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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Jan 29, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Arif Virani, Blake Richards, Jenny Kwan, Kevin O'Leary, Chris Alexander, Bob Richarson, Kate Harrison, George Soule

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration Arif Virani, Conservative MP Blake Richards and NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan debate refugee policy in light of reports that the Conservatives cherry-picked Syrian refugees based on religion and that the Liberals aren't able to keep up with the housing needs of refugees in Canada.

Kevin O'Leary says it's too early to say whether he'll run for leader of the federal Conservatives, but he says Canada needs a national referendum on pipelines.

Former Conservative immigration minister and ambassador to Afghanistan says the Liberals are not naive to be adjusting to new realities regarding lifting sanctions on Iran. 

The War Room with Bob Richarson of Edelman Canada, Kate Harrison of Summa Strategies and former NDP strategist George Soule weigh in on Donald Trump, decorum in the House of Commons, the omission of the word "Jewish" in the prime minister's statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day and the new Barbie dolls.

Jan 28, 2016

On the Show:

Althia Raj, Jonathan Wilkinson, Nathan Cullen, Mohamed Fahmy, Maureen Taylor, Max Rubin, Tom Parkin, Jason Lietaer

As the Liberal government toughens rules for pipeline approvals through agencies like the National Energy Board, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson and NDP natural resources critic Nathan Cullen debate the issue and what's needed to get the public on board with new pipeline projects.

Former Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy is lobbying the Canadian government for a new charter that would force the government to act in cases where Canadians are detained abroad after he was released from after more than 400 days in a prison in Egypt.

Physician-assisted dying advocate Maureen Taylor says Canadians younger than 18 years of age should be allowed to decide for themselves to end their own life with the assistance of their doctor in some cases since in many provinces youth are already given that right to choose their treatment in many other medical circumstances. 

The War Room with Liberal strategist Max Rubin, Sun Media national columnist Tom Parkin and Jason Lietaer of Enterprise Canada weigh in on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first 100 days leading the country and his approach to renewing a relationship with Iran.

Jan 27, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Ralph Goodale, Erin O'Toole, Niki Ashton, Janice Stein, Julie Gelfand, Bob Richardson, Alise Mills, George Soule

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the Liberal government has an opportunity to get anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, right and will convene a parliamentary committee for oversight of Canada's security agencies.

Conservative MP Erin O'Toole and NDP MP Niki Ashton debate Bill C-51 and what role the new committee will have in keep Canada's security agencies from encroaching on people's rights and freedoms.

Janice Stein of the Munk School of Global Affairs says the timing of Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion announcing Canada will lift sanctions against Iran and Bombardier's interest in selling aircrafts to Iran too much of a coincidence.

Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development says the National Energy Board hasn't been doing a good enough job of tracking pipeline conditions and now it's up to MPs to hold them accountable for it.

The War Room with Edelman Canada's Bob Richardson, former NDP strategist George Soule and Alise Mills of Conservative Voice weigh in on pipeline politics following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's meeting with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

Jan 26, 2016

On the Show:

Harjit Sajjan, Adam Vaughan, Candice Bergen, Guy Caron, Isadore Day, Sally Housser, Susan Smith

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says bombing ISIS can be effective, depending on the mission. He insists capabilities, not defence spending, is what matters to coalition partners.

Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, Conservative MP Candice Bergen and NDP MP Guy Caron debate the issues of the day from Question Period such as defence, the economy, pipelines and first nations.

Assembly of First Nations Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says for too long First Nations mental health issues on reserves have been "out of sight, out of mind."

The War Room with Susan Smith of Bluesky Strategy Group and Sally Housser of Navigator Ltd. weigh in on whether Canada is facing a national unity crisis over TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline.

Jan 23, 2016

On the Show

Brian Jean, Liz Chadderdon, David Perry, Bob Richardson, Jason Lietaer, Tom Parkin

Wild Rose leader Brian Jean is in a war of words with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre over the Energy East pipeline.

Liz Chadderdon, president of the direct mail firm The Chadderdon Group and former Democratic campaigner, says she would take her money to Las Vegas and place her bets on Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination.

David Perry, Senior Analyst at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, says Canada will never meet its two per cent of GDP commitment to defence spending and the Liberal government will have to come up with a plan to show allies its commitment to stepping up its military effort.

