Canada

Canadian court rejects indefinite detention of man under anti-democratic Security Certificate

By Roger Jordan, 4 June 2016

Under Security Certificates, anyone who is not a citizen can be detained indefinitely on the government’s say-so and with the detainee having no right to see the evidence against them.

Canadian prime minister endorses Japanese position on South China Sea ahead of G7 summit

By Roger Jordan, 27 May 2016

Canada is deeply implicated in the US-led “pivot” to Asia, and is determined to deepen economic and security ties with Japan.

Canadian ruling elite applauds Liberal government for securing seat at Syria peace talks

By Roger Jordan, 24 May 2016

Canada’s seat at the table has been secured through its services rendered in the US-led military operations in the Middle East.

Thousands of oil workers evacuated as Alberta wildfire spreads

By Roger Jordan, 21 May 2016

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley presented a timeline for residents to return to Fort McMurray, but the flare-up of the fire again this week could push this back.

Canadian ruling elite divided over prospect of Trump presidency

By Roger Jordan, 18 May 2016

While a majority of the political and media establishment is concerned by the rise of Trump, a significant section believes his presidency offers benefits for Canada.

Postal workers union hails Liberal government’s Canada Post review

By Roger Jordan, 16 May 2016

The CUPW accepts that Canada Post be run as a profit-making business and have sought to prevent a broader struggle in defence of public services.

Leader’s resignation sparks crisis in the Parti Québécois

By Laurent Lafrance, 13 May 2016

After less than a year at the helm of the trade union-backed Parti Québécois, media and telecommunications mogul Pierre-Karl Péladeau abruptly resigned.

Thousands lose their homes in Alberta wildfire

By Roger Jordan, 12 May 2016

While the fire is now reportedly contained, the authorities have said it will be another two weeks before they can say when the 90,000 it has displaced can return to the Fort McMurray area.

Canadian capitalism and the Fort McMurray wildfire

By Roger Jordan, 10 May 2016

The Fort McMurray wildfire is not a natural, but a man-made disaster for which the capitalist profit system bears responsibility.

Devastation from Alberta wildfire continues to spread

By Roger Jordan, 9 May 2016

While Canadian capitalism has extracted immense riches from the Fort McMurray area, little was spent to counter wildfires despite persistent warnings that they were a major threat.

Alberta wildfire continues to spread, forcing further evacuations

By Roger Jordan, 6 May 2016

The vast wealth extracted from the Fort McMurray area stands in striking contrast with the paltry resources the authorities have mobilized to tackle the wildfire and assist the displaced.

Fort McMurray teacher describes chaotic evacuation

By Roger Jordan, 6 May 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a teacher and her partner who were among the approximately 80,000 people evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday. Both had lived in the city for around two years.

Alberta wildfire forces 88,000 to evacuate Fort McMurray

By Roger Jordan, 5 May 2016

Reports suggest that the blaze has destroyed as least 1,600 residential homes, meaning between 6,000 and 8,000 people are now homeless.

Canada preparing to join US ballistic missile defense

By Roger Jordan, 4 May 2016

Its name notwithstanding, the US BMD program is anything but defensive. It is aimed at realizing Washington’s goal of developing the means to wage a “winnable” nuclear war.

Canada’s defence policy review prepares major expansion of militarism and war

By Roger Jordan, 29 April 2016

The review “consultation” document argues Canada should expand its close strategic partnership with the US, the most aggressive imperialist power on the planet.

Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback pledges loyalty to pro-war, pro-austerity NDP

By Roger Jordan, 27 April 2016

Fightback has seized on the removal of Mulcair as NDP leader to redouble its effort to keep the working class under the political control of the pro-capitalist unions and NDP.

Canadian capitalism and the subjugation and decimation of the indigenous population

By Janet Browning, 23 April 2016

As Clearing the Plains demonstrates, the Canadian capitalist state was consolidated through the dispossession of the Native Indian population, through violence, chicanery, and state-sponsored famine.

