Transcript: Question Period: Monday, May 17, 2021 | May 18, 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.

The Speaker says THAT CONCLUDES MEMBER STATEMENTS FOR THIS MORNING. SO IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS. I recognize the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.

[SOME APPLAUSE]

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 magenta blazer over a black blouse.

She says THANKS VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. THIS IS IN REGARDS TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES REPORT THAT REVEALED THAT 26 RESIDENTS DIED FROM DEHYDRATION AND NEGLECT IN LONG-TERM CARE. BACK IN MAY, EARLY MAY A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO MAY 6TH, THE MINISTER CLAIMED THAT THAT MATTER HAD BEEN INVESTIGATED IMMEDIATELY BUT ON FRIDAY, THE PREMIER'S MINISTER SAID THAT AN INVESTIGATION WAS NOW UNDERWAY. WELL, THE QUESTION IS THE PREMIER'S MINISTER NOW ADMITTING THAT THE FULL INVESTIGATION THAT THE PREMIER PROMISED NEVER HAPPENED? I THINK HE NEEDS TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, SPEAKER.

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 blue suit, white shirt and lavender tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. OF COURSE THE CORONER HAS BEEN ENGAGED THROUGH BOTH THE COMMISSION REPORT AND INDEED THROUGHOUT AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT, IT HAS BEEN TAKING ACTION FROM WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN LONG-TERM CARE, AND WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THE CANADIAN FORCES WHEN THEY CAME TO ONTARIO AND QUEBEC. BUT IT'S BEING SAID THAT BOTH REPORTS HIGHLIGHT FOR US THAT THE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF UNDERFUNDING THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE SYSTEM IN THE 15 YEARS PRIOR TO US TAKING GOVERNMENT THAT'S WHY WE TOOK IMMEDIATE ACTION UPON BEING ELECTED, SPEAKER, TO INFORM NOT ONLY HEALTH CARE AND PROVIDE A BLANKET OF CARE. THE ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS THAT THE MINISTER BROUGHT IN WHICH BECAME IMPORTANT DURING THE COVID...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Calandra says INVESTING IN AND UPDATING HOMES. THERE'S A LOT OF WORK BUT WE'RE OBOUR WAY... ON OUR WAY.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says IT'S APPARENT THAT THE PREMIER BROKE HIS PROMISE. FAMILIES WENT THROUGH HELL. THE PREMIER PROMISED A FULL INVESTIGATION. HE PROMISED IT TO FAMILY MEMBERS AND SURVIVORS IN LONG-TERM CARE. THEY WEREN'T PROMISED JUSTICE AND THEY GOT NOTHING, SPEAKER. THE CANADIAN FORCES BROKE THE RING OF SILENCE, THE IRON RING OF SILENCE AROUND LONG-TERM CARE. THAT'S WHAT WAS AROUND LOWER BACK. THE IRON RING AND THEY BROKE THAT. PEOPLE LOSING THEIR LIVES TO DEHYDRATION AND NEGLECT. COCKROACH AND INFESTATIONS HAPPENING IN THESE HOMES, NOW THE MINISTER WAS CLAIMING... IS CLAIM THAT GO AN INVESTIGATION IS SUDDENLY UNDERWAY BUT THAT'S THE CLAIM SHE MADE LAST YEAR.

The Speaker says QUESTION.

Horwath says REPEATED EARLIER THIS MOVEMENT OBBEHALF OF THOSE FAMILIES WILL THE GOVERNMENT PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE PREMIER BROKE HIS PROMISE, A WHOLE YEAR HAS GONE BY AND WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THAT SIDE OF THE HOUSE?

Calandra says THANK YOU. THE MEMBER WILL KNOW THAT THE COMMISSION UNDERTOOK A REPORT TO IDENTIFY THE CAUSES WITH RESPECT TO WHAT HAPPENED IN LONG-TERM CARE. WE'RE ONE OF THE FIRST GOVERNMENTS IN CANADA TO HAVE DONE THIS. I RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE WERE NOT IN FAVOUR OF THAT COMMISSION, SPEAKER. SO NOT ONLY DID WE ACT ON THIS REPORT BUT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION, NOT ONLY THE BE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO... LOST LOVED ONES BUT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO THE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF THE PROVINCE TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN, MAKE SURE THAT INVESTMENTSES ARE IN PLACE SO WE HAVE A LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM THAT IS SUSTAINABLE, HAS THE STAFFING REQUIRED,.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Calandra says THAT HAS 37,000 BEDS, 27,000 NEW STAFFING AND NURSING CARE. 2,000 NURSES JUST ANNOUNCED AND FOUR HOURS OF CARE, WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO FUTURE GENERATIONS AND I HOPE THAT THE MEMBERS WILL SUPPORT US.

The Speaker says THE SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says I CAN UNDERSTAND IF FAMILIES IN LONG-TERM CARE AND SURVIVORS DON'T BELIEVE WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS TAKING PLACE. FACE IT, NEARLY A YEAR AGO THE PREMIER PROMISED AND I'M GOING TO QUOTE, HE CLAIMED, ACTUALLY, WE LAUNCHED A FULL INVESTIGATION. BUT THE MANITOBA, HIS MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE SAYS SHE ONLY RECEIVED THESE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES REPORTS MAY 6TH THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR, NOT LAST YEAR. IS THE MINISTER AND THE PREMIER NOW CLAIMING THAT THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES WOULD TELL THAT INFORMATION OR READY TO ADMIT THAT NO FULL INVESTIGATION TOOK PLACE. THAT THAT PROMISE WAS SIMPLY BROKEN BY THE PREMIER.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Calandra says I'M NOT SURE WHERE THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IS COMING FROM OR WHERE SHE'S BEEN. I KNOW THAT THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE WERE NOT IN FAVOUR OF THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY THAT THIS GOVERNMENT BROUGHT. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT AND WE ARE ACTING ON THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS. WE DID THAT. WE DID THAT BECAUSE WE WANTED TO ASSURE THOSE FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES THAT ACTION WAS BEING TAKEN. THAT WE WOULD LEARN WHAT HAPPENED IN OUR HOMES. I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES FOR THE ACTIONS THEY TOOK TO HELP IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC, SPEAKER. THEY DID GREAT WORK. BUT OUR PRIORITY NOW IS NOT ONLY JUSTICE FOR FAMILIES BUT MAKING SURE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS HAVE THE APPROPRIATE LONG-TERM CARE. FOR DECADES LONG-TERM CARE WAS UNDERFUNDED IN THIS PROVINCE. WE'RE CHANGING THAT. 30,000 NEW HOMES, OVER 27,000 MORE...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Calandra says FOUR HOURS OF CARE LEADING NORTH AMERICA IN CARE, SPEAKER. WE'RE WELL ON OUR WAY TO MAKING SURE THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

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

Horwath says MY NEXT QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. I CAN ASSURE THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE FAMILIES WANT JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY. THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T PRETEND NOTHING HAPPENED IN LONG-TERM CARE. PEOPLE WERE NEGLECTED AND LIVES LOST. DEHYDRATION. RESIDENTS WERE PLEADING FOR HELP IN SOME OF THOSE LONG-TERM CARE HOMES. THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE REPORT AT DOWNSVIEW SAID THAT AND I QUOTE, RESIDENTS WERE NOT FED APPROPRIATELY OR RECEIVING SUFFICIENT FLUID. THAT'S FROM THE MINISTER'S INTERNAL REPORT. DOES THE PREMIER AND THE MINISTER ACCEPT WHAT THE A CANADIAN ARMED FORCES SAID HAPPENED IN LONG-TERM CARE? IN THAT 26 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LS TO NEGLECT AND DEHYDRATION OR SIDE WITH THE FOR-PROFIT OWNERS OF LONG-TERM CARE WHO SAID THAT NEVER HAPPENED. AND THAT THE CAF MADE IT UP?

