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“Chinese Exclusion Act 2.0”

The new Cold War and the spread of anti-Asian racism By Cindy Li  Last April, the Toronto Star ran a hit piece on Bill Yee, a retired provincial court judge and a member of BC’s Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee. Yee had stated in an interview on A-1, a Toronto-based Cantonese radio station, that the Canadian response to the Uyghur situation…

Racial equality and workers’ liberation – two sides of the same coin

PV Labour Bureau On March 21, 1960 a group of 7000 people marched to the police station in Sharpeville township in South Africa, to protest apartheid “pass laws” which restricted the movement of Black people. Police tear-gassed the peaceful demonstration and then opened fire. There were 249 victims, including 29 children, and 69 people were killed…

Liberal-NDP deal good for workers? Not without a workers’ fight!

The Liberals and NDP have announced a “supply-and-confidence” agreement that will see the two parties work together on seven policy areas and avoid a federal election until 2025. But is it good deal for workers?The parties say the deal commits the Liberal government to introducing new dental care and pharmacare programs, providing more affordable…

The continuing struggle for women’s and gender equality, peace and socialism

RedFEM Dispatches March 8, 2022 marks two years of a pandemic and economic crisis that has seen women losing ground in the struggle for social equality. Women in Canada have lost jobs at a higher rate than men, have lost hours of work, have lost wages and wage increases and have lost future pension income because of those reduced incomes. They have…

URGENT: Ukraine arrests progressive youth leaders, reportedly targets them for death

Kononovich brothers opposed to NATO expansion As People’s Voice goes to press, we have received reports that Ukraine has arrested two progressive youth leaders who opposed NATO expansion and are threatening them with death. The following article by C.J. Atkins appeared in People’s World on March 7.  C.J. Atkins Mikhail Kononovich, leader of the…

World Peace Council calls for action across globe against war in Ukraine

Protests being organized for NATO Summit in Madrid in June In response to the deepening crisis in Ukraine and threat of war, the World Peace Council (WPC) has issued a call for global action. “The peace-loving people and forces in the world should denounce and condemn the imperialist war rhetoric and plans, demand the withdrawal of the NATO troops…

Tenants must unite against slumlords and pest infestations

By Kyle Fillo and Doug Yearwood Across Ontario, working-class tenants are suffering as a result of pest and bug infestations in their apartment complexes. After suffering in silence for years, in recent months tenants in places like Kingston and Toronto have started to organize and demand an end to infestation. The Communist Party of Canada (Ontario)…

No to Trudeau’s “emergency” sledgehammer

PV Editorial Parliament has voted to use the Emergency Measures Act in response to the far-right convoy movement that blocked transportation routes across the country.  With their brazen displays of Confederate flags, swastikas and other white supremacist and reactionary symbols, the convoys quickly attracted outrage and opposition from working people…

US oil and gas interests profit from “convenient crisis” in Ukraine

C.J. Atkins Along with trying to militarily absorb Ukraine into NATO, another major factor that’s becoming more apparent in the Biden administration’s unceasing talk of war with Russia is the desire of US energy producers to invade European markets with fracked natural gas. Though the mainstream press is saturated with talk of a forever-imminent…

Worker-led campaigns, not backroom deals with the boss, needed to build labour movement

Gig workers: A tale of two organizing strategies PV Labour Bureau  The January 27 announcement that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) had struck a country-wide agreement with Uber Canada, under which the union would provide limited representation to workers requesting it, was greeted with surprise, concern and frustration from many quarters…

Corporate execs had a windfall in 2021 – how did you do?

Working people seem to be under the impression that times are tough under the COVID-inspired economic crisis. This publication itself has used up loads of ink writing about low wages, lost jobs, increasing prices and debt…Clearly, though, we were all mistaken – it seems that times aren’t that tough at all. A recently published report shows that…

Working class struggle: “Good collective action versus the convoy”

The forces behind the “Freedom Convoy” claim that it is a working-class movement, based on the needs and demands of working people across the country. As proof, they point to the number of working people who are present at the protests. Unsurprisingly though, for a movement that calls for an end to all pandemic restrictions, this “proof” is…

