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.

Oct 21, 2002

For-Profit Health Care To Die For

The push to privatize health care has never been based on the, ahem, healthiest argument. If it were, the privatizers would have been forced to admit defeat last May when the <i>Canadian Medical Asso
Oct 15, 2002

How Deep is America's Loathing for Iraq?

So deep that the 1.5 million Iraqi deaths caused by the economic sanctions that Washington strong-armed the U.N. to adopt and maintain since 1991, are merely details. And weary of watching their chil
Oct 7, 2002

The Smoking Gun

Miffed that Ottawa isn't doing enough to beef up military spending, some trigger happy advocates are trying to make the case more saleable to Canadians by couching it in terms of enhancing Canada&#22
Oct 1, 2002

What Me Worry?

Isn't comparing Baghdad's unquenchable appetite for weapons of mass destruction to Washington's a bit like denouncing Donald Trump for being inconsiderate to his ex-wife, while not saying a word abou
Sep 9, 2002

We're Canadian, Mr. Manley

Call me old-fashioned, but I like the idea that we&#146;re a sovereign country and we &#151; not the Oval Office &#151; decide how we&#146;ll spend our money. If we prefer health care and education t
Aug 29, 2002

Schoolyard Bullying

Unfair grading. By the standards of today's accounting scandals, the Toronto school trustees recent audit marks looks pretty tepid &#151; no billion-dollar fantasy revenues, no multi-million-dollar s
Aug 19, 2002

Deficit Shmeficit

While business and its think tanks will try to convince Canadians otherwise, the fact is that the federal government's surpluses will rise steadily and hugely over the next twenty years making a mock
Aug 14, 2002

Why Canada Must Reject War on Iraq

Stand up to big brother. In debates about whether or not to support the expanded U.S. war on terror, it's been argued that full co-operation with the States would give Canada greater influence with W


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