2015 01 28
Conservatives vote against the middle class

NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion:

“After a decade of Conservative economic mismanagement, middle-class families are working harder than ever, yet falling further behind. Canada is now facing an uncertain economic future including job losses, falling oil prices, and declining government revenues. The Conservative’s response is to hide from reality and keep the facts from Canadians.  ...

2015 01 28
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau supports half of the mission in Iraq

Now that Canadian Forces on the ground have been engaged in combat with enemy forces in Iraq, Justin Trudeau has an interesting take on things. Last week the Department of National Defence revealed that Canadian soldiers who are participating in an “advise and assist” role have in fact been engaging in direct fire and directing the dropping of bombs.  ...

2015 01 27
Tom Mulcair proposes concrete measures to help the middle class

“Manufacturing, Innovation and Lower Small Business Taxes Will Create Good Jobs and New Opportunities for the Middle Class.”

In a major speech to the Economic Club of Canada today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced concrete proposals that will help Canada’s manufacturers and small businesses create good-paying, full time middle class jobs for Canadians.   ...

2015 01 27
Statement by the NDP official opposition on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“Today we mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  ...

2015 01 26
The NDP calls for a public inquiry into the Lac-Mégantic tragedy

NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie) has requested that the Conservatives launch a public inquiry into the Lac-Mégantic tragedy.   ...

2015 01 26
NDP statement on Const. David Wynn

NDP MP Linda Duncan (Edmonton – Strathcona) made the following statement on RCMP Const. David Wynn’s funeral:

"On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats, I extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of RCMP Const. David Wynn.  ...

2015 01 26
Middle class Canadians deserve economic leadership

NDP's first opposition day motion of the year calls on the government to immediately present an Economic and Fiscal Update to parliament and prepare a budget that addresses middle class challenges.  ...

2015 01 23
Conservatives make major cut to disaster relief for provinces

Last week, the Conservatives quietly revealed a change that will massively cut funding to provinces and communities that are hit by disasters.

“It’s shocking that the Conservatives are moving with no warning and no consultation to make it more difficult for provinces to get disaster relief, just as scientists are telling us that climate change will increase extreme weather events,” said NDP Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca).  ...

2015 01 23
First Nations left out of unemployment figures

NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) is calling renewed attention to the fact that the Conservatives have not been collecting employment data on First Nations members living on reserve.   ...

2015 01 23
NDP shadow cabinet ready to fight for the middle class

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has strengthened the NDP’s Shadow Cabinet ahead of the 2015 election. More than ever, New Democrats are ready to fix the damage done by Stephen Harper and finally give the middle class a break.  ...

2015 01 22
NDP REALITY CHECK: So when did that combat/non-combat mission start?

More confused messages today from the Conservatives on Canada’s role in the war in Iraq. The Chief of Defence Staff now says that Canadian participation at the front lines assisting in targeting was always part of the mission, even though he denied that would be happening in October.  ...

2015 01 22
NDP REALITY CHECK: Trudeau’s manufacturing woes

Perhaps tired of criticism that he has no plans, the Liberal leader attempted to roll out two ideas on the future of manufacturing in Southern Ontario in two days – never mind that they are directly contradictory.  ...

2015 01 22
Tom Mulcair and NDP MPs attending vigils for Raïf Badawi

NDP MPs to attend today’s ceremonies in Montreal and tomorrow’s events in Sherbrooke

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and several New Democrat MPs are set to take part in a vigil in Montreal today calling for Raïf Badawi’s release. The NDP will also be present at Friday’s event in Sherbrooke.    ...

2015 01 22
NDP to restore CBC funding

If elected to government, the NDP would cancel the Conservatives’ $115 million cut to CBC/Radio-Canada.

“An NDP government would give our public broadcaster some room to breathe, by ensuring stable, predictable, multiyear funding to help protect the CBC from advertising-market fluctuations and to allow it to fulfill its mandate,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair.  ...

