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SO WE CAN START QUESTION PERIOD ORDER IT IS NOW TIME FOR QUESTION PERIOD, I RECOGNIZE THE LEADER OF HER MAJESTY’S LOYAL OPPOSITION >> THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER MY FIRST QUESTION THIS MORNING IS TO THE PREMIER, YESTERDAY THE PREMIER TOLD REPORTERS AND I QUOTE I WON’T HESITATE TO LOCK THINGS DOWN UNFORTUNATELY IT SEEMS OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE PERHAPS EXCEPT FOR THE PREMIER THAT HE WILL HESITATE TO PUT RECOMMENDED PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES IN PLACE EVEN WHEN LIVES ARE AT STAKE IF THE PREMIER MEANT WHAT HE SAID YESTERDAY PERHAPS HE COULD TELL US TODAY EXACTLY WHAT THE THRESHOLD WILL BE FOR THIS LOCKDOWN >> The Speaker: THE PREMIER TO REPLY >> WELL >> Premier Ford: I THANK THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION FOR THE YES, SPEAKER THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC WHAT WE DO AS A TEAM AND AS A PROVINCE WE LISTEN TO OUR PROVINCIAL HEALTH EXPERTS THAT’S WHAT WE CONTINUE TO DO IS LISTEN TO THE HEALTH EXPERTS, LISTEN TO Dr. WILLIAMS AND THE HEALTH TEAM WHEN WE SEE THE NUMBERS GOING UP AS WE DID, WE ACTED IMMEDIATELY, Mr. SPEAKER, WHEN WE SAW NUMBERS POTENTIALLY HITTING 6500 CASES A DAY, AGAIN, WE ACTED IMMEDIATELY WE LOWERED THE THRESHOLD AND I KNOW THE HEALTH EXPERTS AROUND THE PROVINCE THANKED US FOR DOING THAT ALONG WITH MANY LOCAL MAYORS ACROSS THE REGION THANK YOU >> The Speaker: THANK YOU SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER IN FACT ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE WE ARE SIDING WITH DOCTORS AND FRONTLINE HEALTH EXPERTS CALLING FOR A CIRCUIT BREAKER TO HALT THE PANDEMIC SPREAD AND SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES BEING DEVASTATED BY THE SECOND WAVE OF THE PANDEMIC SADLY THE PREMIER DECIDED TO GAMBLE WITH PEOPLE’S LIVES EVEN WHEN HIS OWN HEALTH EXPERTS BEGGED HIM NOT TO AT ONE POINT WILL THE PREMIER ADMIT THAT CRUSHING THE VIRUS IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES AND JOB AND OFFER THE FACTION SUPPORT THAT BUSINESSES NEED TO SURVIVE INSTEAD OF LEAVING THEM ON THEIR OWN >> The Speaker: THE PREMIER >> Premier Ford: FIRST OF ALL, YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS, Mr. SPEAKER, YOU CAN’T VOTE AGAINST OUR BUDGET, OUR SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES TO THE TUNE OF BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND COME OUT AND SAY WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES? THERE’S NEVER BEEN MORE PRO SMALL BUSINESS GOVERNMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS GOVERNMENT THAN WE HAVE RIGHT HERE Mr. SPEAKER, THROUGHOUT THE BUDGET THAT OUR GREAT FINANCE MINISTER PUT TOGETHER, WE PUT A TAX REDUCTION THAT WILL REDUCE ALL BET RATES BY .88% THAT EQUALS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THESE SMALL BUSINESSES IT WILL BENEFIT AS A MATTER OF FACT OVER 200,000 BUSINESSES AND PROPERTIES OR 94% OF ALL BUSINESS PROPERTIES IN ONTARIO THIS REPRESENTS A REDUCTION OF 30% FOR BUSINESSES SUBJECT TO THE HIGHEST RATES, Mr. SPEAKER >> The Speaker: THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY >> Andrea Horwath: WELL, SPEAKER, I HAVE NEWS FOR THE PREMIER, A BUSINESS EDUCATION TAX REDUCTION IS NOT GOING TO MATTER IF YOU CAN’T PAY YOUR BILLS AND YOU’RE OUT OF BUSINESS BOARDING UP YOUR FRONT WINDOWS DOORS THE PREMIER NEEDS TO REALIZE, HOWEVER, THAT THERE ARE LIVES AT STAKE HERE IT ISN’T A TIME FOR EMPTY PROMISES AND MAKE BELIEF CLAIMS ABOUT FLATTENING THE CURVE YESTERDAY THE CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER FOR THIS PROVINCE SAID THAT ONTARIO COULD BE IN GREEN ZONE BY CHRISTMAS LE YET THE GOVERNMENT’S CURRENT — YET THE GOVERNMENT’S CURRENT TASK LEAVES US RACING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION WHEN WILL THE PREMIER MAKE CRUSHING THE VIRUS THE PRIORITY, PUT HEALTH MEASURES IN PLACE THAT WILL SLOW THE SPREAD AND OFFER DIRECT, IMMEDIATE SUPPORT TO BUSINESSES TO HELP THEM SURVIVE WHICH IS WHAT THEY’VE BEEN ASKING FOR >> The Speaker: THE PREMIER >> Premier Ford: WELL, Mr. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY ARE WE LOWERING THE B. E.T. BUT WE’RE LOOKING AT THE E. H. T., THE PAYROLL EXEMPTION OF 490,000 TO A MILLION DOLLARS WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY HUGE THIS MEANT 90% OF ONTARIO PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYERS ARE EXEMPT FROM PAYING E.H.T MONEY IN THE POCKET OF SMALL BUSINESSES 14,500 MONTHLY RATE IS THERE TO SAVE OVER A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME THAT’S ROUGHLY 90% OF RENT RELIEF Mr. SPEAKER, WE HAVE PUT IN BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, NO MATTER IF IT’S 65% OF THE PAYROLL, IT’S 90% WITH COOPERATION WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RENT SUBSIDY WE’RE THERE TO HELP THE SMALL BUSINESS AND I JUST WISH THAT THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION WOULD VOTE FOR SOME OF THESE BILLS THAT SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES, THEY ALWAYS VOTE AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE OF

ONTARIO >> The Speaker: NEXT QUESTION, ONCE AGAIN THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION >> THANK THANK >> An >> The Speaker: — SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER SMALL BUSINESSES WILL NOT BENEFIT BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT BUSINESSES WITH BIG PAYROLLS, NOT SMALL BUSINESS WE KNOW WHAT THE NEW THRESHOLD IS AND IT’S CLEAR THAT THE PREMIER IS TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING NONETHELESS, THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC THE PREMIER HAS REPEATEDLY INSISTED YOU KNOW WHAT I KNOW BUT IT’S BECOME EVEN MORE CLEAR OVER THE LAST WEEK THAT THAT IS NOT THE CASE IT’S NOT BEEN THE CASE AND IT’S MORE CLEAR YESTERDAY TORONTO’S BOARD OF HEALTH WAS INFORMED THAT EVERY MEMBER OF THE PROVINCIAL TABLE PROVIDING PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE TO SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL HAS BEEN MADE TO SIGN A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT THE PREMIER WANTS US ALL TO KNOW WHY IS HE MUZZLING PEOPLE? >> The Speaker: PREMIER >> Premier Ford: Mr. SPEAKER, BACK TO BUSINESSES FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS UNFORTUNATELY THROUGH COVID THERE WAS 1.1 MILLION JOBS THAT DISAPPEARED BECAUSE OF COVID FROM JUNE TO OCTOBER ONTARIO GAINED $868,000 MORE JOBS BACK 144,000 MORE MANUFACTURING JOBS WE REGAINED FROM JUNE TO OCTOBER AS A MATTER OF FACT, Mr. SPEAKER, WE HAVE MORE MANUFACTURING JOBS NOW THAN WE DID PRE-PANDEMIC SO WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING THE SMALL BUSINESSES THANK YOU >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY >> Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, HER MAJESTY’S LOYAL OPPOSITION WILL KEEP ASKING THE PREMIER TO BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT THE DECISIONS HE’S MAKING ON COVID-19 METRO LINK HEALTH EXPERTS ARE CONCERNING AT ANY TIME BUT IT’S ESPECIALLY CONCERNING IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC IT IS OUTRIGHT DANGEROUS WHEN YOU HAVE A PREMIER WHO HAS PROVEN WILL CLAIM HE HAS THE SUPPORT OF HEALTH EXPERTS EVEN WHEN THEY DISAGREE WITH THEM WILL THE GOVERNMENT STOP MUZZLING THE EXPERTS — >> The Speaker: COME TO ORDER >> Andrea Horwath: — MAKE ALL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE COVID-19 TABLE TODAY >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION COME TO ORDER THE MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCE, FORESTRY COME TO ORDER START THE CLOCK RESUME >> Andrea Horwath: THANK YOU, SPEAKER WILL THE GOVERNMENT STOP MUZZLING EXPERTS AND MAKE ALL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE COVID-19 TABLES PUBLIC TODAY AND TAPER NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS? >> The Speaker: PREMIER? >> Premier Ford: WELL, Mr. SPEAKER, I FELL VERY INSULTING TOWARDS OUR GREAT MEDICAL TEAM WORKING DAY IN AND DAY OUT BUT THAT BEING SAID, Mr. SPEAKER, THERE’S NO GOVERNMENT, THERE’S NO ELECTED OFFICIAL THAT’S BEEN OUT THERE EVERY SINGLE DAY LIKE WE HAVE OUR TEAM HAS BEEN OUT THERE AT W WHAT’S GOING ON, I’M BEING TRANSPEARN, IT’S 1 — TRANSPARENT IT’S 1 O’CLOCK THAT WE GO OUT THERE EVERY DAY I DON’T ACCEPT SOMEBODY CRITICIZING ME THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AND THE LEADERS 69 LIBERALS HAVE BEEN HIDING OUT LIKE BONNIE AND CLYDE FOR THE LAST 7 MONTHS THAT BOTHERS ME >> The Speaker: THE FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY >> Andrea Horwath: THAT KIND OF NONSENSE FROM THE PREMIER OF ONTARIO IN THE MIDST OF THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC IS NOTHING LESS THAN SHAMEFUL IRRESPONSIBLE HE HAS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR HE DOESN’T IT BECAME TRAGICALLY CLEAR LAST WEEK THAT THE PREMIER CLAIM THAT HE HAS THE SUPPORT OF MEDICAL EXPERT EVEN WHEN THOSE EXPERTS DISAGREE WITH HIM DURING A PANDEMIC WHEN PEOPLE’S LIVES ARE AT STAKE THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHEN THE EXTREME FOLLOWING THE BEST MEDICAL ADVICE AND WHEN HE’S ROLLING THE DICE WITH THEIR HEALTH AND WITH THEIR WELL-BEING HOW CAN ANYONE BELIEVE THE PREMIER IS FOLLOWING VICTIMS WHEN HE’S ACTUALLY LITERALLY MUZZLING AND PREVENTING THEM FROM SHARING THE ADVICE WITH THE PUBLIC >> The Speaker: DEPUTY PREMIER, MINISTER OF HEALTH TO APPLY >> THANK YOU OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT WITH THE PUBLIC SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN WITH THE BRIEFINGS WE HAVE EVERY DAY AT 1 O’CLOCK WHEN THE PREMIER COMES OUT AND ANSWERS QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS WE HAVE Dr. WILLIAMS COMING OUT TWO TIMES A WEEK TO INDEPENDENTLY ANSWER QUESTIONS ALL OF THAT IS COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT PEOPLE CAN ASK WHATEVER THEY WANT TO ASK AND WE HAVE MODELING EXPERTS COME OUT BUT AS THE TO THE SUGGESTION THAT EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE PANDEMIC TABLE SHOULD BE COMING

OUT WITH THEIR VIEWS OF THINGS ONE BIT AT AT A TIME THAT’S E WAY IT WORKS WE RECEIVE INFORMATION IN Dr. WILLIAMS AND THE CABINET DISCUSSES AND MAKES FINAL DECISIONS ON THAT’S THE WAY THAT ANY PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANIZATION OR NOT FOR PROFIT OPERATES YOU HAVE ONE REPRESENTATIVE SPEAKING AND THAT REPRESENTATIVE IS Dr. WILLIAMS WE RELY ON HIS ADVICE EVERY SINGLE TIME >> The Speaker: THANK YOU THE NEXT QUESTION, MEMBERS FROM LONDON-FANSHAWE >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER BREAKOUTS IN LONG-TERM CARE GROW FASTER AND LARGER THROUGH THE DAY THE PREMIER IS PRETENDING EVERYTHING IS A-OKAY THE STATS SHOW THEY’VE GOT IT UNDER CONTROL BUT WHILE THE GOVERNMENT DOWN MLAS HOW MANY SENIORS ARE GETTING SICK OR DYING NEARLY 2850 MORE RESIDENTS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE NEW WAVE OF OUTBREAK — 250 MORE RESIDENTS MINISTER, THE PREMIER AND THE MINISTER — SPEAKER, THE PREMIER AND THE MINISTER WANT A PAT ON THE BACK WHEN HOWEVER 1800 SENIORS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES BUT THE COLD STATISTICS CAN’T HIDE THE FACT THAT FAMILIES ARE LOSING THAT I RECALL LOVED ONES WILL THE PREMIER — THEIR LOVED ONES WILL THE PREMIER AND THE MINISTER ADMIT THAT THIS IS MORE THAN JUST STATS FAMILIES ARE DEVASTATED WHY WOULD ENTITY THIS GOVERNMENT ACT NOW? >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OSS OPTS FOR THE — OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN CLEAR THAT THE TOP PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF RESIDENTS AND STAFF AND LOVED ONES IN LONG-TERM CARE NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT WE HAVE PUT EVERY MEASURE BEHIND THAT STARTING WITH THE URGENT AND DECISIVE ACTION WE TOOK AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC $243 MILLION TO STABILIZE THE SECTOR WENT OUT RECENT LID WE ANNOUNCE — RECENTLY WE ANNOUNCED OVER HALF A BILLION DOLLARS, $540 MILLION INCLUDING STAFFING SUPPORT, INCLUDING DOLLARS FOR OPERATIONAL SPECS TO IMPROVE PREVENTION AND CONTROL THE LIST GOES ON IN TERMS OF THE DOLLARS WE HAVE RESOURCED OUR LONG-TERM CARE SECTOR TO SUPPORT THEM IN A TIME NEED 40 MILLION TO SUPPORT HOMES IMPACTED BY THE CHANGES IN THE OCCUPANCY THAT WE HAD TO ADDRESS BECAUSE OF THE WARD ROOMS AND BUILT HOMES WERE NEGLECTED BY THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT AND NEGLECTED BY THE NDP GETTING ALL MEASURES TO THE LONG-TERM CARE HOMES WE HAVE TAKEN DECISIVE ACTION FOR THE BENEFIT — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> SPEAKER, I’M ASKING THE PREMIER, THE GOVERNMENT’S HANDLING OF THE FIRST WAVE WAS SO BAD THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO DIED IN ORCHARD VILLA ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT HOMES IN THE FIRST WAVE, NOW THEY’RE CONCERNED THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS COVERING UP THE NUMBERS WHO DIED FROM COVID AND THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEATHS THAT THE HOMES SAY WERE FROM COVID THEY BELIEVE THAT THEY’RE FROM STARVATION, DEHYDRATION AND NEGLECT THEY WANT TO KNOW THEY’RE TAKING ORCHARD VILLA TO COURT TO GET ANSWERS BUT NOW THE GOVERNMENT CHANGED THE LAW THAT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE THE NONPROFITS TO COURT WHY IS THE MINISTER PROTECTING THEIR FRIENDS RUNNING PRIVATE FOR PROFIT LONG-TERM CARE HOMES WHEN THEY ARE — WHEN ARE THEY GOING GET THE RIGHT THING AND ENSURES THAT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN? >> The Speaker: THANK YOU THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT, MEMBER FOR DURHAM >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER LET ME BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR, INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATION THAT IS IGNORE PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE AND ACT WITH GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT WILL NOT BE PROTECTED BY THIS LEGISLATION THE NARROW TARGETED CIVIL LIABILITY PROTECTION IN THIS LEGISLATION HAS ONLY TO DO WITH INADVERTENT TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 AND NOTHING ELSE THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PROTECT ANY OTHER TYPE OF NEGLIGENCE THAT WE HEARD FROM THE OPPOSITION IN THIS HOUSE OR AT COMMITTEE THE RESIDENTS IS NOT GIVEN PROPER MEDICATION OR IF A LONG-TERM CARE PROVIDER FAILS TO PROVIDE THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE IF A LONG-TERM CARE OPERATOR COMMUNICATES — >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> — ONTARIANS WILL SEEK JUSTICE IN THE COURTS FOR ALL OF THESE MATTERS >> The Speaker: THANK YOU, THE NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR CHAT KENT — CHATHAM-KENT-LEAMINGTON >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER NOW MORE THAN EVER WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR HEALTH CARE HEROES HAVE ACCESS TO THE CRITICAL PPE THEY NEED TO KEEP THEMSELVES AND OTHERS SAFE EARLY IN THE PANDEMIC OUR GOVERNMENT MOBILIZED MANUFACTURING SOURCES TO MAKE 9 MASKS, GLOVES, FACE SHIELDS AND