The War Room with Bob Richardson of Edelman Canada, Jason Lietaer of Enterprise Canada and Sun Media national columnist Tom Parkin debate Trudeau's four-day long trip to Davos and the priorities for the parties in Question Period on Monday.

Jan 22, 2016

On the Show:

François-Philippe Champagne, Dawn Lavell-Harvard, John Ivison, Norman Spector, David McLaughlin

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance François-Philippe Champagne says Liberal ministers are looking for shovel-ready projects and smarter investments to inject money into the sputtering economy.

President of the Native Women's Association of Canada Dawn Lavell-Harvard has been appointed a senator-picker by Justin Trudeau and she says it's time the Senate reflected the diversity of Canada.

Political columnist for the National Post John Ivison says Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall would do well going up against Justin Trudeau if he went for Conservative party leader, while Kevin O'Leary has been overplayed as a prospect.

Former chiefs of staff to Brian Mulroney Norman Spector and David McLaughlin agree Trudeau is taking some risks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, but only time will tell if those risks pay off, or make trouble for the Prime Minister down the road.

Jan 21, 2016

On the Show:

Adam Vaughan, Ron Liepert, Guy Caron, Kevin Page, Wab Kinew, Garnett Genuis

Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, Conservative MP Ron Liepert and NDP MP Guy Caron debate Trudeau's vision for economic growth presented at Davos and the best way to grow the economy following the Bank of Canada's interest rate announcement.

Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says infrastructure spending creates roughly a 1.5 per cent return on government investment and a fifth GST rebate in the hands of low income Canadians could create a stimulus to economic growth.

Author of "The Reason You Walk" Wab Kinew is a nominee for the Charles Taylor prize for literary non-fiction. He says Indigenous and non-Indigenous men have a role to play in ending violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Conservative MP Garnett Genuis Talks about his visit to India to meet with the Dalai Lama and talks about religious freedoms.

Jan 20, 2016

On the Show: 

Deepak Obhrai, Rob Oliphant, Steve Saideman, Michele Austin, Sally Housser, Jim Warren

Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai says Kevin O'Leary is no white knight coming to save the party because the Conservative party doesn't need saving.

Sometime this year, it will be legal for doctors to help certain kinds of patients to die with dignity. But how do we get from here to there? Rob Oliphant, co-chair of the special House of Commons committee in charge of drawing up the plans on physician-assisted death, says he hopes it will not be a political process, but a human one.

Canada has not been invited to a meeting of coalition forces fighting ISIS, but Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is shrugging off the diss. Steve Saideman, Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University, says it's kind of a big deal that Canada wasn't invited to the table this time.

The War Room with Michele Austin of Summa Strategies, Sally Housser of Navigator Ltd. and Jim Warren, president and CEO, Riseley Strategies, weigh in on the next Conservative party leader, Canada's policy in fighting global terrorism, and Trudeau's upcoming trip to Davos.

Jan 19, 2016

On the Show: 

David Akin, John McKay, Tony Clement, Rona Ambrose, Quito Maggi, Geoff Norquay, George Soule, Max Rubin

Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the National Defence Minister John McKay and Conservative MP and foreign affairs critic Tony Clement discuss Canada's approach to fighting ISIS in the wake of attacks in Burkina Faso that killed six Canadians there doing humanitarian work.

Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose says the Liberal government needs to get back to basics to get the economy back on track by lowering taxes and focusing on free-trade.

Mainstreet Research president Quito Maggi says Kevin O'Leary is polling high among conservative Canadians for potential candidates for the party leadership. Maggi says he's in the media a lot and his shows are popular but he wouldn't be the first celebrity to enter politics.

The War Room with Liberal strategist Max Rubin, Geoff Norquay of Earnscliffe Strategy Group and NDP strategist George Soule weigh in on the economy, security and questions of leadership for the Conservatives and the NDP.

Jan 16, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Peter Stoffer, Doug Porter, Dan McTeague, Liz Chadderdon, Harry Enten, Paul Wells, Jane Taber

Former NDP MP Peter Stoffer is back to work with anew charity, the Veterans Legal Assistance Foundation, helping those who served our country take the government to court over unpaid benefits.

