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

Andrew Scheer needs to up his flaccid performance: Robyn Urback

Stephen Harper’s challenge was that he came off as too authoritarian, too controlling. Scheer’s is the opposite: he’s mild, flaccid. He’ll demand the prime minister resign — and then demand again.
Opinion

The political quagmire of the prime minister accepting his country's complicity in genocide: Robyn Urback

If Trudeau is serious when he says "this was genocide," agreeing with the conclusion of the MMIWG report, legal proceedings will be forthcoming. If that doesn't happen, which is more likely, Trudeau sends a message about how serious he is when he calls the treatment of Indigenous people "genocide."
Opinion

We're adopting U.S. abortion anxieties as our own. They don't fit: Robyn Urback

Canada is probably a generation ahead of the U.S. when it comes to social progress. We lack the highly politicized Supreme Court that is central to the U.S. debate over abortion, as well as grossly loose election financing laws that allow religious mega-donors to wield political influence. 
Opinion

Canada's wireless Amber Alert system can be improved. That shouldn't be a taboo suggestion: Robyn Urback

It takes a unique combination of dumb and evil to call 911 because an alert about a missing child roused you from your sleep. Having said that, it's possible to both care about missing children, and believe the wireless Amber Alert system needs a few fixes, Robyn Urback writes.
Opinion

Mohammed Shamji is an example of how intimate partner violence doesn't discriminate: Robyn Urback

References in headlines to Mohammed Shamji's former profession as a neurosurgeon can seem inappropriately deferential. But one effect is to remind us that, despite the trends, intimate partner violence isn't the exclusive domain of the uneducated, or the poor, or the unemployed.
Opinion

Without new abortion laws, there's no way to seek justice for fetal homicide victims: Robyn Urback

An Ontario man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife — but not the full-term child she was carrying. Without affecting the rights of pregnant women in Canada, there just might not be a fair way to see justice for the killing of baby Assara Goberdhan.
Opinion

It's easy — but wrong — to blame gender bias for Canada's sudden lack of female premiers: Robyn Urback

Canada is not experiencing a sexist regression so much as it is a desire for change. But most of the "change" options presented from opposing parties are men.
Opinion

Changing Canada's asylum laws is nothing but a crass political calculation by Trudeau: Robyn Urback

By using an omnibus bill, which the Liberals vowed they would never do, these changes can bypass parliamentary debate and be implemented right away — crucially, before the election. Sure, it is potentially unconstitutional, but that can and will be sorted out later.
Opinion

Wilson-Raybould's intentions might not be completely righteous. And?: Robyn Urback

Perhaps Wilson-Raybould had the worst of intentions: take down the leadership, destroy the party, ennoble her reputation, profit somehow. Great. If true, that's an interesting peripheral element. But the principal question here is whether the PMO tried to meddle in the justice system.
Opinion

If Trudeau takes his own advice, he will take a stand against Quebec's religious symbols ban: Robyn Urback

In the aftermath of the New Zealand massacre, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons and chastised politicians for looking the other way in the face of bigotry. He had a point. Which is why he should take a stand against dog whistle politics in Quebec.
Opinion

Doug Ford's government is a government of grifters: Robyn Urback

The education minister tried to pass off regular student funding dollars as an autism-specific boost.
Opinion

If Jane Philpott doesn't have confidence in Justin Trudeau, why should anyone else?: Robyn Urback

Jane Philpott can't be written off as a cabinet minister disgruntled about a demotion or an opposition leader out for blood. She's a Liberal — a widely admired one — and she doesn't have faith in the prime minister.
Opinion

Don't try to reason with vaccine-skeptic parents. Scare them: Robyn Urback

Bombarding vaccine-wary parents with stats about safety and sterile messages about herd immunity isn't working. Facts don't move people the way that an appeal to emotion — fear, specifically — does.
Opinion

Liberals will get to the bottom of the SNC-Lavalin affair — once the Liberals get out of the way: Robyn Urback

Ever since Trudeau's unambiguous denial of a question that wasn’t asked, the government’s line on the matter has been consistent and clear: We would like to tell you more, but we simply can’t, because we are choosing not to.
Opinion

The SNC-Lavalin affair offers the bingo of betrayed Liberal commitments: Robyn Urback

The destructive power of the SNC-Lavalin scandal — of which we appear to still be in the early stages — lies in its sheer comprehensiveness.