Many have drawn parallels between Leitch's proposal and Donald Trump's ban on visitors, immigrants, and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. She has denied that her screening proposal targets Muslims.
What she hasn't said has also come under scrutiny. She hasn't, for example, outright condemned Trump's travel ban, and in a radio interview last year she dodged a question about racism among her supporters. On Tuesday, she told CBC News her supporters shouldn't be considered racist simply for agreeing with the screening proposal.
In 2015, she also promoted establishing a “barbaric cultural practices" tip line, though later said she regrets taking part in it.