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Ontario Hansard - 10-April2014

PRIVATE MEMBERS'
PUBLIC BUSINESS

WINTER ROAD MAINTENANCE


Ms. Sarah Campbell: I move that, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly should establish a select committee to review Ontario's winter road maintenance contracts with a view at improving winter road conditions before the 2015 winter season.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Pursuant to standing order 98, the member has 12 minutes for her presentation.

Ms. Sarah Campbell: I'm pleased to introduce motion 70, which reads, "that, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly should establish a select committee to review Ontario's winter road maintenance contracts with a view at improving winter road conditions before the 2015 winter season."

This winter, the northwest in particular has experienced the worst winter in memory in terms of unsafe travelling on highways across our region. I have heard concerns like tragic accidents, jackknifed tractor-trailers and the inability of emergency vehicles and crews to safely arrive on-scene. What's worse is that these conditions weren't only experienced at the time of or shortly after a winter storm, but these subpar conditions have been experienced consistently since the region's first snowfall on November 18. The only break in the treacherous conditions people living in the northwest have received was when spring hit the region and the snow receded.

That said, the winter hasn't been all that extraordinary in terms of weather; the inadequate maintenance of most of our highways by all but one contractor, however, has been. Yet the poor conditions persisted despite the repeated pleas from northerners and MPPs. It hasn't seemed to matter that the Minister of Transportation has been alerted to the problem conditions being experienced across the north or that he has been given numerous suggested solutions, because he has still failed to take any meaningful action short of funding a few more plows and making mention of considering bringing some privatized services in-house sometime in the future. But with no dates in sight, northerners aren't confident that change will come in advance of next winter.

The bottom line is that reforms need to be made, and they need to be made soon, in advance of next winter, so that we don't see history repeat itself. As I mentioned, my offices have been flooded with hundreds, if not thousands, of emails, letters, calls, tweets and Facebook messages about the poor conditions across Kenora-Rainy River alone.

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There is a wealth of information and expertise that needs to be considered when making reforms to these private contracts, and I believe that a group outside of the ministry is needed to conduct this review. A select committee will be able to listen to the insights provided by people across the province as well as experts working in the field across Ontario and in other jurisdictions that have similar climates and weather patterns.

Just to give people in this House and people watching a sense of the issues that northerners have been facing this year and some of the issues that may be discussed by the select committee, we've heard a range of issues dealing with contractors: Again, not all contractors, but the vast majority of contractors in northwestern Ontario aren't fulfilling their contractual obligations.

We have heard from people that contractors aren't providing up-to-date information on road conditions, and that, instead of being able to go to the MTO before starting their journey, people across northwestern Ontario have actually had to contact and listen to the media-CKDR is a radio station that people have had to pay attention to, to see if there are actually road closures. We've heard that contractors aren't maintaining roads to the standards that are set out in the contract.

I wanted to highlight three highways in particular: Highway 17, which is the Trans-Canada Highway that runs through my riding; Highway 105, which connects the Trans-Canada through Ear Falls up to Red Lake; and Highway 502, which connects Dryden to Fort Frances.

On Highway 17, the plowing frequency should be every 2.2 hours, and 16 hours after a winter event, we should be seeing bare pavement. But in Kenora-Rainy River, weeks after a snowfall, we're still seeing that the highway is covered with snow and is still icy.

In terms of Highway 105, the plowing frequency varies between 3.3 hours north of Ear Falls and 5.5 hours south of Ear Falls. After 24 hours, that highway is supposed to be restored to bare pavement. But the conditions have been so bad that we've actually seen a Facebook group pop up with about 2,000 people from the area who have joined. The Facebook group is called "Highway 105. Residents for better roads."

When it comes to Highway 502, the plowing frequency there should be every 10 hours, and after 24 hours, that highway shouldn't necessarily be restored to bare pavement, but should be restored to a snow-packed condition. Just to give you a sense of what a snow-packed condition is, there's a section of the contract that the Ministry of Transportation gave me, which defines a snow-packed condition as "a means achieved when the driving surface of the road has been plowed and is free of loose snow, potholes, rutting, washboard and slippery areas."

The folks at home who are watching this are going to say, "That does not describe Highway 502 at any point since November 18 of last year." We have seen washboard; we have seen glare ice. Transports that travel down that section of road are driving down the centre lane just so they don't go into the ditch. We also transport schoolchildren down that road. There's basically a suburb of Dryden that's down that road, and people rely on being transported over that section of highway to get to work, to school, to medical appointments and to get groceries each and every single day.

In terms of some of the conditions we may want to consider at committee that fall squarely on the shoulders of the government, there are problems with the contracts themselves: with patrolling, enforcement, penalties and even the clarity of the contract.

Patrolling: We found that the patrol areas are far too large. I've heard from contractor employees who say that they are expected to cover areas that are so large that it is impossible for them to assess each section of the highway more than one or two times a day. We all know that weather does not follow such a rigid schedule of only appearing once or twice a day.

In terms of enforcement, the section of the contract called "Outcome target indicators" specifies that contractor logbooks, records, plans and actions that the contractor has taken will be the only indicators used to apply consequences of non-conpliance. Underpinning this whole system, no matter what kind of fines and penalties the ministry has come up with for a contractor not complying, it's based on the honour system; it's based on the records that the contractor provides. I think that is something very serious that we have to look at, at the select committee level.

In terms of the penalties themselves, clearly they aren't strong enough to get action or to get some of the problem contractors to really pull up their socks and take the job seriously.

In terms of the clarity of the contract, the contract states that conditions need to be "addressed immediately by the contractor upon detection" or being made aware of an issue, yet there don't seem to be any minimum requirements that are associated with patrolling areas, or frequency.

The contractor is also only required to use-and this is in the contract-"all available resources to maintain the highways as safe as possible throughout the winter and to reach the prescribed level of service as soon as possible after winter events have abated or ceased."

Winter events are defined-and again, this is a quote from the contract-as "the time when snow or freezing rain stops falling on any portion of a route, when drifting ceases to cause accumulation on the road surface of the road or when frost is no longer creating a slippery condition."

Based on that definition of what a winter event is, I'm assuming then that people in Kenora-Rainy River can expect our winter event to end in April, when the snow goes, because we're always going to have drifting snow. We're always going to have the accumulation of snow. We're going to have frozen sections of highway, including bridges, which the minister mentions quite often.

Another problem that we should also be looking at is the highway classifications themselves. In northwestern Ontario, we don't have a single class 1 highway, despite the Trans-Canada crossing the highway. Two highways in particular have been identified as having classifications that need to be upgraded. That's Highway 502, as I mentioned-that snow-packed condition just doesn't cut it-as well as Highway 105, because the standards don't reflect the fact that for some communities, there is only one way in or out of the community. There needs to be a remoteness factor that's considered as well as the amount of traffic that is on the highways.

I do think that privatization itself is another issue that should be considered. The director of the Manitoba Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation said that the reason why Manitoba decided not to privatize the delivery of their essential service is largely the result of an in-house evaluation that concluded that privatization would lower costs initially, but that it would ultimately be equally or more expensive than public highway maintenance.

We're seeing this case in Ontario, where experts working for some of the large contractors in northwestern Ontario have suggested that the decision of contractors to not adequately maintain roads is intentional and that it is a means that they are using to leverage more money out of the provincial government. I think that it's also a tactic that seems to be working, because we've heard from the minister, who has made statements in this House, that some of this inadequate maintenance has resulted in 52 plows and more crews being purchased, that are over and above the contract negotiations.

Of course, the most serious issue that we've got, that's associated with poor highway maintenance, is the lack of safety for families, seniors and workers who travel our highways. This winter, we've seen serious collisions and crashes, including a 14-transport pileup where even emergency crews had difficulty accessing the collision site because the conditions were so bad. A first responder told me that the ambulance and fire trucks nearly went off the road, and even though the first responders had special gear, it wasn't sufficient to enable them to respond quickly, and even while walking, the first responders had to literally inch their way to the scene from a quarter of a kilometre away, carrying the gear that they required to extract people from some of the wrecks.

Very unfortunately, we have also seen some fatalities. We know in this House that even one fatality is too many.

There are concerns for children being safely transported to and from school. I have a press release from the Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium, which is the board that does the transportation. It says, "During a routine ... stop on Highway 17 near Eagle River, a loaded school bus experienced a close call. The school bus was heading east and three vehicles travelling west were safely stopped and adhering to the flashing red lights.

"A fourth vehicle, also travelling west, could not safely stop and hit the ditch on the south side of the highway." They go on to say that, fortunately, the school bus was not hit by the vehicle that hit the icy conditions and was not able to stop.

