Young Communist League of Canada - Ligue de la jeunesse communiste du Canada
25th Central Convention – September 24-26 - Toronto
Discussion Bulletin #6
The following submissions make up Discussion Bulletin #6 for our upcoming 25th Central Convention this weekend.
The G20, the Black Bloc, and the importance of the "Inquiry Movement", Drew Garvie from YCL Guelph
We’ve now had 2 months to reflect on the events that unfolded when the G20 came to town. This event continues to be debated and discussed within Canadian progressive movements and this submission will touch on a bit of that debate. But, whether Harper and his thugs in blue won out that weekend remains to be seen since people still face charges and a movement united around a call for an inquiry is still battling it out with the police’s PR machine.
If events leading up to the G20 demonstrations are an indicator, there is reason to believe that Harper’s intimidation and attempt at criminalizing dissent will not have its desired effects. Months prior to the G20 visit, the corporate media and the “Integrated Security Unit” (headed up by the RCMP) tried desperately to scare the shit out of all potential protesters. This included tough talk about the “fence”, “protest zones”, new weapons such as the sound cannon, warnings that kids should be kept at home, continual talk about the largest police/military presence assembled on Canadian soil and the $1 billion dollar plus security budget (approx. 7 times that of Pittsburgh’s G20 security costs from last year).
Despite all this 40 000 people turned up to protest against the G20. These were the biggest protests in Toronto in several years, and importantly, the largest in Ontario since the economic crisis. Marches and demands centred around Indigenous sovereignty, climate justice, (im)migrant justice, LGBT rights, women’s rights and the labour movement’s demands for anti-scab legislation as well as the broad “people first” umbrella against the Tories’ pro-corporate policies, and the fallout from the economic crisis. The crowds were especially important in terms of representing the youth and student movement and acted as a flashpoint around the glaring problems of corporate power and capitalism.
For the victims, the thousands that participated in the marches and many at home, the G20 police riot was an awakening that exposed the brutal method of Capital and demonstrated the ugly underbelly of bourgeois “democracy”. 1,090 people were arrested - the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Protesters, journalists and passer-by’s were subject to illegal searches, illegal detention, police brutality, harassment, sexual harassment/assaults, and detention at “Guantanamo North” where civil liberties were systematically violated and detainees had little access to food and water.
All this happened outside “the fence”, but without drawing the connection to what was happening inside the “G20 perimeter” we are left with an incomplete picture. Why were such brutal means used? A lot of the commentary, especially from anarchist influenced activists stops short of really contextualizing the event. “Police state” is sometimes where the criticism ends. Of course the state and the police are not a supernatural evil in themselves but have a distinct class character and further certain class interests.
The police repression was a tactic on the part of Canadian capital that thought it could get away with brute force as a method to intimidate. The message from the Harper Conservatives and his Big Business puppeteers is clear: “if you don’t want trouble, stay home”.
Harper and the rest of the world’s leading criminals agreed to halve deficits by 2013 which translates into drastically increasing the burden on working people globally and locally and gutting public services. Solutions such as corporate profits being taxed more equitably or cutting military spending on wars and occupations are other options, but they are not in the capitalists’ playbook. The G20 agenda developed in late June has provided Harper with pseudo-international legitimacy to carry out his attack on the Canadian working class. This, combined with environmental and imperialist disasters that capitalism is unwilling and incapable to confront, will draw more and more people out on the streets and eventually towards a socialist alternative – the only solution. If the police repression is contextualized we can see that it was an attempt to intimidate and an ultimately futile attempt to defeat our movement.
The Black Bloc: revolutionary tactic?
But the corporate media isn't known for its class analysis and instead has decided to focus on small-scale property destruction that took place at the G20. The main argument used to justify the police riot continues to be that a "Black Bloc" riot precipitated it. There is overwhelming evidence that police allowed a small group of protesters a free hand in engaging in petty property destruction, where the climax was when 5 police cars were allowed to burn for hours in front of corporate TV crews. It is now known that police had infiltrated a wide range of progressive groups leading up to the G20, and that the Integrated Security Unit refused to deny the use of agent provocateurs as a part of their security strategy, even when directly asked by the Ontario Federation of Labour. Only a thorough inquiry will uncover to what extent the made-for-TV 'riot' was police initiated.
This being said, it would be unfair to think that the Black Bloc is entirely made up of agent provocateurs. Some of the "Black Bloc'ers" genuinely believed that property destruction was a revolutionary act at this juncture and that they were successfully advancing the class struggle with their actions. When apologists for Black Bloc tactics ask whether or not burning cop cars and smashing windows belonging to transnational criminals is violence it is clear to most self-identified revolutionaries that it is not, or at least not comparable to "real violence". The real violence is of course caused by imperialism and its political wing which met in Toronto and signed on to smash social safety nets and stick the global working class with the bill for their bailout orgy. But anger is not enough, and current objective and subjective factors need to be taken into account before deciding on tactics. Ultimately our movement needs to win over the majority of the working-class in Canada to win, and giving Harper a turd to smear people's movements with won't accomplish this. The way forward is united mass action with clear and militant demands.
It is essential for the YCL to provide our valuable Marxist-Leninist analysis to the debate on tactics. The G20 experience certainly has prompted that discussion on the Left. I think we also need to be careful on how we do that. Many of those that apologize for Black Bloc tactics, or at least a “diversity of tactics” (DOT), are our allies that we work with on other campaigns. **Attached below is a short make believe script of an often repeated argument around DOT below for those that aren’t familiar with the debate. **Calling all promoters of DOT “agent-provocateurs”, or using the term “anarchist” as a label to condemn a tactic without explaining why it’s wrong is not going to turn people around (especially those that consider themselves “anarchists”). It will take well articulated and careful arguments to make sure we distinguish ourselves from Social Democrats who fear all forms of militancy, both productive and ultra-left.
Lenin saw ultra-left tactics as an infantile response to reformist leadership, and that certainly applies to the current situation as well. With Social Democracy offering no leadership in terms of fightback in the face of economic crisis and environmental disaster, Black Block tactics seem to many sympathisers as the only alternative. These tactics fill a political void where a mass militant fightback ought to be. The Black Bloc are often not villains, but individuals motivated by righteous anger and choose a tactic that involves cathartic release, which they trick themselves into believing is a revolutionary act. Although the YCL should absolutely be involved with these tactical discussions, we must not ignore the best way to turn people off of DOT, and on to unity and militancy. That can only be done by slowly building mass militant movements, and the “Inquiry Movement” is an important step.
