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.
Continue reading Pharmacare: What are you waiting for, Tom Mulcair?
by Bob Lyons
The capitulation of the SYRIZA government to the demands of European imperialism has sent shock waves across a wide section of the international Left for some very concrete and understandable reasons.
This left developed in an academic atmosphere, proclaiming a new kind of “21st century socialism”. The latter is a vague formula, filled by all types of outmoded ideas dressed up in new clothing, and presented with a large helping of caricature of Leninism dressed up as anti-authoritarianism, linked to a project of “building socialism from below”. Its promoters had high hopes in SYRIZA as a socialist party of a new type.
Continue reading The “New” European Reformism and the Failure of the Broad Left Party Strategy
Socialist Action presents a public forum:
Following the sell-out by Syriza: Fighting austerity, from Greece to Spain
with special guest speaker:
Richard Wagman, member of Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) in France. Born in Ontario, resident for decades in Montreal and Paris, Richard is a professional translator based in Paris.
An open question and discussion period will follow the presentation.
- Thursday, August 13 7 p.m.
- at OISE U of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 5-280
(above St. George subway station) [map]
- Everyone is welcome. Donation $4, or PWYC.
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by Bob Lyons
The international response to Leo Panitch’s first foray into justifying the Tsipras faction’s betrayal of the Greek people’s NO to austerity and NO to the diktats of European imperialism, was one of almost universal approbation. And, with great justification, much derision.
To put it bluntly, the European left, from Tariq Ali to Kevin Ovenden, heaped great, steaming mounds of scorn on what Ovenden termed a piece not equal to the level of a serious debate.
Continue reading The Panitch-Gindin Attack on the Greek Left