Murray Dobbin

Columnists
Oct 31, 2002

Prescription for Decline

Deep integrationists believe expanded free trade will boost our ailing economy. Never let it be said that mere facts can discourage the true believer. If the medicine doesn’t work, double the do
Columnists
Sep 30, 2002

A Total Blank

As someone who has done more than any other politician to erode this country's social programs -- the list of issues on which his finance ministry policies have offended Canadians' values includes vi
Columnists
Jul 25, 2002

Warning: The P3s Are Coming!

Feel Good Corporate Takeover. If Canadians actually buy the argument about C2P3s -- the front-group for some of the world's largest corporations -- providing better and cheaper public services, it wi
Columnists
Jul 2, 2002

The G8 and the American Empire

Clubhouse meeting souring. All the pomp and ceremony at last week's meeting in Kananaskis suggested serious democratic leaders grappling with stubborn problems. Except this gang -- more like a politi
Columnists
Jun 24, 2002

Gordon Campbell: Violating the Public Trust

Full of never-ending surprises. From his misleading election campaign promises to his continued blatant, breathtaking lies to the province, British Columbia Premier, Gordon Campbell's double speak is
Columnists
May 7, 2002

European Eye on Canadian Water - and More

Swimming in the deep end. In the secretive world of trade negotiations, Canadian officials are constantly boasting of Canada's savvy in pushing for expanded liberalization of services. In actual fact
News
Feb 7, 2002

We Must Fight the Enron Virus

Murray Dobbin
In the immediate aftermath of the Enron/Andersen Super Scandal, everyone was praying that it was a one-off thing. A freak of business nature. Just one bad dream. But the nightmare continues. The stoc
Columnists
Dec 18, 2001

Who Bears the Risk: Investors or Citizens?

Trade deals are created to benefit of business. They are intended to dramatically reduce the risks that have historically been associated with investment. With these deals, risk then shifts to govern
Columnists
Nov 12, 2001

Canada is a World-Class Trade Bully

Ever since Canada signed the original free trade deal with the United States, it has been moving in the direction of the corporate state. Why has Canada abandoned its historic role to become one of t
News
Nov 9, 2001

Canada Blocks Access to Cheap Medicines

Murray Dobbin
Because it can only be passed by a unanimous vote, Canada's opposition will help kill the African declaration on access to medicines at the World Trade Organization's meeting in Qatar this weekend. T
Columnists
Aug 21, 2001

B.C. Liberals' Borderless World

The province's new Minister of Energy and Mines, Richard Neufeld, Neufeld told his audience that wonderful things could be achieved when the centre and right got together to defeat the NDP. There we
News
Jul 18, 2001

Free Trade, U.S. Style

Murray Dobbin
Will New Zealand join the North American Free Trade Agreement? Not if it takes a hard look at what the deal did for Canada.
News
Jul 9, 2001

Major Water Privatization Defeated in Vancouver

Murray Dobbin
A plan to develop a private water filtration plant in greater Vancouver went down in flames recently. The best part about it? Free trade is being blamed for the defeat.
News
Jun 4, 2001

Preston Manning's Twisted Genius

Murray Dobbin
The squeaky-voiced fundamentalist founded an incredibly successful party and gave its members the respectability and status they craved. And he did it all with utter ruthlessness, complete control of
Columnists
May 29, 2001

Of Citizens, Corporate and Real

A Burnaby B.C. high-school science project uncovered groundwater contamination courtesy of the local Chevron refinery. Turns out that the provincial environment ministry already knew of the toxic lev
News
May 17, 2001

A Vote For Forgetting

Murray Dobbin
British Columbia's NDP government did make mistakes. But it also did some pretty brave things. Too bad the province's big media worked so hard to wipe all that out. Now a landslide victory for the Li
Columnists
Apr 30, 2001

Democracy and the Quebec Summit

The past fifteen years has seen a relentless downsizing of social democracy to the point where soon all that will be left is market democracy. That's the brand promoted by the United States and Canad
Columnists
Apr 19, 2001

It's Not About Trade

Free trade proponents ask the rhetorical question: Whom do these demonstrators represent? The answer may just be the 90 per cent of Canadians who think its time these negotiations were opened up to p

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