CBC News reports that yet another “high-profile Liberal MP won’t be running in this fall’s federal election … [because] … Andrew Leslie, a retired lieutenant-general who was elected in 2015, is stepping away from politics after one term as an MP … [and] … Leslie served as chief government whip when the Liberals took office and was later appointed as parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs.“
This is a great pity for the Liberal Party because I think that Andrew Leslie could be a good and effective party leader and, potentially, prime minister of Canada.
More and more Liberals seem to be abandoning ship as Justin Trudeau’s leadership appears, by the latest (1 May 19) polling, aggregated by CBC …
… seem to point towards a Conservative government in 2019.
I think something like this may have happened to the Conservatives in 2016/17. I’m guessing that some potential Conservative leaders decided, based on history, that Justin Trudeau would be a two-term (back to back majorities) or, at least a 1½ term (a majority in 2015 and a minority in 2019) prime minister so they thought it best to sit out the 2016/17 leadership campaign and come back in 2020. I believe that was a mistake for them and, perhaps for the CPC, and I think that Scott Brison and Andrew Leslie may have made the same error, for their own futures and for the Liberal party in 2019.
I know Andrew Leslie, not really well, we were never friends or anything like that, he was an up-and-coming young general when I retired as a has-been old colonel. But I know that he is a smart, honest and honourable person with a quick mind and broad interests; he was an easy officer to brief, even on complex technical matters that were outside of his area of expertize.
I suspect he might be leaving because he is fed up with Justin Trudeau’s bumbling and bungling and dishonesty and also by being passed over in favour of lightweights like Chrystia Freeland and Harjit Sajjan … in my considered opinion Mr Leslie would be an excellent foreign minister, head and shoulders above Ms Freeland in every conceivable way.
Anyway … I wish him the best of fortune and I’m sorry to see him go.