Cutting costs and red tape puts us back in business

By MPP Toby Barrett Before Christmas, Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, announced over 30 actions to cut red tape in Ontario. This included regulatory changes to cut costs for businesses, decreasing barriers across municipal and provincial jurisdictions, and increasing business access to government investment. As well, Minister Smith announced another … Continue reading “Cutting costs and red tape puts us back in business”

Swinging into summer and the passing of fall

By MPP Toby Barrett Six months ago MPPs returned to Queen’s Park for a rare summer sitting to begin turning our province around. The change in administration set the stage for an accountable government that will work for everyone. The summer sitting of the Ontario Legislature gave me an opportunity to rise and pay tribute … Continue reading “Swinging into summer and the passing of fall”

Recapping 2018: a look at the first six months

By MPP Toby Barrett As with the previous year, the winter and spring of 2018 left me little choice but to pressure the government on a series of issues plaguing constituents here in Haldimand-Norfolk. One of the biggest issues early in the year was the potholes on Highway 6. The previous government committed to fixing … Continue reading “Recapping 2018: a look at the first six months”

Wishing all, peace and happiness this Christmas 

By MPP Toby Barrett The Christmas season becomes the perfectly imperfect time to reflect on the past year.  By taking stock of the challenges we endured, we can take lessons for what may lie ahead. When the Ontario Legislature belatedly rose for the Christmas holiday, it was in effect the last day of the first … Continue reading “Wishing all, peace and happiness this Christmas ”

Winds of change bring a new environmental reality

By MPP Toby Barrett The Ontario government is taking action to address issues of climate change.  Once in office, we have been acting as quickly as possible to fulfill our commitment to Ontario families and businesses.  For example, we revoked the cap-and-trade carbon tax and ended emissions trading and allowances. In addition, we have now … Continue reading “Winds of change bring a new environmental reality”

Making our classrooms and schools safer

 By MPP Toby Barrett During parliamentary debate, I had the opportunity to make comment on Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act. I did not come at it from any ideology but rather my perspective as a former high school teacher at Simcoe Composite School. I led off my debate with a question to all … Continue reading “Making our classrooms and schools safer”

Economic statement: puts money back into your pocket

By MPP Toby Barrett Last week, Ontario’s Minister of Finance presented the Fall Economic Statement with a promise to put money back into the pockets of people in Ontario, and a promise that trust and accountability in government will return. Despite the $15 billion deficit—now down to $14.5 billion—we inherited from the previous administration, we … Continue reading “Economic statement: puts money back into your pocket”

Unlock the job-creating potential of our economy

By MPP Toby Barrett Ontario workers and businesses deserve a minimum wage determined by economics, not politics – a principle that all provincial political parties had previously followed when it was agreed the minimum wage would rise with the rate of inflation. The Making Ontario Open for Business Act, if passed, will keep Ontario’s minimum … Continue reading “Unlock the job-creating potential of our economy”

Let’s scrap unnecessary regulation and red tape

By MPP Toby Barrett Much of our work at Queen’s Park is designed to boost the provincial economy. For example, Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, will begin removing the onerous burdens on our job creators while preserving real benefits for Ontario workers. The goal is to simplify, harmonize and reduce the regulatory … Continue reading “Let’s scrap unnecessary regulation and red tape”

Canadian Muscle: The Last Hundred Days of WWI

By MPP Toby Barrett During the Great War, Canada earned a reputation as an effective fighting force at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.  Less known is the important role our soldiers played in the final victory during “Canada’s Hundred Days”—the three-month stretch culminating in Armistice. Allied generals put Canadians on the front lines.  Canadian soldiers had … Continue reading “Canadian Muscle: The Last Hundred Days of WWI”