May 29, 2016

Will he or won’t he? Kevin O’Leary responds to CPC leadership question

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

In this segment of my interview with businessman and commentator Kevin O'Leary, I ask if he’s still just testing the waters for a run at the Conservative Party leadership

Kevin explains what his goal is and the different paths he could take to achieve his goal.

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commented 2016-05-30 13:20:43 -0400
“has the ‘protocol in place’ allayed any concern that Notely isn’t influenced by her Union boss husband or her past? She is what she has done and lives. Same with O’Leary. Exactly wha/who are his alliances?”

Liza, I do not know much about Alberta’s provincial politics so cannot offer even a guess. The link I offered is in reference to federal politics.

I understand what you are saying Liza, but I still think that out of the sad selection we currently have before us O’Leary is the front runner choice because of his business knowledge and ability. I am hoping someone better will toss their hat in the ring. If Wall would consider running then there’d be no question where most of the votes would go. You mention, “I believe our freedoms are at stake, and I won’t settle.” I agree our freedoms are at stake, however realistically a new party cannot hope to unseat Trudeau in the next election. It is too short of a time frame to gather strength and numbers. Trudeau must be stopped before the damage becomes irreversible. Unless someone like Wall enters the ring the best plan, as I see it, is to focus on getting rid of Trudeau and trying to put some fiscal sanity into play. Out of the current selection O’Leary is more likely to gather enough swing voters to unseat Trudeau. It would fall to the MPs elected (and members in the conservative party) to keep him in line so he doesn’t go drifting far left. Harper did a decent job because his focus was mainly on the economy, we need something similar, at least for a couple of years, to try to fix some of the damage caused in such a short time by Trudeau. As you said before, it is still early, perhaps Wall will be convinced or perhaps someone better than the current selection will come forward. There’s always hope, but being a cynic I am not that optimistic.
commented 2016-05-30 12:33:08 -0400
Geez, people get so worked up over gay marriage. Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t get gay married. This debate really was put to bed 10 years ago. Move on folks, much bigger problems to fix.
commented 2016-05-30 11:09:29 -0400
Kevin O’leary is all about Kevin O’leary. Nothing else matters to this guy other than HIS bottom line.
He has said this more often than not and in the most rude fashion possible.
So far all I have heard and read is about his financial genus, which he probably is, but that and only that is not what it’s going to take to make a strong political leader that will benefit Canada.
He has no acumen when it comes to all the other important issues that make a strong leader.
I would never vote for this rude, mealy mouthed jerk. I do not like him and never will.
commented 2016-05-30 11:07:48 -0400
Hyacinth, has the ‘protocol in place’ allayed any concern that Notely isn’t influenced by her Union boss husband or her past? She is what she has done and lives. Same with O’Leary. Exactly wha/who are his alliances?
If a left of centre ( if you prefer) socially liberal, supposedly fiscally conservative (never thought one could say such a thing) is chosen, the wheels will already be in motion for a new party. There is no time to waste stopping the Marxist march in this country, whether it is from the Liberals, NDP or the rotting Conservative party. I believe our freedoms are at stake, and I won’t settle.
commented 2016-05-30 09:07:10 -0400
“does that mean you will let it slide that he is a social liberal?”

I find some terminology that is used to describe politics today humorous.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party is not the Liberal party of old, only the brand name has remained the same. Their values, actions, and policies are very different than in Lester Pearson’s day. Back then the Liberal’s were defined as centrists. Trudeau Sr. began shifting party left of center. Their party, what it has evolved into over the decades, is not centrist by any means nor can it be defined as social. It has proven by action and deed over the decades to be anti-liberal and polluted by nepotism. I have said for years that they should change their brand name for the Liberal party of old ceased to exist ages ago.

There are no dyed-in-the-wool conservatives left in the political arena either. The word progressive, though I find it offensive, is an apt word to describe the shift in conservatism. Harper, in practice, was more of a centrist of old with conservative values, yet people respected and approved of most of his dealings. Harper, in my opinion, was the best PM Canada has seen in decades, but I would have called him a centrist not a conservative.

How things have shifted in the political arena over the past decades, the wording “Liberal lite” strikes me ever so humorous because in actuality that would be the closer to the centrist position that was long ago abandoned by the Liberals.
commented 2016-05-30 00:03:39 -0400

So if you are satisfied with his ethics when it comes to business dealings and doing things in Canada’s best interest – does that mean you will let it slide that he is a social liberal?
commented 2016-05-29 23:35:07 -0400
“Wouldn’t there be plenty of conflict of interest issues?”
Liza, There is existing protocol in place to deal with such things.

