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 of "The Sport and Prey of Capitalists: How the Rich Are Stealing Canada's Public Wealth" (2019), "War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet: It's the Crude, Dude" (2006) and  (with Neil Brooks) of "Billionaires’ Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality" (2012).

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Trudeau has shown some spine against the deficit hawks, but he has been timid about joining Biden's campaign to tax the wealthy. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) Views
Thursday, May 06, 2021
Trudeau Should Join Biden in Breaking Free of the Suffocating Effects of 'Trickle-Down' Economics
There's an iconic photo that shows Ronald Reagan and a bunch of his Republican cronies buckled over, laughing uproariously. Who knows what they found so funny—maybe President Reagan just burped or George H.W. Bush did an armpit fart. Whatever. But some wag turned the photo into a legend with the...
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Demonstrator Randall Grey protests a taxation of the wealthy during a rally at Occupy Wall Street San Diego on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Why the Poorest Millionaires Should Stop Worrying About a Wealth Tax
Benjamin Franklin observed that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Another certainty is that the wealthy will concoct fatuous arguments to justify lower taxes for themselves. "A wealth tax would be the simplest, fairest and most effective way to collect billions of extra dollars of revenue...
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 A woman wearing a face mask is seen outside a Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on April 6, 2021. (Photo: Zou Zheng/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Zou Zheng via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Showering Big Pharma With Taxpayer Dollars Won't Solve Vaccine Supply Issues
Canada’s faltering COVID-19 vaccine rollout is all the more stunning in light of news that little Cuba is on the brink of having its own vaccine—actually one of five COVID vaccines being developed by the tiny nation’s booming biotech industry. It’s hard to believe it has come to this. Forty years...
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Justin Trudeau, is the prime minister of Canada and the leader of the Liberal Party. Views
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Justin Trudeau’s New 'Public' Bank Delivers for Investors, not for Us
Governments are generally secretive about giving handouts to business, but the Trudeau government has come up with a particularly sneaky way to deliver corporate welfare — through its Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB). This little-known business boondoggle is about to get much richer — billions of...
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Failures of privatized LTCs cries out for more public ownership and control over long-term care homes. Views
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Bare-Knuckle Capitalism has No Place in Nursing Homes
When it became clear last fall that the province’s long-term care (LTC) homes were about to be engulfed by the second wave of the pandemic, the Ford government swung into action. Wasting no time, it promptly introduced legislation — legislation that gave the corporate owners of long-term care homes...
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As renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall notes: “Farm animals feel pleasure and sadness, excitement and resentment, depression, fear and pain.” Views
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Keeping the Curtains Drawn on Canada's Secretive Factory Farm Industry
Many people—meat-eaters included—object to the factory farm practice of confining pigs for virtually their entire lives to metal cages so small they can't even turn around. " Factory farms exist in a realm largely beyond public scrutiny or control, with almost nothing to protect the animals from...
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It’s ironic—and infuriating—that we find ourselves in a disadvantaged position regarding the coronavirus vaccine since Connaught was a world leader in vaccine development and production. (Photo by THIBAULT SAVARY/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Canada Is Now Paying the Price for Privatizing Its Vaccine Research and Production Lab
As the Trudeau government struggles to figure out how to get a coronavirus vaccine to Canadians, one thing is clear: this task would be a lot easier if the Mulroney government hadn’t privatized Connaught Labs three decades ago. The sale of the remarkable Connaught Labs to foreign interests made no...
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An important aspect of this momentous tragedy is that the coronavirus death rate has been significantly higher in private, profit-making homes than in not-for-profit homes. (Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Long-Term Care Fiasco a Warning About Private Ownership
Please put me in a long-term-care home, said nobody ever. Still, few probably expected that these homes would become horror houses of death, taking their place at the very epicentre of a raging pandemic and accounting for some 75 per cent of coronavirus deaths in Ontario. An important aspect of...
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Climate campaigners in Canada and beyond and protested Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's ongoing support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. (Photo: Greenpeace) Views
Saturday, August 22, 2020
NDP Should Use Its Clout to Push Vulnerable Liberals to Take Urgent Climate Action
As Bernie Sanders noted: Nero fiddled as Rome burned, while Donald Trump golfs — and Justin Trudeau prorogues Parliament, it could be added. With Canada reeling from the pandemic crisis, our prime minister prorogued Parliament right after he selected Bill Morneau to take the hit for the government’...
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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 Views
Sunday, July 05, 2020
How Ottawa is Driving Up the Cost of Infrastructure by Listening to Wall Street
The Trudeau government is gearing up to spend billions on new infrastructure as part of its post-pandemic economic plans. What a terrific idea! — except that it plans to do so in a way that will massively, needlessly drive up the costs and allow some of our prime national assets to be owned by...
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