HAND SANITIZER AND OTHER SUPPLIES WE NEED THIS IS ALL ABLE TO HAPPEN IN JUST A MATTER OF MONTHS, NOT YEARS THE RESPONSE WE RECEIVED HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE AND INSPIRING ONTARIO BUSINESSES MOVE FAST, THE INNOVATIVED AND ADOPTED AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DO THE SAME WE NEED TO BE SMARTER ABOUT GETTING CRITICAL SUPPLIES INTO THE HANDS OF THE FRONTLINE HEALTH CARE HEROES PREMIER, YOU PUSHED THE GOVERNMENT TO MOVE AT THE SPEED OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR WE NEED 230 MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE ARE SPENDING TAX DOLLARS WISELY IF YOU’RE SHOPPING AND SAY YOU GO TO COSTCO YOU BUY IN BULK TO SAVE MONEY PREMIER, HOW IS THE GOVERNMENT ENSURING THAT WE ARE PROTECTING TAXPAYER MONEY — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE PREMIER >> Premier Ford: WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM CHATHAM-KENT-LEAMINGTON FROM DOING A GREAT JOB THE PEOPLE OUT THERE, ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC I WANT TO DEMONSTRATE TO EVERYONE THE CURRENT SITUATION IN ONTARIO I USE CANADIAN TIRE AS A GOOD EXAMPLE THEY HAVE 50,000 SKUS AND PRODUCTS THEY HAVE 65 PROCUREMENT OFFICERS, PURCHASING AGENTS AND COMPARED TO ONTARIO HERE THAT HAVE 7,000 PURCHASING AGENTS THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN SIMPLY THROUGH THE GREAT WORK OF OUR MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HE CREATED A SEPARATE ORGANIZATION CALLED SUPPLY ONTARIO SUPPLY ONTARIO IS GOING TO CENTRALIZE PROCUREMENT, STANDARDIZE PROCUREMENT RATHER THAN GOING OUT AND BUYING PENS AND PAPERS FROM 10 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THROUGH DISTRIBUTORS, JACKING UP THE PRICE WE’RE GOING TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE SOURCE AND WE’RE GOING TO BE BUYING THE PENS AND PAPERS AND EVERY OTHER SUPPLY THEY NEED AND A CENTRAL PROCUREMENT SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST GOVERNMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY IS DOING THAT — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THE PREMIER, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY GREAT NEWS THIS WILL ENSURE THAT IT’S EASIER FOR BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZE TO SEE WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO FROM THE MOM AND POP SHOPS TO THE LARGER CUSTOMS OUR GOVERNMENT WANTS TO PURCHASE MORE ONTARIO MADE PRODUCTS THANKS TO YOUR LEADERSHIP, PREMIER, ONTARIO IS ONCE AGAIN A MANUFACTURING LEADER IN THE COUNTRY AND IN NORTH AMERICA OUR INDUSTRIES AND LOCAL MANUFACTURERS HAVE PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN DURING THIS PANDEMIC THEY CAN MAKE ANYTHING HAPPEN ONTARIO-MADE PRODUCTS ARE SECOND TO NONE IN QUALITY AND EXCELLENCE THROUGH THESE INVESTMENT AND TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT WE’RE MAKING SURE THAT ONTARIO WILL NEVER EVER BE LEFT AT THE MERCY OF OTHER COUNTRIES AND LEADERS WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRITICAL SUPPLIES THAT WE NEED SPEAKER, ACCOUNT PREMIER PLEASE SHARE WITH MY CONSTITUENTS AND PAUL ONTARIANS ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT MANUFACTURING JOBS ARE COMING BACK TO ONTARIO, ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO PPE >> The Speaker: THE PREMIER TO REPLY >> Premier Ford: I THANK THE MEMBER THERE Mr. SPEAKER, I’M EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE SIGNED A WHY THE A COMPANY CALLED PRIME ED TO MAKE SURGICAL MASK AND 50, MILLION IT’S AMAZING FOR CAMBRIDGE CONGRATULATIONS CAMBRIDGE FOR ATTRACTING A GREAT COMPANY AND SEE THEM EXPAND NOT ONLY PRIME ED AND WE SIGNED A GREAT DEAL WITH 3M OVER IN BROCKVILLE, AGAIN, TO PRODUCE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF N95 RESPIRATORS WHICH IS GREAT NEWS WE ALSO WANT TO THANK LESS THAN AMMAR — LENAMAR O2 FOR THE VENTILATORS NOW WE’RE UNDER NO ONE’S THUMBS WE CAN MANUFACTURER ANYTHING IN ONTARIO WE’RE DOING THAT WE’LL BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND WE NOT POSSIBLY SUPPLY ONTARIO BUT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY WHEN THEY NEED PPE >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR MINUTE >> Interpreter: THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER — NIBBLE >> Interpreter: THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER MY QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER [ End OF Interpretation ] COVID CASES ARE SPIKING EVERY SINGLE DAY THE STRAIN ON THE SYSTEM CAUSED BY THE GOVERNMENT UNDERFUNDING AND SLOW ADOPTION OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS WILL HAVE LIFE-LONG IMPACTS ON THE CHIRP AWAITING SURGERY AT SICK KIDS TO THIRDS OF THE CHILDREN WAITING FOR VIRGINIA NOW OUTSIDE OF THE GOVERNMENTAL WINDOW FOR WHEN THE SURGERY SHOULD HAVE BEEN PERFORMED THE GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO LISTEN TO ADVICE AND NOW COVID CASES ARE SURGING IN OUR HOSPITALS AND 4,750 CHILDREN ARE LANGUAGE DISTINGUISHING ON SUMMERCAL WAITLISTS — SURGICAL WAITLISTS^ WHY DID THE GOVERNMENT REFUSE TO LISTEN TO THE BEST PELVIS FROM OUR HOSPITALS? BEST MEDICAL ADVICE FROM OUR HOSPITALS >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF

HEALTH >> I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THIS QUESTION THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC BUT WE’VE BEEN LISTENING TO THE EXPERTS AND IN FACT CONTINUING WITH SURGERIES AND PROCEDURES POSTPONED DURING WAVE 1, IT’S PART OF OUR FALL PREPAREDNESS PLAN WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT AS WE DEAL WITH INCREASE INSIDE CASES OF COVID-19 AND DEALING WITH THE FLU SEASON THAT WE CAN CONTINUE WITH THOSE SURGERIES AND PROCEDURES IT IS PARTICULARLY CONCERNING WITH RESPECT TO CHILDREN I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SEVERAL CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND WITH PARENTS OF SOME OF THOSE CHILDREN WHO ARE VERY CONCERNED THAT THESE PROCEDURES NEED TO GO ON SO THEIR CHILDREN CAN CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND CONTINUE WITH NORMAL DEVELOPMENT AND TO BE ABLE TO IN SOME CASES BE ABLE TO WALK WITH SO SUPPORTS THAT THEORY — WITH SOME OF THE SUPPORTS THAT THEY’RE RECEIVING THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT AND ONE OF THE KEY PARTS OF THE PLAN TO KEEP MOVING SO THESE CHILDREN GEST THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED — GET THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY >> THE DISTURBING PATTERN OF INCREASING CASES HAVE MADE THE SITUATION IN OUR HOSPITALS MORE DESPERATE IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER COME TO THIS BY ADOPTING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OUR HOSPITAL EARLY AND MAKING PROACTIVE INVESTMENTS THIS EXPONENTIAL SPREAD COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED AND THESE CHILDREN COULD HAVE GOTTEN THE SURGERY THAT THEY NEED AS Dr. KELLY SAID, CHILDREN WITH CLEFTLE PALETTE AND LIMB DEFICIENCIES ARE LOSING GROUND THEY WILL NOT MAKE UP MAKE NO MISTAKE ONCE THE WINDOW IS GONE IT NEVER COMES BACK BUT THE GOVERNMENT HAS PRIORITIZED BUSINESSES OVER THE HEALTH OF SICK ONTARIO CHILDREN WHY DO DOCTORS AND PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS IN OUR HOSPITALS BE HAVE TO BEG FOR HELP FROM THIS GOVERNMENT? >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF HEALTH >> WELL, I WOULD SAY TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE ABSOLUTELY TO THE CONTRARY, THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ALL ONTARIOANCE PARTICULARLY OUR CHILDREN IS OUR TOP PRIORITY, POST-ON WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY GETS THE HELP THEY NEED AND WE KNOW THROUGH DISCUSSIONS WITH THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN AND CHEO AND OTHERS THAT THERE ARE MANY PROCEDURES FOR CHILDREN THAT NEED TO BE ADVANCED THAT IS WHY WE HAVE CREATED ADDITIONAL CAPACITY IN THE ON THE WE ADDED MORE THAN 3,000 NEW HOSPITAL BEDS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC TO HANDLE THE ADDITIONAL CAPACITY THAN INCLUDES IN OUR CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS BOTH CHEO, HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN AND MCMASTER, ALL THE HOSPITALS SUPPORTING CHILDREN ARE GETTING RESOURCES AND HELP THEY NEED BECAUSE HELICOPTER IS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY — HEALTH IS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CHILDREN GET THE HELP BECAUSE IT’S KEY TO THEIR DEVELOPMENT >> The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER FROM GUELPH >> GOOD MORNING, SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER AFTER HURRICANE HAZEL CLAIMED 81 LIVES AND DESTROYED 2,000 HOMES AND COST US 1.