The Western Socialist
Vol. 27 - No. 217
No. 6, 1960
B.C. ELECTION NOTES
The Canadian Communist Party fielded nineteen candidates in the election and at the opening of
their meetings at which the featured speaker was none other than their national leader, Tim Buck,
it was observed that the audience stood up to sing "O! Canada."
It has been truly said that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." The professedly Marxist
Communist Party does not yet understand that the workers have no country.
YES AND NO
At a big meeting in Nanaimo, Premier Douglas of CCF Saskatchewan said that "in Saskatchewan,
industry will not be allowed to exploit labor or our resources without giving the people who own
them adequate rewards for their use." An "adequate" reward for the exploitation of labor can only
mean an "adequate" wage or salary, which is sufficient to keep the working class in the category
of the enslaved class.
After admitting that "industry" will he allowed to exploit labor. however, he said later in the same
address that, "the only freedom a CCF government takes is the freedom of one man to exploit
another." (Daily Colonist, Sept. 1, 1960.) Possibly the contradiction lies in Mr. Douglas's apparent
misunderstanding of the meaning of exploitation.
At another meeting a cabinet minister from the same province said that this government has
found "no difficulty whatsoever in borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars for self liquidating
projects such as power and telephones."
"This is a measure of confidence investors have in a CCF province," he said. It is also a measure
of proof that the majority of people of Saskatchewan, the workers, do not own the resources any
more than the workers of the rest of the country do. Any proof of ownership is in access. And
aside from their producer's allowance, any access to natural resources on the part of workers is
restricted to a look at some of them occasionally at vacation time when a few manage to escape
from proletarian "prosperity" into the tranquility of the wilderness. And yet the daily press
continues to call the CCF a Socialist party.
After promising cheaper electrical power to aid B. C. capitalists in their exploitation of the workers
by nationalizing the B. C. Electric, the CCF had also promised the workers lower light bills. But
helping the majority of capitalists wasn't enough. So M. J. Coldwell, former national leader said (in the Province, Aug. 29) that B. C. Electric shareholders would lose nothing when a CCF
government took over the company; they would get government bonds as compensation, and at
interest rates to match those now paid by the firm. Everywhere, the CCF speakers emphasized
that they would not confiscate from the present owners. Confiscation, so far as these "socialists" is concerned, must continue to be reserved for those who own the means of production and
distribution, as the profits continue to roll in from the unpaid labor of those who own nothing but
their ability to work.
Actually the CCF is lucky it didn't win the election. Success at the polls could well mean the
beginning of a trend away from popularity as it would attempt to ride two horses going in opposite
directions. Preaching phony Socialism and administering private and state capitalism it could find
itself on the horns of a greater dilemma in power than it does out. Success at the polls for genuine socialists could also mean the beginning of a trend away from popularity, but for different reasons.
With the transfer of the productive apparatus into the hands of society, politics will return to its
original form — the conduct of the affairs of society — and cease to be a sordid struggle between
groups and classes over opposing interests. The job of the socialist will be done.
One of the points that the Communist party pushed in the B. C. election was more markets in
China for American and Canadian business men. We know they have the welfare of Chinese
capital in mind, but what a wonderful service they attempt to perform for capitalists on this
continent in finding places for them to cash in on the surplus values they have exploited from the
J. G. JENKINS