Central Executive Committee, YCL-LJC
Last week, the Young Communist League of Canada held its 27th Central Convention, the largest of the four conventions since its re-founding in 2007. From May 19 to 22, thirty-five delegates, plus alternates and observers attended from Montréal, Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria to reiterate our commitment to working class struggle and move forward with our strategies to build socialism in Canada. We dedicated these three days to exchange, discuss, debate and learn from the struggles carried out by young communists throughout the country.
Coming out of the 27th Central Convention, the delegates gave a clear and unanimous mandate to the incoming Central Committee of the YCL-LJC Canada to solve a problem that was raised during the Convention regarding the Hamilton club of the YCL-LJC. This club has been therefore dissolved and the problematic individuals were immediately expelled by the Convention.
Although these problems reached a breaking point during the Convention, they reflect a long-standing problem with this club related to sectarianism, factionalism and left-opportunism. These problems were also related to racist and sexist behaviour which created an oppressive environment that led to a massive loss of membership in the Hamilton club, including the loss of racialized people and women active in mass movements. The outgoing Central Executive Committee mobilized a lot of efforts in trying to solve these issues in the best interest of the organization as a whole. Representatives of the Central Executive Committee attended multiple meetings and leadership took disciplinary measures on certain members. Matters seemed to be on the way to being resolved prior to the Convention.
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