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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Apr 15, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Host

MPs panel: 

Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Liberal MP for Charlottetown
Michael Cooper, Conservative deputy Justice Critic and MP for St. Albert-Edmonton
Murray Rankin, NDP Justice critic and MP for Victoria

Tony Clement, Conservative Foreign Affairs critic and MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka

Bruce Mcintosh of the Ontario Autism Coalition

Dwight Dorey, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

Apr 15, 2016

On the Show:

Host Tasha Kheiriddin

Chris Alexander, Former Conservative cabinet minister and ambassador

Peter Kent, Conservative MP for Thornhill

Georgina Jolibois, NDP MP for Desnethé--Missinippi--Churchill River, Sask.

Larry Worthen, Executive Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society and spokesperson for the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience

The War Room: 

Sarah Bain, Hill and Knowlton Strategies

Jen Hassum, Strategist at the United Steelworkers

Geoff Norquay, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Apr 13, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Amy Bombay, Patrick Brown, Andrew Cumming, Jason Lietaer, Bob Richardson, Andrew Thomson 

Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry Amy Bombay says the generational trauma facing young people in Attawapiskat from the time of residential schools has a large impact on the children of those who were victims, and that research shows trauma suffered by survivors of the Holocaust may be passed down through genes to children of survivors of trauma.

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown says he's still pushing for a public inquiry into political fundraising in the province following a meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Tainted Blood Scandal victim Andrew Cumming tells his story and why he's willing to do whatever it takes to get a private plasma clinic closed in Saskatchewan.

The War Room with Jason Lietaer, Bob Richardson and Andrew Thomson weigh in on former prime minister Stephen Harper's trip to Las Vegas to give advice to Republicans on united a fractured party.

Apr 12, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Peter Julian, David Zimmer, Robin Brentnall, Jenn Jefferys, Mike Fancie, Tom Parkin

NDP MP Peter Julian says he was shocked and surprised Thomas Mulcair was voted to be replaced at the NDP convention over the weekend and although he says it's too soon to decide if he'll run to replace him, he hasn't ruled it out yet.

Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer discusses the tragic suicide crisis in Attawapiskat and what the province and federal governments are doing to help the community of 2,000 people that has declared a state of emergency.

Veteran Robin Brentnall has begun a hunger strike asking Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr to review his file for critical injury benefits, a one-time lump sum payout of $70,000. Brentnall suffered a stroke and has been fighting for benefits for eight years.

The War Room with all NDP members Tom Parkin, Jenn Jefferys, and Mike Fancie weigh in on the future of the NDP, why Thomas Mulcair was ousted and how progressive the party should go now that the Leap Manifesto is being debated within the party at the riding level, the provincial level and the federal level.

Apr 11, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Bob Rae, Frank Graves, Avi Lewis, Stephen Lewis, Mike Van Soelen, Sally Housser, Colin MacDonald

Bob Rae says although Canada's political financing rules are among the best and most regulated in the world, we can still always do better and he is concerned about fundraising quotas for cabinet ministers.

Frank Graves of EKOS Research Associates discusses Thomas Mulcairs slipping popularity in the polls as the NDP heads to Edmonton for a convention and vote on whether to hold a leadership review.

In this replay of an interview from September 15, 2015 on "Everything is Political" with Evan Solomon, Avi Lewis and Stephen Lewis discuss the Leap Manifesto.

The War Room with Navigator Ltd. staff Mike Van Soelen, Sally Housser and Colin MacDonald weigh in on the week ago as the House resumes sitting and how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will face tough criticism of his first federal budget, which the Parliamentary Budget Officer says is not very transparent.

Apr 8, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Craig Scott, Maxime Bernier, Mostafa Askari, Syed Soharwardy, Mohamed El Rashidy

Former NDP MP and law professor at York University Craig Scott gives his pitch for who he thinks NDP delegates at the convention in Edmonton should adopt the Leap Manifesto as party policy. The manifesto calls for a shift for a no-carbon economy, among other radical policies.

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier has announced his candidacy for party leader. He's running on a platform of more libertarian positions, more personal responsibilities, less government involvement and more individual freedoms. 

Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer Mostafa Askari explains why his office says the Liberal budget is not transparent and what information the government should provide or clarify for Canadians to get a clearer picture of the Canadian economic outlook.

