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 15:12:29 -0500
I guees the $ 1000 I just gave the Kellie Leitch campaign must have been child’s money !
commented 2017-01-26 15:08:53 -0500
Ron Christensen,

No one is stopping you from supporting candidates that are unelectable in a country where the people are primarily liberal in varying degrees.

Regardless if it’s Kevin O’Leary or someone else – a fiscal conservative, but social liberal candidate actually has the best shot to win. I don’t know why extreme right conservatives don’t understand that and keep backing loser candidates that don’t have a hope in hell of winning over the masses.
commented 2017-01-26 15:03:18 -0500
Gentlemen some civility please. We have demanded that our politicians try to act like adults yet on this forum we descend to childish bickering?
commented 2017-01-26 14:56:33 -0500
Everybody is entitled to there own opinion but voting for a liberal that lives in the USA is not my idea of a Canadian conservative but that is your right and wish you well with any candidate you support . And I won’t tell anyone not to support they’re leader of choice because that is a liberal thing and won’t lower myself to that level !
commented 2017-01-26 14:25:26 -0500
Jack Carter . I am intitleled to my opinion and you comment like a liberal so GFY!!!!!!!!!
commented 2017-01-26 14:08:15 -0500
Ron Christensen,

Kellie Leitch doesn’t have a hope in hell to become leader of the party – never mind beating Trudeau. If you think she actually has a shot, then you are absolutely clueless.

She comes across as incredibly creepy when she talks and the lisp doesn’t help. She is just not appealing in any way to Canadians that she needs to win over.
commented 2017-01-26 14:02:57 -0500
Devon MacDougall,

If you want to stick to your guns and hold out for a candidate that you can support – that’s fine and I can respect that, but you are ultimately setting yourself up for disappointment. A center right candidate has a shot to win – any further to the right and the candidate is fucked.
commented 2017-01-26 13:55:33 -0500
Ron Voss,

America isn’t Canadians – we are very different. In many ways – our non-extreme conservatives would be considered liberal in America. Canadians would NEVER vote Trump if he happened to be Canadian and the only reason Kevin O’ Leary has a shot is because he appeals to both sides – fiscal conservative and socially liberal. In theory, that is actually the perfect candidate.
commented 2017-01-26 13:54:26 -0500
“There is a point beyond which we will not go because to do so is too antithetical to what we believe in, to who we are as persons. If it means losing an election, so be it – what good would “winning” under those circumstances be, when one has been forced to accept what is, for oneself, the unacceptable. Power at any cost? No.”

Marek, what good would winning mean? It would mean Trudeau would be dethroned. At the alarming rate he is moving Canada towards total disaster on all levels there won’t be anything left to salvage if he gains a second term.
commented 2017-01-26 13:09:57 -0500
Kellie Leitch has the most common sense policys in my opinion . Please take the time and go to Kellies website and read everything . I would like to see what who happen in a debate between Kellie and Justine . A surgeon would probably be able to answer tougher questions than a drama teacher ! Just saying !
commented 2017-01-26 12:40:24 -0500
Ron Christensen is correct, we need more polls; we don’t even know how O’Leary thinks on the 10 main issues. We are just guessing.
The only thing that I am positive about is "Anybody But Trudeau "
commented 2017-01-26 12:33:30 -0500
Big mistake letting judgement-impaired Liberals tell you who should be CPC leader, or defining what is conservative.

If they were such prophetic gurus of political marksmanship why did they spend a decade in the opposition benches as a third party and chew through 3 leaders Canadians found woefully lacking – they are on their 4th “woefully lacking” leader who seems destined to be a one term wonder – and they have advice for Conservatives?

Don’t eat that Elmer.
commented 2017-01-26 12:23:28 -0500
“You guys just don’t fucking get it. The kind of candidate that you want, is completely unelectable”.

That’s what they said about Trump and Brexit.
commented 2017-01-26 11:59:07 -0500
I suspect that 3 years from now . . . Canada is going to be in such a sad state that there may be no comin back!
Latest chatter on Global . . . Mexican Refugees from the USA?
That is patently insane. But hey, we are back to funding refugees from Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo who come for the handouts and then go home.
Lieberal speech laws coming . . . Canada is on the way to France . . . thanks Justin!

Once the new USA tax and de-regulation structure is in place . . . who would keep their manufacturing business in Canada? Who would consent to being Karbon Taxed and regulated to death for the Gorebull Warming Myth? I suspect what little industry is left today will be gone in 3 years.

