in New Westminster-Coquitlam
|Roland has been a
political activist since the 1960s when he and his co-workers got
involved in the anti-war movement. He is fighting for an anti-war
government, to get Canada out of NATO and NORAD and for the withdrawal
of Canadian troops from Afghanistan.
As an apprentice electrician he
led the struggle of the apprentices for improved working conditions.
Over the years he has held various positions in the International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. As an electrician in the
construction industry since the early sixties, he has worked side by
side with workers from many countries and has seen the constant
attempts of the rich to divide the workers. He has experienced
firsthand the transformation of the construction industry on the Lower
Mainland from industrial to non-industrial construction, and the
destruction of manufacturing including the Fraser Mill which was once
the largest mill of its kind in the world.
"The program of the MLPC to Stop
Paying the Rich and Increase Funding for Social Programs is
what the working class needs to build the nation and vest sovereignty
in the people," he says. "An important part
of this program is the renewal of the political system in Canada. The
current system in which the political parties of the rich dominate and
decide everything on the basis of what serves the rich, is causing
great harm to the workers and our communities. The crisis in
manufacturing, the destruction of social programs, the establishment of
a war government in Canada and the drive of the Harper government and
all the business parties in the House of Commons, for the annexation of
Canada to the United States, are all issues of great concern on which
no worker has any say because the current political arrangements
do not permit it.
"The MLPC is calling on the workers to become a political force in
their own right. Join in the work for democratic renewal. Let us
discuss what is needed to defend jobs and manufacturing in Canada
to build a self-reliant economy and to protect our natural resources
from plunder by the rich. Let us work together to put worker
politicians in Parliament who will defend our interests on the basis
that our security lies in the fight for the rights of all."
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