The Canadian Elections

As the federal election campaign concludes

Canadian workers must prepare for convulsive struggles

By Keith Jones, 21 October 2019

The actions of the incoming government will be determined not by its bogus election promises, but by the needs of Canada’s ruling class under conditions of economic crisis, great-power conflict and mounting working-class opposition.

Canada’s unions spending millions to re-elect Trudeau’s pro-war, pro-austerity Liberals

By Roger Jordan, 19 October 2019

The unions are presenting the Conservatives as a singular threat to working people, so as to drum up votes for the big business Liberals.

Right-wing populist Doug Ford wins Ontario’s election

By Keith Jones, 9 June 2018

Ontario’s Ford-led Conservative government will quickly come into headlong conflict with the working class, as the ruling elite uses it to push politics across Canada far to the right.

Toronto Star endorses NDP-led government in Ontario

By Keith Jones, 5 June 2018

The Star’s endorsement signals that an important faction of Canada’s ruling elite now believes an NDP-led Ontario government will be the best means to suppress the class struggle, while boosting the “competitiveness” of big business.

Naomi Klein promotes pro-war, pro-austerity NDP as antidote to populist far-right

By Roger Jordan, 1 June 2018

Under conditions of a global resurgence of the class struggle, Klein has intervened in the Ontario election campaign to try to refurbish the NDP’s tattered “left” credentials and resuscitate illusions in the failed national-reformist perspective.

Ontario Liberals face electoral oblivion in June 7 provincial vote

By Roger Jordan, 19 May 2018

The right-wing populist Doug Ford has, thus far, been the principal beneficiary of the popular anger against Ontario’s trade union-backed, big business Liberal government.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Canada’s parties united in urging military spending hike

By Roger Jordan, 26 September 2015

Canada’s political establishment is united in supporting the expansion of Canada’s military so it can continue to serve as a major Pentagon partner.

Canada’s party leaders tout rival right-wing programs in election debate

By Roger Jordan, 21 September 2015

Even many media pundits have conceded last Thursday’s debate only served to highlight just how narrow are the differences between the big business Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP.

Bloc Quebecois hails Canada’s role in Mideast war

By Keith Jones, 18 September 2015

The pro-Quebec independence Bloc Québécois is trumpeting its support for Canada’s role in the latest Mideast war, as it seeks to muster votes for the October 19 federal election.

Canada’s NDP attacks Liberal deficit spending plan from the right

By Dylan Lubao, 15 September 2015

The trade union-backed NDP is denouncing the Liberals’ plan to finance infrastructure projects through deficit spending as “fiscally irresponsible.”

Harper government making pro forma complaints over jailing of Egyptian-Canadian journalist

By Dylan Lubao, 8 September 2015

A strong supporter of Egypt’s authoritarian government, Canada has only made muted appeals for the release of Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy.

Death of Syrian infant exposes Canadian complicity in refugee crisis

By Keith Jones, 5 September 2015

The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper rebuffed efforts by a woman living in Vancouver to rescue her Syrian relatives, including three-year-old Alan Kurdi.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the pseudo-left, and the “Anybody but Harper” campaign

By Roger Jordan, 31 August 2015

CUPW President Mike Palecek is helping lead the unions’ campaign to replace the Conservatives with a government formed by the pro-austerity NDP and/or Liberals.

Canada’s NDP pledges balanced budget, signals support for bigger military

By Roger Jordan, 27 August 2015

NDP leader Mulcair has responded to mounting economic turbulence by reaffirming his party’s commitment to “fiscal responsibility.”

Canada’s NDP leader applauds Thatcher’s legacy

By Roger Jordan, 21 August 2015

Mulcair’s praise for the former British Prime Minister is a damning indictment of the trade unions and pseudo-left forces who claim that the NDP offers a progressive alternative.

Canada’s New Democrats seek to bolster right-wing economic credentials

By Roger Jordan, 19 August 2015

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair reinforced his party’s commitment to big business as he unveiled the party’s candidate to challenge the Conservatives in upcoming elections.

Canadian prime minister proposes ban on travel to areas under “terrorist” control

By Roger Jordan, 17 August 2015

Harper seeks to exploit the threat of terrorism to undermine democratic rights within Canada and step up Ottawa’s military interventions around the world.

Canada’s NDP promises “change” and continued austerity

By Roger Jordan, 7 August 2015

The NDP is making vague promises of “change” to working people, while reassuring big business that it will keep taxes low and balance the budget.

Harper formally launches Canada’s federal election campaign

By Keith Jones and Roger Jordan, 3 August 2015

Harper used his first campaign speech to serve notice he will run a hard-right campaign, highlighting his government’s austerity record and its aggressive foreign policy.

Canada: Unions join Liberals, NDP in “Anybody but Conservative” campaign

By Dylan Lubao and Roger Jordan, 23 July 2015

The collaboration between high-level NDP, Liberal and trade union operatives highlights the preparations for a possible coalition government after this October’s federal election.

Canada’s police-state bill passes final parliamentary hurdle

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 10 June 2015

Bill C-51 dramatically expands the power of the national security apparatus to spy on and suppress opposition to the elite and its agenda of austerity and war.

Canada’s NDP pledges to “partner” with business as its poll numbers jump

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 29 May 2015

Should the NDP form Canada’s next government, it will uphold the interests of the Canadian bourgeoisie no less ruthlessly than the Conservatives or Liberals.