Cut red tape for productivity and prosperity

By MPP Toby Barrett Next to taxes, regulation is the predominant tool used by government to influence people’s behaviour. And while no one will argue the value of regulation with respect to health or safety or our environment, a serious problem exists for Ontario’s economy and prosperity because of overregulation. According to the Canadian Federations … Continue reading “Cut red tape for productivity and prosperity”

Small businesses and farms drive our economy

By MPP Toby Barrett Small businesses and farms form the backbone of our economy. They are the sources of not only jobs and opportunity, but also the innovation and risk-taking that comprise a strong, modern economy. Small businesses and farms must have every possible advantage to succeed and grow. They are our engines of growth, … Continue reading “Small businesses and farms drive our economy”

21st century requires 21st century education

By MPP Toby Barrett As a former teacher and the son and grandson of teachers, I’m convinced of the opportunities created for citizens through education. Regardless of background, every student needs access to skills and knowledge for a fair start in life; to do their best, and to be better prepared for the work world … Continue reading “21st century requires 21st century education”

Everyone deserves quality, reliable health care

By MPP Toby Barrett Of all the services provided by the provincial level of government, health care consistently remains the number one priority for people in Ontario. Every family expects high quality health care to be there when they need it. Health sector spending accounts for about 46 cents of every tax dollar allocated. But, … Continue reading “Everyone deserves quality, reliable health care”

Government transparency, accountability lacking

By MPP Toby Barrett In the past week, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has called on the McGuinty government to lift the veil of secrecy following his investigations revealing a lack of transparency and accountability. As anyone familiar with the Ombudsman’s Office knows, its role is to ensure government works in the best interests of its … Continue reading “Government transparency, accountability lacking”

Families / governments must live within their means

By MPP Toby Barrett For Ontario to lead again, we must make the decisions necessary to balance the budget in a responsible way. Ontario’s Auditor General, Jim McCarter, has advised residents to take the McGuinty pledge to limit spending to 1.8 per cent a year with a “moderately big grain of salt,”. In his recent … Continue reading “Families / governments must live within their means”

Now is the time for a renewed focus on farming

By MPP Toby Barrett Strong farms are vital to a strong Haldimand-Norfolk and a strong Ontario. And a strong rural Ontario needs a healthy and sustainable agricultural sector – one that provides opportunities for the next generation of families to continue to earn a living from farming. Government does have a role to play – … Continue reading “Now is the time for a renewed focus on farming”

The untold cost of wind and solar experiments

By MPP Toby Barrett The wind tower debate has heated up in recent weeks – both in the media and at public meetings in Port Rowan, Port Dover and Hagersville. As well, Dalton McGuinty sent brochures to homes in Haldimand-Norfolk – and the ridings of Opposition Leader Tim Hudak, MPPs Hardeman, and Klees – suggesting … Continue reading “The untold cost of wind and solar experiments”