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MPP Randy Hillier, his 3 children, Kemptville restaurant charged for COVID-19 ‘mask burning party’

MPP Randy Hillier, his three children and a Kemptville restaurant are facing charges from OPP after hosting a COVID-19 "mask burning party.". THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Kingston-area MPP Randy Hillier and three of his children are facing charges from OPP after hosting a COVID-19 “mask burning party” at a Kemptville restaurant earlier this month, police confirmed Thursday.

The independent MPP, his daughter Chelsea, and his two sons Dillon and Clayton are all facing Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) charges, OPP confirmed. South Branch Bistro, the restaurant that hosted the event is also facing a ROA charge for the April 8 event.

Read more: Kemptville, Ont. restaurant to open for ‘mask burning party’ amid COVID-19 lockdown

Hillier has spent the last year railing against COVID-19 measures, and has lately taken to hosting events through his No More Lockdown group that purposely contravene gathering limits.

Global News has not been able to reach the owner of the restaurant, but OPP confirm she has yet to be charged.

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On the day of the event, the restaurant posted to Facebook that there was “no evidence that restaurants are spreading COVID” and that the lockdown would have forced them to close their doors for good.

OPP say about 200 people were at the event at the time, and that they received numerous complaints about the party.

Read more: MPP Randy Hillier’s sons arrested at Perth, Ont., bar amid dispute over masks

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) temporarily suspended the restaurant’s liquor licence and also proposed to revoke its licence altogether following the event.

Hillier was recently charged in Aylmer and Peterborough for similar gatherings, and faces a ROA charge from a gathering last year at Queen’s Park.

When asked for comment about his most recent charge, Hillier provided a link to a Facebook post, where he said he had started to use his court summons as wallpaper.

He said he currently has eight summons for 12 different offences.

“I look forward to the day I can tear down his wall of deceit in a court of law,” the post wrote.

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OPP say the investigation into the incident is ongoing. It’s unclear if any more charges will be laid.

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