Transcript: Question Period: Tuesday, October 05, 2021 | Oct 06, 2021

In the House of Commons, some members of parliament sit at desks. The Speaker wears black.

The Speaker says, IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL
QUESTIONS.

The Speaker pulls on a mask. Other attendees watch from seating above the Speaker. Everyone in attendance wears masks. Text reads, question period, période de questions. A member stands from their desk and removes their mask.

The Speaker says, AND I RECOGNIZE THE LEADER OF
HER MAJESTY'S LOYAL OPPOSITION.

Some of the members applaud.

The member says, THANKS UH, THANKS SO VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION THIS MORNING
IS FOR THE PREMIER.

The member is a woman with shoulder length hair who wears a white floral top and dark blue blazer with a long necklace.

She says, THE
GOVERNMENT FINALLY CAME BACK UH, TO
QUEEN'S PARK BUT BASED ON THEIR
NOTHING BURGER BUDGET, UH, SEEM TO
NOT BE PREPARED TO GET TO WORK.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition.

Andrea says, UM, UH, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE FOLKS IN
ONTARIO THAT ARE WORKING VERY
HARD.

Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de l’oposition officelle.

Andrea says, I WANT TO UH, PARTICULARLY POINT OUT
NURSES, WHO ARE WORKING THEIR
BACKS OFF TO TRY TO PROTECT US
THROUGHOUT THIS UH, FOURTH WAVE, UH, AND
YET THEY'RE DOING SO FACING
SIGNIFICANT SHORTAGES CAUSED BY
THIS GOVERNMENT AND THE PREVIOUS
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.
SPEAKER, THEY'RE EXHAUSTED, THEY
ARE OVERWORKED, THEY ARE
UNDERPAID.
SO MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER
IS: WHERE IS THE GOVERNMENT
PLAN, WHERE IS THE FUNDING
NECESSARY TO SHORE UP OUR HEALTH
SYSTEM, MAKING SURE THAT WE
WE KEEP OUR NURSES AND THAT WE
RETAIN THEM FOR THE, FOR THE FUTURE OF
OUR PROVINCE?

Andrea returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker asks, REPLY TO THE
GOVERNMENT?
DEPUTY PREMIER AND MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

A woman with long blond hair stands at a desk. She wears a white button down shirt and black jacket.

The woman says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER,
GOOD MORNING.
AND THANK YOU TO THE LEADER OF
THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION FOR THE
QUESTION.
WE VALUE GREATLY THE WORK THAT'S
BEEN DONE BY NURSES.
WE CERTAINLY RECOGNIZE THAT THEY
HAVE GONE THROUGH TREMENDOUS
STRESS, UH, CONSIDERABLE OVERWORK, UH, IN
THE LAST 18 MONTHS AND THEY ARE
THE ONES WITH OTHER FRONTLINE
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS THAT REALLY
ARE THE HEROES IN THIS ENTIRE
SYSTEM.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Christine Elliott, OC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la Santé.

Christine says, SO WE RECOGNIZE THE CONCERNS THAT THEY,
THEY HAVE.
WE DID PROVIDE PANDEMIC PAY FOR
A PERIOD OF TIME TO UH, ASSIST THEM
FINANCIALLY WITH UH, MANY OF THEIR
CONCERNS, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT
THEY ARE SUBJECT TO UH, UH SIGNIFICANT
STRESS LOADS, ANXIETY, IN SOME
CASES PTSD BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE
THAT THEY HAVE WITNESSED
AND HAD TO DEAL WITH
AND SO WE HAVE EXPANDED
TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC MENTAL
HEALTH UH, SUPPORTS FOR NURSES TO
PROVIDE THEM WITH THE
COUNSELLING THAT THEY NEED IN FOUR
LOCATIONS THAT ARE MAJOR MENTAL
HEALTH CENTERS.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Andrea stands.

She says, NURSES ARE LEAVING IN DROVES
AND THE GOVERNMENT HASN'T SHOWN
ANY PLAN WHATSOEVER.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition.

Andrea says, SIMILAR TO THE PROBLEMS THAT WE
HAVE IN EDUCATION, SPEAKER.
THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT MAKING THE
NECESSARY INVESTMENTS IN OUR
EDUCATION SYSTEM.

Text transitions, to Learder parlementaire de l’oposition officelle.

Andrea says, IN FACT, IT'S SHOCKING THAT A FULL
ONE-THIRD OF COVID-19 CASES
CURRENTLY ARE IN OUR PUBLIC
SCHOOL SYSTEM.
THE GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE HIRED
MORE TEACHERS, SPEAKER, THEY
COULD HAVE REDUCED CLASS SIZES,
THEY COULD HAVE SUPPORTED OUR
STUDENTS WHEN THEY NEED THAT
SUPPORT THE MOST, AND INSTEAD
THEY CHOSE TO CUT $800 MILLION
FROM OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM
IN THE, IN THE THROES OF A GLOBAL
PANDEMIC.
SPEAKER, STUDENTS, PARENTS,
TEACHERS, EDUCATION WORKERS HAVE
HAD NOTHING UH, BUT SILENCE
FROM THE GOVERNMENT.
THEY WEREN'T EVEN TALKED ABOUT.
THEY WEREN'T EVEN REFERENCED IN
YESTERDAY'S THRONE SPEECH.

Andrea tucks her hair behind her ear.

She asks, WHERE IS THE PLAN FOR SAFER
SCHOOLS, INCLUDING THE HIRING OF
NEW TEACHERS, EDUCATION WORKERS,
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS FOR OUR
STUDENTS?
WHERE IS THAT PLAN, SPEAKER?

Andrea returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THE MINISTER
OF EDUCATION TO REPLY.

A person says, WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER AND THANK YOU TO THE
MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE
QUESTION.
I'M PROUD TO BE PART OF A
GOVERNMENT THAT IS INVESTING
MORE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION THAN
ANY GOVERNMENT IN THE HISTORY OF
THIS PROVINCE.

(Applause)

The person says, MR. SPEAKER, THE PLAN HAS BEEN
FULLY ENDORSED BY THE CHIEF
MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH.
THE HEAD OF THE ONTARIO SCIENCE
TABLE HAS SUGGESTED THE PLAN
CAUTIOUSLY ALLIANCE WITH THAT
BEST MEDICAL ADVICE.

The person speaking is a man wearing a suit and tie and has short dark hair. Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Ministre de l’Education.

Stephen says, WE PUT IN PLACE INVESTMENTS
THAT HAS ENABLED MASSIVE AIR
VENTILATION IMPROVEMENTS IN
EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL IN THIS
PROVINCE, WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
WE HAVE ENSURED $600 MILLION IN
MECHANICAL VENTILATION
IMPROVEMENTS THROUGH THE SUMMER
AND THE FALL.
WE HAVE DEPLOYED 70,000HEPA
UNITS.
WE HAVE PROVIDED TAKE HOME
TESTINGING OPTIONS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
FOR THOSE PARENTS. FOR THOSE HIGH SCHOOL
ASYMPATMATIC PARENTS TO REDUCE THE
TIME THEY'RE OUT OF CLASS AND
TODAY WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH
WE HAVE GONE FURTHER, SPEAKER,
ANOTHER TOOL IN THE TOOLKIT TO
KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE, TO KEEP
THEM OPEN.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen says, BY DEPLOYING ON A RISK BASIS A RAPID
ANTIGEN TESTING PROGRAM THAT
WILL HELP ENSURE WE KEEP
STUDENTS IN THIS PROVINCE
LEARNING EVERY SINGLE DAY.

(Applause)

Stephen returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Andrea stands at her desk.

She says, SPEAKER, THAT DOESN'T ANSWER
THE ISSUE AROUND $800 MILLION
BEING CUT FROM THE EDUCATION
BUDGET.
BUT LOOK SADLY, IN FACT
TRAGICALLY THE SAME THING IS
HAPPENING IN LONG-TERM CARE.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition.

Andrea says, THERE IS NO PLAN TO FIX OUR
LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM, IN FACT
THIS GOVERNMENT IS CONTENT IN
CONTINUING THE SAME FAILED
SYSTEM OF FOR-PROFIT UH, LED
LONG-TERM CARE IN OUR PROVINCE.

Text transitions, to Learder parlementaire de l’oposition officelle.

Andrea says, THE SAME SYSTEM THAT THE
LIBERALS UPHELD FOR 15 YEARS.
THERE'S NO PLAN TO HIRE OR
RETAIN WORKERS JUST LIKE IN OUR
BROADER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

(Chatter)

Andrea says, AND
THE WAGE TOP-UP FOR PSWS
IN FACT EXPIRES AT THE END
OF THIS MONTH AND JUST THIS
MORNING THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE
FOR LONG-TERM CARE THREE TIMES
ON CBC RADIO DODGED THE QUESTION
AND REFUSED TO COMMIT TO MAKING
PERMANENT THE PSW PAY RAISE.

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Andrea says, SO MY QUESTION IS WHY WON'T THE
GOVERNMENT MAKE THE COMMITMENT
TO INCREASE WAGES OF PSWS
PERMANENTLY?

The Speaker says, QUESTION.

Andrea says, BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE EXPERT IN
EVERY SINGLE REPORT,
AND THEY KNOW IT,
SAYS THAT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT
THEY SHOULD BE DOING.

(Applause)

Andrea returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, REPLY, THE
MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE.

A person says, MR. SPEAKER, OUR PREMIER HAS
MADE CLEAR BOTH HIS RESPECT FOR
OUR PSWS AND THROUGH THE WAGE
INCREASES WE PROVIDED AND THE
WAGE INCREASES THAT WE HAVE UH,
WE HAVE COMMITTED TO.

The person speaking is a man greying hair wearing a grey suit with a blue tie.

He says, HAVE ENSURED THAT THEY WILL GET A
FAIR PAY FOR THE GREAT WORK THEY
DO.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Rod Phillips, PC, Minister of Long-Term Care.

Rod says, BUT MR. SPEAKER, THE LEADER OF
THE OPPOSITION IS TALKING ABOUT
NOT HAVING A PLAN.
THIS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT'S HERE
TO FIX LONG-TERM CARE.

Text transitions to, Ministre des Soins de longue durée.

MR. SPEAKER, 30,000 NET NEW
BEDS, MR. SPEAKER.
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT…

(Applause)

Rod says, ….THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT CREATED
611 NET NEW BEDS IN THE 11 YEARS, INCLUDING THE
YEARS WHEN THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION WAS IN
PARTNERSHIP WITH THEM.
YOU KNOW HOW MANY BED WERE
BUILT IN HAMILTON CENTER AT THAT
TIME?
ZERO, MR. SPEAKER.

(Chatter)

Rod says, 600 BEDS ARE BEING BUILT IN
HAMILTON NOW, MR. SPEAKER.
THAT'S A CHANGE.
MOVING TO FOUR HOURS OF CARE, A
COMMITMENT THAT WAS TALKED ABOUT
BY THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT BUT
NEVER FOLLOWED THROUGH ON.
MR. SPEAKER, NEW FUNDING WILL
START TO FLOW THIS YEAR TO MOVE
US TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF CARE
AND MR. SPEAKER, WE'LL ALSO
INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO MAKE
SURE THAT ACCOUNTABILITY,
TRANSPARENCY ENFORCEMENT ARE
WHAT THEY SHOULD BE.
WE HAVE A PLAN TO FIX
LONG-TERM CARE MR. SPEAKER AND I LOOK
FORWARD TO THE SUPPORT OF THE
OPPOSITION AS WE DEBATE IT.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

(Applause)

Rod returns to his seat. Across the room, Andrea stands.

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

Andrea says, IT’S PRETTY TRAGIC THAT THE
MINISTER DOESN'T REALIZE THAT
BEDS ARE, ARE NOT GOING TO DO
ANYTHING WITHOUT THE STAFFING
THAT WE NEED TO
SUPPORT THE PEOPLE THAT USE
THOSE BEDS.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition.

Andrea says, BUT, MY NEXT QUESTION, UH,
IS ALSO FOR THE PREMIER.

Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de l’oposition officelle.

Andrea says, IT'S CLEAR THAT THIS GOVERNMENT UH, IS, UH,
NOT GOING TO MAKE ANY CHANGES,
THEY’RE GOING TO GO BACK DOWN THIS
SAME WRONG PATH AND PENNY PINCH
ALL THE WAY TO THE CAMPAIGN.
EDUCATION AS I’VE ALREADY NOTICED,
I’VE ALREADY MENTIONED, $800 MILLION IN CUTS,
THEY'RE GOING AHEAD WITH IT.
STUDENTS, EDUCATION WORKERS,
TEACHERS, PARENTS, EVERYBODY IN
THE EDUCATION SYSTEMS KNOW WE
NEED MORE RESOURCES, NOT LESS IN
ORDER TO GET THROUGH THIS
PANDEMIC SPEAKER, BUT ALSO TO REBUILD OUR
EDUCATION SYSTEM, WHICH THIS
GOVERNMENT APPEARS TO BE BENT ON, ON
TEARING DOWN.
MY QUESTION IS WHY IS THIS
PREMIER, WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT
IN THE CONTEXT THAT WE NOW FACE
CONTINUING WITH AN
800 MILLION-DOLLAR CUT TO OUR
EDUCATION SYSTEM?

