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Warren Kinsella - THE NATIONAL POST

"...[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


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The Globe put this story on page one today.

And well they should. In the political households of the nation, these be household names.

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She's a good friend, and we're proud of her. And not at all surprised to see her big win.

Being a non-partisan, for a minute, I am happy to see more women in cabinet. They needed to do that. Good on Mr. Harper.


Harper bolsters cabinet with rookie women (Cabinet-Shuffle)
Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 30, 2008 10:50

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper bolstered his cabinet with veteran MPs and rookies alike today in a sweeping shuffle that will launch his new government.

Harper juggled more than a dozen portfolios and added more women to a cabinet that had just seven females among 31 members before the shuffle.

Three star women rookies vaulted into key posts: Lisa Raitt at natural resources, Leona Aglukkaq at health, and Gail Shea at fisheries.

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What shuffle? This is what the politicos I know are talking about this morning!

Hate to sound like a gushing teenager and all that, but - my God, Clinton is awesome. What a pro.

Expect to hear some of Clinton's lines coming from federal Grits in coming months. His criticisms apply up here, too.

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Me and our littlest guy watched it. Big Obama fans around this house.

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...in a business that isn't beautiful very often. This is so, so powerful.

Change is coming.

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I just did a political panel thing for the Ontario Real Estate Association with my pals Paul Rhodes (dirty rotten Tory) and Graham Murray (dirty rotten Dipper). I played the role of Dirty Rotten Grit.

Before the assembled masses, I was asked by one nice lady who could lead the Liberal Party of Canada to victory in the next election.

I gave my answer.

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He's a Hell of a politician, and he would have made a Hell of a candidate.


McKenna won't run for federal Liberal leadership (Liberals-McKenna)
Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 28, 2008 16:28

OTTAWA - Former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna is ruling out a bid for leadership of the federal Liberal party.

McKenna has released a statement saying that restoring the Liberals to power and a majority government would take a longer commitment than he's prepared to make.

McKenna, 60, has twice been touted in Liberal circles as the heir apparent to the party throne.

But Canada's former ambassador to the United States declined to run in the 2006 race that elected Stephane Dion.

Now, with Dion having announced he's stepping down following the Liberal electoral disaster in the Oct. 14 election, McKenna is once again taking a pass.

New Brunswick MP Dominic LeBlanc is the only declared candidate so far to replace Dion at a convention that will likely take place next May in Vancouver.

(The Canadian Press)

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...and I am very, very excited. This feels right, for me and a lot of other people. For a lot of reasons.

Click here to learn who, and how to get involved.

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I was their lawyer, for a while. Wornout Kinsellout/Chinchilla will miss them.


Feisty Frank Magazine folds - again (CRAFT-Frank-No-More)
Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 28, 2008 14:01

OTTAWA - It seems there's no more gold to be dug from that there dirt.

Frank Magazine, the satirical gossip magazine, is closing up shop - again - after 19 years of exposing the petty jealousies, ego trips and various venial sins of Canada's chattering classes.

A brief announcement went out to subscribers from publisher Michael Bate, stating both the bimonthly paper and online editions were being terminated, effective immediately.

Bate said the publication `could not achieve profitability.'

First published in 1989, Frank had its heyday during the early 1990s when circulation was around 16,000 and the magazine was passed from hand to hand in the national capital.

It folded in December 2004 before returning to life three years ago as efrank.ca.

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...I'm not showing my hand just yet. But, as I did with my friend Martin Cauchon last week, I draw to your attention to New Brunswick Liberal MP Dominic LeBlanc.

Dom and I worked together for Jean Chretien, and his Dad - the remarkable and wonderful Romeo LeBlanc - is actually our daughter's godfather.

Dom is a smart and ambitious guy, and he's very funny. He's going to help make the race a lively one.

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