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At home and down south, conservatism is in an identity crisis

Opinion|By Michael Harris
One of conservatism’s bedrock values, smaller government, is looking less and less attractive in the Age of COVID.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
There's no doubt that public anxiety about vaccine delivery is real. If things don’t improve, the Liberals could pay a price, just as some pollsters say. But it is also a dangerous tactic to play pandemic politics.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The gutless wonders at the helm of the GOP continue to support Donald Trump.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Republican Party is now the private property of a demagogue.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Orbiting the earth is impressive, but it makes you an astronaut, not a governor general.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The rationale for those who believe an election is coming rests largely on an accurate premise: minority governments, like May flies, don’t last long. In fact, minorities usually fall in less than two years.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Who is the King Rat among the president's former enablers? It’s hard to tell.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
When it comes to the kind of criticism that lifts public discourse and improves public policy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge has a lot more to offer than Trump.
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Feature|By Michael Harris
Norman Webster, reporter, editor-in-chief, and word-farmer extraordinaire, sheds light on reporting and more in a riveting collection of columns spanning his decades in 'newspapering.'
Opinion|By Michael Harris
One might laugh at President Comacho’s antics in Idiocracy, but there is nothing funny about Donald Trump’s zig-zag exit from the White House.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole has behaved more like a political opportunist than a serious leader.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Back in 2015, a campaigning Justin Trudeau promised that he would end all long-term boil water advisories on reserves across Canada within five years. He has had the five years, and nothing has changed.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Outgoing President Donald Trump has two months to lash out before Joe Biden takes office. He's already called on Republican legislators to help him override the election, and contemplated attacking Iran.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
But don’t be fooled. In political distance, Jan. 20, 2021, is as far away as Mars. There is plenty of time for the man who is still president until he isn’t, to make mischief. And make mischief he already has.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Past presidents have issued disgraceful pardons and left regulatory messes for their successors. Donald Trump could go even further than that.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Who would vote for a man who has encouraged racists and white supremacists, suppressed and denied science, cozied up to dictators and demagogues, betrayed his allies, and permanently separated immigrant families?
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Here's a thought: let the government refine its national plan to deal with the second wave of the pandemic, and then assess its effectiveness. 
Opinion|By Michael Harris
When people are burning boats and urinating on other people’s vehicles, there isn’t a moment to lose.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
America’s commander-in-chief has always been a brash and bullying liar. As of last week, though, he has become a gruesome threat to the country he insists he loves.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Donald Trump didn’t just 'downplay' COVID-19. No, he lied his brains out in a way that put millions of Americans at risk. They needed a warning, and he gave them a sleeping pill.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Conservatives make the mistake of thinking the pandemic is just another issue to snipe over in the usual partisan way. They are dead wrong.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
It won’t be long before opposition parties are going to realize that COVID-19 is Justin Trudeau’s best punch. They will soon stop walking into it.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The U.S. president has encouraged Americans to play Russian roulette with their lives, and mocked opponents who have taken the virus seriously.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Conservative politicians are notorious for talking mock-war on the deficit while in opposition, only to discover the joys of deficit spending when they get their hands on the cash.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
There is an explanation for Erin O’Toole’s ideological versatility: politics, like the Olympics, is comprised of many events.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
It may be some time before any government can talk about balancing budgets and cutting programs.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
According to people like Dr. Anthony Fauci, that second phase could be far worse than the first one that caused a shutdown of the economy. Under those circumstances, anyone running the country will be the PM of chaos.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Since the PM admits that cabinet practised zero due diligence before handing half a billion dollars to WE Charity, and relied totally on the advice of bureaucrats, who were those bureaucrats?
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Right or not, polling shows that ethics in government simply isn't a top issue of concern for Canadians.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Justin Trudeau and his finance minister are under parliamentary scrutiny over the WE Charity controversy and now the Queen’s representative and Trudeau’s personal choice for GG is being probed by the PM’s own department for abusing staff.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Instead of favourable and deserved reviews based on its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government will be dragged before two parliamentary committees, and subjected to scrutiny from the ethics commissioner.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Trudeau government has made mistakes, learned, and adjusted while trying to ward off the COVID-19 pandemic. Other world leaders have stuck their heads in the sand, and their citizens have paid with their lives.

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