April 3, 2020 - No. 4
CPC(M-L) CELEBRATES ITS
The Indelible Impact of CPC(M-L)
on the Canadian Polity
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the
founding of the Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist), the members, supporters,
friends and fellow travellers of the Party can
look back with great pride at the historic
struggles and uninterrupted work they have
carried out and sustained to organize the
Canadian working class and broad sections of the
people. At every stage of its existence,
CPC(M-L) has taken up those tasks that were
critical to opposing the retrogressive measures
and pressures of the moribund capitalist ruling
class and opening society's path to progress.
the relentless campaign of the ruling elite to
convince everyone that CPC(M-L) is irrelevant,
"fringe" and of interest only to the radical
few, the work of the Party has had an indelible
impact on the Canadian polity. In many regards,
it can be said that Canada would be a different
country were it not for the existence and
leadership of the Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist) at critical times in foiling
the efforts of the ruling elite to impose
retrogressive qualities onto the society and the
thinking of the people.
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have
come into contact with the work of the Party
have had their spirits and outlooks lifted by
the awareness that there is an organized
political force in Canada that persists in
proclaiming that there is an alternative to the
current state of affairs. Their spirits have
been lifted by the prospective horizon of a new
society based on the recognition of the human
rights of all, where the natural and social
resources of the country are not squandered for
the benefit of the few but put into the service
of the entire working class and people.
Tens of thousands of Canadians have
participated in the campaigns of the Party, such
as the broad work to recognize the rights of the
Quebec nation and Indigenous peoples, as well as
to define minority rights and human rights on a
modern basis, as in the historic work to defeat
the racist Green Paper on immigration and the
efforts of the Canadian government to blame the
people for racism and whitewash the role of the
state in the promotion of racism. The campaign
to defeat the Charlottetown Accord was another
which involved the entire polity to take a
non-partisan approach to modernizing the
Canadian democracy and end the 19th century
British colonial constitutional arrangements
upon which the current anti-people democracy is
Tens of thousands
of young people have participated in struggles
on various fronts bolstered by the
ideo-political work of the Party, leading to
transformations that cannot be reversed in the
Canadian collective consciousness. The demands
of the youth and students under the influence of
the Party guide today's teachers and education
workers to boldly proclaim that education as a
right, not a privilege. So too on the front of
health care, the Party has always gone to the
heart of the matter: health care is a right, not
a privilege. This is confirmed by current
unfolding events. The right to health care must
be affirmed in the form of making sure Canadians
have enough doctors, nurses and properly
provisioned health facilities readily at hand.
The treatment of health professionals and
workers must come first in the plans of
governments. The right to health care must be
enshrined in a modern constitution and not
permitted to be reduced to the distribution of
financial resources in self-serving ways.
Privatization of health care and seniors' care
which reduces human beings to "clients" who must
enhance profit-making should be banned.
It is the Party's mass democratic method of
work, of maximum political mobilization and
reliance on the working class and people to play
their role, that transforms the Canadian polity.
Today the quality of being human means that all
human beings must lay the claims which they must
so as to humanize the natural and social
environment. The most basic human right is the
right to participate in making the decisions
which affect our lives.
the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
stands as the
indispensable political organization of the
Canadian working class and
people because its striving to humanize both the
natural and social
environment is based on the mass democratic
method which brings forward
the modern democratic personality. On the basis
of this method,
CPC(M-L) practices internal democracy and
extends this to all spheres
of endeavour. As it has at every stage of its
work over the past five
decades, it has taken up the task that is most
crucial to opening the
path for society's progress by involving the
people in making their own
history. At a time when the very word "politics"
has been disgraced,
CPC(M-L) honourably practices the conception of
a political party that
serves the purpose of involving the people in
participating in the political affairs of the
society so that decisions
favour the people and not the private interests
of the rich. The
Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) is
committed to putting
everything in place to achieve the
transformations Canada needs. Canada
will then be fit to play a role as a champion of
peace, freedom and
democracy internationally as well.
There Is Such a Party! All out to
support it, build it and finance it so that
together we can turn things around in our
From the time of its founding CPC(M-L) has run
candidates in federal elections. In 1973,
Hardial Bains runs as the candidate for the
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada in the Toronto
riding of Eglinton in a by-election, where he
also runs in the 1974 federal election.
People's Canada Daily News popularizes
the Native Peoples' Caravan which takes the
Indigenous peoples' struggle to regain their
land and hereditary rights to Ottawa at the
opening of Parliament in September 1974. Across
the country the Party participates in mobilizing
for the success of the caravan.
