In January 2021, Roman Baber—then a rookie Progressive Conservative MPP—was booted from caucus by Doug Ford after opposing his government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates and provincial lockdowns.
Fast-forward just over a year, and Baber, who continued to sit as an independent in Ontario’s legislature after that ejection, announced he would seek the leadership of the federal Conservative party. He’s something of a maverick candidate. He staunchly opposes vaccine mandates, supported the trucker convoy and is one of the few Conservative politicians speaking out against Canada’s strict supply management of dairy products. If elected party leader—and ultimately prime minister—he would scrap the carbon tax; fire the chief public health officer, Theresa Tam; and be the first Jewish prime minister in the country’s history.
In this wide-reaching interview, Baber discusses his concerns over Canada’s economy, his immigrant journey moving from the former Soviet Union to Israel before settling in Canada, and whether he’s afraid of suffering the same kind of antisemitism that brought down Green leader Annamie Paul.
What we talked about:
- Visit Roman Baber’s website
- Read The CJN’s coverage of Baber’s Conservative leadership announcement
- Read the press release about Michael Levitt meeting the Pope
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