The most successful far left party in all of North America (excluding Mexico) is, without a doubt a provincial party in Québec called Québec Solidaire.
As of tonight, QS has become the only party in North America containing various sub-party groupings which openly identify as: Anti-Stalinist Marxist, radical, pacifist, anarchist, socialist, environmentalist and feminist, to hold a seat at the state or provincial level.
Unfortunately, the Québec Solidaire candidate in my riding (Hull), Bill Clennett, only placed third after the Parti Québécois and the Liberals. Clennett, for those of you who don’t know, rose to fame in that quintessentially Canadian way: he was once literally strangled by then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on national television.
While I strongly disagree with Québec Solidaire’s sovereigntist leanings, the victory tonight in the provincial riding of Mercier is nothing short of one of the most important victories for the far left in the industrialized world. This is one of the first times that I’m aware of since 1872 where anarchists and Marxists did that which commentators of all stripes had long claimed to be impossible: They worked together within a single party structure and they succeeded.
If you want to see democracy in action, look no further than Québec Solidaire.
If you want to see the kind of anarchist/Marxist/social democratic co-operation that must characterize 21st Century struggle, look no further than Québec Solidaire.
If you want to see victory in the riding of Mercier, look no further than Québec Solidaire and Amir Khadir.
“Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose, but their chains… Workers of the world unite!”