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NOW TIME FOR QUESTION PERIOD. THE LEADER OF HER MAJESTY’S LOYAL OPPOSITION.>>Patrick Brown: MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. SIMCOE COUNTY AND MY HOMETOWN OF BARRIE HAVE BEEN HIT HARD BY THIS GOVERNMENT’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS SMALL TOWN SCHOOLS. THE VILLAGE OF FORT McNICOLL LOST THEIR SCHOOL. WABSHEEN LOST BOTH THEIR CATHOLIC AND PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. BARRIE CENTRAL CLOSED ITS DOORS. THIS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO REEVALUATE ITS PRIORITIES BEFORE ANY MORE COMMUNITIES ARE HURT. MR. SPEAKER, WILL THIS GOVERNMENT AGREE WITH OUR CALL FOR IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL CLOSURES? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. PREMIER?>>Premier Wynne: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. SO LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THAT I UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO MANAGE FACILITIES, TO MANAGE SCHOOLS IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE, IN MANY PARTS OF THE PROVINCE WE’RE SEEING DECLINING ENROLLMENT. IT’S A FUNDAMENTAL CHALLENGE FOR SCHOOL BOARDS. LET ME SAY SECONDLY THAT I BELIEVE IN SCHOOL BOARDS. I BELIEVE IN SCHOOL BOARDS AS IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM IN COMMUNITIES. IN FACT SCHOOL BOARDS WERE ELECTED BODIES IN ONTARIO BEFORE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS. THEY WERE THE FIRST ENTITIES THAT COMMUNITIES CAME TOGETHER TO ELECT. SO I BELIEVE THE SCHOOL BOARDS ARE FUNDAMENTAL IN MAKING DECISIONS LOCALLY. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE YEARS, WHEN WE CAME INTO OFFICE, WE ACTUALLY PUT A MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL CLOSURES BECAUSE THE RAVAGES OF THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT, MR. SPEAKER, ON SCHOOL CLOSURES AROUND THE PROVINCE, THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS BEING CLOSED AND WE PUT A MORATORIUM ON.>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANKS, SPEAKER. BACK TO THE PREMIER. SPEAKER, I SPOKE AT THE FINAL DEL GAGS MEETING LAST WEEK BEFORE UPPER CANADA TRUSTEES DECIDED THE FATE OF ONE IN FOUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN MY RIDING. I WAS SO IMPRESSED BOY THE ALTERNATIVES PUT FORWARD BY SCHOOL COMMUNITIES AND THE OFFERS OF SUPPORT FROM MUNICIPALITIES AND BUSINESSES. IT SHOWS WHAT’S POSSIBLE WHEN OUR RURAL SCHOOLS ARE SEEN AS A UNIQUE AND VALUABLE ASSET, NOT A LIABILITY. MY COMMUNITIES HAVE PLANS TO KEEP THEIR RURAL SCHOOLS VIABLE. IT’S BAD ENOUGH THIS GOVERNMENT IS ASKING PARENTS, MAYORS AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO FIX THE BROKEN EDUCATION SYSTEM. SPEAKER, WILL THE PREMIER SUPPORT A MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL CLOSURES AND GIVE THESE GREAT IDEAS A CHANCE TO WORK? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. PREMIER?>>Premier Wynne: MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE IS GOING TO BE VERY PLEASED AT THE LETTER THAT THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION SENT OUT YESTERDAY TO BOARDS BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SITUATIONS AROUND THE PROVINCE WHERE A COMMUNITY HAS GONE THROUGH A PROCESS AND THERE IS A PLAN FOR A CONSOLIDATION OR A CLOSURE OF A SCHOOL AND A NEW SCHOOL BEING BUILT, WHERE ACTUALLY THINGS ARE MOVING AHEAD VERY WELL. THERE ARE OTHER SITUATIONS, MR. SPEAKER, WHERE THERE HASN’T BEEN THE KIND OF CONSULTATION BETWEEN BOARDS OR WITH THE MUNICIPALITY THAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED, THAT THE MINISTRY HAS, FOR SOME TIME, EXPRESSED –>>The Speaker: ORDER, PLEASE.>>Premier Wynne: MR. SPEAKER,. SO WHAT WE ARE SUGGESTING, MR. SPEAKER, AND THE LETTER WENT OUT TO DIRECTORS YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT WE’RE SAYING IS WHERE THOSE CONVERSATIONS HAVEN’T HAPPENED, WHERE THE SCHOOL BOARDS HAVEN’T HAD A CONVERSATION EITHER WITH EACH OTHER –>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>Premier Wynne: AS YOU KNOW WE HAVE FOUR SYSTEMS IN THE PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER. OR WHERE THE MUNICIPALITIES AND THE BOARDS HAVE NOT SPOKEN, MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO ALLOW FOR OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.>>FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY. THE MEMBER FROM NIPISSING.>>GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. THE REQUIREMENTS OF NORTHERN AND RURAL SCHOOLS ARE VERY DIFFERENT THAN THOSE OF URBAN CENTRES. THESE SCHOOLS HAVE SMALL POPULATIONS, AND WHEN THEY’RE PUT UNDER REVIEW AND COMPARED TO LARGER INSTITUTIONS, THEY OFTEN FAIL TO MATCH UP. BLANKET REGULATIONS CREATED BY THIS GOVERNMENT PUT THESE SCHOOLS AT A CLEAR DISADVANTAGE. RURAL SCHOOLS FALL OUTSIDE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S MOULD AND ARE AT HIGH RISK OF CLOSURE. THEY’RE SMALLER, MUCH FURTHER APART. BECAUSE OF THEIR LOCATION, THESE BUILDINGS DON’T JUST SERVE AS SCHOOLS. THEY’RE ALSO OUR COMMUNITY HUBS. MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER IS WILL SHE GIVE NORTHERN SCHOOLS THE UNIQUE ATTENTION THEY DESERVE?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. PREMIER?>>Premier Wynne: SPEAKER, ACTUALLY THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WE HAVE HAD IN PLACE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS TO ACTUALLY SUPPORT NORTHERN AND RURAL SCHOOLS, MR. SPEAKER, TO ALLOW THEM TO WEATHER THE BUFFETTING OF DECLINING ENROLLMENT WAS PUT IN PLACE EXACTLY FOR THAT, MR. SPEAKER. SO WHAT I WANT FOLKS TO KNOW NOW IS THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME SITUATIONS WHERE –>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>Premier Wynne: BOARDS HAVEN’T HAD ENOUGH OF AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK TOGETHER, OR BOARDS HAVEN’T HAD ENOUGH OF AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH MUNICIPALITIES TO COME UP WITH SOME OF THE COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS THAT WE KNOW ARE POSSIBLE. RIGHT NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE 4,900 PUBLICLY FUNDED SCHOOLS IN ONTARIO. ONLY 39 OF THOSE OR 37 I THINK — 39. ONLY 39 OF THOSE, MR. SPEAKER, ARE COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN BOARDS.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>Premier Wynne: WE THINK THERE CAN BE MORE OF THOSE AND WE WANT TO GIVE BOARDS SOMETIME TO DEVELOP THOSE COLLABORATIONS, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. NEW QUESTION. THE MEMBER FROM THORNHILL.>>THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE PREMIER. WHEN I TOOK OFFICE THREE YEARS AGO, THIS GOVERNMENT OFFERED TO FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO KEEP OUR SCHOOLS OPEN. ONE OF THEIR REPEATED SUGGESTIONS WAS TO TURN OUR SCHOOLS INTO COMMUNITY HUBS, MAKE THEM THE HEART OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. UNFORTUNATELY THEY NEVER FOLLOWED THROUGH, AND AS A RESULT ENTIRE COMMUNITIES ARE BEING DECIMATED. IN MY RIDING OF THORNHILL, STORNOWAY CRESCENT SCHOOL HAS BEEN SLATED TO CLOSE. EVEN THOUGH YOUNG FAMILIES ARE MOVING INTO THE AREA. THE PREMIER NEEDS TO ADMIT THAT THESE CONSTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS OF SCHOOL CLOSURES FORCES PANICKED COMMUNITIES TO HUDDLE TOGETHER IN PROTEST. OUR PROTEST RALLIES OUTSIDE OUR SCHOOLS REALLY WHAT THIS PREMIER HAD IN MIND AS COMMUNITY HUBS?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. PREMIER?>>Premier Wynne: MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, AS I SAID, FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WE HAVE HAD IN PLACE, THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND POLICY GUIDELINES TO ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN SCHOOL BOARDS, BETWEEN SCHOOL BOARDS AND MUNICIPALITIES, AND IN SOME SITUATIONS THAT HAS HAPPENED. AND I WILL JUST SAY, MR. SPEAKER, OFTENTIMES AN M.P.P. CAN PLAY A VERY CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE IN BRINGING PEOPLE TO THE TABLE AND ESTABLISHING THOSE CONVERSATIONS, MR. SPEAKER. THAT CAN BE A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ROLE FOR SCHOOL TRUSTEES AND M.P.P.s. [ Interjections ]>>The Speaker: MEMBER FROM RENFREW-NIPISSING-PEMBROKE WILL COME TO ORDER. THANK YOU. WRAP-UP SENTENCE, PLEASE.>>Premier Wynne: COLLABORATIONS HAVE HAPPENED, MR. SPEAKER, BUT THERE ARE SOME SITUATIONS WHERE THERE’S BEEN A RELUCTANCE, EITHER ON THE PART OF A PARTICULAR SCHOOL BOARD OR A MUNICIPALITY. THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN GOING FORWARD, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY. MEMBER FROM WHITBY-OSHAWA.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. MANY CONSTITUENTS IN MY RIDING ARE CONCERNED AS SCHOOLS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES ARE BEING CONSIDERED FOR CLOSURE BY THIS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT. IN DURHAM REGION IN PARTICULAR, EPSOM PUBLIC SCHOOL IN SCUGOG, DORA CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOL IN BROCK. I’M HEARING FROM PARENTS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT’S SCHOOL CLOSURE REVIEW PROCESS IS A SHAM. THE ONTARIO ALLIANCE AGAINST SCHOOL CLOSURES HAS SAID THAT THIS REVIEW PROCESS IS JUST A DEMOCRATIC FACADE, SPEAKER, AND THAT PARENTS ARE BEING HEARD BUT NOT LISTENED TO.