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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Oct 31, 2015

On the Show:

Andrea Horwath, David Smith, David Akin, Rachel Aiello

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the Hydro One selloff is a big mistake.

Senate Liberal David Smith threatens to stall government legislation in the Senate if Justin Trudeau decides not to designate a government leader in the Senate.

Sun Media's Ottawa bureau chief David Akin and Hill Times' reporter Rachel Aiello discuss the pool of Conservative MPs who've put their names forward for interim leader.

Oct 30, 2015

On the Show:

Patrick Brazeau, Ian Lee, Jim Stanford, Mark Towhey

Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau says he wants to put cocaine possession and assault charges behind him and put his focus towards getting back in the Senate and his fraud and breach of trust trial coming up next year.

Carleton University Sprott School of Business professor Ian Lee debates Jim Stanford of Unifor on the $1-billion bailout from the Quebec government to Bombardier to rescue their C-Series jet program.

Mark Towhey, Rob Ford’s chief of staff during the craziest years — the alcohol, domestic abuse, drugs, the lies, but also the victories — His new book called Uncontrollable is out now and it is the best inside account of the Ford years you will read.

Oct 29, 2015

On the Show:

John Geddes, Kristy Kirkup, Michael Chong, Geoff Norquay, Sally Housser, Bob Richardson, Ian Lee

Everyone is speculating about Justin Trudeau's picks for cabinet and Everything is Political gets in the game with our fantasy cabinet. Plus Ottawa bureau chief of Maclean's Magazine John Geddes and Canadian Press reporter Kristy Kirkup give their two cents on who's in and who's out.

Re-elected Conservative MP Michael Chong talks democratic reform and his push to see the Reform Act adopted by all parties in the 42nd Parliament. He also says he hasn't ruled out running for leadership of his party in the future.

The War Room with Geoff Norquay of Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Sally Housser of Navigator and Bob Richardson of Edelman Canada are joined by Carleton University's Ian Lee to talk about the Alberta Budget and whether Parliament should reconvene for a few short weeks before the New Year.



Oct 28, 2015

On the Show:

Peter Harris, Brad Duguid, David Zussman, Michele Austin, Supriya Dwivedi, Jen Hassum

Ontario's Minister for Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid explains what Justin Trudeau's meeting with Liberal Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne signals for future policy for the province and the country. 

David Zussman, the Jarislowsky chair of public sector management at University of Ottawa and author of a book on government transitions, on what Justin Trudeau needs to do now to make sure his transition to power runs smoothly.

Then the War Rooms gets political on the topics of the day, including Trudeau's meeting with Wynne, the Alberta budget, and naming the Calgary airport after Stephen Harper.

Oct 27, 2015

On the Show:

What does the future of the NDP hold? Former NDP MP Peggy Nash on whether Thomas Mulcair can hold on to leadership of the party and Peter Stoffer's suggestion that the party drop the "New" and become the Democratic Party.

Lewis Koski, Colorado’s marijuana regulator, has advice for Justin Trudeau on legalizing marijuana. 

Steve Day, Canadian former special forces commander says the U.S. tactically re-engaging in Iraq & Syria is the correct approach

The War Room with Jason Lietaer of Ensight, Marit Stiles of Story-Stiles Communications and Susan Smith of Bluesky Strategy Group discuss where the Trudeau's will live and the future of the NDP.

Oct 24, 2015

On the Show:

Paul Martin, Greg Lyle, Paul Calandra

Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin says Justin Trudeau will face tough challenges ahead as prime minister, beginning with selecting his cabinet from a huge and tremendously qualified Liberal caucus.

Greg Lyle, owner of Innovative Research Group, says the turning point for the Liberal party was when Justin Trudeau announced the Liberals would run deficits because it freed them up to offer real change for Canadians.

Paul Calandra, former Conservative MP for Oak Ridges-Markham and parliamentary secretary who was often the face and voice of the government in Parliament, reflects on his time as an MP, the Conservative party's election campaign and the big internal fight for interim leader of the party.


Oct 23, 2015

On the Show:

Martin Magnan, Tyler Brule, Kory Teneycke 

One year after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot dead at the National War Memorial, the nation remembers the soldier who stood guard, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who was killed days before and the brave people who ran to the cenotaph to help with no regard for their own lives or safety. 

Martin Magnan was one of those six people who tried to keep Cirillo alive. They call themselves "Team Nathan" and still keep in touch. He joins Evan Solomon to talk about how that day changed his life.

Tyler Brule of Monocle Magazine discusses how Justin Trudeau's election win will impact Canada's position on the world stage.

