O'Leary bails - and it's a whole new race

Kevin O'Leary speaks during the Conservative Party of Canada convention in Vancouver Friday

Kevin O'Leary speaks during the Conservative Party of Canada convention in Vancouver Friday

O'Leary said he believed e would have to win at least 30 of the 78 seats in Quebec, and the Conservatives only held 12 seats after the 2015 election that installed Trudeau's Liberals in power.

"Shark Tank" star Kevin O'Leary is dropping out of the Canadian Conservative party leadership race and endorsing a rival.

Global political correspondent David Akin dropped the bombshell on Twitter Wednesday morning.

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O'Leary said he'll do whatever it takes to help Bernier, but defended the fact his campaign sent out a fundraising letter just hours before he dropped out.

Still, O'Leary had plenty of assets: instant recognition, thanks to years of television exposure; a public image as a savvy financial manager; and a brash, no-nonsense, outsider approach that echoed the unlikely ascent of U.S. President Donald Trump.

"There's no other candidate that connects with the young with the way I can", he said. The party's almost 260,000 members aren't bound to follow their preferred candidate's direction if he or she drops off the ballot.

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He said it would be up to DCFS to determine custody issues. "I honestly feel the whole thing was a big waste of time". Ackerson said the mother still has the two other children but that they are no longer staying at her Joliet home.

Second ballot support is always a concern for any candidate and all you can do is live with that risk and see where the votes settle.

In his statement, O'Leary claimed that Bernier was well placed to win in Quebec, and thus give the Conservatives the best chance to defeat Justin Trudeau in 2019. In particular, I am touched by the 35,335 people who purchased memberships to support our cause. "I don't even know what to say and I can reassure you Kevin my vote is not going to Bernier".

"I'm the only one who can make a deal with him", Bernier said during the debate in Toronto.

Bernier's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"It is the Florida of Canada", O'Leary, who had struggled to learn French in time to boost his chances against Bernier, in reference to the province's history of determining the outcome of Canada's federal elections.

"I'm in a unique situation", O'Leary said. Only hours earlier, the iPolitics weekly Mainstreet poll of some 2,100 Conservatives had O'Leary growing three points from the previous week to 26 per cent, Andrew Scheer moving into second place at 17 per cent, and Bernier slipping to third at 14 per cent.

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