Liberal MP crosses the floor to join Conservative caucus

MP Leona Alleslev Leaves Liberal Caucus, Crosses Floor To Conservatives

Conservative House leader Candice Bergen said her party wouldn't lecture the US on gender rights and the environment in the midst of trade talks - a jab at the Liberal government's approach on NAFTA.

The defection was the first from the Liberal ranks since Trudeau took power after an October 2015 election, when Alleslev overturned a large Conservative majority in her parliamentary constituency to win by around 1,100 votes.

Leona Alleslev, elected a Liberal MP in 2015, crossed the floor to join the Conservative caucus. "Have the courage to do what is right, not what is easy".

The 50-year-old Alleslev is a bona fide score for the Conservatives, and her departure a huge blow to the Liberals.

She has a business background as a senior manager at Bombardier Aerospace and IBM, and also served as captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force. She had a more impressive resume than Trudeau owned prior to becoming PM.

"She brings with her an extraordinary wealth of experience in military and foreign affairs, government procurement and private sector leadership".

"The world has changed dramatically in the last three years", she said.

MP Leona Alleslev Leaves Liberal Caucus, Crosses Floor To Conservatives

"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".

"We see fundamental shifts in the global economy, while trade relationships, worldwide agreements and defence structures are under threat".

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer welcomed former Liberal MP Leona Alleslev to his party on Monday, announcing she would be taking on the newly-created role of global security critic.

"We're facing some very serious challenges and this is how I can do the job that my constituents sent me here to do", she said.

Alleslev's verbal assault on the Trudeau Liberals covered a vast expanse of political territory. "It's about all the foundational things that matter to this country", she said, pointing to tax reform and defence matters.

She did not clarify what, if any, further paths were pursued before crossing the floor. "I believe the Conservative Party of Canada will deliver structural changes to strengthen Canada's economy, and a comprehensive foreign and defence policy to ensure our global competitiveness and security".

Her claims left some former Liberal colleagues flabbergasted that she had to leave the party in order to criticize it.

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