What I'm going to do is I'm going to pause here, and I will continue the rest of my speech-it was very difficult to condense all of the points I wanted to make, so I think I'll continue it and share a little bit of it with my caucus colleagues.

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The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Further debate?

Mr. Jim McDonell: I'm very happy to speak today about the winter highway maintenance. In northern Ontario, I'm sure they are experiencing many of the same things that I've seen in southern Ontario. A number of times, I've driven the highways in my riding, 417 and 401, and I've yet to see plows on the highway. My trip from Ottawa to home is about 45 minutes on the 417 if the weather is good, and not one time, looking at both sides of the highway, have I seen a plow. That's much different than I've seen before.

I know that you just can't have a storm in this country where you get two, three or four inches of snow an hour-when your circuit time is an hour and a half, you just can't get around before there's enough snow.

Of course, we've seen, I think, a hundred vehicles in the pileup at Gananoque this year; similar on the 400, north of Toronto, as well as near Belleville. It goes with a change in highways.

We had a meeting with the Ministry of Transportation. Before the meeting, we received a letter from the ministry showing that the number of plows in the eastern region had gone from 59 plows down to 32, as of April of last year. A new contract was signed by the MTO. That's almost a 50%-45% or 46%-difference.

Then I come to the House and what do I hear? First of all, they blame it on Mike Harris. This is how far back-we can't change results.

There is a new contract on 50% of the plows. It's time that we look at the reason for it. It's dangerous. I don't know how many accidents we've had. I know this has been a bad winter, but I don't have to go back very far, to 2008, when we had a much more severe winter and we didn't have the accidents we had this year.

Coming from eastern Ontario to Toronto, it's a real problem for me, because I don't know what the weather is going to be like. I just know that if it's a snowstorm, the highway is closed. That's just what we've seen numerous times this year.

We met with the contractors-well, first of all, they blamed it on Mike Harris; then they blamed it on the contractors, for not meeting the contract. We tried to meet with them. The next thing that happened is very typical of this government: They threatened them. They cancelled meetings with them and said they didn't want to talk to them because, "We talked to the PCs, we talked to the public."

That's just the wrong attitude. I've seen that before in health care, where clinics are told that they're getting cuts but "We don't want to see it in the paper."


The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): I would ask the member for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry to stick to the motion that is in front of us.

Mr. Jim McDonell: My point of the motion is, the contractors are being threatened. They're told not to release the terms of the contract; they're told not to talk to the public. But you can't get by the one fact that's there: Snowplows are 50% less than they were last year.

I don't think it takes much of an education to know that when you have severe storms in Canada, in Ontario, on a 400-series highway, if you're starting to get close to a foot of snow in the middle of the road, all that equals is 10, 15 or 20 cars in the ditch. As this goes on the highway, it easily gets up to-around Christmastime, I think it was around a thousand vehicles, so imagine the damage.

I saw the contracts. The contracts today are costing less than they were 10 years ago, if you can believe that. The cost of the contract per year is less than it was 10 years ago. You can imagine the inflation over that time period. Think of the damage that goes on when you have a thousand vehicles off the road-that's a lot of damage-in one event, millions of dollars, more than the cost of the savings we've seen.

I think it's time to stand up and make the changes required. There's lots of time to work with the contractors and get the snowplows up to the proper levels. Maybe 59 was too many, but 32 is not enough, and we've seen clear evidence of that.

Thank you, Speaker. I know there are other people who want to speak to this.


The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Further debate?

Mr. Michael Mantha: Today I thought it was important that I read a constituent's letter into the record. His name is Rob Burns, and he lives in Wawa. He's a volunteer fire department individual. He talks about an accident that he reported to on November 20, 2011, where they were called to extract a passenger out of a vehicle.

It says, "On Sunday, November 20, 2011, we were called to a particularly sad car accident on Highway 17 south of Wawa. A 13-year-old boy lost his life....

"We were called ... to extricate the front seat passenger of a mid-sized SUV.

"While I was assisting with the removal on that side of the vehicle I noticed the extensive damage to the upper rear passenger area of the SUV. The blood smears and tissue made me think that a moose may have been involved in the collision.

"I was wrong.

"I noticed a blanket laying out against the guardrail about 30 feet from the vehicle ... with a shoe sticking out from under the blanket. I have been at a few fatal accident scenes," so he knew what he was dealing with right away.

"The second part of the accident was ... another northbound tractor-trailer that lost control while attempting to brake and stop. It ended up about 100 metres south of the accident, 30 metres from the highway completely jack-knifed. The driver later said that he just barely touched the brakes and the truck slid out of control.

"The point of this letter" to you, Michael, is that I want "to inform you of the sole reason this accident occurred.

"The deplorable condition of Highway 17-the Trans-Canada Highway-in your riding is what caused this accident and took that young boy's life.

"After speaking with the MTO representative on-scene, the Wawa MTO had elected not to use salt to clear the highway for this particular storm event. The attendant had told us that it was `too cold' for salt to work.

"Most northern residents know that road salt is not very effective at temperatures below -20° or -25° Celsius.

"However, on this particular morning, the temperature was approximately -12° Celsius when I noticed the outside temperature in the morning before we got the call.

"Interestingly enough, after being at the scene for an hour or two, it became apparent that a salt truck had driven through and spread salt at the scene after it happened but before the fire department and ambulance arrived.

"I came to that conclusion because the salt pattern had driven around parked and broken vehicles.

"How nice of the MTO to assist us in walking on the highway to clean up such a devastating mess to the family involved.

"Too bad they hadn't done their job properly that morning to prevent such a totally preventable car accident.

"I have lived in Wawa for about 12 years now. I grew up in Toronto and return frequently to visit friends and family. The difference between winter maintenance there and here is laughable.

"We regularly get forecasted snow events over 20 centimetres and I have never seen any pre-treatment of the Trans-Canada Highway 17. I have a unique perspective about territorial road service differences.

"The fact that the MTO and our new service provider `Transfield' (an Australian company) failed to use salt to correct the state of the road boggles my mind.

"Even one of the attending OPP officers at the scene told us that he phoned the MTO at 9 a.m. that morning and advised that the road condition was very, very slippery and quite unacceptable.

"Nothing was done to correct this situation, and an innocent youth was killed two and a half hours later.

"As drivers we never have any control over what other drivers do, but you (the politicians) do.

"You decide the policies. The policies govern the road policies, rules and road maintenance workers and actions. The workers either put sand and salt on the road or they don't. You politicians made a bad decision on this policy, and this young boy's death rests squarely in your hands.

"You need to come up with a better policy for the conditions of different types of winter road maintenance, and consistent criteria for use of salt, sand, plows or any combination of these.

"I have spoken to the MTO people and they tell me that the climate is different and budgets are different," and all this is all-I won't use his term, but BS. "The climate doesn't change over 10 metres on Highway 17, and the budget should make sense and promote safe highways instead of saving dollars. As an Ontarian, I pay a huge amount of fuel tax, and there seems to even be an unwritten `northern Ontario fuel tax' most days too, although you guys don't get a cut of that, it all goes to the big oil companies. Use a bigger fraction of that money to keep the roadways safe!

"Another MTO employee informed me that Highway 17 in this area is a class 2 highway. It is the Trans-Canada Highway! It is the 401 of northern Ontario!

"This is the main reason for its poor condition most of the winter. You guys should get your acts together and fix this problem. It is a simple problem and a very important lifeline to the people of this area. It should be a class 1 highway. So what if gas costs three cents more a litre? We're already paying 15 cents more than in southern Ontario....

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"Mike et al, I thank you for your time and hope that your aides have enough sense to give this to you to read yourself. I am also carbon copying the Minister of Transportation, their critic, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and their critic, and the Premier.

"Please think about this letter and this preventable accident whenever you are driving your family around on our class 2 highways, and be sure to drive safe when in northern Ontario. The Wawa fire department will always be available to help.

"Sincerely yours

"Rob Burns

"Senior firefighter."

I thank him for sharing his story with us.


The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Further debate?

Mr. Victor Fedeli: I appreciate the opportunity to speak to this bill.

First off, I do want to introduce my wife, if I may use this time. My wife, Patty, is here visiting us today, for her, I think, second or third appearance in my two and a half years here.


Mr. Bill Walker: It seems like the first every time.

Mr. Victor Fedeli: Yes, it seems like the first. We're really pleased to have her here today, and I want to say thanks to the dozen MPPs who joined us for lunch today. It made for a little bit of fun.

