In with the New, Out with the Old
Championing the Cause of Democratic Renewal
In this election, workers, women and youth in many cities, towns and communities, as well as in colleges and universities, are organizing forums for people to express their own concerns. They are determined to not fall prey to the exclusionary politics of the parties which form a cartel party system.
According to the cartels and coalitions which control the electoral process, the cartel parties and media, the people are to be spectators to their electioneering. The cartels and coalitions decide the “issues,” the format of “debates,” the questions, the answers, the “news” and who can and cannot participate and how they can participate. The process is tightly controlled and the people have no say. A pretense is given of popular participation by collecting questions or comments from random people and on this basis declaring that the issues raised are reflective of what Canadians are thinking and what they want.
As a practical way to oppose that, the MLPC is encouraging its candidates in this election to participate with others in organizing discussion forums of all kinds where people can inform their peers and be informed about matters which concern them. These forums provide alternatives to the exclusionary forms which are rife in the election. They are empowering because people can together work out how matters pose themselves and stands which favour them. They see that they do not have to fend for themselves to make choices which others impose on them.
Renewal Update is another public forum the MLPC makes available to workers, women and youth to speak about their concerns without these being framed by what the cartels and coalitions declare are “the issues.” It is the only political platform in Canada provided in both official languages on a regular basis. While it is a bulletin published by the MLPC and is partisan to its platform for democratic renewal, it is not sectarian which is what the word partisan has come to mean. This is because it is linked to the vicious party politics which have no partisanship to uniting the people in action so as to provide society with an aim which is theirs and provides a path to progress.
Let everyone use this election to speak in their own name! Send Renewal Update to your co-workers, neighbours and fellow fighters on different fronts. Send Renewal Update your reports, photos, questions, answers and comments. Make a financial contribution so we can help the youth keep this work going! Let’s make democratic renewal a way of life! Empower Yourself Now!