LETHBRIDGE: One day after the announcement that Lethbridge East MLA Bridget Pastoor was moving from the provincial Liberals to the governing Tories, she spoke to Lethbridge media about why she made the change.
Pastoor noted that she feels she can do more for Albertans from inside the government.
Another major factor that helped bring Pastoor over was the new Progressive Conservative leader. Pastoor explained that she has a strong relationship with Alison Redford, saying Redford "will bring the Progressive back into the Progressive Conservatives".
She did acknowledge that the feedback wasn't all positive and that people who had voted for her as a Liberal wanted an explanation. Pastoor did however take that as another positive, saying that at least they were open to talking about it, which is important through the political process.
Pastoor added that she has no plans to change how she handles her position, and that she'll continue to be focussed on the issues instead of the politics.
Pastoor stated that she plans to hold several town hall meetings with her constituents to find out what they're expecting from her going forward.
To close out the press conference Pastoor commented that her decision had nothing to do with the Liberal party and that she still feels they're a strong player in Alberta politics. She ended by stating "I think that the Liberals will do well, I don't think that the Liberal party will fall apart because they lost Bridget Pastoor."