The O’Leary factor is real

“I hardly recognize any of these people,” a long-standing Conservative activist said to me as we stood surveying the room at a party for Kevin O’Leary at a downtown Ottawa bar.

She meant it as the biggest of compliments.

  • k1962

    I don’t like him and would never vote for him :/ Talk about a slime ball. Justin is dumb and O’Leary is greasy. I guess I would just sit the next election out if Kevin is the leader of the Conservative party.

    • I may as well.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’ll vote for whoever is the leader of the Conservative party.
      Although, I understand your sentiment.
      In 1993 I voted Reform in part because I hated Kim Campbell.

      • Justin St.Denis

        LOL @ Kim Campbell

        Campbell was such a disaster that I actually only recall it when somebody else brings up her name! Remember the naked pic behind the judge’s robe? Edgy!!! I almost effin’ died at the bizarreness of it all. I voted Reform that time around as well. 😉

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I forgot about the robe thang.
          All she is to me is the bitch that let David Milgaard wallow in prison for years that he shouldn’t have had to.
          She was the justice minister and the evidence was clear.

      • k1962

        I read the emails I get from the candidates and of those who email me, I like the majority of them. I don’t like Chong and don’t really like Bernier though.

    • V10_Rob

      Gotta love the media’s reverse psychology promotion campaign to get a friendly CINO in charge… “O’Leary is totally Canada’s Trump and we’re soooo appalled by him. Seriously, we can’t even. You better not vote for him (wink wink nudge nudge)”.

      • Justin St.Denis

        O’Leary is for more fiscal responsibility, I will grant him that much. But he’s a total CINO on every other file. Plus his “image” creeps a lot of people out. I wonder if women wanna fuck him. That’s always an important consideration. Ask Billy. 😉

      • k1962

        My opinions of him are based on watching Dragon’s Den a few years ago and reading about how he got rich, not the media’s portrayal of him.

    • WalterBannon

      canada does not have a conservative party.

      but the bottom line is, anybody but trudeau

      hell, even the NDP or the BLOC would be better than the liberals

  • simus1

    If you “hardly recognize any of these people” who support O’Leary, it might be important to find out who they are. Be a bit of a shame to wind up with another clone of Alison Redford courtesy of a gubmint union leaders encouraged quiet putsch.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The Alberta Conservatives were frogs in a pot.
      It was apparent to all but them that they were boiling to death for twenty years.
      The arrogance of parachuting in Prentice and the idiocy of Smith when she was on the cusp of victory made the unthinkable Notley suddenly inevitable.

  • BillyHW

    Who the fuck is Kevin O’Leary?

    • dance…dancetotheradio
      • Justin St.Denis

        OMG! Does that ever bring back memories of…….1971? Yes, I think it was! I remember the Thai sticks.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I’ve never seen it, but I believe he appears in a Canadian knock-off version of The Apprentice. Can’t remember the name of the show. Haven’t watched broadcast TV in a decade.

      • Bataviawillem

        Same here, and the longer you don’t watch TV the more bizarre it looks when you watch it a couple of minutes, it is so unreal, can I say fake.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Yeah, I’ve noticed the same thing. Same with most movies. If a film cannot “engage me” within 20 minutes, I stop watching it. I have actually “seen” – watched from beginning to end – about five films in the last decade. Oddly, one of my best-received post-grad theses was about semiotics…

      • BillyHW

        Do we ever come up with any original ideas?

  • Bataviawillem

    Kevin O’leary is an open border supporter, in an interview he sad that he was different than Trump because he didn’t like walls.

    • Justin St.Denis

      There ya go! Told ya so! 😉

      • Bataviawillem

        I think when comes to that Kellie Leitch is a way better choice although she doesn’t really thrill me nether. There is simply no conservative that speaks in clear down to earth common sense.
        They should take a listen to Adam Corolla.

        • Clink9

          When I’ve had enough of politics I like to find gems like these to watch. Adam Carolla has made a film about the Ford VS Ferrari battle at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I just checked and I have 35GB of Carolla podcasts on my hard drive.
          Not including Adam and Drew.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I like Rubin.
          He’s one of those guys who has said to himself wait a minute.
          What the fuck is going on?

  • Felix_Culpa

    I watched the debate yesterday from the Manning Conference. I was really impressed by Trost, actually. He’s a good public speaker. When asked a question about funding municipal infrastructure projects, and Blaney and Lemieux said that more infrastructure spending was a good thing, Trost instead said to hold on a bit: that when the mayor of a city who votes Liberal is complaining that the Conservatives aren’t giving them enough money, “there may be a little more going on.” He reminded everyone that there is only one taxpayer, and that in general decisions should be made at the lowest level of government that is capable of making them.

    I thought Scheer got in a couple of good digs about O’Leary approaching the Conservative leadership “like it’s a part-time job”; he got a big round of applause from the audience for that. And I think Scheer’s point was perceptive about the last election and the problem not being the Conservative program per se, but rather the packaging thereof. He said something like “Last election, I didn’t have anyone slamming the door in my face because they disagreed with our tax policy.” I agree with him: the Conservatives don’t need to be knockoff-Liberals like O’Leary is suggesting. They do need to be smarter about marketing their principles and policies and in that way undercut the media’s narrative of the Conservatives as being “heartless” about the poor and lower middle class.

    To me, those two stood out in particular as being thoughtful and serious candidates.

    O’Leary just seemed smarmy and condescending.