Trump Lite: Shark Tank Star Looks to Lead Conservatives in Canada

Kevin O'Leary, Mr. Wonderful, wants to lead Canada

Like Donald Trump, he is a business star and reality TV star, and now Kevin O'Leary, one of the stars of ABC's Shark Tank, is looking at getting into politics.

Canada's Conservatives are looking for a new leader after the party lost October's election. The Conservatives had spent 10 years in power under Stephen Harper but after they lost to the Liberals in the fall, Harper stepped down, leading to the current leadership race. Unlike the American system, the Canadian leadership process requires not a vote of people who declare loyalty to one party or another but the sale of party memberships.

A one-year membership in the Conservative Party costs $25 and the person that sells the most memberships and gets the most votes from those members is likely to win. Despite his high name recognition and high poll numbers, that is unlikely to be Boston resident and Canadian citizen Kevin O'Leary.

O'Leary, like Trump, doesn't have a history of supporting the party he seeks to lead and in fact, donation records show he has favored liberal Democrats like John Kerry, Barack Obama and Patrick Kennedy when dolling out donations.

Under Harper the Conservative Party had been among the strongest opponents of Islamic Jihadis, O'Leary has said that if he were leader he would not only stop fighting ISIS but also seek to negotiate a peace with the terrorist group.

The Conservative Party of Canada will pick a new leader on May 27, 2017.