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Ontario Hansard - 29-April1993

MEMBERS' STATEMENTS

CONSEIL SCOLAIRE DE LANGUE FRANÇAISE D'OTTAWA-CARLETON

M. Bernard Grandmaître (Ottawa-Est) : Monsieur le Président, j'aimerais encore aujourd'hui vous donner, et au gouvernement, en particulier au ministre de l'Éducation et de la Formation, des nouvelles de la population francophone de l'Ontario.

Depuis plus de deux ans maintenant, la section publique du Conseil scolaire de langue française d'Ottawa-Carleton est en tutelle. Je crois que nous pourrions discuter pendant longtemps des raisons qui ont amené le gouvernement à imposer la tutelle. Il m'apparaît, par contre, très clair que cette tutelle ne règle aucun problème. La meilleure preuve de cela est que la section publique continue de s'enliser dans des problèmes financiers.

Je me permets de vous rappeler que la tutelle doit être vue comme une mise en veilleuse, pendant une courte période de temps, des droits démocratiques des parents en vue de régler une situation de crise financière ou autre. Dans le cas qui nous préoccupe, rien n'a été réglé. Les parents se demandent à quoi les conseillers scolaires qu'ils viennent d'élire peuvent bien servir. Ils se demandent quelle doit être leur relation avec le tuteur.

Monsieur le ministre de l'Éducation, nous faisons face exactement au même problème qu'il y a deux ans. Ne serait-il pas temps d'accorder un peu de temps à la section publique du Conseil scolaire de langue française d'Ottawa-Carleton et d'essayer de trouver une vraie solution à ses problèmes ?

LIVING ARTS WEEK

Mrs Margaret Marland (Mississauga South): In anticipation of Mississauga's new Living Arts Centre, the Mississauga Arts Council, together with Square One Shopping Centre, Eaton Sheridan Place and Erin Mills Town Centre, has dedicated April 23 to May 1, 1993, to be Living Arts Week.

This celebration of Mississauga's cultural vitality is an example of how the arts can thrive when arts organizations, businesses and government work together. Funding for Living Arts Week comes from the three malls, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation and the city of Mississauga.

Living Arts Week special events include a concert by the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, dance demonstrations, musical performances by several ethnic groups, a demonstration by celebrity painters, a seniors day featuring the talents of our seniors and the presentation of four arts films at the Dollar Cinemas.

I would like to express our community's deep appreciation for the tremendous efforts and vision of Bruce Heyland, chair of the Living Arts Centre. Under Mr Heyland's leadership, the Living Arts Centre has acquired talented administrative staff and is coming closer to reality through successful operational planning and fund-raising.

I encourage the members of the Legislature and everyone who shops in Mississauga to visit Square One, Eaton Sheridan Place and Erin Mills Town Centre this week. Come enjoy the marvellous displays, demonstrations and performances which showcase the artistic talents of Mississauga's diverse population.

PLANT CLOSURE

Mr Stephen Owens (Scarborough Centre): On May 1 the General Motors van plant will be closing after over 40 years of service in Scarborough. When the plant opened in 1951, it manufactured Frigidaire appliances. It later produced parts for the GM auto industry under the Delco name. It was then retooled as the GM van plant to begin production in 1972.

Almost 3,000 jobs will disappear with this closing. This number does not include the thousands of other spinoff jobs that will be affected, like truck drivers, like parts manufacturers, like retail workers. The economic impact will be catastrophic to Scarborough and indeed all of the greater Toronto area.

The personal impact has an even greater effect. Many workers have worked their entire work lives there. Families are torn apart as workers must search other communities for job opportunities and as the stress of unemployment takes its toll.

The responsibility for this devastating closing rests on the shoulders of the federal Tories and their ill-conceived free trade agreement. Already in Ontario tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost under the free trade agreement, and if NAFTA, the North American free trade agreement, goes through, thousands more will be gone.

