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.