Canada’s Liberal government finalizes $15 billion Saudi arms deal

By Carl Bronski, 20 April 2016

The foreign minister has been caught out lying shamelessly about the Liberal government’s deciding role in finalizing a $15 billion arms deal with the Saudi regime.

Québec Solidaire ready to govern with pro-austerity Parti Quebecois

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 April 2016

Québec Solidaire leader Francoise David has said her party “would perhaps be in power together” with the big business PQ had the latter implemented proportional representation.

Canada: Attawapiskat First Nation declares state of emergency over attempted youth suicides

By Laurent Lafrance, 16 April 2016

Even sections of the corporate media have had to concede that Parliament’s emergency debate on the Attawapiskat crisis will do nothing to end chronic poverty and social deprivation.

Canada’s NDP dumps party leader Mulcair

By Roger Jordan, 13 April 2016

The broad support within the NDP for Mulcair’s ouster reflects an awareness that he is too compromised to provide the pro-austerity, pro-war NDP with a “progressive” veneer.

Canada’s pseudo-left rallies round discredited pro-war, pro-austerity NDP

By Roger Jordan, 8 April 2016

Pseudo-left groups like Fightback and the Socialist Caucus shamelessly distort, falsify and lie about the political record, social composition, and class orientation of the NDP.

Canadian spy agency regularly using new “disruption” powers

By Roger Jordan, 5 April 2016

Under Canada’s new Liberal government, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is making regular use of its new power to “disrupt” purported threats to public security.

Canada’s unions hail Mulcair in run-up to NDP leadership vote

By Carl Bronski, 2 April 2016

Five major unions have issued a statement reaffirming their support for NDP leader Mulcair, a former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister and admirer of Margaret Thatcher.

Canadian Liberal government to implement military spending hikes

By Roger Jordan, 28 March 2016

The Liberal government has already expanded Canada’s role in the Mideast war and is now considering further military interventions in Africa and Haiti.

Meeting at Toronto’s York University: Socialism and the Fight Against War

26 March 2016

Tuesday’s meeting will examine the causes and implications of the resurgence of imperialist violence and outline a political strategy for building a global working class movement against war.

Canada’s establishment “canonizes” former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

By Carl Bronski, 25 March 2016

An arch-right winger, notorious for his ignorance and appeals to prejudice, Ford was used by the big business elite to push the city’s politics sharply to the right.

Canada’s Liberal government tables first budget amid mounting economic turmoil

By Roger Jordan, 24 March 2016

Among OECD countries, only Switzerland, Norway and Greece have experienced slower growth than Canada during the past year.

Québec Solidaire welcomes suppression of anti-austerity struggle

By Louis Girard and Laurent Lafrance, 23 March 2016

Québec Solidaire has endorsed the unions’ suppression of the struggle public sector workers have mounted against the Liberal government’s concession demands and ravaging of social services.

Manitoba aboriginal youth suicides exemplify systemic crisis

By Carl Bronski, 18 March 2016

Leaders of the Pimicikamak Cree First Nation in Northern Manitoba have declared a state of emergency after the sixth suicide of a young person in three months.

Trudeau pledges strengthened Canada-US partnership in White House visit

By Roger Jordan, 12 March 2016

A key, although little reported, theme of the Trudeau-Obama summit was strengthening Canada-US military-security cooperation in the Arctic, Middle East and around the world.

Canada’s parliament endorses expanded role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 10 March 2016

The Liberal government’s expansion of Canada’s role in the Mideast war underscores the fraudulent character of its anti-war pose in last year’s election.

Canada deploying fighter jets to Romania in training mission

By Roger Jordan, 7 March 2016

The fighter jets that the Liberals withdrew from the Mideast war are to be used to bolster NATO’s campaign of bullying and aggression against Russia.

US admiral claims Russia’s intervention in Syria has implications for Arctic

By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2016

Both Canada and the US are moving to rapidly expand their military capabilities in the Arctic, citing heightened tensions with Russia in Eastern Europe and the Mideast.

