The Marxist-Leninist party’s vision of Canada is one where all people are able to decide what kind of society they want to live in. They could decide the direction of the economy and participate in the democratic process so as to exercise control over their lives. Today, this is not possible. We have a cartel party system that actually deprives the people of their ability to decide things.
Our issue of concern
Because of the current political set-up, it doesn’t matter which vision the MLPC or any other organizations or individuals have. The agendas and visions that prevail are those of the parasites that dominate the economy and political domain.
All aspects of political, economic, and social life in Canada need renewal and this happens as people take control of the situation, as in No Means No!
If Canadians don’t solve the problem of how to put themselves in control of the decision-making process, nation-wrecking will continue apace and the rotten climate of fending for oneself as a result of the destruction of the public domain will cause even more disasters. We need reforms that address this central problem. The political parties of the establishment do not want to abandon their positions of privilege and power.
Take the example of the efforts of the people in B.C. to win some democratic reforms. Two decades ago this October, they voted in a referendum in favour of the right to recall and the right to initiate legislation, with a majority of 81.2 percent. When the time finally came for the political parties to pass the required legislation, people across the country and of course in B.C. were shocked to see the onerous conditions put in place by the political parties to obstruct the exercise of these two political mechanisms by the people.
A similar experience was encountered following the 2004 citizens’ assembly. The referendum for the STV system, which would have minimally weakened party control over candidate selection, was sabotaged. Held in conjunction with the provincial election where all the resources were in the hands of the establishment parties, a legitimate expression of the popular will was made impossible. This experience confirmed how these parties obstruct the movement for empowerment.
Why the MLPC deserves your vote
The MLPC candidates in British Columbia deserve your vote because they work to empower Canadians. Year-round they fight for the rights of the people to be provided with a guarantee, including the right to health care, education, and security in retirement. They oppose the plunder of our resources such as the export of raw logs, and the privatization of health care, education, and other services in the public domain, such as the post office. They stand against the destruction of manufacturing jobs and the environment, the criminalization of First Nations, women, and youth, et cetera, and for the recognition of the hereditary rights of the First Nations. They also oppose the use of force to settle conflicts internationally, the use of torture, indefinite detentions, secret prisons, and so on.
Come elections, Canadians are supposed to give up their demands and choose one of the so-called major parties to represent them. This is not acceptable. Parties such as ours actually represent mainstream public opinion, but we are called “fringe” and “extremist”, terms that actually apply to the likes of Harper, Ignatieff, et al.
The MLPC calls on Canadians to work together for democratic renewal and to create an antiwar government.
Anna Di Carlo is the leader of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada.