Ontario’s out-of-control infestation of foreign plants

By MPP Toby Barrett A year ago, Ontario became the first province with a dedicated Invasive Species Act. However, I question whether the legislation goes far enough, and in the right direction, given Ontario’s infestation of so many different types of foreign plants and creatures? One concern is the law puts the onus on landowners … Continue reading “Ontario’s out-of-control infestation of foreign plants”

Her Majesty is represented by Ontario’s lieutenant-governor

By MPP Toby Barrett Under our constitution, Her Majesty is the Queen of Canada. Incidentally, Elizabeth II is also queen of 15 other countries. At the federal level, her representative is the governor general – provincially the lieutenant-governor. Every piece of legislation that passes needs Royal Assent – under the signature of the lieutenant-governor – … Continue reading “Her Majesty is represented by Ontario’s lieutenant-governor”

There’s no shortage of things to do this summer

 By MPP Toby Barrett As you read this, chances are I am sprucing up my red tractor preparing for First of July celebrations across the riding. I plan to be in the Canada Day parade in Caledonia in the morning, and Port Dover in the afternoon. Both are long-standing spectacles, and will be even bigger … Continue reading “There’s no shortage of things to do this summer”

$15 minimum wage threat to students, local food

By MPP Toby Barrett It was just four months ago Premier Wynne rejected a $15 minimum wage hike, while re-affirming her support for the policy all three political parties agreed upon whereby increases would be based on the consumer price index. “We’ve got a really good process that actually de-politicizes the increases to the minimum … Continue reading “$15 minimum wage threat to students, local food”

This is the 225th anniversary of Ontario’s Parliament

By MPP Toby Barrett This coming Sept. 17th will mark the 225th anniversary of the opening of the First Session of the First Parliament of Upper Canada. Ontario pre-dates Canada by 75 years. The Constitutional Act of June 10, 1791 divided the British colony into two governments – west of the Ottawa River became Upper … Continue reading “This is the 225th anniversary of Ontario’s Parliament”

Changes south of the border – we must up our game

By MPP Toby Barrett Given the change in administration south of the border, we in Ontario and across Canada must now up our game. On May 18, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer gave notice of intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. Citing outdated standards and regulation, Lighthizer … Continue reading “Changes south of the border – we must up our game”

Are we prepared for this year’s Lyme tick onslaught?

By MPP Toby Barrett With several sources predicting black-legged tick numbers – and by extension Lyme disease – on the rise, continued awareness and action are more important than ever. Farmers, hunters, hikers, anglers, bird watchers or anyone spending time in the outdoors need to know how to avoid tick bites. If you live in … Continue reading “Are we prepared for this year’s Lyme tick onslaught?”

‘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”