Doug Porter, Chief Economist with BMO Financial Markets, says he's worried about the decline in worth of the Canadian dollar and doesn't think Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz should lower the interest rate next Wednesday.

Former Liberal MP Dan McTeague talks gas prices and consumer issues in light of Canada's poor economic performance in early 2016.

Senator Ted Cruz is making headlines dissing the New York state of mind. Liz Chadderdon of the CHadderdon Group, and a former Democratic campaigner, and Harry Enten, analyst for FiveThirtyEight talk Ted Cruz's chances against Donald Trump.

Is Ottawa the worst capital city in the G7? Maybe, but it does have some redeeming qualities say Maclean's political editor Paul Wells and the Globe and Mail's Jane Taber.

Jan 15, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Kevin O'Leary, John McKay, Alex Nuttall, Hélène Laverdière, Don Plett, Jason Lietaer, Sally Housser, Bob Richardson

Kevin O’Leary—former Dragon’s Den dragon, investor and former television host—says he can’t speak French, but he doesn’t think that’s a problem if he runs to be Canada’s prime minister.

Liberal parliamentary secretary for defence John McKay, Conservative MP Alex Nuttall and NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière debate Canada's commitment to the fight against ISIS in the wake of reports a Canadian was killed in the terrorist attack in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Conservative Senator and former Conservative Party president Don Plett says the Conservative party doesn't need an overhaul and has strong candidates for the next leadership election.

The War Room panel with Sally Housser of Navigator, Jason Lietaer of Enterprise Canada and Bob Richardson of Edelman Canada weigh in on Kevin O'Leary's chances as Conservative leader and the state of the Canadian economy.


Jan 14, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Stephen McNeil, Mary Polak, John Tory, Noreen Taylor, Jessica Murphy, Daniel Dale

Justin Trudeau double dates — the Prime Minister jets to Toronto for a one-on-one with the city's mayor, John Tory, then wings it back to Ottawa to host a sit-down with the Premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil. What does the new PM mean for big cities and small provinces?

Did the B.C. government do a Kinder Morgan pipeline flip-flop? The province's environment minister, Mary Polak says the province wants to set a high standard for safety and environmental protection with projects moving forward.

We begin a series on the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction literature. Founder Noreen Taylor talks family, books and politics.

U.S. President Barack Obama's final state of the union address had few surprises, but what did surprise some was Republican Nikki Haley's official response and Ann Coulter's call for Donald Trump to deport her, an American-born citizen.

Jan 13, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Leera Aheer, Armine Yalnizyan, Mike Moffatt, Sean Casey, Murray Rankin, Michael Cooper, Danial Dale

Wild Rose MLA and energy critic Leera Aheer says Alberta needs to get its oil to market amid economic woes for the province, the country and globally.

Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Mike Moffatt, professor at the Ivey School of Business and the University of Western Ontario debate what the governments priorities should be amid scarce economic resources. 

MPs on the parliamentary committee tasked with examining physician-assisted dying legislation will meet on Monday for the first time and a government report on the issue is coming shortly. Liberal MP Sean Casey, Conservative MP Michael Cooper and NDP MP Murray Rankin say their parties haven't decided yet whether it will be a free vote or a whipped vote, but that a whipped vote may be likely.

Toronto Star Washington Corespondent Danial Dale says U.S> President Barack Obama's final state of the union address will not offer up a laundry list of agenda items, like past speeches, but will look forward.

Jan 12, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Andy Fillmore, Cam Guthrie, Alex Neve, Jason Lietaer, George Soule, Lindsay Doyle

Liberal MP Andy Fillmore from Halifax was at the government's budget consultations while Morgan Stanley forecasts $20 oil. The Liberal government may end up the losers in the economic game of 2016. Fillmore says issues like temporary foreign workers and the underground economy are being raised by stakeholders in his region.

In Guelph, Ont., economic growth is not a fantasy. Mayor Cam Guthrie explains how the city is number one in Canada for job creation and has the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

Amnesty International Canada's Alex Neve says the government should do an assessment of the human rights situation specifically around the arms deal between Canada and Saudi Arabia.

