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
Jul 2, 2008

Averting our gaze from U.S. cruelty

Does the president of the United States have the right to order a detainee buried alive? Oddly, this grotesque question was posed at a U.S. Congressional hearing last week.
Columnists
Jun 3, 2008

Go ahead and reopen NAFTA

Yes, let's punish the official who leaked the Canadian memo that created heat for Barack Obama, future president of the United States. But let's not waste much time examining the mouth of this partic
Columnists
May 20, 2008

A loss of balance on Israel

Canada has a long history of supporting Israel. But the nature of that support, particularly under the Harper government, is almost unrecognizable from its earlier form.
Columnists
May 6, 2008

Rich wage class war, not StatsCan

Last week the <i>National Post</i> was quick to denounce a Statistics Canada report revealing rising inequality, even accusing StatsCan of setting off a "class war." StatsCan's offence was to documen
Columnists
Apr 23, 2008

Crime and mild punishment

Among vicious crimes, this one stood out: Two strong young men savagely beat and kicked a frail, ailing 59-year-old man to death, and then kicked, punched and taunted a woman who intervened to help h
Columnists
Apr 8, 2008

Media cheerleaders miss story

To listen to the media tell it, Canada scored a victory last week at the NATO summit. We got the extra 1,000 troops that the Harper government said were needed to continue our involvement in the Afgh
Columnists
Mar 25, 2008

Iraq war botched and illegal

After five years of war, it seems that no real lesson has been learned. Indeed, there's a refusal to even acknowledge why it was wrong to invade Iraq.
Columnists
Mar 12, 2008

Votes that condone torture

Later this week, our two leading political parties are expected to join forces and commit Canada to another three years of military intervention in support of the Afghan government &#151; which we kn
Columnists
Feb 27, 2008

Canada's military-industrial complex

In a defining moment for Canada, Jean Chr&#195;&#169;tien resisted U.S. pressure and kept Canada out of Iraq. Now Liberal Leader St&#195;&#169;phane Dion, in another historic moment, has shown that C

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