party, by design, has no leader. It takes the
view that if there is a leader, there are followers.
The Socialist Party of Canada favours
rule by the vote of the majority (i.e., "majority
rule"), effectively saying that a system with
a leader is incompatible with majority rule.
platform mentioned on the party web site as
of May 28, 2004.
mentioned on the party web site as
of May 28, 2004.
Socialist Party is a companion party of the
Socialist Movement ("WSM"),
which began with the founding of the Socialist
Party of Great Britain in
1904. In effect, the WSM (and each of its
parties, including the Socialist
Party of Canada) says it seeks a non-violent
revolution to replace capitalism with socialism,
it defines as "...a
system of society based upon the common ownership
and democratic control of the means and instruments
for producing and distributing wealth by and
in the interest of society as a whole." Effectively,
the WSM advocates a society in which everyone
what one needs (somehow without consuming more
than is produced), and produces only as much
as one wants to produce: in which all labour
is voluntary and unpaid, and in which the fruits
of labour are free. It elaborates
on that definition as follows:
there are wages and salaries, it is not socialism.
State ownership is not socialism.
Social programs are not socialism.
means democracy at all levels of society,
including the workplace.
Socialism means a wageless, moneyless society.
Socialism means voluntary labour.
Socialism means free access to the goods produced by society."
WSM views government, at present, as being
a tool of "the capitalist class". It is strongly
opposed to working with any other political
viewing virtually no other party as a socialist
party: the WSM takes the position that history
has shown other parties never to replace capitalism
with socialism (as the WSM defines that term).
seeks a revolution not merely within Canada,
but around the world:
peaceful 'socialist nation' would be easy
prey for the outside
capitalist world. Just as capitalism is
a world system, socialism will have to be
a world system.
no names mentioned on the Socialist Party of
Canada website. Even the mailing address
for the party is a P.O. Box, not a street address.
Quite possibly, the Socialist Party of Canada
is little more than a web site operated by the
World Socialist Movement, from out of country.
Indeed, even the URL for the party web site