Bestselling author and journalist Linda McQuaig, recipient of a National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting, will visit York University on Nov. 28 to talk about her new book The Sport and Prey of Capitalists.
McQuaig’s presentation is free and open to the public and will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson Building, Keele Campus.
The Sport and Prey of Capitalists carefully details how, over the course of more than four decades, Canada’s public wealth – its democratically owned assets and services – became private wealth. From hydro-electricity to infrastructure, transportation, pharmaceutical research, finance and Canada’s oil sector, McQuaig details how, through a combination of under funding, so-called public-private-partnerships and privatization schemes, public services funded through progressive and redistributive taxes became lucrative sources of private wealth accumulation.
As rising inequality, labour market precarity and climate change continue to play an ever larger role in our lives, McQuaig shows how active labour market policies combined with a recommitment to public ownership is not only the sensible economic way forward but charts a path toward a fairer, more democratic and just society.
McQuaig is also the author of eight national bestsellers, including Shooting the Hippo, selected by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the 25 most influential books of the past 25 years.
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