An incredible journey

I wanted to once again say thank you for the support I have received, not just in the recent election, but ever since I took that first scary step into the Conservative Leadership race.

Although I was labelled an “outsider” by the media, in our Conservative movement I found a warm welcome and a passionate group of Canadians who believe in fighting for their country and their fellow Canadians.

After Erin O’Toole was named leader of our party, I was deeply honoured to be the first official CPC candidate named for the recent election for the riding of Haldimand-Norfolk.

While I now have the incredible honour of representing the people of Haldimand-Norfolk in the House of Commons, Monday night did not bring us the ultimate result that we all wanted.

I fear that Justin Trudeau will ignore the fact that Canadians soundly rejected his desire for a majority government, and that he will continue to govern with the same recklessness and hubris that has placed our economy and the unity of our country in jeopardy.

In the face of Monday’s loss, emotions in our party are running extremely high. We are afraid for our country, we are concerned for our children, many feel let down by their own neighbours, friends and even family.

Here is my commitment to you, and to our party:

I am going to be laser focused on doing what I was elected to do — to serve the riding of Haldimand-Norfolk. To work alongside Erin O’Toole and ensure that Trudeau and the Liberals find in us the stiffest opposition in defence of freedoms, a vibrant environment and economy, affordable living for all, and fair treatment for those in rural regions including farmers.

I will continue to speak up for what is right, whether or not it is popular. I will stand up for the vulnerable.

In light of the strong and understandable emotions running through our party now, I did want to share my thoughts as a former Leadership candidate.

I believe that the rush to apply judgement on our former leader Andrew Scheer, before we had a chance to complete our review of the 2019 campaign, and while emotions were still high, was unwise.

I believe that doing the same to Erin now would be equally unwise. It is fair for everyone to have their say. It is right that everyone in our party has the opportunity to have input, for the grassroots to speak up. But we will only beat the foolishness of Trudeau by acting with care and wisdom.

And as I said the evening that Erin O’Toole was named leader of our party: I am here to help.

I have spoken to our Leader already and will continue to share my thoughts, ideas and concerns with him about how we can do better. I appreciate his openness to feedback, and his commitment to launch a review so lessons can be learned that will help us win the next election

I will listen to the Conservative members of Haldimand-Norfolk and communicate their thoughts and ideas to the rest of our party.

But I am first and foremost focused on doing the job I am now elected to do. I will be fighting for the people of Haldimand-Norfolk.

Their best interests are my main interest.

I thank you again for your support throughout this most unusual and incredible journey.

Sincerely,

Leslyn

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