Kevin O’Leary is dropping out of the Conservative leadership race and will endorse Maxime Bernier.
Maxime Bernier has raised over $2 million so far in his bid to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, according to figures provided to CBC News by Bernier’s campaign.
More than two-thirds of the Conservative caucus has gotten behind one of the 14 candidates for the party’s top job. Most are supporting either Erin O’Toole or Andrew Scheer — and O’Toole has now surpassed Scheer as the favourite of Conservatives in the House of Commons, even luring two of Scheer’s former backers to his side.
Conservative leadership contender Lisa Raitt is calling on the party to expel any candidate who has broken the party’s rules and levy “significant” fines on their campaigns.
The Conservative leadership race will be decided by a preferential ballot, so the candidate with the broadest support and widest acceptability stands the best chance of winning. An analysis of fundraising data in the campaign suggests Maxime Bernier shares the most contributors with other candidates, giving him a potentially decisive edge.
Kevin O’Leary may aspire to be Prime Minister of Canada, but a CBC News analysis suggests he spent the vast majority of the first week of his first political campaign in another country.
Perhaps all prime ministers end up becoming television characters, but Kevin O’Leary is the first TV character to run for prime minister.
Can a candidate for the Conservative leadership win the party’s top job and become prime minister without speaking French well enough to order a plate of poutine in a brasserie?