Welcome to ATory01
"He was never shy about speaking his mind in the morning meetings with the Prime Minister or at any other time." Bruce Carson, 14 Days, 2014
"A Notorious Straight Shooter" Mercedes Stephenson, Host, CTV Power Play, November 21, 2013
(One) of our best analysts in the business... Tom Clark, CTV Power Play, September 21, 2009
You squeeze more truth into one article than most political people do in a lifetime (R.S. December 2011)
You are the voice of reason. (K.L. March 2012)
As the title of the blog implies, the writer is a Tory or Conservative first and most comments will reflect that bias.
Ever since John Diefenbaker visited his community on an election tour, Keith has been fascinated by the political process and the strategies and tactics behind it. Over the years, this has allowed Keith to develop and in-depth knowledge of politics and the processes that impact on both everyday decisions as well as long term strategies.
Keith not only “talks the talk”, he has “walked the walk”. He has served in many different capacities- elected as a city councillor, federal candidate, campaign manager, campaign advisor, political war rooms, ministerial chief of staff, Deputy Chief of Staff for Issues Management to a Prime Minister, as well as senior advisor to several party leaders. Whether it was forming one of the best rapid response teams in Canadian politics, directing Question Period, or supervising opposition research, Keith has immersed himself in politics and this has aided him to develop a unique understanding of it.
Keith is a firm believer that in politics you have to be careful not to drink too much of the Kool-Aid of partisan rhetoric and never underestimate your opponent. As such, he is known for his astute observations and fair-minded critiques of all parties.
Working in such a demanding environment, while balancing numerous on-going files and issues, has helped Keith to develop a unique blend of talents that are adaptable to a wide range of situations. Today Keith works with both private and public sector clients as well as special interest associations offering strategic advice and support while helping them to achieve their public policy objectives or with issues and crisis management.
A gifted writer, Keith has written for magazines and writes this blog about Canadian politics (www.atory01.com). His articles are often published in the Huffington Post and National Post and in addition, this blog is carried on several different news sites. Keith has also appeared as a pundit on a variety of political shows including Power Play and Mansbridge as well as various newscasts and radio shows. Keith enjoys public speaking and has given presentations to many different types of organizations.
Today Keith works with various clients offering strategic communications, issue management and policy advice as well as political analysis through his firm Cenco Public Affairs (www.cencopublicaffairs.ca). He can also be found on Twitter as @atory01.
Additional comments about Atory01:
“… should change the name of his blog to "The Honest Tory." DG, October, 2012
“He's a true Tory of the old school.” DD, Oct. 2012