An Open Letter to Amanda Simard,
Amanda, I commend you for standing up for Franco-Ontarians. However, your constituents deserve a detailed explanation for how you intend to represent them as an independent MPP.
I am sure there are many people in your riding who have difficult bosses, who don’t always feel heard, respected or valued. None of these people have the privilege of “stepping out” of their job and keeping their salary as you have done today by stepping out of the PC Caucus.
Please let your constituents know how you plan to support agriculture and agri-business, especially given the most recent USMCA agreement when the agriculture industry in your riding has had a declining labour force?
Please let your constituents know how you plan to support the manufacturing industry which lost ~1,300 people from it’s labour force since 2011?
Please let your constituents know how you plan to fight the increasing unemployment rate which rose in Glengarry Prescott Russell between 2006 and 2011 but decreased in other areas of Eastern Ontario?
Please let your constituents know what leverage you will have to support the tourism industry in the region?
What are your plans for supporting equitable access to education in either French or English for students with special needs?
How can you let your constituents know how you plan to represent and support them on these any other issues at the provincial level?
Step down from your seat altogether and allow your constituents to vote you back in a by-election.