Newspaper article The Canadian Press

QuickSketch Profile of Rookie Ontario Legislator Amanda Simard

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

QuickSketch Profile of Rookie Ontario Legislator Amanda Simard

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QuickSketch of rookie Ontario legislator Amanda Simard

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TORONTO - Here is a look at Amanda Simard, who left the Progressive Conservative caucus on Thursday after speaking out against Ontario Premier Doug Ford's decision to eliminate the independent office of the French-language services commissioner and a planned French-language university.

Hometown: The community of Embrun, in Russell, Ont.

Riding: The mostly-Francophone Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

First elected: 2018

Political career: Simard served as a city councillor in the community of Russell before joining the Tory roster under then-leader Patrick Brown. She holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and previously worked on Parliament Hill as a policy adviser. On Thursday, she wrote a short letter to the Speaker of the legislature saying she was leaving the Tory caucus and would sit as an independent. …

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