From independent MPP to independent sovereign citizen, an eastern Ontario MPP is separating himself from his own riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. Citing a lack of criminal charges that would allow him to challenge emergency orders resulting from the global pandemic, MPP Randy Hillier took to Twitter to announce his plan to secede from the riding he represents since the law clearly did not apply to him anyway, while also declaring the pandemic a hoax.
“The evidence has been falsified… I can’t break the law. I am the law!”
Self-described sovereign citizens see themselves as above the law. They decide which rules to follow and believe accepting any kind of federal regulation forfeits their rights and freedoms, which are also guaranteed by the same federal laws.
Hillier has been attempting to challenge public health orders since they began, in an attempt to revive a political career that flatlined after he was kicked out of the PC caucus for remarks he made to the autism community. He began organizing rallies, hosting large family gatherings, and more recently attempted to incite tensions against frontline workers that were just doing their jobs.
His blatant disregard for the law and others has attracted media attention but has yet to attract any kind of criminal charges, which would unlock money held in trust to challenge the public health orders. Without an arrest, Hillier can’t access his defence fund according to federal rules. As a sovereign citizen, however, he can do what he wants.
Hillier has been Tweeting that the government is illegitimate for some time now, so many critics have called the move expected. It’s not clear what, if any, legal process can be initiated to begin officially separating Hillier from Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, but there is general agreement within the riding, the sooner the better.