April 12, 2016

Here’s the biggest reason to pick Kevin O’Leary as Conservative Party leader

Harry KhachatrianRebel Blogger

Arguing against millionaire investor and TV personality, Kevin O’Leary taking the reins of the Canadian Conservative Party isn’t the hardest of tasks. For starters, he doesn’t speak French. Then there's the fact that O’Leary is a self-avowed Bostonian, stating in interview, “Boston is home” -- you can already imagine the attack ads.

Then you have the political donations.

O’Leary has no record of donating to the Canadian Conservative Party. On the contrary, he’s donated to Democrats in the United States. He gave money to climate Change conman, Al Gore, the intellectually-inept John Kerry and even leftist sitting president Barack Obama – the same man who once declared, “I do think at some point you've made enough money”.

So, what exactly makes O'Leary, a.k.a.,"Mr. Wonderful," a viable candidate for the new face of conservatism in the Great White North?

For starters, let's dispense with worries that O’Leary’s donations to radical leftists imply that he shares their ideology. O’Leary has never been a political figure. He’s always been a TV personality and before that, a businessman. As a businessman, he’d wisely want to hedge his bets when it comes to political favors. Being from a Democratic stronghold like Boston, perhaps he'd presumed being a Bush donor would hurt his TV career or future business ventures. This is not to suggest that I agree with them, but those donations don't necessarily make him an eternal left-winger.

Far better indicators of O’Leary’s credibility on conservatism are the values he openly espouses.

Kevin O’Leary is an unabashed, life-long advocate of capitalism. On both "Dragon’s Den" and "Shark Tank," O’Leary has had tremendous success in communicating the benefits and capabilities of free market enterprise, something our current crop of conservative politicians can't seem to do for beans.

For the uninitiated, "Shark Tank" is a show on which ordinary people pitch a business idea to a panel of investors, one of whom is Kevin O’Leary. At the end of the pitch, the panelists choose whether or not to invest. The show is an advertisement for the wonders of capitalism. It doesn't matter who's making the pitch. Their gender, skin colour, ethnicity – all the things the left uses to divide to us – do not exist on the show. All that matters is: Is you business idea likely to lead to a return on investment? The only colour in question is green.

And polls show that conservatives need to start making the moral argument for capitalism as quickly as possible.

The Daily Wire’s Aaron Bandler reports (and their support for Bernie Sanders demonstrates) that millennials are, en masse, accepting the false premise of socialism. As many as 43 per cent of those under 30 view the economic system positively, while only 33 per cent viewed capitalism in the same way. The fact that these polls were conducted in America should be even more frightening to conservatives in Canada, where the average voter is already further left on key issues.

The Canadian Conservative Party's next leader needs to move the needle of conservatism, to articulate the principles of individual liberty and the benefits of free markets and trade, in order to bring voters over to our side.
I would strongly urge conservatives to put aside O’Leary’s poor track record on political donations, and focus instead on his career advocating for individual freedom and the free market values we share.

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commented 2016-05-29 07:54:21 -0400
O’Leary is a business man. Like Trump he donates to both parties,or has. That way whoever wins.they are assured favors. May not sound good. But that’s the way it works.
commented 2016-04-17 19:57:08 -0400
Good job Brian. I was doing some pulling for Oleary until I heard his comment on IS a while back. That gave me pause & why was he donating to Clinton & Obama if he’s so conservative, tell us different Oleary, if not this is not what we want in a conservative leader.
commented 2016-04-14 05:39:39 -0400
O’Leary would get my vote over almost all of the options presented and/or speculated on so far.
commented 2016-04-14 02:22:10 -0400
O’Leary is NO Trump.
He not even in the game.
commented 2016-04-13 19:56:19 -0400
Why are you people laughing at Trump… No he’s not perfect… But he’s the best shot America has to not be sold to China
commented 2016-04-13 16:03:46 -0400
Too early.
commented 2016-04-12 23:30:05 -0400
Maybe Isis will be gone by the time O’Leary runs for election. Yes, Trudeau and Obama are tough Feminists . Together they may scare off Isis.
commented 2016-04-12 20:20:24 -0400
Uh Harry? Are you drunk?
O’Leary is the worst possible candidate to congeal a big tent party – Winning elections is about more than economics. Conservatives need a populist who can attract a wide range of interests into a center-right movement – O’Leary is no leader.
commented 2016-04-12 19:42:47 -0400
If that is his take on ISIS, I’m out.
He lives out of the country more than he lives in. He sounds like an American Democrat to me.
No, no and NO.
commented 2016-04-12 17:55:24 -0400
I am not going to worry about it yet – too early in the game.

I figure the first private meeting with Trump and the islamic pm of Canada will be one to hear about – oh to be a fly on the wall for that one.
commented 2016-04-12 17:22:34 -0400
The best reason to pick O’Leary for leader of the Conservative party is to give Americans’s something to laugh at. We have been having a great time making fun of Trump (another television personality), it only makes sense that what goes around, comes around.