Transcript: Question Period: Wednesday, October 06, 2021 | Oct 07, 2021

In the House of Commons, some members of parliament sit at desks. Nearly everyone wears masks. Members are seated at desks on either side of the room.

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

Text reads, question period, pŽriode de questions, CC, closed captioning. A woman stands.

The Speaker says, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE, HERÉ
LEADER OF HER MAJESTY'S
LOYAL OPPOSITION.

A woman stands. Some of the members applaud. The woman removes her mask

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

The woman has shoulder length hair and wears a beige blazer and blue top. She stands at her desk.

The woman says, SPEAKER, OUR HEALTH CARE
HEROES, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES
WHO ARE TRYING TO STAY
AFLOAT, PARENTS WHO ARE
TRYING TO DROP THEIR KIDS
OFF AT SCHOOL, CONTINUE TO
HAVE TO WALK A GAUNTLET OF
HATEFUL ANTI-VAXXER
HARASSMENT.
MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER
IS SIMPLE.
WILL HE STOP SAYING NO AND
PASS SAFETY LEGISLATION,
SAFETY ZONE LEGISLATION
TODAY TO PROTECT THEM?

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition. Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de lÕoposition officelle.

(Applause)

Andrea returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, REPLY, THE
SOLICITOR GENERAL.

A person says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU FOR THE
MEMBER'S QUESTION OPPOSITE.
YOU KNOW, I THINK WE ALL
APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND
THAT WE ARE DISAPPOINTED
WHEN PEOPLE CHOOSE TO
PROTEST IN FRONT OF OUR
HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.

The person speaking is a woman with short blond hair with glasses. She stands at her desk wearing a black and white blazer with a black shirt. Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Nina Tangri, PC, Solicitor General, Solliciteur gŽnŽral

Nina says, BUT, TO BE CLEAR, THAT IS
NOT HAPPENING A LOT IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, AND
CURRENTLY IN THE PROVINCE OF
ONTARIO, POLICE HAVE THE
ABILITY TO INTERVENE WHEN
APPROPRIATE.
AND THOSE INSTANCES INCLUDE
OF COURSE HARASSMENT AND
INTIMIDATION.
SO I'M WATCHING THIS VERY
CLOSELY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
DON'T HAVE SITUATIONS WHERE
HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND
INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE
ACCESSING OUR HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM BEING PUT AT RISK
BECAUSE OF PROTESTORS, BUT
RIGHT NOW, IN THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO, CURRENTLY THERE
ARE OPPORTUNITIES AND
ABILITY FOR THE POLICE TO
INTERVENE WHEN APPROPRIATE.
THANK YOU.

(Applause)

Nina returns to her desk. Andrea Horwath stands.

The Speaker says, AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Andrea Horwath says THANKS, THANKS
SPEAKER.
UH, SPEAKER, THE PREMIER HAS
BEEN DRAGGED KICKING AND
SCREAMING, UH, TO, FOR EXAMPLE
CALL IN THE MILITARY TO HELP
IN LONG-TERM CARE.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition. Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de lÕoposition officelle. She stands at her desk.

Andrea says, UH, HE WAS DRAGGED KICKING AND
SCREAMING TO IMPLEMENT A
VACCINE CERTIFICATE.
HE IS NOW NOT DOING WHAT HE
SHOULD BE DOING WHEN IT
COMES TO SAFETY ZONE
LEGISLATION AND WE WATCHED
AS HE WAS DRAGGED KICKING
AND SCREAMING TO AGREE TO
RAPID TESTING IN HOT SPOTS
AND SCHOOLS AFTER, SEVERAL
WEEKS AFTER, SCHOOLS WERE
ALREADY BACK.
MY QUESTION AGAIN IS TO THE
PREMIER.
WILL HE FINALLY TAKE
DECISIVE ACTION?
STOP SAYING NO.
DO THE RIGHT THING AND PASS
SAFETY ZONE LEGISLATION
TODAY?

Andrea returns to her seat.

(Applause)

Nina Tangri stands at her desk.

The Speaker says, SOLICITOR
GENERAL.

Nina says, I, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT
FOR THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND
OTHERS IN THE ASSEMBLY TO
APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND
WHAT TOOLS ALREADY WE HAVE
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
AND THE POLICE HAVE.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Nina Tangri, PC, Solicitor General, Solliciteur general

Nina says, SO UNDER THE CRIMINAL CODE,
POLICE OFFICERS HAVE AN
EXTENSIVE NUMBER OF TOOLS IN
THEIR AUTHORITY.
SOME EXAMPLES INCLUDE
MISCHIEF, INTERRUPTION OF
LAWFUL USE OF ENJOYMENT OF PROPERTY,
TRESPASS, BREACH OF THE
PEACE, ASSAULT, CRIMINAL
NEG, NEGLIGENCE, AND CAUSING A
DISTURBANCE.
I KNOW THAT WHEN WE SEE
INDIVIDUALS PROTESTING, WE
WANT THEM TO COME HERE TO
QUEEN'S PARK, HERE TO THE
LEGISLATURE.

Nina holds her hands together.

She says, BUT, IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO
UNDERSTAND THAT HEALTH CARE
WORKERS ARE PROTECTED UNDER
EXISTING LEGISLATION AND
EXISTING TOOLS THAT THE
POLICE ACROSS ONTARIO HAVE.
I KNOW THAT OUR HEALTH CARE
LEADERSHIP WANTS TO KEEP
THEIR STAFF AND THEIR, THE VISITORS
TO THEIR, HOSPITALS SAFE AND
WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT
USING THE EXISTING TOOLS WE
HAVE.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

Nina returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THE FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY.

Andrea Horwath says, SPEAKER, ONTARIANS
ARE FED UP WITH THE
PREMIER'S HESITATION TO TAKE
ON THE ANTIVAX OTHERS AND
THEY'RE TIRED OF HEARING HIM
APOLOGIZE TO THEM WHILE HE
DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT OUR
HEALTH CARE HEROES AND
CANCER PATIENTS TRYING TO GET
INTO OUR HOSPITALS.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition. Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de lÕoposition officelle. She stands at her desk.

Andrea says, OUR PARENTS WHO ARE SIMPLY
TRYING TO DROP OFF THE
KIDS AT SCHOOL AND THEY'RE
BEING SCREAMED AT BY THESE
FOLKS.
SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR
CUSTOMERS, SMALL BUSINESSES
WHO ARE TRYING TO STAY
AFLOAT AND CUSTOMERS WHO ARE
TRYING TO SUPPORT THOSE
SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE
BEING TARGETED AND HARASSED
BY THESE UNRULY MOBS OF
PEOPLE.
THE PREMIER NEEDS TO DO THE
RIGHT THING HERE, SPEAKER.
HE NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT
THING AND PASS THE SAFETY
ZONE LEGISLATION UH, THAT WE
TABLED THE OTHER DAY SO THAT
ONTARIANS CAN GO ABOUT ALL OF
THE ACTIVITIES, ONTARIANS
WHO HAVE DONE THE RIGHT
THING, WHO HAVE BEEN
VACCINATED, WHO ARE TRYING
TO ENSURE THAT WE FIGHT
SUCCESSFULLY AGAINST
COVID-19.
THEY'RE THE ONES THAT NEED
THIS PREMIER'S ATTENTION.
THEY'RE THE ONES THAT YOU
SHOULDN'T BE SAYING NO TOO.
WILL HE SAY YES, AND PASS
SAFETY ZONE LEGISLATION?

Andrea returns to her seat.

(Applause)

Andrea tucks her hair behind her ear.

The Speaker says, MEMBERS,
PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS.

Members standing on either side of Andrea Horwath stand applauding before returning to their seats.

The Speaker says, AND THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Standing, Nina Tangri says, LISTEN, I, I APPRECIATE THAT THE
MEMBER OPPOSITE IS
ATTEMPTING TO MAKE THIS A
LARGER ISSUE THAN IT IS.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Nina Tangri, PC, Solicitor General, Solliciteur general.

Nina says, UM, I WILL REINFORCE AND REMIND
PEOPLE THAT CURRENTLY IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Nina says, INTIMIDATION IS NOT
ALLOWED.
WE HAVE THE TOOLS.
THE POLICE IN OUR
JURISDICTION HAVE THE, TO
ENFORCE, TO ENSURE THAT OUR
HEALTH CARE WORKERS ARE
SAFE.
I GET IT, I'M NO HAPPIER THAN
ANYONE ELSE WHEN I SEE, UM,
PROTESTS HAPPENING IN FRONT
OUR SCHOOLS OR OUR HOSPITALS,
BUT, WE ALSO HAVE TO
APPRECIATE THE PEOPLE HAVE
THE RIGHT TO SHARE THEIR
OPINION.
I WOULD PREFERÉ

(Chatter)

Nina says, ÉTHEY DO IT IN
THE UH, CENTRE OF GOVERNMENT IN,
HERE AT QUEEN'S PARK.

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Nina says, HAVING SAID THAT, WHEN THERE
IS INTIMIDATION AND
HARASSMENT IN FRONT OF OUR
HOSPITALS, THEN THE POLICE
HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACT, AND
I KNOW THAT OUR HOSPITAL
LEADERSHIP WILL ENSURE THAT
THEIR STAFF REMAIN SAFE.
THANK YOU.

Nine returns to her seat

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
ONCE AGAIN THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION.

Andrea Horwath stands.

Text reads, Question Period, PŽriode questrions

Andrea says, THANK YOU,
SPEAKER.
MY NEXT QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.
BUT I THINK ITÕS CLEAR THIS
GOVERNMENT CAN DO SOMETHING
ABOUT THE PROBLEM THAT WE
SEE HAPPENING TO TOO MANY UH,
PEOPLE GOING ABOUT THEIR
BUSINESS IN ONTARIO.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition. Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de lÕoposition officelle.

Andrea says, BUT MY QUESTION NOW IS ABOUT UH,
THE 35 DAYS THAT IT'S BEEN
NOW SINCE SENIORS AND KIDS
IN OUR PROVINCE HAVE BEEN
ABLE TO ACCESS EYE CARE.
THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO ARE
LITERALLY NOW IN SCHOOL,
HAVING TROUBLE SEEING THE
BLACKBOARD.
THERE ARE SENIORS WHO ARE
UNABLE TO RENEW THEIR
DRIVER'S LICENCE, WHICH THEN
OF COURSE MAKES THEM LESS UM,
LESS MOBILE, UH, LESS INDEPENDENT
BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THEIR
GLASSES PRESCRIPTION RENEWED,
BECAUSE THE SERVICE ISN'T
BEING FUNDED BY THE
GOVERNMENT.
I SPOKE TO A, A MOM, HER
NAME, BEVERLY MURRAY,
LAST WEEK WHOSE TEENAGE
DAUGHTER, UH, IS LITERALLY
SUFFERING FROM EYE PAIN AND
MIGRAINES, AND SHE CANNOT
GET HER DAUGHTER AN
APPOINTMENT TO HAVE HER
VISION AND HER EYES LOOKED
AFTER BY THEIR OPTOMETRIST.
SO MY QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER IS WHY HE SAYING NO?
WHY IS HE SAYING NO AND
REFUSING, REFUSING TO GET US A
FAIR DEAL AND FUND THE
OPTOMETRY SERVICES THAT OUR
KIDS AND OUR SENIORS SO
DESPERATELY NEED AND
DESERVE?

Andrea returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, DEPUTY
PREMIER AND MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

A person says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER, I
WOULD LIKE TO UH, ADVISE THE
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION
THAT OHIP-FUNDED SERVICES
CONTINUE TO BE FUNDED BY THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ. Christine wears a long sleeved black shirt and necklace.

She says, HOWEVER, THE MANY OPTOMETRISTS
IN THE PROVINCE, AT THE
URGING OF THE ASSOCIATION,
HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO PROVIDE
THOSE SERVICES.
WE'RE VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH
THAT.
WE HAVE BEEN ENGAGING IN
DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM AND
WE'RE READY TO CONTINUE
THOSE DISCUSSIONS, BUT THIS
IS, THE PROBLEM IS DUE TO
THE FACT THAT THE ONTARIO
ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS
REFUSES TO GO BACK TO THE
INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR AND
ADHERE TO THEIR CONDITIONS
IN ORDER FOR THE MEDIATION
TO RESUME.
WE ARE READY, WILLING AND
ABLE TO GO BACK TO THE TABLE
TO DISCUSS.
BUT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING
THAT THE OAO IS INTERESTED
IN DOING, AND IT'S
ESPECIALLY CONCERNING THAT
THEY CONTINUE TO TELL THE
PUBLIC THAT THEY ARE WAITING
FOR US TO RETURN TO THE
MEDIATION TABLE WHEN, IN
FACT, THAT IS NOT THE CASE.
WE, AS THE GOVERNMENT ARE READY
TO GO BACK AND RESUME THOSE
DISCUSSIONS.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine adds, BUT THE ONTARIO
ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS
IS NOT.

She returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Andrea Horwath stands.

She says, WELL,
SPEAKER, I HAVE TO SAY THAT
IT'S REALLY UM, INTERESTING TO
SEE WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE IN
ONTARIO.
FIRST THING THAT HAPPENED
WAS THE LIBERALS DELISTING
EYE CARE SERVICES, ALLOWING
OF COURSE SENIORS AND KIDS,
BUT THEN SERIOUSLY
UNDERFUNDING THOSE SERVICES
FOR MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS.

