2018-11-28 Question Period


IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS AND I RECOGNIZE THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION. [ Applause ]>>Andrea Horwath: THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THANK YOU, SPEAKER. BEFORE I START, I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS MORNING EARLY ON WE LOST A GREAT ONTARIAN AND CANADIAN, HARRY LESLIE SMITH, AT THE AGE OF 95. HE WAS A PASSIONATE FIGHTER FOR EQUITY, JUSTICE AND UNIVERSAL MEDICARE. HE WAS A VETERAN, AND HIS SON JOHN AND FAMILY KNOW THAT NEW DEMOCRATS WILL ALWAYS STAND WITH HARRY. [ Applause ] MY QUESTION, SPEAKER, IS — [ Applause ] MY QUESTION IS FOR THE ACTING PREMIER. THIS MORNING IN AJAX, WORKERS AT MARTIN RHEA, AN AUTO PARTS — MARTINREA, LEARNED THEIR JOBS WILL SOON BE GONE THE LAST RIPPLE FROM G.M. — THE LATEST RIPPLE FROM G.M.’s DEVASTATING NEWS ON MONDAY. YESTERDAY THE PREMIER TRAVELLED TO A RIBBON CUTTING IN LONDON. TODAY HE PLANS TO BE IN GRIMSBY. WILL THE PREMIER FIND SOME TIME IN HIS ITINERARY TO MEET FACE TO FACE WITH G.M. WORKERS IN OSHAWA WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL FIGHT FOR THEIR JOBS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: ACTING PREMIER.>>THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE PREMIER AND MY OFFICE HAVE BEEN WORKING EXTREMELY HARD TO REACH OUT TO ALL OF THE AUTO PARTS SECTOR IN ONTARIO TO ENSURE THAT WE’RE GETTING THE LAY OF THE LAND TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT THE CLOSURE OF THE OSHAWA FACILITY IS GOING TO MEAN TO THE AUTO PARTS MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION AND COMPANIES LIKE MARTINREA, LYNN NE MAR AND MAGNA. I WAS ON THE PHONE YESTERDAY WITH THE LEADERSHIP WITH ALL OF THOSE COMPANIES. MOST OF THEM HAVE SAID THERE WOULD BE LITTLE TO NO IMPACT AS A RESULT OF THE CLOSURE AT OSHAWA’S G.M. FACILITIES, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS IS OF DEEP CONCERN. THERE WERE 77 JOBS THAT WERE ANNOUNCED WERE GOING TO BE LOST IN AJAX TODAY. THEY MAKE SUSPENSION MODULES AND ENGINE CRADLES FOR THE CADILLAC VERSION THAT WAS BEING PRODUCED IN OSHAWA AS WELL AS THE IMPALA WHICH WAS COMING OFF THE LINES IN OSHAWA. BUT AGAIN MOST OF THOSE COMPANIES HAVE SAID THAT THE IMPACT ON THE PRODUCTION CHAIN, THE SUPPLY CHAIN WILL BE MINIMAL TO NO IMPACT AS GENERAL MOTORS IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BUILD VEHICLES.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>CARS AND TRUCKS.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>AS THEY’RE MOVING TO THAT ANGLE. I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE PREMIER AND MY MINISTRY ARE THERE TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO NEED IT AT THIS VERY IMPORTANT TIME OF NEED. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: FAMILIES IN OSHAWA ARE STILL REELING FROM THE NEWS ABOUT G.M. EAST PLANS. LAYOFFS WILL HIT THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO WORK AT G.M. HARDEST, BUT THE IMPACT FOR OSHAWA’S ECONOMY AND ONTARIO’S ENTIRE AUTO SECTOR IS POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING, AND WE ARE ALREADY SEEING IT. WHILE ELECTED OFFICIALS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA ARE SAYING THEY’RE READY TO FIGHT THIS DECISION BY G.M., THE PREMIER SAID THE SHIP HAS SAILED. WHY IS THE PREMIER MISSING IN ACTION, SPEAKER? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE PREMIER HAS BEEN VERY MUCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION, MR. SPEAKER. HE’S BEEN TALKING TO ALL FIVE COMPANIES THAT MANUFACTURE AUTOMOBILES IN ONTARIO. [ Applause ] THAT INCLUDES GENERAL MOTORS CONTINUOUSLY, F.T.A. WHICH OPERATES IN WINDSOR AND IN BRAMPTON, TOYOTA WHICH OF COURSE WE KNOW IS OPERATING HERE, HONDA AS WELL AND FORD MOTOR COMPANY WHICH ALL HAVE A PRESENCE HERE AND WE HAVE THE LARGEST SUPPLY CHAIN IN NORTH AMERICA RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO. WE’RE VERY PROUD OF THAT BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN AS THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT WE’RE RIPPING THROUGH THE RED TAPE THAT HAS LED TO STRUGGLES FOR THESE COMPANIES. WE’RE DEALING WITH THE HIGH COST OF ELECTRICITY. WE’RE DEALING WITH THE CAP AND TRADE. WE’VE ALREADY DEALT WITH THE CAP AND TRADE, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] ONE THING OUR FEDERAL COUNTERPARTS IF THEY WOULD JOIN US, THEY CAN MAKE A DECISION TODAY.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THEY DECIDED THEY WERE GOING TO SCRAP THEIR PLANS FOR A NATIONWIDE CARBON TAX. THAT WOULD SEND A STRONG SIGNAL TO BUSINESS IN ONTARIO AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. STOP THE CLOCK. RESTART THE CLOCK. FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: STRONGEST SIGNAL THIS GOVERNMENT HAS SENT IS THAT THE GREEN ECONOMY OF THE FUTURE IS NOT GOING TO BE TAKING PLACE HERE IN ONTARIO. [ Applause ] THAT’S THE SIGNAL THIS GOVERNMENT HAS SENT. AT A TIME WHEN FAMILIES IN OSHAWA ARE LOOKING FOR LEADERSHIP, AT A TIME WHEN OUR AUTO SECTOR NEEDS A CHAMPION AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE, THE PREMIER’S MESSAGE IS IT’S OVER.>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.>>THE SHIP HAS SAILED. WHY HAS THE PREMIER GONE INTO HIDING WHEN HE SHOULD BE FIGHTING FOR THESE JOBS?>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>MR. SPEAKER, I FIND IT SO IRONIC THAT THE LEADER OF THE N.D.P. STANDS UP HERE SAYING SHE’S GOING TO FIGHT. WE HAVEN’T HEARD ANY KIND OF A PLAN COMING FROM HER, MR. SPEAKER. MEANWHILE WE’RE IMPLEMENTING OUR PLAN FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE AND MANUFACTURING SECTOR ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] IT HASN’T BEEN A SURPRISE TO ANYBODY WHAT WE’RE DOING WHEN WE SAY WE’RE MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS. WE’RE NOT JUST SAYING THAT. WE’RE DOING THAT. WE’RE REDUCING RED TAPE. WE’RE GETTING RID OF THE.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>CAP-AND-TRADE SYSTEM WHICH ONE OF THE MANUFACTURERS TOLD ME YESTERDAY AVS SILLY TAX.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FROM SUDBURY COME TO ORDER.>>HUGE COST ON THE BACKS OF BUSINESS. [ Applause ] MEANWHILE THE N.D.P. WANT TO MAKE IT MORE EXPENSIVE TO DRIVE CARS IN ONTARIO. THEY WANT TO MAKE IT MORE EXPENSIVE TO BUY CARS IN ONTARIO AND THEY WANT TO MAKE IT MORE EXPENSIVE TO BUILD CARS IN ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER,.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THAT’S WHAT THE N.D.P. IS STANDING FOR. [ Applause ] MANUFACTURERS IN ONTARIO.>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK.>>The Speaker: ORDER. HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.>>[ Interjection: ] ORDER. START THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.>>Andrea Horwath: WELL, SPEAKER, MY NEXT QUESTION’S ALSO TO THE ACTING PREMIER. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW DISAPPOINTED I AM BY THE BEHAVIOUR THIS GOVERNMENT IS SHOWING IN THE FACE OF THESE MASSIVE JOB LOSSES IN OSHAWA.>>The Speaker: COME TO ORDER.>>GENERAL MOTORS SAYS THEIR GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING IS DRIVEN BY THEIR PLANS TO GET INTO THE CAR MARKET OF THE FUTURE. OF THE FUTURE, SPEAKER. HERE IN ONTARIO, G.M. INDICATED ON THE LOBBYIST REGISTRY THAT THEY PLANNED TO TALK TO ONTARIO ABOUT ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND THE INCENTIVES THAT THE PREMIER WAS SO DETERMINED TO SCRAP. CAN THE ACTING PREMIER TELL US WHETHER ANY MEETINGS TOOK PLACE AND, IF SO, WHAT ISSUES G.M. RAISED AT THOSE MEETINGS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: ACTING PREMIER.>>MR. SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE’VE HAD PLENTY OF MEETINGS WITH GENERAL MOTORS, PARTICULARLY OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF WEEKS, TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF GENERAL MOTORS AND THE AUTO INDUSTRY IN ONTARIO AND WE DO THAT ALL THE TIME IN MY MINISTRY.>>The Speaker: OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER.>>AND TRADE BECAUSE WHAT WE WANT TO ENSURE IS THAT WE ARE CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THOSE JOBS WILL COME TO ONTARIO, MR. SPEAKER. UNDER THE PREVIOUS 15 YEARS, WE’VE SEEN JOBS LEAVING ONTARIO AT AN ALARMING RATE AND THE N.D.P. HAVE BEEN THE ENABLERS TO ALL OF THE JOB-KILLING LEGISLATION THAT’S BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT. TAKE FOR INSTANCE DON WALK EARLY. HE’S THE C.E.O. OF NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST AUTO PARTS MAKER WHO SAID THAT THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT’S POLICIES WERE HARMING OUR COMPETITIVENESS AND HARMING THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR. HE POINTED TO BILL 148, WHICH THE N.D.P. WANTED TO TAKE EVEN FURTHER THAN WHAT THE LIBERALS PROPOSED, MR. SPEAKER, AND SAID IT’S NOT VERY DIFFICULT TO FIGURE OUT THAT BUSINESSES.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>MIGHT MOVE AS A RESULT OF BILL 148. WE’VE WOUND THAT BACK, MR. SPEAKER. WE’VE PASSED BILL 47 AND WE’RE GOING TO MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. START THE CLOCK. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: WELL, SPEAKER, AS GENERAL MOTORS AND OTHER AUTOMAKERS POSITION THEMSELVES FOR THE FUTURE OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY, THIS GOVERNMENT IS DRIVING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.>>[ Interjection: ] THAT’S RIGHT. [ Applause ]>>Andrea Horwath: SO IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THE MINISTER HAS, YOU KNOW, TOLD THIS HOUSE THAT THEY WERE HAVING MEETINGS WITH G.M. KIND OF INTERESTING THAT G.M. IS HIGHTAILING IT OUT OF ONTARIO AS A RESULT. SO HAS G.M. EVER RAISED, IN THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH THIS GOVERNMENT ANYTHING REGARDING THIS GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO SCRAP ALL INCENTIVES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>SPEAKER, ONE THING THAT’S CLEARLY EVIDENCE WITH THIS — EVIDENT WITH THIS LINE OF QUESTIONING AGAIN THIS MORNING IS THAT THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION HAS NO UNDERSTANDING OF HOW BUSINESS WORKS AND WHAT HAS ACTUALLY HAPPENED. [ Applause ] THIS IS NOT AN ONTARIO PROBLEM ALONE. THIS WAS A GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING THAT OCCURRED WITH GENERAL MOTORS.>>The Speaker: OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER.>>IT DIDN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. IT WASN’T A KNEE-JERK REACTION TO ANYTHING THAT WAS SAID OR DONE. THIS IS A GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING THAT HAS SEEN PLANTS CLOSE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD AS WELL AS THE OSHAWA FACILITY. THIS IS A COMPANY.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>THAT HAS MADE A BUSINESS DECISION, MR. SPEAKER. THIS COMPANY KNOWS THAT THEY HAVE A PARTNER HERE IN THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT, A PARTNER THAT UNDERSTANDS THAT THE COST OF THEM DOING BUSINESS HERE HAS GONE THROUGH THE ROOF, THAT THERE ARE COMPETITIVE ISSUES.>>The Speaker: COME TO ORDER.>>HERE IN ONTARIO. WE’VE STARTED TO ADDRESS THOSE PROBLEMS, MR. SPEAKER,.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>WE WILL CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THOSE PROBLEMS, MR. SPEAKER. WE PASSED BILL 57. WE ARE GOING TO PASS OTHER PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT — [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK.>>The Speaker: ORDER. ORDER. START THE CLOCK. FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, THERE’S SOMETHING I SURE AS HELL KNOW HOW TO DO AND THAT’S FIGHT FOR GOOD JOBS IN ONTARIO. [ Applause ] AND I CAN ALSO SAY THAT I THINK IT’S OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE, WE ALL KNOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN IS NOT WORKING, SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: COME TO ORDER.>>THAT’S WHAT WE ALL KNOW. AS OUR AUTO SECTOR REELS FROM THIS DISASTROUS DECISION THEY’RE LOOKING FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT CAN BRING AUTO SECTOR STAKEHOLDERS TO THE TOGETHER AND WORK WITH INDUSTRY, SUPPLIERS AND WORKERS TO PROTECT AND TRANSITION THE FUTURE OF THIS INDUSTRY. INSTEAD THEY HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT NOT ONLY DOESN’T HAVE A CLIMATE PLAN BUT RIPS UP CLEAN ENERGY CONTRACTS WHILE THEY FIGHT ELECTRIC CARMAKERS IN COURT. DOES THE ACTING PREMIER THINK THAT THAT WILL PROTECT JOBS AND GENERATE INVESTMENT, SPEAKER? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: RESPONSE. RESPONSE.>>WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE OUR GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUING TO WORK HARD TO ENSURE WE HAVE A THRIVING AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR IN HERE, I’D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE MEMBER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION. THAT WAS TO GET HER SHORT VIDEO CLIP ON THE NEWS. THAT’S WHAT SHE — WHAT SHE — [ Interjections ] SHE DOESN’T HAVE A PLAN, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] SHE CONTINUES TO GRANDSTAND ON THIS ISSUE WHILE WE ARE DOING THE WORK ON THE GROUND, MR. SPEAKER. [ Interjections ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER FROM PETERBOROUGH, I ASK YOU TO WITHDRAW.>>I’LL WITHDRAW, MR. SPEAKER. BUT WHILE WE ARE WORKING HARD TO ENSURE WE HAVE THE ENVIRONMENT FOR GOOD JOBS TO BE CREATIVE HERE IN ONTARIO, THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO MAKE IT MORE EXPENSIVE FOR PEOPLE WHO DRIVE VEHICLES IN THIS PROVINCE, BUY VEHICLES IN THIS PROVINCE AND THOSE WHO BUILD VEHICLES IN THIS PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND ENSURE THAT WE ARE MAKING ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THAT’S WHAT WE’RE INTENT ON DOING. WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE CAN — [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: START THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.>>Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, MY NEXT QUESTION’S ALSO TO THE ACTING PREMIER BUT I DO HAVE TWO WORDS: DEAN FRENCH. LOOK, SPEAKER –>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.>>Andrea Horwath: FAMILIES IN OSHAWA ARE AFRAID FOR THEIR FUTURE, SPEAKER. THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT SIDE, COME TO ORDER.>>Andrea Horwath: VERY AFRAID FOR THEIR FUTURE.>>The Speaker: I APOLOGIZE TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION. THE GOVERNMENT SIDE WILL COME TO ORDER. I’LL GIVE YOU MORE TIME. LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.>>Andrea Horwath: FAMILIES IN OSHAWA ARE AFRAID FOR THEIR FUTURE, SPEAKER. THEY’RE LOOKING FOR A GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND FIGHT FOR THEIR JOBS. THEY’RE LOOKING FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT’S READY TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND DEVELOP AN AUTO STRATEGY THAT WILL BRING G.M. PRODUCTION TO OSHAWA AND ENSURE THE FUTURE OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY IN OUR PROVINCE. AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED LEADERSHIP, WHY HAS THE PREMIER GONE AWOL? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: ACTING PREMIER.>>MR. SPEAKER, I’M PLEASED TO TAKE THIS QUESTION TODAY. THE IDEA THAT THE PREMIER IS MISSING IN ACTION IS RIDICULOUS. I’VE NEVER SEEN A PREMIER THAT HAS REACTED AS VOCIFEROUSLY AS THIS PREMIER HAS REACTED IN THIS CASE. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A VERY, VERY TRYING TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN OSHAWA, BUT THE PREMIER HAS BEEN ON THE PHONE NONSTOP AND MEETING FACE TO FACE WITH PEOPLE ON THE GROUND IN OSHAWA TO TRY AND RESOLVE THIS SITUATION. WE WERE THERE MONDAY NIGHT AFTER THE NEWS BROKE FROM GENERAL MOTORS. HE’S BEEN ON THE PHONE WITH THE OTHER FOUR AUTOMAKERS, ALL FIVE AUTOMAKERS HERE IN ONTARIO. WE’VE BEEN ON THE PHONE WITH ALE OF THE AUTO PARTS SUPPLIERS IN ONTARIO ENSURING THAT WE’RE TAKING THOSE NEXT STEPS, ALL OF THEM, MR. SPEAKER, ENSURING THAT WE ARE TAKING THE STEPS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR THEIR SURVIVAL HERE IN ONTARIO AND NOT JUST THEIR SURVIVAL, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>BUT THE GROWTH OF THEIR COMPANIES, THE GROWTH OF NEW GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN ONTARIO. I DON’T EXPECT THE OTHER LEADER TO UNDER — [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. [ Conversation din ]>>The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR HAMILTON MOUNTAIN WILL COME TO ORDER. START THE CLOCK. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, THE FAMILIES DEVASTATED BY MONDAY’S –‘S NEWS NEED A PREMIER WHO’S READY TO FIGHT FOR THEIR JOBS. THE PREMIER DECIDED, AFTER A SINGLE PHONE CALL, THAT THE SHIP HAS SAILED, AND INSTEAD OF FIGHTING FOR JOBS IN OSHAWA, HE APPARENTLY HAS OTHER PRIORITIES.>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER SERVICES, COME TO ORDER.>>Andrea Horwath: WHY THE PREMIER IS NOT THERE FOR THE AUTO WORKERS IN OSHAWA. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE PREMIER AND OUR TEAM HERE HAVE WORKED EXTREMELY HARD TO ENSURE THAT WE’RE THERE FOR THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND. AS I MENTIONED YESTERDAY AND ON MONDAY, OUR GOVERNMENT IS THERE TO ENSURE THAT THE SERVICES FOR THOSE AFFECTED IN OSHAWA WILL BE THERE WHEN THEY NEED THEM, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE’RE CONTINUING TO WORK WITH GENERAL MOTORS, THEIR LEADERSHIP IN CANADA, THEIR LEADERSHIP GLOBALLY. WE’RE WORKING WITH THE OTHER FOUR AUTOMAKERS IN ONTARIO. WE’RE WORKING WITH AUTOMAKERS WHO AREN’T YET LOCATED IN ONTARIO AND CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT HERE WHERE THEY CAN COME AND CREATE GOOD JOBS IN ONTARIO. ALL DAY YESTERDAY WE WERE ON THE PHONE WITH THE AUTO PARTS SUPPLY CHAIN, MR. SPEAKER, TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THE IMPACT OF OSHAWA AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO ENSURE THAT THEY CONTINUE TO OPERATE HERE IN ONTARIO AND MOST OF THEM, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE HAD LITTLE OR NO I PACKET TO THEIR BUSINESS.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT THEY THRIVE THAT, THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL AND THAT WE MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. START THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR EE TAUBE COADE CENTRE. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING — ETOBICOKE CENTRE.>>FOR FAR TOO LONGHOUSING HAS BEEN UNAFFORDABLE IN THE PROVINCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE GREATER TORONTO AND HAMILTON AREA. THEY CAN SEE RATES ARE THE LOWEST THEY HAVE BEEN FOR 17 YEARS. WE HAVE HEARD ON OUR SIDE ABOUT THE BARRIERS TO NEW HOUSING SUPPLY. IT TAKES TOO LONG FOR HOUSING PROJECTS TO GET APPROVED. HOUSING COSTS ARE TOO HIGH. THERE ISN’T ENOUGH INNOVATION AND THERE ARE TOO MANY RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT CAN BE BUILT. THESE ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES THAT ARE STOPPING NEW SUPPLY. CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW HE IS WORKING TO CREATE SOLUTIONS FOR THE HOUSING CRISIS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING.>>THANKS, SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE CENTRE FOR THAT EXCELLENT QUESTION. MR. SPEAKER, WE’VE SAID TIME AND TIME AGAIN, BOTH THE PREMIER AND I, THAT WE HAVE FAR TOO MUCH RED TAPE INHIBITING THE HOUSING SECTOR. THAT’S WHY I WAS SO PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE OUR GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING SUPPLY ACTION PLAN. THIS WILL ALLOW US TO GET IDEAS FROM STAKEHOLDERS, FROM MUNICIPALITIES AND FROM THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO, WHO HAVE STRONG IDEAS AND HOW WE CAN BUILD MORE HOUSING IN THIS PROVINCE. OUR ACTION PLAN, SPEAKER, IS NOT JUST IN OUR MINISTRY. ALL M.P.P.s, ALL MUNICIPALITIES, STAKEHOLDERS AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN HOUSING CAN HOLD THEIR OWN CONSULTATIONS AS WELL. I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING MORE DETAILS OF OUR CONSULTATIONS AND HOW PEOPLE CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL. THANK YOU, SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR HIS ANSWER. IT IS REFRESHING TO SEE A GOVERNMENT THAT IS NOT ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS ISSUE BUT IS ALSO WILLING TO CONSULT WITH THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO TO FIND REAL SOLUTIONS TO A SERIOUS PROBLEM. THIS HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT DILEMMA IN MY RIDING OF ETOBICOKE CENTRE AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO ENGAGING WITH MY CONSTITUENTS SO THAT WE CAN HELP PUT FORWARD MORE IDEAS. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ARE ALL AWARE THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF HOUSING IN ONTARIO. SOME PEOPLE RENT APARTMENTS. SOME OWN HOMES. SOME RENT OUT SECONDARY UNITS AND THERE IS ALSO SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY HOUSING. CAN THE MINISTER SPEAK MORE ABOUT WHAT KIND OF HOUSING THIS ACTION PLAN IS LOOKING TO ADDRESS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AGAIN I WANT TO COMMEND THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE CENTRE FOR GETTING INVOLVED AND BEING SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT OUR CONSULTATION PROCESS. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIO’S HOUSING PROBLEM IS NOT LIMITED TO ONE PARTICULAR KIND OF HOUSING. THAT’S WHY OUR PLAN WILL BE ADDRESSING ALL KINDS OF HOUSING. OUR PLAN IS GEARED TOWARDS RENTERS, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL HOUSING AND ALSO HOMES TO BUY. WE WANT TO INCREASE THE HOUSING SUPPLY IN ONTARIO AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING A VARIETY OF IDEAS ON HOW THAT CAN HAPPEN. OUR GOVERNMENT WILL LOOK ON HOW WE CAN CUT RED TAPE, HOW WE CAN KEEP COSTS DOWN AND HOW WE CAN SPEED UP THE PROCESS TO BUILDING MORE SUPPLY. AND AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THESE CONSULTATIONS CAN BE HOSTED BY ANYONE AND THEY’RE ONLINE. ANYONE INTERESTED.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>CAN GO TO ONTARIO.CA/HOUSINGSUPPLY TO GET A CONSULTATION PACKAGE AND HAVE A CONSULTATION — [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. MEMBER FOR OSHAWA.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION’S TO THE ACTING PREMIER. SPEAKER, SUNDAY NIGHT WE GOT THE NEWS THAT G.M. CANADA WOCHBLT BE PUTTING ANY MORE PRODUCT INTO OSHAWA BEYOND DECEMBER 19. 2019. OUR COMMUNITY WILL BE DEVASTATED. I HAVE ALSO TALKED TO FOLKS FROM G.M. CANADA AND IT DOESN’T SOUND GOOD. IN FACT IT SOUNDS LIKE WE ARE IN FOR A REALLY ROUGH UNCERTAIN ROAD AHEAD AND I WON’T TRY TO GIVE ANYONE FALSE HOPE BUT, SPEAKER, WORSE THAN GIVING FALSE HOPE WOULD BE GIVING UP ON HOPE. WE STILL HAVE THOUSANDS OF GOOD JOBS, THE KIND THIS GOVERNMENT TALKS ABOUT WANTING TO BRING TO ONTARIO. WILL WE STILL HAVE THEM AND THEY DESERVE TO BE FOUGHT FOR. WHAT I HEARD FROM THE WORKERS IS THAT THEY WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO KEEP THESE JOBS IN OSHAWA. WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE PREMIER IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BECAUSE THE SHIP HAS LEFT THE DOCK. SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED IN THE LAST ONLY THREE DAYS. IMAGINE WHAT COULD HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 2019. WILL THE PREMIER FIGHT ALONGSIDE THESE WORKERS AND MY COMMUNITY OVER THE COMING YEAR? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: ACTING PREMIER.>>THANKS, SPEAKER. WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY IN THIS GOVERNMENT IS FIGHT FOR JOBS IN ONTARIO. [ Applause ] FIGHT TO CREATE THE ENVIRONMENT FOR NEW ICHB VONTION IN ONTARIO AND ENSURE WE’RE CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE WE CAN SUSTAIN THE JOBS THAT WE HAVE IN ONTARIO. UNDER THE PROVINCIAL LIBERALS’ WATCH, UNDER THE WYNNE McGUINTY ERA, WE LOST 320.>>The Speaker: ORDER THOUSAND MANUFACTURING JOBS IN ONTARIO. MANY OF THE POLICIES THAT WERE BROUGHT IN BY THE PROVINCIAL LIBERALS, MR. SPEAKER, WERE.>>The Speaker: COME TO ORDER. MEMBER OF SCARBOROUGH, COME TO ORDER. MEMBER FROM BRANTFORD, COME TO ORDER.>>CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION FOUGHT FOR JOBS TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THAT’S WHY THIS NEW P.C. GOVERNMENT LED BY PREMIER FORD IS BRINGING FORWARD LEGISLATION.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THAT WILL CREATE ENVIRONMENT FOR NEW INVESTMENT. ALLOW US TO SUSTAIN THE JOBS THAT WE HAVE IN ONTARIO AND MAKE ONTARIO OPEN FOR BUSINESS. I HOPE THE MEMBERS OF THE N.D.P. WILL — [ Applause ]>>The Speaker:.>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK.>>The Speaker: ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. START THE CLOCK. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>AGAIN TO THE ACTING PREMIER. SPEAKER, WE’VE HAD TERRIBLE NEWS AND HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY FORWARD FOR OUR COMMUNITY, AND WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT ALL PARTIES COMING TO THE TABLE. SPEAKER, ON MONDAY NIGHT WHEN THE PREMIER CAME QUIETLY INTO OUR CITY, HE WAS ONLY JOINED BY ABOUT SIX OF HIS P.C. M.P.P.s AND A FEW COMMUNITY LEADERS. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG ABOUT WHO WAS INCLUDED, BUT I THINK WHO WAS NOT WELCOME OR INVITED SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT. NO WORKERS WERE AT THAT TABLE. AFTER DEVASTATING NEWS, THE PREMIER AND THE PRIME MINISTER SHOULD REACH OUT TO COMMUNITIES. AND, SPEAKER, I WANT TO TALK WITH THE PREMIER ABOUT PLANS FOR OUR FUTURE. I WANT HIM TO HEAR FROM US. I WANT THE PREMIER TO HEAR FROM OUR WORKERS. YOU CANNOT SAY THAT YOU WANT EVERYONE AT THE TABLE AND THEN NOT HAVE ANY CHAIRS FOR WORKERS AND FAMILIES. WILL THE PREMIER MEET WITH US? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE PREMIER HAS SPENT THE LAST THREE DAYS TALKING TO FAMILIES THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE CLOSURE, THE IMPENDING CLOSURE OR THE ALLOCATION OF VEHICLES AT GENERAL MOTORS. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT HE CARES VERY DEEPLY ABOUT THE STRESS THAT THOSE FAMILIES ARE FACING AT THIS TIME AND THE IMPACT THAT LOSING THEIR JOBS IS GOING TO HAVE NOT JUST ON THOSE PEOPLE BUT OTHER SPIN-OFF BUSINESSES IN THE REGION. AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE FOCUSED ON BRINGING IN A PLAN FOR THAT REGION. WILL ALLOW FUTURE GROWTH IN THE DURHAM REGION. BUT AT THE SAME TIME CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE COMPANY, THE EMPLOYEES, THE LEADERSHIP ON THE GROUND, BOTH POLITICAL AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP TO ENSURE WE’RE CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE BUSINESSES CAN COME IN THERE AND GROW AND WORK WITH GENERAL MOTORS, MR. SPEAKER. THE N.D.P. WANT TO — SEEM TO WANT TO FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS WORK, WORK, WORK.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>HAVE FRUITFUL DISCUSSIONS. [ Applause ] THAT ARE GOING TO LEAD TO FUTURE DISCUSSIONS WITH GENERAL MOTORS AND OTHER COMPANIES IN THE DURHAM REGION. THAT INCLUDES OSHAWA. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. ORDER. START THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD-BRANT:.