First Published: Canadian Revolution, No. 1, May 1975
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Our stand, viewpoint and method is Marxism-Leninism; the theory of scientific socialism and proletarian revolution. We base ourselves on the historical experience of the world revolutionary movement as summed up chiefly by Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. We use these theories not as dogma, but as a guide to action; universally applicable to the concrete conditions of all nations and societies. As such they constitute a scientific body of knowledge; the science of the proletariat in its struggle against all exploitation and oppression.
As Marxist-Leninists we support the struggle of the working class of all countries to free itself from imperialism, colonialism and all forms of reaction. We support the struggle of the oppressed nations and people against imperialism and social-imperialism and the revolutionary struggle of the working class in the revisionist and capitalist countries. We are in solidarity with all people struggling to build the dictatorship of the proletariat and a socialist society.
As Marxist-Leninists we are opposed to all form of opportunism and revisionism, including social-democracy, anarcho-syndicalism, social-imperialism and trotskyism. These ideologies have nothing in common with Marxism-Leninism and are harmful to the cause of proletarian revolution in Canada and throughout the world.
We are further agreed to the necessity to fight for the creation of a Marxist-Leninist political party in Canada. To this end, struggle over questions of analysis, strategy and principle must be promoted as a precondition to the unity necessary to build revolutionary organization and ultimately a Marxist-Leninist political party.
At this time there is no revolutionary party giving leadership to the struggles of the working class in Canada, nor is there a great deal of unity among Marxist-Leninists on how to proceed with the historical tasks with which we are faced. Revolutionary leadership and organization are necessary and the only sound basis for their existence will be a non-opportunist ideological and political line, developed through study and struggle and consistent investigation of the concrete conditions of Canadian society.
It is with this purpose in mind that a journal has been started. We wish to facilitate ideological and political struggle and discussion in order to lay the basis for Marxist-Leninists to achieve a common analysis, strategy and programme to advance the goals of a socialist revolution in Canada.
The journal will promote concrete analysis of concrete conditions in Canada, aid in the scientific summation of practice to advance theory, and promote the study and application of Marxism-Leninism with these goals in mind.
We will attempt to focus the content of the journal on:
• analysis of the class forces and political economy of Canada;
• questions of ideological and political struggle within the Marxist-Leninist movement both historically and at present;
• “burning issues” of the day such as the national question, social democracy, the liberation of women, building a Marxist-Leninist party, communist work in the trade unions, and all major political questions which face Marxist-Leninists at this time.
The journal will seek to unite through struggle, discussion and shared correspondence, genuine Marxist-Leninists throughout Canada. As a matter of principle in our relations to Quebec and the Marxist-Leninist movement there, we uphold their right to national self-determination and national debate. At the same time we intend to establish fraternal ties, politically and ideologically, with all comrades in Quebec. As regards our relations to the struggle of Native people, at this time we are not agreed on the national character of the struggle, but see it as an important question to be debated and discussed. We encourage opinions on this question from Native people and Native Marxist-Leninists themselves.
February 28, 1975