Green MP Jenica Atwin crossing the ground to affix the Liberals | CBC News


Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin is poised to bolt from the Green get together caucus in the present day and cross the ground to affix the governing Liberals, CBC News has discovered.

Atwin is anticipated to make the announcement at a information convention in Fredericton later in the present day, with Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc by her facet.

A senior Liberal supply stated Atwin initiated the floor-crossing a number of weeks in the past when she reached out to the governing get together.

The supply stated Atwin expressed consolation with the Liberals’ method to core points such because the setting and reconciliation. Atwin’s husband Chris Atwin is a councillor with the Oromocto First Nation.

Atwin achieved a historic breakthrough for the Greens within the final election — successful their first ever seat in Atlantic Canada when she defeated Liberal incumbent Matt DeCourcey in Fredericton. Atwin, together with Paul Manly and former chief Elizabeth May, gave the Greens three MPs and their largest caucus in historical past.

A fracture over the Middle East

Atwin’s departure comes after the Israeli-Palestinian battle uncovered fault strains within the Green get together ranks.

Atwin straight challenged get together chief Annamie Paul’s place on the battle, saying Paul’s name for de-escalation and a return to dialogue between the 2 was “totally inadequate.”

“I stand with Palestine and condemn the unthinkable airstrikes in Gaza. End Apartheid!” Atwin tweeted on May 11.

The day earlier than, Manly tweeted that the elimination of Palestinian households from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah “is ethnic cleansing.”

More just lately, the Canadian Press reported that the Green government committee voted to not renew the contract of one in all Paul’s senior advisers.

The adviser, Noah Zatzman, had expressed solidarity with Israel in a May 14 social media put up that accused many politicians, together with unspecified Green MPs, of discrimination and antisemitism, sparking a letter-writing marketing campaign calling for his elimination.

Separately, two get together executives just lately introduced they’d step down early. One of them was John Kidder, a vice-president on the get together’s governing physique and husband to MP and former chief Elizabeth May.

In the 2019 marketing campaign, Atwin stated left-leaning voters felt “betrayed” when Trudeau broke a promise to reform the electoral system and stated they have been now trying on the Greens as a extra real progressive selection.

“We think we’re that option,” she stated. “We think we’re the ones to look to for voters looking for change, and looking to get better outcomes than what we’ve seen in the last four years.”

She additionally accused Trudeau of “fear-mongering” when he warned voters {that a} Liberal-Green vote cut up would assist elect a federal Conservative authorities.

But she welcomed his promise throughout that marketing campaign to strain the New Brunswick provincial authorities of Premier Blaine Higgs to fund abortions at Fredericton’s Clinic 554.

“It is interesting that he hasn’t brought it up before, but support is support,” she stated on the time. “I want to see Clinic 554 stay open … so I appreciate that he’s now stepping forward. It would have been nice to see during the Gallant government as well.”


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