Monthly Archives: April 2014

Obama’s visit to Japan: Necessity to break away from imposed reference point of the ruling elite

Tokyo protest against visit of President Obama to Japan, April 23, 2014. Signs oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s direction for Japan and U.S. demand to relocate its Futenma military base in Okinawa to ecologically sensitive Henoko Bay.

Special report by TML correspondent in Japan

U.S. President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe met in Tokyo April 23-25, 2014 to consolidate the aggressive U.S./Japan military alliance. The U.S. President has been applying pressure for the Japanese military to participate directly in U.S.-led wars of aggression wherever they occur and to accept yet more U.S. weapons of mass destruction on its territory. Obama was in Japan to formalize the demand that no longer was it acceptable for Japanese military and industrial power to act only as a rearguard for the U.S. Empire and its predatory wars. Continue reading

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Ukraine: Harper’s warmongering defies reality

By SCOTT TAYLOR*

As the political drama continues to unfold around the crisis in Ukraine, Canada remains among the most strident voices stirring up the tension.

Wiser heads would argue that without any skin in the game, Canadian politicians can beat their war drums with wild abandon, knowing there will be little in the way of domestic consequences regardless of what develops. Continue reading

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Ecuador expels US embassy military group

RIA NOVOSTI (April 25) – Twenty US Defense Department employees serving in the US embassy in Ecuador have been ordered to leave the country by the end of the month, the Associated Press reported Friday. Continue reading

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Obama’s Asia Pivot: Jeju Islanders stand firm against U.S. military occupation of South Korea

Protests against the construction of a naval base on Jeju Island have been held for the last several years. Pictured here, activists from the Jeju Pan-Island Committee to Stop the Military Base block the entrance to the construction site on April 12, 2013. The banner reads “Demand a stop to the Navy’s illegal construction! Conduct a joint investigation into environmental effects!” (Save Jeju Now!)

Philip Fernandez (TML Weekly Information Project) – Sixty-six years ago, on April 3, 1948, the people of Jeju Island rose up against the U.S. military occupation and division of their country and affirmed the Korean people’s right to be. Their historic resistance has been an inspiration to the Korean people and all people who are fighting for their right to independence, self-determination and peace. Continue reading

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Obama’s Asia Pivot: Support Philippine people’s fight against framework Agreement with U.S.

U.S. imperialist president Barrack Obama has been visiting the Philippines and other countries, which form part of the Asia-Pacific. The visit is part of the U.S. mission to secure bases for its war machine, militarize the region and impose U.S. economic dictate over those countries which have signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Protests were planned by Bayan (New Patriotic Alliance) in the Philippines and other patriotic forces when President Obama arrives there. Protests were also being coordinated with anti-war and patriotic organizations in Japan, Guam, south Korea and other countries against Obama’s visit and the U.S. war plans for the region. Continue reading

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Ukraine: Junta’s fascist attack on people

Crimea received 85% of fresh water through the North Crimean canal

KIEV, April 26 (Itar-Tass) – Ukraine has closed sluices of the North Crimean Canal, halting water supply from the Dnieper River to the peninsula, Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency reported on Saturday. Continue reading

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Former Aussie p.m. denounces Obama’s Asia Pivot strategy

Australia risks being pulled into a disastrous war against China because successive Australian governments have surrendered the nation’s strategic independence to Washington, former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has warned.

With tensions rising in the East China Sea between China and Japan, Mr Fraser said there was a real danger of conflict and that he had become “very uneasy” at the level of Australia’s compliance with the US’s strategic interests.

“Our armed forces are so closely intertwined with theirs and we really have lost the capacity to make our own strategic decisions,” Mr Fraser said. Continue reading

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Sycophancy for yet another royal tour

The British royals are in Australia, yet it is the Canadian media that seems to be the most exhilarated. CBC and CTV features daily, if not hourly, coverage of Will and Kate shaking hands with politicians, waving at relatively small crowds of royal watchers and giving dull and predictable speeches about the mutual love and respect Britain and Australia have for one another: gushing colonials eager to name another road or hospital after their British betters and future sovereigns. All backed by fawning commentary by inhouse Royal “experts.” But then Canada, like Australia, does not have a Constitution where sovereignty is vested in the people. If you want to live in a nation that does not bend the knee to any other, then get active and support a program of democratic renewal that includes a new and modern constitution. Continue reading

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US dominance and Australia’s secret coup

Washington’s part in the overthrow of the Ukrainian Government would surprise few, writes John Pilger, however, its secret role in toppling the Australian Government in 1975 is still not widely known.

