Murray Dobbin

Murray Dobbin is rabble.ca's Senior Contributing Editor. He has been a journalist, broadcaster, author and social activist for 40 years. A board member and researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, he has written five studies for the centre including examinations of charter schools, and "Ten Tax Myths." Murray has been a columnist for the Financial Post and Winnipeg Free Press and contributes guest editorials to the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and other Canadian dailies. He writes a regular "State of the Nation" column for the on-line journal theTyee.ca which is published simultaneously on rabble.ca.

Murray has written five books, including critical profiles of Preston Manning, Kim Campbell and Paul Martin. His "The Myth of the Good Corporate Citizen" has been described as a citizens' guide to globalization. He has also prepared radio documentaries for the CBC Radio's Ideas series on subjects including taxes, human rights and the right-wing regime in New
Zealand.

A long time social activist Murray has been involved in many movements from the anti-nuclear movement, to the fights against so-called free trade and public private partnerships. He is the founder of Word Warriors, a project which co-ordinates letter-writing to the editorial pages of newspapers across Canada. He is a Senior Advisor to the Rideau Institute on International Affairs.

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Oct 27, 2008

Left coalition badly needed

Was the federal election just a bad dream? After five weeks of fear and loathing, disappointment and disbelief, Canadians woke up to election results that were hardly different.
News
May 14, 2007

Harper's sorry stance on human rights

Murray Dobbin
Someone should ask Prime Minister Stephen Harper if he agrees with embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about the Geneva Convention and human rights. Gonzales is infamous for his chilling
News
Apr 20, 2007

Dion and May: What's the big deal?

Murray Dobbin
What are we to make of Elizabeth May's political deal with Stéphane Dion? Who wins, who loses? It's difficult to predict simply because the question will be determined in large part in how
News
Apr 10, 2007

Harper redefining Canadian political culture

Murray Dobbin
With no public debate, we now have a war-fighting military taking up more and more political space in Canada's constellation of defining institutions. The military and the Harper government are tryin
News
Feb 8, 2007

How the Left should frame issues

Murray Dobbin
The old saw that people deserve the governments they get does not apply in Canada. Many in-depth surveys suggest that Canadians still hold firmly to their views that governments have an activist role
News
Dec 30, 2006

Vote NDP to keep Liberals honest

Murray Dobbin
Far too often the analysis of elections and politics in general focuses almost exclusively on who “wins” formal power — that is, the biggest number of seats and the right to form a gov
News
Dec 5, 2006

Harper keeps carving away at Canada's soul

Murray Dobbin
So, Stephen Harper's finance minister is promising $22 billion in tax cuts. Great. Another nail in the coffin for democracy in Canada. Some historian in the future will look at this period of Canadia
News
Nov 17, 2006

With Bush a lame duck, PM's plans look passé

Murray Dobbin
For millions of Americans and Canadians, it was a huge sense of relief to see the most corrupt, amoral and incompetent Congress, possibly in American history, go down to defeat. Those days, we can ho
News
Oct 26, 2006

Will Harper back an Iran strike?

Murray Dobbin
The machinery of lies and distortions that led to the Iraq war has been cranked up for eventual action against Iran. Whether the U.S. and its Middle East ally, Israel, are actually foolish enough to

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