Here’s to open, reciprocal trade in North America

By MPP Toby Barrett The United States and Canada boast one of the largest trading relationships in the world. No other country buys more goods and services that are “Made in the USA” than Canada – to the tune of $322 billion a year. And as a result, Canada supports close to nine million U.S. … Continue reading “Here’s to open, reciprocal trade in North America”

Worries beyond $15 minimum wage in labour bill

By MPP Toby Barrett Much of this summer’s discussion on proposed labour legislation has focused on the $15 minimum wage and its impact on labour-intensive agriculture, student jobs and the restaurant trade. Previously, all three political parties had agreed to take the minimum wage out of the political arena and set it according to the … Continue reading “Worries beyond $15 minimum wage in labour bill”

No perch or pickerel in Lake Erie’s future?

By MPP Toby Barrett The tasty fish our Great Lakes are known for, and all other sport fish, could be decimated if the insidious Asian carp migrate from the Mississippi watershed. Combined, the four Asian carp species could decimate the Great Lakes fishery by outcompeting our native fish. Plankton, which is the base of the … Continue reading “No perch or pickerel in Lake Erie’s future?”

No perch or pickerel in Lake Erie’s future?

By MPP Toby Barrett The tasty fish our Great Lakes are known for, and all other sport fish, could be decimated if the insidious Asian carp migrate from the Mississippi watershed. Combined, the four Asian carp species could decimate the Great Lakes fishery by outcompeting our native fish. Plankton, which is the base of the … Continue reading “No perch or pickerel in Lake Erie’s future?”

Ontarians deserve a break on their hydro bills, not billions spent on foreign companies

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 3017 SIMCOE – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett joined Opposition Energy Critic Todd Smith to urge the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to reject Hydro One’s application for yet another unaffordable rate increase for Ontario families. In a letter to the OEB, Smith highlighted the fact that Ontario families are paying … Continue reading “Ontarians deserve a break on their hydro bills, not billions spent on foreign companies”

John Graves Simcoe – warrior, lieutenant-governor

By MPP Toby Barrett As the holiday some refer to as Simcoe Day approaches, I wish to shine light on Upper Canada’s first lieutenant-governor. Born Feb. 25, 1752, in England, John Graves Simcoe, although best known as lieutenant-governor, was also a member of British Parliament, colonial administrator, army officer, and commander of the Queen’s Rangers … Continue reading “John Graves Simcoe – warrior, lieutenant-governor”

Ontario symbolism a recognition of our roots

By MPP Toby Barrett “Give us a place to grow And call this land, Ontario” These words from the song Ontario have special meaning as the province celebrates its 225th and Canada its 150th. The song was commissioned for a film that was shown in the Ontario pavilion at Expo 67. It became the province’s … Continue reading “Ontario symbolism a recognition of our roots”

$15 minimum wage up for debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2017   SIMCOE – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett heads on the road for hearings on Bill 148 as part of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, while the government is perhaps starting to waiver on a $15 minimum wage. Last week, Liberal Labour Minister Kevin Flynn announced on … Continue reading “$15 minimum wage up for debate”

Ontario’s out-of-control infestation of foreign plants

By MPP Toby Barrett A year ago, Ontario became the first province with a dedicated Invasive Species Act. However, I question whether the legislation goes far enough, and in the right direction, given Ontario’s infestation of so many different types of foreign plants and creatures? One concern is the law puts the onus on landowners … Continue reading “Ontario’s out-of-control infestation of foreign plants”

Engineers confirm electricity waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2017   SIMCOE – The amount of waste in conjunction with the government’s handling of the electricity file continues to grow exponentially. The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers did their own calculation of the government’s electricity statistics and found $1 billion worth of clean electricity was wasted in 2016. This … Continue reading “Engineers confirm electricity waste”