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100th anniversary of the First World War and Canada’s ‘Coming of Age’

On the important questions of war and peace

A sovereignty based on empire building

In Europe’s reeking slaughter-pen
They mince the flesh of murdered men,
While swinish merchants, snout in trough,
Drink all the bloody profits off!
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In WartimeStephan G. Stephansson, 1916

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(Originally published on this blog on July 28, 2014.)

July 28 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War. One hundred years ago, on this day, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Russia followed in declaring war on Austria-Hungary, and within six days, Britain, France and Germany were officially at war. Canada as a self-governing dominion of the British Empire was automatically at war when Britain declared it. Continue reading

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Helter-skelter transition: The astonishing Harper-Trudeau ‘transfer of power’

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

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Canadians demand repeal of Bill C-51 and troops out of Iraq and Syria

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

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Zero tolerance for barbaric acts of the Harper government!

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

Peggy Askin is the MLPC candidate for Calgary Midnapore.

Peggy Askin is the MLPC candidate for Calgary Midnapore.

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

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The ‘dark political arts’ behind Harper’s bid for re-election

Respond to Coup Attempt by going all out to call on Canadians to defeat the Harper government and also keep the Liberals out!

The UK’s Daily Mail comments on Lynton Crosby’s incitement of racism at the time he was an election campaign strategist for David Cameron’s Conservative Party in 2012.

The UK’s Daily Mail comments on Lynton Crosby’s incitement of racism at the time he was an election campaign strategist for David Cameron’s Conservative Party in 2012.

The person the Harper Conservatives hired in September 2015 to manage their campaign has been described as a “master of the dark political arts,” “the Wizard of Oz,” “the Australian Karl Rove,” and “one of the most powerful and influential figures in the [Australian] nation.”[1][2]

Lynton Keith Crosby “was brought on as a campaign strategist for incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose Conservative party was losing ground in the polls to both the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party,” Wikipedia tells us.[3] “Crosby’s decision to bring the issue of a small group of Muslim woman refusing to remove their niqab when swearing the Canadian oath of citizenship, became one of the top issues of the campaign and reversed the Conservatives’ sliding poll numbers, especially in Quebec,” Wikipedia says.[4] Continue reading

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Open letter of 587 academics regarding Conservative Party campaign tactics

The following letter has been signed by 587 Canadian academics, condemning the tactics that “have crossed the line” being employed by the Harper Conservatives in the current federal election campaign. It will appear in newspapers today, but there is no room in print to reproduce all of the signatures. We are including the full list available, and providing the letter for discussion. However, such is their old concept of liberal democracy that the letter of the university academics does not even call on the student youth to take a stand in the election.

We are a diverse group of academics with different political views and different political allegiances. We are united by a common interest in the integrity of democratic processes and a concern about the ugly and dangerous turn we have recently witnessed in the election campaign. In democratic electoral politics there is an ethical line that distinguishes spirited partisan strategy from cynical tactics that betray the values of mutual respect and toleration that lie at the heart of civil democratic discourse. Honourable politicians do not cross that line even when they think doing so will be politically advantageous. Disreputable politicians ignore the line when they find it convenient to do so. Continue reading

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The Battle of Quebec

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Renewal Update is publishing three articles on Quebec today which show how the Battle of Quebec poses itself in this election. This is not the same as the battle for Quebec which the ruling circles are engaged in through the political parties which make up the mafia style cartel party system. Continue reading

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Maclean’s leaders debate: A phoney debate – all show and no substance

940900-TorontoLabourDayBobRaeEffigycropA “Leaders Debate” was held on August 6 with the leaders of four of the 18 registered political parties present. As expected they all gave pat responses to questions which fell into the four categories said to be of major concern to Canadians – the economy; energy and the environment; democratic institutions; and foreign policy and security. Despite the fact that Mulcair managed to get Harper to admit the country is in a recession and all of the opposition leaders managed to pin the recession on Harper’s bad management, plus one or two other successful “punches” landed by this or that leader, the pundits on CBC’s “At Issue” panel pretty much declared the contest a draw. Nobody delivered any knockdown punches nor was anyone knocked out of the ring. On the contrary, the media pundits seemed to think that despite this or that odd thing, the leaders stood up for themselves well enough. They ran clips of the low or high points in various leader’s performance, thereby erasing any memory of the event save the one they wanted highlighted to back up their own rendering of what had taken place. Continue reading

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August 6 leaders’ debate: Further destruction of the public authority

By ANNA DI CARLO*

150418-TorontoStLawrenceMktC15Picket-02-CR3The August 6 Maclean’s Magazine leaders’ debate will exclude 14 of Canada’s registered political parties. It is a form of censorship, no matter how much Canadians have been immunized against this particular form of official control over political opinion. It bans the airing of views held by large numbers of Canadians, such as those who stand against Canada’s participation in war, to mention but one example.

This has been the norm ever since the political parties of the establishment were challenged through the formation of other political parties. The power and privilege accorded to the political parties of the establishment is enshrined in official election broadcasting guidelines and has been upheld by the Canadian judiciary as well. Continue reading

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Hullabaloo about Magna Carta and denial of modern definitions of equality and rights

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By PAULINE EASTON

“When the Fathers of Confederation deliberated on how to create a country out of four separate colonies, they all agreed Canada should be a constitutional monarchy based on the concepts of freedom, democracy and the rule of law – all principles that drew from Magna Carta.”

So sayeth the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Democratic Reform, on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, June 15, 2015. Continue reading

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Canada Day 2015 and the urgent need to start afresh

Looking at Canada’s history for purposes of sorting out its problems in the present

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This year marks the 148th anniversary of the founding of Canada. On this occasion Canadians are being assaulted by the opportunist politicking of the Prime Minister, government ministers, leaders of the so-called major political parties vying to form the next government, politicians from these parties and, to top it off, the so-called mainstream media. In what is called “the pre-election campaign,” all of them have declared open season on Canadians and are hunting them down to extract their vote to get themselves elected. Continue reading

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Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015: Private interests dictate state policy on matters of security

Day of Action against Bill C-51, March 14, 2015 (Click to enlarge)

Day of Action against Bill C-51, March 14, 2015 (Click to enlarge)

(March 21) – In reviewing the examples of rampant criminality among the police, intelligence service and state agencies reported since the government introduced Bill C-51 on January 30, it is apparent that private interests are dictating state policy on matters of security. TML Weekly thinks that this is an important aspect for people to investigate as they continue to oppose the bill and the government’s agenda. The neo-liberal restructuring of the state brought monopoly right to the fore and the old mechanisms of a public authority have been smashed.

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Anti-communist bill debated in House of Commons

Falsification of History to Smash the People’s Ability to Unite in Action for Nation-Building Today

Monument in Da Nang, Vietnam celebrates Vietnamese peoples' victory in 1975.

Monument in Da Nang, Vietnam celebrates Vietnamese peoples’ victory in 1975.

The House of Commons is now debating a bill passed by the Senate that goes on record as calling the fall of Saigon, on April 30, 1975, a “black day” in history which should be commemorated as such in Canada.

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Harper government’s extremism: Despicable attempts to make communism the main enemy of Canadians

Falsification of History to Smash the People’s Ability to Unite in Action for Nation-Building Today

The Harper Government is hell-bent on creating as many anti-communist memorials as possible before the end of Harper’s term as Prime Minister. The abominable memorial to the so-called 100 million victims of communism is just one example. Continue reading

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Why does Canada celebrate Raoul Wallenberg Day? Why Raoul Wallenberg? Who was he? What did he do?

By Pauline Easton and Dougal MacDonald 

The Harper government commemorated “Raoul Wallenberg Day”[1] on January 17 with a statement issued by Minister of Multiculturalism Jason Kenney. With much hyperbole and no facts, Kenney’s announcement says:

“Each year on January 17th, Canadians pay tribute to Raoul Wallenberg, one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century.

“Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat sent to Budapest, Hungary, during the Second World War. At great personal risk, he helped rescue tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis and their like-minded allies. Continue reading

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On whose calendar is April 30 a Black Day?

Falsification of History to Smash the People’s Ability to Unite in Action for Nation-Building Today

Opposition to Government Projects

Mass demonstration in Toronto against the Viet Nam War.

By LOUIS LANG

The House of Commons began debating a private member’s bill on February 5, which is to mark April 30 as the day South Vietnam supposedly fell under the power of an authoritarian and oppressive communist regime. Many Canadians and the Vietnamese Embassy in Canada have opposed this bill as a flagrant insult to the Vietnamese people for whom April 30, 1975 is an historic day when the Vietnamese people won total victory against the armed forces of the United States who were forced to retreat from Saigon and admit defeat. Continue reading

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Harper’s memorial to the victims of communism raises numerous concerns

Falsification of History to Smash the People’s Ability to Unite in Action for Nation-Building Today

Opposition to Government Projects

(Feb. 3) – The Harper government is promoting a 5,000-square-metre Memorial to the Victims of Communism that would be situated on Wellington Street in Ottawa, diagonally across from the Supreme Court of Canada building. The monument is scheduled to be completed and in place this fall, just prior to the October 19 federal election. It is already highly controversial. Continue reading

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Intolerance in the name of tolerance

Freedom of speech of the reactionary ruling classes

By SAM HEATON

Resistance to the Harper government’s attacks on First Nations

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined the chorus of reactionary leaders in various countries proclaiming that the armed men who attacked the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris were part of a war against freedom of expression, a war against “anybody who does not think and act exactly as they wish they would think and act.”

