Family, friends slam Hillier for falsely linking deaths of loved ones to COVID-19 vaccine

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Ontario Independent MPP Randy Hillier has recently been angered by family and friends of deceased individuals after he posted the names and faces of those who died in his social streams, falsely claiming their deaths were related to a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Loved ones of the two recently deceased women, whose identities were posted to Hillier’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook channels, say Hillier shared her information without her permission and without proper facts.

Ammarah Nawab said, “I want them to know that she hasn’t gone through the vaccine, and that my sister’s life is much more than a social media image with a false claim.”

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His sister, Farisa Nawab, was one of the images and names of several people used in a post by Randy Hillier that claimed the COVID-19 vaccine had caused death or serious illness.

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His post, which Granthshala News decided not to link to, mentioning 11 people and their alleged illnesses or causes of death, says the following:

“Every person here lost his life or suffered a permanent adverse reaction immediately after receiving the first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Were these perfectly healthy and active individuals damaged by a drug that they were told was completely safe and would protect them from a disease that did not pose any serious threat to them?”

Ammrah said that when she launched a GoFundMe to help pay for her sister’s memorial, a rumor started online that she died from the vaccine. In fact, Farisa died of a rare blood disease, a condition Ammarah said was genetic.

She said that at first she received dozens of messages that her Pharisa had died of the vaccine, then the harassment began in person. Things got so bad that he had to delete his Instagram account.

He had seen Hillier’s post that day.

“I was so mad because like, you’re not only taking a picture of someone without consent, you don’t take into account the feelings of the family,” she said.

Another woman’s friend, Natalie Preddy, in the post said she was shocked to see her friend’s face on Hillier’s Instagram feed, knowing full well that she died of something completely unrelated to the vaccine.

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“I was angry. I was bewildered. I know she would feel the same way,” Predy said.

Preddy says her friend died of an unknown genetic disease that had nothing to do with the COVID vaccine.

She said she felt compelled to speak on behalf of her friend’s family, who are still grieving over her loss.

“He just lost a wife and mother, a sister, a friend. And it is really sad to see their faces in this disgusting campaign,” she said.

Preddy said he called Hillier to complain, but he hung up the phone, claiming he would only speak to the woman’s family. Preddy says the family then contacted, and asked her to take down the picture of the woman with the entire post.

Hillier took down the post that included a photo of the woman, but then added a new post with a blank image that read “Young mother, 38, died of cardiac arrest during the race.” The faces and names of all the others were re-posted.

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Ammrah said Hillier completely ignored her family’s pleas for the removal of Pharisa’s picture and name. Furthermore, she says that she and her family members were blocked after Hillier urged Farisa’s photo to be taken down.

“It is very immature and it is very insensitive. And as a person who is in government, you should at least consider the feelings of the family,” Ammara said.

Despite the complaints, Hillier did not apologize, but doubled down on his conviction in a statement sent Wednesday to Granthshala News.

“I call on Commissioner Thomas Carrick and the Ontario Provincial Police, as well as local law enforcement agencies, to immediately launch a criminal investigation to determine the facts of these and other tragic deaths and to determine whether the administration of the drug product either was a contributing factor or cause of death and injury.”

Predy says he’s unsure how Hillier linked his friend’s death to the COVID-19 vaccine, but in any case, he said it was a complete fabrication.

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“He made some guesses. They obviously weren’t right. But that was he was taking some liberties with some information he just found by Googling.”

Preddy says she has filed official complaints with her friend’s family, as well as on Instagram, with the Office of the Ombudsman, Speaker of the House and Integrity Commissioner of the Ontario Legislature.

The latter told Granthshala News that unless an MPP files a complaint, it cannot initiate an investigation.

Over the past year and a half, the independent MPP has made a name for itself by coming out strongly against the COVID-19 regulations, including hosting several large gatherings at the height of the pandemic and comparing COVID rules to the Holocaust.

The Rural Ontario MPP now has nearly 50,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram, and over 100,000 on Facebook.

Hillier has represented the Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston region since 2007, but was dropped from the PC caucus in 2019.

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