The heir to the English throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles are visiting Canada from May 17 to 19. They are called “working Royals.” These are members of the British Royal Family who live off the wealth produced by the British working people and Crown holdings, and on this basis are paid to represent the Royal Family. The Trudeau government’s ministry called Heritage Canada announced that they are visiting three cities — St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ottawa and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. It is all part of a ” platinum jubilee tour” to mark the current monarch’s 70 years on the English throne. The so-called working members of the British royal family have been dispatched to visit the 14 Commonwealth “realms” — former British colonies that retain the British monarch as their official head of state. These “Platinum Jubilee” tours have so far taken different members of the House of Windsor to six Caribbean countries, Australia and Papua New Guinea, and now, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Canada.
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Actions honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited People and Demand Justice
Day of Awareness Marked Across Canada
Prince George, BC
May 5 was marked across the country as a powerful Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirited People. In Northern BC, in communities large and small, along the Highway of Tears and throughout the North, red dresses could be seen on the streets, in the forests and parks, near the water and outside homes — a sea of red honouring and remembering the lives lost and those who remain missing and, importantly, standing with all their loved ones.
On this May Day 2022, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends revolutionary greetings to workers across the country and to our fraternal comrades and workers in all countries. Everywhere, working people are fighting for what belongs to them by right. They are writing new chapters in the history of the peoples’ striving to exercise control over the decisions that affect their lives.
Progress in the struggle is thanks to all those who are laying claims on society for what belongs to them by right. Progress in this fight will ensure the all-sided crisis in which the world is mired is not resolved on their backs in favour of the rich or by embroiling workers and youth in war. [More]
International Day of Working Class Struggle and Unity
Promotion of Canada’s Integration into U.S. War Machine | Peggy Morton
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney hosted Joe Manchin, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Democratic Senator from West Virginia during the week of April 11. Manchin met with Kenney, Energy Minister Sonya Savage, and energy top executives and also toured the oil sands.
From the perspective of the majority of Ottawa residents, a central problem the “Freedom Convoy” raised was what does a citizen or resident do when their rights are not defended by the state and, even worse, when the state is itself aligned against them | PAULINE EASTON
News reports indicate that a group of motorcycle riders calling itself “Rolling Thunder Ottawa” plans to converge in Ottawa this weekend, April 29-May 1. It conjures up the spectre of the “Freedom Convoy” which occupied the city for an extended period, from January 22 to February 23, thanks to the involvement of current and former military and police and mercenaries of various kinds as well as rank and file crying freedom against vaccine mandates and for alternative healthcare systems and myriad other things. From the perspective of the majority of Ottawa residents, a central problem that the “Freedom Convoy” raised was what does a citizen or resident do when their rights are not defended by the state and, even worse, when the state is itself aligned against them. It is a serious question indeed.
– Statement of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) –
On Earth Day April 22, the peoples of the world come together to demand proper attention be paid to Mother Earth and denounce the reality that their concerns are not being met. The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) held this past year in Glasgow, Scotland was a complete disaster. More disinformation than ever poured from the mouths of officials from the United States, Britain, Canada and the European countries representing the global elite in control of those economies. They attempted to give the impression of taking measures to bring climate change under control while in fact increasing the number of damaging pay-the-rich schemes and other self-serving practices, all the while spouting the high ideal of “greening the economy.”
Grierson’s emphasis on realism had a profound long-term influence on Canadian film. “Art is not a mirror,” he said, “but a hammer. It is a weapon in our hands to see and say what is good and right and beautiful.”
John Grierson, considered the father of the documentary film, was the first Commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and wrote the bill that went before Parliament creating the then National Film Commission in 1939.
By 1939, when he arrived in Canada, Grierson was a well-known filmmaker and considered the founder of the British documentary movement. It was John Grierson who coined the phrase ‘the documentary film.’
The French had been using the word documentary to describe travel or exploratory films. Grierson said, “Documentary is the creative interpretation of actuality.”
Prime Minister Mackenzie King was in favour of developing Canadian film and supported the founding of this new board and the invitation to bring Grierson to Canada.
The National Film Board of Canada was born.
