January 25, 2017

Populist politics at play in Conservative leadership race? Kevin O’Leary leads the pack

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

It’s been just over a week since Kevin O’Leary entered the Conservative Party leadership race and according to a new Forum poll out yesterday, he’s comfortably in the lead. 

When you dig a little deeper, the numbers keep getting better. Among card carrying Conservative Party members, he’s at 31% and does even better with voters who cast their ballots for the Conservative Party in 2015 with 49% support.

If we’re to trust these polls, one thing is apparent, Kevin O’Learly is the front runner, and a clear front runner at that.

Some aren’t too happy about this, and many have valid criticisms of O’Leary on a number of issues with some even going as far as suggesting that O’Leary isn’t a conservative.

Now where have we heard that before?

Oh, that’s right the Republican establishment and much of the conservative media said the exact same thing about then candidate Donald Trump.

Watch as I explore the similarities between Trump and O’Leary and how they may work to his advantage.

If our country truly want to compete with Trump’s America and become an international hub of investment, innovation, research, and wealth creation then we need someone like O’Leary at the helm.

Our economy is on the fast track to nowhere and we could be facing negative growth between now and the next election. Canada may need someone like O’Leary to right the ship.

I do have concerns too but politics are changing, and populism is at play here.

If O’Leary can appeal to the 18-35 year olds - the ones who will be impacted the worst by the policies of Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne, and Rachel Notley - he stands a shot.

It’s a group the Conservatives have never appealed to, and it’s a group that by 2019 may be feeling so much pain that they’ll look to Make Canada Wonderful Again.

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commented 2017-01-26 18:25:38 -0500
Enough of the profanity you Liberal lover !
commented 2017-01-26 18:17:45 -0500
Ron Christensen,

If people want Kevin O’Leary – then it doesn’t mean a fucking thing what the CPC should stand for. I take it that they will happily accept O’Leary as leader if it means that he become PM. Perhaps you are out of touch a bit and need to choose your battles better.
commented 2017-01-26 18:13:20 -0500
If a Conservative party is being led by a Social Liberal leader then it isn’t a Conservative Party and therefore has lost my vote ! The last time I checked it was the CPC not the social liberal party of Canada but maybe I’m wrong . If O’Leary wins maybe they can change the name to the Progressive Conservative Party and elect some more liberals into the oxymoron party .
commented 2017-01-26 18:03:34 -0500
This guy is a disaster.
commented 2017-01-26 17:52:43 -0500
Ron Christensen,

How is the party helping YOU if they make a social liberal their leader?
commented 2017-01-26 17:51:34 -0500
Liza,

There may be better candidates as far as conservatism goes, but they will not beat Justin. If the election was tomorrow and it was Justin vs. Kellie Leitch – he would decimate her.
commented 2017-01-26 17:50:09 -0500
…or at least defund them.
commented 2017-01-26 17:49:11 -0500
So supporting a candidate and the party they belong to is not helping the party ! Wow that is the most absolute clueless thing I think I have heard except Trump was never going to be POTUS !
commented 2017-01-26 17:48:49 -0500
Jack I think more Canadians are waking up to the lie that the cbc really is. I think the time is just right to strike and close them down.
commented 2017-01-26 17:47:16 -0500
Early days. O’leary hasn’t won yet. He is nothing more than a wake up call for the rest of them to get on their game. They can’t all be oblivious to Kevin’s draw. And I mean his attitude more than his policy. Canada doesn’t want Kevin. If he gets in it will be because no one else stood out.
commented 2017-01-26 17:45:01 -0500
Liza,

O’Leary will not get rid of the CBC and beyond that – even Harper knew that was a campaign loser.
commented 2017-01-26 17:40:31 -0500
Ron Christensen,

