Practical Politics

An editorial in the Toronto Sun gets it pretty much right. Kevin O’Leary the Sun headline oleary-mainwriter says, being too cute by half, might be the “Tory Trump card.” Leaving aside the comparison to the odious Mr Tump, Kevin O’Leary, being as the Sun describes him, “a self-promoting, media-savvy, multi-millionaire investor who knows how to shake things up,” can be, indeed, “a flashpoint for people who are fed up with business as usual in politics.

The Sun, correctly, says that Mr O’Leary has an uphill battle … even if he is serious about seeking the leadership. But his very musings about doing so have been highly beneficial to the CPC.

There are things in my personal perceptions about Mr O’Leary that I think we Conservatives should discuss:

  • How to get to a smaller, less intrusive and less costly government while still doing (and paying for) the essentials and those things that Canadians, rightly or wrongly, demand from their government;
  • How to governs for all Canadians, not just those in well organized, well funded special interest groups; and
  • How to make Canada a much more attractive place to start and expand a business.

Plus, I suspect that Kevin O’Leary may say some things that, like it or not, many (some would argue too many) Canadians think but are too polite to say. I have said before that I think we Canadians are pretty “normally” spread across the political spectrum, just about like this:


But, if I’m right, I also think that we are, mostly or, at least, in a plurality, slightly to the left of the big (40%) centre on social issues but slightly to the right on fiscal ones. Put most simply: we want to help the poor and less fortunate, but we don’t want to pay for it. I spect that Kevin O’Leary might speak to that somewhat niggardly aspect of our political profile.

In any event, as I also said, earlier, “the more the merrier” is better in the opening (pre) stages of a national political leadership campaign and Kevin O’Leary has already generated interest in the CPC leadership just by speculating ~ seriously or not ~ about contesting for it. He’s already done us a service in practical, political terms.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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