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December 6th, 2016

NDP Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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December 6th 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

New Democrat Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith) made the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women:

December 1st, 2016

Historic Report Lays Out Path to a Fair Voting System

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December 1, 2016

HISTORIC REPORT LAYS OUT PATH TO A FAIR VOTING SYSTEM

OTTAWA – The Special Committee on Electoral Reform released its final report Thursday morning, which makes a historic recommendation of a Proportional Representation voting system for Canada.

November 23rd, 2016

NPD Forces Liberals to Act on Bovine Tuberculosis Crisis

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November 23, 2016

NDP FORCES LIBERALS TO ACT ON BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS CRISIS

OTTAWA –NDP Agriculture Critic, Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) brought up the issue of bovine tuberculosis in the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.

November 18th, 2016

NDP Proposes Fixing Flawed Liberal Bill on CPP

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NDP PROPOSES FIXING FLAWED LIBERAL BILL ON CPP

OTTAWA — The NDP announced they will be introducing amendments to the Liberal legislation on enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan in order to fix a provision that penalizes women and people living with disabilities.

November 17th, 2016

NDP Statement on the Opioid Crisis

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November 17, 2016

November 16th, 2016

It's Time for a Complete Ban on Asbestos

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November 16, 2016

IT’S TIME FOR A COMPLETE BAN ON ASBESTOS

NDP and CLC join in campaign to ban asbestos.

OTTAWA - Today, NDP MP Sheri Benson held a joint press conference with the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff, in a combined effort to force the government to impose a complete ban on asbestos and all products containing asbestos in Canada.

November 15th, 2016

Liberals Should Ban For-Profit Blood Plasma Clinics

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November 15, 2016

LIBERALS SHOULD BAN FOR-PROFIT BLOOD PLASMA CLINICS

OTTAWA – On Tuesday, NDP Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), called on the federal Health Minister to put a moratorium on granting operating licenses to for-profit blood plasma collection clinics across Canada.

November 10th, 2016

Liberals Must Fully Compensate Dairy Farmers for CETA Losses

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LIBERALS MUST FULLY COMPENSATE DAIRY FARMERS FOR CETA LOSSES OTTAWA – The NDP is criticizing the Liberal compensation plan for losses to the dairy industry caused by CETA. After abandoning dairy farmers on the issues of diafiltered milk and the Duties Relief Program, the Liberal government is being called out for failing to deliver the compensation it promised for the industry’s CETA-related losses.

November 8th, 2016

Liberals Not Respecting Own Process on Electoral Reform

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November 8, 2016

LIBERALS NOT RESPECTING OWN PROCESS ON ELECTORAL REFORM

OTTAWA – The NDP is questioning the Liberal government’s commitment to the electoral reform process led by the Special Committee on Electoral Reform, following the discovery of a mail program from Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef.

November 7th, 2016

Liberal Oil Spill Response Measures Don't Go Far Enough

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November 7, 2016

LIBERAL OIL SPILL RESPONSE MEASURES DON’T GO FAR ENOUGH

OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, MP Fin Donnelly (Port Moody – Coquitlam), today expressed his support for some of the measures announced today but called for more to be done to protect our coasts.

November 4th, 2016

Liberal Government Must Reveal Details Surrounging CSIS Ruling

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November 4, 2016

LIBERAL GOVERNMENT MUST REVEAL DETAILS SURROUNDING CSIS RULING

Today, the NDP is calling on the Federal government to explain its role in the circumstances that led to a Federal court ruling that CSIS has been illegally storing information on untold numbers of ordinary Canadians who pose no threat for over a decade.

November 3rd, 2016

NDP Supports Plan to Reduce Government Energy Use

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November 2, 2016

NDP SUPPORTS PLAN TO REDUCE GOVERNMENT ENERGY USE

OTTAWA – Linda Duncan, MP for Edmonton Strathcona and NDP Environment Critic expressed support for the government’s announcement on reducing federal energy use.

November 3rd, 2016

It's Time to End Veteran Discrimination

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November 3, 2016

IT'S TIME TO END VETERAN DISCRIMINATION

OTTAWA — Yesterday, NDP Veterans Affairs Critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), along with NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni), introduced two bills that will amend discriminatory legislation impacting veterans and their families.

November 3rd, 2016

Government Must Consider Project Impacts on Indigenous Women

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November 3, 2016

GOVERNMENT MUST CONSIDER PROJECT IMPACTS ON INDIGENOUS WOMEN

OTTAWA – Following the report from Amnesty International on resource development in Northeast BC, the NDP is urging the federal government to consider the impact of its decisions on Indigenous women and girls.

November 1st, 2016

Liberal Privatization Scheme Will Leave Canadians Paying More

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November 1, 2016

LIBERAL PRIVATIZATION SCHEME WILL LEAVE CANADIANS PAYING MORE

October 25th, 2016

NDP Urges Government to Reveal Plan to Protect Good Jobs in Quebec

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October 25, 2016

NDP URGES GOVERNMENT TO REVEAL PLAN TO PROTECT GOOD JOBS IN QUEBEC

Ottawa — New Democrats are urging the federal government to reveal their plan to support Bombardier and protect good jobs in Quebec.

October 25th, 2016

New Report Links Canadian Mining Compagnies to Violence in Latin America

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October 25, 2016

NEW REPORT LINKS CANADIAN MINING COMPANIES TO VIOLENCE IN LATIN AMERICA

OTTAWA — New Democrats are deeply concerned by a new report entitled “The Canada Brand,” from the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP), that details more than four hundred incidents of violence linked to Canadian mining sites over the past fifteen years in Latin America alone.

October 25th, 2016

Motion to Support Volonteer First Responders Marks Anniversary of Tofino Accident

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October 25, 2016

MOTION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEER FIRST RESPONDERS MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF TOFINO ACCIDENT

OTTAWA - On Tuesday, the first anniversary of the Tofino whale-watching accident where six lives were lost, NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to provide training and equipment to local volunteer first responders.

October 24th, 2016

Freeland Must Grab the Opportunity to Fix Ceta

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October 24, 2016

FREELAND MUST GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX CETA

NDP Trade Critic Tracey Ramsey made the following statement:

“As Wallonia continues to stand up for all Europeans that have raised opposition to elements of CETA, we are calling on the Canadian government to stop setting arbitrary deadlines and focus their efforts on fixing the deal.

October 19th, 2016

Year End Report Card

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October 19, 2016

YEAR END REPORT CARD

Name: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Class of 2015/16

October 18th, 2016

NDP Honours Persons Day With Call For Gender Equity in Parliament

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October 18, 2016

NDP HONOURS PERSONS DAY WITH CALL FOR GENDER EQUITY IN PARLIAMENT

NDP Critic for the Status of Women, Sheila Malcolmson, issued the following statement today:

October 17th, 2016

NDP Calls on Trudeau to Put Off Harper Health Cuts For One Year

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October 17, 2016

NDP CALLS ON TRUDEAU TO PUT OFF HARPER HEALTH CUTS FOR ONE YEAR

OTTAWA — Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting between Minister Philpott and her provincial counterparts, New Democrats are again calling on the Prime Minister to sit down with the premiers to discuss health care funding and put off the planned cuts to health transfers for one year as premiers requested. With the current Health Accord expiring soon, premiers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the fact that the Liberals are going ahead with Harper’s planned cuts to health transfers.

October 6th, 2016

NDP Will Continue to Fight Against Inequality and Food Waste

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Ottawa – The Liberals and Conservatives voted against Ruth Ellen Brosseau’s (Berthier-Maskinongé) bill seeking to develop a national strategy to reduce food waste in Canada as well as a national food waste awareness day.

October 5th, 2016

NDP Blocked From Introducing Motion on Islamophobia

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Today, Conservative MPs blocked the introduction of a motion denouncing islamophobia by the NDP.

“There is really no excuse to block an attempt to have Parliament denounce islamophobia in all its forms,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, following the attempt to receive unanimous consent for the motion in the House of Commons. “We must actively fight hate perpetrated against the Muslim community. Just as we must stand against hate perpetrated against any group of people on the basis of their religion, race, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

October 5th, 2016

NDP Tables Bill to Regulate Advertising to Children

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OTTAWA – Peter Julian, NDP MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) tabled Bill C- 313, which aims at protecting children from exploitative advertising.

October 4th, 2016

Liberals Reject Oversight of Canadian Arms Exports

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Government votes against NDP motion that would have established Parliamentary committee to investigate Canadian arms exports to human rights abusers

October 4th, 2016

NDP Calls on Government to Act on Nuclear Safety

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OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Liberal government to act on the findings in the Environment Commissioner’s fall report concerning troubling gaps in the inspection of nuclear power plants by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

October 4th, 2016

NDP Introduces National Cycling Strategy

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OTTAWA – Tuesday, NDP MPs Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) and Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) introduced a bill to establish a National Cycling Strategy in Canada which focuses on cycling friendly infrastructure, safety standards and education.

October 3rd, 2016

Ruth Ellen Brosseau Receives support of Arash Derambarsh for Her Bill

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OTTAWA – New Democrat Agriculture critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) has received the support of Arash Derambarsh – municipal councillor for “Les Républicaines” in Courbevoie, France. Derambarsh is the French politician whose campaign against food waste led to a law forcing French supermarkets to donate unwanted food to charities and food banks. Derambarsh has since taken his campaign to other parts of the world. He joins several other groups in support of the bill (Second Harvest, Escouade anti-gaspillage de l’Outaouais, les Moissons, Sauve ta bouffe, Friends of the Earth Quebec) and prominent researchers (Paul Van der Werf, Éric Ménard).

October 3rd, 2016

NDP Calls on Gouvernment to Recognize the Right to Housing

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OTTAWA – On this World Housing Day, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) is calling on the federal government to recognize the right to housing in Canada and to take concrete measures to remove barriers to the full realization of this right.

October 3rd, 2016

New Democrats Announce National Seniors Strategy

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OTTAWA – Today, Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford) and Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) will acknowledge the invaluable contribution seniors have made and are making to Canadian society by calling on the government to develop a National Seniors Strategy.

September 30th, 2016

NDP Reality Check: What they're saying about broken liberal promises

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Just weeks shy of their one year anniversary, the Liberals have left a trail of disappointed Canadians who thought they were getting change – but instead were served up more of the same.

September 28th, 2016

Liberals Abandon Workers Across the Country

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OTTAWA – New Democrats are disappointed by the government’s decision to vote against anti-scab bill C-234. The Liberal government is refusing to respect the right to free collective bargaining and to modernize the Canadian Labour Code.

September 28th, 2016

NDP Proposes Oversight on Arms Sales

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New Democrats move to create a committee to oversee all current and future Canadian arms exports

September 28th, 2016

NDP Calls on Government to Repeal Ministerial Directive on Torture

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OTTAWA – The NDP is urging the Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale to end the ministerial directive, which permits the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to use information derived from torture.

September 27th, 2016

NDP Demands Government Respect Workers' Rights

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OTTAWA –The NDP is calling on the government to respect the right to free collective bargaining by supporting Bill C-234, the anti-scab legislation. New Democrats believe it’s time to modernize the Canadian Labour Code by banning replacement workers as well as schemes to circumvent the law, such as teleworking.

September 27th, 2016

NDP Demands Government Respect Workers' Rights

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OTTAWA –The NDP is calling on the government to respect the right to free collective bargaining by supporting Bill C-234, the anti-scab legislation. New Democrats believe it’s time to modernize the Canadian Labour Code by banning replacement workers as well as schemes to circumvent the law, such as teleworking.

September 27th, 2016

NDP Tables Bill to Strengthen Rail Safety

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OTTAWA- On Tuesday, NDP Critic for Environment and Climate Change, Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), tabled a Private Member’s Bill to strengthen the regulation of dangerous goods shipped by rail.

September 26th, 2016

NDP Introduces Repeal of Bill C-51

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OTTAWA – On Monday, NDP MP Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Saanich – Sooke), introduced a Private Members Bill to repeal C-51, the dangerous and ineffective legislation rushed through Parliament by the former Conservative government.

September 19th, 2016

NDP Calls for Federal Leadership on Migrant Workers

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OTTAWA – Today in response to the report on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, NDP Employment Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill – Keewatinook Aski) is calling on the government to show leadership on the rights of migrant workers and all workers in Canada. New democrats provided a dissenting report included in the final report.

September 19th, 2016

NDP Statement on Sudden Resignation of Canada's Chief Statistician

Erin Weir, NDP Critic for Public Services, made the following statement on the sudden resignation of Canada’s Chief Statistician, Wayne Smith:

September 16th, 2016

New Democrats Urge Liberal Government to Meet UN Target for International Aid

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OTTAWA – As the Global Fund conference kicks off in Montreal today, New Democrats are urging the Liberal government to do step up their commitment to international aid. The Global Fund, founded in 2002, is a partnership between governments, civil society, and the private sector to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

September 15th, 2016

Canadian Jobs Threatened With no New Softwood Lumber Deal in Sight

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MONTREAL – After yesterday’s announcement from Liberal Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland that a new softwood lumber deal has not yet been reached, NDP Critic for International Trade, Tracey Ramsey (Essex), is warning that the failure to reach a new deal will soon hurt Canadian companies and workers.

September 15th, 2016

NDP Caucus Outline Top Priorities for Fall Session

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MONTREAL – Following their fall strategy meeting, New Democrat MPs laid out their plan to hold the Liberal government to account during the upcoming parliamentary session.

September 12th, 2016

Ruth Ellen Brosseau Urges Government to Take Action on Food Waste

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OTTAWA – NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) held a press conference this morning with Éric Ménard, food waste specialist, Paul Van der Werf, environmental consultant and founder of 2cg, and the Escouade anti-gaspillage de l'Outaouais. Food waste is a serious problem in our country. Brosseau’s bill would establish a day of awareness and a national strategy to reduce food waste.

September 7th, 2016

Liberals Turning a Blind Eye to Foreign Arms Sales

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OTTAWA- Amid new reports of Canadian arms exported to countries with poor human rights records; New Democrats are renewing their call for a Parliamentary body to examine arms exports.

September 6th, 2016

First Nations Students Returning to School With More Broken Promises

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OTTAWA – As students begin their school year across Canada, Indigenous students are once again returning to find broken promises from the Liberal Government. During last year's election, the Prime Minister made very clear commitments to fund First Nations education, yet students have still been shortchanged by a billion dollars.

August 31st, 2016

Liberal Law C-14 Fails Patients Across Canada

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OTTAWA - The NDP is deploring the troubling situation in Quebec that has led the province’s college of physicians to develop a practical guide to support patients who choose to starve themselves, as several have done in recent months after failing to meet the Liberal government’s new legal requirements for medical assistance in dying.

August 30th, 2016

Homa Hoodfar's State of Health: Minister Dion Must Act

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HOMA HOODFAR’S STATE OF HEALTH: MINISTER DION MUST ACT

The NDP Critic for Foreign Affairs, Hélène Laverdière, issued the following statement:

We learned this morning that Canadian Homa Hoodfar, a 65-year-old woman who has been incarcerated in Iran since June 6, has been hospitalized due to the rapid deterioration of her health in prison. According to her family members, she was disoriented when she was admitted to the hospital and very weak, barely able to walk or speak. It is not clear whether Ms. Hoodfar, a retired professor at Concordia University, has had access to adequate medical care up until now.

August 30th, 2016

Trudeau Must Advocate for Economic and Social Justice With China

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OTTAWA- As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in China for a week-long visit, New Democrats are urging him to advocate for protecting human rights and take a firm stand on trade negotiations.

August 25th, 2016

Reality Check: How do Liberals REALLY feel about inappropriate spending by Ministers?

Reality Check: How do Liberals REALLY feel about inappropriate spending by Ministers?

When Conservative Ministers got caught in spending scandals, what did Liberal MPs say?

- On Bev Oda’s $16 glass of orange juice:

August 25th, 2016

Liberal Government Must End Use of Unpaid Internships in the Civil Service

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OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development, Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski), is calling on the federal government to put an end to the use of unpaid internships within the federal public service and to develop a comprehensive strategy that will end the practice of unpaid internships.

August 23rd, 2016

Liberal Government Must Consider the Aging Population in a New Health Accord

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OTTAWA — The NDP is asking the Liberal government to consider recommendations made by the Canadian Medical Association to include a health care strategy for seniors and funding for such a strategy in the agreement that is currently being negotiated on federal health transfers.

August 23rd, 2016

NDP Statement Regarding Canada's Vote on Nuclear Disarmament

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Hélène Laverdière, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, and Linda Duncan, Co-Chair of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament-Canada, made the following statement today:

August 22nd, 2016

NDP Statement on Toronto Derailment

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NDP STATEMENT ON TORONTO DERAILMENT

NDP Transport Critic, Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières) made the following statement:

We are greatly concerned with the events leading to the derailment of a Canadian Pacific Railway train in Toronto this past weekend. While we are encouraged that the Minister responsible for rail transportation has said he will act quickly to determine the cause of the derailment, the federal government needs to do much more to ensure our communities are protected.

August 22nd, 2016

NDP MP's and Friends to Attend Jack Layton Memorial

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August 22, 2016

NDP MPs AND FRIENDS TO ATTEND JACK LAYTON MEMORIAL

TORONTO — NDP MPs Peter Julian, Charlie Angus and Niki Ashton will join Jack Layton's family, friends and supporters at a memorial in Toronto’s Riverdale Park, commemorating the fifth anniversary of Jack's passing. Attendees will hear from members of Jack's family including Olivia Chow and Councillor Mike Layton, as well as from his friends Jennifer Hollett and Councillor Pam McConnell.

August 17th, 2016

Minister Should Stop Hiding Behind Staff on Phoenix Pay System Failures

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OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Public Services, MP Erin Weir (Regina – Lewvan), is accusing the Minister of Public Services of not taking responsibility for errors plaguing the government’s new pay system known as Phoenix and failing to offer a timeline for when employees will be paid properly.

August 15th, 2016

Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on National Acadian Day

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Over 400 years ago, French citizens in search of a better life arrived in Acadia in what is now the east coast of Canada. They developed distinct francophone traditions and culture that continue to thrive and enrich this great country we share.

August 15th, 2016

Liberals Must Come Clean on Azer Abuction Case

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OTTAWA – NDP MP Gord Johns (Courteny – Alberni) is calling on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion, to reveal what action has been taken to secure the safe return of Alison Azer’s children, and explain why his department interfered with the RCMP investigation into the abduction of the four children from Courtenay, BC which occurred one year ago this week.

August 10th, 2016

NDP Calls for Investigation of Jean Charest's Lobbying Activities

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August 10, 2016

NDP CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION OF JEAN CHAREST’S LOBBYING ACTIVITIES

OTTAWA — NDP Ethics Critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) has written to the Lobbying Commissioner to ask for an investigation into Jean Charest lobbying on behalf of TransCanada. Documents from the National Energy Board (NEB) made public last week reveal that Charest met with Jacques Gauthier and other top representatives of the NEB to discuss the TransCanada Energy East pipeline even though Charest was not registered as a lobbyist.

