2012 09 29
Statement from foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar and international human rights critic Wayne Marston on the repatriation of Omar Khadr

Today, the Conservatives ended nearly a decade of unnecessary delays and allowed Omar Khadr to serve out the remainder of his sentence in Canada. Canada is the last Western country to repatriate their citizens from the discredited Guantanamo prison system.

2012 09 28
Building a balanced 21st century economy
Speech by Tom Mulcair to the Canadian Club of Toronto

It is a pleasure for me to be here today to discuss how we can work together to build a strong, balanced, 21st century Canadian economy.

2012 09 28
New Democrats call out Conservative inaction on digital and privacy file
Borg to Conservatives: You’re falling asleep at the digital switch

Following the release of a study by the Privacy Commissioner revealing data leakages by six of Canada’s most popular websites, New Democrat Digital Affairs Critic Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne-Blainville) is calling on the Conservative government to catch up with new digital realities.

2012 09 27
Experimental Lakes Area: NDP urges Conservatives to reverse decision
Nearly 20,000 Canadians signed petitions to save the area

Supported by thousands of Canadians, New Democrats once again urged the Conservatives to reverse cuts to the Experimental Lakes Area.

2012 09 27
NDP calls for more action on industrial restructuring plan for asbestos region

As the first hour of debate in the House on motion M-381 approaches, New Democrat MP François Lapointe (Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup) called for an industrial restructuring plan for the economies of regions that still depend on asbestos mining.

2012 09 27
NDP launches consultations on future of public health care system
New Democrats to engage Canadians in a discussion on how to make our healthcare system sustainable for generations to come

Fifty years ago, the party of Tommy Douglas brought Medicare to Canada. Today, the New Democrats remain committed to showing the same leadership and ensuring the sustainability of Canada’s healthcare system. That is why the NDP is organizing public consultations on the future of free, universal healthcare in our country.

2012 09 27
EI changes need to be studied: NDP

As Canadians across the country are confronted with new Employment Insurance rules, New Democrats are calling for the Human Resources Committee to study the issue, in order to ensure that the new rules work for Canadians.

2012 09 26
Statement by NDP caucus on rejection of motion m-312

Today, New Democrats led the way as Parliament chose to uphold women’s rights by voting against the Conservative motion to reopen the abortion debate.

2012 09 26
Have a look at who’s been invited to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

The Conservatives invited two witnesses to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration today from  the Canadian Immigration Report, an organisation associating itself with racists and hate groups.

2012 09 26
Mathieu Ravignat calls for revision of Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act

New Democrat MP and Treasury Board critic Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac) is calling for a quick review of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act.

2012 09 26
NDP highlights environmental concerns with proposed Oshawa ethanol plant
Letter from Leslie outlines dangerous environmental precedent set by C-38

The gutting of Canadian Environmental Assessment Act through the Conservative budget bill, Bill C-38, has already had tangible negative consequences on sensitive ecological areas.

2012 09 25
Statement by NDP leader Tom Mulcair on the Conservatives’ rejection of his motion on the economy

Today, the Conservatives once again chose to tell Canadians they’re on their own to face the turbulent global economy by voting against the New Democrat motion to get the country back on track. 

2012 09 25
Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on Yom Kippur

Jewish families will be gathered today to observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is a day for reflection and prayer, a time for repentance and forgiveness.

2012 09 25
Clement lowers the bar again

When asked during Question Period today why the Access to Information system has ground to a virtual halt under the Conservatives, the Treasury Board President bragged:

2012 09 25
Statement by Pat Martin on Potash mine accident in Saskatchewan

On behalf of all New Democrat MPs, I would like to offer my support to the families and loved ones of workers trapped underground after a fire at a potash mine in Rocanville, Saskatchewan, who are undoubtedly experiencing a difficult and distressing time.

2012 09 25
NDP defends women’s right to choose
The party urges all parliamentarians to reject Conservative motion to reopen abortion debate

In advance of this Wednesday’s vote on the Conservative motion to reopen the abortion debate, New Democrats reiterated their commitment to protect women’s right to choose, as well as their right to accessible and safe abortion services.

