2012 10 30
NDP calls for take note debate on Canada-China treaty
Unprecedented trade agreement could be in force November 1st

Faced with an urgent need to review the deal, New Democrats are calling on the government to hold a take note debate on the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement between Canada and China (FIPA).

2012 10 30
Increase in food bank users: government must take action

The Conservatives’ failure to help Canadians in need was underscored today by a study showing a 31 percent increase in Canadian food bank use since 2008.

2012 10 30
The Official Opposition’s Justice Critic tables a motion to study a part of bill C-45

The Official Opposition’s Justice Critic, Françoise Boivin, has tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

2012 10 30
Conservative cuts spell the end of the Canadian Conference of the Arts

By eliminating all federal funding to the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Conservatives have all but shut down this well known and effective institution which has long advance Canadian cultural politics.

2012 10 30
The Official Opposition’s Environment Critic tables a motion to study a part of bill C-45

The Official Opposition’s Environment Critic, Megan Leslie, has tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

2012 10 30
The Official Opposition’s Canada-US Border Critic tables a motion to study a part of bill C-45

The Official Opposition’s Canada-US Border Critic, Brian Masse, has tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

2012 10 29
The Official Opposition’s Fisheries and Oceans Critic tables a motion to study a part of bill C-45

The Official Opposition’s Fisheries and Oceans Critic, Robert Chisholm, has tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

2012 10 29
The Official Opposition’s Health Critic tables a motion to study a part of bill C-45

The Official Opposition’s Health Critic, Libby Davies, has just tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

2012 10 29
The Official Opposition’s Aboriginal Affairs Critic tables a motion to study a part of bill C-45

The Official Opposition’s Aboriginal Affairs Critic, Jean Crowder, has just tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

2012 10 29
The Official Opposition’s Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Critic tables a motion to study a part of bill C-45

The Official Opposition’s Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Critic, Jinny Sims, has just tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

2012 10 28
NDP welcomes Conservative flip-flop on bilingual Officers of Parliament

The NDP is pleased that Conservatives finally listened to reason and admitted that the appointment of a unilingual Anglophone Auditor General was a mistake, and called on them to adopt the New Democrats' bill requiring bilingualism for Officers of Parliament.

2012 10 26
The Official Opposition’s Critic for Public Safety tables a motion to study a part of bill C-45

The Official Opposition’s Public Safety Critic, Randall Garrison, has just tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

2012 10 26
The Official Opposition’s Agriculture Critic tables a motion to study a part of bill C-45

The Official Opposition’s Agriculture Critic, Malcolm Allen, has just tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

2012 10 26
NDP government would return age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 65

Today, in a speech before the Annual General Meeting of the seniors’ organization CARP, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced that a New Democratic government would restore the age of eligibility for Old Age Security benefits to 65.

2012 10 25
Poor maintenance of military bases by the Conservatives affecting Canadian Forces
Auditor General finds the country’s military infrastructure is crumbling

After the release of the Auditor General’s report, the NDP is urging the government to take immediate action to fill the gap left by their inadequate maintenance of our military infrastructure.

2012 10 24
Talking point deletion bingo

In an attempt to ensure the Government of Canada’s website aligns with the Minister of Transport’s talking points, Conservatives deleted the FAQs section on the Navigable Waters Protection Act – the part that explicitly states that environmental protection is a responsibility of this Minister.

2012 10 24
Politically motivated report twists facts and attacks seniors

Yesterday the Conservatives attempted to undermine the Parliamentary Budget Officer and the Auditor General by releasing their own contradictory report on the changes to old age security.

2012 10 24
Official languages: government must support francophone communities
A strong economy and French language services are necessary: NDP

In light of language data released by Statistics Canada this morning, the Conservative government must support French language jobs and services across the country to ensure the future of Canadian Francophonie, says the NDP.

2012 10 24
NDP calls for investigation into BC mine hiring

The NDP is today calling for the immediate suspension of temporary foreign worker (TFW) permits for a British Columbia coal mine and a full investigation into whether Canadian workers were given sufficient opportunity to apply for the jobs.

2012 10 24
Weakened airport security, longer lineups after Conservative cuts
Axing vital security screeners risky and irresponsible

The Conservatives are taking a gamble on airport security with the latest round of screening staff layoffs. By cutting $112 million in funding in the budget over 3 years, Harper is putting air travellers at risk and Canadian jobs on the line.

2012 10 24
Clarity needed in China trade deal
Don Davies pushes Trade Committee to study China FIPA

With one week to go before the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) is set to come into effect, New Democrats are calling on the government to postpone ratification and allow Parliament to conduct a proper review of this important agreement.

2012 10 23
Statement from agriculture and agri-food critic Malcolm Allen on the rejection of his motion

The largest recall of contaminated beef in Canadian history was not enough to open the eyes of the prime minster, who voted against our motion which was intended to reverse budget cuts to the food safety system, and to remove the minister of agriculture from office.

2012 10 23
Chow calls on Transport Committee to study C-45
Second omnibus budget will radically alter environmental protection marine transport in Canada

New Democrat Transport critic Olivia Chow is calling on the Transport Committee to study implications arising from the Conservatives’ second omnibus budget bill.

