September 17, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario
Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher welcomed MP Leona Alleslev to the Conservative Caucus in Ottawa today.
Earlier today, Ms. Alleslev rose in the House of Commons to announce her decision to leave the Liberal Party and join Canada’s Conservatives, citing concerns with the economy, foreign policy, trade, and defence under the Trudeau government. She noted that her attempts to raise these concerns within the Liberal government “were met with silence.” Ms. Alleslev concluded: “This is a time in our nation’s history where we must act with urgency. We must all have the courage to do what is right, not what is easy. Our country is at stake.”
Ms. Alleslev, a retired Captain with the Royal Canadian Air Force and former senior manager in the Department of National Defence, was elected as a Liberal in the 2015 federal election. Prior to her election, she held senior managerial roles with Bombardier Aerospace and IBM, and owned and operated two small businesses.
Mr. Falk spoke with Ms. Alleslev shortly after her announcement. “I was pleased to speak with my new Conservative colleague and welcome her to our team,” said Falk. “Ms. Alleslev’s decision is representative of the many Canadians who have felt let down by Justin Trudeau. This Prime Minister has failed to deliver on everything from trade to taxes to pipelines and he has failed to provide the leadership that Canada needs in complex times.” Falk continued: “Canadians need a government that is able to meet the challenges we face. Canada’s Conservatives, under the leadership of Andrew Scheer, are building a strong platform and a winning team. We look forward to delivering better government to Canadians in 2019.”