The Inquiry Movement
A brief look at a "people's history" of Canada quickly discredits the image of the proud Mounty sitting on horseback that our civics teacher tried to burn into the back of our brain. The Canadian state is just as brutal as any other capitalist country with a genocidal colonial history and a long history of repression of any kind of organized working class resistance. Think John A MacDonald's murder of Louis Riel, the blood that was shed to end the Winnipeg General Strike or the On to Ottawa Trek, workers shot by the RCMP on picket lines, Trudeau's imposition of the War Measures Act in Quebec, the creation of "security certificates", the murder of Dudley George at Ipperwash, and on and on. The G20 repression is not something new, but it is still very significant and important. We can let Harper win by refusing to fight on this issue. In that case, the Police will continue to issue more "G20 most wanted" statements (which they seem to be doing weekly) and will have successfully demobilized a large segment of the population by demonizing and criminalizing protest.
The demand for a public inquiry into the G20 has been building all summer. There have been several mass rallies in the thousands in Toronto and smaller rallies across the country. If we can successfully win an inquiry, and tell the truth about what happened that weekend in the process, we can radicalize a lot of working class people. If we can correctly point towards the Harper Tories role in ordering the repression of demonstrations, this ordeal could topple one of the worst governments in Canadian history at a very dangerous point. Unite to defeat Harper's attack on democracy! For a full public G20 Inquiry now!
The following was written by an ally of the YCL as a caricature of some of the arguments that had been surfacing in Guelph after the G20. Because I didn’t think to include it till the last minute I have left it anonymous since I don’t have permission to print the author’s name:
“I still have yet to hear a rationale for either that makes much sense. Most DOT defences are either evasions, or based on generalizations that are completely abstracted from any concrete situations, or degenerate into name-calling. Seems to me the essence of every DOT conversation in history is this:
block block supporter: 'but starbucks does so many things that are worse than breaking windows.'
black block critic: 'agreed. but how and why does that mean that breaking a starbucks window will help achieve any of our goals?'
supporter: 'every day the police mistreat minorities. the black bloc only damage property.'
critic: 'yes, the state often mistreats minorities. but you didn't answer my question. all evidence suggests that window-breaking turns off most of the public so, in essence, the black bloc take actions that both achieve nothing concrete in the short or long term and limit our capacity to grow.'
supporter: 'those are just white liberal reactionaries complaining from behind the comfort of their desks! they don't know what day to day oppression is really like!*'
critic: 'when and where has window-breaking ended oppression?'
supporter: 'you're dividing the movement! who are you to criticize how other people protest?'
critic: 'every movement has divisions. and are you really willing to defend anything done by anybody as long as they call themselves activists? what's the logical end point of DOT? are you prepared to support self-procliamed radicals if they decided to capture and execute five cops because cops symbolize the state? how about a fire from an rbc bomb that gets out of hand and kills nine by-standers? what if 'radicals' decide it makes sense to set off a bomb in a crowded shopping mall to strike a 'symbolic blow' against consumerism? are you prepared to say, "oh no, i can't criticize these things" because they are being done by people in "the same movement" ?'
supporter: 'well, at least the black bloc are doing something, not like those boring old protesters from unions!'
critic: 'what exactly are the black bloc doing? and why can you critique the way that unions protest but nobody can critique the way the black bloc protests?'
(*typically the person saying this will be white and a student in a Canadian university).
Proposed amendment to the Political Report, Alecks Holtom of Guelph YCL
Proposal to include the following after 191. in the section on the struggles for full equality.
“The YCL does not exist in a bubble removed from a sexist society, although obviously we should strive to combat sexism internally. We need to recognize the League still has problems with gender parity and women represented in leadership. The club level needs to pay extra attention to actively recruiting women members. One of the ways that we can do this is by being on the front lines of women’s struggles. Offering leadership opportunities to women members and putting special efforts toward the cadre development of women will also help us toward our goal of gender parity.”
Forum mondial sur l'éducation - World education forum, Marianne Breton-Fontaine of LJC Montreal
Le Forum mondiale sur l’éducation en octobre 2010 se tiendra en Palestine occupée. Organisé par le Forum social mondial, la Palestine a été choisie pour accueillir le FME afin de dénoncer l’apartheid israélien et de démontrer la solidarité que porte les gens à travers le monde envers la lutte de libération des palestiniens et des palestiniennes. Il célèbrera aussi le pouvoir de l’éducation dans la formation de la pensée critique, pour le rapprochement des cultures et pour la libération des populations de l’oppression. Le FME prône la paix, la justice sociale et une éducation universelle, démocratique et accessible à tous et toutes, soient des valeurs défendues par la YCL-LJC. 5000 Palestiniens et palestiniennes et 500 délégué-e-s internationaux sont attendus au FME.
Dans son appel, le FME affirme que : «L’objectif est de travailler ensemble à “rendre un nouveau monde possible” en remettant en question la façon dominante d’enseigner et ses institutions et méthodes, formatées par des politiques économiques néolibérales, la compétition, la mondialisation des marchés, le consumérisme, la domination et l’exploitation des hommes et de la nature.»
Par conséquent, qu’il soit résolu que la YCL-LJC participe aux activités organisées localement au Canada pour le FME et qu’elle endosse le Forum mondial sur l’éducation.
Que la YCL-LJC envoie une ou un délégué au FME dans la mesure ou le comité québécois du FME est prêt à subventionner totalement ou en partie l’envoie de cette personne.
On class, the “middle class” and alienation, Sean Burton of YCL Newfoundland
In addition to promoting a cult of individualism, the US and Canadian establishment presents a picture of their countries as though "everyone", that is, the mass of people, is middle class. However, the concept of the middle class is an illusion.
When over half the wealth of a country is held by only 2% or so of the population, there is no "middle ground". It's a matter of divide and conquer. Despite not being in real control of the country, those who call themselves middle-class are encouraged to act as though their interests are separate from those who might be called "lower class" or working class, purely because they have relatively higher income. This leads such people to be more willing to support the existing system.
