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Should Justin Trudeau Resign?

By Barry Weisleder

Should Justin Trudeau resign because he dressed up in blackface and brownface at age 29, when he was a teacher, and earlier, for mocking people of colour and not apologizing for it — until Time magazine exposed him last week?

Well, consider this.

Should Justin have resigned when he amended the law to offer corrupt corporations a Deferred Prosecution Agreement, and leaned on his former Attorney General to let SNC Lavalin off the hook, and then booted her when she refused?

Should Justin have resigned when he spent billions of dollars to buy a leaky pipeline, and pledged to double-track it, against the wishes of Indigenous people whose unceded lands the line traverses?

Should he resign because his policies, including the carbon tax, don’t touch the monopoly power of huge energy corporations, and make a tragic mockery of the modest goals of the Paris Climate Accord?

Should he resign because he blatantly broke his promise that the 2015 federal election would be last ‘first-past-the-post’ vote, to be replaced by a more democratic system of proportional representation?

Should he resign because social inequality has grown, and precarious employment has surged, with no action by his government to make certain that big corporations, giant banks and the super-rich pay significantly more taxes?

Should he resign because he broke the postal workers’ strike in 2018, still hasn’t paid federal public service workers what they are owed, has done nothing to raise the federal minimum hourly wage, or to implement a long-promised national childcare system, or to stop the gouging of consumers by Big Pharma and Big Telecom?

Should he resign because he increased the budget for the Canadian military by 70 per cent, and condones the sale of highly destructive weapons to the authoritarian, misogynist regime in Saudi Arabian, which uses said weapons to perpetrate genocide in Yemen and repression at home?

Should Justin resign because he is waging a one-sided economic war against the democratically elected government of Venezuela, and because Ottawa is a founding member of the Lima Group (which includes repressive, anti-democratic states like Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras) that seek to starve Venezuelans and overthrow their constitutional government? Or because Justin is a prime ally of the Zionist apartheid state and the Hindu chauvinist regime of Narendra Modi in India?

I’d say it was time for Justin Trudeau to resign a long time ago.

But we should be very clear that it is the rotten capitalist system that must go, and not just the pretentious Trudeau.

WAM Conference, September 14

The Workers’ Action Movement conference held on September 14 at the OPSEU Toronto Region Membership Centre was a success. It was very upbeat and forward looking. WAM united allies in the fight for a more democratic and militant labour movement, starting with efforts to field a WAM team for top Ontario Federation of Labour positions to be elected at the OFL Convention in November.

The 25+ people who participated in one or more sessions at the Conference represented and voiced workers’ priorities in OPSEU, CUPE, UNIFOR, Sheet Metal Workers’ Union, CUPW, OSSTF and AMAPCEO, as well as social justice groups like ACORN and OCAP.

SA at Free Kashmir rally, Toronto September 15

Over 100 people braved a steady shower at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square on September 15 to demand an end to the 40-day clampdown on Kashmir, Indian troops Out Now, and Self-Determination for Kashmir.

Socialist Action denounced the complicity of the Trudeau-Freeland government in Ottawa with the repressive, authoritarian, Hindu chauvinist regime of Narandra Modi.

Socialist Action Federal Election Manifesto 2019 VOTE NDP, Fight for Socialist Policies, Join and build the NDP Socialist Caucus 

In the wake of a rapidly accelerating accumulation of green house gasses and global warming in our biosphere, after 40 years of neo-liberal austerity, endless campaigns of aggression through sanctions, tariffs and military slaughter led by United States imperialism, supported by its Canadian imperialist ally, Canadians will once again go to the polls on October 21.  They will vote to fill the 338 seats in the House of Commons. What is at stake?

Every one of the major political parties supports capitalism, the system in which profit always comes before human needs, ahead of the needs of our planet, before human decency. Every major party accepts the private ownership and control of Canada’s vast resources by a small number of corporations whose overriding purpose is to enrich the owners, whatever the cost to the people.

Continue reading Socialist Action Federal Election Manifesto 2019 VOTE NDP, Fight for Socialist Policies, Join and build the NDP Socialist Caucus 

Socialist Action in the Toronto Labour Day Parade

Once again, Socialist Action was in the forefront of the annual Toronto Labour Day Parade that saw tens of thousands of union members march from University Avenue and Queen Street to the entrance of the Canadian National Exhibition. While the official theme of the day was "Educate, Agitate and Organize", the SA contingent was one of the few that pressed for a general strike to remove the arch-austerity Ontario government of Conservative Doug Ford, and urged workers to "Vote NDP, and fight for Socialist Policies." Equally popular slogans were: "Hands Off Venezuela" and "From Kashmir to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime."