Not a day went by during the 44th general election without the leaders of the cartel parties stating that they have the solution to the climate crisis. Climate change is wreaking havoc on the peoples of the world, while also endangering island nations, coastal communities and all forms of life on the planet.
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At 10:30 am on November 4, surrounded by a lot of hoopla, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister. Prior to that, Stephen Harper tendered his formal resignation to the Governor General in a private meeting.
The cabinet is comprised of 31 members including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who is also Minister for Youth and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. It is comprised of 15 women and 16 men. The average age is 52, with ages ranging from 30 to 69. Continue reading
Today the Liberal Party, which won a majority of seats in the House of Commons in the 42nd general election on October 19, forms the new government. The Prime Minister-designate will take various oaths of office following which the people he has appointed to form his Cabinet will do likewise. All of it takes place at Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General, the representative of the Queen of England who is the official head of state of Canada. Continue reading
Tomorrow the new government of Justin Trudeau gets sworn in. The media will be filled with news about everything from the choice of cabinet ministers and their backgrounds to what Trudeau’s wife is wearing and hoopla which promotes the Camelot image the Trudeau team is presenting for this administration. In this sense, we know what to expect tomorrow when the swearing in takes place. It may be followed by a press conference at which Trudeau says something about what to expect next.
So, what is it we can expect from the new government? Continue reading
Helter skelter means confusion. Sometimes it implies things done with undue haste, commensurate with disorder. Is this what is happening with the transition to the new government? Or has arbitrariness and the arrogance that goes along with it, and secrecy for that matter, just become a way of life? Continue reading
The candidates and campaign teams of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC) held get-togethers in different parts of the country on October 25 to begin discussion on the significance of the election results and on the work for empowerment under the conditions of a Liberal majority. Continue reading
By CHRISTIAN LEGEAIS
One is forced to note that the violation of rights and the criminalization of dissent are notably absent and are not a subject of concern in the statements, announcements and speeches from all the parties that elected MPs October 19, 2015. Continue reading
Anniversary of October 22 Shooting in Ottawa
October 22 marked the first anniversary of the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa and the subsequent lockdown of the city by security services following which the Harper government unleashed an unprecedented campaign of fear-mongering to justify depriving Canadians of their rights. Editorial of Renewal Update:
On this occasion Renewal Update sends its condolences to the family of Nathan Cirillo as well as warrant officer Patrice Vincent who was killed in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on October 20, 2014. We also express condolences to Andrea Polko, Nathan Cirillo’s girlfriend, who had the courage to point out under the circumstances surrounding Nathan Cirillo’s killing that Canadians should use the occasion to reflect on the lack of adequate services for individuals with serious mental health issues Continue reading
During Advance Polling it was reported that information clerks at the entrance to polling stations were asking voters if they had photo ID. This is a misleading question and could cause people to turn away with the mistaken understanding that they can’t vote without photo ID. The correct question is “Do you have photo ID or two other pieces of ID, one of which shows your name and address?” If you encounter this problem, ask to speak to a supervisor. Insist on your right to vote.
Secondly, news media are already today carrying reports of irregularities at different polling stations. Individuals should not regard these as exceptions or accidents, and should immediately document and report everything to Elections Canada (and mlpc.ca). Is there a pattern? I do not regard the Robocall scandal of the Harper Conservatives as something unique; it uses all the imported techniques of U.S. voter suppression to manipulate the results in key ridings.
In this election, the position of Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau on the economy is that public resources, assets and funds must be available to the global monopolies to encourage them to invest in the economy. They insist that putting Canada’s economy and human and natural resources at the disposal of the monopolies means international trade must come under their control within multilateral free trade deals. They laud the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal as yet another international agreement that allows the global monopolies almost unfettered access and control over Canada’s economy, its human and natural resources, production of goods and services, and home market.
