2019-05-02 Question Period

By | September 4, 2019


IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS. I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR TIMISKAMING-COCHRANE. [ Applause ]>>MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER. MR. SPEAKER, AL LEADERS ACROSS ONTARIO HAVE BEEN SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE FORD GOVERNMENT’S CUTS TO EVERYTHING FROM CHILD CARE TO PUBLIC HEALTH TO FLOOD MANAGEMENT. MINISTERS IN THE FORD GOVERNMENT MEANWHILE INSIST THAT THEY WANT TO HAVE A RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE, BUT THEY ALSO STATE THAT THE CUTS WILL PROCEED NO MATTER HOW RECKLESS AND POORLY PLANNED THEY ARE. HOW CAN THE GOVERNMENT CLAIM TO BE HAVING A DISCUSSION WHEN IT APPEARS THAT ALL THE DECISIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: MINISTER OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES.>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF –>>GREAT QUESTION, PREMIER. WILL TALK ABOUT THE MUNICIPAL ISSUES BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE MEMBER SAID ABOUT DIALOGUE. WE NEED TO ADDRESS WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAWN YESTERDAY. QUITE AN EVENT TOOK PLACE. THE N.D.P. HAD AT LEAST TWO MEMBERS AT A PROTEST, MEMBER FROM DAVENPORT AND MEMBER FROM WINDSOR WEST. AT THE SAME TIME MASS PROTESTORS BROUGHT A BLOODIED GUILLOTINE TO THE GROUNDS OF QUEEN’S PARK AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEY DID? THEY BEHEADED AN EFFIGY OF THE PREMIER. THIS IS DISGUSTING AND IT IS A SICK ACT THAT HAS BEEN CONDONEED.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>BY THE OPPOSITION. I’M ASKING THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE TO CONDEMN YESTERDAY’S PROTESTS, APOLOGIZE FOR THEIR ATTENDANCE AT YESTERDAY’S EVENT, BUT IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THIS IS THE REAL N.D.P. AND WE HAVE SEEN IT ON THE ATTACKS AGAINST THE MINISTER OF LABOUR’S OFFICE.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THE ACCOSTING AND ATTACKING OF ME RESULTING IN O.P.P. PROTECTION FOR MEMBERS OF OUR CABINET. THEY CARE MORE ABOUT ACTIVISM AND PROTESTING THAN — [ Voice fading ] [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK.>>The Speaker: ORDER. WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE FREE SPEECH IN THIS LEGISLATURE. WE HAVE CERTAIN PRIVILEGES AS MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE TO PARTICIPATE IN DEBATES. BUT THE LANGUAGE AND THE COMMENTS HAVE TO BE PARLIAMENTARY, CONSIDERED TO BE PARLIAMENTARY. I’M GOING TO CAUTION THE MEMBERS TOW OUTSET THAT THE LANGUAGE HAS TO BE PARLIAMENTARY OR WE WILL QUICKLY HAVE TO GO TO WARNINGS AND FOLLOWING THAT, OF COURSE, THE OPTION OF NAMING MEMBERS IS WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE SPEAKER. I’M GOING TO HAVE A QUESTION PERIOD TODAY AND I HOPE WE CAN HAVE A REASONABLE DIALOGUE ON THE ISSUES FACING THE PROVINCE. START THE CLOCK. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE MAYORS OF ONTARIO’S 28 LARGEST MUNICIPALITIES PLEADED WITH THE PROVINCE TO REVERSE BUDGET CUTS TO CHILD CARE, PUBLIC HEALTH, FLOOD MANAGEMENT AND MORE. SMALLER MUNICIPALITIES ARE SPEAKING UP AS WELL. THE TOWN OF PRESCOTT HAS CALLED IN THE PROVINCE TO STOP CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND LIBRARY SERVICES. THE MAYOR OF DRYDEN SAID HIS COMMUNITY HAS BEEN TREATED LIKE, AND I QUOTE, A FINANCIAL PUNCHING BAG FOR THE PROVINCE, END OF QUOTE. THIS DOESN’T SOUND LIKE PEOPLE OR MUNICIPALITIES WHO FEEL RESPECTED. WILL THE GOVERNMENT LISTEN TO MUNICIPAL LEADERS, REVERSE THESE CUTS AND HAVE AN ACTUAL DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW ONTARIANS ARE BEING IMPACTED? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S BEEN REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF CHILDREN COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICE.>>I’D LIKE TO REFER BACK TO THE PREMIER.>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S REFERRED BACK TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR HER COMMENTS. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I NORMALLY DON’T GET CONCERNED TOO MUCH ABOUT THE ACTIVIST PROTESTS OUTSIDE ON THE FRONT LAWNS OF QUEEN’S PARK, BUT WE’RE HERE TO REPRESENT THE REAL PEOPLE, THE REAL PEOPLE THAT CAN’T AFFORD TO TAKE THE DAY OFF OR CAN’T AFFORD TO GET PAID TO GO PROTEST. [ Applause ] THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING IN THE BACK OF THE CLASSROOMS, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING IN THE HOSPICES ACROSS THIS PROVINCE TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WE’RE HERE FOR. BUT YESTERDAY WENT A LITTLE TOO FAR. MY FRIENDS, ANY TIME A POLITICIAN, NO MATTER WHAT PARTY IT IS, HAS A GUILLOTINE OUT THERE, I THINK THAT GOES A LITTLE TOO FAR. AS A MATTER OF FACT IT GOES WAY OVERBOARD, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT’S WHAT THE OPPOSITION BELIEVES IN, SUPPORTING FOLKS LIKE THAT.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: WE SUPPORT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE OUT IN THE FACTORIES AND THE OFFICES TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, PAYING THEIR TAXES AND WANTING SERVICES. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. RESTART THE CLOCK. FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THE SAD FACT IS THE FORD GOVERNMENT DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN OBEDIENCE. WHETHER IT’S THE ACTING PREMIER INSISTING THAT BE SHE’S NOT EVEN WILLING TO CONSIDER PAUSING CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH CARE.>>[ Interjection: ] OR THE PREMIER TAKING OUT HIS FRUSTRATION.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>ON THE MAN WHO BEAT HIM IN TORONTO’S MAYORAL ELECTIONS. THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO NEED DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO WORK TOGETHER. INSTEAD WE HAVE ONE SIDE SCRAMBLING TO CUT EVERYTHING FROM SCHOOL BREAKFAST TO FLOOD PROTECTION AND THE PREMIER SEEMS TO IGNORE THEIR COMPLAINTS. HOW DOES THAT HELP THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: PREMIER?>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DO YOU KNOW WHO GOT US IN THIS POSITION, MR. SPEAKER? THE N.D.P. PUT US IN THIS POSITION. THE LIBERALS PUT US IN THIS POSITION WITH A $15 BILLION DEFICIT, WITH A $347 BILLION DEBT, LARGEST IN THE WORLD, SUB SOVEREIGN DEBT IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. THAT’S WHO PUT US IN THIS POSITION. WE’RE DRIVING EFFICIENCIES. WE’RE PUTTING MORE MONEY, $700 MILLION MORE INTO EDUCATION. THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION IS DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB. [ Applause ] THE MINISTER OF HEALTH IS DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB ENDING HALLWAY HEALTH CARE BY PUTTING $1.3 BILLION INTO HEALTH CARE, MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE 15,000 LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS. WE’RE WELL OVER 7,000 LONG-TERM-CARE BEDS. [ Applause ] THEY WORRY ABOUT JOBS. AGAIN THE PEOPLE IN THE FACTORIES I WAS SPEAKING ABOUT EARLIER, MR. SPEAKER, THESE PEOPLE ARE WORKING 10, 12 HOURS A DAY, A DAY TRYING TO PAY THEIR TAXES, TRYING TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGE.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE. THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. THEY WANT THE ECONOMY TO GET GOING AND THAT’S WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING BY LOWERING TAXES, MAKING SURE WE CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR COMPANIES TO THRIVE AND PROSPER AND –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] STOP THE CLOCK. THANK YOU. RESTART THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. LATER TODAY THE FORD GOVERNMENT WILL BE TABLING LEGISLATION TO BEGIN THEIR TAKEOVER OF TORONTO’S TRANSIT SYSTEM, AND THE PREMIER’S MADE IT CLEAR HIS PLAN IS GOING AHEAD. [ Applause ] NO MATTER –>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>OR WHAT ANYONE ELSE IN THIS PROVINCE HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT. IF THE PROVINCE HAS ALREADY MADE UP ITS MIND, WHAT ARE THEY HOPING TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THEIR NEGOTIATIONS IN THE CITY OF TORONTO THEN? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S FOR THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: THE GREAT MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION. [ Applause ] [ Cheers ]>>THANKS VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THAT QUESTION. YOU KNOW, LAST JUNE, WE WON AN ELECTION BASED ON THE FACT THAT WE WOULD UPLOAD THE T.T.C. AND EXPAND SERVICE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE UTILIZING THE T.T.C. IN THE GTHA CREATING A REGIONAL INTEGRATED TRANSPORTATION NETWORK. MR. SPEAKER, IN AUGUST WE APPOINTED MICHAEL LINDSAY AS OUR CHIEF SPECIAL ADVISOR TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO ON BRINGING THE UPLOAD TOWARDS — INTO REALITY. AND IN FEBRUARY WE SIGNED A TERMS OF REFERENCE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT SETTLED PROVISIONS OF HOW WE WILL WORK TOGETHER WITH THE CITY THROUGH DISCUSSIONS AND HOW THE UPLOAD WILL GO FORWARD. APRIL 11, MR. SPEAKER, WE ANNOUNCED $28.5 BILLION EXPANSION FOR THE CITY OF TORONTO IN THE SUBWAY SYSTEM. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT IT AND WE NEED.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>TO SEE THAT HAPPEN, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEGISLATION WE’RE TABLING TODAY WILL ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER THE EXPANSION AND GROWTH OF THE T.T.C. NETWORK AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE THOSE TALKS WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY. MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE.>>SPEAKER, THE CITY OF TORONTO HAS ACTUALLY PUT FORWARD 61 KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FORD GOVERNMENT’S TRANSIT PLAN, INCLUDING BASIC REQUESTS LIKE HOW THEY ARRIVED AT THEIR COST ESTIMATES AND WHO WAS PAID TO PREPARE THEM. HAS THE PROVINCE ANSWERED ANY OF THOSE QUESTIONS AND, IF SO, WHEN DO THEY INTEND TO SHARE THIS WITH THE PUBLIC? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER?>>THANKS VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, WE WERE CONTINUING OUR NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO. LINDSAY MEETS ON A REGULAR BASIS. I HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH MAYOR TORY. EVERYTHING’S BEEN POSITIVE. I’M NOT SURE WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE OPPOSITION. THEY’RE A LITTLE INCONSISTENT IN THEIR MESSAGING. ON ONE HAND THEY’RE SAYING DON’T DOWNLOAD THINGS. NEXT TIME DON’T UPLOAD THINGS. NO, NO, NO TO ANYTHING THIS GOVERNMENT DOES TOWARD BALANCING THE BUDGET AND DELIVERING GREAT TRANSIT — HISTORIC TRANSIT PROJECT TO THE CITY OF TORONTO. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE IN GOOD CONVERSATIONS WITH CITY OF TORONTO WITH REGARDS TO THE EXPANSION. MINISTER McNAUGHTON, MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN CONSTANT TALKS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. HOPEFULLY THEY’LL PUT THE MONEY FORWARD TO SUPPORT OUR HISTORIC EXPANSION OF THE TRANSIT SYSTEM WITHIN THIS PROVINCE. WE’LL CONTINUE THE DISCUSSIONS WITH MAYOR TORY AND HIS STAFF.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>END OF THE DAY, MR. SPEAKER, THE SYSTEM ISN’T WORKING FOR THE RIDERS OF THE T.T.C. AND WE MADE A PLEDGE TO MAKE IT BETTER, AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.>>SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO DESERVE TRANSIT SOLUTIONS THAT GET THEM OUT OF GRIDLOCK. INSTEAD THEY HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT’S RIPPING UP PLANS AND UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO ANSWER BASIC QUESTIONS AS THEY ATTEMPT A HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF THE SUBWAY SYSTEM. INSTEAD OF PLOWING AHEAD WITH THE STEAM THAT WILL ADD COSTS AND DELAY TORONTO’S TRANSIT SYSTEM, WHY WON’T THE FORD GOVERNMENT STOP DISMISSING CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE ARE RAISING IN THIS PROVINCE AND ANSWER SOME KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR PLANS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.>>THANKS VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, ON APRIL 11th WE ANNOUNCED THE HISTORIC VISION THAT WE SEE FOR THE CITY OF TORONTO AS WE MOVE TO EXPAND TRANSIT OPPORTUNITIES, MR. SPEAKER. THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO HAVE BEEN WAITING DECADES FOR THE RELIEF LINE TO GET BUILT. CONTINUAL BICKERING AND RETURNING TO THE TABLE YEAR AFTER YEAR WITH DIFFERENT COUNCILS THAT JUST CAN’T GET IT DONE. THE SYSTEM ISN’T WORKING, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IS UPLOAD THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PROVINCE AND WE’RE GOING TO GET THIS JOB DONE. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE THE ONTARIO LINE, MR. SPEAKER, ALL THE WAY FROM THE ONTARIO PLACE UP TO THE ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE GOING TO BUILD SUBWAYS INTO SCARBOROUGH. THOSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING DECADES THEMSELVES FOR A SUBWAY. NOT JUST ONE STOP, MR. SPEAKER, THREE STOPS AND THAT’S WHAT THE PEOPLE DESERVE. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE GOING TO EXTEND THE EGLINTON — UNDERGROUND.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>ETOBICOKE HOPEFULLY JOIN IT UP WITH THE AIRPORT. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE GOING TO CONNECT RICHMOND HILL AND NEWMARKET TO OUR SUBWAY SYSTEM. WE’RE GOING TO GET THE ECONOMY GOING BY GETTING PEOPLE MOVING IN THIS PROVINCE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR UNIVERSITY-ROSEDALE.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. TODAY THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT IS INTRODUCING ITS BILL TO BEGIN THE TAKEOVER OF THE T.T.C. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE PROVINCE IS STILL IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO REGARDING THE UPLOAD, AND THERE ARE NUMEROUS OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS THE PREMIER HAS REFUSED TO ANSWER. MR. SPEAKER, HOW CAN THE PREMIER CLAIM TO BE NEGOTIATING WITH THE CITY IN GOOD FAITH WHEN HE IS GOING BEHIND THEIR BACKS TO PUSH THROUGH THIS HOSTILE TAKEOVER? [ Applause ]>>[ Interjection: ] DON’T REALLY BELIEVE THAT.>>The Speaker: IS SOMEONE GOING TO RESPOND ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT? MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, I CAN JUST REITERATE WHAT I JUST ANSWERED PREVIOUSLY. WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO SINCE NOVEMBER WITH OUR SPECIAL ADVISOR APPOINTED IN AUGUST ON WORKING TOWARDS CREATING A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO AND THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. WE BOTH KNOW THE CURRENT SYSTEM ISN’T WORKING TO GET SUBWAYS BILL IN THE IS CITY AND WE’RE STUCK AT GRIDLOCK. PEOPLE AREN’T UTILIZING THE TRANSIT SYSTEM LIKE THEY SHOULD BECAUSE IT’S NOT OFFERING THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO GO FROM POINT “A” TO POINT “B.” TO GET FROM HOME TO WORK AND BACK HOME AND BE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILIES IS JUST NOT HAPPENING, MR. SPEAKER. IT’S UNFORTUNATE THE OPPOSITION PARTY’S PUSHING BACK SO HARD ON THIS WHEN THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO, THE PEOPLE OF THE GTHA WANT PROPER TRANSIT AND IT’S NOT GETTING BUILT UNFORTUNATELY AND WE ARE ABLE TO DO IT AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE WORKING WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO THROUGH OUR NEGOTIATIONS.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THROUGH OUR TERMS OF REFERENCE WE’VE PUT FORWARD TO BUILD AND GROW THE T.T.C. AND CREATE THE INTEGRATED REGIONAL NETWORK THAT THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO AND GTHA DESERVE. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE GREAT NEWS FOR THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO WHEN THIS IS DONE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>BACK TO THE PREMIER. YESTERDAY THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION ADMITTED THAT SOME OF THE WORK THE CITY HAS ALREADY COMPLETED FOR THE DOWNTOWN RELIEF LINE IS NO LONGER USABLE. THAT MEANS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND MONTHS OF WORK THAT WENT INTO THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPING OF THAT LINE IS ESSENTIALLY BEING THROWN OUT AND REPLACED WITH A BACK-OF-THE-NAPKIN PLAN COOKED UP BY THE PREMIER. WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TRANSIT PLANS ARE RIPPED UP. THERE’S MORE DELAYS. THERE’S MORE UNCERTAINTY AND IT MAKES IT EVEN LESS LIKELY THAT TRANSIT WILL BE BUILT. HOW ACCOUNT PREMIER JUSTIFY THROWING OUT THE CITY’S WORK ON THE DOWNTOWN RELIEF LINE AND THE DELAYS AND ADDITIONAL EXPENSES THAT ARE THE GOING TO RESULT? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>TO THE PREMIER.>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE PREMIER.>>THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND TO THE LOCAL MEMBER FROM ROSEDALE. WHAT AN INSULT YOU JUST GAVE TO ALL THE BRIGHT MINDS AT INFRASTRUCTURE ONTARIO, SOME OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD SAYING “BACK OF THE NAPKIN.” YOU KNOW THEY CAME UP WITH THE PLAN. LEADING THE CHARGE WAS THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION AND M.T.O., INSULTING ALL M.T.O., INSULTING EVERYONE AT METROLINX. HONESTLY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT COULD RUN CIRCLES AROUND ANYONE IN THE OPPOSITION WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT TRANSIT. PLAU THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT. THEY KNOW WHAT A WORLD-CLASS SUBWAY SYSTEM IS. THEY CAME UP WITH AN INCREDIBLE PLAN AND THE CROWN JEWEL IS THE ONTARIO LINE RUNNING FROM ONTARIO PLACE, UP TO ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, ACTUALLY RUNNING THROUGH.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: A LOT OF THE N.D.P. RIDINGS. I’M SURE THEIR CONSTITUENTS WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO UTILIZE THE NEW SUBWAY SYSTEM THAT THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION IS PUTTING IN G.T.A. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. STOP THE CLOCK.>>The Speaker: ORDER. RESTART THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR CARLETON.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] , MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER OF ONTARIO. FOR OVER A WEEK NOW WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING FLOODS IN MANY PARTS OF THE PROVINCE INCLUDING MY CITY OF OTTAWA. OUR HARD-WORKING FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE BEEN HARD AT WORK TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO COMMUNITIES AND HOMES IN COORDINATION WITH OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PARTNERS, AND OUR GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS THE IMPACT AND SEVERITY OF THE FLOODING AND WE TAKE THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES SERIOUSLY. I KNOW THAT PEOPLE IN MY RIDING OF CARLETON WERE REASSURED TO SEE THE PREMIER VISIT SEVERAL OF THE MUNICIPALITIES CURRENTLY UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN ORDER TO SEE THE CONDITIONS FIRSTHAND AND TO ASSIST OUR HARD-WORKING FIRST RESPONDERS WITH RELIEF EFFORTS. THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CAN THE PREMIER PLEASE UPDATE THE HOUSE ON WHAT MEASURES THE PROVINCE IS TAKING TO RESPOND TO THIS ONGOING SITUATION?