August 5th, 2016

Significant Job Losses Require Action to Help Canadian Families

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OTTAWA — In the wake of a dramatic drop in employment numbers in July, New Democrats are calling on the Liberals to take action to significantly improve access to EI and stimulate job growth.

August 3rd, 2016

NDP to Introduce Bill to Strengthen Rail Safety

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OTTAWA – NDP Transport Critic Linda Duncan (Edmonton – Strathcona) is calling for improved safety regulations regarding the transport of dangerous cargo. To that end, Duncan has announced her intention to introduce, in September, a bill to require strengthened measures to assess and regulate rail shipping of dangerous cargo.

July 25th, 2016

New Democrats Alarmed by Crackdown in Turkey

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July 25, 2016

NEW DEMOCRATS ALARMED BY CRACKDOWN IN TURKEY

OTTAWA – New Democrats are alarmed at the human rights situation unfolding in Turkey, including Turkey’s President granting his government the ability to bypass parliament and rule by decree; Turkey’s decision to suspend the European Convention on Human Rights; and the possibility that Turkey will re-introduce the death penalty.

July 25th, 2016

Emergency Meeting Needed Over Phoenix Pay System Debacle

July 22 2016

EMERGENCY MEETING NEEDED OVER PHOENIX PAY SYSTEM DEBACLE

NDP Public Works Critic, Erin Weir, made the following statement:

“I am calling, along with other members of the opposition, for an emergency meeting of the Government Operations Committee to look into the dysfunctional Phoenix payroll system.

July 20th, 2016

Trudeau Moving Ahead With Harper's Massive Health Care Cuts.

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July 20, 2016

TRUDEAU MOVING AHEAD WITH HARPER’S MASSIVE HEALTH CARE CUTS

OTTAWA — Today New Democrats criticized the Liberal government for moving ahead with Stephen Harper’s planned cuts to provincial health transfers. Recently, Quebec’s Health Minister sounded the alarm that the Liberals are planning to slash annual health transfer increases by half next year – taking $1.1 billion out of the health care system in the first year alone.

July 5th, 2016

Statement on the Potential Canada Post Lockout.

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July 5 2016

STATEMENT ON THE POTENTIAL CANADA POST LOCKOUT

NDP Canada Post critic Karine Trudel and NDP Labour critic Sheri Beson made the following statement:

June 27th, 2016

NDP Statement on the Court Challenge to C-14.

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June 27 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON THE COURT CHALLENGE TO C-14

NDP Justice Critic, Murray Rankin, made the following statement on the court challenge following the Liberal government forcing through bill C-14:

June 24th, 2016

NDP Selects Chief Electoral Officer for Leadership Race.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2016

NDP SELECTS CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER FOR LEADERSHIP RACE OTTAWA –The New Democratic Party of Canada has appointed Emily Watkins as Chief Electoral Officer for the upcoming NDP 2017 Leadership Race. Ms. Watkins' appointment was ratified by the Party's Federal Council, as per Article 2 a) of its 2017 Leadership Rules.

June 23rd, 2016

NDP Calls for Action on Phoenix to Help Unpaid Employees.

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June 23, 2016

NDP Calls for Action on Phoenix to Help Unpaid Employees

OTTAWA - New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to provide a concrete timeline to fix the botched Phoenix pay system, which is failing to pay many federal employees.

June 20th, 2016

NDP Statement on World Refugee Day.

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June 20, 2016

NDP statement on World Refugee Day

NDP Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship critic Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East) made the following statement on World Refugee Day:

June 15th, 2016

NDP Proposes Increased Worker Safety.

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June 14th 2016

NDP PROPOSES INCREASED WORKER SAFETY

OTTAWA — New Democrats are calling for the creation of an Occupational Disease and Accident Registry. Bill C-292 would require employers to report information about all accidents, occupational disease and other hazardous occurrences known by the employer. The government would be required to make that information available to all employees.

June 14th, 2016

NDP Calls for Mandatory Labelling of Genetically Modified Foods

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June 14, 2016

NDP CALLS FOR MANDATORY LABELLING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

OTTAWA — New Democrat MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke) tabled Bill C-291 this morning calling for the mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods.

June 13th, 2016

NDP: Decriminalize Marijuana Now

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NDP: DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA NOW New Democrats will put decriminalization to a vote to urge the government to stop handing out criminal records for personal use of marijuana.

June 9th, 2016

NPD Stands Up for Workers, Calls Out Libéral Inaction on Pay System Scandal

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June 8th 2016

NDP STANDS UP FOR WORKERS, CALLS OUT LIBERAL INACTION ON PAY SYSTEM SCANDAL

OTTAWA — New Democrats are continuing to call on the Liberal government to take action on the broken Phoenix pay system. Ever since the new system went online, many federal employees have been underpaid or not paid at all.

June 7th, 2016

NDP Secures Collaborative Process on Electoral Reform

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June 7th 2016

NDP SECURES COLLABORATIVE PROCESS ON ELECTORAL REFORM

OTTAWA — New Democrats have secured a significant victory for Canadians in the process of electoral reform. The Liberal government has voted in favor of the NDP’s plan to make reforming our electoral system a fair, inclusive process based on cross-party collaboration. The NDP motion establishes a committee to study future voting systems that represents all parties in Parliament and does not give an advantage to any single party.

June 2nd, 2016

NDP Wins Liberal Support on Democratic Reform

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June 2nd 2016

NDP WINS LIBERAL SUPPORT ON DEMOCRATIC REFORM

OTTAWA — New Democrats have secured a significant victory for Canadians in the process of democratic reform. The Liberal government has announced it will support the NDP's motion that establishes a committee to study future voting systems that represents all parties in Parliament and does not give an advantage to any single party.

June 1st, 2016

NDP Highlights Supply Management Problems on World Milk Day

June 1, 2016

NDP HIGHLIGHTS SUPPLY MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS ON WORLD MILK DAY

NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food , Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé), made the following statement :

May 31st, 2016

MacGregor Bill Limits Election Length, Cracks Down on Big Money.

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May 31, 2016

MACGREGOR BILL LIMITS ELECTION LENGTH, CRACKS DOWN ON BIG MONEY

OTTAWA – Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan—Malahat—Langford, introduced a bill today to ensure that governments cannot set an election period longer than 46 days in order to spend more money.

May 31st, 2016

NDP: Still Time to Honour Small Business Promise.

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May 31, 2016

NDP: STILL TIME TO HONOUR SMALL BUSINESS PROMISE

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Critic for Small Business, Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) and NDP Finance Critic, Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette–Témiscouata-Les Basques) said Liberal MPs still have time to keep the election promise they made to small businesses owners that would see a break on their taxes.

May 25th, 2016

NDP Encourages Small Businesses to 'Invoice' Liberal Government Over Broken Promise.

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May 25, 2016

NDP ENCOURAGES SMALL BUSINESSES TO ‘INVOICE’ LIBERAL GOVERNMENT OVER BROKEN PROMISE

OTTAWA – New Democrat Critic for Small Business, Gord Johns, launched a campaign today that will encourage small businesses from across the country to send a ‘Broken Promise Invoice’ to the Liberal government. This follows the Liberal decision to abandon a campaign commitment to reduce small business taxes from 11% to 9%.

May 24th, 2016

Dion Must Demand Badawi Release and Respect for Human Rights

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May 24, 2016

DION MUST DEMAND BADAWI RELEASE AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

May 24th, 2016

NDP Alarmed as Liberals Approve GM Salmon.

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May 20, 2016

NDP ALARMED AS LIBERALS APPROVE GM SALMON

OTTAWA – New Democrats are alarmed by the Liberal government’s announcement that it has approved genetically modified salmon for sale and consumption in Canada.

May 19th, 2016

NDP Forces Reversal on Liberal Power Grab.

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May 19, 2016

NDP FORCES REVERSAL ON LIBERAL POWER GRAB

OTTAWA – New Democrats welcome the Liberal government's decision to reverse their lastest attempt to strong-arm Parliament.

May 18th, 2016

NDP Outraged as Liberals Take Veterans Back to Court

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May 18, 2016

NDP OUTRAGED AS LIBERALS TAKE VETERANS BACK TO COURT

May 17th, 2016

NDP Welcomes Government Bill to Protect Gender Identity and Gender Expression

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May 17, 2016

NDP WELCOMES GOVERNMENT BILL TO PROTECT GENDER IDENTITY AND GENDER EXPRESSION

OTTAWA – Today, Randall Garrison, NDP LGBTQ critic and MP for Esquimalt — Saanich — Sooke, welcomed the government’s introduction of a bill to add protections based on gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. The text of government’s legislation is identical to bills put forward in the past by the NDP.

May 17th, 2016

NDP Wants to Make it Easier for Family Businesses to be Passed on to Future Generations

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May 17, 2016

NDP WANTS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR FAMILY BUSINESSES TO BE PASSED ON TO FUTURE GENERATIONS

May 16th, 2016

NDP Selects Time Frame for Leadership Vote

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NDP SELECTS TIME FRAME FOR LEADERSHIP VOTE

OTTAWA – The Federal Council of the New Democratic Party of Canada met in Ottawa today to make key decisions about the process for the NDP to elect its next leader. Council has decided that the next leader will be elected between September 17, 2017 and October 31, 2017.

May 13th, 2016

Liberals Lacking Ambition on International Aid

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May 13, 2016

LIBERALS LACKING AMBITION ON INTERNATIONAL AID

OTTAWA — Earlier this week, the Prime Minister called the UN goal to spend 0.7% of Gross Domestic Product on foreign aid "too ambitious”. The Minister of International Development had announced earlier this year that her government wouldn't meet the 0.7% foreign aid goal.

May 12th, 2016

Radio-Canada, Telefilm Canada, NFB: Where is The Promised Funding?

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May 12, 2016

RADIO-CANADA, TELEFILM CANADA, NFB: WHERE IS THE PROMISED FUNDING?

May 6th, 2016

Liberals Must Split Omnibus Budget to Ensure Proper Study.

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May 6th, 2016

LIBERALS MUST SPLIT OMNIBUS BUDGET TO ENSURE PROPER STUDY

OTTAWA – The NDP moved two motions yesterday with the aim of splitting the Liberals’ omnibus budget bill to ensure that wide ranging changes to more than 30 different Acts can be properly studied by Parliament.

May 6th, 2016

Liberals must recognize right to housing

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May 6, 2016

LIBERALS MUST RECOGNIZE RIGHT TO HOUSING

OTTAWA — Earlier this week, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) called on the government to support two bills aimed at including the right to housing in the Canadian Bill of Rights and implementing a national strategy for secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing.

May 3rd, 2016

NDP Motion: Liberals Refuse to Protect Our Dairy Producers

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May 3, 2016

NDP MOTION: LIBERALS REFUSE TO PROTECT OUR DAIRY PRODUCERS

OTTAWA – Today, the Liberal government voted against an NDP motion to protect our dairy producers. The Liberals are therefore breaking their election promises and commitments made at the beginning of their mandate to require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.

May 3rd, 2016

AG Report: Mismanagement Putting Lives at Risk

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May 3rd, 2016

AG REPORT: MISMANAGEMENT PUTTING LIVES AT RISK

OTTAWA – Today's Auditor General Report revealed yet another 12 months of mismanagement within the Federal Government. The report highlights many problems, including Canada's reservists being treated as second class soldiers, chronic delays in appointment process leaving people in need hanging and a veterans drug benefits mismanaged costing to veterans health and higher costs for taxpayers.

April 28th, 2016

Feminist Scholars Rally Behind Kennedy Stewart's Candidate Gender Equity Act

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April 28, 2016

FEMINIST SCHOLARS RALLY BEHIND KENNEDY STEWART’S CANDIDATE GENDER EQUITY ACT

OTTAWA – Kennedy Stewart (MP for Burnaby South) announced today that over 15 leading academics have endorsed his private member’s bill aimed at bringing gender parity to Parliament.

April 28th, 2016

Day of Mourning: Liberals Must Restore the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

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April 28, 2015

DAY OF MOURNING: LIBERALS MUST RESTORE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE UNSAFE WORK

NDP Labour critic Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West) made the following statement on the National Day of Mourning:

April 27th, 2016

Human Rights Tribunal Puts Liberals Under Third Party Management

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April 27th, 2016

HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL PUTS LIBERALS UNDER THIRD PARTY MANAGEMENT

Angus: After months of delays in protecting indigenous kids, the Human Rights Tribunal has now ordered the Liberal government to take immediate action – essentially putting them under third Party Management

April 27th, 2016

Liberals Consider Star Wars Sequel in Secret Defence Consultations

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April 27, 2016

LIBERALS CONSIDER STAR WARS SEQUEL IN SECRET DEFENCE CONSULTATIONS

VANCOUVER — The Liberal government has launched a secretive round of defence consultations that puts “everything” on the table, including the privatization of important services like search and rescue and even reconsidering participation in the American’s ‘Star Wars’ ballistic missile defence program.

April 26th, 2016

NDP Reality Check: Liberals Recycled Privatization Schemes Belong in the Trash

NDP REALITY CHECK: LIBERALS RECYCLED PRIVATIZATION SCHEMES BELONG IN THE TRASH

The Liberal Government made big commitments on new infrastructure spending during the election, and while yesterday's announcement falls more than $3.4 billion short of what they promised, it also highlights their privatization scheme.

April 26th, 2016

NDP: Alberta Needs More Than a Liberal Cabinet Meeting

NDP: ALBERTA NEEDS MORE THAN A LIBERAL CABINET MEETING

While the Liberal cabinet holds private meetings with high-paid consultants at in the comfort of Kananaskis, many Albertans are being left behind by the decisions of the Liberal government.

April 22nd, 2016

Liberals Must Fix Indigenous Mental Health Funding Shortfall in Budget

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April 22nd, 2016

LIBERALS MUST FIX INDIGENOUS MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING SHORTFALL IN BUDGET

April 21st, 2016

Saganash Tables Bill to Ensure Indigenous Rights

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April 21, 2016

SAGANASH TABLES BILL TO ENSURE INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

OTTAWA — Today, the NDP’s critic for Intergovernmental Indigenous Affairs, Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou), tabled legislation to ensure that the laws of Canada respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

April 21st, 2016

NPD Motion: We Must Protect Our Dairy Producers

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April 21, 2016

NDP MOTION: WE MUST PROTECT OUR DAIRY PRODUCERS

OTTAWA – New Democrats tabled a motion today calling on the Liberal government to keep its election promises and commitments made at the beginning of its mandate and require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.

April 20th, 2016

NDP Motion: We Must Protect Our Dairy Producers

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April 20, 2016

NDP MOTION: WE MUST PROTECT OUR DAIRY PRODUCERS

OTTAWA – New Democrats announced today they want to ensure that the Liberal government keeps its election promises and commitments made at the beginning of its mandate and require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.

April 18th, 2016

Liberals Betray Aerospace Workers

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April 18, 2016

LIBERALS BETRAY AEROSPACE WORKERS

OTTAWA — New Democrats are calling on the government to withdraw Bill C-10, which would make the layoff of 2,600 Air Canada and Aveos workers permanent. Bill C-10 would allow Air Canada to ship aircraft maintenance jobs out of the country – creating precarious working conditions in the aerospace industry.

April 14th, 2016

Mathyssen Introduces Bills to Support Veterans

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April 14th, 2016

Mathyssen introduces bills to support Veterans

Ottawa — Today, New Democrat Veterans critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced two bills supporting Canadian Forces (CF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) veterans and their families. The bills, if passed, will provide much needed financial supports.

April 13th, 2016

Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet Presents Housing Recommendations

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April 13, 2016

MARJOLAINE BOUTIN-SWEET PRESENTS HOUSING RECOMMENDATIONS

MONTRÉAL — Today, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) released the report from her cross-Canada housing tour. After a three-year tour of more than thirty communities, Boutin-Sweet reports that the situation is devastating.

April 5th, 2016

Liberal Government Ignoring Warnings, Leaving Farmers Behind On Trade

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April 4th, 2016

LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IGNORING WARNINGS, LEAVING FARMERS BEHIND ON TRADE

March 30th, 2016

NDP Reality Check: Prine Minister to Unemployed Canadians '' You Should Be Pleased''

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March 30th, 2016

NDP REALITY CHECK: Prime Minister to Unemployed Canadians: "You Should Be Pleased”

March 30th, 2016

Liberal budget fails indigenous youth and ignores tribunal ruling

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March 30, 2016

LIBERAL BUDGET FAILS INDIGENOUS YOUTH AND IGNORES TRIBUNAL RULING Indigenous youth forced to go to court to fight for basic care

March 29th, 2016

NPD reality check: Liberals failing Canadians in need of EI

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March 29th, 2016

NDP REALITY CHECK: LIBERALS FAILING CANADIANS IN NEED OF EI

Only 39% of Canadians who have lost their jobs have access to employment insurance.

March 29th, 2016

NPD reality check: Liberals failing Canadians in need of EI

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March 29th, 2016

NDP REALITY CHECK: LIBERALS FAILING CANADIANS IN NEED OF EI

Only 39% of Canadians who have lost their jobs have access to employment insurance.

March 22nd, 2016

Mulcair: budget a missed opportunity to reduce inequality

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March 21st, 2016

NPD Reality check: Liberal Majority Appoints Liberal Majority to Economic Panel

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March 21, 2016

NDP REALITY CHECK: Liberal Majority Appoints Liberal Majority to Economic Panel

While the Liberal government was quick to emphasize that women make up a majority of the members of its new Advisory Panel on Economic Growth, the government of “openness and transparency” was much less keen to talk about the partisan majority on the new panel.

March 18th, 2016

Budget 2016: government must tackle inequality

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March 18, 2016

BUDGET 2016 : GOVERNMENT MUST TACKLE INEQUALITY

OTTAWA — In a letter to the Finance Minister ahead of the government’s first budget next week, the NDP is demanding that government tackle inequality, keep their promises and improve tax fairness for Canadians.

March 17th, 2016

Food safety is non-negociable

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March 16, 2016

FOOD SAFETY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE

OTTAWA – New Democrats are concerned about results of a survey indicating that over half of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) staff believe the Agency’s new approach increases the likelihood of serious food contamination. Worse still, seven out of ten inspectors worry Canada is likely to face a major food-borne illness in the near future.

March 15th, 2016

NDP launches campaign to tackle precarious work in millenial generation

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MARCH 15, 2016

March 14th, 2016

NDP calls for study on guaranteed minimum income

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March 14, 2016

NDP CALLS FOR STUDY ON GUARANTEED MINIMUM INCOME

OTTAWA— New Democrats will present a motion this week calling on the Standing Committee on Finance to undertake a study on guaranteed minimum income. Finance critic Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) says a study is necessary because it's a complex policy that could be a possible solution to growing income inequality.

