March 17, 2017

O’Leary can bridge the “enthusiasm gap” to trump Trudeau in 2019

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

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.

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commented 2017-04-24 12:30:25 -0400
O’Leary is just another Justin Trudeau but with a slightly better business sense. God help us if he ever becomes our PM. His stand on sound morals are awful. Please please stay away from this slick-tongued wannabe.
commented 2017-04-01 17:38:45 -0400
O’Leary is a shallow opportunist. He is no Trump. He appeals to Kanadians with secret US-envy.
commented 2017-03-20 11:35:55 -0400
Allan Peterson,

I realize that we don’t have separation of church and state in Canada, however that doesn’t negate the fact that Canadians want that and have that mentality, so government supersedes religious beliefs as I am sure you know.

No one is imposing their morality on Christians. In fact, gay marriage for example has ZERO impact on your personal life as a Christian. So while you may be against it and think it’s immoral – you can continue to think that and even express that, but some gay couple down the street from you that just got married don’t make a difference at all to you life beyond you being disgusted by the rights that they now have.

I would say making things legal that most people want to be legalized is progress. More than half of Canadians think prostitution should be legal. Allowing for more freedom and choice is also progress.
commented 2017-03-20 08:46:06 -0400
Oh, and Jack, there is no separation of church and state in Canada. That’s those evil Americans that have that. “If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.”
commented 2017-03-20 08:44:20 -0400
Jack, you’ve got a strange definition of “progress”. So we will then have moral degenerates impose their morality on us instead of Christians. Brilliant! Nobody said they wanted the local Baptist church making laws. But every person brings their beliefs (or lack thereof) to the legislative process. Why should your regressive views trump those of a Christians (not a denomination)? You can be sure that the muslims will have no such qualms.
commented 2017-03-20 05:24:23 -0400
Space Moose,

The only person who has a real shot is Kevin O’ Leary because liberals not happy with Trudeau will vote for O’Leary since he is socially liberal and only fiscally conservative. There won’t be the worry that a conservative PM will take Canada back to the dark ages.
commented 2017-03-20 05:22:08 -0400
Allan Peterson,

Please. You know exactly what I am talking about in relation to extreme social conservatives and legislating morality in their mind. Why bring up things completed unrelated. I am not talking about basic laws and human rights in a civilized society.

Legislating morality violates the separation of church and state for example, as many extreme conservatives feel that church should be able to interfere with government. I mean just look at the members here – lots of Jesus freaks, who probably only had sex to procreate.

Let’s say in 10 years as society continues to progress, Canada finally makes prostitution legal, regulates it and taxes it – which I do think should happen in a free country of choice. Extreme conservatives are going to have the position that this should not happen and conservative politicians need to try to legislate morality and say no, two consenting adults willing to make a transaction of sex for money shouldn’t be allowed.

Should people be stopped by the government if they want to be paid in exchange for sex or if people want to pay for sex in only adult consenting situations per regulation if make completely legal?
commented 2017-03-20 04:15:10 -0400
Don’t kid yourselves. Trudeau is not going anywhere anytime soon. His supporters are not going to magically change sides.

IS there anybody in the conservative camp that standsa chance against Trudeau?
commented 2017-03-20 01:01:07 -0400
JACK COVERDALE commented 31 mins ago
“… this website primarily represents the extreme right that would love to see gay marriage made illegal and the legislation of morality. "

Here we go again, Jack.
Every law is an attempt to legislate morality. Every single one. When we legislate speed limits we do so because we think it is immoral to endanger other people just because you get a thrill or want to get somewhere faster. When we make laws against racism it is because we think it is immoral to not hire someone simply because of their skin colour. When we make a law that says we cannot speak against islam it is because we think it is immoral to hurt the little darlings feelings.