The Speaker says, QUESTION.

(Applause)

Andrea returns to her seat and Stephen Lecce stands.

The Speaker says, TO REPLY, THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Stephen says, YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
UH, FIRST OFF, MR. SPEAKER THIS
PREMIER AND GOVERNMENT HAS
INCREASED INVESTMENTS FOR SCHOOL
BOARDS THIS YEAR COMPARED TO
LAST YEAR BY $561 MILLION.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Ministre de l’Education.

Stephen says, WHAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE, WHAT
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE'S QUESTION
ACTUALLY MEANS IS THE
$800 MILLION FORECASTED BY THE
PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER
SPEAKS ABOUT COMPENSATION HIKES
WHICH OBVIOUSLY THE NDP WOULD
GIVE TO THE TEACHER UNIONS AND
THERE WOULD NOT BE A GOVERNMENT
STANDING UP FOR THE INTERESTS OF
TAXPAYERS AN PARENTS.
THIS GOVERNMENT WENT THROUGH THE
NEGOTIATION IN THE LAST PANDEMIC
WITH ONE FOCUS, INVESTING MORE IN
THE CLASSROOM.
OVER THE SUMMER WE INVESTED $600 MILLION
MORE IN OUR VENTILATION BECAUSE
THE DERELICTION OF DUTY BY THE FORMER
GOVERNMENT WHO DID NOTHING TO
IMPROVE SCHOOLS.
WHO CLOSED 600 NO LESS.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS
INVESTING IN BUILDING NEW SCHOOLS.
OVER HALF A BILLION DOLLARS.
MANY NEW SCHOOLS BEING BUILT AND, AND
REFURBISHED IN ONTARIO.
WITH RESPECT TO COVID-19…

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen says, …$1.6 BILLION MORE AND A
85 MILLION-DOLLAR RECOVERY PLAN
BECAUSE WE APPRECIATE HOW
IMPORTANT IT IS TO KEEP THE KIDS
SAFE, KEEP THEM IN SCHOOL AND
IMPROVE THE LEARNING QUALITY IN
THIS PROVINCE.

(Applause)

Stephen returns to his seat.

The Speaker asks, SUPPLEMENTARY?

Andrea says, MR. SPEAKER, NEWS FOR THE
MINISTER: PARENTS ARE ACTUALLY
TAX, TAXPAYERS AS WELL AND THEY WANT
TO PROTECT THEIR KIDS EDUCATION.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition.

Andrea says, HE SHOULD OF LEARNED THAT
MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.

Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de l’oposition officelle.

Andrea says, PARENTS CARE ABOUT THEIR KIDS'
QUALITY OF EDUCATION BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S
NOT ONLY EDUCATION CUTS,
SPEAKER.
OUR LOCAL HEALTH UH, UNITS HAVE BEEN
DOING YEOMAN’S WORK WHEN IT COMES TO
THE COVID-19 FIGHT.
THEY HAVE WORK, BEEN WORKING MIRACLES
IN COMMUNITIES ON THE FONT LINES
AS THIS PREMIER HAS BASICALLY
GONE MISSING.
COMPLETE LACK OF LEADERSHIP,
COMPLETE DITHERING.
COMPLETE DELAY.
THE PREMIER'S PRIORITY REMAINS
CUTTING OUR PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS
FROM 35 DOWN TO 10.
THE GOVERNMENT IS LITERALLY
RESTRUCTURING OUR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL
PANDEMIC.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE?
THESE FOLKS ARE ON THE FRONT
LINES OF COVID-19 DAY IN AND DAY
OUT.
OF ALL THE THINGS TO KEEP
PLOWING AHEAD WITH, WHY IS THE
PREMIER CONTINUING TO MAKE CUTS
TO HEALTH CARE?

The Speaker says, QUESTION

Andrea returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, TO REPLY THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Christine Elliott says, WELL, IN FACT IT PROBABLY
WON'T SURPRISE YOU, MR. SPEAKER
THAT I DISAGREE ENTIRELY WITH
THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE LEADER
OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Christine Elliott, OC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la Santé.

Christine says, IN FACT WE'VE PUT AN EXTRA
$5 BILLION INTO OUR HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM SINCE THE BEGINNING OF
THIS PANDEMIC.

(Applause)

Christine says, AND AS FAR FROM RESTRUCTURING
PUBLIC HEALTH DURING THE
PANDEMIC WE'VE ACTUALLY PAUSED,
IN THE CONSIDERATION MR. JIM
PINE WHO WAS DOING THE UH,
DISCUSSIONS AND CONSULTATIONS
WITH MUNICIPALITIES
HAS STOPPED BECAUSE
OF THE EXTRA WORK THAT THE
PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS NEED TO DO
AND WE HAVE PAUSED THAT UNTIL WE
MOVE THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC,
HOPEFULLY SOONER THAN LATER BUT
WE KNOW THAT THE PUBLIC HEALTH
UNITS NEED SOME ASSISTANCE.
THAT'S WHY WE PROVIDE
$47 MILLION IN MITIGATION
FUNDING SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY
LACK OF INCOME.
WE'VE PROVIDED THEM WITH THAT
MITIGATION FUNDING AS WELL AS
SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS
IN ORDER TO ALLOW THEM TO
CONTINUE TO DO THE EXCELLENT
WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING IN
TESTING AND CASE AND CONTACT
MANAGEMENT.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine returns to her seat. Andrea stands.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, AND THE FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Andrea says, I WOULD AGREE THAT THE PUBLIC
HEALTH UNITS ARE DOING A HECK OF
A LOT OF EXTRA WORK AND THE LAST
THING THEY NEED IS A SPIT IN THE
EYE FROM THIS GOVERNMENT WITH
THE THREAT OF REDUCING THEM DOWN
TO TEN FROM 35.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition.

(Applause)

Andrea says, LOOK, THE PREMIER ALSO HAS THE
TOOLS, SPEAKER, TO DO THE RIGHT
THING TO HELP THE FRONTLINE
MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS IN OUR
PROVINCE.

Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de l’oposition officelle.

Andrea says, THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS, SPEAKER
THAT WERE THERE DAY IN AND DAY
OUT RISKING THEIR OWN HEALTH,
RISKING
LITERALLY RISKING POSSIBLE DEATH
WHILE THE REST OF US WERE ABLE
STAY SAFE.
MEANWHILE AS THEY CONTINUED TO
TOIL AWAY, THE COST OF LIVING
KEEPS GOING UP AND THE PREMIER'S
FIRST ACTION WHEN HE BECAME
PREMIER WAS TO ROLL BACK THEIR
WAGES.
THE 10 CENT INCREASE IS NOTHING MORE
THAN AN INSULT TO THE WORKERS
THAT WE RELIED ON DURING THIS
PANDEMIC SO MY QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER IS WHY IS HE OKAY WITH
THAT?
WHY IS HE OKAY WITH WORKERS
WORKING FULL TIME, SOMETIMES TWO
AND THREE JOBS NOT EARNING
ENOUGH TO PAY THE BILLS AND PUT
A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS?

The Speaker says, QUESTION.

Andrea returns to her seat.

(Applause)
The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
LABOUR.

A person at a desk by the Speaker stands.

They say, WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
AND MR. SPEAKER ON BEHALF OF A
GRATEFUL PROVINCE I WANT TO
THANK EVERY SINGLE WORKER OUT
THERE THAT'S BEEN WORKING UH, EVERY
DAY THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC TO
SUPPORT OUR FAMILIES AND OUR
COMMUNITIES.

The person speaking is a man with short dark hair and glasses. He wears a blue suit and striped blue tie.

The man says, MR. SPEAKER, UH, WE LAID OUT A UH, PLAN
TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE THE
MINIMUM WAGE IN ONTARIO, BUT MR.
SPEAKER, LET ME BE CLEAR: WE
WANT PEOPLE TO BE GETTING BETTER
JOBS.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Monte McNaughton, PC Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Text transitions to, Ministre du Travail, de la Formation et du Développement des compétences.

Monte says, WE DON'T WANT TO BUILD AN
ECONOMY ON MINIMUM WAGE JOBS.
THAT'S WHY FOR EXAMPLE, MR.
SPEAKER WE'RE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE
TO PICK UP A CAREER UH, IN THE
SKILLED TRADES.
THESE ARE GOOD JOBS THAT PAY 6
FIGURES, THAT HAVE DEFINED
PENSIONS AND BENEFITS.
AND MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO
WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY TO SPREAD
OPPORTUNITY WIDELY AND FAIRLY AS
WE REBUILD BACK A BETTER
PROVINCE.

Monte returns to his seat.

Text reads question period, période de questions.

(Applause)

The Speaker stands.

He says, THE NEXT
QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR
DAVENPORT.

A person to the left of the Speaker stands.

They say, GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER.
THIS QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.

The person speaking is a woman with long blond hair who wears a green blazer. She holds a paper.

She says, SEPTEMBER CAME,
SEPTEMBER WENT, WITH NARY A PEEP
FROM THIS GOVERNMENT AND SO WITH
NO CONCRETE PLAN IN PLACE FOR
RAPID SCHOOL TESTING FROM THIS
GOVERNMENT, PARENTS TOOK MATTERS
INTO THEIR OWN HANDS.

Text reads, Marit Stiles, NDP, Davenport.

Marit says, THEY ACQUIRED AND THEY
DISTRIBUTED RAPID TESTS
THEMSELVES AS CASES AMONG KIDS
CONTINUED TO STEADILY CLIMB IN
THIS PROVINCE.
IT WAS A CRUSHING BLOW TO THOSE
PARENTS WHEN THE PREMIER
SUDDENLY BLOCKED ACCESS TO THOSE
RAPID TESTS LAST WEEK AND THEN
TODAY REVERSED THAT POSITION.
SPEAKER, WHY DID PARENTS HAVE TO
CROWD SOURCE A VITAL TOOL THAT
EXPERTS SAY WILL HELP KEEP
SCHOOLS SAFELY OPEN AND WHY
DIDN'T THE PREMIER DO HIS JOB
AND HAVE REAL TESTING IN PLACE
IN SEPTEMBER?

Marit returns to her seat.

(Applause)

Across the room, Stephen Lecce stands and removes his mask.

The Speaker says, REPLY, THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Stephen says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER AND I
THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR
THE QUESTION AND I WILL CONFIRM
THAT THE ONTARIO SCIENCE TABLE
PEDIATRIC HOSPITALS IN THIS
PROVINCE, THE TESTING STRATEGY
EXPERT PANEL AND THE CHIEF
MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH DO NOT
SUPPORT RAPID ASYMPTOMATIC
TESTING PROVINCE-WIDE.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Ministre de l’Education.

Stephen says, THAT IS THE POSITION OF MEDICAL
AUTHORITIES RIGHT ACROSS THE
PROVINCE, INCLUDING THE MEDICAL
OFFICER OF HEALTH IN THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE'S UH, COMMUNITY.
HAVING SAID THAT, SPEAKER, WE
HAVE FOLLOWED THE ONTARIO
SCIENCE TABLE RECOMMENDATION AND
ADOPTED THE UPDATED ADVICE BY
THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF
HEALTH WHO CONFIRMED TODAY WE
ARE LAUNCHING A RISK BASED
TARGETED UH, RAPID TESTING PROGRAM
TO PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS FOR THEM
TO DEPLOY WITH LOCAL INDICATORS
REQUIRED.
SO THAT YES, WE CAN ENSURE SCHOOLS
REMAIN SAFE AND OPEN.
IT BUILDS UPON OUR TAKE HOME
TEST STRATEGY, THE PCR TEST STRATEGY
WE'VE LAUNCHED FOR HIGH SCHOOL
UH, ASYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS.
WHY? BECAUSE WE
WANT TO INCREASE PRESENTISM AND
WANT TO REDUCE THE ABSENTEEISM
FROM THE CLASSROOM, BECAUSE,
FOR MENTAL HEALTH, TO LEARNING LOSS,
IT'S SO CRITICAL THAT WE MITIGATE GOING
FORWARD.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen says, WE'RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH.
WE'VE ADOPTED THIS NEW STRATEGY AS
ANOTHER TOOL IN THE TOOLKIT TO
KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN IN THIS
PROVINCE.

(Applause)

Stephen returns to his seat. Across the room Marit stands and removes her mask.

Marit says, MR. SPEAKER THE ABDUCTATION
OF RESPONSIBILITY BY THIS
MINISTER IS APPALLING.
THEY HAVE DOWNLOADED DECISIONS,
THEY HAVE DOWNLOADED COSTS AND
THEY NEVER TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
FOR A SINGLE THING.