A factory worker making $70,000 a year (over twice the average yearly income for a Canadian household, is it not?) and owning a sizeable house and a good car (not unlike my brother's situation) might call him or herself a member of the middle class, even though they occupy a position of little power and can be canned with relative ease. But mass struggle is what got the unions that guarantee the high factory wages and other benefits in the first place. For a worker, whether in a public school or a steel mill, to call oneself "middle class" is to fall prey to false consciousness. That and the cult of individualism would also, I think, lend itself to Marx's theory of "alienation" which does not encourage class consciousness or struggle.
What about the tactics and effectiveness of the protests in Europe? I can't say that the protests will magically make things better. It is good and important to protest in size, but militancy in and of itself won't topple the system. It is one thing to be angry. It is another to transfer that anger, to focus it on accomplishing fundamental change. Therein lies the importance of leadership.
One more thing: in Canada and the US, large portions of the population do not vote. Certainly, this is due to a deep dissatisfaction with the status quo. But who are these people? "Middle class"? Probably not. Perhaps they are the most alienated of all -- workers, and in the case of the US and Canada, that's the majority of the population.
Submissions from Saleh Waziruddin, Niagara/St. Catharines YCL
1. Democracy vs. Bureaucracy: Cutting Red Tape or Taping Up Reds?
I think some of us have “democracy” and “bureaucracy” completely mixed-up. More than one YCL leader has referred to additional procedures, meetings for making decisions, and committees as being “bureaucratic”, but nothing could be further from the truth. This concept of bureaucracy is the bourgeois concept expressed by the sociologist Max Weber, who said bureaucrats are full-timers who just try to expand their functions. In a progressive organization functionaries (staff) do work decided on by the membership, this is not the “bureaucracy” those who have mixed up democracy for bureaucracy are talking about though.
Maximizing collective discussion,the opportunity for members to say “wait a minute! You're about to make a big mistake!”, and having someone designated as accountable and responsible (e.g. a chair) is NOT bureaucratic but democratic. The democratic part of democratic centralism means the maximum discussion, this is the only legitimate basis for any decisions that we are centrally holding anyone accountable to.
On the other hand I have seen a real danger of bureaucracy, but this is the exact opposite of having more meetings, chairs, or procedures. I have seen instances where meetings aren't held collectively but instead are one-on-one's with followups in a group, or decisions are made beforehand by higher bodies before a lower body has exhausted discussion, or where in the name of saving time or getting things done decisions and even presentations are handed down from higher up and as a consequence those lower down don't develop, don't make their own mistakes and don't grow. I was even in one provincial meeting where comrades were looking to the centre for action on a provincial matter, and I had to ask myself: are these Marxist-Leninists or Marxist-Mannequins? I would much prefer we messed thing up but learned from it, then doing something perfectly but only be going through motions or mouthing words already scripted for us.
Pop quiz: what's the difference between a puppet and a mannequin? A puppet at least moves when you pull the strings.
To loosely quote Fidel Castro from a speech to Havana University students on March 13, 1962, “In a yoke. And that is not a revolution! What becomes of the revolution? A school for pets. And that's not revolution! What has to be the revolution? The revolution has to be a school of revolutionaries ... must lead people to study, to think, to analyze, to take deep conviction, so deep that there is no need for those (bureaucratic) tricks... We believe in revolutionary ideas, because we know that our people is revolutionary and we know that our people will be increasingly revolutionary because we believe in Marxism-Leninism, because we believe that Marxism-Leninism is an undeniable truth.” To paraphrase Maurice Thorez, leader of the French CP, from his 1931 newspaper articles, “No mannequins in the YCL!”. We should push for more taking-of-ownership by YCL bodies and members even if at first there are growing pains as we learn and struggle.
2. Odds about our ends: Can the YCL influence the labour movement, “is” our members learning, leadership communication, and “bigging up” ourselves
Four short thoughts that aren't enough to make a separate contribution by themselves:
1. Labour: I have heard from some YCL leaders that that the labour movement's problems should be solved within the labour movement, but I think we as the YCL have a role even if many of us are outside of organized labour. There is a premium in having not just youth attendance but also a youth perspective, which young communists can give the best. When we show up at strike pickets and labour movement events, with one exception I know of, we are welcome and make an impact in people's minds. Communism is not just for old fogies, many sensible youth are young communists and we're here to stay. Our presence as the YCL and our fight for more militancy will give courage to the pro-struggle anti-collaboration forces within organized labour. It should be a standing club agenda item to organize picket support and build relationships with workplaces.
2. Education: Many members are impressed with classes at YCL schools, but I don't think we are being effective with actually changing and developing ideas. We need to set the context for our classes in the political life our club members have confronted, and explicitly show how what is taught should change our way of thinking about the political fights we are involved in. It is so rare that youth in general get to have an organized political discussion that people are happy just to be able to express their opinion, but we need to do more in our classes to actually change each others' opinions.
3. Leadership: As a CC and provincial executive member I am foremost guilty of this: executives and committees need to always send their minutes or a summary of meetings down to the club level. Each member should be clued in on what the provincial and central leadership is working on. These document can tend to become public so even something short like what was discussed and decided should be routinely e-mailed out.
4. Member development: Capitalism develops unevenly and our members have uneven development, some are much more experienced and developed than others. This can be intimidating for those who are in a political discussion with someone who is quicker with facts and ideas. But it would be a mistake to make a “little kids table” to accomodate people who feel uncomfortable, we want to bring newer people in deeper and so they should hold their heads high and take their rightful place at the “big kids table”. Yes it's intimidating, but if you can't take on your fellow YCLer in a political discussion what chance do you stand in taking on capitalism, or the boss at work? We need to “big up” ourselves and get right in there with the people who can quote Lenin and Marx at the drop of our hat, quote from your own life experience or even Big Bird if that's where your politics are coming from for now. We need more new people, but we also need them to
develop rapidly and bloom with a bang.
The Youth Charter is a Priority!, YCL Ontario Provincial Executive Committee
The Ontario Provincial Executive Committee strongly endorses the call for a “Youth Charter” and hopes that the 25th Central Convention will give a strong mandate to the incoming Central Committee to prioritize its drafting.
(We hope the incoming CC will also advocate adding a section on education during the drafting of a Charter, since this is missing in the discussion document).
The potential of such a document, written in collaboration with allies in broad people’s movements, is to unite and radicalize the demands of the youth and student movement. The time is now for the League to advance this tactic, as preparations for the World Festival of Youth and Students will forge stronger links with allied organizations. The Canadian Festival delegation could be a fantastic opportunity to start the process of promoting the idea leading to the drafting the document.
