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
Oct 9, 2006

Using religion to spread hate is repugnant

A black man and a white woman stand before a justice of the peace, eager to exchange their wedding vows. But as they look lovingly into each other's eyes, the justice of the peace refuses to proceed
Columnists
Oct 2, 2006

Allow the debt burden to shrink over time

One of the perks of being prime minister is getting to use your power to settle old scores and crush opponents. This sort of vindictive motivation appears to lie behind the announcement by Stephen H
Columnists
Sep 25, 2006

Why does Ottawa not demand answers?

“Do you believe that torturing terror suspects is a more effective national security strategy than, say, securing our ports and borders?” It's horrifying enough to realize that the subject
Columnists
Sep 11, 2006

Angry young men against the West

In the days after 9/11, Iranian president Mohammad Khatami condemned the terrorist attack and reached out to the West to fight terrorism together. Too bad we ignored him. We'd be safer today if we ha
Columnists
Aug 14, 2006

History is a key element in occupation

It may not seem like much now, but back in the 1770s, the Six Nations native band was a big help to British forces fighting in the American Revolution. That's why, in 1784, the British Crown expresse
Columnists
Jul 24, 2006

PM did not do enough to protect Canadians

I would have thought that the first duty of a Canadian prime minister is the safety of Canadians.So, faced with a choice of expressing support for Israel or doing everything he possibly could to prot
Columnists
Jul 16, 2006

Attack on Lebanon — or Iran?

As Israeli firepower rained down on Lebanon last week, pundits here in the West wasted no time pinning the blame on — Iran. “Iran and its radical allies are pushing toward war,” wrote
Columnists
Jul 10, 2006

What are they really up to?

If ever there was a guy who looked more like a “Stephen” than a “Steve,” it would be our current Prime Minister. But when you're the most powerful guy in the world, it's your call

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