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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:24 am    Post subject: Randy Hillier suspended from Ont pc caucus Reply with quote

( renegade ont pc mpp Randy Hillier has been suspended from the caucus over remarks he made in the legislature , although it appears he was already on thin ice and the suspension could be made permanent )



Premier Doug Ford suspends caucus member amid criticism over autism plan


By Allison Jones — Feb 20 2019



TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford suspended a member of his caucus Wednesday for comments made as parents of children with autism packed the legislature's galleries, angry about funding changes they say are woefully inadequate.

Some of the parents said that Randy Hillier said "yada yada yada" to them near the end of question period, but Hillier said the remarks were directed at the NDP.

Nevertheless, Ford suspended Hillier indefinitely from the Tory caucus, saying his comments were disrespectful to parents of children with autism.

"Mr. Hillier's comments crossed the line and that is unacceptable," the premier said.

Hillier, for his part, said he was sorry if the comments meant for the NDP had upset the families.

"I apologize to the parents present who may have felt that my comments were directed at them," he said. "They were not, and never would be."

Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod announced autism funding changes this month that would see families get up to $20,000 per year for treatment for children under six and $5,000 a year for children six to 18, up to a lifetime maximum of $140,000.

But intensive therapy can cost up to $80,000 a year, and parents — some of whom watched question period Wednesday while wiping tears away — are calling for funding to be based on children's individual needs, instead of just their age.

Nancy Silva-Khan is the mom to seven-year-old twin boys on the severe end of the autism spectrum. They are currently in 30 hours a week of publicly funded therapy at a cost of $120,000 for both children. When the new program takes effect in a few weeks she will get less than $10,000 per year to pay for their therapy.

"They have chosen to provide a grain of rice for a therapy famine experienced by the autism community," Silva-Khan said.

Her boys have made great strides in therapy, she said, including learning to feed themselves with a spoon and undress themselves.

"They no longer hit me while bathing," she said. "They have stopped violently banging their heads on the window of a vehicle whenever stopped at a red light. My boys can now scream 'ma' when they need me. Intensive (applied behaviour analysis) therapy works, regardless of age."

Stephanie Ridley, mom to a seven-year-old boy who is non-verbal, said the amount of funding each family will get will not be enough for many children, using an analogy.

"Every kid in this province, (MacLeod) says, deserves a pair of glasses, and they just got them all with no lenses," Ridley said. "Not every kid needs intensive therapy. We're just asking for what each kid individually needs."

MacLeod has said that her goal with the new program is to clear a backlog of 23,000 children waiting for treatment, saying it's unfair that only about 8,400 are currently receiving funded therapy. She said that the flow of kids coming off the wait list had slowed to a trickle, leading her to believe that if she didn't make changes, they would stay on that list forever.

But many of those on the list say they'd rather wait for full funding.

Only families with an adjusted annual net family income of under $55,000 will be eligible for the maximum annual amounts, with funding determined on a sliding scale up to a $250,000 income.

Parents, who are planning a protest at the legislature March 7, said they won't back down in demanding changes.

"If they want to keep doing this, we'll keep dancing," said Kristen Ellison, mom to an eight-year-old in treatment for 25 hours a week. "We can't do it every day, but there's a parent behind us who will replace us when we have to fall back. I am not going away."

Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2019/02/20/ford-suspends-caucus-member-over-comments-to-parents-of-children-with-autism-2/#.XG6l70n2Zjp
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MPP Randy Hillier suspended from Ontario PC caucus after autism debate


Suspension follows comments MPP made Wednesday after question period


CBC News · Posted: Feb 20, 2019 1:53 PM ET | Last Updated: February 20



Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, speaks with reporters at Queen's Park on Wednesday following his suspension. (Mike Crawley/CBC)


Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Hillier has been suspended indefinitely from his party's caucus after making "disrespectful comments to parents of children with autism," according to a statement from Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford.

Hillier, whose represents Lanark–Frontenac–Kingston, reportedly said, "Yada, yada, yada" to parents attending the session as he exited the legislature. The comments came after a question period dominated by discussion on autism.

In a scrum with reporters on Wednesday, Hillier said his comments were directed at New Democratic Party MPP Monique Taylor.


"It was clearly directed singularly and directly at Monique Taylor," he said. "I have never engaged in and it would be a rare occurrence where people would heckle spectators in the gallery."

Hillier said he doesn't know what will happen next, but he is confident this issue can be resolved.

"I am not actually aware of what a suspension actually entails, but I trust that the premier and myself will have a conversation."

Taylor said the government's attitude to the parents of autistic children has been generally dismissive and that should be the focus.

