By Roger Jordan, 17 January 2017
Canada’s “progressive” Liberal government is mounting a full-court press to convince the incoming administration of Canadian imperialism’s importance to US global power.
By Carl Bronski, 12 January 2017
Fishers have cited many examples of the FFAW-Unifor apparatus feathering its own nest at the expense of the workers.
By Laurent Lafrance, 11 January 2017
Lionel Desmond was suffering from PTSD but failed to receive the support he required due to systematic cuts to health care and veterans’ services.
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 3 January 2017
Québec Solidaire’s special function within Quebec and Canadian politics is to attempt to revive popular enthusiasm for the retrograde and chauvinist program of Quebec independence.
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 31 December 2016
QS is a pseudo-left, pro-capitalist party that articulates the aspirations and grievances not of the working class, but of privileged sections of the upper-middle class.
By Louis Girard, 24 December 2016
A prominent FTQ-Construction official has taken the leadership of a new right-wing populist party that combines anti-immigrant broadsides with demagogic denunciations of the “establishment.”
By Richard Dufour, 20 December 2016
The pseudo-left Québec Solidaire is preparing the political terrain for an “anti-Liberal” alliance with the pro-war, pro-austerity PQ.
By Roger Jordan, 15 December 2016
The Liberal government has lamely criticized the head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee for calling for NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden to be shot.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 10 December 2016
While the Trudeau government was rattled by Trump’s election, it is now seeking to position itself as the most loyal ally of what will be the most reactionary administration in US history.
By Laurent Lafrance, 9 December 2016
Although CUPW’s sellout of the postal workers’ struggle has emboldened the government to go on the offensive, Fightback has hailed its president as a “friend” and “comrade.”
By Roger Jordan, 6 December 2016
After Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr threatened to deploy the army against pipeline protesters, Green Party leader Elizabeth May sprang to his defence.
By Roger Jordan, 3 December 2016
The media has lauded Trudeau for his “bold” pipeline decision, urging him to show similar “leadership” in forcing through even more unpopular big business measures.
By Roger Jordan, 30 November 2016
The Canadian Labour Congress’ opposition to Bill C-27 is a sham.
28 November 2016
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 November 2016
Canada’s elite is determined to deepen collaboration with Washington as it pursues, under the most right-wing administration in US history, confrontation with its main rivals.
By Roger Jordan and Carl Bronski, 19 November 2016
Unifor’s imposition of another round of concessions contracts underscores the urgency of autoworkers repudiating its nationalist, pro-company perspective and building new organizations of struggle.
By Roger Jordan, 17 November 2016
The Trudeau government is hoping to woo international investors with the promise of long-term profits extracted from workers through user fees and tolls on public infrastructure.
By Laurent Lafrance, 16 November 2016
Canada’s defence minister travelled to Mali and Senegal last week to finalize plans for Canada to join French-led counter-insurgency operations in France’s former African colonies.
By Roger Jordan, 11 November 2016
Canada’s purportedly “progressive” Liberal government has rushed to partner with what will be the most right-wing administration in US history.
By Roger Jordan, 10 November 2016
The Federal Court criticized Canada’s premier spy agency for lying about its retention and use of metadata from persons not considered security threats.
By Carl Bronski, 8 November 2016
Fearful that the Integram strike would cut into the profits of the Detroit Three and galvanize opposition to the low-wage two-tier system, Unifor went into overdrive to shut it down.
By Janet Browning, 8 November 2016
The government is intent on making the population pay for the environmentally destructive, highly speculative dam project through electricity-rate hikes and social spending cuts.
By Roger Jordan, 7 November 2016
If the strike remains under Unifor’s control, it will inevitably be isolated and betrayed.
By Roger Jordan, 5 November 2016
Moves to privatize Canada’s eight largest airports are already well advanced.
Reject Ford Canada-Unifor sellout agreement
By Roger Jordan, 5 November 2016
Ford Canada workers should combine a “no” vote on the concessions deal with an urgent appeal to autoworkers in the US and Mexico for a united struggle against the auto bosses and their union accomplices.
By Laurent Lafrance, 4 November 2016
Of the candidates vying for PQ leader, the winner, Jean-François Lisée, is the most closely identified with the PQ’s support for austerity and promotion of chauvinism.
By Roger Jordan, 3 November 2016
Unifor works with the auto bosses to ensure their Canadian operations are “globally competitive,” while collaborating with the big business Liberals in pursuing austerity and war.
