Category Archives: Canada

A great ‘Leap’ sideways

by Barry Weisleder

Popular discontent with establishment politics has found another voice. Sponsored by an array of Canadian left critics of the status quo, “The Leap Manifesto” is a sweeping indictment of the dominant system – without naming it. In that regard, its proponents fall short of Catholic Pope Francis who boldly calls capitalist greed “the dung of the devil.” Continue reading A great ‘Leap’ sideways

Book Launch: Canada in Africa: 300 years of aid and exploitation

Socialist Action presents a book launch
Canada in Africa: 300 years of aid and exploitation

a new book by Yves Engler

Yves Engler continues his groundbreaking analyses of past and present Canadian foreign policy. The author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, and other works that challenge the myth of Canadian benevolence, documents Canadian involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the “scramble for Africa” and European colonialism. The book reveals Ottawa’s opposition to anti-colonial struggles, its support for apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup, and its role in ousting independence leaders Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah.

Based on an exhaustive look at the public record as well as on-the-ground research, Canada in Africa shows how the federal government pressed African countries to follow neo-liberal economic prescriptions and sheds light on Canada’s part in the violence that has engulfed Somalia, Rwanda and the Congo, as well as how Canada’s indifference to climate change means a death sentence to ever-growing numbers of Africans.

Copies of Yves’ new book will be available for sale at $25 and for autographing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Former Vice President of the Concordia Student Union, Yves Engler has been dubbed “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I.F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “ever-insightful” ( and a “Leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen). His six books have been praised by Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, William Blum, Rick Salutin and many others. “Yves became a foreign-policy expert by working as a night doorman in Montreal…He’s in the mould of I. F. Stone, who wasted no time with politicians, who all have an agenda, but went instead straight to the public record.” – Rick Salutin, Globe and Mail

When: Thursday, September 246:30 p.m.

Where: OISE U of Toronto, room 8-220
252 Bloor St. West, above the St. George Subway Station
Everyone is welcome. Donation $4, or PWYC.

Hands Off the CBC!

Care for a glimpse of the venomous agenda of the Conservative government for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation? Just look at a report emanating from the widely discredited Senate.
The Conservative-dominated Senate committee on transport and communications, in a document titled “Time for Change: The CBC/Radio-Canada in the 21st Century”, recommends gutting the public broadcaster.

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Pharmacare: What are you waiting for, Tom Mulcair?

Over 90 per cent of Canadians back the concept, according to a recent Angus Reid Institute poll. Canada is the only country with a universal health-care system that doesn’t also cover the cost of prescription medicine.
High prices force many people to avoid filling prescriptions; even more skip doses or split pills to try to make medicine last longer. In this way, thousands risk aggravated illness and needless suffering.

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