Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
She said/she said controversy in Simard PC campaign
election is about two weeks away and now controversy has struck at the
campaign of Progressive Conservative candidate Amanda Simard.
sent out an email to all media May 18 stating that she had resigned as a member of the Simard campaign
identified herself as the secretary for the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
and the campaign’s technology manager and stated that she could no
longer continue in either position “due to a number of ethical and moral
conflicts” which she cannot accept or resolve for herself concerning
both the local campaign itself and the party’s current
leader, Doug Ford. Thériault
stated she will now support Liberal candidate Pierre Leroux.
“The rationale for my decision is multi-faceted, including Doug Ford’s antiquated policy to deny media and
debate requests;” stated Theriault,
“the inequality between English and French in their priorities;
the continued dirty politics committed by the Simard Team during this
campaign; my personal concerns and loss of faith in our local candidate;
and finally, my absolute disgust in the coup that was done to Patrick
Brown by members of the Ontario Progressive
Conservatives. Unfortunately, these are issues I cannot look beyond any
for comment from media resulted in an email
from Simard stating that Theriault was not a member of her campaign team.
A request for comment from media resulted in an email from Simard
stating that Theriault was not a member of her campaign team.
were some initial discussions about having her on the team but we later decided
she would not have been a good fit due to her behaviour,” stated the Simard
email. “With that decision, we took steps last month to ensure she had no
access to any party data. To be clear, Rachel has never actually worked on this
reading that (statement), I was insulted,” said Theriault during a May 22 phone
interview. “I had been a member of Simard’s team before she received the
(candidate) nomination. I had access to the Progressive Conservative database
for that purpose, so I do not understand how I could not have been a member of
is now a member of the Pierre Leroux Liberal campaign team.