MPP Paul Miller says he was kicked out of the Ontario NDP on a single line on Facebook when he never used social media, and he now has proof of ‘multiple unauthorized connections’ to the account leading to its withdrawal.
The representative for Hamilton East–Stoney Creek was ousted from the party in March following what the NDP described as a “disturbing pattern of behavior” that indicated he may “hold Islamophobic, homophobic and racist views”.
The NDP said it discovered during its vetting process that Miller was a member of the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam Facebook group.
At Queen’s Park on Wednesday, Miller told a press conference that he had never logged into Facebook and did not know the username or password for any of the media pages. social from his office.
Computer investigators he hired have since discovered that at least a dozen people in his office had accessed social media pages since it was established in 2007, he added.
“We have conclusive evidence that there were multiple unauthorized logins to our account from multiple devices in multiple cities,” said Miller, who said he was working with a legal team and IT experts to examine what had happened.
The Facebook password was only recently changed, the MP said.
Miller distributed handouts appearing to show a Facebook notification from January 30, 2018, which read “You have ceased to be a member of the WCAI (Global Coalition Against Islam).”
The pages he distributed included the name “Paul” at the top.
Miller said that was all the party gave him to explain his withdrawal, but he was “absolutely not” a member of the Facebook group. He told reporters to look at his Facebook page, where there are “dozens and dozens of photos of me with the Sikh population, with the Muslim population.”
“How do I leave a group I’ve never joined or heard about on a platform I’ve never used?” He asked.
The NDP said the behavior crossed ‘every reasonable line’
A spokesperson for the Ontario NDP did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday, beyond saying the party stands by its statement from last month.
Lucy Watson, the provincial director of the NDP, said on March 23 that Miller was kicked out of the party because of a “pattern of behavior [that] crossed any reasonable line,” including joining the anti-Muslim Facebook group.
“Any other candidate and any other caucus member – in any background and attempting to run for any reasonable party – would be disqualified for ever having been a member of an Islamophobic and racist group,” reads his statement.
He also referenced a 2018 complaint filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario by former staff member Todd White, which alleged that Miller bullied employees, made racist, sexist and homophobic comments. and misused office resources to campaign.
White was an active party volunteer and, at the time, chairman of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
Although this matter has been “satisfactorily resolved”, according to the NDP, Watson pointed to the alleged racist and homophobic remarks.
The party said the “old pattern” continues with the findings of an investigation into the Hamilton Public School Board.
Miller’s wife, Carole Paikin Miller, is an administrator for Ward 5 of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
His time as a trustee has included controversies, such as sanctions and calls for his resignation, following a report which concluded that some trustees had made racist comments towards a former student trustee named Ahona Mehdi.
One of the witnesses cited in the report said that a director, identified by Mehdi as Paikin Miller and her husband, could be heard “giggling and mumbling in outrage” when other board members discussed the end of a program that put police in schools.
Miller will run as an independent
Miller dismissed the NDP’s mentions of a model as “total nonsense” and said he believed his wife’s “situation” had nothing to do with his own.
Miller added that he had filed paperwork to run as an independent in the June 2 election in the constituency he has represented since 2007 and will face:
- Jason Farr, longtime city councilman, Liberal candidate.
- Neil Lumsden, a former CFL player, part of the Ontario PC Party.
- Zaigham Butt, first-time candidate representing the NDP.
He also said he was pursuing “multiple legal actions” against NDP leader Andrea Horwath and the party, including for wrongful dismissal, defamation and human rights violations.
“It’s not the labor party anymore,” Miller said, adding that he thinks the party is moving in a different direction, but he doesn’t know what it will be.
“It’s pretty scary what she does,” he said of Horwath.