2012 09 21
Polar ice cap melting while Conservatives look the other way
Environment minister has moral obligation to immediately address the problem

In the face of the dramatic melting of the polar ice cap, New Democrats are calling on the federal government to stop denying evidence and take action to address the dramatic melting of Arctic ice.

2012 09 21
Paul Dewar statement on the International Day of Peace

Today is the International Day of Peace, a day the General Assembly of the United Nations chose to honour the memory of the victims of armed conflicts and strive to achieve sustainable peace.

2012 09 21
BC Conservative MP runs from accountability

Under the weight of simple yes or no questions, it seems BC Conservatives collapse under the pressure. The following video of a BC Conservative MP running away from accountability speaks for itself.

2012 09 21
NDP welcomes commitment to protect owner operator / fleet separation

New Democrats welcome the government’s decision to preserve the current owner operator policies for the East Coast.

2012 09 20
Liberals are proud of their fiscal record?

Today, the Liberal Party was trumpeting its fiscal record.

2012 09 19
Conservative’s reckless cuts to BRM programs hurt Canadian farmers

Recently announced cuts to the Business Risk Management (BRM) programs will take millions of dollars out of the pockets of Canadian farmers. New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to reverse these drastic measures in order to ensure that farmers have the backstop they need when they encounter tough times. 

2012 09 19
New Democrats congratulate Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes

As part of the day of recognition for Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Parliament, this afternoon in the House of Commons New Democrats congratulated athletes on their exceptional performance at the London Games.

2012 09 19
The government needs to extend the deadline for residential school survivors’ applications
Estimates show that hundreds of survivors still haven’t filed their claim

New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to give all residential school survivors the chance to tell their story. With the deadline looming, the NDP is asking Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to provide more time for those eligible to submit their applications to the Independent Assessment Process.

2012 09 19
NDP demands apology and refund for families affected by Child Tax Benefit error

Following the discovery that the Canada Revenue Agency mistakenly applied changes to the Child Tax Benefit six months too early, the NDP is calling on the Minister to formally apologise and ensure that the short-changed families are reimbursed.    

2012 09 19
Conservative inaction and incompetence put Canadian economy in danger
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair tables motion calling for concrete action on the economy

In a speech to his caucus today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said New Democrats will continue holding the Conservatives to account for their inaction and incompetence when it comes to the economy.

2012 09 18
National transit strategy vote: future of Canada’s public transit at stake
NDP Bill supported by mayors, city councils across the country

No longer willing to put up with traffic gridlock and inadequate public transit, more and more mayors, city councils and groups across Canada are calling for a National Transit Strategy.

2012 09 17
Conservatives bury Co-op committee report
Harper government’s apathy towards Canada’s Co-ops disappointing: NDP

On Monday, the Conservative Government quietly tabled the final report on this summer’s committee hearing into Co-operatives – a  fitting end, given the apathy the Harper government has shown towards this vital economic sector.

2012 09 17
Statement by Tom Mulcair on selection of Joe Comartin as new Deputy Speaker

On behalf of New Democrats, I offer my sincere congratulations to Joe Comartin (Windsor-Tecumseh) on being selected the new Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

2012 09 17
Conservatives love to lie about Carbon Taxes

The Conservatives have a secret plan to impose a carbon tax.

2012 09 15
Conservatives mark Democracy Day

On International Democracy Day, the NDP wants to remind Canadians about the Stephen Harper Conservative government’s abysmal record on democracy.

2012 09 14
Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on Rosh Hashanah

As Jewish families gather this weekend in celebration and reflection, I would like to offer my best wishes on behalf of the NDP to all those observing Rosh Hashanah. This holiday is an opportunity for families to remember the past and rejoice in the year to come.

2012 09 14
NDP welcomes Competition Bureau decision
Cell phone companies must be accountable for false advertising

OTTAWA – The NDP congratulated the Competition Bureau today for its decision to prosecute Canada’s three telecommunications giants for allegedly misleading advertisements about free text messaging services.

