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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Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper "insisted a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Canada 'came close' to defaulting on its debt—hitting the debt wall—in the '90s. It’s a scary tale, but not even remotely true," writes Linda McQuaig. (Photo: Stephen Harper/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Let’s Not Be Duped Again By Deficit Hawks Peddling Austerity
Slowly, cautiously, the deficit hawks are daring to come out of the shadows. These are the well-heeled folks, from conservative think-tanks and political circles, who for decades have successfully pushed governments to impose austerity and social spending cuts on the rest of us, in the name of...
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Trudeau's doing a great deal to make the situation worse during this pandemic for some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) Views
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Trudeau Should Lift Punishing Sanctions That Harm Vulnerable Nations
These days, any national leader not actively urging their citizens to drink disinfectant is managing to look (relatively) good on the world stage. Certainly, compared to the neurotic leadership south of the border, Justin Trudeau has emerged as a steady hand on the tiller, quickly providing...
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If the Trudeau government seems unable to break out of its subservience to the marketplace, some in the labour movement are showing more vision. (Photo: Oregon National Guard/Flickr) Views
Friday, April 10, 2020
Ottawa Should Produce Vital Products—Like It Did in the Second World War
At first glance, the question posed by a Canadian medical ethicist might seem thoughtful: If two coronavirus patients are having serious trouble breathing—and one is a 12-year-old child and the other a 74-year-old doctor—who should get the hospital's only available ventilator? But on further...
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Connaught Laboratories: Service to the Empire Views
Saturday, March 14, 2020
The Public Lab That Could Have Helped Fight COVID-19 Pandemic
Canada once had a publicly owned pharmaceutical company that could have made a difference in the current coronavirus crisis — except that we sold it. Connaught Labs was a superstar in global medicine. For seven decades, this publicly owned Canadian company performed brilliantly on the national and...
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Extinction Rebellion Ottawa marched through the city Friday in support of the Wet'suwet’en Nation. (Photo: @XROttawa/Twitter) Views
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Jason Kenney Treated with Kid-Gloves, Indigenous Protestors with Assault Rifles
I want to start by turning myself into Jason Kenney’s investigators. I admit to being against further oilsands development, making me a person of interest to the sleuths in Kenney’s $30-million “war-room” who are tasked with vilifying oilsands critics. Of course, they’re really hoping to unmask “...
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Bharat Masrani Views
Saturday, December 28, 2019
How $15 Billion in Bonuses Leaves Canada's Bankers Gloomy
There’s silly. There’s absurd. And then there’s this: The country’s six largest banks are dishing out $15 billion in bonuses this year. But, in the eyes of some, this isn’t enough . Indeed, Bill Vlaad, president of Vlaad & Co., which monitors bank compensation trends, described the $15 billion...
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tax the rich sign Views
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Tax on Super-Rich a Popular Idea, Except in the Media
The Onion magazine once sardonically described the gap between rich and poor as the Eighth Wonder of the World—"a tremendous, millennia-old expanse that fills us with both wonder and humility… the most colossal and enduring of mankind’s creations." Let's not forget that the super-rich typically...
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Hundreds of millions of animals trapped in horrendous conditions inside the secretive world of factory farming. Views
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Animals Protected from Sexual Abuse, But Not Factory Farm Abuse
In a real head-scratcher, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in June 2016 that sexual contact with an animal was legal, as long as there was no penetration. Whatever uncertainty that created for Canadians is now gone. The Trudeau government’s new animal welfare legislation, passed by Parliament last...
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Climate campaigners Views
Sunday, July 07, 2019
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Climate Package Is a Dangerous Fraud
It's possible that the world's top climate scientists are lying. If so, we can relax and feel confident that Justin Trudeau has dealt with the climate crisis in the appropriate way.
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Demonstrators outside the White House call on the 2016 presidential candidates to commit to a world without nuclear weapons. Views
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Prospect of Nuclear War Highest in Decades, Yet Media Ignores
I’m as curious as the next person about the Mueller report, Donald Trump’s tax returns and Jody Wilson-Raybould’s inner thoughts, but is there really no room amidst all the media chatter for the news that the chances of nuclear war are “higher than they’ve been in generations.” That was the...
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