Posted en Wednesday, October 19 2016 at 10:00 p.m.
Councillor Simard eyes PC nomination
Russell Township councillor Amanda Simard announced she will run as a candidate vying to become the Progressive Conservative candidate for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.
Simard issued a news release earlier this week announcing her decision.
“I hope to instill faith in the political process by running a positive and powerful campaign,” stated Simard, “engaging with residents and ensuring that our voice is heard clearly and our concerns addressed at Queen’s Park.”
Simard joined township council following the 2014 civic elections in Ontario. Fluent in both French and English, she holds a University of Ottawa law degree and has held several senior positions on Parliament Hill for the past eight years. She is also a trustee with the Ontario Federal Public Libraries and is also on the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party’s policy advisory committee on municipal and rural affairs.
“Just like many residents, I am concerned about the direction that the province is taking under the current government,” Simard stated. “Unaffordable hydro rates, cuts to healthcare, and economic mismanagement are part of the Ontario Liberal legacy, and these things are simply unacceptable. Ontario is the most indebted sub-national government in the world, and we need to change the course to ensure future prosperity.”
She credits both her time spent on council and involvement in several past community lobbying efforts for helping spur her decision to seek the GPR Progressive Conservative nomination.
“I was energized by the community’s efforts to pressure the government into keeping the Service Ontario office open in Embrun,” Simard stated. “We worked hard for that result, and I appreciated the support of a superb group of dedicated volunteers, though the future of the office remains uncertain. Leadership is not about waiting to see which way the political wind blows – leadership is about listening to your constituents and delivering results. I have and will listen, and I'm ready to deliver.
“Serving as a municipal councillor is a wonderful opportunity that I am greatly enjoying and that I am still fully dedicated to,” she said. “However, I know that I can make a bigger impact for our communities at the provincial level.”