Suspended MPP Randy Hillier hits back at Doug Ford government in letter, cites 'childish grievances' - 2019-03-12
In the letter obtained by Global News, Hillier wrote: "The truth behind my removal, however, is not due to banter in the House but long-standing tensions between me and Doug Ford's most senior advisers (Dean French and Chris Froggatt) over what is expected of MPPs in the PC caucus."
Hillier also alleged that this is not the first incident in which he has encountered attempted coercion and pressure by "backroom party operatives to co-opt my role as an MPP." He said when he challenged the suspension, "backroom operatives" gave him a "laundry list of questionable and childish grievances."
"I don't stand and clap for ministers enough in the House, I wasn't actively retweeting or sharing Facebook posts about the government's activities, and that I was 'putting my constituents and local stakeholders ahead of Party business,'" Hillier said he was told.