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.
Bush has outlined an aggressive foreign and domestic agenda for his
second term. Internationally, he will continue to focus on the Middle
East, but Latin America will increasingly be targeted by his
administration. His overall international approach will remain
aggressive and arrogant, but due to the quagmire in Iraq and the
growing global resistance to U.S. imperialism, he will be forced to
seek broader alliances.
The world situation can only be characterized as highly volatile and
unstable. The profound economic, political, social, and military
instability, outlined in previous issues of Socialist Appeal,
has intensified over the past year. Without a doubt, we are in the most
turbulent historical epoch since the end of World War II, if not the
most tumultuous in human history.
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
Amnesty International published a report last Wednesday, condemning the
US and UK betrayal of the cause of human rights in the so-called “war
on terror” and urged the US to shut down its Guantanamo Bay camp. The
report is a condemnation of the hypocritical policies and actions of
the two imperialist powers.