“As a part-time worker I got no sick time, no benefits, and no vacation”
By our reporters, 31 March 2020
Workers decried the lack of support from government and pointed to their exposure to unsafe working conditions that threaten to accelerate the spread of the pandemic.
By Omar Ali, 30 March 2020
Were 30 percent of Ontario’s 14 million residents to become infected with the coronavirus, with 5 percent of these requiring intensive care treatment, each of the province’s intensive care doctors would have the impossible task of treating 500 patients per day.
By Keith Jones, 28 March 2020
While billions are being handed to big business, Canada’s health system, ravaged by decades of austerity, has no "surge capacity."
By Penny Smith, 27 March 2020
The Canadian ruling elite’s policy of malign neglect in the face of the lethal coronavirus pandemic is exemplified by the failure of all levels of government to do anything to protect homeless people.
By Roger Jordan, 26 March 2020
An internal Saskatchewan Health Authority report has warned that the rapid spread of the coronavirus would overwhelm the province’s health care system and result in 9,000 to 15,000 people dying due to COVID-19.
Canada’s trade unions back Liberal “coronavirus plan” to bail out big business, place workers on rations
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 March 2020
The government has responded to the pandemic with policies predicated on the subordination of society to corporate profit that will have a devastating impact on working people, including multiplying many times over the pandemic's cost in human lives.
Federated Cooperatives uses virus to demand concessions from locked-out Saskatchewan refinery workers
By Carl Bronski, 25 March 2020
FCL has rejected the procompany recommendations of a government-appointed mediator and is now demanding even bigger concessions on pensions, work rules, benefits and staffing levels.
By Laurent Lafrance, 24 March 2020
Just days after reiterating that barring “irregular entrants” from seeking asylum would violate Canadian and international law, the Trudeau Liberal government has done just that.
Canada registers 500,000 Employment Insurance claims in one week, as Coronavirus triggers jobs massacre
By Roger Jordan, 23 March 2020
Last week’s EI claims far surpassed the total number of jobs lost in the eight months immediately following the eruption of the 2008 global financial crisis.
As COVID-19 spreads across North America
By Laurent Lafrance, 21 March 2020
Quebec Premier François Legault is resisting demands from workers for the closure of building sites, factories and nonessential workplaces.
By Carl Bronski, 20 March 2020
Toyota announced closures throughout North America, which will not take effect until Monday, only after the sudden growth of wildcat actions in the United States and Canada to force a halt to production.
By Omar Ali, 18 March 2020
Activists have warned that shelters and encampments, which provide inadequate makeshift housing for over 9,000 people in Toronto, will act like a “petri dish” for the spread of the coronavirus.
By Tom Hall and Joseph Kishore, 18 March 2020
There is growing outrage among workers in the United States and internationally over the fact that they continue to be kept on the job in nonessential industries and workplaces amidst the spreading coronavirus pandemic.
Workers shut production in auto plants throughout Michigan and Ohio, in defiance of UAW and management
By Tom Hall, 18 March 2020
Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights (SHAP) and Jefferson North (JNAP) assembly plants in Metro Detroit took matters into their own hands last night and this morning and forced a shutdown of production to halt the spread of coronavirus.
By Roger Jordan, 17 March 2020
Although the number of confirmed coronavirus cases more than doubled in the past two days to 425, Trudeau offered nothing in the way of additional support for the already overstretched health care system.
By Carl Bronski, 17 March 2020
While workers are being forced by employers in the private and public sectors to labour under dangerous and unsafe working conditions, the Trudeau government is moving to provide the financial and corporate oligarchy unlimited financial assistance.
By Shannon Jones, 14 March 2020
Some 6,000 workers stopped production Thursday at FCA Windsor as autoworkers across North America take up the demand to halt production in the face of the global pandemic.
By Roger Jordan, 14 March 2020
The Liberal government and opposition parties finalized adoption of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a trade deal aimed at laying the basis for trade war and military conflict with China.
