November 24th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today an NDP motion to establish a special committee to study the best path forward to end and prevent homelessness in Canada was debated for its first hour in the House of Commons. If passed, NDP MP Sheri Benson’s M-147 will assemble a special committee that engages experts and those with lived experience to develop the first ever national plan.

November 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA - In a letter sent today, the NDP’s Finance Critic Alexandre Boulerice is calling on the Finance Minister to take concrete steps to tackle tax havens. Recent leaks in the Paradise Papers are clearly overshadowing the Liberal government’s willingness to fight tax evasion and abusive tax avoidance.

November 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson launched an historic appeal on her abandoned vessels bill (C-352) which will lead to a secret ballot vote in the House of Commons allowing individual MPs to decide if her bill should be votable. This appeal, a first in Canada’s history, comes after the Liberals used their majority at the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to block C-352.

November 22nd, 2017

NDP Indigenous Affairs Critic and sponsor of Bill C-262, Romeo Saganash, made the following statement:

November 22nd, 2017

NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, issued the following statement:

November 21st, 2017

OTTAWA – On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Krever Inquiry into the tainted blood scandal, the NDP, along with health advocates and health professionals, are raising serious concerns about information received under Access to Information that shows Health Canada working in favour of for-profit plasma donation centres.

November 21st, 2017

OTTAWA – Today’s Auditor General Report revealed that the Liberal government is failing to help everyday Canadians when they are faced with problems that fall under federal jurisdiction.

November 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – In the lead up to National Housing Day on November 22, the NDP Housing Critic, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga), reiterated the NDP’s expectations for the soon-to-be released National Housing Strategy, details of which will be announced in the coming days.

November 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – In the wake of provinces calling on the federal government to rethink the distribution of taxes on cannabis, the NDP is asking the Liberal government to work with provinces to address concerns and meet all of their needs when it comes to the legalization of cannabis. To this end, NDP Finance Critic, Alexandre Boulerice, is proposing an amendment to the Budget Implementation Act, by inserting a clause calling on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to invite representatives from all the provinces to consult and work together towards a mutually agreed upon plan.

November 17th, 2017

OTTAWA— NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor — Tecumseh) has asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, to look into the matter of Jagtar Singh Johal and offer immediate support to her counterparts in the UK. Mr. Johal was allegedly forcibly abducted by members of the Punjab Police in India. The letter comes after Members of Parliament in both the United Kingdom and Punjab Legislative Assembly highlighted allegations of torture by Mr. Johal’s legal team.

November 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – New Democrats are supporting calls made by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) to ask the Liberal government to look into an alternative to the Phoenix Pay System. Today, PIPSC called on the Liberals to look into a plan B as Phoenix continues to be a fiasco for public service employees.

November 14th, 2017

The following statement was issued by Hélène Laverdière, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, and Randall Garrison, NDP Defence Critic:

November 10th, 2017

OTTAWA – NDP Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver – Kingsway) today criticized the Liberal government’s decision to impose an excise tax on medicinal cannabis.

November 11th, 2017

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement:

November 8th, 2017

OTTAWA — Today, the Liberals defeated Bill C-325 on the right to housing. The Bill, tabled by NDP MP Rachel Blaney, aimed to incorporate the internationally recognized right to housing into Canadian law.

November 9th, 2017

NDP Critic for Veterans Affairs, Irene Mathyssen made the following statement:

November 8th, 2017

OTTAWA – In an effort to shed more light on the Paradise Papers and schemes that allow wealthy Canadians to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, the NDP is moving a motion to invite Stephen Bronfman, Revenue Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada; and Leo Kolber, former Senator and former chief fundraiser for the Liberal Party of Canada, to explain their actions to the Finance committee.

November 8th, 2017

Ottawa – NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Sainte-Marie) will propose amendments to Bill C-47, the Canadian government’s legislation on the Arms Trade Treaty. The six NDP amendments would strengthen Bill C-47 to bring it up to the standard required by the Treaty and improve Canada’s arms exports rules.

November 8th, 2017

OTTAWA - Today NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, announced the appointment of long-time Party activist Willy Blomme as his Chief of Staff. Having previously worked on Jack Layton’s leadership campaign, Blomme first joined the NDP staff team in Ottawa as Layton’s speechwriter. In 2008 she moved on from that role, but remained very active in the NDP, playing key roles on numerous local and national campaigns. After earning her PhD from John Hopkins University, and subsequently working there as an instructor, Blomme joined the Broadbent Institute as its Quebec Director in 2015 and has more recently taken on the role of Program Director at the Institute. Less than a year ago, Blomme also managed the successful campaign of Valérie Plante for the leadership of Projet Montréal. “I’m so excited to have Willy leading this incredible team here in Ottawa,” said Singh. “She has demonstrated a deep commitment towards building a more inclusive and just country, and we’re so lucky to have her wealth of experience to help us build towards forming the government Canada deserves in 2019." Blomme will complete her work at the Broadbent Institute over the next seven weeks before beginning her role as Chief of Staff in January.  

