2015 07 07
Tom Mulcair to launch ‘new era’ of relations

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair announced that an NDP government will usher in a new era of relations with Indigenous communities in Canada. In an address to the Assembly of First Nations annual general assembly, Mr. Mulcair stressed how the NDP will seek to reduce poverty, improve educational outcomes and increase opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.  ...

2015 07 07
Trade deficit grows as Conservative economic plan continues to unravel

A growing trade deficit is the latest evidence that the Conservatives’ economic plan just isn’t working – leaving Canadian exporters falling behind and costing the country jobs.  ...

2015 07 06
NDP REALITY CHECK: while economy teeters Stephen Harper boasts

While the Prime Minister keeps declaring “mission accomplished” and serving up an overly-rosy picture of the Canadian economy, evidence to the contrary is piling up faster than pancakes at a stampede breakfast. The fact is Conservatives have an unbalanced approach to the economy and diminished our nation’s fiscal capacity.  ...

2015 07 06
Statement by the leader of the NDP on the anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy:

“Two years have passed since the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, which cost the lives of 47 people.  ...

2015 07 01
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Canada Day

“Today, New Democrats are proud to celebrate the 148th anniversary of the founding of our country.

“Canada Day is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and celebrate the shared values that make Canada an open and generous country.  ...

2015 06 30
Conservative EI mismanagement hurts poorest families

The Conservative government’s serious mismanagement of the Employment Insurance system has hurt Canada’s poorest families, the NDP said today.  Since 2007, hundreds of low income families have not received the millions in EI benefits they were entitled to because of problems with the government’s processing system.  ...

2015 06 30
Economy shrinks and middle class jobs harder to come by under Conservatives

Weak GDP numbers another sign Stephen Harper’s Conservative plan isn’t working

While too many Canadian families struggle to make ends meet and household debt rises to record levels, the Canadian economy shrank for the fourth month in a row, according to new economic numbers released today.  ...

2015 06 29
NDP REALITY CHECK: Liberal environmental policy – lots of hot air but still no targets

Today, Justin Trudeau delivered a speech full of promises on the environment but with few details and plenty of policies borrowed from Tom Mulcair’s NDP.  ...

2015 06 28
Mulcair celebrates Pride with pledge to recognize transgender rights and build a more inclusive Canada

Mulcair also promises formal apology and revised service records for those unfairly kicked out of the military because of their orientation

New Democrat leader Tom Mulcair pledged that as prime minister he would legislate equal rights for transgender Canadians and formally apologize to military personnel and civil servants fired because of their sexual orientation.  ...

2015 06 27
Statement by the NDP on Canadian Multiculturalism Day

New Democrat critic for Multiculturalism Andrew Cash made the following statement on Canadian Multiculturalism Day:

“Multiculturalism is a fundamental Canadian value and on this Multiculturalism Day, New Democrats join Canadians in celebrating our nation’s rich diversity.  ...

2015 06 26
Overheard this week: “A desire for change finding its way over to the NDP”

“Something’s happened. Something phenomenal.” That was the assessment of a former Paul Martin advisor on the NDP’s growing momentum this week.  ...

2015 06 26
Tom Mulcair supports Housing Cooperatives

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair visited two of Canada’s largest housing cooperatives in Montreal to present the NDP’s affordable housing plan.  ...

2015 06 26
Statement from the NDP on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

NDP MP Wayne Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek) made the following statement to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture:

“On June 26, we in the international human rights community, honour the world’s many victims of torture.  ...

2015 06 25
Western Chorus Frog: Minister must comply with decision immediately

New Democrats welcome the Supreme Court decision that blasts Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq for her inaction on the Western Chorus Frog file – a species threatened by residential development.  ...

2015 06 25
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservatives promised to fix Ottawa – now their Ethics Spokesperson is going to jail

Today, Dean Del Mastro – the man Prime Minister Stephen Harper handpicked to be the Conservatives’ Ethics Spokesperson – was sentenced to jail time after being convicted of breaking election laws.  ...

2015 06 24
Report reveals Conservatives misled Canadians :

New Democrats are dismayed by reports that the sweeping new information sharing measures enacted by the Conservatives through C-51, now the Anti-terrorism Act of 2015, were not, in fact, requested by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.  ...

2015 06 24
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Quebec’s national holiday and Saint-Jean Baptiste

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Quebec’s national holiday and Saint-Jean Baptiste:

“To mark Quebec’s national holiday and Saint-Jean Baptiste, I join with Quebecers and Francophones across the country in celebrating Quebec’s rich language and culture.  ...

