Legislature lowers flag in support of Ukraine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 21, 2014 Recently the Ontario Legislature witnessed a special debate with respect to the violence in the Ukrainian city of Kiev. On behalf of the PC caucus, MPP Christine Elliott asked the flag at Queen’s Park be lowered in memory of the murdered innocent young activists, to recognize an official day … Continue reading “Legislature lowers flag in support of Ukraine”

Time for an immediate moratorium on wind turbines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 20, 2014 Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett and his Opposition colleagues are once again urging the Wynne government to stop the onslaught of industrial wind turbines and the damage they are doing, by implementing an immediate moratorium. “Requiring companies to comply with the rules of your Green Energy Act … Continue reading “Time for an immediate moratorium on wind turbines”

The stage can be set for an agricultural comeback

By MPP Toby Barrett Something I enjoy in the winter, apart from feeding the wood stove, is attending farm meetings. In good times and bad, Ontario’s agricultural organizations – serving 50,000 farms and over 200 commodities – provide a valuable forum for all involved to advocate, and kick around ideas and information. Like the rest of … Continue reading “The stage can be set for an agricultural comeback”

Why do we still have a Debt Retirement Charge: Barrett

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 14, 2014 QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is questioning government accounting after it was announced the Debt Retirement Charge on electricity bills will be extended another year. It’s estimated the extension will mean Ontarians are paying an extra $3 billion for electricity. Barrett maintained the debt was paid off … Continue reading “Why do we still have a Debt Retirement Charge: Barrett”

Here’s a proposed law to create a million jobs

By MPP Toby Barrett In 1995, Tim Hudak and I first ran for election on a promise from Mike Harris to create one million jobs – and subsequently that promise became reality. Fast-forward 18 years and we see one million of our friends and neighbours without jobs. It’s again time for a plan to put … Continue reading “Here’s a proposed law to create a million jobs”

Hydro One investigation overdue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 6, 2014 SIMCOE – “It’s about time,” MPP Toby Barrett said of the news Ombudsman Andre Marin would be investigating Hydro One’s treatment of its customers. Over the past several months, Barrett’s office has been dealing with an increase in complaints about Hydro One. “The standard response when my staff contact … Continue reading “Hydro One investigation overdue”

Government paralyzed by social service file

“We want to work more.” ~ Michael, Community Living Tillsonburg By MPP Toby Barrett As Premier Kathleen Wynne was heading into her first caucus meeting as Premier last year at about this time, she told the media and thereby the people of Ontario one of her top priorities was to tackle social issues. One year … Continue reading “Government paralyzed by social service file”

Barrett testimony highlights risk to Lake Erie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 4, 2014 NEW ORLEANS – The Great Lakes are too valuable a resource to be put at risk, Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett told a committee looking into options to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study … Continue reading “Barrett testimony highlights risk to Lake Erie”

Barrett to testify at Asian carp hearings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 31, 2014 NEW ORLEANS – MPP Toby Barrett will make a case for creating a permanent ecological divide between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River during Army Corps of Engineers hearings. After releasing the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) in early January, a series of hearings were scheduled … Continue reading “Barrett to testify at Asian carp hearings”

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

“There’s a sucker born every minute” – attributed to P.T. Barnum By MPP Toby Barrett Each year too many people in Ontario feel the devastating impact of fraud. Criminals target and exploit people of all ages and all walks of life through false or misleading advertising, telemarketing, pyramid schemes and fake lotteries. Canadians lose millions … Continue reading “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”