Former Australian Governor-General Sir John Kerr: CIA asset?

WASHINGTON’S ROLE in the fascist putsch against the elected government in Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many of them democracies, have met a similar fate, usually with bloodshed.

Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries on earth, with fewer people than Wales, yet under the reformist Sandinistas in the 1980s it was regarded in Washington as a “strategic threat”. The logic was simple; if the weakest slipped the leash, setting an example, who else would try their luck? Continue reading

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5,000 British Army troops to take part in exercises in Canada

Map of CFB Suffield -- click to enlarge.

Map of CFB Suffield — click to enlarge.

(April 26) – The Medicine Hat News reports that the first of four British Army major training operations at CFB Suffield in Alberta will commence in late May.

About 5,000 British Army troops will arrive to take part in four major exercises scheduled for this year the first under a renewed operating agreement announced on November 4, 2013. Continue reading

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Why are there US marines in Darwin, Australia?

The recent arrival of over a thousand marines in Darwin provides a risk for Australia, yet absolutely no reward, writes Nick Deane in Independent Australia.

IF ONE COUNTRY INVITES the armed forces of another onto its territory, one would expect the government of the host country to have seen strategic benefits in the arrangement.

Furthermore, one would also expect, in a democracy, that this government would be happy to explain these benefits to its people. That should be simple enough.

In the case of Australia playing host to a garrison of more than 1,000 United States marines in Darwin for the next six months, the public has been offered no explanation about the strategic benefits. Continue reading

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All Out for May Day 2014!


(All dates May 1 unless otherwise noted)
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Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear powers, including Israel

Marshall Islands, site of dozens of U.S. nuclear tests, demands nations disarm nuclear arsenal, accuses them of ‘flagrant violation’ of international law.

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Marshall Islands Photo by Screengrab from Google Maps

ASSOCIATED PRESS (APRIL 24) – THE tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States, the world’s seven other nuclear-armed nations and Israel, with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of “flagrant violations” of international law.

Israel is not party to the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, but according to foreign media is in possession of a nuclear arsenal. Continue reading

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Ukraine: Antisemitic flyer psywar hoax to wreck public opinion

Pro-Russian activists outside Donetsk regional administration building

The barricades outside the Donetsk regional administration building are plastered with anti-fascist posters | Scott Olson/Getty Images

For several months the monopoly media has unleashed a torrent of disinformation to conceal the reality of events in Ukraine, attribute the acuteness of problems to Russia or more recently “pro-Russian separatists,” and conceal the subversive role of the U.S., EU and NATO. On April 14th, Stephen Harper, without offering any evidence whatsoever, went on national TV to blame “Russian provocateurs” for the civil disobedience that has broken out in eastern Ukraine. This framed a so-called “anti-terrorist operation” launched by the putschist government on April 13 against an anti-fascist resistance movement that has been sweeping eastern Ukraine. Presto, an antisemitic flyer attributed to one of the leaders appeared in Donetsk. Behind the cloak of high ideals, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry then ensured that its existence was known to the world.

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Scottish sovereignty: Official No campaign attempts to organise a counter-coup by wrecking public opinion

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IT IS NOTICEABLE how the official No campaign in the lead-up to the Scottish independence referendum has had to change its tactics since the belligerent stand taken by the British government over the currency issue. In general, the stridency of the anti-independence campaign has been proving counter-productive, and has not been having the effect desired by the establishment. On the contrary, it seems that the Yes campaign has been picking up momentum, with a recent poll by Panelbase producing the narrowest gap so far. The No side has been seen to shift, with campaign leader Alistair Darling suggesting that a Sterling zone might be put to a referendum in the rest of Britain. Continue reading

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Small parties oppose Bill C-23, the anti-democratic ‘Fair Elections Act’

Bill C-23 Must Not Pass

Ottawa – April 11, 2014 — Registered political parties currently without representation in the House of Commons met in Ottawa to consider Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts. The parties listed below agreed to issue the following statement. These parties are also concerned about many provisions in Bill C-23 aside from those outlined in the statement and they encourage the media to contact them individually.

The Conservative Party of Canada, overseen by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is hoping to steal the next federal election. Bill C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act, is their game plan. We are working together to stop the Conservatives, and to protect every Canadian’s right to vote in a fair and honest election that is free of voter suppression schemes, of election fraud, of the denial of fundamental rights, and all watched over by an independent and effective Elections Canada.

The Conservatives and Stephen Harper are terrified because they can’t win a fair election; they hope they can win a rigged one. Continue reading

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Former finance minister and conflict of interest

Facts defy self-serving eulogies, undeserved praise and the Conservative’s crass opportunism. The glue that bonded Flaherty’s team was money and access to the federal treasury.

120311-TorontoRobocallProtestcr2(Excerpt from Wikipedia) – Flaherty said his office broke government contracting rules in hiring MacPhie & Company to help write the 2007 budget speech and provide advice on how to sell the document. MacPhie & Company was awarded the $122,000 contract without tender by Flaherty’s office.[37] On February 7, 2008, Liberal finance critic John McCallum formally called on Auditor General Sheila Fraser to conduct an audit into the untendered contract awarded by Flaherty to MacPhie & Company for work done in advance of the 2007 budget.[38] Continue reading

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The state funeral for former finance minister and the Conservative’s crass opportunism

Self-serving eulogies and undeserved praise, says TML Daily

(Apr. 10) – In today’s TML we are posting an article on the real accomplishments of the former Finance Minister who died on April 10. It is all about nation-wrecking with a program to pay the rich, increase funding for war and annexation and destroy the public authority by starving social programs. Despite this, the monopoly-controlled media are full of praise for the former Finance Minister and his budgets and it was announced that he would be honoured with a state funeral on Wednesday, April 16. All of this comes at a time the Conservatives are wracked with scandal and are railroading a bill through the Commons and the Senate, Bill C-23, that destroys Canada’s electoral process to favour their own re-election.

Now, the other shoe is dropping. Continue reading

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Flashback: Margaret Thatcher and misapplied death etiquette

Glenn Greenwald: The dictate that one “not speak ill of the dead” is (at best) appropriate for private individuals, not influential public figures. Thatcher was revered by the Harper gang, one of whom (John Baird) even named his beloved dog in her honour. (No kidding!) The death of Jim Flaherty took place precisely one year and two days after Thatcher’s.


Thatcher was notorious for, amongst other things, her support for her fellow reactionaries and their massive violations of rights

(Apr 8, 2013) – News of Margaret Thatcher‘s death this morning instantly and predictably gave rise to righteous sermons on the evils of speaking ill of her. British Labour MP Tom Watson decreed: “I hope that people on the left of politics respect a family in grief today.” Following in the footsteps of Santa Claus, Steve Hynd quickly compiled a list of all the naughty boys and girls “on the left” who dared to express criticisms of the dearly departed Prime Minister, warning that he “will continue to add to this list throughout the day”. Former Tory MP Louise Mensch, with no apparent sense of irony, invoked precepts of propriety to announce: “Pygmies of the left so predictably embarrassing yourselves, know this: not a one of your leaders will ever be globally mourned like her.” Continue reading

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A reflection on Dr Norman Girvan

Norman GirvanI had the honour to meet and briefly discuss with Dr Norman Girvan, when he spoke at a most interesting two-day symposium held in October 22009 at St Mary’s University SMU) in Halifax, along with the Cuban, Bolivian and Venezuelan ambassadors and several other invited guests from Latin America. Dr Girvan gave a terrific presentation on ALBA, pointing to a number of forces that have combined to bring about positive change for the majority of people in the region who have been marginalized for centuries. The topic of our own discussion was the actual role that Canada plays in the Caribbean and Latin America, which is nefarious and long-standing. Unlike imperialist academics who come to Canada to lecture, he was most open to our views, experiences and researches. (He visited SMU again in November 2013, speaking at a conference on alternative trade.) That encounter led me to read some of his writing and studies on his website. I share all the positive sentiments expressed by David Abdulah and Isaac Saney about Dr Girvan, his internationalist outlook, life and work, and his enduring legacy. Continue reading

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A reflection on Patrick Seale, journalist and historian

PatrickSealePatrick Seale has died from a brain tumor.  While he was on his death bed, his ex, Rana Qabbani, was tackily badmouthing him on Twitter over inheritence issue.

Seale belong to a generation when Western correspondents in the Middle East were among the best graduates of Middle East studies centers in Western universities (outside the US, of course – we don’t believe in expertise here in the US). Seale studied aat St. Anthony’s college at Oxford and was a student of Albert Hourani, who wanted him to become a historian. (The father of Seale was an Arabist by the way). Hourani thought very highly of Seale and wanted him to become a historian. The young Seale published his first book, the Struggle for Syria, fresh out school. It was for years one of the best book (classics really) on the Middle East. I do believe that the book inspired many people to study Syrian history and certainly inspired Philip Khoury in his work on modern Syria. [No public library in Ontario has a copy, and used copies online start from circa $150 – TS] Continue reading

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The mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Obama’s Asia Pivot

By TONY SEED

Malayasian airlines graphicTHE 227 passengers and 12 crew members aboard are still missing. The search continues for the aircraft, which took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8. It is now in its fifth week, and the only credible information that may give clues to the whereabouts of the missing jumbo aircraft come from satellite images and pings from the floor of the Indian Ocean.

The images publicly cited have all come from Chinese, French and Thai satellites. At the time of writing, not one single image revealed to the public has emanated from a U.S. satellite. Yet all the data analysis has been conducted by one Pentagon-linked company. Why is this? Continue reading

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Flaherty should be held responsible for economic damage, wrecking Canada, criminalizing Canadian workers and repeated war budgets

He was a political representative of the financial elite and a neo-liberal champion of its anti-union, anti-worker, anti-social and anti-national offensive. The media and political parties of the establishment are politicizing and manipulating the death of Jim Flaherty, giving the battle-cry “Glory to the Harper agenda – to its heroes glory!” | TONY SEED

Workers demonstrate outside of Flaherty’s campaign office in Whitby-Oshawa during 2008 election.

(Apr. 11, revised Apr. 13, 15) – THE MEDIA is going non-stop in its eulogizing of Jim Flaherty, who passed away suddenly on April 10. Until his retirement recently, Flaherty had been federal finance minister since the 2006 electoral coup that brought the Harper government to power and one its most powerful and prominent figures. On the basis of a motion by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, the House of Commons immediately suspended its regular business on the afternoon of April 10 and devoted a session to tributes from all parties before adjourning. Opposition MPs reportedly hugged Conservative MPs. Media accounts highlighted plaudits from the major banks, which they called “the business community.” “I will miss working with Jim,” TD Bank president Ed Clark gushed. “I greatly admired his passion for improving the lives of Canadians.” The media created online books of condolences.

The dominant media and political discourse advances the view that regardless of one’s individual views on Flaherty’s policies and budgets, he had human qualities; he “put partisanship aside” in the common pursuit of “growing the Canadian economy,” and hence “politicians of all stripes are mourning him.” The illusion is spun that capitalism can be reformed and saved from its basic contradictions through fiscal and budgetary policies such as those implemented by Flaherty that generally reduce state investments in social programs and increase the amount given directly to finance capital.

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Peter MacKay’s Afghanistan wishes; Rewriting history one wish at a time

By David Pugliese, Defence Watch

mediaculpaheader.stretched(Apr 11) – Former Defence Minister Peter MacKay was recently speaking to CBC Radio’s The House about the Afghanistan mission, outlining some of his wishes and some of his regrets.

MacKay told CBC he wished, in some ways, that the Canadian government had “provided more equipment, helicopters, mine-clearing equipment in the early days.”

“I don’t think the ferocity of the mission perhaps dawned on even military leaders, let alone political leaders of two different governments,” he said. “In retrospect, we could have perhaps prepared our soldiers better through both equipment and training,” he added.

Also on his list of “wishes” were better services for those who are now suffering from PTSD/mental health issues from overseas operations.

“I wish we could have, perhaps, been able to reach out into our country’s mental health providers to enlist their support that’s needed now,” MacKay said.

How interesting. Continue reading

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Selling hope and the bobblehead boys

This article is reposted from our Amateur Sports web blog

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerRogers Sportsnet is blowing its own horn. “Our own Damien Cox,” it reported tonight, to paraphrase, has the scoop on the appointment of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s (MLSE) new president, Brendan Shanahan. The NHL executive is being called “the former Olympic champion.” Damien Cox is a Toronto Star columnist and a regular on the PrimeTimeSports program. Continue reading

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US veterans demand justice from Agent Orange spraying at CFB Gagetown (II)

Agent Orange Association of Canada supports US action, demands end to impunity. Part II in a series; for Part I, visit here

CFB Gagetown locator map.3(Mike Staples, Daily Gleaner NB) – THE co-president of the Agent Orange Association of Canada Inc. is applauding an announcement last week by the State of Maine to have the U.S. federal government recognize environment hazards associated with military training at Gagetown.

