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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 […]

Granic Allen can run to lead OPC, but she won’t win

Feb 10 2018 — Michael Coren — And then there were four. Socially conservative activist Tanya Granic Allen announced on Thursday that she intends to run for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. The President of PAFE (Parents as First Educators) also acknowledged that she first has to find 100 party members to sign her nomination papers, and raise […]

Why Tim Hortons doesn’t deserve your sympathy

Jan 5 2018 — Michael Coren — ​Around a dozen Tim Hortons outlets across Ontario have told their employees that they will be losing benefits, paid breaks, and various perks, and have demanded that they sign documents accepting the changes. The store in Coburg appeared to lead the charge, which may have gone unnoticed but for the fact that it’s owned by […]

How powerful is the religious right in Canada?

Dec 27 2017 — Michael Coren — It’s always comforting to assume moral superiority. The Greeks did it when they lost dominance over the ancient world to the Romans; the British did the same when Washington replaced London as the centre of power. Canada has this, too. We travel, and Americans don’t, we like to say; they are insular, we’re not; we […]

Here comes another bogus moral panic over abortion

Dec 19 2017 — Michael Coren — The federal government has announced that it is reforming the regulations through which employers hire students for the Canada Summer Jobs program. It’s an effort to prevent government financial support from going to groups that oppose abortion rights and LGBTQ2 equality, and it comes after reports that various hardline anti-abortion groups have long been beneficiaries […]

The academic sky is not falling and free speech is far from dead

Nov 28 2017 — Michael Coren — I find myself in rather an unusual position. I’m a busy journalist — published regularly in most of Canada’s leading newspapers and magazines, a weekly panelist on television and radio, an author with Random House — but for 18 months I have been back at university, pursuing a master’s degree at Trinity College, University of […]

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 […]