In Ontario, with the recent G20 demonstrations and police riot fresh in our minds, we see the Charter as a tactic that can unite often disjointed and under-organized movements. The G20 inquiry movement has been fragmented with little coordination between legal defence movements (the MDC), civil liberty orgs (Amnesty, CCLA), Canadians Advocating Political Participation, the Toronto Mobilization Network, student organizations and Labour.
Social Democratic leadership has been incapable of articulating necessary reforms that have the potential to unite broad sections of the Left. Often, the youth are so turned off by reformist leadership that they see Labour as being incapable of playing a central role in the fightback. This gives rise to the kind of Black Block – go it alone – strategies that were seen at the G20 (albeit from a very small minority of youth). We need positive and militant demands to coordinate mass action.
A united front, with the YCL playing a leading role, can be created with this Charter as a very useful focal point. We also emphasize that the Charter is not a substitute for Socialism and this continues to be the undisputed goal of the YCL. We have a role to play within the “Charter movement” to advocate for Socialism and advance our Marxist Leninist perspective.
As the discussion document says; “Lasting youth unity will not occur spontaneously nor overnight”. We must fight to create this unity – so let’s get started!
Resolutions forwarded from YCL BC Convention
At the request of several comrades, these resolutions are being re-published in this bulletin with all “whereas” clauses included.
1. Special Resolution on Anti-Communism
Whereas: We note the spread of anti-Communist measures on the part of reactionary governments internationally, particularly in Europe, in recent years.
And whereas: The Canadian government has moved to build a “Monument to the Victims of Communism” in Ottawa.
And whereas: We recognize the efforts of ruling classes and the political parties which represent their interests, to distort and defame the policies, actions, and historical contributions, of Communists, Communist Parties, and Communist youth organizations, as part of the ideological struggle, or “battle of ideas”, which is a key component of the class struggle.
Be it resolved that we re-affirm our opposition to historical revisionism and point out the key historical role of Communists, including you Communists, in building the working class movement in Canada and internationally including the trade union movement, the peace movement, and the international solidarity movements.
Be it further resolved that the YCL firmly denounces and opposes all forms of anti-Communism, fascist, and anti-worker ideology and policy.
Be it further resolved that the YCL demands cancelation of plans to build the anti-Communist monument in Ottawa which severely distorts history and unjustly attacks Communists in Canada including the YCL.
2. Special Resolution on a Charter of Youth Rights
Whereas: the Discussion Documents for the upcoming 25th Central Convention of the Young Communist League identifies a proposal to campaign around a Charter of Youth Rights
And whereas: The Political Report of the 25th Central Convention described this Charter as: “…a flexible and creative tactic that proposes to put debates about the policy, tactics and strategy of the youth movement into the motion of political actions.”
And whereas: The demands of such a charter would include Peace, Jobs, Democracy, A democratic solution to the national question, Recreation, culture, sports, A healthy environment, Full equality.
And whereas: The Vancouver Club has proposed adding Education to these demands.
Be it resolved that the YCL add campaigning around a Charter of Youth Rights to its Plan of Work.
3. Special Resolution on Cuba
Whereas: Since 1959 the Cuban people have been building a socialist society despite the aggressive policies of the imperialist countries, especially the United States, towards them.
And whereas: To this day, Cuba’s revolutionary socialist system stands as a beacon of inspiration, an alternative socio-economic system, in stark contrast to the decrepit, belligerent, war mongering, imperialist system of its neighbor less than 100 miles away from its shores.
And whereas: Cuba’s socialist system has brought it some of the highest living standards in Latin America, has guaranteed the rights of the Cuban people, has protected Cuban sovereignty, and has created one of the most democratic systems in the world.
Be it resolved: That the YCL reaffirms its support for, and solidarity with, the Cuban people as well as with our comrades in our sister organization, the Union of Young Communist of Cuba.
4. Special Resolution on Palestine
Whereas: Israel remains an apartheid state which has committed, and continues to commit, acts of genocide against the Palestinian people.
And whereas: Israel unjustifiably attacked the Freedom Flotilla, an international humanitarian aid convoy which was headed to the Gaza strip to deliver desperately needed supplies, killing several of its passengers and wounding several others.
And whereas: The Harper Conservative government continues its policy of unreserved and unconditional support for Israel.
Be it resolved that the YCL will continue to support the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel including demanding an end to all aid from Canada to the Israeli state.
Be it further resolved that we declare our solidarity with those who are resisting apartheid and Israeli oppression as well as those who are resisting attacks, harassment, and slander from the Zionist lobby in Canada and internationally for their work in solidarity with Palestine.
On the imperialist war in Afghanistan, Proposed by CEC
The 25th Convention of the Young Communist League of Canada urges an urgent mobilization of the youth and student forces onto the streets, into our schools and work-places, to launch a full-court press against the war mongers!
The priorities of the Harper Conservative government are clearly against the people, and for war profits. Opinion polls show 80% of Canadians oppose this war. However the government has spent close to $30 billion on the war. In addition, Parliament will be debating spending $16 billion on F-35 fighter jets. This is enough to do all of these things:
- Purchase 5,000 new public transit buses ($2.5 billion);
- Then build 30,000 new affordable, accessible social housing units ($6 billion);
- Next, cover the tuition for 50,000 students ($1 billion);
- Then invest in safe and secure drinking water systems in Aboriginal communities ($1 billion);
- Plus, re-launch the cancelled national child-care programme at $5 billion;
- Last, take Canada’s existing humanitarian aid to Pakistan and multiply it by 15 times ($0.5 billion)
All this equals $16 billion.
In the last few weeks, we have seen another round of corrupt and anti-democratic elections in Afghanistan. Increasingly, the Afghan people are hitting the streets, despite being shot at by NATO troops, to protest the occupation. We view this as a very positive development.
The Conservative government is also manoeuvring to find deceptive ways around the 2011 Canadian troop withdraw, so that an armed force continues supporting the US-lead occupation. US imperialism has made its demands clear that it wants Canada to remain. Imperialism claims the war is bringing stability, democracy, women’s rights and freedom to Afghanistan. The true, however, is the opposite.
As Canadian Peace Alliance compiled from recent news reports:
- It was revealed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali, has not only been funded by the CIA but has also been involved in drug-running, money laundering and rigging the election that brought Hamid back to power in 2009. Canada's role in Kandahar is to extend the control of the Karzai government, which means 141 Canadian soldiers have died to keep this man in power.
