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Trudeau government positions Canada to suit ambitions in Asia of new US government

From November 8-14, Prime Minister Trudeau travelled to Asia to participate in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in Vietnam, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and East Asia Summit in the Philippines. While in Vietnam, he had an official visit with its President, high-level government officials and the Vietnamese Communist Party. Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal: the issues, the method, the opposition

Indepth report by Renewal Update, May 25, 2016

Demonstrations at hearings oppose the deal

The people’s opposition is deepening the legitimacy crisis of the institutions which advocate the neo-liberal agenda and the parties which champion it. Their attempt to use public consultations to give legitimacy to a neo-liberal free trade deal that has already been negotiated and signed behind the backs of Canadians is seriously at risk. In every city where the government’s consultations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have been held, Canadians inside and outside pointed out that far from upholding trade on the basis of mutual benefit, the TPP puts trade further under the domination of global monopolies in pursuit of their own private interests. It is a nation-wrecking agreement that attacks the right of Canadians to sovereign decision-making power. Continue reading

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Ending colonial relations with Indigenous peoples must be a central demand

Two-Row Wampum leads the march against Bill C-51, Parliament Hill, May 30, 2015. Participants affirm nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples as the basis of unity in action in defence of the rights of all.

Two-Row Wampum leads the march against Bill C-51, Parliament Hill, May 30, 2015. Participants affirm nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples as the basis of unity in action in defence of the rights of all.

  • Government’s agenda for First Nations sidesteps crucial issue of where sovereignty lies – Philip Fernandez
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report underscores need to end colonial relations with Indigenous peoples
  • Highlights of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report
  • First Nations and Allies demand full participation in National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Profound opposition in Quebec to police abuse of Indigenous women – Diane Johnston

Government’s agenda for First Nations sidesteps crucial issue of where sovereignty lies

By PHILIP FERNANDEZ

On December 8, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at the annual Special Chiefs Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Among various pledges he made there, he called for a “renewed nation-to-nation” relationship with First Nations based on “respect, co-operation, and partnership,” guided by “the spirit and intent of the original treaty relationship; one that respects inherent rights, treaties and jurisdictions, and the decisions of our courts.”

Trudeau’s speech was received with optimism at the AFN Special Chiefs’ Assembly, surely because his words promise an improvement over the Harper government’s abysmal relationship with First Nations. But what the Trudeau government claims will be a “renewed nation-to-nation” relationship has as yet to be fully revealed. Continue reading

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The Harper/Trudeau fallacy of prosperous economy based on global monopoly control

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

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Why Canadian farmers are turning against Harper’s Conservatives

In the past five years, more and more farmers have turned against the prime minister. LAURA BOYD-CLOWES in Metro News

Brantford Farmer John Langs cut a message for Harper in his 46-acre rye field. Each letter is 100 metres high, and the words were first noticed by aerial photographer Geoff Grenville. (Click to enlarge)

Brantford Farmer John Langs cut a message for Harper in his 46-acre rye field. Each letter is 100 metres high, and the words were first noticed by aerial photographer Geoff Grenville. (Click to enlarge)

Farmers have traditionally been reliable supporters of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

But that’s changing. In the past five years, more and more farmers have turned against the prime minister. A farmer in Brantford, Ont., recently went so far as to mow the message “Anybody But Harper” into one of his fields. Continue reading

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Ottawa TV ‘debate’, the dairy farmers and serious concerns about Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

By TONY SEED, MLPC candidate, Nepean (Ottawa)

Today I participated in a Rogers TV “debate” of candidates from the Nepean riding, one of a series on local ridings in Ottawa. The salient feature was that not a single representative from the privileged parties voiced any just concern of the people in this “debate.” This was the first and sole “debate” scheduled that included all registered electoral candidates.  Continue reading

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Opposition to secret trade deals and sell-out of Canada: MLPC opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership

For both general and particular reasons the MLPC calls on Canadians to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and all other free trade agreements as part of the battle for a new direction for the economy within a nation-building project under their control. Free trade agreements during this period when global monopolies dominate the economies of most countries can only be seen as serving class privilege and narrow private interests, and not the broad public interests. The downturn in manufacturing in Canada during the last two decades, especially in Ontario, Quebec and BC in part can be traced back to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Continue reading

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