Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 2:45 p.m.
Who will replace Amanda Simard?
Amanda Simard, the new MPP-elect for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, joined the rest of the new Progressive Conservative government of Ontario in the party’s first closed-door caucus session in Toronto on Tuesday.
Simard, who is still technically a member of Russell Township council, was absent from Monday’s council session during which one item for discussion towards the end of the meeting concerned finding her replacement.
Council cannot declare her seat vacant until the official notice appears in the provincial legislature gazette announcing her appointment as an MPP. That is expected to happen this coming weekend after which her position on township council becomes officially vacant.
Mayor Pierre Leroux told council Monday that he has approached Calvin Pol (see photo), who sits on the township’s advisory planning board, about becoming an interim council member to replace Simard. Leroux indicated Pol was willing to serve and noted that he sat as an interim councillor in 2014, to replace Craig Cullen who resigned from council then to become the township public works director.
The rest of council expressed agreement with the mayor’s suggestion. The matter should come up for a final decision during the July 5 special meeting scheduled before council’s summer break.