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Quebec Left Debates Perspectives in Canada’s Federal Election

By Richard Fidler. This article was first published on Socialist Bullet. Canada’s current federal election campaign is now at the half-way point in the lead-up to October 19. The three major parties are polling almost equally, with the ruling Conservative vote dropping steadily while the opposition New Democrats (NDP) and Liberals are virtually tied overall […]

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Quebec Election: A Seismic Shift Within the Independence Movement?

By Richard Fidler. This article was first published on the Socialist Project. The defeat of the Parti Québécois (PQ) and the election of a federalist Liberal party government in the Quebec general election of April 7 raises important questions about the future of the Quebec movement for sovereignty and political independence. And it poses some […]

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As Anti-Protest Law Attempts to Stifle Dissent, 400 Students in Quebec Arrested in Mass March

By Yana Kunichoff. In the most recent escalation in the battle between a Quebecoise government pushing tuition hikes and striking Canadian students, at least three cities saw mass arrests at demonstrations against a newly minted anti-protest law that activists are calling “absurd.” The “biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history,” as some groups are calling […]

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Top union brass caught obstructing solidarity with Quebecois students

By Diane Kalen-Sukra. I’m surprised it took so long for Canada’s union bureaucracy to really feel the democratizing pressure of the social media Wikileak internet age. It finally happened in a big way this week – Quebec and Canada’s top union brass had “internal” correspondence, in which they direct all of Canada’s major unions to […]

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Teachers’ Strikes and the Fight Against Austerity in Ontario

Murray Cooke. This article was first published on the Socialist Project. On January 3, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten announced that she will be imposing concessionary contracts on the province’s teachers. This is a drastic attack on collective bargaining rights that the teachers have said they will fight. It follows on the heals of the […]

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We are all Quebecois (even if we don’t know it yet)

By Diane Kalen-Sukra. Months after the student protests against tuition hikes began in Quebec, many folks in English Canada continue to scratch their heads at how resistance from a group of disparate student unions over a dozen campuses could spark the largest and most sustained citizen’s revolt in Canadian history, a veritable “red square” revolution […]

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Working Class Politics After the NDP

By Sam Gindin and Michael Hurley. This article was first published on Socialist Project. Introduction: Crisis in Labour Politics The issue that we can’t ignore this Labour Day is the disorientation in our movement’s politics. List the issues working people are most concerned about today – whether deindustrialization, unemployment and underemployment; access to healthcare, childcare […]

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The High Stakes of Native Resistance

By Geneviève Beaudet and Pierre Beaudet The blossoming of the Idle No More movement signals the return of native resistance to the political and social landscape of Canada and Quebec. With its origins in Saskatchewan in October 2012, this mass movement has taken on the federal government and more specifically the adoption of Bill C-45. […]

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Where Next for the Quebec Mobilizations?

Debate Opens on Strategic Perspectives Richard Fidler Despite massive mobilizations throughout Quebec in opposition to Law 78 and the Jean Charest government, the student struggle is once again at an impasse. At the end of May, the government terminated the latest round of negotiations with the four college and university student associations without offering any […]