, 03.12.2019 01:45 PM

“Dear Ottawa Citizen” – with an update

In today’s Citizen, Andrew Cohen states:

“Critics note that Wilson-Raybould is applauded – perhaps advised – by the perfervid Warren Kinsella and his wife, Lisa; the latter hugged Wilson-Raybould after her testimony to the justice committee. Warren Kinsella, a Liberal and a consultant, despises Trudeau for blocking his nomination in Toronto in 2014.”

I can make the following comments about Cohen’s published statement:

  1. I do not advise Jody Wilson-Raybould in any manner whatsoever.  She is not a client of my firm, paid or otherwise.  I have never even met Ms. Wilson-Raybould.
  2. My wife Lisa, who can certainly speak for herself, will equally tell you that she does not advise Ms. Wilson-Raybould in way, shape or form.  Lisa has lobbied Ms. Wilson-Raybould in her previous ministerial capacity, and is friendly with her.  That is all.  Her email is attached; you can contact her.  Cohen certainly did not even attempt to do so.
  3. Cohen’s statement that we “perhaps advise” Ms. Wilson-Raybould is dishonest, innuendo, and, as noted, false.  We could have easily so advised this erstwhile professor of journalism had he bothered to pick up the phone, or written to us.  We are easily found.  It would have taken mere moments.
  4. Equally, Cohen’s statement that I “despise” Justin Trudeau is something he cannot hope to know without first making an effort to contact me.  He did not do so, not once.
  5. I did not have a nomination “blocked” by Justin Trudeau in 2014 or any other relevant year.  In fact, I did not even submit the requisite paperwork for a Liberal nomination.  Cohen’s error here, too, is significant and could have been easily avoided.  It does a disservice to Citizen readers.
  6. I am not a member of the Liberal Party or any other party.  That, too, requires a correction.

I will resist noting that even a first-year Carleton journalism student would have not made these errors of fact.  I will say, however, that I insist upon a correction statement in respect of the above-noted.  I expect that it will be published sooner than later.

I look forward to hearing from you.


UPDATE: Without providing us with the courtesy of a response, they’ve posted this below Cohen’s column:

Not good enough.

I’ve written to them again:

I have received no reply from you but have noted this below Cohen’s column:

Correction: An earlier version of this column mischaracterized the relationship between Jody Wilson-Raybould and Lisa Kinsella, and misstated Warren Kinsella’s party status. 

 I state:

  1. There has been no correction of the false innuendo that I, Warren Kinsella, represent or “perhaps advise” Ms. Wilson-Raybould.
  2. There has been no correction made in respect of the completely false statement about (a) my views regarding the Prime Minister and (b) “blocking my nomination.”

I again insist that the correction address the above-noted.

I’ll let you know what happens next.


  1. Mark says:

    Some of us would still like to know, if you are in a position to share something that doesn’t raise legal risks, the reason for your seeming hate-on for Trudeau over the past year or so. You make some good points in your recent posts about the myriad of things he is doing wrong, but I (and likely many of us) am quite curious.

    • Warren says:

      He’s a phoney.

      • Joseph says:

        Phoney doesn’t really hit the nail on the head.
        This case is unique and deserves a more encompassing phrase to really capture the full essence of the character.

        Might I suggest that rather than the term phoney, use the term “totem of pretentiousness”.

        • Rich says:

          Maybe in his honour, they’ll erect a “pole of peoplekind”?

          When it comes to hitting that nail, I think Jordan Peterson has done so – many times – with a heavy (“sludge”) hammer.

  2. the salamander says:

    .. seems the miraculous assumption of mister Cohen
    was that his week-kneed assumptions & sack of hammers deductions qualified as ‘journalism’ and would be trusted as such.. Chagrined is he.. instead found wanting.. revealed stark naked for sadly presumptuous vanity publication posturing, presumably, we deduce, on a slow news day ..

