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2012 05 30
Conservative Minister Joe Oliver and his friends

Minister Joe Oliver (Eglinton–Lawrence) held a news conference today expressing the government’s position on the Leader of the Opposition’s travel plans. By position, of course, we mean launching a vitriolic attack that repeatedly misrepresents New Democrat leader Tom Mulcair.

2012 05 29
NDP supports over-burdened cities in fight for fair funding

OTTAWA - What do Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, NDP MP Olivia Chow and the President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have in common?

2012 05 29
A win for Canada’s veterans
Decision by Government to not appeal ruling is the right move says NDP

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) and Deputy Critic Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay-Saint-Constant) are pleased the federal government will not appeal the recent Federal Court decision on the Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) Long Term Disability payments that ruled in favour of injured veterans.  The federal government had until May 31st to announce its intention to appeal.

2012 05 28
Statement by NDP leader on Conservatives’ rejection of official apology for Komagata Maru

I join the South Asian community and my entire caucus in expressing my disappointment over the Conservatives’ rejection of an official apology in the House of Commons for the 1914 tragedy of the Komagata Maru. The motion was introduced by New Democrat MP Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North) on May 18, but was first put forward by the NDP in 2007 by then- Surrey North MP Penny Priddy.

2012 05 28
Government inaction costing quality Canadian jobs for RADARSAT

OTTAWA — Conservative government mismanagement of the RADARSAT program is costing well-paying jobs in robotics and aerospace, says Official Opposition Industry Critic, Hélène LeBlanc (LaSalle‒Émard).

2012 05 28
Statement from Paul Dewar on the situation in Syria

New Democrats strongly condemn the latest brutal massacre by the Syrian government against its own citizens, including children, in the city of Houla. It was a brutal crime in clear violation of earlier commitments by the Syrian government to cease the use of violence against civilians.

2012 05 24
New restrictions leave more unemployed out in the cold
Despite a difficult job market, fewer Canadians than ever will qualify for EI.

OTTAWA – Today’s announcement to further restrict EI qualifications is just another example of bad news for Canadians hidden within the Conservatives’ Trojan Horse budget bill, according to the NDP. 

2012 05 23
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition on Alexa McDonough’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Today the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians honoured Alexa McDonough with a Lifetime Achievement Award. For my New Democratic colleagues and I, it’s easy to understand just why Alexa merits this honour.

2012 05 23
Time to stand up for Canadian jobs: Mulcair
Conservative failure to enforce “net benefit” rules killing Canadian jobs

SAGUENAY – Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair called out Stephen Harper’s Conservative government today for their failure to protect Canadian jobs when reviewing and enforcing foreign takeover agreements.

2012 05 23
Conservatives shouldn’t interfere in CP strike
Respect collective bargaining rights and allow sides to negotiate a deal: Boulerice

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Canadian Pacific (CP) workers’ union and management to continue negotiations in order to reach an agreement as soon as possible to end the strike.  

2012 05 23
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition on the 98th Anniversary of the Komagata Maru Tragedy

98 years ago today, the ship Komagata Maru, arrived in Vancouver’s harbour. Due to the discriminatory “continuous journey” regulation, passengers were prevented from disembarking while the ship remained in Burrard Inlet for two months. Passengers were even denied basic necessities, including food and water.

2012 05 23
Reality check: Wilks he or won’t he?

For a short while today, it looked like a Conservative MP might listen to his constituents.

2012 05 19
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition on the 3rd anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan civil war

On May 19th we commemorate the third anniversary of the end of the armed conflict of the Sri Lankan civil war.

2012 05 18
NDP demands Harper apologize for Komagata Maru incident
Jasbir Sandhu introduces motion, launches national petition campaign

OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat MP Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North) put forward a motion demanding that Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially apologize in the House of Commons to the South Asian community for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident, in which passengers were prevented from landing in Canada. He is also launching a nation-wide petition campaign to collect signatures from Canadians supporting the apology.

2012 05 18
Conservatives cut another essential environmental program
Freshwater Institute’s program made groundbreaking discoveries for 50 years

OTTAWA – NDP Environment Critic Megan Leslie criticized the Conservative government’s decision to cut the Freshwater Institute’s Experimental Lakes program in Northern Ontario, which contributed to groundbreaking research on the effects of pollutants on freshwater ecosystems for the past fifty years.

2012 05 17
It’s time to end homophobia now: Mulcair

OTTAWA – On the 10th anniversary of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, New Democrats are renewing their calls to end discrimination and hatred against LGBT people. 

2012 05 17
Access to justice in both official languages a fundamental right

OTTAWA - New Democrats today applauded Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser’s decision to launch an important study aimed at improving access to justice in both official languages for all Canadians.

2012 05 17
Trojan horse bill threatens Canada’s fisheries
Latest cuts strike deep at Department of Fisheries and Oceans

HALIFAX – The latest round of job cuts handed to front-line workers in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) severely threaten the sustainability of Canada’s fisheries. The cuts are a direct result of the gutting of environmental protection in the Trojan horse budget bill says the NDP.

