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Cellucci, Klein and the Question of Canadian Sovereignty

It’s no secret that Alberta Premier Ralph Klein is the mouth piece of US imperialism in Canada. This was particularly evident when the Tories opened their anti-Kyoto campaign in the name of their oil and gas industry friends. (May, 2003)

Mad Cow and the Crisis of Food Production

On December 23, 2003 the US government officially acknowledged the outbreak of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in a herd of cattle in the state of Washington.This is officially the first case of mad cow in the US, but is in reality the second case of an outbreak in the integrated Canadian and US cattle industry. The farming and cattle crisis is at root a reflection of the crisis of capitalism worldwide and a result of "globalization". (January, 2004)

Corruption Scandals rock Federal and BC Liberals

Paul Martin and Gordon Campbell aren't sleeping well these days. With elections on the horizon, both the Federal and BC Liberal Parties are down in the polls. Scandals have rocked all levels of government. From large sums of tax-money being given away to corporations, to drug money in BC, it seems that everyone has their fingers in dirty money. (March, 2004)

2004 Canadian Federal Election - Canada is entering a new period of turmoil

The 2004 Canadian federal election is looking to be the closest race since the 1970s. The Liberals seem to be set to lose their majority, while on the left the NDP (the Canadian Labour Party) after leaning leftwards seems set to make gains. The mobilisation of the Canadian workers over the past period will find an expression in these elections. (June, 2004)

Take Back the Workers' Game! -- A Marxist answer to the NHL lockout

The owners of the 30 NHL teams have locked out professional hockey players, probably dooming the 2004/2005 NHL season. Although professional hockey is largely ignored in the United States, it is a welcome diversion for the Canadian working class who flock to bars and pubs in order to kill the long Canadian winter. However, the corporate nature of the game is quickly killing that joy. It is too easy to dismiss this dispute out of hand. As Marxists, we realize that professional sports are a continuation of the famous Roman practice of bread and circuses, but a socialist society cannot be devoid of amusement and entertainment. For better or for worse, hockey is something that Canadians are passionate about. Rather than ignoring it or hoping that it goes away, we must present a real workers’ alternative to the NHL lockout. (November, 2004)

Book Review: Canadian Bolsheviks: The early years of the Communist Party of Canada, by Ian Angus

It is with great happiness that we welcome the reprinting of Ian Angus' book Canadian Bolsheviks. First printed in 1981, this book details the birth, growth, and eventual Stalinist degeneration of the Communist Party of Canada covering the period from WWI to the mid 1930s. Angus provides an excellent antidote to both the Stalinist "official" history and to dry academic histories that see Marxism and Leninism as identical to Stalinism. Most importantly the book details the lessons learned by the early communists while building the most successful revolutionary party in Canada's history. In the words of Angus, "They have a lot to teach us." (January, 2005)

Weak Liberal Government Delivers Weak Conservative Budget

Eight months into their minority government, the federal Liberals have tabled a budget that serves one main aim – survival. Their right-leaning budget aims to please everybody, or more accurately in typical Canadian fashion attempts to offend nobody, and in so doing shows the weakness of Canadian Liberalism. This weakness expresses the contradiction between the needs of Canadian capitalism and the opinion of the Canadian population. One way or another, the centre cannot hold. (March, 2005)

"A Plague on Both Your Houses" -- Gomery inquiry leads Canadians to reject capitalist parties

The continuing revelations of the Gomery inquiry have unearthed the corruption in Canada’s “democratic” system. Canadians are getting sick of stories of government money being used for kickbacks to the Federal Liberal party. However, the collapse in support for the Liberals has not resulted in any major enthusiasm for the opposition Conservatives. The common opinion is that all politicians are corrupt. This reflects the crowing crisis in the ability of the capitalist parties to rule. Such swindles are seen as a cost of doing business under the present political system. Canadian voters are wishing a plague on both the Liberal and Conservative Houses. If the NDP is going to avoid being lumped in with the capitalist con-men it must adopt a radical program now.

Celebrating Mad Cow Disease: The absurdity of protectionism

Canadian cattle producers are being told they have reason to celebrate. According to Alberta Agriculture Minister Doug Horner, “the light at the end of the tunnel just got bigger” with the June 24th discovery of a BSE-infected cow in the United States (Edmonton Journal, June 25, 2005). Sure enough, the 2 year-long ban on Canadian cattle has cost the industry $7 billion, and the argument against Canadian cattle has been based on the U.S. being free of BSE, better known as mad cow disease. If the infected cow proves to be of American origin (which so far seems to be the case), “the argument is not valid” says Canadian Cattlemen’s Association head Stan Eby. The idea that anybody would see a case of Mad Cow as a “light at the end of the tunnel” is glaringly absurd, and it highlights the complete inability of the capitalists to address serious questions of food safety or to solve the problems facing farmers on either side of the border.
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