Liberal MP crosses floor to Conservatives

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This week Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP Leona Alleslev defected from Liberal caucus to sit with the federal Conservatives.

The Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP, first elected in 2015, was then embraced by applauding Tory MPs.

A retired captain with the Royal Canadian Air Force and former senior manager in the Department of National Defence, Alleslev will serve as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s critic for global security.

MP Alleslev then went on to point out that Canada faced the perfect storm which called for strong leadership.

Alleslev told reporters that the government needs to recognize that foreign policy, trade, defence and the economy “all depend on each other.” She said the concerns she raised with her former Liberal colleagues about those files were “met with silence,” but did not specify which issues she flagged or with whom she spoke.

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Alleslev said the government must be “challenged openly” — something that she could not do as a sitting Liberal MP.

Scheer said his newest MP brings years of experience to the Tory caucus. Past Liberal voters who feel disappointed with the direction under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should follow her lead, Scheer said.

Alleslev said no one issue spurred her decision, but she suggested Tories will offer a more “comprehensive” foreign policy and tax reform.

She also denied that the spring provincial election, in which Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives captured the riding in a rout, played any part. In 2015, Alleslev won her seat by roughly 1,100 votes.

Now it remains to be seen if Alleslev’s gamble will pay off in 2019 when she faces the electorate. -CINEWS

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