According to multiple reports, Kevin O’Leary has removed himself from the Conservative leadership race. The news was first reported by CTV.
BREAKING: A source tells CTV News that Kevin O'Leary is dropping out of the Conservative leadership race.
— CTV Toronto (@CTVToronto) April 26, 2017
O’Leary, who is best known for his roles in reality television programs Dragons’ Den, Shark Tank, and defunct business news program The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, reportedly dropped out of the race because he did not believe he could win support in Quebec.
“It’s for the sake of the party that I do this, and the country. Because I can’t deliver Quebec. I can’t win. That’s my opinion. I wish it was different,” O’Leary said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.
“The worst thing for me to do is to win the leadership and lose the election. That is a disaster for everybody involved here.”
O’Leary infamously no-showed bilingual debates in his bid to run for the leadership, leading many to question the viability of his candidacy.
O’Leary endorsed Maxime Bernier upon dropping out of the race.