$3 BILLIONLE ONTARIO STRENGTHENED THE MANDATE FOR CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES TO PREVENT FLOODING IT’S BEEN A SUCCESS A RESIDENT IN THE GRAND RIVER WATERSHED PAYS JUST $2.81 PER YEAR TO PROTECT THEIR LIVES AND PROPERTY FROM FLOOD DAMAGE IT’S A BARGAIN WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE AVERAGE COST OF CLEANING UP A BASEMENT FLOOD IS $43,000 SPEAKER, ONE OF THE TRAGIC LESSONS WE’VE LEARNED FROM COVID IS THAT FAILING TO LISTEN TO SCIENTISTS CAN HAVE CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES SO I ASK WHY IS THE PREMIER RISKING PEOPLE’S LIVES AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE BY GUTTING THE NONPARTISAN, SCIENTIFIC BASED EXPERTISE CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE THIS TIME OF DAY RESPOND >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IN FACT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION DOES THE OPPOSITE IT REFOCUSES THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES ON THEIR CORE MANDATE AS THE MEMBER MENTIONED OPPOSITE, Mr. SPEAKER, ON FLOOD MITIGATION THAT IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT IT CHANGES THE POSITION OF THE BOARDS — COMPOSITION OFF OE BOARDS AND MAKES SURE THAT COMPETENT PEOPLE ARE PART OF THE BOARDS AND IT GOES FURTHER TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS — ON THAT, Mr. SPEAKER I AGREE WITH THE HONOURABLE GENTLEMAN THAT THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES HAVE AN IMPORTANT TROLL PLAY FLOOD MITT INDICATION THIS LEGISLATION WILL REDOUBLE EFFORTS ON THAT, Mr. SPEAKER, WHILE MAKING IT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> SPEAKER, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THAT ANSWER, I WOULD SUGGEST

THAT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER ACTUALLY READ LEGISLATION BECAUSE WHAT IT DOES IS IT TAKES THE POWER OF CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES TO MAKE SCIENCE, EVIDENCE-BASED DECISIONS AND PUTS IT IN THE HANDS PERIOD OF TIME MINISTER TO MAKE POLITICAL BASED DECISION THAT IS PUTTING DEVELOPMENT IN THE WRONG PLACE HERE IS THE BOTTOM LINE, SPEAKER, SOMETHING I BELIEVE THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND, WHEN YOU ALLOW DEVELOPMENT TO HAPPEN IN THE WRONG PLACES, IT CAN HAVE CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES WHEN YOU PAVE OVER WETLANDS AND GREEN SPACE THERE IS NO PLACE FOR FLOODWATER TO GO IT CAN ONLY GO INTO THE STREETS AND THE PLACES THAT DAMAGE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, IT FLOODS PEOPLES BASEMENTS THE PREMIER SAYS CALL IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM IF SOMEBODY’S BASEMENT IS FLOODED CAN THEY CALL THE PREMIER AND ASK FOR $43,000 TO CLEAN UP THE MESS? >> The Speaker: THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER TO REPLY >> ONE WOULD WONDER IF THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES WERE DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB WHY THERE ARE FLOODED BASEMENTS AT ALL ACROSS THE PROVINCE WHAT THE MEMBER TALKS ABOUT IS COMPLETELY WRONG WHAT WE’RE DOING IS STRENGTHENING CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES TO DO WHAT HE SAYS TO BRING IT BACK TO ITS CORE MANDATE, Mr. SPEAKER >> The Speaker: THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION COME TO ORDER >> — ACCOUNTABILITY AND THAT’S WHY THEY’RE AGAINST THE CHANGES PROPOSED ON THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ELECTED OFFICIAL — I KNOW THAT THEY’RE NOT IN FAVOUR OF ENHANCING THE ACROSS ROLLES OF AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES — THE ROLES OF THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES BUT I AGREE, FOR FAR TOO LONG CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES STRAYED FROM THEIR MANDATE AND THAT’S WHY WE HAVE FLOODED BASEMENTS AND THE PEOPLE OF MATURING HAVE ENDURED CHALLENGES — THE ORIGINAL MANDATE, Mr. SPEAKER, WHILE MAKING MORE RESPONSIBLE TO ELECTED OFFICIALS >> The Speaker: PLEASE STOP THE CLOCK FOR A SECOND WE’VE GOT HALFWAY TO GO AND THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO CAPACITY CERTAIN STANDARD OF PROFESSIONALISM AND DECORUM IN THE HOUSE TODAY START THE CLOCK THE MEMBER FROM NIAGARA WEST >> Interpreter: THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER THIS QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS THE PANDEMIC HIT HARDLY THE FRENCH SERVICES BUSINESSES WHAT WOULD THE MINISTER DO ABOUT IT? >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER I THANK MY COLLEAGUE ARE FOR THE QUESTION FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC I HAVE ESTABLISHED A COMMITTEE ABOUT FRENCH RECOVERY THIS IS TO RESPOND TO THE NEED OF THE FRENCH COMMUNITY WE HAVE ACTED ON THE FIRST RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMMITTEE WE HAVE INVESTED A LOT OF MONEY TO HELP RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY I RECEIVED THE SUPPORT OF THE ADVISOR ON THIS AND HE SAID THIS MEASURE OF THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE CONCERNS THAT WERE EXPRESSED BY THE MINISTER WE WOULD DEFINITELY BENEFIT AND TO HELP THE FRENCH COMMUNITY OF ONTARIO IN OUR BUDGET WE ANNOUNCED AN INVESTMENT OF $2 MILLION >> The Speaker: THANK YOU >> Interpreter: THANK THA, MINISTER, FOR YOUR ANSWER I SUPPORT THE FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY CAN SHE EXPLAIN TO THE MEMBERS HOW SHE IS DIRECTLY WORKING WITH THE FRANCO-ONTARIAN COMMUNITY TO MEET THEIR NEEDS? >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER I THANK MY CLEGG KA FOR THE QUESTION — COLLEAGUE FOR THE QUESTION WITHIN THE 2020 BUDGET WE HAVE CREATED A NEW WORKING GROUP INVITING THE MINISTER OF FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS AND THE FAO TO OPTIMIZE ASSISTANCE TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS TO THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THAT EXIST THIS NEW WORKING GROUP WAS DESCRIBED BY — AS A SIGNIFICANT STEP THE MINISTRY HAS LISTENED TO US AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE THE WORK WITHIN THE WORKING GROUP Mr. SPEAKER, WE’VE ALSO IMPLEMENTED SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR WORKING