Our panel with Rabia Khedr, spokesperson for the Federation of Muslim Women and executive director of the Muslim Council of Peel, Imam Syed Soharwardy of the Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Assembly and Mohamed El Rashidy a human rights and civil liberties activist and lawyer weigh in on anti-radicalization efforts in Canada in light of a 16-year-old Montreal teen who was sentenced to three years for planning to join ISIS in Syria. 


Apr 7, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Alison Azer, Percy Downe, Ford O'Connell, Richard Mahoney, Tom Parkin, Mike Van Soelen

Alison Azer, mother of four whose children were taken by their father, Saren Azer, into Iraqi Kurdistan nearly 8 months ago joins us. He's wanted by Interpol and she wants her children, all under the age of 12, home safely. We first spoke to Alison during the election in October about her plight for her missing children. We wrote an article for Maclean's and have followed her fight all the way to Parliament Hill where just weeks ago Alison took to Ottawa to push the government to do everything in its power to get her kids back. She tells us what the federal government is doing, whether it's enough and why we should all care about the four missing Azer kids.

Liberal Senator Percy Downe explains why he says Canada needs to measure the tax gap and what more the Canada Revenue Agency could do to make sure tax avoidance and evasion don't cost the Canadian economy billions of dollars.

Republican strategist For O'Connell explains what the Wisconsin primary means for the Republican race.

The War Room with Richard Mahoney, Tom Parkin and Mike Van Soelen weigh in on Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's plan for a defence review and ponder what it would be like if Canada annexed the islands of Turks and Caicos. 

Apr 6, 2016

On the Show: 

Laura Payton, Hassan Yussuff, John McKay, Hedy Fry, Colin Carrie, Don Davies, Jason Lietaer, Sally Housser, Sheila Copps

President of the Canadian Labour Congress Hassan Yussuff says Thomas Mulcair is to blame for the NDP's election loss and should be replaced as party leader.

Liberal MP John McKay says he's concerned about Canadian mining companies operating abroad and thinks there needs to be more oversight and accountability on human rights and environmental risks for projects.

MPs Hedy Fry, Colin Carrie and Don Davies debate the usefulness of safe injection sites and whether or not the laws need to be reformed to allow for more sites to open in Canadian cities.

The War Room with Jason Lietaer, Sally Housser and Sheila Copps weigh in on the Saskatchewan election, Conservative party leadership and the future of the NDP is Saskatchewan.

Apr 5, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Patrick Brown, Jagmeet Singh, Rebecca Blaikie, Andy Fillmore, David Harsanyi, Emma Graney, Bob Richardson, Kate Harrison, Andrew Thomson

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Ontario NDP Deputy Leader Jagmeet Singh discuss money in politics, banning corporate and union donations to parties and why they think the Ontario Liberals have some explaining to do in regards to fundraising targets for ministers. 

NDP President Rebecca Blaikie and Liberal MP for Halifax Andy Fillmore discuss the idea of party membership and the Liberals' new plan to make party membership free.

Senior editor of The Federalist, David Harsanyi, discusses the US primary race and whether or not this is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.

Provincial politics reporter for the Leader-Post in Saskatchewan Emma Graney gives the run down on the Saskatchewan election as voters head to the polls with Brad Wall polling well ahead of his opponents.

The War Room with Bob Richardson, Kate Harrison and Andrew Thomson discuss the Black Lives Matter campaign in Toronto, money in politics and Donald Trump.

Apr 2, 2016

On the Show:

Laura Payton, Kathleen Monk, Jamie Nicholls, Rosane Doré Lefebvre, Alexandre Boulerice, Desmond Cole, Kelly Carmichael, David Akin, Heather Scoffield

Kathleen Monk, Jamie Nicholls and Rosane Doré Lefebvre talk about what went wrong for the NDP in the last federal election, who's to blame and what Mulcair will need to do next week at the NDP convention to hold on to leadership of the party.

NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice says pointing fingers and laying blame for the election losses last year isn't going to help the NDP rebuild, but he says the director of communications and the head of the campaign, along with the war room and Thomas Mulcair himself didn't listen enough to those in the party during the election.

Toronto journalist and activist Desmond Cole talks about the article he wrote last summer about getting carded and stopped by police for being black which put him in the spotlight, racism and the Black Lives Matter movement, feminism and interviewing Gloria Steinem at the Progress Summit.

Kelly Carmichael, executive director of Fair Vote Canada gives her arguments for why Canada needs electoral reform away from First Past the Post and to Proportional Representation.

David Akin and Heather Scoffield give the look ahead to next week's NDP convention and the leadership vote that will take place.

