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Motion allows speaker not to recognize MPP Randy Hillier at Queen's Park

Ontario's legislature has unanimously passed a motion authorizing the Speaker to bar Lanark–Frontenac–Kingston MPP Randy Hillier from participating in the chamber.

Hillier allegedly made racist, discriminatory statements about federal transport minister

The motion said Randy Hillier, seen here earlier this month at the downtown Ottawa protest, made social media posts that allegedly insinuated a call to violence. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Ontario's legislature unanimously passed a motion authorizing the Speaker to bar Lanark–Frontenac–Kingston MPP Randy Hillier from participating in the chamber.

A motion moved by Government House Leader Paul Calandra on Tuesday says the house expresses its disapproval of Hillier's "continued disreputable conduct."

It calls on the independent MPP to apologize for what Calandra called racist and discriminatory statements about federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, and for social media posts that Calandra says were insinuating a call to violence.

The motion says the Speaker is authorized to not recognize Hillier in the legislature until he publishes written apologies and the Speaker is satisfied of their sincerity.

MPP outspoken against COVID-19 mandates

Hillier has frequently posted COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories throughout the pandemic, has been ticketed for allegedly breaking public health rules, and has more recently supported and attended the Ottawa occupation by anti-vaccine mandate protesters.

Hillier apologized in November for a post in which he used names and photos of people who had died to suggest without evidence that they had died due to COVID-19 vaccination.

That came after a previous unanimous motion of the legislature condemning Hillier's "string of disreputable conduct."

Hillier previously violated mask rules at the legislature four times, trying to enter the members' lobby to vote instead wearing a face shield. The Sergeant-at-Arms prevented him from entering because of it, and Hillier alleged it breached parliamentary privilege. The Speaker ruled against him at the time.

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