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OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – As he enters into his tenure as party leader, newly elected Pierre Poilievre of the Conservative Party of Canada announced his new leadership team on Tuesday.

Notably, Leslyn Lewis, who finished third in the race and presented a strong pro-life, pro-faith message, was not included.

Lewis has a perfect rating on issues pertaining to life and family, according to Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s leading pro-life group.

Poilievre tweeted an image of the team standing together at parliament with the caption: “My inflation-busting leadership team.”

As one of his deputies, Poilievre included Melissa Lantsman, who is an openly homosexual member of Parliament. In addition, Ontario MP Eric Duncan, an openly homosexual man was appointed to party-caucus liaison, a position he held under former leader Erin O’Toole.

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The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) failed spectacularly at resisting the initial COVID lockdowns and vaccine mandates that were imposed by the government on freedom-loving Canadians.

Most CPC MPs subserviently complied with Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party in creating a police-state where our Charter Rights were regularly violated, but now Pierre Poilievre would have us believe they have turned a corner and nothing like it will ever happen again. 

How can they rebuild our trust? Well, they can start by owning up to their terrible mistakes. 

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You will remember how freedom-loving Canadians were abandoned by the CPC, with Erin O'Toole calling for vaccine passports and most CPC MPs pearl-clutching about "vaccine hesitancy".

That was until the party realized how popular the Truckers' Convoy had become and got behind the movement. 

It's quite possible the CPC would still be mute on vaccine mandates and lockdowns were it not for the heroic Freedom Convoy that converged on Ottawa. 

Let's not forget the businesses, churches, schools and universities that were shuttered for months on end because of the COVID hysteria generated by politicians in Ottawa, and the CPC did nothing.

They did nothing when people started losing their livelihoods (with some Canadians even losing their lives to suicide) because of the government's deranged policy of locking people down.

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In yet another reminder of how disconnected from reality the CPC were, MPs like Leslyn Lewis, Marilyn Gladu and Rosemarie Falk were omitted from their "Shadow Cabinet" in November 2021 because they dared to question the COVID shots.

Canadians must still contend with vaccine mandates in some settings and the intrusive ArriveCAN system in order to re-enter the country, while we are among the last three countries in the world to continue discriminating against unvaccinated visitors who remain barred from entering. 

As Pierre Poilievre takes the reigns of the CPC, conservative voters must demand an apology from the party that abandoned them during the COVID-hysteria of the past two years. 

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For House Leader, Poilievre named former party leader Andrew Scheer to the position. Prior to becoming party leader, Scheer enjoyed a strong pro-life and family voting record, but changed his tune when he was party leader, acting against private member bills that would seek to support traditional marriage.

Another notable absence from the team was former party leader Eric O’Toole, who was ousted quickly after he took a squishy stance on the Freedom Convoy in February.

Almost three quarters of conservative MPs voted to oust O’Toole after he had lost confidence of the party, largely due to how he handled the issue of vaccine segregation.

Poilievre’s choice of MPs with anti-life and pro-LGBT voting records are not surprising, considering he himself has been given a failing grade by Campaign Life Coalition due to his pro-abortion voting record.

International media are labeling Poilievre a “right wing populist,” although his selections might say the opposite to social conservatives hoping for a right-leaning shift on issues besides merely economics and personal liberty.