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Conservative leadership Kellie Leitch wants to ‘drain’ Rideau Canal

The Tory hopeful has been cribbing from Donald Trump's playbook in leadership bid.

Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch.

The Canadian Press

Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch.

A Conservative party leadership candidate adept at drumming up media headlines is again channelling U.S. President-elect Donald Trump — and taking aim at an Ottawa city icon.

In a Saturday email to supporters, Kellie Leitch pledges to be "a leader who will drain the Canal of the influence paddlers and lobbyists."

Her remarks echo Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp,” referring to Washington, D.C. being located on former swampland.


Twitter users lambasted Leitch’s email, pointing out that the Rideau Canal is drained at least twice a year.

They also questioned the phrase “influence paddlers,” wondering if her campaign misspelled “peddlers,” or referred to people using paddles to canoe or hit people.

On Sunday, the domain name was registered, but the domain database doesn’t list any person or group.

In November Leitch called Trump’s presidential victory an "exciting message that needs to be delivered in Canada as well."

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