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.

Columnists
Sep 15, 2003

Fire Tory wrecking crew

When former cabinet minister John Snobelen was captured on videotape saying, “we need to invent a crisis” in the education system, that should have tipped us off that something was seriousl
Columnists
Sep 8, 2003

Eves determined to help privileged

From the beginning, the revolution launched by Mike Harris has been based on a kind of class war — blaming the poor for economic woes in the hopes that middle-class voters would happily align th
Columnists
Aug 11, 2003

Kowtowing is no sign of strength

Canada's financial elite have been campaigning for more than a year to get Canadians to accept deeper economic integration with the U.S. They are playing on the notion that Canada is vulnerable to be
Columnists
Aug 4, 2003

A callous scheme? Bet on it

An Internet gambling parlour where members of the public could place bets on whether Middle Eastern leaders would be assassinated? Like the deck of most-wanted-Iraqi playing cards, the scheme seemed
Columnists
Jul 28, 2003

Chipping away at medicare

Once we dispense with faith-based convictions about greater private-sector efficiency, we're left with the real difference between private and public health care: The private model involves a company
Columnists
Jul 21, 2003

Sixteen little words, my as*terisk

“Just 16 little words,” as one media commentator described them, apparently trying to trivialize the controversy over a forged document that threatens to engulf George W. Bush's presidency.
Columnists
Jul 14, 2003

Why no apology for slavery?

The White House takes photo ops very seriously, usually confining them to U.S. military settings where an enthusiastic crowd can be counted on as a backdrop. So this one was risky. Bush is not popula
Columnists
Jul 8, 2003

Sober side to Olympic elation

One wonders if ordinary people would be moved to such apoplectic reactions if the media weren't urging them on, hyping Vancouver's successful bid as some kind of international verification of our wor
Columnists
Jun 23, 2003

Sex, Lies and American Presidents

Anyone observing U.S. politics in recent years could easily conclude that lying about having sex is a serious offence worthy of impeachment, while lying about taking the country to war is hardly wort

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