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Warren Kinsella: Jaime

I don’t know what is going on – Twitter is never a good place to look for context or truth – but I’ll say this: Jaime Watt is one of the best at what he does. If you ever got in trouble, you’d be grateful to have him in your corner.

Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: I didn’t know

[I'm posting this early because I'm starting to think my first reaction - disbelief - was wrong. Really wrong. Time will tell, etc., but here is my stab at trying to understand this.]

What did they know, and when did they know it?

That’s a question that has its origins in the Watergate scandal, forty years ago. What did the President know, and when did he know it?

In the intervening years, in respect of assorted real and perceived scandals, it’s a question that you hear a lot. Most of the time, it’s reporters asking The Question about (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Existential TV tweet.

Warren Kinsella: Speechified

I was up very, very late last night, on air, with the charming David Akin and the brilliant Michael Diamond, discussing Ontario municipal results and Alberta provincial results. It was a blast. Those two are the best.

Tonight, however, I will be at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus – to speak to political science students and staff about last night’s Toronto outcomes. If you are in the neighborhood, come on by and sling some gluten-free buns at me.

(Oh, right: in the new Instruction Centre (“IC”) building, room 220, at 5:15.)

Warren Kinsella: We’re one for one!

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: enough of the wannabe police, already

Keeping church and state separate is important. Keeping the state and the police separate is equally important.

We all got to see why, last week, when Stephen Harper – and one of his senior ministers – summarily changed their job descriptions. Last Monday, the Prime Minister assigned himself the role of federal Chief of Police. Then, last Wednesday, Employment Minister Jason Kenney did likewise.

On Monday, as every Canadian will recall, Armed Forces warrant officer Patrice Vincent was assassinated in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu by an avowed ISIS sympathizer, a pathetic loser who does not deserve to be named.

Vincent’s murder became political (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Press release about John Tory’s move to bar woman and control media

JOHN TORY BARS WOMAN BECAUSE OF HER MALE PARTNER

And Toronto mayoralty candidate again attempts to bully news media

TORONTO – Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory has decreed that Lisa Kirbie will not be permitted to provide political commentary for CityNews at his Election Night gathering – because of who Kirbie’s partner is.

Kirbie is the Senior Vice President of the Daisy Consulting Group, and a regular political commentator on CTV and Sun News Network. CityNews asked Kirbie to provide commentary during the station’s election night coverage at the Liberty Grand, John Tory headquarters.

Despite the fact that Kirbie’s (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Rod Love

Very, very sad to hear this news. We were adversaries and later became friends. A great Calgarian, he was.

Warren Kinsella: Communications, job interviews, and Toronto’s mayoralty

If elections are just great big job interviews (and they are) then communications – how you communicate, when you communicate, what you communicate – ultimately determine whether you get the job or not.

There are exceptions to that, of course. (There are always exceptions in politics.) In Toronto’s municipal campaign, there were three big things that affected the race.

• The New Democrat brand was in decline. In B.C., Nova Scotia, Ontario, New Brunswick, in federal by-elections: pretty much everywhere, these days, the NDP are struggling. That hurt Olivia Chow – the doyenne of the NDP – (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: I’m number 22! I’m number 22!

Here.

Being beaten by 1, 5 and 9 is an honour.

In respect of the rest of the list? Well, I haven’t really tweeted anything to #topoli since mid-August, so I particularly enjoyed beating 40, 42, 44, 46, 47, 51, 54, 57, 65, 77, 82, 83, 95 and 101.

(I’m petty, but you clearly dig that about me.)

Coming later today: my #topoli end-of-campaign take that some people will really, really not like. The Globe and Mail found it interesting, at least.

Warren Kinsella: It isn’t Throwback Thursday, but I had to share this.

Saint Bonaventure Junior High student council, Calgary, 1976. Spot the cocky ones.

Warren Kinsella: My take on the latest on Jian

Warren Kinsella: Shameless attempt to cash in on trending Twitter topic

Warren Kinsella: SFH live at The Only Cafe!

I thought we were terrible, but Big City Lib and the LaRoccas said we rocked. Several F Bombs were dropped. And lotsa dough was raised for Aboriginal Legal Services!

Warren Kinsella: Tonight on the Danforth! SFH for Aboriginal Legal Services!

And it’s in Toronto-Danforth – think about that. Hmmmm.

Warren Kinsella: Jihadist or lunatic?

The New York Times has a huge piece this morning, with multiple contributors, about the shooter and Ottawa (whose name I still refuse to use).

Was he an Islamic radical, or just a drug addicted loser? Here are the Times’ first few grafs:

OTTAWA — A loner. A drug addict. A criminal. A drifter. And lately, an Islamic radical.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the bearded, 32-year-old gunman who was shot dead Wednesday after killing a soldier and storming Canada’s Parliament, aptly fit each of those descriptions. In the tumultuous wake of what Canada’s prime minister has called a terrorist act, Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau’s (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Fund for Officer Vincent and Corporal Cirillo

Please donate. Here.

Warren Kinsella: Fennell cleared by integrity commissioner in ruling

Talk about eleventh-hour campaign drama. Wow.

Warren Kinsella: Thank you, Winnipeg

Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: “we are never going to let this happen again”

Yep.

That’s what he said: it caught them by surprise.

That’s what RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud actually said at a shambles of a press conference on Wednesday, looking feckless and useless: the attack on Parliament Hill – the murder of Corporal Nathan Cirillo – “caught us by surprise.”

It caught them by surprise, despite the fact that the killer – a nobody, a pathetic loser who does not now deserve the buckets of ink being spilled about him – had previously been prevented from obtaining a Canadian passport, because federal officials regarded him as a potential terrorist.

It (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Ottawa, right now

Here is an incredible video shot by Josh Wingrove of the Globe. It is looking down the Hall of Honour towards the library of Parliament. On either side of the hall are the rooms where MPs meet for caucus every Wednesday.

Warren Kinsella: If you guys don’t come to our show tonight, I’ll never talk to you again

Actually, wait. If you don’t come, I will talk at you incessantly, without pause.

That will motivate you better, I suspect.

Warren Kinsella: SFH at the Garrison Wednesday night!

For Shift! For Chris Turner! For Evan Solomon! For civil liberties!

Warren Kinsella: On ISIS fight, Canadians are with Obama

So sayeth Abacus. The polling firm didn’t ask, but I suspect that they would have found that Canadians don’t think the President is doing what he’s doing because of his ego, either. Libs, take note.

 

Warren Kinsella: We live in dangerous times

The murder of the CAF member in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu by an avowed ISIS sympathizer had political implications, and within minutes. Yesterday, the Prime Minister stood in the House of Commons to speak about the terrible event – even before the rest of us knew it had happened – and explicitly linked it to terrorism.

“The individual who struck the two CAF members (Canadian Armed Forces) with his car is known to federal authorities, including the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team,” PMO later said in a written statement issued Monday evening. “Federal authorities have confirmed that there are clear indications that the individual (Read more…)