From left, Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary, of “Shark Tank,” present the award for favorite band, duo or group - pop rock at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary To Run Against Liberal Justin Trudeau

“It’s official, I’m in. The Conservative Party of Canada needs a candidate who can beat Justin Trudeau and bring back jobs to this country!”

With this tweet yesterday, Kevin O’Leary’s begins his political campaign to become the next Canadian Prime Minister. The 62-year-old multi-millionaire investor, perhaps best known for his role on Shark Tank, announced his candidacy for the leadership position of Canada’s Conservative Party. Often compared to the Donald Trump, O’Leary acknowledged his decision was inspired by the Trump campaign for US President.

From Fox News:

In an interview with FOX411 News yesterday, he said, he decided to run for the leadership of Canada’s opposition Conservative party because voters don’t trust politicians anymore. “What’s occurring not just in Canada but globally and in the U.S. is people don’t want politicians as leaders anymore,” O’Leary told us. “They want people that have a track record of executional skills. I’m not a politician and as I result I think voters and taxpayers are looking for change makers.”

The former CEO of The Learning Center, which sold in 1999 to Mattel for $4.2 billion dollars US, has since been involved in private equity investing as well as venture capital investing; and in addition to the Shark Tank, has appeared on numerous other financial investment TV shows, and is also a published author with books having topic ranging from finance, investing, debt, marriage, and family life.

He have been publically very critical of the ruling Liberal Party and the Canadian Prime Minister, and in his Fox News interview, emphatically stated:

“I’m going to unwind everything [Trudeau] did when I get in there,” O’Leary promised. “Canadians won’t remember his name after I’m there for 100 days. Canada is now open for business again.”

The Conservative Party currently has 14 applicants for the Leadership Post, should O’Leary win, there is little doubt he will challenge PM Justin Trudeau in Canada’s 2019 federal elections.

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Wm. P. Fitzhenry

5th generation Texan, 2nd generation reformed Presbyterian, a twin and a serial entrepreneur.

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