May 072016
 

The Ontario Nominating Convention of the Communist Party of Canada expresses its solidarity with Gilary Massa, who was fired on December 2015 by her employer, the Ryerson University Students Union, while she was on maternity leave. Her dismissal is a harsh, shameful act that violated her basic rights and openly attacks women’s equality. We support the #IStandWithGilary campaign and its Mothers’ Day Rally for Maternity Leave on May 8.

No one should be subjected to public humiliation simply for taking maternity leave, and then expecting to have their job upon their return. When women are denied the right to maternity leave, they are being told that they are less worthy of employment, that they are less of a person. Continue reading »

Apr 222016
 

The Communist Party of Canada-Ontario extends its full support to the members of Local 71201 of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, who have been locked out by the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation (OLG) at the Rideau-Carleton Raceway Slots (RCRS) in Ottawa.

OLG locked out its 124 union workers on December 14, 2015 after the union rejected the corporation’s demands for a 2-year wage freeze – extending a previous 7-year wage freeze – and language requiring the members’ pension plan be stricken from any future collective agreement. Even though OLG claimed it was bound by the Liberal government’s “net zero increase” for public sector workers, it gave its management employees a 2% increase.

On April 14, 2016 the workers overwhelmingly rejected OLG’s latest offer of a five-year deal with a wage freeze for three of those years. OLG falsely claims their offer provides a 20% wage increase over 5 years. In reality, the offer adds up to only 6.75% over 5 years. The locked out workers have not received a wage increase since 2009, during which time the local cost of living has risen by over 10%, leaving them with significant real wage losses. Continue reading »

Apr 072016
 

The Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) stands in full solidarity with the ongoing actions of Black Lives Matter-Toronto and the struggle against racist policing and anti-Black racism in Ontario.

We salute the recent victories that were a result of a Black Lives Matter-Toronto’s March 19th-April 4th Tent City outside Police Headquarters in downtown Toronto. This bold and necessary action resulted in the reinstatement of the full length of Afrofest, which was previously cut in length due to anti-Black racism, and some commitments from Toronto City Hall and the Premier to review the Special Investigation Unit which is supposed to investigate murders, sexual assaults, and assault resulting in serious injuries perpetrated by the police.

BLM-TO has shown that unity and militancy can win, even in the face of police repression, cold weather, racist media reports, and intimidation from the racist far-right. This struggle, initiated by young Black organizers, involving broad sections of the Black community in Toronto, and also allies, including the labour movement and students, promises to continue. Continue reading »

May 192014
 

Rowley TCCommunist Candidates Fight for Policies to Put People’s Needs Before Corporate Greed

This provincial election is an important one for working people. Federal and provincial austerity policies are driving Ontario into another deep economic crisis. There is a huge gap between the rich and the rest. Poverty is on the rise and unemployment remains staggeringly high. Austerity policies are the order of the day for all the parties in the Legislature. That’s why the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario)’s eleven candidates are gaining traction with voters.

“The Liberals sorry record starts with their broken promises to reverse the destructive legacy of the last Tory government, while in fact they’ve continued down the same pro-corporate path of privatization and belt-tightening,” said Elizabeth Rowley, Provincial leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario).

While many Ontarians are justifiably angry with the Liberals, the main danger is the possible election of a Tim Hudak Conservative Government. “Their agenda is no secret, and it starts with 100,000 lay-offs in the public sector, slashing wages, demolishing public services, healthcare and education, smashing labour and democratic rights and turning the clock back 75 years,” stated Rowley.

Meanwhile the NDP has raced to the right on issues such as the minimum wage, taxation and government spending.

The Communist Party is offering a fundamentally different set of policies “to deliver an agenda that serves people’s needs and curbs corporate greed”.

Rowley described the Communist election campaign as providing an alternative that many people are responding warmly to: “We need a real break with austerity governments in order to create good jobs and raise wages and living standards for working people in Ontario. We need MPPs who will join with unions and people’s movements and fight to curb corporate power and implement a progressive agenda. Another Ontario is possible and urgently needed!”.

The Communist Party candidates will fight for a People’s Agenda for Ontario:
• Good jobs, better pensions, a livable minimum wage
• An industrial and manufacturing strategy for Ontario
• Affordable housing and rent controls
• Quality public services, healthcare and hospitals
• One universal, quality, secular education system
• A quality, affordable public childcare system
• A healthy, sustainable environment
• Public auto insurance & improved public transit
• Public power and lower rates
• Strong labour, democratic and equality rights
• Democratic electoral reform
• Tax relief for working people – tax corporations and the wealthy

Click here for the full platform.

The Communist Party is running 11 candidates in Ontario:

Brampton Springdale – Elizabeth Hill
Guelph – Juanita Burnett
Hamilton Centre – Bob Mann
London North Centre – Dave McKee
Ottawa Centre – Larry Wasslen
Ottawa South – Espoir Manirambona
St. Catharines – Saleh Waziruddin
Toronto Centre – Drew Garvie
Toronto Danforth – Elizabeth Rowley
Davenport – Mariam Ahmad
Don Valley West – Dimitrios (Jim) Kabitsis

 

For more information email: info@communistpartyontario.ca or call 416 469 2446