When we legislate to send out tax dollars for abortions in other countries it is because we think it moral to “help” eradicate the unborn over there. When we pass laws against noise late at night it is because we think it is immoral keep your neighbours up all night when he has to go to work in the morning. When we force people to pay taxes it is because we think it is a moral obligation to fund hospitals and schools for the betterment of our society.

In short- every law is an attempt to legislate morality. Every single one. The question, again, is who’s morality are we going to impose on everyone?
commented 2017-03-20 00:25:37 -0400
liza Rosie,

I guarantee you – if it’s Trudeau vs. Leitch. It will be a bloodbath loss for Leitch. I actually hope it’s Leitch just to prove the point. Are you really not able to see that she is viewed as a punchline in Canada?
commented 2017-03-20 00:21:15 -0400
Glenn Craig,

Conservatives will not win on the CBC issue, but beyond that, this website primarily represents the extreme right that would love to see gay marriage made illegal and the legislation of morality.

So while you may be fine with fiscal conservative/somewhat social liberal, I don’t think anyone here is going to be celebrating a conservative win over Trudeau, if they deem it to be liberal lite.
commented 2017-03-20 00:17:50 -0400
@lizarosie and Jack Coverdale….all of the people…men women and children…and grandparents…who became estranged and separated from loved ones because of the efforts of Mary Clancey’s “women and the law” ….Ann McLellan’s family law….Rosie Abella’s “employment equity”…..Mary Walsh and Cathy Jones’ male bashing…..government funded alienation of men….

All of them…and there are more of them than there are groupies who are enthralled with his hair….all of them are going to say FUCK YOU JUSTIN…when he runs on an “I AM A FEMINIST” ballot….
commented 2017-03-19 23:52:44 -0400
Would Kelly beat Justin? I don’t know, I suppose its possible. I don’t think people are becoming any more enamoured with the man/boy Justin as time goes on. Alot of people will be jumping ship and I doubt it is going to be over to the sinking fed NDP. I think Bernier could have a good chance to show Justin up as the light weight we all know he is, and end up PM. I’m just not sure yet who I will vote for in the leadership race. I will support fully whom ever wins the leadership and takes us into the federal election, but there are certain people I definitely will not be voting for and O’leary happens to be one of them.
commented 2017-03-19 22:44:30 -0400
@jack Coverdale…I don’t happen to support Kelly either….but I do agree that we can afford to be more choosey about who we let in.

The things that any conservative leader can practically do are….defund the academic termite nests of their “policy research” grants

prune back status of women

defund the CBC

Like I said Jack….the usual fourteen lesbians beating on pots and pans……:-)
commented 2017-03-19 20:48:30 -0400
Glenn Craig,

Even if Justin is pissing people off, I don’t think it’s to the point that they will vote for Kellie Leitch or some other “true” conservative that will want to do the things that Stephen Harper was smart enough to avoid in liberal Canada.
commented 2017-03-19 20:38:57 -0400
liza Rosie,

It’s pretty much the same advice that the video above is providing.

So serious question – do you actually think if Leitch is leader, that she will become PM?
commented 2017-03-19 20:31:07 -0400
@jack Coverdale…one of the last things that Jean Chretien said before going down to defeat was in response to the criticism that the people of Alberta did not like the national energy policy…he said “the people of Alberta can bloody well move to Texas”….famous last words in a political career….:-)

Justin is pissing off people at a rate that assures his demise.

I will grant you Jack that it is highly unlikely that any true conservative will ever acheive the social conservative agenda….and frankly I do not want to be ruled by any praise Jesus tent show evangelist….and the catholic Church went to Hell when it abandoned the Latin Mass and the bells and smells….but there are parts of an aircraft called the “trims” …their function is to bias the control surfaces they are on so that the pilot does not get exhausted fighting the wind. Over time to get to your objective you do not need to fight with the rudder , you only need to adjust the trim and the air currents do the work for you.

