Toby Barrett

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Toby Barrett

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Agriculture and Food)[a]
In office
April 25, 2002 – September 2, 2003
MinisterHelen Johns
Assumed office
June 26, 2019
MinisterErnie Hardeman
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Haldimand—Norfolk[b]
Assumed office
June 8, 1995
Preceded byNorm Jamison
Personal details
Born (1945-11-03) November 3, 1945 (age 73)
Port Dover, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Alma materUniversity of Guelph
OccupationBusiness administrator

Toby Barrett (born November 3, 1945) is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing the district of Haldimand—Norfolk for the Progressive Conservative Party. He has been a member since 1995.


Barrett was born in Port Dover, Ontario in 1945.[1] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph in 1968, and a Master of Science degree from the Ontario Agricultural College in 1974. He later worked as a teacher of High School agriculture, and has been a partner in Farmleigh Farms since 1980. He is a past president of the Norfolk Farm Safety Association, and a member of the Norfolk Federation of Agriculture.


He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1995, defeating Liberal Rudy Stickl and incumbent New Democrat Norm Jamison in the riding of Norfolk.[2] He was re-elected in 1999 in the redistributed riding of Haldimand—Norfolk—Brant.[3] In 2003 he was re-elected again defeating Liberal candidate Rob Esselment by about 3,000 votes.[4]

Barrett supported Jim Flaherty's unsuccessful bid to succeed Ernie Eves as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 2004.

In the 2007 Ontario general election, Barrett was easily re-elected, defeating Liberal candidate Lorraine Bergstrand by 26,100 votes to 9,500 votes in the newly redrawn riding of Haldimand-Norfolk.[5] He was re-elected in the 2011 and 2014 elections.[6][7]

Barrett currently serves as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry[8]


  1. ^ Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Food (2002–2003)
  2. ^ Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament for Norfolk (1995-1999)


  1. ^ O'Handley, Kathryn (2005). Canadian Parliamentary Guide 2005. ISBN 1-4144-0141-8.
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Haldimand - Norfolk". Ontario Votes 2007. CBC News. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "General Election by District: Haldimand-Norfolk". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Premier Ford Announces Parliamentary Assistant Assignments as Part of Ontario's Government for the People". Office of the Premier. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.

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