Unmuzzle community concerns on wind power: Barrett HN MPP voices support to return Planning Act powers to municipalities

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2010 QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Toby Barrett says it was a mistake to take away municipal oversight powers when it comes to green energy projects like wind farms. To that end, Barrett is supporting colleague Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones and her private members bill to fix the Liberals’ controversial Green … Continue reading “Unmuzzle community concerns on wind power: Barrett HN MPP voices support to return Planning Act powers to municipalities”

Barrett backs community pharmacies HN MPP reads in petitions against pharmacy reform

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2010 Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk’s MPP is adding his voice to those contacting his office for protection of community pharmacies against government reform impacting rural Ontarians. Toby Barrett rose to read in a petition this afternoon asking the Premier and Health Minister: “Please don’t cut community pharmacy funding” “Rural Ontarians … Continue reading “Barrett backs community pharmacies HN MPP reads in petitions against pharmacy reform”

Vimy Ridge Day receives unanimous support

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2010 Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is encouraging residents to join in recognizing, Vimy Ridge Day April 9th after PC MPP Norm Sterling saw his bill to proclaim the date passed with all-party support in the Legislature yesterday. Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Norm Sterling’s Bill proclaims April 9 as … Continue reading “Vimy Ridge Day receives unanimous support”

Ontario – another year older and deeper in debt Bankrupt budget neglects area economy

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2010 Queens Park – An Ontario budget announcing a $21.3 billion deficit leaves Ontario residents and business further behind the eight-ball while neglecting Haldimand-Norfolk area concerns altogether according to local MPP Toby Barrett. “Today’s budget makes it clear that Dalton McGuinty still believes he can tax and spend his way … Continue reading “Ontario – another year older and deeper in debt Bankrupt budget neglects area economy”

Water, water everywhere… Budget drowns Ontario in debt, fails to address environmental shortcomings

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2010 Queens Park – While the Ontario Budget announced another new clean water plan it neglected to address previous environmental plans that have strangled economic activity with regulation while failing to approach declared green goals. “It’s all well and good to launch sweeping environmental legislation every year,” Barrett pointed out. … Continue reading “Water, water everywhere… Budget drowns Ontario in debt, fails to address environmental shortcomings”

Ontario does not have a revenue problem – it’s spending

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2010 Queens Park – As the McGuinty Government attempts to spin a $21.3 Billion deficit as a good thing, Haldimand Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is highlighting the root cause of the record shortfall – government spending. “The fact that government miscalculated by $3 billion is nothing to be congratulated for … Continue reading “Ontario does not have a revenue problem – it’s spending”

Opposition Environment Critic calls for government support of ‘Earth Hour’

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2010 Queens Park – “Perhaps government feels the loss of close to 300,000 manufacturing jobs under its watch was contribution enough to cut electricity use?” that was the open ended question Haldimand-Norfolk’s MPP voiced after finding little notice of Ontario’s support for Earth Hour this Saturday. “Last year all we … Continue reading “Opposition Environment Critic calls for government support of ‘Earth Hour’”

Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Affairs calls for apology to Caledonia

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2010 Queens Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says an apology to Caledonia would be one step in the right direction. Barrett was referencing a call for an apology to Caledonia made by Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Affairs Ted Arnott during Throne Speech debate in the Legislature last night. “I … Continue reading “Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Affairs calls for apology to Caledonia”

McGuinty water plan – more costly greenwash? Opposition Environment Critic knows ‘devil is in the details’

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2010 Queens Park – The McGuinty greenwash is once again in full effect with the announcement of an uncosted water strategy according to Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett. “Given the track record, I suspect Government is once again trotting out their latest green plan to divert the attention of hard-hit … Continue reading “McGuinty water plan – more costly greenwash? Opposition Environment Critic knows ‘devil is in the details’”

Hospital funding revamp raises rural red-flags, made in Toronto approach ignores rural realities – MPP Barrett

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2010 Queens Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is concerned about the potential impact of a new approach to hospital funding announced in today’s Ontario Throne Speech. “From what we’ve heard from stakeholders the new funding formula in typical McGuinty fashion would choose winners and losers – and we in … Continue reading “Hospital funding revamp raises rural red-flags, made in Toronto approach ignores rural realities – MPP Barrett”