Andrew Coyne

Saving CBC Means They Must Cut Ads and We Must Boost Funding

Wade Rowland | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

Given that, in poll after poll, Canadians have expressed the view that the CBC/Radio-Canada is a public good that is both desirable and necessary, the solution to the market failure ought to be obvious: it is to provide the money necessary for the CBC. To do that will mean eliminating advertising on all CBC services, and boosting the public subsidies.

Why I'm Happy About the Government Crackdown on Unpaid Internships

Davide Mastracci | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

The industry undeniably preys on those who are desperate for a way in, and capitalizes on their insecurity with unpaid internships. But the demand doesn't justify the exploitation. The fact that it's a standard practice doesn't mean people have to accept it. Future journalists can, and should, fight back against this standard. This is why I am genuinely pleased by the government's crackdown. It will not solve all of the problems facing prospective journalists like myself, but it is a great way to eliminate one.

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

Will Harper's Love for Big Business Turn Ugly?

Yves Engler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Yves Engler

Everyone knows the Conservative government is an unabashed supporter of corporations and foreign investors. They have slashed environmental oversight; attacked labour unions; opened the telecommunications sector up to majority foreign ownership; tripled the financial threshold point where the government must do a "net benefit" test of a foreign corporate takeover. Clearly, big business has gotten almost everything it has wanted from Harper's Conservatives. What should we learn from the fact that it still pushes for more? Perhaps a simple truth about capitalism: There is never enough profit.

Is Subscription TV the Answer to CBC's Woes?

Wade Rowland | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

There is more to be said about Andrew Coyne's suggestion that CBC television ought to be dismantled, and spun off into a constellation of self-supporting cable specialty channels so that viewers could select what they wanted to subscribe to, rather than paying for the public broadcaster as a monolithic institution. In suggesting that CBC become a collection of subscription-based channels, Coyne fails to see that the same market dynamic is at work there as in advertising-supported TV -- i.e. the need to maximize audiences as a way of achieving peak profits.

WATCH: Should Harper Be Worried?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Politics

Unless something incredibly unpredictable happens, Justin Trudeau will be named the next leader of the Liberal party this weekend. With polls showi...

WATCH: What Mulcair Really Thinks About Harper And Trudeau

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.22.2013 | Canada Politics

Thomas Mulcair gives his take on Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau in an interview with Peter Mansbridge roughly one year after being elected leader o...

Idle No More Memes Taking Over the Twittersphere

Tim Querengesser | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Querengesser

#Ottawapiskat has been trending on Twitter with a fervour few other hashtags have generated. Aaron Paquette, a First Nations artist from Edmonton, says he started the hashtag to raise questions about the double standards that First Nations people often face in the media.

Media Bites: Will Electoral Reform Ever Be Sexy?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.01.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg And now, like the nation of bored teenage babysitters we are, it's time to check in on the Liberal leadership race -- if only to make sure no one's swallowed the scissors. At the National Post, Andrew Coyne also thinks there's much Liberal hay to be made with an aggressively pro-democratic agenda. But in his world, this involves championing the mummified issue that no one ever gets tired of hearing about -- electoral reform.

Motion 312: If You're An Old White Guy, I Don't Want to Hear IIt

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

Here's an age old riddle for you: how many old white guys does it take to editorialize on a subject that has to do solely with a woman's most intimate choice in life? Well, if you're the National Post, then four. The outrage radiating from the old white men commentariat ranges from "well, why can't we have this debate?" to "fetuses are people too, and they have rights just like you and me."

Only We Can Put an End to Ugly Politics

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

Chief Electoral Officer, Marc Mayrand, had some tough talk for the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa today. He said that we must "maintain trust and engagement in Canadian elections." As a first time candidate, I have been the target of many ugly tactics used by the army of political operators that make a healthy living doing this.

The Column You'd Never Expect Me To Have Written

Peter Worthington | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Style
Peter Worthington

I was chatting with the National Post's Andrew Coyne and a bunch of others at a party last weekend, and he mentioned a column I'd written for the old Financial Post that drew more response than anything the paper had experienced at that time. And you would never believe what the column was about.

Who's Running? Deborah Coyne? Or the Mother of Pierre Trudeau's Illegitimate Child

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Deborah Coyne is running for the leadership of the (once) mighty Liberals. The media has been less than supportive, describing her as the illegitimate child of Pierre Trudeau. This is doing little to convince her opponents that her resume reads differently than that of a debutante. Would the same sentiment hold if the candidate was man?

Watching the Watchdog: Maclean's Misses the Mark

Tim Knight | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

You'd have thought Maclean's would have blazoned the death of Section 13 all over its front cover. With a massive headline along the lines of "SCREW YOU, CENSORS!!!" Or "WE WON!!!" Instead, the cover featured a generic picture of an innocuous youngish woman and an innocuous youngish man grinning maniacally and the silly headline: "The majority of us are singles. So why do we still live in a couples world?"

Martha Hall Findlay's Milking the Media, While Harper Hides

J.J. McCullough | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgAn abundance of favourable media coverage has greeted Martha Hall Findlay's recent call for the abolishment of so-called "supply management" controls on the Canadian dairy industry. Whatever those are. While no one's explaining, everyone seems to have agreed -- they're bad.

WATCH: Parliament Gets Report Card

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 06.15.2012 | Canada Politics

As MPs get ready for their summer vacations, CBC's At Issue panel has given Parliament its report card. HuffPost Canada's Ottawa Bureau Chief Althi...

Watching the Watchdog: CBC Got Its Mojo Back at NDP Convention

Tim Knight | Posted 05.26.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

For broadcast journalists, covering a party convention is the ultimate challenge. Adrenaline surges. Competition is fierce. Reputations are made and lost. At the NDP convention this weekend Mansbridge covered politics. And relished it. And chewed it up and spat it out.