERNMENT OF CANADA VACCINE BECAUSE OF THE... ASTRAZENECA VACCINE BECAUSE OF THE VACCINE INDUCED IMMUNE THROMBOSIS VIP OUT OF ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL ONTARIANS. WE'RE WAITING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE NACI, THE NASS BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS BASED ON INTERNATIONAL STUDY ANY POSSIBILITIES OF HARM OR RISK WITH RESPECT TO A SECOND DOSE OF ASTRAZENECA IS MUCH, MUCH MORE LIMITED THAN ANY CONCERNS WITH RESPECT TO THE FIRST DOSE AND WE ARE RECEIVING INFORMATION AND THE BOARDS ARE REVIEWING IT BASED ON WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE UK WHERE THEY HAVE MIXED DOSES OF ASTRAZENECA FIRST DOSE AND ANOTHER TYPE OF VACCINE FOR THE SECOND DOSE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Karpoche says SPEAKER, ONTARIANS WHO RECEIVED A FIRST SHOT AT A PHARMACY OR POP-UP CLINIC ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR SECOND DOSE AS WELL. THEIR SECOND APPOINTMENTS WERE NOT AUTOMATICALLY SCHEDULED AND MANY ARE WAITING TO BE CONTACTED MONTHS LATER. PHARMACISTS TELL ME THEY'VE HEARD NOTHING ABOUT PLAN FROM THIS GOVERNMENT. PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHO WILL CONTACT THEM TO SCHEDULE A SECOND APPOINTMENT AND WHEN? MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER IS, HOW WILL YOU ENSURE THAT NO ONE FALLS THROUGH THE CRACKS OF YOUR CONVOLUTED DIFFERENT BOOKING SYSTEMS?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says BECAUSE WE HAVE A SYSTEM TO DEAL WITH THAT. YOU WILL KNOW THAT PEOPLE WHO BOOKED THROUGH OUR ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM FOR A FIRST TOES...

The Speaker says COME TO ORDER.

Elliott says SECOND DOSE TIME. PHARMACIES ARE USING THEIR ADMINISTRATION FOR FLU VACCINE BOOKING APPOINTMENTS, WE DIRECTED THEM TO BOOK THE SECOND DOSE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE FIRST COLD FRONTS NOT EVERY PHARMACY HAS DONE THAT BUT WE ARE WORKING WITH THEM TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE FOR A SECOND DOSE. ANYONE WHO HAS RECEIVED DOSES AT POP-UP CLINICS OR MOBILE CLINICS THEY'RE IN THE SYSTEM AND THEY'RE IN THE COVAX SYSTEM AND WILL BE ADVISED IN ADVANCE IN TIME FOR A SECOND DOSE. SPEED SKATE NEXT question. The member for Scarborough-Guildwood.

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

Hunter is in her forties, with long curly black hair. She wears a beige blazer over a striped black and white blouse.

She says THANK YOU, MY QUESTION TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER. THE RESEARCH FROM DENTAL ASSOCIATION FOR MEDICINE AND IHN USED FAA DATA TO SHOW THAT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN TORONTO AND PEEL ARE ON AVERAGE TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE RACIALIZED AND MORE LIKELY TO MEET LOW INCOME THRESHOLDS. THIS PANDEMIC HAS SHOWN THE LEAD FOR EQUITY IN HELI. PEOPLE IN HOT SPOT POSTAL CODES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE WORKING THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC IN LOW WAGE ESSENTIAL JOBS WHICH PUTS THEM MORE AT RISK. YET ONTARIO LACKS IN COLLECTION AND AVAILABILITY OF THIS NECESSARY DATA. THE GOVERNMENT PUT FORWARD BILL 283 THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE INDIVIDUAL SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC DATA. SPEAKER, WE WILL BE PRESENTING AMENDMENT TO ADDRESS THIS GAP. WILL THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WORK WITH US AND SUPPORT THESE CHANGES TO BETTER TRACK AND ADDRESS ANY GAP IN TERMS OF HEALTH NOW, PEOPLE IN HOT SPOT...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Hunter says COLLECTION AND INDIVIDUALS SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC DATA IN OUR VACCINATION PROCESS?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF health.

