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2015 03 28
Each of us can help build a sustainable future

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on Earth Hour:

“Each of us can make simple changes to reduce our energy use and help build a sustainable future.  ...

2015 03 27
Conservatives and Liberals: Divided and confused – Overheard This Week

While Tom Mulcair and the NDP focus on solutions to grow the middle class and stop Stephen Harper’s war, Conservatives and Liberals were divided and confused this week.   ...

2015 03 27
NDP standing up for the CBC

The new cuts announced at the CBC – of which half will affect rural communities – reaffirm the urgent need to cancel the Conservatives’ devastating cuts to this Crown corporation, as well as the importance of ensuring stable, long-term, predictable financing to protect the CBC.  ...

2015 03 27
Time to renew Canada’s commitment to eliminate child poverty

An NDP Government will eliminate the stock options tax loophole

Speaking to a packed house at the Broadbent Institute Progress Summit, Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair announced that an NDP government will commit to reducing income inequality and will renew Canada’s commitment to eliminate child poverty.  ...

2015 03 27
Decision to end home delivery of mail a sham

An analysis of Canada Post’s finances has revealed that ending the home delivery of mail was completely unnecessary.

“Canada Post has been doing profitable business; ending home delivery of mail was an ideological decision, not a financial one. Today, we received unequivocal proof, after it was revealed that they made nearly $200 million in profits this past year,” said NPD Canada Post critic, Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie).  ...

2015 03 27
NDP amendments will kill Bill C-51’s dangerous provisions

New Democrats have introduced amendments that delete C-51 clauses which undermine Canadians' rights and freedoms, and add critical oversight.

"Testimony that we’ve heard has confirmed what we’ve said since the start – this is a dangerous, ineffective bill that should not be adopted” said NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca). "The NDP plan will protect both our rights and our safety."  ...

2015 03 26
The NDP will restore the retirement age to 65

New Democrat critic for Pensions John Rafferty (Thunder Bay – Rainy River) tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the Conservatives to restore Canada’s age of retirement to 65.  ...

2015 03 25
Ashton demands truthful information on missing and murdered Indigenous women

It was revealed today that the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs claims to have unreleased data from the RCMP stating that Indigenous men are mostly responsible for the murders of Indigenous women. The information shared by the Conservative Minister is not backed up in any report by the RCMP.  ...

2015 03 25
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservatives spending ten times more on war than aid?

As the Canadian Press reports today, the Conservatives have spent $100 million on aid to the people of Iraq since last year.

But in six months alone, the government itself has estimated that it spent $122 million on the military mission, bombing runs by CF-18s and special operations in Iraq.  ...

2015 03 25
NDP REALITY CHECK: What IS the legal rationale for bombing in Syria?

Yesterday, when Tom Mulcair asked Stephen Harper to provide the legal basis for bombing in Syria, the Prime Minister got up and read from a piece of paper where he said the following:  ...

2015 03 24
NDP scores a victory for our oceans, lakes and rivers

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) and NDP Great Lakes critic Brian Masse (Windsor West) made the following statement on the support of their motion to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers from microbead pollution:  ...

2015 03 24
What they’re saying: “The NDP has set down roots in Quebec”

Four years after the NDP’s historic breakthrough in Quebec, Tom Mulcair’s New Democrat team has earned the trust of Quebecers.

Here’s what Joël-Denis Bellavance wrote in La Presse this week:  ...

2015 03 24
NDP REALITY CHECK: Can’t have it both ways – more mixed messages on Iraq war from Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

Today Justin Trudeau declared he doesn’t support the expansion of Stephen Harper’s military mission in Iraq and Syria.

But moments after he finished his speech in the House, Liberal defence critic Joyce Murray was out explaining to reporters that if elected, Liberals will actually keep the war going until at least March 2016.  ...

2015 03 24
NDP calls for pathways to citizenship for temporary foreign workers

The NDP is concerned that the Conservatives’ woeful management of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is destroying the opportunity for temporary foreign workers to obtain citizenship, while robbing employers of their experienced staff.  ...

2015 03 23
NDP moves to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers from microbead pollution

With their latest opposition day motion, the NDP is taking action to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers from plastic microbead pollution.     ...