Conservative party spokesperson Kory Teneycke answers tough questions on what went wrong the party's campaign and whether Canadians rejected the policies or the prime minister. 

Oct 22, 2015

On the Show: 

Marco Mendicino, Derek Nepinak, Susan Smith, Jen Hassum, Jason Lietaer, Carissima Mathen

Justin Trudeau says he will announce his cabinet on Nov. 4th. Liberal MP-elect Marco Mendicino, who took out Joe Oliver in Eglinton-Lawrence, says Liberals will have to balance security with privacy in amendments to Bill C-51.

Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Derek Nepanik says Trudeau should call an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women within 100 days of taking office. 

The War Room with Jason Lietaer of Ensight, Susan Smith of BlueSky Strategy Group and Jen Hassum, who was on the NDP campaign throughout the election, debate the moments that shifted the campaign to a Liberal win.

Consitutional expert Carissima Mathen lays out the court challenges, constitutional questions and justice issues Trudeau will have to deal with when he takes office.

Oct 21, 2015

On the Show: 

Arlene Bynon, David Coletto, Anita Vandenbeld, Tony Clement, Charles Adler, Doug Ford, Geoff Norquay, Michele Austin, Matt Gurney, Peter Julian, David Akin, Laura Payton, Tasha Kheiriddin, Supriya Dwivedi, Rebecca Blaikie

Abacus Data CEO David Coletto breaks down how the Liberals won a majority government and which parts of the country played a key role in Trudeau's success.

Liberal MP-elect for Ottawa West Nepean Anita Vandenbeld discusses the historic Liberal win.

Consevative MP-elect for Parry Sound-Muskoka Tony Clement discusses the Conservative defeat and whether he'll run for leader of the party.

Sirius XM host Charles Adler talks about where the Conservative party goes from here.

Former Toronto City councillor Doug Ford discusses Ford Nation and the future of the Conservative Party.

Strategists Geoff Norquay of Earnscliffe Strategy Group and Michele Austin of Summa Strategies dissect what went wrong for Stephen Harper during this campaign.

Sirius XM host Matt Gurney talks about the surprising election results.

NDP MP-elect for New Westminster Peter Julian talks about the NDP's Orange Crush.

Journalists David Akin of Sun Media and Laura Payton of Maclean's discuss how we got to a Liberal majority and Justin Trudeau the day after his big win.

The War Room with Supriya Dwivedi of Crestview Strategies, Tasha Kheiriddin of TJK Communications and NDP president Rebecca Blaikie debate the election results and the fall out for each party.

Oct 20, 2015

On the Show:

Althia Raj, Mark Kennedy, Frank Graves, Heather Scoffield, Scott Gilmore, Dimitri Pantazopoulos

It's Election Night!

Panelists discuss what the turning points of the election have been and what to watch for as the results come rolling in.

Oct 17, 2015

On the Show: 

Hazel McCallion, Peter Harris, Yael Berger, Charlie Angus, Carolyn Bennett, Marit Stiles, Susan Smith, Geoff Norquay

Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion joins host Evan Solomon to discuss why she's endorsing the Liberals, what she thinks of Stephen Harper, and how the election will play out in the GTA. She also weighs in on the niqab issue and what she sees as the major policy issues facing government today.

Producer Yael Berger, former editor of The Lobby Monitor, comes on to fact check some details around Dan Gagnier stepping down as the Liberals' campaign co-chair over advice he was providing to TransCanada Corp. on the Energy East pipeline. Yael answers the question did Gagnier actually break any rules or laws?

Liberal candidate Carolyn Bennett and NDP candidate Charlie Angus discuss Gagnier's consulting work and what role lobbyists and ethics should play in an election campaign.

The War Room with Susan Smith of Bluesky Strategy Group, Marit Stiles or Story-Stiles Communications and Geoff Norquay of Earnscliffe strategy group discuss Gagnier, the Fords, and the Globe and Mail endorsement of the Conservatives, but not Stephen Harper.

Oct 16, 2015

On the Show:

David Akin, Dominic LeBlanc, Darrell Bricker, Aaron Brindle, Michele Austin, Supriya Dwivedi, Rebecca Blaikie

In our Path to Victory series, we look at what it will take for the Liberal party to win this election. The party has been polling high in this final week of the campaign, but with a setback from the resignation of campaign co-chair Dan Gagnier, it's unclear how badly that will hurt their campaign. Panelists David Akin of Sun Media, pollster at Ipsos Public Affairs, and Liberal party candidate for Beausejour, discuss the path to victory.

Google Canada's Aaron Brindle discusses what topics are trending in Google searches for the federal election, such as Syrian refugees and the niqab.

