January 19, 2016

No more "soft talk and tears": Why this Millennial backs Kevin O'Leary as Conservative leader

Stephen GraystoneRebel Blogger

Kevin O'Leary is mulling over the idea of a Conservative leadership bid.

Some speculate that his interests aren't necessarily aligned with the current political atmosphere in Canada, however the younger generation should keep a close watch on this new revelation.

O'Leary admits that he would be an outsider in the race, competing against former Harper cabinet ministers.

Perhaps that is exactly what the party needs.

Canada is in dire need of an individual capable of making tough decisions that the economy so desperately needs. We are seeing our dollar drop at an alarming rate, and good paying jobs fleeing the country due to government mismanagement, at the federal and provincial levels.

As a 23 year old, I'm not only intrigued, but endorse the idea of a non-political figure seeking the nation's highest office.

Far too often, the younger crowd is easily coaxed by political promises, few of which ever become reality.

The idea of having a straight-shooting, talk-no-BS businessman run should bring honesty, and transparency to the political campaigns.

One would be remiss in neglecting mentioning Kevin O'Leary's lack of "empathy" towards those he speaks with, but that's exactly the attitude necessary to achieve grandeur goals on the economy, and in politics as a whole. By removing the soft talk and the tears, one can be pragmatic about policy.

I endorse such a figure for the leadership of our nation, and I hope my generation will do the same.


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commented 2016-01-19 16:46:05 -0500
Yes, but, isn’t he another sell out to CBC, appearing on that network?
commented 2016-01-19 15:44:36 -0500
I don’t mean to cast any aspersions but I’m not entirely convinced his interest in the leadership is all that genuine. The major question I have regarding his intent is weather he is ready to give up his current lifestyle in order to serve a subordinate role in the government? He would be at least three and a half years away from challenging for a mandate, guys like Kevin are not in the habit of playing lesser roles with virtually no chance of driving policy due to the majority in the house right now. Though I like the idea of recruiting new blood, I think this one is just a little too far fetched for now, it just doesn’t add up for me.
commented 2016-01-19 11:54:46 -0500
The CPOC has to take a page out of the Liberal playbook and like Trudeau, elect an outsider in the race, someone who knows nothing about politics. It took the LPOC two leaders in Dion and Ignatieff to learn that lesson. That lesson being that the leader, male or female, must be young, charismatic, good looking, a good communicator, bilingual and most importantly, like it or not, a Quebecer. Harper was an anomaly who leveraged the fallout of ADSCAM and the Orange crush in Quebec to win. Well ADSCAM is ancient history and we are now back to the traditional political landscape in Canada: Quebec and Ontario. The west don’t count and the Maritimes are content to go wherever the political wind is blowing. If the CPOC elects a Harper crony or someone outside of Quebec then they have no chance of being elected and must be content to be in opposition for a very long time. O’Leary may be from Quebec but he is too caustic a conservative to ever be elected PM. The press and the unsophisticated Canadian electorate, and the 99%, would have a field day with him. No, the CPOC needs a leader without the fire of a dragon and one who has no political baggage.
commented 2016-01-19 09:45:42 -0500
I like what O’Leary has to say and I like his direct approach to dispelling cultural Marxist dogmas, but I have to put my support behind Peter MacKay for a number of reasons which I feel make him more electable to a broader segment. There is a place for O’Leary’s confrontational libertarianism in the policy making segment of caucus, but not as leader. The CPC can use the fresh unconstrained opinions of O’leary and it will be a test of his mettle as a statesman if he is willing to take on a responsible role in the rebuilt party other than leadership-we will see if he is ideologically driven or ego driven