May 3, 2021
COMRADE ELIZABETH ROWLEY
LEADER, COMMUNIST PARTY OF CANADA -
PARTI COMMUNISTE DU CANADA (CPC-PCC)
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
GREETINGS ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE FOUNDING OF THE CPC-PCC
Through you, the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party) is happy to send militant greetings to all office-bearers, members and supporters of the Communist Party of Canada – Parti Communiste du Canada (CPC-PCC) on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of its Founding.
The CPC-PCC can truly be proud of its history of a century of struggles for the advancement of peoples' rights and workers' power, for the defense of socialism, and for proletarian internationalism. Clandestinely organized in the City of Guelph, Ontario, during meetings held between May 23 to 25, 1921, many of the founding members of the CPC-PCC had worked as labor organizers and anti-war activists belonging to several socialist organizations and Marxist circles which were inspired by the victory in 1917 of the Great October Socialist Revolution.
Alternating between legality and illegality for many decades, the CPC-PCC always maintained its leadership of many battles of the Canadian working class in mines, logging camps, railways, factories and farms. Even during periods of illegality, CPC-PCC leaders, under other progressive banners, have succeeded in getting elected to public offices in municipal, provincial and federal levels, championing (among others) public educational and health care services, social services and socialized medicine, and aboriginal/indigenous peoples' rights.
The CPC-PCC is notable for its internationalism, whether in the earlier “Hands-Off-Russia” and “Hands-Off-China” campaigns ; its organization of the Mackenzie-Papineau Battallion which was part of the International Brigades which fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War ; its activities against fascism and militarism during WW-II ; its actions against the US-led imperialist wars against the peoples of Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia ; its campaigns against the US-NATO imperialist wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Syria, Libya, Yemen and many other countries ; and its firm solidarity with the struggles of socialist Cuba against US terrorism, against the criminal US blockade, and against the USA's territorial hostaging of Guantanamo.
The PKP-1930 and many other Marxist-Leninist parties which were founded in the decades before WW-II have shared in these same struggles of the CPC-PCC. Today, our parties remain united in the struggle against the US-NATO sabre-rattling against Venezuela, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia and other countries –- the struggle against imperialism and for peace, freedom, democracy and socialism. Together, our parties have shared many advances in this struggle, which the imperialist mass media always choose to ignore, while blaring the usual intrigues about crises within communist parties and the international communist movement.
In the present period of gloom over the pandemic surges of infections and death, and over the loss of jobs and the slashing of wages and benefits for those returning to work, peoples are shocked by the immoral surge of capitalist wealth for the world's billionaires (including Canadian and Filipino oligarchs). However, we can take solace at the bright example of socialist humanism in the heroic accomplishments of socialist Cuba's Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade which saved the lives of hundreds of thousands, and treated back to health millions of patients in dozens of foreign countries. With this bright spot amidst the darkness, we hark back to the internationalist example of a great Canadian communist, the surgeon Norman Bethune.
Inspired by the free health-care system in well-furnished facilities that he saw in the USSR in 1935, Dr. Norman Bethune became an early advocate of socialized medicare in Canada during the Great Depression. His commitment to socialism and his hatred for fascism led Dr. Bethune to the Spanish Civil War in 1936, where he developed the mobile blood transfusion unit with the International Brigades. In the spring of 1938, he arrived in Yenan, China, at the head of a medical team which wanted to help China's war of resistance against Japan, by training volunteer medics in the Chinese Communist Party's “guerrilla medical service” which saved tens of thousands of lives. He worked at the Wutai Mountains, and died a martyr at his post, according to the famous eulogy written by Mao Zedong in December 1939.
Driven by the needs of the Canadian working peoples, and inspired by examples of its early heroes and internationalist martyrs, the CPC-PCC call for expanding publicly-owned healthcare and pharmacare (that includes a nationalized pharmaceutical industry), is truly an urgent demand in the face of the present deadly pandemic. The struggle for socialized medicine and healthcare is just another clear example of the CPC-PCC leadership of the Canadian workers' and peoples' movements. Truly, the CPC-PCC has so much to celebrate in this year of its centennial anniversary.
The PKP-1930 salutes the great achievements of the CPC-PCC in the past century of its struggles, wishes every success in its advance towards the building of a socialist Canada, and hopes for closer comradely relations between our 2 parties.
With communist greetings,
ANTONIO E. PARIS