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.

Apr 16, 2002

The Peasants of the Common Sense Revolution

The whipping posts are gone. Vagabonds are free to walk about today in Ontario; at least for now, since Ernie Eves beat out leadership contender Jim Flaherty who had pledged to jail the homeless. But
Apr 3, 2002

U.S. Scuttles Tobin Tax

When it comes to enforcing co-operation on international financial instability and fighting world poverty - actually making the world a better place - President George Bushâe(TM)s tall-in-the-sa
Mar 11, 2002

Canada Rules!

The outpouring of emotion over Canada's Olympic hockey conquest seems to me like an expression of defiance, a spontaneous rising up of people who are sick of being told by commentators and "market wa
Feb 25, 2002

Bash the World Bank

With the terms "America-hating" and "bank-basher" as staples of media discourse these days, the suggestion seems to be that anyone who questions how Canadian banks or the United States government exe
Feb 10, 2002

The Suburb of Canada

Did American President George Bush simply forget the name of that large country north of the border - far too subservient to United States power, behaving more like a suburb of the American metropoli
Jan 28, 2002

Dollarization? Not Here, Please

Paul Tellier, chief executive of Canadian National Railway and some other business leaders have concluded that economic integration - even adopting the American dollar - is inevitable. While it may n
Jan 14, 2002

Tax the Rich? Not in Canada

Mainstream media are not particularly interested in stories suggesting the rich enjoy favourable treatment from government. So it wasn't surprising there was minimal coverage last month of the final
Dec 24, 2001

Sure We're in Decline, But Why?

The notion that Canada is a country in decline, a nation of losers, a hub of mediocrity, etc. is one encountered often in the National Post. I'm not disagreeing Canada has declined in recent years. B
Dec 3, 2001

Pitfalls of Converting to the Greenback

It would be naive to believe the United States would give Canada a role in shaping its monetary policy, any more than Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan now checks with his counterparts in Ecuador,
Nov 19, 2001

User Fees are Back; But Why?

It seemed harsh but inevitable. After all, in such tough times, how can we expect to hold on to expensive public programs like Medicare? Surely public healthcare will just be one more thing - like ci


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