GROUP IN ORDER TO MEET THE NEEDS OF FRANCOPHONES SPECIFICALLY AN INVESTMENT OF $680 MILLION TO IMPROVE INTERNET SERVICES AS WELL AS 59.$5 MILLION IN A MICROCREDIT STRATEGY FOR THE SKILLED TRADES AND FOR EMERGENCY FUNDING OF 25 MILLION IN ARTS AND CULTURE [ End OF Interpretation ] >> The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER ONTARIANS ARE OUTRAGED THAT THE PREMIER’S LONG-TIME POLITICAL SUPPORTER CHARLES CHARLES SEED IS GETTING A NEW UNIVERSITY FROM THE GOVERNMENT — CHARLES MCVETY JUST OVER TWO YEARS AGO PREMIER USED CANADA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE AS A VOTER BOOTH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP THE PREMIER TWEETED FOR SUPPORTERS TO GO TO THE COLLEGE TO VOTER HIM FOLLOWING WEEKS OF CAMPAIGNING FOR HIM BY CHARLES McVETY BUT STRANGELY NEITHER THE COLLEGE NOR THE PREMIER HIMSELF HAS CLAIMED THIS UNDER CHARITY RETURNS OR UNDER THE LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN EXPENSES ONTARIANS DESERVE TO KNOW WHY THIS GOVERNMENT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC PRIORITIZED LEGISLATION TO GIVE CHARLES McVETY A DEGREE GRANTED UNIVERSITY DID THE PREMIER INSERT THIS SECTION IN THE BILL AS PAYBACK FOR CHARLES McVETY’S SUPPORT IN HIS LEADERSHIP RACE? >> The Speaker: THAT’S IMPUTING MOTIVE AND I CAUTION THE MEMBER YOU CAN’T IMPUTE MOTIVE IT’S RAISED AS A QUESTION THE MINISTER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO REPLY >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND THE ANSWER ARE SIMPLE THERE ARE THREE UNIVERSITIES OR COLLEGES SEEKING UNIVERSITY STATUS IN THE LEGISLATION PRESENTLY BEFORE THE HOUSE PRESENTLY DEBATED THE INSTITUTION REFERENCED HERE IS IN THE MIDST OF THE PROCESS WHICH AS I EXPLAINED NUMEROUS TIMES IN THE HOUSE AND CONTINUE TO EXPLAIN, IT’S PART OF A PROCESS THAT WE PUT TOGETHER TO ENSURE THE MOST TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE WAY OF ENSURING THAT WE FOLLOW THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS WHICH GUARANTEES THAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS A TRYING TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND SECURITY OF THE PERSON AND NOT TO BE DEPRIVED THEREOF EXCEPT IN ACCORDANCE WITH FUNDAMENTAL JUSTICE EVERY PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO BE EQUAL UNDER THE LAW AND THEY HAVE THE BENEFIT OF EQUAL PROTECTION AND BENEFITS UNDER THE LAW WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION WE HAVE A FAIR TRANSPARENT PROCESS, Mr. SPEAKER, AND THAT’S WHAT WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> THANK THANK YOU, Mr. SPE BACK TO THE PREMIER UPHOLDING ELECTION LAW IS FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR ROLES AS LEGISLATORS ELECTIONS ONTARIO RULES ARE CLEAR THAT THE PREMIER’S RENTING OF SPACE AT THE COLLEGE SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECORD AS AN EXPENSE BUT NO ONE CAN FIND — NO ONE CAN FIND THAT KIND OF EXPENSE ANYWHERE THIS LEGISLATION WOULD GIVE CHARLES McVETY A BIGGER PLATFORM TO SPRUE HIS HATRED, BIGOTRY AND INTOLERANCE AND ONTARIANS REMAIN COMMITTED TO UPHOLDING HUMAN RIGHTS THEY ARE REACHING OUT TO ME AND ASKING WHY IS THIS PRIORITIZE THE IN THE LEGISLATION SO FAR THE PREMIER HAS HAD SILENCE WHILE CHARLES McVETY TOOK A MILLION DOLLARS IN LOANS FROM THE COLLEGE AND HE HAS NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT CHARLES McVETY’S HATRED RHETORIC AND INTOLERANCE WILL HE SPEAK UP AND TELL ONTARIANS WHETHER BILL 213 IS A REWARD FROM Mr. MCVETY OR WHETHER BILL 213 IS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES? >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER AS WE’VE INDICATED AND WILL CONTINUE TO INDICATE TIME AND TIME AGAIN THIS IS ABOUT REDUCING RED TAPE AND SOMETHING WE’VE DONE IN THE PAST AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO MOVING FORWARD WE HAVE CREATED A SYSTEM FOR OBTAINING THIS TYPE OF STATUS THAT IS CLEAR IT IS TRANSPARENT IT IS ACCOUNTABLE AND IT FOLLOWS THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS WE HAVE CONTINUALLY SPOKEN ABOUT THIS AND CONTINUALLY INDICATED THAT WE ARE CREATING THE MOST FAIR AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS WE TOOK A MINISTERIAL PROCESS AND MADE IT ENTIRELY INDEPENDENT AND REVIEWED BY AN INDEPENDENT BODY WE HAVE LEGISLATION WHICH IS HERE IN THIS HOUSE THAT IS BEING DEBATED OPENLY IN THIS HOUSE, TRANSPARENTLY, Mr. SPEAKER, WHY DOES THE OPPOSITION, ALL MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION CONTINUALLY ASK US TO INTERFERE WITH THE INDEPENDENT PROCESS IT’S ILLEGAL, Mr. SPEAKER, YOU CAN’T INTERFERE WITH INDEPENDENT PROCESS THANK YOU >> The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH >> THANK THANK YOU, MR. SPE I HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER A QUESTION ABOUT THE FLU SHOT ALL WEEK LONG I’VE BEEN — LAST WEEK BACK HOME IN MY RIDING, I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT ONE THING THERE ARE THOUSAND OF MUSLIM FAMILIES WHO LIVE IN MY FAMILY

THOUSANDS OF MUSLIM CHILDREN WHO GO TO ONTARIO’S PUBLICLY FUND SCHOOLS THERE ARE MORE THAN 600,000 MUSLIMS IN ONTARIO MANAGERS OF THEM LIVE HER IN TORONTO AND IN YOUR RIDING, PREMIER CHARLES McVETY AMONGST THE OTHER HATEFUL THINGS THAT HE SAID ABOUT THE MUSLIM FAITH HAS SAID THAT IT’S NOT A FAITH IT’S A HOSTILE TAKEOVER HE’S SAYING TO THOSE CHILDREN AND THOSE FAMILIES IS YOUR FAITH IS A THREAT I CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING WORSE PREMIER, THROUGH THE SPEAKER YOU CAN YOU STAND IN YOUR SEAT TODAY AND DISAVOW YOURSELF OF THAT STATEMENT THAT CHARLES McVETY MADE? I NEED YOU TO STAND UP TO ONTARIO’S MUSLIMS NEED YOU TO STAND UP AND SAY THAT >> The Speaker: I REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO MAKE THEIR COMMENTS THROUGHOUT CHAIR [ Some Applause ] PLEASE MAKE YOUR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR MINISTER OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES TO RESPOND >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AGAIN TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE, TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO INTERFERE WITH AN INDEPENDENT PROCESS I KNOW THIS HE HAVE NO — I KNOW THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE CHARTER WE BELIEVE IN THE VALUES OF THE CHARTER AND FUNDAMENTAL JUSTICE WE BELIEVE IN PROCESS, Mr. SPEAKER >> The Speaker: THE OPPOSITION WILL COME TO ORDER AND ALLOW THE MINISTER TO RESPOND MINISTER >> THE MEMBER FROM HAMILTON CENTRE I BELIEVE IT INDICATED THERE IS A PROCESS AND A LICENSING PROCESS AND WHEN ANY INDIVIDUAL APPLIES FOR A LICENSE OR DESIGNATION OF THIS NATURE, THIS GOES DIRECTLY TO THE INDEPENDENT VEE VIEWING BODY, Mr. SPEAKER WE HAVE NO INFLUENCE OR PART TO PLAY IN IT THAT APPLICATION GOES DIRECTLY TO THAT BODY WHAT WOULD THE OPPOSITION HAVE ME DO, HACK THE COMPUTER SYSTEMS, Mr. SPEAKER, I’M NOT SURE WHAT THEY THINK WE CAN DO THERE IS NO BASIS TO INTERFERE WITH — >> The Speaker:ORED SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> SO I’LL TRY AND PUT IT ANOTHER WAY IN THIS BUILDING, IN THIS ROOM THERE ARE PEOPLE OF THE MUSLIM FAITH ALL THE WAY THROUGH GOVERNMENT AND HOSPITALS AND LONG-TERM CARE HOMES, ALL ACROSS THIS PROVINCE CHARLES McVETY HAS SAID THEIR FAITH IS A THREAT HE’S GETTING A SPECIAL TEAL THERE’S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT, WE KNOW THAT, IT’S EVIDENT MEMBERS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE ALL OVER THIS HOUSE I CAN SEE IT IN THEIR FACES SO THIS CAN’T CONTINUE LEADERSHIP MEANS SOMETIMES YOU STAY TUNED AND YOU SAY WE’RE GOING THIS WAY AND EVERYBODY ELSE HAS TO FOLLOW WE NEED THE PREMIER TO STAND UP TODAY AND SAY I’M INSTRUCTING ME HOUSE LEADER TO REMOVE SCHEDULE 3, BILL 13 AND PUT — 2, BILL 13 AND PUT AN END TO THIS DEBACLE THANK YOU >> The Speaker: PREMIER >> Premier Ford: MR MR. SP, PAUL DUE RESPECT TO THE LIBERAL MEMBER, HE CAN PLAY POLITICS AND BRING IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, Mr. SPEAKER WHAT HE HASN’T DONE THAT I HAVE DONE, OUR FAMILY HAS DONE, WE BROUGHT A YOUNG MUSLIM BOY INTO OUR FAMILY, HAS LIVED WITH US — HAS LIVED WITH US FOR TEN YEARS >> The Speaker: I HAVE TO INTERRUPT CLOCK IS TICKING PEOPLE ASKING THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION TO COME TO ORDER THE CLOCK IS TICKING THE PREMIER HAS THE FLOOR >> Premier Ford: I’VE SEEN MY MUSLIM BROTHER THAT I SHARED MY ROOM WITH, MY CLOTHES WITH AND MY FOOD WITH FOR TEN YEARS YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU’RE PLAYING POLITICS I DON’T PLAY POLITICS I SUPPORT THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY UNEQUIVOCALLY 1,000% THANK YOU >> The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK [ Some Applause ] >> The Speaker: THE MEMBER FROM OTTAWA CENTRE WILL WITHDRAW HIS UNPARLIAMENTARY COMMENT >> I CAN’T WITHDRAW, SPEAKER, THIS MAN IS SUPPORTING A BIGOT >> The Speaker: I WILL GIVE THE MEMBER FROM OTTAWA CENTRE ONE MORE TIME TO WITHDRAW >> WITHDRAW, SPEAKER >> The Speaker: ORDER GOT HOUSE LEADER COME TO ORDER

THE MEMBER FROM OTTAWA CENTRE WITHDREW THE COMMENT REAR START THE CLOCK MEMBER FROM BURLINGTON >> SPEAKER, IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, ONTARIO’S QUINN INVENTORY — QUINN INVENTORY OF PPE AND CRITICAL SUPPLIES IS STRONG BUT IT DIDN’T GET THAT WAY OVERNIGHT AT THE START OF THE PANDEMIC WE DISCOVERED THE FRAGMENTED SUPPLY CHAIN SYSTEM PUT IN A PRECARIOUS POSITION WE DIDN’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE PRODUCTS WE NEEDED BUT OUR GOVERNMENT QUICKLY ADAPTED AND IN A CROSS GOVERNMENT EFFORT THE MINISTRY OF OF GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER SERVICE WORKED TO GET MASTER FIREFIGHTERS WITH ONTARIO MPP OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS TO SUPPLY THE FOOD INDUSTRY WITH MANITOBA OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO GEST MED STUDENTS N95 AND WHEN THE MINISTER OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF WOMEN’S SHELTERS THE LIST GOES ON AND ON ON MONDAY THEY ANNOUNCED THE NEXT STEP IN OUR COORDINATED EFFORT TO SHORE UP THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND ENSURE THAT WE ARE NEVER LEFT WITH LOW QUALITIES AGAIN TO THE MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER SERVICES, CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW OUR NEW SUPPLY CHAIN AGENCIES SUPPLY ONTARIO WILL ENSURE THAT WE HAVE STABLE ACCESS TO CRITICAL SUPPLIES >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION BECAUSE I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE EFFORTS OF OUR MINISTRIES THAT WORKED SO WELL TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT WE MODERNIZE A FRAGMENTED SYSTEM THAT HAD OVER A THOUSAND ENTITIES PURCHASING BECAUSE NOW THROUGH OUR LEADERSHIP OR GOVERNMENT ONTARIO IS BUYING AS ONE IN SHORT WE WILL LEAD BY EXAMPLE WHEN IT COMES TO SUPPLY MANAGEMENT AND WE WILL MANAGE INVENTORY TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE SUPPLY THAT MEETS OUR DEMAND FROM SECTOR TO SECTOR, ULTIMATELY ENSURING THAT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES TO KEEP ONTARIANS SAFE AND SECURE IT WILL LEVERAGE ALSO THE EXPERIENCE THAT WE HAVE OF THE BUSINESSES WHO STEPPED UP DURING THE PANDEMIC AND ANSWERED THE PREMIER’S CALL AND, YOU KNOW, WE ALSO HAD HUNDREDS OF CONSULTATIONS WHEREBY PEOPLE WANTED TO BE INVOLVED IN SUPPLY MANAGEMENT >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THANK YOU THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> THANK THANK YOU, SPEAKER THIS IS VERY WELCOMING NEWS BY ENABLINGS OUR PUBLIC SECTOR TO BUY AS ONE IT’S EASY TO SEE THAT SUPPLY ONTARIO WILL DELIVER A BETTER VALUE TO TAXPAYERS WHEN PEOPLE GO SHOPPING THEY OFTEN BUY IN BULK TO SAVE MONEY, THEY BUY LOCAL AND LOOKING TO THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, FOR EXAMPLE, IT ONLY MAKES SENSE TO LEVERAGE THE COLLECTIVE BUYING POWERS OF SCHOOL BOARDS WHEN BUILDING UP NEEDED PPE INVENTORY AND TO GIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO ONTARIO SUPPLIERS LE CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN HOW WE’RE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY AND DRIVE INNOVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ONTARIO >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER TO SUPPLY >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE MEMBER FROM BURLINGTON FOR INTEREST IN THIS INITIATIVE WE SHOULD ALL BE CELEBRATING THAT SUPPLY ONTARIO WILL DELIVER FOR THE FIRST TIME THE BEST VALUE FOR TAXPAYERS BY SOURCING HIGH QUALITY GOODS AT SCALE I CAN TELL YOU FROM DAY ONE WE ARE VERY MUCH COMMITTED TO TAKING A REGIONAL APPROACH AND CONNECTING BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES AND INSPIRING ENTREPRENEURS INCLUDING SMALL, MEDIUM AND RURAL BUSINESS OF ALL SORTS TO GET INVOLVED AND TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPLY THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS ITS CUSTOMERS BY ACTING AS A FIRST PURCHASER, SPEAKER, FOR EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES SUPPLY ONTARIO WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR INNOVATION WE JUST HEARD THE PREMIER MOMENTS AGO SPEAK ABOUT PRIME ED, A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A LOCAL GROWN IN ONTARIO COMPANY THAT STOOD UP AND STARTED HIRING UPWARDS OF 250 PEOPLE IN CAMBRIDGE IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, SPEAKER, SUPPLY ONTARIO AND THE MER ITS OF EMPLOYING A PROPER MODERN SUPPLY PROCESS HAS BEEN WELL RECEIVED >> The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR BRAMPTON CENTRE >> THANK YOU, GOOD MORNING, SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER TODAY ACCORDING TO “THE TORONTO STAR” BRAMPTON HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST POSITIVE TEST RATES IN THE COUNTRY AT 19% WE ARE ONE OF ONTARIO’S HARDEST HIT REGIONS, Mr. SPEAKER BUT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DOES NOT HAVE CAPACITY TO KEEP UP WITH THE COMMAND IN CASE LOAD THE BRAMPTON HEALTH CARE SYSTEM HAS BEEN UNDERFUNDY FUNDED FOR DECKIDS — UNDERFUNDED FOR DECADES BRAMPTON CRITIC IS CONSISTENTLY IN GRIDLOCK BECAUSE OF THE FAILURE OF THIS GOVERNMENT

THAT MEANS THAT OUR HOSPITAL IS NOT ABLE SERVICE CASE AND THAT OUTCASES THE DEMAND THAT OUR — OUTPACES THE DEMAND THAT OUR HOSPITAL IS SEEING WE DO NOT HAVE THE DEDICATED RESOURCES TO PREVENT THE CRISIS UNFOLDING IN OUR CITIES THE PEOPLE OF BRAMPTON ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO MOVE GOODS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE WHAT DOES THE PREMIER HAVE TO SAY TO THE HARD WORKING BRAMPTONIANS WHO CAN’T TAKE A DAY OFF OR FIND A HOSPITAL BED WHEN THEY NEED ONE? >> The Speaker: I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT PEEL AND BRAMPTON ARE GOING THROUGH A HARD TIME WITH INCREASES IN COVID-19 CASES BUT WE ARE SUPPLYING ADDITIONAL HELP IN MANY AREAS FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE ESTABLISHED THREE NEW COMMUNITY BASED TESTING CENTRES THAT WERE ESTABLISHED BY NOVEMBER 10th WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED MOBILE TESTING SITES TO RESPOND TO PARTICULAR NEEDS AND PARTICULAR COMMUNITIES WE ALSO HAVE LIMITED WALK-IN AVAILABILITY AT SOME ASSESSMENT CENTRES BECAUSE WE KNOW FOR SOME PEOPLE THERE ARE LANGUAGE BARRIERS AND ISSUES THAT PRESENT THEMSELVES THAT MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO PHONE AHEAD AND GET AN APPOINTMENT WE WANT TO MAKE TESTING AS EASY AS POSSIBLE AND WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED UP TO 7 PHARMACIES AND SPECIMEN COLLECTION CENTRES AS WELL WE’RE WORKING ON THAT WE HAVE ALSO PROVIDED OVER 0-ADDITIONAL CASE AND CONTACT MANAGERS INTO PEEL TO ASSIST WITH THE FOLLOW-UP TO MAKE SURE THAT WE FOLLOW-UP WITH THE CASES IDENTIFIED — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE SUPPLEMENTARY >> WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE MINISTER THE PREMIER CONTINUES TO MAKE EMPTY PROMISES AT PRESS CONFERENCE BUT THE PEOPLE OF BRANTFORD HAVE YET TO SEE THAT INTO OUR CITY EVERYONE