Making our classrooms and schools safer

 By MPP Toby Barrett During parliamentary debate, I had the opportunity to make comment on Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act. I did not come at it from any ideology but rather my perspective as a former high school teacher at Simcoe Composite School. I led off my debate with a question to all … Continue reading “Making our classrooms and schools safer”

Economic statement: puts money back into your pocket

By MPP Toby Barrett Last week, Ontario’s Minister of Finance presented the Fall Economic Statement with a promise to put money back into the pockets of people in Ontario, and a promise that trust and accountability in government will return. Despite the $15 billion deficit—now down to $14.5 billion—we inherited from the previous administration, we … Continue reading “Economic statement: puts money back into your pocket”

Barrett raises questions about winter driving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 27, 2018   THUNDER BAY – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett raised issues of safe winter driving during Question Period on Monday. Barrett asked Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek about the new 511 web site that provides up-to-date information on road conditions and where snow plows are operating. “This winter season, our government … Continue reading “Barrett raises questions about winter driving”

Barrett stresses the need for basic math skills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 26, 2018   QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett stressed the need to teach basic math skills during Monday’s debate on the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, 2018. Barrett asked the Legislature what seven times eight is. “A buddy of mine is an ironworker,” Barrett said during debate. “Whenever we … Continue reading “Barrett stresses the need for basic math skills”

Unlock the job-creating potential of our economy

By MPP Toby Barrett Ontario workers and businesses deserve a minimum wage determined by economics, not politics – a principle that all provincial political parties had previously followed when it was agreed the minimum wage would rise with the rate of inflation. The Making Ontario Open for Business Act, if passed, will keep Ontario’s minimum … Continue reading “Unlock the job-creating potential of our economy”

Barrett speaks on ALUS bill at national conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 20, 2018   WINNIPEG – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett was one of the feature speakers opening the Natural Infrastructure Forum with a speech about his Private Member’s Bill on ALUS. Co-sponsored by the Insurance Bureau of Canada, ALUS Canada and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the forum’s purpose was to … Continue reading “Barrett speaks on ALUS bill at national conference”

Let’s scrap unnecessary regulation and red tape

By MPP Toby Barrett Much of our work at Queen’s Park is designed to boost the provincial economy. For example, Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, will begin removing the onerous burdens on our job creators while preserving real benefits for Ontario workers. The goal is to simplify, harmonize and reduce the regulatory … Continue reading “Let’s scrap unnecessary regulation and red tape”

Honouring the skilled Canadian snipers of past and present

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2018   QUEEN’S PARK—MPP Toby Barrett, in the spirit of Remembrance, recently spoke in the legislature to honour the bravery and skill of Canadian military snipers past and present. “During the Great War, Métis Henry Louis Norwest was a famed Canadian sniper,” Barrett said. “In trench conflict, he needed excellent … Continue reading “Honouring the skilled Canadian snipers of past and present”

Support our troops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 9, 2018   SIMCOE – A trio of announcements have been rolled out to assist Canada’s veterans, military personnel and Legion branches. A commitment has been made to table legislation shortly to ease the burden on Ontario’s Royal Canadian Legion halls by ensuring they pay no property tax. “Veterans are Canada’s … Continue reading “Support our troops”

Canadian Muscle: The Last Hundred Days of WWI

By MPP Toby Barrett During the Great War, Canada earned a reputation as an effective fighting force at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.  Less known is the important role our soldiers played in the final victory during “Canada’s Hundred Days”—the three-month stretch culminating in Armistice. Allied generals put Canadians on the front lines.  Canadian soldiers had … Continue reading “Canadian Muscle: The Last Hundred Days of WWI”