The Socialist Equality Party (Canada)

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.

Historical and International Foundations 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.

Read the Historical and International Foundations
Statements of the Socialist Equality Party
For a socialist response to the coronavirus pandemic!

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.

Unite Canadian, US and Mexican autoworkers!
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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.

More about the IYSSE