The Law Is Not Meant To Prevent Accountability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
19 September 2017

(QUEENS PARK) - Randy Hillier (MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington) is facing an allegation of workplace harassment initiated by the Council of the township of Tay Valley.

The allegation asserts that by bringing the concerns and complaints he’s received from his constituents to the attention of municipally elected representatives, he had violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Further, the allegation also asserts that his opinions on the proper application, interpretation, and enforcement of provincial laws were unwelcome by the complainants, and therefore constituted “workplace harassment.”

“It is my legal obligation to uphold the laws of Ontario and my mandated responsibility to provide advocacy and assistance to my constituents who have cause to feel the law is being unjustly applied against them or incorrectly interpreted to their detriment,” said Hillier. “While many provincial laws are administered and enforced by municipal employees, they remain provincial laws nonetheless, and it is fully under my jurisdiction and responsibility as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to provide advice on their application when justifiable concerns are brought to my attention.”

The OHSA defines workplace harassment as “Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in the workplace that is known or ought to be reasonably known as unwelcome.

“To suggest that my role as a representative for my constituents is a vexatious activity is simply ridiculous and beyond the pale,” Hillier added. “Any, indeed all criticism could be construed as unwelcome; if I used that as the guide in my advocacy not only would nothing ever get resolved, but it would lead to empowering arbitrary decision-making and unreasonable and oppressive governments. I brought my constituent’s concerns forward professionally and respectfully, and in the manner and context they were conveyed to me.”

“I find these actions of Tay Valley Council extremely disappointing. I will not be intimidated from representing my constituents on matters of provincial jurisdiction, and I cannot allow injustice to prevail because opposing it may hurt someone’s feelings,” Hillier concluded.

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Contact:
Queen’s Park 416-325-2244
Perth 613-267-8239
info@randyhillier.com

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commented 2017-09-24 02:35:31 -0400 · Flag
Great work Randy. Any chance you can inspire the MPP for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry? We can’t even put up a tent for a weekend wedding anymore without being hauled into court by our petty bureaucrats. http://cornwallfreenews.com/2017/07/18/split-vote-in-s-glengarry-over-tent-bylaw-means-status-quo-by-jamie-gilcig-july-18-2017/
commented 2017-09-19 22:29:29 -0400 · Flag
Thank you Randy for caring for the people who elected you. Nothing wrong with what you have done.
commented 2017-09-19 21:45:34 -0400 · Flag
Good for you Randy. Your background as a tradesman serves you well. There are many Townships in similar situations. I have always thought that a Building Official should have a trade certificate as a prerequesit to getting the training for code application, inspections etc. There are many CET’s who go down the path, but their lack of "hands on " experience is obvious on the jobsite. In North Grenville we have a person with a Police Foundations certificate. How that relates to being a Building Official I wouldn’t know. Better choices can be made and Councils need to hear the truth. Thank-you.

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