The OPP indicted Independent MP Randy Hillier for his role in an anti-lockdown rally last month that drew dozens of people to a restaurant in Kemptville, Ont.
Hillier was one of four people indicted Thursday for defying COVID-19 restrictions at South Branch Bistro on April 8, 2020.
Police have identified Hillier, the Member of Provincial Parliament for Lanark – Frontenac – Kingston and a vocal opponent of the province’s COVID-19 rules, as the organizer of the rally.
The four people charged with violating the Ontario Reopening Act also include two of Hillier’s sons, Const. Dave Holmes told UKTN.
The restaurant – which has since had its liquor license suspended by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) – has also been charged, the Ontario Provincial Police said.
Charged earlier to attend church service
Officials who attended the “No More Lockdown” rally found people drinking alcohol inside the restaurant, on its patio and in the parking lot, the AGCO said at the time.
They also saw patrons who did not obey physical distancing rules or did not wear masks, including children and staff at the South Branch Bistro.
When AGCO officials returned the next day, they discovered that alcohol was again being served on the patio.
The charges against Hillier come the same week he was accused of attending a large church service at the Church of God Restoration in Aylmer, Ont., Where hundreds of people gathered on Sunday without wearing masks nor take any physical distance.
Hillier is scheduled to appear in court in Brockville, Ont., On June 24 as part of the Kemptville rally.
Additional charges could still be laid against other people who attended the rally, the OPP said.