‘Shark Tank’ Star Kevin O’Leary Will Run For Conservative Party Leader In Canada

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Nov. 14 2017, Updated 3:11 a.m. ET

Kevin O’Leary, “Mr. Wonderful” on ABC’s Shark Tank, is officially running for leader of the Conservative Party in Canada, he announced today.

The formerly apolitical entrepreneur enters a field that already has 13 other candidates, most of whom are standard politicians, and winning the leadership job would presumably be the stepping stone to run for prime minister against incumbent Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party in the 2019 general election.

Although the reality star has lived in Boston for about 20 years, he is a Canadian citizen with a residence in Ottawa.

Although it is not mandatory, Canada’s prime minister traditionally is an elected member of in the country’s parliament, the House of Commons. It would appear that O’Leary would break that mold.

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O’Leary, who wants to bring business expertise to the government, has been very critical of Trudeau for what he considers mismanaging the economy and an inability to create jobs and has labeled Trudeau’s cabinet as well as a number of provincial leaders as incompetent. O’Leary vows to be Trudeau’s worst nightmare.

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