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Kevin O'Leary to quit Canadian politics

28 April 2017

In his announcement on Wednesday, O'Leary said Bernier was best placed to pick up seats for the Conservative Party in Quebec, even though the two candidates previously sparred over allegations of membership fraud and vote buying.

O'Leary is set to throw his support behind Maxime Bernier after dropping our of the race, the Toronto Sun has confirmed.

In an interview with The Globe and Mail, O'Leary officially halted his bed to become the leader of the Conservative Party, which would have in turn meant that he could have become the Prime Minister of Canada down the road.

His plan was to target voters in the 18-to-35 demographic and convince them to first join the Conservative party, and then to back him in 2019 for prime minister.

In dramatic fashion he referred to the Liberals as "darkness" and "evil". The Conservatives will choose a new leader on May 27.

O'Leary's lack of French knowledge going into the election may be one of his reasons for struggling in the province. "Like I said, we are all Conservatives". If Trudeau isn't beaten in the next election, he will leave the next generation of Canadians, those thousands of Millennials I've been talking about, with a mountain of debt and high taxes.

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It's unclear what shape O'Leary's support for Bernier will take, but the party has already started mailing ballots to party members, and O'Leary's name is included.

O'Leary, who gained fame as a brusque dealmaker on the reality show "Shark Tank", had no political experience and tenuous ties to the party but stole the spotlight because of an outsized media profile and the support of Canadians who saw the businessman as a breath of fresh air. "I'm a team builder and work with people who are team leaders and builders and I never saw Kevin as that", says Shipley.

While O'Leary backers may be lamenting his departure from the race, Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola Conservative MP Dan Albas welcomed the news. "I have a lot of support for the second, third and fourth choice".

A major point of divergence between the two candidates is supply management, a Canadian mechanism for supporting dairy farmers popular in Quebec that has been making headlines as Trump promises to do battle with Canada over trade.

The last whistle stop for the Kevin O'Leary train was in Kelowna. "O'Leary", Blaney said.

Kevin O'Leary to quit Canadian politics