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In the 2019 election, Jenica Atwin represented a promising success story for the Green Party, winning its first ever seat in New Brunswick and potentially securing a new foothold for the federal party outside British Columbia, where its only other two MPs reside. But on Thursday, Atwin’s defection to the Liberals is the latest sign of internal turmoil badly damaging the Greens, who had high hopes that they could grow into a more influential bloc in Parliament, but are now shrinking instead. Atwin announced she was crossing the floor at a news conference in her home riding of Fredericton, standing alongside Liberal cabinet minister Dominic LeBlanc. “In the past month I’ve been at a crossroads,” Atwin said. “It’s been, in a word, distracting. And so I’m going where I can do my best work on behalf of my community and for the people that I care so deeply about.” Over the past month, Green Party infighting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has spilled out into the public. Atwin broke publicly with Green Party Leader Annamie Paul over the issue, posting on Twitter that a statement from Paul calling for de-escalation was “totally inadequate.”

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