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WATCH: Hillier announces bid for Ontario premiership under PPC banner

“The purple wave is here and it will be on the ballot box and I will be leading them for the June election in 2022,” said Randy Hillier.




Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Randy Hillier announced plans to run for the Premier of Ontario with the People’s Party of Canada in the 2022 election.

“To win this battle it only takes one thing and that’s for all of us to be honest, all of us to have the courage and conviction to speak truthfully and honestly,” said Hillier, calling out the “enemy” of big pharma, big corporation, big government and public health who are “profiteering at our expense.”

“We’re going to fight this politically, as well. The purple wave is coming to Ontario,” announced Hillier to a crowd Sunday.

Hillier has been an MPP since 2007 and currently sits as an independent representing Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.

Originally part of the Progressive Conservative (PC) party, Hillier was removed by Premier Doug Ford in 2019 after being accused of making disrespectful comments to parents of children with autism.

Throughout the pandemic, Hillier has been outspoken about face masks, the COVID-19 vaccines and lockdowns.

Hillier said he plans to “fight for freedom, for justice, for democracy and for fairness,” and for a “culture that reflects our faith, freedom and family.”  

“The purple wave is here and it will be on the ballot box and I will be leading them for the June election in 2022,” said Hillier.

The PPC federal political party was formed by Maxime Bernier in September 2018, shortly after he resigned from the Conservative Party of Canada. Bernier was unsuccessful in his bid for leadership of the Tories in 2017.

The PPC ran candidates in 315 ridings for the 2019 federal election but were unsuccessful in all ridings including Bernier’s bid for re-election in his riding of Beauce.

In the 2021 federal election, the PPC then ran 312 candidates and, again, none were successful, although the party made gains in the popular vote by 5%.

The party heavily opposed COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, vaccine passports and vaccine mandates in the 2021 federal election.

The Western Standard has reached out to Hillier for comment but had not heard back in time for publishing.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

Melanie Risdon is a Calgary-based Reporter for the Western Standard. She has over 20 years experience in media at Global News, Rogers and Corus. mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Left Coast

    November 11, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    “Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Randy Hillier announced plans to run for the Premier of Ontario with the People’s Party of Canada in the 2022 election.” ?

    There is NO PPC Provincial Party in Ontario . . . that sentence makes zero sense.

    Karahalios spoke to Hillier about joining the Ontario Blue Party which does exist.

    Jim Karahalios Speaks at Ottawa Freedom Rally

  2. Calvin Arnt

    November 11, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Hillier is the most self-centred narchissist in the anti-lockdown movement. He is only dividing the freedom vote by doing this, and he knows full well that there is already a freedom fighting provincial party, the New Blue Party of Ontario. They are already registered for over a year and are organizing constituencies and soon candidates. The only reason Randy is doing this is he doesn’t want to run for Leader of New Blue (because he was offered a leadership contest) is because he would lose. And everything he does is only about the Randy Hillier show. He’s a poison in our movement.

  3. Deb

    November 9, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Way to go Randy. Even from Alberta I follow you on Twitter. You are the only MP in Canada speaking out and trying to bring awareness to the people. Ontario is lucky to have you. I hope there is a big purple wave in the next election.

  4. Eddy

    November 9, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    This is becoming tiresome – all of these “individuals” are popping up all over the place without any obvious planning or foresight.

    1) Former Federal MP Derek Sloan began a new party after being ejected from Federal Conservatives. He could have joined PPC but did not and then ran in a completely different Province (Alberta) and promptly lost. He could have joined PPC.

    2) The “Maverick Party” is still casting about for a base.

    2) Aaron Gunn wanted to run for B.C Liberal Leader but was kicked-out, so now he will start his own.

    3) Tim Moen tried for over 5yrs to kick start a Federal “Libertarian Party of Canada” and finally threw down the towel in the summer before the Sept 26 Federal Election.

    4) Wildrose Independence Party in Alberta seems to have a lock on challenging the UCP – but a couple of other groups appear to be considering starting alternatives if UCP Leadership is not “properly” decided next spring. However I see that the former provincial PPC in Alberta has recently disolved to join the Wildrose Independance Party after new leader Paul Hinman was affirmed.

    Now Hillier – kicked out of Ontario PCs is starting Ontario PPC and following Max Bernier steps.