>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER. [ Applause ]>>Premier Ford: WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GREAT M.P.P. FROM CARLETON, THE ABSOLUTE CHAMPION. I WAS IN CARLETON, MR. SPEAKER. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT A POPULAR M.P.P. WHEN I WAS UP THERE, I WENT AND VISITED A SENIORS’ HOME, AND THEY LOVE THE M.P.P. FROM CARLETON. INCREDIBLE JOB. [ Applause ] BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE LOVE AS WELL, MR. SPEAKER? WE LOVE THE FIRST RESPONDERS IN THE MILL — AND THE MILITARY FOLKS. LOOK AT THOSE CHAMPIONS UP THERE. ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONS. [ Applause ] THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOU. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS IN THE WORLD. , MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS IN OTTAWA, IT WAS LIKE THE CAVALRY COMING OVER THE MOUNTAIN TAN.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: WHEN WE SAW THE MILITARY. THEY CAME IN. THEY WERE SANDBAGGING HELPING PEOPLE BECAUSE PEOPLE IN OTTAWA WERE EXHAUSTED. I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH MAYOR WATSON, MAKING SURE AND REASSURING HIM THAT HE HAS THE PROVINCE’S SUPPORT ON ANYTHING HE NEEDS — [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>THANK YOU TO THE PREMIER FOR THAT RESPONSE, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS AND FOR VISITING THE CARE CENTRE. MR. SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY WHILE OUR GOVERNMENT IS HARD AT WORK RESPONDING TO FLOODS, THE OPPOSITION CONTINUES TO FEAR MONGER ABOUT THE ABILITY OF ONTARIO’S CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES TO RESPOND TO FLOOD EVENTS. I’D LIKE TO READ THEM A QUOTE FROM RHONDA BATEMAN THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE SAULT Ste. MARIE REGIONAL CONSERVATION AUTHORITY — “WE ARE NOT GOING TO CUT THE MAINTENANCE AND FLOOD CONTROL PROGRAMS. THAT CAN’T BE DONE.” PERHAPS THE MEMBER FROM THUNDER BAY WAS NOT AWARE THAT MANAGING WATER RELATED HAZARDS ARE PART OF THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES ARE MANDATED TO PROVIDE. ACCOUNT PREMIER PLEASE CLARIFY OUR GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL TO MAKE CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE? THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S FOR THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN I WANT TO THANK THE M.P.P. FROM CARLETON. WE WENT UP — THEY’RE ALL ALL STARS, YOU’RE RIGHT. UNFORTUNATELY YOU DON’T HAVE ANY. [ Applause ] [ Interjections ] THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I MENTIONED, I TALKED TO THE MAYOR OF OTTAWA. HE APPRECIATES THE HELP FROM THE SOLICITOR GENERAL, THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS, THE MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES. IT’S ALL HAND ON DECK NO MATTER IF IT’S OTTAWA SPEAKING TO THE MAYORAL OF HUNTSVILLE, CHIM’ GOING TO BE HEADING UP TO HUNTSVILLE AND BRACEBRIDGE AND SPOKE TO THE MAYOR OF MUSKOKA LAKES. THEY’RE SO GRATEFUL FOR OUR SUPPORT. WE’RE SPARING NO EXPENSE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE PUTTING $5 MILLION ADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO PROTECT THE WATERSHED UP IN MUSKOKA.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: TOMORROW, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] TO SEE FIRST HAND HOW WE’RE PROGRESSING. ONCE AGAIN THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND THE GREAT MILITARY IS UP IN MUSKOKA WORKING THEIR BACKS OFF. WE WANT TO THANK THEM. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. NEXT QUESTION. MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO START BY AGAIN ACKNOWLEDGING ALL THE AMAZING EDUCATION WORKERS AND STUDENTS AND PARENTS AND TRUSTEES OF THE TORONTO CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD HERE TODAY. MY QUESTION’S TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION. MR. SPEAKER, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS, CUSTODIANS, CLERICAL WORKERS, LIBRARY STAFF AND LANGUAGE INSTRUCTORS ALL PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING ONTARIO STUDENTS AND KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS SAFE. YET SO FAR WE HAVE AT LEAST 2,500 EDUCATION WORKER POSITIONS IN JEOPARDY BECAUSE OF THIS GOVERNMENT’S CUTS TO OUR SCHOOLS, AND THAT’S JUST THE BEGINNING, MR. SPEAKER. WILL THE MINISTER SET ASIDE HER TALKING POINTS AND ADMIT THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S RADICAL CHANGES TO CLASS SIZES AND CUTS TO PROGRAM.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>WILL MEAN LOST JOBS AND LESS SUPPORT FOR OUR STUDENTS? [ Interjections ].>>The Speaker: ORDER. [ Applause ] GOVERNMENT SIDE COME TO ORDER. QUESTION’S TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>WELL, SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO STAND IN THIS HOUSE AND SINCERELY REQUEST THE MEMBER OPPOSITE TO ABSOLUTELY CONDEMN THE ACTIONS OF THE PROTESTORS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON HERE AT QUEEN’S PARK. [ Applause ] [ unclear ] ASK HER TO STAND UP AND SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP AND SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR THE INSTITUTION KNOWN AS QUEEN’S PARK AND SHOW RESPECT FOR THE ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THIS HOUSE.>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.>>HER ACTIONS HAVE BEEN ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING AND I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT WE NEED TO SEE LEADERSHIP FROM THIS MEMBER OPPOSITE. SHE NEEDS TO CONDEMN YESTERDAY’S ACTIONS THAT SHE WAS OBSERVING AND POSSIBLY PARTICIPATING IN, AND QUITE FRANKLY SHE NEEDS TO STAND UP AND.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INCENTING THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. STOP THE CLOCK. ORDER. RESTART THE CLOCK. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CAN SEE THAT THE MINISTER DOESN’T WANT TO ANSWER THE QUESTION. BUT I’M GOING TO GO BACK AT HER AGAIN. [ Interjections ] SPEAKER –>>The Speaker: ORDER. ORDER. MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT HAS THE FLOOR.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS ABOUT MORE THAN NUMBERS ON A BALANCE SHEET. THIS IS ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS THE ABSOLUTE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITIES.>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE COME TO ORDER.>>AND THE SUPPORTS THAT HELP OUR CHILDREN LEARN AND THRIVE. BUT THIS GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS WILL REMOVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF CARING ADULTS FROM SCHOOLS.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>SHUTTER PROGRAMS AND COURSES AND LEAVE KIDS WITH A BARE MINIMUM. SPEAKER, SOME OF THESE STUDENTS AND WORKERS ARE HERE IN THE GALLERY WITH US TODAY BECAUSE THEIR INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES PROGRAM IS AT RISK. THEY DESERVE TO KNOW.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>WILL THE MINISTER REVERSE HER EDUCATION CUTS AND START INVESTING IN OUR KIDS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. MEMBER FOR — MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE MUST COME TO ORDER. THE MEMBER FOR EGLINTON-LAWRENCE MUST COME TO ORDER. THE MINISTER FOR CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES MUST COME TO ORDER. START THE CLOCK. MINISTER OF EDUCATION REPLY.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I’M SURE THIS IS YOUR HOUSE. I AM SURE YOU WERE DEVASTATED TO SEE WHAT DIFFERENT TYPE OF PERSONALITIES HAVE BROUGHT TO THIS INSTITUTION AND TO THE STUDENTS THAT ARE HERE IN THE PUBLIC GALLERIES TODAY. I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS NOT THE NORM. THIS IS NOT THE WAY IT HAS BEEN THE LAST — [ Applause ] YEARS I HAVE BEEN HERE. [ unclear ] [ Applause ] BEHAVIOUR THAT’S BEEN HAPPENING. BUT TRUST, TRUST THAT I AM GOING TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. [ Interjections ] I SAY THIS TO ALL OF YOU, BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT –>>The Speaker: I’M GOING TO ASK THE MINISTER TO MAKE HER COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR. I’M GOING TO ASK THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA CENTER TO COME TO ORDER.>>THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER, TO THE PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY IN THE PUBLIC GALLERIES AND EVERYONE WATCHING, WE’RE GOING TO GET EDUCATION BACK ON TRACK. WE KNOW EDUCATIONS ARE ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE TO ENHANCING THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN EVERY SINGLE CLASSROOM IN ONTARIO.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>AND WE ARE GOING TO STAND BY THEM AND MAKE SURE THAT NOT ONLY THE G.S.N. WILL BE APPROPRIATELY APPLIED TO ENHANCE THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN THE CLASSROOMS FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] STOP THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. START THE CLOCK. THE MEMBER FOR AURORA-OAK RIDGES RICHMOND HILL. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF FINANCE. IN OUR BUDGET WE MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE’RE PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST. FROM DAY ONE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS PUT THE PEOPLE AT THE CENTRE OF EVERY DECISION WE MAKE. WHETHER WE’RE PUTTING MORE MONEY IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS BY REDUCING LICENSING FEES, PROVIDING RELIEF FOR CHILD CARE EXPENSES OR GIVING A TAX BREAK TO LOW INCOME EARNERS, WE WILL ALWAYS FOCUS ON DIRECTLY IMPROVING THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO. OUR PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ESTATE ADMINISTRATION TAX REFLECTS THIS COMMITMENT ONCE AGAIN. COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW OUR PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE STATE ADMINISTRATION TAX PUTS PEOPLE FIRST AND PROVIDES SUPPORT AND COMPASSION TO ONTARIO FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AND TO THE MEMBER FROM AURORA-OAK RIDGES-RICHMOND HILL. LAST WEEK, WE WERE PLEASED TO JOIN THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING IN BROCKVILLE TO HIGHLIGHT THE CHANGES WE’RE PROPOSING TO THE ESTATE ADMINISTRATION TAX. OUR PLAN TO MAKE LIFE EASIER AND MORE AFFORDABLE FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO STARTS WITH GIVING PEOPLE RELIEF. PARTICULARLY IN TIMES OF WORRY AND GRIEF WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST. THAT IS WHY OUR LEGISLATION, IF PASSED, WOULD ELIMINATE THE ESTATE TAX ON THE ESTATE UNDER $50,000 AND PROVIDE A TAX CUT OF $250 ON ALL LARGER ESTATES. OUR PROPOSED CHANGES ARE ABOUT COMPASSION, RESPECT FOR FAMILIES AND PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST DURING A VERY DIFFICULT PERIOD IN THEIR LIVES. WE INTEND TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR FAMILIES DURING THEIR GREATEST TIME OF NEED.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THEIR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE WORKING FOR THEM, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME, NOT AGAINST THEM. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR HIS RESPONSE. IT’S CLEAR THAT THIS IS A COMPASSIONATE THING TO DO AND THE RIGHT THING TO DO, SPEAKER. I COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF A GOVERNMENT THAT IS SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN THEIR MOST DIFFICULT TIMES. AS PART OF OUR PLAN TO PUT PEOPLE FIRST, WE’RE ALSO MAKING IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO INTERACT AND WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT. THE CURRENT REQUIREMENT FOR FILING ESTATE TAX ARE BURDENSOME AND UNFAIR. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS PUT FORWARD ANOTHER STEP TO SUPPORT FAMILIES DEALING WITH THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE. COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE EXPLAIN OU HOW OUR GOVERNMENT INTEND TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FILE ESTATE TAX.>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>SPEAKER, WE INTEND TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FILE THE ESTATE TAX RETURNS BY EXTENDING THE FILING DEADLINES. IF PASSED, OUR LEGISLATION WOULD EXTEND THE FILING DEADLINE FROM 90 DAYS TO 180 DAYS SO THAT GRIEVING FAMILIES WILL HAVE MORE TIME TO RESPOND TO THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE. THE DEADLINE FOR FILING AMENDMENTS TO THE RETURNS WOULD ALSO BE EXTENDED FROM 30 DAYS TO 60 DAYS. THE LAST THING A FAMILY SHOULD WORRY ABOUT AFTER LOSING A FAMILY MEMBER IS RED TAPE AND TAXES. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS SOMETHING THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT BACKED BY THE N.D.P. JUST DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY CHANGED THAT. OUR PROPOSED CHANGES BACK WOULD OFFER COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT, SPEAKER, TO FAMILIES.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>DURING THESE VERY DIFFICULT TIMES AND WE’RE ALSO EXPLORING OPTIONS TO INCLUDE TAX RELIEF FOR CHARITABLE DONATIONS. THANK YOU, SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR SCARBOROUGH SOUTHWEST.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION. YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT 44 MUNICIPALITIES OUT OF 47 WILL HAVE THEIR GENERAL ALLOCATION FUND FOR CHILD CARE CUT IN 2019. GENERAL ALLOCATION FUNDS PAY FOR THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATING COSTS OF CHILD CARE CENTRES AND SUBSIDIES TO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. WITH CHILD CARE COSTS SPIRALING TO AS MUCH AS $20,000 A YEAR FOR SOME FAMILIES, PARENTS ARE AT A BREAKING POINT TRYING TO FIND AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE. SO WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT CHOOSING TO MAKE CUTS TO CHILD CARE THAT WILL MAKE LIFE MORE EXPENSIVE FOR FAMILIES AND PARENTS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>WELL ACTUALLY, SPEAKER, I ABSOLUTELY REJECT THE PREMISE THAT CAME FROM THE MEMBER ACROSS THE FLOOR, BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY WE’RE MAKING LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR PARENTS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE. AND YOU KNOW WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE WATCHING — THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER, TO EVERYONE WATCHING AND LISTENING TODAY, THAT WHAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS A ONETIME FUNDING TO CLEAN UP A KNEE-JERK MISTAKE THAT THE FORMER LIBERAL GOVERNMENT MADE. YOU KNOW, THEY INCREASED MINIMUM WAGE BY 20%. THEY REALIZED THIS DISASTROUS IMPACTS THAT THAT WOULD HAVE ON DAY CARES ACROSS ONTARIO. SO THEY HAD TO PUT A BAND-AID ON THE GOUGE THEY MADE IN DAY CARE THROUGH THIS $50 MILLION FUND. AND SO I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU, SPEAKER, A QUOTE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF DAY CARE OPERATORS OF ONTARIO. FROM WHAT WE CAN TELL, THE 50 MILLION IN.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>SUPPORT WAS SIMPLY HANDED TO MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS WHICH THEN WERE LEFT TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN SYSTEMS FOR ADMINISTRATING IT. NOT ONLY WAS THE FUNDING STREAM POORLY DESIGNED BY THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT. IN MANY CASES IT WAS EXTREMELY POORLY DELIVERED BY THE MUNICIPALITIES –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. THANK YOU. STOP THE CLOCK. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. RESTART THE CLOCK.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. BACK TO THE MINISTER. MINISTER, I THINK — THROUGH THE SPEAKER, I THINK WE AGREE ON ONE THING. THE LIBERALS DID HAVE A LOT OF BAND-AID SOLUTIONS BUT YOU’RE TAKING IT EVEN WORSE. YOU’RE TAKING IT BACK EVEN MORE AND MAKING IT WORSE FOR FAMILIES AND DEFINITELY NOT MAKING IT AFFORDABLE. THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO CHANGING COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS FOR MUNICIPALITIES AND ELIMINATING FEE STABILIZATION FUNDING. ALL THESE CUTS ACTUALLY ADD UP TO $90 MILLION TAKEN FROM OUR CHILD CARE SYSTEM THIS YEAR. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT PROMISED PARENTS A TAX CREDIT THAT DOESN’T EVEN COME CLOSE TO COVERING THE COST OF CHILD CARE.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>THEN THEY ELIMINATE THE FUNDING THAT CONTROLS CHILD CARE FEES. PARENTS DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS SHELL GAME. WILL THE MINISTER COMMIT RIGHT NOW TO REVERSING THESE CUTS AND INSTEAD CHOOSE TO INVEST IN OUR CHILD CARE FOR OUR FUTURE? THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT OF ADVICE TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE. STOP THE FEAR MONGERING BECAUSE YOU’RE LOSING CREDIBILITY WITHIN THE SECTOR, BECAUSE THE ASSOCIATION OF DAY CARE OPERATORS OF ONTARIO ACTUALLY SAID –>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>IT’S IMPORTANT TO PUT THIS NEWS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE RECENT PROVINCIAL BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE CARE TAX CREDIT WHICH IS GOING TO HELP 300,000 FAMILIES. THE CARE TAX CREDIT.>>The Speaker: OPPOSITION COME TO ORDER.>>IT’S A SIMPLER, MORE CHILD CENTERED APPROACH TO FUNDING THAT HELPS ALMOST EVERY FAMILY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. IT GIVES PARENTS MORE CHOICES WITH VERY LITTLE ADDED ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AND NO MUNICIPAL RED TAPE. [ Applause ] PEOPLE LIKE WHAT WE’VE DONE. ACCEPT IT.>>The Speaker: ORDER. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR SIMCOE-GREY.>>THANK YOU. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION’S TO THE MINISTERR HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE. I WANT TO START BY THANKING THE PREMIER, FINANCE MINISTER AND THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE SUPPORT OF BOTH THE ALLISTON AND COLLINGWOOD HOSPITALS IN THE RECENT BUDGET. FANTASTIC. [ Applause ] AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE TWO QUESTIONS I’M ABOUT TO ASK YOU, WE ARE GRATEFUL. MINISTER, AS YOU KNOW [ unclear ] IN COLLINGWOOD CONTINUES TO WAIT FOR OPERATIONAL FUNDING FOR FOUR OF THEIR TEN BEDS. THESE FOUR BEDS HAVE BEEN SITTING IDLE AT THE DIRECTION OF THE LHIN AND ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE USED EVEN IF THE HOSPICE WANTS TO FUND THE BEDS THEMSELVES. MINISTER, DOES THE GOVERNMENT HAVE ANY PLANS TO FUND THESE EMPTY BEDS? AND IF NOT, CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN TO MY CONSTITUENTS WHY THAT CAN’T BE DONE AT THIS TIME?>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.>>I THANK THE MEMBER VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION, AND I WANT TO ASSURE THE MEMBER AND ALL ONTARIANS THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING HIGH-QUALITY PALLIATIVE AND END-OF-LIFE CARE SERVICES FOR ANYONE IN ONTARIO. [ Applause ] THESE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY PEOPLE ACROSS THE PROVINCE, BOTH IN HOSPITALS, HOSPICES, HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE SETTINGS, LONG-TERM CARE AND OTHER PLACES AND THAT IS WHY WE WERE VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE LAST YEAR THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING $33.6 MILLION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH 193 NEW HOSPICES ACROSS THE PROVINCE WHICH INCLUDES OVER $20 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR ANNUAL NURSING SUPPORT AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES THAT ARE REQUIRED. SO THE SPECIFIC QUESTION THAT YOU’VE ASKED ME ABOUT, I UNDERSTAND IS STILL UNDER DISCUSSION WITH THE MINISTRY. WE WILL CONTINUE THOSE DISCUSSIONS, AND WE WILL HAVE AN ANSWER FOR THE PEOPLE OF YOUR RIDING VERY SHORTLY.