March 11th, 2016

Liberals must not break their promise to First Nations youth : NDP

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MARCH 11, 2016

March 11th, 2016

NDP to call Minister to testify at Finance Committee about KPMG tax evasion scheme

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MARCH 11, 2016

March 11th, 2016

NPD calls on Liberals to engage Canadians and pick up the pace on electoral reform

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MARCH 11, 2016

March 10th, 2016

Payment protection program needed for producers, says NDP

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MARCH 10, 2016

March 8th, 2016

NDP statement on International Women's Day

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March 8, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

NDP Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) made the following statement on International Women’s Day:

March 7th, 2016

Liberals must close paid-donor blood clinic, say NDP and tainted blood survivors

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March 7, 2016

LIBERALS MUST CLOSE PAID-DONOR BLOOD CLINIC, SAY NDP AND TAINTED BLOOD SURVIVORS

OTTAWA – New Democrats joined tainted blood survivors and safe blood activists today in calling on Health Minister Jane Philpott to close Canada’s first for-profit, paid-donor blood plasma clinic that opened in February this year.

March 7th, 2016

Liberals refuse to fix broken Employment Insurance system

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March 7, 2016

LIBERALS REFUSE TO FIX BROKEN EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM

OTTAWA — Liberal MPs voted against an NDP motion urging the government to keep its election promises and fix the broken Employment Insurance system in Ottawa this evening.

February 29th, 2016

Liberals must consult First Nations before issuing Site C permits

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February 29, 2016

LIBERALS MUST CONSULT FIRST NATIONS BEFORE ISSUING SITE C PERMITS

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the Liberals to honour their commitment to a true nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns about the Site C dam instead of ramming through all further permits for the project.

February 25th, 2016

NDP presents anti-scab bill

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February 25, 2016

NDP PRESENTS ANTI-SCAB BILL

OTTAWA – Today, New Democrats presented their first bill to be debated in the House of Commons this Parliament. The anti-scab bill, presented by deputy Labour critic Karine Trudel (Jonquière), would protect workers in the event of a strike or lockout.

February 25th, 2016

Ashton gets employment insurance review underway

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February 24, 2016

ASHTON GETS EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE REVIEW UNDERWAY

OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development Niki Ashton (Churchill – Kewatinook Aski) has continued to lead the way in undertaking a review of Employment Insurance, during a parliamentary committee today.

February 16th, 2016

NDP calls for balanced gender representation on Crown corporations

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NDP CALLS FOR BALANCED GENDER REPRESENTATION ON CROWN CORPORATIONS OTTAWA - Today, Sheila Malcolmson, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith and NDP Critic for Status of Women, introduced a Bill to require gender balance on Crown corporation boards of directors.

February 11th, 2016

NDP reality check: 100 days of missed opportunities

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February 11, 2016

NDP REALITY CHECK: 100 DAYS OF MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

100 days into a Liberal government and people are still working harder than ever, but can’t get ahead.

February 11th, 2016

NDP calls on Liberals to stop exploitation of unpaid interns

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February 11, 2016

NDP CALLS ON LIBERALS TO STOP EXPLOITATION OF UNPAID INTERNS

OTTAWA - Today, NDP Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski) wrote to Minister Mihychuk calling on her to drop efforts to implement Conservative measures that would leave interns open to abuse. Ashton is instead asking the government to adopt NDP proposals to provide real protections to interns.

February 9th, 2016

Immediate action needed on human trafficking and exploitation of women and girls

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February 9, 2016

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN AND GIRLS

OTTAWA – New Democrats MPs Murray Rankin (Victoria) and Karine Trudel (Jonquière) are urging the federal government to act immediately in order protect at-risk women and girls from exploitation.

February 9th, 2016

Liberal plan on deportations looks just like Conservative plan

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February 9, 2016

LIBERAL PLAN ON DEPORTATIONS LOOKS JUST LIKE CONSERVATIVE PLAN

OTTAWA - The NDP called out the Liberal government’s approach on deportations for Haitians and Zimbabweans living in Canada as being identical to the Conservatives’ plan and doomed to fail unless families are given more time to submit permanent residence applications and supporting agencies are given more resources.

February 9th, 2016

Mulcair kicks off pre-budget consultation tour in Saskatoon

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February 9, 2016

MULCAIR KICKS OFF PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATION TOUR IN SASKATOON

OTTAWA — Today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will kick-off his pre-budget consultation tour with a Town Hall in Saskatoon alongside MP Sheri Benson in advance of the 2016 Federal budget. Earlier in the day he will visit the Aboriginal Student’s Centre at the University of Saskatchewan and be available to the media.

February 8th, 2016

NDP responds to announcement on military mission

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February 8, 2016

NDP RESPONDS TO ANNOUNCEMENT ON MILITARY MISSION

OTTAWA — NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) will be available to speak to media in response to the announcement on the continued military mission in Iraq and Syria.

February 8th, 2016

NDP statement on expansion of Canada's military role in Iraq

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February 8, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON EXPANSION OF CANADA’S MILITARY ROLE IN IRAQ

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) released the following statement:

February 5th, 2016

Mulcair to kick off pre-budget consultation tour in Saskatoon

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February 5, 2016

MULCAIR TO KICK OFF PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATION TOUR IN SASKATOON

February 5th, 2016

Access to palliative care should be a right, say New Democrats

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February 5, 2016

ACCESS TO PALLIATIVE CARE SHOULD BE A RIGHT, SAY NEW DEMOCRATS

OTTAWA – New Democrats introduced a detailed plan to improve palliative care for Canadians at the final hearing of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying in Ottawa on Thursday night.

February 4th, 2016

NDP: make democratic reform process truly democratic

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February 4 2016

NDP: MAKE DEMOCRATIC REFORM PROCESS TRULY DEMOCRATIC

February 4th, 2016

Nathan Cullen to present proposal on democratic reform

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February 4 2016

NATHAN CULLEN TO PRESENT PROPOSAL ON DEMOCRATIC REFORM

OTTAWA —NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) will put forward a proposal on democratic reform.

February 4th, 2016

TPP signing sells out Canadian jobs

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February 3, 2016

TPP SIGNING SELLS OUT CANADIAN JOBS

OTTAWA — With scarce public consultations and no economic impact assessments completed, Liberal Foreign Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland signed onto Stephen Harper’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement today in New Zealand. In the face of today’s signing, Freeland maintains the Liberal government may not actually stand behind their signature.

February 3rd, 2016

Adoption of NDP pay equity motion: a step in the right direction to reduce inequalities

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February 3, 2016

ADOPTION OF NDP PAY EQUITY MOTION: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO REDUCE INEQUALITIES

February 2nd, 2016

Groundhog Day for Auditor General Report

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February 2, 2016

GROUNDHOG DAY FOR AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT

Mismanagement with the Social Security Tribunal and at Shared Services Canada harms the most vulnerable Canadians.

February 1st, 2016

Mulcair to visit La Loche Tuesday

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February 1, 2016

MULCAIR TO VISIT LA LOCHE TUESDAY

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will visit La Loche on Tuesday where he will join Georgina Jolibois, the MP for the riding who has been on the ground, supporting her community since the tragic shooting. They will both attend the funeral of brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, who were killed in the shooting.

February 1st, 2016

NDP: Time for pay equity is now

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February 1, 2016

NDP: TIME FOR PAY EQUITY IS NOW

OTTAWA — Canada’s New Democrats will introduce an opposition day motion urging the federal government to do everything it can to tackle the unacceptable wage gap between men and women.

January 31st, 2016

NDP to announce Opposition Day motion

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January 31, 2016

NDP TO ANNOUNCE OPPOSITION DAY MOTION

OTTAWA — On Monday, NDP Status of Women Critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) and NDP Deputy Labour Critic Karine Trudel (Jonquière) will unveil the details of the motion for the NDP Opposition Day.

January 29th, 2016

Mulcair to attend Hamilton rally in support of steel workers

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January 29, 2016

MULCAIR TO ATTEND HAMILTON RALLY IN SUPPORT OF STEEL WORKERS

OTTAWA — On Saturday, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will be in Hamilton to attend a rally in support of tens of thousands of former Stelco workers. He will march with the workers fighting to protect their jobs, pensions and benefits. He will also be of the speakers at the rally.

January 27th, 2016

Liberals use pre-budget survey to fill their data bank

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January 27, 2016

LIBERALS USE PRE-BUDGET SURVEY TO FILL THEIR DATA BANK

OTTAWA – The Liberals are filling up their data bank these days. The Liberal Party website is asking the public for its say on the next federal budget—but when you complete their survey, you are asked to provide a wealth of information that will be used for partisan purposes and political fundraising.

January 26th, 2016

Agriculture: government must take action on concentrated milk protein

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January 26, 2016

AGRICULTURE: GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE ACTION ON CONCENTRATED MILK PROTEIN

OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat Agriculture critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) reminded the Liberal government that during the campaign, milk producers asked them to address the issue of imported protein concentrates from the United States in the first 100 days of their mandate.

January 26th, 2016

Systemic discrimination must end in Canada

January 26, 2016

SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION MUST END IN CANADA

NDP Indigenous Affairs critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) made the following statement in the decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal regarding First Nations child welfare:

January 26th, 2016

NDP reacts to First Nations child welfare ruling

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January 26, 2016

NDP REACTS TO FIRST NATIONS CHILD WELFARE RULING

January 25th, 2016

Liberals must enforce Canada Healt Act across country

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January 25, 2016

LIBERALS MUST ENFORCE CANADA HEALTH ACT ACROSS COUNTRY

OTTAWA — To protect the principle of accessibility, New Democrats are calling on the federal Health Minister to intervene and enforce the Canada Health Act, which is being undermined in Quebec’s Bill 20.

January 24th, 2016

NDP designates Karl Bélanger as National Director

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January 23, 2016

NDP DESIGNATES KARL BÉLANGER AS NATIONAL DIRECTOR

OTTAWA – Karl Bélanger was designated National Director of the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Canada, Saturday.

January 22nd, 2016

NDP : Cauliflower should not be a luxury item

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January 22, 2016

NDP: CAULIFLOWER SHOULD NOT BE A LUXURY ITEM

RIMOUSKI – Along with many fruits and vegetable cauliflowers have become inexplicably expensive. Canadians are also seeing the same trend with skyrocketing housing prices and rising transportation costs. It was revealed this morning that the rate of inflation in Canada increased by 1.6% in December but families that already struggling to make ends meet don’t need official statistics to tell them that.

January 21st, 2016

PBO: Liberal tax policy fails to fight inequality

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PBO: LIBERAL TAX POLICY FAILS TO FIGHT INEQUALITY

OTTAWA – Liberal tax plan will give nothing to 60% of Canadians and the biggest breaks go to the wealthy, according to a study today from the Parliamentary Budget Office. The NDP amendment to the plan would have instead benefited twice as many Canadians.

January 20th, 2016

Trudeau fails to show leadership for tackling inequality in speech in Davos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 20, 2016

TRUDEAU FAILS TO SHOW LEADERSHIP FOR TACKLING INEQUALITY IN SPEECH IN DAVOS

MONTEBELLO – Speaking to the 0.1% richest CEOs and celebrities in Davos, Switzerland, Justin Trudeau missed the opportunity to show leadership for fighting growing income and wealth inequality in Canada and abroad.

January 20th, 2016

NDP statement on Postmedias cuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON POSTMEDIA CUTS

NDP Industry Critic Brian Masse (Windsor West) made the following statement in response to Postmedia layoffs across Canada:

January 19th, 2016

Charlie Angus elected National Caucus Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2016

CHARLIE ANGUS ELECTED NATIONAL CAUCUS CHAIR

MONTEBELLO – New Democrat MPs elected Charlie Angus (Timmins—Baie James) as their National Caucus Chair and Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) as Vice-Chair today.

January 15th, 2016

On TPP Liberals don't think better is possible

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January 15, 2016

ON TPP LIBERALS DON’T THINK BETTER IS POSSIBLE

OTTAWA – Memo to Liberal trade minister Chrystia Freeland: this is Canada, and in Canada, better is always possible – especially when it comes to protecting jobs from a bad deal signed by the Harper Conservatives.

January 15th, 2016

For-profit, paid blood donation scheme must be stopped: NDP

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January 15, 2016

FOR-PROFIT, PAID BLOOD DONATION SCHEME MUST BE STOPPED: NDP

NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, cites lessons from inquiry into tainted blood scandal

January 14th, 2016

Liberals need to fix family reunification immediately

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January 13, 2016

LIBERALS NEED TO FIX FAMILY REUNIFICATION IMMEDIATELY

VANCOUVER – The Liberal government needs to act swiftly to fix the broken family reunification plan, the NDP said today after it was revealed that this year’s parent and grandparent quotas were exceeded in three days. In the past three years, the extremely low quota for applications have resulted in families being forced to buy their way into the program with expensive fees for couriers willing to camp out in line.

January 13th, 2016

TPP puts Quebec farms at risk

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January 13, 2016

TPP PUTS QUEBEC FARMS AT RISK

LOUISEVILLE – Quebec dairy producers have had a tough year and Liberal government support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as negotiated by the Conservatives does little to restore farmers’ trust.

January 11th, 2016

Nipigon bridge fiasco should be wake up call for north- Angus

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January 11, 2016

NIPIGON BRIDGE FIASCO SHOULD BE WAKE UP CALL FOR NORTH – ANGUS

December 21st, 2015

Time for federal action on the treatment of concussions in sport

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December 21, 2015

TIME FOR FEDERAL ACTION ON THE TREATMENT OF CONCUSSIONS IN SPORT

WINDSOR – The government has a duty to take meaningful action to ensure the protection of our youth from concussions in sport.

December 18th, 2015

Liberals must fulfill commitment to end bombing mission

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December 18, 2015

LIBERALS MUST FULFILL COMMITMENT TO END BOMBING MISSION

OTTAWA – Recent comments by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan have raised concerns that the Liberals may extend the bombing mission in Iraq and Syria without a parliamentary debate and vote.

December 16th, 2015

Time for urgent action on social housing

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December 16, 2015

TIME FOR URGENT ACTION ON SOCIAL HOUSING

NDP calls on Liberal government to renew federal funding before January 1st

MONTREAL – In only a few days, several agreements between the federal government and social and cooperative housing providers will expire. New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to honour its commitment to renew the agreements.

December 16th, 2015

Stop single mom's extradition to Georgia

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December 16, 2015

STOP SINGLE MOM’S EXTRADITION TO GEORGIA

December 15th, 2015

NDP calls for investigation into compensation for failed bidders

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December 15, 2015

NDP CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO COMPENSATION FOR FAILED BIDDERS

OTTAWA – New Democrats are asking the Auditor General to investigate the financial compensation of failed bidders by Public Services and Procurement.

December 11th, 2015

House of Commons welcomes Syrian refugees

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December 11, 2015

HOUSE OF COMMONS WELCOMES SYRIAN REFUGEES

OTTAWA — Today all parties in the House of Commons unanimously adopted an NDP motion to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada.

December 9th, 2015

NPD re-introduces trans rights bill

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December 9, 2015

NDP RE-INTRODUCES TRANS RIGHTS BILL

OTTAWA — Canada’s new parliament will once again have the opportunity to add gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.

December 8th, 2015

Government tax cut means nothing to most Canadians

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December 8, 2015

GOVERNMENT TAX CUT MEANS NOTHING TO MOST CANADIANS

OTTAWA — Most middle class and working families receive $0 from the Liberal tax policy announced yesterday.

December 8th, 2015

Liberals refuse to reinstate labour-sponsored funds

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December 8, 2015

LIBERALS REFUSE TO REINSTATE LABOUR-SPONSORED FUNDS

OTTAWA — Today In the House of Commons New Democrats pressed the Liberal government to fully reinstate the tax credit for investors in labour-sponsored funds.

December 7th, 2015

Government must work to end violence against women

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December 7, 2015

GOVERNMENT MUST WORK TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

OTTAWA — As Canada’s 42nd Parliament began its first full day of sitting, the NDP caucus dedicated both of its allotted statements to calling for an end to violence against women.

December 7th, 2015

NDP calls on Conflict of Interest Commissioner to investigate Liberal Party

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December 7, 2015

NDP CALLS ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST COMMISSIONER TO INVESTIGATE LIBERAL PARTY

OTTAWA — The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner should investigate a recent Liberal Party fundraising email.

December 4th, 2015

NDP reaction to Liberal Throne Speech

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December 4, 2015

NDP REACTION TO LIBERAL THRONE SPEECH

OTTAWA — New Democrats greeted today’s first Liberal Speech from the Throne with encouragement in the change of tone and with a willingness to help turn today’s broad commitments into action.

December 3rd, 2015

NDP pushes for investigation into leaked Auditor General report

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December 3, 2015

NDP PUSHES FOR INVESTIGATION INTO LEAKED AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT

OTTAWA – An NDP motion will be moved at the first sitting of the House of Commons Ethics committee to launch a formal investigation into leaks of the Auditor General’s report into Senators’ expenses.

December 2nd, 2015

NDP disappointed by absence of Agriculture Minister at UPA Congress

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December 2, 2015

NDP DISAPPOINTED BY ABSENCE OF AGRICULTURE MINISTER AT UPA CONGRESS

OTTAWA – New Democrats were disappointed to learn today that the federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay will not attend the meeting of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA). The Minister was supposed to give a speech and answer members questions today, but cancelled due to time constraints.

November 27th, 2015

Mulcair lays out plan to make COP21 a success

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27 November 2015

MULCAIR LAYS OUT PLAN TO MAKE COP21 A SUCCESS

OTTAWA — Canada’s progressive opposition is committed to ensuring COP21 is a success. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was joined by NDP’s environment critic Nathan Cullen today to present the party’s expectations for the Paris conference.

November 25th, 2015

NDP statement on the International Day to End Violence against Women

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November 25, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the International Day to End Violence against Women:

November 20th, 2015

Liberals must keep their promises

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November 20, 2015

LIBERALS MUST KEEP THEIR PROMISES

OTTAWA — Liberals’ Economic Update projects a significantly deteriorated fiscal situation, setting up the table for breaking their promises to Canadians.

November 19th, 2015

Liberals must push for better deal on TPP

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November 18, 2015

LIBERALS MUST PUSH FOR BETTER DEAL ON TPP

LOUISEVILLE — Amidst reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has privately told world leaders he will ensure passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership deal, Liberal Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland now says she won’t honour the dairy compensation package revealed during the election.

July 22nd, 2015

PBO report confirms Stephen Harper's 'Action Plan' isn't working

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July 22, 2015

PBO REPORT CONFIRMS STEPHEN HARPER’S ‘ACTION PLAN’ ISN’T WORKING

OTTAWA- A New Democrat request to the Parliamentary Budget Officer has revealed that the Conservative’s so-called balanced budget is in deficit this fiscal year (2015-2016).

