Our Times 3

André Frappier

  • 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.

  • Prospects for the federal election

    The NDP is currently at its lowest level of popularity since its meteoric rise in 2011, when the party won 103 seats, including 59 in Québec, with nearly 31 per cent of the vote. Ambushed by Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe in 2015 on the issue of identity and the wearing of the niqab, Mulcair lost his lead and began his decline. Trudeau overtook the NDP on its left by promising to increase investment and maintain the deficit. The NDP ended with 19.71 per cent of the vote and 44 seats, including 16 in Québec.

  • Québec solidaire’s hard-fought win against the current

    The rise of Québec solidaire was in some sense historically ordained, although we didn’t realize to what extent. We kept hoping and working to make it happen. The political process is not a linear one. There comes a time when the parties that have dominated the political stage no longer meet the demands of the moment or are unable to stem the tide of social forces. This is what happened to the Parti Québécois, which lost all credibility, and to the corrupt Québec Liberal Party.

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