Liberal MP Leona Alleslev crosses the floor to join Conservatives

Leona Alleslev rises in the House of Commons in Ottawa

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

Liberal MP Leona Alleslev is leaving the Trudeau Liberals, and switching to the Conservatives.

The MP cited her concerns over the government's handling of the economy, foreign trade and defence as the reasons behind her decision to make the shift.

Alleslev has been given a critic role in her new caucus: shadow cabinet secretary for global security.

Alleslev said the world has changed since she was first elected in 2015, and she felt her questions about the Liberal government's performance on crucial files such as the economy, trade and defence were "met with silence".

Alleslev cited her concerns and mounting frustration over the government's handling of the economy, its foreign and security policies, as well as global trade, as the reasons for crossing the floor to the opposition Conservatives.

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"So after careful and deliberate consideration, I announced today that I am withdrawing from the government benches to take my seat among my Conservative colleagues under the strong leadership of Andrew Scheer".

Alleslev, a graduate of the Royal Military College and a former captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force, held senior positions at the Department of National Defence, IBM and aerospace manufacturer Bombardier before seeking the Liberal nomination for her area in 2014. He encouraged anyone else who is upset with the Liberals to join her. "Thank you to everyone who joined us, I'm proud to be part of this team as we head into 2019!" "I wish her well in her decision", Trudeau told reporters shortly after the announcement. "I'm looking forward to getting to [the] House to talk about what we're going to be doing for Canadians, what we've been working hard on all summer and over the past few years", he said.

Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP Leona Alleslev appeared on CTV's Your Morning Tuesday and was asked why she crossed the floor.

She said their government needs to be challenged openly and publicly and she didn't feel it was possible for her to do that while remaining in the Liberal caucus.

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

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