2015 03 23
NDP calls for emergency debate on decline of Arctic Sea Ice

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) has sent a letter to the House of Commons Speaker calling for an emergency debate on the alarming decline of Arctic sea ice observed this winter.  ...

2015 03 23
NDP statement on Canada's assistance to Vanuatu

NDP development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) made the following statement regarding Canada's assistance to Vanuatu:

"On behalf of New Democrats, I express our condolences to the people of Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam.  ...

2015 03 22
NDP statement on World Water Day

Official Opposition Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on World Water Day:

“Clean water is essential to life.

“Yet globally, one person in six does not have access to drinkable water. Every year millions of people die from water-borne diseases. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness.  ...

2015 03 21
NDP statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Official Opposition Human Rights critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:  ...

2015 03 20
Overheard this week: “Mulcair has produced a bold urban agenda”

This week, Tom Mulcair took his plan for middle-class families – and the cities where they live – on the road. Thousands of Canadians in Toronto and Vancouver came out to hear Tom’s message of hope and optimism.  ...

2015 03 20
Conservatives must ensure consumer choice and protect the cultural sector

New Democrats welcome changes that give consumers greater choice and low-cost basic packages, but caution that the Conservatives haven’t explained how they will ensure that pick-and-pay doesn’t lead to less choice and higher costs for some subscribers.  ...

2015 03 20
NDP statement on the occasion of Nowruz

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the occasion of Nowruz:

“On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats I extend best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz.    ...

2015 03 20
Statement by the Official Opposition on International Day of La Francophonie

Official Opposition Francophonie critic Anne-Marie Day (Charlesbourg – Haute-Saint-Charles) made the following statement on the International Day of La Francophonie :  ...

2015 03 19
Two former judges join the NDP to oppose the controversial Bill C-51

NDP leader Tom Mulcair continued his tour in Vancouver today along with two former judges, who will be candidates in this year’s federal election, all voicing opposition to the dangerous and controversial Bill C-51.  ...

2015 03 18
NDP REALITY CHECK: Trickle-Down Racism in the Conservative Ranks

Mere weeks since the Prime Minster attempted to score political points by linking mosques to terrorism, it seems Conservative MPs are taking their cue from the Prime Minister when it comes to stoking intolerance and spouting racially-charged remarks.  ...

2015 03 17
Speech by Tom Mulcair -- Building a better Toronto

Thank you Jennifer.

Hello Toronto!

Are you ready to bring change to Ottawa?

Are you ready to replace the politics of fear with the politics hope and optimism?  ...

2015 03 17
Scrap income splitting – invest in a stronger middle class

In reaction to the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report today, New Democrats reiterated their call for canceling the Conservatives’ wasteful and ineffective income splitting scheme.  ...

2015 03 15
Tom Mulcair presents his plan to build a better Toronto

NDP Leader to appoint a Minister of Urban Affairs

Before a large and enthusiastic crowd of supporters this weekend, NDP Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair presented his plan to support middle-class families and economic growth in Canada’s major urban centres – like Toronto.                                                              ...

2015 03 13
3 signs Justin Trudeau doesn’t love liberty as much as he’d like you to think

This week, Justin Trudeau declared: “one of the highest aims of Canadian political leadership is to protect and expand freedom” – but his recent actions don’t match his words.  ...

2015 03 13
Overheard this week: “It seems the dinosaurs are not extinct.”

Some Conservatives—including Stephen Harper—forgot to use their inside voices this week.

Conservative outbursts over the last seven days have been so outrageous that New Democrat MP Sadia Groguhé remarked in Question Period that “it seems the dinosaurs are not extinct. There are even a few specimens left in the Conservative caucus.”   ...

2015 03 13
Conservatives fail to stand up for culture

The NDP is calling on the Conservatives to stop ignoring the importance of Canada’s cultural sector in wake of CRTC decisions that could impact Canadian jobs.  ...

2015 03 13
Conservative failures stall economic recovery

With Statistics Canada reporting that unemployment is increasing and the economic recovery is grinding to a halt, the NDP is again urging the Conservatives to take immediate steps to boost quality job creation.    ...

