Leona Alleslev leaves Liberals, crosses floor to sit as Conservative MP

Lloyd Doyle
September 21, 2018

"A country, its sovereignty and (its) values are fragile", said Alleslev.

Haluza, the president of the Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill Liberal riding association, said he spent a good five minutes on Monday staring at the wall thinking, "what the heck has just happened?" when he read an update on his phone indicating that Leona Alleslev joined the Conservatives.

"I must do what is right, not what is easy".

"Leona knows these are serious times that present Canada with urgent and complex challenges", Scheer said in welcoming Alleslev to the party.

"On behalf of my Conservative colleagues, I'm extremely pleased to welcome Ms. Alleslev to the Conservative team", Scheer said.

Alleslev, a former officer with the Canadian Air Force, won her seat in Parliament by a narrow margin in 2015, edging past her Conservative challenger by slightly more than 1,000 votes.

She had also served in the Department of National Defence, as well as Bombardier and IBM. "And, like more and more Canadians, (she) has come to realize that the Liberals under Justin Trudeau are simply unprepared to meet them".

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Trudeau and his cabinet ministers have learned the consequences of not listening to backbench MPs, particularly a year ago when a large number vented frustrations from constituents about proposed changes to small business taxes.

Alleslev's verbal assault on the Trudeau Liberals covered a vast expanse of political territory.

But her speech should be taken as an honest appraisal, from an insider, of the flawed and problematic approach the Trudeau government is taking on trade, the economy, foreign affairs and our military.

"When you're looking at the things facing the nation, we're at a time of unprecedented global instability where we're really facing some challenges, both at home and overseas".

The Conservative opposition forced the Liberals onto the defensive Monday as the governing party watched one of their own abruptly cross the floor to join the chorus of Tories declaring that this was the prime minister's "summer of failures".

"We must recognize that foreign policy, trade, defence and our economy all depend on each other, and can not be viewed separately", Alleslev said to reporters outside the house. "It's about all the foundational things that matter to this country", she said, pointing to tax reform and defence matters. We are seeing fundamental shifts in the global economy, while trade relationships, worldwide agreements, and defence structures are under threat.

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