Ontario report: Inequality at levels “not seen since the Great Depression”

By Dylan Lubao, 2 March 2016

A report by a union-sponsored organization documents social devastation in Canada’s largest province but is silent on the unions’ and NDP’s role in facilitating it.

Canada’s pseudo-left silent on trade unions’ support for Liberal government

By Roger Jordan, 26 February 2016

A Socialist Project article bemoans the Liberals’ success in donning a “progressive” guise, but is completely silent on the unions’ and NDP’s role in fashioning it.

Canada: NDP leader Mulcair “apologizes” for social democrats’ election debacle

By Carl Bronski, 23 February 2016

Having led a “Harper Lite” campaign advocating austerity, no tax hikes on the rich, and increased military spending, NDP leader Tom Mulcair now claims to be battling social inequality.

Canada’s Liberals debate aid for Bombardier as it slashes 7,000 jobs

By Roger Jordan, 20 February 2016

The urgency of the bailout talks has intensified following the company’s announcement that it is slashing 7,000 jobs, close to 10 percent of its global workforce.

After tiny tax hike

Canada’s Globe and Mail demands Trudeau “stop whacking the 1 percent”

By Roger Jordan, 19 February 2016

The Globe fears even the most limited and dishonest appeal to antiestablishment feeling could fuel social anger and inadvertently trigger social opposition.

Canada’s media pushes for more military spending, bigger Mideast war role

By Roger Jordan, 12 February 2016

The Trudeau government is significantly expanding Canada’s role in the Mideast war, yet the media is criticizing it for not acting even more aggressively in alliance with Washington.

Canada to triple its Special Forces contingent in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 10 February 2016

Washington was quick to praise the Trudeau government’s plans to expand Canada’s role in the Mideast war.

Canada’s spy agencies illegally collected and shared personal information

By Roger Jordan, 3 February 2016

The Liberal government has sought to downplay the latest exposure of illegal acts committed by Canada’s intelligence agencies.

On what program should workers oppose the sellout agreement in Quebec’s public sector?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 2 February 2016

Quebec public sector workers face a political struggle. In rejecting the sellout agreement touted by the inter-union Common Front, they will be challenging the austerity program of the entire ruling elite.

Toronto cop found guilty on lesser charge in killing of Sammy Yatim

By Dylan Lubao, 30 January 2016

The media is hailing the conviction of the killer cop James Forcillo on the lesser charge of attempted murder as an “end to police impunity.” It is nothing of the sort.

Canada’s prime minister courts global financial elite

By Roger Jordan, 27 January 2016

Even as Trudeau enthused over Canada’s “financial stability,” the country’s economy was being roiled by plummeting oil prices and the rapid depreciation of the Canadian dollar.

Canadian elite seizes on Burkina Faso terrorist attack to push militarist agenda

By Roger Jordan, 22 January 2016

Sections of Canada’s military-defence establishment are urging the government to exploit the terrorist atrocity in Ouagadougou to justify a Canadian military intervention in West Africa.

Bank of Montreal stress testing assets for $25 per barrel oil

By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2016

Bank of Montreal Chief Executive Officer Bill Downe announced last week that Canada’s fourth largest bank is stress-testing its oil and gas portfolio to determine the impact on the bank’s balance sheet of oil prices of US $25 per barrel.

Montreal: Labour board upholds draconian suspension of 2,000 city workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 January 2016

The victimization of the Montreal blue-collar workers is part of the systematic “illegalization” of worker resistance by governments across Canada.

Canada weighing options to expand its role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 14 January 2016

The proposals made by Canada’s Chief of Defense Staff include using Special Forces to conduct black ops in Iraq and deploying regular army units to train fighters.

Canada: Liberals repackage Harper’s aggressive foreign policy

By Roger Jordan, 9 January 2016

Trudeau has made clear his government intends to align itself with the US in all of its major military-strategic offensives around the globe.

