MPP Si­mard un­hitches tent from Ford camp

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - Robert Ben­zie

Mav­er­ick MPP Amanda Si­mard has quit the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive cau­cus in protest of Pre­mier Doug Ford’s cuts to French-lan­guage ser­vices.

Si­mard ( Glen­garry- Prescott- Rus­sell) re­signed from the Tories on Thurs­day. Her po­ten­tial de­par­ture was first re­ported by the Star last Fri­day.

“Ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, I am no longer a mem­ber of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive cau­cus,” Si­mard wrote in a let­ter to Speaker Ted Arnott.

“I will con­tinue to take my place in the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly of On­tario as an In­de­pen­dent,” she added. “Please ad­vise me if need to take any other steps as a re­sult of this change. Thank you in ad­vance for your con­tin­ued sup­port.”

Si­mard, who was the lone Franco- On­tar­ian Tory MPP, left over the de­ci­sion to elim­i­nate On­tario’s French- lan­guage watch­dog and Ford’s can­cel­la­tion of a French-lan­guage univer­sity. First elected in June, she was not in the leg­is­la­ture on Thurs­day and did not re­turn mes­sages from the Star seek­ing com­ment.

MPP Amanda Si­mard will now sit as an In­de­pen­dent af­ter leav­ing the PC cau­cus.

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