As they might say in the Sound of Music, how do you solve a problem like Randy?
On Feb. 20, longtime MPP and former PC leadership candidate Randy Hillier was booted from the PC Caucus.
The party says suspended but this was no suspension.
Hillier was removed from the party rolls in the legislature, his seat was moved to the other side, which is reserved for opposition and independent MPPs, and his committee assignments were withdrawn.
When it comes to being in a party caucus, you are either in or you are out. Right now, Hillier is out.
Neither Hillier or Premier Doug Ford would provide comment on this issue. Ford’s office issued a one sentence statement that Hillier remained “suspended.”
So why exactly did Hillier get the boot and why does any of this matter?
On the surface, Hillier was booted from caucus nearly three weeks ago after being heard saying, “Yada, yada, yada.”
Hillier’s critics claimed he was making the comments towards parents with autistic children who were protesting in the legislature that day. Hillier counters he would never do such a thing and he was directing his comments towards the NDP’s Monique Taylor.