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Fightback Edmonton holds public discussion on Alberta pipeline crisis

Nationalize The Oil IndustryOn June 7, around 20 people gathered at the University of Alberta to discuss the ongoing pipeline crisis and the need to nationalize the oil industry under democratic workers’ control. The event was organized by Socialist Fightback Edmonton, and brought together a variety of people who were angry about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bailout of Kinder Morgan and wanted to discuss strategies to fight it.

Protesters halt Edmonton Pride over inclusion of cops

Pride Protestors (Photo Credit: Emilio Avalos/CBC)On the morning of Saturday, June 9, Edmonton’s Pride parade was brought to a halt after 30 to 40 protesters formed a blockade on the parade’s route. The protesters carried signs with messages such as “No pride on stolen land”, “Racism is a Queer issue” and “No pride for some of us without the liberation for all of us”. 

No to Kinder Morgan bailout! Expropriate the oil industry!

The Alberta-B.C. pipeline saga took another turn yesterday with the announcement that the federal government is ready to “nationalize” the Trans Mountain pipeline project to the tune of $4.5 billion. On top of that, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley committed her government to put another $2 billion into an “indemnity pool” that will insure Kinder Morgan against unexpected costs resulting from the B.C. government’s opposition. This is one of the few times that a “nationalization” has been welcomed so warmly by the capitalists, with Kinder Morgan CEO Steve Kean cheerfully declaring it as “a great day”. The company’s share price, which had been sliding because of the delay of the project, moved upward after Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the announcement of Ottawa’s plan to buy the pipeline.

Jason Kenney wins Alberta United Conservative leadership: A warning shot against the working class

With Paul Brandt’s “Alberta Bound” playing over the convention speakers, the United Conservative Party (UCP) announced their first elected leader last Saturday. Jason Kenney, the former Progressive Conservative leader, won an overwhelming majority of 61.1 per cent of the vote, leaving his main opponent Brian Jean far behind with just 31.5 per cent. This is yet another chapter in what has been a tumultuous 16-month journey to unify Alberta’s conservatives after their crushing defeat at the hands of NDP in the last election. Kenney said to cheers that he would work hard to “ensure that this deceptive, divisive, debt-quadrupling, tax-hiking, job-killing, accidental socialist government is one-and-done.”

Another rift in the United Conservative Party of Alberta

On Sept. 21, another conservative MLA in Alberta dropped out of the newly formed United Conservative Party. Rick Fraser, the MLA for Calgary-South East, became the third MLA to quit the party to become an independent following the likes of Derek Fildebrandt and Richard Starke. This string of resignations followsthe unity vote of the Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservative Party in July as part of a abid to gain control of the government back from the Alberta NDP, who ended 44 years of Progressive Conservative (PC) rule back in 2015. From the outset, the attempt to bring together the fractured conservative forces in Alberta has created divisions amongst members of both parties, and these divisions seem to fester even after the unity vote.

The Edmonton terror attack and the way forward

edmonton terror attack police responseOn Sept. 30, at around 8:15 pm local time, a Chevrolet Malibu plowed into a police barricade just outside a football game in Edmonton. After knocking a police officer to the ground, the driver exited the car and attacked the injured officer, stabbing him multiple times. The attacker, now identified as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year-old Somali refugee, then fled on foot.

Capitalism kills: The Alberta suicide crisis and beyond

Homeless individualIt has been almost three years since Alberta was shocked by plummeting oil prices in mid-2014. A province booming with industry and employment opportunities was suddenly faced with an economic collapse, characterized by capital flight and unemployment. Despite being responsible for creating 87 per cent of the net job growth in the country in 2013, Alberta has become an industrial ghost town.

The Fall of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta

o JASON KENNEY FOREIGN WORKERS facebookJason Kenney, the newly elected leader of PC Alberta, might well be the last leader of the party that governed Alberta for 44 consecutive years. Selected as the new leader with a mandate to effectively dissolve the party, though masked with a softer rhetoric of “Unite the Right”, Kenney will oversee the end of an era. 

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.

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.

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