National Newswatch

The Rising Political Influence of the Catholic Right

Sep 6 2017 — Michael Coren — How religious zealots are gaining traction among Canada’s new era of conservatives. nybody who keeps an eye on Roman Catholic politics would not have been at all surprised by a recent article in La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit journal published in Rome which carries the Holy See’s stamp of approval. What appears in its pages, […]

Is this the beginning of the end of Rebel Media?

Aug 15 2017 — Michael Coren — I’m in London, England right now on my annual trip to the homeland, and it’s easy to become detached from Canadian politics. It’s also liberating to not give a second thought to the latest shrieks from the Canadian hard right, which always fades into deserved obscurity when viewed from Europe or the United States. The […]

Infighting gets personal over PC leader Patrick Brown’s efforts to remake party’s hard right image

Aug 8 2017 — Michael Coren — The next Ontario election is less than a year away, and Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PCPO) leader Patrick Brown should be a shoo-in for Premier by most media accounts. Brown has worked tirelessly to paint his party’s conservative blue in progressive shades of pro-gay pink and eco-friendly green. As those new TV ads featuring […]

When did the CPC become the party of permanent outrage?

Jul 27 2017 — Michael Coren — Until around four years ago, I was a relatively prominent voice on Canada’s political right. I hosted a prime-time television show for 16 years, three of them on Sun News. I wrote a syndicated column for the Sun newspaper group for more than a decade, hosted various shows on talk radio, wrote books with a […]

Khadr responses show right’s ugly side

Jul 14 2017 — Michael Coren — There’s been a great deal written about Omar Khadr in the past few days and I’m not going to pen yet another column on the subject. What is so revealing, however, is the response to the government’s apology and payment from the Conservative party and its followers. Frankly, Khadr has become a poster boy for […]

Omar Khadr and the politics of reactionary rage

Jul 11 2017 — Michael Coren — Some years ago, I wrote a column and recorded some television broadcasts in which I condemned Omar Khadr. In the past four years I’ve changed my opinions and attitudes in any number of ways, but while I now believe that Khadr was appallingly treated — and that the government’s recent apology and compensation amounted to […]

Dead man walking at 10 Downing Street: Michael Coren

Jun 11 2017 — Michael Coren — When British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election back in April, she was supposed to have it in the bag. She had a lead of 20 points, and the consensus view was that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was horribly unpopular and his party doomed. He campaigned well, however, and May was truly […]

Trump finds religion — for political gain, of course

May 8 2017 — Michael Coren — For some of us, every day is a day of prayer. It’s not something we make a lot of noise about because, among other reasons, if we follow the Christian faith we’re supposed to avoid ostentatiousness in our devotions. Still, dialogue with the almighty is not exclusively private and personal. But it should never be […]

Here’s what will happen when the U.K. heads to the polls — not much

Apr 28 2017 — Michael Coren — It was summed by one of those wonderfully “ordinary” people, chosen by reporters precisely because they are so representative of the non-elites. Stranding on a typical British street, 75-year-old Brenda from Bristol was asked what she thought of an election being called. “You’re joking!” she said, obviously exasperated. “What, another one? I can’t stand this.” […]

There are no good options for Syria

Apr 10 2017 — Michael Coren — For anyone who has spent time in Syria or — as in my case — has written about it extensively as a journalist and for a university thesis, it’s odd to see how the media throws up a cadre of alleged ‘experts’ on the region with every new twist in the crisis. All of these […]

Trost, the ‘whole gay thing’ and the Conservatives in crisis

Mar 29 2017 — Michael Coren — It’s the most unintentionally hilarious political video since Kellie Leitch gave us the ‘long pause’ and the ‘sudden head tilt’ at the end of February. Looking more like a wrestling promoter than a political activist, Mike Patton — Conservative party leadership candidate Brad Trost’s campaign manager — looks deeply into the lens and states the […]

The Rebel Hits a New Low

Mar 14 2017 — Michael Coren — The April edition of The Walrus features a cover story by Peter Norman detailing his close encounters with Ezra Levant, self-appointed “commander” of the surging online right-wing media outlet known as The Rebel—a site that specializes in Islamophobia, climate-change “skepticism,” and polemics against feminism and lgbtq rights. So influential has The Rebel become among hardcore […]