2014 07 30
NDP continues fight against EI changes

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.

2014 07 28
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition on Eid-al-Fitr
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on Eid-al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan:

“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.

2014 07 28
Official Opposition statement on Thérèse Casgrain
NDP Women’s Caucus Chair Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil–Papineau–Mirabel) made the following statement on Thérèse Casgrain:

“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.

2014 07 28
NDP condemns violence perpetrated by ISIL in Iraq

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.

2014 07 27
Statement by the NDP on the Status of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations

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:

2014 07 25
Canada must support UN humanitarian efforts in Gaza

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.

2014 07 24
Statement by the NDP on the crash of flight AH5017 ‎
The Chair of the NDP Quebec Caucus, Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières), issued the following statement following the crash of flight AH5017, which was carrying 116 passengers, including five Quebecers:

"Today, our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who were on flight

2014 07 24
Conservatives cut EI benefits as unemployment climbs

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.

2014 07 23
NDP hails CRTC move to examine ‘pay-to-pay’ billing fees

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.

2014 07 23
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition regarding the Black July Pogrom
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair made the following statement regarding the Black July pogrom:

“Today, New Democrats’ thoughts are with the Tamil community in Canada and around the world as we commemorate Black July.

2014 07 22
Statement by NDP leader Tom Mulcair on situation in the Middle East

“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.

2014 07 22
NDP marks opening of the 6th Canadian Francophone Games
New Democrat MPs Françoise Boivin (Gatineau) and Yvon Godin (Acadie—Bathurst) made the following statement on the Canadian Francophone Games, to be held July 23-27 in Gatineau, QC:

“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. 

2014 07 22
Did the Liberals read the Parliament of Canada Act?

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.

2014 07 18
Statement by NDP Health Critic on the death of AIDS conference delegates

NDP Health Critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) made the following statement from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia:

2014 07 18
Statement by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic on Nelson Mandela International Day

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on Nelson Mandela International Day:

2014 07 17
Only the NDP provides defence for EI premiums

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.

2014 07 17
New Democrats call for independent investigation of CRA charity audits

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).

2014 07 16
Long-form census too invasive, but social insurance numbers just right

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.

2014 07 16
Conservatives wrong again on Public Service sick leave

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.

2014 07 15
Conservatives disregard Supreme Court’s Bedford Decision
Official Opposition Justice Critic Françoise Boivin (Gatineau) made the following statement today as the Conservatives rammed bill C-36 through committee:

“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.

2014 07 14
NDP calls on Canadian government to support ceasefire in Middle East

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement today on the situation in the Middle East:

2014 07 11
21,000 private-sector + 11,900 public-sector jobs lost = Stephen Harper’s Action Plan
Latest jobs report reveals more troubling news for Canada’s job market

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.

2014 07 10
Conservatives hamstring external review on military sexual assault

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.

2014 07 10
Environment Minister must protect Western Chorus Frog

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.  

2014 07 10
NDP asks for more transparency over TPP meetings

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.

2014 07 09
$399 billion F-35 program in shambles
After years of Conservative mismanagement on F-35s, the only solution is an open and transparent tender process

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.

2014 07 09
Another day of Conservative corruption on trial: former top adviser to Stephen Harper on trial for influence-peddling while former ethics spokesperson faces election spending charges

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.

2014 07 07
Minister Alexander suddenly finds answers on Syrian refugees

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.

2014 07 04
NDP calls for swift federal help for Manitoba floods
NDP MP Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) issued the following statement today as Manitoba declared a State of Emergency due to flooding:

“As the Government of Manitoba declares a State of Emergency, our thoughts and prayers are with those whose homes and livelihoods are at risk.

2014 07 04
Harmful Conservative cuts to refugee care overturned

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. 

2014 07 03
Conservatives’ selective memory of Canadian history

144 years ago – July 3rd, 1870 – R.B. Bennett, Canada’s 11th Prime Minister, is born. 

2014 07 03
Resource development requires a Nation-to-Nation approach

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.

