Monthly Archives: April 2011

Stop the warmongers! Reject the Halifax Chronicle Herald’s call for the invasion of Africa!

By TONY SEED

IN AN editorial published on April 21st, the day before Easter Friday and Earth Day, the editors of the Halifax Herald Ltd. demanded that the United States escalate the war of aggression against Libya: “The only way forward is to use more force. The sooner NATO comes to this conclusion, the better.” Continue reading

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Questions from Electors – No One Is Illegal Halifax

April 26, 2010

Angela Day and Jane Kirby,

No One Is Illegal Halifax

Dear friends,

Thank you for addressing your questions to all candidates. You are raising specific problems and your questions are objective and straightforward, which demand direct action from the government. They reveal the necessity for workers and people, regardless of national origin, to be empowered so that everyone, by dint of being human, can participate in society where the rights of all are upheld. When all four incumbent MPS from the HRM voted unanimously on March 21st for the war on Libya in Parliament – without any consultation whatsoever with either their local organization or Haligonians – how credible are the claims of these parties that they care about immigrants from foreign lands, friendship and equality amongst peoples, and the rights of all? Continue reading

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The missing voice of the working class – Sky-high strike vote puts the pressure on postal negotiations

Join the postal and other public sector workers on Halifax May Day, beginning 2 p.m. at Victoria Park, to put forward our demands on whatever party or combination of parties forms the next minority government. Say NO! to government that attacks public sector workers and the quality of public service. Say YES! to government that defends Canadian workers and pensions! Defend the Rights of All!

CUPW, April 18, 2011

Mass picket of postal workers in NEw Glasgow, June 11, 2010

MEMBERS of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have voted 94.5 per cent in favour of striking if necessary to obtain a collective agreement that addresses real problems and meets their needs.

“We hope the sky-high strike vote and the record turnout of our members will put pressure on Canada Post to negotiate,” said CUPW National President Denis Lemelin. Continue reading

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Canada gets failing score in democratic audit

THE Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA), a Calgary-based organization that describes its mission as advancing “fair and transparent democratic processes wherever elections occur” and providing “fundamental support for people’s democracies defined as government of, for and by the people,” has given Canada an overall score of 25.75 per cent in electoral fairness in its 2011 Federal Election Audit.

In a press advisory, the FDA highlights the results of its study, which examined electoral coverage in the media, election financing laws and regulations over electoral broadcasting. The press release states:

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Questions from Electors – Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project

THE Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP) is distributing a questionnaire to all candidates running in Nova Scotia ridings in the federal election. NSRAP describes itself “a voice for Nova Scotia’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) or Rainbow Community right to legal and social equality. Over the last 15 years NSRAP has been a strong advocate for the rights of our communities to legal and social equality.” It further states “your responses will not be graded. They will be made available for our members to review and judge for themselves.” They also provided a space for “any comments you have about particular questions or other issues relating to the LGBT community.” I have responded with the following letter. Continue reading

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Stop Harper!

By DAVID GREIG

STEPHEN HARPER, now aiming to head a majority government, occupies the well-earned position as head of the anti-social offensive in Canada, and the drive for de facto annexation of Canada to the U.S. empire and and its imperialist wars of aggression. There is every indication that as head of a majority Conservative government he will push much further along the course he has followed since first becoming Prime Minister in 2006. Hence, the importance of stopping Harper from winning the election, stopping him from forming a majority and stopping him if he does win such a majority

He and his anti-social crew present his aim as desirable on the basis that the situation in Canada after his five years as PM is quite acceptable, that he is trustworthy, or at least more so than Michael Ignatieff, that he is the best manager of the economy, but that threats are at hand that require the strong leadership and certainty of a majority Harper government. Such self-serving distortions can only survive and succeed by silencing and marginalizing the experience of Canadians, and particularly the working class, with the destruction of manufacturing, degradation of workers’ security and remuneration, social programs and the natural environment. Meanwhile, ever more is handed over to the very rich and Canada is increasingly annexed to the U.S. empire, with all the attendant militarization, military spending and partnership in crimes of imperialist aggression. Continue reading

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Lies of the Chronically Horrid: Readers condemn warmongering editorial on Libya

ALL BUT TWO comments posted online by readers of the Halifax Chronicle Herald express condemnation or disagreement with its warmongering editorial, “Time to take a decisive stand,” published on April 21, 2011. The editorial began: “THE only way forward is to use more force. The sooner NATO comes to this conclusion, the better.” The raison d’etat provided by the Herald for expanding the war is rejected by Haligonians. The comments illustrate how completely disconnected the ruling elite is with Canadians. The political cartel of the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP, which voted unanimously for military attacks on Libya on March 21st behind our backs, do not represent Canadians. The comments mirror the interest in the MLPC campaign in the election which is advancing the necessity for an antiwar government and illustrate why the Chronicle Herald simply refuses to acknowledge either the existence of any alternative or that its Halifax candidate, Tony Seed, is even participating. Here is a sample of readers’ comments:

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MLPC Candidate tells Halifax MPS: “Not in Our Name! means Not In Our Name!”