Free trade demands the negation of sovereign rule over the economy within a participating country. The neo-liberals contend giving up sovereign control of the economy to global monopolies is the only way the monopolies will invest in Canada and the economy can grow. Unspoken in this reasoning is how the narrow private interests of the global monopolies that seize control of the economy to expand their empires can be harmonized with the broad public interests of the people and their rights, and the necessity to humanize the social and natural environment. Continue reading
Éric Grenier and the CBC “Poll Tracker” says that the Liberals will form the next government, “barring Conservative surprise.” Grenier says that all the pollsters except an EKOS poll “has the Liberals at around 37 per cent and Conservatives around 30.” The EKOS poll has the Conservatives and Liberals both at 33 per cent. Quite a discrepancy!
Grenier speaks of the Liberals and Conservatives but the NDP seems to have disappeared from the screen altogether. Is this because it has disappeared from the screen altogether or the pollsters just wish it would?
Meanwhile, as if to hedge his bets, Grenier says: “There are a few factors that could contribute to a surprisingly good performance by the Conservatives on Monday night, making even a Liberal minority government unattainable for Trudeau.” Micro-targeting and dirty campaigning, you say? No! “Shy Tories”!
“Shy Tories” are “Conservatives unwilling to disclose their voting intentions to pollsters for any number of reasons, including social desirability bias (people saying what they think others want to hear),” Grenier says.
So much for the predictions of the fraudster polls! Only when the people control the process will the outcome favour their interests. Their voice is absent when it comes to deciding elections by polls.
On October 19, Vote for Democratic Renewal!
Defeat the Conservatives and Keep the Liberals Out! Wherever Possible, Vote Marxist-Leninist!
Election Eve Protest on Parliament Hill – “Harperman” Farewell Sing-Along
One last protest against Harper took place on Parliament Hill at 2:30 pm today, the day before the election. Tony Turner, a scientist with the federal public service who was fired for his political opinion, led a sing-along of his song “Harperman” followed by speakers and other songs. Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service Canada (PIPSC), spoke along with Elder Albert Dumont. Other musicians also participated. Further updates as they become available.
The ruling class is divided over whether to have a Harper government or a Liberal government. Despite this, by the looks of it, the majority of the mouthpieces of its contending factions are hoping for a Liberal majority. One is even calling for a Harper government but without Harper! The only thing certain is that none of them are calling for an NDP government! In fact, they are pinning their hopes on the social forces they command in the workers’ and people’s movement wiping the NDP out in order to achieve the Liberal win in the election. Continue reading
As a resident of Ojibwe country (Grey Highlands) for the past four years, I am proud to repost the following announcement:
“Today the MLPC is posting its program inNishnaabemwin/Ojibwe, with profound appreciation to the Elder whose efforts brought this to us.
“Ojibwe is a language of the Indigenous peoples of North America, spoken in six provinces of Canada and several U.S. states. With upwards of 45,000 speakers, Ojibwe is the second most commonly spoken Indigenous language in Canada after Cree. The program posted today is in the Manitoulin Island regional version of the language, Nishnaabemwin, also known as the Odawa dialect. Nishnaabemwin and Anishinaabemowin, the more general term for Ojibwe mean “speaking the native language.”
Ojibwe-speaking peoples are active today to defend their language and culture and increase education in the language, including giving Canadians the opportunity to learn it.”
Pliny the Elder translated an ancient antidote for poison in his work Naturalis Historia, 77 A.D.:
“Take two dried walnuts, two figs, and twenty leaves of rue; pound them all together, with the addition of a grain of salt; if a person takes this mixture fasting, he will be proof against all poisons for that day.”
The MLPC thinks this is how Canadians should deal with the polls – give themselves an antidote and take them with a grain of salt. Polls are not scientific. Besides the regular failure to predict the outcome of an election, they are based on questions which are misleading and disempower the person being questioned as well as the polity from working out and expressing their view on things. Besides that, the variety of means of communication today has narrowed the audience for poll questions to such an extent that they cannot claim to be representative
Here is what CBC’s “in-depth look at where the polls stand in every region of the country and which seats are up for grabs” says about its methodology as well as its disclaimer:
“CBCÆs Poll Tracker aggregates all publicly released polls, weighing them by sample size, date and the polling firm’s accuracy record. Upper and lower ranges are based on how polls have performed in other recent elections. The seat projection model makes individual projections for all ridings in the country, based on regional shifts in support since the 2011 election and taking into account other factors such as incumbency. The projections are subject to the margins of error of the opinion polls included in the model, as well as the unpredictable nature of politics at the riding level. The polls included in the model vary in size, date and method, and have not been individually verified by the CBC.”