Toronto Star report outlines alarming police Taser use

By Carl Bronski, 7 January 2016

Although promoted as a safe alternative to firearms, Tasers have been associated with approximately 1,000 deaths since they were introduced in 2000.

Police agent-provocateurs exposed at Montreal anti-austerity demonstration

By Carl Bronski, 5 January 2016

The Montreal Police Department is strongly defending the actions of an undercover cop who drew his revolver and threatened protesters who had “outed” him.

Canada’s central bank expresses trepidation over economic downturn

By Roger Jordan, 29 December 2015

Canada’s central bank has announced that in the event of a major crisis it will consider adopting negative interest rates and other unconventional policies.

Quebec: Common Front unions promote sell-out agreement

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 December 2015

The Common Front leaders are seeking to impose a concessionary agreement that will enshrine the massive cuts the Liberals have made to public services.

Canadian Special Forces battle ISIS militants as calls grow for expanded war

By Roger Jordan, 21 December 2015

Canada’s media is becoming increasingly shrill in its demand that Trudeau renege on his election pledge to recall Canada’s fighter jets from the Iraq-Syria war.

Montreal suspends 2,400 workers for participating in an “illegal” meeting

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 December 2015

Montreal’s mayor is accusing workers of “bullying” while his administration is attacking wages, pensions and benefits won through generations of struggle.

Alberta NDP government’s climate change plan hailed by Big Oil

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 18 December 2015

The plan allows oil industry carbon emissions to rise a further 42 percent by 2030 and includes a regressive carbon tax that will hit working people disproportionately hard.

Trudeau’s refugee “welcome” and the real agenda of Canada’s new government

By Roger Jordan, 15 December 2015

Trudeau is giving his government “progressive” and humanitarian hues to provide political cover for continuing the Canadian elite’s aggressive foreign policy agenda.

Quebec: Wave of walkouts against Liberals’ austerity agenda

By Laurent Lafrance, 12 December 2015

The unions are determined to suppress the growing working class challenge to the Liberals’ assault on public services and workers’ wages and pensions.

The 2012 and 2015 Quebec student strikes and the bankruptcy of anarchism: Part 2

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 11 December 2015

The anarchists’ “no politics” injunction is directed against the socialist struggle for the political independence of the working class and serves to uphold the political and ideological domination of the unions and pro-capitalist parties.

Child poverty increases across Canada

By Roger Jordan, 9 December 2015

Child poverty rates, food bank usage and other signs of social distress continue to rise in Canada in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.

Canada: Liberals mask right-wing program with “real change” rhetoric

By Roger Jordan, 7 December 2015

Friday’s Throne Speech underscored that the Liberals’ “real change” rhetoric is a fraud, aimed at obscuring their plans to assert the interests of big business at home and abroad.

Trudeau pledges Canada’s support for French military interventions

By Roger Jordan, 3 December 2015

Under the guise of combating terrorism, Canada is expanding its role in the Mideast war and considering increased assistance to France’s military intervention in Africa.

Quebec public sector unions cancel three-day strike

By Richard Dufour, 1 December 2015

The cancellation was announced at the same time that the unions presented a “counteroffer” that goes a long way toward meeting the Quebec government’s concession demands.

Unifor prepares Canadian autoworkers for more concessions after UAW sellout deals

By Carl Bronski, 30 November 2015

Declarations that “job security” is the top priority of Unifor officials is coded language intended to convey that the union will attempt to push through more wage and benefit cuts.

Canada’s government rewrites refugee plan to appease right

By Roger Jordan, 28 November 2015

The Liberal government has reduced the numbers of refugees to be accepted by year’s end and imposed discriminatory restrictions on who will be allowed to find asylum in Canada.

Canada: Right seeks to whip up backlash against refugees

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 24 November 2015

Declaring Syrian refugees a “security threat,” the Conservatives are demanding the government drop its plan to accept 25,000 refugees by the end of 2015.

