Editorial note: The following is a submitted letter to the Editor in reference to a recent motion before Kingston City Council seeking to inform the provincial government of its condemnation of MPP Randy Hillier’s recent actions. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist.
Dear Kingston City Council,
In my mind, any action against Randy Hillier is censorship of free speech, plain and simple. And that, as I’m sure you’ll agree, is a slippery slope.
Furthermore, there are thousands of Ontarians who support Randy Hillier and so you’re not merely attempting to silence ONE dissenting voice. This action would actively attempt to silence thousands of voices of tax-paying citizens. There’s that slippery slope.
The idea that council must silence Randy Hillier because they deem his actions “dangerous” is insulting to my intelligence and to the intelligence of every Canadian who agrees with his stance. The ways Hillier chooses to push change may not be how others would do it, but at his core he is pushing freedom — something Canada held dear not so long ago.
Please don’t do this. Please pivot your time, energy and all resources that would be put into this action against a fellow Politician, and fix our ongoing and ever-increasing housing issue!
Once again, ANY funds put towards forming a committee on silencing a fellow Politician that many tax-paying Kingstonians support would be highly hypocritical, somewhat unethical, and totally misplaced energy and tax-dollars.