Status of Business
État des travaux
[March 7, 2018]
JOURS DE L’OPPOSITION
FALL PERIOD 2016
1. Mr. Brown — Whereas, Ontario has amongst the highest hydro rates in North America; whereas, electricity prices are expected to rise again on November 1st; whereas, the Liberal government have created the hydro crisis by signing lucrative contracts for unnecessary energy; whereas Liberal mismanagement has left Ontario’s electricity system unaffordable and unreliable; whereas, the proposed hydro rebate is merely a band-aid solution; and, whereas, the rebate is simply too little and too late; therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Liberal government to: stop signing contracts for energy that the province will sell at a loss; and stop selling any further shares in Hydro One.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed September 21, 2016.
Debated and lost on division September 27, 2016.
2. Ms. Horwath — Whereas Ontario’s energy system was founded with the principle “Power at Cost” and that “The Gifts of Nature are for the People” which built Ontario into an economic powerhouse;
Whereas people and businesses should be able to count on affordable, reliable energy to ensure prosperity and give a bright future to Ontario’s next generations;
Whereas our hydroelectricity system was owned by the people of Ontario and delivered affordable, reliable electricity and economic prosperity for over one hundred years;
Whereas the Liberal party did not run on a plan to privatize Ontario’s hydro system;
Whereas privatization of our hydro system under Conservative and Liberal governments have driven up generation costs from 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour in 2002 to an on-peak price of 18 cents per kilowatt hour in 2016;
Whereas Ontarians have reason to be concerned that the Liberal government is planning to facilitate the privatization of Local Distribution Companies such as Toronto Hydro;
Whereas as many as 80% of people across Ontario oppose the privatization of Hydro One;
Whereas, people of Ontario deserve to have a say before any more of Hydro One is sold off to private investors or any other privatization takes place;
Whereas the next provincial election in Ontario is now less than two years away;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Liberal government to take immediate steps to stop any further privatization of Ontario’s hydro system, including both Hydro One and any Local Distribution Companies such as Toronto Hydro.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed September 28, 2016.
Debated and lost on division October 5, 2016.
3. Mr. Brown — Whereas, hydro rates in Ontario are the highest of any province in Canada;
Whereas, Ontario needs to stop selling electricity at a loss to neighbouring states and provinces;
Whereas, the Liberals and NDP supported legislation that created the current hydro rate crisis;
Whereas, the skyrocketing hydro rates have made life harder and more expensive in Ontario under the Liberal government;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Liberal government to:
Take action to stop further rate increases;
Stop any future sale of the shares of Hydro One;
Stop signing energy contracts for power Ontario does not need; and
Restore municipal planning powers over energy projects that were stripped away by the Liberals and NDP.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed October 19, 2016.
Debated and lost on division October 25, 2016.
— Mr. Brown — Whereas, the Premier said she would govern differently than her predecessor; whereas, a top Liberal fundraiser has been charged with bribery under the Election Act; whereas, the Premier’s Deputy Chief of Staff has been charged with two counts of bribery under the Election Act; whereas, the Premier’s Deputy Chief of Staff was recorded saying to Andrew Olivier “you’ve been directly asked by the leader and the Premier to make a decision to step aside”; whereas, the people of Ontario have lost trust in this office of the Premier; whereas, the people of Ontario deserve to know the facts; therefore, the Ontario Legislature calls on the Premier to identify the individual who ordered Pat Sorbara and Gerry Lougheed Jr. to offer an alleged bribe to Andrew Olivier; and, for the Premier to identify the individual who ordered Pat Sorbara to offer an alleged bribe to the current Minister of Energy, Glenn Thibeault, during the recent Sudbury by-election.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 2, 2016.
Ruled out of order on November 14, 2016.