The War Room with Enterprise Canada's Jason Lietaer, Summa Strategies' Lindsay Doyle and former NDP strategist George Soule weigh in on the Prime Minister's holiday trip to the Caribbean, the upcoming budget, assisted suicide and the death of music legend David Bowie.

Jan 9, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Steve MacKinnon, Lisa Raitt, Guy Caron, Greg Selinger, Murray Rankin, Quito Maggi, Duane Bratt

Liberal MP Steve MacKinnon, Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt and NDP finance critic Guy Caron debate the economy and budget consultations.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says Manitoba has an opportunity to help Alberta move away from coal through the creation of a cross-provincial hydro grid.

NDP justice critic Murray Rankin says if the Liberals are going to legalize marijuana in Canada, they should expunge criminal records of people convicted of possession too.

What is the future of the NDP in 2016? Should leader Tom Mulcair stay or go? Quito Maggi, president and CEO of Marketstreet Research, and Duane Bratt, political science professor at Mount Royal University weigh in.

Jan 8, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Patty Hajdu, Alvin Fiddler, Brad Wall, Erin O'Toole, Michael Diamond

Minister for Status of Women Patty Hajdu from Thunder Bay says hearing what happened to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be central to finding out what happened to victims during the national inquiry.

Alvin Fiddler, Grand Chief at Nishnawbe Aski Nation, says there are many challenges for police forces in remote, First Nations communities and when people go missing, the police don't always talk to the families involved in cases they're investigating.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's free trade plan for China as well as TransCanada's challenge to Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline under chapter 11 of NAFTA.

Former Conservative Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole says he hopes Prime Minister Trudeau continues to fund more resources for veterans to help get those who served Canada off the streets.

Michael Diamond, principal of Upstream Strategy Group, says Ted Cruz has a chance of winning the Republican nomination.

Jan 7, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Robert Fife, Elizabeth May, Jody Mitic, Kent Hehr, David Coletto, Michele Austin, Stephen Carter

Globe and Mail Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife explains what Canada has to gain or lose from a free trade deal with China. 

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May lays our her concerns over increased free trade with countries like China and says Canada shouldn't do trade with nations that are not on equal par with Canada in their environmental targets.

Ottawa City Councillor and veteran Canadian Forces sniper says homelessness among veterans is a complex problem that can become a cycle.

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr says a housing strategy will be key to helping get over 2,200 homeless veterans off the streets.

Abacus Data pollster David Coletto describes the factors contributing to making Alberta more politically progressive. Michele Austin of Summa Strategies and Stephen Carter, president of QED Marketing weigh in.

Jan 6, 2016

On the Show:

Yvonne Jones, Cathy McLeod, Matt Vis, Ujjal Dosanjh, John Ivison, Joe Warmington

Liberal Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs Yvonne Jones and Conservative critic Cathy McLeod debate the First Nations Financial Transparency Act and challenges for the Trudeau government in resetting the relationship between the federal government and First Nations.

Reporter with TB Newswatch Matt Vis explains the issues surrounding the inquest into seven First Nations students who died in Thunder Bay as families try to find answers to the deaths of their children.

Former British Columbia Premier Ujjal Dosanjh argues that political correctness is getting in the way of productive conversations about race and culture.

National Post columnist John Ivison discusses the government's challenges with military procurement on files like the F-35 fighter jets.

Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington debates the treatment of Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan coming forward to say he is seeking treatment for alcohol use as compared to the treatment of Rob Ford and his addiction issues.

Jan 5, 2016

On the Show:

David Akin, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Tony Clement, Jeremy Kinsman, Ian Lee, Michele Austin, Tom Parkin, Lindsay Doyle

Alternate host David Akin of "Everything is Political" discusses new confrontations between Saudi Arabia and Iran and how tensions in the Middle East will impact Canada's relationships to the two Arab countries.

Former Canadian ambassador Jeremy Kinsman says Saudi Arabia knew its actions in executing 47 people on terrorism-related charges would provoke Iran to respond.

Ian Lee, a professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University explains what the market meltdown in China and the rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran mean for global markets and the impact these events will have on Canada's economic outlook for 2016.

The War Room with Tom Parkin, national columnist for Sun Media, and Michele Austin and Lindsay Doyle of Summa Strategies weigh in on Donald Trump's latest campaign ad and the biggest issues facing Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016.