Opposition Day debates and want of confidence motions
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Status of Business
État des travaux
[May 19, 2020]
JOURS DE L’OPPOSITION
FALL PERIOD 2018
1. Ms. Horwath — Whereas hospital overcrowding in Brampton is critical and in a single year, 4,352 patients were treated in hallways at Brampton Civic hospital;
Whereas hospital overcrowding is a problem across Peel Region;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government to provide the necessary funding in the 2019-2020 Budget for the construction of a new hospital in Brampton.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed October 3, 2018.
Debated and lost on division October 16, 2018.
2. Ms. Horwath — Whereas existing commitments were in place for post-secondary expansion in Brampton, Markham and Milton; and
Whereas this investment would have brought hundreds of jobs to each city and encouraged broader economic growth in these communities; and
Whereas the municipalities of Brampton, Markham and Milton have already spent significant amounts of money, time and effort related to the already-approved projects;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government to honour established commitments to fund post-secondary expansion in Brampton, Markham and Milton.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed October 24, 2018.
Debated and lost on division October 29, 2018.
3. Ms. Horwath — Whereas every Ontarian deserves a dignified retirement and access to long-term care when they need it; and
Whereas the communities of Scarborough, Whitby and Oshawa have some of the longest waits for long-term care spaces in Ontario;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly calls on the government to commit to eliminating the wait for long-term care and, as a first step, provide the necessary funding in the 2019-2020 Budget to create 2,000 new not-for-profit long-term care spaces in Scarborough, Whitby and Oshawa.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed October 31, 2018.
Debated and lost on division November 12, 2018.
4. Ms. Horwath — Whereas 86,000 Ontarians are diagnosed with cancer every year, half of Ontarians will develop cancer in their lifetimes, and one in four Ontarians will die from cancer;
Whereas innovative new therapies allow cancer patients to take medication at home instead of having to visit the hospital for lengthy IV treatments, but the cost of these medications are not covered by OHIP;
Whereas British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba cover the cost of take-home cancer drugs;
Whereas many take home cancer treatments can be more effective, yet the lack of coverage under Ontario’s current drug program forces people to accept less effective treatment if they cannot afford to pay out-of-pocket;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the government to ensure universal access to take-home cancer drugs so no Ontarian has to pay out-of-pocket for life-saving treatment.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 14, 2018.
Debated and lost on division November 21, 2018.
5. Ms. Horwath — Considérant que la communauté francophone de l’Ontario est la plus grande communauté francophone canadienne à l’extérieur du Québec,
Considérant que le français est l’une des deux langues officielles du Canada,
Considérant que dans la province de l’Ontario, le français est reconnu comme langue officielle dans les tribunaux, le système d’éducation et à l’Assemblée législative,
Considérant que chaque citoyen et chaque citoyenne de l’Ontario devraient avoir accès aux services gouvernementaux dont ils ont besoin, en français, quand ils en ont besoin et là où ils en ont besoin,
Considérant que le Commissaire aux services en français de l’Ontario s’assure que les droits des citoyens et citoyennes de l’Ontario, ainsi que les obligations du gouvernement et des agences gouvernementales, sont maintenus en accord avec la Loi sur les services en français,
Considérant que, pendant les 40 dernières années, les Ontariens et les Ontariennes ont cherché à fonder une université francophone indépendante, gouvernée par et pour des francophones et que la planification pour cette université est déjà bien avancée,
Considérant que l’énoncé économique d’automne du gouvernement a annoncé l’élimination du Commissariat aux services en français et l’annulation des plans pour l’Université de l’Ontario français,
Considérant que ces décisions constituent une trahison de la responsabilité de l’Ontario envers notre communauté francophone,
Qu’il soit résolu que l’Assemblée demande au gouvernement de maintenir le bureau du Commissaire aux services en français, ainsi que son financement et ses pouvoirs, et de maintenir l’engagement de l’Ontario de financer l’Université de l’Ontario français.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 21, 2018.
Debated and lost on division November 28, 2018.