By Roger Jordan, 14 March 2020
City authorities absurdly claimed that the loss of 90 percent of its public health workforce would not impede the effectiveness of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ontario’s “Roadmap to Wellness” continues austerity for youth mental health services even as demand spikes
By Penny Smith, 13 March 2020
The Ford government is refusing to provide tens of thousands of children and adolescents with ready access to mental health care services that they urgently need.
Canada: Absence of sick pay and job security preventing at-risk and ill workers from staying home amid Coronavirus crisis
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 12 March 2020
One Vancouver-based worker in the so-called gig economy told CBC, “I don’t think people really understand what it means to not be able to miss work. It’s the difference between eating or not, the difference between having a place to live or not.”
By Roger Jordan, 11 March 2020
Healthcare officials are warning that hospitals across Canada were already running at or beyond capacity prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Laurent Lafrance, 11 March 2020
The court ruling has been met with concern by corporate Canada, which fears that it could set a precedent for plaintiffs to hold Canadian companies to account for their systematic violations of human rights around the world.
By Roger Jordan, 9 March 2020
Canada’s Deputy Defence Minister told the conference that the Liberals’ 2017 National Defence Policy has been superseded by the surge in great-power strategic competition.
By Roger Jordan, 7 March 2020
Bill 168 targets left-wing groups and individuals by branding criticism of the actions of the Israeli government, with which Canada has close ties, as anti-Semitic.
By Laurent Lafrance, 5 March 2020
In the name of reducing “bureaucracy,” Bill 40 concentrates power in the hands of the Minister of Education so as to facilitate further cuts to public education.
By Jake Silver and Roger Jordan, 5 March 2020
Workers should reject being railroaded into yet another concessionary contract. They should demand that they be given sufficient time to read the contract in full, and debate and discuss its implications.
By Carl Bronski, 3 March 2020
The layoffs are the latest in a relentless series of cost-cutting moves by global auto companies operating in Canada.
By Carl Bronski, 29 February 2020
While management, backed to the hilt by Saskatchewan’s government, is standing fast on its sweeping concessions demands, Unifor is doing everything it can to isolate the locked out workers and reach a sellout deal.
By Roger Jordan, 28 February 2020
The Alberta government has tabled a bill that would enable state authorities to declare almost any protest or picket line illegal, and subject participants to punitive fines and even jail terms.
After walkout of 200,000 teachers and support staff
By Roger Jordan, 27 February 2020
Citing various pretexts, three of Ontario’s four teachers unions have called off planned walkouts this week.
By our reporters, 27 February 2020
Speakers denounced the persecution of Assange as a major threat to democratic rights, exposed the complicity of Canada’s ruling elite and stressed the importance of a global mobilization of the working class to secure his freedom.
By Penny Smith, 26 February 2020
A single person working 40 hours per week on minimum wage cannot afford a rental apartment in any of Vancouver’s 70 neighbourhoods.
“They would privatize everything if they could.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 24 February 2020
“We can’t teach lessons anymore because class sizes and conditions have gotten so bad,” said a veteran teacher with 27 years’ experience who participated in Friday’s mass rally outside the Ontario legislature.
By a WSWS reporting team, 22 February 2020
If education workers find themselves in the forefront of the fight against austerity, it is because capitalist governments view the dismantling of public education as a key element of their regressive agenda.
By Roger Jordan, 22 February 2020
The Trudeau Liberal government, acting on the demands of its big business masters, is exhorting police to dismantle the indigenous railway blockades.
By Richard Dufour, 22 February 2020
“This case is tremendously important and holds serious implications for journalism, free speech and human rights around the world,” demonstration organizer Elizabeth Leier told the WSWS.
the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 21 February 2020
For the first time in over two decades, 200,000 Ontario teachers and school support staff are united in a province-wide one-day strike.
