September 29, 2018 - No. 33
Concern to the
Comes to a Close
as a Tactic in BC Referendum
on Proportional Representation
- Peter Ewart -
• Sham New
Rules for Federal Environmental Impact Assessments
• No More Missing! No More Murdered!
Sisters in Spirit Vigils October 4
• Canada's Bid for a Seat on the
of the United Nations
- George Allen -
• The People Don't Need a First Let
Second Conservative Party
- Anna Di Carlo, National Leader,
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada -
Militant Resistance to
• Ontario Students Do Not Consent to Ford's
Anti-Social Agenda -- 40,000 Walk Out of Classes
• Women in Ontario Take Back the
Inter-Korean Summit Held in Pyongyang
• Summit Advances Cause of Korean
Reunification and Peace
- Philip Fernandez -
• Report of Inter-Korean
Summit in Pyongyang
• Text of September Pyongyang Joint
• Important Conference to Be Held in New York
• Delegation from Korean Federation
in Canada Inspired
by DPRK's 70th Anniversary Celebrations
Matters of Concern to the Polity
Quebec Election Comes to a Close
TML Weekly asked Pierre Chénier, leader of the
Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ), his thoughts on the Quebec
election in the final days of the campaign. That interview is published
TML Weekly: Thank you Pierre for this
opportunity to discuss your views on the Quebec election which
will end in a few days, on Monday, October 1. What do
you think about the election and what are the prospects?
Pierre Chénier: The election
has been a
boorish public display of infighting among the main traditional
parties which form the cartel party system. They are desperate to
either form the next government -- but have no vision to present -- or
to not get wiped out because people are so fed up with their lack
of a program for Quebec, their lack of vision.
The election has revealed in a very stark way that the
citizens play no role in elections except to vote. This exercise
is said to be the guarantee of a democratic system. However, to
be reduced to the status of voters in a system in which all the
other decisions are made by a ruling class which does not
represent the citizens' interests is not perceived to be democratic at
all. Who chooses the candidates? What are the issues? What are
the desirable results? Everything is decided by political
parties which represent the narrow private interests of a minority,
also by the monopoly-owned media.
Despite this, it is said that those who represent these
minority interests will form a majority government and a small party
like ours is called fringe. It is a bad joke imposed on the
people by virtue of who controls the political power, who makes
the laws, and who implements these laws. The working people are on
the receiving end of everything.
Only the working people are fit to elaborate solutions
problems faced by the people and the society itself. How to guarantee
health care and education and
deliver them, or carry out production in agriculture and
industry is not
rocket science. But the working people are literally not permitted to
decide these matters. It is the monopolies and supranational
interests and the financial institutions and so-called investors
who decide, and governments are at their disposal. It is not a new
problem but the dangers being posed to our societies and our
world are graver than ever. This problem requires a solution.
This is why the renewal of the political process is the
issue taken up by the PMLQ. The process needs to be democratized by
eliminating the role of privilege and the inequality between those
who rule and those who are ruled. Sovereignty must be vested in
the citizenry, not an elite which represents minority private
People express serious concerns that all their efforts
empower themselves come to naught precisely because everything
is done to make sure they do not participate directly in the political
life. When they do, measures are in place to criminalize
them and their participation. The electoral law is also for that
purpose. It divides the polity between those who rule and
those who are ruled. In other words, the citizen is not an equal
member with all others in a political body, with equal rights. It
is not this body politic which is vested with decision-making
power, but those who have usurped power and say they act in the
name of the people.
TMLW: There are 22 registered
the Quebec election and 940 candidates running for seats in 125
constituencies. You said your party is considered fringe. Can you
elaborate what you mean?
PC: Not surprisingly, we do not consider
ourselves fringe. In fact we provide the working people, who
represent the majority, with an opportunity to speak in their own
name. They use their own voice to explain the real conditions of life
and work they experience, and their concerns. They can be heard
through our online paper during this electoral process, which
criminalizes ordinary citizens and their organizations -- whether
the defence organizations of the workers or social justice
organizations -- if they spend money to be heard in an election. To
spend money they have to register as "third parties." It's offensive to
have citizens reduced to "third parties" in an election!
Furthermore, this business of calling small parties
"fringe" shows the disdain of the ruling elite and the monopoly-owned
media for democracy. Privilege, power and contempt for the people oozes
from their every pore.
Who chose them to decide who is worthy of being elected
who is not? Nobody. Using the power conferred on them by a system
which defends the private interests who rule the roost, they created a
party system of government and electoral laws which dictate that
only the parties which serve the rich can form governments.
But now that supranational interests are dictating the
direction of the economy, and social and cultural policy on an
anti-social and anti-national basis, they have lost control
of even their own legislatures. They are hard pressed to claim their
governments have the consent of the governed when everything is
dictated by the biggest oligopolies in the world.
TMLW: Tell us about the
participation of the
PMLQ in this election.
PC: In this election, the PMLQ would
see a minority government. We think this is an outcome which
better favours the people within a situation in which no party
government will stop paying the rich and increase investments in
social programs. It would hit at the fraud which claims that
elections give whomever forms a majority government a mandate to
implement an anti-social, anti-national agenda with the consent
of the governed. These governments do not have the consent of the
governed. It is a fraud. But also, in this day and age, the
anti-national reference is to the stranglehold over Quebec by
supranational private interests as well as its integration into
U.S. Homeland Security and wars of occupation and aggression. We
cannot solve problems of the economy or of a social, cultural and
political nature so long as these narrow, private minority
interests are running the show.
Of course, I am speaking to you on the eve of the
election which has been declared either too close to call at this
point, or difficult to predict, because the first-past-the-post method
of counting votes means there is no correlation between who gets the
majority of votes and who gets the majority of seats. These predictions
also do not take into account whether the conditions are there for the
working class to express its own wisdom and have an impact on the
results by voting in a manner which rejects all these parties and their
Certainly, the ruling class wants a majority government
that it can continue to destroy any arrangements which defend the
public interest and accelerate the privatization of social
programs, the destruction of unions, and the marginalization of any
organizations which fight for social justice or the health of the
environment. They claim that these views and actions are harmful
to the economy or are extremist or they use other pretexts
to keep the workers away from taking up politics themselves. The ruling
class has a great deal at stake and has all the means and money at its
disposal to manipulate the results to get what it wants.
But, as we said, the working people represent the
interests. They too have their wisdom, no matter how badly the
cards are stacked against them.
The PMLQ has 25 candidates in this election on the basis
its platform to humanize the natural and social environment. By
going all out for democratic renewal, the workers will build a
modern Quebec that defends the rights of all. This is how rights
are defended, by taking concerted action as one polity which has
an aim to defend the rights of all. It is not by splitting our
ranks among self-serving parties or on the basis of "identity
politics" which cause confusion, acrimony and divisions. We work
against permitting these alien forces to declare the issues and
agenda for discussion.
Our daily newspaper, Chantier politique, poses
of working together so that the sovereign decision-making power
over all the affairs of society is vested in the people and not
in the supranational private interests and their nation-wrecking.
Of course it is a small initiative but the quality is there and
when there is quality, quantity can follow.
Chantier politique does this in a practical
way, by making sure the voice and concerns of the working
people are heard, which is
the very first step in addressing the need for political
mechanisms that empower the people to play a role that favours
them. You can read it at pmlq.qc.ca.
also published in English. And our program is available in
several languages on our website as well.
When the workers speak for themselves, in their own
ends the status imposed by the electoral law that they are
mere spectators to a horse race between those parties the ruling class
has decided it can live with forming a government.
TMLW: It is a fact that Quebec is
made the first target of attack by the ruling class of the
Canadian state. Is this a factor in this election?
PC: Yes of course. In Quebec we
social and national cohesion that the Canadian ruling class and
its Quebec counterparts want to smash at any cost. Everything is
done in this election to raise Quebeckers' fear of "the
other" -- a fictitious danger, against immigration, as if
eliminating immigrants will restore the rights of the people!
These attempts have never succeeded, not because the separatism
card is no longer on the table but because the workers are
fighting for what belongs to them and to the society by right. We
will see what they are able to achieve in this election.
TMLW: Thank you. We wish you well.
Diversion as a Tactic in BC Referendum on Proportional
Banner hung from overpass in Victoria, BC.
The term "red herring" got its name from the practice of
throwing hunting dogs off the scent of a fox by distracting them with
smoked herrings. It is used today to describe a notorious logical
fallacy used by unethical debaters to divert from the topic at
In the upcoming referendum in British Columbia on
Proportional Representation (PR), there is plenty of evidence of
"red herrings" being tossed around by the No side, which is
arguing for keeping the existing first-past-the-post
One example is the No side claims
that PR will facilitate neo-Nazis, racists and other
"extremists" gaining influence and seats, and even coming to
power. To prove their point, they cherry-pick history, mystify the
sources of racism and fascism, and ignore historical facts.
Another example is their claim that PR will result in
provincial party bosses" will appoint MLAs from the Lower
Mainland to take over seats in the Interior or North. In
addition, anonymous ads are being circulated online claiming that
PR will mean "farewell to your local MLAs." No one in the Vote PR camp,
either inside or outside the
Legislature, is advocating "closed lists." Under PR, voters will
vote directly for local and regional candidates. Yet, despite
this fact, the No side keeps repeating the falsehood in
interviews that voters will "lose" their local MLA.
The No side, without any credible evidence, is also
that PR "will completely derail the provincial economy." In so
doing, they neglect to explain why the economies of Germany,
Scandinavia and other European countries which use PR, have not
been "derailed" by it. Nor do they explain why no country that
has switched from first-past-the-post to PR has ever decided to go back
According to the No side, PR
are "too complicated" for British Columbians to understand. Yet,
in their occupations, British Columbians operate a modern,
technologically sophisticated economy every day of the year. They
also have no trouble filling out their tax forms. It shows that
implicit within this claim is that somehow the people of the
province are inferior in intelligence to people in other
countries who routinely use PR in their elections.
In a similar vein, complaints are being made about the
consultation process that led up to the formulation of the
referendum question, as well as about the nature of the question
itself. Some on the No side are even demanding the referendum be called
off and a new process be launched, similar to the
2004 Citizens' Assembly. With the voting period less than a month
away, they know that a cancellation will not happen. They also
know that a provincial government is not even legislatively bound
to hold a referendum to change the voting system, but are pushing
the cancellation argument anyway in order to create confusion
and an atmosphere of hysteria.
The purpose of these diversions is to stop people from
organizing themselves in a manner which serves their interests.
It is to stop them having serious discussion and developing an
informed analysis about the issue before them in this referendum
-- which is whether or not to adopt PR
as a voting system. It is also aimed at stopping any further
discussion about the need to renew the entire electoral
Close to 200 people attended a discussion on electoral reform in
Kelowna, July 5, 2018.
The corporate and political elite are wary of the
of British Columbia and Canada getting involved in changing or
challenging the status quo of the existing electoral process, even
in small ways. And that is why their modus
operandi is diversion
with the aim of depriving the people of their own outlook and
On the other hand, British Columbians are empowering
themselves across the province by keeping their eye on the ball
and coming forward to educate themselves and participate in
serious discussion about the PR issue. That is the way forward in
this referendum and beyond.
Pride Day in Nelson, BC.
Sham New Rules for Federal Environmental
Proposed revisions to rules around federal environmental
impact assessments and the revamp of the National Energy Board
(NEB) contained in Bill C-69 are now before the Senate. The bill is by
accounts a sham to make it appear that projects like the Trans
Mountain Pipeline will be subject to adequate and trustworthy
environmental impact assessments because it allows greater provincial
coordination and consolidates all reviews under uniform
processes of a single agency called the Impact Assessment Agency
However, those representing investors, the mining
industry and those who build pipelines are not satisfied with Bill
C-69. The issues they raise reveal that the bill gives the
Minister of the Environment the power to make arbitrary decisions which
the rule of law and it continues to by-pass the government's
constitutional duty to consult.
An article written by Grant Bishop, Associate Director,
Research at the C.D. Howe Institute argues that the federal
government "needs to address significant concerns with Bill C-69
to assuage industry and investor uncertainty." The Mining
Association of Canada has noted that "the legislation laudably
aims to improve impact assessment in a number of ways and instil
greater public confidence in approvals. Indeed, Bill C-69 may
improve impact assessments by allowing greater provincial
coordination and by consolidating all reviews under uniform
processes of a single agency."
However, Bishop writes, "the legislation creates
confusion about the standard for project approvals and many are
concerned about predictability. There are significant risks with
its 'one size fits all' assessment framework across mines and
linear pipelines. Certain in industry fear the National Energy
Board's expertise and well-developed practices could be
compromised in the shuffle."
"A major anxiety is that Bill C-69 is silent on
removes the long-established 'interested party' test to control
participation in hearings. The new agency will have to develop
some standard for who participates, and many from industry fear
'death by inundation' from political opponents without a direct
relationship to a project."
Bishop then refers to a submission from the Canadian
Association which details "further problems:"
"'Economic impact' of a project is not expressly
a factor to be weighed in determining the public interest. While
the bill prescribes timelines, the legislation does not
constrain cabinet's discretion for indefinite extensions. The
bill prescribes a set of 20 mandatory factors for the impact
assessment while the minister or cabinet is only to consider a
subset of five factors for determining whether a project is in
the public interest. It's ambiguous how factors should be weighed
and whether aspects of the impact assessment can simply be
ignored when determining the public interest. The bill mandates
consideration of how a project will impact Canada's climate
change obligations; however, it does not specify whether this
intends to include upstream or downstream greenhouse gas
emissions, nor indicate how carbon pricing should be
considered. [TML emphasis.]
"Moreover, legal confusion remains about the scope of a
'designated project.' This is highlighted in the NEB's error in
TransMountain on whether the project included the potential
effects of marine traffic.