Text reads, Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition. Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de lÕoposition officelle.

Andrea says, AND NOW THIS PREMIER IS
MAKING IT MUCH, MUCH WORSE
BY REFUSING TO COME TO THE
TABLE AND NEGOTIATE A FAIR
DEAL AND REFUSING TO
PROPERLY FUND EYE CARE.
GRANTED, THE LIBERALS
REFUSED TO DO IT FOR YEARS
AND YEARS AS WELL.
BUT THE
PROBLEM HAS BECOME WORSE
UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT AND
THAT IS NO WAY, SPEAKER, TO
GOVERN.

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Andrea says, THAT IS NO WAY TO GOVERN.
THIS GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO GET
SERIOUS ABOUT CUTTING A DEAL,
A DEAL THAT IS FAIR, AND MY
QUESTION TO THE PREMIER IS
WHY DOES HE CONTINUE TO SAY
"YES" TO HIS BUDDIES, TO HIS
DEVELOPER BUDDIES, TO THE
BIG BOX STORES BUT SAY NO
WHEN IT COMES TO PROVIDING
THE NECESSARY EYE AND VISION
CARE FOR OUR KIDS AND
SENIORS?

Andrea returns to her seat.

(Applause)

Christine Elliott stands.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Christine says, SPEAKER, WHILE I REALLY
APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY
TO SET THE MEMBERS OF THE UH,
OPPOSITION, UH, TO UNDERSTAND,
WHAT THE SITUATION ACTUALLY
IS, AS WELL AS THE MEMBERS
OF THE PUBLIC.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ.

Christine says, BECAUSE THE SITUATION IS
SUCH THAT THE OPTOMETRISTS
HAVE REFUSED TO COME BACK TO
MEDIATION.
THEY'RE CHOOSING TO DEMAND
AN OUTCOME BEFORE WE EVEN
GET INTO NEGOTIATIONS.
HOWEVER, I ALSO APPRECIATE
THE CHANCE TO ADVISE WHAT
HAS ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
THE GOVERNMENT IS MAKING A
PAYMENT OF $39 MILLION INTO
THE ACCOUNTS OF OPTOMETRISTS
WHO PROVIDED THOSE SERVICES.
COVERING AN ACCOUNTÉ

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Christine says, ÉTO COVER WHAT'S HAPPENED
IN THE PAST AND I TOTALLY
AGREE THAT THE OPTOMETRISTS
WERE NOT TREATED FAIRLY BY
THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
BUT WEÕRE PAYING THE $39
MILLION, RECOGNIZING THAT
THE SAME RATE AS WHAT
PHYSICIANS WOULD HAVE
RECEIVED FROM 2011 TO WHEN
THEIR DEAL, UH, EXPIRED TO
NOW WHAT PHYSICIANS WOULD
HAVE RECEIVED.
THAT'S HOW WE CALCULATED
THAT $39 MILLION.
WE'VE ALSO OFFERED TO, UHÉ

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, ÉAN IMMEDIATE OHIP FEE
INCREASE OF 8.48%,
RETROACTIVE TO APRIL 1st,
2021 AND TO ENGAGE IN
FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS WITH
THE OPTOMETRISTS ABOUT THEIR
OVERHEAD COSTS BECAUSE WE
HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO
THAT AS WE ATTEMPT TO
ACHIEVEÉ

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.

Christine returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, AND THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.

Andrea Horwath stands.

She says, THE
GOVERNMENT HAS A DUTY AND A
RESPONSIBILITY TO NEGOTIATE,
NOT DICTATE.

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

Andrea says, THEY HAVEN'T FIGURED THAT
OUT YET?

(Applause)

Andrea says, THAT'S THEIR RESPONSIBILITY.

Text transitions to, Learder parlementaire de lÕoposition officelle.

Andrea says, THIS PREMIER IS EASILY
SAYING YES TO HIS BUDDIES
BUT HE SAID NO TO STUDENTS,
TEACHERS AND PARENTS LAST
SPRING.
HE SAID NO LAST SUMMER TO
LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS AND
THEIR FAMILIES WHO NEEDED
THE GOVERNMENT'S HELP, AND
NOW WE'RE SEEING IT AGAIN AS
HE SAYS NO TO OUR KIDS AND
OUR SENIORS WHO NEED TO HAVE
VISION CARE AND DESERVE TO
HAVE VISION CARE HERE IN OUR
PROVINCE.
SO, MY QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER IS WILL HE FINALLY
SAY YES?
GET BACK TO THE TABLE AND
PUT PROPER FUNDING IN PLACE
AND COMMIT TO NEGOTIATING A
FAIR DEAL SO THAT OUR KIDS
AND OUR SENIORS CAN GET WHAT
THEY NEED IN TERMS OF THEIR
VISION CARE?

Andrea returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, I'LL ASK THE
MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR SEATS.

The members standing and applauding return to their seats.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Christine Elliott stands.

She says, THANK YOU.
WELL, THE SHORT ANSWER TO
YOUR QUESTION IS YES.
WE ARE READY, WILLING AND
ABLE TO GO BACK INTO
MEDIATION, BUT YOU CAN'T
NEGOTIATE WHEN YOU'RE THE
ONLY PARTY AT THE TABLE.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ.

Christine says, WE HAVE SAIDÉ

(Applause)

Christine says, ÉTHAT WE ARE READY TO PROCEED WITHÉ

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Christine says, ÉTHE OPTOMETRISTS.
WEÕRE READY TO PROCEED TO
RECTIFY THEIR VERY RELEVANT
CONCERNS TO DEAL WITH THE
BACK PAY ISSUE, TO DEAL WITH
AN INCREASE GOING FORWARD,
TO DEAL WITH THEIR OVERHEAD
AND TO HAVE AN ONGOINGÉ

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Christine says, ÉMONTHLY DISCUSSION WITH
THEM, WHICH IS SOMETHING
THAT IS NOT DONE WITH EVERY
HEALTH CARE GROUP.
WE WANT TO REMEDY THEIR
COMPLAINTS.
WE WANT TO REACH A DEAL WITH
THEM BUT THEY NEED TO COME
BACK TO THE TABLE.
WE ARE READY TO GO TO THE
TABLE.
WE HAVE AGREED TO THE
MEDIATOR'S REQUEST, BUT THE
ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF
OPTOMETRISTS HAS NOT.
THEY'RE NOT OUR CONDITIONS.
THEY'RE THE MEDIATOR'S
CONDITIONS.
WE'RE ASKING THEM TO PLEASE
COME BACK TO THE TABLE SO WE
ACTUALLY CAN NEGOTIATE.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, BUT YOU CAN'T DO THAT BY
YOURSELF.

She returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THE NEXT
QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR
BRAMPTON CENTRE.

A person says, THANK YOU.
GOOD MORNING, SPEAKER.
UH, MY QUESTION IS TO THE
PREMIER.

The person speaking is a woman with long, dark, curly brown hair. She wears a red blazer and black shirt.

She says, MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS FOR NOT
GETTING THE COVID-19 VACCINE
ARE VERY RARE.
DR. MOORE HAS SAID THAT UH,
ABOUT ONE IN FIVE OUT OF
100,000 ONTARIANS WOULD BE
ELIGIBLE FOR A MEDICAL
EXEMPTION TO THE VACCINE.

Text reads, Sara Singh, NDP, Brampton Centre, Brampton-Centre.

Sara says, YET SOMEHOW, SPEAKER, TWO
MEMBERS OF THE P.C.
GOVERNMENT CAUCUS BOTH CLAIM
TO HAVE MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS.

Sara holds a paper.

She says, IT'S STATISTICALLY CURIOUS
THAT 2 OUT OF 70 MEMBERS
SOMEHOW HAVE THESE MEDICAL
EXEMPTIONS.
DR. MOORE SAYS IT'S SUPPOSED
TO BE VERY RARE, AND THAT
THESE EXEMPTIONS WILL NEED A
REVIEW PROVINCEWIDE.
SO THE QUESTION TO THE
PREMIER IS CAN THE PREMIER
HELP EXPLAIN THE STATISTICAL
ANOMALY IN HIS OWN CAUCUS?

Sara returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, TO REPLY,
THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

A person says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
UH, MR. SPEAKER.
I THINK UH, UH, I'M NOT ENTIRELY
CERTAIN WHAT THIS HAS TO DO
WITH GOVERNMENT BUSINESS.

The person speaking is a man wearing suit and black tie.

He says, BUT, UH, IÕLL SAY THIS, MR. SPEAKER.
UH, THE PREMIER TOOK UH, IMMEDIATE
ACTIONS, ACTION TO ENSURE THAT ALL
MEMBERS OF THIS CAUCUS WERE UH, WERE
VACCINATED UH, AND TO ENSURE
THAT UH, THOSE THAT UH, HAD NOT
RECEIVED THEIR TWO DOSES UH,
PRESENTED A UH, MEDICAL
EXEMPTION, MR. SPEAKER.

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

Paul says, OF COURSE THOSE EXEMPTIONS
ARE PROVIDED BY UH, MEDICAL
PROFESSIONALS, UH, AND UH, AND WE, YOU
KNOW, WE HAVE TO ASSUME THAT
THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
PROVIDING, THIS UH, THIS EXEMPTION HAS
DONE SO BASED ON THE
GUIDANCE AND RECOMMENDATIONS
OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
OF HEALTH.

A man sitting behind Paul nods.

A persons says, EXACTLY.

(Applause)

Paul returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, AND THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Sara Singh says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
ONTARIANS SHOULD BE GETTING
VACCINATED UNLESS IT'S
ABSOLUTELY CLEARED WITH A
MEDICAL EXEMPTION.
AND AS DR. MOORE HAS STATED,
THESE EXEMPT, EXEMPTIONS ARE
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE.
AS WE'VE ALL COME TO LEARN,
ONE OF THE P.C. MEMBERS, THE
FORMER PARLIAMENTARY
ASSISTANT TO THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL, REVEALED TO HER
HOUSE LEADER THAT SHE HADNÕT IN
FACT BEEN VACCINATED, AS SHE
PREVIOUSLY LET ON AND
MISREPRESENTED HER VACCINE
STATUS.
WILL THE PREMIER BE
DEMANDING THAT THESE
EXEMPTIONS BE REVIEWED OR
WILL HE, ONCE AGAIN, JUST BE
TAKING HIS MEMBERS' CLAIMS
AT FACE VALUE?

Text reads, Sara Singh, NDP, Brampton Centre, Brampton-Centre. Sara returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, REPLY.
THE PREMIER.

A person says, WELL THANK, THANK YOU,
MR. UH, SPEAKER.

A man wearing a dark suit with a purple tie and handkerchief stands at his desk.

He says, AND, AND THANKS TO ONTARIANS AND
THE FRONTLINE HEALTH CARE
WORKERS, WE HAVE VACCINATED
OVER 22 MILLION PEOPLE IN
ONTARIO.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon Doug Ford, PC, Premier, Premier minister

(Applause)

Doug says, WE'RE ONE OF THE WORLD'S
LEADERS WITH 87% OF ELIGIBLE
ONTARIANS VACCINATED.
AND 82% FULLY VACCINATED.
BUT I, I FIND IT PRETTY RICH
WHEN THE LEADER OF THE
N.D.P. SHOULD RECOGNIZE THAT,
CONSIDERING HER OWN POSITION,
EVOLVES DAY TO DAY DEPENDING
ON WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS,
THAT'S THE DECISION THE
N.D.P. LEADER.
I FIND IT IRONIC THAT THE
LIBERAL PARTY, WITH ONLY 7,
7 CAUCUS MEMBERS, STILL
CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHO'S
VACCINATED OR NOT.
WE WERE VERY TRANSPARENT,
MR. SPEAKER, ON THE
PEOPLEÉ

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER

Doug says, ÉTHAT UH, HAD A
MEDICAL EXEMPTION.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Doug says, WE DON'T GET INVOLVED IN
PEOPLE'S PERSONAL MEDICAL RECORDS,
BUT WE WERE VERY TRANSPARENT.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Doug says, AND, AGAIN,
MR. SPEAKER, I FIND IT VERY
RICH THAT THE N.D.P. UH, DEPENDS
ON THE DAY, CAN'T TELL US
WHO'S VACCINATED AND WHO'S
NOT.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Doug returns to his seat.

(Applause)

Text reads, Question Period, PŽriode questrions

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

(Applause)

A woman says, THANK YOU AND GOOD
MORNING, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT,
CONSERVATION AND PARKS.
AND FIRSTLY I WOULD LIKE TO
CONGRATULATE THE MEMBER FOR
NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH
SOUTH FOR HIS NEW
APPOINTMENT.

The woman has long dark hair and bangs. She wears a white floral shirt.

