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”

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”