Writing of the situation in Kandahar, the Wall Street Journal said, “The Afghan government here has been so weak, predatory and corrupt that more and more Kandaharis have come to view the Taliban as a lesser evil.”
- The Karzai government passed a law providing amnesty for war criminals. Many of these criminals are current parliamentarians who are responsible for the torture, murder and rape of tens of thousands of Afghan civilians during the civil war. Canada has, by its support for Karzai, ensured that these criminals will never be brought to justice.
- The United Nations Human Rights Commission released a report showing that, despite $35 billion spent on “development” and more than $300 billion spent on military operations, human rights are deteriorating and poverty is increasing in Afghanistan. The report highlights the causes of the worsening situation for Afghans and lays the blame at the feet of the corrupt NATO-supported government in Kabul and on NATO itself.
“Patronage, corruption, impunity and over-emphasis on short-term security issues rather than targeted long-term development are exacerbating the already dire poverty affecting more than two-thirds of all Afghans”.
We endorse the actions of the Canadian Peace Alliance and Canadian Peace Congress marking the anniversary of the war and mobilizing broad public opinion against the extension of the war.
Troops Out Now!
Books not bombs!
Special Resolution on Minimum Working Age, Proposed by Central Executive Committee
Wheras Canada, as a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO), is obliged to ratify ILO Convention 138 on minimum working age.
And whereas Canada is one of only 28 countries that have not ratified ILO C138.
And whereas C138 states that the minimum age of employment must not be lower than age of completion of compulsory schooling and must not be below 15 regardless.
And whereas youth in Canada are required to attend school until the at least the age of 16.
And whereas the minimum working age is aimed at protecting the health, well-being, and development of young people.
And whereas all currently existing federal, provincial, and territorial, minimum age laws contravene C138.
Be it resolved that the YCL expresses its support for the Canadian Labour Congress’ Minimum Age Campaign and the work of many young worker activists on this issue.
Be it further resolved that the YCL demands that all federal, provincial, and territorial government sign on to, implement, and enforce ILO 138 with the goal of abolishing child labour in Canada.
Special Resolution on the William Pickton Inquiry, Central Executive Committee
Whereas more than 50 missing women from Vancouver’s Downtown East Side have been linked, or potentially linked, to convicted murderer William Pickton.
And whereas the remains or DNA of 33 women were subsequently found on Pickton’s property, leading two six convictions for second degree murder.
And whereas it appears apparent that the lack of action on the part of police was as a result of discrimination based on the social status and nationality, of the victims as well as their participation in the sex trade.
And whereas the recent announcement by the BC government of an inquiry in to the treatment of this case by the Vancouver police and RCMP is a major victory for the victims families and friends as well as activists and residents in the downtown east side.
Be it resolved that the YCL makes the following demands:
- take legal action against officers and politicians found by the Pickton inquiry to be culpable for allowing these murders to continue as a result of inaction on the part of the authorities.
- restore full funding for all women's shelters, crisis centres, and any othe services which have been closed due to government funding cuts.
- launch a Canada-wide public inquiry into the broader issue of missing and murdered women, especially from Aboriginal communities.
- action by all levels of government to create jobs, provide adequate housing and clean drinking water, and establish all necessary social and educational programs to provide genuine equality for Aboriginal peoples, which would help address the crisis of poverty which drives Aboriginal youth into terrible conditions in the first place, becoming the latest victims of the racist genocide which began with European colonization.
And be it further resolved that the YCL urge participation in the Sisters in Spirit vigils on Oct. 4 and the annual Valentine's Day remembrance events.
Special Resolution on Marc Emery, Proposed by Central Executive Committee
Whereas the Harper Conservative government, in a flagrant show of disregard for Canadian sovereignty, extradited Canadian citizen Marc Emery to the United States in May 2010 to face drug related charges.
And whereas Emery has since been sentenced to a prison sentence of five years.
And whereas there is the possibility of Emery receiving a "treaty transfer", allowing him to serve his sentence in his home country, Canada, if approved by Conservative Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.
Be it resolved that the YCL Canada support the demand that the Conservative government approve the treaty transfer, and allow Emery to return to Canada.
Be it further resolved that the YCL Canada demands that the Canadian government cease the extradition of Canadian citizens to the United States.
Special Resolution on the Threat of War in Korea, Central Executive Committee
Whereas there has been a dangerous escalation on and around the Korea peninsula since the supposed sinking of the South Korean anti-submarine ship, the Cheonan, in March.
And whereas the Harper government has irresponsibly and slavishly parroted the aggressive stance of US imperialism with regards to this matter.
And whereas a war on the Korean peninsula would be an unjustifiable humanitarian disaster which would undoubtedly cost the lives of thousands of people.
Be it resolved that the YCL Canada re-asserts its position in favour of an independent and made-in-Canada foreign policy based on peace, disarmament, friendship, and sovereignty.
Be it further resolved that we condemn the war mongering rhetoric and behavior of the Harper Conservative government.
Bring Omar Home!, Proposed by CEC
Canadian citizen Omar Khadr is the only Western national left in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Khadr and fellow detainee Mohammed Jawad are believed to be the first child combatants ever to face prosecution of alleged "war crimes". First, the Bush-era laws under which he is being charged contradict international law; secondly, while there is strong evidence that Khadr did not in fact shoot a US soldier, even if he did and was acting as a soldier a people have legitimate right to resist an imperialist army of occupation!
Khadr was only 15 years old when he was captured by US forces in Afghanistan and later transported to the infamous US detention centre where he has now spent more than a quarter of his life. Khadr faces trial by US military commission. The military commissions fall so far short of international human rights standards that it is impossible for Khadr to receive a fair trial at Guantánamo.
Recently disclosed documents provide further details about the mistreatment that Khadr has experienced in Guantánamo Bay, where the US has been accused of systematically torturing and ill-treating detainees. Reports show that Khadr was subjected to extreme forms of sleep deprivation, a form of torture, including a practice known as the "frequent flyer program" in which he was woken every three hours and moved to a different cell for 24 hours a day over a three-week period. Khadr was also placed in solitary confinement for extended lengths of time.