“I won’t vote for liberal lite, there would be no point” I would if it was the best chance to get rid of Junior and his Liberal Party. That would also give time for a separate conservative party to be created and gain strength. Baby steps, one small battle at a time.
commented 2016-05-29 23:14:14 -0400
I won’t vote for any left turns. The Conservatives will lose many votes. A new party may emerge, or the Conservatives will realize their mistake and be the effective opposition we deserve. I won’t vote for liberal lite, there would be no point
commented 2016-05-29 23:09:42 -0400
I’m not just talking about his ethics regarding social justice. What about his ethics in his business dealings. Will it always work out that what is in his best interest is in Canada’s best interest? Wouldn’t there be plenty of conflict of interest issues? What if a deal with another country put money in his pocket but was detrimental to the pockets of Canadian’s and strength of the country, for example?
commented 2016-05-29 23:05:39 -0400

There is never going to be a candidate that fits your fiscal and social views. They would be unelectable if they actually existed. You are going to have to compromise and let some things slide – pick which battles are most important to you.

I know you don’t support gay marriage, but you are going to have to accept that it’s the law of the land and even the conservative party are going to support it now.

Can you compromise or accept certain things that you may not support with the conservative party or will you just stay home and not vote at all?
commented 2016-05-29 22:53:32 -0400
Granted O’Leary may have the morals of an alley cat but that is tolerable if he would rein in spending, kick this carbon tax nonsense to the curb once and for all, and bring about some fiscal sanity. Cutting the apron strings to the CBC would be nice but I won’t hold my breath on that one. I think he is smart enough to realize that if he dare sell Canada down the river he’d be singing the swan song after the party took issue with him.

To everyone that thinks other issues are more important than the economy they should think twice. It takes money to fund all programs. No money no programs, simple as that. The first cuts are to services and existing programs when there is a cash flow problem, need proof look to Ontario. McGuinty delisted several items covered by OHIP (eye exams, all chiropractic, physical therapy unless over 65 or hospitalized) as well as cut back on several programs. Wynne cut front line workers in hospitals, reduced all physiotherapy treatments for seniors and recently cut funding for autistic children. The economy is the most important issue, the budget will not balance itself.
commented 2016-05-29 22:05:23 -0400
Michael Chong’s comments on having to accept the carbon tax were defeatist.
commented 2016-05-29 22:02:59 -0400
I agree Hyacinth, anyone who gives into the carbon tax scheme isn’t someone to vote for.
If only I could believe that Kevin had a loyalty to the Canadian people. I want to believe that he wouldn’t sell his grandmother down the river, but I’m just not there yet. Yes he could do a better job than Justin but hell so could I.
I wish other alternatives would join in the race and soon. There is no one I am in for so far.
commented 2016-05-29 21:28:20 -0400
“I think Michael Chong will emerge as the best possible candidate for the Conservatives.”

Carbon tax, he is all for it, think about it.

It did damage to Australia’s economy, did zero for the environment in the way of reducing emissions. What it did do was cause undue hardship on citizens!!

CANBERRA, Australia—After almost a decade of heated political debate, Australia has become the world’s first developed nation to repeal carbon laws that put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions.

“Today the tax that you voted to get rid of is finally gone, a useless destructive tax which damaged jobs, which hurt families’ cost of living and which didn’t actually help the environment is finally gone,” a jubilant Mr. Abbott told voters in a news conference after the Senate’s decision.
commented 2016-05-29 19:43:03 -0400
The wisest words spoken about the leadership question yet – IF – big IF – O’leary is satisfied with the finance portfolio, I think he’d make a damn good one – just what we will need after the Trudeau trainwreck has collapsed our economy.
commented 2016-05-29 18:56:46 -0400
Regardless of the path chosen, we need Mr. O’Leary with his brains, knowledge and independence to help Canada return to being a good country to live in. Enough of Notley, , Wynne, McGuinty, Trudeau and company.
commented 2016-05-29 18:33:15 -0400
O’Leary is using Cons for media exposure, nothing more.
commented 2016-05-29 18:12:37 -0400
Kevin O’Leary is not a patriot but a tactician and a financial business man. He does not have the same fire in his gut as Trump. O’Leary could be the guy but he needs grooming and his ego is too large. What we need is somebody who puts Canada and Canadians first. Anybody out there?

I think Michael Chong will emerge as the best possible candidate for the Conservatives. To be successful the Conservatives need to ramp up their game because right now they have been a disappointment. Stop being so fucking nice in the House of Commons and start ganging up and be relentless on these idiots who call themselves Liberals. Don’t worry about the media as they are against the Conservatives. Stir up some shit! Start with Islamic terrorism/immigration. If you Conservatives need some help check The Holy Bible or give Jack Van Impe a call and he will sort you out.