Elliott says THANK YOU AND I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. THE BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE WILL REQUIRE THE ESSENTIAL DATA THAT WE NEED ABOUT THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE PERSON AND THE TYPE OF VACCINE THAT THEY RECEIVED IN CASE THERE IS A NEED FOR BOOSTER SHOT IN THE FUTURE. WE DON'T KNOW YET. NO ONE KNOWS YET. WHAT WE WILL REQUIRE IN THE FUTURE FOR REVACCINATIONS OR BOOSTER SHOTS. HOWEVER, WITH RESPECT TO THE COLLECTION OF SOCIOECONOMIC DATA THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO COLLECT. I AGREE WITH YOU. BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE COLLECTING ON A VOLUNTEER BASIS FROM PEOPLE ASKING THEM WITH RESPECT TO THEIR SEX, GENDER... SORRY, THEIR ETHNICITY, THEIR TOTAL HOUSEHOLD SIZE AND INCOME SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND THOSE ISSUES AND MAKE GOOD DECISIONS FOR HEALTH...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS EQUITABLY INFORMED AND PLANNED. SO THIS INFORMATION WILL BE COLLECTED SHOULD THIS BILL PASS AND IT WILL BE PROTECTED...

The Speaker says THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.

Hunter says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. BACK TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER. IF YOU SAY THAT DATA IS ESSENTIAL THEN WE SHOULD MAKE IT MANDATORY. HAVING A VOLUNTARY COLLECTION CREATES A PATCH WORK AND DOESN'T GIVE US THE HEALTH EQUITY INFORMATION THAT WE NEED. MY QUESTION IS ABOUT BILL 283 IN TERMS OF HOW THE GOVERNMENT WILL GO ABOUT HELPING AND SUPPORTING THE COLLECTION OF THAT DATA AND MAKING SURE THAT IT'S SAFE TO DO SO AND ALSO THE REPORTING OF THE RESULTS. THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH VACCINE HESITANCY IN SOME COMMUNITIES AND THIS GOVERNMENT IS LATE IN TRACKING THE DATA ON VACCINATIONS BECAUSE IT'S ALREADY UNDERWAY. SO WE'RE JUST CATCHING UP AND WE ARE MISSING A PIECE OF IT WITHOUT THE SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC DATA. YOU HAVE COLLECTED SOME OF THIS DATA ON THE TESTING SIDE AND MY QUESTION TO YOU, AT ITS MINIMUM WILL BEING MAKE THAT DATA VIABLE WE UNDERSTAND THE... AVAILABLE SO WE UNDERSTAND THE HEALTH EQUITY OUTCOME FOR INDIVIDUAL IN THIS PROVINCE?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THIS INFORMATION WILL BE COLLECTED ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS. FIRST OF ALL IT'S VOLUNTARY FOR PEOPLE TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE OR NOT. WE KNOW THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION WHO WILL CHOOSE TO THRINE THE VACCINE. IN THE SAME WAY WE ARE PROVIDING PEOPLE WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE US THE SOCIOECONOMIC DATA WHICH IS THIS IS NOT SOMETHING IN YOU'RE VIEW SHOULD BE MANDATORY. WE CAN YOU REMEMBER PEOPLE TO... WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SUPPLY THIS BUT IF THEY CHOOSE NOT TO THEY WILL BE GIVEN A VACCINE. WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE INFORMATION AND TO PROVIDE THE COMMISSIONER AS I INDICATED BEFORE BUT THIS IS INFORMATION THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN A NONPERSONALLY IDENTIFIED WAY FOR THE PEOPLE IN HEALTH AND FOR THE PEOPLE IN ONTARIO TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE GAPS ARE AND WHERE WE NEED TO FILL IN. WE WILL WORK TO DO THAT BASED ON THIS INFORMATION.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Northumberland-Peterborough South.

Piccini says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE SOLICITOR GENERAL. WITH THE VACCINE ROLLOUT ENTERING HIGH GEAR THERE'S A LOT FOR ONTARIANS AND CONSTITUENTS OF NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH TO BE SURPRISED ABOUT. EVERY AT A WE'RE SETTING NEW... DAY WE'RE SETTING NEW RECORD AND MILESTONES. I WAS EXCITE TO SEE IN JUST OVER A WEEK WE GOT OVER A MILLION DOLLARS JABS IN THE ARM. SALUTE THE REMARKABLE VOTERS IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE, UP IN TRENT HILLS AND AT ARENAS AND ALL OVER THIS PROVINCE THAT ARE HELPING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE KEY COMPONENTS OF THIS STRATEGY IS TO FUNNEL MORE VACCINES INTO HOT SPOT COMMUNITY TO ADDRESS THE FIRE WHERE IT'S WORSE. CAN THE SOLICITOR GENERAL UPDATE THE LEGISLATURE ON THE STRATEGY THIS MONTH AND ON THE PROGRESS WE'RE MAKING TO VACCINATE ONTARIANS.

