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Stories by Michael Harris

Beyond life and death issues presented by COVID-19, is there a social phenomenon brewing?

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.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
By handling protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline the way he has, Trudeau has brought down a double whammy on his government.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Conservatives only seem to want to show the protesters who's boss, ignoring the long history of Indigenous rights being trampled.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The reason Canada keeps on having confrontations with Indigenous peoples is that their prodigious patience has been worn out. They confront because they have been sold out too many times.
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Opinion|By Michael Harris
Donald Trump’s values and practices have been spreading well beyond America’s borders. Everyone in the world, and especially those of us here in neighbouring Canada, will be affected by what the United States becomes.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Canada should make clear that only negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians can arrive at final status solutions on matters such as borders, refugees, settlements, water rights, and the fate of Jerusalem.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The former prime minister's fingerprints are all over the leading contenders to replace Andrew Scheer atop the Conservative Party.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The bottom line? If monarchy isn’t the thing for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, if they just want to be Harry and Meghan, maybe it’s time we started thinking about whether it’s the thing for a country like Canada.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The CPC was wrong back in 2015 and it is wrong now. Like it or lump it, it needs a policy do-over from top to bottom.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The days of $100 oil will never be coming back. Turn out the lights, that party’s over.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Andrew Scheer is not a leader and ought to admit it. There is no time to lose. As the old saying goes, do it before you have to do it.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
In this absurd place, and until the darkness lifts, rolling over for a tyrant is the only sin.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Elizabeth May will push as hard with three seats in the Commons as she would have with 30—until the new leader comes along to take over.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Senate hierarchy has been hiding serious allegations of sexual harassment of Senate staffers behind casuistical interpretations of parliamentary privilege.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Short of brazen skullduggery, stupendous incompetence, or scandal most foul, this government could last a lot longer than people think.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
How that second chance is handled will go a long way towards revealing who Justin Trudeau really is—the guy we all hoped he was in 2015, or the one who let a lot of people down in the four years that followed.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
If you want someone who says he can both cut taxes and increase spending, then Justin Trudeau is your man, writes Michael Harris.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Whatever dirt he has on Justin Trudeau, the CPC leader can thank his lucky stars that the current dog-and-pony show hasn’t become the Integrity Election.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Drive-by smears disguised as news, and substance evasion by most candidates, but the PM in particular, suggest that the decisive feature of this election may be low voter turnout.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Today's politics is all about swift-boating—the PR pistol-whipping of your political opponent.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
If anyone wants a reason to kick Justin Trudeau out of office, they don’t need dog-eared photos from an old yearbook. Just read the ethics commissioner’s report and read it as if the country’s future depended upon it.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
With the PM showing the substance-averse reflex of a guy who wants to campaign on a shoe shine and a smile, Canadians might be about to see the second peek-a-boo election featuring a Trudeau.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Politics is chess, not checkers. If the public is to be well-served, it will have to better informed. A good place to start would be to modernize the way the networks conduct public debates during an election.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Stories attacking the Liberals from the Conservative Party and its allies often ignore Conservative connections and fail to back up their claims with evidence.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response to the ethics commissioner's report is ineptitude in hot pursuit of farce.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The fate of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott in this election will tell us whether speaking truth to power is a greater force in our public life than the abuse of power.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Conservative Party is trying its best to suggest that the media is the enemy of the people. Certainly of conservatism. An important message in an election cycle—and a derivative one.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
Time after time in real-life situations as prime minister, he has not chosen values to determine his course, except in a breezy, rhetorical way, but a path that looks more and more like Stephen Harper’s.

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