2015 01 22
NDP REALITY CHECK: Pierre Poilievre’s “Respect” for Taxpayers – No Questions, Please

Pierre Poilievre likes to talk about respecting the taxpayer, but he doesn’t seem to think Canadians have a right to know how he’s spending their money.  ...

2015 01 21
NDP REALITY CHECK: Trudeau wants to take your pension for a test drive

As the Liberal retreat comes to a close, they’ve managed to come up with just one new policy proposal: making pension plans pay for infrastructure.  ...

2015 01 21
Conservative failures causing more trouble for Canadian economy

While the Bank of Canada cut interest rates amidst grave warnings about the health of our economy, the Conservatives still have no plan to fix Canada’s bleak economic outlook and get Canadians back to work.  ...

2015 01 21
NDP REALITY CHECK: Tony Clement’s “Commitment” to Open Data

“Open Data is about offering Government data in useful machine-readable formats to enable citizens, the private sector, and non-government organizations to leverage it in innovative and value-added ways.”  ...

2015 01 21
NDP commemorates Lincoln Alexander Day

“Today as people across Canada pay tribute to the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, a special pride burns in the hearts of Hamiltonians and Canada’s black community.”  ...

2015 01 20
Who speaks for the government?

With the Minister of Employment saying one thing and an unnamed federal official saying another, it seems the Conservatives are in a disorganized panic and scrambling for a plan.   ...

2015 01 20
NDP REALITY CHECK: Stephen Harper in September “Canadian soldiers are not accompanying the Iraqi forces into combat”

Yesterday the Prime Minister’s Office assured journalists that despite Canadian Forces being involved in combat in Iraq, they were still not on a “combat mission”.  ...

2015 01 20
NDP REALITY CHECK: NDP has the best record on creating and protecting jobs while in government

Not only are NDP governments the best fiscal managers, according to Finance Canada statistics, the evidence shows that New Democrat governments also do the best when it comes to tackling unemployment.  ...

2015 01 20
NDP REALITY CHECK: Just the Facts on the “most transparent Government in Canadian History”

"Our Government is the most transparent government in Canadian history”

- Tony Clement, December 19, 2012

How are Conservatives really doing? According to the most recent Access to Information Act Bulletin, last year:  ...

2015 01 19
NDP REALITY CHECK: NDP still best fiscal managers – Liberals are the worst: Finance Canada

Justin Trudeau’s brain trust certainly got awfully excited by the NDP caucus meetings last week – making things up and engaging in negative attacks.  ...

2015 01 19
NDP REALITY CHECK: A History of Failure: Liberals and Conservatives on the Access to Information Act

The Conservatives are kicking off 2015 by continuing one of the Liberal Party’s great traditions: promising a more open government, but instead governing in the same old secretive style, breaking all their promises to fix the Access to Information Act.  ...

2015 01 18
Budget 2015 must give middle class families a break

VANCOUVER—New Democrats are demanding that the Conservatives use the upcoming budget to change direction and start building an economy that works for Canadians.  ...

2015 01 17
Statement by the Official Opposition on World Religion Day

Official Opposition Human Rights critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement on World Religion Day:

Across the planet, people are celebrating World Religion Day today.  ...

2015 01 16
NDP statement on Neil Bantleman

Official Opposition Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) and Official Opposition Critic for Consular Affairs Wayne Marston (Hamilton-Stoney Creek) made the following statement today:  ...

2015 01 15
Tom Mulcair's Speech-- 2015 Caucus Strategy Session

Thank you.

Welcome to 2015

Are you ready to bring change to Ottawa?

Are you ready to fight for middle class families?

Are you ready to replace Stephen Harper’s Conservatives with an NDP government and get Canada on track?  ...

2015 01 14
NDP REALITY CHECK: Leona Aglukkaq continues her lies

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) recently caught up with Leona Aglukkaq, Conservative Minister of the Environment and MP for Nunavut.  ...

