Sunday, March 16, 2008

Haldimand "We Demand More Than "8" Days"

Toby regularly sends me his updates and news releases. Well this one was quite interesting. In the last "10" months the Ontario Legislature has only sat for "8" days!

I find myself speechless, what I mean is that I find this unbelievable, maybe I find this unacceptable, oh hell this is just not the way our Government should run! This is the discussion period, the place where votes are taken, the place where issues are dealt with, the place where your member of Parliament speaks on behalf of their constituents. How is anything getting done in this Province if they are not in the Legislature?

As I recall last summer's session was cut short because of the election being held in the fall, so what has Premier McGuinty's excuse been since then, "8" days, give me a break. So what has the McGuinty government accomplished for you in the last "10" months....oh a Family Holiday in February.........well I have gone blank I can't think of anything else. Well I guess that's just about all that can be accomplished in "8" days!

McGuinty promised the people of Ontario a government that is "Transparent and Accountable". How can any government be accountable to the people when they are not doing their jobs. Soon it will be Spring and the Legislature will be going for their summer break, to not return until fall. It will be interesting to see if this current government can pull off maybe a "month" in the "Legislature"! Any bets?

Here is Toby Barrett's news release;

Good afternoon, Toby here:

Following is a news release I sent out to my colleagues and to members of the media late yesterday afternoon. I am anxious to return to Queen’s Park on Monday to keep the land dispute at the forefront in the Ontario Legislature. Have a good weekend.


For Immediate Release

March 13, 2008

Time to get back to Question Period

Simcoe – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is eager to get back to Queen’s Park and Question Period this coming Monday.

The Ontario Legislature has only sat eight days over the course of the past 10 months,” Barrett said. “There are many issues from across this province that have been left unaddressed because Dalton McGuinty has strayed from the parliamentary calendar.

“The people of Caledonia are still living in limbo due to the on-going land dispute and tobacco farmers are still struggling to pay the bills while waiting for a hand up from government,” Barrett said. “The Ontario Legislature is the only place to hold the government accountable in a public venue on these types of matters.”

The issues across the province are the same today as they are 10 months ago, according to Barrett. He added that instead of addressing those issues, McGuinty and gang are concerning themselves with things that should not be tinkered with, such as the Lord’s Prayer.

“The Lord’s Prayer needs to stay put and this government needs to pull up its socks and talk about things like the economy,” Barrett said.

Barrett is asking constituents to call his office with suggestions or advice for him as he heads back to Queen’s Park. His office can be reached at 519-428-0446 or 1-800-903-8629.


  1. So what has Toby done for Haldimand in all that spare time?

    Please list his accomplishments other than spewing his standard ineffective Liberal bashing propaganda.....what has he brought to Haldimand?

    Please list his successes.

    He had 8 days of being tied up. So what did he do the rest of the time?

  2. It seems that we should expect nothing more than this from the current government. There is nothing anyone can do so just get used to it!

  3. Thanks for the comments.

    If you or anyone else is interested in knowing what Toby Barrett has been doing there is a link to his website from mine.

    I do believe that you should be more worried about what the "current" McGuinty govenment is or isn't doing, as they are the ones in power.

    I was quite upset when I received this information, and wanted to make others aware.

    "8" days in "10" months, McGuinty himself needs to explain this, but it seems he is above it all, no need to explain, the public voted me back..........

    What I would like to know from the poster above is what do you think the McGuinty government has done for Ontario in "8" days?

  4. How about the Liberals voted themselves a hefty raise. Closed three weeks early for Christmas last year. Gave a holiday in February at the expense of business, and told Haldimand and especially Caledonia to get over it and get used to it.
    Talk about pigs at the trough.
    We all need a job that puts us in the Sunshine club and needs only 8 days of accountablility.
    At least Toby is using the last three days to talk the talk.
    Anyone else done anything worth talking about. NO NO NO

  5. Dear Donna,
    This may shock you because it certainly did me. My grandson is taking Law in grade eleven. He is studying the Charter. In there it states that the government representatives who sit in the House on our behalf only have to sit ONCE a year. I guess we should be greatful that the Provincial Government has sat now
    eleven days. How can anyone get anything meaningful done if they really only have to sit once every twelve months. Sure would like to know who put this wonderful clause in and got away with it. Was everyone asleep when this was accepted????

  6. Thanks for your comments.

    Well I am as shocked at you were in learning that information.

    Thanks for the update!

    I am speechless!