Yesterday, Canada Post announced its new business plan – cut thousands of jobs, drastically reduce services, and increase postage costs.
In response to Wednesday’s ruling by the Indian Supreme Court upholding a 153-year-old legal provision criminalizing gay sex, New Democrats are supporting calls from the LGBT community around the world for the Indian Parliament to delete the provision once and for all.
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.
While other party leaders have been missing in action, Tom Mulcair has been showing up to work on behalf of Canadians, holding Stephen Harper accountable and putting forward practical solutions to help families make ends meet.
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.
New Democrats are deeply concerned by the use of force against civilians in Ukraine and call on the government of Canada to support international efforts toward a political resolution of the crisis.
Official Opposition Human Rights critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement on International Human Rights Day:
Official Opposition Pensions critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion:
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.
After years of urging the government to take action to ensure the safety of prescription drugs in Canada, New Democrats welcome new safety measures.
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:
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.
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.
Conservatives are once again failing to live up to their obligations by barring their ministers from appearing before the Standing Committee on Official Languages.
Official Opposition critic for Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims (Newton-North Delta) made the following statement on International Volunteer Day:
The government should make the labelling of food products containing ingredients that have been genetically modified mandatory, claims the NDP.
Thank you very much for that kind introduction.
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.
NDP MP Guy Caron
While the Prime Minister has been saying that he knew nothing about the deal between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy before May 15th, members of his own caucus are now starting to doubt him.
New Democrats are concerned about the recent escalation of protests in Thailand. At least four people have died during more than a week of political unrest.
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.
The Official Opposition critic for Persons with Disabilities Manon Perreault (Montcalm) made the following statement on the International Day of Disabled Persons:
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”.
NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) presented a motion in the House of Commons this week to honour the remarkable achievements and contributions made by Colonel Chris Hadfield. The motion states, “That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate August 29th each year as Chris Hadfield Day.”
Official Opposition Human Rights critic, Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery:
The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on World AIDS Day:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An important aspect of the PMO’s deal with Mike Duffy was about ensuring the Senator kept his seat even though he rarely was in PEI and lived in Kanata.
The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on Hanukkah:
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.
New Democrats are calling on the Canadian government to respond to political turmoil and human rights abuses in Central African Republic.
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.
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.
New Democrats are disappointed by the decision by the Ukrainian government to suspend negotiations for an Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the European Union.
Official Opposition critic for the Status of Women, Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement on Elimination of Violence against Women Day:
New Democrats welcome this interim deal on nuclear non-proliferation with Iran as a significant step towards ensuring a more peaceful and secure region.
On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats, I extend heartfelt condolences to everyone gathered to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine.
Official Opposition Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) and deputy critic Mike Sullivan (York South-Weston) made the following statement on National Housing Day:
Irving Gerstein is the Chair of the Conservative Party Fund. Before the RCMP’s report came out on Wednesday, all we knew was that he coordinated the payment of Mike Duffy’s legal expenses earlier this year.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have trouble remembering who knew about the cover up scheme, and the payoff from Nigel Wright to Mike Duffy, but one thing’s for sure, it’s more than “a few”.
Documents released by the RCMP on the Senate expenses scandal bring up new questions about the Prime Minister’s role in this story.
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.
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.
The Official Opposition Critic for LGBT Issues, Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca) made the following statement for Trans Day of Remembrance:
The Official Opposition's Social Development Critic, Jinny Sims (Newton-North Delta), has made the following statement for National Child Day:
The Keystone XL pipeline plan threatens to ship thousands of quality Canadian jobs south of the border. Despite this, Conservatives and Liberals joined forces today to defeat the NDP motion to protect Canada’s long-term economic and environmental prosperity by promoting value-added jobs in our resource industries.
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.
After keeping his hard-working staff at a meeting until after midnight, Employment Minister Jason Kenney thanked his staff proudly his appreciation for his staff, or at least for his staff’s lack of unionization:
Today, NDP Consumer Affairs Critic Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) introduced legislation that would ban television blackouts for live sporting events held in venues constructed with the help of public financing.
Instead of strengthening ethics standards, the Conservative government undermines accountability and uses loopholes to skirt the rules.
The conservative majority of the Standing Committee on National Defence 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.