The Speaker says THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS SIDE WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WE LAUNCHED THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT LED TO THE TRAGEDIES IN LONG-TERM CARE. THE AUDITOR GENERAL DID THE REPORT AND WE FOUND THAT YES ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS WE WERE PUT ON THE DEFENCE DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND WAVE OF COVID. FOR THE FIRST FULL YEAR BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF INVESTMENTS MADE IN THE SECTOR. WE KNEW THAT BEFORE THE PANDEMIC HIT. THAT'S WHY WE MADE INCREDIBLE INVESTMENT UNLESS THE SECTOR TO BUILD NEW HOMES, RENOVATE OLD HOME, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD A STAFFING SOLUTION. DURING THE PANDEMIC WE REDUCED PAY FOR THEM. AFTER THE PANDEMIC WE'RE MOVING TO FOUR HOURS OF CARE FOR RESIDENTS AND HIRING OVER 27,000 NEW PSWS, SPEAKER, NOW WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 2,000 NURSES. BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER, SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO FIX THE SYSTEM. WE ARE GOING TO FIX THE SYSTEM FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND FOR THE FAMILIES WHO WANT JUSTICE. IT IS THERE FOR THEM.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says YOU CAN'T FIX THE SYSTEM IF YOU DON'T ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT WENT WRONG IN LONG-TERM CARE. THE CAF SAID THAT 26 PEOPLE DIED OF DEHYDRATION AND NEGLECT AND THIS GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HAPPENED. THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE ON THE ONE HAND SAYS THAT THERE WAS A FULL INVESTIGATION THAT HAD TAKEN PLACE AND NOW SHE'S SAYING THAT SHE IS LEARNING OF THESE DETAILS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. BOTH CAN'T BE TRUE AT THE SAME TIME, SPEAKER. EITHER THERE WAS AN INVESTIGATION AND SHE KNEW ABOUT IT OR SHE LEARNING ABOUT IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. THAT LEAVES A LOT OF QUESTIONS IN FAMILY'S MINDS. I HAVE TO SAY, A YEAR HAS GONE BY, A WHOLE YEAR, THERE HAS BEEN NO JUSTICE. THERE'S BEEN NO CHARGES, NO TRUE INVESTIGATION. PEOPLE DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS, SPEAKER. DOES THIS GOVERNMENT BELIEVE WHAT FAMILIES ARE SAYING? DO THEY HAVE A PLAN TO GIVE FAMILIES THE JUSTICE THEY NEED AND IF NOT HOW ARE FAMILIES GONNA IN ANY WAY TRUST THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO GIVE THEM THE ANSWERS THEY DESERVE?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says SPEAKER, THAT IS WHY WE MOVED QUICKLY TO HAVE A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY. THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION WILLNOY KNOW SHE WAS AGAINST THAT COMMISSION OF INQUIRY. BUT WE KNEW THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE FAMILY WHO HAD LOST LOVED ONES DURING THE COVID CRISIS BUT WE KNEW ALSO, SPEAKER, THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS DID NOT GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN, WE HAD TO MAKE SERIOUS INVESTMENTS IN THE SECTOR, THAT'S WHY WE'RE MOVING TO FOUR HOURS' OF KAREN AFTER THE FIRST WAVE DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE DID NOT GET THE VACCINES NEEDED IN FEBRUARY, MARCH AND APRIL, WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO LONG-TERM CARE TO ENSURE THAT THEY WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE VACCINATED IN THIS PROVINCE SPEAKER. BUT IT'S MORE THAN THAT, MORE THAN THAT. FOR THE FAMILIES, SPEAKER, JUSTICE IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS NEVER GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS LEGISLATURE THAT WE DO AND THAT QUESTIONS WE'RE MAKING SURE WITH THE INVESTMENTS, IT DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. THE AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT GUIDES US AND WE WILL NOT FAIL THEM.

The Speaker says THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Horwath says SPEAKER, JUSTICE HAS NOT BEEN SERVED TO THE VICTIMS, THE FEEL WHO WERE... THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN LONG-TERM CARE, FAMILY MEMBERS, THEY'VE NOTED A JUSTICE. FOR THIS MINISTER TO SUGGEST THAT THE CHAPTER IS NOW CLOSED AND THE INQUIRY REPORT HAS BEEN ISSUED AND NOW EVERYTHING JUST STARTS FROM ZERO AGAIN IS A COMPLETE DISSERVICE TO ALL OF THE SUFFERING THAT TOOK PLACE AND THAT STILL TAKES PLACE WITH THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE WHO SURVIVED AND PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES. THE QUESTION I HAVE FOR THIS GOVERNMENT IS WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT JUSTICE HAS TO OCCUR THAT, THERE HAS TO BE ACCOUNTABILITY. THAT THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES TO NEGLECT DEHYDRATION AND ABANDONMENT NEED AND DESERVE JUSTICE. THIS GOVERNMENT HAS TO DO RIGHT BY THEM. IF THEY DIDN'T DO RIGHT BY ALL THE TRAGEDIES THAT KURDS OVER THE YEARS.

The Speaker says THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says THANK THANK YOU, SPEAKER. LET'S ME ASSURE THE PEOPLE OF THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO THE BOOK WILL NEVER BE CLOSED BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN LONG-TERM CARE. NOT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO LOST LOVED ONES, SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY THE CORONER IS ENGAGED AND THAT IS WHY WE HAD A COMMISSIONER OF THE INQUIRY. LET ME REMIND THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION WHEN SHE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY BETWEEN 2011 AND 2014 TO MAKE LONG-TERM CARE A PRIORITY SHE ACCEPTED A STRETCH GOAL OF INSURANCE. UPON GETTING ELECTED WE MOVED QUICKLY TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN THE LONG-TERM CARE HOMES. WE KNEW THAT WE COULD NOT END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE WITHOUT INVESTMENTS IN LONG-TERM CARE. THE MINISTER OF HEALTH BROUGHT IN THE ONTARIO HEALTH TEAM WHERE HOSPITALS CAME IN TO HELP AND CONGRESS GATE SETTINGS HELPED THE LONG-TERM CARE HOMES. WE WERE MAKING THE CHANGES PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC, DURING THE PANDEMIC AND AFTER THE PANDEMIC WE WILL LIVE UP TO THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR 15 YEARS NEVER HAPPENED IN THIS PLACE AND WE WILL MAKE LONG-TERM CARE BETTER FOR FUTURE TIGERS GENERATION GOES THE... GENERATIONS.

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

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE.

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

Singh is in her thirties, with shoulder-length curly black hair. She wears a blue blazer over a black blouse.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. AT THE BASKETBALL COURTS THE NETS ARE DOWN AND TENNIS COURTS AND CRICKET PITCHES ARE ALL TAKEN OFF AND GOLF COURSE AND SAFE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE EMPTY. DESPITE THE FACT THAT EXPERTS NEVER RECOMMENDED CLOSING THESE PLACES IN THE FIRST PLACE. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER, IT'S CLEAR THAT NO ONE ASKED FOR THIS. NOT THE SCIENCE TABLES, MEDICAL EXPERTS AND NOT ONTARIANS. NO ONE THINKS THIS IS A GOOD IDEA. WHY WON'T THIS GOVERNMENT DOT RIGHT THING. WHY WON'T THE PREMIER VOTE WITH US TO SAFELY RE-OPEN THE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?

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 black blazer over a floral print dress.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. WE'RE NOT ABLE TO DO THAT BECAUSE OUR NUMBERS ARE TOO HIGH AND THE ONTARIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION IS NOT IN FAVOUR OF OPENING ALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THINK. OUR NUMBERS ARE STILL HIGH. IN INTENSIVE CARE UNITS TODAY THEY STAND AT 779. THAT'S A VERY HIGH LEVEL. IT'S COME DOWN A BIT BUT IT'S STILL VERY HIGH. NOTWITHSTANDING THAT, SPEAKER, PARKS ARE STILL OPEN, WE WANT PEOPLE TO GO OUT AND THE WEATHER IS BETTER. GO OUT, GO FOR A WALK OR A RUN, WALK THE DOGS AND THE PEOPLE RUN IN THE PARK. ALL OF THAT CAN HAPPEN. THAT IS THE WAY TO DO THAT AND THE HOSPITALS REMAIN WITH ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WE LET IN AND WE DON'T LET THE VARIANTS OF CONCERN TO TAKE OVER OF THE. THE LAST THING WE WANT IS FOURTH WAVE, DEVASTATING FOR THE PROVINCE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Singh says THE SCIENCE TABLE RECOMMENDS THAT CONSERVATIVES CLOSE NONESSENTIAL WORK PLACES AND PAY PEOPLE TO STAY HOME AND HAVE A PAID SICK DAYS PLAN HERE INSTEAD OF CLOSING DOWN PLAYGROUNDS AND PARKS. THEY SAID THAT TWO WEEKS OF SICK DAYS WERE ESSENTIAL TO HELPING TO STOP THE SPREAD AND KEEP PEOPLE SAFE BUT THEY IGNORE THAT VASE AS WELL. THE SCIENCE TABLE SAYS IF WE DON'T LET PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN SAFE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES YOU'RE FORCING THEM INSIDE WHERE THE RISK OF SPREAD IS HIGHER AND THIS NEGATIVELY IMPACTS PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH AND AGAIN, SPEAKER THIS IS AN EQUITY ISSUE. NOT EVERYONE HAS A ACCESS TO A BACKYARD TO ROLL AROUND IN. AGAIN, SPEAKER THE QUESTION TO THE PREMIER, THE SCIENCE TABLE AND THE ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND THE CANADIAN PEDIATRIC SOCIETY HAVE BEEN CLEAR WE NEED TO SAFELY RE-OPEN OUR OUTDOOR RECREATION AMENITIES AND ACTIVITIES. WILL THE PREMIER STOP LISTENING TO HIS BUDDIES AND START LISTENING TO THE EXPERTS AND OPEN UP OUTDOOR RECREATION AND AMENITIES HE IMMEDIATELY.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT APPROPRIATELY GIVEN THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF OUTLINE ONTARIANS WHICH WE HAVE DONE. WE DO KING GEORGE PEOPLE TO GO OUTDOORS, THE WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL. PLEASE DON'T STAY INSIDE ALL DAY. GO OUT AND GET EXERCISE. SO MANY WAYS YOU CAN DO. PARKS ARE OPEN. THERE'S STILL...