By Roger Jordan, 20 February 2020
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh strategized with the prime minister behind closed doors on how to bring a quick end to the Native anti-pipeline protests, then led his party in voting with the government to fast-track adoption of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
By Louis Girard, 20 February 2020
The deluge of hate messages demonstrates, yet again, that the chauvinist policies of Premier Legault and the entire ruling elite are encouraging the most reactionary elements.
By Keith Jones, 19 February 2020
The convening of the Incident Response Group and pledges to uphold the “rule of law” are unmistakable signs that Trudeau is preparing to use state violence against native protesters.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 February 2020
To prevail in the struggle to defend their jobs, wages and social rights, workers must recognize that they are facing not simply an especially ruthless employer or right-wing government, but a class-war assault and a political struggle.
By Laurent Lafrance, 18 February 2020
Protest organizer Courtney Murdoch told the WSWS that Bill 21 “tells every minority group in Quebec that they don’t belong here, that they should be less visible, and that is not something we are willing to let pass.”
By Roger Jordan, 17 February 2020
Big business and much of the corporate media are demanding that the Trudeau government ensure speedy resumption of full rail service and “uphold the rule of law”—i.e. order police to violently intervene to dismantle the native barricades.
By Carl Bronski, 14 February 2020
Emboldened by the staunch support of the Moe provincial government, the police and courts and by Unifor’s retreats, FCL has escalated its concession demands.
By Roger Jordan, 14 February 2020
The corporate media’s response to the protests has become increasingly frantic, with the National Post raging that Canada is being turned into a “mob city,” while the Edmonton Journal says, “Chaos has come to Canada.”
By Penny Smith, 13 February 2020
The CBC documentary on the fatal February 3, 2019, derailment exposes a “string of critical failures” on the part of the railway, including in maintenance, inspections, and brake management.
By Roger Jordan, 12 February 2020
The media and military-security establishment have been demanding for months that the Trudeau government take an even harder anti-China line.
By Louis Girard, 11 February 2020
All three Appeal Court judges found that the CAQ law is causing “serious and irreparable harm” to religious minorities—especially Muslim women. Nevertheless, the court ruled that the “will” of the National Assembly must prevail.
By Carl Bronski, 10 February 2020
In actions reminiscent of a police state, the Regina City Police launched a ruthless crackdown on lawful picketers late Thursday.
By our reporters, 8 February 2020
Assange and Manning are the targets of a legal vendetta meant to intimidate and silence all those who would seek to expose the crimes of US imperialism and its allies.
By Carl Bronski, 6 February 2020
Saskatchewan’s right-wing premier could hardly have spelled out his support for the highly profitable FCL, its demands for sweeping concessions, and its scabbing operation more bluntly.
By Penny Smith, 4 February 2020
Among other regressive changes to Ontario’s social welfare programs, the Ford government plans to alter eligibility criteria to make it harder for disabled people to access support.
Unifor offers sweeping concessions to FCL management in failed bid to end Regina oil refinery lockout
By Carl Bronski, 3 February 2020
The union’s capitulation to the company was so brazen that Unifor lead negotiator Scott Doherty told a press conference that he “might get beaten up later” after workers learned of the concessions he placed on the table.
By Carl Bronski, 1 February 2020
Management agreed to the contract talks after Unifor bowed to its demand that it be allowed to resume its scabbing operation unimpeded.
Canada’s New Democrats plead for cooperation with Liberals, as Trudeau government lurches further right
By Roger Jordan, 1 February 2020
Amid a resurgence of the class struggle in Canada and internationally, the NDP and their trade union allies are seeking to collaborate still more closely with the pro-austerity, pro-war Liberal government.
1 February 2020
The Socialist Equality Party (Canada) is holding a public meeting in Montreal this Sunday, to fight for the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, oppose war, and defend democratic rights.
By Roger Jordan, 30 January 2020
Canada’s leading media outlets have vilified Assange, while bemoaning the impact of WikiLeaks’ exposures on the global interests of American and Canadian imperialism.
