A reply to Tim Buck
The Western Socialist
Your leaflet on recent issue inviting all to join the Communist Party is before me, and a
microscopic examination fails to disclose the slightest revolutionary content. In fact, as a
call to the workers it is as harmless to the present system as was my late lamented Aunt
In your first paragraph you announce that “Our country is facing grave times”. Since
when, may we ask, have the working class owned anything more than their labor power,
that this land in which we live should be designated as ours? And for what reason should
the workers sing, “O Canada, we stand on guard for thee”, as the Winnipeg Communist
Party did during its recent travesty on May Day?
You condemn the conditions which face the workers today, but why do you choose to
ignore the cause of those conditions? Are you not aware, Tim, that we are living under
capitalism and that capitalism, so long as it exists, can mean nothing other than extremes
of wealth on the one hand and poverty on the other, and all those miserable conditions to
which you refer?
You become pugnacious over the anti-Democratic actions of the Governments of Ontario
and Quebec. This pugnacity is hardly consistent with your party’s whole-hearted
approval of the savagery and mass slaughter in Russia over the past several months. How
do you account for it, Tim?
We find you, as the head of the one-time self-proclaimed vanguard of the revolution,
informing us that
“The progressive Canadian people in the Trade Unions, Farmers’ Organizations, C.C.F.,
Communist Party, Liberal and even Conservative Party, must unite into a force able to
achieve a peace policy based on collective security, unemployment insurance, irrigation,
outlawry of Fascist gangs and the extension of the Democratic rights of the Canadian
Seeing that you would have all the other unwavering upholders of capitalism in your
united front, aren’t you just a little bit petulant in leaving out the cream of the crop – the
Fascist gangs? There is good reason why they, too, should be included. ’Fess up now,
Tim, haven’t you taken time off occasionally from your arduous gymnastics to spend a
quiet moment in restful contemplation of that great land beyond the seas, where, as the
Daily Clarion has assured us, the highest attainable degree of Democracy has been
reached. You want our own Democratic rights to be extended. Wouldn’t you like them to
reach the level enjoyed by the Russian workers? Of course, you would. Well, aren’t the
Fascist gangs just the boys who are best qualified to assist you in this direction? Certainly
they are. So an extension of the bounds of your united front is imperative.
All in all, Tim, your leaflet is an indication of the ambition of the Communist Party to
become a full-fledged capitalist party. The workers will be well advised to stay away
from it – unless they are anxious to add to their present problems.