"Additionally, the big
holdup on projects has been the
federal government's own difficulties fulfilling the duty to
consult, and Bill C-69 will not solve the missteps witnessed on
TransMountain. Importantly, the duty to consult belongs to the
Crown, not project proponents. And this is a constitutional duty
that legislation cannot alter.
"Notably, of roughly 25 decisions of Federal Courts
concerning the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012, 14
involved challenges on the federal government's duty to
consult. Those only concerning environmental assessments or
procedural challenges were almost all dismissed. The quashing of
the approval for Northern Gateway resulted from the Harper
government's failure to adequately consult indigenous groups.
Similarly, in the recent TransMountain decision found the Trudeau
government failed to fulfill its consultative duty."
This bill is in fact a farce and a sham. The government
of carrying out its constitutional duty to consult or establish
precise guidelines which are in the public interest because the
aim is to serve the interests of private investors, and the mining,
oil, construction and high tech industries involved in these
projects. It is the struggle of the working people and the Indigenous
peoples united as one which not only exposes this
pretence on the part of the Trudeau government, but also does not
let the government get away with it.
No More Missing! No More Murdered!
Sisters in Spirit Vigils
This is the 13th year that Sisters in Spirit vigils are
being held across Canada and Quebec, remembering and
honouring Indigenous women and girls who have been murdered or gone
and demanding an end to the continuing violence. Despite all the
fine words from the Trudeau government on a new relationship with
the Indigenous peoples, the murders and disappearances continue
In their announcement for this year's vigil on
Hill, the Families of Sisters in Spirit state "We are angry that
after 12 years of October 4th vigils, and millions of dollars
spent by this government, nothing has changed. Poverty,
dispossession, child apprehension, violence, death, mass
incarceration and criminalization are still everyday
They say further, "For the past
two years, federal
leadership, including the Prime Minister of Canada, have showed up
to our annual event and taken up space. Space that isn't theirs
to take, where they have made shallow gestures of support and made
more empty promises than we can count. Not this year.
"This year we will read the names of all the women,
and Two-Spirit people who have been killed and/or disappeared
since the Trudeau government came into power and since the
National Inquiry began. These numbers are staggering and the
violence done to Indigenous women's, girls' and Two-Spirit
peoples' bodies has been ongoing and unyielding." Further, they
state: "If any members of Parliament or other privileged
leadership are interested, they should show up as a
spectator/witness/listener and stand in the crowd. They will not
be given space to speak this year."
The Trudeau government came to power with an electoral
platform of promises to take immediate action to enact all 94
recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
starting with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples; and to "have a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with
Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition, rights, respect,
co-operation, and partnership." After almost three years in
government, the people are facing business as usual on all of
these fronts and in some cases even more nefarious attacks on
their rights under the guise of a "renewed relationship" with the
federal government. Decisions concerning resource developments on
Indigenous lands continue to be taken by the federal Cabinet
without the people's consent or say. The Trudeau Liberals
present Indigenous peoples with a "renewed" relationship of
subordination on a "take it or leave it" basis.
TML Weekly salutes all the families of the
Spirit who will not be silenced and do not accept business as
usual and calls on Canadians to stand with them in demanding
concrete measures be taken to end the violence against Indigenous
women and girls and to support the Indigenous peoples' demands for
recognition of their rights and sovereignty.
Canada's Bid for a Seat on the Security Council
of the United
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in New York during
third week of September to address the United Nations General
Assembly and also lobby other nations to get their support for
Canada's bid for a non-permanent Security Council seat for a
two-year term from 2021-23. The members of the General Assembly
will vote on the candidates in the fall of 2020 during the 75th
session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Canada is competing with Norway and Ireland for two of
ten non-permanent seats on the Security Council. To be a
non-permanent member, Canada must be chosen by members of its
regional group and confirmed by the other 192 members of the
One problem facing Canada is that the U.S. already has
a veto on the Security Council and, as part of NATO and NORAD and now
also U.S. Homeland Security, Canada has become an integral part of the
U.S. war machine. It will not be an independent voice on the Council
because the so-called national interest the government upholds is that
of the U.S. This often clashes with the interests of the European
powers for whom European Security includes opposition to U.S. control
of Europe. Canada belongs to the regional bloc which includes Europe
and is lobbying for the support of the European countries. Its rivals
for the seat are Norway, which also belongs to NATO, and
Ireland, which has not officially applied to join as a full member of
NATO due to its longstanding policy of military neutrality.
The last time Canada campaigned for a seat on the
Council was in 2010. The Harper government withdrew following the
second voting round after being pummelled 113 to 78 by eventual
winner Portugal. Pundits are currently predicting that, unless
things change drastically, Ireland will also beat Canada when
voting time comes.
The Trudeau government
likes to think it is seen as a
peacemaker but in fact it is emulating former Prime Minister
Harper by increasingly embroiling Canada in Iraq, in a war that
Canada ostensibly is not part of. This includes training Iraqi
troops in the north, working with Kurdish militia, and running a
NATO mission in Baghdad. All in all, Canada continues to
wholeheartedly support the U.S. military agenda in the Middle
East, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, which, once again,
is making the world a less, not more, secure place. Its
conception of security is definitely not one shared by the
majority of Canadians or the peoples of the world at a time the
Security Council is subject to the bullying of the U.S.
Alongside the U.S., Canada is spearheading groups, such
"Vancouver Group" against Korea and the Lima Group against Venezuela,
which connive to achieve regime
change and oppose what the Charter of the United Nations stands
for. These activities include support for terrorism in countries
such as Ukraine, Syria and Venezuela, amongst other places. They
block negotiated settlements to wars of aggression and civil wars
and interfere in the sovereign affairs of member states of the
UN. They support sanctions, which are themselves an act of war,
against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran,
Russia and Venezuela. Furthermore, they are not seen to be pro-active
in ensuring the
blockade is lifted against Cuba, whose people are
suffering greatly because of it. They protect Israel from
prosecution for war crimes, and so on.
Canada also has a poor record in the other major area
the UN's concern, which is to eradicate poverty, disease,
illiteracy and dangers posed by drought and climate change and
wars in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Canada's
development aid is currently 0.28 per cent of the Gross National
Income (GNI), a mere 40 per cent of the long-existing goal of 0.7
per cent. For the last six years that he was in power, Canada's
previous Prime Minister Stephen Harper actually froze
foreign aid and now the
Trudeau government presents excuses to avert meeting UN
Typically, Canada's foreign
aid has strings
this time these include not only using foreign aid to hand money over
those monopolies of various kinds whose goods and services are
contracted, but also to finance the companies engaged in military
ventures. Most of the aid Canada has given to Afghanistan has
been targeted to military objectives rather than human development.
It is another filthy way to pay the rich in the war industry.
Canada has also reduced aid to many of the world's
countries and increased aid to countries such as Colombia where
they are vying to gain economic and political advantages.
The activities Canada is engaged in on the world stage
illustrate what is wrong with the UN Security Council, which does
not have to be guided by the majority decisions taken by the
General Assembly. The wishes of the majority count for nothing in
the geo-political calculations of the big powers. The Security
Council is anachronistic, beginning with the fact that five of
its 15 members can veto any of its decisions even if they have
received the required nine affirmative Security Council votes.
