Consumer rights require a trustworthy market: Barrett

March 21, 2014

QUEEN’S PARK – Recently Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett acknowledged “Consumer Rights” in the Ontario Legislature. The theme for this year’s Consumer Rights campaign is the digital age.

“It’s also an opportunity to fight abuse in the marketplace, social injustice which would undermine the rights that we are talking about today,” Barrett said in the house. “As we know, the focus this year is on the digital age. We do live in an era of ideas and information. Our digital world depends on communication networks, obviously the Internet and the ability to not only access but to share information across those networks. So the consumer movement itself has a very important role to ensure that these networks are accessible, affordable, reliable and safe.”

Barrett pointed out the Progressive Conservative Party has always been in the forefront of an open, trustworthy consumer market, and it was a PC government that tabled and enacted the Consumer Protection Act in 2002.

Barrett said consumers remain drivers of this digital-based economy. Being provided with fast-spreading, timely information on the Internet on mobile devices and cellphones better enables consumers to really be more knowledgeable about the product and services. Ever bearing in mind the importance of ensuring we have competition, which obviously leads to lower product prices and quality.

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Contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446