Text reads, Marit Stiles, NDP, Davenport.

Marit says, SPEAKER IN THAT VACUUM OF
PROVINCIAL LEADERSHIP TO MAKE
SCHOOLS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE,
SCHOOLS NOW ACCOUNT FOR
ONE-THIRD OF THE ACTIVE COVID-19
CASES IN THIS PROVINCE.
THERE WERE 250 MORE CASES TODAY
AND 6 MORE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.
THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF
HEALTH HIMSELF SAID, TODAY, THAT
TARGETED RAPID TESTING COULD
HELP PREVENT PAINFUL CLOSURES IN
AREAS OF HIGH RISK.
EVERY DAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE
HEARING ABOUT CLASS SIZES THAT
ARE LARGER THAN PRE-PANDEMIC
LEVELS.
COHORTS MIXING AS CLASSES ARE
COLLAPSED, RECOGNIZING THAT
INCREASED RISK TO CHILDREN IN
CROWDED CLASSROOMS.
WILL THESE SCHOOLS BE INCLUDED
IN THE RAPID TESTING PROGRAM?

Marit puts on her mask and returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, REPLY, MINISTER OF EDUCATION?

Stephen stands at his desk.

He says, VERY MUCH MR. SPEAKER.
IN THE MIDST OF THE DELTA
DRIVEN FOURTH WAVE, FIVE AND SIX
SCHOOLS, ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN
ONTARIO DO NOT HAVE AN ACTIVE
CASE AND FOUR OUT OF FIVE
SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS IN OUR
PROVINCE DO NOT HAVE ACTIVE
CASES.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Ministre de l’Éducation.

THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH
CONFIRMSED THIS MORNING THAT THE
CAUTIOUS PROTOCOL IS WORKING TO
KEEP TRANSMISSION LOW AND
SCHOOLS SAFE.
AND WE APPRECIATE THE
PARTNERSHIP OF EVERYONE.
AND I SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE
ON WORLD TEACHER DAY, OUR
GRATITUDE FOR EDUCATORS FOR
WORKING SO HARD WITH OUR
GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT TO
KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN AND SAFE AND
TO ENSURE CHILDREN MAY ENGAGE IN LEARNING.

(Applause)

Stephen says, TODAY THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF
HEALTH ADOPTED ANOTHER TOOL IN
THE TOOLKIT BY LAUNCHING A
PROGRAM DESIGNED AND TARGETED
FOR THOSE SCHOOLS AT RISK, BASED
ON A BALANCE OF METRICS
INCLUDING SCHOOLS THAT WILL HAVE
HIGH CASE RATES AND MAY HAVE LOW
VACCINE RATES.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE RELYING ON
THE EXPERT ADVICE OF PUBLIC
HEALTH UNITS TO DEPLOY THOSE
TESTS.
WE'VE LAUNCHED A PROVINCE…

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen says, …WE'VE LAUNCHED A TAKE HOME TEST
ACROSS UH, SCHOOLS IN THIS PROVINCE
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO MAKE
LIFE EASIER.
WE'VE EXPANDED TESTING OPTIONS.
WE’VE WORKED WITH THE MINISTRY OF
HEALTH TO REDUCE THE WAIT TIMES
AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
STAND READY TO DO WHATEVER IT
TAKES TO KEEP SCHOOLS SAFE AND
OPEN IN ONTARIO.

(Applause)

Stephen returns to his seat. Text reads, Question Period, Période questions.

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER
FOR FLAMBOROUGH-GLANBROOK.

A person says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND
GOOD MORNING.

(Cheering)

The person speaking is a woman with long brown hair and bangs. she wears a black shirt and grey jacket.

She says, SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
THIS PAST YEAR WE HAVE SEEN A
RENEWED FOCUS ON THE HORRORS OF
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS AND THE
TREATMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.

Text reads, Donna Skelly, PC, Flamborough-Glanbrook.

Donna says, LAST WEEKS INAUGURAL DAY OF
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WAS AN
IMPORTANT STEP IN ACKNOWLEDGING
PARTS OF CANADA'S PAST, BUT AS
WE CAN ALL AGREE, MORE NEEDS TO
BE DONE.
MINISTER, LAST WEEK AHEAD OF THE
FIRST NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND
RECONCILIATION, YOU MADE AN
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO
ENHANCE INDIGENOUS LEARNING WITH
THE CURRICULUM.
AWARENESS OF THE PAST BUT ALSO
THE HISTORIES, CULTURES AND
CONTRIBUTIONS OF FIRST NATIONS,
METIS AND INUIT INDIVIDUALS,
COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS IN
CANADA IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN
TAKING ACTION TOWARDS
RECONCILIATION.
MINISTER, CAN YOU SHARE FURTHER
INFORMATION ON THESE IMPORTANT
CHANGES?

Someone says, GREAT QUESTION.

(Applause)

The Speaker stands.

He says, THE MEMBER TO
MAKE A COMMENT TO THE CHAIR.
MINISTER OF EDUCATION TO
RESPOND.

The speaker returns to his seat.

Stephen says, THANK YOU SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER
FROM FLAMBOROUGH-GLANBROOK
FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND FOR HER
COMMITMENT TO ENSURING CHILDREN
CONTINUE TO LEARN ABOUT OUR
INDIGENOUS HISTORY.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de l’Éducation

Stephen says, MR. SPEAKER, I AM GRATEFUL, UH, FOR
THE VOICES OF INDIGENOUS LEADERS
IN THIS PROVINCE, FIRST NATION,
INDIAN AND METIS WHO HAVE SPOKEN
CLEARLY THAT THE GENERATION OF
STUDENTS OF MYSELF, INCLUDING MYSELF,
HAVE NOT LEARNED, DID NOT LEARN
ABOUT THE PAINFUL PAST OF THE
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS WITHIN OUR
PUBLICLY FUNDED SCHOOL SYSTEM.
THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE I THINK TO
ALL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE
WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE BUILT UPON
ACTIONS OVER THE PAST YEARS
TO EXPAND, TO ENHANCE
AND TO MANDATE COMPULSORY
LEARNING IN THIS RESPECT TO
STRENGTHEN LEARNING AND
UNDERSTANDING OF INDIGENOUS
CONTRIBUTIONS TO CANADA, THE
VAST, RICH HISTORY AND THEIR
CULTURE AND LANGUAGE.
IN ADDITION SPEAKER I THINK MOST
ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR, A
RECOGNITION WE MUST DO MORE TO
EXPAND MANDATORY LEARNING FOR, ON
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen says, IT'S WHY SPEAKER I WAS PROUD TO STAND
WITH THE MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS
AFFAIRS INCLUDING CHIEFS AND
ELDERS AND THE FIRST NATION UH,
COMMUNITY TO EXPAND LEARNING
FROM GRADES 1 TO 3 IN THIS
PROVINCE TO ENSURE NO GENERATION
OF STUDENTS AND NO STUDENT IN
THIS PROVINCE GRADUATES OUR…

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

Donna stands.

The Speaker says, AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Donna says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MINISTER, WE RECOGNIZE WITH
GREATER AWARENESS COMES GREATER
UNDERSTANDING AND THIS IS A
SUBSTANTIAL STEP IN THE RIGHT
DIRECTION.

Text reads, Donna Skelly, PC, Flamborough-Glanbrook.

Donna says, THIS GOVERNMENT IS UTILIZING
EDUCATION TO EMPOWER OUR
INDIGENOUS YOUTH TO REACH THEIR
FULL POTENTIAL JUST LIKE WE DO
WITH EVERY OTHER STUDENT ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
IN ADDITION TO THE CURRICULUM
ANNOUNCED, OUR GOVERNMENT ALSO
SHARED THAT WE ARE INCREASING
INVESTMENTS TO SUPPORT
INDIGENOUS STUDENTS SUCCESS
RIGHT ACROSS ONTARIO.
MINISTER, CAN YOU PLEASE SHARE
WITH THIS LEGISLATURE WHAT OTHER
MEANINGFUL SUPPORTS OUR
GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING TO
INDIGENOUS STUDENTS NOW AND
THROUGH THE FUTURE?

(Applause)

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Stephen says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER
AND TO SUPPORT UH, OUR JOURNEY IN
RECONCILIATION, WE HAVE
ANNOUNCED ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO
SUPPORT FIRST NATIONS, METIS AND
INUIT STUDENTS SUCCESS IN
ONTARIO.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de l’Éducation

Stephen says, WE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY.
THE MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
AND I HAVE MET WITH THE UH, COUNCIL
OF CHIEFS WHERE WE HAVE,
CHIEFS OF ONTARIO, WHERE WE HAVE
MADE CLEAR THAT THE FUNDING WILL
INCREASE AND NOT JUST THAT IT
WILL INCREASE BUT IT WILL BE
SUSTAINABLE.
ONE OF THE BIG ASKS OF MANY UH,
STAKEHOLDERS WITHIN THIS
COMMUNITY WAS CLEAR THAT THEY
NEED LONG-TERM FUNDING
AGREEMENTS.
AND WE HAVE ACCEPTED THAT
RECOMMENDATION TO MOVE TO
FUNDING TO THREE YEAR FUNDING TO PROVIDE SUSTAINABLE
OUTLOOKS, A 23 MILLION-DOLLAR
INVESTMENT WAS ANNOUNCED,
PARTIALLY TO SUPPORT STUDENT
MENTAL HEALTH WITHIN THE
INDIGENOUS STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH
COMMUNITY, PARTIALLY TO SUPPORT
THE EXPANSION OF INDIGENOUS
GRADUATION CULTURES TO HELP
YOUNG PEOPLE WITHIN THE
COMMUNITY GRADUATE, ACCESS
HIGHER LEARNING AND GET ACCESS
TO GOOD PAYING JOBS.
WE WANT TO ENSURE THEY SUCCEED
WHICH IS WHY WE'RE INVESTING
OVER $96 MILLION IN EDUCATION
GRANTS TO MAKE…

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.

(Applause)

Text reads, question period, période de questions. The Speaker stands.

He says, NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR
UNIVERSITY ROSEDALE.

A person says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER:

The person speaking is a woman who wears a white shirt and black blazer.

The woman says, MON SHEONG IS A LONG-TERM CARE HOME IN
MY RIDING. IT'S ONE OF THE FEW
HOMES IN THE COMMUNITY THAT
PROVIDES SERVICES TO CHINESE
COMMUNITIES IN THEIR LANGUAGE.

Text reads, Jessica Bell, NDP, University-Rosedale.

Jessica says, THE PANDEMIC HIT MON SHEONG PARTICULARLY HARD.
A THIRD OF THE RESIDENTS
DIED OF COVID-19.
IT WAS A TRAGEDY BECAUSE IT WAS
A PRESENTABLE TRAGEDY.
IT IS OVER A YEAR LATER AND
PROBLEMS STILL EXIST.
RECENTLY I MET AGNES.
AGNES IS THE CHAIR OF THE FAMILY
COUNCIL AT MON SHEONG AND HER MOTHER HAS
BEEN LIVING IN MON SHEONG FOR MANY
YEARS.
SHE TOLD ME ABOUT THE CHRONIC
STAFF SHORTAGE AND HOW IT HAS
MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE
PSWS THERE TO PROVIDE HER
MOTHER WITH THE CARE THAT SHE
EXPECTS.
AGNES IS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED
ABOUT THE LENGTH OF TIME HER MOM
GOES BETWEEN BEING CLEANED AND
OTHER KINDS MUCH ESSENTIAL CARE.
AND THE REASON IS THIS: DURING
THE DAY, THERE IS ONLY ONE PSW
FOR TEN RESIDENTS AND AT NIGHT,
AT NIGHT, THERE IS ONLY ONE PSW FOR 23
RESIDENTS.
IT IS SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR ONE PSW
TO PROVIDE GOOD CARE WITH THESE
KIND OF STAFF RATIOS.

The Speaker says, QUESTION.

Jessica says, MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER:
WHEN WILL YOU ALLOCATE
MORE FUNDING TO RECRUIT
AND RETAIN MORE PSWS TO WORK
IN ONTARIOS LONG-TERM CARE HOMES?

(Applause)

Jessica returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, TO RESPOND, THE
MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE.

Rod Phillips stands at his desk and removes his mask.

He says, I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THAT UH,
THAT QUESTION AND I, LAST NIGHT AS IT
WAS, I WAS WITH STEPHANIE WONG
AND ANDRE BARROS WHO ARE THE CEO
AND UH, CHAIR RESPECTIVELY OF
MON SHEONG…

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon., Rod Phillips, PC, Minister of Long-Term Care. Text transitions to, Ministre des Soins de longue durée.

