Statement of the NDP Socialist Caucus on October 17, 2019
For an NDP Government. No Coalition with the Liberal Party. For Independent Working Class Political Action. No to ‘Strategic Voting’ and Lesser-Evilism.
As the October 21 federal election draws near, opinion polls and mainstream pundits point to the likelihood of a minority-led Parliament. Increasingly, there is talk of a coalition government. Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party, warns that the only way to stop a spend-thrift Liberal-NDP coalition is to vote Tory. The Tories threaten massive cuts to public services, and a deepening of the climate crisis. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is exposed as a corrupt law breaker, a promise betrayer, and a pipeline buyer. Both parties, plus the ‘neither left nor right’ Greens, the openly racist People’s Party, and the bourgeois nationalist Bloc Quebecois are all in the pocket of one or another segment of the business class.
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by Dimitri Lascaris
The Green Party of Canada declares that it “begins with the basic premise that all life on the planet is interconnected.” Yet, the Greens’ newly released electoral platform, consisting of eighty-two pages, says remarkably little about Canada’s relationship with the rest of humanity. A mere two pages of that platform, which appear at the very end, are devoted to that subject.
Continue reading Green Party Foreign Policy – ‘Connected’ to NATO and American Imperialism?
Canadian Unions Sharply Divided on Federal Election
by Gary Porter
On October 21 Canadians will elect 338 Members of Parliament.
Since its high point — winning 103 seats in 2011, making it the Official Opposition, which occurred when a Conservative government was elected under Stephen Harper — the fortunes of the New Democratic Party have been in decline. In 2015, with polls indicating a possible NDP federal government, the right wing social democratic leadership moved to the right. The party ran on a promise of a neo-liberal balanced budget. The capitalist Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau promised more funds for health and education, admitting it would increase the deficit. They won. The NDP lost 60 seats, reduced to 43.
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Why the NDP is a field of battle.
The question of the Canadian labour party, the party built by the trade union movement and the fusion with the former members of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation(CCF) , the antecedent social democratic party to the New Democratic Party, has been the subject of much debate within the Canadian left and now with our dialogue with the comrades of the Trotskyist Fraction-Fourth International, taking an international dimension as well.
The following document, adopted at the May 2019 national convention of Socialist Action/Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste (SA/LAS), elaborates in full our orientation to this field of class struggle, and in doing so contributes to a fuller understanding of how revolutionary socialists help build working class political independence in countries where bourgeois workers parties dominate the political landscape.
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Stop the Cuts to Education in Peel !
Cuts Hurt Kids. Restore courses and jobs. Save Public Education from slasher Doug Ford.
Come to the Protest Rally at the office of
Kaleed Rasheed, Progressive Conservative MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville,
at 1420 Burnhamthorpe Road, Unit 315, one block east of Dixie Road,
Saturday, October 5, 1 p.m.
This action is initiated by Socialist Action in Mississauga/Peel, and is endorsed by the Peel District of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the Peel Region Labour Council, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2544, Peel District CUPE Council Local 9130, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, OPSEU Local 244 (Sheridan College faculty), NDP Socialist Caucus, and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.
For more information call: 647-986-1917