2015 is going to haunt Canadians for decades going forward . . . the “Intellect Deficit” in Ottawa, chosen by 39% of some of the most clueless on the planet, is destroying your future & freedoms!
commented 2017-01-26 11:54:22 -0500
I don’t believe the poll that says O’Leary is the front runner . Polls are like unicorns and pixie dust so not much truth in them . If polls were true Hillary would be Potus . Need I say more !
commented 2017-01-26 11:41:30 -0500
Kellie Leitch and Brad Trost are the only candidates on my radar . Both highly educated true conservatives . O’Leary is more liberal than Conservative so why isn’t he trying to run for the LPC leadership if he wants to get rid of Trudeau . I for one don’t want a liberal running our Conservative Party.
commented 2017-01-26 11:11:40 -0500
KEITH AND HELEN HARVEY commented 5 hours ago
O’Leary should not even be considered by Conservatives. He is a business man like Trump, but if you read all the past info about his business dealings you will see he’s a far cry away from Trump’s success. O’Leary is just conveniently riding on the coat tails of Trump. O’Leary has said some very nasty things about our brave military and about how he has no respect for warriors, probably because he is a Coward, but our military is good enough to protect his elitist, wine slugging ass. O’Leary is Anti Canadian as he does not want to screen immigrants and refugees to insure they respect our laws and share our values. No, he wants to just open the doors and let whoever and whatever into our country and not protect Canadians from potential hostiles at our own borders. O’Leary wants to dramatically increase our monetary support of the CBC with more Canadian Tax Dollars. The CBC who is a propaganda machine for the Trudeau Liberals. The CBC that Manipulates the news, Censors the news and outright Lies to us. O’Leary wants to eliminate Unions so he can reduce wages and benefits to workers. O’Leary, as we have seen calls hardworking Canadians Cockroaches, that’s what he thinks we all are, just useful peons. O’Leary will not protect us from the Muslim invasion as his heritage is from a now Muslim dominated country. O’Leary said himself that he could just as easily run as a Liberal, so he obviously has no sense of Loyalty to the Conservative cause. O’Leary wants to bring into Canada many more Islamic immigrants and refugees, which at best will drive down wages even more and at worst it will increase our welfare demand and make us all less safe because they bring with them an Evil, Depraved Ideology. I see little difference between O’Leary and the Prime Minister we have now. O’Leary is an Arrogant, Elitist, Ego Driven, Wind Bag that is a Coward, he is Anti Canadian, he has no sense of Loyalty, he doesn’t want to Protect Canada, he wants to waste more Tax Dollars on the CBC, he wants to remove Worker’s Rights, he is an Anti Gun Activist, he can’t speak French so his supporters will be low in Quebec, and CANNOT BE TRUSTED. So really, putting him in office, where is the upside? He will just give us more of the type of governments we have previously been plagued with. I will enjoy and look forward to saying at some point in the future, I TOLD YOU SO!
commented 2017-01-26 09:33:00 -0500
Here’s a guy who couldn’t care less if the conservatives get elected giving advice, “You guys just don’t fucking get it. The kind of candidate that you want, is completely unelectable”. That’s rich!
The leftist media and the Never-Trumpers said that about Trump. As a general rule of thumb, if the leftist media and useful idiot trolls are giving you advice, generally the best option is to do the opposite. O’Leary, an opportunist, *ain’t*no populist as Chris claims, that is, one who isn’t appealing to the elites but, rather, the hard-working decent seriously normal peole who feel that their voice and concerns (for example, like mass Islamic immigration, like adopting a position of dhimitude as Faith Goldy points out in a separate post, ensuring the right to bear arms, embracing the nonsense of man-made climate change, comfortable in keeping the CBC, don’t care that Canada has no laws with respect to abortion putting Canada in the class of Chuna and North Korea,etc) aren’t being heard by the elite.
commented 2017-01-26 09:00:32 -0500
The question appears to be, for a lot of posters, do we weaken or even abandon some or all of our positions and political beliefs in order to support a candidate who could actually win, or do we support one who more closely mirrors our personal political views? I would suggest that there is room for compromise, clearly – we are not going to get everything that we want with any candidate. But just as clearly, if one is forced to abandon a position or belief that is extremely important to one, in order to support a successful candidate, then it’s not worth it: there is a difference between compromise and twisting oneself into a pretzel.

The particular issues that will prompt each of us to say “No – that’s something I cannot and will not support under any circumstances” will vary: for some it could be a social issue, abortion, gay marriage, whatever, for others (like me) it’s mass Muslim immigration. There is a point beyond which we will not go because to do so is too antithetical to what we believe in, to who we are as persons. If it means losing an election, so be it – what good would “winning” under those circumstances be, when one has been forced to accept what is, for oneself, the unacceptable. Power at any cost? No.
commented 2017-01-26 07:54:47 -0500
Then it’s a doomed game from the start. We’ll stay with the unknown gamble of sticking to our guns, then just pretending that we’re actually stopping Canada from falling off the edge.

