A letter from Kingston and the Islands MPP Ian Arthur to the province’s integrity commissioner regarding MPP Randy Hillier was made public today.
In the letter, Arthur says his office received two complaints from constituents of Hillier alleging that their personal information was used without their consent for partisan purposes.
“Over the weekend of September 4th, my constituency office received emails and phone calls from constituents of MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) alleging that their personal information, obtained by his constituency office through case work, was used to sign them up for emails from both the People’s Party of Canada and the organization ‘No More Lockdowns,'” the letter states.
The letter continues that both complainants state they never signed themselves up for such mailing lists, and one constituent, Rob Briden, even provided an email exchange where Hillier admits to signing them up.
“I’m sorry you believe freedom is spam,” Hillier responded to one angry constituent after revealing the MPP owns “No More Lockdowns”.
“I was under the impression freedom and Justice was somewhat important to you. You can unsubscribe at any time.”
In the email Briden says he initially contact Hillier years ago regarding an employment standards claim, and at that time was signed up without consent for Hillier’s newsletter.
Though he says he didn’t mind the newsletter, he feels his personal information being shared with the two groups in question was a violation of privacy.
Hillier has served as an independent MPP since 2019 when he was ousted permanently from the Conservative party.