2014 09 16
Math is hard if you’re Justin Trudeau

Yesterday Justin Trudeau announced that he would create 176,000 jobs for a mere $225 million in cash from the EI fund.

2014 09 16
Statement on Canadian military deployment to Iraq
The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement today:

"Tonight's emergency debate on Canada's military involvement in Iraq must be followed by a parliamentary vote on a clear motion that outlines the details of Canada’s commitment.

2014 09 15
Reminder to Liberals - remember that vote on the China-Canada Foreign Investment Protection Agreement?

What have the Liberals been telling Canadians about the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA)?

2014 09 15
The NDP will press for a vote on the federal minimum wage

The NDP will be using its day in opposition Tuesday to attempt to convince the government to raise the federal minimum wage.

2014 09 13
NDP government would reinstate the federal minimum wage

Hard working families deserve a decent living and this is the reason why the NDP committed today to restore the federal minimum wage and set a path to reach fifteen dollars per hour in their first mandate.

2014 09 12
Conservatives give China control over investments in Canada
Quiet ratification of FIPA locks Canada into a bad deal for 31 years

After a two year delay, the Conservatives today ratified a controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China that will give China’s state-controlled companies the same protection under the law as private Canadian companies.

2014 09 12
Friday Afternoon Harper Special – Let’s Give China Control over Investments!

The word in Ottawa today is that Stephen Harper will quietly ratify the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) before the weekend.

2014 09 12
Bring out your anti-choice, anti-gay MPs and nomination candidates fellow Conservatives!

There’s no moral crusader like an old moral crusader, and the Conservative MP and challenger seeking the nomination in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner have proven that.

2014 09 11
Conservatives failing to ensure drug safety

The NDP is demanding that the Minister of Health explain serious oversights in drug safety, including why drug manufacturers that repeatedly failed to meet safety standards are allowed to distribute their products in Canada.

2014 09 11
Statement by the Official Opposition on the Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks

The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement in remembrance of the September 11th terrorist attacks:

2014 09 10
Government announcement on dementia insufficient

Health minister Rona Ambrose’s announcement that the government is creating a research program on dementia this morning is good news, but remains insufficient in the fight against the imminent threat posed by this disease. Dementia will affect 1.4 million Canadians over the next 15 years.

2014 09 10
NDP supporting minority-language rights

New Democrats welcome this week’s Federal Court decision, upholding that the CBC/Radio-Canada has a responsibility to promote the development of minority-language communities across the country.

2014 09 10
NDP: Conservative meddling in CRTC hearings is inappropriate

New Democrats are urging Conservatives to stop playing politics with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearings after the Heritage Minister released a statement in the middle of “Let's Talk TV” consultations. 

2014 09 10
Statement by the NDP on the video testimonial of deceased foreign worker, Ivan Guerrero
In the wake of a video testimonial from Ivan Guerrero, a temporary foreign worker who accidentally drowned at a Quebec farm in May, NDP Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims (Newton—New Delta) made the following statement:

“I was heartbroken to read the video transcript released by Radio-Canada, in which Mr. Guerrero describes his time as a vegetable picker here in Canada. To hear that this man felt like he was someone’s dog, and then to know he died as a result of an attempt to complete work outside of his job description, illustrates the great potential for abuse that exists within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

2014 09 10
Conservatives to blame for closure of the North-South Institute

Today’s closure of the North-South Institute, Canada’s world-renowned international development think tank, is an enormous loss to both Canada and the global community.

2014 09 05
Employment grinds to a halt under Conservatives

With 111,800 private sector workers losing their jobs in August, Statistics Canada’s recent jobs report highlights the Conservatives’ continued failure to create jobs and lack of progress in addressing the precarious employment conditions Canadians face.

2014 09 04
Offshore drilling in Cacouna: the NDP calls for an emergency meeting

The NDP is calling for an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to shed light on the offshore drilling TransCanada will soon be doing in the fragile ecosystem off the coast of Cacouna.

2014 09 04
NDP reiterates call to Prime Minister to help injured children from Gaza

OTTAWA – The NDP has written to Citizenship and Immigration minister Chris Alexander demanding that the Conservative government agree to help with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s efforts to bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment.

2014 09 03
New Democrats call for a moratorium on converting home delivery to postal boxes

NDP Canada Post critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) has called on the Conservative government to place a moratorium on building post office boxes that are set to replace home mail delivery across the country.  

2014 09 03
Statement from the NDP on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza
The official opposition International Development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) made the following statement about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza:

“Following weeks of fighting devastating civilian communities in Gaza, humanitarian relief is urgently needed. With a ceasefire agreement in place, Canada now has an opportunity to contribute to recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction, including funding for housing and shelter; reconstruction of schools, hospitals, water and sewage facilities; and provision of social services, including education and other ‎support for children affected by the conflict. 

2014 09 02
Northerners deserve better
Tom Mulcair kicks off Nunavut Tour

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is in Nunavut this week, talking with Nunavummiut about putting their issues first.

