Legislative Week in Review


Legislative Week in Review: February 26 – March 1, 2018

In the House

 

This week we debated:

 

It’s been a long week of delay and distract tactics by the Ontario Conservatives.

On Tuesday, the House voted down its first Opposition Day Motion sponsored by Interim Conservative Leader Vic Fedeli. The Motion called on the government to match commitments made in the “People’s Guarantee” party platform. The government has already committed to redeveloping 30,000 long term care beds and recently announced an expansion of 5,000 long term beds. 

On Wednesday, the Ontario Conservatives moved two motions to interrupt debate on Bill 194, Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018. These motions forced the division bells to ring for a combined 60 minutes across the Legislative Assembly –preventing debate on the Bill during that time -and forced two votes on whether debate on Bill 194 should continue. The NDP voted with government members to continue debate on Bill 194.

On Thursday, the Ontario Conservatives again moved two motions to interrupt debate –this time on Government Motion #42: Putting a Price on Pollution to Combat Climate Change. While the Ontario Conservatives continue to deny Climate Change is a real threat, the Government of Ontario has established a Cap and Trade system that recently brought in $471 million to invest in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution.  

 

In Private Members’ Business

Motion #64 sponsored by PC MPP Bob Bailey passed in the House. The motion calls on the government to strike an advisory council on pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS/PANS). Ontario is currently co-leading a pan-Canadian Rare Disease working group with British Columbia and Alberta to develop a national strategy to improve access to pharmaceuticals for rare diseases and address their high costs. As well, in the 2017 Budget, the government made the largest investment in healthcare in a generation and established OHIP+ a program to provide free prescription medications for everyone aged 24 and under. 

Motion #81 sponsored by NDP MPP Monique Taylor also passed in the House. The motion calls on the government to increase funding for mental health services. The government has already invested over $10 billion in mental health services since 2008 and has committed to an additional $1.9 billion investment over the next decade. 

 

Motion #87 sponsored by Liberal MPP Vic Dhillon also passed in the House. The motion recognizes that Brampton is one of the fastest growing communities in Ontario and should have a university. 

 

In Committee

Public Hearings:

  • Standing Committee on Justice Policy on Bill 175, Safer Ontario Act, 2018.

Clause by Clause Consideration:

  • Standing Committee on Social Policy on Bill 193, Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018.

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