12:30 p.m., Nov. 4)
Andrew Leslie passed over for Cabinet post
By Fred Sherwin
Trudeau runs into the arms of his father Justin
Trudeau as Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau
looks on with their daughter Ella-Grace in
her arms. The Trudeaus' oldest child Xavier
is holding Hadrien's hand. Fred Sherwin/Photo
was supposed to be slam dunk, but speculation that Orléans
MP Andrew Leslie would be the next Minister of National
Defence turned out to be an air ball as the retired lieutenant-general
was passed over in favour of Vancouver-area MP Harjit
Leslie, Sajjan is also a rookie MP and a former member
of the Canadians Forces, having served once in Bosnia
and three times in Afghanistan. In 2011 he became the
first Sikh to command a Canadian Army regiment when he
was named commander of the The British Columbia Regiment.
was some thought that if Leslie was passed over for National
Defence, he might be appointed to Veteran Affairs and
Associate Minister of National Defence, but that job went
to Calgary rookie Kent Hehr.
45, is a former lawyer and MLA in the Alberta legislature.
He was left paralyzed after a random drive by shooting
in October, 2011 at the age of 22.
for Leslie, speculation will now turn to what, if anything,
Justin Trudeau has planned for him. He could still be
appointed as parliamentary secretary to one of the new
appointees, or he may be asked to cool his heels while
he learns the intricacies of Parliament.
his part, Leslie says he's proud to be member of the Liberal
team. In a statement provided to OrleansOnline.ca, Leslie
says he's lookiing forward to representing the residents
of Orléans in the House of Commons.
Oct. 19, the citizens of Orléans granted my greatest
aspiration, that of becoming their representative in the
House of Commons," states Leslie. "I look forward
to passionately contributing my ideas for both the region
and our country as we move forward and bring Canada back
on the right track."
not receiving a Cabinet appointment, there seems little
doubt Leslie he will remain a trusted advisor to Justin
Trudeau on the topics of national defence, security and
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