Note: Lorne Coe is MPP for Whitby and the PC’s chief government whip
Randy Hillier is no longer part of the Ontario PC caucus and I am sure you are going to hear a lot of reasons why. Most of them won’t be true or just simply political spin.
As his former teammate, I saw first hand what it was like to try to work with Randy.
A letter from Ontario PC Party President Brian Patterson outlined concerns about Randy’s behaviour. I want to echo those concerns.
As a member of the PC caucus, I proudly stand up for my constituents, defend their rights, and advance their requests. I do this as member of a team with a common goal: Turning this province around, making it the economic engine of Canada, and opening Ontario for business.
This is done by showing up for work, working with my caucus teammates, and having constructive — and sometimes heated — discussions with my colleagues. Not by attacking them, going behind their back, and using the media to pull a fast one.
Don’t get me wrong. I wanted to work with Randy, so did all our team. However, he didn’t seem to want to work with me, or any of his teammates.
The most important team meeting we have is Tuesday afternoons — our caucus meeting. We discuss and debate our government’s policies.
We talk to ministers, parliamentary assistants, and committee members. I value that meeting every week. Unfortunately, Randy rarely showed up. When he did, he arrived late and left early.
Since forming government, the PC caucus had two very important meetings outside of Queen’s Park — the party convention in the fall and the caucus retreat in February. We used these opportunities to bond as a team, discuss policy and government direction.