Court documents also reveal that the Canadian government was aware of the abuse suffered by Khadr at the hands of US authorities, yet continued to assure the Canadian public that US assurances that he was being humanely treated were reliable. The Harper Conservative government has spent $1.3 million on legal fees just to Khadr out of Canada.
The Young Communist League of Canada re-affirms its demand that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada:
- Withdraw the troops from Afghanistan immediately and work internationally to end the occupation;
- Protect the rights of all Canadian citizens detained abroad, including Omar Khadr;
- Respect Canadian and international law that guarantees the presumption of innocence, due process and protection against torture and other cruel treatment;
- Request the repatriation of Omar Khadr from Guantánamo Bay, and work with US authorities to return him to Canada without further delay;
- Close Guantanamo Bay and return the base to Cuba!
- Guarantee that Omar Khadr be fairly tried in an open civilian court, should admissible evidence warrant prosecution;
- Provide the necessary resources for Omar Khadr's rehabilitation and reintegration into Canadian society.
In solidarity with the youth and people of Pakistan, Proposed by CEC
The Young Communist League expresses its full solidarity with the youth and people of Pakistan, devastated by one of the largest natural disasters (geographically) this decade. According to UNESCO, over 10,000 schools and 1.5 to 2.5 million students have been affected by the flooding. 10 million youth and a total of 20 million people have been effected.
Reports indicate that foreign capital, military installations, and private mansions have been saved, while the majority are flooded out. Some of the flood affected areas are war zones, as US imperialism has been using drone bombers to ‘attack the Taliban’ and spread the war in Afghanistan.
Endorsement of the CanPal Net declaration, Proposed by CEC
The Young Communist League endorses the following declaration of the Canadian Palestinian Network:
It is the responsibility of all people in Canada to insist on the inviolability and universality of human rights. As such, and compelled by our government’s failure to meet its obligations to the Palestinian people, we call for an immediate change in Canada’s Middle East policy.
While proclaiming that all peoples in the region have a right to security, successive Canadian governments have condoned Israel’s systematic violation of the Palestinian population’s basic human right to live free of military coercion and violence.
Collective punishment, land expropriation, home demolitions, extra-judicial killings and the daily humiliation of an entire population provide fertile soil for the growth of brutality and the perpetration of atrocities. Continuing military occupation is the root cause of the present spiral of violence between the Palestinian and Israeli populations.
We urgently demand that the Canadian government assume its international responsibilities regarding the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. We call on the Canadian government to publicly and unequivocally demand the immediate and unilateral withdrawal of all Israeli military forces from the Palestinian Territories occupied in June 1967 and the dismantlement of illegal settlements.
We demand the Canadian government uphold the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention regarding civilian populations under military occupation (enacted following the atrocities of World War II). We call on the Canadian government to respond to Israel’s continuing non-compliance with the rule of law by joining the international community in the censure and sanction of the illegal Israeli occupation and colonization of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
In so doing, we affirm the universality of our basic human rights, and protest their selective application by the Canadian government.
WE CALL ON PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS TO JOIN US IN THIS CAMPAIGN.
END THE OCCUPATION NOW.
On the Canadian boat to Gaza, Proposed by CEC
Whereas the actions of the Israeli government on May 31 against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters amounted to kidnapping, piracy, murder and an act of war;
And whereas this brazen military attack against unarmed civilians on the high seas – peace activists, including two Canadians, bringing humanitarian aid (baby food, clothing, medicines, building materials and other supplies desperately needed) to the imprisoned people of Gaza -- has rightly met with a storm of international condemnation including in Canada;
And whereas the Harper federal government, which was hosting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu when this attack took place, helped the state of Israel try to evade international criticism, continuing its role as an apologist for the criminal actions of the Israeli state;
And whereas the YCL-LJC has long demanded the immediate and unconditional lifting of the Israeli siege of Gaza, based on the implementation of all relevant U.N. resolutions, including:
- Israel's complete withdrawal from all lands it has illegally occupied since the 1967 war;
- the dismantling of the Apartheid wall and removal of all Israeli settlements;
- the formation of a viable and genuinely independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital;
- the guaranteed right of Palestinians to return to their homelands;
- and the certifiable de-nuclearization of Israel, and mutual security guarantees for all states in the region.
And whereas until such basic justice is achieved for the Palestinian people, the Young Communist League will continue to support the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel;
Be it therefore resolved that the Young Communist League of Canada endorse the Canadian Freedom Flotilla boat to Gaza;
And be it therefore further resolved that the YCL-LJC help build for the Freedom boat to go to Gaza by collecting material support.
For a YCL campaign in solidarity with Cuba, Proposed by CEC
Whereas the Cuban revolution is a powerful example to the youth and the people of Canada that we can build socialism and fight for liberation despite the power of US imperialism;
And Whereas the Harper Conservative government has been vigorously attempting to change Canada’s policies towards Cuba and menace the historic proud solidarity and friendship that exists between Canadians and Cubans;
And whereas the YCL-LJC is a member of the Canadian Network on Cuba and aims to provide political support to the Cuba revolution;
Be it therefore resolved that the incoming Central Committee of the YCL-LJC develop a special campaign of political solidarity with Cuba that aims to mobilize youth and people’s forces against the Harper Conservative policies.
On the people’s rebellions in Latin America, Proposed by CEC
The YCL-LJC considers the continued resistance and uprising of the people of Latin America to be a tremendous inspiration to the youth and students, progressive and revolutionary forces of the world.
Not withstanding the contradictory nature, set-backs, retreats and other dynamics associated with all social transformation, we salute the unleashed people’s forces and their governments in Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Brazil, Argentina, and elsewhere.
We reject the claims of silly, pompous intellectuals and so-called progressives like Lacanian Slavoj Žižek who say we should hold no hope about these changes. Without surrendering the revolutionary, Marxist-Leninist independent critical perspective of our League, we reject the ridiculous line that you support a revolution by tearing it apart with public criticism.
The youth of Latin America are on the march, and we are with them!
In support of the My GSA campaign, Proposed by CEC
The Young Communist League of Canada re-affirms its support for equity programmes in public schools, the development of queer-positive school-board policies, and the Gay-Straight-Alliance (GSA) campaign lead by EGALE Canada.
The YCL-LJC committees to deepening its relationships with GSA’s in high schools and to help promote GSA’s where they do not exist.
