2019-05-07 Question Period

2019-05-07 Question Period


IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS. AND I RECOGNIZE THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION. [ Applause ] PLAU.>>Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, BEFORE I BEGIN, I THINK I JUST WANT TO RELAY ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE M.P.P.s IN THE LEGISLATURE OUR SINCERE CONCERN AND WORRY ABOUT THE FIRE THAT’S HAPPENING AT YORK MEMORIAL COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND ALL OF THE STAFF AND FACULTY AND STUDENTS WHO ATTEND THERE AND WHO WORK THERE. IT’S DEVASTATING TO SEE THAT INSTITUTION GO UP IN FLAMES ON ITS 90th ANNIVERSARY. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. [ Applause ] SPEAKER, MY FIRST QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER. SINCE THE PREMIER THINKS GETTING BEER INTO CORNER STORES IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN VACCINATING CHILDREN OR PROVIDING SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAMS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S FOR THE PREMIER. [ Woman shouting in the distance ]>>The Speaker: YOU CAN’T MAKE THOSE KIND OF INTERJECTIONS IN THE HOUSE. WE’RE GOING TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE. [ Multiple voices shouting ]>>The Speaker: ORDER. ORDER. PEOPLE INTERJECTING HAVE TO LEAVE. [ Voices chanting ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. [ Voices fading ]>>The Speaker: I’M GOING TO REMIND EVERYONE WHO’S HERE AS A GUEST THAT WE’RE PLEASED TO HAVE YOU HERE TO VIEW AND LISTEN TO THE PROCEEDINGS OF PARLIAMENT, BUT YOU CAN’T INTERJECT. YOU CAN’T YELL AT THE MEMBERS ON THE FLOOR. TO DO SO DISRUPTS THE PROCEEDINGS OF PARLIAMENT. WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE IF YOU DO THAT, AND ALL OF YOU KNOW AND YOU’RE INFORMED WHEN YOU COME IN THAT YOU CAN’T DO THAT. SO PLEASE RESPECT PARLIAMENT, THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE LEFT. RESTART THE CLOCK. THE PREMIER HAS THE FLOOR.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE PUTTING $433 MILLION INTO TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH. WE’RE PUTTING $2 BILLION RIGHT ACROSS THE PROVINCE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? WE’RE DOING THIS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SUPPORT THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO PEOPLE, THINGS THAT MATTER TO FAMILIES, MATTER TO THEIR CHILDREN. AND IT’S NOT SUSTAINABLE — IT’S NOT SUSTAINABLE IF WE CONTINUE SPENDING. WE HAVE A $347 BILLION DEBT. WE HAVE A $15 BILLION DEFICIT. MR. SPEAKER, THE STUDENTS IN THE STANDS UP THERE, THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR PARENTS MAKING SURE THEY KEEP A JOB. WE’RE CREATING JOBS. WE’VE CREATED 123,000 JOBS. WE LOWERED THEIR TAXES.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: WHEN THEY GO HOME, THEIR PARENTS WILL SEE A LOWER HEATING COST INSTEAD OF A HIGHER HEATING COST. WE’RE PUTING MONEY BACK INTO THEIR POCKETS. IT’S UNSUSTAINABLE. YOU CAN’T KEEP SPENDING. THE OPPOSITION, ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS SPEND THE TAXPAYERS’ MONEY.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>Andrea Horwath: SEEMS TO ME THE PREMIER WANTS TO SPEND THE PEOPLE’S MONEY ON CAMPAIGN STICKERS ON GAS PUMPS, SPEAKER. THAT’S NOT A PRIORITY FOR ONTARIANS. [ Applause ] THE MAYOR OF TORONTO YESTERDAY CHALLENGED THE PREMIER’S MISPLACED PRIORITIES AND HIS RECKLESS CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, BUT HE’S NOT ALONE. MAYORS ACROSS ONTARIO SAY THE PREMIER IS ENGAGED IN DOWNLOADING BY STEALTH. AND JUST YESTERDAY THE CITY OF LONDON ANNOUNCED THAT THE FORD GOVERNMENT CUTS HAVE CREATED A $4 MILLION HOLE IN THEIR BUDGET. MEANWHILE DOCTORS AND FRONT-LINE HEALTH WORKERS SAY CUTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH WILL PUT FAMILIES AT RISK AND MAKE HALLWAY MEDICINE EVEN WORSE. DOES THE PREMIER REALLY BELIEVE ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE, TO USE HIS OWN WORDS, IRRESPONSIBLY WADING INTO ISSUES THAT THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: PREMIER TO REPLY.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE ONLY THING IRRESPONSIBLE IS THE RHETORIC COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE. [ Applause ] ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS CONTINUE TO SPEND THE TAXPAYERS’ MONEY. AS THEY RUN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS, RUN THEIR SMALL BUSINESSES. PEOPLE RUN THIS PROVINCE. YOU CAN’T SPEND MORE THAN WHAT YOU TAKE IN. VERY SIMPLE. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND MATH. WE UNDERSTAND MATH. THE ONLY WAY WE’RE GOING TO PROTECT HEALTH CARE, THE ONLY WAY WE’RE GOING TO PROTECT EDUCATION BY THE WAY WE PUT 700 MILLION MORE INTO EDUCATION, EVERY TEACHER’S KEEPING THEIR JOB BECAUSE A SAFETY NET OF 1.6 BILLION. THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS TAKE CARE OF YOUR BALANCE SHEET. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT. THEY WOULD SPEND, SPEND, SPEND. THEY BANKRUPT THIS PROVINCE. WE INHERITED A BANKRUPT PROVINCE THROUGH THE LIBERALS THAT THE N.D.P. SUPPORTED 9% OF THE TIME.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: IT’S IRRESPONSIBLE. THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RUN A FISCAL BALANCE SHEET IF THEIR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. START THE CLOCK. FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: THE SAME SMALL BUSINESSES THAT DON’T WANT THE PREMIER’S CAMPAIGN STICKERS ON THEIR — [ Applause ] YOU KNOW, AT SOME POINT THE PREMIER HAS TO REALIZE THAT FUNDING CUTS AND INSULTS ARE NO WAY TO BUILD A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. YESTERDAY THE CHAIR OF THE KINGSTON FRONTENAC LENNOX AND ADDINGTON BOARD OF HEALTH LAID OUT THE DANGERS OF PUBLIC HEALTH CUTS AND I QUOTE — WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE ANY INFECTIOUS OUTBREAK, LIKE SARS, OR WATER CONTAMINATION EVENTS LIKE WALKERTON. HISTORY TELLS US THE NEXT THREAT IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. THESE CUTS TO OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM PUT ALL OF US AT RISK, SPEAKER. DO WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT DISASTER.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>Andrea Horwath: BEFORE THE PREMIER UNDERSTANDS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ROLL THE DICE WITH HEALTH CARE CUTS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: DEPUTY PREMIER, MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER, MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE. [ Applause ]>>THE REALITY IS THAT WE ARE INVESTING MORE MONEY IN HEALTH CARE. OVER $1 BILLION MORE IN HEALTH CARE. BUT I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WE ARE FOCUSING ON WHAT MATTERS THE MOST, WHAT COUNTS THE MOST. WE WERE ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE LAST JUNE TO DO THAT. PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE WERE SPENDING MORE THAN $40 MILLION A DAY THAN WE WERE TAKING IN. THAT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. SO WE ARE ASKING OUR PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS TO DOT SAME, TO FOCUS ON THE KEY PRIORITIES, TO FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT COUNT THE MOST, TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILDREN GET VACCINATED, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAMS CONTINUE, TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CONTINUE TO GET THE HELP THAT THEY GET. IF THEY CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON THOSE PRIORITIES, THERE WILL BE ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE SURE THOSE BASICS ARE COVERED. BUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO?>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>WHAT HAVE THEY DONE? THEY’VE HAD A SURPLUS IN THEIR PUBLIC HEALTH BUDGET OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS TO A TOTAL OF $52 MILLION. IN OTHER PARTS OF THEIR BUDGET, THEY SPENT MONEY WITH TREE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] NEXT QUESTION. LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.>>Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, MY NEXT QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER, BUT I HAVE TO SAY IT’S PRETTY DISGUSTING THAT THIS GOVERNMENT PROMISED NO CUTS TO HEALTH CARE AND NO CUTS TO EDUCATION IN THAT CAMPAIGN AND YET THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING. IF PUBLIC HEALTH IS NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS. PARENTS ACROSS ONTARIO ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE PREMIER’S RECKLESS CUTS TO CHILD CARE ACROSS ONTARIO. YESTERDAY.>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.>>Andrea Horwath: PREMIER DISMISSED CONCERNS FROM HIS FORMER ALLY, THE DEPUTY MAYOR OF TORONTO, BUT VIRTUALLY EVERY MUNICIPALITY ACROSS ONTARIO IS FACING DIRECT CUTS TO CHILD CARE FUNDING. TODAY MOTHERS FROM ACROSS ONTARIO HAVE COME TO QUEEN’S PARK TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERN. WILL THE PREMIER LISTEN OR WILL HE TELL THEM NOT TO MEDDLE IN ISSUES THAT THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>THANKS VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A QUOTE FROM A PRESS RELEASE TITLED “LICENSED DAY CARE OPERATORS SEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MUNICIPAL SAVINGS.” AND I WOULD LIKE TO QUOTE SPECIFICALLY WHAT I SHARED WITH YOU YESTERDAY. THE REACTION BY SOME MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN TOTALLY OVER THE TOP, SAYS ANDREA HANNON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ASSOCIATION OF DAY CARE OPERATORS IN ONTARIO. IT’S LIKE THEY WANT FAMILIES TO START PANICKING. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF WASTE IN THE SYSTEM FOR A VERY LONG TIME, AND THE FACT IS WE RECOGNIZE THAT THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REALIZE EFFICIENCIES, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WE RECOGNIZE WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT PARENTS ARE THE CENTRE OF EVERY DECISION AROUND CHILD CARE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AS OPPOSED TO GOVERNMENTS TELLING THEM WHERE THEY NEED TO GO AND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>MAKING SURE THAT PARENTS ARE PART OF THE DECISION MAKING IS CENTRAL, BUT WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE LEAVING MONEY IN PARENTS’ POCKETS. OUR CHILD CARE PLAN IS GOING TO ENABLE 300,000 FAMILIES –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: WELL, APPARENTLY PARENTS IN THIS MINISTER’S OWN RIDING WROTE AN OPEN LETTER TODAY BEGGING HER TO FIND CHILD CARE, NOT-FOR-PROFIT, HIGH-QUALITY AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE IS WHAT PARENTS WANT, SPEAKER. THE PREMIER IS CREATING A CRISIS HERE AND IT WON’T DISAPPEAR JUST BECAUSE HE’S DENIED THAT IT’S HAPPENING OR INSULTS PEOPLE THAT RAISE CONCERNS. ONE PARENT JOINING US TODAY IS FROM THE RIDING OF HURON-BRUCE. SHE WARNS THAT THE GOVERNMENT CUTS TO CHILD CARE WILL, QUOTE, MAKE CHILD CARE HARDER TO ACCESS, MORE EXPENSIVE AND WILL PUT YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AT RISK. DOES THE PREMIER DENY HIS CUTS WILL IMPACT FAMILIES THAT RELY ON PROGRAMS THAT ARE LOSING FUNDING, SPEAKER? [ Applause ]>>AGAIN, JUST LIKE ANY M.P.P. IN OUR GOVERNMENT, WE ENCOURAGE ALL OUR CONSTITUENTS TO COME TO US DIRECTLY AND WORK WITH US, BECAUSE THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS, BECAUSE WE ARE ABSOLUTELY LISTENING TO OUR GRASSROOTS. AND OUR GRASSROOTS HAVE TOLD US THEY ARE TIRED OF GOVERNMENT TAKING MONEY OUT OF THEIR POCKETS LEFT AND RIGHT. SO THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE’RE MAKING SURE THAT FAMILIES FEEL SUPPORTED LIKE NO OTHER TIME BEFORE LIKE OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS. WE’RE INVESTING OVER $2 BILLION AS I SAID. ANY FAMILY THAT HAS A CHILD BETWEEN THE AGE OF ZERO AND SEVEN ACTUALLY GET A SUPPORT OF $6,000 A YEAR PER CHILD IN THE FAMILY.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>OVER AND ABOVE THAT FROM AGES 7 TO 16, THEY GET SUPPORT.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>OF $7,750. AND FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN GET $8,250 TAX CREDIT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: WELL, SPEAKER, THE FACT IS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT KEPT THESE CUTS HIDDEN FROM FAMILIES BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW SHAMEFUL AND HEARTLESS THEY REALLY ARE. AND THEY KNOW THEY ARE TARGETING FAMILIES WHO ARE IN THE MOST NEED IN OUR PROVINCE, SPEAKER. THE PREMIER DID NOT RECEIVE A MANDATE TO SLASH NOT-FOR-PROFIT CHILD CARE FUNDING FOR FAMILIES ACROSS ONTARIO. THAT WAS NOT WHAT HE PROMISED ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. NOBODY VOTED, SPEAKER, TO SEE FEWER OPTIONS FOR AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE. WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT TARGETING CHILDREN AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH HIS CUTS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. MINISTER TO REPLY.>>WELL, AGAIN, THIS IS ABOUT GETTING THINGS RIGHT. AND WE KNOW ACROSS THE PROVINCE THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES NOT OPEN FOR THE LIKES OF THE CITY OF TORONTO BUT MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS ONTARIO TO TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR ADMINISTRATION AND REALIZE SOME EFFICIENCIES, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FOCUS OF CHILD CARE SUPPORTS COMING FROM MY MINISTRY IS FOCUSED ON FAMILIES. AGAIN WE’RE MAKING SURE THAT THERE IS FLEXIBILITY, AFFORDABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY TO ALL FAMILIES IN EVERY CORNER OF THIS PROVINCE. WE ARE ACTUALLY MAKING SURE THAT, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A RIGHT TO CHOOSE BETWEEN IN-CENTRE CARE, IN-HOME CARE OR SUMMER CAMPS. AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS ALL OF THOSE EXPENSES WILL BE COVERED OFF. 75% OF CHILD CARE EXPENSES WILL BE COVERED OFF BY OUR CARE, OUR TAX –>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>SO THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE ARE GETTING IT RIGHT. WE’VE LISTENED TO PARENTS, AND SHAME ON THIS GOV — OR OPPOSITION. [ Interjections ] SORRY, YES. [ Interjections ] THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION OF GOVERNMENT.>>The Speaker: I’M GOING TO ASK THE OPPOSITION COME TO ORDER. ORDER. NEXT QUESTION. ONCE AGAIN THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.>>Andrea Horwath: THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY NEXT QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. BUT I HAVE TO SAY IT IS NOT RIGHT. IT IS WRONG TO CUT ON THE BACKS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN OUR PROVINCE. IT IS WRONG. [ Applause ] THE PREMIER’S CUTS, SPEAKER, ARE BEING FELT ACROSS ONTARIO.>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.>>Andrea Horwath: FROM ONE END OF THE PROVINCE TO THE OTHER. JUST THIS WEEK WE’VE SEEN REPORTS OF NEARLY 40 CLASSES BEING REMOVED FROM A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN STOUFFVILLE WITH SUBJECTS LIKE MEDIA STUDIES, MUSIC, HISTORY AND FRENCH ALL BEING SCRAPPED, BECAUSE THE PREMIER FIRED THE PEOPLE WHO TEACH THOSE COURSES. DOES THE PREMIER REALLY THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE TO TARGET CUTS.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>OUR STUDENTS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER.>>MR. SPEAKER, IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO THE INACCURATE STATEMENTS. TOTALLY INACCURATE, MR. SPEAKER. I’LL TELL YOU WHAT WE DID PROMISE. WE PROMISED TO GET OUR PROVINCE OUT OF BANKRUPTCY, TO MAKE SURE WE PROTECT THE REAL PEOPLE IN THIS PROVINCE, THE PEOPLE WORKING IN THE FACTORIES, PEOPLE WORKING IN THE HOSPITALS STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGE. WE’RE LOWERING THEIR TAXES. WE CREATED 123,000 JOBS. THERE’S 123,000 PEOPLE. [ Applause ] THAT WEREN’T WORKING BEFORE, BECAUSE BEFORE BUSINESSES DIDN’T HAVE ANY CONFIDENCE IN THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT OR THE N.D.P. GOVERNMENT. THEY’RE AS HAPPY AS PUNCH RIGHT NOW THAT WE’RE BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. WE’RE DRIVING THE ECONOMY. WE’RE MAKING SURE WE’RE CREATING GOOD-PAYING JOBS. COMPANIES ARE FLOODING IN ALL OVER THE PLACE.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: SO THE STUDENTS UP THERE, THEIR PARENTS ARE GOING TO HAVE A SUSTAINABLE JOB. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE LOWER TAXES, LOWER BILLS BECAUSE OF OUR GOVERNMENT, NOT BECAUSE OF THE SPENDTHRIFT N.D.P. AND LIBERAL POLICIES. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK.>>The Speaker: THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. RESTART THE CLOCK. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>Andrea Horwath: WELL, SPEAKER, STRUGGLING FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING EVEN MORE UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY’RE STRUGGLING BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T GET THEIR $15 MINIMUM WAGE, WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE GOT, TO HELP ACTUALLY PAY THE BILLS. BUT LOOK.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>Andrea Horwath: THE QUESTION IS ABOUT STUDENTS AND SO I’M GOING TO GET BACK TO THAT, SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.>>Andrea Horwath: THESE CLASSES LAID OUT A CLEAR PATH TOWARDS FULFILLING POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND A CAREER. NOW THEY ARE BEING LEFT TO TRY TO PIECE TOGETHER A SCHEDULE THAT DOESN’T REFLECT THEIR INTERESTS OR THEIR POTENTIAL. ONTARIO STUDENTS ARE WATCHING AS THE PREMIER TEARS UP THEIR PLANS FOR THEIR EDUCATION, LEAVING THEM TO PICK UP THE PIECES. WHY IS THE PREMIER SO DETERMINED –>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. STOP THE CLOCK. THERE IS A STANDING ORDER THAT SAYS THAT INTERJECTIONS ARE OUT OF ORDER. THAT MEANS YOU CAN’T YELL ACROSS THE FLOOR AT THE PERSON WHO HAS THE FLOOR. I APOLOGIZE TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION FOR INTERRUPTING. RESTART THE CLOCK. SHE HAS THE FLOOR.>>Andrea Horwath: THE QUESTION IS WHY IS THE PREMIER SO DETERMINED TO LEAVE ONTARIO STUDENTS WITH LESS OPTIONS IN OUR SCHOOLS AND FEWER PROSPECTS AFTER THEY GRADUATE? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>SPEAKER, THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IS DOING NOTHING BUT FILLING PEOPLE WITH ABSOLUTE RHETORIC THAT IS NONSENSE. IT’S NOT TRUE. [ Interjection ]>>The Speaker: ORDER. LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER.>>OPPOSITION PARTY BEHIND HER IS ACTUALLY DOING A DISFAVOUR BECAUSE THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE’RE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH SCHOOL BOARDS, BECAUSE WE HAVE AN AT RIGS PROTECTION PROGRAM FOR GOODNESS SAKES. $1.6 BILLION. NOT ONE TEACHER IS GOING TO INVOLUNTARILY LOSE THEIR JOB, AND IF THERE IS A TEACHER –>>The Speaker: OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER.>>THAT IS GOING TO BE RETIRING THAT PERHAPS TEACHES MATH, THAT PERHAPS TEACHES A TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM OR PERHAPS TEACHES ARTS, WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT — [ Voice fading ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF EDUCATION WILL TAKE HER SEAT. [ Applause ] I’M GOING TO INTERRUPT AND CALL THE MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT TO ORDER AND THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO TO ORDER. NEXT QUESTION. MINISTER OF EDUCATION WILL COME TO ORDER. MINISTER OF EDUCATION WILL COME TO ORDER. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA CENTRE. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER OF ONTARIO. MR. SPEAKER, NURSES ARE AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND VALUED PART OF ONTARIO’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IN FACT, THEY ARE THE BACKBONE. THEY DELIVER HIGH-QUALITY, COMPASSIONATE, PATIENT-CENTERED CARE THAT ONTARIO’S PATIENTS AND FAMILIES CAN RELY ON. THAT IS WHY I APPEAR SO PROUD TO STAND IN THIS LEGISLATURE TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL NURSING WEEK. I’M ALSO PROUD TO BE A PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT VALUES THE HARD WORK OF ONTARIO’S NURSES. MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE PREMIER PLEASE EXPLAIN TO THE MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL NURSING WEEK IN OUR PROVINCE? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I’D LIKE TO THANK THE GREAT MEMBER FROM MISSISSAUGA CENTRE FOR THE QUESTION. INCREDIBLE –>>The Speaker: I’M GOING TO HAVE TO INTERRUPT. STOP THE CLOCK. I’M GOING TO HAVE TO INTERRUPT. I HAVE TO INTERRUPT. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEAT. THE CLOCK’S STOPPED. THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO AND THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION HAVE TO COME TO ORDER. START THE CLOCK. THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: THANK YOU, SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL NURSING WEEK BECAUSE THEY’RE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE. I SAID THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN AND THE OPPOSITION WANT TO MAKE FUN OF ME OF SAYING I LOVE THE NURSES. I TRULY DO LOVE THE NURSES. I’VE HAD MANY EXPERIENCES, LIKE ALL OF US HAVE. WHEN YOU TAKE A LOVED ONE INTO THE HOSPITAL, OF COURSE THE DOCTORS ARE THERE OVERSEEING EVERYTHING. BUT THE BACKBONE OF EVERY SINGLE HOSPITAL, MR. SPEAKER, ARE THE NURSES. THE NURSES ARE THERE AROUND THE CLOCK. THE NURSES ARE TAKING CARE OF THE PATIENTS, MAKING SURE THEY’RE FEELING BETTER. AND, MR. SPEAKER, THERE’S NO ONE THAT APPRECIATES NURSES MORE THAN OUR TEAM.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: OUR CAUCUS, OUR P.C. GOVERNMENT AND WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE WE TAKE CARE OF THE NURSES BECAUSE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF EVERY HOSPITAL THROUGHOUT THIS PROVINCE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>I THANK THE PREMIER FOR HIS RESPONSE. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT OUR NURSES RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO ARE THE BEST, AND I KNOW THAT IT MEANS A LOT TO EVERYONE IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR THAT WE HAVE STEADFAST LEADERED SHIP AND OUR PREMIER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARES DEEPLY A ABOUT WHAT MATTERS THE MOST. THAT IS WHY I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT SUPPORTS THE HARD WORK AND SACRIFICES OF OUR NURSES ACROSS ONTARIO. OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING FRONT-LINE NURSES BY ENSURING THAT THEY HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY PATIENT-CENTRE CARED FOR ONTARIANS. COULD THE PREMIER PLEASE INFORM THIS HOUSE WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO SUPPORT NURSES ACROSS ONTARIO? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I FORGOT TO MENTION THE M.P.P. FROM MISSISSAUGA IS ACTUALLY A NURSE. SHE’S ACTUALLY A NURSE. [ Applause ] A MINISTER OF — OUR MINISTER OF LABOUR WAS A NURSE. WE HAVE LOTS OF NURSES SO WE HEAR FIRST HAND, FIRST HAND THEIR NEEDS, FIRST HAND WHEN IT’S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND THEY HAVE TWO NURSES ON DUTY ON A WHOLE FLOOR, THAT’S WHAT CONCERNS OUR GOVERNMENT. WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR NURSES, WHICH WE WILL SUPPORT OUR NURSES, BECAUSE, AGAIN, WHEN THE PATIENTS NEED HELP AND THEY NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF, THE PATIENTS, WHO TAKES CARE OF THEM? THE NURSES SO WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THE NURSES. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN ASSURE THE NURSES OUT THERE, THEY’LL BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF. WE’LL LISTEN TO THEIR CONCERNS BECAUSE NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THE HEALTH CARE SECTORS.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: BETTER THAN THE FRONT LINE PEOPLE. THE NURSES ARE THERE DAY IN AND DAY OUT. THEY SEE THE STRUGGLES WITH THE PATIENTS. THEY SEE THE STRUGGLES WITH THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES. NURSES ARE ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. THE NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY JOHN TORY, THE DISTINGUISHED MAYOR OF TORONTO AND FORMER MER LEADER OF THE PREMIER’S PARTY SAID THAT SINCE THE PREMIER HAD SO MANY BUDGETING SUGGESTIONS FOR THE CITY OF TORONTO, MAYBE THE CITY OF TORONTO WOULD RECIPROCATE BY HELPING THE FORD GOVERNMENT FIND WASTE IN THEIR OWN BUDGET. SPEAKER, NEW DEMOCRATS WOULD LIKE TO HELP THE MAYOR IDENTIFY THE MOST WASTEFUL SPENDING IN THE FORD GOVERNMENT’S BUDGET BUT WE’RE STRUGGLING TO DECIDE BETWEEN WHICH ONES. SPEAKER, THERE’S THE HOUSE LEADER’S SECRET JUNKET TO INDIA, THE FINANCE MINISTER’S VISIT TO THE BIG APPLE, THE CURRENT BILLION-DOLLAR BEER STORE BOONDOGGLE, AND OF COURSE WHO WOULD FORGET THE PREMIER’S OFF-THE-BOOKS PRERNL PLEASURE WAGON. CAN THE PREMIER HELP US HELP MAYOR TORY? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: I’D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP THE CITY OF TORONTO FIND SAVINGS. I WAS DOWN THERE FOR FOUR YEARS. WE SAVED OVER $1 BILLION. [ Applause ] WHERE’S THE SAVINGS NOW? ALL YOU’RE SEEING IN THE CITY OF TORONTO THE BUDGET GO UP BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS.>>The Speaker: OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER.>>Premier Ford: THE SERVICE VERSUS GONE DOWN AND THE SPENDING’S GONE UP. WHO GOES OUT AND BUYS $10 MILLION FLEET AND HAS IT SITTING IN THE BASEMENT AND DOES NOTHING? WHO GOES AROUND PAYING PEOPLE TO WATER STUMPS ON TREES? YOU KNOW THE AUDITOR GENERAL — THE AUDITOR FROM THE CITY OF TORONTO HAS GIVEN THEM A LENGTHY LIST OF SAVINGS AND GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER? THE CITY OF TORONTO HAS IGNORED THEM. NAME ONE EFFICIENCY ANYONE IN THIS ROOM, ONE EFFICIENCY TORONTO HAS FOUND IN THE LAST FIVE, SIX YEARS?>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: I CAN TELL YOU NOT ONE. NOT ONE SINGLE EFFICIENCY.>>The Speaker: COME TO ORDER.>>Premier Ford: ALL THEY DO IS WASTE MONEY. THEY’RE PART OF THE N.D.P./LIBERAL LITTLE GANG OVER THERE THAT LOVES TO SPEND –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Voice trailing ] THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT WE BARELY SCRATCH THE SURFACE WHEN IT COMES TO THIS GOVERNMENT’S INDEFENSIBLE SPENDING, BUT WE UNDERSTAND THE PREMIER HAS ASKED MAYOR TORY NOT TO MEDDLE IN PROVINCIAL AFFAIRS. THE PREMIER HAS CRITICIZED THE MAYOR FOR IRRESPONSIBLY WADING INTO PROVINCIAL ISSUES THAT HE IS EITHER NOT INVOLVED IN OR DOESN’T UNDERSTAND, AND YOU KNOW WE GET IT, SPEAKER. IT’S ANNOYING WHEN ANOTHER LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT IRRESPONSIBLY WADES INTO ISSUES THAT THEY AREN’T INVOLVED IN, AND THEY REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND. SPEAKER, ACCOUNT PREMIER EXPLAIN WHY HE DOES IT SO OFTEN? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: PREMIER. MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION, PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CITY OF TORONTO HAS OVER A $13 BILLION BUDGET. WE JUST TOOK $20 BILLION. WE TOOK OVER $20 BILLION.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR ESSEX, COME TO ORDER.>>Premier Ford: BACKLOG REPAIRS. WE’RE DELIVERING A $28.5 BILLION TRANSIT SYSTEM. WE’RE GIVING TORONTO HELP $433 MILLION. WE’RE SUPPORTING THE CITY OF TORONTO LIKE NO OTHER GOVERNMENT. I REMEMBER ONE THING, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN I WAS AT THE CITY OF TORONTO, WE NEVER CAME HAT IN HAND TO THE GOVERNMENT, NOT ONCE.>>The Speaker: OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER.>>Premier Ford: AS THEY WERE SPENDING, WE WERE SAVING. AS THEY WERE RAISING TAXES, WE WERE LOWERING TAXES. AS A MATTER OF FACT THE FIRST YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, WE DELIVERED A 0% TAX INCREASE. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT. MR. SPEAKER, JUST IMAGINE. IF THEY TOOK CARE OF ALL THEIR CONSTITUENTS THAT VOTED FOR THEM.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>Premier Ford: AND RAN THEIR GOVERNMENT AND WE RAN OURS, THEY’D BE BANKRUPT IN A MONTH. ABSOLUTE BANKRUPT. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX HAS TO COME TO ORDER. THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA CENTRE HAS TO COME TO ORDER. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE PARK. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE DEPUTY PREMIER AND MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE. THIS WEEK IS MENTAL HEALTH WEEK. IT IS AN IMPORTANT TIME TO RAISE AWARENESS TO HELP END THE STIGMA AROUND MENTAL HEALTH. THAT’S WHY I’M VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT IS COMMITTED TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE AND CONNECTED MENTAL HEALTH AND [ unclear ] STRATEGY NOT JUST THIS WEEK BUT EVERY WEEK. I HEARD TIME AND TIME AGAIN FROM MY CONSTITUENTS OF THE RIDING OF SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE PARK THAT PEOPLE CANNOT ACCESS THE MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES WHEN AND WHERE THEY NEED IT. WE NEED TO DO BETTER. MR. SPEAKER, WOULD THE MINISTER PLEASE INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE WHAT IS BEING DONE TO SUPPORT ONTARIANS LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION CHALLENGES? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE MEMBER FROM SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE PARK FOR THIS QUESTION. I KNOW THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR YOU AS WELL. ONTARIO’S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM IS DISCONNECTED, MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES TO GET THE CARE THEY NEED WHEN THEY NEED IT. THIS FRAGMENTED APPROACH TO TREATING ONTARIO’S FAMILIES IS SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH. THAT’S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT IS ADDING DESPERATELY NEEDED MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES ON THE GROUND, IN SCHOOLS, COMMUNITIES AND HEALTH CENTRES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. I WAS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE YESTERDAY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING $174 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE CRITICAL GAPS IN ONTARIO’S SYSTEM AND TO SUPPORT PATIENTS AND FAMILIES LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS CHALLENGES. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MINISTER FOR HER RESPONSE. THERE’S NO DOUBT HOW MEN — OUR HEALTH AND — MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SYSTEM NEEDS BETTER ACTION. WE NEED BETTER WRAPAROUND SERVICES SO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ARE SUPPORTED IN ADDICTION CHALLENGES. MY CONSTITUENTS AND EVERYONE IN ONTARIO WILL CERTAINLY BENEFIT FROM THESE COMMUNITY SERVICES, AND I’M PROUD TO BE PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT TAKES MENTAL HEALTH VERY SERIOUSLY. MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE WHAT THIS INVESTMENT OF $174 MILLION WILL BE USED FOR? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH AGAIN TO THE MEMBER. OUR GOVERNMENT IS KEEPING OUR PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO MAKE MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES A PRIORITY, THAN IS WHY WE ARE TAKING A MULTIMINISTERIAL APPROACH TO ONTARIO’S MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS CHALLENGES. THIS FUNDING WILL GO DIRECTLY TOWARD SERVICES FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES AND HELP REDUCE WAIT TIMES, ENHANCE OPIOIDS AND ADDICTION SERVICES, CREATE ADDITIONAL HOUSING, BUILD CAPACITY IN CHILD AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH, SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND ADD SERVICES FOR SENIORS, FRANCOPHONES AND ONTARIO’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. THESE INVESTMENTS ARE PART OF OUR GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO SPEND $3.8 BILLION OVER TEN YEARS IN MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES. TOGETHER WE WILL CREATE A CONNECTED SYSTEM OF CARE THAT WILL MAKE SURE THAT SERVICES.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>ARE AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THEIR JOURNEY TO MENTAL WELLNESS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON MOUNTAIN.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. THE NEW ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM WAS SUPPOSED TO START APRIL THE 1st. THOUTSES OF FAMILIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE HAVE WAITED ANXIOUSLY FOR THE NEW PROGRAMS. YET TO DATE NOT ONE FAMILY IN ONTARIO HAS RECEIVED THEIR CHILDHOOD BUDGET.>>[ Interjection: ] WOW.>>THIS GOVERNMENT’S RECKLESS ROLLOUT OF THEIR AUTISM PROGRAM HAS ACTUALLY LEFT PARENTS WAITING LONGER. FAMILIES FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN SHIFTED FROM A BAD LIBERAL WAIT LIST TO A CONSERVATIVE ONE, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO END IN SIGHT. PREMIER HOW MUCH LONGER WILL FAMILIES HAVE TO WAIT TO GET THE FUNDING FOR SERVICES FOR THEIR CHILDREN? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION ADDRESSED TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION. [ Applause ]>>THANKS VERY MUCH TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THAT QUESTION. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR WE CAME OUT WITH A NEW PROGRAM FOR AUTISM IN ONTARIO. NOT ONLY DID WE DOUBLE THE FUNDING, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE WENT TO WORK AT A SYSTEM THAT CLEARLY WASN’T WORKING FOR ONTARIANS. ONE OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN ONLY RECEIVED TREATMENT FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT, MR. SPEAKER. WE WORKED TO END THAT WAIT LIST SO THAT FOUR OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN ARE GOING TO RECEIVE TREATMENT TO SUPPORT THE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM THROUGHOUT THIS PROVINCE. MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE DOING JUST THAT. NOT ONLY WITH OUR WHYS TO CLEAR THE WAIT LIST BUT ALSO SPO IT WITH CLEAR FUNDING TO $600 MILLION. AND WE’VE JUST STARTED A CONSULTATION PROCESS, MR. SPEAKER, TO SEE HOW WE CAN BEST MOVE FORWARDS TOWARDS A NEED-BASED PROGRAM. THIS IS WHAT PARENTS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE GOING TO DELIVER THAT. I HOPE.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>TO DEVELOP THE PROGRAM TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE, CHILDREN WITH AUTISM ARE TRULY SUPPORTED. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>JUST SO THE MINISTER KNOWS, I’VE BEEN TALKING TO FAMILIES FOR FOUR YEARS, FOR EIGHT YEARS. YOU CAN’T PUT PROGRAMS BEFORE YOU TALK TO PARENTS. IT’S BACKWARDS. FAMILIES HAVE NO IDEA WHEN THEY WILL RECEIVE FUNDING FOR THEIR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. FAMILIES WHO WERE NEXT ON THE LIST UNDER THE OLD O.A.P. ARE STILL WAITING. IT’S NOT CLEAR IF THIS GOVERNMENT IS WITHHOLDING FUNDS DELIBERATELY OR IF THEY’RE DELAYED JUST BECAUSE THEY DESIGN PROGRAMS ON THE FLY. FAMILIES SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE CONSERVATIVES TO GET THEIR HOUSE IN ORDER. PREMIER, WHEN CAN FAMILIES EXPECT TO RECEIVE NOT JUST APPLICATION PACKAGES BUT ACTUAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE THE SERVICES THAT THEIR CHILDREN NEED? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER TO REPLY.>>THANKS VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THAT QUESTION. YOU KNOW, PREVIOUSLY PRIOR TO OUR CHANGES, THREE OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN IN THIS PROVINCE WERE NOT RECEIVING ANY FUNDING AND WERE INDEFINITELY PLACED ON A WAIT LIST, MR. SPEAKER. IT SEEMS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND THE OPPOSITION WANTS TO RETURN TO THAT TYPE OF SYSTEM WHERE THREE OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN IN THIS PROVINCE DO NOT RECEIVE ANY FUNDING AND ONLY HAVE ZERO HOPE TO GET OFF THAT WAIT LIST. MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE MAKING THE CHANGE IN THIS PROVINCE. WE’RE PUTTING MORE — THE MINISTER IS PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO THE SYSTEM. WE’RE WORKING TO MAKE SURE FOUR OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM RECEIVE THE SUPPORT AND CARE THAT THEY NEED IN THIS PROVINCE.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>NOT ONLY HAVE WE STARTED CONSULTATIONS FOR A NEED-BASED SYSTEM, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE’RE WORKING WITH THE MINISTER OF HEALTH, MINISTRY — WRAP-AROUND, SOMETHING THE OPPOSITION HAS BEEN ASKING FOR, FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DELIVER ON THAT PROGRAM. WE’RE CUTTING RIGHT NOW, LISTENING TO PARENTS. I WOULD HOPE THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE WOULD HELP WORK WITH US.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>CHILDREN WITH AUTISM GET THE SUPPORTS AND SERVICES THEY NEED. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION’S FOR THE PREMIER. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO THE PREMIER. PREMIER, I HOPE YOU SLEPT WELL, TO DREAMS OF YOUR DOUBLE-DIP DODGE. AND I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT QUESTION THAT I ASKED YOU YESTERDAY. AND NOW THAT YOU’VE HAD TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT, I’D LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU SOME NEW FACTS. SO ON APRIL 29th, CHAIR, MR. SPEAKER, $85,000 WAS DEPOSITED TO YOUR LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN ON THE WAY TO CONSERVATIVE PARTY COFFERS. 