Carol Brown Parker said it’s encouraging to see Maine Gov. Paul LePage involved. Continue reading

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It is now up to Quebec workers, youth, students and seniors to show what they are made of

THE Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) will form a majority government as a result of the Quebec general election which took place April 7. It won the election with 70 seats and 41.50 per cent of the votes cast, while the Parti Québécois (PQ) paid for its arrogance and foolishness in calling this election by receiving 30 seats and 25.38 per cent of the vote. The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) won 22 seats and 23. 06 per cent of the votes cast and Québec solidaire won three seats and 7.64 per cent of the votes cast.

The voter turnout was high, 71.43 per cent of 6,012,440 registered electors. There were 4,232,145 valid ballots cast and 62,864 rejected ballots.

It is now up to Quebec workers, youth, students and seniors to show what they are made of

Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec

Pierre Chénier

Pierre Chénier

“In the opinion of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec, the election that ended yesterday, April 7, and the one-month campaign shows the crucial need for the working class to act as an organized political force on the basis of its own independent politics. It is the disorganization of the working class as a political force and the disinformation that resulted in a majority Liberal government,” said Pierre Chénier, Leader of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ), when the results of the election were announced. Continue reading

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The Saudi-Qatar row and NATO’s empire ambition

Map indicates member states of the Gulf Co-operation CouncilLike children fighting over toys, writes AYSEHA ALAM, the dictators of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are involved in infantile squabbles much to the annoyance of their US-NATO masters. Canada-GCC bilateral trade is increasing steadily, reaching a record high of $6.8 billion in 2012, up from $4.8 billion in 2010, much of it in armaments. In February, the Harper war government happily announced the $12 billion sale by General Dynamics, London, Ontario of armoured personnel vehicles to the feudal Saudia Arabia dictatorship, part of the Gulf Co-operation (sic) Council, which it considers a strategic partner. Since this article was written, the US indeed has started to supply heavy weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, a decision made following US President Barack Obama’s meeting with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh on March 28.

Crescent International – AS SYRIA continues to burn in its ghastly conflagration, emptying a country of half its population, the parlor spats of the Persian Gulf monarchies illustrate the tenuous nature of the confederates of civil war and destabilization in the Arab world. Old rivals Qatar and Saudi Arabia are once again butting heads, jeopardizing the US-Israeli project of fanning the black flames of war in Syria. Continue reading

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Palestinians say over 1,500 children killed by Israel since 2000

Palestinian minister says more than 10,000 children have been arrested during the same period and 200 are still detained. Rather than denouncing this assault on the Palestinian people, Canadian “human rights” NGOs, such as Nazanin Afshin-Jam’s so-called Stop Child Executions, exhibit the general and amoral disregard of the Harper government for human life and its intention to go all out to appease Israeli Zionism. The silence about the systematic suppression of the rights of the Palestinian people including their children, thousands of whom are imprisoned, is conspicuous.

Screenshot of a B'Tselem video

Screenshot of a B’Tselem video

  (Apr. 5, 2014) – Over 1,500 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces since 2000, the Palestinian Authority minister of social affairs Kamal al-Sharafi said on Saturday. Continue reading

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Quebec: Youth participation, and the right to education

To inform readers that there is a real alternative in the Quebec election, we are providing information on the stand and views of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ), which is presenting 24 candidates in the April 7 Quebec elections in the following regions: the National Capital, Mauricie, Montérégie, Montréal and the Outaouais.

By LINDA SULLIVAN

Linda Sullivan, PMLQ candidate, Châteauguay

Linda Sullivan, PMLQ candidate, Châteauguay

According to a survey conducted from February 28 to March 3 by Leger Marketing on behalf of TVA Nouvelles, 30 per cent of the youth vote (18 to 24 years) is leaning toward the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), 29 per cent toward the Parti Québécois (PQ), 18 per cent toward Québec solidaire (QS) and 15 per cent toward the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ).

The polls predict a drop in youth participation in this election compared to 2012, when the student movement for the right to education was in full swing. (They forget to mention that it was the youth who forced an election which led to the defeat of the Liberals and Jean Charest.) Continue reading

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