She says, THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ARE
VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH
A HARDWORKING MEMBER AT THE
HELM OF A VERY IMPORTANT
GOVERNMENT PORTFOLIO AND I
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL
OF THE CONTINUED WORK THAT
YOU WILL BE UNDERTAKING ON
BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR
THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.
MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT
IS CONTINUING TO LEAD THE
COUNTRY IN DRIVING DOWN
HARMFUL EMISSIONS BY
EXPANDING THE AVAILABILITY
AND USE OF CLEAN FUELS.
ONE SUCH CLEAN FUEL THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT SEES POTENTIAL IN
IS HYDROGEN.
COULD THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT,
CONSERVATION AND PARKS SHARE
SOME DETAILS OF THE
GOVERNMENT'S LOW CARBON
HYDROGEN STRATEGY?

The woman returns to her seat. A man at a desk in front of her stands.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
THE ENVIRONMENT,
CONSERVATION AND PARKS TO
REPLY.

A person stands, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE TREMENDOUS
MEMBER FROM
FLAMBOROUGH-GLANBROOK FOR
THAT EXCELLENT QUESTION.
SHE'S RIGHT.
ONTARIO LEADS CANADA IN
DRIVING DOWN G.H.G.
EMISSIONS AND BUILDING A
MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.
WE'RE DOING THAT THANKS TO
THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS
GOVERNMENT, EXPANDING
RENEWABLES IN CLEAN FUELS.

The person speaking is a man wearing a dark suit and pink tie.

He says, THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT TO
TAKING THE EMISSIONS OF OVER
300,000 CARS OFF THE ROAD.
WE'RE DOING IT THROUGH
BUILDING SUBWAYS,
GO SERVICE LINE LIKE WE'VE
NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN
ONTARIO.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon David Piccini, PC, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

David says, WHEN FAMILIES ARE SPENDING
LESS TIME IN GRIDLOCK,
THEY'RE SPENDING MORE TIME
WITH THEIR LOVED ONES.

Text transitions to Ministre de lÕEnvironnement de la Protection de la nature et des Parcs

David says, AND FINALLY, THANKS TO THE
LEADERSHIP OF THE PREMIER
AND THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, WE'VE SEEN A
HISTORIC RENAISSANCE IN
MANUFACTURING.
$6 BILLION IN INVESTMENTS.
ONTARIO IS AN E.V. POWERHOUSE
THANKS TO THEIR WORK.
BUT, MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE
THINGS I'M MOST EXCITED
ABOUT IS HYDROGEN.
IT PRESENTS INCREDIBLE
POTENTIAL.
ONTARIO IS AGAIN AMONG THE
LEADER IN CANADA IN
ESTABLISHING A HYDROGEN
STRATEGY WORKING GROUP.
WORK IS UNDER WAY TO FINALIZE
A STRATEGY, AND WITH IT
I'M CONFIDENT THAT ONTARIO
WILL BE AMONG THE FIRST
MOVERS IN THIS SPACE.
LEVERAGING OUR CLEAN ENERGY
ADVANTAGE AND CONTINUING TO
BE A LEADER IN CANADA.
THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

David returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

The woman in the floral shirt says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND
THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR
THAT EXPLANATION.
HYDROGEN APPEARS TO BE A KEY
TO THE GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO
REDUCING GREEN HOUSE GAS
EMISSIONS, BUT IT'S
SOMETHING MANY ONTARIANS
SIMPLY ARE UNFAMILIAR
WITH.

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

Donna says, COULD THE MINISTER OF THE
ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION
AND PARKS PLEASE SHARE WITH
ME SOME OF THE INTERESTING
APPLICATIONS FOR HYDROGEN
THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS
EXPLORING.

Donna returns to her seat.

A person calls, GREAT
QUESTION.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
THE ENVIRONMENT.

David Piccini stands and removes his mask. He stands at his desk. Donna puts on her mask.

David says, THANK YOU, AGAIN, TO THE,
TO THE MEMBER FOR THAT GREAT
QUESTION.
THERE ARE COUNTLESS WAYS LOW
CARBON HYDROGEN CAN BE USE
UNDER ONE'S DAY-TO-DAY LIVES
IN COMMUNITIES,
IT CAN BE BLENDED INTO
NATURAL GAS PIPELINES TO
HEAT OUR HOMES AND OUR BUSINESSES.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon David Piccini, PC, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

David says, IN INDUSTRY IT CAN BE USED
AS A REPLACEMENT FOR FOSSIL
FUELS THAT ARE USED IN HIGH
TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS
LIKE IN THE PRODUCTION OF STEEL
AND CEMENT.

Text transitions to Ministre de lÕEnvironnement de la Protection de la nature et des Parcs.

David says, IMAGINE A BUILDING SECTOR
WHERE THESE MATERIALS COULD
BE PRODUCED WITH MINIMAL
CARBON EMISSIONS.
AND DID YOU KNOW, 80%
OF ONTARIOÕS 2018
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
CAME FROM TRANSPORTATION.
ENTER BUSES AND TRUCKS,
FUELLED BY LOW CARBON
HYDROGEN.
AND IÕD LIKE TO GIVE A
SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT TO THE
INCREDIBLE FOLKS I VISITED AT
CUMMINS IN MISSISSAUGA.
LEADERS IN THE EXCITING WORK THEY'RE
DOING FOR FUEL CELL
TECHNOLOGY.
OUR GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE
TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE,
MR. SPEAKER, AND BUILD AN
ONTARIO WHERE GREEN, CLEAN
SOLUTIONS THRIVE AND
PROSPER.
THANK YOU.

(Applause)

David returns to his seat.

A person says, HERE, HERE.

Text reads, Question Period, PŽriode questions. The Speaker stands from his seat.

The Speaker says, THE NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
UNIVERSITY-ROSEDALE.

A person says, THANK YOU.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The person speaking is a woman with shoulder length brown hair. She wears a white blazer and black shirt. She stands at her desk.

She says, EIGHT PROVINCES HAVE SIGNED
ON TO THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT'S PROMISE TO ROLL
OUT $10-A-DAY CHILDCARE BUT
ONTARIO HASN'T.

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

Jessica says, EVEN THOUGH MANY PARENTS IN
ONTARIO PAY SOME OF THE
HIGHEST CHILDCARE FEES IN
CANADA, UPWARDS OF $20,000 A
YEAR.
CHILDCARE HAS BECOME SO
EXPENSIVE THAT PARENTS,
MOSTLY WOMEN, ARE GIVING UP
THEIR CAREERS OR GOING PART
TIME BECAUSE THEY CAN'T MAKE
IT WORK.
WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE
WORK FORCE HAS DROPPED TO A
30-YEAR LOW.
IF THIS GOVERNMENT IS
COMMITTED TO EQUALITY FOR
WOMEN AND A STRONG ECONOMIC
RECOVERY THEN FAMILIES NEED
ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY
AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE.
SO THIS IS MY QUESTION.
WHEN IS THIS GOVERNMENT
GOING TO SIGN ON AND PROVIDE
$10-A-DAY CHILD CARE TO HELP
THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN WHO
LIVE IN ONTARIO?

Jessica returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

A man standing at his desk wears a blue suit and maroon tie. He has short dark hair and wears a blue mask. The man buttons his suit jacket and removes his mask. He stands at his desk.

He says, WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION OF
THE MEMBER OPPOSITE.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de lՃducation.

Stephen says, I THINK WHAT THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE AND I CAN AGREE, IS
THAT UNDER THE FORMER
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT FOR 15
YEARS, CHILDCARE ROSE TO THE
SECOND-HIGHEST IN CANADA AFTER
THE DEMOCRATIC PROVINCE OF
B.C., I SHOULD NOTE.
40% INCREASE IN CHILDCARE
FEES.
THAT IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE
TO THE PREMIER AND OUR
GOVERNMENT MAKING IT
INEXCUSABLY HIGH IN UH, FOR AVERAGE
FAMILIES AND MIDDLE CLASS
PEOPLE.
IT'S WHY THE FIRST ACT THE
GOVERNMENT TOOK IN OUR FIRST
BUDGET WAS INTRODUCING ONTARIO
CHILDCARE TAX CREDIT TO PUT
MONEY DIRECTLY IN THE
POCKETS OF MOMS AND DADS,
RECOGNIZING THEY ARE BEST
POSITIONED TO MAKE DECISIONS
WITH RESPECT TO THEIR
CHILD'S CARE.
MR. SPEAKER, DURING THE
PANDEMIC, WE ENHANCED THAT
IN THE LAST BUDGET AND YES,
WE ARE NEGOTIATING IN GOOD
FAITH WITH THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO GET A GOOD
DEAL, NOT ANY DEAL.
A GOOD DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO THAT RECOGNIZES
OUR UNIQUE ADVANTAGES.
WE'RE ONE OF THE ONLY
PROVINCES THAT FUNDS ALL-DAY
KINDERGARTEN. SO, YES WE ARE
WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT, THE PRIME
MINISTER'S OFFICE, MINISTER
AHMED HUSSEIN TO DELIVER A
DEAL THAT PROVIDES
AFFORDABILITY FOR FAMILIES
IN THIS PROVINCE.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, AND THE
SUPPLEMENTARYRY QUESTION.

Jessica Bell says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS BACK TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
THIS IS ABOUT CHILDCARE
CENTRES BECAUSE THEY ARE
ALSO STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE
DURING THIS PANDEMIC.
MANY HAVE SEEN A DROP IN
ENROLLMENT BECAUSE PARENTS
HAVE LOST WORK AND ARE
CHOOSING TO STAY AT HOME AND
ALSO BECAUSE THEIR FEES ARE
SO EXPENSIVE.

Text reads, Jessica Bell, NDP, University-Rosedale. She stands at her desk.

Jessica says, CHILDCARE CENTRES HAVE ALSO
HAD TO BRING ON MORE STAFF
IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT
IMPORTANT INFECTION CONTROL
MEASURES, TO KEEP CHILDREN
AND STAFF SAFE.
AND MANY CENTRES ARE NOW AT
RISK OF CLOSURE.
MANY HAVE CUT STAFF HOURS
AND MANY HAVE CLOSED.
OUR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT
CHILDCARE CENTRE IS
STRUGGLING WHEN IT SHOULD BE
THRIVING.
SO THIS IS MY QUESTION.
WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO ENSURE
THAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS A
QUALITY NONPROFIT OR PUBLIC
CHILDCARE SPACE SO THEIR
CHILD CAN GET ONE?

Jessica returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, (indiscernible)

Stephen Lecce says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION.
IN FACT 99.67% OF CHILDCARE
CENTRES ARE OPEN IN THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO TODAY IN
PART BECAUSE WE PROVIDED
BACKSTOP FUNDING TO THEM TO
ENSURE THEY'RE OPEN.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de lՃducation. He stands at his desk.

Stephen says, FOR THE BENEFIT OF
MOMS AND DADS SO THEY CAN
GET BACK TO WORK.
MR. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT
IS INVESTING $2 BILLION IN
BUILDING CHILDCARE SPACES.
$2 BILLION TO HELP ENSURE
SUSTAINABLE QUALITY AND
AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE.
30,000 CHILDCARE SPACES IS
THE COMMITMENT WE MADE,
10,000 WITH THE NEW SCHOOLS
WHICH WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN IN
EACH AND EVERY BUDGET TO
EXPAND ACCESS TO MAKE LIFE
MORE AFFORDABLE.
WE ENRICHED THE ONTARIO
CHILDCARE TAX CREDIT.
WE, THAT BENEFIT, PROVIDING
FUNDING DIRECTLY TO PARENTS'
POCKETS NOW $1,500 ON AVERAGE
PER CHILD.
THAT'S GONNA MAKE A
DIFFERENCE.
AND WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT, WE HOPE, TO GET
A GOOD DEAL THAT ADVANCES
AFFORDABILITY, THAT MAKES
CHILDCARE MORE ACCESSIBLE IN
ALL REGIONS OF ONTARIO.

(Chatter)

Stephen returns to his seat.

(Applause)

Text reads, Question Period, PŽriode questions. The Speaker stands.

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

A person says, UH, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
PREMIER.

The person speaking is a man in a dark blue suit wearing a green and white checkboard tie and glasses. He stands at his desk.

The man says, MR. SPEAKER, JOHN IN ORLƒANS
IS IN HIS 60S AND HE HAS
CATARACTS.

Text reads, Stephen Blais, LIB, OrlŽans.

Stephen says, JOHN RELIES ON HIS
OPTOMETRIST TO CLOSELY
MONITOR THIS CRITICAL ASPECT
OF HIS HEALTH AND HE'S VERY
CONCERNED ABOUT HIS
LONG-TERM EYE HEALTH WITHOUT
REGULAR EXAMINATIONS.
AND JOHN ISN'T ALONE.
UH, LIKE I THINK EVERYONE IN
THIS CHAMBER I'VE HEARD FROM
THOUSANDS OF CONSTITUENTS
WHO SUPPORT WORLD-CLASS OHIP
COVERED EYE CARE AND ARE
FRUSTRATED WITH THE
GOVERNMENT'S INACTION TO
ENSURE ITS CONTINUED
DELIVERY.
I'VE HEARD FROM MOMS LIKE
ANDREA WHO, LIKE MANY
PARENTS, HAVE RISEN TO THE
CHALLENGE THIS YEAR JUGGLING
WORK, KIDS AT HOME,
MAINTAINING HOUSEHOLD AND KEEPING THEIR
FAMILY SAFE.
AND NOW THAT THEIR KIDS ARE
HEADED BACK TO SCHOOL, THEY
CAN'T GET AN EYE TEST.
SHE WANTS TO ENSURE THAT HER
CHILDREN ARE ABLE TO SEE THE
SMART BOARD AND PARTICIPATE
IN EXTRA CURRICULARS THEY'VE
BEEN MISSING DUE TO COVID.
BUT DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT'S
INACTION, OHIP-COULD HAVE
HAD EYE EXAMS HAVE BEEN
NONEXISTENT FOR ABOUT A
MONTH, BASICALLY SINCE
SCHOOL CAME BACK,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND LIKE SO MANY OTHER
ISSUES FACING THE GOVERNMENT,
THEY WAIT UNTIL THE ABSOLUTE
LAST MOMENT, UNTIL THEY'VE
BROKEN THE SYSTEM AND CHAOS HAS
ENSUED BEFORE THEY START TO
TRY TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS.
MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION FOR
THE PREMIER.

