CANADA: The East Is Red… and the Future is Bright!
The East Is Red… and the Future is Bright!
May 25th, 2016
Revolutionary activists from various areas in the Maritimes gathered last
weekend at the 4th Canadian Revolutionary Conference, convened in Halifax by
the Revolutionary Communist Party (PCR-RCP). Following successful conferences
in Montréal (2006), Toronto (2010) and Vancouver (2014), the main objective
of this CRC was to propel the expansion of revolutionary communism in the
Maritime provinces, as a means of gathering and building the forces necessary
to end capitalism, imperialism and colonialism.
As a result, we are proud to announce the official formation of PCR-RCP
Organizing Committees in Halifax, NS and Charlottetown, PEI. The comrades
involved in these committees will begin a study of Maoist politics and engage
in mass work in their communities, as a way to develop the subjective
conditions for the emergence of a revolutionary movement across the whole
The conference opened with the presentation of a document
summarizing the main characteristics of the class struggle in the Maritimes.
The document highlights the relative level of economic underdevelopment of
the Maritimes’ economy when compared to the rest of Canada. The bourgeoisie
uses this “peripheral” area of Canadian capitalism as a reserve army of
labour, intentionally keeping development low in order to take advantage of
cyclical and chronic unemployment to drive down wages elsewhere and increase
The national question is also an important issue shaping the class
struggle in the region. The conference recognized that African Nova Scotians
and other African communities in the Maritimes constitute distinct nations,
kept in subjugation by the “prison-house of nations” that is Canada. It
also supported the struggle of the Acadians for continued language rights.
Participants reaffirmed their support for full self-determination for the
three indigenous nations of the Maritimes—the Mi’kmaq, the Maliseet and
the Passamquoddy. Indigenous peoples in the Maritimes were the first to bear
the brunt of colonialism and contact with European settlers. Like other
indigenous nations across Canada, they have endured a long history of
dispossession, purposeful starvation, displacement into reserves, placement
of children into residential schools, and countless other horrors at the
hands of the colonial Canadian state. In turn, they have constantly asserted
their sovereignty and have weathered a constant onslaught from colonial
Anti-colonial and anti-racist resistance of the indigenous peoples and the
African nations are central to the class struggle in the Maritimes. In fact,
the whole region is characterized by a web of contradictions—for example,
between the working class and the capitalist class, between the needs of
capital and environment, between the settler working class and indigenous
sovereignty—that cannot be resolved under capitalism. Therefore, there are
outbursts of class struggle in the region that become some of the most
intense in Canada. At the same time, the establishment left remains very weak
and is totally integrated into the system.
Participants at the conference agreed that the objective conditions for
the existence of a strong and mass-based revolutionary movement exists in the
Maritimes and that what is currently missing are the subjective conditions,
namely the courage to put forward radical anti-capitalist politics and
solutions to the problems of the Maritimes, and to do so in an organized and
Various sessions were held during the weekend to present and discuss the
PCR-RCP conceptions on revolutionary strategy—namely Protracted People’s
War—on mass line and on building a vanguard proletarian party that could
serve the revolutionary movement. There was also a lively discussion on the
differences and possible points of unity between anarchism and Maoism, with
participants having drawing from the experience of anarchist organizing in
Activists also reported on their already existing political activity,
especially in building local chapters of the Revolutionary Student Movement
and studying and popularizing proletarian feminism.
The conference concluded with the unanimous adoption—after a series of
amendments—of nine resolutions charting a path forward for revolutionaries
and help laying a foundation for the growth of a large and vibrant
revolutionary movement in the Maritimes (see below).
The PCR-RCP salutes the commitment of the participants at the CRC and
calls all revolutionary-minded people who were unable to attend the
conference or are new to revolutionary politics to get organized and support
the expansion of the Party into the Maritimes.
