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      Parliamentary Federal Election in Canada
      and Fire This Time Movement For Social Justice

      The coming federal election on October 19, 2015 has revealed a new dynamic in the political process in Canada, which is the result of the political campaigning of the electoral political parties, left and right. It has also revealed the political characteristic of the current era of politics in Canada. In a nutshell, it exposes the low level of energy and enthusiasm of all major five political parties (including BQ), as well as a lack of interest of the general population, and especially young people, to participate in the electoral process. The balance and relationship of social and political forces in Canada has remained the same: the continuation of the crisis of working class leadership; low level of class struggle and lack of major resistance to ruling class attacks; relative stability of capitalist class and a weak left, who is becoming more and more Status Quo Left (SQL). However, the deepening world-wide capitalist crises, the imperialist wars and occupations, the Cold War II initiated by the US and other imperialists, have all created a favourable situation for the coming radicalization and struggles in Canada and in the world. For us working class, poor and oppressed people, regardless of the outcome of this election, the lessons will be the same. We have to build an independent campaign for our own rights and interests outside of the current Canadian political establishment, right or left.

      Today in Canada we do not see any electoral political party on the left representing a clear independent revolutionary working class program. Thus, our political support for far- left political parties is a critical support. With a concrete and objective approach, we realize that while they are short of having a clear independent working class program, it is also true that their programs and electoral platforms are far ahead of reformist parties on the left and worthy of working class support.

      We do not promote or encourage working and oppressed people to participate in the federal or provincial elections as if this is their way of fighting for their rights or their path to political power, contrary to what ruling class parties and even, unfortunately, some political parties on the left are suggesting. However, we do not boycott the elections either! These elections regardless of working class input are happening all the time, they come and go. Capitalist elections and parliamentarism are the way of capitalist democracy and the political process to consolidate the power of the capitalist ruling class and their corporate base. Capitalist democracy is an ideology, government, state and culture. We do not promote them, but we do participate in bourgeois elections when they occur, however, tactically not strategically. Why? Because these elections are an opportunity for the working class to exercise its right to participate in the political process in order to gain confidence and leadership. However, not in order to accept the capitalist political framework and consequently develop illusions, but to objectively and subjectively develop an understanding of the limitations and inadequacies of bourgeois democracy for working and poor people, the mass majority.

      The current federal election reveals many important and vital political issues/lessons for working and poor people:

      First, the growing, although slow, radicalization of working, poor and oppressed people in Canada is the result of both a growing dissatisfaction and resentment towards the capitalist ruling class and Harper Conservative government. Ignoring Indigenous rights issues, participation in wars and occupations abroad, as well as, the continued attacks on the standard of living of people in Canada through limiting human and democratic rights as well as by implementing more and more austerity measures which further depresses income, market and economy in Canada. Thus, the coming period will be marked by an intensification of class battles and conflicts.

      Second, confusion and lack of transparency within the electoral left, such as using terms like “Canadian values”, has certainly ignored and distorted the fact that “values” are a class-based notion; they are not “nation” or “Canada” based.

      Third, The issue of an “independent foreign policy” for Canada is also confusing and misleading because the question is, independent from whom? To begin with, Canada’s ruling class is independent and pursues its own imperialist interests. All imperialists do the same, although there are convergences and divergences between them! In working class language “independent foreign policy” can mean only one thing: Internationalism! In other words, to be for the unity of all working and oppressed people around the world. In imperialist countries like Canada, the only way working and poor people can truly exercise their “independent foreign policy” is when they are in power.

      Fourth, “Canadian sovereignty” is another issue that is in part similar to point number three, and also implies erroneously that the Canadian imperialist ruling class is not independent from the US ruling class and its foreign policy and pictures their collaboration as the subordination of Canada. Fundamentally, calling for the sovereignty of an imperialist country is promoting bourgeois nationalism. In an era of imperialist decay, this is extremely dangerous to the interests of working people under imperialist attack around the world as well as oppressed nations in Canada such as Indigenous nations and Quebec. The context and political aim of demanding “Canadian sovereignty” is chauvinistic. This demand not only undermines the international solidarity of working and poor people but is also against the real unity of oppressed people in Canada.

      Having stated the above, we believe certain candidates in different ridings could make a difference from the point of view of community and ethnic representation, specific oppressed layers of society, direct labour representation or particular local struggles, concrete political disputes, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, youth rights, etc. Nonetheless, where the choice is between reactionaries such as the Conservatives and progressives such as the NDP, we recommend the latter. As well, where the choice is based on participation of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC) and the Communist Party of Canada (CPC), we recommend the candidates of these parties with priority to the MLPC.

      Within our framework explained above, Fire This Time presents an example of three recommendations of candidates to vote for in British Columbia whom we believe could genuinely make a difference at the local and/or federal level.

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