Protesters hang banner with names of Quebec shooting victims on Conservative MP’s office
Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch says her supporters shouldn’t be dismissed as racist for backing her proposal to screen prospective immigrants for “anti-Canadian values,” and she won’t rescind her policy pledge despite criticism from some after the Quebec mosque shooting.
In an interview with CBC News, Leitch said she still believes all prospective immigrants should take part in a one-on-one interview with officials before being admitted.
“I’ve been talking about a common-sense policy that talks about interviewing individuals, each and every individual, no matter what their place of origin,” she said Tuesday.
“We have a Canadian identity, and it’s grounded in values like hard work, generosity, freedom and tolerance. Those are the values that built our country, and those are the values that I’m talking about.”
Her resolve to push ahead comes on a day when her constituency office in Collingwood, Ont., was targeted by protesters.