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 explain that?
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 incarcerated for?
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.
No brushes with the law John? Your people looked into his past and didn't tell you about anything involving an incarceration? Nothing?
From the Ottawa Sun on May 17th, 2006
Hillier was arrested by Cornwall Police at the NavCan Centre in the city's east end, detained and ticketed $50 for trespassing.What else haven't your people told you?
My gosh, the Globe & Mail wrote about his arrest as recent as 12 days ago!
Hillier is far and away Tory's most controversial candidate in this election. Tory and his handlers had to have known that Tory was going to be questioned about Hillier's past at some point during the campaign.