The Speaker says ORDER...

Elliott says THERE'S STILL MANY THINGS PEOPLE CAN DO AND WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE OUTDOORS. WE'RE PROCEEDING WITH VACCINATIONS. WE'VE GOT OVER 7 MILLION PEOPLE OVER 18 VACCINATED. THIS IS NOT A FOREVER SITUATION BUT FOR RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE HEALTH ADVICE WHICH WE RECEIVED FROM THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AND WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE ORDERS WHICH WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO.

The Speaker says THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE NEXT question. The member for Brantford-Brant.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ASKING FOR INCREASED INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC BORDER MEASURES TO STOP THE EXPRESSED COVID-19 FOR WEEKS NOW. THESE URGENT REQUESTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE BACKED UP BY HARD EVIDENCE AND DATA. THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS. COVID ENTERS FROM OTHER PROVINCES TOO. WHEN WE PUSH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO THEIR PART IT'S IMPORTANT THAT ONTARIANS KNOW THAT THEIR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING EVERYTHING IN ITS POWER TO STOP COVID-19 FROM ENTERING THE PROVINCE AS WELL. ACCOUNT SOLICITOR GENERAL REMIND THE HOUSE OF WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS FROM INCOMING COVID VARIANTS OF CONCERN.

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 colourful striped blazer and a black shirt.

She says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD-BRANT IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THIS IS WHY OUR GOVERNMENT TOOK AN EXTRAORDINARY STRETCH THAT THIS BRING AN EMERGENCY ORDER RESTRICTING TRAVEL THROUGH LAND AND WATER CROSSINGS THROUGH THE PROVINCES OF MANITOBA AND QUEBEC. WE CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESTRICT TRAVEL THROUGH THE FEDERALLY REGULAR LATE AVIATION. PREMIER FORD HAS ASKED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP AND DO THEIR JOB. WE ASKED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR A BAN ON ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL, MANDATORY PSR TESTING FOR INTERPROVINCIAL TRAVEL TENSION THE LOOPHOLE-PROPER ENFORCEMENT OF QUARANTINE. WE CONTINUE TO BE CLEAR TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE'RE IMPLORING THEM TO TAKE MEASURES TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS. THANK YOU.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Bouma says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. ONTARIANS NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT FURTHER ACTION AT OUR BORDERS IS NEEDED. SOME EIGHTEENIANS PRESUME AFTER A YEAR OF THE PANDEMIC THERE WAS SOME SORT OF SAFEGUARDS PUT IN PLACE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE NEED TO PROTECT ONTARIO FROM INCOMING TRAVELLERS DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL. BACK TO THE MINISTER, CAN SHE PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF WHY WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT KEEPING NONESSENTIAL TRAVELLERS OUT OF THE PROVINCE.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Jones says THANK YOU, TURRS, AGAIN TO THE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD-BRANT. IN JANUARY, ONTARIO HAD 173 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AT PEARSON. IN FEBRUARY THE NUMBERS JUMPED TO 585 IDENTIFIED IN INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS AT PEARSON. THE CASES DIDN'T SLOW THE NEXT MOVEMENT THE NUMBERS DOUBLED IN MARCH TO 943. IN APRIL, UNFORTUNATELY WE RECORDED OUR HIGHEST NUMBER YET THIS YEAR WITH A WHOPPING 1,439 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS TESTING POSITIVE. THAT'S OVER 3,000 INTERNATIONAL POSITIVE CASES IN 2021 SO FAR. TEACH ONE SITTING BESIDE ANOTHER TRAVELLER ON THE PLANE AND POTENTIALLY INTERACTING WITH OTHERS IN THEIR COMMUNITY. ONTARIO IS TAKING ALL THE STEPS THAT IT CAN TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. WHEN WILL THE COVID-19 DO THEIR JOB.

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

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

Stiles is in her forties, with feathered blond hair in a bob. She wears a red blazer over a black leather dress.

She says GOOD MORNING, SPEAKER. THIS IS FOR THE PREMIER. SPEAKER, A NEW SURVEY OF TEACHERS HIGHLIGHTS WHAT WE'VE BEEN SAYING OVER AND OVER. AFTER MORE THAN A YEAR AGO OF DISRUPTION AND A FAILURE OF THE GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND KEEP SCHOOLS SAFELY OPEN, OUR KIDS ARE NOT OKAY. 70 percent OF SURVEY RESPONSIBILITIES FROM BOARDS IN HAMILTON, HALTON, NIAGARA, BRANTFORD WORRY THAT STUDENTS WON'T CATCH UP ACADEMICALLY. IN WATERLOO REGION MORE THAN HALF OF THE TEACHERS ARE WORRIED THAT STUDENTS ARE NOT MEETING OBJECTIVES AND AREN'T SHOWING UP AT ALL. EVERY EXPERT SAYS WE NEED TO PUT IN PLACE MORE SUPPORTS, MORE INTERVENTIONS, SPEAKER, WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT BACK TO PRE-COVID FUNDING LEVELS FOR OUR SCHOOLS. WHY AREN'T OUR CHILDREN THEIR PRIORITY.

The Speaker says TO REPLY, THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. ON THE CONTRAIRISTS, THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO UNDER THE PREMIER'S LEADER HAS PUT IN PLACE A 2 BILLION-dollar ENHANCED ALLOCATION BECAUSE WE'RE ASSUMING IN SEPTEMBER WHILE WE LOOK FORWARD TO A WORLD WHERE VACCINATION ARE PROVIDED TO ALL CANADIANS WHO WANT ONE EFFECTIVE TOMORROW. WE HAVE TO BE CAUTIOUS WHICH IS WHY WE FUNDED 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS, DIFFERENTIATED BETWEEN LAST SEPTEMBER AND THE LAST, THIS IS DRIVEN BY THE PROVINCE. THERE'S AN ADDITIONAL 85 MILLION DOLLARS FOR SPECIFICALLY FOR A LEARNING RECOVERY. 400 percent INCREASE OF MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT WHEN COMPARED TO THE FORMER LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IN 2017-18. MORE FUNDING FOR VENTILATION, FURTHER IMPROVEMENT WITHIN THE SCHOOLS WHICH UPGRADED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF OUR INVESTMENT AND OUR GUIDANCE. WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER BUT YES, MORE IMPORTANTLY PUT IN PLACE THE FUNDING TO MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS ARE SAFE.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Stiles says MR. SPEAKER ON THE CONTRARY THIS GOVERNMENT IS FLAT LINING EDUCATION FUNDING FOR THE NEXT YEAR. THEY'VE GIVEN UP AND THE ONLY THING THEY'RE PROMISING ONTARIANS IS MORE OF THE SAME TERRIBLE SITUATION WE'VE BEEN IN FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. STRETCHED SCHOOL BOARDS ARE TURNED TO THE HYBRID LEARNING MODELS WHERE THE SAME TEACHER IS ASKED TO DIVIDE TIME AND ATTENTION BETWEEN IN CLANS THOSE AT HOME. THIS GOVERNMENT PUSHING TEACHERS TO THE BREAKING POINT AND IT MEANS A LOT LESS DIRECT SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS. THEY WON'T LEARN OUTSIDE WHERE IT'S SAFER BECAUSE THEIR TEACHER IS ON THE COMPUTER WITH STUDENTS AT HOME. SPEAKER, WHY IS THIS PREMIER STILL TRYING TO CUT CORNERS AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND THEY'RE WELLBEING.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. WE'VE PUT IN PLACE 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS WHICH HELPED US HIRE OVER 7,000 ADDITIONAL STAFF. UPDATED THE VENTILATION WITHIN THE SCHOOLS. 750 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE VENTILATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS IMPLEMENTED AS WE SPEAK, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE DOUBLED THE MENTAL HEALTH ALLOCATION FOR OUR NURSES, DOUBLE THE PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES WITHIN THE SCHOOLS AND FOUR TIMES INCREASE IN MENTAL HEALTH. IT HAS TO BE SAID. IF THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WAS GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE TO SERVE IN GOVERNMENT THEIR PARENTS THAT OF THE OPPOSITION ALIGNED WITH THE TEACHERS WOULD NOT HAVE OPENED UP SCHOOLS IN 2021 AT ALL. WE'RE ON THE SIDE OF THE PARENTS AND THE KIDS AND LISTENING TO THE EXPERIMENTS OUR AIM IS TO RE-OPEN THE SCHOOLS AS SOON AS IT IS SAFE.

