Communist candidate for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke touts party’s benefits for today’s dilemmas – Saanich News
Tyson Strandlund, the Communist Party candidate in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, said growing support for his party shows Canadians’ desire for the upcoming federal election to result in greater defense of the working class and the dismemberment of systems colonial.
Metchosin’s candidate is currently defending a thesis at the University of Victoria on the role of the Soviet Union in decolonization over the past century.
Since joining the Communist Party of Canada in 2012, Strandlund has revived the Young Communist League of Victoria and has run both provincially and federally as a local Communist candidate. Strundland – a member of the Métis nation and a descendant of Manitoba founder Louis Riel – said two perspectives from his undergraduate degree at Camosun encouraged his interest in Communist politics.
The former spoke of an appreciation for the environment, said Strandlund, naturally from his childhood on the West Coast. “I was studying environmental technologies… we had all of this information (to say) these are things we can do to help the environment. I thought we needed more scientists back then, ”Strandlund said. “That’s not the problem.”
Given traditional political interests in industries that contribute to climate change, “there is no political capacity under capitalism to fix (the environment),” Strandlund said. “There is no political will to fix it.”
The second was his study of the Soviet constitution. The 1936 Foreign Charter included rights “that we don’t have here in Canada today,” Strunndand said. They include the guaranteed right to a well-paying job, medical care and, more importantly, in the Canadian context, Strundland said, equality of self-determination among nations, such as those that existed in Canada before European contact.
“A lot of people in Canada and outside of Canada feel that this country is one nation – in fact, there are many nations unevenly trapped within the Canadian state,” he said. he declared. In addition, the equality of nations should extend to Canadian foreign policy. Canada owns 75 percent of the world’s mines, which Stundland says represents an ongoing colonial mission today.
For one of the Communist candidates to win a parliamentary seat would be “a good start” for his party, Strundland said. He said membership in Victoria had increased by 50 percent over the past year.
But ultimately, social reform for the benefit of the working class begins outside the parliamentary system of power, he said. “It involves mass union movements and goals, a broad coalition of people across the country, on strike… working with more progressive members of the NDP and maybe even a few liberals,” he said. “Getting elected is a measure of victory. “
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