By MPP Toby Barrett
On September 17, I had an opportunity to join debate in the Ontario Legislature on the significance of the Magna Carta.
September 17 also marked the 228th anniversary of the day in 1792 when John Graves Simcoe first convened parliament in Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) – the parliament in which I represent Haldimand Norfolk. In 1797, it was moved to York (now Toronto).
Our constitutional form of government and our parliamentary democracy can trace lineage back to Magna Carta – as do Britain, Australia, and New Zealand.