Apr 1, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Wade MacLauchlan, Gilles Duceppe, Lauren Dobson-Hughes, Sandy Garossino, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Garnett Genuis, Ashley Csanady, Sally Housser, Michele Austin

Wade MacLauchlan explains why Prince Edward Island will start providing the first abortions on the Island since 1982.

Former Bloc Québecois leader Gilles Duceppe talks about Jean Lapierre’s death, political culture in Quebec and the NDP's plunge in a new poll.

Former Crown prosecutor Sandy Garossino, now associate editor of the National Observer, and Lauren Dobson-Hughes, president of Planned Parenthood Ottawa, discuss whether the court system could adjust to deal with sexual assault complaints.

Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, whose motion to try to save the Office of Religious Freedom was defeated last week, and Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, debated whether the Liberals can achieve the same goals without the now-closed office.

The War Room with the Sally Housser, Michele Austin and the National Post’s Ashley Csanady discussed why Jian Ghomeshi’s lawyer Marie Henein has been unfairly criticized, and abortion access across the country.

Mar 31, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Mark Towey, Joe Oliver, Brian Jean, Kamran Bokhari, Geoff Norquay, Bob Richardson

Mark Towey remembers Rob Ford on the day of his funeral in Toronto. He says the tribute to Ford was amazing and drew so many people around the city.

Former Conservative cabinet minister Joe Oliver talks about Rob Ford's legacy, political culture in Canada and Justin Trudeau's first federal budget.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says the Liberal EI plan has decided to arbitrarily exclude some of the hardest hit regions in Alberta and that building pipelines would be the best way to help Alberta.

Kamran Bokhari says on the threat of ISIS or other terrorists getting a hold of nuclear weapons that by and large it's very difficult for non-state actors to get access to them. As Justin Trudeau heads to Washington for the Nuclear Security Summit, Bokhari says Canada has traditionally punched below its weight on this issue.

The War Room with Geoff Norquay and Bob Richardson weigh in on Rob Ford's legacy, political fundraising and the death of Jean Lapierre. 

Mar 31, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Ujjal Dosanjh, John Gerretsen Steve Saideman, Branka Marijan, Scott Reid, Kent Hehr

Ujjal Dosanjh remembers former cabinet colleague and friend Jean Lapierre who died in a tragic plane crash on the way to his father’s funeral. Dosanjh says Lapierre loved Quebec, Canada and politics.

Former Ontario Liberal MPP John Gerretsen says private money needs to be removed from politics in light of expensive private political fundraisers as much as possible and that Jean Chrétien had the right idea by providing more public funding for election campaigns and the party apparatus.

Steve Saideman and Branka Marjian debate whether Canada should go ahead with the sale of armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

Scott Reid, who worked with Jean Lapierre, reacts to news of his death.

Veterans Affairs Minister and MP from Calgary Kent Hehr says EI reforms in 12 cities across Canada is a step in the right direction as people are struggling economically and to find jobs.

Mar 29, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Ralph Goodale, Erin O'Toole, Michel Picard, Scott Shane, Laura Payton, Vassy Kapelos

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canada needs a national approach to anti-radicalization to learn how to intervene in potential attacks at home and says other countries are ahead of Canada on their efforts. 

MPs Erin O'Toole and Michel Picard debate new funds for public safety and security and whether enough new money is being channeled to RCMP and security agencies.

New York Times national security reporter and Author of "Objective Troy" Scott Shane talks about online radicalization and terrorism. Shane says governments are not seen as credible voices to counter radicalization messages from Al Qaeda and ISIS.

The War Room with Laura Payton and Vassy Kapelos weigh in on the Ghomeshi trial and Rob Ford's legacy and the media coverage of the former Toronto mayor.


Mar 25, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Raoul Delcorde, Michelle Rempel, Tracey Ramsey, Karina Gould, Mike Lake, Elaine McCoy

Begian Ambassador to Canada Raoul Delcorde says the politics around security in Belgium isn't perfect and "maybe somewhere there was negligence" in how politicians measured the threat of terrorism.

MPs Michelle Rempel, Tracey Ramsey and Karina Gould agree more needs to be done to support survivors of sexual abuse in light of the verdict in Jian Ghomeshi's trial.

Conservative MP Mike Lake, whose 20-year-old son Jayden has autism, says his son may be non-verbal, but he connects with people better than most do, and there's an authenticity about him.

Independent Senator Elaine McCoy, who appointed facilitator of the Senate non-partisan working group says the Senate isn't there to compete with the House of Commons, but rather as a litmus test for Canadians, but it can't be a litmus if the House is telling senators what to do.

