Status of Business

État des Travaux

 

2nd Session,
39th Parliament

2e Session,
39e Législature

 

[May 19, 2011]

 

Section 6B

Section 6B

 

Private Members’ Motions

Motions Émanant Des Députés

 

 

Explanatory note: Motions are listed chronologically by introduction/Tabling date. 

                              Motions preceded by a “§” were moved without notice.

 

 

 

 

1.    Mr. Arnott – That in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should acknowledge the strong and longstanding community support for a new Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Centre Wellington and immediately provide the hospital with its requested planning grant, and allow it to move forward to the next stage of approval.

 

 

2.    Mr. Delaney – That in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Transportation, shall publish by June 30, 2010, an updated project schedule for the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan, reviewing the priorities set out in 2007 by that date to place the highest priorities for capacity expansion of inter-regional rail capacity on those regions with the greatest population growth.

Debated and carried March 11, 2010.

 

 

3.    Mr. Berardinetti – That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario believes the Government of Ontario should develop a strategy, along with local and national sports organizations, to ensure Ontario athletes win and succeed, and compete in the finest and most honourable traditions of Canadian sport, when Ontario hosts the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Debated and carried March 11, 2010.

 

 

4.    Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government immediately institute a housing credit for those on social assistance as requested by anti-poverty activists such as the Daily Bread Food Bank.

 

 

5.    Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, any new trains purchased and operative in Ontario should be electric. This being a long term cost saving for residents taking into account future health consequences and expenses; diesel trains being more polluting than the cars they would be replacing.

 

 

6.    Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House and due to the economic circumstances we are experiencing in Ontario, rents will be declared frozen, beginning June 1, 2010 until June 1, 2011.

 

 

7.    Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, Primary Prevention programs such as the Boost Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention program be made available in all Ontario Elementary Schools as requested by the family of Holly Jones.

 

 

8.    Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, we constitute an all party women’s committee to examine violence against women, its causes and our responses, and come up with an action plan for the Province of Ontario.

 

 

9.    Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should strongly encourage the Government of Canada and Canada Post to issue a commemorative stamp to honour the life of Swedish humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, honourary citizen of Canada and one of the Holocaust’s many heroes.

 

 

10.  Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, 25% of all Ontario places of employment be inspected this year.

 

 

11.  Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, seniors 65 years of age or over, have free access to Ontario funded art galleries and museums, and that the Ontario government reimburse these galleries and museums to compensate for the drop of revenue in providing this free access.

 

 

12.  Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, the powers of the Ontario Municipal Board be amended so that they are not able to undermine the authority of democratically elected city councils in decisions such as land use planning and others.

 

 

13.  Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should immediately commence construction of not-for-profit rent geared to income housing units in order to keep its election promise of building 26,600 units; and begin to meet the housing needs of the 125,000 Ontarians on the waiting lists for affordable housing.

 

 

14.  Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, the Ontario Government should support the Federal motion to urge the government of the People’s Republic of China and representatives of Tibet’s government in exile, to continue their dialogue in a forward looking manner that will lead to pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional framework, the territorial integrity of China and fulfill the aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous Tibet.

 

 

15.  Mr. Ramsay – That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls upon the Federal Minister of Transport to issue a directive to the Canada Post Corporation to amend the Consumers’ Choice Program to allow the delivery of unaddressed mail sent by Provincial Members of Parliament and Municipal Councillors, as is the case with Federal Members of Parliament.

Debated and carried April 1, 2010.

 

 

16.  Mr. Barrett – That, in the opinion of this House, resources of the Ontario Government be reallocated to private sector affordable housing, given that 95 percent of Ontario Works recipients are tenants and 86 percent of them rent privately.

 

 

17.  Mr. Dunlop – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario and its Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services should provide the necessary funding to equip and train all front-line police officers with Conducted Energy Weapons.

 

 

18.  Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, March 26 be declared Epilepsy Awareness Day.

 

 

19.  Mr. Arnott – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of the Environment , should issue a moratorium on the approval of wind energy projects until a comprehensive and credible epidemiological health study has been completed by a qualified and independent third party, and released to the people of Ontario.

 

 

20.  Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, the mandate of the Ontario Ministry of Culture should be amended to include Fashion Design and to recognize the significant contribution the fashion industry has made to Ontario’s cultural sector and should also reflect the recognition afforded the fashion industry and fashion designers by both the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage, along with the Quebec Ministry of Culture, which both recognize the contribution fashion design has made to Canada’s reputation as a dynamic and diverse centre of culture and the arts.

