09/02/2016 12:15 EDT | Updated 09/03/2017 01:12 EDT

Screening immigrants for "anti-Canadian" values will make Canada safer; Leitch

OTTAWA — Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch is standing behind the idea of screening would-be immigrants for what she terms anti-Canadian values.

She says she feels strongly about weeding out people who want to come to Canada if they are intolerant of other religions or show they lack acceptance of Canadian traditions.

Leitch makes no apologies in a statement today in defence of a survey emailed to supporters of her campaign which included a question about vetting immigrants.

The survey has raised eyebrows within Conservative ranks, with at least one Tory strategist calling on Leitch to leave the race.

But Leitch says she wants to bring in policies that make the country safer and enhance a unified Canadian identity.

The survey also asks for opinions on a range of other issues, including electoral reform, corporate tax cuts and the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use.