2019-10-28 Members’ Statements


NOW IT’S TIME FOR MEMBER STATEMENTS. THE MEMBER FOR TIMMINS.>>MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE — WOULD WERE SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING HERITAGE FUND TO GIVE THEM A MILLION DOLLARS IN ORDER TO HELP WITH THE RECONSTRUCTION THAT WE CALL THE — IN TIMMINS. THEY HAVE WORKED HARD MR. SPEAKER. THERE WAS A TRAGEDY AS FAR AS A FIRE THAT CAUSED SMOKE DAMAGE IN THE BUILDING THAT WE HAVE BEEN IN FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. AND IN FACT I WENT TO SCHOOL THERE. USED TO BE CALLED HOLY FAMILY. ONE-HALF ENGLISH, THE OTHER HALF FRENCH. EVENTUALLY IT WAS BOUGHT BY THE FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY AND BECAME THE FRENCH CULTURAL CENTER. LA RONDE IS THE LARGEST FRANCOPHONE CULTURAL CENTER IN ONTARIO AND OFFER A LOT OF PROGRAMMING AND DO A LOT OF GREAT THINGS IN OUR COMMUNITY. THEY’VE WORKED HARD WITH A NUMBER OF PEOPLE, THE MINISTRY OF NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND MINES, MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND OTHERS IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING WHAT EVENLY BECAME A GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT WHERE MINISTER RICKFORD CAME TO TIMMINS, AND WE ANNOUNCED A MILLION DOLLARS. SO ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF TIMMINS, WE SAY TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED FROM THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO THE FINAL APPROVAL, THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS FOR A JOB WELL DONE. IT’S GREAT TO SEE PROJECTS LIKE THIS MOVING FORWARD IN THE CITY OF TIMMINS. BY WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE GREAT THINGS HAPPEN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: MEMBER STATEMENTS, THE MEMBER FOR BURLINGTON.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH, SPEAKER. BURLINGTON IS INCREDIBLY FORTUNATE TO HAVE RIGHT ON OUR DOOB STEP ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WONDERFUL PLACES I KNOW, THE ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS, THE LARGEST IN CANADA. FOR MORE THAN 80 YEARS, THEY’VE BEEN A TRULY AWESOME ECOLOGICAL JULIET AT THE WESTERN TIP OF LAKE ONTARIO. FOUNDED BY THE EARLY CONSERVATIONIST THOMAS BAKER — IT’S MODELLED ON KEW GARDENS IN LONDON ENGLAND. IT WAS SERVING AS A BOTANICAL TOURISM SIGHT AND ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY THAT PROTECTS AND PRESERVES FORESTS AND MARSHES, A NATIONAL HISTORIC HEIGHT REVERED FOR ITS 400 ACRES OF DISPLAY GARDENS AS WELL AS THE STEWARDSHIP OF OVER 2300 ACRES OF ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVE LANDS AND DIVERSE ECOSYSTEMS THAT CONNECT TO THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT ON LAKE ONTARIO. IT’S ESTABLISHED AN INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS A LIVING LABORATORY FOR SCIENCE AND CONNECTING POINT FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR APPRECIATION OF NATURE, A LEADER IN SUSTAINABLE GARDENING AND THE STANDARD BEARER FOR ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION AND PLANT PRESERVATION. ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN EDUCATING SCHOOL CHILDREN ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANTS AND NATURE AND HOW THEY WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT HEALTH ON PLANET. OUR GOVERNMENT RECENTLY ANNOUNCED A MAJOR GRANT FOR $1.98 MILLION FOR 2019-2020 THROUGH THE REPAIR AND REHABILITATION CAPITAL PROGRAM TO HELP ENSURE THAT THIS EXTRAORDINARY LOCAL ATTRACTION AN TOURIST DESTINATION REMAINS WORLD-CLASS IN EVERY WAY. I’M GOING AS FAST AS I COULD, SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MEMBER STATEMENTS, THE MEMBER FOR OSHAWA.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER. WELCOME BACK TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO. I KNOW IT’S BEEN ALMOST FIVE MONTHS SINCE WE WERE LAST YEAR BUT I FOR I AM GLAD TO BE BACK. I MET WITH MANY CONSTITUENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS AND DID A LOT OF LISTENING AND BRINGING THEIR VOICES AND CONCERNS BACK WITH ME. I HAVE EVERY FAITH THAT MANY OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WOULD HAVE ALSO GOTTEN THE STRAIGHT GOODS AND MAYBE AN EARFUL FROM THE FOLKS AT HOME. I HEARD FROM PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM WHO DESERVE NEEDS BASED FUNDING. ADULTS OF DEPENDENTS CONFINED IN HOSPITALS AND UNABLE TO BE APPROPRIATELY HOUSED BY THIS GOVERNMENT IN THIS PROVINCE AND OSHAWA WE HAVE TENT CITIES, SHOCKING CHILD POVERTY AND AN OPIOID ADDICTION CRISIS FACED BY COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. THIS GOVERNMENT MUST RECOGNIZE THAT THIS CRISIS IS A HEALTH EPIDEMIC AND APPROACH IS PURPOSELY AND STRATEGICALLY TO ENSURE ALL ONTARIANS CAN BE WELL AN SAFE. WE HAVE AN UNCERTAIN ROAD AHEAD. COMMUNITY MEMBERS, THE FINANCIAL NEEDS ARE STRUGGLING TO ACCESS LEGAL SUPPORT AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS DUE TO CUTS AND FREEZES. LOW INCOME SENIORS WHO QUALIFY FOR YOUR PROMISED DENTAL CARE CAN’T GET IT BECAUSE THEY CAN’T FIND IT. PEOPLE ARE CONCERN BIRTHDAY A CLIMATE CHANGING CLIMATE AND THE GOVERNMENT THAT WON’T COMMIT. PEOPLE WORRY THEIR HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE WILL BE ERODED. IT MUST INVEST. I HOPE OVER THIS NEXT SESSION WE WILL SEE THIS GOVERNMENT SHOW COMPASSION, TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMIT TO MAKING THINGS BETTER FOR ALL THE PEOPLE. THANK YOU, SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: MEMBER STATEMENTS, THE MEMBER FOR CAMBRIDGE.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE TWO CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO PASSED AWAY. FRANK MONTERO, FIRSTED AS A POLICE OFFICER WITH WATERLOO REGIONAL POLICE AND ELECTED THREE TIMES AS COUNCILLOR FOR WARD SEVEN IN CAMBRIDGE. HE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS CITY AND HE WILL BE MISSED. PAULINE HODGEKISS AN EDUCATOR IN THE SCHOOL BOARD AND GAVE HER TIME TO MANY AGENCIES INCLUDING ARTIST HOUSE, KIDS CAN PLAY AND THE CAMBRIDGE FAMILY CRISIS CENTER. I GIVE CONDOLENCES TO THEIR FAMILY AND WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR PUBLIC SERVICE. AS THE MPP I’M A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF THE CONCERNS OF MY CONSTITUENTS. I’D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO THE COMPLETION OF THE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BY PROVIDING $1.49 MILLION IN FUNDING. CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE PLEASED THAT OUR CITIES WILL NOT BE FORCED INTO AMALGAMATION. THESE ARE TWO ISSUES THAT BOTH FRANK AND PAULINE WOULD BE VERY HAPPY ABOUT. OVER THE LAST FIVE MONTHS, WHILE MEETING WITH CONSTITUENTS, I WAS OFTEN ASKED ABOUT HOW I’M ABLE TO BALANCE THE DEMANDS OF THIS JOB WITH A YOUNG FAMILY. I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER JOB THAN ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS FUELED BY THE PRINCIPLES I HOLD DEAREST. AS MENTIONED IN MY MAIDEN SPEECH, BEING THE MPP IS NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE. THE ONE I CHERISH MOST AND THAT IS BEING A WIFE AND A MOTHER TO MY THREE-YEAR-OLD SON VICTOR. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR NIAGRA FALLS.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PEOPLE OF MY RIDING OF NIAGRA FALLS AND FORT ERIE WAITED ALMOST HALF A YEAR FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO COME OUT OF HIDING TO BE IN THE LEGISLATURE TODAY. DURING THAT TIME, HALLWAY MEDICINE HIT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. I’M GOING TO ADDRESS THAT ISSUE TODAY. SINCE IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN MY RIDING. ACCORDING THE ONTARIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, THE AVERAGE WAIT TIME ACROSS THE PROVINCE IN EMERGENCY ROOMS THIS SUMMER WAS 16 HOURS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, WE FOUND OUT THAT EVERY SINGLE DAY THERE’S AN AVERAGE OF 24 MORE PEOPLE AT HOSPITALS THAN THERE ARE BEDS FOR. IN NIAGARA, THERE’S AN AVERAGE OF 55 PEOPLE WAITING TO BE MOVED OUT OF EMERGENCY BEDS, BUT NOWHERE TO GO. THE GOVERNMENT — THE GOVERNMENT KNEW ABOUT THIS AND WHAT DID THEY DO TO FIX IT? THEY TOOK FIVE MINUTE BREAK, A FIVE-MONTH BREAK. I SAY TO THE PREMIER TODAY, WE’RE IN A HEALTH CRISIS IN NIAGARA. WE HAVE THE OLDEST POPULATION IN THE COUNTRY. WE ALSO HAVE YOUNG FAMILIES MOVING IN. WE CAN’T WAIT ANY LONGER. WE NEED OUR HOSPITAL IN NIAGRA FALLS TO MOVE TO STAGE TWO SO IT CAN BE BUILT AFTER YEARS OF DELAY. WE NEED HEALTH SERVICES EXPANDED IN NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE AND FORT ERIE. THE CONSERVATIVES SHOULD NOT HAVE STOPPED IN LEGISLATURE FROM DOING THE IMPORTANT WORK IT WAS DOING. NOW THAT WE’RE BACK, I’M READY TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME AND IMMEDIATELY GET TO WORK ON THE HEALTH CRISIS IN NIAGARA. I HOPE THE PREMIER AND HIS CAUCUS WILL JOIN ME.>>The Speaker: MEMBER STATEMENTS? THE MEMBER FOR GLENGARRY PRESCOTT RUSSELL.>>Voice of Translator: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE FIRST DAY BACK IN THE HOUSE AFTER FIVE MONTHS IN MY RIDING, THERE’S SO MANY THINGS I COULD HIGHLIGHT, EVENTS, PEOPLE THAT WERE ACKNOWLEDGED, BUT I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT FOR ALL OF US, IT WAS THE FEDERAL ELECTION THAT JUST TOOK PLACE. SO I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE WORK AND THE COURAGE OF ALL CANDIDATES AT THE FEDERAL ELECTION THROUGHOUT CANADA BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT AND DIFFICULT IT IS, HOW MUCH SACRIFICE PEOPLE HAVE TO DO TO BE — PUT THEIR NAME FORWARD. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO PUT THEIR NAME FORWARD. I WANT TO THANK THE CANDIDATES ELECTED IN MY REGION IN EASTERN ONTARIO. IN THE REGION OF OTTAWA. IN GLENGARRY PRESCOTT. FRANCIS ROY WAS RE-ELECTED. MY GOOD FRIEND. MY POLITICAL PARTNER IN THE RIDING. SO I WAS VERY HAPPY FOR THAT VICTORY. MARIE FRANCIS LALONDE IN ORLEANS A FORMER COLLEAGUE. SHE WILL REPRESENT THE PEOPLE IN OTTAWA. ANOTHER THAT I KNOW WELL, ERIC — OTTAWA CENTER, DAVID MCKINLEY IN OTTAWA AND I’M NOT MENTIONING ALL. I LOOK FORWARDS TO WORKING WITH ALL THOSE IN THE REGION OF OTTAWA. THANK YOU. [END OF TRANSLATION]>>The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR AURORA OBSERVING RIDGES RICHMOND HILL.