- For the Canadian author, see W. P. Kinsella.
Warren Kinsella is a Toronto-based lawyer, author, musician, political consultant, commentator on the Sun News Network, blogger and columnist for Quebecor newspapers. He is the president of The Daisy Consulting Group.
Kinsella served as a strategist in the Canadian federal Liberal Party's 1993 election campaign "task force", as a staffer in opposition leader Jean Chrétien's office. After the Liberals won the election to form the government, Kinsella became chief of staff to federal Public Works minister David Dingwall. He also worked in the party's war room in the 2000 federal election, which saw the Liberals win a third mandate, where he gained national exposure by appearing on CTV's Canada AM brandishing a purple Barney dinosaur to mock Stockwell Day's creationist beliefs.
A vocal supporter of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Kinsella criticized the campaign of Chrétien's rival and successor, Paul Martin, several times in the 2004 and 2006 federal elections, in which the Liberal Party was reduced from a majority to a minority government and then defeated in favor of a Conservative minority government, respectively.
In December 2006, he revealed on his National Post blog that his firm had been actively supporting the candidacy of new Liberal leader Stéphane Dion, who won the leadership but lost the 2008 general election.
Kinsella also was involved in the 2007 re-election campaign of Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty and his Ontario Liberal Party. In the 2007 campaign, he wrote a blog post suggesting that Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod would rather bake cookies than be seen on a stage with farm activist Randy Hillier, who later ran successfully for the Conservatives. Several candidates from opposition parties denounced the post as offensive to women, and Kinsella issued an apology. The incident prompted MacLeod to write the cookbook I'd Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends. Kinsella supported Sandra Pupatello in the leadership convetion tht chose a successor to McGuinty. The leadership was won by Kathleen Wynne.
In November 2008, Kinsella announced that he had returned to active involvement in the Liberal Party of Canada, and that he was working for leadership candidate Michael Ignatieff. One long-time senior Liberal questioned the hiring of Kinsella, calling him a "human shrapnel machine."  In January 2009, Kinsella was revealed as the head of the Liberal Party's election war room Later that month Kinsella posted a video blog that, perhaps jokingly, accused an Ottawa restaurant of selling cat meat; he apologized for the comment after criticism from Chinese-Canadian groups and political opponents. Kinsella resigned his war room position in May 2009, complaining about the treatment of other high-ranking campaign staff.
Sponsorship Program and Gomery Commission
During the Gomery Commission's inquiry into the Sponsorship scandal, the commission heard testimony that Kinsella, in his capacity as chief of staff to Minister of Public Works David Dingwall and at Dingwall's request, wrote a letter to the department's Deputy Minister, Ran Quail, requesting that bureaucrat Chuck Guité be appointed to review the government's advertising and communications strategy. Quail testified that he viewed the letter as political interference into civil service affairs though both Dingwall and Kinsella characterized this letter as a request rather than a directive.
- Unholy Alliances (Lester, 1992)
- Web of Hate: Inside Canada's Far Right Network ISBN 0-00-638051-4 (HarperCollins, 1997)
- Party Favours (HarperCollins, 1997)
- Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics (Random House, 2001)
- Fury's Hour: A (sort-of) Punk-Rock Manifesto (Random House, 2005)
- The War Room: Political Strategies for Business, NGOs, and Anyone Who Wants to Win (Dundurn Press, 2007)
- Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse (Random House, Oct 2 2012)
Kinsella has also written commentary in most of Canada's major newspapers, including the Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizen. He was recently media columnist for the National Post and is now a columnist for the Toronto Sun and smaller Quebecor newspapers.
- "Daisy Consulting Group - Team". Daisy Consulting Group. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- National Council on Ethics in Human Research
- National Post blog
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