2 November 2016
By Carl Bronski, 1 November 2016
Unifor leaders acknowledged there are “bad things” in the proposed deal with Ford and elements they “don’t like,” but refused to say anything more about them.
By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 29 October 2016
Under the ostensibly “refugee friendly” Trudeau government, the Canada Border Services Agency is continuing to incarcerate children in prison-like conditions in violation of international law.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 October 2016
Whether or not the deal is ultimately ratified, the conflicts over CETA have again starkly exposed the advanced state of decomposition of the European Union.
By Carl Bronski, 27 October 2016
In advance of the approaching contract deadline at Ford, Unifor President Jerry Dias is defending the sellout agreements imposed at General Motors and Fiat Chrysler.
By Roger Jordan, 25 October 2016
Big business representatives are applauding Unifor for giving up newly-hired autoworkers’ right to a guaranteed pension and are calling for this to become a new Canada-wide standard.
By Dylan Lubao, 25 October 2016
Jerry White addressed audiences of students and workers in Canada’s largest city on the need to build a global, working class-led movement against war.
By Laurent Lafrance, 24 October 2016
Under the guise of promoting peace and fighting “Islamist terror,” Canadian imperialism is preparing to advance its growing economic and geopolitical interests in Africa.
By Janet Browning, 24 October 2016
The Liberals have cut public sector jobs, hiked taxes, and slashed public services after plummeting oil prices blew a hole in the province’s budget.
By our reporters, 22 October 2016
Jerry White spoke to Ford Canada workers at the Oakville assembly plant, the center of opposition to the concessions agreement being pushed by the auto union, Unifor.
By Roger Jordan, 20 October 2016
Coming just weeks after the Flint sit-down strike, the 1937 strike at GM’s Oshawa facilities contains pivotal lessons for autoworkers fighting to defend their jobs and rights against the Detroit Three and the Unifor bureaucracy.
18 October 2016
White’s campaign is directed at mobilizing workers in the US, Canada and around the world against war and social inequality and the capitalist system in which they are rooted.
By Carl Bronski, 17 October 2016
The large “no” vote for a concessionary agreement Unifor is touting as the best in years indicates mounting opposition not just to its terms, but to the pro-company Unifor.
“How can you have a fair election if you don’t have the full information?”
By a reporting team, 15 October 2016
A Word Socialist Web Site Newsletter reporting team encountered strong opposition to the tentative contract deal between Unifor and Fiat Chrysler, based on the scant details released by the union.
Vote “No” on FCA-Unifor sellout deal
By Roger Jordan, 15 October 2016
If the latest concessions deal is to be defeated, everything depends on the independent initiative of FCA workers.
By Roger Jordan, 14 October 2016
FCA workers must reject the attempt to stampede them into another rotten concessions agreement and assert their democratic right to see the proposed contract in full.
“It’s not a union anymore, it’s a business”
By our reporters, 13 October 2016
Canadian autoworkers reacted strongly to the announcement of a concession-laden deal Tuesday between Unifor and Fiat Chrysler.
By Roger Jordan, 12 October 2016
Canada’s security agencies developed their own rendition-type program to circumvent the prohibitions on detention without charge and torture.
Form rank-and-file committees to unite workers in the US and Canada
By Carl Bronski, 12 October 2016
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter calls on Fiat-Chrysler workers in Canada to reject the sell-out agreement and form rank-and-file factory committees to mobilize autoworkers north and south of the border.
By Roger Jordan, 11 October 2016
Unifor announced just before midnight Monday it had reached a rotten concessions agreement with Fiat-Chrysler modelled on the contract that it recently rammed through at GM.
As autoworkers mobilize against concession demands
By Carl Bronski, 8 October 2016
Militant opposition to the miserable GM pattern settlement is growing at Fiat Chrysler and Ford Canada auto plants.
By Roger Jordan, 7 October 2016
A successful autoworker counter-offensive requires not only a political and organizational break with the pro-company Unifor, but a political struggle against the entire ruling class and their political hirelings.
By Carl Bronski, 5 October 2016
Fearing mass rank-and-file opposition to the rotten “pattern” agreement Unifor reached at GM Canada, the local leadership at Ford’s Oakville assembly plant now claim to oppose it.
