Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Kevin O'Leary's conservatism challenged in Conservative leadership debate

Conservative leadership contestants turned on Kevin O'Leary in a testy debate on the West Island of Montreal, questioning his conservatism and claiming the businessman and television personality has no plan to back up his rhetoric.

But O'Leary, participating in his second debate after attending one in Halifax earlier this month, did not strike back at his rivals, focusing instead on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the need to grow the Conservative Party base.

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  1. Which shows that O'Leary is defeat able !!

    1. O'Leary is not going to win. It will be Bernier, Blaney or Scheer, possibly Lisa Raitt if she can develop strong support in the Maritimes.

      O'Leary has been impressive insofar as his denunciation of Trudeau and his policies are concerned. It is probably enough for a respectable showing but, not enough to seal the deal. Having said that given the nature of the race with 14 candidates and preferential voting almost anything could happen.

      From my vantage point: I'd put money on Bernier and Scheer as favourites and Blaney and Raitt as underdogs.

    2. I'd say there will be two dominant factors in the CPC leadership race: geography and policy orientation. I'd break them into three groups: Progressive Conservatives (Chris Alexander, Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong, Deepak Obhrai); Fiscal Conservatives (Andrew Scheer, Andrew Saxton, Kevin O'Leary, Erin O'Toole); and, Social Conservatives (Lisa Raitt, Kellie Leitch, Brad Trost, Rick Peterson, Steven Blaney, Pierre Lemieux).

      It will come down to which group can best consolidate their vote in a single strong candidate. I'd like it if Scheer won, but I'm thinking it'll be much more likely a three-horse race between Bernier, O'Leary, and Raitt.

    3. Mapleson,

      Raitt a Social Conservative? That's a shocker to me. Guess I wasn't paying attention enough.


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