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NDP Leadership: Support Ashton, Fight For Socialism!

rlashton02On Friday 23rd June, Fightback’s editorial board sat down to discuss with 2017 NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton. Based upon that interview, and Ashton’s statements since the start of the campaign, Fightback has decided to support Ashton’s candidacy and encourage all socialists to do the same. 

Nova Scotia election signals need to organize

stephen mcneil nov15 720On May 30, the Nova Scotia Liberals and Stephen McNeil became the first government in the province since 1988 to win consecutive majorities. Emboldened by the win, McNeil signalled that public sector unions can expect to face a hard line in upcoming negotiations.

‘Harper with a smile’: Andrew Scheer wins Conservative leadership race

With the election of Scheer, Conservatives have signalled their continuity with the Harper era and selected a leader seen as most able to reconcile the disparate ideological groupings within the party. As the new face of Tory reaction, Scheer combines muted social conservatism with a fierce devotion to the unbridled rule of capital. The fortunes of Scheer and his party going forward will depend greatly on the economic trajectory of Canada in the coming years and whether growing opposition to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals is channeled to the right or to the left.

The Fall of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta

o JASON KENNEY FOREIGN WORKERS facebookJason Kenney, the newly elected leader of PC Alberta, might well be the last leader of the party that governed Alberta for 44 consecutive years. Selected as the new leader with a mandate to effectively dissolve the party, though masked with a softer rhetoric of “Unite the Right”, Kenney will oversee the end of an era. 

Solidarity with Quebec construction workers on strike! Defy back-to-work legislation!

quebec construction strike day 2 2017On May 24th, 175,000 construction workers in Quebec began a province-wide general strike. The collective agreements expired on April 30 and the workers in an alliance of trade unions voted decisively for strike action. The overall mandate was 93 per cent, with votes as high as 99 per cent among the workers on the north shore.

Crisis in Manitoba: Sweeping Austerity

Brian Pallister Budget 2017Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government has launched an all-out attack on workers and youth with the introduction of eight austerity bills and spending cuts in their 2017-2018 budget. PC Leader Brian Pallister ran on a campaign to look inwards to save on costs by cutting so-called unnecessary management in government. However, the focus of Pallister’s cuts has been rank-and-file workers such as Manitoba Hydro employees.

Trudeau's marijuana legalization: Seeing through the smokescreen

cannabiscultureraid.jpg.size.custom.crop.850x566On April 13th Trudeau’s Liberals tabled a bill in the House of Commons to legalize marijuana in Canada. Following their reversal on many key campaign promises, the Federal Liberals seem to be bending to pressure and are actually delivering on something! Legalization is undoubtedly popular among young people and nearly two thirds of the general population is supportive. But as they say, the devil is in the details and in typical Liberal fashion, there are some nasty little details.

BC Politics on a Knife's Edge

bc election 2017Once again, the BC NDP has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. After 16 long years of Liberal rule, with their cuts to welfare, scandals in the legislature and privatization of provincial services, the Liberals still remain the power in the land. Christy Clark is still premier, but for how long?

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