The Speaker says SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, IT IS EXCITING NEWS. WE AS YOU SAID THAT MAY WAS GOING TO BE A GREAT MONTH AND IT IS. WITH AN INCREASED SUPPLY OF VACCINES WE CAN MAKE IT EASIER THAN EVER TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE IN HOT SPOTS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND PROTECT OUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY. MEMBERS WILL RECALL WE HELPED TO DECREASE COVID-19 VACCINATION IN HOT SPOTS AND COMMITTED TO ALLOCATING 50 percent OF THE SHIPMENTS LAST WEEK AND THIS WEEK TO HOT SPOTS. THAT EQUALS HALF A MILLION DOSES, SPEAKER. THIS TARGETED ROLLOUT HAS ALLOWED OVER 54 percent OF ONTARIANS 18 AND OVER WHO LIVE OR WORK IN A HOT SPOT TO RECEIVE A FIRST DOSE OF THE COVID VACCINE. THANKS TO THIS HOT SPOTS HAVE A HIGHER VACCINE COVERAGE RATE THAN NONHOT SPOTS. REVERSING THE TREND OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS. IT'S WORKING.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Piccini says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER. I KNOW MEMBERS OF MY COMMUNITY FIND THIS SUCCESS EXCITING. EXCITING FOR THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES BECAUSE WE WANT OUR LIVES BACK. I THANK THE MINISTER FOR WORKING WITH ME AND I KNOW SO MANY MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE TO UNCLES THE NUANCE IN THE COMMUNITY AND TO SUPPORT US IN OUR LOCAL VACCINE EFFORT. SPEAKER, MAKING VACCINES AS ACCESSIBLE AS POSSIBLE IS KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL ROLLOUT. I KNOW IT'S CHALLENGING IN COMMUNITY. IN RURAL COMMUNITIES LIKE MINE, ROLLING HILLS AND HARD TO REACH RURAL COMMUNITY. I WAS PLEASED THAT PART OF THE STRATEGY INCLUDES WORK PLACES AND MOBILE VACCINATION CLINICS. THE MINISTER KNOWS HOW STRONGLY I FEEL ABOUT MOBILE VACCINATION CLINICS. CAN SHE UPDATE THIS HOUSE ON THIS ASPECT AND THE NUANCES OF ONTARIO'S VACCINATION STRATEGY? THANK YOU.

Jones says THANK YOU, AS THE MEMBER KNOWS IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE OFFER ONTARIANS A NUMBER OF WAYS TO GET VACCINATED INCLUDING MASS VACCINATION CLINICS, PHARMACIES AND PRIMARY CARE PRACTICES TO LITERALLY BRING THE VACCINE TO YOU WHERE WITH YOU WORK WITH MOBILE CLINICS. OUR WORKPLACE LED CLINICS ARE TO HAVE A STRONG START. THE ONTARIO FOOD TERMINAL HAS VACCINATED OVER 2300 CRITICAL WORKERS IN THE PROVINCE'S FOOD INDUSTRY. A MASS COMMUNITY CLINIC LED THE WAY WITH OVER 20,000 ADMINISTERED THROUGH A VACCINE CAMPAIGN AND MOBILE TEAMS ARE OUT EVERY DAY VACCINATING SMALL-AND-MEDIUM-SIZED WORK PLACES TORONTO, PEEL AND YORK REGION. WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO ACHIEVING OUR GOAL SPEED SKATE NEXT QUESTION FROM...

The Speaker says THE NEXT QUESTION FROM NIAGARA FALLS.

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

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

He says THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL NURSING WEEK AND THE THEME IS WE ANSWER THE CALL. FOR 14 MONTHS WE'VE SEEN THE INCREDIBLE STRENGTH, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT THAT THE NURSES HAVE IN COMPARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY. THESE HEROES ANSWERED THE CALL. BUT THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T FEEL THE SAME WAY. NURSES IN NIAGARA FEEL A COMPLETE LACK OF RESPECT FROM THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT. THE NURSES ON THE FRONTLINE OF THIS PANDEMIC WORK LONG SHIFTS, THEY DRINK THE WATER WITH LIMITED STAFFING SUPPORT, HELP COVID-19 PATIENTS BREATHE OR HOLD A HAND WHEN THEIR FAMILIES CAN'T. IF THE PREMIER WON'T REPEAL BILL 124 WHICH SEND A SIGNAL THAT NURSES AREN'T VALUED BY THIS GOVERNMENT. NURSES IN NIAGARA AND ACROSS ONTARIO DESERVE BETTER...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Gates says WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT STOP DENYING NURSES THE SUPPORTS THEY NEED AND DESERVE, STOP CALLING THEM HEROES WHILE DISRESPECTING THEM. WHEN WILL THE PREMIER THIS GOVERNMENT ANSWER THEIR CALL?

The Speaker says PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY AND MEMBER FROM WILLOWDALE.

The caption changes to "Stan Cho. PC. Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance."

Cho says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, THE MEMBER IS CORRECT. NURSES ARE VERY MUCH VALUED. THAT IS TRUE AND WE APPRECIATE THEIR HARD WORK. THE REALITY WITH BILL 124 IS THAT ONTARIO'S PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES THAT THOSE MEMBERS ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE SALARIES FOR INCREASED MERIT AND INCREASING QUALIFICATION AS NORMAL. THIS LEGISLATION ALLOWS FOR A WAGE INCREASE WHILE RESPECTING TAXPAYERS AND THE SERVICES THEY RELY ON. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS COVERING OVER 340,000 AUDIENCED PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN SETTLED IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE ACT. 40 percent OF THE UNIONIZE THE EMPLOYEES IN IN THE BROADER C SECTOR. WE'LL CONTINUE TO RESPONSIBLY MANAGE OUR FINANCES IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO WHILE RESPECTING AND APPRECIATING THE HARD WORK OF NURSES. HAPPY NURSES...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Cho says TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR GENERATIONS.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY. 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 pink blazer over a patterned dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. TO THE MINISTER OF NEIGHBOUR, THIS YEAR THE ONTARIO NURSES ASSOCIATION THEME FOR NURSING WEEK IS STILL STANDING STILL STRONG, STILL PROUD. A THEME THAT REFLECTS THE CHALLENGES THAT NURSES HAVE WITHSTOOD THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC AND THEIR REMARKABLE RESILIENCE AND DEDICATION. DURING THE PANDEMIC NURSES HAVE WORKED HARD EACH AND EVERY SHIFT. MONTH AFTER MONTH. THEY ARE EXHAUSTED. YET THEY PERSEVERE AND CONTINUE TO CANCEL. THE COURAGE AND PROFESSIONALISM AND COMPASSION AND DISPLAY IS HUMBLING. ONTARIO NURSES HAVE BEEN CALLED HEROES BUT THE PROVINCE CONTINUED THEY MEANT PPE THEY NEED. THE GOVERNMENT THANKS THEM AND THEN DENIED THEM PAID SICK DAYS AND WSIB COVERAGE WHEN THEY GET COVID-19 AT WORK. THEY'VE. PRAISED FOR WORKING LONG DIFFICULT DAYS AND NIGHTS FOR MONTHS ON END. THEN DENIED NEGOTIATING RIGHTS AND WORKPLACE PROTECTION FROM THE FORD GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Gélinas says WILL THE MINISTER RESPECT NURSES AND WITHDRAW BILL 124?

The Speaker says MEMBER FROM WILLOWDALE.

Cho says THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OF COURSE WE RESPECT THE HARD WORK OF OUR NURSES AS I SAID AND THAT'S WHY THE GOVERNMENT HAS RESPONDED WITH 51 BILLION DOLLARS FINANCIAL PACKAGE WITH SIGNIFICANT SUPPORTS FOR COUNTLESS BUSINESSES AND INCLUDING OUR HARD WORKING FRONTLINE WORKERS. IT HAS TO BE SAID THAT THIS BILL 124 STILL ALLOWS FOR THOSE SALARY INCREASES. IT DOES SO ON A REASONABLE SCALE, SPEAKER. WE RECOGNIZE NURSES FOR THEIR ABILITY, INCREASED QUALIFICATIONS, THEIR SENIORITY AND SPEAKER THAT DOESN'T CHANGE, THAT IS EVIDENT BY 40 percent OF UNIONIZED... UNDER THIS ACT, SPEAKER. WE NEED TO RESPECT THESE PAY INCREASES FOR HARD WORKING FRONTLINE WORKERS BUT THIS HAS TO BE A SUSTAINABLE SYSTEM PUT IN PLACE...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Cho says FOR GENERATIONS TO COME AND THAT'S WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT OF GOING TO DO.

