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Canada's Female Donald Trump


August 2015

Like the USA, Canada is also holding Federal elections soon and candidates are jockeying for the top job - namely Linda McQuaig who has become Canada's female Donald Trump.

The difference between Trump and McQuiag is that she's not a "scripted", Israel ass-kissing, loud-mouth, billionaire braggart with bad hair and small dick syndrome. She's gorgeous, brilliant, honest and the author of "The Trouble With Billionaires" - like Trump.

McQuaig set off a political firestorm by suggesting that much of Canada's Alberta tar sands should be left "in the ground" if the country has any hope of achieving its climate change targets. A proper review process for our environmental projects like pipelines has been "gutted" by PM Stephen Harper, says McQuaig.


Linda McQuaig connects the dots in her book, It's the Crude, Dude: Greed, Gas, War and the American Way.

Her book describes how oil has become the elephant in the room and how we focus obsessively on oil. News headlines are dominated by stories about high gas prices and America's increasing dependence on foreign oil.

At the same time, there is silence on the question of whether there was an oil motive in the invasion of Iraq. It's the one thing that is never discussed in the media - that America went to war for oil. While millions of Americans suspect it, Bush and the imbedded media monopolies vehemently denied and dismissed it.

There are two separate narratives going on in the media: one about the growing importance of oil in our lives, the other about the fiasco in Iraq. Are the two connected? If so, why can't we admit this? What's at stake? Who is getting rich as a result? What is Dick Cheney's role in this?

For decades Washington has been intensely focused on gaining control of the oil reserves of the Middle East. That focus took on new urgency under the Bush administration, with its close ties to Big Oil, including a vice-president (Cheney) who's gotten rich going back and forth between Big Oil and the top echelons of the U.S. government. The urgency was driven by the fact that the vast oil reserves of Iraq – the last unharvested oil bonanza left on earth – were in the process of being parceled off to foreign competitors.

Iraq represented the alluring prospect of future energy security for the United States, even as America's own oil reserves were dwindling. And, with potential profits in the range of $100 billion a year, Iraq also represented the future of the oil industry. In the words of Wall Street oil analyst Fadel Gheit, Iraq "is the big dance. Everyone wants to be there."

But the U.S. oil giants hadn't been invited to the big dance. Instead, Saddam Hussein had been busy making deals with oil companies from other nations, including America's arch-rivals: China, Russia and France. All this was on the minds of top executives of the big U.S. oil companies when they met, amid great secrecy, with Dick Cheney and his task force on energy, which had been set up within days of the new administration taking office. Task force documents obtained under court order reveal an intense focus on Iraq and the question of how to gain control of its massive reserves – even as the administration was drawing up plans for toppling Saddam.

All of this was underway, months before the attacks of September 11, 2001.


Linda McQuaig's book called The Trouble With Billioniares is about How the Super-Rich Hijacked the World and How We Can Take It Back.

The glittering lives of billionaires like Trump may seem like a harmless source of entertainment. But such concentrated economic power reverberates throughout society, threatening the quality of life and the very functioning of democracy. It's no accident that the United States claims the most billionaires – but suffers among the highest rates of infant mortality and crime, the shortest life expectancy, as well as the lowest rates of social mobility and electoral political participation in the developed world.

Our society tends to regard large fortunes as evidence of great talent or accomplishment. Yet the vast new wealth isn't due to an increase in talent or effort at the top, but rather to changing social attitudes legitimizing greed and government policy changes that favour the new elite.

Authoritative and eye-opening, The Trouble With Billionaires sparks debate about the kind of society we want and need.


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