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Québec solidaire and the ‘problem’ of secularism: No compromises with racism!

KhadirWe publish here an English translation of an article written by La Riposte socialiste activist Hélène Bissonnette on a debate occurring within Quebec solidaire. The CAQ government is attacking religious minorities and the leadership of QS has taken a compromise position. Party activists are mobilizing against the compromise position taken by the party leaders. This debate will be settled at QS’s National Council meeting in late March.

Yellow Vest Canada: a racist perversion of the Gilets Jaunes

YellowVestsIn mid-December, Canadians witnessed the start of the "Yellow Vest Canada" movement, with protests popping up in several Canadian cities. The majority of these protests have taken place in Western Canada, particularly in Alberta. Many protesters are frustrated individuals voicing their complaints with Canada’s oil crisis and the Trudeau government. Canada’s recent entry into the UN’s migration pact has also been a sore issue with many protesters. Despite basing itself on the frothing anger of Canadian workers, this movement has shown itself to be reactionary to the core.

Free Rawal Asad: Fightback pickets Pakistan consulate in Toronto

IMG 20190220 WA0010On Feb. 20, activists with Fightback picketed the Toronto Consulate General of Pakistan at 7880 Keele St. to demand the release of Rawal Asad. Soon after we arrived, a few comrades went inside first to deliver a letter on behalf of Fightback addressed to the consul general. We were able to meet with the vice consul general, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Wazir, and delivered the letter along with a breakdown of events that occured on the day of Rawal’s arrest.

SNC-Lavalin affair: The whole damn system is guilty!

TrudeauRaybouldOn Feb. 7, 2019, The Globe and Mail published a story which alleged that Justin Trudeau’s office “attempted to press” former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to interfere in the corruption case of SNC-Lavalin, a major Canadian construction firm. According to the Globe, Raybould resisted the pressure, leading to her removal as Minister of Justice and demotion to Minister of Veterans Affairs. What has unfolded since then is a political drama that has dominated news headlines, unveiled the shady inner workings of the Liberal Party, and threatens to discredit the country’s political and business elite. Something, no doubt, is rotten in the state of Canada.

Is a Mexico boycott the way to save GM Oshawa?

jerrydias jan25Last November, GM announced the closure of its plant in Oshawa and in four American cities. Production will be shifted to Mexico, where wages are lower and labour rights are almost non-existent. In response, Unifor, the union representing Oshawa GM workers, has called for a consumer boycott of Mexican-made vehicles to pressure the company into staying put. However, whatever the intentions, this approach may end up doing more harm than good.

RCMP attack on Wet’suwet’en camp: No reconciliation is possible under capitalism!

RCMP attack Wet'suwet'en territory. (CBC)On Jan. 7 the RCMP, including members of the Tactical and Emergency Response Teams, attacked and dismantled the Gidimt’en checkpoint on Wet’suwet’en territory in Northern British Columbia, arresting 14 people. The Gidim’ten checkpoint was set up in December 2018 after the B.C. Supreme Court granted TransCanada Coastal GasLink an injunction to remove another camp, the Unist’ot’en checkpoint, which was established in 2009 to control and block access by pipeline corporations to Wet’suwet’en territory.

Oshawa GM sit-down striker speaks out

GM Blockade 2

In November of last year GM announced that they were closing their plant in Oshawa. Approximately 2,500 workers will be directly affected by this, while workers from parts and feeder plants also stand to lose their jobs. In total, the closure is going to lead to an estimated 20,000-30,000 people unemployed in Durham Region.

SIGN THE PETITION: For a Student Strike Against Ford’s Education Cuts!

On Jan. 17, the Ford government announced a series of deep cuts to post-secondary education, primarily impacting low-income students. In order to stifle his opposition, Ford also announced measures that would undermine funding for student unions, student newspapers and campus clubs. This is a direct attack on working class students, campus workers and student democracy, and must be opposed by all means possible.

 

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