>>MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS. YESTERDAY OUR PREMIER AND OUR MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS ANNOUNCED A $34.5 MILLION INVESTMENT INTO THE NEW MAPLE LEAF FOODS MODERN AND INNOVATIVE CHICKEN PROCESSING PLANT IN LONDON OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. THIS $660 MILLION INVESTMENT IS HISTORIC. IT IS THE SINGLE LARGEST INVESTMENT IN ONTARIO’S AGRICULTURE SECTOR AND OUR GOVERNMENT IS PROUD TO HAVE BEEN PROACTIVE IN THIS. THIS INVESTMENT WILL MAKE OUR CHICKEN PROCESSING INDUSTRY MORE COMPETITIVE WITH ITS STATE-OF-THE-ART MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES AND BRING ECONOMIC GROWTH TO SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO. CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE TELL US HOW THIS INVESTMENT WILL IMPACT NOT ONLY THE CHICKEN INDUSTRY BUT ALSO THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY OVERALL IN ONTARIO? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS.>>MR. SPEAKER, THANKS TO THE MEMBER FROM BRANTFORD-BRANT FOR THE QUESTION. PLEASE TODAY JOIN OUR PREMIER YESTERDAY IN LONDON TO ANNOUNCE HIS UNPRECEDENTED INVESTMENT, AND MY VOICE IS A LITTLE BIT HAZY. IT WAS SUCH AN EXCITING DAY. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND MAPLE LEAF FOODS FOR ITS LEADERSHIP IN DEVELOPING THIS OUTSTANDING FACILITY AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR — AND ALL OTHER PARTNERS FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO BRING THIS INVESTMENT INTO SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO. MAPLE LEAF FOODS’ NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY IN LONDON WILL BOOST PRODUCTION FOR ONTARIO’S CHICKEN FARMERS AND MEET GROWING CONSUMER DEMAND FOR PREMIUM POULTRY PRODUCTS MADE IN CANADA, CONTRIBUTING TO THE VALUE ADDED PROCESS IN ONTARIO. IT WILL FEATURE THE LATEST ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY AND IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, ANIMAL WELFARE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY OF THE POULTRY PRODUCTION, ALL OF WHICH ARE PRIORITIES FOR OUR GOVERNMENT. OUR GOVERNMENT.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>SUPPORTING ONTARIANS’ GROWING FARM AND FOOD SECTOR AND WE BELIEVE THIS INVESTMENT WILL HELP ONTARIO’S FOOD PROCESSING SECTOR AND SEND THE MESSAGE ONTARIO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND TO THE MINISTER FOR HIS ANSWER AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING GROWTH AND PROSPERITY TO OUR AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IN ONTARIO. ONTARIO’S AGRICULTURE SECTOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND COVERS EVERYTHING FROM FIELD TO FARM TO FORK. MANY OF US HAVE FARMS IN OUR RIDINGS AND I KNOW THAT MY CONSTITUENTS WHO WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET GOOD JOBS BECAUSE OF OUR GOVERNMENT’S INVESTMENT IN MAPLE LEAF, ARE INTERESTED TO KNOW WHAT ELSE OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO EXPAND THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR IN ONTARIO. CAN THE MINISTER INFORM THE HOUSE WHAT STEPS OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO GROW AGRI-FOOD BUSINESS IN ONTARIO? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>MR. SPEAKER, TO THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE.>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION AND TRADE.>>THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE. HE’S A LITTLE HOARSE AFTER TALKING ABOUT CHICKENS ALL DAY YESTERDAY. THE MEMBER IS RIGHT, SPEAKER. THE PREMIER AND THE MINISTERS OF AGRICULTURE, TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE WERE ALL PRESENT IN LONDON YESTERDAY. THE HIGH — TO HIGHLIGHT OUR GOVERNMENT’S INVESTMENT IN MAPLE LEAF. WE’RE DOING SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE BUSINESSES THRIVE HERE IN ONTARIO IN THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR. I KNOW LAST WEEK THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, WHEN HE WAS ABLE TO SPEAK, WAS ABLE TO ANNOUNCE THE FIRST OF OUR GOVERNMENT’S MANY RED-TAPE REDUCTION MEASURES TO HELP BOTH THE DAIRY AND THE BEEF FARMERS IN ONTARIO. OUR COMMITMENT AS A GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS TO REDUCE RED TAPE BY 25%, MR. SPEAKER, BY 2022. [ Applause ] THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS GOING TO HELP CREATE JOBS IN THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR. IT’S GOING TO HELP CREATE JOBS.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>ON FARMS AND FACTORIES AND IN SUPERMARKETS. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO GET FROM THE FIELD TO THE FORK, MR. SPEAKER, AND MAKE SURE THAT GOOD THINGS GROW IN ONTARIO. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. START THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR NICKEL BELT.>>Voice of Translator: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS MINISTER. DURING MY VISIT TO NORTH BAY, FRANCOPHONES AND ANGLOPHONES ARE VERY CLEAR. THEY WANT THEIR M.P., THE MINISTER OF FINANCE LOOKS AT THE PROOF FIRST. CHANGE THE OFFICE OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGES WILL NOT SAVE MONEY AND THE INVESTMENT OF $4.2 MILLION FOR THE FRENCH UNIVERSITY WILL BRING MUCH MORE PROFIT. THEY WANT THEIR M.P., THEIR MINISTER, TO SUPPORT OUR MOTION. MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE. IS THE MINISTER AGREEABLE WITH THE PEOPLE FROM NORTH BAY? [ Applause ]>>Voice of Translator: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] , MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD TELL THE NORTH BAY PEOPLE FROM THE MINISTER OF FINANCE’S REGION THAT WE SUPPORT FRANCO-ONTARIANS, AND EVERY DAY WE WORK TO MAKE ONTARIO A PROSPEROUS PROVINCE BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE COULD PAY FOR THAT UNIVERSITY, WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT. WE SAID AND I REPEAT IT SEVERAL TIMES THAT WE DID NOT ABOLISH THE PROJECT OF THAT UNIVERSITY. IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S REPEATED IN THE MEDIA. WE DID NOT ABOLISH IT. WE CONTINUE WORKING ON THIS PLAN AND WHAT IS VERY IMPORTANT IS TO PREPARE THE PLAN, BUT WHEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO CREATE THAT UNIVERSITY, WE WILL HAVE THE FUNDING TO SUPPORT THAT PLAN. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE MEMBER FROM MUSHKEGOWUK-JAMES BAY.>>Voice of Translator: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS ALSO FOR THE MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS. YESTERDAY I MET SEVERAL FRANCOPHONE ORGANIZATIONS. ALL WHAT I HEARD ABOUT THE DECISIONS OF YOUR GOVERNMENT DOES NOT FOSTER THE NEEDS OF — AND THE RIGHTS OF FRANCOPHONES IN ONTARIO. TODAY THE OFFICIAL LEADER WILL — OUR OFFICIAL LEADER WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO RESTORE THESE FRENCH INSTITUTIONS, WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL FOR THE FRENCH SERVICES IN THE PROVINCE. MADAM SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, YOU AND YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR FRANCOPHONES IN ONTARIO. FURTHERMORE, I’M ASKING YOU, WILL YOU SUPPORT OUR MOTION? [ Applause ]>>Voice of Translator: MR. SPEAKER, THE FRANCO-ONTARIAN WORLD IS REALLY A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR HISTORY BUT AS WELL FOR OUR FUTURE OUR GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS ALL THE NECESSARY EFFORTS TO MAKE SURE THERE’S ACCESS TO FRENCH SERVICES. MY MINISTRY WORKS ON THIS FILE ALL THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THESE MEASURES TAKEN BY A GOVERNMENT SHOWS OUR WILLINGNESS, AND I CONVEY THAT WILLINGNESS TO FRANCO-ONTARIANS EVERY DAY. WE WORK WITH AND FOR THE FRANCO-ONTARIANS. THE DECISIONS WE MADE WITH RESPECT TO THE FRENCH LANGUAGE OFFICE, MR. SPEAKER, WILL STRENGTHEN AND PROTECT LINGUISTIC RIGHTS IN ONTARIO AND WE’RE DOING THE RIGHT MEASURES TO MAKE SURE OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF LINGUISTIC RIGHTS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR GUELPH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE ACTING PREMIER. OVER THE WEEKEND, MEDIA REPORTED THAT MANUFACTURER B.Y.D. HAS PUT ITS PROPOSED ELECTRIC BUS MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN ONTARIO ON HOLD. WE ARE ALL WELL AWARE OF THE DEVASTATING NEWS IN OSHAWA, RESULTING FROM G.M.’s RESTRUCTURING TO INVEST IN ELECTRIC AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. AS A MATTER OF FACT, AUTOMAKERS ARE PLEDGING THEY WILL BE INVESTING $255 BILLION IN E.V. R&D BETWEEN NOW AND 2023. MR. SPEAKER, THE WORLD IS CHANGING AND ONTARIO NEEDS A PLAN. TO THE ACTING PREMIER, WILL YOU COMMIT TODAY TO DEVELOP AN AUTO STRATEGY FOR ONTARIO TO BECOME A LEADER IN THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE REVOLUTION SO WE DON’T LOSE JOBS TO JURISDICTIONS EMBRACING E.D.s?>>The Speaker: THE ACTING PREMIER.>>THANKS VERY MUCH AND A GOOD QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER FROM GUELPH THIS MORNING, AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND. I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHAT WE’RE DOING IN ONTARIO IS CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL BUSINESSES TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THAT INCLUDES THOSE IN THE GREEN SECTOR. THAT INCLUDES THOSE IN THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR. ONE THING THAT ALL BUSINESSES COME TO ONTARIO OR TO ANY JURISDICTION FOR IS A LOW TAX ENVIRONMENT, YOU KNOW, LOW ENERGY COSTS. CERTAINLY IF YOU’RE INVESTING IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, THERE HAS TO BE THE TALENT HERE, AND WE HAVE THAT IN SPADES.>>The Speaker: COME TO ORDER.>>THAT’S EVIDENT FROM THE RECENT AMAZON PROCESS THAT JUST TOOK PLACE. AMAZON AND GLOBAL TORONTO, WHICH WORKED SO HARD ON THAT, OR TORONTO GLOBAL, SAID THAT THE ONE THING THAT WE HAVE AT OUR ADVANTAGE RIGHT NOW IS TALENT, TALENT, TALENT, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT’S WHAT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>THESE COMPANIES LOOK FOR IS A TALENTED WORKFORCE. WE HAVE THAT HERE, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE WORKING ON ALL OF THOSE OTHER THINGS LIKE THE HIGH COST COST OF ELECTRICITY, GETTING RID OF THE CARBON TAX AND ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS THAT — [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, MINISTER, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK HARD TO BE A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE E.D. REVOLUTION. CHINA, INDIA, FRANCE AND THE U.K. HAVE ALL PLEDGED TO PHASE OUT COMBUSTION ENGINES BY 2040. JURISDICTIONS AROUND THE WORLD ARE EMBRACING THE E.V. REVOLUTION. AS A MATTER OF FACT AUTOMAKERS PREDICT THAT 54% OF NEW VEHICLES WILL BE ELECTRIC BY 2040. MORE THAN 90% OF CARS ON THE ROAD IN THE U.S., CANADA AND EUROPE WILL BE E.V.s BY 2040. WE CAN’T FALL BEHIND. SO I’M ASKING THE ACTING PREMIER ONCE AGAIN, WILL YOU STAND UP TODAY AND PLEDGE TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS, BUSINESS, LABOUR, GOVERNMENT AND E.V. ADVOCATES TO BRING US ALL TOGETHER AT THE TABLE AND FIGHT AND DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR ONTARIO TO BE A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE E.V. REVOLUTION? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: ACTING PREMIER.>>SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE’RE WILLING TO WORK WITH ALL COMPANIES. WE’RE LOOKING TO WORK WITH ALL PARTNERS AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH ALL PARTNERS OVER THE LAST FIVE MONTHS AND WE’VE BEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO TO ENSURE THAT WE SEE THAT KIND OF INVESTMENT HERE IN ONTARIO. I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE’RE GETTING RID OF RED TAPE RIGHT NOW THAT IS GOING TO ALLOW FOR INVESTMENT IN THE KIND OF TECHNOLOGIES AND THE KIND OF A.I. THAT WE’RE SEEING IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. THOSE PIECES OF LEGISLATION, THOSE TIRED OLD REGULATIONS HAVE TO BE REMOVED AND WE’RE REMOVING THOSE PIECES OF REGULATION, MR. SPEAKER, TO ALLOW THAT INVESTMENT TO OCCUR. SO WHETHER IT’S B.Y.D. OR ANY OTHER AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURER, MR. SPEAKER. WHETHER IT’S A COMBUSTION ENGINE OR IT’S AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE. WE’RE WILLING TO PARTNER WITH ANYBODY SO THAT WE CAN CREATE GOOD JOBS IN ONTARIO. THE SILVER LINING IN THE WHOLE GENERAL MOTORS STORY.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT THEY’RE CONTINUING TO INVEST IN THEIR RESEARCH AND VELT FACILITIES IN MARKHAM. WE’RE WORKING ALONGSIDE THE COMPANIES TO ENSURE THAT INVESTMENT CONTINUES.>>[ Interjection: ] OPEN FOR BUSINESS. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION. [ Applause ] I UNDERSTAND THE MINISTER SPOKE AT THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF CANADA EARLIER THIS WEEK TO TALK ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT’S TRANSIT PLAN. OUR GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED TO GROW OUR ECONOMY, TO ATTRACT NEW INVESTMENTS, TO CREATE JOBS AND TO REMOVE UNNECESSARY BURDENS THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE BY THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT. BY REMOVING THE REGULATORY BURDENS, THE ECONOMY EXPERIENCED SIGNIFICANT GROWTH AND ONTARIANS ARE ABLE TO KEEP MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. OUR GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS THAT IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSIT IS VITAL TO STIMULATING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THIS WILL ENSURE ONTARIO IS BEST POSITIONED TO ATTRACT NEW BUSINESS AND KEEP OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO. CAN THE MINISTER SHARE OUR GOVERNMENT’S TRANSIT PLANS — SORRY.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>ACCOUNT MINISTER SHARE OUR GOVERNMENT TRANSIT ORIENTATED DEVELOPMENT PLAN? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.>>THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. I TRULY WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE WHO’S BEEN A REALLY STRONG ADVOCATE FOR TRANSIT OPPORTUNITIES IN HER RIDING. THANKS VERY MUCH. [ Applause ] I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF CANADA INVITING ME TO SPEAK EARLIER THIS WEEK. WONDERFUL OUR COMMITMENTS IS TO PARTNER WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND SEIZE ON OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, STARTING WITH STATIONS. JUST LAST MONTH, OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW MODERN G.O. TRANSIT STATION WILL BE BUILT IN MIMICO, AND AGAIN FROM THE PREVIOUS MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, HE DID ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE MEMBER FROM ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE WAS A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR GETTING MIMICO GOING. [ Applause ] , MR. SPEAKER, THIS PROJECT WILL OPTIMIZE USE OF GOVERNMENT-OWNED LAND AND INCLUDE RIDE — INCREASE RIDERSHIP, WHILE BUILDING NEW DEVELOPMENT ON EXISTING TRANSIT LINES. THE NEW MINIMUMCO GO DEVELOPMENT WILL FEATURE A BRAND NEW.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>PEDESTRIAN TUNNELS, ELEVATED REFURBISHED PLATFORMS, NEW ENTRANCE TO THE STATION AND ADDITIONAL PARKING. I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING MORE ABOUT THE NEW MIMICO G.O. STATION IN MY SUPPLEMENTAL, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANK YOU, MINISTER. THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO AND THE PEOPLE OF ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE THANK YOU FOR THAT ANSWER. I’M PLEASED TO HEAR OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS ALREADY MOVING FULL STEAM AHEAD WITH OUR TRANSIT ORIENTATED DEVELOPMENT AT MIMICO, AND WE APPRECIATE THE EXTRA PARKING SPACES. PARTNERING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL GET THIS WORK DONE AT A LOWER COST TO TAXPAYERS, AND BY LEVERAGING THIRD PARTY INVESTMENT IT RISE THE FUNDING REQUIRED FROM THE PROVINCE, AND IT OFTEN ALLOWS INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE BUILT IN A MORE TIMELY FASHION. MR. SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT HAS A PLAN. IT’S A PLAN THAT WILL ALLOW US TO MAKE DECISIONS FASTER AND IMPROVE TRANSIT EXPERIENCE FOR ALL ONTARIANS. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DEPEND ON TRANSIT SYSTEM TO GET TO AND FROM WORK AND BACK HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. THIS IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO GIVE ONTARIANS THE ABILITY TO TRAVEL ACROSS THE REGION IN A FAST AND EFFICIENT MANNER. CAN THE MINISTER ELABORATE MORE.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>ON THE TRANSIT ORIENTATED DEVELOPMENT AT THE MIMICO G.O. STATION IN MY RIDING OF ETOBICOKE LAKE HOR? PLAU — ETOBICOKE-LAKESHORE. [ Applause ]>>THE DEVELOPER WILL PAY ALL CONSTRUCTION COSTS FOR THE MAIN STATION BUILDING, NEW PARKING AND A GREENWAY AT MIMICO GO. IN EXCHANGE THEY’LL HAVE A RIGHT TO DEVELOP ABOVE THE STATION. IT’S A NEW KIND OF PARTNERSHIP AND IT’S THE RIGHT KIND OF PARTNERSHIP. I BELIEVE THERE’S A STRONG APPETITE FOR MORE PARTNERSHIPS SUCH AS THIS AND I’M EXCITED TO EXPLORE THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES THESE PARTNERSHIPS WILL BRING THROUGH A MARKET-DRIVEN APPROACH. BUILDING ABOVE OR AROUND STATION ALSO SOLVES THE FIRST MILE LAST MILE PROBLEM OF GETTING PEOPLE TO AND FROM THEIR HOMES TO THE TRANSIT STATION. THIS IS ONLY BUT ONE APPROACH. WE’RE OPEN TO IDEAS FROM OTHER FORMS OF PARTNERSHIPS THAT CREATE VALUES FOR RIDERS, COMMUNITIES AND INTERESTED PARTIES. MOVING FORWARD, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL LOOK AT ALL OUR MAJOR TRANSIT PROJECTS THROUGH THIS LENS. AS RIDERSHIP GOES UP, REVENUES GO UP BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ARE BETTER SERVED. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR TORONTO-DANFORTH.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION’S TO THE MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT. IN A RECENT SPEECH, THE MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION AND PARKS MENTIONED THAT THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT USE AUSTRALIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE POLICIES AS A MODEL FOR ONTARIO. THIS WOULD BE UNFORTUNATE. BECAUSE AUSTRALIA’S EMISSIONS HAVE BEEN GOING UP, NOT DOWN. NOT ONLY THAT, INSTEAD OF A POLLUTER-PAY SYSTEM, AUSTRALIA FORCES TAXPAYERS TO PAY POLLUTERS WITH WHAT IS KNOWN AS A REVERSE AUCTION SYSTEM. [ Interjection ] ACCOUNT MINISTER PLEASE CONFIRM THAT HE IS NOT CONSIDERING THIS INEFFECTIVE AND UNFAIR SYSTEM? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION AND PARKS.