National Newswatch

Two stories I wish every abortion opponent could hear

Jun 27 2022 — Michael Coren — If the United States Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade has taught us anything, it’s that political complacency is never a good idea. Many people assumed that reproductive rights were largely settled and guaranteed in the U.S. Until, of course, they weren’t.

There’s no restoring Canadian conservatism

May 23 2022 — Michael Coren — Political conservatism has come a long way, but, in the spirit of the word and the ideology, that doesn’t signify progress. In fact, the decline and decay of the organized conservative movement in the democratic world is one of the most worrying phenomena of contemporary politics. Worrying because, unlike the extremes of right and left, […]

Nothing Christian about war on women’s reproductive rights

May 3 2022 — Michael Coren — There is nothing Christian about allowing women to die in illegal back street abortions. Nothing Christian about removing the basic right of a woman to control her own body. Nothing Christian about wanting to criminalize female equality. This needs to be emphasized as it has been leaked that the U.S. Supreme Court has provisionally voted […]

Sensitive soul Leslyn Lewis should be challenged for her beliefs

Mar 11 2022 — Michael Coren — Politicians can be sensitive souls. That, surely, was why Conservative leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis blocked me on Twitter last year after I’d written a column questioning some of her views of LGBTQ2 equality and women’s reproductive rights. I’ve never met the new MP for Haldimand—Norfolk, and the article was courteous — even flattering — but, […]

Condemnation of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine must be universal

Feb 28 2022 — Michael Coren — Suddenly, everybody’s an authority on Russia and Ukraine. Problem is, even genuine experts are baffled by the situation most of the time. My father’s family left Odessa more than a century ago, but some of the clan remained. They were Jewish, with all the ambiguity that meant in the region. They lost people in the […]

The Tories will never choose a leader opposed to women’s choice

Feb 17 2022 — Michael Coren — Well, that didn’t take long. Even before all of the candidates have declared, the leading anti-abortion organizations in Canada are announcing whom they can’t support for the leadership of the Conservative party. It won’t, it seems, be frontrunner Pierre Poilievre, because, while he’s extremely right wing regarding any number of issues, he fails the anti-abortion […]

In the universe of religious fundamentalism, madness is normal

Feb 11 2022 — Michael Coren — On Wednesday, Franklin Graham, son of Billy and one of the world leaders of conservative evangelicalism, tweeted to his 2.3 million followers: “The squeaky wheel always gets the grease. Great news: Several provinces in Canada are beginning to pull back from #COVID19 mandates. Thank you to the Freedom Convoy and all those who made sure […]

“Freedom Convoy” shows the Americanisation of Canada’s right

Jan 28 2022 — Michael Coren — One of the titles originally considered for Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch comedy series was “Whither Canada?” It’s not known exactly why Cleese, Palin, Jones and the rest thought this so funny but, back then at least, Canada wasn’t taken entirely seriously. I’m not sure if it is now, really, but that doesn’t particularly bother […]

Ontario’s social conservatives are a force Ford must reckon with

Jan 13 2022 — Michael Coren — The crucial thing to understand about Ontario Premier Doug Ford is that he’s a pragmatist, which is a gentle, even complimentary, way to explain his political shape-shifting, inconsistency, and sometimes downright confusing politics and leadership of the past three years. More an anachronistic 1960s populist than a right-wing ideologue, Ford seems to govern according to […]

Abortion warnings from south of the border

Dec 2 2021 — Michael Coren — Taking achievements for granted is one of the greatest errors in the political handbook. Always be on guard, be ever vigilant. Yet activists and elected representatives are constant culprits in this regard, and that partly explains how in the U.S. there is a genuine possibility that abortion rights, women’s reproductive autonomy, could soon be harshly […]

Believe it or not, I actually feel sorry for Erin O’Toole

Nov 16 2021 — Michael Coren — I need to share a secret. I actually feel rather sorry for Erin O’Toole. There, I’ve said it. I don’t know him, but his father was a regular guest on my old television show, and while I didn’t share his politics, he always evinced a certain decency. I’ve a feeling that the quality was passed […]

Religion and politics shouldn’t mix when it comes to COVID-19

Nov 8 2021 — Michael Coren — Anybody who assumed that the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic would be purely medical and humanitarian clearly didn’t quite grasp the dark depths of politics and religion. From the moment we knew that a deadly plague was smothering the world, those with warped agendas were as animated as a squirrel in a peanut store.

Conservative Christianity and the PPC

Sep 22 2021 — Michael Coren — Nobody ever thought they’d be a serious contender for government but whether we like it or not, the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) made an impression in this election. They came nowhere close to winning a seat but damaged Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s chances, and tripled their support from 2019, when they averaged a mere […]

O’Toole is pleasing no one with his comments on abortion

Aug 20 2021 — Michael Coren — You can always tell when there’s an election on; it’s about the only time that abortion is discussed in public by serious people. It’s often an issue that’s used to marginalize and digress, but, nevertheless, the basic human right of a woman to control her own body took years of struggle and sacrifice, and it’s […]