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.

Jul 24, 2006

PM did not do enough to protect Canadians

I would have thought that the first duty of a Canadian prime minister is the safety of Canadians.So, faced with a choice of expressing support for Israel or doing everything he possibly could to prot
Jul 16, 2006

Attack on Lebanon — or Iran?

As Israeli firepower rained down on Lebanon last week, pundits here in the West wasted no time pinning the blame on — Iran. “Iran and its radical allies are pushing toward war,” wrote
Jul 10, 2006

What are they really up to?

If ever there was a guy who looked more like a “Stephen” than a “Steve,” it would be our current Prime Minister. But when you're the most powerful guy in the world, it's your call
Jun 19, 2006

Our protection lies in learning the truth

With all eyes glued on the UN Security Council in February 2003, then U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell laid out Washington's case for invading Iraq — based on top-secret intelligence purport
Jun 12, 2006

All security, all the time. No other news

This was not at all what CNN had in mind. Washington had just dropped two massive bombs on a house in Iraq, killing renowned terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and CNN was interviewing Michael B
Jun 5, 2006

CUPE drawing attention to Israeli injustice

A CBC TV news report on the recent Israeli election vividly captured the “agony” Israelis were going through as they pondered the key election issue: Israel's plans to unilaterally withdraw
May 29, 2006

The PM is copying Bush's media tactics

Despite being the longest-serving member of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas almost never gets to ask George Bush a question. That's because Bush controls who asks the questions and he does


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