"The families were hurt by the dismissive and cruel nature of Randy Hillier's heckle, whoever it was directed at, but families are far more hurt by Mr. Ford's decision to cut their children's services," she said in a statement. "We can't allow the conduct of the Conservatives to distract from the fact that these families need and deserve autism services for their children."


Dozens of parents were at Queen's Park to voice concerns about a new autism program that they say provides inadequate funding for their kids to get the treatment they need.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/hillier-suspended-pc-caucus-1.5026498
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug Ford suspends MPP over comments to parents of children with autism



Allison Jones, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:34PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:49PM EST


TORONTO -- Premier Doug Ford suspended a member of his caucus Wednesday for comments made as parents of children with autism packed the legislature's galleries, angry about funding changes they say are woefully inadequate.

Some of the parents said that Randy Hillier said "yada yada yada" to them near the end of question period, but Hillier said the remarks were directed at the NDP.

Nevertheless, Ford suspended Hillier indefinitely from the Tory caucus, saying his comments were disrespectful to parents of children with autism.



"Mr. Hillier's comments crossed the line and that is unacceptable," the premier said.

Hillier, for his part, said he was sorry if the comments meant for the NDP had upset the families.

"I apologize to the parents present who may have felt that my comments were directed at them," he said. "They were not, and never would be."

Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod announced autism funding changes this month that would see families get up to $20,000 per year for treatment for children under six and $5,000 a year for children six to 18, up to a lifetime maximum of $140,000.

But intensive therapy can cost up to $80,000 a year, and parents -- some of whom watched question period Wednesday while wiping tears away -- are calling for funding to be based on children's individual needs, instead of just their age.

Nancy Silva-Khan is the mom to seven-year-old twin boys on the severe end of the autism spectrum. They are currently in 30 hours a week of publicly funded therapy at a cost of $120,000 for both children. When the new program takes effect in a few weeks she will get less than $10,000 per year to pay for their therapy.

"They have chosen to provide a grain of rice for a therapy famine experienced by the autism community," Silva-Khan said.

Her boys have made great strides in therapy, she said, including learning to feed themselves with a spoon and undress themselves.

"They no longer hit me while bathing," she said. "They have stopped violently banging their heads on the window of a vehicle whenever stopped at a red light. My boys can now scream 'ma' when they need me. Intensive (applied behaviour analysis) therapy works, regardless of age."

Stephanie Ridley, mom to a seven-year-old boy who is non-verbal, said the amount of funding each family will get will not be enough for many children, using an analogy.

"Every kid in this province, (MacLeod) says, deserves a pair of glasses, and they just got them all with no lenses," Ridley said. "Not every kid needs intensive therapy. We're just asking for what each kid individually needs."

MacLeod has said that her goal with the new program is to clear a backlog of 23,000 children waiting for treatment, saying it's unfair that only about 8,400 are currently receiving funded therapy. She said that the flow of kids coming off the wait list had slowed to a trickle, leading her to believe that if she didn't make changes, they would stay on that list forever.

But many of those on the list say they'd rather wait for full funding.

Only families with an adjusted annual net family income of under $55,000 will be eligible for the maximum annual amounts, with funding determined on a sliding scale up to a $250,000 income.

Parents, who are planning a protest at the legislature March 7, said they won't back down in demanding changes.

"If they want to keep doing this, we'll keep dancing," said Kristen Ellison, mom to an eight-year-old in treatment for 25 hours a week. "We can't do it every day, but there's a parent behind us who will replace us when we have to fall back. I am not going away."


https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/doug-ford-suspends-mpp-over-comments-to-parents-of-children-with-autism-1.4305186
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

February 28, 2019 5:06 pm Updated: February 28, 2019 9:30 pm

MPP Randy Hillier to be kicked out of PC caucus under ‘big brother’ conditions: sources

By Travis Dhanraj
Queen’s Park Bureau Chief Global News



Global News has learned Doug Ford’s cabinet has recommended permanently removing long-time Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario MPP Randy Hiller from caucus.

Multiple sources who attended this week’s PC Party caucus meeting told Global News the matter was discussed behind closed doors on Tuesday. Sources said Hillier, who was first elected in 2007 as the MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, could be permanently removed as early as next week.


Hiller was suspended in late February after controversial comments he made in the legislature. He was originally accused of directing the words “yada yada yada” at parents of children with autism who were in the public gallery to watch debate over changes to the Ontario Autism Program.


Later that day Hillier issued an apology for the remarks stating that they were directed at a member of the opposition and not parents.

A source not authorized to speak publicly said Hillier allegedly clashed with Ford’s chief of staff, Dean French.

“Dean was done with it. He had enough and they are using the ‘yada, yada, yada’ excuse to dump him. No one can question Dean,” the source said.

