"Bring it on": Ontario MPP ignores criticism of 15-person holiday gathering
An Ontario MPP told critics to “bring it on” after he posted a photo of himself with 14 other people in one room — a direct violation of the province’s lockdown orders.
Randy Hillier, the Independent Member for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, has been outspoken regarding his opposition to the lockdown in Ontario and COVID-19 restrictions, frequently protesting outside of the provincial legislature in Queen’s Park.
The photo, posted to his Twitter account on Monday, shows Hillier with a room full of people celebrating Christmas. He used the hashtags #wearelivingalie and #nomorelockdowns.
“The lies and deceptions of covid are over. How & why so many allowed themselves to be deceived will take years to to uncover, but I and many other Canadians will not accept the deception any longer. We are free and will defend our freedom,” he said.
#onpoli #wearelivingalie #nomorelockdowns merry Christmas. Peace & goodwill to all pic.twitter.com/wgyk9ftHEN
— Randy Hillier (@randyhillier) December 28, 2020
The gathering is a violation of Ontario’s lockdown rules, which only permit those within the same household to gather.
An individual commented on Hillier’s photo saying he could face a fine of $10,000 to $100,000 and up to a year in prison for hosting the event, to which the MPP responded, “Bring it on.”
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On December 26, Ontario entered a province-wide lockdown. The measures will be in effect in northern Ontario for 14 days and in the southern part of the province for 28 days. The time-limited restrictions will be evaluated throughout their implementation, rather than when they are set to expire.
The province also reported its highest COVID-19 single-day count since the pandemic began with 2,553 cases.
Over 14,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province to date. The province expects to vaccinate 8.5 million people by the end of June.