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 02:52:04 -0500
Andrew how about all the money they lose each year servicing the debt Obama racked up? Or do you have some phony reason why that is not a real loss.
commented 2017-01-26 02:51:28 -0500
As a liberal, I could vote for O’ Leary. That is what you have to consider. Both conservatives AND liberals will vote for him, because he is fiscally conservative, but a social liberal.
commented 2017-01-26 02:26:17 -0500
I guess all the newly unemployed in Calgary have no marketable skills, IDIOT!!
commented 2017-01-26 02:24:40 -0500
The US will do better while Canada keeps doing worse and Andrew will keep making up BS to excuse reality.
commented 2017-01-26 02:23:19 -0500
Andrew labor jobs are not unskilled you self important twit. You could not be a pipeline laborer because you would not understand the job nor be able to develop the skills required for it. And sorry those were not previously announced, your left wing buddies are full of shit. And of course the stock market prediction was bullshit and they have to make up more bullshit to demonize him. That is what infants do.
commented 2017-01-26 02:21:40 -0500
Country is not a corporation that it’s CEO should only be concerned about making profits.
Country is like a family where the head while ensuring of it’s safety & security, works for it’s prosperity, makes sure children are brought up with good morals, are disciplined, gets good education and become virtuous citizen. In the nutshell he looks after it’s overall welfare not just bring in plenty of money.
Countries like Sweden & Germany (perhaps France & Britain too) were once very prosperous but in the absence of any values among it’s citizens now these countries are more or less at par with any other third world country.
commented 2017-01-26 01:36:16 -0500
“Andrew said – “Most people with marketeable job skills have jobs.”

False. Posts your stats, please.

Andrew said, “The problem was and is unskilled labour, which will never return in any significant degree.”

When the large corporation start bringing back factories as Trump has already arranged, there will also be a large increase in unskilled labor job, and all those support businesses necessary for the new factories which will also need unskilled labor. "

The US is very near “full employment”, US employment – the number of people working (a simpler metric free from the distortions inherent in unemployment numbers) has been breaking all sorts of records since 2014. Bureau of Labour Statistics has the numbers.

The factories (all the factories Trump “announced”, had previously been announced, in one case as early as three years ago), will not employ unskilled workers. Again, robots are cheaper. Manufacturing output in the US has been increasing, even though jobs are flat to declining. This is going to be a major issue in the next ten years, and Trump can’t do a damn thing about it. In essence, the responsibility falls on the individuals in question to go and learn a trade or something useful rather than waiting to be handed a job on a silver platter, which seems to be the expectation.
commented 2017-01-26 01:31:50 -0500
Country doesn’t runs on economy only. Although it’s important to have a strong economy, but that’s not everything for a great Nation, it needs a virtuous society (where people don’t marry goats) and which is proud of it’s culture & heritage.
He maybe good on national fiscal policies (yet, unproven) but on every other issue: immigration, islamic terrorism, gun rights, crime, family rights, free-speech, nationalism, military he has proven himself to be a flop.
No O’Leary for me, so far Brad Trost sounds like the best option we’ve for conservative leadership with Kellie Litch following close behind.
commented 2017-01-26 01:16:41 -0500
I have been following O’Leary since 2009. ( Lang O’Leary Exchange) Why would anyone say he isn’t a Social Conservative? I don’t know, he married Linda in 1990 and I never heard that he had an affair like most rich men that travel around the world. He had over 220 shows and every 2nd show he would mention his kids. His teenage children’s friends would visit downstairs and they insisted on the daughter bringing down Kevin so he could tell them about new gadgets. They spent hours doing this. Despite his acting image, he sounds like a good man to me. Isn’t that the important part of a Social Conservative ?
Someone here said that he didn’t chip in for a charity like his fellow actors did. He is the bad guy; he is supposed to be bad. Would Brutus save Popeye from falling off a cliff, no he would kick Popeye off the cliff otherwise he wouldn’t be a convincing bad guy.
I have heard somewhere that O’Leary would bring 100 thousand Lebanese Millennials; I don’t want that, but it might be fake news. Rebelation Rebelation (4 hrs ago ) has the best attitude where he said that he will teach O’Leary to change his policy on dangerous Muslim Immigration.
As I said yesterday, this race is over before the West gets to vote, so we don’t have much choice.
Think how happy we will be when he kicks Trudeau off the cliff.
commented 2017-01-26 00:39:14 -0500
From the frying pan to the fire.. how stupid can we be.
In this case the medicine is just as dangerous as the disease.
commented 2017-01-26 00:31:04 -0500
After reading all the posts here, you have certainly opened up my eyes. I admit I have not heard OLeary speak a lot & I did not know he was so pro immigration. I liked what he had said how Notley is ruining the oil industry, his stance on Justin & Winbag’s governance. I too am impressed with Trost & want to hear more. I have tried to watch the debates only to turn them off as they were too boring. Hopefully the “right” person will be elected leader as Canada cannot withstand 4 more yrs of Trudeau.
commented 2017-01-25 23:35:39 -0500
Love that phrase Christopher “Make Canada Wonderful Again”
When Conservatives start making these accusations that “one is not Conservative” you know darn well they’re running scared.
As for speaking French, O’Leary is smart & will learn the language soon enough. Now, I would like to hear more & learn more about Brad Trost & hoping he will be interviewed soon on The Rebel.
commented 2017-01-25 23:09:31 -0500
O’Leary is an employee of the CBC . He has advocated increasing their funding and would willingly be their sock puppet. In fact I think he is their construct and their Manchurian candidate. He also is anti- gun.

