Conservative leadership hopefuls talk immigration, trade and Trump at first debate

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WATCH ABOVE: During the first Conservative leadership debate, Tory MPs, including Lisa Raitt, said whether or not they support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and how they would persuade Donald Trump to adopt the TPP – Nov 9, 2016

SASKATOON – The 12 people vying to lead the federal Conservative Party took jabs at the Trudeau government’s proposed carbon tax and backed the idea of pipelines in their first leadership debate.

But when it came to immigration, the contenders had more to spar about.

MP Kellie Leitch said only one in 10 people coming to Canada gets a face-to-face interview with an immigration officer and she wants everyone screened for Canadian values.

WATCH: Coverage of the first federal Conservative Party leadership debate
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Former MP Andrew Saxton said Canada needs the right immigrants with the right skills to fill jobs, while Dr. Daniel Lindsay said Canadians need to be safe but added that immigrants make this country.

Donald Trump’s U.S. election victory also weighed in heavily in the Conservative leadership debate, amid concern that he wants to renegotiate trade agreements.

MP Andrew Scheer says he would put pressure on Trump to keep trade deals, while fellow MP Lisa Raitt says she’s proud of NAFTA and wants to hear what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to negotiate with Trump.


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