The Speaker says, QUESTION.

Stephen says, WHEN WILL THE GOVERNMENT
TAKE ACTION ON EYE CARE?
NOW THAT THEY'VE BROKEN IT,
WHEN WILL THEY START TO TRY
TO FIX IT?

(Chatter)

Stephen returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Christine Elliot stands.

She says, WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
AND I THANK THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION.
IN FACT, I KNOW THAT PEOPLE
LIKE JOHN AND ANDREA AND
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ACROSS
THE PROVINCE ARE RELYING
UPON THEIR OPTOMETRIST TO
PROVIDE THEM WITH THE CARE
THAT THEY NEED WHETHER IT'S
GLASSES FOR SCHOOL OR PEOPLE
WITH CATARACTS, SENIORS THAT
HAVE OTHER EYE CARE
PROBLEMS.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ.

Christine says, THAT IS WHY WE ARE VERY
DISAPPOINTED THAT THE O.A.O.
HAS WALKED AWAY FROM THE
MEDIATION TABLE.
WE ARE READY, WILLING AND
ABLE TO CORRECT SOME OF THE
PROBLEMS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN
EXPERIENCING.
UM, UH, PURSUANT TO THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT.
THEIR LAST AGREEMENT EXPIRED
IN 2011.
I KNOW THAT THEY ARE
FRUSTRATED.
WE WANT TO WORK WITH THEM.
WE WANT TO BRING THEM BACK
TO THE TABLE.
BUT TO DATE, THEY'VE REFUSED
TO UH, AGREE TO THE CONDITIONS
THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE
BY THE INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR,
NOT BY THE GOVERNMENT.
WE HAVE AGREED TO THOSE
CONDITIONS.
THE OPTOMETRISTS HAVE NOT.
SO WE ARE VERY ANXIOUS TO
RESUME THOSE DISCUSSIONS,
BUT AS I INDICATED EARLIER,
YOU CAN'T NEGOTIATE WHERE
THERE'S ONLY ONE PARTY AT
THE TABLE.
SO I URGE THE OPTOMETRISTS
TO COME BACK TO THE TABLE.
WE ARE ANXIOUS TO RESOLVE
YOUR ISSUES.
WE HAVE PUT $39 MILLION INTO
YOUR ACCOUNTS THAT WILL BE
PAID MID OCTOBER BUT
OPTOMETRISTS HAVE ALREADY
RECEIVED THE STATEMENTS AS
TO WHAT THEYÕLL BE
RECEIVING.
WE URGE THEM TO COME BACK TO
THE TABLE SO WE CAN REACH AN
AGREEMENT THAT IS
SATISFACTORY.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, TO BOTH THE OPTOMETRISTS
AND TO THE
TAXPAYERS OF ONTARIO BECAUSE
WE HAVE A FINANCIAL
RESPONSIBILITY THERE AS
WELL.
BUT WE ARE READY TO DISCUSS
THEIR CONCERNS ANY TIMEÉ

The Speaker says, THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.

(Applause)

Christine returns to her seat. Stephen Blais stands and removes his mask.

The Speaker says, AND A SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Stephen says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY SUPPLEMENTARIES FOR THE PREMIER.
FOR MONTHS OPT, OPTOMETRISTS
WERE TRYING TO ENGAGE THE
GOVERNMENT IN MEANINGFUL
DISCUSSION TO ADDRESS THE
EYE CARE FUNDING ISSUES IN
THE PROVINCE AND THE
GOVERNMENT SIMPLY SAID NO.
THE GOVERNMENT AND THIS
PREMIER LIKE TO SAY NO,
MR. SPEAKER.
THE PREMIER SAID NO TO
SUPPORTING WORKERS WITH PAID
SICK DAYS.
THE PREMIER SAID NO TO
VACCINE CERTIFICATES.
THE PREMIER SAID NO TO
SMALLER CLASS SIZES.
AND NOW THE PREMIER IS
SAYING NO TO
OHIP-COVERED EYE EXAMS.
SHEREEN IN ORLEANS IS A
MOTHER OF FOUR.
HER KIDS NEED EYE EXAMS SO
THAT THEY CAN GO BACK TO
SCHOOL AND SEE THE, UH, SEE THE BOARD BUT
THEY'RE ALSO SUFFERING FROM
HEADACHES AND THIS EYE EXAM
IS A CRITICAL ASPECT IN
DIAGNOSING THAT PARTICULAR PROBLEM.
SHE'S TRIED TO BOOK AN OHIP
COVERED EYE EXAM FOR HER
KIDS AND SHE WAS TOLD NO,
MR. SPEAKER.
SO MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WILL THE
PREMIER ACTUALLY START
SAYING YES?
WHEN WILL HE SAY YES TO OHIP
COULD HAVE HAD EYE EXAMS.

The Speaker says, QUESTION.

Stephen says, AND SIT DOWN AND HAMMER
OUT A DEAL TO GIVE ONTARIANS WORLD
CLASS EYE CARE
ONCE AGAIN?

Stephen returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Christine Elliott says, THANK YOU.

Christine stands.

She says, WELL, IÕD, I'D LIKE TO, THROUGH
YOU, MR. SPEAKER, CORRECT
ANOTHER FUNDAMENTAL
MISAPPREHENSION HERE.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ.

Christine says, THE GOVERNMENT IS STILL
FUNDING OHIP COVERED EYE
SERVICES.
HOWEVER, THE OPTOMETRISTS
HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO PROVIDE
THEM.
SO THE REASON FOR THIS
IMPASSE LAYS AT THE FEET OF
THE OPTOMETRISTS AT THIS
POINT.
THEY NEED TO COME BACK TO
THE TABLE TO DISCUSS THIS
WITH US.
WE HAD HAD NUMEROUS, A
NUMBER OF DISCUSSIONS, FOR
MONTHS.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Christine says, BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1stÉ

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Christine says, WHICH WAS THE DATE THAT THEY
DECIDED THAT THEY WOULD REFUSE TO
SUPPLY THESE SERVICES.
THOSE, UH, WE HAD SEVERAL
MEDIATION EFFORTS.
WE CAME TO A DELAY OR
JUST, TO A STANDSTILL
BECAUSE THE OPTOMETRISTS
WANTED US TO AGREE TO A
FOREGONE CONCLUSION.
WE CAN'T AGREE IN ADVANCE TO
SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE
NEGOTIATED.
SO WE ARE READY, WILLING AND
ABLE TO DISCUSS THIS WITH
THEM.
WE'VE SAID THAT FOR MONTHS
AND MONTHS.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, WE WANT TO COME TO A
CONCLUSION WITH THEM TO DEAL
WITH THEIR PAST ISSUES,
THEIR PRESENT ISSUES AND
THEIR FUTURE ISSUES.
SO I WOULD URGE ALL OF THE
MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION TO
PLEASE DISCUSS THIS WITH THE
ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS,
ASK THEM TO COME BACK TO THE
TABLE SOÉ

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

Text reads, question period, pŽriode de questions

The Speaker says, THE NEXT QUESTION.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.
THE NEXT QUESTION, THE
MEMBER FOR
KITCHENER-CONESTOGA.

(Applause)

A person says, THANK YOU SO MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND UH, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER FOR
DIGITAL GOVERNMENT.

The person speaking is a man with short dark hair wearing a dark jacket. He stands at his desk.

He says, I WOULD LIKE TO BE I BELIEVE
THE FIRST IN THE HOUSE TO
CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS NEW
APPOINTMENT, UH, TO THIS VERY,
VERY IMPORTANT MINISTRY.

Text reads, Mike Harris, PC, Kitchener-Conestoga.

(Applause)

Mike says, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS
FOCUSED ON KEEPING THE PEOPLE
OF ONTARIO SAFE, AND WE HAVE
NOT WAVERED FROM THAT
COMMITMENT THROUGH THE
ENTIRE COVID PANDEMIC,
MR. SPEAKER.
WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS
HEALTH CRISIS.
WE WILL CONTINUE SUPPORTING
ONTARIANS AND BUSINESSES,
AND WE WILL GET THE ECONOMY
BACK ON TRACK.
COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE
EXPLAIN WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT
IS DOING TO HELP BUSINESSES
OPERATE SAFELY AND HOW THAT
IS WORKING TO SUPPORT OUR
ECONOMY?

Mike returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, RECOGNIZE THE ASSOCIATE
MINISTER FOR DIGITAL
GOVERNMENT.

A person says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MEMBER OF
KITCHENER-CONESTOGA FOR THE
QUESTION.

The person speaking is a man with dark hair wearing a dark suit and matching tie. He stands at his desk.

The man says, SPEAKER, WE KNOW BUSINESSES
HAVE FACED SIGNIFICANT
CHALLENGES OVER THE PAST 18
MONTHS.
THAT'S WHY WE ARE CONTINUING
TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR
POWER TO PROVIDE BUSINESSES
WITH THE SUPPORT, THE
STABILITY THEY, THEY NEED AND THEY
DESERVE.
AND THAT'S WHY, UH, MR. SPEAKER,
THIS MONTH OUR GOVERNMENT
WILL BE DELIVERING THE
ENHANCED VACCINE CERTIFICATE,
WITH A UNIQUE Q.R. CODE AND
ACCOMPANIED FREE VERIFIED
APP FOR BUSINESSES THAT CAN
BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE APPLE
APP STORE AND THE GOOGLE APP
STORE ONTO A SMARTPHONE.
SPEAKER, THE APP WILL ALLOW
BUSINESSES TO QUICKLY AND
EASILY SCAN Q.R. CODES SO
THAT THEY CAN DETERMINE IF A
PERSON HAS RECEIVED FULL
VACCINATION OR NOT AND CAN
ENTER THE INDOOR
ESTABLISHMENT.
THE MADE-IN-ONTARIO APP,
SPEAKER, IS THE BEST OPTION
FOR BUSINESSES, BECAUSE IT
MAKES THE VACCINE
VERIFICATION PROCESS QUICKER,
EASIER AND MORE SECURE.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.

The man returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THE
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Mike Harris says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.
AND UH, I'D, IÕD LIKE TO THANK THE, THE
MINISTER THAT, FOR THAT RESPONSE
AND OF COURSE HIS COMMITMENT
TO DEVELOPING TOOLS THAT
SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF
HEALTH'S PUBLIC HEALTH
MEASURES.

Mike stands at his desk.

He says, OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO
URGE EVERY ONTARIAN TO GET
VACCINATED.
AND I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT
PROOF OF VACCINATION POLICY
HAS RESULTED IN MEANINGFUL
INCREASES IN THE PROVINCE
VACCINATION RATES.
OVER 82% OF ELIGIBLE
ONTARIANS ARE NOW VACCINATED,
AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS
FANTASTIC NEWS.
AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE
NEXT PHASE OF THE PROOF OF
VACCINATION POLICY, COULD
THE MINISTER PLEASE EXPLAIN
HOW THIS Q.R. CODE AND
VERIFICATION APP FOR
BUSINESSES WILL WORK?

Text reads, Mike Harris, PC, Kitchener-Conestoga. Mike returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, ASSOCIATE
MINISTER TO RESPOND AGAIN.

The associate minister says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
UH, SPEAKER.
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR
THE QUESTION.
SPEAKER, VACCINE
CERTIFICATES WILL HELP MACH
SURE CERTAIN HIGHER RISK
BUSINESSES AND SETTINGS
REMAIN SAFE.
THEY WILL ALSO HELP PROTECT
OUR HARD FOUGHT PROGRESS AND
AVOID FUTURE LOCKDOWNS.
MUCH LIKE OTHER LEADING
DIGITAL JURISDICTIONS, GOVERNMENTS,
WE ARE BUILDING THE
VERIFICATION APP AND PLAN TO
RELEASE IT AS OPEN SOURCED
SOFTWARE.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Kaleed Rasheed, PC, Associate Minister of Digital Government. Text transitions to Ministre associŽ dŽlŽguŽ de lÕAction pour un gouvernement numŽrique. He stands at his desk.

Kaleed says, IT IS TRANSPARENT TECH,
SPEAKER, THAT CAN BE
CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVED.
BUT WE WANT TO STRESS THAT
DIGITAL FIRST DOESN'T MEAN
DIGITAL ONLY.
ON OCTOBER 22ND, ONTARIANS
WILL HAVE THE CHOICE TO
DOWNLOAD THE Q.R. CODE
ENHANCED VACCINE CERTIFICATE
OR THEY CAN CONTINUE TO USE
THE PRINT VERSION.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.

