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Stories by Michael Harris

She stepped down as party leader, but May’s revved up to lead the Greens in the House

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.
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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.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Democrats need to think long and hard about their response to a demagogue who thinks he is a law unto himself. Taking the scenic route to the truth looks more like political self-interest than caution.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
As events south of the border have shown, the downside of negative partisanship is the short trip voters often take from the frying pan into the fire.
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.
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.

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