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(en) Canada, Montreal, Union Communist Libertair (UCL) on 15 000 strong demonstration against the budget (fr) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 02 Apr 2010 19:58:16 +0300


On 1 April 2010 some 15 000 people descended on the neighborhood Business in Montreal at the call of more than 95 unions, popular, feminist and students. First stage of a response unit against the Liberal budget? Only time will tell. In any case, it was a nice demonstration of type grand procession popular, very diverse and combative unit (at least at the discourse level). Our photojournalism http://www.flickr.com/photos/10060289@N05/sets/72157623625976023/show Text of leaflet distributed by the UCL: Against privatization and price increases: PAY ONLY THE FIGHT! We now know, the budget tabled on March 30 by the Minister Bachand introduced a host of measures, all more regressive than the one before others. Think only the introduction of new fees health or the rapid growth of sales tax (QST).
The rich will fare quite well, as usual. Nothing in this
Budget calls into question their privilege and their little schemes
to stash their money in tax-free. Again,
is to require that we sacrificed these. Enough!


The worst is yet to come

Other measures, even more worrisome, are announced in this
budget and will arrive later: billing care health
Depending on usage, further increases in tuition at
2012, marked increase in rates of hydro-electricity from
2014 (3.7% per year until 2018). We are not
es arrived at the end of the tunnel, especially since there is no guarantee that
the government will not add other fee increases to
list.

This budget measure for large companies and the ruling class,
directly inspired by neoliberal ideology, also announced
major reductions in public services (15.4 clippings
billion dollars in four years). While we are asked to tighten our
belts and pay more for reduced public services, the
government reduces the tax burden on businesses, a measure
which will cost $ 729 million in 2010. At the end of the year
budget, the effort required will be four times less enterprises
than that required to "taxpayers". Thus, paper mills and
aluminum plants, two industrial sectors particularly energy,
will be spared increases in electricity rates projected by the
government. And we continue to talk about fairness and justice?


The crisis of capitalism on the backs of working class

By increasing rates and introducing in the coming years
a so-called "user fees" in the health system, the
Liberal government adjusts to the global economic crisis. It
attempts to redress the state budget in first in pigeant
our pockets. Of course, no question of touching the benefits granted to
rich. We know the song: if you tax companies more,
they will move elsewhere. As employee-e-s, we made
hostage by the workings of an economy where capital is its law.
The state, private faithful accomplice, completed the job in arms
throwing on the backs of the people of the burden generated by the defi cit
crisis of the capitalist system.


Redistributing wealth, initiate response

A tax system even more "progressive" will not solve fundamental
the unequal distribution of wealth in our society. Ultimately, for
definitively resolve this problem, we will resume the wealth
bosses and leaders have stolen. Consider how
free themselves collectively, once and for all, domination
the capitalist takeover of our workplaces and
self-management of inputs. True social justice
can be reduced to a tax credit, even "solidarity": it
must pass through the economic and social equality.

In the immediate future, we must fight together, elbow to elbow,
to defeat this government. We can decrease the
Liberals, especially at the measures announced by
term. There is a ras-le-bol People against this government and its
shenanigans. But to succeed, we need a broad movement, unitary
combative, ready to engage in battle with the state, as was the
in 2003 (organized labor) and 2005 (student movement). Must
also learn from our mistakes, including not allowing
union leaders to put aside the slogans and
more radical initiatives (including the prospect of a strike
general). It is not with the dialogue and consultation that we
arrive to bend the government, but by creating a
of power. By submitting this budget, the government says we
war. Historically, the state has chosen sides in the struggle
classes. It is time to build ours.

The demonstration on April 1 is an important step in this direction,
but the change must continue. Workers, workers,
students, students, retirees or are unemployed: we are all and
all-attacked by these policies are anti-social. And
together that we should retaliate.



[Shippers: "Secretariat of the UCL" <ucl -A- causecommune.net>]
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