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, July 1, 2008 - 2:45pm
Averting Our Gaze From US 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. Even odder was the answer -- from John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general in the Bush administration, now a law professor at the University of California. "I don't think that I've ever given the advice that the president could bury somebody alive," Yoo told a judiciary subcommittee hearing into detainee interrogations.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 3:33pm
'Friendly Disrespect' for Market
It's been refreshing to see the General Motors workers in Oshawa refusing to submit passively to the dictates of the market. We've been taught that the market knows best. So workers are supposed to simply accept that market conditions have dictated the closure of their plant, eliminating 2,600 jobs. (The company's signed commitment to keep the Oshawa truck plant operating is supposed to count for nothing, when the market speaks.) Some 180,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Canada in the past two years while the federal government stood by doing nothing.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 3:24pm
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 particular gift horse. Let's just consider ourselves lucky that the heated U.S. Democratic presidential race may result in NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) being put back on the table.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 2:46pm
Iraq War Botched and Illegal
Apart from a few enthusiasts of the "surge," most commentators now regard the Iraq war as a terrible mistake. With Democrats likely to take the White House next year, the focus seems to be shifting to the problem of extricating U.S. troops. Can the war then be chalked up to a painful lesson learned? On the contrary, after five years of war, it seems that no real lesson has been learned. Indeed, there's a refusal to even acknowledge why it was wrong to invade Iraq.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 2:42pm
Elites Love to Pig Out on Energy
"We use 30 per cent of all the energy ... That isn't bad; that is good. That means we are the richest, strongest people in the world and that we have the highest standard of living in the world. That is why we need so much energy, and may it always be that way." -U.S. president Richard Nixon, November 1973. Things have changed since Nixon proudly proclaimed America the world's biggest energy guzzler. Or have they? Since then, the world has woken up to the stark reality of climate change and the role played by human energy consumption.
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Friday, May 11, 2007 - 3:44pm
Afghan Furor Shows We're Slipping Into US Orbit
It was almost enough to revive one's faith in Canada as a functioning democracy, not to mention a member of the civilized world. After two weeks of unrelenting pressure — led by the media and the opposition parties in Parliament — the Harper government was forced to abandon a deal that made Canada complicit in torture in Afghanistan.
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