By Roger Jordan, 7 December 2019
The initial actions of the new government underscore that Trudeau’s second term will be characterized by a further turn to the right on foreign and domestic policy, and an intensified reliance on the unions and NDP for “progressive” cover.
By our reporters, 6 December 2019
Wednesday’s province-wide high school teachers’ strike won widespread support from parents, students and other working people.
By Roger Jordan, 4 December 2019
More than 60,000 Ontario high school teachers will walk off the job today in opposition to the sweeping cuts the provincial Conservative government is making to education and their terms of employment.
By Carl Bronski, 3 December 2019
Unifor officials feigned shock over the arbitrator’s decision. But time and again the union has imposed concessions in exchange for “ironclad” job guarantees that quickly proved worthless.
By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 30 November 2019
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has rebuked the Liberal government for its refusal to compensate poor indigenous children and their families for discriminatory and neglectful treatment.
By Keith Jones, 27 November 2019
Everything suggests the union abandoned all, or at least most, of the CN Rail workers’ key demands in their rush to shut down the strike and avert a confrontation with the federal Liberal government.
As corporate Canada calls for strike-breaking legislation
By Carl Bronski, 22 November 2019
Demands have been made from all quarters of the corporate elite for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to quickly bring in back-to-work legislation criminalizing the four-day-old strike.
By Roger Jordan, 20 November 2019
Workers, who have been without a contract since July, are protesting against dangerous working conditions and long shifts, which have led to high levels of fatigue.
By Carl Bronski, 19 November 2019
Governments across Canada have initiated a new austerity wave, targeting public services and the jobs and wages of the workers who administer them.
By Roger Jordan, 15 November 2019
Canada’s union-backed, ostensibly “progressive” Liberal government is once again assisting Washington in ousting a Latin American government deemed insufficiently pliant to imperialist interests.
Remembrance Day and Rearmament:
By Carl Bronski, 14 November 2019
Don Cherry, the long-time intermission commentator on the iconic “Hockey Night in Canada” television broadcast, was fired Monday after delivering the latest in a decades-long string of right-wing, xenophobic rants.
By Roger Jordan, 12 November 2019
The Alberta MP’s offer to join Trudeau’s cabinet was in keeping with the entire NDP election campaign, which was directed towards forming a governmental alliance with the big-business Liberals.
By Jake Silver and Roger Jordan, 9 November 2019
The virtually unanimous strike vote by teachers reflects the depth of opposition to the government’s austerity agenda and is part of a growing upsurge of the class struggle internationally.
Unifor’s attempt to impose concessions contracts on Saskatchewan workers meeting widespread opposition
By Carl Bronski, 4 November 2019
On learning that Unifor had accepted a two-year wage freeze in order to scuttle a 17-day strike, Saskatchewan Crown corporation workers denounced the union leadership from the floor of ratification meetings.
By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 31 October 2019
The maiden budget of Alberta’s right-wing populist United Conservative Party government makes devastating across-the-board public spending cuts.
By Roger Jordan, 30 October 2019
Fightback has lavishly praised the sellout agreement that CUPE is seeking to impose on 55,000 Ontario school support staff, after scuttling a threatened strike.
By Keith Jones, 24 October 2019
The social-democratic politicians and their union allies intend to prop up the pro-austerity, pro-war Liberals under the guise of providing Canadians with “progressive” government.
By Carl Bronski, 24 October 2019
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has threatened rank-and-file workers with criminal charges if details of a spending scandal were further publicized.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 22 October 2019
The election results revealed, in distorted form, the mounting alienation of the vast majority of the population from the political establishment, which is moving ever further right.
As the federal election campaign concludes
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.
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.
By Louis Girard, 18 October 2019
The Bloc’s enthusiasm for the chauvinist, anti-worker policies of Quebec’s right-wing nationalist CAQ government exposes the monumental fraud of its claim to be the only party that stands for Quebeckers in the current election.
By Roger Jordan, 17 October 2019
A tacit all-party agreement to black out discussion of Canada’s rearmament and involvement in US strategic offensives around the world has been in effect throughout the campaign for the October 21 federal election.
By Keith Jones, 16 October 2019
Excluded from the official campaign has been any substantive discussion of the critical issues confronting working people—mounting economic insecurity and social inequality, the assault on democratic rights, rearmament and the threat of war.
By Laurent Lafrance, 15 October 2019
The QFL’s promotion of the Conservative Scheer attests to the trade union bureaucracy’s readiness to collaborate with the most right-wing forces.
By Roger Jordan, 14 October 2019
Canada’s social democrats are full-throated supporters of the Trudeau Liberal government’s plans to buy new fleets of warships and fighter jets.