The source went on to say many MPPs feel trapped in an increasingly controlled and micromanaged administration.

“It’s a warning shot, that’s exactly what it is. We are told by the premier’s office what to do and say and when to say it. It’s literally like big brother,” the source said.


Another source with the party said the move is concerning.

“Randy Hillier has a long record of standing up and voicing dissenting opinions behind closed doors in caucus and in public discourse,” the source said, adding a new precedent is being set.

“I think the move to remove Randy should send a chill through the ranks of caucus to those MPPs who may think about stepping out of line.”

Simon Jefferies, a spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford, told Global News in a statement that Hiller remains suspended from caucus. He said statements saying otherwise are “categorically false.”


“No further decisions have been made regarding his status within caucus. A decision will be made at an upcoming caucus meeting,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Hillier said he doesn’t know if his suspension was discussed among the PC caucus or if it’s going to be discussed in the future. He told Global News in a statement Ford has delegated an unnamed person to speak with him about the matter and that the discussions are continuing.

“I expect to make a statement in the coming days, at the conclusion of my discussions with Premier Ford’s delegate,” Hillier wrote.

On Wednesday, an ominous sign that the move to ditch Hillier was imminent. Media were distributed new PC caucus team photo sheets without the Hillier’s picture.

When questioned about the pending departure Government House Leader Todd Smith denied the issue was brought up in caucus saying there more pressing issues to deal with. Sources say further discussion would happen next Tuesday in caucus but that the decision “had already been made by cabinet.”


In November MPP Jim Wilson stepped down after what originally was described by the Premier’s Office as “addiction issues.”

Days later Global News was first to report that Wilson’s resignation was also due to allegations of sexual misconduct with a Queen’s Park staffer. Wilson returned to the legislature in early February and is now sitting as an independent.

Late the same month MPP Amanda Simard announced she too was leaving the PC party to sit as an independent over a disagreement about Francophone affairs.

https://globalnews.ca/news/5007315/randy-hillier-pc-caucus/
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Randy Hillier is officially out of the pc caucus and will have to sit as an independent mpp )



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BREAKING: MPP Randy Hillier officially out of PC caucus. #ottnews #onpoli
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Hillier has now released a letter containing a series of bizarre and unproven accusations , and its unclear if he has any evidence which can prove any of them )



Randy Hillier says he was punished for putting constituents ahead of Ontario PCs



The ousted PC MPP made a number of unproven allegations, including raising concerns of possible illegal and unregistered lobbying.



Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, March 18, 2019 11:28AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 18, 2019 5:50PM EDT


TORONTO -- The Ford government was in damage control mode Monday, denying allegations that an outspoken legislator was expelled from Progressive Conservative caucus for raising concerns about possible "illegal and unregistered" lobbying by the premier's friends and advisers.

Randy Hillier, a veteran politician who represents the eastern Ontario riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, was ousted Friday after the party said he was unwilling to be a team player.

But in an open letter Monday, Hillier gave his version of events, claiming he was turfed after pushing back against party operatives who he alleged are silencing elected politicians.


"Like many people, I had high hopes and expectations with the election of a PC government after 15 years of Liberal mismanagement, scandals, and harmful policies," Hillier said. "I could not stand by and tolerate operatives engaging in similar and more egregious acts."

Hillier, who wasn't at the legislature Monday, alleged he was condemned for a variety of activities including raising concerns of possible illegal and unregistered lobbying by close friends and advisers employed by Premier Doug Ford.

He also claimed he was punished for refusing to obtain permission to speak to the media and for failing to stand and applaud the government during legislative sessions.

He further alleged he was condemned for not seeking permission to attend his brother's funeral.

"This, to me, is the most egregious act," Hillier said. "It undermines me as a person and thereby undermines all Ontarians by putting party politics above compassion and respect."

Ford's spokesman, Simon Jefferies, said all the allegations outlined in Hillier's letter were "an outright lie."

"These fabrications are absurd and categorically false," Jefferies said in a statement that went through Hillier's allegations point by point to refute them.

"If any of this letter was true, why didn't Randy Hillier quit caucus on principle or raise these issues with the premier. Instead he launched a PR campaign begging to get back into caucus."

Hillier was suspended from caucus last month for comments he allegedly made as parents of children with autism packed the legislature's galleries in protest of the government's recent funding changes. Some parents said Hillier said "yada yada yada" to them near the end of question period, but Hillier maintains the remarks were directed at the Opposition New Democrats.

The Tories permanently expelled Hillier from caucus on Friday following what they said was a review of his behaviour before and after his suspension.

Ford was not in Question Period on Monday, but several of his top cabinet ministers also refuted Hillier's accusations and said he had refused to be part of the team.