Rod says, …WHICH IS A, A VERY HIGH
QUALITY PROVIDER OF UH, OF SERVICES FOR
MANY YEARS AND UH, YOU KNOW, THEY WERE SHARING
OBVIOUSLY THE CHALLENGES BUT
ALSO THE OPPORTUNITIES OF, OF WHAT, WHAT
WE'RE DOING AS A GOVERNMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, THE, THE MEMBER
ASKS A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION,
ABOUT, ABOUT STAFFING.
AS I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY NOW
TO TOUR UH, MANY OF THE HOMES ACROSS
THE PROVINCE, THE NUMBER 1 ISSUE
PEOPLE CARE ABOUT, NEW
STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES,
THEY CERTAINLY CARE THAT WE'VE
PUT IN PLACE THE ACCOUNTABILITY
AND THE ENFORCEMENT REQUIRED BUT
THE NUMBER 1 ISSUE THEY TALK
ABOUT ARE PEOPLE.

A man sitting behind Rod nods.

Rod says, CARING, COMPASSIONATE STAFF.
AND THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER,
THIS GOVERNMENT COMMITTED, UH, TO
FOUR HOURS OF CARE MOVING FROM
2.75 HOURS OF CARE AND THAT,
WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HOURS OF
CARE THAT ALL SOUNDS KIND OF A
BIT AIRY-FAIRY BUT WHEN IT COMES
DOWN TO PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER…

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Rod says, …THE ANSWER TO
THE MEMBER'S QUESTION IS NEXT
MONTH, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL
START OUR MOVE TOWARDS THE
FUNDING OF THAT ADDITIONAL HOURS
OF CARE, MR. SPEAKER.
THE FIRST OF THOSE 27…

(Applause)

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

Jessica says, BACK TO THE PREMIER: THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS MADE A LOT OF
PROMISES TO FIX LONG-TERM CARE
AND I'M ALREADY HEARING SOME
MORE PROMISES THERE.

Text reads, Jessica Bell, NDP, University-Rosedale.

Jessica says, MORE BEDS, MORE STAFF, TOUGHER
REGULATION TO ENSURE OPERATORS
PROVIDE ADEQUATE CARE, BETTER
PROTECTION FROM COVID.
HERE IS THE PROBLEM: ONTARIANS
HAVE HEARD THESE PROMISES
BEFORE.
AND THEY DON'T TRUST THIS
GOVERNMENT ANYMORE.
BECAUSE WHEN WE TALK TO STAFF
AND FAMILY MEMBERS, IT BECOMES
VERY CLEAR THAT VERY LITTLE HAS
CHANGED IN THE HOMES.
THE QUALITY OF CARE THAT
RESIDENTS RECEIVE IS STILL NOT
ADEQUATE.
FAMILY MEMBERS WITH LOVED ONES
AT MON SHEONG, AND AT HOMES ALL ACROSS ONTARIO
WANT TO KNOW WHAT EXACTLY IS
YOUR PLAN TO GUARANTEE FOUR
HOURS OF STAFFING CARE FOR EVERY
SINGLE LONG-TERM HOME
RESIDENT?

Jessica returns to her seat.

(Applause)

Across the room, Rod stands.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
LONG-TERM CARE.

Rod says, I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HER,
FOR HER THOUGHTFUL QUESTION.
YOU'RE RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER,
ONTARIANS HAVE HEARD ABOUT
FIXING LONG-TERM CARE FOR A VERY
LONG TIME.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Rod Phillips, PC, Minister of Long-Term Care.

Rod says, MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS 2011 WHEN
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT FIRST
TALKED ABOUT MOVING TO FOUR
HOURS OF CARE, BUT, BUT IT WAS A
TOUGH PROBLEM TO SOLVE.

Text transitions to, Ministre des Soins de longue durée.

Rod says, MR. SPEAKER.
WE NEED THE PEOPLE.
THAT'S WHY WE'VE INVESTED OVER
$207 MILLION IN TRAINING MORE
PSWS, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A
VERY LONG TIME, 2,000 NEW
NURSES, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE WE
NEED THE STAFF.
BUT WE ALSO NEED THE COMMITMENT
TO THE FUNDING AND THAT'S WHAT
WE HAVE MADE, MR. SPEAKER.
AND AS I SAID, STARTING NEXT MONTH HOMES WILL
START TO SEE THAT FUNDING, THEY WILL START TO SEE
THE CLARITY OF HOW THEY CAN START TO
HIRE AND WE'RE NOT DONE HELPING.
MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED IT CONTINUE
TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUE THE
MINISTER OF COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES.
MY COLLEAGUE THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION, EDUCATING MORE
PSWS, MAKING SURE THAT MORE
NURSES ARE AVAILABLE, MR.
SPEAKER, THIS IS GOVERNMENT
THAT IS GOING TO FIX LONG-TERM
CARE AFTER DECADES OF NEGLECT.

Someone says, HERE, HERE.

(Applause)

Rod returns to his seat and the Speaker stands. Text reads, question period, période de questions.

The Speaker says, NEXT QUESTION,
THE MEMBER FOR YORK CENTER.

A person says, THANK YOU
AND GOOD MORNING SPEAKER.

The person speaking is a man wearing a suit and blue tie. He stands holding a notepad.

He says, MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF LABOUR.
OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS I'VE
HEARD FROM THOUSANDS OF ONTARIO
WORKERS THAT THEY'RE FACING
TERMINATION BECAUSE OF THEIR
VACCINATION STATUS.

Text reads, Roman Baber, ND, York Centre, York-Centre.

Roman says, THOUSANDS HAVE ALREADY LOST
THEIR JOBS.
ANITA DAVIS IS A NURSE WITH THE
LONDON HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER.
SHE WAS JOINED IN THE STUDIO
WITH ME THIS MORNING.
SHE’LL BE TERMINATED AT THE END OF
THE MONTH.
NOW THE MINISTER PRIDES HIMSELF FOR
STANDING UP FOR WORKER'S RIGHTS
BUT DOES HE AGREE THAT WE
SHOULDN'T FORCE ONTARIANS TO
DECIDE BETWEEN THEIR HEALTH CARE
AND THEIR ABILITY TO FEED THEIR
FAMILY?
BECAUSE WE HAVE A CATASTROPHE ON
OUR HANDS.
BECAUSE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
OF FAMILIES ARE ABOUT TO SUFFER.
SO MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER
OF LABOUR: WILL HE JOIN ME THIS
AFTERNOON AND SUPPORT THE
PASSING OF MY PMB BILL, THE JOBS AND JABS BILL, WHICH
WOULD PREVENT THE TERMINATION OF POTENTIALLY
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS
OR, WILL HE JOIN THE NDP, BLOCK
MY BILL AND SENTENCE HUNDREDS
OF ONTARIO FAMILIES TO
UNEMPLOYMENT?

Roman returns to his seat. Across the room, Monte McNaugh stands.

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

Monte says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, UH, MR.
SPEAKER.
UM, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO TAKE UH,
A BALANCED AND MEASURED APPROACH
WHEN IT COMES UH, TO UH, DEALING WITH
COVID-19, MR. SPEAKER.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Monte McNaughton, PC Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Text transitions to, Ministre du Travail, de la Formation et du Développement des compétences.

Monte says, THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF ALL
OF THE PEOPLE UH, IS OUR
GOVERNMENT'S TOP PRIORITY.
AND I'M PROUD TO SAY TODAY, MR.
SPEAKER, AS WE ENCOURAGE
EVERYONE UH, IN ONTARIO WHO IS ABLE
TO GET VACCINATED, UH, MORE THAN 87%
OF INDIVIDUALS UM, HAVE BEEN, UH,
HAVE RECEIVED ONE DOSE AND MORE
THAN 82% HAVE RECEIVED UH, BOTH
DOSES.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS HOW WE'RE
GOING TO, UH, DEFEAT COVID-19, IT’S BY
GETTING VACCINATED.
IT'S BY WORKING TOGETHER.
IT'S EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES
WORKING TOGETHER EVERY SINGLE
DAY TO GET THROUGH THIS
PANDEMIC.
AND ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE,
OF THIS LEGISLATURE HAVE A
RESPONSIBILITY TO ALSO SET GOOD
EXAMPLES FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS
PROVINCE.

Monte returns to his seat.

(Applause)

Across the room, Roman stands.

The Speaker asks, SUPPLEMENTARY?

Roman says, SPEAKER, BACK TO THE
MINISTER.
NO ONE IS WORKING TOGETHER.

Text reads, Roman Baber, ND, York Centre, York-Centre.

Roman says, PEOPLE ARE BEING LET GO RIGHT
AND LEFT.
I DON'T THINK THE MINISTER
APPRECIATES THE GRAVITY OF THE
CATASTROPHE ONTARIANS ARE FACED
WITH.
MY PETITION, CHOICE SHOULDN’T LEAD TO
UNEMPLOYMENT IN
SUPPORT OF MY JOBS AND JABS BILL IS
AT 146,000 SIGNATURES.
NURSES, TEACHERS, POLICE
OFFICERS, FIRE AND PARAMEDICS,
RETAIL, DINING, PROFESSIONALS
FROM ALL DISCIPLINES WHO MADE A
LAWFUL CHOICE AND FOR THE RECORD
WE ALL AGREE THAT IT IS STILL A
CHOICE.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND OF THEM ARE
ABOUT TO LOSE EMPLOYMENT.
IT'S NOT THE PEOPLE.
IT'S THE VACCINES
THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US
FROM COVID. WHICH IS WHY MOST OF US
MADE THE DECISION THAT WE DID.
BUT WE SHOULDN'T
FORCE ONTARIANS TO DO ANYTHING
AGAINST THEIR WILL.
IF THE MINISTER WANTS TO HIDE
BEHIND THE NDP WHO DON'T CARE
FOR WORKER' RIGHTS ANYMORE OR IF
HE DOESN'T WANT TO PASS MY BILL,
THAT'S FINE, HE CAN INTRODUCE
AND PASS HIS OWN LEGISLATION TO
ACCOMPLISH THE SAME GOAL.
BUT WOULD THE MINISTER OF LABOUR
PLEASE TELL THE HOUSE, WILL HE
STAND UP AND PROTECT HUNDREDS OF
THOUSANDS OF ONTARIANS WHO ARE
ABOUT TO LOSE THEIR JOBS OR WILL
HE SENTENCE COUNTLESS ONTARIO
FAMILIES TO UNEMPLOYMENT?

The Speaker says, QUESTION.

Roman returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
LABOUR.

Monte stands. He says, MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE BEEN
WORKING, UH, AS A GOVERNMENT WITH THE
15 AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE
EVERY SINGLE DAY SINCE THIS
GLOBAL PANDEMIC HIT THE PROVINCE
TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF MORE
THAN 15 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS UH,
PROVINCE.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Monte McNaughton, PC Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Text transitions to, Ministre du Travail, de la Formation et du Développement des compétences.

Monde says, AND MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY, UH, WE
BROUGHT IN THE MOST
COMPREHENSIVE PAID SICK DAYS
PLAN IN THE COUNTRY, 23 DAY, UH, FOR
WORKERS UH, IN THIS PROVINCE TO GET
VACCINATED, TO RECUPERATE FROM
VACCINATIONS.
MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WHY WE'VE
INVESTED UH, TO HIRE 100 MORE HEALTH
AND SAFETY INSPECTORS TO GO INTO
WORKPLACES TO KEEP WORKERS AND
CUSTOMERS SAFE.
IT BRINGS THE INSPECTION TO THE
HIGHEST LEVEL IN PROVINCIAL
HISTORY.
IT’S WHY WE'VE DEDICATED MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS TO BUILDING HUNDREDS AND
HUNDREDS OF RESOURCES FOR EVERY
SINGLE BUSINESS TO BRING IN
PROTOCOLS, UH, TO KEEP THEIR WORKERS
AND THE PUBLIC SAFE.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Monte says, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE
GOING TO CONTINUE EVERY SINGLE
DAY, ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO
WORK TOGETHER TO GET
VACCINATED, TO LEAD THE COUNTRY
LIKE WE ARE RIGHT NOW TO DEFEAT
COVID-19 ONCE AND FOR ALL.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION FOR THE MEMBER FOR
RICHMOND HILL.

Text reads, question period, période de questions.

The Speaker returns to his seat.

A person says, THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE.

The person speaking is a woman with grey hair and glasses. She wears a dark blazer and holds a piece of paper.

She says, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TOUCHED BY
THE LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM IS
INCREDIBLE.
THERE ARE ABOUT 70,000
RESIDENTS, 100,000 WHO CARE AND
SUPPORT THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE
AND OVER 600 LONG-TERM CARE
HOMES IN EVERY CORNER OF THE
PROVINCE.

Text reads, Daisy Wai, PC, Richmond Hill

Daisy says, IT INCLUDES THE 392 PEOPLE
LIVING IN THE THREE LONG-TERM
CARE HOMES IN MY COMMUNITY IN
RICHMOND HILL.
OVER THE SUMMER I HEARD MEMBERS
OF THE OPPOSITION CLAIM
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WASN'T
DOING ENOUGH TO SUPPORT OUR
SENIORS IN LONG-TERM CARE.
MINISTER CAN YOU PLEASE UPDATE
THE HOUSE ON THE STATUS OF THE
LONG-TERM CARE INVESTMENTS?

