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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Canadian Minister of Finance Bill Morneau Views
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time to End Tax Breaks That Benefit the Rich
The real beneficiaries of the tax loophole targeted by the Trudeau government are high-flying corporate lawyers, businesspeople, accountants, doctors, dentists, insurance, and real estate agents.
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As North Korea boasted in July that it had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, it's more important than ever that Canada play a leadership role in pushing for nuclear disarmament, Linda McQuaig argues.  (Korean Central News Agency/The Associated Press) Views
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Canada Abandons Proud History as ‘Nuclear Nag’ When Most Needed
So insistent was Canada in pushing for nuclear disarmament that we became known among top NATO generals as the “nuclear nag.” Make no mistake — that was meant as an insult. But it gives me a shiver of pride to think that Canada was smeared because of our insistence on challenging NATO’s top brass...
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Justin Trudeau, who styles himself a champion of struggling middle-class workers, seems content to do nothing about NAFTA’s headlock on working Canadians. (image/cc/DonkeyHotey) Views
Sunday, August 06, 2017
NAFTA Needs an Overhaul to Improve Workers’ Rights
With the chaos of the Trump administration as a backdrop, Canadian diplomats will arrive in Washington later this month for NAFTA talks that they hope will be no more than a skinny renegotiation. According to Canadian lore, the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a great boon to Canada, so...
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U.S. President Donald Trump greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Canada: Flexing Military Might is Capitulation to Trump, Despite Liberal Spin
Even after The Economist magazine ran an article headlined “Tony Blair is not a poodle,” the British prime minister was unable to shake the slur of being George W. Bush’s loyal lapdog for supporting his invasion of Iraq. So there must be a huge sigh of relief inside our own Prime Minister’s Office...
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Sunday, June 11, 2017
NAFTA’s Dirty Secret: It Lets U.S. Control Canada's Oil
In the wake of Donald Trump’s fiery threats to end the trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the subject of NAFTA has become much more interesting to Canadians than before, when it mostly consisted of talk about softwood lumber and the dairy industry. Boring. In fact, Trump or no Trump,...
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Sunday, April 02, 2017
Fighting Fake News About Canadian Health Care
I recall my frustration years ago watching U.S. television while an “analyst” from the right-wing Cato Institute spewed blatant lies about Canada’s public health care system — including that all hospitals in Ontario, having run out of money at the end of the year, had completely shut down for the...
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Looking down Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport, from the side. Views
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Privatizing Airports a Flight Risk
If you’re a hen, you probably don’t want to hear that the farmer has hired a fox to advise it on better ways to run the henhouse. Similarly, if you’re a Canadian air traveler, you probably won’t be pleased to learn the Trudeau government has hired a major investment bank — which specializes in...
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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Different Tax Rules for Wealthy and Powerful
Brian Mulroney will surely be best remembered for the suitcase full of thousand dollar bills he received in a New York hotel room. The riveting image of the former prime minister accepting wads of cash from a notorious lobbyist — admitted by Mulroney under cross-examination at a 2009 public inquiry...
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Monday, June 15, 2015
Harper's Voter Suppression Plan: Coming Soon to a Polling Station Near You
Stephen Harper's re-election strategy depends on a lot of you not voting. And if you mess with his plan by showing up at the polling station on Election Day, he's prepared for that, too: he's made it a lot harder for you to vote. The prime minister has made it so much harder that "many tens of...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Why are Canadians Subsidizing Executive Stock Options?
If you’re a top executive at a major corporation, no need to read further; you’ll know all this. But if you’re an ordinary person, you may not. You’ve probably heard of “executive stock options” — a perk that allows corporate executives a special deal on purchasing the company’s stocks. And you may...
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