Kaleed returns to his seat. The Speaker stands.

(Applause)

Text reads, question period, pŽriode de questions

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR TORONTO
CENTRE.

The Speake returns to his seat.

A person says, THANK YOU SO MUCH,
SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S FOR THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

The person speaking is a woman with dark shoulder length. She wears a leopard pattern shirt and a mint blazer. She stands at her desk.

She says, UH, WINCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOL, UH, IN
MY RIDING OF TORONTO CENTRE
UH, SITS AT THE VERY TOP OF THE
LIST OF SCHOOLS THAT ARE IN
DIRE NEED OF REPAIR IN
TORONTO.
IN FACT THE COSTS TO REPAIR
THE SCHOOL IS ESTIMATED OVER
$7 MILLION FOR ONE SCHOOL.
THE URGENT REPAIRS AT
WINCHESTER INCLUDE UH, WATER
BOILERS THAT HAVE PASSED
THEIR USEFUL SERVICE LIFE.
PARTS OF THE ROOF AND THE
FOUNDATION AND UPGRADES TO
THE VENTILATION SYSTEM.

Text reads, Suze Morrison, NDP, Toronto Centre, Toronto-Centre.

Suze says, WHICH WE KNOW IS VITAL TO PREVENTING THE
SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN OUR
CLASSROOMS.
FOR YEARS, THE LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT IGNORED THESE
PROBLEMS, UH, AND NOW THIS
GOVERNMENT UH, IS REFUSING TO
SPEND THE MONEY THAT OUR
SCHOOLS ACTUALLY NEED TO GET
INTO A GOOD STATE OF REPAIR.
WHEN CAN STUDENTS AND
EDUCATION WORKERS AT WINCHESTER
PUBLIC SCHOOL UH,
EXPECT TO SEE ACTUAL ACTION
FROM THIS GOVERNMENT, UH, TO
TACKLE THEIR $7 MILLION
REPAIR BACKLOG?

Suze returns to her seat.

(Applause)

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

Stephen Lecce stands at his desk and buttons his suit jacket.

He says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER.
AND I THANK THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION.
I APPRECIATE THERE ARE
SIGNIFICANT NEEDS TO
REMEDIATE A BACKLOG,
A MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR
BACKLOG THAT WE INHERITED
FROM THE FORMER LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de lՃducation.

Stephen says, WE RECOGNIZE BUILDING
NEW SCHOOLS AND
RENOVATING EXISTING SCHOOLS IS
CRITICAL.
ITÕS WHY WE HAVE NOW
ANNOUNCED OVER A BILLION
DOLLARS OF NET NEW SCHOOL
BUILDS IN THIS PROVINCE.
WE ARE GOING TO BE UNVEILING
ANOTHER
HALF-A-BILLION-DOLLAR
ALLOCATION TO BUILD
ADDITIONAL SCHOOLS, TO
RENOVATE EXISTING SCHOOLS
RIGHT ACROSS ONTARIO, HERE,
OF COURSE IN TORONTO AND IN RURAL
AND REMOTE PARTS OF THE
PROVINCE AS WELL.
WE'RE ALLOCATING $14 BILLION
OVER THE NEXT DECADE TO DO
THAT, PART OF A LONG-TERM
COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE THE
LEARNING FACILITIES THAT OUR
CHILDREN ARE WITHIN.
THEREREÕS $750 MILLION FOR
EXAMPLE LAST YEAR WHERE WE
ANNOUNCED 50 NEW SCHOOLS,
INCLUDING TWO JOINT NEW
SCHOOL PROJECTS.
WE APPROVED 23 PERMANENT
ADDITIONS AND ANOTHER $129
MILLION TO DO THAT AND $56
MILLION TO BUILD OVER 1,700
NET NEW CHILDCARE SPACES.
THE WORK CONTINUES.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen says, WE WILL OF COURSE INVEST
MORE INTO OUR SCHOOLS AND
MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR KIDS
TODAY.

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.

Stephen returns to his seat. Across the room, Suze Morrison stands at her desk.

The Speaker says, AND THE SUPPLEMENTRY QUESTION.

(Applause)

Suze says, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE
MINISTER, THANK YOU, SPEAKER,
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE
MINISTER, I DIDN'T HEAR HIM
SAY THAT A SINGLE PENNY WAS
COMING TO WINCHESTER PUBLIC
SCHOOL IN TORONTO CENTRE.

Text reads, Suze Morrison, NDP, Toronto Centre, Toronto-Centre.

Suze says, A SCHOOL THAT SITS AT THE
VERY, VERY TOP, OF THE, UH,
REPAIR BACKLOG IN TORONTO.
ANNETTE CARLING IS A GRADE 7, UH,
AND 8 TEACHER AT WINCHESTER
AND SHE TOLD THE C.B.C. IN
AN ARTICLE, THAT, I QUOTE, THE WINDOWS
ARE AWFUL AND IT GETS REALLY
COLD OR IT GETS STIFLING HOT.
WE CAN'T BREATHE.
THESE ARE CRITICAL ISSUES.
UM, AND, AND UNHEALTHY IN THE BEST OF
TIMES, LET ALONE DURING A
PANDEMIC.
WE ARE IN THE FOURTH WAVE OF
THIS PANDEMIC AND ENSURING
STUDENTS, ENSURING THAT STUDENTS
ARE SAFE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS IS AN
UTMOST RESPONSIBILITY AND
SHOULD BE AN UTMOST
RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS
MINISTER.
WHY ISN'T THIS GOVERNMENT
WORKING TO PREVENT OUTBREAKS
AND FIX THE REPAIRS, AND FIX THE
REPAIR BACKLOG IN OUR
SCHOOL?
SPECIFICALLY WINCHESTER
PUBLICLE SCHOOL IN TORONTO
CENTRE?

Suze slaps her desk and returns to her seat. She looks frustrated.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF EDUCATION.

Stephen Lecce stands at his desk and buttons his suit jacket.

He says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
WE'RE PROUD THAT THERE'S 2 MILLION
CHILDREN LEARNING TODAY IN SCHOOL
WHERE THEY BELONG.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de lՃducation.

Stephen says, THE PLAN THAT WEÕVE UNVEILED
HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE CHIEF MEDICAL
OFFICER OF HEALTH.
IT ALIGNS WITH THE
ONTARIO SCIENCE TABLE.
IT ENSURES $600 MILLION OF
VENTILATION IMPROVEMENTS
WITHIN SCHOOLS IN ONTARIO,
THE DEPLOYMENT OF 70,000
HEPA UNITS TO SCHOOLS IN
ONTARIO.
THAT SCHOOL AND ALL SCHOOLS
WOULDÕVE RECEIVED A
BENEFIT, AN ENHANCEMENT TO
THEIR VENTILATION AS A
CONSEQUENCE OF OUR
GOVERNMENT'S INVESTMENT AND
IMPROVEMENT.

(Applause)

Stephen says, MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT
THE PLAN WE'VE UNVEILED IS
HELPING TO ENSURE THAT 84% OF
ONTARIO SCHOOLS HAVE NO
ACTIVE CASES AT ALL BUT
WE'RE NOT TAKING THAT FOR
GRANTED.
THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF
HEALTH ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY
ANOTHER TOOL IN THE TOOL KIT
TO ENSURE WE KEEP SCHOOLS
SAFE AND KEEP THEM OPEN.
ITÕS WHY WE'VE ANNOUNCED A TARGETED
DEPLOYMENT OF RAPID ANTIGEN TESTING
TO HIGH RISK SCHOOLS.
IN ADDITION TO THE (indiscernible) OF MASKING, OF
DISTANCING, OF CLEANING OF
SCHOOLS AND OF COURSE OF
VENTILATION IMPROVEMENTS.
MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO INVEST.
WE'LL BE ANNOUNCED
FORTHCOMINGÉ

The Speaker says, RESPONSE

Stephen says, ÉA REBOUND OF
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS.
SO THAT WE CAN IMPROVE THE SCHOOLS
AND THE FACILITIES OUR KIDS
LEARN IN EVERY DAY.

Stephen returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.

Text reads, Question Period, PŽriode questrions

The Speaker says, THE NEXT QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR GUELPH.

A persons says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
GOOD MORNING.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.

The person speaking is a man wearing a dark suit and green tie standing at a desk.

The man says, LET'S PUT SOME FACTS ON THE
TABLE.
INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THE
OPERATING COSTS TO PROVIDE
AN EYE EXAM IN ONTARIO
WITHOUT DOCTOR COMPENSATION
IS $75.51.

Text reads, Mike Schreiner, Guelph.

Mike says, IN MANITOBA, OPTOMETRISTS
ARE REIMBURSED $77, IN
QUEBEC 106.
IN ALBERTA, 137.
BUT IN ONTARIO.

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Mike says, THE GOVERNMENT PAYS $44,
FORCING OPTOMETRISTS TO LOSE
$30 FOR EACH OHIP EYE EXAM
THEY PROVIDE.
IT'S NOT FAIR.
IT'S NOT SUSTAINABLE.
AND CHILDREN AND SENIORS ARE
PAYING THE PRICE OF
INACTION.
SPEAKER, THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT FAILED TO FIX
THIS ISSUE.
THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT MUST
FIX IT SO SENIORS AND
CHILDREN GET THE EYE CARE
THEY DESERVE.
WILL THE PREMIER COMMIT
TODAY TO SAYING YES TO EYE
EXAMS AND PAYING THE FULL
OPERATING COSTS OF OHIP EYE
EXAMS IN THIS PROVINCE?

Across the room, Christine Elliott stands and removes her mask.

The Speaker says, AND TO REPLY,
MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Christine says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR
THE QUESTION.
I CAN CERTAINLY AGREE WITH
YOU THAT THE PREVIOUS
GOVERNMENT DID NOT ADDRESS
THE CONCERNS OF OPTOMETRISTS.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ.

Christine says, ONE REASON WHY THEY ARE SO
CONCERNED RIGHT NOW ABOUT
REACHING AN AGREEMENT.
THEIR LAST AGREEMENT EXPIRED
IN 2011.
WE HAVE MADE PAYMENT INTO
THEIR ACCOUNT TO COVER THAT
TIME PERIOD BASED AT THE
SAME RATE AS A PHYSICIAN'S
RATE OF INCREASE WHICH IS
WHAT THEY ASKED FOR.
WE ARE READY, WILLING AND
ABLE TO SIT DOWN AT THE
TABLE AND DISCUSS THEIR
ADDITIONAL COSTS, UH, BUT, SOME OF
THE COMPARISONS THAT THEY
HAVE PROVIDED TO THE PUBLIC
ARE, ARE, ARE NOT ENTIRELY ACCURATE,
PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO
MANITOBA, WHICH MAKES
PAYMENTS EVERY TWO YEARS,
NOT EVERY YEAR.
SO WE'RE NOT COMPARING
APPLES TO APPLES IN THIS
SITUATION.
HOWEVER, HAVING SAID THAT,
WE ARE PREPARED AND WE ARE
CONTINUING TO FUND OHIP
OPERATED SERVICES, PAY FOR
SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND
SENIORSÉ

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, BUT WE WANT TO SIT BACK AT
THE TABLE WITH THE
OPTOMETRISTS TO DISCUSS
THEIR ADDITIONAL COSTS AND
I'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT
THAT IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL.

Christine returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Mike Schreiner stands at his desk.

He says, SPEAKER, WITH ALL DUE
RESPECT TO THE MINISTER,
THIS IS ABOUT SIMPLE MATH,
NOT MAGICAL MATH.

Text reads, Mike Schreiner, Guelph.

Mike says, THE $39 MILLION
BASICALLY EQUALS OUT TO AN
EXTRA DOLLAR PER EXAM OVER
THE LAST DECADE.
STILL MEANING THAT
OPTOMETRISTS ARE LOSING
AROUND $30 FOR EACH EXAM.
THE PROPOSAL THE GOVERNMENT
HAS ON THE TABLE INCREASES
COMPENSATION FROM AROUND 44-48
DOLLARS.
MEANING THEY'RE STILL LOSING
$27 PER EXAM.
LIKE, WHAT BUSINESS CAN
SURVIVE IF THEY'RE LOSING
MONEY ON EVERY EXAM THEY
OFFERED?
NO OTHER HEALTH CARE SERVICE
HAS SAID, HEY.
YOU KNOW WHAT?
TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON OR TO
PAY FOR STAFF OR MAYBE TO PAY
FOR THE HEATING YOU HAVE TO DO
THAT OUT OF YOUR POCKET
BECAUSE WE ARE NOT GOING TO
COVER IT.
SPEAKER, IT'S JUST WRONG.
IT IS WRONG.
AND ITÕS LETTING DOWN SENIORS
AND CHILDREN WHO NEED
ACCESS TO CRITICAL EYE CARE.

The Speaker says, QUESTION.

Mike says, WHICH IS HEALTH CARE.
SO WILL THE GOVERNMENT AT
LEAST TO, COMMIT TO COVERING THE
OPERATING COSTS, NOT EVEN
COMPENSATING THE DOCTORS,
COVERING THE OPERATING COSTS
OF EYE EXAMS IN THIS
PROVINCE?

Mike returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Christine Elliott says, UH, ONCE AGAIN, UH, I APPRECIATE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO CORRECT
ANOTHER FUNDAMENTAL
MISAPPREHENSION.
WITH RESPECT TO THE $39
MILLION THAT'S BEING PAID
INTO THE ACCOUNTS OF
OPTOMETRISTS, IT'S NOT BEING
PAID PRO RATA TO EVERY
SINGLE OPTOMETRIST IN THE
PROGRAM.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ.

Christine says, IT'S NOT ANOTHER $1.50,
WHATEVER IT IS THAT'S BEING
SUGGESTED.
IT'S ACTUALLY A PAYMENT TO
COVER THEM FOR THE OHIP
FUNDED SERVICES THAT THEY
PROVIDED DURING THAT TIME
PERIOD.

(Chatter)

Christine says, VERY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE.
IN FACT THERE ARE SOME
OPTOMETRISTS THAT WILL BE
RECEIVING OVER $100,000 AS A
RESULT OF JUST THIS ONE
PAYMENT.
HOWEVER, WE'RE NOT
SUGGESTING THAT THAT SHOULD
BE THE ONLY PAYMENT.
WE DON'T EXPECT OPTOMETRISTS
TO PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR THE
SERVICES THAT THEY PROVIDE.
WE ARE PREPARED TO PAY THE
$39 MILLION IN BACK
PAYMENTS.
8.48% GOING FORWARD,
RETROACTIVE TO APRIL 1ST OF
THIS YEARÉ

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, ÉAND THEN TO ENTER INTO AN
AGREEMENT WITH THEM TO TALK
ABOUT THEIR OPERATING COSTS.
WE ARE WILLING TO LOOK AT
THEIR OVERHEAD COSTS BUT WE
CAN'T JUST WRITE A BLANK
CHEQUE.
WE HAVE TO DO OUR DUE DILIGENCEÉ

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Text reads, Question Period, PŽriode questions.

The Speaker says, THE NEXT QUESTION, THE
MEMBER FOR CARLETON.

A person says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, THERE HAVE BEEN
CONCERNS RAISED IN MY
COMMUNITY AROUND VACCINE
HESITANCY AND HOW TO
ENCOURAGE YOUNGER ONTARIANS,
PARTICULARLY THOSE BORN IN
2009, WHO HAVE LOWER
VACCINATION RATES TO GET THE
INFORMATION THEY NEED TO
FEEL COMFORTABLE GETTING
VACCINATED.

The person speaking is a woman with long black hair. She wears a long black top with white sides. She stands at her desk.

The woman says, I KNOW THE BEST WAY TO
PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR
COMMUNITIESÉ

The woman clears her throat.

She says, ÉIS TO GET AS
MANY ONTARIANS AS POSSIBLE
TO COME FORWARD AND ROLL UP
THEIR SLEEVES.
IT'S CLEAR THAT OUR
GOVERNMENT HAS HAD ONE OF
THE MOST SUCCESSFUL
IMMUNIZATION CAMPAIGNS IN
THE COUNTRY WITH OVER 86% OF
ONTARIANS OVER 12 HAVING AT
LEAST ONE DOSE AND 81% OF
ONTARIANS BEING FULLY
VACCINATED.

Text reads, Goldie Ghamari, PC, Carleton.

Goldie says, WE'VE MADE GREAT PROGRESS,
MR. SPEAKER, BUT ARE STILL
SEEING SIGNIFICANT VACCINE
HESITANCY AMONG YOUNGER AGE
GROUPS.
AND SO ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS
OF CARLETON, I WANT TO ASK
WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING
TO HELP ADDRESS THIS CONCERN
AND WHAT SUPPORTS ARE
AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH LOOKING
TO GET VACCINATED.
THANK YOU.

Multiple people call out, GREAT QUESTION.

(Applause)

Goldie returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Christine Elliott stands at her desk.

She says, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO
THANK THE MEMBER FROM
CARLETON FOR THIS VERY
IMPORTANT QUESTION AND FOR
THE GREAT WORK YOU DO ON
BEHALF OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS
EVERY DAY.
OUR GOVERNMENT HAS HAD ONE
OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL
VACCINATION CAMPAIGNS IN THE
COUNTRY.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ.

Christine says, AS THE MEMBER MENTIONED, TO
DATE WE HAVE ADMINISTERED
OVER 21 MILLION DOSES, MORE
THAN ANY OTHER PROVINCE OR
TERRITORY.
THIS MEANS OVER 86% OF
ONTARIANS AGED 12 AND OVER
ARE BENEFITING FROM A FIRST
DOSE OF IMMUNIZATION AND
MORE THAN 81% ARE FULLY
IMMUNIZED.
BUT WE'RE NOT FINISHED.
ACCORDING TO THE SCIENCE
TABLE'S LATEST MODELLING,
UNVACCINATED PEOPLE HAVE A
SEVEN TIMES HIGHER RISK OF
SYMPTOMATIC COVID-19 DISEASE,
A 25 TIMES HIGHER RISK OF
BEING IN HOSPITAL AND 60
TIMES HIGHER RISK OF BEING
IN THE I.C.U., COMPARED TO
PEOPLE WHO ARE FULLY
VACCINATED.
BECAUSE OF THIS, WE ARE
CONTINUING OUR LAST MILE
STRATEGY TO REACH ELIGIBLE
INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE YET TO
RECEIVE EITHER A FIRST OR A
SECOND DOSE.
TO SUPPORT THIS LAST MILE
STRATEGY, THE PROVINCE AND
PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS ARE
FOCUSING ON SMALLER
COMMUNITY-BASED AND
EASY-TO-ACCESS SETTINGS FOR
VACCINATIONS LIKE HOSTING
CLINICS CLOSE TO SCHOOLS AND
IN COMMUNITY CENTRES.
IN ADDITION WE WORKED WITH
SICKKIDS HOSPITAL TO CREATE
A HOT LINE FOR FAMILIES TO
CALL TO ASK HEALTH CARE
PROFESSIONALS.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, ABOUT ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
THEY HAVE CONCERNING
VACCINES FOR YOUTH.

Christine returns to her seat.

(Applause)

Goldie Ghamari stands at her desk.

The Speaker says, THE SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Goldie says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
AND THANK YOU TO THE
MINISTER FOR THAT RESPONSE
AND ALL THE WORK SHE'S DONE THIS
PAST UH, YEAR AND A HALF TO
SUPPORT ONTARIANS DURING
THIS PANDEMIC.

Text reads, Goldie Ghamari, PC, Carleton.

(Applause)

Goldie says, MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT MY
CONSTITUENTS AND ALL
ONTARIANS WILL BE VERY HAPPY
TO HEAR ABOUT THE SPECIFIC
INITIATIVES WE ARE TAKING TO
MAKE VACCINES MORE
ACCESSIBLE TO YOUTH.
I OFTEN RECEIVE QUESTIONS
ABOUT WHAT IS BEING DONE TO
SUPPORT A MORE
COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACH IN
THE LAST MILE STRATEGY.
I WAS HAPPY TO SEE THAT
OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH CREATED
THEIR OWN VAXO BUS AFTER THE
SUCCESS OF THE GO VAX BUS
INITIATIVE.
UH, MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER
IS COULD YOU PLEASE
ELABORATE ON SOME OF THE
SPECIFIC INITIATIVES
INCLUDED IN THE GOVERNMENT'S
LAST MILE STRATEGY?
THANK YOU.

Christine returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

(Applause)

Christine Elliott stands at her desk.

She says, YES, OF COURSE.
OUR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING
WITH PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS TO
TARGET AREAS WITH LOW
VACCINATION RATES AS
IDENTIFIED BY POSTAL CODES,
TO SUPPORT LOCALIZED
VACCINATION STRATEGIES AS
WELL AS TARGETED MARKETING
BY THE PROVINCE IN THESE
AREAS.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ.

Christine says, OUR STRATEGY DOES INCLUDE
MOBILE CLINICS LIKE THE GO
VAX BUSES AND
COMMUNITY-BASED POPUPS,
DEDICATED CLINIC DAYS FOR
FAMILIES WITH PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES, AND TOWN HALL
MEETINGS IN MULTIPLE
LANGUAGES.
IN FACT JUST LAST WEEKEND
THE GO VAX BUSES ATTENDED
SEVERAL SITES, INCLUDING THE
CALEDONIA FAIR, ISLAMIC
SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA IN
MISSISSAUGA, MIDLAND MARINA,
THE LISTOWEL FAIR, THE MARKHAM
FAIR AND THE LANG PIONEER
VILLAGE MUSEUM IN KEENE,
ONTARIO.
ADDITIONALLY THE BUSES WILL
BE PARKED AT SEVERAL COLLEGE
AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES, AS
WELL AS GO STATIONS THIS
WEEK.
SO, SPEAKER, TO ENSURE
PROTECTION AGAINST COVID-19É

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, ÉAND THE
DELTA VARIANT, I ENCOURAGE
ALL ONTARIANS TO PLEASE
ATTEND THESE SITES TO GET
YOUR VACCINATION AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE.

(Applause)

Christine returns to her seat.

Text reads, Question Period, PŽriode questrions

The Speaker says, THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION,
THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA CENTRE,
NEXT QUESTION.

A person says, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION'S TO THE
PREMIER.

The person speaking is a man in a grey suit and blue shirt with brown hair. He stands at his desk.

The man says, OTTAWA'S LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM
L.R.T. IS OFF THE RAILS,
SPEAKER, LITERALLY AND
FIGURATIVELY.
ON SEPTEMBER 19TH THE
CONFEDERATION LINE DERAILED
DAMAGING BOTH THE CAR AND
THE TRACK.
THANKFULLY NO ONE WAS
INJURED BUT THE ENTIRE
SYSTEM HAS BEEN DISABLED FOR
THREE WEEKS AND NO DATE HAS
BEEN PROVIDED YET AS TO WHEN
WE CAN EXPECT THE RESUMPTION
OF SERVICE.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.

The man says, SPEAKER, I'M FRUSTRATED.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.

The man says, AND SO ARE PEOPLEÉ

The Speaker says, STOP THE CLOCK.

The man returns to his seat. Text reads, Joel Harden, NDP, Ottawa Centre, Ottawa-Centre.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, THE MINISTER OF HERITAGE
WILL COME TO ORDER.
THE MEMBER FOR
OTTAWA-ORLƒANS WILL COME TO
ORDER.
NEITHER OF YOU HAVE THE
FLOOR.
I APOLOGIZE TO THE MEMBER
FOR OTTAWA CENTRE.
YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.
PLEASE RESTART THE CLOCK.

Joel Harden says, THATÕS OKAY SPEAKERÉ

The Speaker says, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

Joel says, ÉAS A PARENT
IÕM USED TO AMBIENT NOISE.
BUT MY POINT ISÉ

(Laughing)

Joel says, ÉPEOPLE AT HOME
ARE UPSET.
THEY'RE UPSET BECAUSE THIS
DERAILMENT IS JUST THE
LATEST IN A LONG STRING OF
FAILURE.
SPEAKER, DOORS THAT DON'T
WORK.
WHEELS THAT GO FLAT.
UH, LATEST, AWFUL STENCHES IN
SOME OF THE TUNNELS.
THE PROVINCE PAID, SPEAKER,
$600,000 FOR PHASE ONE OF
THIS L.R.T. AND IT'S PAID
1.2 BILLION FOR PHASE TWO.
SO WE AS A PROVINCE CAN'T
JUST PASS THE BUCK TO THE
CITY OF OTTAWA.
WE HAVE AN INTEREST IN THIS.
SO I'M ASKING THE PREMIER AND
GOVERNMENT, WILL YOU JOIN US
TODAY, WILL JOIN ME TODAY,
IN ASKING THE AUDITOR
GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE
INFRASTRUCTURE ONTARIO'S
ROLE IN BOTTOM-LINING THE
PROCUREMENT OF THIS PROJECT
SO WE CAN GET TO THE BOTTOM
OF THIS MESS?

Joel returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, ASSOCIATE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.

A man stands at a desk. He has short dark hair and wears a dark suit and purple tie.

The man says, WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
SPEAKER.

The man says, AND I APPRECIATE THAT THIS
IS A VERY FRUSTRATING
SITUATION FOR THE PEOPLE OF
OTTAWA, AND TRANSIT WHILE A
PRIORITY FOR OUR PROVINCE,
IT HAS TO BE DONE RIGHT.
AND WE'RE WELL AWARE OF THESE
MUNICIPALLY LED PROJECTS AND, AND
THE CITY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE PROCUREMENT THAT HAS
GONE OFF THE RAILS HERE IN
OTTAWA SPEAKER, BUT,
WE'RE GOING TO DO OUR PART.
WEÕRE GONNA WORK WITH THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND WEÕRE GONNA
WORK THE CITY OF OTTAWA.
THOSE DISCUSSIONS WITH MAYOR
WATSON ARE ONGOING.
AND ITÕS DESPITE, THE, YOU KNOW, THE
MEMBER WHO SITS IN THIS
CHAMBER FROM ORLƒANS WHO WAS PART OF
THIS PROCESS, SPEAKER.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Stan Cho, PC, Associate Minister of Transportation. Text transitions to Ministre associŽ des Transports.

