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(Posted 4:30 a.m., Nov. 1)
Orléans MP-elect Andrew Leslie settling into new job

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans 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

Two 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 soon.

Leslie has already attended 19 community events including the AOE Arts Council’s ARTinis gala on Thursday night – and he hasn’t even been sworn in yet.

That may happen as early as this Wednesday when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveils his new Cabinet.
Speculation is running rampant that Leslie will be Canada’s 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.

If Leslie is in line for a Cabinet appointment, he wasn’t about to tip his hat during an impromptu interview with Orleans-Online.ca on Thursday night.

“I think all candidates are the same and until you are elected, quite frankly everything is speculative. Now it’s up to Mr. Trudeau to decide,” said Leslie who is eminently qualified for the job.

A 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 military.

His 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.

After 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.

According to media reports, he was also offered the top job at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the RCMP by the former Conservative government.

Despite 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.

All 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 and procedures.

Leslie sees his job as an MP as that of a facilitator.

“So 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,” said Leslie.

In 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 Galipeau’s staff were working on.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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