The five members with permanent status and veto power had this
conferred after World War II to deal with a situation which no
The UN was founded in San Francisco on October 24, 1945
the aim of preventing another such conflict as World War II. At
its founding it had 51 member states; there are now 193. The UN
requires major reforms so that its mandate can be upheld.
Instead, the Security Council is subject to the bullying and
blackmail of the big powers and it does not uphold the rights of
the countries and peoples of the world.
Whenever the U.S. does not get its way, it simply forms
coalitions said to be of the willing to commit aggression and
wreak destruction of anything which refuses to come under its
control. Adding Canada to the Security Council is merely for
purposes of giving more legitimacy to the U.S. imperialist
striving for world domination, not for guaranteeing peace.
Canadians need to step up demands for the reform of the
United Nations so that it upholds its Charter. This is the crux
of the matter. The Trudeau government's bid for a seat on the
Security Council based on the phony claim that Canada is a
peacemaker seeks to divert from this need.
The People Don't Need a First Let Alone a
The unfolding saga surrounding MP Maxime Bernier's
defection from the Conservative Party and his recent announcement
that he would form a new "real conservative" party called "The
People's Party of Canada," raises obvious questions. Why would
Canada require a second conservative party and what is people's
about this "People's Party"?
The media and pundits of
the ruling class including,
significantly, the Washington Post, have been busy
building a case to suggest Bernier's new party is just what is
needed. To divert attention from precisely what need it is
filling and whose need that is, efforts are made to present it as
an entity which is somehow popular and therefore viable.
On August 23, as the Conservative Party Convention was
to begin, Bernier announced his resignation.
He told reporters assembled at a
press conference: "I am now convinced that what we will get if
Andrew Scheer becomes prime minister is just a more moderate
version of the disastrous Trudeau government." He said he wanted
to "do politics differently," and find "another way to give a
voice to millions of Canadians," and said "I will best serve Canadians
we start a new party." Scheer responded that
Bernier had chosen to "help Justin Trudeau" in the 2019 election,
rather than the Conservatives.
A week after his defection, the National
Post on August 31 gave Bernier space for an op-ed. He countered his
accusers, stating that he was neither a "sore loser" nor
interested in "splitting the conservative vote -- guaranteeing
Justin Trudeau's re-election." He wrote that his "real motives"
could be understood by reading up on "public choice theory," as
developed by 1986 Nobel economics prize winner James Buchanan.
Bernier wrote that public choice theory "explains how interest
groups hijack political debates and capture politicians, winning
huge benefits in the form of subsidies, trade protection, fiscal
or legal privileges and other favourable regulations. They are
willing to devote enormous lobbying effort and large amounts of
money to get them."
Bernier said that as Industry Minister in the Harper
Conservative regime, he found the Conservative Party was totally
reconciled to corporate subsidies, and that he had disassociated
himself from such subsidies. He said that whenever Harper made a
"big corporate welfare announcement," he would ask one of his
colleagues to make the official proclamation. He wrote: "Some may
remember that, in 2010, I publicly broke ranks with my colleagues
from the Quebec City area who were pushing our government to
subsidize a new sports amphitheatre in the city. They had seized
on this popular project to ... What else? Buy votes. They were
furious at me. I could mention the Bombardier bailout and many
other similar cases."
Bernier concluded that for the past 12 years, his main
concern has been "How to reconcile my desire to serve the public
with a political dynamic entirely dominated by pandering and
vote-buying strategies. Conservatives play that game as much as
the Liberals, even though it directly contradicts the
small-government, free-market principles the party purports to
Bernier added that his hopes to create a new party were
confidence by social media technology. "[W]ith the Internet, it
is now much easier and less costly to find relevant information
and mobilize around an issue. A small group of motivated citizens
can potentially have as much influence as a lobby group spending
millions of dollars. I know many Canadians are fed up with the
traditional way of doing politics. We'll see if enough of them
are ready to follow me."
A more accurate source of the "confidence" to create a
may well have been the August 15 Washington Post "Global
Opinions" item by J.J. McCullough on the issue. This is the same
U.S. newspaper that rails against foreign
interference in American elections. It carried a headline warning
that "Cautious Conservatism in Canada Won't Outshine Trudeau."
"Andrew Scheer, the head of Canada's Conservative Party,
nice man, a bright man, and by any objective standard, a man
capable of running the country," the American newspaper stated.
Scheer has 14 months to prove his case, the newspaper said and
added: "Polls reveal around 30 per cent of Canadians have no real
opinion of Scheer -- and it's not a stretch to believe much of
the other 70 per cent is lying." It reported an Ipsos poll which
found that on a host of metrics, from the environment to "the
affordability of your day to day life," large majorities feel
(Prime Minister) Trudeau has either effected no improvement or
made things worse." "It will not reflect well on Canadians if
they vote to re-elect a man they claim to find so deeply
unsatisfactory. And it will reflect no better on a Conservative
Party that could not close the deal," McCullough wrote for
the Washington Post.
Noting that Scheer has tried to present himself as a
moderate as compared to Harper, the U.S. newspaper article argued that
"Conservatives have much to risk in presenting themselves as
anything edgier than a reasonable alternative waiting in the
wings." The Washington Post
article then posited that "An alternative approach for
Conservatives would be positioning a candidate like Donald Trump
or Doug Ford" and suggested that Bernier might just be the man
for the job, "the dissident member of parliament
waging a social-media blitz to portray himself as the anti-Scheer
by taking aim at progressive bromides like 'diversity is our
strength' or 'check your privilege.'"
In this way, under the guise of discussing
personalities the demand of the financial oligarchy is to form the next
government by having a Trump or a Ford who are seen to be
"anti-establishment" champions capable of disinforming public opinion
so as to squelch resistance to the nation-wrecking anti-social measures
they take. In the name of "the people's choice," the aim is to continue
destroying barriers and conventions which impede the control of
the oligopolies over the economy and all material and human
resources while claiming the consent of the governed. This bogus
"public choice theory" claims that individual
preferences can be aggregated on the basis of mathematical
algorithms to extrapolate the collective opinion of "the people."
It glosses over the crucial fact that political power is a matter
of where decision-making is vested, whether in the owners of
private property or in the polity comprised of citizens with
rights conferred on an equal basis.
In this vein, presenting the formation of the party as
people's choice is important. On September 4, almost two weeks
before Bernier officially announced the formation of his new
party, the Globe and Mail commissioned a poll to see how
many people would support a new Conservative Party. "Seventeen
per cent of Canadians say they are open to voting for a new
conservative party led by Maxime Bernier, according to a Nanos
Research survey conducted for the Globe and Mail," the
On September 14, Bernier officially announced that his
party will be called "The People's Party of Canada." Commentator
Andrew Coyne immediately wrote an opinion piece on the matter of
the new party.
