WATCH: Kevin O'Leary to officially join Conservative race on Wednesday

Celebrity businessman and reality TV star Kevin O'Leary will officially enter the Conservative leadership race on Wednesday.

The move will come just hours after the first French-language all-candidates debate ends in Quebec City — an event that O'Leary has been accused of dodging by not declaring his candidacy earlier.

The Montreal-born O'Leary told CJAD 800's Leslie Roberts last week that his French was definitely not up to snuff, but he pledged he would make an effort to learn it.