2014 07 02
NDP condemns kidnapping and murder of Palestinian teenager
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement on the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager:

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Mohammed Abu Khudair, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy. My thoughts are with his family.

2014 07 01
NDP condemns abduction and murder of Israeli teenagers
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar issued the following statement on the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers:

"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.

2014 07 01
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair on Canada Day
The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Canada Day :

“Today, New Democrats join all Canadians in celebrating our country’s 147th birthday by honouring our history and looking to the future with optimism.

2014 06 29
Statement from the Leader of the Official Opposition on Ramadan
The leader of the Official Opposition, 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 today.

2014 06 27
The NDP supports the Supreme Court ruling in favour of former Jonquière Walmart employees

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:

2014 06 27
Conservatives fail to protect Canadian jobs after Nexen takeover

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.

2014 06 27
Time for the Conservatives’ constitutional throwdown to stop

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.

2014 06 27
Stephen Harper rewards yet another friend… and taxpayers again left holding the bill

Myriam Taschereau – former conservative candidate in Quebec and ex-PMO employee – just won a job from the Conservatives as a citizenship judge.

2014 06 27
Statement by the Official Opposition on Canadian Multiculturalism Day
The NDP’s Multiculturalism critic Andrew Cash (Davenport) made the following statement on Canadian Multiculturalism Day:

“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.

2014 06 26
NDP statement on the 2015-2020 plan for CBC/Radio-Canada
NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil–Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement regarding the recent announcement of the new strategic plan for CBC/Radio-Canada:

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.

2014 06 26
More Conservative rule breaking, more trouble for Peter MacKay

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.

2014 06 26
NDP welcomes Supreme Court decision in favour of the Tsilhqot’in and Xeni Gwet’in Nations
Official Opposition Critic for Aboriginal affairs Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan) made this statement following the Supreme Court decision in the Tsilhqot’in and Xeni Gwet’in Court Case for Rights and Title:

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.

2014 06 26
Conservatives’ immigration bill jeopardizes citizenship of Fahmy and others

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.

2014 06 24
Conservatives fail to fix foreign worker job loophole
NDP calls for review of all foreign workers coming into Canada

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.

2014 06 24
NDP calls on Conservative government to increase funding to Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
Canada has yet to reveal its contribution to conference beginning tomorrow

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.

2014 06 23
Statement from NDP on the sentencing of Mohamed Fahmy

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar and NDP Consular Affairs critic Wayne Marston issued the following statement on the sentencing of Mohamed Fahmy:

2014 06 23
Statement from the Leader of the Official Opposition on the anniversary of the Air India tragedy

The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the anniversary of the 1985 Air India tragedy:

2014 06 21
Statement from the Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair on National Aboriginal Day

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.

2014 06 20
Conservative reforms not enough to fix broken Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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.

2014 06 20
Official Opposition statement on World Refugee Day

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

2014 06 20
Time for the Conservatives to sign the Marrakesh Treaty
This treaty would improve blind Canadians’ access to published works

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.

2014 06 19
NDP calls on federal government to save First Nations maternal health program

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.

2014 06 19
Summary of session in house: the NDP forces the Conservatives to back down on several key issues
Dedicated work by New Democrats helps protect Canadians’ jobs and right to vote

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.

2014 06 19
Conservatives must amend digital privacy bill

NDP MP Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne-Blainville) has written to Industry Minister James Moore urging him to amend Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act.

2014 06 19
Risky Conservative pension scheme puts retirement security at risk

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.

2014 06 18
Say it ain’t so? Shutting down debate for the 75th time?

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.

2014 06 18
NDP gets Conservatives to commit to supporting Canada’s cheese industry
The motion tabled by the critic for Agriculture, Ruth Ellen Brosseau, has been passed by the House of Commons

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.

2014 06 18
NDP releases corporate social responsibility report

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar issued the following statement following the release of an NDP report on corporate social responsibility:

2014 06 18
New Democrats release gay agenda for Pride season

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.