July 13th, 2015

NDP to be strong federal partner for producers and the ‘family farm’

July 13th, 2015

NDP TO BE STRONG FEDERAL PARTNER FOR PRODUCERS AND THE 'FAMILY FARM'

As agriculture ministers from across Canada gather in PEI today, New Democrats are committing to a more productive relationship with provinces and territories. The NDP is also calling on the Conservatives to take responsibility for their failure to adequately support Canadian farmers.

July 7th, 2015

Tom Mulcair to launch 'new era' of relations with indigenous communities in Canada

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July 7, 2015

TOM MULCAIR TO LAUNCH ‘NEW ERA’ OF RELATIONS WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN CANADA

June 26th, 2015

Tom Mulcair supports housing cooperatives

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June 26, 2015

TOM MULCAIR SUPPORTS HOUSING COOPERATIVES MONTREAL – Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair visited two of Canada’s largest housing cooperatives in Montreal to present the NDP’s affordable housing plan.

June 24th, 2015

Statement by the leader of official opposition on Quebec's national holiday and Saint-Jean-Baptiste

June 24, 2015

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON QUEBEC’S NATIONAL HOLIDAY AND SAINT-JEAN BAPTISTE

June 17th, 2015

Conservatives refuse to lower credit card fees

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June 17, 2015

CONSERVATIVES REFUSE TO LOWER CREDIT CARD FEES

OTTAWA – The Conservatives this after-noon defeated Motion M-574 to reduce the transaction fees charged to merchants. Alain Giguère, MP for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin and the motion’s sponsor, issued the following statement:

June 17th, 2015

The NDP is readu to replace the Conservatives

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June 17, 2015

THE NDP IS READY TO REPLACE THE CONSERVATIVES

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair marked the end of the parliamentary session on a positive note, by recalling the achievements of his team.

June 16th, 2015

Tom Mulcair to boost manufacturing and innovation for stronger communities

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June 16, 2015

TOM MULCAIR TO BOOST MANUFACTURING AND INNOVATION FOR STRONGER COMMUNITIES

TORONTO – Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair has shared his vision for a prosperous economy and stronger cities with the Economic Club of Canada. The NDP’s plan to diversify Canada’s economy will help deliver stable, full-time employment that the middle class needs to succeed.

June 11th, 2015

NDP to restore tax credit for Labour-Sponsored funds

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June 11, 2015

NDP TO RESTORE TAX CREDIT FOR LABOUR-SPONSORED FUNDS

MONTREAL – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he will reinstate the Labour Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCC) Tax Credit – abolished by the Conservatives – when the NDP becomes government.

June 10th, 2015

Conservatives ignore Canadians, ram through bill C-51

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June 10, 2015

CONSERVATIVES IGNORE CANADIANS, RAM THROUGH BILL C-51

OTTAWA – Despite overwhelming opposition from Canadians and evidence from experts that C-51 is dangerous and fails to make Canadians any safer, un-accountable and un-elected Conservative senators passed the bill last night without a second thought.

June 9th, 2015

Canadians are sick of Conservative and Liberal Senate corruption

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June 9, 2015

CANADIANS ARE SICK OF CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL SENATE CORRUPTION

New Democrats agree with the AG – it’s time for ‘transformative change’ in Senate accountability

June 4th, 2015

NDP delivers a plan to fix Nutrition North

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June 4, 2015

NDP DELIVERS A PLAN TO FIX NUTRITION NORTH

OTTAWA – On the heels of a successful Respect the North campaign, the NDP has presented a motion aimed at fixing Nutrition North. The motion calls for the immediate inclusion of the fifty communities being left out of Nutrition North, as well as renewed efforts to improve the well-being of Canadians living in isolated communities in Northern Canada.

June 2nd, 2015

NDP statement on the findings of the truth and reconciliation commission

June 2, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON THE FINDINGS OF THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair issued the following statement regarding the release of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

June 2nd, 2015

NDP secures victory for consumers on pay-to-pay bank fees

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June 2, 2015

NDP SECURES VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS ON PAY-TO-PAY BANK FEES

The NDP’s recent victories are delivering results for consumers and will put money back into the pockets of hard-working Canadians.

June 2nd, 2015

Statement from the NDP on the abolition of the tampon tax

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June 2, 2015

STATEMENT FROM THE NPD ON THE ABOLITION OF THE TAMPON TAX

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) and the NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement following the vote on the abolition of the federal tax on feminine hygiene products:

June 1st, 2015

NDP takes action to protect consumers from pay-to-pay bank fees

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June 1, 2015

NDP TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM PAY-TO-PAY BANK FEES

OTTAWA – On the heels of a successful campaign to end pay-to-pay fees on phone and Internet bills, the NDP’s latest opposition day motion is taking action to protect Canadian consumers from being charged extra by their banks for everyday transactions.

May 28th, 2015

Tampon tax to be abolished thanks to NDP efforts

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May 28, 2015

TAMPON TAX TO BE ABOLISHED THANKS TO NDP EFFORTS

OTTAWA – After years of efforts, New Democrats are proud to have succeeded in eliminating the federal tax on feminine hygiene products.

May 27th, 2015

Conservatives vote against ending violence against women

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May 27, 2015

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

OTTAWA – Tonight, Conservatives voted down M-444, A National Action Plan to End Violence against Women. The bill’s sponsor, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement:

May 21st, 2015

The NDP will reinstate door-to-door mail delivery

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May 21, 2015

THE NDP WILL REINSTATE DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY

MONTREAL— An NDP Government will cancel Canada Post’s plan to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and will reinstate delivery in all communities affected by cuts announced in December 2013.

May 21st, 2015

Conservatives failing Canadians on drugs safety

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May 21, 2015

CONSERVATIVES FAILING CANADIANS ON DRUG SAFETY

OTTAWA – The Conservative government should be doing more to detect problems before unsafe drugs hit the market and need to be recalled, the NDP said today.

May 14th, 2015

NDP reacts to the loss of 1,750 more jobs at Bombardier

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May 14, 2015

NDP REACTS TO THE LOSS OF 1,750 MORE JOBS AT BOMBARDIER

The Conservative Government has lost more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs in Canada since its election in 2006

May 12th, 2015

NDP secures a victory for veterans

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May 12, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR VETERANS

New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) made the following statement on the adoption of the NDP motion to ensure federal covenant with veterans is honoured.

May 11th, 2015

NDP secures a victory for women

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May 11, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR WOMEN

Conservatives agree to remove unfair tax on feminine hygiene products

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) and NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement on the support of their motion to remove the federal tax from feminine hygiene products:

May 6th, 2015

Liberals must vote against C-51

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May 6, 2015

LIBERALS MUST VOTE AGAINST C-51

OTTAWA – It’s not too late for the Liberals to join the NDP and the millions of Canadians who oppose the Conservatives’ devastating Bill C-51, which will undermine our rights and freedoms.

May 6th, 2015

Fear and cynicism triumph over democracy

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May 6, 2015

FEAR AND CYNICISM TRIUMPH OVER DEMOCRACY

Official Opposition Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) made the following statement on the adoption of Bill C-51:

May 5th, 2015

Denis Blanchette presents bill to repaint Pont de Quebec

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May 5, 2015

DENIS BLANCHETTE PRESENTS BILL TO REPAINT PONT DE QUEBEC

QUEBEC – After the Conservative government’s failure to fix the Pont de Quebec once and for all, Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair and NDP MP Denis Blanchette (Louis-Hébert) tabled a bill today to repaint the historic infrastructure.

May 4th, 2015

NPD calling for action on Deschamps report

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May 4, 2015

NDP CALLING FOR ACTION ON DESCHAMPS REPORT

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling for senior defence staff to appear at committee following last week’s shocking report from former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps about sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.

April 28th, 2015

NPD statement on the National Day of Mourning

April 28, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING

NDP Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement on the National Day of Mourning:

April 28th, 2015

Auditor General finds more Conservative mismanagement

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April 28, 2015

AUDITOR GENERAL FINDS MORE CONSERVATIVE MISMANAGEMENT

Report finds broad failings in public health, support for First Nations, protect members of the Canadian Forces and in financial management.

April 24th, 2015

Isabelle Morin moving up the ranks in NDP Shadow Cabinet

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April 24, 2015

ISABELLE MORIN MOVING UP THE RANKS IN NDP SHADOW CABINET

OTTAWA—In preparation for the 2015 election, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has chosen to further strengthen his Shadow Cabinet by giving new responsibilities to MP Isabelle Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine). Morin will be the new deputy critic for Seniors – an important role in fulfilling the NDP’s promise to better protect seniors by returning the retirement age to 65 and expanding the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan.

April 24th, 2015

NDP statement on the death of Senator Pierre Claude Nolin

April 24, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF SENATOR PIERRE CLAUDE NOLIN

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the death of the Speaker of the Senate, Pierre Claude Nolin:

April 22nd, 2015

Conservatives fail to protect unpaid interns

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April 22, 2015

CONSERVATIVES FAIL TO PROTECT UNPAID INTERNS

NDP MP Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles) made the following statement on the defeat of her motion:

April 22nd, 2015

NDP statement on Earth Day

April 22, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON EARTH DAY

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on Earth Day:

April 22nd, 2015

Conservatives bend to NDP pressure on protections for interns in budget

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April 22, 2015

CONSERVATIVES BEND TO NDP PRESSURE ON PROTECTIONS FOR INTERNS IN BUDGET

OTTAWA – On the eve of a vote on the NDP’s Intern Protection Act, the Conservatives finally bent to pressure and promised greater protections for unpaid interns in Budget 2015.

April 21st, 2015

Conservative budget stubbornly spends billions on wealthiest few

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April 21, 2015

CONSERVATIVE BUDGET STUBBORNLY SPENDS BILLIONS ON WEALTHIEST FEW

April 20th, 2015

Conservatives vote against protecting BC coast

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April 20, 2015

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST PROTECTING BC COAST

NDP Fisheries and Oceans deputy critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion:

April 17th, 2015

NPD calls for emergency debate on wheat board transfer

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April 17, 2015

NDP CALLS FOR EMERGENCY DEBATE ON WHEAT BOARD TRANSFER

OTTAWA – NDP MP Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) has sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons calling for an emergency debate on the transfer of a majority stake in the former Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) to foreign hands.

April 16th, 2015

NDP demands a public review of Cirque du Soleil takeover

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April 16, 2015

NDP DEMANDS A PUBLIC REVIEW OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TAKEOVER

OTTAWA – According to the NDP, the Cirque du Soleil’s takeover by foreign interests must be reviewed publicly.

April 16th, 2015

NDP statement on Holocaust Memorial Day

April 15, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day:

April 16th, 2015

Outrageous sale of CWB another slap in the face to Canadian farmers

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April 15, 2015

OUTRAGEOUS SALE OF CWB ANOTHER SLAP IN THE FACE TO CANADIAN FARMERS

OTTAWA – New Democrats are outraged that a majority stake in the former Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) is being sold to a partnership between US firm Bunge and a subsidiary of the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co.

April 16th, 2015

Conservative inaction harming our economy

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15 April 2015

CONSERVATIVE INACTION HARMING OUR ECONOMY

OTTAWA – Today’s Bank of Canada decision to cut its growth forecast to zero is alarming and more evidence that Conservative inaction is harming Canadian families and communities.

April 14th, 2015

PM and cabinet owe 2.7$ million under proposed balanced budget bill

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April 14, 2015

PM AND CABINET OWE $2.7 MILLION UNDER PROPOSED BALANCED BUDGET BILL

April 10th, 2015

Welcome to Panama Mr. Harper

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April 10, 2015

WELCOME TO PANAMA MR. HARPER

OTTAWA – The NDP is encouraging Stephen Harper to accept Arthur Porter’s invitation to visit him in prison, while the prime minister attends the Summit of the Americas in Panama, and tell him in person that he will be removed from the Privy Council and stripped his “Honourable” title

April 9th, 2015

Statement by the NDP leader on the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

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April 9, 2015

STATEMENT BY THE NDP LEADER ON THE 98TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE

April 8th, 2015

The Conservatives's death bed conversion to balanced budgets rings hollow

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April 8th 2015

THE CONSERVATIVES' DEATH BED CONVERSION TO BALANCED BUDGETS‎ RINGS HOLLOW

OTTAWA – The past has a tendency to repeat itself and the NDP is highly suspicious of the motives behind Joe Oliver’s plans to table a balanced budget law.

March 27th, 2015

NDP standing up for CBC

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March 27, 2015

NDP STANDING UP FOR THE CBC

OTTAWA – The new cuts announced at the CBC – of which half will affect rural communities – reaffirm the urgent need to cancel the Conservatives’ devastating cuts to this Crown corporation, as well as the importance of ensuring stable, long-term, predictable financing to protect the CBC.

March 27th, 2015

Time to renew Canada's commitment to eliminate child poverty

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March 27, 2015

TIME TO RENEW CANADA’S COMMITMENT TO ELIMINATE CHILD POVERTY

An NDP Government will eliminate the stock options tax loophole

March 27th, 2015

Decision to end home delivery of mail a sham

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March 27, 2015

DECISION TO END HOME DELIVERY OF MAIL A SHAM

OTTAWA – An analysis of Canada Post’s finances has revealed that ending the home delivery of mail was completely unnecessary.

March 27th, 2015

NDP amendments will kill bill C-51's dangerous provisions

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March 27, 2015

NDP AMENDMENTS WILL KILL BILL C-51’S DANGEROUS PROVISIONS

OTTAWA – New Democrats have introduced amendments that delete C-51 clauses which undermine Canadians' rights and freedoms, and add critical oversight.

March 24th, 2015

NPD scores a victory for our oceans, lakes and rivers

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March 24, 2015

NDP SCORES A VICTORY FOR OUR OCEANS, LAKES AND RIVERS

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) and NDP Great Lakes critic Brian Masse (Windsor West) made the following statement on the support of their motion to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers from microbead pollution:

March 23rd, 2015

NDP calls for emergency debate on decline of Arctic sea ice

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March 23, 2015

NDP CALLS FOR EMERGENCY DEBATE ON DECLINE OF ARCTIC SEA ICE

OTTAWA – NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) has sent a letter to the House of Commons Speaker calling for an emergency debate on the alarming decline of Arctic sea ice observed this winter.

March 20th, 2015

Pierre Jacob will not seek a second mandate

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PIERRE JACOB WILL NOT SEEK A SECOND MANDATE

COWANSVILLE – NDP MP Pierre Jacob (Brome – Missisquoi) has decided not to seek a second mandate in the federal election scheduled for fall 2015.

March 20th, 2015

Statement by the official opposition on International Day of La Francophonie

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STATEMENT BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LA FRANCOPHONIE

Official Opposition Francophonie critic Anne-Marie Day (Charlesbourg – Haute-Saint-Charles) made the following statement on the International Day of La Francophonie :

March 17th, 2015

Scrap income splitting - invest in a stronger middle class

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March 17, 2015

SCRAP INCOME SPLITTING – INVEST IN A STRONGER MIDDLE CLASS

OTTAWA – In reaction to the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report today, New Democrats reiterated their call for canceling the Conservatives’ wasteful and ineffective income splitting scheme.

March 13th, 2015

Conservative failures stall economic recovery

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March 13, 2015

CONSERVATIVE FAILURES STALL ECONOMIC RECOVERY

OTTAWA – With Statistics Canada reporting that unemployment is increasing and the economic recovery is grinding to a halt, the NDP is again urging the Conservatives to take immediate steps to boost quality job creation.

March 12th, 2015

NPD urging conservatives to support landmark dementia legislation

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March 12, 2015

NDP URGING CONSERVATIVES TO SUPPORT LANDMARK DEMENTIA LEGISLATION

OTTAWA – NDP MP Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) is urging the Conservatives, including federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose, to support his landmark bill for Canada’s first pan-Canadian dementia strategy.

March 11th, 2015

Conservatives vote against job creation for the middle class

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March 11, 2015

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST JOB CREATION FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion calling on the Conservatives to invest in good, middle class jobs:

March 11th, 2015

Partisan funding cuts : the NDP calling for inquiry

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March 11, 2015

PARTISAN FUNDING CUTS: THE NDP CALLING FOR AN INQUIRY

OTTAWA – The NDP will be sending a letter to Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner today, urging her to launch an inquiry into allegations that funding for the Jean Bosco Centre in Maniwaki was withdrawn after the Conservatives were defeated in the riding at the last federal elections.

March 10th, 2015

Budget must make good jobs the first priority

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March 10, 2015

BUDGET MUST MAKE GOOD JOBS THE FIRST PRIORITY

OTTAWA –With the CIBC reporting that job quality at its lowest level in 20 years, and that low-paying jobs are becoming the norm, the NDP’s opposition day motion calls on the Conservatives to make investing in good, middle class jobs the first priority of Budget 2015.

March 10th, 2015

NDP demands implementation of Fynes inquiry recommendations

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March 10, 2015

NDP DEMANDS IMPLEMENTATION OF FYNES INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Harper government to immediately implement the recommendations in today’s report from the Military Police Complaints Commission into the tragic death of Corporal Stuart Langridge.

March 4th, 2015

Veterans with permanent injuries should not be subject to reviews

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March 4, 2015

VETERANS WITH PERMANENT INJURIES SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO REVIEWS

OTTAWA – The recent decision by the Conservative government to change the requirement for disabled veterans to provide proof of their injuries every three years, instead of every year shows just how badly the Conservatives are failing veterans and their families.

March 4th, 2015

NDP promises to clean up conservative mess at Canada Revenue Agency

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March 4, 2015

NDP PROMISES TO CLEAN UP CONSERVATIVE MESS AT CANADA REVENUE AGENCY

OTTAWA - Conservative mismanagement and reckless cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency have left taxpayers with inaccurate advice and inadequate service. New Democrats will work with small business organizations and consumer groups to enhance the system and develop a new culture of customer service ‎at the CRA.

February 27th, 2015

The NDP calls for the Supreme Court to intervene

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February 27, 2015

THE NDP CALLS FOR THE SUPREME COURT TO INTERVENE

OTTAWA – The NDP has lost all faith in the Board of Internal Economy (BOIE) and has decided to turn to the Supreme Court of Canada to allow justice run its course and to finally put an end to the partisan attacks being waged by the Conservatives and Liberals.

February 25th, 2015

NDP critical of Senate attempt to block transgender rights

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February 25, 2015

NDP CRITICAL OF SENATE ATTEMPT TO BLOCK TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

OTTAWA – On this Anti-bullying Day, the NDP is criticizing the unelected Senate for blocking Bill C-279 aimed at protecting the rights of transgender people, after it was legitimately adopted two years ago by elected members of all parties in the House of Commons.

February 25th, 2015

Mulcair stands up for canadian farmers

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MULCAIR STANDS UP FOR CANADIAN FARMERSConservatives must take action to protect our beef exports

OTTAWA – In the wake of a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canadian beef, NDP leader Tom Mulcair is calling on the Conservatives to take swift action to protect Canadian farmers.

