Key to the Leap: Leave the oil in the soil
Movement Building

Angus, Ian; Riddell, John
Date Written:  2016-11-06
Publisher:  Climate & Capitalism
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20110

Ian Angus and John Riddell argue that using the Leap Manifesto as the basis for building a new socialist movement in Canada must include confronting the climate crisis and the power of Big Oil.



First we should bear in mind that the Manifesto -- only 1,400 words long – was negotiated by a wide range of organizations, including major trade unions. Its tone and content reflect that origin. Moreover, proposals such as a national childcare program, immigration status for all workers, and a universal basic annual income aren’t new, or, by themselves, particularly radical.

But the Manifesto also calls for a halt to "building new infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future." It specifically demands a stop to building oil and gas pipelines. That clearly goes beyond the limits of acceptable discourse in mainstream Canadian politics. And it points unmistakably to the greatest of heresies: that most of Canada's oil reserves must be left in the ground.


The Manifesto's radicalism is not just a matter of individual demands. It arises from their combination. Effective climate action requires more teaching; conversely the call for more investment in education is urgent given the need for a clean energy economy. All of this in the context of opposition to the policies of one of the strongest sectors of Canadian capitalism.
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