Cornwall Ontario – All governments cannot be all things to all people. Amanda Simard, a new MPP in Glengarry Prescott Russell who has some experience as a municipal councilor and was a Senate page clearly either doesn’t understand politics or is playing amateur hissyfit politics.
She is the first Conservative MPP in the riding since it was created in the 90’s.
She has parlayed her riding win into a plum gig working with AG Caroline Mulroney which for a rookie is pretty huge, but now she’s going to sit as an Independent over cuts to a campaign promised Francophone University in Toronto. A promise made not by her party, but by a desperate Kathleen Wynne.
Clearly she knew or should’ve known her party’s stance when taking the nom. Surely she knew that the Ford Government would be looking to tackle the huge deficits left over from 15 years of disastrous Liberal spending?
Did ‘Manda think that Francophone organizations or political envelopes would be exempt in Ontario? Was she really under that much pressure in a riding that really wasn’t impacted by a Toronto University that had been a campaign promise not being funded? Did the MPP’s of the other 3 non Francophone Universities impacted by cuts resign or walk the floor?
It’s sad and poor drama on her part and her handlers. It’s also divisive and clearly she is not a party or team member. It’s one thing to take a stand and leverage some love as she did from Premier Ford, but quite another to do what she’s now down which could hurt the riding as it’s no longer represented by someone who’s a member of the governing party.
Ms Simard has not responded to our emails to date.
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