4. Mr. Brown — Whereas, hydro rates in Ontario are the highest of any province in Canada;
Whereas, the Liberals wasted $300 million on energy scandals, including paying $12 million for consultants instead of hydro relief for low-income families, losing a $28 million lawsuit to Windstream, an $81 million accounting error, and losing $179 million in a court case with energy producers;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Liberal government to:
Issue a formal apology to the people of Ontario for their scandal, waste, and mismanagement; and,
In an effort to reduce rates, stop any future sale of the shares of Hydro One; and,
Stop signing energy contracts for power Ontario does not need.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 16, 2016.
Debated and lost on division November 22, 2016.
SPRING PERIOD 2017
1. Mr. Brown — Whereas, school closures have a devastating impact on local communities; and
Whereas, children deserve to be educated in their communities and offered the best opportunity to succeed; and
Whereas, rural schools often represent the heart of small towns across Ontario;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls for an immediate moratorium on rural school closures and an immediate review of the Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed March 1, 2017.
Debated and lost on division March 7, 2017.
2. Ms. Horwath — Whereas hydro bills in Ontario have become unaffordable for too many people;
Whereas reducing hydro bills by up to 30 per cent for families and businesses is an ambitious but realistic target;
Whereas the only way to fix the hydro system is to address the root causes of high prices including privatization, excessive profit margins, oversupply, unfavourable net export practices and more;
Whereas Ontario families should not have to pay Time-of-Use premiums, and those living in a rural or northern region should not have to pay higher, punitive delivery charges;
Whereas changing the financing of private contracts and the Global Adjustment fails to reduce the long-term cost of hydro for families and businesses, does not fix the system and, in fact, will cost billions of dollars extra in borrowing costs;
Whereas Hydro One can be returned to public ownership and management without increasing rates;
Whereas returning Hydro One to public ownership would deliver over $7 billion back to the province and the people of Ontario;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly expresses its support for reducing hydro bills for businesses and families by up to 30 per cent, eliminating mandatory Time of Use, ending unfair rural delivery costs, and restoring public ownership of Hydro One.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed March 22, 2017.
Debated and lost on division March 28, 2017.
3. Mr. Brown — Whereas, Ontario is the most indebted sub-national government in the world;
Whereas, each Ontarian’s share of the debt is over $22,000;
Whereas, Ontario now has an astonishing debt load of over $300 billion;
Whereas, under the Liberal plan government debt is still growing in Ontario;
Whereas, the Financial Accountability Office has said Ontario’s debt will reach $370 billion by 2020;
Whereas, current fiscal mismanagement is putting the success of future generations at risk;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls upon the government to immediately begin paying down the province’s debt and include, in the 2017 Budget, a long-term plan to get the debt under control.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed April 5, 2017.
Debated and lost on division April 12, 2017.
4. Ms. Horwath — Whereas medications can play an essential role in keeping people healthy at every stage of their lives;
Whereas 2.2 million people in Ontario have no drug insurance;
Whereas jobs with benefits are harder than ever to find;
Whereas 1 in 4 Ontarians can’t afford to take the medication they’re prescribed;
Whereas Canada’s National Medicare system was built because Premier Tommy Douglas boldly created Universal Hospital Insurance in Saskatchewan, which was built into universal medical insurance in Saskatchewan and finally national Medicare;
Whereas it is our end goal that all Canadians have access to public, universal, and comprehensive national Pharmacare;
Whereas inaction by current governments cannot continue;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly expresses its support for universal Ontario Pharmacare, which will cover essential medicines for all Ontarians without charging premiums or deductibles, and, based on evidence supported by numerous international studies, help save lives and improve Ontarians’ health.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed April 26, 2017.
Debated and carried May 2, 2017.
