4:30 a.m., Nov. 1)
Orléans MP-elect Andrew Leslie settling into new job
By Fred Sherwin
weeks after winning a landslide victory in the federal election,
Orléans MP-elect Andrew Leslie is enjoying the process
of settling into his new job which may be expanding very
MP-elect Andrew Leslie will likely find out
Monday if he is going to be Canada's next
Minister of National Defence, if he doesn't
know already. The rest of the world will find
out on Wednesday when the Liberal Cabinet
is sworn in. File photo
has already attended 19 community events including the
AOE Arts Councils ARTinis gala on Thursday night
and he hasnt even been sworn in yet.
may happen as early as this Wednesday when Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau unveils his new Cabinet.
Speculation is running rampant that Leslie will be Canadas
next Minister of National Defence, following in the footsteps
of his grandfather Brooke Claxton, who was Minister of
National Defence under Louis St-Laurent and who Leslie
shares his middle name with.
Leslie is in line for a Cabinet appointment, he wasnt
about to tip his hat during an impromptu interview with
Orleans-Online.ca on Thursday night.
think all candidates are the same and until you are elected,
quite frankly everything is speculative. Now its
up to Mr. Trudeau to decide, said Leslie who is
eminently qualified for the job.
career military man who rose to the rank of lieutenant-general,
Leslie was Chief of Land Staff from June 2006 to June
2010 when he was appointed Chief of Transfor-mation of
the Armed Forces and led a top to bottom review of the
resume also includes stints as the Area Chief of Staff
during the Manitoba floods in the spring of 1997 and Deputy
Commander of the International Security Assistance Force
in Afghanistan in 2003.
retiring from the Canadian Forces in 2011, Leslie headed
up the Defence, Public Safety and Intelligence Unit with
the CGI Group in Ottawa. And in September 2013, he was
named co-chair of the Liberal International Affairs Council
of Advisors providing advice on foreign and defence issues
to his friend and future PM.
to media reports, he was also offered the top job at the
Canadian Museum of Civilization and the RCMP by the former
all the speculation about his future role in the Liberal
government, Leslie has been focusing his attention on
learning about the role and responsibilities of being
a Member of Parliament.
newly-elected MPs had to attend a week long orientation
session on Parliament Hill this past week, during which
they were given a crash course on parliamentary rules
sees his job as an MP as that of a facilitator.
my job is to try and bring resources into Orléans
to improve the quality of life and reach out a helping
hand to those that need it most; our veterans, our aged
and those who have loved ones at home who need homecare,
the short-term he must work with the outgoing MP, Royal
Galipeau, in taking over the MPs office in the Peter D.
Clark building on Centrum Blvd. along with whatever constituent
files Galipeaus staff were working on.
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