Linda McQuaig

Linda McQuaig

Linda McQuaig is an author, journalist, and former NDP candidate for Toronto Centre in the Canadian federal election. She is also the author (with Neil Brooks) of Billionaires’ Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality, published by Beacon Press.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 9:11am
Police, Bankers Exempt From Austerity
The violence of the mob was considerable, with hooligans smashing windows, looting stores and setting police cars ablaze. I'm referring, of course, to the hockey riots in Montreal in April 2008, after the Montreal Canadiens' playoff victory over the Boston Bruins.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 8:50am
Partner in Flotilla ‘Farce’
As all civilized countries agree, seizing ships on the high seas is a very bad thing. This sentiment was greatly strengthened in 1985 when Palestinian gunmen seized the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and killed a disabled American passenger. An outraged international community came together to make it an international crime (under the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Maritime Navigation Safety) to seize control of a ship or to harm its passengers.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 9:48am
Restraint for Everything but Sports
No cost has been spared in mounting a giant spectacle of spandex-clad athletes performing dazzling feats in massive public venues. Certainly, nobody seems to be letting the $6 billion price tag for Vancouver's Olympic extravaganza get in the way. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against sports. I appreciate the nuances of a fine skeleton performance as much as the next person. My point is simply to question why goals other than mounting gala sports events are routinely dismissed on the grounds that we can't afford them.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 9:04am
Afghan Affair More Than 'Nitpicking'
The irritation of members of the Harper government has been palpable in recent weeks as they tap their toes impatiently, wondering when they can return to the serious business of waging war without all these rude interruptions about torture. Last Friday on CBC Radio's The Current, Laurie Hawn, parliamentary secretary to Defence Minister Peter MacKay, complained about all the "nitpicking" and insisted that the Afghan detainee issue is not one that concerns Canadians.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 8:29am
Ever Upward Trend for Bankers' Pay
Some people were outraged last week by a report that a member of the kitchen staff of bailed-out Wall Street firm AIG had received a $7,700 bonus. Surely that was far less outrageous than the million-dollar bonuses paid to others at AIG who actually carried out the firm's financial business. After all, the kitchen helper produced something that at least could be eaten. Apart from perhaps overcooking the Chateaubriand or leaving spots on the champagne glasses, what harm could the kitchen helper have done – compared to driving the world economy over a cliff?
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 8:35am
Give Peace a Seat at Cabinet Table
Duelling was once regarded as an entirely appropriate way for two gentlemen to resolve a dispute. Today, a gentleman challenging another to a duel would be regarded as peculiar. Duels have become obsolete in the civilized world. Could war also become an outdated method of conflict resolution – particularly as we enter an era of intensified global conflict over dwindling resources?
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 8:36am
Profit Takes Precedence Over Reform
With the American right poised to derail yet another attempt to bring public health care to the United States, Canada has been dragged in for a disturbing cameo role. By any reasonable measure, our health-care system is stellar compared to theirs, yet ours has been cast as the scary bad guy to serve as a cautionary tale to those who consider it urgent to provide health-care coverage to the 47 million Americans without it.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 9:55am
Rich Cause the Crisis, Workers Get the Blame
For a while, the Wall Street meltdown gave the rich a bad name. Even they seemed embarrassed by their own excess. There were reports of designer shops packaging purchases in plain paper bags. But as going downscale lost its novelty, the rich have grown weary of their own embarrassment. Gratuitous extravagance is making a comeback. I noticed a Tiffany's ad in a Toronto newspaper last week for a "diamond solitaire on a platinum band of channel-set diamonds. From $3,550 to $1,000,000."
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 11:28am
Bush's Willing Accomplice
Isolated, repudiated by his people and even shunned by his own party, George W. Bush – the lamest of lame ducks – still seems able to count on the support of at least one world leader: Stephen Harper. And so it was on the weekend, as it has so often been in the past two years, that our prime minister provided rare support for Bush as the soon-to-be former president battled against a chorus of world leaders urgently calling for a set of badly needed reforms.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 11:36am
Maybe the Rich Are the Problem
John McCain clearly thought he'd found a winning issue last week when Barack Obama was caught on tape defending his plan to tax the rich and "spread the wealth around." Gotcha! For days, the faltering Republican nominee relentlessly harangued Obama for saying such a thing, championing "Joe the Plumber," whose confrontation with Obama had provoked the remark. Of course, many were surprised when Joe the Plumber turned out to be neither a real plumber nor a guy named Joe.
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