February 20th, 2015

The NDP will protect passenger train services

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February 20, 2015

THE NDP WILL PROTECT PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICES

OTTAWA – New Democrats are taking action to ensure more reliable passenger train service with legislation aimed at preventing federal cuts that threaten those services to rural communities.

February 19th, 2015

NDP standing up for rights and freedoms

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February 19, 2015

NDP STANDING UP FOR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

OTTAWA- Today NDP Public Safety Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) tabled the following amendments in the House of Commons:

February 19th, 2015

NDP will protect the environment and grow the economy

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February 19, 2015

NDP WILL PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND GROW THE ECONOMY

House debates NDP bill to cut emissions and make polluters pay

OTTAWA – NDP Urban Affairs critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) is urging all MPs to support his bill, The Climate Change Accountability Act, which sets out real action to reduce emissions and combat climate change.

February 18th, 2015

Protecting Canadians must include protecting freedoms

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February 18, 2015

PROTECTING CANADIANS MUST INCLUDE PROTECTING FREEDOMS

OTTAWA– After a careful analysis of Bill C-51, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has announced that New Democrats will oppose it.

February 17th, 2015

Conservatives accused of breaking the law to hide the full cost of war in Irak

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February 17, 2015

CONSERVATIVES ACCUSED OF BREAKING THE LAW TO HIDE THE FULL COST OF WAR IN IRAQ

February 16th, 2015

Conservatives vote against tax break for small business and jobs for the middle class

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February 16, 2015

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST TAX BREAK FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND JOBS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

February 13th, 2015

Harper government needs to reassure consumers and beef exporters

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February 13, 2015

HARPER GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO REASSURE CONSUMERS AND BEEF EXPORTERS OTTAWA – The discovery of a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an Alberta beef herd means the Conservative government must take swift action to maintain food safety and consumer confidence. Mad cow disease once devastated Canadian agriculture, causing billions of dollars in financial losses to beef and cattle producers.

February 12th, 2015

Conservatives need to prevent tax fraud

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February 12, 2015

CONSERVATIVES NEED TO PREVENT TAX FRAUD

OTTAWA – The Conservative government needs to step up tax laws and enforcement without delay in response to a tax evasion scheme involving HSBC, in order to stop companies from helping Canadians commit tax evasion.

February 11th, 2015

The Conservative government needs to keep the Mont-Mégantic Observatory open

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February 11, 2015

THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO KEEP THE MONT-MÉGANTIC OBSERVATORY OPEN

OTTAWA ––The Mont-Mégantic Observatory is set to close down because of the Conservative’s budget cuts. The NDP is urging the federal government to keep this one-of-a-kind research centre up and running, as it is essential to the scientific community.

February 10th, 2015

Mulcair urges Harper to help free Fahmy

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February 10, 2015

MULCAIR URGES HARPER TO HELP FREE FAHMY

OTTAWA – NDP leader Tom Mulcair has written a second letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to personally intervene to help secure the release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who has been imprisoned in Egypt for over a year.

February 10th, 2015

Conservatives adopt NDP plan on drug shortages

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February 10, 2015

CONSERVATIVES ADOPT NDP PLAN ON DRUG SHORTAGES

OTTAWA – After years of defending the broken system of voluntary reporting, the Conservatives have finally adopted the NDP proposal to require mandatory reporting of drug shortages. The new plan is a victory for doctors and patients, who have been complaining for years that the voluntary system was not working.

February 9th, 2015

NDP statement on Eve Adams crossing the floor

NDP STATEMENT ON EVE ADAMS CROSSING THE FLOOR

NDP Ethics critic, Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay), made the following statement about the decision of Eve Adams to cross the floor of the House of Commons:

February 5th, 2015

Make the economy work for the middle class

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February 5, 2015

MAKE THE ECONOMY WORK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

NDP plan to boost jobs in manufacturing and small businesses

OTTAWA – The NDP is putting forward an opposition day motion calling on the Conservatives to take immediate action to stimulate job creation and support the middle class.

February 5th, 2015

Get grain moving now, says NDP MP

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February 5, 2015

GET GRAIN MOVING NOW, SAYS NDP MP

OTTAWA – NDP deputy Agriculture Critic, Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) is calling on the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food Canada immediately address the continued challenges facing rail transportation of grain in Canada.

February 4th, 2015

NDP motion to end child poverty a victory for all Canadians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 4, 2015

NDP MOTION TO END CHILD POVERTY A VICTORY FOR ALL CANADIANS

NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough – Rouge River) applauds the passing of her motion, M-534, to create a national poverty elimination strategy:

January 30th, 2015

Supreme Court ruling a victory for workers

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January 30, 2015

SUPREME COURT RULING A VICTORY FOR WORKERS

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that a Saskatchewan law preventing public sector employees from striking is unconstitutional is a victory for all workers.

January 28th, 2015

Conservatives vote against the middle class

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January 28, 2015

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST THE MIDDLE CLASS

NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion:

January 27th, 2015

Tom Mulcair proposes concrete measures to help the middle class

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January 27, 2015

TOM MULCAIR PROPOSES CONCRETE MEASURES TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS

“Manufacturing, Innovation and Lower Small Business Taxes Will Create Good Jobs and New Opportunities for the Middle Class.”

January 27th, 2015

Statement by the NDP official opposition on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2015

STATEMENT BY THE NDP OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

January 26th, 2015

NDP statement on const. David Wynn

January 26, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON CONST. DAVID WYNN

NDP MP Linda Duncan (Edmonton – Strathcona) made the following statement on RCMP Const. David Wynn’s funeral:

January 26th, 2015

Middle class canadians deserve economic leadership

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January 26, 2015

MIDDLE CLASS CANADIANS DESERVE ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP

OTTAWA – NDP's first opposition day motion of the year calls on the government to immediately present an Economic and Fiscal Update to parliament and prepare a budget that addresses middle class challenges.

January 23rd, 2015

Conservatives make major cut to disaster relief for provinces

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CONSERVATIVES MAKE MAJOR CUT TO DISASTER RELIEF FOR PROVINCES

OTTAWA – Last week, the Conservatives quietly revealed a change that will massively cut funding to provinces and communities that are hit by disasters.

January 23rd, 2015

First Nations left out of unemployment figures

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JANUARY 23, 2015

FIRST NATIONS LEFT OUT OF UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES

OTTAWA – NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) is calling renewed attention to the fact that the Conservatives have not been collecting employment data on First Nations members living on reserve.

January 23rd, 2015

NPD shadow cabinet ready to fight for the middle class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJANUARY 23, 2015

NDP SHADOW CABINET READY TO FIGHT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has strengthened the NDP’s Shadow Cabinet ahead of the 2015 election. More than ever, New Democrats are ready to fix the damage done by Stephen Harper and finally give the middle class a break.

January 22nd, 2015

NDP attending vigils for Raïf Badawi

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NDP ATTENDING VIGILS FOR RAÏF BADAWI

NDP MPs to attend today’s ceremonies in Montreal and tomorrow’s events in Sherbrooke

MONTREAL ⎻ Several New Democrat MPs, including International Development critic and deputy Foreign Affairs critic, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier-Sainte-Marie) are set to take part in a vigil in Montreal today calling for Raif Badawi’s release. An NDP MP will also be present at Friday’s event in Sherbrooke.

January 22nd, 2015

NDP to restore CBC funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 22, 2015

NDP TO RESTORE CBC FUNDING

MONTREAL – If elected to government, the NDP would cancel the Conservatives’ $115 million cut to CBC/Radio-Canada.

January 21st, 2015

Conservative failures causing more trouble for canadian economy

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January 21, 2015

CONSERVATIVE FAILURES CAUSING MORE TROUBLE FOR CANADIAN ECONOMY

OTTAWA – While the Bank of Canada cut interest rates amidst grave warnings about the health of our economy, the Conservatives still have no plan to fix Canada’s bleak economic outlook and get Canadians back to work.

January 20th, 2015

Who speaks for the government?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 20, 2015

WHO SPEAKS FOR THE GOVERNMENT?

OTTAWA – With the Minister of Employment saying one thing and an unnamed federal official saying another, it seems the Conservatives are in a disorganized panic and scrambling for a plan.

January 12th, 2015

Canada must help stop Boko Harak

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January 12, 2015

CANADA MUST HELP STOP BOKO HARAM

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement in reaction to the latest attacks by Boko Haram:

January 12th, 2015

Statement from the NDP on the inter-american commission on human rights report on missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia

January 12, 2015

STATEMENT FROM THE NDP ON THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT ON MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

January 12th, 2015

Conservative auto sector promises are too little too late

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January 12, 2015

CONSERVATIVE AUTO SECTOR PROMISES ARE TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

OTTAWA – Government loan for Linamar today comes after the Conservatives oversaw the loss of more than 50,000 auto sector jobs.

January 9th, 2015

NDP condemns Russian anti-trans legislation

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January 9, 2015

NDP CONDEMNS RUSSIAN ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION

OTTAWA – The NDP is appalled by the Russian government’s adoption of a law banning Transgender and Transsexual people from driving.

January 9th, 2015

Conservatives must close copyright law loophole to end false threats: NDP

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January 9, 2015

CONSERVATIVES MUST CLOSE COPYRIGHT LAW LOOPHOLE TO END FALSE THREATS: NDP

OTTAWA– The Conservatives must take immediate steps to protect Internet users by closing a loophole that allows media companies to bully Canadians with threats of hefty fines that don’t actually exist under Canadian law.

January 9th, 2015

More job losses under the conservatives

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January 9, 2015

MORE JOB LOSSES UNDER THE CONSERVATIVES

OTTAWA– New figures from Statistics Canada show the Conservatives’ unbalanced economic approach continues to hit Canadian families hard.

January 9th, 2015

NDP calls for the release of Saudi free speech activist

NDP CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF SAUDI FREE SPEECH ACTIVIST

Official Opposition Critic for Human Rights Wayne Marston (Hamilton - Stoney Creek) issued the following statement today:

January 7th, 2015

Statement from Tom Mulcair on Paris terrorist attack

STATEMENT FROM TOM MULCAIR ON PARIS TERRORIST ATTACK

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair made the following statement today in the wake of the mass shooting at the magazine Charlie Hebdo:

January 5th, 2015

Statement by the official opposition on Stephen Harper's refusal to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women

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December 19, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON STEPHEN HARPER’S REFUSAL TO LAUNCH AN INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN

January 5th, 2015

NPD asks new veterans affairs minister to change direction

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January 5, 2015

NDP ASKS NEW VETERANS AFFAIRS MINISTER TO CHANGE DIRECTION

NDP offers list of priorities that need new minister’s urgent attention – including the immediate reopening of veterans offices

December 22nd, 2014

Snap, Crackle, Pink Slips

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SNAP, CRACKLE, PINK SLIPS

LONDON – Tonight, just days before Christmas, the employees at the Kelloggs plant in London will be out of a job, having worked the last shift at the 107 year old plant.

December 19th, 2014

The big blue propaganda machine

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19 December, 2014

THE BIG BLUE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

OTTAWA– The NDP is denouncing the Conservatives for their use of tax payer money to finance a propaganda machine and mislead Canadians.

December 18th, 2014

Statement from the official opposition on Stephen Harper's carbon tax

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STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON STEPHEN HARPER’S CARBON TAX

Official Opposition Environment Critic, Megan Leslie (Halifax), made the following statement on Stephen Harper’s carbon tax:

December 17th, 2014

NDP statement on US-Cuba announcement

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NDP STATEMENT ON US-CUBA ANNOUNCEMENT

NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement today:

“President Obama has made major progress in normalizing relations with Cuba and I believe this will be beneficial to the people of Cuba.

December 16th, 2014

Stoffer comments on veteran's victory in agent orange case

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December 16, 2014

STOFFER COMMENTS ON VETERAN’S VICTORY IN AGENT ORANGE CASE

MONCTON– NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer congratulated veteran Basil McAllister today for winning a federal court case that forces Veterans Affairs Canada to grant him disability compensation in relation to his exposure to defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown.

December 16th, 2014

UN is against applying religious discrimination to refugees

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December 16, 2014

UN IS AGAINST APPLYING RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION TO REFUGEES

OTTAWA – The Conservative plan to apply religious discrimination to the selection of Syrian refugees for resettlement in Canada stands against UN policies that say “such discrimination undermines the protection and needs-based approach to resettlement”.

December 15th, 2014

Feds must start working with provinces on economic challenges

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December 15, 2014

FEDS MUST START WORKING WITH PROVINCES ON ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

OTTAWA – As finance ministers gather today to address Canada’s urgent economic challenges, New Democrats call on the Conservatives to stop refusing to work with the provinces and end their downloading and cuts to transfers.

December 3rd, 2014

The Conservatives say no to a fair elections system

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THE CONSERVATIVES SAY NO TO A FAIR ELECTIONS SYSTEM

OTTAWA – Today Conservatives said no to a fair elections system.

“The NDP put forward a simple motion asking all parties to commit to replacing Canada’s unfair electoral system with a system of mixed-member proportional representation following the next election. I was disappointed to see the Conservatives and even some Liberals vote against the initiative,” said NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto – Danforth).

December 3rd, 2014

Irene Mathyssen elected as NDP national caucus chair

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December 3, 2014

IRENE MATHYSSEN ELECTED AS NDP NATIONAL CAUCUS CHAIR

OTTAWA – NDP MP’s have elected Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) today as National Caucus Chair. They also selected Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) to be vice-chair.

December 3rd, 2014

Another 5 000 farms dissappear under conservatives

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December 3, 2014

ANOTHER 5,000 FARMS DISSAPPEAR UNDER CONSERVATIVES

OTTAWA – New numbers from Statistics Canada reveal that the number of farms in Canada continues to decline.

December 2nd, 2014

The NDP wants to implement a mixed proportional system

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December 2, 2014

THE NDP WANTS TO IMPLEMENT A MIXED PROPORTIONAL SYSTEM

OTTAWA – The NDP will use its time in the House of Commons Wednesday to turn the government’s attention to the need to implement a mixed proportional electoral system, in order to ensure that 2015 will be the last in the era of unfair elections.

December 1st, 2014

Victory for thalidomide victims

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December 1, 2014

VICTORY FOR THALIDOMIDE VICTIMS

OTTAWA – Following a five-decade battle for recognition and support, Thalidomide victims will finally get the support they need, after all parties rallied behind the NDP’s motion last week to compensate them.

December 1st, 2014

NDP urges government to reject Cacouna oil port project

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December 1, 2014

NDP URGES GOVERNMENT TO REJECT CACOUNA OIL PORT PROJECT

OTTAWA — In response to the beluga whale’s new status as an endangered species, the NDP is upping the pressure on the Conservative government to reject the oil port in Cacouna.

December 1st, 2014

NDP asks the conservatives to boost aid to syrian refugees facing food crisis

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December 1, 2014

NDP ASKS THE CONSERVATIVES TO BOOST AID TO SYRIAN REFUGEES FACING FOOD CRISIS

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the Canadian government to urgently increase humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, as a funding crisis today forced the United Nations World Food Programme to suspend a food voucher program serving over 1.7 million refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

November 26th, 2014

Mulcair proposes new measure to ban food advertising directed toward children

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November 26, 2014

MULCAIR PROPOSES NEW MEASURE TO BAN FOOD ADVERTISING DIRECTED TOWARD CHILDREN

GATINEAU – To tackle growing child obesity rates, an NDP government will ban food advertising directed towards children across Canada.

November 25th, 2014

No child live in poverty

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November 24, 2014

NO CHILD SHOULD LIVE IN POVERTY

OTTAWA – Twenty-five years after the unanimous adoption of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent’s motion to end child poverty the NDP is tabling a motion urging MPs to recommit to that goal.

November 25th, 2014

Liberals and Conservatives attack farmers' rights

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November 24, 2014

LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES ATTACK FARMERS’ RIGHTS

OTTAWA – Today, Liberals and Conservatives joined forces to jeopardize farmers’ rights to save and use seed, leading to narrower margins for family farms – which are already in jeopardy thanks to years of neglect – and more power concentrated in the hands of fewer businesses in our agriculture system.

November 25th, 2014

NDP urges compensation for thalidomide survivors

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NOVEMBER 23, 2014

NDP URGES COMPENSATION FOR THALIDOMIDE SURVIVORS

OTTAWA - The NDP is urging the government to provide fair compensation to survivors of the Thalidomide tragedy – victims who have struggled for decades with the tragic consequences of using this drug, which had been approved by the Canadian government as a safe drug for use by pregnant women to deal with morning sickness.

November 25th, 2014

Champlain bridge: let's get back to the real issues

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November 20, 2014

CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE: LET’S GET BACK TO THE REAL ISSUES

OTTAWA – The Conservatives showed their true colours and their lack of respect for Quebec history by rejecting the NDP’s motion to keep the Champlain name for the replacement bridge that will connect the island of Montreal to its South Shore.

November 20th, 2014

Ontario endorses Tom Mulcair's affordable childcare plan

November 18, 2014

ONTARIO ENDORSES TOM MULCAIR’S AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE PLAN

Working with the provinces to create more spaces and reduce parents’ costs is central to Tom Mulcair’s plan for Affordable Childcare and we warmly welcome Ontario’s endorsement of our proposal.

November 20th, 2014

Shameful backlog of cases at social security tribunal

November 18, 2014

SHAMEFUL BACKLOG OF CASES AT SOCIAL SECURITY TRIBUNAL

OTTAWA – Today, Social Security Tribunal Chairperson Murielle Brazeau confirmed that a significant backlog of cases was apparent from the day the Tribunal opened; that she was first in touch with Minister Kenney about insufficient staffing at the Tribunal over a year ago; that there are no performance measures or standards currently in place at the Tribunal, and that it is currently not possible to estimate when the backlog – now at more than 14, 677 cases – can be cleared.

November 20th, 2014

NDP unveils agenda for prosperous, fair and sustainable cities

November 6, 2014

NDP UNVEILS AGENDA FOR PROSPEROUS, FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES

OTTAWA – After two-and-a-half years of consulting Canadians, NDP Urban Affairs critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) and NDP Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) are introducing the NDP’s agenda for Canadian cities.

November 20th, 2014

NDP MP secures support to make rememberance day a national holiday

November 5, 2014

NDP MP SECURES SUPPORT TO MAKE REMEMBERANCE DAY A NATIONAL HOLIDAY

OTTAWA – In the lead up to Remembrance Day, NDP MP Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest) celebrates the near unanimous vote of his Private Member’s Bill C-597: An Act to Make Remembrance Day a National Statutory Holiday.

November 20th, 2014

Conservatives let down consumers and small business

November 4, 2014

CONSERVATIVES LET DOWN CONSUMERS AND SMALL BUSINESS

OTTAWA - After promising to take real action on merchant fees, today Conservatives retreated in the face of opposition from Visa and Mastercard, ensuring Canadian consumers and small businesses will continue to pay more, and get less.

