Conservative leadership candidate Steven Blaney says he would reintroduce a bill calling for women to show their faces when they vote or deal with federal departments. In his first policy announcement since revealing his leadership bid on the weekend, Blaney said today it’s time for a discussion on Canadian identity. But Blaney’s leadership rival Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong says he can’t support such legislation. He says Canadians made it clear in the last election they want the party to focus on jobs, the economy, democratic reform, and the environment – not divisive social issues.
Blaney says a government led by him wouldn’t hesitate to use the notwithstanding clause to stop the Supreme Court of Canada from striking down the measure. The former public safety cabinet minister says the discussion has been going on for years in Quebec, which is playing a leading role in dealing with the challenge.