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FROM BARRIE, COME TO ORDER.>>MORATORIUM ON RURAL SCHOOL CLOSURES AND STOP IGNORING THE PARENTS’ CONCERNS?>>Premier Wynne: THANKS, MR. SPEAKER. I PUT A CHALLENGE OUT TO EVERY M.P.P. IN THIS LEGISLATURE, MR. SPEAKER. THERE HAS BEEN A LETTER GONE OUT FROM THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION TO — AND FROM THE MINISTER OF RURAL AFFAIRS, TO SAY TO SCHOOL BOARDS, YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY NOW. WE HAVE A COMMUNITY HUBS ADVISOR. THERE ARE CONVERSATIONS THAT CAN HAPPEN IN COMMUNITIES, AND I SAY TO ALL M.P.P.s, WHERE THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE NOT HAPPENING, THEY SHOULD BE HAPPENING. IF THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A CREATIVE COLLABORATION, MUNCIPALITIES TO SCHOOL BOARDS, WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THOSE, MR. SPEAKER, AND, AS A MINISTRY, THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION WILL FACILITATE THOSE CONVERSATIONS, MR. SPEAKER, BUT IT BEHOOVES SCHOOL TRUSTEES, SCHOOL BOARDS AND MUNICIPALITIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE BETTER OF THE BEST OF THE COMMUNITY, MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S A MUCH MORE PRODUCTIVE PROCESS THAN A BLUNT INSTRUMENT OF A MORATORIUM THAT DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THE INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN EVERY COMMUNITY, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] [ Conversation din ]>>The Speaker: FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY. MEMBER FROM SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE RIVER.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER. I ATTENDED THREE COMMUNITY MEETINGS AT THREE DIFFERENT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN MY RIDING. PARENTS ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THEIR CHILDREN –>>The Speaker: GOVERNMENT WHIP, COME TO ORDER.>>NO CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO THE DISTANCE KIDS HAVE TO TRAVEL TO THEIR NEW SCHOOL. NO CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN –>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES.>>LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS MISS POTENTIAL FOR KIDS TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL SPORTS. NO CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO THE STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. WHY WOULD YOU PUT STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH ALL THIS, PREMIER?>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>WHY WOULD YOU INTRODUCE A MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL –>>Premier Wynne: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THAT QUESTION. ATTENDING THOSE DISCUSSIONS AMONGST SCHOOLS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING IN TERMS OF HEARING FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE SCHOOL BOARD HEARING FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF WHAT IS THE BEST PLAN FOR THIS COMMUNITY? AND AS THE PREMIER HAS SAID, THE ROLE OF LOCALLY ELECTED SCHOOL BOARDS IS VITAL TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES, THAT WE WANT TO ENSURE THE REASON WE HAVE A PUPIL ACCOMMODATION REVIEW GUIDELINE IS TO ENSURE THOSE MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS TAKE PLACE. BECAUSE THESE DECISIONS ARE VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS. WHETHER THEY’RE OCCURRING ANYWHERE IN THE PROVINCE, THEY’RE VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS. AND IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THAT INPUT IS HAD FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING, SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>WITH THESE CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE OCCURRING IS ENSURING THAT, AS SCHOOL BOARDS ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE THE DECISIONS, THAT THEY GET THAT INPUT FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] NEW QUESTION. THE LEADER OF THE THIRD PARTY.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION’S FOR THE PREMIER. THE PREMIER HAS DUBBED HER BAND-AID SOLUTION TO THE HYDRO CRISIS IN ONTARIO THE FAIR HYDRO PLAN. ODD BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T EVEN MENTION THE COMPLETELY UNFAIR MANDATORY TIME OF USE PRICING THAT ONTARIO FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN SUFFERING UNDER. HOW CAN THE PREMIER CLAIM HER PLAN IS FAIR WHEN IT LEAVES SENIORS AND YOUNG PARENTS AT HOME WITH THEIR KIDS TO PAY MORE, WHILE LINING THE POCKET OF HER FRIENDS ON BAY STREET?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. PREMIER?>>Premier Wynne: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I NOT MEN STERL OF ENERGY’S GOING TO WANT TO SPEAK TO THE WORK THAT HE’S DOING TO LOOK AT THE MARKET PRICING AND TO LOOK AT THERE ARE WAYS OF PROVIDING OPTIONS TO PEOPLE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THE FAIR HYDRO PLAN IN ONTARIO IS ABOUT TAKING AN AVERAGE OF 25%, MR. SPEAKER, OFF THE BILL OF EVERY ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT THE LEADER OF THE THIRD PARTY IDENTIFIED, MR. SPEAKER. THAT IS FAIR. IT’S ALSO FAIR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN RURAL AND MORE REMOTE AREAS AND ARE PAYING DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH DISTRIBUTION CHARGES, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THEY WOULD HAVE RELIEF AS WELL. IT’S ALSO FAIR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING ON LOW INCOME WOULD HAVE EXTRA SUPPORTS. THAT’S WHAT MAKES THE FAIR HYDRO PLAN FAIR, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY?>>Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I VISITED VERSATILE INN IN SARNIA AND SPOKE WITH THE OWNER A WOMAN MARLU MALIK. SHE TOLD ME ABOUT HER NEARLY $8,000 HYDRO BILL. SHE WANTS RELIEF BUT THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN’T FIX PROBLEMS LIKE MANDATORY TIME OF USE PRICING. WHEN WILL THIS PREMIER DEAL WITH THE IMPORTANT ISSUES IN OUR ELECTRICITY SYSTEM, LIKE ENDING MANDATORY USE PRICING INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON HER POLITICAL WELL-BEING? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. PREMIER?>>Premier Wynne: MINISTER OF ENERGY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. VERY PLEASED TO RISE AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT THE FAIR HYDRO PLAN, MR. SPEAKER, THAT’S GOING TO BE HELPING EVERY RATEPAYER ACROSS THE PROVINCE WITH A 25% REDUCTION, MR. SPEAKER, AS SOON AS WE CAN GET THIS LEGISLATION PASSED THROUGH THE HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT TIME OF USE IS SOMETHING THAT WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER. WE’VE RECOGNIZED THAT, YOU KNOW WHAT? A SENIOR COUPLE LIVING ON A FIXED INCOME IN NORTHERN ONTARIO SHOULDN’T BE ON THE SAME RETAIL PRICE PLAN, MR. SPEAKER, AS A SINGLE CONDO DWELLER LIVING HERE IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO. SO THAT’S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WE ASKED MONTHS AND MONTHS AGO THE IESO TO START WORK ON THIS, MR. SPEAKER. TO START LOOKING AT BRINGING FORWARD SOME OTHER OPTIONS BESIDES TIME OF USE, MR. SPEAKER. BUT WHILE THEY’RE DOING THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WE CONTINUE TO ACT. WE’VE BROUGHT FORWARD OTHER REDUCTIONS.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>LAST WEEK, MR. SPEAKER, A 25% REDUCTION FOR EVERY FAMILY ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER ASENIOR SITTING AT HOME IN SUDBURY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WRING THEIR HANDS WORRYING ABOUT TURNING THE LIGHTS ON AND TURNING THE STOVE ON DURING THE DAY. [ Applause ] THAT’S NOT FAIR, SPEAKER. THAT’S NOT FAIR. THE WOMAN IN SARNIA THAT RUNS THIS MOTEL TOLD ME THAT SHE WAH HER OWN TOWELS AND PILLOWCASES FOR THE HOTEL — WASHES, TO SAVE A BIT MONEY BUT EVEN THAT ISN’T VERY HELPFUL BECAUSE HER STAFF HAVE TO DO THE LAUNDRY DURING THE DAY SO THAT THEY WON’T WAKE UP THE GUESTS AND THAT FORCES HER TO PAY PEAK ELECTRICITY PRICES, SPEAKER. WHY DIDN’T THIS PREMIER ADDRESS THE UNFAIR TIME OF USE PRICING IN HER DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO SAVE HER OWN POLITICAL SKIN? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. BE SEATED, PLEASE. BE SEATED, PLEASE. THANK YOU. MINISTER?>>SPEAKER, THE ONE THING THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO ALSO HIGHLIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT’S FAIR HYDRO PLAN IS IT DELIVERS A 25% REDUCTION FOR NOT ONLY EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN THE PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER, BUT TO A HALF A MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES AND FARMS, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] THAT IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD OF. NOT ONLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE ONTARIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SMALL BUSINESS AND THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE AND, YOU KNOW, MANY REGIONAL CHAMBERS HAVE SPOKE TO US ABOUT THAT SO WE LISTENED, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE TOOK ACTION. EVERY RATEPAYER WHO PAYS TIME OF USE PRICES IN ONTARIO.