2019-10-29 Members’ Statements


INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS. NOW TIME FOR MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS. MEMBER FOR SPADINA━FORT YORK. >>THREE YEARS AGO I MOVED INTO THE CONDO ON THE WATERFRONT IN TORONTO AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I HAD WHEN I MUTUAL FUND IN THERE WAS — MOVED IN WAS WOULD THERE BE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND THE ANSWER HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY. THERE ARE MORE NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATIONS IN MY RIDING THAN ANY OTHERS PLACE I HAVE EVER LIVED, AND THEY ARE INCREDIBLY ACTIVE. IT’S THE FASTEST GROWING PART OF THE COUNTRY, THAT RIDING SPADINA━FORT YORK, AND A LOT OF THE DIRECTION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT IS BEING GIVEN FROM THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, BECAUSE THEY WANT PARKS. THEY WANT SCHOOLS. THEY WANT DAYCARES. THEY WANT ALL THE AMENITIES THAT GO WITH A PROPER COMMUNITY. AND THIS THURSDAY ON HALLOWEEN IT’S — IT’S NO EXCEPTION. THEY HAVE — THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE ORGANIZED INCREDIBLE HALLOWEEN EVENTS. CITY-PLACED NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS. IT’S A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE BUSINESSES AND THE LOCAL — AND THE CONDOS, AND THEY HAVE GOT 60 LOCATIONS FOR KIDS TO GO AND PICK UP CANDY. THEY HAVE GOT A CORN MAZE IN THE PARK. ALL KINDS OF EVENTS. LIBERTY VILLAGE ALSO HAS DISTRIBUTION POINTS OR POINTS FOR THE HALLOWEEN CANDIES. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT THESE HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS IN THESE NEIGHBOURHOODS IS NOT JUST THAT GETS GET THEIR LOOT BAGS FULL, BUT IT’S ALSO THAT IT BUILDS A PLACE IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO FOR FAMILIES TO RAISE CHILDREN AND FOR CHILDREN TO FEEL WELCOME AND TO HAVE ALL OF THE CELEBRATIONS THAT YOU HAVE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE PROVINCE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER, FOR LETTING ME TALK ABOUT THIS. [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS. THE MEMBER FOR WILLOWDALE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER. I’M SURE MEMBERS WILL REMEMBER IN APRIL 2018 MY COMMUNITY SUFFERED AN IMMENSE TRAGEDY. IN THE WEEKS FOLLOWING THE YONGE STREET VAN ATTACK, OUR COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AND PROVE THAT KINDNESS, LOVE, AND COMMUNITY CAN STAMP OUT HATE AND DIVISION. TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, Mr. SPEAKER, THAT MORE LIGHT IS COMING FROM THIS DARKEST OF EVENTS. ANN MURRAY DIMIKKO WAS A VICTIM THAT DAY. IN REMEMBRANCE OF HER SPIRIT, HER FAMILY HAS CREATED A FOUNDATION TO RAISE FUND FOR CAUSES THAT EMBODY HER SPIRIT AND DESIRE TO EFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE. ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, ANNE MARIE’S BIRTHDAY, THE FOUNDATION WILL BE HOLDING THEIR INAUGURAL FUNDRAISER EVENT. THE TURTLE PROJECT AT THE MERIDIAN ARTS CENTRE IN WILLOWDALE. THIS EVENING OF DANCE, LIVE MUSIC, AND MAGIC WILL RAISE FUNDS TOWARDS A REVOLUTIONARY NEW FACILITY FOR THE NORTH YORK WOMEN’S SHELTER AS PART OF THE FOUNDATION’S MISSION TO END VIOLENCE AND ABUSE AGAINST WOMEN. Mr. SPEAKER, I HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW THE FAMILY OVER THE PAST YEAR AND INSPIRED BY HER STORY AND THE INCREDIBLE WORK THAT HER FAMILY HAS DONE TO HONOUR HER MEMORY AND LEGACY. . LIKE TO ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE AND ALL ONTARIANS TO JOIN ME IN ATTENDING THE TURTLE PROJECT AND SUPPORTING THE ANNE