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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Nov 28, 2015

On the Show:

Peter Schiefke, Ed Fast, Nathan Cullen, Michael Gorman, Tima Kurdi, David Akin, Michele Austin, Marit Stiles, Alex Lanthier

MPs Peter Schiefke (LPC), Ed Fast (CPC), and Nathan Cullen (NDP) debate $2.65 billion Prime Minister Trudeau announced for climate change mitigation programs in developing countries. But how much is new money and what will the funding go towards.

Chronicle Herald reporter Michael Gorman explains the scandal that's ripped through Nova Scotia politics.

Alan Kurdi's aunt, Tima Kurdi, talks about her family's tragedy and the new chapter they hope to start as her bother and his five children plan to immigrate as privately sponsored refugees to Vancouver.

The War Room with Summa Strategies' Michele Austin and Alex Lanthier and Marit Stiles of Story-Stiles Communications are joined by Sun Media's David Akin to talk Trudeau's first global tour, refugees and climate change funding.

Nov 27, 2015

On the Show:

Michelle Rempel, Marco Mendicino, Jenny Kwan, Elizabeth May, Jason Lietaer, Bob Richardson, Tom Parkin

Liberal MP Marco Mendicino, NDP MP Kenny Kwan and Conservative MP Michelle Rempel debate the politics of selecting Syrian refugees for resettlement in Canada.

Elizabeth May sheds light on what she thinks needs to be done in Paris to combat climate change.

The War Room with Bob Richardson of Edelman, Jason Lietaer of Ensight and Tom Parkin, national columnist for Sun Media discuss Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's position on the Russian/Syrian tensions, refugees and the combat mission in Iraq and Syria.


Nov 26, 2015

On the Show:

Janice Stein, Bassma Momani, Dalton McGuinty, Ujjal Dosanjh, Jody Mitic

Janice Stein and Bassma Momani discuss Trudeau's foreign policy decisions in the wake of the Paris attacks and rising tensions between Russia and Turkey.

Part II of Evan Solomon's interview with former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty on leadership, climate change and politics.

Former B.C. premier Ujjal Dosanjh discusses his spat with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne over the federal government's Syrian refugee resettlement plan.

Ottawa city councillor and Canadian Forces veteran Jody Mitic talks about his new book "Unflinching - The Making of a Canadian Sniper," the landmine accident in Afghanistan that led him to lose both his feet and Trudeau's plan to pull out of the combat mission in Iraq and Syria.

Nov 25, 2015

On the Show: 

John McCallum, Bonnie Crombie, Dalton McGuinty, Selçuk Ünal

Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Minister John McCallum explains why the Liberals have pushed back the deadline for resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees, now committing to bring 10,000 by Dec. 31 and another 15,000 by the end of February.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie says her city is willing and able to host Syrians arriving to Canada over the coming weeks.

Former Liberal Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty talks leadership, climate change, politics and his new book "Making a Difference" in part I of a two-part conversation with Evan Solomon.

Turkish Ambassador to Canada Selçuk Ünal says the Russians were given 10 warnings in five minutes before the Turkish airforce shot down a Russian jet over the Turkey-Syria border.

Nov 24, 2015

On the Show:

Howard Drake, Dalton McGuinty, Thomas Mulcair, David Suzuki

British High Commissioner to Canada Howard Drake says the United Kingdom is happy to see in a change in government in Canada to a prime minister who will take leadership and action on the world stage on climate change.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says he takes full responsibility for his party's election loss but he will stay on as leader.

Environmental activist David Suzuki compares Canada's oil sands industry to slavery and says he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are still on good terms after Suzuki called Trudeau a "twerp."


Nov 21, 2015

On the Show:

Greg Fergus, Lisa Raitt, Guy Caron, Shachi Kurl, Justin Ling, Heather Scoffield

Liberal MP for Hull-Alymer, Que. Greg Fergus, Conservative finance critic for Milton, Ont. Lisa Raitt and NDP finance critic for Rimouski-Neigette, Que. Guy Caron debate the best way forward for Canada's economy to weather low oil prices and a global economic downturn.

Angus Reid Institute senior vice-president Shachi Kurl explains the latest polls showing more than half of all Canadians disagree with Justin Trudeau's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.

Vice News reporter Justin Ling and Canadian Press Ottawa bureau chief Heather Scoffield join host Evan Solomon to talk about the cost of bringing Syrian refugees to Canada, the hostage taking in Mali and the newly announced Conservative shadow cabinet.

Nov 20, 2015

On the Show:

Imam Syed Soharwardy, Mohamed El Rashidy, Rabia Khedr, Erin O'Toole, John Geddes, Kristy Kirkup

In our one-hour special on the impact of the Paris attacks on Canadian Muslims host Evan Solomon speaks to lawyer and activist Mohamed El Rashidy, spokesperson for the Federation of Muslim Women Rabia Khedr and Imam Syed Soharwardy of the Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Assembly. 