2012 05 17
Federal government urged to respect court ruling in favour of injured veterans

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore), Deputy Critic Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay-Saint-Constant) and Halifax MP Megan Leslie urged the federal government today to not appeal the recent Federal Court decision on the Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) that ruled in favour of injured veterans.  The federal government has until May 31st to announce its intention to appeal.

2012 05 17
Statement by Official Opposition Leader, Thomas Mulcair, on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

On this same date, 23 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases.

2012 05 16
Harper government failing to address human rights in Colombia

Ottawa – New Democrats reacted today to the Human Rights Impact Report of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement tabled by the government in the House of Commons. The yearly report is an obligation under the agreement signed by Canada and Colombia to monitor human rights in the context of increased commercial and trade links between both countries. 

2012 05 16
New Democrats call for adoption of national food strategy
Government must act now to guarantee Canadian food security

OTTAWA – New Democrats hailed recommendations from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, who concluded his 11 day visit to Canada today. Members of the Official Opposition urged Conservatives to act quickly on the proposals as soon as possible. 

2012 05 16
Statement by Megan Leslie on rejection of NDP budget bill motion

A NDP motion criticizing the budget bill for weakening environmental protection and rewriting the Canada Fisheries Act was supported by all opposition parties today but failed to pass because it was blocked by the government.

2012 05 15
Shale gas: conservatives must act and impose promised regulations
Stephen Harper must protect Canadians and consider the harmful environmental effects

OTTAWA – NDP Environment Critic, Megan Leslie, took advantage of Stephen Harper’s meeting with Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, on the subject of shale gas to criticize Conservative inaction on this issue.

2012 05 15
Conservative changes will allow roadkill on your table
MIR changes leave questionable taste in consumers’ mouths

OTTAWA – Proposed changes to Meat Inspection Regulations (MIR) will leave Canadians wondering if the meat they buy is actually safe, because of the Conservatives’ reckless cutting spree.  Private inspectors, who may not be qualified, will now be able to inspect meat.  Worse, these changes to meat inspection rules also change what meat is acceptable – meaning already-dead meat and crippled animals’ meat will be okay for processing for Canadians’ tables.

2012 05 15
Flaherty turning his back on consumers and small businesses
New Democrats call on government to preserve independent review of bank complaints

OTTAWA – Today, Official Opposition Critic for Consumer Protection, Glenn Thibeault and Deputy Critic Annick Papillon called on the Government to reverse its decision to end independent banking dispute resolution in Canada. Both consumer and small business groups have been near unanimous in their condemnation of the move.

2012 05 15
New Democrats to hold public budget bill consultations
Series of open hearings to be held across the country

OTTAWA – New Democrats announced today that they will take the study of the sweeping Conservative budget implementation bill to the public, holding a series of hearings in Ottawa and across the country.

2012 05 15
Statement by Official Opposition Leader, Thomas Mulcair, on the first anniversary of the devastating Slave Lake fire

One year after the terrible fire that ravaged the Town of Slave Lake in northern Alberta my colleagues in the New Democratic Party join me in saluting the courage and resilience of the town’s inhabitants.  

2012 05 14
Shale gas: Conservatives must act and impose promised regulations
Stephen Harper must protect Canadians and consider the harmful environmental effects

OTTAWA – NDP Environment Critic, Megan Leslie, took advantage of Stephen Harper’s meeting with Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, on the subject of shale gas to criticize Conservative inaction on this issue.

2012 05 14
Statement by Official Opposition Leader, Thomas Mulcair, on 65th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Immigration Act

65 years ago today, the Parliament of Canada repealed the infamous Chinese Immigration Act.

2012 05 10
Towards a new partnership with Quebec municipalities
NDP Leader wants to strengthen relations between Ottawa and cities and towns

GATINEAU – In a speech before members of the Quebec Union of Municipalities today in Gatineau, Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair committed to restoring the voice of towns and communities in federal politics.

2012 05 09
Conservatives turn their backs on pregnant women
Conservative MPs block bill to broaden access to EI for pregnant workers

OTTAWA — In a move that defied common sense, Conservatives voted against a bill to broaden access to preventive withdrawal for pregnant workers tabled by NDP Labour Critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie).

2012 05 09
Conservative bill will hurt legitimate refugees

OTTAWA – After a marathon week of damning testimony from legal experts, frontline workers and refugees in opposition to the refugee bill, C-31, New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to abandon the legislation and go back to the drawing board. 

2012 05 09
Housing crisis far from over
Massive support for NDP bill at Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s 44th housing congress

OTTAWA — After participating in the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s 44th housing congress, which took place from May 1 to 4 in St. John’s Newfoundland, the NDP says that, despite advances in housing and the fight against homelessness, the housing crisis is far from over. 

