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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Mar 10, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Colin Robertson, Will Dubreuil, Nik Nanos, Adrian Lee, Brian Masse

Colin Robertson, former diplomat and strategic advisor at Mckenna, Long, Aldridge LLP says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not just a leader, but seen as somewhat of a celebrity, and we can play that celebrity status to our advantage.

Will Dubreuil, director of public affairs at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, says Trudeau's visit to the U.S. is a huge honour and signifies a new era in Canada-U.S. relations.

Nik Nanos, chair of Nanos Research, says if the opposition wants to bring down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau it's not enough to attack him, they've got to hope he makes a mistake himself.

Adrian Lee, digital editor at Maclean's Magazine, says it doesn't matter why Americans tune in to Canada — for the fashion or the Trudeaus' good looks — it's good for Canadians. 

NDP MP for Windsor West Brian Masse, vice-chair  of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group, says he hopes Trudeau will raise the bridge with President Obama and that progress will be made on the important border crossing soon.

Mar 9, 2016

On the Show: 

Arlene Bynon, David Harris, Yael Berger, Wab Kinew, Darrell Bricker, Jason Lietaer, Max Rubin, Tom Parkin

David Harris, former CSIS advisor and terrorism expert helps explain what the threat of terrorism means for Canada and how our changing immigration policy in Canada might affect that threat.

Manitoba NDP candidate Wab Kinew talks about how why he’s had to apologize for misogynist and derogatory lyrics and what his message to other men in his community is now.

Ipsos Public Affairs CEO and pollster Darrell Bricker tells us why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is polling so high ahead of his state dinner in Washington.

And the War Room weighs in on the hot topics today from Justin Trudeau's popularity to Canada's anti-ISIS mission.

Mar 8, 2016

On the Show: Arlene Bynon, Andrew Cumming, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Peter Kent, Randall Garrison, Geoff Norquay, Marlene Floyd, Angela Zhu

The tainted blood scandal that left tens of thousands of Canadians infected with HIV and Hepatitis C rears its ugly head again as a private plasma clinic opens in Saskatchewan. A victim of tainted blood, Andrew Cumming tells his story and shares his message to Health Minister Jane Philpott.

The MPs panel takes on foreign policy as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does a town hall today with Huffington Post Canada’s Althia Raj on foreign policy. MPs Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Peter Kent and Randall Garrison debate the issues.

We head into the War Room to debate Canada-U.S. relations, Trudeaumania 2.0 ahead of the state dinner in Washington, what can stop Donald Trump, and how much is too much when it comes to lobbying and politics? 

Mar 5, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, David Wilkins, Richard Shekter, Rosemary Sullivan, Ginny Movat, Marit Stiles, Bob Richardson

The state dinner is next week in Washington and Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama will talk about a continental climate change strategy, while in Canada, premiers had difficulty coming up with a national plan for carbon pricing.

Then we talk to Canadian criminal lawyer Richard Shekter, who followed the O.J. Simpson trial closely and can help explain what these new developments mean for the case that grabbed our attention in 1995 as the tv series American Crime Story released it’s episode “The People v. O.J. Simpson” last month.

And joining us in studio, author Rosemary Sullivan, who is nominated for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize in literary non-fiction for her book “Stalin’s Daughter” will discuss what it means to be the daughter of someone the world deems truly evil.

And then the Friday War Room will weigh in on the latest news from Prime Minister Trudeau’s upcoming state dinner in Washington and the latest GOP debate in which things get a little too personal

Mar 4, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Marco Mendicino, Candice Bergen, Sabrina Siddiqui, Max Rubin, Kate Harrison, Sally Housser

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers announce in Vancouver today the Vancouver Declaration, a framework to address climate change and a plan to introduce carbon pricing before next fall. MPs Marco Mendicino and Candice Bergen respond to the announcement.

Sabrina Siddiqui of the Guardian U.S. explains what impact Mitt Romney's speech about Donald Trump today will or won't have on the Republican race.

The War Room with Max Rubin, Kate Harrison and Sally Housser weigh in on the Republican race and the Vancouver Declaration.

Mar 3, 2016

On the Show: 

Yael Berger, David Frum, Jonathan Wilkinson, Ed Fast, Nathan Cullen, Geoff Norquay, Colin MacDonald, Alex Bushell

Senior Editor of the Atlantic David Frum gives his winners and losers of Super Tuesday and looks ahead to what's to come in the U.S. race to the White House.

