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 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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The downfall of Sears Canada seems tragic and unnecessary, and the devastating blow to its employees should not have been allowed to happen. Views
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Demise of Sears Canada Should Be Catalyst for Change
Suddenly jobless after two decades as a sales manager for now-defunct Sears Canada, Rose Dalessandro found herself unable to pay for dental appointments for her two children. She could blame her financial difficulties and the demise of the once-mighty Canadian retail giant on the usual suspects —...
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Canadian Minister of Finance Bill Morneau Views
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time to End Tax Breaks That Benefit the Rich
The real beneficiaries of the tax loophole targeted by the Trudeau government are high-flying corporate lawyers, businesspeople, accountants, doctors, dentists, insurance, and real estate agents.
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As North Korea boasted in July that it had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, it's more important than ever that Canada play a leadership role in pushing for nuclear disarmament, Linda McQuaig argues.  (Korean Central News Agency/The Associated Press) Views
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Canada Abandons Proud History as ‘Nuclear Nag’ When Most Needed
So insistent was Canada in pushing for nuclear disarmament that we became known among top NATO generals as the “nuclear nag.” Make no mistake — that was meant as an insult. But it gives me a shiver of pride to think that Canada was smeared because of our insistence on challenging NATO’s top brass...
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Justin Trudeau, who styles himself a champion of struggling middle-class workers, seems content to do nothing about NAFTA’s headlock on working Canadians. (image/cc/DonkeyHotey) Views
Sunday, August 06, 2017
NAFTA Needs an Overhaul to Improve Workers’ Rights
With the chaos of the Trump administration as a backdrop, Canadian diplomats will arrive in Washington later this month for NAFTA talks that they hope will be no more than a skinny renegotiation. According to Canadian lore, the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a great boon to Canada, so...
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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. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Canada: Flexing Military Might is Capitulation to Trump, Despite Liberal Spin
Even after The Economist magazine ran an article headlined “Tony Blair is not a poodle,” the British prime minister was unable to shake the slur of being George W. Bush’s loyal lapdog for supporting his invasion of Iraq. So there must be a huge sigh of relief inside our own Prime Minister’s Office...
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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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