National Newswatch

Conversion therapy wrong bait to attract conservative voters

Jun 17 2020 — Michael Coren — Seven years ago, while I was researching my book on equal marriage, I interviewed a number of people who had been direct victims of homophobia. Several of them had as teenagers been exposed to what is known as “conversion therapy” — a pernicious misnomer in that it’s more oppression that conversion, and more abuse than […]

Donald Trump, a Bible, and blasphemy

Jun 2 2020 — Michael Coren — If there is one thing we have discovered to our cost about Donald Trump it’s that he can always surprise us. Not with delight at his eloquence or empathy, or some desire for harmony and decorum, but in horror at some new presidential depth. And as the sun set over the capital of the United […]

Donald Trump’s sick religion

May 27 2020 — Michael Coren — At the end of last week U.S. President Donald Trump followed through on a long-standing threat and called on, “governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now”. He continued, “These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united. The people are demanding to go to church […]

Doug Ford and Stephen Lecce’s sad state of affairs

Jan 22 2020 — Michael Coren — It was largely inevitable that there would be a conflict between Doug Ford’s Ontario government and the province’s teachers. It happened under former Tory Premier Mike Harris, and it’s happened with various right-wing administrations in other provinces. Put simply, teachers are not popular with conservatives, and their unions have been used as scapegoats by conservative […]

Arguing the abortion debate on Twitter

Jan 6 2020 — Michael Coren — Twitter can be a wonderful and fascinating venue, but also a dark and unpleasant one. It empowers the good as well as the malicious, giving voice to those who want to make the world a better place, and those who thrive on other people’s pain. Last week I became the target of a very active […]

A very Scheer 2019, a very different 2020

Dec 24 2019 — Michael Coren — The political year that was and the political year to come. The great, splashing irony of it all is that someone who is, with all due respect, unimpressive and clearly out-of-his-depth should have been so prominent before, during, and after the election. Andrew Scheer received more media than one would have considered possible, and the […]

Christianity Today’s call for Trump’s removal offers a moment of potential reflection for today’s Christians

Dec 20 2019 — Michael Coren — Well, this is quite the Christmas surprise. Christianity Today – perhaps the most influential publication in the evangelical world and described by The Washington Post as “evangelicalism’s flagship magazine” – has called for U.S. President Donald Trump to be removed from office. In a staggeringly forthright editorial signed by editor-in-chief Mark Galli, the extended article […]

Johnson handed clear mandate to ‘fulfill Brexit’ in U.K. election

Dec 13 2019 — Michael Coren — No matter what alleged experts might claim, nobody anticipated the results of the UK election. As late as Thursday afternoon there were predictions that the Labour Party could form a government with the support of the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats. Or perhaps there would be another hung parliament. Instead, Labour suffered its […]

The Britain I knew is lost

Dec 6 2019 — Michael Coren — I left Britain when I was 28-years-old, and return every year for extended visits. A number of my friends from university are senior MPs and journalists, while others do all sorts of jobs outside of public life. What unites them at the moment, however, is a deep sense of gloom and pessimism that I have […]

Why Andrew Scheer would be a dangerous prime minister

Oct 1 2019 — Michael Coren — As a 60-year-old white man I didn’t feel enormously qualified to comment about Justin Trudeau’s brown and blackface travesties when the story first broke — though this didn’t seem to prevent countless others from becoming overnight experts — but I will say now that whatever their intention and however long ago, the actions themselves were […]