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(LifeSiteNews) – MP Dr. Leslyn Lewis officially announced Tuesday that she will be running for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, saying people are “desperate” for hope and are calling for “unity.”

Lewis formally announced her run via Twitter, writing, “I’m running to lead our party and our country based on Hope, Unity and Compassion.”

Her Twitter post included a video clip of a speech she gave recently in the House of Commons. Her speech spoke of how Canadians, in the face of tyrannical government overreach at the hands of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his overuse of the Emergencies Act (EA), need hope now more than ever.

LifeSiteNews on Monday learned from a CPC insider that Lewis was planning on running once again for party leadership. Tuesday’s news confirms what the insider told LifeSiteNews.

On her official website, which was just launched, Lewis wrote that the “past two years have seen the Liberal government divide, discourage and refuse to listen to Canadians.”

“Sadly, we have seen a movement away from respect for our constitution and human freedoms like freedom of conscience, speech and religion,” she added.

“Canada is only strong when all Canadians have a voice, and where we can all unite in forging a Canada where we all have an equal opportunity to optimize our potential. This is a goal that sees all Canadians as equal under the law: where race, religion, creed, orientation, and political affiliation are no longer used to divide us.”

Campaign Life Coalition gives Lewis a “green light” rating as a “supportable” pro-life candidate for her strong voting record in favor of life.

Lewis has started a page on her website titled “What’s your idea,” where she invites anyone to submit ideas regarding what the CPC should or should not do.

The CPC will choose its new leader on September 10. Candidates have until April 19 to enter the leadership race, and must post a $200,000 fee along with a $100,000 deposit.

Since the ousting of Erin O’Toole as CPC leader last month, many MPs from the party have come out more vocally against COVID mandates imposed by Trudeau’s Liberal government.

Thus far, officially in the race for CPC leadership are MP Pierre Poilievre, Ontario MPP Roman Baber, and former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, all of whom have poor voting records regarding life issues.

In early January, Lewis said Trudeau should treat Canadians who have refused the experimental COVID jabs with “respect” and not use “hateful and divisive” language toward them. She was responding to Trudeau saying last year that Canadians who have chosen to not get the experimental COVID-19 jabs are “extremists,” “racists,” and “misogynists” who deny science.

Lewis has also come outstrongly against both COVID mandates as well as Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act to deal with the trucker Freedom Convoy.

She has also spoken out strongly against a new internet censorship bill from Trudeau’s government, saying that the legislation, if passed, would open “the door” to internet suppression and canceling of opposing political views.

Lewis had a strong showing in the 2020 CPC leadership race, garnering 25 percent of the vote. She came in first place in Saskatchewan in the first round, then fell off the ranked ballot on the second round despite having more votes than O’Toole.

In the 2021 federal election, Lewis ran in the riding of Haldimand-Norfolk and won 47.5 percent of the votes, beating Liberal Party candidate Karen Matthews, who received 27 percent.

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