Defeated MLA Neil LeClair says Hal Perry should resign and call a byelection after defecting from the Progressive Conservatives to the Liberals. (CBC)

The Liberal MLA defeated by Hal Perry, who crossed the floor from Progressive Conservatives to the Liberals on Thursday, is calling for a byelection.

Neil LeClair, who was fisheries minister in the Liberal government, lost his seat in the western P.E.I. district of Tignish-Palmer Road in 2011 to Perry, then a Tory, by just 33 votes.

Perry is now a Liberal, and LeClair says Perry should quit and a byelection should be held for the seat.

LeClair did not say whether he'd attempt the Liberal nomination if a byelection was held.