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Stories by Michael Harris

Something is afoot in the Indigenous world

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.
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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.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
When all the facts of this atrocity come out, including the belief by Turkish authorities that Khashoggi’s body was dissolved in acid, there won’t be much appetite for kings and princes sitting in judgment of themselves.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Rather than a new beginning for a hopelessly outdated party, the leadership hopefuls wallowed in platitudes that Stephen Harper might have scribbled on a napkin during a long and particularly tedious plane ride.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Unlike several U.S. states and provinces like Alberta and Quebec, Canada has chosen to play by Dr. Fauci Rules—slow and steady wins the race against the deadly virus.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
These days, all bumpy roads lead to Donald Trump. And so it is with Justin Trudeau’s latest image problem.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
What do the governments of Canada and Ontario have in common with a coalition of states from both U.S. coasts and the Midwest? They have all told Donald Trump to go to hell. 
Opinion|By Michael Harris
This is Easter weekend, COVID-19 style.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
We have had the Great Depression and the Great Recession. Are we entering the early days of the Great Reflection?
Opinion|By Michael Harris
It would be hard to come up with a more surreal or feckless strategy against COVID-19, unless you left everything up to the Christian Right in America.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
While the fight against a single, deadly virus has united the world on what can only be described as a war footing, the biggest players on the planet continue to snooze on the monumental threat of global warming.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
This president will get serious about Covid-19 only if he should become a statistic.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The unelected Senate continues to be one of the great, unresolved problems of our democracy; it can do good work, even great work, but on its bad days, it is one of Canada’s embarrassments.

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