November 14th, 2014

Mulcair draws on hix experience to launch affordable childcare plan

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October 14, 2014

MULCAIR DRAWS ON HIS EXPERIENCE TO LAUNCH AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE PLAN

OTTAWA — Today NDP Leader Tom Mulcair toured a childcare centre and announced his plan to create or maintain one million affordable childcare spaces across Canada. The goal is to ensure parents don’t pay more than $15 a day for a childcare space.

November 5th, 2014

Howard Hampton appointed NDP special advisor for the ring of fire

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November 5, 2014

Howard Hampton Appointed NDP Special Advisor for the Ring of Fire

OTTAWA – After years of inaction by the federal and provincial governments, New Democrats are reinforcing their commitment to the Ring of Fire with the appointment of Howard Hampton who will act as the NDP’s Special Advisor to the project.

November 5th, 2014

Energy East pipeline: New Democrats reiterate call for environmental protection and community consultation

ENERGY EAST PIPELINE: NEW DEMOCRATS REITERATE CALL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

OTTAWA – As TransCanada files its application for the Energy East pipeline, New Democrats are reiterating the vital importance of a fair, rigorous and open project review process.

November 4th, 2014

Record numbers relying on food banks under conservatives

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November 4, 2014

RECORD NUMBERS RELYING ON FOOD BANKS UNDER CONSERVATIVES

OTTAWA – Shocking new numbers on Food Bank use shows the real price Canadians are paying for Conservative economic mismanagement and their failure to act on issues like childcare and affordable housing.

November 3rd, 2014

NDP calls for three major studies at foreign affairs committee

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November 3, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR THREE MAJOR STUDIES AT FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

OTTAWA - New Democrats are taking the lead at the Foreign Affairs Committee by proposing studies on some of the most pressing issues facing the international community: the brutal onslaught of ISIL, the aftermath of this summer’s conflict in the Middle East, and the democratic movement in Hong Kong.

October 29th, 2014

NDP statement on international day for the eradication of poverty

NDP STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY

New Democrat critic for Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims (Newton–North Delta) made the following statement on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:

October 24th, 2014

NDP statement on shooting at parliament hill and war memorial

NDP STATEMENT ON SHOOTING AT PARLIAMENT HILL AND WAR MEMORIAL

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair Principal Secretary, Karl Bélanger, made the following statement:

“This morning’s horrifying attack has shocked all Canadians and shattered the peace of our nation’s capital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier killed and the people who were injured, and we are deeply grateful for the soldiers and law enforcement officials who quickly and courageously protected the public today.

October 21st, 2014

Jean-François Larose betrays the memory of Jack Layton

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October 21, 2014

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAROSE BETRAYS THE MEMORY OF JACK LAYTON

OTTAWA – The NDP caucus has criticized Repentigny MP Jean-François Larose for his decision to join a regional party.

October 20th, 2014

Conservatives and Liberals abandon belugas

CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS ABANDON BELUGAS

OTTAWA – Despite opposition from experts and citizens, Conservative and Liberal MPs have chosen to put the oil port project in Gros-Cacouna ahead of protecting St. Lawrence belugas – a threatened species under the Species at Risk Act. During a vote in the House of Commons tonight, they rejected the NDP motion to oppose this project.

October 9th, 2014

NDP rejects any future oil port project in Gros-Cacouna

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October 9, 2014

NDP REJECTS ANY FUTURE OIL PORT PROJECT IN GROS-CACOUNA

OTTAWA – New Democrats plan to use their opposition day today to urge Conservatives to reject all future oil terminal projects in the Port of Gros-Cacouna – the home environment and natural habitat of the endangered St. Lawrence beluga.

October 7th, 2014

Canadian parents deserve affordable childcare

OTTAWA – There is an urgent need for affordable childcare and the NDP has heard that call loud and clear.

August 21st, 2014

NDP proud to take part in the 2014 people’s social forum

In an effort to help unite progressive voices across Canada, several New Democrat MPs will be taking part in the 2014 People’s Social Forum in Ottawa, the first ever pan-Canadian social forum.

August 21st, 2014

Conservative cuts continuing to take a toll on EI

A new report today from Statistics Canada shows that Employment Insurance claims are up by over 10%, but the number of people receiving benefits fell by over 2,500. More evidence of how Canadians are paying the price for Conservative cuts to EI.

August 21st, 2014

Conservatives trying to cover-up social security tribunal failures

After leaving thousands of Canadians waiting years to even obtain a Social Security Tribunal hearing, Conservatives have been caught trying to hide information about how broken the Tribunal system really is.

August 20th, 2014

NDP commits to restoring healthcare funding

In an historic speech before the Canadian Medical Association, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promised that a New Democrat government would restore previous levels of healthcarefunding to the provinces and cancel the Conservatives’ $36 billion in cuts.

August 19th, 2014

New Democrats call for independent investigation of CRA charity audits

More than ever, New Democrats are convinced that we need to investigate allegations of intimidation and political interference that continue to emerge in connection with the targeted audits of charities undertaken by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

August 19th, 2014

Conservatives need to bolster railway safety

The conclusions drawn in a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report into the July 6, 2013 Lac-Mégantic derailment, which caused 47 deaths, was decisive: the government shares part of the blame and must restore measures to monitor railway companies as quickly as possible.

August 18th, 2014

Conservatives unfairly fine small businesses

New Democrats and The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) are calling on Conservatives to postpone the enforcement of the anti-spam legislation to give small business owners more time to adjust.

August 18th, 2014

Canadians want a national strategy on seniors’ care

The vast majority of Canadians agree with the NDP that Canada urgently needs a national strategy to address seniors’ care, according to the Canadian Medical Association Report card released today.

August 15th, 2014

Under attack, StatsCan’s revised numbers show growth of precarious work

Admission of a significant error in Statistics Canada’s July jobs report highlights the cost of Conservative cuts to the agency.

August 14th, 2014

Conservatives recklessly cutting programs that work for Canadians

In spite of what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives say, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is clear in his latest report: the federal government is recklessly cutting programs regardless of how well they work.

August 13th, 2014

NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservative and Liberal “Payback” at the Board of Internal Economy

Yesterday saw the return of the Conservative-Liberal Kangaroo Court coalition, sometimes known as the secretive Board of internal Economy, and John Duncan once again gleefully declaring the NDP would have to pay back money because they broke all the rules.

August 12th, 2014

Kangaroo court strikes again

The NDP’s House Leader Peter Julian, made the following statement on the BOIE’s decision:

August 6th, 2014

Mulcair urges Harper to help bring injured children from Gaza to Canada

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wrote to Prime Minister Harper today, urging him to support a growing movement to bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment.

August 6th, 2014

Conservatives must respond now to Mount Polley tailings pond disaster

New Democrats are urging the Conservative government to respond immediately to the devastating breach of the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond where billions of litres of toxic water and sands have been released into the surrounding lakes and rivers.

August 6th, 2014

Conservatives shield Russian business elite from sanctions

Canada’s expanded sanctions against Russia continue to shield three Russian tycoons with reportedly significant business ties with Canada. Stephen Harper has once again left out Sergei Chemezov, Igor Sechin and Vladimir Yakunin who have been sanctioned by other countries including the United States.

August 6th, 2014

The Liberal Party on European Trade: “At some point though we need to see what it is we’re actually supporting”

Remember when Chrystia Freeland was going to provide policy heft to her leader’s thin background on important issue like trade and the economy?

August 5th, 2014

NDP calls for special hearings into Conservative crackdown on charities

Amidst the ongoing Conservative crackdown on Canadian charities, NDP National Revenue Critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) wrote today to James Rajotte, chair of the House of Commons Finance Committee, to request special summer meetings to investigate the matter.

August 5th, 2014

Statement from NDP on the Canada-EU trade agreement

After nearly a year of negotiations since the Conservative government claimed they had reached a deal with Europe, the NDP welcomes what now appears to be actual progress towards a Canada-EU Trade Agreement.

July 28th, 2014

Official Opposition statement on Thérèse Casgrain

“New Democrats are deeply disappointed in the Conservative government’s decision to cast aside the legacy of Thérèse Casgrain—a Canadian feminist, social justice activist and groundbreaking female politician.

July 27th, 2014

Statement by the NDP on the Status of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations

The NDP's International Trade Critic, Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), made the following statement on the status of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations:

July 25th, 2014

Canada must support UN humanitarian efforts in Gaza

As Canadians continue to be shocked by the mounting casualties and severe humanitarian need in the Gaza Strip, the NDP is calling on the Conservative government to support United Nations humanitarian efforts.

July 24th, 2014

Statement by the NDP on the crash of flight AH5017

"Today, our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who were on flightAH5017. It is with great sorrow that we learned that the Canadian victimsincluded a woman and her children from the Outaouais region. We offer oursincere condolences to the relatives of the victims."

July 24th, 2014

Conservatives cut EI benefits as unemployment climbs

A significant drop in the number of people receiving Employment Insurance benefits, even as unemployment rises, shows that Conservative EI cuts are taking their toll, according to the NDP.

July 23rd, 2014

NDP hails CRTC move to examine ‘pay-to-pay’ billing fees

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is the latest body to respond to the growing outrage over fees that are charged to customers monthly just to receive their bills in the mail.

July 22nd, 2014

NDP marks opening of the 6th Canadian Francophone Games

“This is the one of the most important gatherings of young Francophones in Canada, and we are proud that Gatineau has been chosen to host this year’s event. We would like to congratulate the organizing committee for their amazing work, along with the hundreds of devoted volunteers that make the event possible. Best of luck to all participants.

July 17th, 2014

Only the NDP provides defence for EI premiums

The NDP is the only party that is prepared to defend workers and their contributions to the Employment Insurance program, the NDP said today, following a Supreme Court ruling that EI premiums do not currently have to be used only for EI. The NDP has a solution to the problem: we introduced Bill C-605 to create a legal fence around the EI Fund to protect it from being raided.

July 16th, 2014

Conservatives wrong again on Public Service sick leave

Despite repeated accusations by the Conservative government, a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Office has clearly demonstrated that the use of sick leave in the federal civil service imposes no significant financial costs on the government or taxpayers.

July 11th, 2014

21,000 private-sector + 11,900 public-sector jobs lost = Stephen Harper’s Action Plan

When it comes to job creation, the Conservatives have completely lost their way. Statistics Canada’s most recent report revealed that 9,400 net jobs were lost in June alone—and unemployment continues to rise.

July 10th, 2014

NDP asks for more transparency over TPP meetings

The Official opposition International Trade critic, Don Davies (Vancouver—Kingsway) has written a letter to Minister Ed Fast to ask the federal government for more transparency in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations."Diversifying and deepening our trade relationships must be a priority for Canada – but agreements must be carefully negotiated if they are to benefit Canada’s interests in the long term,” writes Don Davies.*A copy of the letter is attached

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June 24th, 2014

Conservatives fail to fix foreign worker job loophole

New Democrats are calling for an independent review of all the ways companies can bring in foreign workers, after it was revealed today that a loophole permitting companies to transfer employees internally is still allowing Canadians to be replaced by foreign workers. This loophole was not closed by any of the inadequate changes the Conservatives announced for the Temporary Foreign Worker program last week.

June 19th, 2014

NDP calls on federal government to save First Nations maternal health program

New Democrats are calling on the Conservative government to reverse its decision to end the Strengthening Families – Maternal Child Health (SF-MCH) program for First Nations in Manitoba.

June 19th, 2014

Risky Conservative pension scheme puts retirement security at risk

The consultation period hasn’t even closed, and it’s already clear that the Conservatives’ latest pension scheme is putting the retirement security of thousands of workers at risk. An update mailed to Canada Post pensioners reveals plans to shift greater risks to workers and retirees.

June 19th, 2014

Summary of session in house: the NDP forces the Conservatives to back down on several key issues

The NDP had a positive session in Parliament and forced the Conservatives to modify their Unfair Elections Act, place a moratorium on hiring temporary foreign workers, maintain the passenger rail service in Atlantic Canada and cancel the iPod tax.

June 18th, 2014

NDP gets Conservatives to commit to supporting Canada's cheese industry

OTTAWA -- Official Opposition critic for Agriculture, Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) is thrilled that her motion, which seeks to mitigate the negative impacts of the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement on the dairy and cheese producers of Canada, was passed on Wednesday by the House of Commons.

June 16th, 2014

NDP reintroduces Jack Layton’s climate change bill

Today, Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York) introduced the Climate Change Accountability Act, an updated version of Jack Layton’s bill.

June 13th, 2014

NDP call for GMO labeling gains momentum, widespread support

Industry organizations, consumer advocacy groups, prominent environmentalists and food retailers agree that people have a right to know if they are consuming GMO’s.

June 11th, 2014

New Democrats want BOIE to open its doors

MPs from all parties will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their openness and transparency today, as the NDP will table two motions in the House that would open to the public the Bureau of Internal Economy and have the mailing programs of all parties be subject to an unbiased examination.

June 9th, 2014

NDP moves against Conservative income splitting scheme

New Democrats will use their last Opposition Day motion of the Spring session to force a vote on the Conservatives’ unfair and expensive income splitting scheme — one that will have no benefit to 86% of Canadians.

June 4th, 2014

NDP launches pan-Canadian food strategy

Following through on the 2011 election promise, today Official Opposition Agriculture critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) and Deputy Agriculture critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) launched the NDP’s pan-Canadian food strategy titled “Everybody Eats”.

June 3rd, 2014

NDP tables bill to establish National Day of the Midwife

New Democrat MP Rosane Doré Lefebvre (Alfred-Pellan) tabled a bill in the House of Commons to declare May 5 National Day of the Midwife in Canada. The bill aims to show appreciation for the important role that midwives play in delivering thousands of Canadian babies each year.

June 3rd, 2014

Conservatives have failed Seniors

OTTAWA – Tired by lack of action from the Conservatives since 2006, Canada’s Official Opposition New Democrats undertook extensive consultations with seniors and stakeholders to build a National Aging Strategy. Today, that strategy was released to a round table of stakeholders.

June 3rd, 2014

NDP bill aims to protect infrastructure from theft

A Private Members’ Bill introduced by NDP Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca) will amend the Criminal Code of Canada to protect critical infrastructure.

May 30th, 2014

NDP calls on government to put worker safety first

In an effort to make clothing and apparel used by the federal government more ethically sourced, NDP MP Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) presented a motion this week calling on the government to ensure that the workers who make the clothing that Canada procures with public dollars have safe workplaces and decent working conditions.

May 30th, 2014

Have you seen this MP?

Opposition House Leader Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) is urging Canadians to join in the search for Liberal and Conservative MPs who have been missing their shifts at work in Ottawa.

May 30th, 2014

NDP condemns cutting of maternal health program for first nations

As Stephen Harper proclaims that Canada is a world leader on the issue of maternal and newborn health, the federal government is eliminating a vital First Nations program: Strengthening Families – Maternal Child Health (SF – MCH).

May 29th, 2014

NDP unveils small business strategy

Today, New Democrats launched the next step of its small business outreach campaign, calling on Conservatives not to eliminate a tax credit that helped small businesses hire more people.

May 27th, 2014

NDP joins business sector in calling on Conservatives to change course on budget bill

New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to drop controversial sections of their omnibus Budget Implementation Act that have been roundly criticised by business groups, experts, and civil society organizations.

May 26th, 2014

Statement from the Official Opposition on cuts to the public broadcaster

“I am deeply disappointed that the Conservatives have decided to abandon our public broadcaster, as it faces yet another crisis caused by government cuts. In April, the Crown Corporation announced $130 million in additional cuts and hundreds of job losses, which are both a direct and indirect consequence of the Conservatives’ series of cutbacks since 2012.

May 21st, 2014

NDP MPs push for mandatory truck sideguards

In the wake of new cyclist deaths, NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard-La Prairie) and Deputy Transport critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York) will be reintroducing former MP Olivia Chow’s mandatory truck sideguard bill in the House of Commons.

May 15th, 2014

Welland MP tables bill to strengthen victims’ rights

Today Welland MP Malcolm Allen introduced a Private Member’s Bill to strengthen victims’ rights.

The bill is the result of Allen’s work with one of his constituents, Dawn Colson, who had several threats made against her and feared for her life when her ex-husband – a Cuban national with a violent criminal record in Canada – was arrested after subjecting Colson to repeated physical and sexual abuse. Because he was a foreign national, Ms Colson could not get any information about where her attacker would be released or when.

May 15th, 2014

Government portal does not meet open-data requirements

Academic and IT experts have acknowledged that serious problems exist with the Conservative government’s online Portal, and that many of its data sets are unusable. In addition, a parliamentary committee study has shown that Canadian businesses have been unable to gain access to this highly valuable economic data.

May 14th, 2014

NDP MP pushes to make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday

Today in the House of Commons, Member of Parliament Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest) introduced a Private Members’ Bill titled: An Act to Make Remembrance Day a National Statutory Holiday.

May 13th, 2014

Conservatives pass unfair elections act

In a mockery of Canada’s democracy, Conservative MPs voted unanimously to pass bill C-23, which they call the "Fair Elections Act".

May 12th, 2014

NDP celebrates success of "SAVE OUR TRAIN" campaign

New Democrat MP Yvon Godin (Acadie-Bathurst) is relieved that the federal government has buckled under the pressure from citizens and the NDP to save the rail line between Miramichi and Bathurst.

May 8th, 2014

Mylène Freeman re-elected Chair of NDP Women's Caucus

The federal NDP Caucus re-elected Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil–Papineau–Mirabel) as Chair and Sadia Groguhé (Saint-Lambert) as Vice-Chair of the NDP Women’s Caucus.

May 8th, 2014

NDP defends Women’s right to choose

New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) tabled a motion in the House of Commons today in order to clearly establish the right of women to choose what they do with their bodies.“The NDP is a pro-choice party. Each and every one of my colleagues agrees – women should have the right to make their own decisions in matters of health. Our position is clear and unequivocal, and this is an opportunity for other Parliamentarians to take a stand,” said Ashton. The motion:

May 7th, 2014

Ève Péclet elected president of the Young New Democrat Federal Caucus

Young New Democrat MPs have selected Ève Péclet (La Pointe-de-l’île) as their new chair and Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke) as their vice-chair.

May 7th, 2014

Conservative cuts to Statscan leave Minister Kenney in the dark

In his Spring Report, the Auditor General confirmed that Conservative budget cuts at Statistics Canada have led the agency to withhold important information on skills gaps due to a lack of funding.

May 7th, 2014

Conservatives vote against bilingual Supreme Court

“Parliament had a golden opportunity to make bilingualism a mandatory criterion for the appointment of future Supreme Court judges today. This could have guaranteed the right of Canadians to be heard in the official language of their choice, and made the highest court in the country more just.

May 6th, 2014

Conservatives representing Francophone communities urged to stand up for bilingualism

On the eve of an important vote on a bill that would require all Supreme Court judges to be bilingual, New Democrat MP Yvon Godin (Acadie-Bathurst) is urging Conservative MPs who have Francophone communities in their ridings to join his cause.

