Ottawa police are investigating Independent MPP Randy Hillier, who urged supporters of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” to “keep calling” emergency phone lines in the nation’s capital as the protest was being dispersed.
Ontario’s legislature seeks to censure the former Progressive Conservative for “conduct that is inappropriate and unbecoming of a member.”
“We are aware of the claims and Ottawa police is reviewing the social media posts,” Const. Paramjit Singh said Wednesday in a statement to the Star.
Government House Leader Paul Calandra said the latest censure of Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) means he will not be allowed to rise and make remarks in the legislature unless he apologizes.
“In the very, very near future he’ll have the opportunity to have the attention of the legislature for a bill of his choosing and we want to make sure that he understands that the speaker has the authority to not recognize him,” Calandra said.
Hillier told the Star on Tuesday that “there was no mention of 911” in his weekend tweet, adding, “I don’t generally apologize for other people’s mistakes or wrongful attributions.”
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and New Democrat MPP Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre) argue against Hillier’s assertion that he was not implying his supporters should call 911.
“I shudder to think about the impact of a first responder diverted from an actual emergency by a vexatious 911 call,” said Harden, who wrote to Ontario’s integrity commissioner asking him to examine Hillier’s conduct during the pandemic.