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE MINISTER. MINISTER MATTHEWS’ HOSPICE IN ALLISTON SENT YOU A COST-SAVING ANALYSIS BACK IN JANUARY TO SHOW THE OVERALL SAVINGS THAT INVESTMENTS IN HOSPICE CARE CAN HAVE, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO COMMUNITY SERVICES. MATTHEWS HOUSE HOSPICE NOT ONLY PROVIDES RESIDENTIAL CARE AS YOU KNOW. FOR PEOPLE AT END STAGES OF LIFE, THEY ALSO PROVIDE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO GO TO HOSPICE. THIS CAN INCLUDE THINGS LIKE PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT AND EXPANDED PEDIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS. THE HOSPICE WANTS TO DO MORE. SO WILL THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDE THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING SO THE HOSPITAL CAN PROVIDE MORE COMMUNITY SERVICES?>>The Speaker: ONCE AGAIN, MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT HOSPICE CARE OR HOME CARE ALSO THAT CAN BE PROVIDED IN A HOME FOR PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE SERVICES IS CERTAINLY MORE COST EFFECTIVE THAN A STAY IN HOSPITAL. IT’S ALSO MORE PATIENT CENTERED. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING WITH OUR TRANSFORMATION, WITH OUR MODERNIZATION OF OUR HEALTH CARE SERVICE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CENTRE CARE AROUND PATIENTS, FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS. THAT’S WHAT WE WANT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ENDING THEIR LAST DAYS TO BE ABLE TO NORTHBOUND A NONCLINICAL CARE SETTING, HOME-LIKE SETTING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IF NOT IN THEIR OWN HOME WITH THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AROUND THEM. AND I WANT TO REALLY THANK EVERYONE WHO WORKS IN OUR HOSPICES AND THE MANY WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS THAT COME FORWARD TO HELP THEM FOR THEIR EXEMPLARY CARE. THEY GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE CAN SPEND THEIR LAST DAYS IN COMFORT WITH THE THINGS THEY’RE MOST FAMILIAR SURROUNDING THEM INCLUDING ESPECIALLY OF COURSE THEIR FAMILIES. SO WE WILL CONTINUE THOSE DISCUSSIONS WITH RESPECT TO THOSE ADDITIONAL HOSPICE BEDS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA-ERIN MILLS. [ Applause ]>>MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES. WE INHERITED A BROKEN ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM THAT LEFT 23,000 CHILDREN LANGUISHING ON A WAITING LIST. FURTHER 8,400 CHILDREN WERE WAITING FOR A DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT THROUGH ONTARIO FIVE DIAGNOSTIC HUBS. THROUGHOUT IT ALL, I, WE HAVE LISTENED TO FAMILIES WHO ASKED FOR ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO LISTEN AS OUR MOTIVATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO ENSURE THAT OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SERVICES SUPPORT FROM THEIR ONTARIO GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL THE HOUSE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS LISTENING AND ACTING TO BETTER SUPPORT ALL CHILDREN WITH AUTISM?>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE MINISTER OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU ALSO TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FROM OUR PARTY OF COURSE WHO’S BEEN A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HIS COMMUNITY BUT PARTICULARLY FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SPEAKER AS YOU’RE AWARE MY PRIMARY MOAT VAITION HAS BEEN ALWAYS TO CLEAR THE 23,000 CHILDREN WHO ARE LANGUISHING ON A WAIT LIST AND GET THAT CLEAR SO THEY CAN GET SUPPORT FROM THEIR ONTARIO GOVERNMENT. THREE OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN WERE NOT RECEIVING SUPPORT. THAT’S WHY WE DOUBLED OUR INVESTMENT INTO THE DIAGNOSTIC HUBS AND WE PROVIDED CHOICE FOR WHAT PARENTS WANT TO USE IN TERMS OF SUPPORTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. LAST NIGHT, OVER 400 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN A TELEPHONE TOWN HALL TO TELL US HOW WE CAN BEST APPROACHED A NEED-BASED SYSTEM WITH AN ADDITIONAL $300 MILLION THAT WAS PROVIDED TO US FROM THE TREASURY AND BY OUR PREMIER. WE HAVE ALSO OVER 200 PEOPLE THAT HAVE ALREADY — SORRY, OVER 600 PEOPLE THAT HAVE ALREADY APPLIED TO OUR ONLINE SURVEY AT ONTARIO.CA/AUTISM.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>AND NEXT WEEK I’LL BE APPOINTING AN EXPERT PANEL WHO WILL WORK DIRECTLY WITH ME AND PROVIDE ADVICE ON HOW WE CAN HAVE THE BEST ONTARIO AUTISM PROVINCE IN THE PROVINCE’S HISTORY. PLAU.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR AFFIRMING YOUR COMMITMENT TO LISTENING AND TAKING ACTION TO SUPPORT FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. MINISTER, SINCE DAY ONE YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING TIRELESSLY TO SUPPORT ALL FAMILIES OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH AUTISM. YOUR WORK HAS REFORMED THE ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM TO PROVIDE FUNDING DIRECTLY TO PARENTS TO CHOOSE THE SERVICES THAT ARE RIGHT FOR THEM. I AM PLEASED TO KNOW THAT A FULL LIST OF ELIGIBLE SERVICES IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AND HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO INCLUDE SPEECH LANGUAGE AND OCCUPATIONAL SERVICE. I WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK INPUT FROM FAMILIES IN MY RIDING OF MISSISSAUGA-ERIN MILLS TO HELP INFORM ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS TO THE ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES THOSE CONSULTATIONS STARTING OFF YESTERDAY? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER TO REPLY.>>SPEAKER, I’M PROUD THAT WE WERE ABLE TO NOT ONLY INCREASE THE INVESTMENT FROM $256 MILLION TO $321 MILLION BUT THEN ADD AN ADDITIONAL $300 MILLION A WEEK AGO TO A NEED-BASED SYSTEM AND CONSULT WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MATTERED MOST. THAT’S MUMS AND DADS, CLINICIANS AND THOSE WHO WORK IN THE FIELD. THAT’S WHY NEXT WEEK I’LL BE APPOINTING THE EXPERT PANEL. I’LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND MINISTER OF HEALTH AS WE LEVERAGE A WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO SUPPORT THOSE WITH AUTISM IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. LAST WEEK I WAS IN SASKATOON WITH PROVINCIAL, FEDERAL AND TERRITORIAL MINISTERS OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND CHILDREN AND I ADDED MY VOICE TO A CALL FOR A NATIONAL AUTISM STRATEGY BUT I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO ADDITIONAL TOWN HALLS. WE DO HAVE ONE COMING UP FOR NORTHERN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES AS WELL AS FOR FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITIES. I ENCOURAGE ALL PARENTS WHO HAVE CHILDREN ON THE SPECTRUM TO PARTICIPATE.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>IN THESE TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS AND I INVITE ALL M.P.P.s, REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION, TO PARTICIPATE AS WELL WITH THEIR OWN ROUNDTABLES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER. EARLIER THIS WEEK THE PREMIER AND MINISTER OF FINANCE TOOK THEIR PARTISAN ENTOURAGE DOWN TO NEW YORK CITY, ALL EXPENSES PAID BY THE PUBLIC. [ Interjections ] WHEN PRESSED ABOUT THIS ISSUE, BOTH THE PREMIER AND THE MINISTER REFUSED TO REVEAL WHO EXACTLY WENT ON THE TRIP AND HOW MUCH IT ACTUALLY COST THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO. IF THE PREMIER IS SO SURE THAT HIS EXPENSES ON THIS TRIP ARE ABOVEBOARD, WHY DOES HE CONTINUE TO STONE WALL THE ACTUAL MEDIA.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>AND HIDE THE COSTS FROM THIS LEGISLATURE? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>The Speaker: TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>THANK YOU, PREMIER, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR REPRESENTING ONTARIO SO VERY, VERY WELL IN NEW YORK CITY THIS WEEK. [ Applause ] IT WAS AN HONOUR. IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE HONOUR TO JOIN YOU IN NEW YORK. I KNOW THE INVESTORS AND THE COMPANIES WHO ARE HOPING TO MOVE TO ONTARIO HEARD THE POSITIVE MESSAGE THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR JOBS, THAT YOU DELIVERED AT THE — ALL OF THE MEETINGS THAT WE HAD. IN FACT, SPEAKER, OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWO WEEKS, ONTARIO, WHO HAS OUR BONDS OUT IN THE MARKETPLACE, BROUGHT IN $4.6 BILLION OF THE $36 BILLION THAT WE NEED IN OUR BONDS. [ Applause ] HALF OF THAT MONEY WAS IN U.S. DOLLARS. THIS IS A HUGE SUCCESS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. THEY ARE THRILLED WITH THE FACT.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS, OPEN FOR JOBS. THEY TOLD THE PREMIER AND I THAT, THAT WE HAVEN’T HEARD A SOLID MESSAGE LIKE THAT FROM ONTARIO IN 15 YEARS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: RESTART THE CLOCK. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>THANKS VERY MUCH. THOSE INVESTORS ALSO VALUE A STRONG PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM AND A STRONG HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, WHICH YOU ARE CURRENTLY UNDERMINING. [ Interjections ].>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.