O’Leary tar­gets N.S. premier

Lead­er­ship can­di­date has also crit­i­cized Wynne, Not­ley

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE - BY THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Kevin O’Leary — who drummed up head­lines last month when he tar­geted On­tario’s Kath­leen Wynne — has launched an ag­gres­sive at­tack on another Lib­eral premier.

In an “open let­ter’’ to Nova Sco­tia’s Stephen McNeil on Face­book Wed­nes­day, O’Leary said the prov­ince’s econ­omy is be­ing stran­gled by high taxes and poli­cies that dis­cour­age nat­u­ral gas and oil ex­plo­ration.

The re­al­ity TV show host and Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship can­di­date said he spoke to many peo­ple about the poor econ­omy when he was in Hal­i­fax last week­end for a de­bate.

He said Nova Sco­tia has some of Canada’s high­est tax rates and one of the low­est eco­nomic out­puts, and said that is not a co­in­ci­dence.

The Face­book post had been liked 2,600 times within eight hours.

A spokesman for McNeil said the premier would not be com­ment­ing at this time.

O’Leary is an en­tre­pre­neur and a star of the U.S.-based “Shark Tank’’ re­al­ity show who spends much of the year in Bos­ton.

His Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship cam­paign has been likened to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s for his no-holds-barred speak­ing style that of­ten dom­i­nates me­dia cov­er­age of the race.

“I reach mil­lions of Cana­di­ans each week through the me­dia and I have promised all of them that I will shine the light on medi­ocrity and in­com­pe­tence in govern­ment when I see it,’’ O’Leary said in his open let­ter to McNeil.

“So, I am putting you on no­tice. It’s time you start do­ing a bet­ter job for the peo­ple in Nova Sco­tia. If you don’t? Well you can ask your friend Kath­leen Wynne what hap­pened to her poll num­bers when I started writ­ing letters.’’

O’Leary called Wynne “in­com­pe­tent’’ af­ter she crit­i­cized his com­ments on On­tario’s auto sec­tor. He slammed Wynne for On­tario’s more than $300-bil­lion debt and sug­gested she call a snap elec­tion.

He had also tar­geted Al­berta Premier Rachel Not­ley, a New Demo­crat, be­fore he for­mally joined the race.

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Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship can­di­date Kevin O’Leary crit­i­cized Premier Stephen McNeil in an “open let­ter’’ on Face­book Wed­nes­day.

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