This is the last article authored by Louis Lang, an old and dear friend, who died on November 13, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.
(July 24, 2021) The continued attempts of the Trudeau government to erect an anti-communist monument in Ottawa have been opposed by Canadians right from the start. It has been one deception after another as the organization, Tribute to Liberty, failed to raise the funds to cover the cost of the monument which was projected at first to be $1.5 million.
A National Capital Commission spokesperson recently stated that the cost of the monument is now $7.5 million. Six million dollars is coming from public funds after Chrystia Freeland included an additional $4 million in this spring’s budget to complete the monument.
Pretentious claims of fighting against hate and intolerance, and defending human rights are being used by the Canadian government to cover up the fact that its main priority has been and continues to be the defence of Israeli Zionism | LOUIS LANG
On November 25, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Irwin Cotler Canada’s “Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Anti-Semitism.” The announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office stated: “With a longstanding record of leadership in the fight against racism, anti-Semitism, and hate, and extensive experience in human rights and justice including in cases related to mass atrocities, Mr. Cotler will lead the Government of Canada’s delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).” Continue reading →
At a mass action on Parliament Hill on September 19, 2015, Canadians reject the Harper government’s attempt to impose its anti-communist monument and its anti-social offensive as Canadian values.
By LOUIS LANG
On August 23, the Trudeau government 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. Continue reading →
On April 3, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that his government had signed an agreement with Amazon Canada to manage the distribution of medical equipment, such as masks, gloves and ventilators that are needed in all the provinces and territories.
Trudeau did not provide any details on the value of the contract but a government news release issued later the same day said that Amazon was providing the service to Canadians at cost, without profit. Continue reading →
Postal workers’ needs to perform their work in a safe manner have been systematically ignored. Postal workers’ concerns are not only for their own safety but for that of the public as well |LOUIS LANG
As the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak requires large portions of the population to self-quarantine, the service provided by postal workers is more important than ever to keep lines of communication open at a time on-line shopping becomes a main means households are using to provision themselves. Enabling postal workers to carry out their tasks means that workers in sortation plants, retail offices and letter carrier and rural and suburban mail carrier depots must be provided with equipment and working conditions they require to ensure their safety on a daily basis. Continue reading →
Disinformation that Huawei 5G Network is a threat to national security. Second of two parts. Part One is here. | LOUIS LANG
The U.S. is making the penetration of Huawei’s 5G network in the North American market an issue of the “danger of Chinese espionage which is a security threat for the whole world.” It is part of the fierce competition in the telecommunications field amongst the largest telecommunications companies, in which the U.S. seeks to maintain its dominance through its links with the oligopolies that are already directly linked to the U.S. military and security apparatus. Continue reading →
Disinformation over what’s at stake. First of two parts. Part Two is here. | LOUIS LANG
The attacks against Huawei and individual officers of the company come at a time when inter-monopoly competition in the high-tech communications sector becomes fiercer each day. Invoking the rule of law to justify Canada’s arrest of a Huawei executive rings hollow when we see the elaborate international U.S. campaign to discredit and undermine Huawei. This includes international political and military threats designed to intimidate countries to stop them from incorporating Huawei technologies in their 5G networks. Continue reading →
• Postal Workers treated like criminals by Trudeau government – Louis Lang
• Canada Post not the workers has been withholding social assistance
cheques – Canadian Union of Postal Workers
• Renewed attacks on postal workers: We take it personally! – Pierre Soublière
• Postal workers demand justice as Trudeau meets with Corporate Calgary
• Photo weview: Postal workers’ rotating strikes and occupations
Canada Post and Trudeau government provoke a crisis in relations of production | Workers’ Forum, November 22
The Trudeau government has issued a Notice Paper in Parliament to criminalize postal workers’ right to negotiate their terms of employment. The Notice of back-to-work legislation includes closure to force its passage within the afternoon when introduced. This back-to-work order placed on the agenda of the Parliament of Canada deprives postal workers of their right to negotiate a collective agreement regarding their terms of employment in a calm and fair atmosphere between the collective of postal employees and their employer, which includes the right of workers to engage in job actions to prod their employer to negotiate. Continue reading →
On Monday morning, October 22, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents 50,000 postal workers, began rotating strikes in four cities of Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor, Ont., and in Halifax. Almost 9,000 workers in the Greater Toronto Area walked off the job Tuesday at 12:01 am ET. Continue reading →
Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough announced on January 24 what she called “the government’s vision for renewal at Canada Post.” Minister Qualtrough declared on behalf of the government that its “new vision is that of a renewed Canada Post that will provide high quality service at a reasonable price to Canadians no matter where they live.” The Minister did not elaborate the meaning of this “new vision” and “renewed Canada Post.” Notable as well was her refusal to refer to any of the reports or thousands of views submitted by Canadians on what they would like to see with a renewed Canada Post. Continue reading →
Workers fight to get Canada Post to recognize their rights | LOUIS LANG*
Negotiations are taking place between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. The contract of the Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) expired on December 31, 2017, and the contract of the Urban Operations group expires on January 31. Continue reading →
Protest against the anti-communist monument on Parliament Hill, September 19, 2015 | E. Schulzke
By LOUIS LANG
After more than nine years of fraudulent Cold War propaganda to win support for an anti-communist monument, first by the Harper Conservatives and taken up now by the Trudeau Liberals, it is clear that Canadians reject this despicable and extremist campaign.
