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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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 11:53am
How Canada's Harper Helped Push World Toward Austerity
In June 2010, the transformation of the city’s downtown core into a pseudo war zone seemed like the worst aspect of the Harper government’s handling of the G20 summit in Toronto.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 9:17am
Is Environmental Action Impossible in Corporate-Dominated Age?
Perhaps the only thing more stunning than Alberta’s ruinous flooding has been the realization that not even a disaster of this magnitude, right in the heart of oil country, seems sufficient to break the torpor surrounding climate change. Indeed, federal and Alberta authorities seem undeterred in their dream of turning Canada into an energy superpower, even if it means immersing the country neck-deep in water.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 6:53am
Hugo Chavez Depicted As Tyrant for Challenging Western Oil Domination
Had Hugo Chavez followed the pattern of many Third World leaders and concentrated on siphoning off his nation’s wealth for personal gain, he would have attracted little attention or animosity in the West.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 4:10pm
Canada’s Energy Juggernaut Hits a Native Roadblock
Those who believe we can freely trash the environment in our quest to make ourselves richer suffer from a serious delusion — a delusion that doesn’t appear to afflict aboriginal people.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:27pm
Fight Against Climate Change Blocked by Luddites at Big Oil
In the interest of fighting climate change, most of us avoid buying SUVs — fortress-like vehicles that aren’t necessary unless one intends to take the whole family for a spin through downtown Baghdad. Most of us also recycle and keep the thermostat low. However, these gestures are doing almost nothing to stop the warming of the planet.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 1:24pm
Binders Full of Women and the Matriarchy Myth
One of the least scary things about Mitt Romney is that, when he was trying to figure out who to appoint to his cabinet in Massachusetts, he ordered up “binders full of women.” So the rumpus over his remark in last week’s U.S. presidential debate seems odd. After all, as MSNBC host Chris Hayes noted, what Romney did amounted to affirmative action (even if he had to be goaded to do it by a women’s coalition).
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Friday, September 28, 2012 - 10:40am
Mitt Romney Blurts Out the Truth About Neo-Conservatism
Ironically, in the now-famous video that seems likely to end his political career, it could be said that Mitt Romney was speaking truth to power.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 2:53pm
Quebec Students Send a Message Against Austerity
No wonder those Quebec student protestors have been spooking the English Canadian establishment. If they get their way, the same ideas could catch on here, leaving the best-laid plans for austerity in tatters.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:37am
Recalling Reagan, Canada's Harper and His Team Have Good 'Austerity' Laugh
There’s a striking photo of Ronald Reagan and members of his inner circle, cocktails in hand, practically doubled over with laughter. A clever wag attached a caption to the bottom of the photo: “We told them the wealth would trickle down!”
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 8:12am
Occupy Moves Us Into a New Era
When thousands of Egyptian protesters took over Tahrir Square in events widely celebrated as the Arab Spring, I don’t recall anyone being concerned that they were violating local bylaws. Of course, Egypt was a dictatorship and the only way to protest the lack of democracy was by breaking laws.
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