Last March, the progressive publishing house Écosociété surprisingly launched “À la Croisée des Siècles,” an original essay from the late revolutionary activist Charles Gagnon. Edited with the agreement of the Charles-Gagnon Foundation, the book comes from an unfinished manuscript written by the former leader of the Marxist-Leninist Organization of Canada, In Struggle! As far as we can judge, the result appears respectful of the author’s views—at least those he was expressing at the time these notes were written from 1997 to 2004. In an addendum to the book, the publisher also asked two activists of the younger generation—a supporter of

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The World Needs Socialism! Socialism Requires Revolution!
The Revolution Needs Us!

–Version française ici.
–Versión en español aquí.

This year, International Workers’ Day will take place in a context of crisis where we are facing attacks on all fronts. Across the country, the governments that are run by and for the rich are escalating their attacks against the proletarian and popular masses. This results in cuts in public services, increases of all kind of fees, restrictions in EI and welfare, and systematic pressures on our wages, pensions and working conditions.

In their insatiable quest to maximize profits, the capitalists and their state crush everything that stands in their

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Modi Go Back!

Although representatives of the Canadian state like to condemn “Islamo-fascism” whenever it is convenient (as with the recent hoopla over the Charlie Hebdo shootings), the truth is that it really has no problem with real world fascism if and when it is aligned with the imperialist camp. A perfect example of this is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official visit to Canada on April 15-16, as the last stop in three state visit (the first and second being to France and Germany, respectively), where the Conservative regime, along with the Liberals and “social democrat” NDP, will be in attendance to

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Rank-and-File Push Struggle Forward Despite Binding Arbitration

On Thursday, March 26, as rank-and-file members pushed through last minute preparations for an historic 10km CUPE 3902/3903 joint march from York University to the University of Toronto, CUPE 3902 voted in favour of binding arbitration and an immediate end to the strike. The 3902 Bargaining Team recommended binding arbitration to the membership after yet another rejected offer and a desperate plea from the Employer to get back to work in time for finals and end-of-term marking. CUPE 3902 & 3903 represent contract academic staff from Toronto’s two main universities, including teaching assistants, contract faculty, graduate assistants and research assistants.

Activists from the Revolutionary Student Movement (MER-RSM) are at the heart of the battles that are happening these days on various campuses across the country.

On March 24, following a call from the RSM, actions took place in some 15 cities and 7 provinces. The #redspring2015 Day of Action happened at the same time that thousands of Québec students were entering into a massive struggle against the austerity measures imposed by the bourgeois state.

In Montréal, more than 10,000 people took part in the first of a series of “night demonstrations,” the event being called by the RSM. In Québec

Since its inception the Partisan has served as a free newspaper intended to popularize a general revolutionary communist narrative and, in doing so, pull activists and organizers into the sphere of a broad communist movement. Although it has accomplished some of its aims—consolidating various activists into mass organizations, providing free anti-capitalist news, and placing activists in contact with the people while disseminating the paper—it has also, in its current incarnation, reached the limits of its possibilities.

Overproduction of papers, a failure to develop more activists after a certain point, the limit of how far a small paper funded by a

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RSM Calls for a Pan-Canadian Day of Action

In mid-January, the Revolutionary Student Movement—a group of communist activists from about 15 campuses in Ontario, Québec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan—issued a bold call for a Pan-Canadian Day of Action on March 24, in solidarity with the Spring 2015 movement against austerity that is currently building in Québec. The call was heard in many places, where local mobilization committees were established. Students from the Downtown Campus of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa already voted in favour of a one-day strike, while the Trent Central Student Association in Peterborough decided to support RSM’s call.

The RSM expects that

The C-51 Bill tabled on January 30 by the Harper government is one more step in a long process of abandonment of the hypocritical corpus of “rights and freedoms” that once was the trademark of the Canadian state—a process launched after 9/11 and the “Global War on Terror” launched by US imperialism and its allies.

The Antiterrorist Act, 2015 grants special powers to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents, who will now be authorized, with total impunity, to actively destabilize networks and organizations deemed dangerous, such as the RCMP cheerfully did in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Bill also

International Women’s Day will take place this year in a context marked by the deepening of imperialist wars, the rise of Islamophobia, and the generalization of anti-worker attacks. On all three fronts, women are the first victims.

The Partisan invites you to join the PCR-RCP and local Proletarian Feminist Front contingents in various activities, and in various cites, throughout the day.


For the entire day: Community Fair at Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street. Look for the table of the PFF-Toronto.

Demonstration starts at 1pm at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street West. The

Almost everything worth saying about the “I Am Charlie” campaign has already been said. Most of the left was united in its condemnation of a protest movement about free speech whose spokespeople were imperialists, some of whom suppress speech as part of business as usual. The usual points about imperialism producing these attacks, or the context of racism in France, were made by more than one organization and individual.

Now that everything has been said, the “I Am Charlie” campaign can be forgotten. It will remembered only as a clever hashtag in the way that similar campaigns, such as “Kony