O'LEARY DROPS OUT OF FEDERAL TORY LEADERSHIP RACE, BACKS BERNIER

Apr 26, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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It’s back to the ”Shark Tank” for Kevin O’Leary.
The celebrity businessman decided to end his campaign for the federal Conservative leadership shortly before the final candidates debate was held in Toronto.
(Nathan Denette / Canadian Press)
O’Leary was confident he could have won the leadership but had doubts the Tories would be able to defeat the Trudeau Liberals in the next election.
O’Leary says fresh polling numbers show he has not gain enough traction in that province so he’s withdrawn.
”It’s selfish to just take the leadership, say ‘great I’m the leader’, now in 24 months I will lose for the party.  That’s not right.  That’s wrong.  This is a better outcome.  Trudeau has to go, and this is the man to replace him.”
O’Leary’s endorsing Maxime Bernier.
O’Leary’s name will remain on the ballots which have been printed and mailed.
Conservatives will elect their new leader May 27.
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