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Kinsella no longer involved in Olivia Chow's campaign: report

Olivia Chow is putting some distance between herself and well known political consultant Warren Kinsella, a media report says.

According to the Toronto Sun, Chow’s staff has announced Kinsella will no longer be involved in the daily operations of her campaign.

Kinsella posted controversial tweets about mayoral candidate John Tory last week.

Kinsella, who writes for Sun News, criticized Tory’s transit plan, SmartTrack, saying it excluded most of Rexdale, a neighbourhood with high minority population.

He tweeted:

Is @johntoryTO’s Smart Track, you know, Segregationist Track? #topoli #onpoli

Kinsella also retweeted a map mocking Tory’s plan.

John Tory transit map criticism
Warren Kinsella retweeted a map mocking Tory’s plan. TWITTER

After receiving negative feedback, Kinsella removed the tweets and posted a qualified apology on Twitter and his website.

My apologies for hurting John Tory’s feelings. I look forward to him finally apologizing for mocking Jean Chretien’s disability. #TOpoli

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) August 20, 2014

Kinsella’s tweet suggests Tory apologize for his work on Kim Campbell’s federal election campaign, when the Conservatives made fun of then-Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s facial paralysis due to Bell’s palsy.

A spokesman says Kinsella will still be a volunteer and a supporter and says the decision was mutual.