No way do I endorse him….he is no Trump and being a CBC personality does not make him one.
commented 2017-01-25 22:28:48 -0500
O’Leary is showing aggression toward Junior, but he lacks backbone.
Donald Trump is standing up to Planned Parenthood, the media, George Soros and ISIS. He is making changes that no one else would make.
O’Leary is all bravado and is riding on Trump’s victory, but he is not even close to the man Donald Trump is or the convictions Trump possesses. This is nothing but a power game for O’Leary.
If O’Leary had used his clout to endorsed a candidate and offered to be the Finance Minister (as I’ve said before and I see Maurice P. has also said), then go after Junior, that would have grabbed enough voters.
O’Leary…I’m out.
commented 2017-01-25 22:21:08 -0500
After parliament unanimously voted for a sharia compliant Canada, I’m done voting federally. Never again will I vote for another carpet bagger. Western separatist party or nothing.
commented 2017-01-25 22:11:05 -0500
Liza Rosie: Hear, hear!

We must ensure everyone buys a PC membership to vote. O’Leary will have buckets of students buying their membership cards to vote for him.
I’m disappointed in the other candidates, especially Trost, for whom I wanted to vote. Why would Lisa Raitt be in the top 3?
commented 2017-01-25 22:02:24 -0500
Great, just what Canada needs another Liberal party with a Liberal leader – Whell we’ve come full circle from Reform to Alliance to CPC to top down Ottawa liberalism – Time for westerners, populist democrats, System reformers, Constitutionalists and Libertarians in this CPC big tent experiment to pull out and form another western block party – Canada can’t survive 2 Liberal parties.
commented 2017-01-25 21:41:35 -0500