The War Room panel with Michele Austin of Summa Strategies, NDP president Rebecca Blaikie and Crestview Strategy Surpiya Dwivedi discuss Dan Gagnier's letter to TransCanada, Harper campaigning with the Fords, and the NDP's chances in Quebec.

Oct 15, 2015

On the Show:

Althia Raj, Christian Bourque, Michael Gardiner, Tom Parkin, Lindsay Doyle, Will Stewart, Mark Critch

On the Path to Victory series, Evan Solomon talks to guests about what it will take for the NDP to win the election. Huffington Post Canada's Althia Raj, Leger Marketing pollster Christian Bourque and NDP war room director Michael Gardiner talk about the NDP's chances in each province and whether the party can come back from the slump the polls are showing.

The War Room with NDP strategist Tom Parkin, Summa Strategies' Lindsay Doyle and Will Stewart of Navigator talk about the latest polls, a Conservative Party ad attacking Justin Trudeau and the end game of the election.

This Hour has 22 Minutes writer Mark Critch joins Evan Solomon to discuss the latest CPC ad and the trail to Election Day.


Oct 14, 2015

On the Show: 

Heather Scoffield, John Capobianco, Dimitri Pantazopoulos, Charles Adler, Jason Lietaer, Supriya Dwivedi, Sally Housser, Alison Azer

Guests CP Ottawa bureau chief Heather Scoffield, Conservative strategist and Fleishman-Hillard senior vice-president John Capobianco and pollster from Maple Leaf Strategies Dimitri Pantazopoulos explain what it will take for the Conservatives to win and lay out the partiy's path to victory.

Charles Adler join Evan Solomon to discuss his new show on SiriusXM Canada and the end game of this election.

In the War Room, Jason Lietaer, Supriya Dwivedi, Sally Housser debate the latest issues including Conservative candidate for Oakville Terrance Young getting negative about Liberal policies.

Mother of four Alison Azer comes on the show. She alleges her four young children have been abducted by their father, her ex-husband and taken to Iraq. 


Oct 10, 2015

On the Show:

Heather Scoffield, Mark Kennedy, David Coletto, Geoff Norquay, Rebecca Blaikie, Susan Smith, Kevin Newman, Alex Newman

It's the penultimate weekend before the federal election and host Evan Solomon is joined by senior producer Peter Harris, Canadian Press bureau chief in Ottawa Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Citizen parliamentary bureau chief Mark Kennedy and Abacas Data CEO David Coletto to discuss refugees, the latest polls, and what each leader needs to do now to bring an election victory home in the final days of the campaign.

The War Room panel with Geoff Norquay of Earnscliffe Strategy Strategy Group, NDP president Rebecca Blaikie and Susan Smith of Bluesky Strategy Group discuss PMO control and refugees and dig into the party platforms.

CTV journalist Kevin Newman has covered a few elections and none have hit close to home on identity politics like this one. He’s written a new book called “All Out” with his son Alex about how Alex’s coming out re-shaped their relationship, challenged their understanding of who they are and re-worked how they see each other.

Oct 9, 2015

On the Show: 

Rabia Khedr, Imam Syed Soharwardy, Tarek Fatah, Stephen McNeil, Joseph Boyden, Darrell Bricker 

Host Evan Solomon discusses whether there is race baiting going on in this election over the niqab, terrorism and identity politics with panel guests Rabia Khedr, spokesperson for the Federation of Muslim Women, Tarek Fatah, activist and author, and Imam Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil joins the show to talk about the Syrian refugee crisis and the province's plan to settle more refugees, as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and whether it's good or bad for the province. 

Award-winning author Jospeh Boyden says he thinks the niqab debate is race baiting and fear mongering. 

Pollster Darrell Bricker of Ipsos Public Affairs looks at the reasons for the slide in support for the NDP and vote splitting

Oct 8, 2015

On the Show:

Heather Scoffield, Steve Hindle, Alia Hogben, Bruce MacDonald, Will Stewart, Alfred Apps, Rebecca Blaikie

Host Evan Solomon, senior producer Peter Harris and Canadian Press bureau chief Heather Scoffield discuss how the niqab debate became the election issue stealing the show. 

Steve Hindle, vice-president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, speaks out against Stephen Harper's stance on banning people in the public service from wearing the niqab.

Alia Hogben, executive director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, explains why she feels Muslims are being targeted in this election and why she believes even women has the right to express her religion in the manner of her choosing. 

Charities are experiencing a chill during this election because of Canada Revenue Agency audits looking into organizations' political activities. Bruce MacDonald, president of Imagine Canada, explains why charities need to get fired up in the last few days of the election.

The War Room with Will Stewart of Navigator, NDP president Rebecca Blaikie, and Alfred Apps with the Liberal Party debate the politics of the niqab, citizenship and what it takes to be a Canadian. 

Oct 7, 2015

On the Show:

Selcuk Unal, Father Raymond J. de Souza, Frank Graves, Jason Lietaer, Supriya Dwivedi, Sally Housser

Turkish Ambassador to Canada Selcuk Unal discusses the Syrian conflict with Host Evan Solomon and says Russians entering Turkish airspace could bring trouble for NATO. He says what Turkey needs now is support from NATO allies and the security of Syria.

National Post columnist Father Raymond J. de Souza comes on the show to talk about "dog whistle politics" and the niqab debate after penning a column about Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Evan Solomon.

President of EKOS Research Associates Inc. Frank Graves discusses the latest polls showing the Conservatives in the lead and discusses what issues are carrying weight on the campaign.  

And the War Room debates the politics of identity as Stephen Harper announces he's open to banning the niqab from the public service. 

Oct 6, 2015

On the Show: 

Perrin Beatty, Jerry Dias, Michelle Rempel, Ralph Goodale, Peggy Nash, Will Stewart, Bob Richardson, Marit Stiles

On this episode, head of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Perrin Beatty, and head of Unifor, Canada's largest public sector union, Jerry Dias, discuss the winners and losers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was reached. 

On the BS Detector, we look at the South Korea free trade deal and evaluate whether trade deals always lead to more exports or not.

Conservative candidate for Calgary Centre-North, Alta. Michelle Rempel, Liberal candidate for Regina-Wascana, Sask. Ralph Goodale, and NDP candidate for Parkdale-Highpark, Ont. debate the merits of the TPP deal with 12 countries, including Canada's largest trading partner, the United States.

In the War Room, Bob Richardson of Edelman Canada, Marit Stiles of Story-Stiles Communications and Will Stewart of Navigator hash out who stands to benefit or lose from the TPP deal in this federal election.

Oct 3, 2015

On the Show: 

Jason Kenney, Perry Bellegarde, Jason Lietaer, Supriya Dwivedi, Rebecca Blaikie, Tony Turner

Conservative Minister of Defence Jason Kenney denies his "people like him" comment regarding Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was an ethnic slur and defends his party's position on revoking the citizenship of terrorists and those who commit violent acts of disloyalty against Canada.

Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde talks about First Nations issues and Bill C-24.

The War Room with Ensight's Jason Lietaer, Crestview Strategy's Supriya Dwivedi and NDP president Rebecca Blaikie discuss the French language debate and the key issues on the campaign trail. 

And former public servant turned musician Tony Turner, sonwriter of the now-famous Harperman song, talks to Evan Solomon about his first day of retirement and his transformation to someone who is no longer an objective bureaucrat, but a political Canadian.

Oct 2, 2015

On the Show:

Scott Gilmore, Pam Palmater, Tom Parkin, Lindsay Doyle, Tasha Kheiriddin, Cliff May, Mohamed El-Rashidy

The debate over whether women should have to unveil their niqab at a citizenship ceremony might be the issue getting the most attention on the campaign trail, but what about the moment of this election that isn't getting the attention it deserves? Maclean's columnist Scott Gilmore discusses why First Nations issues should be front and centre, and Mi'kmaw citizen Pam Palmater weighs in. 

In the War Room, NDP strategist Tom Parkin, TJK Communications president Tasha Kheiriddin and Summa Strategies Lindsay Doyle debate the niqab ban and identity politics.

On the BS Detector, we turn to Stephen Harper's claim that the Conservative government closed coal-fired plants, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

And as Russian troops conduct air strikes over Syria, Cliff May, the founder and president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and lawyer Mohamed El Rashidy discuss the war in Syria.

Oct 1, 2015

On the Show:

Naheed Nenshi, Navdeep Bains, Jinny Sims, Parm Gill, Will Stewart, Bob Richardson, Michael Gardiner

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi calls Stephen Harper's position on niqabs and Syrian refugees ‘dangerous,’ ‘dog whistle politics’ and ‘disgusting.'

Liberal candidate for Mississauga - Malton, Ont. Navdeep Bains, NDP candidate for Surrey - Newton, B.C. Jinny Sims, and Conservative Candidate for Brampton - Springdale, Ont. Parm Gill join Evan Solomon for a panel discussion on Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. 

In the War Room, Navigator's Will Stewart, Edelman Canada's Bob Richardson and from the NDP war room, strategist Michael Gardiner debate the economy and the 0.3 per cent growth in GDP in July and Bill C-24.

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