2015 01 14
Statement by the NDP on Thai Pongal

NDP Multiculturalism critic Andrew Cash (Davenport) made the following statement on Thai Pongal: 

“Today, I would like to wish all Canadians of Tamil origin a wonderful Thai Pongal, or Monsoon Festival.  ...

2015 01 13
The Conservatives still don’t get that judges should be bilingual

NDP Official Languages critic Yvon Godin (Acadie–Bathurst) is befuddled by the appointment of a unilingual Anglophone to the position of Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada.    ...

2015 01 12
Canada must help stop Boko Haram

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement in reaction to the latest attacks by Boko Haram:

“We are deeply disturbed by the brutal attacks in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram. Hundreds of people have been killed in recent weeks. Entire communities have been displaced and destroyed. In the attacks this past weekend, Boko Haram reportedly used a ten-year-old girl as a suicide bomber, yet another reminder of the callous and vicious nature of this terrorist organization.  ...

2015 01 12
NDP REALITY CHECK: New Minister of Veterans Affairs – what better way to start a mandate than with failure?

‏@ErinOTooleMP After some initial meetings I spent my 1st day as MVA calling & listening to leading veterans organizations starting with the @RCL_DC  ...

2015 01 12
Statement from the NDP on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights report on missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia

The Official opposition critic for aboriginal affairs, Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan) made the following statement:

Today’s report from Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says that the “disappearances and murders of indigenous women in Canada are part of a broader pattern of violence and discrimination against indigenous women in Canada.”  ...

2015 01 12
Conservative auto sector promises are too little too late

Government loan for Linamar today comes after the Conservatives oversaw the loss of more than 50,000 auto sector jobs. 

“Liberals and Conservatives have allowed a generation of middle-class jobs to disappear in industries like auto,” said NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley). “The Auditor General has reported that the Conservatives mismanaged funds that were earmarked for supporting the auto sector, which means Canada has lost out on billions of dollars in investments and thousands of jobs.”  ...

2015 01 12
Official Opposition statement on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti

Official Opposition Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) and International Development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier–Sainte-Marie) made the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti:  ...

2015 01 09
NDP condemns Russian anti-Trans legislation

The NDP is appalled by the Russian government’s adoption of a law banning Transgender and Transsexual people from driving.

“This new law is regressive and unconscionable,” said NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre). “I urge the Canadian government to condemn the Russian government’s discrimination against Russia’s Trans community.”  ...

2015 01 09
Conservatives must close copyright law loophole to end false threats: NDP

The Conservatives must take immediate steps to protect internet users by closing a loophole that allows media companies to bully Canadians with threats of hefty fines that don’t actually exist under Canadian law.   ...

2015 01 09
More job losses under the Conservatives

New figures from Statistics Canada show the Conservatives’ unbalanced economic approach continues to hit Canadian families hard.

The Canadian economy finished 2014 by shedding an additional 4,300 jobs last month, following significant losses in November.  ...

2015 01 09
Employment Minister Jason Kenney reacts to poor job numbers: “LA! LA! LA! I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”

@kenneyjason: Great to see the creation of 54,000 full time #jobs last month

– Twitter, January 9, 2015

Woot indeed Minister! But if Jason Kenney took the trouble to read the whole Statistics Canada report, he would have learned that these new jobs were more than offset by 58,000 jobs lost.  ...

2015 01 09
NDP calls for the release of Saudi free speech activist

Official Opposition Critic for Human Rights Wayne Marston (Hamilton - Stoney Creek) issued the following statement today:

"New Democrats are appalled that imprisoned Saudi Arabian free speech activist Raif Badawi will be flogged in public today as part of his sentence.  ...

2015 01 08
NDP calls for expansion of search and rescue services

New Democrats strongly support the expansion of search and rescue response services across Canada and urge the Conservative government to take all necessary action to ensure Canada meets international standards, in particular a 30-minute response time, 24/7.  ...

2015 01 07
Small Government? Not when it comes to Stephen Harper’s Buddies!

Before he was Prime Minister, Stephen Harper painted himself as a proponent of small government and a defender of austerity:

“I tend to come from the small government end of conservatism.”  ...

