Ontario Progressive Conservative MP Amanda Simard resigned from the party caucus on Thursday in the wake of the province’s language crisis.
Several Toronto media reported early Thursday that she had delivered a letter to the Speaker of the Ontario Legislature saying that she would now be sitting as an independent.
- Review the speech delivered Wednesday by Amanda Simard:
EN VIDÉO: moment d'émotion de la député Amanda Simard @ASimardL qui invite les députés à voter en faveur de la motion du #NPD et CONTRE @fordnation et le gouvernement conservateur. Les députés NPD l'applaudissent #onrc #icito #onfr #polqc pic.twitter.com/NVQOrVpvPG
— Sébastien StFrançois (@SebastienRDI) November 28, 2018
Ms. Simard had publicly opposed the cuts to the Doug Ford government for two weeks, to which she belonged until Thursday in French-language services.
On Wednesday, Ms. Simard managed to speak in the House, despite Doug Ford’s attempts to muzzle her . Her voice shattered by emotion, she persisted and signed.
“The government is trying to take away important institutions. This is a serious mistake. Our language is at the heart of our identity. There have been francophones in Ontario for 400 years. We are not a minority among many, but one of the two founding peoples of Canada. “