Conservative MP Erin O'Toole discusses his party's position on the combat mission against ISIS, the best way to fight terrorism and what he makes of the discussion around Syrian refugees in the United States and Canada.

Maclean's Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes and Kristy Kirkup of the Canadian Press explain how the Paris and Beirut attacks are shaping Canada' security and refugee policies and opposition to Justin Trudeau's positions. 

Nov 19, 2015

On the Show:

Brad Wall, David Frum. David Akin, Steve Day, Steven Staples

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he regrets that his message to Justin Trudeau regarding the plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Jan. 1 was misunderstood. He says he is not opposed to bringing refugees into Canada and his province is preparing, but that he wishes there wasn't a firm deadline.

Senior editor of the Atlantic David Frum calls for the U.S. to "halt and repatriate the Middle Eastern mass migration of the past two years." He talks about the terror threat from ISIS and the impact of that on the American and Canadian response to refugees.

Sun Media parliamentary bureau chief David Akin checks in from the Prime Minister's trip to Manila on everything from the terror attacks to Justin Trudeau's hair.

Former commander of the Canadian special forces Steve Day debates founder and vice-president of the Rideau Institute Steven Staples on Justin Trudeau's response to the ISIS threat, pulling Canadian jets out of the combat mission in Iraq and Syria and the role of training Iraqi soldiers and diplomacy.

Nov 18, 2015

On the Show:

Michelle Rempel, Randall Garrison, Marco Mendicino, Craig Forcese, Kent Roach, Tom Parkin, Supriya Dwivedi, Jason Lietaer

Liberal MP Marco Mendicino, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel and NDP MP Randall Garrison debate Justin Trudeau's plan to focus on training Iraqi soldiers, while pulling Canada's CF-18 jets out of the combat mission in Iraq and Syria. And in the wake of the Paris and Beirut attacks, the MPs debate the best approach to accepting Syrian refugees.

Craig Forcese and Kent Roach discuss their new book "False Security, The Radicalization Of Canadian Anti-Terrorism" with Evan Solomon. What does Trudeau have planned for Bill C-51?

The War Room with Sun Media Columnist Tom Parkin, Ensight's Jason Lietaer and Supriya Dwivedi of Crestview Strategies talk security and refugees in light of U.S. politicians calling for a ban on Syrian Muslim refugees entering the U.S.

Nov 17, 2015

On the Show:

Jane Philpott, Lisa Helps, Sheila Copps, Geoff Norquay, Sally Housser

Health Minister Jane Philpott, who chairs the Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees, says the Liberal government will follow through on its commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada before Jan. 1, and will do so with diligence in wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says British Columbia is expecting to take in 3,000 Syrian refugees, but she is still waiting for more information from the federal government about when and how.

The War Room panel with Geoff Norquay of Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Sally Housser of Novigator and former Liberal MP and deputy prime minister Sheila Copps debate Trudeau's next challenges in the wake of growing security concerns and a looming deadline on the refugee file.

Nov 14, 2015

On the Show:

Tony Clement, Steve Day, Christian Leuprecht, Norman Spector, Tomáš Hach

For five hours Paris was under siege from terrorist attacks. Everything is Political did a one-hour special on these tragic events.

Nov 13, 2015

On the Show:

David Akin, Kristy Kirkup, Kevin Page, Nathan Cullen

The new Liberal government is developing plans to fly 1,000 Syrian refugees a day out of Amman, Jordan, according to a planning document obtained by SiriusXM’s Everything is Political. Sun Media Parliamentary bureau chief David Akin and CP's Kristy Kirkup discuss the details with Evan Solomon, as well as Trudeau's plan to bring an anti-austerity message to the world stage.

Former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page talks about his new book "Unaccountable: Truth and Lies on Parliament Hill" and the government secrecy under the Harper Conservatives.

NDP MP and environment critic Nathan Cullen says Tom Mulcair is still the man to lead the NDP despite the party's crushing loss in the federal election, plus he discusses his expectations for the Paris climate conference coming up at the end of the month as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces his plans to meet with premiers and climate experts Nov. 23.


Nov 12, 2015

On the Show:

Kent Hehr, Yael Berger, Rakesh Jetly, Bob Richardson, Jason Lietaer

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr says he promises to end lump sum disability payments to veterans in favour of a pension system.

Yael Berger and Evan Solomon describe the veterans they met and spoke with at the National War Memorial. 

Col. Dr. Rakesh Jetly, the Canadian Forces' senior psychiatrist and mental health advisor to the Surgeon General, says the rates of depression, PTSD and suicide among Canada's veterans are on the rise.

The War Room with Bob Richardson and Jason Lietaer discuss the politics of the day, including a Liberal party email soliciting support for veterans and data mining for donors and the politics of research money donated by General Dynamics to fund PTSD treatments.

Nov 11, 2015

On the Show:

John McCallum, Mostafa Askari, Geoff Norquay, Susan Smith, Jen Hassum

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum says 25,000 Syrian refugees will be brought to Canada from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey by Jan. 1, 2016, but that's only the lower limit. He says he hopes more refugees will be settled in Canada through private sponsorship as well, but how, and how much it will cost is still unanswered.

Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer Mostafa Askari says it will be very difficult for Justin Trudeau's Liberals to balance the budget by 2019 as promised in their election platform with the new figures coming out of the PBO, which show GDP levels down $20 billion a year caused by low oil prices and weak manufacturing.

In the War Room, Geoff Norquay of Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Susan Smith of Bluesky Strategy Group and Jen Hassum of the United Steelworkers debate the dumping of 8 billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River in Montreal, the PBO report, a Bombardier bailout and more.

Nov 10, 2015

On the Show:

James Moore, Debi Daviau Jeremy Kinsman 

Former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore says it would be naive to think U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline was just about Canadian environmental policy and not domestic politics in the U.S. regarding Obama's re-election and relationship with the Republican-led Congress.

Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the union representing federal scientists, alleges federal scientists were told by the Conservative government under Stephen Harper to alter their work and findings to suit the government's agenda. She says Canadians missed out on information about climate change and food safety because of the muzzling of scientists.

Former Canadian ambassador to Russia Jeremy Kinsman says he doesn't think Russian athletes will be kept out of the Rio Olympics because of doping allegations and says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to foster a strategic relationship with Russia.

Nov 6, 2015

On the Show:

Peter Harris, Tony Clement, Jean-Yves Duclos, David Akin, Supriya Dwivedi, Michele Austin, Rebecca Blaikie

Conservative MP and former industry minister who scrapped the mandatory long-form census Tony Cement says he takes responsibility for mistakes the Conservatives made in not going far enough and not doing enough of a review.

New Liberal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development says scrapping the mandatory long-form census did damage to ethnic, visible and linguistic minorities.

Sun Media parliamentary bureau chief David Akin joins the War Room with Supriya Dwivedi of Crestview Strategies, Michele Austin of Summa Strategies and NDP president Rebecca Blaikie to debate the new CPC interim leader Rona Ambrose and the future of the NDP leadership.

Nov 5, 2015

On the Show:

Jane Philpott, Rafael Barak, Peter Harris, David Akin, Heather Scoffield

Newly sworn in Health Minister and Liberal MP Jane Philpott says she can't comment on when a deal on a new health accord with the provinces will come, but she is committed to meeting with her provincial counterparts in the near future and expects to consult with the justice minister on legalizing pot.

With Justin Trudeau sworn in as the new Prime Minister and new Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion taking his portfolio in cabinet, Israeli Ambassador to Canada Rafael Barak says he expects Canada's friendly relations with Israel to continue, despite Trudeau's promises to end Canada's combat mission in Iraq and Syria against ISIS, cancel the F-35s and restore relations with Iran.

Sun Media's parliamentary bureau chief David Akin and Canadian Press Ottawa bureau chief Heather Scoffield discuss Trudeau's new cabinet, the choices and the challenges for the 30 new ministers.

Nov 4, 2015

On the Show:

Joanna Smith, John Ivison, David MacLaughlin, Edward Goldenberg, Alison Redford

The Toronto Star's Joanna Smith debates the National Post's John Ivison about whether there need to be quotas for the number of women who sit in cabinet. Is it sexist to say ministers should be picked based on merit?

Former chiefs of staff David MacLaughlin and Edward Goldenberg discuss who Trudeau might pick for cabinet, the Prime Minister-designate's upcoming international trips, and policy priorities in the PMO.

And Alberta's first female premier Alison Redford discusses why she resigned, her spending scandal and challenges for women in politics today ahead of her appearance at Ottawa's SPUR festival. 

Nov 3, 2015

On the Show:

Candice Bergen, Ann Coulter, Michael Pal

Conservative MP Candice Bergen defends her record in the House of Commons as respectful of others, even though she mocked Justin Trudeau's hair and said he couldn't speak unless he was reading off a piece of paper. She also says if elected interim leader of the Conservative party she would appoint a deputy leader from Quebec to answer half the questions in the House because she isn't bilingual.

American right-wing author and lawyer Ann Coulter says immigration is to blame for the Conservative Party of Canada's electoral defeat. She also says Donald Trump's policy on immigration will help conservatives by increasing "white" voter turnout. Coulter also denies that she made an anti-Semitic comment on twitter in regards to her tweet "How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?" 

University of Ottawa professor Michael Pal says a ranked ballot electoral system would be more legitimate and would give Canadian voters more choice.