 

 

21.  Mrs. Elliott – That, in the opinion of this House, the mandate of the Ontario Ministry of Culture should be amended to include Fashion Design and to recognize the significant contribution the fashion industry has made to Ontario’s cultural sector and should also reflect the recognition afforded the fashion industry and fashion designers by both the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage, along with the Quebec Ministry of Culture, which both recognize the contribution fashion design has made to Canada’s reputation as a dynamic and diverse centre of culture and the arts.

 

 

22.  Mr. Colle – That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario should proclaim June 4th of each year Tom Longboat Day in the Province of Ontario.

Debated and carried April 15, 2010.

 

 

23.  Mr. Qaadri – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should encourage Ontarians and initiate programs to know their Vital Numbers: Cholesterol levels, Sugar, Iron, Weight, Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference, Calcium status and to know their Cardio Metabolic Risk.

Debated and carried April 29, 2010.

 

 

24.  Ms. Horwath – That, in the opinion of this House, when elderly couples, who are spouses or life partners, are both deemed to require residential care in Ontario's long-term care facilities and nursing homes, they should be placed and housed in the same care facility at the same time to ensure they are not forced to live alone in separate facilities when at their most vulnerable.

 

 

25.  Mr. Klees – That, in the opinion of this House, the government expand the opportunity for Ontarians to register as organ and tissue donors by creating an Organ Registration link on the Service Ontario website which will allow Ontarians to register as organ donors on line, using their OHIP number, and that the registration will be filed in real time on the OHIP database.

 

 

26.  Mr. Klees – That, in the opinion of this House, the Ontario Legislature formally recognize April 24th in each year as “Armenian Genocide Memorial Day” in the province of Ontario to commemorate the 1.5 million Armenians killed between 1915 and 1923 and the thousands of Armenian genocide survivors who came to Ontario to lay the foundations of the Armenian Canadian community, following the lead, in this respect, of the House of Commons of Canada (which recognized the Armenian Genocide on April 21, 2004), the Senate of Canada (which recognized the Armenian Genocide on June 13, 2002) and many other jurisdictions around the world.

 

 

27.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Province of Ontario should review the mandate of provincial Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN’s) to ensure policies established by the LHIN’s do not result in Ontario’s smaller and rural community hospitals losing the level of service that they currently provide; and that in the opinion of this House, the Province of Ontario must act immediately to reaffirm its commitment to the principle of quality care, delivered close to home, by Ontario’s community hospitals; and furthermore, that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care establish specific dates and times when all community hospitals will receive annual funding, based on a formula approved by the Ontario Hospital Association and based on the principles of both need and population.

 

 

28.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Province of Ontario should act immediately to convene a Select Committee that will review Ontario ’s current policies on pensions and consult with all Ontarians to develop measures that will ensure pensions remain viable and protected.

 

 

29.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of the Province of Ontario has a clear and important responsibility to protect the citizens of Ontario by:

-      developing a made-in-Ontario Nuclear Waste Management plan;

-      taking a lead role while working with their Federal counterpart and other stakeholders to develop a responsible nuclear waste management plan;

-      working with partners to develop a nuclear waste management education and awareness plan;

-      ensuring that communities that deal with nuclear waste have all the resources needed to provide for the preparedness, responsiveness and long-term safety of their communities and regions.

 

 

30.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario has a clear and necessary responsibility to protect senior citizens of Ontario from abuse, of both the financial and physical nature, by stringently overseeing power of attorney for property and power of attorney for personal care implementation; furthermore, the regulations surrounding this implementation must be transparent and accessible to the grantor and family members involved, so that senior citizens, who so often experience manipulation and abuse, can be rightfully protected.

 

 

§      Mr. Miller (Parry Sound–Muskoka) – That the matter of the delayed release of certain members of this House from the March 25, 2010 Budget lock-up be referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly for its consideration.

Debated and carried May 4, 2010.

 

 

31.  Mrs. Sandals – That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislature of Ontario petition the Prime Minister of Canada and the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to amend their Policy Directive regarding “Third Party” access to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) data-bases immediately to make it possible to screen potential employees, service providers and volunteers who are potentially in positions of trust and authority with vulnerable persons such as children and youth who are served by organizations such as school boards or their agents (pursuant to Regulation 521/01 of the Education Act, Ontario), health and social service agencies, municipalities and volunteer organizations, including the ability to determine in a timely manner if an individual has been pardoned for a conviction for a sexual offence.

Debated and carried May 13, 2010.

 

 

32.  Ms. Carroll – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario, working with the Political Confederacy of the Chiefs of Ontario, should press the Government of Canada to acknowledge and implement in the HST, the same First Nations point-of-sale tax exemption currently provided under the RST.

Debated and carried on division June 3, 2010.

 

 

33.  Mr. Wilson – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario act to help farmers by supporting reforms to the national AgriStability program at this year’s meeting of the federal and provincial Ministers of Agriculture, and by acting to create a comprehensive Business Risk Management Program, jointly funded by farmers and governments, as presented to the Province of Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition, and that regardless of any other level of government, the provincial share of the Business Risk Management Program be in place for the 2009 production year, which is currently being marketed.

Debated and lost on division June 3, 2010.

 

 

34.  Mr. Yakabuski – REASONED AMENDMENT – That the motion for Second Reading of Bill 68, An Act to promote Ontario as open for business by amending or repealing certain Acts, be amended by deleting all the words after “That” and substituting therefore the words “That this Bill be NOT now read a Second time but be referred back to the Government with instructions to incorporate therein:

1.- that Schedule 7 in Bill 68 be deleted; and

2.- that the said Schedule be introduced as a separate Public Bill.”

 

 

35.  Mr. Yakabuski – REASONED AMENDMENT – That the motion for Second Reading of Bill 72, An Act to enact the Water Opportunities Act, 2010 and to amend other Acts in respect of water conservation and other matters, be amended by deleting all the words after “That” and substituting therefore the words “This Bill be NOT now read a Second time but be referred back to the Government with instructions to incorporate therein:

1.- Reintroduce those Sections of the Bill pertaining to Municipal Water Bills as a separate Bill.”

 

 

36.  Mr. Klees – That, in the opinion of this House, the Ontario Legislature should call on the Government of Ontario to review the powers and authority granted to the OSPCA under the OSPCA Act and to make the necessary legislative changes to bring those powers under the authority of the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to ensure that there is a clearly defined and effective provincial oversight of all animal shelter services in the province, and to separate the inspection and enforcement powers of the OSPCA from its functions as a charity providing animal shelter services.

Debated and lost on division November 18, 2010.

 

 

37.  Ms. Horwath – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should ensure that the First Nations point-of-sale exemption is maintained after July 1st, 2010 until such point that negotiations between Ontario and Canada on the continuation of the point-of-sale exemption are successfully completed.

 

 

38.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should raise awareness and clarify customer service requirements for businesses under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

 

 

39.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should support a non-refundable provincial income tax credit for expenses incurred for using public transit.

 

 

40.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should offset the estimated $1.6 billion impact of the HST on gasoline prices by lowering the existing provincial tax on gasoline effective July 1, 2010.

 

 

41.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should review its policy on application of the Provincial Benefit to electricity prices because the so-called benefit automatically increases electricity rates beyond the wholesale price for power.

 

 

42.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should restore to municipal governments the right to control the development of industrial wind turbines through the municipal planning process.

 

 

43.  Mr. Hillier – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government must recognize the need to strengthen and protect the civil liberties and freedoms of the people of Ontario, and re-assert the jurisdiction of elected members over the bureaucracy and the administration of Justice, and that a committee of this legislature be formed to explore and adopt the Royal Commission Inquiry into Civil Rights recommendations into operating policy for all agencies, boards and commissions in Ontario.

 

 

44.  Ms. DiNovo – That, in the opinion of this House, the right of women to free choice and to free and accessible abortion services is affirmed and, that the Ontario Government call on the Federal Government and the Prime Minister of Canada to put an end to the current ambiguity on this issue and ensure that women’s rights to abortion should not in any case be used by the Federal Government to cut funding to women’s groups.