On student debt reaching $15 billion in September 2010, Proposed by CEC
On the occasion of the 25th Central Convention of the YCL-LJC, we note with anger and outrage that student debt now sits at $15 billion dollars in Canada, as of this month, September 2010. We draw to the attention of the youth and students the recent report by the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (no friend of the youth and workers) that public education is being dangerously eroded. Nearly 50% of funding for Canada's post-secondary institutions comes from private sources.
Canadian full-time students in undergraduate programs this fall paid 4.0% more on average in tuition fees for the 2010/2011 academic year than they did a year earlier. Stats Can has now excluded compulsory fees (which include mainly fees that are illegal – like library access fees). Additional compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students increased 7.0% in 2010/2011 compared with the previous year.
We repeat our long-standing and urgent demand for the elimination of tuition fees, grants not loans, and that students and youth, together with the working class and their allies, build a world of just peace, people’s democracy and socialism, a world where we do not have to chose between becoming military cannon fodder or being condemned to a life of social ignorance.
In support of the climate camps, against Hydraulic Fracking, Proposed by CEC
A number of “climate camps” bringing together youth activists and aboriginal communities have been held across Canada over the past summer, drawing attention to the tar sands in Alberta and other unsustainable capitalist measures of environmental exploitation. Camps were held across northern and remote British Columbia, as well as in Ontario and Quebec. More camps are planned for Alberta and Ontario.
This summer the Conservative government shredded an entire report on the tar sands which was damming for their environmental track record. The Young Communist League supports the work of the climate camps and all the efforts to break the silence and expose the toxic tar sands. We demand the tar sands be nationalized, and then shut down, and the government re-train the workers (providing them with well-paid, union jobs such as solving Canada’s housing crisis building public housing.)
The tar sands have again scandalized the Canadian people with the exposure that energy monopoly Syncrude killed 1,606 ducks several months ago in a massive toxic tailings lake (640 football fields wide). Despite the corporation claiming the birds ‘committed suicide,’ it was charged with a small fine. At the same time, First Nations treaty rights are flagrantly violated by the tar sands. Toxic tailings lakes leak an estimated 11 million litres of chemicals like arsenic, mercury, naphatic acid, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons into the river system, poisoning the land and downstream communities every single day. The rate of cancer in Fort Chipewyan is 30% higher than other communities. The Syncrude CEO’s should pay the maximum fine of $300,000 for every bird killed and see jail time.
We also join those calling for the banning of hydraulic fracturing in Canada. This is a form of energy extraction which involves oil and gas companies injecting millions of litres of freshwater, laced with thousands of kilograms of toxic chemicals and sand, beneath the ground at very high pressure. The shock extracts natural gas embedded in a type of rock known as shale. As a result, however, a large about of water is used up, and local ground water is poisoned with toxic chemicals.
Fracking is currently happening in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick, and there are plans to establish the practice in Quebec and Nova Scotia. We call for the banning of fracking and assert that nature should come before profits, the context for pursuing alternative energy.
First Nations University, Proposed by CEC
The Young Communist League expresses 110% solidarity with the struggles to keep First Nations University in Saskatchewan and win its funding. We see this as a gross, racist, violation of treaty rights of Aboriginal Peoples for education, and the further denial of a human right – who is next? We call upon all students to rally for the defence of First Nations University.
Yukon’s Peel Watershed, Proposed by CEC
The Peel Watershed in the Yukon Territory is 10 times the size of Banff National Park and boasts the largest group of wild mountain rivers in North America. The Peel watershed lies at the north end of the Yellowstone to Yukon region, a vital corridor for wildlife, and is know as the Yukon’s great boreal wilderness. It is also the traditional territory of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and Nacho Nyak Dun First Nations.
Last December, a government commission recommended opening 20 per cent of the watershed to roads and oil and gas as well as mining development. The development is unanimously opposed by the local First Nations communities. The Young Communist League supports the campaign to save the Peel. If the corporations do not want to voluntarily surrender their 8,431 mineral claims in the Peel, the government should do it and, respecting aboriginal sovereignty and self-determination, return the land to full control of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and Nacho Nyak Dun First Nations.
On the Long Gun Registry, LJC-Q
Continuing is his usual Neo-Con manner, Stephen Harper has proposed to scrap the long-gun registry (Bill C-391). This means that more people would have access to rifles, which have been proven in the recent years to be involved in many spousal homicides. The Federal Liberals and the Bloq Quebecois are opposing Bill C-391, favoring to keep the registry. Jack Layton, on the other hand, has not whipped the vote for his party meaning that MPs could vote as they chose.
We cannot have this ambiguity towards the long-gun registry. The mere reason that Stephen Harper decided to this is to get votes from the small population of hunters in Canada. Altough the Bill C-391 has not been passed, we need to continue to be attentive to Stephen Harpers' imperialist attack on our human right to live, which would be threatened by a further proliferation on long-guns. We can't have another Dawson shooting or Polytechnique massacre.
Although climate change remains our main concern, the YCL is also attentive to other environmental issues such as
- Alberta Tar Sands exploitation
- The chemichal environment that capitalists have created for us through various chemicals in plastic, aerosols, asbestos and other materials.
- Protection of areas like parks, playgrounds, etc.
Some Thoughts on the Pre-Convention Discussion, Stephen Von Sychowski, Central Executive
The discussion period for the 25th Central Convention started early this year, and has ramped up in recent weeks as the Convention quickly approaches. We have had lots of interesting and well thought out debate on a broad array of topics related to the struggles and interests of youth and students.
It is notable that we have had lots of robust discussion and debate around all three of our main priorities of work; the student movement, the young workers movement, and the peace movement. This shows that we have many comrades who are active in the everyday struggles of these important movements, who are attuned to their strengths and weaknesses, and who have seriously considered how we can help to build these movements, to make them stronger, more militant, and more organized.
What is needed is a sense of urgency; the urgency to struggle. The living, learning, and working conditions of youth are under attack from all angles. Students will face increased tuition fees yet again this year. Wages remain horribly inadequate and actually fall below the poverty line in some provinces. Canada’s participation in the brutal occupation of Afghanistan continues at the cost of thousands of lives and billions of dollars. The global capitalist economic crisis, having experiences a false “recovery” in recent months, is expected to deepen even further by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the violent police repression of the G20 protests ripped the mask off of bourgeois “democracy” and exposed the true nature of the capitalist state as the dictatorship by force of the propertied ruling class.
