Glen­garry MPP “def­i­nitely upset” by party’s ac­tions on Franco-On­tar­i­ans

Seaway News - - SOUTH GLENGARRY NEWS - NICK SEEBRUCH ni­[email protected]

GLEN­GARRY-PRESCOTT-RUS­SELL, On­tario Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive (PC) MPP Amanda Si­mard who rep­re­sents Glen­garry-Prescot­tRus­sell says that she is “def­i­nitely upset”, by her own party’s re­cent ac­tions to­wards Franco-On­tar­i­ans.

Doug Ford’s PC govern­ment re­cently an­nounced that it was elim­i­nat­ing the po­si­tion of On­tario’s French Lan­guage Com­mis­sioner and can­celling plans for a pro­posed French lan­guage univer­sity in Toronto.

The Ford govern­ment has stated that the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of On­tario’s French Lan­guage Com­mis­sioner will be folded into the of­fice of the Om­buds­man.

Si­mard, who is the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Franco-On­tar­ian Af­fairs ex­pressed her dis­ap­point­ment in her own govern­ment’s ac­tions on Face­book.

“The de­ci­sions made last week con­cern­ing the Of­fice of the Com­mis­sioner and the Fran­coOn­tari­enne Univer­sity dis­ap­point me greatly, and I share this dis­ap­point­ment and frus­tra­tion to­day, hav­ing ini­tially worked as much in­ter­nally as pos­si­ble to re­verse these de­ci­sions,” Si­mard said in a post on Face­book, trans­lated by Se­away News. “I asked the Pre­mier to re­con­sider these mea­sures.”

Si­mard ex­plained that she only be­came aware of her govern­ment’s de­ci­sions mo­mem­nts be­fore they were made pub­lic.

“I al­ways have the re­flex to use the diplo­matic chan­nels to re­solve sit­u­a­tions, and that’s what I did, be­fore re­act­ing pub­licly, as soon as I be­came aware of these de­ci­sions (which was just min­utes be­fore the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ments),” she wrote. “By the way, I read some­where that MPP Si­mard “might be upset”. False. I am “def­i­nitely upset.””

Si­mard went on to ex­plain that she grew up and still lives in a fran­co­phone com­mu­nity and did her school­ing in French.

“Now we need to as­sess where we are, and what we can and must do,” she wrote. “I am with you. I hope you will sup­port me.”

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