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.