2015 03 12
The Conservatives aren’t doing enough for railway safety

Committee report leaves out essential recommendations

The NDP is disappointed with the Transport Committee’s decision to throw out essential expert recommendations in its report on the review of the Canadian Transportation Safety Regime that was tabled in the House of Commons today.  ...

2015 03 12
NDP urging Conservatives to support landmark dementia legislation

NDP MP Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) is urging the Conservatives, including federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose, to support his landmark bill for Canada’s first pan-Canadian dementia strategy.  ...

2015 03 11
Conservatives vote against job creation for the middle class

NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion calling on the Conservatives to invest in good, middle class jobs:

“The CIBC’s recent job quality report confirms what the NDP has been saying for years: successive Liberal and Conservative government failures have left Canadians working harder than ever and falling further behind.  ...

2015 03 11
Speech by Tom Mulcair at ISNA Mosque in Mississauga, Ontario

As-Salaam Alaikum.

I’d like to thank Shaikh Abdullah for the gracious invitation to be here today.

And thank you to Feras Marish for that wonderful sermon.  ...

2015 03 11
Partisan funding cuts: the NDP calling for an inquiry

The NDP will be sending a letter to Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner today, urging her to launch an inquiry into allegations that funding for the Jean Bosco Centre in Maniwaki was withdrawn after the Conservatives were defeated in the riding at the last federal elections.  ...

2015 03 11
Canada should take a strong stance on gender equality at UN Commission on the Status of Women

NDP Status of Women Critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil--Papineau--Mirabel) is calling on the Government of Canada to take a strong stance on women's equality at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women, ongoing this March at the UN Headquarters in New York.  ...

2015 03 10
NDP demands implementation of Fynes Inquiry recommendations

The NDP is calling on the Harper government to immediately implement the recommendations in today’s report from the Military Police Complaints Commission into the tragic death of Corporal Stuart Langridge.  ...

2015 03 10
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau believes in liberty, just not standing up for it

“I believe that one of the highest aims of Canadian political leadership is to protect and expand freedom for Canadians.”

- Justin Trudeau, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, March 9, 2015  ...

2015 03 10
Conservatives fail to invest millions meant for regional economic development and job creation

With the recent wave of job losses and the country’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government left millions of dollars sitting in government coffers, rather than investing the money in job creation.   ...

2015 03 10
Budget must make good jobs the first priority

With the CIBC reporting that job quality at its lowest level in 20 years, and that low-paying jobs are becoming the norm, the NDP’s opposition day motion calls on the Conservatives to make investing in good, middle class jobs the first priority of Budget 2015.   ...

2015 03 09
NDP statement on second train derailment near Gogama

NDP MP Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) issued the following statement after this weekend’s CN train derailment near Gogama:

“In less than a month the people of Gogama and Mattagami First Nations have witnessed two derailments of CN trains carrying crude oil.  ...

2015 03 09
Conservatives fail to spend millions meant for the West

The NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government has repeatedly failed to spend millions of dollars allocated for economic diversification.  From 2010 to 2014, the Government left untouched $70 million for Western Economic Diversification.  ...

2015 03 09
NDP MP celebrates protection for persons with disabilities

Today, NDP MP Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston) was proud to witness the coming into force of the spirit of Private Member’s Bill (C-541), that he first introduced in 2013. Thanks to his efforts, persons with mental or physical disabilities will now be protected from hate propaganda by the Criminal Code of Canada.  ...

2015 03 09
NDP presses Environment Committee to refocus its priorities

Canadians are demanding of their government an economy that is at once growing and sustainable. The NDP is therefore asking the Environment Committee to prioritize studies on the role of a protected and healthy environment within a growing economy.  ...

2015 03 08
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Women’s Day

NDP and Official Opposition leader, Tom Mulcair, made this statement in honour of International Women’s Day:

“Today, we celebrate the amazing and courageous efforts of Canadian women who fought to improve the status of women over the last century. Their successes have gained access to education, civil rights, the right to vote and the right to choose.  ...

2015 03 07
New Democrats share in the nation's sadness at the loss of a Canadian Soldier in Iraq

It is with sadness and regret that Catherine and I learned of the death of Sergeant Andrew Joseph Doiron and the injury of three other Canadian soldiers in Iraq.  ...

