Things got off to a rousing start on the first day of Parliament after summer recess when Liberal backbencher Leona Alleslev, representing the riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, crossed the floor to sit with the opposition Conservative Party of Canada.
Her bombshell announcement left many wondering… did she cross the floor due to the economic policies of this Liberal government? Or does Alleslev sense a sea-change coming in her riding just north of Toronto?
Alleslev won by slightly more than 1K votes, so perhaps the floor crossing boils down to a simple act of political self-preservation if regime change does indeed come next October.
Wouldn’t the quarterly communication issued by MP’s in order to allow them to state their positions in their own words unedited, be the perfect time to explain why she did it?
Yet, Alleslev said nothing, nada, zilch, about the September floor crossing.
Sure, there was tons of really important stuff packed into the newsletter, like visiting the York Region Indian Seniors Club, and attending the grand opening of Golden Home Cabinetry’s new distribution centre. Riveting!
While Canada’s system of parliamentary democracy is great, it’s not perfect, and allowing MPs to instantly change parties, is one of those imperfections.
Indeed, this flaw in our system needs to be fixed and can easily be done either by requiring a by-election if an MP chooses to switch parties, or if that’s not feasible, then have them sit as an independent until the net election.
At the very least, Leona Alleslev owes her constituents a full explanation in her own newsletter.