ON THURSDAY, April 21, Fusion, a Halifax social networking website, held a meet-the-candidates’ forum at the Waterfront Warehouse attended by over 70 young urban professionals and 13 candidates.

In his introductory remarks, convenor David Finlayson stressed that the aim of the function, which lasted some three hours, was to foster “democratic engagement” and, pointing to MLPC candidate Tony Seed, said that Fusion was the sole forum in Halifax which as a principle had invited all candidates registered in the election. Many welcomed this democratic sentiment. Continue reading

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The missing voice of the working class: CBC and the oceans

ON THURSDAY, April 21, the CBC Radio program Mainstreet carried an interview with four candidates for the Halifax riding on issues affecting the ocean. Tony Seed of the Marxist-Leninist Party (MLPC) was excluded. His exclusion illustrates the degeneration of the state-funded public broadcaster and its subservience to private interest, and the necessity for political empowerment to protect the environment and break the stranglehold of the media.

The plight of the environment and the concerns of Canadians are completely ignored by the so-called major political parties and the monopoly media. The CBC pays lip service to the concerns of such collectives as fishermen and environmentalists only to the extent they are deemed significant as a vote bank. To illustrate, the four parties in Parliament invited on CBC to discuss ocean’s issues voted unanimously for the aggression and war against Libya. When the terrible consequences of bombing, including the use of depleted uranium, on the environment are already known, how credible are the claims of these parties that they care about protecting the environment? Continue reading

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Join in May Day to Defend the Rights of All!

Halifax May Day Committee, April 18, 2011

WE INVITE everyone to join us on MAY FIRST in Halifax to put forward the demands of workers in all sectors of the economy in defence of the rights of all and to hold governments to account. Our action recognizes that we have a common cause not just with the workers of Canada and Québec but also with the workers in all countries who are fighting to provide their rights with a guarantee – our fellow workers in the United States, Mexico and the world over. Continue reading

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Spryfield: A discussion on election issues

ON Wednesday evening, April 20th, the MLPC sponsored a community discussion in Spryfield on the issues in the election.

Tony Seed, MLPC candidate for Halifax, made initial remarks. He pointed out that this was – as far as he could remember – one of the first-ever meetings on elections organized in Spryfield over the past 30 years. Yet Spryfield is a community which is working class, inhabited by some 35,000 people. While the vote turnout in Halifax in the last election was 47 per cent, compared to the national average of 58 per cent, it was well below 40 per cent in Spryfield. There are political, social and economic factors. The fundamental reason is that people pay no role in governance wherein even the right to vote has little meaning. The NDP recently had a “town hall” meeting attended by just 14 people, yet the area has been represented by the NDP provincially since 1988 and federally since 1997. It is more depoliticized than ever. After the election, like everywhere else, the parties of the political cartel simply disappear. Even the paucity of election signs in the community reflect its marginalization. Continue reading

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An election issue: International students rally against being used as cash cows

International students rally at Dalhousie. Photo courtesy of Felix Kannemann

Tony Seed, Halifax Media Co-op, April 20, 2011 – ON TUESDAY, APRIL 19, some thirty international students at Dalhousie University held an emergency protest rally outside the Mona Campbell business building  – where the Dal board of governors was to meet – to condemn a 10 per cent increase in differential fees over and above the proposed three cent increase in student tuition and by 10 and 14 per cent for medical and dentistry students (in effect, a user pay fee) respectively. Continue reading

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Canada Needs an Anti-War Government

Vote for the anti-war mainstream of public opinion!

Vote Marxist-Leninist or for other anti-war candidates!

NOT ONE member of the outgoing Parliament voted against Canada’s participation in the imperialist war to dismember and seize Libya. This is an affront to the conscience of the country. Canadians and Quebeckers in their majority do not support either the U.S.-led war against Afghanistan or the new one in Libya. How is it that the majority voice in the country was not represented by even one anti-war vote in the House of Commons? Because the four pro-war parties of the cartel system have a stranglehold on the political and electoral system, which blocks mainstream public opinion from participating in political affairs. Continue reading

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Cuba & U.S. Hostility: 50th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs Invasion

7 pm, Tuesday, April 19, Room 204, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, 6061 University Avenue

ON APRIL 17, 1961, CIA-trained anti-Cuba mercenaries invaded Cuba at Playa Giron, also known as the Bay of Pigs, where they met an overwhelming defeat in their unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the young Revolution.