MPs Jonathan Wilkinson, Ed Fast and Nathan Cullen, who are all in British Columbia today, talk about how Canada can find consensus on climate change this week amidst fighting between the premiers ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to Washington on March 10.

The War Room with Geoff Norquay, Colin MacDonald and Alex Bushell weigh in on Justin Trudeau's brother sending a letter to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale on behalf of Mohamed Harkat and the results from Super Tuesday.


Mar 2, 2016

On the Show:

Yael Berger, Liz Chadderdon, Warren Kinsella, Irwin Cotler, Karine Peloffy, Jason Lietaer, Tom Parkin, Richard Mahoney

We get into what’s at stake for both the Republican and Democratic candidates on Super Tuesday and we’ll look ahead at what’s next in the race to the White House with our panelists Liz Chadderdon and Warren Kinsella.

Former Liberal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler will join me to explain why he thinks the Liberals need to take a second look at the $15-billion sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

Karine Peloffy, a lawyer working with Quebec environmental groups who have filed an injunction against Energy East, explains how this move today by the province of Quebec will impact their case.

The War Room debates Donald Trump and what’s at stake for America tonight on Super Tuesday with panelists Jason Lietaer, Tom Parkin and Richard Mahoney. And right here in Canada, political leaders are dealing with a schism in the country of East versus West; environment versus economy.


Mar 1, 2016

On the Show:

Yael Berger, Kevin O'Leary, Art Eggleton, David Graham, Bob Richardson, Will Stewart, Andrew Thomson

Kevin O'Leary discusses his experience attending and speaking at the Manning Conference and responds to remarks by Conservative MP for Beauce Maxime Bernier calling him a "tourist" to Quebec by saying Bernier must be a separatist.

Ontario Senator Art Eggleton explains why he believes the time is right for the federal government to take a page out of the Ontario Liberals' budget book and explore the idea of a basic income for Canadians by launching a pilot project. Eggleton says with a four-year majority mandate, the Liberals will have a better chance of seeing the project through than previous attempts made in the 1970s.

Staff writer for the Atlantic David Graham checks in from Durham, North Carolina for a look ahead to Super Tuesday and the U.S. election race. Is Donald Trump unstoppable? 

The War Room with Bob Richardson, Will Stewart and Andrew Thomson weigh in on the Manning Conference and all agree that Kevin O'Leary is wrong about Maxime Bernier being a separatist. 

Feb 27, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Eric Robinson, Adrienne Batra, Bilan Arte, Christine Van Geyn, Geoff Norquay, Bob Richardson, Marit Stiles

The second round table on MMIW wrapped up in Winnipeg today. We'll get the first-hand perspective from Eric Robinson, Manitoba Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, member of the Cree nation, who was present at the roundtable. What progress has been made on MMIW and what are the next steps for the inquiry?

Kevin O'Leary, of Shark Tank fame, is rumoured to be running for the Conservative leadership but says he hasn't yet made up his mind. But he had plenty of other things to say, as did many other speakers at the event. To break down the day and get the latest leadership buzz we'll be joined by Adrienne Batra, editor of the Toronto Sun.

The Ontario government unveiled its 2016 budget yesterday and one of the biggest announcements was free tuition for students whose parents earn less than $50,000 a year. But should tuition be free for anyone? We'll hear both sides of that debate from Bilan Arte, national chair of the Federation of Students and Christine Van Geyn, Ontario director of Canadian Taxpayers federation.

The War Room talks Chris Christie endorsing Donald Trump, and the politics of the Oscars with guests Geoff Norquay, Marit Stiles and Bob Richardson.

Feb 26, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Andrew Scheer, John McCallum, Michelle Rempel, Patrick Brown, Lindsay Doyle, Jason Lietaer, Jen Hassum

Conservative MP and former Speaker Andrew Scheer says it's early for candidates running for Conservative Party leadership to officially announce. He says he expects people to announce after the party's policy conference in Vancouver in May.

"What we do with criminals in our criminal justice system is we put them in jail," says Citizenship, Immigration and Refugees Minister John McCallum of his government's proposed changes to the Citizenship Act. He says Canada doesn't need a two-tier citizenship system.

Conservative MP and citizenship critic Michelle Rempel reacts to Liberal amendments to the Citizenship Act introduced today to repeal elements of Bill C-24 introduces by the previous Conservative government. 

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown gives his take on the Liberal's provincial budget announced today. Brown says everything is more expensive now for people living in Ontario.

The War Room with Lindsay Doyle, Jason Lietaer and Jen Hassum weigh in on legalizing pot and the parliamentary report on physician-assisted dying.