The Speaker says 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 a black suit, blue shirt, and striped pink tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. IT'S NURSING WEEK IN ONTARIO AND I HAVE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MY FAVOURITE NURSE, MOTHER MARY. I TRULY BELIEVE TO THIS DAY. THANK YOU, SHE DESERVES. THE SOLUTION TO THE PRIMARY CARE CHALLENGE IS TO HAVE A NURSE IN EVERY FAMILY, IT STOPS A LOT OF E.R. VISITS AND A LOT OF DOCTOR VISITS. THE DEPUTY PREMIER IS AWARE THAT IT'S EXPECTED THAT THE NUMBER OF NURSES WILL INCREASE DUE TO THE WORKLOAD THIS YEAR. THEY'RE GOING TO LEAVE YOUNGER AND WE KNOW THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A NURSING SHORTAGE AND A SHORTAGE OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS IN THIS PROVINCE. THE LEDGE CENTERED NURSES ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO HAS WRITTEN AND ASKED IF WE COULD INCREASE THE ENROLLMENT OF 400 NURSES, 700 PRACTITIONERSES. THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY AND THEY LET THE MINISTER KNOW THAT. IN PRIMARY CARE AND OTHER CARE. THROUGH YOU WILL THE DEPUTY PREMIER SUPPORT THE URGENT REQUEST TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN NURSING PROGRAMS THIS FALL?

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE ARE ALL GRATEFUL FOR THE HEROIC EFFORTS THAT OUR NURSES HAVE GONE THROUGH OVER THE LAST 16 MONTHS. WE KNOW THAT THEY'RE UNDER INCREDIBLE STRESS AND BURNT OUT AND THEY'RE EXHAUSTED BUT THEY KEEP GOING. WE WISH THEM A HAPPY NURSES WEEK AND MORE THAN THAT WE ALL EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION AND THANKS TO THEM FOR THE WORK THEY'RE DOING. BUT WE KNOW WHO OUR... WILL LIKELY LEAVE AFTER THE WORST OF THIS PANDEMIC IS OVER. WE HAVE OFFERED MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS TO... AND COUNSELLING TO THEM TO HELP DEAL WITH SOME OF THE ISSUES. I HAVE DISCUSSED THIS WITH NURSING GROUPS IN DURING THIS WEEK BUT WE KNOW THAT WE NEED MORE PEOPLE IN THE SYSTEM.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says WE KNOW THAT WE NEED TO HIRE THOUSAND MORE OF ALL TYPES OF NURSING PROFESSIONALS. NURSES, PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS AND OTHERS AND I'LL DEAL WITH THE BALANCE IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Fraser says I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MINISTER'S RESPONSE. I DO VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT EVERY DAY I'M HERE TO ASK A QUESTION AND SHE'S HERE TO ANSWER IT. I ASK THE MPP TO REVIEW THE ADMISSIONS... MINISTER TO REVIEW THE ADMISSIONS. IT'S URGENT. FALL IS COMING QUICKLY AND THE INSTITUTIONS NEED TIME TO RAMP UP. THE SUPPLEMENTARY IS WITH THE SCHOOL FOR PRACTICE. WE ALL KNOW THAT SCHOOL FOR PRACTICE IS GLACIAL. IT'S BEEN THAT WAY FOR DECADES. THERE WAS SOME MOVEMENT FORWARD FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS. IN JUNE 2019 THE MINISTRY EXPAND THE TO POINT OF CARE TESTING, ORDERING CTS AND MRIS BUT THESE WERE EXPECTED IN WINTER 2020. I UNDERSTAND GIVEN ALL THAT WAS HAPPENING THAT THAT WAS A CHALLENGE. SO WE ALSO KNOW THAT THEIR SCOPE CAN BE EXPANDED FUTURE. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FROM THE MINISTER AS WELL AS THE ANSWER IN TERMS OF THE...

