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Stories by Michael Harris

In the long term, nothing raises a society’s morale like the facts

Opinion|By Michael Harris
The onslaught of COVID coverage in the media is creating confusion and something very like despair in the public. But this is a huge story, full of consequences for everyone.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
While the Democrats have been dithering and divided, the Trump forces have been hard at work. They have gerrymandered electoral districts, and at the state level and passed legislation to suppress the vote.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
My take on the big story of 2022 won’t get many hearts pounding. The big story of 2022 will be that curious private bank that controls the money supply in the United States. Yes, the Federal Reserve is the one to watch.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Politics, like professional sports, is a bottom-line proposition. Only the winner gets to smoke the real cigar. And that means a lump of coal in the stockings of more than one of Canada’s federal political leaders.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that the decision not to send government officials to the 2022 Games reflects Canada’s 'deep concerns' about human rights abuses in China. Deep?
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Did you know that Justin Trudeau is responsible for the high price of chicken, and diapers? Canada, the Conservatives claimed, is not suffering from inflation. It is suffering from Trudeau inflation.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Until anything changes, the most dangerous place for any Indigenous person to be is between a white man and his money. And that is exactly where the Wet’suwet’en are now.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Erin O’Toole would have been lionized as a political genius if he had defeated the Liberals by shifting to the left. He didn't, and now he has a credibility problem.
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Opinion|By Michael Harris
As bad as Jason Kenney’s leadership has been on the climate file, there's not much difference between him, and those politicians who say they are dedicated to fighting global warming, but don’t keep their commitments.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Justin Trudeau hit the bullseye with his speech. But there was one thing that the PM left out of his list of endangered institutions that are being threatened by disinformation. The planet itself.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
As long as the CPC keeps getting the sword and shield issues wrong, they will contract, not grow. Mandatory vaccinations should be a sword issue for all political leaders.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
If the Conservative leader pivots right, he will lose credibility. If he pivots left, he could lose the party's base.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The battle for freedom of expression that Ressa, Muratov, Slavina, and Khashoggi fought is sadly not restricted to oppressive, authoritarian regimes in far away places. Fifty journalists worldwide were killed in 2020.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The four most likely leadership candidates would be Candice Bergen, Pierre Poilievre, Michelle Rempel-Garner, and Michael Chong. Rona Ambrose remains a dark horse possibility.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Convincing opposition leaders to get onside with the Liberals won't be easy.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Justin Trudeau's Liberal government did an admirable job of handling the pandemic, and accomplished far more than its opponents give it credit for. It's not clear whether that will matter on election day.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The only thing the CPC has changed is its sales pitch, not its spots. Buyer beware.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Conservative leader's commitments to gun control, women's empowerment, and fiscal responsibility don't stand up to scrutiny, writes Michael Harris.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Whose purposes did this war serve, and what lessons have we learned?
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Climate change has often been treated as just another issue. That cannot continue.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Taliban will reclaim the country, and the U.S. and its allies will leave Kabul with their credibility in tatters, and no answers for the families of soldiers who died there.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
It will have as much drama as a morning in traffic court when the ticketing officer doesn’t show up. The only question is whether Justin Trudeau comes back for another term as a minority or majority leader.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
In the U.S., in particular, it has been a case of the honour system run amok. Just provide people with the information and the vaccine and they will take the needle. Except that they haven’t. And they won’t.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Book by book, the real Donald J. Trump is coming out, a drop of truth at a time. And he is out there in the weeds conducting the obscene puppet show that he believes will return either himself or a surrogate to power.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
If there were a gold medal for the abdication of responsibility, the organizers of Tokyo 2020 would win it hands down.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
It’s a potential case of now or never for the Conservatives. Could that be why so many wistful stories about Stephen Harper are popping up in places like the National Post and on social media?
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Until there is justice for all, there is truly justice for no one.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
So far, no one knows. That’s because, so far, it has played out along the lines of a political soap opera. Lots of slagging, hyperbole, and evasion. 
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The dilemma facing the Liberals is that while their star is rising with the public, the opposition is ratcheting up the pressure not to take advantage of the moment—essentially what politics is all about. Timing. 
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Whether you call it a mass grave of children; or a common grave; or an unmarked, overgrown meadow holding young bones that never got to grow, it is a Canadian atrocity.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The CPC doesn’t want better government for Canada, it just wants to slip into the driver’s seat.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Quebec’s surprising decision to unilaterally rewrite a part of the Constitution could leave Justin Trudeau with a glass jaw if things go sideways.
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