MPP Simard unhitches tent from Ford camp
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.