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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Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Tycoons Laughing All the Way to the Bank
There are likely few characters less loved in America these days than hedge fund managers — widely regarded as among the archvillains of the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. So, months ago, when Washington embarked on a frenzied search for ways to reduce the massive U.S. deficit, a tax loophole that allowed hedge fund managers to pay tax at the exceptionally low rate of 15 per cent certainly seemed like low-hanging fruit.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Canada: Pomp, Pageantry and Unions
We surely seem to be living in conservative times — with the NDP trying to distance itself from all things socialist and the public apparently unable to sate its appetite for all things royal. Certainly it’s easy to get the impression from the media that Canadians, content with their capitalist bounty, are primarily focused on the activities and outfits of the Royal Family. So perhaps it’s out-of-sync with the times to suggest that we’re actually in the middle of a class war, and that it’s been heating up lately.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Canada Mines African Discontent
While Canadians may think of ourselves as best known for owning the Olympic podium, among Africans we may actually be better known — and not particularly liked — for owning their natural resources. Once beloved on the continent, Canada is no longer so fondly regarded in Africa.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Canada Discovers Trickle-Up Economics
There was always skepticism about claims that, as the rich became richer, income would “trickle down” to others. What wasn’t perhaps foreseen was that the trickling would actually be in the other direction, and that it would be more of a torrent than a trickle. But the evidence is now clear. Over the last three decades, the tables of the rich have overflowed, with barely any scraps falling off. On the contrary, there’s been a massive transfer of income and wealth from Canada’s middle and lower class to the rich.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Vindication for G20 Protesters
In the aftermath of the G20 fiasco here last summer, one thing Torontonians agreed on was that such summits should be held in isolated venues — on military bases, on ocean-going vessels, on melting glaciers — anywhere but where lots of people reside. But beyond being upset with the expense and disorder that weekend, many Torontonians (and city council) sided with the police, assuming that the arrest of 1,105 people must have somehow been justified, given the rampage of a small group through the downtown core.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Police, Bankers Exempt From Austerity
The violence of the mob was considerable, with hooligans smashing windows, looting stores and setting police cars ablaze. I'm referring, of course, to the hockey riots in Montreal in April 2008, after the Montreal Canadiens' playoff victory over the Boston Bruins.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Partner in Flotilla ‘Farce’
As all civilized countries agree, seizing ships on the high seas is a very bad thing. This sentiment was greatly strengthened in 1985 when Palestinian gunmen seized the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and killed a disabled American passenger. An outraged international community came together to make it an international crime (under the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Maritime Navigation Safety) to seize control of a ship or to harm its passengers.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Restraint for Everything but Sports
No cost has been spared in mounting a giant spectacle of spandex-clad athletes performing dazzling feats in massive public venues. Certainly, nobody seems to be letting the $6 billion price tag for Vancouver's Olympic extravaganza get in the way. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against sports. I appreciate the nuances of a fine skeleton performance as much as the next person. My point is simply to question why goals other than mounting gala sports events are routinely dismissed on the grounds that we can't afford them.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Afghan Affair More Than 'Nitpicking'
The irritation of members of the Harper government has been palpable in recent weeks as they tap their toes impatiently, wondering when they can return to the serious business of waging war without all these rude interruptions about torture. Last Friday on CBC Radio's The Current, Laurie Hawn, parliamentary secretary to Defence Minister Peter MacKay, complained about all the "nitpicking" and insisted that the Afghan detainee issue is not one that concerns Canadians.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Ever Upward Trend for Bankers' Pay
Some people were outraged last week by a report that a member of the kitchen staff of bailed-out Wall Street firm AIG had received a $7,700 bonus. Surely that was far less outrageous than the million-dollar bonuses paid to others at AIG who actually carried out the firm's financial business. After all, the kitchen helper produced something that at least could be eaten. Apart from perhaps overcooking the Chateaubriand or leaving spots on the champagne glasses, what harm could the kitchen helper have done – compared to driving the world economy over a cliff?
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