Of course the CBC’s “Poll Tracker” doesn’t track public opinion because public opinion is wrecked by the disinformation of the polls themselves, whose aim is to create a stampede in whatever direction they hope to see as the outcome of the election. None of it involves empowering the people, that much is certain!
All of it confirms the need to activate the antidote, the human factor/social consciousness, and then take the polls with a grain of salt.
The Harper Conservatives have gone beyond the pale, announcing they would establish a “tip line” to goad people to report their neighbours if they suspect them of “barbaric cultural practices.” Their aim is to divide the polity and justify what cannot be justified. PEGGY ASKIN
Jason Kenney Minister of Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism was one of the main figures pushing the Conservatives’ Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act adopted June 16, 2015. In speaking about it in Parliament, Kenney first said that there is a problem that people refuse to leave behind their “barbaric cultural practices” when they come to Canada. He then used this allegation to say that immigrants have a “duty to integrate” into Canadian society. What he was suggesting is there is no problem of violence against women in Canada, only that brought by immigrants. Instead of taking measures to end violence against women and increase the safety of women at risk, passions are inflamed and communities singled out for scrutiny. None of this actually deals with the issue of violence against women. Continue reading
The plight of the increasing number of seniors stuck in acute care hospitals with nowhere to go, where their social, recreational and cultural needs are not met has received much publicity. Many more seniors are not in the public spotlight because they are at home or in seniors’ lodges or homes, but are also waiting for the long-term care they need. This neglect of seniors is a direct result of the anti-social offensive and neo-liberal agenda of privatization and forcing the people to fend for themselves. In particular, it is a result of the attempt by governments to replace long-term care with other forms of “continuing care.” Continue reading
With Harper and his corporate friends in charge of the economy, Canada’s 86 wealthiest individuals and families have accumulated as much wealth as the poorest 11.4 million. This is unacceptable. Harper’s government and its policy of neo-liberal globalization is based on paying the rich. At the same time, Canada is an integral part of the imperialist system of states; the rich elite from this country are part of a global ruling elite that do whatever suits their narrow private interests regardless of the consequences. The aim of global monopolies is to consolidate power and wealth in the hands of a few. The glaring inequality on the world scale is graphically illustrated below. Continue reading
Nepean – Q & A from Electors: What are the principles the party uses to distinguish good from bad, right from wrong, progress from regress?
Q: What principle(s) do you use to tell the difference between good and bad, right and wrong, progress and regress?
A: The question is philosophical dealing with one’s approach to life. The Marxist-Leninist approach can be summed up as concrete analysis of concrete conditions. MLPC encourages everyone to be thinking Canadians. Life is in constant change, development and motion; the ability to analyse life in motion is key. Otherwise, a tendency develops to become ossified, stale and dogmatic, and fall back on what exists but no longer represents what is necessary. Continue reading
Q: Do you believe the national debt is an important issue, and what, if any plans do you have for it?
A: Government debt exists because it serves the politics of paying the rich. To suggest government does not have enough revenue to finance its investments and must borrow from private individuals and institutions covers up the reality that government refuses to build a public economic base from which it can realize revenue to meet necessary investments. Continue reading
Q: The NDP talks about bringing in measures to make Canada’s largest corporations “start paying something resembling their fair share,” as Tom Mulcair put it during the Globe and Mail debate on the economy. Can you comment on this idea of the largest corporations paying “their fair share”?
A: The adjective “fair” is subjective and should not be used in economic science. Corporate income tax on declared net profit or income is not a modern method to raise public revenue, neither is individual taxation. The large corporations employ scores of tax accountants to find loopholes to drive down their income tax. Assessing the tax on net income allows corporations to fix their accounts in their favour, especially given the fact that company accounts are normally considered private unless a tax audit is ordered. Continue reading
Q: Do you think rich people should pay more taxes?
