- A member of the Provincial Parliament from eastern Ontario who has spoken out against COVID-19 public health measures has announced that he will not run for re-election in June.
A member of the Provincial Parliament from eastern Ontario who has been vocal in his opposition to COVID-19 public health measures has announced that he will not seek re-election in June.
In a 20-minute video posted to social media, Randy Hillier announced.
“I’ve got an important message for today,” he said, “a message that will bring sadness to some and joy to others.”
“I will not be running for the Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston seat on June 2.”
Hillier’s announcements come less than a week after Ontario’s legislature unanimously passed a motion authorizing the Speaker to bar the MPP from having participated in the chamber for what House Leader Paul Calandra described as racist and discriminatory statements created about federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, as well as social media posts that Calandra claimed were inciting a call to violence.
“I’m no longer permitted to be recognized in the legislature,” Hillier said in a video statement, “because of my opposing party to the trampling of our civil liberties and my outspokenness.”
The MPP has been chastised for spreading false information about COVID-19. After organizing a rally at Queen’s Park in November, he was charged under the Reopening Ontario Act. He has lately supported and attended the Ottawa occupation by anti-vaccine mandatory protesters.
Hillier has been a member of Ontario’s provincial legislature since 2007. According to the premier, he was first elected as a Progressive Conservative (PC) Party MPP but then was removed in 2019 after making “disrespectful” comments to parents of children with autism.
He has sat as an Independent since then.
Despite his decision not to run for re-election, he says he will remain an outspoken voice.
Hillier says, “Our political system is broken in the video.”
“It’s pointless to waste more time trying to fix a broken system from the inside when the problem is external.”
Source: CTV News