On Friday, the United States’ Security and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in court against Hong Kong based investors for insider trading. Zhang Zhi Rong – one of the wealthiest men in China – along other investors are alleged to have made $13-million through inside knowledge of the proposed buyout of Canadian company Nexen by the state owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).
Today, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, has again called on Canada and the US to transfer Mr. Khadr to Canada, as was agreed in October 2010. Mr. Khadr has spent a decade at Guantanamo Bay and is the last child soldier still being held there.
OTTAWA – New Democrat MPs Peter Julian and Hélène LeBlanc have written to the Chairs of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and the Standing Committee on Industry asking them to convene hearings into the purchase of Canadian company Nexen Inc, Canada’s 12th largest oil company, by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation in a $15.1 billion cash deal.
TORONTO – New Democrat MP Andrew Cash has written to the Prime Minister asking his office to investigate whether the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage may have breached ethical guidelines set out for Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries.
I want to thank the Royal Canadian Mounted Police A Division for their diligent work in investigating the activities of Bruce Carson, formerly a special advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs’ election campaign, with the assistance of his millionaire brother-in-law, seemed to find some creative new ways to ensure it was run super efficiently.
HALIFAX - New Democrats are calling on Stephen Harper to work with Canada’s first ministers on initiatives to improve and sustain our public health care system.
OTTAWA – During special committee meetings held in Ottawa this week, New Democrats are taking a stand in support of cooperatives. MPs have heard troubling testimony about the impact Conservative cuts will have on co-ops, a sector which contributes to our economy and to local communities.
Longueuil, we have a problem.
OTTAWA – The Conservatives are again on the hot seat today for their close relationship with oil lobbyists after reports surfaced of secret meetings between government officials and oil industry lobbyists about how to promote the oil sands.
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage is now Canada’s leading basement fundraiser. Two separate subterranean fundraisers were held this year for Paul Calandra by business people trying to get approval from the CRTC to use Toronto’s 88.1 FM.
OTTAWA– New Democrats drew attention today to the increasing difficulties rural communities are dealing with in the face of this summer’s ongoing drought. The drought is reaching crisis levels in many parts of Canada, leaving farmers anxious and looking for action from the Conservative government.
OTTAWA — Under the Conservative government, Canada Post offices are being closed across the country and services are being transferred to private postal outlets. New Democrats oppose this silent privatisation that will negatively impact services that citizens and businesses rely on.
OTTAWA — New Democrats are raising concerns about the cash agreement to purchase the Canadian resource company Nexen by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation Ltd., a company wholly owned by the Chinese government.
OTTAWA – New Democrat Health critic Libby Davies criticized the Minister of Health for moving backwards on trans fats and making it harder for families to keep this health hazard off their dinner tables. New Democrats were reacting to news that the Minister has decided to ignore the advice of her own experts at Health Canada and is refusing to take action.
New Democrats are concerned about the recent escalation of violence in Syria, in particular recent fighting in Damascus that is putting many civilians at risk and causing a refugee crisis in the region. This unfolding tragedy has already seen over 14,000 killed, most of them civilian bystanders and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reports that as many as 30,000 refugees have crossed into Lebanon in the past 48 hours alone. Around one million people have been forced to flee their homes since the conflict began.
OTTAWA – New Democrat Ethics critic Charlie Angus called on the Conservative government to work with the Official Opposition and finally clean up the appointments process once and for all.
Today New Democrats stand with Canadians participating in the National Day of Action for a 2014 Health Accord. We join their call, urging the Conservative government to come back to the table and work together with the provinces and territories to renew the Health Accords in 2014.
OTTAWA — The elimination of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF) will affect the quality, quantity and diversity of local news shows. According to the NDP, rural communities will be the ones most greatly affected by CRTC’s decision.
On behalf of Canada's Official Opposition, I offer my sincere congratulations to Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on his re-election as the head of the Assembly of First Nations. I look forward to continuing to work with National Chief Atleo.
We were all shaken by news of this senseless tragedy. On behalf of New Democrats, I would like to extend my condolences to the families of the victims, as well as all the people of Scarborough. Our thoughts are with the community today, as we mourn this tragic loss of life and hope for a swift recovery for those injured, especially the young infant.
“We must clean up corruption and lift the veils of secrecy that allow it to flourish. We must do nothing less than replace the culture of entitlement with the culture of accountability.” - Stephen Harper, November 4, 2005
BROSSARD — The Conservative’s planned closure of all Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) service counters will mean that thousands of Canadians will lose their only means of contact with the Agency,
OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the Conservative government to recognize the children of Canadians who fought for our nation on the battlefields of the World Wars as citizens.
YELLOWKNIFE – Canada’s far-flung Arctic communities rely on air connections, but a lack of proper equipment and inspections is undermining aviation safety in northern parts of the country.
OTTAWA – Conservative budget cuts are threatening the future of our national parks and historic sites, according to New Democrat Environment Critic Megan Leslie and Deputy Critic Anne Minh-Thu Quach.
OTTAWA — The NDP congratulated triathlete Simon Whitfield today for being chosen as Canada’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics.
OTTAWA — NDP MPs Hélène LeBlanc (LaSalle‒Émard), Anne Minh Thu Quach (Beauharnois‒Salaberry) and Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles) walked alongside federal scientists today condemning Conservative attacks against science.
July is a time for Sri Lankans to reflect on the tragic anti-Tamil violence carried out in July 1983, known as Black July in our community.
NEW YORK – Today, the New Democrat Critic for International Trade, Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), is participating in the United Nations’ conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in New York.
The sun is out and the Conservative Patronage machine is working overtime to stuff as many partisan operatives into as many positions as possible hoping they all stay off the public’s radar.
OTTAWA- The Conservative government’s decision to exempt electronic memory cards from the current private copying levy will deny Canadian artists millions of dollars in badly-needed revenue, according to New Democrats. The decision, made after lobbying from big tech companies, directly interferes with the independent Copyright Board, which was scheduled to review this case.
OTTAWA –Minister Bev Oda has resigned from the Conservative Cabinet after years of ethics scandals and wasteful spending. In response, New Democrats are pointing to the many questions left unanswered and asserting that this does nothing to restore accountability to Stephen Harper’s Cabinet.
OTTAWA — Alarmed by the growing debt among seniors, Official Opposition Seniors Critic, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds‒Dollard) urges the government to act before it’s too late, particularly by reversing their decision to raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security by two years.
As Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast celebrate our great country’s 145th birthday, let us also celebrate the values for which Canada has become known around the world. Values like diversity, tolerance, respect and social justice that have made Canada a unique place where people from all over the world can come together and feel at home.