National Newswatch

Omar Khadr: a political inkblot test

Jul 15 2017 — Evan Solomon — Omar Khadr has become a political inkblot, a Rorschach test for Canadian politicians onto which they project their own agendas. Revelations about the government’s apology and reported payment of $10.5 million to Khadr sparked furious reaction that breaks down along political lines. There are the “Never Pay” Conservatives, the “Had to Pay” Liberals and the […]

Canada is undergoing a fundamental identity crisis

Jul 1 2017 — Evan Solomon — Finding that perfect line between the treacly sentimentality of public cliché and the joyless buzzkill of hard-edged reality is not easy during the festivities around Canada’s 150th, or, as I’ve come to think of it, the “Plus 150,” which is, at the very least, an acknowledgement that the First Peoples of this land have been […]

The ‘honest and unfiltered’ Donald Trump

Jun 7 2017 — Evan Solomon — Of all the bizarre things about the Donald Trump presidency—and the list is growing as long as a Tolstoy novel, from the tectonic shift towards American isolationism to the investigations into the alleged Russian penetration of his campaign—perhaps the most peculiar is the orchestrated attempt of his closest surrogates to convince the world not to […]

Justin Trudeau, Christy Clark and a high-stakes Game of Pipelines

Jun 2 2017 — Evan Solomon — Pierre Trudeau once said, “the essential ingredient in politics is timing” and right now his son Justin must appreciate that wisdom more than he ever wanted. Just months ago Prime Minister J. Trudeau’s green version of the New Deal, his great Carbon Pact, was all set to go. A national price on carbon in exchange […]

What Donald Trump’s bad budget math means for the Tories

May 24 2017 — Evan Solomon — The timing could not be worse. Four days before Conservatives in Canada are set to choose a new leader, Donald Trump released his huge budget proposal, or, to use a phrase that more accurately describes the phantasmagoric document, his grand budget magic trick. Suddenly, an enormous amount of attention is on one of the foundational […]

Conservatives might be cheering hardest for Jagmeet Singh

May 18 2017 — Evan Solomon — After Jagmeet Singh entered the NDP leadership race, the only people happier than progressives were conservatives. After all, a viable NDP leader splits the vote on the left, propelling Conservatives into power—and Singh has viability written all over him. The 39-year-old criminal lawyer and former deputy leader of the Ontario NDP is a bottle rocket […]

Disaster politics and the floods of 2017

May 13 2017 — Evan Solomon — It was billed as a “spontaneous stop.” On Sunday May 7, as the great floods waters of 2017 were still rising, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a group of politicians visited one of the devastated regions west of Montreal, Terrasse-Vaudreuil. It was a simple photo op, just Trudeau helping to fill sandbags. The PM tweeted […]

Liberals outline plan for controversial parliamentary reform

Apr 30 2017 — Evan Solomon — The Liberal government has proposed significant and controversial changes to Parliament, including something called the “Prime Minister’s Question Period,” where the prime minister will be obliged to attend Question Period one day a week and then answer all questions from all MPs, CTV News has learned. In a letter sent out to opposition House leaders […]

The anatomy of Harjit Sajjan’s Afghanistan operation apology

Apr 29 2017 — Evan Solomon — A day before he backtracked from his false claim that he was the “architect” of Operation Medusa, one of the biggest and most dangerous missions of the war in Afghanistan, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan inexplicably and stubbornly stood by them in a correspondence with me. What happened over the last five days might […]

For a troubled Trump, Canada is easy pickings

Apr 25 2017 — Evan Solomon — In the wasteland of Washington’s political swamp April may not be the cruellest month, but it is turning out to be the craziest, especially for Canada, as President Trump desperately hunts for some cheap political wins. In trying to validate his shambolic first 100 days in office, a time where palace intrigue has over-shadowed his […]

A bad trip: Legalizing pot is about race

Apr 14 2017 — Evan Solomon — Since 1908, when the Canadian government passed the Opium Act prohibiting the “the importation, manufacture and sale of opium for other than medicinal purposes,” race has been a key aspect of Canada’s drug laws. It was impossible to separate the government’s thinly developed health concerns about opium from its much more deeply developed racist views […]

Syria is gassing children to death. What should Canada do?

Apr 6 2017 — Evan Solomon — The perversity is, the usual headlines, as disturbing as they might be, are almost a welcome distraction. There is the priapic pastor, Senator Don Meredith, accused of having sex with a teenager he mentored, clinging to his Red Chamber appointment with more devotion than he has to his own dignity. Another Senator, Lynn Beyak, has […]

A McGill alumnus with some questions for his alma mater

Mar 30 2017 — Evan Solomon — Evan Solomon wrote to McGill with pointed questions about how it handled the Andrew Potter affair. The answers did not impress. Is it the job of a university professor to provoke debate? Apparently not, according to McGill University principal Suzanne Fortier. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Dr. Fortier justified Dr. Andrew Potter’s […]

The unmasking of Bill Morneau, caped budget crusader

Mar 23 2017 — Evan Solomon — In the months after Bill Morneau became the finance minister, I asked a senior Liberal source to describe him. “He’s Bruce Wayne,” the source said, referring to the fictional alter ego of Batman, the business tycoon who dons the black cape and mask to save Gotham from villains. At the time the Liberals were still […]