Mr. Barrett was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in June 1995, was re-elected in June 1999 and elected again in the 2003 provincial election as MPP for the riding of Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant. Also in June 1999, Premier Mike Harris appointed Mr. Barrett as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment. Toby Barrett was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources in February 2001. In the spring of 2002, Premier Ernie Eves appointed Mr. Barrett Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture. Following the 2003 election, Mr. Barrett was appointed to the position of Environment Critic, then became the Agriculture Critic, and is currently the Environment Critic.
Mr. Barrett has a Masters of Science degree from the Ontario Agricultural College and a degree in Economics from the University of Guelph.
A former teacher of high school Agriculture and Environmental Science, he is a partner in his family farm near Port Dover and for 20 years worked for the Ontario Addiction Research Foundation.
In his role as an MPP, Mr. Barrett is a member of the Finance Committee.
In 1993, Toby was awarded the Canada 125 medal for outstanding community service.
Toby is a life-long resident of Norfolk County, on Lake Erie. He and his wife, Cari live on the family farm near Port Dover with their three children – Shawn, Brett and Brittany. Toby has in the past traveled in 50 countries.