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.
“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 today.
NDP Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite Patrie) made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling on the Walmart closure in Jonquière, after the store’s employees were unionized under the United Food and Commercial Workers Union:
In the wake of new layoffs at Nexen, NDP Industry critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale – High Park) is calling on the Conservatives to enforce the Investment Canada Act and ensure that Chinese state-owned CNOOC, Nexen’s parent company, honours its promise to maintain Canadian jobs.
In a major speech today at the 2014 Constitutional and Human Rights Conference, past president of the Canadian Bar Association Simon Potter blasted the Harper Conservatives for failing to uphold the Charter of Rights.
Myriam Taschereau – former conservative candidate in Quebec and ex-PMO employee – just won a job from the Conservatives as a citizenship judge.
“Multiculturalism is a fundamental Canadian value and on this Canadian Multiculturalism Day, the New Democratic Party is proud to celebrate our nation’s rich diversity.
The NDP has taken note of the new 5-year strategic plan for our public broadcaster. We recognize the Corporation’s desire to remain relevant, modernize, and continue to be a broadcaster of choice for Canadians.
This morning, Canada’s Ethics Commissioner delivered a guilty verdict against Peter MacKay’s friend and handpicked patronage appointee John Lynn, lately of the Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation.
New Democrats welcome the historic decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in favour of the Tsilhqot’in and Xeni Gwet’in Nations, recognizing Aboriginal title to land in British Columbia. The Supreme Court found that British Columbia had failed to consider their interests when granting forestry licenses to third-parties to harvest timber in the Tsilhqot’in traditional territory.
Despite assurances from the Conservative government that the Citizenship and Immigration Minister will not strip Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy of his citizenship, the NDP remains concerned about the repercussions of the recent Immigration Act changes on others who may be unjustly convicted of similar crimes abroad.
New Democrats are calling for an independent review of all the ways companies can bring in foreign workers, after it was revealed today that a loophole permitting companies to transfer employees internally is still allowing Canadians to be replaced by foreign workers. This loophole was not closed by any of the inadequate changes the Conservatives announced for the Temporary Foreign Worker program last week.
Today, New Democrat International Development critic, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Sainte-Marie) renewed her call on the Canadian government to provide increased funding at the second international Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Replenishment Conference, to be held June 25 and 26 in Brussels.
NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar and NDP Consular Affairs critic Wayne Marston issued the following statement on the sentencing of Mohamed Fahmy:
The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the anniversary of the 1985 Air India tragedy:
National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for us to honour the important contributions that Indigenous peoples make to Canada — and to celebrate their rich culture, traditions and history.
The changes announced today to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program don’t go far enough to fix it and show the depth of the Conservatives` incompetencein this file.
NDP Critic for Citizenship and Immigration Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds – Dollard) made the following statement on World Refugee Day:
NDP Industry critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale—High Park) is urging the Conservatives to stop stalling and sign an international copyright treaty that allows blind and visually impaired Canadians greater access to published materials.
New Democrats are calling on the Conservative government to reverse its decision to end the Strengthening Families – Maternal Child Health (SF-MCH) program for First Nations in Manitoba.
The NDP had a positive session in Parliament and forced the Conservatives to modify their Unfair Elections Act, place a moratorium on hiring temporary foreign workers, maintain the passenger rail service in Atlantic Canada and cancel the iPod tax.
NDP MP Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne-Blainville) has written to Industry Minister James Moore urging him to amend Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act.
The consultation period hasn’t even closed, and it’s already clear that the Conservatives’ latest pension scheme is putting the retirement security of thousands of workers at risk. An update mailed to Canada Post pensioners reveals plans to shift greater risks to workers and retirees.
As Conservative MPs scramble to get out of Ottawa as soon as possible, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan is outdoing himself when it comes to legislative laziness.
Official Opposition critic for Agriculture, Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) is thrilled that her motion, which seeks to mitigate the negative impacts of the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement on the dairy and cheese producers of Canada, was passed on Wednesday by the House of Commons.
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar issued the following statement following the release of an NDP report on corporate social responsibility:
Members of the NDP LGBTQ Caucus presented a package of initiatives today to help bring about full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Canadians.
The NDP has written a letter to the Minister of Finance to encourage the federal government to secure a currency trading hub for the Chinese yuan in Canada.
New Democrats are joining tourism industry representatives to urge Conservatives to invest in a strategy that will bring American tourists back to Canada and spur job growth.
NDP National Revenue critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) has tabled legislation in the House of Commons to enable the government and the courts to more effectively identify, pursue and convict tax cheats.
After Conservatives approved Enbridge Northern Gateway today, New Democrats committed to helping British Columbians fight the Northern Gateway pipeline, and to protect BC’s communities and environment.
The NDP strongly condemns recent violence against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, which has killed several people and injured dozens more.
You can't expect to get a job if you don't show up to the job interview. But last night, Adam Vaughan, the Liberal candidate for Trinity-Spadina, cancelled his participation to a climate change debate – for a pizza party.
