He says he’s a Conservative but his actions say otherwise. Where on political spectrum does Kevin O’Leary really stand?
The word is out. Kevin O’Leary, the dragon who exhaled the most fire and the shark that bites the most says he’s thinking about changing jobs. He’s considering a run for the Conservative leadership, recently vacated by Stephen Harper, a choice some are beginning to regret. But is he really a Conservative? His actions from Shark Tank and Dragons’ Den clearly prove that he’s a better fit for the NDP.
There he is, whether he has wings or fins, sitting on a throne. He’s willing to fund small businesses. He wants more competition in the market and a larger economy but seeks to do it in a socialist manner.
Most often he tries to control. If you offer him 50%+1 the only thing that will knock off a deal with him is another investor saying they’ll give you more money for less control. Clearly Kevin wants control of the business and seeks multiple assets.
As Prime Minister this would mean more crown corporations. Instead of selling off Canada Post to Canadians, a plan that was considered because of what happened in the UK he’s more likely to ensure the government led by him controls it as much as possible (aka 100%). It still might see an end to door-to-door delivery.
He can’t always control. Many times, instead of asking for control he seeks constant royalty. In other words, he wants money but doesn’t want to do anything new. This can be good for Canadians.
More revenue for the government means there is more to invest. There are few methods that can be used for revenue. The easiest, what O’Leary always looks for, is taxes. Therefore, to increase his revenue, aka the amount of money the government has for spending, he’ll have to increase taxes, raise the price consumers pay for government services. Either that or close the loopholes in taxes. That won’t be a problem; he doesn’t want anyone keeping money that belongs to him (the government). He himself might give more so he can access more. It’s a win-win.
Then there’s the consumer, Canadians if he’s PM. As an investor he wants to keep the consumers happy so they return to his franchise and purchase more. If the business asking him for money has a nothing product he won’t invest. He wants Canada to have more to offer the world. To ensure that Canadians remain in Canada, help its economy grow, and make Canada more globally competitive he’ll have to keep Canadians happy and give them more opportunities. This means more investment in fields such as education, social programs, and education, key industries used by Canadians that have seen cuts.
Consumer friendliness might also mean an immediate creation of jobs. To ensure Canadians can invest in the nation (buy goods so the GST brings in revenue) they must have money. The easiest way for a Canadian to get money without receiving government grants is employment. Somehow “Prime Minister” O’Leary will find a way to not only create jobs for Canadians to enter and reduce unemployment to the lowest it’s ever been, he’ll make them high paying so Canadians have more money to spend.
The only downside is the expense side.
To increase profit or keep it out of the red, balanced budget or a surplus, he’ll have to cut expenses or dramatically increase revenue. This means that he’ll have to either get rid of the overflow of government employees or drastically increase taxes (revenue). It might even mean the complete elimination of the Senate. The good side, Canada could pay of its national debt under PM O’Leary. There might even be enough money to help provinces pay of their debts.
The only question: will it be the Conservatives or NDP that support him? If neither do he might have to run Liberal and face of against Justin Trudeau, old vs. the young, extremist vs. progressive, a battle no Canadian will want to miss.