2015 06 23
Denis Blanchette calls on Conservatives to make quick decision about Davie shipyard

The NDP’s Québec lieutenant, Denis Blanchette (Louis-Hébert), is surprised by the Conservative government’s announcement earlier today regarding the Davie shipyard. A decision should have been made for the workers and the shipyard.  ...

2015 06 23
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservative appointees partying it up – and leaving taxpayers with the bill

Stephen Harper came to Ottawa promising to clean up Liberal corruption, entitlement and patronage in the wake of the Sponsorship scandal – but Harper broke that promise.  ...

2015 06 23
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservatives and French – too little, too late!

For 10 years in power, the Conservatives ignored Quebec and showed little respect for the French language. Now, just days before St. Jean Baptiste and Quebec’s national holiday, Stephen Harper has woken up and reminded his ministers in a letter to Cabinet about their “duty to continue to reinforce Canada’s linguistic duality” and to “promote the French language.”   ...

2015 06 23
NDP statement on the 30th anniversary of the Air India tragedy

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the 30th anniversary of the Air India tragedy:

“Thirty years ago today, Air India Flight 182 exploded over the Atlantic Ocean killing 329 innocent people, including 280 Canadians.  ...

2015 06 22
Conservatives must do more to ensure rail safety

NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie) is appalled by the Conservative government’s inability to enforce basic measures recommended by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) to ensure public safety.   ...

2015 06 21
NDP statement on National Aboriginal Day

Official Opposition Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement on National Aboriginal Day:

“National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the rich history, accomplishments and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The First Peoples of this land are a vital part of Canada’s past, present and future - and we celebrate with them from coast to coast to coast.  ...

2015 06 20
Official Opposition statement on World Refugee Day

NDP Citizenship and Immigration critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds – Dollard) made the following statement on World Refugee Day:

“Today, New Democrats join Canadians and people around the world to mark World Refugee Day; and raise awareness of the plight of millions of people who have had to abandon their homes due to conflict and persecution.  ...

2015 06 19
Overheard this week: “Mulcair assures Bay Street he will champion Main Street”

After almost a decade of Conservative government, it’s clear that Stephen Harper’s plan just isn’t working. Tom Mulcair has a plan to bring change to Ottawa and help middle-class families get ahead.  ...

2015 06 18
Statement by the leader of the NDP on the beginning of Ramadan

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark the beginning of Ramadan:

“On behalf of all New Democrats, I would like to offer my best wishes to all Muslims here in Canada and around the world who will begin their Ramadan celebrations.  ...

2015 06 17
The NDP is ready to replace the Conservatives

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair marked the end of the parliamentary session on a positive note, by recalling the achievements of his team.   ...

2015 06 17
NDP statement on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Official Opposition Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought:

“The focus of this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is ‘attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems.’” This effort, supported by 193 countries, seeks to allow the poorest populations of the world to feed themselves adequately, by fighting against desertification and the misuse of agricultural lands.  ...

2015 06 16
Tom Mulcair's speech at the Economic Club of Canada


It is good to be here with you at the Economic Club of Canada. 


And it’s so great to be back in Toronto – Canada’s most important city.  ...

2015 06 16
Tom Mulcair to boost manufacturing and innovation for stronger communities

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair has shared his vision for a prosperous economy and stronger cities with the Economic Club of Canada. The NDP’s plan to diversify Canada’s economy will help deliver stable, full-time employment that the middle class needs to succeed.   ...

2015 06 16
Liberals jumping ship

Team Trudeau has taken a bit of a hit in recent days, with four candidates departing the ranks of the nominated and accusations flying of increasingly undemocratic nomination processes.  ...

2015 06 16
Real Change is too hard for Trudeau Liberals

As Justin Trudeau races to make desperate promises to do things differently, let’s look at his real record.

The same Liberal leader who forced his caucus to stand with Conservatives and vote for bill C-51, knowing full well it could be used to stifle dissent, has had a troubled relationship with democracy from the start:  ...

2015 06 15
NDP urges Conservatives to implement recommendations for Hong Kong

The NDP is calling on the Canadian government to implement the unanimous recommendations of the Foreign Affairs Committee following its study of the situation in Hong Kong.  ...

2015 06 15
NDP statement for National Public Service Week

NDP Treasury Board critic Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac) made the following statement to mark National Public Service Week:

“Today, New Democrats join Canadians in saluting the members of our public service. Every day, this dedicated corps helps Canadians from coast-to coast-to-coast obtain the services they need.  ...

2015 06 15
Statement from the NDP on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

NDP Seniors critic Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) made the following statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:

“After a lifetime of hard work, and with all their contributions to their communities and families, seniors have the right to grow old in comfort and dignity.  ...

