December 16, 2018

Why was THIS “news” left out of floor-crossing MP’s newsletter to voters?

David MenziesMission Specialist

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.

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commented 2018-12-17 13:27:41 -0500
“The people of her riding will have the ability in the next election to deal with the issue if they so choose. "

Exactly, JOE.
commented 2018-12-17 12:34:08 -0500
Del Rokosh…I like your idea of “none of the above” on the ballot. The problem is if it wins, the people have no representation.
commented 2018-12-17 12:21:45 -0500
The excuse that elections cost money is a bogus reason. Sounds a lot like Trudeau and his reason for rewarding Khadr. Freedom and democracy are not free. Floor crossing must be banned. She was hired as a Liberal and if she wants to change Parties, she should go back to her riding and conduct a poll. Find out what her employers, the voters, think. Waiting till the next election is unacceptable. We need the Right of Recall and also an option on the ballot for “None of the above”.
commented 2018-12-17 11:07:14 -0500
I disagree that this is a flaw in our system. We live in a British parliamentary democracy, and we follow the rules of Parliament, some of which go back hundreds of years. It is part of our tradition. I agree that this MP should have put something about her crossing the floor in her newsletter. I completely disagree that we should change the rule, so that this cannot occur again without the MP having to face the people with an extra election. Extra elections cost money, and there is no reason for it. The people of her riding will have the ability in the next election to deal with the issue if they so choose.
commented 2018-12-17 10:23:42 -0500
As Dave wondered skeptically how does a Liberal magically become a Conservative? No wonder Bernier refers to them as “LibCons”.
commented 2018-12-17 08:37:02 -0500
Ron said, “I hope you don’t mind that i volunteered your name.”

commented 2018-12-16 23:38:07 -0500
Peter Netterville…There are 4 Federal by-elections in Jan, 2019. The PPC is looking for candidates. I hope you don’t mind that i volunteered your name. You said anything to beat Trudeau.
commented 2018-12-16 22:23:13 -0500
I absolutely agree. Floor crossing should not be allowed and the individual must sit as an independent until the next election. They would be free to vote for whatever legislation she felt she could support regardless of what party presented it. Let his/her constituents decide in the next election if they did the right thing.
commented 2018-12-16 22:15:41 -0500
Well, for whatever reason she crossed the floor, she caused the Liberals some embarrassment. That’s OK by me.
commented 2018-12-16 19:12:45 -0500





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commented 2018-12-16 18:29:47 -0500
Ron, if only there was a reset button.
commented 2018-12-16 18:26:56 -0500
Peter N , That previous comment about a big tent corruption was just sarcasm , my point was that whichever Federal party that is in power is more of the same blah , blah , blah and so on . I think it’s time for a complete overhaul . Status quo doesn’t cut it anymore !
commented 2018-12-16 18:17:54 -0500
Here in Manitoba we do have a rule that prohibits the politicians from crossing the floor. When Steven Fletcher was kicked out of the conservative party, he tried to go to court over this rule. Last I checked, Fletcher is the leader of the Manitoba party. Not sure how that worked out.
commented 2018-12-16 17:48:36 -0500
My Member of Parliament Len Webber used to be a Progressive Conservative MLA in the Alison Redford government. He quit the party in protest of Redford’s leadership and finished out his term an an independent MLA before running as a Conservative in the federal election.
Pretty sure I’m not the only one of Mr. Webber’s constituents whose decision to vote for him was significantly influenced by my appreciation for the way he handled that.
commented 2018-12-16 17:32:48 -0500
" … and should just merge into one big tent corruption party … "

no,no,no,no,no! That would take most of the votes in Canada into one leviathan party of manure which would keep power for a long, long time.

Sorry Ron, but that idea is a bad one, from my point of view.
commented 2018-12-16 17:29:30 -0500
All need to cross the floor at this point.
commented 2018-12-16 16:44:36 -0500
Actually this floor crossing didn’t surprise me in the least as both parties are similar corrupt entities and should just merge into one big tent corruption party ! Go PPC !
commented 2018-12-16 16:21:48 -0500
I like the sit as an independent option best. By-elections cost money. An independent can still vote with the party they are wishing to join.
commented 2018-12-16 15:45:31 -0500
David, I couldn’t possibly agree more. It’s something I’ve been saying for years. Floor crossing should be illegal. Your two solutions are the exact same ones I’ve been pushing. (Have you put spyware on my computer? Just kidding…. or AM I?)
commented 2018-12-16 14:23:04 -0500
I don’t have a problem with floor-crossing. The electorate in the riding is supposed to figure it out whether it was an act of courage and principle, or just a rat leaving a sinking ship.
commented 2018-12-16 13:59:08 -0500
And it does not matter if the MP or MPP is a her or a him or some other made up gender neither does it matter if it is from Liberal to Conservative to NDP in any direction. It is always a betrayal of the voters.
commented 2018-12-16 13:56:43 -0500
Crossing the floor should not be allowed because it is a betrayal of the voters who voted for her.