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 2017-01-25 20:10:55 -0500
First any MSM poll is fake news – count on that – these are the asshats that predicted a Trump loss – they work for whovver pays them – whores.

Second, O’Leary is no populist and he’s not a brass roots party leader – is a top down leader – he will fragment the party and the lefty MSM is running these fake polls to make it happen – he is the media party candidate
commented 2017-01-25 20:10:23 -0500
Good post Harold Hoff.
commented 2017-01-25 20:03:03 -0500
Christopher Wilson, I respectfully but vehemently disagree with you. Mr. O’Leary is fiscally conservative but socially a liberal. We don’t need three parties all the same side of a coin…

In everyday life, I speak for the 82% of the Canadian parents opposed to the Government’s desire to criminalize traditional parenting. Long before Mr. O’Leary stepped into the campaign, my NGO approached him (for support) and he seems completely disinterested in protected Canadian children & families, or even in discussing this important issue.

Money is great, but if you wreck the family – the foundation of society, you’ll eventually wreck your society, and all the money won’t help you. It’s a simple concept that’s somehow got lost! I can cite Sweden, Venezuela, Tunisia, Germany, Italy, Greece, and on. In the face of all predatory forces against the nucleus of why we are here – the family, we better be damned sure we have someone who is solid in standing up for them FIRST, and above all else. Thus far only Chris Alexander and Pierre Lemieux have explicitly stated that protection of family and parental rights is a priority.

I respectfully say to you, you need to discover what conservatism actually is, and that includes keeping Gov’t out of our homes, lives and bedrooms. Ironically, former PM Pierre Trudeau himself once said this. Peace.
commented 2017-01-25 19:58:22 -0500
Sorry Jack – un electable… might be a Freudian slip on my part.
commented 2017-01-25 19:56:14 -0500
Jack Carter: Why is Kellie Leitch electable? Please elaborate.
commented 2017-01-25 19:55:01 -0500
I had NO idea he was carrying this much momentum. I honestly have paid no attention to his policy proposals I suppose I should start. I thought his candidacy would die a quick death. Frankly I haven’t been very happy with the field to date, as they seem to vacillate often—except Leitch, but I don’t think she’s electable. Frankly anybody who scolded the crowd at the Rebel event in Calgary is persona non grata.
commented 2017-01-25 19:46:23 -0500
I don’t care how great he may be on the economy or any other issue – he’s for open borders. If Canada does not severely reduce or, ideally, eliminate immigration from Muslim majority nations, then it is done for. Yes, that’s sensationalist, but what I mean is that, sure, the country will survive as a geo-political entity, but it will become an Islamic Republic with all the associated violence, discrimination toward women and non-Muslims and general lack of freedoms. Ironically, once Sharia Law becomes the law of the land (when the Muslim population becomes sufficiently large, in say 20, 30 years) the economy will inevitably tank since Islam believes in central (religious) control of everything, including economic matters. You would be replacing essentially one form of Statism (the current socialist model) with another (the Islamic): not really progress.
commented 2017-01-25 19:39:22 -0500
BILLY HOWARD, “Other candidates may have better platforms, but they don’t have the name recognition and personality that O’Leary has.” Hmm, can you think of another person like that?? Like…….Justin Trudeau? “Name recognition” brought us a disaster. Pretty shallow thinking.
commented 2017-01-25 19:34:06 -0500
My opinion, O’Leary is a coward. Reason, he waits until after the French debate.

If he were a true Trump, he would have confronted that debate by participating. Same as Manning did, back when he was conservative.

So how does a coward represent me? Not at all.

Bernier remains my first choice, O’Toole second. O’Leary…20th.

I am very leery.
commented 2017-01-25 19:32:02 -0500
Alain Simard he has my vote for the same reason
commented 2017-01-25 19:26:26 -0500
i don’t trust o’leary , he speaks more like a libtard than a conservative when it comes to Canadians , Canadian culture ,and protecting Canada as a nation , he has no problems with muslim invasion and does not stick up for free speech to criticize the pedophile cult .
commented 2017-01-25 19:20:38 -0500
You’re right, Christopher. O’Leary has some vague and assumed policies that cause some concern. But we should be more concerned about another 4 years of Trudeau. The #1 goal is to defeat the disastrous Libranos with a winning CPC candidate that will (hopefully) hold primarily conservative Canadian values.
Other candidates may have better platforms, but they don’t have the name recognition and personality that O’Leary has. Those attributes, like it or not, are important these days.
commented 2017-01-25 19:19:09 -0500
Kellie Leitch is unelectable.
commented 2017-01-25 19:18:17 -0500
The very reason why Kevin O’Leary is in the lead already by essentially doing nothing, is because all the other candidates for Conservative Leader are horrible and cannot beat Justin. Canadians are going with the one guy that has a shot of being PM.
commented 2017-01-25 19:13:16 -0500
Anti Trade Union, pro Islamic Immigration, against Military, I don’t think “Mr. Wonderful” as he refers to himself as is a Conservative and is quite opposite President Trump. I hope Kellie Leitch gets a chance, at least she’s honest and not afraid to say what many think.
commented 2017-01-25 19:06:05 -0500
Quite bizarre! O’Leary has not participated in a single debate nor defined himself on the various issues, and he already is the favourite? Chris Wilson, you are quite a windbag yourself like the man you admire so much. In response to those saying he is not a true conservative (which means that you are both a social conservative and a fiscal conservative and not a half-baked conservative like Patrick Brown in Ontario), you sneeringly ask where have we heard that before? O’Leary is no Donald Trump!
News flash, I would think that all of the existing leadership candidates, apart perhaps for Michael ‘I love a carbon tax’ Chong, are fiscal conservatives. If you look at the steps that Trump has taken in a matter of days so far and will take on social issues (for example, defunding Planned Parenthood International), on energy (importantly, discounting the idea of man-made climate change), with respect to the military and law enforcement agencies, and on immigration, O’Leary doesn’t even come close! With respect to “striking similarities”, it stops at being a successful businessman and having been a TV personality, where the latter gives him name recognition. Chris, with respect to O’Leary possibly coming around on these other issues through persuasion by his conservative colleagues once elected, I would much rather go with a leader who is up front where he stands, than go with someone who you hope might change his tune down the road! Like buying a pig in a poke.
commented 2017-01-25 19:03:54 -0500
He’s not a politician, so he’s getting my vote.
commented 2017-01-25 18:57:39 -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.

Your comments, Andrew, are completely unsubstantiated. Please provide stats to backup your rather “all-knowing” claims.

Trump has already done more for the US economy in this short time than Obama did in eight years.
commented 2017-01-25 18:39:44 -0500
He is definitely and unfortunately no Donald Trump. He is combative and has good business sense like Trump but, Trump is a prolifer and his stance on immigration is the right one. O’leary on the other hand is lacking in comparison and sees no problem with immigration in this country. Even though I won’t vote for him, he will certainly shake things up in the Conservative leadership debates and that will be interesting!
commented 2017-01-25 18:18:59 -0500
“Trump can do no wrong. When in 4 years the USA is very strong and everybody can get a job if they want it, Trump will be in for another 4 glorious years!! "

Most people with marketeable job skills have jobs. The problem was and is unskilled labour, which will never return in any significant degree. Cheaper to automate it, and this was the case even before the election – this is why American manufacturing has increased substantially in the last five years, without creating labour jobs.
commented 2017-01-25 18:16:58 -0500
Our pussy marching pm
Our Islamic marching pm
Our anti pipe line pm
commented 2017-01-25 18:14:37 -0500
After the ruination , stuttering and stalling of our vacouse shallow Islamic advocate pm , OLEARY is going to look like a big pool of water to a dying of thirst nation

My first pick is BRAD TROST , but we’ll see
commented 2017-01-25 18:01:45 -0500
O’Learly is a disaster for any social conservative issue, but I don’t think he would be a disaster for the Canadian economy.
commented 2017-01-25 17:58:03 -0500
Prime Minister O’Leary’s best campaign ad is President Trump.
commented 2017-01-25 17:51:10 -0500
oleary is a disaster.
commented 2017-01-25 17:39:05 -0500
Today Trump signed the order to build the Mexico/US wall and the Dow just closed above 20,000 for the first time.

Trump can do no wrong. When in 4 years the USA is very strong and everybody can get a job if they want it, Trump will be in for another 4 glorious years!!

I would actually like to see Brad Trost as Conservative party leader, but if not then Kevin O’Learly, though by no means Conservative at all, is better at economics than the rest. I would still rather Trost be PM.