 

 

45.  Ms. Horwath – That in the opinion of this House, the Ontario Government must immediately take all possible action to protect the architectural history and integrity, including the vista, of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

 

 

46.  Mr. Rinaldi – That, in the opinion of this House, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in coordination with the Ministry of Revenue, assess the costs and benefits and work towards establishing an Ontario Food Producer and Processor Donation Tax Credit which would allow for a non-refundable tax credit that could be provided to meat processors, dairy farmers and processors, farm gleaning sites, farmers' markets, fruit and vegetable farmers, and other producers and processors that donate Ontario products to food banks.

Debated and carried September 16, 2010.

 

 

47.  Mr. Sousa – That, in the opinion of this House, the Ministry of the Environment take into account the cumulative effect of emissions into the air when reviewing applications for Certificates of Approval and protect airsheds that are determined to be stressed by requiring local emission reductions.

Withdrawn December 17, 2010.

 

 

48.  Mr. Dunlop – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario and its Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care should immediately develop a program to assist Ontario citizens suffering with Multiple Sclerosis or with Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency more commonly called CCSVI, the opportunity to receive venoplasty treatment here in Ontario.

 

 

49.  Mr. Arnott – That, in the opinion of this House, the Minister of Health should immediately approve the planning grant requested by the Groves Memorial Community Hospital in the Township of Centre Wellington, allowing it to proceed to the next stage of planning for a new hospital; and should also immediately approve a small project capital grant for the Georgetown Hospital in the Town of Halton Hills, allowing it to proceed with its needed emergency room addition and diagnostic imaging renovation project.

Debated and lost on division October 21, 2010.

 

 

50.  Mr. Hampton – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government should take all necessary steps to allow the Legislature to have equal and effective oversight over the spending decisions of all Ontario energy service agencies – including the Ontario Power Authority and the Independent Electricity Operator of Ontario – and to hold energy officials to account for their decisions, including by calling these officials before the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

Debated and lost on division October 21, 2010.

 

 

51.  Mr. Wilson – That, in the opinion of this House, the McGuinty Government should immediately restore medical laboratory services to Tottenham, Stayner and Elmvale, and present a plan to the Legislative Assembly to reduce line-ups at medical laboratories in Alliston, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood, and immediately stop any further erosion of medical services in rural Ontario.

 

 

52.  Mr. Hillier – That, in the opinion of this House, Grand Juries should be reintroduced, and that Grand Juries should have the specific authority to hear private information, conduct inspections of public institutions, and subordinate bodies of the Legislative Assembly.

 

 

53.  Mr. Johnson – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government should review the Aggregate Resources Act to ensure that, if a proponent opts to reapply or demands a site plan reassessment for a quarry and/or pit within five years of being denied, the proponent must cover all of the costs for the government to do an additional peer reviewed study, a cumulative impacts study, and a new series of public consultations.

Debated and carried on voice division November 4, 2010.

 

 

54.  Ms. Jaczek – That, in the opinion of this House, a select committee be appointed to study the use of non-automobile modes of transportation on highways and private properties in Ontario and to offer recommendations for ensuring the safety of Ontarians who use such modes of transportation.

Specifically, the committee shall investigate and report on strategies for reducing injuries and fatalities related to the use of bicycles and non-automotive motorized vehicles, such as:

1.- Imposing minimum age requirements for operators and passengers of non-automobile motorized vehicles;

2.- Implementing safety training and licensing requirements for operators of non-automobile motorized vehicles;

3.- Requiring the use of protective equipment for operators and passengers of bicycles and non-automobile motorized vehicles; and

4.- Creating regulations regarding the appropriate size of certain classes of non-automobile motorized vehicles relative to operators and passengers.

The committee shall have the authority to conduct hearings, undertake research and do anything else it considers relevant to developing a strategy for reducing injuries and fatalities related to the use of non-automobile modes of transportation in Ontario.

The committee shall be composed of Members representing all geographic regions of the Province of Ontario.

The committee shall present a final report by no later than May 31, 2011.

Debated and carried on voice division November 25, 2010.

 

 

55.  Mr. Moridi – That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario shall proclaim the 1st day of May as Doctors’ Day in Ontario to recognize and applaud the many contributions that doctors make to the health and well-being of all Ontarians.

Debated and carried April 7, 2011.

 

 

56.  Mr. Mauro – That, in the opinion of this House, the insurance industry should provide premium reductions to Ontario drivers who equip their vehicles with winter tires.

Debated and carried on voice division November 25, 2010.

 

 

57.  Mr. Balkissoon – That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario should proclaim August 6th of each year Jamaican Independence Day throughout the Province of Ontario, so that the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Ontarians of Jamaican Heritage can be celebrated and recognized.

Debated and carried December 2, 2010.

 

 

58.  Mr. Dickson – That, in the opinion of this House, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care should continue to support future growth and expansions of Ajax-Pickering Hospital to keep pace with the health care needs of the Ajax, Pickering and Durham Region communities which will experience population increases and demographic changes towards an aging population.

Debated and carried November 25, 2010.

 

 

59.  Mr. Yakabuski – REASONED AMENDMENT – That the motion for Second Reading of Bill 135, An Act respecting financial and Budget measures and other matters, be amended by deleting all the words after “That” and substituting therefore the words “This Bill be NOT now read a Second time but be referred back to the Government with instructions to incorporate therein:

•    That each schedule be introduced as a separate bill.

 

 

60.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment shall undertake to immediately halt the commercial dumping of fill at 13471 Lakeridge Rd. in order to protect the drinking water of residents and the vital water aquifer located on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

 

 

61.  Mr. O’Toole – That, in the opinion of this House, a select committee be appointed to study the use of commercial fill in exhausted and abandoned aggregate extraction sites on the Oak Ridges Moraine and to offer recommendations for protecting the vulnerable water aquifer located on the Moraine.

 

 

62.  Mr. Yakabuski – REASONED AMENDMENT – That the motion for Second Reading of Bill 140, An Act to enact the Housing Services Act, 2010, repeal the Social Housing Reform Act, 2000 and make complementary and other amendments to other Acts, be amended by deleting all the words after “That” and substituting therefore the words “This Bill be NOT now read a Second time but be referred back to the Government with instructions to incorporate therein that each schedule should be introduced separately.

 

 

63.  Mrs. Albanese – That, in the opinion of this House, the province embrace electrification as a strategy for powering commuter rail by:

•     acknowledging that the Georgetown South Corridor be declared a priority corridor for electrification of commuter trains recognizing its high residential density;

•     ensuring that the Environmental Assessment for electrification become consistent with current timelines of the 6 month Transit Environmental Assessment;

•     including human health and property impacts in the Environmental Assessment for electrification;

•     completing the electrification of the Air-Rail Link by 2015;

•     calling on all levels of government to partner in funding electrification infrastructure improvements.

Debated and carried February 24, 2011.

 

 

64.  Mr. Clark – That, in the opinion of this House, the McGuinty Government should acknowledge that Ontario families do not have an infinite ability to pay for the Premier’s energy experiments, stop the collection of secret energy taxes under section 26.1 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, and reimburse families the money they have already paid on secret energy taxes.

Debated December 2, 2010 and vote deferred to December 6, 2010.

Lost on division December 6, 2010.

 

 

65.  Mrs. Elliott – That, in the opinion of this House, the McGuinty Government should honour its commitment as set out in the FLOW agreement with the Federal Government, dated March 2, 2007, and “complete the extension of Highway 407 eastward from Brock Road to Highway 35/115 with construction to begin in 2009 and to be completed in 2013, including provisions for a dedicated transit right-of-way”.

Debated and lost on division February 24, 2011.

 

 

66.  Mr. Hillier – That, in the opinion of this House, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms should be amended to enshrine property rights for Ontarians, as follows:-

 

 

1.  The following section is inserted after section 7:

 

 

7.1 (1) In Ontario, everyone has the right not to be deprived, by any Act of the Legislative Assembly or by any action taken under authority of an Act of the Legislative Assembly, of the title, use, or enjoyment of real property, or of any right attached to real property, or of any improvement made to or upon real property, unless made whole by means of full, just and timely financial compensation.

 

 

(2) Subsection (1) refers to any Act of the Legislative Assembly made before or after the coming into force of this section.

 

 

2.  This Amendment may be cited as the Constitution Amendment, 2011 (No Expropriation in Ontario without Compensation), and reference to the Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982 shall be deemed to include a reference to the Constitution Amendment, 2011 (No Expropriation in Ontario without Compensation).

 

 

67.  Mr. Brown – That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, in recognition of the role Ontario’s firefighters play every day in keeping our communities safe, and in recognition of the evidence of health and safety risks to firefighters over the age of 60, and in keeping with recent Human Rights Tribunal decisions, calls on the Government to introduce legislation allowing for the mandatory retirement of firefighters who are involved in fire suppression activities in the province of Ontario.

Debated and carried March 10, 2011.

 

68.  Mr. Zimmer – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should recognize and proclaim September 21 as the International Day of Peace in Ontario.

 

69.  Mr. Clark – That, in the opinion of this House, the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly should consider changes to the Standing Orders and current conventions governing Oral Question Period with respect to, among other things: (i) measures which would enhance the ability of Opposition Members to ask questions of Government Ministers, (ii) the Standing Orders that enable Ministers to both refer questions asked of them to other Ministers and to decline to answer any question asked of them, (iii) dedicating Tuesday for Oral Question Period to the Premier, (iv) dedicating Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for Oral Question Period to Ministers other than the Premier, which would be based on a published schedule that would ensure an equitable distribution of Ministers across a fixed period, but can be subject to change should urgent questions arise that require answers from specific Ministers, (v) allocating the majority of questions at each Question Period for Members who would be selected at random through a ballot draw, (vi) reviewing the convention that Ministers need not attend a “late show”, (vii) enabling Members who are dissatisfied with the written responses they receive from Ministers to questions they have placed on the Order Paper to call a “late show”; and that the Committee report its findings to the House, recommending changes to the Standing Orders and current conventions governing Oral Question Period, within six months of commencing its review.

 

70.  Mr. Dhillon – That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

•      recognizes that over 28 per cent of Ontarians are born outside the country and the province welcomes almost half of all new immigrants coming to Canada and that these newcomers make vital contributions to our province;

•      calls on the newly elected federal government to take immediate action to support the integration of newcomers to Ontario by committing to invest in services for newcomers in Ontario on an equitable level with other Provinces and immediately commence negotiations with the Ontario government on a comprehensive new agreement that provides fairness to Ontario through adequate funding, planning and governance necessary for all newcomers to succeed and for the future prosperity of Ontario’s economy and the quality of life of our people.

 

§      Mr. Dhillon – That in the opinion of this House, a newly elected federal government must immediately negotiate a new Canada-Ontario Immigration agreement that allows Ontario to assume control of the delivery of programs and services to help newcomers settle and succeed and must ensure that the agreement provides newcomers in Ontario equal treatment to those in Manitoba, Quebec and British Columbia.

Debated and carried March 31, 2011.

 

71.  Mr. Barrett – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should initiate a review of current penalties for possession/transportation of live Asian Carp to develop more severe consequences, and other measures, that would better deter the establishment of this devastating species in the Great Lakes.

 

72.  Mr. Klees – That, in the opinion of this House, the Standing Orders should be amended to require that any Private Member’s Bill having been referred to a Standing Committee be considered by that Committee and reported back to the House no later than twelve sessional days following its referral; and further, that any Private Member’s Bill ordered for Third Reading shall be called for Third Reading no later than twelve sessional days following the Order.

 

73.  Mr. Yakabuski REASONED AMENDMENT – That the motion for Second Reading of Bill 179, An Act to amend the Child and Family Services Act respecting adoption and the provision of care and maintenance, be amended by deleting all the words after “That” and substituting therefor the words “This Bill be NOT now read a Second time but be referred back to the Government with instructions to conduct further consultations with client groups.”

 

74.  Mr. Dunlop – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should develop a comprehensive business plan, including a consultation process before the closures of any of the jails are finalized in the communities of Sarnia, Walkerton and Owen Sound.

 

75.  Mr. Johnson – That, in the opinion of this House, the Government should explore the feasibility of expanding Eldercollege, or similar programs in Ontario, in order to serve adults over the age of 55 who wish to enrich their lifestyle through active involvement education.

Debated and carried May 12, 2011.

 

76.  Mr. Arnott – REASONED AMENDMENT – That the motion for Second Reading of Bill 196, An Act to amend the Election Act with respect to certain electoral practices, be amended by deleting all the words after “That” and substituting therefore the words “This Bill be NOT now read a Second time but be referred back to the Government with instructions to incorporate therein:

•      Amendments that prevent the Working Families Coalition from providing attack advertising on behalf of the Ontario Liberal Party during the 2011 Election Campaign, similar to amendments proposed in Bill 195, the Banning Collusion in Electoral Advertising Act, 2011.”