Category Archives: Working Class

In Memoriam Jim Nugent

January 29, 1950 – June 29, 2022

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) with heavy heart informs you that Comrade Jim Nugent passed away before midnight on June 29, 2022. We send our deepest sympathies to his lifelong partner Christine, their sons and families, his siblings, all family members and to his comrades, former co-workers and many friends.

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Injured wokers’ demands

Today, June 1, is Injured Workers’ Day. Below are the demands of the Workers’ Comp is a Right Campaign in this election. Please share widely.

To view the full document, including the embedded links, download it here.

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Paramedics speak out and demand solutions

May 22-28 is Paramedic Services Week. Ontario paramedics who respond to 911 calls and transport patients to hospitals are speaking out about the crisis in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sector.  A major problem they and patients face is the long time it takes to hand patients in their care over to staff at hospital Emergency Departments which are already overburdened and short-staffed.  Until patients are handed over, ambulance paramedics are not available to answer other 911 calls.

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Anniversary of the 1837-38 Rebellion – Quebec Patriots’ Day

185th Anniversary of 1837-38 Rebellions in Lower and Upper Canada. May 23rd is Quebec Patriots’ Day.

Assembly of the Six Counties on October 23 and October 24, 1837, a gathering of some 6,000 Patriots held in Saint-Charles, Lower Canada, in defiance of a British proclamation forbidding public assemblies.

Nation-Building Project of Quebec Patriots

National Patriots’ Day marks the 1837-1838 uprising to honour the memory of the Patriots who gave their lives or were forced into exile in the struggle to end British colonial rule by establishing a Republic of Quebec.

Patriots’ Day celebrates the striving of the people to affirm their right to be. Beginning in the spring of 1837, when the British Crown formally rejected the demands of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada included in the 92 Resolutions of 1834, numerous mass meetings broke out across Quebec where the people spoke and demanded their democratic rights.

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In the News*

July 13, 2022

Deep Roots of the Cuban Revolution

Playa Girón in July

For Cubans, the month of July is clearly synonymous with revolution. For this is the month with the glorious 26th, when José Martí was reborn to lead, from his immeasurably great legacy, Fidel and the entire generation that continued the irreversible path to Cuba’s full dignity. – Granma International [More]

Historic Electoral Victory in Colombia Buoys Hope for Peace

Congratulations to the Colombian People!

Colombians who over and over again have had their hopes for peace and an end to over 70 years of war dashed are today expressing optimism for the future. [More]

Truth Commission Releases Final Report on Causes and Consequences of Conflict

On June 28 Colombia’s Truth Commission released its Final Report on the causes and consequences of the armed conflict in Colombia at a ceremony in Bogotá. [More]

Ecuador

Indigenous-Led National Strike Wins Significant Concessions from Neo-Liberal Government

For 18 days beginning on June 13, Indigenous and working people in Ecuador took part in a national strike to demand the government address the urgent needs of the population … [More]

Honduras

Those Who Stood with the Honduran People Honoured on Anniversary of 2009 Coup

The 13th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup which overthrew democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya and his government on June 28, 2009 was commemorated this year with a number of political-cultural events. [More]

New Conviction Handed Down for 2016 Murder of Berta Cáceres

On June 20, David Castillo, a U.S.-trained former military intelligence officer and former chief executive officer of Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA), was sentenced to 22 years in prison … [More]

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MAY DAY 2022

Call of CPC(M-L)

– May 1, 2022 –

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]

May Day 2022 Events

International Day of Working Class Struggle and Unity

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Earth Day 22. All Out to Humanize the Natural and Social Environment!

– Statement of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) –

March at COP26 in Glasgow, November 6, 2021

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.”

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Human-centred solutions are urgently required: Open letter to Ford government

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.

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Women in the forefront opening the door to society’s progress and to make Canada a Zone for Peace

– 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.

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In Memoriam Allan Bezanson, June 21, 1948 – March 6, 2022

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.

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‘Freedom Convoy’: Lessons from 1945 Ford workers’ strike in Windsor, Ontario

Seventy-seven years ago, Ford workers in Windsor, Ontario created a car blockade to defend their strike against an attack by the provincial police. It shows it is not about blockades per se but about who and what the blockade serves.

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Truckers do not find their coherence in intrigues fomented by ruling circles

The decades-long policies of previous federal governments to integrate Canada into the U.S.-led “Fortress America” have drawn Canada into the vortex of U.S. civil war scenarios | NORMAND CHOUINARD

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‘Freedom Convoy’ in Ottawa: Anarchy breeds violence

By Pauline Easton

The narrow supranational private interests behind the so-called “Freedom Convoy” that is making a nuisance of itself in Ottawa and other cities and provinces have lowered the level of culture to one word expletives and are doing their utmost to instil confusion and fear.

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Blockade of Alberta-Montana border

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation spoke out about the blockade set up at the US.-Canada border crossing at Coutts, Alberta. This border crossing was shut down on January 29 by a convoy demanding an end to all vaccine mandates. Chief Adam pointed out that if the protesters were Indigenous, the RCMP would have already arrested them. “If peaceful protests of critical infrastructure at Coutts is allowed, then we expect the same to be true in the future should Indigenous people engage in similar forms of protest,” he said.

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Truckers provide facts to counter ‘Freedom Convoy’ disinformation

By Normand Chouinard

Across the country, the more rumours circulated about “a convoy of truckers” organized across the country to converge on Ottawa and other cities, the more truckers dissociated themselves from it and provided evidence of fake news.

