Articles Canadian Politics

  • After the federal election: the dangers and challenges that lie ahead

    Canadian Politics

    Is it time to declare “the party is over” and find ways to begin anew in building a broad anticapitalist left? Easier said than done. At present the Canadian left is fragmented and seems more inclined to focus on organizing and campaigning around particular issues rather than attempting to build a united radical left alternative.

  • Trudeau Called on to Stop Land Fraud as Kanehsatake Hunger Strike Ends

    Canadian Politics

    In a press release, the Kanien’kehá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke renewed their call for justice, inviting Trudeau to meet and negotiate an end to the land dispute, which has been going on for 302 years too long. Canadian Dimension stands with the Kanien’kéha:ka (Mohawk) of Kanehsatà:ke and proudly publishes their full press release.

  • Electoral dilemmas and participatory theatre

    Canadian Politics

    An alternative to a capitalism based on environment-destroying growth is once again not on the ballot. This would require the kind of institutional changes that would allow us to end corporate rule and redefine what we mean by democracy. A pole pushing such changes is essential if we are to survive as a species.

  • Where the parties stand on Indigenous issues

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    This year’s federal election campaign has seen a significant drop in priority for Indigenous issues, especially in terms of the federal leaders’ debate and their campaign commentary. This stands in stark contrast to the 2015 election campaign, which saw Liberal leader Justin Trudeau centre his campaign on rebuilding Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.

  • NDP repudiates Quebec’s Bill 21 but falters in its explanation

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    The NDP is fighting for its life in Quebec, where the Bloc Québécois, supported by the right-wing government of François Legault, threatens many if not all of the party’s current 14 seats which were already reduced from the high watermark of 59 federal seats that the NDP won in the province in 2011.

  • Dude, where’s my bus? How the election failed public transit

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    It is the absence of any legitimate consideration of public transportation during this election that is most shocking, particularly given the focus among ostensibly progressive parties on climate justice, racial and economic equality, and accessibility for seniors and people with disabilities.

  • Election 2019: It’s a horse race

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    Electoral politics create the feeling of a horse race. I remember running for the NDP in the 1980s in a riding I couldn’t possibly win. I didn’t even want to win but two weeks before the election I started thinking it was a possibility. And today I starting thinking maybe the NDP could take it.

  • All Eyes on Kanehsatake: What You Need to Know about the Hunger Strike to Stop Colonial Land Fraud

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    Trudeau was elected, in part, on a platform of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Though apologies and financial compensation are important steps in the right direction, meaningful reconciliation in Canada also requires the return of stolen land. Canadians, and the world, must pay close attention to the situation in Kanehsatà:ke to ensure that 2019 ends with negotiated peace and justice and not more conflict and bloodshed.

  • Universal pharmacare is a progressive litmus test

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    In 2015, Canadians spent $28.5 billion on prescription drugs. Of this, $24.6 billion would likely be covered under a universal pharmacare plan. The Parliamentary Budget Officer, a provider of independent, non-partisan economic analysis, found that a universal program would cost $20.4 billion, meaning $4.2 billion in savings for Canadians. This answers the question: “How can we get more medication for less money?”

  • Kanesatake Resident Begins Hunger Strike to Protest Ongoing Colonial Land Fraud

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    Earlier this summer, Sean Carleton sat down with Ellen Gabriel to talk about the recent developments Kanehsatà:ke. Canadian Dimension stands with the Kanien’kéha:ka (Mohawk) of Kanehsatà:ke and proudly publishes their full press release about the hunger strike to protest ongoing colonial land fraud.

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