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Warren Kinsella - OTTAWA TONIGHT
 

"...[Kinsella is] a modern-day Machiavelli, the mastermind who ran war rooms for Jean Chretien and Dalton McGuinty... He's the ultimate political insider... [The War Room] has plenty of fascinating insights and is a must-read for political junkies."

- The Toronto Sun


"The top Canadian spin doctor...tells all!"

- The National Post


"Warren Kinsella’s new book is a must-read for anyone interested in political campaigning in Canada. And not just political campaigning.…I wish I’d had the chance to read The War Room before I became Stephen Harper’s campaign manager; it might have saved me from many mistakes and months of painful learning on the job."

- Tom Flanagan, The Literary Review of Canada


"The War Room is a rich, detailed, and substantive primer on how to run a winning war room - warts, pizza boxes, smelly couches and all - from a master war roomer."

- The Hill Times


"Kinsella has crafted a handy little guide for politicos and non-politicos alike. Just keep it away from the kids."

- The Winnipeg Free Press


"... a great read ... full of fascinating stories..."

- John Moore, CFRB


"...I don't want to say [he's a] genius...but there's valuable insights here..."

- John Oakley, AM640


"I just got one copy, but I plan to get more!"

- John Wright, Ipsos, CFRB


"I do recommend [The War Room] to everyone."

- Charles Adler, Adler Online


"He's Canada's James Carville...a must-read...If you really want to win, you need this book!"

- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD


"A fascinating book...full of great stories."

- Ken Rockburn, CPAC

OTTAWA TONIGHT 

Warren's Magical Ottawa Gastronomical Tour continues. Current location: the Colonnade on Metcalfe, for a combination. Bliss is this.

Later, I plan to meet various OLP louts, and we'll pick fights with CPC staffers at Darcy McGee's.


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TODAY IN COURT 

Quite a few folks, from all over, have written to ask how today went.

I'm not sure how to even begin to answer that one.




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THE OFFER "WAS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED" 

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MICHAEL IN HALIFAX 

Nice shot!



"...and I guarantee you: the Harper War Room will spend half a million dollars before noon on the political significance of the gentleman in the front row who is blinking. They certainly wouldn't want to be focussed on the state of the economy, or minor stuff like that!"

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W@AL: THE OTTAWA TRAVELOGUE BEGINS 

So there I was in Ottawa, thinking about Jason Kenney.

Jason wants you to forget about the Reform Conservative Party's history. He wants you to think they are "tolerant" and "diverse."

That's because his party is the one that had MPs who quoted Hitler approvingly. And who said non-whites should be "moved to the back." And, in one campaign, had a candidate who declared that there is an "Asian invasion." And, in the most recent campaign, whose candidates and staffers suggested First Nations people were all drunks, and that you wouldn't want an immigrant next door, because they tend to be criminals.

Anyway. Jason Kenney needs to come clean on that, wouldn't you agree?

Time for the best soup, at the best Chinese restaurant in the world - where I have been coming for 30 years.

And where people whose party talks about "Asian invasions" aren't welcome.


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LE SOLEIL CE MATIN 

As I pack my bags for a long stay in Ottawa, I see the story below in Jean Pelletier's hometown paper. The fact that it was written tells me that others agree - the Harper administration should do the right thing, and finally drop their cheap and cruel appeal against M. Pelletier's legal victory.

S'il vous reste un peu de décence, M. Harper, vous allez laisser Jean Pelletier en paix.

...


Kinsella presse Harper d'abandonner

Bussières, Ian

L'avocat Warren Kinsella, ex-conseiller de Jean Chrétien et membre de l'équipe de
Michael Ignatieff, a réitéré hier sa demande au premier ministre Stephen Harper de laisser tomber son appel de la décision de la Cour fédérale invalidant les conclusions défavorables de la commission Gomery à l'endroit de Jean Pelletier. "L'une des raisons pour lesquelles je suis revenu au Parti libéral du Canada est la décision ignoble et cruelle de Stephen Harper et de son parti de traîner un mourant en cour, alors qu'ils n'avaient aucune perspective de victoire, ce qu'ils avaient d'ailleurs reconnu en privé", écrivait-il hier matin sur son blogue www.warrenkinsella.com. "Il y a quelques mois, j'ai demandé aux plus hautes instances de l'administration Harper de laisser Jean Pelletier tranquille et d'abandonner leur appel voué à l'échec. Je le fais à nouveau, maintenant qu'il est parti. (...) S'il vous reste un peu de décence, vous allez laisser Jean Pelletier en paix", conclut Kinsella.

Le Soleil
Actualités, dimanche, 11 janvier 2009, p. 13

Jean Pelletier (1935-2009)



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JEAN PELLETIER PASSES 

Jean Pelletier - the former mayor of Québec City, a recipient of the Order of Canada, and the Chief of Staff to Jean Chrétien - died a few hours ago.

A lot of us are very sad about the loss of this great man. He served Canada with conviction and honour and dignity.

