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Kellie Leitch vows to oppose ‘politically correct elitism’

‘I will be the leader of the party in May of 2017 and it’s because I am talking about the issues that Canadians care about, about Canadian values’


 
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday, June 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Labour Minister Kellie Leitch answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday, June 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

HALIFAX — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch says she’s heard from Tories unhappy with her proposal to screen immigrants on their values, but predicts she will be elected leader because she’s the one talking about what Canadians care about.

“I’ve heard from a number of people in our party and even from some caucus-mates that they may have a different opinion than myself. And that’s fine,” she told reporters at a caucus retreat in Halifax.

“I want to be clear: I will be the leader of the party in May of 2017 and it’s because I am talking about the issues that Canadians care about, about Canadian values.”

Leitch’s proposal to vet would-be immigrants and refugees for “anti-Canadian values” has put her at the centre of the leadership race debate, and at the two-day caucus retreat that ended Wednesday.

Several other candidates have harshly criticized the proposal, and former prime Minister Brian Mulroney said Tuesday in Calgary the current immigration process works fine. Last Friday, former senior minister Jason Kenney, who is currently seeking the provincial leadership in Alberta, said Leitch had never put forward that position in all the years they worked together.

But Leitch cites a Forum poll that shows 87 per cent of Conservatives favour having the discussion, and she has begun using the controversy in a fundraising note to supporters.

The poll was an automated phone survey of 1,370 adult Canadians conducted Sept. 6 and 7. Results were considered accurate within three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

“While the elites and most media harshly criticized even the mention of the discussion, you knew better,” wrote Leitch in the fundraising note. “Together we will stand up to those who don’t want to discuss Canadian values and whose politically correct elitism remains tone deaf to the views of most Canadians.”

Asked about the fundraising letter, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said Wednesday: “The great thing about living in a free country and about leadership races is that everyone gets to have an opinion.”

After the caucus retreat Wednesday, Leitch said she expects her opponents will discuss who’s proposing the biggest tax cut, while she goes where the voters actually are.

“For myself the thing that actually shows ? how we distance ourselves from the public is when we only talk about money and wealth,” she told reporters.

“I recognize others don’t want to have this conversation and that’s fine. But I will be having this conversation with Canadians.”

Leitch called the values debate a “huge opportunity” for Conservatives.

“In their shirtless selfie delirium, Liberals have ceded the ground on who’s the defender of Canadian values,” she said.

—with files from Alison Auld.


 

Kellie Leitch vows to oppose ‘politically correct elitism’

  1. Kellie Leitch is painfully illiterate.

  2. OMFG, the Liberals are getting a free ride in Parliament because both the CPC and NDP are too caught up in their own stupid, leadership squabbles to be effective opposition parties.

    Sigh.

  3. The rabbit hole is always getting bigger for these conservatives, they are always on the attack, and the dippers are attacking each other, I see a 3 terms for Trudeau before he even sees a bit of a chink in his armor, because it will take a generation for the conservatives to get the smell of the Harper Jurassic Park out of it. I would like to make a suggestion to the Conservative party, you want to win in 2023, here’s a little nugget, of good advise. please read the fine print : TRY BRINGING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TEAR IT APPART. Tax cuts policies are a thing of the past, it only benefits the rich.

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