Demands are growing for Canadian mining monopolies to be held to account for their actions in Canada and abroad. These include the world’s largest gold monopoly, Barrick Gold, whose founder Peter Munk is the benefactor and namesake of the Munk Debate on foreign policy held last night. This important issue of Canada’s foreign policy was conspicuously absent from the debate. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: September 2015
Absent from the Munk Debate on foreign policy was the most important factor in discussing Canada’s foreign policy — the need to get Canada out of NATO and NORAD so that its foreign policy is not under the command of the U.S imperialists whose president is ultimately the commander of Canadian forces.
Far from any meaningful discussion taking place, the debate was yet another occasion for the three so-called leaders to repeat stock phrases from their play book as they vie for the position of becoming Canada’s next Prime Minister. This is the position which has all the prerogative powers to send Canada to war without the approval of the people. More importantly, the event exemplified how private interests are trying to direct the outcome of the election. Moderator Rudyard Griffiths’ questions, imploring the leaders to “go deep” and “skip the talking points,” framed all the issues in a manner clearly aimed at putting on the defensive and marginalizing any deviation from the position the ruling class is now making clear it favours.
In this regard, as the election goes into its final stretch, the debate revealed that the knives are out and the fix is in. Meanwhile, a significant demonstration took place outside Roy Thompson Hall where the debate was held. That is where the demands of Canadians for a just foreign policy were expressed. Continue reading
BY CHARLES BOYLAN
In the August 6 four-party Maclean’s “debate” Stephen Harper stated, “I don’t think this government has gotten itself involved in many military actions.”
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the bi-polar division of the world, Canada’s armed forces have participated in every NATO military adventure in addition to supporting the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The first “military action” in this period saw 18 CF-18 Canadian bombers play a disproportionately large role in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. The damage to buildings and infrastructure was estimated at $40 billion by NATO, and $100 billion by Yugoslavia. Continue reading
Protests are taking place tonight outside the election debate on foreign policy in Toronto. They are calling for an end to the Harper government’s cynical refugee policy, opposing Canada’s participation in aggressive war, demanding an end to impunity for Canadian mining monopolies committing crimes abroad and for action to be taken on the problem of climate change. Inside the debate the ruling elite has given no space for the demands of Canadians for an anti-war government that withdraws from NATO, restricts monopoly right and provides humanitarian aid to refugees and victims of imperialist war. These demands will be heard outside the debate where people are gathering to express their serious concerns and stand in this election. Continue reading
I am proud to stand as a candidate for the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC) in the riding of Ottawa Nepean in the 2015 federal election, as well as to return to Ottawa, the city where I became politically active during the Sixties. My candidacy was presented by the Nepean Barhaven News, in an article by MEGAN DELAIRE published on Thursday.
(September 24) – Tony Seed’s civic experience stretches from Canada to Syria and spans over 40 years. Seed works as a journalist, specializing in international relations and military policy. Continue reading
When a system reaches the point of impasse, the space for change comes into sharp relief. This is the case in Canada where the electoral democracy clearly does not empower the people and is even having difficulty giving rise to a champion from amongst the parties which are put forward for election to form the government. Try as the rulers might, the declaration that these parties represent the people does not wash.
The crisis in which the electoral system is mired was clearly evident in last night’s “leaders’ debate” in Montreal. The debate featured what are called five party leaders while the representatives of the people raised their demands both before the debate and during the debate outside the Radio Canada building where the debate was held. Continue reading
Hundreds of people and community organizations, students and workers held a protest outside the CBC building in Montreal on September 24. They assembled at 6:00 pm, two hours before the start of the first French-language leaders debate taking place inside the building. The action put forward the people’s demands for a society that puts human beings at the centre of all concerns and rejected the neo-liberal policies of the major parties and those of the Conservatives in particular. Continue reading
In this election the word change is heard often. Canadians from one end of the country to the other say they want change. The slogan of the NDP is, It’s Time for Change. The Liberal Party says it is for Real Change. Another party says it is for Fundamental Change. For its part, the MLPC calls on the working people to Occupy the Space for Change. Only Harper’s party wants nothing to do with change, especially not a change of government! Continue reading
Renewal Update is publishing three articles on Quebec today which show how the Battle of Quebec poses itself in this election. This is not the same as the battle for Quebec which the ruling circles are engaged in through the political parties which make up the mafia style cartel party system. Continue reading
An election debate with five party leaders takes place in Montreal tonight at 8 pm, broadcast on Radio-Canada, CBC News, CTV News and streaming online on Globalnews.ca.
It is said such debates define the conversation around what are election issues. At this point in the election, however, the ruling circles and media are becoming increasingly desperate to find a clear champion who they can predict will form a government. They hope the debate will provide such a person. This is why the disinformation over where things stand in Quebec in the lead-up to the debate this evening promotes a confrontation between the so-called five party leaders that can only further wreck public opinion. Continue reading
Prime Minister Harper’s militarized stealth campaign visited Windsor on September 20. Once again despite less than two days notice, a strong contingent opposing his government’s nation-wrecking confronted Harper at both his stops in the Windsor area. Auto and postal workers, teachers and education workers, social workers, students, anti-war and environmental activists, retirees and others brought forward their demands and expressed the diverse reasons for their opposition to the Harper government’s anti-social agenda and attacks on the rights of all. Continue reading
(Democratic Renewal) – U.S. Steel has made its coup de grace against Canadian steel production. It is moving production of high quality steel for the auto industry to the United States, refusing to honour its social obligations to pensioners for post-employment benefits, stopping payment of municipal taxes, and threatening to shut down all production in Canada if the bankruptcy court does not bow to its long list of demands. To add insult to injury, U.S. Steel sent a letter to pensioners threatening that it will suspend all benefits for retirees, surviving spouses and dependents. It is asking for the approval of the Ontario Superior Court to do so. Continue reading
Fearmongering to justify establishing a police state; silence on real dangers
What is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)? Who established it? Where does it get its funding? What is its aim? The fearmongering of the Harper government and the response to the refugee crisis by all the major political parties and media deliberately obfuscates that it is the striving of U.S. imperialism and its NATO allies for world domination which are behind the dangers which exist today. Their dirty wars, coloured revolutions to instigate regime change and interference in the internal affairs of various countries introduce anarchy and violence and the massive destruction of nation-states and the productive forces. Continue reading
By JULIAN ICHIM*
On September 15, I participated in a debate on immigrants and refugees held at the Victoria Hills Community Centre in Kitchener, Ontario. I did so to contribute to and help articulate a political perspective. This includes the necessity to challenge the hegemonic ideology of imperialism that “Might Makes Right” promoted by both the party in power and the parties in opposition.
The start of the discussion revealed that the so-called major political parties have no analysis or ideology and that the purpose of this debate was not to argue ideas or politics but rather to have a feel-good moment. Each candidate had to show how sorry they feel for the refugees and relate anecdotal evidence and irrelevant stories about their great grandparents to prove it. Feelings and a stream of stories do not a discussion or an analysis make. Continue reading
August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their homes of origin. A total of 1,236 refugees were killed during the 2014 offensive, including at least 309 children. Continue reading
In a rare interview with Russian media outlets on September 18, 2015, RT among them, Syrian leader Bashar Assad spoke about global and domestic terrorism threats, the need for a united front against jihadism, Western propaganda about the refugee crisis and ways to bring peace to his war-torn nation.
Renewal Update (September 18) – A debate said to be on the economy with three party leaders was hosted last night by the Globe and Mail. It is one of several debates for the 2015 election, all organized by private interests. If an informed electorate is the bedrock of democracy as is often claimed then, on a scale of one to ten, the debate didn’t even hit the charts. If the debates define the election issues and provide the framework for how the people are to participate as the ruling circles and their monopoly media like to repeat, then we have only the say so of the political parties themselves and their particular champions amongst the media. They are the ones telling us who “won” the debate and why. As one pundit put it – it was not the voters. We concur. The voters are no more in charge of their economy as a result of the debate than they were before it took place. Continue reading
The establishment of an anti-war government is the order of the day
(Renewal Update) – The Syrian Arab Association of Canada held a successful rally at the Human Rights monument in Ottawa on Sunday, September 13. It called for Canada to welcome Syrian refugees, for an end to U.S. and Canadian bombing of Syria and for the restoration diplomatic and economic relations with the Syrian government.
Last night the Globe and Mail newspaper held a debate with leaders of only three of Canada’s registered political parties — Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party, Thomas Mulcair of the NDP and Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party. The debate, called “Our Economy. Our Future,” focused on what the Globe called “the most critical ballot-box issue.” However, instead of discussing the economy and how to change its direction so that it is able to meet the needs of the people, the Globe said it will “probe the economic platforms of the three official parties, assessing their plans on everything from energy and housing to taxation and jobs.”
The economy is our essential institution and condition of being. Before we engage in anything else, we must fulfill our need to eat, to be clothed and housed. Our economy cannot be left to chance.
We are social, which means our economy is not a private matter but a collective effort and a social responsibility involving all of us. Our social responsibility towards our economy to work to the best of our abilities ensures its future so that we survive and prosper as individuals within our collectives and society; and the economy and society are always there to meet our claims and guarantee our rights. Continue reading
In this election, the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC) is appealing to the working people and youth of Ontario to make a clear statement that they oppose the neo-liberal anti-social offensive, that they want a new direction for the economy without nation-wrecking and privatization of health care and education, that serves the working people with jobs, manufacturing, pensions, care for children, seniors, veterans and those in need. This clear statement must also be against Canada’s warmongering role abroad and its integration into Fortress North America. Continue reading
Across the country at rallies and picnics on Labour Day working people expressed their unity in action to defeat the Harperites.
Workers voiced their opposition to the Harper government’s destruction of the economy, its assault on workers’ rights and continuing push to privatize public assets such as Canada Post.
They condemned Harper’s anti-worker laws such as Bill C-377, which puts undue scrutiny on union finances and undermines their right to organize. Working people also voiced their opposition to Bill C-51 and other laws that threaten and violate the rights of the Canadian people. Continue reading
Pentagon demands more funds to counter hidden Chinese submarine threat
That the Chinese military comes up with this devious idea demonstrates that we urgently need to marshal new resources to counter this imminent threat.
No longer are the Chinese hiding their submarines in the mountains, woods or bathtubs. No. They found a new hideout for this menace:
“The South China Sea would be a good place to hide Chinese submarines,” said Carl Thayer, a U.S.-born security specialist who has taught at the University of New South Wales and other Australian institutions. The sea floor is thousands of meters deep in places, with underwater canyons where a submarine could easily avoid detection.
Putting submarines below the sea surface to avoid detection is indeed a brilliant idea. How come we did not think of this?
But don’t fear. A few hundred billion dollars more for the Navy will be a great first step to counter this Chinese threat.
One or the other presidential candidate will soon make such bolstering of the Navy a core tenet of his or her program.
Defeating Harper in October is one step that can be taken on the path towards a new pro-social economic direction where the people can exercise their right to decide. Harper’s defeat in October will open a path which can be taken up by the working people to go further in fighting for a pro-social agenda to solve Canada’s economic problems. By overcoming such hurdles as the Harper dictate the world is full of opportunities for a new nation-building direction. Continue reading