Did you actually take his goat comment seriously? He was being sarcastic in response to CERTAIN conservatives that still have a problem with gay marriage.
commented 2017-01-25 21:29:03 -0500
Any “real Conservative” would listen to Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilder’s speeches. We are tired of being told we have no values, that our history does not count, that our customs and ways of living have to change to make room for refugees, that we have to obey the UN edicts, that we have to go head over heels in debt to protect the environment when nothing has been proven yet……. and I dare any Liberal to PROVE that we are on the road to doomsday. I am tired of empty promises and very tired being told more taxes, like the STUPID carbon taxes, are good for me. There are no more regressive taxes than taxes on energy but Moron Justin Incompetent tries to present it to us THE tax that will save the world. Wake up Canadian; wake up O’Leary. Are you just another Patsy Brown?
commented 2017-01-25 21:02:18 -0500
I keep looking for O’Leary’s campaign page, but he still doesn’t have one. Don’t worry, by the time I’m finished with him, he’ll suffer the same concerns about Islam in Canada as the rest of us!!
commented 2017-01-25 20:55:58 -0500
I don’t care about his arrogance. I just don’t want anyone who will sell us down the river, figuratively and literally. I wish some of the others would get a bit of chutzpah, show some personality, what they are made of. All of them are too PC, except for Leitch , but I just can’t buy her package or completely believe she believes what she says. Sorry Kellie. All of them need to show some major attitude and soon or Kevin WILL walk away with this thing.
commented 2017-01-25 20:55:49 -0500
Maurice Potvin- Yep.. part of the team in the right role. Good grief Charlie Brown!… Is there a true Patriarchate Canadian that can step up and take the lead? Harper was ambushed and ganged up by msm.
commented 2017-01-25 20:55:47 -0500
The only thing i would love to see is O Leary make mince meat out of our little snotter PM.
Other than that no, i think he is a Globalist and is very elitist .
You can tell a lot about a person in how they treat people and on the television show he has proven he can be absolutely cruel in the way he can belittle people without an ounce of feeling., just completely destroy them,
Also when they have had children on that show but their product was turned down, on many occasions all the other “dragons” made a donation to their cause. not O Leary he just sat there and took a drink, that to me shows he can be cold and unfeeling, and money is his No 1 motivator, which of course he has said many times,
I know nothing about him but anyone who can be so cold and unfeeling speaks volumes about the person .

That being said, as much as gullible Canadians were attracted to the little unproven twit just because of his name , i fear Canadians will do the same just because he ( O Leary ) is well known from TV
commented 2017-01-25 20:40:56 -0500
I would support him as finance minister, but that’s the extent of his capabilities. He would be disastrous on every other front. Mind you, he couldn’t possibly be worse than Trudeau.
commented 2017-01-25 20:33:35 -0500
He may have business sense, but I find his arrogance is too much. Just the look on his face speaks volumes. Having confidence is one thing, but I think it’s arrogance, and I really don’t like arrogant people. He said he didn’t care if people marry goats. He’s a no for me, but if he does win the conservative leadership, then I’ll be forced to vote for him. But I don’t trust him. I like Brad Trost.
commented 2017-01-25 20:26:34 -0500
President Trump is changing the Status Quo type Politician..will Canada follow his lead..it’s near our grasp to embrace. President Trump is the Messenger and voice of Everyday People.
commented 2017-01-25 20:22:40 -0500
Bill Elder I think you’ve got it right.
commented 2017-01-25 20:21:20 -0500
If he is as pro immigration as he has sounded so far, he is wrong for Canada. When will these guys start taking the tipping of our demographic seriously? Too much Islam and too many Mexicans and others from the southern border Trump is now closing, and we will be sunk as a country. Nothing else will matter. We will be finished.

I am surprised Chong and Raitt are doing as well as they are. They are not even on my list. It’s still early days. If some others like Trost and Scheer would get their game faces on things could change drastically. Money is good, but I don’t trust Kevin to not sell us out, even if he were pro family, not so pro immigration, and understood the role of the military, which he doesn’t. Why don’t the others get out there, be a presence, get in the damn game!
commented 2017-01-25 20:19:37 -0500
Harold Hoff _ I don’t think O’Leary has any ideology or guiding philosophy , he’s simply an opportunist/profiteer and trade on his image – I’ d be happy if he just read the party policy book and committed to that – but he won’t because he disagrees with what the membership wants and he wants to change the policies and change the party – to him it’s a start up enterprise he can toy with to get it looking like he wants then he will bail when the shiny package he has recreated fails to sell to core conservative support
commented 2017-01-25 20:13:33 -0500
He will never get my vote. I do not trust him.
Supporters, be careful he will turn on you when he does not see a monetary gain for himself in the long run.