With just one week to go before Parliament officially reconvenes, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has announced his new House leadership team, and one particular appointment has got people talking. It was revealed on Thursday morning that Andrew Scheer’s new deputy leader is actually an ex-Liberal MP, and she only crossed the floor one year ago.
On Thursday morning, Andrew Scheer headed to Ottawa to officially announce his brand-new House leadership team.
While the majority of Scheer's top roster of MPs is largely the same as it was in the last Parliament, one new appointment in particular has shaken-up Scheer's team.
During a press conference on Thursday, Scheer confirmed the appointment of Leona Alleslev as his new deputy leader, an ex-Liberal MP under Justin Trudeau.
Alleslev was first elected as a Toronto-area Liberal back in 2015, but crossed the floor to join the Conservatives just one year ago, in September 2018.
When she left the Liberals, Alleslev said she disagreed with their handling of the economy, foreign affairs and what she called "inadequate" military funding.
Alleslev will be replacing former deputy leader Lisa Raitt, a longstanding Toronto-area MP who lost her seat in October’s federal election.
Speaking of the appointment, Scheer told reporters, "Leona was a former Liberal MP who came to our side in the last Parliament because she believed in my vision, and the Conservative vision, for Canada."
He continued, "She represents a diverse GTA riding and I will depend on her to help hold the government to account while I'm on the road and to help expand our party in Ontario."
"I know she is more than fit for the task, and I am honoured to have her on board," Scheer explained.
Alleslev’s appointment follows the firing of two of Scheer’s leading aides last weekend, because the Conservative leader felt it was “important to make changes” after losing the election.
The shake-up in his team also comes as Scheer himself faces criticism from his own party.
After initially facing calls to step-down after the election, Scheer’s future remains uncertain as Conservative MPs and grassroots party members debate whether he should stay on as leader.
A new session of Parliament will begin next Thursday, when MPs will choose a House Speaker and the new Liberal government will lay out their priories in a speech from the throne.