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Mitch Wolfe

Writer, Policy and Political Analyst and Former Director, Lions Gate Entertainment

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.
Jim Flaherty: A Tough Fiscal Conservative With a Big

Jim Flaherty: A Tough Fiscal Conservative With a Big Heart

When destiny called, Flaherty responded with calm determination, incredible single-mindedness, supreme confidence, toughness and above all, clear-eyed pragmatism. And in the process, he even surprised his most critical political foes with his smooth Gretzky-like stick handling of Canada's economy.
04/14/2014 12:29 EDT
Chow's Hong Kong Identity Politics Could

Chow's Hong Kong Identity Politics Could Backfire

In a move to counter Ford eating away at her base, Chow has tried to exploit her Hong Kong background- by reaching strangely all the way out to Hong Kong for the votes of Hong Kong residents with Canadian passports and property in Toronto. I believe that Chow's basic message of being a struggling immigrant has not resonated with her base or potential base.
04/08/2014 07:59 EDT
Ford Is Rapidly Taking Over Chow

Ford Is Rapidly Taking Over Chow Country

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. Chow's agenda recalls an earlier more left-wing extremist period in Toronto politics. Since the first debate, the indications are even stronger that Ford is cutting into Chow Country. The reasons are obvious.
04/04/2014 12:50 EDT
Trudeau's Lack of Support For Christine Innes Will Hurt

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

Trudeau publicly promised that all Liberal nomination meetings in all the federal ridings would be open and democratic. But instead of supporting and encouraging Christine Innes' efforts to win a third nomination, Trudeau kiboshed her candidacy and destroyed Innes' dream of recapturing Trinity-Spadina. Holy hypocrisy, Justin!
03/25/2014 09:25 EDT
Does John Tory Have the Right Stuff To Face Off Against Olivia

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

If Tory thinks that he can pick some issues from Column A and other issues from Column B, then I guarantee that Tory will alienate Toronto voters from both the right and the left. And he will achieve a record-breaking sixth political loss. Alternatively, I suggest that Tory has to come out now -- hard, fast and negative against Olivia Chow.
03/21/2014 05:32 EDT
Something's Fishy About John Tory's Mayoral

Something's Fishy About John Tory's Mayoral Campaign

According to a recent <em>Globe and Mail </em>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. It raises further questions about Tory's relationship with Pringle both prior to and during this contentious mayoral campaign. It started with a fishing trip...
03/10/2014 05:43 EDT
On Kimmel's Show, Ford Was the Epitome of Grace Under

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

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-humored jokes, embarrassing videos of past foibles and probing questions, Ford comported himself calmly and coolly with good humor. Grace under pressure. Verdict: Kimmel may have won on comic points, but Ford did not embarrass himself. Nor did he embarrass the city of Toronto. I still think Ford is the man to beat.
03/05/2014 12:19 EST
Why Fiscally Responsible Torontonians Won't Vote For John

Why Fiscally Responsible Torontonians Won't Vote For John Tory

Tory's best hope for victory is that he must go after Chow's downtown support immediately. Let me throw another log on the fire. My thesis is not only that the right has abandoned Tory, and will not vote for him in significant numbers, but that Tory has actively shifted left to go after mushy Liberal support. In other words, John Tory, in the first days of his campaign, has revealed himself to be, what many of us true fiscal conservatives, have long suspected: that John Tory is a mushy downtown Liberal elitist in Tory clothing.
02/26/2014 08:57 EST
Now For Some Laughs, Courtesy of John Tory's

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

Gee's little absurdist play exposes the basic weaknesses of John Tory, as a political leader. In his effort to be a nice guy and everyone's friend, Tory has failed to take a firm and unequivocal stand on any of the important issues, affecting the city of Toronto, ie subways vs. LRT, the dismantling of part of the Gardiner Expressway, and the proposed Porter Air expansion.
02/23/2014 07:30 EST
Where Does Olivia Chow Stand on

Where Does Olivia Chow Stand on Israel?

Israel is very relevant to Olivia Chow's candidacy because some of the major proponents of the "Israel as apartheid state" and the BDS movement are key supporters of Olivia Chow and with whom she is identified. It is now time for Ms. Chow to take responsibility for her silence.
02/03/2014 12:55 EST
Stephen Harper and the New Strain of

Stephen Harper and the New Strain of Anti-Semitism

To suggest that Israel is guilty of engaging in apartheid, akin to the racist and discriminatory treatment of black residents of South Africa, is a modern day form of blood libel. (for centuries anti-Semites alleged that Jews kidnapped Christian children, killed them and used their blood for Jewish rituals)
01/25/2014 12:16 EST
Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper's

Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper's Career

Prime Minster Stephen Harper made a historic speech before the Israeli Knesset. I predict it will be considered Harper's greatest and most memorable of his political career and one of the most memorable speeches given by any Canadian prime minister domestically and internationally.
01/21/2014 12:28 EST
Ford Nation Is Stronger Than Ever and Ford Is

Ford Nation Is Stronger Than Ever and Ford Is Unstoppable

I have followed Ford for over 13 years, especially when he was an obscure Etobicoke councilman. The guy has a big heart. He cares about his constituents. So when the ice storm struck, Ford naturally helped out on a daily basis. I predict that the 2014 Toronto Mayoral campaign is over. Ford is unstoppable.
01/09/2014 05:19 EST
I Support Rob Ford: The Man and His

I Support Rob Ford: The Man and His Policies

I believe Mayor Rob Ford will be re-elected. Some of you Ford haters, critics and doubters may question my position. Unlike these robo-calling pollsters, my associates and I have actually gone out into the field, into the darkest, deepest Ford Nation. We have talked to real people about Ford. The support is still strong. Still pollsters and old media types cannot believe why Ford Nation is sticking with Ford. So they have come up with another cockamamie theory: Ford supporters support Ford's fiscal agenda, but not Ford the man himself. Excuse me while I go all Marshall McLuhan.Ford is both the message and the medium.
01/02/2014 05:16 EST
A Christmas Miracle, Kosher

A Christmas Miracle, Kosher Style

Phil, like most Jewish men, myself included, not very handy with tools. Not very good with manual stuff. Our hands were for playing the violin, ball hockey, golf and tennis. Not for cutting down trees. Luckily, Phil was able to retain some red flannel-shirt wearing, tattooed, woodsman, or woods person, on staff, to cut down Phil's tree and mount it on his Hyundai.
12/26/2013 04:39 EST
Is Chong's Reform Bill a Clever Attempt to Criminalize

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

Though Chong's clear intent with this bill is to give more power to the MPs and reduce the power of the Prime Minister and other other party leaders, I believe that possible consequences of this bill are that certain MPs may gain the power to reopen the abortion debate with the goal of criminalizing abortion.
12/10/2013 05:57 EST