Lisa Raitt: Burst of populism in Conservative leadership race has changed the party - 2019-11-28
TORONTO — A sudden burst of populism during the last Conservative leadership contest transformed the party and left a lasting mark on Canadian politics generally, former MP and leadership candidate Lisa Raitt suggested Wednesday.
Speaking at a University of Toronto conference on populism, Raitt said she was "shocked" by some of the radical ideas espoused by others vying for the federal Conservative crown two years ago.
Those ideas did not ultimately hold sway within the party, but remain a part of the Conservative movement, she said. And they've influenced politics more widely, Raitt added, pointing to Quebec's controversial religious-symbols legislation and Maxime Bernier's People's Party.