Bhutila Karpoche MPP, Parkdale–High Park

Government of Ontario

As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale–High Park, Bhutila works hard to bring the voices of our community to Queen's Park. Since she was sworn in, Bhutila has been in the legislature asking the government questions, debating bills, and recognizing the achievements of people in our riding.

Read more about Bhutila's work below.

Bill 303, Clean Trains Now Act

Current status: First Reading Carried

The Bill amends the Metrolinx Act, 2006 to require the establishment of a committee to review the passenger transportation system between downtown Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport known as the Union Pearson Express. The Bill provides for the composition of the committee and the committee’s mandate, which is to make recommendations respecting a plan, a timeline and funding estimates to achieve certain goals for the Union Pearson Express as set out in the Bill.

The Bill establishes consultation requirements for the committee. The committee is required to report its recommendations to the Minister. The Minister is required to table the committee’s report in the Legislative Assembly and to inform the Assembly of the Minister’s proposed actions in response to the committee’s recommendations.

Bill 289, Day of Remembrance and Action Against Anti-Asian Racism Act

Current status: First Reading Carried

The Bill proclaims May 10 in each year as the Day of Remembrance and Action Against Anti-Asian Racism.

Learn more here.

Bill 224, No Time to Waste Act (Plan for Climate Action and Jobs)

Current status: First Reading Carried

Learn more here.

Bill 193, Climate Crisis Health Action Plan Act

Current status: First Reading Carried

The Bill established the Climate Crisis Health Action Plan to address the health impacts of the climate crisis. The bill is co-sponsored by Peter Tabuns, MPP for Toronto—Danforth and NDP Critic for Energy and Climate Change.

Learn more here.

Bill 178, Black Mental Health Day Act

Current status: First Reading Carried

The Bill proclaims the first Monday in March of each year as Black Mental Health Day to recognize the ongoing mental health impacts of anti-Black racism in public services and to raise awareness of the specific mental health needs of Black communities across Ontario.

Learn more here.

Bill 176, Maternal Mental Health Act

Current status: Lost on division at Second Reading

The Bill proclaims the first Wednesday of May in each year as Maternal Mental Health Day.

The Bill requires the Minister of Health to conduct a comprehensive review of maternal mental health in Ontario and prepare a Provincial Framework and Action Plan on the issue. The Bill requires the Minister to report to the Assembly periodically about the progress of the review and to table the Provincial Framework and Action Plan in the Assembly.

Learn more here.

Bill 131, Tibetan Heritage Month Act

Current status: PASSED!

Tibetan Canadians are proud to be part of the diverse communities of Ontario and Canada. Tibetans were some of the earliest government-sponsored non-European refugees to settle in Canada.

By proclaiming the month of July as Tibetan Heritage Month, the province of Ontario recognizes the contributions of Tibetans in all aspects of Ontario society. Tibetan Heritage Month is also an opportunity to educate future generations about the significant roles that Tibetan-Canadians have played and continue to play across Ontario.

Read the full bill here.

Bill 127, Ontario Food Terminal Protection Act

Current status: First Reading Carried

The Bill amends the Planning Act. New section 47.1 of the Planning Act designates the lands on which the Ontario Food Terminal is situated and the prescribed surrounding lands as a provincially significant employment zone. The Bill provides protection for these lands to prevent development or conflicting uses on the lands in the future.

Learn more here.

Bill 120 - Menstrual Hygiene Day Act

Current Status: First Reading Carried

On May 28th, 2019, Bhutila tabled her third bill, the Menstrual Hygiene Day Act. If passed, the bill proclaims May 28 in each year as Menstrual Hygiene Day.

You can add your name in support of the bill here.

Bill 109 - Jennifer's Law

Current Status: First Reading Carried

On May 2nd, 2019, Bhutila tabled her second bill, titled Jennifer's Law. If passed, the bill will amend the Retail Sales Tax Act to provide for a rebate in respect of the Ontario portion of the HST for medical supplies.

Bill 63 - Right to Timely Mental Health and Addictions Care for Children and Youth Act

Current Status: Referred to the Standing Committee on General Government

On November 27th, 2018, Bhutila tabled her bill, the Right to Timely Mental Health and Addictions Care for Children and Youth Act, in the legislature. If passed the bill would cap wait times for children and youth seeking mental health & addiction services at 30 days.

The bill received unanimous support at second reading on February 21st, 2019 and will now go to committee.

Watch all of Bhutila's questions to the government, members' statements, petition readings, and bill debates here.

Motion 45

That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should empower the Opioid Emergency Task Force to re-evaluate the current policy to limit the number of OPS/CPS sites to 21, make recommendations for specific additional funding and resources in instances where there is an identified shortfall and declare a public health emergency in relation to the opioid overdose crisis.

Motion 44

That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should take immediate action, informed by the Office of the Chief Coroner's Inquest into the death of Bradley Chapman, to address the growing poisonous drug and opioid overdose crisis through the development of a comprehensive provincial strategy that incorporates but is not limited to: the assignment of a provincial coordinator within the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; the approval and funding of all existing overdose prevention sites and Supervised Consumption Sites (OPS/SPS); and the resumption of regular meetings of the Opioid Emergency Task Force. 

Motion 88

That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should provide free menstrual hygiene management products, such as tampons and pads, in all public-facing provincially-run and/or funded facilities and Government of Ontario workplace washrooms in an effort to address the health and social inequality caused by stigma, shame, or cost in accessing menstrual hygiene management.

Girls Government 

Girls Government is a program run by MPP Bhutila Karpoche, to introduce young women to the political environment, get politically active, and consider politics as a career option. This is a non-partisan initiative that was launched in 2008 and has been implemented in ridings across Ontario by MPPs from all political parties. Once a year, grade 8 girls from a junior public school in Parkdale–High Park participate.

Ontario Parliamentary Friends of Tibet Summer Internship Program

In the Summer of 2019, Bhutila helped to launch the first Ontario Parliamentary Friends of Tibet (OPFT) summer internship program. The paid internship program is to provide youth of Tibetan origin the opportunity to get a behind the scenes experience and on the job learning in a Member of Provincial Parliament’s Office.

Phone Your Government

Phone Your Government is an initiative which is inspired by "phone zapping", a tool that has long been used in organizing. Phoning your government does three things very effectively:

  1. Allows the government to hear directly the people’s voices on issues.
  2. Increases visibility of the issue as phone messages are harder to miss or ignore
  3. When done consistently and in great numbers, phoning slows down the government’s ability to take action on issues that are not supported by the public.

Unfortunately, due to disconnected phone lines from various ministry offices, Phone Your Government cannot continue.