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State of emergency and mayhem in Ottawa: The time is now to speak out in defence of the rights of all

The federal and other governments, their official media, the cartel parties with seats in the federal and provincial parliaments are incapable of providing analysis and measures to resolve the conflicts within their ranks, let alone meet the just demands of the people. This is why what is called “freedumb” applies to all of them, not just the demands of the hooligans who are causing mayhem in Ottawa and other places. | PAULINE EASTON

“Sloly” is not a spelling mistake. Peter Sloly is chief of police in Ottawa.

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Successful truckers rally in Vancouver demands actions to save lives

Our Security Lies in Defending the Rights of All

Very different to the so-called Freedom Convoy whose organizers seem intent on encouraging hooliganism and instilling fear across the country, B.C. truck drivers and supporters organized a successful rally and convoy on Saturday, January 22 in Vancouver. The rally was organized to bring attention to their working conditions and demand that the provincial government take immediate action to ensure their safety and that of all drivers on B.C. highways. Organizers estimate that approximately 350 big rigs participated in the convoy that assembled at the Gurudwara Dashmesh Darbar in Surrey and traveled to downtown Vancouver.

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Don’t blame the truckers! Divisive self-serving stunts and disinformation of the first order

QAnon presence on Parliament Hill on February 3, 2022.

A mobilization called the Freedom Convoy converged in Ottawa on January 29. It is being presented as an initiative of truckers demanding the revocation of the vaccine mandate applying to truckers entering Canada from the U.S. that came into effect on January 15. However, it is not a truckers’ rally and our advice is Don’t Blame the Truckers!

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Supply chain problems: Pay first-rate attention to working conditions of transportation workers!

By NORMAN CHOUINARD

Today there is a lot of talk about problems with supply chains, the dearth of truckers because of the pandemic, blaming truckers for spreading COVID-19 and the like. A narrative of false causes and consequences presents the problems in the supply chains as the cause of price inflation and, before you know it, truckers are the cause of price inflation.

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Dossier: Working people speak out on the pandemic and take their stand

March in Fredericton, New Brunswick on November 2, 2021 as legislature opens

Note to Readers

(Updated November 5) – Workers’ Forum presents the views and reports of workers on how to handle the pandemic and their struggles for the working conditions they require to make their contribution to the well-being of the population as a whole. They speak in their own name. To popularize these views and information, we are providing updated links to Workers’ Forum when it is published.

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New Brunswick: Public sector workers give strong strike vote


St. John meeting during strike vote on September 22, 2021

In its September 22 bulletin, the Canadian Union of Public Employees New Brunswick (CUPE NB) reports that seven of its 10 locals engaged in efforts to renew their collective agreements, some of which expired as long as four years ago, have been given strong strike votes. Workers are currently engaged in centralized bargaining with the government for wages that they consider acceptable and that will assist in addressing the problem of attracting and retaining workers in public services. The issue of working conditions must be resolved through negotiations with the locals.

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No to legislating against postal workers’ rights!

Workers’ concerns are everyone’s concerns

By Jeff Callaghan*

I think that the biggest issue for us as CUPW, when it comes to our employer, is making sure that the employer, and through extension the government, respects the work we do and does not just pay lip service to it. When we are in a pandemic they call us heroes, they call our work essential, and yet every time we go to exercise one of our fundamental rights in this country, that being the right to withhold our labour, the government steps in and has the employer’s back.

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100th Anniversary of Battle of Blair Mountain, W. Virginia – August 25-September 2, 1921

Remembering the heroic miners of the Battle of Blair Mountain

The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada remembers with great affection the workers throughout North America who have given their lives, been injured or sent to prison in the many battles for the dignity of labour and for a nation-building project to build the new without class oppression and exploitation.

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Government provocations against New Brunswick public sector workers

Workers holding strike votes to defend their rights


Press Conference, September 3, 2021 in Fredericton to denounce government’s demands for concessions.

On September 3, the Canadian Union of Public Employees — New Brunswick (CUPE-NB) announced that the New Brunswick Government has flatly refused workers’ demands for wages they deem acceptable to stop their continued impoverishment and to address the retention and recruitment problem in the public sector.

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Canada Post attacks Cape Breton delivery drivers

Gordie MacDonald, President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 117 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia reports that Canada Post is firing delivery drivers in the Local and replacing them with new hires. Thirteen drivers in and around Sydney, one in Antigonish and several more in St. Stephen, New Brunswick have been notified that their jobs have been eliminated. One driver has delivered parcels for Canada Post for thirty years.

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Labour Day 2021 – All Out for Democratic Renewal to Defend the Rights of All!

The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada sends greetings to the workers across the country and salutes their struggles for wages and working conditions which protect their health and safety, affirm the rights of all and demand equal rights and status for all workers.

This Labour Day the MLPC expresses profound gratitude to the working people in every sector of the economy for fighting to make sure the lives of all are protected under the conditions of the COVID pandemic which is not over.

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New Brunswick workers seek solution to crisis in recruitment and retention

Marches Across the Province in Support of Public Sector Workers


Fredericton, August 28, 2021 (Fred Hahn)

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Labour Day Calendar – September 6, 2021; Defend the Dignity of Labour

All events Monday September 6 unless otherwise indicated.
For additional information and events as they are announced click here.

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What workers have to say about election call

The way Trudeau called the election, I would say by the looks of it, he pulled a Stephen Harper – Construction Worker in New Brunswick

The way Trudeau called the election, I would say by the looks of it, he pulled a Stephen Harper. Stephen Harper did that. He brought in legislation in 2007 that established a fixed election date and then called a snap election in 2008 and won.

There is a lot of talk about Justin Trudeau doing better. He is not doing any better at all, especially when he is doing the same thing that Harper did. I do not think any Canadian wants this election now. I am sure that the only reason he has done this is because he is seeing polling numbers that we are not seeing. Parties pay big money to private companies to build polling systems.

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Poverty

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August 9, 2021 · 8:15 pm