Murray Dobbin

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.
Sep 22, 2008

Tough luck, kids

You have to hand it to Stephen Harper and the Conservatives and their chutzpa at portraying themselves as pro-family.
Aug 28, 2008

Has U.S. crippled NATO?

With the end of the Cold War, many analysts and policy makers imagined that the developed world might actually move away from its irrational attachment to militarization and war.
Aug 12, 2008

Afghanistan transforms Canada

Some government policy decisions are so profound in their impact that they can actually change the nature of the country. Medicare was one such policy decision and so was the signing of the Canada-U.
Jun 30, 2008

Will Canada last?

What will it take persuade Canadians that if they do not act soon to reverse the course of their nation, there will be nothing left to save? I am talking, of course, about so-called "deep integration
Jun 12, 2008

Colin Powell, keep out

Colin Powell, George Bush's former secretary of state and previously the general in charge of the slaughter of Iraqi troops in the first Gulf war, is scheduled to speak in Vancouver on June 12. Possi
May 28, 2008

God's wrath, and the Tories'

With the country well into its third year of minority government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper there has been very little commentary on what may be the most important driver of his policies.
Apr 23, 2008

Americanize me? No thanks

This week in New Orleans Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with George Bush and Mexican President Calderon at the fourth leaders' summit of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). It was mostl
Apr 10, 2008

War is peace

Stephen Harper is returning from last week's NATO meeting with the commitments he says he needed to justify keeping Canadian forces in Kandahar. So Canadians will face having our troops act as combat
Mar 5, 2008

'Turning the screws'

Harper's Conservatives in their latest budget have taken their lead from the Bush administration. They are simultaneously increasing the military's budget and cutting government revenue to set the st
Jan 4, 2008

Black vs. Kissinger and Buckley

In a smackdown between two titans of the right — William F. Buckley Jr. and Conrad Black — who is most likely to win? Buckley, googly-eyed master of the sneering putdown, or Black, aka the
Dec 13, 2007

Sell your car, stay sane

What can be done about the craziness experienced daily on the streets of Canada's major cities? The car, whose greatest selling point is supposed to be convenience, is actually becoming less and less
Oct 18, 2007

Target Iran: where's Harper?

Canadians seem blissfully unaware of the increasing signs of a global catastrophe. But there are extremely worrying indications that the U.S. is planning âe" and soon âe" to attack Iran.
Oct 2, 2007

Through the looking glass with Jim Flaherty

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has said repeatedly in recent weeks that the Canadian economy is "the strongest it has been in a generation." His obvious pride in this situation prompted The Ty
Aug 30, 2007

Canada up for grabs

Stephen Harper's behaviour around the NAFTA leaders' Security and Prosperity Partnership summit was politically reckless, and he will pay a price for it.
Jun 11, 2007

The plan to disappear Canada

If the machinations going on in this country regarding so-called “deep integration” were instead a communist conspiracy to take over the country (you will, of course, have to try hard to im
May 29, 2007

Hansen plays 'Jeopardy,' BC loses

Now that the wheels are starting to fall off the PR bus promoting the Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement, Colin Hansen is complaining that the agreement is getting unfair media coverage
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
Apr 30, 2007

Last stage of denial: ethanol will save us!

Citizens in industrialized societies, including Canada, will cling to their extravagant lifestyles and massive over-consumption for a while yet, it seems. Global climate change is still seen by most


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