Canada’s finance minister acknowledges sharp economic slowdown

By Roger Jordan, 23 November 2015

Finance Minister Bill Morneau vowed the Liberals will implement their pledge to eliminate the budget deficit in 2019, even if that requires steeper cuts.

Trudeau promises Obama an enhanced Canada-US partnership

By Roger Jordan, 20 November 2015

In his first formal meeting with Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister pledged closer economic and security collaboration with the US, including in the war in Iraq and Syria.

Canada: Pseudo-left groups denounce Mulcair, the better to promote unions and NDP

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 19 November 2015

Canada’s middle class pseudo-Marxist groups have responded to last month’s election results with dismay at the NDP’s defeat and a dishonest cover-up of their own role in boosting the Liberals’ “progressive” credentials.

Trudeau commits Canada to major role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 17 November 2015

Broad sections of the ruling elite have seized on the Paris attacks to demand the Liberals renege on their election pledge to end the Canadian military’s bombing of Iraq and Syria.

Quebec unions silent about plans to illegalize workers’ job action

By Laurent Lafrance, 14 November 2015

Hundreds of thousands of Quebec public sector workers mounted one-day strikes this week to protest against the Liberal government’s attack on public services and working conditions.

Canada’s union top brass fetes Prime Minister Trudeau

By Roger Jordan, 13 November 2015

The Liberals intend to give the union bureaucrats “a seat at the table,” enlisting them as junior partners in imposing big business’s agenda.

Keystone XL pipeline rejection exemplifies Canadian elite’s deepening crisis

By Roger Jordan, 11 November 2015

Obama’s rejection of Keystone is a major blow to the Canadian bourgeoisie’s plans to lead an “energy superpower.”

Quebec repackages concessionary public-sector contract offer

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 November 2015

The unions have been silent on government plans to illegalize public sector worker job action and impose concessionary contracts by decree.

Canada’s Liberals take office spouting empty “real change” rhetoric

By Roger Jordan, 5 November 2015

The Liberals, no less than Stephen Harper and his Conservatives, will implement the agenda of big business and come into sharp conflict with the working class.

Unifor union in Canada hails UAW-Fiat Chrysler sellout contract in US

By Carl Bronski, 2 November 2015

Officials are claiming that the contract pushed through at Fiat Chrysler, and a tentative agreement at General Motors, validate “grow-in” concessions contracts forced on Canadian workers.

Alberta NDP’s maiden budget wins praise from big business

By Roger Jordan, 2 November 2015

Commentators have noted the similarity between the Alberta NDP’s infrastructure investment program and that advocated by Canada’s incoming big business Liberal government.

Canada’s NDP rallies behind Mulcair after election debacle

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 29 October 2015

The NDP leadership has reacted to the party’s electoral rout by declaring its full support for the party’s pro-austerity federal leader, Tom Mulcair.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau pledges “responsible” approach to Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 24 October 2015

Less than 24 hours after winning Monday’s election, Justin Trudeau began hedging on his commitment to end Canada’s role in the US-led Iraq-Syria bombing campaign.

The Canadian election and the intensification of class conflict

By Keith Jones, 22 October 2015

The unions and the NDP promoted the lie that the Liberal Party was an ally of working people in the fight against the Harper government.

Canada’s incoming Liberals will pursue austerity and war

By Roger Jordan, 21 October 2015

Trudeau’s government will use “progressive” rhetoric and cosmetic changes to repackage big business’s agenda of attacks on workers rights and imperialist aggression.

“Team Trudeau”: Tried and trusted representatives of big business

By our reporter, 21 October 2015

In the wake of the Liberals’ sweeping victory in Monday’s federal election, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has vowed to move quickly to appoint his cabinet.

Canada’s Liberals sweep to power on phony anti-austerity vow

By Keith Jones, 20 October 2015

The pro-austerity campaign mounted by the social-democratic NDP and unions enabled the big business Liberals to fraudulently pose as the proponents of “progressive” change.