I also suspect, regardless of what the media says, a more right wing view would receive more support in the oh so “progressive” Canada, then they let on.
commented 2017-01-26 07:10:14 -0500
Devon MacDougall,

I am not trying to convince you of anything – I am just trying to get you to realize that the kind of candidate you want, will NEVER win. So these are your options most likely:

1. Trudeau

2. O’Leary

3. Don’t vote.

You can either allow Trudeau to get re-elected or try to get a fiscal conservative elected, even if you may not agree on other issues.
commented 2017-01-26 06:20:51 -0500
Jack Carter

I do recall Harper being critiqued in Conservative circles for being centre on social issues. And what was the PC party of Canada awarded for their such “sensible” stances? A drama teacher and a even further dive to the Left. You want us to support O’Leary because he’s a moderate? Convince me the Canadian people will demand the Liberals move to the right after his run, because if history is any indicator of future behaviour, they’ll just slide the overtone window even further extreme left, and the Canadian people will eat it up.
commented 2017-01-26 06:15:55 -0500
O’Leary should not even be considered by Conservatives. He is a business man like Trump, but if you read all the past info about his business dealings you will see he’s a far cry away from Trump’s success. O’Leary is just conveniently riding on the coat tails of Trump. O’Leary has said some very nasty things about our brave military and about how he has no respect for warriors, probably because he is a Coward, but our military is good enough to protect his elitist, wine slugging ass. O’Leary is Anti Canadian as he does not want to screen immigrants and refugees to insure they respect our laws and share our values. No, he wants to just open the doors and let whoever and whatever into our country and not protect Canadians from potential hostiles at our own borders. O’Leary wants to dramatically increase our monetary support of the CBC with more Canadian Tax Dollars. The CBC who is a propaganda machine for the Trudeau Liberals. The CBC that Manipulates the news, Censors the news and outright Lies to us. O’Leary wants to eliminate Unions so he can reduce wages and benefits to workers. O’Leary, as we have seen calls hardworking Canadians Cockroaches, that’s what he thinks we all are, just useful peons. O’Leary will not protect us from the Muslim invasion as his heritage is from a now Muslim dominated country. O’Leary said himself that he could just as easily run as a Liberal, so he obviously has no sense of Loyalty to the Conservative cause. O’Leary wants to bring into Canada many more Islamic immigrants and refugees, which at best will drive down wages even more and at worst it will increase our welfare demand and make us all less safe because they bring with them an Evil, Depraved Ideology. I see little difference between O’Leary and the Prime Minister we have now. O’Leary is an Arrogant, Elitist, Ego Driven, Wind Bag that is a Coward, he is Anti Canadian, he has no sense of Loyalty, he doesn’t want to Protect Canada, he wants to waste more Tax Dollars on the CBC, he wants to remove Worker’s Rights, he is an Anti Gun Activist, he can’t speak French so his supporters will be low in Quebec, and CANNOT BE TRUSTED. So really, putting him in office, where is the upside? He will just give us more of the type of governments we have previously been plagued with. I will enjoy and look forward to saying at some point in the future, I TOLD YOU SO!
commented 2017-01-26 04:32:19 -0500
Hyacinth,

Exactly right. In many ways, he is the best of both worlds – conservatives AND liberals will vote for him.
commented 2017-01-26 04:29:49 -0500
Devon MacDougall,

What the fuck are you talking about – people here talked about Harper like he was Jesus and the greatest PM ever. He had a good run as PM. You make it sound like he had one term and was kicked to the curb.
commented 2017-01-26 04:15:26 -0500
O’Leary is more red than blue for my liking but if he promises to reduce taxes, balance the books, flush Trudeau’s Carbon Scam down the toilet while giving CBC a migraine then he definitely is worth considering.

Unfortunately there is not much of a choice and what must be considered is that this person (leader of the party) will also have to be able to sway swing voters and first time voters. Trost may be the best man for the job but his appeal will not translate to Ontario or further east numbers and that is what is needed to win the shiny bauble at the end of the next fed election. O’Leary is liberal enough for some libs and conservative enough for some conservatives, a clear bonus is that he is not a career politician and he has a head for business. He probably has the best chance of dethroning the little dictator currently running the country than any of the other candidates.
commented 2017-01-26 04:13:28 -0500
Jack Carter, Haper WAS centre right. He was so centre right he repressed any Conservative opinion right of that centre with in his own party, and got booted out for a hyper Liberal Drama Teacher. There is no scenario in this where, supposedly moderate Conservative policy, wakes everybody up out of their stupor because we would have already reached it on the descent by now.
commented 2017-01-26 04:02:07 -0500
You guys just don’t fucking get it. The kind of candidate that you want, is completely unelectable and cannot beat Justin.

You are going to have to accept someone more center right as opposed to far right. Otherwise don’t vote and live with the outcome.
commented 2017-01-26 03:53:57 -0500
O’Leary seems to be completely disinterested in anything other than the economy. That isn’t good enough. He said since his mom is from Lebanon he’s all for immigration but no indication he has any clue about Soros’ Muslim western invasion. Canada will take second priority to him as he says he’ll still be globetrotting looking for deals. He said he doesn’t need to stay in Canada because he can govern it over the Internet. He also said he couldn’t care less about the party. This is nothing but an ego trip for him and I think he would be a disaster.