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Apathy wins: More than half of Ontario voters tune out provincial election

Judging from last night’s Ontario election results, it would not appear that we are currently living in the most turbulent time in several generations.  The disappointing campaigns of the three political parties — the Liberals, Tories, and NDP — carried through into the election where, for the first time in Ontario history, less than half of eligible voters found a reason to cast a ballot.  The CBC was vindicated in their decision to give preference to the Leafs’ 2-0 shutout of the Habs and punting election coverage to CBC News Network. The ineptness of the Liberals and Tories should come as no surprise; it is hard to build a campaign around cuts and austerity.  However, as we warned earlier, the NDP ruined all of the goodwill built up in the months before and squandered the opportunity to organize an opposition to the capitalist austerity that is to come.

Ontario NDP campaign fails to inspire: Anaemic platform may pave way for coalition with Liberals

At the time of writing, we are past the halfway mark of Ontario’s provincial election.  Many may find it surprising as this has probably been one of the most boring elections in recent memory, and largely ignored by most people.  Given the absence of any real platforms or solutions proposed for the crisis of capitalism, it is no wonder that people are paying more attention to Rob Ford, or even the Leafs’ training camp, than what the provincial party leaders are saying.  This includes the NDP who, up until this point, look like they are going to squander a wonderful opportunity to represent the interests of working-class Ontarians in the fight back against austerity.

Mobilizing against Rob Ford: Which way forward after the Dufferin Grove mass assembly?

On Saturday, 10th September, approximately 500 people attended a gathering at Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto to challenge the austerity cuts being put forward by Mayor Rob Ford. It was an impressive gathering with a large diversity of people, a visible fighting spirit, and a keen interest in politics by those in attendance. The attendance of this meeting shows the great potential and willingness of Toronto residents to fight against the upcoming cuts. We believe, however, that our friends at the Stop the Cuts Network made important mistakes that will seriously weaken the great potential of this gathering, and that an orientation to the workers' mass organizations is crucial in building up to a one-day Toronto general strike to reverse the cuts.

2011 Ontario provincial election: Vote working class!

Ontario's provincial election is now in full swing.  Working-class Ontarians will have the opportunity to end 16 years of attacks by the Conservatives and Liberals — the parties of the Bay Street bosses.  We must use this election not only to push the NDP to stand on a solid socialist program, but to also build and strengthen a grassroots movement in the workplaces, campuses, and neighbourhoods — one that is capable of carrying out the necessary struggle against austerity and cuts.

Stop Rob Ford’s austerity! For a one-day general strike to reverse the cuts

The recently completed core services review has stripped Toronto mayor Rob Ford of his populist façade, and revealed the true extent of the austerity to come in Canada’s largest city. Almost every single aspect that makes capitalism semi-bearable for working-class people is about to be taken away.

Defend our housing! Tenants and organized labour must smash Rob Ford's agenda

Working class people in Canada are today experiencing the hardest economic times in recent history. Unfortunately, the worst of it is yet to come. The latest assault, declared by Toronto mayor Rob Ford during the recent Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) corruption scandal, is to “absolutely” privatize our housing. Ford intends to place 164,000 of our homes on the market for purchase by the highest bidder.  Tenants and organized labour need to mobilize to kick out the TCHC bureaucrats, as well as fight for affordable housing for all.

Toronto garbage privatization: Dump Rob Ford in the garbage, not union workers!

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has thrown down the anti-worker gauntlet declaring that he would privatize garbage pickup in the city. He notified CUPE 416, Toronto’s outdoor municipal employees union, that he plans to put in a competitive bid process for residential waste and recycling pick up in half of the city, while increasing the use of private companies who operate litter vacuums and remove trash from parks. This is a blatant attempt at union-busting that needs to be opposed by every member of the working class.

Toronto municipal elections: Reformists to blame for advance of the Right

It is unusual that a municipal election (even in Canada’s largest city) should make much news, but this year’s elections in Toronto are making waves for a specific reason. According to a number of polls, rabidly right-wing candidate Rob Ford—widely held to be a nut job, at best—may be poised to become the next mayor of Toronto. In a city that is described to be diverse and cosmopolitan, how can this be possible?

2010 Ontario Budget: Liberals fire first shots in war against workers

The Ontario provincial budget that was recently tabled laid out a series of cuts, aimed mainly at public sector workers. However, the budget also makes clear that the Liberals are afraid of greater social unrest that may result from heavier attacks. Many of the worst provisions that had been speculated seem to have been put off to the future. In the end, pressures from the capitalists are going to force the provincial government to launch a full-on assault in order to restore the financial equilibrium of the province.

No return to privatization! Defend public jobs and services!

In a move that would put Dr. Seuss’ Grinch to shame, the Ontario government gave Ontario workers a nasty surprise for the Christmas holidays—the renewed threat of mass privatization of public services across the province. When Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals were first elected in 2003, McGuinty promised that the bad old days of attacks and privatization that characterized Mike Harris’ “Common Sense Revolution” were finally over. For years, we have been warning that when push came to shove, McGuinty would be ready to shed his “Mr. Nice” image and reveal the Liberals’ true class interests. The capitalist crisis has given him this opportunity.