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Fraser says WHEN THEY PLAN TO INCREASE THE SCOPE OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS AS PLANNED IN 2019?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE QUESTION WE WILL TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE REQUEST FOR MORE POSITIONS IN OUR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES FOR MORE NURSES TO GRAND PRIX. WE KNOW THAT WE NEED MORE... GRADUATE. WE KNOW THAT WE NEED MORE NURSES BECAUSE OF COVID-19 AND WITH THE INCREASING CARE TO FOUR OURS FROM 2.75 HOURS. I WILL TAKE THAT HARASSLY INTO... SERIOUSLY INTO CONSIDERATION. WITH RESPECT TO THE SCOPE OF PRACTICE THE WORK GOING ON IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH HAS BEEN DELAYED BECAUSE OF THE EFFORTS WE'VE HAD TO MAKE TO DEAL WITH COVID-19. BUT YES, WE ARE STILL CONSIDERING SCOPES OF PRACTICE FOR A VARIETY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING NURSE PRACTITIONERS. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.

The Speaker says THE IN CONNECTION WITH QUESTION, THE... THE NEXT QUESTION. BRAMPTON EAST.

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

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

He says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE SOLICITOR GENERAL. IN DECEMBER 2016 A PERSON DIED STRUGGLING TO BREATHE AS HE LAY ON THE GROUND OF HIS JAIL KELL IN LINDSAY AS HE AWAITED A MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT. HE WAS SHACKLED AND PEPPER SPRAYED AFTER GUARDS PLACED A HOOD OVER HIS HEAD. THE DETAILS ARE WELL KNOWN AND SOME OF THE GUARDS INVOLVED OR IN QUESTION ADMITTED WRONGDOING BUT NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN LAID. THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO SIT ON THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION REPORT REGARDING... TEST. WILL THE SOLICITOR GENERAL DO THE RIGHT THING, MAKE THIS REPORT PUBLIC AND TAKE A STEP CLOVE TOO BAD JUSTICE FOR THE FAMILY?

The Speaker says SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. OF YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT... YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO SINCE FORMING GOVERNMENT, IN PARTICULAR IN CORRECTIONS AND I WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THOSE BECAUSE OF THE EXAMPLE THAT THE MEMBER SHARED IS VERY DISTURBING FOR MANY OF US. SO WHEN WE FORMED GOVERNMENT, WHEN WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY MAKE SOME INVESTMENTS INTO CORRECTIONS WE DID THAT DECISIVELY AND QUICKLY. YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT WE COMMITTED TO HIRE AN ADDITIONAL 500 CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS. INVESTMENTS IN EXPANDING JAIL CAPACITY SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO HOUSE PEOPLE IN SMALL CELLS, TWO OR THREE TO A CELL. THIS WILL CORRECT... PROTECT PEOPLE IN THE FACILITIES, PROTECT GUARD AND OTHER STAFF WHO WORK IN THE INSTITUTIONS.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says THEY'LL MAKE A BETTER SOCIETY BECAUSE WE'RE PUTTING IN THE PROGRAMMING AND GETTING THIS DONE. FINALLY WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY IN GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Singh says BACK TO THE SOLICITOR GENERAL, MY QUESTION IS ABOUT... [INAUDIBLE]... AND AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH MR. FAKITI WAS NOT CONVICTED OF ANY CRIME. HE WAS SICK AND IN NEED OF CARE. IN THE WAKE OF 9 GOVERNMENT'S OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONAL REPORT INTO HIS DEATH TWO OUT OF THE SIX CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS INVOLVED WERE FIRED. BUT THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO MAKE THE REPORT THAT LEAD TO THESE FIRINGS PUBLIC. AT A BARE MINIMUM THE FAMILY AND THE COMMUNITY DESERVE ANSWERS. AS A STARTING POINT TOWARD CLOSURE AND HORRIFIC AND ONGOING REVEAL. JUSTICE CAN'T BE DONE WHILE THIS CRITICAL INFORMATION IS HIDDEN. WILL THE SOLICITOR GENERAL RELEASE THE GOVERNMENT REPORT TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING MR. FAK I FA ARE