(Applause)

Rod Phillips stands.

He says, UH MR. SPEAKER TO THE MEMEBR
FROM RICHMOND HILL,
I KNOW SHE DEDICATES HERSELF
FULLY TO HERCONSTITUENTS.
AND I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT
AFTER DECADES OF NEGLECT THIS IS
A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS A PLAN TO
FIX LONG-TERM CARE.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Rod Phillips, PC, Minister of Long-Term Care.

Rod says, UM, AS I MENTIONED BETWEEN 2011
AND 2018 THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT BUILT 611 NET NEW CARE BEDS.
NONE WERE UNFORTUNATELY IN MEMBER’S
CONSTITUENCY OF RICHMOND HILL.
UH, THAT’S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT
COMMITTED TO, TO FILL
THAT GAP, 37,000 NET NEW BEDS.
2.6 BILLION DOLLARS ALREADY ALLOCATED.
AND MR. SPEAKER I'M HAPPY TO SAY
THAT PART OF THOSE BEDS ARE 120
NEW BEDS THAT CARE FIRST CAMPUS
OF CARE THAT'S SCHEDULED FOR
CONSTRUCTION IN 2022 IN RICHMOND
HILL.
UM, I HAD A CHANCE LAST NIGHT AGAIN
WITHIN A ROUND TABLE WITH HELEN LEUNG
AND SHEILA NEYSMITH, FROM CARE FOR, CARE
FIRST SENIORS CARE TO THANK
THEM, THROUGH THEM, THEIR STAFF FOR THE WORK
THEY'RE DOING AND MR. SPEAKER
WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT PEOPLE
LIKE HELEN, UH, PEOPLE LIKE SHEILA,
PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING IN
LONG-TERM CARE TO MAKE SURE THAT
STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES ARE
THERE FOR OUR RESIDENTS.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

(Applause)

Rod returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, AND THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION?

Daisy stands.

She says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I’D LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR THAT RESPONSE AND
FOR HIS AND THIS GOVERNMENT'S
COMMITMENT TO FIXING THE
LONG-TERM CARE.

Text reads, Daisy Wai, PC, Richmond Hill

Daisy says, THOSE NEW BEDS WILL GO A LONG
WAY TO SUPPORTING OUR MOST
VULNERABLE CITIZENS IN MY
COMMUNITY AND ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
BUT MINISTER, WHILE BUILDING NEW
BEDS IS A VITAL STEP IN FIXING
LONG-TERM CARE, ENSURING THE
WELLBEING OF OUR SENIORS GOES
BEYOND SIMPLY BUILDING A BED FOR
THEM.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT
THE CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS
OF OUR RESIDENTS IN THE
LONG-TERM CARE ARE MET AS WELL.
MINISTER, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL
THE HOUSE WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
DOING TO ENSURE THAT THE
CULTURAL NEEDS OF OUR SENIORS
ARE MET?

(Applause)

Rod stands.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
LONG-TERM CARE.

Rod says, I THANK THE, THE MEMBER FOR HER,
FOR HER QUESTION.
MR. SPEAKER, I COULDN’T AGREE MORE,
ONE SIZE DOESN'T
FIT ALL WHEN IT COMES TO
LONG-TERM CARE AND WITH OUR
ADDITIONAL FUNDING, WITH OUR
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, UH, WITH OUR
FOCUS ON ACCOUNTABILITY AND
TRANSPARENCY, WE WILL MAKE SURE
THAT HOMES FIT THE RESIDENTS.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Rod Phillips, PC, Minister of Long-Term Care. Text transitions to, Ministre des Soins de longue durée.

Rod says, AND THAT'S WHY THERE'S 18
DIFFERENT PROJECTS REPRESENTING
OVER 2,900 BEDS, TARGETED
SPECIFICALLY AT CULTURAL
COMMUNITIES WHERE THAT CULTURAL
AND FAITH COMMUNITY THAT IS SO
IMPORTANT TO UH, PEOPLE DURING THEIR
LIVES CAN ALSO BE IMPORTANT
DURING THEIR ELDER YEARS.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT INCLUDES THE
MON SHEONG LONG-TERM CARE HOME,
UH, 320 SAFE NEW BEDS, UH, MODERN BEDS, IN WHICH
(indiscernible)
THAT I WAS PEASED TO BE WITH THE PREMIER
AS WELL AS THE HOUSE LEADER, UN, AND OTHERS
TO BE AT THE OPENING OF MONTHS AGO.
MR. SPEAKER, UM, WE WILL STAY
FOCUSED ON LONG-TERM CARE.
WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE
SOLUTION FITS THE CHANGING
NATURE OF THE RESIDENTS AND THE
POPULATION OF ONTARIO.

(Applause)

Rod returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THE NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER OF KIIWETINOONG.

A man wearing a black white striped suit and black tie stands. He has dark hair and glasses.

He says, MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.
SINCE THIS GOVERNMENT UH, TOOK OFFICE,
THEIR MESSAGE ON RECONCILN
WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLE,
WHEN WE GET ONE, IS INCONSISTENT.

Text reads, Sol Mamakwa, NDP, Kiiwetinoong.

Sol says, THE LEGACY OF INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL
BELONGS TO EVERYONE AND THE
PEOPLE NEED SPACE AND TIME TO
LEARN.
WE HAD A CHANCE TO DO MORE, TO
PROPERLY COMMEMORATE THIS DAY,
AND THIS GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING.
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT DO THE
RIGHT THING AND MAKE
SEPTEMBER 30 A PUBLIC DAY OF
HEALING AND RECONCILIATION?

(Applause)

Sol returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, TO REPLY ON
BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE
GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

The House Leader says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER.
I UM, I MUST ADMIT, I, I'M SOMEWHAT
SURPRISED TO HAVE THAT QUESTION
FROM THE MEMBER.
HE DID CALL ME IN ADVANCE OF THE
DAY, UH, TO LET ME KNOW THAT THAT WAS
NOT A DAY THAT THE COMMUNITY UH, HAD
DECIDED UPON AND THAT HE WAS
ACTUALLY WORKING ON A BILL THAT
HE WOULD BE BRINGING FORWARD AT
SOME POINT IN THIS SESSION.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon., Paul A. Calandra, PC, Government House Leader. Text transitions to, Leader parlementaire du government

Paul says, UH, AND UH, UH I TOLD HIM AT THAT TIME THAT I
WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HIM
ON, UH, ON THAT BILL AS AH, WOULD UH, WOULD UH, THE
MINISTER.
SO UH, UM, LOOK, I CONTINUE TO BE OPEN
AS I KNOW THE MINISTER DOES AND
THE PREMIER, I CONTINUE TO BE
OPEN TO WORKING WITH YOU, BUT UH,
AGAIN, I, I, I UNDERSTOOD YOU ON THE
DAY WHEN WE HAD THAT DISCUSSION
THAT YOU HAD CONSULTED WITH UH, THE
COMMUNITY AND THAT UH, THERE WAS A UH,
DIFFERENT DESIRE AT THE TIME.

The Speaker says, WOULD REMIND
THE MEMBERS TO MAKE THEIR
COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR.
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

The Speaker returns to his seat.

Sol says, TOTAL MISUNDERSTANDING.

Sol looks down at his desk.

He says, MR. SPEAKER UH, GENOCIDE IS A BIG
DEAL.

Sol Mamakwa, NDP, Kiiwetinoong.

Sol says, IF 20,000 NON-INDIGENOUS
CHILDREN DIED AFTER BEING STOLEN
FORCIBLY FROM THEIR PARENTS AND
COMMUNITIES, WE WOULD NOT BE
HAVING THIS DEBATE.
THE HORRIFIC LEGACY OF INDIAN
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS BELONGS TO
EVERYONE NOW.

Sol sniffles.

He says, CANADA AND ONTARIO CAN NO LONGER
HIDE OR TURN AWAY FROM THE
TRUTH.
AGAIN, ONTARIO HAD ITS CHANCE TO
DO THE RIGHT THING AND PROPERLY
COMMEMORATE THIS DAY.

Sol sniffles.

He says, BUT AS USUAL, WHEN IT COMES TO
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, THIS
GOVERNMENT LET US DOWN.
THIS GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING.
SPEAKER, WILL ONTARIO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE PAST AND DO WHAT
IT SHOULD, MAKE SEPTEMBER 30 A
PROVINCIAL HOLIDAY OF TRUTH AND
RECONCILIATION.

Sol looks emotional.

The Speaker says, GOVERNMENT
HOUSE LEADER.

Paul says, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T THINK
ANYBODY WOULD SUGGEST THAT UH,
CONTINUING TO WORK TOWARDS UH,
RECONCILIATION WITH FIRST
NATIONS HAS TO REMAIN A
PRIORITY, NOT ONLY OF THIS
GOVERNMENT BUT ALL MEMBERS OF
THIS LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY BUT I
WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR, MR.
SPEAKER.
I DON'T WANT THERE TO BE ANY
CONFUSION.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon., Paul A. Calandra, PC, Government House Leader. Text transitions to, Leader parlementaire du government

Paul says, THE MEMBER WILL RECALL THAT
PRIOR TO THE HOUSE ADJOURNING IN
JUNE, I PROMISED THAT WE WOULD
WORK TOGETHER ON THIS FILE AND
THAT WE WOULD WORK WITH THE
MINISTER ON THIS FILE.

(Loud chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Paul says, THE MEMBER CALLED ME IN ADVANCE.

The Speaker calls, ORDER.

Paul says, THE MEMBER CALLED ME IN ADVANCE
OF THE DAY TO SUGGEST THAT THERE
HAD NOT BEEN UNANIMOUS SUPPORT
WITHIN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
TO RECOGNIZE THAT AS THE DAY BUT
THAT IT WOULD BE IMPORTANT THAT THERE
BE A DAY AND THAT HE WAS, THE MEMBER WAS
WORKING ON A BILL WHICH HE
WOULD LATER WORK WITH ME TO
PRESENT TO THIS HOUSE.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Paul says, I REMAIN COMMITTED TO WORKING
WITH THE MEMBER TO MAKE THAT
HAPPEN, MR. SPEAKER.
AS DOES THIS GOVERNMENT AND
HOPEFULLY ALL PARLIAMENTARIANS.

(Applause)

Paul returns to his seat.

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

Text reads, Text reads, question period, période de questions.

A persons says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION’S FOR THE PREMIER.

A man wears a dark suit with a purple shirt and tie. He has white hair.

He says, SPEAKER, I THINK WE CAN ALL
AGREE -

The Speaker says, THE HOUSE
LEADER COME TO ORDER.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION COME TO
ORDER.

(Indiscernible)

The Speaker says, MEMBER FOR YORK CENTER COME TO
ORDER.
I APOLOGIZE.
MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH HAS THE
FLOOR.

The Ottawa South member says, THANK YOU SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION’S FOR THE PREMIER.
SPEAKER I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE
THAT THE ANTI-VAX AND
ANTI-PUBLIC HEALTH PROTESTS THAT
WE'VE SEEN IN RECENT WEEKS AT
ONTARIO'S HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS
ARE VERY CONCERNING.

Text reads, John Fraser, LB, Ottawa South, Ottawa-Sud.

John says, THEY'RE DEMORALIZING TO
FRONTLINE WORKERS AND DISRPUT, DISRUPTIVE
AND DISTRESSING TO THOSE PEOPLE,
THOSE FAMILIES TRYING TO ACCESS
THOSE SERVICES.
ONTARIANS ACCESS THE PUBLICLY
FUNDED HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION
IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL HOLD
SACRED.
FOR ALMOST A MONTH NOW ONTARIO'S
NURSES, ONTARIO'S DOCTORS,
ONTARIO'S HOSPITALS AND
ONTARIO'S FAMILIES HAVE BEEN
CALLING ON THIS GOVERNMENT TO
CREATE SAFE ZONES AROUND
HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS, AND
SPEAKER, AND SPEAKER, AND SPEAKER, THE
PREMIER'S TOUGH TWEETS, THEY'RE
NOT GOING TO CUT IT.
SO SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU: WILL
THE GOVERNMENT MOVE TO
IMMEDIATELY PASS LEGISLATION
THAT ENSURES SAFE ACCESS TO OUR
HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS AND
PROTECT THE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN
THEM?

(applause)

The Premier says, PREMIER AND
MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Christine Elliott stands and removes her mask.