>>THE YET UNTOLD COSTS OF THIS TRIP ARE JUST THE LATEST IN A PATTERN FROM THIS PREMIER OF USING PUBLIC DOLLARS FOR HIS PERSONAL PRIORITIES, ALL WHILE CLAIMING THAT THE PROVINCE CAN’T AFFORD TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO ONTARIANS IN NEED. THE PREMIER CLAIMS THAT WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUND FLOOD PREVENTION IN THE MIDST OF RECORD FLOODING, THAT WE CAN’T KEEP TEACHERS IN CLASSROOMS AND THAT WE HAVE TO START CHARGING PEOPLE FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. BUT WHEN HE SPENDS PUBLIC MONEY ON HIMSELF, HE THINKS ONTARIANS DON’T DESERVE TRANSPARENCY OR ACCOUNTABILITY. IF THE LIBERALS DID THIS, YOU WOULD BE CRYING OUT LOUD.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>LISTEN, YOU NEED TO OWE THE PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE THE FACTS ON THIS ISSUE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE COME TO ORDER. START THE CLOCK. RESPONSE. MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. SPEAKER, WE ARE BORROWING $36 MILLION — BILLION THIS YEAR SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE MONEY TO PUT INTO HEALTH CARE AND HAVE THAT MONEY TO PUT INTO EDUCATION. THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO CONTINUE. WE RAISED BETWEEN 20 AND 30% OF ALL OF THAT MONEY HAD TO COME FROM OUTSIDE OF CANADA, SPEAKER. AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THEY HEARD A MESSAGE THAT WE ARE TRANSFORMING. WE ARE MODERNIZING. WE ARE DIGITIZING GOVERNMENT. THEY HEARD THE STORY OF HOW YOU CAN GO ONLINE NOW AND GET YOUR DRIVER’S LICENCE AND GET YOUR HEALTH CARD. THEY SAW THAT WE’RE SAVING $33.5 MILLION BY DOING THAT. THEY HEARD THAT WE’RE SAVING 4 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR. AS IT TURNS OUT WE’RE SAVING ALMOST 8 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR. [ Applause ] THEY LOVE THE FACT, THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE FACT THAT WE’RE RETURNING $26 BILLION IN RELIEF TO FAMILIES, TO CHILD CARE PROGRAMS THROUGH LOW-INCOME TAX INCENTIVES.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THEY SAID TO US THE SITUATION IS BETTER NOW IN ONTARIO THAN IT WAS TEN MONTHS AGO. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: ORDER. ORDER. MEMBER FOR WATERLOO COME TO ORDER. RESTART THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION AND PARKS. SPEAKER, DESPITE THE PEOPLE OF CANADA MAKING IT CLEAR IN MULTIPLE PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS THAT THEY CAN’T AFFORD MORE NEW TAXES, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MOVED AHEAD WITH THE TRUDEAU CARBON TAX, A TAX THAT’S GOING TO RAISE THE COST OF EVERYTHING. THE TRUDEAU LIBERALS MAY CLAIM THEIR NEW TAX WILL IN TURN PUT MORE MONEY BACK IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS. SPEAKER, LET’S BE VERY FRANK. ANYONE WHO TRIES TO SAY TAKING A TAX WILL PUT MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET SHOULD HAVE YOU THINKING TWICE. IT’S BEEN A FULL MONTH SINCE THE IMPOSITION OF THE TRUDEAU CARBON TAX. I’M WONDERING IF THE MINISTER WHAT THE TRUE COST OF THE TRUDEAU CARBON TAX IS?>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION AND PARKS. [ Applause ]>>MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM NIAGARA WEST. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION AND THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT WORK YOU DO REPRESENTING YOUR CONSTITUENTS. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL LIBERALS HAVE GONE TO GREAT EXTENT TO SAY TWO THINGS AND TO TRY AND CONVINCE ONTARIANS OF TWO THINGS. ONE IS THAT THE ONLY WAY TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IS WITH A CARBON TAX AND WE KNOW THAT OUR MADE-IN-ONTARIO CLIMATE PLAN PROVES THAT THAT IS NOT TRUE. THE SECOND IS THAT A CARBON TAX WILL MAKE PEOPLE BETTER OFF FINANCIALLY. MR. SPEAKER, WE LEARNED SOME MORE ABOUT THAT THIS WEEK. THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER CONFIRMED, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE TRUDEAU CARBON TAX WILL TAKE $6.2 BILLION OUT OF THE POCKETS OF THE PEOPLE OF CANADA AND, MR. SPEAKER, CONFIRMED THAT 90% OF THAT IS GOING TO COME FROM INDIVIDUALS, FROM FAMILIES, NOT FROM BIG POLLUTERS.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>MR. SPEAKER, THE P.B.O. IN HIS INTERVIEW WHEN ASKED HOW DO WE KNOW MONEY WILL GO BACK TO THE PEOPLE OF THE PROVINCES? HE SAID WE JUST HAVE TO TRUST THE LIBERALS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PARTY IN OTTAWA THAT PROMISED THE BUDGET WOULD BE BALANCED BY THIS YEAR, MR. SPEAKER. THERE’S 18 BILLION REASONS NOT TO –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. LISTEN, SPEAKER. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS ALREADY STRUGGLE DAY TO DAY WITH THE COST OF LIVING EVEN BEFORE THIS TAX CAME INTO EFFECT. NOW IT’S GOING TO BE EVEN HARDERED FOR THEM TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THIS TAX JECH DIESS THE FUTURE OF OUR ECONOMY AND OUR FAMILIES’ PROSPERITY. I AM HAPPY TO BE PART OF A TEAM THAT PUTS THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO FIRST WITH EVERY DECISION THAT WE MAKE. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER IS WHETHER OR NOT THIS TAX IS GOING TO HIT OUR FAMILIES WHERE IT HURTS THE MOST. WE SEE ALREADY THE COST OF GAS IS RISING, THE COST OF HOME HEATING COST OF FOOD. SPEAKER, COULD YOU EXPLAIN TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HOW MUCH THIS CARBON TAX WILL REALLY COST THEM? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER TO REPLY.>>MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HIS QUESTION. LET’S BE CLEAR. THE CARBON TAX WILL THE RAISE THE COST OF EVERYTHING. MR. SPEAKER, THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER — AND I’M QUOTING HIM HERE AND WANT TO GET IT RIGHT. CONFIRMED A LOT OF THE BURDEN IS GOING TO FALL ON FINAL CONSUMERS AND HOUSEHOLDS, MR. SPEAKER. 09% OF THE BURDEN. MR. SPEAKER, FAMILIES AND SENIORS ON FIXED INCOMES WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE TO HEAT THEIR HOMES. WE’VE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT $27 MILLION OF COSTS FOR HOSPITALS, $20 MILLION FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, $3.4 MILLION FOR SECURITY SERVICES LIKE THE O.P.P. AND THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT IT. MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIO DOESN’T NEED THE TRUDEAU CARBON TAX. WE HAVE A MADE-IN-ONTARIO PLAN WILL MAKE SURE WE HIT THE TARGETS THE PRIME MINISTER SET. WE’RE AT 22% REDUCTION EMISSIONS NOW. WE’LL GET TO 30% AND WE’LL GET THERE WITHOUT JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S CARBON TAX. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. MEMBER FOR LONDON WEST.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THE MINISTER SAID THAT WHEN HER GOVERNMENT REMOVES OUT-OF-COUNTRY OHIP COVER, ONTARIANS SHOULD SIMPLY GET THEIR OWN INSURANCE. SHE STATED THIS CAN BE PURCHASED VERY INPECKS ENS — INEXPENSIVELY TO COVER MEDICAL NEEDS. CATHY DUVALL LIVES IN LONDON WEST AND CONTACTED ME TO SAY THAT SHE CAN’T GET PRIVATE INSURANCE. SHE HAS RENAL FAILURE AND LIKE MANY PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE SHE REQUIRES HAEMODIALYSIS THREE DAYS A WEEK. SHE SAYS THERE ARE NO INSURANCE COMPANIES IN ONTARIO THAT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR HAEMODIALYSIS BECAUSE OF A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. SPEAKER, WHY IS THE MINISTER FORCING CATHY AND OTHERS LIKE HER TO PAY ENTIRELY OUT OF POCKET FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES IF THEY MUST TRAVEL OUT OF COUNTRY? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.>>THANK YOU. I CERTAINLY AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT CATHY’S SITUATION. HOWEVER I THINK IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO BE HONEST WITH THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ABOUT WHAT THIS PROGRAM FIRST OF ALL COSTS AND THE LEVEL OF COVERAGE THEY WOULD BE GETTING. THIS IS A PROGRAM A THIRD OF THE COST OF THE PROGRAM WAS SPENT ON ADMINISTRATION. THAT’S NOT GOOD VALUE FOR TAXPAYERS. THAT’S NOT GOOD VALUE FOR ANYBODY IN ONTARIO. THE OTHER ISSUE TO BE CONSIDERED HERE IS THIS POOR WOMAN HAS A SIGNIFICANT CONDITION THAT SHE WOULD ONLY RECEIVE UNDER THE EXISTING PROGRAM $400 IN COVERAGE. IF SHE HAD A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE WHILE SHE WAS OUT OF THE COUNTRY.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>SHE WOULD HAVE THOUSANDS MORE IN COVERAGE NCOSTS THAT WOULD NOT BE COVERED. SO IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE SPEAK HONESTLY TO PEOPLE OF ONTARIO.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>BUT WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN COVERED AND WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN COVERED. $400.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE COSTS THAT THIS WOMAN COULD RECEIVE IF SHE WERE HAVING TO BE TREATED OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR WINDSOR WEST, COME TO ORDER. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. REFUSING TO REIMBURSE OUT-OF-COUNTRY DIALYSIS CREATES YET ANOTHER HARDSHIP FOR PEOPLE WITH KIDNEY DISEASE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN SOME SEMBLANCE OF NORMAL LIFE. THE KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA SAYS THAT ELIMINATING OUT-OF-COUNTRY OHIP CLAIMS WILL LITERALLY HANDCUFF DIALYSIS PATIENTS TO THEIR MACHINES PREVENTING THEM FROM TRAVELLING FOR PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL OR EMERGENCY REASONS. SPEAKER, THE CANADA HEALTH ACT GUARANTEES THAT EVERY ONTARIANS YANN SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO PUBLICLY FUNDED HEALTH CARE WHETHER THEY ARE AT HOME OR TEMPORARILY OUTSIDE OF CANADA. WILL THE MINISTER ABANDON HER CALLOUS PLAN TO DENY OHIP COMFORTABLE TO ONTARIANS WHEN THEY TRAVEL OUT OF COUNTRY? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE COME TO ORDER. MINISTER TO REPLY.>>THANK YOU. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU I WOULD SAY TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WE NEED TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT THIS SITUATION. IF SOMEONE HAS A DIALYSIS ISSUE THEY NEED TO RECEIVE DIALYSIS TREATMENT SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK. IT IS DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO TRAVEL IN ANY EVENT. AND THE COVERAGE THAT THEY WOULD RECEIVE WOULD BE UNDER THIS EXISTING PROGRAM WOULD BE NOTHING COMPARED TO THE COST IT WOULD ACTUALLY COST THEM. WE HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH PEOPLE OF ONTARIO NOT GIVE THEM FALSE HOPE WHEN THEY TRAVEL THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE EVERY SINGLE COST COVERED WHEN IT’S ONLY $400. TO SOMEONE WITH SIGNIFICANT RENAL PROBLEMS NEEDING DIALYSIS, THERE’S A REAL CONCERN THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT GOES WRONG WHEN THEY’RE TRAVELLING. IT’S DIFFICULT TO TRAVEL AND DO DIALYSIS, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. BUT TO SUGGEST THAT $400 IS GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND ALLOW THEM TO TRAVEL, THAT IS GIVING PEOPLE ABSOLUTE FALSE HOPE.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>AND I AM NOT GOING TO.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY AS MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE AND I WOULD FULFIL MY RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO. PLAU.>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. ORDER. RESTART THE CLOCK. THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER SOUTH-HESPELER.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER SERVICES. THIS PAST TUESDAY, THE MINISTER ANNOUNCED OUR GOVERNMENT’S DIGITAL PLAN FOR SIMPLER, FASTER BETTER SERVICES. THE GOAL OF THIS PLAN, HE EXPLAINED, IS TO MODERNIZE GOVERNMENT SERVICES TO IMPROVE SERVICE DELIVERY. I KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE CONSTITUENTS IN MY RIDING OF KITCHENER SOUTH-HESPELER ARE VERY HAPPY TO HEAR THIS. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH DELAYS IN BIRTH CERTIFICATE PROCESSING OR HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT HOW SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. OUR GOVERNMENT IS DEDICATED TO PUTTING PEOPLE BACK AT THE CENTRE OF EVERYTHING THAT WE DO, AND I KNOW THAT THIS ACT WILL DO JUST THAT. MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER UPDATE THIS HOUSE ON HOW THIS PLAN WILL IMPROVE SERVICE DELIVERY FOR ALL ONTARIANS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER SERVICES.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY HONOURABLE COLLEAGUE AMY FEE FOR HER GREAT WORK ON BEHALF OF HER CONSTITUENTS AND FOR THIS QUESTION. [ Applause ] ONTARIANS ARE USED TO BANKING AND SHOPPING ONLINE, MAKING RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS AND BUYING MOVIE TICKETS ON OUR PHONES. BUSINESS RECOGNIZED LONG AGO THAT BRINGING SERVICES ONLINE BETTER MEETS CUSTOMER NEEDS. UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS NOT THE CASE FOR ONTARIO. FOR FAR TOO LONG OUT OF DATE OVERLY BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES REDUCED QUALITY OF SERVICES DELIVERED TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO. AS PART OF OUR 2019 BUDGET, OUR GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED A SIMPLER FASTER BETTER SERVICES ACT THAT, IF PASSED, WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS, ITS DIGITAL OUTLOOKS AND SERVICES IT DELIVERS TO THE SERVICES OF PEOPLE OF ONTARIO. DOES NOT MEAN DIGITAL ONLY. WE’RE EXPANDING ACCESS TO MEET PEOPLE’S EXPECTATIONS FOR SERVICE DELIVERY ACROSS THE PROVINCE. MR. SPEAKER,.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>LIVING IN THE DIGITAL AGE FOR A WHILE NOW. IT’S ABOUT TIME OUR GOVERNMENT DID THE SAME. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER. I’M CERTAINLY LOOKING FORWARD TO VOTING IN FAVOUR OF THE SIMPLER FASTER BETTER SERVICES ACT AND I KNOW MY CONSTITUENTS ARE VERY EXCITED TO SEE THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES WILL ACTUALLY ENTER THE 21st CENTURY.>>[ Interjection: ] FINALLY.>>AS THE MINISTER RIGHTFULLY SAID, FAR TOO MANY ONTARIANS ARE INCONVENIENCED BY THE LACK OF ONLINE SERVICES. I KNOW MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS FIND IT HARD TO TRAVEL IN PERSON TO SERVICE ONTARIO LOCATIONS WHEN THEY NEED TO RENEW A DRIVER’S LICENCE, HEALTH CARD OR REGISTER A NEW BUSINESS. I’M SURE THE MINISTER WOULD AGREE THAT BY MODERNIZING THE WAY GOVERNMENT DELIVERS THESE NECESSARY SERVICES, ONTARIO WILL NOT ONLY MAKE LIFE EASIER BUT MAKE BETTER USE OF GOVERNMENT RESOURCES AND TALENT, AS WELL AS STRENGTHENING OUR COMMITMENT TO MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS. MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER PROVIDE THE LEGISLATURE WITH MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PLAN? PLAU.>>The Speaker: MINISTER TO REPLY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE MEMBER AND I ARE IN STRONG AGREEMENT ON THIS TOPIC. THE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED WOULD, IF PASSED, PROMOTE BECOMING DIGITAL FIRST IN THREE WAYS. FIRST IT WOULD ENABLE ADOPTION OF DIGITAL PRACTICE ACROSS GOVERNMENT, IMPROVING ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS TO INCREASE ONLINE USE FOR SERVICE ONTARIO’S TOP TEN TRANSACTIONS. IT WOULD ELIMINATE OUTDATED PROCESSES THAT PREVENT THE DELIVERY OF PEOPLE-CENTERED SERVICES. THIS INCLUDES THE BADLY OUTDATED PROCESSES WITHIN SERVICE ONTARIO. FINALLY THIS LEGISLATION WILL ASK TO UNLOCK HIGH VALUE DATA WHILE PROTECTING ONTARIANS’ PRIVACY TO INCREASE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY FOR THE PEOPLE ANT BUSINESSES OF ONTARIO. AND TO REASSURE THOSE WITH POOR INTERNET CONNECTIONS OR WHO PREFER VISITING SERVICE ONTARIO IN PERSON I WANT TO SAY AGAIN DIGITAL FIRST DOES NOT MEAN DIGITAL ONLY. OUR PLAN WAS TO PROTECT BRICKS AND MORTAR LOCATIONS AND FREE UP STAFF TALENTS NEEDED MOST.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>TWENTIETH CENTURY IN 2019. OUR GOVERNMENT, THE FORD GOVERNMENT, IS BRINGING GOVERNMENT INTO THE 21st CENTURY.>>[ Interjection: ] GOOD ANSWER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR THUNDER BAY ATIKOKAN.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. ANOTHER DAY AND ANOTHER DECISION BY THIS GOVERNMENT TO CREATE BUSINESS UNCERTAINTY. THE 50 MILLION TREES PROGRAM WAS ABRUPTLY CANCELLED LAST MONTH. THE OWNER OF MILTON FOREST SERVICE IN TIMMINS, JENNY MILSON, WROTE TO US TO SAY THAT THE PROGRAM’S CANCELLATION HAS HURT HER BUSINESS. IT HAS CAUSED HER TO LOSE ORDERS FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TREES. SHE HAS TALKED TO SOME OF THE OTHER GROWERS AND THEY’RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT. MILLIONS OF TREES WILL BE DUMPED AND BUSINESSES WILL LOSE SIGNIFICANT REVENUE, NOT TO MENTION THE LOST OPPORTUNITY TO GROW OUR FOREST. PREMIER, WHY ARE YOU THROWING JENNY AND OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE HER INTO CHAOS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TALK ABOUT UNCERTAINTY. WE’RE GIVING BUSINESSES CERTAINTY. WE’RE GIVING THE FOREST INDUSTRY, THE BEST STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE SUPPORT TO PLANT 67 MILLION TREES. BUT DO YOU KNOW WHY WE’RE DOING THIS? I’M LOOKING UP IN THE STANDS.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>AT ALL THESE YOUNG PEOPLE BEHIND ME. MY FRIENDS, GO BACK AND ASK YOUR PARENTS. THEY’RE WORKING HARD IN AN OFFICE. THEY’RE WORKING HARD IN A FACTORY. THEY’RE ACTUALLY PAYING THEIR TAXES TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLES, TRYING TO PUT THEIR KIDS THROUGH EDUCATION. MR. SPEAKER, THAT’S WHY WE’RE DOING IT. WE’RE DOING IT FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE UP THERE THAT WANT THEIR PARENTS TO PROSPER. THEY WANT PARENTS. [ Applause ] TO HAVE MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. WE’RE PROTECTING EACH AND EVERY FAMILY HERE AND BEHIND ME — [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: THEIR PARENTS — [ Voice fading ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. STOP THE CLOCK. [ Applause ] [ Cheers ]>>The Speaker: I THINK IT’S A GOOD TIME TO REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO MAKE YOUR COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR. START THE CLOCK. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THIS QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER. YOUR DECISION TO CANCEL THE 50 MILLION TREES PROGRAM WILL RESULT IN BUSINESSES LOSING MONEY AND MILLIONS OF TREE SEEDLINGS GOING TO WASTE. WHAT THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE NEED IS AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL SUSTAIN THEM IN THE FUTURE. [ Applause ] THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO CAUSE BUSINESS UNCERTAINTY IN SPITE OF HOW MUCH THEY PAT THEMSELVES ON THE BACK. WILL THE PREMIER REVERSE THIS BAD DECISION AND STOP HURTING SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE ENVIRONMENT? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MEMBERSS PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. PREMIER TO REPLY.>>Premier Ford: MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE.>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, HERE WE ARE ONCE AGAIN ANOTHER QUESTION PERIOD. ALMOST EVERY QUESTION THAT THE N.D.P. ASKS IS A QUESTION DEFENDING THE LEGACY OF THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER KATHLEEN WYNNE. IT’S QUITE ASTONISHING, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>LET’SING CLEAR. THE FORESTRY INDUSTRY IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO PLANTS 68 MILLION TREES EVERY SINGLE YEAR IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THIS ISN’T AN ISSUE THE N.D.P. CARE ABOUT. AS THE PREMIER SAID WE HAVE LOTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE LEGISLATURE TODAY. NOW WHAT WE CARE ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER? WE CARE ABOUT THEIR FUTURE. [ Applause ] WE CARE ABOUT.