Kevin O’Leary would play a role in Maxime Bernier-led Conservative party

Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary dropped out of the Conservative leadership race and pledged to back Quebec MP Maxime Bernier’s campaign all the way to decision day, but the duo are also working on a plan for afterwards.

Bernier says that if he wins, he expects to continue having O’Leary as part of his inner political circle for the next two years and then perhaps persuade him to run for a seat in the House of Commons.

There are fewer than 10 days left before the new leader of the party is declared and voting is underway, with close to 260,000 members eligible to cast a ballot.

Bernier is the perceived front-runner, but acknowledged in an interview with The Canadian Press this week that O’Leary’s support so far has been essential in maintaining that lead.

The two were once rivals, but O’Leary quit the race last month, saying that while he believed he could win leadership, he could never muster enough support in Quebec to win a general election.

So instead, his camp struck a deal with Bernier’s, and the pair are now campaigning together in the final days of the race.

Just Posted

Accused murderer takes stand

Jason Klaus said he had no idea his family would be killed by Joshua Frank

St. Patrick’s school modernization could include asbestos removal

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools have told staff, students and parents connected… Continue reading

Campaign renews push to make Bighorn Backcountry a wildland provincial park, ATV groups unhappy

A push to provide provincial protection for the Bighorn Backcountry area has… Continue reading

Providing more services while keeping taxes low is Blackfalds’ dilemma

Town has undergone years of above-average growth

Creationist will speak at home-schooling convention in Red Deer

Ken Ham has debated Bill Nye on the Earth’s origins

VIDEO: Replay Red Deer: Nov. 19

Watch news highlights from the week of Nov. 13

Creationist will speak at home-schooling convention in Red Deer

Ken Ham has debated Bill Nye on the Earth’s origins

Update: Innisfail girl found

A 15-year-old missing Innisfail girl has been located safe and sound. Police… Continue reading

Cost to fix Phoenix pay system to surpass $540 million, auditor general says

The federal government’s chronic salary struggles will take more time and more… Continue reading

Red Deer Christmas Bureau to help 1,300 children this year

Demand is high, but Red Deer always provides

CP Holiday train makes stops in Central Alberta

The popular train will feature entertainment from Colin James and Emma-Lee

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

VIDEO: ‘Party bus’ goes up in flames in Vancouver

Fire crews responded to the late night blaze

Chicken crosses B.C. road, stops traffic

Rooster makes early morning commuters wait in Maple Ridge

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month