2015 03 06
Overheard this week: Conservatives breaking their own law?

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives exploited terror for partisan purposes

‘’It's the job of the Prime Minister to try and reduce fears of Canadians, instead Harper is trying to fundraise on fear and that's shameful. ‘’ –Thomas Mulcair, March 5, 2015  ...

2015 03 06
NDP Statement on UN Report calling for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Official Opposition critic for Aboriginal affairs Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement today on the release of a report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW):  ...

2015 03 06
Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of investing in Northern Ontario

With the recent wave of jobs losses in Northern Ontario and the province’s uncertain economic outlook the federal NDP is calling out the Conservatives in Ottawa for failing to invest millions of dollars approved for job creation in the region.   ...

2015 03 05
Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of investing in Southern Ontario

With the recent wave of jobs losses in Southern Ontario and the province’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.   ...

2015 03 05
Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of investing in Atlantic Canada

With the recent wave of job losses in Atlantic Canada and the country’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.   ...

2015 03 05
Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of investing in Northern Canada

With the recent wave of job losses in Northern Canada and the country’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.   ...

2015 03 05
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau says it’s up to “everyone else” to oppose C-51

Justin Trudeau was on the hot seat last night at a Liberal Party event over his position on Stephen Harper’s over-reaching terror bill.

Trudeau said it was up to “everyone else” to oppose the bill – while he and his Liberal MPs would continue to fall in behind Stephen Harper and support the controversial Conservative legislation.  ...

2015 03 05
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservative MP says Stephen Harper crossing the line with partisan use of terror threat

Instead of focusing on middle class families falling further behind and job losses stacking up, Conservatives are using the threat of terror to stoke fear among the public and fundraise for the Conservative Party.   ...

2015 03 05
NDP REALITY CHECK: Promised regional investments Conservatives failed to get out the door: Denis Lebel cannot explain his negligence

Responding to NDP criticisms for failing to get $130 million out the door in promised job creation investments in Quebec, Denis Lebel released an absurd and inaccurate statement in response.  ...

2015 03 04
NDP promises to clean up Conservative mess at Canada Revenue Agency

Conservative mismanagement and reckless cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency have left taxpayers with inaccurate advice and inadequate service. New Democrats will work with small business organizations and consumer groups to enhance the system and develop a new culture of customer service ‎at the CRA.   ...

2015 03 04
Veterans with permanent injuries should not be subject to reviews

The recent decision by the Conservative government to change the requirement for disabled veterans to provide proof of their injuries every three years, instead of every year shows just how badly the Conservatives are failing veterans and their families.  ...

2015 03 04
New Democrats: Leading the Charge Against C-51

The Conservative government likes to pretend the Official Opposition is on the sidelines when it comes to Bill C-51. In fact, New Democrats have been on the front line — leading the charge — opposing Conservative schemes to ram the bill through Parliament at all costs. If this government were really serious about security, they wouldn’t shy away from meaningful study and debate of their sweeping new bill.  ...

2015 03 03
NDP REALITY CHECK: Good afternoon PMO, how are all those subpoenas going?

“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 03 03
Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of helping entrepreneurs in Quebec

With the recent wave of jobs losses in Quebec and the province’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.   ...

2015 03 02
The unwavering vacillations of Justin Trudeau on the Iraq war

“There's never been any debate within the Liberal Party about whether or not we should be part of this mission.” 

– Justin Trudeau, CTV Question Period, March 1, 2015  ...

2015 03 02
The NDP will stand up for the CBC

The CBC/Radio Canada is at the heart of our identity as Canadians and an NDP government would protect its role as our national broadcaster.

“All Canadians are proud of the CBC/Radio-Canada’s unique way of bringing vibrance to larger cities like Toronto and smaller communities all across the country,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair. “Not only do they enrich local culture, the CBC/Radio-Canada creates jobs and helps keep people connected.”  ...

2015 03 01
Tom Mulcair’s NDP will strengthen the mining industry

NDP leader Tom Mulcair outlined his plan to support Canada’s mining industry in a speech to the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).  ...

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