Businessperson Arlene Dickinson’s reaction at CBC to the idea of her Dragon’s Den co-star being a politician, marked by incredulity and concern, has been widely shared on Facebook. It deserves to continue to be shared.
Since announcing his candidacy for the leader of the Conservative Party, I’ve been inundated with requests to comment on Kevin O’Leary. The question on everyone’s mind is the same: “Is the cold, money-driven person we see on television what we will get as a potential political leader?”
It’s the exact same question I’ve received from Canadians from coast to coast since we co-starred on Dragons’ Den together.
And the answer is: Yes, he’s exactly the same person privately as he is on camera.
For seven years, I sat shoulder to shoulder with Kevin. We’d spend long hours together, listening to hardworking Canadian entrepreneurs pitch their businesses, which, all too often, led to real-life stories of enormous struggle.
You get a window into somebody’s character by the way they treat people, particularly those who are vulnerable and need help or guidance.
Kevin’s total lack of empathy toward these Canadians who put their heart and soul on the line, I can assure you, was genuine.