Today, Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York) introduced the Climate Change Accountability Act, an updated version of Jack Layton’s bill.
Despite widespread opposition from Canadians and concerns from the legal community about its constitutionality, Conservatives rammed their deeply flawed immigration bill, C-24, through the House of Commons today.
In 2011, 22-year-old Andy Ferguson died in a head-on collision when he fell asleep at the wheel, after working excessive hours as an unpaid intern at a radio station in Alberta. Today, his brother Matt came to Ottawa to support legislation the NDP tabled that would protect interns.
Conservatives are using new tactics to derail the important work of parliamentary committees.
“Today is a day that we honour seniors everywhere as we recognize that too many find themselves victims of mistreatment. We must work together to end elder abuse.
The Conservatives have grossly mismanaged the transition to the new Social Security Tribunal, leaving thousands of Canadians waiting months—without income—before eventually receiving a hearing.
Industry organizations, consumer advocacy groups, prominent environmentalists and food retailers agree that people have a right to know if they are consuming GMO’s.
Today Lisa Raitt promised to direct Canada Post to go after the NDP, as part of the kangaroo court findings by the Liberals and Conservatives.
In January, Liberal MP Dominic Leblanc stated the following:
MPs from all parties will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their openness and transparency today, as the NDP will table two motions in the House that would open to the public the Bureau of Internal Economy and have the mailing programs of all parties be subject to an unbiased examination.
While Justin Trudeau is now claiming that reforming the Board of Internal Economy and expanding Access to Information is a priority, it’s worth keeping a few facts in mind.
Last June, the NDP proposed eliminating the secretive Board of Internal Economy and replacing it with an arm’s length body, free of political interference. Liberals and Conservatives first supported this change – then killed it when the public’s attention was diverted.
Tonight, the NDP will continue a long tradition of voting against the budget allocation for the Senate.
“It is outrageous that Cascade Aerospace has decided to bring replacement workers into its operations in Abbotsford.
Stephen Harper’s government will be forced yet again to defending the constitutionality of one of their bills – this time, C-24. On the heels of seeing their pick for the Supreme Court rejected, their Senate agenda ruled unconstitutional and several Conservative crime bills struck down, their competence as legislators is in question.
New Democrats will use their last Opposition Day motion of the Spring session to force a vote on the Conservatives’ unfair and expensive income splitting scheme — one that will have no benefit to 86% of Canadians.
Following recent revelations about how often Canadians’ personal information is collected, shared, and lost, NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins–James Bay) sent a letter today asking Treasury Board President Tony Clement to convene an independent expert panel to make recommendations on securing Canadians’ privacy in the digital era.
OTTAWA – MP Manon Perreault (Montcalm) has been suspended from the NDP caucus as she faces criminal accusations.
On June 6, 1944, nearly 21,000 Canadians took part in the Normandy landings with the goal to free Europe from the grips of the Nazi regime.
I am shocked and profoundly saddened to learn about the shooting in Moncton last night.
Today’s export statistics show an alarming $638 million dollar trade deficit in April. This is more proof that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are not getting results for the growing number of Canadians that are struggling to find good, family-supporting jobs.
After months of intense pressure from the NDP, the Harper government has finally backed down and cancelled the unfair iPod tax that was passed in the 2013 budget.
Following through on the 2011 election promise, today Official Opposition Agriculture critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) and Deputy Agriculture critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) launched the NDP’s pan-Canadian food strategy titled “Everybody Eats”.
Today, New Democrats mark the solemn anniversary of the invasion of the Darbar Sahib Complex — or Golden Temple — and dozens of other Gurdwaras in Punjab, India. I wish to personally extend my sympathies to the families of all those who lost their lives and the families they left behind.
A Private Members’ Bill introduced by NDP Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca) will amend the Criminal Code of Canada to protect critical infrastructure.
New Democrat MP Rosane Doré Lefebvre (Alfred-Pellan) tabled a bill in the House of Commons to declare May 5 National Day of the Midwife in Canada. The bill aims to show appreciation for the important role that midwives play in delivering thousands of Canadian babies each year.
OTTAWA – Tired by lack of action from the Conservatives since 2006, Canada’s Official Opposition New Democrats undertook extensive consultations with seniors and stakeholders to build a National Aging Strategy. Today, that strategy was released to a round table of stakeholders.
Canadians have waited long enough. It’s time for Canada to regain its place on the international scene by working to foster peace, and by adopting trade agreements that truly create jobs and new opportunities for Canadians.
The Kangaroo Court of Conservatives and Liberals on the secretive Board of Internal Economy ruled that Conservative and Liberal mail into ridings are just fine, while NDP ones are “partisan”.
The partisan role of the House of Commons’ Board of Internal Economy was further entrenched today—as the Conservative majority united with the Liberals to politically attack the New Democrat Official Opposition for following the rules.