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, It's the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet and Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire. Her most recent book is The Trouble with Billionaires, co-authored with Neil Brooks.

Her rabble column appears courtesy of the Toronto Star.

Jun 12, 2007

Harper is Bush's new 'poodle'

Perhaps the most notable thing Stephen Harper did at the G-8 gathering last week was signal his intention to take over retiring British Prime Minister Tony Blair's role as George W. Bush's most helpf
Jun 4, 2007

We allowed rich to win the class war

Probably the most overlooked story of the past two decades is the fact that there was a class war and the rich won. By getting governments to cut taxes and slash social benefits, our financial Ã
Apr 16, 2007

Building a nation with body bags

The old refrain “War, what is it good for?” raised a valid question. But it's a question that doesn't much trouble the Harper crowd. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government — and th
Mar 19, 2007

Tax cut mantra music to ears of the wealthy

The experiment in neo-conservatism has changed the face of Canada. Thirty years ago, the richest 10 per cent of Canadians had incomes 31 times as big as the bottom 10 per cent. Today, their incomes a
Feb 19, 2007

Harper seems unwilling to find solutions

No matter how hopeless the situation in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper vows that Canada will be there, as a “country that leads, not that just follows.” Yet in the battle agains
Jan 4, 2007

U.S. won't soon forgive the UN

Last month, NATO got a new top military commander, the general who formerly ran the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay. So Canadian troops in Afghanistan, will ultimately be under the command of a U.S. ge
Dec 18, 2006

How will the U.S. control Iraq's oil?

Advising the Bush administration on how to deal with the Iraq fiasco, the report of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group urges the president to clarify that Washington does not seek to control Iraq's oil.


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