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Stories by Michael Harris

So campaign 2019, the ‘Low Blows Election’ has begun

Opinion|By Michael Harris
It's our new Trumpian politics. It goes something like this. You get a famous name to make a controversial allegation against a well-known public figure and hope that it lights up Twitter.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Canada is still honouring the biggest arms sale in our history to Saudi Arabia, a regime whose idea of justice is death for dissidents who exercise freedom of the press like Jamal Khashoggi.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Some pundits see a horse race developing—two big parties in a virtual tie. But if the polls have it right, the lesson is not that Canadians are in for a competitive spectacle.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The catch phrase is to create an 'obligation of result,' a legal concept central to French Civil Law.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The PM doesn’t need to add a backflip on the F-35 to his dubious record on saying one thing and doing another.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
No more inquiries are needed to redress the monstrous injustices against Indigenous peoples that have been laid out for all to see.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Mandatory minimum sentences make our justice system worse. Winning votes is no excuse for bringing in more of them.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Canada’s chief electoral officer says what Kenney and Ford are doing is okay because the activities of provincial governments, including advertising campaigns, aren’t subject to the Canada Elections Act. It's not right.
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Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Trudeau government should ban seismic blasting in Canadian waters. The stakes are high if nothing changes—the likely extinction of the North Atlantic right whale.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Having already campaigned on not buying the F-35s, Trudeau can’t afford to be seen folding to Trump again. He should send this insolent American president a blunt message about his government’s meddling: buzz off.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Make no mistake about it, the federal Conservatives are banking on it, with a little help from their provincial cousins.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The only person who has never discounted the ticking time bomb of climate change, and who continues to be the class of environmentalists sitting in the House, is Elizabeth May. She’s got the battle scars to prove it.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
In a few shining moments, and with great courage, Julian Assange handed millions of people who were staggering around in a midnight of lies imposed on them by their governments a torch.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is right about not wanting to put up with lying in politics. But the words are hard to take, coming from a leader who has done more twisting than Chubby Checker.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put an ugly end to his new and different way of doing politics.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
It would be hard to imagine a more meretricious or cynical “comms” policy than the one that is sinking the PM and his government in the polls.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has some big questions left to answer about the response from himself and his top staffers to SNC-Lavalin's pleas for help in the corridors of power.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
On this file, Justin Trudeau has gotten the national character wrong. Canadians don't want to endorse the 'velveteen' treatment of a DPA for businesses just because they are 'too big to jail.'
Opinion|By Michael Harris
It is one thing to legalize marijuana, quite another to decriminalize bribery and corruption.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Jody Wilson-Raybould has come off looking like a leader in all this, Justin Trudeau a mere cheerleader. The question is, a cheerleader for what?
Opinion|By Michael Harris
It’s early innings, but the government has stuck its thumb where it must almost never go—into the pie of the criminal justice system. But instead of a plum, they pulled out a scandal.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Jodygate has released a depth-charge into the deep waters of Justin Trudeau’s undeniable popularity. This incident pretty much guts the PR image of the PM as the champion of Indigenous people.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Trudeau government has given the job to the heaviest hitters the system has to offer—the clerk of the Privy Council, who runs the PM’s own department; Canada’s national security adviser; and the deputy ministers of t
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Andrew Scheer announced the inquiry on Jan. 31, 2018. But a year later, the party has still not made good on its promise.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Jason Kenney, now appalled by the politics of personal destruction, spent his glory days running with the guys who perfected it.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Though he will take the stage as a change-champion, a growing list of largely symbolic policy 'gestures' will make that role harder to pull off. He may be full of good intentions, but his record i
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Though Jagmeet Singh should hold Burnaby South for the NDP, it won’t be easy, especially now that he says in the event of losing, his troubled leadership will continue.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The murder of The Washington Post contributor is still unfolding, so there is still time for the Liberals to do the right thing. But thus far, Canada has not covered itself in glory.

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