Canada

Alberta NDP to work with Trudeau to ram through Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

By Janet Browning, 22 July 2017

Underscoring the Alberta NDP government’s fealty to Big Oil and the financial elite, Premier Rachel Notley has vowed to dramatically increase the transport of untreated bitumen to tidewater.

British Columbia wildfires force 14,000 to evacuate their homes

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 14 July 2017

Officials warned Thursday that strong winds forecast over the weekend could spread the wildfires across a larger area.

Right-wing furor over Canadian government’s “apology” to child Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 13 July 2017

In 2003 and 2004, Canadian officials colluded with their US counterparts in Khadr’s Guantanamo Bay interrogation, despite knowing he was a minor, had no legal representation, and had been tortured.

German trade union, works council and Bombardier management unite to impose plant shutdown in stages

By Gustav Kemper, 13 July 2017

The works council at Bombardier’s long standing rail carriage manufacturing facility in Hennigsdorf was joined by officials of the IG Metall trade union, Social Democratic politicians and company management in supporting mass job cuts.

Canada to wage offensive cyberwar

By Laurent Lafrance, 12 July 2017

The Liberal government has ordered the Canadian military and signals intelligence agency to collaborate in the development of cyberwar capabilities.

Backed by Greens, NDP to form British Columbia’s government

By Roger Jordan, 8 July 2017

The unions and pseudo-left are hailing the coming to power of an NDP government committed to upholding the reactionary fiscal framework of its Liberal predecessors.

Disputes sharpen in Canadian ruling elite over its China policy

By Roger Jordan, 6 July 2017

Canada’s “newspaper of record,” the Globe and Mail, is mounting an increasingly shrill campaign over the Liberal government’s China policy, accusing it of “doing Beijing’s bidding.”

Canada’s Liberal government extends participation in Mideast war to 2019

By Roger Jordan, 3 July 2017

The Trudeau government’s decision to continue the Canadian Armed Forces’ mission in the Mideast well into 2019 came just weeks after it announced a 70 percent hike in military spending.

150 years of Canadian Confederation: Myth and reality

By Keith Jones, 1 July 2017

The representation of Canada as a progressive antipode to the rapacious dollar republic to the south has long been an important part of the ideological arsenal of the ruling class.

Canadian Amazon workers face low wages and constant speed-up

By our reporters, 1 July 2017

A WSWS reporting team distributed copies of the International Amazon Workers Voice at a fulfillment centre in Brampton, Ontario, where workers reported earning low wages and being exploited twice over by labour contractors.

Manitoba government leaves Churchill residents in limbo after flood cuts rail link

By Jeff Lusanne, 26 June 2017

A month after a railroad to remote Churchill, Manitoba was damaged by flooding, residents face skyrocketing prices.

Canada: Reports on Fort McMurray wildfire expose government culpability

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 24 June 2017

In spite of warnings about the growing threat of a major wildfire, Alberta's NDP government slashed funding for firefighting and failed to take preventive measures.

Canada’s Liberal government expands spy agencies’ powers in “reform” of Harper’s Bill C-51

By Roger Jordan, 23 June 2017

The Liberals’ proposed National Security Act makes only cosmetic changes to the authoritarian powers given Canada’s security-intelligence agencies under Bill C-51.

Deaths from drug overdoses rise rapidly in Canada

By Riksen Stewart and Roger Jordan, 17 June 2017

The mayor of Vancouver has labelled the drug overdose epidemic a “bloodbath” that is predicted to kill more than 400 people in the city by the end of the year.

Canada’s ruling elite applauds Liberals’ military spending hike

By Roger Jordan, 16 June 2017

The effusive praise exposes the bogus character of the Liberals’ “progressive” credentials, which have been boosted by the trade unions, the NDP and a host of campaign organizations.

Canada to hike military spending by 70 percent over next decade

By Roger Jordan, 10 June 2017

Speaking a day after Canada’s foreign minister said war is central to the country’s future, Defence Minister Sajjan outlined plans for rearmament and increased collaboration with the US.

War must be part of Canada’s future, foreign minister declares

By Roger Jordan, 8 June 2017

Freeland vowed that more “treasure” will be expended on “hard power” to assert Canada’s imperialist interests around the globe.

British Columbia NDP secures Greens’ support to form minority government

By Roger Jordan, 5 June 2017

Apart from a few cosmetic changes, a Green-supported NDP government will continue to impose the austerity program of big business.

Ghanaian woman dies of hypothermia attempting to walk across US-Canada border

By Niles Niemuth, 1 June 2017

The tragic death of Mavis Otuteye comes amid a spike in the number of immigrants living in the US seeking asylum in Canada.

