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Can Trudeau Change the Channel?

Aug 21 2020 — Michael Harris — In politics, the end sometimes comes with blessed suddenness. It beats the slow death that the opposition normally inflicts on rival public figures under investigation by the ethics commissioner, the ethics and finance committees or the RCMP. Bill Morneau was dead man walking from the moment he testified in front of a parliamentary committee last […]

Trudeau Swims Free, Leaving Morneau to Thrash

Jul 30 2020 — Michael Harris — “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” Measured against the Ralph Waldo Emerson standard, the political opposition shot and missed, even though the prime minister of Canada was a sitting duck at a 90-minute appearance in front of the House of Commons finance committee.

Insiders Say Harper’s Fingerprints Are All over Leadership Race

May 16 2020 — Michael Harris — He’s backing O’Toole, sandbagging MacKay, say sources. The hapless remnants of the Harper Party never learn. Trailing the Liberals by 10 points in this week’s political tracking report from pollster Nik Nanos, the Conservative Party of Canada is once again bungling its way through its latest search for a winner at the box office.

Here’s a thought: what if Justin Trudeau never runs again?

May 11 2020 — Michael Harris — Before Justin Trudeau became PM, when Gerald Butts was still riding shotgun for the hottest political penny stock in Canada, when the Liberals had only 33 seats in the House of Commons, and it looked like it would take dynamite to dislodge Stephen Harper from power, I had a private talk with Canada’s future leader. […]

Once again, the country is tear-drenched by a single shooter

Apr 27 2020 — Michael Harris — Once again, the country is tear-drenched—22 murdered in rural Nova Scotia by a single shooter. There is a special lexicon for abominable acts. Sadly, most of us know it by heart these days. Surreal, senseless, horrifying, unthinkable, unspeakable, confounding, and cowardly. Those words have been used to describe atrocities from Columbine and Sandy Hook to […]

We’re all whistling passed the graveyard

Apr 9 2020 — Michael Harris — This is Easter weekend, COVID-19 style, in rural Nova Scotia where I live. The Red Maple Leaf at the fire station is at half mast. A little further down the highway, a snow-white church sits by the side of the road, silent as an ice-berg. A sign on the lawn has a message on both […]

Why Trudeau’s Circus Act May Not Survive Blockade Crisis

Mar 5 2020 — Michael Harris — Is the curtain coming down on the Justin Trudeau era in Canadian politics? When the next election rolls around, both the Conservative and Green parties will have new leaders. Even NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is newish. No one should be surprised if the Liberal party follows suit. The case for dumping Justin Trudeau before the […]

Peter MacKay? ‘Good Luck Mister’ Indeed

Feb 10 2020 — Michael Harris — So far, it’s déjà vu for the French bluffing, macho posturing, Harper-whipped throwback. He can’t speak French, he views the media as either a vanity mirror or the enemy, and a rubber boot has more ideas. So why is Peter MacKay the favourite to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada? Chaos. […]

Conservatives Need to Break Free of Harper Era. But They Won’t

Jan 13 2020 — Michael Harris — For the second time in just over two years, the Conservative Party of Canada is getting a chance to hit the reset button. The first time they opted for the hapless Andrew Scheer. The choice reflected the mistaken notion that you can have change without change. Here’s why they’ll blow it again and jam the […]

Scheer, Who Is Toast, Should Have Listened to Preston Manning

Oct 29 2019 — Michael Harris — It is said that April is the cruelest month. If T. S. Eliot has it right, that’s when Andrew Scheer will realize that only the winner gets the real cigar. April 2020 is the date set for the automatic review of Scheer’s leadership. About that time Scheer will learn that if you want loyalty, buy […]