Miguel Figueroa (born July 29, 1953) has been the leader of the Communist Party of Canada since 1992.Figueroa was born in Montreal. He was a student activist with the National Union of Students joining its staff as national organizer.
He joined the Communist Party in 1977 and held many positions within it including party organizer in Vancouver from 1978 to 1985, and leader of the party's Atlantic branch (based in Halifax) from 1986 to 1992.The protracted ideological and political crisis created much confusion and disorientation within the ranks of the Party, and paralysed both its independent and united front work for over two years. Ultimately, the Hewison-led majority in the party's Central Committee voted to abandon Marxism-Leninism. An orthodox minority, ...
Miguel Figueroa, Communist Party of Canada at the 12th International Meeting of Communist & Workers’ Parties, December 3-5, 2010, Centurion, South Africa
Our Party joins with all others in expressing our gratitude to its organizers and especially our hosts, the South African Communist Party for convening this important meeting of our international movement. And we pay tribute to this beautiful land and its resolute people, and especially to its many revolutionary leaders and martyrs – past and present – who have helped to forge a ...
A federal election is a brief period of intense partisan debates, but also a time to reflect on the fundamental issues facing Canadian society, and the entire world. The Communist Party of Canada has a unique perspective to offer in this campaign.
Our political outlook is based on “people before profit”. We call for a “People’s Alternative” to defend the immediate and long-term interests of working people and the environment. At a time when millions of Canadians are out of work or stuck in dead-end jobs and poverty, we need policies to create good jobs and ...
As the May 2 federal election began, People's Voice interviewed Communist Party of Canada leader Miguel Figueroa about the campaign.People's Voice: What are the most important issues around which the federal election will be fought?Miguel Figueroa: I heard a political commentator dub this a "Seinfeld" election because - like that famous sitcom - this campaign will be `about nothing', without any pivotal issues or defining themes. But appearances can be misleading.Stephen Harper and his stable of advisers in the Prime Minister's Office have been crafting such a scenario since the last ...
Lisbon Meeting of Communist & Workers’ Parties (Eng/Fr) 15th Meeting of the Communist and Workers’ Parties Nov. 8-10, 2013 Lisbon, Portugal Intervention of the Communist Party of Canada Presented by Elizabeth Rowley, Member of the Central Executive Committee and Ontario Provincial Leader, Communist Party of Canada It is a great honour and a privilege to speak from a platform in the homeland of the […]
Save Canada Post! Unity Can Stop the Tory Cuts! Canada Post leaflet 2014 – ENG The federal government’s unilateral decision to eliminate home delivery, jack postal rates, and cut thousands of jobs at Canada Post is a massive attack on one of Canada’s ‘flagship’ public services. This ‘reform’ has nothing to do with “modernizing” our postal services; rather, […]
Wise words Wise words from UN Rapporteur People’s Voice Editorial On Oct. 15, James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, called on the Harper government to avoid a “rocky road” in its relations with Aboriginal peoples. After visiting communities in six provinces, and meeting with federal officials and the RCMP, Anaya warned […]
Victims of profit system People’s Voice editorial We don’t always agree with Green MP Elizabeth May, but her dust‑up with ultra‑right cabinet minister Jason Kenney was certainly welcome. Slamming the Harper government’s donation of $1.5 million for a “monument to victims of communism,” May tweeted: “No mention of monument to victims of capitalism.” The volatile Kenney tweeted back that […]