2014 09 02
NDP urges Health Canada to reconsider citronella ban

NDP Health critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) is urging Health Canada to reconsider its decision to ban citronella-based insect repellents.

2014 09 02
Director of Public Prosecutions should investigate PMO staff

NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions to request he review evidence collected by the RCMP, and make a determination as to whether Nigel Wright should be charged under the Parliament of Canada Act.

2014 09 01
Statement by the Official Opposition on Labour Day
Official Opposition Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement regarding Labour Day:

“On this Labour Day 2014, New Democrats would like to highlight the vital role that Canadian workers have played in our economic development and potential for innovation.

2014 08 29
NDP convinces telecom companies to end some “pay-to-pay” fees

After years of fighting to end “pay-to-pay” fees, the NDP is pleased that telecommunications companies have agreed not to gouge certain customers, but is still pushing for an outright ban on this unfair cash grab.

2014 08 28
Conservatives ignore widespread calls for action on retirement security

Despite widespread calls for action on retirement security, and growing concern amongst Canadians, Conservatives continue to mismanage one of the most pressing economic issues facing Canada today.

2014 08 28
Cacouna: What are Conservatives hiding?

Offshore drilling will begin shortly in Cacouna, home of the endangered beluga whale, and New Democrats are wondering what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are hiding? NDP requests for scientific documents concerning the drilling have been delegated to the Minister of Natural Resources — not the Minister of the Environment.

2014 08 28
Conservatives need to put an end to “pay-to-pay” fees

Enough is enough. The Conservative government has to eliminate pay-to-pay billing for all industries under the federal jurisdiction.

2014 08 27
NDP calling for a moratorium on offshore drilling near Cacouna

New Democrats are calling for a moratorium on offshore work near Cacouna until Conservatives make the scientific advice they based their decision to green-light drilling and seismic surveying public — noting that the area is key to the survival of local beluga whales.

2014 08 27
NDP will launch a commission of inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women in its first 100 days in power

An NDP government would launch a national inquiry into the cases of the 1,200 Indigenous women that have been killed or gone missing over the last 30 years in its first 100 days in power. 

2014 08 26
Statement from the NDP on the announcement of a long-term ceasefire

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the announcement of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel:

2014 08 26
Conservatives ignore deteriorating Inuit health

Statistics Canada released data today that reveals only 45% of Inuit reporting good or excellent health, compared to the Canadian average of 63%.

2014 08 25
Conservatives continue to denigrate unemployed Canadians

By now, we are all familiar with how the Conservative government likes to vilify unemployed Canadians.

2014 08 24
NDP statement on the 100th anniversary of the war measures

Official Opposition Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act internment of Canadians from Ukraine and Eastern Europe:

2014 08 22
What if it was your daughter?
A national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is urgently needed

Stephen Harper should stop ignoring the facts, take a hard look at the shocking statistics about missing and murdered Indigenous women and call for an immediate national inquiry.

2014 08 21
Conservatives trying to cover-up social security tribunal failures

After leaving thousands of Canadians waiting years to even obtain a Social Security Tribunal hearing, Conservatives have been caught trying to hide information about how broken the Tribunal system really is. 

2014 08 21
Conservative cuts continuing to take a toll on EI

A new report today from Statistics Canada shows that Employment Insurance claims are up by over 10%, but the number of people receiving benefits fell by over 2,500. More evidence of how Canadians are paying the price for Conservative cuts to EI.

2014 08 21
NDP proud to take part in the 2014 people’s social forum

In an effort to help unite progressive voices across Canada, several New Democrat MPs will be taking part in the 2014 People’s Social Forum in Ottawa, the first ever pan-Canadian social forum.

2014 08 20
Another tour, another year of inaction
Northerners look for answers as Harper returns for annual photo-op

It’s time again for Stephen Harper’s annual trip to Canada’s North, but after 8 years of Conservative government, Northerners still haven’t seen action on their priorities.

2014 08 20
Reality Check: does Minister Ambrose understand her own file?

Conservative health minister Rona Ambrose’s speech this week to the Canadian Medical Association suggests she doesn’t understand the biggest challenges facing Canadian health care. Perhaps it’s because her government helped create them.

2014 08 20
NDP commits to restoring healthcare funding

In an historic speech before the Canadian Medical Association, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promised that a New Democrat government would restore previous levels of healthcarefunding to the provinces and cancel the Conservatives’ $36 billion in cuts.

2014 08 19
New Democrats call for independent investigation of CRA charity audits

More than ever, New Democrats are convinced that we need to investigate allegations of intimidation and political interference that continue to emerge in connection with the targeted audits of charities undertaken by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

2014 08 19
Conservatives’ failure to act is unconscionable

Following the discovery of a 15-year-old First Nations girl’s body in a Winnipeg river, New Democrats are again urging the Conservative government to take action and call a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

2014 08 19
Conservatives need to bolster railway safety

The conclusions drawn in a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report into the July 6, 2013 Lac-Mégantic derailment, which caused 47 deaths, was decisive: the government shares part of the blame and must restore measures to monitor railway companies as quickly as possible.

2014 08 19
Statement by Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, on the 72nd Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

“August 19, 1942 will forever be etched in Canadian military history due to the tragic loss of life in northern France that day.

2014 08 18
Conservatives unfairly fine small businesses

New Democrats and The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) are calling on Conservatives to postpone the enforcement of the anti-spam legislation to give small business owners more time to adjust.

2014 08 18
Canadians want a national strategy on seniors’ care

The vast majority of Canadians agree with the NDP that Canada urgently needs a national strategy to address seniors’ care, according to the Canadian Medical Association Report card released today.

2014 08 15
Under attack, StatsCan’s revised numbers show growth of precarious work

Admission of a significant error in Statistics Canada’s July jobs report highlights the cost of Conservative cuts to the agency.

2014 08 15
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, on National Acadian Day

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on National Acadian Day:

2014 08 14
Robocall Judge says Conservative staffer sona guilty – and he did not act alone
Conservatives must come clean about their operatives and database being used in voter suppression crimes

Today a judge in Guelph found former Conservative operative Michael Sona guilty of election fraud but said other people were involved in the scheme – the largest electoral fraud in Canadian history.

2014 08 14
Conservatives recklessly cutting programs that work for Canadians

In spite of what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives say, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is clear in his latest report: the federal government is recklessly cutting programs regardless of how well they work.

2014 08 13
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservative and Liberal “Payback” at the Board of Internal Economy

Yesterday saw the return of the Conservative-Liberal Kangaroo Court coalition, sometimes known as the secretive Board of internal Economy, and John Duncan once again gleefully declaring the NDP would have to pay back money because they broke all the rules.

2014 08 13
Canadians shouldn’t pay the costs of conservative cuts to Statistics Canada

Admission of a significant error in Statistics Canada’s July jobs report highlights the cost of Conservative cuts to the agency and the negative impact on other government services such as Employment Insurance.

2014 08 12
Kangaroo court strikes again
The NDP’s House Leader Peter Julian, made the following statement on the BOIE’s decision:

“Today, the Board of Internal economy continued to operate like a kangaroo court and continued its vendetta against members of the Official Opposition.

2014 08 12
Canadians fight back against Conservative tax snooping law
New lawsuit challenges Conservative FATCA implementation

A Conservative attempt to impose invasive US tax laws on Canadians has hit a snag as a group of citizens have filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court alleging that the legislation is unconstitutional.

2014 08 11
Justin Trudeau: I’m going to be such a good Prime Minister! (NB: Child care and First Nations not included)

In an interview Justin Trudeau conducted with the Vancouver Sun, journalist Peter O’Neil noted:

2014 08 09
Statement by the Official Opposition on National Peacekeepers’ Day

The Official Opposition’s Defense Critic, Jack Harris (St. John's-East), made the following statement on National Peacekeepers’ Day:

2014 08 06
The Liberal Party on European Trade: “At some point though we need to see what it is we’re actually supporting”

Remember when Chrystia Freeland was going to provide policy heft to her leader’s thin background on important issue like trade and the economy?

2014 08 06
Conservatives must respond now to Mount Polley tailings pond disaster

New Democrats are urging the Conservative government to respond immediately to the devastating breach of the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond where billions of litres of toxic water and sands have been released into the surrounding lakes and rivers.

2014 08 06
Conservatives shield Russian business elite from sanctions
Toothless sanctions are out of step with Canada’s closest allies

Canada’s expanded sanctions against Russia continue to shield three Russian tycoons with reportedly significant business ties with Canada. Stephen Harper has once again left out Sergei Chemezov, Igor Sechin and Vladimir Yakunin who have been sanctioned by other countries including the United States.

2014 08 05
Statement from NDP on the Canada-EU trade agreement

After nearly a year of negotiations since the Conservative government claimed they had reached a deal with Europe, the NDP welcomes what now appears to be actual progress towards a Canada-EU Trade Agreement.

2014 08 05
NDP calls for special hearings into Conservative crackdown on charities

Amidst the ongoing Conservative crackdown on Canadian charities, NDP National Revenue Critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) wrote today to James Rajotte, chair of the House of Commons Finance Committee, to request special summer meetings to investigate the matter.

2014 08 05
Mulcair urges Harper to help bring injured children from Gaza to Canada

 Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wrote to Prime Minister Harper today, urging him to support a growing movement to bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment.

2014 08 04
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, on Mela Gadri Babian Da
The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Mela Gadri Babian Da:

This time last year, Catherine and I were lucky enough to join in the traditional celebrations in Surrey, B.C. The community welcomed us with open arms, and we experienced the vitality and exuberance of Punjabi culture first hand.

2014 08 03
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, on the situation in the Middle East

The leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on the situation in the Middle East:   "With the tragic conflict and humanitarian suffering unfolding in the Middle East, many people are asking what can they do to help.

2014 08 01
NDP statement on the situation in the Middle East
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar issued the following statement today on the situation in the Middle East:

“While we were heartened last night to learn of a new 72-hour ceasefire, it was profoundly disappointing that this agreement was quickly violated by Hamas. Canada must now join the international community in calling for an immediate return to the ceasefire.