At Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s 10th anniversary conference
In October, the New York office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung celebrated its 10th year of operation. A number of international delegations were invited and CD columnist André Frappier had the honour of representing Québec solidaire. Attendees discussed the deepening climate crisis, the reenergized extreme right, and the need to reach across borders and build unity to confront the challenges ahead.
We must get rid of the CAQ government. Québec Solidaire is the only alternative
In advance of the October 3 provincial election in Québec, CD editorial board member André Frappier provides a critical review of the CAQ government’s policies over the past four years, and sounds a call to mobilize and support Québec Solidaire as the only political alternative equipped to improve society and protect the rights of the vulnerable and the environment.
CUPW’s difficult choice
Over the past few weeks, CUPW members across Canada and Québec have been debating whether or not to accept the extension of their collective agreement as proposed by the union’s National Executive Board (NEB). They will have to reach a decision by September 3. Whatever the outcome, writes André Frappier, the decision belongs to the members, and the struggle must continue.
Québec Solidaire tightens party discipline with a view to election
Québec Solidaire was born fifteen ears ago from the unification of the principal left forces in Québec that adopted a common progressive and independentist program. As it grows, having elected 10 Members of the National Assembly in 2018, the party is tempted by the lure of power and a tendency toward the concentration of power internally. These tendencies were in evidence at the party’s May 15-16 National Council meeting.
Fighting the extreme right, building the left
The federal government’s addition of the far-right group the Proud Boys to the Criminal Code list of terrorist entities has sparked some debate among progressive groups, including in the pages of Canadian Dimension. While street mobilization is important and necessary, it alone will not be enough to defeat the extreme right. We take this opportunity to reflect on the necessary perspectives for the left.
Québec solidaire defines its political priorities
A major challenge for Québec solidaire is to refocus public attention on climate change and the environment as an essential part of the solution to the COVID-19 crisis and of any vision of genuine social transformation. This was the primary issue for QS during its last election campaign, but it is also a determining factor in how the party is positioning itself on Québec’s political stage at the current time.
CLC breaks solidarity with labour movement by endorsing Bill Morneau for OECD’s top job
On October 30, the Canadian Labour Congress issued a joint statement with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in support of Bill Morneau’s candidacy for the position of OECD Secretary-General. This is an unprecedented gesture, one that risks discrediting the CLC in a period of a mounting neoliberal offensive in which the trade union movement is struggling to make gains.
For an internationalist perspective in North America
In this interview, former QS co-spokesperson André Frappier speaks with DSA National Political Committee member Megan Svoboda about the state of Québécois politics, the prospects for QS and the broader Québécois left, and the importance of international solidarity today.
Fighting Bill 21 in Québec
The rise of the right and Islamophobia, both in Québec, where it gave rise two years ago to the tragic Québec City mosque shooting, and also at the international level, of which the mosque shootings in Christ Church, New Zealand last March are a fearful expression, shows us that exclusion only serves to fuel hatred. Solidarity must transcend cultural distances and national borders.
The 2019 National Convention of the Democratic Socialists of America
Over the past two years, DSA has doubled its membership from 25,000 to 40,000, and that expansion translated into an increase in the number of delegates to the convention, from 700 to 1,000. The election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018 and Rashida Tlaib in 2019, both members of the DSA, to the House of Representatives helped spur the organization’s growth. Many of the delegates were new members attending their first convention.
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