>>The Speaker: KITCHENER-WATERLOO, COME TO ORDER.>>WILL RECEIVE THE 25% REDUCTION, MR. SPEAKER. THIS INCLUDES HOUSEHOLDS.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>FARMS, BUSINESSES AND MORE, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE VERY PROUD OF THE FAIR HYDRO PLAN.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. NEW QUESTION. THE LEADER OF THE THIRD PARTY.>>Andrea Horwath: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. MY NEXT QUESTION’S ALSO FOR THE PREMIER. LAST WEEK, I ALSO VISITED WITH CHERYL AND SCOTT RICKMAN AT THEIR FARM IN CHATHAM. THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY PAY $75,000 IN HYDRO BILLS LAST YEAR ALONE. FOR A SMALL BUSINESS THAT’S A LOT TO TAKE, SPEAKER. THE PREMIER SAYS SHE’S CONCERNED ABOUT HYDRO BILLS LIKE SCOTT AND CHERYL’S, BUT HER PLAN DOESN’T GIVE THEM ANY LONG-TERM PROTECTION. WHY IS THE PREMIER BRINGING IN A SHORT-TERM BAND-AID WHEN WHAT SHE NEEDS IS A LONG-TERM FIX. WHAT THEY NEED, WHAT ONTARIO NEEDS IS A LONG-TERM FIX TO THE ENERGY SYSTEM THAT THIS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT MESSED UP IN THE FIRST PLACE. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. PREMIER?>>Premier Wynne: MINISTER OF ENERGY.>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF ENERGY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE VERY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO STAND AND TALK ABOUT THE FAIR HYDRO PLAN, MR. SPEAKER, AND HOW THIS IS GOING TO BENEFIT FARMS RIGHT ACROSS THE PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER,, FARMS THAT WILL SEE A 25% REDUCTION, MR. SPEAKER, IN THEIR ELECTRICITY BILLS, MR. SPEAKER. THIS DOES MUCH, MUCH MORE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES RIGHT ACROSS THIS PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER. AND AT THE SAME TIME THOSE BUSINESSES THAT ARE LARGER, MR. SPEAKER, THOSE BUSINESSES LIKE OUR SMALL MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THEY CAN NOW QUALIFY FOR, MR. SPEAKER, THE ENHANCED I.C.I. PROGRAM. THAT’S, MR. SPEAKER, HELPING THEM SAVE UP TO A THIRD, A THIRD OF THEIR ENERGY BILL, MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE WE’VE TAKEN ACTION TO ENSURE THAT WE’RE HELPING NOT ONLY RESIDENCES, NOT ONLY SMALL BUSINESSES, NOT ONLY FARMS BUT OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR, MR. SPEAKER, AND OUR LARGE BUSINESSES AS WELL. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY? DRAE DRAE>>Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, SCOTT AND CHERYL HAVE REDUCED THEIR HYDRO CONSUMPTION BY 40% OVER THE PAST YEAR, BUT NONE OF THAT, NONE OF THAT TRANSLATED INTO LOWER ELECTRICITY BILLS. THE PREMIER’S PLAN DOESN’T ADDRESS TIME-OF-USE PRICING. IT DOESN’T ADDRESS BAD CONTRACTS THAT SHE SIGNED. IT DOESN’T ADDRESS THE OVERSUPPLY OF ENERGY THAT WE ARE PAYING PRIVATE AND FOREIGN COMPANIES TO GENERATE THAT WE DON’T EVEN USE, SPEAKER. IT DOESN’T STOP THE WRONG-HEADED SELL-OFF OF HYDRO ONE. CAN THE PREMIER EXPLAIN TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, LIKE THE RICHMANS, WHY HER PLAN DOESN’T ADDRESS ANY OF THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS IN OUR HYDRO SYSTEM AND WHY ANY RELIEF THAT COMES UNDER HER PLAN WILL ONLY BE TEMPORARY?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MINISTER?>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT I THINK THE LEADER OF THE THIRD PARTY NEEDS TO DO IS PUT DOWN HER PLAN THAT DOESN’T ADDRESS ANYTHING, MR. SPEAKER. IT DOESN’T SAVE ONE CENT FOR FAMILIES OR BUSINESSES IN THIS PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER. AND ACTUALLY LOOK AT OURS, MR. SPEAKER, AND SEE WHAT THE FAIR HYDRO PLAN DOES. 25% REDUCTION, MR. SPEAKER, FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, FARMS AND RESIDENCES RIGHT ACROSS THE PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER. I.C.I. PROGRAMS ENHANCED, MR. SPEAKER. HELPING OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND ALL OUR BUSINESSES, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE ACTUALLY HELPING LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS, MR. SPEAKER, WHICH THEIR PLAN DIDN’T EVEN ADDRESS, MR. SPEAKER, UNTIL THE LAST PAGE. WE’RE MAKING SURE THOSE WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE, MR. SPEAKER, ACTUALLY GET THE HELP THAT THEY NEED. WHEN IT COMES TO OUR FIRST NATIONS, MR. SPEAKER, THOSE LIVING ON RESERVE, WE ARE ALSO MAKING SURE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THERE IS A NEW RATE FOR THEM.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>THEY’RE ACTUALLY GETTING ACTUALLY HELP, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE ACTUALLY HELPING IN THE PROVINCE, UNLIKE THE OPPOSITION OVER ON THAT SIDE, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY. [ Applause ] BE SEATED, PLEASE. BE SEATED, PLEASE. THANK YOU. FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.>>Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, NOBODY BELIEVES FOR A MINUTE ANYTHING THAT CAME OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THAT MINISTER A MOMENT AGO. [ Applause ] CERTAINLY NOWHERE NEAR THE REALITY OF — LOOK. HERE IS THE REALITY THOUGH, SPEAKER. THE LIBERAL PLAN DOES NOTHING MORE THAN MAKE A LAST-DITCH EFFORT ON BEHALF OF THIS GOVERNMENT AND THIS PREMIER AND HER POLITICAL PARTY THAT’S TRYING TO HOLD ON TO POWER HERE IN THIS PROVINCE FOR JUST A LITTLE BIT LATER. MARU MALIK KNOWS IT, SPEAKER. THE RICKMANS KNOW IT, AND IN FACT EVERYBODY IN ONTARIO SAW IT FOR EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS LAST WEEK. [ Applause ] WHEN WILL THIS PREMIER STOP PUTTING THE INTERESTS OF HER BANKER FRIENDS AND HER POLITICAL PARTY AHEAD OF THE INTERESTS OF SMALL BUSINESSES, FAMILIES, INDUSTRIES AND MINING IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] BE SEATED, PLEASE. BE SEATED, PLEASE. THANK YOU. MINISTER?>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I’M VERY PLEASED TO RISE AND TALK ABOUT –>>The Speaker: I’M GOING TO TURN TO THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE AND KNOW THAT — TO LET HIM KNOW I KNOW THE TRICK OF TURNING YOUR BACK TO THE SPEAKER AND SPEAKING INTO THE MICROPHONE THAT’S BEEN TURNED ON. SO I WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU WOULD CEASE DOING SO. [ Conversation din ] I’VE BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH. MINISTER.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT WHO ELSE IS TALKING ABOUT THE FAIR HYDRO PLAN AND ALL OF ITS BENEFITS, MR. SPEAKER. FRANCESCA DOBIN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED WAY BRUCE-GREY, KATHLEEN WYNNE’S GOVERNMENT IS LISTENING TO PEOPLE. WITH THESE POSITIVELY CHANGES OUR RURAL COMMUNITY WILL NOW TRULY BENEFIT FROM THE LOW COST POWER IT PRODUCES. ISIDOR DAY THE ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF. THE ELIMINATION OF THE DELIVERY CHARGE WILL ASSIST OUR CITIZENS BY REDUCING ENERGY POVERTY IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND ALSO REPRESENTS RECOGNITION FOR THE USE OF THE LAND AND THE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF PROVINCIAL ENERGY GRIDS. TODAY’S COMMITMENT BY THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IS COMMENDABLE AND ALLOWS A PATH FORWARD FOR GREATER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR FIRST NATIONS IN ONTARIO. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN KEEP GOING ON THE NUMBER OF QUOTES THAT WE HAVE HERE. I’LL DO SO, MR. SPEAKER.>>THE SPEAKER: ANSWER.>>I KNOW I WON’T HAVE TIME BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING ABOUT MORE, MR. SPEAKER, IN SOME OF MY SUPPLEMENTARIES.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. NEW QUESTION. THE MEMBER FROM KITCHENER-CONESTOGA.>>MY QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER. LAST NIGHT I ATTENDED THE FINAL MEETING WHERE DELEGATES’ DESPERATE PLEA TO SAVE St. ATH THA SCHOOL COULD BE HEARD AGAIN FROM THE WATERLOO CATHOLIC BOARD. THE THIRD TIME IN NINE YEARS PARENTS HAVE HAD TO FIGHT TO SAVE THEIR BELOVED SCHOOL. IT WAS JUST OVER TWO YEARS AGO PARENTS THOUGHT THEY COULD BREATHE EASIER AFTER THEIR –>>The Speaker: CHIEF GOVERNMENT WHIP, SECOND TIME.>>TO AN END. AND YET THERE THEY WERE AGAIN LAST NIGHT MAKING THE SAME ARGUMENTS TO SAVE THE SAME RURAL SCHOOL THIS GOVERNMENT’S NEW REVIEW RULES ALLOWED TO BE PLACED RIGHT BACK ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. SPEAKER, IT’S CRUEL AND UNFAIR TO EXPECT PARENTS AND COMMUNITIES TO FIGHT ON AN ALMOST ANNUAL BASIS TO KEEP THEIR SCHOOL DOORS OPEN. WILL THE PREMIER END THE CONSTANT BATTLE FACED BY RURAL STUDENTS, PARENTS AND COMMUNITIES LIKE MINE IN WILMOT AND St. ATH THA? WILL SHE CALL FOR AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON RURAL SCHOOLS –>>Premier Wynne: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. SPEAKER, IT’S A PLEASURE FOR ME TO RISE AND TO TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE INVESTING IN SCHOOLS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT EVERY STUDENT IN ONTARIO DESERVES THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE, MR. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] AND WHEN BA DECISION HAS TO BE MADE AND A BOARD AND A COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER TO MAKE A VERY TOUGH DECISION ABOUT THE CHANGE OF A SCHOOL, WHETHER IT’S THE CLOSURE OF A SCHOOL, THE CONSOLIDATION OR IN THE INSTANCE I KNOW THAT WITH THE MEMBER FROM PETERBOROUGH, WE ANNOUNCED TWO SCHOOLS COMING TOGETHER TO FORM ONE NEW SCHOOL, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THAT IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE STUDENTS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, AN ARBITRARY MORATORIUM IS NOT THE ANSWER. WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT OUR ELECTED — OR ELECTED TRUSTEES CAN MAKE DECISIONS LOCALLY THAT ARE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>WHICH OF COURSE MEANINGFUL INPUT PROVIDED BY ALL SIDES OF THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE THAT TOUGH DECISION.>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY. THE MEMBER FROM LAMBTON-KENT-MIDDLESEX.>>MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER. THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOW PLANNING TO CLOSE UP TO FOUR FOREST AREA SCHOOLS, PULLING STUDENTS OUT OF THEIR COMMUNITIES TO TAKE LONG BUS RIDES TO ATTEND A SUPERSCHOOL, THE FIRST IN LAMBTON COUNTY TO HAVE STUDENTS FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 12 IN THE SAME BUILDING. AT THE DIRECTION OF THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, THE LAMBTON-KENT DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD HAS CLOSED 14 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, THREE HIGH SCHOOLS AND ONE ADULT LEARNING CENTRE. THESE BUILDINGS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE HEALTH AND FUTURE PROSPERITY OF THESE COMMUNITIES. SPEAKER, WILL THE PREMIER FINALLY RECOGNIZE THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF RURAL AND SMALL-TOWN SCHOOLS TO THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC LIFE OF THEIR COMMUNITIES AND PLACE A MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL CLOSURES UNTIL THE FUNDING FORMULA CAN BE FIXED?>>The Speaker: MINISTER?>>MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT SCHOOLS ARE VITAL TO THE SOCIAL FABRIC OF OUR COMMUNITIES, MR. SPEAKER. AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE ASKING BOARDS AND MUNICIPALITIES TO WORK TOGETHER, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE ALSO ASKING BOARDS TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER. THE COTERMINOUS BOARDS AND COMMUNITIES TO COME TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT THE JOINT USE OF SCHOOL SPACES, TO TALK ABOUT HOW DO WE SERVE THE NEEDS OF THIS LOCAL COMMUNITY IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY, MR. SPEAKER, AS WELL AS ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, WE RECOGNIZE THAT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES THERE NEEDS TO BE GREATER AND MORE INVESTMENT, AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE DONE, MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH THE GRANTS FOR STUDENT NEEDS. WE HAVE FUNDED OUR RURAL AND OUR NORTHERN SCHOOLS TO A GREATER DEGREE.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>WE PUT STANDARDS IN PLACE, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT EVERY STUDENT IN ONTARIO GETS THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MAKE THOSE INVESTMENTS.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. NEW QUESTION. THE MEMBER FROM NICKEL BELT.>>[ Speaking in French ]>>Voice of Translator: THANK YOU FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE. [ End of Translation ] SPEAKER, THE LAST THING THAT A CANCER PATIENT AND THEIR FAMILY WANT TO HEAR IS THAT THEIR TREATMENTS WILL BE DELAYED. JUST THINK ABOUT IT. YOU HAVE CANCER. YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON PROMPT TREATMENT, AND YOU’RE TOLD THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT, THAT THERE’S A CHEMOTHERAPY DRUG SHORTAGE. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN ONTARIO, SPEAKER. AND NOW WE KNOW THAT AT LEAST 35 PEOPLE IN RICHMOND HILL HAVE HAD THEIR CANCER TREATMENTS DELAYED. YESTERDAY THE MINISTER SAID THAT HE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE CHEMO DRUG SHORTAGE. WILL THE MINISTER TELL US HOW MANY CANCER PATIENTS ACROSS ONTARIO HAVE SUFFERED DELAYS IN THEIR CANCER TREATMENTS AND HOW MANY HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS DRUG SHORTAGE?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE. ANT MEMBER OPPOSITE IS CORRECT THAT WE DID SEE, FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME HERE IN ONTARIO, A SHORTAGE OF A PARTICULAR DRUG CALLED 5 FU, WHICH IS USED FOR TREATING CANCER, PARTICULARLY GASTROINTESTINAL, BREAST AND OTHER RELATED CANCERS. TAFS RESULT — THIS IS THE RESULT OF A SHIPMENT THAT WAS PROVIDED THROUGH HEALTH CANADA, MR. SPEAKER, AND WAS PUT IN QUARANTINE BECAUSE OF SOME CONCERN ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF THE VIALS THAT CONTAINED THE CANCER DRUG ITSELF. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND I THINK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE PROBABLY SAW THEIR PRESS RELEASE YESTERDAY WHERE AS A RESULT OF THIS SHORTAGE, WHICH WAS A FEDERAL ISSUE, AS A RESULT OF THE QUARANTINE OF THE SUPPLY, THAT THEY RELEASED 3,000 VIALS THAT THEY HAD DEEMED TO HAVE SUFFICIENT INTEGRITY, WHICH THEY’RE CONFIDENT WILL RESULT IN NO FURTHER SHORTAGE UNTIL THE MANUFACTURER’S ABLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL VIALS IN THE FUTURE.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY?>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. I UNDERSTAND THAT HEALTH CANADA HAS TAKEN STEPS TO TRY TO FIX THE SHORTAGE AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM, BUT IT DOESN’T EXPLAIN HOW THE MINISTER OF HEALTH WASN’T EVEN AWARE THAT IT WAS GOING ON. WHEN CANCER PATIENTS ARE FORCED TO DELAY THEIR TREATMENTS BECAUSE OF SHORTAGE OF CHEMO DRUGS, THIS IS AS CLOSE TO LIFE AND DEATH AS YOU CAN GET. I WOULD THINK THAT THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH –>>The Speaker: ORDER.>>WOULD WANT TO KNOW ABOUT SUCH A FAILURE OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SO THAT HE CAN TAKE STEPS TO CORRECT IT. MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE, SPEAKER. WHEN WAS THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH INFORMED OF THIS DRUG SHORTAGE AND WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR THE MINISTER TO FIND OUT ABOUT IT?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MINISTER OF HEALTH?>>MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ONTARIANS HAVE THE FACTS SO THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH WAS INFORMED BY CANCER CARE ONTARIO WAS INFORMED BY THE HOSPITAL IN QUESTION ON FRIDAY. I WAS ASKED ABOUT THE QUESTION MONDAY MORNING JUST AFTER QUESTION PERIOD, MR. SPEAKER. CANCER CARE ONTARIO THEN, WHEN THEY WERE NOTIFIED, NOTIFIED THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH OF THIS FEDERAL ISSUE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT HAS BEEN ADDRESSED WITHIN REALLY OVER THE COURSE OF A WEEKEND TO THE POINT WHERE 5:00 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THE VIALS HAD BEEN RELEASED. BUT IT DOES POINT TO AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND THAT IS THE COORDINATION OF ALL PARTIES. WE CERTAINLY IF A HOSPITAL IS ANTICIPATING A SHORTAGE OF MEDICINES, THEY NEED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH, CANCER CARE ONTARIO, WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS IN THIS CASE SO WE CAN ADDRESS THAT PROMPTLY PRIOR TO IT BECOMING AN ISSUE. WE ALSO HAVE A SYSTEM THROUGH CCO WHERE ONCE THEY’RE INFORMED.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>THEY LOOK AT THE ENTIRE PROVINCEWIDE INVENTORY, AND IN THIS CASE THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REALLOCATE VIALS THAT ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH OTHER HOSPITALS TO THE D.D.R., MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: NEW QUESTION. MEMBER FROM DAVENPORT.>>MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE. MINISTER, I KNOW THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THIS THE LAST SESSION WE HAVE HEARD FALSE STATEMENTS FROM THE OPPOSITION CLAIMING WE HAVE –>>The Speaker: EXCUSE ME. I’D ASK THE MEMBER TO WITHDRAW.>>WITHDRAW.>>The Speaker: CARRY ON.>>MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE, WE KNOW THAT THIS CANNOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. WE KNOW THAT THE RECENT CHANGES INTRODUCED IN BILL 70 WILL ACTUALLY MAKE CRAFT DISTILLERS BETTER OFF, INCREASING THE REVENUE MARGINS FROM SALES AT ON-SITE STORES FROM 39% TO 45%. COT MINISTER PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT OTHER SUPPORTS WE ARE OFFERING TO THIS GROWING INDUSTRY AND HOW THEY WILL HELP SMALL DISTILLERIES?