OTTAWA – With Canada Day just around the corner, the Harper Conservatives are celebrating with the Royal Assent of a new bill, which – alongside cuts to health care for refugees – hurt those seeking refuge in Canada from persecution, according to the NDP’s Citizenship and Immigration critic Jinny Sims.
WINNIPEG - The NDP critic for the Status of Women, Niki Ashton has called for a national inquiry into the disappearance and murder of Aboriginal women in Canada. Ashton made the statement in the wake of the discovery of three murdered Aboriginal women in Winnipeg that are linked to one potential suspect.
OTTAWA - After attempting to undercut individual privacy and freedoms by ramming through their internet snooping bill (C-30), leaked documents now show that the Conservatives are trying to further curtail Canadian personal freedom on the internet as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.
OTTAWA – The cuts announced today to VIA Rail will significantly reduce passenger rail service and undercut the economic stability of regional communities.
VANCOUVER—New Democrats have launched an interactive, satirical website to call out Conservative’s divisive tactics and raise awareness about the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
Elliot Lake – While the town of Elliot Lake is still recovering from Saturday’s fatal roof-collapse at the Algo Mall, local MP Carol Hughes is encouraging everyone to stay united and positive as emergency crews continue their efforts.
VANCOUVER — New Democrat MPs from British Columbia were joined by NDP Deputy Leader and Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) as they kicked off a tour of BC focussed on environmental issues.
OTTAWA –The Harper Government’s funding of environmental projects is coming under more criticism today with new allegations that money from the ecoEnergy program is being diverted from funding green technologies to oil sands research and development.
OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Hélène LeBlanc (LaSalle-Émard) slammed the Conservative government’s decision to eliminate Statistics Canada’s Survey of Labour Income Dynamics.
OTTAWA- Conservatives have put Canada’s supply management on the table in trade talks – and now we see some Liberals openly opposing our supply managed sectors, according to NDP International Trade Critic Don Davies.
OTTAWA – The NDP proved to be an effective opposition, skilled at exposing Conservative scandals and mismanagement, said Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair today about the spring parliamentary session.
OTTAWA- Rail customers in Canada have suffered losses for years due to unreliable freight services – which also cost the economy hundreds of millions of dollars every year. In the face of Conservative inaction, the New Democrats are moving forward with the Rail Customer Protection Act to create a more balanced playing field for shippers across industries.
OTTAWA — Determined to move forward with the pyrrhotite crisis, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, New Democrat MPs for Mauricie Robert Aubin and Ruth Ellen Brosseau, and representatives from the Proprio-Béton Coalition called on the federal government today to assist victims.
OTTAWA – MP and Deputy Environment Critic, Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois—Salaberry) will represent the NDP at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio + 20, this week. She will also speak for the vast majority of Canadians who oppose the Conservatives’ backwards environmental policies.
OTTAWA –New Democrats are calling on the Conservative government to listen to the growing chorus of doctors, health experts and former refugees and condemn planned cuts the Interim Federal Health (IFH) Program for refugees
OTTAWA- The recent decision by the Harper government to terminate the famed Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research facility is jeopardizing key scientific studies, such as the world’s only major study on nanosilvers, and it’s potential to alter the ecological balances of lakes.
OTTAWA – New data from Statistics Canada compiled from 2007 to 2010 shows that Stephen Harper’s economic policies are leaving Canadians seniors and families further behind. The data not only shows that there are have no improvement in family incomes since the Conservatives formed government, what is shocking is that seniors’ incomes have actually declined, pushing more and more into poverty.
OTTAWA – After moving closure last week on debate, Conservatives are poised to ram their copyright reform bill through the House today, meaning tens of millions of dollars of lost income for artists, according to the NDP.
OTTAWA- Official Opposition Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca) is calling on the Harper Government to follow through with earlier promises to ensure the validity of all same-sex marriages in Canada and to allow non-resident same-sex couples married in Canada to divorce in Canada.
OTTAWA – The NDP welcomes the recognition of the power of investigation of the Official Languages Commissioner from CBC/Radio-Canada in a judgment rendered by the Federal Court in the case of Official Languages Commissioner and Amellal c. CBC/Radio-Canada.
OTTAWA – Today in the House of Commons, New Democrat M.P. Jack Harris (St. John’s East) called on the Conservative government to align Canada’s search and rescue (SAR) response times to international standards to ensure the safety of all Canadians. The final hour of debate on M-314, Harris’ Private Member’s motion, took place in the House of Commons today.
OTTAWA — Shocked by the story of Fabien Melanson, a veteran who lost everything after financial problems due to an error by Veterans Affairs, Official Opposition Critic for Veterans Affairs, Peter Stoffer (Sackville–Eastern Shore) called on the Conservative government to “ensure that all veterans can live in dignity.”
OTTAWA –New Democrat Human Rights Critic, Wayne Marston, MP (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) has tabled a motion before the International Human Rights Committee calling on the Conservatives toimplement the recommendations for Canada from the recent report by the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
OTTAWA- The Standing Committee on International Trade has agreed to a New Democrat motion to study the sorely-lacking Human Rights Impact Assessment on the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Colombia. This report contains no information on human rights, contrary to stipulations in the legislation.
OTTAWA- New Democrat LGBTT Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) is celebrating the second reading passage of his Private Member’s Bill, C-279, which would add gender identity to the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code. The bill passed last night
OTTAWA – NDP Deputy Critic for LGBT Issues, Dany Morin (Chicoutimi–Le Fjord), tabled a motion in the House of Commons seeking to end the serious problem of bullying. Morin hopes to establish the basis for a national anti-bullying strategy.
OTTAWA – New Democrat National Defence Critic, Jack Harris (St. John’s East) is urging the Conservative government to reverse its decision to close the St. John’s and Quebec search and rescue co-ordination centres and the Kitsilano Coast Guard station in Vancouver. These closures could lead to serious consequences and put lives at risk, says the NDP.
OTTAWA – After numerous public consultations, New Democrats are tabling a final report that highlights concerned Canadians speaking out against the Conservative Trojan Horse budget.
OTTAWA – The New Democratic Party tabled a bill in the House of Commons to better regulate the development of telecommunications antennas across the country. Currently, the development of antenna systems follows no specific rules, which penalizes Canadians whose concerns are largely ignored.
OTTAWA – The NDP is urging the Conservative government to reverse its decision to abolish the Experimental Lakes Program at the Freshwater Institute, a vital program for the maintenance of our freshwater ecosystems and healthy fisheries.
OTTAWA – Today, the NDP joined the campaign Black Out, Speak Out to protest against Conservative bill C-38 which weakens our most crucial legislation on environmental protection.