Ardern, Collins answer question on religion and politics –

Responding to a question from a member of the public, National Party leader Judith Collins described herself as a liberal Anglican with a sense of humour during tonight’s leaders’ debate.

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                    The Labour and National leaders answered a viewer’s question on their faith and politics.

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Undecided New Zealanders were given the opportunity to put a question to the leaders of the National and Labour parties during the final debate.

                <div class="storyPage"> <p>An undecided voter asked both Collins and Labour's Jacinda Ardern what role their faith would play in their governance.</p></div>
                <div class="storyPage"> <p>First to answer the question was Collins, who said her faith already played a role in her job.</p></div>
                <div class="storyPage"> <p>“I am exactly who I was. I’ve always been a liberal Anglican.”</p></div>
                <div class="storyPage"> <p>She did admit she sometimes wished that she’d done better as a woman of faith. However, she was one who had a sense of humour.</p></div>
                <div class="storyPage"> <p>When asked about her stance, Ardern reiterated that she doesn’t have a faith but was raised Mormon and said that has shaped her view on religion.</p></div>
                <div class="storyPage"> <p>“I hope what people can see is that I respect people no matter their belief, no matter their upbringing because I had a similar start in my life.</p></div>

                <div class="storyPage"> <p>“But one of the reasons I’m agnostic now is, for me, I wanted to make sure my religious beliefs didn’t get in the way of anyone else practising what they chose to believe themselves.”</p></div>
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