National Newswatch

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 […]

Stephen Harper Heads a Global Org That Helps Get Right-Wing Parties Elected. What Will It Do for Andrew Scheer?

Aug 6 2019 — Michael Harris — “If an election is worth winning, then there is someone willing to steal it.” — Mike Roman, Republican National Committee, and treasurer of the International Democratic Union. “Hi, it’s Sarah from the Conservative Party. Can the Conservative Party count on your support in the next federal election? Reply: Yes No” This text, sent on July […]

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 […]