New bill will slash bureaucratic red tape

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 24, 2018   QUEEN’S PARK — Today MPP Toby Barrett shared details on how the Ontario PC Government is acting to help create and protect jobs in Ontario by reducing the regulatory burden on Ontario businesses and workers. The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will, if passed by Ontario’s Legislature, … Continue reading “New bill will slash bureaucratic red tape”

How to expand natural gas to homes and businesses

By MPP Toby Barrett This fall legislation was introduced to enable the private sector to deliver natural gas to 78 communities and up to 33,000 new customers. On Oct. 1st, we also took the carbon tax off natural gas bills. This will save customers $80 a year, and small businesses, $285. We’re ending the previous … Continue reading “How to expand natural gas to homes and businesses”

Red Kelly topic of discussion at Queen’s Park again

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2018   Queen’s Park – Yet again, Red Kelly was the topic of discussion at Queen’s Park. Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop let members of the Ontario Legislature know that earlier this month, Detroit Red Wings president and CEO Christopher Ilitch announced the organization would be honouring Leonard “Red” Kelly … Continue reading “Red Kelly topic of discussion at Queen’s Park again”

Government seeking input on climate change solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 23, 2018   QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is asking the public to provide input into the future of Ontario’s climate change solution. Consultations are being done via the Internet by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks until Nov. 16. The consultation will focus on resiliency efforts, … Continue reading “Government seeking input on climate change solutions”

Have your say on our education system

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 22, 2018   QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is encouraging parents to have their say in a review in Ontario’s review of the education system. Feedback from the consultations will be used to: Improve student performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Prepare students with needed job skills, such … Continue reading “Have your say on our education system”

Alternative land use bill passes second reading

By MPP Toby Barrett The Ontario Legislature recently debated and voted in favour of a bill to support the concept of setting aside land for wildlife and other environmental purposes. In addition to support from all political parties, the Private Member’s Bill – which I authored – received support ranging from Delta Waterfowl to the … Continue reading “Alternative land use bill passes second reading”

Trade builds prosperity and good-paying jobs

By MPP Toby Barrett On May 18, last year U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer gave notice of intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. Citing outdated standards and regulation, Lighthizer stressed the need for higher-paying jobs in the U.S. And President Trump, we know, had repeatedly stated he … Continue reading “Trade builds prosperity and good-paying jobs”

To restore trust, transparency and accountability

 By MPP Toby Barrett According to an independent inquiry into Ontario’s finances the deficit for this 2018-19 fiscal year is $15 billion. This Financial Commission of Inquiry is shining a spotlight on the biggest government scandal in a generation. We sent in a team of experts, led by former BC Premier Gordon Campbell, to follow … Continue reading “To restore trust, transparency and accountability”

Barrett’s bill on ALUS receives unanimous support

For immediate release: September 27, 2018   QUEEN’S PARK – A Private Member’s Bill introduced by Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett, concerning alternate land use of agricultural land, has received all-party support in the Ontario Legislature. Bill 28, “An Act respecting a voluntary program for the alternate use of agricultural land and the production of ecosystem … Continue reading “Barrett’s bill on ALUS receives unanimous support”