• Ontario Looks Right

    While U.S. socialists have always challenged the myth of American exceptionalism – that the U.S. is immune to class struggle and a politics linked to it – they tend to have the opposite view of Canadian politics: that the latter is somehow exceptional, rooted in a classic social-democratic and even socialist political culture that makes … Keep reading »

  • Canadian Solidarity with Palestine

    A Call for the NDP to Withdraw from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group The undersigned are appalled by the recent deaths in Gaza. At least 110 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured by sniper fire and noxious gas used by the Israeli military. The recent violence takes place alongside ongoing land theft, destruction of olive groves, … Keep reading »

  • Doug Ford – Ontario’s Donald Trump?

    Todd Gordon is interviewed by Ashley Smith about what led to Doug Ford’s election in Ontario and what this means for Canadian politics. Keep reading »

  • We All Live in a Mediocracy

    A review of Alain Deneault’s book “Mediocracy: The Politics of the Extreme Centre.” Keep reading »

  • What’s at Stake in the Ontario Election

    With just days to go until Ontario voters go to the polls it is worth remembering what is at stake in this election. The Ontario Liberals have been in power since 2003. It is clear their government is well past its due date. Years of scandals, Bay Street policies and austerity have left a sour … Keep reading »

  • Punitive Austerity: Ford, the Tories and the Coming Cuts

    Many Ontarians are captured by the idea of getting the same or more services for less money. But few know what the numbers might actually mean. Since Doug Ford [Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario] did not release a clear platform, Ontarians know more about how much a beer may cost if the … Keep reading »

  • The Ontario Election isn’t about Deficits, and that’s a good thing

    How big is your deficit? This Ontario election, no one seems to care – and that’s a decisive positive to emerge from a campaign that’s too often been submerged in the politics of personality. There is more and more light sneaking through the widening cracks in Canada’s austerity consensus. Hopefully, it will shine not only … Keep reading »

  • Local Roads to Austerity: Neoliberal Urbanism in Canada

    The ‘urban question’, as it came to be called in the 1970s, is now a central focus of academic study, state planning and political struggle alike. Keep reading »

  • 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 »