“If they bring back the same contract as GM we are going to reject it”
By Carl Bronski, 4 October 2016
Unifor’s bargaining team at Fiat-Chrysler in Canada is putting the finishing touches on the “pattern” agreement initially negotiated at GM late last month.
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White visits Windsor
By a WSWS reporting team, 4 October 2016
FCA Canada workers warmly greeted White and stopped to discuss their contract battle as well as the broader political questions raised by the US elections.
By Carl Bronski, 29 September 2016
Workers at Canadian plants operated by the Detroit Three auto companies spoke to the WSWS Autoworkers Newsletter of their opposition to contract concessions and the pro-company policies of Unifor.
By Laurent Lafrance, 28 September 2016
Despite making a public show of criticizing the task force’s call for further cuts in service and attacks on workers’ rights, CUPW bears political responsibility for the reactionary report.
Unifor’s big lie exposed
By Carl Bronski, 27 September 2016
A minister has let slip that Unifor’s much-trumpeted investment “guarantees” at General Motors Canada—“guarantees” it “won” through further concessions—are not a done deal.
Unifor president jeered by hundreds at Oshawa meeting
By Carl Bronski, 26 September 2016
Having rammed through a concessionary 4-year “pattern agreement” at GM, Unifor will now try to impose it on workers employed at Ford’s and Fiat-Chrysler’s Canadian operations.
By our reporters, 26 September 2016
Workers at the ratification vote decried the union’s refusal to release the full contract and its collusion with GM management.
22 September 2016
White’s campaign is directed at mobilizing workers in the US, Canada, and around the world against war and social inequality and the capitalist system in which they are rooted.
Demand release of full details and two weeks to vote
By Carl Bronski, 21 September 2016
Unifor is trying to rush through a sell-out agreement before GM Canada workers have a chance to study the full details of the still uncompleted deal.
By Roger Jordan, 20 September 2016
Past promises of “job security,” along with union-backed concessions, have done nothing to stop the destruction of jobs.
By our reporters, 20 September 2016
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White visited the Fiat Chrysler plant in Windsor, Canada to fight for the unity of autoworkers on both sides of the border.
By Carl Bronski, 19 September 2016
The aim of the automaker and Unifor is to use the threat of job losses to push through another corporate-friendly agreement to set the pattern at Ford and Fiat-Chrysler.
By Roger Jordan, 17 September 2016
The Liberals’ Green Paper on Bill C-51 offers a full-throated endorsement of the intelligence agencies, while hinting at even more repressive powers to come.
By Carl Bronski, 15 September 2016
In remarks to the press, UAW President Dennis Williams refused to commit to any specific solidarity action in the event of a strike by autoworkers in Canada.
A socialist-internationalist strategy for Canadian Detroit Three workers
By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 15 September 2016
To prevent Unifor from sabotaging their struggle, auto workers must build new organizations of struggle, democratically controlled by the rank-and-file.
By Dylan Lubao, 13 September 2016
Plans to upgrade the country’s offensive cyberwarfare capabilities are part of broader moves to expand the firepower and global footprint of Canada’s military.
By Janet Browning, 12 September 2016
Alberta’s NDP government has endorsed the Prosecution Service’s decision not to charge the Calgary cop who killed an unarmed man in psychological distress in March 2015.
By Roger Jordan, 9 September 2016
Socialist Project is promoting an article by a former US State Department official that advocates a Kurdish state in northern Iraq because it would advance “America’s national interest.”
By Carl Bronski, 8 September 2016
The selection of GM is a signal to the Detroit automakers that Unifor is set to negotiate deals that attack the wages and benefits of autoworkers and bolster corporate profits.
By Roger Jordan, 8 September 2016
The Canadian prime minister stressed Ottawa’s desire to “reset” relations with Beijing and avoided talking publicly about the mounting tensions between US imperialism and China.
By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 6 September 2016
The inquiry is part of the Liberals’ native “reconciliation” agenda, which aims to “reconcile” the impoverished indigenous population to Canadian capitalism by cultivating a privileged First Nations elite.
“It’s our turn to reap some of the rewards of record profits”
By Carl Bronski, 31 August 2016
Voter turnout at many of the union locals was extremely high, reflecting a determined mood of militancy, but the Unifor union has no intention of waging a serious struggle.
By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 30 August 2016
The CUPW has consistently refused to mobilize resistance to the massive concessions demanded by the federal government-owned Canada Post.
By Roger Jordan, 27 August 2016
Unifor President Jerry Dias lauded the actions of the pro-austerity, pro-war Trudeau government as “a pinnacle start for working people.”
