Online gambling — money grab on backs of low-income addicts

For Immediate Release: August 11, 2010 Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says the McGuinty government’s idea to roll out online gambling is a revenue grab on the backs of low-income Ontarians. “We have a government who has plunged our province into a $20 billion record deficit and their answer is to use $400 … Continue reading “Online gambling — money grab on backs of low-income addicts”

Tim Hudak Calls for Full Review of Dalton McGuinty´s LHINs After Ombudsman Confirms ‘Secret’ and ‘Illegal’ Actions

For Immediate Release: August 10, 2010 Today, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and Ontario PC Health Critic Christine Elliott called for a full review of the recent health care cuts imposed by Dalton McGuinty´s Hamilton – Niagara – Haldimand – Brant (HNHB) LHIN, after an investigation by Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin confirmed that the LHIN … Continue reading “Tim Hudak Calls for Full Review of Dalton McGuinty´s LHINs After Ombudsman Confirms ‘Secret’ and ‘Illegal’ Actions”

Barrett supports Hudak’s revival of mid-pen corridor

For Immediate Release: August 5, 2010 Simcoe – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett agrees with Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak who has said that the time for a new highway corridor through Niagara and Hamilton is now. “I supported this Mid-Peninsula Highway under previous PC Premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves. Then Haldimand County was growing … Continue reading “Barrett supports Hudak’s revival of mid-pen corridor”

All commodity groups need ongoing risk management

By MPP Toby Barrett Farmers across Ontario, as well as those of us in Opposition, have been calling on the government to implement a permanent Business Risk Management Program for all commodity groups – not just grain and oilseeds. Over the last year, MPP’s have heard the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) proposal for a … Continue reading “All commodity groups need ongoing risk management”

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”