Months ago Calgary MLA Sandra Jansen publicly stated that she wouldn’t be a member of any party under the leadership of Jason Kenney. So, Mount Royal University political science professor Duane Bratt wasn’t surprised by Jansen’s departure from the PC’s. Describing Jansen as a centrist however Bratt said he was surprised by her choice to sit as an NDP.
“Either she truly believes that she’s more home there, in which case she’s describing the NDP as a much more centrist party than I and many others think it is, or she is also interested in being a part of the government as opposed to being a part of the opposition.”
Bratt said this is different than the floor crossings we saw in 2014, when a number of Wildrose members left for the PC’s.
“Jansen had been saying it for a while that she was unhappy in the PC party and was leaving it on principle. It’s one person, it’s not the leader of the Opposition it’s a member of the third party. I see it as different circumstances, but ultimately it’s going to be about the constituents and how they’re going to view it.”
Bratt said this will make things interesting for Jansen’s riding come election time.
“Some floor crossers get punished, as what we say in 2014 where everyone who crossed the floor was defeated, or we’ve had other floor crossings where people keep their job.”
Bratt said, as Jansen presented herself as a centrist, a fiscal conservative and social liberal, she had plenty of choices saying Jansen could have sat as an independent or joined the Liberal or Alberta Parties.