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Ontario MPP Randy Hillier addresses crowd at 'No More Lockdown' rally at Queen's Park, Toronto, November 26, 2020. Lianne Laurence / LifeSiteNews

TORONTO (LifeSiteNews) – A leading Ontario politician known for speaking out against COVID jabs and mandates announced that he will run for Premier in the 2022 election under the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) banner.

“The purple wave is coming to Ontario … so come and join us, we want to fight for freedom for justice, for democracy, for fairness. We have to fight this everywhere. But this is a cultural war and how we win cultural wars is also at the ballot box,” independent Ontario MPP Randy Hillier said at a rally on Sunday.

“So join with me, sign up the Ontario First Party paperwork, PPC Ontario, and the purple wave is here, it will be on the ballot box, and I’ll be leading them for the June election in 2022.”

Hillier, who has been an MPP since 2007, has been a fierce opponent to mask and COVID-19 jab mandates, having spoken at many anti-lockdown and pro-freedom rallies for well over a year.   

After being tossed from the Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) by Premier Doug Ford in 2019, Hillier has sat as an independent for the riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.

On Sunday, Hillier said that the people are in a “war” against “the enemy of big pharma, big corporate interests that are profiteering through these 20 months” as well as “big government” and public health.

“To win this battle, it only takes one thing, and for all of us, to be honest, all of us to have this courage, the conviction, to speak truthfully and honestly, we’re going to fight this politically as well,” Hillier said.

“We’re are doing this for sons, our daughters, our grandsons, our granddaughters. Let’s do it and make sure that they have just as much freedom as when I was when I was that little boy back in elementary school. And let’s have a culture that reflects our faith, our freedom, and our family. Thank you very much.”

Hillier is not the only independent Ontario MPP who will be running in the 2022 provincial election under a new party.

Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios, who was ousted from Ford’s PC party for voting against extending lockdowns, started a new conservative Ontario party with her husband Jim called “The New Blue Party of Ontario.”

The New Blue Party of Ontario will be a “true blue” party with “blue values,” the couple said.

The PPC was founded in 2018 by former federal Conservative Party of Canada MP Maxime Bernier. In 2017, Bernier narrowly lost to Andrew Scheer in a race to become the CPC party leader.

Since founding the PPC, Bernier has been an outspoken advocate for Canadians constitutional freedoms, especially soon after COVID lockdowns gripped Canada in the spring of 2020.

Bernier offered hope to Canadians weighed down by draconian COVID rules, saying the “future is ours” because “freedom” will win in the end.

In the fall 2021 federal election, Bernier ran a campaign on freedom, fighting against vaccine passports, mandates, and masks as well as government overreach. He was the only party leader to do so.

While not winning any seats, the PPC managed to almost quadruple their total vote tally and took home around 5 percent of the popular vote overall.

The PPC recently announced that they will hold a leadership review of Bernier, which will take place online between November 12 and December 3. It will be open to all PPC members.

“Greater successes await us, and I want a mandate from our members to make them happen,” Bernier said of the leadership review.