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.