Everything Is Political With Evan Solomon

SiriusXM’s Everything Is Political: Campaign 2015 with Evan Solomon follows every aspect of Canada’s federal election campaign. The show premieres Thursday, August 6 from 6 pm to 7 pm (EDT) on SiriusXM’s Canada Talks, channel 167
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Sep 30, 2015

On the Show:

David Coletto, Derek Burney, Jason Lietaer, Sally Housser, Michael Sung, Ian Lee, Armine Yalnizyan

Abacus Data CEO David Coletto reviews the Munk Debate on foreign policy and takes a look at how the parties are polling in Quebec and among swing voters with host Evan Solomon and Senior Producer Peter Harris. Coletto says it's not foreign policy or the economy that will sway voters in Quebec, but identity politics and the niqab issue.

Canada's former ambassador to the United States and former chief of staff to Brian Mulroney Derek Burney discusses trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership as the auto sector, supply managed agriculture industries and the pharmaceutical industry could be impacted by a deal. 

The War Room with Ensight's Jason Lietaer, Navigator's Sally Housser and Crestview Strategy's Michael Sung discuss the Munk Debate, the new NDP ads that sound a lot like Conservative anti-Trudeau messaging and what's to come in this election.

Carleton University professor Ian Lee and economist Armine Yalnizyan of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives debate trade policy, the TPP and supply management. 

Sep 29, 2015

On the Show: 

David Akin, Althia Raj, Darrell Bricker, Arlene Bynon, Matt Gurney, Scott Gilmore, Mohamed El-Rashidy, Jeremy Kinsman, Supriya Dwivedi, Marit Stiles, Will Stewart

EIP Show carries the Munk Debate on foreign policy live from Toronto with a four-hour special covering everything from ISIS to climate change and refugees.

Sun Media parliamentary bureau chief David Akin and Huffington Post Canada Ottawa bureau chief Althia Raj join host Evan Solomon and senior producer Peter Harris to lay out the issues for the debate. Ipsos Public Affairs pollster Darrell Bricker weighs in on whether foreign policy moves votes.

Arlene Bynon of Sirius XM Canada and Matt Gurney of National Post radio join Evan to discuss who has the most to gain or lose from the debate.

Maclean's columnist Scott Gilmore and lawyer Mohamed El-Rashidy debate foreign policy issues.

The War Room with Story-Stiles Communications' Marit Stiles, Navigator's Will Stewart and Crestview Strategy's Supriya Dwivedi get into a heated discussion over the Munk Debate and this federal election.

Former diplomat Jeremy Kinsman joins El-Rashidy to wrap up the show on foreign issues, security and more.

Sep 26, 2015

On the Show:

Christian Bourque, Mark Kennedy, Heather Scoffield, David Suzuki, Geoff Norquay, Stephen Hampton and Rebecca Blaikie

Leger research group vice president and pollster Christian Bourque rounds up the latest polls and reviews the first French debate and previews the upcoming Munk Debate on foreign policy with Ottawa Citizen parliamentary bureau chief Mark Kennedy and CP's Ottawa bureau chief Heather Scoffield.

Scientist and environmental advocate David Suzuki discusses where the parties stand on climate change and tells Evan Solomon about an exchange with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in which Suzuki says Trudeau called his advice "sanctimonious crap" and in turn, Suzuki says he called Trudeau a "twerp." 

The BS Detector takes a look at NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair's position on the Energy East pipeline in both French and English and Senior Producer Peter Harris joins Evan to give his rating.

In the War Room, Earnscliffe Strategy Group's Geoff Norquay, NDP President Rebecca Blaikie and Crestview Strategies' Stephen Hampton look back at the French debate, forward at the Munk Debate and discuss the biggest issue grabbing attention in the election this week: the niqab. 

