Former PC MLA Sandra Jansen is settling into her new home on the NDP side of the legislature and her former constituency president is shocked.
PC constituency president for Calgary-North West Nicholas Moskaluk said he’s still trying to absorb what happened.
“I’m disappointed by the decision but I’ve never been in the business of telling Sandra what she can and cannot do and I simply give my best advice and the decisions that she makes and what she thinks is best is in the end it’s her decision.”
He said he was shocked to find out Jansen left the party.
Speaking to 630CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, Moskaluk was asked if he thinks Jansen could win another election in Calgary-North West, but under her new NDP banner.
“In North West honestly I don’t, I think there are ridings in Calgary where she probably could. I feel like the history with Calgary-North West, I think party people would say Calgary-North West is a very safe Progressive Conservative riding.”
Moskaluk was asked if he thinks floor crossings, like the one with Jansen, should trigger by-elections.
“I think people would but in the end it’s a decision that politicians make, I mean floor crossings aren’t new we’re not seeing this for the first time. I think the general public would like to see by-elections be triggered but it is what it is.”
He said we’ll find out more about what happens with the PC party and a new brand when a new leader is chosen in March.