Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch would not have attended an activist meeting in Brampton, Ont., this week if she had known a group of anti-Islamic protesters were part of the event, her campaign manager said Wednesday.

Leitch spoke to people at the event on Monday which was attended by a number of groups, including Rise Canada, which has been protesting the Peel District School Board's policy of allowing Muslim prayer in public schools. The 20-year-old policy allows Muslim students space to pray in Peel schools on Fridays.

CBC News requested an interview with Leitch but her campaign manager, Michael Diamond, said the MP was unavailable and instead sent a statement by email.

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