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM DAVENPORT FOR THE QUESTION. I’D ALSO LIKE TO THANK HER FOR CLARIFYING A VERY IMPORTANT POINT. AS WE’VE STATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN, WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING ONTARIO’S SMALL BUSINESSES SCALE UP AND WE’RE COMMITTED TO INVESTING IN OUR RAPIDLY GROWING COMMUNITY AS WELL AS SPIRIT PRODUCERS. IN FACT JUST THIS MORNING I WAS AT THE LCBO ALONGSIDE MINISTER LEGAL, MARTIN TO ANNOUNCE OUR GOVERNMENT’S NEW SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR SMALL CIDER PRODUCERS AND SMALL DISTILLERIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS NEW PROGRAM WILL INVEST $4.9 MILLION OVER THREE YEARS BETWEEN THE CRAFT CIDER AND SPIRIT SECTORS. THAT MEANS THAT A PRODUCER CAN RECEIVE AS MUCH AS $220,000 IN FUNDING PER YEAR. IT’S A PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP SUPPORT GROWING CIDERIES AND DISTILLERIES, HIRE MORE STAFF, BUY MORE EQUIPMENT, SECURE MORE FUNDING FOR ON-SITE STORES. MR. SPEAKER, THESE CHANGES ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS, GOOD FOR CONSUMERS AND GOOD FOR ONTARIO.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY?>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I’M THRILLED TO HEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S TAKING STEPS TO SUPPORT THESE GROWING INDUSTRIES, AND I WAS PLEASED TO JOIN MINISTER SUES AV, MINISTER LEGAL AND MY COLLEAGUE THE M.P.P. FOR BEACHES-EAST YORK AT THE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS MORNING. AND I KNOW THAT YOUNG DISTILLERY FROM MY RIDING OF DAVENPORT HAVE ALREADY EXPRESSED THEIR CONTENTMENT WITH THE EXCITING CHANGES THAT WE ARE MAKING TO THIS INDUSTRY. I KNOW THAT BEYOND MY RIDING OF DAVENPORT THERE ARE CIDER PRODUCERS AND DISTILLERS THAT PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN LOCAL ECONOMIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. IT’S CLEAR THAT THIS SUPPORT WILL HELP INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF LOCALLY PRODUCED SPIRITS AND CIDERS FOR ONTARIO CONSUMERS. COULD THE MINISTER PLEASE SHARE WITH THE HOUSE WHY THIS GOVERNMENT IS LAUNCHING THIS NEW PROGRAM AND HOW THESE BUSINESSES ARE USING OTHER ONTARIO PRODUCTS?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FROM LEEDS-GRENVILLE, COME TO ORDER. MEMBER FROM LEEDS-GRENVILLE, SECOND TIME. COULD BE THREE. MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.>>THANKS VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THE GOOD FOLKS IN PETERBOROUGH RIDING THAT I WASN’T IMBIBING AT THE LCBO THIS MORNING AT 9 a.m. JUST THERE FOR ANNOUNCEMENT. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR HER ADVOCACY WORK ON THIS PARTICULAR FILE BUT I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GOOD WORK THAT WAS DONE BY THE MEMBER FROM BEACHES-EAST YORK, MR. QUAN. THE MEMBER FROM DUFFERIN-CALEDON MISS JONES AND THE MEMBER FROM NIAGARA FALLS MR. GATES THAT COLLECTIVELY WE’VE ALL BEEN WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS INDUSTRY GROW IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. [ Applause ] AND THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO HELP OUR SMALL CIDERIES AND DISTILLERIES.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>CREATE JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND PROVIDE CUSTOMERS WITH LOCALLY MADE CHOICES. MR. SPEAKER, — YESTERDAY TO BE WITH CHARLIE STEVENS>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK. WE’VE BEEN AT THIS LONG ENOUGH THAT I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO REMIND MEMBERS THAT WHEN I STAND YOU SIT. WHEN YOUR TIME IS UP, IT’S UP. NEW QUESTION. THE MEMBER FROM STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH- GLENGARRY. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. TO THE PREMIER. THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION — THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION HAS DECLINED NEEDS OF RURAL SCHOOLS FOR YEARS. PUBLIC BOARDS HAVE A MANDATE TO PROVIDE EDUCATION TO ALL STUDENTS IN AN AREA. IF THE GOVERNMENT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN INFRASTRUCTURE, ADDRESS RISING COSTS OR ADOPT NEW TECHNOLOGIES. NOW WHEN PUSH HAS COME TO SHOVE THE PREMIER POINTS HER FINGER AT THE BOARDS AND BLAMES THEM FOR THE PROBLEM. IN MY RIDING OF STORMONT-DUNDAS AND GLENGARRY STILL STANDS TO LOSE A NUMBER OF EXCELLENT PUBLIC SCHOOLS, INCLUDING ROSWELL OSDENBROOK AND NORTH STORMONT PUBLIC. DESPITE PUBLIC MEETINGS OF UP TO 1,000 PEOPLE. PROVIDING MEETING AND LETH — ATHLETIC FACILITIES. WHEN WILL THE PREMIER SHOW SOME COMMITMENT TO GIVING OUR STUDENTS A GOOD PUBLIC EDUCATION CLOSE TO HOME AND PLACE A MORATORIUM ON THE 600 SCHOOLS.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>UNTIL A THOROUGH REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL FUNDING FOR RURAL SCHOOLS IS COMPLETE?>>The Speaker: PREMIER?>>Premier Wynne: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>The Speaker: MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>THANK YOU, PREMIER. THANK YOU, SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THIS QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND I HAVE ACTUALLY VISITED SCHOOLS IN HIS AREA AND BEYOND. YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN UP AND DOWN THE CONCESSION ROADS. HE KNOWS THAT I KNOW AND THE COMMUNITY KNOWS THAT SCHOOLS ARE A VITAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY, AND THAT’S WHY THESE CONVERSATIONS ARE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS FOR LOCAL BOARDS, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE ASPECTS IN THE LETTER THAT I SEPTEMBER TO THE CHAIRS OF SCHOOL BOARDS AND TO ALL MUNICIPALITIES, ALONG WITH MINISTER CHIARELLI, IS THAT BOARDS WORK TOGETHER WITH THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, WITH THEIR MUNICIPALITIES AS WELL AS WITH THE COTERMINOUS BOARDS AND COMMUNITIES BECAUSE WE WANT TO ENSURE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE ARE MAKING THE BEST POSSIBLE DECISION ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENTS IN THAT AREA. AND IF THAT MEANS A BOARD CAN COME TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER BOARD.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>FOR JOINT USE OF SPACE, THEN WE WILL SUPPORT THAT, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE FUNDING IN PLACE TO SUPPORT THOSE TYPES OF INITIATIVES.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU.>>AND THEY WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] SUPPLEMENTARY. MEMBER FROM BRUCE-GREY OWEN SOUND.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION’S TO THE PREMIER. PREMIER, YOU SAY YOU GOT INTO POLITICS BECAUSE OF EDUCATION. THE PEOPLE OF PAISLEY FEEL YOU HAVE LOST YOUR WAY AND YOU’RE NOW ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT POWER AND SERVING YOURSELF. THEY HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE AND TRUST IN YOU. LAST NIGHT I GOT A TEXT FROM DALE WHO ASKED ME ON BEHALF OF HIS COMMUNITY TO STRESS THE DEVASTATION YOU WILL CAUSE IF YOU CLOSE THE ONLY SCHOOL IN TOWN. IN MARKDALE CHAPMAN’S ICE CREAM HAS STEPPED UP TO BUY THE SCHOOL. THE MUNICIPALITY HAVE INVITED YOU AND THE MINISTER TO COME AND VISIT, TO GET OUT AND LEARN WHAT’S HAPPENING. THE PEOPLE OF MARKDALE STEPPED UP. PREMIER, YOU HAVE FOUND BILLIONS TO TRY TO SAVE YOUR POLITICAL CAREER AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR CRONIES AND FIX MISTAKES YOU HAVE MADE. IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. WILL YOU STEP UP? WILL YOU PUT A MORATORIUM ON ANY MORE SCHOOL CLOSURES TODAY? AND AVOID ANOTHER FATAL MISTAKE THAT WILL DEVASTATE COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR PROVINCE? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MINISTER? BE SEATED, PLEASE. BE SEATED, PLEASE. MINISTER.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. SPEAKER, AS MUNICIPALITIES, COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS COME TOGETHER WITH THEIR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS TO FIND THE BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY, MR. SPEAKER, I AM CONFIDENT THAT THEY WILL BE — THEY WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS ON BEHALF OF THEIR COMMUNITIES, PUTTING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS FIRST, MR. SPEAKER. AND WHETHER THAT’S THE GREAT PROGRAMMING THAT STUDENTS RECEIVE, WHEN THEY HAVE THE NECESSARY INVESTMENTS IN THEIR SCHOOLS, MR. SPEAKER. THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND THE OUTCOMES FOR STUDENTS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER. AND IT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE SENT THIS LETTER IS TO REMIND SCHOOL BOARDS OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO MEET WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES SO THAT THESE GREAT EXAMPLES CAN BE BROUGHT FORWARD AND CAN BE SUPPORTED, MR. SPEAKER. THAT IS EXACTLY THE INTENT AND THAT IS WHY AN ARBITRARY MORATORIUM.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>IS NOT ILL ADVISED.>>The Speaker: MEMBER FROM BRUCE GREY — BRUCE-GREY OWE WEND O — BRUCE-GREY-OWEN SOUND COME TO ORDER.>>WE WANT TO ENSURE –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] NEW QUESTION. THE MEMBER FROM HAMILTON MOUNTAIN.