The Speaker says SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Jones says NO DOUBT WHEN PEOPLE COME INTO OUR INSTITUTIONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES OR WITH OTHER CONCERNS LIKE DRUG ADDICTION IT IS A VERY CHALLENGING VIOLATOR. IT IS FRANKLY A GAME. WHY WE AS A GOVERNMENT MADE A COMMITMENT AND INVESTED. WE EVIDENT HAVED IN... WE HAVE INVESTED IN ENSURING THAT FACILITIES HAVE ION SCANNERS SO PEOPLE ARE NOT BRINGING IN CONTRABAND INTO THE FACILITIES. IT'S ENSURING THAT OUR STAFF ARE BETTER... UM... TRAINED TO UNDERSTAND AND DEAL WITH INDIVIDUAL WHO ARE MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS ISSUES. THESE ARE VERY CHALLENGING TIMES WHEN OUR COMMUNITY HAS TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES THAT COME INTO OUR INSTITUTIONS. BUT WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE SURE THAT...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says THAT STAFF ARE WELL TRAINED, QUALIFIED AND PREPARED TO DEAL WITH ALL THE ISSUES OCCURRING WITHIN OUR 26 INSTITUTIONS. THANK YOU.

The Speaker says THE NEXT QUESTION IF, THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH.

Fraser says MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION. YESTERDAY OTTAWA'S CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER SAID THAT IF LOCAL COVID-19 INDICATORS KEEP DECLINING IT WOULD BE SAFE TO SEND STUDENTS BACK TO SCHOOL. SPEAKER, IT'S LIKELY THAT OTHER COMMUNITIES WILL FIND THEMSELVES IN THIS SITUATION. SO MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE TO THE MINISTER, CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE LET ONTARIO FAMILIES KNOW WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING A REGIONAL APPROACH TO RE-OPENING SCHOOLS?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION FOR REPLY.

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

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

He says MR. SPEAKER, OBVIOUSLY WE ARE ALL COMMITTED TO HAVING CHILDREN IN SCHOOL AND WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. THE CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER HAS SAID WE CONTINUE TO FACE CHALLENGES IN THE PROVINCE IN THE CONHAMILTON TI-CAT OF HIGH RATES OF TRANSMISSION. ALBEIT THEY SEEM TO BE COMING DOWN BUT WE CANNOT LET OUR GUARD UP. WE ARE SEEKING ADVICE. IN THE MEANTIME AS WE AWAIT THE ADVICE AND ANALYSIS HAS PUT IN PLACE A 1.6 BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO ENSURE THIS THAT WE KEEP... THAT WE KEEP SCHOOLS SAFE AND OPEN AS THE CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER HAS CONFIRMED MULTIPLE TIMES THAT THE PLAN HAS WORKED. ONE OF THE LOWEST POSITIVITY CASE RATES FOR YOUTH UNDER 20 IN THE NATION BECAUSE WE LISTENED TO THE SCIENCE AND BECAUSE WE INVESTED AND FILED THE BEST ADVICE FROM THE CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Fraser says THANK YOU FOR THE ANSWER. THE QUESTION WAS ARE YOU PLANNING FOR IT? YOU SHOULD PLAN FOR THE ADVICE THAT YOU MAY GET BEFORE YOU GET THE ADVICE. I NEED THAT ANSWER. PROVIDE THAT IN A SUPPLEMENTARY ANSWER. ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE IS A GAME CHANGER FOR FAMILIES AND RESTARTING OUR ECONOMY. WOMEN HAVE PREDOMINANTLY SHOULDERED THE CHILD CARE BURDEN THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC, LEAVING THE WORK FORCE OR HAVING TO MANAGE BOTH AT HOME. WE KNOW THAT EVERY DOLLAR INVESTED RETURNS 2.5 TO THE ECONOMY. THAT'S FULL PARTICIPATION IN THE WORK FORCE IS THE BEST THING HE CAN DO FOR... WE CAN DO FOR OUR ECONOMY. WE PUT FORWARD A PLAN TO EXPAND ACCESS TO ORDERABLE DAY CARE TO ALLOW PARENTS, MOSTLY WOMEN, TO RE-ENTER THE WORK FORCE. WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT GOING TO DO DIFFERENTLY TO ENSURE THAT LICENSED CHILD CARE IS ACCESSIBLE AFFORDABLE TO ALL ONTARIO FAMILIES.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Lecce says OUR PLAN IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO WORK WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE CENTRES CAN BE VACCINATED. WE'RE PROUD THAT ALL STAFF WORKING WITHIN THE EDUCATION SPACE ARE ABLE TO GET VACCINES AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND THE SOLICITOR GENERAL CONFIRMED EXPANDING THAT TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 12 AND UP. THAT IS A GAME CHANGER AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO A MORE NORMAL SEPTEMBER FOR THE KID OF THE PROVINCE WHO DESERVE AFTER A YEAR OF DISRUPTION WE'RE PROUD TO INVEST 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS, TO INVEST FOUR TIMES THE RATE...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Lecce says TO HELP THE KID IN THIS PROVINCE THROUGH THIS ADVERSITY. WE'LL CONTINUE TO INVEST AND FOLLOW THE BEST ADVICE FROM THE CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER.

