You may never have heard of Randy Hillier, a country bumpkin who barely won a seat in the Ontario legislature in 2007 who announced yesterday he's running to replace outgoing Progressive Conservative leader John Tory.
I had heard that one of the reasons Tory wanted to stay on was to prevent a leadership race that would give Hillier a soapbox to spout his extreme bullshit. Hillier believes there should probably be no government, but if there has to be a little government, it should only worry itself with protecting the rights of white, heterosexual, rural libertarians like him at the expense of everyone else.
Take a look at some of his policy planks released yesterday on his website: Hillier wants health care professionals to pick and choose without penalty which public health services they'll provide based on religious prejudices, as well as allow marriage commissioners, whose salaries are paid for by all Ontarians (including gays and lesbians), to refuse services to same sex couples, despite the fact that equal marriage is now legal. He also wants to abolish the Ontario Human Rights Commission, claiming it only looks at issues through the narrow prism of "race and gender" and has an "inherent bias against freedom and towards entrenching the special interests of certain groups based upon its own limited view point that everyone is a victim."
Not everyone is a victim, argues Randy. Only white, heterosexual, male libertarians like him! Hillier speaks of 'Freedom, Justice & Democracy'. If he were honest, he'd really use the slogan, 'Freedom, Justice & Democracy for White, Heterosexual, Rural Libertarians, and hell for the rest!'
Hillier's campaign manager is Tristan Emmanuel, a former Presbyterian preacher who said he once ran for public office as part of the Family Coalition Party of Canada.
It's not just the gays that Randy is after; he also wants to make sure French services are silenced in this province too.
When I have more time, I'll dissect more of Hillier's dubious claims and proposals. Next to Hillier, Tim Hudak looks positively moderate, and that's saying something. Oooh, this is going to be a very scary leadership race.