The Communist Party of Canada (CPC) 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.
In announcing the campaign, Communist Party leader Miguel Figueroa reflected on the stark reality this election represents. “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.”
Among its platform proposals, the Communist Party is calling for:
- A federal strategy for full employment;
- Progressive tax reforms that place the burden on corporations and the very wealthy;
- Public ownership and democratic control of energy, natural resources and the banks;
- A foreign policy based on peace, disarmament, and global environmental justice;
- The defense and expansion of Medicare post-secondary education and the Canada Pension Plan;
- A federal housing strategy, to provide adequate numbers of social, cooperative and non-profit housing;
- Improvements and guarantees to democratic, labour and equality rights.
The Communist Party of Canada is the third oldest political party in Canada, with a long and proud history in the forefront of working class and progressive struggles for peace, jobs, democracy, sovereignty, and internationalism. In 2003, the CPC won a historic victory for democracy in Canada, by successfully challenging draconian changes to the Elections Act that required parties to field 50 candidates in elections or face deregistration and seizure of assets.