    BTW .. sorry for your sudden differential diagnosis – pervervid ! Say it aint so .. well, hope it aint a severe case.. perhaps some truly stout caesars with garlic pickled bean chasing dozens of briny Malpeque will ease your pain while reading a requested ‘correction’ or complete rewrite. A second opinion & consultation via doc Rodney never hurt nobody

    • J.H. says:

      Cohen and a few others like him certainly give J-school profs a bad name, not just the lying like a rug for the
      Fop, but in general. Hard to believe parents spend thousands of dollars to have their sons & daughters educated by these so-called progressive teachers with not a clue about the ethics of the industry in which they purport to be experts.

  3. MitchB says:

    Warren, you once called Trudeau’s image-making as nitroglycerine, both powerful and dangerous. The unravelling of that image is certainly blowing up in his face right now.

  4. Joseph says:

    In spite of his incorrect statements I suspect what the real point of the article is to legitimize the removal from caucus of JWR and Philpott.
    First of course you have to publish the talking points vis some op-ed writers so that the boss feels better about actually doing it.
    Then the boss has to go out of the country to “consider” the impact and “division within caucus” that just would not allow them to continue to be part of uh united uh liberal party.
    If my suspicion is correct, and it may not be, about a day before the Commons resumes he will believe he can make this decision, but with one caveat, he won’t come out in public to make the announcement. He’ll get a female cabinet member to do it.

    • Joseph,

      But whom will they put in charge to count all the Liberal members and supporters who will suddenly find themselves unexpectedly unavailable to vote on election day? We are all so busy these days… (That I suppose is the trouble when you don’t keep a personal diary or agenda.)

  5. Arie Intveld says:

    Andrew Cohen … apparently you were asleep while attending your very first Journalism 101 class…

    If someone says it’s raining and another person says it’s dry, it is not your job to quote one or the other or both. Your job is to look out the fuckin’ window and find out which is true.

    Investigative journalism is extinct. What a pity the same can’t be said for socialists.

    • Robert White says:

      Are you referring to the 0.001% Socialists in the Oligopoly or are you referring to the 99.99% that are not? Seems to me that
      Republican tax breaks for the well connected this year alone amounted to a whopping $1.2 trillion USD. If that ain’t Socialism I don’t know what is?


      • Arie Intveld says:

        Socialists don’t have a specific partisan leaning. The plutocratic heart of socialism is apparently a big draw for both the left and the right. As for the Oligopoly, just as in war, they finance both sides.

  6. Sean says:

    He shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this especially given the hypersensitive national and international focus of the SNCL affair.

  7. Sam Davies says:

    That is disappointing that he would not do some basic fact checking. Did he just make it up, or did someone simply feed him bogus information

  8. michaela says:

    i’m good with it all.

  9. William S. says:

    Agreed. You came close when you stated open-nominations are a “lie” peddled by Trudeau’s “oxymoronic brain trust”. The bitter truth is Dominic Barton is the de facto prime minister. Trudeau is a glorified Chippendales dancer. McKinsey & Company were deeply involved in Enron and attempted state capture in South Africa. It follows a wicked logic if one looks hard enough. To these people, Aboriginals or anyone else are merely troublesome impediments to be done away with. We often disagree, but I wish you Godspeed with this one.

  10. Max says:

    Warren, you forgot the lesser known “6th thing he needed to do”, and has now apparently done. Find a stool pigeon and soft mark at a prominent newspaper who’s looking to run with the big boys and girls, and get some profile for hisself. And feed that needy journalist some “inside” information – a mix of embellishment, innuendo, rumour, and 3rd party quotes – and hope it draws people away from our Phoney Poser of a Prime Minister. Enter Cohen, Andrew.

  11. I hope you sue their fucking ass.

  12. Vancouverois says:

    Well, on the bright side, I learned a new word today:

    “perfervid [per-fur-vid]:
    very fervent; extremely ardent; impassioned:
    Example: perfervid patriotism.”

  13. Ron Goes says:

    Would poseur be better> That India trip was a complete insult to the world’s largest democracy while he panders to the dictators in China. Please reward the democracies with our business.

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