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Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch took to Facebook over the weekend to post a policy video she referred to as “common sense” that’s backed by “more than two-thirds” of Canadians.
The roughly nine-minute video – entitled “Kellie Leitch on screening for Canadian values” – outlines the 46-year-old conservative MP’s immigration policies that have been criticized by her opponents.
“Everywhere I go I hear the same message: Canadians are proud of their country and they are proud of their unifying Canadian identity. They are proud of shared values – like hard work, generosity, freedom and tolerance,” Leitch says.
“No matter where I’ve been in this country, I’ve heard the same thing: Canadians want a leader who will protect our unifying Canadian identity and these shared values.”
Leitch then refers to Canada as “an opportunity” for individuals to work hard and provide for themselves.
She also calls it a responsibility for Canadians to give back to their communities and help those who need a hand.
“A better life is possible (in Canada) – a life that is prosperous and generous … and more tolerant,” she adds.
“It’s not something we can take for granted. It’s something we must work every day to build and protect.”
Leitch, from Winnipeg’s Simcoe-Grey riding, eventually turns her attention to policy.
“One of the ways we can do that is by ensuring face-to-face interviews with trained immigration officials for all people who seek to come here,” she says. “Through these interviews we can make sure that the people who come to Canada share our historic values – the values enshrined in our constitution.
Leitch closes the video by suggesting her opponents haven’t portrayed her policy honestly.
“Do not listen to them,” she says.
Listen to her entire statement here: