As the party veers right, Preston Manning takes centre stage - 2017-02-24
After giving his standard glass-half-full thoughts on the rise of populism—a phenomenon on which he seems determined to keep an open mind—he assured the half-dozen or so reporters in attendance that he doesn't think there's any danger at all in having issues like immigration come up during a leadership race. It's up to the individual candidates to decide how to handle it, he said during a post-speech scrum.
(He was not, however, willing to share his assessment of how the various candidates were doing so.)
And when asked about the furor surrounding Bill M-103, and the fact that four of those candidates appeared on stage at the so-called "Freedom Rally" hosted by a right-wing activist website in Toronto, he hemmed and hawed in clear mild to middling discomfort before suggesting that it's not a question of what candidates say at a rally but what the rally-goers go on to do.