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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Sunday, June 11, 2017
NAFTA’s Dirty Secret: It Lets U.S. Control Canada's Oil
In the wake of Donald Trump’s fiery threats to end the trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the subject of NAFTA has become much more interesting to Canadians than before, when it mostly consisted of talk about softwood lumber and the dairy industry. Boring. In fact, Trump or no Trump,...
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Sunday, April 02, 2017
Fighting Fake News About Canadian Health Care
I recall my frustration years ago watching U.S. television while an “analyst” from the right-wing Cato Institute spewed blatant lies about Canada’s public health care system — including that all hospitals in Ontario, having run out of money at the end of the year, had completely shut down for the...
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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Privatizing Airports a Flight Risk
If you’re a hen, you probably don’t want to hear that the farmer has hired a fox to advise it on better ways to run the henhouse. Similarly, if you’re a Canadian air traveler, you probably won’t be pleased to learn the Trudeau government has hired a major investment bank — which specializes in...
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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Different Tax Rules for Wealthy and Powerful
Brian Mulroney will surely be best remembered for the suitcase full of thousand dollar bills he received in a New York hotel room. The riveting image of the former prime minister accepting wads of cash from a notorious lobbyist — admitted by Mulroney under cross-examination at a 2009 public inquiry...
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Monday, June 15, 2015
Harper's Voter Suppression Plan: Coming Soon to a Polling Station Near You
Stephen Harper's re-election strategy depends on a lot of you not voting. And if you mess with his plan by showing up at the polling station on Election Day, he's prepared for that, too: he's made it a lot harder for you to vote. The prime minister has made it so much harder that "many tens of...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Why are Canadians Subsidizing Executive Stock Options?
If you’re a top executive at a major corporation, no need to read further; you’ll know all this. But if you’re an ordinary person, you may not. You’ve probably heard of “executive stock options” — a perk that allows corporate executives a special deal on purchasing the company’s stocks. And you may...
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
How Canada's Harper Helped Push World Toward Austerity
In June 2010, the transformation of the city’s downtown core into a pseudo war zone seemed like the worst aspect of the Harper government’s handling of the G20 summit in Toronto.
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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Is Environmental Action Impossible in Corporate-Dominated Age?
Perhaps the only thing more stunning than Alberta’s ruinous flooding has been the realization that not even a disaster of this magnitude, right in the heart of oil country, seems sufficient to break the torpor surrounding climate change. Indeed, federal and Alberta authorities seem undeterred in their dream of turning Canada into an energy superpower, even if it means immersing the country neck-deep in water.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Hugo Chavez Depicted As Tyrant for Challenging Western Oil Domination
Had Hugo Chavez followed the pattern of many Third World leaders and concentrated on siphoning off his nation’s wealth for personal gain, he would have attracted little attention or animosity in the West.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Canada’s Energy Juggernaut Hits a Native Roadblock
Those who believe we can freely trash the environment in our quest to make ourselves richer suffer from a serious delusion — a delusion that doesn’t appear to afflict aboriginal people.
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