Liberals should leave Derek Sloan’s fate to voters, says Leslyn Lewis


Former Conservative candidate Leslyn Lewis said the Liberals should be more concerned with sorting their own home and less about the fate of Conservative MP Derek Sloan.Lewis and Sloan have both failed in their recent offers to become the next leader of the Conservative Party. After Ontario MP Erin O’Toole won the contest earlier this week, Liberal MP Pam Damoff called on the new leader to kick Sloan out of caucus over a series of controversial statements by the MP.

In April, Sloan posted a video on his Facebook page in which he wondered if Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam – who was born in Hong Kong – was working for China.

Prior to that, Sloan was criticized for saying that “the cause of sexual orientation” was “scientifically unclear.” He also said he wanted Canada to pull out of the UN Paris agreement on climate change and withdraw all funding from the World Health Organization.

“Mr. Trudeau should be worried about his own caucus,” Lewis told host Vassy Kapelos on CBC News Network. Power and politics Thursday evening. “Derek Sloan was elected and if… his constituents feel they don’t want him anymore, they have to elect him. ”

“I believe an election will decide that. I don’t think leaders should tell people of the electorate who is worthy of this seat when they are elected. And as I said, the Liberals have their own problems. to fight. ”

Lewis, a social-conservative lawyer who immigrated to Canada from Jamaica as a child, impressed many during the leadership race, finishing first in Saskatchewan and second in Alberta. Since her loss to O’Toole, Lewis has said she intends to run in the Conservative general election.

“I knew in my heart that there was work that I had started that I wanted to finish, and that the only way to do it was to run again,” she said. “But I had this discussion with Mr. O’Toole as well, and he was very encouraging. ”

Lewis said the Alberta and Saskatchewan riding associations contacted her to ask her to be their candidate, but she had not yet decided where she would run.

“I reduced it and I think I’ll make a decision next week. But I have to talk to my kids and work on some things related to my family. And I will make the best decision for my family. and for the party and for the country, ”she said.

“I should win it”: Lewis

Lewis said she was not promised a prominent position in the party if she won her seat, and that she was not the type to ask for one.

“I believe that whatever I win, I should win it,” she said. “I even said to [O’Toole] that I am open to applying for a contested application and did not want to get a seat. I wanted to work for the riding I chose … and I would welcome anyone who would challenge me in that riding. ”

At his first press conference after becoming leader of the Conservatives, O’Toole stressed his pro-choice stance on abortion. Lewis was asked if she had any concerns about her representation by O’Toole’s management.

“People are individuals and they are entitled to their opinions and Mr. O’Toole is a professional,” Lewis said. “I see his opinion is no different from how I would see myself having an opinion and ensuring that I am implementing the best policies for the country. I have no doubt that Mr. O’Toole will do it. ”

When asked what she would like to see her party deal with systemic racism in Canada, Lewis said that proper police training could go a long way and she would like to see her party take that idea forward.

“I think my party believes that all professionals should have appropriate training,” she said. “If there is a time or incidents that occur where we think training needs to be improved in any aspect, be it the use of force, we could always invest in that and make sure that police officers have the appropriate resources and appropriate training to deal with various [incidents] … Including heightened tensions around COVID and racialized situations. ”


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