August 18, 2021 - No. 71
On the morning of August 15, after meeting with the Governor
General, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the 44th General Election.
The election campaign will last 36 days. Canadians will go to the polls
on September 20.
On May 25, of the 328 Members of Parliament including Trudeau
himself, 327 voted in favour of the following resolution: "That: (a) the
House remind the government that a general election was held in October
2019 and sadly note that more than 1.3 million Canadians, including
almost 360,000 Quebecers, have been infected with COVID-19
and that nearly 25,000 people have died as a result; and (b) in the
opinion of the House, holding an election during a pandemic would be
irresponsible, and that it is the responsibility of the government to
make every effort to ensure that voters are not called to the polls as
long as this pandemic continues."
Canada is still in the pandemic. Canada's Chief Public Health Officer
issued a statement on the eve of the election call saying the country
has entered a fourth wave of COVID-19 and that hospitalization rates are
The Prime Minister called the election while a portion of British
Columbia is still burning from wildfires that are being rekindled by
high winds. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes. Smoke
from the fires is causing and worsening respiratory illnesses for
people as far away as Alberta. It is estimated that more than 800
British Columbians have died since June due to the historic heat. The
prairies are experiencing what some say is the worst drought in their
history. Flooding in other parts of the county has forced people from
It is in these conditions, two years before the end of his four-year
term, and with his party unimpeded by the opposition parties in
Parliament, that the Prime Minister has chosen to call this general
election, despite serious misgivings on the part of Canadians.
Before the Chief Public Health Officer's confirmation that we were
still in the pandemic, Trudeau said he needed to call the election to
get a mandate to recover the economy post-pandemic. Now he says he needs
a mandate from Canadians on how to get out of the pandemic.
This election call demonstrates once again the self-serving nature
and opportunism of the ruling Liberals who think they can win a mandate
based on what their own polls tell them, that Trudeau is popular and can
win a majority. It is a sheer waste of money for the working people
who, as a result of the cartel party system of elections and
government, have no say whatsoever on choosing candidates or who wins or
what is the agenda.
The voice of the workers has no official recognition whatsoever which
underscores the urgent need for democratic renewal. Only the
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC) has a serious program to renew
the political process in a manner which affirms the people's democratic
rights and their right to be. By taking up this program, the
workers can start to settle scores with manoeuvres which disempower them
and impose the will of global private interests that have taken over
the governance of the state. This is the only way to advance our
struggle for a new direction for the economy so that it serves the needs
of the people, which are greater than ever with the crises that are
In this election the Workers' Centre of the Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist), registered by Elections Canada under the name
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, is fielding worker
politicians to make sure workers have a voice.
Already the monopoly media have been put into action to say that,
because the Liberals have forced an election, voters now can have their
say and make their choice about what they want Canada to do in the years
ahead. It is a farce. It does not matter how much they repeat that the
workers have a say by electing one of the cartel parties to
form the next government, the fact is that only the workers themselves
can represent their stand against the anti-social offensive,
privatization and war agenda which are the result of Canada's
integration into the U.S. economy and war machine.
The MLPC is putting its homepage and media at the disposal of the
working people from coast to coast to coast to speak in their own name
about the matters of concern to themselves and society. The problems are
many, but the experience of the workers is very rich, especially that
of these more than 18 months of the pandemic where they
have shown everyone that they are the essential factor in the production
of goods and services and in the protection of the health and
well-being of all.
Let us put this experience into play by discussing the conditions of
real life, what they reveal about the changes that are needed to
guarantee rights, security, a life of dignity for all, and by taking
actions that advance the struggle we are waging in defence of the rights
of all and to make Canada a zone for peace. Let us together renew the
political processes in this country by making sure the voice of the
workers is heard.