Kellie Leitch is a former Cabinet Minister in the Harper government who wants to be the next leader of the Federal Conservative Party.
But, she has some baggage; she was the lead advocate for the Harper government’s ill-conceived ‘ barbaric cultural practices tip line’.
Now, in a desperate attempt at damage control, Leitch is trying to distance herself from the political debacle by claiming that she was misunderstood.
She claims that the snitch line was intended to help victims of domestic violence and was never intended to target any ethnic or religious group.
Leitch seems to think Canadians have short memories.
We know full well that the barbaric cultural practices snitch line was a companion piece to the Harper government’s ‘ban the niqab’ and ‘ there’s a terrorist behind every tree’ policy that was very much directed at certain religious and ethnic groups .
In fact, the snitch line was condemned by the Opposition Parties and Human Rights groups, even most of the conservative pundits soundly rejected the concept.
For Leitch to spin this now as a ‘misunderstanding’ is an insult to the Canadian public.
Had Leitch stated the obvious, that the policy was mean-spirited and wrong, she may have been able to turn the page.
Instead, there are lingering doubts about character and honesty, and that’s not good for someone who wants to lead a political party.