>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. IT’S A PLESS TO BE BACK IN THE HOUSE AND GREAT TO SEE MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALL SIDE. SPEAKER, THE LAST FEW MONTHS HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY EVENTFUL IN MY RIDING. FROM THE ALWAYS FUN AURORA STREET FESTIVAL TO THE COSMO MUSIC FESTIVAL TO THE CHRISTIANS HORIZONS ANNUAL SUMMER PICK PICK. ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON. HOWEVER SPEAKER AS A DIE HARD HOCKEY FAN, THERE ARE TWO EVENTS I MUST SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU. THIS SUMMER, THE STANLEY CUP CAME TO BOTH THE TOWN OF AERROR AURORAAND THE CITY OF RICHMOND . THE St. LOUIS BLUES, SPECIFICALLY TO JORDAN BENNINGTON OF RICHMOND HILL AND ROBERT THOMAS OF AURORA. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO CONGRATULATE BOTH THESE CHAMPIONS AND THEIR TEAMMATES ON THEIR AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT, SPEAKER. FOR THE LICENCES IF NOT THOUSANDS OF FANS INCLUDING MYSELF, TO BE ABLE TO SEE AND TOUCH THE STANLEY CUP TWICE WAS A DREAM COME TRUE. I’D LIKE TO THANK JORDAN AN THOMAS FOR BRINGING THE CUP AND I’D LIKE TO WISH THEM ALL THE VERY BEST NEXT SEASON AND I HOPE THEY FINISH A RESPECTFUL SECOND AND THIRD BEHIND THE NEXT STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: MEMBER STATEMENTS. THE MEMBER FOR NICKEL BELT.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. I WANT IT ASK MY COLLEAGUES HAVE YOUR CONSTITUENTS BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE LACK OF ACCESS TO PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS? MINE HAVE. NOT A WEEK GOES BY I DON’T HAVE A BURNT OUT EXHAUSTED FAMILY COME TO TALK TO ME ABOUT THE LACK OF HOME CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE. Mr. ROBERT HIS LIP IS A 78-YEAR-OLD VETERAN. HE HAD HIS HIP REPLACED IN SUMMER. HIS PHYSICIAN PRESCRIBED HOME CARE. THE ASSISTANCE OF A PSW FOR RECOVERY. UNFORTUNATELY, NONE WERE AVAILABLE. SO AT 76-YEAR-OLD, HIS WIFE MARIE CLAIRE PROVIDED — TRIED TO PROVIDE FOR HIS CARE. MARIE CLAIRE HAS ISSUES OF HER OWN, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, SHE HAS A STENT INSTALLED IN HER HEART. SHE HELPED ROBERT THE BEST SHE COULD. GET DRESSED. WASHED, GET TO THE WASHROOM BUT THEY NEEDED HELP. THAT NEVER CAME. IF MARIE CLAIRE HAD FELL OR HER HUSBAND HAD FELL WE WOULD HAVE NEEDED MORE BEDS AT OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL WHICH IS FULL TO THE BRIM. ANOTHER CONSTITUENT BEEN ANY KREIGER RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE LYNN ADVISING THERE ARE NOW PSWs ABLE. HER HUSBAND’S CARE IS REDUCED FROM 21 HOURS OF CARE TO TWO A WEEK. HIS NEEDS HAVE NOT CHANGED. BONNIE WORKS 40 HOURS A WEEK, MR. SPEAKER. HOW IS SHE SUPPOSED TO MAKE UP THE 19 HOURS OF CARE HER HUSBAND NEEDS. IS SHE SUPPOSED TO QUIT HER JOB? I DON’T THINK SO. SPEAKER THE MIKE HARRIS CREATED THIS CRISIS IN HOME CARE WITH COMPETITIVE BIDDING. THE SITUATION IS UNATTAINABLE AN NEEDS TO CHANGE. THANK YOU.>>The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR OAKVILLE NORTH BURLINGTON.