National Newswatch

Why Has Trudeau Risked So Much for SNC-Lavalin?

Apr 9 2019 — Michael Harris — Justin Trudeau has hit the panic button. Unicorn sightings during Question Period are down to zero. After weeks of being drubbed by the opposition over LavScam, the prime minister is now threatening a lawsuit against Andrew Scheer, his chief detractor in this misbegotten affair. What’s next? Suing Andrew Coyne?

Trudeau’s Dumb Expulsions and Strange Compulsions

Apr 2 2019 — Michael Harris — They got Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Jane Philpott too, but this is just the beginning. You know you are in trouble in politics when your damage control is more damaging than what made it necessary. That is where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals find themselves today, as LavScam passed through its last, masochistic agony […]

If Clement isn’t fit for caucus, why is he fit to be anyone’s MP?

Nov 8 2018 — Michael Harris — Though he may not know it, Tony Clement is roadkill on the information highway. This high-ranking, veteran Conservative politician is making the same mistake that Democratic U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner made: deluding himself into thinking that he doesn’t need to resign from public office after getting caught sexting. He does. It took Weiner a full […]

Why the Quebec election should have Justin Trudeau worried

Oct 5 2018 — Michael Harris — Justin Trudeau, beware. In the wake of Quebec’s second “Quiet Revolution,” all bets are off for the next federal election in Canada. The landslide victory of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) is a boulder that sends ripples into the furthest reaches of Canada’s political pond. Which is to say, the ascension of Premier François Legault […]

Did The Donald put the Saudis up to their tantrum?

Aug 9 2018 — Michael Harris — Kim Don Trump seems to be at it again. No, I don’t mean the president’s attempt to dictate the terms of his interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. When you are a suspect in a criminal investigation, you don’t normally get to tell the investigators the questions you will answer. Nor do truthful people worry […]

Harper’s willingness to appease Trump should scare all Canadians

Jun 28 2018 — Michael Harris — So Stephen Harper, the finger-wagging savant of do-as-you’re-told politics, is back representing Canada on the world stage. Yes, the guy who thinks trickle-down Reaganomics is the way to go and rat lines to report “barbaric” practices are an awesome idea, is living large in the media again. Like a lot of former somebodies, Harper has […]

Trump gives Trudeau a golden ticket, but can he cash in?

Jun 22 2018 — Michael Harris — For Justin Trudeau, spotty record and all, Donald Trump could be the improbable ticket to re-election. The question is, does Trudeau understand why the Trump card is so important? The domestic political situation facing Trudeau and his Liberal government is increasingly gloomy. Whether he knows it or not, the disappointment amongst the coalition that gave […]

Is Trump a little crazy? We can only hope

Jan 7 2018 — Michael Harris — Sometimes, being a little bit crazy is what separates the great leaders from the rest. But what happens when someone is a little more than just a little nuts? It has probably been a while since you gave much thought to William Lyon Mackenzie King’s mental stability — or anything else about Canada’s longest-serving prime […]

May 2018 be the year the Trudeau government grows up

Jan 5 2018 — Michael Harris — I want to begin my first column of 2018 with a tip of the hat to the only septuagenarian I know who makes his living prancing around in Spandex. You were right, Sir Mick: You can’t always get what you want. That said, here’s what I would like to see happen in the new year […]

Government by dilettantes: 2017, reviewed

Dec 24 2017 — Michael Harris — Sick of all those treacly columns tailored to the cotton-candy emotions of the season? Feel like you’re trapped in a world of elevator music and the off-gassing of baubles made in China? Here, for your pleasure, are some Christmas catcalls from the nearly-empty bleachers of 2017 politics. Let’s start with Justin Trudeau, who now owns […]

Here’s how we rip the lid off sexual harassment on the Hill

Nov 30 2017 — Michael Harris — On the issue of sexual harassment, Canada’s prime minister has been in the vanguard when it comes to protecting women. Long before anyone had connected (publicly, at any rate) the late Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Mark Halperin or Matt Lauer with harassing women, Justin Trudeau decided to believe women and take […]