You all know Kevin O’Leary, right?  He’s the financial guru who rose to fame on CBC’s Dragon Den and then on ABC’s Shark Tank. He’s well known for rubbing people the wrong way and often saying controversial things. The problem is, I rarely believe him.  Not that he’s lying exactly, but I think he says stuff just to get attention.  It’s a thing the wealthy do, isn’t that right, Donald Trump?

Well, O’Leary set his sights on Alberta last week, when he responded to the province’s election results, which saw the NDP clobber the PC government, which has ruled for 44 years.

In an interview with the Financial Post, O’Leary said: “It’s a horror movie unfolding. Until we understand what the [oil and gas] royalties and taxes are there won’t be any material fund flows-it’s a disaster.”

It’s a silly statement, because it won’t be a disaster (at least I hope it won’t be.)  And doesn’t O’Leary understand that rich people explaining things to us, is exactly why we voted out the PCs in the first place?

But fret not, O’Leary might not be as clever as he wants us to believe. Earlier this week, he also made an appearance on Celebrity Jeopardy and if you want to see a real disaster, check out his results: While facing off against astronaut Mark Kelly and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, O’Leary finished the game at $-2,800. Yes, minus.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d do worse than him on Jeopardy, I’m just saying we should take advice on Alberta’s financial future from someone who didn’t even make Final Jeopardy… with a grain of salt.


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Mike Morrison

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