Sep 25, 2015

On the show: 

Dimitri Pantazopoulos, Don Iveson, Mike Savage, Tasha Kheiriddin, Lindsay Doyle, Rebecca Blaikie

Host Evan Solomon previews the first French language debate with Maple Leaf Strategies' pollster Dimitri Pantazopoulos on coalitions, refugee issues, the niqab, and the latest polls showing Stephen Harper could be in majority territory.

Big City Mayors met in Toronto and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage join the show to discuss urban issues and their federal election wish list, including infrastructure investments and more affordable housing. 

Senior Producer Peter Harris joins Evan Solomon on the BS Detector to dig in to a number of the latest bozo eruptions from candidates. Do they not vet these people? And they weigh in on a particularly troubling gaffe of an NDP candidate who says she didn't know what Auschwitz was until this week.

The War Room panel Tasha Kheiriddin of TJK Communications, Lindsay Doyle of Summa Strategies and NDP president Rebecca Blaikie debate the first French language debate, coalition governments and why no one seems to want to work together, the niqab and more. 

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Sep 24, 2015

On the Show: 

Senior Producer Peter Harris hosts the show.

Marc Garneau, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Bob Richardson, Will Stewart, Rebecca Blaikie, Vivian Krause, Jane Fleming Kleeb

Liberal candidate for Westmount-Ville Marie, Que. Marc Garneau discusses the release of Canadian Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy from Egyptian prison. Did the Canadian government do enough to ensure the innocent reporter walked free?

An interview with former Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley on what Elections Canada will be looking for in the election to prevent voter suppression tactics from undermining Canadian voters in this election.

The War Room Panel with Bob Richardson from Edelman Canada, Will Stewart from Navigator and NDP president Rebecca Blaikie debate whether Canada was in a recession in the first half of the fiscal year, more bozo eruptions from candidates of all political stripes and minority politics and why the parties say they won't work together.

And from both sides of the climate debate and both sides of the border, Jane Fleming Kleeb of Bold Nebraska and Vivian Krause, a critic of environmental groups debate the Keystone XL pipeline.


Sep 23, 2015

On the Show:

Michelle Rempel, Ralph Goodale and Peter Julian
Catherine Swift and Jerry Dias
Ginny Movat, Lindsay Doyle and Marit Stiles

U.S. presidential hopeful and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton shook up the 2016 U.S. election today, and in turn has had an impact on the Canadian federal election too, when she announced she would oppose TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The pipeline would bring raw bitumen from Alberta's oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

MPs debate pipeline politics, while Unifor president Jerry Dias and head of Working Canadians Catherine Swift go head-to-head over Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations pros and cons and the potential impacts for auto sector workers. 

We took out our calculators again on the BS Detector to crunch some numbers for Justin Trudeau to see how he would pay for his campaign promises.

And the War Room tackles everything political from Terry Fox cancer research funding to Trudeau's subtle comments on rap music to Stephen Harper's commitment to create 1.3 million net new jobs.

Sep 22, 2015

On the show: 

Michelle Rempel
Jack Harris
Leona Alleslev

Kate McInturff
Alejandra Bravo

Will Stewart
Alfred Apps
Brad Lavigne 

MPs panel with Conservative candidate for Calgary-Centre North Michelle Rempel, NDP candidate for St. John's East Jack Harris and Liberal candidate for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill Leona Alleslev debate the F35 procurement and follow the money on military spending.

Women’s issues are UpForDebate with Alejandra Bravo of the Maytree Foundation  and Kate McInturff, senior researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, asking where are women's issues in this election campaign.

The War Room Panel with Will Stewart of Navigator, former Liberal Party president Alfred Apps and senior NDP campaign advisor Brad Lavigne debate F35 procurement, the Royal Canadian Navy and the economy. 

Sep 19, 2015


Sun Media's David Akin

Jennifer Ditchburn of the Canadian Press

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel

Liberal MP Mark Holland

Dana Wagner, co-founder of FactsCan

War Room panel Geoff Norquay, Susan Smith and Sally Housser

With the Globe and Mail leaders debate on the economy, Stephen Harper had the opportunity to reboot the campaign and focus on his strong suit: the fact that Canada was in surplus last year.

