Ezra Levant’s Troubles with the Law Society

Ezra Levant – who regards himself as a warrior in the cause of free speech, and who in fact refers to the many lawsuits he is facing as “lawfare” – has sent me a legal threat.

The threat relates to two links to National Post stories which I posted (here and here) – stories about Ezra and the issue of his conduct, as reviewed by the Law Society of Alberta. In the headlines to both postings, I used the term “guilty.”

Ezra, free speech warrior that he is, has complained about my use of that term through his lawyers.

Here are the facts:

1. The Alberta Law Society found that Ezra Levant had violated many rules of professional conduct.
2. Ezra Levant was ordered to meet with a senior member of the bar to learn how to better behave himself.
3. Once Ezra Levant did so, the complaint was technically dismissed.

I apologize, profusely, to Ezra for using the word “guilty.” He was in fact found to have violated the rules of professional conduct. But without “guilt.”

I truly hope that makes him feel better.

My New Gig

…well, a side gig, anyway. I’m one of the columnists for the new Canadian edition of Campaigns and Elections magazine. More here:

The Canadian Editorial Advisory Board, in development, currently includes Canadian political notables Anie Perrault, John Capobianco, Robin Sears, and Don Guy. Included in the growing list of regular contributors will be Warren Kinsella, President of Daisy Consulting Group, who will provide readers with insight on the challenges and decision making during campaigns in his column titled “In the War Room,” as well as Brett Bell, Principal of Grassroots Online, who will enlighten readers about online campaigning and social media in modern politics with his column “Open Source.”

I now expect all of you will run out and get a subscription. Or two or three. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

UPDATE: The Globe notices.

Rant About the Silly Column of the Day

…and if Glen had shown up, Coyle et al. would have been tut-tutting about how “risky” it was, how it’s “bad strategy,” blah blah blah. You just can’t win with some of these guys.

I’ve gone toe-to-toe with Glen in debate – I’ll let historians decide who won – and I can tell you, with no hesitation whatsoever, that this guy isn’t afraid of debating anyone. Anyone.

The last time TVO invited me on, I said no, too (principally because they defend playing host to avowed racists). The world didn’t come to an end, as far as I am aware.

Rant completed.

Survey Says

Liberals in dead heat with Tories, gaining in key battlegrounds: poll (Tories-Poll)
Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 1, 2010 15:28

OTTAWA – A new poll suggests the political ground is shifting under the Conservatives, with the Liberals making gains in key areas.

The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey shows a continuing dead heat between the two parties, at 32 per cent each.

But below the surface, the figures suggest the Liberals are well ahead in Quebec and have inched into the lead in vote-rich ridings around Toronto.

The Liberals also appear competitive in British Columbia and they’re favoured by women voters.

The NDP is at 15 per cent, the Bloc at 10, and the Greens at nine.

The telephone poll of 2,000 people was taken Jan. 21-31 and has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.


Update from the Good-Lord-I-Wish-I-Hadn’t-Written-That File: Post editorial mocks “growing public uprisings.” Wanna bet this one – and others, in which the conservative commentariat totally, totally dismissed the backlash against Harper’s three-month-long vacation (here and here and here and here) – won’t now be submitted for an NNA?

Andy Barrie

I’m sad to see him go. And my boys and I – who were listening to Metro Morning today, as we do every day as I drive them to school – missed the announcement of his retirement.

He’s been to Hell and back, so he certainly deserves a rest. But we’ll miss Andy Barrie.