By Roger Jordan, 12 October 2019
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s push for a de facto coalition with Trudeau’s Liberals is in keeping with the NDP’s traditions as a nationalist, pro-capitalist party allied with the union bureaucracy.
By Roger Jordan, 8 October 2019
CUPE has agreed to a sell-out contract that strengthens the hand of the Ford government as it presses forward with savage cuts to education, including dramatic class-size increases.
By Carl Bronski, 7 October 2019
The strike, involving workers at SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskWater, SaskEnergy, the Water Security Agency and two SaskTel subsidiaries, is the largest in Saskatchewan for decades.
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 5 October 2019
The Canadian Union of Public Employees and the teachers unions are terrified that a strike will result in a head-on clash with the hated Ford government and trigger a broader working-class challenge to the capitalist elite’s austerity agenda.
By Louis Girard, 3 October 2019
While the government is making an example of the crane operators with the aim of intimidating workers into bowing before the anti-strike laws, the unions are deafeningly silent.
By Roger Jordan, 1 October 2019
Black’s National Post op-ed sheds light on the real motives behind the feigned outrage within the political and media establishment over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “blackface” photos.
As US GM strike continues
By Carl Bronski, 30 September 2019
Over 6,000 Canadian auto assembly and parts workers have been temporarily laid off as a result of the ongoing strike by 48,000 American UAW members against GM.
By our reporters, 30 September 2019
The scale of Friday’s protest attests to mounting popular anger at the failure of the world’s corporate-controlled governments to address this social and ecological crisis.
By Penny Smith, 27 September 2019
The Ford government’s assault on legal aid is part of a broader austerity agenda targeting all working people, but especially the poorest and most vulnerable sections of the working class.
By Roger Jordan, 25 September 2019
To order, the MacKinnon taskforce has provided Alberta’s United Conservative Party government with a blueprint for massive social spending cuts and repressive measures to counter mass working-class opposition.
20 September 2019
The working class must oppose the Trudeau Liberal government. But it must do so from its own class standpoint and without becoming ensnared in the intrigues and provocations of the Liberals’ big-business political opponents.
By Carl Bronski, 19 September 2019
Bitterly opposed to mobilizing tens of thousands of Canadian and striking US autoworkers in support of Nemak workers, Unifor has handed the initiative back to the company and the state.
By Roger Jordan, 16 September 2019
The Trudeau government is a pro-austerity, pro-war government that must be implacably opposed by the working class. But in doing so, it must lend no support to the reactionary intrigues of the Tories and their media allies.
By Félix Gauthier and Richard Dufour, 14 September 2019
Fightback’s miserable apologetics for the union bureaucracy goes hand in hand with its promotion of Quebec nationalism.
As union prepares sell-out of their struggle
By Carl Bronski, 13 September 2019
A court ruling is expected as soon as Friday on an order demanding the taking down of picket lines at the parts plant where workers walked out last week in defence of jobs.
By Louis Girard, 13 September 2019
While governments at all levels incessantly declare that “there is no money” for hospitals, schools and public services, the Trudeau Liberal government is spending billions to modernize Canada’s military arsenal.
By Keith Jones, 12 September 2019
Whichever party or combination of parties forms Canada’s government after October 21, it will be a government of austerity, reaction and war.
By Roger Jordan, 11 September 2019
The unions are seeking to block a teachers strike, because they fear it could trigger a broader working-class challenge to the Ford government and the agenda of austerity.
By Carl Bronski, 6 September 2019
Unifor President Jerry Dias is again ramping up his anti-Mexican demagogy in an effort to divert the struggle by workers at parts maker Nemak who have blockaded the plant in an effort to defend their jobs.
By Louis Girard, 5 September 2019
The government’s regressive regulatory “reform” poses a serious threat to the safety of both the public and construction workers.
By Roger Jordan, 31 August 2019
The October 21 federal election campaign will not seriously address any of the pressing issues confronting the working class, as all of Canada's establishment parties lurch to the right.
By Laurent Lafrance, 28 August 2019
Until recently a senior NDP MP, Rankin has accepted a post that will see him provide a pseudo-democratic fig leaf for the activities of Canada’s spy agencies.
By Roger Jordan and Carl Bronski, 24 August 2019
Unifor is spearheading a massive union drive to keep the big business, pro-austerity, pro-war Trudeau Liberal government in power.
By Carl Bronski, 23 August 2019
The role of the teacher unions has been to hand the initiative to the Ford government, allowing the Tories to unveil a sweeping assault on teachers’ wages and working conditions without their organizing any meaningful opposition.
By Louis Girard, 20 August 2019
The more workers challenge austerity and social inequality, the more the ruling elite promotes Islamophobia and anti-immigrant chauvinism in an attempt to divide them and divert them from the struggle against crisis-ridden capitalism.