2014 06 18
Canada should secure a hub for the yuan in North America

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.

2014 06 18
Conservatives must attract more American tourists

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.

2014 06 18
NDP wants to crack down on aggressive tax avoidance

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.

2014 06 17
New Democrats stand with BC against Northern Gateway

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.

2014 06 17
NDP condemns attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka

The NDP strongly condemns recent violence against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, which has killed several people and injured dozens more.

2014 06 17
Liberals skip climate change debate for a pizza party

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.

2014 06 16
NDP reintroduces Jack Layton’s climate change bill

Today, Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York) introduced the Climate Change Accountability Act, an updated version of Jack Layton’s bill.

2014 06 16
Conservatives ram through flawed immigration 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.

2014 06 16
NDP tables Intern Protection Act

 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.

2014 06 16
Conservatives trying to derail committees with new dirty tricks

Conservatives are using new tactics to derail the important work of parliamentary committees.

2014 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:

“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.

2014 06 13
Conservative Social Security mismanagement leaves thousands scrambling

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.

2014 06 13
NDP call for GMO labeling gains momentum, widespread support

Industry organizations, consumer advocacy groups, prominent environmentalists and food retailers agree that people have a right to know if they are consuming GMO’s.

2014 06 12
Hey Lisa Raitt, is Canada Post an arm’s-length crown corporation?

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.

2014 06 11
Liberals want one set of rules for themselves and another – made up on the fly – for their opponents

In January, Liberal MP Dominic Leblanc stated the following:

2014 06 11
New Democrats want BOIE to open its doors
NDP will also table a motion to push for an unbiased examination of all mailing programs

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.

2014 06 11
Justin Trudeau flip flops – again

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.

2014 06 11
A year later, Conservatives and Liberals are still happy to have a secretive Board of Internal Economy

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.

2014 06 10
NDP opposes budget allocation for the Senate

Tonight, the NDP will continue a long tradition of voting against the budget allocation for the Senate.

2014 06 10
NDP statement on Cascade Aerospace
NDP Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement today regarding Cascade Aerospace’s decision to bring in replacement workers despite a legal strike by Unifor Local 114:

“It is outrageous that Cascade Aerospace has decided to bring replacement workers into its operations in Abbotsford.

2014 06 10
How much bad legislation can one government draft?

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.  

2014 06 09
NDP moves against Conservative income splitting scheme

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.

2014 06 09
NDP calls for independent blue-ribbon panel on privacy issues

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.

2014 06 06
Statement from the Official Opposition On MP Manon Perreault (Montcalm)

OTTAWA – MP Manon Perreault (Montcalm) has been suspended from the NDP caucus as she faces criminal accusations.  

2014 06 06
Statement from the Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, for the 70th anniversary of D-Day

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.

2014 06 05
Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on the shooting in Moncton, New Brunswick

I am shocked and profoundly saddened to learn about the shooting in Moncton last night.

2014 06 04
Conservatives continue to fail on exports

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.

2014 06 04
Conservatives finally listen to reason and cancel iPod tax
NDP pressure pushes Conservatives to back down

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. 

2014 06 04
NDP launches pan-Canadian food strategy
New Democrats unveil plan that will strengthen Canada’s food system, from farm to fork

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”.

2014 06 03
Statement by Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair on the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Golden Temple Invasion

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.

2014 06 03
NDP bill aims to protect infrastructure from theft
Bill will ensure clear penalties for copper theft

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.

2014 06 03
NDP tables bill to establish National Day of the Midwife

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.

2014 06 03
Conservatives have failed Seniors
NDP MPs host round table to release National Strategy on Aging

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.

2014 06 03
G7 Summit: the moment of truth has come for Stephen Harper
The Prime Minister must take advantage of the G7 Summit to ensure trade negotiations with Europe are mutually beneficial

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.

2014 06 03
Which piece of mail is the most partisan? You be the judge

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”.

2014 06 02
Secretive parliamentary body becomes kangaroo court

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.