"In principle, there is room for a new party in
politics; arguably, there is a need for one," Coyne said. A party
"that proposed to end the money-go-round -- to wean the country's
business class, in particular, off the public teat, to shut down
the 'regional development' spigots and bust up the cartels that,
behind our protectionist walls, are permitted to genteelly pick
our pockets -- would therefore be a signal addition to our
politics," Coyne said.
Adding to the case of the kind of anti-people regime
international financial oligarchy is putting in place around the
world, Coyne explained: "A more robustly conservative party, in
particular, less burdened by the Conservatives' crippling
self-doubt, would be a welcome addition, even if I don't like all
of its ideas: millions of Canadians do, and it is wrong that they
should go unrepresented."
Referring to Bernier's failed bid for the leadership of
Conservative Party, Coyne said, "Bernier very nearly won that
campaign: there's obviously a market for what he's selling, at
least within the conservative movement. Presumably his leadership
team will make up the nucleus of the new party's organization. In
time it can begin to tap donors, attract members, recruit
candidates. Who knows?"
Memorial University political science professor Alex
added to the disinformation by corroborating the view that a
political party does not need to be political; all it needs is to
make good use of technology. "The ability to connect with people
is incredibly easier than it was," he told the Hill Times.
Twenty years ago the Green Party faced "a serious impediment"
in the high cost of long-distance telephone calls, he said.
In interviews, Bernier himself compared his situation
faced by Preston Manning who took many years to get his party off
the ground. Bernier did not mention either that the critical propeller
provided to Manning was by the oil industry's backing of the Reform
Party or who is backing him. Instead he said, "those [social]
network(s) did not exist. And we're using these networks to try
and draw attention."
According to the Hill Times' interviews with a
of Bernier supporters, his party, "could go further than nascent
political parties of the past, with social media as a means of
stoking the grassroots fires." Far from making sure that
decision-making power is in the hands of the members of the
polity -- "the people" -- the Hill
Times reported that Bernier is
following through on his "power-to-the-people promise" by putting
the reins into the hands of regional Facebook groups, thus giving
prospect to Canada's first virtual political party. The Hill
Times reported that support was evident in Ontario (1,511
Facebook members), Alberta (1,052) and British Columbia (639). It
reported "people are finding each other through social media,
leading to meet-ups, like the one held in Saskatoon on September
16 at a local hotel." It also reported on research conducted by
Abacus Data, according to which Bernier could draw support from
Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Meanwhile, in case there is any confusion about what
"people's party" this is, Bernier responded to a comment that the name
is "a bit too left wing" by
Libertarian Party of Canada leader and potential ally Tim Moen.
"Everyone who knows
me, they know that I am not a socialist. I am not a communist,"
Bernier said in a September 19 interview with Global News. "It's
a name, the People's Party. I am working for the people and we
want to put the power back in people."
Of significance is that, because his party is as yet
unregistered with Elections Canada, Bernier is not obliged to
follow the Canada Elections Act which limits individual
contributions to the annual maximum of $1,575 a year and outlaws
corporate, union and foreign funding. Bernier said he would not
avail himself of this fundraising and financing freedom, but
already the media are providing him with millions of dollars
worth of free advertising and promotion. The polling companies
have also been busy promoting this party.
All of it shows that even though the federal election
still one year away, the representatives of the financial
oligarchs in the U.S. and Canada are preparing for the succession
to make sure nothing interferes with their schemes to ensure an outcome
in their favour. It is certain that fraudulent means to exercise
the body politic such as peddling Bernier's virtual political
party and its vacuous promise to "put the power back in people"
will fall as flat as the glib confidence of the Trudeau Liberals
that they could get the consent of the people on the basis of
their "sunny ways."
As the striving of the people for
empowerment finds new ways to express itself so as to turn things
around in the people's favour, so too the ruling class shows its
desperation by pursuing its nefarious agenda in the name of the
people. Far from renovating the democratic process to vest
decision-making in the people, spurious arguments are given to
say that individual likes and dislikes expressed on social media
can be aggregated to give the measure of the opinion of a polity
and that this is the new way to fashion a political process and
"Public Choice" theories have become marketing
strategies based on attempts which go back to the time of the First
World War and earlier to deny the elitist character of the
representative democracy. This system of representative democracy has
been seen as elitist for a long time and this underscores the
bankruptcy of the rulers who cannot come up with anything new to
prolong their rule. This party and the theories it is based on are out
of tune with the people's demand for forms of democracy which put them
at the centre of solving problems. The theories avert facing the need
for renewal of the democracy. They will not convince anyone today, at a
time the people are many times more educated and experienced in
fighting for the rights which belong to them by virtue of being human.
Canada does not need a second Conservative Party. It
even need the first, which also has no role to play in
nation-building at this time and, for the people, nation-wrecking
is not an option.
1. Bernier's party endeavour
officially got underway ten days
before the start of the Conservatives' August 23-25 Policy
Convention when Bernier tweet-attacked Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau, stating: "Trudeau's extreme multiculturalism and
cult of diversity will divide us into little tribes that have
less and less in common, apart from their dependence on
government in Ottawa. These tribes become political clienteles to
be bought with taxpayers [money] and special privileges." Another
tweet stated: "Having people live among us who reject basic
Western values such as freedom, equality, tolerance and openness
doesn't make us strong. People who refuse to integrate into our
society and want to live apart in their ghetto don't make our
The Scheer Conservatives distanced themselves from
tweets. Conservative MP Tony Clement, who supported Bernier's
leadership bid, which he lost to Scheer 49.05 per cent to 50.95
per cent on the 12th round of voting, told reporters that "the Max
Bernier that I supported during the leadership race wouldn't have
taken the position he's taking now." When pressed, Scheer issued
a statement declaring, "Maxime Bernier holds no official role
in caucus and does not speak for the Conservative Party of Canada
on any issue." Bernier was removed from his position as Industry
Critic and removed from the House of Commons Committee after he
published a chapter from a book he is writing in which he accused
Scheer of using "fake Conservatives" to beat him in the
Conservative leadership race.
2. Public Choice theory owes a
lot to a 1948 article, "On the Rationale of Group Decision-Making," by
Duncan Black, who used mathematics to argue that on a
"left-right" spectrum of choices, people will tend towards the
centre and vote-seeking politicians will devise policies that
reflect the wishes of the "median voter." From there, public
choice theory developed under several "schools," with James M.
Buchanan part of the "Virginia School." Their common feature is
obscurantism to divert attention from the source of political power.
They try to apply micro-economics to the study of political behavior,
within which voters, politicians, political parties, bureaucrats, and
organizations are viewed as self-interested agents, aiming for "utility
Buchanan is said to have had an important impact on the
Reagan administration. In 1986, he received the Nobel Prize "for
his development of the contractual and constitutional bases for
the theory of economic and political decision-making." His
writings echo Margaret Thatcher's proclamation that "there is no
such thing as society, only individuals and families." In
Soul of Classical Liberalism, Buchanan wrote: "There is, and can
be, no social or collective purpose to be expected from the
process of interaction; only private purposes are realized, even
under the idealized structure and even if collectivized
institutions may be instruments towards such achievements."
Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of
Democracy, Buchanan and co-author Gordon Tullock reject
"idealist democracy" and its "grail-like search for some 'public
interest' apart from, and independent of, the separate interests
of the individual participants in social choice." They add: "...
[W]e shall also reject any theory or conception of the
collectivity which embodies the exploitation of a ruled by a
ruling class. This includes the Marxist vision, which
incorporates the polity as one means through which the
economically dominant group imposes its will on the
3. J.J. McCullough is a
political cartoonist and pundit based out of Vancouver, British
Militant Resistance to Anti-Social
Ontario Students Do Not Consent to Ford's
Anti-Social Agenda -- 40,000 Walk Out of Classes
Students rally at Queen's Park, September 23, 2018.
On September 21, more than 40,000 students in some 100
Ontario schools participated in walkouts under the banner
"We the Students Do Not Consent." The walkouts said No! to
the Ford government's withdrawal of the 2015 sex education
curriculum, its halt to planned changes to the curriculum on
Indigenous studies, and $100 million cut to spending for school
maintenance. Students from
Toronto area also followed up the walkouts with a rally and sit-in at
Queen's Park on September
to take their demands to
the legislature, in which some 100 students participated.
Students took part in the
student-organized initiative at
schools in Toronto, Ottawa, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Burlington,
Oakville, Hamilton, Brantford, Guelph, Kitchener, St. Catharines,
Brockville, Fergus, Woodstock, Tilsonburg, London, Windsor,
Peterborough, Kingston, Muskoka, Huronia, Penetanguishene, Parry Sound,
Port Perry and
In other places students took action in other ways.
purple to symbolize their opposition to the Conservative attacks,
while others held film screenings, fundraisers, and discussions.
A lot of the organizing took place on social media and students posted
photos of their actions under the hashtag
In the call-out to the action, the students stated:
Reverting the newly updated
sex-ed curriculum (2015) to the
one taught in 1998, some topics that will be eliminated from
discussion include: same-sex marriage, gender
identity, cyberbullying and sexting.
Deprioritization of the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
halts the efforts to decolonize the education system
in Ontario, including the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge
We the students need to show
our government that we do not
consent to this action. The impacts of these changes have been
repeated by hundreds of experts: they will not keep our students,
our women, our LGBTQ+ community, or our Indigenous population
safe. It's time for us all to stand up and fight for our right to
education. Which is why on September 21, 2018, students across
Ontario are invited to participate in a walkout.
Photo Review of Student Walkouts Across Ontario
Toronto, Western Tech
Toronto, Bloor Collegiate
Toronto, Wexford Collegiate
Toronto, Riverdale Collegiate
North Toronto Collegiate
Toronto, Harbord Collegiate
Toronto, Earl Haig Secondary
Toronto, Malvern Collegiate
Thornhill, Westmount Collegiate
Mississauga, Port Credit Secondary
Guelph, walkout and rally at City Hall
Women in Ontario Take Back the Night
September saw spirited Take Back the Night marches
and other activities across Ontario, affirming women's right to
fully participate in the life of society and to walk the streets,
day or night, without fear. In particular they affirmed the right
of women to say No! to
interference with their human person,
whether by individuals or by the state through the implementation
of laws which dictate what they can or cannot do or say.
Historic Inter-Korean Summit Held
Summit Advances Cause of Korean
Reunification and Peace
Two leaders at press conference after the signing of the Pyongyang
September 19, 2018.
The third summit between Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the
Workers' Party of Korea and State Affairs Commission of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and President Moon
Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) took place in Pyongyang,
the capital of the DPRK, from September 18 to 20.
Leaders holding signed copies of the Pyongyang Declaration, September
The Pyongyang Summit, and the Pyongyang Declaration that
proclaimed by the two leaders after their meetings, built on the
two previous Summits held April 27 and May 26 at Panmunjom on
the 38th parallel that divides Korea.
The success of the Pyongyang Summit, expressed in the
Declaration, is being enthusiastically and warmly received by the
Korean people and all people of peace and goodwill around the
world. It clearly demonstrates the determination of the two
leaders to boldly work together to achieve peace and
denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula so as to the lay the
foundation for an independent peaceful and united Korea that will
guarantee security, prosperity and a bright future
for the Korean people.
As Chairman Kim pointed out at the joint press
following the Panmunjom Declaration, the
leaders have pledged to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace
and, through their own efforts, end the division and hardships endured
by the Korean
This is the fifth inter-Korean Summit between the
leaders of the DPRK and ROK. The first took place in
June 2000 and the second seven years later on October 7, 2007. That
three additional inter-Korean summits have taken place in the
short space of five months is a clear indicator of the momentum
being created on the Korean Peninsula to address the more than
seventy-three years of forced division of Korea and the hardships
created for the Korean people by the U.S.
The Pyongyang Declaration is an expression of the
Korean people to
the whole world that their aim is to keep the initiative in their
hands and move forward without outside interference. This is
being achieved, despite provocations and doubts sown by the
U.S. about the motives of the DPRK. Taking the high road,
under the leadership of Chairman Kim, and holding out the hand of
peace, friendship and reconciliation towards the U.S., has
only enhanced the moral position and standing of the DPRK and its
leadership in world public opinion.
With each passing inter-Korean Summit, it is the U.S.
becoming isolated and shown to be the troublemaker on the Korean
Peninsula. The U.S. must abandon its failed strategy on the
Korean Peninsula and respond to the demand of the Korean people
by establishing a new relationship with the DPRK as demanded by
the DPRK-U.S. Summit of June 12, remove all sanctions against the
DPRK to allow the latter to breathe, and sign a
peace treaty with the DPRK, which is the demand of the Korean
people and all peace- and justice-loving people in the world.
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the
Party of Korea and State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, greets
President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) on his arrival in
the DPRK, September 18, 2018.
Report of Inter-Korean Summit in Pyongyang
From September 18 to 20, Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the
Party of Korea (WPK) and the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, met
with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) for the
historic third Inter-Korean Summit held between the two
leaders in a space of less than five months. The Summit took
place in Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK. The ROK entourage
numbered 200 people and included high level officials, security
staff and also businessmen from leading ROK companies.
First Day -- September 18
Upon arrival by plane in Pyongyang on the morning of
September 18, President Moon and his wife Kim Jong Sook were met at
Pyongyang Sunan Airport by Chairman Kim and his wife Ri Sol Ju.
The receiving party also included Kim Yong Nam, member of the
Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK
and President of the Presidium of
the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, and other senior
After exchanging warm greetings, President Moon and
Kim reviewed the honour guard of the Korean People's Army.
President Moon received a 21-gun salute, the first such honour
accorded a leader of the ROK.
From the airport to the city, more than
Pyongyangites lined the road, giving a rousing welcome to President
Moon and his wife on their historic first visit to Pyongyang.
President Moon and his wife were taken to the Paekhwawon State
Guest House where they stayed for the duration of the Summit.
