Source: CBC

Canada has lost one of its most distinctive voices in journalism and public commentary. 

Rex Murphy, a man whose career spanned decades and whose influence touched the hearts of many, has passed away at the age of 77 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Murphy, known for his eloquent and often incisive commentary, was a stalwart of Canadian media, lending his voice to the nation’s discourse with a blend of wit and wisdom. 

His passing leaves a void in the national conversation, one that will be felt by colleagues, readers, and listeners alike.

Born in the small town of Carbonear, Newfoundland, before it joined Confederation, Murphy’s journey was as remarkable as his personality. 

A Rhodes scholar, he was a man of letters who chose to dedicate his life to the pursuit of knowledge and the dissemination of ideas. His academic pursuits took him to Oxford, but his heart remained firmly rooted in the Canadian soil where he returned to begin his long and storied media career.

Since his passing, prominent voices have paid their respects to Murphy online, including Alberta Premier Danielle Smith.

“Canada will never have a voice like his again- as a proud Newfoundlander he championed what he believed to be right for our country and was always a good and true friend to Alberta,” wrote Smith.

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre also published a video tribute to Murphy on his personal X account.

“Canada has lost an icon, a pioneer of independent, eloquent, and fearless thought, and always a captivating orator who never lost his touch,” wrote Poilievre.

Murphy’s career was as varied as it was illustrious. From his early days on CBC’s ‘Here and Now’ to his 21-year tenure as the host of ‘Cross Country Checkup’, his voice became a familiar comfort to Canadians from coast to coast. 

His move to the National Post in 2010 marked a new chapter, where his columns continued to spark debate and reflection for many years thereafter.

Despite his achievements, Murphy remained a man of the people. His Newfoundland accent never waned, and his love for the everyday Canadian experience shone through in his work. 

He was once a political candidate, a critic, and a commentator who never shied away from speaking his mind, even when it meant challenging the institutions he once called home.

In his final days, Murphy’s dedication to his craft never faltered. According to the National Post he continued to write and engage with the issues of the day, a testament to his unwavering commitment to the public discourse.