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"...[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


...remember his track record. And think about his claims of legal expertise (which are contrary to the Alberta Law Society's Code of Professional Conduct, I hear).


National News
Tory ex-senator wins apology in libel suit
Parliamentary Bureau
374 words
11 April 2000
The Globe and Mail

Ottawa -- Former senator Ron Ghitter has won an apology and undisclosed payment from Canadian Alliance MP Rob Anders and Ezra Levant, a former senior adviser to Preston Manning, for defamation...

Mr. Anders and Mr. Levant, an ex-Reform Party aide and former editorial writer for the National Post, issued an apology to Mr. Ghitter yesterday for making false and defamatory statements about him...

The Calgary West MP said the settlement -- which included a donation to two charities and payment of Mr. Ghitter's legal costs -- cost less than what the trial costs would be.

"Lawsuits are often a balancing of pride versus economics. And so we swallowed a little bit of pride in order to be able to get a resignation and also be able to scrutinize the Senate," he said.

In September of 1998, Mr. Levant penned a fundraising letter, signed by Mr. Anders and circulated to 31,000 Albertans, which accused Mr. Ghitter of being lazy and un-Albertan.

Mr. Ghitter demanded an apology and when the two refused, launched a defamation suit. Yesterday, with the suit scheduled to go to trial, Mr. Anders and Mr. Levant recanted.


Alliance drops Silcoff crusade: 'There will be no complaint' as party has no evidence
Sheldon Alberts
National Post
863 words
4 May 2001
National Post
A01 / Front
(c) National Post 2001. All Rights Reserved.

OTTAWA - Stockwell Day has withdrawn allegations of conflict of interest against a Quebec judge who authorized a raid on the home of the former president of the Business Development Bank of Canada.

One week after Alliance officials declared they would file a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council against Quebec Superior Court Justice Joel Silcoff, Mr. Day's leadership team admits they have no evidence to support their claim.

"There will be no complaint. The judge is an honourable person. There will be no further action taken at all," said John Reynolds, Alliance House leader.

The decision comes amid the threat of a lawsuit against Mr. Day by Justice Silcoff, who still wants an apology.

"I would hope that an apology would be forthcoming," said Yves Fortier, Judge Silcoff's lawyer. "It's clear from that statement by Mr. Reynolds that the leader did not have the facts which justified his statement. I can only conclude that the statement was an irresponsible one."

Mr. Day last month challenged Judge Silcoff's impartiality after he signed a supplementary order on the means in which an April 7 seizure of documents at the home of Francois Beaudoin, a former BDC president, could proceed.

Mr. Beaudoin's home was raided so police could search for documents related to the bank's approval of a loan to a businessman in Jean Chretien's riding.

Mr. Day held a news conference in Kelowna on April 9 and said it was improper for Judge Silcoff to consider the BDC raid request as he had been, until recently, a partner in the law firm that represented 161341 Canada Inc., owner of the Grand-Mere Golf Club.

Mr. Day said the judge should have recused himself and that his action "raises very serious questions about the [judge's] impartiality.

"It is very interesting, to say the very least, and very hard to understand, that this judge did not excuse himself from the case because of this -- what appears to be -- this very clear conflict," Mr. Day said at the time.

Ezra Levant, Mr. Day's director of communications, initially echoed the leader's allegations against Judge Silcoff, saying the case involved "possibly even the corruption of the judiciary."

But after spending $5,000 to hire a lawyer to determine whether Mr. Day's complaints had enough merit to launch an official complaint, Mr. Reynolds said the Alliance now accepts Judge Silcoff's word that he had no knowledge of his former firm's involvement.

Mr. Day did not speak to Judge Silcoff before making his initial allegation.

"Now we have gone about getting the answer in a proper manner, and I am very pleased there was no conflict and even now there is no perceived conflict," Mr. Reynolds said...

See related column "When a leader becomes repugnant" by Andrew Coyne on page A15.


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Sent by a reader at 22 Minutes. Brilliant.

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His column is worth reading, but one part depressed the Hell out of me:


At a leadership review held in the wake of his electoral self-destruction last year, Tory won the backing of 66.9 per cent of the 1,308 voting delegates – an astonishing outcome, coming as it did almost 25 years to the day after former prime minister Joe Clark won an almost identical result at his review.


Not because I feel sorry for John Tory, of course. I found it depressing because I remember the night of the Winnipeg review like it was yesterday. I grow old, I grow old, etc.

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Salon "E," to be precise:

-----Original Message-----
> Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 05:47:31
> To:<wkinsella@XXXXXXXXX
> Subject: Toryland
> what do you get when you mix a party full of landowner activists with an executive that has to pander to them to keep their jobs?
> things like the ontario pcs endorsing concealed carry handgun lawns at their justice policy breakout session!

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In the brave new Canada favoured by the National Post, PEN Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists and Steyn's Crusaders, no one really gives a sweet damn.

Suck it up, Pakistani community! It may make you feel like dirt, but that's the way it is, now, in the New and Improved Canada!

Get used to it - there'll be a lot more where this comes from!

UPDATE: In linking to this Gazette column, Kathy Shaidle - who professes to be a Christian - calls the young Muslim students who objected to Mark Steyn calling them vermin, "motherf**king parasites." If you are getting the impression that simply quoting Steyn's acolytes is enough to horrify most right-thinking people, you'd be right. That's why I quote them so often. There's nothing I can say that damns them more effectively than their own words.

