• A “Québécois Nation”? Harper Fuels an Important Debate

    Richard Fidler The House of Commons voted on November 27 to support a Tory government motion that “the Québécois form a nation within a united Canada.” What does it mean? And why now? The second question is easier to answer. The motion was triggered by an unexpected turn of events. Michael Ignatieff, in his quest for … Keep reading »

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    Renewing Democracy in Ontario From the Top Down

    Throughout Canada, as in much of the world, there has been a marked decline in voter turnout over the past twenty years. This general though uneven trend cuts across class, gender, racial, age and regional lines. Political elites began to pose the question a few years ago as to the degree to which this threatened … Keep reading »

  • Empire’s Ally: Canadian Foreign Policy

    Since the coming into power of the Stephen Harper Conservative government in January of this year, there has been much gnashing of teeth over the foreign policy stance of Canada. In particular, Canada’s relation with the U.S. on a phalanx of fronts has been at the centre of controversy. One has been the softwood lumber … Keep reading »

  • The Miller Regime and Suburban Growth Politics

    In the City of Toronto, the 2006 municipal elections brought few surprises. Incumbent Mayor Miller was declared the winner seconds after the polls closed. The composition of City Council changed little. Most incumbents were reelected comfortably. NDP and labour-backed candidates failed to unseat right wingers like Case Ootes and Cesar Palacio. But thanks to the … Keep reading »

  • Neoliberalism and the Municipal Elections

    The municipal elections taking place across Ontario this November have generated little controversy and even less excitement. This is all quite different from even three years ago when there was much interest stirred in the hope of a ‘new deal’ being struck with senior levels of government to rebuild Canada’s sharply declining physical and social … Keep reading »

  • Unionists, Canada and the Afghan War

    This Saturday, tens of thousands of people across Canada will demonstrate in support of the demand to bring Canadian troops home from Afghanistan. This pan-Canadian day of action is being led by four major organizations: the Canadian Peace Alliance, le Collectif Échec à la guerre, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Islamic Congress. Hundreds … Keep reading »

  • Toward A New Politics? After the CAW-NDP Divorce

    On April 21, 2006, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) broke with a tradition that extended over half a century and voted to leave the New Democratic Party (NDP). A few CAW activists shrugged their shoulders: the impact of the NDP on their daily struggles had been minimal and so setting it aside did not seem … Keep reading »

  • CUPE ‘Boycott Israel’ Debate Rages On

    As trade union and community activists, socialists and officials in our respective union organizations, we strongly support the recent Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario resolution supporting the international Boycott Israel campaign. The resolution criticises Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestinian territory, characterising it as “apartheid.” It calls on the union to develop an education … Keep reading »

  • Canadian Union Takes Important Step Against Israeli Apartheid

    At the annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, held 24-27 May 2006 in Ottawa, the union passed a resolution of historic importance. Resolution 50 – adopted unanimously by the 900 delegates at the largest convention in the union’s history – expressed support for the global campaign against Israeli apartheid. The … Keep reading »

  • Québec Debates: Tories’ Move to Prolong Afghanistan Intervention

    The moment of truth arrives today for the Bloc Québécois, and for those on the left who have pledged their support to its strategy of shoring up Harper’s minority government. It comes in the form of the debate in Parliament scheduled for this evening on extending the Canadian mission in Afghanistan for another two years … Keep reading »

  • Figuring out and Fighting Harper

    The January 2006 Federal election results in Canada unexpectedly yielded a minority Conservative Government. The ‘great moving right show’ is having yet another run. In Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada now has the most ideologically committed neoliberal in power since Margaret Thatcher. The five priorities Harper has announced – an accountability package; a cut in … Keep reading »

  • A Real Alternative: The Canadian Election and Childcare Policy

    It’s a good thing that childcare has become a key issue in this Federal election campaign. Canadians need a well-developed network of early learning and childcare programs. It begins to recognise that childcare represents a good investment in our future, establishing strong foundations for lifelong learning. More importantly, a good early learning and care system … Keep reading »