GLENGARRY-PRESCOTT-RUSSELL – Amanda Simard is the Liberal candidate for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and is the Liberal critic for: Francophone Affairs, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture, and Small Business and Red Tape Reduction in the current provincial government.
Simard was elected as the MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in 2018 and appointed as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Francophone Affairs.
After the Conservative cuts to French-language services, Simard left the government to sit as an Independent. She serves at the international level as chair of the Network of Young Parliamentarians of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie. Before her election in 2018, she served as a municipal councillor, elected with the most votes of any council candidate. She graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and worked at the Parliament of Canada from 2009 to 2017. Simard was born and raised in Embrun where she lives, along with her family, who has been in the riding she represents for over 200 years.
Her platform includes removing the HST from more meals, revolutionize senior care through universal home care guarantee, and clear the surgery back log for everyone in Ontario. She wants to repair and re-build schools in the province and establish new worker benefits including 10 paid sick leave days. Making getting to your workplace, according to Simard, would be more affordable if transit fares were reduced to $1. Another consequence of encouraging public transit use is a drop in pollution. She is determined to fight poverty and ban handguns, while being committed to representing her riding in the best way possible.