Opposition Day debates and want of confidence motions

Opposition Day is a reserved block of time on certain sessional days. This time is used to consider a motion that has been proposed by a member of an opposition party.

A want of confidence motion, if carried, signals that the government has lost the confidence of the House.

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Opposition Days

Fall period 2022

Motion 3 Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale)

Whereas all Ontarians have the right to adequate housing; and 

Whereas to ensure an adequate supply of housing, Ontario must build 1.5 million new market and non-market homes over the next decade; and 

Whereas the for-profit private market by itself will not, and cannot, deliver enough homes that are affordable and meet the needs of Ontarians of all incomes, ages, family sizes, abilities and cultures; and 

Whereas the housing policies of successive PC and Liberal provincial governments have relied almost entirely on the for-profit private market to deliver new housing; and 

Whereas these housing policies have focused on delivering profits for investors, rather than homes for people, and thus have failed to ensure that newly-built homes are actually affordable and meet the needs of all Ontarians; and

Whereas these housing policies have failed to end exclusionary zoning, and have blocked access to affordable and adequate housing options in the neighbourhoods where people want to live; and 

Whereas these policies have encouraged more speculative investment and market bubbles, and have driven up the costs of housing beyond the reach of ordinary Ontarians; and 

Whereas these failed housing policies have put tenants at increased risk of rent gouging, eviction and displacement, and have threatened the inclusivity and vibrancy of growing neighbourhoods; and 

Whereas these failed housing policies will sacrifice more irreplaceable farmland, natural heritage and Greenbelt lands to costly and unsustainable urban sprawl, putting Ontario's food security at risk; 

Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government of Ontario to implement a comprehensive housing plan that ensures the right of all Ontarians to adequate housing, including ending exclusionary zoning and enabling access to affordable and adequate housing options in all neighbourhoods; stabilizing housing markets and stopping harmful speculation; establishing a strong public role in the funding, delivery, acquisition and protection of an adequate supply of affordable and non-market homes; protecting tenants from rent gouging and displacement, and ensuring the inclusivity of growing neighbourhoods; and focusing growth efficiently and sustainably within existing urban boundaries, while protecting irreplaceable farmland, wetlands, the Greenbelt and other natural heritage from costly and unsustainable urban sprawl. 

TypeDateMemberEventOutcome
motionNovember 21, 2022-Moved-
motionNovember 21, 2022-DebatedDebate adjourned

Addressed to the Premier. Filed .

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Motion 2 Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt)

Whereas staffing shortages in Ontario have forced emergency room and ICU closures across Ontario, reducing access to complex and potentially life-saving care in many communities; and

Whereas other hospitals have been forced to close units, redirect patients to other facilities and reduce beds, contributing to ER wait times of up to 36 hours for patients that require a hospital stay; and

Whereas health care job vacancies have more than quadrupled since 2015, resulting in more than 45,000 openings in primary care, and research by the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario underscores the urgent need to train and hire tens of thousands of extra nurses, PSWs and allied health professionals to meet the government's own 2024-2025 LTC targets for hands-on-staffing-care, while the College of Nurses of Ontario reports over 15,000 nurses in Ontario are licensed and not practicing; and

Whereas health care workers are overworked, underpaid, subject to violence, and distressed by their inability to provide the care patients need due to poor working conditions and inadequate staffing, driving many to leave the profession in record numbers; and

Whereas Ford government policies such as the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 (previously Bill 124) and other stopgap measures have failed to fix the problem, leaving nurses, allied health professionals and other frontline health care workers with wages falling far short of inflation, while the Government of Ontario chose not to invest over one billion dollars of the money allocated for hospitals in the 2021-2022 Budget; and
 
Whereas this government allowed the health human resource crisis to persist while billions of dollars in unspent public funds have been allocated to discretionary funds instead of Ontario hospitals that are struggling to maintain quality of care because they are dramatically understaffed; and

Whereas the Ford government has failed to develop a comprehensive health care staffing plan to train, recruit and retain sufficient numbers of health care workers and have ignored the advice of health care professionals on how to solve the staffing crisis in hospital and primary care; and

Whereas the Ministry of Health's inadequate temporary retention bonus for nurses fails to address systemic issues in the sector and falls far short of the efforts to retain, retrain and recruit front-line health care staff in Quebec, British Columbia, and Atlantic Canada; and

Whereas the Minister of Health's recent directives on internationally trained health care professionals fails to provide the funding, education spaces and internships needed to help address the staffing shortfall, and fails to implement many of the painful lessons learned during the pandemic; and

Whereas nursing vacancies in Ontario hospitals increased by almost 300% between March 2020 and March 2022, the turnover rate for nurses has increased by 72% since 2020, and the turnover rate for RPNs, PSWs, and other healthcare workers more than doubled since 2016;

Therefore the Legislative Assembly calls on the Ford Government to create, in consultation with unions and other health sector stakeholders, a multi-layer Healthcare Worker Recruitment and Retention incentive package that includes short, medium, and long-term solutions to recruit, retain, and return workers across the health sector with full-time, public, unionized positions and immediately repeals Bill 124, restoring workers' right to bargain for wages that reflect their worth and the significant impact of rising inflation.

TypeDateMemberEventOutcome
motionNovember 16, 2022France GélinasMoved-
motionNovember 16, 2022-Debated-
motionNovember 16, 2022-Question put-
motionNovember 16, 2022-VoteLost on division

Addressed to the Premier. Filed .

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Motion 1 Mr. Tabuns (Toronto—Danforth)

Whereas both Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients live in legislated deep poverty; and 

Whereas people on fixed incomes are forced to make untenable choices between buying food and paying rent just to survive and the Ford government's meager $58-increase to ODSP rates and freezing of OW rates at $733/month do not keep pace with the actual cost of living; and 

Whereas inflation is at a forty-year-high, groceries are more expensive than ever, and basic expenses like hydro and gas bills continue to increase; and 

Whereas average rents alone are significantly more than the entire monthly payments received by social assistance recipients, and affordable housing wait lists in some communities are up to 10 years' long and even longer for people who need supportive housing; and 

Whereas the Ford government's current approach to social assistance rates is untenable and denies recipients a dignified life; 

Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Ford government to immediately double Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program payments to recipients as part of an overall strategy to reduce poverty in Ontario.

TypeDateMemberEventOutcome
motionNovember 1, 2022Peter TabunsMoved-
motionNovember 1, 2022-Debated-
motionNovember 1, 2022-Question putLost on division

Addressed to the Premier. Filed .

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