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Richard Fidler

  • Climate change a central issue at upcoming Peoples’ Social Forum

    The Assembly on Climate Change will be the first initiative gathering forces from all Canadian territories. Indigenous and environmental groups, citizens’ associations, scientists, youth and all those who are active on this issue will be present.

  • Quebec election: a seismic shift within the independence movement?

    The election of a Liberal majority government has been widely interpreted as a major victory for the federal regime and quite possibly the death knell of the fifty-year-old mass movement for Quebec independence, but what do things actually look like for the socialist Left in Québec?

  • Eight challenges facing Latin American integration and a new role for Asia

    A debate is opening up in Latin America over the future of the movement for continental political and economic integration. It is spurred in part by the growing number of states signing trade and investment treaties with extra-continental powers — both bilateral, like the “free trade agreements” some have signed with the United States and Canada, and multilateral, in particular the Pacific Alliance, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), the latter two alliances including the United States, Canada and other imperialist countries.

  • Québec Solidaire congress reaffirms the party’s independence from the neoliberal parties

    Some important decisions were made by more than 600 delegates at the Ninth Congress of Québec Solidaire. This was the largest congress to date for this party, founded in 2006, which doubled its membership to 14,000 during the past year in the wake of the student upsurge.

  • Paul Rose’s tortuous path in search of Quebec liberation

    Paul Rose, Quebec sovereigntist and socialist, died March 14 in Montréal, following a stroke. He was 69. Notorious for his participation in the 1970 kidnapping and death of a Quebec cabinet minister, for which he spent 13 years in prison, Rose went on to become a trade union activist, the leader of the Parti pour la démocratie socialiste (PDS) — formerly the Quebec wing of the New Democratic Party — and most recently a founder of the Union des forces progressistes (UFP), which became today’s Québec solidaire.

  • The NDP, poised for power but to what effect?

    Fifty years after its founding, the New Democratic Party swept to Official Opposition status in Ottawa on May 2, 2011, propelled by the “Orange wave” in Québec where it captured an astounding 43% of the popular vote. Canada-wide, the NDP share of the vote increased from 18% in the previous federal election (2008) to 30.6%.

  • ‘Quebec education summit – a public relations operation’

    Following a meeting with Quebec premier Pauline Marois, the ASSÉ, the militant wing of the Quebec student movement, announced February 13 that it will boycott the Summit on post-secondary education that the Parti québécois government is holding later this month.

  • Whither the Quebec left and student movement after the ‘Maple Spring’?

    ‘The movement launched some seismic waves, their full impact yet unclear’

  • Pipeline politics

    Petroleum giant Enbridge Inc. has taken huge strides in recent weeks to complete its plan to transport tar sands oil to eastern Canada and from there to foreign markets.

    Already assured of support from the Harper government, the company is rapidly lining up further backing from provincial politicians and industry players, including a key trade union. And it is fast-tracking the regulatory approval process.

  • Quebec student leader convicted in outrageous political trial

    Quebec student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was convicted November 1 of contempt of court for publicly criticizing a court injunction issued during last spring’s student strike. The injunction ordered the strikers to allow dissident students who opposed the strike to attend classes.

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