HST bribe cheques in the mail “Robbing Paul to pay Paul”: Barrett

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2010 Simcoe – McGuinty’s attempt to bribe Ontarians into acceptance of his 13 per cent Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) adds further insult to injury. That according to Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett who says the first cheques of taxpayers’ money being returned to their rightful owners exemplifies politics at its most … Continue reading “HST bribe cheques in the mail “Robbing Paul to pay Paul”: Barrett”

Gas tax in rural Ontario pays for urban transit

By MPP Toby Barrett In rural Ontario, we can’t go anywhere without getting into a vehicle. And we pay provincial taxes every time we fill up the tank – a portion of which is used to support public transit. As we know, there’s no public transit in Norfolk County or Haldimand County. All municipalities should … Continue reading “Gas tax in rural Ontario pays for urban transit”

What happened to McGuinty water bill? Government grabs headlines and heads for the door

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2010 Queens Park – It’s the same old story for this government – garner the green headlines and run for the nearest door. That from Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett who notes that after much fanfare in the Throne Speech and the Budget, and the introduction of the Water Opportunities … Continue reading “What happened to McGuinty water bill? Government grabs headlines and heads for the door”

Should we have the right to recall politicians?

By MPP Toby Barrett On March 22nd 2004, I introduced The Recall Act, 2004, to enshrine a right for people to retain or remove elected representatives at times other than election day. During debate, I felt I was about as popular as a snake at a garden party as this present government used its majority … Continue reading “Should we have the right to recall politicians?”

Where is the promised Waste Diversion Act? Only diversion from Government is empty Earth Day pledge for WDO legislation

For Immediate Release: June 3, 2010 Queens Park – A pledge to introduce new Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) legislation and make up for an embarrassing failure to deliver on diversion targets from Environment Minister John Gerretsen seems to have been a diversion in itself. On Earth Day, as media attention was aimed at environmental issues, … Continue reading “Where is the promised Waste Diversion Act? Only diversion from Government is empty Earth Day pledge for WDO legislation”

Taxpayers being played by OLG spending

By MPP Toby Barrett Just as the Ontario Legislature rose for the summer, Jim McCarter, the province’s Auditor General, released a special report into the expense practices of Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) employees. The findings of this report exemplify this current government’s inability to control runaway spending. Finance Minister Dwight Duncan was shamed into … Continue reading “Taxpayers being played by OLG spending”

HST is one in a long line of taxes

By MPP Toby Barrett June 1st marked the start to Seniors Month in Ontario and ironically it also marked the one-month countdown to the implementation of Mr. McGuinty’s HST tax grab that will punish everyone, including vulnerable seniors already struggling to make ends meet. The HST is a tax on seniors and every other Ontarian. … Continue reading “HST is one in a long line of taxes”

“McGuinty’s salivating over new carbon tax” Barrett highlights next money grab as one month HST countdown begins

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2010 Queens Park – “Why is Dalton McGuinty going down the road of Stephane Dion’s green shift greedy carbon tax?” That was the question from Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett following positive reviews for a carbon tax from the Environment Minister. “Yesterday, your environment minister said, “a carbon tax is something … Continue reading ““McGuinty’s salivating over new carbon tax” Barrett highlights next money grab as one month HST countdown begins”

Why not Nanticoke? Opposition asks why government refuses the Nanticoke option for unwanted gas plant

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2010 Queens Park – Mayors of Oakville and Haldimand watched on as the Opposition pressed the case for government to consider Nanticoke as an alternative for energy production currently slated for an opposed Clarkson natural gas plant. “The people of Oakville have told you they don’t want the proposed gas … Continue reading “Why not Nanticoke? Opposition asks why government refuses the Nanticoke option for unwanted gas plant”

Only sure thing in McGuinty’s Ontario is death and increased taxes

For Immediate Release: May 27, 2010 Simcoe – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett said the HST, due to hit the pocketbooks of Ontarians on July 1st, will make the cost of dying more expensive. As of Dominion Day, Ontarians will be forced to pay between $650 and $1,300 in taxes for funeral services. Some of the … Continue reading “Only sure thing in McGuinty’s Ontario is death and increased taxes”