MARIE DAMICO FOUNDATION. THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS. MEMBER FOR WINDSOR WEST. >>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. WE LEARNED THAT FORD COMPANY’S PLANT WILL BE CUTTING 450 JOBS. 450 FAMILIES WHO ARE NOW WORRYING ABOUT THEIR FUTURE. WHEN I HEARD THIS NEWS YESTERDAY, I FELT GUTTED FOR THESE WORKERS AND FAMILIES, AND NOW I’M ANGRY. I’M ANGRY BECAUSE FORD’S PLANT ALREADY LOST 200 PLANTS IN SEPTEMBER. GM OSHAWA IS ENDING THEIR VEHICLE PRODUCTION. AT NEMACK IN WINDSOR, THE EMPLOYER HAS TRIED TO BREAK THE CONTRACT WITH THE WORKERS, CUTTING 270 DIRECT JOBS. WHEN THE WORKERS TOOK OVER THE PLANT IN PROTESTS, MYSELF AND MANY OF COLLEAGUES WERE ON THE LINE WITH THEM. I’M OUTRAGED BECAUSE MY NDP COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE REPEATEDLY IMPLORED THE GOVERNMENT, BOTH LIBERAL AND NOW CONSERVATIVES, TO CREATE AN AUTO AND MANUFACTURING STRATEGY. WE MUST PROTECT AND GROW THE INDUSTRY AND ENSURE THAT GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS ARE MADE WITH IRON-CLAD COMMITMENTS TO KEEP JOBS HERE, BUT FOR THE PAST YEAR, THE PREMIER HAS DONE NOTHING BUT SIT BACK AND WATCH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS THAT HAVE LEFT ONTARIO. FOR EVERY ONE DIRECT JOB LOSS, WE LEAVE AS MANY AS EIGHT INDIRECT JOBS. THAT COULD MEAN OVER 5,000 LOSSES BECAUSE OF JOB CUTS AT FORD’S OAKVILLE PLANT ALONE. CORPORATIONS HAVE MOVED PRODUCTION TO MEXICO, WHERE THEY CAN PAY WORKERS NEXT TO NOTHING, AND IN SOME CASES, THEY ONLY ALLOW MEN TO APPLY. I’M ASKING THE PREMIER TODAY WHEN WILL ENOUGH FINALLY BE ENOUGH? HOW MANY HIGHLY SKILLED HARD-WORKING PEOPLE HAVE TO LOSE THEIR JOBS BEFORE HE TAKES ACTION? SPEAKER, FOR THE SAKE OF FRIENDS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES, LET TODAY BE THE FIRST DAY THAT THE PREMIER AND THIS GOVERNMENT FINALLY GET TO WORK ON ONTARIO’S AUTO STRATEGY. [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS. THE MEMBER FOR EGLINTON━LAWRENCE. >>SPEARING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THINK I’M ON THE SAME PAGE AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM TRINITY-SPA DEANA. WE THIS PAST WEEKEND HAD A PUMPKIN GIVEAWAY IN THE FAIR BANK AREA IN MY RIDING. I PARTICIPATED IN THAT AS I DO EVERY YEAR, AND IT’S CERTAINLY A SURE SIGN THAT HALLOWEEN IS ON THE WAY IN OUR RIDING AND, OF COURSE, ACROSS ONTARIO. SO SPEAKER, IT IS GETTING DARK EARLIER IN THE EVENINGS. HALLOWEEN IS QUICKLY APPROACHING, AND I KNOW THAT THE CHILDREN IN MY RIDING OF EGLINTON━LAWRENCE AND ACROSS ONTARIO ARE COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS AND HOURS UNTIL THEY CAN PUT ON THEIR COSTUMES AND GO TRICK OR TREATING ON THURSDAY EVENING. IT’S REALLY A TIME FULL OF EXCITEMENT. BUT I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO PUT SAFETY FIRST THIS HALLOWEEN. SO, PLEASE, EVERYONE, DRIVE WITH CAUTION ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT, BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TRICK OR TREATERS, BOTH IN THE AFTERNOON AND IN THE EVENING, AND IF YOU ARE OUT ENJOYING THE EVENING, CARRY A FLASH LIGHT WITH YOU OR CHOOSE A COSTUME WHICH WILL ALLOW YOU TO BE VISIBLE AND TO SEE YOURSELF, AND AVOID WEARING LONG OR OVERSIZED KINDS OF COSTUMES WHICH COULD BE A TRIPPING HAZARD. AND PLEASE WALK, NOT RUN. ALWAYS STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN, BEFORE CROSSING THE STREET. AND NEVER JAYWALK AND ONLY USE CROSSWALKS OR INTERSECTIONS. AND I ALSO WANT TO SAY NEVER TRICK OR TREAT ALONE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS GO IN A GROUP WITH AN ADULT. STAY IN FAMILIAR AREAS. AND ONLY GO TO HOMES THAT ARE WELL-LIT AND