Warren Kinsella: Takes one to know one

“Your a dork.” Takes one to know one, etc.

Warren Kinsella: Patrick Brown in pictures

One is creepy. One is arguably…you know what it is. There’s more of this sort of hung out there, I’m told. After last night’s blockbuster Globe and Mail story – which suggested he had schemed to get a big payment from a man who would get a coveted PC nomination shortly thereafter – I don’t ...

Warren Kinsella: Did Patrick Brown scheme to sell off candidate spots?

And did he plot to put the resulting many thousands in his own pocket? Check out this stunner Globe and Mail story. It is simply incredible. . Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown was in talks to sell an interest in a restaurant he partially owns and some Aeroplan miles for $375,000 to a ...

Warren Kinsella: Ten rules about #MeToo and crisis communications

There are lots of rules to remember about politics and public relations and the law. Here are ten.  Don’t brag about hiring private investigators. For example, in the middle of a #MeToo-type full-blown crisis, don’t have one of your people go on a radio program, and say you’ve hired private detectives to do a “forensic” ...

Warren Kinsella: It’s all over before it’s started (updated)

As predicted: his strategy is to destroy his former political home. He’s doing that. This turns the PC Party of Ontario into a running joke. Their leadership race becomes a farce. All that can save them now is another young woman coming forward to tell her story. Will she? UPDATE:

Warren Kinsella: Brown is kicked out of caucus – but will he run for leader again?

I’m told he plans to. Now, Vic Fedeli did what a few of us felt he needed to do – he needed to kick out the former leader: UPDATED: Ex-leader Patrick Brown expelled from Ontario PC caucus days before the provincial legislature is set to resume: https://t.co/Ue5r8XJpMJ pic.twitter.com/XcZD1d0XdN — CBC Toronto (@CBCToronto) February 16, 2018 ...

Warren Kinsella: The Patrick Clown Show, plus bonus caucus resignation phone call tape!

ABOVE: Brown says he didn’t resign – but here’s the tape proving that he did! Yesterday there was an Ontario PC leader debate.  You are forgiven for not noticing. That’s because – as my friend Tasha notes in her column, here – The Patrick Clown Show™ risks eclipsing everything else.  It’s like that 1963 Lesley ...

Warren Kinsella: Patrick Brown thinks he’s still leader

He has had “Progressive Conservative leader” on his Facebook profile for weeks.  Now we know why. He’s launching the first political coup in modern Ontario history. This guy is in (deserved) exile on Elba, and he’s still insisting everyone call him Emperor.  The Emperor wears no clothes, more like. My view? Vic Fedeli needs to ...

Warren Kinsella: From next week’s column: PR tips in the #MeToo era

There’s a couple of them that seem particularly germane this morning. I wonder who I am referring to? • Don’t attack your alleged victims. In the #MeToo era, even Harvey Weinstein – the rutting pig who essentially started the movement – understood that you don’t victimize the victims twice. That is one the best things ...

Warren Kinsella: Happy birthday

Many guys will understand what I mean when I say this: your father is both a bit of light, and a bit of shadow, over your path through life. Mine, T. Douglas Kinsella, MD, OC, would have been 86 years old today. So many years after we lost him, he remains a constant in our ...

Warren Kinsella: Review: Recipe For Hate “a complex, multilayered mystery”!

“The Canadian Review of Materials is published weekly from September through June and is an all-volunteer online publication which features reviews of books and other materials that are authored, illustrated and/or published by Canadians and that are produced for/of interest to children and adolescents. CM’s reviewers are teachers, teacher-librarians, public librarians and university professors…” And ...

Warren Kinsella: Patrick Brown, P.I.

Welcome to today’s class in how not to do P.R., folks.  Today’s case study is Patrick Brown, former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. Three weeks ago, CTV  broadcast a report that Brown had engaged in graphic sexual misconduct with two very young women.  He denied the allegations of the two young women, but he ...

Warren Kinsella: Sub judice and a dead boy

On Friday night, in Calgary, I spotted tweets by the Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of Justice about the verdict in the trial of the “man” who shot Colten Boushie in the back of the head with a semi-automatic handgun at point-blank range. It was, for the record, an appalling, disgusting, truly unjust ...

Warren Kinsella: Column: should government name things for a neo-Nazi?