Harper’s “Victims of Communism” monument and the revival of bellicose Canadian nationalism

By Felix Gauthier, 19 October 2015

Harper’s promotion of extreme Cold War anti-communism is part of the crafting of an explicitly right-wing, bellicose nationalism that better corresponds to Canadian imperialism’s current needs.

SEP statement on Canadian election: To oppose war and austerity, workers need their own party

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 19 October 2015

A union-backed “progressive” government, whether formed by the Liberals or the NDP, or involving an alliance between them, will be an instrument of big business for attacking the working class.

Canada’s elections: “Progressive” bluster, war and reaction

By Keith Jones, 17 October 2015

Canada’s election campaign has illustrated the extent to which the traditional political structures are impervious to the needs of working people, and the ruling elite indifferent and hostile to fundamental democratic principles.

Ontario court allows U.S. Steel to halt retiree health benefits, suspend pension contributions

By Carl Bronski, 16 October 2015

U.S. Steel Canada has been given leave to halt health benefits to 20,600 retirees and their dependents and to suspend millions of dollars in pension contributions and local taxes.

Canada’s Greens shill for “Anybody but Harper” fraud

By Dylan Lubao, 16 October 2015

The Greens are vocal supporters of a Liberal or Liberal-NDP government that would employ “progressive” rhetoric while pursuing austerity and imperialist aggression.

Quebec Solidaire’s disingenuous role in Canada’s reactionary niqab debate

By Richard Dufour, 15 October 2015

Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe cited Québec Solidaire’s support in pressing for an even wider ban on the niqab than that proposed by Harper and his Conservatives.

Canada’s NDP to prop up big business Liberal government

By Keith Jones, 14 October 2015

NDP leader Tom Mulcair has said that should no party emerge on October 19 with a parliamentary majority, his party would be ready to form a government with the Liberals.

Toronto International Film Festival 2015: Part Five

Eight films from Africa, the Middle East, China, Latin America and Eastern Europe: Contemporary social realism

By David Walsh, 14 October 2015

A number of films at the recent Toronto film festival sought, with varying degrees of persuasiveness, to present pictures of modern life with an emphasis on social relationships.

Unifor demands NDP keep silent on Canada-Saudi Arabia arms deal

By Carl Bronski, 13 October 2015

The opposition parties’ unwillingness to attack the government over the Saudi arms deal demonstrates their fear of raising any issue which could endanger Canada’s alliance with the US.

Conservative government intervened to halt Syrian refugees entering Canada

By Roger Jordan and Laurent Lafrance, 12 October 2015

The latest revelation makes a mockery of the Conservatives’ cynical pose of concern at the plight of Syria’s refugees.

Canada’s Conservatives stoke anti-Muslim bigotry

By Keith Jones, 10 October 2015

As the campaign for Canada’s election enters its final days, Prime Minister Harper is doubling down on his reactionary and Islamophobic, anti-niqab campaign.

Canada’s ruling elite increasingly rallying behind prospect of a Liberal government

By Roger Jordan, 9 October 2015

Trudeau has made a calibrated appeal to popular anger over social inequality, while signaling that a Liberal government will ruthlessly pursue the agenda of big business.

Canada’s trade union-backed NDP mounts “Harper lite” campaign

By Roger Jordan, 8 October 2015

The NDP campaign has been aimed at demonstrating to big business that it will uphold Canadian capital’s interests as energetically and ruthlessly as its Liberal and Conservative rivals.

Why are Canada’s politicians mute about the Canada-US military integration plans?

By Roger Jordan, 6 October 2015

Not a single politician or major newspaper has so much as referred to the integration talks, let alone discussed their implications or demanded further information about them.

Canada’s military to “weaponize” its public affairs branch

By Roger Jordan, 5 October 2015

On the orders of the Canadian Armed Forces’ high command, journalists who write stories critical of the armed forces are to be shunned and intimidated.

Quebec public sector workers outraged by Liberal concession demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 5 October 2015

Saturday’s demonstration against the Liberals’ austerity agenda and in support of the public sector workers was 150,000-strong.