The Speaker says 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 black suit, white shirt, and black tie.

He says MY QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER, ONTARIO SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE STRUGGLED FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC. BUSINESSES WATCHED THEIR FINANCES DEFENDING AND DOORS CLOSE WHILE THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMED TO HAVE THEIR BACK. IT WAS EIGHT MONTHS UNTIL THE SUPPORT GAME. NADIA OPENED A BAKERY IN FEBRUARY 2020. SHE TOLD THAT SHE RECENTLY APPLIED FOR A GRANT, RECEIVED A SECOND LETTER WITH A VOID CHEQUE AND BANK STATEMENT AND GOT SHUT DOWN. JEAN RUNS SPORTS CLIFFS, THE FIRST TO SHUT DOWN AND WAS TOLD HER BUSINESS WAS INELIGIBLE. SHE E-MAILED WITH NO RESPONSE. THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT DOING ENOUGH TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES. WILL YOU RE-OPEN AND EXPAND THE ELIGIBILITY SO PEOPLE LIKE NADIA AND JEAN CAN KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES AFLOAT AND EMPLOYEES PAID?

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR WILLOWDALE.

Cho says WELL, THANK YOU, SPEAKER, TO NADIA AND JEAN THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES WHEN IT COMES TO THE SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS HAS FLOWED INTO THE HAND OF THESE SMALL BUSINESSES. OVER 75,000 BUSINESSES RECEIVED MONEY BUT THE MEMBER VOTED AGAINST THAT. THE MEMBER VOTED AGAINST THAT AND AGAINST EVERY SUPPORT MEASURE...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Cho says REDUCTIONS IN HYDRO, PROPERTY TAX AND ELIMINATION OF... AND ATTACKS ON JOB, THE MEMBER VOTED AGAINST THAT. HISTORIC INVESTMENT INTO BROADBAND, 4 MILLION DOLLARS...

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO COME TO ORDER. THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH COME TO ORDER.

Cho says HOW CAN...

The Speaker says ORDER.

Cho says WHO HAVE RECEIVED OVER 3 30-MILLION DOLLARS 330...

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Kernaghan says YOU KNOW, SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT MAYBE HERE TO ATTACK BUT THE NDP HAS BEEN CALLING FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT SINCE APRIL 2020. THE GOVERNMENT FINALLY STOOD UP BUT THEY HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH. SPEAKER THERE ARE OTHER BUSINESSES IN MY RIDING THAT HAVEN'T EVEN...

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR WATERLOO COME TO ORDER.

Kernaghan says MANY OTHER...

The Speaker says COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES COME TO ORDER.

Kernaghan says SHE APPLIED FOR THE GRANT IN JANUARY BUT THE APPLICATION SAT UNDER REVIEW FOR MONTHS. FINAL IN APRIL AFTER A DEADLINE SHE FOUND OUT SHE WAS DENIED. SHE WAS NOT GIVEN A REASON EVEN THOUGH THE GOVERNMENT STATED THEY ALWAYS PROVIDE A REASON FOR REJECTION. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE THERE'S NO APPEAL PROCESS IN PLACE TO CHALLENGE THIS DECISION. WHY DOES THIS GOVERNMENT KEEP TURNING THEIR BACKS ON SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE DANNY INSTEAD OF OFFERING A HELPING HAND.

The Speaker says MEMBER FOR WILLOWDALE.

Cho says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND DANNY THAT THE OPPOSITION, THE NDP SINCE APRIL LAST YEAR VOTED AGAINST EVERY SUPPORT MEASURE FOR DANNY AND HIS BUSINESS. EVERY SINGLE ONE. HERE'S THE CURIOUS FACT, AFTER SECOND READING OF THE BUDGET WHEN THE OPPOSITION HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT FORWARD CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK...

The Speaker says MEMBER FROM HAMILTON MOUNTAIN COME TO ORDER.

Cho says SEVERAL AMENDMENTS.

Watch: Question Period: Thursday, May 13, 2021