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Warren Kinsella: 63 per cent of Canadians are traitors

When I told one of the advisers to Justin Trudeau why I supported the International effort against ISIS/ISIL – and when I pointed out that I agreed with right-wing extremist warmongers like Barack Obama, Lloyd Axworthy and Bob Rae – I was told Messrs. Axworthy, Rae et al. were “traitors” to the party, because they’d disagreed with the leader. That’s a quote.

I guess us traitors can be comforted with the news that we’re not entirely alone. Here’s hoping we all get a big cell with a window!

Warren Kinsella: My tri-partisan nature is revealed on Sun News

Going on @SunNewsNetwork with @LisaKirbie to say how amazing it is all #cdnpoli campaigns run by brilliant women – Telford, McGrath, Byrne.

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January 28, 2015

Warren Kinsella: Go hard left, then go hard right

Either way, it’s veering all over the road.

The anti-terror legislation isn’t tabled, yet, so no one outside a small circle within the government actually knows what is in it. Even though I – along with Lloyd Axworthy, Bob Rae, Gen. Romeo Dallaire and many other Liberals – support the international effort against ISIS/ISIL, I’m not ready to support the government’s bill until I, you know, actually see it.

If all of this seems a bit familiar to you, it should. In 2003, Jean Chretien said “no” to Canadian involvement in George W. Bush’s misadventures in Iraq. Paul Martin objected (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: The enlightened world of gaming

I have never played a video game. Never. I just never got the hang of it, or was too busy, or whatever. It looked stupid, frankly.

I bought my sons video games, however. I could tell the games were violent, of course, because they all are. But I told them that I would never buy them games like Grand Theft Auto, which contained sexual violence. And I didn’t.

Having now read what one feminist experienced when she pointed out the sexism found in many video games, however, has me wondering whether I should just pick up the Xbox and (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Auschwitz

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: abolish Question Period!

Parliament is back in session, and so too Question Period.

Nobody would dispute that the former is a crucial part of the way in which we govern ourselves. But the latter? It’s more than irrelevant – it is arguably harmful to our democracy.

To suggest such a thing is heretical, of course. Since Parliament’s return on Monday, we have been subjected to the usual back-in-session news coverage and opinion columns about who said what in Question Period, who scored and who didn’t. We have been told, implicitly or explicitly, that QP (as it is known) is vitally important.

But is (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Seat projections are voodoo politics

But they’re fun. Here’s CBC’s latest, which you can take with several gargantuan grains of salt.

Warren Kinsella: Comment rules

Someone using a false name and false email address has tried this morning to make criminal accusations about Kathleen Wynne and Team on this web site’s comments section. I have told that person I will not approve such comments.

Here, again, are the rules. Everyone should abide by them. Thanks.

1. No libel. Having practiced libel law, I am the sole judge of what is and isn’t.

2. Stick to the topic, please. Being wildly off-topic, or getting into a long and boring fight with another commenter, is a good way to be asked not to come back.

3. Don’t (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In today’s Hill Times: where’s the plan?

What a difference a few weeks make.

Not so long ago, the federal government was counting on a structural surplus — and lots of largess to dispense at around the time of the final budget before the general election.

Not so long ago, the price of oil per barrel was going up. Not so long ago, the dollar was worth pretty close to a dollar (U.S.). Not so long ago, employment numbers seemed to be heading in the right direction. Not so long ago, the war against ISIS — which is a right and proper effort — was (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: The Rumble: Trudeau, Obama, kings and cake

Warren Kinsella: Death

It wasn’t Roger Ebert’s elegy that got me thinking about it: I’m Irish Catholic and, like my Jewish friends, I think about death all the time. Goes with the territory.

Anyway, Twitter is a good a place as any to define it. If I’m right, it’s when that one-third starts to overwhelm the proceedings.

A third of life is sleeping.

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January 24, 2015

Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: little interview, big problem

Should Canada have participated in the First World War, when we weren’t contributing anything that our Allies didn’t already have?

Should we have joined the fight against fascism in the Second World War – because we weren’t certain we would win?

Silly questions, yes. But they will likely be asked, just the same, of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau following a misstep in Southwestern Ontario this week – when he sat down with a London radio host, and expounded on his position on our efforts to combat the genocidal force that is ISIS.

The interview, with host Andrew Lawton on AM (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Right about now, the PM is throwing a big dictionary at a staffer

H/T Louis Butko.

Warren Kinsella: Arnold Chan

Arnold is an old friend from the Team McGuinty days, and an impressive new Liberal MP. He is an amazing person, very driven, and I am very confident he will beat this.

Warren Kinsella: Orwellian

Rejection of George Orwell’s Animal Farm by Knopf. For those of us who slave away behind a keyboard, worth clipping and saving.

Warren Kinsella: Facebook isn’t growing, the others are

Somewhere, Steve Ladurantaye is doing fist pumps.

Warren Kinsella: Is just something in my eye, is all

That’s all.

(Made me miss you, BK. Time goes fast.)

Warren Kinsella: Trudeau and ISIS: the perils of local media

The federal Liberal caucus is in London, this week, planning for the coming Parliamentary session – but also to wave the Grit flag, a bit, and try and recapture the Southwest Ontario strength the party once had under Jean Chretien.

As such, Trudeau has done a lot of local media. And, as is always the case in these kinds of encounters, the local media approach the political leaders in a way that is quite different that the Parliamentary Press Gallery, who see the national leaders all the time.

As a war room guy, I always find these local-reporter-questions-national-leader sessions very (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Now Magazine: still full of shit

Here we go again: the free speechies at Now Magazine are making legal threats about the way in which I exercise my free speech.

In particular, the self-styled progressives at Now are hissing, via no less than s. 2 advocate Professor Alan N. Young, that they will sue me, verily and herewith, for asserting that they are “profiting on advertising that traffics in young girls.”



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Warren Kinsella: Battleground: can the Grits get SW Ontario back?

Warren Kinsella: 51 days to break his first major promise

That has to be some kind of a record. Sworn in start of December, whiplash-inducing flip flop a few weeks later.

Then: “I would freeze fares for at least the first year of my administration.” – John Tory, October 18, 2014

Now: “It was not until the transition period after the election that I was fully able to comprehend.” – John Tory, January 19, 2015

A record! First major promise broken in 51 days! 'Tory goes against campaign pledge & hikes TTC fares' #topoli

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January 20, 2015

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: terror isn’t on the ballot, but it may as well be

In Summer of 1986, around the time I was reporting on the activities of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations for the Calgary Herald, an editor approached me in the newsroom.

“How many of these Aryan Nation guys are there in Alberta?” he asked me.

“Hardcore, committed members?” I said. “Maybe forty or so.”

“Forty!” the editor said. “That’s ridiculous! Why are we writing so much about a group of lunatics with no more than forty members?”

The answer was blindingly obvious, but I didn’t argue. The editor had a higher pay grade than me. So I (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Today

Warren Kinsella: Now-now, Now

The self-professed progressive free speechies at Now are threatening to sue me again. Yawn.

Sure can dish it out, etc. etc.

Warren Kinsella: Dear good people of Sudbury

You’re in the meddle of a by-election and whatnot, but this shouldn’t take long. Stay with me.

The notion that Kathleen Wynne – one of the most honest politicians you could ever care to meet – would ever, ever need to offer a job or an appointment to a former candidate to step aside is this:

It’s crazy. Crazy.

Here’s why: as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, she doesn’t need to offer anyone a consolation prize, or an appointment, or even the time of the day. The reason why is right there, in black and white, in the constitution (Read more…)