Mar 24, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Steve MacKinnon, Phil McColeman, Nathan Cullen, Christian Leuprecht, Krista Leben, Tom Valk, Jason Lietaer, Lindsay Maskell, Tom Parkin

MPs Steve MacKinnon, Phil McColeman and Nathan Cullen remember Jim Hillyer who died at 41 and debate the budget.

Christian Leuprecht, Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada and Senior Fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute says authorities can only hold a terror suspect for 24 hours in Belgium and are struggling with available tools. He also says authorities underestimated the threat of terrorism in Brussels.

Tom Velk, director of North American studies at Mcgill University, and Krista Leben
recording secretary with Democrats Abroad Canada, debate the US primaries and how the tone of debate has changed since the attacks in Brussels.

The War Room with Jason Lietaer, Lindsay Maskell and Tom Parkin weigh in on the budget and remembering Jim Hillyer.


Mar 23, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Francois P. Champagne, Phil McColeman, Matt Dube, Adrienne Batra, Sim Tack, Andrea Mrozek, Chris Simpson, Perry Bellegarde

MPs Francois P. Champagne, Phil McColeman and Matt Dube debate the 2016 federal budget and the $29.4-billion deficit for 2016-17.

Sim Tack of Stratfor talks about the Brussels attacks today and what they mean for security in Europe and globally.

Toronto Sun Editor in Chief Adrienne Batra remembers Rob Ford who died of cancer today and talks about his political legacy.

Andrea Mrozek, program director of Cardus Family, discusses the goodies in the federal budget for families and says the federal government shouldn't pay for childcare but should let parents decide how best to spend the money.

Dr. Chris Simpson, past president of the Canadian Medical Association, talks about what's in the federal budget for new spending on health.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says this is an historical federal budget for First Nations funding and a good first step from the Liberal government on making good on its commitment to rebuild the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Canadians. 

Mar 22, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Steve MacKinnon, Guy Caron, Lisa Raitt, Sophie Harkat, David Akin, Richard Mahoney, Geoff Norquay, Sally Housser

MPs Steve MacKinnon, Guy Caron and Lisa Raitt debate the size of the deficit and how the Liberal government can best stimulate growth in the economy.

Sophie Harkat, wife of Mohamed Harkat who was detained in 2002 on a security certificate for having alleged links to Al Qaeda, has never had a trial and may face deportation, says she agrees with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the government has to balance security and rights but "that's what the criminal code is for," she says.

Sun Media Parliamentary Bureau Chief David Akin explains what the findings of special arbitrator Justice Ian Binnie's report were today on 14 senators' expenses. While Binnie found the senators should have to pay back less of the expenses than the Auditor General found through his audit, Binnie says he has no way "exonerated" the 14 senators in his report.

The War Room with Richard Mahoney, Geoff Norquay and Sally Housser weigh in on budget speculation, the Binnie Report and U.S. President Barack Obama's first historic visit to Cuba. 


Mar 19, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Peter Harder, Marco Mendicino, Blake Richards, Erin Weir, Shachi Kurl, Tasha Kheiriddin, Bob Richardson, Gerry Nicholls, Andrew Thomson

Newly appointed Government Representative in the Senate Peter Harder talks about why he took the job as a senator and how having refugee parents and being a Parliamentary intern instilled in him a sense of public duty.

MPs Marco Mendicino, Blake Richards and Erin Weir debate senate reform and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's seven new pick to sit in the Upper Chamber.

Angus Reid Institute executive director Shachi Kurl says Canadians views on security and privacy haven't changed much since the election, and that Canadians mostly like Bill C-51 and the changes the Liberals proposed to the legislation.

Political columnist and commentator Tasha Kheiriddin explains the charges laid in Quebec on corruption and fraud.

The War Room with Bob Richardson, Gerry Nicholls and Andrew Thomson debate the seven new Senate picks and what to expect when you're expecting a budget.


Mar 18, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Marco Mendicino, Tony Clement, Jeremy Kinsman, Micah White, Margaret Wente, Jenn Jefferys


MPs Marco Mendicino and Tony Clement weigh in on the $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won’t revisit the deal despite human rights abuses because it would be wrong to break a contract signed by the previous government.


Former ambassador to Canada Jeremy Kinsman explains the significance of Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing Russia will withdraw troops from Syria.


Co-creater of the Occupy Wall Street movement Micah White discusses the power of protest and explains where the occupy movement went wrong.


Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente and Hill Times columnist Jenn Jefferys debate Justin Trudeau’s feminism and whether it is helpful to the advancement of gender equality.


Mar 17, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon,

David Wilkins, Paul Ritchie, Helene Laverdiere, Peter Kent, Adam Vaughan, Will Stewart, Sally Housser, Bob Richardson

David Wilkins, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada explains the state of the GOP race as Donald Trump moves closer to taking the nomination, but if he takes it, will the party give it to him?

Openly gay former naval officer Paul Ritchie says he's driven to bring out the truth at his federal court appearance this week after he says he was "embarrassed, humiliated and harassed" by the Canadian Forces. 

MPs Helene Laverdiere, Peter Kent and Adam Vaughan debate the politics of Canada playing a more active role at the United Nations by bidding for a seat at the UN Security Council in the coming years. 

The War Room with Will Stewart, Bob Richardson and Sally Housser weigh in on what Canada can gain from re-engaging with the United Nations. 

Mar 16, 2016

On the Show: 

Arlene Bynon, Michel Picard, Erin O'Toole, Michael Taube, Adam Ranwanski, Jason Lietaer, Marlene Floyd, Rebecca Blaikie

MPs Michel Picard and Erin O'Toole debate whether the attack in Toronto on military personnel is being politicized.

Political columnist Michael Taube explains what's at stake tonight in the primaries for Donald Trump and America.

Globe and Mail writer Adam Ranwanski says Ohio will be a key state for Trump and that registered Democratic voters may vote in the Republican primaries in Ohio to try to get rid of Trump.

The War Room with Jason Lietaer, Marlene Floyd and Rebecca Blaikie weigh in on Trump and terrorism.

Mar 15, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Selcuk Unal, Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon, Demetrius Minor, Michele Austin, Bob Richardson, Sally Housser

Turkish Ambassador Selcuk Unal says Turkey will wait and see what Syria peace talks in Geneva produce and whether Russia will pull out all its resources from Syria and whether bombings of civilians will cease.

Grand Chief Serge "Otsi" Simon of the Mohawk of Kanesatake says if the Canadian government won't follow the law with regards to pipelines on First Nations land, then maybe First Nations shouldn't follow the laws either. He says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn't consulted enough with First Nations along the pipeline and that the National Energy Board is stacked in the energy industry's favour. 

Conservative U.S. commentator, blogger and minister Demetrius Minor says he can't support the GOP if Donald trump is a member. He says the Republican Party should have denounced Trump a long time ago but has instead enabled Trump to have a pulpit for racist speech and provoking violence.

The War Room with Michele Austin, Bob Richardson and Sally Housser debate two parties at a crossroads, the NDP and the Conservative Party of Canada. How will the two parties stay relevant in Justin Trudeau's Canada?

Mar 13, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Khieriddin, Jonathan Wilkinson, Michael Chong, Nathan Cullen, Mike Van Soelen, Corey Hogan, Lucian Matis, Jason Lietaer, Lindsay Doyle

MPs Jonathan Wilkinson, Michael Chong and Nathan Cullen debate what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau really accomplished on the climate change file while meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.

Strategists Mike Van Soelen and Corey Hogan weigh in on whether Justin Trudeau is the new liberal progressive voice for hope and change now that Barack Obama is on his way out of office. 

Toronto fashion designer Lucian Matis discusses what it's like to dress Sophie Gregoire Trudeau for the State Dinner and the "substance of style."

The War Room with Jason Lietaer and Lindsay Doyle talk about the Conservative leadership rules and the legacy of Nancy Reagan.


Mar 11, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, David Lametti, Peter Kent, Tracey Ramsey, Bob Richardson, Geoff Norquay, Angela Zhu, John Wallace, Pierrette Ringuette, Howard Sapers

MPs David Lametti, Peter Kent and Tracey Ramsey debate Prime Minister Trudeau's visit to Washington and whether or not it will result in more than a bromance, but actual progress on policy files.

The War Room with Bob Richardson, Geoff Norquay and Angela Zhu weigh in on the state dinner and give their views on whether Trudeau's popularity in the U.S. is good for Canada or all style and no substance.

Independent Senators John Wallace and Pierrette Ringuette explain how they're trying to reform the Senate from the inside along with other like-minded senators who have formed a working group. But how will they actually rebuild public confidence in the Upper Chamber?

Correctional Investigator Howards Sapers says there is structural discrimination in the correctional system that is negatively affecting Indigenous inmates that needs to be addressed. 

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