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
Apr 6, 2010

Pinpricks derail action on climate change

Of course, it's possible that the incredibly warm, barbecues-in-March weather we've recently enjoyed is just a fluke and has nothing whatsoever to do with climate change. But is this realistic?
Columnists
Feb 23, 2010

Deficits will own the podium

No cost has been spared in mounting a giant spectacle of spandex-clad athletes performing dazzling feats in massive public venues. Nobody seems to be letting the $6 billion price tag get in the way.
Columnists
Feb 9, 2010

Tory chill freezes out Tobin tax

Jim Flaherty hosted the G7 finance ministers in Iqaluit, but Canadians got little sense of something else he was up to: obstructing worldwide momentum for a tax on financial speculation.
Columnists
Jan 26, 2010

Elitists in populist clothing

Right-wingers like Scott Brown hide the elitism of their agenda by presenting themselves as ordinary working types who may have just slaughtered something with their bare hands in the back shed.
Columnists
Dec 1, 2009

A hero stands up to cowboys

The disregarding of Richard Colvin's warnings is part of a larger problem -- the adoption of a Bush-like War on Terror mentality in the top ranks of our military and government.

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