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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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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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Debunking Billionaire Claims of Heroic Capitalism
In the future, people will probably continue to marvel at how creatures with tiny brains once stalked the Earth unchallenged. For now, however, billionaires reign supreme, with only a small stirring of dissent, led by the impressive U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC. Still, that...
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'The closure of General Motors’ Oshawa plant should serve as a game-changer." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, January 21, 2019
Trudeau Should Consider Buying GM and Making Electric Cars
Long after the last factory has left Ontario, one can imagine Doug Ford still sporting a full-on Cheshire grin as he puts up billboards proclaiming the province “Open for Business.” Certainly, the premier didn’t seem even slightly embarrassed that he’d posted his billboards along the American...
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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, is escorted by a member of her private security detail while arriving at a parole office, in Vancouver, on Dec. 12. Views
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Canada’s Huawei Arrest Lending Support to Rogue U.S. Behavior
The phrase “rule of law” has a nice, lofty ring to it, so it’s not surprising that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is invoking it to defend Canada’s detention of a Chinese business executive. But while one can imagine many reasons why Canada decided to co-operate with the U.S. request to extradite...
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Saturday, November 24, 2018
More Oil Moving by Rail Now Than at Time of Mégantic Disaster
With Donald Trump attacking the mainstream media, I find myself warming to it as never before — and thereby losing sight of its many failings. It gives abundant coverage to celebrities and powerful people, while giving short shrift to issues that threaten the planet, and dropping important stories...
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Doug Ford: Bringing Trumpism to Canada Views
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Premier Ford Driving a Race to the Bottom for Ontario’s Lowest-Paid Workers
Announcing plans for new labour legislation, a beaming Premier Doug Ford assured us earlier this month that “we’re going to make sure we’re competitive around the world.” At first glance, that statement might lead us to believe the premier, especially given his commitment to act “for the people,”...
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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Reactions to Anti-Muslim Video Highlight Political Double Standard
We’ve become accustomed to the up-is-down, black-is-white nature of U.S. politics — such as when Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested that Christine Blasey Ford’s claim of being sexually assaulted amounted to a “drive-by shooting” of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Canadian politics...
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Demonstrators take part in a "Keep it in the Ground" protest in Vancouver on Nov. 29, 2015. (Photo: Christopher Porter/flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Climate Change Won’t Wait for Political Change
With opposing factions deeply entrenched on either side of the climate change divide, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to think he’s found the sweet spot of Canadian politics dithering in the middle. But trying to find some happy middle ground doesn’t work when the force to be reckoned with is...
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Sunday, December 24, 2017
No More Silence About the Torture of Animals
At a giant pet store in west-end Toronto last week, people loaded up on gifts and stocking stuffers for their pets, and posed with them for a “family Christmas photo.” "At the root of our numbness to animal suffering is the notion—unwittingly accepted by lifelong meat-eaters like myself—that...
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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Photo: DoD News/flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Morneau and Trudeau Are Looking Out for the Rich
There’s lots of lamenting about the way the rich keep getting richer while ordinary folk struggle to keep their heads above water. Along with the lamenting, there’s usually some resigned muttering about how it’s all just part of today’s global economy. But there’s a much simpler explanation: our...
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