Leona Alleslev

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Leona Alleslev

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Deputy Leader of the Opposition
In office
November 28, 2019 – July 12, 2020
LeaderAndrew Scheer
Preceded byLisa Raitt
Succeeded byCandice Bergen
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
November 28, 2019 – July 12, 2020
PresidentScott Lamb
LeaderAndrew Scheer
Preceded byLisa Raitt
Succeeded byCandice Bergen
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byDistrict Created
Personal details
Born (1968-03-16) March 16, 1968 (age 52)[1]
Political partyConservative (2018–present)
Other political
affiliations
Liberal (2014–2018)
Spouse(s)Ted Krofchak
ResidenceOak Ridges, Ontario
Alma materRoyal Military College
Military service
Allegiance Canada
Branch/service Royal Canadian Air Force
Years of service1987–1996
RankCanadian Air Command (1984-2014) OF-2.svg Captain

Leona Alleslev MP (born March 16, 1968) is a Canadian politician who was elected as a Member of Parliament to represent the riding of Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill in the House of Commons. Originally elected as a Liberal in the 2015 federal election[2], on September 17, 2018, she crossed the floor to join the Conservative Party, citing alleged disagreements with the Liberal government over their handling of the economy and foreign affairs.[3] On October 21, 2019, she was re-elected as a Conservative. Following the election, Alleslev was appointed as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party, a position she resigned on July 12, 2020.[4][5]

Member of Parliament

From December 2, 2015 to January 27, 2017, Leona Alleslev served as the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement. Alleslev currently is a member of the Standing Committee on National Defence and the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

Alleslev with Andrew Scheer and Candice Bergen in December 2019

During the General Meeting of the Parliamentary NATO Association on October 30, 2018, Alleslev was ousted from her role as Chair and replaced with Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj. The Conservatives attempted to delay the vote by having their staffers break into a rendition of Stan Rogers' Barrett's Privateers while pouring and passing around a bottle of unknown liquid, later confirmed to be alcohol by Conservative MP Garnett Genuis. Conservatives were criticized as the meeting room was not hosting a reception or party; it was hosting a parliamentary association meeting, making the consumption of alcohol inappropriate.[6]

On November 29, 2019, Andrew Scheer appointed Alleslev as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.[4]

On July 12, 2020, she announced that she was stepping down as Deputy Leader. She stated that the Conservative Party was in the process of choosing its next leader that will guide them through Canada's next chapter and it was too important for her to be on the sidelines. She also stated her interest in engaging in one of the leadership campaigns in the 2020 leadership race.[7][8] On July 13, 2020, she endorsed Peter MacKay to be the next Conservative leader.[9][10] Peter MacKay's campaign claims it did not cut a deal with her to get her endorsement and she stated that "My loyalty can’t be bought, it must be earned".[11][12] She was succeeded as deputy leader by Candice Bergen.[13]

Military service and work experience

The eldest daughter of RCAF Major-General Ian Alleslev, Leona Alleslev graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1991, and served as a logistics officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, taking voluntary release at the rank of captain. Alleslev also worked as a senior manager in the aerospace industry and the Department of National Defence.[14]

Electoral record

2019 Canadian federal election: Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Leona Alleslev 23,333 44.7
Liberal Leah Taylor Roy 22,014 42.2
New Democratic Aaron Brown 3,684 7.1
Green Timothy Flemming 2,090 4.0
Libertarian Serge Korovitsyn 517 1.0
People's Priya Patil 524 1.0
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0  
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
Eligible voters
Source: Elections Canada[15]
CBC[16]
2015 Canadian federal election: Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Leona Alleslev 24,104 47.3% +19.45%
Conservative Costas Menegakis 23,043 45.2% −6.31%
New Democratic Brenda Power 2,908 5.7% −10.25%
Green Randi Ramdeen 654 1.3% −2.17%
Animal Alliance Kyle Bowles 241 0.5%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $211,322.50
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 50,950 64.62%
Eligible voters 78,848
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +12.88
Source: Elections Canada[17][18][19]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2015-10-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Taekema, Dan (October 20, 2015). "Liberal, Conservative Candidates in Tight Race in Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill". Toronto Star.
  3. ^ Tasker, John Paul (September 17, 2018). "Toronto-area Liberal MP Leona Alleslev crosses the floor to join Conservatives". CBC News. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Aiello, Rachelo (November 28, 2019). "Scheer maintains core parliamentary team, names new deputy leader". CTV News.
  5. ^ Alleslev, Leona. "The selection of the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is too important a decision for me to stand to the side. Today, I am stepping down as Deputy Leader of her Majesty's Loyal Opposition to engage more actively in the leadership campaign. (1/2)". Twitter. @LeonaAlleslev. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Conservatives push back when asked why they cracked open bottle, launched into song at meeting". Global News.
  7. ^ Alleslev, Leona. "The selection of the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is too important a decision for me to stand to the side. Today, I am stepping down as Deputy Leader of her Majesty's Loyal Opposition to engage more actively in the leadership campaign. (1/2)". Twitter. @LeonaAlleslev. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  8. ^ Alleslev, Leona. "Sincere thanks to @AndrewScheer for the trust he placed in me and the privilege of serving in our strengthened Conservative opposition by his side. (2/2)". Twitter. @LeonaAlleslev. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  9. ^ MacKay, Peter. "Leona Alleslev MP, Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill (Ontario)". Twitter. @PeterMacKay. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  10. ^ Alleslev, Leona. "Canada faces an uncertain future. Canada needs a leader who has the experience and a plan to tackle the priorities of our time. That is why Peter Mackay has my support. @PeterMacKay". Twitter. @LeonaAlleslev. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  11. ^ "MacKay's campaign says no deal was cut to woo deputy party leader's endorsement". MSN. Canadian Press. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Campaign denies deal as Deputy Conservative leader Leona Alleslev steps aside, endorses Peter MacKay". National Post. Canadian Press. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  13. ^ "O'Toole names top Tories for Commons roles, with Bergen as deputy leader". Kamloops This Week. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  14. ^ "Former Air Cadet Leona Alleslev - Air Cadet League of Canada". Air Cadet League of Canada. 7 April 2016.
  15. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  16. ^ {https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/federal/2019/results/riding/21700}}
  17. ^ Canada, Elections. "Voter Information Service - Who are the candidates in my electoral district?". www.elections.ca.
  18. ^ Canada, Elections. "Final Election Expenses Limits for Candidates". www.elections.ca. Archived from the original on August 15, 2015.
  19. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved 20 October 2015.