Having failed to raise money or support from Canadians, it has been reported that Tribute to Liberty, a private organization that has links to Latvian Nazi collaborators, is receiving funds from foreign governments and sources to build the anti-communist monument. Continue reading →
Montreal, June 20, 2011: “No to back-to-work legislation; support the postal workers.”
By LOUIS LANG*
On Thursday, August 25 the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) postponed a press conference and after an all-day meeting of its National Executive Board announced that it was issuing a 72-hour notice of strike action. In a bulletin to its members CUPW stated, “Based on Canada Post’s refusal to agree to the 24-hour extension of our strike mandate, we have issued our 72-hour notice of strike activity. We will be in a legal strike position as of 11:59 pm Sunday, August 28, 2016. The NEB will inform everyone if, when and what strike activities will occur. Please monitor all communication channels so that you are informed.” Continue reading →
Memorial to the victims of Nazi atrocities at the site of the former Dachau concentration camp representing the demand of the world’s people to never again permit the rise of fascism.
From February 2-16 the Government of Canada used an online questionnaire to embroil Canadians in participating in the anti-communist memorial project started by Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney.
The Department of Canadian Heritage states that it “invites Canadians from across the country to contribute to the building of their nation’s capital by sponsoring commemorations of Canadian ideas, people and events that are of national symbolic importance.” The anti-communist memorial project is not a Canadian “idea of national symbolic importance” but a project of an organization comprised of all kinds of unsavoury characters who are either direct supporters of Nazis past and present or descendants of Nazis past and present who claim that they are the true supporters of freedom and democracy because they opposed communism. Continue reading →
For your information: two articles on the Maritime Strategy of Quebec – the latest plan of the ruling circles to build infrastructure and establish Gateways and Trade Corridors across Canada to facilitate the transportation of energy resources and manufactured goods to North America, Europe and Asia | LOUIS LANG
The Couillard government promotes its Maritime Strategy.
Cape Breton stop, July 17, 2015, on national tour by CUPW which continued through the federal election demanding that door-to-door mail delivery be maintained.
In a news release on Monday, October 26, 2015 Canada Post announced that the elimination of door-to-door delivery and conversion to community mailboxes was being suspended. The corporation stated that they wanted to work “collaboratively” with the government to face the challenges of the postal system. Continue reading →
“Ukraine’s agriculture could be a real gold mine.” – U.S.-Ukraine Business Council
The Harper government intervenes in Ukraine and provides troops, guns and “aid” under the pretext of opposing “Russian aggression.” Canadians should firmly reject this meddling in Ukraine’s affairs as they can no doubt extrapolate that the same process in the Ukraine is also being carried out by the imperialists in our country and elsewhere. In fact, while it is wrecking Canadian agriculture through neo-liberal globalization, secret trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and handing over the Canadian Wheat Board to U.S.-Saudi interests, CIDA is funding the plunder of the rich agricultural resources of Ukraine, as part of the U.S.-EU imperial project to subvert and annex that country. Well before the coup of February, 2014 CIDA had designated Ukraine as the one and only country in Europe as a strategic target of “aid.”
Canadians should be wary of illusions of the Trudeau Liberals, who are even more bellicose on Ukraine and were the ones to originally bind Canada to neo-liberal globalization. The Paul Martin Liberals were up the their necks in the 2004 “Orange Revolution,” which brought the open rule of the oligarchs to power. It merits attention that Trudeau’s spokesperson on Ukraine and chair of his council of economic advisers, Chrystia Freeland, is the grand-daughter of a Ukrainian Nazi collaborator (Mykhailo Chomiak, editor of Krakivs’ki visti [Cracow News] 1940-45), and sycophant of such billionaire oligarchs as Victor Pinchuk, for whom she moderates his annual Yalta European Strategy (YES).
