Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario

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MPP Update #160: Community safety requires public investments

Last week, after Sgt. Eric Mueller was killed in nearby Bourget, I asked for your thoughts about how we keep each other safe. This is the tenth police officer killed on duty since September 2022 in... More

MPP Update 159: We need a serious discussion on community safety

As I wrote this column, I received news of a tragedy in Bourget, Ontario.  Bourget is a 40 minute drive east from downtown Ottawa. It’s not far from where I grew up in Vankleek Hill. Like my hometo... More

MPP Update #158: Human rights matter everyday, to everyone

Ottawa is a city where many work hard for human rights. We saw it this week. First, let’s salute the over 155,000 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada – at Treasury Board and Revenue Ca... More

RE: Hassan Diab

On May 4th, 2023 I sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the extradition order for Hassan Diab. You can read the letter below or download the PDF here: More

MPP Update #157: We will end homelessness (with a little help from our friends)

Politics can be a cynical and vicious business, but it still offers hope for change. Why? Because I’ve seen how politics can help people. I saw it firsthand as a graduate student in the 1990s as To... More

RE: Provincial Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)

On April 26th, 2023 I, alongside MPP Chandra Pasma, sent a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing asking the government about Ottawa's inadequate share of the Homelessness Preventi... More