Kevin O’Leary drops out of leadership race, citing lack of Quebec support

Conservative Leadership Candidate Maxime Bernier shakes hands with former candidate Kevin O’Leary after he announced he was dropping out of the leadership race. (CTV)

By Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer, CTV News, April 26, 2017 

OTTAWA — Kevin O’Leary is dropping out of the Conservative leadership race, citing weak second-ballot support and a lack of popularity in Quebec.

Even as he explained the reasons for departure, the Canadian politics outsider, who built a business and celebrity profile in the U.S., peppered his explanations with references to American politics and his prominence in the country south of the 49th parallel.

O’Leary says his outsider status limited his second-ballot support, and cited his weakness in Quebec as the reason he was quitting.

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