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The reality of religion and politics

Sep 11 2019 — Michael Coren — They say it’s impolite to discuss religion or politics, so to write about both together must be positively criminal. It would certainly seem that way judging by the reaction of right-wing columnists and social media warriors recently after I wrote about Andrew Scheer’s conservative Roman Catholicism causing us to doubt his position on abortion and […]

The question to ask about Andrew Scheer and abortion

Aug 28 2019 — Michael Coren — His religion says abortion is homicide and a ‘grave sin’. Can we believe Scheer when he says that, given the power to stop it, he simply won’t do so? It used to be said that politics was the art of the possible. Today, certainly in Canada, it seems to be the art of the implausible. […]

What Andrew Scheer believes about same-sex marriage

Aug 23 2019 — Michael Coren — Andrew Scheer is in a very tough spot right now. His opponents have dug up—surely not especially difficult—a clip of him as a young MP speaking out in 2005 against the redefinition of marriage so as to include same-sex couples, and it’s trending on social media and forcing the Tories onto the defensive. That he […]

What the hell happened to Charles Adler?

Aug 15 2019 — Michael Coren — Charles Adler and Michael Coren. Could be a travelling stage act, but alas nothing like so interesting. Adler is a highly successful talk-radio host, an Emmy and RTDNA lifetime achievement award-winner, who now has a national show on the Corus network. I’m less grand. I write columns and the occasional book, and appear on television […]

A lot at stake in the federal election

Jul 31 2019 — Michael Coren — In a perfect world we should see an election as an outward symbol of something almost sacred, the culmination of generations of struggle for electoral equality and the representation of popular will. That, of course, is not how it all seems. An election is called, and the usual pundits, consultants, and advisers are wheeled out, […]

Does Andrew Scheer have a religion problem?

Jul 15 2019 — Michael Coren — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is in a very difficult position. A genuinely decent man, considered by many to be far too timid for the cut and thrust of party politics, he’s a devout and orthodox Roman Catholic leading a party that is divided on socially conservative issues, hoping to govern a country that is largely […]

Lisa MacLeod: how much longer for Doug Ford’s noisiest minister?

Jul 8 2019 — Michael Coren — PC MPP Lisa MacLeod has made it her style to shout rather than speak her views, and then play the victim when her critics respond. This became particularly noticeable when the author and broadcaster Gail Vaz-Oxlade called the Ford cabinet minister a “heartless c***” on Twitter last week over MacLeod’s treatment of autism parents and […]

Calling out Andrew Scheer’s religious extremism

Jun 30 2019 — Michael Coren — Once again Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the man who wants to be the country’s next prime minister, has refused to participate in Toronto’s annual Pride parade. It’s the third year in a row that Scheer has declined. At a time when homophobic violence and abuse has seen a tragic […]

Facebook bans do not equate to restrictions on free speech

Apr 9 2019 — Michael Coren — This week the ultra-right-wing Canadian commentator Faith Goldy was banned from Facebook and Instagram, after earlier being prevented from crowdfunding on Patreon, from the online payment system PayPal, and even from Airbnb. The ban extends to pages and groups affiliated with her, and Facebook also banned, among others, the Canadian Nationalist Front, Aryan Strikeforce, Wolves […]

The real tragedy of the SNC-Lavalin affair

Apr 4 2019 — Michael Coren — OK, here’s a little secret from “one of them,” someone who writes for many of Canada’s major publications and appears regularly on television and radio. The political and media class are obsessed with SNC-Lavalin and its various sub-stories to a ridiculous degree. They take extraordinary joy in adopting sides on the issue and attributing hero […]

SNC-Lavalin matters, a lot, but let’s look at some other news

Mar 11 2019 — Michael Coren — Canadian issues I wish would receive anything like the same media attention as SNC-Lavalin: The terror of homelessness faced by so many, the impending disaster of climate change and the apathy of most of our politicians, the plight of Indigenous people, the lack of access to health care, the reality of unemployment and near poverty […]

A new low has infected the body politic in Canada

Jan 21 2019 — Michael Coren — Last week on Twitter a conservative activist and former school trustee wrote, “I’ve suspected @michaelcoren is a kiddie diddler for some time. Just a suspicion, mind you, I’m not saying he is. But I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if we end up reading about him in some sordid, wicked setting …” It’s not […]