LOUIS LANG, MLPC candidate in Pontiac, explains Harper’s “aid.” – TS
Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, led a “trade development mission” to Ukraine at the end of January 2015. A press release from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada explained, “This trip reinforces Canada’s commitment to supporting Ukraine in its pursuit of freedom, democracy and economic growth.”
‘Fight against terrorism’ – Cover to support U.S. aggression against Syria and Iraq
Harper stated in Mississauga, “The current authorization laid open the possibility of going into Syria, though we have not done that.” He will “address those issues” when the new proposal is revealed, he said. LOUIS LANG
(March 21) – In a speech in Mississauga on March 18, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that he would be presenting a motion to the House of Commons the following week to “extend and expand” the Canadian mission in Iraq. Continue reading →
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 →
THE energy ministers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada met in Washington, DC on December 15, to discuss the further integration of the “continental energy market.”
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Mexican Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell and Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford issued a joint statement. In it, they confirmed their commitment to implement the agreement to address the issue of energy as a “trilateral priority” arrived at in February 2014 at the North American leaders’ summit in Toluca, Mexico. Continue reading →
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s latest visit to China has revealed more about the measures the Government of Canada is willing to take to put the entire human and material assets of the government and country at the disposal of the drive of the most powerful North American monopolies to be number one on the world market. Press releases from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) claim that this trip resulted in more than $2.5 billion in “deals.” It is alleged these “deals” will create thousands of jobs and be good for the economy in Canada. In reality, this trip clearly shows how, since Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s “Team Canada” trips in the early nineties, Canada’s international affairs and diplomacy have increasingly been turned over to private interests. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
LOUIS LANG on vindictive moves against public sector workers
Collective bargaining for more than 100,000 employees of the federal public service, represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and the employer, the Treasury Board, have been underway for several months. On September 10, Treasury Board negotiators tabled a proposal that would gut the sick leave provisions for these workers. This proposal comes in addition to other changes it has proposed including privatizing management of sick leave. Continue reading →
Workers’ Forum (Sept. 8) – The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) which represents the 27 bargaining units with over 100,000 members has recently filed an unfair labour practice complaint in response to the unilateral actions of the Treasury Board of Canada to “claw back sick leave benefits from employees.” PSAC contends that Treasury Board has been sending misleading communications to public service workers while the two sides are in negotiations announcing its intention to impose a Short Term Disability scheme to replace the present provisions of the contract which provide a system of paid sick leave. Continue reading →
Map of current military exercises in northern Canada – click to enlarge | Canadian Forces
By LOUIS LANG
TML Weekly (Aug. 30) – From August 20 to 25, prior to departing for the NATO Summit to be held in Wales on September 4-5, Prime Minister Harper went on his extensive annual Arctic tour. Amongst other things, he participated in the military exercises codenamed Nanook. These exercises started on August 20 and ran until August 29. Continue reading →
Postal workers face the challenge of Harper government’s attacks
By LOUIS LANG*
TML Daily (Jan. 24) – POSTAL WORKERS are continuing their fight against the “Five Point Action Plan” announced by Canada Post in December 2013 one day after the adjournment of the House of Commons. The plan consists of the elimination of home delivery, a drastic increase in the cost of postal services, accelerated privatization of retail outlets and further attacks on the wages, working conditions and benefits of postal workers. Continue reading →
Louis Lang* on the aims of a nation-wide media campaign
TML Daily – SENIOR executives from Canada Post have been holding closed door consultations with business groups in cities across the country. Meetings were held in Calgary on September 11 and in Ottawa on September 12. According to the corporation 50 such consultations are planned and each meeting is followed by a media blitz in each city. Instead of media relations representatives, senior vice-presidents of the corporation have been appearing on news programs and radio talk shows in one of the most aggressive campaigns undertaken by the corporation to promote the dismantling of the public Post Office and further attack the working conditions, wages and benefits (including pensions) of postal workers. Continue reading →
Veteran postal worker LOUIS LANG, former president of the Ottawa Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, exposes what is behind the demagoguery of Canada Post about “falling revenues”: privatization, cut-backs in services and attacking the wages, benefits and working conditions of postal workers
[TML Daily] – CANADA POST recently announced that it was facing a $327 million operating loss and is considering cut backs in service like reducing home delivery from five to four or even three days per week. The spokesperson stated that “all options are on the table” including closing some of the 6,500 retail outlets across the country as well as consolidating its 21 sorting centres to “just major cities.” Continue reading →