‘Fair Hydro’ law merely kicks the can down the road

By MPP Toby Barrett Ontario electricity rates are at all-time highs, in part, because the Ontario government has added $35 billion in generation costs since 2003. The recently introduced Fair Hydro Act is the third attempt by this government to overhaul the electricity system since 2009. The first attempt, the Green Energy Act, is what … Continue reading “‘Fair Hydro’ law merely kicks the can down the road”

Battle of the Atlantic – longest of World War II

By MPP Toby Barrett On behalf of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition I recently paid tribute in the House to Canadians who fought and died in defence of liberty during the Battle of the Atlantic. Over 2,000 courageous members of the Royal Canadian Navy gave up their lives during the Battle of the Atlantic. This was … Continue reading “Battle of the Atlantic – longest of World War II”

Now is not the time for a mediocre budget plan

By MPP Toby Barrett It was disconcerting this year to watch the charade of a budget unfold, when the Ontario government claims they have balanced the budget, but clearly haven’t. Government provided a set of numbers that only add up by using one-time revenue, such as the sale of Hydro One. Because of that, it’s … Continue reading “Now is not the time for a mediocre budget plan”

No doctor conscience rights in assisted dying bill

By MPP Toby Barrett For weeks, Ontario has been wrestling with Bill 84, the Medical Assistance in Dying Act. We have seen considerable debate at Queen’s Park to ensure timely access to medical assistance in dying, while at the same time, trying to ensure the conscience rights of our health care professionals are respected. Much … Continue reading “No doctor conscience rights in assisted dying bill”

Slow down a bit and think about farm safety

By MPP Toby Barrett Tractor rollovers. Electrocution.  Grain suffocation.  Heatstroke. Sadly, with every beautiful growing and harvesting season also come the ugly dangers of working on a farm. Some farm families know all too well that farming is one of the deadliest jobs in the world and stories of on-farm accidents and close calls are … Continue reading “Slow down a bit and think about farm safety”

In Ontario, nothing is certain but debt and taxes

By MPP Toby Barrett Last year Ontario became the first province in Canada to rack up over $300 billion in debt. Worse yet, there are plans to add more debt in the future with no plans to cut taxes. Ontario is the most indebted sub-national government in the world with each Ontarian sharing in over … Continue reading “In Ontario, nothing is certain but debt and taxes”

We need our fair share of the gas tax back

By MPP Toby Barrett Ontario needs a law that will ensure every municipality will get a fair share of the gas tax every driver in the province pays at the pumps. Currently, the Gasoline Tax Act permits only those municipalities that have a rapid transit or public transportation system to get a tax rebate. As … Continue reading “We need our fair share of the gas tax back”

We commemorate the service and sacrifice of Vimy

By MPP Toby Barrett One hundred years ago, three young brothers from our area’s Houghton Township were fighting in France as part of the Canadian Corps’ 14th Battalion. Within a matter of days, all three would be dead. Bill West, age 20, and Arthur West, age 27, were killed on April 9, 1917, during the … Continue reading “We commemorate the service and sacrifice of Vimy”

It’s ‘back to the future’ with bill on photo radar

By MPP Toby Barrett Many will remember when Bob Rae introduced photo radar on Ontario’s 400-series highways in 1994 by Bob Rae’s NDP government. Within three months of the 1994 project launch, the program was churning out close to 13,000 tickets a month, leading the forefathers of today’s Ontario Liberals to criticize the NDP photo … Continue reading “It’s ‘back to the future’ with bill on photo radar”

Let’s get government out of the way of volunteers

By MPP Toby Barrett Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Volunteers organize everything from festivals, minor and adult sports leagues, and town halls to running Legions, churches and community centres. Volunteers contribute to the health, spiritual well-being and socio-economic activity of people in Ontario. Today, we often focus on the bad, forgetting about those … Continue reading “Let’s get government out of the way of volunteers”