Report reveals damning evidence of Canadian government bid to block criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin
By Roger Jordan, 17 August 2019
The report presents a picture of a Who’s Who of the Canadian ruling elite working behind the scenes with the Prime Minister’s Office to shield one of the country’s most globally active corporations from criminal prosecution.
By Laurent Lafrance, 15 August 2019
The new Liberal law entrenches the key anti-democratic provisions of the Harper government’s Bill C-51 and grants Canada spy agencies even more draconian powers.
Canada’s ruling elite whipping up anti-China hysteria to pave way for repression, rearmament and war
By Roger Jordan, 10 August 2019
All the organs of Canadian bourgeois propaganda—government institutions, political parties and corporate media outlets—have united to cast Ottawa as a beleaguered David confronting a Chinese Goliath.
“We are in a war with social injustice that cannot be reversed without an uprising”
By Marcus Day, 9 August 2019
An autoworker at a supplier factory for GM’s Oshawa Assembly Plant in Canada, which is set to close later this year, spoke to the WSWS about last week’s wildcat strikes.
By Carl Bronski, 7 August 2019
The short strike was organized by rank-and-file workers independently of the pro-company Unifor union, which spent the day telling workers to get back to work.
By Laurent Lafrance, 5 August 2019
The United Steelworkers and Quebec Federation of Labour systematically isolated the ABI workers’ militant anti-concessions struggle after an 18-month lockout.
By Roger Jordan, 29 July 2019
After World War II, Canada became a haven for far-right Ukrainian nationalists who had collaborated with the Nazis, including in waging war on the Soviet Union and murdering Jews.
By Carl Bronski, 22 July 2019
The federal Conservative and Ontario Liberal governments handed $13.7 billion over to the auto bosses at General Motors and Chrysler, while extorting massive wage and benefit concessions from autoworkers.
By Roger Jordan, 20 July 2019
Trudeau’s theatrics notwithstanding, his government is an enthusiastic accomplice of Trump in implementing some of his administration’s most reactionary and belligerent policies.
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 18 July 2019
Drawing on the language used by Google to justify its censorship, the Trudeau government plans to dispense $600 million to media outlets deemed to be producing “authoritative content.”
By Jean LaChance, 17 July 2019
The USW is determined to isolate the forest workers and reach a rotten compromise with WFP management.
By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2019
The fight by nursing staff in Toledo, Ohio has important lessons for the overall fight in defense of healthcare as well as for autoworkers facing demands for more health givebacks.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 15 July 2019
To prevail in this fight, workers must break free of the trade unions and NDP, and unify their struggles in a global working-class counter-offensive against capitalist austerity and war.
By Roger Jordan, 13 July 2019
Discussions at the Ukraine Reform Conference focused on “affirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and security in the face of Russian aggression.”
18-month lockout at aluminum plant ends
By Laurent Lafrance, 11 July 2019
The unions isolated the workers at ABI and collaborated with the corporation to impose a defeat that will be used to attack working conditions throughout the industry.
By Keith Jones, 2 July 2019
The United Steelworkers Union has refused to make any public comment on Alcoa’s ultimatum, let alone coupled an emphatic call for it to be rejected with an appeal for workers across North America to come to the ABI workers’ defence.
By Laurent Lafrance, 27 June 2019
Having isolated the ABI workers and promoted the lie that Quebec’s right-wing premier would come to their aid, the union is now turning to Québec Solidaire to give it a “left” cover.
By Roger Jordan, 22 June 2019
Trudeau’s White House comments explicitly declare that when US imperialism decides to launch a military onslaught on Iran, Canadian imperialism will support its “closest ally.”
Whitewashing Canadian capitalism’s crimes:
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 June 2019
The MMIW report shifts the blame for the oppression of the native people from Canadian capitalism and its state to a racist “colonialist” mindset and “white society.”
By Roger Jordan, 19 June 2019
The Trudeau government has curtly dismissed the suggestion of former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien that Ottawa use its legal prerogative to block Meng’s extradition.
By Laurent Lafrance, 12 June 2019
Quebec Premier François Legault and his right-wing populist Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government are on a collision course with the working class.
By Roger Jordan and Riksen Stewart, 8 June 2019
The path to power for Alberta’s new hard-right government was paved by the previous trade union-backed NDP administration.
By Janet Browning, 6 June 2019
Even as Alberta’s premier dismissed any link between climate change and the increased frequency and intensity of wildfires, smoke forced him to cancel an outdoor Calgary event.
By Roger Jordan, 3 June 2019
Trump’s vice president has taken on an increasingly important role in articulating and implementing US imperialist aggression, especially against China and Venezuela.
