“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
Because they are.
That’s the cover of the latest issue of a hate sheet now landing in mailboxes all over Toronto’s East End.
A sampling of some of the material contained therein:
To call this sort of garbage hateful is to state the blindingly obvious. It is white supremacist and anti-Semitic. And our public mail service should not ever be helping to disseminate it.
This group, in which I’m involved, is working to persuade Canada Post to smarten up. In the meantime, I have contacted both Canada Post and its minister – Lisa Raitt – to see what they have to say.
I can’t believe I’m about to say this – but, after twenty long (and relatively quiet) years, it appears the Heritage Front-type neo-Nazis are back.
Who will help us stop them?
UPDATE: Just got this from Raitt’s press secretary: “I strongly condemn any acts of discrimination or anti-Semitism. The content in these flyers do not represent the Government and the Government’s beliefs. Canada Post is an arms-length crown corporation responsible for its own operations, please contact Canada Post regarding this matter.”
Check this out. Was pinging around Twitter last night:
If it’s true – and I don’t know who the pollster is, perhaps Ekos – it means Team Trudeau needs to take a long look in the mirror. And make changes.
UPDATE: And here it is.
You want to know how how old I am? Want to know how square I am?
I did not know what the above acronym referred to, at all. When I saw it in a CBC headline yesterday, I had to go look it up (and, once I did, I was astounded that the CBC would put something like that in a headline, but that’s a complaint for another day).
Similarly, I did not know – at all – that female reporters were being targeted by this insanity. When I expressed my astonishment to Lisa, she told me it had been going on for a while, perhaps more than a year.
I am happy that Hydro One assistant network engineer SHAWN SIMOES – there, I put his name in caps, and linked to it, to assist prospective employers Googling his name – was fired. Good on Hydro One for doing so.
But what of the men who are present when these verbal assaults are taking place? If I had been there – and any of my male friends, too – we would have beaten the crap out of the guy who said it. Any guy who said it.
That may suggest I’m old, and that I’m square, but tant pis. It’s a response that’s overdue, given how widespread “FHITP” has apparently become.
Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since my book on this income inequality thing. Maybe it’s because the Occupy kids have moved on. Maybe it’s because I’m missing something.
But saying this: “Benefiting every single family isn’t what’s fair.”
I don’t see what’s wrong with that.
Sure, Justin Trudeau has made some verbal flubs. Sure, he isn’t as polished as Angry Tom, or whomever. But saying the 99 per cent deserve more benefits from their government than the one per cent? I don’t see that as a mistake.
I see that as good politics.
“The federal Conservative Party says it won’t participate in the traditional leaders’ debates run by a consortium of broadcasters including CBC, CTV and Global and will instead accept up to five independently staged debates in the run-up to the fall federal election.
The decision by the Harper Conservatives appears to deal a serious if not fatal blow to the near-monopoly that broadcasters such as CBC have had in determining how federal political leaders square off before national votes.
Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke said the Tories have already accepted proposals for two new rival debates – one organized by Maclean’s magazine and its owner Rogers, and the other by French-language broadcaster TVA.
The Conservative decision now puts pressure on other federal political parties to follow suit.
The NDP said they have accepted the TVA and Maclean’s debate invites, as well as one put forward by an initiative on women’s equality called Up for Debate.”
What does it mean? It means the Tories – and, I suspect, the Dippers – believe that Justin Trudeau is not going to do very well in those debates. That he is going to make a mistake. That it is going to be, as one Grit recently said to me, “two men and a baby.” Why else make such a dramatic move, were not that the case? Why else do it, if you didn’t already know the Grit team is nervous?
To those of you doing Trudeau’s debate prep? No pressure, but the future of the Liberal Party of Canada depends on you, pretty much.
Who am I?
Chantal Hebert has a column in today’s Star about the new Ontario PC leader. I’m biased, but I think she pulls her punches.
Here are some of the things you need to know about young Patrick, who to me bears a striking resemblance – ideologically and otherwise – to someone else.
So, who does Patrick Brown remind me of? Why, funny you should ask. He reminds me of Stockwell Day.
Back in 2000, whenever we (or the media) would go after Day on an issue – privatizing health care, or a flat tax, or gay marriage, or abortion, or whatever – he would do what Patrick Brown so regularly does: he would shift his position. He would deny. He would dismiss. He would claim to be misunderstood. He would shrug. (Hell, he even physically resembles old Stock.)
Patrick Brown isn’t vulnerable merely because he is a social conservative. He’s vulnerable because he’s trying to be all things to all people, just like Stockwell Day tried to do.
He’s vulnerable because he is being dishonest about who he really is, and what he really believes.
And he’s going to get found out, at precisely the wrong time for him and his party.
Didn’t agree with him on most things, but respected him on all things. A great Canadian.