SPRING PERIOD 2019
1. Ms. French — Whereas the people of Oshawa built General Motors Canada; and
Whereas workers in General Motors’ Oshawa plant are among the most skilled autoworkers in the world; and
Whereas the Oshawa plant is among the most efficient of General Motors operations; and
Whereas the people of Ontario provided billions of dollars to save General Motors from bankruptcy in 2009; and
Whereas General Motors, despite making a profit of $6 billion in the first three quarters of 2018, has made a callous decision to turn its back on the workers at their Oshawa Assembly plant while they expand production in Mexico; and
Whereas this closure will mean the loss of an estimated 14,000 jobs across Ontario; and
Whereas the workers in Oshawa have called on Canadians to not buy GM cars made in Mexico; and
Whereas workers deserve a government that will fight to save the thousands of jobs that are in jeopardy;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls on the government of Ontario to not buy any GM vehicles made in Mexico, those being vehicles with a Vehicle Identification Number starting with a 3, until such time as General Motors reverses its decision to close the Oshawa Assembly plant.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed March 6, 2019.
Not debated March 18, 2019.
2. Miss Taylor — Whereas the new Ontario Autism Program fails to meet the needs of children because it is age- and income-based; and
Whereas needs-based therapies are recognized to be the best approach to empowering children with autism; and
Whereas the Ford Government’s new Ontario Autism Program takes away support from families already receiving assistance and makes it impossible for those newly diagnosed to get the help they actually need; and
Whereas the Ford Government has not provided adequate support to the education system to properly support the influx of children with autism that will enter schools when the new Ontario Autism Program is implemented;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government to suspend the implementation of the new Ontario Autism Program, and instead develop an autism program that will provide needs- and evidence-based autism services for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed March 20, 2019.
Debated and carried March 27, 2019.
3. Ms. Horwath — Whereas the Government has announced changes to education funding that will reduce teacher-to-student ratios and make online learning mandatory resulting in larger class sizes and lost jobs for education workers; and
Whereas larger class sizes will result in less individual attention for students and ultimately reduce course options for students particularly in applied learning and the arts; and
Whereas online learning is not appropriate for most students and research shows that it mostly hurts students who are already struggling; and
Whereas rural school boards have expressed concerns that these changes will negatively impact students who live in areas with smaller populations and have limited access to broadband services; and
Whereas school boards have indicated that these changes will disproportionately affect programs and supports for Black, Indigenous and other racialized youth; and
Whereas the Government’s changes will result in fewer adults supporting and educating students in our schools, be they teachers, social workers, guidance counsellors, educational assistants;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government to reverse their planned changes to education funding, student-teacher ratios and mandatory e-learning and instead work with parents, education experts, educators and school boards to devise education policies that work for students.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed April 17, 2019.
Debated and lost on division April 29, 2019.
4. Ms. Horwath — Whereas the Ford government’s retroactive cuts to provincial public health funding have raised concerns for municipalities across Ontario and came without consultation after municipalities had already approved their 2019 budgets; and
Whereas Public Health Units provide critical, life-saving services to the residents of Ontario every day; and
Whereas public health officials across Ontario have raised concerns that the Ford government cuts will not only impact their ability to run immunization, student nutrition programs and other vital services, but may also compromise their ability to deal with outbreaks of infectious diseases like measles, SARS and Ebola; and
Whereas the cuts to public health will have a disproportionately negative impact on Black, Indigenous, and other racialized groups whose experiences of systemic racism are known to produce adverse health outcomes, and will also hinder research into those challenges; and
Whereas the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association membership passed a resolution calling on the province to maintain or enhance existing funding and continue with local public health units instead of the proposed consolidated regional structures; and
Whereas the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has noted that the Ford government cuts may also negatively impact the ability to respond to emergencies such as flooding and other natural disasters; and
Whereas Mayors from 28 Large Urban Ontario municipalities have called on the government to halt these changes and allow for proper discussion with municipalities and local residents;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Ford government to reverse their cuts to provincial public health funding so that Ontarians have access to the important services they need.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed May 1, 2019.