2012 05 08
Bring Canada into the 21st century digital economy
New Democrat critics call for important changes in a tabled report

OTTAWA – A series of recommendations was tabled by the NDP in the House of Commons today that would bring Canada to the forefront in an increasingly digital marketplace.

2012 05 08
Conservatives must act to ensure Canadian food security
Official Opposition Leader met with UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

OTTAWA – The government must ensure that no Canadian is forced to live without secure access to safe and nutritious food, said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, following his meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter.

2012 05 08
Statement by NDP Critic for International Development, Romeo Saganash, on World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

Today I would like to acknowledge and thank the many people who contribute their time, skills and money to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and the work they do all around the world.

2012 05 08
Veterans Review and Appeal Board should be eliminated
Veterans Ombudsman’s report shows board is failing veterans

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) and Deputy Critic Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay-Saint-Constant) renewed their call today for the elimination of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB) in response to yesterday’s report by Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent.

2012 05 08
Conservatives putting economy, environmment at risk
Environment Commissioner condemns lax environmental assessments, failed climate targets

OTTAWA – A report tabled today by Canada’s Environment Commissioner blasted the Conservatives for pitting the economy against the environment and warned that government failures will threaten Canada’s economy and its environment for generations to come.

2012 05 07
NDP calls for study of Big Data’s personal privacy protection

OTTAWA – It’s time Parliamentarians took appropriate steps to ensure the protection of Canadians’ personal information on big Internet sites, such as Google and Facebook, says New Democrat Digital Affairs Critic Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne-Blainville).

2012 05 06
NDP leader Tom Mulcair speaks before Quebec council

DRUMMONDVILLE – On the heels of the anniversary of the historic orange wave that swept New Democrats into a majority of seats in Quebec, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair spoke to members at the Quebec Council. 

2012 05 05
Mulcair addresses BC provincial council

VANCOUVER – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair spoke to the BC NDP’s provincial council today, bringing with him the NDP message of building a more prosperous Canada to a province dominated by recent NDP wins.  Mulcair also spoke about the worrying results of Stephen Harper and his Conservatives’ reckless cuts. 

2012 05 04
NDP supports Transportation Safety Board’s call for government action
Independent agency’s demands to improve transport safety have been ignored for too long

OTTAWA – The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) slammed the Conservatives for repeatedly ignoring the independent agency’s calls for improved safety regulations. NDP Transport Critic Olivia Chow welcomes the long-needed wake-up call for the Harper government to protect the safety of Canadians after years of Conservative inaction.

2012 05 03
Government must seek clemency for Canadian on death row in U.S.
Conservatives must be clear: death penalty is unacceptable in all circumstances

OTTAWA — The Canadian government must seek clemency for Ronald Allen Smith, the only Canadian citizen on death row in the United States, according to NDP MPs Françoise Boivin (Gatineau) and Wayne Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek). 

2012 05 03
Statement by NDP leader Tom Mulcair on World Press Freedom Day

On this World Press Freedom Day, all New Democrats join me in paying tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

2012 05 02
New Democrats elect caucus chair, vice chair
Peter Julian and Rathika Sitsabaiesan to chair a re-energized and united caucus

OTTAWA – New Democrats today pledged to be a stronger and more united opposition than ever after re-electing Peter Julian as their caucus chair and choosing Rathika Sitsabaiesan as the new vice chair.

2012 05 02
Reality check: Minister Kenney’s detour from accountability and honesty

As British citizen Lord Black of Crossharbour packs his bags to depart his Florida prison, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney refuses to take responsibility for the decision to allow him into Canada.

2012 05 02
NDP releases dissenting report on pipelines and refining capacity

OTTAWA – New Democrats strongly criticized the majority report of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources tabled today in parliament calling it a whitewash which simply echoes the Conservative’s unbalanced oil extraction policy that doesn’t take into account the damage to Canada’s environment and economy. 

2012 05 01
NDP tables bill calling for bilingual officers of parliament

OTTAWA – Officers of Parliament, who are appointed by resolution of the House of Commons, Senate, or both chambers, should be capable of expressing themselves clearly in both official languages and understanding both languages without the help of an interpreter, says the NDP.

2012 05 01
Closure of nine veterans affairs offices will hurt veterans and their families: NDP

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) blasted the Conservative government today for their plans to close nine Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) District Offices across the country. He was joined by Yvan Thauvette, National President of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees (UVAE) and other staff representatives to outline the serious affect that these closures will have.

2012 05 01
Federal government must respect court ruling in favour of injured veterans: NDP

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) and Deputy Critic Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay-Saint-Constant) said the federal government must honour today’s Federal Court decision on the Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) program that ruled in favour of injured veterans. 

2012 05 01
Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on Asian Heritage Month

To mark Asian Heritage Month, I invite all Canadians to join me in acknowledging the many contributions of Canadians of Asian origin to our country.

2012 05 01
Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on International Workers’ Day

Today we mark International Workers’ Day, an occasion for us to celebrate the contributions workers make to our country.