Greetings to the 38th Convention of the Communist Party of Canada

May 18, 2016



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Dear comrades :

            Through you, the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party) sends warmest fraternal greetings to the 38th Convention of the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) which will be held in Toronto on May 21-23, 2016.

            We salute the CPC's consistent struggles against the Canadian Conservative and Liberal regimes' commitment to NATO, to increased military spending, and the imperialist concept of “humanitarian intervention”. These issues are related to the Canadian-US oligarchy's thrusts to advance Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other corporate deals, the privatization of public assets everywhere, the paring down of social programs in all areas of imperialist penetration, and the TNCs' grabbing of maximum profits everywhere.

            We also hail the CPC's solidarity with the Palestinian people's struggle for an independent state in their homeland, with the Syrian and other Arab peoples' struggles against imperialist intervention and terrorism, with the struggles of the working peoples of Latin America against the return of military-oligarchic rule, and with the struggles of other peoples against fascist and racist movements.

            Considering that our country is constantly threatened by climate change calamities, we are pleased to note that the CPC's 38th Convention will also discuss  the threat of irreversible environmental disaster, and the need for action on climate change.

            We also note that this convention will pay tribute to former CPC leader Miguel Figueroa, who stepped down for reasons of health in January of this year. Comrade Figueroa, as well as Comrade  Elizabeth Rowley who succeeded him (and who holds the distinction as the first woman leader of the CPC), were  central figures in the CPC's fight against liquidationism in the 1990s. That was a critical period throughout the world when not a few leaders of communist parties (including in our own party) wavered in their principles in the wake of the  disintegration of the Soviet Union and of the socialist community. History has “absolved” Comrades Figueroa and Rowley for standing firm and tall with their communist principles, and we join this convention in saluting them.

            The CPC has shown remarkable resilience and optimism in the 95 years of its history, defying enormous obstacles and bitter attacks (including right-wing legislation to illegalize the CPC and seize its assets), with its membership always standing united around a commitment to win the Canadian nations and peoples to revolutionary ideas and actions. We are therefore confident that the CPC's 38th Convention, to be held with the deepening global economic and social crisis as background, will further strengthen the Canadian peoples' struggles for peace, jobs, sovereignty, democracy and socialist liberation.

            In closing, we send our warmest fraternal greetings to all the 38th Convention delegates, and to all the members of the CPC, who represent the finest traditions of the Canadian working class.

                                                                                                            With all the best wishes,

                                                                                                            ANTONIO  E.  PARIS

                                                                                                            General Secretary