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Calgary PC MP Sandra Jansen crosses the floor, joins NDP

Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm MST

(sandrajansenmla.ca)

A one-time candidate for the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership has crossed the floor to the governing NDP.

Sandra Jansen, a Calgary member of the legislature, quit the Tory race last week over personal and online attacks she said had become intolerable.

She said the abuse peaked at the Tory policy convention when her nomination forms were vandalized and supporters of another candidate harassed her in the hallways.

She also accused leadership candidate Jason Kenney of bringing “Trump-style politics” to Alberta.

Jansen, a two-term MLA, had openly indicated she was mulling whether to leave the Tory caucus and party.

Premier Rachel Notley says Jansen has always been a voice for moderate and progressive politics.