Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario


MPP Update #147: Violence against women is an epidemic that requires government action

NOTE: this column contains material on intimate partner violence (IPV) and gender-based violence (GBV). I’m proud to serve Ottawa Centre, but I wasn’t raised here. I spent my youth in Vankleek Hill... More

MPP Update #146: Ottawa’s pride is our strength

Allan Fotheringham, a columnist for Macleans, once called Ottawa a “place that fun forgot”, “coma city”, and “ennui-on-the-Rideau”.  While I like caustic wit, I take issue with anti-Ottawa slander.... More

RE: Urgent need for transit operations funding

On February 6th, 2023 I, alongside MPP Jennifer French and MPP Jeff Burch, sent a letter to the Minister of Finance asking the government regarding the urgent need for transit operations funding. Y... More

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