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Video: Over 100 at “How to fight Ford” in Toronto

30425262 1678078965573989 3078041699121889280 nOn Tuesday 12th June, 5 days after right-populist Doug Ford won the Ontario election, over 100 packed into a University of Toronto classroom to discuss why Ford won and how to fight him. The mood was one of anger as people looked for ways to stop the coming attacks from the Ford Conservatives.

Ontario election: Why Ford won, and how to fight him

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The Doug Ford Conservatives have won the 2018 Ontario election. This represents a victory for right-wing populist reaction in Canada’s largest province. It also represents class polarization and the collapse of the “middle”. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has been demolished, and has lost official party status. On the left, the New Democratic party, historically based on the trade unions, won its second best result in history. A period of intense class struggle opens up and there is no time for complacency.

Liberals collapse as Ontario NDP surges forward

nullWith less than a week to go in the Ontario election, the Liberals have collapsed. On June 2, Premier Kathleen Wynne even made an announcement conceding that she would not win the election, and appealed to voters to leave the Liberals with enough seats to prevent the formation of a majority government. After 15 years of Liberal rule in the province, voters are tired of a party they see as disingenuous, corrupt, and part of the elite establishment.

Fascists intimidate Montreal journalists

Vice Quebec office attacked by members of fascist group Atalante. On Wednesday, May 23, six members of the far-right group Atalante stormed the office of Vice Montreal and harrassed the journalists inside. They were upset that a recent online article from Vice described them as what they are: an ultra-nationalist and racist identitarian organization tied to and modeled after the fascist Soldiers of Odin (SOO) in Finland. The members of Atalante gave a plastic award to the journalists titled “Vice Media Trash 2018”, and then left the building before the police arrived. The police concluded that the harassment was not worth pursuing and that it wouldn’t be a problem in the future. In fact, the mobilization of the far right has become a growing problem in Quebec. The “white-identitarian” nationalist movement, however marginal, is becoming bolder and more outspoken.

No to Kinder Morgan bailout! Expropriate the oil industry!

The Alberta-B.C. pipeline saga took another turn yesterday with the announcement that the federal government is ready to “nationalize” the Trans Mountain pipeline project to the tune of $4.5 billion. On top of that, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley committed her government to put another $2 billion into an “indemnity pool” that will insure Kinder Morgan against unexpected costs resulting from the B.C. government’s opposition. This is one of the few times that a “nationalization” has been welcomed so warmly by the capitalists, with Kinder Morgan CEO Steve Kean cheerfully declaring it as “a great day”. The company’s share price, which had been sliding because of the delay of the project, moved upward after Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the announcement of Ottawa’s plan to buy the pipeline.

Defiant mood at largest-ever Fightback Congress

Fightback Members At 2018 Congress More than 140 revolutionaries gathered in Toronto on the May long weekend for the 18th annual congress of Fightback/La Riposte Socialiste, the supporters of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) in Canada and Quebec. Fifty years since the May 1968 revolution in France, workers and youth from Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, London, Waterloo, and Oshawa discussed the possibilities for a new revolution.

Durham Pride: Pro-cop liberals ignore marginalized community members

police out of prideDurham Region Pride has recently been embroiled in controversy over the issue of whether to allow uniformed police to join the parade. This debate has pitted marginalized queer community members who face regular harassment by the cops against business-friendly liberals on the Durham Region Pride board. The issue came to a head at a Tuesday, April 24 meeting where voices of the community were limited and ignored. This conflict has torn open the class divisions within the LGBTQ community.

Ontario elections: Status-quo politics cannot defeat Doug Ford

Ontario Election 2018 - All CandidatesOntario is heading into a provincial election on June 7 and all three parties have come out with promises that affect every worker and youth for better or for worse. The political landscape is polarized between Ford’s anti-establishment rhetoric and the apparent “left swing” of the Liberals and the NDP. As this article is being written, current polling data puts the Progressive Conservatives at 46 per cent compared to 27 per cent for the NDP and 21 percent for the Liberals. If the election was held today, the PC’s would come out with a majority.

Union May Day in Montreal: We need a militant movement!

manif2On Saturday, April 28, between 2-3,000 people attended a union-organized May Day demonstration held in Montreal. The demonstration lasted roughly four hours and consisted of a rally at the Olympic Stadium followed by a march to Parc des Faubourgs where union leaders delivered speeches. Socialist Fightback mobilized a sizable contingent to participate in the demonstration and spread socialist ideas among unionized workers.

‘Minister of Youth’ Trudeau sells out the younger generation

In 2015 the federal Liberals cruised to power on a wave of perceived youthful optimism and the promise of “sunny ways.” Besides cleansing the national palate of Stephen Harper’s crusty Conservatives, they offered policies that appeared to outflank Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats from the left, at least with regard to budget spending. Justin Trudeau was seen to embody the promise of millennial ingenuity and progressiveness, as he promised reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and claimed to be a feminist. He presented himself as a representative of “the youth”, and even appointed himself the “Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth” after becoming Prime Minister. But how have youth actually fared under Trudeau’s Liberals?

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