January 21, 2018
English Edition, No. 1
New Year 2018
The PMLQ Inaugurates the New Year with
a Warm Celebration
• The PMLQ Inaugurates the New Year with a
• Greetings of the PMLQ for the
New Year 2018
The PMLQ Inaugurates the New Year with
a Warm Celebration
Chénier, leader of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ),
presented the Party's greetings for the New Year at a get-together held
in Montreal on January 6. He welcomed the workers present from various
sectors of the economy -- construction, the post office,
transportation, retail, agriculture, education, health care and the
public service -- as well as youth and students and people from various
communities. He welcomed the Consul General of Cuba in Montreal, Mara
Bilbao Díaz and members of the consular staff as well as the
representative of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front
of El Salvador-Montreal. On the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the
triumph of the Cuban Revolution, Pierre reiterated that Quebeckers
stand firmly with the Cuban people and their leadership in the pursuit
of its revolution, to which the crowd responded "Viva Cuba!" and
the Revolution, Cubans have a leadership which is a part of them,
not above them, and they work as one mighty force in the recovery work
from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. It is a great feat which shows the
whole world the miracles that can be performed when the separation of
the polity into rulers and ruled is ended and a system is brought into
being where the political power resides in the people and the people
rule themselves," he said.
strongly condemned the brutal U.S. blockade and measures taken by the
present U.S. administration to strengthen it. "The defiance of this
brutality by the Cuban people inspires us to step up our work at their
side in the coming year. The PMLQ calls on everyone to lend a hand at
the monthly pickets held in front of the U.S. embassy on the 17th of
each month. It is an opportunity to condemn the blockade and demand it
be ended and that Guantánamo be returned to Cuba," he said.
reiterated what Comrade Raúl Castro, President of the Republic
of Cuba, said in his speech at the National Assembly in December: "The
Cuban Revolution has withstood the onslaught of 11 U.S. administrations
of different kinds and here we are and will remain, free, sovereign and
announced that the Party will organize meetings in the CEGEPs and
universities on solutions the Cuban people are finding to the problems
they face as a result of the blockade to preserve free health care,
education and to make sure nobody is left behind.
Cuba's internationalism, which is humanitarian to the nth degree,
so too at home Cuba's social policy is profoundly humanitarian and
shows that an alternative exists to the brutal anti-social offensive
waged in Quebec," he said. He added that these meetings "will be useful
for workers and youth working hard to find solutions to the problems
they face here to defend the rights of all. The conditions in Quebec
and Cuba are not the same, but we are all human beings capable of
sorting out the problems we face in a manner that favours us. We have a
lot to learn from one another and experiences to exchange as we build
our people to people friendship," Pierre concluded to shouts of Viva
regard to the work for the new year, Pierre said that the Party intends
to focus its energies on stepping up the work to mobilize the people to
resolve problems in their favour. Within that context, the Party is
involving members and supporters in discussion on how the workers can
intervene in the general election to be held in Quebec in October.
These elections must not be another occasion to authorize others to act
in our name, in defence of a political power that is not ours, Pierre
said. How to involve the working people in politics so that we
ourselves can find solutions to the serious problems facing Quebec is
the crux of the matter, Pierre said.
informing of upcoming meetings of the PMLQ's National Council, Pierre
proposed a toast to the success of this work and everyone's endeavours
in 2018, to which everyone joined in and applauded warmly. A delicious
buffet was accompanied by lively discussion. A slide show reviewed
actions carried out by the workers and all sections of the people in
2017. The scope of the struggles and positions taken by the people of
Quebec in defence of their rights was greatly appreciated.
request of all, the Patriots' song of 1837-1838 La Canadienne was performed, along
with the poem Un Canadien pensant.
call-and-response songs followed, to everyone's delight.
evening was a great success all round -- the Party's intervention on
the need to step up the work for the New, the exchanges throughout the
evening, the pleasure of being together, the good food, the music. It
was a good way to usher in the New Year.
Greetings of the PMLQ for the New Year
On the occasion of the New
Year, the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ) sends its greetings
to Quebec workers who are fighting to defend their rights as workers
within their collectives and to make the defence of rights the goal for
society as a whole.
Our greetings also go out to the Quebec youth engaged in the struggle
to defend the rights of all in all their spheres of endeavour. Besides
fighting to make sure human beings are at the centre of solutions when
it comes to the economy and social and cultural affairs, they also
stand second to none when it comes to defending the natural
environment. Their spirit is that It Can Be Done! It Must be Done!
This New Year, the PMLQ also salutes the work carried out by the
representatives of many communities which make Quebec a dynamic place
in which we live and work. We are fighting as one to oppose the
state-organized racist attacks and laws which divide the people in the
name of high ideals, including ironically in the name of unity. The
more discredited the old policies of divide and rule become, the more
the people are blamed for xenophobia and narrow nationalism and racist
mafia gangs are unleashed against them. The aim is to justify the use
of police powers to criminalize sections of the people as well as
speech and dissent and to block resistance and the building of the New.
In this regard, one aim is to divert the people from acquiring an
outlook that identifies solutions to the problems which face them and
their society and natural environment.
At this time we also salute the Indigenous peoples whose
territories we inhabit. The fight of the peoples to seek justice for
murdered and missing women and girls and abuse by the authorities as
well as to establish relations on a modern nation-to-nation basis is
courageous and deserves the support of all.
time a battle is being waged in Quebec against the creation of
governments of police powers, which impose unacceptable conditions on
the people. Workers, among others, are deprived of what belongs to them
by right and, like the youth and minorities, and the Indigenous
peoples, they are marginalized and their right to speak is denied,
either directly or through disinformation.
