This week we debated:
The House has recessed and the winter break has begun. It was a productive fall sitting with the House passing 11 government bills and 6 Private Member’s Bills.
On Tuesday, the House passed third reading of Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017. The Bill outlines Ontario’s approach to the sale and distribution of cannabis and establishes new road safety provisions. The PCs voted against the third reading of Bill 174.
The House also passed third reading of Bill 160, Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017 on Tuesday. The Bill strengthens the transparency and accountability in the healthcare system and mandates the medical industry discloses payments to health care professionals. Both the PCs and the NDP voted against Bill 160.
Finally on Tuesday, the House also passed third reading of Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017. The Bill reforms the OMB to give local communities a stronger voice in land use planning. Only Trillium Party MPP Jack MacLaren voted against Bill 139.
On Wednesday, the House passed third reading of Bill 166, Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2017. The Bill protects consumers making major purchases including travel services, event tickets and real estate. The Bill also prohibits scalper bots from purchasing large quantities of tickets and reselling them at a higher price. Both the NDP and the PCs voted against Bill 166.
On Thursday, the House passed third reading of Bill 177, Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017. The Bill lowers the Corporate Income Tax rate for small businesses by 22%. Both the PCs and the NDP voted against Bill 177.
Also on Thursday, the Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport introduced Bill 193, Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety). The Bill would, if passed, protect amateur athletes by improving concussion safety on the field and at school.
At the initiative of the Government House Leader, the opposition parties agreed to third reading passage of 6 Private Member’s Bills. The House passed:
Bill 60, Lebanese Heritage Month sponsored by Liberal MPP John Fraser, PC MPP Lisa MacLeod and NDP MPP Peggy Sattler passed third reading in the House. The Bill proclaims the month of November as Lebanese Heritage Month.
Bill 71, the Lung Health Act sponsored by Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin, PC MPP Jeff Yurek, and NDP MPP France Gélinas passed third reading in the House. The Bill establishes the Lung Health Advisory Council tasked with making recommendations to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care regarding lung health issues.
Bill 74, Trans Day of Remembrance Act sponsored by NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo, Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers and PC MPP Lisa MacLeod passed third reading in the House. The Bill proclaims November 20th as the Trans Day of Remembrance.
Bill 107, Ontario Craft Beer Week Act sponsored by Liberal MPP Lou Rinaldi, PC MPP Todd Smith and NDP MPP Catherine Fife passed third reading in the House. The Bill proclaims the week commencing the second Sunday in June as Ontario Craft Beer Week.
Bill 123, Korean Heritage Month Act sponsored by PC MPP Raymond Cho, Liberal MPP Yvan Baker and NDP MPP Peter Tabuns passed third reading in the House. The Bill proclaims the month of October as Korean Heritage Month.
Bill 128, Lawren Harris Day Act, sponsored by Liberal MPP Jim Bradley, PC MPP Julia Munro and NDP MPP Percy Hatfield passed third reading in the House. The Bill proclaims October 23 as Lawren Harris Day.
On Thursday, the House debated:
Motion #80 sponsored by Liberal MPP Sophie Kiwala passed second reading in the House. The motion recognizes September 9th as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Day and recognizes the need for further collaboration between parent groups, service providers and educators to assist those with FASD.
Bill 182, Compassionate Care Act sponsored by PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff passed second reading in the House. The Bill would, if passed, mandate the Minister of Health and Long Term Care establish a provincial framework to improve access to hospice and palliative care. Recently, the government released Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors that includes among other measures an expansion of hospice beds across the province.
Bill 183, Fairness in Petroleum Products Pricing Act sponsored by NDP MPP Gilles Bisson was defeated in the House. The Bill proposed to regulate the price of petroleum products. These types of measures typically lead to an increase in fuel prices and was opposed by Liberal members.
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