This Saturday a rally in support of the Scarborough van plant workers will be held in front of the plant at 1901 Eglinton Avenue East, just east of Pharmacy Avenue, at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. I know that many of you will want to show your support. This plant is located in the provincial riding of Scarborough West, and I know that Anne Swarbrick has been working tirelessly, as the member for Scarborough West, to help bring this to a more positive resolution. Unfortunately, the federal Tory trade policies have made that an impossibility.

I know that you'll want to --

The Speaker (Hon David Warner): The member's time has expired.

LONG-TERM CARE

Mr Frank Miclash (Kenora): On a number of occasions I have stood in the House to bring to the attention of this government the need for an extended care facility in Dryden.

I've pointed out the implications of having a facility some two hours away, the separation that this brings to families and the hardships and heartache that follow. Residents of Dryden see the rules of long-term care changing on a daily basis and actually have come to the conclusion that this government is out to make the whole issue complicated enough that the people of Dryden will eventually give up their fight for a home to keep their elderly in the community.

Mr Speaker, I can certainly tell you and tell both the Minister of Community and Social Services and the new Minister of Health that this is not the case. Ministers, the administration of Patricia Gardens has just received news that changes are being considered in regard to the services that it offers. They have been told that their designation may become a supportive living facility. Common sense only dictates that such a move will only increase the need for an extended care facility, and I urge both ministers to become involved in this planning to ensure that the needs of Dryden's seniors are met. The citizens of Dryden deserve no less.

I have developed a package for both the Minister of Community and Social Services and the Minister of Health relating some of the issues that have been involved up until today on this issue.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Mr Allan K. McLean (Simcoe East): My statement's for the Minister of Municipal Affairs. It concerns Bill 7, An Act to amend certain Acts related to Municipalities concerning Waste Management.

Minister, your NDP government and the former Liberal government appear to delight in playing games of give and take with municipalities across Ontario when it comes to the issue of waste management. In 1989, the Liberal government passed an act to amend the Municipal Act, which gave municipalities power over waste management and directed them to establish waste management plans. Just two years later, this government gave the Environment minister power to unilaterally dictate waste management procedures that had traditionally and legally been overseen by municipal governments.

Now the same government is tossing a bone back to the municipalities in the form of Bill 7, which gives them a semblance of legislative authority to implement programs and strategies geared towards waste reduction. Unfortunately, Bill 7 is just one more example of the NDP government's practice of downloading new programs without providing any necessary funding.

Your government's unacceptable practice of increasing the number of mandatory programs while reducing financial contributions is backing municipalities into a pretty tight corner where they will be forced to cut existing services and raise taxes.

On the same note, the cuts in the conservation authorities -- $138,000 in the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority -- are a matter that you're not taking full responsibility for.

CULTURAL EVENTS

Ms Jenny Carter (Peterborough): On Friday, April 16, I attended in Peterborough the world première of Ernest, a musical adapted from the play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

I want to heartily congratulate the Peterborough Theatre Guild on this production. The music by Bryan Jackson and the lyrics by Janet Fridman were excellent. Director Gillian Wilson and all her production staff did a wonderful job. The cast was superb. The choreography, lighting and set design were all well done. The fine piano accompaniment by Susan Taylor provided the finishing touch.

The Peterborough Theatre Guild is hosting the Theatre Ontario Drama Festival this year, from May 19 to 23. There are five entries from the Theatre Ontario Drama Festival. Companies will be coming from Ottawa, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Port Perry and Elmira.

A highlight of this event will be a visit of the Yokohama Theatre Institute from Japan, which will stage a performance. This is a return visit, as the theatre guild took Bea Quarrie's production of Hedges, written by Peterborough's Dave Carley, to Japan in 1990.

The theatre guild sets a high standard of dedication and achievement. Thanks and congratulations to all those involved.

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TRUCKING INDUSTRY

Mr Hans Daigeler (Nepean): On Tuesday the Minister of Transportation said in this House that he wanted to weigh carefully all aspects before reintroducing the Liberal bill to allow longer trucks in this province. He said he didn't want to make a hasty decision.

