Linda McQuaig

Dec 20, 2004

The meek take on the mighty

For those who enjoy a good David-and-Goliath confrontation, it doesn't get much better than this. In one corner, we have the White House and Exxon; in the other, some of the most powerless people on
Dec 13, 2004

Rich walk ever taller in Canada

Unless you're a rich investor, hold onto your wallet. Whenever the business-funded C. D. Howe Institute starts poking around in the tax system, it finds lots of things to change — mostly for the
Dec 6, 2004

Canada missteps at U.N.

Canada quietly reversed a longstanding policy last week when it joined the U.S. and only a few other countries in voting against a couple of U.N. resolutions supporting Palestinian rights. Pressure o
Nov 29, 2004

Canada should be at the peace table

When Paul Martin talks about being “at the table,” there's no question which table he means: the one where Canada signs on to the U.S. anti-missile scheme, as Washington has been heavily pr
Nov 22, 2004

In Europe: higher taxes, better child care

Last week, <i>The Globe and Mail</i> columnist Margaret Wente dismissed the idea that a national child care program could offer any benefits for children: &#147;Half a zillion studies show that who m
Nov 15, 2004

We have something U.S. needs

As Ottawa prepares to receive George W. Bush in the next few months, expect lots of lectures about how vital Canada-U.S. trade is. This is designed to convince us of the need to walk on eggshells whe
Nov 8, 2004

Are we going to be helpmate to a bully?

To most Canadians, the prospect of four more years of George W. Bush is anticipated in much the same way that one looks forward to a kick in the teeth or perhaps colonoscopy. To a small group of Cana
Oct 25, 2004

Candidates silent on U.S. invasions

There was plenty of outrage south of the border last week over the news that the British newspaper, <i>The Guardian</i>, had organized a letter-writing campaign to influence undecided American voters
Oct 18, 2004

The surplus god replaces the deficit god

For years, the prime minister had a ready excuse whenever a voice would rise up from the citizenry and plaintively cry: &#147;Please, sir, I want some more.&#148; No need was so pressing that it coul
Oct 4, 2004

Outside the White House sheltered workshop

In their first debate, George Bush Bush appeared faltering, confused, petulant and almost inarticulate at times. He seemed like a schoolboy who'd been sent to the front of the class to discuss a book
Sep 27, 2004

Homeless briefly in spotlight

One of the accomplishments of neo-conservatives in recent years has been to push issues like poverty and homelessness right off the political agenda, to reduce homelessness in the eyes of many to a m
Sep 13, 2004

Go directly to jail

A few years ago, a middle-aged Louisiana man committed what he considered a successful robbery: he slipped the teller at the local post office a robbery note and then waited outside for the police to
Sep 6, 2004

Black's phony tax rage

To achieve maximum personal enrichment, Conrad Black is alleged, among other things, to have arranged for millions of dollars in management fees to be paid to his private companies registered in Barb
Aug 30, 2004

Bush, not Kerry, should face scrutiny

It's downright strange that the U.S. presidential election campaign has come to focus on what happened in a faraway boat during the course of a few minutes more than 30 years ago. But it's truly asto
Aug 23, 2004

Wanted: Saviour for medicare

The future of our beloved medicare system is at risk of being permanently damaged by the petty territorial squabbling of federal and provincial politicians. If only there was a leader on the politica
Aug 16, 2004

Is Florida facing a new electoral crisis?

With hundreds of reporters and pundits on hand at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, no aspect of U.S. politics seemed too trivial or irrelevant to be mulled over and speculated about endl
Aug 9, 2004

Getting naked for Star Wars

In the strip-tease game Ottawa is playing with Washington over whether we'll join its National Missile Defence (NMD), we don't have a lot of clothes left to shed. Defence Minister Bill Graham peeled
Jul 26, 2004

The pesky problem of nuclear waste

The revived interest in nuclear energy is partly due to the realization that other energy sources, particularly coal and oil, are contributing to global warming. We appear to be left with the choice
Jul 19, 2004

Bushites are trying to rewrite history

The Bush administration has cast itself in a new role in the Iraq fiasco: innocent victim. With Iraq expected to be key to President George Bush's re-election chances this fall, the rewriting of hist
Jul 12, 2004

9/11 film places real issues in spotlight

Michael Moore has been called a slimeball and an America-hater. But the lowest blow in the effort to discredit Michael Moore may be the attempt to compare his new film to Mel Gibson's turgid, melodra
Jul 5, 2004

Not what you'd call a gracious loser

The most lasting image of election 2004 may be the face of Stephen Harper the day after. Peering from a limousine upon his return to Ottawa, a pouting Harper looked not only glum, but downright miffe
Jun 28, 2004

Hidden agenda? His 'open agenda' is extreme

Linda McQuaig
In one of the stranger twists of Canadian political history, a country that almost universally reveres public health care appears poised to elect as leader a man who ran an organization that once wag


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