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University of Ottawa

MRA Chauvinists Whine About Their Liberal Rights

Ever since the feminist movement in North America was successful in gaining a certain level of political equality for women, there have been those who have experienced this marginal loss of male privilege as traumatic. Falsely interpreting this loss of privilege as “oppression,” and desiring a return to the “good old days” of patriarchy, these conservatives have argued that feminism has “gone too far,” that “misandry” has replaced misogyny––it is men and not women, these Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) claim, who are the victims!

At the University of Ottawa on March 28, one such MRA group, the Canadian Association for

The populist regime led by Ollanta Humala in Peru—that some opportunists used to consider as “progressive”—once again demonstrated its fascist nature on April 10 by arresting 28 people associated with the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef), a political organization set up in 2009 by former supporters of the Communist Party of Peru (PCP).

Among the arrested are the two main leaders of Movadef, lawyers Manuel Fajardo and Alfredo Crespo. At one time or another in their career, both did legal representation for the historical leader of the PCP, Abimael Guzmán, who was captured and sentenced to life in

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Red Ant Dream

Exposes the War on the People in India

On March 22nd, in both Toronto and Brampton, the Toronto chapter of the International Campaign Against the War on the People in India (ICAWPI) held two screenings of noted Indian documentary-filmmaker Sanjay Kak’s latest documentary, Red Ant Dream. Sanjay Kak was present and conducted engaging question and answer periods with both audiences.

Red Ant Dream and ICAWPI are in fundamental agreement with the words of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the 24-year old Indian communist and freedom fighter who was hung by the British colonialists: “Let us declare that the state of war does exist and shall exist.” Indeed, the war against the

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In the aftermath of the election of the liberals in Québec

Fighting Together, Mobilizing & Organizing is the Only Alternative

The expected victory of the Liberal Party and the deserved defeat of the Parti Québécois on the April 7 election in Québec opened the way for the continuation of the same old politics that has lasted in the province since the 1960s “Quiet Revolution.” In fact, since 1970, the Liberals and the PQ succeeded at being the heads of the state (for 24 years for the first and 20 years for the latter) without any significant rupture in the basic orientations of the Québec government. It is no exaggeration to speak of a “single-party system” consisting of two interchangeable wings,

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From a reader

Propagating Communism is a Good Idea!

Greetings,

I am a 24-year-old woman who is studying political science at the University of Montréal. It is only a few years ago when I was at college that I realized how naive I was in thinking that the system worked, that it was globally fair, that wealth was at least partly redistributed in Canada and the USA, that rights and freedoms were guaranteed and so on. I have long believed that capitalism was benefiting the world; for me, it was better to be paid $0.05 for assembling a sweater than to have no salary at all. It was only

As communists in Canada, one of our most important tasks over the next few years, will be to restore the necessary consistency—forging the essential unity that should exist between revolutionary content and revolutionary activity—between affirmation and action, between saying and doing, which are too often dissociated. Such a lack of consistency is most evident in the question of armed struggle and revolutionary war.

The most pernicious result of the long reformist tradition in the international labor movement is that it has managed to dissolve this unity, even among those who pretend to criticize and struggle against reformism and revisionism. The

Once again choosing to seize the time, the Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) held the 3rd Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students on March 1-2. Hosted this time in Montréal, the Conference brought together communist and revolutionary organizers from Québec, British Columbia and Ontario.

In a day-long plenary session characterized by thoughtful analysis of the conditions facing proletarian students in their struggle to overcome capitalism, attendees came together as comrades to develop a plan to truly found the Revolutionary Student Movement as a pan-Canadian organization capable of mounting a serious challenge to the bourgeoisie and its state. Assigning responsibility for the

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Upcoming Toronto Elections

Repetition as farce?

Olivia Chow & Rob Ford

The announcement that Olivia Chow will run against Rob Ford in the upcoming Toronto municipal election reconfirms the spectacle of the electoral system. The recent scandals experienced by the Ford administration are such that, in the minds of those outside of “the Ford Nation,” Chow will serve as the magical pill to cure Toronto’s illness. This illness is seen as corruption––Ford’s improper use of municipal money, the revelation of his crack abuse, the rumours of illegal electoral behaviour––and the cure is the return to honest and sober governance.

Years ago, David Miller ran for Toronto mayor on the platform of

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Towards the 3rd Canadian Revolutionary Congress

The Struggle for National Liberation of Indigenous Peoples is Central to the Revolution

The liberation struggle of indigenous peoples is at the heart of the fight against capitalism and the imperialist bourgeoisie in Canada. For any organization or activist who wants to end capitalism, this question should be central in the theory and practice of class struggle.

Canada was founded on oppression, theft and the genocide of indigenous peoples. This phenomenon played a fundamental role in the process of the accumulation of capital and the development of a Euro-Canadian imperialist bourgeoisie. Indigenous nations must be seen as “internal colonies” in the sense that they serve the same role for the Canadian bourgeoisie that

On March 9 in Saint-Jérôme, north of Montréal, the leader of the Parti Québécois, Pauline Marois, introduced her new recruit: media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau (aka “PKP”). This announcement aroused enthusiastic reactions from individuals associated with the PQ separatist project such as Gilles Duceppe, Bernard Landry and Jacques Parizeau. To the surprise of many, Péladeau’s candidacy was also acclaimed by long-time leaders of the labor movement, such as Gérald Larose, Marc Laviolette and Claudette Carbonneau.

For someone known as one of the big bosses in Québec, this pathetic rallying in the name of “Québec independence” reveals once again that the