01.24.2017 08:49 AM


I’m sorry, but this is awesome:

Kevin O’Leary is the far-and-away front-runner for the Conservative leadership as the Opposition party gains slightly on the Liberals in overall voter preference, according to a new poll.

O’Leary, the celebrity businessman who entered the Tory leadership race last week after months of signalling a potential campaign, is the top choice to lead the party for 27 per cent of poll respondents. The survey found he had more than twice the support of runner-up Maxime Bernier, the Quebec MP and former minister who scored 11 per cent.

Here’s why:

• Conservatives grew in only one province in 2015 – Quebec – but they prefer a guy who doesn’t speak a word of French

• Conservatives prefer a far-Right reality TV show moron at the precise moment that far-Right reality TV show morons are spurring protests around the globe involving millions

• Conservatives prefer a Boston resident who, like that other Boston resident they spent untold millions to demonize, is “just visiting”

If they had any intelligence, they’d pick Raitt, Chong or a Bernier.

They don’t have any intelligence. They’re O’Losers.


  1. CuJoYYC says:

    If O’Leary wins the leadership of the CPC, who will resign their seat in Boston so he can run in a by-election?

    Just asking for a friend.

  2. Matt says:


    It’s a Forum poll.

    Worse yet, it’s a Forum poll done for the Conservative Party of Canada hating Toronto Star.

  3. Matt says:

    It should also be noted that this poll includes Canadians in general, not just Conservative Party members. They did however break it down further to respondents who claimed they were Conservative supporters

  4. This poll doesn’t mean much. The real question is how many party members have him as a second or thrid choice.

  5. BlueGritr says:

    Wondering how it’s possible that unilingual O’Leary wins the federal Conservative leadership? He’s a non-factor in 110 ridings, where 50 per cent or more of the voters speak French. Secondly, O’Leary is late to the dance, which means he has to play big time catch-up in selling party memberships. His only other course of action is to poach from other candidates. A few may let him. But I bet front runners like Leitch, Chong, Scheer, O’Toole and Bernier are going to fight hard to hold onto their base of support. O’Leary’s going to be embarrassed by how badly this plays out for him, and he’s going to head back to Boston with his tail between his legs. And deservedly so.

  6. Ridiculosity says:

    O’Leary can run. But he can’t hide…

    “Oesterlund later testified that their marriage was a “rocky ride ever since the start,” but Pursglove blamed their new lifestyle. Somewhere along the way, she told me, Oesterlund had fallen in with a tribe of wealthy globe-trotting nomads and minor celebrities. He befriended Kevin O’Leary, a judge from “Shark Tank,” she says, and partied at the Maya-themed Lyford Cay estate of Peter Nygard, the Finnish-Canadian retail mogul. Oesterlund’s money and his boat attracted hangers-on and women, Pursglove says.

    By his wife’s account, some of Oesterlund’s new friends also began tutoring him in how to minimize his taxes. He traveled constantly, Pursglove says, in part to reduce the amount of taxes he would be required to pay to any of the countries where he owned a home…” – How to Hide $400 Million, New York Times Magazine http://nyti.ms/2j11Sel

  7. Richard says:

    You have to feel for Kellie Leitch and her 22 letters in all of this. She entered this race hoping to be Canada’s Donald Trump; turns out she’s Ben Carson.

  8. Jason Inness says:

    I took out a CPC membership to vote in the leadership election. I won’t be voting for Kevin O’Leary. I don’t hate the man, but Bernier seems to have the most new ideas, whether they become platform items or not. And Bernier, at least from out here in the Canadian colony of New Brunswick, seems to have the best ground organization, which counts in these things. I predict it will be Bernier that wins, but I don’t have the political experience that Warren Kinsella has.

  9. bluegreenblogger says:

    I do not watch TV. I do not think that someone who has never held office, or even worked in any form of community service, is qualified to be a dog catcher. I certainly do not think that reality TV is a strong background for the reality of politics. I am surprised that anybody would think otherwise.

  10. Ronald O'Dowd says:


    So you’re fiscally and economically conservative and socially liberal. So let’s see how you play the game. Maybe you might have a good swing and maybe not.

  11. The Doctor says:

    A not-very-meaningful poll. Completely ignores the mechanics and rules of the race, which are extremely important. Furthermore, O’Leary’s numbers are goosed by name recognition. Anyway, I’m Tory-sympathetic and would never vote for the guy. Would personally favour Bernier, Chong, Raitt or O’Toole.

  12. Miles Lunn says:

    That is more a case of name recognition. Amongst actual paid up party members, his path to victory while not impossible won’t be easy. Those who have signed up to support an existing candidate aren’t likely to switch and there isn’t a whole lot of time to sign up new members. Add to the fact he is likely to get destroyed in Quebec as he doesn’t speak the language. I suspect that one of the following will be the next leader: Bernier, Chong, O’Toole, Raitt, or Scheer, but we shall see.

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