Linda McQuaig

Linda McQuaig is a columnist for the Toronto Star. She first came to national prominence in 1989 for uncovering the Patti Starr Affair, where a community leader was found to have used charitable funds for the purpose of making illegal donations to lobby the government. McQuaig was awarded the National Newspaper Award for her work on this story. The National Post has called her "Canada's Michael Moore". Linda is 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, 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 Could war also become an outdated method of conflict resolution – particularly as we enter an era of intensified global conflict over dwindling resources?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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Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 10:26am
Bulking up Pentagon North
With the prospect of a Harper majority hanging menacingly over the country, the mind inevitably turns to the question: Just what is the "secret agenda" lurking behind the friendly sweater? Actually, I don't believe there is one. The truth is that Stephen Harper has already laid out an agenda that would fundamentally change this country - in ways most Canadians would oppose.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 11:27am
Twisting the Concept of 'Elite'
Clearly, a compulsory item future U.S. presidential candidates will have to commit to memory will be the number of houses they own. Sadly, however, there may be no other repercussion from Republican John McCain's inability last week to remember that he owned seven. Conservative pundits were quick to suggest that attempts by Democratic rival Barack Obama to make an issue out of McCain's wealth would backfire since, they said, Obama is the real elitist who's out of touch with ordinary Americans. This involves some twisted logic.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 4:25pm
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. Apart from the annual Aug. 6 anniversary of Hiroshima - acknowledged briefly in the media last week, including in a powerful documentary on CBC Newsworld - the issue seems to suffer the fate of subjects the media just doesn't consider hot enough to cover.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 3:36pm
Made in America Energy Policy
When Americans want something that lies in another country, the consequences for that other country can be severe. Even if they don't actually invade, they put a lot of pressure on lesser countries to behave as they want. Canada, for instance, hasn't been invaded by the United States since 1812, but Ottawa has proved highly co-operative with Washington's desire to have access to our oil. We are America's Number 1 supplier.
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