Steven Blaney, former Conservative Public Safety Minister, has made a loud entrance into the leadership race stating very clearly his desire to defend our Canadian identity.
Blaney has one-upped Kellie Leitch by saying if elected, he’ll bring in a bill that says you can neither vote with a niqab nor receive public services while wearing one.
This was government policy under the conservatives but we all know these positions were very unpopular with the media, with some even saying the election was lost over it.
We did our own polls that showed a strong majority of Canadians agreed that you must show your face when taking the oath of citizenship but regardless of what the people think, it was received wisdom among the English media that this was bad policy so this could hurt Blaney right out of the gate.
There’s no question we need to be able to have open and honest discussions on issues like these in Canada without them being politicized but the English media isn’t going to let that happen.
For that reason alone, his first public policy proposal is probably going to fall flat with the public.