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Crisis in Manitoba: Sweeping Austerity

Brian Pallister Budget 2017Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government has launched an all-out attack on workers and youth with the introduction of eight austerity bills and spending cuts in their 2017-2018 budget. PC Leader Brian Pallister ran on a campaign to look inwards to save on costs by cutting so-called unnecessary management in government. However, the focus of Pallister’s cuts has been rank-and-file workers such as Manitoba Hydro employees.

Trudeau's marijuana legalization: Seeing through the smokescreen

cannabiscultureraid.jpg.size.custom.crop.850x566On April 13th Trudeau’s Liberals tabled a bill in the House of Commons to legalize marijuana in Canada. Following their reversal on many key campaign promises, the Federal Liberals seem to be bending to pressure and are actually delivering on something! Legalization is undoubtedly popular among young people and nearly two thirds of the general population is supportive. But as they say, the devil is in the details and in typical Liberal fashion, there are some nasty little details.

BC Politics on a Knife's Edge

bc election 2017Once again, the BC NDP has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. After 16 long years of Liberal rule, with their cuts to welfare, scandals in the legislature and privatization of provincial services, the Liberals still remain the power in the land. Christy Clark is still premier, but for how long?

Socialist Fightback Students Launched!

18197530 10158374573245478 1315344643 nThe student movement in Canada is going through an important development that has been prepared over the last six years. Beginning in 2011, revolutionaries organized with Fightback/La Riposte socialiste magazines have been engaging in systematic organizing on university and college campuses across the country. These efforts have resulted in the establishment of active groups on over 15 campuses, with plans to expand further.

Saskatchewan austerity budget declares war on poor and working class

regina sk november 16 2015 saskatchewan premier brad wa4The Saskatchewan government has presented its budget for 2017-18, and the news is not good for the vast majority of the province’s residents. Desperate to reduce a ballooning budget deficit that stood at $1.29 billion at the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the government of Premier Brad Wall has unleashed a wave of austerity measures in the form of tax hikes and service cuts that will have their most severe negative impact on workers and youth, seniors, and the poor. Even as it mercilessly attacks the most vulnerable sections of the population in the name of balancing the budget, the Wall government has pushed through a series of corporate tax cuts, dispelling any doubts about which side it is on in the province’s intensifying class war.

The Collapse of the Ontario Liberals

kathleen wynneThe once mighty Ontario Liberals have collapsed. Fourteen years of corruption, mismanagement and austerity have left the people of Ontario exhausted.

BC Election: Kick out the corrupt Liberals!

BCLeaders Horgan Clark ContestWhile the writ will drop on April 11, unofficially, the British Columbia provincial election has been well underway for several months now. Christy Clark seeks re-election to add four more years to 16 years of BC Liberal Party rule, while John Horgan is attempting to prove that he and the BCNDP are capable of governing the province for the first time since the 1990s.

5 years after the 2012 Maple Spring: The lessons for today

Lemieux Main Full BleedFive years have passed since the heroic struggle of the students during the “Maple Spring.” This magnificent movement shook the province to the core and ended with the defeat of the Liberal Party and the canceling of the tuition increase. However, five years later, austerity continues at a steady pace and the Liberals seem to be comfortably seated in power. The fifth anniversary of the maple spring is an occasion for us to revisit those historic events and to highlight the lessons of this fantastic movement.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois joins Quebec solidaire : Opportunities and challenges

imageThe moment that everyone was waiting for has finally arrived: On Thursday, March 9th, Gabriel-Nadeau Dubois, the celebrated student leader from 2012, announced that he will be joining Quebec solidaire. He will be the candidate for the party in the riding of Gouin and also desires to become the male spokesperson for the party. He said he wants to get rid of the "political class" that has governed for 30 years and has "betrayed Quebec".

Wynne’s Legacy of Energy Poverty

Hydro RallyPublic outrage against soaring hydro rates continues to rise throughout Ontario. The shock of energy bills doubling or tripling from last summer hasn't worn off; hardworking families and individuals are still buried in anxiety and debt. Just this January, newspapers across Ontario covered Kathy Katula’s $1200 monthly hydro bill -- significantly larger than even her mortgage payment. The hardworking but overwhelmed rural Ontario mother lives in poverty induced by high energy costs despite making $50,000 a year, and hundreds of thousands of Ontarians share Kathy’s daily pains.