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Warren Kinsella - WHY MICHAEL WILL BE PRIME MINISTER, PART [FILL IN BLANK]
 

"...[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

WHY MICHAEL WILL BE PRIME MINISTER, PART [FILL IN BLANK] 

”The Ignatieff effect:” that has a certain ring to it. I liked this part, too: “In the meantime, the Liberal team around Mr. Ignatieff is over-joyed at the progress made since he became leader. “It feels like 1993 all over again,” said one veteran, referring to the period before Jean Chrétien became Prime Minister. MPs say the mood in the party is the best it has been in six or seven years.” What Ivison writes is true: Ignatieff has brought together Chrétien people, Martin people, Dion people, and the caucus is in better shape than it’s been in a long time. We are not – not – going to underestimate our opponent, who is wily politician. But it certainly feels good to be a federal Liberal, these days.
The Conservatives are losing it. As Riley writes: “Masterful strategist Stephen Harper -- the man who was inching Canada, through blandishments and threats, toward his reactionary vision -- appears to be losing his grip…” We don’t intend to build a campaign on stumbles by the Reformatories – that’s bad strategy. But it is a fact, as others have noted before me, that governments defeat themselves. And the Harper regime is energetically defeating itself, day after day. It’s wonderful to watch.
…and while the economy is burning, the Conservative leader fiddles with photo ops. The Prime Minister is an economist, we’ve been told. So where is his economic prescription for a Canada where records are being set, daily, for bankruptcies and job losses? Cavorting with dragons and Bonhomme is fun, I suppose, but it doesn’t address the fears of Canadian families facing a very uncertain future. At all.

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TVO REDUX 

Someone senior associated with the publicly-funded network wanted to speak to me last night. I told him/her there was no point. The damage had been done.

Round-up here and here and here and here and here.

They're going to wear this mistake for a long time.

UPDATE: Here's an important question: the PMO's designated Conservative Party spokesman, Ezra Levant, defends Shaidle - who says, inter alia, that Islam is "a sick, sick religion," that Muslim children are "parasites," that Sikhs are "backward foreigners who shit on the hands that feed them," that the poor are "lazy and stupid," that First Nations people are "parasites [who] extort tax dollars for booze, smokes and junk food." Is that the official Conservative Party of Canada position, to get into bed with the likes of Shaidle? Is it, Levant pal Jason Kenney? Is Levant - who wants Quebec to separate, so his party can go after First Nations, who he calls "ethnic separatists," as well as kill off multiculturalism and bilingualism, along with women's rights and enviromental protection - representing the views of the Conservative of Party of Canada?

The unemployed Conservative Party spokesman has never recanted, and he's never apologized for his extremism. One can only assume Stephen Harper and Co. are fine with his views, and his association with a bigot like Kathy Shaidle.

Why is the Conservative government associated with Levant - and, by extension now, Shaidle? Anyone?


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CANWEST DEATHWATCH? 

This Reuters story suggests that the CanWest media empire is soon to slip this mortal coil. I don't know if that is true - but the underlying trends, as the experts say, are not very promising.

As I suggested to a senior and acclaimed journalist late yesterday, what this story makes me feel, mostly, is sad - sad for the journalists and editors who have to live with this kind of unending uncertainty. Sad for their families, too, who have to be just as scared.

Because they're journalists, none of them will say anything about any of this depressing stuff publicly, of course. That's the irony about journalists - they truly favour freedom of speech. But when it comes to discussion of their own affairs - actual circulation numbers, unethical conduct by their colleagues, significant errors, dwindling readership - you will never meet a more censorious bunch. The phrase "circle the wagons" was practically invented for them.

Anyway, I used to be a Southam guy, and a proud member of the Newspaper Guild, too. I really, really hope this works out for the journalists and the editors at CanWest.

For the owners and senior managers there? Not so much.


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TVO DEIGNS TO RESPOND PUBLICLY TO SHAIDLE MESS 

Here.

But it's not much of a response. It's kind of useless, in fact, because Steve told me personally that "frankly, Warren, I haven't spent any time on this yet today...I haven't put mind to it yet at all." So if Steve wasn't in on this decision, who was?