After lunch, the first Summit meeting took place at the
headquarters of the WPK. Joining President
Moon and Chairman Kim in the Summit talks were, for the ROK side,
Jong Ui Yong, head of State Security, and So Hun,
director of ROK's Korean Intelligence Service, and for
the DPRK side, Kim Yong Chol, Vice-Chairman of the Central
Committee of the WPK, and Kim Yo Jong, First Vice-Department
Director of the Central Committee of the WPK.
Chairman Kim and President Moon held an in-depth
opinions on various issues of mutual concern, including the
positive developments in inter-Korean relations since the
Panmunjom Declaration of April 27. They discussed plans on how to
strengthen and broaden those developments in practical ways.
Later in the evening, a state banquet was given by
Kim Jong Un in honour of President Moon. Hankyoreh
reported that, in his welcoming remarks, Chairman Kim
stated: "I am gratified not only that the historical first step
that we began at Panmunjom has boldly ushered the Korean people
out of the mire of distrust and confrontation toward
reconciliation, peace and prosperity, but that we are now proudly
entering a new era of national reconciliation, peace, and
prosperity that no one can stop."
In his response, President Moon said that he
Chairman Kim would "seriously discuss ways of achieving
substantive development in all areas -- military, economic, social
and cultural -- and completely resolve military tensions and
eliminate the fear of war between south and north." He added,
"The complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and
establishment of peace are also important topics. We will be
sketching a broader picture for permanent peace and for peace and
prosperity." He also emphasized that, "This is an utterly new
resolution, and we may face various challenges and difficulties.
But there is trust and friendship between Chairman Kim Jong Un
Following the state banquet, at which officials
from both sides were present, the guests attended a concert at the
Grand Theatre, where artists performed a selection of famous
Korean songs and melodies. Both leaders took the stage
to congratulate the performers.
Second Day -- September 19
On the second day of the Summit, talks were held at the
Paekhwawon State Guest House. Chairman Kim and President Moon
re-affirmed the resolve of the north and south to work closely
together in a spirit of cooperation and reconciliation in order
to achieve a positive impact on inter-Korean relations. The two
leaders pledged to continue to build trust and fraternal
relations in a respectful way and to leave behind the past era of
mistrust and confrontation.
Following the second Summit meeting, Chairman Kim and
President Moon signed the historic September Pyongyang
Declaration. At the joint press conference after the signing,
Chairman Kim said that the Pyongyang Declaration was
the fruition of the work carried out since the Panmunjom Declaration,
which has opened up a new era of reconciliation and peace for the
Korean people. He stated that the Pyongyang Declaration would
enhance cooperation between the two sides, particularly in
military affairs, and promote progress in removing all threats of
nuclear war and aggression on the Korean Peninsula. Chairman Kim stated
that the Declaration will spark practical measures to
strengthen inter-Korean relations through more contacts between
the people of the north and south. He noted as well that
the new era being created on the Korean Peninsula would be a firm
foundation for the Korean people's desire for national
reconciliation and reunification.
Chairman Kim noted that he has promised President
to visit Seoul, the capital of the ROK, in the near future.
For his part, President Moon observed that the creation
"south-north joint military committee" would play a pivotal role
in north-south relations and that both sides will take measures
to work with the international community to denuclearize the
Korean Peninsula. He pointed out that the DPRK has begun to
dismantle its missile engine test facility at Donchang-ri and
will take additional measures depending on corresponding measures
being taken by the U.S.
Moon also said that, within this year, the ROK and DPRK
undertake various joint economic projects including linking
railways and roads along the East and West seas, reviving the
Kaesong Industrial Zone and resuming tours to Mount Kumgang in
Additionally President Moon stated that the DPRK and
make a joint bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games and will
also organize a joint celebration of the 100th anniversary of the
March 1st Movement, honouring the date when patriotic Koreans
began their organized resistance against the Japanese annexation
and occupation of their country.
President Moon said that the seeds of peace that were
in the spring in Panmunjom have born fruit this fall in Pyongyang
and expressed his confidence that north-south relations will
continue to grow and develop.
In the evening, at the request of President Moon, who
to dine at a local restaurant, a dinner was held at the
Taedonggang Seafood Restaurant in Pyongyang, to the surprise and
delight of the other patrons. Following dinner, the leaders
attended a mass gymnastics and artistic performance at the May
Day Stadium. A capacity crowd of 150,000 people, including
officials of the various ministries and national institutions,
working people, youth and students from Pyongyang and Korean
compatriots from overseas took in the performance. At the back of
the stands in large letters were spelled out the words, "Let the
entire nation join forces to build a powerful unified
Mass gymnastics performance at the May Day Stadium, September 19,
The spectacular performance included a special act to
Following the performance, which was loudly cheered by
appreciative audience, Chairman Kim gave a speech in which he
noted that, with the Pyongyang Declaration, a new turning point
was achieved in inter-Korean relations. He thanked President Moon
for his tireless and passionate efforts to turn the page on the
fractured inter-Korean relations of the past and for being a
willing partner to create a new era of peace and reconciliation
on the Korean Peninsula.
In turn, President Moon thanked Chairman Kim for the
hospitality he and his entourage had received in Pyongyang. His
was the first public speech ever given by a head of state from
the ROK to the people of Pyongyang. It was a speech that received
a singular response from the people present, who cheered and
President Moon paid tribute to the leadership and
of Chairman Kim Jong Un and noted that the Korean people are one
people with a 5,000-year history and only 70 years of division. He
said that despite the many difficulties they faced, the people of
Pyongyang have built a magnificent city which shows the strength
and resolve of the Korean people to face hardships with courage
and determination. He promised that he and Chairman Kim would
"firmly hold the hands of 80 million Koreans and create a new
Day Three -- September 20
On the morning of September 20, Chairman Kim Jong Un
President Moon Jae-in and their wives visited Mount Paektu, the
spiritual home of the Korean people and the base from which the
founder of the DPRK and modern Korea, Kim Il Sung, organized the
resistance to the Japanese occupiers of Korea. It is also the
birthplace of Kim Jong Il, who was born in the crucible of the
anti-Japanese resistance, and who led the DPRK through great
trials from 1994 to 2011, building it up as a powerful
socialist state. At the top of Mount Paektu, the two leaders held
each other's hand high, a fitting end to a very successful
Later in the day, President Moon and his entourage left
Pyongyang for Seoul. He was accompanied to the airport by
President Kim Yong Nam and other state officials.
Text of September Pyongyang Joint Declaration
Below is the text of the Pyongyang Joint
Declaration signed by leaders of the Democratic People's Republic
of Korea and the Republic of Korea, on September 19
Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and President Moon Jae-in
of the Republic of Korea (ROK) held north-south summit talks in
Pyongyang, September 18 to 20, 2018.
The leaders expressed their appreciation that, after
Panmunjom Declaration, wonderful achievements have been witnessed, such
as close dialogue and negotiations between the authorities of the
north and the south, multilateral NGO exchanges and cooperation
and important measures for the detente of military tension.
