CBC: Fire Kevin O'Leary
  • Petitioning Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Capitalist
Kevin O'Leary
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CBC: Fire Kevin O'Leary

    1. Petition by

      Rebel Youth Magazine

Kevin O'Leary is a multi‑millionaire and owner of the asset management company O'Leary Funds. He has appeared with Amanda Lang on CBC's The Lang and O'Leary Exchange since 2009, and stars on the shows Dragons Den and its US counterpart, Shark Tank on ABC.

"Fire Kevin O'Leary" is urging the CBC to dismiss this notorious venture capitalist "dragon." Mr. O'Leary is abusing his position at the CBC to explicitly promote his own for‑profit businesses. He is hijacking the public broadcaster with a socially destructive message of corporate greed, privatization, selfishness, and austerity.

These shows are really about catering to the Harper Tory government and its "slash-and-burn economic action plan". It is ironic that the CBC seems to have become a bastion of right‑wing commentators like Rex Murphy and Don Cherry. In this group, Mr. O'Leary stands out as a chief spokesperson for the vicious agenda of "money‑over‑everything" and "greed is good," which is being used as an ideological battering ram against young workers and all people in Canada.

Thus he is the face of the poverty‑creators, the job‑destroyers, the union‑busters ‑ basically, of the austerity agenda.

Researching for the campaign, Rebel Youth magazine found a series of cases where Mr. O'Leary called unions a "parasite" on business.

"Elect me as Prime Minister for 15 minutes," Mr. O'Leary said on a show. "I will make unions illegal. Anybody who remains a union member will be thrown in jail." He adds that "Unions are sheer evil [...] Unions themselves are born out of evil. They must be destroyed with evil", and "no one could contain unions in hell. They were so evil they came out of hell and they came upon earth."

These remarks, which could have come out of the mouth of a fascist dictator, prompted several complaints. The National Union of Public and Government Employees wrote that "Trade unionists are beaten and murdered in many countries around the world, simply because they believe in workers acting collectively to improve workplace conditions such as pay, hours of work, health and safety, and job security. [...] Mr. O'Leary's wilful promotion of contempt and hatred towards unions reflects a viewpoint that has often ended in violence perpetrated against union members and leaders."

The CBC Ombudsperson, however, refused to intervene.

Its time to restore and increase funding to the CBC so they don't have to cater to the O'Learys of the world to win adverstizing revenue.  Sign our petiton today and send CBC, Mr. O'Leary and his supporters a clear message: its time for Kevin to move on and get a new job.

To:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ombudsman
Kevin O'Leary, Capitalist
The Fire Kevin O'Leary campaign has just won another supporter and we would like you to know about it. It is time for Mr. O'Leary's dismissal from the CBC!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Kevin O'Leary responds:

      Kevin O'Leary

      Redistribution of wealth through forced taxation is against the capitalistic system that made North America a leader in business and created millions of jobs.


    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Climbing up towards 900

      We were on Toronto's NewsTalk 1010 talking about the campaign! Read more here: http://rebelyouth-magazine.blogspot.ca/2013/02/fire-kevin-oleary-campaign-hits-news.html

    5. Almost 800 - thank you! Check out this video

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Almost 250

      In just a few days we have got great support from people and are making new connections with like-minded folks too! Thank you!

    8. Reached 200 signatures
    9. Over 100 signatures in 1 day!

      Thank you and please keep the good comments coming. There is a suggestion we set up a website too and work with similar-minded folks. Cool!

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. Decision-maker Kevin O'Leary responds:

      Kevin O'Leary

      I want to fire him too!
      Kevin O'Leary


    12. Reached 50 signatures
    13. Over 50 signatures in just 3 hours!

      Wow - great response people! Many thanks for the comments, we agree.

    14. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • m g TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 19 hours ago

      He is a reprehensible person and does not represent CBC as a national broadcaster

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    • Douglas Wagar MONTREAL, CANADA
      • 9 days ago

      I like the guy, & his neo con ways usually not bothersome, but this we were born to get rich commercial, & not that even, the playing of it nonstop like a war of 1813 commercial & kids, though countered with a gd 1 saying kids in school should learn about money, so fine...what makes me sign, is his huge open disdain for, hey, being an investing idiot scammed or not, in Russia & got burnt, big time. Now he was saying essentially on air, go Harper go, stir it up in the Ukraine, a gr8 opportunity for Cda, diry oil, gases & just days after just under 60% of BC Kitimat BC said ''no" to the Enbridge dirty oil pipe line & matching fracked thinner lined. Not only a conflict of interest, Harper;s actions are for me, clear, agenda driven & not people & freedom generated & a mouth like O'Leary with his own open cries of failure in Russia & other motives to bash Russia is not only self centered but aiding & abetting a gov hell bent on even using Ukraine & other ways, now bordering on bloodshed to get their agendas & purchases orders filled & pipes laid, & for the likes öf O'Leary now to angry & vengeful to speak of Russia without an a profit take on this stupid & sad costly bitter loses.

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    • Robert Gordon WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • 13 days ago

      The middle class is being gutted by O'Leary's and hi ilk's philosophy of power and greed.

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    • Jane Gordon VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 13 days ago

      Canada's answer to Donald Trump. His extreme libertarian views and fact challenged opinions almost never help to inform Canadians in any meaning full way. O'Leary belongs on Fox News not CBC.

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    • Nicole Doyle TORONTO, CANADA
      • 17 days ago

      Horrible human being

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