The book on Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay, the comment editor of the National Post, took half a page in his newspaper last month to criticize me for criticizing Justin Trudeau.

I had insulted Trudeau, said Kay. So Kay insulted me as “cruel,” “hysterical,” “low,” “vile,” “half-demented” and “mendacious.” And he accompanied his column with a huge, unflattering picture of me. He said I wasn’t really even a journalist.

That’s fine – Kay and I have been frenemies for years, and I enjoy this playfighting. But it was unusual to see such passion in the defence of Trudeau. The Liberal Party’s ideas on everything from terrorism to taxes are the opposite of the Post’s editorial views, and its readers’ views. But if that’s what Kay really thinks about me and Trudeau, that’s fair.

But is the rousing defence of Trudeau really Kay’s honest view? Or is it a reflection of a private business arrangement with the Liberals that Kay kept hidden from his readers until another newspaper revealed it last weekend?