>>MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU TO THE MEMBER AND THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. WE ARE LOOK AT ALL OF THE OPTIONS, AND TOMORROW WE LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING FORWARD OUR ENVIRONMENT PLAN FOR THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. [ Applause ] THAT PLAN WILL HIGHLIGHT A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES, A NUMBER OF APPROACHES. BUT IT WILL ALSO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION THAT ONTARIANS HAVE ALREADY MADE. AS I’VE SAID IN THIS LEGISLATURE, MR. SPEAKER, BETWEEN 2005 AND NOW ONTARIO HAS REDUCED ITS EMISSIONS BY 22%. 2005 TO NOW, 22% WHILE THE REST OF CANADA HAS INCREASED EMISSIONS BY 3%. MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT HOW ONTARIO CONTINUES TO DO ITS PART AND HOW ONTARIO ALSO PREPARES COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES TO DEAL WITH CLIMATE CHANGE. BUT WE WILL DO SO IN A WAY THAT LOOKS AT ALL THE BEST OPTIONS AND THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE, MR. SPEAKER, A CARBON TAX OR CAP AND TRADE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY.>>WELL, SPEAKER, THAT SURE DIDN’T SOUND LIKE A “NO” TO ME. THE MINISTER’S RECENTLY KILLED OFF A SOURCE OF REVENUE THAT PAID FOR CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVES. THAT REVENUE HAS NOT BEEN REPLACED. IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST BUDGET BILL, CANCELLING CAP AND TRADE COST US $1.5 BILLION THIS YEAR ALONE IN LOST REVENUE. AND NOW UNDER THE CONSERVATIVES, THERE WON’T BE ANY NEW MONEY COMING IN FOR CLIMATE ACTION. SO HOW DOES THE MINISTER INTEND TO PAY FOR PROGRAMS TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>MR. SPEAKER, AND THE MEMBER FROM TORONTO-DANFORTH AND I HAVE HAD THIS ARGUMENT WELL IN THIS LEGISLATURE BEFORE. WHEN THE N.D.P. AND HE SEE TAXPAYERS PAYING LESS, THEY SEE GOVERNMENTS HAVING A PROBLEM. WE SEE TAXPAYERS’ MONEY IF THEIR POCKETS AS A GOOD THING, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] $1.9 BILLION OF MONEY GOING BACK INTO THE POCKETS OF CONSUMERS. $260 A YEAR FOR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE PROMISED AND WE WILL DELIVER A PLAN THAT BALANCES THE ENVIRONMENT AND BALANCES THE ECONOMY. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WILL NOT PUNISH FAMILIES AND WE WILL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR SOME OF THE BIGGEST TAX CUTS IN ONTARIO HISTORY.>>The Speaker: COME TO ORDER.>>THAT HELP ONTARIO FAMILIES. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: ORDER. MEMBER FOR WATERLOO, COME TO ORDER. MEMBER FOR ESSEX, COME TO ORDER. MEMBER FOR HAMILTON EAST STONEY CREEK, COME TO ORDER. START THE CLOCK. NEXT QUESTION. MEMBER FOR MARKHAM STOUFFVILLE. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I UNDERSTAND THE MINISTER VISITED AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN HIS RIDING OF OXFORD TO CELEBRATE THE FRESH FROM THE FARM FUND-RAISING PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM BRINGS FRESH ONTARIO GROWN FOODS TO COMMUNITIES WHILE SUPPORTING LOCAL SCHOOLS. I UNDERSTAND THIS YEAR ALONE THE PROGRAM HAS GENERATED AN AVERAGE OF OVER $2,000 THROUGH SALES OF ALMOST 770 KILOGRAMS OF FRESH PRODUCE PER SCHOOL. FARMERS IN MY RIDING ARE VERY EXCITED TO SEE THEIR EFFORTS GO TO AN EXCELLENT CAUSE AND STUDENTS IN MY RIDING ARE EQUALLY EXCITED TO LEARN ABOUT SOME OF THE DELICIOUS FOOD GROWN CLOSE TO HOME. I WONDER IF THE MINISTER CAN EXPAND ON THIS AND PLEASE TELL US HOW THIS PROGRAM HELPS FARMERS TEACH STUDENTS IN OUR LOCAL.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>COMMUNITIES ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCALLY GROWN FOOD. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND TO THE MEMBER FOR MARKHAM STOUFFVILLE FOR THE FANTASTIC INTEREST IN THE FANTASTIC PROGRAM. LAST WEEK I VISITED EAST OSHAWA PUBLIC SCHOOL WHERE I SPOKE TO THE STUDENTS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL FOOD AND KNOWING WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM. I WANT TO COMMEND EVERYONE INVOLVED FROM THE DIETITIANS OF CANADA, ONTARIO FOOD AND VEGETABLE GROWERS TO LOCAL FARMERS AND SCHOOLS FOR DEVELOPING AN INNOVATIVE WAY TO PROMOTE ONTARIO PRODUCE AND SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS. THE PROGRAM SOURCES 100% OF ITS PRODUCE FROM ONTARIO LOCAL FARMERS, GENEROUSLY CONTRIBUTE THEIR HARVEST AT A REDUCED COST TO MEET THE ORDERS OF FOOD FOR THE PROGRAM. STUDENTS IN RETURN SELL THE LOCAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO THE COMMUNITIES SUPPORTING THE FARMERS, SUPPORTING ONTARIO’S RURAL COMMUNITY AND THEIR OWN SCHOOL INITIATIVES. I’M VERY PLEASED TO WORK WITH OUR MINISTER OF EDUCATION ON THIS INITIATIVE AND COMMEND HER ON HER MINISTRY’S EFFORT TO TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT AGRICULTURE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL FOODS IN THE PROCESS. THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR THAT. I KNOW HE’S BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO ENGAGE NUMEROUS STAKEHOLDERS AND PARTNERS ABOUT THIS LOCAL INITIATIVE. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY DOES THE FRESH FROM THE FARM INITIATIVE TEACH STUDENTS WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM. IT PROVIDES AN INSIGHT INTO THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY IN ONTARIO. SOME OF THESE STUDENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO HOW LOCAL FARMERS IMPACT THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY. MANY STUDENTS EXPERIENCE CONFUSION WHEN IT COMES TO DETERMINING A POTENTIAL CAREER PATH. AND I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED TO SEE STUDENTS ARE BEING INTRODUCED TO AN INDUSTRY FULL OF OPPORTUNITIES AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. I WONDER IF THE MINISTER COULD PLEASE TELL US HOW STUDENTS WOULD BENEFIT BY LEARNING ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES IN AGRICULTURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE MEMBER FROM MARKHAM STOUFFVILLE. I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION VERY MUCH. [ Applause ] [ Unclear ] [ Applause ] THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. YOU’RE AN AMAZING CHAMPION OUT THERE AND ALL THROUGHOUT RURAL ONTARIO. WE APPRECIATE EVERY EFFORT YOU PUT FORWARD, BECAUSE THE AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY IN THIS PROVINCE IS THRIVING AND IT’S STRONGER THAN EVER. SOME WOULD ARGUE IT IS THE NUMBER ONE SECTOR IN THIS PROVINCE, SPEAKER. AND DO YOU KNOW FOR EVERY GRADUATE COMING OUT OF THE DIPLOMA AND DEGREE PROGRAM ASSOCIATED WITH UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, THERE’S FOUR JOBS WAITING FOR EVERY GRADUATE.>>[ Interjection: ] WOW.>>JUST A COUPLE WEEKS AGO I LEARNED THAT ACTUALLY. [ Applause ] SOME OF THESE GRADUATES ARE GETTING JOB OFFERS AS EARLY AS DECEMBER, BEFORE THEY EVEN GRADUATE THIS IS GREAT NEWS. AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THE VALUE CHAIN ASSOCIATED WITH ONTARIO’S AGRI-FOOD SYSTEM IS RIPE AND FRAUGHT WITH OPPORTUNITY — RIPE. YES, RIPE.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>RIPE WITH OPPORTUNITIES. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? OVER AND ABOVE THAT, FRESH FROM THE FARM INITIATIVE IS A WIN-WIN-WIN. IT’S A GREAT FUND-RAISING MODEL FOR THE SCHOOL. IT STIMULATES LOCAL ECONOMIES AND — [ Applause ] [ Voice fadings ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION. SPEAKER, EVERY YEAR THE GOVERNMENT CONSULTS EDUCATION PARTNERS, INCLUDING SCHOOL BOARDS ON THEIR NEEDS IN ORDER TO INFORM THE ANNUAL GRANT FOR STUDENT NEEDS WHICH IS REALLY HOW MOST OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS IN FACT FUNDED. BUT AT JUST FIVE PAGES LONG, THIS YEAR’S EDUCATION FUNDING GUIDE IS A CHILLING READ. IT IS ESSENTIALLY A CONSULTATION ON WHAT TO CUT. TEACHERS, EDUCATION WORKERS, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND PARENTS ARE ALREADY STRUGGLING TO MAKE UP FUNDING THAT HAS BEEN LOST DURING THE GOVERNMENT’S SO-CALLED PAUSE. NOW THEY’RE BEING ASKED TO HELP CHOOSE WHICH CUTS ARE NEXT. INSTEAD OF ASKING HOW TO MAKE EDUCATION BETTER, FIX OUR SCHOOLS AND HELP OUR KIDS THRIVE, WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT BUILDING A BLUEPRINT FOR DEEP CUTS TO OUR PUBLICLY FUNDED EDUCATION SYSTEM? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FIRST OF ALL AGAIN I WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE AND THE FOLKS WATCHING ON TV, THE FIRST THING WE’RE ADDRESSING AND CUTTING IMMEDIATELY IS THE NONSENSE AND THE FEAR MONGERING COMING FROM THE MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION. [ Applause ]>>[ Interjection: ] CUT ‘EM OUT.>>THE OTHER REALITY CHECK IS THAT THIS PROVINCE HAS A $15 BILLION DEBT AND WE ALL — DEFICIT, PARDON ME, AND THE DEBT IS THAT MUCH BIGGER, $348 BILLION.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR TORONTO St. PAUL’S, COME TO ORDER.>>WE ALL HAVE TO DO OUR PART. YOU KNOW WHAT? IN WORKING — WHAT’S WRONG WITH INVITING OUR STAKEHOLDERS TO HAVE A THOUGHTFUL CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT’S WORKING AND WHAT’S NOT? THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART HERE. WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT FIRST –>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR LONDON NORTH CENTRE, COME TO ORDER. RESPONSE.>>WHAT OUR PRIORITIES ARE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BE VERY CLEAR, OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THAT CLASSROOM AND WONDERFUL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION WANTS TO ACCUSE US OF FEAR MONGERING? PEOPLE ARE VERY AFRAID AND LET ME EXPLAIN TO YOU WHY. THE GOVERNMENT’S EDUCATION FUNDING GUIDE CALLS FOR.>>The Speaker: SIDE, COME TO ORDER.>>CUT OF 4%.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR NORTHUMBERLAND-PETERBOROUGH SOUTH, COME TO ORDER.>>A WHOPPING $1 BILLION FROM ONTARIO’S EDUCATION SYSTEM, MINISTER. AND I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. 4% AFTER BUDGET, OF A SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET. THAT’S LIKE CUTTING THE ENTIRE TRANSPORTATION BUDGET OUT OF THE OTTAWA-CARLETON DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD.>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER, COME TO ORDER.>>HALF OF THE TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSISTANTS. AND IN THE RAINBOW DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, THAT’S ENOUGH TO CUT ALL THE COMPUTER TECHNICIANS, LIBRARY TECHNICIANS, LIBRARY TEACHERS AND GUIDANCE.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR KING-VAUGHAN, COME TO ORDER.>>NO ONE VOTED FOR MASSIVE CUTS TO THEIR LOCAL SCHOOLS. NO ONE ASKED FOR THIS GOVERNMENT.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>TO GUT OUR PUBLICLY FUNDED EDUCATION SYSTEM. WILL THE MINISTER TELL US HOW FAR THIS GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GO IN ITS QUEST FOR CUTS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>OH, SPEAKER. OH, SPEAKER. THE DRAMA THAT COMES FROM THE MEMBER OF DAVENPORT IS STAGGERING.>>The Speaker: OPPOSITION, COME TO ORDER.>>BECAUSE I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE A PREMIER AND AN ENTIRE CAUCUS THAT IS STANDING SHOULDER TO SHOULDERS WITH OUR FRONT-LINE TEACHERS AND OUR ADMINISTRATORS. AND WITH OUR STUDENTS. [ Applause ] WE ARE EMBARKING ON –>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR HAMILTON EAST-STONEY CREEK, TAKE DOWN THE SIGN. MINISTER, COMPLETE YOUR RESPONSE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE EMBARKING ON AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO TURN THE SPOTLIGHT ON.>>The Speaker: COME TO ORDER.>>EVER. YOU KNOW WHAT? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM EVERYONE. WE WOULD LIKE TO, AGAIN, USE THIS OPPORTUNITY [ Interjections ]>>The Speaker: NORTH CENTRE, AGAIN COME TO ORDER.>>ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR CONSULTATION. WE HAVE HAD TREMENDOUS RESPONSE.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>INPUT IS AMAZING. YOU KNOW WHAT? IF YOU HAVEN’T YET HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR WATERLOO, COME TO ORDER.>>IN THE CONSULTATION fortheparents.ca. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR CARLETON.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION. MINISTER, FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH IS ALMOST OVER, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN STUDENTS OR THE N.D.P. SHOULD STOP LEARNING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING AND MAINTAINING HEALTHY FINANCIAL HABITS. I AM PLEASEED.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>TO SEE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE IS ENGAGED IN EDUCATING OUR STUDENTS ON THIS TOPIC. AND, MR. SPEAKER, ENSURING THAT CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF STUDENTS ARE FINANCIALLY LITERATE AND ARE AWARE OF COMMON FINANCIAL MISTAKES WILL BENEFIT ONTARIO. PRIORITIZING FINANCIAL LITERACY MEANS MORE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL MAKE BETTER FINANCIAL DECISIONS WHICH WILL BENEFIT THESE INDIVIDUALS IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM. THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MINISTER, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO ENSURE ONTARIO’S YOUTH.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>UNDERSTAND BASIC FINANCIAL LITERACY? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM CARLETON. SHE’S DOING A GREAT JOB REPRESENTING HER RIDING.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR KINGSTON AND THE ISLANDS, COME TO ORDER.>>EARLIER THIS WEEK, SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE THAT THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND I MET WITH A JUNIOR ECONOMIC CLUB OF CANADA AND WHAT AN AMAZING EVENING WE HAD WITH THEM. IT WAS A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FIRST HAND FROM YOUNG PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, WE COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTE THE EFFECTIVENESS AND THE THOUGHTFULNESS OF THESE KIDS. WE SHOULDN’T EVEN CALL THEM KIDS, BECAUSE THEY COULD BE SITTING AROUND ANY BOARDROOM TABLE TODAY SHARING THEIR ELOQUENCE AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION. THAT IMPRESSIVE. YOU KNOW, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS PEOPLE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT FINANCIAL LITERACY, BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT WE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR, SPEAKER? WE HEARD FROM THIS ORGANIZATION.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR TORONTO St. PAUL’S, COME TO ORDER.>>FINANCIAL LITERACY.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>IS CONNECT TODAY OVERALL WELLNESS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT FINANCIAL LITERACY IS EMBEDDED.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT, COME TO ORDER. [ Applause ] SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, TO THE MINISTER. THANK YOU FOR THAT EXCELLENT ANSWER THAT EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR YOUTH IN MOVING FORWARD IN THIS PROVINCE. I KNOW THAT PARENTS IN MY RIDING OF CARLETON ARE PLEASED TO NOTE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE CARES ABOUT ENSURING A STRONG FOUNDATION IN AREAS SUCH AS CONSUMER AWARENESS, PERSONAL FINANCE, TAXES, BUDGETING AND MONEY MANAGEMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT OUR MINISTER OF EDUCATION WELCOMES FEEDBACK FROM ONTARIANS REGARDING FINANCIAL LITERACY. AND THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MINISTER, WHERE CAN MY CONSTITUENTS GO TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD ON THIS CRITICAL SUBJECT? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE MEMBER FOR CARLETON. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN’T LOOK INTO THE PUBLIC GALLERIES AND SEE THAT IT’S FULL OF STUDENTS TODAY. AND YOU KNOW. [ Applause ] I LOOK AT THEM AND I SAY WE’RE GOING TO GET IT RIGHT FOR YOU. WE ARE. OUR GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED TO STOP WASTEFUL SPENDING AND BRING DOWN THE LAST ADMINISTRATION’S MASSIVE BILLS SO OUR STUDENTS HAVE THE CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE THEY DESERVE. I FEEL SO PROUD EVERY TIME I GET TO STAND UP IN THIS HOUSE.>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>TO SPEAK ABOUT WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO MAKE EVERY, MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE SURE EVERY, EVERYONE’S VOICE IS HEARD WHEN IT COMES TO THE EDUCATION SYSTEM. YOU KNOW WHAT?>>The Speaker: MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT, COME TO ORDER.>>FINANCIAL LIST — LITERACY INTO HALF A SEMESTER.>>The Speaker: RESPONSE.>>IN TERMS OF CAREERS. THEY’RE JUST GOING TO PLOP IT INTO CAREERS CURRICULUM. THAT IS NOT WHAT STUDENTS DESERVE TODAY. WE NEED A FULSOME CURRICULUM.>>[ Interjection: ] HEAR, HEAR! [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR YORK SOUTH-WESTON.>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THIS MONTH I MET WITH AIDE MICHAEL AND KAREN FROM THE ONTARIO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ALLIANCE. IN OUR MEETING WE DISCUSSED HOW TO BETTER PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE WORKFORCE. THIS AS STUDENT LEADERS HIGHLIGHTED THE IMPORTANCE OF APPLIED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, TO HELP STUDENTS GAIN REAL WORLDSKILLS AND EASE TRANSITION INTO THE WORKFORCE. OPPORTUNITIES LIKE INTERNSHIPS, UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECTS AND COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING. I HAVE TABLED A MOTION THAT WILL CREATE 27,000 NEW BASED WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS, AND I ASK WILL THE MINISTER SUPPORT MY MOTION TO INVEST IN 27,000 ADDITIONAL APPLIED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION. OUR GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED WITH A STRONG MANDATE TO CREATE GOOD JOBS IN ONTARIO, AND AS MINISTER OF TRAINING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, MY FOCUS WILL BE ON MAKING SURE THAT THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO ARE PREPARED FOR THOSE JOBS. WE WANT EVERYONE IN ONTARIO TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED AND PROSPER, AND POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION IS CRITICAL TO THAT AND THE FUTURE OF ONTARIO. SPEAKER, AS WE GROW THE ECONOMY, WE NEED ONTARIANS WHO ARE SKILLED IN SECTORS ACROSS THE ECONOMY, AND AS MINISTER I WILL SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND EFFORTS THAT HELP STUDENTS GET THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO FIND THE EMPLOYMENT OF TODAY AND THE FUTURE AND HELP FILL THE SKILLS GAP. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BACK TO THE MINISTER. MORE AND MORE STUDENTS GRADUATING UNIVERSITY ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND MEANINGFUL WORK IN THEIR FIELD OF STUDY. ADDITIONALLY, EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING TO HIRE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR ENTRY-LEVEL POSITIONS WITH RELEVANT JOB EXPERIENCE TO BETTER PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE WORKFORCE. GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PLAY A PART. APPLIED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN POSTSECONDARY STUDIES AND REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK AGAIN, WILL THE MINISTER ASSURE STUDENTS OF ONTARIO THAT THIS GOVERNMENT WILL SUPPORT MY MOTION TO PROVIDE THEM THE SKILLS TO SUCCEED AS THEY TRANSITION INTO THE WORK FORCE? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>MR. SPEAKER, A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO THE FUTURE OF ONTARIO AND OUR ECONOMY, AND WE WANT TO HAVE AN EDUCATION SYSTEM WITH HIGH QUALITY AND WHICH HELPS INDIVIDUALS PREPARE FOR THE JOBS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW. AND WE KNOW FROM EMPLOYERS THAT ONTARIO HAS A SKILLS GAP AND WE NEED TO TAKE STEPS TO DELIVER HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION TO ONTARIANS SO THE JOB SEEKERS CAN FIND EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESSES CAN GROW THE ECONOMY. AND THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT WILL SUPPORT EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT STUDENTS AND JOB SEEKERS THAT ARE EFFICIENT AND COST EFFECTIVE. THANK YOU, SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION. THE MEMBER FOR AURORA-OAK RIDGES-RICHMOND HILL. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO ONE OF MY FAVOURITE MINISTERS, THE MINISTER FOR SENIORS AND ACCESSIBILITY. [ Applause ] SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WEEK THE RICK HANSEN FOUNDATION HOSTED A FORUM ON ACCESSIBILITY HERE IN THE CITY OF TORONTO. IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES IS AN IMPORTANT INITIATIVE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO. MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER INFORM THE HOUSE ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF THE FORUM AND WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF SENIORS AND ACCESSIBILITY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THROUGH YOU, I’D LIKE TO THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER WHO’S A SOLE ACCESS FOR ACCESSIBILITY FOR RAISING THIS EXCELLENT QUESTION. EVERYONE IN ONTARIO DESERVES TO FULLY PARTICIPATE IN EVERYDAY LIFE. YESTERDAY — [ Applause ] SPEECH TO THE RICK HANSEN FOUNDATION’S 2018 ACCESSIBILITY LEADERSHIP FORUM. IN ATTENDANCE WERE NATIONAL LEADERS FROM THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY WHO ARE WORKING TO TEAR DOWN BARRIERS TO ACCESSIBILITY ACROSS CANADA. BY WORKING WITH PARTNERS — [ Applause ] LIKE RICK HANSEN AND WITH LEADERS THAT ATTENDED THIS ACCESSIBILITY FORUM, ONTARIO WILL CONTINUE TO LEAD THE WAY IN CANADA. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY.>>MR. SPEAKER, THAT’S WHY HE’S ONE OF MY FAVOURITE MINISTERS. [ Applause ] EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND INDEED. THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR THAT RESPONSE. I’M PLEASED TO LEARN THE SUCCESS OF THIS FORUM AND TO HEAR THAT THE MINISTER’S ACTIVELY WORKING TO PUT STAKEHOLDERS ON ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES IN OUR PROVINCE. OUR MINISTER IS WILLING TO WORK WITH BOTH STAKE HOLDERS AND EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE TO FACILITATE THE PROGRESS OF ACCESSIBILITY IN ONTARIO. MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINUTE STORY TELL US WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: MINISTER.>>THANK YOU AGAIN, HONOURABLE MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT WAS VERY PLEASED TO RECENTLY PUT THE EMPLOYMENT AND INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES BACK TO WORK.>>[ Interjection: ] HEAR, HEAR! [ Applause ] AND WE ARE EXCITED THE AODA THIRD LEGISLATIVE REVIEW THAT IS CURRENTLY BEING PREPARED BY THE HONOURABLE DAVID ONLEY. MR. SPEAKER, STAKEHOLDERS HAVE BEEN LOUD AND CLEAR THAT THE BILL 47 WILL MAKE , ALL THOSE IN FAVOUR WILL PLEASE RISE ONE AT A TIME AND BE RECOGNIZED BY THE CLERK.>>The Clerk: MS. THOMPSON. MR. WALKER. MR. SMITH, BAY OF QUINTE. MR. BETHLENFALVY. MR. WILSON. MS. MULRONEY. MS. MacLEOD. MR. YAKABUSKI. MR. HARDEMAN. MR. PETTAPIECE. MRS. MARTOW. MR. McDONELL. MR. BAILEY. MR. McNAUGHTON. MS. FULLERTON. MS. SCOTT. MS. JONES. MR. CHO, SCARBOROUGH NORTH. MR. RICKFORD. MR. PHILLIPS. MR. LECCE. MR. MILLER, PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA. MR. COE. MR. DOWNEY. MR. KE. MR. CALANDRA. MISS SURMA. MR. PARSA. MS. SKELLY. MRS. MARTIN. MRS. TRIANTAFILOPOULOS. MR. SARKARIA. MS. PARK. MR. HILLIER. MR. NICHOLLS. MS. KUSENDOVA. MR. ROMANO. MR. HARRIS. MS. GHAMARI. MS. HOGGARTH. MRS. KARAHALIOS. MRS. FEE. MR. CHO, WILLOWDALE. PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA. MS. KHANJIN. MR. PICCINI. MRS. WYE. MRS. TANGRI. MR. RASHEED. MR. SANDHU. MR. CRAWFORD. MS. DUNLOP. MR. KANAPATHI. MR. BABIKIAN. MR. BOUMA. MR. PANG. MR. THANIGASALAM. MR. ROBERTS. MR. CUZZETTO. MR. .>>The Speaker: ALL THOSE OPPOSED TO MS. THOMPSON’S MOTION WILL PLEASE RISE ONE AT A TIME.>>MR. BISSON. MR. VANTHOF. MS. SATTLER. MS. FIFE. MS. BEGUM. MS. SHAW. MS. LINDO. MR. KARPOCHE. MR. MANTHA. MS. SHAW. MS. STILES. MRS. STEVENS. MR. GATES. Ms. FRENCH. MR. MILLER HAMILTON EAST-STONEY CREEK. MR. SINGH, BRAMPTON EAST. MS. ANDREWS. MR. HATFIELD. MISS TAYLOR. MR. BURCH. MS. BERNS-McGOWN. MR. ARTHUR. MR. BOURGOUIN. MR. GLOVER. MS. MORRISON. MR. RAKOCEVIC. MR. HARDEMAN. MS. MONTEITH-FARRELL. MR. HASSAN. MR. FRASER. MS. WYNNE. MR. GRAVELLE. MS. HUNTER. MADAM LaLONDE. MR. SCHREINER. MADAME DES ROSIERS.>>The Clerk: THE AYES ARE 63. THE NAYS ARE 43.>>The Speaker: THE AYES ARE 63 AND THE NAYS ARE 43. I DECLARE THE MOTION CARRIED. WE WILL NOW VOTE ON THE MAIN MOTION AS AMENDED. MR. YAKABUSKI HAS MOVED GOVERNMENT NOTICE OF MOTION NUMBER 20 RELATING TO ALLOCATION OF TIME ON BILL 57, AN ACT TO ENACT, AMEND AND REPEAL VARIOUS STATUTES. IS IT THE PLEASURE OF THE HOUSE THAT THE MOTION CARRIES? ALL THOSE IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION WILL PLEASE SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED WILL PLEASE SAY NAY. IN MY OPINION THE AYES HAVE IT. SAME VOTE? NO? SAME VOTE? NO. I HEARD A NO. I HEARD A NO. I HEARD A NO. ALL THOSE IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION — WE’LL CALL IN THE MEMBERS. FIVE-MINUTE BELL. [ Tapping of desks ]>>The Speaker: ONCE AGAIN MR. YAKABUSKI, RELATING TO ALLOCATION OF TIME ON BILL 57. ALL THOSE IN FAVOUR WILL PLEASE RISE ONE AT A TIME AND BE RECOGNIZED BY THE CLERK. MR. SMITH, BAY OF QUINTE. MR. BETHLENFALVY. MISS ELLIOTT. MS. MacLEOD. MR. YAKABUSKI. MR. PETTAPIECE. MRS. MARTOW. MR. McDONELL. MR. BAILEY. MS. FULLERTON. MS. SCOTT. MS. JONES. MR. CHO, SCARBOROUGH NORTH. MR. RICKFORD. MR. PHILLIPS. MR. LECCE. MR. MILLER, PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA. MR. COE. MR. DOWNEY. MR. KE. MR. CALANDRA. MISS SURMA. MR. PARSA. MS. SKELLY. MRS. MARTIN. MRS. TRIANTAFILOPOULOS. MR. SARKARIA. MS. PARK. MR. HILLIER. MR. NICHOLLS. MS. KUSENDOVA. MR. ROMANO. MR. HARRIS. MS. GHAMARI. MS. HOGGARTH. MRS. KARAHALIOS. MRS. FEE. MR. CHO, WILLOWDALE. MR. SMITH, PETERBOROUGH-KAWARTHA. MS. KHANJIN. MR. PICCINI. MRS. WYE. MRS. TANGRI. MR. RASHEED. MR. SANDHU. MR. CRAWFORD. MR. BALLARD. MS. McKENNA. MS. DUNLOP. MR. KANAPATHI. MR. BABIKIAN. MR. BABR. MR. ANAND. MR. PANG. MR. THANIGASALAM. MR. ROBERTS. MR. CUZZETTO. MR. SABAWY.>>The Speaker: ALL THOSE OPPOSED TO THE MOTION WILL PLEASE RISE ONE AT A TIME AND BE COUNTED.>>MR. BISSON. MADAME GéLINAS. MR. TABUNS. MS. SINGH, BRAMPTON CENTRE. MR. VANTHOF. MS. SATTLER. MS. BEGUM. MR. KARPOCHE. MR. MANTHA. MS. LINDO. MRS. ARMSTRONG. MS. STILES. MR. GATES. Ms. FRENCH. MR. MILLER HAMILTON EAST-STONEY CREEK. MR. SINGH, BRAMPTON EAST. MISS ANDREWS. MR. BUMP. MS. BERNS-McGOWN. MR. ARTHUR. MR. BOURGOUIN. MR. GLOVER. MS. MORRISON. MR. RAKOCEVIC. MR. HARDEMAN. MS. MONTEITH-FARRELL. MR. HASSAN. MR. FRASER. MS. WYNNE. MR. GRAVELLE. MS. HUNTER. MADAM LaLONDE. MR. SCHREINER. MADAME DES ROSIERS.>>THE AYES ARE 63. THE NAYS ARE 43.>>The Speaker: THE AYES BEING 63, THE NAYS BEING 43, I DECLARE THE MOTION CARRIED. I RECOGNIZE THE MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION AND TRADE ON A POINT OF ORDER.>>THANKS, SPEAKER. EARLIER DURING QUESTION PERIOD I HAD INDICATED THAT BILL 57 HAD PASSED IN THE LEGISLATURE. CLEARLY WITH THE VOTE THAT’S JUST TAKEN PLACE I WAS WRONG ABOUT THAT. I MEANT TO SAY BILL 47, MR. SPEAKER. THANKS.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. IT IS WITHIN MEMBERS’ RIGHTS TO CORRECT THEIR OWN RECORD BY WAY OF POINT OF ORDER. THIS HOUSE STANDS IN RECESS UNTIL 1 p.m.

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