Stop the Corporate Destruction of Canada!
After years of right-wing governments and "free
trade" deals, dictated by both Canadian and U.S. transnational corporations,
Canada today is in grave danger. Unemployment and falling living standards
are hurting working people everywhere. The Americanization of Canada, federal
cutbacks and the erosion and downloading of social programs, all threaten
to destroy the social safety net. Corporate pillaging and environmental
pollution continue. Young Canadians facing a dismal future are being targeted
by dangerous racist and neo-fascist forces. Most dangerous of all, the
country still totters on the brink of fragmentation, which would only help
U.S. interests strengthen their economic and political control over all
parts of a divided Canada. The ChrÇtien government has threatened
to use force against Quebec should it decide to leave. This anti-Quebec,
chauvinist policy is an obstacle to a peaceful, democratic solution, and
fuels the fire of narrow nationalism in Quebec. Millions of Canadians want
a realistic alternative: jobs, equality, social justice, democratic rights,
defence of Canadian sovereignty, and a solution to the constitutional dilemma.
The Parties of Big Business
The Liberals, Reform, Tories and the BQ are all marching
to the same neo-conservative beat. The Chretien Liberals promised to create
jobs and defend universal social programs. Instead, they used the deficit
as an excuse for deeper cuts to UI and social programs, more sales of public
assets, new attacks on equality, democratic rights and Canadian culture.
The "new Right" Conservatives and Reform propose even more reactionary
anti-labour policies, such as tax cuts for the wealthy. Meanwhile, the
federal NDP advance some useful policies at election time, but they have
played a passive, in some cases even obstructing, role in the people's
fightback, while their provincial counterparts have moved steadily to the
Corporate-led global "restructuring" is causing
massive social upheaval and crisis. To maximize profits, the big transnationals
are "downsizing" ruthlessly. Almost one billion people are unemployed
or underemployed world-wide. The vicious corporate agenda is driving governments
everywhere to slash public services and jobs, and attack social gains and
labour rights. Working people won these rights through decades of hard
struggle. But right-wing governments, claiming that "the market knows
best," are gutting labour, social and environment laws to enrich the
corporations at the expense of working people and the poor. In Canada,
the "jobless recovery" has left three million people looking
for work, and millions more fearing for their jobs and their futures. The
big banks netted $6.3 billion last year, and many other corporations are
raking in record profits. But already, another cyclical crisis of capitalism
is looming, threatening more job losses.
... and resistance!
More and more Canadians are rejecting the corporate agenda!
Working people in Ontario have organized mass resistance to the Harris
Tory/Reform government. The strike by hospital workers in Calgary helped
blunt the Klein government's attack on health care. Workers in Quebec and
the Atlantic provinces have led the battle against Ottawa's gutting of
the UI system. The potential for a massive movement of resistance is growing!
Time for a change!
This election can start the process of winning real change,
building a movement that puts people before profit. That means opposing
the Liberals, and blocking advances by Reform and the Tories. It means
uniting people for a democratic solution to the crisis of Confederation.
It means supporting candidates who truly defend the interests of working
people and the poor. It means building a broad People's Coalition, bringing
together labour and all other movements and parties opposed to neo-conservatism,
to step up the fight inside and outside Parliament for a people's agenda.
This election is far too critical to sit on the sidelines
or to settle for "lesser evils." The Communist Party is running
candidates to build support for ideas like those in our People's Alternative.
Your vote for a Communist candidate is a powerful demand for real people's
policies, and a big step towards making the voice of the people heard in
Parliament! The CPC is a party of action, with a proven record of fighting
for all working people. For over 75 years, Communists have been in the
front line of struggles for peace, social progress, equality, democracy,
Where we stand
The real source of economic crisis, unemployment, exploitation
and oppression is capitalism itself. Communists think that building broad,
united struggles today can help open the door to more far- reaching changes.
Our long term goal is social emancipation and genuine people's power -
a socialist Canada, where the main industries and resources would be socially
owned and democratically controlled. By directing Canada's economic development,
working people can achieve broader equity, defend our sovereignty, and
protect the environment. When you go to the polls, make a difference.
Vote for real change... vote Communist!
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