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Warren Kinsella: In Sunday’s Sun: when democracy is just a word

A year ago this month, Justin Trudeau was a candidate for the Liberal Party leadership. He gave a big speech to delegates at what was called the “Liberal leadership showcase.”

Among other things, Trudeau said this: “The only person Mr. Harper wants his caucus to serve is their leader. Well, that’s not good enough. We need to be a party of community leaders, devoted to community service. That’s why I am calling for open nominations for all Liberal candidates in every single riding in the next election.”

“Open nominations” is political-speak. It basically means what the phrase implies: (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Rob Ford, pictured on the holiest day of the Christian calendar

Just got back from Good Friday Mass with Lisa, to receive this photo. At St. Francis’ Easter procession, which is a very, very solemn occasion, that SOB cackles on the side of the road with his loathsome brother and some others.

Maybe he was looking to score, and he forget where he was. In any event, it reminded me of how much I despise him.

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Warren Kinsella: Most of the victims went to my Calgary high school

Bishop Carroll.

Just can’t stop thinking about this terrible thing. Know that street, know that neighbourhood, know the family names. The horror of it – it’s hard to shake.

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Warren Kinsella: In the middle of Rob Ford’s speech

At his “historic” rally.

Back to Etobicoke with you soon, Crackhead. Soon.

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Warren Kinsella: Q: Does Rob Ford call people back? A: No. He’s a damn liar.

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Warren Kinsella: Wikipedia – Warren Kinsella

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Warren Kinsella: Mayor On Crack single – out tonight!

Bjorn Von Flapjack III, Winkie, Davey Snot and Royal Niblet tonight at the Tranzac Club, on Brunswick at Bloor!

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Warren Kinsella: Tonight! For student journalism!

Also, it’s Bjorn’s birthday. I may therefore acknowledge his presence onstage, but that’s a big if.

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Warren Kinsella: Tomorrow night!

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Warren Kinsella: Good God

This mass-killing in Calgary took place a block from my law school and where I used to live. This is insane.

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Warren Kinsella: Trudeau will lose

…and so will the other defendants named in this big defamation action. Barring a speedy discretion-before-dishonour top-secret settlement, this thing will drag on for quite some time. But whenever it concludes, it will do so with the Liberal leader and his inner circle losing, big time.

I haven’t read the pleadings, but what is publicly known about this little psychodrama suggests apologies, retractions and cheque-writing are in Justin Trudeau’s future. Here’s why:

There were several statements made by Trudeau and his inner circle that had a tendency to defame Christine Innes’ reputation: they stated, directly, that she engaged in intimidation (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: My view this morning

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Warren Kinsella: Keep CUP strong with SFH and the Snipes!

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Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: they’re losing

Now that the plague that is Rob Anders has ended – fittingly, and Biblically, just as Holy Week and Passover commenced – let us give thanks and praise to God. And analyze what it means.

Anders, as a long-mortified Canada will know, has represented Northwest Calgary and environs for nearly two decades. As a Reform MP, an Alliance MP and now a Conservative MP, Anders has been a pestilential blight on Canadian public life, more horrible than a week-long Justin Bieber retrospective.

He called Nelson Mandela a “terrorist,” quote unquote. He fell asleep in the House of Commons. He attacked (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: John Tory is having another one of those bad days

And just think! There’s only about 200 more bad days to go!

I was thinking that, on days like today, John probably wishes he’d stayed on as a highly-paid Rogers mouthpiece.

And then I remember: he did!

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Warren Kinsella: Zing!

Dithers’ “number one priority” just got blowed up, real good.

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Warren Kinsella: Dithers makes a dithering “announcement” – Chow responds within ten minutes

Not bad.

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Warren Kinsella: RoTo: 151 days with no policies

But I love Dithers’ addled mouthpiece’s quote at the bottom (link is under the 24 front pic): “It is a fabrication that our campaign doesn’t have strong policies. We will come out with a number of them over the campaign.”

Get that? We have policies, but we don’t have policies. Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia, etc.

Oh, and the quote from Doug Ford? He was a drug dealer. He lies about everything – and now, apparently, he has joined John Tory and Karen Stintz as a co-op birther.

Warren Kinsella: What the defeat of Rob Anders means

1. Calgarians have again shown the world – viz., Calgary Centre, Wildrose wipeout, etc. etc. – that they aren’t just moving to the centre. They are in the centre.

2. Jason Kenney will never be the leader of the Conservative Party.

You’re welcome.

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Warren Kinsella: In Sunday’s Sun: give a damn, Messrs. Sousa and Baird

Imagine you’re a dad with four young kids, and a wife who is a school principal. Imagine you’re an engineering graduate of a Canadian university, and you do a lot of charity work.

Imagine you get the political bug, and get involved in a campaign, and you win and you get to write memos for the boss about helping minorities, and you even get to meet Hillary Clinton.

Then, imagine you kiss your wife and kids one morning, head off to work, and a bunch of big guys storm into your office. They’re shouting and waving weapons and they hustle (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: The only anti-Rob Ford video you should watch today

There’s another YouTube Rob Ford thing out this morning and I hate it: it evinces too much sympathy, or likeability, for Mayor Crackhead. It misses the mark.

This video, meanwhile, naturally doesn’t. You can see this band, considered Canada’s finest and most-wonderful geriatric punk combo, at the Tranzac Club next Wednesday, and at the Bovine at the end of the month. Be there or be square, etc.

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Warren Kinsella: Trudeau by the numbers

The good news:

The Liberals surpassed the Conservatives a year and a half ago. This is not a honeymoon period, not a blip of the sort Michael Ignatieff enjoyed after his convention win and during the prorogation brouhaha. The NDP and Conservatives both have been on the skids for some time now, and the Liberals have been picking up the marbles.

The bad news:

The Liberals should take warning, however: Despite the party’s recent good fortune, Trudeau’s disapproval rating has been rising at an alarming pace. As more Canadians become familiar with him, their attitude toward Trudeau seems to lean (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: SFH, for CUP

April 16, 8 pm, Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick, in TO. For CUP and student media. We will have a different line-up than ever before seen: history will be made.

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Warren Kinsella: I hate everything

So I go over to George Brown College at noon to give a speech thing to their board. It went well. Felt good. Went for lunch at the Patrician. Talked to Terry and Chris.

Later, driving on Lakeshore with my little guy – and the front left wheel cover comes flying off my truck. Flies off. Throw on the emergencies and get off the road.

Guess what? When I was at the speech or the diner – parked in broad daylight on one of the busiest streets in Toronto – someone hit the front left and just kept on going. (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Flaherty

I once said to a Conservative who was a friend of his that I thought he’d been a not-bad finance minister. She didn’t believe me. So I wrote this.

Apparently it amused him when he saw it; I was amused to hear that he was amused.

Anyway. Condolences to his family. Big shock.

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