New Blue Is The Only Party To Oppose Randy Hillier’s Expulsion From Ontario Legislature

Written By Daniel Bordman, Posted on February 24, 2022

Recently the Ontario Provincial Legislature passed a motion unanimously to allow the Speaker of the legislative assembly to bar Independent MPP Randy Hillier from entering the chamber due to “continued disreputable conduct.”

The vote was unanimously in favour of the expulsion of Hillier because the motion had been proposed suddenly in the afternoon when a large portion of MPPs had left the chamber to do constituency work. 

It is true that all present members of the PC, NDP, and Liberal parties had supported putting this sanction on Hillier, but the New Blue Party of Ontario MPP Belinda Karahalios, who was not present for the vote, still publicly stated her opposition to limiting the freedom of expression of another MPP.

New Blue Party leader Jim Karahalios also noted that the PC House Leader Paul Calandra had been denying Belinda knowledge of what motions were being tabled and seemed to deliberately call for a vote on barring Hillier only when Belinda was out of the room.

This situation encapsulates the values gap between Ford’s PC Party and the New Blue Party. The New Blue Party is the only one defending Randy Hillier’s freedom of expression in spite of Hillier actively trying to undermine them in the past, and appearing to still be working closely with the PC Party.

There have been constant different stories from many people inside the Freedom convoy leadership that Randy Hiller was sowing conflict and disinformation within the movement.  However, just a couple of days ago a massive bombshell accusation was dropped on the Andrew Lawton show in his episode with convoy organizer Tom Marazzo.

Here in the interview, Marazzo explains that it was Randy Hiller that was the one who proposed a deal between the convoy and the city of Ottawa. This deal was entered in bad faith by the city and Mayor Jim Watson, who got the convoy to start to move trucks around as a sign of good faith, only to have the rug pulled out from under them and have Trudeau implement the Emergencies Act.

To make matters worse, after pushing the convoy leaders into the bad deal, Randy Hiller took to Twitter once things went south to bash the organizers as being too moderate for working with the people he advocated working with.

Ford’s PC seems to just be using Hillier’s apparent support of the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa to sanction him in order to make him seem like the MPP most supportive of the truckers. This may then potentially drive support away from the New Blue Party to Randy Hillier’s far less organized and unregistered Populist Party of Ontario (formerly known as the Ontario First Party). 

In reality during the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa, despite on the surface being a staunch supporter of the truckers, Hillier seemed to be trying to agitate both police and protesters into getting rowdy.

Hillier tried to tare down barricades police had put up on Parliament Hill, called the Liberal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra a “terrorist” on Twitter, and staged press conferences with PPC leader Maxime Bernier and others as if they were organizers of the convoy, which they were not. 

It is quite telling that the New Blue Party is the only one to stand on a free speech principle and defend Randy Hiller’s rights as an elected MPP even though Randy has been trying to sidetrack all opposition to Doug Ford and hasn’t even shown up to the legislator more than twice in the last year.

Daniel Bordman

Daniel is the host of political satire show Uninterrupted, runs multiple podcasts and has written for a variety of publications. Daniel is also the communications coordinator of the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation. You can find him on Twitter here. Uninterrupted on YouTube

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