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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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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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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