• Whither Left Electoral Politics in Toronto?

    Analysis of municipal elections and prospects for electing independent left candidates. Keep reading »

  • Québec Solidaire Clarifies Its Support for Independence

    There were two main tasks on the agenda at the congress of the left party Québec solidaire (QS), meeting in Longueuil December 1-3. One was the adoption of the party’s platform for the next Quebec general election, to be held in October 2018. The other was ratification of a proposed fusion with Option nationale (ON), … Keep reading »

  • Coalition Catalogne

    National Struggle and Class Struggle: Complementary or Contradictory?

    Parallels Between Catalonia and Quebec A major item on the agenda of the upcoming convention of Québec solidaire (QS), to be held in the Montréal suburb of Longueuil December 1-3, will be a proposal for fusion with another pro-independence party, Option nationale (ON). This will entail revisiting the relationship between the parties’ support for Quebec independence … Keep reading »

  • Struggles at Home: The Canadian State, Labour, and Politics

    Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy – Session 1 This conference is in honour of Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch (York University). The conference was held October 6-7 at York University. More information here. Session 1 was moderated and introduced by Byron Sheldrick (University of Guelph). Presentations by: Chris Roberts – Canadian Labour Congress Rosemary Warskett – Carleton University … Watch video »

  • Canada’s Ongoing Complicity with Exploitive Extraction Schemes

    On June 15, 1841, the newly established Legislative Council of the Province of Canada – a body of twenty-four appointed lawmakers – was gathered in its chamber in Kingston. Its speaker, a businessman and nationalist named Austin Cuvilliers, began the day’s proceedings by reminding his peers of their mandate: “Many subjects of deep importance to … Keep reading »

  • Mexicans Denounce Canadian Mega-Mining Projects

    As Prime Minister Trudeau makes his first official visit to Mexico, writes Mining Watch Canada, “the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People” (REMA by its initials in Spanish) has issued a communiqué to call on Trudeau to live up to his commitments and stop the devastation of Indigenous and campesino communities that has enabled Canadian … Keep reading »

  • Quebec Independence – A Key to Building the Left in Canada

    The 2017 edition of the Université populaire (the People’s University), meeting in Montréal August 17-19, included a panel of speakers from Quebec and English Canada on the possibilities for building a convergence of left forces in both nations. It was chaired and introduced by Andrea Levy, a Montréal-based editor of Canadian Dimension, and included André … Keep reading »

  • John Scraba arrested

    Grant Devine’s Alternative Truth

    The Tory Caucus Fraud Scandal of the 1990s “When it comes to the crime of fraud, single mothers who, out of desperation, cheat on welfare, have most often gone to jail… Impoverished family breadwinners, who, also out of desperation, cheat on unemployment insurance, have most often gone to jail… [Some] who illegally obtained money from the … Keep reading »

  • British Columbia NDP’s Crawl to $15

    Last Tuesday the new British Columbia NDP government announced it was raising the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. The new government had already announced it would raise the minimum wage by 50 cents on September 15, bringing it to $11.35 an hour. In fact, this 50 cent raise had been planned … Keep reading »

  • Whatever Became of the CCF’s Dream?

    A dramatic shift in electoral politics is currently disrupting leading capitalist democracies, challenging the ideological hegemony and legitimacy of the global neoliberalism of late capitalism. In the U.S., Bernie Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist, almost won the Democratic Party’s nomination for President. At the outset of the primaries, the nomination was widely viewed as a … 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 »

  • Quebec Sovereigntists Debate Fallout from Québec Solidaire’s Decisions on Alliances

    As I explained in my previous report on the Québec solidaire (QS) congress, it was disclosed after the congress that the QS central leadership had disavowed the signatures by its representatives on a proposed “road map” to independence drafted in April by the coalition OUI Québec, which includes all the pro-independence parties including QS. That … Keep reading »