12/01/2016 11:49 EST | Updated 12/01/2016 12:02 EST

Kellie Leitch: Pepper Spray Should Be Legal For Self-Defence

Campaign has been trawling party's right wing.

OTTAWA — As the Conservative leadership slate continues to expand, two of the most prominent contenders are jockeying for attention and support.

Ontario MP Kellie Leitch, who has already urged screening immigrants for what she calls "anti-Canadian values," is now proposing changes to the law that would allow people to carry pepper spray for self-defence.

Kellie Leitch is shown at a debate in Saskatoon in Nov. 2016. (Photo: Liam Richards/CP)

Quebec rival Maxime Bernier, meanwhile, is adding a high-powered endorsement to his list of supporters: former cabinet minister Tony Clement, who will also serve as a special adviser.

Clement says Bernier shares his values and is the right choice to lead the party and the country.

She says it would strengthen rights of women

Leitch, whose edgy campaign has been trawling the party's right wing, says the law isn't clear on pepper spray: it's illegal to possess, but its use in self-defence doesn't necessarily lead to charges.

She says legalizing it for self-defence would strengthen the rights of women to protect themselves.

The field of candidates for the Conservative leadership vote, scheduled for May of next year, has swelled to 14.

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