THAT ARE TAKING PART IN HALLOWEEN. AND, OF COURSE, NEVER GO INSIDE A HOUSE, AS MY LITTLE SON DID, TO GET YOUR TREAT WHEN THE DOOR OPENS. HE WAS A LITTLE CONFUSED. AND PARENTS, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE HALLOWEEN CANDY THAT YOUR CHILDREN BRING HOME, AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE BOTH A HAPPY AND MEMORABLE NIGHT. SO I WISH EVERYBODY PARTICIPATING A VERY HAPPY AND/OR VERY SPOOKY HALLOWEEN. THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA CENTRE. >>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE SERIOUS ERRORS I MADE ON MAY 28TH, 2019, AS I SPOKE ABOUT MILES, AN 11-YEAR-OLD CHILD WHO DIED BY SUICIDE IN 2018. I READ ABOUT MILES ONLINE BUT MISCONSTRUED IMPORTANT DETAILS. I STATED THAT HE HAD DIED IN 2014 AND THAT HE WAS DYSLEXIC. NEITHER OF THESE CLAIMS WERE ACCURATE. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, I DID NOT APPROACH THE PARENTS TO REQUEST PERMISSION TO CITE THE STORY IN THE ONTARIO LEGISLATURE. I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE MISTAKES AND WORKING WITH THE FAMILY, I INTEND TO MOVE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT MOTION IN A MOMENT TO EXPUNGE MENTION OF MILES FROM HANSARD ON MAY 28TH, 2019. HIS FAMILY HAS REQUESTED THIS COURSE OF ACTION AND THERE ARE TWO REASONS WHY I HOPE IT WILL PASS. FIRST, THE FAMILY NAME IS UNIQUE. INTERPRETER SEARCHES OF MILES CURRENTLY PRODUCE A LINK TO MY COMMENTS IN HANSARD. HIS FAMILY DOES NOT WANT FALSE INFORMATION CIRCULATING ABOUT THEIR LOVED ONE. SECONDLY, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THERE IS A PROGRAM PUT INTO BUILDING SOMETHING POSITIVE AND MEANINGFUL OUT OF THIS TRAGEDY. IT IS DEEPLY TROUBLING TO THOSE ENGAGED IN THIS IMPORTANT WORK TO HAVE MY ERRONEOUS COMMENTS READILY AVAILABLE. WITH ALL THIS IN MIND, TO MAKE AMENDS FOR MY ACTIONS AND RESPECT THE WISHES OF THE CULLBERGER FAMILY I WILL NOW SEEK CONSENT TO EXPUNGE ANY MENTION OF MILES FROM THE HANSARD ELECTRONIC RECORD MAY 28, 2019 AS WELL AS ANY FUTURE PRINTED EDITION OF THAT HANSARD. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THAT MOTION, SPEAKER, YEAH.>>Premier Ford: MEMBER FOR OTTAWA CENTRE IS SEEKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE HOUSE TO EXPUNGE ANY MENTION OF MILES CULLBERGER FROM THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF HANSARD FROM MAY 28, 2019, AS WELL AS ANY FUTURE PRINTED EDITIONS OF THAT HANSARD. AGREED?>>AGREED. [ Together ]>>The Speaker: AGREED. TAKE THAT DOWN TO THE TABLE.>>The Speaker: ARE YOU FINISHED?>>I’M FINISHED. THANK YOU. >>The Speaker: OKAY. THANK YOU. MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS. THE MEMBER FOR THUNDER BAY━SUPERIOR NORTH.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. WE NOTE THAT GANGS AND GUNS ARE ISSUES IN MAJOR CENTRES SUCH AS TORONTO. THAT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH SIGNIFICANT FUNDING SUPPORT FROM THE PROVINCE. BUT WHAT IS PERHAPS NOT AS WELL KNOWN BY THIS GOVERNMENT IS THAT THOSE ISSUES HAVE SPREAD TO NORTHERN COMMUNITIES LIKE THUNDER BAY. WHERE GANGS FROM SOUTHERN ONTARIO HAVE INFILTRATED THE COMMUNITY, PUTTING AN ENORMOUS STRAIN ON THE THUNDER BAY POLICE SERVICE. AND UNFORTUNATELY PUTTING THUNDER BAY NEAR THE TOP OF THE RESPECTIVE MURDERS PER CAPITAL IN CANADA. NOW WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOCATED $65 MILLION TO THE PROVINCE TO DEAL WITH THOSE CHALLENGES, THOSE OF US IN THE NORTH WERE SHOCKED THAT NONE OF THAT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE CAME OUR WAY DESPITE THE STRONG CASE THAT WAS MADE BY MAYOR BILL MORROW AND POLICE CHIEF SYLVIE HOFF. LET ME ADD TO THAT JUST A