As young communists in the youth and student movement, it is up to us to raise class and revolutionary consciousness, to carry forward, defend, and fight for the socialist alternative to capitalism. It is also up to us to raise this sense of urgency, for we know that it we are unwilling or unable to fight, all the victories of the past will be reversed and the standard of living for ourselves and our children will continue to spiral rapidly downwards.
It’s also good to see a lot of discussion around the role we can play in the growing environmental movement, and particularly the movement against climate change. We know that the environmental catastrophe has been caused, and is every day being worsened by the capitalist system which is based on the exploitation for profit of not only of human beings, but of the environment as well. Only a planned economy based on a full picture of the interests of the working masses can hope to stop and reverse the coming environmental catastrophe. We must bring class analysis, and revolutionary politics, into the environmental movement. Today the question facing humanity is; socialism or extinction?
There has been some interesting debate on the idea of “revolutionary potential” with regards to the Canadian working class in contrast to the people of the colonial and semi-colonial states, or the “Third World”. The YCL has historically rejected “Third Worldism”, the notion that the Canadian working class today has been bought off, or sold out, and no longer has a “revolutionary potential”.
Such an analysis is un-Marxist as it does not recognize the primacy of class contradictions and class struggle as a fundamental component of all class based societies and as the mover of history. Canada is an imperialist country. It is therefore true that as a result of our imperialist position on the world scene, the living standards in Canada have been improved through the exploitation of other nations and peoples. While this is true, and may delay or obstruct class consciousness in some instances, it does not take away the fundamental fact that Canada is a highly developed capitalist society build on class division. Whatever the living standards of different segments of Canadian workers, they remain wage slaves, forced to sell their labour power to obtain a wage off of which to survive. The chain of capitalism breaks not necessarily where the working class is strongest (or wealthiest), but where the capitalist class is weakest.
The notion that the Canadian working class no longer possess the “revolutionary potential” inherent in the working class lends itself to inactivity. After all, why fight if there is no potential? We must be careful not to be the victims of such pitfalls.
This Convention is an opportunity for our League. We should come out of this coming weekend stronger, re-energized, and more united than before. The struggles of youth and students have every potential to grow in the coming years. Let’s prove that we are up to the task! See you in Toronto!
Contribution de la LJC-Q
Sur la section 2 : Les conditions et la position des jeunes travailleuse et travailleurs
Considérant la conjoncture actuelle dans le mouvement ouvrier au Québec et que les votes des syndicats locaux concernant l’entente de principe bidon acceptée par les directions syndicales détermineront en grande partie quelle forme prendra la riposte dans la prochaine année; Que soit résolu que le CC ajoute dans cette section un point expliquant la situation actuelle du mouvement ouvrier au Québec avec les derniers développements et que dans les points d’actions on ajoute au 4.d. : Et que la YCL-LJC travaille avec le PCC pour mettre la grève sociale de l’avant au sein du front commun et défende l’unité dans la lutte du mouvement syndical avec la Coalition opposé à la tarification des services sociaux.
Sur la section 4 : Lutte des étudiantes et des étudiants du secondaire et du postsecondaire
1 - Que soit référé au nouveau CC d’ajouté à la suite du point 128 un paragraphe dénonçant les subventions aux écoles privées. D’abord, l’éducation est un bien public et l’école privée devrait être tout simplement aboli. Mais alors que des coupures dans l’éducation ne cessent d’être annoncées, l’état – à tout le moins, l’état québécois – subventionne les écoles privé à 60% pour un total de 75 millions de dollars par année. Pendant ce temps, les écoles publiques sont sans ressources, les bibliothèques de celles-ci sont vides, les classes sont bondées et on va même jusqu’à en fermer.
«l'État économise des millions en subventionnant les écoles privées à un coût moindre que les écoles publiques. En conséquence, certains demandent de maintenir ce réseau, voire d'encourager sa croissance par la création de nouvelles écoles là où les parents le souhaitent. (..) Il faut qu'il soit rendu plus accessible par des mesures fiscales qui accordent aux parents des crédits d'impôt qui compensent leur effort financier.» (Les États généraux sur l'éducation, 1995-1996)
2- Sur la façon de géré l’argent destiné à l’éducation
Sera envoyé par Johan
Sur la section 5 : les changements climatiques
Sera envoyé par Danielle
Sur la section 6 point 183 : Lutte pour la pleine égalité.
Que soit ajouté ce qui suit après la section 191 :
La victoire de la pleine égalité entre les sexes passe aussi par une prise en charge sociale de la famille. Dans les mesures immédiates, la YCL-LJC demande un système de garderie universel, gratuit et accessible à toutes et tous. Bien qu’au Québec il existe un système de garderie à frais modiques, les garderies à 7$, la réalité nous montre que l’accessibilité à ce programme est un mythe. Les enfants doivent souvent attendre plusieurs années avant d’avoir une place et entre temps le seul choix est la garderie privée trop chère pour la plupart des travailleuses et des travailleurs. Ce qui par conséquent force majoritairement les femmes à demeurer cloîtrée à la maison.
Sur la section 7 : La charte de la jeunesse et la contribution de la YCL-LJC à la riposte de la jeunesse et des étudiantes et des étudiants.
La LJC-Q est d’accord avec les idées mises de l’avant par la section 7 des documents du congrès. L’idée d’une charte de la jeunesse est intéressante. Mais nous demandons des clarifications concernant sa faisabilité. Comment, dans le concret, allons-nous créer et utiliser cette charte? De plus, pourquoi ces revendications sur la paix, les emplois, la démocratie, une solution démocratique à la question nationale, les loisirs, le sport et la culture, un environnement sain et l’égalité complète devrait se trouver sous la forme d’une charte? Quelle dynamique y aura-t-il entre les revendications placées dans cette charte et les revendications misent de l’avant par la YCL-LJC? Comment, si le mouvement de la jeunesse et des étudiant-e-s actuel est le rédacteur d’une telle charte réussirons nous à obtenir un document qui ira «Au-delà des demandes immédiates du mouvement de la jeunesse et des étudiant-e-s» comme mentionné dans cette section? Si nous plaçons cette proposition de charte de la jeunesse au congrès, c’est que nous avons véritablement l’intention d’avancer sur le sujet. Bien que nous sommes en parfait accord avec les idées derrière une telle charte, nous croyons qu’il faut nous poser la question comment la YCL-LJC mettra cela en pratique dans les prochaines années.