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
Jan 6, 2003

Worst Excuse Yet

And it’s a doozy. U.S. President George W. Bush’s suggestion that protecting the U.S. economy from recession would be grounds to justify an invasion of Iraq is remarkable for its sheer depr
Columnists
Dec 16, 2002

Don't Let Bush Light Iraq Fire

Shooting frogs with BB guns was apparently pretty standard entertainment for young boys in Texas in the 1950s. But for added amusement, George W. Bush and his friends used to tuck firecrackers into t
Columnists
Dec 9, 2002

Ask Yourself This

How come the workers who allegedly will lose their jobs over the Kyoto accord are the very people who support it? Virtually the entire organized labour movement — including the union which repre
Columnists
Dec 2, 2002

Let's Move Quickly on Medicare

With private health insurance costs rising in the U.S. system, even fully employed middle-class Americans are joining the ranks of the uninsured. So why are they so skittish about public health care?
Columnists
Nov 25, 2002

Bob Woodward: All the President's Man

Seeing this icon of journalism and press freedom on CNN&#146;s <I>Larry King Live</I> reduced to a state of almost childlike wonder as he painted a picture of American President George W. Bush as a f
Columnists
Nov 18, 2002

Let His Embarrassing Record Reflect

As George W. Bush inches closer each day to sending tens of thousands of American soldiers into Iraq (to be followed likely by hundreds of Canadian soldiers), any day would be appropriate for the med
Columnists
Nov 13, 2002

Imagine

A world where the mention of oil draws nothing but blank looks from the former oil executives now occupying the two top positions in the U.S. administration. &#147;Oil? Why would we care about that?,
Columnists
Nov 11, 2002

Anti-Green Still Mean

It&#146;s striking to note that the bulk of the greenhouse gas problem is concentrated in a subgroup of old-style industries &#151; oil and gas, metals, steel, industrial chemicals, pulp and paper. A
Columnists
Oct 28, 2002

Martin Avoids Corporate Influence Issue

Liberal leadership hopeful Paul Martin wants to make our political system more democratic &#151; by ensuring greater independence and power for individual MPs. Fair enough. But while Martin has corre

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