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Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)

Eight years of CPC(M-L)

First Published: People’s Canada Daily News, Vol 8, No. 51, March 1, 1978
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March 31st marks the eighth anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist). The founding of the Party will be celebrated all across Canada as a historic event in the life of the proletariat, the decisive factor in determining its future. The founding of our Party was the beginning of a great revolutionary movement against imperialism and revisionism and opportunism of all hues. Eight years of our Party have been a glorious eight years of uninterrupted struggle against imperialism and against revisionism and opportunism of all hues.

The founding of the Party on March 31, 1970, ushered in the period of intense proletarian struggle against the class enemy. It also marked the end of the period when Khrushchov revisionism could run rampant without firm opposition in the communist and workers’ movement in Canada. The eight years of the Party’s work have shown that modern revisionism is still the main danger and that our Party grew strong in battle against modern revisionism and against opportunism of all hues, including the resolute struggle our Party has waged against the anti-Leninist theory of “three worlds’’.

The birth of our Party was received by the fierce attacks of the class enemy. A holy alliance of the police, the revisionists and opportunists of all hues came into being to oppose the Party. Hundreds of comrades were arrested and jailed on all kinds of trumped-up charges in an attempt to crush our Party. Several bookstores were burnt and over twenty comrades were deported for the sole crime of supporting the Party. The revisionists and opportunists organized all sorts of provocation against the Party and acted as agent-provocateurs. But the Party never flinched and marched vigorously forward by winning victory over the class enemy in one struggle after another. Today, ours is the only organized revolutionary political Party of the proletariat which is leading the class struggle against the enemy. There is the revisionist party, there is the party of the social-democrats and there are various opportunist sects which are attempting to organize their own “parties”, showing in concrete terms the splits and divisions which exist among the revisionists and opportunists of all hues, and the splits and divisions they cause among the proletariat. But there is only one revolutionary political party of the proletariat which is based on the theory of Marxism-Leninism and upholds proletarian internationalism, and which strives to unite the class by opposing revisionism and opportunism of all hues and other forms of bourgeois ideology and which actively participates in the struggles of the class. Our Party is such a party. It does not matter how many opportunist and revisionist parties come and go, our Party remains the only genuine Marxist-Leninist party of the proletariat. The history of the past eight years has shown that whoever remained outside the Party and still tried to claim himself to be “Marxist-Leninist” turned out to be a revisionist and opportunist, thus showing in concrete terms that there is no such thing as a Marxist-Leninist who is not a member of the Marxist-Leninist party.

Our Party also faced the repeated conspiracies and attacks of the right opportunists in China. They carried out a slander campaign against the Party and incited agent-provocateur groups to attack the Party. They filled the communist movement with all sorts of rumours and slanders and used the international prestige of the Communist Party of China and Chairman Mao Tsetung in order to split and divide our Party. But all these efforts came to no good end. Our Party showed the firmness and resoluteness with which it upheld Marxism-Leninism and proletarian internationalism and defeated all these opportunist attempts to dismember the Party.

Our Party now has friends in many countries and enjoys their fraternal respect based on Marxism-Leninism and proletarian internationalism. Those who vainly hoped that the Party would disappear in a year or two have been proven altogether wrong. Our Party, which is based on Marxism-Leninism and proletarian internationalism, is organized in revolutionary style and forbids the existence of any factions; our Party which opposes revisionism and opportunism of all hues in a monolithic fashion and which has lasting links with the proletariat and has been steeled over the past eight years in the course of struggle, cannot be dismembered. Our Party has a bright future and it will march on from victory to victory.

Our Party is now engaged in the three-fold task of strengthening itself, and Party-building is taken up as the crucial task. Defending the purity of Marxism-Leninism, upholding proletarian internationalism, building the basic organizations of the Party and leading and participating in the revolutionary mass struggles of the class against the class enemy are the three areas of revolutionary activity which are a guarantee to the strengthening and building of the Party and the creation of the subjective conditions for revolution. Our Party takes a revolutionary attitude towards the reactionary state and builds the Party organizations secretly. At the same time, it faces the class enemy and its state with revolutionary courage and determination. Our Party combines both legal and illegal struggles and builds the Party organization in absolute secrecy with some of the comrades and Party organizations engaged in open work and others engaged in underground work. Our Party takes an irreconsilable attitude on the question of defending the purity of Marxism-Leninism and relentlessly wages struggles for revolutionary principles, and it uses flexible tactics. Thus, it is opposed to both modern revisionism, the main danger, and to dogmatism, the ally of modern revisionism and opportunism of all hues.

Our Party is taking up for solution, the strategic task of proletarian revolution and its main aim is to establish by force of arms, the dictatorship of the proletariat in place of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie. Only by establishing the political power of the proletariat can the struggle to overthrow capitalism and the elimination of all exploiting classes be carried through to the end. Political power, the state of the dictatorship of the proletariat, is absolutely necessary to bring about the transition from capitalism to communism and to bring to an end the transitional period and establish communist society. Our Party is committed to leading the proletariat in establishing its own political power and to creating the conditions for the establishment of the communist society. The enemy of the proletariat is not only the big bourgeoisie of our own country, but also imperialism headed by the two superpowers – especially U.S. imperialism which controls the key sectors of the capitalist economy in our country and dominates the state. Thus the national and international tasks of the proletariat are parts of one whole task – the task of overthrowing capitalism and ending the exploitation of man by man. The Canadian proletariat faces double exploitation and the proletarian revolution is directed against both the native big bourgeoisie and against the big bourgeoisie which is merely an extension of U.S. imperialism. The proletarian revolution has inscribed on its banner the slogans of independence, democracy and socialism. Our Party is the leader, organizer and the instrument of proletarian revolution.

Today the world is split into two: the world of socialism, democracy and independence, the world of progress and advancement led by the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania and the genuine Marxist-Leninist parties, and the world of imperialism, social-imperialism and reaction, the world of aggressive wars and of backwardness and universal misery and ignorance led by U.S. imperialism and Soviet social-imperialism. Our Party is making its proletarian internationalist contribution by, first of all, organizing proletarian revolution in our own country, by settling scores with our own bourgeoisie and the bourgeoisie of the U.S. operating in Canada and, secondly, by supporting all such struggles in other countries led by the genuine Marxist-Leninist parties towards the one and only goal of destroying the world of imperialism, social-imperialism and reaction, the world of aggressive wars and of backwardness and universal misery and ignorance led by U.S. imperialism and Soviet social-imperialism. In this great proletarian revolutionary struggle, our Party supports all genuine national liberation struggles and all struggles which are directed at the main enemy and which weaken the main enemy. Our Party considers the national liberation movement as the reserve of proletarian revolution. Our Party is opposed to all revisionist and opportunist lines which divert the Proletariat from this revolutionary path and which make the proletariat the appendage of the imperialists and reactionaries. Our Party is firmly opposed to the theoreticians of “three worlds”, the new international opportunist trend which is based on the revisionist thesis of the reconciliation of antagonistic class interests and of collaboration with the class enemy.

The eighth anniversary of our Party is coming at a time when the International Marxist-Leninist Communist Movement, led by the Party of Labour of Albania with Comrade Enver Hoxha at the head, is vigorously advancing from victory to victory and when our Party is entering the ninth year of its existence with absolute confidence in the revolutionary and scientific theory of Marxism-Leninism and is multiplying its efforts to proletarianize the Party by carrying out successfully the three-fold task of defending the purity of Marxism-Leninism (the decisive task), building the basic organizations of the Party and participating in and leading the revolutionary mass struggles of the proletariat against the class enemy at home and abroad.