Miguel Figueroa, leader of the Communist Party of Canada, will campaign in several B.C. ridings later this month, as part of his April 12-20 election speaking tour across western provinces.The Communist leader arrives in Vancouver on Monday, April 18. He will speak at a public forum at 7:30 pm that evening, at the Centre for Socialist Education, 706 Clark Drive, together with Vancouver Kingsway CPC candidate Kimball Cariou. The next day, Figueroa will campaign with Burnaby-Douglas candidate George Gidora; from 12 noon to 1 pm, they will meet with students and staff in the Academic Quad Building at Simon Fraser University. From there, Figueroa will head to Surrey, to campaign with Newton-North Delta candidate Sam Hammond.
The Communist Party is fielding 20 candidates across the country in the 2011 federal election. The party is calling for the defeat of the Harper Conservatives and for the election of a strong block of progressive MP’s who are committed to real economic and social development for working people.
Announcing the Party’s campaign, Miguel Figueroa said, “Five years of misrule by Stephen Harper prove that a Tory majority would bring deeper involvement in U.S. wars, inaction on the economic crisis and the global environment, and new attacks on Canadian sovereignty, democracy, equality, and living standards. We need policies for people’s needs, not corporate greed. The Communist platform is based on key objectives of peace, jobs, sovereignty and democracy, and we propose a combination of emergency and long-term policy solutions.”