Press NDP to Fight for a Workers’ Agenda in 2022

After nearly four years of the most regressive, incompetent and corrupt Ontario government in decades, opinion polls show the Doug Ford Conservatives leading, and the New Democratic Party mired in third place, well behind the Liberals, on the eve of the June 2 provincial election.

How is this possible?  Only exceptionally weak NDP policy and leadership can account for this disturbing situation.  It’s certainly not a function of popular satisfaction with the status quo.

LEFT UNITY RISES IN THE B.C. NDP

The British Columbia New Democratic Party (BC NDP) Convention, held online December 11-12, met against a backdrop of capitalist catastrophes that are more frequent, more severe and cause greater waves of devastation in their wake. The convention of the labour-based party, originally scheduled for November 17-19, was postponed due to the torrential, record-breaking deluge that swept southern BC.

The downpours tore up roads, railway tracks, took out bridges, caused the collapse of buildings and mountainsides, overflowed dykes, flooded the best agricultural land in Canada, destroyed homes, killed tens of thousands of farm animals, and killed countless wild animals. The agricultural destruction is causing continued food shortages in BC.

A heat wave in June set a global record in which parts of BC were hotter than Death Valley.

Independent Working-Class Political Action in English Canada: Socialist Action Policy on the NDP

This document outlines and reinforces that position, updated to the present reality. In general, we are applying the Marxist-Leninist method to worker-based parties with petty bourgeois leaderships and bourgeois programs that aim to reform capitalism, rather than to overthrow it in favour of the construction of a workers’ state towards building socialism.

The Red Review – New Brunswick CUPE Workers on Strike FT. Mackenzie Thomason Provincial Leader of the NDP

In this bonus episode of The Red Review, brought to you by Socialist Action, Emily and Daniel interview Mackenzie Thomason, bus driver, CUPE 1253 member, and recently acclaimed leader of the New Brunswick NDP. Mackenzie talks picket line vibes, community support, demands of striking workers, taking on the Irving empire, government ban on land acknowledgements, and a surging New Brunswick NDP that puts people first, not profit!

Election 2021:  Results and Prospects

To quote Yogi Berra, “It’s deja-vu all over again.”

The 2021 federal election, which Justin Trudeau called just to gain a majority of seats, looks much like the 2019 election result.  The same parties are in place, each with nearly the same number of MPs as before.*  But something has changed.  All the leaders are skating on thin ice.  One has resigned; another will soon be forced to do so.  And Justin Trudeau is considerably weakened as Prime Minister.  With zero appetite for another election, the Liberal minority government will have to lean heavily on the labour-based New Democratic Party to pass legislation.  That means working class organizations have a great opportunity to extract concessions from the ruling class.