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.
Québec is in crisis and has just witnessed the largest student strike
in 30 years. What is needed now is an honest appraisal of the objective
failures and successes of the strike, and a sober discussion of how to
build from the current situation in preparation for future battles.
Today is election-day in British Columbia and the BC New Democratic
Party is trailing in the polls. After four years of right wing rule in
British Columbia the province’s social services have been decimated.
Only a year ago BC stood on the brink of a general strike, now all is
quiet on the industrial front. This election should have been a cake
walk for the NDP, but the drift to the right by the leadership has left
It is a cliché of Canadian political economy to say that if the US
sneezes, Canada gets a cold. When the US gets a cold, Canada suffers
pneumonia. The reason for this is very simple; the Canadian economy is
based on the export of manufactured goods to the United States. The Fightback Editorial Board looks at the world situation and how this affects Canada.