Simard stands tall after Mulroney’s barb
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Amanda Simard became a cause célèbre again this week after former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney referred to her as a “little girl.”
Ms. Simard, hailed as a defender of franco-Ontarian rights, received widespread support after Mr. Mulroney referred to her as a “petite fille” when he appeared Sunday night on Radio Canada’s “Tout le monde en parle.”
He was defending his daughter, Caroline Mulroney, who is Ontario’s attorney general and francophone affairs minister.
“She is the best voice that Ontario francophones could ever have, believe me,” Mr. Mulroney said. “The little girl who resigned, she has left. That’s over. But Caroline is still there to defend the interests of Ontario francophones.”
He later apologized. “I had no intention of insulting anyone with this poor choice of words and would like to offer my sincere apologies,” he said in a statement.
On social media, Ms. Simard replied: “He has done great things for Canada, but his comments belong to another era and have no place in a respectful and egalitarian society.”
She later commented that the controversy actually had a positive aspect, making reference to the many people who had “overwhelmingly” denounced Mr. Mulroney’s comments. The public response is “encouraging for women in politics,” she said.
Ms. Simard had been Caroline Mulroney’s parliamentary secretary before she left the Conservative caucus to sit as an independent in protest against cuts to French-language services.
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