Demonstration in Vancouver in support of the
national liberation struggle of the Indochinese
peoples. From its founding, CPC(M-L) is
active in providing leadership and
organization to the people's opposition to
U.S. imperialist crimes, and Canadian
involvement in them, from the seventies to
CPC(M-L) organizes meetings across Canada
during 1975, to mobilize opposition to the
federal government's Green Paper on Immigration
that aims to divide the Canadian
people on a racist basis. Photos
(top to bottom) from Vancouver, Ottawa and
Rally in Toronto and meeting against the
political persecution of communist and
progressive forces, March 1977, following a
police raid on the Party's Workers' Centre in
Rally in Toronto organized by the People's
Front/East Indian Defence Committee and the West
Indian People's Organization against state
racist and fascist violence, March 19, 1977. Ensuring
that national minorities are organized to
defend their rights and the rights of all is
an important part of CPC(M-L)'s work since its
Hardial Bains addresses the Third Annual
Convention of the East Indian Defence Committee
in Vancouver and joins in discussion the
President of the EIDC, Bela Singh Thandi, and
other conference participants, December 31,
1977. The EIDC was founded in late 1973 to
mobilize against state-organized racist attacks
and attempts to split the polity on a racist
Desh Bhagat Temple was inaugurated in Toronto on
1978, one of three such institutions
established in that period as
part of building the
independent institutions needed by the
Party and its organizations spearheaded
Canadian Youth Festivals, which
began in August 1977. The festivals involved
youth across the country
in the development of progressive culture
that addressed the issues
facing the people. From its inception,
CPC(M-L) called on the youth to
be organizers in their own right and to
fight for a bright future. The
Second All-Canada Youth Festival (photo
above) took place in 1979.
Party leader Hardial Bains speaks at an election
meeting held in Winnipeg during the
January-February 1980 federal election, in which
the Party runs worker politicians as part of the
work for political empowerment.
Meeting held in Toronto, May 18, 1980, during
the first Quebec referendum as part of
mobilizing in Quebec and the rest of Canada to
renew the constitution and political process. The
meeting starts from the stand that the Quebec
nation is sovereign and its right to secede
must be recognized. It opposes the bourgeois
distortions that reduce the matter to one of
language and hysteria about a threat to Canada
in order to split the people.
The Peoples' Front Against Racist and Fascist
is founded in Vancouver, November 22, 1980 as a
broad front of the
Canadian people. The organization opposed
attacks by the Canadian state
on progressive organizations such as CPC(M-L),
on national minorities that attempted to sow
divisions on a racist
basis and imperialist war preparations.
The founding meeting of the central council of
the Revolutionary Trade Union Opposition is held
in Toronto in the early 1980s (top) and the
Quebec organization participates in Montreal
demonstration. From 1970 to the present,
the Party and its Workers' Centre pay
first-rate attention to organizing the workers
and intervening in the workers' movement so
that it can achieve its aims.
The Party leads in the founding of the
Democratic Women's Union on March 8, 1981 in
Vancouver, to organize women to play their
leading role in the emancipation of the working
class, the necessary pre-condition for their own
May Day demonstration in Montreal, May 1,
1982. On May Day the Party leads the workers in
summing up their successes over the past year
and setting their course for the next.
The Fifth International Anti-Fascist
Anti-Imperialist Youth Camp is held in
Saint-Donat, Quebec, July 1982.
The Party from its founding stands with the
Palestinian people against Israeli occupation.
Demonstration in Toronto, September 25, 1982
against Israeli atrocities in Sabra and Shatila.
The Democratic Women's Union of Canada holds its
1st Congress in Montreal, March 10, 1984.
International Women's Day demonstration in
Montreal, March 10, 1984.
The Party participates in Vancouver
demonstration, April 28, 1984,
against the testing of U.S. cruise missiles in
Quebec City demonstration organized by the
People's Front against warships visiting
Canadian ports, July 7, 1984.
Anti-war demonstration in Ottawa against
President Reagan's visit, March 1985.
People's Front/EIDC holds its 16th National
Convention in Toronto, April 15, 1990.
National leader of CPC(M-L) in discussion with
the youth, August 30, 1992. Discussions were
also held at this time with women and workers.
Forum on democratic renewal in Toronto,
September 5, 1992 shortly after the
Charlottetown Accord was reached by the
provincial and federal governments. The
Accord is a deal to amend the constitution
reached behind closed doors by then Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney, cabinet ministers,
and provincial and territorial leaders in
Charlottetown on August 28, 1992, to further
concentrate decision-making power in the hands
of the Prime Minister and Premiers.
