Heavenly Father, today we pray for Toby Barrett from Haldimand-Norfolk riding. You see the role he plays in the present Ontario Legislature, and I ask that today you would give him special favor among his peers. I ask that you would cause him to know direction in thought and deed for all the areas of responsibility that he carries, as being guided by Your Hand. May this be a blessed day in his life, and may he understand that his place is because of Your favor in his life. Strengthen his hands this day I pray. Amen.
Over the years, Toby has chaired a number of legislative committees and served in portfolios focussing on agriculture, environment, natural resources and social services.
Currently, Toby is the Official Opposition Critic to the Minister of Consumer Services. For seven years Toby was a member of the Finance Committee and is presently a member of the Public Accounts Committee. Barrett was the first Conservative to be elected Caucus Chair after the 2007 election.
Toby has a Masters of Science degree from the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) and a degree in Economics from the University of Guelph.
A former teacher of high school Agriculture and Environmental Science, Toby is a partner in his family farm near Port Dover, and for 20 years worked for the Ontario Addiction Research Foundation.
In 1993, Toby was awarded the Canada 125 medal for outstanding community service.
Toby is a life-long resident of Haldimand-Norfolk. He and his wife Cari live on the family farm and have three children – Shawn, Brett and Brittany. Before starting his career, Toby traveled in over 50 countries and has an abiding interest in antique cars, trucks and tractors.