2015 06 13
Overheard this week: “Prime Minister Mulcair — has a nice ring to it”

From the Senate expense scandal to Conservatives and Liberals teaming up to pass Stephen Harper’s Bill C-51, it’s time for change in Ottawa.

Tom Mulcair continues to prove he’s the only leader with the principles and experience to get Canada back on track. Here’s some of what they’re saying:  ...

2015 06 12
NDP REALITY CHECK: Senators named in AG report owe nearly a million dollars – but cost taxpayers almost $76 million

The full cost to taxpayers – just for salaries – of the Senators named in Auditor General’s report is a whopping $75,017,502.08

 Total Senate expenses flagged by the Auditor General amount to $991,917.00  ...

2015 06 12
NDP statement on Philippine Independence Day

NDP Critic for Multiculturalism Andrew Cash (Davenport) made the following statement on Philippine Independence Day:

As the NDP Critic for Multiculturalism, I would like to extend my best wishes to Canadians of Filipino heritage who are celebrating Philippine Independence Day today.  Filipino-Canadians have made an incredible social, economic and cultural impact on Canadian society.  ...

2015 06 11
Tom's speech to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Merci Céline,


Membres du Conseil d'administration de la chambre, distingués invités de la table d’honneur, chers amis…

J’ai fait ma vie à Montréal, Catherine et moi habitons toujours Montréal et j’aime evidemment y revenir le plus souvent possible.  ...

2015 06 11
NDP to restore tax credit for labour-sponsored funds

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he will reinstate the Labour Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCC) Tax Credit – abolished by the Conservatives – when the NDP becomes government.  ...

2015 06 10
Conservatives shut down debate for the 100th time

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have once again lowered the bar on accountability. They have stifled democracy by shutting down debate for a record 100th time – all to evade the scrutiny of Canadians and the opposition.  ...

2015 06 10
Conservatives ignore Canadians, ram through Bill C-51

Despite overwhelming opposition from Canadians and evidence from experts that C-51 is dangerous and fails to make Canadians any safer, un-accountable and un-elected Conservative senators passed the bill last night without a second thought.  ...

2015 06 09
REALITY CHECK: Conservative Guide to Senate Scandal Cover-ups



Step-by-step instructions for the proper handling of wrongdoing in the Senate:  ...

2015 06 09
Canadians are sick of Conservative and Liberal senate corruption

New Democrats agree with the AG – it’s time for ‘transformative change’ in Senate accountability

Canadians are sick of seeing public money wasted on unaccountable Conservative and Liberal Senators, as the Auditor General outlined in his explosive report on Senate misspending released today.  ...

2015 06 09
REALITY CHECK: Senate Scandal Primer – Who do we know in the PMO?

“The facts here are very clear. Mr. Wright decided to take an action on his own initiative, using his own funds.”

– Stephen Harper, House of commons, October 22nd, 2013  ...

2015 06 09
REALITY CHECK: Trudeau Senate Flip-Flop

Today, you’ll hear Liberals claiming that any real change in the Senate is impossible. They like to do that.

In October 2013, the NDP put forward a motion to force senators out of party caucuses.  ...

2015 06 09
REALITY CHECK: Stephen Harper’s sad record on the Senate

Once upon a time, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives promised they would reform the Senate.

The Prime Minister even vowed he would never appoint a single Senator.  ...

2015 06 09
Conservatives vote against motion to protect Employment Insurance premiums

NDP Employment Insurance critic Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières) made the following statement after the rejection of his motion:

“At a time when 4 out of 10 workers qualify for Employment Insurance when a job loss occurs, it is imperative that we restore the program’s capacity to provide the services it was created for.  ...

2015 06 09
Conservatives vote against fixing Nutrition North

NDP MP Dennis Bevington (Northwest Territories) made the following statement following the defeat of his motion:

“No Canadian should go hungry.

“This is why New Democrats put forward a motion with practical proposals to fix the Conservatives’ Nutrition North program, which has failed to ensure Northerners have secure access to nutritious and affordable food.  ...

2015 06 08
NDP statement on World Oceans Day

NDP Fisheries & Oceans critic Robert Chisholm (Dartmouth – Cole Harbour) made the following statement on World Oceans Day:

“Today we mark World Oceans Day, to honour the resources that come from our oceans and to increase awareness about the impacts that human activities are having on ocean life.  ...

2015 06 08
NDP statement on the Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment

NDP MP Jean Crowder (Nanaimo--Cowichan) made the following statement on the report on a “Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment” from the Procedure and House Affairs subcommittee:  ...