Feb 25, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Bill Blair, Kellie Leitch, Murray Rankin, Mark Zekulin, Bill Browder, Atif Kubursi

MPs Bill Blair, Kellie Leitch and Murray Rankin debate pot legalization after the federal court ruled the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations violate medical marijuana growers' charter rights and struck down the laws. 

Tweed Inc. president Mark Zekulin says he's happy the Supreme Court struck down the MMPR because more access to medical marijuana for Canadians who need it is better, he says. 

Bill Browder, author of "Red Notice" and vocal critic of the Putin regime in Russia says economic sanctions are necessary to bring justice for Sergei Magnitsky.

Atif Kubursi, professor emeritus at McMaster University, says the Trudeau government can't speak out of both sides of its mouth in regards to Saudi Arabia by selling arms to the country and also condemning human rights violations there. 

Feb 24, 2016

On the Show:

Althia Raj, Wab Kinew, Steve MacKinnon, Phil McColeman, Guy Caron, Janice Stein, Stephanie Carvin, Nick Kholer

Author, broadcaster and rapper Wab Kinew is making a run for Manitoba politics for the NDP in Fort Rouge. He says staying close to his young family played a factor in why he chose to run provincially and not in the last federal election.

MPs Steve MacKinnon, Phil McColeman and Guy Caron give their take on the $18-billion deficit projected for this fiscal year, broken campaign promises and how the Liberals will be able to get back to balance.

Founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs Janice Stein and professor at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University Stephanie Carvin explain tensions between world leaders involved in the Syria conflict, an optimistic ceasefire agreement in the region, led by the U.S. and Russia and where Canada fits in to the geopolitical situation.

Maclean's Magazine reporter Nick Kholer gives the wrap on the Mike Duffy trial and summarizes the suspended senators changes of being let off for the 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

Feb 23, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Steve MacKinnon, Lisa Raitt, Matt Dube, Peter MacKay, Michael Chrystal, Bob Richardson, Geoff Norquay, Tom Parkin

MPs Steve MacKinnon, Lisa Raitt and Matt Dube debate the $20-billion deficit, the best way to stimulate economic growth and how the Liberals will get back to black.

Former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay says TransCanada's Energy East pipeline would be a nation building project like the railroad. 

Criminal lawyer Michael Chrystal gives the low down on the closing arguments of the Mike Duffy trial for fraud, breach of trust and bribery charges.

The War Room with Bob Richardson, Geoff Norquay and Tom Parkin weigh in on the state of the economy, the size of the deficit and the Duffy trial.

Feb 20, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Justin Trottier, Ray Pennings, Ian Brown, Cam Battley, Pamela McColl

Justin Trottier, director at the Canadian Secular Alliance and Ray Pennings, executive vice-president of CARDUS weigh in on the role of religion in politics after the Pope questioned Donald Trump's faith because of his policies around immigration.

Getting older. It’s the great equalizer. It happens to us all. But what does aging really look like? On a day-to-day basis, what little changes over time add up to the reality that you’re no longer the youthful person you once were? Ian Brown, Author of the book “Sixty” which has been shortlisted for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize in Literary Non-Fiction gives his honest account of getting older.

Cam Battley, spokesperson for the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association and Pamela McColl who is on the advisory council for Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada cut through the haze to get to some clarity on where the laws currently stand on marijuana in Canada and how the drug should be regulated moving forward.


Feb 19, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Jane Philpott, Maxime Bernier, Elizabeth May, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Garnett Genuis, Susan Smith, Kate Harrison, Sally Housser

Health Minister Jane Philpott says the restored heath care benefits Syrian refugees will be receiving as of April 1 is not the "gold-plated care some critics have said," but that she's proud of the decision to restore the benefits to pre-2012 levels.

Conservative Innovation, Science and Economic Development critic Maxime Bernier says no to a direct government subsidy of Bombardier.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says everyone agrees a nation-wide price on carbon alone won't reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Liberal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and Conservative MP Garnett Genuis weigh in on the Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement on campuses and the Conservative party's motion to denounce the BDS movement.

The War Room with Susan Smith, Kate Harrison and Sally Housser debate win sold in grocery stores in Ontario and the state of the media in Canada in light of the Alberta legislature's move to try to ban Rebel Media journalists from attending a media event.

Feb 18, 2016

On the Show:

Althia Raj, Ian Lee, Greg Fergus, Nathan Cullen, Michael Cooper, Sean Casey, Jason Lietaer, Marlene Floyd, Tom Parkin

Sprott School of Business Professor Ian Lee lays the groundwork on the news today from Bombardier. He says a federal bailout is likely on the way and backroom negotiations are taking place about what the federal government will get if they give money to the struggling company.