In this non-response, TVO just mainly post what I have written. And if you're here, you already know what I think. What, if anything, was TVO thinking?

Specifically, what remains unanswered is why TVO was so dumb - so monumentally insensitive - as to give a platform to someone who writes things like what I've re-posted below.

What's your answer to that, TVO?

· On Islam: "...your religion is fucking retarded...ungrateful beligerent foreign savages...These are people who love watching beheading videos on the internet...A sick, sick religion. Basically Scientology with bombs. Pathetic whiny losers."
· On Muslim and Pakistani immigrants: "Muslims...most of them can't even read...What we really need to do is stop immigration from Pakistan and other crazy Muslim countries filled with illiterate, violent tribal peasants..."
· On Muslim children: they are “parasites.”
· On a group of Muslim students who object to some statements by Mark Steyn: they are “motherfucking parasites.”
· On Muslims: "Muslims always have to be on top, in reverse proportion to their ability to do anything with competence or creativity."
· On Indians: they are “parasites” who “extorted tax dollars [for] booze, smokes and junk food. Not to mention free everything else, including university educations they don't bother getting.”
· On blacks: “…there is nothing ‘compelling’ about a black man impregnating a white woman. In more than one Toronto neighbourhood, that's what they call Saturday night.”
· On the only people who can get excited about Barack Obama: “black, stupid or both.”
· On Jamaicans: “Just think of how much Jamaican immigrants contribute to our culture and economy: monotonous, illiterate music that all sounds the same, filthy hairstyles, those little tricoloured Rasta doohickies.”
· On the blacks of New Orleans: they are “pathetic losers” who cannot have their IQs raised “a single point.”
· On the poor: they are poor because they are “too lazy and stupid to a) finish high school and/or b) keep their pants on.…I don’t care about the poor. They’re no more real than Bigfoot.”
· On AIDS: “From the beginning, AIDS activism has been more about mainstreaming the gay "lifestyle" than saving lives.”
· On Sikhs: "Backward foreigners [who] shit on hand that feeds them...Unable to invent their own iconic product due to too much time spent worshipping monkeys and cows, setting women on fire and obsessing over imperceptible differences in each other's skin colour..."
· On blind people: "Giving blind people real jobs...is not working out."
· On Chinese: "[They are] spitting and shooting snot on the sidewalk...throwing broken crates of rotten bock choy all over Spadina Avenue [and] eating dubious, illegal foodstuffs" [and cause SARS.]


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SHAIDLE SAYS SHE WANTS TO BE CANCELLED 


Click to protest - and
use the banner on your site!

Below, Shaidle's posting at "Small Dead Animals" a few minutes ago. And, here, on her own web site.

But TVO still plans to have her on?


Why? This is turning into farce, TVO. Lots of taxpayers don't want our tax dollars used in this way; she doesn't want the platform you insist on giving her.

Why is this even a discussion?

Shaidle:


"Countless Chinese people in Toronto DO hoark on the sidewalk -- which is a known spreader of disease.

They DO leave broken crates of bok choy on Spadina

And they DO eat what are, in my humble opinion, dubious, possibly illegal foodstuffs.

Ever eaten street food in Beijing? Ever left your house, let alone the country?

Try harder.

The truth is often unpleasant.

Frankly, I wish TVO WOULD cancel me tonight. I'd rather stay home and watch Falling Down again.

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle at February 12, 2009 3:37 PM"



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W@AL: FOR SALE 

Capitalism: the choice was to fight, or switch.

We switched, baby.




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SHAIDLE ON TVO 

According to her web site, "Five Feet of Fury" is on TVO tonight - and, I presume, she's getting paid to be there.

Personally, I'm not enthusiastic about Kathy Shaidle getting provincial tax dollars, however small, to spew her venom. She's entitled to do that on her web site, and she does, day in and day out.

Below is just a small sampling of what she's written. Do you think TVO has made the right call, here? I don't.