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 a black suit, blue shirt, and striped red tie.

He says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF LONG. ON FRIDAY IT CAME TO LIGHT AT MINISTRY OF LONG-TERM CARE INSPECTORS DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE OF DEHYDRATION AND MALNUTRITION IN ONE LONG-TERM CARE HOME BACK IN JUNE 2020, ALMOST A YEAR AGO. THESE FINDINGS ALIGN WITH THE ARMED FORCES REPORT THAT 26 RESIDENTS DIED IN THAT HOME FROM DEHYDRATION. THE PREMIER SAID AT THE TIME THERE IS A FULL INVESTIGATION AND ANY RESULTS WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE PLACE. THE SOLICITOR GENERAL CONFIRMED THAT NEVER HAPPENED. SO, SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU, IF MINISTRY INSPECTORS DOCUMENTED THE SIGNS OF RESIDENTS NEGLECT LAST YEAR IN A HOME WHERE 26 DIED FROM DEHYDRATION WHY HAS IT TAKEN THE MINISTER ALMOST A FULL YEAR TO LAUNCH AN INVESTIGATION?

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AS I JUST SAID THERE'S A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY SET UP. DURING THE PANDEMIC WE SET UP A COMMISSION INQUIRY. THE AUDITOR GENERAL HAS ALSO REVIEWED CONTINUAL THE CORONER HAS BEEN ENGAGED, SPEAKER, BUT LET'S LOOK AT WHERE WE WERE WHEN WE TOOK GOVERNMENT. A DECADE AND A HALF OF LIBERAL INACTION ON LONG-TERM CARE PUT US ON THE DEFENCE FOR THE BETTER PART OF A YEAR. WE'RE ENDINGS HALLWAY HEALTH CARE BY INCREASING ICU CAPACITY. INCREASED TESTING FROM OH 5,000 TO 75,000 TO TRACK COVID QUICKER. WE INCREASED FUNDING FOR LONG-TERM CARE, REBUILDING OUTDATED HOMES AND BUILDING 30,000 NEW HOMES OVER THE COMING YEARS. ADDING STAFFING...

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Calandra says DESPITE THE BROKEN LEGACY OF THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WE'RE GETTING THE JOB DONE FOR TODAY'S SENIORS AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS?

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Fraser says SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT STORIES ON THIS QUITE FRANKLY ARE DIZZYING. HERE ARE THE COMMENTS FROM THE ARMED FORCES MEMBERS THE FACILITY SHOULD BE SHUT DOUBLEHEADER. INCOMPETENT STAFF FIRED AND MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE CHARGED. WHAT IS HAPPENING IS CRIMINAL. OTHER COMMENTS INCLUDE TERRIBLE, HORRIFYING. IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE LONG-TERM CARE COMMISSION IN OCTOBER 2020, HUMBER RIVER HOSPITAL CEO NOTED THAT FOOD AND WATER CHALLENGES CONTRIBUTED THE DEATH TO AT LEAST ONE HOMOAND SIGNALLED THAT WAS THE CASE. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE MINISTER BECAME AWARE OF THESE ALLEGATIONS TWO WEEKS AGO. THE TIMELINE DOESN'T ADD UP. BOTTOM LINE IS THAT 26 FAMILIES AND MANY OTHERS WHO LOST A LOVED ONE DESERVE JUSTICE. NOT A GAME OF HIDE-AND-SEEK. THROUGH YOU, CAN YOU MINISTER EXPLAIN WHY SHE WAS UNAWARE THAT SHE WAS ONLY NOW LAUNCHING INVESTIGATIONS THAT WAS PROMISED MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.

The Speaker says GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

Calandra says SPEAKER, IF THE MEMBER... THIS IS THE MEMBER WHO SAT IN THE GOVERNMENT FOR 15 YEARS. UNDERFUNDED LONG-TERM CARE. DID NOT BRING IN A STAFF STRATEGY. DID NOT BRING IN THE HOURS OF CARE REQUIRED. LAUGHED AT DECISION-MAKING AND LEFT THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO ON THE DEFENCE FOR A YEAR. WHILE WE REBUILD ICU CARVE THE BUILT UP TESTING CAPACITY. THIS IS THE LEGACY OF THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT TO WHICH SHE WAS A MEMBER, SPEAKER. WE MOVED RIGHT AWAY TO END THAT PREVIOUS LIBERAL LEGACY OF IGNORING LONG-TERM CARE. 30,000 NEW SPACES. 27,000 NEW PSWS. INCREASING ICU CAPACITY, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE GETTING THE JOB DONE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. A JOB THAT THEY MISERABLY FAILED. WE WILL GET IT DONE.

The Speaker says THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE NEXT question. The member for Brantford-Brant.

Bouma says MY QUESTION IS FOR HERITAGE, EXPORTS, TOURISM AND KURIL INDUSTRIES. OVER THE COWS OF THE PANDEMIC... COURTS PANDEMIC WE HAVE SEEN THIS INDUSTRY HIT THE HARDEST. THEY WILL LIKELY TAKE THE LONGEST TO RECOVER. WE'RE OVER A YEAR IN THE PANDEMIC AND HEADING INTO THE SUMMER MONTHS WHICH MANY TOURISM AND TRAVEL SMALL BUSINESSES RELY ON FOR CRITICAL REVENUE EVERY YEAR. THESE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE IN DIRE NEED OF FINANCIAL SPONSOR I KNOW THIS MINISTER JUST MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW TOURISM AND TRAVEL GRANT LAST WEEKEND. I'M HOPEFUL THAT THE MINISTER CAN TELL US MORE AND ELABORATE ON WHO IS ELIGIBLE AND HOW TO APPLY.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF HERITAGE, CULTURAL AND INDUSTRY.

The caption changes to "Honourable Lisa MacLeod. PC. Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries."

MacLeod is in her forties, with shoulder-length, wavy blond hair. She wears a dark blue dress and a pearl necklace.

She says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR RAISING THIS IMPORTANT QUESTION. WE HAD A CHANCE TO TRAVEL ACROSS THIS RIDING LAST SUMMER WHEN WE HAD A REPRIEVE FROM COVID-19. IT'S TRUE THAT MANY OF THE INDUSTRIES AND SECTORS THAT I REPRESENT HAVE BEEN CLOSED OVER 400 DAYS. THAT'S WHY IN AN UNPRECEDENTED SHOW OF SUPPORT TO THESE SECTORS A BILLION DOLLARS IN SUPPORT HAVE BEEN LEVERAGED THROUGH THIS MINISTRY AND OTHER INDUSTRY IN HERITAGE, SPORT, TOURISM AND COURTAL SPORT INDUSTRIES. WE LAUNCHED A GRANT APPLICATION TO RUN UNTIL JUNE 25 FOR UP TO 10 TO TENT THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ONE-TIME GRANTS TO BE USED FOR RENT, HIRING STAFF, MARKETING AND THE LIKE. I'M PLEASED TO SAY ON BEHALF OF ALL MY GOVERNMENT COLLEAGUES 1,000 PEOPLE APPLIED SINCE LAST THURSDAY. OVER 200 TRAVEL AGENTS WEREN'T CAPTURED IN PREVIOUS SUPPORTERS RECEIVED 200 MOTELS AND HOTEL AND 200 HUNTING AND FISHING LODGES. I'LL HAVE MORE IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL.

The Speaker says Supplementary.

Bouma says THANK YOU, SPEAKER, THANK YOU, MINISTER. IT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT PROGRAM AND OPPORTUNITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE PROVINCE. NEEDED AND WELL DESERVED. EVERY ELIGIBLE BUSINESS IN THE PROVINCE SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR THIS BE GRANT. WHAT IS OUR GOVERNMENT DOING TO ENSURE THAT THESE BUSINESSES ARE AWARE OF THE GRANTS AND HAVE THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED TO APPLY?

The Speaker says MINISTER TO REPLY.

MacLeod says WE ALL HAVE A TROLL PLAY IN... ROLE TO PLAY IN HARD HIT SECTORS OF THE WE'VE HAD OVER 15 TOWN HALLS AND I HAVE A TASK FORCE TO REPORT BACK SOON AND WE ALMOST 1,000 PEOPLE FROM THE SECTOR ON A CALL ON THURSDAY TO TELL THEY THEM HOW TO ACCEE PORTAL. WE DID A GOVERNMENT WIDE TOWN HALL FOR GOVERNMENT MEMBERS. I WAS PLEASED TO SEE OVER 100 STAFF AND MPPS SHOWED UP. BUT WAS DISAPPOINTED WHEN THE NDP AND THE LIBERALS AND THE GREEN PARTY SHOWED UP WITH TWO PEOPLE FOR THE HARDEST HIT SECTORS. I HAVE TO SAY WHEN YOU LOOK AT NIAGARA FALLS, WHEN YOU LOOK AT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND YOU LOOK AT OTTAWA AND TORONTO AND HAMILTON, ALL IMPORTANT PLACES TO VISIT IN THIS PROVINCE THEIR MEMBERS DIDN'T SHOW UP. I HAVE TO SAY THERE'S IT 100 MILLION DOLLARS THERE FOR ALL TO USE IN TERMS OF SUPPORTING THEM. I CALL ON THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE TO DO THE JOB.

