Author: Pierre Beaudet

Pierre Beaudet is active in international solidarity and social movements in Québec. He teaches international development at the University of Quebec Outaouais campus in Gatineau. He is founder of the Québec NGO Alternatives, and editor of Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme.

  • Quebec, Canada, and the Indigenous Peoples: Toward Plurinational Alliances around a Decolonial Outlook?

    The latest issue of the Quebec journal Nouveaux Cahiers du Socialisme (NCS), published in September, revisits the Quebec national question in light of the mounting struggle against climate catastrophe, the growth of Indigenous resistance, and the crisis of Quebec’s national movement. A number of articles probe the potential for creation of the strategic class alliances … Keep reading »

  • After the Federal Election: the Dangers and Challenges that Lie Ahead

    It is still early to interpret fully the results of Canada’s October 21 federal election. But behind the immediate results some trends are clear. Canada’s Federal Election, 2019 2019 2015 Party Seats Votes % of vote Seats Votes % of vote Liberal 157 5,915,950 33.1 184 6,930,136 39.5 Conservative 121 6,155,662 34.4 99 5,600,496 31.9 … Keep reading »

  • The Saga of SNC-Lavalin: Quebec Inc. and the Canadian State

    For several months now the SNC-Lavalin saga has continued to unfold, although it has been displaced somewhat in the current election campaign. You will recall the small storm that arose when star cabinet ministers in the Trudeau government, Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould in particular, resigned over the refusal to prosecute some shady “cases.” Trudeau, … Keep reading »

  • Québec Solidaire Reviews the Election and Maps Campaign on Climate Crisis

    Québec solidaire (QS) will make climate change the party’s main political campaign issue in the coming year, both in and outside of the National Assembly. The campaign will build on the major proposals in the QS economic transition plan featured in the recent Quebec general election. Meeting in Montréal on December 7th to the 9th, … Keep reading »

  • The Lesson of Brazil

    The catastrophe – expected and foreseeable – has happened. This immense country, with its 200 million inhabitants, is now in darkness. At best, it will take a decade or two to emerge. It is of course very early to predict what will happen, but the election of the fascist Jair Bolsonaro raises two possibilities. The … Keep reading »

  • Unequal Union by Stanley Ryerson

    The Canadian Left and the Quebec Question: The Dilemma That Won’t Go Away

    In September 2015, a fine document emerged from Canadian progressives around the Leap Manifesto. It expresses a broad will to transform the land around a wide platform of social, democratic and environmental transformation, away from the neoliberal ‘model’ that we endure and fight. The Manifesto started by identifying violence against the Indigenous Peoples and the … Keep reading »

  • Another World Is Possible

    A Critical Week for the World Social Forum

    It all began right here in Porto Alegre in 2001 when this city in the south of Brazil became a major site of popular mobilization. Influenced by the Workers’ Party (PT), unions were, along with popular movements, at the forefront of a proactive political effort that included the support of the left within the Catholic … Keep reading »

  • Thousands to Meet in Montreal for World Social Forum

    Thousands of people from over 95 countries are expected to gather in Montreal on August 9-14 for a social movement summit called the World Social Forum (WSF). Participants will spend a week attending a great variety of workshops, lectures and cultural events – more than 1200 in total. Famed author Naomi Klein will be giving … Keep reading »

  • Good Riddance and Old Quandaries

    Two Views from Quebec on the Canadian Federal Election The recent Canadian federal election results have taken most commentators and social activists by surprise. If the anti-Harper sentiment amongst two-thirds of the population had been clear enough for more than a year, very few had on their radar a Liberal majority outcome (even given the notoriety … Keep reading »

  • The ‘Longue durée’ of the Québec Spring

    As has been the case for several years, great mobilizations take place around the globe. We notice them when they are covered by mainstream media; although the coverage only occurs when these mobilizations reach their apex. Generally speaking, we fairly quickly jump to some other concerns, as if the Tahir square protests, the Madrid Indignados, … Keep reading »

  • The High Stakes of Native Resistance

    The blossoming of the Idle No More movement signals the return of native resistance to the political and social landscape of Canada and Quebec. With its origins in Saskatchewan in October 2012, this mass movement has taken on the federal government and more specifically the adoption of Bill C-45. Its origins lay not in the … Keep reading »