Robyn Urback

Columnist

Robyn Urback is an opinion columnist with CBC News and a producer with the CBC's Opinion section. She previously worked as a columnist and editorial board member at the National Post. Follow her on Twitter at:

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Opinion

Hypocrisy is at the crux of the Trudeau groping allegation

The prime minister is now experiencing first-hand how a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with accusations of sexual misconduct is extremely fraught. But instead of conceding that admission, he is simply changing the standard to a one-size-fits-most: Everyone except the prime minister.
Opinion

Trudeau has boxed himself in with his own zero-tolerance policy on sexual misconduct: Robyn Urback

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made clear, over and over again, that there is no time limit on defending women's rights or for standing up for what is right. So how can his office just dismiss a sexual misconduct allegation against him, even if it is 18 years old?
Opinion

Read this if you think the media covered Trump's migrant crisis unfairly: Robyn Urback

If you think the media, or Democrats, or small-l liberals have unfairly covered the way the Trump administration has separated kids from their parents at the border — a policy the president overturned by executive order on Wednesday — hear me out.
Opinion

What's the point in having MPs if all they can do is toe the party line?: Robyn Urback

There are obvious reasons why a caucus of trained seals is preferable to one of rogue MPs. But at the same time, voters have signalled a growing fatigue with obsequious, party-focused politics.
Opinion

Doug Ford's next challenge is to make sense of his many nonsensical promises: Robyn Urback

Doug Ford will realize very quickly that making a bunch of conflicting, unrestrained promises is a lot more fun than actually running a government.
Opinion

The Ontario Liberal implosion has been extraordinary, but it wasn't inevitable: Robyn Urback

The Liberals have campaigned on a platform largely indistinguishable from the NDP, leaving anti-Doug Ford voters with the choice between Andrea Horwath and an already tried, scandal-ridden version of Andrea Horwath.
Opinion

The worst thing a comedian can do is apologize: Robyn Urback

Samantha Bee said she 'crossed a line' in calling Ivanka Trump a vulgar word, implying there is some objective threshold beyond which comedy goes from unfunny to unacceptable. There isn't, nor should there be.
Opinion

NFL's new anthem policy is a capitulation to political pressure: Robyn Urback

Perhaps the patriotism police at football games and sanctimonious campus safe-space enthusiasts should meet to compare the emotional “owies” they’ve had to endure by bearing witness to controversial expression.
Opinion

Ontario's election is the cruellest game of 'Would you rather?' imaginable: Robyn Urback

The PCs were supposed to offer a common-sense alternative to the fairy-tale promises of the Liberals and New Democrats. But instead of fiscal conservatism, Doug Ford is running on a platform of populist nonsense.
Opinion

Betraying the grassroots is one of Canada's favourite political pastimes: Robyn Urback

Betrayal of the political grassroots is a well-established Canadian pastime. It's happening again in Alberta and Ontario.
Opinion

If there's more to MP Erin Weir's expulsion than the public knows, the NDP should say so: Robyn Urback

By leaving the nature of the accusations ambiguous, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh hands critics of the #MeToo movement a cudgel with which they can beat both the party and the movement for what seems to be a gross overreaction.
Opinion

Terrorist? Misogynist? Labelling the Toronto van attacker a pointless exercise: Robyn Urback

That's not to say that efforts to determine and address the root cause of this attack and similar incidences are futile: only that the collective energy we waste fighting with each other over labels is a destructive way to deal with our grief.
Opinion

Health Canada should stop approving homeopathic remedies — period: Robyn Urback

Whenever a controversy about homeopathy pops up, Health Canada is stuck: either it affirms the alleged effectiveness of these products despite the total lack of scientific evidence, or it concedes that it has been green-lighting silly water as a health product in its role as a government regulator.
Opinion

We know the Humboldt victims, even if we've never met them: Robyn Urback

The crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team is close to home for all Canadians.
Opinion

Doug Ford can't coast on not being Kathleen Wynne: Robyn Urback

Voters who are fed up with the Wynne Liberals but don’t fit within Ford Nation need a reason to set aside whatever aversion to Ford they might have. So far, Ford has offered little.