"Everybody in our caucus wanted to work with Mr. Hillier," said Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. "But it's very clear Mr. Hillier did not want work with our caucus."

Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy also said Hillier wasn't willing to be a team player, while Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark specifically denied Hillier's accusations about improper lobbying.

"This government for the people respects the rules of this house, respects the rules in terms of the integrity commissioner, the lobbyist registry," Clark said.

But independent legislator Amanda Simard, who left Tory caucus last year over cuts to francophone services, said Hillier's comments about not being able to raise concerns freely echoed what she felt about the party at the time.

"I didn't feel that I could speak," she said, adding that she believed too much power was centralized within the premier's office. "I'm not the only one that thinks that and I'm glad that people are starting to see it."

NDP legislator Taras Natyshak wrote Ontario Provincial Police Interim Commissioner Gary Couture on Monday, calling on the service to investigate Hillier's allegations of illegal and unregistered lobbying.

"These, among other allegations disclosed in the letter, are disturbing, first-hand indications that illegal activities may have taken place, or may be ongoing," he said.

Interim Liberal leader John Fraser called on Hillier to come forward and provide more information on his allegations to province's integrity commissioner.

Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said the Tory caucus has now lost two members who stood up for their constituents and were punished for doing so.

"We're elected to represent our constituents, put our constituents first, not to be a member of a high-priced pom pom squad for the premier," he said.


https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/randy-hillier-says-he-was-punished-for-putting-constituents-ahead-of-ontario-pcs-1.4340646
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LILLEY: MPP Randy Hillier drops a bomb

Brian Lilley


Published:
March 18, 2019


Updated:
March 18, 2019 10:20 PM EDT


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Randy Hillier dropped a bomb on Queen’s Park Monday and he wasn’t even there.

The former PC MPP from eastern Ontario hasn’t even taken his new seat in the Ontario legislature since he was booted from Doug Ford’s caucus on Feb. 20.

But on Monday, he was the main topic of conversation.

While sitting back home in Perth, Hillier released a letter to his constituents that blasted the Ford government as being run by backroom operatives, namely Ford’s Chief of Staff Dean French and campaign strategist, and lobbyist, Chris Froggatt.

Among the list of reasons that Hillier says he was kicked out of caucus, was this bombshell.

“For raising concerns of possible illegal and unregistered lobbying by close friends and advisors employed by Premier Ford,” Hillier wrote.

Now Hillier didn’t say that Froggatt was involved in illegal lobbying but he was the only lobbyist mentioned in the letter and the NDP made the connection inside the legislature.

New Democrat MPP Taras Natyshak said Hillier’s accusations leave Ontario residents wondering.

“They’re wondering if Chris Froggatt and Dean French worked out a deal to let people buy their way into Doug Ford’s backrooms,” Natyshak said during question period.

Outside of the legislature, where MPPs are not protected by Parliamentary privilege and can be sued for what they say, Natyshak was more careful with his words. He didn’t link Froggatt to illegal lobbying but did call for a police investigation.

“I’ll be forwarding the information that Mr. Hillier has provided, to the OPP to allow them to review these allegations,” Natyshak said.

Liberal leader John Fraser called for an investigation by the provincial integrity commissioner.

“I think first Mr. Hillier has to come forward and be more specific. And it’s a complaint that should go to the integrity commissioner,” Fraser said.

Hillier wasn’t speaking on Monday, letting his letter do the talking.

Will he say more?

Likely, but we don’t know what.

While the possibility of an OPP investigation is not known, the integrity commissioner is already looking into matters and a full investigation could be confirmed within days.

Neither Hillier nor Froggatt responded to calls for comment on Monday.

The Premier’s office, though, called the accusations by Hillier, all of them, false.

“Everything Randy Hillier outlined in his letter is an outright lie. These fabrications are absurd and categorically false,” Ford spokesman Simon Jeffries said in a statement.

“This further shows Randy Hillier never wanted to be a true member of our PC team despite repeated attempts by Premier Ford to engage him as an important member of our caucus.”

Responding to reporters questions, Finance Minister Vic Fideli also denied the allegations.

“His comments in his letter are absolutely and categorically false,” Fideli said when asked if Hillier was a liar.

Beyond allegations of illegal lobbying, a bombshell if true, Hillier paints a picture of a government tight on control of their MPPs.

That was never going to sit well with Hillier.

But it also isn’t sitting well with other MPPs.

Ford has a caucus management problem. His MPPs, the people we elected and sent to Queen’s Park are bristling at taking orders from unelected officials that don’t have to face the voters.

Hillier is a problem for Ford right now, but if he doesn’t get a handle on this soon, he will have major problems with many MPPs in the future.


https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-mpp-randy-hillier-drops-a-bomb
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