Canada

Canada scrambles to keep privileged ties with Trump-led America

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.

Newfoundland fishers consider disaffiliating from Unifor

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.

Canadian Afghan war veteran commits suicide after killing family

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.

Ten years of Québec Solidaire: The record of a pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist party

Part two

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.

Ten years of Québec Solidaire: The record of a pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist party

Part one

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.

Quebec union leader heads new right-wing populist party

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.”

Québec Solidaire makes new overtures to big business PQ

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.

Canada’s top spy “watchdog” says Edward Snowden should be shot

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.

Biden visits Ottawa to promote Canada-US alliance

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.

Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback covers up CUPW betrayal of postal workers

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.”

Canada’s Liberal government stands by plan to use military against pipeline protests

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.

Canadian elite applauds Liberals’ pipeline approval, demands Trudeau show more “steel”

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.

Canada’s Liberal government boosts employer assault on pensions

By Roger Jordan, 30 November 2016

The Canadian Labour Congress’ opposition to Bill C-27 is a sham.

110 Attack on pensions in Canada

28 November 2016

Canada must be inside Trump’s “walls,” declares voice of financial elite

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.

The lessons of the Canadian autoworkers’ contract struggle

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.

Canadian PM urges global financial elite to join privatization drive

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.

Canada’s plans to wage war in Africa take shape

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.

Rattled by Trump victory, Canada offers to renegotiate NAFTA

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.

Canadian spy agency concealed mass data intelligence-bank from courts

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.

Canada: Unifor scuttles strike at Integram Seating plant in matter of hours

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.

Newfoundland pushes ahead with Muskrat Falls project amid mass protests

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.

Auto parts workers launch strike at Integram facility in Windsor, Ontario

By Roger Jordan, 7 November 2016

If the strike remains under Unifor’s control, it will inevitably be isolated and betrayed.

Canada’s Liberal government outlines privatization plans

By Roger Jordan, 5 November 2016

Moves to privatize Canada’s eight largest airports are already well advanced.

Reject Ford Canada-Unifor sellout agreement

For a counteroffensive of North American autoworkers against wage and job cuts

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.

Parti Québécois selects third leader in three years

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.

Unifor promotes concession contracts and big business Liberals

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.

080 PQ selection of a new party leader

2 November 2016

Unifor announces sell-out agreement with Ford Canada

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.

Report documents Canadian government’s systematic abuse of immigrant and refugee children

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.

EU crisis deepens as trade deal with Canada stalls

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.

Unifor prepares pattern sellout for Ford Canada workers

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.

Unifor’s Detroit Three “pattern” pact and the ruling class assault on pensions

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.

SEP presidential candidate speaks in Toronto on struggle against war

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.

Canada to partner with France in waging war in Africa

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.

Liberals impose austerity in Newfoundland and Labrador

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.

SEP presidential candidate speaks to Ford workers in Toronto

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.

1937: When Canadian and US autoworkers fought together

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.

US SEP Presidential Candidate Jerry White to speak at two meetings in Toronto this week

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.

Unifor rams through another sellout deal at Fiat-Chrysler

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?”

Windsor Fiat Chrysler workers denounce Unifor sellout deal

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

Build rank-and-file committees to resist company-union concessions

By Roger Jordan, 15 October 2016

If the latest concessions deal is to be defeated, everything depends on the independent initiative of FCA workers.

Fiat-Chrysler workers must demand to see Unifor-FCA sellout deal in full

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”

Canadian autoworkers react to Fiat Chrysler sellout

By our reporters, 13 October 2016

Canadian autoworkers reacted strongly to the announcement of a concession-laden deal Tuesday between Unifor and Fiat Chrysler.

New revelations detail Canada’s complicity in torture

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

Vote “no” on the Unifor-FCA agreement!

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.

Unifor thwarts strike by Canadian Fiat-Chrysler autoworkers

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

Unifor President Dias attempts to “whipsaw” Canadian auto plants

By Carl Bronski, 8 October 2016

Militant opposition to the miserable GM pattern settlement is growing at Fiat Chrysler and Ford Canada auto plants.

