The angst of proposed federal tax changes

By MPP Toby Barrett          Two issues have permeated farm gatherings and fairs this summer and fall – minimum wage proposals, and taxation changes for incorporated operations. The former is provincial, the latter federal. As Ontario’s Opposition, we have been adamant the $15 mandatory minimum, as proposed, is going too far, too fast. As well, during … Continue reading “The angst of proposed federal tax changes”

Omnibus bill creates confusion for conservation authorities, OMB

By MPP Toby Barrett Overdue changes to the Ontario Municipal Board appeal process and Conservation Authorities Act are presently being debated in the Ontario Legislature through an omnibus bill. The bill seems to have good intentions, but like many well-intentioned bills the devil is in the details. Omnibus bills are characterized by many related but … Continue reading “Omnibus bill creates confusion for conservation authorities, OMB”

Simcoe Day Act passes Second Reading in Ontario Legislature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 29, 2017   QUEEN’S PARK – The Civic Holiday Monday in August is one step closer to becoming Simcoe Day. Members of the Ontario Legislature gave unanimous support to Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett’s Private Member’s Bill The Simcoe Day Act after Second Reading debate yesterday. The act would proclaim the first … Continue reading “Simcoe Day Act passes Second Reading in Ontario Legislature”

Name one farmer in favour of these tax hikes on farm corporations: Barrett

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2017   QUEEN’S PARK – Opposition benches erupted when Toby Barrett, Agriculture Critic and MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk, asked Premier Wynne if she has “challenged this tax grab on farm corporations with the Prime Minister.” As Barrett demanded, “Why will you not join us in fighting these tax hikes, so the … Continue reading “Name one farmer in favour of these tax hikes on farm corporations: Barrett”

Lady Simcoe and her taste for ‘Canadian monkey’

  By MPP Toby Barrett ‘Tastes like pork’ was the report of Lady Simcoe, wife of John Graves, on first having raccoon, or ‘Canadian monkey’, as she described it at the time. So many stories of well over two centuries ago were relayed this past Sept. 17 at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Several events were held to commemorate … Continue reading “Lady Simcoe and her taste for ‘Canadian monkey’”

Local MPP touts area festivals, fairs and fun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2017   QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett sent an open invitation to attend “some of the best fairs in the province” in the Legislature today. He mentioned Dunnville’s Mudcat Festival, Port Rowan Bayfest, Charlotteville’s Donnybook, Delhi’s Fall Fest and Pumpkinfest. “The week leading up to Thanksgiving presents two … Continue reading “Local MPP touts area festivals, fairs and fun”

Why we should recognize Simcoe Day in Ontario

By MPP Toby Barrett Sunday September 17th is the 225th anniversary of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario – an inaugural sitting presided over by John Graves Simcoe, our first Lieutenant Governor. During my research, I have developed an appreciation and admiration for John Graves Simcoe – his leadership of the Queens Rangers against George Washington’s … Continue reading “Why we should recognize Simcoe Day in Ontario”

Barrett reiterates demand for Caledonia compensation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 15, 2017     QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett has reiterated his call for compensation to businesses and homeowners in the wake of the Argyle Street blockade. During Question Period this week, Barrett explained to the Ontario Legislature that the month-long blockade put “businesses and homeowners through psychological and … Continue reading “Barrett reiterates demand for Caledonia compensation”

Hunting, fishing and trapping is a way of life

By MPP Toby Barrett Saturday, Sept. 16 is National Hunting Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day to recognize the importance of these activities to our economy, our identity and culture. This year, Heritage Day coincides with Waterfowler Heritage Day – set aside for young hunters under the age of 18 to hunt ducks for a day … Continue reading “Hunting, fishing and trapping is a way of life”