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Resolutions adopted by the 4th Canadian Revolutionary Conference:
1. Establish RCP Organizing Committees! The objective
conditions for the emergence of a revolutionary movement exist in the
Maritimes. What are missing are the subjective conditions, namely
organization. To this end, we suggest that revolutionaries across the
Maritimes begin to organize themselves into RCP Organizing Committees. The
RCP Organizing Committee should put forward a revolutionary political line,
should maintain independence from the bourgeois state (and the
bourgeoisie’s political parties, unions, NGOs, etc.), should engage in
local work, should serve as a focal point for the unity of various struggles,
and should begin a study of Maoist politics. The RCP Organizing Committees
should endeavour to unite people from multiple political
tendencies—communist and anarchist—on the basis of support for expansion
of the RCP into the Maritimes.
2. Expand Partisan! RCP Organizing Committees
should publish monthly newsletters, called Partisan, to help
popularize revolutionary perspectives on local issues.
3. Unite Across Nations, for National Self-Determination!
Revolutionaries should unite with radical sections of the indigenous nations
of the Maritimes, as a way of actualizing the alliance between the settler
working class and indigenous peoples. Revolutionaries should unite with
radical sections of the African Nova Scotian nation, other African nations in
the Maritimes and other oppressed nations. Revolutionaries should support
Acadians in their struggle for language rights. They should also engage in
social investigation to better understand national oppression.
4. Against Environmental Destruction! Revolutionaries
should oppose oil and gas development, including fracking, pipelines,
off-shore drilling, and the Alton Gas Project. Environmental activism should
be linked with struggles for indigenous self-determination as well as
struggles against environmental racism.
5. Against Patriarchy! Revolutionaries should support the
struggles of women and other gender-oppressed people against patriarchy. This
may take the form of organizing sections of the Proletarian Feminist Front,
but proletarian feminist politics should be put in command in general.
Specifically, this means seeing the fight for access to abortion services in
PEI through to its conclusion, as well as struggling for access to sexual
health services across the entire region. Revolutionaries should also support
the creation of supportive networks and services for survivors of sexual
violence and assault.
6. Decent Housing for the People! The struggle against
gentrification and poor housing in the Maritimes is growing more acute. Poor,
working-class, black, and indigenous peoples are currently being pushed out
of working-class neighbourhoods, for example North Central Halifax where the
only answer the municipal government can give is that they “can’t stop
capitalism”. We can. Revolutionaries should struggle against gentrification.
7. Support the Revolutionary Student Movement! Sections
of the RSM currently exist in PEI and Halifax, but there are a number of
universities, colleges, and high schools across the Maritimes that lack
revolutionary organization. Revolutionaries should help expand the RSM to
areas where it is currently not organized, with special emphasis placed on
New Brunswick and Cape Breton Island.
8. For a New Workers’ Movement! The current labour
movement is not capable of fighting and winning gains for the working class.
Workers in the Maritimes must find new ways of organizing and fighting for
their interests. Revolutionaries should begin this process by engaging in
local social investigation into the conditions of work in their regions,
launching organizing drives in small shops, and attending the founding
conference of the Revolutionary Workers Movement in Montréal in September.
(The RWM is a new attempt to coordinate efforts to build a new workers
movement across Canada.) These struggles should be linked up with the
struggles for EI reform.
9. Against White Supremacy! White supremacy, both
unacknowledged and overt, is woven into the fabric of Canadian society. As a
result, large sections of the masses in the Maritimes are oppressed by white
supremacy. It is the job of revolutionaries to struggle against it. This
includes both opposing ideological white supremacist organizations and
combating the generalized systemic white supremacy, which produces and
reproduces the oppression of racialized people. A recent example of this
system playing out was when the Chronicle Herald made up a story about a
Syrian teenager assaulting a Canadian with a chain while yelling about ISIS,
which inflamed Islamophobic and racist tensions in the community. Struggles
against white supremacy should take the form of various anti-racist
initiatives in the community. Struggling against white supremacist ideology
also means doing so within our own organizations in order to correct errors
and rectify incorrect practices, as a way of building a healthy movement that
will foster the participation of all oppressed people.