“Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary is back in the political ring in an attempt to help Canada’s Conservative Party replace the Trudeau government.
O’Leary, the cross-border actor and entrepreneur, was the front-runner in the 2017 Conservative leadership race until he somewhat inexplicably pulled the plug on his campaign. He decided to support Quebec Member of Parliament (MP) Maxime Bernier — who narrowly lost to current leader and Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer. Bernier has since left the Conservatives to form the libertarian People’s Party of Canada.
O’Leary left the political scene after that, devoting most of this time to his TV series and business matters. But, as the Canadian Press reports, he was back with passion Monday as he and Scheer announced in Toronto that they would be joining forces to put pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberals. (RELATED: Kevin O’Leary Slams Canadian Politicians ‘Spinning BS’ In His First Debate)
O’Leary, known for his blunt, Trump-like assessment of the political environment, addressed students and political faithful at Ryerson University.
“We need a new manager, we need a new government, we need new policy. That’s why he’s here,” O’Leary said, remembering to point to Scheer. “And we’re going to do this all across the country.”
O’Leary returned to his favorite theme, what he has consistently referred to as the “weak” leadership of Trudeau and those around him — what he described as those “weak, weak managers.”
“The whole cabinet is weak,” he said. “It’s a spatula we need … Scrape it clean and start again.”
Scheer promised a “positive Conservative vision” to Canadians. The Tory leader is not exactly a household name in the country but several polls have his party within reach of beating Trudeau, whose approval rating has never recovered from an ill-fated trip to India that generated an abundance of negative media coverage. (RELATED: Trudeau Deals With Fallout From Disastrous India Trip)
“We’re going to fire and we’re going to hire,” O’Leary said towards the end of the event. “I’m so motivated to get out there and make this change happen because I smell it. I smell the winds of change.”