December 10th, 2017

NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, made the following statement:

December 7th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, the Parliamentary Budget Officer has raised serious concerns about the Prime Minister’s commitment to end long-term drinking water advisories on reserves within 5 years. The PBO’s report, entitled Budget Sufficiency for First Nations Water and Wastewater Infrastructure, found that in the best-case scenario, the Liberal government would need to invest an additional $2.35 billion to meet its promise.

December 6th, 2017

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

December 6th, 2017

NDP Parliamentary Leader, Guy Caron, made the following statement in the House of Commons:

December 4th, 2017

Statement by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, Hélène Laverdière, and NDP Vice-Chair of Sub-committee on International Human Rights, Cheryl Hardcastle:

December 3rd, 2017

NDP Critic for Persons with disabilities, Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor-Tecumseh), made the following statement to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:

November 30th, 2017

NDP Public Safety Critic, Matthew Dubé, issued the following statement:

November 30th, 2017

OTTAWA – NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson’s appeal on her abandoned vessels legislation C-352, a first in Canada’s history, was defeated by secret ballot in the House of Commons this morning. This appeal came after the Liberals used their majority at the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to block C-352.

November 29th, 2017

NDP MP Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot) is demanding that that the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, immediately publish the KPMG report on how to make the Social Security Tribunal more efficient.

November 29th, 2017

NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, issued the following statement regarding linguistic requirements for Supreme Court Justices:

November 29th, 2017

OTTAWA – On Wednesday, it was announced that Melissa Bruno will be the Interim National Director of the NDP effective January 15, 2018.

November 28th, 2017

The following statement was issued by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, Hélène Laverdière, NDP International Development Critic, Robert Aubin, and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Subcomittee on International Human Rights, Cheryl Hardcastle:

November 27th, 2017

NDP Critic for International Trade, Tracey Ramsey, made the following statement:

November 25th, 2017

NDP Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) made the following statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:

November 24th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today an NDP motion to establish a special committee to study the best path forward to end and prevent homelessness in Canada was debated for its first hour in the House of Commons. If passed, NDP MP Sheri Benson’s M-147 will assemble a special committee that engages experts and those with lived experience to develop the first ever national plan.

November 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA - In a letter sent today, the NDP’s Finance Critic Alexandre Boulerice is calling on the Finance Minister to take concrete steps to tackle tax havens. Recent leaks in the Paradise Papers are clearly overshadowing the Liberal government’s willingness to fight tax evasion and abusive tax avoidance.

November 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson launched an historic appeal on her abandoned vessels bill (C-352) which will lead to a secret ballot vote in the House of Commons allowing individual MPs to decide if her bill should be votable. This appeal, a first in Canada’s history, comes after the Liberals used their majority at the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to block C-352.

November 22nd, 2017

NDP Indigenous Affairs Critic and sponsor of Bill C-262, Romeo Saganash, made the following statement:

November 22nd, 2017

NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, issued the following statement:

November 21st, 2017

OTTAWA – On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Krever Inquiry into the tainted blood scandal, the NDP, along with health advocates and health professionals, are raising serious concerns about information received under Access to Information that shows Health Canada working in favour of for-profit plasma donation centres.

November 21st, 2017

OTTAWA – Today’s Auditor General Report revealed that the Liberal government is failing to help everyday Canadians when they are faced with problems that fall under federal jurisdiction.

November 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – In the lead up to National Housing Day on November 22, the NDP Housing Critic, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga), reiterated the NDP’s expectations for the soon-to-be released National Housing Strategy, details of which will be announced in the coming days.

November 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – In the wake of provinces calling on the federal government to rethink the distribution of taxes on cannabis, the NDP is asking the Liberal government to work with provinces to address concerns and meet all of their needs when it comes to the legalization of cannabis. To this end, NDP Finance Critic, Alexandre Boulerice, is proposing an amendment to the Budget Implementation Act, by inserting a clause calling on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to invite representatives from all the provinces to consult and work together towards a mutually agreed upon plan.

November 17th, 2017

OTTAWA— NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor — Tecumseh) has asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, to look into the matter of Jagtar Singh Johal and offer immediate support to her counterparts in the UK. Mr. Johal was allegedly forcibly abducted by members of the Punjab Police in India. The letter comes after Members of Parliament in both the United Kingdom and Punjab Legislative Assembly highlighted allegations of torture by Mr. Johal’s legal team.

