Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario


MPP Update #145: On February 12, let's take a walk (or ski) in the snow

I’ve worked as your MPP since 2018, and I’ve seen our city face many things. Two massive windstorms, two “once in a century” floods, a horrendous bus crash, a dysfunctional light rail transit syste... More

MPP Update #144: Next steps to save public health care

As promised, we are organizing to save our public health care system. It's time to push back against Premier Doug Ford's plans. There are two important events coming soon. The first is a zoom round... More

MPP Update 143: Building a movement to save public health care

Yesterday we sent a message to Premier Doug Ford: health care is not for sale. Over a hundred people came on less than 48 hours notice to demand better for health care staff, better for patients, a... More

Letter re: Invitation to attend our emergency town hall – fixing Ontario’s LRT-P3 systems

On January 16th, 2023 our office sent a letter to the General Manager of Transit Services at the City of Ottawa Renée Amilcar, Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster, and Infrastructure Ontario P... More

MPP Update 142: On January 26th, Ottawa and Toronto unite for better transit!

It’s been a rough week for public transit, and people are at their wit’s end. I’m hearing from folks whose commutes have doubled or tripled in length. Transit workers are also frustrated with fundi... More

MPP Update 141: Remembering Christine Collins

Weeks before the recent holidays, we lost Christine Collins: a leader in the federal public service, and a tireless troublemaker for justice. I was honoured to call her my friend. A celebration of ... More

MPP Update 140: This holiday season, let's resolve to improve our politics

I hope the days to come bring you light, joy, and peace. Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Merry Christmas to all those who are celebrating. The cold storm outside won’t deter the warmth in our he... More

MPP Update 139: Tell Claridge Homes that goodwill makes good neighbours

What makes a good neighbour? That was on my mind this week as I was working with parents, kids and staff at Devonshire Public School in Hintonburg. As you likely heard, a Claridge Homes constructio... More

Letter RE: Excessive Construction Noise Outside Devonshire Public School

On December 14th, 2022 our office sent a letter to Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton, and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce about the exce... More

MPP Update 138: Ottawa's LRT mess spreads to Toronto

Ottawa’s LRT mess has spread to Toronto, like a virus leaping to a new host. The same players who gave us Stage 1 of Ottawa’s LRT system were also put in charge of Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown, a 2... More