She is a lawyer born in Jamaica and moved to Canada when she was five.
She created history by being the first woman of color to contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party in Canada.
She is renowned for challenging the status quo with her outspokenly socially conservative views.
Additionally, she is a fervent supporter of the State of Israel.
Meet Canadian MP Leslyn Lewis, the new leader of the parliamentary cross-party faith group known as the Canadian Parliamentary Israel Allies Caucus, which aims to improve ties between Canada and Israel.
“The existence of Israel is at the cornerstone of our faith as Christians,” Lewis, who represents Haldimand—Norfolk in southern Ontario, said.
“As Canadians and Christians, we stand in support of the only democracy in the Middle East,” Lewis added.
Lewis acknowledges that it is getting harder and harder to win over the hearts and minds of the next generation at a time when pro-Israel students are being silenced and demonized on college campuses.
Lewis sees a direct connection between the rising levels of antisemitism in Canada and around the world and the narrative coming out of the BDS movement that seeks to delegitimize and demonize Israel.
The Canadian lawmaker, who stood for the Conservative Party’s top job in both 2020 and 2022, issued a warning about the generally expanding and increasingly common nature of this opinion on the left.
Previously, it could only be heard among the extreme left.
The media, according to her, which has bought into the narrative that Israel is an oppressive state, is said to have contributed to the complexity of the situation on the ground.
She complained that there wasn’t much good news about Israel in the media.
In the interview, Lewis stated that in addition to working within the caucus to combat the toxic antisemitism frequently laced with anti-Israel activity permeating the globe, including within the Black community, she plans to speak out in Canadian churches against the double standard Israel is held to at the UN.
This standard caught her eye, given her two-decade background in international law.