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Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 29: last day of August, but where’s the winning narrative?

 

It’s the last day of August…and survey says the electorate don’t really want anyone to be government. Check out that Abacus slide – all three parties are within three points of each other!

What’s that mean? That means the New Democrats have suffered an (inevitable) drop, the Conservatives and Liberals have benefitted (a little bit). And it means that no one has (yet) captured the support of a plurality of voters. Perpetual minority government, here we come! The economy is the issue, as seen here and here. The CBC’s Don Pittis has a smart analysis, here. It’s (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 28: back in Canuckistan

  

Took 12 straight hours but I made it home with Sons 1, 2 and 3 last night. Drove through four states and two countries, made three pee stops, was greeted with a pleasant border services guy at the Niagara Falls crossing, and…took two hours to cross Toronto. Traffic was insane. So we went through many TO neighbourhoods.  Anecdotal, non-scientific impression? Dippers are winning the sign war, but Grits aren’t doing too badly, either. Conservatives are nowhere. Greens exist, but barely.  Signs probably don’t mean a whole lot, but politicos spend a lot of time talking about (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 27: open thread

 

Deficits, Paul Martin, a sudden surplus, Duffy, polls and pols: it’s open thread time.   I’m driving for ten hours today. And my focus will therefore be on getting Sons 1, 2 and 3 safely back to Canada.  So, comment away. When we stop for gas or whatever, I will approve your bon mots.  Have a great day and a great weekend. And I hope this KCCCC stuff is providing you with a bit of entertainment during the Mother of All Elections!

 

Full moon over the sea, as seen by me and Son 3 last night.

 

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 26: Snake eyes?

 

Justin Trudeau has rolled the dice, big time. He says, if elected, he will run big budgetary deficits – $10 billion a year for three years.   Why did he do it? I suspect he knows that – at this point, at least – he is running third.  Individual horse race polls notwithstanding, any credible synthesis of voting intentions suggest this thing is still between Team Orange and Team Blue. So he figured he had to make a bold move, and he did.  When all else fails, go left. By just about every economic measure, Trudeau is now (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 25: don’t believe the hype

 

As PE say, don’t believe the hype. In this case, that ridiculous Forum poll, which the Star has published and which you can find here. Repeat after me: IT’S FORUM.  Polling has become somewhat less-than-reliable, as you may have heard. I have written about the phenomenon here. And Forum is noteworthy for getting stuff wrong, often. So – as Dipper pals who came to our wedding on the weekend said – the race is tight, and the real campaign doesn’t start until after Labour Day. Also, read this. The guy in the white bathrobe for PM! I’m not (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Long (but interesting) National Observer piece on Trudeau, with one “wow”

Two things about Charles Mandel’s story, before I head off to the beach.

One, I was delighted to read the insights of one Lisa Kinsella, formerly Kirbie, in Charles’ tale:

“Justin Trudeau is amazingly good at retail politics,” said Lisa Kirbie, who previously worked for Ignatieff and is currently a senior vice president and principal of the Daisy Consulting Group, an issues management firm in Toronto. “He has a likability and authenticity that Thomas Mulcair doesn’t have and a charm that is absent from Stephen Harper.”

Two, I was really surprised to see what Michael Ignatieff, formerly Someone (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC day 24: the strategists strategize 

  

A nice young fellow from iPolitics got in touch with me this week. Some of my friends in other parties, too: Robin Sears, Will Stewart and Tim Powers. We were all asked what the parties should do post-Duffy and post-Labour Day. Here. Those guys are smarter than me. Heed what they say. And here’s what they have to say.  Robin Sears: “I think this long campaign was a very foolish mistake by the Tories.” Will Stewart: With Duffy now adjourned until November, his Conservatives need to “start driving their own message again so they can stop addressing (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 23: the Apple Watch entry

 

The future is here. Lisa gave me an Apple Watch as a present. I have been lusting after one for months. So, I am writing today’s entry entirely on an Apple Watch!  Don’t believe any of the nasty reviews you have read about it. It is totally awesome. I have now fully morphed into a crewmember on the Starship Enterprise. Hopefully not one in the red tunic. Nanos alert! Today’s big news is Nanos, natch.  After clawing and scratching at each other for months, the three main parties are allegedly in a deadlock. What does that mean? (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Hot Nasties play ‘Teenage Lament’

Written by Pierre and me when we were 17 or so; reprised here, 35 years later. We had a very positive view of the future, as you can see.

When I see the faces going by me And I feel the screams inside of me And I wonder what they’re thinking now And I wonder if they think at all

Why, why, do they? How, how are they?

They say that the times are a-changin’ now And they say that things are better now And I see the paper every morning And I think I like the comics best

I (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Kinsellabration 2015 now over 

I can resume my career as a beach sketchbook artist. Later. 

  

Warren Kinsella: It’s never dull around here 

  

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 22: Election 42, as seen from Maine

  

So, we got hitched down by the ocean. Nothing fancy, lots of family and friends, Hot Nasties reunion, lobster, weather was great. And I got to marry my best friend. Not bad.  Kind messages were received from Jean Chretien, John Turner, Kathleen Wynne, Dalton McGuinty, John Tory and Laureen Harper. Thoughtful words sent along by lotsa other folks, too, of every political persuasion.  In attendance at the wedding? Politicians, politicos, hacks and hackettes. And, between courses, there was a lot of gossip about the election taking place back home. Here’s a sampling of observations, synthesized.  “It’s (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Today

   No KCCCC today. Getting, you know, married. 

That’s me and my gal before the Red Sox game this week. She makes me pretty happy. 

She is smart and sensitive and strategic and strong and sexy. She is brilliant and beautiful. She is fun and funny and fabulous. She is my best friend, and she still takes my breath away when she walks in the room. 

In a few hours we get hitched, with all our six kids and family and friends and assorted punk rockers there for the party.  Wish all of you were, too. 

Today, Kinsellabration!

Warren Kinsella: The Hot Nasties reunite after 35 years!

They play I Am A Confused Teenager! They’re not teenagers anymore! The Palma Violets sort of like this song! Four people were there to witness history!

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 19: bits and pieces, this and that

  

Deyz Nutz: The fictional presidential candidate is the only politician I’ve heard my kids talking about. They think it’s hilarious. Having helped run a fictional candidate for Calgary’s St. Bonaventure Jr. High student council in 1976 – Herbie Schwartz – it’s hard for me to give them lectures about the solemnity or the dignity of the democratic process. Oh, and Herbie won in a landslide.  Heard directly from Glen McGregor: “For the record, I’m not sure why you think I detest you.” Says the charming guy who gave out my home address for neo-Nazis to clip and (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: My good friend Glen wants to send me a wedding present

 

That’s Glen McGregor, up there. We are not huge fans of each other.

He’s apparently poking around, at the moment, asking questions about federal aboriginal work I’m doing. I’ve done work for DIAND/AANDC for years, through three Prime Ministers and several ministers. I’m proud of it.

How his editors could ever agree to assign Glen to do a story about Warren Kinsella is a bit of a mystery, but what can you do? Besides, I have a wedding to get ready for in 24 hours, and I’m determined this jerk won’t get away with what he clearly wants to (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 18: two related things I find hilarious, and one thing that isn’t

  

Ashley Madison leak – hilarious: Can you imagine how many politicos and mandarins have been living in terror about this? Ottawa isn’t just Hollywood for Ugly People™ – it’s Bacchanalia by the By, too! Ha ha ha! Thatcherite Thomas – also hilarious: Nothing testifies better to how utterly mercenary, how completely devoid of principle, Mulcair is than this revelation he’d been hoping to keep secret. What do you think about that, Team Orange? Think you would have looked the other way, as you’re now doing, if Messrs. Dion or Ignatieff or Trudeau had said something remotely similar? Not (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 17: on loose cannons

  

A loose cannon: Noun - a person who cannot be controlled and who does or says things that cause problems, embarrassment, etc., for others There are a few rolling around on deck, today. Now, of course, whether someone is a “loose cannon” or not is quite subjective. It is in the eye of the cannon beholder, you might say. I’ve been called one, in my day. But I believe that you sometimes need to take big risks, in order to score on an opponent. Like with this trip down memory lane. (My good pal Jon (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: I meet up with an old friend in Maine 

I attracted several worried stares, but I cared not. Friendship comes first. 

  

Warren Kinsella: Butts told me I wouldn’t be green lit because I was “too controversial”

…that’s what I thought about when I heard about Justin Trudeau’s prize candidate Ala Buzreba.

And then I thought: I wouldn’t want to be a candidate for a party that refuses to expel someone like this. 

Oh, in that last one? She’s expressing regret that the mother of a supporter of Israel didn’t have a back alley abortion. Nice. 

       

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 16: this week’s Hill Times column

  KINGSTON – ‎If there is anything remarkable about campaign 2015, it’s that it isn’t remarkable at all.

Despite all the Sturm und Drang about Nigel Wright’s testimony, or the leaders’ debate, or ‎the attack ads, nothing seems to be registering.

It has been a meandering, vague sort of affair, one without a centre. It’s the Seinfeld campaign‎, to invoke a Nineties cliche.

1984,1993 and 2006 were about throwing the bums out. 1988 was about an actual issue. 2008 and 2011 were about Tim Hortons vs. Starbucks. 1997, 2000 and 2004 were about ‎sticking with the Known over the Unknown.

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Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 16: this week’s Hill Times column

   KINGSTON – ‎If there is anything remarkable about campaign 2015, it’s that it isn’t remarkable at all. Despite all the Sturm und Drang about Nigel Wright’s testimony, or the leaders’ debate, or ‎the attack ads, nothing seems to be registering.

It has been a meandering, vague sort of affair, one without a centre. It’s the Seinfeld campaign‎, to invoke a Nineties cliche.

1984,1993 and 2006 were about throwing the bums out. 1988 was about an actual issue. 2008 and 2011 were about Tim Hortons vs. Starbucks. 1997, 2000 and 2004 were about ‎sticking with the Known over the (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: The Haida Raven ring on my finger

Soon to be replaced by another one. (Getting marriage licence this morning.)

  

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 15: a campaign about nothing

 

Nothing. That’s what Election 42 resembles from this distance, or from close up. Nothing.  From today’s Hill Times column: Which I will post in its entirety soon enough:  “If there is anything remarkable about campaign 2015, it’s that it isn’t remarkable at all. Despite all the Sturm und Drang about Nigel Wright’s testimony, or the leaders’ debate, or ‎the attack ads, nothing seems to be registering. It has been a meandering, vague sort of affair, one without a centre. It’s the Seinfeld campaign‎.” Am I right? Well, I checked out the CBC News web site this morning,  (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: KCCCC Day 14: we get letters!

    

I’m on a beach in Maine. Lala is asleep, as are most of our four teenage boys. I am watching people do odd yoga things or walk their dogs.  The election seems far, far away. However, sometimes you get a note that is so thoughtful, so pithy, it brings back the wonder and joie de vivre of campaigns in a rush. Here it is, and have a good one. I know I will.