She says, THAN YOU SPEAKER AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE
MEMBER FOR THIS QUESTION.
IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE
WE GREATLY VALUE THE WORK THAT
ALL OF OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS IN
OUR HOSPITALS AND UH, AND IN OUR CLINICS
HAVE PERFORMED AND IT'S VERY,
VERY DISAPPOINTING TO SEE
PROTESTORS COMING FORWARD.
UH, IT'S VERY DEMORALIZING FOR THE
STAFF.
I KNOW TO SEE THIS HAPPENING OUTSIDE
THEIR WINDOWS, BUT NO ONE SHOULD
BE PREVENTED FROM GOING TO WORK.
NO ONE SHOULD BE PREVENTED FROM
ENTERING OR EXITING THE HOSPITAL
WHETHER IT'S A STAFF MEMBER OR
SOMEONE GOING TO SEE SOMEONE IN
THE HOSPITAL OR SOMEONE GOING IN
FOR TREATMENT THEMSELVES.
HOWEVER, IT IS AGAINST THE LAW
FOR ANYONE TO BE PREVENTED FROM
DOING THAT.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Christine Elliott, OC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la Santé.

Christine says, UH, WE KNOW THAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICERS HAVE BEEN OUT THERE TO
DO THAT AND WHILE WE CAN'T
COMMENT ON ANY LEGISLATION THAT
WE HAVEN'T SEEN YET, OF COURSE
WE WOULD LOOK AT IT BUT WE ALSO
ARE RELYING ON OUR POLICE
SUPPORT AND OTHERS TO MAKE SURE
THAT NO ONE CAN BE PREVENTED
FROM ENTERING OR EXITING A
HOSPITAL.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION?

John stands.

He says, WELL SPEAKER OTHER PROVINCES
LIKE QUEBEC AND ALBERTA HAVE
ALREADY MOVED TO PROTECT ACCESS
TO HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS.
B.C. HAS SIGNALLED TO DO THE
SAME.

Text reads, John Fraser, LB, Ottawa South, Ottawa-Sud.

John says, I THINK THEY BASICALLY HAVE THE
SAME LAWS OUT THERE.
SO I KNOW THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION HAS PUT FORWARD A
BILL TODAY, OR WILL PUT FORWARD
THE BILL TODAY TOO.
I AM AS WELL.
ONCE AGAIN ONTARIO IS BEHIND.
WHAT WE'RE ASKING YOU IS JUST
SIMPLY TO TAKE ACTION.
NO ONE'S ACCESS TO A HOSPITAL OR
SCHOOL SHOULD BE IMPEDED, NOR
SHOULD ANYONE WHO WORKS IN THEM
OR IS TRYING TO ACCESS IT BE
HARASSED AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE
SEEN.
SO TODAY I’LL BE PUTTING
FORWARD A BILL THAT WILL
ESTABLISH SAFE ZONES AGAINST
ANTI-VAX AND ANTI-PUBLIC HEALTH
PROTESTS WITHIN 150M OF
HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS AND WITH
THE PENDING APPROVAL OF VACCINES
OF KIDS 5 TO 11 WHO MAY BE
VACCINATED IN SCHOOL, IT'S
REASONABLE TO EXPECT THAT WE
COULD HAVE A PROBLEM.
I THINK THAT'S REASONABLE.
SO THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ACT.
SO SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU: WILL
THE GOVERNMENT MOVE TO PASS MY
BILL THIS AFTERNOON OR PASS ANY
BILL OR PASS THE LEADER’S OF THE
OPPOSITION'S BILL TO ACTUALLY
PROTECT WORKERS AND ACCESS TO
THESE VITAL SERVICES IN ONTARIO?

(Chatter)

(Applause)

John returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Christine stands.

She says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER AND
THROUGH YOU, I, I WISH TO ASSURE
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE THAT ONTARIO
IS CERTAINLY NOT BEHIND.
ONTARIO IS NOT BEHIND.
WE HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST
VACCINATION RATES IN THE WORLD
RIGHT NOW.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Christine Elliott, OC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la Santé.

(Applause)

Christine says, 87% OF PEOPLE WITH 1 VACCINE,
82% WITH BOTH VACCINES.
HOWEVER WE
EXPECT PEOPLE TO OBEY THE LAW.
WE EXPECT THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING
TO FOLLOW THE LAW.

(Chatter)

The Speaker calls, ORDER.

Christine says, IT'S EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING
THAT THEY'RE NOT.
BUT THAT'S WHY WE HAVE LAW
ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO ARE
DOING THEIR JOB, WHO ARE
UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE IS A
POTENTIAL THERE.
THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB THAT WE
HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THEM TO
LET THEM KNOW OF OUR CONCERNS.
IT'S UP TO THEM TO DEAL WITH
THEM AS THEY HAVE DEALT WITH
THEM IN THE PAST.
AND WE WILL ENSURE THAT THAT IS
GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAPPEN, TO
MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE
PROTECTED, TO MAKE SURE THAT NO
ONE IS PREVENTED FROM ENTERING
OR EXITING THE HOSPITAL, INCLUDING
STAFF, VISITORS AND PEOPLE GOING
FOR TREATMENT THEMSELVES.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine returns to her seat.

(Applause)

Text reads, question period, période de questions

The Speaker says, THANK YOU. THE NEXT
QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE.

The Speaker returns to his seat.

A person says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

A woman with blond hair stands at a desk. She wears a black blazer and gold necklace.

She says, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE NEW MINI-
THE NEW ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF CHILDREN
AND WOMEN’S ISSUES, MY FRIEND,

(Cheering)

The woman smiles.

She says, SO I'M PLEASED TO ASK MY FRIEND A
QUESTION TODAY.
UH, THIS MONTH IS, OCTOBER IS BREAST
CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND I'M
SURE EVERYONE, EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER
KNOWS AT LEAST ONE WOMAN WHO HAS
BEEN ON THE RECEIVING END OF THE
BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS.

Text reads, Christine Hogarth, PC, Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Christine says, IN MY FAMILY ALONE, THREE OF MY
FAMILY MEMBERS.
LAST YEAR AN
ESTIMATED 75 WOMEN EACH DAY
HEARD THE WORDS "YOU HAVE BREAST
CANCER".
MANY INCREDIBLE ADVANCEMENTS
HAVE BEEN MADE WITH MORE PEOPLE
SURVIVING A BREAST CANCER
DIAGNOSIS MORE THAN EVER BEFORE.
DESPITE THIS, IT'S STILL THE
MOST COMMON CANCER AND SADLY THE
SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER
DEATHS AMONGST CANADIAN WOMEN.
MY COUSIN BEING ONE OF THEM AT
THE EARLY AGE OF 42.
CAN THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF
CHILDREN AND WOMEN'S ISSUES TELL
US WHAT SUPPORTS ARE AVAILABLE
FOR WOMEN WHO RECEIVE THIS
DEVASTATING DIAGNOSIS?

Christine returns to her seat. The Speaker stands as well as a person sitting in front of Christine.
(Applause)

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

The Speaker returns to his seat.

The person says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER AND THANK
YOU FOR THE MEMBER FROM
ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE FOR THE
QUESTION, AND MY CONDOLENCES.
GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon, Jane McKenna, PC, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues.

Jane says, I KNOW THE DEVASTATING IMPACT
OF BREAST CANCER.
I WATCHED MY GRANDMOTHER BATTLE
FROM THE BEGINNING.

Text transitions to, Ministre associée de l’Enfance et de la Condition feminine.

Jane says, SHE BRAVELY FOUGHT THROUGH
SURGERY, TREATMENT, REMISSION
AND SADLY IN HER CASE, THE RETURN
OF THE DISEASE.
DESPITE HER COURAGE AS SHE
FOUGHT BACK AGAINST THE CANCER
IT ULTIMATELY CAUSED HER DEATH.
I KNOW IT'S BEEN SAID MANY TIMES
BEFORE BUT THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS THAT CANCER CAUGHT
EARLY IS OFTEN EASIER TO TREAT
AND CAN LEAD TO BEATING ITS
OUTCOME.
I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO REMIND
THE WOMEN IN OUR LIVES, OUR
DAUGHTERS, SISTERS, WIVES,
AUNTS, MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS
TO BE AWARE OF CHANGES THAT
COULD BE INDICATIVE OF BREAST
CANCER.
IF YOU NOTICE SOMETHING AND
YOU'RE NOT SURE, SPEAK TO YOUR
DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
BECAUSE AN EARLY DIAGNOSIS CAN
MAKE THE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE,
SPEAKER.

Jane returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.
THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Christine Hogarth stands.

Christine says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU, MINISTER.
YOU KNOW I’VE SEEN THROUGH
THE EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN IN MY
FAMILY AND FRIENDS HOW
DEVASTATING IT IS TO RECEIVE A
BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS.

Text reads, Christine Hogarth, PC, Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Christine says, FOR MANY WOMEN IN ADDITION TO
FACING THE FACTS THAT THEY NOW
HAVE BREAST CANCER, THEY ALSO
WORRY ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THEIR
DIAGNOSIS ON THEIR PARENTS,
THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR CHILDREN,
THEIR FINANCES AND OF COURSE
THEIR FUTURE.
MINISTER, I RECOGNIZE THAT EARLY
DIAGNOSIS PLAYS A BIG PART IN
POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR WOMEN
FIGHTING BREAST CANCER.
CAN THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER
PLEASE TELL THE HOUSE AND THE
WOMEN ACROSS ONTARIO WHERE THEY
CAN FIND SUPPORT AND THE
SUPPORTS THEY NEED TO REDUCE THE
ADDITIONAL STRESSES THAT THEY
FACE AS A RESULT OF THEIR
DIAGNOSIS?

(Applause)

Christine returns to her seat. Jane stands.

The Speaker says, THE ASSOCIATE
MINISTER.

Jane says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE
MEMBER FROM ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE
FOR THE QUESTION.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon, Jane McKenna, PC, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues.

Jane says, HERE IN ONTARIO, THERE ARE A
NUMBER OF SUPPORTS FOR ANYONE
FACING A CANCER DIAGNOSIS.

Text transitions to, Ministre associée de l’Enfance et de la Condition feminine.

Jane says, THROUGH CANCER CARE ONTARIO AND
YOUR HEALTH CARE, CANCER PATIENTS
CAN FIND SERVICES AND
TREATMENTS, INFORMATION ABOUT
DRUGS, FINDING IF IT'S NEEDED
AND A VARIETY OF SUPPORT FOR
BOTH PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
THAT ARE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.
SUPPORTING WOMEN AND THEIR
FAMILIES AS THEY TAKE ON THE
FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER
BENEFITS ALL OF US, SPEAKER.
DURING THIS BREAST CANCER
AWARENESS MONTH, WE ENCOURAGE
ALL WOMEN TO DO A
SELF-EXAMINATION AND SEEK
MEDICAL ADVICE IF YOU NOTICE ANY
CHANGES, BECAUSE EARLY
INTERVENTION IS KEY TO WINNING
THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, SPEAKER.

(Applause)

Jane returns to her seat. The Speaker stands.

Text reads, question period, période de questions

The Speaker says, THE MEMBER FOR
HAMILTON-WEST-ANCASTER-DUNDAS.

A person says, THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION FOR
THE PREMIER: UH, DURING YESTERDAY'S
THRONE SPEECH, THIS GOVERNMENT
OFFERED NOTHING NEW WHATSOEVER
TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES GET
BACK ON THEIR FEET.

The person speaking is a woman with shoulder length dark hair and glasses. She wears a white shirt and black blazer.

She says, WHILE HALF OF HAMILTON'S BIAs
ARE IN MY RIDE, WE KNOW FIRST
HAND HOW VITAL SMALL BUSINESSES
ARE TO THRIVING, VIBRANT
COMMUNITIES.
THIS SUMMER I VISITED BUSINESSES
IN DUNDAS, ANCASTER AND WEST
ISIL BIAs.

Text reads. Sandy Shaw, NDP, Hamilton-West-Ancaster-Dundas.

Sandy says, WHAT I HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR IS
THEIR STRUGGLE TO PAY THE BILLS
AND KEEP STAFF EMPLOYED IS NOT
OVER.

Text transitions to, Hamilton-Ouest-Ancaster-Dundas.

Sandy says, A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN DUNDAS
SAYING SHE'S LOSING HOPE SEEING
THAT BIG BOX STORES HAVE BEEN
CONTINUALLY PUT AHEAD OF SMALL
BUSINESSES IN THIS GOVERNMENT'S
PRIORITIES.
SO, WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT
SHOW UP FOR LOCAL SMALL
BUSINESSES AND NOT JUST THE BIG
BOX STORES?

(Applause)

A woman with brown hair puts down her mask. She wears a grey blazer and white shirt.

The Speaker says, THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF
SMALL BUSINESS AND RED TAPE
REDUCTION.

The woman says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

(Applause)

The woman says, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO
STAND TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME
AS THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF SMALL
BUSINESSES AND RED TAPE REDUCTION.

(Applause)

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Nina Tangri, PC, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.

