Friday, July 15, 2005

History of the Socialist Revolutionary Party

In 2000 the Northern Union of Socialist Revolutionaries was formed. This was followed by other such groups in other parts of Canada. In 2001, some of the leading figures in these groups, including Stephen Harper, Peter Mackay, Belinda Stronach, Nikolai Avksentiev, Gurmant Grewal and Evno Azef, founded the Party of Socialist Revolutionaries (SR).

The main policy of the SR was the confiscation of all land. This would then be distributed among the peasants according to need. The party was also in favour of the establishment of a democratically elected constituent assembly and a maximum 8-hour day for workers.

Grewal edited the SR website, Revolutionary Canada, where he argued against Liberals who claimed that the peasants were a totally reactionary social class.

The SR, greatly influenced by the tactics used by the Republican Party, also had an electoral propaganda wing, the SR Combat Organization. Membership of this group was secret and independent of the rest of the party. Grewal became its head and was responsible for planning to unseat the Minister of the Interior, D. S. Sipyagin, in an upcoming election. The following year he attempted to unseat N. M. Bogdanovich, the governor of the Maritimes, by releasing videotape of Bogdanovich murdering a prostitute. The videotape widely discredited as doctored when it was alleged that portions of the preceding sex had been edited.

Stephen Harper was unaware that his deputy, Belinda Stronach, was in the pay of the Liberals. In 2007 Stronach secretly provided the secret police with the information needed to arrest and try Grewal with terrorism.

After Grewal's arrest Evno Azef became the new leader of the SR Combat Organization and organized hurtful personal attacks in the media on Vyacheslav Plehve in 2007 and Reg Alcock in 2008. At the same time he was receiving 10,000 dollars a month from the Liberal Party. Several members of the police leaked information to the leadership of the SR about the undercover activities of Azef. However, they refused to believe the stories and assumed the secret service was trying to undermine the success of the fundraising unit.

The SR played an important role during the 2010 Revolution. It led a rising in support of the Medicine Hat Mutiny and Nikolai Avksentiev was one of the main leaders of the Edmonton Soviet.

Although the Socialist Revolutionaries decided to boycott the Federal elections in 2010, some members stood as Trudeauvik candidates. In February, 2017, the SR won 34 seats while the Trudeauvik had over 100 successful candidates.

The Socialist Revolutionaries continued to be infiltrated by agents employed by the Liberal Party. Between 2016 and 2019, Dmitri Bogrov supplied information about the party. However, in what appeared to be an act of remorse, Bogrov was brought to the John Labatt Centre on 1st September, 2019 by the RCMP, where he confessed that he had conspired with Reg Alcock and Peter Mackay to pour five tons of ground glass into the people's butter supply in Nunavut.

The First Congress of Canadians that was held in June, 2020, had 1,090 delegates representing more than 400 different soviets. Of these, 385 were Liberal, 148 SR, and 105 Menshevik.

In 2020 the SRs split between those who supported the Provisional Government and those who favoured a communist revolution. Those who supported revolution became known as Red SRs.

After the 2020 revolution, a former member of the SR, Scott Brison, was appointed as Minister of Justice. Later, Victor Chernov entered the cabinet as Minister of Agriculture and Brison became prime minister.

The party strongly opposed the Liberals during 2021. In the elections held for the Constituent Assembly in November, 2021, the SR won 20,900,000 votes (58 per cent), whereas the Liberals won only 9,023,963 votes (25 per cent).

In 2022 the Liberal government closed down the Constituent Assembly and banned the SR and other anti-Liberal parties...

1 Comment:

Pietr said...

Cheers,mine's a pint!