Global News has learned former Progressive Conservative MPP Amanda Simard is expected to join the Ontario Liberal Party.
Simard left the Ontario PC caucus in November 2018 after she publicly denounced the government’s plans to eliminate a planned French-language university and the independent office of the French-language services commissioner.
“I would like to advise you that, effective immediately, I am no longer a member of the Progressive Conservative caucus,” Simard, who represents the riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, wrote to the House Speaker at the time.
“I will continue to take my place in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as an independent.”
The government has since backtracked on some of its plans, proposing in September to build a French-language university in the province.
It did, however, merge the French-language services commissioner into the Ontario Ombudsman’s office.
– With files from the Canadian Press
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