Tory candidate Scheer defended deemed 'extremely controversial and problematic' in 2016 vetting report - 2019-09-14
OTTAWA - A candidate running for Andrew Scheer's Conservatives was deemed by the party's provincial counterpart to be "extremely controversial and problematic" and accused of promoting online conspiracy theories, according to a past vetting report obtained by CTV News.
Ghada Melek, the federal candidate for Mississauga-Streetsville -- who Scheer has attended events with and spent part his first week of the election campaign defending -- was given a "strict red light" recommendation in 2016 when she was looking to run for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.
"This recommendation is a strict red light. There are many anti-gay/LGBT and even sterilization posts that make this candidate extremely controversial and problematic," said an email attached to the 2016 vetting report and sent to the Ontario PC party leadership.