Upon learning of his remarks, the PAO engaged in discussions with the Ottawa Police Association and worked to develop a letter addressed to both Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition, and NDP MPP Joel Harden. The letter details the PAO's extreme disappointment in MPP Harden's comments both about racism in policing and an ongoing criminal proceeding before the court system.
As this is the fifth occurrence over the past year of an NDP MPP making disrespectful remarks or actions towards Ontario's police personnel, the PAO will also be reviewing whether the NDP should be invited to participate in our Fall Lobby Day Conference.
The Hamilton Police Association consists of nearly 1,200 members (sworn officers and civilian members) of the Hamilton Police Service. As a labour organization, we are responsible for collective bargaining and administering labour contracts on behalf of our members. At the same time, we are dedicated to protecting our members by ensuring they have a healthy and safe work environment. Our ultimate aim is “to serve those who bravely serve” our Hamilton community.