Kevin O’Leary as Conservative Leader? My view that he’s not the right person is already on the record but if having his name in there is creating a buzz about the race, that’s good.
As for the man himself, I’ve never met him but I see both bad and good things.
He has good presence to sell a political message, has built a sizeable fortune, has a successful track record, name recognition. He’s concerned about the economy and believes the feds and progressive provincial governments are headed in the wrong direction but what kind of policies would he enact instead?
In the interview that kicked off speculation about him running, O’Leary said he is neither Conservative nor Liberal but politically agnostic. He keeps repeating that point.
Asked about ISIS, he denounced Stephen Harper’s decision to join the international coalition, saying we shouldn’t fight at all but should instead negotiate the peace.
I know O’Leary is good at business and a good negotiator but how do you negotiate with a group that believes we should submit to the caliphate or die?
He points to our peacekeepers in Cyprus as an alternative. ISIS presents a more complex and violent conflict. If he thinks he can bargain with them, I’m not sure he’s qualified.
Other negatives? He lives in Boston and for more than a decade has been making donations to American liberal Democrat politicians like John Kerry, Barack Obama and more, which is worrisome for anyone that wants a strong Conservative Party going forward.
If Kevin O’Leary is changing or has moved over towards conservative positions that differ from his past views and donation record, he should explain where he stands now.
Being a successful capitalist doesn’t mean you’re a conservative. Leading the Conservative Party of Canada should mean you actually are a conservative.
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