Canada's role in Afghanistan

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.

Canadian prime minister endorses Japanese position on South China Sea ahead of G7 summit

By Roger Jordan, 27 May 2016

Canada is deeply implicated in the US-led “pivot” to Asia, and is determined to deepen economic and security ties with Japan.

Canada preparing to join US ballistic missile defense

By Roger Jordan, 4 May 2016

Its name notwithstanding, the US BMD program is anything but defensive. It is aimed at realizing Washington’s goal of developing the means to wage a “winnable” nuclear war.

Canada’s defence policy review prepares major expansion of militarism and war

By Roger Jordan, 29 April 2016

The review “consultation” document argues Canada should expand its close strategic partnership with the US, the most aggressive imperialist power on the planet.

Canada’s parliament endorses expanded role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 10 March 2016

The Liberal government’s expansion of Canada’s role in the Mideast war underscores the fraudulent character of its anti-war pose in last year’s election.

Canadian election: Militarism and reaction dominate foreign policy debate

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 30 September 2015

The leaders of Canada’s three main parties used Monday’s foreign policy debate to stake their claim as the most capable and determined defenders of Canadian imperialism.

Harper government to criminalize Canadian Pacific railway strike

By Carl Bronski, 16 February 2015

Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce legislation today outlawing a two-day-old strike by 3,300 CP Rail workers.

Canadian prime minister praises troops as military clashes escalate in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 2 February 2015

The growing involvement of Canada’s armed forces in ground combat makes a mockery of the government’s claim that the deployment in Iraq is purely a training and assistance mission.

Media magnate Péladeau seeks Parti Québécois leadership

By Laurent Lafrance, 20 January 2015

Presenting himself as the “sovereignty candidate,” Péladeau is focusing his campaign around the claim that independence is the best vehicle for the Quebec ruling class to enrich itself.

Oil price plummet roils Canadian economy

By Dylan Lubao, 31 December 2014

Plummeting oil prices are causing Alberta and several other provinces to initiate new austerity drives and Canadian oil producers to slash investments and jobs.

Canada’s government tables bill to expand intelligence agency powers

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 28 October 2014

Canada’s Conservative government tabled legislation yesterday to significantly strengthen the powers of the CSIS.

Canada’s government continues to persecute “child soldier” Omar Khadr

By Ed Patrick, 8 September 2012

Canada’s Conservative government is continuing the decade-long vendetta Canadian and U.S. authorities have mounted against Omar Khadr, the “child soldier” who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay for the past decade.

Canada: How the NDP facilitates imperialist war

By Graham Beverly, 25 August 2011

The trade union-based New Democratic Party has played a pivotal role in rallying popular support for Canada’s participation in the NATO war against Libya—a war whose transparent purpose has been to effect the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime and replace it with one even more subservient to North American and European imperialism.

Canada: How the NDP facilitates imperialist war

Part one: From Yugoslavia to Haiti

By Graham Beverly, 23 August 2011

The NDP’s role in supporting the NATO war against Libya conforms with a long pattern of facilitating Canadian overseas military interventions and Canadian imperialism’s ever more rapacious role on the world stage.

Canada to expand its role in imperialist assault on Libya

By Keith Jones, 8 June 2011

Canada’s Conservative government has announced that the Canadian Armed Forces will play a leading role in the imperialist assault on Libya for weeks, possibly months, to come.

Canada’s Speaker rebukes government for withholding Afghan detainee documents

By Keith Jones, 29 April 2010

The Speaker of Canada’s House of Commons ruled Tuesday that Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government has violated parliament’s constitutional rights by refusing to obey a Common’s order to hand over all documents concerning the fate of Afghans captured by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

US troops attack Afghan bus, killing four and wounding 18

By Keith Jones, 13 April 2010

US troops opened fire on a passenger bus travelling on a highway in the Zhari District of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province early Monday morning, killing at least four people, including a woman and a child.

Canada’s Supreme Court strikes down order to repatriate Guantánamo detainee

By Keith Jones, 2 February 2010

Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously overturned a Federal Court decision ordering Canada’s Conservative government to seek the repatriation of Omar Khadr, a Guantanamo Bay detainee and Canadian citizen.

Thousands protest Conservatives’ shutting down of Canadian parliament

By Keith Jones, 26 January 2010

Demonstrations and rallies were held in some 60 cities and towns across Canada last Saturday to oppose the minority Conservative government’s shutting down of parliament for two months, so as to prevent exposure of the Canadian Armed Forces’ complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees.

Canada complicit in torture of hundreds of Afghan detainees

By Keith Jones, 20 November 2009

“We detained, and handed over for severe torture, a lot of innocent people,” a Canadian diplomat has told a parliamentary committee on the Canadian Armed Forces’ Afghan mission.

Canada’s Prime Minister inspects neocolonial occupation force in Afghanistan

By Graham Beverley, 12 May 2009

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Canadian Armed Forces’ base in Kandahar and other CAF positions in southern Afghanistan for ten hours last Thursday.

Oppose Canada’s ban on British anti-war MP Galloway!

By Keith Jones, 28 March 2009

The Canadian government’s claim that George Galloway is a terrorist accomplice is an outrageous, politically-motivated attempt to smear the British anti-war MP and to rob Canadians of their democratic and constitutionally-protected right to hear his views.

Three more Canadian troops killed in Afghanistan

By Keith Jones, 6 March 2009

Three Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel were killed late Tuesday in an area of Kandahar province that till now had been largely untouched by the insurgency against the US-NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

Washington urges Canada to wage war in Afghanistan beyond 2011

By John Mackay and Keith Jones, 13 December 2008

No credence should be given to the Conservative government’s pledge that Canada will have no more than a token military presence in Afghanistan after 2011, after having twice extended the counterinsurgency mission in the face of massive public opposition.

Canada: Afghan war could cost in excess of $18 billion

By Carl Bronski, 11 October 2008

With just five days to go before Canadians vote in the October 14 federal election, a report released Thursday conservatively estimates the cost of the Canadian military intervention in Afghanistan at between $14 billion and $18 billion.

Canadian Elections

Leaders’ debates underscores parties have no progressive solution to economic crisis

Canada and the Afghan War

By Keith Jones, 4 October 2008

The US financial crisis and impending North American recession were the focal point of the televised debates, held in French and English on successive evenings this week, between the leaders of the five major parties contesting Canada’s October 14 federal election.

Canadian elections: NDP serves up thin gruel at Toronto kick-off rally

By Carl Bronski, 18 September 2008

Jack Layton, the leader of Canada’s social-democratic party, the New Democrats or NDP, addressed a rally at Toronto’s cavernous Direct Energy Centre this past Saturday. Billed as a kick-off event for the NDP’s 28 odd candidates in the Greater Toronto area, the rally was attended by less than 500 people.

Canada: Electioneering cannot obscure major parties’ support for Afghan war

The media’s hostile reaction

By Keith Jones, 13 September 2008

In a transparent election ploy, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared this week that his government is “planning” to end the Canadian Armed Forces’ counterinsurgency mission in southern Afghanistan three years hence—i.e., in December 2011—when the mission’s current commitment to NATO expires.

Canada: Conservatives call federal election for October 14

The Liberals’ “Green Shift”

By Keith Jones, 9 September 2008

Circumventing his own government’s fixed-date election law, Canadian Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper has called a federal election for Tuesday October 14.

Canada’s Conservatives to call national election before economic downturn worsens

The role of the unions and NDP

By Keith Jones, 4 September 2008

Before the week is out, Canadian Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper is all but certain to call a federal election for Tuesday, October 14.