Resetting the trims is not going to upset very many people Jack…..just the usual fourteen lesbians beating on pots and pans……:-)
commented 2017-03-19 17:38:50 -0400
No worries Rob, we all want to strangle stupid progs.
Speaking of which, just by virtue of Jack’s endorsement of O’leary makes me NOT want to vote for him.
Imagine taking voting advice from a Liberal.
commented 2017-03-19 15:15:04 -0400
Hello Rebel Canadians.. I want to apologize for my rant earlier. I usually have a primal scream or two after reading what is happening in the World and Canada..Then I make my comments…Lord knows the need of having these primal screams have increased since trudeau II is involved..But..my apology is to all that did not vote for any new liberals.. As for the rest, my rant still stands..
commented 2017-03-19 10:39:58 -0400
liza Rosie,

How is Justin going to be toast exactly, when the conservatives already know that they can’t beat him unless the RIGHT leader is selected. Trudeau would destroy the majority of the candidates running for leader with O’Leary having the best shot.

Do you actually think if Leitch is leader, that she will become PM? Serious question.
commented 2017-03-19 02:18:42 -0400
Agreed Chris, he is strong against ‘illegal’ immigration and that’s great, but he sounds like he is even more ignorant of the demographic problem than the rest of the candidates. Too much China, or Islam is going to wreck the country and no one wants to do anything about it. We’ll see what happens with the Mexicans. Canada is for Canadians. Do these large numbers of economic migrants accept that. Islam tells Muslims not to assimilate. O’Leary is going to be too pro immigration. If he gets in I’ll support him but I won’t vote for him. I wish these candidates would get serious about the consequences down the road of flooding the country with Islam.

I agree Glenn, he can do it just by being Justin. By the time the federal election rolls around he will be toast.
commented 2017-03-18 22:31:45 -0400
Glenn,

Actually I do. I speak for the majority of Canadians, because we have the same view as Canadians.

You represent the fringe/kooks that want to turn Canada into something that it is not and never will be. You would be better off to get the fuck out of this country and go live in Texas.
commented 2017-03-18 20:34:57 -0400
Don’t worry about who is “best” to defeat Trudeau…Trudeau is defeating himself.
commented 2017-03-18 20:32:20 -0400
@jack Coverdale …YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR CANADA COLLECTIVELY….and until you pay your mambership you are a fart in space in the leadership race….:-)
commented 2017-03-18 18:14:25 -0400
Let me clarify my words below: “Legal people” meaning Lawyers who are not coming forward on trudeau’s changing the Laws of Canada.
commented 2017-03-18 17:43:37 -0400
At Jack..What promises has trudeau followed through on for the well being benefit of ALL CANADIANS???
commented 2017-03-18 17:39:51 -0400
Jack Coverdale obviously is a liberal…democrat..cnn..cbc..ctv…bbc…etc…type of person.
commented 2017-03-18 17:33:25 -0400
Rob Greeley,

You think Trump is doing a great job? LOL.

Have you completely ignored the fact that the Republican healthcare plan is a pathetic joke and that Trump literally lies on a daily basis.

Trump will be out in 2020. Americans who voted for him are finally realizing that they fucked up.
commented 2017-03-18 17:28:58 -0400
Calamity Marcy,

How old are you?

No, you just hate that I am right and that Canada in general – does not share your view and hasn’t for many decades.
commented 2017-03-18 17:19:22 -0400
Enough bullshit!!!! trudeau must be out of the PMO period. He and many other politicians should be charged for the criminal offences they may have committed! President Trump is attempting to follow through with his PROMISES!! And he is doing a fine job at it! With great resistance from LIBERAL JUDGES that have no authority to do so! He is trying to DRAIN THE SWAMP OF POLITICAL SHIT!!! You Canadians better start to do some history homework you assholes!! The United States Of America are your Cousins!! and Brothers….FAMILY!!! and the best ALLY you could ever wish for!!! SHAME ON ALL LEGAL PEOPLE IN CANADA FOR NOT STANDING UP AGAINST ALL THE NEW LIBERALS!!!