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Murray Dobbin

Framing the Medicare Issue: Fighting to Win.

Date Recorded: Nov 16th, 2008
Recorded At: Parkland Institute’s 2008 Fall Conference, Edmonton, AB
Recorded By: Mark Koeppen
Duration: 59:30

Topic Background
This talk, packaged into a one-hour programme with a lecture by Heather-jane Robertson on “What the Right has done right”, was recorded at the Parkland Institute’s annual fall conference, in Edmonton, Alberta , in November, 2008. They are set upon the backdrop of one of the conference’s themes, strategic frame analysis, a social science research method used to analyze how people understand situations and activities. The title of this year’s conference was “ The Moral of The Story: Art, Culture, Media and Politics”. More information on the Institute at

In this talk, and further on the conference theme of strategic framing analysis, Dobbin delves into the “framing war” around issues of public healthcare, and ponders questions around how medicare activists could benefit from more strategic and thorough framing of their issues.

Speaker Biography
Murray Dobbin lives in Vancouver. He has been a journalist, broadcaster, author and social activist for over thirty five years. A board member and researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, he has written five studies for the Centre including an expose of charter schools, and ten myths about the Canadian tax system. He has written extensively on various trade agreements and their impact on democracy and on neo-liberalism’s attack on social programs, and is also a leading activist and analyst in the movement against corporate globalization.

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