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As the federal election campaign wraps up in the area of the country that most effectively denied the Conservatives a majority in 2008, much discussion has been around class and social issues.

At the French-language leaders debate, Madame Muguette Paille, a middle-aged, working-class woman, living in a de-industrialized Québec town asked: "Myself, together with many people in my community, are unemployed. We will soon run out of employment insurance. What will you do?"

By the end of the debate Michael Ignatieff had said her name eleven times. Soon, facebook groups in this previously unknown woman's name sprang up with thousands of members.

One wonders how Madame Paille would respond to the Communist Party's proposal to set EI benefits at 90% of previous earnings for the duration of unemployment.

The Communist Party is also putting up messages for peace which have proved distinctive and popular. In the four Montreal ridings with Communist candidates, over six hundred…


In this election, the Communist Party of Canada has advanced a wide-ranging set of proposals designed to protect the environment. The major opposition parties and the Greens base their policies on "market-based" tinkering with the "real costs" of human economic activities. But the Communist Party argues that capitalism itself, a system based on the extraction of maximum profits, is inherently a threat to human survival. The goal of the Communist Party is public ownership of key industries and resources, which would allow for democratic control and economic planning to protect the interests of working people and the environment.

     In recent years, the corporate-backed Harper Tories have made Canada a key opponent of serious measures to tackle the deepening global climate crisis. The Communist Party demands emergency action on this issue, as well as support for reparations to countries affected by capitalis…

‘Apartheid economy need radical change’ says South African Communist Party, Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Unless something radical is done now about the apartheid economy inherited by government, its achievements will be greatly undermined by the system of capitalism, the SA Communist Party said on Tuesday. “Our attempts at a gradual economic transformation have only landed us with a failed BEE project which is at the heart of the corruption we see today,” the party said in a statement to mark Freedom Day. “We have not expanded our industrial and manufacturing base as a country, thus everyone is chasing this or that government tender.” While millions “swim in poverty and hunger we cannot allow a continued painting of a picture where those who have access to power or those who have access to those with access to power are enriching themselves at the expense of the masses”.
Corruption was theft from the poor and directly undermined democracy.
The SACP called on all in society to join hands, in a prin…

Aida Touma-Sliman named new editor in chief of "Al Ittihad" daily communist newspaper in Israel , CPI site

Aida Touma-Sliman named new editor in chief of "Al Ittihad" daily communist newspaper in Israel

The head of the International Department of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and well know leading feminist activist, Aida Touma-Sliman, named new editor in chief of "Al Ittihad" daily newspaper.


Aida Touma-Sliman"Al Ittihad", founded in 1944, is the voice of the CPI in Arabic, and the solely Arabic daily newspaper in Israel. Among the former editors-in-chief of "Al Ittihad": Emil Habibi, Tawfik Toubi, Salem Jubran and Ahmad Sa'ad.

Aida Touma-Sliman is the Director General of Women against Violence in Nazareth, member of the Political Bureau of the CPI and the first women appointed to the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab citizens of Israel and member of the Executive Committee of Had…

Canada's relationship with Castro shaded by U.S., By Jordan Press, For Postmedia News, April 19, 2011

There's one good reason why Fidel Castro had a good relationship with Canada: we're not the United States.

With Castro officially handing over power to his younger brother Tuesday, the U.S. likely will continue to affect the relationship Canada has with Cuba.

Just as American foreign policy is warming up to Cuba, Canadian relations have cooled, which could affect Canada's economic and diplomatic interests in Cuba and Latin America.

Experts say that, unless Canada changes its foreign policy strategy for Cuba, it's unlikely that Canada's influence in the region will improve even with a new Castro in power.

"I don't think you're going to see anybody of a senior cabinet level visiting Cuba and I don't think you're going to see Raul Castro get a visit from Ottawa for an official visit if Stephen Harper is re-elected," said Peter McKenna, chair of the department of political studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.

"We should set …


By Liz Rowley
     Setting the stage for the October 6 provincial election, the Ontario Liberals have crafted a budget intended to scare voters away from the provincial Tories, while wooing Big Business for their continued support.      The budget speech announced that recovery is in full swing, but the world is an unstable place and thus "reforms" are necessary. It slams the "choices we reject" ‑ a reference to Tory leader Tim Hudak's agenda, which includes a promise to cut one or more points from the HST's current rate of 13%.       A 1% cut to the HST is a $3 billion cut to health and education, say the Liberals. "The choices we (Liberals) reject" are slashing social assistance (Mike Harris' first act was a 22% cut); slashing infrastructure spending leading to job losses and disrepair in the post‑secondary sector; laying off 33,0…