A: To tax individuals, whether rich or not, is not a modern way to raise public revenue. Governments should claim the revenue they require directly from the economy’s active collective units, not from individuals. An active collective unit is a group of people working in the economy, usually a company. Continue reading
Q: What is your stance on the legalization of marijuana?
A: The MLPC categorically opposes making the use and growing of marijuana a law and order issue.
The legalization of marijuana for medical purposes should be a matter determined by scientific research and medical professionals. Stephen Harper has dismissed the research and presents the issue as a moral question based on religious values and a matter of law and order. Continue reading
Q: What does your party propose to support health care for Canadians?
A: Canadians’ right to publicly-funded, delivered and controlled health care must be enshrined in a new and modern Constitution given rise to by Canadians. Our Party stands for establishing a process so Canadians together can create a new and modern constitution which enshrines people’s rights, including the right to health care, education, child care, recreation and seniors’ care. Continue reading
Pension security is a demand Canadians put forward at nearly every door MLPC candidates visit in this election. They are often asked how the MLPC would sort out this issue.
The MLPC explains that the government through enabling legislation should defend the pensions Canadians have and introduce pensions for all. State organized and guaranteed pensions are a universal right of the modern era. Everyone is born to society and works for the economy as a whole, not an extended family. In return for their work, Canadians rely on the economy as a whole to guarantee their right to a Canadian standard of living from birth to passing away. Continue reading
The farmers of the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance (CWBA) have produced a four-page pamphlet The Great Canadian Grain Robbery discussing the 2015 Election and the situation of grain farmers, as well as other materials on the “Facts Harper Is Hiding.” The pamphlet is being distributed as an insert in selected papers across western Canada. In it they state, “It is time for the Harper government to be held accountable for the systematic destruction of western Canada’s farmer directed and owned Wheat Board marketing system.” They call on everyone to “Vote for Change” on October 19 and to join the Alliance in calling for the re-establishment of the Canadian Wheat Board’s single-desk marketing system.
In addition to holding Harper accountable for destroying farmer-controlled supply marketing in the grain sector, the farmers also speak to Harper’s attack on public science, his book burnings and transfer of control over grain genetics from farmers to agro-chemical-seed monopolies. They also raise the vandalizing of public agricultural resources, which the federal government is responsible for on behalf of all Canadians such as the 2.5 million acres of grassland preserved by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act. These community pasture grasslands are an important part of the overall prairie ecology, the farmers point out.
To read the full materials produced by the CWBA, click here.
Source: Renewal Update, October 12, 2015 • No. 189
A massive disinformation campaign is being carried out by the major political parties and monopoly-owned media during this campaign promoting whatever they think will get their party elected. This extends into the polls which claim a lead for this or that party, in a manner that does nothing to help the electorate cast an informed vote.
On October 10, retired former public servant and journalist Paul Barber wrote for iPolitics, “Two of Canada’s major polling firms, EKOS and Nanos, have been reporting different parties in the lead — the Liberals on the part of Nanos over the past week, the Conservatives in the case of EKOS (although the latter’s most recent release gives the Liberals a slight lead that puts them in a statistical tie with the Conservatives, given the margin of error).”
The polling reports are one of the ways a coherent expression of public opinion is destroyed. There is little to no opportunity to cast an informed vote so the outcome, whatever it will be on October 19, is likely to be most undesirable. Any conception which may have applied in the past of an election as a process whereby the expression of the popular will could be turned into the legal will in the form of party government no longer applies. This means that an election does not confer legitimacy to whatever government is said to win the election.
For this reason, the MLPC thinks it is important for Canadians to bring into being an alternative. In this election, vote for democratic renewal, vote Marxist-Leninist!
Elections Canada should fund the process, not the parties. Parties should not be elected to form party government. On the contrary, Canadians should elect their own peers to parliament and the elected MPs should choose the government from their midst which they can then hold to account.
Vote for Democratic Renewal!