Political operative Warren Kinsella’s office received a bomb threat earlier this week from a man alleging he was a member of the far-right group Soldiers of Odin.
According to Kinsella, an unidentified man called his company Daisy Group, claiming that he had planted a bomb on the building’s roof as retribution for its media campaign against the People’s Party of Canada (PPC).
“We climbed up on the roof last night and we placed [the bomb],” said the man in the phone conversation which Kinsella recorded.
“I want you to go and say publicly that you received foreign funds in the 2019 election and put a smear campaign against Maxime Bernier.”
Throughout the recorded conversation the unidentified speaker delivered a rant using racial and homophobic slurs and demanded that Kinsella make a public statement.
Kinsella told True North that police arrived at the scene and cleared the building and roof eventually not finding anything. Daisy Group has also since handed over security footage to the police and has increased the building’s security measures.
Daisy Group had recently made headlines after it was revealed that they engaged in a media strategy called “Project Cactus” to depict Maxime Bernier and the PPC as racist.
According to the Globe and Mail, Kinsella oversaw a campaign to “seek and destroy” the party and its leader on social media.
Since then, Kinsella’s company has settled with the alleged leaker and former employee Aziza Mohammed out of court after suing her for $1 million over a breach of confidentiality.
“I want the hatred you have for Maxime Bernier to wash over you as a purifying force,” said Kinsella in a leaked recording.
“There’s nobody in the country who is doing what we’re doing to Maxime Bernier.”
True North had reached out to the PPC but was told that they had no comment on the situation.
Kinsella claims that he’s received threats in the past, including death threats from the Toronto neo-Nazi newspaper Your Ward News. According to him, the PPC should take responsibility to denounce the threats and distance themselves from the incident.
“It would cost them nothing and it would probably improve their image a little bit if they say: ‘While we disagree with Kinsella, we deplore and denounce any threats of violence.’ It’s not hard to do that,” said Kinsella.