Linda McQuaig speaking at the Older Canadians Network forum Wednesday at Toronto City Hall.
Linda McQuaig couldn’t resist. Standing at the Mayor’s podium at the Toronto City Hall council chambers, she told the Older Canadians Network: “I have never smoked crack cocaine.”
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The author (The Trouble with Billionaires w/Neil Brooks) and journalist compared the recent Senate scandal to the U.S. Watergate scandal that led to the impeachment of President Nixon. While in Canada we may not have had a burglary, we did have the involvement of the highest office in the land in “an attempt to stop an investigation that was an embarrassment to government,” she said.
On hand for the presentation of the Alexander Gorlick Humanitarian Award to former Parliamentary Watchdog Kevin Page, McQuaig criticized the Harper government for shuffling off the Senate scandal investigation to ethics commissioner Mary Dawson, who is now going to conduct her investigation in secret.
McQuaig said she particularly liked Page because he publicly raised questions of accountability around austerity programs, which had an enormous impact on Canadians.
“He exemplifies the best of the public service and the best of Canadians,” she said of the now unemployed budget officer.
McQuaig says the best way to understand that a better more equitable society is possible is by simply looking to the past.
She asked who in the room had been borne since 1980?
The Ontario Health Coalition has confirmed that author Linda McQuaig and economist Hugh Mackenzie will be among featured speakers at their two day Action Assembly and Conference in Toronto November 19-20.
The Action Assembly sets the agenda for the work of the coalition for the coming year. Each year an associated one-day conference provides for more in-depth discussion on key health care issues.
McQuaig is author of eight books on politics and economics – all national bestsellers – including Shooting the Hippo (short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction), The Cult of Impotence, All You Can Eat, It’s the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet, and Holding the Bully’s Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire. Her most recent book, co-authored with Neil Brooks, is The Trouble With Billionaires.
Mackenzie has worked for 35 years in a variety of public policy roles at all three levels of government. He is the Chair fo the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He is a frequent contributor to opinion pages on issues related to public finance.
On Sunday speakers include Taylor Chelsea (Occupy Toronto), Hugh Armstrong (Council on Aging), Winnie Ng (Sam Gindin Chair at Ryerson University), Diane Dowling (National Farmer’s Union) and Maureen O’Reilly (Toronto Public Library).
OPSEU members who are active in their local health coalition do qualify for assistance to attend this event. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.