2012 09 14
Tom Mulcair sworn to the Privy Council

Tom Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition and the New Democratic Party of Canada, was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council of Canada at an event at Rideau Hall today.

2012 09 13
Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on Peter Lougheed’s passing

I learned with great sadness of the passing of former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed.

2012 09 13
Conservatives cut more services to Canadians

OTTAWA – The latest round of Conservative service cuts could have dire consequences for Canadians, New Democrats warned today.

2012 09 12
Langridge inquiry: Peter MacKay must hand over information and apologize

St. JOHN’S – NDP Defence Critic Jack Harris called again for the Government of Canada to hand over information to the Military Police Complaints Commission as part of their inquiry into the death of Corporal Stuart Langridge.

2012 09 12
Conservative inaction threatening Canadian economy
Canada runs largest trade deficit in history

OTTAWA – Canada's growing trade deficit is ringing alarm bells, says Official Opposition Trade Critic Don Davies.

2012 09 12
Statement by NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar on killing of US diplomatic staff in Libya

Today I was saddened to learn of the violent attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens along with three embassy staff. New Democrats unequivocally condemn this brutal and senseless act of terrorism.

2012 09 11
NDP calls for increased federal infrastructure funding
Aging infrastructure puts road safety and drinking water at risk

Today’s release of the first Canadian Infrastructure Report Card by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) shows that overburdened cities need the federal government to commit to adequate infrastructure funding to tackle deteriorating municipal roads and water systems. 

2012 09 11
Statement by NDP leader Tom Mulcair on September 11

It is with great sadness that we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the innocent victims of these attacks, including 24 Canadians. Our thoughts are with all those who lost a loved one that day.

2012 09 10
Vic Toews attacks the courts... again

Today, a superior court ruled Conservatives acted unconstitutionally by attempting to unilaterally destroy gun registry data.

2012 09 10
NDP welcomes court decision to protect gun registry data

New Democrats welcome today’s decision by the Quebec Superior Court preventing the Conservative government from destroying gun data records.

2012 09 10
Statement from NDP deputy leader on hurricane Leslie

New Democrats are sending their thoughts and support today to those who have been displaced by Hurricane Leslie. The hurricane has hit landfall on the east coast and has forced several families in central Nova Scotia to evacuate their homes while others have found themselves stranded. The storm is expected to affect coastal communities throughout Atlantic Canada.

2012 09 07
CRTC warns Conservatives: Stop harassing Canadians

The CRTC delivered a rebuke to the Conservative Party yesterday for its questionable fundraising practices. The latest Conservative violation of the rules is shining a spotlight on their record of dirty tricks when it comes to fundraising tactics.

2012 09 07
Allow conscientious objectors to stay in Canada

New Democrats are calling on the government to respect parliament’s commitment to allow conscientious objectors to the U.S. war in Iraq to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

2012 09 07
Harper appoints 51st unelected senator
More broken promises on accountability from a tired and scandal ridden government

Just after his plane took off for a trip to Russia, Stephen Harper quietly appointed five more unelected and unaccountable friends to the Senate. Despite failing to pass any Senate reforms, he has pushed Conservative appointments to the upper chamber to over fifty.

2012 09 07
Allow conscientious objectors to stay in Canada

SURREY – New Democrats are calling on the government to respect parliament’s commitment to allow conscientious objectors to the U.S. war in Iraq to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. 

2012 09 05
Conservatives again fail to deliver on pollution reduction
Disappointing new coal power regulations insufficient to meet emission reduction targets

ST. JOHN’S – Long overdue emissions regulations for the coal-fired electricity sector announced today fall far short of what Conservatives originally promised and are a huge disappointment for Canadians, according to the NDP.

2012 09 05
Statement by Official Opposition Leader, Tom Mulcair, on the shooting at the Metropolis

We have all been shaken by the events that occurred last night at the Metropolis.

2012 09 03
Statement by New Democrat leader Tom Mulcair on Labour Day

As we mark Labour Day, we remember the working women and men who built this country and we honour the important contributions of the labour movement to Canadian society.