2015 06 08
NDP REALITY CHECK: Harper’s hand-picked Senate Speaker thinks you should thank him

Stephen Harper’s hand-picked Senate Speaker Leo Housakas has gone on the defensive and claimed that despite being flagged by the Auditor General for $6,770 in questionable contracts and travel claims, he has done nothing wrong.  ...

2015 06 08
NDP REALITY CHECK: Did Stephen Harper know his pick to be the most powerful Senator, Leo Housakos, was about to be named in the AG’s audit?

A troubling timeline is emerging when it comes to how senior Conservative and Liberal Senators prepared for the release of the Auditor General’s explosive audit into the Senate spending scandal.  ...

2015 06 08
NDP moves to protect Employment Insurance premiums

Always looking to better protect Canadian workers and their families, New Democrats will use their opposition day to call on the Harper government to protect worker and employer contributions from political interference in order to improve access to employment insurance.  ...

2015 06 06
Tom Mulcair’s plan to build stronger cities and communities

EDMONTON – Federal NDP and Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair has announced new details of his plan for Stronger Cities and Communities in an address to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Tom Mulcair’s plan will deliver stable, long-term investments in Canada’s core infrastructure, a strategy for public transit to get people moving and a plan to make housing more affordable.  ...

2015 06 06
Speech to FCM convention

Thank you very much.

It’s always a pleasure to be in Edmonton and to be back with the FCM.

I’d like to thank Mayor Don Iveson for hosting us.

His leadership in the Truth and Reconciliation file was truly inspiring.  ...

2015 06 05
Overheard this week: “NDP surge on display”

This week, Tom Mulcair continued to propose practical ideas and show positive momentum across the country.

Pollster Frank Graves even said “the NDP is now the only true ‘pan-Canadian’ party […] The Conservatives have not been a serious contender in Quebec for some time and the Liberals do quite poorly in Alberta and Saskatchewan.”  ...

2015 06 05
NDP REALITY CHECK: The cost of self-serving Senate leadership

Initial reports indicate that key senate leaders are among the thirty senators found to have filed ineligible expenses by the Auditor General in an audit report to be released next week.  ...

2015 06 05
NDP statement on World Environment Day

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on World Environment Day:

“Today we mark World Environment Day, to increase awareness about the need to protect and preserve our environment.  ...

2015 06 04
The NDP reflects on one year since the death of three RCMP officers in Moncton

Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on the 1st anniversary of the death of three New Brunswick RCMP officers:

One year ago today, three brave Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were killed during a shooting rampage in Moncton, New Brunswick.  ...

2015 06 04
NDP delivers a plan to fix Nutrition North

On the heels of a successful Respect the North campaign, the NDP has presented a motion aimed at fixing Nutrition North. The motion calls for the immediate inclusion of the fifty communities being left out of Nutrition North, as well as renewed efforts to improve the well-being of Canadians living in isolated communities in Northern Canada.   ...

2015 06 03
NDP statement on the 31st anniversary of the Golden Temple Invasion

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair issued the following statement on the 31st anniversary of the Golden Temple Invasion:

“On the 31st anniversary of the invasion of the Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple, I extend heartfelt sympathies to the families and other loved ones of all those who lost their lives.  ...

2015 06 02
NDP secures victory for consumers on pay-to-pay bank fees

The NDP’s recent victories are delivering results for consumers and will put money back into the pockets of hard-working Canadians.

Today, MPs voted in favour of the NDP’s practical proposal to ban banks operating in Canada from charging consumers an extra fee for basic transactions or to get paper statements in the mail. A mandatory financial code of conduct prohibiting pay-to-pay practices by banks operating in Canada will protect Canadian consumers.  ...

2015 06 02
NDP statement on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair issued the following statement regarding the release of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

“The release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report is a landmark moment in Canada’s reconciliation process. Today, our country is trying to turn the page on the many dark years and to move forward towards a better future for all peoples.  ...

2015 06 02
LGBT members of Canadian forces should receive apology for past dismissals

As Pride celebrations start across Canada this month, NDP MP Craig Scott (Toronto-Danforth) is calling on the government to issue an official apology for the decades of discriminatory treatment of LGBT members of the Canadian Forces.  ...

2015 06 01
Statement from the NDP on the abolition of the tampon tax

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) and the NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement following the vote on the abolition of the federal tax on feminine hygiene products:  ...

2015 06 01
NDP takes action to protect consumers from pay-to-pay bank fees

On the heels of a successful campaign to end pay-to-pay fees on phone and Internet bills, the NDP’s latest opposition day motion is taking action to protect Canadian consumers from being charged extra by their banks for everyday transactions.   ...

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