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Canadian Politics

  • #NoUNSC4Canada thrusts critical discussion of Canadian foreign policy into mainstream

    The #NoUNSC4Canada campaign has thrust critical discussion of Canadian foreign policy into the mainstream. It has also pierced through a stultifying ‘team Canada’ variant of nationalism that infests much of the left. While the historical record suggests otherwise, it is widely assumed that Canadian power is a force for good in the world.

  • COVID-19’s Impact on Montréal’s Poorest Residents Lays Bare Striking Inequalities

    Québec premier François Legault often speaks of “two Québecs” in his near-daily press briefings on the COVID-19 crisis. To be sure, however, we should also speak of two Montréals: one that is home to the (predominantly white) middle- and upper-classes, and the other, to poverty-stricken neighbourhoods which are currently experiencing the worst of the crisis.

  • The Right-Wing Checkpoint for Canada’s Intervention in Ukraine

    Canada’s policy of providing Ukraine military aid has been disproportionately shaped by both Ukrainian far-right nationalism and the domestic right-wing lobby in Canada. The far-right in Ukraine holds a degree of military power and a corresponding threat of violence that surpasses that of other comparable European ultranationalist organizations.

  • Canada Does Not Deserve a Seat on the UN Security Council

    Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage. Rather, Canada ranks among the twelve largest arms exporters and its weapons have fueled conflicts across the globe, including the devastating war in Yemen. The international community should not reward bad behaviour. Please vote against Canada’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

  • Why the NDP Has Become the Unofficial Opposition During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Due to ongoing pressure from the Canadian left, the NDP is is increasingly stepping up and holding the Liberals accountable. As the de facto opposition party, the NDP must continue listening to activists and organizers as they lobby the Trudeau government, both because this process is working and because there is still much more to be done.

  • Ottawa’s ties with far-right Colombian president undermines human rights rhetoric on Venezuela

    Trudeau’s alliance with Colombian President Iván Duque is difficult to align with the Liberal’s stated concern for and rhetoric on human rights in Venezuela. The same can be said for Ottawa’s failure to condemn the recent invasion attempt. The Trudeau government should be questioned on whether it was involved or had foreknowledge of the recent plot to invade Venezuela.

  • ‘Same Old, Same Old’: How Corporate Canada Puts Profit Above All Else

    Those who ‘own’ the economy wield substantial power over any government’s domestic policy and overwhelming control over foreign policy where there are few democratic checks and balances. Based on accumulated evidence there is little difference in this regard between Liberal and Conservative governments. Certainly, the Trudeau regime has pushed corporate interests through various forums.

  • Canada and the Coup Attempt Against Venezuela

    The Trudeau government’s Venezuela policy is a disgrace to all peace-loving Canadians who support the right to self-determination. Is it asking too much for Canadian MPs to work towards a common ground, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, to demand that Canada rescind its sanctions against Venezuela, and rebuff the Trump regime for its support for the recent coup attempt?

  • The Other Outbreak: Workplace Struggles During the Pandemic

    In the months ahead, Canadian employers and the political right will increasingly demand rollbacks, a fiscal reckoning for the emergency measures put in place, and a return to austerity. Preceding this struggle, however, is the current battle over workplace health and safety, workloads, staffing levels and the pace and intensity of work.

  • Pallister’s Austerity Measures Will Weaken Manitoba’s COVID-19 Recovery

    Over the last few weeks, it has become increasingly difficult to watch Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister deliver updates during his COVID-19 livestreamed press conferences at the provincial legislature in Winnipeg. The situation in the province is developing in such a way that it may soon become a case study in the disastrous effects of austerity policies on societies recovering from the pandemic.

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