Author: Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler is a member of Solidarity Ottawa and a member of Québec solidaire. He blogs at Life on the Left.

  • Québec Solidaire Congress: A Few Skirmishes, But Shift Right?

    Congress focuses on completing fusion with Option nationale In the fusion agreement with Option nationale (ON) adopted at its previous congress, in December 2017, Québec solidaire committed to aligning its program with that of ON. This was the major objective of the unified party’s congress that met in the Montréal suburb of Longueuil on November 15-17. … Keep reading »

  • The Mining Industry and Ecological Transformation

    “The mining industry continues to be at the forefront of colonial dispossession around the world. It controls information about its intrinsic costs and benefits, propagates myths about its contribution to the economy, shapes government policy and regulation, and deals ruthlessly with its opponents. “Brimming with case studies, anecdotes, resources, and illustrations, Unearthing Justice exposes the … Keep reading »

  • ‘Dual Power,’ Then… and Now?

    Global capitalist crisis, impending ecological disaster, and new responses by popular movements in some regions, particularly in Latin America, inspire radical thinking about the need to go “beyond capital.” But how to attain the desired “system change” – today, an ecosocialist regime in place of capitalist rule – continues to be a matter for debate … Keep reading »

  • Kashmir, Solidarity and the Canadian State

    In his essay, “India’s Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War,” John Riddell argues that India unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications, and imposing direct rule by New Delhi, India’s Hindu nationalist government, under the leadership of Narendra … Keep reading »

  • Québec Solidaire to Fight Quebec Government’s Bill 21 on Religion and the State

    As it had threatened during last fall’s election campaign, the newly-elected Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government has introduced legislation to prohibit a wide range of persons “in authority,” including teachers, from wearing symbols of their religious beliefs while exercising their functions. Keep reading »

  • Rethinking Approaches to Climate Change

    Climate change is the most visible, most threatening expression of a larger, planetary ecological crisis, the result of an economic system (capitalism) with an inherent growth and profit dynamic which ensures that the exploitation of natural resources exceeds the carrying capacity of nature. 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 »

  • Québec Solidaire Prepares to Confront a New Government of Austerity and Social and Ethnic Polarization

    Québec solidaire’s 10 members of the National Assembly, elected October 1, took their oath of office on October 17 in two parts. The oath of allegiance to the Queen, required by the British North America Act (now the Constitution Act) in order to take their seats in the Assembly, was conducted behind closed doors, presided … Keep reading »

  • Solidaires Score Important Breakthrough in Quebec Election

    Analysis of the 2018 Quebec general election and the growth of the Québec solidaire party. Keep reading »

  • New Governments in both Spain and Catalonia: Will the Impasse Persist?

    On June 1, less than three weeks after a new government was finally allowed to take office in Catalonia, the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy‘s People’s Party (PP) – which had headed the central state’s harsh repression of Catalan self-determination – was defeated in a parliamentary no-confidence vote prompted by a High Court conviction of … Keep reading »

  • First Nations Leaders Pledge to Block Pipeline Expansion

    At the 2015 Paris COP 21 climate conference Justin Trudeau pledged his newly-elected government would help “to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius as well as pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees.” The strategy adopted was two-pronged and contradictory on its face: implementing gradual carbon price increases … Keep reading »

  • Madrid Repression of the Catalan Movement: Call for International Solidarity

    The Spanish state’s repression against Catalonia’s democratic rights gets worse every day. There are at this moment 10 leading politicians and activists in prison, without having been condemned of any crime. Keep reading »