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
Nov 17, 2009

Financial elite back in the saddle

This time last year, financial elites everywhere seemed under siege. A year later, they are safely back in the saddle, enjoying a virtual stranglehold over key public policies.
Columnists
Nov 3, 2009

Harper's extremism is showing

The Harper government appears to have embarked on a campaign to silence Canadian critics of Israel, in ways that threaten to undermine Canada's tradition of debate, particularly at our universities.
Columnists
Oct 20, 2009

Pay bonanza continues for bankers

Banks and securities firms are on track this year to pay their employees a record $140 billion -- an amount that exceeds the peak year of 2007, just before they put the global economy into meltdown.
Columnists
Oct 6, 2009

Give peace a seat at cabinet table

NDP MP Bill Siksay and Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis introduced a private member's bill in Parliament calling for the creation of a federal Department of Peace, with a seat at the cabinet table.
Columnists
Sep 8, 2009

Tax havens: out of sight, out of mind

No one questions the zeal of Canadian authorities in ensuring that ordinary folks pay every cent of their taxes. Yet the government doesn't appear to be equally zealous when it comes to the rich.
Columnists
Aug 11, 2009

Profit takes precedence over reform

The right in Canada, like its American counterpart, has discouraged the public from trusting government to provide public services, so that the private sector can provide them instead at a profit.
Columnists
Jun 30, 2009

Tories keep the faith, such as it is

Away from the cameras, the Conservatives remain strongly committed to right-wing economic policies. Jim Flaherty has already begun talking about "an exit strategy" from government stimulus policies.

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