Canadian Politics

  • ‘We Have Always Been Disposable’: the Structural Violence of Neoliberal Healthcare

    The marriage of neoliberalism and the medical industrial complex has had disastrous results in Canada, even without the presence of a pandemic. This toxic relationship has led to decades of healthcare cuts, privatization of services, and warehousing of disabled and elder populations. Now, COVID-19 is exacerbating an already broken system.

  • Disease and Direct Action: Organizing the Winnipeg General Strike and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

    The influenza outbreak experienced in Winnipeg over a century ago, described in detail in Esyllt Jones’ Influenza 1918: Disease, Death, and Struggle in Winnipeg, echoes many of today’s crises caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but it also offers a rough guide to what may come next.

  • The environmental vaccine: how COVID-19 opens the door to a Green New Deal

    Governments around the world are comparing the resolution of the COVID-19 crisis to a war. After all, it was the New Deal and World War II that launched an era of globally unprecedented economic growth, prosperity and the swelling of the middle class. Let us use this ‘war on COVID-19’ and the Green New Deal to learn from our past mistakes, and prepare us for a socially and environmentally just future.

  • Coronavirus Colonialism: How the COVID-19 Crisis Is Catalyzing Dispossession

    While we are all doing our best to adapt to the changing circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis, we must ensure that our isolation does not lead to collective complacency. Now is the time to double-down on our demands for justice and to distance ourselves from capitalism and colonialism.

  • Bill 1 and Alberta’s Ongoing Descent into Authoritarianism

    Like so many of the Kenney government’s actions, Bill 1 may be just more red meat thrown to its angry base or, as the Edmonton Journal contends, “an expensive and unnecessary public relations exercise.” Nonetheless, the threat is real and shows in stark terms the authoritarian animus motivating the UCP government.

  • Contracting out employment services in Ford’s Ontario

    Ontario’s self-styled Government-for-the-people has announced new “prototype” projects to run social service employment programs. The government seems confident that lessons learned from the prototypes will shine a light forward for province–wide changes by 2022. But this is a much more complicated file than the recent “Open for Business Invisible-at-Night” car license plate roll-out.

  • 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.

  • How Canada’s patronage-driven defence lobby is abetting US arms manufacturers

    To weaken militarism, it is imperative to reduce the financial benefits sloshing around the system. Senior CF and DND officials should be restricted from lobbying for at least five years after leaving the public service and other measures ought to be adopted to weaken the link between the military hierarchy and arms firms.

  • Trudeau government deepens ties to repressive Kuwaiti monarchy

    Trudeau and Sajjan’s recent missions to Kuwait are part of the fallout from Washington’s decision to assassinate Iranian general Qassim Suleimani. After the January 3 killing some Canadian forces in Iraq were withdrawn to the base in Kuwait. Iraq’s parliament passed a resolution demanding foreign soldiers leave the country and Iran threatened to retaliate against US troops in the region.

  • What ever happened to dental therapy in Canada?

    The commodification of dental care has left many Canadians discontent with the price they pay for care, if they can afford it at all. Dental therapists are integral to providing high quality, low cost dental care and should be rapidly expanded with the goal of eventually integrating dental care into Medicare.

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