One of our strongest advocates of free expression and by extension the repeal of Sec. 13 (1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA), Ezra Levant has an interesting take on Warren Kinsella vis à vis his vociferous defence of Sec. 13. Mr. Levant writes:
Until Kinsella joined Ignatieff’s team a week ago, Kinsella was Canada’s most virulent opponent of repealing section 13, spitting venom at anyone who proposed it, calling them Nazis, threatening to sue them (and in my case, actually suing me!) and generally making a public ass of himself.
Since joining Ignatieff’s team, Kinsella hasn’t gone totally mute on the subject, but his volume knob has been turned down 90%. I’m sure Kinsella would have been in full dudgeon about the Conservative Party’s convention vote on the subject had he not on Ignatieff’s campaign.
I saw Mr. Kinsella on the Michael Coren Show earlier in the week and noted elsewhere in this blog what I thought was a change in his demeanor. It never occurred to me at the time, however, that his recent affiliation with Liberal leadership hopeful Michael Ignatieff might account for it.
I noted at the time that “He [Kinsella] was soft spoken and quite proper, however, not the abrasive aggressive Liberal ‘war room’ fellow, whose hatred of conservative views is almost palpable.” After reading Mr. Levant’s post, I have a better understanding of the change in Mr. Kinsella.