'You can't please everybody': Amanda Simard talks floor crossing, Ontario Liberal Party rebuild - 2020-02-21
TORONTO — Amanda Simard, the former Ontario PC MPP who changed banners and became a Liberal last month, is now looking to carve out space in the party's fledgling rebuild — but acknowledges that, for some, there are wounds yet to heal.
Simard, who represents the Ottawa-area riding of Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, said she's largely received support since announcing in mid-January that she would join the Grits, after more than a year of sitting as an Independent MPP. But Simard acknowledges that some folks in her local Liberal riding association weren't so keen on the news of her crossing.
"There's a few people on the exec that did have maybe personal ambitions, or, there are some wounds to heal because they fought me in the last election," Simard said, during an interview this week about her defection and the path ahead, as the Liberals select a new leader and look to rebuild. She said she'd been assured that some discontent within the riding association over her being automatically handed the Liberal candidacy spot for 2022 wasn't "personal."