If the working class is to mount a successful counter-offensive against the ruling class assault on its living standards and democratic rights, and Canadian imperialism’s reckless drive to war, a new political perspective and new organizations of struggle are necessary.
Capitalism has failed in Canada and in the entire world. The Socialist Equality Party/Parti de l'égalité socialiste is organizing the working class in the fight for socialism: the reorganization of all of economic life to serve social needs, not private profit.
Socialism means the abolition of all forms of inequality and exploitation. The fight for socialism is at the same time a fight against imperialist war, authoritarianism, environmental degradation and all the consequences of capitalist society.
Socialism is not a gift to be given to the working class. It must be fought for and won by the working class itself. It will be achieved only through a revolutionary movement that has as its aim the establishment of workers' power.
Socialism, moreover, cannot be achieved in one country. All the great problems confronting mankind are global problems that require global solutions.
The fight for socialism, therefore, requires the unity and collaboration of workers in every country on the basis of a common program and perspective. The Socialist Equality Party works in solidarity with and accepts the political authority of the International Committee of the Fourth International, the World Party of Socialist Revolution founded by Leon Trotsky in 1938.
This page contains some of the key documents and statements on the history and program of the SEP.
The program of the Socialist Equality Party is of a principled, not of a conjunctural and pragmatic character. It is based on an analysis of the crisis of world capitalism and an assimilation of the strategic revolutionary experiences of the working class and the international socialist movement.
The SEP traces its political ancestry to the fight for Trotskyism in North America which was initiated in 1928, when veteran revolutionary and founding member of the American Communist Party, James P. Cannon, along with Canadian revolutionary Maurice Spector, declared their support for Trotsky's fight against the Stalinist degeneration of the Soviet Union.
The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party was adopted by the Founding Congress of the SEP (US) in 2008. It traces the major historical events and strategic experiences of the international working class and Marxist movement spanning more than a century.
The unions’ alliance with big business was epitomized by a joint statement from the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Terming China “a real threat to Canada,” former Tory Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has called for the striking of a “blue-ribbon” committee to redefine Canada’s China policy.
Revealing the oligarchic character of Canadian society, the report found that the top one percent of Canadians own as much as the poorest 80 percent of the population.
The unprecedented catastrophe of the coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally a social and political, not simply a medical, question. The technology and medical expertise exist to contain the virus and ensure the safety of the entire working class, but under capitalism everything is subordinated to the profit interests of the corporate and financial elite.
Canada was entirely unprepared for the pandemic, with the “health” of the financial markets regarded as far more important than that of the health care system.
The Liberal government is determined to “reopen” the economy, even as it concedes that Canada is in the midst of a “second wave” of the pandemic that threatens to be worse than last spring.
Given Canada’s intimate military-strategic partnership with Washington, it is inconceivable that the Trudeau government was not privy to the intelligence Trump and the top Democrats received about the pandemic.
Unite US, Canadian, and Mexican workers against all concessions and job cuts!
A call to action to Canadian Detroit Three autoworkers: Oppose Unifor’s nationalist pro-company strategy!
With their contracts set to expire next Monday, the urgent task before the 17,000 workers employed by the Detroit Three in Canada is to take the struggle into their own hands by building rank-and-file committees independent of the pro-company Unifor.
Despite the extremely limited information provided in Unifor’s “highlights” brochure, many of the union’s key arguments in favour of the deal have proven to be self-serving and false.
The claims that there was a “Canadian” road to defend autoworkers from the globally organized auto companies have been proven disastrous.
In the face of GM’s plans to shut down five plants in the US and Canada, we are reposting this article about the history of cross-border collaboration by workers originally published in October 2016.
The claims by auto companies that they are following extensive safety protocols and testing workers exposed to COVID-19 are lies that do not withstand scrutiny.
From top executives to low-level functionaries, the entire UAW stands exposed as a criminal conspiracy directed against autoworkers.
New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
The ongoing strike wave on the US-Mexico border provides critical lessons for the incipient movement of the working class on an international scale.
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is the student and youth movement of the Socialist Equality Party. It fights to unite students and young people for peace, equality, the rights of the working class and socialism.