“Warren Kinsella's book, ‘Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse,’ is of vital importance for American conservatives and other right-leaning individuals to read, learn and understand.”

- The Washington Times

“One of the best books of the year.”

- The Hill Times

“Justin Trudeau’s speech followed Mr. Kinsella’s playbook on beating conservatives chapter and verse...[He followed] the central theme of the Kinsella narrative: “Take back values. That’s what progressives need to do.”

- National Post

“[Kinsella] is a master when it comes to spinning and political planning...”

- George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC TV

“Kinsella pulls no punches in Fight The Right...Fight the Right accomplishes what it sets out to do – provide readers with a glimpse into the kinds of strategies that have made Conservatives successful and lay out a credible roadmap for progressive forces to regain power.”

- Elizabeth Thompson, iPolitics

“[Kinsella] deserves credit for writing this book, period... he is absolutely on the money...[Fight The Right] is well worth picking up.”

- Huffington Post

“Run, don't walk, to get this amazing book.”

- Mike Duncan, Classical 96 radio

“Fight the Right is very interesting and - for conservatives - very provocative.”

- Former Ontario Conservative leader John Tory

“His new book is great! All of his books are great!”

- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD

“I absolutely recommend this book.”

- Paul Wells, Maclean’s

“Kinsella puts the Left on the right track with new book!”

- Calgary Herald

This just happened. This idiot did an illegal U-turn right in front of us and is now blocking the Westbound 401 near exit 730 at Cardinal, Ont. this is going to affect lots of people. 

In the new Post City. I had to convert it from a PDF on the way to Cornwall, so let me know if it’s hard to read.

After the U.S. election, that is.

Let’s face it: you’ll be watching Hillary Clinton sweep to a massive victory on November 8, likely at home.  You may even be watching me debate Doug Ford over on CITY-TV.  (I encourage that.)

You’ll be super happy about the result, because you are a sane person, and because you are a regular on Canada’s Best-Loved Political Web Site™.  The next day at work, you’ll talk to everyone about it, but you’ll all wish you could do more than just talk about it.  You want to celebrate it! You want to sing and dance about it! The sausage-fingered, sphincter-mouthed, combed-over groper vulgarian has been beaten! Hallelujah! What to do?

Here’s what you: if you are anywhere within my time zone, at around 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016 A.D., you and all your pals will jump in a car, or onto a bike, and come to Cherry Cola’s, at 200 Bathurst Street near hipster Queen West.  THERE’S NO COVER.  THERE’S NO DRESS CODE.  THERE’S NO OBLIGATION TO BUY ANY MERCH, BUT YOU SHOULD AT LEAST BUY A COUPLE “DONALD TRUMP IS AN ASSHOLE” T-SHIRTS I’M GETTING MADE UP.

Shit From Hell! A reunion of the Hot Nasties! Kitchener’s CID! Various celebrities and micro-celebrities! And, if we haven’t divorced by then, maybe you even get to meet Lisa!

Come.  Don’t hesitate, don’t deliberate.  Come.  We are going to have a party to celebrate sanity – a party to celebrate the fact that the world is not ending soon – and it is going to be a rip-roarin’, boot-stompin’, undies-droppin’ punk shindig the likes of which you have never seen.  There’ll be tons of people there from CBC and the Globe, too, but don’t let that deter you.

Need more inspiration? Watch our hit, Donald Trump Is An Asshole – 5,000 viewers can’t be wrong!

Here’s the results from Elections Canada:


A few things:

  • I had the honour to work with Stan’s son Mark back in the Ignatieff era.  A finer man, and a more decent family, you could not find.  Stan and the Sakamotos should be very, very pleased with the result they got in an Alberta riding that has not gone Grit in many decades.
  • Congrats to the Tories.  They are down but not out, as I regularly warn my Liberal friends.  Trudeaumania is not found everywhere.
  • The final New Democrat vote was a shocker – only a hundred or so more votes than the Rhinoceros Party.  Incredible.  They have big, big problems.  In the Hat, as elsewhere, Trudeau has seemingly stolen – and kept – the Dipper vote.  Under the NDP figures out a way (and selected a leader) to get it back, they and the CPC are pooched.
  • Turnout was a disgrace.  Blame lies, in varying degrees, with Elections Canada, the political parties, and all of us.


Like a flower – wonderful, beautiful, perfect.

That’s what a line-up to vote is, too: wonderful, beautiful, perfect. It is democracy, in its very essence: your neighbours, queued up with you at the elementary school down the street, shivering in the cold, stamping their feet, waiting quietly to get inside to get a slip of paper and a stub of pencil. And then, stepping behind a curtain or a cardboard barrier, and making an inconspicuous “X.”

Democracy is imperfect, of course. It has many critics. Mencken called it “the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.” Thomas Carlyle called it “the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” Lord Acton, as is well-known, called democracy “the tyranny of the majority.” And Churchill, sadly, was just as condescending: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

There is a snide, patronizing thread running through all of that: namely, that your average voter is a fool, an ignoramus, and he or she does not deserve a vote. They lack the brains to make important decisions about governing.

But, as Ronald Reagan and others have pointed out many times, as imperfect as it is, democracy is the best that there is. It is assuredly better than all of the alternatives.

Weirdly enough, the subject of democracy was at the top of the news agenda on a single day, last week, in both Canada and the United States. On a single day, Wednesday, Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump forced us all to consider our respective democracies.

The Liberal Prime Minister was speaking to Le Devoir. His “electoral reform” promise – expressed in four short sentences in the Liberal platform, just a year ago – may not be needed any more, Trudeau suggested.

Said he: “Under Stephen Harper, there were so many people unhappy with the government and their approach that people were saying, ‘It will take electoral reform to no longer have a government we don’t like’. But under the current system, they now have a government they’re more satisfied with and the motivation to change the electoral system is less compelling.”


This statement rendered the Opposition apoplectic, of course. To NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, and others, it was the very pinnacle of Grit arrogance: Trudeau was confirming, in effect, that the promise to eliminate the first-past-the-post system was merely done to eliminate Stephen Harper – not to improve our democracy. Now that Harper was back in Calgary writing his memoirs, therefore, electoral refiorm was no longer needed.

The NDP get outraged about every sparrow that falls from the sky, so we shouldn’t get as hysterical about Trudeau’s statement, likely delivered with that familiar familial shrug. But there is a hint of menace, there. Trudeau – maybe, just maybe – seems to believe that democracy should conform to the desires of the Liberal Party of Canada. And, when it doesn’t, change it.

That was not the only shadow cast over democracy last week. On Wednesday, the very same day, the final presidential debate took place. For the first 30 minutes or so, Donald Trump seem to have been medicated – the insults, the interuptions and the persistent case of the sniffles were gone. But, soon enough, the combed-over, sausage-fingered raging Human Cheeto was back, saying things that would earn him a mouthful of knuckles in any self-respecting bar. Saying shit, in effect.

Here is what he said, near the end, when asked the de rigueur question if he would respect the election result.

“I will look at it at the time,” Trump said, as Hillary Clinton (and many millions of others) looked on in horror. “I will keep you in suspense.”

That statement was unprecedented in American history, Clinton said, and it was. A candidate representing one of the two major political parties, refusing for the first time to accede to the notion that – in a democracy – a peaceful and orderly transition of power is essential. Refusing to accept the will of the people, democratically expressed.

The major American newspapers, and not a few others around the world, promptly lost it. Of all of Donald Trump’s serial lies and insults, this one was the worst. He was literally placing American democracy in peril.

Someone talked to him. Overnight, he decided to moderate his tone.

“I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win,” Trump said to a mob of his stormtroopers in Delaware, Ohio, where he is (regrettably) ahead. Even Alec Baldwin and Saturday Night Live couldn’t properly satirize that one, I told my astonished wife. The only votes that count, the oleaginous groper seemed to be saying, are the ones that favour me.

Like I say: Wednesday was a pretty bad day for democracy. Up here, one guy saying the rules of democracy don’t need to be changed, anymore, because a political adversary has been beaten. And, down there, another guy saying democracy’s rules should only be followed when he is acclaimed the winner.

Democracy, someone else once said, is a flower. It needs to be nurtured and protected. It is not immortal.

Last week, all of us were reminded why.


Canadian Press did a roundup story on it, here. I think mine (with extra Blaney!) is way more interesting.

Still working on it:

  • Lisa Raitt: The former cabinet minister and current MP from the Greater Toronto Area stepped down from her role as finance critic Friday.  I know her and like her, which also almost certainly spells electoral doom (see Chong, above).
  • Chris Alexander. The former immigration minister, who lost his seat in the 2015 election, has made it clear in media reports he intends to run.  Barbaric practices? This guy’s candidacy is a barbaric practice.  Also, I have heard a tape recording of him from 2009 or so, bartering about becoming a Liberal.  Unseemly, among other things.
  • Adrienne Snow. A Toronto-based communications consultant, Snow was previously involved in several policy think-tanks.  Campaigned against same-sex marriage, among other things. Why is she running? We don’t know.  More importantly, we don’t care.

Thinking it over:

  • Kevin O’Leary. The popular TV personality and businessman first mused about running for the leadership earlier this year, but also said he is in no rush to make up his mind.  Please run.  Please, God.
  • Dan Lindsay: The former president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba formed a committee in the spring to explore a possible campaign.  Seriously.  He did that.  Here’s a story about him, directly opposite the comics page.


  • Tony Clement: The former cabinet minister dropped out of the leadership race this week, saying he did not want to expose his family to financial risk after his campaign fell short of fundraising goals he set when he launched his bid in July.  In this, he is smarter than the vast majority of the other candidates.  Full disclosure: I have a soft spot for him, because he likes punk rock.

Could be difficult.

Voters care most about (a) the leader (b) some of a party’s policies, and (sometimes) (c) whether a party or a politician has been there too long. That’s about it. So, can a series of bad nominations – this one comes to mind – torpedo an election campaign, and a political party?

Sure. Of course. And now, in a former leader’s riding, the PCs have a very young man who wants to keep fighting old fights.

This may not end well.