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With Liberal Leona Alleslev crossing the floor, Scheer’s smile just got a bit brighter

By Tim Powers      

A Liberal MP leaving a Liberal government to join the Conservative opposition helps dampen the flames of an apparent Tory implosion after Maxime Bernier’s exit.

Former Liberal MP Leona Alleslev speaks to reporters with Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer after announcing she would cross the floor to join the Conservative Party on Sept. 17. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—When you are the leader of the official opposition in the era of Justin Trudeau, you take political wins and shots of momentum wherever you can get them. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer got some this week when the once-Liberal Member of Parliament for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, Ont., Leona Alleslev, crossed the floor and joined the Tory caucus.

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