Voters are understandably divided over Amanda Simard's decision to leave the ruling Conservative government to sit as an independent.
While many are hailing the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP for her courage and conviction to her principles, others believe she has turned her backs on voters who supported the Conservatives in the last election, and has just blown any chance of reversing cuts to French-language services.
What do you think?
Amanda Simard ended the Tories' drought in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell while Jim McDonell ran up another landslide win as area voters followed the trend Thursday in an election that saw Doug Ford's Conservatives form a majority government.
Ms. Simard, a Russell Township councillor, got 19,958 votes compared to 15,435 for Liberal Pierre Leroux and 10,612 for New Democrat Bonnie Jean-Louis to replace Grant Crack, who stepped down after serving two terms at Queen's Park.
Meanwhile, in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, incumbent Jim McDonell polled 26,780 compared to his closest rival, Marc Benoit, of the NDP, who got 9,417. Liberal Heather Megill received 5,386.
Christine Elliott has received the endorsement of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell in her bid for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
"Christine brings great wisdom and a tremendous wealth of experience to the position, including being an MPP for nine years, our Deputy Leader, a professional lawyer and a tireless community advocate," says Mr. McDonell. Meanwhile, his federal counterpart, Guy Lauzon, is backing Caroline Mulroney in the race where Patrick Brown is trying to regain the post he left only about a month ago. Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen are also seeking the job.
Derek Duval, of Vankleek Hill, says he has been disqualified from tomorrow's Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Conservative nomination convention because of a video shot "in good fun" years ago.
Mr. Duval says the last-minute decision came after party officials thought a pile of poutine shown being eaten off a hockey stick was a hamster. Plus, the person in the video isn't him.
Mr. Duval, son of long-time Vankleek Hill councillor Paul Emile Duval, charges the real reason was that party leader Patrick Brown wants Amanda Simard, a Russell councillor, to be the Tory standard-bearer in the next Ontario election.
Here is Derek's Duval FB post: