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.

News
Jun 28, 2004

Hidden agenda? His 'open agenda' is extreme

Linda McQuaig
In one of the stranger twists of Canadian political history, a country that almost universally reveres public health care appears poised to elect as leader a man who ran an organization that once wag
News
Jan 9, 2002

Life Before Relationship Banking

Linda McQuaig
To think that, only a few years ago, I went to the bank and simply did my banking, and now when I go there, I have an individual situation. It's enough to give me a swelled head. Life doesn't revolve
News
Jul 3, 2001

Big Pharma Fails the Poor and Sick

Linda McQuaig
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
Columnists
Aug 13, 2008

Disarmed to nuclear danger

It's striking that the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons — arguably the most pressing issue humankind faces — has slipped so far off the political agenda it rarely merits a mention.
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

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