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CANADA’S PARTY OF SOCIALISM – For Peace, Jobs, Sovereignty and Democracy
People’s needs, not corporate greed: Five years of misrule by Stephen Harper prove that a Tory majority would bring deeper involvement in U.S. wars, inaction on the economic crisis and living standards, and on the global environment, as well as new attacks on Canadian sovereignty, and on democratic, labour and equality rights. We need policies for people’s needs, not corporate greed. To win real economic and social development, and an independent foreign policy of peace and disarmament, dump the Tories and fight to achieve these goals!
Full employment and shorter work week: Make full employment a top priority, and lift the general wages of workers, the real value of which have fallen over the past 25 years by about $100/week. Raise the minimum wage to $16/hour; ban “two-tier wages” for new hires. Legislate a 32-hour work week with no loss in take-home pay and no loss in service to the public. Ban compulsory overtime, and legislate minimum four weeks annual paid vacations. Guarantee benefits for part-time, home-based and contract workers. Dedicate the entire EI fund to jobless workers – set EI benefits at 90% of previous earnings for the duration of unemployment. Put massive investments into rebuilding social programs, public infrastructure, and affordable housing. Enact a fair wage policy and full pay and employment equity for women workers.
Keep industrial jobs in Canada: The sell-out of manufacturing and secondary industry has been a disaster for Canada’s economy and sovereignty. Foreign ownership and plant shutdowns are destroying auto and steel, the heart of a strong value-added manufacturing sector. Adopt urgent measures to expand employment, raise wages and increase purchasing power, such as publicly-owned steel, auto and mining industries, a Canadian car, a merchant marine, and stronger machine tool, ship-building, agricultural implement and household appliance industries.
Limit and reduce foreign ownership. Use tariff, currency exchange and other trade controls, plus legislation with teeth including fines or public takeover, to protect jobs and prevent plant closures. Legislate a two-year notice of layoffs. Stop corporate giveaways. Increase employer-paid severance pay and retraining, and strengthen bankruptcy laws to guarantee protection for wages and pensions.
Tax the greedy, not the needy: Enact progressive tax reform based on ability to pay! Double the corporate tax rate, and impose taxes on 100% of capital gains. End tax loopholes and shelters; collect deferred corporate taxes and jail corporate tax evaders. Eliminate taxes on incomes under $35,000/yr. Abolish the regressive HST and provincial sales taxes. Impose wealth and inheritance taxes on estates over $750,000.
Nationalize energy and natural resources: Adopt a People’s Energy Plan, including public ownership and democratic control of all energy and natural resource extraction, production and distribution. Lower energy prices, especially for home heating, by restoring ‘two-price’ system (lower prices for domestic energy; higher price for energy exports) and enact a 100% tax on the windfall profits of the oil monopolies. Stop and reverse the privatization, deregulation and break-up of public energy utilities. Freeze and reduce energy exports. Expand shared power flows among provinces through an East-West power and energy grid. Block new development of the Alberta tar sands, and close these operations within five years, with jobs guaranteed for workers in more sustainable industries at equivalent wages. Compensate the Aboriginal peoples and communities affected by the tar sands. No to the Enbridge and Mackenzie Valley pipelines, and to oil and gas exploration and shipping on the west coast. Put a moratorium on the exploration and development of shale gas resources in Quebec.
Public ownership & democratic control: Keep public assets and services out of the hands of profiteers. Reverse the privatization and contracting-out of health, education and other public services. Stop P3s (Public-Private Partnerships). Put the banking and insurance system under public ownership and democratic control. Reverse the privatization of Air Canada, PetroCanada and CN Rail. Ban exports of fresh water. Restore funding for the CBC, the arts and Canadian culture. Halt attempts to privatize Canada Post services.
Peace and Disarmament: Adopt an independent Canadian foreign policy of peace and disarmament. Canada out of Afghanistan NOW, not in 2014! No military intervention in Libya! Demand immediate NATO withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, and oppose any new military aggression. No war with Iran or North Korea! Respect international law – reject imperialist policies of “regime change” and nuclear first-strike. Oppose the weaponization of space and militarization of the Arctic. Support the global abolition of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction; get out of the NATO and NORAD military alliances. Make Canada a ‘safe haven’ for war resisters – no deportations! Scrap the F-35 and warship purchases – reduce the military budget by 75%. Convert military to civilian jobs – end military exports from Canada. Strengthen our historic friendship and trade with Cuba and expand relations with developing countries. Oppose Israeli apartheid – support a just peace in the Middle East based on total withdrawal of Israel from all occupied territories, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and the formation of an independent, viable Palestinian state. Cancel Third World debts.
Defend Medicare: No U.S.-style two-tiered health care! Strengthen and enforce the Canada Health Act; block provincial privatisation attacks on Medicare, and commit to a major reinvestment in the system. Halt and reverse the spread of private, for-profit clinics. Scrap the Drug Patent Act (which guarantees mega-profits for the big drug companies, and high costs for health care), and build a publicly-owned pharmaceutical sector. Expand Medicare to include eye, dental, pharmacare and long-term care. Stop the “war on drugs”; treat addiction as a medical problem, not a criminal act.
Expand universal social programs – end poverty: Act to combat poverty, especially among Aboriginal peoples, new immigrants, women, youth, seniors and persons with disabilities. Ban “workfare” and introduce a liveable guaranteed, annual income. Protect and expand the universal public pension system, including substantially higher CPP benefits. Enact early voluntary retirement at the age of 60. Re-establish and expand funding to provinces earmarked for health, education, social housing and welfare, and enhance all-Canada standards, while ensuring that Quebec retains control and administration of its own programs. Maintain equalization payments to provinces, and expand dedicated transfers for health, education, childcare, and social assistance.
Global environmental justice – act on climate change: Adopt emergency legislation to slash greenhouse gas emissions, and support reparations to countries affected by capitalist-driven climate change. Invest heavily to create jobs through renewable energy and conservation programs, and phase out coal-fired plants and terminate reliance on nuclear energy. Substantially expand urban mass transit, and eliminate fares by subsidizing the $3 billion in annual fare collections. Legislate stringent vehicle emission controls. Fund high-speed rail as a better alternative to highways and airlines. Ban “biofuels” derived from feed grains. Impose heavy fines and jail terms against polluters and destructive corporate practices, such as clear-cutting, in-ocean fish farming, and deep-sea draggers. Ban industrial development in parks.
Get out of NAFTA – Sovereignty, not capitalist “globalization”: Abrogate NAFTA and the ‘free trade’ deal with Colombia. Get out of the “Security and Prosperity Partnership”, the “Canada-European Union Trade Agreement” and other moves toward “deep integration” with the USA and EU. Cancel the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) which supersedes local government powers. Stop and reverse the expansion of U.S. and other transnational control over key sectors of the domestic economy.
Housing is a basic human right!: Take emergency action by investing at least 1% of annual federal and provincial budgets for a massive program of new social, cooperative and non-profit housing. Establish federal-provincial-municipal land banks. Ban evictions, mortgage foreclosures and utility cut-offs due to unemployment.
End “security state” laws: Repeal the Anti-Terrorism Act, and abolish secret detention without trial, “national security” certificates and the “no-fly list”. Rescind the new “border security declaration” which includes sharing information with the US Department of Homeland Security, and allows U.S. troops to enter Canada during “emergencies.” Ban “racial profiling” by the state. Defend the right to free speech and dissent, including criticism of the Israeli state’s apartheid policies. Stop government spying, police violence and agents provocateurs, and the use of the courts to repress civil and democratic rights. Strengthen parliamentary oversight of the armed forces and civilian control of the RCMP and CSIS; strengthen and enforce punishments for police wrong-doing. Ban the use of tasers. Demand immediate release of child soldier Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay.
Justice for Aboriginal peoples and Quebec: Recognize the national rights of Aboriginal peoples and Quebec to self-determination, up to and including secession. Draft and adopt a new, democratic constitution based on an equal and voluntary partnership of the Aboriginal peoples, Quebec, and English-speaking Canada. Rescind the “Clarity” Act. Abolish the Senate. Remove vestiges of colonialism from all federal legislation; act now for just settlement of land claims, including natural resource-sharing agreements, without extinguishment of inherent Aboriginal title. Take emergency action to improve living conditions, employment, health and housing of Aboriginal peoples, and immediately end the racist and discriminatory cap on educational and health funding for treaty First Nations.
Full equality for women: Reverse the Harper attacks on women’s equality programs. Close the wage gap – legislate full pay and employment equity. Guarantee accessible and publicly funded abortion and reproductive rights services in every province and territory. Establish a publicly financed and administered system of universal, quality, affordable childcare with Canada-wide standards. Increase wages for child care workers. Protect women’s right to EI maternity coverage; expand parental benefits to 52 weeks. Fund equality-seeking women’s groups. End violence against women and provide adequate funding for crisis centres and transition houses. Restore funding to the Sisters In Spirit initiative on the thousands of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada.
A future for youth – Education for all!: Increase federal support for universal, quality public education at all levels; rollback and eliminate tuition fees for post-secondary education. Stop the drive to ‘corporatize’ education, and protect free speech on campuses. Shift from loans to grants for student assistance. Significantly increase funding and access to training and apprenticeship programs. Build better schools and colleges, not more prisons and “boot camps.” Reject attempts to criminalize youth; restore the age of consent to 14.
Guarantee equality: Oppose all forms of racism and discrimination. Strengthen and enforce affirmative action and employment equity programs for Aboriginal peoples, racialized communities and persons with disabilities. Ban all discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Guarantee the rights of Aboriginal peoples and people with disabilities for equal access to social, medical and educational facilities and services. Strengthen laws and enforcement against hate crimes and neo-fascist groups, and prosecute war criminals living in Canada.
A Democratic Immigration Policy: No one is illegal; stop deportations of immigrants and refugees, and reverse cuts to legal aid. Repeal Bill C-50 and end the racist quota system which discriminates against immigrants from developing countries. Defeat Bill C-49, which criminalizes refugees entering Canada. Full redress for Chinese head-tax payers and their families. Scrap the “Live-in Caregiver” Program, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.
Make every vote count: Enact mixed-member proportional representation and the right to recall MPs. Guarantee equal treatment for all registered political parties. Amend the Broadcast Act to give equal time to all parties, so that voters can make informed choices. Lower the voting age to 16. Conduct comprehensive enumeration before every election. Remove restrictions on the right of unions to donate to political parties; enforce the ban on corporate donations. Members of Parliament to receive the average workers’ wages and benefits.
A Bill of Rights for Labour: Enshrine in the constitution the right of workers to organize, strike and bargain collectively, and to take collective political action. Ban strike-breaking and scabbing. Strengthen labour standards; block anti-labour “right-to-work” laws. Place farm workers, domestic workers, and migrant workers under federal jurisdiction with full labour standards and the right to organize and bargain collectively. Make May 1 a statutory federal holiday.
A new deal for cities: Give constitutional status and wealth taxing powers to municipalities. Return 50% of gas and road user taxes to cities. Increase core funding for capital and operating costs of expanded mass urban transit. Rebuild crumbling municipal and provincial infrastructure. Reverse “downloading” which forces cities to pay for social programs. Re-establish low-interest loans to cities and towns.
Support family farms – defend Canada’s food sovereignty: Ensure Canada’s food sovereignty through policies that benefit family farms and fishers, including income supports – no more bankruptcies! Save the Canadian Wheat Board – expand or re-establish single-desk selling for more crops and livestock. Reduce rail freight rates and curb the agro-industrial monopolies; set price controls to reduce the cost of farm inputs. Increase food safety inspections. Set price controls on staple foods for Northern communities. Support organic farming; reduce the use of antibiotics, fertilizers, pesticides, and other potentially harmful farm inputs, and ban “terminator” seeds in Canada. Require labelling of genetically-modified food products, and reduce the scale of the GMO food system.
Since 1921, the Communist Party of Canada has been in the forefront of working class and progressive struggles, fighting for peace, jobs, democracy, sovereignty, and internationalism.