HAS BEEN CLEAR, BRAMPTON NEEDS ITS FAIR SHARE BRAMPTON ONLY HAS 0.96 BEDS PER THOUSAND RESIDENTS AND THE PROVINCIAL AVERAGE AS YOU KNOW, MINISTER, IS WELL ABOVE 2.19 BEDS PER ARE NOT OUR CHRONICALLY UNDERFUNDED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS PUTTING OUR COMMUNITY AT RISK WHEN IS THE PREMIER GOING TO ADDRESS HEALTH CARE INEQUITIES AND ENSURE THAT THE GROWING COMMUNITIES RECEIVE SUPPORTS THAT WE NEED THANK YOU >> The Speaker: MINISTER >> INVESTMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN PEEL REGION THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC I CAN ADVISE THAT WE ARE INVESTING 243 NEW BEDS AT THREE HOSPITALS INCLUDING HEALTH FACILITIES IN PEEL REGION TO SUPPORT HOSPITAL CAPACITY, PRESSURES AND THE CONTINUATION OF SURGERIES AND PROCEDURES NOW WE ARE AWARE THAT THEIR CASE HAS BEEN MADE TO PEEL THAT NEEDS A NEW EMERGENCY DID WE HAVE A GRANT OF 25 MILLION TO SUPPORT EARLY CAPITAL PLANNING FOR THE PEEL MEMORIAL CENTRE PHASE 2 PROJECT AND WE ARE LOOKING AT ADDITIONAL OPTIONS INCLUDING THE REQUEST FOR 24/7 EMERGENCY FUNDING AND THEY’RE WORKING THROUGH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT RIGHT NOW WE WOULD ALL LIKE IT TO HAPPEN TOMORROW BUT IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO DEVELOP A NEW HOSPITAL PLAN AND IT HAS TO BE DONE PROPERLY TO SERVE THE CONSTITUENTS OF YOUR RIDING PITTSBURGH IS >> ThR OTTAWA-VANIER >> Interpreter: THANK THA, SPEAKER MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPALITY AFFAIRS IN OTTAWA WHERE MY RIDING IS LOCATED THERE ARE 12,000 PEOPLE AND MANY FAMILIES THAT DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO HOUSING 12,500 THIS IS AN INCREASE OF 15% SINCE 2017 SOME ARE IN A TWO ROOM APARTMENT AND SPENDING 30% OF THEIR INCOME UNLIKE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS THE HOUSING CRISIS AGGRAVATED BY THE PANDEMIC IS A REAL PROBLEM THAT REQUIRES AN INTERVENTION UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS NO FUNDING IN THE BUDGET FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING MY QUESTION, WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT GOING TO DO TO SUPPORT THE CONSTRUCTION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHICH ONTARIOIANS NEED IN OTTAWA-VANIER >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF HOUSING >> Interpreter: THANK YOU VERY MUCH I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HER QUESTION TO RESPOND TO THE PANDEMIC OUR GOVERNMENT HAS INVESTED $510 MILLION IN MUNICIPALITIES TO BUILT NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING [ End OF Interpretation ] TO BE CLEAR WE PROVIDED

MUNICIPALITIES WITH $510 MILLION TO TO BE FLEXIBLE AND CREATE LONG-TERM AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES THAT OUR COMMUNITIES NEED NOW MORE THAN EVER WE’RE BACK SELL RATING OUR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING CONSULTATION RIGHT NOW IN ONTARIO WE HAVE ABOUT 20 SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECTS 20 SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAMS WITHIN THREE MINISTRIES, VERY CONFUSING TO NAVIGATE WE NEED TO COLLABORATE WITH MUNICIPAL PARTNERS AND THE FORECAST WE ARE WORKING WITH THEM AND WE ARE PROVIDING ADDITIONAL DOLLARS >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY >> Interpreter: THE HOUSING CORPORATION ANNOUNCED A 1 BILLION-DOLLAR HOUSING INITIATIVE TO HELP WITH THE URGENT HOUSING NEEDS OF ALL CANADIANS PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS FUNDING AND THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31 OF THIS YEAR, 2020 CAN THE MINISTER REASSURE THIS HOUSE THAT HE IS TAKING THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ENSURE THAT ONTARIANS BENEFIT FROM THIS AVAILABLE FEDERAL IMPORTANT FUNDING SO THAT WE CAN PUT SHOVELS IN THE GROUND AND BEGIN THE URGENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEEDS IN THE PROVINCE? >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOVERING >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION AFTER YEARS OF INACTION IN HOUSING OUR GOVERNMENT STARTED TO REVITALIZE THE HOUSING CENTRE [ End OF Interpretation ] I ASSURE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN FACT I HAD A FANTASTIC CONVERSATION THIS MORNING AT 8:30 WITH MY FEDERAL COUNTERPART WE SPOKE ABOUT THE PROGRAM THAT SHE — THAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE MENTIONED THE RAPID HOUSING INITIATIVE WE HOPE THAT WITH THE MONEY PROVIDED TO MUNICIPALITIES AND THE RAPID HOUSING PROGRAM AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL THAT WE CAN COOPERATE WITH OUR MUNICIPAL PARTNERS TO ACTUALLY DO WHAT WE ALL WANT WE ALL WANT SAFE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING BUILT FOR OUR — BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR I’VE OFFERED THE MINISTER IF WE HAVE A MUNICIPALITY THAT WANTS TO BUILD SOMETHING FASTER I WOULD BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE A ZONING ORDER TO MOVE THAT FORWARD >> The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR WINDSOR-TECUMSEH >> MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER GOOD MORNING AS YOU KNOW, WE’RE WELL INTO THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC THE FIRST TIME AROUND MIGRANT WORKERS IN MY AREA WERE THE HARDEST HIT THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE AT THAT TIME WAS TO ALLOW THEM TO KEEP WORKING IF THEY WERE INFECTED AND ASYMPTOMATIC HUNDREDS WERE CONTAGIOUS AND THREE MIGRANT WORKERS DIED IN ONTARIO, SPEAKER, WHAT IS 9 GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TODAY TO GET AHEAD AND STAY AHEAD OF THE NEXT WAIVE WHEN IT COMES TO THE MEN AND WOMEN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES WORKING IN OUR FIELDS AND GREEN HOUSES >> The Speaker: THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER TO REPLY >> THANK YOU, VERY MUCH IT’S IT’S A VERY GOOD QUESTION SOMETHING WE WORK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON HE’S RIGHT, THERE WAS CERTAINLY THAT PROBLEM LAST YEAR, AND WE LEARNED A LOT FROM THE FIRST — FROM THE FIRST WAY A LOT OF LESSONS LEARNED THAT WE WILL WORK COOPERATIVELY WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT AS THE NEXT PLANTING SEASON COMES THAT WE WILL ADDRESS MANY OF THESE CONCERNS IT’S AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY AND THEY DO SO MUCH WORK IN OUR AGRICULTURAL SECTOR AND WE COULD NOT BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS WE ARE WITHOUT THEIR ASSISTANCE THANK YOU SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THE SPIKE IN CASES DOWN MY WAY LAST WEEK IDENTIFIED NEARLY 50 NEW COVID CASES IN THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR WE HAVE HAD ANOTHER THREE CASES YESTERDAY IN ESSEX COUNTY THE LEADERS SAY THAT PROVINCIAL LEADERSHIP WAS MISSING IN ACTION FOR MOST OF THE FIRST WAVE OF THIS COVID CRISIS WILL THE GOVERNMENT ADMIT TODAY TO INVEST IN RESOURCES NEEDED TO MAKE SURE THAT MIGRANT FARM WORKERS IN ONTARIO HAVE QUAT SICK PAY AND — ADEQUATE SICK PAY AND ACCOMMODATION AND THAT THE FARMERS HAVE THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY? >> The Speaker: MEMBER IN BURLINGTON >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION WE’RE COMMITTED TO THE HEALTH AND SAY THE OF ALL WORKERS IN THIS PROVINCE, INCLUDING TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS THERE WERE 740 VISITS AT FARMS AND ISSUED 236 ORDERS TO MAKE SURE THAT EMPLOYEES KEEP THEIR WORKERS SAFE HELICOPTER AND SAFETY LAWS APPLY TO ALL WORKERS IN ONTARIO A PASSPORT DOES NOT DETERMINE HOW THEY ARE TREATED

