Freedom Convoy: Judge Rejects Bail Review Request from Ontario MPP Randy Hillier

An Ontario judge has rejected MPP Randy Hillier’s request to review the terms of his bail conditions.

Randy Hillier, an independent member of the Ontario legislature, was in court on Thursday to try to lift certain bail conditions, such as a ban on posting to social media about anti-vaccination, mask mandates or the “Freedom Convoy,” and that he would not visit downtown Ottawa.

Hillier’s attorney said bail conditions should be lifted because they are too restrictive, and there is a weak link between the convoy’s actions and opposition to mask and vaccine mandates.

Ontario Supreme Court judge Hugh McLean said Hillier and his attorneys had agreed to the terms and “recognized (their) need” when they were originally enacted.

Hillier has been criticized for supporting and attending the occupation of Ottawa by protesters against the anti-vaccination mandate.

The Independent MPP has been a vocal proponent of anti-lockdown during the pandemic. He has been accused of anti-COVID-19 rhetoric and of encouraging and supporting convoy protesters.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 28, 2022.

This story was made possible with financial support from the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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