The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-Healthcare and Unifor have denounced the Ford government’s “band aid pay-as-you-vote gimmick,” an offer of a one-time $5,000 payment to some nurses as an incentive not to leave their jobs.
Stand with the Palestinian People
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) vigorously condemns the Israeli attack on the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on April 15.
(Updated May 18) – For the information of readers, we are publishing an ongoing index to the Workers’ Forum, Democratic Renewal, TML Monthly and Ontario Political Forum titled “In the News.” These publications feature significant information on issues facing the workers’ and people’s movement fighting for their rights. “In the News” includes the most independent and comprehensive news and commentary on the Ukrainian question from the vantage point of the necessity of establishing a genuine peace and an anti-war government in our country. This index replaces preceding indexes for Workers’ Forum (available here) and Democratic Renewal. To get your own subscription to any or all of these publications, visit the CPC(M-L) website and see the form at the bottom of the page.
105th anniversary of Battle of Vimy Ridge April 9-12, 1917: Canada must never again provide cannon fodder for imperial interests
On April 2, 1917, the Canadian Corps, deployed as part of the British Army on Vimy Ridge in France in the First World War, initiated the largest artillery barrage in history up to that point. They shelled the German trenches for a week, using more than one million shells. The German artillery pieces were hidden behind the ridge, but by observing the sound and light from their firing, the Canadians were able to locate and destroy about 83 per cent of the German guns.
Today, the wars in which the U.S. imperialists and NATO members are engaged are not politics by other means when negotiations fail. These are wars of destruction and, because there are no politics, there are no negotiations.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an aggressive military-political alliance. It was conceived and brought into being on April 4, 1949 during the Cold War, on the pretext of defending Europe against “communist invasion” and the claim that the communist “evil” and totalitarianism were a threat to Western freedom and democracy. In this regard, it has always described itself as a defensive alliance, a myth perpetrated to this day which has no basis in fact.
By Diane Johnston
The difference in how the U.S., Canada and the European Union treat today’s Ukrainian refugees compared with migrant workers underscores the need to fight the increased racism and demand full and permanent immigration status for all.
March 25 Online Presentation
– A presentation by Dr. Isaac Saney, followed by Q&A –
Friday, March 25, 2022 at 3:30-5:30 pm EST
Organized by the University of Windsor to commemorate the UN International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, as part of the University of Windsor’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDID) Week.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave System fundamentally altered not only the lives and destinies of millions of Africans and the African continent but also transformed the world. Its boundaries and reach extended into every dimension, facet and interstice of the new global society. Indeed, living in a world created by and through the sufferings and struggles of enslaved Africans presupposes that the creation of a more just and sustainable political, economic, social, and ecological order necessitates not only reckoning with this history but also demanding reparatory justice.
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Syrian and Iraqi refugees crossing the Aegean Sea in late 2015.
The conception of “the world” and the “international community” the U.S., Canada and the European Union espouse is not only self-serving, but exclusionary and racist to the core | MARGARET VILLAMIZAR
Reports from around the world indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Reports include: south Korea 400,000 new cases in one day; France over 100,000 new cases for a second consecutive day; Vietnam 180,000 new cases on March 16. China has 14,850 new cases. Its Jilin region built eight makeshift hospitals to control new outbreaks.
In the United States, the White House said it will start to wind down a COVID-19 program that pays to test, treat and vaccinate people who don’t have health insurance despite 23,663,746 new active cases as of two days ago. Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s budget for 2022 stands at $768 billion.
In Canada, as of March 16, the count of active cases was 115,048 out of total cases of COVID-19 in Canada since the pandemic began of 3,379,200. This includes 39,653 in BC, 6,559 in Alberta, 15,413 in Ontario, 12,704 in Quebec, 6,689 in Nova Scotia, and 4,039 on Prince Edward Island. Given the number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
(With files from Public Health Agency of Canada)
Developments of concern related to U.S./NATO war hysteria | Pierre Chénier
A matter of great concern is the persecution of Russian artists as a result of the U.S./NATO war hysteria which has become official ideology within the NATO member countries including Canada. The definition of persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another individual or group. In this regard, there is currently a concerted offensive by cultural institutions in NATO member countries to fire or boycott prominent Russian artists. In some cases it is because they refuse to take a political position of their liking on events in Ukraine or simply because hysteria has been fomented against anything Russian.