May 6th, 2014

Auditor General warns of more Conservative mismanagement

The Auditor General of Canada’s latest report paints a damning picture of Conservative mismanagement of programs and services affecting regular Canadians.

May 5th, 2014

Statement from the NDP at the start of Hunger Awareness Week

“Today marks the start of Hunger Awareness Week. And I will fast today, in solidarity with dedicated food bank volunteers and staff, and in support of Canadians for whom hunger is a daily reality.

May 2nd, 2014

New Democrats call for urgent action on antibiotic resistance

Today, the New Democratic Party called for urgent action on antibiotic resistance, following a World Health Report earlier this week warning that the threat is becoming critical.

May 2nd, 2014

Conservatives must protect Canadians from snooping

The NDP is introducing an opposition day motion to force the Conservative government to start protecting Canadians from warrantless snooping into their phone and Internet records.

May 1st, 2014

Conservatives must address Skills Link Program funding delays

Today, New Democrat MPs pressed Employment Minister Jason Kenney to explain why processing delays have prevented community organizations from receiving funding through the Skills Link Program.

April 29th, 2014

NDP asks RCMP for more information on Nigel Wright investigation

Official Opposition Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) sent a letter to the RCMP Commissioner to ask for more information about the decision to drop criminal charges against Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former Chief of Staff.

April 28th, 2014

Conservatives must shed light on sexual assault in the Canadian Forces

Following a disturbing report in L’actualité magazine regarding sexual assault in the Canadian Forces, New Democrats are calling the Conservative government to commit to release the results of any internal investigation by the Chief of the Defence Staff into how programs and policies may have led to such abuses.

April 25th, 2014

NDP demand independent review of Canada’s broken Temporary Foreign Worker Program

While the NDP welcomes a moratorium on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in the food service industry as a positive step, it will mean nothing without a full, independent and transparent review of this defective program.

April 25th, 2014

Conservatives forced to start compromising on Unfair Elections Act

After months of relentless efforts to push the Harper government, New Democrats welcome the major concessions on C-23, the Unfair Elections Act, promised today.

April 24th, 2014

Conservatives undermining public health care

With the 2004 Health Care Accord set to expire in one week, New Democrats are pressing the Conservative government to show leadership and work with provinces and territories to improve our public health care system.

April 23rd, 2014

Raitt finally agrees to take DOT-111 cars off the tracks

After nearly a year of intense pressure from the official opposition, the NDP is relieved that the Minister of Transport has finally announced the removal of DOT-111 tank cars from service – the same cars that were at the centre of last July’s Lac-Mégantic tragedy.

April 22nd, 2014

Conservatives play politics with whales

New Democrats are questioning the Conservative government’s agenda after its decision to remove the North Pacific humpback whale from the list of threatened species.

April 17th, 2014

NDP wants an Open and Transparent Government

The NDP released its initiative for an open and transparent government today, which it will implement when elected Government in 2015. It lays the foundation for an open, transparent, 21st century government that makes information systematically available – not one that hides information from Canadians.

April 17th, 2014

NDP urges Minister Poilievre to withdraw the Unfair Elections Act

NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto–Danforth) sent a letter to Minister Pierre Poilievre today urging him to withdraw the Unfair Elections Act (Bill C-23) and work with all parties to draft a new bill.

April 16th, 2014

NDP asks Conservatives to refer the First Nations Education Act to committee

NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic, Jean Crowder (Nanaimo - Cowichan), sent a letter today to Minister Bernard Valcourt asking that the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (C-33) be referred to committee before second reading.

April 16th, 2014

Harper must help secure release of Canadian journalist held in Egypt

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today urging him to call on the Egyptian government to release Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his colleagues.

April 15th, 2014

Tom Mulcair calls on Conservative MPs to block the Unfair Elections Act

The NDP’s fight against Stephen Harper’s Unfair Elections Act entered a new phase today, launching a new campaign to convince Conservative MPs to vote against Bill C-23 in the House of Commons.

April 14th, 2014

More transparency needed from Conservatives after CRA data breach

With 900 Canadians’ personal information stolen from Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) website due to the Heartbleed security breach, the NDP is calling on the Conservatives start providing answers to Canadians.

April 10th, 2014

NDP calls on Conservatives to invest in social housing

The cancellation of subsidies and abandoning of the federal financial commitment to social housing have prompted New Democrats to launch a campaign and table a motion in Parliament aimed at ensuring adequate funding.

April 9th, 2014

New Democrats call for emergency debate on Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Conservative government’s rampant mismanagement of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program prompted NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton-North Delta) to ask for an emergency debate in Parliament yesterday.

April 8th, 2014

NDP Agriculture critic tables bill to establish National Garden Day

Today, NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food critic Malcolm Allen introduced a private member’s bill to establish a National Garden Day. The Welland MP’s bill would designate the Friday before Father’s Day of each year as National Garden Day.

April 8th, 2014

Statement by Official Opposition’s House Leader on Board of Internal Economy’s partisan decision

Official Opposition House Leader Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) made the following statement following the Board of Internal Economy’s partisan decision:

April 7th, 2014

NDP statement on Quebec Election

Official Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair made the following statement following the election results in Quebec:

April 5th, 2014

NDP welcomes new National Director

The New Democratic Party of Canada is proud to announce that Anne McGrath will serve as the party’s National Director.

April 2nd, 2014

Glenn Thibeault elected as NDP National Caucus Chair

NDP MP’s have elected today Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) as National Caucus Chair. They also selected Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) to be vice-chair.

April 1st, 2014

Debate starts on palliative and end-of-life care

Today, parliamentarians will begin debate on M-456, an NDP motion to establish a pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end-of-life care. The motion has strong support from medical organizations and NGOs that work with the sick and dying.

April 1st, 2014

Conservatives vote against protecting government resources

NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) made the following statement in reaction to the defeat of his motion on Conservative abuse of government Challenger jets for partisan activity:

April 1st, 2014

NDP calling for Sylvie Therrien’s Reinstatement

The NDP is calling for better protection for whistleblowers in public office and for the immediate reinstatement of Sylvie Therrien, following her dismissal for having revealed the quotas that were being used to process employment insurance benefits.

April 1st, 2014

NDP cleared by Elections Canada

Elections Canada has confirmed that the NDP mailing program prior to the start of by-elections in the constituencies of Provencher, Bourassa and Toronto Centre was in full compliance with the Elections Act. Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand response came after the Board of Internal Economy had asked for clarification on this issue. The Conservative whip John Duncan had already acknowledged that the NDP had followed the rules of the House by contacting citizens through informative letters on topics important to them and their communities. "Liberals and Conservatives failed in their smear campaign against the NDP", said NDP House Leader, Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster). "New Democrats will continue to consult with citizens across the country, always respecting applicable laws and regulations governing our work as parliamentarians."

March 31st, 2014

The NDP still fighting to save Canada Post

In order to bring the drastic restructuring at Canada Post back to the spotlight, the NDP held a press conference this morning to condemn the Conservatives’ new price hikes for stamps, which will bring the cost to a record $1 and affect consumers across the country.

March 31st, 2014

Conservatives misled Canadians on CPP/QPP

NDP Pensions critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) has asked the Speaker to investigate whether Conservative MP Kevin Sorenson deliberately misled Parliament during debate on an NDP motion to expand the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans (CPP/QPP).

March 27th, 2014

NDP bill to encourage Canadians to buy locally-grown food

Eating “local” feeds our home-grown economy, and the NDP is asking MPs from all parties to vote for Bill C-539 today, following its second reading in the House of Commons. “Promoting local agriculture is very important because it helps protect the environment, by reducing the distance food is transported, and it is an investment in our communities. Eating locally means developing our local economies and job markets,” said the Bill’s brainchild Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois-Salaberry). If adopted, C-539 would help create a Canada-wide strategy for buying local food and would establish a local-sourcing policy for all federal institutions. This would help support Canadian farmers, create regional jobs and cut pollution. “I have had the opportunity to speak with a number of agricultural workers,” said Quach. “Most of them agree that political will is required to maintain a strong, diversified and prosperous agricultural sector. It’s time the federal government made a clear-cut commitment to supporting our local farmers.” Supporters for Quach’s bill include the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA), Équiterre, Farm to Cafeteria Canada and the Conférence régionale des élus de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent.

March 24th, 2014

Conservatives undermining public health care

With the 2004 Health Care Accord set to expire in one week, New Democrats are pressing the Conservative government to show leadership and work with provinces and territories to improve our public health care system.

March 21st, 2014

NDP continuing its effort to stop the Unfair Elections Act

New Democrats are devoting another opposition day to stopping C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act, which actually endangers Canadian democracy.

March 21st, 2014

NDP calls for suspension of military sales with Russia

New Democrats are calling on the Government of Canada to suspend its arms trade with the Russian Federation following the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

March 18th, 2014

The NDP places a complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages

With the Journée internationale de la Francophonie on the horizon, the NDP critic for Official Languages Yvon Godin (Acadie – Bathurst) placed a complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages, criticizing the Conservative government’s decision to arbitrarily render formerly bilingual positions with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) unilingual.

March 18th, 2014

The Government must ensure Canadians safety

In light of new information regarding serious vehicle defects that have led to several traffic accidents, NDP Deputy Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard – La Prairie) has sent a letter to the Minister of Transportation, Lisa Raitt, to determine when exactly she was informed of this and what measures she has taken to ensure the safety of Canadians.

March 14th, 2014

NDP launches campaign to support Elections Canada’s youth outreach‎

New Democrats are inviting students and teachers to voice their concerns about the Harper government's move to end programs that encourage young people to vote. The Conservatives’ Unfair Elections Act, C-23, prohibits Elections Canada from supporting youth outreach and education initiatives like Student Vote—a non-partisan school program that encourages young people to participate in the electoral system‎.

March 13th, 2014

Conservatives stripping temporary workers of benefits

The NDP is outraged that the Conservatives are stripping seasonal workers of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

March 11th, 2014

NDP calls for action on Port of Metro Vancouver strike

NDP is calling on the Minister of Transport to take immediate action to address the concerns of striking truckers at the Port of Metro Vancouver.

March 11th, 2014

Secrecy on South Korean trade deal hurts Canadian industry

After a decade of secret negotiations, the Conservative government has announced a trade deal with South Korea while refusing to release its details.

March 7th, 2014

NDP seeking justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women

The Conservatives are once again failing Indigenous women and girls by issuing a committee report sanctioning their refusal to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

March 6th, 2014

NDP MP Glenn Thibeault wants action to protect credit card holders

NDP Consumer Affairs critic Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) has written to the Finance Minister urging him to compel credit card companies to honour their commitment to protect Canadian credit card holders when their cards are compromised.

March 5th, 2014

It’s time for action to reduce food waste: NDP

New Democrat MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier – Maskinongé) tabled a motion in the House of Commons to make reducing food waste a top priority.

March 5th, 2014

Mulcair announces pan-Canadian consultations on Unfair Elections Act

New Democrats will be moving forward with pan-Canadian consultations on the Conservatives’ Unfair Elections Act, Bill C-23, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced today.

February 27th, 2014

Tax havens must be taken seriously

New Democrat MP Pierre Dionne Labelle (Rivière-du-Nord) has tabled a motion in the House of Commons demanding accountability from Conservatives for their continued failure to bring an end to the billions of dollars lost through tax evasion.

February 25th, 2014

Ruth Ellen Brosseau tables motion to protect cheese producers

OTTAWA – Official Opposition deputy Agriculture critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) tabled a motion today in the House of Commons to ensure that the Conservatives uphold their promise to compensate cheese producers, who may be overlooked in the ratification of the Canada-EU trade agreement.

February 24th, 2014

NDP demands urgent help for pyrrhotite crisis

The daily horror stories of thousands of citizens affected by the pyrrhotite crisis in Trois-Rivières and a good part of Mauricie in Quebec require immediate financial aid from the federal government, say New Democrats.

February 18th, 2014

We must protect our family farms

A new study by Statistics Canada revealed that the Conservatives and Liberals are letting family farms die a slow death.

February 12th, 2014

NDP calling for transparency in trade

NDP International Trade critic Don Davies (Vancouver – Kingsway) is urging the Conservative government to release the full text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement to Canadians for input before it is finalized.

February 11th, 2014

Conservative do-nothing budget fails to meet the needs of families

Conservatives are once again putting their own interests first in their latest budget. They have delayed implementing real help for families until 2015 -- when it serves their political ends best -- and are bullying provinces into accepting their views, in particular concerning skills training.

February 10th, 2014

NDP defends Canadians’ right to vote

The NDP is launching a national petition campaign to rally the opposition against the Conservatives’ election reform legislation, Bill C-23.

February 7th, 2014

Listen to farmers and take action on grain transportation crisis

Farmers’ hopes of finally getting their grain to market were slashed last night after the government refused to take action on the grain transportation crisis, reaching from the Prairies to the Port of Vancouver.

February 6th, 2014

PBO debunks conservative attacks on public service employees

An independent study by the Parliamentary Budget Officer has exposed Tony Clement’s attacks against public service employees.

February 6th, 2014

Conservatives reject gender equality on crown corporation boards of directors

New Democrat MP Anne-Marie Day (Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles) slammed the Conservatives for rejecting last night her bill to ensure better representation of women on Crown corporation boards of directors.

February 6th, 2014

NDP fighting to maintain rail service in Eastern Canada

After doing nothing to maintain VIA Rail service in the Gaspé, Conservative inaction is now threatening the only rail line that links Canada from east to west.

February 5th, 2014

NDP budget proposals to make life more affordable

Making life more affordable, creating jobs and honouring veterans top the New Democrats’ list of priorities for next week’s budget. The NDP is also calling on the Conservative government to reinstate the EcoEnergy retrofit program.

February 3rd, 2014

NDP demands committee meeting on CSEC

New Democrats have introduced a motion to call the Minister of National of Defence and the chief of Communications Security Establishment Canada John Forster to appear before the defence committee.

January 31st, 2014

NDP launches petition campaign for quality, affordable childcare

New Democrats have launched a petition calling on the Conservative government to work with the provinces and territories to increase the number of quality and affordable child care spaces available in Canada.

January 31st, 2014

NDP moves to cap ATM fees

As part of their efforts to make life more affordable for Canadians, New Democrats have introduced an Opposition Day motion calling for a cap on ATM fees. The motion will be debated on Monday.

January 31st, 2014

Keystone XL a bad deal for Canadians

While Americans debate the Keystone XL pipeline, shipping thousands of quality, middle-class jobs across the border remains a bad deal for Canadians.

January 28th, 2014

Tarik Brahmi to introduce bill to help veterans

New Democrat MP Tarik Brahmi (Saint-Jean) introduced a bill today, amending the Department of Veterans Affairs Act.

January 27th, 2014

Conservatives failing to protect soldiers’ mental health

The NDP has asked for an emergency debate to address the chronic shortage of mental health staff in the Canadian Forces.

January 26th, 2014

NDP will fight to keep door-to-door mail delivery

In the wake of Canada Post’s irresponsible decision to end door-to-door mail delivery the NDP has introduced an Opposition Day motion supporting the maintenance of this valuable service.

January 23rd, 2014

NDP calls on Conservatives to immediately implement TSB recommendations on Lac-Mégantic

The NDP welcomes the recommendations of the Transportation Safety Board following the terrible events in Lac-Mégantic. “We commend the work of the Transportation Safety Board and we fully support the recommendations issued by both Canadian and US authorities”, said NDP Transport critic, Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina). “The Conservatives must take immediate action to stop the shipping of highly flammable crude oil using the old and unsafe DOT 111 tank cars. Inaction is no longer an option. Keeping Canadians safe must be the top priority of the government”.

January 22nd, 2014

Canadians deserve answers on FATCA

Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty must address growing public anxiety about the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and secret negotiations over an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for the implementation of FATCA in Canada.

January 20th, 2014

Prime Minister must make soldiers’ mental health needs a priority

Another member of the Canadian Forces has died in an apparent suicide – the eighth in just over two months – another sad reminder that the Conservative government’s efforts and investments in mental health services for the Armed Forces are insufficient.

January 17th, 2014

Conservatives must abandon plans to deny help to Canadians abroad

OTTAWA – New Democrats are warning against government plans to reduce consular aid to Canadian citizens abroad.

January 17th, 2014

Pipe bomb incident shines light on airport security screening problems

In the wake of the Edmonton pipe bomb incident, concerns are being raised about the effect of Conservative budget cuts to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), the agency responsible for airport security.

January 17th, 2014

NDP demands Conservatives condemn repressive Ukrainian law

The NDP is demanding that the Canadian government reject and condemn today's ratification of repressive measures in Ukraine.

January 15th, 2014

Strahl scandal shows urgent need for better oversight of Intelligence agency

The NDP is demanding the immediate reinstatement of the CSIS Inspector General and a review of the Security Intelligence Review Committee in the wake of revelations that Chuck Strahl has been lobbying on behalf of Enbridge Northern Gateway Project while being Chair of Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC).

January 15th, 2014

Conservative ministers obstructed justice for St. Anne Residential school survivors

The Conservatives must answer for delaying justice for survivors of St. Anne’s Residential school, say New Democrats.

January 15th, 2014

The Conservatives’ incredible invisible Canada Jobs Grant advertising is breaking all the rules

On March 31, the existing Labour Market Agreements are set to expire and Ottawa wants to replace them with the Canada Jobs Grant – along with a $300 million cut to the provinces for skills training.

January 13th, 2014

Conservatives backtrack on rail safety

New safety regulations announced by the Conservatives are a step back for rail safety according to Official Opposition New Democrats.

January 10th, 2014

Conservatives failing to create jobs or foster growth

New employment data released by Statistics Canada today further undermines the Harper Conservatives' credibility when it comes to sound economic management.

January 10th, 2014

Mulcair urges Prime Minister to act on suicide crisis

OTTAWA – The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today urging him to act immediately to address the problem of suicides among Canada’s Armed Forces personnel.

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January 7th, 2014

Finally, a Conservative MP recognizes the impact of climate change

Following the surprising admission by Conservative MP Peter Braid that recent extreme meteorological events demonstrate the impact of climate change, the NDP is calling on the Conservative government to finally agree to fight climate change in 2014.

January 6th, 2014

Conservative-appointee Strahl caught lobbying for pipeline company

The activities of Canadian Security Intelligence Services Review Committee (SIRC) Chair Chuck Strahl are raising concerns following media reports he is a registered lobbyist for Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

January 3rd, 2014

Secret U.S. security contract puts Canada at risk: NDP

OTTAWA — A secret $10 million contract between the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and computer security firm RSA raises serious questions for Canada’s Public Safety Minister, according to New Democrats.

