Political Opinions

Doug Downey MPP Barrie Springwater Oro-Medonte
Ontario Arts Council at Work in Our Community
Arts and Culture play a vital role in the economy of our riding, and assist in the building and growth of a healthy community. This industry contributes $25.7 billion annually to the provincial economy, and is responsible for 269, 000 jobs.
In 1962 Ontarians, through their elected officials, decided that the arts were important to their lives and deserved support through public funding. This began a system that, with the assistance of other municipal, provincial, and federal funders, enabled Ontario to flourish as an artistically rich and creative province. The Ontario Arts Council was officially established under Progressive Conservative Premier John Robarts in 1963, and is an agency under the current Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, which is led by my colleague Minister Sylvia Jones.
The grants and awards provided by the OAC encourage artistic expression, while also stimulating economic growth in this significant sector of the economy. From April 2017 – March 31 2018, the OAC provided 15 grants for a total of $233,992 to organizations and individuals in the Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte riding. A wide range of programs and individuals were included in this group.  This variety in investment ensures that our region remains a place of rich cultural expression where we can enjoy the disciplines we love, as well as exposure to new ones.
This investment in our community represents far more than just money in the bank. It is a means to begin new projects, expand current operations, and inspire future generations to pursue their own creative endeavours. I look forward to seeing what new projects our very talented artistic community creates, and I would like to express my sincere appreciation for their contributions to our artistic landscape here in Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte.
Doug Downey

Alex Nuttall MP Barrie Springwater Oro-Medonte
After a wonderful summer back in the Constituency Office, I have returned to Ottawa for a new session in Parliament. During the summer, I was fortunate enough to meet with many constituents in our riding, who brought their concerns about our Federal government to my attention. Through these conversations, I was able to develop a further understanding of the issues directly impacting those in Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte. I want to thank everyone who took the time to speak with me, and bring forward their concerns, thoughts, criticisms and suggestions. All of your feedback is valued and helps me to better serve you as your Member of Parliament.
I would also like to take the time to remind the community of the assistance and services my office is able to provide. The constituency office, located at 48 Alliance Blvd, Unit 104 in Barrie, is able to offer our passport program year round. Simply fill out your passport application and bring it, along with all necessary documents, into the office for review and submission. We send the passports along to Passport Canada every Wednesday by noon. It will take approximately 2025 business days for your passport to be processed and returned to your home address.
Our office is also able to offer guidance and advice for constituents who have specific issues or concerns with any federal agency. These agencies include the CRA, the IRCC, and Service Canada. Please contact our office caseworker directly in order to discuss the details of your case and to determine the next course of action. Please note that our office is unable to expedite applications with any of these agencies.  
The constituency office is also able to provide any travellers with Canadian pins and various other items to take abroad or show their Canadian pride at home. Additionally, our office is pleased to be able to provide scrolls of congratulations to those celebrating a milestone birthday, wedding or anniversary. Our staff will also be happy to help you navigate the process of ordering congratulatory scrolls from the Governor General and Prime Minister’s offices.
I look forward to seeing you all at more events in the community this fall, in particular at our Passport Clinic at the Elmvale Library on October 20th. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at 705-728-2596 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..