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>CLEANING UP THE FINANCIAL MESS LEFT BY THE N.D.P. AND THE LIBERALS. THAT $15 BILLION DEBT, MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE NOT GOING TO PUT THE DEBT ON THE BACKS OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK.>>The Speaker: ORDER. ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. START THE CLOCK. THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH- GLENGARRY.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS. AGRICULTURE PLAY AS VITAL ROLE IN ONTARIO’S ECONOMY AS WELL AS OUR NEIGHBOUR QUEBEC. THE FACT — IN FACT ONTARIO AND QUEBEC ACCOUNT FOR OVER ONE THIRD, 36% OF CANADA’S GROSS FARM INCOME. I WAS PLEASED TO HEAR THAT MINISTER HARDEMAN AND QUEBEC’S MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE FISHERIES AND FOOD, MINISTER LAFONTAINE, MET WITH THEEAL CANADA TO TOUR SOME OF THE VENDORS THAT PRODUCE THE BEST FOOD IN OUR PROVINCE. AG LARGEST FOOD INNOVATION TRADE SHOW AND PROVIDED AN EXCELLENT VENUE TO DISCUSS THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENHANCED COLLABORATION BETWEEN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECTOR. COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE SHARE WITH THE HOUSE MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATION DISCUSSED?>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH- GLENGARRY FOR THAT EXCELLENT QUESTION. TO OUR GOVERNMENT’S OPEN-FOR-BUSINESS ACTION PLAN AND QUEBEC’S OWN BUSINESS ACTION PLAN, BOTH PROVINCES HAVE COMMITTED TO REDUCING RED TAPE. WE ARE WORKING HARD TO ENSURE THAT AGRI-FOOD BUSINESSES AREN’T SPENDING LONG HOURS NAVIGATING OUTDATED, DUPLICATED AND UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. WE ALSO RECOGNIZE OUR SHARE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR PLANT AND ANIMAL HEALTH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. AMIDST MANY GLOBAL CONCERNS AND THREATS. THESE ARE TOP PRIORITIES FOR BOTH OUR GOVERNMENTS. WE WILL ALSO ENSURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DELIVERS ON ITS PROMISE TO FULL AND FAIR COMPENSATION TO ALLEVIATE THE IMPACT OF THE CUSMA ON THE SUPPLY-MANAGED SECTORS.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE QUEBEC MINISTER TO ADVANCE OUR SHARED INTEREST AND PRIORITIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL AND THRIVING AGRICULTURE SECTOR. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR THE ANSWER. I APPRECIATE ALL THE HARD WORK THAT HE’S BEEN DOING ON BEHALF OF ONTARIO’S FARMERS. I’M PLEASED TO BE PART OF A GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH NEIGHBOURING JURISDICTIONS TO ADVANCE OUR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECTORS. STRONG AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECTORS CREATE JOBS, INCREASE INVESTMENT AND ENSURE OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES REMAIN A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND TO RAISE A FAMILY. WORKING TOGETHER AS PARTNERS, WE HAVE A REAL OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AGRICULTURE AND FOOD IN THIS PROVINCE AND IN BOTH ONTARIO AND QUEBEC BOTH DOMESTICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL US WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO STRENGTHEN OUR RELATIONSHIP TO CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN BOTH PROVINCES? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>THANK YOU AGAIN, SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. I WILL BE MEETING WITH MINISTER LAMONTAGNE ONCE AGAIN IN QUEBEC THIS JULY FOR THE ANNUAL FEDERAL PROVINCIAL TERRITORIAL AGRICULTURAL MINISTERS’ MEETING. THIS WILL PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD ON THE SUCCESS OF OUR MEETINGS AT SIAL. WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND COUNTERPARTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE AWARE OF OUR SHARED PRIORITIES. SUPPORTING OUR SUPPLY MANAGED INDUSTRIES, ADDRESSING AGRICULTURE’S UNIQUE LABOUR NEEDS AND CREATING FARMER-FRIENDLY BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT ARE ALL THE PRIORITIES WE SHARE AND WILL CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR. I’M PROUD OF THE WORK OUR GOVERNMENT HAS DONE SO FAR AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR PROVINCIAL PARTNERS TO ENSURE AGRI BUSINESSES REMAIN VIABLE, ENNO VAIFBL AND COMPETITIVE ON THE WORLD STAGE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THESE QUESTIONS.>>The Speaker: THAT CONCLUDES THE TIME WE HAVE FOR QUESTION PERIOD THIS MORNING. A NUMBER OF MEMBERS HAVE INFORMED ME THEY WISH TO RAISE POINTS OF ORDER. I’LL START WITH THE MEMBER FOR St. CATHARINES.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE MEN AND WOMEN FROM THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY THAT ARE HERE WITH US TODAY AT QUEEN’S PARK. IN SIX DAYS ON MAY 8th MARKS THE 74th ANNIVERSARY FOR THE BATTLE OF ATLANTIC WHICH WAS A MAJOR PART OF OUR NAVAL HISTORY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR TORONTO St. PAUL.>>EARLIER THERE WEEK DURING QUESTION PERIOD IN THE LEGISLATURE I REFERENCED A LETTER I RECEIVED FROM A HIGHLY CREDIBLE SOURCE CONSIDERING INTERLIBRARY LOANS WHICH I HAVE SINCE LEARNED MAY NOT HAVE ORIGINATED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST. I WANT THIS HOUSE TO KNOW THAT ALTHOUGH I PROFOUNDLY DISAGREE WITH THIS GOVERNMENT’S POLICY DECISIONS AND THEIR HEINOUS CUTS TO LIBRARIES, I WOULD NEVER KNOWINGLY RESORT.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>TO SALACIOUS INFORMATION AS THE BASIS FOR QUESTION PERIOD, MR. SPEAKER. I WORK FROM A PLACE OF TRUTH AND INTEGRITY. IT’S THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: ORDER. [ Applause ] NEXT WE HAVE THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND HER TEAM FOR CHASING DOWN THE INDIVIDUAL THAT CHOSE TO DEFACE THIS AMAZING INSTITUTION THAT ONTARIO CALLS THEIR HOME, QUEEN’S PARK. THANK YOU PUBLICLY TO YOU, SERGEANT-AT-ARMS, AND YOUR TEAM. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL THE MEMBERS TO JOIN THE — OUR NAVY OFFICERS, OUR NAVY OFFICERS ON THE STAIRCASE FOR A PHOTO.>>The Speaker: PURSUANT TO STANDING ORDER 38 (A), THE MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT HAS GIVEN NOTICE OF HER DISSATISFACTION WITH THE ANSWER GIVEN TO HER QUESTION BY MINISTER OF EDUCATION CONCERNING CUTS TO EDUCATION AND INCREASED CLASS SIZES. THIS MATTER WILL BE DEBATED TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019 AT 6 p.m. PURSUANT TO STANDING ORDER 38(a) THE MEMBER FOR UNIVERSITY-ROSEDALE HAS GIVEN NOTICE OF HER DISSATISFACTION WITH THE ANSWER TO HER QUESTION GIVEN BY THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION CONCERNING CHANGING TRANSIT PLANS. THIS MATTER WILL BE DEBATED TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019 AT 6 p.m. PURSUANT TO STANDING ORDER 38(a), THE MEMBER FOR THUNDER BAY-ATIKOKAN HAS GIVEN NOTICE OF HER DISSATISFACTION WITH THE ANSWER TO HER QUESTION GIVEN BY THE PREMIER CONCERNING CUTS TO THE TREE PLANTING PROGRAM. THIS MATTER WILL ALSO BE DEBATED TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019 AT 6 p.m. WE’RE GOING TO BE BUSY. WE HAVE A DEFERRED VOTE ON THE MOTION FOR SECOND READING OF BILL 100, AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT BUDGET MEASURES AND TO ENACT, AMEND AND REPEAL VARIOUS STATUTES. CALL IN THE MEMBERS. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE BELL.>>The Speaker: I ASK MEMBERS TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS.>>The Speaker: ON APRIL 172019 MR. FEDELI MOVED SECOND READING OF BILL 100. ALL THOSE IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION WILL PLEASE RISE ONE AT A TIME AND BE RECOGNIZED BY THE CLERK.>>The Clerk: MR. FEDELI. MR. WALKER. MS. THOMPSON. MR. BETHLENFALVY. MR. FORD. MISS ELLIOTT. MR. YUREK. MR. WILSON. MS. MacLEOD. MR. CLARK. MR. YAKABUSKI. MR. HARDEMAN. MR. TIBOLLO. MR. BARRETT. MR. PETTAPIECE. MR. McDONELL. MR. BAILEY. MR. McNAUGHTON. MS. FULLERTON. MS. SCOTT. MS. JONES. MR. RICKFORD. MR. PHILLIPS. MR. MILLER, PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA. MR. LECCE. MR. COE. MR. DOWNEY. MR. GILL. MR. KE. MR. CALANDRA. MISS SURMA. MR. PARSA. MS. SKELLY. MRS. MARTIN. MRS. TRIANTAFILOPOULOS. MR. SARKARIA. MR. OOSTERHOFF. MS. PARK. MS. McKENNA. MR. NICHOLLS. MS. KUSENDOVA. MR. ROMANO. MS. GHAMARI. MS. HOGGARTH. MRS. KARAHALIOS. MRS. FEE. MR. CHO, WILLOWDALE. MR. CRAWFORD. MS. KHANJIN. MR. PICCINI. MR. CRACK. MRS. WYE. MR. ANAND. MR. RASHEED. MR. SANDHU. MR. CUZZETTO. MR. SMITH, PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA. MS. DUNLOP. MR. KANAPATHI. MR. BABIKIAN. MR. BABER. MR. PANG. MR. THANIGASALAM. MR. ROBERTS. MR. SABAWY.>>The Speaker: ALL THOSE OPPOSED TO THE MOTION WILL PLEASE RISE ONE AT A TIME AND BE RECOGNIZED BY THE CLERK.>>The Clerk: MS. SHAW. MADAME GéLINAS. MR. TABUNS. MS. SINGH, BRAMPTON CENTRE. MR. VANTHOF. Ms. FIFE. MS. SATTLER. MS. SHAW. MS. BEGUM. MR. MAMAKWA. MS. LINDO. MS. ARMSTRONG. MR. WEST. MR. GATES. MRS. GRETZKY. Ms. FRENCH. MR. MILLER, HAMILTON EAST-STONEY CREEK. MR. SINGH, BRAMPTON EAST. MS. ANDREWS. MR. HATFIELD. MS. TAYLOR. MR. BURCH. MS. BERNS-McGOWN. MR. RAKOCEVIC. MS. MONTEITH-FARRELL. MR. HASSAN. MR. SCHREINER. MADAME DES ROSIERS.>>The Clerk: THE AYES ARE 64. THE NAYS ARE 35.>>The Speaker: THE AYES BEING 64 AND THE NAYS BEING 35, I DECLARE THE MOTION CARRIED. [ Applause ] PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE DATED MAY 1st2019 THE BILL STANDS REFERRED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS. THIS HOUSE STANDS IN RECESS UNTIL 1 p.m.

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