Nearly four years ago a helicopter crashed off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 17 people. Canadian offshore workers are still facing unnecessary risk because the Conservatives have failed to implement key safety recommendations.
The leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on the closure of the Leamington Heinz plant:
Canadians’ right to know about what their government is doing has been systematically attacked by Stephen Harper's Conservatives.
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.
Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the occasion of Gurpurab:
"Whether it’s cutting access to EI, downloading health care funding or making unilateral changes to job training, Stephen Harper has failed to work constructively with Canada’s premiers.
The federal government needs to explain why it deliberately suppressed key evidence about the rape and sexual abuse of children that occurred at the notorious St. Anne’s Residential School.
Official Opposition Philanthropy critic Jean-François Larose (Repentigny) made the following statement on National Philanthropy Day:
“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.
Chrystia Freeland was appointed by Justin Trudeau to be his Economic Advisor, as well as the Liberal by-election candidate in Toronto Centre.
CHRYSTIA FREELAND HELPS SHIP TORONTO JOBS OVERSEAS
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.
When Justin Trudeau introduced Chrystia Freeland as an economic advisor on September 17th, he described her as a “tremendous source of strength and expertise for us” He added: “This is about building the kind of solutions and platform that we need to offer Canadians in 2015”.
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.
Official Opposition Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on the occasion of COP19:
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).
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on Remembrance Day:
Official Opposition critic for Citizenship and Immigration Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds–Dollard) made the following statement on Proud to Protect Refugees Action Week:
On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats, I extend sincere sympathies to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
During his controversial "Ladies night” in Toronto, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau found a way to take straightforward questions and skewer himself with his thoughtless answers.
Conservative delays and mismanagement froze $16 million in vital government funding, showing once again the government’s lack of commitment to fight homelessness.
Back in 2005, then-Official Opposition Leader Stephen Harper criticized Paul Martin’s liberal government for its lack of transparency on an interview with CBC’s Peter Mansbridge.
Bilingualism has experienced severe setbacks since the Conservatives came to power, according to a new report from the Commissioner of Official Languages.
New Democrat Democratic and Parliamentary Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto--Danforth) made the following statement after the adoption of a motion in favour of abolishing the Senate by the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan:
The New Democratic Party is condemning the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s change of name and mandate—and reiterating concerns that the Conservatives are manipulating the institution for propaganda purposes.
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.
The NDP is criticizing the Conservative government for its shameful practice of discharging injured soldiers from the military before they reach ten years of service and qualify for a pension.
The Conservative majority of the Standing Committees on Procedure and House Affairs and on the Status of Women voted today 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.
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.
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.
Official Opposition Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville – Eastern Shore) made the following statement on the occasion of Veterans Week:
Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont), made the following statement today on the occasion of the Islamic New Year:
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.
Deeply concerned by the Dominican Constitutional Court’s recent decision to denationalize thousands of descendants of Haitian immigrants, Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wants to know what actions the Conservative government has taken since the NDP sounded the alarm.
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.
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.
Far from moderating their message and appealing to Canadians, the Conservative Party turned even further to the right this weekend.
Conservatives seem to think they know what’s right for everyone, especially women.
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.
Tonight, Stephen Harper failed to face the biggest challenge facing the Prime Minister, the Senate scandal that grows bigger every day.
Conservatives are in Calgary this weekend for their convention and New Democrats have a leaked copy of their updated talking points:
At the Conservative convention today, members will be discussing further cuts and privatization to the services Canadians rely on.
On Wednesday, cabinet minister Jason Kenney defended the PM’s former Chief of Staff Nigel Wright, who played a central role in the Senate scandal and the PMO orchestrated cover up.
While Stephen Harper continues to confuse Canadians about what really happened with Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, Conservative party members are working to set the party’s policy agenda.
As Stephen Harper begins this weekend’s Conservatives Convention in Calgary he has a lot to explain to his base.
It is with great sorrow that I extend my sympathies on the 29th Anniversary of the tragic pogroms of 1984 that targeted Sikh men, women and children in New Delhi and many other parts of India.
In the wake of the Privacy Commissioner’s report revealing critical security deficiencies at multiple federal departments, New Democrats are again demanding that the Conservatives take their responsibility to protect Canadians’ personal information seriously.