A Tale of Two Cities: The Toronto and Vancouver municipal elections

Kennedy Stewart winner of the Vancouver Election. (Photo Credit: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… In Vancouver, the right wing NPA was defeated in the mayoralty by a former NDP MP, combined with a strong showing for the left wing Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE). But in Toronto, former Progressive Conservative leader John Tory won a landslide 63%, while white nationalist Faith Goldy came in third with over 3% of the votes. What can the Toronto left learn from Vancouver so this miserable result is not repeated?

Thousands protest against racism and the CAQ in Montréal

Manif 7 octobre 2018On October 7, thousands of people gathered in downtown Montréal to march against racism and the newly elected CAQ government. The demonstration brought out a large number of immigrant families, grandparents and children included, all of whom were shocked by the election of the anti-immigrant government. La Riposte socialiste organized the socialist contingent of over 60 activists on the march.

Elections in New Brunswick: Impasse and the end of the two-party system

N.B. Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant and PC Leader Blaine Higgs (Photo Credit: Canadian Press)The New Brunswick elections of Sept. 24th ended in a historical impasse. The Brian Gallant Liberals won the popular vote while only clinching 21 seats against the 22 seats won by the Progressive Conservative party led by Blaine Higgs. These results mean that for the first time since 1920, New Brunswick will have a minority government. While both party leaders have confirmed their intentions to form the government, weeks after the ballots have been counted it is still unclear which party will be able to succeed.

Doug Ford rips up labour rights and the minimum wage

Doug FordOntario Premier Doug Ford’s assault on workers’ rights continued on Tuesday, Oct. 2 as he announced his intention to scrap new labour protections implemented by the previous government. Bill 148, “The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act”, provided workers with new protections against precarious scheduling, and contained provisions which included an increase in the minimum wage to $15/hour, equal pay for part-time and casual workers, guaranteed vacation days, protections for workers who required days off due to sexual assault and domestic violence, protection for temp agency workers, and provisions which removed some barriers to forming a union.

Students denounce anti-protest law at Ryerson Senate meeting

stop ford anti protest billOn Oct. 2, the Ryerson University Senate held a preliminary discussion on the implementation of a "free speech" statement as mandated by the Ford government. This statement included language that would limit student protest, which as we have explained elsewhere, is the true aim of Ford's directive. In response, activists with Socialist Fightback Students (SFS) organized an emergency protest outside the meeting room, addressing the Senate shortly thereafter.

Polarization in Quebec as CAQ wins majority and QS advances

François LegaultThe Quebec election this past Monday marked the end of an era. Support for the establishment parties, the PQ and the Liberals, collapsed to its lowest point on record. The main benefactor is the right-wing CAQ which swept dozens of ridings and will now form a majority government. But the vote was also polarized to the left, with Quebec solidaire more than doubling their vote share and going from three seats to 10. This unprecedented situation opens up a new period of class struggle against the CAQ government.

Calgary 2026 Olympic bid: Kick capitalism out of sports!

Built Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, the Olympic Demonstration Line is left abandoned and overgrown with bushes.(Photo Credit: Doug Kerr/CBC)On November 13, the people of Calgary will vote on whether to place a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. The city is already considered a frontrunner. Proponents of the bid argue that hosting the Olympics will increase tourism and city revenue. They say that the costs will be offset by the benefits, with the Olympics stimulating the economy and creating jobs. The experience of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games says otherwise.

Ontario high school walkout: Youth speak out on sex ed

Students at Bloor Collegiate Institute rallying in Toronto on Friday to protest the sex ed curriculum. (Photo Credit: Nathan Denette/ The Canadian Press)On Friday, Sept. 21, more than 38,000 high school students from at least 75 schools across Ontario walked out of classes in the largest such demonstration that Canada has ever seen. The walkout was staged over the Doug Ford government’s repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum, as well as his rejection of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations regarding Indigenous education. In the wake of the curriculum repeal, schools will be forced to use the entirely inadequate 1998 curriculum, which omits topics such as consent, bullying, gender identity and sexual orientation, and the proper medical names of genitalia.

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