Linda McQuaig

Jan 9, 2008

Junior partner in global war

For Canadians, watching a televised debate of Republican presidential candidates, like the one last Saturday night, can be a bit like observing an inscrutable species.
Dec 12, 2007

Not exactly the media's finest hour

The media often are accused of fanning the flames of controversy. But in the drama surrounding Brian Mulroney, it seems to be trying at times to bring a raging fire under control.
Nov 21, 2007

One central disturbing image

There's already an energetic campaign by the Conservatives and their supporters to keep us distracted from the central image in the Mulroney-Schreiber affair.
Nov 1, 2007

Social programs outgunned

With Ottawa expecting a budget surplus of more than $14 billion this year, the debate is on in earnest: Should there be tax cuts ... or tax cuts?
Oct 17, 2007

Clever ploy to extend the war

The opposition parties had Stephen Harper pretty much over a barrel when it came to Afghanistan, refusing to give him parliamentary support to continue the unpopular war beyond 2009.
Oct 3, 2007

Inequality among fish and humans

I recently saw a cartoon that captured an essential political truth. It shows a small fish thinking: "There is no justice in the world." Next to him, a somewhat larger fish (with mouth open, ready to
Sep 19, 2007

Democracy well served by reform

Next month offers a rare opportunity. Ontarians get to vote in a referendum on an alternative electoral system—called mixed-member proportional (MMP)—when they vote in the provincial electi
Sep 6, 2007

Invisible Afghan casualties

It's often noted that each death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan erodes public support for the war. What is infrequently noted is the way, with each death, the Canadian media seems to ratchet up
Aug 21, 2007

Is water on the table at Montebello?

One thing we can be pretty sure won't be announced when Stephen Harper, George Bush and Mexican president Felipe Calderón emerge from their summit in Montebello later today is a plan to di
Aug 9, 2007

Tax phobia benefits the wealthy

It seems almost incomprehensible. Despite the urgent need to find a solution to the global warming crisis, the City of Toronto is contemplating deep cuts to our public transit systemâe"one of th
Aug 6, 2007

Canada: energy pussycat

Stephen Harper likes to describe Canada as an "energy superpower." It's a catchy claim, but a ridiculous one. Surely an "energy superpower" would be a country that, at the very least, is assertive in
Jul 16, 2007

Post was wolf in sheep's clothing

Listening to Conrad Black being interviewed by Peter Gzowski on the radio a number of years ago, I was surprised to hear Black suggest that I be “horsewhipped.”
Jul 11, 2007

Continental integration on the march

It's a great irony that, while the United States has probably never been less popular among Canadians than in the era of George W. Bush, plans to integrate Canada more deeply into the U.S. have been
Book Review
Jun 28, 2007
 Holding the Bully's Coat Canada and the U.S. Empire

Home-grown military-industrial complex

Linda McQuaig
The senior ranks of the Canadian Forces and the department of National Defence have long been frustrated by the Canadian publicâe(TM)s fondness for peacekeeping and the UN, and have pushed for b
Jun 26, 2007

Clark offers precedent for Harper

It's often argued that Canada isn't a significant player in world events. That can't be said of the current crisis in the Middle East, where the Harper government has played a notable — and disa
Jun 12, 2007

Harper is Bush's new 'poodle'

Perhaps the most notable thing Stephen Harper did at the G-8 gathering last week was signal his intention to take over retiring British Prime Minister Tony Blair's role as George W. Bush's most helpf
Jun 4, 2007

We allowed rich to win the class war

Probably the most overlooked story of the past two decades is the fact that there was a class war and the rich won. By getting governments to cut taxes and slash social benefits, our financial Ã
Apr 16, 2007

Building a nation with body bags

The old refrain “War, what is it good for?” raised a valid question. But it's a question that doesn't much trouble the Harper crowd. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government — and th
Mar 19, 2007

Tax cut mantra music to ears of the wealthy

The experiment in neo-conservatism has changed the face of Canada. Thirty years ago, the richest 10 per cent of Canadians had incomes 31 times as big as the bottom 10 per cent. Today, their incomes a
Feb 19, 2007

Harper seems unwilling to find solutions

No matter how hopeless the situation in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper vows that Canada will be there, as a “country that leads, not that just follows.” Yet in the battle agains


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