By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 28 January 2020
The decision means Alberta public school teachers will have been subject to wage freezes for seven of the last eight years.
By Roger Jordan, 27 January 2020
The Canadian political establishment has maintained a deafening and complicit silence on the persecution of Assange throughout the past nine years.
By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 25 January 2020
A recent opinion poll has underscored that most Ontarians support teachers in striking against the Ford government’s class-size increases and gutting of education support services.
While workers confront police violence and pro-company court injunctions,
By Carl Bronski, 25 January 2020
Using a phony, largely scripted “blockade” of the Co-op Refinery Complex as a diversionary backdrop, Unifor has moved to end the bitter, seven-week-long lockout of 750 oil refinery workers by ceding to management’s concession demands.
Consortium News sues for libel over claims it aided “Russian disinformation” campaign against Canada
By Kevin Reed, 24 January 2020
Consortium News has filed libel lawsuits against a Canadian state security agency and a television network over their false claims that the Virginia-based independent news organization spearheaded a pro-Russian disinformation campaign in Canada.
Canadian judge begins hearing Washington’s geopolitically explosive demand for extradition of top Huawei executive
By Roger Jordan, 23 January 2020
Canadian authorities seized Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the behest of Washington, which is seeking her extradition on the basis of bogus fraud charges.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 22 January 2020
The Socialist Equality Party (Canada) is holding a public meeting in Montreal on Sunday, February 2 to fight for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, oppose war, and defend democratic rights.
By Roger Jordan, 20 January 2020
While the unions are confining teachers to ineffectual one-day regional strikes, Ford and his ministers are plotting to ram through class-size increases and other cuts by outlawing all job action.
By Carl Bronski, 18 January 2020
With the explicit support of the right-wing Saskatchewan Party government, the courts and the police, CRC is mounting a massive scabbing operation.
Canada’s media and political establishment endorse illegal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani
By Roger Jordan, 17 January 2020
To the extent that criticisms have been made, they have revolved around the question of whether Suleimani’s murder by drone strike was tactically wise.
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 11 January 2020
The incident underscores that Canada’s ruling elite will stop at nothing to enforce its insatiable drive for profit, and that opposition will be ruthlessly suppressed.
By Laurent Lafrance, 9 January 2020
With the full complicity of the Canadian and Quebec political establishment, SNC-Lavalin has made massive profits through criminal methods around the globe.
By Roger Jordan, 6 January 2020
Just hours after Trump ordered a drone strike to exterminate Suleimani, the Canadian government issued a statement denouncing Iranian “aggression” in the Middle East.
Saskatchewan oil refinery lockout:
By Carl Bronski, 3 January 2020
The court ruling criminalizes all but token “information picketing” by locked-out workers at the Cooperative Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan.
By Laurent Lafrance, 31 December 2019
The Quebec government is demanding real wage cuts and other concessions from the province’s half million public sector workers.
By Roger Jordan, 30 December 2019
Canada’s prime minister denounced a protest against a meeting meant to whitewash the crimes of the Israeli Defence Forces as “anti-Semitic.”
By Riksen Stewart, 23 December 2019
Threats of a “general strike” from a few union bureaucrats are bluster aimed at containing and defusing mounting working-class hostility to the provincial government.
By Keith Jones, 20 December 2019
Like its counterparts in New York, London, and Berlin, the Canadian bourgeoisie is seized by the need to aggressively assert its interests against its capitalist rivals and to swell the profits squeezed from the working class.
By Carl Bronski, 18 December 2019
The Unifor union suppressed all opposition to the closure of the factory while stoking animosity toward Mexican autoworkers.
By Keith Jones, 14 December 2019
The true character of the NDP’s “opposition” to the Liberals and the Conservatives—the Canadian ruling class’ traditional parties of national government—was laid bare in two recent parliamentary votes.
By Carl Bronski, 12 December 2019
The Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan has locked out its workforce after workers defied its demands for further pension cuts.