BIT. FIRST OF ALL, THE CREATION OF A MAJOR CASE UNIT IS A REAL PRIORITY AS THE POLICE SERVICE REMAINS UNDERSTAFFED TO RESPOND TO THE VOLUME OF VIOLENT CRIMES IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE CONTINUE TO BE RANKED BY STATISTICS CANADA AS SECOND IN THE COUNTRY FOR VIOLENT CRIME. WE HAD IN FACT, OVER 1,600 IN 2017. AND WE ARE RANKED FIRST IN HOMICIDES. THE TIME HAS CLEARLY COME FOR THE PROVINCE TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THE THUNDER BAY POLICE SERVICE SO THAT THEY CAN EFFECTIVELY DEAL WITH GUNS, GANGS, DRUGS, AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: YES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>>MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS. THE MEMBER FOR MILTON.>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. Mr. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND AND A FORMER COLLEAGUE, ONE OF THE HARDEST-WORKING INDIVIDUALS I KNOW, THE HONOURABLE LISA RAITT. LISA SERVED AS A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR MILTON FOR OVER A DECADE, Mr. SPEAKER, AND SERVED IN CABINET AS PART OF THE FEDERAL CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT. IN HER VARIOUS ROLES AS A MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES, LABOUR, AND TRANSPORT, Ms. RAITT CONTINUED TO SKILLFULLY SERVE THE CITIZENS OF MILTON AND HALTON. WHILE Ms. RAITT WAS IN GOVERNMENT, SHE SINGLE-HANDEDLY, BROUGHT FUNDING TO MILTON FOR THE VELODROME, THE SPORTS CENTRE, AND THE TENNIS CENTRE AND A MILTON ARTS CENTRE. THE RESULT IN LAST MONDAY’S FEDERAL ELECTION SAW AN ELECTION OF A NEW M.P. FOR MILTON. I KNOW I SPOKE FOR ALL MY CONSTITUENTS IN THANKING LISA FOR HER SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. LISA, IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH YOU AS AN M.P. AND THEN AS AN M.P.P. IN MILTON, AND I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE TO MAKE MILTON A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY. AND I WOULD LIKE TO WISH LISA ALL THE VERY BEST IN ALL OF HER FUTURE ENDEAVOURS, Mr. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS. THE MEMBER FOR YORK SOUTHWEST. >>THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. I WISH A WARM WELCOME TO ALL HERE — MEMBERS OF THE PROVINCIAL PARLIAMENT AS WE RESUME THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION. WE ARE RETURNING TO THIS PLACE AT A LATER DATE THAN USUAL. BUT I AM PLEASED THAT THERE IS STILL TIME TO REMIND THE HOUSE AND MEMBERS OF A PUBLIC THAT OCTOBER IS ISLAMIC HERITAGE MONTH. OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, I HAVE ENJOYED THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THIS RICH HERITAGE WITH ALL OUR NEIGHBOURS. ONTARIO HAS WELCOMED IMMIGRANTS PRACTICING THE ISLAMIC FAITH FROM EARLIEST DAYS OF CONFEDERATION. HISTORY AND THE JOURNEY WE MADE — HAVE MADE OUR ROOTS DEEP IN THIS LAND. SOME HAVE RECENTLY ARRIVED. OTHERS THIS MONTH WILL CELEBRATE MANY YEARS AND MULTIPLE FAMILY GENERATIONS AS A CANADIAN CITIZEN. IN OCTOBER, MUSLIMS SHARE THEIR HERITAGE WITH THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. ACROSS THE PROVINCE, YOU CAN FIND ISLAMIC HERITAGE ON DISPLAY AND CELEBRATED IN CULTURAL EXHIBITIONS, FROM FILM SCREENINGS, OPEN HOUSES AND SPEECHES, AND SEMINARS. MUSLIM COMMUNITY GROUPS OPEN THEIR DOORS AND SEND A MESSAGE OF PEACE, LOVE, RESPECT, AND TOLERANCE. I INVITE ALL ONTARIANS TO SHARE IN THIS RICH CULTURAL TRADITION. I’M SO PROUD TO CALL ONTARIO MY HOME AND PROUD TO JOIN MY FELLOW MUSLIMS TO CELEBRATE ISLAMIC HERITAGE MONTH. THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS.

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