OTTAWA – The interim leader of the Conservative party says Donald Trump may be running to be the presidential candidate for the American right but his views aren’t welcome in Canada’s right.
Rona Ambrose says she doesn’t even consider Trump’s views to be on the political spectrum, calling them over the top and ridiculous.
Trump, who is running to be the presidential nominee for the Republican party, has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S., a policy that polls suggest is supported by a majority of Republicans.
Ambrose says she’s glad there’s not that kind of discourse happening in Canadian politics, though she acknowledges there have been recent acts of intolerance towards Canadian Muslims.
But she says if views like Trump’s are to be found among Canadians, those opinions aren’t welcome in the Conservative party.
The Conservatives have yet to decide when they’ll pick a permanent replacement to lead their party but expect to release rules about how that contest will roll out in January.