Amanda Simard will be the next Progressive Conservative candidate in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. Derek Duval of Vankleek Hill was running against Simard, but was disqualified by the party late last week.

The party has not commented on why Duval was disqualified, but on December 4, PC Leader Patrick Brown released a statement on Simard’s acclamation: “I congratulate Amanda Simard on her nomination as the Ontario PC Party candidate for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell,” it said. “Amanda brings a wealth of experience and an important perspective to our modern, inclusive, and pragmatic Ontario PC team. Amanda is a popular local city councillor, a law graduate from the University of Ottawa, and very active in the francophone community. I have no doubt that Amanda will be a powerful voice for the people of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell at Queen’s Park.”

Simard is a Russell Township councillor.  In her candidacy announcement, Simard said she is concerned about hydro rates, as well as debt and cuts to healthcare. “I hope to instill faith in the political process by running a positive and powerful campaign, engaging with residents, and ensuring that our voice is heard clearly and our concerns addressed at Queen’s Park,” she said.