Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier has dismissed a rival’s call to screen potential immigrants for “anti-Canadian values” as an “unworkable” proposal, insisting Canada’s free and fair society is robust enough as it is.

Bernier was reacting to a survey from Tory candidate Kellie Leitch’s campaign containing a question that asked supporters if potential immigrants should be screened for “anti-Canadian values.”

“I agree that there are fundamental Western and Canadian values that must be protected such as freedom, democracy, tolerance, equality of rights before the law and equality between men and women,” Bernier said in a statement.

“I don’t agree however that we should target immigrants with a values test. It is an unworkable way to determine people’s beliefs. Respondents can answer anything.”

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