If Reconciliation Is Dead, Then So Is Any Hope in the NDP

If Reconciliation Is Dead, Then So Is Any Hope in the NDP

Reconciliation is dead: this fact is plain to see for all. The Canadian State will fight against Indigenous national liberation until its very last breath. Liberal leaders will talk at length about reconciliation, only to turn around and assault Indigenous Peoples on behalf of Canadian capital, to say nothing of reactionaries like former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer calling for the blood of Land Defenders. But where does the New Democratic Party stand?

At first glance, the NDP seems to support progressive struggles. It criticizes the Liberal Party for failing to commit to even a single point of reconciliation, and its MPs, like Matthew Green, come to show support for the Six Nations Land Defenders at 1492 Land Back Lane. We are forced to raise the question: What are their motives in doing so?

In stark contrast to their official positions, the NDP in British Columbia are not supporters – or even bystanders – in the struggle of the Wet’suwet’en People. On the contrary, it is under NDP Premier John Horgan’s leadership that the invasion of Wet’suwet’en territory is being carried out! The NDP nationally refuses to take a concrete position, with Jagmeet Singh stating that he supports the “rule of law” when asked about RCMP actions, a justification everyone knows to be a dog-whistle for police repression.

The two faces of the NDP are like night and day. In Ontario, where the Conservatives rule, NDP leaders come to personally speak with Land Defenders, yet in B.C. it is the NDP itself which organizes the invasion of Wet’suwet’en territory under the pretext of “law and order”! There is only one conclusion: the NDP’s support is nothing but a cynical attempt at dragging the struggle for national liberation to the voting booth, to bury it in meaningless drivel about reconciliation. Colonialism has many faces, and the NDP is one of them.

The Revolutionary Student Movement condemns all attempts at co-opting Indigenous resistance for electoral gains. Such tricks only serve to further entrench the old colonial order. Be it Liberal or New Democratic, the Canadian State has no intention of halting its plans of genocide. Indigenous Peoples on the front lines of anti-colonial struggle have already made it clear: they have no wish to hear more prattle about reconciliation. It is dead, and revolution is alive!

Victory to the Six Nations Land Defenders!

No colonial snakes, no NDP!

Reconciliation is dead, Canada will be next!

Workers and oppressed nations of the world, unite!

People’s War until Communism!


— A statement from the Revolutionary Student Movement – Greater Toronto Area

RSM’s Statement on Jack Layton’s Death

Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party, passed away earlier this month. Indeed, this death was regrettable, as friends, families, and supporters mourned their loss. A blog post on MLM Mayhem criticizes the state sanctioned fanfare around the funeral, but more importantly–criticizes  the general radical left in Toronto, who, while identifying as anti-capitalist and anti-statist, took part in the state-sanctioned mass mourning, all the while moralizing against those with other views and opinions on the matter.

Although there are some who agree with the position put forth by the author of MLM Mayhem, this post on Layton, like the post on boycotting the Federal 2011 elections, became the subject of derision and defensive hatred on reddit and rabble.ca. Some have even went as far as to call for censorship on one the critical threads.

Members of the Revolutionary Student Movement stand firmly behind MLM Mayhem’s analysis and position on the NDP. We are in agreement  about the default opportunism appearing in the “movement.” Our comrade’s blog exposes that Layton was as much a running-dog of imperialism and, given the constraints of the capitalo-parliamentary structure, could not but have assumed this role, even as leader of the official opposition.

NATO bombs have been raining down on Libya since the NDP scored official opposition status, without any word of resistance.

We believe that young people have something much better to work for. What we ought to build  is our own movement, a project that doesn’t not yet exist within the comforting limits of accepted bourgeois legalisms or within the cozy offices of student unions, the university counterparts to these parliamentary cretins. Our project is to help create revolution with the people. The masses are that elemental force necessary for root change. That’s why we are, in part, Maoist.

Our task is to find the correct expression for the rage, felt by  those of us who have to toil daily just for a roof over our heads, 3 square meals, and clothing. This rage is all around us.  We strive to work with our peers and with proletarian youths to target and shape that rage–to give it expression.