TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - This afternoon on CBC Radio, John Tory admitted
his 'one law for everyone' applied to just about everyone. But not his right
wing 'revolutionary' radical candidate Randy Hillier.
Hiller has a long and documented history of lawbreaking. He is notorious
for illegally blockading highways including a border crossing, unruly
protests, shooting a deer and mailing photos of bloody bullet holes to a
cabinet minister, and encouraging a fellow protestor to run over police
officer with a front-end loader.
But what does John Tory think? Well, Tory claims to have asked Hillier
not to do it. What about that arrest? Well Tory also claims he didn't know
about it even though it was written about in the Cornwall Standard Freeholder
(May 17, 2006) when Hillier was detained for trespassing. Here's a photo of
Hillier confronting police to help jog John Tory's memory.
CBC Radio Transcript:
CBC HOST: Let's go to Frontenac County. John is on the line. Hi John.
CALLER: Well, John, I've got this issue. You've got Randy Hillier running
here in LFL&A (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) and when he was head of
the LLA and that's the Lanark Landowners Association for the rest of the
province. He closed down the 401 three times. Once in London, once in Thousand
Islands then the QEW when he did his tractor day to Queen's Park there. He
gets invited to be candidate for the PC party, Shawn Brant does it once and
he's in jail for two months without bail. And I see a degree of hypocrisy
there. One rule for the white guy and one rule for the natives. Can you
JOHN TORY: I, I, I could do my best because I could tell you this much.
CALLER: Without the double-speak.
JOHN TORY: There won't be any double-speak. When Mr. Hillier was the head
of the landowners and I was the leader of the PC Party and he had expressed no
interest or had not approached us about being a candidate. I can tell you that
I telephoned him before his first protest at which time he said he was going
to block the highway and encouraged him not to do that, urged him not to do
that. I said, look you can have the same protest by the side of the highway
and in fact you'll see more people because they'll go by you as opposed to
blocking the highway off. And I have said consistently, when it comes to what
I've said about the rule of law for people who are obstructing highways or
anything else, the law should apply to everyone. And I specifically mentioned
the day I first took that position and laid out one rule of law for everybody
that it applied to groups of farmers. I mentioned that. Or groups of
environmentalists. Or groups of Aboriginal people. And so I've been very very
consistent in that and Mr. Hillier would tell you that, I've phoned him and
I've communicated with him any time he was going to do any protest of that
kind and said don't do that there are other ways to protest without blockading
highways. With respect to how he became the candidate, in our Party, the PC
party, the candidates are elected democratically at the riding level. So Mr.
Hiller came forward and put his name in and I think there were three or four
candidates who ran for the nomination and he won.
CALLER: You don't vet these people at all.
JOHN TORY: I'll be very truthful with you about that. No double-speak.
They're all vetted to see if there is anything in their background in terms of
brushes with the law or any of those kinds of things that would disqualify
them form being a candidate it's done before the nomination process so that
you don't, it's not too late and we looked at his entire background and I can
tell you this man has had no brushes with the law.
CALLER: Whoa, back up. Back up. He's been incarcerated before.
JOHN TORY: Look at that, if that is true, I'm not familiar with that but
I mean I can tell you there was a check on his background. What was he
CALLER: I believe in the Cornwall incident.
JOHN TORY: Well, that's news to me.
CBC HOST: I'm just going to intervene here. We do want to get to some
other callers as well. Thank you John for your inquiry.
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