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER.

The caption changes to "Laura Mae Lindo. NDP. Kitchener Centre."

Lindo is in her thirties, with long highlighted hair in thin dreads. She wears a white blouse and a golden headscarf.

She says THANK YOU... CENTRE. THANK YOU, SPEAKER. TOMORROW CHARLES MCBEADLY'S PLAN WILL BE VOTE ODDS... PLAN WILL BE VOTED ON. IT'S TROUBLE IN THIS APPLICATION GOT THIS FAR. IN THE FALL THIS GOVERNMENT RUSHED LEGISLATION THROUGH SO THE PREMIER'S CLOSE FRIENDS COULD BUILD A UNIVERSITY FOR HATEFUL RHETORIC IN PARTICULAR AGAINST LGBTQ2S+ COMMUNITIES. WHILE THEY REQUESTED CHANGES AND HAD NUMEROUS QUESTIONS FOR MR. MCBEEDIE, THE CEO, HIS SON FLEW TO DISNEY WORLD THIS WINTER INSTEAD OF RESPONDING. THIS DELAYED THE PROCESS BY FOUR MONTHS. THE MCBEEDIE'S ASKED FOR NOT ONE BUT TWO EXTENSIONS. SO MANY THEY WILL GET A YES OR NO. WILL HE IMMEDIATELY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS?

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND PETERBOROUGH SOUTH.

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 gray suit, white shirt, and spotted pink tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THIS GOVERNMENT RESPECTS THE INDEPENDENT ADVICE OF OUR CCAP PROCESS. IT'S THANKS TO INDEPENDENT PROCESS THAT IS WE'VE SEEN GREAT AUTONOMY FOR INSTITUTIONS IN THE NORTH. GRANTING DEGREES AND BETTER UNLOCKING POTENTIAL OF THE NEXT GENERATION FOR HEALTH CARE IN THE NORTH. BETTER UNLOCK THE NEXT GENERATION OF FRANCOPHONE LEADERS IN THE NORTH AND INDIGENOUS LEADERS IN THE NORTH. WHEN IT COMES TO RESPECTING INDEPENDENTS PROCESSES THIS GOVERNMENT WILL DO THAT. THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Lindo says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. BACK TO THE PREMIER, CHARLES MCVETY HOSTED A FLEE EVENT AT HIS... FREE EVENT AT HIS COLLEGE LAST MONTH WITH NO SOCIAL DISTANCING. FOLLOWING THE SCIENCE TABLE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CHARLES MCVETY IS WILLING TO DO. MY OFFICE RECEIVED E-MAILS INDICATING THAT MEMBERS OF ONTARIO'S POSTSECONDARY COMMUNITY BELIEVES THAT MCVETY SHOULD BE OFFERING ARTS AND SCIENCE AGREES AS HE IGNORES THE GUIDELINES AND GIVEN HIS RHETORIC. YET THIS PREMIER CONTINUES TO BEND OVER BACKWARDS EVERYONE ELSE CHARLES MCVETY ASKS FOR A FAVOUR. THROUGH YOU, SPEAKERS AND BACK TO THE PREMIER WILL THE GOVERNMENT BRING IN LEGISLATION TO REINDIAN CHARLES MCVETY'S UNIVERSITY BEFORE THE SESSION BREAKS FOR THE SUMMER?

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH.

Piccini says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THIS IS ABOUT AN INDEPENDENT PROCESS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS. MR. SPEAKER, IF IT WAS UP TO THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE IT WOULD BE POLITICIANS INTERFERING IN THE INDEPENDENT PROCESSES DESIGNED TO SUPPORT INSTITUTIONS IN THE NORTH. IT'S POLITICIANS DECIDING WHAT IS OFFERED AND NOT OFFERED SPEAKER. THAT MEMBER MIGHT BE COMPETING WITH HER COLLEAGUES TO AUDITION FOR MINISTER OF THOUGHT CONTROL. ON HIS SIDE WE RESPECT THE INDEPENDENTS PROCESSES AND INDEPENDENT PROCESS THAT IS UNLOCKED THE POTENTIAL FOR THOSE IN THE NORTH THAT I MENTIONED SPEAKER. THIS GOVERNMENT LOWERED TUITION FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, SPEAKER. THIS GOVERNMENT EXPANDED OSAP FOR INDIGENOUS LEARNERS, LONG INDEPENDENT PROCESSES FOR THE INDIGENOUS INSTITUTES, MR. SPEAKER FOR THOSE IMPORTANT PARTNERS THAT WE WORK WITH TO UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL IN NORTHERN ONTARIO. WHAT DOES THAT SOLEMN IN COMMON WITH ALL OF THOSE THINGS? SHE VOTED AGAINST THOSE MEASURES TO SUPPORT OUR POSTSECONDARY LEARNERS. THANK YOU.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Don Valley West.

The caption changes to "Kathleen O. Wynne. Liberal. Don Valley West."

Wynne is in her fifties, with short curly blond hair. She wears a sleeveless red dress.

She says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. SPEAKER, WE MOVE TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR I RECOGNIZE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WHETHER IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS WE CAN OPEN SCHOOLS FOR SOME TIME BUT MY QUESTION HAS TO DO WITH SEPTEMBER. ONE OF THE HALLMARKS OF THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISIONS ON SCHOOL HAS SCHOOLING HAS BEEN A RELUCTANCE TO TALK WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN IN. THE SAME WAY IT'S IMPORTANT TO TALK WITH THE DOCTORS AND NURSES WHO REPRESENT THE DOCTORS AND NURSES OF THIS PROVINCE FOR THEIR ADVICE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT DECISION MAKERS TALK WITH ATTACHES AND SUPPORT STAFF WORKING SO HARD TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS ENGAGED. CAN THE MEMBER TELL THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WHETHER HE AND HIS MEMBERS HAVE MET WITH THE TEACHERS FEDERATION BE SUPPORT STAFF UNIONS AT ANY TIME SINCE LAST JULY ALMOST A YEAR AGO TO PLAN FOR THE BEGINNING OF THIS SEPTEMBER AND IF NOT WHEN WILL HE DO SO?

Lecce says THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IN DEED THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION MEETS WITH FEDERATION PARTNERS, LAST WEEK I MET WITH THE PRINCIPLE'S ASSOCIATION BOTH ENGLISH AND FRENCH AND CATHOLIC AND PUBLIC LIKEWISE OF THE TRUSTEES' ASSOCIATIONS REPRESENTING ALL ASSOCIATIONS IN THE PROVINCE AND AS WELL AS THE DIRECTORS OF THE EDUCATION COUNCIL. WE'RE IN CONSTANT CONTACT LISTENING TO THEIR PERSPECTIVE AND THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH TO REDUCE POTENTIAL SPEND MAXIMIZE SAFETY TO SEPTEMBER. IT'S WHY THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED 1.6 BILLION DOLLAR, A NATION LEADING PLAN OF OWNERS... INVESTMENT A ONETIME INCREASE IN COVID RESOURCES. MORE SUPPORT FOR READING RECOVERY AND MATH RECOVERY, RECOGNIZING THE CHALLENGES OF THIS DISRUPTION, HISTORIC INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH AND PUBLISH THE CHOICE FOR PARENTS OF IN-CLASS AND ONLINE LEARNING THIS SEPTEMBER WE THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT AND POSITIVE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEPTEMBER.

Wynne says MR. SPEAKER, JUST TO BE CLEAR THAT ANSWER WAS A NO. BECAUSE DIRECTORS AND TRUSTEES AND ADMINISTRATORS ARE NOT TEACHERS, THEY'RE NOT SUPPORT STAR TEACHER AND MY QUESTION WAS, HAS THE PREMIER AND THE MINISTER MET WITH THE PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE CLASSROOM WITH OUR STUDENTS?

The Speaker says ORDER.

Wynne says IT'S A PUSS BLING RELUCTANCE... PUZZLING RELUCTANCE BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HEAR FROM THE MEMBERS AND HEAR FROM THE FRONTLINES, THAT'S WHERE THE INFORMATION SHOULD COME FROM, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING FROM A NEWS REPORT THAT AT A RECENT CABINET MEETING THERE WAS A PREOCCUPATION WITH THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT INDUSTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST GOLF, MY PARTNER IS AN AVID GOLFER BUT HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND THE INTRICACIES OF THE GOLF INDUSTRY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN UNDERSTANDING WHAT GOES ON IN THE SCHOOLS FOR THE TEACHERS AND THE SUPPORT STAFF? WILL THE PREMIER AND THE MINISTER DEVELOP A ONGOING DIALOGUE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ADULTS WHO WORK WITH THE CHILDREN OF CHANGE PROVINCE.