    Why could Hillier have not joined recently started “New Blue Party” in Ontario rather than start a new Provincial Party? Founders are Jim Karahalios whose wife Belinda Karahalios is an MPP and (former?) member of Doug Fords Ontario PC Party.

    Has anyone been reading their history or are they too high on the horses riding madly off in all directions?

    [I hope they read Micheal Wagners “Alberta: Separatism Then and Now”


  5. Baron Not Baron

    November 8, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    It all sounds good. Will Hillier sound the same afterwards? We will live to see it, but for us in AB, it doesn’t matter. I wish Ontarians the best. We have different plans. Autonomy of Alberta. Independence that is.

  6. Mises

    November 8, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Randy is a patriot. Our politicians don’t understand meaning of this word. Yes, I’m calling you out Kenney!

  7. Mars Hill

    November 8, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Great news, Hillier isn’t compromised or intimidated by the cabal like many politicians around the world. He’d be a great premier for Ontario and it would be great for Canada.
    You can sense there’s a change coming…….

  8. francis witzel

    November 8, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Go Mr Hillier , go PPC

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Maskless teen student with asthma ostracized at Calgary Catholic school

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt,” said 14-year-old Darius.




A Calgary Catholic school has segregated and since banned a student from attending school for not wearing a mask, says the student’s parents.

And before that, teachers had even taped off an area around the boy’s desk “like a crime scene.”

Darius Lynn, a Grade 9 student at St. Helena Junior High School in Calgary, suffers from asthma and was permitted to go maskless at his desk during the 2020-2021 school year.

When Darius returned to St. Helena for the 2021-2022 school year, without his parents’ knowledge, he was advised he would be required to wear a mask full time.

He complied for the first few months but eventually reported to his parents in late November he was struggling to breathe while wearing the mask.

“I had no idea he was told to wear a mask again this year,” Darius’ mother Stephanie told the Western Standard.

“My husband and I just assumed he wasn’t needing to wear a mask again this year.”

Stephanie said she and her husband Paul reached out to the new principal and Darius’ teachers to request they allow their son the same exemption as the previous year.

They were told he would need a doctor’s note, which Stephanie said they have been unable to acquire.

“Mask exemptions are impossible to get,” said Stephanie.

“Right now, doctors are just too scared to write them.”

Stephanie said the school’s solution was to, “move my son’s desk into the hallway.”

Darius also spoke with the Western Standard and said the teenagers in his class referred to him as an “outsider” after he was moved into the hallway.

“When they did group projects, they would just send me to the library and I had to work on my own,” said Darius.  

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt.”

Stephanie said she and her husband tried to appeal to the principal, but “she wouldn’t budge,” so they reached out to the superintendent.

“We begged for her to let Darius back into the classroom but he ended up sitting out there for two weeks where he was discriminated against and basically ridiculed so we contacted the superintendent,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said she emailed Chief Superintendent Bryan Szumlas with the Catholic School Board who helped the Lynns get their son moved back into his classroom.

“So, he was moved back into the classroom, which was good, but what we didn’t know was that his teachers taped off the floor around his desk like a crime scene,” said Stephanie.

“After they put tape on the floor around my desk, some of the kids in my class would step past the tape and pretend they couldn’t breathe,” said Darius, explaining the teasing he endured.

Darius said his teachers had witnessed some of the teasing, but said, “most of the time the teachers didn’t do anything about it.

“They (teachers) also made me wait a few minutes before I could move to my next class because there were basically a bunch of students in the halls.”

“It was just awful what they were doing to him. They were treating him like a walking disease and visibly segregating him,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said Darius had to stay within his taped boundaries for about a week until Christmas break.

“After the break, the principal notified us that Darius wouldn’t be welcome back if he wasn’t willing to wear a mask,” said Stephanie.

“In fact, one of the communications with the school referred to his asthma as his ‘apparent asthma’ like we were making it up or something.

“They said he could move to the online schooling system or do their D2L system from home,” said Stephanie referring to a web-based learning system offered throughout the school division.

“He doesn’t do well online so we are just trying to do the best we can. He’s in Grade 9, he should be able to be with his peers to finish off his last year in middle school.”

Darius said he has mixed feelings about not returning to school.

