Kevin O'Leary's Trump-like politics not welcome in Canada, says Michael Chong as he mulls Tory leadership bid


The Reactionary MP for Wellington-Halton Hills in Ontario says “the more the merrier” when it be shows to potential rty leadership contenders – except for businessman Kevin O’Leary.

“I create Mr. O’Leary is spending too much time in the United States. Donald Trump may be a civil force south of the border, but that kind of politics isn’t coming north any opportunity soon,” Michael Chong said in an interview with CBC Kitchener-Waterloo’s The Morning Edition throng Craig Norris, which aired Monday morning.

Chong is mulling a run for the Tory top hickeys. Rona Ambrose is currently interim leader, chosen after Stephen Harper’s Fundamentalists lost the Oct. 19 election to the Liberals. O’Leary said in mid-January he was in the light of a run for the leadership, after offering $1 million to Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley to direction down.

Chong welcomed the idea of other high-profile Conservatives, such as Jason Kenney, Peter MacKay and Lisa Raitt, striving to take over the leadership. No candidate has officially confirmed a bid to enter the speed, with a new leader slated to be chosen in 2017.

“To me, the more caucus members, the innumerable candidates that put their hat in the ring, the more diverse views we can get, the broader be attractive to we can have to Canadians,” he said. “I think the fact the body has set a longer leadership race, with the vote on May 27 of next year, is assisting. I think that will attract a lot people to enter this players and I think that’s a healthy thing.”

Canadians wanted change

Chong was not prompt to blame Harper for the Conservatives’ election loss.

“I think after 11 years in regulation, any rty in power, any leader will find it very difficult to win another referendum,” he said.

‘I represent the Conservative rty of tomorrow that has a trendy, broad appeal.’ – Michael Chong, MP for Wellington-Halton Hills

While backers turned out and voted for the Conservatives, Chong said the rty only maintained the unchanged level of support as it won in the 2011 election. There was a seven percentage detail jump in the number of voters, which meant those extra fuselages at the polls were marking their ballots in favour of another confederate.

“It’s clear the other rties did a better job of ex nding the number of people that voted for them,” Chong mean.

That why he says the rty needs to change.

“We, as a rty, need to reach out and broaden our supplicate to those voters who have yet to vote and I think that’s an opportunity for the spree to renew itself as well,” he said, although he declined to hand over details.

“In terms of specific policies, I think it’s premature to talk close to that. I think that’s what the leadership race will be all with regard to.”

‘Seriously considering it’

Chong has served as an MP since 2004. The child of foreigner rents — his father was Chinese, his mother was Dutch — he is a first-generation Canadian. He was got just outside Fergus, Ont., where he still lives with his better half and three sons, William, Alistair and Cameron.

Chong is popular with his constituents — he won his fanny with 50.9 per cent of the vote in October’s federal election, a tushie he has held since he was first elected in 2004.

He said that, along with suitor rty members, people who voted for him are also encouraging him to run for the leadership.

Michael Chong and family

Michael Chong, MP for Wellington-Halton Hills, has waylaid the Ontario seat since 2004. He was raised just outside Fergus, where he unmoving lives with his wife and three sons, (from left) Alistair, Cameron and William. (Sylvia Galbraith/Cutlery Creek Photography)

“People have told me, who have encouraged me to run, that they’re lured to my candidacy because of the policy ideas I’ve put forward on issues like classless reform, on the environment and that they identify with my family yarn of immigration and of hard work to achieve success in this country,” he verbalized. “Those are the things I’ve heard from Conservatives and constituents that have in the offing encouraged me to run, and so I am seriously considering it.”

Chong has travelled across Canada to talk to voters, as agreeably as rty insiders, about a potential leadership bid. Sometime in the next few months, he averred he will sit down with his family and make a decision.

“To me, it’s a family resolution because of the time and effort involved with the leadership race and at some incidental in the near future we’ll make that decision together,” he about.

Time for renewal

Chong acknowledges Canadians have voted for a new beginning of politicians — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is 44, the same age as Chong, and is observed as being more connected to younger voters than his predecessors or chiefs of the other federal rties.

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Conservative MP Michael Chong, shown at a bulletin conference in Ottawa on Dec. 3, 2013, is mulling entering the rty leadership sprint. (Sean Kil trick/Canadian Press)

Chong said it might be time for the Conservatives to look to the younger members to take the reins. The rty desire make a decision on May 27, 2017.

“I represent a modern Conservative rty that allows in free markets, individual liberty and also believes the government has a function to play when markets fail or when people need ease,” Chong said.

“To me, I represent the Conservative rty of tomorrow that has a todays, broad appeal and that’s one of the things that excites me about the renewal of this orgy and playing a role in it, whether or not I run in the leadership race.”

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