Where is the promised Waste Diversion Act? Only diversion from Government is empty Earth Day pledge for WDO legislation

For Immediate Release: June 3, 2010 Queens Park – A pledge to introduce new Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) legislation and make up for an embarrassing failure to deliver on diversion targets from Environment Minister John Gerretsen seems to have been a diversion in itself. On Earth Day, as media attention was aimed at environmental issues, … Continue reading “Where is the promised Waste Diversion Act? Only diversion from Government is empty Earth Day pledge for WDO legislation”

“McGuinty’s salivating over new carbon tax” Barrett highlights next money grab as one month HST countdown begins

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2010 Queens Park – “Why is Dalton McGuinty going down the road of Stephane Dion’s green shift greedy carbon tax?” That was the question from Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett following positive reviews for a carbon tax from the Environment Minister. “Yesterday, your environment minister said, “a carbon tax is something … Continue reading ““McGuinty’s salivating over new carbon tax” Barrett highlights next money grab as one month HST countdown begins”

Why not Nanticoke? Opposition asks why government refuses the Nanticoke option for unwanted gas plant

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2010 Queens Park – Mayors of Oakville and Haldimand watched on as the Opposition pressed the case for government to consider Nanticoke as an alternative for energy production currently slated for an opposed Clarkson natural gas plant. “The people of Oakville have told you they don’t want the proposed gas … Continue reading “Why not Nanticoke? Opposition asks why government refuses the Nanticoke option for unwanted gas plant”

Only sure thing in McGuinty’s Ontario is death and increased taxes

For Immediate Release: May 27, 2010 Simcoe – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett said the HST, due to hit the pocketbooks of Ontarians on July 1st, will make the cost of dying more expensive. As of Dominion Day, Ontarians will be forced to pay between $650 and $1,300 in taxes for funeral services. Some of the … Continue reading “Only sure thing in McGuinty’s Ontario is death and increased taxes”

Premier ducks Barrett questions on new water and carbon taxes

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2010 Queens Park – Three questions and zero answers. That was the tally following Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett’s queries to Premier McGuinty yesterday regarding new water and carbon taxes poised to take more money from Ontarians pockets. “Dalton McGuinty clearly has no difficulty raising taxes after looking Ontario voters … Continue reading “Premier ducks Barrett questions on new water and carbon taxes”

What will we pay for our McGuinty water bill?

For Immediate Release: May 19, 2010 Queens Park – Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett asked what people can expect to pay following the introduction of government’s new Water Opportunities Act. “I’m concerned that people won’t be able to afford this McGuinty water bill if they’re required to, because of pricing, use less water if there … Continue reading “What will we pay for our McGuinty water bill?”

Haldimand-Norfolk loses a hero, Ontario Legislature observes a moment of silence

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2010 Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett rose in the Ontario Legislature this afternoon to pay tribute to Petty Officer Douglas Craig Blake who is the 143rd Canadian soldier to be killed as part of the Afghan mission. Petty Office Blake of Simcoe was killed by an Improvised Explosive … Continue reading “Haldimand-Norfolk loses a hero, Ontario Legislature observes a moment of silence”

ECO report shines light on dark corners of Ontario conservation plans

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2010 Queen’s Park – Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett is joining the Environment Commissioner’s call for more clarity when it comes to Ontario energy conservation. Barrett welcomed a call for attention to transportation fuel use and underlined the need for information and public input following Commissioner Gord Miller’s new conference … Continue reading “ECO report shines light on dark corners of Ontario conservation plans”

All talk, little action on climate change

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2010 This past month, instead of looking at ways we can kick-start the provincial economy we were forced to discuss McGuinty plans for sex-education, cuts to front line health care and pharmacies, and this government’s favourite headline diverter – climate change. Specifically, we waded into debate when Liberal MPP Phil … Continue reading “All talk, little action on climate change”

Government rejects Barrett call for time-out on pharmacy cuts

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2010 Queens Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP saw his request for a request for a motion to allow time for sober second thought on drastic pharmacy cuts get shot down during Finance Committee hearings this afternoon. Following a presentation by Ontario’s Community Pharmacies regarding Bill 16, Creating the Foundation for Growth … Continue reading “Government rejects Barrett call for time-out on pharmacy cuts”