Political lessons from the Canadian auto “bailout”

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.

Opposition grows to GM Canada pattern contract

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”

Unifor sets stage for Fiat-Chrysler sellout

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

Growing opposition from Canadian autoworkers to Unifor-backed sellout contracts

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.

Canadian autoworkers denounce contract sellout

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.

Liberals’ Canada Post review lays basis for massive assault on postal workers

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

Ontario Liberal government reveals GM investments are not finalized

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

GM Canada workers narrowly approve sellout deal

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.

GM autoworkers denounce Unifor at ratification meeting

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.

US SEP Presidential Candidate Jerry White to speak in Montreal this Saturday

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

Contract “framework” at GM Canada continues attack on autoworkers

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.

Unifor blocks strike at GM Canada

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.

SEP presidential candidate speaks with Canadian autoworkers about contract battle

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.

Strike deadline looms at GM Canada

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.

Canada’s Liberals defend “war on terror,” spy agencies in Bill C-51 consultation

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.

UAW balks at solidarity action as Canadian auto talks continue

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.

For a counteroffensive against the auto bosses!

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.

Calls for Canada to develop cyberwar capabilities

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.

Alberta government backs decision not to charge cop who killed unarmed man

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.

Canada’s pseudo-left Socialist Project propagandizes for US imperialism in Iraq

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.”

Unifor selects General Motors Canada as pattern bargaining target

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.

Trudeau attempts balancing act in eight-day China visit

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.

Canada’s Liberals launch inquiry into “missing and murdered indigenous women”

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”

Canadian autoworkers overwhelmingly approve strike action

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.

Despite Canada Post’s provocations, postal union opposes strike action

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.

Trudeau given hero’s welcome by Unifor bureaucrats

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.”

British Columbia Liberals impose anti-Chinese property transfer tax

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.

Mounting evidence Canadian police summarily executed terror suspect

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.

Canada’s defence minister tours Africa to lay groundwork for military intervention

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.

As Canadian auto talks begin, Unifor promotes nationalism and corporatism

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.

Terror suspect killed in Canadian police-military operation

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.

Canada: Refugees mount hunger strike to protest indefinite detention

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.

Hardship grows in Alberta as oil industry contracts

By Janet Browning, 5 August 2016

The economic slump brought on by the oil price collapse has increased poverty rates, food insecurity and homelessness.

Canadian police “manufactured” terror plot to ensnare couple

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.”

CUPW blocks strike action; touts plans to boost Canada Post’s profits

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.

Unifor and Detroit Three use job threats to beat back demands of Canadian autoworkers

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.

Canada to wage war in Africa

By Roger Jordan, 21 July 2016

Canada’s defense minister and top military commander say the Liberal government will soon send troops to Africa.

Trudeau bolsters Canadian support for Ukraine’s far-right regime

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.

Canada’s elite rattled by Brexit vote

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.”

Canada Post moves to lock out 50,000 workers

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.

Canada to jointly lead NATO’s new “advanced force” against Russia

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.

North American summit dominated by Brexit fallout and geopolitical rivalries

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.

Trudeau blocks inquiry into Canada’s role in torture of Afghan detainees

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.

Ex-PM Mulroney urges Canada to prepare for war

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.

Canada Post preparing to lock out 50,000 workers

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.”

Canadian autoworkers face fight against threatened plant closings

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.

Fort McMurray residents return to badly damaged city

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.

Canadian government tables bill for parliamentary “oversight” of spy agencies

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.

Canada’s elite urges Liberal government to deploy troops to Eastern Europe

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.

Canada: Unifor prepares to cede further concessions to Detroit Three automakers

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.

Canadian economy faces sharpest quarterly contraction since financial crisis

By Roger Jordan, 11 June 2016

The Bank of Canada is warning that housing prices in Toronto and Vancouver are unsustainable.

Canada’s ruling elite uses diplomatic flap to caution Trudeau over China

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.