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Statement regarding my candidacy

Toronto, ON – Today, Kevin O’Leary issued the following statement regarding his candidacy in the Conservative Party of Canada’s Leadership Race.

“Canada desperately needs a change in government. While Justin Trudeau basks in the glow of celebrity status and focuses on his next opportunity for a selfie, he is destroying the strong fiscal position that Prime Minister Harper left Canada in. If Trudeau isn’t beaten in the next election, he will leave the next generation of Canadians, those thousands of Millennials I’ve been talking about, with a mountain of debt and high taxes. This cannot be allowed to happen.

The Conservative Party needs someone who has the best chance of beating Trudeau. Someone who will command the support of Canadians from every region of the country and who can build a consensus among all members of the Party.

I am proud that my team and I have been frontrunners in this 14-candidate race since the very launch of my campaign in mid-January. In particular, I am touched by the 35,335 people who purchased memberships to support our cause. This list includes a whole new generation of young Canadians, many of whom are new to the Conservative Party, and I’m hoping will be lifetime Members.

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Kevin O’Leary calls on all candidates to release their authentic membership sales at membership deadline

Toronto, ON – In the last 69 days, the O’Leary Campaign has sold 35,336 memberships and raised over $902,408.67 through its website and organizational team.

Mr. O’Leary is urging every candidate to release their accurate membership sales. Mr. O’Leary is also encouraging the Party to do a full audit of the complete membership list to ensure all sales are fully legal and conform to the rules.

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CREATING JOBS BY SUPPORTING THE HUNTING INDUSTRY

Hunting in Canada is $15-billion industry. It provides thousands of jobs in manufacturing, distribution, sales, and tourism. Kevin O’Leary believes this important sector needs to be supported through the following actions:

Plain Language Re-write:

The 144-page Firearms Act is convoluted and impossible for gun owners, shooting clubs, and even police to understand. An O’Leary government will repeal the Act and replace it with sensible laws that Canadians can actually understand

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KEVIN O’LEARY VISITS N.L.: VOWS TO INVEST, CREATE JOBS AND END ‘NEGATIVE GROWTH’

Reality TV star and Tory leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary said he can end the current economic malaise in Newfoundland and Labrador, during a visit to the province Thursday.

O’Leary is making campaign stops in St. John’s and Gander, the first of a cross-Canada tour.

Before his events, he went on CBC’s St. John’s Morning Show to pitch his economic plan for the country and for the Atlantic Canada region — which unanimously rejected the Conservatives in the last federal election.

“What I’ve said to Newfoundland and what I’ve said to all Atlantic Canada is that I would invest more money here. If I can spend a dollar to create a job, I’ll spend more,” O’Leary said on the show.

“I want to grow Atlantic Canada at three per cent. You show me what you want to create jobs and I’ll invest. That’s the plan.”

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Kevin O’Leary reaffirms support for Supply Management in the Agriculture Industry

Pontiac, QC– Today, Kevin O’Leary, Leadership Candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada, reassured the agriculture industry that he fully supports Canada’s supply management system. Supply management has meant stable prices, and provided customers with a continuous and adequate supply of high quality products.

“To arbitrarily remove supply management would cost taxpayers $30-billion”, O’Leary stated. “The agriculture industry is critical to ensuring a strong Canadian economy, and supply management plays a vital role”.

The issue of reopening Canada’s supply management regime has been at the forefront as Canada negotiates trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the potential renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since the beginning of the Leadership campaign, O’Leary has been clear that abolishing supply management would be detrimental to farmers and processors.

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Voter Fraud Statement

Toronto, ON – Today, Kevin O’Leary issued the following statement:

“When I decided to enter the Conservative Leadership Race I made a pledge to always put integrity before politics, and to stand up for what is right, even if it is politically the more difficult thing to do. Today, unfortunately, I must shed the light of transparency on something I have discovered within our own Party.

It has been brought to my campaign’s attention that there are backroom organizers who are committing wide-spread vote rigging and potentially breaking our electoral and financing laws to try to buy a Leadership victory.

In an attempt to protect against this kind of fraud, the Party has strict leadership rules in place requiring all memberships to be purchased by individuals using either personal cheques or personal credit cards. However, we have been informed that to get around these rules, campaign activists are using untraceable prepaid credit cards to sign up fake members, possibly without these individuals even knowing about it. Beyond the legalities of this, it is completely immoral, and extremely unfair to the tens of thousands of real Party members that will have the impact of their votes weakened.

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O’Leary Government will end corporate welfare

Toronto, ON – Today, Kevin O’Leary, Leadership Candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada, announced that corporate welfare and irresponsible business bailouts will be over under an O’Leary government. After Justin Trudeau threw borrowed money at Bombardier and moved the country even further away from a balanced budget, O’Leary announced that under his Leadership, any industry that requires federal money must meet two strict conditions: 1) issuance of a productivity dividend; and, 2) a return on investment for Canadians.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that Canadians’ hard earned tax dollars are being wasted on companies, like Bombardier, with no benefit to them. Trudeau made a bad deal, and Canadians are left paying the price,” said O’Leary. “Trudeau didn’t use this money to protect the over 2,000 people in Canada that Bombardier is laying off. Instead, he is basically rewarding them,” O’Leary noted.

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O’Leary edging out Bernier to take on Trudeau in 2019, poll suggests

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary may have been late to the gate, but he’s already leading the race to succeed Stephen Harper, edging out Maxime Bernier and opening a significant lead over Kellie Leitch, according to a new poll conducted by Mainstreet Research.

The first poll from the iPolitics CPC Leadership Tracker, powered by Mainstreet Research, was conducted between January 5 and February 3, sampling 5,487 Conservative members. It suggests O’Leary is the membership’s first choice, followed by Bernier and Leitch.

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Kevin O’Leary finds a new premier to target: Nova Scotia’s Stephen McNeil

HALIFAX — Kevin O’Leary — who drummed up headlines last month when he targeted Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne — has launched an aggressive attack on another Liberal premier.

In an “open letter” to Nova Scotia’s Stephen McNeil on Facebook Wednesday, O’Leary said the province’s economy is being strangled by high taxes and policies that discourage natural gas and oil exploration.

The reality TV show host and Conservative leadership candidate said he spoke to many people about the poor economy when he was in Halifax last weekend for a debate.

He said Nova Scotia has some of Canada’s highest tax rates and one of the lowest economic outputs, and said that is not a coincidence.

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Kevin O’Leary is the only candidate who can beat Justin Trudeau

Halifax, NS – Tonight, Kevin O’Leary illustrated to Canadians that he is the only candidate in the Conservative Party Leadership Race able to beat Justin Trudeau in 2019. O’Leary demonstrated that to win in 2019, the Conservative Party needs a Leader with international business experience, who can create jobs and grow the economy.

“I’m not a career politician but I know how to get things done,” O’Leary noted. “With straight talk and determined action, based on the goals and metrics of business, I can get growth going again.”

The debate attendance swelled when Mr. O’Leary announced his participation in the debate. The crowd was so large that organizers had to create an overflow room so all attendees could watch the debate live.

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