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Kevin O has announced he is running for the Conservative leadership, suggesting that as a businessman, he is better qualified that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to work with president elect Donald Trump.
O said he intended to run in a video posted to his Facebook page Wednesday morning, moments before making the official announcement on CTV.
In a statement, O said Canadians need a prime minister who will kickstart the economy and support business particularly in light of political changes in the United States.
with the election of Donald Trump to our south, Canada largest trading partner is headed by a businessman with an aggressive strategy that could hurt the Canadian economy. Trudeau doesn stand a chance, and we deserve better, he said.
It’s official, I’m in. They also want a prime minister who will be inclusive and not lower themselves to use divisive politics, he said.
the start of this leadership race I have looked for a candidate with these qualities, but it has become clear that I am the only one that can defeat Trudeau.
Those already in the race faced off in a French language debate Tuesday night in Quebec City.
O who does not speak French but is now taking lessons, was not at the debate, since he had not officially registered at the time.
He has said the crowded field has reduced the debates, in his words, to a bunch of sound bites. debate often saw Bernier the target of his rivals, with Leitch and Blaney in particular taking aim at the former cabinet minister on different topics.
The other participants were Lisa Raitt, Deepak Obhrai, Brad Trost, Chris Alexander, Michael Chong, Erin O Andrew Scheer, Pierre Lemieux, Rick Peterson and Andrew Saxton.
A look at businessman Kevin O facts about businessman Kevin O who announced Wednesday that he is running for the Conservative leadership:
Biographical facts and education: Born in 1954 in Montreal, O completed high school in Ottawa before completing a BA in environmental science and psychology from the University of Waterloo and then going onto an MBA at the Ivey School of Business at Western University.
Business: O gained marketing experience at Nabisco before founding software company Softkey in the mid 1980s. The company enjoyed financial success for more than a decade before it acquired The Learning Company (TLC) and adopted its name. O eventually sold TLC to Mattel. He went in to become a co investor and director at Storage Now, a chain of climate controlled storage facilities. He ran a mutual fund company, O Funds Inc., until it was sold in 2015.
Legal troubles: The acquisition of TLC led to significant losses for Mattel, and the company shareholders filed a class action lawsuit against a number of former executives including O alleging that they misrepresented the company finances. O denied the allegations in court, and the suit was eventually settled.