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Monday, October 27, 2008

Randy Hillier for leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Randyandscott1 The Ottawa Sun recently interviewed one of the better (maybe best) M.P.P.s in Ontario, Randy Hillier. Hillier was the co-founder of the Lanark Landowners Association, and served as president of the Ontario Landowners Association (both excellent associations, worth joining and supporting).

Come to think of it, just what is going on at the riding of Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington? Not only did the good folks there vote in Hillier, they also had the good sense and gumption to elect one of the finest M.P.s in Canada as well--none other than Conservative Scott Reid (whose libertarian streak is well known).

Below the fold: Some excerpts from the Sun's interview with Hillier, as well as video of "highlights" and "lowlights" of Hillier's first year in office.

Excerpts with my emphasis:

Q: Do you have to behave any differently now that you are in government, or would you still support acts of civil disobedience?

A: In every job you're in, your behaviour is different for the type of job. If I was a pro wrestler, my behaviour would be different than if I'm a journalist. So yes, I do behave differently, but I would never say that there ought not to be civil disobedience.

If government is doing something that is clearly unjust and harmful to people, then people must always reserve the right to disobey the law in a peaceful, non-violent way.

That's a fundamental of our democracy and heaven forbid if we ever lose that. Everybody from Gandhi to Rosa Parks have used civil disobedience to oppose injustice.


Q: Do you still think it's OK to shoot deer out of season to protect farmers crops?

A: Bit of a loaded question now, isn't it? I believe people have the fundamental freedom and right to protect their property from damage, whether it's crops or others and government should be doing everything possible to ensure that people can protect their property ...

That was a battle that we did a number of years ago. We won that battle, the ministry decided that it was appropriate that they grant nuisance deer removal authorities, and they started doing that back in 2004.

Q: What about if somebody breaks into your house, do you have the right to shoot them?

A: Well I'll tell you, if somebody broke into my house, I'd shoot them. Absolutely. Listen, if someone wants to break into my house, they're not breaking in to give me hugs and kisses. They're a threat and a danger.

I was being a little bit flippant there because who knows under what circumstances. But I would use force to protect myself, absolutely... I think people have to feel comfortable to recognize that it is their responsibility to take care of themselves.

If somebody did break into my house late at night, with my kids and my wife there, I certainly wouldn't sit back and wait to phone the police. To get to my place would probably take half an hour. Just like if a fire breaks out at my house, I'm going to start putting it out, not just wait for the fire department to come.


Q: Do you still believe greenhouse gases are nothing to worry about and it would be wrong to shut down coal-burning power plants?

A: There are greenhouse gases. I disagree that human contributions to greenhouse gases are so significant that we should be hysterical running around suggesting we have to do all these things to prevent its catastrophe.

We've had periods of global warming and global cooling from the beginning of time and there weren't too many cars or factories at the last global warming period... I think science is far from conclusive.

If it works, here's video of the interview, both "lowlights" and "highlights" of Hillier's first year in office:



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I think I may be in love

Posted by: Hugh MacIntyre | 2008-10-27 12:41:01 AM

What a great choice for premier of Ontario.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-10-27 10:15:53 AM

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