Besides the shallowness of these comments, Canadians are astounded to hear such a thing from the very Prime Minister whose main hallmark is to brook no opposition from any quarter. Continue reading

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The hypocrisy of Harper’s freedom of speech knows no bounds

Freedom of speech of the reactionary ruling classes

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By PAULINE EASTON
Millions of people in France and around the world have declared their opposition to terrorism and defended the people’s right to speak since the shooting in Paris on January 7 and the violence and chaos that followed.[1]

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Black Ribbon Day: Harper’s anti-communist glorification of Nazism

The principles established at the Nuremberg trials in 1945-46, following the victory over fascism affirmed that heads of state and other political leaders as well as the military leaders must be  held accountable and punished for crimes of aggression, breaking the peace and crimes against humanity. Today, 68 years after the conclusion of the main trial at Nuremberg, the U.S. and its allies including Canada are going all out to smash all the conclusions of Nuremberg.

The principles established at the Nuremberg trials in 1945-46, following the victory over fascism affirmed that heads of state and other political leaders as well as the military leaders must be
held accountable and punished for crimes of aggression, breaking the peace and crimes against humanity. Today, 68 years after the conclusion of the main trial at Nuremberg, the U.S. and its allies including Canada are going all out to smash all the conclusions of Nuremberg.

Canada’s anti-communist crusade

By DOUGAL MACDONALD

On August 23, the Harper dictatorship again marked the anniversary of Black Ribbon Day, a memorial day concocted by the ruling circles of Europe in 2009 to promote anti-communism through slanders and lies and to glorify Nazism. The Canadian Parliament designated the same day as the “National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe” in December that same year. Each August 23, Prime Minister Harper and certain of his ministers attend meetings and make official statements and speeches to mark the day on behalf of the most reactionary dregs of society who link human rights to the rehabilitation of Hitlerite crimes against humanity, all in the name of high ideals. They deliberately promote the view that the Hitlerite Nazis who slaughtered the peoples of Europe, Britain, and the Soviet Union were heroes and the anti-fascist forces who fought them to the death, especially the communists, should be erased from the historical record. Continue reading

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Harper dictatorship’s involvement in promoting neo-nazi revival

Oppose Canada’s promotion of darkest reaction in the name of freedom and democracy

Graphic posted to Facebook page of Canadian Veterans Advocacy,  on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2014

Graphic posted to Facebook page of Canadian Veterans Advocacy,
on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2014

By DOUGAL MACDONALD

"Harper: a bible in one hand and a gun in the other -- we don't want that here -- get out!"

“Harper: a bible in one hand and a gun in the other — we don’t want that here — get out!”

(Nov. 24) – On November 21, the Harper dictatorship joined the United States and Ukraine as the only three countries voting against the annual United Nations anti-Nazi resolution, initiated in 2005. Proposed by Russia, the resolution condemns attempts to glorify Nazi ideology and to deny German Nazi war crimes, including the Holocaust. The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee, which tackles human rights issues, passed the resolution by a vote of 115-3, with 55 nations countries abstaining. The European Union countries were among those that abstained. Countries supporting the resolution included Iran, Syria, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba. Continue reading

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Has Canada left its wounded veterans in the lurch?

Protest against closure of Veterans Affairs offices, Sydney, January 31, 2014 (PSAC)

Protest against closure of Veterans Affairs offices, Sydney, January 31, 2014 (PSAC)

From National Association of Federal Retirees Magazine 

Long before Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino went missing in action in January at a scheduled meeting with veterans who were hoping to save a crucial element of their benefits, a controversy had been raging in the courts over what Canada owes the wounded men and women who have served in its military. Continue reading

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Canadian veterans denounce Harper government for using Remembrance Day for shameful self-promotion

Sign at veteran’s action in Windsor, ON, January 31, 2014.

Sign at veteran’s action in Windsor, ON, January 31, 2014.

By LOUIS LANG

In the past few weeks the Harper government has spent millions of dollars on television ads depicting Canada’s participation in the two world wars as well as other wars in which the Canadian Armed Forces were involved. Without providing any context or providing any educational value for the important historical events, the ads’ only purpose seem to be win public support for the troops who are shown making enormous sacrifices fighting foreign foes to “defend our freedom” and “the Canadian way of life.” Continue reading

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Remembrance Day: The Canadian people say ‘Never again!’ Harper says ‘Again and again!’

