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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
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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
Columnists
Mar 14, 2007

In defence of red tape

A couple of stories in recent days have highlighted a trend that has been eroding the public interest and public safety for over a decade — and all in the interests of the corporate bottom line.
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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
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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
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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
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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
Columnists
Nov 13, 2006

Agreement cuts provincial powers to govern

What if a provincial government signed an agreement forcing it to make most of its regulations identical to those of another province? What if it tied its own hands so that, no matter how much a reg
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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
Columnists
Oct 21, 2006

Afghanistan: Operation Backfire

While the media in Canada continues to soft-peddle the country's disastrous “mission” in Afghanistan, a cursory examination of the facts reveals that the two men most responsible for this c
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Oct 4, 2006

How the West destroyed Afghanistan

Murray Dobbin
In order to sell Canadians on our war-fighting mission in Afghanistan, the Harper government resorts to using language that reduces the debate to an adolescent level. By constantly repeating phrases
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Sep 28, 2006

Harper's pride tied to military muscle

Murray Dobbin
It is alarming for many Canadians to watch Stephen Harper, the head of a minority government with the support of fewer than 40 per cent of citizens, turn Canada into a nation of war. But that is what
News
Jun 29, 2006

Wolverine PM eager to fight

Murray Dobbin
As I watch Stephen Harper almost daily on the television screen, I am reminded of a nature show I watched years ago about the wolverine. It is easy to attach human characteristics to an animal noted
Columnists
Jun 21, 2006

More community promotes less fear mongering

The erosion of community and the growing individualism in Canada over the past 20 years creates conditions that make us more vulnerable to the politics of fear. The stronger the community and the mor
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May 15, 2006

Green Party shake up

Murray Dobbin
The Green Party of Canada is about to go through a major shake-up that could have quite an impact on the unstable federal scene. Jim Harris, the corporate inspirational speaker who has led the party
Columnists
May 9, 2006

The Census? Count me in

There's a tug-of-war going on amongst progressive activists on the question of whether to boycott — or give minimum co-operation to — the Census, due to be completed by May 16. Lockheed
News
Apr 24, 2006

President Harper: A reminder of who he really is

Murray Dobbin
The only thing missing when Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks is an American flag as the backdrop. A long time admirer of everything American, Harper even included an explicitly pro-American claus
Columnists
Apr 5, 2006

Let's cheer our defeat

Hurrah! Canada loses! Not very patriotic, you say? Yes, well not everything international happens at the Olympics or the Commonwealth games. There are times when Canadians should cheer when “the
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Mar 18, 2006

Partnerships BC: more is less

Murray Dobbin
You've heard it a thousand times: government should be run like a business. The problem is, those who make this judgment never say which businesses government should emulate. We can hope, of course,
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Mar 6, 2006

David Emerson: Canada's corporate cowboy

Murray Dobbin
The end justifies the means: that's the “new” ethics of the Stephen Harper government, and David Emerson's defection fits the mould perfectly. The only excuse that Harper can come up with i
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Jan 26, 2006

Harper is PM, but the winner is left-wing Canada

Murray Dobbin
Something must be right. As I write this, it's Tuesday morning, post-election, and the sun is shining in Vancouver for only the second time in about six weeks. It sort of fits with my conclusion as I
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Jan 20, 2006

Paul Martin: He has a record

Murray Dobbin
How do you judge a politician's promises? It depends, in part, on whether or not they have a record to go by. Of course, that's not absolutely necessary — you can judge Stephen Harper by what he

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