2012 10 23
AG report once again shows Conservative mismanagement

From beginning to end, the Auditor General’s report outlined examples of Conservative secrecy and mismanagement.

2012 10 22
MP Romeo Saganash on sick leave

MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou) will be temporarily withdrawing from his duties as an MP due to sick leave.

2012 10 20
Conservatives reject transparency

Last week, on the same day the Conservatives tabled another monster omnibus budget bill, they also refused to act on key recommendations needed to strengthen Parliamentary scrutiny of government budgets and spending.

2012 10 18
Flaherty’s Budget Bill Surprises

Jim Flaherty claimed today that there were “no surprises” in his Omnibus Bill. Let’s have a look at few things that jump out:

2012 10 18
Forum crucial to advance women’s equality: Ashton

Women, activists and leaders of academics, from across the country, gathered in Ottawa today at a forum hosted by NDP Women's critic Niki Ashton, to discuss the critical need for action to promote women’s rights and achieve women's equality.

2012 10 18
Budget bill, take two: Conservatives haven’t learned their lesson
The 400 plus page bill further weakens environmental reviews

Conservatives clearly haven’t learned their lesson and the NDP will not let them quietly pass their new omnibus budget implementation bill tabled today.

2012 10 17
Minster of Finance fails on facts

Today in the House of Commons Finance Minister Jim Flaherty claimed the NDP hasn’t been asking questions on the Economy. We’re delighted to correct his false impression.

2012 10 17
NDP introduces bill to stop fraudulent election calls
Democratic Reform critic offers to work with government to achieve effective results

NDP Democratic and Parliamentary Reform critic, Craig Scott, (Toronto-Danforth) introduced a bill in the House of Commons today to prevent fraudulent election voice messages.

2012 10 17
NDP motion calls for Ritz’s resignation
Conservatives have to act to restore Canadians’ confidence in Canada`s food safety system

Tomorrow in the House of Commons, NDP critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food Malcolm Allen (Welland) will present a motion calling for the resignation of the Minister of Agriculture and for the strengthening of Canada’s food safety system to restore public confidence.

2012 10 17
Statement by the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Co-operatives, Hélène LeBlanc, on Co-operative Week 2012

During Co-operative Week 2012, I would like to highlight the importance of the co-operative movement and its key role in building our country.

2012 10 17
We must get to the root of homelessness among seniors

With an unprecedented growth in the number of seniors living on the streets and in poverty, New Democrat Seniors critic, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie), and the organization PAS de la rue, launch an awareness campaign against seniors’ poverty.

2012 10 16
Debate starts on NDP's “Medicines for All” bill
Bill C-398 would facilitate the delivery of affordable medicines to developing countries

Today marks the first hour of debate at Second Reading of Private Members’ Bill C-398, An Act to Amend the Patent Act (drugs for international humanitarian purposes), which would ensure life-saving medicine gets to people who need them most in developing countries.

2012 10 16
NDP urges government to respect official languages

Following the publication of the annual report of the Commissioner of Official Languages, New Democrat Official Languages critic Yvon Godin slammed the Conservatives’ record on official languages.

2012 10 15
In Stephen Harper’s own words

On May 30, 2008, while speaking to the Chamber of Commerce in London, UK, Stephen Harper revealed his plan to cut emissions.

2012 10 15
Social housing: NDP and organizations urge Conservatives to take responsibility
By choosing not to renew subsidies, Conservatives are leaving vulnerable Canadians to their own devices

On the eve of the first hour of debate on Bill C-400 on housing, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) as well as Marie-Claude Morin (Saint-Hyacinthe – Bagot), who initiated the bill, join many groups and associations in calling for urgent assistance from the federal government to finance social housing.

2012 10 15
All parties called to support Anti-bullying Strategy

In the wake of yet another bullying related tragedy, New Democrat MP Dany Morin urged his colleagues today to support his motion to take leadership and develop a national strategy to prevent bullying.

2012 10 12
Joe Oliver’s billion dollar fib

Speaking yesterday from India, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said:

2012 10 11
MacKay’s Patronage Appointments

With fresh news of patronage appointments by the Conservatives, Conservative promises of improving accountability look more hollow than ever.

2012 10 11
Conservative contempt for PBO underscores need for independence

Tony Clement’s attack on the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s mandate clearly shows why the PBO needs to be independent from the government says New Democrat Finance critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park)

2012 10 11
Conservatives must use extension for Nexen takeover decision to consult Canadians
Extension must be more than a public relations exercise and be used to really consult interested parties, urges NDP

New Democrats welcome the Conservatives’ decision to extend the review period for the proposed takeover of Nexen by the state-owned CNOOC and call on the government to use this time for public consultations and to disclose the consequences and benefits of this deal.

2012 10 10
It’s past time to resign, Minister Ritz

The Minister of Agriculture’s continued insistence on self-regulation and refusal to listen to workers’ concerns at the XL Foods plant make it all the more clear that he needs to resign.