December 20th, 2013

Statement from the Official Opposition on the Canada v. Bedford decision

Official Opposition Justice Critic Françoise Boivin (Gatineau) today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down some of Canada’s prostitution laws:

December 19th, 2013

New Democrats stand with British Columbians

New Democrats stand firmly with British Columbians opposed to the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

“We have been very clear – the Northern Gateway Project puts our jobs and our coastline at risk,” said NDP Energy and Natural Resources Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby – New Westminster).

December 18th, 2013

Conservative inaction on climate change hurting provinces

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have another critic of their inability to take action on climate change – Alberta premier Alison Redford.

December 16th, 2013

Conservative Minister Moore must apologize

Industry Minister James Moore not only failed to take responsibility for his government’s inaction, he has now gone a step further and claimed child poverty isn’t their problem, saying: “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.”

December 16th, 2013

Conservatives block CPP/QPP expansion

Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has officially broken his year-old promise today to move forward on increasing Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) benefits.

December 13th, 2013

NDP will call for an emergency committee meeting on Canada Post

New Democrats want a parliamentary committee to be called back in order to review Canada Post’s decision to eliminate home delivery services, kill good jobs, drastically increase postage rates and cut rural post office hours.

December 12th, 2013

Reality check: While Conservatives stand with high-paid Canada Post executives, the NDP stands with citizens

Yesterday, Canada Post announced its new business plan – cut thousands of jobs, drastically reduce services, and increase postage costs.

December 11th, 2013

Conservatives destroy postal services, drastically raise prices

Instead of looking for ways to modernize operations, Canada Post and the Conservatives are taking an axe to long-treasured postal services – killing good jobs, eliminating home delivery, cutting rural post office hours and drastically increasing postage rates.

December 10th, 2013

Canada needs a national plan to deal with dementia

Canada is facing a looming crisis in the number of people afflicted with dementia—so New Democrats are calling on the government to develop a pan-Canadian strategy to deal with the disorder.

December 9th, 2013

NDP presents petition with 70,000 signatures to support labour funds

Canadians are angry with Stephen Harper’s ideological attack on labour-sponsored savings funds, said the NDP’s Deputy Finance Critic Guy Caron, when he presented a nation-wide petition—with more than 70,000 signatures—calling on Conservatives to save the funds they have pledged to scrap.

December 6th, 2013

Statement by the Official Opposition on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Official Opposition critic for the Status of Women, Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:

December 6th, 2013

Drug safety bill a step in the right direction

After years of urging the government to take action to ensure the safety of prescription drugs in Canada, New Democrats welcome new safety measures.

December 5th, 2013

Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on the death of Nelson Mandela

It is a rare individual whose reputation for wisdom transcends time. Nelson Mandela, who died today at the age of 95, is one of them. New Democrats join others around the world in mourning the loss of this exceptional man.

December 5th, 2013

Conservatives need to take bilingualism seriously

Conservatives are once again failing to live up to their obligations by barring their ministers from appearing before the Standing Committee on Official Languages.

December 5th, 2013

NDP proposes expanding pensions benefits

With the Conservatives dragging their feet on pensions, New Democrats have introduced an Opposition Day motion to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) benefits to give middle-class families a fair break.

December 4th, 2013

People have a right to know if they are consuming GMOs: NDP

The government should make the labelling of food products containing ingredients that have been genetically modified mandatory, claims the NDP.

December 4th, 2013

Mulcair unveils NDP vision for a prosperous and sustainable energy future

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair today unveiled the New Democratic vision for Canada’s energy future—a comprehensive vision based on partnership, sustainability and long-term prosperity.

December 3rd, 2013

Conservatives mislead Canadians by re-announcing old news

The Conservatives are continuing their pattern of misleading Canadians by re-announcing measures on pre-paid credit cards and gas pump accuracy that won’t even take effect until 2014.

December 2nd, 2013

Liberals and Conservatives embrace Senate-style self-policing

The NDP rejects the majority report of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee which states that the current level of disclosure is “sufficient for the transparency and accountability of the House of Commons”.

November 29th, 2013

Last chance for Conservatives to support Global Fund

The world is at a tipping point in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria and NDP MP Hélène Laverdière is urging the Conservative government to increase its commitment to the Global Fund at Monday’s Fourth Replenishment Conference in Washington, D.C.

November 28th, 2013

NDP demands government fix cluster munitions bill

International lawyers, representatives from other countries, and civil society groups – including the International Committee of the Red Cross – all agree that Canadian cluster munition legislation would severely undermine the very treaty it is supposed to implement.

November 28th, 2013

New tool to reduce drinking and driving tragedies

New Democrats want to address the scourge of drinking and driving by giving police forces the necessary tools to keep drunk drivers off of our streets.

November 27th, 2013

New Democrats put focus on cyberbullying

Today New Democrats moved to split the Conservative cyberbullying bill (C-13) in order to put the focus squarely on legislative reform to make the distribution of intimate images without consent illegal. This would have ensured that other unrelated provisions were dealt with separately.

November 27th, 2013

MPs and ministers must be accountable to Canadians

With a Parliamentary Committee reviewing the Conflict of Interest Act, Canadians must keep a close eye on the Conservative government to see whether they will use this opportunity to strengthen the Act, or continue down the path of entitlement, insider access and secrecy.

November 26th, 2013

Conservatives still failing children in poverty

It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since MPs passed a unanimous resolution to end child poverty in Canada – but unfortunately under the Conservatives no progress has been made.

November 26th, 2013

AG Report reveals more Conservative mismanagement

Today’s report from the Auditor General showed once again how Conservative mismanagement has led to a serious deterioration of the systems Canadians rely on to keep us safe.

November 26th, 2013

Auditor General slams federal government on mishandling rail safety

Twelve years after deregulating rail safety through the Safety Management Systems regime, the federal government cannot ensure the safety of Canada’s railways, according to the Auditor General.

November 20th, 2013

First Nations children deserve quality education

New Democrats are honoring National Child's Day by launching a petition - Stand Up for First Nations children - to highlight the largest funding gap in children's education across the country.

November 20th, 2013

Long-serving New Democrat MP Peter Stoffer honoured as Parliamentarian of the year

The NDP Member of Parliament for Sackville—Eastern Shore, Peter Stoffer, has been named the Maclean’s Magazine 2013 Parliamentarian of the Year. The title is awarded based on votes from MPs of all political stripes.

November 19th, 2013

NDP calls for mandatory disclosure of drug shortages

Drug shortages have become a major problem in Canada – and costly headache for provinces – but an NDP MP is proposing a bill that will address this problem.

November 18th, 2013

NDP defends small music venues

An urgent review is needed into the impact of Conservative changes that increased costs for bar and restaurant owners to book foreign singers and artists in Canada’s small music venues.

November 18th, 2013

Statement from the Leader of the Official Opposition on the closure of the Leamington Heinz plant

The leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on the closure of the Leamington Heinz plant:

November 18th, 2013

Defending Canadians’ right to know

Canadians’ right to know about what their government is doing has been systematically attacked by Stephen Harper's Conservatives.

November 14th, 2013

Conservatives must act now to fix drug safety system

In a dangerous ‘catch-22’, Health Canada has approved thousands of prescription drugs but doesn’t have the legal authority to issue recalls if they are found to be harmful.

November 14th, 2013

Statement by Official Opposition Agriculture Critic, Malcolm Allen, on Heinz closure

“Today’s announcement comes as a blow to Leamington and all the surrounding communities that will be impacted. For decades the Leamington Heinz plant supported good paying jobs as well as a strong and vibrant agricultural sector for the region. My heart goes out to the 600 workers and their families who will bear the brunt of this bad news.

November 13th, 2013

Conservatives must act on pensions to avoid fiscal crisis

Ahead of this Friday’s First Ministers’ meeting, the NDP is urging the Conservative government to take immediate action to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP).

November 13th, 2013

Conservatives failing on skills training

Provinces, experts and even the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have joined together to criticize the Conservative government’s interference in provincial skills training programs – programs that are already working very well according to independent studies.

November 11th, 2013

Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition on Remembrance Day

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on Remembrance Day:

November 8th, 2013

Conservatives leave homeless behind

Conservative delays and mismanagement froze $16 million in vital government funding, showing once again the government’s lack of commitment to fight homelessness.

November 7th, 2013

Official Languages suffer major setbacks under Conservatives

Bilingualism has experienced severe setbacks since the Conservatives came to power, according to a new report from the Commissioner of Official Languages.

November 6th, 2013

Keystone pipeline equals Canadian job losses

As the Keystone XL pipeline plan threatens to ship thousands of quality Canadian jobs south of the border, New Democrats have introduced an Opposition Day motion to protect Canada’s long-term economic and environmental prosperity.

November 5th, 2013

Statement by Official Opposition on Veterans Week

Official Opposition Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville – Eastern Shore) made the following statement on the occasion of Veterans Week:

November 5th, 2013

Food bank use higher under Conservatives

Five years after the recession the Conservatives have failed to revive the economy and the number of Canadians relying on food banks remains higher than pre-2008 figures.

November 5th, 2013

Environment Commissioner’s Report: another Conservative failure

OTTAWA – In the wake of the Environment Commissioner’s latest report New Democrats are slamming the Conservatives’ failure to protect at-risk species and Canada’s biodiversity.

November 4th, 2013

Conservative cuts have direct impact on veterans and their families

NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) blasted the Conservative government today for attempting to balance its books on the backs of veterans and their families.

November 4th, 2013

NDP wants a greener Environment Committee

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) and deputy Environment critic François Choquette (Drummond) are laying out practical ways to prioritize the protection of Canada’s land, air and water at the Environment Committee in the coming months.

November 4th, 2013

Conservatives vote against transparency in Parliament

The Conservative majority of the Standing Committee on Official Languages voted against a New Democrat motion seeking to limit the excessive use of in-camera provisions, which keeps important parliamentary work hidden from the public eye.

November 2nd, 2013

Elite Conservatives Ministers have spent more than a third of billion dollars on office expenses -- Here are the top ten big spenders

In the past six years Conservative Ministers have spent $354 million of taxpayers’ money on their own offices. Money for spin doctors, drivers, office furnishings and bonuses.

October 31st, 2013

New Democrats launch campaign to improve quality of continuing care

New Democrats will introduce legislation today to improve the quality of continuing care beyond the treatment of hospitals.

October 31st, 2013

Conservatives must respect Quebec’s place in the Supreme Court

New Democrats are urging the Conservatives to respect Quebec’s Constitutional rights regarding Supreme Court nominations and have submitted a motion for unanimous consent that reaffirms the government’s responsibilities.

October 31st, 2013

NDP push for mobile tradepersons’ changes

Debate begins today on NDP MP Chris Charlton’s (Hamilton Mountain) Bill (C-201) to remove one of the largest barriers to labour mobility and pave the way for workers to move more freely to where their skills are in demand.

October 31st, 2013

NDP launches national pensions campaign

As provincial and territorial finance Ministers prepare to meet this week, NDP Pensions critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) has introduced a motion urging the federal government to move on expanding the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans.

October 31st, 2013

NDP launches its Movember Campaign

New Democrat MP Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic) launched the NDP’s Movember campaign this morning by getting his moustache shaved for the first time in forty years.

October 30th, 2013

New Democrats launch national tour to stop violence against women

Niki Ashton announced a national tour to consult with communities across Canada on how to implement legislation to stop violence against women.

October 29th, 2013

NDP wants parliamentary oversight of government’s intelligence and security activities

In the wake of disturbing revelations about the activities of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) – Canada’s equivalent to the United States’ NSA – NDP Defence critic Jack Harris (St. John’s-East) wants greater Parliamentary oversight of the agency.

October 29th, 2013

Conservatives vote against transparency in Parliament

The conservative majority sitting on standing committees that were convened to meet today voted against a New Democrat motion seeking to limit the excessive use of in camera provisions, which keeps important parliamentary work hidden from the public eye.

October 28th, 2013

Even Stephen Harper can’t follow Stephen Harper’s stories on the Senate-PMO scandal

As he keeps changing his version of events around the Senate scandal, Stephen Harper is creating more contradictions and less clarity.

October 28th, 2013

NDP calls for action on Valcartier’s forgotten Cadets

The NDP is calling for justice for survivors of the 1974 grenade explosion at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier that killed 6 cadets and wounded 60 more.

October 28th, 2013

NDP tables motion to split the budget bill

New Democrats urge the Conservative government to remove articles relating to public sector employee relations and changes to workplace health and safety regulations from the budget bill so that it can be thoroughly studied.

October 28th, 2013

NDP motion to tackle youth employment adopted

New Democrats are pleased that their motion to address youth unemployment across Canada was passed unanimously by the House of Commons Finance Committee.

October 25th, 2013

In the midst of a tempest, Conservatives keep offering backroom deals

During Question Period Friday, Conservatives kept playing the victim when it came to the Senate-PMO scandal – as if they hadn’t initially defended these senators. As if it wasn’t their Senators ripping off taxpayers and their prime minister’s office who tried to orchestrate a cover up.

October 24th, 2013

NDP tables motion to remove appointment of Supreme Court judges from budget bill

New Democrats are urging the Conservative government to conduct a proper study of Bill C-4 and to remove the appointment of Supreme Court judges from the budget implementation bill.

October 24th, 2013

Harper’s Dozen: Acting alone ain’t what it used to be

When asked repeatedly by the NDP about PMO involvement in the Senate expense scandal, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have been eager to put the entire blame on Nigel Wright.

October 23rd, 2013

Defeat of NDP motion: Liberals and Conservatives don’t want Senate to change

Official Opposition Democratic Reform Critic Craig Scott (Toronto–Danforth) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion:

October 23rd, 2013

Updated Department of Finance report continues to show the NDP has the best fiscal record in government

Tuesday the Department of Finance released its annual Fiscal Reference Tables. This tracks the Federal and Provincial fiscal balances back to 1980.

October 21st, 2013

Protect persons living with disabilities from hate crimes

NDP MP Mike Sullivan (York South-Weston) introduced a Private Member’s Bill today to protect persons living with disabilities from hate crimes.

October 21st, 2013

NDP bill to address precarious employment and unpaid internships

Today’s urban workers need better support, according to NDP MP Andrew Cash.

Cash, the MP for Davenport, is introducing a new Private Members Bill, The National Urban Worker Strategy, to better support workers who are unable to gain permanent full-time jobs with benefits and job security.

October 18th, 2013

Statement by NDP Trade critic Don Davies on the proposed Canada-European Union Trade Agreement

New Democrats welcome progress towards a comprehensive new trade agreement with the European Union.

We believe in expanding and diversifying our trade relationships—particularly to lessen our dependence on the United States.

October 17th, 2013

NDP moves to end the abuse of secrecy in committee meetings

New Democrats are introducing a motion in every House committee to establish strict rules on when committees can meet in secret.

October 16th, 2013

Official Opposition Statement on World Food Day

New Democrat Agriculture Critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) made the following statement on World Food Day:

October 16th, 2013

Conservatives have failed to help consumers

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives claim they are ready to help protect Canadian consumers, but the truth is they’ve been blocking NDP initiatives designed to help consumers for years.

October 11th, 2013

Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on Thanksgiving

On this long Thanksgiving weekend, I wish you all the best and hope you enjoy quality time with family and friends around a good meal and surrounded by the beautiful colours of fall.

October 10th, 2013

Make Parliament more accountable

OTTAWA – When it comes to making Parliament accountable, Canadians expect better – and New Democrats have a plan to deliver better.

October 10th, 2013

New minister can’t erase years of CFIA mismanagement

After years of Conservative mismanagement at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), cuts to food inspection and the largest food recalls in Canadian history, it will take more than just a change in ministers to restore people’s faith in our food supply.

October 8th, 2013

NDP to old line parties: end partisan Senate activity

New measures are needed now to clean up the Senate – Canadians shouldn’t be forced to wait any longer for the old line parties to start acting on Senate accountability.

October 7th, 2013

Restore Public Appointments Commission and end patronage: NDP

For decades, Conservative and Liberal governments have used appointments to reward their friends – New Democrats say it’s time to finally put an end to this patronage.

October 7th, 2013

NDP calls on Conservatives to reinstate the long-form census

New Democrats are calling on Conservatives to admit to the failure of the National Household Survey and bring back the long form census for 2016.

October 7th, 2013

New Democrats call for an independent investigation of the CRA

OTTAWA – Official Opposition National Revenue critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) is calling for an independent external investigation of the allegations of widespread corruption at the Canada Revenue Agency and the immediate reinstatement of the special organized crime unit which the Conservatives cut earlier this year.

October 4th, 2013

New Democrats slam Conservative anti-choice agenda

Conservatives must abandon their anti-choice agenda and agree to fund maternal health programs helping war rape victims and child brides, say New Democrats.

October 4th, 2013

Grim week for veterans and their families

HALIFAX – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville – Eastern Shore) says the federal government has completely failed in its treatment of Canadian Forces and RCMP veterans and their families.

October 3rd, 2013

Urgent action needed to end violence against women

OTTAWA – Official Oppostion Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) is launching a petition urging prompt action from the Harper government on a national plan to address violence against women, and an independent inquiry into the deaths of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women.

October 2nd, 2013

NDP puts forward measures to tackle youth unemployment

OTTAWA – New Democrats are proposing new tax credits for businesses that hire young Canadians in order to tackle high levels of youth unemployment in Canada.

October 2nd, 2013

Stop allowing domestic gun lobby to set foreign policy

OTTAWA –The NDP are calling out the Conservatives for putting the interests of the domestic pro-gun lobby ahead of taking action on the illegal trade of weapons.

October 1st, 2013

NDP pays tribute to seniors

The Official Opposition’s Seniors critic, Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), made the following statement on National Seniors Day:

October 1st, 2013

NDP marks Women’s History Month

The Official Opposition’s Women’s critic, Niki Ashton (Churchill), made the following statement for Women’s History Month:

October 1st, 2013

Conservatives leaving veterans out in the cold

OTTAWA – According to a new report from the Veterans Ombudsman, measures in the new Veterans Charter will push some of Canada’s most severely disabled soldiers into poverty.

October 1st, 2013

More oversight needed to keep our food supply safe

OTTAWA – The Official Opposition is calling for more front-line inspectors to combat label fraud and to ensure food safety in processing plants, better oversight to ensure that imported food meets the same standards as domestic products and an end to food producers regulating themselves.

September 30th, 2013

NDP working for Canadian consumers

OTTAWA – While the Conservatives waste millions on ads about their failed Economic Action Plan, their real record is one of failing to take concrete action to help consumers, say New Democrats.

September 27th, 2013

New minister silent on student debt

OTTAWA – A troubling report warning that post-secondary tuition fees will continue to skyrocket has been met with silence from Jason Kenney. New Democrats are calling on the new minister for Employment and Social Development to show Canadians his plan to work with the provinces to tackle this affordability crisis.

September 27th, 2013

Stop playing partisan games on climate: NDP

OTTAWA – Instead of taking action to combat climate change, the Conservatives’ new environment minister used the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report to launch partisan attacks against the NDP.