The Speaker says STOP THE CLOCK. OKAY. WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THAT THIS MORNING. IF IT CONTINUES I'LL CALL YOU BY NAME, IF NECESSARY I'LL WARN YOU, IF NECESSARY SEND YOU HOME. PLEASE START THE CLOCK. MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. IT'S ONE THING TO LISTEN TO TEACHER UNIONS AND FEDERATION. BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING TO BEHOLDEN TO THEM. IN THE EXAMPLE...

The Speaker says ORDER!

Lecce says WHEN THE MEMBER OPPOSITE PERMITTED THE TEACHER'S UNION TO HIRE EXCLUSIVE BASED ON SENIORITY UNION THEY WERE LISTENING AND IGNORING THE PARENTS IN THIS PROVINCE. THAT'S WHY THE GOVERNMENT ENDED THIS REGULATION ENTIRELY.

The Speaker says I JUST SCOLDED ONE SIDE OF THE HOUSE AND THE SAME THING APPLIES TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE. MINISTER OF EDUCATION PLEASE CONCLUDE YOUR RESPONSE.

Lecce says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. IN ADDITION WE LISTENED TO PARENTS FOR IN-CLASS AND ONLINE LEARNING RECOGNIZING THAT THE MAJORITY WILL CHOOSE IN CLASS AS THEY SHOULD AS WE SUPPORT THE INVESTMENT IN-CLASS ENVIRONMENTS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE WILL TO PARENTS IN THE CONTEXT OF MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AS WE REALIZE THAT THE DISRUPTIONS HAD A PROBLEM ON THE CHILD'S HEALTH. WE OF QUADRUPLED THE INVESTMENT FROM THE LIBERALS BEING IN POWER BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE WANT TO REDUCE WAIT TIMES AND EARLY INTERVENTION. WHY WE LISTEN TO PARENTS AS WELL WITH A 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS PLAN MAKING EVERY PRECAUTION AND INVESTING EVERY DOLLAR TO MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS ARE SAFE.

The Speaker says THE NEXT question. The member for Brantford-Brant.

Bouma says SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT THERE IS A GRAND PRIX BETWEEN THE NUMBER OF NURSES THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE AND THE FUTURE NEEDS OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THIS IS TRUE IN THE SECTOR WHERE FRONTLINE WORKERS CARE FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE PATIENTS SUCH AS LONG-TERM CARE HOME AND COMMUNITY KAREN ACUTE CARE. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD THAT OUR GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES IN LONG-TERM CARE BY COMMITTING TO AN AVERAGE OF FOUR HOURS OF DIRECT CARE. WE NEED MORE NURSES TO DELIVER ON THAT. ACCOUNT MINISTER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TELL US THE ACTIONS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED NURSES AND REGISTERED PRACTICAL NURSES IN ONTARIO?

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH.

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

Piccini says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT IMPORTANT QUESTION. BECAUSE OF THE LEADERSHIP OF PREMIER FORD AND THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE AND MINISTER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES THAT THIS GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES THE HISTORIC 35 MILLION DOLLARS TO INCREASE ENROLLMENT IN NURSING AND PUBLICLY ASSISTED UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES THIS. WILL RESULT IN AN ADDITIONAL 1,130 PRACTICALLY NURSES AND OVER 8 OP REGISTERED NURSES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FIRST INCREASE. THE FIRST INCREASE IN NURSING SEATS IN OVER 20... YES, 20 YEARS, SPEAKER. IT'S TRULY HISTORIC. BE SPEAKER WE'RE INCREASING CLINICAL PLACEMENTS TO ENSURE THAT THE NEXT GO, OF LEARNERS HAVE THE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE THEY NEED. SPEAKER, AFTER DECADES OF NEGLECT, THIS GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS IMPORTANT ALLOTMENTS ARE NEEDED TO GIVE OUR PROFESSIONALS OF TOMORROW TO BETTER SUPPORT ONTARIANS TODAY AND TOMORROW.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Bouma says SPEAKER, IT IS GREAT NEWS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUING TO TAKE REAL ACTION TO HIRE MORE FRONTLINE HEALTH-CARE WORKERS TO SUPPORT OUR LONG-TERM CARE AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I AM SURE THAT THE MINISTER AGREES THAT WE CANNOT STOP THERE. THERE ARE CHALLENGES WITH THE SUPPLY OF FRONTLINE STAFF BY PSWS. NURSING EDUCATION IS THE ALWAYS ACCESSIBILITY FOR STUDENTS BECAUSE OF WHERE THEYLY. ACCOUNT MPP TELL US HOW THIS TRAINING FITS INTO THE BOARD WORK OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF HEALTH-CARE WORKERS IN ONTARIO?

The Speaker says PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT.

Piccini says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THAT MEMBER IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. ONE OF THE REASONS I GOT INVOLVED IN SPEAKING ELECTION AFTER... AFTER WORKING IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS BECAUSE OF YEARS OF SYSTEMIC NEGLECT. AFTER YEARS IN WHICH WE WERE NOT THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX TO UNLOCK OUR LEARNERS OF TOMORROW AND POWER WELL TRAINED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS OF TOMORROW. THAT'S WHY 2,000 ADDITIONAL NURSES IS BADLY NEEDED AND WHY WE LAUNCHED FREE TUITION AT OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLEGES TO SUPPORT OVER 16,000 PSWS. MR. SPEAKER, TOGETHER THIS WILL SUPPORT OUR GOAL OF HIRING OVER 27,000 MORE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO SUPPORT IN ACHIEVING THE FOUR HOURS OF DIRECT CARE. MR. SPEAKER, THAT WILL PLACE US AS A LEADER IN CANADA IN TERMS OF DIRECT HOURS OF CARE TO SUPPORT OUR LOVED ONES, LOVED ONES LIKE MY GRANDPARENTS WHO FELL VICTIM TO A NEGLECTED SYSTEM. OF ALL POLITICAL PARTIES BUT THANKS TO INVESTMENT OF THIS PREMIER AND THIS GOVERNMENT THAT WE WILL ENSURE THAT ONTARIANS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW ARE BETTER LOOKED AFTER. THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA CENTRE.

The caption changes to "Jeff Burch. NDP. Niagara Centre."

Burch is in his forties, clean-shaven and balding. He wears a gray suit, and dark blue shirt.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER, CITIZENS ACROSS ONTARIO WERE HORRIFIED WHEN THE PREMIER REFUSED TO OPEN OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES BASED ON A STORY ABOUT HIS BUDDIES GOING FOR POMS AFTER A BECAME OF... POPS AFTER A GAME OF GOVERNMENT. THIS GOVERNMENT HAS CONTINUED TO KEEP OUTDOOR RECREATION GLOVED GLOVED... CLOSED. THE COVID-19 SCIENCE ADVISORY TABLE HAS SAID THAT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES LIKE GOLF, TENNIS AND BEACH VOLLEYBALL ARE LOW RISK AND THAT WITH SOME ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTION THE PROVINCE COULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO ONCE AGAIN PARTICIPATE IN SPORT. I'VE HEARD FROM HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN NIAGARA SOME OF WHOM VOTED IN THIS GOVERNMENT AND THEY TELL ME THAT LOCKDOWNS HAD A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH AND ASKED THAT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES DONE SAFELY BE OPENED UP. WILL THE PREMIER LISTEN TO SCIENCE AND SPORT MEMBER FROM BRAMPTON CENTRE'S MOTION AND SAFELY RE-OPEN OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

The Speaker says RESPONSE.

Elliott says THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO OUTDOORS. ENJOY THE WONDERFUL WEATHER, GO OUTSIDE AND TAKE A WALK, GO FOR A BIKE RIDE AND PLAY WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN, GARDEN IF YOU'RE ABLE TO. THERE'S LOTS OF ACTIVITIES BUT TODAY IS NOT THE DAY TO OPEN UP ALL OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES OF WE'RE REVIEWING EVIDENCE AND SPEAK TO THIS MEDICAL ADVISERS. ALL OF THE DECISIONS ARE BASED ON THE DATA AND CLINICAL EVIDENCE BUT TODAY IS NOT THE DAY TO DO. IT MAYBE JUNE 2 OR BEFORE THAT BUT TODAY IS NOT THE DAY TO OPEN EVERYTHING UP.

THE SPEAKER SAYS SUPPLEMENTARY.