But has the election taken another turn as the focus shifts to identity politics? 

What are old stock Canadians? Will this gaffe, if you can call it that, hurt the Conservative campaign?


Sep 18, 2015

Two-hour Globe and Mail leaders debate special with Everything is Political host Evan Solomon


Huffington Post Canada's Ottawa Bureau Chief Althia Raj

Canadian Press Parliamentary reporter Kristy Kirkup

Abacus Data CEO David Coletto

Former Parliamentary Budget Officer and University of Ottawa professor Kevin Page

Sirius XM Canada's Arlene Bynon

The National Post's Matt Gurney

Head of Working Canadians Catherine Swift

President of Unifor Jerry Dias

Story-Stiles Communications Marit Stiles

Edelman Canada's Bob Richardson

Former NDP Strategist Tom Parkin

TJK Communications President Tasha Kheiriddin

MPs Michelle Rempel (Conservative), Peter Julian (NDP) and Ralph Goodale (Liberal)



Sep 17, 2015

On the Show: 

NDP candidate Andrew Thomson, Liberal Candidate Scott Brison and Conservative candidate Michelle Rempel

Former chief economist at TD Bank and deputy finance minister Don Drummond 

War Room Panel: Edelman Canada's Bob Richardson, Navigator's Will Stewart and NDP strategist Tom Parkin

The NDP release their not-so-fully costed platform. With numbers showing savings from raising the corporate tax rate from 15 per cent to 17 per cent, rolling back the doubling of Tax Free Saving Account contributions and ending fossil fuel subsidies, among other savings, the NDP plans to post budget surpluses over the next four years.

But with big ticket promises like $15-a-day national childcare and healthcare and seniors care national plans, the platform is missing some key figures on just how the NDP would pay for all those election goodies.

Heading into a national debate on the economy, guests weigh in on the best way to handle balance the books and create growth.

Sep 16, 2015

Another game-changing moment in this election campaign is playing out as Canadians learn the government had a budget surplus in the 2014-15 fiscal year of $1.9 billion. 

Just as the federal party leaders prepare for a national debate on the economy, the question of deficits and economic choices is flipped on its head. 

On the show:

Treasury Board President and Conservative candidate for Parry Sound - Muskoka, Ont. Tony Clement discusses the 2014-15 budget surplus and economic priorities. 

Stephen Lewis, former Ontario NDP leader and former UN ambassador and special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, and his son, documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis, join the show to discuss the Leap Manifesto, which calls for radical change to Canadian politics to foster a greener, more equal society, and Avi's documentary This Changes Everything, which premiers at TIFF.

Sun Media journalist David Akin guest appears on the BS Detector to test NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau on their economic views and statements they made about Stephen Harper leading Canada into eight consecutive deficits, when Canada seems to have turned a corner with Finance Canada reporting a surplus for the first time since 2008-09.

And on the War Room panel, Ensight Canada's Jason Lietaer, Story-Stiles Communications' Marit Stiles and Susan Smith at Bluesky Strategy Group discuss the Leap Manifesto, the budget surplus, a Federal Court of Appeal ruling on the right to wear the niqab during a citizenship ceremony, the Bruce Carson trial on influence peddling and another Conservative candidate who got turfed off the campaign for inappropriate outbursts on social media. 

Sep 15, 2015

It's the halfway mark of the campaign and as we wrap up Week 6 on this super-sized election campaign, the Conservatives had a terrible first half lurching from Duffy, to recession to the refugee crisis and further undermined by in-fighting among the inner campaign circle. And yes, they have often polled in third place, not where they wanted to be. But it is a HUGE mistake to count out the Harper campaign. 

On the show: 

David Akin from Sun Media and Kristy Kirkup for the Canadian Press on the show to discuss the campaign so far and the Bruce Carson trial.

