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.

Jun 19, 2006

Our protection lies in learning the truth

With all eyes glued on the UN Security Council in February 2003, then U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell laid out Washington's case for invading Iraq — based on top-secret intelligence purport
Jun 12, 2006

All security, all the time. No other news

This was not at all what CNN had in mind. Washington had just dropped two massive bombs on a house in Iraq, killing renowned terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and CNN was interviewing Michael B
Jun 5, 2006

CUPE drawing attention to Israeli injustice

A CBC TV news report on the recent Israeli election vividly captured the “agony” Israelis were going through as they pondered the key election issue: Israel's plans to unilaterally withdraw
May 29, 2006

The PM is copying Bush's media tactics

Despite being the longest-serving member of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas almost never gets to ask George Bush a question. That's because Bush controls who asks the questions and he does
May 15, 2006

Can't we spare 600 troops for Darfur?

Leaving aside politics, it's hard to imagine why Canada is sending troops to Afghanistan and not to Darfur. It's not clear what good we're doing in Afghanistan, where we're aggressively going after &
Apr 17, 2006

Dismantling the gun registry: How curious

There's a curious inconsistency in the credo of those — including Stephen Harper — who want to crack down on crime. While they're keen to increase jail times — a keenness likely to inc


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