5. Mr. Brown — Whereas, government scandals have dominated news headlines for the past 14 years;
Whereas, the current government has faced 5 O.P.P. investigations;
Whereas, the people of Ontario may question the integrity of this government;
Therefore, in the opinion of this House, the Government should support an Ontario Ethics and Accountability Act with the following provisions:
1. Close the loophole on Ministers fundraising from their own Ministerial Stakeholders;
2. Make it illegal for Ministers to have fundraising targets;
3. Expand the one-year lobbying cooling-off period to prohibit former Ministerial Staff from lobbying all government ministries on behalf of companies their former ministry did business with;
4. Amending the Public Service of Ontario Act to require the results of Integrity Commissioner investigations of Ministerial Staff to be made public;
5. Restoring the Auditor General’s full oversight of government advertising;
6. A ban on government advertising 90 days prior to an election;
7. Legislating the practice of Ministerial Responsibility and requiring Ministers named in a police investigation to temporarily step aside until their name is cleared of any wrongdoing;
8. Strengthen government document retention polices to ensure records like the gas plant documents are never deleted again.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed May 3, 2017.
Debated and lost on division May 9, 2017.
FALL PERIOD 2017
1. Mr. Brown — That, in the opinion of this House, all contracts with the Province of Quebec for excess imported power should be tabled with, and approved by the Legislative Assembly before being signed by the Premier or the Minister of Energy.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed September 13, 2017.
Debated and lost on division September 20, 2017.
2. Mr. Brown — Whereas, the Auditor General revealed that the government’s Fair Hydro Plan could cost Ontarians up to $4 billion more than necessary;
Whereas, the government passed legislation to make their own accounting rules that serve to dilute the impact of their financial decisions;
Whereas, the government’s intention in creating the accounting and financing design to handle the costs of the electricity rate reduction was to avoid affecting its fiscal plan;
Whereas, the government should have recorded the true financial impact of the Fair Hydro Plan’s electricity rate reduction on the Province’s budgets and consolidated financial statements;
Whereas, the government should have used a financing structure to fund the rate reduction that is least costly for Ontarians;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls on the Liberal government to issue an apology to the Auditor General and the people of Ontario.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed October 18, 2017.
Debated and lost on division October 24, 2017.
3. Ms. Horwath — Whereas years of Liberal and Conservative cuts have driven Ontario’s hospitals into an overcrowding and hallway medicine crisis that now demands urgent action across Ontario;
Whereas New Democrats have revealed the extent of overcrowding and underfunding of health care in Brampton and call for immediate action to fix this crisis in this rapidly-growing community;
Whereas Brampton Civic Hospital was forced to treat 4,352 patients in hallways between April 2016 and April 2017 with significant lengths of stay ranging from 40 to nearly 70 hours;
Whereas patients forced to spend days in hallways endure excessive noise and reduced privacy, which negatively affects their overall patient experience and quality of care, and may extend their overall length of stay;
Whereas the hospital has opened at least 30 unfunded beds;
Whereas the Emergency Department at Brampton Civic Hospital was built to serve 90,000 visits annually but experienced more than 138,000 visits last year, and regularly has more than 32 admitted patients for whom there are no beds;
Whereas the crisis of overcrowding has grown so serious that Brampton Civic Hospital has been operating at over 114 percent capacity and was forced to declare Code Gridlock eight times between January to April 2017, for a total of 65 days in just four months;
Whereas current funding from the provincial government is not meeting the needs of Brampton’s families and seniors;
Whereas Brampton Civic Hospital was designed with 18 Operating Rooms but, to date, two Operating Rooms still have not been outfitted and opened for surgical use;
Whereas William Osler Health System requested $50.4 million in post-construction operating plan funding for the Peel Memorial Centre, but was awarded just $31.2 million, creating a funding shortfall of $19.2 million in just its first year of operation; and
Whereas William Osler Health System, which operates Brampton Civic Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, has requested immediate investments to address the capacity pressures and funding shortfalls in Brampton;
Therefore the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls on the government to immediately provide at least $30.2 million, as requested, to William Osler Health System to meet the following needs of families in Brampton:
• $8 million to Brampton Civic Hospital to cope with overcrowding and provide additional funding for much-needed beds;
• $3 million to Brampton Civic Hospital to outfit and operationalize the two operating rooms that were designed but never funded and opened; and
• $19.2 million to address the funding shortfalls, in just its first year of operation, at Peel Memorial Centre.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 1, 2017.
Debated and carried on division November 14, 2017.