CPC(M-L) plays a leading role in the Canadian
and Quebec peoples' No! vote to the October 26,
1992 referendum on the Charlottetown Accord. As
part of the work of involving Canadians in
discussing what kind of constitutional changes
were required the three above pamphlets are
Following the Canadian people's veto of the
Charlottetown Accord, a Canada-wide campaign is
launched to continue the discussion on what kind
of renewed constitution and political process is
required. Above, Hardial Bains speaks at
the University of Ottawa in 1993.
The work of the Party to involve Canadians in
renewing the political process to empower the
people results in the founding of the Canadian
Renewal Party on April 24, 1993.
Following its founding, the constitutional
convention of the Canadian Renewal Party is held
in Ottawa, September 11-12, 1993.
This conference in
Ottawa, March 13, 1994, is part of the
ongoing work to oppose the stepped up
neo-liberal anti-social offensive taken up by
governments at all levels in the 1990s.
A conference is held in Toronto March
24-25, 1995, as part of the work of elaborating
a modern definition of rights. Four pamphlets on
rights are produced the same year.
The Party pays first-rate
attention to the youth and the necessity to
provide them with an outlook that serves their
interests. Above, Hardial Bains meets
with the youth in Ottawa in December 1996.
The Party's program Stop Paying the Rich -- Increase
Funding for Social Programs! is
elaborated in the course of its participation
and leadership in the movement against the
anti-social offensive of the Harris government
in Ontario, including city shutdowns from
1995-1998. Photos from (top to bottom) Windsor,
St. Catharines, Kingston and Ottawa.
Across the country the Party participates in
actions against the NATO-led aggression against
Yugoslavia. Photo above from May Day 1999 action
Youth Organizing Project and Party contingents
participate in actions against the meeting of
the Organization of American States (OAS) in
Windsor, June 4, 2000.
Canada uses the meeting to advocate for the
OAS to adopt its
“Human Security Agenda” to legitimize
interference in the
affairs of sovereign nations in Latin America
and the Caribbean under
the guise of
"putting people first."
CPC(M-L) contingent participates in the Quebec
City demonstration against the Third Summit of
the Americas, April 20-22, 2001. Activists
the militarization of Quebec City and the
agenda that seeks to impose the Free Trade
Area of the Americas and the
"Inter-American Democratic Charter" to promote
imperialist values and
provide mechanisms for foreign intervention in
the name of "multiparty
action in defence of democracy."
The Party holds a public rally in Toronto in
support of the anti-colonial struggle of the
Puerto Rican people and to demand the U.S. Navy
get out of Vieques.
The Youth Organizing Project
holds youth camps in Gatineau, under the
leadership of the Party, where participants
organize themselves to ensure the all-sided
success of the camps, including discussions of
matters of concern to the youth.
conference on the participation of youth in the
electoral process, March 13, 2004. Participants
include many youth candidates who ran in the
2003 Ontario election on a platform of political
renewal. The conference sums up that process and
prepares them to intervene in the 2004 federal
Youth with the Marxist-Leninist Party Club at
the University of Windsor
are joined by community members at a picket they
hold on June 1, 2004,
during the federal election, against the U.S.
ambassador's visit to
Party contingent in an anti-war demonstration,
November 30, 2004, opposing the visit of U.S.
President George W. Bush to Ottawa and demanding
an end to the war in Afghanistan.
International Women's Day, Montreal, March 8,
Contingent of Party youth in the Windsor Labour
Day parade, September 5, 2005.
Hamilton steelworkers rally in Ottawa, September
26, 2005, as part of their fight against the
fraud of CCAA bankruptcy protection. The
Party renders important assistance to the
workers throughout this struggle.
Party contingent in Montreal anti-war
demonstration, March 18, 2006, on the third
anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
A contingent of land defenders from the Six
Nations on the Grand marches with steelworkers
in Hamilton's Labour Day parade, September 4,
2006. Steelworkers and activists of CPC(M-L) are
among the forces that stand with them in their
land reclamation in the Caledonia area.
A Party contingent in a Toronto demonstration
standing with the Struggle of the Palestinian
people to end the occupation and the siege on
Gaza, January 10, 2009.
Conference on nation-building is held in
Hamilton, May 1, 2010.
Contingents of CPC(M-L) and the U.S.
Marxist-Leninist Organization participate in the protests
against the G20 summit meeting in Toronto,
June 26, 2010.
