National Treasure #50: Rex Murphy

Pride of this place – the one-third milestone – goes to Rex Murphy, a man who’s been a Canadian icon for a long time, as this warts-and-all Maclean’s profile from 1996 shows.

He’s always thoughtful, usually witty, often acerbic (and as often heartfelt), and never mean-spirited.

As with the other Canadians who sing or talk to us about us – Stan Rogers and Rick Mercer come to mind – he really needs no introduction.  So let’s just hand him the microphone, shall we, and sit back and enjoy . . .

The anti-vaccine movement

The role of a Prime Minister

Remembering Rob Ford

The Leap Manifesto and the NDP

The Canadian Way


This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.


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  1. Tom Watson

    Ah, good ol’ Rex. In a recent column in the National Post he referred to the current U.S. election as “a roaring bonfire of the insanities.”

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