Revolutionary solidarity from Canada to Greece

<!–[if !mso]><![endif]–> The following is the text of a presentation to a meeting of OKDE-Spartacus, in Athens, on June 24 by Barry Weisleder.  Weisleder is Federal Secretary of SA/LAS. Kali spera, sintrofisses ke sintrofos (good evening, women and men comrades). We have been in Greece for 12 days, but I’m sorry that I still do…

Quebec Student Revolt Continues

<!–[if !mso]><![endif]–> MONTREAL—On May 19, Quebec’s Liberal government passed draconian legislation, Law 78, to smash the mass student strike that has shaken Quebec society over the past four months. The so-called Loi de Matraque (truncheon law) is an attack on the rights of association, demonstration and free speech. It suspends academic sessions at all Quebec…

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Labour and socialists oppose Ontario NDP sell-out It was a momentary alliance. Was it a sign of things to come? Labour and socialist delegates at the Ontario New Democratic Party Convention, April 13-15 in Hamilton, jointly opposed an emergency resolution backed by the party tops that was very soft on the Ontario Liberal austerity budget.…

Whither Mulcair and the NDP?

<!–[if !mso]> <![endif]–> Some are already calling it the New Liberal Democratic Party.  That’s clearly premature. The New Democratic Party of Canada remains a working-class, labour-based, mass electoral party. One glance at the 4000-plus delegates at its March 23-24 convention in Toronto confirmed it. The insignia of labour unions, progressive causes, and social justice movements…

Tragic Ontario accident exposes migrant workers’ plight

TORONTO—In early February a horrific accident shocked Ontario. A flatbed truck struck a passenger van at a rural intersection near Stratford, two hours west of Toronto, killing 11 people. Of the deceased, only one was a Canadian citizen; the others were agricultural migrant workers from Peru who were being transferred from one job to the next…

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Ontario workers rally against concessions and lock-out Some 10,000 people, according to the Toronto Star, converged at London’s Victoria Park, two hours west of Toronto, on Jan. 21 to participate in the rally sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) against the lockout of 500 workers. The London workers are members of the Canadian…

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Attawapiskat: Native people suffer while corporations mine riches by Eric Kupka It has been called Haiti at minus 40 degrees celsius. Attawapiskat, an isolated Cree First Nations community located near James Bay in northern Ontario, is enduring a severe housing crisis that is just the latest in a series of tragedies that have affected the…

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The future of the Occupy movement by Barry Weisleder, the federal secretary of Socialist Action (Canada), and Canada editor of Socialist Action newspaper. TORONTO—On Nov. 23 police enforced an Ontario Superior Court order to Occupy Toronto to vacate St. James Park, a few blocks from Canada’s corporate financial hub. Occupy camps around the world are…

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NDP Leader race crowded, on the right Montreal MP Thomas Mulcair, a former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister who takes pride in his role in early “free trade” negotiations, brings a decidedly pro-capitalist, anti-Quebec self-determination perspective to the New Democratic Party leadership race. When Mulcair announced his candidacy, he had the backing of 15 MPs, soon…

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Ontario voters put Liberals on a short leash by Barry Weisleder In the lowest turn out in Ontario history, voters reduced the Liberal Party regime of Dalton McGuinty to a minority government in Canada’s most populous province on Oct. 6. Broad social discontent with higher fees, tuitions and taxes put the Liberals on a short…

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Ontario: On Oct. 6, Vote NDP! Tax cuts for the rich. Service cuts and fee hikes for the rest of us. That’s how the bosses make workers pay for the capitalist crisis around the world. Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is no exception. And if the governing provincial Liberals, or the official opposition Progressive Conservatives,…

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Get with the program, Andrea When voters in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, go to the polls on Oct. 6, will they reward the party with the “coolest” leader, or the one with the best policies? Andrea Horwath, Leader of the labour-based New Democratic Party of Ontario, seems to be aiming at “cool,” sadly at…

Toronto: Stonewall is reborn

TORONTO—At least 1000 people gathered in Queen’s Park June 26 to participate in the first Stonewall march to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City, which were a jump-off point for the gay liberation movement. This date had been opportunistically vacated by Pride Toronto, which moved Pride Day to…

NDP ranks reject turn to right

What began as a tightly orchestrated tribute to Leader Jack Layton and his electoral machine turned into a battleground over socialist policies and principles. In the end, officials of the labour-based New Democratic Party failed to convince a majority of the 1572 delegates to the June 17-19 NDP Federal Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia to…

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Canada: Defeat Harper Tories in the Parliament of the Streets! Good or bad? May 2 catapulted the NDP into second place, Official Opposition, bearing historic gains. Good. But the total seat tally enabled the Conservatives to eke out a parliamentary majority. That’s bad.             So what’s the conclusion? Are we in a four-year holding pattern,…

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Thousands rally for locked-out Steelworkers in Hamilton by Tyler Mackinnon HAMILTON, Ont.—On Jan. 29, up to 10,000 union members and supporters from across Ontario and Quebec gathered in front of Hamilton’s City Hall in solidarity with the workers of U.S. Steel. The company locked out the already greatly reduced workforce of 900 on Nov. 7,…

Toronto sets April 9 antiwar protest

by Julius Arscott   The call for mass anti-war actions on April 9, issued by the U.S.-based United National Anti-war Committee (UNAC), has been heard and answered in Canada. A Jan. 14 membership meeting of the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War responded with a Yes. It is proceeding to organize an outdoor rally, and…

The Story of Mouseland

Mouseland is a famous speech by a Tommy Douglas about Canada’s labor party – the New Democratic Party. We think it contains a great message about working class political independence that is very applicable to the United States! Don’t support Democrats or Republicans! Vote your class – vote Socialist!

“A World in Revolt” Conference Set for May 22-25 in Toronto

by Barry Weisleder You won’t want to miss this. Four days of stimulating, enriching political education, discussions, and debates on the biggest issues facing humanity. Get set for an exciting tri-national revolutionary socialist conference titled, “A World in Revolt: Prospects for Socialism in the 21st Century”, to be held in Toronto, May 22-25. Co-sponsored by…

Stephane Dion, the Chamaeleon With a Past

The come-from-behind win of Stephane Dion at the federal Liberal leadership convention in early December rattled the party’s establishment and boosted Liberals in opinion polls. To capture the crown Dion, the 51 year old former Universite de Montreal political science professor turned-politician, wrapped himself in the green flag. He tried to sound like an innovator…

Quebec NDP Convention Hears a ‘Leftist’ Jack Layton

MONTREAL—When Jack Layton addressed the Convention of the Federal NDP-Quebec section on Nov. 12 his remarks on Afghanistan were better than I expected. He called for the withdrawal of Canadian troops, not differentiating between Kandahar and the rest of the country, nor between combat and other roles. He spoke of the suffering of the Afghan…

Canadian Peace Alliance Sets March 17 Actions

OTTAWA—Forty-three delegates and about 50 observers at the Canadian Peace Alliance’s Nov. 10-12 congress in this city set March 17, 2007, as the date of a pan-Canadian action against the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Delegates also adopted a far-reaching resolution on Palestine calling for Israel’s prosecution for war crimes against civilians, dismantlement of Israel’s…