I don't want to get into it this morning. But, as many of you know, one of the reasons I returned to the Liberal Party of Canada was the despicable and cruel decision of Stephen Harper's party to drag a dying man through the courts - when they had no prospect of victory whatsoever, and which they privately acknowledged.

A few months ago, I made a personal request to the highest levels of the Harper administration to leave Jean Pelletier alone, and drop their doomed-to-failure appeal. I do so again, now that he is gone.

I know who reads this website. If your side has any decency left, you will leave Jean Pelletier in peace.



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IN AN OTTAWA COURTROOM NEXT WEEK 

Starting next Monday, I'm going to be back in Ottawa for a while. I'm going to be there for political stuff, but also for something else.

In April 1996, while still living in Vancouver, I appeared on CBC Newsworld to talk about right-wing extremism. Many, many months afterwards, I received word that Ian Verner Macdonald was suing me and the CBC for defamation.

Macdonald is an Ottawa man who is a former Canadian diplomat. He was also, as I and others have documented, a supporter of far right causes who calls the Holocaust a "concoction of lies." He socialized with the leaders of the Ku Klux Klan, the Nationalist Party and allowed neo-Nazi skinheads to use his property for "Aryan" rallies; he has been a vocal defender of Ernst Zundel, David Irving and Malcolm Ross. Things he has written are found here and here and here and here.

His latest lawyer is Douglas H. Christie, who has also been counsel to Zundel, Jim Keegstra and various neo-Nazi groups. In February 1993, the Law Society of Upper Canada found that he had made "common cause" with anti-Semitic "lunatics." More about Christie is found here.

After 13 years, the lawsuit is finally coming to trial. It starts Monday morning, and it may go for weeks.

Obviously, I don't intend to do say or write anything that will interfere with the trial. But if you are in Ottawa and want to come by the Elgin Street courthouse and offer your support, we'd be honoured to see you.

I won't predict what will happen - other than to say that I am confident that the truth will prevail.

I've been waiting 13 years for this, and now it is finally happening.

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YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHERE I WAS TONIGHT 




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LIVE FROM CBC, REAL SERIOUS-LIKE AND STUFF 


Warren 'Warren' Kinsella prepares for an interview on CBC Radio's 'The House' with Kathleen 'Not Kathy' Petty, for broadcast tomorrow. Warren is furrowing his brow to fool you into thinking he is intelligent. It was CBC, it was radio, and it seemed like the thing to do at the time.


And here's what I told her about:

Ignatieff vaults Liberals into tie with Tories, poll suggests (Poll-Ignatieff)
Source: The Canadian Press
Jan 9, 2009 15:00

OTTAWA - A new poll suggests the Liberal party has bounced back into contention now that Michael Ignatieff is at the helm.

The Nanos Research survey, provided exclusively to The Canadian Press, suggests the Liberals have moved into a virtual tie with the governing Tories.

Liberal support stood at 34 per cent, one point ahead of the Conservatives and up eight points from the Liberals' dismal showing in the Oct. 14 election under the leadership of Stephane Dion.

The poll suggests the Liberal resurgence was particularly pronounced in Quebec, where the party vaulted into the lead with 39 per cent support to 29 per cent for the Bloc Quebecois, 17 per cent for the Tories and 14 per cent for the NDP.

The telephone poll of 1,003 Canadians was conducted Jan. 3-7 and is considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points 19 times in 20.

A voter honeymoon with Ignatieff, who was hastily installed as leader last month, appeared to be the driving force behind the Liberal bounce.

(The Canadian Press)

INDEX: POLITICS



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THE TRUEST MIDDLE EAST PIECE YOU WILL READ 

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DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ 

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THE GLOBE'S STEELE NAILS IT 

Right here. Bang, bang, bang.

And, when Andrew says I am "many things," he wants to say that I am "sexy" and "a hunk," but Radwanski cut it out.

Oh, and Flames rule.


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I LOVE BIG CITY LIB 

For this and other reasons. What a star.


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SHOULD YOUR TAX DOLLARS BE USED TO SEND BLOGGERS ON JUNKETS? 

I'm not entirely clear on all of the details, but it seems that the Department of National Defence is paying for a Conservative Party advocate, Damian Brooks, to go to Afghanistan.

As far as I am aware, this is a first, and it raises a number of fair questions - such as, was his unrelenting love of the Harper Administration a factor in selecting him? Who selected him - DND staff, or the Minister's Office? What is the cost? Where is he going, and why? Is this a new program, and how is it being funded? Should such junkets be funded, in the midst of a national recession?

Full disclosure: I've crossed swords with Damian before, when he suggested that I was happy - or, at least, not unhappy - about the death of a Canadian soldier. Being the son of an officer, as I am, I wanted to rip his lungs out for that one. But things cooled down thereafter, and we haven't paid much attention to each other.

I (unlike what he said in respect of me) do not doubt for a minute his support for our Armed Forces. I applaud his support of our men and women in uniform, and I share it.

I just question, however, whether it is appropriate that our tax dollars are being used to fete him around.

UPDATE: A Maclean's writer thinks it's a good idea. Here's why.


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