4. Mr. Brown — Whereas, the Ontario Liberals ignored expert advice when implementing electricity that has led to an oversupply of electricity at times when the power isn't being used in Ontario; and
Whereas, this has led to Ontario exporting electricity to Michigan and New York at prices that are less than Ontario ratepayers are paying for exactly the same power; and
Whereas, independent energy experts have put the cost to produce that carbon-free power that is being exported at more than a billion dollars for 2016 and more than $840 Million for the first nine months of 2017; and
Whereas, this means that the government stands to lose between $340 Million and $675 Million per year on the export of this electricity;
Therefore, we call on the government of Ontario to reimburse Ontario ratepayers the cost of the loss incurred by exporting this surplus electricity.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 15, 2017.
Debated and lost on division November 21, 2017.
5. Ms. Horwath — Whereas Ontario families and businesses are now struggling to pay hydro bills that have skyrocketed due to privatization policies enacted by Liberal and Conservative governments; and
Whereas for over a century, Ontario’s system of public power made our province an economic powerhouse that provided good jobs and prosperity for Ontario families and businesses; and
Whereas the Liberal government sold off its majority ownership of Hydro One, Ontario’s oldest and most important public asset, without consulting the people of Ontario and without an electoral mandate; and
Whereas instead of lowering rates as the Premier promised, the privatized Hydro One continues to seek sharp rate increases on behalf of private shareholders that will further harm Ontario families and businesses;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the government to immediately begin to bring Hydro One back into public hands by financing the purchase of shares using Hydro One shareholder dividends, moving towards the people of Ontario owning Hydro One once again.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 22, 2017.
Debated and lost on division November 29, 2017.
SPRING PERIOD 2018
1. Mr. Fedeli — Whereas, the provincial seniors population is expected to almost double from 2.3 million in 2016 to 4.6 million in 2041; and,
Whereas, there are currently more than 32,000 seniors on the waiting list for a long-term care bed in Ontario; and
Whereas, in the absence of increased capacity, the waitlist is predicted to reach almost 50,000 by 2021; and
Whereas, the Liberal government continues to fail meeting the necessary capacity;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls on the Liberal government to build 15,000 new long-term care beds in five years and 30,000 over 10 years.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed February 21, 2018.
Debated and lost on division February 27, 2018.
2. Mr. Fedeli — Whereas, this year 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness; and,
Whereas, of all children who try to access mental health treatment, more than 40% are unable to access the treatment they need; and,
Whereas, there has been a 67% increase in hospitalizations for children with mental health disorders over the last ten years; and,
Whereas, the majority of people treated in an Ontario emergency room after a suicide attempt are not seen by a psychiatrist within six months; and,
Whereas, individuals seeking treatment for mental illness face extensive wait times upwards of 18 months; and,
Whereas, the Liberal government and the NDP refuse to match the $1.9 billion federal transfer for mental health services;
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls on the government to make the largest investment in Canadian provincial history to help treat and support mental health.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed February 28, 2018.
Debated and carried March 6, 2018.
3. Ms. Horwath — Whereas the PC Government of Mike Harris began the privatization of Winter Road Maintenance in Ontario and that privatization was continued and accelerated by subsequent Liberal Governments; and
Whereas the privatization of winter road maintenance in Ontario has left families unsure if their roads will be safe and appropriately cleared of snow; and
Whereas private companies contracted out by the province to clear our roads and highways of snow have resulted in millions of dollars’ worth of fines being levied against them for non-compliance leaving Ontarians paying more for less services; and
Whereas the Auditor General has found that this model has resulted in worse road conditions and reduced levels of safety on Ontario roadways instead of the savings promised by previous governments; and
Whereas today families question the safety of their roads and are concerned that vital safety information is not being released to the public,
Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the government to immediately reverse the PC and Liberal privatization of winter road maintenance by moving to bring winter road maintenance services back under public control as they come due in order to ensure that the roads and highways in Ontario are safe for families.
Addressed to the Premier. Filed March 7, 2018.