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IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR SPADINA-FORT YORK >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES DURING THIS YEAR’S ELECTION CAMPAIGN, THE CONSERVATIVES PROMISED THAT, IF ELECTED, THEY WOULD HONOUR COMMITMENTS TO FUND POSTSECONDARY EXPANSION IN BRAMPTON, MARKHAM AND MILTON WILL THE MINISTER DEPART FROM HER TALKING POINTS TODAY AND JUSTIFY THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO BREAK THIS PROMISE? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION OUR GOVERNMENT HAS HAD TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS ABOUT PROJECTS ACROSS ONTARIO HOWEVER, I WANT TO SHARE A QUOTE FROM A LETTER SENT TO ME FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE ONTARIO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ALLIANCE, DANNY CHENG, WHICH REPRESENTS 150,000 STUDENTS HE SAYS, QUOTE — AT OUSA, WE BELIEVE IN RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT THAT WILL EFFECTIVELY IMPROVE THE LIVES OF STUDENTS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR SOCIETY THAT IS WHY OUR STUDENTS WANTED TO COMMUNICATE ALIGNMENT WITH YOUR DECISION ON OCTOBER 23rd WE BELIEVE THAT THE ONTARIO UNIVERSITY SECTOR SHOULD ENSURE THAT ANY NEW OR GROWING UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONS AND CAMPUSES ARE FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> SPEAKER, ONTARIO STUDENTS KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY, AND IT IS TIME FOR THE N.D.P. TO RECOGNIZE THAT AS WELL [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: START THE CLOCK SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER THREE MONTHS AGO, THE GOVERNMENT KNEW — THE CONSERVATIVES KNEW THAT THESE CAMPUSES WERE SUSTAINABLE AND I QUOTE A MEMBER OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN HE SAID — WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A REALITY, WHETHER IT TAKES $90 MILLION OR THERE’S MORE WE NEED TO DO WHEN THE CONSERVATIVES NEEDED VOTES IN THESE COMMUNITIES, THEY PROMISED EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE, BUT NOW THEY’RE IN A POSITION TO DELIVER AND IT’S ANOTHER PROMISE BROKEN WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT TAKING THESE 905 COMMUNITIES FOR GRANTED? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION OUR GOVERNMENT, AGAIN, HAS HAD TO MAKE TOUGH DECISION ABOUTS PROJECTS ACROSS ONTARIO I WANT TO SHARE THE PERSPECTIVE OF LEON GROOK, PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR OF TRENT UNIVERSITY HE SAYS — “IN A SITUATION IN WHICH THE SYSTEM IS CHARACTERIZED BY A LACK OF STUDENTS CREATING ENTIRELY NEW CAMPUSES TAKES STUDENTS AWAY FROM EXISTING CAMPUSES AT A TIME WHEN THEY ARE SCRAMBLING TO FIND STUDENTS, THEY NEED TO FILL THE SPACES THEY ALREADY HAVE AVAILABLE.” HE GOES ON TO SAY THAT “WE CANNOT EXPECT A PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT THAT IS TRYING TO WRESTLE WITH ITS DEFICIT TO PAY FOR NEW CAMPUSES [ At a time when there is no pressing need to establish them ] THE FORD GOVERNMENT HAS MADE THE RIGHT DECISION.” >> The Speaker: RESPONSE [ Applause ] >> SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO EXPECT US TO MAKE THE — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU STOP THE CLOCK [ Applause ] START THE CLOCK FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY NUMBERS TO JUSTIFY THEIR DECISION THESE CAMPUSES WOULD AGREE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY — >> The Speaker: ORDER >> AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN SOME OF THE FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITIES IN CANADA >> The Speaker: ORDER >> HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE INVESTED COUNTLESS HOURS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND THEN WITHOUT PROVIDING A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS, OR WITHOUT PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY COST ANALYSIS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE THIS DECISION LATER TODAY, ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO RECONFIRM THEIR SUPPORT FOR THESE PROJECTS, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY WHO PROMISED TO KEEP THESE CAMPUSES GOING WITH THEY WERE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL WE’RE CALLING ON ALL MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES TO STAND UP FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS IN THESE COMMUNITIES >> The Speaker: QUESTION >> WILL THE MINISTER STAND AND VOTE AGAINST THESE CUTS? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THANKS TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THAT QUESTION WE ARE STANDING UP FOR STUDENTS [ Applause ] WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR THAT ONLY THIS GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO ENHANCING FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, PROPPED UP BY THE N.D.P. WHO SUPPORTED

THEM ON 97% OF THEIR VOTES, MADE EMPTY PROMISES IN AN ELECTION YEAR FOR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS THAT THEY KNEW THEY COULD NOT AFFORD, LEADING TO A $15 BILLION DEFICIT WHILE HIDING COSTS FROM THE PUBLIC THE LIBERALS SHATTERED THE TRUST OF ONTARIANS, AND OUR FOCUS IS ON RESTORING TRUST AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN ONTARIO’S FINANCES THANK YOU, SPEAKER [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: START THE CLOCK NEXT QUESTION >> THE MEMBER OPPOSITE TALKS ABOUT EMPTY PROMISES WHEN HER MEMBER SAID WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A REALITY WHETHER IT TAKES $90 BILLION OR MORE THAT’S NEEDED TO BE DONE THE OTHER QUESTION THAT ONTARIO STUDENTS AND PARENTS HAVE, BECAUSE THEY’VE SEEN THE BROKEN PROMISE TO THE PARENTS IN BRAMPTON, MILTON AND MARKHAM, THEY WORRY ABOUT MORE CUTS COMING LAST WEEK THE MINISTER WAS EVASIVE WHEN ASKED WHETHER SHE WOULD BE MAINTAINING GRANTS THAT COVER THE COST OF TUITION FOR THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS CAN THE MINISTER PROVIDE AN ANSWER NOW? WILL SHE BE MAINTAINING — >> The Speaker: WHICH MINISTER ARE YOU REFERRING YOUR QUESTION TO? >> MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION I WANT TO REMIND THE MEMBER OPPOSITE ABOUT THE STATE OF ONTARIO’S FINANCES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF RETURNING ONTARIO TO SOUND FINANCIAL FOOTING SPEAKER, WE KNOW THANKS TO THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INQUIRY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE ACTION THE INQUIRY FOUND THAT THE LIBERALS MADE EMPTY PROMISES TO ONTARIANS, THROUGH PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS THEY KNOW THEY COULD NOT AFFORD, CREATING A $15 BILLION DEFICIT TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, WE KNOW FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY, THAT SENIOR PUBLIC SERVANTS WARNED THE GOVERNMENT THAT THEIR PLAN, QUOTE, COULD PUT PRESSURE ON THE PROVINCE’S CREDIT RATING AND OVERALL BORROWING CAPACITY, UNQUOTE SPEAKER, ONTARIANS KNOW THEY CAN’T TRUST THE LIBERALS TO MANAGE THE PROVINCE’S FINANCES >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> AND THEY CANNOT COUNT ON THE N.D.P. TO MAKE THE TOUGH DECISIONS TO GET ONTARIO BACK ON A SOUND FINANCIAL FOOTING [ Voice trails ] >> The Speaker: THANK YOU [ Applause ] SUPPLEMENTARY >> MR. SPEAKER, STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS ARE WORRIED AND FOR GOOD REASON THEY’VE ALREADY SEEN THIS PROVINCE BREAK THEIR PROMISE TO THE STUDENTS IN BRAMPTON, MILTON AND MARKHAM, AND INSTEAD OF PROVIDING ANSWERS, THE MINISTER IS REPEATING THE SAME TALKING POINTS SHE OWES THE STUDENTS OF ONTARIO AN ANSWER WHAT IS SHE PLANNING TO CUT NEXT? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO KNOW THAT WE NEED TO BRING ONTARIO BACK TO SOUND FINANCIAL FOOTING [ Applause ] WE WERE ELECTED TO RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST IN ONTARIO’S FINANCES, AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE DOING SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT RECEIVED A CLEAR MANDATE FROM THE PEOPLE TO FIX ONTARIO’S DIRE FINANCIAL SITUATION, AND THAT IS IN CLEAR JUXTAPOSITION — >> The Speaker: MEMBER FOR WATERLOO, COME TO ORDER >> THE N.D.P. SHOWED DURING THE CAMPAIGN THAT ONTARIANS CANNOT TRUST THEM TO MANAGE ONTARIO’S ECONOMY IN FACT THEY HAVE A $7 BILLION HOLE IN THEIR PLATFORM’S BUDGET MEANWHILE THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT AND A FEW MEMBERS WHO ARE SITTING IN THIS LEGISLATURE SAT AT THE CABINET TABLE, PAID A $15 BILLION DEFICIT >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> ONTARIANS KNOW THAT OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS THE ONLY — [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: THANK YOU FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY >> MR. SPEAKER, IF THE MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WASN’T AWARE THAT THE LIBERALS WERE NOT TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEFICIT, THEN SHE WAS THE ONLY MEMBER — >> The Speaker: I ASK THE MEMBER TO WITHDRAW PUT YOUR QUESTION >> THE GOVERNMENT PROMISED TO BUILD THESE NEW CAMPUSES DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN, KNOWING FULL WELL THAT OUR DEFICIT WAS WHAT IT IS NOW $15 BILLION THE GOVERNMENT BROKE THAT PROMISE WITHOUT WARNING, AND INSTEAD OF GIVING PARENTS AND STUDENTS IN ONTARIO HONEST ANSWERS, SHE REPEATS THE SAME TALKING POINTS OVER AND OVER NOW THE MINISTER’S REFUSING TO SAY WHAT ELSE SHE PLANS TO CUT SHE — THE MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF ONTARIO, AND IT GOES BEYOND SIMPLY READING TALKING POINTS

>> The Speaker: QUESTION >> WILL THE MINISTER BE MAINTAINING THE GRANTS FOR STUDENTS IN ONTARIO? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER WE PROMISED THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST IN ONTARIO’S FINANCES PART OF THAT PROCESS MEANS MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS ABOUT PROJECTS ACROSS ONTARIO OUR GOVERNMENT IS BEING FORCED TO CLEAN UP THE IRRESPONSIBLE AND RECKLESS FINANCIAL DECISIONS OF THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT AND WE NOW KNOW, THANKS TO THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INQUIRY, THE DEPTH OF THE WASTE AND MISMANAGEMENT OF THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT AND TO DESCRIBE THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS THE AUDITOR GENERAL USED WORDS LIKE CONCEAL, BOGUS, DECEPTIVE AND UNRELIABLE IN AN ELECTION YEAR, THEY MADE EMPTY PROMISES TO ONTARIANS FOR PROGRAMS >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> AND PROJECTS THEY KNEW THEY COULD NOT AFFORD, LEADING TO A $15 BILLION DEFICIT WHILE HIDING THE COST FROM THE PUBLIC >> The Speaker: THANK YOU [ Applause ] NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA FALLS >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF LABOUR , MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK WE LEARNED THAT THE MINISTER OF LABOUR PROACTIVE WORKPLACE INSPECTIONS WERE SCRAPPED BACK IN AUGUST WILL THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL US, ONE, WHAT IS THE COST TO BUSINESSES TO HAVE PROACTIVE INSPECTIONS OF EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS OF TEMP AGENCIES, FOR EXAMPLE, TWO, WHAT CONSULTATION OR DATA WAS USED TO ARRIVE AT THE DECISION TO SCRAP THESE INSPECTIONS? AND THREE, WHAT COST WAS THIS MEASURED AGAINST? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF LABOUR >> WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER THANKS TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE MANY QUESTIONS OF THE QUESTION THIS WAS A MEMO IN QUESTION WAS A BUREAUCRATIC MEMO FROM AUGUST THE DECISION MADE BY THE MINISTRY WHEN EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS CLAIMS BACKLOGS DO OCCUR THIS DECISION WAS ACTUALLY MADE TO ENSURE THAT THOSE AFFECTED BY EMPLOYMENT STANDARD CLAIMS ARE PROVIDED THE SERVICE THAT THEY NEED AND DESERVE SO IF MONEYS ARE OWED TO WORKERS IN THE PROVINCE, THROUGH EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS VIOLATIONS WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEY’RE BEING PROVIDED THE SERVICE THEY NEED AND DESERVE SO, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THAT ANSWERS SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE, BUT WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE IN JUST OVER 100 DAYS IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO THE FORD GOVERNMENT IS MAKING A BETTER BUSINESS CLIMATE WE’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO BETTER PAYING JOBS FOR THE PEOPLE — [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: RESPONSE STOP THE CLOCK [ Interjections ] >> The Speaker: ORDER ORDER ORDER OPPOSITION BENCHES WILL COME TO ORDER SO THE OPPOSITION MEMBER CAN ASK THE QUESTION MEMBER FOR TIMMINS, COME TO ORDER GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER START THE CLOCK SUPPLEMENTARY >> SPEAKER, BACK TO THE MINISTER LET’S BE CLEAR, MINISTER INSPECTIONS SAVE LIVES PERIOD [ Applause ] LAST THURSDAY, THERE’S ANOTHER WORKPLACE DEATH OF A TEMPORARY WORKER AT SIERRA FOODS THIS IS THE FOURTH, THE FOURTH DEATH OF A WORKER AT SIERRA FOODS BUSINESSES A WORKPLACE DEATH IS A TERRIBLE COST, MR. SPEAKER FOUR DEATHS AND SOMEONE SHOULD BE IN JAIL A LONGTIME CONSERVATIVE STRATEGIST, WHO IS RUNNING TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ONTARIO P.C. EXECUTIVE, REGISTERED, REGISTERED AS A LOBBYIST REPRESENTING FREE ERA FOODS AROUND THE SAME TIME THE MEMO WAS ENDING PROACTIVE WORKPLACE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WAS WRITTEN WHAT DOES THE MINISTER PLAN TO SAY THE NEXT TIME SHE’S LOBBIED BY MR. HARRIS? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE ALL SADDENED TO HEAR ABOUT — >> The Speaker: OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER >> OUR THOUGHTS >> The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER >> I’M SURE ALL OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE LEGISLATURE ARE WITH THE FAMILY AND COLLEAGUES OF THE PERSON WHO PASSED AWAY BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE’S A LITTLE CONFUSED >> The Speaker: CHILDREN OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES, COME TO ORDER >> SAFE AND — HEALTH AND

SAFETY INSPECTIONS HE’S POLITICIZING A VERY SERIOUS TRAGEDY THAT OCCURRED LAST WEEK SO THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION IS DOING THAT I WILL NOT BE PART OF IT I’M VERY PROUD OF THE LEGISLATION THAT WE BROUGHT IN LAST WEEK, MR. SPEAKER I WON’T ALLOW THE OPPOSITION TO ATTEMPT TO POLITICIZE THIS TRAGEDY [ Interjections ] OUR THOUGHTS — >> The Speaker: ORDER >> ARE WITH THE FAMILY, THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> IS DOING THEIR INSPECTIONS, MR. SPEAKER HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS CONTINUE TO GO ON [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: ORDER [ Applause ] NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR KING-VAUGHAN [ Applause ] >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER TO THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION AND TRADE AFTER HOSTING A SERIES OF ROUNDTABLES AND MEETINGS WITH SMALL MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES AND THEIR WORKERS, IT IS CLEAR THAT ONTARIO HAS LOST ITS COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE UNAFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY RATES, LABOUR RATES, TAX RATES, JOB-KILLING RED TAPE AND A LACK OF ACCESS TO SKILLED LABOUR ARE HAVING THE EFFECT, MR. SPEAKER, OF DRIVING INVESTMENT OUTBOUND AND KILLING JOBS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF WORKERS SPEAKER, SINCE 2015 CANADIAN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES HAS INCREASED BY 56% WHILE U.S. INVESTMENT IN CANADA HAS PLUMMETED BY 52% WE ARE DETERMINED TO REVERSE THIS TREND, TO PUT OUR PROVINCE ON A PATH OF PROSPERITY MINISTER, CAN THE MINISTER TELL US HOW HE PLANS TO CREATE ONTARIO AN ADVANTAGE FOR THESE >> The Speaker: QUESTION >> SCHOOL AND ASPIRE TO WORK WITH THE DIGNITY OF A GOOD PAYING JOB? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION AND TRADE >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER THANK TO YOU MY COLLEAGUE FOR THE QUESTION THE MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS ACT, THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS A HUGE STEP TOWARDS RESTORING ONTARIO’S COMPETITIVENESS AND RETURNING OUR PROVINCE TO ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE AS THE ECONOMIC ENGINE OF CANADA [ Applause ] SLIPPED BADLY OVER THE YEARS THE HONOURABLE MEMBER HAS MENTIONED IT LEGISLATION WILL GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY OF OUR JOB CREATORS AND LET THEM DO WHAT THEY DO BEST AND THAT’S CREATE JOBS AND HIRE YOUNG PEOPLE LET’S LISTEN TO ONE OF THOSE JOB CREATORS FROM POWER TECH ELECTRICAL SERVICES “RESTRICTIVE RATIOS ARE THE NUMBER ONE BARRIER TO HIRING YOUNG APPRENTICES AT OUR COMPANY WE ARE SO GLAD THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN THIS IMPORTANT STEP THIS WILL LEAD TO INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH RIGHT ACROSS THE PROVINCE.” FROM THE ONTARIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, THE ANNOUNCEMENT SIGNALS >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> ENORMOUS PRESSURES WILL HELP ENSURE HOSPITAL RESOURCES ARE DIRECTED TO FRONT-LINE CARE WE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK START THE CLOCK SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER, BACK TO THE MINISTER ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE WE CHOOSE TO PUT PROSPERITY AHEAD OF BLIND IDEOLOGY CONSERVATIVES WILL STAND UP FOR OUR WORKERS, HIGHER INCOMES FOR JOBS THAT THEIR FAMILIES DEPEND ON EVERY SINGLE DAY WITHOUT EXCEPTION [ Applause ] WE BELIEVE IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO DO THE WORK, THEN YOU DESERVE A SHOT AT THE JOB BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT IF WE DO NOT TAKE DECISIVE ACTION TO PROTECT JOBS AND CREATE AN ADVANTAGE FOR OUR JOB CREATORS, INVESTMENT WILL FLOW SOUTH AS ECONOMIST JACKMAN SAID AND I WISH THE MEMBERS FOR NEW DEMOCRATS TOOK NOTE OF THIS QUOTE “IF POLITICIANS SIT ON THEIR HANDS, THE PRIVATE SECTOR WON’T CANADIANS WILL SEE INVESTMENT JOBS AND PROFIT FLOWING TO UNITED STATES.” MINISTER, CAN YOU CONFIRM TODAY TO SIMPLY NOT MAKE THIS HAPPEN? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THANK YOU, MY COLLEAGUE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT IF YOU WANT TO WORK IN THIS PROVINCE, YOU DESERVE A SHOT AT THE JOB AND THAT’S WHAT THIS LEGISLATION — [ Applause ] REFERRING TO THE MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS ACT, THE PRESIDENT OF THE ELEVATOR CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, “THE NEW LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW ELEVATOR MECHANICS TO HAVE HIGH SERVICE STANDARDS AND HIRE MORE ONTARIANS IN THE HIGHEST PAID TRADE IN THE PROVINCE.” FROM THE ONTARIO FOREST INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION, “THE CHANGES ANNOUNCE SHOW THIS GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING A MORE PROSPEROUS AND COMPETITIVE PROVINCE THIS GOVERNMENT CLEARLY UNDERSTANDS THE SIGNIFICANT RISKS THAT WERE OUTLINED IN THE CANADIAN CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC ANALYSIS ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS AND CONCERNS RAISED BY THE O.C.C TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT REPRESENTS A POSITIVE –” >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> “RESPONSE TO OUR PROBLEMS AND EVIDENCE BASED POLICY DECISION.” I WOULD THINK THE N.D.P WOULD LIKE — [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK >> The Speaker: START THE CLOCK AGAIN MEMBER FOR WATERLOO >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER MY QUESTION’S TO THE MINISTER OF LABOUR

THIS GOVERNMENT’S CHOICE TO SCRAP THE TWO PAID DAYS OF PERSONAL EMERGENCY LEAVE IS GOING TO HURT PEOPLE ACROSS THIS PROVINCE TAKE FOR EXAMPLE MY CONSTITUENT, CAROLYN ONE OF THE TWO BASE PAYDAYS TO ATTEND HER MOTHER-IN-LAW’S FUNERAL JUST THIS PAST AUGUST WITHOUT THE PAID DAY OFF CAROLYN WOULD HAVE HAD TO MAKE SOME, AS SHE HAS DESCRIBED, TOUGH CHOICES IN HER CASE, A DAY’S PAY EQUALS A WEEK’S WORTH OF GROCERIES WHAT DOES THE MINISTER HAVE TO SAY TO CAROLYN IN MY RIDING? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF LABOUR >> WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER LOOK AT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ONTARIO, EVERY WORKER WILL HAVE JOB-PROTECTED SICK FAMILY RESPONSIBILITY AND BEREAVEMENT LEAVE [ Applause ] IT WAS NOT HERE IN THE PREVIOUS LEGISLATION AND BUSINESSES THAT WE’VE SPOKEN TO OVER AND OVER AGAIN ARE GOOD EMPLOYERS THEY WANT TO KEEP THEIR EMPLOYEES SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS, WE TRULY MEAN IT WE ARE GOING TO CREATE BETTER PAYING JOBS WE’RE GOING TO LET BUSINESSES EXPAND, ATTRACT BUSINESSES SO THERE ARE BETTER PAYING JOBS OUT THERE FOR EVERYONE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO THAT’S WHAT WE COMMITTED TO THAT’S WHAT WE WERE ELECTED ON AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK START THE CLOCK AGAIN SUPPLEMENTARY >> MR. SPEAKER, THOSE DAYS ARE UNPAID AND THAT MEANS THOSE EMPLOYEES HAVE NO CHOICES IN JANUARY, CAROLYN LOST A GOOD JOB SHE HAD BEEN AT FOR 25 YEARS SHE QUICKLY OBTAINED A TEMPORARY JOB SO THAT SHE COULD PROVIDE FOR HER FAMILY BUT IT DIDN’T COME WITH THE SAME PAY, BENEFITS OR STABILITY AS HER OLD JOB BUT WHEN SHE NEEDED THE TIME OFF, SHE WAS ABLE TO RELY ON A PAID LEAVE DAY TO HELP HER KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IN CAROLYN’S VIEW, IF THE GOVERNMENT REALLY WANTS TO HELP HARD WORKING ONTARIO TAXPAYERS, THEN THEY WILL REVERSE THIS DECISION WILL THE MINISTER COMMIT TODAY TO KEEPING THE TWO PAID LEAVE DAYS FOR THE PEOPLE LIKE CAROLYN AND MILLIONS OF OTHER ONTARIANS? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SEEN JOB LOSSES, AUGUST 80,000 JOB LOSSES WHEN THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT’S BILL FIRST CAME IN IN JANUARY, 50 SOME THOUSAND JOB LOSSES PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS, ESPECIALLY PART-TIME WORKERS, ESPECIALLY YOUTH WORKERS, WITHOUT BURDENSOME RULES AND REGULATIONS WE ARE GOING TO BE CREATING BETTER PAYING JOBS IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO BECAUSE WE WANT TO PARTNER WITH THE BUSINESS, NOT LIKE THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT THAT WAS SUPPORTED BY YOU THAT TOOK BUSINESSES AS ENEMIES THAT’S HOW BUSINESSES FELT IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE PROVIDING EIGHT JOB PROTECTED DAYS >> The Speaker: ORDER >> EVERY YEAR IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE BETTER PAYING JOBS — [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK I REMIND ALL MEMBERS HECKLING IS ALWAYS OUT OF ORDER I’M GOING TO ASK THE MEMBERS AGAIN REMIND YOU TO MAKE YOUR COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR NEXT QUESTION START THE CLOCK THE MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH [ Applause ] >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES POLICE, MAYORS AND MANY CONSTITUENTS ACROSS MY COMMUNITY VOICED SERIOUS CONCERN OVER REDUNDANT REGULATION IN BILL 113 THAT WOULD HAVE DRIVEN THIRD-PARTY CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK PROVIDERS OUT OF THIS PROVINCE, DRIVEN JOBS OUT OF MY COMMUNITY AND DISPROPORTIONATELY HIT SMALL TOWN POLICE FORCES EXCESSIVELY HARD WE KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO REDUCING RED TAPE, TACKLING THE OVER 380,000 REGULATORY BURDENS THAT CRIPPLE THIS ECONOMY AND OPENING ONTARIO FOR BUSINESS MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN HOW THIS REGULATORY CHANGE TO THE POLICE RECORD CHECK FORMAT WILL HELP PROTECT AND CREATE JOBS WHILE SAFEGUARDING THE PRIVACY OF ONTARIANS? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH FOR THAT QUESTION MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN SENDING A MESSAGE THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS [ Applause ] FINALLY BRINGING QUALITY JOBS BACK TO ONTARIO MR. SPEAKER, AS OF NOVEMBER 1st, A NEW AMENDMENT UNDER THE POLICE RECORD CHECKS FORMAT WILL COME INTO EFFECT THIS NEW AMEND WILL SAFEGUARD THE PRIVACY OF THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WHILE ALSO PROTECTING JOBS THROUGHOUT MANY SMALLER MUNICIPALITIES WITHIN THE PROVINCE MR. SPEAKER, THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT PASSED THEIR JOB-KILLING POLICE RECORD CHECK LEGISLATION THAT FORCED BUSINESSES TO CHOOSE BETWEEN CONTINUING THEIR OPERATIONS IN ONTARIO OR RELOCATING THEIR BUSINESSES TO OTHER JURISDICTIONS WITH LESS RESTRICTIVE RED TAPE THAT’S SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT

FOR THE PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE WORKING HARD TO ENSURE THAT GOOD JOBS >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> CONTINUE TO BE CREATED HERE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY >> MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE MINISTER FOR THAT ANSWER MINISTER, THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME THIS PAST WEEKEND TO MAKE THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT IN MY COMMUNITY I’M PROUD TO BE PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT IS TACKLING THE REGULATORY BURDENS, THAT IS TAKING THE TIME TO GET THIS RIGHT MINISTER OF THE TREASURY BOARD DOING A LINE-BY-LINE REVIEW, EXAMINING THESE JOB-KILLING REGULATIONS MR. SPEAKER, THE POLICE CHIEF IN COBOURG INDEED SAID THIS PROVINCE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS TO THE MINISTER, THIS IS GOING TO CREATE AN ADDITIONAL 17 JOBS THIS POLICE BUSINESS SERVICES UNIT IS NOW OPEN AT MIDNIGHT STARTING JANUARY 1st WE’RE CREATING JOBS TO THE BENEFIT OF THIS HOUSE, BECAUSE I KNOW IT’S RICH FOR THE OPPOSITION >> The Speaker: ORDER >> YOUR CRITICISM THIS IS GOING TO CREATE REVENUE, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE NOT — >> The Speaker: ORDER >> TO THE TAX BASE >> The Speaker: >> The Speaker: QUESTION >> CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WHY THIS AMENDMENT TO THE RECORD CHECKER FORMAT NEEDED TO BE MADE — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU [ Applause ] RESPONSE? >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THAT IMPORTANT QUESTION MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEKEND WAS PROUD TO STAND ALONGSIDE THE MEMBERS FROM NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH- GLENGARRY AND THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW AMENDMENT TO THE POLICE RECORD CHECK REFORMAT OUR GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED ON A MANDATE TO PUT THE PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE FIRST AND TO CUT THE RED TAPE, GROW OUR ECONOMY AND CREATE NEW JOBS FOR OUR PEOPLE THIS AMENDMENT WILL CREATE CONSISTENCY WITH RESPECT TO HOW POLICE RECORD CHECKS ARE CONDUCTED, WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY RESULT IN SHORTER PROCESSING TIMES AND FASTER SCREENING DECISIONS MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> I WILL CONTINUE TO REMOVE JOB-KILLING RED TAPE TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR BUSINESSES TO HIRE AND FOR WORKERS TO — [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH NEXT QUESTION MEMBER FOR NIAGARA CENTRE >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THROUGH YOU TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH DURING THE LAST ELECTION CAMPAIGN, THE CONSERVATIVES INSISTED THAT HISTORY WOULDN’T REPEAT ITSELF BUT THE PEOPLE OF NIAGARA REMEMBER THE 28 HOSPITALS CLOSED UNDER PREVIOUS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENTS AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE CLOSURES ARE SET TO START AGAIN >> The Speaker: COME TO ORDER >> MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, WHO LEARNED THEY’RE LOSING >> The Speaker: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, COME TO ORDER >> SURGICAL PROGRAMS THE MINISTER OF HEALTH PROVIDED NO INFORMATION FRIDAY ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE PLAN TO REBUILD THIS HOSPITAL WILL SHE PROVIDE AN UPDATE NOW? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE >> I THANK THE MEMBER VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION BECAUSE I KNOW THIS HAS BEEN AN ITEM OF GREAT TURMOIL IN THE REGION FOR THE PEOPLE OF GRIMSBY, FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STRONG PROPONENTS OF THE HOSPITAL I CAN TELL YOU THAT, FIRST OF ALL, PATIENT SAFETY IS ALWAYS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN IT HAS TO BE BUT I CAN ALSO ASSURE YOU THAT HOSPITAL SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED AT WEST LINCOLN HOSPITAL WE ARE WORKING RIGHT NOW WITH THE LHINs, WITH HAMILTON HEALTH SCIENCES AND WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AT WEST LINCOLN TO MAKE SURE THAT SERVICES CAN CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED WITH THE LEAST DISRUPTION POSSIBLE TO PATIENTS BUT SERVICES WILL CONTINUE IN THIS LOCATION [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY >> SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU THE MINISTER SEEMS UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO ANSWER SOME BASIC QUESTIONS, BUT THE SITUATION IS DIRE >> The Speaker: ORDER >> CHIEF OF STAFF, DR. GARY BENSON, RESIGNED IN RESPONSE TO PLANS TO MOVE OBSTETRICS AND SURGERY OUT OF THE HOSPITAL BENSON WROTE THAT HE WAS, QUOTE, TOTALLY BLINDSIDED BY THE DECISION NO ONE CONSULTED HIM THE INTERIM SITE LEAD AT THE HOSPITAL SAYS THAT, UNLESS THEY RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF FUNDING TO REBUILD THE HOSPITAL, NONE OF THE REST OF THE PIECES MAKE SENSE THE GOVERNMENT MEMBER FROM WEST NIAGARA SAYS HE’S FIGHTING FOR THE HOSPITAL WHO IS HE FIGHTING WITH? DOES THE MINISTER HAVE A PLAN? WILL THE MINISTER CONSULT WITH THE HOSPITAL AND THE PEOPLE OF NIAGARA BEFORE MAKING A DECISION TO CLOSE THIS HOSPITAL? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THE MEMBER FROM NIAGARA WEST IS DOING A TERRIFIC JOB — [ Applause ] AS WELL AS ADVOCATING FOR HIS COMMUNITY HE’S MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO ME THAT THE PEOPLE IN GRIMSBY AND SURROUNDING AREA ARE NOT HEAP WITH SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE SO WE ARE WORKING THROUGH IT RIGHT NOW TO FIND THE BEST SOLUTION THAT BALANCES PATIENT SAFETY WITH THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TO RECEIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES SO AS I INDICATED BEFORE, WE

ARE SPEAKING DIRECTLY WITH HAMILTON HEALTH SCIENCES, WITH THE WEST LINCOLN HOSPITAL, WITH THE LHIN THROUGH MY MINISTRY TO FIND A SATISFACTORY RESOLUTION TO THIS SITUATION BUT AS I SAID BEFORE, HOSPITAL SERVICES ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO REMAIN OPEN AT WEST LINCOLN [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR THE DEPUTY PREMIER SO IN RESPONSE TO BILL 47 AND SCRAPPING OF WORKERS’ PROTECTIONS, THE MINISTER OF LABOUR HAS SAID THAT THESE CHANGES ARE GOOD FOR WORKERS SO I NEED TO GET THIS STRAIGHT THE GOVERNMENT IS FREEZING MINIMUM WAGE AT $14 AN HOUR ELIMINATING TWO PAID SICK DAYS, CANCELLING EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK, REQUIRING DOCTORS’ NOTES, SOMETHING YOU KNOW IS A BURDEN ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OK YOU’RE LIMITING BEREAVEMENT LEAVE TO TWO UNPAID DAYS AND ALLOWING EMPLOYERS TO CANCEL PEOPLE’S SHIFTS WITH VIRTUALLY NO NOTICE THROUGH YOU, SPEAKER CAN THE DEPUTY PREMIER EXPLAIN IN ANY WAY HOW THIS IS GOOD FOR THE LOWEST PAID WORKERS HERE IN ONTARIO? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: DEPUTY PREMIER >> MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER TO THE HONOURABLE MEMBER WHO WAS PART OF A TEAM OVER THERE THAT BROUGHT IN PROBABLY THE GREATEST JOB-KILLING LEGISLATION WE’VE SEEN DURING THE 15 YEARS THAT THE LIBERALS WERE IN OFFICE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED WHAT YOU DID TO BUSINESS AND JOB CREATORS IN THIS PROVINCE 52,000 PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOB IN JANUARY, THE FIRST MONTH BILL 148 WAS IN, AND MANY OF THOSE WERE STUDENTS IN FACT THE MAJORITY WERE STUDENTS ANOTHER 80,000 — >> The Speaker: COME TO ORDER >> ANOTHER 80,000 IN AUGUST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY 28 YEARS MOST OF THEM WERE PART TIME AND THAT HAD TO DO WITH EQUAL PAY PROVISIONS WHICH MEANT YOU HAD A PAY A PART-TIMER A NEW PERSON THE SAME AS SOMEONE WHO’S WORKED THERE FOR 28 YEARS DIDN’T MAKE SENSE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS LOST 320,000 JOBS IN MANUFACTURING ON YOUR WATCH, SIR YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THAT [ Applause ] [ Interjections ] >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK FIRST OF ALL I HAVE TO SAY TO THE GOVERNMENT SIDE I WAS HAVING TROUBLE BELIEVE IT OR NOT HEARING THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE OF THE HECKLING COMING FROM THIS SIDE MINISTER’S RESPONSE — SECONDLY, I WOULD REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR THIS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A PERSONAL DEBATE IT NEEDS TO BE DEBATED BY POLICY START THE CLOCK SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER YOU KNOW, THE GROCERY BUSINESS WE USED TO CALL THAT CHERRY PICKING SO YOU PICK ONE MONTH, THE OTHER MONTH AND YOU KNOW THAT WE CREATED OVER — THIS ECONOMY’S CREATED OVER 17,000 JOBS IN THE LAST YEAR SO PREMIER FORD AND HIS GOVERNMENT CAN STRIP AWAY WORKERS’ PROTECTIONS LOWEST PAID WORKERS IN THIS PROVINCE, STRIP AWAY THEIR PROTECTIONS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU CAN FIND $350,000 A YEAR FOR A FORMER P.C. PARTY PRESIDENT AND ANOTHER $350,000 A YEAR >> The Speaker: ORDER >> FOR A CAMPAIGN ADVISOR IN WASHINGTON AND HE CAN APPOINT THE FAMILY LAWYER AT $667,000 A YEAR SO — >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK AGAIN, I ASK THE GOVERNMENT SIDE TO PLEASE COME TO ORDER SO I CAN HEAR THE MEMBER, WHO HAS EVERY RIGHT TO ASK HIS QUESTION START THE CLOCK I APOLOGIZE TO THE MEMBER FOR INTERRUPTING >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER SO IT’S LIKE THE GRAVY TRAIN HAS ARRIVED HERE