By Dylan Lubao, 23 August 2016
The political elite and corporate media are scapegoating Chinese investors for skyrocketing house prices caused by rampant speculation and the failure to invest in social housing.
By Roger Jordan, 20 August 2016
The account of the taxi driver at the scene when Aaron Driver was killed and the autopsy of his corpse strongly suggest the 24-year-old was summarily executed by police.
By Roger Jordan, 16 August 2016
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed that Canada will soon announce a major military intervention of “long-duration” in one or more African countries.
By Carl Bronski, 13 August 2016
Leading Unifor officials were effusive in their praise for Detroit Three management, demonstrating again their utter servility to corporate bosses.
By Roger Jordan, 13 August 2016
Wednesday’s lethal police-military operation raises troubling questions, including whether police summarily executed the suspect, Aaron Driver, after he was injured.
By Laurent Lafrance, 10 August 2016
The conditions facing the hunger strikers make a mockery of the Trudeau Liberals’ claims to be heading a “refugee-friendly,” “progressive” government.
By Janet Browning, 5 August 2016
The economic slump brought on by the oil price collapse has increased poverty rates, food insecurity and homelessness.
By Roger Jordan, 1 August 2016
A BC judge has ruled a high-profile terrorism case was in fact “a clear case of police manufactured crime.”
By Laurent Lafrance, 27 July 2016
The postal workers’ union is thwarting any job action against Canada Post’s sweeping concession demands and promoting the big business Liberal government’s postal review.
By Carl Bronski, 26 July 2016
With labour agreements covering 23,500 Canadian autoworkers expiring on September 19, Unifor and the Big Three are preparing to exchange proposals for a new four-year deal.
By Roger Jordan, 21 July 2016
Canada’s defense minister and top military commander say the Liberal government will soon send troops to Africa.
By Roger Jordan, 15 July 2016
During a two-day visit, Trudeau signed a free trade agreement with the Poroshenko government and signaled support for it “reclaiming territory” through war.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 9 July 2016
While most of the establishment has deplored the vote by the UK to leave the EU, the pro-Quebec independence PQ and some Conservatives have hailed the assertion of “national sovereignty.”
By Roger Jordan, 7 July 2016
While Canada Post is pressing for sweeping concessions, the union, CUPW is seeking to isolate the workers and thwart strike action.
By Roger Jordan, 2 July 2016
The deployment was announced less than 24 hours after President Obama called on Canada to play a greater role in NATO and spend more on its military.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 30 June 2016
Obama took a direct swipe at China, warning that if the three North American countries did not act together, other countries in Asia would write the rules of global trade.
By Laurent Lafrance, 29 June 2016
Like the Conservatives, the Liberals are determined to cover up for the war crimes of the military which they view as vital for asserting the global interests of Canadian capitalism.
By Roger Jordan, 25 June 2016
Lest Mulroney’s listeners were in any doubt about the meaning of his declaration that Canada must be ready to “fight,” he invoked Canada’s role as a major belligerent in World War II.
By Roger Jordan, 23 June 2016
CUPW’s opposition to a genuine struggle against concessions and in defence of public services is demonstrated by its fulsome praise for the Liberal government and its Canada Post “review.”
By Carl Bronski, 22 June 2016
As in the US, the Detroit automakers and the Canadian unions are using the threat of plant closings to ram through concessionary contracts.
By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 21 June 2016
Serious concerns exist about the threat to public health from the large quantities of toxic waste created by the massive wildfire.
By Roger Jordan, 20 June 2016
The oversight committee will provide a “democratic” fig leaf for Canada’s national security apparatus, which in the name of fighting terrorism has been given police-state powers.
By Roger Jordan, 16 June 2016
Canada is expected to become the fourth “core” contributor to a NATO force to be deployed to the Baltic states and Eastern Europe with the aim of provoking Russia.
By Carl Bronski, 15 June 2016
Faced with company threats to further slash auto production in Canada, Unifor is signaling its readiness to impose concession-filled contracts to fatten shareholder profits.
By Roger Jordan, 11 June 2016
The Bank of Canada is warning that housing prices in Toronto and Vancouver are unsustainable.
By Roger Jordan, 7 June 2016
Canada’s media and opposition parties seized on the Chinese foreign minister’s dressing down of a Canadian journalist to press for a harder line against Beijing.