The PMLQ is determined to make headway on this front in 2018. Freedom
of speech is far more than a civil right which can be limited and taken
away. It is a human right, which means people have the right to discuss
and inform themselves about their conditions and provide themselves
with an argument on how to move forward. To divert attention from the
need to find the real problems they and their collectives and society
as a whole face and what to do about them, attacks are launched against
the workers using laws and the courts, while state-organized racist
attacks against minorities are blamed on the people. The policies of
divide and rule have the aim of not only dividing the people but also
diverting the working class and people from sorting out the problems
they and their society face in a manner that favours them.
This is an election year in Quebec and in the Party's opinion
it is our duty together to oppose sectarianism and find solutions to
the serious problems facing Quebec, Canada and the social and natural
environments. The Party will deploy its best efforts to involve the
people in politics and to not permit their political movements to be
smashed by sectarianism and disinformation. We call on everyone to see
what can be done so that elections, expected to be held in October, are
not an occasion to merely authorize others to act in our name in
defence of a political power which is not ours. In the coming year the
workers and youth will be paying first-rate attention to intervening in
the elections in a manner which favours them.
Our working class is a contingent of the Canadian and
international working class. Our future lies not in the 19th century
values of the British empire and 20th century values of U.S.
imperialism and their current incarnation, called Canadian or Quebec
values. These values stand for divide and rule on the basis of communal
considerations, gender, religion and every other aspect of identity.
Our future lies in uniting on the basis of our fight for
rights by virtue of being human. We are one human race! Together we can
tackle the challenges posed by the anti-social offensive and the
creation of governments of police powers which seek to destroy any
united response to any situation.
We must also deal with the war dangers posed by the U.S.
imperialists in which Canada is more and more embroiled. Quebeckers are
used as special detachments of the Canadian armed forces but they have
also always been in the forefront of the anti-war movement. Let us
proudly uphold our fighting traditions and use our speech to make sure
Quebec cannot be used successfully as a base for war and that our youth
are not used as cannon-fodder against their counterparts in other
we are also duty-bound to smash the disinforming outlook about
what the U.S. imperialists and their allies in countries such as Canada
are doing in Venezuela, Honduras, Brazil, and other places. We stand
with the movement for the unification of Korea without foreign
interference and we demand that the U.S. sign a peace treaty with the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and stop its war exercises
and threats against the Korean people. We also demand that Canada stop
participating with the U.S. and Japan in war exercises that target the
DPRK. Nuclear blackmail must be countered by opposing any attempt to
use it to threaten those who refuse to come under U.S. control.
We support the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela, under
vicious attack in which Canada is taking a leading role, and we stand
as one with the peoples of all of Latin America and the Caribbean. We
have a particular responsibility and commitment towards the people of
Haiti with whom we share weal and woe here in Quebec, and to ending the
U.S. imperialist blockade of Cuba.
The National Council of the PMLQ is meeting before the end of January
to review and assess the work which the Party and fighting forces in
Quebec carried out in the past year and set the Party's work for this
year. The General Assembly of Party members will also be held in good
time prior to the elections, which are expected in October if the
ruling party abides by the intent of the law on fixed election dates.
Meanwhile, the organizations of the Party are holding discussions
amongst Party members and with the workers and youth to make sure
everyone is part of the decision-making process, informed through their
active participation and involved in implementing the decisions they
counter all moves to destroy the human factor/social consciousness
by affirming it. This is what imbues the movement with optimism and
confidence that things can be turned around in favour of the
At this time, the dangers going forward are great. The U.S.
imperialists and other great powers have politicized private interests
that are marauding around the world to bring everything under their
Upholding the sovereignty of the nation state and serving the public
interest is not what motivates the cartels, made up of oligopolies, as
they seek hegemonic power in a desperate effort to avert their own
demise. They wantonly destroy whatever they cannot control.
But theirs is not the only power that exists. Human beings are capable
of controlling the products of their own creation and making history in
a manner which puts them, not private interests, at centre stage. If
you look beyond the anarchy and chaos which prevails, you will see the
face of the New, of the human factor/social consciousness striving to
break through the darkness and shine. You see it in the struggles of
our people and the working class of Canada as a whole to find a
solution to the problems that society faces. You see it in the defiance
of the Cuban people and their struggle to defend their nation-building
project which puts human beings at centre-stage. You see it in the
striving of the Venezuelan people, the Honduran people, the Palestinian
and Korean people and the peoples all over the world who are trying to
create a climate of peace to sort out problems against the violent
methods used by the counter-revolutionary forces. The battles to
defend the rights of all show us the face of the New striving to come
As we focus all our energies to mobilize the people to build the New in
this country, we call on everyone to step up the tempo of their work by
applying the method of educating the educators and mobilizing others to
carry out work alongside us, not by exhausting themselves. For this,
they must use their speech to provide an argument so that others come
forward to author the decisions themselves and join in together to
create successes. This is the first step required to oppose the old
forms of decision-making and organization whereby people are to elect
representatives to act in their name. These old forms are being
manipulated today to sanction governments of police powers said to act
in our name. It must not pass. We must act in our own name and create
the kind of democratic personality which corresponds to the
requirements of the times.
We wish everyone success in this endeavour.
Greetings to All in
Quebec and Across Canada and the World
Build the New!
Together Make Headway in Our Fight to Defend the Rights of All!
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