Kevin O’Leary has declared on his Facebook page that he will run to become the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada according to CBC news.
O’Leary said that Canadians went to his website and encouraged him to enter the race.
“You know why? I listened to you,” he said in the video posted Wednesday, thanking the “40,000”.
O’leary added in the video , “What an opportunity we have in this country. Limitless bounty,” “Such opportunity to turn it around. I’m so excited. It’s time, he said.
According to him the potential of Canada is absolutely immense and really mismanaged, he said.
CBC says that Waiting until Wednesday morning meant O’Leary was not required to participate in the party’s French-only debate, held last night in Quebec City.
O’Leary, 62, joins the contest months after it started. The website continues by saying that three of the 13 other candidates made their candidacies official last spring and have been prepared for a year.
O’Leary’s campaign will have to catch up in the space of a few months. But his television programs have already made him a household name across Canada ,
O’Leary has been critical of the debate formats the party is using in the race, and said he wouldn’t participate in the French debate “out of respect for Quebec and French-Canadians.”
According to the website the vote is to be held on May 27, out of the 13 candidates , some weren’t bilingual like O’Leary were forced to answer eight questions entirely in French at an event where no translation was provided.
He is required to attend the final two bilingual debates once he files his papers and pays the required deposit.
The next debate is in Edmonton on Feb. 28. Those wishing to vote for the next Conservative leader in May have until late March to purchase a party membership. The final deadline to enter the race is Feb.24.