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Repeal of Bill 148 a callous attack on our poorest

Oct 26 2018 — Michael Coren — To quote the late, great Oscar Wilde, himself the victim of callousness, there are people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. I wonder if Ontario Premier Doug Ford has read any Oscar Wilde? No, on second thoughts I don’t. Earlier this week, most of the MPPs in the Tory caucus […]

Actual change won’t come to the Catholic Church unless or until a courageous pope arrives first

Oct 19 2018 — Michael Coren — Pope Francis has the most extraordinary ability to say the wrong things, often at the most sensitive times. Last Friday, he accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl — a controversial figure accused of doing too little to prevent, and perhaps even deliberately covering, up hideous sexual abuse cases. Beyond simply […]

Doug Ford’s sex re-education

Jul 21 2018 — Michael Coren — The arguments around Ontario’s sex-education curriculum have been made countless times, and it’s increasingly clear that most of its loudest critics haven’t actually read the document. Opponents of the 2015 curriculum, which has now been taught to countless students with few complaints, rushed to Doug Ford’s side when he declared during the provincial election that […]

Ford no longer understands the province he wants to lead

May 31 2018 — Michael Coren — Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are in a bit of a muddle these days. Along with their extremely close friends at the Toronto Sun, and various conservative talk radio hosts, they were convinced that a daily drip of revelations about apparent extremism within the New Democrats would cause the NDP to hemorrhage support. But it seems, in […]

Ford panders to Christian right through its most divisive spokesman

May 14 2018 — Michael Coren — I’ve known Charles McVety, the President of Canada Christian College, conservative Christian leader, and obsessive campaigner against almost all things progressive, for a long time. The last time I actually saw him was on a CBC panel, when he roared against Ontario’s then new sex-ed program, and I defended it. Because of that, on live […]

I told you so

May 7 2018 — Michael Coren — I hate to say, “I told you so,” but I’m afraid I really did tell you so. I’ve twice written columns here about the extremist views held by former Ontario PC Party leadership candidate Tanya Granic Allen, and now this opponent of same-sex marriage, abortion rights, and Ontario’s sex ed curriculum has finally been jettisoned […]

How Tanya Granic Allen creates a problem for Doug Ford

Apr 16 2018 — Michael Coren — Doug Ford has some thinking to do. Or to be more realistic, Doug Ford’s new team of political handlers have some thinking to do, because the man who would be premier is not big on the old thinking business. His people are, however. They thrive on political machinations, adore back room antics, and having worked […]

Sinners are saints so long as they help religious right

Mar 26 2018 — Michael Coren — Christianity rests heavily on the notion of redemption. We’re all sinners, as it were, but we can all be saved. Which might be the get-out-of-jail-free card for President Donald Trump among conservative Christian voters. The so-called ‘religious right’ supported Trump in enormous numbers in 2016 and still, even after his profane admission of abusing celebrity […]

Have Ontario’s socons found their saviour in Doug Ford?

Mar 11 2018 — Michael Coren — It’s the day of the Doug. The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party rejected the options of bland moderation or a famous name, and instead chose in Doug Ford the brother of the most notorious municipal politician in Canadian history, and a man who has turned bluster and hyperbole into art forms. A blowhard he may be, […]

Granic Allen flirting dangerously with the zealot wing

Mar 5 2018 — Michael Coren — The Ontario Progressive Conservative party leadership contest has been a jarringly unimpressive affair, full of bombast, bumbling, and bullying. It’s likely going to be won by either Christine Eliot or Doug Ford — with the Liberals apparently eager for Ford to win, because they’re confident he can never become premier. Beware over-confidence! Caroline Mulroney has […]

Sense, sensibility and sex-ed in the Ontario PC leadership race

Feb 14 2018 — Michael Coren — I suppose it was inevitable. In the race to become the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, we should have realized that no subject would be off-limits if it looked like a vote-winner. In that spirit Doug Ford told a crowd of supporters that, “Sex-ed curriculum should be about facts, not teaching Liberal […]