Mitch Wolfe
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Mitch Wolfe is a merchant banker and former director of Lions Gate Entertainment. He is a graduate of Harvard University in Government and University of Toronto Law School. He writes on domestic and international politics from both the left and right. Sort of a Jack of all tirades. As a lifetime lover of television, films and women, he also comments on media, culture and affairs of the heart.

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Jim Flaherty: A Tough Fiscal Conservative With a Big Heart

(7) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Jim Flaherty, at 5'3" was a towering figure both at home and abroad.

Perhaps Flaherty's greatest success was charting and sailing Canada safely through one of the most dangerous recessions in modern times: The recession of 2008.

When destiny called, Flaherty responded with calm determination, incredible single-mindedness, supreme...

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Keeping Jazz Alive Without Government Funding

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 10:52 PM

The Ontario Government is carrying about $267+ billion in debt. It is looking at another annual deficit of around $11+ billion dollars.

The Toronto city government has annual, ongoing salary commitments and obligations to police, fire, emergency personnel and city staff. Together with massive capital...

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Chow's Hong Kong Identity Politics Could Backfire

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 7:59 AM

PQ's Pauline Marois exploitation of identity politics in the Quebec election appears to have backfired disastrously for Marois and her party.

Marois played the Quebec "pure laine" identity card with her proposed Charter of Anti-Canadian Values.

As a result Marois is on the...

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Ford Is Rapidly Taking Over Chow Country

(47) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:54 PM

I thought former Trinity NDP MP Olivia Chow, would be a formidable challenger to Mayor Rob Ford. But I am starting to have my doubts, as the glow of the brief honeymoon with Chow has dissipated. And Olivia Chow is faltering and fading.

Let me explain.

For several...

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Trudeau's Lack of Support For Christine Innes Will Hurt Him

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 9:25 AM

Justin Trudeau has done a great disservice to the political career of long time Liberal Christine Innes and candidate for Olivia Chow's Toronto Trinity-Spadina federal seat.

Trudeau has also seriously undermined the candidacy of his favoured female Toronto candidate, Chrystia Freeland.

Before I elaborate, a brief summary of the...

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Does John Tory Have the Right Stuff To Face Off Against Olivia Chow?

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:35 PM

As expected, a recent Forum Research poll has Olivia Chow leading as initial front runner with 36 per cent.

Mayor Ford is second with 28 per cent, his support still holding strong.

The big surprise is the third place finish of John Tory, at 22 per...

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Something's Fishy About John Tory's Mayoral Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:43 PM

According to a recent Globe and Mail article, Andy Pringle, a member of the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) has decided to recuse himself from any discussions of the Fords at the board.

Pringle, a former chief of staff of John Tory, when Tory was Ontario PC...

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On Kimmel's Show, Ford Was the Epitome of Grace Under Pressure

(21) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Initially I had my concerns with Mayor Ford agreeing to be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel's late night show.

But I should not have worried. Despite facing a barrage of good-humoured jokes, embarrassing videos of past foibles and probing questions, Ford comported himself calmly and coolly with...

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Why Fiscally Responsible Torontonians Won't Vote For John Tory

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 8:05 AM

Contrary to conventional wisdom, John Tory is going after the downtown Toronto leftist vote, not the conservative Ford Nation vote.

Let me explain.

CFRB, 1010 Newstalk radio host and golf aficionado, John Tory, officially entered the race on Monday to become the next Mayor of Toronto.

To...

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Now For Some Laughs, Courtesy of John Tory's Non-Campaign

(3) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 6:30 AM

In Saturday's Globe and Mail, the normally serious columnist Marcus Gee devotes an entire article to mocking John Tory's inability to pull the trigger on his political mayoral campaign.

For a year now, John Tory, former campaign manager for Kim Campbell's disastrous 2003 federal campaign, former...

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Potential Mayoral Candidate John Tory Stumbles Even Before Reaching the Political Gate

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 9:58 AM

John Tory's non-campaign to become the next mayor of Toronto is in trouble. This is why.

First, Edward Keenan, senior editor of The Grid and contributor to the Toronto Star, publicly questioned Tory's suitability for the job. Apparently, Keenan was not very impressed with John Tory's Hamlet-like...

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Hollywood Actress Scarlett Johannson Joins Harper in Fighting Against Global Anti-Semitism

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Famous Hollywood actress Scarlett Johannson, was until recently, the global spokesman for Oxfam International.

Oxfam International (Oxfam) is an international aid organization that tries to alleviate poverty and help the poor and the needy.

About a month ago, Johannson also became a global brand ambassador for...

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Where Does Olivia Chow Stand on Israel?

(70) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 11:55 PM

How does the state of Israel have anything to do with Toronto city politics?

Since 2010 Toronto City Council has been divided over whether to permit an organization known as Queers Against Israeli Apartheid ("QuAIA") to participate in the annual Gay Pride Parade.

A group of conservative...

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Stephen Harper and the New Strain of Anti-Semitism

(15) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in his courageous "Fire and Water" speech in the Israeli Knesset, also spoke forcefully about the historic hate crime that once again is rearing its ugly head.

Harper argued persuasively that in recent years, the world is witnessing " the mutation of the...

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Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper's Career

(28) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 11:28 AM

Prime Minster Stephen Harper in an historic speech, before the Israeli Knesset concluded with these stirring words:

"In the democratic family of nations, Israel represents the values which our Government takes as articles of faith, and principles to drive our national life.

And therefore, through fire and...

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Sometimes Nice Guys Do Finish First

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 2:10 PM

You may recall that in a previous Huff Post story, I reported that my good friend Phil, a 50-something Richmond Hill accountant, just prior to Christmas, had come to the rescue of his favourite client, "D", a gorgeous, but quirky Toronto publicist. A dynamo with energy, class and...

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Ford Nation Is Stronger Than Ever and Ford Is Unstoppable

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 2:45 PM

I am not sure Woody Allen was thinking of Rob Ford, when he quipped, "80 per cent of success is showing up." But it sure applies in our mayor's case.

Recall many political lifetimes ago, in June of 2013, after the Star had broken the story about...

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I Support Rob Ford: The Man and His Policies

(17) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 4:24 PM

I believe Mayor Rob Ford will be re-elected.

Some of you Ford haters, critics and doubters may question my position.

You may rightly retort that all the polls suggest Ford will lose to Chow and Tory, in some hypothetical political match-ups.

All I can say

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A Christmas Miracle, Kosher Style

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Christmas heroes come in many different sizes and forms.

This current holiday season, Toronto police, Hydro workers and firemen, came to the rescue of many Toronto citizens caught without power during our recent crazy ice storm.

Many Toronto residents, pitched in, and gave warm sanctuary to cold and...

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Is Chong's Reform Bill a Clever Attempt to Criminalize Abortion?

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 4:57 PM

In a recent editorial, the Globe and Mail applauded MP Michael Chong and his proposed Reform Bill. Because the Globe, as with Chong, believes that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has become too powerful.

The Globe supports Chong's Bill because the objective of this Bill is, according to...

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