“I’m just really upset that I don’t get to see my friends anymore, but I also feel like I have less distractions at home,” said Darius.

Stephanie said it’s been a hard year for Darius as he also had to walk away from community hockey due to the vaccination mandates and additional costs associated with frequent rapid testing.

“He is totally destroyed,” said Stephanie.

The Lynns have two other sons — both attending Notre Dame High School — one in Grade 11 who is special needs and one in Grade 12.

“The real kicker for us is that we have a special needs son who has never worn a mask, doesn’t social distance and we have never been required to show a doctor’s note for him,” said Stephanie.

“They have totally humiliated my son and I’m angry. We just want our son to be treated with dignity and compassion. He has lost hockey because of the mandates and now he isn’t allowed to go to school.”

The family has since been referred to Area Director Deana Helton with regard to their son’s situation.

The Western Standard has contacted the school principal along with Helton but hasn’t heard back yet.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Copping strikes EMS advisory committee amid system strains, red alerts

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May.




Health Minister Jason Copping has appointed MLAs R.J. Sigurdson (Highwood) and Tracy Allard (Grande Prairie) to co-chair a new EMS committee to address “unprecedented” demands on the healthcare system.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is also rolling out a 10-point plan to maximize EMS system capacity.

The government listed many aggravating factors driving the system strains including “EMS staffing fatigue and illness, hospital offload delays, more requests for patient transfers, delays in receiving new ambulances and specialized vehicle parts caused by global supply issues.”

The province has seen a plethora of “red alerts” reported by EMS members and tweeted by the Union of Health Care Professionals @HSAAlbertaEMS. A red alert is when there are no available ambulances for emergency calls.

The government also reported a 30% increase in 911 calls in recent months. There was no mention of personnel shortages caused by the government’s COVID-19 mandate.

“Alberta’s government has been supportive of EMS throughout the pandemic. As we approach the peak of Omicron cases, we know the EMS system is seeing significant strain, which impacts service. We recognize this is a challenge and are taking immediate steps to improve emergency care access while we explore longer-term solutions,” said Copping.

AHS will immediately hire more paramedics, transfer low-priority calls to other agencies, and stop automatic ambulance dispatch to motor vehicle accidents with no injuries. AHS is also “launching pilot projects to manage non-emergency inter-facility transfers, and initiating an ‘hours of work’ project to help ease staff fatigue.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of AHS is confident these actions “will allow us to better support our EMS staff and front-line paramedics, and in turn this will ensure our patients receive the best care possible.”

Additionally, AHS will issue a request for proposals in February to conduct a third-party review of Alberta’s provincewide EMS dispatch system.

“The objective review by external health system experts will provide further opportunities to address ongoing pressures, improve effectiveness and efficiency through best practices, and provide the best outcomes for Albertans who call 911 during a medical event,” the government said.

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May. Committee representatives include “contracted ambulance operators, unions representing paramedics, municipal representatives and Indigenous community representatives.”

Sigurdson said the committee will consider taxpayers’ needs.

“Albertans expect that when they call 911 in their time of greatest need, EMS will always answer. The committee’s goal will be focused around ensuring and improving service to Albertans while supporting the most critical piece of that equation: our EMS staff across all of Alberta.”

Amber Gosselin is a Western Standard reporter.

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WATCH: O’Toole will not be welcoming the truckers in Ottawa

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy, it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in.”




Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was asked six times during a Monday press conference about his stance on the truckers Freedom Convoy 2022, before giving a vague answer.

“We have been talking with the Canadian Trucking Alliance for several months,” said O’Toole told reports.

“We’ve seen a crisis in the supply chain coming for several months and we’ve proposed policies to try to help alleviate that. The most important of which is vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

O’Toole press conference

Other specific. questions on the truckers’ comments were left with vague answers.

But the end of the conference O’Toole said it’s not his place to get involved.

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy — it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in,” O’Toole said.

“We’ve been trying to tackle the supply chain crisis, encourage vaccination, not ignore problems and divide the country like Mr. (Justin) Trudeau does.”

O’Toole said policies cannot be put in place which could contribute to supply chain issues, as Canadians are already worried about their grocery bills.

O’Toole said he was focused on the economic strain Canadians are having, with record inflation, cost of living, 30% higher gas prices and the housing market’s rising costs,.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard

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