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!
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
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…)
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…)
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…)
But they’re fun. Here’s CBC’s latest, which you can take with several gargantuan grains of salt.
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…)
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…)
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
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…)
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.
Rejection of George Orwell’s Animal Farm by Knopf. For those of us who slave away behind a keyboard, worth clipping and saving.
Somewhere, Steve Ladurantaye is doing fist pumps.
(Made me miss you, BK. Time goes fast.)
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…)
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.”
On reflection, perhaps the word “traffics” isn’t entirely accurate. Perhaps I should say, instead, that NOW MAGAZINE MAKES HUGE PROFITS ON ADVERTISING PROSTITUTION SERVICES BY YOUNG GIRLS, WHILE SIMULATANEOUSLY CLAIMING TO PROMOTE WOMEN’S RIGHTS.
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 http://t.co/CG040VJMhq
— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January 20, 2015
— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) January (Read more…)
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…)
The self-professed progressive free speechies at Now are threatening to sue me again. Yawn.
Sure can dish it out, etc. etc.
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…)