In the two years since the inaugural Conference of Revolutionary Youth and Students, held in December 2012 in Toronto, the Revolutionary Student Movement has made leaps and bounds in its development, reshaping the terrain of the student movement in Canada by building a viable revolutionary force which is advancing class struggle on campuses. Growing from a small collection of more-or-less affiliated local groups in Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa and Québec City, the Revolutionary Student Movement has grown into an organization with presence in 10 cities and an ever-deepening unity on the pressing political and strategic questions facing the revolutionary movement today:

Partisan №56
Mayoral Election Farce Is Going On

PRAC Toronto Calls for a Boycott

At the beginning of the election, with Rob Ford embroiled in scandal, it appeared as though the bourgeoisie had picked Olivia Chow as their mayoral candidate. An article in The Globe and Mail on May 23, entitled “The NDPer in Pinstripes?”, described the concentrated efforts to appeal to Bay Street and Yorkville elite. Big capitalists such Margaret McCain, the heiress to the McCain foods fortune and Richard Peddie, former CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, were brought on board as co-chairs to the campaign in what a Chow spokesperson described as “sort of our nod to the business community

(Ed.)—We received this contribution from a supporter in response to the article published in the previous issue (55) of the Partisan newspaper about the struggle of city workers against the Québec government’s Bill 3 that attacks their pension plans:

The debate is raging in Québec, as in many industrialized countries, on the future of the pension plans, especially of state employees.

Not only does the state want to raise the employee contribution—while reducing its own—and question the indexation of future pensions, it also challenges past collective agreements and even wishes to cut the pensions currently paid to retired employees.

In

Repairs to the Jacques-Cartier Street in Pointe-Gatineau caused unexpected resistance from indigenous people from various communities. Following the discovery of millenary artifacts on the site located at the confluence of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau River, the City of Gatineau has not seen fit to inform the indigenous representatives from the area, nor the population at large. However, the information was leaked and led to public protests, forcing the city to allow archaeological excavations on a site of 40 square feet. Conducted over a period of only five days, they uncovered more than 20,000 items from 3,000 to 6,000

Partisan №55
The execution of Michael Brown started a prairie fire

One, Two, Many Fergusons

The execution of Michael Brown in early August in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which sparked a month-long rebellion, again proves that the US remains a white racist state. An 18 year-old New Afrikan, Michael Brown was shot multiple times by a Ferguson cop before being executed with a shot to the head. In response the predominantly black Ferguson community, policed by predominantly white cops, rebelled. All of the contradictions of US racism were again laid bare as the state rushed in to violently contain the revolt.

People were beaten, dogs were unleashed, tear gas and rubber bullets were

Partisan №55
Pensions

A Matter of Class

A major confrontation is underway in Québec where the Liberal government intends to pass a legislation attacking the pensions of city workers. Filed a few weeks ago, Bill 3 echoes the demands of municipal governments—mainly the mayors of Montréal and Québec City—who want to decrease their contribution to the funding of pension plans and increase the contribution paid by employees. The bill will also cut the indexation of pensions currently being paid to retirees.

Since the government’s intention was revealed, a coalition representing some 65,000 white-collar and blue-collar workers, firefighters, professional staff, public transport workers, as well as municipal cops,

The ongoing efforts of so-called “men’s rights activists” to use Canadian campuses as organizing grounds for their shamelessly reactionary and misogynist crusade against feminism were frustrated once again when a “men’s issues awareness” event scheduled to be held at the University of Toronto was disrupted. The event was hosted by the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), which operates as part of the community of anti-feminists who refer to themselves as “men’s rights activists” (MRAs).

With views characterized by their flagship online publication A Voice for Men—which describes feminism as “an ideology of hatred and violence,” and its advocates as

Partisan №55
Book Review

Turning Money Into Rebellion

Turning Money Into Rebellion, a book edited by Gabriel Kuhn and published by Kersplebedeb and PM Press, is a gripping snap-shot into a unique period of anti-imperialist struggle in the 1960s-1980s. At some places it reads as a political thriller; it’s engaging from the first page to the last. Focused on the so-called “Blekingegade Group,” a small band of undercover revolutionaries in Denmark who committed a large number of robberies so as to funnel money to armed anti-imperialist movements in the third world, the book is significant in that it examines the ways in which committed revolutionaries in that

Partisan №55
People’s Social Forum

“Harper Out!”… But for What?

More than five thousand social and union activists took part in the People’s Social Forum (PSF) held on August 21-24 in Ottawa. Organized according to the World Social Forum’s principles, the event featured some 500 workshops on a myriad of topics, making the event a veritable smorgasbord where attendees were invited to pick among a wide variety of dishes, many of which were re-heated.

When they decided to organize the event, the convenors chose to name it the People’s Social Forum, instead of the Canadian Social Forum, in consideration for the multinational character of the people living on

Montréal | September 12-13, 2014
Concordia University
1455, boul. De Maisonneuve Ouest, 7th Floor, Room H-765

UPDATE: Representatives of the PCR-RCP Canada will testify on Saturday, September 13th at 3:10pm.

The People’s Commission on Political Repression—a citizens’ initiative supported by the “Association pour la Liberté d’Expression”—invites you to take part in its public hearings.

The Commission wishes to give a voice to victims and witnesses of political repression in Québec since 1990. “Political repression” not only refers to legal and legislative repression, but also the repression by the media and the police. Through testimonies and briefs, the project also aims