What the hell are you talking about? Your donation means less than nothing if the leader of the CPC is a candidate that you can’t support – because it certainly won’t be Leitch. The leader is most likely going to be Kevin O’ Leary – know that NOW, before you write more cheques to the CPC.
commented 2017-01-26 17:33:35 -0500
I have gave the Rebel lots of my money and support so I think that anyone that does the same can do comments anyway they want to even in CAPITAL LETTERS if that’s what they want to do . Its called FREEDOM !!!!!!!
commented 2017-01-26 17:18:57 -0500
Yelling (caps), childish bickering, I’m right you’re wrong attitude, even swearing (i.e.: GFY). Apparently the Libs/NDP/Greens do not need to attack the conservative party because the conservatives are doing a fine job of it by themselves.
commented 2017-01-26 17:15:46 -0500
JILL AND JOHN WARD commented: “O’LEARY IS NO DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE REST IN THIS SO CALLED COUNTRY. THEY ARE ALL EXACTLY THE SAME AS TRUDEAU!! ALL PRO ISLAM, PRO SHARIA AND ANTI CANADIAN!”

Every word resonates truth. If we are unable to stop our politicians from importing invaders Canada will be lost within our lifetime. According to Stat Can figures within next 20 years half of the Canadian population will be immigrants & their children. The projections are based on current immigration level, I would say it’ll be sooner than presumed by Stat Can because liberals have already made it clear that they’ll increase the immigration to half a million by 2018 and every politician in this country is in favour of their immigration policy.

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/01/25/immigrants-could-be-30-of-population-within-20-years
commented 2017-01-26 16:59:18 -0500
Having family members that fought and died for all of us to have freedom I couldn’t agree more with the Wards previous comment . Truer words have never been spoken !
commented 2017-01-26 16:51:57 -0500
Liza Rosie , I think I picked that off an article in the tweets below the comments .
commented 2017-01-26 16:51:18 -0500
SHUT DOWN THE G.D. NATION AND ALL MONEY TO GOVERNMENT COFFERS! NO MONEY, NO POWER! THIS WILL BE THE ONLY WAY TO TAKE BACK WHAT IS OURS. THERE ARE NO HERO’S ANYMORE AS THEY ALL DIED SAVING OUR SORRY ASSES THE LAST TIME! WE ARE ON OUR OWN AND THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY WE AND OUR CHILDREN/THEIR CHILDREN ARE EVER GOING TO HAVE. MY FOREFATHERS HELPED BUILD THIS COUNTRY, FORM AND SERVE IN IT’S GOVERNMENTS AND THROUGHOUT IT’S HISTORY – UP TO AND INCLUDING TODAY, HAVE LAID THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR IT , WE CANADIANS, OUR FREEDOMS, DEMOCRACY AND SO ON IN TIMES OF WAR. WE ARE AT WAR RIGHT NOW AND ALL CANADIANS HAVE DONE IS BOW DOWN WITH THEIR TAILS BETWEEN THEIR LEGS TO A SUB HUMAN NEANDERTHAL, DEATH CULT AND YET THEY HAVEN’T EVEN HAD TO PULL A GUN TO OUR HEADS YET! COWARDS, TRAITORS AND WIMPS WE ARE WHICH WEAKENS THE COUNTRY AND LAYS IT WIDE OPEN TO CONQUER WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH FULL BLESSING OF EACH AND EVERY POLITICIAN, GOVERNMENT AND CITIZEN IN THIS LAND! CANADIANS SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. TOO BAD THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR US DIDN’T HAVE THE SAME ATTITUDE ABOUT CANADA AND CANADIANS DURING THE PAST WARS AS WE DIDN’T DESERVE THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY TO LIVE IN NOR DID WE DESERVE THEIR LIVES FOR OURS!
commented 2017-01-26 16:47:52 -0500
Jill And John Wards comment is spot on ! Couldn’t agree more .
commented 2017-01-26 16:44:46 -0500
Jill and John, that is the impression I get also. so what is the solution, and how do we implement it.
commented 2017-01-26 16:42:36 -0500
I’m looking for any article that says O’Leary is going to up funding to the cbc and can’t find any. Ron, can you show me a source for that statement? That would definitely be another nail in his coffin if its true. I can’t see voting for anyone who said that out loud.
commented 2017-01-26 16:41:12 -0500
O’LEARY IS NO DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE REST IN THIS SO CALLED COUNTRY. THEY ARE ALL EXACTLY THE SAME AS TRUDEAU!! ALL PRO ISLAM, PRO SHARIA AND ANTI CANADIAN! Unless Canadians snap out of their comas and start paying attention, nothing is going to change other than Canada will continue to fall under islam and sharia and what is left of we Canadians will either be on refugee boats to nowhere or slaves to islam! HOW MANY TIMES MUST THE TRUTH BE SHARED, PRINTED AND SO ON BEFORE CANADIANS WAKE THE HELL UP? EVERY DAY WHAT IS HAPPENING ALL OVER EUROPE IS SHOWN TO US AND EVERY DAY THERE IS MORE TROUBLE HERE IN CANADA BECAUSE OF ISLAM YET STILL CANADIANS DO NOTHING! WELL IF YOU THINK FOR ONE MINUTE WE HAVE ANYONE WHO ACTUALLY GIVES A SHIT ABOUT US OR CANADA, YOU ARE SADLY MISTAKEN! I HAVE LISTENED TO, ASKED QUESTIONS OF AND READ ON MOST OF THOSE WHO WILL BE VYING FOR OUR VOTES NEXT ELECTION, OOPS , I MEAN THE ISLAMIC VOTES AS WE DON’T COUNT ANYMORE OTHER THAN TO PAY THE BILLS, AND NOT A ONE OF THEM WILL COME OUT AND ADDRESS THE MUSLIM/IMMIGRATION/OPEN BORDERS ISSUE OTHER THAN TO PROMISE TO CONTINUE THE RECOLONIZING OF CANADA ALL THE WHILE HOPING WHAT IS LEFT OF WE ACTUAL CANADIANS WILL MOVE AWAY OR BETTER YET, DROP DEAD!
commented 2017-01-26 16:19:48 -0500
So giving the CPC money is going to help Trudeau get elected again Wow ! Spoken like a true Liberal ! So donating to the Rebel helps the CBC ? Kellie is going to get rid of the CBC and O’Leary is going to give them more money so keep living the lies ! And letting in people with no background checks that we pay for is not something I’m not in favour of and O’Leary wants to keep letting them in ! Ya he’s a real good conservative candidate . NOT.
commented 2017-01-26 15:57:05 -0500
Ron Christensen.

