In September, newly minted Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre appointed rookie MP Melissa Lantsman to his advisory board, naming her one of two deputy leaders of the party. It’s a meteoric rise for a politician who’s just marking her one-year anniversary as an elected official.
Lantsman represents Thornhill, a riding in Ontario with the highest percentage of Jewish voters in all of Canada. And while some Jews have been nervous about the Conservative leader’s warm support for the trucker convoy, which harbored antisemitic symbols and proponents, Lantsman insists Poilievre is good for the Jews.
Today, she joins The CJN Daily to chat about her first year on the Hill, dive into the Laith Marouf scandal and recap her heated confrontation with the prime minister from February, in which he accused the Conservative Party of standing with swastikas.
What we talked about:
- Watch the House of Commons exchange from February between Melissa Lantsman and Justin Trudeau
- Read Josh Lieblein’s Doorstep Postings column on the incident
- Listen to The CJN Daily episode from Fall 2021 on Lantsman and Ya’ara Saks heading to Parliament Hill
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