FILE PHOTO --  Canada's then-Labour Minister Leitch pauses while speaking to journalists on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Trump populism comes to Canada as Conservatives seek leader

FILE PHOTO -- Canada's then-Labour Minister Leitch pauses while speaking to journalists on Parliament Hill in OttawaBy Andrea Hopkins OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s answer to Donald Trump is a pediatric surgeon and former cabinet minister who, like the U.S. president-elect, is railing against immigration and political elites. Kellie Leitch, 46, has vaulted to the front of the race to lead the opposition Conservative Party by pushing a hard-right “Canadian values” platform that taps into discontent over the sluggish economy and Canada’s acceptance of 37,000 Syrian refugees. Leitch is ahead of about a dozen candidates in the most recent opinion polls on the Conservative leadership election, scheduled to be held on May 27, 2017.

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