Hi everyone. Sandra is here. We will begin momentarily.
First question is about parents and Bill 115. `What did the Liberal government do wrong leading up to this?"
"I think all sides are wearing some of the blame," Sandra says. Kids and parents want extra curricular activities she says and both sides working together can get that.
Sandra repeats what she said in October. "I've got to see the lay of the land. What's left for us to deal with?" She will not say outright, however, whether or not she will repeal Bill 115.
She says both sides are telling her stories that it's difficult to see how "we ended up here."
"I wasn't there when they crafted the bill, voted on the bill, but that doesn't mean i can sit back like an arm chair quarterback and say i would have acted differently." Sandra Pupatello says.
Next question on how Pupatello is campaigning in both Toronto and the rest of Ontario.
She's calling for a streamlining of economic development agencies for the GTA, transit for the GTA - she wants to see federal dollars for transit she says.
Pupatello says her number one priority is the economy and jobs.
Next question on transit in Toronto.
Sandra recalls her recent trips on the TTC. "So jampacked,' she says.
"I'm taking a GTA perspective on the agency that runs transit, we've got, i think it is, 15 different agencies across the GTA that run transit," Pupatello says noting that she wants to amalgamate those agencies into one.
"It's not about any one ward, it's about the entire region," Pupatello says.
"If it's Metrolinx, whatever the agency might be, there really needs to be only one," Pupatello says on transit in the GTHA. #ONpoli
Pupatello says the government should ask citizens of Ontario, GTHA what they are willing to pay for transit, whether it be road tolls, taxes, etc..
Pupatello says the Ontario economy can grow more if transit gets better.
"I dont think we have the time to keep doing that [reinventing the wheel]" Pupatello says about endless negotiations of transit.
Sandra says her first priority is to balance the budget. This is to a question about giving more money to municipalities (Toronto specifically) if they ask for it. After balancing the budget Pupatello says, then they can talk about that.
"I actually believe the transit system for the GTA is critical to... Ontario" Pupatello says. #ONpoli #olpldr
Conversation focuses around transit. "We have to pay to have a real enhancement of it," Pupatello says.
"I do think we have to have a smart government on a number of fronts," Pupatello says.
Pupatello says bond-rating agencies are watching the leadership race for word that they will balance the budget and she is adamant that will be her top priority as Premier.
"I'm about jobs and the economy," Pupatello says. Liberals she says focus on the health and education as well.
Governments at multiple levels don't go "right to the source" to ask the doctor what he thinks of the system, Pupatello says.
She says instead governments talk to organizations like the OMA to try and come to decisions. Instead, Pupatello says, they can go right to the individual who the regulations effect. #ONpoli #Olpldr
Pupatello brings up an example of working with farmers in Ontario. Says they brought in farmers and not some overarching organization. Then gave themselves 60 days to act.
Pupatello says this is pro-active government that she will champion.
Next question on the Drummond Report.
"There was a whole slew of recommendations, some of which, I thought were notable," Pupatello says of Drummond Report. #ONpoli
Pupatello says she was "interested" in Drummond's discussion on the implementation of full-day kindergarten. #ONpoli #Olpldr
"When you come in from the outside, I don't have the benefit of a quarterly report on the fiscal situation... some of my colleagues have that, I dont" Pupatello says. #ONpoli
She says it's hard to make promises to people when she doesn't have all the information. Pupatello says she can't make specific promises until she has all the information.
Pupatello says she wants to focus on care for the disabled, getting people back to work. "I'm going there, it might take me awhile, but that's where I'm going."
Next question. What are your specific policies.
Pupatello says the party members have been "insulted" that leaders don't discuss party platforms with them. She can't formulate policy with the input of the party.
Next question about a potential election.
Pupatello says she can't answer whether there will be an election because of the minority government. Says she "doesn't want to go into an election." #ONpoli #OLPldr
Pupatello says the current government should have governed "like they were a minority" and says their "governing like a majority" as been "their greatest downfall." #ONpoli #olpldr
Sandra Pupatello says that if Hudak and Horwath want to take down the government when her agenda is "jobs and the economy" they "will lose." #ONpoli #Olpldr
Pupatello says she will have a jobs summit in her first month as Premier.
"I'm planning to work with the other two parties," and "I expect them to work with me." Pupatello says. #ONpoli #OLPldr
"I think manufacturing has a huge future in Ontario," Pupatello says on a question regarding the jobs of the future. #ONpoli #OLPldr
Pupatello says the manufacturing jobs will look different however. Plastics in Sarnia, foundry in Sudbury, advanced manufacturing in the north.
Pupatello says Ontario is growing in aerospace. Ontario's new manufacturing is "Advanced manufacturing" she says it just looks different because they are all wearing "white lab coats."