Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is defending a contentious survey question from her campaign team that asked supporters what they think about vetting would-be immigrants and refugees for “anti-Canadian values.”
“Screening potential immigrants for anti-Canadian values that include intolerance towards other religions, cultures and sexual orientations, violent and/or misogynist behaviour and/or a lack of acceptance of our Canadian tradition of personal and economic freedoms is a policy proposal that I feel very strongly about,” Leitch said in a statement.
The survey was sent to those who signed up for news from the Leitch campaign. It gauges support on a variety of issues, including electoral reform, corporate tax cuts and the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use.
Leitch’s campaign manager Nick Kouvalis said more than 8,000 people had responded to the survey and that it was based on subjects Leitch had been hearing about from Conservatives during her travels across Canada since launching her leadership bid in the spring.