So when Trudeau is re-elected, because you supported a candidate that can’t win – how does that help with getting SOME of the things that you do support? Is it really all or nothing with you?
commented 2017-01-26 15:41:55 -0500
If your not part of the solution , your part of the problem !!!!
commented 2017-01-26 15:37:27 -0500
I also donated to the CPC so I guess the fire will just keep burning because action is better than words !
commented 2017-01-26 15:27:28 -0500
Ron,

You might as well…
commented 2017-01-26 15:25:59 -0500
Ron Christensen,

You must as well have lit your money on fire, but as long as you feel better to support Leitch – all is good.
commented 2017-01-26 15:15:03 -0500
Ha, I just googled Rick Peterson, cause who the hell is Rick Peterson, guess what his shining suggestion is? He wants to up the GST to 9 %.
Is there no one of the bunch who isn’t just looking for another revenue stream!
commented 2017-01-26 15:12:43 -0500
As with most polls, that poll doesn’t mean a thing. Thanks for that link Jamie MacMaster. I agree with Bill’s comment that we shouldn’t be allowing the left to define what a conservative should be. That is why the whole party is so limp and ineffective right now. Kellie is attempting to stand up. I want to see the rest of them do the same. Chong has attitude but its of the elitist up yours kind, and I would not vote for him if he were the last man standing. I think he is scum.
I want to see the rest of them start making some noise and attracting some attention.
5 Registered candidates
5.1 Chris Alexander
5.2 Maxime Bernier
5.3 Steven Blaney
5.4 Michael Chong
5.5 Kellie Leitch
5.6 Pierre Lemieux
5.7 Deepak Obhrai
5.8 Kevin O’Leary
5.9 Erin O’Toole
5.10 Rick Peterson
5.11 Lisa Raitt
5.12 Andrew Saxton
5.13 Andrew Scheer
5.14 Brad Trost

There are 14 candidates, and if any of them want to have any chance against Kevin, they need to get in everybody’s face like Kevin does.
I want to give a candidate money, I don’t want to just throw it at the party. But how can I do that when no one is worth throwing money at. Dance dammit, dance!