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.

Nov 5, 2001

What's Wrong With Root Causes?

This breathless dismissal of the suffering of well over a billion people around the world as mere "garden variety social problems" is stunning in itself. But what of its connection to terrorism?
Oct 22, 2001

Harris-The-Deficit-Slayer was Just Lucky

Legend has it that Ontario Premier Mike Harris then arrived and single-handedly drove the deficit into the ground. But in fact, the deficit was already on its way down when Harris took over the reins
Oct 8, 2001

No Excuse for Tarring Critics

I fear that in the new era of political correctness, the ban on criticizing the United States will extend well beyond refusing to examine U.S. policies in the Middle East. I'll continue anyway, on th
Sep 24, 2001

Atrocities Continue Cycle of Vengeance

George W. Bush wants us to believe we are in a titanic struggle between good and evil. Such thinking strips other people of their human qualities and makes it easy for us to justify doing any amount
Sep 10, 2001

Shocking Facts about Deregulation

I certainly wouldn't want to underestimate the pleasure of being able to select the perfect time to maximize one's electricity consumption - but will it be enough to compensate for the higher prices
Aug 28, 2001

Human Health on the Open Market

The market has made amazing inroads lately into human genes. Once the private preserve of the human body, genes have now been recognized for the hot marketable commodity that they are. But while the
Aug 14, 2001

Giving Up More than the Loonie

It's a little disingenuous for those pushing economic integration with the United States to claim they're bucking the status quo; it would be like Britney Spears claiming she's bucking the status quo
Jul 14, 2001

If GDP's So High, Why Am I So Low?

The need for economic security has never been lost on the rich. But it's also important - arguably even more important - to those lower down the income ladder, who are more vulnerable to a bad turn o
Jul 3, 2001

Big Pharma Fails the Poor and Sick

The multinational drug industry has fought the generic drug licensing system just about everywhere it has surfaced. Thirty-nine major drug companies jointly launched a lawsuit against South Africa in


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