I will speak in support of the member from Kenora-Rainy River's bill. However, I do want to say that our MPP from Leeds-Grenville has already successfully moved a motion in the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to direct the Auditor General to review the delivery of winter road maintenance. The Auditor General is to complete her review by the end of the year. So while I support this bill, I can tell you, Speaker, how important it is that we take the Auditor General's results to heart before we move on any thoughts about what needs to be fixed or what doesn't.

The auditor will tell us a couple of things, and contrary to what the member from Kenora-Rainy River said, the current condition of the roads has absolutely nothing to do with privatization. They are going to study two things: the contract standards and the service levels. Those are the areas that need to be addressed. The contract standards have not changed since outsourcing. Based on the class of highway, the MTO sets the time frame in which the road must be cleared and meet bare pavement standards. Speaker, I repeat: The standards have not changed since outsourcing, so blaming it on that is a little premature, I would think, and incorrect, according to what the auditor will look at.

Service levels, I think, are another important area. I can say that three winters ago, when I first was elected, the highway conditions were deplorable. We had almost a dozen fatalities in northern Ontario, and I asked for the coroner to be involved. Sadly, that was not something that this Legislature wanted to see happen, but I can tell you, this past year alone, my wife, Patty, and I went to Mattawa in my riding to go to the opening of a restaurant, Le Voyageur, and it was like taking your life in your hands. It was a dangerous drive for 45 miles to Mattawa. The snow had stopped. We were there for four hours in the lovely community of Mattawa, and on the drive back, the roads were even worse. Now, the snow had stopped for four hours. This is the kind of thing that we find deplorable.

A few weeks later, Patty and I went to Magnetawan for the cattle farmers' luncheon-we do get a lot of these eating opportunities, Speaker-and it was like taking your life in your hands to drive to Magnetawan down Highway 11 south. Again, the snow had stopped for hours. We were returning home, and it was deplorable conditions.

We went on a 30-city tour of Ontario since Christmas, and I was witness to that 72-car pileup in Napanee. The drive from Ottawa to Belleville was awful, the drive from Belleville to Kingston was worse, and the drive from Kingston into Cornwall was a very scary experience.

So while we do support this bill, we're really encouraged that our member from Leeds-Grenville was so successful in getting the Auditor General to look into this, and I thank you.


The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Further debate?

Mr. John Vanthof: It's more than an honour to be able to speak today in support of my colleague regarding winter road maintenance; it's a duty, because in the north-and, I think, across the province, but specifically in the north-and since I've been elected, it has been a battle. When I first got elected, we had all kinds of complaints that roads were closed. Highway 11 through Timiskaming-Cochrane is the Trans-Canada Highway. When it's closed, the only way through the province is to get out of the province and go to Quebec. And we do that on a regular basis.

You wonder why. Some people blame it on privatization. I'm not sure. I'm looking forward to that audit. Some people say, "The contractors bid too low. They can't fulfill the contract. They can't fulfill the standards." But that begs the question, because it should be the due diligence of the Ministry of Transportation to make sure that the contracts bid for-that they have adequate provisions and adequate funds and adequate equipment to actually complete the contract. Likewise, if you bid for a government building and your bid comes in at half what your people know it's going to cost to build that building, alarm signs should rise.

There's a total disconnection between the police, who actually close the roads; the contractors; and the MTO. I will give you an example. Right outside my door, we have one of those big interactive signs on Highway 11. Down here, the 400 highway-you know, "Collectors moving slowly"? Ours usually says, "Drive with care." They will close the highway and it will still say, "Drive with care." It won't say, "Highway closed." The trucks will all be stuck on the highway for hours where there are no facilities, and it's already too late to take the cut-off to go to Quebec.

We have a community group called the Northern Safe Roads Coalition. We had a meeting with the police. We're still trying to get a meeting with the local MTO, but I've had several meetings with MTO. They've been good to deal with, my local guys. We asked, "Just for starters, why don't you change that sign?" The police told us, "We don't have access to the sign. We can't change it." "Okay. So why don't the contractors change the sign?" "We don't have access to the sign. The MTO has access to the sign, and we can never get them on the phone."

It might be a half-million-dollar sign on a part of Highway 11 that is closed at least 10 times a year, and it's absolutely useless because there's no coordination. I'm glad the minister is here to hear this, because it's absolutely deplorable.

We have people in towns like Temagami. They have a little volunteer brigade, because when trucks and cars are stopped there for hours-we all have our little blanket pack now, but they have no place to go to the bathroom. They have a little volunteer brigade to help people.

