By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2017
Unifor has focused on bolstering its partnership with the big-business Liberal government and promoting reactionary Canadian nationalism.
GM Canada strike in danger
By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 22 September 2017
Officials from the Unifor union said Wednesday that they have offered an “olive branch” to GM to end the strike.
“What these companies are doing is a new form of slavery”
By Jerry White and Carl Bronski, 21 September 2017
CAMI workers are fighting to defend their jobs and living standards, while Unifor seeks to tie workers to the Liberal government and Trump's anti-Mexican trade war policies.
By Jerry White, 20 September 2017
Autoworkers at the General Motors CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario are locked in a critical battle that raises fundamental questions for autoworkers in Canada and around the world.
By Roger Jordan, 20 September 2017
Canada’s top general in the North American Aerospace Defence command has made the sensationalist claim that the US would not defend Canada from a ballistic missile strike.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 19 September 2017
To prevail in the struggle against GM, CAMI workers must fight to mobilize autoworkers across North America in a counter-offensive against all concessions and job cuts.
By Carl Bronski, 18 September 2017
The walkout is part of a growing wave of struggles by autoworkers around the world, including in the US, Korea, Serbia and Slovakia.
By Roger Jordan, 16 September 2017
Fightback, the International Socialists and Socialist Action hope that Ashton’s tepid “left” rhetoric can rehabilitate the deeply discredited New Democrats under conditions where working class struggle in Canada and internationally is rapidly intensifying.
By Roger Jordan, 11 September 2017
The NDP’s abandonment of one of its main election promises just weeks after coming to power shows that, no less than its Liberal predecessors, it is a right-wing party beholden to big business.
By Lee Parsons and Roger Jordan, 9 September 2017
Following a protest by the workers on Sunday that temporarily blocked traffic into Pearson Airport, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority has intensified its strike-breaking efforts.
By Louis Girard, 8 September 2017
While posturing as opposed to smearing asylum-seekers as “illegals,” Quebec’s Liberal government is seeking to ban women wearing Muslim face-coverings from accessing public services.
By Riksen Stewart, 6 September 2017
The rising number of deaths in foster care is a product of the refusal of governments at all levels to provide adequate funding for social services.
“Whatever happens to us is going to happen to everybody else”
By our reporters, 4 September 2017
700 employees of Swissport at Toronto’s Pearson Airport are resisting management’s attempt to slash their real wages and gut their working conditions.
By Roger Jordan, 2 September 2017
Citing the alleged threat from North Korea, a growing number of Liberal politicians are urging Canada to join Washington’s ballistic missile defence shield.
By Carl Bronski, 30 August 2017
Workers voted by 99.8 percent to walk out if a new labour agreement is not reached by September 17.
By Roger Jordan, 29 August 2017
Ashton claims she cannot remember how she voted in 2011 when Canada’s social democrats twice endorsed the NATO bombardment of Libya.
By Laurent Lafrance, 24 August 2017
Trudeau’s hardline stance towards refugees fleeing the Trump administration’s crackdown is bound up with his determination to maintain its partnership with the US.
By Roger Jordan, 19 August 2017
Washington is seeking to refashion the agreement as a template to pursue Trump’s economic nationalist “America first” agenda against its chief rivals, China and Germany.
By Roger Jordan, 16 August 2017
Foreign Minister Freeland blamed the war danger entirely on North Korea, while refusing to even comment on Washington’s highly provocative threats against Pyongyang.
By Roger Jordan, 11 August 2017
The cruel and callous response of the Liberal government to the desperate plight of the asylum seekers stands in stark contrast to the welcome they have received from ordinary Montrealers.
By Genevieve Leigh, 7 August 2017
As fears of deportation escalate, thousands of Haitians have fled to Canada seeking asylum, overwhelming the country’s immigration system.
By Richard Dufour, 7 August 2017
Québec Solidaire is seeking to merge with Option Nationale, a split-off from the big-business PQ that has long criticized QS for placing “too much emphasis” on social issues.
By Roger Jordan, 3 August 2017
Premier Horgan has hailed Trudeau, whose government is hiking military spending and launching a privatization drive.
By Jeff Lusanne, 1 August 2017
Since CSX has installed a new Wall Street-approved CEO, workers at the railroad have faced a grueling regime of radically changed working rules and conditions.
By Roger Jordan, 1 August 2017
The pseudo left groups are shamelessly appealing to the union bureaucracy and NDP parliamentarians to bring forth a “Canadian Corbyn.”
By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 29 July 2017
More than 50,000 people have been forced from their homes as a result of a massive wildfire whose impact could have been significantly mitigated, if not prevented.
By Roger Jordan, 27 July 2017
The Canadian navy is joining exercises mounted by the US and its principal Asia-Pacific allies with the aim of threatening and preparing for war with China.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
By Jeff Lusanne, 26 June 2017
A month after a railroad to remote Churchill, Manitoba was damaged by flooding, residents face skyrocketing prices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By Kate Randall, 25 March 2017
Donald Trump repeatedly pledged during his presidential campaign to expedite the project.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Louis Girard, 3 March 2017
Quebec’s political establishment and media responded to David’s resignation with gushing tributes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Roger Jordan, 9 February 2017
Trudeau’s Liberal government is moving to expand Canada’s already extensive role in Washington’s wars.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.