Meet Eve Adams — the Conservative MP who wants to be a Liberal MP

Newsmaker of the day: Eve Adams

All sudden floor-crossings are a bit surprising. Aaron Wherry explains why this one is especially intriguing

Chris Wattie/Reuters

Chris Wattie/Reuters

An early-morning bulletin from the Liberals alerted the press gallery to an unexplained news conference with Leader Justin Trudeau at 9 a.m. and there were gasps when Trudeau then strode into the National Press Theatre, accompanied by Eve Adams. Up until just about that moment, Adams was known as a Conservative MP and the parliamentary secretary to the minister of health.

All sudden floor-crossings are a bit surprising, but Adams’s move is particularly intriguing.

Adams had become a source of intrigue within the Conservative party, professionally linked to a controversial nomination race and personally linked to one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s longest-serving aides (Dimitri Soudas). Within two hours of her announcement, the president of the Conservative Party, John Walsh, issued a statement to explain he had “informed her in writing on January 29th that she would not be permitted to run for our Party in the next election due to the misconduct from the Oakville North-Burlington nomination race.”

That and other tempests (the election expenses, the gas station) can be lined up in an argument against Trudeau’s welcoming Adams into the Liberal fold.

It was not so long ago, though, that Adams, a former city councillor, was something of a star candidate. One who was key to Conservative election hopes in the Greater Toronto Area and whose victory over a thrice-elected incumbent turned a Liberal riding to the blue team. She was quickly included in cabinet speculation and ultimately appointed to serve as a parliamentary secretary, a title she held up until today. As she reminded the press gallery this morning, she was answering for the government in question period just last week.

And today, Trudeau was able to appear beside a woman who said she was unhappy with the Conservatives’ style of leadership (“mean-spirited”) and choice of policies (income-splitting, specifically), while lauding the vision and spirit of the Liberal leader. (She also touted the Liberal position on abortion.)

Like any shock, a floor-crossing’s significance is difficult to parse in the immediate aftermath. Maybe it’s something. Maybe it’s nothing. It’s possible Trudeau has just given himself a headache he didn’t need. It’s equally possible he has scored a small victory. It’s rather possible that we’ll have forgotten all about this by October.


Newsmaker of the day: Eve Adams

  1. Pretty much nailed it Aaron and ALL that needed to be said.

  2. “”””And today, Trudeau was able to appear beside a woman who said she was unhappy with the Conservatives’ style of leadership “”””

    Or, could it just be that due to her past shenanigans the Conservatives did not want her to run in the next election so is she trying to save her job by switching to Mr Trudeau’s Party? Don’t think she is entitled to the Gold Plated pension and benefits as she only became an MP in 2011.

    Anyway I am sure the good people in her Conservative Riding may have something to say.

  3. If I were Harper….I’d be sending Trudeau a great big gift basket.

    The shenanigans of this political gold-digger are well known. Good riddance to Eve.

  4. The Liberal Party of Canada wants You!

    Lots of entry level positions left to choose from! (just not the PM position, hah hah)

    Just like a real political party, no awkward ethics discussion to endure. And hey, family values are important to us. Whatever family you’re with today. No problem.

    Big hair and Botox a plus! just don’t outdo JT’s hair, okay? Party no-no.

    But wait, there’s more!

    Next 10 sign-ups will get a free copy, autographed by The Man himself, of the Liberal Party Policies. Three pages of insight, never before released to the public. See how we’re going to run the country, or something. Whatever.

    your call is important to us.

    Operators standing by

    • Trudeau didn’t want Eve….he wanted Dimitri. He just had to take EVE to get to him……

      Trudeau is expecting a treasure trove of dirt from Dimitri….

      he will be disappointed.