We honour Her Majesty, and remarkable Canadians

By MPP Toby Barrett “This medal is an opportunity to come together as a nation, to celebrate service and to see how we are brought together through action and by the very fact that Canada’s heritage is forever linked to the Crown.” – Prime Minister Harper Year 2012 marked celebrations of the 60th anniversary of … Continue reading “We honour Her Majesty, and remarkable Canadians”

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus – N.Y. Sun

By MPP Toby Barrett It was a letter from an eight-year-old New York girl in 1897 that confirmed the existence of Santa forever. “VIRGINIA” who penned the letter to the New York Sun, asked poignantly if her friends were correct in doubting the existence of Santa Claus. The response was as timeless as it was … Continue reading “Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus – N.Y. Sun”


“Tough times demand tough decisions.” – Auditor General Jim McCarter, 2012 Annual Report FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2012 QUEEN’S PARK – Revelations in the Auditor General’s report highlight the mismanagement of Ontario taxpayer dollars over the past nine years according to Opposition MPP Toby Barrett. “First, the Auditor pointed to government’s waste of $24 … Continue reading “A.G. REPORT– MORE SPENDING, FEWER RESULTS: Barrett”

A Christmas call for cell-phone shock protection

By MPP Toby Barrett As we near the holiday season, a recent report indicating cell-phones and tablets are topping many Christmas wish lists took me back to my most recent speech in the Ontario Legislature just before Mr. McGuinty pulled the plug. The evening of October 15th, the Wireless Services Agreements Act was being debated … Continue reading “A Christmas call for cell-phone shock protection”

More convenient beer and wine sales

For Immediate Release December 7, 2012 Vanessa – Last July, a petition with 112,500 names arrived at Queen’s Park calling for the sale of beer and wine in corner stores. Of interest locally, is that the petition was instigated by Joanne McMurchy, owner of the Vanessa General Store. Ontario’s PC Opposition propose we consider all … Continue reading “More convenient beer and wine sales”

Barrett backs “new deal” for public sector

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2012 Simcoe – A New Deal for the Public Sector, will guide Ontario’s civil service in refocusing on core services that matter most, according to Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. The New Deal … released today, is the latest in a series of white papers from the Official Opposition on topics … Continue reading “Barrett backs “new deal” for public sector”

Time to end the LCBO monopoly

For Immediate Release December 4, 2012 Toronto – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says it’s high time the Ontario government takes its nose out of businesses like the LCBO, and begins focusing on core services like health care, education and infrastructure. “I’ve had many people over the years ask me why Queen’s Park is operating commercial … Continue reading “Time to end the LCBO monopoly”

Locals take green energy plights to Ingersoll

For Immediate Release December 3, 2012 Simcoe – Despite the cold damp weather Saturday, area people upset with green energy projects in Haldimand and Norfolk rallied in Ingersoll hoping to catch the attention of Liberal Leadership hopefuls. “I commend local organizers for bringing out many people who were able to introduce green energy issues – … Continue reading “Locals take green energy plights to Ingersoll”

Power plant cancellation cost claims unravel

For immediate release: November 29, 2012 Simcoe – Analysis of the Oakville and Mississauga power plant cancellations has revealed more evidence the McGuinty government has not told Ontarians the full truth about the related costs taxpayers are left to pick up. Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says a recent estimate from Former Ontario Power Authority CEO … Continue reading “Power plant cancellation cost claims unravel”