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Ontario PC Candidate David Piccini Endorsed by Instagram Influencer With Ties to Hells Angels, Satan’s Choice

Piccini posed for photos with Satan’s Choice leader’s son and a controversial local politician at pre-campaign event

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Ontario PC Candidate David Piccini is distancing himself from an endorsement he received from an Instagram influencer with documented ties to the Hells Angels following a local campaign event last month.

At an April 7 pre-campaign “get together,” Doug Ford’s environment minister was photographed with former Clarington Mayor John Mutton and local businessman Harley Davidson Guindon.

Guindon is the son of the former leader of Satan’s Choice and has done several stints behind bars. Court documents from 2015 show Durham Police identified him as being “affiliated with the Hells Angels.”  He has been identified as a Hells Angels member by CTV News and the National Post in 2018 and, more recently, by the Toronto Sun in 2020.

Guindon, who now runs a biker-themed clothing line which he actively promotes on Instagram, wrote on Instagram that it was an “honour to be invited” to Piccini’s event.

“I went to my first political function tonight with the honourable David Piccini,” Guindon wrote, noting Piccini’s Northumberland—Peterborough South riding is currently in his company’s “expansion goals.”

“It was great to hear about his government having the climate for business growth to occur over the next four years,” Guindon wrote.

Guindon described a speech Piccini delivered to his supporters as “moving.”

“Hearing Mr. Piccini’s speech tonight has me believing there is a brighter tomorrow for everyone under his government.”

Harley Guindon (Instagram)

Asked by PressProgress about his involvement in biker gangs, Guindon denied he is currently an active member of the Hells Angels, however, he has continued to post content on social media bearing the group’s logo and has repeatedly used the group’s slogan in recent months.

In another post a few years earlier, Guindon criticized bikers wearing “unsanctioned” patches from the now-defunct Satan’s Choice biker gang, calling it “disrespectful to my background” and an “embarrassment to all previous Satan’s Choice members as well as my family” (Satan’s Choice merged with the Hells Angels in the early 2000s).

In a statement to PressProgress, a spokesperson speaking on behalf of Piccini did not explicitly disavow the support of a figure associated with an outlaw biker gang, but instead emphasized Piccini did not know the man at his campaign event.

“Mr. Piccini does not know this individual,” an Ontario PC spokesperson told PressProgress. “He was not invited to the meet and greet by Mr. Piccini.”

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Guindon’s Instagram post indicates he was invited by Mutton, a controversial local politician who ran a failed campaign seeking to become Durham Region’s chair in 2018.

Mutton’s campaign made headlines following allegations of domestic violence from a former spouse and accusations that other candidates had been spreading “serious allegations about me having connections to criminal activity,” which he called “baseless and false accounts.”

The Ontario PCs did not respond to questions from PressProgress about Mutton and Piccini, however, the two men appear to be well-acquainted with one another.

In 2019, Piccini attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a private cannabis clinic owned by Mutton.

Mutton, who donated $2,500 to the Ontario PCs last year, is also a well-connected figure in Ontario PC circles and has enjoyed access to both Piccini and Ford on multiple occasions.

John Mutton (Instagram)

John Mutton (Instagram)

John Mutton (Instagram)

On Instagram, Guindon also posted photos in October 2021 showing Mutton inviting him as his plus-one to the Albany Club, which describes itself as “the premier private club for leaders in Canada’s business and Conservative political spheres.”

Mutton did not respond to questions from PressProgress.

 

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Mitchell Thompson
Ontario Reporter
Mitchell Thompson is PressProgress’ Ontario reporter. His reporting has a special focus on workers and communities, and public services and privatization, and public accountability.

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