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]
– 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.”
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
(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.
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.
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.
Remembering the heroic miners of theBattle 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a July 14 press release the Migrant Rights Network reports that based on data provided by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, rejections of applications on the basis of Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds doubled from 35 per cent in 2019 to nearly 70 per cent in the first quarter of 2021. It also notes that “Humanitarian and Compassionate applications are the only opportunity for permanent residence — and therefore equal rights and safety — for undocumented migrants inside Canada.” Further, rejections increased “without any announced change in policy, at the same time as immigration levels in Canada saw a record downturn in 2020.”
Over 200 people gathered at 11 am at Hector-Toe-Blake Park near Atwater Metro in Montreal on July 18 for a mass march kicking off a week of action to demand Status For All! The week of actions was organized by Solidarity Across Borders, the Migrant Rights Network and many other allies, including the Immigrant Workers Centre. The aim of the actions was to mobilize support for a comprehensive and ongoing regularization program for all migrants with precarious status.
1981 (30 June): Forty years ago, 23,000 postal workers in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) launched a 42-day strike for paid maternity leave and other just demands. They had already held wildcat strikes in 1965 against sexual harassment and for better pay. In fact, the wildcats of ’65 were the main reason why the Canadian government institutionalized collective bargaining for public servants in 1967.
Trudeau appointed two Ontarians and a New Brunswicker to the Senate. Bernadette Clement, Hassan Yussuff and James Quinn fill three of 15 vacancies. The appointment of these three people as Senators brings the total number appointed by the Liberals in two terms of office to 55. This means the Liberal Party appointments now command a majority in the Chamber even though Liberal Senators are said to be independent. Twelve of the 105 Senate seats remain vacant.