Conservative leadership candidate Lisa Raitt says applying a values test to those who want to immigrate to Canada could slow down the country's growth.

In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV's Question Period, Raitt said any debate around immigration should be about helping to grow the country.

"Putting something like a values test in that place, in that space, I think is going to have the opposite effect and it'll chill people wanting to come here," Raitt said.

"I don't think it helps if you sign up on a questionnaire that says 'do you like freedom or maple syrup'."

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