Linda McQuaig

Columnists
Jan 14, 2002

Tax the Rich? Not in Canada

Mainstream media are not particularly interested in stories suggesting the rich enjoy favourable treatment from government. So it wasn't surprising there was minimal coverage last month of the final
News
Jan 9, 2002

Life Before Relationship Banking

Linda McQuaig
To think that, only a few years ago, I went to the bank and simply did my banking, and now when I go there, I have an individual situation. It's enough to give me a swelled head. Life doesn't revolve
Columnists
Dec 24, 2001

Sure We're in Decline, But Why?

The notion that Canada is a country in decline, a nation of losers, a hub of mediocrity, etc. is one encountered often in the National Post. I'm not disagreeing Canada has declined in recent years. B
Columnists
Dec 3, 2001

Pitfalls of Converting to the Greenback

It would be naive to believe the United States would give Canada a role in shaping its monetary policy, any more than Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan now checks with his counterparts in Ecuador,
Columnists
Nov 19, 2001

User Fees are Back; But Why?

It seemed harsh but inevitable. After all, in such tough times, how can we expect to hold on to expensive public programs like Medicare? Surely public healthcare will just be one more thing - like ci
Columnists
Nov 5, 2001

What's Wrong With Root Causes?

This breathless dismissal of the suffering of well over a billion people around the world as mere "garden variety social problems" is stunning in itself. But what of its connection to terrorism?
Columnists
Oct 22, 2001

Harris-The-Deficit-Slayer was Just Lucky

Legend has it that Ontario Premier Mike Harris then arrived and single-handedly drove the deficit into the ground. But in fact, the deficit was already on its way down when Harris took over the reins
Columnists
Oct 8, 2001

No Excuse for Tarring Critics

I fear that in the new era of political correctness, the ban on criticizing the United States will extend well beyond refusing to examine U.S. policies in the Middle East. I'll continue anyway, on th
Columnists
Sep 24, 2001

Atrocities Continue Cycle of Vengeance

George W. Bush wants us to believe we are in a titanic struggle between good and evil. Such thinking strips other people of their human qualities and makes it easy for us to justify doing any amount
Columnists
Sep 10, 2001

Shocking Facts about Deregulation

I certainly wouldn't want to underestimate the pleasure of being able to select the perfect time to maximize one's electricity consumption - but will it be enough to compensate for the higher prices
Columnists
Aug 28, 2001

Human Health on the Open Market

The market has made amazing inroads lately into human genes. Once the private preserve of the human body, genes have now been recognized for the hot marketable commodity that they are. But while the
Columnists
Aug 14, 2001

Giving Up More than the Loonie

It's a little disingenuous for those pushing economic integration with the United States to claim they're bucking the status quo; it would be like Britney Spears claiming she's bucking the status quo
Columnists
Jul 14, 2001

If GDP's So High, Why Am I So Low?

The need for economic security has never been lost on the rich. But it's also important - arguably even more important - to those lower down the income ladder, who are more vulnerable to a bad turn o
News
Jul 3, 2001

Big Pharma Fails the Poor and Sick

Linda McQuaig
The multinational drug industry has fought the generic drug licensing system just about everywhere it has surfaced. Thirty-nine major drug companies jointly launched a lawsuit against South Africa in
Columnists
Jul 3, 2001

Big Pharma Fails the Poor and Sick

The multinational drug industry has fought the generic drug licensing system just about everywhere it has surfaced. Thirty-nine major drug companies jointly launched a lawsuit against South Africa in
Columnists
Jun 18, 2001

Chrétien Sings a Familiar Tune

The Canadian public's intense dislike for former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney wasn't just about his policies. It was his deferential attitude towards Washington and U.S. corporate power that grated
Columnists
Jun 4, 2001

Helping the Poor by Taking Their Food

The World Bank and the IMF seek to eradicate poverty by redesigning Third World economies along strict market lines. Often, this means that countries wanting to borrow funds must remove government su
Columnists
May 7, 2001

The Real Risks in Two-Tier Medicine

Scrambling to convince doctors and hospitals to treat you when you have no money but desperately need their services is an idea so wild that it's hard for us Canadians to get our heads around it. But
Columnists
Apr 9, 2001

NAFTA: Viagra for Corporations

Under the guise of a trade deal, we've created stronger international rights for corporations to be free from constraints on their profit-making than for humans to be free from beatings, execution an

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