Toronto Star: Independent MPP Randy Hillier challenges Ontario fundraising law, argues they're unconstitutional

A veteran MPP is challenging Ontario’s election finance laws as unconstitutional. Independent MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) is arguing that his Charter rights are being violated by the province’s Election Finances Act. That’s because under the existing provincial law, it is illegal for him to raise money for his political campaigns because he is no longer affiliated with a party. Until Premier Doug Ford defenestrated him from the Progressive Conservative caucus in March for being outspoken, Hillier notes that he was able to raise money whenever he liked. Continue reading

Toronto Star: Hillier is right to challenge Ontario’s election financing laws

Having challenged Premier Doug Ford’s dictatorial style, and been tossed from the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario for it, Randy Hillier is now taking on the province’s election financing laws. Whether the now-independent MPP is more successful in this challenge will be up to Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, where he filed a constitutional challenge. But once again he’s standing on principled grounds. If the 121 PC, New Democrat, Liberal and Green MPPs can raise money any time for their re-election bids, why shouldn’t Hillier and the two other independents be able to do the same? Currently, independents are restricted to seeking political contributions during the writ period, some five weeks before election day. And that, Hillier says, means the laws unfairly “favour party candidates over independents.” He’s right. Continue reading