Canada’s Conservatives choose Harper disciple as new leader

By Roger Jordan, 1 June 2017

Andrew Scheer upset frontrunner Maxime Bernier by appealing to social conservatives and touting himself as the strongest supporter of Harper’s hard-right, pro-corporate record.

Quebec government adopts law to break construction workers’ strike

By Roger Jordan, 31 May 2017

Nearly 175,000 Canadian construction workers have been forced back to work today, with the Quebec premier pledging to go even further in stripping workers of their rights.

Quebec introduces “emergency” bill outlawing construction strike

By Keith Jones, 30 May 2017

The Liberal government is giving itself sweeping powers to shape the arbitration process to ensure the construction bosses’ concession demands are imposed.

Quebec construction strike: Defeat strikebreaking laws and concessions! Defend public services!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 29 May 2017

Construction workers are the immediate target of the Liberals’ antistrike law, but it is the entire working class that is under attack.

Talks stall on third day of Quebec construction strike

By Roger Jordan, 27 May 2017

Quebec’s Liberal government has confirmed that it intends to outlaw a strike by 175,000 construction workers, with the House leader saying a strikebreaking bill will be tabled Monday.

Quebec premier amplifies threat to outlaw 175,000-strong construction strike

By Keith Jones, 26 May 2017

Among the largest workers’ actions in North America in recent years, the Quebec construction strike has angered and unnerved the Canadian ruling elite.

British Columbia Greens prepare for government role by pledging loyalty to corporate elite

By Roger Jordan, 26 May 2017

The Greens’ right-wing character has been underscored by their naming of a prominent ruling-class strategist and enforcer of austerity to lead talks with the Liberals and NDP.

Quebec construction strike rattles Canada’s ruling elite

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 May 2017

Quebec’s 175,000 unionized construction workers launched an “unlimited general strike” Wednesday morning, shutting down building sites across the province.

Crisis at Canadian subprime mortgage lender

By Roger Jordan, 25 May 2017

Canada’s economy is facing increasing turbulence due to a housing bubble, record consumer debt, anemic growth, and NAFTA’s uncertain future.

Québec Solidaire congress prepares alliance with Parti Québécois

By Richard Dufour, 20 May 2017

Since its formation, Québec Solidaire’s principal role has been to give a progressive gloss to the PQ’s largely discredited project of an independent capitalist Quebec.

BC Liberals cling to power after election ends in dead heat

By Roger Jordan, 13 May 2017

The NDP, having suppressed working-class opposition to BC’s right-wing Liberal government, lost support in Tuesday’s election.

Thousands evacuated following floods in Quebec and Ontario

By Laurent Lafrance, 12 May 2017

Meteorologists and experts all agree that the latest floods are the result of unusually persistent rainfall, melting snow, and global warming.

Canadian defence minister vows to build stronger military

By Roger Jordan, 11 May 2017

As the Liberal government prepared to release its new defence policy, Harjit Sajjan accused previous governments of chronically underfunding the military.

British Columbia NDP wages right-wing, nationalist election campaign

By Riksen Stewart and Roger Jordan, 6 May 2017

Eager to win the backing of big business, the NDP is making only the most muted appeal to social discontent in Canada’s most unequal province.

Canada planning for war with North Korea

By Roger Jordan, 29 April 2017

Canada’s defence minister has made clear that Ottawa is ready to join a US-led war that could kill millions.

Trump steps up trade war over NAFTA

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2017

The Trump administration has signalled that it will take an aggressive economic nationalist stance in negotiations on NAFTA after making moves to withdraw altogether.

Science protests held across Canada

By our reporters, 24 April 2017

Demonstrations took place in 18 towns and cities across Canada on Saturday in conjunction with the global March for Science, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and many regional and university towns.

Canadian government seeks to placate Trump following NAFTA comments

By Roger Jordan, 22 April 2017

Trump’s sharp criticism of Canada over its trading practices in a number of economic sectors prompted a conciliatory response from Ottawa.

Canada joins Washington in charging Russia with complicity in “war crimes”

By Roger Jordan, 13 April 2017

The Trudeau government is providing strong backing to the Trump administration’s moves to escalate military conflict in the Middle East and pursue confrontation with Russia.

Canadian PM gives full-throated support to US missile strike on Syria

By Roger Jordan, 10 April 2017

Trudeau’s remarks make clear that Canada is preparing to expand its military intervention both in the Middle East and against Russia in Eastern Europe.

Bob White, trade union bureaucrat who led Canadian split from UAW, dies aged 81

By Carl Bronski, 8 April 2017

White’s 1985 breakaway from the UAW was a nationalist maneuver, aimed at protecting the union bureaucracy and blocking a joint struggle of North American autoworkers against all concessions and job cuts.