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER. WE KNOW THAT GOOD HEALTH OUTCOMES AND SUCCESS IN EDUCATION ARE DETERMINED IN LARGE MEASURE BY SOCIAL CONDITIONS. TODAY WE ARE JOINED BY WORKERS WHO ARE HERE FOR OPSEU SOCIAL SERVICES DAY. AMONG OTHER ROLES, THEY WORK WITH CHILDREN WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THEY PROTECT CHILDREN FROM NEGLECT AND ABUSE. THIS IS ADULTS AND CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, AND THEY SUPPORT WOMEN FLEEING VIOLENCE. THEY’RE ASKING FOR A BOLDER VISION ON SOCIAL SERVICES THAT RECOGNIZES THAT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES HAVE BETTER HEALTH AND EDUCATION OUTCOMES WHEN WE INVEST IN A STRONG SOCIAL SAFETY NET. WILL THE GOVERNMENT COMMIT TO FUNDING BASED ON THAT VISION AND STOP CUTS TO SERVICES? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. PREMIER?>>Premier Wynne: CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES.>>The Speaker: CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO FIRST START BY THANKING ALL OF THE — ALL OF THE CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS, ANYONE WHO WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION, ANYONE IN THIS PROVINCE THAT WORKS TO HELP OUR CHILDREN. I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR DOING WHAT THEY DO BECAUSE THEY’RE WITHOUT A QUESTION ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. PLAU , MR. SPEAKER, [ Applause ] , MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN WORKING TO STRENGTHEN, TO MODERNIZE, TO TRANSFORM OUR CHILD PROTECTION SERVICE AGENCIES HERE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. THE REAL PURPOSE AT THE END OF THE DAY IS TO MAKE SURE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. AND WE KNOW THAT OUR CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETIES, THERE’S HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR THEM TO DELIVER THE BEST POSSIBLE SERVICES POSSIBLE. AND THAT’S WHY WE KEEP INVESTING. WE MADE SURE WE CHANGED THE MODEL FIVE YEARS AGO TO LOOK AT MEETING THE NEEDS OF A PARTICULAR COMMUNITY RATHER THAN JUST GIVING MONEY BASED ON HISTORICAL NUMBERS. AND THE MEMBER OPPOSITE KNOWS THAT MOST OF THOSE STAFFING DECISIONS IN OUR CHILD PROTECTION AGENCIES.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>ARE DONE LOCALLY BY THE CHILD PROTECTION AGENCY.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY?>>BACK TO THE PREMIER, SPEAKER. BUDGETS IN CHILD WELFARE AND CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH HAVE BEEN FLAT LINED FOR YEARS. IT’S THE SAME STORY RIGHT ACROSS OUR SOCIAL SERVICES. AGENCIES AND WORKERS ARE HAVING TO DO MORE WITH LESS. THERE ARE 12,000 CHILDREN AND YOUTH WAITING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.>>[ Interjection: ] SHAME.>>CHILDREN ARE MOVED FAR FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES TO ACCESS RESIDENTIAL BEDS. WOMEN ARE BEING TURNED AWAY AT SHELTERS. I ASK AGAIN, WILL THE PREMIER STOP CUTS AND COMMIT TO FUNDING SERVICES TO ENSURE THAT EVERY PERSON IN THIS PROVINCE GETS THE SERVICES THAT THEY NEED?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. BE SEATED, PLEASE. BE SEATED, PLEASE. THANK YOU. MINISTER?>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR WAYS TO TRANSFORM THE SERVICES THAT ARE OUT THERE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. THE MEMBER KNOWS THAT WE HAVE NOW BILL 89 THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY CHILD PROTECTION AGENCIES WORK HERE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. WE’RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO ENSURE THAT THERE ARE LESS CHILDREN THAT GO THROUGH CARE. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS WE’VE HAD A 19% REDUCTION IN CHILDREN USING THE SERVICES THROUGH CHILD PROTECTION. WE HAVE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING ADOPTED HERE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND FINDING PERMANENT HOMES. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH, WE DO HAVE A STRATEGY IN PLACE. WE’VE MADE A COMMITMENT THAT WE’LL BE LOOKING AT THE FUNDING FORMULA BUT WE’VE JUST TRANSFORMED OUR SYSTEM TO PUT LEAD AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE TOOLS NECESSARY. THERE’S A COMMITMENT BY THIS GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO INVEST IN CHILDREN, WHICH WE HAVE BEEN DOING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>IN CHILD MENTAL HEALTH AND IN CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES. THANK YOU.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. NEW QUESTION. THE MEMBER FROM ETOBICOKE CENTRE.>>THANKS VERY MUCH, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD. AS YOU KNOW, MINISTER, I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT ADDRESSING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT AND THAT IS WHY I INTRODUCED A PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL ON PATHWAYS TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION WHICH WILL DO JUST THAT, CREATE A WEBSITE, GIVE STUDENTS THE INFORMATION THEY NEED SO THEY CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ABOUT THEIR FUTURE CAREER AND POSTSECONDARY CHOICES. MINISTER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR STRENGTHENING ONTARIO’S EFFORTS TO BECOME THE MOST OPEN AND TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT IN CANADA. I KNOW THIS ALIGNS WELL WITH THE WORK BEING DONE IN DIGITAL GOVERNMENT BY MINISTER MATTHEWS. I REPRESENTED THIS WEEKEND OUR GOVERNMENT, MINISTER, AT CIVIC TECH TORONTO CODE ACROSS HACKATHON. I INVITED PARTICIPANTS TO HELP SOLVE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR PROVINCE. I ALSO INVITED THEM TO DESIGN A TOOL SIMILAR TO THAT IN MY PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL TO HELP UNDERSTAND LABOUR MARKET DEMANDS, THE SKILLS THEY NEED IT ACHIEVE THOSE JOBS AND THE POSTSECONDARY PROGRAMS THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO ACHIEVE, ACQUIRE THOSE SKILLS.>>The Speaker:.>>AND ULTIMATELY PURSUE THEIR CAREER GOALS. COULD YOU TELL US HOW WE ARE USING HACKATHONS LIKE CODE ACROSS TO CREATE VALUE FROM ONTARIO’S OPEN DATA TO BENEFIT ALL ONTARIANS?>>The Speaker: PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD.>>YES, THANK YOU, SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM ETOBICOKE CENTRE FOR HIS ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT OF OUR OPEN DATA MANDATE. AND FOR REPRESENTING OUR GOVERNMENT AT CODE ACROSS. ONTARIO WAS A PROUD RESPONSIBLE SORE OF CODE ACROSS, A HACKATHON WHERE CITIZENS COME TOGETHER TO COLLABORATE ON TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS BASED ON SOME OF THE DATA SETS PUBLICLY POSTED BY THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT. THIS YEAR ONTARIO PROVIDED SEVEN CHALLENGES TO CIVIL SOCIETY, RANGING FROM THE MEMBER’S CHALLENGE TO MAP CAREER PATHWAYS TO CREATING AN ACT THAT ASSISTS LANDLORDS AND TENANTS IN RESOLVING THEIR DISPUTES WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THROUGH THE LANDLORD TENANT BOARD. BY THE END OF THE DAY WIRE FRAMES HAD BEEN — FOR A NEW HEALTH CARE ACT TO PROVIDE USERS WITH DIGITAL ACCESS TO THEIR IMMUNIZATION RECORDS.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>DASHBOARD WHICH WOULD ALLOW USERS TO VIEW EMPLOYMENT STAT STATISTICS.>>I KNOW IN ONTARIO WE ARE ALREADY DOING TREMENDOUS WORK WHEN IT COMES TO OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY. I ACTUALLY HEARD WE WERE ONE OF 15 SUB NATIONALS WORLDWIDE INVITED TO JOIN THE OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP ABT ONLY PROVINCE INVITED IN CANADA. THE PHILOSOPHY ONTARIANS CAN WORK ALONGSIDE GOVERNMENTS TO JEN RATE IDEAS IS ALIVE AND WELL AND ALIVE AND WELL ON SATURDAY. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH GABE SA HI. BUDGETPAEDIA, ACTUALLY A TOOL THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO VISUALIZE TORONTO’S BUDGET AND DEMOCRACY KIT APROJECT AT THAT THAT SEEKS TO SUPPORT COUNCILLORS AND SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEES WITH RESOURCES. I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE HACKATHON BECAUSE SOME OF TORONTO’S BRIGHTEST YOUNG PEOPLE, MINISTER, CAME TOGETHER TO FIND WAYS OF USING DATA MADE AVAILABLE BY OUR GOVERNMENT AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>TO SOLVE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CHALLENGES FACING OUR PROVE ADVICE AND EVERY RIDE AIG CROSS ONTARIO. MINISTER, COULD YOU TELL US HOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUING TO WORK WITH ACTIVE AND ENGAGED CITIZENS LIKE THOSE REPRESENTED AT CODE ACROSS ON SATURDAY?>>The Speaker: PRESIDENT. REFRESH — TREASURY BOARD.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. IN DECEMBER I ACTUALLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES TO ATTEND THE OPEN PARTNERSHIPS GLOBAL SUMMIT. THE SUMMIT INVOLVED OVER 3,000 REPRESENTATIVES FROM 70 COUNTRIES WHO GATHERED TO PUSH FORWARD THE OPEN GOVERNMENT AGENDA. AT THIS EVENT, I WAS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT ONTARIO WOULD BE STRENGTHENING OUR COMMITMENT TO OPENNESS BY ADOPTING THE INTERNATIONAL OPEN DATA CHARTER. SPEAKER, OPEN DATA COMMITMENT TO INCREASING ACCESS TO DATA HAS ALREADY LED TO THE PRODUCTION OF A DATA CATALOGUE OF OVER 2,000 GOVERNMENT DATA SETS OF WHICH WE HAVE ALREADY PUBLISHED 560 ONLINE. DATA SETS ARE FILLING A REAL NEED IN OUR SET. OUR TOP TEN MOST FREQUENTLY DOWN LOADED DATA SETS ARE QUITE DIVERSE.