Each year from November 9-11, the Harper dictatorship steps up its rhetoric promoting aggressive war. This will again be the case when the government makes its annual statement on November 11. The disinformation begins with euphoric reference to the fall of the Berlin Wall in order to hide the fact it continued the resurrection of a re-armed Germany with the Nazi-supporting corporate monopolies restored to power, and then ramps up from there, culminating in ceremonies on Remembrance Day, November 11. Conspicuous by its absence is any reference to November 9 as the anniversary of Crystal Night when the Nazis announced to the world their intention to exterminate the Jews. The aim of the pro-war rhetoric is diametrically opposed to the collective call of “Never Again!” by the world’s peoples after World War I and reiterated after World War II. It is not to honour the war dead with a commitment to assiduously oppose aggression and war as a means to resolving conflicts so that no more lives are lost, but to provide a rationale for the Harper government’s continuing commitment to aggressive war in the service of the monopolies and U.S. imperialism. Continue reading

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Spying on Canadians: Harper dictatorship seeks to increase arbitrary powers of warrantless access to private information with Bills C-13 and S-4

Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act passed third reading in the House of Commons on October 20 and then passed first reading in the Senate on October 21. Also known as the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, and informally called the cyberbullying bill, it was first introduced on November 20, 2013 by Justice Minister Peter MacKay. Continue reading

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Harper’s self-serving anti-terrorist agenda: When does a group or an individual pose a danger to society?

By PAULINE EASTON

(Oct. 25) – IT IS CLEAR that there are a lot of people across the country who are very disturbed by recent events. Under such circumstances, it is not fruitful to incite passions and fuel tensions by presenting opinion as fact as the Prime Minister and his Ministers have done and continue to do, or to enact more legislation which is self-serving and destroys the standards and due process established by a civil society based on the Rule of Law, as the Prime Minister and his Ministers are planning to do. On the contrary, what needs to be done is to go into the heart of the matter and appeal to all people to draw warranted conclusions and unite on that basis. The issue is to focus on what will resolve the crisis in favour of the people and what will not. The outlook that upholds Might Makes Right and enacts legislation on a self-serving basis will not permit any problem to be sorted out. On the contrary, it exacerbates the problems which already exist. This is especially true when the outlook is racist and targets mentally ill and socially displaced people for attack in the name of high ideals. Continue reading

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ISIL attacks Ottawa? Harper’s use of tragic events to promote war agenda and suppression of rights

By LOUIS LANG
(Oct. 24) – On the evening of October 22, Prime Minister Harper addressed the country about the tragic events of the day. He did so again in the Parliament the following day. His televised speech and address to Parliament were designed to continue the assault on people’s minds and to promote fear and a siege mentality which the police forces, security agencies and media propagated throughout this. Continue reading

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ISIL attacks Ottawa? The Harper government and media are creating a moral panic

Canada and the war on terror: The Ottawa shootings, what really happened? MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA*

2010.09.25.EdmontonAntiWar-01crop(Oct. 24) – Prime Minister Steven Harper and the Canadian federal government are using the shooting rampage on Parliament Hill as a justification for imposing surveillance and detainment measures that they were already implementing and going forward with.

On October 22, 2014 a solitary gunman named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (originally Michael Joseph Hall) from the city of Laval, Quebec went on a shooting spree in downtown Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Continue reading

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The climate of terror

– Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ) –

Since 2001, terrorism is not only a tragedy for the peoples but also a problem to be solved. Since 2001, the peoples of the world have had no respite, no rest. War and terrorism are multiplied to create a climate of terror in the country and on the world scene. Civilized norms between nations are thrown in the mud in favour of brute force. Anarchy is raised to authority in international relations.

It is the peoples of the world who are the victims of our governments, who lead our soldiers into dirty, unjust wars or in plots for regime change and who support U.S. imperialist domination. The same peoples of the world helplessly watch the destruction of forums like the United Nations by the perpetrators of war and chaos. Continue reading

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The need to oppose terrorism on an enlightened basis

By ENVER VILLAMIZAR
ON OCTOBER 22, a reservist soldier from Hamilton was shot and killed while standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. After shooting the solider, the gunman headed to the Parliament where he seized a car, entered Parliament Hill’s Centre Block where he exchanged fire in its halls eventually being killed by security officers. This event follows another two days before in the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec in which two soldiers were rammed by a car driven by 24-year-old Quebecker Martin Couture-Rouleau. One soldier was killed and the other injured. In that incident it is alleged that Couture-Rouleau waited outside of a military office and then ran down the two soldiers. Courture-Rouleau then fled by car and was chased by police and was eventually shot and killed. Continue reading

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