Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario


Email Update #99: Refusing to watch an accident happen

As a convoy of anti-vaccination protesters arrives in Ottawa, I’m feeling similar to protests at the Civic Hospital last September.  On the one hand, convoy participants rail against the Prime Mini... More

Harden & Rakocevic demand answers on Metrolinx conflict of interest and embedded consultant

OTTAWA – MPP Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre) and Official Opposition transit critic, Tom Rakocevic, released the following statement following a Toronto Star investigation into Metrolinx that found the... More

Email Update #98: Last Friday, we made a difference

Last Friday, we held a community fundraiser for Cooking for a Cause (CfC), and wow, I’m still in awe of what we did together.  It was a reminder of the level of empathy and generosity we have in ou... More

Email Update 97: When the game is in doubt, Minister Lecce moves the goalposts

I’ve been hearing from many parents, and the message is clear: you are exhausted, and tired of managing your childrens’ virtual school and work.  But many also wonder what kind of schools will be o... More

We're hiring!

We are currently hiring two full-time Constituency Assistants  Our office is currently hiring for two full-time constituency assistant positions. 1) Constituency Assistant - Casework (bilingual) ... More

Email Update #96: How many meals can we offer to neighbours in need?

With Omicron afoot, many of us are isolated and struggling for social connection. Our schools are closed to in-person learning, and our health and community services are under massive strain. We ar... More

Email Update #95: All I want for Christmas is person-centred home care

This week I met an Ottawa family in crisis. Dave and Linda Hoffman need supportive housing for Monica, their 30-year-old daughter who lives with various disabilities. The Hoffmans can no longer man... More

Email Update: A win for PSW students is a win for everyone

I heard a mind-blowing story last week, but I’ve learned in politics to expect the unexpected.  PSW students at Willis College – a private career college with two campuses in the Ottawa area – were... More

Email Update 93: Ontario needs $10/day child care now

There are historic moments in Canadian politics, and one is happening now.  For decades, child care advocates have been pushing for dramatic expansion of non-profit, high-quality child care — the k... More

Email Update #92: prayers for justice on Wet’Suwe’ten land

I’m often asked why I got into politics, and the answer is simple. I got into politics to help people, and to work with others to make change.  Long before I was a politician, I was a community org... More