Nina says, AND I REALLY DO WANT TO
THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR
THE QUESTION.
I THINK WE ALL HERE IN THE HOUSE CAN AGREE
THAT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE FACED INCREDIBLE
HARDSHIP THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC
AND THAT'S WHY, SINCE DAY ONE, OUR GOVERNMENT
HAS WORKED HARD TO SUPPORT OUR
SMALL BUSINESSES AND HELP THEM
GET THROUGH UH, THIS PANDEMIC.
NAMELY THROUGH THE ONTARIO SMALL
BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT WE'VE
PROVIDED NEARLY $3 BILLION IN
URGENT AND UNPRECEDENTED
SUPPORTS TO OVER 110,000 SMALL
BUSINESSES RIGHT ACROSS THE
PROVINCE.
OUR MAIN STREET RECOVERY PLAN
IT WAS BUILT ON MORE THAN
$10 BILLION OF URGENT RELIEF AND
SUPPORTED THROUGH THE COVID-19
ACTION PLAN.
AND OF COURSE WE EXPANDED OUR
DIGITAL MAIN STREET PROGRAM TO
HELP MORE BUSINESSES CREATE AND
INCREASE THEIR DIGITAL PRESENCE.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Nina says, JUST LAST WEEK, MR. SPEAKER, I
WAS AT UH, IN LONDON AND I MET A YOUNG
MAN, RICHARDS, WHO HAS A CLOTHING STORE FOR
MEN WHO PUT HIS DIGITAL PRESENCE
ONLINE AND IT NOT ONLY SAVED HIS
BUSINESSES, HE'S BEEN ABLE TO
GROW FROM THAT.

(Applause)

Nina returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, SUPPLEMENTARY.

Sandy Shaw looks annoyed.

She says, UNFORTUNATELY, YOUR
GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE HAS BEEN
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE.

Someone calls, COME ON.

Sandy says, I'VE HEARD FROM BUSINESSES THAT
HAVE BEEN TURNED AWAY, DEEMED
INELIGIBLE FOR THE PROVINCE'S
SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANTS
FOR REASONS THAT SEEM ARBITRARY.

Text reads. Sandy Shaw, NDP, Hamilton-West-Ancaster-Dundas.

The Speaker calls, ORDER.

(Chatter)

Sandy says, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE…

The Speaker calls, ORDER!

Sandy says, …TRYING TO REBUILD AND
NOW THEY'RE TAKING ON EXTRA
PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSIBILITY
WITHOUT ANY EXTRA RESOURCES FROM
THIS GOVERNMENT.
AND WHAT'S WORSE, SOME
BUSINESSES ARE FACING
HARRASSMENT FOR FOLLOWING AND
ENFORCING THESE IMPORTANT PUBLIC
HEALTH MEASURES.
WITHOUT YET AGAIN PROTECTIONS
SUCH AS THE SAFETY LEGISLATION
ZONE THAT WE PROPOSE FROM THIS
GOVERNMENT.
SO IT'S CLEAR, THE GOVERNMENT'S
APPROACH HAS BEEN FAILING.
IS THE GOVERNMENT FINALLY
WILLING TO LISTEN TO SMALL
BUSINESSES AND THE OPPOSITION
AND IMPLEMENT A THIRD ROUND OF
SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT
PAYMENTS TO ENSURE SMALL LOCAL
BUSINESSES GET THE SUPPORTS THAT
THEY DESERVE?

(Applause)

Sandy returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, AGAIN THE
REPLY, THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER.

Gina stands and removes her mask.

Gina says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER AND I WANT
TO THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR
HER QUESTION.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Nina Tangri, PC, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.

Gina says, AS WE KNOW THROUGHOUT THE
PANDEMIC, OUR BUSINESSES HAVE
GONE THROUGH SUCH TREMENDOUS
EFFORTS TO KEEP THEIR CUSTOMERS
AND THEIR EMPLOYEES SAFE.

Text transitions to, Ministre associé de la Petite Enterprise et de la Réduction de la paperasserie.

Gina says, SO AS WE ENTER THIS FOURTH WAVE
OF THE PANDEMIC, WE IMPLEMENTED
ADDITIONAL MEASURES IN PUBLIC
SECTORS TO HELP KEEP OUR
PROVINCE OPEN.

(Chatter)

Gina says, WE NEED TO STOP THE SPREAD OF
COVID-19 AND PROTECT THE HEALTH
AND WELLBEING OF ALL ONTARIANS.

The Speaker calls, ORDER.

Gina says, PROOF OF VACCINATION IS REQUIRED
ONLY IN SETTINGS THAT ARE THE
HIGHEST RISK OF COVID-19
TRANSMISSION.
DUE TO THESE GATHERING IN CLOSE CONTACTS
SUCH AS ENCLOSED INDOOR SPACES.
NOW, AS THE MINISTER OF SMALL
BUSINESS AND RED TAPE REDUCTION,
I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET
WITH MANY BUSINESSES IN THE
RESTAURANT INDUSTRY, FOR
EXAMPLE.
VACCINE CERTIFICATES, SPEAKER,
AND PROOF OF VACCINATION ARE A
TEMPORARY MEASURE TO ADDRESS
HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE
COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Gina says, BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR
THIS.
THIS ALLOWS THEM TO NOT HAVE TO
CLOSE OUR BUSINESSES AGAIN,
SPEAKER.
THANK YOU.

(Applause)

Gina returns to her seat and the Speaker stands.

The Speaker says, NEXT QUESTION,
ONCE AGAIN THE MEMBER FOR YORK
CENTER.

Roman Baber stands at his desk.

He says, MY QUESTION IS TO THE
GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.
CLOSE TO 600,000 ONTARIANS HAVE
BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID, ADD
TO THAT AN INFECTION RATE
ESTIMATED AT THREE TO FIVE TIMES
AND WE HAVE MILLIONS OF
ONTARIANS WHO ALREADY HAVE COVID
BUT DESPITE AMPLE EVIDENCE THE
MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT IS SCARED
TO ACKNOWLEDGE NATURAL IMMUNITY
AND INSTEAD SUBJECTS EVERYONE TO
DRACONIAN PASSPORTS AND MANDATES.

Text reads, Roman Baber, ND, York Centre, York-Centre.

He says, BUT ON AUGUST 18
THE GOVERNMENT WHIP ISSUED NOTICE TO
GOVERNMENT MPPs THAT THEY'RE
REQUIRED TO VACCINATE UNLESS
THEY CAN PROVIDE A MEDICAL
EXEMPTION OR A PHYSICIAN'S NOTE
THAT VACCINATION IS QUOTE, "UNNECESSARY
BY REASON OF PAST INFECTION OR LABRATORY
EVIDENCE OF IMMUNITY", CLOSE QUOTE.
MY QUESTION TO THE GOVERNMENT
HOUSE LEADER IS WHY THE DOUBLE
STANDARD?
WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT SAY THAT
EVIDENCE OF PRIOR IMMUNITY IS
GOOD ENOUGH TO EXCUSE ITS
MEMBERS BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO
EXCUSE 600,000 OR POSSIBLY A FEW
MILLION ONTARIANS WHEN THEIR
JOBS ARE ON THE LINE?

Roman returns to his seat. The Speaker stands.

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

Monte McNaughton says, WELL, MR. SPEAKER, UM, AGAIN, UM, I
WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Monte McNaughton, PC Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Monte says, 87% OF INDIVIDUALS 12 AND OVER
HAVE RECEIVED ONE DOSE.

(Applause)

Text transitions to, Ministre du Travail, de la Formation et du Développement des compétences.

Monte says, MORE
THAN 82% HAVE BEEN DOUBLE
VACCINATED.
MR. SPEAKER, THE 15 AND A HALF
MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WORKING
TOGETHER EVERY SINGLE DAY TO
BATTLE THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND
AS THE MINISTER OF HEALTH SAID
EARLIER TODAY, WE SHOULD BE DAMN
PROUD OF OUR PROVINCE, OUR
BUSINESSES, OUR FAMILIES, OUR
COMMUNITIES.
WE ARE MUCH BETTER OFF THAN ANY
OTHER PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY, AND
IT'S BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE.

(Applause)

Monte returns to his seat. Roman stands.

The Speaker says, SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION?

Roman says, SPEAKER THE DOUBLE STANDARD
THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HOLDS
ITSELF TO IS ASTONISHING.

Text reads, Roman Baber, ND, York Centre, York-Centre.

Roman says, WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS NOT
GOOD FOR THE GOVERNMENT.
SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE MEMBER FROM
DURHAM'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE.
JUST LIKE I'VE ALWAYS SUPPORTED
CHOICE.
JUST LIKE THE CHOICE OF TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF YOUNG WOMEN WHO
MADE THE SAME CHOICE AS THE
MEMBER FROM DURHAM BUT THEY'RE
ABOUT TO LOSE THEIR JOB.
BUT IF THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO
ALLOW THE TAKING AWAY OF CHOICE BY COSTING
THEM THEIR JOBS, THEN EVERYONE
SHOULD BE HELD TO THE SAME
STANDARD.
I DON’T CARE TO KNOW THE MEMBERS
UH, MEDICAL EXEMPTION, BUT I DO CARE
THAT IT'S NOT
POLITICAL RULES, BUT COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
AND ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE RULES THAT APPLY
EQUALLY TO THE MEMBER AS THEY DO
TO EVERYONE ELSE.
MY QUESTION TO THE GOVERNMENT
HOUSE LEADER: DID HE SUBJECT
THE MEMBER FROM DURHAM TO THE SAME
STANDARD ARTICULATED BY THE
COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS WHICH ARE
WREAKING HAVOC ON ONTARIANS AND
IF SO, WILL HE INSTRUCT THE
MEMBER FROM DURHAM TO SUBMIT HER
MEDICAL EXEMPTION FOR ACCEPTANCE
BY THE ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE?

Roman returns to his seat. Monte stands.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
LABOUR?

Monde says, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO
CONTINUE AS A GOVERNMENT
HOPEFULLY SUPPORTED BY EVERY
MEMBER OF THIS LEGISLATURE, UH, TO
PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL
BEING OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF
THIS PROVINCE.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Monte McNaughton, PC Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Text transitions to, Ministre du Travail, de la Formation et du Développement des compétences.

Monte says, WE CAN BE PROUD AS A PROVINCE OF
HOW WE'RE LEADING THE WORLD WHEN
IT COMES TO VACCINATIONS.
WE CAN BE PROUD AS A PROVINCE,
HOW EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES HAVE
BEEN WORKING TOGETHER TO BATTLE
THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC.
WE CAN BE PROUD AS A PROVINCE OF UH,
THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WORKING UH,
TO UH, SUPPORT FAMILIES IN NEED.
BUT MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO PRIORITIZE THE
HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF THE
PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE UH, EVERY
SINGLE DAY, JUST LIKE WE'VE DONE
FOR THE PAST UH, YEAR AND A HALF.
AND I HAVE TO REITERATE AGAIN,
WE'VE SPARED NO EXPENSE TO HELP
GET US THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC,
WHETHER IT'S BUSINESS SUPPORTS,
WHETHER IT'S THE RECORD
INVESTMENTS IN HEALTH AND SAFETY
PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESSES.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Monte says, UH, MORE THAN A HUNDRED NEW HEALTH
AND SAFETY INSPECTORS, FOR
EXAMPLE.
AGAIN WE NEED TO CONTINUE
WORKING TOGETHER AND SEND THAT
MESSAGE OUT THERE TO PEOPLE, GET
VACCINATED.

The Speaker says, THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.

Text reads, question period, période de questions

The Speaker says, THE NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER
FOR NIAGARA CENTER.

A person says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU TO THE MINISTER OF
HEALTH, FAMILIES IN MY RIDING
ACROSS THE PROVINCE NO LONGER
HAVE ACCESS TO OHIP INSURED EYE
EXAMS.

The person speaking is a man wearing a suit jacket and white shirt.

He says, DESPITE MONTHS OF ADVANCE
NOTICE, THIS GOVERNMENT IS
ABSENT FROM NEGOTIATIONS AND
REFUSING TO BARGAIN IN GOOD
FAITH LEAVING THE EYE CARE OF
ONTARIO FAMILIES IN THE LURCH.

Text reads, Jeff Burch, NDP, Niagara Centre, Niagara-Centre.

Jeff says, I HEARD FROM LAUREL IN WELLAND.
IN SEPTEMBER HER 1-YEAR-OLD SON
WAS STUNG BY A BEE, HIS EYE WAS
SWOLLEN AND HER PEDIATRICIAN SAID HE NEEDED AN
EYE EXAM TO DETERMINE IF HE HAD
VISION IMPAIRMENT.
BECAUSE OF THIS GOVERNMENTS INACTION,
HER SON STILL HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO
SEE AN OPTOMETRIST.
LAUREL EMAILED ME ASKING WHY HER BABY
IS QUOTE, “COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN A
DISPUTE BETWEEN DEVALUED
PROFESSIONALS AND THIS GOVERNMENTS
MISUSE OF TAXPAYERS FUNDS.”
WILL THE
MINISTER MAKE A COMMITMENT TODAY
TO GET BACK TO THE TABLE AND
ADEQUATELY FUND EYE CARE SO THAT
FAMILIES LIKE LAUREL'S RECEIVE
THE CARE THEY DESERVE?