46 PEOPLE DONATED THE MAXIMUM. THAT’S JUST IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS. SPEAKER, THE PREMIER KNOWS THIS IS WRONG. IT’S AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE. HE KNOWS THAT NOT ANY OTHER MEMBER IN THIS LEGISLATURE CAN DO THIS. IT’S WRONG AND HE KNOWS IT. I KNOW THAT. SO, THROUGH YOU, THROUGH YOU TO THE PREMIER, SPEAKER, DOES THE PREMIER BELIEVE THERE’S ONE RULE FOR HIM AND ANOTHER RULE FOR THE PEOPLE?>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK OUR M.P.P. THE LEADER — LIBERAL INDEPENDENT PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM, HE FORGETS THE $20,000-A-PLATE DINNERS HE WOULD GO TO WITH THE PREMIER, WITH THE MINISTER, RUNNING AROUND. THEY ACTUALLY HAD TO CHANGE THE RULES BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON FOR THE PAY-TO-PLAY. IT WAS CALLED PAY-TO-PLAY UNDER THE LIBERAL PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT. YOU GO SPEND $20,000 AND YOU GET TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE MINISTER. YOU MIGHT EVEN BE ABLE TO GET A ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE PREMIER. WE’RE RAISING MONEY AROUND THE PROVINCE, $25 SPAGHETTI DINNERS. THE MAJORITY OF OUR — WE’LL PUT OUT A STATEMENT, MR. SPEAKER, IN BETWEEN $5, $10 AND $25. WE’LL RAISE $100,000 BECAUSE PEOPLE BELIEVE IN OUR MESSAGE. THEY BELIEVE IN WHAT WE’RE DOING. [ Applause ] THEY BELIEVE WE’RE TURNING THE PROVINCE AROUND AND PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS.>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. AND THE PREMIER MIGHT WANT TO CHECK HIS OWN WEBSITE BECAUSE THE LCBO CHAIR IS RAISING MONEY FOR HIS FINANCE MINISTER, AND IT’S NOT A $25 SPAGHETTI DINNER. SO, PREMIER, ON APRIL 29th, 34 PEOPLE EXCEEDED THEIR ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION LIMITS. YOU ASKED THEM. YOU SAID — YOU ASKED THEM. YOU SAID GIVE ME MONEY FOR MY LEADERSHIP AND THEN GIVE ME SOME MORE MONEY FOR THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY. AND YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS WRONG.>>The Speaker: YOU HAVE TO MAKE YOUR COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR. AND THE QUESTION HAS TO BE RELEVANT. COME TO ORDER.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THE PREMIER KNOWS THAT THIS IS WRONG. OK? SO YOU’RE CLOSING IN ON THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS TO A LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN –>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE COME TO ORDER.>>THE MILLIONAIRE PREMIER ANT MILLIONAIRE FINANCE MINISTER, SPEAKER, MAY BELIEVE THAT THIS IS OK.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>FOR REGULAR FOLKS, THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY, SPEAKER. SO I WANT TO ASK THE PREMIER ONE MORE TIME. DOES — DOES HE BELIEVE THERE’S A RULE JUST FOR HIM –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. PREMIER TO REPLY.>>Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAD TO CHANGE THE RULES BECAUSE OF ALL THE NONSENSE GOING ON WITH THE LIBERAL PARTY. PLAU THEY WERE FILLED WITH CANDLES. BACK-ROOM DEALS, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: I ASK THE PREMIER TO WITHDRAW.>>Premier Ford: WITHDRAW. , MR. SPEAKER, THEY WERE ATTENDING $20,000-A-PLATE DINNERS. WE’RE RAISING MONEY FROM PEOPLE AGAIN WITH A $5, $25, $30 DONATION. THEY ACTUALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THEY ACTUALLY CHANGED THE GREENBELT BOUNDARIES TO SUIT THEIR DEVELOPER BUDDIES. THEY SWITCHED IT. AS A MATTER OF FACT THEY SWITCHED THE GREENBELT 19 TIMES, MR. SPEAKER.>>THE SPEAKER: COME TO ORDER.>>Premier Ford: DEVELOPMENT MONEY. 19 TIMES. WE WOULDN’T EVEN MENTION IT, PEOPLE GO WILD. IT’S CALLED PAY TO PLAY UNDER THE LIBERAL PARTY. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: ORDER. NEXT QUESTION. MEMBER FOR HASTINGS-LENNOX AND ADDINGTON.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION TODAY IS TO THE MINISTER EVERYONE LOVES, THE CARING MINISTER FOR SENIORS AND ACCESSIBILITY. [ Applause ] , MR. SPEAKER, GRACEFULLY THE MINISTER OF SENIORS ACCESSIBILITY AND OUR MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED PUBLICLY FUNDED DENTAL CARE FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS. MR. SPEAKER, NO SENIOR IN ONTARIO SHOULD EVER, EVER HAVE TO GO WITHOUT QUALITY DENTAL CARE. YET WE KNOW MANY SENIORS LIVE IN A FIXED INCOME AND TWO-THIRDS OF OUR LOW-INCOME SENIORS DO NOT HAVE ANY ACCESS TO DENTAL INSURANCE. MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER FOR SENIORS AND ACCESSIBILITY PLEASE INFORM THIS HOUSE WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS WITH THEIR DENTAL CARE? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER FOR SENIORS AND ACCESSIBILITY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THROUGH YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE VERY HARD WORKING MEMBER FOR RAISING VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION. [ Applause ] ONTARIO IS PROTECTING WHAT MATTER MOST, OUR SENIORS. [ Applause ] LIVING ON A FIXED INCOME CAN CREATE GAPS IN CARE, SOMETHING THAT MANY SENIORS IN ONTARIO FACE. THAT’S WHY WE INTRODUCED OUR DENTAL CARE PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS, WHICH WILL HELP REDUCE UNNECESSARY TRIPS TO THE HOSPITAL, PREVENT CHRONIC DISEASE, AND INCREASE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR SENIORS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>DENTAL CARE FOR OUR LOW-INCOME SENIORS. AND THIS GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED THE PROGRAM IN OUR FIRST BUDGET. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I ASK THE MINISTER TO TAKE HIS SEAT. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>WELL, I CERTAINLY THANK THE MINISTER FOR HIS RESPONSE. I KNOW SENIORS IN MY CONSTITUENCY AND LITERALLY IN EVERY CONSTITUENCY OF EVERY MEMBER HERE CERTAINLY NEED A PROGRAM SUCH AS THIS. AND THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT TAKES THE HEALTH NEEDS OF OUR SENIORS SERIOUSLY. BECAUSE NOT ONLY A BENEFIT FOR OUR SENIORS BUT ALSO BENEFICIAL FOR OUR LARGER PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM HERE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. SO TO THE MINISTER — COULD THE MINISTER AS WELL PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THIS PROGRAM CONTRIBUTES TO OUR GOVERNMENT’S LARGER PLAN THAT’S GOING TO MODERNIZE THE ONTARIO HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND HALLWAY HEALTH CARE AND FINALLY BRING PROPER CARE BACK TO OUR SENIORS IN THIS PROVINCE? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. I WOULD LIKE TO REPORT THE QUESTION TO HARD WORKING MY FAVOURITE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.>>TO THE MEMBER FOR HASTINGS-LENNOX AND ADDINGTON FOR THE ORIGINAL QUESTION. PREVENTABLE DENTAL ISSUES LEAD TO MORE THAN 60,000 EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS PER YEAR. A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF WHICH ARE SENIORS. THIS PUTS A STRAIN ON OUR HOSPITALS AND IS A FAILURE TO OUR SENIORS. NO SENIOR IN ONTARIO SHOULD GO WITHOUT QUALITY DENTAL CARE. THAT’S WHY WE ARE INVESTING NEARLY $90 MILLION PER YEAR IN DENTAL CARE FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS. PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRES, ABORIGINAL HEALTH CENTRES.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>AND MOBILE DENTAL BUSES WILL ASSIST ONTARIO SENIORS WITH THEIR DENTAL NEEDS. ONTARIO SENIORS CAN BE CONFIDENT THAT THEIR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL BE THERE FOR THEM WHEN AND WHERE THEY NEED IT. THANK YOU, SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE ACTING PREMIER. SPEAKER, LEGAL AID CLINICS ARE LOOKING AT AN APPROXIMATE $60 MILLION CUT TO THEIR OVERALL BUDGET. THE SOUTH ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC IS BUT ONE OF 73 LEGAL AID CLINICS IN THIS PROVINCE. THEY, LIKE OTHERS ACROSS OUR PROVINCE RIGHT NOW, PROVIDE COUNSEL AND LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE HERE IN OUR PROVINCE. LIKE A WOMAN THEY REFER TO AS MIRIAM. A NEW IMMIGRANT AND A TENANT IN MISSISSAUGA. HER LANDLORD KEPT TURNING UP AT HER UNIT WITHOUT A NOTICE. ON ONE OCCASION SHE COMPLAINED THAT HER LANDLORD EVEN ASSAULTED HER. AFTER THAT CAME A THREAT OF EVICTION. THE LEGAL AID CLINIC WORKED WITH MIRIAM TO ENSURE THAT SHE WAS NOT EVICTED AND TO GET COMPENSATION THAT SHE DESERVED FOR HER INJURIES. SPEAKER, WHERE DID THE PREMIER SUGGEST THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LIKE MIRIAM GO TO GET THE HELP THEY NEED? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION IS TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER.>>[ Shouting in the background ] STOP THE CLOCK. YOU HAVE TO LEAVE. THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE PROTESTING HAVE TO LEAVE.>>The Speaker: ORDER. ORDER. ORDER. [ Conversation din ] THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH IS WARNED. ED MEN FOR SARNIA-LAMBTON WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBER FOR NIAGARA CENTRE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE MEMBER FOR ESSEX WILL COME TO ORDER. MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY WILL COME TO ORDER. WHERE WERE WE? DEPUTY PREMIER. START THE CLOCK. THE DEPUTY PREMIER HAS THE FLOOR.