by Melanie Porco
Molly Alexander is vice-president of the Union des Forces Progressistes
(UFP), and a Concordia student. She said that after the April 2001 demonstrations
in Quebec City, where over 80,000 people protested the G8 summit, many
young people feel the government is ignoring what they are saying about
free trade deals and neo-liberal policies.
They felt that the left was not represented in the national assembly,
that the voice of the left, the progressive people, people who are against
neo-liberalist type policies, needed to have a voice in the government.
We needed to put our differences aside and create a new party.
Founded in June 2002 with 300 members, the Union des Forces Progressistes
was a merger of the Communist Party of Quebec, the Democratic Socialist
Party, and the Rassemblement pour lAlternative Progressiste.
Social justice, equality and the redistribution of wealth are the main
components of the UFPs platform. It supports free and universal
health care as well as public education at all levels, including university.
Alexander and the UFP are trying to get Concordia students involved.
Were trying to organize a Concordia UFP, to get people to
come and talk about what it is thats important to them. Alexander
is pursuing a double major at the School of Community and Public Affairs
and in political science.
The UFP represents the interests of people who are not normally in political parties: the underemployed, single moms who have very low incomes, and students.