November 7th, 2017

Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, along with NDP LGBTQ Critic and Deputy Critic, Randall Garrison and Sheri Benson, are calling on the Prime Minister to provide a just apology to the LGBTQ community for the historic treatment of LGBTQ Canadians. 

November 6th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Pensions Critic, Scott Duvall, tabled his Private Members’ Bill to end pension theft in Canada. After launching the “End Pension Theft” campaign in September, and consulting with workers and stakeholders from coast to coast to coast, Duvall introduced his legislation to protect the pensions workers and retirees have earned.

November 4th, 2017

Today marks the 548th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and on behalf of the New Democratic Party, I wish everyone a joyous and prosperous Gurpurab.

November 2nd, 2017

VANCOUVER – On Thursday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh urged the federal government to do more in the fight against opioid related overdoses while visiting an overdose prevention site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside known as ‘62’.

November 2nd, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, the NDP is proposing amendments to fix Bill C-58 which proposes changes to the Access to Information Act. C-58 is a huge letdown to Canadians who were hoping for long overdue reform to our broken regime. The NDP proposals aim to fix the Act in order to keep government officials accountable. 

November 1st, 2017

Statement from Hélène Laverdière, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic:

November 1st, 2017

Today, the NDP's Parliamentary Leader, Guy Caron, made the following statement in the House of Commons:

November 1st, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, the NDP will put forward a motion calling on the Liberals to withdraw pension Bill C-27. Unions and the NDP first raised the alarm on this bad bill, which fails to prioritize the interests of Canadian workers and retirees over wealthy corporate friends. In light of revelations regarding the Finance Minister’s financial involvement in his old company, Morneau Shepell, the NDP and the Ethics Commissioner have raised concerns regarding the bill.   

October 31st, 2017

OTTAWA – To mark the end of Women’s History Month in Canada, the NDP is renewing their call to the Liberal government for access to free birth control. On Halloween, we honour the “witches” who, throughout history, fought for access to birth control.

October 30th, 2017

OTTAWA – On Monday, the government finally introduced legislation on abandoned vessels, an issue the NDP has raised over 80 times since the Liberals were elected.  The announcement comes weeks ahead of scheduled debate on an NDP bill which would force the government to implement a comprehensive solution to clean up thousands of abandoned vessels polluting Canada's coasts.

October 27th, 2017

The NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, Hélène Laverdière, made the following statement:

October 26th, 2017

The following is a statement issued by Matthew Dubé, NDP Critic for Public Safety:

October 26th, 2017

The NDP Critic for Foreign Affairs, Hélène Laverdière, made the following statement:

October 25th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced changes to the strong NDP team in the House of Commons.

October 24th, 2017

OTTAWA – In the midst of an ethics scandal, the NDP is criticizing the Finance Minister for his lacklustre Fall economic update.

October 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – On Monday, the NDP tabled a motion in the House of Commons which outlines Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s ethical lapses, demands an apology from the Minister, and calls on the government to close the loopholes Morneau used to get around the Conflict of Interest Act.

October 20th, 2017

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has officially wrapped up the business of his Ontario Legislative Assembly office and formally submitted his resignation to the Speaker of the House at Queen's Park today.

October 18th, 2017

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October 18th, 2017

NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins—Baie James), and NDP Critic for Culture and Heritage, Pierre Nantel, made the following statement:

October 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – The NDP has called on the Federal Ethics Commissioner to launch a formal investigation into Finance Minister Bill Morneau and an unprecedented conflict of interest relating to his vast financial holdings and government legislation tabled in his name.

October 12th, 2017

OTTAWA – The NDP is demanding answers from the Liberal government regarding the use of a questionnaire employed by the RCMP at a border crossing point for asylum seekers which has the makings of a religious values test.

October 11th, 2017

“This is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard of,” said NDP Finance Critic, Alexandre Boulerice, of the Liberal government’s move to tax employee discounts. “The Liberals refuse to crack down on tax havens or loopholes used by their wealthy friends and big corporations, but now they want to target these small benefits for employees? This is cruel and unusual.”

October 10th, 2017

OTTAWA – On World Mental Health Day, NDP Veterans Affairs Critic Irene Mathyssen is calling on the government to greatly improve its supports for veterans’ mental health.

October 6th, 2017

The NDP Critic for Foreign Affairs, Hélène Laverdière, made the following statement:

October 5th, 2017

OTTAWA – The NDP has introduced a motion in the House of Commons that gives the Liberal government one year to begin negotiations with the provinces in order to implement universal pharmaceutical drug coverage for all Canadians.

October 3rd, 2017

OTTAWA – In five reports released today, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development found the Liberal government has failed to take necessary action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or deal with the impacts of climate change.

October 1st, 2017

TORONTO – The NDP is proud to welcome Jagmeet Singh as its new leader after he received 53.8% of the votes on the first ballot in the federal party’s leadership race.