Canada: key Conservative says party risks takeover by far-right 'lunatics' - 2022-03-25
Alberta's premier has called fellow Conservatives "lunatics" who are "trying to take over the asylum" as a populist mutiny in his party foreshadows a bitter fight for the future of Canada's Conservative movement.
In a leaked recording of a meeting with caucus staff on Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney warned a far-right element – skeptical of coronavirus measures and wedded to conspiracy theories – could seize control of the party in the coming weeks as the United Conservatives hold a leadership review.
"I will not let this mainstream conservative party become an agent for extreme, hateful, intolerant, bigoted and crazy views. Sorry to be so blunt with you but you need to understand what the stakes are here," he said, before alluding to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory with a warning that "people who think I am involved in a global conspiracy to traffic children" would show up to vote for his removal.