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State funding based on ‘electoral performance’: Electoral process funding of parties and individual candidates promotes inequality, power and privilege

Now that the results of the 2021 Federal Election have been validated and certified in all but three ridings where recounts are underway, the Canada Elections Act requires the Chief Electoral Officer to immediately start reimbursing some candidates for their election expenses. Only those candidates who received at least 10 per cent of the valid votes cast are eligible.

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Federal Court asked to rule against use of Royal Prerogative to call unnecessary elections

Democracy Watch and Integrity B.C. have applied to the Federal Court for a ruling on the legality of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2021 early election call. The case was filed on September 15 and asks for a ruling that would stop such calls going forward.

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Declining voter turnout gives evidence of government legitimacy crisis

Results of the 44th Federal Elections | Anna Di Carlo

Elections Canada has released validated results for the September 20 Federal Election. With mail-in ballots having been counted, the seat count stands at Liberals, 159; Conservatives, 119; Bloc Québécois, 33; NDP, 25 and Green Party, 2.

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Official complaint says media failed to provide ‘equitable’ coverage

‘His Master’s Voice’ – RCA Victor

Canada’s election and broadcasting laws do not uphold the right of Canadians to an informed vote. A major reason is that registered parties and candidates are not treated equally. A concept of “equitable” treatment was introduced to displace the fundamental democratic principle of equality. The suggestion is that all parties and participants in an election are all treated “fairly” but there is no discussion of the criteria used to determine what constitutes fairness.

In this vein, on September 20, a complaint was filed with the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), arguing that the 2021 election coverage does not even meet the requirement for equitable treatment. The complaint was also filed with the Commissioner of Canada Elections.

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The ability to plan and predict raises human beings above mere survival

“Trudeau’s ‘Gamble’” in Renewal Update is a very good article which goes right to the heart of the problem as to why the various factions of the ruling class are unable to make accurate predictions in the current political and economic situation which this same ruling class has fostered.

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Discussion. Problems with Party Government

At one get-together with MLPC leader Anna Di Carlo, a participant asked whether proposals to allow “free votes” by Members of Parliament might be a solution. Anna shared her knowledge about proposals that have been made in the direction of lessening party control of the House of Commons, with some adopted but never really implemented, such as party caucus members exercising control over the party leader.

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Arrogance of calling a pandemic election

Result of 44th General Election

The arrogance of Justin Trudeau in calling a pandemic election was felt to the very end. He called it despite the legislation which provides fixed election dates, the motion in the House against holding a pandemic election, which even his party supported, and despite severe weather conditions and COVID-19 emergencies across the country.

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Trudeau’s ‘gamble’

By Pauline Easton

The prediction of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party strategists that he could win a majority government by holding the election in September, and his own opportunism and arrogance in agreeing to call the pandemic election, causes many to question the Liberals’ narcissism and lack of good judgement.

The fact is that the ruling class’s powers of prediction are zero and have been zero for some time. Polls are more often than not wrong and many people wonder why. They have been wrong so often that in this election pollsters often included the caveat that “if the poll results are accurate,” then this or that can be expected.

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Reject attempts to spin an ignominious defeat into a win for the Liberals and for Canadians

Canadians got a dangerous status quo on election night. It indicates that it is up to the working people, women, youth and Indigenous peoples, Inuit, Metis and the people of Quebec to step up political organizing work to turn things around in their favour.

For $600 million and counting Canadians got a dangerous status quo on the night of the election. Initial reports of the 44th general election results are said to be Liberals: 158 (up one); Conservatives 119 (down three); NDP 25 (up one); Bloc Québécois 34 (up two) and Green Party two (down one). Mail-in ballots are yet to be counted. Once they are counted reports indicate it could affect the outcome in 18 ridings but will not change the fact that the next government will be a Liberal minority.

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The need for modern child care and early childhood education

By Peggy Morton

The fight of women and families for modern child care and early childhood education goes back more than fifty years as reflected in the report of the Royal Commission on Women released in 1970, which called for such an endeavour.

