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Kevin O'Leary Drops Out of Leadership Race

Kevin O'Leary drops out

Businessman Kevin O’Leary says he’s dropping out and endorsing Maxime Bernier

; April 26, 2017

Celebrity investor and reality-TV star Kevin O’Leary is quitting the federal Conservative leadership race and throwing his support behind Quebec rival Maxime Bernier.

O’Leary said despite his front-runner status nationally, he doesn’t have the kind of support in Quebec he thinks he needs, not just for the leadership but for the next general election.

“This is obviously very disappointing for me. As someone who was born in Montreal, I had hoped I would do much better there,” O’Leary said in a statement Wednesday, only hours after informing his campaign team of his decision.

O’Leary said he is supporting Bernier because the longtime Quebec MP’s policies mirror his own.

“He is perhaps the first Conservative in a long time that has a chance of winning over 40 seats there, which would materially improve our chances for a majority mandate,” O’Leary said. “So here is what I’m going to do; I’m withdrawing my candidacy from the leadership race and throwing my full support behind Max.”

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