This committee-along with the Auditor General. We have to find a way, because this isn't a little issue. Yesterday, we spent a lot of time and the minister brought a bill forward on safer roads, on bicycling. I commend him for it. But a big part of safer roads is actually having them clean in the winter. I've lived in northern Ontario my whole life. It hasn't been like that all the time.

One thing: In our riding, if you want to know how safe the roads are, you go on Facebook to the Northern Safe Roads Coalition. They will tell you if the road is closed. I've had it several times that you call 511, "Roads are fine," and they're actually closed. That is a huge problem.

Those are the things that we have to look at, and I'm very proud to be able to stand beside my colleague and support her motion.

Debate deemed adjourned.

JIM FLAHERTY


Mr. John O'Toole: A point of order.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): A point of order for the member for Durham.

Mr. John O'Toole: It's with deep regret today that-I'm a friend of Jim Flaherty, and it has just been announced that he is deceased. On behalf of the Conservative caucus and Tim Hudak, we extend our deepest regrets and deepest sympathy and support to Christine and his family and thank him dearly for all he has contributed. At 64 years of age-it's too young to lose such a wonderful person and leader. Thank you.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Point of order, the Minister of Transportation.

Hon. Glen R. Murray: I just want to join the member for Durham. Jim was a friend. As many of you know, Jaime Watt and I were business partners, and Jaime was very close.

He was one of Canada's most remarkable public servants, one of our greatest finance ministers, someone who has contributed to the life of Canadians and Ontarians, someone I had huge respect for and had the pleasure to seek his advice from time to time.

To Christine and to the family, this is a terrible loss for all of us.

On behalf of the Liberal Party and the Premier, we express our deepest and most profound condolences to all of you, especially to our friends in the party opposite, to Christine and to her family.

I think that Jim provides a role model for so many of us in public service. I'm sure we'll have time to reflect on his remarkable contributions to our country. Thank you. God bless.


The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Thank you, Minister.

Point of order, the member from Windsor-Tecumseh.


Mr. Percy Hatfield: Just before I ask for a moment of silence in recognition of the passing of Mr. Flaherty. I didn't know him well. When I was a reporter covering provincial elections or throne speeches, or when visiting ministers would come through, I really enjoyed spending time with Mr. Flaherty. As you know, his personality was effervescent. To me, he was always very friendly, very approachable. I was saddened last year, or whenever it was, when we first heard that he had a serious health condition. I followed his political career quite astutely, and I'm just shocked. I can't believe the news we just heard here.

If it is in order, I'd would ask that we rise for a moment of silence.


The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): I would ask everyone in the chamber to stand and observe a moment of silence.

The House observed a moment's silence.


The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): The member from Eglinton-Lawrence.

Mr. Mike Colle: Given the devastating news, and Jim having served in this House in an incredibly positive way, it can't be business as usual. I think we've got to have at least a 15-minute or half-hour recess. It can't be business as usual. We've got to have at least a recess in respect.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): I have a request from the member for unanimous consent for a 20-minute recess. Agreed? Agreed.

The House stands recessed for 20 minutes.

The House recessed from 1424 to 1446.


The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bas Balkissoon): Having received representation from the House leaders, I presume leave of the House to carry over the private members' business to a later date and that the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs adjourn.

This House stands adjourned until 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

The House adjourned at 1446.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ORDERS OF THE DAY / ORDRE DU JOUR

Companies Statute Law Amendment Act, 2014, Bill 85, Ms. MacCharles / Loi de 2014 modifiant des lois visant les compagnies, projet de loi 85, Mme MacCharles

Hon. Tracy MacCharles 6615

Mr. Vic Dhillon 6616

Mr. John O'Toole 6617

Mr. Percy Hatfield 6617

Hon. Glen R. Murray 6617

Mrs. Julia Munro 6618

Hon. Tracy MacCharles 6618

Mr. Toby Barrett 6618

Second reading debate deemed adjourned 6624

INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS / PRÉSENTATION DES VISITEURS