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After everything, the Grits are still competitive. Here's what I wrote for Wise Guys in the new Hill Times:


I'm confused, as usual.

The to-and-fro stuff on Afghanistan had little, if anything, to do with the war - at least politically. It was principally about providing another opportunity for the Tories to depict the Grits as indecisive and weak. Every Grit I know also knew that.

Having visited the political burn unit quite a few times in recent months - having been toyed with by the Harper PMO - smart Liberals were determined to avoid again looking indecisive and weak. Good. Excellent.

And then, as the private negotiations about Afghanistan started to become public, various Liberal MPs started to speculate - out loud, when microphones were in the vicinity - about what THEY thought should happen, or would happen. In a matter of days, there were as many positions on Afghanistan as there were members of Liberal caucus, it seemed.

Having lived through the Chretien-Martin wars (if barely), I learned many things. One of them, believe it or not, is that it is never a good idea to have MPs sit in caucus, Blackberrying the proceedings to grateful reporters, waiting outside those padded doors. Another thing I learned - call me crazy - is that, if the leader and the caucus take a position, you stick with it.

Other folks, it seems, didn't learn those valuable lessons. Other folks, it appears, have decided they like the view in Opposition, and want to stay there forever. (Which is the amount of time the Tories want to stay in Afghanistan, by the way.)

As a happy Ontario Liberal, and not a federal Liberal, it AMAZES me that some caucus members haven't learned the importance of the Discipline of Power. That is, you never achieve Power without being Disciplined.

That all said, the Conservatives' position isn't doing them any favours, either. Canadians - female Canadians in particular - suspect they want to stay in Afghanistan because the loudmouthed Rick Hiller tells them they should. Canadians also suspect that, if given a majority, the Conservatives will do a host of other things that they do not like or want.

Being from Calgary, I'm pretty simple. To me, the strategy is simple. Just remind everyone that the minority Conservatives aren't what the majority Conservatives will be like.

So, to avoid any further confusion and worry, elect a Liberal government.

Will they do it? Who knows.
Ask the Liberal MP at the back of the room, sending Blackberry messages about the internal strategy discussions, okay?

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From another lurker at the Tory Tory convention:


------Original Message------
To: Warren Kinsella
Sent: Feb 23, 2008 5:15 PM

He announced at the dinner tonight that he's staying!!!

Sent on the Rogers Mobility network

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Not much, I guess.

If they keep him, they will continue to be riven by internal dissent.

If they get rid of him, they will be riven by a leadership race.

Doesn't matter, either way. In 2011, McGuinty will beat Tory, or whoever they come up with. Simple.

(What I can't figure out is why John Tory, whom I still like, is putting up with this.)

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URGENT Tory Leadership Review (URGENT-Tory-Leadership-R)
Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 23, 2008 18:34

LONDON, Ont. - Nearly 67 per cent of delegates voted Saturday to support John Tory's continued leadership of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives.

Of the 1,308 ballots cast, 874 voted at the party's annual meeting against holding a review of Tory's leadership.

Tory called it a `large majority,' even though his critics had said he needed the support of at least 80 per cent of delegates to remain at the helm.

Tory said he is deeply grateful for the party's support, but that he will take some time to reflect on what's best for the party and for himself.

Earlier in the day, Tory made a last-minute pitch to the 1,200 delegates ahead of the crucial vote, urging the party faithful to unite and focus on defeating the Liberals in 2011.

He promised never to revisit his unpopular proposal to extend public funding to faith-based schools - a campaign pledge that dragged the party down during the October election.

(The Canadian Press)


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From a correspondent:


Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 18:29:32 To:<wkinsella@XXXXXX
Turns out everyone lost: 66.8% don't want leadership review .... Very low ... Joe Clark low. 874 = no ... 433 yes So in the best interests of party tory won't say if he will stay on. --------------


How to make Joe Clark look decisive, in one easy lesson.
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Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 18:03:18 To:<wkinsella@XXXXXX

Subject: Your friend ... Randy hillier got his wish.

Tory about to announce he's leaving, I suspect --------------

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(Oh, and I am not there. We decided we didn't want to be seen as kicking John Tory when he's down. Which he is.)

From a correspondent on the floor in London:


Warren, attached is a scan of a list of Tory supports on a "No" flyer produced and distributed by Tory's Team. [I can't be bothered to attach it. WK]

Notably absent are Tim Hudak, Christine Elliott, Randy Hiller, Peter Shurman, and Jerry Ouellette. Is Randy Hillier is stirring up trouble, after all he said "I'm not in a position to support or not support (Mr. Tory)" in the February 13th Ottawa Citizen.

Is Jim Flaherty planning to push his wife, Ms. Elliott, to challenge the next leadership? Maybe Peter Shurman was turned off by Tory's epic u-turn on faith-based education funding? Is Jerry "NRA" Ouellette wants a shot at the Tory leadership?

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Netfirms totally suck. There's a reason why they are cheap, you know.

Apologies for the outage. Jay Currie emailed me to ask what happened, which was sweet of him, and I told him that it is all related to the international Muslim conspiracy. He seemed satisfied with that, as one would expect of a Steyn Saladin, a Keyboard Krusader, a Thick-headed Templar, a... [Enough already. Ed.]

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