Well, the minister has had two and a half years to make up his mind, and while he has been dithering for years on end, 200 trucking firms went bankrupt in 1991. Last year 188 freight companies closed in this province, with a significant job loss for Ontarians. It's obvious the trucking industry in this province is hurting; it's hurting badly.

My concern and the concern of the Liberal Party is for jobs. How can we help Ontario business people compete internationally and thereby protect and increase jobs? Longer trucks are used almost everywhere in North America. They will save Ontario shippers $100 million a year, making them that much more competitive with US firms and other firms in this country.

Minister "and it's unfortunate he's not here --

Interjection.

The Speaker (Hon David Warner): The member for Algoma.

Mr Daigeler: "you have a golden opportunity to save jobs. You have a golden opportunity to help an important sector of the economy without cost to the taxpayer. Introduce legislation now that will put Ontario trucking companies on a level playing field with other provinces and states.

BUSINESS IN ONTARIO

Mr Cameron Jackson (Burlington South): On Monday of this week, the Premier responded to a question from my colleague the member for Markham by quoting out of context the words of Ron Foxcroft, the president of Fortron International Inc, the creator of the Fox 40 whistle and one of Ontario's most outstanding business success stories of the last five years. The Premier said that Ron Foxcroft was returning one of his companies to Ontario after a year's absence because of the better business environment in this province and the Premier suggested that this was the result of his labour bill, Bill 40.

On behalf of Mr Foxcroft, I should like to set the record straight. A year ago, Ron Foxcroft established a new company in Tonawanda, New York, where he was warmly welcomed. This he did precisely because of the NDP's labour legislation and at a time when public support for the NDP was still holding. He did not move any of his other highly successful companies from Ontario.

Ron is moving back to Ontario now because he believes: "The NDP government in Ontario is finished and Bill 40 will be repealed by 1995 as promised by Mike Harris, leader of the PC Party of Ontario. Bill 40 has discouraged investment and created a bigger wedge between business and labour."

This is hardly a glowing endorsement of Bob Rae's labour legislation or his record of management of Ontario's economy by one of the leaders of Ontario's business community. According to Mr Foxcroft, why should companies doing good for Ontario be run out by Bob Rae? Companies should remain here to drive out Bob Rae.

TENANTS

Ms Margaret H. Harrington (Niagara Falls): I wish to tell the people of Ontario about a very exciting and much-needed process that is happening right now across Ontario. This process is called Planning Together. It is the bringing together of tenants of Ontario Housing Corp with the local housing authority and community agencies for the purpose of involving tenants in decision-making and management of their homes. This is a process of changing attitudes, and that is never quick or easy.

Since September many, many meetings have been taking place across Ontario to answer a set of questions given to each housing authority by our Ministry of Housing. Mr Speaker, I want to tell you about a meeting in Niagara Falls last week. About 60 people were involved, all having their say on the issues, such as safety and security; eliminating discrimination, racism and harassment; tenant placement and selection. I was very proud of what was accomplished, the very realistic solutions that were presented.

I want to publicly thank all of those who were involved in the subcommittees, as well as coordinator Jenny Rossi, authority chair Ron Gibson, manager Ed Fortier and all of those people.

I thank these people because I know this is an extremely difficult process, taking patience, listening, trust and caring. It is especially difficult in this economic climate, but we can't say it can't be done because of money. With determination and a clear goal in mind, we can work together to give people more say in their lives.

The Speaker (Hon David Warner): Statements by ministers. The Minister of Environment and Energy.

Hon Bud Wildman (Minister of Environment and Energy): Last week, I announced in this House that Ontario has passed its --

Hon Shirley Coppen (Minister without Portfolio in Culture, Tourism and Recreation): Mr Speaker, on a point of order: I wonder if I could have unanimous consent to make a statement about the passing of a former member of this Legislature.

The Speaker: Is there unanimous consent? Agreed.

ARTHUR C. JOLLEY

Hon Shirley Coppen (Minister without Portfolio in Culture, Tourism and Recreation): I rise in this House today to mark the passing on Saturday, April 24, 1993, of Mr Arthur C. Jolley, Progressive Conservative member of the Ontario Legislature from 1953 to 1959. Mr Jolley, MPP for Niagara Falls riding, was first elected to the provincial Legislature in a by-election on October 26, 1953. He went on to retain his seat during the 1955 general election and served until his defeat in 1959.