(Chatter)

Stan says, WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIX THE MESS.
WE WILL FIX THE MESS OF THOSE LIBERALS
WHO WERE SITTING IN THIS CHAMBER.
AND WERE ELSEWHERE SPEAKER.

Text transitions to Ministre associŽ des Transports.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER.

Stan says, WEÕRE GONNA MAKE SURE WE HELP THE
PEOPLE OF OTTAWA AND GET THE
L.R.T. PROJECT BACK ON THE
RAILS.

Stan returns to his seat.

(Applause)

(Cheering)

The Speaker says, SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Joel Harden stands at his desk.

He says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
I WAS GONNA INVITE MY
FRIEND OPPOSITE TO TAKE SOME
RESPONSIBILITY, BECAUSE IT
WAS THIS GOVERNMENT THAT
MADE SURE THE CONTRACT WAS
SIGNED.

(Applause)

Text reads, Joel Harden, NDP, Ottawa Centre, Ottawa-Centre.

Joel says, IT WAS THIS
GOVERNMENT THAT MADE SURE
INFRASTRUCTURE ONTARIO
BOTTOM-LINED THE PROCUREMENT OF
THIS PROJECT, WHICH WAS A
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP,
SPEAKER.

(Chatter)

The Speaker says, ORDER!

Joel says, ITÕS THE SAME DEVELOPMENT MODEL THIS
GOVERNMENT IS PROMOTING.

The Speaker says, STOP THE CLOCK.

Joel returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, MEMBER FOR CARLETON WILL
COME TO ORDER.
MEMBER FOR
FLAMBOROUGH-GLANBROOK WILL
COME TO ORDER.

The Speaker pauses.

He says, PLEASE RESTART THE CLOCK.

Joel Harden says, THATÕS OKAY SPEAKER,
ITÕS NOT UNLIKE THE SCREECHING OF THE
WHEELS OF A BROKEN L.R.T.
THAT I HEAR OVER THERE.

(Laughter)

Joel says, BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER
IS LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE
GOVERNMENTS HAVE EMBRACED
THIS PUBLIC-PRIVATE
PARTNERSHIP MODEL.

(Chatter)

Joel says, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO THE
PEOPLE OF OTTAWA SPEAKER, IN PRACTICE?

The Speaker says, IÕM GONNA CAUTION
THE MEMBER ON HIS LANGUAGE.

Joel returns to his seat.

The Speaker says, PLEASE CONCLUDE YOUR
QUESTION.

Joel stands.

He says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT PRIVATE-PUBLIC
PARTNERSHIPS MEANS TO OTTAWA IN PRACTICE?

(Chatter)

Joel says, IT MEANS THE PUBLIC PAYS THE
PRICE FOR FAILURE.
INFRASTRUCTURE ONTARIO ACTED
AS AN UNDERWRITER AND
ADVISOR TO THE CITY OF
OTTAWA IN THIS PROCUREMENT
PROJECT.
THE AUDITOR GENERAL SHOULD
USE THE FULL POWERS OF HER
OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE THIS
MATTER.
IT'S ABOUT VALUE FOR DOLLARS
FOR ONTARIO CITIZENS.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT JOIN ME
TODAY, JOIN US TODAY IN
ASKING THE AUDITOR GENERAL
TO INVESTIGATE THIS MESS TO
MAKE SURE WE GET THE L.R.T.
IN OTTAWA RIGHT?

Joel returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THE
ASSOCIATE MINISTER.

Stan Cho says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

He stands at his desk.

Stan says, THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT
IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSIT IS
A PRIORITY OF THIS
GOVERNMENT AND THAT'S WHY
WHEN IT CAME TO THE OTTAWA
L.R.T. THIS GOVERNMENT UNDER
THE LEADERSHIP OF PREMIER
FORD, COMMITTED $1.8 BILLION
FOR THE PROJECT BETWEEN
PHASES 1 AND 2.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Stan Cho, PC, Associate Minister of Transportation.

Stan says, BUT, SPEAKER, IT IS CRUCIAL
TO NOTE THAT THIS IS A
MUNICIPALLY RUN PROJECT AND
THE PROCUREMENT OF THIS
PROJECT IS THE
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CITY
OF OTTAWA.

Text transitions to Ministre associŽ des Transports.

Stan says, PERHAPS WE SHOULD ASK THE
FORMER CITY OF OTTAWA
TRANSIT COMMISSION, THE
CHAIR WHO SITS IN THIS SEAT
TODAY AND THE MEMBER FROM
ORLƒANS ON WHAT WENT WRONG,
SPEAKER.

(Applause)

Stan says, THIS GOVERNMENT DID ITS
PART.
IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO
ITS PART AND INVEST IN
PUBLIC TRANSIT IN OTTAWA AND
ACROSS THIS ENTIRE PROVINCE.

Stan returns to his seat.

(Applause)

(Cheering)

The Speaker says, THE NEXT
QUESTION.
THE MEMBER FOR
SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD.

A person says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

The person speaking is a woman wearing a long sleeved black shirt and scarf.

She says, THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC, MY
COMMUNITY OF
SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD HAS
BEEN A HOTSPOT FOR COVID-19,
AND MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
THIS GOVERNMENT LACKS A
PROACTIVE PLANNING, LACK OF
PROACTIVE PLANNING HAS PUT
PEOPLE AT GREAT RISK.
I CO-HOSTED AN EDUCATION
TOWN HALL LAST WEEK AND ONE
OF MY CONSTITUENTS, DAVE,
SHARED THE STORY OF HIS
DAUGHTER'S CLASS SIZES
INCREASING, DESPITE THE FACT
THAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE
SAFELY DISTANCING.
AND THE REASON GIVEN WAS
BUDGET RESTRAINTS, THIS
DESPITE THE F.A.O. REPORTING
TODAY THAT THE EDUCATION
SECTOR HAS ACTUALLY UH, UNSPENT
$2 BILLION.

Mitzie Hunter, LIB, Scarborough-Guildwood.

Mitzie says, YOU ARE TAKE, ARE NOT TAKING THE STEPS
TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS
SAFETY IN OUR SCHOOLS.
WHY ARE CLASSES GETTING
LARGER?
WHY IS THERE NO RAPID
TESTING IN SCHOOLS FROM THE
START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR?
THIS GOVERNMENT'S PATTERN OF
DELAY HAS BEEN COSTLY FOR
ALL OF US.
AND YOUR CONSTANT
FLIP-FLOPPING ON RAPID
TESTING DOES NOT PROVIDE
CLARITY TO PARENTS.
SO, SPEAKER, WILL THERE BE
ENOUGH RAPID TESTS FOR EVERY
STUDENT IN SCARBOROUGH?
AND HOW MUCH LONGER DO
PARENTS LIKE DAVE HAVE TO
WAIT?

Mitzie returns to her seat.

(Applause)

Stephen Lecce stands and buttons his suit jacket.

The Speaker says, I WILL
REMIND MEMBERS TO MAKE THEIR
COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR.
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION TO RESPOND.

Stephen says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO QUOTE
THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF
HEALTH WHO I THINK THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE AND I WILL AGREE IS THE
AUTHORITY ON SCHOOL SAFETY
AND ON TRANSMISSION IN
ONTARIO.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de lՃducation.

Stephen says, HE SAID AND I QUOTE,
I HOPE THAT PARENTS UNDERSTAND
THEIR SCHOOLS ARE REMAINING SAFE.
WE'VE GOT EXCELLENT
PROTOCOLS IN PLACE AND THE
ADDITION OF TESTING STRATEGY,
ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING
STRATEGY, WILL ONLY FURTHER
BUILD CONFIDENCE AND SUPPORT
OUR SYS, OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM.
IF YOU COMPARE US TO ANY
OTHER PROVINCE, WE'RE KEEPING
OUR SCHOOLS OPEN, WEÕRE KEEPING
OUT SCHOOLS SAFE.
WE'RE MINIMIZING THE
DISRUPTION IN SCHOOLS, UH, AND WE
WILL BUILD AN ASYMPTOMATIC
TESTING STRATEGY FOR TESTING
(indiscernible) AND SURVEILLANCE.
OUR RISK OF INFECTION
REMAINS RELATIVELY LOW IN
ONTARIO AS COMPARED TO OTHER
JURISDICTIONS NORTH OF AMERICA
AND THAT'S BECAUSE
OUR SYSTEM IS WORKING.
END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER
WE PUT IN A LAYERED APPROACH
THAT ALIGNS WITH THE BEST
MEDICAL EXPERTISE AT THE
ONTARIO SCIENCE TABLE, WHO
OPPOSES A PROVINCEWIDE
BROAD-BASED ASYMPTOMATIC
TESTING PROGRAM BUT SUPPORTS
A TARGETED APPROACH.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen says, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE
GOVERNMENT ADOPTED
AS ANOTHER TOOL IN THE TOOL
BOX TO KEEP SCHOOLS SAFE,
TO KEEP THEM OPEN AND
TO KEEP OUR KIDS LEARNING.
THANK YOU SPEAKER

Stephen returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Mitzie Hunter says, SPEAKER, BACK TO THE
MINISTER.

Mitzie stands at her desk.

She asks, WHY IS THIS MINISTER
IGNORING THE FACT THAT A
THIRD OF ALL COVID CASES ARE
IN SCHOOLS?

Mitzie Hunter, LIB, Scarborough-Guildwood.

Mitzie says, SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT
VACCINES ARE THE BEST WAY TO
BEAT COVID-19.
YET THIS GOVERNMENT REFUSES
TO MANDATE COVID VACCINES
FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING AND
IS STILL WILLING TO PACK
MORE THAN 30 STUDENTS IN A
CLASSROOM.
OVER 25% OF ELIGIBLE
STUDENTS ARE YET TO RECEIVE
THEIR SECOND DOSE.
AND WE KNOW THAT CHILDREN
BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 11
WILL SOON BE ABLE TO RECEIVE
THEIR VACCINE.
HOWEVER, LIKE MANY PLACES IN
THIS PROVINCE AND IN MY
RIDING OF
SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD, WE
HAVE MANY PARENTS WHO MUST
WORK MULTIPLE JOBS AT
EXTENSIVE HOURS AND CANNOT
TAKE THEIR YOUNG ONES TO GET
THEIR JABS.
SO, SPEAKER, MY QUESTION TO
THIS MINISTER AND THIS
GOVERNMENT.

The Speaker says, QUESTION.

Mitzie says, WILL YOU PROVIDE A PLAN
AND FUNDING TO SCHOOLS SO
THAT THOSE CHILDREN 5 TO 11
CAN GET A COORDINATED WAY TO
RECEIVE THEIR VACCINES, OR
WILL YOU DELAY AND KEEP THEM
WAITING AGAIN?

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
EDUCATION.

Mitzie returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION.

Stephen Lecce stands at his desk and buttons his suit jacket.

He says, WELL THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
UM, I THINK WHEN IT COMES TO THE
IMMUNIZATION OF CITIZENS WE
SHOULD NOT POLITICAL, POLITICIZE THIS.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon, Stephen Lecce, PC, Minister of Education, Minister de lՃducation.

Stephen says, WE SHOULD CELEBRATE, AS
PARLIAMENTARIANS, THE FACT
THAT THIS PROVINCE HAS ONE
OF THE HIGHEST RATES OF
IMMUNIZATION IN THIS
COUNTRY.

(Applause)

Stephen says, ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES OF
IMMUNIZATION FOR YOUNG
PEOPLE IN CANADA AND YET
JUXTAPOSED AGAINST ONE OF
THE LOWEST CASE RATES IN
CANADA.
WEÕRE PROUD FO THAT,
WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD OF THAT.
THAT HAS BEEN BECAUSE,
IN PART OF OUR
LEADERSHIP OF OUR MEDICAL
FRONTLINE STAFF.
OUR TEACHERS, I THINK PARENTS AND
STUDENTS ARE LEADING BY EXAMPLE.
SPEAKER WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE $386
MILLION, SORRY, $83 MILLION FOR THE SECOND YEAR
IF A ROW TO ENSURE CLASS
SIZES CAN BE, UH, TO ENSURE
DISTANCING WITHIN OUR
CLASSES, TO ENSURE THAT OUR
SCHOOLS ARE SAFE.
IN ADDITION TO THAT FUNDING
ALLOCATION WE HAVE STEPPED
UP THE AIR VENTILATION.
AN ADDITIONAL $600 MILLION.
OVER 2,000 PROJECTS.
70,000 HEPA UNITS WITHIN
EVERY SCHOOL IN ONTARIO,
INCLUDING IN EVERY
KINDERGARTEN CLASS AND IN
THE SCHOOLS WITHIN OUR
RESPECTIVE COMMUNITIES THAT
REGRETTABLY DO NOT HAVE
MECHANICAL VENTILATION.
WHILE WE ARE FIXING THAT,
WE HAVE PUT A HEPA UNIT IN
EVERY SINGLE LEARNING SPACE.
EVERY GYM, EVERY CLASSROOM,
EVERY LIBRARY, EVERY TECH LAB.
WE'RE DOING THAT BECAUSE THE
ONTARIO SCIENCE TABLE
LEADING PEDIATRIC EXPERTS
HAVE SAID THAT IS THE WAY TO
KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE.
THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WEÕRE DOINGÉ

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Stephen says, in consultation WITH THE DEPUTY PREMIER
TO ENSURE STUDENTS ARE SAFE,
SCHOOLS ARE OPEN,
AND KIDS CONTINUE
TO LEARN.