THIS IS NOT THE ONTARIO WAY , ALL EMPLOYEES HAVE A DUTY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEIR WORKERS WORKERS DO NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR JOB AND THEIR HEALTH >> SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS NOW WE’VE BEEN HEARING AN ALARM EVERY DAY OF THE SECOND WAVE THE PREMIER, HIS CABINET AND PUBLIC HEALTH CONTINUE TO SPREAD A RELENTLESS MESSAGE OF GREAT DANGER THAT COVID IS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE OUR HOSPITALS AND OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS THAN WE ARE IN IMMINENT PERIL, HOWEVER, THE TORONTO SUN REPORTED TODAY THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID PATIENTS ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK WAS OVER 1200 HOSPITAL BEDS INCLUDING THE TORONTO GENERAL, TORONTO WESTERN, PRINCESS MARGARET AND OTHERS SPEAKER, CAN THE PREMIER INFORM THIS HOUSE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE PRESENTLY IN THESE FIVE TORONTO HOSPITALS WITH COVID-19 AND HOW MANY ARE IN THE ICU >> I CAN TELL THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND YOU PROBABLY HEARD THE MODELING THAT INDICATES WE MAY BE UP TO 6500 CASES PER DAY IN ONTARIO BY MID-DECEMBER IF WE DON’T TAKE ACTION THAT’S WHY WE SET UP THE FRAMEWORK THAT WE SET UP TO BE ABLE TO MOVE PUBLIC HEALTH REGIONS FROM ONE ZONE TO ANOTHER WITH ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS BECAUSE IF WE DON’T TAKE ANY ACTION WE WILL BE IN THE SAME SITUATION AS COUNTRIES LIKE ITALY AND SPAIN AND OTHER AREAS WHERE THEIR HOSPITALS ARE OVERWHELMED RIGHT NOW OUR HOSPITALS ARE OPERATING, MOST OF THEM IT WILL AT ABOUT 100% CAPACITY, INCLUDING SOME CASES EVEN A BIT MORE THAN THAT BUT WE KNOW THAT HOSPITALIZATION IS A LAGGING INDICATOR SO THAT AS 9 THE NUMBER OF — AS THE NUMBER OF CASES CLIMB WE’LL SEE THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS CLIMB AS WELL WE NEED TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO KEEP THOSE LEVELS UNCONTROL AS WE AHEAD EXTRA BEDS IN THE PROCESS >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> AGAIN TO THE PREMIER, I BELIEVE THE DEPUTY PREMIER IS PREOCCUPIED WITH THE PROJECTIONS AND THE MODELS IN THE TORONTO SUN TODAY THE FACTS ARE THAT THERE’S LESS THAN 10 IN ICU WITH COVID I MAKE THIS DISTINCTION WITH BUT NOT NECESSARILY FROM COVID WHILE THE PREMIER THREATENS EVER MORE BUSINESS CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS, IN HAMILTON ST. JOE’S HOSPITAL WITH OVER 1200 BEDS IS REPORTING TWO PEOPLE WITH COVID IT APPEARS THAT THE PREMIER MAY BE SLIGHTLY OVERSTATING OR RELYING ON ONLY MODELS THAT HAVE PROVEN TO BE FALSE BECAUSE THE FACTS DON’T RECONCILE WITH A MESSAGE HOW CAN WE CONSIDER THE CLOSURE OF MAJOR CITIES LIKE HAMILTON DUE TO TWO PATIENTS IN THE LARGEST HOSPITALS? SPEAKER, MY CONSTITUENTS ARE ASKING ME, WITH PREMIER’S RELENTLESS MESSAGE OF ALARM IS THERE PROOF OR IS IT JUST — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU MINISTER OF HEALTH TO REPLY >> SPEAKER, IN ADDITION TO THE MODELS PRESENTED I CAN ASSURE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE THAT WE ARE SPEAKING TO PEOPLE ON THE GROUND EACH AND EVERY DAY WITHIN OUR HOSPITAL SITUATION IN INDIVIDUAL HOSPITALS AND WITHIN THE ONTARIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION YESTERDAY I READ THIS BUT IT’S PARTICULARLY RELEVANT AGAIN TODAY FROM THE ONTARIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION WITH RESPECT TO THE CHANGES THAT WE MADE TO OUR FRAMEWORK THE OHH THANKS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT FOR LISTENING — FOR THE SECTOR AND SYSTEM PARTNERS AND FIRST LEADERSHIP IN RESPONDING RAPIDLY TO THE ALARMING COVID-19 MODELING DATA PRESENTED YESTERDAY THOSE ARE THE FACTS >> The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION, KINGSTON AND THE ISLANDS >> THANK YOU, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE AS CASES RISE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ARE ONCE AGAIN FAILING THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO FOR-PROFIT HOMES HAVE BEEN NEARLY 10 TIMES THE NUMBER OF FATAL CASES PER BED THAN NOT-FOR-PROFIT HOMES BUT STILL THIS GOVERNMENT IS REFUSING TO CRACK DOWN YESTERDAY WITH THE PASSING OF BILL 218 IT MADE IT HARDER FOR FAMILIES TO HOLD FACILITIES TO ACCOUNT SPEAKER, A CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER FOR CHARTWELL FOR PROFIT CHAIRED BY FORMER PREMIER MIKE HARRIS SUGGESTED THAT THE LAWSUITS FROM THE LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE WERE — LISTEN CAREFULLY — FRIVOLOUS HE ASSURED SHAREHOLDERS THAT THE LEGISLATION WOULD MITIGATE THE RISK AND MAKE THE THRESHOLD FOR PROVING DAMAGES VERY HIGH WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO

PROTECT THE PROFITS OF PRIVATE HOMES INSTEAD OF STANDING WITH ONTARIANS WHO LOST THEIR LOVED ONES DURING A PANDEMIC >> The Speaker: TO RESPOND, THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT, MEMBER FOR DURHAM >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER LET ME BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATION THAT IS IGNORE PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE AND ACT WITH GROSS NEGLIGENCE PORE INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT WILL NOT BE PROTECTED BY THIS LEGISLATION THE NARROW TARGETED CIVIL LIABILITY PROTECTION IN THIS LEGISLATION HAS ONLY TO DO WITH THE INADVERTENT TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 AND NOTHING ELSE THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PROTECT ANY OTHER TYPE OF NEGLIGENCE THAT WE HEARD FROM THE OPPOSITION PREVIOUSLY OR AT COMMITTEE FLICK INTO A RESIDENT IS NOT GIVEN PROPER MEDICATION OR IF A LONG-TERM CARE PROVIDER FAILS TO PROVIDE THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE OR IF A LONG-TERM CARE PROVIDER FAILS TO COMMUNICATE ADEQUATELY >> The Speaker: RESPONSE >> ONTARIANS WILL CONTINUE TO FILE CLAIMS AND SEEK JUSTICE IN THE COURTS FOR ALL OF THESE MATTERS, SPEAKER >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> The Speaker: , TO THE MEMBER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER, TO THE MEMBER, YOU SAID THAT IT MITIGATES THE RISK THEY’RE NO LONGER WORRIED BECAUSE OF THE LEGISLATION NO MATTER WHAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IS CLAIMING THE PEOPLE AT THESE COMPANIES ARE VERY, VERY PLEASED WITH THAT LEGISLATION THEY ARE VERY HAPPY THAT THEY WON’T BE ON THE HOOK FOR WHAT THEY DID, NOW TO MY QUESTION, SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS IT’S ABOUT FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES TERRY DANIELS WHO LIVED IN MY RIDING WHOSE FATHER TRAGICALLY PASSED AWAY I HAVE HEARD AN ABSENCE OF COMMENTS OR COMPASSION FROM THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LOVED ONES DURING THIS PANDEMIC ON TWITTER AND IN THE PREMISES SEVERAL REPORTERS INCLUDING MIKE CRAWLEY CRITICIZED THE MINISTER OF HEALTH FOR UPDATES WITH NO DEATH TOTALS IN THEM I WENT BACK TO LOOK TO SEE WHEN THE LAST TIME THE MINISTER HAD IN HER DAILY UPDATES I COULDN’T FIND ANY TWEETS FROM BEFORE THE 6th OF JUNE, SPEAKER I’M WONDERING WHERE THE TWEETS HAVE GONE AND WHEN WILL THE MINISTER BE GIVING THEM AGAIN >> The Speaker: TO REPLY, THE MINISTER OF HEALTH >> IN FACT THIS INFORMATION IS READILY AVAILABLE TO OUTLINE ONTARIANS ON A DAILY UPDATE ON OUR CORONAVIRUS SITE WITH RESPECT TO TWEETS, I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE RESPECTFUL TO THE MANY FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST FAMILY MEMBERS THIS ISN’T SOMETHING THAT ONE SHOULD BE TWEETING ABOUT THIS IS SERIOUS AND TRAGIC FOR THESE FAMILIES, HOWEVER, THE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN ANOTHER LOCATION >> The Speaker: THERE WILL BE “NO” FURTHER BUSINESS THIS MORNING THIS HOUSE STANDS IN RECESS UNTIL 3 p.m