Warren Kinsella, Special to QMI Agency

Warren Kinsella


A view shows the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Theatre of the absurd

Parliament is back in session, and so too question period.

Pat Perkins attempted to succeed the late Jim Flaherty as the Conservative candidate for Whitby-Oshawa. (Reuters file photo)

Byelections could portend big changes

Everyone knows that (a) election outcomes are notoriously difficult to predict these days and (b) byelection outcomes don’t mean much, if anything.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau (C) stands to vote against a government motion to participate in U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants operating in Iraq, in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Trudeau bruised -- but not broken -- by lousy week

It was “Justin Trudeau’s lousy week,” declared the Globe and Mail editorial headline. “Justin Trudeau is war’s first casualty,” wrote Chantal Hebert in the liberal (and Liberal) Toronto Star. “Liberal strategy on Iraq suffers from incoherence,” wrote Postmedia’s Michael den Tandt.

Volunteers with Kurdish peshmerga forces clash with Islamic State militants in the town of Daquq, south of Kirkuk, September 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Ako Rasheed)

MPs too timid to take a stand

What’s that old line? That “the better part of valour is discretion”?

Finance Minister of Ontario, Charles Sousa announces the creation of a council to review Hydro One, OPG, and the LCBO during a luncheon for the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto on Friday, April 11, 2014. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

The forgotten detainee?

Imagine you’re a dad with four young kids, and a wife who is a school principal. Imagine you’re an engineering graduate of a Canadian university, and you do a lot of charity work.

Jack Layton speaks after election results at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, May 2, 2011. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Dippers miss Jack’s warm orange glow

Poking through the electoral entrails, looking for the federal angle, editorialists and opinion-opiners always assign far too much importance to (a) byelections, and (b) provincial elections.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper (left) joined Mayor Rob Ford on Sunday to announce funding for the Scarborough subway. (MICHAEL PEAKE, Toronto Sun)

Photo proof Ford crack video long gone

It’s a bit of Kremlinology admittedly, and therefore an inexact science. But that photo of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? It’s a shocker.

Demonstrators hold signs as they protest against Quebec's proposed Charter of Values in Montreal, September 14, 2013. Thousands took to the streets to denounce the province's proposed bill to ban the wearing of any overt religious garb by government paid employees. REUTERS/ Christinne Muschi

Clever manipulators

It’s a mutually reinforcing conceit, former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris once observed.

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois. (QMI Agency/Joel Lemay)

Quebec can learn from Nazis

In the fall of 1936, as the plague of Nazism continued spreading across Germany, Oldenburg issued a decree.

Former Ontario premier and Liberal MP Bob Rae. (JOHN MAJOR/QMI AGENCY)

Bob Rae forever haunted by his political past

After big election upsets, like in British Columbia this year — or in Alberta last year, or federally the year before that — political people like to say knowingly, “Campaigns matter.”