Stephen returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, NEXT
QUESTION.
MEMBER FOR THUNDER BAY
ATIKOKAN.

Stephen puts on his mask.

A person says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

Text reads, Question Period, PŽriode questions.

The person says, UM, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
PREMIER.

The person speaking is a woman with short white hair and glasses. She wears a grey patterned cardigan and blue shirt.

She says, I WAS CONTACTED LAST MONTH
BY CONSTITUENT MERIT OÕHIGGINS
HEUGHAN.
HER HUSBAND HAD A SERIOUS
MEDICAL CONDITION.
MERIT HAD TO JUMP THROUGH
HOOPS, CALL EVERYONE SHE
COULD THINK OF TO TRY AND
GET A FAMILY DOCTOR BUT IT
SHOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN ALL
THAT EFFORT, ESPECIALLY FOR
SOMEONE WHO HAS A VERY
SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION.
TOO MANY PEOPLE IN NORTHERN
ONTARIO CAN'T FIND A FAMILY
DOCTOR ACCEPTING NEW
PATIENTS.
THIS GOVERNMENT HAD THREE
YEARS TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE.

Text reads, Judith Monteigh-Farrell, NDP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

Judith says, WHAT IS THIS GOVERNMENT
DOING TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE
WHO NEEDS A DOCTOR CAN GET
ONE?

Judith returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, TO RESPOND
ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT,
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.

Christine Elliott stands at her desk.

She says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH UH, TO
THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
THIS IS A CONCERN FOR
MANY PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT
PARTS OF ONTARIO,
PARTICULARLY NORTHERN
ONTARIO AND IN SOME CASES
RURAL ONTARIO.
WE HAVE BEEN WORKING UH, VERY
HARD TO INCREASE THE NUMBER
OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS.
THAT HAS BEEN INCREASED.
MORE PEOPLE WORKING IN TEAMS
AS WELL.
BUT UH, THERE ARE SOME
SITUATIONS WHERE THEY HAVE UH,
VIRTUAL TEAMS.
I WOULD UH, CALL THE UH, THE RENFREW
VIRTUAL TRIAGE, UH, UNIT, ONE
THAT DOES PROVIDE THOSE
SERVICES WHERE PEOPLE IF
THEY DON'T HAVE A FAMILY
DOCTOR CAN CALL IN TO THIS
SERVICE.
THEY CAN THEN BE TREATED BY
TRIAGE BY THE APPROPRIATE
MEDICAL PERSON EITHER ONLINE,
VIRTUALLY, OR IN-PERSON
VISITS.
SO THERE ARE DIFFERENT UM,
MODALITIES THAT WE ARE USING
NOW IN SITUATIONS WHERE WE
DON'T HAVE A, A LARGE NUMBER OF
FAMILY PHYSICIANS.
AND I THINK THAT WITH THE
ADVANCES THAT WE'VE MADE IN
VIRTUAL CARE AND TECHNOLOGY,
THAT WILL BE ONE ADDITIONAL
TOOL THAT WE CAN USE IN
AREAS THAT ARE UNDERSERVED.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.

Judith Monteigh-Farrell stands at her desk.

She says, THANKS, SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER, THEN.
I AGREE THE DOCTOR SHORTAGE
IN ONTARIO, ESPECIALLY IN
RURAL AND NORTHERN ONTARIO,
IS NOTHING NEW.

Text reads, Judith Monteigh-Farrell, NDP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

Judith says, BUT, AND THE NORTHERN
ONTARIO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
ESTIMATES THAT WE'RE GOING
TO NEED 300 DOCTORS, UM,
IMMEDIATELY AND THAT IS NOT
ACCOUNTING FOR THE
RETIREMENTS THAT ARE COMING
UP.
THE PANDEMIC REVEALED WHAT
SO MANY PEOPLE KNEW ALL
ALONG, THAT HEALTH CARE WAS
IN CRISIS.
AND FOR FAR TOO LONG IT'S
BEEN UNDERFUNDED AND PEOPLE
HAVE SLIPPED THROUGH THE
CRACKS.
PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE.
TOO MANY PEOPLE NEED A
DOCTOR BUT CANNOT FIND ONE.
AND NONE OF THEM ARE TAKING
NEW PATIENTS.
WE CAN'T ALLOW THIS TO
CONTINUE.
WILL THIS GOVERNMENT COMMIT
TO PROVIDING A FAMILY DOCTOR
FOR EACH PERSON WHO NEEDS
ONE?

Judith returns to her seat.
(Applause)

The Speaker says, MINISTER OF
HEALTH.

Christine Elliott stands from her seat.

She says, WELL, WHAT I CAN
CERTAINLY INDICATE TO THE
MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR RAISING
A VERY LEGITIMATE CONCERN,
THAT WE ARE LISTENING TO
WHAT THE NORTHERN ONTARIO
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IS
ADVISING.

Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Christine Elliott, PC, Minister of Health, Ministre de la SantŽ.

Christine says, WE ARE MOVING FORWARD TO
PROVIDE THAT KIND OF
INTEGRATED CARE THAT PEOPLE
ACROSS ONTARIO REQUIRE.
THAT IS WHY WE HAVE STARTED
ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR
ENTIRE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO
MAKE SURE THAT WITHIN
GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS WE HAVE
ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS.
ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS ARE
THERE TO INTEGRATE PRIMARY
CARE WITH HOSPITAL CARE,
WITH HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE
AND LONG-TERM CARE TO MAKE
SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE THE
SUPPORTS THAT THEY NEED
THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE
HEALTH CARE JOURNEY.
THE, WE HAVE SEEN THE BENEFIT OF
THESE TEAMS THROUGHOUT THIS
PANDEMIC BECAUSE THE TEAMS
HAVE COME TOGETHER TO FILL
IN THE GAPS IN SERVICE, TO
MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE
RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY
NEED, AND WE'RE ALSO TRYING
TO DEAL WITH THE SOCIAL.

The Speaker says, RESPONSE.

Christine says, É(indiscernible) OF HEALTH
WHICH WE HAVE SAID THAT WE WANTED
TO DEAL WITH FOR A NUMBER OF
YEARS BUT HAVEN'T ACTUALLY
REALLY DONE YET.
WE CAN DO IT THROUGH THE LOCAL ONTARIO
HEALTH TEAMS BY BRINGING IN
THE SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES
TO BE PART OF THESE TEAMS TO
MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE
RECEIVE THAT ALLÉ

The Speaker says, THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION, THE
MEMBER FOR CAMBRIDGE.

Christine returns to her seat.

(Applause)

Text reads, Question Period, PŽriode questrions

A person says, MR. SPEAKER, GOOD MORNING,
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER.

The person speaking is a woman with long, curly brown hair. She wears a black cardigan and purple shirt. She stands at her desk.

She says, BACK IN JULY, THE PREMIER
PROMISED THAT WE WERE NOT
GOING TO HAVE A TWO TIER
SOCIETY.
EIGHT WEEKS LATER THE
PREMIER WAS ANNOUNCING A TWO
TIER PASSPORT SYSTEM THAT IS
DENYING MILLIONS IN ONTARIO
THE ABILITY TO ACCESS
SERVICES, INCLUDING PUBLIC
SERVICES PAID FOR BY THE
TAXPAYER.
FACILITIES, AND IN MANY CASES IS
RESULTING IN PEOPLE LOSING
THEIR JOBS.
UPON ANNOUNCING THE PASSPORT
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH
INSTRUCTED FACILITY
OPERATORS TO CALL THE POLICE
TO ENFORCE THE PASSPORT, AND
SURE ENOUGH IN A COUPLE
WEEKS THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED.

Text reads, Belinda C. Karahalios, NB, Cambridge.

Belinda says, DOES THE PREMIER DEFEND THE
IDEA OF USING POLICE
SERVICES TO ENFORCE PASSPORT
RULES AND ARREST HOCKEY MOMS
AS A GOOD USE OF TAXPAYER
DOLLARS?

Belinda returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, TO RESPOND,
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL.

A person says, THANK YOU, SPEAKER.
NOW AS WE'VE SAID FROM THE
BEGINNING WHEN WE INTRODUCED
THE UM, VACCINE CERTIFICATES, IT
WAS TO ENSURE THAT WE HAD
SAFE WORKPLACES, SAFE
COMMUNITY CENTRES, SAFE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR
CHILDREN AND OURSELVES TO BE
ABLE TO START TO SLOWLY BUT SAFELY
GATHER INSIDE.

The person speaking is a woman with short blond hair and glasses. She wears a black and white blazer and black shirt. Text reads, Hon. and LÕhon. Sylvia Jones, PC, Solicitor General, Solliciteure gŽnŽrale.

Sylvia says, THE VACCINE CERTIFICATE DOES
JUST THAT.
WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO BE
RESPECTFUL OF THE FACT THAT,
WHEN BUSINESS OPERATORS,
WHEN MUNICIPALITIES ASK FOR
PROOF OF VACCINE, THAT
PEOPLE DO THAT AND THEY DO
IT RESPECTFULLY.
THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO
HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO GET
US TO THIS POINT WHERE WE
ARE OVER 80% VACCINATED.
WE NEED TO GO THE FINAL MILE
TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROTECT
EVERYONE AND YES, THAT
INCLUDES PARENTS AND
INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO USE
OUR PUBLIC FACILITIES AND
PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS AND
OTHER ACTIVITIES INSIDE.

Sylvia returns to her seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THE SUPPLEMENTARY
QUESTION.

Belinda C. Karahalios stands at her desk.

She says, MR. SPEAKER, THE
GOVERNMENT MENTIONS HEALTH
AND SAFETY.
WHAT'S INTERESTING IS THE
NEW PASSPORT REGULATIONS
FROM THIS GOVERNMENT DO NOT
MAKE ANY ALLOWANCES FOR
THOSE WHO CAN SHOW A
NEGATIVE COVID TEST.

Text reads, Belinda C. Karahalios, NB, Cambridge.

Belinda says, MILLIONS OF ONTARIO
VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED
DO NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE
IN THIS WITCH-HUNT, FORCING
THEM TO DISCLOSE THEIR
PRIVATE HEALTH INFORMATION.
LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.
ON MONDAY I WAS THE ONLY
M.P.P. TO ACCESS THIS
LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER WITH A
NEGATIVE COVID TEST BUT SOME
IN HERE STILL WANTED ME
EXPELED EVEN THOUGH THE
SCIENCE SHOWS YOU COULD ALL
BE CARRYING AND SPREADING
COVID WHILE THE TEST SHOWS
THAT I WAS NOT.
IF THIS IS ALL ABOUT HEALTH
AND SAFETY, WHY DOESNÕT THE
GOVERNMENT ALLOY FOR
ONTARIANS TO ACCESS
FACILITIES AND KEEP THEIR
JOBS BY SHOWING A NEGATIVE
COVID TEST OR SHOWING
IMMUNITY TO COVID AS HAS
BEEN DONE IN OTHER
JURISDICTIONS?

Belinda returns to her seat.

The Speaker says, TO RESPOND,
THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.

A person says, I UH, I THANK MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION, UH.

The person speaking is a man in a dark suit and tie. He has grey hair and stands at a desk.

He says, UH, OBVIOUS, OBVIOUSLY THE PROTOCOL WAS
PUT IN PLACE UH, HERE AT THE
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY TO
ENSURE THAT UH, ALL MEMBERS UH,
COULD UH, HAVE A SAFE WORKING
ENVIRONMENT, AS THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH HAS SAID
ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS.

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

Paul says, WE DO ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO
GET UH, VACCINATED.
IT IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT
THE PEOPLE OF THE PROVINCE
OF ONTARIO.
UH, BUT AGAIN, IT IS UH, DOES RESPECT
THE FACT THAT MEMBERS OF
PARLIAMENT HAVE A RIGHT TO
ACCESS, UH, THE PRECINCT.
THAT IS A RIGHT THAT WE WERE
NOT PREPARED TO TAKE AWAY
FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.
I THINK THE PROTOCOLS, FOR THE
MEMBERS WHO ARE ELECTED
TO THIS PLACE, EXCUSE ME, UH, I THINK
IT IS A PROTOCOL THAT THE SPEAKER, UH,
PUT IN PLACE WITH THE
SUPPORT OF UH, OF UH MEMBERS.
MOST OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS
HOUSE AND AS THE MEMBER
HIGHLIGHTED IN HER UH, IN HER QUESTION,
MR. SPEAKER, SHE WAS GRANTED
THAT ACCESS THAT SHE HAS A
RIGHT TO HAVE IN THIS PLACE
BY VIRTUE OF A NEGATIVE
TEST.
SO WE'VE PROTECTED THAT.
OR I SHOULD SAY THE SPEAKER HAS
PROTECTED THAT RIGHT FOR ALL
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.
UH, AND UH, GRATEFUL FOR THE SPEAKER
FOR ALLOWING THAT UH, PRECEDENT
TO CONTINUE ON.
THANK YOU.

Paul returns to his seat.

(Applause)

The Speaker says, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THAT CONCLUDES OUR QUESTION PERIOD.

Watch: Question Period: Wednesday, October 06, 2021