Since then, the need has only become greater as one government after another has made sure it has not created a national child care program as a right. The cartel parties treat child care as an electoral football to attract votes while different governments use complicated systems of credits and create budget categories of various sorts which families have to wade through as they fend for themselves, juggle their finances and worry about the safety of their kids.

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Not a Single Youth for Imperialist War

Youth in the forefront of opposition to imperialist war in the years since 9/11, Windsor, March 19, 2004.

By Alexandre Cubaynes

Besides the hundreds of thousands of people killed as a result of U.S. wars of aggression and occupation in which Canada has also participated, many young people have been killed and wounded and suffer post-traumatic stress as a result of crimes committed in Afghanistan and other countries. They are also victimized by the lack of care upon their return home. Youth for Democratic Renewal (YDR) is involving young people to look at the Canadian government’s continued efforts to mobilize youth for imperialist wars, war preparations and other provocative activities at the national and international level. YDR also opposes the militarization of cultural life and the education system in myriad ways and participates in antiwar activities to Make Canada a Zone for Peace.

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The need to fund the democratic process not the parties

Parliamentary Budget Office’s free ride to the cartel parties: “an average of $780,000 of unaccounted funds per party, folks” | Anna Di Carlo

A major issue facing the polity and electorate is that the democratic process is not funded but the cartel parties are. Despite spending limits imposed on the parties and candidates and controls over contributions to political parties so that elections are not seen to be influenced by money and powerful interests, the trough of cartel party state subsidies is bottomless.

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Last ditch attempt to influence election outcome with muckraking

In this election none of the main cartel parties are reaching a target or winning position. This is because they are so self-serving and opportunistic, anything goes to win power — something the polity views with disdain.

As desperation sets in, certain forces are muckraking related to Justin Trudeau’s lack of judgement this time related to a 2016 deal to permit a book about him to be published in China. While the entire ruling class is self-serving, corrupt and will go to any lengths to get themselves into positions of power, accusations of being self-serving and an agent of China are once again centred on Trudeau. In tandem with this, while the ruling class scrambles to find someone who can claim a mandate to rule this country by decree in favour of narrow private interests, quite a few rats are once again scrambling to get off the sinking Liberal ship. Not knowing who pays for muckraking leads to suspicions that another attempt at a palace coup is taking place within the Liberal Party, or that it is a desperate attempt to gain a Conservative win, or both.

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Urgent need for workers to unite the people in the fight for the rights of all

By Pierre Chénier

A prominent feature of the last leaders’ debate on September 9, was what has come to be known as Quebec-bashing. A self-serving manipulation of the issue of values makes sure no discussion takes place on what values people actually hold and how they can be expressed in a manner decided by the people themselves.

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Actions put climate change on agenda of federal election

Montreal, September 8, 2021

Actions were held at noon in more than 64 communities across Canada on September 8 which brought together people from all walks of life, the majority being youth, to put the issue of climate change on the agenda for the federal election. The action was organized by the group 350.org under the slogan “Canada is Still on Fire.” The actions were organized in response to the snap elections called by the Liberal government and as “an opportunity to bring together as many groups, organizations, and local organizers as possible to demand real action on the climate emergency.”

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The spunkiest candidate in Atlantic Canada

Here is an interview with the spunkiest candidate in Atlantic Canada. Nikki Boisvert is running in Sydney-Victoria in Cape Breton for the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada. Her deeds are definitely louder than her words but her words are very good too. A talented artist, she has a key chain for sale “We are not things!”

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Support the Youth to Demand Meaningful Action on Climate Change – Global Strike, September 24

All Out to Humanize the Natural and Social Environment!

Youth all over the world have called a global strike to oppose climate change for Friday, September 24, 2021. As of September 14, there are 55 actions taking place across Canada. This is a continuation of the weekly strikes organized by youth and students around the world since 2018 to demand meaningful action on climate change and for youth and working people the world over to work for profound political change and their own empowerment so that they can build a bright future.

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The cartel parties have no remorse about Canada’s crimes after 9/11

After 20 years, they said we need to reflect

We are in the midst of the 6th federal election held since 9/11. The Chretien Liberals were in power in 2001 and it was on October 7 that the Prime Minister officially announced Canada’s participation in the so-called “war on terror,” with warships deployed from Halifax in mid-October and 40 members of the Joint Task Force, the army’s secret special forces unit being deployed in December. This was in the midst of Canada’s hosting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly which launched the justification of the operation of the NATO alliance outside of the North Atlantic in the name of ensuring the “defence and security of North America and Europe.”

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20th Anniversary of 9/11 – All Out to Make Canada a Zone for Peace and Establish an Anti-War Government!

Virtual Meeting
On the War on Terror, Invasion of Afghanistan and
Repercussions for International Rule of Law

Sun. Sept. 12 — 1:00-4:00 pm EDT
To register e-mail mlpc@cpcml.ca

On this day, the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada expresses its deepest sympathies to the relatives of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks on the United States. It expresses its highest regards for the herculean feats carried out by the rescue workers and condolences to the families of rescue workers who perished.

The Party pays homage to the countless numbers who have been killed in the so-called “war on terror” unleashed by the administration of George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 and carried out by subsequent U.S. administrations. The Party condemns the role played by the government of Canada and other U.S. “allies” and the NATO aggressive military alliance led by the United States in the aftermath of 9/11.

On this occasion, we also recall the atrocities carried out against the people of Chile as a result of the U.S. coup d’etat against that sister nation in 1973. We express our deepest sympathies and respect for all the relatives of those killed and disappeared in that country and in Argentina and other sister nations as a result of Operation Condor and the subsequent dirty wars in Central America. To this day, the U.S. continues to carry out similar crimes in the name of high ideals and Canada plays the role of handmaiden. It must not pass!

The MLPC reiterates its opposition to the use of torture, rendition to torture, indefinite detention, indefinite states of exception, “security certificates,” imposition of unreasonable limits on civil liberties and sanctions regimes. We express our support and sympathies to all who have suffered egregiously at the hands of those who justify such practices in the name of high ideals and have usurped the power to act with impunity.

On this occasion, we salute the peoples of Canada and the world who have fought and continue to fight against war and for justice and the affirmation of rights. We reiterate our commitment to support and contribute to the resistance of the peoples of the world to imperialist wars of aggression and occupation led by the U.S. imperialists and their aggressive NATO alliance in which Canada is a war party.

On this day, most important is to take a stand which clearly upholds the experience of the peoples of this country and the entire world that Our Security Lies in the Fight for the Rights of All and that we need anti-war governments. After all the crimes committed against the peoples of the world, after the total defeat of the stated objectives of committing aggression against Afghanistan as well as other countries, after it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that economic sanctions are acts of war which violate human rights and contribute to the commission of genocide against entire peoples, the U.S. imperialists and their appeasers in Canada act as if they have emerged successful, as if their missions are righteous. They think their performance in Afghanistan provides convincing proof that the peoples of the world should submit to the U.S. as the indispensable nation.

The many documentaries and memorials on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 show the crimes the U.S. has committed. They underscore Canada’s dirty role in appeasing the U.S. and carrying out the crimes itself.

Canadians have honourably fought against all mandates to act with impunity, all wars of aggression and justifications for the commission of crimes in the name of high ideals. They have stood fast against renditions to torture, the Guantanamo torture centre and all black ops. They have opposed and continue to oppose the use of so-called security certificates and violations of civil and human rights, criminal sanctions regimes and demagogy in the name of democracy, peace and freedom in order to serve narrow private interests.

This fight is far from over. The MLPC calls on all working people to embark on a clear path which gives rise to an anti-war government in this country and makes Canada a zone for peace.

Montreal anti-war demonstration March 22, 2003, one of many across Canada and around the world against U.S. wars of aggression and occupation.

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20th Anniversary of 9/11 – Virtual Meeting

On the War on Terror, Invasion of Afghanistan and Repercussions for International Rule of Law

Sunday, September 12
1:00-4:00 pm EDT

Organized by the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

The meeting will be held on Zoom and will begin with brief presentations,
followed by open mic.

To register: Send an e-mail to mlpc@cpcml.ca with your name and e-mail address. If you would like to present on the topic of the meeting, please indicate that as well.

