Speak Out in Defence of Mackenzie's Workers, the Community and the Rights of All!
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada thinks the mill
closures in Mackenzie affecting hundreds of workers directly and
hundreds more indirectly are unacceptable. The economic collapse
in the forestry sector underscores the irresponsibility of those
who wield political and economic control of the decisions which
affect people's lives, a situation that must change. Within these
conditions, not only do the working people exercise no control
over the productive forces on which their lives depend; they have
no control over the politics of the province and country either.
Confronting this difficult situation, they are determined to make
informed decisions as to what should be done. Their August 22 Mackenzie
Matters rally and meeting made the views
workers and community known. Their aim is to find a way forward
that favours them.
The workers' lack of
political and economic control over the
decisions that affect their lives has a direct bearing on the
fate of the community and the well-being of all. By speaking out,
we can make a crucial difference because it holds those who
control the direction of the economy to account. Governments must
also be held to account because the political decisions are taken
to favour narrow private interests. They must also not be
permitted to spout false promises or make statements intended to
fool the gullible. Are they or are they not taking up social
responsibility for the consequences of the mill closures?
Mackenzie Matters. That is a fact which concerns
are as a people, as a nation.
Stand with the working people of Mackenzie who are
to defend their community and organize the defence of the
people's livelihoods and rights. By upholding their right to be
informed, to be properly consulted and decide and be in control
of their lives, a way forward which favours them will emerge.
To consider that people's lives can be abused and that
belongs to them by right does not have to be respected and
provided with a guarantee is not an option. Social wealth and
positions of power should not determine whether a worker and
their family and community have the means to be stable, healthy
and educated. The behemoths which own the mills in this day and
age seize plenty of social wealth from the productive work and
natural resources of the people and if they are to close these
facilities they must take up their social responsibility. This is
a fundamental question. It must be addressed in a manner which
favours the people who created that social wealth in the first
To suggest that BC lumber is not needed in Canada,
Japan or elsewhere is ludicrous. The world as a whole is
modernizing and needs housing and other facilities and Mackenzie
has the wood fibre, expertise and facilities to deliver them.
Destruction of productive forces -- including
schools, health facilities and local social organization -- are
anti-social and anti-people. They are also irresponsible
nation-wrecking which leaves Canadians adrift, even as claims are
made that the economy is thriving and that Canada is a paradigm
of democracy and human rights.
In the 21st century, how to
have a sustainable forestry and sustainable communities is well
known. That is not the problem of the 21st century but how the
people can exercise control over their lives is. In this regard,
the Mackenzie Matters rally and meeting show the
determination of the people to speak out in their own name and
organize to make sure their rights are not sacrificed on the
altar of profits. Their right to a livelihood which provides
security belongs to them by virtue of being human. If that is
taken away through no fault of their own, guaranteeing their
security and that of their families falls to society, and
governments are duty-bound to uphold this. They must hold those
who control the forestry industry to account and get their
Canfor and the government must be put on notice that the
people cannot to be trifled with and that, no matter the
circumstances, they must be cared for properly; their rights must
be upheld. Furthermore, the people must be consulted on all
potential investments and avenues which are being explored so
that they can have their say and not be made targets of constant
worry, false promises and fraud.
For their part, the working people of BC and the entire
country must make sure the community's dignity and honour, which
are our dignity and honour, are not trampled in the mud.