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The rise and fall of the Alberta NDP: Lessons for workers
Act One: ‘History knows all sorts of metamorphoses’—V.I. Lenin April 16 is set to mark one of the most interesting and important elections in Alberta’s history. Despite the chaos within the United Conservative Party (UCP), and their bigoted, anti-worker platform, they are slated to win. The strategy of the NDP in the election campaign so […]
Canada’s carbon tax battle: Why Liberals and Conservatives can’t solve the environmental crisis
The debate over Trudeau’s so-called “carbon tax” is shaping up to be a defining issue in Canada’s 2019 federal election. Since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined most of the country’s premiers in 2016 to sign a “pan-Canadian” agreement taxing carbon consumption, an alliance of federal and provincial Conservative leaders have made opposition to the carbon […]
Saudi Arabia-Canada feud reflects ruling class fears at home and abroad
The ongoing dispute between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Canada continues to escalate. In the latest development, Saudi state television channel Al Arabiya aired a segment criticizing Canada’s human rights record, making a number of false claims—such as that Jordan Peterson had been arrested for his political views—while also pointing to real issues such […]
Canada-US trade war: Don’t trust Trudeau to fight Trump!
The trade war between the United States and Canada has begun. On July 1, the tariffs that Donald Trump announced against steel and aluminum came into effect. In response, the Canadian government has put counter tariffs in place. The rise in protectionism threatens to drag the already fragile world economy into a deep slump. In […]
Notley’s Alberta NDP digging its own grave in pipeline dispute
The dispute between the Alberta and BC NDP governments over the Kinder Morgan pipeline is reaching new depths of ridiculousness. After enacting an embargo on BC wine, Rachel Notley’s Alberta NDP government has passed a law giving itself the power to halt fuel traffic to BC. This is all in a bid to bully the […]
Fightback’s 2018 Perspectives – The need for a militant workers’ movement
The “Great Recession” of 2008-2009 represents a turning point in world history. In the decade since this event capitalism has failed to develop the productive forces and put in place a meaningful recovery. This has led an important layer of workers and youth to look for alternatives. Increasingly, the ideas of socialism, Marxism, and revolution […]
Update on the Economic and Political Situation in Canada 2017
Relative calm and stability have seemed to define Canadian politics in a world marked by crisis, instability, abrupt shocks and sharp polarization. International commentators have highlighted the strength of the political “centre” in Canada. The Economist even ran an article titled “Canada: The last Liberals” after the victory of Donald Trump in the American elections […]
Combatting Islamophobia: The Hypocrisy of the Liberal Party
On Thursday March 23, the parliamentary motion (M-103) on Islamophobia rightfully passed in the House of Commons. Federal Liberal MP Iqra Khaled introduced this private member’s motion “to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear” and “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination”. The motion has no concrete proposals […]
What social forces led to the NDP wave in Quebec?
For twenty years, the Bloc Quebecois dominated federal politics in Quebec. As in provincial politics, the national question loomed large over all other concerns, and this seemed a permanent feature of the reality in the province. The NDP attempted to establish a foothold here, beginning with the election of Thomas Mulcair in Outremont in 2008. […]