I hope to hear from them, and the Ministry responsible for TVO, later on today. In the meantime, here's Shaidle:

· On Islam: "...your religion is fucking retarded...ungrateful beligerent foreign savages...These are people who love watching beheading videos on the internet...A sick, sick religion. Basically Scientology with bombs. Pathetic whiny losers."
· On Muslim and Pakistani immigrants: "Muslims...most of them can't even read...What we really need to do is stop immigration from Pakistan and other crazy Muslim countries filled with illiterate, violent tribal peasants..."
· On Muslim children: they are “parasites.”
· On a group of Muslim students who object to some statements by Mark Steyn: they are “motherfucking parasites.”
· On Muslims: "Muslims always have to be on top, in reverse proportion to their ability to do anything with competence or creativity."
· On Indians: they are “parasites” who “extorted tax dollars [for] booze, smokes and junk food. Not to mention free everything else, including university educations they don't bother getting.”
· On blacks: “…there is nothing ‘compelling’ about a black man impregnating a white woman. In more than one Toronto neighbourhood, that's what they call Saturday night.”
· On the only people who can get excited about Barack Obama: “black, stupid or both.”
· On Jamaicans: “Just think of how much Jamaican immigrants contribute to our culture and economy: monotonous, illiterate music that all sounds the same, filthy hairstyles, those little tricoloured Rasta doohickies.”
· On the blacks of New Orleans: they are “pathetic losers” who cannot have their IQs raised “a single point.”
· On the poor: they are poor because they are “too lazy and stupid to a) finish high school and/or b) keep their pants on.…I don’t care about the poor. They’re no more real than Bigfoot.”
· On AIDS: “From the beginning, AIDS activism has been more about mainstreaming the gay "lifestyle" than saving lives.”
· On Sikhs: "Backward foreigners [who] shit on hand that feeds them...Unable to invent their own iconic product due to too much time spent worshipping monkeys and cows, setting women on fire and obsessing over imperceptible differences in each other's skin colour..."
· On blind people: "Giving blind people real jobs...is not working out."
· On Chinese: "[They are] spitting and shooting snot on the sidewalk...throwing broken crates of rotten bock choy all over Spadina Avenue [and] eating dubious, illegal foodstuffs" [and cause SARS.]

UPDATE: More here and here and here and here.

UPDATE: Comment just posted by Mike: "Sent a letter and called them directly...Warren, they appear to be getting the message. The woman I talked to said they had been getting calls and emails all morning and they were going to talk to the producer."

Personally, I heard promptly this morning from Paikin, who is a good and decent person. He told me the relevant producer would contact me, although that has not happened yet.

I have also written the Minister responsible, Kathleen Wynne, at kwynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org. Her executive assistant is Tom Teahen, at thomas.teahen@ontario.ca. I know both, and they also are good people.

Keep at it, folks. As BCL and Scott T. have posted, you can email TVO about this disgrace here: askTVO@tvo.org

UPDATE: The New Democrats have taken note, and are (appropriately) angry, too. I am also told that Kathleen Wynne is furious, as are other people in government.

But from TVO, online and off, nothing. Nada. I suspect they are going to let it happen, which is a disgrace. The only way they could (partially) redeem themselves is to put the above statements to Shaidle - which are far worse than pretty much anything Ernst Zundel, Jim Keegstra, Terry Long or other bigots ever said to me in interviews, frankly - and see how she responds.

UPDATE: More opposition here and here.

LIKELY FINAL UPDATE: BCL has just heard from the show's producer that they're bringing her on, notwithstanding the expressions of anger and protest. Those interested in further protest can contact TVO here, and state - as I will - that future campaigns for public funding, in any context, will be vigorously opposed.

In other words, don't give them a nickel. "Free speech" isn't interchangable with "suspending one's critical faculties." Except at TVO, apparently.





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CRANKY BITS AND PIECES (WELL, EXCEPT FOR THE LAST ONE) 

This wouldn’t be happening if Toronto had a mayor, part 2,471: My one-person focus group, my wife, erupted when she read this headline early this morning. “Doesn’t this idiot mayor realize people are hurting? That there are bankruptcies all over the place, and people are losing their jobs? And he wants to raise taxes again?” Couldn’t have said it better myself. On behalf of a dozen centrist politico friends, all equally fed up: Toronto needs a mayor who isn’t a New Democrat automaton. We’ll help get you elected if you’re any good. How’s that for a “Help Wanted” ad?
More recession madness: Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s Minister of Education, is genuinely one of the most respected and admired politicians I have ever met. But, this morning on CBC Radio, the quoted nutty union boss said she’s “trying to resuscitate her political career” because she wants to avoid kids losing school days, as they did so often during the Harris era. Here’s a tip, pal: if there’s one politician in Canada who doesn’t need his or her career “resuscitated,” it’s Wynne. If there’s a union boss who needs his credibility resuscitated today, it’s you.
PMO knew about sexual harassment allegations against one of their new Senators, but appointed him anyway? Have the Harpies lost their minds, completely? What was the Hellfire rush? Couldn’t they have waited to jam him into the Red Chamber, until the complaints had been addressed, one way or another? Unbelieveable. Watch for this one to get very messy.
The Conservative’s Change-The-Channel Strategy continues apace: Last week it was Racist Warren and donations to the LPC and a few other things – anything to get voters to forget about the records being set in bankruptcies and job losses. This gun control stunt is the latest (as the sharp-eyed BCer in TeeDot noticed last week) CPC attempt to get you to forget how pathetic these guys are on the economy. It’ll be divisive, again, but it won’t work. Canadians are smarter than this neocon “government.”
Okay, I’m not cranky about this one at all: THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IS AHEAD OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY IN POPULAR SUPPORT. Not by much, yet, but ahead. The trendlines are clear: under Michael Ignatieff, we’re going up, the Reform Conservatives are going down. Change is coming!

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CONS DISPIRITED, DEJECTED, DIVIDED, DESPONDENT 

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PICK THE CAPTION WINNER! 

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YOU JUST ASSUMED I WOULD POST THAT HARRIS-DECIMA POLL, DIDN'T YOU? 

Am I that predictable? Am I that obvious? Am I, as my buddy Powers cruelly observed, the Iggy Infatuation Corner?

Well, dammit, I refuse to be so easy to categorize! I won't post that poll - stating, as it does, "a new poll suggests the Tories' federal leadership advantage has evaporated since Michael Ignatieff took over the Liberal helm. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey indicates the newly minted Liberal leader is viewed more favourably than either Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper or NDP Leader Jack Layton. Indeed, Ignatieff was the only national leader to score a net positive rating, with 43 per cent of respondents saying they had a favourable impression of him versus 32 per cent who had an unfavourable opinion..."

Nor, for your information, will I post that the CP story stated that "the poll also suggests Conservatives and Liberals are statistically tied, with 31 per cent and 33 per cent support respectively, well ahead of the NDP at 15 per cent, the Greens at 10 per cent and the Bloc Quebecois at 10 per cent."

You are all just going to have to elsewhere for that information, I'm afraid. That the Liberal Party of Canada is ahead, and that the Conservatives are headed for a historic rout. And stuff like that.

No sir, I simply refuse to be that predictable, here in The Iggy Infatuation Corner©.

UPDATE: I'm advised by friends at CP that the "respectively" in their copy was misplaced. The edge is to the Cons in this one, but obviously not by much. My apologies for re-reporting an error.



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CAPTION CONTEST 


Diane Finley, Peter Van Loan, Bev Oda, Jim Flaherty, Dean del Mastro and unidentified other Conservative Party hacks stand by Dork Newsbought's race car, and indicate with their thumbs the direction in which unemployment, bankruptcies and Liberal Party fortunes are heading.

Now what's your suggested caption, Canada? Add 'em in Comments. The best one - selected by a jury of your peers - wins a signed copy of The War Room!


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EXPERT WITNESS CALLING CPC SPOKESMAN LEVANT A LIAR? 

You decide. From this afternoon's hearings at the Legislature.

Personally, I think this will be quite useful on cross-ex, and possibly even to the Law Society of Alberta. Meanwhile, I know at least one newspaper is publishing a story on this damning testimony tomorrow.

(Emphasis added.)

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PRELIMINARY TRANSCRIPT—DRAFT


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LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO
Standing COMMITTEE ON government agencies
Monday 9 February 2009


The Chair (Mrs. Julia Munro):
I would just like to make sure everyone understands that our next speaker is coming to us via teleconference. Good afternoon, Mr. Moon?

Mr. Richard Moon: Yes, I am here.

The Chair (Mrs. Julia Munro): Yes, thank you very much for making yourself available this way for us. As you might have had explained to you, we have 30 minutes set aside in which you are able to make a presentation. Any time remaining then will be used by the members of the committee to ask questions and make comments. If you are ready to proceed, we are as well.

Mr. Richard Moon: Thanks for inviting me to speak to you and for accommodating me in this way. I want to make sure you can hear me all right?

The Chair (Mrs. Julia Munro): Yes, we can.

Mr. Richard Moon: Okay. I assume that I was asked to speak to you because I recently wrote a report for the Canadian Human Rights Commission dealing with section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and that’s the section of the act that prohibits Internet hate speech, understood as communication that is likely to expose the members of an identifiable group to hatred or contempt. In a minute, I’ll say something about my report and its recommendations, but first I wanted to comment on the current debate in Canada concerning the regulation of hate speech in the Human Rights Code.

Let me start by saying there is certainly a serious debate to be had about the legal regulation of hate speech: about whether it should be regulated, about the scope of regulation and about the legal mechanisms for regulation.

But the debate in Canada has been infected by a style of political comment that’s relatively new in Canada but better known in the US. There are a number of right-wing critics in Canada who, instead of offering serious and plausible criticism of the Human Rights Code regulations, engage in baseless personal attacks. Without compunction, they accuse the civil servants who are mandated to implement human rights legislation of corruption. They use the term “corruption” freely and very loosely, but always in a way that suggests a significant breach of public trust. The accusations have no substance; they are pieced together out of nothing. But what they achieve, what the commentators want them to achieve, is a general sense that there is a serious problem, even if the specifics of the problem are unknown.

I suspect that my invitation to speak to you today shows that these commentators have been successful in their smear campaign against human rights commissions. I urge the committee not to be taken in by these individuals. They don’t care about the truth; they make things up.

I want to give an example of this : The night before my report was released in November, Ezra Levant posted on his blog a comment about the report. The title of his posting was, “Richard Moon’s report was redacted by Jennifer Lynch.” Jennifer Lynch, as many of you may know, is the chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The claim or suggestion was that the report was not my own work—that I was told by the commission what to say.

The claim was false—I was given complete independence—and when my report was released the following day and recommended the repeal of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the falsity of Levant’s claim was obvious. Levant had just made it up.

He thought he knew what I would say and he sought to discredit the report in advance by attacking me and the commission rather than the arguments I might make. Had I recommended something different, that section 13 be retained with certain amendments—a perfectly reasonable position—then Levant’s false claim and the commission rather than the arguments I might make. Had I recommended something different, that section 13 be retained with certain amendments—a perfectly reasonable position—then Levant’s false claim about the report might have seemed plausible to some people and would have been difficult for me to refute decisively.

This is his general style and that of others. Over the last few years, these commentators have made a series of baseless accusations against the members and staff or the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and these claims have leaked into the mainstream media, into the National Post, and into the columns of the Globe and Mail. Believe none of it. As I said at the outset, there are some serious questions to be addressed, but I have come to the conclusion that certain individuals who have played a large role in the campaign against human rights laws and human rights commissions, particularly in the context of hate speech, have no interest in serious debate or in the truth.

...Now another issue, I suppose—and I will say I had not actually originally intended to make an opening statement of sorts and certainly not with the content that this one had until I realized that Mark Steyn was also to be speaking to you today. So another issue, it seems to me, has to do with the role of the commission in monitoring and commenting on patterns and instance of hateful or discriminatory speech in the province. The comments made by Barbara Hall regarding the Mark Steyn article were criticized by some.

The commission decided that it did not have jurisdiction, but nevertheless observed that the article was discriminatory.
In my report I argued that the law—and I’m speaking of course about the and my focus was on the federal act—should not prohibit expression that defames the members of an identifiable group; that we should instead consider other ways to respond to such speech.

The Mark Steyn article, in my view, should not be censored but nor should it go unanswered. It was an unfair and deceptive in its content and glib and sometimes juvenile in its style. How are the members of the Muslim community to respond to the suggestion in Canada’s national news magazine that they are violent or sympathetic to violence? They do not have Mark Steyn’s platform.

There may be a role for the commission to play in response to defamatory, discriminatory speech in the community. Its mandate is to educate and advocate. As an institution, as it’s currently designed, I am not sure how well-suited the commission is to such a role. In my report I advocated a strengthening of the voluntary press council system, but I certainly would not want to rule out the possibility that the commission may also have a role to play. Those are my opening remarks.

The Chair (Mrs. Julia Munro): We’ll begin, then, with the official opposition.




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ALICE WONG, THE YOUNG RICHARD NIXON AND THE PAYOLA MONKEY 

Alice Wong is a Conservative politician from B.C. You probably haven’t heard of her before, and you’re not alone in that. Alice hasn’t left many footprints in the sands of time.

In the privileged environment of the House of Commons, she’s been going after Yours Truly in recent days. That’s fine; like any good Catholic, I believe in the sacrament of penance. Have at me, Alice.

I presume Wong’s strategy – and that of her Conservative colleagues – has been to try and build support in ethnic communities. So, last week, Wong’s Conservative colleague Jason Kenny – who I have referred to as “a younger Richard Nixon” on-air, possibly irritating him in the process – took time out of being a cabinet minister to weigh in on the myriad Warren Kinsella controversies, which everyone knows are way more important than the Canadian records being set in job losses and bankruptcies.

For his efforts, this is what the Hill Times wrote about the young Tricky Dick in this morning’s edition: “There’s a global economic crisis happening. Maybe someone in Cabinet should tell Canada’s federal Multiculturalism and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney who between his Guantanamo Bay, refugee claims, and exceptional humanitarian circumstances files, spent some of his valuable Cabinet ministerial time last week in Ottawa making a political meal out of Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella…as a federal Cabinet minister, Mr. Kenney should leave these kinds of cheap political stunts to lower party operatives. Besides, [his] stunt wasn’t funny...”

You can read more about Jason Kenney here. He’s all for multiculturalism. Unless you happen to be gay or lesbian, that is.

Alice Wong, meanwhile, hasn’t gotten as famous as her friend Jason. Like him, however, she certainly has an interesting approach to minority communities. A sampling:

• On refugees: “… the refugee program is intended for humanitarian reasons, is now a warm bed by criminals and terrorists.”
• On where gambling leads: “…gambling can cause one to los[e] their life savings, and it is promoted for increasing revenue, promiscuous sexual behavior, multiple sexual behaviors and one night stands are causes of STDs, and is promoted in the name of freedom…”
• On abortion: “…abortion causes bodily harm, and is promoted as a right of woman, anyway it want…[my] positions on the questions of same-sex marriage and abortion ha[ve] never changed.”
• On herself: “…I felt I have a calling from heaven, and by faith, I entered the dark complicated world of politics.”

Before she entered the dark and complicated world of politics, Alice fundraised for something called the “Canadian Alliance for Social Justice and Family Values Association.” It doesn’t like gays, lesbians, human rights or pretty much anything, from what I can determine.

At one August 2003 rally, Alice applauded while the Alliance’s top guy opposed laws designed to prohibit expressions of hatred against gays and lesbians because, "On its face, it could include heterosexuality, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transexuality, pedophilia, polygamy, polyandry, bestiality, sadistic-sexuality, masochistic-sexuality and incestuous sexuality.”

Polyandry? Anyone know what that is? Anyone?

Anyway. Alice’s views may be okay in parts of her riding – she somehow got herself elected, after all. But I rather suspect that, when we draw attention to her views – and we will, over and over and over – many, many other people in many, many other ridings aren’t going to be nearly as enthusiastic. Nope.

So keep at me, Harpies, with Alice and Jason and your race-car-driving payola monkey. My name isn’t on any ballot – and I suspect you aren’t diverting attention away from the real issue, which my 30 million or so friends consider to be the shitty job you are doing running the economy.

You guys also did this kind of stuff before the 2000 election, as I recall. We won that one, remember?



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ORILLIA, SATURDAY NIGHT 



I got email and IMs about this event last night. Not only was it standing-room only - people were standing outside the building, hoping to see or hear Michael. Then, this morning, I was stopped twice by people who told me they liked my guy, and that "Harper has to go."

Something's happening out there, folks.

Change is coming.


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