Former US Presidential candidate Ralph Nader joins us. He’s just written the forward to a new book called Canada without Harper.

And also on the show is juno award winning singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett. For the first time he's jumping into the political campaign.

The BS detector takes on Thomas Mulcair and his plan to abolish the Senate.

And the War Room panel Geoff Norquay, Susan Smith and Sally Housser discuss the controversies of the day on Campaign 2015.


Sep 11, 2015

Are the wheels coming off the Harper bus? Or ­­with five weeks to go is there plenty of time for a reboot and a win? Harper is suddenly shifting gears in response to pressure to act on the refugee crisis and has brought on board the Wizard of Oz, Lynton Crosby, as a hired gun to help direct the Conservatives' messaging and strategy in the second half of this very long campaign. 

On the show: Green Party leader Elizabeth May discusses refugees, foreign policy, the leaders debates and her party's ambitious election platform. 

United Nations Refugee Agency representative to Canada Furio De Angelis talks about what's really causing the backlog in bringing Syrian refugees into Canada and what policy decisions could help move things along faster for those desperate to flee the conflict.

Our BS Detector puts Donald Trump's comments on fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's face to the test.

And on the War Room panel, Earnscliffe Strategy Group's Geoff Norquay, Crestview Strategy's Supriya Dwivedi and Stiles-Story Communications' Marit Stiles debate all the hot-button issues on the campaign.

Sep 10, 2015

Do refugees pose a security risk to Canada? Is the country doing enough to help the plight of Syrian refugees?

On the Show: David Frum, senior editor of the Atlantic Magazine; Annette Wilde, a member of the First Unitarian Church in Toronto who has brought Syrian refugees to Canada through private sponsorship and is applying for more families to come; Yaser Al Mtawa, a Syrian-born Canadian who brought his extended family to Canada from Jordan with Wilde's help; Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Lena Diab and the War Room panel with Marit Stiles, Susan Smith and Will Stewart.

Sep 9, 2015

EIP looks at the issues surrounding coalitions as a three-way race for who will be Canada's next Prime Minister makes a minority government look like the most likely outcome following the October 19 vote.

On the show: The MP panel with MPs and candidates Conservative Paul Calandra, NDP Peter Julian and Liberal Kevin Lamoureux discuss the latest controversy on the campaign trail: coalitions. 

University of Ottawa professor and constitutional law expert Carissima Mathen discusses how Canada's Westminster system works when it comes to governing with a minority of seats. 

Pollster David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, breaks down the numbers in the latest polls that have Harper falling behind in what is still statistically still a close three-way race.

And the War Room panel with Navigator's Jason Lietaer, former NDP strategist Marit Stiles and Crestview Strategy's Surpiya Dwivedi discuss coalitions, Peegate and how candidates get vetted. 


Sep 5, 2015

Suddenly the campaign is very different. We are not just talking about the economy. We are not talking about the financial deficit. We are talking about a compassion deficit.

On the show:

We start with the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde.

A unique view from Europe. Canadian Tyler Brule joins the show from northern Italy near the Bremmer pass where many refugees go to try to flee. Tyler is a former war correspondent who was shot by a sniper covering the Afghanistan war in the 1990s ­­­but went on to found Wallpaper magazine and now Monocle.

Our war room panel with Alfred Apps, Sally Housser and Geoff Norquay debate the politics of the two r-words ... refugees and recession.

Plus VOTE FOR Scott Vrooman ... Scott is a comedian and economist and he is running for a seat in the Senate.


Sep 4, 2015

Everything is Political focuses the show on the refugee crisis after a photo spreads across the world of a 3-year-old boy, Aylan Kurdi, whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey as his family tried to flee the crisis in Syria. 


Aylan Kurdi's uncle Rocco Logozzo

Conservative Party of Canada spokesman Kory Teneycke

NDP MP Paul Dewar

Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna

Journalist Scott Gilmore

Former diplomat Jeremy Kinsman