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  • Justin Trudeau on electoral reform: deception, cynicism, and misrepresentations

    Canadian Politics

    The year 2015 will be the last federal election under the First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system. This was the promise Justin Trudeau made during the 2015 campaign. But Trudeau’s Liberals have abandoned this campaign plank, based on a cynical series of lies and misrepresentations of their own promise, along with what the actual effect of ER is.

  • Beyond Petroculture: strategies for a Left energy transition

    Canadian Politics

    Energy can be a politics by other means. It is a way of enacting and enabling Left principles of social equality and environmental responsibility in relation to a new set of discourses and co-ordinates. Real energy transition opens the way for social and political transition, and does so on the basis of equality of social capacity and a commitment to protecting the planet.

  • The Liberal addiction to the Washington Consensus

    Canadian Politics

    This is the grim future under the corporate state. So grim, that the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s 2016 Annual Report was essentially a scathing denunciation of the whole Washington Consensus, blaming “[T]he entire edifice of liberal market finance…” The UN’s solution, only hinted at by those still struggling to overcome their addiction to this pernicious ideology, is as clear as neoliberalism is brutal.

  • Will Conservative Party Quackery or NDP Principle determine Canada’s Palestine Policy?

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    Since all NDP candidates likely claim to support international law, calling on Ottawa to implement a Security Council resolution shouldn’t be tough. While 2334 is a low bar, Canada’s tilt in favour of Israel is so pronounced that getting NDP candidates to to take action against illegal settlements would have significant ripples. Its long-term impacts would certainly outweigh the ‘I heart Israel’ ravings from the Conservative Party.

  • Canada in the age of Trump

    Canadian Politics

    The Liberals are dragging their feet on amending Bill-C-51 — the Conservatives’ draconian legislation buttressing already formidable national security-state powers. Meanwhile, protest is mounting over Trudeau’s broken promises on everything from emissions targets to electoral reform. In Trudeau’s Canada, as in Trump’s America, a treacherous course is being set.

  • It Can Happen Here

    Canadian Politics

    We must find a way to defend all of the groups and interests now under threat while building a movement that can bring about a future embodying all of our common values, including cooperation, equality, individual rights, economic security, and environmental sustainability. Fully securing those values will ultimately require passing beyond the capitalist system.

  • Trump’s racist travel ban requires more than just condemnation

    Canadian Politics

    Justin Trudeau has been rightfully credited for being more open to Syrian refugees than Harper’s Conservatives. But we must demand more. With the rise of the far right in the U.S. and worldwide, not to mention a future in which climate refugees will become ever more numerous, Canada needs to welcome more asylum seekers and refugees.

  • Justin Trudeau Has to Directly Critique and Resist Trump’s Muslim Ban

    Canadian Politics

    One of Trudeau’s key goals as Prime Minister is to promote and defend the interests of all Canadians at home and abroad, regardless of class, creed, race, or gender. And if he doesn’t use Canada’s full diplomatic weight to defend Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian, Yemeni, Sudani, Libyan, and Somalian Canadians, he will have failed in one of his key responsibilities.

  • Note to Justin Trudeau: Climate leaders don’t build pipelines

    Canadian Politics

    Social change does not come from asking a politician a hard question, from a single moment of glory. Social change comes from sustained resistance by huge numbers of people over extended periods of time. Don’t let the powers-that-be-damned make you think you can only engage in democracy once every four years.

  • Justin Trudeau’s giant corporate giveaway

    Canadian Politics

    The transition that Canadians want will require enormous levels of spending—and need to be public and paid for. By strengthening and reinventing the public sphere, the government could unleash a program of mass transit, building renovations, storm barriers, urban redesign and green jobs that reduces emissions, racism and inequality all at once. But pretending the private sector can lead this is a recipe for disaster.

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