Articles Tagged ‘Canada’

  • The Bernie Sanders Campaign and Left Politics in Canada

    Canadian Politics

    Does the Bernie Sanders campaign matter here? Of course it does. Who among us has failed to “feel the Bern”? Thanks to Bernie, and contrary to what anybody thought possible only a few months ago, Americans are talking class politics — for the first time since the 1930s! It’s the working class versus the billionaire class.

  • NDP inhibits internal democracy with steep leadership race entry fee

    Canadian Politics

    We are seeing an unanticipated socialist moment in North America due to the Sanders campaign in the U.S. Given the repudiation of the establishment the membership just delivered when it ousted Mulcair as leader, one would have every right to think that maybe, just maybe, now was finally the time where something might occur to shake up the deadening centrist rot that has been eating away at the NDP.

  • World Social Forum comes to Montreal

    Social Movements

    This first WSF in the North continues this collective commitment. It presents unique challenges from the point of view of the participation and mobilization of social movements. However, it offers the opportunity to take action and to continue building a global convergence of struggles for a world of social and climate justice.

  • Surprise, the pundits were wrong: poll shows huge support for Leap Manifesto

    Canadian Politics

    A new poll shows just how wrong they were: far from recoiling from the Leap Manifesto, people are embracing it. Among the large and growing number of Canadians who have heard about the Leap Manifesto, half support it. That includes a majority of New Democrats and Greens, half of Liberal voters, and even twenty percent of Conservatives.

  • When it Comes to Poverty Reduction, Budget 2016 Earns Failing Grade

    Canadian Politics

    Not simply an example of the moral callousness of the Wynne government, Budget 2016 is a reflection of the current weakness of our movement. If the provincial Liberals are to earn better grades, we will need to encourage them—with protests, rallies, organizing, activism, and effective advocacy—to go back to school.

  • How do we heal trauma suffered by Native communities?

    Indigenous Politics

    Economic and social conditions that engender despair must be addressed, with the utmost urgency. If we could spend more than $15-billion on our self-declared mission to help the people of Afghanistan, surely we can find the resources in our rich land to help redeem people whom our history continues to victimize.

  • Resistance towards Resilience: Suicide and the Settler Colonial State

    Human Rights

    When we heal which requires our existence, our ancestors will heal as well. We are lovers of life-the ultimate threat we have over the settler colonial state. We must not adopt the identity of the settler colonial state; a self-destructive life-hating way of being. This is why we must resist.

  • After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians

    Environment

    The Paris climate accords were strong on aspirations to keep the world below 2C temperature rise but very weak on delivery. Despite Trudeau’s claims that Canada is back, Ottawa has stuck with Stephen Harper’s pathetic climate targets. To meet its commitments, each country must find its own unique road map. Canada doesn’t have one.

  • My Advice to NDP: Look Before You Leap. Then Leap

    Canadian Politics

    To judge from the reaction of the Canadian punditariat, the New Democrats’ convention in Edmonton was a murder-suicide. Tom Mulcair was ousted (and immediately resurrected himself as interim leader), and the convention voted to discuss the Leap Manifesto – which everyone took to be political self-immolation.

  • NDP Now Has Chance to End 13 Years of Error

    Canadian Politics

    The NDP has paid a staggering price for the politics of its last two leaders. Jack Layton was more in tune with the social democratic roots of the party than Mulcair, but he launched the shift to a strategy aimed at achieving power. The inevitable result was to water down social democratic principles and move the party to the centre.

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