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An Open Letter to Party Leaders in the 2021 Federal Election of Canada

September 6, 2021

Re: Canada-Cuba Relations

I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Network On Cuba (CNC), which represents 22 Canada-Cuba friendship and solidarity organizations across Canada, ranging from Vancouver to Halifax, with over 50,000 in membership. Two of the CNC’s principal objectives are:

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Need for democratic renewal: Working to renew the electoral process

Building concrete opposition to Canada’s unfair and obsolete electoral law; the Trudeau Liberal betrayal of its 2015 election promise to end the first-past-the-post method of counting votes; and the longest ballot in Canada’s history

In this election and the 2019 Federal Election, prospective candidates did not have to come up with a $1,000 deposit to register. Also, for the first time a witness to the nomination signatures for candidates did not have to appear at the Returning Office and candidates were able to obtain nomination signatures through emails and faxes.

This is thanks to Kieran Szuchewycz who launched a successful 2017 Charter Challenge after he was not able to have the witnesses to his nominations appear at the returning office in the 2015 federal election and the Returning Officer refused to process his nomination even though he had the signatures and his $1,000 deposit.

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‘Leaders’ debates’ hope to declare a winner

With 12 days to election day, exclusionary “leaders’ debates” will be held tonight and tomorrow night at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa. The Liberal Party’s Justin Trudeau is vying with the Conservative Party’s Erin O’Toole to lead the next government.

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Get Canada out of the US war machine and Make Canada a Zone for Peace

Canadian people have consistently stood against joining the U.S. “war on terror” in Afghanistan. Above photo is of 2012 Windsor demonstration.

By Margaret Villamizar

Whatever spin Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may try to put on it, the defeat of the U.S./NATO aggressors in Afghanistan at the hands of the Taliban is very much a defeat for the Trudeau government and the policy of successive governments to appease the U.S. warmongers by joining or supporting their dirty wars against nations and peoples that have done Canada and Canadians no harm. These illegal wars of aggression have always been based on lies, as are other acts of war such as economic “sanctions” against countries that do not submit to U.S./NATO dictate. The war in Afghanistan was no exception.

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Online ‘voting tool’ sponsored by the CBC

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One of the on-line “voting tools” that claims to help electors figure out how to cast their ballot is called Vote Compass. It is hosted on CBC’s website, with the national broadcaster having commissioned Vox Pop Labs to use it.

CBC is in thick with polling companies and so-called opinion pollsters and with the cartel party system of government and the cartel parties themselves.

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Violations of right to an informed vote: self-serving use of polling and ‘voting tools’

It seems likely that the main purpose of pre-election polls is not to evaluate public opinion but to try to change it.

The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC) has received several questions and complaints from readers about how polling is used to disinform the polity, violate the right to an informed vote and manipulate election results. Polling is used to spread rumours and disinformation and then ask people questions about themselves. Poll results are proven inaccurate time and again. Why are they given such prominence during elections? Who pays for polls? Who makes decisions as to when they are released during elections?

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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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Support land defenders on Vancouver Island – Denounce RCMP assaults

Four articles and two videos from Renewal Update, August 28, 2021

Denounce RCMP Assaults on Land Defenders

• Evidence of Canada’s Democracy

• What You Need to Know About the Stand-off at Fairy Creek, BC – Mountain Life – (Excerpts)

Nlaka’pamux Nation Event and Fundraiser: All Out to Support Nlaka’pamux (Lytton) Youth Programs

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The need to change the direction of the economy

Statistics Canada reports on economic performance during the second quarter of this year (April, May, June) contradict Justin Trudeau’s remark that the “economy is roaring back.” To benefit their own campaigns, opposing cartel party politicians vying for their own cartel party to form the government immediately pounced on Trudeau’s “roaring” statement as nonsense.

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So-called leaders’ debates in full swing

Demonstration outside so-called leaders’ debate in Montreal during last general election, September 24, 2019.

The first televised so-called leaders’ debate will be held tonight on the Quebec-based TVA station. The two-hour program airs at 8:00 pm ET. It will include the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Bloc Québécois. The Green Party is excluded from the TVA debate because criteria for participation is exclusionary. Besides other things, it requires that a party have at least one Quebec seat in the House of Commons.

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