Canada’s Conservatives join with far-right in opposing “anti-Islamophobia” motion

By Laurent Lafrance, 7 April 2017

As in the US and Europe, important sections of Canada’s ruling elite are whipping up chauvinism and xenophobia and doing so in alliance with the ultra-right.

Alberta’s NDP government freezes wages, gambles on oil price rise in budget

By Janet Browning, 4 April 2017

Canada’s only NDP provincial government has delivered an austerity budget that eschews tax increases for big business while freezing public sector wages.

Canada: NDP leadership candidates try to cover up its right-wing record

By Roger Jordan, 31 March 2017

The NDP top brass and the pseudo-left are desperately trying to generate some excitement in the race with false claims that the party is “turning left.”

Trump administration grants permit for Keystone XL pipeline

By Kate Randall, 25 March 2017

Donald Trump repeatedly pledged during his presidential campaign to expedite the project.

Canadian Armed Forces’ document calls for “heavier weapons” to confront child soldiers in Africa

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 March 2017

The document says soldiers need “heavy weapons” to confront child soldiers and must be psychologically hardened so as to be ready to kill them.

“The union works against us”

With contract battle looming, Canadian autoworkers at GM CAMI plant speak out

By Carl Bronski, 23 March 2017

Unifor officials have expressed concern about growing support for the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter as CAMI workers look to recoup years of union-backed wage and benefit concessions.

US immigration bars Canadian nurses employed at Michigan hospitals

By Shannon Jones, 18 March 2017

Some Canadian nurses employed in the US have been blocked from entering the country by a more restrictive interpretation of US immigration policy.

Canadian media denounces exposure of foreign minister’s grandfather as Nazi collaborator

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 March 2017

Canada’s media has labelled as a Russian smear the revelation that Freeland’s grandfather edited a Ukrainian nationalist daily in Nazi-occupied Poland that published fascist propaganda.

Canada’s elite determined to stanch influx of refugees fleeing US

By Laurent Lafrance, 11 March 2017

The Liberal government has responded to a spike in asylum seekers by increasing border surveillance and deepening its collaboration with Washington.

Canadian military preparing for new role in Syria, extension of Ukraine mission

By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2017

The use of Canadian troops to police so-called safe zones in Syria would see Ottawa integrated even more fully into the US-led war for regime change in Damascus.

Québec Solidaire leader Françoise David quits politics

By Louis Girard, 3 March 2017

Quebec’s political establishment and media responded to David’s resignation with gushing tributes.

Sordid inter-union dispute over Toronto transit union’s dues-stream

By Carl Bronski, 25 February 2017

Both factions in the dispute pitting the ATU against its Toronto local president and Unifor have a long record of imposing concession contracts.

US anti-immigrant witch-hunt leads asylum seekers to make perilous trek to Canada

By Roger Jordan, 24 February 2017

The Canadian government’s response to the spike in asylum-seekers has been a combination of callous indifference and outright hostility.

Canada: Authorities whitewash police killing of terror suspect

By Laurent Lafrance, 23 February 2017

A police investigation, rubber-stamped by the federal government, has concluded that police acted appropriately in killing incapacitated terror suspect Aaron Driver.

Canadian elite lauds Trudeau’s courting of Trump

By Roger Jordan, 17 February 2017

The only Canadian establishment voice to criticize Trudeau’s meeting with Trump was the NDP, which postured as an opponent of Trump’s discriminatory travel ban.

Canada: Nova Scotia teachers on one-day strike against imposition of concessions contract

By Laurent Lafrance and Carl Bronski, 17 February 2017

The Liberal government's anti-teacher legislation comes in the wake of teachers rejecting for the third time a tentative contract endorsed by their union.

Trump and Trudeau reaffirm “indispensable” Canada-US alliance

By Roger Jordan, 14 February 2017

The Canada-US partnership will be based on an intensification of military violence and Canada’s integration into a US-led protectionist trade bloc.

Trudeau and Trump: An alliance of aggression and war

By Roger Jordan, 9 February 2017

Trudeau’s Liberal government is moving to expand Canada’s already extensive role in Washington’s wars.

Canada’s hypocritical response to Trump’s anti-Muslim order

By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2017

While tweeting “support” for refugees, Prime Minster Trudeau has refused to criticize Trump’s discriminatory travel ban or increase Canada’s tiny refugee intake.

GM Canada slashes CAMI workforce in Ontario

By Carl Bronski, 4 February 2017

The announcement exposes the lying claims of Unifor and its President Jerry Dias that the latest round of concessions contracts would secure the Detroit Three’s Canadian “footprint.”