Program of the Communist Party of Canada:
- Our aim is Socialism
- Capitalism in Canada
- Canada in a changing world
- The Canadian State; The nations and peoples of Canada and the crisis of democracy
- The working class and people’s struggle
- For a people’s Government
- Building Socialism
- The Communist Party
The Communist Party of Canada is the Marxist-Leninist party of the working class dedicated to the cause of socialism. It is a voluntary organization of like-minded people which strives to unite in its ranks the most politically advanced and active members of the working class and of other sections of the people exploited by monopoly who are prepared to work for the achievement of working class state power and the building of a socialist Canada. The Communist Party of Canada has no interests separate and apart from those of the working class from which it springs. Support and work for the Party program is the basis of membership in the Party.
The multi-national character of our country finds expression in the Communist Party, and is reflected in the Communist Party of Quebec which is a distinct entity, within the Communist Party of Canada, having complete control of its own policies and structures in Quebec.
The organizational principles of the Communist Party are determined by its political aims. To guide the working class to the achievement of these aims, and to lead the people’s struggle, the Party must be founded on firm ideological, political and organizational unity, and on the continuous organized activity of its members in close contact with the working people, knowing their views and needs, and able to explain Party policy. Democratic centralism is the organizational principle which ensures this. Democratic centralism combines the maximum of democratic discussion and participation of the membership in Party life, with the self-imposed obligation to carry out majority decisions and execution of these decisions by an elected centralized leadership capable of leading the entire Party. It includes full discussion by the entire membership of the policies necessary to advance the aims of the Party’s program. Decisions as to what these policies must be are made by majority vote which are then binding on all members. This enables the Party to act as a united whole in all conditions of the struggle. Unity derives from agreement on the socialist program of the Party and the recognition that while differences may arise as to how best to advance the aims of the program under changing circumstances, there must be unity of action in executing decisions once they are made by majority vote. Thus the Party is a united, militant organization in which factional or splitting activities are impermissible. All Party members must carry out Party decisions, the minority must abide by majority decisions, and lower organizations must carry out decisions of higher organizations.
The principles of democratic centralism are binding on all Communists; the members of the Communist Party of Quebec, as members of the Communist Party of Canada, participate fully, on the basis of equality, in its life and activities, in its Conventions, Central Committee and leadership, take part in the collective formulation of policy and share in the common responsibility for action in the interests of the working class of Canada. All Party committees are elected. Elected committees are bound by Party policies as decided by conventions. They have the right to make decisions on the basis of these policies, and all Party members and lower Party committees are obliged to carry them out. All Party committees must report regularly on their work to the Party organization which elected them and must abide by the principle of collective leadership coupled with individual responsibility.
The basic organization of the Communist Party is the Party Club. It should educate, encourage and in all ways develop each Party member to become an active worker for the Party’s program and policies among their fellow workers.
Principled criticism and self-criticism carried on in a comradely and objective manner strengthens the solidarity and unity of the Party and enables it to improve its ties with the people. Any tendency to suppress or evade principled criticism is detrimental to the Party and must be constantly opposed.
In its consistent defence of the real interests of Canada, the Communist Party is guided by the world outlook of Marxism-Leninism. The Communist Party of Canada upholds the time-honoured and tested principle of working-class internationalism. It develops fraternal ties with Communist and Workers’ Parties of other countries for the victory of the common aims of the working class.
Party Leader: Mr. Miguel Figueroa
290A Danforth Avenue
Toronto ON M4K 1N6
Web site: www.communist-party.ca
Chief Agent: Mr. Dan Goldstick
290A Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON M4K 1N6
Auditor: Mr. Krishan Suntharalingam, CA
885 Progress Avenue, Suite UPH-9
Toronto ON M1H 3G3
Full name of the division: BC Provincial Committee, CPC
Chief Executive Officer of the division: Mr. George Gidora
706 Clark Drive
Vancouver BC V5L 3J1
Full name of the division: Ontario Provincial Committee, CPC
Chief Executive Officer of the division: Mr. Wilfred Szczesny
290A Danforth Avenue
Toronto ON M4K 1N6