OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF
Funding for Social Programs!
program of CPC(M-L): Stop Paying
Rich; Increase Funding for Social Programs!, was first issued at
time of the 1997 federal election. It is a pro-social program to
the Historic Initiative which the Party launched on January 1, 1995; it
is a program to build the nation afresh by involving all Canadians in
the problems facing them and society.
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program was elaborated in the course of the nation-wide struggle of the
working class and people against the anti-social offensive pursued by
at all levels and, in particular, in the course of the fight-back
of the Ontario working class and people. CPC(M-L) calls on
you to elaborate the program
with its objective of democratic renewal, according to the requirements
of the times.
is needed is a new and modern Canada, a Canada which is humane and
where the people exercise their sovereignty and collectively stand as
champions of what is best in the world. Such a Canada can be built by
with the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) in this Historic
Initiative. Such a new and modern Canada will stand as an inspiration
people everywhere and contribute to opening the door for the progress
the entire world. It Can be Done! It Must be Done! Join in! This is
the Way Forward!
THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF
believes that all aspects of political, economic and social life in
need renewal. This can be brought about only if the people are
They can exercise their sovereignty only if the fundamental law of the
land vests sovereignty in the people and if the institutions and laws
Canada guarantee it. Canadians have expressed their wish for modern
on many occasions, as they did clearly during the Spicer Commission
They have repeatedly said that they need to take measures and begin
towards affirming their sovereignty and creating the required renewed
They also see the need to take the same approach towards the problems
the economy which is in deep crisis. This crisis has become chronic,
a jobless recovery and general insecurity. The same is the case with
political process which marginalizes the people and reduces them to the
role of voting cattle.
The people of Canada must deal also with the problems of culture and
sovereignty: working for the formation of a free and equal union
the nation of Quebec, the nations of the Aboriginal peoples and the
of Canada, and building a truly multicultural society in which the
and cultures of all Canadians are given official recognition and are
The principle that all people have claims on the society by virtue of
human must be held as the overriding principle of the society, along
gender equality and freedom of conscience and lifestyle. A new, modern,
truly democratic society in which people are sovereign is the urgent
for Canadians to free themselves of the legacy of the
19th century colonial foundation.
The creation of such a society is the immediate aim of the Communist
of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), consistent with its long-term aim of
a socialist society as the transition to communism, which will usher in
a classless society.
Stop Paying the Rich — Increase
Funding for Social Programs
in a modern society, planning is indispensable to its overall
The first step towards a planned modern society is the economic and
program to Stop Paying the Rich — Increase Funding for Social Programs.
It is a political program because its starting point is the
of the individual interests of the members of society with those of
collectives, and of their collective interests with the general
It is an economic program which would ensure that people have the
resources in their own hands to plan and build the economic foundation
of a new and modern society. This economic program will immediately:
Paying the Rich — Increase Funding for Social Programs.
a moratorium on the debt.
all banks and other financial institutions.
fiscal and budgetary requisitions for health, education and other
programs in order to immediately assist the most vulnerable sections of
• Democratic Renewal
the people to exercise their sovereignty and govern themselves, there
an immediate need to: PROCLAIM A NEW AND MODERN CONSTITUTION
modern constitution must enshrine:
rights and duties of all citizens without any discrimination on the
of language, race, national origin, religion, gender, lifestyle,
age, wealth or on any other basis;
right of Quebec to self-determination, up to and including secession;
hereditary rights of the Aboriginal peoples; the injustices of the past
and the harm done to them must be redressed through the provision of
rights of the national minorities of Canada, including the recognition
of the equality of all languages and cultures and the creation of
for their flourishing;
vesting of sovereignty in the people.
the people of Canada to exercise their sovereignty, this new and modern
constitution must lay down as a fundamental principle that there can
Election Without Selection.
Under the fundamental law that elected representatives and all
must be subordinate to the electorate, the constitution must enshrine:
Right to an Informed Vote;
Right to Recall;
Right to Initiate Legislation.
These laws must be turned into reality through the creation of
which enable the electors to exercise their right to elect and to be
and facilitate their maximum participation in governance. A Canada-Wide
Electoral Commission, as well as Electoral Committees in each
would be bodies to replace Elections Canada. The finances and
currently provided to Elections Canada and to Members of Parliament to
operate their constituency offices would be reallocated to fund the
of the Canada-Wide Electoral Commission and Electoral Committees. The
of Parliament would conduct their affairs through the Electoral
to which they would be subordinate.
The Canada-Wide Electoral Commission and the Electoral Committees would
be entrusted with two key tasks: 1) Guaranteeing that all electors can
exercise their right to elect and be elected; and 2) Ensuring that the
elected representatives are subordinate to the electors and serve their
interests. These bodies would involve a large number of people,
in the task of ensuring the subordination of the elected to the
new and modern constitution must establish:
rights of all citizens and residents by virtue of being human.
a guarantee to these rights, the constitution must hold the society,
the governments which represent that society, responsible to provide
with the highest possible standard of living within the existing
It must also set out the aim of raising this standard to higher levels,
consistent with the development of society, so as to meet the
needs of the people for health care, education, culture and other
of life. The constitution must guarantee the recognition of the claims
of all people on society by virtue of being human, as well as the
based on the conditions of their collectivity in the case of women,
workers and all other collectives in the society.
• Renewal of International Relations
of international relations, the renewal of Canada requires a foreign
which bases itself on:
for all peoples fighting for their rights;
of equality and mutual benefit amongst sovereign nations based on
in the internal affairs of sovereign nations.
modernization of Canada’s foreign relations would include immediate
withdrawal from all economic and military blocs. This entails:
withdrawal of Canada from the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the North
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
withdrawal of Canada from NORAD and NATO;
democratization of the United Nations based on the principle that all
big or small, have an equal say;
the right of all nations to decide upon their own system and opposing
efforts of any country or group of countries to dictate what kind of
a country can or cannot have; opposing the Paris Charter and the
of Security and Cooperation in Europe; and opposing the blockades
Republic of Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and similar
pressures exerted against other countries.