OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – Dr. Leslyn Lewis has pledged that, if elected Prime Minister, she will remove Canada from “global organizations” such as the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI) travel program.
In a platform update titled “Getting Canada out of the WEF Travel Program” posted over the weekend, the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP and leadership candidate said, “Canadians did not consent to the WEF monitoring our travel.”
“As Prime Minister, I will never join these programs or partner with any global organization, including the WEF. Specifically, I will remove us from any that we are currently a part of, including this KTDI,” Lewis wrote.
“In fact, I am going to get to work right now on letting our elected officials know how displeased Canadians are with the decision to partner with the WEF for the KTDI program.”
Lewis wrote that she remembers growing up in a “very different Canada than the one Justin Trudeau has ushered in.”
“Not that long ago, all you needed to be a “trusted traveler” was to stitch a Canadian flag on your backpack,” noted Lewis
“Now, it appears that our country needs to partner with the WEF in order to have a trusted traveller program.”
Lewis, who in the past has called out Canada’s involvement in the WEF’s KTDI program, said that Canadians were not asked if they wanted “to join this partnership,” and if they had known what it involved, they would not want to be part of it.
“We have successfully taken part in trusted traveler programs like Nexus that Canadians who frequently travel to the United States could opt into of their own volition. These programs weren’t operated by third-party international organizations like the WEF,” wrote Lewis.
“The fact that Klaus Schwab, the founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF, bragged about influencing Canada’s cabinet is reason enough not to partner with the WEF on any issue involving our security.”
In her update, Lewis also posted a link to her new petition called, “End Canada’s Partnership with the WEF.” The petition currently has just over 1,000 signatures.
Both Canada and the Netherlands are “pilot partners” in the WEF’s KTDI program.
KTDI is a WEF initiative that brings together a “global consortium of individuals, governments, authorities and the travel industry to enhance security in world travel.”
Air Canada along with Royal Dutch Airlines, as well as Toronto Pearson Airport and the Netherlands Schiphol airport, are “pilot partners” of the program.
Canada’s Liberal government under Trudeau recently announced it is working with top airlines in the hopes of mandating all travelers to use a form of “digital identity documents” complete with facial recognition biometric data for pre-boarding flights.
Public Safety defined “Biometric travel documents” as “electronic identification documents that use biometric identifiers (such as facial recognition).”
The Trudeau government noted that four unidentified air carriers are looking to implement “innovative identity management solutions” soon.
A person’s biometric information can be in the form of fingerprints or an eye scan and, unlike a paper credential, these are highly personal.
Recently, Lewis called into question the Trudeau government’s connections with the WEF and said that as PM she would not adopt “the Digital Identity project.”
In recent days as well, Lewis has ramped up the pressure on the Trudeau government, saying it needs to get rid of its “unscientific” and administrative “nightmare” COVID travel vaccine passport, or ArriveCAN app as it is known.
Just over a week ago, Conservative MPs Melissa Lantsman and Michelle Ferreri demanded on behalf of their party that Trudeau end his “vindictive” COVID jab travel mandate, saying recent testimony proves it is causing nothing but chaos at airports.
Yesterday, however, the Trudeau Liberal government and the NDP voted against a motion by Lantsman calling for the return of pre-pandemic rules and service levels for travel. As a result, the motion failed to pass.
Late last year, Trudeau put in place a mandate that in effect bans those who have chosen not to get the COVID vaccines to travel ban by air, rail, or sea. The travel vaccine mandate bans Canadians from flying within Canada as well as out of the country. Very few exceptions are given.
Trudeau’s vaccine mandate is being challenged in court by People’s Party of Canada leader and former MP Maxime Bernier.
Lewis gets endorsement for CPC leadership from outspokenly pro-life MP
Lewis is the only pro-life candidate in the CPC leadership race.
Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) has given her a “green light” rating as a “supportable” pro-life candidate for her strong voting record in favor of life.
Last Thursday, Lewis got the endorsement for party leader from pro-life Alberta CPC MP Garnett Genuis.
“Tonight I will be sending an email to my contact list endorsing @LeslynLewis to lead the Conservative Party,” Tweeted Genuis.
Genuis also has a “green light” rating from CLC as a supportable pro-life MP.
Lewis was pleased with Genuis’s endorsement.
“Garnett Genuis has spent his career in parliament advocating for the dignity, worth, and protection of the vulnerable. He has been a champion for freedom of conscience, religion and speech. I am delighted to have his support in this race. Thank you @GarnettGenuis,” Tweeted Lewis.
Genuis also said that he encourages people “to put a #2 beside” CPC MP Pierre Poilievre, who is also running for party leadership.
“Both are strong, principled conservatives and capable leaders.”
Poilievre seemed to have abstained from voting for his own party’s motion calling for a return to pre-pandemic normalcy for travel. However, he stated afterwards that he had tried to vote for the motion remotely but had had a technical issue.
The CPC will elect a new leader on September 10. Those hoping to vote for the party leader must be active party members. The cut-off date to buy a party membership before the election is June 3.