Debated and lost on division May 6, 2019.
5. Ms. Horwath — Whereas climate change is currently harming human populations in Ontario through tornadoes, floods, forest fires and other environmental disasters, generating threats to human life through illness, injury and displacement; and
Whereas marginalized people, including working-class people, Indigenous, Black and other racialized peoples, young people, and women have suffered the most, and benefitted the least from the conditions that have led to the climate crisis; and
Whereas climate change is currently endangering the survival of many species of plants and animals in Ontario, as well as jeopardizing the health of our natural environment; and
Whereas climate change is currently contributing to massive property and infrastructure damage across Ontario through tornadoes, floods, forest fires and other environmental disasters; and
Whereas the increasing frequency of 100-year storm events have threatened the insurability of properties across Ontario; and
Whereas the cost of inaction is projected to be far higher than the cost of action, and credible research indicates the need for immediate, decisive action on climate change in order to avoid harmful impacts on our society, environment and economy;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government of Ontario to declare a climate emergency in order to officially recognize climate change as a real threat to our environment, our people and our economy, and develop provincial strategies and an action plan that will mitigate these threats and preserve our province for future generations.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed May 8, 2019.
Debated and lost on division May 13, 2019.
FALL PERIOD 2019
1. Ms. Horwath — Whereas the previous Liberal Government left Ontario hospitals underfunded and unable to meet patient demand; and
Whereas the current Conservative Government has continued with these policies; and
Whereas communities such as Brampton are struggling with long hospital waits and hospitals that are routinely operating well over capacity; and
Whereas the Peel Memorial Centre has been overcrowded, to the extent that for every 100 patients it is funded to see, 500 have walked in the door needing care;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government of Ontario to ensure that the Fall Economic Statement provides hospitals across the province with funding that reflects patient need, and allocates necessary funding for the immediate Phase II expansion of Peel Memorial Centre, as well as the necessary funding for the immediate construction of a new hospital in Brampton.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed October 30, 2019.
Debated and lost on division November 4, 2019.
2. Ms. Horwath — L’Assemblée législative demande au gouvernement Ford de moderniser la Loi sur les services en français comme suit : en y incluant des mesures qui garantissent que des consultations effectives et substantielles avec la communauté francophone auront lieu avant que ne soient apportées des modifications à des politiques, à des programmes, à des services ou à des activités affectant la communauté francophone, de même qu’avant le développement de nouveaux programmes, politiques, services ou activités qui affecteraient la communauté francophone; en adoptant, en tant que partie intégrante de la nouvelle Loi, une définition inclusive du terme « francophone »; en rendant obligatoire, dans la nouvelle Loi, pour toutes les agences gouvernementales et pour toutes les institutions publiques telles que définies dans la Loi, de fournir une offre active de services en français comme en anglais; et en rétablissant le Commissariat aux services en français.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 6, 2019.
Debated and lost on division November 20, 2019.
3. Ms. Horwath — Whereas all people who wear religious symbols including turbans, hijabs, kippahs, crucifixes and other articles of clothing that represent expressions of their faith are welcome to serve the Ontario public; and
Whereas discrimination based on religion is prohibited by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and
Whereas Quebec passed legislation, Bill 21, that prohibits the wearing of religious symbols and violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and
Whereas national civil rights groups including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, B’nai Brith Canada, the World Sikh Organization, the Canadian Bar Association, Amnesty International, and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs have all opposed Bill 21; and
Whereas municipalities across Ontario including Mississauga, Brampton, the Peel Regional Council and Toronto have already passed motions condemning the legislation;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government of Ontario to communicate its opposition to Bill 21 by formally requesting the Quebec Government immediately repeal Bill 21 and by intervening in any Supreme Court challenge of Bill 21 that may be heard by the Court.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 20, 2019.
Debated and carried November 25, 2019.