By Roger Jordan, 7 December 2019
The initial actions of the new government underscore that Trudeau’s second term will be characterized by a further turn to the right on foreign and domestic policy, and an intensified reliance on the unions and NDP for “progressive” cover.
By our reporters, 6 December 2019
Wednesday’s province-wide high school teachers’ strike won widespread support from parents, students and other working people.
By Roger Jordan, 4 December 2019
More than 60,000 Ontario high school teachers will walk off the job today in opposition to the sweeping cuts the provincial Conservative government is making to education and their terms of employment.
By Carl Bronski, 3 December 2019
Unifor officials feigned shock over the arbitrator’s decision. But time and again the union has imposed concessions in exchange for “ironclad” job guarantees that quickly proved worthless.
By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 30 November 2019
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has rebuked the Liberal government for its refusal to compensate poor indigenous children and their families for discriminatory and neglectful treatment.
By Keith Jones, 27 November 2019
Everything suggests the union abandoned all, or at least most, of the CN Rail workers’ key demands in their rush to shut down the strike and avert a confrontation with the federal Liberal government.
As corporate Canada calls for strike-breaking legislation
By Carl Bronski, 22 November 2019
Demands have been made from all quarters of the corporate elite for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to quickly bring in back-to-work legislation criminalizing the four-day-old strike.
By Roger Jordan, 20 November 2019
Workers, who have been without a contract since July, are protesting against dangerous working conditions and long shifts, which have led to high levels of fatigue.
By Carl Bronski, 19 November 2019
Governments across Canada have initiated a new austerity wave, targeting public services and the jobs and wages of the workers who administer them.
By Roger Jordan, 15 November 2019
Canada’s union-backed, ostensibly “progressive” Liberal government is once again assisting Washington in ousting a Latin American government deemed insufficiently pliant to imperialist interests.
Remembrance Day and Rearmament:
By Carl Bronski, 14 November 2019
Don Cherry, the long-time intermission commentator on the iconic “Hockey Night in Canada” television broadcast, was fired Monday after delivering the latest in a decades-long string of right-wing, xenophobic rants.
By Roger Jordan, 12 November 2019
The Alberta MP’s offer to join Trudeau’s cabinet was in keeping with the entire NDP election campaign, which was directed towards forming a governmental alliance with the big-business Liberals.
By Jake Silver and Roger Jordan, 9 November 2019
The virtually unanimous strike vote by teachers reflects the depth of opposition to the government’s austerity agenda and is part of a growing upsurge of the class struggle internationally.
Unifor’s attempt to impose concessions contracts on Saskatchewan workers meeting widespread opposition
By Carl Bronski, 4 November 2019
On learning that Unifor had accepted a two-year wage freeze in order to scuttle a 17-day strike, Saskatchewan Crown corporation workers denounced the union leadership from the floor of ratification meetings.
By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 31 October 2019
The maiden budget of Alberta’s right-wing populist United Conservative Party government makes devastating across-the-board public spending cuts.
By Roger Jordan, 30 October 2019
Fightback has lavishly praised the sellout agreement that CUPE is seeking to impose on 55,000 Ontario school support staff, after scuttling a threatened strike.
By Keith Jones, 24 October 2019
The social-democratic politicians and their union allies intend to prop up the pro-austerity, pro-war Liberals under the guise of providing Canadians with “progressive” government.
By Carl Bronski, 24 October 2019
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has threatened rank-and-file workers with criminal charges if details of a spending scandal were further publicized.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 22 October 2019
The election results revealed, in distorted form, the mounting alienation of the vast majority of the population from the political establishment, which is moving ever further right.
As the federal election campaign concludes
By Keith Jones, 21 October 2019
The actions of the incoming government will be determined not by its bogus election promises, but by the needs of Canada’s ruling class under conditions of economic crisis, great-power conflict and mounting working-class opposition.
By Roger Jordan, 19 October 2019
The unions are presenting the Conservatives as a singular threat to working people, so as to drum up votes for the big business Liberals.