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MPP Amanda Simard leaves the PC, will sit as an independent

Eastern Ontario MPP Amanda Simard leaves the Progressive Conservative party to sit as an independent.

A representative for Glengarry – Prescott – Russell, which covers Ottawa's eastern suburbs and communities to the east of the city, did not give any excuses in Wednesday's letter to the speaker's office.

He declined to comment to Radio-Canada Wednesday morning after the news broke.

However, he has opposed his party's francophone policy for the past week and openly thinks of his future with a PC.

These policies included a move that had been canceled since then to cut the French language service commissioner in the province.

PC is moving forward with the cancellation of funding for new French-speaking universities.

Simard was elected to his first term in Queen's Park this June to represent rides with many francophones.

The latest census shows that 66 percent of the population riding can have conversations in both official languages.

He was the first non-Liberal MPP to ride horses, which was created in 1999.

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