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. EARLIER THIS YEAR, OUR GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED A REVIEW OF ONTARIO’S REGIONAL GOVERNMENT INCLUDING THE HALTON REGION AND ITS MUNICIPALITIES. OUR GOVERNMENT WANTED TO HEAR THE OPINION OF LOCAL RESIDENTS ABOUT HOW THEIR MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS COULD WORK BETTER TO HELP THEM BECOME MORE STREAMLINED, PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES AND RESPECT TAXPAYERS DOLLAR. THE REVIEW AS THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING SAID HAD NO PREDETERMINED OUTCOMES AND INDEED HE WAS CLEAR THAT AMALGAMATION WAS NOT THE PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW. BUT IT LED TO MANY PEOPLE BEING CONCERNED ABOUT THE REAL POSSIBILITY OF AMALGAMATION. RESIDENTS IN OAKVILLE AND BURLINGTON FROM ACROSS MY RIDING WERE CLEAR. THEIR MUNICIPALITIES WORKED WELL. THEY DIDN’T NEED CHANGE. ON THEIR BEHALF, I TABLED ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM OAKVILLE MANY PETITIONS IN THE LEGISLATURE AND WORKED WITH THE MINISTER MAKING SURE THEY WERE HEARD. AND, SPEAKER, WE LISTENED. WE HEARD THE VOICES AND NEEDS OF MY COMMUNITY OF OAKVILLE NORTH BURLINGTON AND I’M PROUD TO STAND HERE IN THE LEGISLATURE TODAY AND STATE LOUDLY THERE WILL BE NO AMALGAMATION IN HALTON. LET ME REPEAT, THERE WILL BE NO AMALGAMATION IN HALTON. OUR GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED WITH A MANDATE TO CREATE JOBS, RESPECT TAXPAYERS’ MONEY AND PROVIDE QUALITY SERVICES. I KNOW THE MUNICIPALITIES IN MY RIDING HAVE THE SAME GOALS. AND THE BEST WAY TO MEET THESE GOALS IS AS THE CITY OF BURLINGTON AND THE TOWN OF OAKVILLE. THANK YOU, SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: MEMBER STATEMENTS. MEMBER FOR BARRIE INNISFIL.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT’S WONDERFUL TO BE BACK IN THE LEGISLATURE TODAY AFTER A VERY PRODUCTIVE SUMMER. OCTOBER 18th, MR. SPEAKER WAS PERSONS DAY IN CANADA. THIS DAY IN HISTORY TRANSFORMED THE LIVES OF WOMEN ACROSS OUR GREAT COUNTRY. IN 1929, WOMEN BECAME OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED IN THE LEGAL DEFINITION OF PERSONS. THIS WAS A HISTORIC DECISION THAT SHAPED THE POLITICAL AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF CANADA. I REMEMBER LEARNING ABOUT THE FAMOUS FIVE IN SCHOOL AND FEELING ENCOURAGED AND INSPIRED. THESE WOMEN FROM ALBERTA, THEY FOUGHT FOR THE FREEDOM AND LIBERTIES THAT OTHER WOMEN AND I CAN ENJOY TODAY. THEY LIVED DURING A TIME WHEN WOMEN DID NOT HAVE A VOICE AND WERE NOT PERSONS IN THE EYES OF THE LAW, AN EXPERIENCE THAT HAS NEVER BEEN A REALITY FOR MYSELF, OTHER WOMEN SERVING IN THE LEGISLATURE TODAY AND WOMEN SERVING IN THE SENATE TODAY. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, ONTARIO HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF FEMALE MPPs IN PROVINCIAL — IN THE PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE IN CANADA. ONE OF MY MENTORS, MR. SPEAKER, THE FORMER MPP FOR YORK SIMCOE JULIAN MUNRO MADE ONTARIO HISTORY AS WELL AS SERVING AS THE LONGEST MPP IN ONTARIO’S HISTORY. AS WE CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE WOMEN LIKE HER, AND WE CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WE COULD NOT FORGET THE FAMOUS FIVE FOR ALL WOMEN TO PARTICIPATE EQUALLY IN ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE IN CANADA. THANK YOU.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT CONCLUDES OUR MEMBER STATEMENTS FOR THIS AFTERNOON.

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