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Payette was rude — but that didn’t make her wrong

Nov 6 2017 — Michael Coren — I waited a few days before commenting on Governor General Julie Payette’s comments about what she regarded as the fatuity of astrology, climate change denial and “divine intervention” when it comes to science. But that’s me I suppose — typical Capricorn! The real reason I waited, actually, is that I wanted to see whether Payette […]

A Christmas tempest in a coffee cup

Nov 3 2017 — Michael Coren — Starbucks has unveiled its new seasonal cup and this time it comes with the message “Give Good.” Customers are encouraged to colour in the cardboard container and even draw some pictures on it. Oh, what fun. The banality of the slogan aside, it is what it is. A coffee cup. But just as last year […]

Ontario’s ‘bubble zone’ abortion protest law was long overdue

Oct 26 2017 — Michael Coren — This week, the government of Ontario passed a law banning protests outside abortion clinics. The law creates picket-free ‘bubble’ zones of between 50 and 150 metres around abortion facilities; inside those zones, no one can stage an anti-abortion protest, advise a woman not to get an abortion, or intimidate or interfere with people passing in […]

What does it mean to be anti-abortion in modern Canada? Coren

Oct 10 2017 — Michael Coren — Poor Rachael Harder. Denied the position of chair of the House Status of Women committee last Tuesday by those nasty and intolerant Liberals and New Democrats. And just because she is opposed to abortion. If they had genuinely believed in feminism and equality they would have welcomed this young woman to such a position.

The paranoid politics of national anthems

Sep 25 2017 — Michael Coren — Back in the early 1970s, the Irish national soccer team was of pretty poor quality. Sport is often political in Ireland and soccer was seen by some nationalists as a British import. As a result, players from outside the country with tenuous Irish connections were being sought out. One was Terry Mancini. He was never […]

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 […]