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 ‘CANADA’S DONALD TRUMP’, KEVIN O’LEARY, ENTERS CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP RACE

[1/18/17]  He’s a wheeler-dealer business tycoon, a television star and he wants to wrest power from an ultra-liberal leader who’s currently leading the country.  That was President-elect Donald Trump a year ago and that’s Conservative Party of Canada leadership hopeful Kevin O’Leary Wednesday as he announced his candidacy on Facebook.

“You know why? I listened to you,” O’Leary says in his video.  He claims 40,000 Canadians asked him to enter the race via website postings.

“What an opportunity we have in this country. Limitless bounty,” he said. “Such opportunity to turn it around. I’m so excited. It’s time.

O’Leary — dubbed “Canada’s Donald Trump” by both supporters and detractors of the president-elect — started a high-tech company that ultimately sold for $4 billion, is the star of ABC’s “Shark Tank” and lives in Boston.

Today’s announcement comes one week after O’Leary heard some good news from his campaign exploratory committee: he has “a clear path to victory.”