Burch says THAT'S NOT WHAT THE SCIENCE SAYS. THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ARE SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING THE PREMIER'S ANECDOTES ABOUT CHEESECAKE, EGG SANDWICHES AND HIS BUDDIES HAVING POPS WHILE HE IGNORES THE ADVISE. ANDREW AND JENNIFER OWN THE BROCK GOLF COURSE, AND ARE STRUGGLING TO EARN REVENUE WHEN THE WEATHER IS GOOD. AT THE KNOW THAT THEY'RE NOT THE ONLY SMALL BUSINESS SUFFERING AND THEY'RE MORE THAN WILLING TO DO THEIR PART. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY CAN'T SERVE THE PUBLIC WHEN THERE IS NO EXPLANATION WHY THEY ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SAFELY OPERATE. THIS IS A GOLF COURSE WHERE SENIORS, KIDS AND PEOPLE OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND SKILL LEVELS CAN GET OUT AND ENJOY FRESH AIR IN A SAFE ADVISEMENT THESE SAFE OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES ARE IMPORTANT TO MY RIDING AND PEOPLE ACROSS ONTARIO. WHEN WILL THE PREMIER LISTEN TO SCIENCE AND ADMIT HE GOT IT WRONG AGAIN AND OPEN SAFE OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF ONTARIANS HAS BEEN OUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY AND FOCUS AND IT CONTINUES TO BE. WE ARE LISTENING TO THE MEDICAL EXPERTS, INCLUDING DR. WILLIAMS, OUR CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH AS ARE 34 MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICERS IN ALL REGIONS ACROSS THE PROVINCE. WE LISTEN TO WHAT THEY'RE SAYING AND WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE OUTDOORS AND ENJOY THE WEATHER. IT'S GETTING MORE BEAUTIFUL EACH DAY AND TODAY IS NOT THE DAY TO OPEN EVERYTHING UP. I BELIEVE THAT'S IRRESPONSIBLE TO DO THAT TODAY. WE ARE FOLLOWING THE EVIDENCE AND IT WILL HAPPEN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 2NDS.

The Speaker says THANK YOU, THE NEXT question. The member for Guelph.

The caption changes to "Mike Schreiner. Green. Guelph."

Schreiner is in his late forties, clean-shaven, with short brown hair. He wears glasses, a blue suit, white shirt, and green tie.

He says MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. THE SCIENCE IS CLEAR, MOST COVID OUTBREAKS ARE HAPPENING IN VULNERABLE ESSENTIAL WORK PLACES AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE SAFE. IT SHOULD BE OPEN. THAT'S WHY FOR WEEKS I'VE BEEN URGING THE PREMIER TO FOCUS ON WHERE THE OUTBREAK ARE HAPPENINE HAPPENING. VULNERABLE WORK PLACES AND TO RE-OPEN SAFE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. THIS IS AN EQUITY ISSUE, SPEAKER, NOT EVERYONE HAS A YARD TO PLAY IN AND NOT EVERYONE CAN WORK FROM HOME. SO SPEAKERS WILL THE PREMIER FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF SCIENTISTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS BY OPENING SAFE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND FOCUSSING IN ON WHERE THE VIRUS IS SPREADING. VULNERABLE INDOOR WORK PLACES.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. WE'RE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BE OUTDOORS, PARKS AND TRAILS ARE EPP OH. PEOPLE CAN BE OUTDOORS TO ENJOY WALKING AND BIKING. WHATEVER THEY WISH TO DO. TAKING THE DOG OUGHT OUT FOR A WALK. PEOPLE CAN BE OUTDOORS. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING WITH RESPECT TO EQUITY BUT WITH ALL DUE RESPECT PARKS ARE OPEN AND EVERYONE CAN BE OUT TO ENJOY. THERE IS NO EQUITY ISSUE HERE IN TERMS THE AVAILABILITY OF OUTDOOR SPACES. PEOPLE CAN BE OUTDOORS BUT TODAY IS NOT THE DAY TO OPEN UP EVERYTHING. WE ARE WATCHING THIS ON A DAILY BASIS. THE TIME WILL COME. THIS IS NOT FOREVER AND TODAY IS NOT THE DAY.

THE SPEAKER SAYS SUPPLEMENTARY.

Schreiner says SPEAKER, TRUST, PUBLIC TRUST IS VIOLATES TO COMBATING COVID. TRUST IS BUILT WHEN YOU MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON EVIDENCE AND SCIENCE. MOST OF THE SPREAD IS HAPPENING IN VULNERABLE WORK PLACES. NOT OUTDOORS, AND NOT BY TRAP. IF THE PREMIER SEEMS TO BE FOCUSSING ALL OF HIS ENERGY ON CLOSING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND BLAMING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR HIS MISTAKES. SO, SPEAKER, I'M ASKING THE PREMIER TO PIVOT TODAY. WILL THE PREMIER START FOCUSSING ON WHAT EXPERTS ARE CALLING THE BLIND SPOT IN THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO COVID AND MANDATE MEDICAL GRADE PPE IN VULNERABLE INDOOR WORK PLACES AND MANDATE THAT THEY HAVE PROPER VENTILATION IN VULNERABLE WORK PLACES.

The Speaker says MINISTER OF LABOUR, TRAINING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.

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, pale blue shirt, and postted pink tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF EVERY SINGLE WORKER IN THIS PROVINCE IS THE GOVERNMENT'S TOP PRIORITY AND THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE DONE NOW MORE THAN 50,000 INSPECTIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS RELATED TO COVID-19 AND WORK PLACES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. WE'VE NOW ISSUED MORE THAN 55,000 ORDERS TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS IN THE WORK PLACES. WE'VE NOW SHUTDOWN 91 UNSAFE WORK PLACES AND JOB SITES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE GONE FURTHER AND HIRED MORE THAN 100 NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTORS THAT BRING THE MINISTRIES INSPECTOR TO THE LARGEST IN PROVINCIAL HISTORY. WE HAVE MORE THAN 200 GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS, POSTERS AND SHEETS IN DOZENS AND DOZENS OF LANGUAGES AVAILABLE AT ONTARIO.CA/COVIDSAFETY. WE CONTINUE TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF EVERY WORKER IN THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says THANK YOU. THE NEXT question. The member for Toronto Centre.

The caption changes to "Suze Morrison. NDP. Toronto Centre."

Morrison is in her late thirties, with straight brown hair in a bob. She wears a printed white shawl over a black dress.

She says THERE ARE THERE WAS PROVINCIALLY DESIGNATED HOT SPOTS AND ANOTHER HOT SPOT BUT OMITTED FROM THE LIST IS MY COMMUNITY IN TORONTO CENTRE. FOUR HOT SPOTS IN A RIDING 7 SQUARE KILOMETRES LARGEST TENS OF THOUSANDS IN MY COMMUNITY ARE AT INCREDIBLE RISK CONTRACTING COVID BECAUSE OF OUR HOT SPOTS AND THE COMMUNITY. FOR WEEKS THE GOVERNMENT HELD BACK VACCINES FROM HOT SPOTS. PEOPLE WERE CALLING IT THE VACCINE HUNGER GAMES IN MY COMMUNITY, SPEAKER. OVER THE PAST WEEK WE'VE FINALLY STARTED TO RECEIVE A STEADY SUPPLY OF VACCINES AND ARE BEGINNING TO CURB THE OUTBREAKS RAVAGING OUR NEIGHBOURHOODS. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK JUST STARTING TO GET THE... WE'RE JUST STARTING TO GET THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL SO WHY IS THE PREMIERLING PLANNING TO PULL THAT CONCENTRATED SUPPORT FROM THE HOT SPOTS THIS JUST TWO WEEKS TO PUT THE SAFETY OF THE ENTIRE PROVINCE AT RISK?

The Speaker says OF MINISTER OF LABOUR COME TO... MINISTER OF LABOUR COME TO ORDER. MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THE PLAN TO ALLOCATE 50 percent OF INCOMING VACCINES TO HOT SPOTS OVER TWO WEEKS HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND WE HAVE A RELIABLE AND STEADY SUPPLY OF VACCINES BUT I CAN ADVISE THE MEMBER THAT BECAUSE OF THE PLAN WE HAVE NOW SEEN DUE TO THIS ALLOCATION OF VACCINES TO HOT SPOTS THAT THE HOT SPOT AREAS NOW HAVE 7.9 percent COVERAGE THAN THE NONHOT SPOT COMMUNITIES. I WOULD CALL THAT A SUCCESS. NOW WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ROLL OUT THE VACCINE SUPPLY WHICH WE HAVE DOUBLE THE SUPPLY COMING IN NOW THAN WE HAD BEFORE. THAT IS AVAILABLE TO EACH PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT TO ALLOCATE. VACCINES ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN DEFINITION OF HOT SPOTS.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Morrison says I'M ASK THE MINISTER TO LISTEN TO THE SCIENCE TABLE OF THE ONTARIO SCIENCE TABLE GAVE THIS GOVERNMENT DIRECTION THAT AT LEAST 50 percent OF VACCINES NEED TO GO TO THE 74 HOT SPOT AREAS FOR NO LESS THAN 25 DAYS. TWO WEEKS, 14 DAYS DOES NOT 25 DAYS MAKE THE MINIMUM STANDARD RECOMMENDATIONS COMING FROM THE ONTARIO SCIENCE TABLE. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THESE HOT SPOTS WHO HAVEN'T RECEIVED THEIR FIRST DOSES. IF THE GOVERNMENT TAKES VACCINATION OUT OF THE HOT SPOTS NOW TOO EARLY WE RISK TAKING THE PROVINCE ENTIRELY BACKWARDS ON OUR VACCINATION STRATEGY. WHY IS THE PREMIER REFUSING TO DO WHAT THE EXPERTS AT THE SCIENCE TABLE ARE TELLING HIM AND TO STOP THE CYCLE BY ADEQUATELY KEEPING THE HOT SPOT STRATEGY TO THE 25 DAYS RECOMMENDED BY THE SCIENCE TABLE?

