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Liberal foreign policy offers change in style, not substance

Trudeau Foreign PolicyWith the restoration of a Liberal majority in the 2015 federal election, newly sworn-in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised a more multilateral approach to foreign affairs than the departing Conservatives, reflecting the historic Liberal "brand". In practice, the new government's foreign policy will differ little from that of the Conservatives—upholding the global interests of the Canadian bourgeoisie, but with a more youthful, "progressive" image.

Bombardier gets billions while workers face cuts

The Quebec government will bail out Bombardier. This could not have come at a more insulting time for the Quebec teachers and public sector servants. While the provincial Liberal government pushes ahead with a program of cuts and austerity, it has no qualms in generously providing a failing company like Bombardier with what can be rightly described as “corporate welfare”. Furthermore, as if that was not offensive enough, the Quebec Liberals are asking the federal government to match their handout to Bombardier with another of its own.

Quebec Strikes – Defy back-to-work legislation!

lanaudiere greveThe long awaited public sector strike in Quebec has begun. From October 26th – 29th, 400,000 public sector workers in Quebec staged strikes to protest against the austerity measures of the provincial Liberal government.

2015 Canadian Election: Conservative Austerity Rejected. NDP Humiliated.

12144655 763801547086676 2839535174104686110 nCanadians have voted for change and rejected the austerity of the Harper Conservatives. However, Canada’s labour party, the New Democrats, did not capitalize on this anti-austerity mood. Under former Liberal Tom Mulcair, the party moved rightwards and adopted a tone of extreme moderation. This disillusioned the population looking for change and allowed the Justin Trudeau Liberals to fill the rhetorical vacuum on the left.

The Niqab Debate: A Weapon of Mass Distraction!

Canadian politics has been plagued by a debate about the niqab. Federal party leaders have been trading barbs over the issue in public statements as well as during the most recent French-language election debate. Plagued by the Senate corruption scandal and a sputtering economy, this niqab debate has arrived as a godsend for the Conservatives who seem to have gained new life in the polls. But what is this debate really about?

Senate Cesspool Spills Over – Abolish the Senate!

The Canadian Senate is mired in a massive crisis of legitimacy. The revelations of bribery and embezzlement scandals in the mass media, from the Mike Duffy affair to the more recent spending scandal (in which one-fourth of Senators have been directly implicated), have decisively tarnished the reputation of the “Upper House” in many people’s eyes. Calling it the “Canadian Senate’s watershed moment,” a Toronto Star columnist wrote that “senators can yell their defence from the rooftops if they want, but no one is listening.” Finally, enough is enough.

Federal Election: NDP slips in polls as Mulcair shifts to the right

It was clear from the beginning of the election campaign that the key to victory for the NDP was to promote clear left policies to galvanize the anti-Harper vote, capture the anti-austerity mood and push the Liberals into irrelevancy.

Conservatives Implement “Second-Class Citizenship”

second class citizen 897x494Second-class citizenship has now become a reality in Canada. Bill C-24 - the “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act” - came into effect on May 29, granting the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration the ability to strip dual-citizens of their Canadian citizenship.

The Death of Jacques Parizeau and The Class Nature of Sovereignty

parizeau 0602The former premier of Quebec and Parti Québécois leader Jacques Parizeau passed away on June 1, 2015. People across the political spectrum have spent considerable efforts waxing political and nostalgic about the last “great statesman”.