Canada – 2011 Federal Elections

Harper government to criminalize Canadian Pacific railway strike

By Carl Bronski, 16 February 2015

Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce legislation today outlawing a two-day-old strike by 3,300 CP Rail workers.

Canadian prime minister praises troops as military clashes escalate in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 2 February 2015

The growing involvement of Canada’s armed forces in ground combat makes a mockery of the government’s claim that the deployment in Iraq is purely a training and assistance mission.

Media magnate Péladeau seeks Parti Québécois leadership

By Laurent Lafrance, 20 January 2015

Presenting himself as the “sovereignty candidate,” Péladeau is focusing his campaign around the claim that independence is the best vehicle for the Quebec ruling class to enrich itself.

Canada: Growing evidence Conservatives illegally suppressed vote in 2011 federal election

By Carl Bronski, 6 June 2013

A Federal Court judge has found that a nationwide voter suppression campaign was initiated from the Conservative Party’s central database during the 2011 federal election.

Canada on the brink of mass social struggles

By Keith Jones, 5 May 2011

By propelling Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party to a majority government in the May 2nd elections, the Canadian ruling elite has revealed that its aim is to force workers back to conditions of class oppression not seen throughout most of the twentieth century.

Canadian elections set stage for intensified class conflict

By Keith Jones, 4 May 2011

Canada’s federal election produced a stunning political realignment that portends a rapid intensification of class conflict.

Canada’s Globe endorses Conservatives, lauds Harper’s “bullheadedness”

By Keith Jones, 29 April 2011

A recent Globe and Mail editorial praises the Harper government’s readiness to disregard and defy public opinion and run roughshod over parliamentary norms and democratic rights.

Canadian Elections:

“Surge” in support for social-democratic NDP changes campaign dynamic

By Keith Jones, 28 April 2011

According to opinion polls, support for Canada’s social-democratic party has surged in recent weeks. The New Democratic Party is now poised to win a more than 25 percent share of the popular vote in next Monday’s election and possibly displace the Liberals as the second largest party in parliament.

Canada: NDP leader Layton concedes he has no substantive differences with big business Liberals

By Carl Bronski and Keith Jones, 21 April 2011

In an interview aired Monday evening, Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party, was unable to point to any major policy differences between his trade union-supported, social democratic party and the Liberals.

NDP platform mimics Liberal “Red Book”

By a WSWS reporter, 21 April 2011

Perusal of the NDP platform for the May 2 federal election confirms NDP leader Jack Layton’s admission that there are no substantive differences between the policies of his trade union-backed, social-democratic party and those of the big business Liberals

Canadian election leaders’ debates: A smokescreen for intensified class war

By Richard Dufour, 19 April 2011

As was to be expected, last week’s federal election debates between the leaders of the Conservative, Liberal, Bloc Quebecois, and New Democratic Parties gave short shrift to the real and mounting problems that working people confront.

Canadian elections: Deafening silence on Libyan and Afghan wars exemplifies all-party support

By Keith Jones, 7 April 2011

Canada’s federal election campaign is now almost two weeks old, yet the fact that the country is involved in two wars has merited no substantive comment from the party leaders, let alone given rise to any debate between them.

Canadian Labour Congress was ready to support Conservative austerity budget

By Carl Bronski, 30 March 2011

Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti initially called on the social-democratic NDP to support the austerity budget the Conservatives tabled in parliament last week.

Canada’s Conservatives lose confidence vote, triggering May election

By Keith Jones, 26 March 2011

Canada’s minority Conservative government officially lost parliament’s support Friday when MPs from all three opposition parties supported a Liberal motion declaring “non-confidence” in the government.

Canada’s Conservative government almost certain to fall, triggering May election

By Keith Jones, 24 March 2011

After delivering an austerity budget Tuesday that was quickly rejected by all three opposition parties, Canada’s minority Conservative government faces imminent defeat in parliament, possibly as early as today.

Canada joins imperialist assault on Libya

By Keith Jones, 22 March 2011

Canada’s entire political establishment, including the trade union-sponsored New Democratic Party, has rallied round the Conservative government’s decision to order the Canadian Armed Forces to wage war on Libya, alongside US, French, and British forces.

Canada’s union-backed NDP angling for budget deal with Conservatives

By Keith Jones, 26 February 2011

Canada’s social democratic party is offering to support the coming Conservative budget—a budget that will implement yet another round of corporate tax cuts and that is meant to initiate the government’s post-recession turn to “austerity” measures.

Canada’s political elite wages phony war over corporate taxes

By Keith Jones, 5 February 2011

As the Harper administration prepares an austerity budget, Ottawa is once again abuzz with speculation that the government could fall, precipitating a spring election.

One year since Canada’s constitutional coup

By Keith Jones, 4 December 2009

One year ago today, Canada’s minority Conservative government in conjunction with the un-elected governor-general shut down parliament for two months so as to prevent the opposition parties from defeating the government.

Canada’s constitutional coup: A warning to the working class

5 December 2008

In a flagrant attack on parliamentary norms and democratic rights, Canada’s minority Conservative government, in conjunction with the unelected governor-general, has shut down the country’s national parliament in order to prevent the opposition parties from ousting the government in a non-confidence vote scheduled for Monday.