>>ATTORNEY GENERAL, SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO ANSWER THE QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND SPEAK TO THE VITAL SERVICES LEGAL AID PROVIDES INCLUDING TO PEOPLE SUCH AS MIRIAM BUT I DO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHER FROM THE OPPOSITION PARTY HAS BEEN IN THE GALLERY TODAY, AND IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THE OPPOSITION HAS BEEN COORDINATING AN EFFORT TO DISRUPT THIS HOUSE — [ Some applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. [ Applause ] [ Conversation din ]>>The Speaker: THE GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL COME TO ORDER.>>The Speaker: THE GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL COME TO ORDER. START THE CLOCK. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, PLEASE CONCLUDE YOUR RESPONSE.>>MR. SPEAKER, LEGAL AID PROVIDES VITAL SERVICES AND THAT IS WHY IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT IT HAS ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY AND THAT IT IS SENDING THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THE FRONT-LINE SERVICES THAT ARE SO DESPERATELY NEEDED.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS WE HAVE SEEN LEGAL AID SPENDING HUNDREDS — ALMOST $100 MILLION MORE. LEGAL AID CLIENTS AND TAXPAYERS HAVE NOT BEEN SEEING THE RESULTS THAT THEY SHOULD EXPECT FROM THAT KIND OF INVESTMENT, MR. SPEAKER. AND SO THEREFORE –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>SPEAKER, A WORKER WE WILL REFER TO AS IMRAN WORKED FOR AN EMPLOYER WHO PAID HIM ONLY $7 AN HOUR, EVEN THOUGH OUR MINIMUM WAGE HERE IN THIS PROVINCE IS $14. THE LEGAL AID CLINIC HELPED IMRAN MAKE AN EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS CLAIM FOR HIS WAGES, OVERTIME AND TERMINATION PAY. IMRAN SAYS THAT WITHOUT THAT HELP, HE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET WHAT WAS OWED TO HIM AND HE IS GRATEFUL FOR THE CLINIC’S SUPPORT. THIS GOVERNMENT’S CUTS PUT THESE CLINICS AT RISK AND THE CLOSURE — OF CLOSURE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL KNOWS THAT THIS IS THE CASE. IS IT THE PREMIER’S INTENTION TO CLOSE LEGAL AID CLINICS SO THAT PEOPLE LIKE IMRAN CAN GET THE WAGES THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY OWED? [ Applause ]>>THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.>>MR. SPEAKER, LEGAL AID HAS SAID ITSELF THAT FRONT-LINE SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN STRONG SO THE SERVICES THAT PEOPLE SUCH AS IMRAN HAVE RECEIVED WILL CONTINUE TO BE OFFERED, MR. SPEAKER. LEGAL AID HAS A BUDGET OF OVER $400 MILLION THIS YEAR AND WILL HAVE EVEN MORE IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMMITS TO PAY THE FUNDING THAT IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR. WHILE SOME LAWYERS MAY NOT WELCOME THIS RENEWED ACCOUNTABILITY AT LEGAL AID, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR LEGAL AID CLIENTS AND FOR THE TAXPAYER OF ONTARIO THAT IS SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY TO ENSURE THAT THOSE PEOPLE IN ONTARIO WHO CANNOT AFFORD LEGAL REPRESENTATION ARE ABLE TO GET THAT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. THE NEXT QUESTION, MEMBER FOR ORLéANS.>>Voice of Translator: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. [ End of Translation ] GAMBLING RESEARCH EXCHANGE ONTARIO HAS BEEN STUDYING PROBLEM GAMBLING AND FINDING WAYS TO HELP REDUCE THE ARM OF GAMBLING, PROVIDING RESOURCES TO FRONT-LINE AGENCIES, TO PREVENT GAMBLING ADDICTION. LAST WEEK THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS CUTTING THEIR ENTIRE BUDGET, SHUTTING DOWN THE ORGANIZATION. SPEAKER, AS THIS GOVERNMENT CONTINUES THIS CRUSADE TO EXPAND ALCOHOL ANDING ACCESS THROUGH ONTARIO, INCLUDING ALCOHOL IN CASINOS, WHY, WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THOSE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY GAMBLING ADDICTION?>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S TO THE DEPUTY PREMIER.>>THANK YOU. I THANK THE MEMBER VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION. OF COURSE WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PEOPLE WITH GAMBLING ADDICTIONS BUT WE ARE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE PUT RESOURCES ON THE FRONT LINE WHERE PEOPLE REALLY NEED THE ASSISTANCE. SO WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO REDIRECT ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO THE FRONT LINES. WE HAVE TO WIND DOWN SOME OF THE RESEARCH PROGRAMS. SO WE ARE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING AN EFFECTIVE AND RESPECTFUL WIND-DOWN PERIOD FOR THE GAMBLING RESEARCH EXCHANGE ORGANIZATION. HOWEVER, WE ARE CONTINUING TO INVEST IN PROGRAMS TO PREVENT GAMBLING PREVENTION AND TO ENSURE TREATMENT PROGRAMS SUCH AS WITH RESPECT TO PREVENTION, FUNDING OTHER RESPONSIBLE GAMING COUNCIL, YMCA AND THE ONTARIO ABORIGINAL RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING PROGRAM MADE UP OF SEVEN INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS TO IMPLEMENT COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAM GAMBLING PREVENTION INITIATIVES, TARGETED –>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>POPULATIONS AT RISK INCLUDING CHILDREN AND YOUTH, AND ETHNOCULTURAL AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES. I’LL HAVE MORE TO SAY IN SUPPLEMENTARY. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>I APPRECIATE THE DEPUTY PREMIER’S ANSWER, BUT COMPARED TO THE NEXT PROFITS OF GAMBLING OF OVER $2.4 BILLION, THE 2.5 MILLION ANNUAL BUDGET TO FUND RESEARCH INTO PROBLEM GAMING I WOULD SAY IS FAIR AND REASONABLE, ESPECIALLY SINCE WE KNOW ALL TOO WELL IN THIS HOUSE THE EFFECT THAT PROBLEM GAMBLING CAN HAVE ON INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. SPEAKER, THIS CUT FOLLOWS THE TREND OF THIS GOVERNMENT AS RETREAT FROM ITS RESPONSIBILITIES TO ONTARIANS’ PUBLIC WELL-BEING FROM PUBLIC HEALTH, AUTISM, CHILD CARE, LEGAL AID, CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. THE LIST GOES ON, MR. SPEAKER. ON TOP OF THAT, WE CAN NOW ADD PROBLEM GAMBLING. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS TALKED ABOUT PAYING DOWN THE DEBT.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>IT IS WILLING TO PAY THE COSTS TO HAVE BEER IN CORNER STORES. BUT IT IS UNWILLING TO DEAL WITH THE GAMBLING ADDICTION. ACCOUNT DEPUTY PREMIER EXPLAIN THE RATIONALE OF NOT LOOKING –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MINISTER TO REPLY.>>THANK YOU. WELL, OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST. WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROTECTING OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM WITH AN ADDITIONAL $700 MILLION GOING INTO THAT, TO PROTECTING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WITH AN ADDITIONAL $1.3 BILLION GOING INTO OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. BUT WE ALSO ARE COMMITTED TO RESPECTING ADULT CHOICES BY ALLOWING PEOPLE TO MAKE RESPONSIBILITY CHOICES THAT WORK FOR THEM. THIS INCLUDES ENSURING THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE AND LEGAL GAMBLING OPTIONS BUT IN TERMS OF WE’VE ALREADY SPOKEN ABOUT PREVENTION, BUT IN TERMS OF TREATMENT, IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WE FUND 94 AGENCIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE WHO OFFER PROBLEM GAMBLING SERVICES, INCLUDING TREATMENT FOR CO-OCCURRING SUBSTANCE USE PROGRAMS. SO WE ARE ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SERVICES GO DIRECTLY.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>TO THE FRONT LINES. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE COMMITTED TO DOING AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE HAPPENS ACROSS THE PROVINCE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION’S FOR THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION. LAST WEEK THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION INTRODUCED LEGISLATION CALLED GETTING ONTARIO MOVING APP THAT INCLUDE AS NUMBER OF PROPOSED MEASURES THAT, IF PASSED WILL CUT RED TAPE, RADIO REDUCE REGULATORY BURDENS AND KEEP ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE WAS ELECTED LAST JUNE WITH A MANDATE TO GROW OUR ECONOMY AND MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR ONTARIANS. WE HAVE BEEN ACTING FAST TO ATTRACT NEW INVESTMENT, TO CREATE AND PROTECT JOBS, AND TO REDUCE REGULATORY BURDENS BY CUTTING RED TAPE FOR BUSINESSES. THE MAJORITY OF US IN THIS LEGISLATURE CAN ALL AGREE THAT A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS CANNOT RUN WHEN THEY ARE BURDENED WITH DEBT AND RED TAPE. I KNOW LAST WEEK’S PROPOSED LEGISLATION CONTAINED A NUMBER OF MEASURES THAT, IF PASSED, WOULD CUT RED TAPE.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>AND REDUCE BURDENS FOR THE BUSINESS OF ONTARIANS. CAN THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION SHARE SOME OF THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS IN THE GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ACT AND REGULATORY POSTINGS?>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S FOR THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE FOR THAT QUESTION. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I WAS PROUD TO REDUCE THE GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ACT. THIS COMPREHENSIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION IF PASSED WILL CUT RED TAPE, SAVE BUSINESSES AND TAXPAYERS TIME AND MONEY AND HELP KEEP ONTARIO’S ROADS AMONGST THE SAFEST IN NORTH AMERICA. IN ADDITION THE LEGISLATION, WE’LL ALSO BE CHANGING MANY REGULATIONS TO MEET THESE GOALS. WE ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE IT’S FUNDAMENTAL IN OUR EFFORTS TO PUT PEOPLE FIRST, GETTING ONTARIO MOVING AND ENSURE BUSINESSES ARE NOT BOGGED DOWN BY RED TAPE. SOME OF THE MEASURES WE ARE PROPOSING TO CUT AND REDUCE ARE — MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR PEOPLE WITH PERSONAL USE PICKUP TRUCKS AND TRAILERS BY CHANGING REGULATIONS THAT GET THEM FROM BURDENSOME ANNUAL INSPECTIONS AND — REDUCING THE BURDEN ON THE SHORT-LINE RAILWAY INDUSTRY BY ADDRESSING CONCERNS FROM THE INDUSTRY FOR THE MINISTRY TO DEVELOP A RISK-BASED SHORT LINE RAIL –>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>REDUCTION STRATEGY. MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING MORE IN MY SUPPLEMENTAL. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THAT GREAT ANSWER. AND I KNOW THE COMMUNITY OF ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE WILL BE PLEASED WITH THE PROPOSED MEASURES. MR. SPEAKER, ACROSS THIS PROVINCE, INDIVIDUALS WHO OWN A PICKUP TRUCK OR A PERSONAL TRAILER HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE TIME AND EXPENSE OF GETTING THEM INSPECTED AS IF THEY WERE COMMERCIAL VEHICLES. THIS PROPOSED CHANGE, IF PASSED, WILL CHANGE THAT AND GIVE PEOPLE EXEMPTIONS FOR PERSONAL USE VEHICLES. ADDITIONALLY, I KNOW THAT SIX FREIGHT AND FOUR TOURIST SHORT-LINE OPERATIONS THAT ARE LICENSED BY THE PROVINCE WILL BE THRILLED ABOUT THE BURDEN REDUCTION FOR THIS INDUSTRY IF THIS INDUSTRY’S PROPOSED CHANGES ARE PASSED. CAN THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION TELL US MORE ABOUT THE BURDEN REDUCTION MEASURES INTRODUCED LAST WEEK? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>THANKS AGAIN, MEMBER FROM ETOBICOKE LEAK SHORE, FOR THAT QUESTION. MR. SPEAKER, THE GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ACT, IF PASSED, WILL MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR TOURISM OPERATORS AND OFF ROAD DRIVERS BY SIMPLIFYING THE RULES AROUND OFF ROAD VEHICLES TO ALLOW THEM TO OPERATE ON MUNICIPAL ROADS SOMEWHAT SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED. ADDITIONLY WILL AMEND THE VEHICLE WEIGHTS AND DIMENSIONS REGULATION TO ALLOW FOR THE USE OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS WIDE FACED SINGLE TIRES. THIS WILL HARMONIZE THE RULES WITH OTHER JURISDICTIONS TO IMPROVE INDUSTRY PRODUCTIVITY, REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION AND IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY, DEMONSTRATING TO EVERYONE IN THE WORLD THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE JUST BUT A FEW GREAT EXAMPLES OF THE PROPOSED MEASURES IN THE GETTING ONTARIO MOVING ACT AND PROPOSED REGULATION CHANGES. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PEOPLE IS NOT JUST A SLOGAN.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>IT’S OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE THAT DRIVES US EACH AND EVERY DAY IN GOVERNMENT. OUR GOVERNMENT WANTS TO KEEP GOODS AND PEOPLE MOVING BY IMPROVING ITS TRANSPORTATION NETWORK. WHAT WE’RE ELECTED TO DO AND IT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DELIVER TO THIS PROVINCE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR THUNDER BAY-ATIKOKAN.>>SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE ACTING PREMIER. YESTERDAY I ASKED ABOUT THE DEMISE OF THE 50 MILLION TREE PROGRAM AND ITS DEVASTATING IMPACT ON BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE BUSINESSES LIKE FERGUSON TREE NURSERY IN KEMPTVILLE AND MILTON FOREST INDUSTRY IN TIMMINS. ACCORDING TO ED PATCHLE FROM KEMPTVILLE, HIS BUSINESS WILL HAVE TO DESTROY THREE MILLION TREES THAT WERE INTENDED TO BE PLANTED IN 2020 AND 2021. THE MINISTER SAID THAT MR. PATCHELL I’M SURE WHEN HE EXAMINES WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING WILL WANT TO CHANGE HIS STATEMENT. MR. PATCHELL STANDS BY HIS STATEMENT. HOW CAN THIS GOVERNMENT JUSTIFY CUTS THAT FORCE BUSINESSES TO LITERALLY THROW TREES IN THE TRASH?>>[ Interjection: ] SHAME. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE QUESTION I GUESS TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: GREAT MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES.>>REFERRED TO THE MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY. [ Applause ]>>THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. AS I SAID YESTERDAY THE PLANTING OF THE TREES THAT IS SCHEDULED AND CONTRACTED FOR THIS YEAR WILL GO AHEAD. FORESTS IN ONTARIO HAVE ALREADY INDICATED THAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT OTHER SOURCES TO FUND THE FURTHER PLANTING OF TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTIES, WHICH ALSO MAKES IT ELIGIBLE FOR MISTIP GRANT, OR MISTIP REDUCTION IN TAXES. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO ENSURE THAT THE TREES THAT WERE CONTRACTED FOR THIS YEAR WILL BE PLANTED. FOR FURTHER YEARS, FOREST ONTARIO AND THE NURSERIES HAVE AMPLE TIME TO LOOK FOR PRIVATE FUNDING TO PLANT TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. WE WANT TO SEE THAT CONTINUE, BUT THE TAXPAYER OF ONTARIO, WHICH WAS LEFT A $15 BILLION DEFICIT BY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, WHICH WAS SUPPORTED EVERY STEP OF THE WAY BY THE N.D.P..>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>MUST MAKE CHOICES. OUR CHOICE IS THAT WE’RE GOING TO PLANT — HAVE THOSE TREES PLANTED THIS YEAR. BUT IN THE FUTURE, IN THE FUTURE, THEY WILL HAVE TO –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AGAIN TO THE PREMIER. YESTERDAY THE MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY STATED THAT EVERY TREE CONTRACTED UNDER THE 50 MILLION TREE PROGRAM THIS YEAR WILL BE PLANTED. BUT ACCORDING TO FOREST ONTARIO, PLANTING THIS YEAR’S TREES WAS NEVER IN QUESTION. THE PROBLEM THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT ADDRESSED, HOWEVER, ARE THE TREE SEEDLINGS THAT ARE ALREADY BEING CULTIVATED TO BE PLANTED FOR FUTURE YEARS. TREE SEEDLINGS TAKE APPROXIMATELY THREE YEARS TO GROW, AS I KNOW THE MINISTER KNOWS, BECAUSE THEY NEED TO BE — FOR SOUTHERN ONTARIO, THEY NEED TO BE A CERTAIN SIZE IN ORDER TO BE VIABLE. THIS IS THE UNSOLVED PROBLEM FOR THESE BUSINESSES. WILL THE PREMIER DO THE RIGHT THING AND REVERSE HIS DECISION TO CUT THE 50 MILLION TREE PROGRAM? [ Applause ]>>THE QUESTION’S BEEN REFERRED TO THE MINISTER –>>AS I HAVE SAID, THE TREES THAT ARE CONTRACTED FOR THIS YEAR WILL BE PLANTED. FORESTS ONTARIO AND ALL THEIR PARTNERS HAVE AMPLE TIME BEFORE NEXT YEAR’S PLANTING SEASON AND THE SEASON AFTER THAT, TO DO AS THEY HAVE INDICATED THAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO, WHICH WAS GO TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO FIND THAT FUNDING, TO FILL THAT FUNDING GAP. SPEAKER, WE’VE MADE IT CLEAR. WE CAMPAIGNED ON A PROMISE TO FIX THE FISCAL MESS WE WERE LEFT BY THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, WHICH AS THE MEMBER KNOWS WAS SUPPORTED BY HER PARTY EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. WE ARE DOING THAT. AND WE ARE MAKING SURE IT’S DONE IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY SO THAT THE TREES THAT HAVE BEEN CONTRACTED FOR THIS YEAR WILL BE PLANTED. FURTHER YEARS, FORESTS ONTARIO AND ITS PARTNERS HAVE TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. WE’RE GOING TO FIX THE MESS THAT WAS LEFT US, AND THIS IS PART OF THE DECISION THAT WE’VE HAD TO MAKE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD — THE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD-BRANT.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE DEPUTY MINISTER AND THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE. MR. SPEAKER, APPROXIMATELY 2 MILLION PEOPLE IN ONTARIO CURRENTLY LIVE WITH ASTHMA. LIVING WITH ASTHMA CAN CHALLENGE YOU, NEVER KNOWING WHEN IT’S GOING TO FLARE UP OR HOW SEVERE IT’S GOING TO BE, MAKING IT HARD TO BREATHE. AND I KNOW THE FEAR OF WATCHING HELPLESSLY AS ONE OF MY BOYS VERSUS — HAS STRUGGLED TO BREATHE AFTER JUST NORMAL ACTIVITIES. THAT’S WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR MY CONSTITUENTS AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO HAVE PROPER ASTHMA SUPPORTS. MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE EXPLAIN TO THE MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN ONTARIO WHO ARE LIVING WITH ASTHMA?>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.>>WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE MEMBER FROM BRANTFORD-BRANT FOR YOUR QUESTION. I KNOW IT’S PERSONALLY VERY IMPORTANT TO YOU, AS IT IS FOR MANY PEOPLE AND I’M VERY GRATEFUL THAT THE PEOPLE FROM ASTHMA CANADA ARE HERE TODAY. , MR. SPEAKER, DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE IN THREE PEOPLE WILL DEVELOP ASTHMA IN HIS OR HER LIFETIME? AND ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN WILL BE AFFECTED BY ASTHMA. UNCONTROLLED ASTHMA CAN LEAD TO SCHOOL AND WORK ABSENTEEISM AND INCREASES IN URGENT AND A — ACUTE HEALTH CARE NEEDS. THAT’S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING UP TO $4 MILLION IN THE ASTHMA PROGRAM. OUR GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES THE NEED FOR A COORDINATED, INTEGRATED APPROACH TO ASTHMA CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK AND LISTEN TO PARTNERS AND FRONT-LINE CARE TO FIND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS AND BUILD A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO LIVING WITH ASTHMA. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION.>>MR. SPEAKER, I’D LIKE TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR HER RESPONSE AND FOR HER EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS FILE AND THIS INCREDIBLE MINISTRY. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT ASTHMA IS A SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE PROPERLY ADDRESSED. THAT’S WHY I AM SO PROUD TO BE A PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT SUPPORTS PEOPLE LIVING WITH ASTHMA IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. TOGETHER, WE WILL CREATE A CONNECTED, SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT TRULY WORKS FOR EVERYONE IN ONTARIO. MR. SPEAKER, COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO MODERNIZE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL BENEFIT PEOPLE LIVING WITH ASTHMA ACROSS ONTARIO? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE COMMITTED TO THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO BUILD A MODERN, SUSTAINABLE AND INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEM AND TO END HALLWAY HEALTH CARE. EVERY STEP OF THE WAY WE HAVE PUT PEOPLE AT THE CENTRE OF OUR DECISIONS. WE ARE EMPOWERING OUR NURSES AND DOCTORS TO PROVIDE BETTER, FASTER INTEGRATED CARE. I KNOW THE PEOPLE LIVING WITH ASTHMA WILL APPRECIATE A BETTER CONNECTED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, ONE THAT ENSURES THAT THEY WILL GET CONNECTED TO THE RIGHT SPECIALIST CARE WHERE THEY DON’T HAVE TO REPEAT THEIR HEALTH CARE SITUATION OVER AND OVER AGAIN BECAUSE ALL OF THEIR CARE PROVIDERS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME HEALTH RECORDS. THESE ARE THE KIND EVERY CHANGES THAT ARE NEEDED TO DELIVER CARE THAT IS TRULY FOCUSED ON PATIENTS, ON THEIR FAMILIES AND ON THEIR CAREGIVERS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER CENTRE.>>THANKS, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE ACTING PREMIER. LAST YEAR — OR, YES, LAST YEAR THE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD WARNED THAT FUND — FUNDING FOR INNOVATION HUBS WAS ON THE CHONG CLUB. FOR COMMUNITECH IN WATERLOO REGION THIS MORNING BECAME A REALITY LAST WEEK WHEN THEY WERE FORCED TO LAY OFF 15 OF THEIR INNOVATORS DUE TO THE CONSERVATIVE FUNDING CUTS. THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PLAN FOR THE PROVINCE BUT INNOVATION HUBS LIKE COMMUNITECH ACTUALLY DO. COMMUNITECH DOES WAY MORE THAN SIMPLY SUPPORT THE TECH INDUSTRY IN KITCHENER-WATERLOO, FROM ARTS TO FINANCE, THEY HAVE SPURRED INNOVATION IN EVERY FACET OF WATERLOO REGION’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THESE CUTS WILL HAVE A CHILLING EFFECT ON INNOVATION IN THE REGION. MR. SPEAKER, WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT CUTTING INVESTMENT TO OUR PROVINCE’S MOST SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC DRIVERS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION TO THE PREMIER.>>Premier Ford: PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY.>>The Speaker: REFERRED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD. [ Applause ] [ Cheers ]>>THANK UP, MR. SPEAKER. I’M GLAD THAT MY COLLEAGUES REMEMBER WHO I AM HERE IN THE FRONT ROW. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, THROUGH YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE, FOR THAT QUESTION. YOU KNOW WE — I WAS JUST UP IN CAMBRIDGE A FEW WEEKS AGO. I’VE BEEN THERE MANY TIMES. I VISIT THE COMMUNITECH FACILITIES THERE. THEY DO A GREAT JOB. OUR GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUING TO FOCUS ON INNOVATION. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HELPED CREATE 123,000 NEW JOBS IN THIS PROVINCE WITH WHICH COMMUNITECH HAS PLAYED A ROLE AND I’M VERY PLEASED TO SAY THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE ONE OF THE LARGEST FUNDERS FOR COMMUNITECH. BUT THERE HAS TO BE A BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS GOTTEN INVOLVED. IN FACT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF COMPANIES AT MY SPEECH IN CAMBRIDGE THAT SUPPORTED COMMUNITECH AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE GOOD WORK.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>SO, MR. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT IS PO FOCUSED ON PROTECTING GOOD JOBS IN THIS PROVINCE AND WE’RE PROUD TO WORK WITH COMMUNITECH TO CONTINUE THAT PATH FORWARD. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR WATERLOO.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WELL COMMUNITECH IN KITCHENER-WATERLOO HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS. FOR EVERY PUBLIC DOLLAR THAT IS INVESTED THROUGH COMMUNITECH, $22 IS RETURNED TO THE ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, IF IT WAS A STOCK, I WOULD HAVE INVESTED YEARS AGO. DESPITE THIS, THE GOVERNMENT WENT AHEAD AND CUT COMMUNITECH’S FUNDING BY ONE THIRD AND THEY WERE FORCED TO LAY OFF STAFF.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>THAT’S 15 MORE JOBS LOST IN WATERLOO REGION DUE TO THIS GOVERNMENT’S AND YOUR ACTIONS. IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO MAKE ONTARIO A PLACE TO ATTRACT INVESTORS, THEY WOULD BE DOING MORE, NOT LESS TO SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE COMMUNITECH. WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT CUTTING FUNDING FOR ONTARIO-BASED STARTUPS LIKE COMMUNITECH WHEN THEY STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY, DRAW INVESTMENT INTO ONTARIO AND CREATE JOBS? IT IS ABSOLUTELY TAKING THIS PROVINCE BACKWARDS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: QUESTION’S BEEN REFERRED TO THE PRESIDENT OF TREASURY BOARD.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN THANK YOU TO THE OTHER MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THAT QUESTION. YOU KNOW, THE NUMBER 15 WAS MENTIONED AND IT JUST GAVE ME A FLASHBACK AND BREAKING NEWS TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE. WE INHERITED A $15 BILLION DEFICIT, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE ACTION, BECAUSE AFTER 15 YEARS — NUMBER HERE. 15 YEARS OF INACTION AND SPENDING BY THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT, WE INHERITED SO MUCH DEBT. DO YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THIS GOVERNMENT, THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT SPENT $40 MILLION MORE A DAY THAN THEY TOOK IN? IN ADDITION 30 MILLION OF INTEREST EXPENSE EVERY SINGLE DAY. THAT’S $70 MILLION THAT WENT OUT EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT DIDN’T GO TO ONE NEW HOSPITAL, DIDN’T GO TO ONE NEW SCHOOL, DIDN’T GO TO ONE NEW SOCIAL PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER. WE GOT ELECTED ON A COMMITMENT TO TAKE ACTION.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE DOING, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE WON’T TIRE UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THAT CONCLUDE OUR QUESTION PERIOD. FOR TODAY. PURSUANT TO STANDING ORDER 38(a) THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH HAS GIVEN NOTICE OF HIS DISSATISFACTION WITH THE ANSWER TO HIS QUESTION GIVEN BY THE PREMIER CONCERNING ELECTION FINANCES. THIS MATTER WILL BE DEBATED TOMORROW AT 6:00 p.m. BEG TO INFER THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT HAS BEEN TABLED, A REPORT CONCERNING THE HONOURABLE DOUG FORD PREMIER OF ONTARIO FROM THE OFFICE OF THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER OF ONTARIO. THE MEMBER FOR TIMMINS HAS INFORMED ME THAT HE HAS A POINT OF ORDER.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER TODAY, TWO OF OUR MEMBERS, THE MEMBER FROM DAVENPORT AND THE MEMBER FROM LONDON FANSHAWE, OVERHEARD THE GOVERNMENT MEMBER FROM FLAMBOROUGH-GLANBROOK SAY TO A PROTESTER IN THE PUBLIC GALLERY “PLEASE JUMP.” I WOULD LIKE TO GET THE MEMBER FROM — GIVE THE MEMBER FROM FLAMBOROUGH A CHANCE TO APOLOGIZE OR WITHDRAW THOSE COMMENTS.>>The Speaker: I HAVE TO ASSUME THAT ALL THE MEMBERS ARE HONOURABLE. I DIDN’T HEAR THE COMMENT. POINT OF ORDER. ORDER. THE ATTORNEY — NO. I WAS GOING TO DO YORK SOUTH-WESTON NEXT. MEMBER FOR YORK SOUTH-WESTON.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN THE HOUSE.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>ON BEHALF OF YORK SOUTH-WESTON, I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER MY SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE TEACHERS AND THE STAFF WHO ACTED SIMPLY TO ENSURE THERE WERE NO TRAGEDIES AND CASUALTY TO THE BRAVE FIREFIGHTERS OF THE TORONTO FIRE SERVICE. AND FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY TO KEEP US SAFE. ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY LEADER, THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION LEADER, ON BEHALF OF YORK SOUTH-WESTON. THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON A POINT OF ORDER.>>MR. SPEAKER, IT APPEARS THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION COORDINATED AN EFFORT TO DISRUPT QUESTION PERIOD TODAY BY BRINGING IN THEIR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER TO PHOTOGRAPH PROTESTORS, MR. SPEAKER. THERE’S A LEVEL OF DECORUM HERE THAT’S REQUIRED IN THIS HOUSE AND THAT COORDINATED EFFORT DISRESPECTED THIS HOUSE AS WELL AS YOURSELF, MR. SPEAKER. SO I ASK THE MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION AND THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION TO APOLOGIZE –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] THANK YOU. I WILL SAY ONCE AGAIN, THE SPEAKER HAS TO PRESUME THAT ALL MEMBERS ARE HONOURABLE. THERE IS A PROCEDURE FOR CAUCUSES TO SEEK APPLICATION TO HAVE THEIR PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE GALLERY AND I THINK BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE UNDERSTAND THAT. I’M NOT GOING TO DRAW ANY CONCLUSIONS BEYOND THAT. THIS HOUSE STANDS IN RECESS UNTIL 3:00 THIS AFTERNOON.

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