After nearly four years of attacks by the Gordon Campbell Liberals,
British Columbia workers are fighting back. With the NDP in a position
to win May’s provincial election, a major confrontation is set to take
place between rank-and-file workers and the leaders of the NDP and
labour movement. The task of the Marxists is to penetrate these
organizations and sow them with ideas that can win.
Ian Angus’ book Canadian Bolsheviks details the birth,
growth, and eventual Stalinist degeneration of the Communist Party of
Canada and also details the lessons learned by the early communists
while building the most successful revolutionary party in Canada’s
Once again the workers of Québec are pointing the way forward for the
rest of Canada. From over 100,000 taking to the streets of Montréal on
May Day to the occupation of an Alcan smelting plant north of Montréal,
now Québec has become the first place in North America in which a
Wal-Mart store has unionized.
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.
Last year, the Toronto District School Board debated whether to start
collecting data based on students’ race. Now, a professor is suggesting
that Toronto experiment with “black focused” schools in order to halt
“the problem of black youth disengagement from school.”
The continuing revelations of the Gomery inquiry have unearthed the
corruption in Canada’s “democratic” system. There has been a collapse
in support for the Liberals but this has not resulted in any major
enthusiasm for the opposition Conservatives. The common opinion is that
all politicians are corrupt. This reflects the growing crisis in the
ability of the capitalist parties to rule.