Join us for a documentary followed by panel discussion on the history of the Bay of Pigs Invasion and its legacy, current U.S. policy towards Cuba and the international meaning of the Cuban Revolution, with Cuba specialists Bob Huish, John Kirk and Isaac Saney. Continue reading

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In the media: Excuses, excuses…MLPC candidate Tony Seed excluded from ‘all’ candidates debate

By MILES HOWE

Meet Tony Seed, the candidate you wont hear at the ‘All Candidates Debate.’

(April 13, 2011, Halifax Media Co-op) – Tony Seed is a little upset, and under the circumstances, who wouldn’t be? After raising the necessary $1,000 deposit, getting an auditor, and an agent, and gathering 100 signatures, the Halifax candidate of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada is on the federal election ballot, but finds himself on the outside looking in at the Halifax Federal Riding Debate, which takes place on April 14th at 7pm at Scotiabank Theatre, Saint Mary’s University.

Seed says that his campaign team has been in contact with the Dalhousie Students’ Union, who, along with the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association, are organizing the event. Reps from the DSU have given Seed’s staff the runaround, claiming first that they could not find an extra podium anywhere on campus for him, next that the stage at Scotiabank Theatre could realistically only accommodate four candidates, and finally that they didn’t even know he was running until the debate was already planned out, and that by then it was simply too late. Seed thinks this rationale is “pathetic”, and senses that far from it being a case of simple oversight, his exclusion from the debate is intentional. Continue reading

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Halifax: No Harbour for War Platform

IN HALIFAX, Tony Seed is again putting forward the MLPC’s No Harbour for War platform, calling on people to work towards establishing an anti-war government and a People’s Canada. Whatever party or combination of parties ”wins” the election, Canadians will be faced with a war government, Tony points out. Continue reading

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Joining the demonstration of the public housing workers

Some 30 public housing workers vigorously demonstrate in front of the Nova Scotia Legislature on Monday, April 11.

HALIFAX (April 12, 2011) – DESPITE the cold driving rain, thirty workers from the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority demonstrated outside the Nova Scotia Legislature on Monday April 11th. Continue reading

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Tony Seed again stands as anti-war candidate in Halifax

Tony Seed delivers a keynote address at a national conference on Palestine held at McMaster University, March 12, 2005

[April 9, 2011] The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada is contesting the 41st Federal election with 70 candidates. This up from 59 candidates in the 2008 election. Journalist and anti-war activist Tony Seed was confirmed on Thursday as the party’s candidate in Halifax.

In the wake of the attack on Libya in violation of the UN Charter, unanimously endorsed by all the cartel parties, Tony declared that a central plank of his campaign is the necessity to elect an anti-war MP who will fight in Parliament for the cause of peace and sovereignty, and for Haligonians to recognize the need for an anti-war government by voting Marxist-Leninist. Continue reading

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The politics of assassination – Flanagan & Harper style

By TONY SEED*

On November 30, 2010 the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the architect of his 2004 election campaign, Thomas Flanagan, called for the assassination of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Flanagan is an American-born and -trained political science professor at the University of Calgary, author, and neo-conservative backroom operator who became active as a leading official in the extreme right Reform Party before managing Harper’s campaign to capture the leadership of the Canadian Alliance in 2001. Continue reading

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In the media: Anti-war protests continue as Canada’s role in Libya goes non-humanitarian

Anti-War Protestors At Halifax's Spring Garden Library

By MILES HOWE, April 7, 2011

Halifax Media Co-op

AS Canada’s role in the ‘Libya-adventure’ becomes increasingly aggressive in nature, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) organized a weekend of protests, at the foot of Barrington and Spring Garden, as well as at the Spring Garden branch of the Public Library. The protests, which took place on March 25-26, call for Canada’s complete withdrawal from intervention in Libya. Continue reading

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Libya: David Cameron’s gift of war and racism

By JOHN PILGER*

(6 April 2011) – THE EURO-AMERICAN ATTACK on Libya has nothing to do with protecting anyone; only the terminally naive believe such nonsense. It is the West’s response to popular uprisings in strategic, resource-rich regions of the world and the beginning of a war of attrition against the new imperial rival, China.  Continue reading

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