Canada has another minority government. Both the Conservatives and the union-supported New Democratic Party increased their support at the expense of the Liberals. However, none of the parties were able to give any answer to the current financial crisis. Faced with a lack of real solutions, workers stayed home in historic numbers with only 59% coming out to vote. The polarization in the electorate is an indicator of increased class struggle as the world heads into economic turmoil.
The International Marxist Tendency in Quebec has released the following statement on the federal election. "It’s time to break with the parties of the bosses, in French and in English. Whether at the provincial or federal levels, we have to rise above national differences, refuse to be divided, and insist on a single, united socialist movement across Québec and Canada. Only a united, internationalist movement can overthrow capitalism and lay the basis for a truly free, socialist Québec."
October 14th will be Canada’s 3rd election in just four years. After an
entire year of speculation that the government could fall at any
minute, it was Stephen Harper who broke his own fixed election date
promise and pulled the plug. We are facing harder and harder times but
do any of the parties have a solution to the problems workers face?
For a week now, Montreal has been boiling with rage. The unprovoked
murder of 18-year-old Freddy Villanueva, by agents of the Montreal
Police Service, catalyzed an explosion that has been building for
years. Police attacks on peaceful demonstrators sparked a riot.
Workers in British
Columbia have seen their pulp, paper, and lumber mills
closing at an alarming rate, leaving thousands jobless and facing an uncertain
future. Whole communities have been devastated as large forestry companies such
as Interfor and Canfor pull out operations and ship jobs overseas where labour