Barrett backs community pharmacies HN MPP reads in petitions against pharmacy reform

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2010 Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk’s MPP is adding his voice to those contacting his office for protection of community pharmacies against government reform impacting rural Ontarians. Toby Barrett rose to read in a petition this afternoon asking the Premier and Health Minister: “Please don’t cut community pharmacy funding” “Rural Ontarians … Continue reading “Barrett backs community pharmacies HN MPP reads in petitions against pharmacy reform”

Will pharmacies go the way of the corner store?

By MPP Toby Barrett In spite of what many perceive as a massive intervention by government into the private sector, Mr. McGuinty in a Toronto Star article states, “Our principle responsibility in government is not really to ensure there is any particular kind of pharmacy industry in place…” However, the draconian elimination of rebates – … Continue reading “Will pharmacies go the way of the corner store?”

It is worrisome what is not addressed in budget

By MPP Toby Barrett Now that we have discovered the current government will double Ontario’s debt by fiscal year 2012-13, we must seriously consider a number of remedies. We must make government smaller, end deficit spending and balance the budget and, when we are done, produce a government that is effective in performing its key … Continue reading “It is worrisome what is not addressed in budget”

Can Government spend its way out of a recession?

By MPP Toby Barrett This year’s budget indicates the McGuinty government has increased spending 70 per cent since taking office. Expenditures for fiscal year 2010-11 will come in at a whopping $125.9 billion. Those numbers tell a tale – a tale of a government that has maxed out its credit card and is forwarding the … Continue reading “Can Government spend its way out of a recession?”

We don’t have a revenue problem – it’s spending

By MPP Toby Barrett With respect to Ontario’s Finances, we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Deficits have risen to levels that are going to be very difficult to turn around because of the cumulative impact on the debt. Ontario must stop the deficit growth and ensure sustainable revenue generation. By … Continue reading “We don’t have a revenue problem – it’s spending”

Our farmers require a Risk Management Program

By MPP Toby Barrett Winter is the time for farm meetings and whether it be pork, beef, hort or cash crop I have been hearing a common theme – the need for a Risk Management Program. Farmers have been facing negative margins and are being forced to shut down after concluding the current suite of … Continue reading “Our farmers require a Risk Management Program”

Vimy Ridge Day receives unanimous support

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2010 Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is encouraging residents to join in recognizing, Vimy Ridge Day April 9th after PC MPP Norm Sterling saw his bill to proclaim the date passed with all-party support in the Legislature yesterday. Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Norm Sterling’s Bill proclaims April 9 as … Continue reading “Vimy Ridge Day receives unanimous support”

Ontario – another year older and deeper in debt Bankrupt budget neglects area economy

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2010 Queens Park – An Ontario budget announcing a $21.3 billion deficit leaves Ontario residents and business further behind the eight-ball while neglecting Haldimand-Norfolk area concerns altogether according to local MPP Toby Barrett. “Today’s budget makes it clear that Dalton McGuinty still believes he can tax and spend his way … Continue reading “Ontario – another year older and deeper in debt Bankrupt budget neglects area economy”

Water, water everywhere… Budget drowns Ontario in debt, fails to address environmental shortcomings

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2010 Queens Park – While the Ontario Budget announced another new clean water plan it neglected to address previous environmental plans that have strangled economic activity with regulation while failing to approach declared green goals. “It’s all well and good to launch sweeping environmental legislation every year,” Barrett pointed out. … Continue reading “Water, water everywhere… Budget drowns Ontario in debt, fails to address environmental shortcomings”