(Applause)

Jeff returns to his seat.

Christine Elliott stands and removes her mask.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Christine says, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU VERY
MUCH TO THE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION.
I KNOW THIS IS AN IMPORTANT
ISSUE FOR MANY ONTARIANS RIGHT
NOW.
WE GREATLY VALUE THE WORK THAT
IS DONE BY OUR OPTOMETRISTS AND
PROVIDING QUALITY EYE CARE
SERVICES TO CHILDREN, YOUTH,
ADULTS AND SENIORS.
AND THAT ANY WITHDRAWAL OF
SERVICES HAS BEEN BY CHOICE, BY
OPTOMETRISTS, NOT BY THE
GOVERNMENT.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Christine Elliott, OC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la Santé.

Christine says, WE CONTINUE TO FUND OHIP
SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND
SENIORS.
WE ALWAYS WILL.
WE ARE READY TO RETURN TO THE
MEDIATION TABLE.
WE HAVE SIGNALLED THAT AND SAID
THAT PUBLICLY.
WE AGREED TO THE CONDITIONS THAT
WERE SET BY THE MEDIATOR, WHO
WAS ACTUALLY CHOSEN BY THE
OPTOMETRISTS, UH, NOT BY THE
GOVERNMENT.
WE AGREED TO THEIR CONDITIONS TO
GO BACK TO THE MEDIATION TABLE.
HOWEVER, THE OPTOMETRISTS HAVE
CHOSEN NOT TO DO SO.
SO IF YOU HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON
THEM, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO
ASK THEM TO GO BACK TO THE
TABLE, BECAUSE WE WANT TO
ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES, WE WANT TO
PROVIDE A RESOLUTION TO THEIR
CONCERNS.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

(Applause)

Christine returns to her seat.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.
AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY.

Jeff stands.

He says, THANK YOU SPEAKER.
IT’S THE MINISTER'S JOB TO DO
HER JOB, NOT MINE.
UH, THIS GOVERNMENT IS IGNORING BOTH
TAXPAYERS AND HEALTH CARE
PROFESSIONALS.

Text reads, Jeff Burch, NDP, Niagara Centre, Niagara-Centre

Jeff says, I HAVE SENIORS CALLING ME
WORRIED THAT THEY CANNOT RECEIVE
EYE EXAMS AFTER CRUCIAL EYE
SURGERIES, PUTTING THEIR
RECOVERY UNDER THREAT.
WE'VE HEARED FROM DIABETICS
GRAVELY CONCERNED THEY'RE GOING
TO LOSE THEIR EYESIGHT.
EYE CARE IS HEALTH CARE.
PRESENTLY IN ONTARIO NO ONE
UNDER 20 OR OVER 65 CAN RECEIVE
AN EYE EXAM.
OPTOMETRISTS HAVE BEEN TELLING
THE GOVERNMENT FOR MONTHS THEY
WILL BE FORCED TO WITHDRAW
SERVICE IF THE GOVERNMENT
CONTINUED TO PAY ONLY 55% OF THE
COST OF THE OHIP INSURED VISITS,
THE LOWEST RATE IN THE ENTIRE
COUNTRY.
THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF
OPTOMETRISTS HAVE INDICATED THAT
THEY HAVE NOT HEARD FROM THE
GOVERNMENT SINCE EARLY
SEPTEMBER.
IN MAY I BROUGHT THIS ISSUE TO
THE LEGISLATURE, WE'RE NOW IN
OCTOBER.
SPEAKER, WILL THIS GOVERNMENT
GET BACK TO THE TABLE WITH
OPTOMETRISTS AND PUT PROPER
FUNDING IN PLACE TO ENSURE THAT
CHILDREN AND SENIORS RECEIVE THE
EYE CARE THEY NEED?

Jeff returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Christine Elliott says, THANK YOU SPEAKER.
I'M CERTAINLY REITERATING THAT
WE ARE READY, THE GOVERNMENT IS
READY TO GO BACK TO THE
MEDIATION TABLE.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon. Christine Elliott, OC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la Santé.

Christine says, HOWEVER, THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION
OF OPTOMETRISTS IS NOT.
AND SO THAT ANY DECISION TO
WITHDRAW OHIP SERVICES IS BEING
DONE BY THE OPTOMETRISTS, NOT BY
THE GOVERNMENT.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO PAY FOR
THOSE SERVICES AND WE HAVE ALSO
OFFERED A, A RESOLUTION TO THIS
CONCERN.
WE ARE ALREADY GOING TO PAY
$39 MILLION INTO THEIR ACCOUNTS.
THE OPTOMETRISTS WILL SEE THE
AMOUNT THAT THEY WILL BE
RECEIVING TODAY.
THEY WILL BE RECEIVING THIS
AMOUNT IN MID-OCTOBER.
THIS IS TO COMPENSATE THEM FOR
AS THEY REQUESTED THE SAME RATE
OF INCREASE THAT PHYSICIANS
WOULD HAVE RECEIVED BETWEEN 2011
WHEN THEIR AGREEMENT EXPIRED TO
THE PRESENT.
WE HAVE ALSO PROPOSED A
RESOLUTION GOING FORWARD OF AN
INCREASE OF 8.48%, PLUS WE'VE
INDICATED TO THE OPTOMETRISTS
THAT WE WANT TO DISCUSS THEIR
OVERHEAD CONCERNS TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE CAN COME TO A RESOLUTION
THAT IS FAIR FOR OPTOMETRISTS
BUT ALSO FAIR TO THE TAXPAYERS
OF ONTARIO.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, WE WANT TO ALSO ESTABLISH A
SPECIAL WORKING RELATIONSHIP
WITH THEM WHEREBY WE WILL MEET
MONTHLY WITH THEM.
WE DO NOT DO THAT FOR EVERY
GROUP BUT WE KNOW THAT
OPTOMETRISTS HAVE,
WERE NOT FAIRLY DEALT WITH BY
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
WE WANT TO RECTIFY THAT
SITUATION AND PROVIDE A
RESOLUTION OF THEIR CONCERNS AND
WE'RE READY, WILLING AND ABLE.

(Applause)

Christine returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, THE NEXT
QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR
OTTAWA-VANIER.

A woman standing with a paper has long blond hair and bangs. She wears a long black jacket and glasses.

She says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
NICE TO BE BACK.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER
OF EDUCATION.
816 SCHOOLS ARE REPORTING COVID
CASES.

Text reads, Lucille Collard, LB, Ottawa-Vanier.

Lucille says, THAT'S ALMOST 17% OF ALL OUR
SCHOOLS.
AND NOW 6 SCHOOLS HAVE HAD TO
CLOSE.
THIS SPREAD COULD BE ADDRESSED IF
MORE PARENTS WERE GIVEN THE
ABILITY TO ADMINISTER RAPID
TESTS TO THEIR CHILDREN.
THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO HAD
SEVERAL MONTHS TO PLAN FOR A
SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL AND YET,
THE PLAN TO DISTRIBUTE RAPID
TESTS IS ONLY COMING UP NOW.
TO STOP THE SPREAD, WE SHOULD BE
DETECTING COVID BEFORE IT CAUSES
OUTBREAKS, NOT PLAYING CATCH-UP.
SO WHAT IS THE MINISTER'S PLAN
TO PREVENT FURTHER OUTBREAKS AND
SCHOOL CLOSURES GIVEN THE
CONSTANT RATE OF CASES IN OUR
SCHOOLS?

(Applause)

Lucille returns to her seat. Stephen Lecce stands and removes his mask.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE TO THE MINISTER'S
QUESTION, THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

(Applause)

Stephen says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.
WE AGREE IT'S SO CRITICAL WE
KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN AND SAFE.

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de l’Éducation

Stephen says, IT’S WHY WE'VE INTRODUCED A
LEARNED APPROACH FOLLOWING THE
EXPERT ADVICE OF THE ONTARIO
SCIENCE TABLE WHO CONFIRMED THIS
SUMMER THAT A PREVENTATIVE
APPROACH THAT INCLUDES STRICT
SCREENING BEFORE CHILDREN ENTER A
SCHOOL, THAT THE ENHANCEMENT OF
CLEANING WITHIN OUR SCHOOL
FACILITIES, A SIGNIFICANT
IMPROVEMENT IN THE AIR QUALITY
AND THE VENTILATION STANDARDS
WHICH OUR GOVERNMENT HAS
UNDERTAKEN BOTH FROM
MECHANICALLY VENTILATED SCHOOLS
AND THOSE WITHOUT MECHANICAL
VENTILATION BY INVESTING $600 MILLION
IN HVAC SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT IN ADDITION TO THE
DEPLOYMENT OF 70,000 HEPA
UNITS THAT ARE ALREADY IN OUR
SCHOOLS, IN EVERY LEARNING SPACE
IN A SCHOOL WITHOUT A MECHANICAL VENTILATION.
IN EVERY KINDERGARTEN SPACE IN THIS
PROVINCE MR. SPEAKER.
IN ADDITION WE’VE ANNOUNCED TODAY
ANOTHER STEP FORWARD,
ANOTHER TOOL IN THE TOOLKIT TO ENSURE
WE MINIMIZE DISRUPTION, WE MAXIMIZE SAFETY
WITH THE DEPLOYMENT OF TARGETED RISK
BASED RAPID TESTING TO PUBLIC
HEALTH UNITS FOR SCHOOLS AND
CHILD CARE SETTINGS WHERE THEY
DEEM FIT.
WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
FOLLOW THAT ADVICE TO DO
EVERYTHING POSSIBLE, AS THE
MEMBER OPPOSITE HAS RIGHTFULLY
NOTED TO KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE AND
TO KEEP OUR SCHOOLS OPEN.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Lucille stands.

She says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I'M CONCERNED WITH THE
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO DISTRIBUTE
RAPID TESTING ONLY IN HOT SPOTS
OR IN CERTAIN SCHOOL BASED ON
RISK.
WHEN THE GOVERNMENT MADE THE
DETERMINATION, UH, OF HOT SPOTS FOR
ACCESS TO TESTING AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE CRISIS, MANY
VULNERABLE AREAS IN MY RIDING
WERE LEFT OUT OF THE EQUATION
AND DIDN'T GET ACCESS TO TESTING
FOR A LONG TIME.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT ENSURE THIS
TIME THAT IT CONSULTS WITH THE
PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS AND SCHOOL
BOARDS TO GET THE RELEVANT
INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY
VULNERABLE AREAS WHEN, WHERE RAPID
TESTING WOULD BE MOST HELPFUL?

Lucille returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, AND THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Stephen says, UH, I WOULD AGREE WITH THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE.
IN FACT WE’VE ALREADY CONSULTED THE CHIEF
MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY
SPOKEN TO (indiscernible)
IN ONTARIO TO GET
THEIR BUY-IN FOR THIS PROGRAM,

Text reads, Hon. and L’hon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de l’Éducation

Stephen says, UH, DEFERRING TO THE LOCAL PUBLIC
HEALTH INDICATORS AND THE LOCAL
EXPERTISE OF OUR MEDICAL OFFICER
OF HEALTH, WE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN
THEM TO DEPLOY THIS RAPID
TESTING IN A TARGETED BASIS
WHERE THE RISK REQUIRES IT.
WE ARE ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO
DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO KEEP
SCHOOLS SAFE AND OPEN.
IT'S WHY IN SEPTEMBER WE
LAUNCHED A TAKE HOME TEST
PROGRAM, PHASE 1 FOR
ASYMPTOMATIC, UH, VACCINATED HIGH
SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ONTARIO.
IT'S WHY WE INTEND TO SCALE THAT
PROGRAM UP.
ALSO SPEAKER, WE HAVE WORKED WITH
THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH TO ENSURE
THAT THERE’S LOW BARRIER ACCESS
POINTS FOR TESTING WITHIN OUR
COMMUNITIES.
REDUCING THE TIME LOG TO GET
THOSE KIDS BACK INTO SCHOOL, TO GET
OUR STAFF BACK INTO SCHOOL
WORKING AS WELL AND MR. SPEAKER WHEN IT
COMES TO AIR VENTILATION
SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE
DECOUPLED FROM THE DICUSSION
OF SCHOOL SAFETY
WE HAVE REALLY MADE THIS A
MAJOR PRIORITY WITH $600 MILLION OF INVESTMENTS,
70,000 HEPA UNITS AND ON GOING
WORK TO ENSURE SCHOOLS REMAIN AS POSSIBLE.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker stands.

He says, AND THAT CONCLUDES OUR
QUESTION PERIOD FOR THIS MORNING.

Watch: Question Period: Tuesday, October 05, 2021