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>AND INCLUDE THIN — THINGS LIKE MONITORING GREENHOUSE GASES EMITTED FROM MANUFACTURING FACILITIES, STATS ON PUBLIC LIBRARIES.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU.>>AND MARRIAGE REG –>>The Speaker: NEW QUESTION. MEMBER FROM PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA.>>THIS IS FOR THE PREMIER. LAST WEEK THE SIMCOE-MUSKOKA CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD UNDER THE PREMIER’S PUPIL ACCOMMODATION POLICIES DECIDE TODAY CLOSE OUR LADY OF MERCY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN HONEY HARBOUR THIS JUNE. THESE STUDENTS WILL EITHER BE BUBBSED TO St. ANTOINE DANIEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN VICTORIA HARBOUR OR ATTEND HONEY HARBOUR PUBLIC SCHOOL. UNFORTUNATELY, BECAUSE OF THIS GOVERNMENT’S FLAWED ACCOMMODATION REVIEW POLICY, HONEY HARBOUR PUBLIC SCHOOL IS AT RISK OF BEING CLOSED AS WELL. A FINAL DECISION IS EXPECTED NEXT MONTH. HONEY HARBOUR IS IN DANGER OF LOSING BOTH ITS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN ONE YEAR. THE PREMIER MUST UNDERSTAND JUST HOW CRITICAL LOCAL SCHOOL IS TO A SMALL COMMUNITY. WITHOUT A SCHOOL, THEY CANNOT ATTRACT FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES TO LOCATE THERE.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>SPEAKER, WILL THE PREMIER AGREE TO A MORATORIUM ON RURAL SCHOOL CLOSURES UNTIL SHE CAN FIND A WAY TO HELP COMMUNITIES LIKE HONEY HARBOUR KEEP AT LEAST ONE SCHOOL OPEN?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>Premier Wynne: MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, AGAIN ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE. THE LAST QUESTION FROM THE OPPOSITION WAS ALSO AN EXAMPLE, AN EXAMPLE WHERE THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN SCHOOL BOARDS AND WITH MUNICIPALITIES COULD MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS AT THE OGRA, RATHER AT THE ROMA CONFERENCE, MR. SPEAKER, AND I WAS TALKING TO MUNICIPALITIES, THE MUNICIPAL LEADERS WERE THRILLED TO HERE THAT WE WERE — TO HEAR WE WERE WORKING WITH SCHOOL BOARDS AND THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE REQUIRING –>>The Speaker: STOP THE CLOCK, PLEASE. DON’T ENTER INTO THIS ONE, MEMBER. I’M DEALING WITH SOMETHING ELSE. THE CHIEF GOVERNMENT WHIP IS WARNED AND THE MEMBER FROM BRUCE-GREY-OWEN SOUND, SECOND TIME. CARRY ON.>>Premier Wynne: WE WERE GOING TO BE REQUIRING THE SCHOOL BOARDS WORK WITH EACH OTHER, THE COTERMINOUS BOARDS WORK TOGETHER. AGAIN THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHERE THAT COULD HAPPEN, AND WITH MUNICIPALITIES, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES. THAT’S WHY I HOPE THE MEMBER IS PLEASED WITH THE LETTER THAT’S GONE OUT, BECAUSE WE ARE SAYING CLEARLY, IF YOU CAN FIND ALTERNATE SOLUTIONS, IF YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER, WE’RE GOING TO WORK WITH YOU. WE’RE GOING TO FACILITATE THAT, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY. MEMBER FROM CHATHAM-KENT-ESSEX.>>I’M SORRY. I DIDN’T HEAR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER. BACK IN 2014, YOU WERE ON RECORD BY SAYING THAT THERE WOULD BE NO CUTS TO SCHOOLS. JIM COSTELLO, DIRECTOR OF THE EDUCATION FOR THE LAMBTON-KENT DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, IS QUOTED AS SAYING — UNTIL THE MINISTRY CHANGED THE FUNDING FORMULA IN APRIL OF 2015, WE WERE ABLE TO SURVIVE. A LOT OF THAT FUNDING HAS BEEN DRASTICALLY REDUCED, UNQUOTE. PREMIER, SCHOOLS ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH SKYROCKETING HYDRO FEES, CAP AND TRADE COSTS, NATURAL GAS. PREMIER, LOOK, I JUST DON’T HAVE TIME TO LIST ALL THE SCHOOLS IN MY RIDING OF CHATHAM-KENT-ESSEX THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. HOWEVER, RICHTOWN, FOR EXAMPLE, IS VERY NERVOUS ABOUT LOSING ITS HIGH SCHOOL AND I SHOULD ALSO ADD.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>WILL ALSO BE A HUGE ISSUE IF IT CLOSES. SO, PREMIER, WILL YOU SUPPORT A MORATORIUM ON RURAL SCHOOLS CLOSING?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] PREMIER? MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AND, SPEAKER, YOU KNOW I WANT TO SAY THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO RURAL SCHOOLS IS FIRM. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 2003, WE’VE INCREASED THE PER PUPIL FUNDING FOR RURAL SCHOOLS BY $5,007. THAT’S A 67% INCREASE, MR. SPEAKER. AND SINCE — IN FACT, WE’VE INCREASED THE ANNUAL FUNDING TO RURAL BOARDS BY $200 MILLION. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS REGARDLESS OF THE ENROLLMENT LEVELS THAT WE HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY INVESTING IN AND SUPPORTING OUR RURAL SCHOOLS. THAT BEING SAID, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE DISCUSSIONS THAT BOARDS NEED TO HAVE REGARDING THEIR USE OF SCHOOLS. THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE HAPPENING. WE’VE PUT IN PLACE A PUPIL ACCOMMODATION GUIDELINE THAT REQUIRES BOARDS TO WORK WOULD THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, WITH THEIR COTERMINOUS BOARDS TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS POSSIBLE.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. NEW QUESTION. THE MEMBER FROM TIMISKAMING-COCHRANE.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER. THE PROCESSING VEGETABLE SECTOR IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMY OF SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO AND TO THE PROVINCE. AND EACH YEAR AT THIS TIME THERE’S A NEGOTIATION THAT GOES ON BETWEEN THE PROCESSORS AND THE FARMERS WHO ARE REPRESENTED — THE FARMERS ARE REPRESENTED BY THE ONTARIO PROCESSING VEGETABLE GROWERS, AND THEY ARE DULY ELECTED BOARDS. THEY REPRESENT THEIR MEMBERS. THEY HOLD ANNUAL MEETINGS. I CHECKED THEIR AUDITOR REPORT AND IT WAS CLEAN. AND THESE NEGOTIATIONS SOMETIMES CAN BE TOUGH AS ALL NEGOTIATIONS ARE, AND SOMETIMES THEY END UP IN ARBITRATION, AS OFTEN NEGOTIATIONS DO. BUT THAT’S THE SPIRIT OF NEGOTIATIONS. BUT WHAT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY IS THE POWERS OF THE BOARD WERE STRIPPED. THE MINISTER REMOVED THE BOARD. MY QUESTION, OUR QUESTION IS IS THAT IN THE BEST LONG-TERM INTERESTS –>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>OF A SECTOR THAT’S VITAL TO THE ONTARIO AGRICULTURAL — [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: PREMIER.>>Premier Wynne: MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FROM TIMISKAMING-COCHRANE FOR HIS QUESTION THIS MORNING. MR. SPEAKER, AS MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS, ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT QUESTIONS I’VE HAD TO DEAL WITH AND MAKE A DECISION ON WAS LAST FRIDAY. WE MADE A DECISION TO APPOINT A VERY DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVANT IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, THE HONOURABLE ALBERT BUCHANAN, TO BE A TRUSTEE. [ Interjections ] MR. SPEAKER — MR. SPEAKER –>>The Speaker: FINISH, PLEASE.>>MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS CLEAR TO ME THAT AN IMPASSE HAD BEEN REACHED BY THE PROCESS VEGETABLE GROWERS OF THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO. THE — THE PROCESSORS THAT WE HAD TO MAKE A DECISION SO THAT WE WOULD NOT LOSE THE 2017 CROP.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>THIS WOULD IMPACT FARMERS, IMPACT JOBS AND WE WANT TO SUSTAIN REGULATORY MARKETING IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU.>>THAT’S THE DECISION WE MADE FOR FARMERS IN ONTARIO. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>MR. SPEAKER, THE IMPORTANT PART OF THAT RESPONSE IS THE MINISTER MADE THE DECISION. THE MINISTER MADE THE DECISION TO STRIP THE POWERS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE OPVG, ONTARIO PROCESSING VEGETABLE GROWERS, ACTUALLY ELECTED BY THEIR MEMBERS TO DO THOSE NEGOTIATIONS. I’M GETTING E-MAILS FROM VEGETABLE GROWERS WONDERING WHERE THEY FIT IN THIS BECAUSE A PUBLIC MEETING WAS HELD WHERE QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR WEREN’T ALLOWED ONLY TO BE READ. SO THEY’RE WONDERING THEY HAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ALSO INVESTED AND WHERE DO THE FARMERS FIT IN THIS EQUATION? BECAUSE THEY CERTAINLY WEREN’T PART OF THE DECISION TO STRIP THE POWERS OF THEIR BOARD.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MINISTER?>>MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE MEMBER FOR SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. I PROVIDED HIM AND THE CRITIC FOR THE OPPOSITION THE COURTESY TO CALL THEM PERSONALLY TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE DETAILED BRIEFINGS ON THIS MATTER.>>The Speaker: FINISH, PLEASE.