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
Mar 30, 2003

On the Limits of Friendship

Not every country can be expected to be as fearless as Guinea, Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Mexico and Turkey. But, as we ponder how to respond to last week’s stern lecture from U.S. ambassador Paul
Columnists
Mar 16, 2003

Pliable Bush Puppet Of Hawks

In an apparent attempt to come up with a guise other than “warmonger,” George W. Bush is being hastily repackaged as “deeply religious.” Bush has always been officially described
Columnists
Feb 17, 2003

The Thing is, It is About Oil

The astonishing thing about American power is not that it will soon crush the feeble nation of Iraq, but that it has managed for months to keep world attention riveted on Iraq’s “weapons of
Columnists
Feb 9, 2003

Why Invade when U.N. is Disarming Iraq?

Every war has its galvanizing image, aimed at rousing all decent people to take up arms. The galvanizing image of the upcoming invasion of Iraq has been the story that Saddam Hussein “gassed his
Columnists
Feb 4, 2003

Show Some Backbone

Iraqis shouldn’t take the upcoming war personally. The invasion of their country is actually part of a larger shift in U.S. foreign policy that will likely bring more of these sorts of intervent
Columnists
Jan 26, 2003

Biting the Hand that Feeds Parties

Liberal party president Stephen LeDrew minced no words, proclaiming the idea “dumb as a bag of hammers.” Wow. The idea must be more than just run-of-the-mill dumb. So it might come as some
Columnists
Jan 20, 2003

Let’s Opt Out of Absurd War

U.N. inspections of Iraq in recent weeks have so far failed to find any cache of deadly weapons, such a cache being the stated reason for a U.S.-led war on the country. Given the staggering weakness

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