Hillier Would Reopen Ontario Spring Hunt If Elected

Canada News, Bear Hunting Magazine

Randy Hillier stated that if he is elected leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives, he would reinstate the spring bear hunt.

Hillier said doing so would inject millions of dollars into the struggling economies of rural and northern Ontario. Some hunting and tourism groups have also called for reinstatement of the hunt, which was cancelled in 1999.

The speaker of the legislature, meanwhile, has admonished Hillier for using the Queen's Park media studio to launch his leadership campaign.

A letter obtained by the Canadian Press shows Hillier had been told not to do so because it violated the rules for the use of government buildings.

Hillier, who is perhaps best known as former president of the Lanark Landowners Association, is no stranger to controversy. He once sent a picture of a dead deer to Liberal cabinet minister Leona Dombrowsky with her name written on the photo.

One of Hillier's leadership rivals, Timmy Hudak, will officially launch his campaign today while Christine Elliott launches her campaign on Friday. Frank Klees entered the race earlier.

A successor to John Tory, who resigned last month after he lost a March 5 byelection, will be announced on June 27 at a party convention in Markham.

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