The Ontario Committee has elected Dave McKee as the new leader of the CPC (Ontario) following the release of Liz Rowley, who was elected CPC leader in January. McKee is a long time activist in the peace movement and current president of the Canadian Peace Congress. He has been part of the CPC’s Ontario leadership for more than a decade. He has worked for the Ontario Party organization during two election campaigns, and has twice stood as a candidate for provincial office. He is also a member of the CPC Central Committee, and since 2013 a member of its Executive. A printer by trade, McKee was a union steward and a member of the negotiating committee at a large printing operation in the Toronto area. He is married with two school-age daughters.
by PV Ontario Bureau
The Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) met on March 15‑16, to discuss the situation in the province and prepare for a widely anticipated spring election. The minority Liberal government of premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to table a budget in April, and most indications are that the opposition parties will vote it down.
The CPC(O) meeting was held against a backdrop of the highest provincial unemployment rate in Canada outside the Atlantic region, and youth unemployment as the highest in the country. The deepening jobs crisis has been exacerbated by several recent announcements of plant closures. Among the high profile closures are Heinz (740 jobs), Kellogg’s (500 jobs), automotive supplier Faurecia SA (650 jobs), and US Steel.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
GCDO Hall ~ 290 Danforth Avenue (Chester subway)
“Black History Month must be updated for the 21st century. February should be the month that we redouble our struggle against imperialism and white supremacy, and for reparations for slavery, the slave trade and colonialism.”
Norman (Otis) Richmond, aka Jalali, grew up in Los Angeles. He left after refusing to fight in Vietnam because he felt that, like the Vietnamese, Africans in the USA were colonial subjects. Richmond moved to Toronto, where he cofounded the Afro American Progressive Association, one of the first Black Power organizations in Canada.
In 1992, Richmond received the Toronto Arts Award. He dedicated his award to Mumia AbuJamal, Assata Shakur, Geronimo Pratt, the African National Congress, and Fidel Castro and the people of Cuba.