Quebec City mosque assailant identified with ultra-right

By Jacques Richard, 1 February 2017

The person charged with Sunday’s heinous attack on a Quebec City mosque is an unabashed admirer of Trump and Marine Le Pen.

Six killed in terror attack on Quebec City mosque

By Keith Jones, 31 January 2017

Sunday’s mass killing is a product of the noxious political and social environment that has been created by North America’s governments and capitalist elite.

Canada seeks enhanced military-security collaboration with Trump-led US

By Roger Jordan, 28 January 2017

Trudeau is offering Canada’s support as the new US president launches trade war, muses about “seizing Iraqi oil,” and threatens Chinese-held islands in the South China Sea.

Oligarch investor seeks leadership of Canada’s Conservatives

By Carl Bronski, 26 January 2017

A Trump wannabe, businessman and reality television star Kevin O’Leary is the frontrunner in the race to succeed former Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Conservative leader.

Quebec’s municipalities slash workers’ pensions, again

By Richard Dufour, 24 January 2017

It is estimated that over the next 15 years retired municipal workers will see the purchasing power of their pensions diminish by between one-third and a half.

Canada’s ruling elite braces for reopening of NAFTA

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 January 2017

The Trudeau Liberal government intends to deepen Canada’s military-strategic cooperation with Washington so as to ensure privileged market access for Canada in a Trump-led America.

Canada appoints anti-Russia hawk as foreign minister

By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2017

Freeland’s appointment exemplifies the Canadian elite’s support for intensifying Washington’s reckless military-strategic offensive against nuclear-armed Russia.

Canada scrambles to keep privileged ties with Trump-led America

By Roger Jordan, 17 January 2017

Canada’s “progressive” Liberal government is mounting a full-court press to convince the incoming administration of Canadian imperialism’s importance to US global power.

Newfoundland fishers consider disaffiliating from Unifor

By Carl Bronski, 12 January 2017

Fishers have cited many examples of the FFAW-Unifor apparatus feathering its own nest at the expense of the workers.

Canadian Afghan war veteran commits suicide after killing family

By Laurent Lafrance, 11 January 2017

Lionel Desmond was suffering from PTSD but failed to receive the support he required due to systematic cuts to health care and veterans’ services.

Ten years of Québec Solidaire: The record of a pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist party

Part two

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 3 January 2017

Québec Solidaire’s special function within Quebec and Canadian politics is to attempt to revive popular enthusiasm for the retrograde and chauvinist program of Quebec independence.

Ten years of Québec Solidaire: The record of a pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist party

Part one

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 31 December 2016

QS is a pseudo-left, pro-capitalist party that articulates the aspirations and grievances not of the working class, but of privileged sections of the upper-middle class.

Quebec union leader heads new right-wing populist party

By Louis Girard, 24 December 2016

A prominent FTQ-Construction official has taken the leadership of a new right-wing populist party that combines anti-immigrant broadsides with demagogic denunciations of the “establishment.”

Québec Solidaire makes new overtures to big business PQ

By Richard Dufour, 20 December 2016

The pseudo-left Québec Solidaire is preparing the political terrain for an “anti-Liberal” alliance with the pro-war, pro-austerity PQ.

Canada’s top spy “watchdog” says Edward Snowden should be shot

By Roger Jordan, 15 December 2016

The Liberal government has lamely criticized the head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee for calling for NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden to be shot.

Biden visits Ottawa to promote Canada-US alliance

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 10 December 2016

While the Trudeau government was rattled by Trump’s election, it is now seeking to position itself as the most loyal ally of what will be the most reactionary administration in US history.

Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback covers up CUPW betrayal of postal workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 9 December 2016

Although CUPW’s sellout of the postal workers’ struggle has emboldened the government to go on the offensive, Fightback has hailed its president as a “friend” and “comrade.”

Canada’s Liberal government stands by plan to use military against pipeline protests

By Roger Jordan, 6 December 2016

After Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr threatened to deploy the army against pipeline protesters, Green Party leader Elizabeth May sprang to his defence.

Canadian elite applauds Liberals’ pipeline approval, demands Trudeau show more “steel”

By Roger Jordan, 3 December 2016

The media has lauded Trudeau for his “bold” pipeline decision, urging him to show similar “leadership” in forcing through even more unpopular big business measures.

Canada’s Liberal government boosts employer assault on pensions

By Roger Jordan, 30 November 2016

The Canadian Labour Congress’ opposition to Bill C-27 is a sham.

