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?

Doug Ford - What he is and how to fight him

Doug Ford wins PC LeadershipLate in the evening of Saturday March 10th, Doug Ford was declared victor of the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race. In a complicated weighted ranked ballot system, Ford garnered just over 50 per cent of the points, narrowly surpassing establishment candidate Christine Elliott, who actually won the support of more members. The PC establishment is no doubt in a state of denial. Their party will now be led by a demagogue who has openly derided the party tops as "elites," and who gained almost no support from them during the campaign.

Quebec elections 2018: How can we stop the CAQ?

The CAQ Leader François LegaultWith just eight months until the next Quebec election, the right-populist Coalition Avenir Québec, led by François Legault, is riding high in the polls. The two-party system dominated by the Parti Quebecois and the Liberal Party of Quebec for the past 50 years is at risk of collapsing. Many people are worried by the prospect that the CAQ could form the next government—and with good reason. The CAQ represents more clearly the capitalists elements in Quebec pushing to crush the labour movement and attack all of the progressive gains the working class has won through many hard-fought struggles. But how can we stop the CAQ?

Let’s Talk: The hypocrisy of Bell Canada and mental health under capitalism

Variation of the Bell Let's Talk logo - Let's ExploitWorkers from Bell Canada have recently come forward to report that their mental health has suffered as a result of Bell’s policies and have criticized the company for its poor responses to employees’ mental health. While Bell is certainly not the only corporation whose policies have caused intense stress to its employees, these revelations have come as a shock to many due to the fact that Bell has tried to brand itself as a frontrunner in the mental health movement in recent years, namely through the popular campaign “Bell Let’s Talk”.

One year after the Quebec City shooting: the fight against Islamophobia continues!

1341102 plusieurs citoyens pris parole remercie2017 in Quebec ended with a made-up, racist fake news story from TVA about alleged unreasonable demands by the leaders of a mosque in Côte-des-Neiges. The network reported that the mosque asked that there be no women on a construction site located nearby. This was subsequently denied by all involved, thus proven to be a complete fabrication. This incident reminds us that one year after the January 29th Quebec City mosque shooting, the fight against Islamophobia is far from over.

Toronto city budget: broken promises and austerity

In late November, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced a 2017 budget surplus of $141.8 million, shortly before city council revealed a balanced budget plan for 2018. The news lends support to Tory’s image as a stable, responsible mayor, wisely investing in public services while not spending more than the city can afford. However, a closer look reveals a different picture. The budget, which represents an increase of one per cent in spending over the previous year, actually represents a cutback in services once inflation and population growth is taken into account. Even worse, the "balanced" budget is in fact perched on the edge of an inflated and precarious housing market, making the consequences of a potential correction disastrous for workers.

National and Class Struggle in Quebec

Recent independence movements, most notably those in Scotland and Catalonia, have caused many people to draw parallels between them and Quebec. This, combined with the identitarian turn that the mainstream Québécois nationalist parties have taken recently, forces us to return to the basics and re-evaluate the Marxist approach to this question. Joel Bergman of the La Riposte socialiste editorial board sheds some light on the current state of the independence movement in Quebec, the comparison with Scotland and Catalonia, and explains what position Marxists should take.

Petty and vindictive Tim Hortons owners show the real face of capitalism

Tim Hortons workers expecting an improvement in living conditions with the rise in the minimum wage are instead facing a cut back to their overall compensation. Staff at the Tim Hortons location in Cobourg, Ontario received a letter from their bosses, who were busy at their vacation home in Florida at the time, informing them that the minimum wage increase had left them “no alternative” but to cut breaks and benefits.

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