The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac) 6624

Hon. Madeleine Meilleur 6624

Mr. Monte McNaughton 6624

Ms. Catherine Fife 6624

Hon. Jeff Leal 6624

Mr. John O'Toole 6624

Hon. Ted McMeekin 6624

Mr. John Yakabuski 6625

M. Grant Crack 6625

The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac) 6625

ORAL QUESTIONS / QUESTIONS ORALES

Executive compensation

Mr. Monte McNaughton 6625

Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne 6625

Health care

Mrs. Christine Elliott 6626

Hon. Deborah Matthews 6626

Power plants

Ms. Andrea Horwath 6627

Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne 6627

Hon. John Milloy 6627

Power plants

Ms. Andrea Horwath 6627

Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne 6628

Hon. John Milloy 6628

Air ambulance service

Mr. Frank Klees 6628

Hon. Deborah Matthews 6628

Power plants

Mr. Peter Tabuns 6629

Hon. John Milloy 6629

Pan Am Games

Mr. Shafiq Qaadri 6629

Hon. Michael Chan 6630

Power plants

Mr. Victor Fedeli 6630

Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne 6630

Job creation

Ms. Teresa J. Armstrong 6631

Hon. Eric Hoskins 6631

Ms. Peggy Sattler 6631

School nutrition programs

Ms. Soo Wong 6632

Hon. Teresa Piruzza 6632

Liquor Control Board of Ontario

Ms. Sylvia Jones 6632

Hon. Charles Sousa 6632

Horse racing industry

Mr. Percy Hatfield 6633

Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne 6633

Victims of crime

Ms. Mitzie Hunter 6633

Hon. Madeleine Meilleur 6633

Hospital funding

Mr. Jim Wilson 6634

Hon. Deborah Matthews 6634

Employment standards

Mr. Michael Prue 6635

Hon. Kevin Daniel Flynn 6635

Flooding

Mr. Joe Dickson 6635

Hon. David Orazietti 6635

Visitors

Mr. Rob Leone 6636

Hon. Brad Duguid 6636

Ms. Mitzie Hunter 6636

Private members' public business

The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac) 6636

MEMBERS' STATEMENTS / DÉCLARATIONS DES DÉPUTÉS

Climate change

Mr. Randy Pettapiece 6636

Safe digging

Mr. Paul Miller 6636

Markham Skating Club

Ms. Helena Jaczek 6636

Anti-bullying initiatives

Mr. Rob Leone 6637

Diabetes

Mr. Shafiq Qaadri 6637

Volunteer firefighters

Mr. Ted Arnott 6637

Jack O'Neil

Ms. Cindy Forster 6638

Jewish Heritage Month

Mr. Mike Colle 6638

School bus safety patrollers

Mr. Bill Walker 6638

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS / DÉPÔT DES PROJETS DE LOI

Tax Fairness for Realtors Act, 2014, Bill 188, Mr. Smith / Loi de 2014 sur l'équité fiscale pour les courtiers en valeurs immobilières, projet de loi 188, M. Smith

First reading agreed to 6639

Mr. Todd Smith 6639

MOTIONS

Private members' public business

Hon. John Milloy 6639

Motion agreed to 6639

STATEMENTS BY THE MINISTRY AND RESPONSES / DÉCLARATIONS MINISTÉRIELLES ET RÉPONSES

National Volunteer Week

Hon. Michael Coteau 6639

Ms. Sylvia Jones 6640

Mr. Michael Prue 6640

PETITIONS / PÉTITIONS

Physiotherapy services

Mr. Jerry J. Ouellette 6641

Teachers

Mrs. Donna H. Cansfield 6641

Ontario College of Trades

Mrs. Julia Munro 6641

Éducation en français

M. Taras Natyshak 6642

Greenbelt

Ms. Helena Jaczek 6642

Workplace insurance

Mr. Victor Fedeli 6642

French-language education

Mr. Michael Prue 6642

Agricultural colleges

Mrs. Julia Munro 6643

Ontario Drug Benefit Program

Mr. Taras Natyshak 6643

Natural gas rates

Mr. John O'Toole 6643

Energy policies

Mr. Michael Prue 6643

Long-term care

Mr. Victor Fedeli 6644

Youth mental health

Mrs. Julia Munro 6644

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BUSINESS / AFFAIRES D'INTÉRÊT PUBLIC ÉMANANT DES DÉPUTÉS

Winter road maintenance

Ms. Sarah Campbell 6644

Mr. Jim McDonell 6646

Mr. Michael Mantha 6647

Mr. Victor Fedeli 6648

Mr. John Vanthof 6649

Debate deemed adjourned 6649

Jim Flaherty

Mr. John O'Toole 6649

Hon. Glen R. Murray 6649

Mr. Percy Hatfield 6649

Mr. Mike Colle 6650

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