Zelensky is being welcomed with such accolades by the NATO countries and others around the world for propaganda value. It is to fuel the U.S./NATO anti-Russia war hysteria, and to legitimate their escalation of the war | ANNA DI CARLO
Developments of concern related to U.S./NATO war hysteria
– Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) –
Shortly after services ended on February 27, red paint was poured on the front doors of the All Saints Russian Orthodox Church in Calgary. Security cameras showed that a man first tried to enter the building, and on finding the door locked poured paint on the doors.
Owners of a Calgary Russian food store and the Russian Spoon in Vancouver have spoken out about the threats they are receiving, and how this is impacting the mental health of the workers. News media report that these are far from isolated cases. Social media threats against Canadians of Russian origin are also being reported.
Developments of Concern Related to U.S./NATO War Hysteria
The memory of history will assert itself and reject comparing the defence of the Russian population of the Donbass with what Hitler did, while the neo-Nazi battallions attacking the Russian-speaking population of eastern Ukraine get off scot-free.
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in March 1911, with March 8 set as the official date in 1921. Ever since women fought for the right to vote in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the essence of their fight has been political. They have put forward their claims on society as a matter of right, facing all kinds of state-inspired discrimination and violence against them and state-sanctioned attempts to relegate them to second, third and fourth grade citizenship based on brutal identity politics and exploitation. Women, however, speak in their own name and refuse to accept any limitations on their right to decide all matters which affect their lives. Their courage and determination in the front ranks of the struggle for a society which recognizes everyone as equal members of the body politic with equal rights and duties inspires everyone to also fight for the rights of all.
– Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) –
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends revolutionary regards to all fighting women in this country and around the world on this International Women’s Day. Red salute to all the communist women in the Party whose leadership is indispensable!
This year, March 8th marks the 111th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day in 1911. At that time, on the eve of the First World War, already working women were becoming conscious of the need to coordinate their struggle and express unity for their cause worldwide. Throughout Europe women held demonstrations demanding peace.
With profound sadness, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) informs you that our Comrade Allan Bezanson passed away today in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 3:10 pm Atlantic time. Allan always made us proud. He passed away courageously after a long illness, peacefully with Comrade Isaac Saney by his side. He sent everyone his love.
Allan lived his life to the fullest, ever present at the heart of the momentous events in the history of CPC(M-L), Canada and the world since his youth. He represents the best the Canadian working class has given rise to, his life replete with significant shared adventures, honourable decisions, unwavering fidelity to the cause of emancipating humankind, always at the ready to answer the call of history.
The need to strengthen the anti-war movement must necessarily oppose warmongering, lies and disinformation on an ongoing basis. This task is as great today as ever, if not more so because of the grand-scale presentation of NATO and the U.S. as liberators | TML editorial commentary
Canadians need to prepare for what comes next. The peoples of Canada, Quebec and the Indigenous peoples cannot permit their resistance movements to be criminalized and suppressed | PAULINE EASTON
Canadians are led to believe that a parliamentary debate is held to argue things out between two sides — the party in power and the party or parties in opposition which, between them, are said to represent the Canadian people. This is said notwithstanding that 37 per cent of the eligible voters did not cast a ballot at all and thus did not authorize either the party in power or parties in opposition to speak in their name.
No to plunging the peoples of Europe into a U.S./NATO-provoked war! All out to rally Canadians against warmongering, lies and disinformation
– Statement by the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) –
Anti-war demonstration at U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, February 9, 2022. Demonstrations took place in Kyiv and different places around Europe in February against NATO, including to coincide with the Munich Security Conference meeting in Munich on February 19.
Amidst all the warmongering, lies and disinformation over what Russia is or is not doing in Ukraine to defend its strategic interests, the obvious question arises as to who is threatening the peace in Europe? Is it Russia because it has taken pre-emptive action to defend its interests against the continuous escalation of the expansion of U.S. troops and bases and of U.S.-led NATO forces on Russia’s borders? Or is it the United States and its aggressive military alliance NATO, which includes Canada, which have expanded their field of operation into eastern Europe threatening the very borders of Russia?
To simply repeat that the emergency measures and police powers protect national security is a ruse to deceive the public about what is going on.