Murray Dobbin, now living in Powell River, BC,  is one of Canada’s most popular progressive political commentators and analysts and has been a journalist, broadcaster, author and social activist for over forty years. He is a past board member with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and former executive board member of the Council of Canadians. He is also a senior advisor to the Rideau Institute on International Affairs. He is on the board of Canadians for Tax Fairness and was the founding president of the organization.

He has been a columnist for the Financial Post and Winnipeg Free Press, contributes guest editorials to the Globe and Mail and other Canadian dailies and now writes a bi-weekly column for the the on-line journals the Tyee and rabble.ca. He has also prepared several radio documentaries for CBC Radio’s Ideas series on subjects including taxes, human rights and the free-market reforms in New Zealand.

He has written five books,  three of them critical profiles of Canadian politicians. His last book, “Paul Martin: CEO for Canada?” looked at Martin’s corporate approach to running the country. He was the first to publish books on Preston Manning and Kim Campbell. His 1998 book, “The Myth of the Good Corporate Citizen – Democracy under the rule of Big Business,” has been described as a citizens’ guide to globalization.

Murray is also well known as a public speaker, addressing union and NGO conventions and educational conferences. He focusses on the role of corporations in the modern world and on the threat to public services posed by public private partnerships (P3s). He is now exploring  the ideas and practice of  “prosperity without growth” a radical response to the economic and climate crises, and the development of a “politics of meaning” that addresses the need to do progressive politics differently. He can be reached at murraydobbin[at]shaw.ca.

11 Responses

  1. Yes, please send me any stories you have on the CPCCA and i will follow up if I can…


  2. Hi Victor…That’s fine by me…

    cheers, Murray

  3. Hi there… For sure feel free to use any of my articles. happy to have you link to my site…

    cheers, Murray

  4. Hi Adrian… I would be delighted to have you use my writings any time you like. I would just ask that you credit me and/or the Tyee, if the work appears there, and to run the articles in their entirety rather than editing them down (unless you send the edits to me for approval). Also, if you couldlink people to my bog that would be appreciated…

    cheers, Murray

  5. Hi Erik… Send me the quotes you like to use and Iam sure we can come to an agreement…
    My email is mdobbin@telus.net

    cheers, Murray

  6. Hi Crystal… If you are referring to Powell River, where I live, there are lots of activists here and perhaps you could find a place to fit in with their work. My email is mdobbin@telus.net. Get in touch. There is an interesting event – called the Chamber of Commoners – taking place at Club Bon Accueil on June 9 at 7:00 p.m. It’s a activist networking meeting and will also be lots of fun. I won’t be there but I know you would enjoy it.

    cheers, Murray

  7. Provincial and federal NDP parties are completely separate beasts and always have been. You can’t attack Layton for Manitoba’s policies any more than you can attack Manitoba for Jack’s.

  8. Thanks for such a generous compliment. Good advice is hard to give re: journalism. It is, in this era, a dying profession as newspapers cut back and TV news become entertainment. Your timing, while admirable, is not good re: making a living. I long ago established a very small foot print and live on very little – part of my philosophy anyway, but also a practical response to the “marketplace.” I think your instinct is right: at a certain point you learn more from doing and engaging the world than you do at school. You could start by doing some volunteer writing for on-line publications like rabble or thetyee.ca and then you build up a portfolio that you could take to a daily paper. My best advice, unfortunately, is to find some paying job (related or unrelated to public policy) and try to do writing on the side until you have a portfolio that can attract attention and then transition into full time work. Good luck…


  9. Hi Bruce… Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was down east for a week and am still catching up on correspondence. Your questions are all good ones but for the moment at least they will have to wait. No one likes to talk about the $500 billion in mortgages CMHC holds – a big chuck of which are those sold a zero down and 40 year terms. When many of them default – as the bankers know they will – it is govt money which will be spent paying off the banks. And I did do a follow up blog quoting the Bank of Canada and moody’s who clearly disagree with the notion that the banks are prudently managed.

    I hope to get back to you…

    cheers, Murray

  10. Hi Murray,

    I have been running your excellent columns in my e-zine X-Ray for some time now, and I think I have remembered to thank you at least once or twice…

    After publishing for two years I’ve decided to fold the magazine. But I want to leave off on an optimistic note.

    For the Final Edition, July 1st, I am asking some of my favourite contributors to imagine alternatives to the current and frightening situations we face now.

    I’m particularly interested in your notions of social justice. What would the country, or even the world, look like, if you had direct influence on it? Perhaps you could write about what you would do if you were Prime Minister?

    I realize this is an extremely big ask, coming from someone who is not exactly a media heavyweight.

    But perhaps you could think about it? And of course, anything you write could be used again, as part of your excellent blog, or potentially in much larger media venues than X-Ray.

    I hope you have a moment to consider this request, and I look forward to hearing from you.



    PS. I would also like to share in our common grief at the passing of Daun Kennedy. Daun was a long-time coworker of my mom’s, and I looked upon her as a sort of auntie. She was a great influence on me, and I will miss her, big time.

  11. Hi David… Sorry the year long delay. I don’t generally reply to comments as it is too time consuming – and I have lost track of them. I share your feeling about Daun. I saw her just a couple of months before her death and had a lovely evening – dinner and then decadent dessert. She was positive to the end, one of the most centred people I have ever known.

    cheers, Murray

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