2015 01 07
NDP statement on Gurbakash Singh Khalsa

Official Opposition Human Rights Critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement today:

New Democrats are concerned about the condition of Gurbakash Singh, a peaceful  ...

2015 01 07
Statement from Tom Mulcair on Paris terrorist attack

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NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair made the following statement today in the wake of the mass shooting at the magazine Charlie Hebdo:  ...

2015 01 05
New Conservative Minister Erin O’Toole – a new start or more of the same for Veterans Affairs?

VETS OFFICE CLOSURES

After the dismal performance of Julian Fantino – noted for his heartless comments about veterans offices simply being administrative points of contact as he closed down Veterans Affairs offices across the country, no one can question the fact it was time for a fresh face ready to change things.  ...

2015 01 05
NDP to new Veterans Affairs Minister: time to change direction

NDP offers list of priorities that need new minister’s urgent attention – including the immediate reopening of veteran’s offices

OTTAWA/SACKVILLE – NDP leader Tom Mulcair welcomed the demotion of minister Fantino today but warned that a change of direction is needed, not just a shuffle of ministers.  ...

2015 01 01
Official Opposition statement on Tamil Heritage Month

NDP multiculturalism critic Andrew Cash (Davenport) made the following statement on Tamil Heritage Month:

“On behalf of the New Democratic Party, I am pleased to recognize today as the beginning of Tamil Heritage Month. 

“For the entire month of January, Canada’s Tamil community will be celebrating its history and culture with a variety of events, including the Thai Pongal – the Tamil monsoon celebration.   ...

2015 01 01
Statement by Tom Mulcair on the New Year

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on New Year’s Day:

“On this first day of this new year, my family and my wife Catherine and I would like to wish all Canadians a peaceful, healthy and happy 2015.

“This is a great day to reflect on the kind of country that we want to build together – a fairer, greener and more prosperous Canada for all.   ...

2014 12 31
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #1: Canadians getting Ripped Off by the Conservatives

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 30
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #2: The Conservatives’ Shameful Treatment of our Veterans

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 29
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #3: Conservative Climate Change #Fail

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 28
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #4: Stephen Harper’s Conservatives Seem Incapable of Working with the Provinces

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 27
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #5: Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and the Unfair Elections Act

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 26
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #6: Job Tax Credits – not working for the Liberals or Conservatives

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 25
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition on Christmas

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the Christmas holidays:

“On behalf of the entire NDP team, I would like to offer my best wishes for Christmas.  

“Christians around the world are joining together today to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, along with his message of unity and solidarity – a universal message that crosses borders and faiths.  ...

2014 12 24
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #7: Lumps of coal for Conservative ministers

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 23
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #8: Trudeau’s Adventures in Flip-Flop Land

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 22
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #9: Conservatives refuse to call an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 21
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 - #10: Conservatives attack charities, let tax cheats off the hook

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 20
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #11: The Conservatives Hide from Accountability in Question Period

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandal, out of touch with the challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 19
Statement by the Official Opposition on Stephen Harper’s refusal to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

Official Opposition Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo – Cowichan) and Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement on Stephen Harper’s stubborn refusal to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women:  ...

2014 12 19
The big blue propaganda machine

The NDP is denouncing the Conservatives for their use of tax payer money to finance a propaganda machine and mislead Canadians.

“This big blue propaganda machine is scandalous,” said NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay). “This government has no problem misleading Canadians by publishing content that looks like news, but cutting access to information for journalists in Canada,”  ...

2014 12 19
POLITICAL LOWLIGHTS OF 2014 – #12: Stephen Harper Attacks the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice

In 2014, we saw a Conservative government plagued by scandals, out of touch with challenges facing Canadians and preoccupied with photo-ops and their own partisan interests. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals fail to hold Conservatives to account and, after two years, we still have no idea where they stand on key issues.  ...