>>I WANT TO REFERENCE THE HONOURABLE MEMBER A LETTER THAT THAT WAS SENT TO ME BY THE ONTARIO PROCESS VEGETABLE GROWERS ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, WHEN THEY TOLD ME THAT BOTH SIDES HAD REACHED AN IMPASSE. THEY WERE ASKING ME TO TAKE ABSENT AND WE TOOK THE RIGHT ACCESS LAST FRY DA — TOOK THE RIGHT ACTION LAST FRIDAY, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: THE MEMBER FROM EGLINTON-LAWRENCE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. AS YOU KNOW, MINISTER, I’VE EX PREPSED MY DEEP CONCERN ABOUT THE FACT DESPITE THE FACT WE SPENT $3.7 BILLION EVERY YEAR IN MENTAL HEALTH, WE STILL SEE OUR HOSPITALS USE ELECTRIC SHOCK THERAPY. LONG TIME FOR GETTING APPOINTMENT FOR PSYCHIATRISTS. WE SEE 15-YEAR-OLDS IN PSYCH WARDS IN HOSPITALS. SO THAT’S WHY I WAS SO GLAD THAT YOU ANNOUNCED AN ADDITIONAL $140 MILLION TO INVEST IN ON THE STREET CARE MENTAL HEALTH CARE, WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO FINALLY HAVE THESE YOUTH SERVICE HUBS, ONE-STOP SERVICES FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>ALSO HAVING SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU.>>SO CAN YOU TELL US HOW THIS IS GOING TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE –>>The Speaker: SECOND REMINDER. WHEN I STAND YOU SIT. MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,. THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM EGLINTON-LAWRENCE FOR THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, AS MINISTER OF HEALTH I BELIEVE THERE CAN BE NO HEALTH WITHOUT MENTAL HEALTH. IT’S THAT IMPORTANT. WE NEED TO SEE AND LOOK AT MENTAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL HELL AS TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN. WE NEED TO APPROACH MENTAL HEALTH WITH THE SAME VIGOUR THAT WE DO PHYSICAL HEALTH IN THIS PROVINCE. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE THE EVIDENCE AND WE HAVE THE PARTNERSHIPS AND THE DEDICATED WORKFORCE TO DELIVER THE TYPE OF HIGH-QUALITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAT ONTARIANS HAVE COME TO EXPECT FOR ALL OTHER ASPECTS OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT ONTARIANS UNDERSTAND MR. SPEAKER — AND I DON’T THINK MANY OF US KNOW THIS — THAT MENTAL ILLNESS RESULTS IN MORE PERSON YEARS LOST TO DEATH THAN ALL FORMS OF CANCER COMBINED. IT’S THAT IMPORTANT.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>AND IT REQUIRES THE SAME LEVEL OF DEDICATION AND THE SAME LEVEL OF INVESTMENT, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW, MINISTER, I’VE BEEN VERY CONCERNED ABOUT SEEING 12-YEAR-OLDS IN OUR PSYCH WARDS. THAT’S NO PLACE TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, AND THAT’S WHY IMPRESSED UPON YOU THE NEED TO INVEST IN LOCAL SERVICES, THE SERVICE HUBS LIKE I TOLD YOU ABOUT DOWN THE STREET HERE. WE HAVE STELLA’S PLACE WHERE A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE HAD HER DAUGHTER STELLA, WHO SUFFERED MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES AND SHE HAD TO GO TO THE STATES. THEY SPENT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, COULDN’T GET ANY HELP THERE. ALL THEY DID IS GIVE HER MORE DRUGS. THERE WAS NO SERVICES HERE IN ONTARIO. SO SHE RAISED $10 MILLION OF HER OWN MONEY WITH HER FRIENDS AND BUILT THE CENTRE STELLA’S PLACE, WHERE THEY’RE HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE BY THE THOUSANDS WHO COME IN TO GET MENTAL HEALTH CARE. CAN WE SUPPORT MORE SERVICE CENTRES LIKE STELLA’S PLACE SO THEY CAN HELP YOUNG PEOPLE.>>The Speaker: QUESTION.>>IN THE COMMUNITY RATHER THAN IN THE PSYCH WARDS?>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. MINISTER?>>THANK YOU. AGAIN I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION. THE MEMBER IS CORRECT THAT WE’RE INVESTING AN ADDITIONAL NEW $140 MILLION OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. [ Applause ] IN MENTAL HEALTH AND MORE THAN 50 MILLION ANNUALLY AFTER THAT ON A CONTINUAL BASIS. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE’RE DOING WITH THOSE FUNDS, WE’RE CREATING A BRAND-NEW PROVINCEWIDE GOVERNMENT-FUNDED STRUCTURED PSYCHOTHERAPY PROGRAM. WE ARE THE FIRST PROVINCE OR TERRITORY IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY TO DO SO, AND THIS PROGRAM OF STRUCTURED PSYCHOTHERAPY WILL PROVIDE THOUSANDS OF ONTARIANS WITH EVIDENCE BASED THERAPIES, INCLUDING COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THAT. IT’S A PROVEN METH DOLLAR GILLES AND INTERVENTION, PARTICULARLY USEFUL FOR THOSE WITH MOOD DISORDERS INCLUDING FOR EXAMPLE DEPRESSION. WE’RE ALSO INVESTING IN NINE NEW INTEGRATED YOUTH SERVICE HUBS THAT PROVIDE ONE-STOP ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR PEOPLE BETWEEN 12 AND 25 AND WE’RE INVESTING IN AN ADDITIONAL 1,150 SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNITS, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION. NEW QUESTION. THE MEMBER FROM HALIBURTON-KAWARTHA LAKES-BROCK.>>MY QUESTION IS IS TO THE PREMIER. MANY COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN HIT HARD BY THIS GOVERNMENT’S HEARTLESS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THEIR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS. THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT THINKS IT’S RIGHT TO CLOSE PRODUCTIVE SCHOOLS THAT ARE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM MANY FAMILIES AND SEND STUDENTS AWAY FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES INSTEAD. FOR EXAMPLE INSTEAD OF WALKING, THE STUDENTS AT BURLINGTON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND LESTER P.PEARSON HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE FORCED BY THIS GOVERNMENT TO TAKE A BUS TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL. AT BURLG — AS BURLINGTON CITY COUNCILLOR MARIAN MEAD SAID THIS MORNING — THESE CLOSURES RIP A HOLE IN THE HEART OF THEIR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, WILL THE GOVERNMENT CALL FOR AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON THE CLOSING OF COMMUNITY SCHOOLS? [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: PREMIER.>>MR. SPEAKER, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THIS DISCUSSION THAT, YOU KNOW, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THESE DECISIONS THAT BOARDS ARE MAKING AND WE KNOW HOW TOUGH THE DECISIONS ARE, ARE BEING MADE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR STUDENTS. AND, MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTRY HAS CONDUCTED CASE STUDIES ON, YOU KNOW, WHAT HAPPENS FOLLOWING ANY SORT OF CHANGE LIKE A CONSOLIDATION OR A REORGANIZATION ACROSS THE PROVINCE. HERE’S WHAT THEY FOUND, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN ALL PARTIES IN THE CONSOLIDATION OR REORGANIZATION OF SCHOOLS WERE ENGAGED IN CREATING A NEW SCHOOL CULTURE, ENCOURAGING TEACHING ENVIRONMENT WAS THE RESULT. HERE’S WHAT THE STUDENT HAS SAID. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN SELECTING NEW COLOURS, MASCOTS AND THE NAMING OF THE SCHOOL ENCOURAGED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW SCHOOL IDENTITY. THIS IS ENSURING THAT OUR STUDENTS –>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>FEEL SAFE, FEEL WELCOMED AND FEEL INCLUDED IN THEIR NEW SCHOOL COMMUNITY, MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S OUR FOCUS IS ON STUDENT LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. SUPPLEMENTARY. MEMBER FROM HALDIMAND-NORFOLK.>>TO THE PREMIER. WELL, 600 SCHOOLS ARE UNDER THREAT. THE ONTARIO FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE AND ANN HAWKINS OF OECTA HAVE SPOKEN IN FAVOUR OF RETAINING OUR SMALL SCHOOLS. SUSAN MACK KENZY OF ALLIANCE AGAINST SKOL CLOCHE — SCHOOL CLOSURES HIT HOME ATTACKING THE SCHOOL BOARD BAIT AND SWITCH OF DUMPING BILLIONS INTO ADDITIONS, CONSOLIDATIONS. POINTING OUT THE AUDITOR GENERAL, HOWEVER, RECOMMENDS RENEWALS AND MAINTAINING EXISTING SCHOOLS, WHICH INCLUDE SMALL SCHOOLS, NOT THE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE. WILL THE PREMIER RESTORE THE VALUE TO COMMUNITY AND THE VALUE TO LOCAL ECONOMY CRITERIA? PREMIER, PLACE A MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL CLOSURES UNTIL YOU FIX THE FORMULA AND UNTIL THE PUPIL ACCOMMODATION REVIEW GUIDELINES ARE FAIRLY REWRITTEN? [ Applause ]>>MR. SPEAKER, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT AN ARBITRARY MORATORIUM WOULD NOT SOLVE ANYTHING, MR. SPEAKER. IN FACT IT WOULD TAKE AWAY THE ABILITY OF A LOCALLY ELECTED TRUSTEE TO MAKE THOSE GOOD DECISIONS ON BEHALF OF THEIR SCHOOLS. IN ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS THE MEMBER OPPOSITE RAISED WITH REGARD TO THE AUDITOR GENERAL IN SCHOOL RENEWALS, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE PREMIER FIRST APPOINTED ME TO THIS ROLE, THAT IS ONE OF THE FIRST OPPORTUNITIES THAT I HAD, WHICH WAS TO IN FACT ADD $1.1 BILLION TO SCHOOL RENEWALS, WHICH MET THE THRESHOLD THAT THE AUDITOR GENERAL HAS ASKED FOR. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE TALKED TO STAFF, LET’S HEAR WHAT THEY’RE SAYING. WE MADE EVERY EFFORT TO HEAR EVERY CONCERN FROM STUDENTS AND PARENTS. AND BY THE TIME THE PROCESS WAS OVER, PEOPLE FELT MUCH MORE POSITIVELY. MR. SPEAKER, HERE’S A QUOTE FROM A MAYOR.>>The Speaker: ANSWER.>>THERE IS NO DOUBT THERE IS MORE ACCESS TO PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN GENERAL FOR A LARGER PEER GROUP. IN THIS SCHOOL, I CAN REACH AHEAD IN MATH, IN SCIENCE.>>The Speaker: THANK YOU.>>THAT’S FROM A STUDENT –>>The Speaker: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] THERE BEING NO DEFERRED VOTES, THIS HOUSE STANDS RECESSED UNTIL 3 p.m. THIS AFTERNOON.

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