November 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – New Democrats are supporting calls made by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) to ask the Liberal government to look into an alternative to the Phoenix Pay System. Today, PIPSC called on the Liberals to look into a plan B as Phoenix continues to be a fiasco for public service employees.

November 14th, 2017

The following statement was issued by Hélène Laverdière, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, and Randall Garrison, NDP Defence Critic:

November 10th, 2017

OTTAWA – NDP Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver – Kingsway) today criticized the Liberal government’s decision to impose an excise tax on medicinal cannabis.

November 11th, 2017

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement:

November 8th, 2017

OTTAWA — Today, the Liberals defeated Bill C-325 on the right to housing. The Bill, tabled by NDP MP Rachel Blaney, aimed to incorporate the internationally recognized right to housing into Canadian law.

November 9th, 2017

NDP Critic for Veterans Affairs, Irene Mathyssen made the following statement:

November 8th, 2017

OTTAWA – In an effort to shed more light on the Paradise Papers and schemes that allow wealthy Canadians to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, the NDP is moving a motion to invite Stephen Bronfman, Revenue Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada; and Leo Kolber, former Senator and former chief fundraiser for the Liberal Party of Canada, to explain their actions to the Finance committee.

November 8th, 2017

Ottawa – NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Sainte-Marie) will propose amendments to Bill C-47, the Canadian government’s legislation on the Arms Trade Treaty. The six NDP amendments would strengthen Bill C-47 to bring it up to the standard required by the Treaty and improve Canada’s arms exports rules.

November 8th, 2017

OTTAWA - Today NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, announced the appointment of long-time Party activist Willy Blomme as his Chief of Staff. Having previously worked on Jack Layton’s leadership campaign, Blomme first joined the NDP staff team in Ottawa as Layton’s speechwriter. In 2008 she moved on from that role, but remained very active in the NDP, playing key roles on numerous local and national campaigns. After earning her PhD from John Hopkins University, and subsequently working there as an instructor, Blomme joined the Broadbent Institute as its Quebec Director in 2015 and has more recently taken on the role of Program Director at the Institute. Less than a year ago, Blomme also managed the successful campaign of Valérie Plante for the leadership of Projet Montréal. “I’m so excited to have Willy leading this incredible team here in Ottawa,” said Singh. “She has demonstrated a deep commitment towards building a more inclusive and just country, and we’re so lucky to have her wealth of experience to help us build towards forming the government Canada deserves in 2019." Blomme will complete her work at the Broadbent Institute over the next seven weeks before beginning her role as Chief of Staff in January.  

November 7th, 2017

Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, along with NDP LGBTQ Critic and Deputy Critic, Randall Garrison and Sheri Benson, are calling on the Prime Minister to provide a just apology to the LGBTQ community for the historic treatment of LGBTQ Canadians. 

November 6th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Pensions Critic, Scott Duvall, tabled his Private Members’ Bill to end pension theft in Canada. After launching the “End Pension Theft” campaign in September, and consulting with workers and stakeholders from coast to coast to coast, Duvall introduced his legislation to protect the pensions workers and retirees have earned.

November 4th, 2017

Today marks the 548th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and on behalf of the New Democratic Party, I wish everyone a joyous and prosperous Gurpurab.

November 2nd, 2017

VANCOUVER – On Thursday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh urged the federal government to do more in the fight against opioid related overdoses while visiting an overdose prevention site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside known as ‘62’.

November 2nd, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, the NDP is proposing amendments to fix Bill C-58 which proposes changes to the Access to Information Act. C-58 is a huge letdown to Canadians who were hoping for long overdue reform to our broken regime. The NDP proposals aim to fix the Act in order to keep government officials accountable. 

November 1st, 2017

Statement from Hélène Laverdière, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic:

November 1st, 2017

Today, the NDP's Parliamentary Leader, Guy Caron, made the following statement in the House of Commons:

November 1st, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, the NDP will put forward a motion calling on the Liberals to withdraw pension Bill C-27. Unions and the NDP first raised the alarm on this bad bill, which fails to prioritize the interests of Canadian workers and retirees over wealthy corporate friends. In light of revelations regarding the Finance Minister’s financial involvement in his old company, Morneau Shepell, the NDP and the Ethics Commissioner have raised concerns regarding the bill.