Conservative leadership hopeful Kevin O’Leary is dropping out of the race.
The billionaire businessman and celebrity is leaving the leadership race and throwing his support behind his former opponent Maxime Bernier.
Global political correspondent David Akin dropped the bombshell on Twitter Wednesday morning.
— David Akin (@davidakin) April 26, 2017
They are confirming that O’Leary will be stepping down Wednesday afternoon.
The news comes as a shock to Conservative candidates and supporters, as O’Leary was considered a frontrunner for party leadership.
O’Leary’s wealth and reality television fame proved controversial, drawing parallels to U.S. President Donald Trump’s candidacy below the border.
We will have more on this story as information comes in.
Criticism close to home
In an interview with Mike Smyth on CKNW’s Simi Sara Show in December 2016, O’Leary openly criticized Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson and the provincial government for being slow to move on Uber.
“It’s missing the one thing that it needs, which is transportation. You ask any restaurant operator right now at midnight if they can get a cab for somebody that’s out of town, not a chance in hell. Now, I’m not going to settle for that as a Canadian, why should you? You live there!”
O’Leary also threw jabs at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, going so far as to call him a “surfer dude.”