MPs Greg Fergus and Nathan Cullen weigh in on the Bombardier news of the C Series deal and 7,000 job losses. 

MPs Sean Casey and Michael Cooper debate physician assisted dying and whether it is a Charter issue. 

The War Room with Jason Lietaer, Marlene Floyd and Tom Parkin debate hot topics like the deficit, tax breaks for the middle class and boycott Israel campaigns on campuses.


Feb 17, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, John McKay, Peter Kent, Randall Garrison, Preston Manning, David Halton, Bob Richardson, Geoff Norquay, Andrew Thomson

MPs John McKay, Peter Kent and Randall Garrison debate whether or not the Liberals' new anti-ISIS mission is a combat mission and whether Canadian troops should be fighting in Iraq and Syria. 

Former Reform leader Preston Manning says the next generation of Conservatives should learn from his mistakes when uniting the right in Alberta, especially because merging federal parties was more complex than at the provincial level.

David Halton, author of "Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada's voice at war," nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize in literary non-fiction, speaks of his father's legacy, what defines a journalist and the state of foreign corresponding. 

The War Room with Bob Richardson, Geoff Norquay and Andrew Thomson weigh in on the anti-ISIS mission, the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and the future of Thomas Mulcair and the NDP.

Feb 12, 2016

On the Show: 

Tasha Kheiriddin, David Lametti, Tony Clement, Helene Laverdiere, Blair Hagen, Ian Lee, Angella MacEwen, Tom Parkin, Lindsay Doyle, Kate Harrison

MPs David Lametti, Tony Clement, Helene Laverdiere debate Canada's role at the UN and the usefulness of the organization in light of some of its shortcomings and limitations. 

Blair Hagen of the National Firearms Association shares his concerns that changes may come to the regulation of firearms in Canada under the Liberals creating a burden on law-abiding gun owners.

Ian Lee of the Sprott School of Business and Angella MacEwen of the Canadian Labour Congress debate the size of the federal deficit and how high is too high.

The War Room with Tom Parkin, Lindsay Doyle, Kate Harrison weigh in on climate change, the UN, the economy and the Whitby-Oshawa provincial by-election.

Feb 11, 2016

On the Show:

Althia Raj, John McKay, James Bezan, Deepak Obhrai, Chris Dornan, Rebecca Blaikie, Jason Lietaer, Marlene Floyd

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence John McKay and Conservative Party defence critic James Bezan debate Canada's role within NATO and among our anti-ISIS coalition partners, and agree that humanitarian aid should in principle not go to helping ISIS combatants.

Alberta Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai says the right in Alberta needs to be united before the next provincial election. He also says if Kevin O'Leary thinks Canada should return to a country of peacekeepers, maybe he would find himself more welcome running for the NDP and not the Conservatives.

Chris Dornan, associate professor at Carleton University's School of Journalism and communications says changes to foreign ownership rules may help Canada's struggling media industry because an injection of American cash could help keep some organizations afloat.

The War Room with NDP president Rebecca Blaikie, Jason Lietaer, president of Enterprise Canada and Marlene Floyd of Earnscliffe Strategy Group weigh in on who should take responsibility for the NDP and Conservatives loosing the federal election and who's really to blame.

Feb 10, 2016

On the Show:

Althia Raj, Marie-Claude Bibeau. Janice Stein, Steve Saideman, Samantha-Jo Roth, Norman Spector, Marlene Floyd, Tom Parkin

International Defence Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau tells host Althia Raj that the Liberals aren't even going to try to meet 0.7 per cent of GDP goal for aid, and that "neutrality" for humanitarian aid agencies is a must.

Experts Janice Stein from the University of Toronto and Steve Saideman of Carleton University weigh in on the Liberals' new plan to fight ISIS and the long-term consequences of military choices like pulling our fighter jets from the bombing mission and arming the Peshmerga. 

Huffington Post contributor Samantha-Jo Roth joins the show to give the ground view of the primary race from New Hampshire.

The War Room with former chief of staff to Brian Mulroney Norman Spector, Marlene Floyd of Earnscliffe Strategy Group and national columnist with Sun Media Tom Parkin debate the new anti-ISIS mission and whether or not Canadian troops will be in a combat role or not in Iraq and Syria moving forward.

Feb 9, 2016

On the Show:

Arlene Bynon, Harjit Sajjan, John McKay, Tony Clement, Helene Laverdiere, David Akin, Michele Austin, Bob Richardson, Marit Stiles

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada will shift to an "advise and assist" training mission after pulling the six CF-18s out of the region, but that Canadian Forces members might still be at risk even though their not directly in combat against ISIS.

MPs John McKay, Tony Clement, Helene Laverdiere debate whether Canada's mission against ISIS is creeping into more dangerous, combat-like action or shrinking away from our commitments to our coalition partners.

Sun Media's Parliamentary Bureau Chief David Akin gives the ground view of the New Hampshire primary from Manchester, NH, where we reached him from the Trump rally in the middle of a snow storm.

The War Room with Michele Austin, Bob Richardson and Marit Stiles weigh in on Canada's new role in the anti-ISIS mission and the real reasons why the Conservative Party lost the federal election, according to Jenni Byrne.

Feb 5, 2016

On the Show:

Tasha Kheiriddin, Joe Ceci, Lisa Raitt, Will Stewart, Lindsay Doyle, Tom Parkin, David Reevely

Alberta Minister of Finance Joe Ceci says the former conservative government held up the roll our of hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure money.

Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt discusses her opposition motion on her party's record on deficits.

Will Stewart, managing principal at Navigator says the majority of Canadians his firm polled show public support for modest deficits of $10 billion a year.

The War Room with Lindsay Doyle of Summa Strategies and Sun Media columnist Tom parking weigh in on the Liberals' lack of details on the plan to fight ISIS.

The Ottawa Citizen's David Reevely describes why blogger Roosh V is a "cartoon supervillain." 


Feb 4, 2016

On the Show:

Althia Raj, Brian Jean, Gregor Robertson, Mark Holland, Scott Reid, Nathan Cullen, Thomas Collins, Larry Worthen, Bob Richardson, Kate Harrison, Andrew Thomson

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says he thinks it's fair to say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is out of touch with the reality for Albertans regarding pipelines and that he doesn't understand what's at stake.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson explains what he wants from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the federal budget for his city and other big cities and says affordable housing is a problem for people living in Vancouver and will be a problem for refugees looking to settle in the city too.

MPs Mark Holland, Scott Reid and Nathan Cullen debate the Liberals' process for electoral reform and Mark Holland says his party has to be careful if they allow party leaders from smaller parties to sit on the committee as it would set a precedent.

Cardinal Thomas Collins, an Archbishop in Toronto and Larry Worthen, the executive director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada says Christian doctors should not be forced to perform legalized euthanasia.

The War Room with Kate Harrison of Summa Strategies, Bob Richardson of Edelman Canada and former NDP candidate in Eglinton-Lawrence Andrew Thomson weigh in on the hot topics including the Tory accusation that Liberal House Leader Dominic LeBlanc committed a breach of trust and interfered with Supreme Court judges.


Feb 3, 2016

On the Show:

Althia Raj, John McKay, James Bezan, Randall Garrison, Michael Ferguson, David Jacobson, David Wilkins

On the MP panel on Canada's contribution to the fight against ISIS, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence Liberal MP John McKay, Conservative defence critic James Bezan and NDP defence critic Randall Garrison debate timelines and whether or not Canada should be bombing ISIS targets.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson says he found in his 2015 Fall report that shortcomings at CBSA could be posing a national security risk at the border.

And two former U.S. ambassadors to Canada, Democrat David Jacobson and Republican David Wilkes join the show to help explain the craziness that went down in Iowa on Monday in the U.S. presidential race.

Feb 2, 2016

On the Show:

Howard Green, Steve MacKinnon, Lisa Raitt, Guy Caron, Don Coxe, David Harsanyi, Michele Austin, Sally Housser, Max Rubin

Host Howard Green asks Liberal MP Steve MacKinnon, Conservative MP Lisa Raitt and NDP MP Guy Caron what the best way to spur economic growth and how large stimulus spending will need to be to grow the economy.

Don Coxe, chairman of Coxe Advisors gives his two cents on low commodity prices, pipelines and the U.S. presidential race.

Republican supporter David Harsanyi, senior editor of the Federalist, says the GOP has lost control of the Republican leadership race.

The War Room with Conservative Michele Austin, a Senior Advisor with Summa Strategies in Ottawa, Sally Housser, a Senior Consultant with Navigator in Edmonton and a former NDP staffer and former Ontario Liberal staffer Max Rubin in Toronto weigh in on sexual harassment in the military, decorum in the House of Commons, arms deals with countries that have shoddy human rights records and more.


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