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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Status of Business

État des travaux

2nd Session,
42nd Parliament

2e session,
42e législature

[October 27, 2021]

Section 6C

Section 6C

Special Debates

OPPOSITION DAYS

Débats spéciaux

JOURS DE L’OPPOSITION

FALL PERIOD 2021

1.         Ms. Horwath — Whereas COVID-19 has tragically revealed the systemic failures of long-term care in Ontario; and

Whereas the previous Liberal government expanded privatization in long-term care, causing an erosion of care that now needs to be reversed; and

Whereas successive Conservative and Liberal governments failed to hold accountable for-profit long-term care operators who prioritized profit over safety and quality of care; and

Whereas evidence suggests that COVID-19-related deaths in long-term care were more frequent in for-profit long-term care homes than those operated by municipalities or non-profit organizations, and research data from as far back as 2011 suggests for-profit facilities “are less likely to provide good care than non-profit or public facilities”; and

Whereas the Ford Government acted faster to pass Bill 218, the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act 2020 and shield negligent for-profit operators from accountability than it has to improve quality of care for our parents and grandparents or the working conditions of the PSWs and medical professionals who take care of them; and

Whereas some homes, such as Pickering’s Orchard Villa facility, are still being considered for licence renewal and expansion by the Ministry of Long-Term Care, despite the horrific conditions uncovered by the Canadian Armed Forces that resulted in 70 COVID-19 deaths in the home; and

Whereas investing in not-for-profit long-term care would mean that more money is available to improve the quality of care for our loved ones who call these facilities home, and multiple studies show that not-for-profit facilities provide, on average, more hours of care per resident and are better at retaining the qualified staff our loved ones depend on; and

Whereas the Ford government is preparing to reward some of the for-profit companies with the worst performance records during the first and second waves of the pandemic with 30-year licences and millions of dollars in public funds;

Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Ford government to place an indefinite moratorium on the issuing of new licences and the renewal of licences of for-profit long-term care providers and prioritize the development of not-for-profit long-term care in Ontario.

Addressed to the Premier.

Filed October 6, 2021. Debated and lost on division October 18, 2021.

2.         Ms. Horwath — Whereas nursing shortages across Ontario have resulted in temporary ER shutdowns, growing wait times for surgeries and procedures, and increased burnout for nurses who are working longer and harder because of the pandemic; and

Whereas the shortage has also impacted long-term care and persons with disabilities who rely on nurses for support to attend school and other daily activities; and

Whereas the former Liberal government froze hospital budgets and cut 1,600 nurses, and the Ford government has not restored these positions; and

Whereas the stress of understaffing and burnout caused by the pandemic was only made worse by the Ford government’s decisions to cut funding for sick leave for nurses isolating due to on-the-job COVID exposure; and

Whereas the rate of nurses leaving the profession is double what it was before the pandemic and Bill 124’s wage cap unfairly penalizes nurses and other frontline workers, preventing them from negotiating salaries that keep up with the cost of living in Ontario, and has forced nurses to pay back pay increases that have been fairly negotiated; and

Whereas Ontario is facing a dangerous shortage of critical care nurses, cancer care nurses and other essential ICU and surgical staff, yet the Ford government has failed to take decisive action on an aggressive recruitment and retention strategy;

Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Ford government to take immediate action on a province-wide healthcare hiring and retention plan that includes the repeal of Bill 124, more education and training opportunities, full-time hours, paid sick days for all health care workers, decent wages and the funding necessary to ensure sufficient staffing to prevent burnout, reduce wait times and ensure the high quality, timely care Ontarians deserve.

Addressed to the Premier.

Filed October 20, 2021. Debated and lost on division October 25, 2021.

3.         Ms. Horwath — Whereas Ontario needs to build one million homes over the next 10 years to keep up with the need for housing, according to the Smart Prosperity Institute; and

Whereas consecutive Liberal and Conservative governments have developed policies geared more to politically connected developers and speculators than regular people; and

Whereas the ability to purchase a home should not depend on how wealthy your parents are, and rising home prices have made it increasingly difficult for working people to afford homes in the province, driving record numbers to leave Ontario in search of places they can afford; and

Whereas housing speculators have only made the crisis worse, creating bubbles that make it harder for low- and middle-income Ontarians to enter the market; and

Whereas speculation and vacancy taxes have proven effective in prioritizing homes as places for people to live, instead of financial commodities for deep-pocketed speculators; and

Whereas the Ontario Real Estate Association has called on the Ford government to end unfair and exclusionary zoning practices to allow more affordable “missing middle” housing options like duplexes and townhouses to be built in urban neighbourhoods close to jobs, services and amenities, and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture has called on the Ford government to protect farmland from needless urban boundary expansions;

Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Ford government to develop an affordable home ownership plan that: implements speculation and vacancy taxes to help cool the market and fund affordable housing; updates land use planning rules to accelerate the construction of “missing middle” housing and other affordable home ownership options, while protecting farmland and natural heritage from wasteful sprawl; and introduces new, environmentally progressive building standards to make homes greener and more energy-efficient.

Addressed to the Premier.

Filed October 27, 2021.