Anti-vaxx tax: Cover for governments and bosses to shirk responsibilities

The Parti communiste du Québec (PCQ-PCC) condemns the Legault government’s plan to introduce a tax targeting unvaccinated adults who do not have a medical exemption. Such a measure has nothing to do with health beyond undermining healthcare and public services in general. It is part of a series of tactics and policies which, rather than improving…

Fiscal update shows urgent need for mobilization

Commentary by Elizabeth Rowley The Economic and Fiscal Update delivered by Chrystia Freeland on December 14 is important, but not for anything said by the Opposition parties or by the media.  It is this: “We remain committed to the fiscal anchors that we outlined in this spring’s budget – to reduce the federal debt-to-GDP ratio over the medium-term…

Building the growing fight against privatization

PV Labour Bureau One of the most important outcomes of the COVID pandemic is the widespread call by healthcare workers, community organizations and the public in general, to bring all long-term care (LTC) facilities under public ownership and control. It has been many years since there’s been a mass demand for nationalization like this, and it draws…

Take a stand against war

Nineteen years ago this month – on February 15, 2003 – an estimated 10 million people from over 600 cities in 60 countries took part in a coordinated day of protest against the looming US-led invasion of Iraq. It has been called the largest anti-war protest in history.In Canada, rallies were organized in over 80 cities and town, meaning that virtually…

Wolastoqey Nation names NB forestry companies in title claim

Denis Boulet On November 30, the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick filed a new version of their title claim to the Court of Queen’s Bench which included New Brunswick’s major forestry companies. The companies listed as defendants include J.D. Irving Ltd. and 18 of its subsidiaries or related entities including Acadian Timber, Twin Rivers Paper…

Can clean energy really fulfill our demand?

Part One in an ongoing People’s Voice investigation into climate justice and a “just transition” Norm Knight  There has been some argument among environmentalists about whether the clean energy transition can be achieved entirely on the basis of renewables such as wind and solar or whether it will also require the use of nuclear power. This…

The Canadian military “from the perspective of those harmed”

Review by Steve Lalla Many informed Canadians remain surprisingly unenlightened about the country’s military history. Canada’s military is widely viewed as either nonexistent, irrelevant or a force for good. The Canadian Forces’ (CF) public relations department has been very effective in crafting a positive image for the country’s military…

Act now to stop the US-NATO drive to war with Russia!

For weeks, the US corporate media have been shrill in declaring that Russia, having positioned tens of thousands of Russian troops on the border, may be about to invade Ukraine. US State Department spokespersons have been threatening Russia with punishing economic sanctions if there were an invasion. Daily, if not hourly, TV viewers are shown satellite…

Boric victory: What next for the left in Chile?

Communist senator insists that winning gains from government needs “organized citizenship” Following the victory of Gabriel Boric in Chile’s presidential election, El Siglo journalist Hugo Guzman spoke with newly elected senator and current Member of the Chamber of Deputies Daniel Núñez of the Communist Party of Chile (PCCh). Núñez discusses…

Communists in Ontario call for escalating mass action against Ford

Provincial convention says working class must fight “in its own name, on its own terms”  PV Ontario Bureau  The Communist Party convened its 31st Ontario Provincial Convention from November 27-28, with province’s 15 Party clubs participating. Delegates called for an end to the “duck and cover” approach to the Doug Ford government, taken…

Labour faces key struggles in 2022

Editorial Any reader of People’s Voice knows that we recognize a comprehensive range of issues as being critical to the working class and the struggle for socialism. Through 2021 we covered the critical battles for labour, and some of these cast their shadow forward into 2022 so that we can identify some of the key struggles to be fought this year. …

CAQ and bosses combine to gut Quebec’s workplace health and safety

After a year of debate, the Quebec government of François Legault is implementing legislation which the Parti communiste du Québec (PCQ) calls “a real demolition of the occupational health and safety regime won by workers.” Bill 59, An Act to modernize the occupational health and safety regime was introduced in October 2020 and adopted by the…

New documentary film brings story of the Communist Party of Canada to life

By Cam Scott The life of a Communist Party, in its everyday intensity and historical specificity, too often eludes commemoration. There are meetings, demonstrations, pickets; glowing victories and momentary defeats. So much remains unwritten in the momentum of revolutionary enthusiasm that it can be astonishing to notice just how far we’ve come…


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