Is Kevin O’Leary a liberal? Thats the main accusation I hear thrown at him not only from conservative party members, but also from other leadership candidates but is it a fair accusation and does it mean anything in this race?
I’m not sure it does, or if it’s even true.
Watch as I lay out some facts to address these accusations and also point to some important areas where he’s clearly taking the right position.
In sum, I think if O’Leary becomes Prime Minister, he’ll do what Trump is doing - bring a businessman’s attitude to governing.
Negotiations and deal making, especially on issues like the Energy East pipeline and pressuring provinces to end their moratoriums on fracking and begin shale gas development and exports to Europe, are things that typical run of the mill life-long Conservative Party politicians are going to get nowhere with, just like the last government.
O’Leary has a different attitude and it’s one I think we need if we’re to overcome the problem of getting things done in this country.
Also, enthusiasm matters. We saw the enthusiasm gap clearly in both the US election where Trump drew huge crowds compared to Clinton, but also in the previous Canadian election where Trudeau was able to reach new voters, especially millennials who had perhaps never voted before.
I think it will be important even by 2019 after the shine has worn off the shiny pony Trudeau, to have a Conservative candidate that can match the celebrity status of Trudeau.
And so far, the enthusiasm gap in this conservative race is there too.
Sure Bernier has some enthusiasm from libertarians and Kellie Leitch from those who want values tests, but don’t discount the crowds O’Leary gets at places like Queens university and UBC and don’t tell me it doesn’t mean something.