It is worrisome what is not addressed in budget

By MPP Toby Barrett Now that we have discovered the current government will double Ontario’s debt by fiscal year 2012-13, we must seriously consider a number of remedies. We must make government smaller, end deficit spending and balance the budget and, when we are done, produce a government that is effective in performing its key … Continue reading “It is worrisome what is not addressed in budget”

Can Government spend its way out of a recession?

By MPP Toby Barrett This year’s budget indicates the McGuinty government has increased spending 70 per cent since taking office. Expenditures for fiscal year 2010-11 will come in at a whopping $125.9 billion. Those numbers tell a tale – a tale of a government that has maxed out its credit card and is forwarding the … Continue reading “Can Government spend its way out of a recession?”

We don’t have a revenue problem – it’s spending

By MPP Toby Barrett With respect to Ontario’s Finances, we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Deficits have risen to levels that are going to be very difficult to turn around because of the cumulative impact on the debt. Ontario must stop the deficit growth and ensure sustainable revenue generation. By … Continue reading “We don’t have a revenue problem – it’s spending”

Our farmers require a Risk Management Program

By MPP Toby Barrett Winter is the time for farm meetings and whether it be pork, beef, hort or cash crop I have been hearing a common theme – the need for a Risk Management Program. Farmers have been facing negative margins and are being forced to shut down after concluding the current suite of … Continue reading “Our farmers require a Risk Management Program”