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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.