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Canada And Other Matters Of Opinion

by Rex Murphy

Doubleday Canada | September 7, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Canada And Other Matters Of Opinion is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
A cornucopia of comment from Canada’s most opinionated man — a man seen, read, and listened to by millions of Canadians each week.

Canada’s most distinctive commentator presents his fearless and thought-provoking views on a head-spinning range of subjects, from Dr. Johnson’s greatness to Bono’s gratingness, from doubts about Obama to utter belief in Don Cherry, from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s outstanding oeuvre to — well, Pamela Anderson.

The topics are as eclectic and wide ranging as the intelligence that put them together. The perspective is thoroughly Canadian, and so are many of the recurring topics and themes: of our domestic politics and our military involvements abroad, of our national identity, of human rights and human decency. You’ll find assessments of the reputations of Paul Martin, Conrad Black, Adrienne Clarkson, and Tim Hortons; tough but affectionate views of Newfoundland — of course — but also from Rex Murphy’s constant travels across Canada.

But all the world is here, in all its glory and folly. The hard-hitting attacks on politicians, celebrities, those who would ban smoking, and anyone who uses the expression “global warming denial” will have you cheering or tearing your hair out, depending. You will be informed, infuriated perhaps, but always fascinated.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.02 × 0.99 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385667272

ISBN - 13: 9780385667272

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Rex tells it like it is like so few in this political day & age... always a clear angle to offer during these crazy times. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2009-10-29

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Canada And Other Matters Of Opinion

Canada And Other Matters Of Opinion

by Rex Murphy

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.02 × 0.99 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385667272

ISBN - 13: 9780385667272

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EMINENT CANADIANS DON CHERRY, THE PEOPLE'S G G | May 8, 2004  I had not realized how fervently Toronto is a hockey city. The air here was electric with hope for the beloved, hapless Leafs. The dismay following their elimination from the playoffs was palpable. Lord Stanley's cup will grace another city's parade. But time is a great (actually, the only) grief counsellor. So I guess it's both safe and tactful, from my perch in this city of cruelly procrastinated dreams, to speak of Don Cherry, arbiter elegantiarum of Hockey Night in Canada, sage of Coach's Corner and straight man for Ron MacLean. He is much in the news; there is talk that his days as the iconic resident of Coach's Corner may be coming to an end. He is also, I gather, by some weird extension of the Canadian bilingualism statutes, under some sort of review. The Commissioner of Official Languages is offering her scrutiny to some of Mr. Cherry's obiter dicta. A strange thing, for a language commissioner to be analyzing the analyzer of Coach's Corner. I'm not sure what business the nation's bilingualism monitor has with the Plato of the playoffs. Whatever Don Cherry- or his faithful dog Blue, for that matter- may be doing, they are not unravelling the two- languages concept. Parliament, even in its most liberated or unhinged deliberations, did not contemplate the commissioner's office evolving into a freelance inquisition for the furious beadles of political correctness. If this nation is in jeopardy of fracturing, l
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Inclusive Me OutEMINENT CANADIANSDon Cherry: The People's GGA Boswell's LifeMichaëlle Shines by DefaultThe Complete SoldierCELEBRITYLet Us Excori8 Live 8A Saint Sorely TaxedEgo WarriorsThere's Something About CassandraCARTOON CRISISUnder the Cover of FaithThe Case of Salman Rushdie Is Fresh AgainComing to a Human Rights Commission Near YouOBAMA RISINGPower of SpeechOnly WordsCanada Could Learn from ObamaShe Came to Praise HimA Dream DividedHe's Not God, But He Is AmericaBarackwatchA Clichéd DudBAD ENGLISHNothing Is SacredSilly BitchingTHE EVIL THAT MEN DOSaudi HospitalityBecause They Were JewsCastro's Useful IdiotsEichmann in TehranA Ferocious ParableLITERATUREImage of a PoetPamela Anderson's Outstanding OeuvreSanity Takes a HolidayClimb Every Mount DoomThis Is the LifeDoggerel of WarWAR ON TERRORThey Kill Because They CanFanatical Minds Defy LogicWhat We Are Fighting ForThe Real TruthGREAT AND GOODPower Based on Faith, Not ArmsSolzhenitsyn's StatureOut of His TreeTHE PLEASURES OF SMOKINGMoney to BurnA Joint Is a SmokeGreat News out of VancouverREPUTATIONSThe Bush ParadoxFrom Brian's Lips to Peter's MicrophoneAdrienne Clarkson PresentsPaul Martin Fights OnARTEros by Any Other NameMediocrity and MischiefTHE ENVIRONMENTA Caring HeartAl Gore, RecycledCars Are Smokers, TooNumbers GameDespicable Mask for a Weak ArgumentThe New InquisitionCANADIAN IDENTITYWithout HockeyOne NationI'm with the BrandHands Off HortonsSCANDALCompletely FoxedBernier's GirlfriendCANADA AND T
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From the Publisher

A cornucopia of comment from Canada’s most opinionated man — a man seen, read, and listened to by millions of Canadians each week.

Canada’s most distinctive commentator presents his fearless and thought-provoking views on a head-spinning range of subjects, from Dr. Johnson’s greatness to Bono’s gratingness, from doubts about Obama to utter belief in Don Cherry, from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s outstanding oeuvre to — well, Pamela Anderson.

The topics are as eclectic and wide ranging as the intelligence that put them together. The perspective is thoroughly Canadian, and so are many of the recurring topics and themes: of our domestic politics and our military involvements abroad, of our national identity, of human rights and human decency. You’ll find assessments of the reputations of Paul Martin, Conrad Black, Adrienne Clarkson, and Tim Hortons; tough but affectionate views of Newfoundland — of course — but also from Rex Murphy’s constant travels across Canada.

But all the world is here, in all its glory and folly. The hard-hitting attacks on politicians, celebrities, those who would ban smoking, and anyone who uses the expression “global warming denial” will have you cheering or tearing your hair out, depending. You will be informed, infuriated perhaps, but always fascinated.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Rex Murphy, who needs no introduction, left his outpost home in Newfoundland to attend university at the age of fifteen. Since that time, which includes a spell at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he has been writing and talking. His skills in that area have made him one of Canada’s most-watched and best-read commentators, while his speeches have earned standing ovations from coast to coast. A frequent presence on CBC television and radio, including a regular commentary spot with “Point of View,” Rex writes a weekly column for The Globe and Mail.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

"Wit, sarcasm, humour, verbal gymnastics . . . are here, together with some surprising post-scripts added with the benefit of hindsight. . . . Murphy begs — eloquently, of course — to be read."
— The London Free Press


From the Hardcover edition.