2012 10 10
Good News is Ritz News

Since the E. coli outbreak, Stephen Harper’s Minister of Agriculture has tried to avoid taking any responsibility for the largest beef recall in Canadian history. He has ducked, weaved and evaded questions.

2012 10 09
More Harper Half-Truths

News today from the Canadian Press of another lie from the Prime Minister – this time around water testing in Canada’s North.

2012 10 05
Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on Thanksgiving

As family members young and old prepare for the journey home this thanksgiving weekend I would like to offer best wishes for a joyous holiday amongst loved ones.

2012 10 05
Statement from NDP EI Critic Anne-Marie Day and Human Resources Critic Chris Charlton

Today’s announcement is welcome news for unemployed Canadians now on EI, particularly seniors and low-income earners who were going to pay the highest price under the flawed and unpopular Conservative changes to employment insurance. The Minister has flip-flopped just days after voting against a New Democrat motion demanding her government rescind this short-sighted change.

2012 10 05
Updated Department of Finance report continues to show the NDP has the best fiscal record in government

On Friday, the Department of Finance released its annual Fiscal Reference Tables. This tracks the Federal and Provincial fiscal balances back to 1980.

2012 10 05
Garrison criticizes Anders’ petition against the gender identity bill

New Democrat Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender critic Randall Garrison expressed his outrage at the petition against Bill C-279 published by the MP for Calgary West.

2012 10 04
Gerry Ritz’s morphing priorities

The Minister of Agriculture has finally returned to the House of Commons, now claiming his ‘number one priority’ has always been to ensure the safety of food for Canadians.

2012 10 04
Francophone summit: government must reaffirm its commitment
Canada must also play leadership role in restoring peace in the DRC

As the Francophone Summit in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, approaches, New Democrat critic for La Francophonie Pierre Dionne Labelle urges the prime minister to address the current conflict and reaffirm his commitment to the Francophonie.

2012 10 04
Government must reject Nexen’s foreign takeover

The lack of transparency in the approval process, and an alarming number of unanswered questions, have pushed the NDP to reject, as currently structured, the transaction that would allow the state-owned CNOOC to take over the Canadian company Nexen.

2012 10 03
Statement on the Syrian attack on Turkey

New Democrat Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar has issued the following statement in reaction to tensions between Syria and Turkey.

2012 10 03
Gerry Ritz’s feel good beef tour

Instead of attending to his duties in the House of Commons, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has been spotted in Saskatchewan. From his public statements to local papers it looks like his new responsibility is to sugar coat the current E coli outbreak that has shut down 1/3 of all beef production in Canada.

2012 10 03
Replace veterans Review and Appeal Board: NDP
Simplified process needed to assist disabled veterans

NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) introduced a bill today to repeal the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB) and replace it with a simplified process for military and RCMP veterans’ disability applications.

2012 10 03
Red tape reduction: Conservatives deliver public relations ploy
Revising regulations should be part of government’s regular operations: François Lapointe

New Democrat Critic for Small Business, François Lapointe  (Montmagny–L'Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup), slammed the Conservative government’s public relations ploy to reduce red tape for small businesses, Tuesday in the House of Commons.

2012 10 02
Statement by Employment Insurance Critic, Anne-Marie Day, on the rejection of her EI motion

Canadians clearly cannot count on the Conservatives when it comes to protecting the services they rely on the most, as they showed us once again today.

2012 10 02
Gerry Ritz’s cuts to food safety – just the facts

Conservatives continue to stand in the House and launch baffling, fact-free attacks at the NDP over the E Coli beef crisis, while claiming they never cut funding or staff from CFIA.

2012 10 02
Muskoka Minister’s fact free rant on Fiscal Restraint

Tony Clement, the Minister made famous for spreading $50 million of pork barrelling around his riding – while breaking almost every rule in the book – gave a finger-wagging lecture today to others about fiscal restraint.

2012 10 02
Nexen: NDP tables motion calling for public consultations
Discontent over potential Nexen takeover intensifies

 The potential takeover of Nexen by the Chinese Company CNOOC continues to divide. New Democrats tabled a motion today calling for public consultations to properly inform Canadians, once and for all, of the impact of this transaction.

2012 10 01
Statement by Status of Women critic Niki Ashton on Women’s History Month

Today, we mark the beginning of Women’s History Month. Each fall, Canadians are invited to acknowledge the essential contribution of women to our country. We take the time to celebrate the trailblazing women that came before us. 

2012 10 01
World habitat day: Conservatives must stop penalizing cooperatives

The Conservative government must stop the Canada Mortgage and Housing Cooperation (CMHC) from imposing harsh penalties on cooperatives that are renegotiating their loan, said New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga), today on World Habitat Day.

2012 10 01
New Democrats mark National Seniors Day

On National Seniors Day, New Democrats recognize the important role of seniors in communities from coast to coast to coast.

2012 10 01
Changes to EI : too many Canadians getting short-changed
This inadequate reform penalizes the majority of Canadians and must be reviewed

As changes to the EI program are penalizing too many Canadians, New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to review this inadequate and unfair reform. Employment Insurance critic Anne-Marie Day, seconded by Human Resources and Skills Development Critic Chris Charlton, tabled a motion to this affect, today in the House of Commons.