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Pour un Québec lucide -- A warning to the working class

Led by former Québec premier Lucien Bouchard, a group of “prominent personalities” in Québec issued a manifesto titled Pour un Québec lucide (in English, For a clear-eyed vision of Québec). The document is a crude attempt on the part of the authors to insert themselves into the intellectual history of Québec. Attempting to draw upon Québec’s history and using some of the strongest symbols from its past, it is nothing more than a manifesto of the bourgeoisie for the 21st century. More than that, Pour un Québec lucide is a stark warning to the working class that things are about to change. (by Rob Lyon)

BC Rail Goes Straight Downhill -- What privatization really means for working people and the planet

There is perhaps no clearer example of the failures of privatization than the sell-off of British Columbia Railway. The BC Liberal government sparked public outrage when they broke their 2001 election promise and privatized BC Rail. Now, nearly a year and a half after the deal was sealed, BC Rail is in rough shape. The deal with Canadian National Railway is mired in scandal and the rail line is plagued with accidents. (by Mike Palecek)

Liberals Defeated, a Country Divided

After 13 years in government, the Liberal Party of Canada has finally been kicked out of office. Weighed down by a series of corruption scandals and increasing class polarization, the Liberals ran out of answers. By default, the Conservatives must attempt to lead an even more fractured minority Parliament while there is little support for right-wing policies. The Canadian elite want a strong majority government to push through attacks on the working class. But the good showing by the union-backed New Democratic Party, and the continued presence of the separatist Bloc Québecois, mean the Canadian political crisis will continue until the fall of this weak government.