During a 2004 Stephen Harper campaign pitstop in southwestern Ontario, an intensely earnest woman kept circling the media entourage making sure we were sufficiently impressed with the future prime minister’s speech.
She stood out from the usual fan fanatics because she worked as a pediatric surgeon when not moonlighting as a political junkie.
That was Kellie Leitch then.
The Kellie Leitch now fighting to become Harper’s replacement as party leader would never recognize what she has become.
Talk to MPs who know Leitch and the first thing they’ll say is that this candidate, now fixated on values-policing immigrants, banging Donald Trump’s anti-elitism drum, advertising on alt-right American websites and producing a cringe-worthy video which oozes insincerity, is a fake Leitch.
She is, or was in her earlier life, a compassionate, charitable, charismatic personality who saved or repaired hundreds of young lives while educating other doctors on advanced surgical skills.
That does not compute with the person in this week’s bizarre Facebook production.