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Quebec elections 2018: Where is the voice of workers?

Candidates for Quebec general election 2018On Oct. 1, Quebec voters head to the polls. With the right-wing CAQ polling in first place, things are not looking good for the working class. Legault’s “change” will mark an acceleration of the program of gutting social services, attacking unions, and the dismantling of the “Quebec model” established during the Quiet Revolution. Meanwhile, there has been a resurgence of the class struggle this year with big strike votes and several key strikes. This begs the question: Where is the voice of the workers in this election?

Wildcat strike of Quebec crane operators: An example for the labour movement

DgO 9vOU8AEFJ8aOn Monday, June 18th, close to 2,000 crane operators spontaneously walked off of Québec construction sites in a heroic wildcat strike. The workers have struck in spite of the fact that they are currently bound by a collective bargaining agreement. This has paralyzed construction sites as crane operators are critical to many big projects. In taking this bold action, the crane operators are showing the way forward for the labour movement not only in Quebec and Canada, but throughout the whole world.

Fascists intimidate Montreal journalists

Vice Quebec office attacked by members of fascist group Atalante. On Wednesday, May 23, six members of the far-right group Atalante stormed the office of Vice Montreal and harrassed the journalists inside. They were upset that a recent online article from Vice described them as what they are: an ultra-nationalist and racist identitarian organization tied to and modeled after the fascist Soldiers of Odin (SOO) in Finland. The members of Atalante gave a plastic award to the journalists titled “Vice Media Trash 2018”, and then left the building before the police arrived. The police concluded that the harassment was not worth pursuing and that it wouldn’t be a problem in the future. In fact, the mobilization of the far right has become a growing problem in Quebec. The “white-identitarian” nationalist movement, however marginal, is becoming bolder and more outspoken.

Union May Day in Montreal: We need a militant movement!

manif2On Saturday, April 28, between 2-3,000 people attended a union-organized May Day demonstration held in Montreal. The demonstration lasted roughly four hours and consisted of a rally at the Olympic Stadium followed by a march to Parc des Faubourgs where union leaders delivered speeches. Socialist Fightback mobilized a sizable contingent to participate in the demonstration and spread socialist ideas among unionized workers.

Quebec elections 2018: How can we stop the CAQ?

The CAQ Leader François LegaultWith just eight months until the next Quebec election, the right-populist Coalition Avenir Québec, led by François Legault, is riding high in the polls. The two-party system dominated by the Parti Quebecois and the Liberal Party of Quebec for the past 50 years is at risk of collapsing. Many people are worried by the prospect that the CAQ could form the next government—and with good reason. The CAQ represents more clearly the capitalists elements in Quebec pushing to crush the labour movement and attack all of the progressive gains the working class has won through many hard-fought struggles. But how can we stop the CAQ?

One year after the Quebec City shooting: the fight against Islamophobia continues!

1341102 plusieurs citoyens pris parole remercie2017 in Quebec ended with a made-up, racist fake news story from TVA about alleged unreasonable demands by the leaders of a mosque in Côte-des-Neiges. The network reported that the mosque asked that there be no women on a construction site located nearby. This was subsequently denied by all involved, thus proven to be a complete fabrication. This incident reminds us that one year after the January 29th Quebec City mosque shooting, the fight against Islamophobia is far from over.

National and Class Struggle in Quebec

Recent independence movements, most notably those in Scotland and Catalonia, have caused many people to draw parallels between them and Quebec. This, combined with the identitarian turn that the mainstream Québécois nationalist parties have taken recently, forces us to return to the basics and re-evaluate the Marxist approach to this question. Joel Bergman of the La Riposte socialiste editorial board sheds some light on the current state of the independence movement in Quebec, the comparison with Scotland and Catalonia, and explains what position Marxists should take.

Quebec City police collaborate with fascists and the extreme right

On Saturday, Nov. 25, Quebec City was once again the scene of a demonstration where fascists and the far right showed their hideous face. The groups La Meute and Storm Alliance joined forces to spit their poison, and were joined by the neo-fascists of Atalante Quebec and III%. Not only were these groups able to march freely and spread their hate, but they did so with the open complicity of the Quebec City police.

Quebec bans face coverings: The veil of Liberal hypocrisy

Four years after the Parti Québecois’s (PQ)’s infamous Quebec Charter of Values, Philippe Couillard’s Liberals have just adopted their own law on the separation of church and state. This law will prohibit anyone from giving or receiving a public service with their face covered. In reality, this means that the burqa and the niqab will be banned. This law clearly demonstrates the glaring hypocrisy of the Quebec Liberals, who have proven that they are no better than the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) and the PQ by using Islamophobia for political ends.

The brewing crisis in the Parti Quebecois

Jean Francois LiseeSince last May, five polls have placed the Parti Quebecois (PQ) in third place behind the Liberal Party of Quebec as well as the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ). In addition, the party is now second place among francophones and is no longer first in any demographic category. Since the defeat of the 1995 referendum, the PQ has had all sorts of difficulties.

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