They reconfirmed the principles of national
self-determination and agreed to develop
inter-Korean ties in a consistent and sustained way for national
reconciliation, cooperation, and peace and common
prosperity, and agreed to strive to provide policy to guarantee
the realization of the aspirations of all their fellow countrymen
to lead the present improved north-south ties to
They had a frank and in-depth discussion on all issues
practical measures for advancing north-south ties to a new
higher stage by thoroughly implementing the Panmunjom
Declaration, and shared the understanding that the Pyongyang Summit
would mark an important historic turning point, before
declaring as follows:
1. The north and the south have decided to lead the
military hostility in the areas of confrontation, including the
Demilitarized Zone, for the substantial removal of the danger of
war and fundamental eradication of hostility in the whole of the Korean
First, the north and the south agreed to adopt the
agreement to implement the Panmunjom Declaration," concluded in
the period of the Pyongyang Summit talks, as an annex to the
Pyongyang Joint Declaration, strictly adhere to and sincerely
implement it and take practical measures pro-actively to make the
Korean Peninsula a lasting peace zone.
Second, the north and the south agreed to bring the
joint military committee into operation as early as possible,
examine the implementation of the military agreement, and have
constant contact and discussion for the prevention of accidental
2. The north and the south decided to take practical
to further boost exchanges and cooperation and to develop the
nation's economy in a balanced way on the principle of mutual
benefit and common interests and prosperity.
First, the north and the south agreed to hold
ceremonies to reconnect severed railways and roads on the
east and west coasts and modernize them this year.
Second, the north and the south agreed to put the
of the Kaesong Industrial Park and Mount Kumgang tourism on a normal
track, as conditions ripen and hold consultations on establishing
the West Sea joint special economic zone and
the East Sea joint special tourism zone.
Third, the north and the south agreed to actively
promote north-south environmental cooperation for the protection and
restoration of the natural ecosystem and to work primarily to
achieve practical success in the cooperation project in forestry now
Fourth, the north and the south agreed to bolster
in the anti-epidemic and public health fields, including emergency
measures for the prevention of the influx and spread of infectious
3. The north and the south decided to further promote
humanitarian cooperation for the fundamental settlement of the
issue of separated families and their relatives.
First, the north and the south agreed to open the
building for separated families and their relatives in the Mount
area, restoring the facilities to this end, as soon as possible.
Second, the north and the south agreed to discuss and
the issue of online meetings and exchange of video messages
between separated families and their relatives on a priority basis
through Red Cross talks.
4. The north and the south decided to actively promote
cooperation and exchanges in various fields so as to encourage the
atmosphere of reconciliation and unity and demonstrate at home
and abroad the resilience of the Korean nation.
First, the north and the south agreed to further boost
exchanges in the fields of culture and arts and to ensure, above
all, the Pyongyang art troupe's performance in Seoul in
Second, the north and the south agreed to make active
advance in international games, including the 2020 Summer Olympic
Games, and to cooperate to win a joint bid to host the 2032 Summer
Third, the north and the south agreed to hold
events to meaningfully commemorate the 11th anniversary of the
October 4th Declaration, jointly commemorate the centenary of
the March 1st Popular Uprising, and discuss technical plans
5. The north and the south share the view that the
Korean Peninsula should be turned into a peace zone free of nuclear
weapons and nuclear threat, and necessary practical progress
should be made as early as possible to this end.
First, the north side has decided to permanently shut
Tongchang-ri engine test ground and rocket launch pad, with the
participation of experts from related countries.
Second, the north side expressed its willingness to take additional
steps, such as the permanent shutdown of the
Nyongbyon nuclear facility, if the United States takes
corresponding steps in line with the spirit of the June 12
DPRK-U.S. joint statement.
Third, the north and the south agreed to closely
the course of pushing ahead with the complete denuclearization of
the Korean Peninsula.
6. Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un
agreed to visit Seoul in the near future at the invitation of
President Moon Jae-in.
Kim Jong Un
Chairman, State Affairs
Commission, Democratic People's Republic of Korea
President, Republic of Korea
September 19, 2018
Important Conference to Be Held in New York City
The 2018 Global Peace Forum on Korea will take place at
Columbia University, New York City, September 29-30. The overall
theme of this conference is "Peace and Prosperity for Korea and the
World." A broad group of participants will exchange ideas and
perspectives on the topic. According to the organizing committee the
aim of the Forum is "to advance the path to real and lasting peace on
the Korean Peninsula through genuine dialogue."
This historic Forum, the first of its kind, is taking
within the context of the momentous events unfolding on the Korean
Peninsula as the Korean people, in both north and south, are
taking steps towards reconciliation, peace and reunification, inspired
by the Panmunjom Declaration of
April 27 and the recent Pyongyang Declaration of September
The opening session of the Forum will be addressed
former U.S. President Jimmy Carter with panel discussions
and presentations by scholars and experts from north and south
Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the U.S. to follow, on various aspects
of the unfolding events on the
Korean Peninsula. A particular focus will be relations between
the U.S. and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The Saturday program will include three
1) Peace and Security;
2) Inter- and
Intra-regional Relations; and
3) Second and Third Track
A banquet is planned the evening of September 29,
will be attended by UN ambassadors from various countries, other
dignitaries and guests. A cultural program, "Concert for Peace and
Prosperity," has also been organized.
The conference will conclude Sunday morning with a
"People to People Dialogue and Exchange," between the conference
participants and presenters.
For detailed conference program, click
Delegation from Korean Federation in Canada
DPRK's 70th Anniversary Celebrations
Parade in Pyongyang September 9, 2018, marking the 70th anniversary of
of the DPRK.
From September 4 to 13, a 12-member delegation of the
Korean Federation in Canada, part of an
international network of progressive and patriotic Koreans living
outside of the Korean Peninsula, participated in events
in Pyongyang commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Mrs. S.Y. Chun, past Chair of the Korean Federation in
Canada, who was part of the Canadian delegation, informed TML Weekly
that the visit
was very inspiring to the members of the delegation because it
took place in the context of the changed political atmosphere on
the Korean Peninsula. She pointed out that as a result of the
Panmunjom Declaration and the efforts of the north and south to
work together, the Korean people are feeling optimistic and
hopeful that peace and stability will be achieved on the
peninsula and, in the not too distant future, the reunification
of Korea itself.
While in the DPRK, the Canadian delegation participated
many rallies and events organized for the 70th anniversary of the
DPRK's founding, and also had opportunities to meet sister Korean
Federation chapters from Germany, New Zealand,
Australia, Japan, China and Russia and share experiences. Plans were
also made to convene overseas Koreans later
in the year to discuss and adopt practical measures in their
various countries to contribute to implementing the
According to Mrs. Chun, the Canadian delegation
under the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea and Chairman
Kim Jong Un, various sectors of the DPRK economy are being
rapidly developed despite the challenges posed by the unjust political
and economic sanctions. This has
been achieved by appealing to the workers, and especially the
youth, to step up production and build the economy.
Before leaving the country, members of the Canadian
delegation, with delegates from other countries, took a commemorative
photograph with Kim Yong Nam, President of the
Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK. The delegation has returned
home to Canada determined to play its role in furthering the
cause of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Parade in Pyongyang Marking 70th Anniversary of the
Founding of the DPRK
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