2014 12 17
NDP statement on US-Cuba announcement

NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement today:

“President Obama has made major progress in normalizing relations with Cuba and I believe this will be beneficial to the people of Cuba.

“I thank our Canadian diplomats for their hard work on this file. This is an example of constructive diplomacy, something that Canada is very good at.  ...

2014 12 16
UN is against applying religious discrimination to refugees

The Conservative plan to apply religious discrimination to the selection of Syrian refugees for resettlement in Canada stands against UN policies that say “such discrimination undermines the protection and needs-based approach to resettlement”.  ...

2014 12 16
Tom Mulcair statement on attack on Pakistan school

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement today:

Our hearts go out to the people of Pakistan and to the Pakistani community here in Canada in the wake of today’s shocking attack on a school in Peshawar. The attackers have reportedly killed 132 children and nine staff members. This is an unspeakable horror and Canadians everywhere condemn it in the strongest terms.  ...

2014 12 16
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Hanukkah

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on Hanukkah:

“On behalf of the NDP, I extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah tonight across Canada and around the world.    ...

2014 12 16
Stoffer comments on veteran’s victory in Agent Orange case

NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer congratulated veteran Basil McAllister today for winning a federal court case that forces Veterans Affairs Canada to grant him disability compensation in relation to his exposure to defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown.  ...

2014 12 15
Feds must start working with provinces on economic challenges

As finance ministers gather today to address Canada’s urgent economic challenges, New Democrats call on the Conservatives to stop refusing to work with the provinces and end their downloading and cuts to transfers.  ...

2014 12 15
Justin Trudeau – late to the party on pipelines

So Justin Trudeau has concerns about the Energy East pipeline? Well that’s new.

It was less than two months ago that his fellow Liberals stood up and voted with the Conservatives against an NDP motion opposing TransCanada’s proposed oil export terminal at Cacouna.  ...

2014 12 15
NDP and Fair Vote Canada stand up for electoral reform

Together with Fair Vote Canada, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair reiterated the NDP’s commitment to introduce a mixed-member proportional system, which would make the 2015 election the last unfair election.  ...

2014 12 12
NDP demands review of Wheat Board privatization

Amid rumours of the imminent privatization of the interim Canadian Wheat Board, New Democrats are raising the alarm about a back-room process cloaked in secrecy.  ...

2014 12 11
NDP accuses Conservatives of scrapping the CBC’s regional news bulletins

The NDP says the Conservative government is the ultimate party responsible for the new round of massive cuts announced today, which will further impair broadcasting of regional news in many areas of the country.  ...

2014 12 10
Statement by New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair on the election of the Assembly of First Nations' National Chief

“On behalf of Canada's Official Opposition, I offer my sincere congratulations to Perry Bellegarde on his election as the head of the Assembly of First Nations. I look forward to working in collaboration with National Chief Perry Bellegarde on the many pressing issues facing First Nations across Canada, including the renewed call for a national inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.  ...

2014 12 10
Conservatives reject bill that could have saved the lives of pedestrians and cyclists

In voting against Bill C-603, the Conservative government has thrown out a simple measure that could have gone a long way to bolstering the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in Canada, and save lives.  ...

2014 12 10
Statement by the Official Opposition on International Human Rights Day

Official Opposition Human Rights’ critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement on International Human Rights Day:  ...

2014 12 09
Conservative government silent on social contract with veterans

Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) blasted Minister Fantino today for remaining silent on whether the federal government has a social contract or social covenant with veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces.   ...

2014 12 06
Statement by the Leader of the NDP on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:      ...

2014 12 05
Job growth staggers under Conservative policies

Job growth in recent months came to a sudden halt in November, as Statistics Canada reported the loss of 10,700 jobs today.   

“Conservative policies are once again leaving more Canadians out of work. Private sector employment dropped by 46,000 last month, while 14,100 young Canadians also lost full-time positions. We’re starting to see the loss of more and more jobs under this Conservative government,” said NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley).  ...

