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HUDAK ANNOUNCES NEW CRITIC PORTFOLIOS

News Release re: Toby Barrett - July 27, 2009

Hudak retains Barrett as Environment Critic

(Queen’s Park) – Leader of the Official Opposition, Tim Hudak (MPP Niagara West - Glanbrook) is pleased to announce that Toby Barrett MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk will remain Environment Critic for the Official Opposition.

Following on the heels of holding the government to account on pesticides and toxics legislation, MPP Barrett will be heavily involved with Ontario’s greenhouse gas/cap and trade initiatives.

“Our Caucus will provide a principled conservative plan and a winning alternative to the failed leadership of the McGuinty Liberals,” said Hudak. “I am looking forward to continuing to work with Toby and to expanding our party together as we work to victory in 2011.”

“Through MPP Barrett we can enhance policies that are pro-environment and pro-development to create jobs,” Hudak said.

Under Dalton McGuinty, Ontario’s taxes and government waste have hit new heights. Meanwhile, on Dalton’s watch, Ontario lost 330,000 manufacturing jobs, became a have-not province, and has a record $18.5 billion provincial deficit.

“We need innovative ideas grounded in conservative principles in order to get Ontario moving”, said Hudak. “Together, united and strong, we can focus on the issues that matter to middle-class families, defeat Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberals, and bring prosperity to our province.”

"The people of Haldimand-Norfolk are fortunate to have an MPP of the calibre of Toby representing them in the Ontario Legislature," Hudak said.

MPP Barrett will also continue his role as elected Caucus Chair.

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For more information:

MPP Toby Barrett 1-800-903-8629, 905-765-8413, 519-428-0446