2012 11 29
Conservative cuts hurting Canada’s aerospace industry

David Emerson’s aerospace review clearly shows that the Conservative government isn’t doing enough to support this key sector of our economy, said New Democrats.  

2012 11 28
Statement by Hélène Laverdière on opposition to bill C-398 to facilitate export of medication

Today, the Conservative Party refused to listen to a majority of Canadians who support Bill C-398 which seeks to save lives by facilitating the export of medications to the developing world.

2012 11 28
Statement by Official Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair on Guru Nanak’s birthday

To all followers of the Sikh faith, I extend my best wishes during Gurpurab.

2012 11 26
Statement by NDP Finance Critic Peggy Nash on the appointment of Mark Carney to the Bank of England

On behalf of New Democrats I would like to congratulate Mark Carney on being selected the governor of the Bank of England.

2012 11 26
NDP supports YWCA Canada’s Rose Campaign

In order to eliminate all forms of violence against women, New Democrat MP Marie-Claude Morin (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot) offered the NDP’s full support to YWCA Canada’s Rose Campaign.

2012 11 24
Statement by Matthew Dubé on the 100th anniversary of the Grey Cup

New Democrats are pleased to join all Canadians in celebration of the 100thGrey Cup. This occasion marks a full century of excellence in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

2012 11 23
Conservative candidate in Victoria’s Achilles heel? He says “it’s the Conservative government”

On the heels of Dale Gann’s recent flip-flop on the issue of secondary sewage treatment, and the video distancing him from his party by calling him “a little bit conservative”, Stephen Harper’s Candidate in Victoria is now doubling down on his anti-Conservative strategy.

2012 11 23
New Democrats call on Conservatives to address Canadian housing crisis
Boutin-Sweet in Halifax to attend housing and homelessness conference and hold town hall

The Canadian government has the moral obligation to invest in affordable housing in its next budget, said NDP Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet at the Annual Housing and Homelessness Conference in Halifax.

2012 11 22
NDP and local activists celebrate victory
Application for destructive mega quarry withdrawn

After months of working with local residents to oppose a massive quarry project that would have destroyed prime farmland and put the drinking water of nearly a million Canadians at risk, NDP MPs are pleased that this quarry application has been withdrawn. 

2012 11 22
Education cutbacks in Manawan amplify existing problems
Elementary school in disrepair and high school drop-out rate at almost 50%

Having witnessed in the field the appalling condition of the elementary school in the community of Manawan, two New Democrat MPs are urging the Conservative government to cancel the $430,000 cut to education for First Nations children.

2012 11 21
Statement by Dany Morin on rejection of his bullying prevention motion

Today, the Conservatives once again remained indifferent to an issue that affects too many Canadians and have missed an opportunity to take a leadership role in the fight against bullying.

2012 11 21
Conservatives still failing on elimination of child poverty
According to Campaign 2000 report one in seven Canadian children still lives in poverty

With zero progress on the government’s 23-year old pledge to eradicate child poverty the NDP is urging the Conservatives to put aside reckless ideology and adopt Campaign 2000’s recommendations.

2012 11 20
Statement by the NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

"New Democrats are very concerned about the escalation of conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the potential for the deepening of the humanitarian crisis in the region.

2012 11 20
New Democrats reiterate call for truth, justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

The final report released by the Internal Review Panel set up to study the United Nation’s responses during the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war highlights the need for greater accountability, say New Democrats.

2012 11 19
NDP urges Canada Post to make equity payments to their employees
After 29 years of proceedings, workers have waited long enough

OTTAWA – New Democrat MPs sent an open letter to Canada Post today urging the corporation to respect the Supreme Court order issued a year ago requiring it to make equity payments to thousands of employees involved in the longest battle of its kind in Canada.

2012 11 18
Statement by NDP Sports Critic Matthew Dubé on Georges St-Pierre's seventh UFC Title defence

I would like to congratulate fellow Quebecer Georges St-Pierre on an amazing welterweight championship win on home turf in Montreal Saturday night.

2012 11 16
Godin stands against the loss of environmental protection in the region
Conservatives shamefully abandoning protection of navigable waters

PABINEAU FALLS – With its monster budget bill, the Conservative government is abandoning the protection of Canada’s navigable waters, said New Democrat MP Yvon Godin (Acadie-Bathurst).