Should the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, Nova Scotia (pop. 11,526) is a little community in Halifax’s regional municipality.  By all accounts, it’s a lovely spot, and the locals are nice.  If you go hiking on a trail in the area, you ...

Warren Kinsella: Kathleen Wynne is the luckiest politician alive

Here’s why: • Andrew Horwath’s New Democrats have been in a witness protection program for months – and, when they finally start to show signs of life, they lose their Chief of Staff to allegations he was indifferent to complaints about sexual harassment • Caroline Mulroney is revealing herself to be completely unprepared for top ...

Warren Kinsella: Adler-Kinsella Show: in which I defend Trudeau on personkind, and on all kinds of pipelines

Every Thursday, I have a radio-via-phone encounter with my great friend Charles Adler.  This week, the encounter took place by luggage rack two at Calgary’s Airport (said airport having received more snow than the North Pole before we started wrecking the planet). I valiantly defended the Prime Minister on personkind-gate – which shows no signs ...

Warren Kinsella: #MeToo: Kristin’s story

[Ed. note:  just over two weeks ago, a brave young woman named Kristin told her #MeToo story.  It was national news, and culminated in the resignation of a federal cabinet minister.  But Kristin’s story doesn’t end there.  Today, we are offering her this space for to tell her story, in her words.  Please read it. ...

Warren Kinsella: Ten language commandments or compersonments: take your pick

Watch Justin Trudeau Correct a Woman To Say ‘Peoplekind’ Instead of ‘Mankind’ https://t.co/FbFn2x3p5m pic.twitter.com/xLbjSTmwNL — Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 6, 2018 So, about the little exchange captured above. Was it a dumb thing to say?  Yes.  Will conservatives treat it like a war crime for months to come, which is also dumb?  Yes.  Naturally. So, ten ...

Warren Kinsella: “I find you so pretty” – senior PMO director to young woman looking for a job

This is wild.  Wild. Look at the message Myriam Denis, an experienced and bilingual communicator with a Liberal pedigree, got from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Deputy Director of Communications: “I find you very pretty,” he says.  One of the most senior unelected officials in the federal government, sending messages like that, not even bothering to ...

Warren Kinsella: Ten reasons why everyone should take Doug Ford seriously

When I quit the Olivia Chow mayoral campaign – because she’d not told the truth to the media, among other things – guess who was the first person to call me down in the States? Doug Ford. “Warren, old buddy,” he said.  “We’ve had our differences, but I want you to chin up.  Rob and ...

Warren Kinsella: #MeToo, #cdnpoli and #questions

Timing is everything, in comedy and in politics. Late on a Friday – just as Maclean’s was breaking a huge story about the Harper Conservatives knowing that they had a candidate accused of sexual assault, and let him run for them anyway – the government let slip that the Deputy Director of Operations in the ...

Warren Kinsella: Handicapping the Ontario PC candidates

Following the shocking allegations about Messrs. Brown and Dykstra, it was reasonable to conclude that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were basically toast. The election was less than 100 days away: how could they possibly recover in time? How could they possibly win? Their most-optimistic PC partisans, looking for a silver lining, insisted they had an ...

Warren Kinsella: New Dark Ages, now

I just returned from a major book fair at the Metro Convention Centre – and, whilst I was there signing copies of Recipe For Hate (Humblebrag Alert: we ran out of copies), I saw this for the first time, in Dundurn’s 2018 catalogue: What’s it about? Well, it’s about to get me in a lot of ...

Warren Kinsella: Spare a thought for Melania Trump (and all political spouses)

Married to a serial philanderer, a rank misogynist and an admitted sexual assaulter.  It can’t be easy. Is she aware?  Of course she’s aware.  There’s plenty of evidence, right there in plain view. She refuses to travel with him to his (medicated) State of the Uniom, and takes her own car.  She is in seclusion ...

Warren Kinsella: #MeToo bits and pieces, this and that

Apropos of nothing, here’s what I and others are hearing: PROVINCIAL Hearing Patrick Brown was dragging down the PCs among women.  With him out of the picture, there is more gettable vote for the provincial Tories – but only if they pick someone modern, centrist and new, like Ms. Mulroney or Mr. Phillips… Ms. Mulroney ...