Political parties which are excluded from the
official leadership debates during the 2011
federal election hold a public forum in Toronto,
April 23, 2011, under the banner "For an
May Day demonstration on Parliament Hill called
by the Hamilton steelworkers Local 1005 on the
eve of the May 2, 2011 federal election gives
the call for the working class to defeat the
Harper government and the neo-liberal
anti-social agenda it represents.
across Quebec, Ontario and around the world
rally with the locked-out Rio Tinto Alma
workers, recognizing that this fight
against nation-wrecking is also their fight.
CPC(M-L)'s Workers' Centre plays its role to
ensure the Alma workers' struggle is widely
known and supported by other workers with
concrete financial aid.
The Marxist-Leninist Party of
Quebec (PMLQ) takes part throughout the
Quebec student strike in spring 2012, for
the right to education and against fee
hikes by the Charest government. The May
22 demonstration (above) marks 100 days of
strike action and rejects the government's
imposition of a special law suspending
civil liberties and criminalizing their
Steelworkers organized in Local 1005 in
Hamilton, celebrate ten years of their
Thursday meetings, June 13, 2013. Party
activists, including Local 1005 President Rolf
Gerstenberger, play an important role to
establish the Thursday meetings as a venue for
the workers to discuss their concerns and
inform themselves about important economic and
political developments and how to intervene.
The PMLQ participates in a rally
in Montreal, May 19, 2014, celebrating the
1837-38 uprising of the Quebec Patriots,
whose nation-building project finds
expression today in the Quebec people's
fight to exercise their sovereignty.
Throughout its existence, the Party has
consistently elaborated the need for a
modern Quebec and defended Quebeckers from
attempts by the ruling circles to isolate
and denigrate them.
Picket in Vancouver December 17, 2014, as the
Cuban solidarity movement across Canada and
internationally celebrates the liberation of the
Cuban Five. Pickets that are held monthly in
Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa continue with the
demand that the U.S. end its illegal blockade of
Demonstration on Parliament Hill March 14,
2015 is one of numerous actions that take place
across Canada and Quebec in early 2015 demanding
the withdrawal of the Harper government's Bill
Anti-Terrorism Act 2015. Through the
work of its activists and Renewal Update
the Party provides orientation to the movement.
The Party runs candidates in the 2015 election
on a platform to empower the people and stands
with workers across Canada in calling for the
defeat of the Harper government and the
neo-liberal agenda it represents. Photos above
from Windsor and Montreal.
on the Future of Quebec is organized April 10,
2016 in Montreal by the Marxist-Leninist Party
of Quebec to discuss the key problems of
Discussion organized by the Workers' Centre of
CPC(M-L) in Calgary, April 23, 2016.
Conference on the modern conception of rights
held in Vancouver, June 25, 2016.
Windsor MLPC meeting, October 19, 2016, one of a
number of discussions in different cities under
the banner All
Out for People's Empowerment!
in Montreal, May 7, 2017, deals with the
conception of rights in the Canadian
constitution on the occasion of the 180th
anniversary of the 1837-38 rebellions in Upper
and Lower Canada.
activists in Montreal (left) and Vancouver
organize against the Trudeau
government's passage of Bill C-59, which takes
further measures against the right to
conscience introduced by the Harper government
in Bill C-51.
Actions across the country denounce Canada's
participation in the attempted coup in
Venezuela and demand Canada get out of the
illegitimate Lima Group. Photo from Ottawa
demonstration February 4, 2019 outside Lima
Montreal, March 31, 2019 on the occasion of
the 70th anniversary of NATO, one of a series
of such events organized by CPC(M-L) across
Canada, highlights the opposition of the
Quebec and Canadian people to this aggressive
alliance since its founding. They reiterate
the Party's call for Canada to get out of
NATO, for NATO to be dismantled and to Make
Canada a Zone for Peace.
The Animal Protection Party of Canada and the
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC)
co-sponsor a discussion on Canadian
foreign policy during the 2019 federal election.
During the 2019 federal election, the leader of
the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
participates in a youth townhall where, without
the candidates of the cartel parties
present, discussion takes place on the
concerns of the people.
Across Canada, Party activists participate in
the Global climate strikes held throughout 2019,
under the banner Humanize the Natural and
Social Environment. Shown above is
the climate march in Montreal, September 27,
2019, in which 500,000 people take part.
of Action is organized January 25 to say No! to U.S.
imperialist aggression against Iran. Emergency
actions began January 4, 2020, when the U.S.
assassinated Iranian military leaders. Party
contingents participate in actions across
Canada. Above photo from Edmonton action on
January 25, 2020.
Through the pages of the Party's
publications and in actions across the
country, CPC(M-L) stood with the
Wet'suwet'en people in their assertion of
their sovereignty and rights, including
their right to say No! to developments on
their lands. Photos from Vancouver (top) and
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