2012 11 16
Beyond the make believe – Stephen Harper’s real tax agenda

Today the Prime Minister claimed his government would never raise taxes on Canadians. But what does his record reveal?

2012 11 16
Stephen Harper makes stuff up about balancing the budget

At a rare press availability today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was put on the hot seat about our struggling economy.

2012 11 16
Conservative mismanagement leads to delays and wasteful spending

 A Conservative decision to recklessly cut 19 Citizenship and Immigration offices and throw one third of the workers in the central call centre out of work has resulted in  reduced service and higher government costs.

2012 11 16
NDP pushes Conservatives to provide stable and adequate funding to CBC/Radio-Canada

With the CBC/Radio-Canada licence up for renewal at the CRTC next week, NDP Heritage Critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher) is urging the Conservatives to live up to their commitment to provide stable and adequate funding to our public broadcaster.

2012 11 16
Stephen Harper’s War on the Middle Class Part II

This week, Stephen Harper’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told a few fibs about corporate taxes, claiming the NDP had its figures wrong and his government is collecting more in corporate taxes than when they took power.

2012 11 15
Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on Ras el Am el Hijri

To all Canadians celebrating Ras el Am el Hijri I extend my warmest greetings and best wishes for the New Year.

2012 11 14
Reaction to the Situation in the Middle East

New Democrats are very concerned by the recent escalation of tensions in Gaza and Israel. We call on all sides to exercise restraint and respect international humanitarian law obligations to protect civilians at all times.  Escalation would be dangerous and detrimental to prospects for long-term peace and stability in the region.

2012 11 14
Jason Kenney’s Taxpayer Funded Self-Image

Spendthrift Conservative Minister Jason Kenney seems to have a lot riding on his self image.

2012 11 14
Stephen Harper’s Finance Minister makes up numbers on television... again

When CBC’s Evan Solomon asked Jim Flaherty last night about the fact corporate tax revenues are lower than when the Conservatives took power – while personal tax revenues are higher – he replied

2012 11 13
Fixing crumbling infrastructure would create jobs and grow the economy

Canada’s mounting infrastructure crisis of crumbling bridges, potholes and traffic gridlock is costing more than $10 billion in lost productivity every year. NDP Transport and Infrastructure critic Olivia Chow was in Toronto today calling on the Conservatives to take action and ensure accountable, transparent and non-partisan infrastructure funding.

2012 11 13
Conservative Jim Flaherty’s War on the Middle Class

While Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty again skips the House of Commons, and accountability, with his latest Fiscal Update, let’s review his real record on personal income taxes:

2012 11 13
Conservatives ignore slowing growth and economic warning signs
Flaherty delivers Economic Update when House isn't sitting to avoid accountability for bad news

Despite missing their own deficit targets, mounting reports of slowing growth and double digit unemployment in many regions, Conservatives are ignoring economic warning signs and charging ahead with their cuts agenda.

2012 11 13
Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair for Diwali, Deepavali and Bandi Chhor Divas

On behalf of Canada's New Democrats, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all Canadians celebrating Diwali, Deepavali and Bandi Chhor Divas.

2012 11 11
Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on Remembrance Day

Canadians here at home and abroad will pause today to recognize the service of the men and women of our armed forces who selflessly bid farewell to their families and loved ones to answer duty’s call.

2012 11 09
Industry action on cellphone theft needed much sooner

OTTAWA – Today’s announcement by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) on a plan to help law enforcement agencies combat cellphone theft by September 2013 was welcomed by York South-Weston MP Mike Sullivan, who has been leading the fight on cellphone theft in Parliament.

2012 11 09
It just keeps growing: the Conservatives’ insatiable demand for taxpayer-funded advertising

For the first five years that the Conservatives were in power, they spent almost half a billion dollars on government-funded advertising -- and 2012-13 looks like it will be another big year.

2012 11 08
Anemic growth and false Conservative swagger

From the other side of the planet, Canada’s Economist-in-Chief Stephen Harper today lamented over the economic sluggishness of our neighbours to the South.

