[NOTE: This episode was recorded on September 2.]
Kellie Leitch is running for the leadership of the Conservative Party. She did a survey on her website asking people what they thought of screening would-be immigrants to weed out extremists:
“Should the Canadian government screen potential immigrants for anti-Canadian values as part of its normal screening for refugees and landed immigrants?”
Immediately all the right people were apoplectic. How dare you? That’s racist!
The last time the media focused on Leitch was when she announced, in the 2015 election, the conservative party’s “barbaric cultural practices" tip line, to call for help in case an honour killing was imminent, or a child marriage, or female genital mutilation.
(Such tip lines are commonplace in the UK now, by the way...)
The media loves barbaric cultural practices -- or at least hates calling them out. Justin Trudeau does too.
But funny enough — most Canadians don’t, as you saw from the latest Nanos/Globe & Mail survey.
Let’s see if Leitch’s competitors for the conservative race either try to steal the issue from her, or all team up against her. That’s what happened to Donald Trump when he talked about immigration too. How did that work out?
NEXT: Raheem Kassam of Breitbart London is covering the U.S. election campaign. As an Englishman, what does Kassam make of Trump calling himself “Mr. Brexit”?
Will the American election be a rerun of the populist Brexit result, especially since the public no longer care about insults like “racist” or “Nazi"?
THEN: Chuck Johnson of GotNews.com and WeSearcher talks to me in studio about his revolutionary brand of crowdfunded investigative journalism, like his exposure of the woman behind the “Rolling Stone” campus rape hoax.
As a serial media entrepreneur, he has valuable insights about the future of reporting. You won't want to miss this fascinating conversation!