AT QUEEN’S PARK AND THE PREMIER IS SHOUTING OUT “ALL ABOARD NEXT STOP OTTAWA.” SO, SPEAKER, I ASK THE MINISTER, I ASK THE MINISTER HOW — [ Interjections ] IN ANY WAY FARES BOTH THE STRIPPING AWAY OF WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND THIS GRAVY TRAIN IN FRONT OF US? I DON’T KNOW WHO ELSE IS ON BOARD >> The Speaker: QUESTION THANK YOU >> MINISTER, ANSWER THE QUESTION >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> WELL, MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY — THROUGH YOU NOT ONLY DID WE LOSE BETWEEN 2003 AND 2009 OVER 320,000 GOOD-PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS AND IT’S NOT LIKE THOSE JOBS WENT TO CHINA THEY WENT TO OHIO THEY WENT TO MICHIGAN THEY WENT TO QUEBEC THEY WENT TO OTHER PROVINCES THAT’S WHAT THE STATS SHOW AND YOU DID NOTHING THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT JUST IGNORED MANUFACTURING THERE WERE NO PLANS TO TRY AND BRING JOBS BACK TO MAKE OUR ECONOMY COMPETITIVE AGAIN >> The Speaker: ORDER >> THEY BROUGHT IN A PIECE OF LEGISLATION BILL 148 THAT PROTECTED AND NOURISHED A MINIMUM-WAGE ECONOMY WHAT GOVERNMENT IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD AIM FOR A POLICY LIKE THAT? [ Applause ] THAT’S A FAILED POLICY! AND IT’S GIVING UP ON OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND OUR APPRENTICES, AND IT’S NO WAY TO TREAT THE GOOD WORKING PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE — [ Applause ] [ Cheers ] >> The Speaker: ORDER STOP THE CLOCK [ Conversation din ]

>> The Speaker: THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER [ Interjections ] THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER >> The Speaker: ORDER ORDER START THE CLOCK NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR HASTINGS-LENNOX AND ADDING TON [ Applause ] >> MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY I KNOW THAT IN MY RIDING AND IN THE NORTH IN GENERAL, ONTARIO’S FORESTRY SECTOR HAS BEEN DECIMATED AND LEFT OUT IN THE COLD FOR A LONG TIME UNDER THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT WE SAW MASSIVE JOB LOSSES IN OUR NORTH OVER REGULATION AND NEGLECT SIMPLY FORCED ALL OF OUR FOREST COMPANIES TO STOP INVESTING IN ONTARIO MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE VOTED FOR CHANGE IN ONTARIO, AND OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO DELIVERING THAT CHANGE WE NEED TO OPEN UP ONTARIO FOR BUSINESS AND FIND WAYS TO WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY WITH THE FORESTRY SECTOR TO HELP REGULATE THAT TODAY, CAN THE MINISTER PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THIS HOUSE AND OUR GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS TO REVERSE THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT >> The Speaker: TIMMINS, COME TO ORDER >> TO OPEN UP THIS VITAL SEC TORE FOR OUR BUSINESS? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HASTINGS, LENNOX AND ADDINGTON UNDER THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, WE SAW HALF THE JOBS IN THE FORESTRY SECTOR DISAPPEAR 51,000 JOBS >> The Speaker: MEMBER FOR ESSEX, COME TO ORDER >> WHAT WAS THEIR SOLUTION? MORE REGULATIONS TO BURDEN THE INDUSTRY MR. SPEAKER, I’M PROUD OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE HAS TAKEN ACTION TO OPEN ONTARIO UP FOR BUSINESS JUST LAST MONTH I ANNOUNCED ROUNDTABLES THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT NORTHERN AND EASTERN ONTARIO TO FIND SOLUTIONS IN THE FORESTRY SECTOR SO WE CAN UNLEASH THE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR THE NORTH FOR YEARS THESE COMPANIES THAT EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF ONTARIANS WERE IGNORED IN FAVOUR OF SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND POLICIES THAT WERE MORE FOCUSED ON SOUNDING GOOD AND LESS FOCUSED ON ACTUALLY HELPING ANYONE I LOOK FORWARD TO THESE MEETINGS WITH THESE COMPANIES OVERT NEXT THREE TO SIX MONTHS AND HEARING THEIR IDEAS ON HOW WE CAN OPEN ONTARIO FOR BUSINESS [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: RESPONSE THANK YOU SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR THAT RESPONSE IT IS CERTAINLY REASSURING TO HEAR THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS TACKLING THE INEFFICIENT SITUATION LEFT BEHIND BY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME, LONG TIME COMING FOR ONTARIO, NORTHERN ONTARIANS FOR TOO LONG, THESE CITIZENS WHO WORKED SO HARD FOR OUR NORTH HAVE BEEN NEGLECTED AND THEY’VE BEEN BURDENED WITH MORE AND MORE REGULATIONS, LITERALLY DUE TO THE LIBERAL RED TAPE BONANZA THAT SEEMED TO BE NOT ENDING NOW WE FINALLY HAVE A GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT IS COMMITTED TO LISTENING TO THE FORESTRY SECTOR AND FINDING SMART AND INNOVATIVE NEW WAYS TO UNLEASH THE ECONOMIC STRENGTHS OF ONTARIO NORTH >> The Speaker: COME TO ORDER >> CAN THE MINISTER PROVIDE ANY CONCRETE EXAMPLES OF HOW THE FORESTRY INDUSTRY IS RESPONDING TO OUR INITIATIVE, TO OUR GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO REDUCE REGULATIONS AND TO FINALLY OPEN UP ONTARIO FOR BUSINESS? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> MR. SPEAKER, I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE FORESTRY SECTOR IS ALREADY RESPONDING TO OUR GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS AND COMMITMENTS TO REDUCE REGULATION AND OPEN ONTARIO UP FOR BUSINESS JUST LAST WEEK I ATTENDED AN ANNOUNCEMENT WITH RESOLUTE WHERE THEY ANNOUNCED AN INVESTMENT OF $55.3 MILLION IN THUNDER BAY — [ Applause ] I’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE HOUSE — LISA LaFLAMME, THE CHIEF OFFICER OF RESOLUTE QUOTE-UNQUOTE LET ME BE CLEAR TODAY’S INVESTMENT BUILDS ON PREMIER FORD’S POLICIES THAT HAVE DECLARED ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS PREMIER FORD, YOU’VE MADE IT CLEAR THAT YOU WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO GROW AND INVEST IN BUSINESS IN ONTARIO AND TO BUILD AN ECONOMY THAT ALLOWS MORE WORKERS TO FIND JOBS WE ARE PLEASED THAT ONTARIO’S OPEN FOR BUSINESS THIS GIVES US AN IMPROVED LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE FUTURE >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> I WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE TO THIS HOUSE THAT ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: ORDER START THE CLOCK AGAIN NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR WINDSOR-TECUMSEH >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF FINANCE GOOD MORNING, MINISTER SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN MAKING SECRET DEALS WITH RACETRACK OPERATORS THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS ARE BEING LOOKED AFTER, BUT THE LITTLE GUY, THE PEOPLE WHO BREED, TRAIN AND RACE AT THE SMALLER TRACKS, ARE FORGOTTEN

TAKE LEAMINGTON FOR EXAMPLE TRACKS IN LONDON AND HAMILTON CAN OFFER A PURSE OF $6,000 A RACE BUT LEAMINGTON ONLY GETS 3,500 SPEAKER, WHEN WILL THE MINISTER INSIST THAT THE LITTLE GUYS IN HORSE RACING GET A FAIR DEAL FROM THE RACING INDUSTRY? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF FINANCE >> THANK YOU AND GOOD MORNING TO THE MEMBER FROM WINDSOR-TECUMSEH AS WELL SPEAKER, ONTARIO LOTTERY AND GAMING CONTINUES TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO THE TRACK IN LEAMINGTON TO SUPPORT LIVE RACING UNDER THEIR CURRENT AGREEMENTS OUR GOVERNMENT HAS KEPT ITS COMMITMENT TO BOLSTER THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY AND REPAIR THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, SUPPORTED BY THE N.D.P AGREEMENTS IN PRINCIPLE HAVE BEEN REACHED AT OTHER RACETRACKS SPEAKER, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT LIVE RACING IS IN ONTARIO IT HELPS SO MANY SECTORS FROM FARMERS, BREEDERS, GROOMERS, TRAINERS ALL OF THE SUPPORT WORKERS, SPEAKER THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT SECTOR AND WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE SUPPORT FUNDING [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY >> SPEAKER, EVERY SPORT NEEDS A FARM SYSTEM, A TRAINING GROUND YOU PLAY AT THE JUNIOR LEVEL OR MINOR SYSTEM BEFORE BURSTING INTO THE NHL A HEALTHY HORSE RACING INDUSTRY NEEDS SMALLER TRACKS TO BE SUCCESSFUL PATRONS SUPPORT THE 13 RACING DATES IN LEAMINGTON WHY WON’T THE MINISTER TELL THOSE PULLING THE RACING STRINGS TO NEGOTIATE A FAIR DEAL FOR LEAMINGTON SO THE LOCAL RACING INDUSTRY CAN SURVIVE? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> WELL, SPEAKER, I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE REVIEW HOW WE GOT TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY IF YOU RECALL, 2012, WHEN A BOMBSHELL HIT THE RACING SECTOR, WHEN THE LIBERALS DECIMATED THE ENTIRE SYSTEM, AND IT ONLY, IT ONLY COULD HAPPEN BECAUSE THE N.D.P STOOD UP AND VOTED WITH THEM TO DESTROY THE HORSE RACING SECTOR, SPEAKER THAT’S JUST THE FACT THAT CAN’T BE CHANGED FROM BACK IN 2012 ONLY THE P.C. MEMBERS WHO WERE IN OPPOSITION AT THE TIME STOOD UP, STOOD UP FOR ONTARIO, STOOD UP FOR THE FARMERS [ Applause ] STOOD UP FOR THE BREEDERS, STOOD UP FOR THE GROOMERS STOOD UP FOR THE SUPPORT WORKERS IT WAS ONLY THE P.C. MEMBERS WHO STOOD UP FOR THE HORSE RACING SECTOR >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> AGAIN, WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO THE TRACK IN LEAMINGTON TO SUPPORT LIVE RACING THANK YOU, SPEAKER [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS TO THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES ACCORDING TO NEW NUMBERS PROVIDED BY THE RCMP, THERE WERE MORE THAN 1,600 INTERCEPTIONS OF ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSERS IN SEPTEMBER ONTARIANS FROM ACROSS THE PROVINCE CONSIDER THIS A BORDER CRISIS WHY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS THIS A NONISSUE MR. SPEAKER, ACCOUNT MINISTER PLEASE BRING SOME RATIONALE THOUGHTS TO THIS ISSUE? THANK — RATIONAL THOUGHTS TO THIS ISSUE? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF CHILDREN, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES >> THANKS VERY MUCH I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION FROM THE MOMENT FOR MISSISSAUGA EAST-COOKSVILLE HE HAS BEEN A VERY STRONG ADVOCATE FOR A STRONGER, MORE CONFIDENT, IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO UNFORTUNATELY, GIVEN THE LACK OF CONTROL AT THE BORDER AND THE LACK OF RESPECT THAT THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT FEDERALLY IS PROVIDING TO THE PUBLIC, WE HAVE SEEN THAT THIS HAS ESCALATED AND COST THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO I HIGHLIGHTED THIS SUMMER AS A COST OF $200 MILLION AND GROWING ON THE PUBLIC PURSE HERE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO ALL PREMIERS IN ALL POLITICAL PARTIES AGREE WITH OUR STAND THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE FULLY COMPENSATING THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND OTHER PROVINCES FOR THE BREAKDOWN IN OUR BORDER SECURITY I’LL CONTINUE TO PRESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT I’LL HAVE MORE TO SAY ON THAT IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY BUT I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THERE IS INCREASING FRUSTRATION >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THIS ISSUE AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU, MINISTER AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY [ Applause ] WHILE I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY, WE WILL STAND UP FOR ONTARIAN TAXPAYERS AS IT IS GETTING COLD OUTSIDE, ONTARIO’S MOST VULNERABLE WILL BE LOOKING FOR SHELTER AS THE WINTER APPROACHES I CHECKED THE CITY OF TORONTO’S DAILY SHELTER AND OVERNIGHT DAILY SERVICE

ONLINE TRACKER THIS MORNING OCCUPANCY RATES ARE EITHER NEARING OR AT CAPACITY THESE CAPACITY RATES ALREADY INCLUDE 2,000 MORE BEDS THAN WERE AVAILABLE WHEN THIS BORDER CRISIS BEGAN IN NOVEMBER OF 2017 AND THIS ISN’T AN ISSUE >> The Speaker: QUESTION >> UNIQUE TO THE CITY OF TORONTO MINISTER, HOW WILL ONTARIO’S MUNICIPALITIES COPE UNDER THIS ADDED STRAIN? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER I APPRECIATE THE MEMBER’S WELL WISHES FOR MY BIRTHDAY WHAT I’D REALLY LIKE IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE ME WITH A $200 MILLION GIFT TO PAY FOR — [ Applause ] THE ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSING — IN ONTARIO I’M GOING TO OUTLINE THOSE COSTS ONE MORE TIME $90 MILLION IN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COSTS AND GROWING, $20 MILLION IN EDUCATION COSTS AND GROWING, AND SHELTER COSTS TO THE CITY OF OTTAWA AND THE CITY OF TORONTO WHICH ARE WELL OVER $84 MILLION SPEAKER, IT’S TIME THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STANDS UP, PAYS ITS BILLS AND MAKES ONTARIO WHOLE AS EVERY SINGLE PREMIER IN EVERY SINGLE POLITICAL PARTY STANDS SIDE BY SIDE OUR PREMIER FORD I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT IT’S NOT JUST US THAT ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS MATTER LIBERAL M.P. JOHN McKAY SAID OF HIS OWN GOVERNMENT — PEOPLE HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT REFUGEES AND THEY SHOULD BE RETURNED SOONER RATHER THAN LATER >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> THE ONLY FAIR THING FOR EVERYBODY IS TO PROCESS THEM QUICKLY AND I THINK THAT’S WHERE THE GOVERNMENT’S — [ Voice trailing ] >> The Speaker: THANK YOU [ Applause ] STOP THE CLOCK ORDER START THE CLOCK THE NEXT QUESTION MEMBER FOR St. CATHARINES >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE St. CATHARINES IS IN THE MIDST OF A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS WHETHER IT BE THOSE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS OR WITH ADDICTION PEOPLE ACROSS St. CATHARINES ARE NOT BEING GIVEN THE CARE THEY NEED JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, HUNDREDS OF CITIZENS PARTICIPATED IN A VIGIL TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO MENTAL ILLNESS AND TO CALL FOR A COMPREHENSIVE ACTION TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN St. CATHARINES WILL THE MINISTER TELL ME WHAT SHE IS DOING TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN St. CATHARINES? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE >> THANK YOU AS THE MEMBER WILL KNOW, IT WAS ONE OF OUR PRIMARY CAMPAIGN PROMISES THAT WE WOULD INTRODUCE A COMPREHENSIVE AND CONNECTED MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS PROGRAM FOR ONTARIO $3.8 BILLION ARE GOING TO BE PUT INTO THIS OVER TEN YEARS IT’S A LOT OF MONEY, MORE THAN OTHER GOVERNMENT VERSUS PUT INTO THIS, AND WE ARE GOING TO CONCENTRATE ON IT IN HOLISTIC WAY WE’RE NOT GOING TO LOOK AT ONE OR TWO, THREE SECTIONS OF IT ACROSS THE SPECK FRUM FROM PERSON WHEN THEY’RE A CHILD TO THEIR SENIOR YEARS THIS IS SOMETHING THAT’S INVOLVING ALMOST EVERY MINISTRY ON THIS SIDE WE ARE GOING TO BE SPEAKING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE MINISTRIES WE’RE GOING TO BE SPEAKING TO PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES WE’RE GOING TO BE SPEAKING TO PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE SO WE MAKE SURE WE FINALLY GET THIS RIGHT WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS FOR SO MANY YEARS IN THIS HOUSE, FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS THAT WAS ALMOST TEN YEARS AGO THAT THAT REPORT CAME OUT >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> WE NEED TO START ACTING ON IT AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO PLAU >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER PEOPLE WHO NEED MENTAL HEALTH CARE ARE BEING TURNED AWAY FOR DISCHARGE FROM HOSPITALS IN St. CATHARINES THIS VERY MOMENT FAMILIES IN St. CATHARINES OFTEN HAVE TO WAIT OVER A YEAR FOR THEIR LOVED ONES TO ACCESS MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND DEMAND IS ONLY GOING UP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR HISTORY, THE CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION CHAPTER OF NIAGARA HAS HAD TO TAKE A LOAN TO FUND A NEW EXPANSION TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN NEED IN St. CATHARINES THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT LEFT OUR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE ORGANIZATION SCRAMBLING FOR ADEQUATE FUNDING AND THIS GOVERNMENT LOOKS NO DIFFERENT WILL THE MINISTER TELL THE PEOPLE OF St. CATHARINES THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO WILL HELP FUND THIS DESPERATELY NEEDED PROJECT IN OUR CITY? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> ONE THING THE MEMBER AND I CAN AGREE ON IS THAT THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT DID NOT DO ANYTHING TO IMPROVE — [ Applause ] WERE TAKEN WE HAVE MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS ON CONSUMPTION AND REHABILITATION SERVICES SITES AND THE St. CATHARINES SITE IS GOING TO BE OPENING AS THEY APPLY TO BECOME ACCREDITED UNDER THE NEW PLAN WE KNOW THAT MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION ISSUES ARE INTERCONNECTED SO YOU CAN’T DEAL WITH ONE WITHOUT DEALING WITH THE OTHER IS THERE MORE TO BE DONE? ABSOLUTELY, YES WE KNOW THAT WE NEED TO EXPAND OUR TREATMENT SERVICES ACROSS THE PROVINCE WE NEED TO EXPAND DETOX BEDS,

MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE GET THE WRAPAROUND SERVICES ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE THAT THEY NEED HOUSING IS A HUGE ISSUE WE ARE APPROACHING ALL OF THOSE ISSUES FOR THE PEOPLE NOT JUST IN St. CATHARINES — THEY’RE IMPORTANT — BUT THE PEOPLE ACROSS ONTARIO WE ARE LOOKING AT IT FOR THE PEOPLE AND WE ARE GOING TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> THAT IS GOING TO BENEFIT THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR MISSISSAUGA CENTRE >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND MINES MR. SPEAKER, IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT IT’S BEEN A VERY LONG TIME SINCE ONTARIO WAS THE ECONOMIC ENGINE OF CANADA IN FACT, IT’S BEEN 15 LONG YEARS, WHICH IS CERTAINLY NO COINCIDENCE THE MISMANAGEMENT AND FISCAL RECKLESSNESS OF THE PREMIER’S GOVERNMENT LED TO VALUABLE INVESTMENT DOLLARS LEAVING OUR PROVINCE IN SEARCH OF MORE FRIENDLY JURISDICTIONS THESE INVESTMENT DOLLARS WOULD HAVE BROUGHT GOOD JOBS TO ONTARIO AND HELPED OUR ECONOMY THRIVE INSTEAD, MR. SPEAKER, LIBERALS SHUT ONTARIO’S DOORS TO BUSINESSES, ENTREPRENEURS AND INVESTMENT I AM PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO REVERSE THAT TREND CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ABOUT DEVELOPMENTS THIS LAST WEEK THAT DEMONSTRATE THAT OUR PROVINCE IS NOW TRULY OPEN FOR BUSINESS? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM MISSISSAUGA CENTRE FOR HER INTEREST IN WHAT’S GOING ON IN NORTHERN ONTARIO MR. SPEAKER, I WAS JOINED WITH THE PREMIER TO GO UP INTO ALGOMA, BEAUTIFUL ALGOMA COUNTRY WE JOINED FOLKS FROM PICK RIVER FIRST NATION, PICK MOWBERT, WHITE RIVER, HORNEPAYNE FOLKS FROM WAWA MINE EXPANSION SHUGG GAR ZONE HOW SWEET IT IS, MR. SPEAKER [ Laughter ] MORE THAN 200 DIRECT JOBS 1.5 MILLION OUNCES OF GOLD ANTICIPATED FOR THE NEXT 10 OR 11 YEARS, MR. SPEAKER THIS GOING TO BE — THIS REPRESENTS ANOTHER KEY OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT REGION THAT’S BEEN HIT HARD OVER THE PAST DECADE AND A HALF OF DARKNESS WE WORKED WITH HEART GOLD TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT MINE WAS ABLE TO OPEN UP ON TIME, MR. SPEAKER, AND TO SEE THE SMILE >> The Speaker: MEMBER FOR TIMMINS >> THOSE WORKERS AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO BUILT THOSE ROADS >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> TREES AND ARE NOW MAKING GOLD BRICKS, MR. SPEAKER [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK RESTART THE CLOCK SUPPLEMENTARY >> MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE MINISTER FOR THAT SWEET ANSWER AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING GOOD JOBS BACK TO NORTHERN ONTARIO MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT IS ENSURING THAT BUSINESSES AND INVESTORS ALL OVER THE WORLD KNOW THAT ONTARIO IS FINALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND OPEN FOR INVESTMENT WE ARE CUTTING UNNECESSARY RED TAPE THAT WAS PUTTING A BURDEN ON COMPANIES LOOKING TO INVEST IN OUR PROVINCE MR. SPEAKER, HIGH COSTS AND RED TAPE HAVE CREATED AN ECONOMIC CLIMATE THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO START MINING AND LOGGING OPERATIONS THESE CRITICAL SECTORS ARE ECONOMIC DRIVERS ESPECIALLY IN NORTHERN COMMUNITIES IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, TWO THIRDS OF ONTARIO’S MINING JOBS ARE LOCATED IN NORTHERN ONTARIO ADDITIONALLY, MINING IS A LARGE EMPLOYER FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, WITH OVER 11% OF ONTARIO’S MINING FORESTS BEING, INDIGENOUS CAN THE MINISTER ADVISE HOW WILL THESE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS UNLOCK THE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF THIS IMPORTANT SECTOR AND GET OUR PEOPLE WORKING? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> WELL, IT’S TRUE, MR. SPEAKER IT WAS A GREAT DAY IN THE SUGAR ZONE BUT THERE ARE A FEW SOUR NOTES TO BE HEARD WELL, DESPITE THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, THIS HEART GOLD TEAM SET UP THAT MINE IN THREE YEARS, BUT IT TOOK SEVEN YEARS TO WADE THROUGH THE REGULATORY BURDENS, MR. SPEAKER SEVEN LONG YEARS 97% OF THE TIME THOSE REGULATORY BURDENS WERE SUPPORTED BY WHO, MR. SPEAKER? THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION NOW THIS NO DIGGING PARTY’S GOT TO TAKE IT FROM US, MR. SPEAKER, AND THE PEOPLE IN NORTHERN ONTARIO WE’RE GOING TO STAND UP FOR THE 26,000 PEOPLE DIRECTLY EMPLOYED IN THE MINING SECTOR, 56,000 INDIRECTLY >> The Speaker: ORDER >> THE HIGHEST EMPLOYER OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER IF THEY DON’T WANT TO BUILD MINES OVER THERE, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL THANK YOU [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK ORDER ORDER ORDER START THE CLOCK THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA FALLS >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE NIAGARA’S BEING SHAKEN TO ITS CORE BY A SHOCKING NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO NEED

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS THEY CAN’T GET THE SUPPORTS, SO INSTEAD THEY’RE TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES I’VE BEEN TO THE FUNERALS I’VE SPOKEN TO THE FAMILIES TIME AND TIME AGAIN, AND IT’S CLEAR TO ALL OF US IN NIAGARA THAT THE NEED FOR EXPANDED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IS CRITICAL PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET THE SERVICES THEY NEED, AND THEY NEED MORE SUPPORT FROM THIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT REVERSE ITS DECISION TO CUT MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING AND INSTEAD ENSURE RESOURCES ARE THERE IN THE COMMUNITIES WHEN IT IS NEEDED? THANK YOU [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE >> THE MEMBER IS TALKING ABOUT A VERY SERIOUS SUBJECT WE ARE LOSING TOO MANY PEOPLE TO SUICIDE IN COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS OUR PROVINCE THIS HAS TO STOP AND THAT IS WHY WE MADE OUR COMMITMENT DURING THE CAMPAIGN AND WE ARE CONTINUING WITH THAT COMMITMENT SPEND $3.8 BILLION OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS — MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICT SERVICES THIS IS AN INCREASE IN SERVICES CONTRARY TO WHAT THE MEMBER INDICATED THIS IS IMPORTANT ACROSS THE BOARD WE KNOW WE NEED TO HAVE MORE ADDICTION SERVICES WE TALKED ABOUT THAT SEVERAL WEEKS AGO THE TWO SITUATIONS ARE COMMINGLED VERY OFTEN SOMEONE WITH A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM ALSO HAS AN ADDICTION PROBLEM WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH BOTH ISSUES TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE CAN BE TRULY REHABILITATED SO WE ARE WORKING ON THAT I AM WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> AND MANY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION OR THE OTHER PARTIES HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ON WHAT WE SHOULD DO, I WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO — [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: THANK YOU SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER AGAIN BACK TO THE MINISTER 330 MILLION THAT IS HOW MUCH THE GOVERNMENT HAS CUT FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACROSS THE PROVINCE [ Interjections ] >> The Speaker: ORDER GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER >> THEY HAVE CUT FUNDING WHILE WAIT — THEY HAVE CUT FUNDING WHILE WAIT LISTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO AK SES MENTAL — >> The Speaker: SORRY TO INTERRUPT AGAIN I ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO COME TO ORDER THE MEMBER HAS THE RIGHT TO PUT HIS QUESTION I HAVE TO HEAR IT I APOLOGIZE TO THE MEMBER FOR SANT — St. CATHARINES >> THANK YOU MILLIMETRE THEY HAVE CUT FUNDING WHILE WAIT LISTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO ACCESS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE AS HIGH AS 18 MONTHS THAT 18 MONTHS THEY’RE WAITING FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO GET THE SERVICES THEY NEED NOT TO MENTION THE STRESS AND THE HEARTACHE FOR THOSE CARING FOR THEM AND OUR FRONT-LINE WORKERS WE CAN ALL DO BETTER IT’S POWER RESPONSIBILITY TO DO BETTER FOR THESE PEOPLE >> The Speaker: COME TO ORDER >> WILL YOU REVERSE THE CUTS TO MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING BY RESTORING, BY RESTORING THE $330 MILLION IN FUNDING AND TAKE MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT FRONT-LINE SERVICES ARE THERE WHEN PEOPLE NEED THEM? THANK YOU [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, THROUGH YOU TO THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE AND TO ANYONE WATCHING THESE PROCEEDINGS, THAT THE NUMBERS QUOTED BY THE MEMBER ASKING THE QUESTION ARE ABSOLUTELY INCORRECT [ Applause ] ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE CORRECT $3.8 BILLION IS A LOT OF MONEY AND WE’RE GOING TO DO IT IN A HOLISTIC WAY ACROSS ALL THE AREAS THAT NEED HELP FROM HOUSING TO SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION TO PRIMARY CARE, TO ADDICTION SERVICES ALL OF THOSE SERVICES ARE GOING TO BE ENHANCED FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO THAT’S WHAT WE GOT ELECTED TO DO AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK START THE CLOCK NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR SAULT Ste MARIE >> THANK YOU MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF FINANCE MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THE HONOURABLE MINISTER IS A MEMBER OF A NORTHERN CITY LIKE MYSELF AND AS SUCH HAS A DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHALLENGES THAT FACE OUR NORTHERN COMMUNITIES I’M SURE OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF MONTHS ALL OF THE NORTHERN MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSEHOLD HAVE HEARD FROM THEIR CONSTITUENTS ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE PROTECT OUR JOBS IN THE NORTH I’M PROUD TO SAY THAT HELP IS ON THE WAY AND IN FACT HELP IS HERE, MR. SPEAKER AND PROTECTING GOOD-PAYING JOBS ALL ACROSS ONTARIO HAS BEEN ONE OF THE KEY PRIORITIES OF OUR GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO DEMONSTRATE THAT WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS THIS INCLUDES IN COMMUNITIES LIKE MY OWN RIDING OF SAULT Ste. MARIE WHICH IS HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES IN ALL OF ONTARIO MR. SPEAKER, I WAS VERY PLEASED TO JOIN THE PREMIER LAST WEEK FOR AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT AT ALGOMA STEEL MINISTER OF FINANCE PLEASE TELL THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE HOW THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL HELP PROTECT STEELWORKERS IN MY RIDING OF

SAW St. MARIE? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF FINANCE >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM SAULT Ste. MARIE FOR HIS GREAT WORK WHEN WE SAY ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS, SPEAKER, WE MEAN ALL OF ONTARIO [ Applause ] LAST TUESDAY, THE PREMIER MADE A SIGNIFICANT ANNOUNCEMENT WHILE VISITING ALGOMA STEEL MILL OUR GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED INITIATIVE ENSURES THE PENSIONS BENEFIT GUARANTEED FUND IS IN PLACE TO SUPPORT THE PENSIONS OF ALGOMA STEEL’S 2,100 CURRENT AND 6,300 FORMER OR RETIRED EMPLOYEES OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING JOBS AND ENSURING ALGOMA REMAINS COMPETITIVE IN A TOUGH MARKET THIS PROPOSED INITIATIVE PROTECTS WORKERS AND PENSIONERS AT ALGOMA, SUPPORTS OUR STEEL INDUSTRY AND CONTRIBUTES TO ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ALL THROUGHOUT THE NORTH SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS COMMITTED TO MAKING ONTARIO >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> OPEN FOR BUSINESS [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY MEMBER FOR SIMCOE NORTH >> ANSWER I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF A GOVERNMENT THAT KEEPS THE PROMISES IT MAKES THIS INCLUDES PROTECTING GOOD JOBS AND ENCOURAGING EMPLOYERS TO SET UP SHOP IN ONTARIO AFTER 15 LONG YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, WE WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN MAKING SURE THESE PENSIONS ARE PROTECTED, BUT OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT STOPPING THERE MR. SPEAKER, OUR STEEL INDUSTRY HAS EXPERIENCED A DIFFICULT TIME RIGHT NOW NEW TARIFFS ARE MAKING IT HARDER FOR THE CANADIAN STEEL INDUSTRY, BUT OUR GOVERNMENT STANDS WITH OUR NORTHERN BUSINESSES AND PARTNERS IN THESE TOUGH TIMES MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND MINES HOW IS OUR GOVERNMENT WORKING TO SUPPORT ALGOMA STEEL WITH SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY IN THE STEEL MARKET? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF FINANCE >> I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM SIMCOE NORTH FOR HER QUESTION NO BETTER WORDS THAN THE C.E.O. OF ALGOMA STEEL KALEN GAUCHE SHE SAID OF OUR GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT WE’RE PROVIDING A BIG BENEFIT TO RETIREES WHO HAVE A SECURE RETIREMENT GOING FORWARD PROTECTING JOBS, GIVING THOSE WORKERS THE ASSURANCES THEY NEED TODAY, AND THE ONES WHO HAVE ALREADY DONE THEIR TIME IN THAT STEEL MILL ASECURE FUTURE FOR TOMORROW ALL THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT HORSE RACING THIS MORNING, MR. SPEAKER, GOT ME THINKING ABOUT A NORTHERN ONTARIO TRIFECTA ALGOMA STEEL ON TUESDAY SUGAR ZONE ON WEDNESDAY RESOLUTE ON THURSDAY MR. SPEAKER, WE CALL THAT A NORTHERN ONTARIO TRIFECTA [ Applause ] AND WE’RE PROUD TO STAND UP FOR JOBS THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE TO FAMILIES IN NORTHERN ONTARIO FORESTRY, MINING, RESOURCES >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> AND ENSURING THAT OUR WORKERS, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE A SECURE JOB TODAY AND A GREAT FUTURE WHEN THEY RETIRE TOMORROW [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR YORK SOUTH-WESTON >> THANK YOU THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF LABOUR FREEZING THE MINIMUM WAGE HURTS THE LOWEST PAID WORKERS IN OUR SOCIETY THESE ARE THE PEOPLE IN THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE LOOKING OUT FOR BUT INSTEAD, A GROWING NUMBER OF ONTARIANS ARE WORKING FULL-TIME OR JUGGLING MULTIPLE JOBS BUT STILL STRUGGLING TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, PAUL MILLER, WHO IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FOOD SHARE TORONTO, WORKS EVERY DAY TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF FOOD INSECURITY HE RECENTLY WROTE AN OP-ED LETTER TO THE PREMIER, WITH A SIMPLE CHALLENGE, AND I PUT THIS CHALLENGE TODAY TO THE MINISTER IF THE MINISTER BELIEVES THAT $14 PER HOUR IS AN ADEQUATE MINIMUM WAGE, WILL SHE LIVE ON $14 PER HOUR >> The Speaker: QUESTION >> FOR THE REMAINDER OF HER TERM? [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF LABOUR >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MR. SPEAKER, WE CAMPAIGNED ON MAINTAINING THE MINIMUM WAGE AT $14 AN HOUR, MR. SPEAKER WE’VE SAID THAT BUSINESSES DESERVE TO HAVE TIME TO CATCH UP, OF THE 21% INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE THAT OCCURRED JUST THIS YEAR MR. SPEAKER, WE RECOGNIZE THAT LOWER-INCOME FAMILIES DO DESERVE A BREAK, MR. SPEAKER THAT’S WHY WE’RE COMMITTED TO ENSURE THAT MINIMUM WAGE EARNERS PAY NO PROVINCIAL INCOME TAX WE’RE ALSO — [ Applause ] WE’RE ALSO DECREASING THEIR HYDRO BILLS, DECREASING THEIR GAS BILLS THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO SPOKE THEY SAID THEY WANT ONTARIO TO BE MORE AFFORDABLE PLACE TO LIVE AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE DOING ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THAT CONCLUDES THE TIME FOR QUESTION PERIOD POINT OF ORDER

THE MEMBER FOR BRUCE-GREY-OWEN SOUND >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER IN ADDITION TO SCOTT ALLANSON, V.P. OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS WITH HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION, I’D ALSO LIKE TO WELCOME LOUISE TAYLOR GREEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SHARON STONE CHAIR OF THE BOARD AND QUAD BOHAZARD V.P REGULATORY AFFAIRS REGISTRAR REMIND EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE THERE IS A HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON IN ROOM 228 >> POINT OF ORDER, SPEAKER IT WAS MENTIONED EARLIER BUT THIS IS THE DAY EVERY YEAR THAT THE MEMBER FROM NEPEAN, OUR MINISTRY OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND OTHER THINGS, CELEBRATES HER 29th BIRTHDAY, MR. SPEAKER IT WILL BE 14 YEARS HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LISA MacLEOD [ Applause ] >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH PURSUANT TO STANDING ORDER 38 (A), THE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA FALLS HAS GIVEN NOTICE OF HIS DISSATISFACTION WITH THE ANSWER TO HIS QUESTION GIVEN BY THE MINISTER OF LABOUR CONCERNING PROACTIVE WORKPLACE INSPECTIONS THIS MATTER WILL BE DEBATED TOMORROW AT 6:00 p.m THERE BEING NO DEFERRED VOTES, THIS HOUSE IS IN RECESS UNTIL 1:00 p.m. THIS AFTERNOON