Canada must be inside Trump’s “walls,” declares voice of financial elite

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 November 2016

Canada’s elite is determined to deepen collaboration with Washington as it pursues, under the most right-wing administration in US history, confrontation with its main rivals.

The lessons of the Canadian autoworkers’ contract struggle

By Roger Jordan and Carl Bronski, 19 November 2016

Unifor’s imposition of another round of concessions contracts underscores the urgency of autoworkers repudiating its nationalist, pro-company perspective and building new organizations of struggle.

Canadian PM urges global financial elite to join privatization drive

By Roger Jordan, 17 November 2016

The Trudeau government is hoping to woo international investors with the promise of long-term profits extracted from workers through user fees and tolls on public infrastructure.

Canada’s plans to wage war in Africa take shape

By Laurent Lafrance, 16 November 2016

Canada’s defence minister travelled to Mali and Senegal last week to finalize plans for Canada to join French-led counter-insurgency operations in France’s former African colonies.

Rattled by Trump victory, Canada offers to renegotiate NAFTA

By Roger Jordan, 11 November 2016

Canada’s purportedly “progressive” Liberal government has rushed to partner with what will be the most right-wing administration in US history.

Canadian spy agency concealed mass data intelligence-bank from courts

By Roger Jordan, 10 November 2016

The Federal Court criticized Canada’s premier spy agency for lying about its retention and use of metadata from persons not considered security threats.

Canada: Unifor scuttles strike at Integram Seating plant in matter of hours

By Carl Bronski, 8 November 2016

Fearful that the Integram strike would cut into the profits of the Detroit Three and galvanize opposition to the low-wage two-tier system, Unifor went into overdrive to shut it down.

Newfoundland pushes ahead with Muskrat Falls project amid mass protests

By Janet Browning, 8 November 2016

The government is intent on making the population pay for the environmentally destructive, highly speculative dam project through electricity-rate hikes and social spending cuts.

Auto parts workers launch strike at Integram facility in Windsor, Ontario

By Roger Jordan, 7 November 2016

If the strike remains under Unifor’s control, it will inevitably be isolated and betrayed.

Canada’s Liberal government outlines privatization plans

By Roger Jordan, 5 November 2016

Moves to privatize Canada’s eight largest airports are already well advanced.

Reject Ford Canada-Unifor sellout agreement

For a counteroffensive of North American autoworkers against wage and job cuts

By Roger Jordan, 5 November 2016

Ford Canada workers should combine a “no” vote on the concessions deal with an urgent appeal to autoworkers in the US and Mexico for a united struggle against the auto bosses and their union accomplices.

Parti Québécois selects third leader in three years

By Laurent Lafrance, 4 November 2016

Of the candidates vying for PQ leader, the winner, Jean-François Lisée, is the most closely identified with the PQ’s support for austerity and promotion of chauvinism.

Unifor promotes concession contracts and big business Liberals

By Roger Jordan, 3 November 2016

Unifor works with the auto bosses to ensure their Canadian operations are “globally competitive,” while collaborating with the big business Liberals in pursuing austerity and war.

Unifor announces sell-out agreement with Ford Canada

By Carl Bronski, 1 November 2016

Unifor leaders acknowledged there are “bad things” in the proposed deal with Ford and elements they “don’t like,” but refused to say anything more about them.

Report documents Canadian government’s abuse of immigrant and refugee children

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 29 October 2016

Under the ostensibly “refugee friendly” Trudeau government, the Canada Border Services Agency is continuing to incarcerate children in prison-like conditions in violation of international law.

EU crisis deepens as trade deal with Canada stalls

By Jordan Shilton, 27 October 2016

Whether or not the deal is ultimately ratified, the conflicts over CETA have again starkly exposed the advanced state of decomposition of the European Union.

Unifor prepares pattern sellout for Ford Canada workers

By Carl Bronski, 27 October 2016

In advance of the approaching contract deadline at Ford, Unifor President Jerry Dias is defending the sellout agreements imposed at General Motors and Fiat Chrysler.

Unifor’s Detroit Three “pattern” pact and the ruling class assault on pensions

By Roger Jordan, 25 October 2016

Big business representatives are applauding Unifor for giving up newly-hired autoworkers’ right to a guaranteed pension and are calling for this to become a new Canada-wide standard.

SEP presidential candidate speaks in Toronto on struggle against war

By Dylan Lubao, 25 October 2016

Jerry White addressed audiences of students and workers in Canada’s largest city on the need to build a global, working class-led movement against war.

Canada to partner with France in waging war in Africa

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 October 2016

Under the guise of promoting peace and fighting “Islamist terror,” Canadian imperialism is preparing to advance its growing economic and geopolitical interests in Africa.