Linda McQuaig

Journalist and best-selling author Linda McQuaig has developed a reputation for challenging the establishment.

As a reporter for The Globe and Mail, she won a National Newspaper Award in 1989 for a series of articles which sparked a public inquiry into the activities of Ontario political lobbyist Patti Starr, and eventually led to Starr's imprisonment.

As a Senior Writer for Maclean's magazine, McQuaig (along with business writer Ian Austen) probed the early business dealings of Conrad Black, uncovering how Black used political connections to avoid prosecution. An irate Black suggested on CBC radio that McQuaig should be horsewhipped.

In 1991, she was awarded an Atkinson Fellowship for Journalism in Public Policy to study the social welfare systems in Europe and North America.

McQuaig has been a rare voice in the mainstream media challenging the prevailing economic and political dogma — as a columnist in the financial pages of the National Post in the late 1990s, and since 2002, as an op-ed columnist in the Toronto Star.

She has also taken on the status quo in a series of controversial books — including seven national best-sellers — such as Shooting the Hippo (short-listed for the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction), The Cult of Impotence and It's the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet. Her most recent book is Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire.

Columnists
Jun 16, 2009

Who's calling shots for Liberals?

Lisa Raitt's taped comments raise questions about what role the banks may have played in nixing the coalition, and also what power they wield over the severely financially strapped Liberal party.
Columnists
Jun 2, 2009

Tories wield the deficit truncheon

Despite a decade of huge budget surpluses, neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives invested in our public services, which would have distributed benefits far more widely than tax cuts.
Columnists
May 19, 2009

Relentless secrecy on payments

If it had just been that former prime minister Brian Mulroney took hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash payments and failed to report the income for six years, it would be quite a story.
Columnists
May 5, 2009

A peace plank for Ignatieff

A decision by Ignatieff to challenge the Conservative drift toward militarism would do the country -- and the world -- a service, while also making him seem less of an empty vessel.
Columnists
Apr 21, 2009

Corporate elite settles an old score

In demanding wage concessions of up to $19 an hour, auto company executives and the Harper government are hoping to deflect public anger for the economic meltdown onto those who assemble cars.
Columnists
Apr 7, 2009

PM feared Galloway's message

George Galloway poses a threat to Stephen Harper's ability to sell Canadians on our involvement in the Afghan war and on Ottawa's support for Israel in its battle against the Palestinians.
Columnists
Nov 17, 2003

Listen to Chretien's parting words

One thing that became clear last week was how badly media pundits wanted to see the end of Jean Chrétien. Paul Martin has long been the darling of the media-commentator set, and their impa

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