2014 12 04
Trudeau stands with Harper, votes against a fairer voting system for Canada

For anyone who wants fairer elections, it was disappointing to see Justin Trudeau continue to stand with Stephen Harper and oppose electoral reform – even while 16 members of his caucus defied his leadership and voted in favour of the NDP’s proposal to change Canada’s voting system.  ...

2014 12 03
The Conservatives say no to a fair elections system

Today Conservatives said no to a fair elections system.

“The NDP put forward a simple motion asking all parties to commit to replacing Canada’s unfair electoral system with a system of mixed-member proportional representation following the next election. I was disappointed to see the Conservatives and even some Liberals vote against the initiative,” said NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto – Danforth).  ...

2014 12 03
Irene Mathyssen elected as NDP National Caucus Chair

NDP MPs elected Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) today as National Caucus Chair. They also selected Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) to be Vice-Chair.  ...

2014 12 03
NDP motion demands respect for live-in caregivers

Yesterday, NDP Critic for Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims introduced a motion in Parliament calling on the Conservative government to remove the caps on permanent resident applications for live-in caregivers.  ...

2014 12 03
Another 5,000 farms disappear under Conservatives

New numbers from Statistics Canada reveal that the number of farms in Canada continues to decline.  

“In just one year, almost 5,000 farms of all sizes disappeared from the Canadian landscape. We need to act now to help farming families and protect our local food system,” said Agriculture critic Malcom Allen (Welland), “With food prices going up, the last thing we need is less security in our food supply.”  ...

2014 12 03
The NDP is urging Elections Canada to open an inquiry into Conservative Party financing

In light of a troubling CTV report, the NDP has asked Elections Canada to open an inquiry into allegations that SNC-Lavalin used nominees to finance the Conservative Party of Canada.  ...

2014 12 03
Official Opposition statement on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Official Opposition critic on Disability Issues, Mike Sullivan (York South – Weston), made the following statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:  ...

2014 12 02
Isabelle Morin presses the government to take action on animal rights

Canada’s poor rating on the World Animal Protection’s index is a strong indication of how ineffective our laws and regulations have become after being left untouched for over 100 years,” stated MP and NDP spokesperson on animal’s rights and welfare Isabelle Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Lachine).  ...

2014 12 02
The NDP wants to implement a mixed proportional system

The NDP will use its time in the House of Commons Wednesday to turn the government’s attention to the need to implement a mixed proportional electoral system, in order to ensure that 2015 will be the last in the era of unfair elections.  ...

2014 12 02
Conservative Failure Trio - #Breaking

Yesterday three Conservative Ministers who have mastered the art of failure had a chance to pick up their game. Here’s what happened:

Julian Fantino:  ...

2014 12 01
Victory for Thalidomide victims

Following a five-decade battle for recognition and support, Thalidomide victims will finally get the support they need, after all parties rallied behind the NDP’s motion last week to compensate them.    ...

2014 12 01
NDP urges government to reject Cacouna oil port project

In response to the beluga whale’s new status as an endangered species, the NDP is upping the pressure on the Conservative government to reject the oil port in Cacouna.   ...

2014 12 01
NDP asks the Conservatives to boost aid to Syrian refugees facing food crisis

New Democrats are calling on the Canadian government to urgently increase humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, as a funding crisis today forced the United Nations World Food Programme to suspend a food voucher program serving over 1.7 million refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.  ...

2014 12 01
The weakest Conservative trio

There’s nothing like a strong ending to a session, and three Conservative Ministers seem intent on going out with a bang:

Julian Fantino:

The Auditor General found that “Veterans Affairs Canada is not adequately facilitating timely access to mental health services” Announced $200 million over six years, only to later clarify that it was over 50 years Was so impressed with himself that he left the country  ...

2014 12 01
Statement by the Official Opposition on World AIDS Day

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on World AIDS Day:

“This year, we are celebrating the 25th annual World AIDS Day. Today, we offer our encouragement to everyone battling the HIV/AIDS virus, and remember those we have lost to the disease, along with their loved ones.  ...

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