Politics

Exit interviews: Defeated MPs reflect on their time in Parliament

The Liberal Party's triumph on Oct. 19 put many MPs out of a job, including some noted veterans like Megan Leslie, Peter Stoffer and Joe Oliver. Why did they lose? What are their proudest achievements?

The Liberal Party's triumph on Oct. 19 put many MPs out of a job, including some noted veterans

The Liberal Party roared back into power on Oct. 19, picking up nearly 150 new seats and putting a large number of sitting MPs out of a job.

Some of the brightest — and rising — stars from both the Conservative Party and the NDP will not be returning for the 42nd session of Parliament.

Some of these defeated MPs spoke with CBC News Network's Power & Politics and CBC Radio's The House. We've compiled a list of the stories, and broadcast interviews, below. Click on the names to read more.

Megan Leslie (NDP, Halifax)

"It's not just about the Conservatives, it's about the policies they brought in, the way they did business in Parliament, the constant time allocation, and closure, the meanness, I mean, they were mean."


Joe Oliver (Conservative, Eglinton-Lawrence)

"We have to focus on a broader appeal, I think, without betraying our core principles."


Peter Stoffer (NDP, Sackville–Eastern Shore)

"On the doorsteps this time, there was a definite attitude for change. I just didn't think when Mr. Harper left, he'd take me with him."


Paul Calandra​ (Conservative, Oak Ridges–Markham)

"There was a lot of confusion [in our campaign policies] and a lot of first-generation Canadians said 'OK, we're not ready to endorse that.'"


Jack Harris (NDP, St. John's East)

"We'll see what happens. Mr. Mulcair, I think, did a stalwart job, he was very determined. He was the right person to lead the party into the election."


Craig Scott (NDP, Toronto–Danforth)

"I honestly do not believe that — at the leadership level of the Liberal Party — there is a commitment to proportional representation."

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