By Roger Jordan, 22 May 2019
Scheer pledged to step up military-security cooperation with the US, intensify Canada’s aggressive stance against China and Russia, and gut social spending.
Canada’s government uses bogus “foreign interference” claims to expand censorship ahead of federal election
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 17 May 2019
The government’s reactionary campaign has the twin aims of legitimizing censorship of social media and whipping up hostility against Russia and China, which Canadian imperialism views as its most dangerous rivals.
By Richard Dufour, 15 May 2019
Québec Solidaire’s volte-face on discriminatory measures is to try to cover its tracks under conditions where it is increasingly being discredited as an accomplice of the far right.
By Penny Smith, 9 May 2019
Ford’s cuts are part of a concerted drive to restructure post-secondary education to tailor it even more to the demands of big business.
By Roger Jordan, 8 May 2019
Last week Canada proclaimed its support for Guaidó’s coup attempt and stepped up its efforts to bring to power a far-right, pro-imperialist regime in Caracas.
By Penny Smith, 26 April 2019
Ford’s thinly veiled threat to criminalize teachers’ strikes must be taken as a serious warning: emboldened by the unions’ complicity, the Tories are escalating their class-war assault.
By Roger Jordan, 20 April 2019
The election’s outcome represents a further shift to the right within establishment politics, and will exacerbate regional tensions within Canada’s ruling elite and its federal state.
By Laurent Lafrance, 18 April 2019
The Trudeau government is pursuing anti-refugee policies and collaborating with Washington in its anti-immigrant witch hunt.
By Roger Jordan, 13 April 2019
The media’s claim that the budget contains “no major cuts” is aimed at concealing the fact that the government is engaged in a vast transfer of wealth from workers to the rich.
By Laurent Lafrance, 12 April 2019
Legault’s pro-company bullying underscores the utter bankruptcy of the strategy of the USW, which has isolated the ABI workers while urging them to put their faith in appeals to Quebec right-wing CAQ government.
By Janet Browning and Riksen Stewart, 11 April 2019
If Kenney can so brazenly make reactionary appeals, it is because Alberta’s trade union-backed NDP government has imposed austerity and championed the interests of Big Oil.
By our reporters, 9 April 2019
Demonstrators expressed their anger at the Ontario government’s plans to hike class sizes, cut thousands of teaching positions, slash funding for children with special needs, and gut student aid.
“We are the future. Give us what we need!”
By our reporters, 6 April 2019
The student-led initiative saw thousands rally across the province against the right-wing government of Doug Ford.
Ontario workers need an international socialist program to defend public education and fight austerity
By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 6 April 2019
If public education from kindergarten to university is to be defended, workers and students must launch a political struggle independently of the unions and in opposition to the entire political establishment.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 5 April 2019
The mandatory installation of automated sprinklers would save lives, but capitalist governments are loathe to diminish the profits of the construction industry.
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 4 April 2019
The ruling elite is seeking to scapegoat immigrants for the economic and social catastrophe caused by capitalism.
By Roger Jordan, 2 April 2019
Revelations that the former justice minister secretly recorded a discussion with the country’s senior civil servant have intensified the Liberal government’s crisis.
By Jake Silver and Roger Jordan, 1 April 2019
Thompson’s remarks exemplify the ruling elite’s contempt for the millions of working-class families that rely on Ontario’s chronically underfunded public education system.
By Laurent Lafrance, 30 March 2019
It is the Steelworkers’ systematic isolation of the ABI aluminum workers’ anti-concessions struggle that has emboldened Alcoa to repeatedly escalate its demands.
By Shannon Jones, 30 March 2019
The global assault on auto jobs is continuing with the announcement by Fiat Chrysler that it is eliminating a full shift, 1,500 jobs, at its plant in Windsor, Ontario.
By Penny Smith, 27 March 2019
The changes the government announced last week to mollify angry protests are cosmetic, leaving parents to fund tens of thousands of dollars in annual treatment costs from their own pockets.
By Roger Jordan, 23 March 2019
The Trudeau government’s right-wing, militarist policies underscore yet again the Liberal Party’s role in advancing the predatory interests of Canadian imperialism.
By Carl Bronski, 22 March 2019
Unifor will suspend its Save Oshawa GM publicity campaign on the basis of nothing more than the possibility of a slight adjustment in the plant’s closing schedule.
By Roger Jordan, 20 March 2019
According to teacher union estimates, the Ford government’s education “reform” will result in the elimination of nearly 10,000 teaching jobs and class sizes of up to 40 students.
By Penny Smith, 16 March 2019
CP Rail is lobbying Transport Canada to abandon a new rule it introduced following last month’s derailment, calling it too "time-consuming."