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Should the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi?

Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Should the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, N.S. (pop. 11,526) is a little community in Halifax’s regional municipality. By all accounts, it’s…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Affidavits? A week ago in this space, I wrote the following. “It is up to the victims who swore those affidavits to step forward and tell their story. Not me or those like me. It will…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—‎The Conservative MP shook his head. We were in a restaurant at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, getting caught up. He'd just told me that a little-known backbencher named Patrick Brown was going to…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—In the social media era—in our mad rush to judgment—people get ground up and spat out. Happens all the time. Happens too often. Ask ‎Aziz Ansari, the Muslim comedian and author whose career now lies…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Not so long ago, I was in Vancouver at the same time as Jean Chrétien. He was there for his law firm, I was there for mine. We decided to get together, in a spot…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
It’s a cliché, sure. It’s hackneyed and overdone, true. It has been done a million times, agreed. But it’s fun: the columnist’s year-end political winner/loser list! And, this year, regular readers got in on the…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—That didn’t take long. Last Monday morning, this space wondered why the #MeToo movement had yet to alight in Ottawa. Seventy-two hours later—and just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was about to take the stage at…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—It’s hit Hollywood. It’s taken down big names in the media and it's all over Capitol Hill in Washington, too. So why hasn’t the #MeToo movement claimed any of the creeps crawling through Ottawa’s corridor…
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Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Talk about life imitating art. When this writer started typing up what would become the novel Recipe For Hate, several things were not anticipated; positive reviews, for example. I'm not used to those. But then…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Dear Minister Joly, may I call you Mélanie? You’ve blocked my access to your ministerial Twitter account, so please forgive the formality of an open letter. I sense that I’ve upset you, which concerns me deeply. Let’s…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Conservatives don’t like Justin Trudeau. They really, really don’t like him. This writer is a regular on Evan Solomon’s CFRA radio show with Alise Mills and Karl Bélanger. My friends Alise and Karl are articulate…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Go neg, sure. But don’t fib. The Working Families group has a new ad out. If you live in Ontario, you’ve likely seen it. If you don’t, you haven’t. But the ad is worth talking about because…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Life imitates fiction, sometimes, and not in ways that you’d expect. This week, for example, I published a book called Recipe For Hate.  It’s a novel. Without giving away the plot, I can reveal that…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—The 70 per cent of Americans who self-identify as Democrats or Independents share one thing: they hate, hate, hate Donald Trump. They want him gone. Impeached, indicted, whatever. Gone. The 30 per cent of Americans…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—When do you cease to be a country? When do you stop being a people, a nation? Romeo LeBlanc, who I loved, had an answer. “When children sleep on the streets,” he said to us…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—How desperate is Justin Trudeau to keep NAFTA? Ask the Mexicans, now peering out from under the proverbial bus—where, you know, Trudeau pushed them. Pretty desperate. As they welcomed the Canadian prime minister to Mexico…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—There’s no longer any other rational or compelling explanation for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly being a “minister” because she is, hands down, the worst cabinet minister in the Trudeau government. She is a disaster. She…
TORONTO—With few exceptions, newspapers aren’t very politically relevant any more. Oh, sure, the Toronto Star uncovered the fact that Mayor Rob Ford was using crack. And, yes, The New York Times and The Washington Post have done exemplary work exposing the…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—You never achieve great things if you don’t take risks. How Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer doesn’t understand this is an enduring mystery. He never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity, per the cliché. Take…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—The only reason sane people get involved in politics—or create a work of art, or write a book, or build a bridge, or climb mountains—is because they want to be immortal. We’re all going to…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Dear Messrs. Trudeau and Morneau: So, small businesses. Almost 12 years ago, I started one. It was quite a thing. Before that, I’d been special assistant to Jean Chrétien on the Hill. I’d been a…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—So, Andrew Scheer shuffled his "shadow cabinet" last week. It was newsworthy only in that it reminded us that the newly minted Conservative Party leader is, you know, not dead. But he isn't all that…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
BOSTON—Is being batshit crazy an impediment to ‎high public office? It is a question much debated these days down here in the Disunited States. ‎As the Unpresident continues his ever-downward descent into the darkest, dankest…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Pop quiz time. 1. At an election rally, Ku Klux Klan member J. F. Bryant is joined onstage by a confident young lawyer, who rails against those who speak other languages. Who was the young lawyer?…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Hell just got a little more crowded. Some might consider that inappropriate—about the dead, nothing but good should be said, per the Yiddish proverb—but, when the deceased in question is Ernst Zundel, a distinction needs…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Every political hack remembers where they were when the first black man was elected president of the United States, or when Nelson Mandela was freed from a South African prison, or when Donald Trump cheated…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—“What is the wrong with these people?” It’s a question you hear quite a bit, in 2017. Usually—but not always—the question is asked when the subject-matter is Donald Trump. The president, as is well known,…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
[caption id="attachment_114287" align="alignleft" width="800"] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pictured July 13, 2017, with Julie Payette, Canada's next governor general. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright [/caption] TORONTO—Dear Famous Canadians: Canadians behaving badly in the…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Stupidity. When every other explanation fails, there’s always stupidity. Remember that, boys and girls. Let us explain. Back at the beginning of time, when this writer wrote for the Calgary Herald and the Ottawa Citizen…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—So, the Alberta mistake. Also, the braying and screeching. Even The Washington Post has (amusingly) taken note. The Washington Post! The hullaballoo—the ceaseless braying and screeching—has prompted me to declare: I'm an Albertan. Alberta's home. My…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Canada’s 150th birthday has come and gone. Notice anything missing? Like, say, a federal presence. If you live outside of Ottawa, you sure didn’t see much of that. In Ottawa, despite the many terrific Canadian acts available, the…
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
TORONTO—Justin Trudeau is going to win the next federal election. Now, we know, we know. The election is far away. He's broken some promises. His legislative achievements are modest. The Tories and the Dippers are…

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