Liberals win majority in Quebec election: Charter rejected, austerity to come
Written by Joel Bergman   
Friday, 11 April 2014 14:50

Less than two years after it was kicked out from power, the Quebec Liberals have been returned to government with a crushing victory in the Quebec provincial election. The 33-day campaign started with premier Pauline Marois confident that her Parti Québécois would be forming a majority government.  Instead, the election ended with Marois losing her own seat and the PQ capturing its lowest vote total since 1973. Now, there is an ominous feeling amongst Quebec’s workers and youth as memories of Jean Charest’s majority government come to the fore. Yes, the charter has been defeated, but austerity is still on the agenda — more firmly than ever before.

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Fightback Subscription Drive: Help build revolutionary media in Canada!
Written by Fightback   
Monday, 07 April 2014 18:49

We are launching the Fightback subscription drive over the next month. This is an initiative to build up the strength of revolutionary media that will be carried out in cities and campuses across Canada. In this time of economic crisis, class struggle, austerity cuts, and revolutions around the world the urgent need for revolutionary media has never been greater. We need to build an alternative to the corporate press and to promote working class and socialist analysis on current events.

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Quebec: On Apr. 3 fight austerity, fight for socialism!
Written by Julien Arseneau   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:43

In reaction to the last budget put forward by the Parti Quebecois, the Association for Student Union Solidarity (ASSE) has decided to take to the street in opposition to the austerity measures being proposed. This will take place in the form of a national demonstration on April 3 at 2pm, at Place Emilie-Gamelin in downtown Montreal.

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Support striking truck drivers at the Port of Metro Vancouver!
Written by Robert Fajber   
Monday, 17 March 2014 19:34

Over 400 truck drivers organized with Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers' Association (Unifor-VCTA) have set up pickets at the Port of Metro Vancouver Authority.  They have gone on strike after rejecting a last minute deal that only contained minor concessions from the Metro Vancouver Port authority. They join the 1,000 truck drivers of the United Truck Drivers Association who have been on strike since Feb 26. It is estimated that over 90% of traffic through the port has now been stopped. Both unionized and non-unionized truck drivers are fighting for the right to make a fair living.

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Trouble in the oil patch: Oil workers sacked in favour of temporary foreign workers
Written by Chelsea Fougère   
Friday, 04 April 2014 15:36

In early February, 65 workers at the Kearl tar sands mine in Northern Alberta were laid off without warning or reason. The workers, highly-skilled tradespeople and members of the Ironworkers Union, contend that their sacking came about because the company operating the mine wanted to hire cheaper labour from Croatia.  This is the fate facing workers, even in the highly profitable oil sector, under capitalism today.

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Canadian Parliament passes resolution against Bolivarian government; NDP must support the workers and poor of Venezuela
Written by Camilo Cahis   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 18:22

The Canadian government has become the latest imperialist power to jump to the defence of the far-right protests in Venezuela.  Parliament has just passed a unanimous motion that places the responsibility for the current violence in the country on the shoulders of the Venezuelan government rather than the opposition gangs that initiated the unrest.  We have become accustomed to both the Conservatives and Liberals attacking the Venezuelan revolution, but what is concerning this time around is the fact that the NDP has sided with the two right-wing parties in condemning the Bolivarian government.  As Canada’s labour party, we think that the NDP should be standing against the right-wing at home and in Venezuela, while championing the successes of the revolution as an inspiration for our own struggles against capitalist austerity.

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Quebec elections 2014: Defeat austerity and the charter!
Written by Joel Bergman   
Friday, 14 March 2014 16:21

Just 18 months since the last election, voters in Quebec will once again head to the polls on Apr. 7. With a weak minority government and a parliament that has been deadlocked on pretty much everything, the Parti Québécois is looking to secure that majority government they failed to obtain in the fall of 2012. The PQ’s support has increased by about ten percentage points in less than a year, making this goal a possibility. But what does this election mean for workers and youth in Quebec today?

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Theses on the class struggle in Canada: Political Perspectives 2013

The political situation across the Canadian state is characterized by subterranean moods of discontent that burst out in sporadic explosions. All of these movements are manifestations of the underlying crisis of the system. To help arm workers and young people in the fights to come, Fightback is publishing our political perspectives for 2013.

Is crisis coming to Canada? New figures warn of Europe-style collapse

Once known for providing its workers with a relatively stable standard of living, one European country after another is pushed into crisis and austerity, provoking social explosions across the continent. The Canadian ruling class, on the other hand, has taken a certain satisfaction in asserting that this country is above the European fray.  Do these claims actually have any weight?  Or, does the Canadian economy have the same underlying weaknesses that have brought European capitalism to its knees? How close is Canada to a Europe-style meltdown?