Author: socialistproject

The Socialist Project is a democratic, eco-socialist organization working to rebuild the left in Toronto.

  • Ford’s Attack on Local Democracy in Toronto

    Ontario’s new Conservative government, under the leadership of Premier Doug Ford, has launched a cynical attack on local democracy and government in Toronto. Cutting by almost half the numbers of wards and elected representatives in the middle of an election campaign undermines the electoral process itself. It’s the kind of thing we would expect from … Keep reading »

  • Israel’s New Basic Law and the Making of the Apartheid State

    The Socialist Project (SP) joins Israeli, Palestinian, and international civil society organizations in condemning the “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People” which recently passed the Israeli Knesset (with 62 in favor, 55 against and two abstentions on 19 July 2018). The Jewish supremacy enshrined in the law amounts to the … Keep reading »

  • Solidarity with the Great Return March in Gaza

    The members of the Socialist Project wish to express solidarity with the Palestinian “Great Return March” in Gaza, in addition to the ongoing non-violent movement in the West Bank against Israeli occupation and colonization. This movement, and international solidarity efforts in support of it, represents the most hopeful path to end the Israeli occupation and … Keep reading »

  • Trumping NAFTA: Free Trade versus Democratic Planning

    Opposition to ‘free trade’ is in the air again, though not in the way most of us expected or hoped. Three decades ago, the move to guarantee, extend and deepen Canada’s economic integration with the United States by way of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two states mobilized an impressive though ultimately … Keep reading »

  • Working Classes and the Rise of the New Right: Socialist Politics in the Era of Trump

    The success of xenophobic right-wing political forces today calls for the development of a socialist praxis fit for this perilous political moment. Taking this seriously requires that we address the inroads of the far right into working class constituencies that were bastions of trade unionism for much of the 20th century, and traditionally voted heavily … Keep reading »

  • A Leap Toward Radical Politics?

    The Leap Manifesto is, in a way, Canada’s version of the burst of Left and socialist energies that have come with the Bernie Sanders campaign in the Democratic Party in the U.S. and the Jeremy Corbyn leadership win in the Labour Party in Britain. As with these, the explosion of popular interest reflects general disquiet … Keep reading »

  • Battling Austerity: CUPW Hits the Picket Lines

    June 2, 2011 — Negotiations Alert: Strike Begins Tonight in Winnipeg. Urban Postal Unit Negotiations (2011) / News Alert The strike will begin at 11:59 p.m. EDT in Winnipeg (10:59 p.m. CDT). The Winnipeg local will be on strike for 24 hours, after which the strike will continue in other locations to be announced later. … Keep reading »

  • The Mass Arrests, the Security State and the Toronto G20 Summit

    The massive police presence in Toronto over this week has been officially justified on the basis of protecting the leaders of the G8 and G20 countries meeting in Huntsville and Toronto. We were told that the creation of the fenced-in fortress, the massive mobilization of police (estimates ranging from 10-20,000) from across Canada, and even … Keep reading »

  • The G20, Capitalism and Austerity

    The Group of Eight (G8) is an annual forum for the leadership of the leading capitalist countries. It was first created in 1975 (then as the G6, as Canada did not join until the next year to form the G7, and Russia was not added until 1997), at the instigation of the U.S. and France … Keep reading »

  • The Venezuelan Call for a New International Organization of the Left

    The call by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for discussion of the formation of a ‘Fifth International’ has generated a lot of debate amongst the left around the world. As an addendum to the ‘Caracas Commitment’ of November 2009, a resolution was passed to form a preparatory committee to convene a global conference of left parties … Keep reading »

  • Class consciousness is knowing which side of the fence you are on. Class analysis is figuring out who is there with you.

    Support CUPE 79 and 416 Toronto City Workers on Strike

    CUPE workers at the City of Toronto are now into their second week of a strike. They are holding the line against the drive by government and business employers demanding concessions and wage rollbacks. The employers are telling workers they should pay for the economic crisis of capitalism. This is an important struggle for the … Keep reading »

  • Ontario and the Funding of Religious Schools

    In what might turn to be the defining issue of the Ontario provincial election set for October 10, Conservative leader John Tory proposed that faith-based schools be fully funded. In a province that already funds Catholic schools through the high school years. The Tories are claiming the mantle of ‘fairness’ by extending funding to other … Keep reading »