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Michael Harris

Michael Harris is a writer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. He was awarded a doctor of laws for his “unceasing pursuit of justice for the less fortunate among us.” His nine books include Justice Denied, Unholy Orders, Rare Ambition, Lament for an Ocean and Con Game. His work has sparked four commissions of inquiry and three of his books have been made into movies. His book on the Harper majority government, Party of One, was a No. 1 bestseller. Follow Michael Harris on Twitter at @HarrisAuthor

Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | February 19, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on the Hill on Jan. 31, 2024. Thanking the Auditor Geneal for writing what could be your political epitaph isn’t fooling anyone, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | February 19, 2024
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | February 19, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on the Hill on Jan. 31, 2024. Thanking the Auditor Geneal for writing what could be your political epitaph isn’t fooling anyone, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | February 12, 2024
The politicians whom Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy trusted to have his back in his country’s existential struggle against Russian invaders have betrayed him, writes Michael Harris.   Image courtesy of YouTube
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | February 12, 2024
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | February 12, 2024
The politicians whom Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy trusted to have his back in his country’s existential struggle against Russian invaders have betrayed him, writes Michael Harris.   Image courtesy of YouTube
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | February 5, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at his most authentic during the pandemic, and he can reclaim that in the fight against climate change, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | February 5, 2024
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | February 5, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at his most authentic during the pandemic, and he can reclaim that in the fight against climate change, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 29, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, former U.S. president Donald Trump, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. If Trump should win in 2024, that could be a planet-changing moment. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 29, 2024
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 29, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, former U.S. president Donald Trump, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. If Trump should win in 2024, that could be a planet-changing moment. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 22, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in trouble because of the family vacation he took to Jamaica this Christmas. He and the family stayed for free at a luxury villa owned by a family friend, but opposition MPs want to know more about how the trip was cleared by the ethics commissioner. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 22, 2024
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 22, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in trouble because of the family vacation he took to Jamaica this Christmas. He and the family stayed for free at a luxury villa owned by a family friend, but opposition MPs want to know more about how the trip was cleared by the ethics commissioner. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 15, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. If the decision is Trudeau must go, equal attention must be paid to whether Poilievre is the answer. And that means determining if he deserves his 17 per cent lead in the polls, and the prospect of a majority government that represents, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 15, 2024
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 15, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. If the decision is Trudeau must go, equal attention must be paid to whether Poilievre is the answer. And that means determining if he deserves his 17 per cent lead in the polls, and the prospect of a majority government that represents, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 8, 2024
U.S. President Joe Biden has adopted an impossible and losing position on the Gaza War. On the one hand, he has made the futile effort to get Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the indiscriminate bombing and adopt a more targeted military response, in the name of humanitarian considerations, writes Michael Harris.   Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 8, 2024
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | January 8, 2024
U.S. President Joe Biden has adopted an impossible and losing position on the Gaza War. On the one hand, he has made the futile effort to get Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the indiscriminate bombing and adopt a more targeted military response, in the name of humanitarian considerations, writes Michael Harris.   Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 21, 2023
Joy Saunders’ remarkable contribution did not go unnoticed. She is probably the most beloved person in Lunenburg, N.S. But the country noticed too. Joy was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Canada’s Governor General on Feb. 26, 2021, writes Michael Harris. Image courtesy of Pexels
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 21, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 21, 2023
Joy Saunders’ remarkable contribution did not go unnoticed. She is probably the most beloved person in Lunenburg, N.S. But the country noticed too. Joy was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Canada’s Governor General on Feb. 26, 2021, writes Michael Harris. Image courtesy of Pexels
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 18, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, right, will get his carbon “tax” election, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, will make an appeal to ramp up the fight against climate change by staying with carbon pricing, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 18, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 18, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, right, will get his carbon “tax” election, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, will make an appeal to ramp up the fight against climate change by staying with carbon pricing, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 11, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are facing electorates that are not overly enamoured of either of their respective leadership choices at the next election, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 11, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 11, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are facing electorates that are not overly enamoured of either of their respective leadership choices at the next election, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 4, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, pictured, has opened a new 'American card' front in his crusade to paint Justin Trudeau as a feckless, spoiled brat, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 4, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | December 4, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, pictured, has opened a new 'American card' front in his crusade to paint Justin Trudeau as a feckless, spoiled brat, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 27, 2023
Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre speaks at the Conservative caucus meeting in the West Block on Nov. 1, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 27, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 27, 2023
Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre speaks at the Conservative caucus meeting in the West Block on Nov. 1, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 20, 2023
For weeks now, poll numbers for Justin Trudeau, left, have resembled the heart monitor of a patient on his way out. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is riding an anti-Trudeau tide that may well lead to political fortune, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia and Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 20, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 20, 2023
For weeks now, poll numbers for Justin Trudeau, left, have resembled the heart monitor of a patient on his way out. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is riding an anti-Trudeau tide that may well lead to political fortune, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia and Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 13, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault has been told that only 45 per cent of the government’s carbon reduction plans had implementation deadlines.   The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 13, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 13, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault has been told that only 45 per cent of the government’s carbon reduction plans had implementation deadlines.   The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 6, 2023
If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were to resign, the clear advantage the official opposition now enjoys in the polls would be at risk, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 6, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | November 6, 2023
If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were to resign, the clear advantage the official opposition now enjoys in the polls would be at risk, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 30, 2023
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pictured in Canada in 2012, could opt for a more targeted approach to taking out Hamas that would avoid the territory becoming a killing field beyond imagination, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 30, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 30, 2023
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pictured in Canada in 2012, could opt for a more targeted approach to taking out Hamas that would avoid the territory becoming a killing field beyond imagination, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 23, 2023
U.S. journalist Walter Cronkite conducts an interview in Hue, near the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam, in 1968. Great journalists like him covered war not as proponents of one side or the other, but as the ones writing the first rough draft of history, writes Michael Harris. Wikimedia Commons photograph by National Archives and Records Administration
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 23, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 23, 2023
U.S. journalist Walter Cronkite conducts an interview in Hue, near the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam, in 1968. Great journalists like him covered war not as proponents of one side or the other, but as the ones writing the first rough draft of history, writes Michael Harris. Wikimedia Commons photograph by National Archives and Records Administration
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 16, 2023
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said the death match between Israel and Hamas will get worse before it gets better, and that one of her key objectives is to speak to all parties in the conflict, including neighbouring countries, to find a way to de-escalate a confrontation, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 16, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 16, 2023
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said the death match between Israel and Hamas will get worse before it gets better, and that one of her key objectives is to speak to all parties in the conflict, including neighbouring countries, to find a way to de-escalate a confrontation, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 9, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India on Feb. 23, 2023. Trudeau hasn’t told Canadians what the evidence is in this case that he says points to the involvement of the Indian government. If there is a smoking gun, why hasn’t it been acted on? Photograph courtesy of Narendra Modi's Twitter account
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 9, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 9, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India on Feb. 23, 2023. Trudeau hasn’t told Canadians what the evidence is in this case that he says points to the involvement of the Indian government. If there is a smoking gun, why hasn’t it been acted on? Photograph courtesy of Narendra Modi's Twitter account
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 2, 2023
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has enough on his plate, without having to worry about whether some of his key backers are about to run out on him, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 2, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | October 2, 2023
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has enough on his plate, without having to worry about whether some of his key backers are about to run out on him, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | September 25, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh face different hurdles as Parliament returns, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | September 25, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | September 25, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh face different hurdles as Parliament returns, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | September 18, 2023
Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre at the party's policy convention in Québec City on Sept. 8, 2023. His party has learned nothing from the pandemic, nothing from its support of the disastrous Freedom Convoy, and nothing from the sick excesses of Trumpian politics it seems so hell-bent to emulate, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | September 18, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | September 18, 2023
Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre at the party's policy convention in Québec City on Sept. 8, 2023. His party has learned nothing from the pandemic, nothing from its support of the disastrous Freedom Convoy, and nothing from the sick excesses of Trumpian politics it seems so hell-bent to emulate, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | September 11, 2023
It is time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to realize that Conservative Leadership Pierre Poilievre is a politician the way that Ty Cobb and Pete Rose were baseball players: all in and playing for keeps. He won’t beat himself, you will have to beat him, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | September 11, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | September 11, 2023
It is time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to realize that Conservative Leadership Pierre Poilievre is a politician the way that Ty Cobb and Pete Rose were baseball players: all in and playing for keeps. He won’t beat himself, you will have to beat him, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 28, 2023
Every new twist and turn in the melodrama that is former U.S. president Donald Trump gives Americans another reason to lose trust in their institutions.  Wikimedia Commons photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 28, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 28, 2023
Every new twist and turn in the melodrama that is former U.S. president Donald Trump gives Americans another reason to lose trust in their institutions.  Wikimedia Commons photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 21, 2023
The Conservative Party is hoping that money and marketing can make leader Pierre Poilievre electable in a way in which his record does not, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 21, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 21, 2023
The Conservative Party is hoping that money and marketing can make leader Pierre Poilievre electable in a way in which his record does not, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 14, 2023
Justin Trudeau, left, and Jagmeet Singh must stop pussy-footing around with people who are thugs rather than protesters, and Pierre Poilievre should make clear to the forces on the extreme right of his base that violence can never be a legitimate political tool, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 14, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 14, 2023
Justin Trudeau, left, and Jagmeet Singh must stop pussy-footing around with people who are thugs rather than protesters, and Pierre Poilievre should make clear to the forces on the extreme right of his base that violence can never be a legitimate political tool, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 7, 2023
For the first time in history, Donald Trump is not only increasing his lead in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination based on multiple criminal indictments, but he's also successfully fundraising from them. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 7, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | August 7, 2023
For the first time in history, Donald Trump is not only increasing his lead in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination based on multiple criminal indictments, but he's also successfully fundraising from them. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 31, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters at Rideau Hall after he shuffled his cabinet on July 26, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 31, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 31, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters at Rideau Hall after he shuffled his cabinet on July 26, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 24, 2023
What no one wants to say out loud is that a significant number of U.S. voters is really what makes former president Donald Trump possible—no matter what he does, writes Michael Harris. Wikimedia Commons photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 24, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 24, 2023
What no one wants to say out loud is that a significant number of U.S. voters is really what makes former president Donald Trump possible—no matter what he does, writes Michael Harris. Wikimedia Commons photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 17, 2023
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may end up with the dead man’s hand, despite his successes so far, writes Michael Harris. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 17, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 17, 2023
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may end up with the dead man’s hand, despite his successes so far, writes Michael Harris. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 10, 2023
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2018. The situation in Australia gives reason to think that the web giants might blink on the Online News Act, writes Michael Harris. Wikimedia Commons photograph by Anthony Quintano
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 10, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 10, 2023
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2018. The situation in Australia gives reason to think that the web giants might blink on the Online News Act, writes Michael Harris. Wikimedia Commons photograph by Anthony Quintano
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 3, 2023
CTV Ottawa reporter Glen McGregor, left, and bureau chief Joyce Napier were among many journalists let go by Bell Media on June 14. Instead of cuts, Bell might have considered investing more in their trusted journalists, writes Michael Harris. Photo courtesy of Twitter, and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 3, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | July 3, 2023
CTV Ottawa reporter Glen McGregor, left, and bureau chief Joyce Napier were among many journalists let go by Bell Media on June 14. Instead of cuts, Bell might have considered investing more in their trusted journalists, writes Michael Harris. Photo courtesy of Twitter, and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | June 26, 2023
Geoffrey Stevens, pictured, was there to help Michael Harris navigate through some very big and complicated stories at The Globe and Mail, Harris writes. Photograph by McGill-Queen's University Press
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | June 26, 2023
Opinion | BY MICHAEL HARRIS | June 26, 2023