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Tibrina Hobson  Getty Images                      Kevin O'Leary

He has officially announced today that he will run for the leadership of the Federal Conservative Party.

Wonderful - has finally chose to run for the federal Conservative leadership.

O'Leary is unilingual but has told CTV that he will be "proficient" in French by the next federal election.

Well, it just got interesting - finally!

"You know why? I listened to you", he said in the video posted Wednesday, thanking the "40,000" Canadians he said went to his website and encouraged him to enter the race.

"The only similarity is we both worked with Mark Burnett and we've both been successful in reality TV and business, but that's where the comparisons end", O'Leary said.

O'Leary also took another line from Trump's playbook, bragging about his zero sum level of political experience and suggesting experience managing businesses will be enough to manage a country.

Now there are 13 other candidates pursuing the same position as O'Leary (sound familiar?).

O'Leary's campaign will have to scramble to make up for lost time, with the Conservative Party's election five months away, on May 27.

"My (exploratory) committee released a report today & has identified a path to victory in the #cpcldr race", O'Leary tweeted on January 12.

"Canadians are looking for a prime minister who is not a career politician, a politician who will fight for them, and is not afraid to tell them how it is", said O'Leary.

In a statement, O'Leary said Canadians need a prime minister who will kickstart the economy and support business - particularly in light of political changes in the United States.

She adds: "I don't want a leader that's only in it for themselves".

Two of the most high-profile candidates are Lisa Raitt, a former Labour Minister who served under the Harper government and Kellie Leitch who has suggested immigrants showed be individually interviewed before they are allowed to move to Canada.

He has also been criticised for not speaking French, one of Canada's official languages. "I think I can push that to 70% to 80%".

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