Be clear, consistent and keep out of the way

By MPP Toby Barrett Municipal and Provincial governments won’t always agree, which is understandable. But agree or disagree, both sides should count on a partner that keeps its word. The era of promises that are politically expedient, financially unaffordable, easily made and more easily broken must end. Last week I attended meetings in Windsor of … Continue reading “Be clear, consistent and keep out of the way”

What happened to McGuinty water legislation?

By MPP Toby Barrett Four months ago I questioned the provincial announcement of new water legislation. Now that the Legislature has risen with no debate of the government’s proposed water bill, I have further questions. After much fanfare in this Spring’s Throne Speech and Budget, and the introduction of the Water Opportunities Act to coincide … Continue reading “What happened to McGuinty water legislation?”

Wind towers can pit neighbour against neighbour

By MPP Toby Barrett This Spring, I attended the installation of a windmill in Jarvis – at the Walpole Antique Farm Equipment Association. The tower is 100 years old, 40 feet high and part of our farming heritage. What is not part of our farming heritage is the plan for hundreds of industrial wind towers … Continue reading “Wind towers can pit neighbour against neighbour”

Environment Commissioner highlights eco fee fiasco

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2010 Simcoe: Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett says he’s heartened by the Environmental Commissioner’s concerns with the chaotic way in which the McGuinty Government’s rolled out the eco fee program. The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s (ECO) report on the tax debacle, titled, “Getting it Right”, further pointed to the government’s … Continue reading “Environment Commissioner highlights eco fee fiasco”

Barrett calls on McGuinty to choose carrot over eco-tax stick

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2010 Simcoe – Instead of penalizing manufacturers, retailers and customers, we should be providing incentives to support and promote production and consumption habits that foster more sustainable lifestyles. That from Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett who questions why the McGuinty government always chooses the stick over the carrot. “Let’s make … Continue reading “Barrett calls on McGuinty to choose carrot over eco-tax stick”

Environment Critic Barrett supports scrapping eco-tax

For Immediate Release: July 13, 2010 Queens Park – Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett and Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak are calling on Dalton McGuinty to scrap his so-called ‘eco – tax’ During a media conference at Queens Park the pair further committed that, if the McGuinty Liberals fail to eliminate their latest tax-grab, then … Continue reading “Environment Critic Barrett supports scrapping eco-tax”

Barrett to McGuinty: Drop the 100 per cent cement mix eco fee

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2010 Simcoe – Under the McGuinty government’s yet-to-be-announced eco fee program, a 60 pound bag of cement mix, which retails for $3.99, as of July 1st has a new tax of $3.90 – an almost 100 per cent increase. As many know, an Ontario-government agency, Stewardship Ontario, has launched its … Continue reading “Barrett to McGuinty: Drop the 100 per cent cement mix eco fee”

Eco fees are taxation without representation

By MPP Toby Barrett ‘No taxation without representation’ was the call in 1773 when revolutionaries hosted the Boston Tea Party to protest taxes by unaccountable government. Some 230 years later, on this side of the border, consumers bushwacked by eco fees are asking where was the legislative debate, and is this legal? As government damage … Continue reading “Eco fees are taxation without representation”

Should we have the right to recall our politicians? Ontario PC Government Will Introduce Democratic Reforms

For Immediate Release: June 21, 2010 Simcoe – MPP Toby Barrett is joining fellow Ontario PC members to recall efforts towards democratic reform in Ontario. Six years ago, Barrett introduced ‘recall’ legislation to allow elected representatives to be voted out of office through referendum. Today, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak appointed Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark … Continue reading “Should we have the right to recall our politicians? Ontario PC Government Will Introduce Democratic Reforms”

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”