SPRING PERIOD 2020
1. Ms. Horwath — Whereas the Ford government’s decision to end the double-fare discount for commuters who use both GO Transit and TTC on their daily commute will cost transit riders an extra $720 a year; and
Whereas the government’s $184 million cut to transit operating funding means less service and higher fares; and
Whereas previous Liberal governments refused to restore the 50% operating subsidy to transit cut by the last PC government; and
Whereas the Ford government’s cut to Gas Tax funding will only make it more difficult for municipalities to deliver transit service that would allow GO Transit riders to take transit to the station and leave the car at home; and
Whereas the Ford government is currently reviewing plans to convert a majority of GO Station parking spots from free to paid, costing GTA commuters up to $1,200 more each year to take transit; and
Whereas affordable and effective public transit is essential to long-term strategies to address climate change, equity concerns and stimulate local economic development;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government of Ontario to reverse its planned cancellation of the double-fare discount for GO-TTC commuters and restore the 50% operating subsidy to municipal transit agencies to make it easier for Ontario commuters to take transit.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed March 4, 2020.
Debated and lost on division March 9, 2020.
— Ms. Horwath — Whereas Black community members across Ontario have consistently raised concerns of anti-Black racism in education; and
Whereas, concrete examples of anti-Black racism have been noted in a number of school boards, including but not limited to: York Region District School Board, Toronto District School Board, Peel District School Board, Waterloo District School Board and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board; and
Whereas reviews into anti-Black racism at Peel District School Board and York Region District School Board have clearly demonstrated that this is not an isolated issue within these school boards; and
Whereas Board reviews past and present reiterate themes of Black students being disproportionately streamed out of academic programs, receiving less assistance than their peers, and being disciplined, suspended and pushed out of schools at rates much higher than their peers; and
Whereas the impacts of streaming, lack of supports, and disproportionate levels of discipline result in the over-representation of Black people in the criminal justice and child welfare systems and their under-representation in post-secondary institutions and professional degrees; and
Whereas parents, students and community leaders have called on both Liberal and Conservative governments to take meaningful steps to address anti-Black racism and racial equity in schools instead of only reviewing incidents that garner significant media attention; and
Whereas the cuts to education by the Ford Government will disproportionately affect the already limited resources and supports available to Black and racialized students; and
Whereas Liberal and Conservative governments have failed to implement a number of the recommendations made by seminal reports, like the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence and Towards Race Equity in Education;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government of Ontario to establish, in consultation with Black community members, a fully-funded, publicly accountable provincial strategy to address anti-Black racism and racial equity in schools.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed March 11, 2020. Deemed undesignated pursuant to the Order of the House dated March 19, 2020. Withdrawn May 12, 2020.
2. Ms. Horwath — Whereas more than 4,400 residents and staff at Ontario long-term care homes have contracted COVID-19, with over 1,235 deaths to date and more infections and deaths expected; and
Whereas there is mounting evidence that the government of Ontario was ill-prepared, indecisive and slow to respond in protecting staff and residents in long-term care; and
Whereas there is data to suggest that decades of underfunding, chronic staffing shortages, lax inspection and oversight, inadequate regulation and rampant privatization under successive governments contributed to the unacceptable shape of Ontario’s long-term care system at the outset of the pandemic; and
Whereas the families and loved ones of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and chronic neglect of Ontario’s long-term care system deserve to know the truth of what went so badly wrong; and
Whereas Ontario’s long-term care system must be dramatically and fundamentally overhauled to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and only a broad, thorough, completely independent, public and transparent inquiry can be trusted to investigate and provide answers to what led to the sickness and tragic deaths of so many staff and residents in Ontario’s long-term care system;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly calls on the Government of Ontario to immediately launch a full, independent public inquiry, under the province’s Public Inquiries Act, examining pre-pandemic conditions and what led to the problems in long-term care in Ontario, the government’s preparedness and response to the pandemic in long-term care facilities and the role and future of for-profit care in the province’s long-term care system.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed May 12, 2020.
Debated and lost on division May 19, 2020.