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Conservatives to discuss nomination rules for incumbents, Leitch’s controversial immigrant ‘values’ test at national caucus retreat

By Abbas Rana      

'Normally, when our party gets together, we talk about everything that’s been in the media,' says Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu.

Conservative caucus members are expected to discuss a number of issues this week, including the controversial proposal by leadership candidate Kellie Leitch, right, to invoke a values test for immigrants, which has been criticized by interim party leader Rona Ambrose, left. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

After being shut out in Atlantic Canada in the last federal election, the Conservative caucus is meeting in Halifax this week to reach out to Atlantic Canadians, plot parliamentary strategy for the fall session, discuss nomination rules for incumbent MPs, and debate leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s controversial idea of screening of immigrants for “anti-Canadian values.” The caucus retreat is taking place on Sept. 13 and 14. It will be the Conservative caucus’ first full meeting in about three months. Parliament adjourned for its summer

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