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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.