The rumour yesterday that Warren Kinsella would be among the recent exodus from the Opposition Leader’s Office (OLO) have apparently been proved to be untrue. According to the Globe and Mail this morning, the former Jean Chrétien speechwriter will not be shown the door as head of the Michael Ignatieff Liberal war room.
Mr. Ignatieff has lost several of his senior staff: former chief of staff Ian Davey and former communications director Jill Fairbrother, two senior aides, Alexis Levine and Mark Sakamoto and most recently Dan Brock, principal secretary. But Kinsella apparently will remain on the job.
Exactly why Kinsella continues to serve Michael Ignatieff is unclear to me. Back in 2006 he hurled some pretty nasty criticism Mr. Ignatieff’s way. For those who might have missed it or forgotten, refresh your memory with this post by the Alberta Ardvark and this from the National Post.
Pretty strong stuff indeed—worthy of the most partisan Tory. How can someone say stuff like this one day and work for the man—in the war room of all places—the next. It must say something unflattering about the man’s character. Kinsella wasn’t just for some other leadership candidate, he was vehemently anti-Ignatieff.
Mr. Ignatieff seems to be taking Sun-Tzu’s advice: “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”