When will Ontario accept credit counselling?

By MPP Toby Barrett “My name is Dalton McGuinty and I have a spending problem” – MPP Sylvia Jones The news that Moody’s Investor Services could downgrade Ontario’s credit rating unless it takes serious steps to deal with the mounting deficit is a wake-up call for Ontario’s reeling economy. While Ontario’s Opposition has been counselling … Continue reading “When will Ontario accept credit counselling?”

Pick up an informative consumer services calendar

By MPP Toby Barrett Each year at this time my office receives a popular and informative calendar from the Ministry of Consumer Services. The “Smart Consumer Calendar” provides ‘buyer beware’ tips that last the year through. Feel free to pick one up, or order extras at Service Ontario, 1-800-668-9938. For example, the January page discusses senior’s … Continue reading “Pick up an informative consumer services calendar”

Parading toward Christmas in Haldimand-Norfolk

By MPP Toby Barrett By the time this column goes to print, Santa and his nine tiny reindeer will have left the local parade circuit for the North Pole. Given the jam-packed schedule of float-filled events and photo-ops across our two counties the jolly red-elf will have his work cut out for him readying for … Continue reading “Parading toward Christmas in Haldimand-Norfolk”

Auditor General exposes folly of Green Energy Act

By MPP Toby Barrett Ontario’s Auditor General has now verified that the McGuinty green energy dream has turned into a nightmare. As local people continue to sign petitions, attend meetings, and contact their representatives regarding the planned arrival of hundreds of wind turbines, the release of the 2011 Auditor General’s annual report provides a scathing … Continue reading “Auditor General exposes folly of Green Energy Act”

Industrial wind turbines require local decisions

By MPP Toby Barrett People from all corners of Ontario descended on Queens Park last week demanding local municipal decision-making power be reinstated with respect to industrial wind turbines. While municipalities and residents have their say on, for example, where a new Tim Hortons or Walmart is located, Mr. McGuinty continues to allow faceless unelected … Continue reading “Industrial wind turbines require local decisions”

“Another day older and deeper in debt”–Merle Travis

“We will bring a laser-like focus to standing up for private sector job creation…” – Tim Hudak By MPP Toby Barrett One week into the new political landscape at Queens Park, and the direction of the McGuinty minority looks a lot like the same binge spending, debt-doubling path of the old McGuinty majority. Both government … Continue reading ““Another day older and deeper in debt”–Merle Travis”

“Anybody can lock up a school – get innovative”

By MPP Toby Barrett “For rural kids, few things are more important than being able to go to school in your own community, with your own friends.Rural schools help keep communities strong, which is why we’re not only committed to keeping them open – but strengthening them.” – Premier Dalton McGuinty If there’s anything that … Continue reading ““Anybody can lock up a school – get innovative””

Outlaw the registry and focus on outlaws

By MPP Toby Barrett For 17 years now, I have heard concerns about the ineffectiveness of the long gun registry and its targeting of law-abiding citizens. People want an effective solution that keeps our communities safe. There is no debate. We need effective ways of dealing with gun crime. That is not the issue. The … Continue reading “Outlaw the registry and focus on outlaws”

Veterans past and present – a cut above the rest

By MPP Toby Barrett Last week’s newspaper column described the Greatest Generation – those who fought with honour and valour. The very same attributes we now see in our returning Afghan veterans. I came of age in the Vietnam era and, during two years on the road, had an opportunity to talk to a large … Continue reading “Veterans past and present – a cut above the rest”