December 17, 2018
2018 Photo Review
Taking Bold Stands in Defence
of the Rights of All and to
Make Canada a Zone for Peace
With this issue of TML Daily, CPC(M-L) begins its month-by-month 2018
2018, Canadian, Quebeckers and
Indigenous peoples took bold stands in defence of the rights of all.
The year began in
Sudbury, with the travelling exhibition "Walking with Our Sisters."
This beautiful and moving tribute brought together people in memory of
thousands of Indigenous women and girls and to demand an end to their
disappearances and murders. This tenacious spirit of all those involved
in this fight for rights and justice imbued this and many other
struggles in 2018.
The tone for the year
was also set with vigorous stands taken by aluminum smelter workers in
Bécancour, Quebec when they were locked out by the company on January
11. Throughout the year, their determined defence of their rights
against company demands for concessions and their fight that the Quebec
government must not allow the company to pay for its lockout through
reneging on its payments to Hydro Quebec has won the solidarity and
financial support of workers across Quebec and Canada and continues as
the year comes to an end.
The support of Canadians
from all walks of life for peace, justice and reunification on the
Korean Peninsula was expressed in a big way at the warmongering
Vancouver conference of the aggressor powers in the Korean War. Weekly
pickets restarted in January to call for a peaceful resolution of the
tensions on the Korean Peninsula and that Canada act as a factor for
January also saw the
first anniversary of the Trump presidency and the 2017 Women's March on
Washington and the coordinated actions around the world in which
millions participated expressing their opposition to the vicious
anti-social offensive. The occasion was marked with marches across
Canada and around the world in which women's rights and the demand for
missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls were put on
the agenda on a broad scale from the beginning of the year.
In Ontario, the
Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) began regular
meetings amongst working people to discuss how to take part in the June
Ontario election, on the basis that working people themselves, by using
their speech, can and must affirm their conscience and establish a
framework with which to intervene in a manner that favours them.
Going into 2018,
CPC(M-L) called on people to reject "any outlook that seeks to imbue us
with a view that no alternative is possible. We reject an outlook that
tells us human beings have no other option but to submit to the police
powers over which not only we, the people, exercise no control but over
which those who have seized power by force exercise no control either."
The events in January set a good direction for people to take their own
independent stands in defence of the rights of all.
Walking With Our
Sisters' travelling exhibit of more
than 1,800 pairs of unfinished moccasins reaches Sudbury. These
moccasin tops (vamps) represent unfinished lives and are an expression
of the demand for justice for the thousands of missing and murdered
Indigenous women and girls.
Party of Quebec (PMLQ) holds a lively New Year
Montreal, with broad participation of workers from many sectors as well
as youth and students and people from various communities. Amongst
other things, the PMLQ highlights the need for the workers to intervene
in the general election to be held in Quebec in October, on the basis
of themselves finding the solutions for the serious problems facing
Montreal weekly picket
and petition signing for peace on the Korean
outside the ABI smelter in Bécancour, Quebec,
after the lockout begins the previous
A brunch and discussion
organized in Toronto by the Workers' Centre of
CPC(M-L) brings together working people from across southern Ontario to
apprise themselves of the tasks facing them in the coming year, how
issues pose themselves and how to intervene.
Pickets, discussions and
other activities in Vancouver
Vancouver meeting of foreign ministers of the aggressor nations in the
Korean War and call for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Information pickets and
signings are held in Toronto (below), Montreal and Edmonton, to ensure
Canadians are informed about events on the Korean
Peninsula and Canada's dangerous role.
Monthly pickets in
Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver demand an end
to the criminal
U.S. blockade of Cuba.
The work to relieve the Cuban people of this attack on
their human rights, interference in their economy, international
relations and trade takes on renewed urgency with the setback in U.S.
relations with Cuba imposed by the Trump presidency.
Across Canada, women's
marches on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the
Women's March on Washington and related actions around the world in
2017, reject the broad assault on rights taking place under the Trump
presidency in the U.S. A notable feature of the actions in Canada is
the demand for justice for missing and
murdered Indigenous women and girls.
(Photos: TML, Women's March 2018, Xinhua, Les EssentiElles, A. Gagnon,
R. Boilbeau, G. Caliskan, D. Osmond, Foundry Photo, L. MacDonald, A.
Hufane, @huile_doppler, N. Tabandcura, K. Rosenkrantz, snapd, J. Jules,
C. Marie, K. Shields, D. Maria, YWCA, T. Philips, D. Fairbairn, G.
Working people from
across southern Ontario begin regular meetings in
Hamilton to discuss their concerns, the fights they and their
collectives are waging, and how to break the silence on these concerns
in the June Ontario election.
University of Northern
BC food service workers rally for better wages
and working conditions.
Workers rally in
Montreal outside the sixth round of talks to
renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, on the basis that
neo-liberal free trade has only served the private interests of big
business, not that of working people or the public.
Rallies and vigils
on the first anniversary of the shootings at the
Quebec City mosque, reaffirm the social solidarity between Canadians
from all walks of life and their fundamental opposition to
attempts to sow divisions based on race, religion or any other
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