2012 11 08
NDP brings fight for lakes and rivers to ridings

Back to work in their ridings next week, New Democrat MPs will be continuing the fight to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers. Since it was introduced, Official Opposition MPs have been standing up in the House of Commons fighting against the Conservatives’ monster omnibus budget bill and the ways it will hurt our waterways.

2012 11 08
Conservatives reject and bury proposals to improve government spending oversight

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Critic for Public Works and Government Services Linda Duncan (Edmonton–Strathcona) denounced the Conservative government’s refusal to concur in the report tabled by the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.

2012 11 07
Statement by Tyrone Benskin on rejection of his bill to support artists

The Conservatives have once again missed an opportunity to show their support for Canadian artists by rejecting my private member’s bill which would have given a well-deserved boost to our artists and creators.

2012 11 07
‘Pay-to-Pay’ fees on monthly bills hurt Canadians

Canada’s New Democrats launched a campaign Wednesday to eliminate extra charges for receiving a monthly bill in the mail. Over the last year many telephone, internet, TV and other companies have introduced new monthly charges on customers who continue to receive a paper copy of their bill in the mail.

2012 11 06
Statement by the Leader of Official Opposition on the re-election of the President of the United States

On behalf of Canada's New Democrats I extend heartfelt congratulations to Barack Obama, for his re-election as President of the United States of America.

2012 11 06
NDP MP urges Conservatives to recognize reality of Canadian artists
His private member’s bill would allow artists to average their income, echoing the practice in Quebec and in many foreign countries

On the eve of the vote on his private member’s bill, C-427, aimed at supporting hard-working artists by allowing them to average their income in spiked earning years and obtain a tax exemption on a certain portion of their income, Tyrone Benskin, (Jeanne-Le Ber) urges the Conservatives to support his tax amendment bill.

2012 11 05
New Democrats introduce sodium reduction strategy
Bill would help Canadians make healthier choices

NDP MP Libby Davies (Vancouver East) introduced legislation in the House of Commons today, An Act Respecting the Implementation of the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada, which will involve several measures to help Canadians make healthy choices and eat a diet low in sodium.

2012 11 02
NDP calls on Conservatives to support pan-Canadian housing strategy

To adequately address Canada’s many housing needs, the Conservative government must immediately implement the NDP’s pan-Canadian housing strategy.  

2012 11 02
National Research Council latest victim of Conservative science cuts

As part of their ongoing attack on science and research, the Conservatives are throwing close to a hundred of Canada’s best researchers out of work.

2012 11 02
Prevention is lacking in ad hoc committee on bullying

NDP MP Dany Morin (Chicoutimi – Le Fjord) welcomes the creation of an anti-cyberbullying working group and is calling on the Conservatives to take concrete action to support his motion for a national bullying prevention strategy.

2012 11 01
Immigration policy should build a stronger Canada, not exploit the vulnerable

NDP Immigration critic Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta) is urging the Conservative government to invest in Canadian workers and reunite families instead of undermining the Canadian job market by exploiting Temporary Foreign Workers.

2012 11 01
Laverdière to join Grandmothers’ rally on Parliament Hill
Grandmothers show support for Bill C-398 to make medications more affordable for developing countries

Today, NDP MP Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Ste-Marie) joined MPs and Senators from all parties at the National Hilltop Campaign rally on Parliament Hill in support of Bill C-398.

2012 11 01
New De-mo-crats kick off Movember in style
NDP MP Matthew Dubé shaves off Peter Stoffer’s iconic moustache in the House of Commons foyer

OTTAWA — New Democrat MP Matthew Dubé launched the NDP Movember campaign this afternoon by shaving his colleague Peter Stoffer’s moustache in the House of Commons foyer.

2012 11 01
Statement by New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair on the tragedy of November 1984 in India

It is with great sorrow that I extend my sympathies on the 28th anniversary of the tragic pogroms of 1984 that targeted Sikh men, women and children in New Delhi and many other parts of India.

2012 11 01
Canada must show leadership in Syria’s humanitarian crisis

New Democrats introduced a motion today at the Foreign Affairs committee calling on the government to play a more active role in diplomatic efforts to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria.