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.
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.
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.
Enough is enough. The Conservative government has to eliminate pay-to-pay billing for all industries under the federal jurisdiction.
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.
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.
NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the announcement of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel:
Statistics Canada released data today that reveals only 45% of Inuit reporting good or excellent health, compared to the Canadian average of 63%.
By now, we are all familiar with how the Conservative government likes to vilify unemployed Canadians.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
“August 19, 1942 will forever be etched in Canadian military history due to the tragic loss of life in northern France that day.
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.
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.
Admission of a significant error in Statistics Canada’s July jobs report highlights the cost of Conservative cuts to the agency.
The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on National Acadian Day:
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Today, the Board of Internal economy continued to operate like a kangaroo court and continued its vendetta against members of the Official Opposition.
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.
In an interview Justin Trudeau conducted with the Vancouver Sun, journalist Peter O’Neil noted:
The Official Opposition’s Defense Critic, Jack Harris (St. John's-East), made the following statement on National Peacekeepers’ Day:
Remember when Chrystia Freeland was going to provide policy heft to her leader’s thin background on important issue like trade and the economy?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Yesterday, Conservatives announced the creation of a new crown corporation for Minister Lisa Raitt: the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.
New Democrats are again criticizing the Conservatives for gutting the employment insurance (EI) program, as the cuts wreak havoc in communities across Atlantic Canada, Quebec and all across the country.
“On behalf of all New Democrats, I would like to offer my best wishes to all Muslims in Canada celebrating Eid-al-Fitr that marks the end of the month of Ramadan.
“New Democrats are deeply disappointed in the Conservative government’s decision to cast aside the legacy of Thérèse Casgrain—a Canadian feminist, social justice activist and groundbreaking female politician.
The NDP is appalled by the violence in Iraq perpetrated by the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including mass killings, sexual violence, forced displacement, and the destruction of holy sites.
The NDP's International Trade Critic, Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), made the following statement on the status of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations:
As Canadians continue to be shocked by the mounting casualties and severe humanitarian need in the Gaza Strip, the NDP is calling on the Conservative government to support United Nations humanitarian efforts.
"Today, our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who were on flight
A significant drop in the number of people receiving Employment Insurance benefits, even as unemployment rises, shows that Conservative EI cuts are taking their toll, according to the NDP.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is the latest body to respond to the growing outrage over fees that are charged to customers monthly just to receive their bills in the mail.
“Today, New Democrats’ thoughts are with the Tamil community in Canada and around the world as we commemorate Black July.
“Millions of innocent civilians have been caught in the line of fire in the Middle East, and hundreds have been killed in recent days. New Democrats are deeply concerned about the situation. This is a time for the international community to play an active role in securing a ceasefire.
“This is the one of the most important gatherings of young Francophones in Canada, and we are proud that Gatineau has been chosen to host this year’s event. We would like to congratulate the organizing committee for their amazing work, along with the hundreds of devoted volunteers that make the event possible. Best of luck to all participants.
As the Board of Internal Economy (BOIE) is scheduled to meet this afternoon, the Liberals plan to yet again team up with the Conservatives and attack the NDP. Their argument is as clear as mud: the NDP shouldn’t have broken a rule… that was created out of thin air last spring… and now applies retroactively.
NDP Health Critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) made the following statement from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia:
NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on Nelson Mandela International Day:
The NDP is the only party that is prepared to defend workers and their contributions to the Employment Insurance program, the NDP said today, following a Supreme Court ruling that EI premiums do not currently have to be used only for EI. The NDP has a solution to the problem: we introduced Bill C-605 to create a legal fence around the EI Fund to protect it from being raided.
The NDP is calling for an independent external investigation into allegations of intimidation and political interference that continue to emerge in connection with targeted audits of charities undertaken by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
As revelations surface that Statistics Canada has yet again lost sensitive private data, the agency is planning to ask Canadians taking the census to supply their social insurance numbers.
Despite repeated accusations by the Conservative government, a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Office has clearly demonstrated that the use of sick leave in the federal civil service imposes no significant financial costs on the government or taxpayers.
“I am very disappointed that the Conservatives have chosen to play divisive politics on the issue of prostitution and protecting women’s health and safety, instead of working with us to respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Canada v. Bedford.
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement today on the situation in the Middle East:
When it comes to job creation, the Conservatives have completely lost their way. Statistics Canada’s most recent report revealed that 9,400 net jobs were lost in June alone—and unemployment continues to rise.
The Conservatives have specifically excluded any examination of how the military justice system has handled sexual assault cases in their upcoming external review of sexual misconduct and harassment in the armed forces.
The Conservative government has a legal obligation to take immediate action to protect the Western Chorus Frog—an endangered species that’s being threatened by residential development.
The Official opposition International Trade critic, Don Davies (Vancouver—Kingsway) has written a letter to Minister Ed Fast to ask the federal government for more transparency in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
Daily bad news for the Americans’ troubled F-35 program—including the Pentagon’s decision to ground the entire fleet—should serve as a stark warning to the Conservative government about their mismanaged process to replace Canada’s outdated CF-18 fighter planes, say New Democrats.
Bruce Carson, a convicted fraudster hired by the Prime Minister as a Senior Advisor is back in an Ottawa court today facing charges of influence peddling. Meanwhile, in Peterborough, former Conservative MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Dean Del Mastro is charged with breaking election spending laws and failing to report $21,000 in expenses from the 2008 election.
Now that the House is on break and he is no longer facing daily questions about the management of his files, Minister Chris Alexander has suddenly discovered that he does know how many Syrian refugees are in Canada.
“As the Government of Manitoba declares a State of Emergency, our thoughts and prayers are with those whose homes and livelihoods are at risk.
Confirming what the NDP has been saying for months, the Federal Court ruled today that the government cannot continue to blatantly disregard basic human rights and that Conservative changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) constituted cruel and unusual treatment of refugees and therefore violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
144 years ago – July 3rd, 1870 – R.B. Bennett, Canada’s 11th Prime Minister, is born.
The recent historic decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in favour of the Tsilhqot’in Nation means all levels of government will need to consider whether or not they’ve met the duty to consult or justified an infringement prior to resource development, says the NDP.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Mohammed Abu Khudair, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy. My thoughts are with his family.
"I am deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless deaths of three Israeli teenagers near Hebron. My thoughts are with the families of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Shaar. Those responsible for the deaths of these young men must be brought to justice.
“Today, New Democrats join all Canadians in celebrating our country’s 147th birthday by honouring our history and looking to the future with optimism.