A building contractor and partner in Jolley Construction Co with his brother Leonard, Art served four years in the Canadian Armed Forces and served four years on Niagara Falls city council.

Art's involvement in Niagara Falls community life included membership with the local Kiwanis, the Masonic Order and Clif-Lodge.

Arthur Jolley's interest in his community went on long after he ended his political career. I remember with fondness the kindness and encouragement he extended me as a first-time member of this Legislature and in the years since my election as Niagara South MPP in 1990.

His friendship and good humour were matched only by his willingness to share his experience and his knowledge. For that, I will always be grateful.

I will miss Arthur C. Jolley. Whenever you spoke to Art, he always made you feel you were in the right place. I think that's a wonderful comment on a wonderful man who served his province very well.

Mr James J. Bradley (St Catharines): It's my pleasure, on behalf of the Liberal Party, to rise in the House to pay tribute to the late Art Jolley. He's listed in the book of course as Arthur Jolley and is listed, I guess, in the plaque outside that mentions the names of the legislators as Arthur Jolley, but anybody who knew him always knew him as Art.

Some of the legislators who sit today may have noticed a jovial, friendly individual who once in a while stopped in to the legislative dining room and made a point of chatting with members of all the different parties. That was Art Jolley.

He was able to attract support from people not only of his own party, the Progressive Conservative Party, but, I'm sure, many Liberals and New Democrats, and in his day it would be CCFers. Those without a political affiliation were attracted to Art Jolley because of his personality, because of his desire to serve his community, first of all on the city council in Niagara Falls and, subsequent to that, in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Art also had another special place for people in southern Ontario, and that place was on a radio station, CKTB, in St Catharines, where he was part of the Super Seniors Network along with Meagan and Don Hildebrandt. They hosted a program on Sunday mornings, right up until his recent illness, of music from the 1930s and the 1940s and the 1950s and sometimes even from the 1920s. There was a lot of, again, jovial talk about those days, and Art was the person who supplied much of the humour and much of the, I guess you would say, loving on that program.

He was enjoyed by all, and when we gathered, a number of us, a couple of years ago for his 80th birthday, there was an excellent cross-section of people in the community who remembered his service. He was awarded, by the way, the Canada 125 medal for his volunteer work, because beyond the Legislative Assembly where he served in an official capacity, Art Jolley was a person who was prepared to be part of his community in a volunteer way. Anyone who sought his assistance in dealing with government, or indeed with anything in our society, found that Art was most willing to be helpful.

To his family and to his many friends, I offer my condolences. Those of us in this assembly who have met him remember Art well. He has served the people of this province and the people in the Niagara Peninsula appropriately. We will all miss him.

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Mr Allan K. McLean (Simcoe East): I'm pleased to rise on behalf of the Progressive Conservative Party in respect to the family of Mr Jolley. The information that I have about Mr Jolley is the fact that he was a member much like myself, from what I've been told, who represents the people in the ridings, and that is what I have been told, that Mr Jolley was very forceful in that aspect when he was a member here from 1953 to 1959.

Mr Jolley's highlight of his life, I've been told, was the fun that he had with the super seniors on the radio program, the volunteer work that he did for the community and the many involvements he had with regard to the Fort Erie Municipal Housing Corp, the Kiwanis club and the Masonic Lodge that he was involved in.

In this Legislature Mr Jolley served on the committee of public accounts, the committee of municipal law, the committee of education and the committee on private bills. That's an indication to me that he fulfilled his duties also as a member of this Legislature.

On behalf of the PC party of Ontario, I would like to send condolences to Mr Jolley's wife, two children and his four grandchildren on behalf the people here.

The Speaker (Hon David Warner): The kind and thoughtful remarks by the honourable members for Niagara South and St Catharines and Simcoe East will be sent to the family of Mr Jolley.

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