The Speaker says MINISTER THE HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THE PLAN WE HAD TO INCREASE THE VACCINE SUPPLY BY 50 percent TO HOT SPOTS HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL, 8 percent HIGHER DOSAGE RATE IN THE HOT SPOTS VERSUS THE NONHOT SPOT COMMUNITIES. IN ADDITION TO THAT, AT THE TIME THAT THE ALLOCATION AND THE RECOMMENDATION BASS MADE BY THE SCIENCE TABLE IS WHEN THE VACCINE SUPPLIES WERE LOWER. NOW WE HAVE DOUBLE THE SUPPLY OF VACCINES COMING IN TO ALL AREAS ACROSS THE PROVINCE NOW. THE DESIGNATION IS BY POPULATION AND BY RISK SO THOSE RISKS THAT ARE STILL AT RISK WILL STILL NEED MORE VACCINE AND IT'S DUE TO THE DISCRETION OF THE LOCAL MEDICAL OFFICERS OF HEALTH TO HAVE THOSE VACCINES CONCENTRATED IN THE AREAS THAT ARE STILL CONSIDERED TO BE HOT SPOT AREAS. SO WE HAVE MORE THAN ADEQUATE SUPPLY, I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN ABILITY OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS AND PEOPLE WILL RECEIVE A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL OF DOSES OF THOSE VACCINES.

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 maroon dress.

She says THE QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. I WAS LISTENING TO YOU CAREFULLY BECAUSE YOU KNOW IN HOT SPOTS LIKE IN SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD, THE TEST POSITIVITY IS VERY HIGH. IN THE MORNINGSIDE AREA ALONE THE TEST POSITIVITY IS 1200 PER 100,000 PEOPLE WHICH IS TEN TIMES HIGHER THAN THE PROVINCIAL AVERAGE. THAT IS RISK THAT HOT SPOTS WHERE THERE IS RISK WILL RECEIVE MORE. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS HOW MUCH MORE. THE ONTARIO SCIENCE TABLE SAYS THAT HOT SPOTS SHOULD RECEIVE 50 percent MOVER OF THE ALLOCATED... MORE OF THE ALLOCATED VACCINES. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO GO BACK TO A PER CAPITA DISTRIBUTION AS IF EVERYONE BEARLES THE SAME RISK, WE DO NOT. OUR COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE HIGH RATES OF POSITIVITY REQUIRE MORE VACCINES BECAUSE IT'S SAFER FOR THE WHOLE PROVINCE TO GET THE THIRD WAVE UNDER CONTROL. MY QUESTION IS SIMPLY WILL WILL YOU LISTEN TO THE SCIENCE TABLE AND GO WHACK TO THE... BACK TO THE 50 percent ALLOCATION...

The Speaker says THANK YOU. REPLY. MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE TEST RATES DO REMAIN HIGH IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE PROVINCE WHICH IS WHY WE NEED TO BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL ABOUT ANY POTENTIAL RE-OPENING WHICH HAS BEEN ARGUED ON THAT SIDE ALL MORNING. THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL AND WE ARE BEING CAREFUL. THE STRATEGY THAT WE BROUGHT FORWARD TO ALLOCATE 50 percent OF THE VACCINES INTO THE HOT SPOTS IS WORKING. 8 percent HIGHER LEVEL IN HOT SPOT COMMUNITIES VERSUS NON. WE NEED TO ALLOCATE THE VACCINE BASED ON POPULATION AS BEFORE AND BASED ON RISK. THE AREAS THAT HAVE HIGHER RISK AREAS GOING TO RECEIVE MORE VACCINES WHICH WOULD OF COURSE INCLUDE HELLO SCARBOROUGH.

The Speaker says SUPPLEMENTARY.

Hunter says WHAT I'M SEEKING AN ANSWER TO IS HOW MUCH MORE ALLOCATION WILL THE COMMUNITIES LIKE SCARBOROUGH RECEIVE? THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT FOR SERIOUS REASONS. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE EXPANSION OF VACCINES TO 18 PLUS ACROSS THE PROVINCE THAT'S GOOD NEWS AND I THINK THAT THAT'S GOOD. OVER THE WEEKEND I SPOKE TO A GENTLEMAN IN MY RIDING, 96 YEARS OLD, JAMES. HE LIVES BY HIMSELF, HE DOES NOT LEAVE HIS HOME BUT HE HAS SUPPORT COMING IN TO HIS HOME THROUGH THE LYNN. HE'S STILL WAITING FOR THE VACCINES DESPITE BEING ELIGIBLE IN THE LAST FIVE MONTHS AS PART OF PHASE 1. JAMES DEMONSTRATES NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TURN OUR FOCUS AWAY FROM THE HOT SPOTS BECAUSE WE HAVE VULNERABLE PEOPLE WHO REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITIES WHO ARE AT SERIOUS RISK. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF HOME BOUND RESIDENTS LIKE JAMES LIVING IN HOT SPOTS WAITING FOR THEIR TURN AND WANT TO KNOW WHETHER L EMPTY MINISTER COMMIT TO 50 percent MORE VACCINE SUPPLY TO HOT SPOT COMMUNITIES?

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Elliott says THANK YOU. GOING FORWARD VACCINE ALLOCATION WILL BE BASED ON POPULATION AND RISK. I KNOW THAT SCARBOROUGH HAD HAS A NUMBER OF HOT SPOT AREAS WILL WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO BUT ALL AREAS ARE NOW RECEIVING MUCH LARGER QUANTITIES OF VACCINE BECAUSE NOW WE HAVE A RELIABLE AND STEADY SUPPLY OF VACCINES AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE SUCH AS JAMES RECEIVE A FIRST DOSE AND WE ARE WORKING WITH PANDEMIC SERVICES AND HOME CARE SERVICES AS WELL TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO RECEIVE A VACCINE WILL. JAMES WILL NOT BE MISSING OUT. HE WILL RECEIVE A FIRST DOSAGE AND SECOND DOSAGE AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR HUMBER RIVER-BLACK CREEK.

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

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

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. FOR THE PREMIER, THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES ARE FORCED TO LOCKDOWN DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. THESE BUSINESSES HAVE DONE THEIR PART TO SLOW DOWN A SPREAD OF COVID-19 BUT WITHOUT THE HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT THEY RISK LOSING EVERYTHING THEY HAVE WORKED SO HARD FOR THROUGH NO FOUL OF THEIR OWN... FAULT OF THEIR OWN. MANY BUSINESS OWNERS ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY REGARDING THE ONTARIO SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM. THEY LISTENED AND APPLIED FOR THE GRANT AND WAITED FOR WEEKS TO BE DEPARTMENT WITH NO EXPLANATION GIVEN. WHEN THEY TRIED TO CONTACT THE GOVERNMENT'S CALL CENTRE THEY COULDN'T GET AN ANSWER. NOW THE DEADLINE IS CLOSED WITH THOUSANDS OF BUSINESSES NEEDING SUPPORT TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AND DOORS OPEN. WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT HANGING THESE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS OUT TO DRY.

The Speaker says THE MINISTER OF TRADE.

The caption changes to "Honourable Victor Fedeli. Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade."

Fedeli is in his fifties, with short white hair and glasses. He wears a gray suit, white shirt and yellow tie.

He says THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. FIRST OF ALL, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY THRILLED THAT 109,700 SMALL BUSINESSES IN ONTARIO HAVE RECEIVED ALMOST 3 BILLION DOLLARS. IN FACT IT'S 2.82 BILLION DOLLARS ALREADY SPEAKER, THAT IS AN UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WENT OUT IN THREE AND A HALF MONTHS FROM THIS GOVERNMENT TO SMALL BUSINESSES. WE'RE VERY, VERY UPSET TO SEE THAT THE NDP DID NOT SUPPORT THE DOUBLING OF THAT SMALL BUSINESS GRANT.

The Speaker says THE MEMBER FOR SCAR SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD COME TO ORDER.

Fedeli says THEY VOLTED TO HOLD BACK FROM THE SMALL BUSINESSES... VO- THEY VOTED TO HOLD BACK FROM THE SMALL BUSINESSES AND DID NOT APPROVE THE GRANT FOR TOURISM AND TRAP.

Watch: Question Period: Monday, May 17, 2021