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Canada Citing distractions, New Brunswick Green MP Jenica Atwin crosses floor to Liberals

00:30  11 june  2021
00:30  11 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Green MP Jenica Atwin crossing the floor to join the Liberals

  Green MP Jenica Atwin crossing the floor to join the Liberals Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin is poised to bolt from the Green party caucus today and cross the floor to join the governing Liberals.Atwin is expected to make the announcement at a news conference in Fredericton later today, with Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic Leblanc by her side.

Two sources say New Brunswick MP Jenica Atwin is set to join the Liberal caucus, leaving the Greens with just two lawmakers in the House of Commons. The move comes amid internal rifts in the Green party and after Atwin openly challenged Leader Annamie Paul’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last Atwin ’s aisle crossing marks a small win for a Liberal party looking to tout its environmental credentials and shore up the ranks of its minority government, but marks a much bigger blow for a Green caucus already struggling to stay afloat. New cracks appeared in May when Atwin

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick MP Jenica Atwin says she is leaving the Green party to join the Liberal caucus mainly because of ongoing internal rifts among the Greens concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "It's been really difficult to focus on the work that needs to be done on behalf of my Three days later, Paul's senior adviser, Noah Zatzman, expressed solidarity with "Zionists" in a Facebook post that accused some unnamed Green MPs of antisemitism and discrimination. After Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, a New Brunswick MP , introduced her as the

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick MP Jenica Atwin announced Thursday she has left the Green party to join the Liberal caucus mainly because of ongoing internal rifts among the Greens over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Jenica Atwin has become the first federal Green elected in New Brunswick after defeating Liberal incumbent Matt DeCourcey and Conservative challenger Andrea Johnson in the riding of Fredericton. "I'm just so proud," Atwin said. "Our hard work is paying off." Jenica Atwin at the Green Party headquarters in Fredericton on election night. (Mike Heenan/CBC). The capital region elected the first Green provincial MLA in 2014, and the party has ascended in popularity since. Two other Green MLAs were elected in the 2018 provincial election.

But Jenica Atwin , the federal Green candidate in Fredericton, said the Green surge provincially is translating into support for her campaign as she knocks on doors. "I'm hearing lots at the door, people saying 'I hope you work as hard as David Coon,' or 'We really like what David Coon did on this policy work,'" she "I'm excited to feed off that because I look to him for advice and direction. He's a fantastic leader for New Brunswick ." Jenica Atwin , the federal Green Party candidate in Fredericton, says she's hearing a lot of support for the provincial Greens on the campaign trail. (Jacques Poitras/CBC).

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"It's been really difficult to focus on the work that needs to be done on behalf of my constituents," she told a news conference in her Fredericton riding. "It certainly has played a role."

The defection leaves the Green party with just two lawmakers in the House of Commons.

Atwin made history in the October 2019 general election when she became the first Green MP to be elected east of British Columbia. But last month, she openly challenged Green Leader Annamie Paul’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Rusagonis, New Brunswick [2]. Jenica Atwin MP (née Powell; born 1986 or 1987) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Fredericton in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2019 Canadian federal election,[3] defeating incumbent MP Matt DeCourcey. She is the first Member of Parliament of the Green Party of Canada to be elected outside of British Columbia, the first "third party" candidate to win the electoral district of Fredericton or its predecessor districts (which have traditionally alternated between Conservative and Liberal MPs), and the first woman to be elected in

Nearly 100 new members of parliament are preparing to begin their duties when the government reconvenes next month under a Liberal minority. In October, the clinic announced it would be forced to close due to a lack of provincial funding, prompting an outcry from health advocates and calls for the federal government to intervene. “My number one priority is ensuring that New Brunswick upholds the Canada Health Act and we ensure access for anyone who requires these services,” said Atwin , who previously served as a community activist and a researcher for a First Nations education organization.

On May 11, Atwin posted a message on Twitter saying a statement from Paul calling for de-escalation of the conflict was "totally inadequate."

"I stand with Palestine and condemn the unthinkable airstrikes in Gaza. End Apartheid!" Atwin wrote.

Three days later, Paul's senior adviser, Noah Zatzman, expressed solidarity with "Zionists" in a Facebook post that accused some unnamed Green MPs of antisemitism and discrimination. Paul had attempted to remain above the fray, saying party debate is healthy.

On Thursday, federal Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, also a New Brunswick MP, introduced Atwin as the newest member of the Liberal caucus. In her opening statement, Atwin said she had "been at a crossroads" for the past month.

Citing distractions, New Brunswick Green MP Jenica Atwin crosses floor to Liberals

  Citing distractions, New Brunswick Green MP Jenica Atwin crosses floor to Liberals FREDERICTON — New Brunswick MP Jenica Atwin says she is leaving the Green party to join the Liberal caucus mainly because of ongoing internal rifts among the Greens concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "It's been really difficult to focus on the work that needs to be done on behalf of my constituents," she told a news conference in her Fredericton riding Thursday. "It certainly has played a role." The defection leaves the Green party with just two lawmakers in the House of Commons. Last month, Atwin openly challenged Green Leader Annamie Paul’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

2018 New Brunswick election - thanks to the Greens having an MLA for 4 years and the NDP not, and Dominic Cardy quitting for the PCs, the NDP and Greens essentially trade places in the popular vote. Since the PCs and Liberals both lost popular vote percentages and are splitting more, 2 more Green MLAs get in. Atwin isnt going to be a monister so realistically we will see little of her on the national stage.

Canada elected a minority Liberal government Monday night and Atwin , who came first in Fredericton riding, is one of only three Greens to win seats. Still, Atwin is looking forward to collaborating with the other representatives. "We have to work as a collective and … make sure we get Improving health care for seniors is an opportunity for New Brunswick to "step up and take care of those who have been part of our economy for such a long time," she said. Pushing for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is also important for Atwin . She wants the new government to act on the recommendations brought

"It's been, in a word, distracting," she said. "So I'm going where I can do my best work."

The new Liberal said she had not been promised any particular role with the Liberals in exchange for crossing the floor. "We haven't discussed anything like that," said Atwin, a mother of two and a teacher who helped run an Indigenous education centre before entering politics.

The Greens' stance on environmental and social policy often aligns more closely with New Democrat positions, but the NDP electoral prospects in Atwin's riding of Fredericton appear bleak. The party won less than six per cent of the vote there in 2019.

Atwin's aisle-crossing is a small win for a Liberal party looking to tout its environmental credentials and shore up the ranks of its minority government. But the change deals a much bigger blow to a Green caucus already struggling to stay afloat.

David Coon, leader of the New Brunswick Greens, said he knew Atwin felt abandoned by Paul. "I am profoundly disappointed that she decided her only option was to cross the floor, after the voters of Fredericton and Oromocto had elected her as a Green, to be the kind of strong and independent voice in Ottawa that the Green party encourages," he said in a statement. "She will discover that her principles will not find a home with the Liberals."

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a brief statement Thursday noting Atwin's "tireless and effective advocacy on priorities like climate action, mental health, reconciliation, and making life more affordable for families."

When asked about her previous criticism of the Liberals over electoral reform and climate change, Atwin said: "If you looked at my voting record, my comments in the House of Commons, everything that I've said and done still stands .... To the voters, I would say, 'I'm still me.' "

LeBlanc said the Liberal party welcomes divergent opinions, even when it comes to Israel. "In the Liberal caucus, there is enormous room ... for differences of opinion," he said. "Our caucus discussions will be that much richer."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2021.

— With files from Michael MacDonald in Halifax

Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

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