2015 02 25
NDP critical of Senate attempt to block transgender rights

On this Anti-bullying Day, the NDP is criticizing the unelected Senate for blocking Bill C-279 aimed at protecting the rights of transgender people, after it was legitimately adopted two years ago by elected members of all parties in the House of Commons.   ...

2015 02 25
NDP demands Stephen Harper help Mohamed Fahmy

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement regarding the case of Mohamed Fahmy:

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper must speak personally and directly with Egyptian President al-Sisi on behalf of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, and ensure that Mr. Fahmy has all necessary documentation to return to Canada.  ...

2015 02 25
Mulcair stands up for Canadian farmers

Conservatives must take action to protect our beef exports

In the wake of a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canadian beef, NDP leader Tom Mulcair is calling on the Conservatives to take swift action to protect Canadian farmers.  ...

2015 02 25
Statement by the Official Opposition on Anti-Bullying Day

NDP MP Dany Morin (Chicoutimi – Le Fjord) made the following statement on Anti-Bullying Day:     

“The entire NDP team and I join all proudly pink-clad Canadians today in raising awareness about bullying.  ...

2015 02 23
Liberal Party actions compromise Canadian diplomacy

Justin Trudeau is putting Canada’s international relations at risk for his own partisan benefit by inviting foreign diplomats to attend partisan events.  ...

2015 02 20
The NDP will protect passenger train services

New Democrats are taking action to ensure more reliable passenger train service with legislation aimed at preventing federal cuts that threaten those services to rural communities.  ...

2015 02 19
NDP standing up for rights and freedoms

Today NDP Public Safety Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) tabled the following amendments in the House of Commons:

That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:  ...

2015 02 19
Removal of ban on citronella is a victory for Canadians

Health Canada’s decision to reverse the ban on citronella bug sprays is a victory for consumers and for science-based decision-making. The NDP had strongly urged the conservative government to reconsider its verdict on citronella because it wasn’t supported by scientific evidence.  ...

2015 02 19
Statement by the NDP on Lunar New Year

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Lunar New Year:

“I would like to extend my best wishes to all Canadians celebrating the Lunar New Year — one of the most important traditional holidays in Asia.  ...

2015 02 19
NDP will protect the environment and grow the economy

House debates NDP bill to cut emissions and make polluters pay

NDP Urban Affairs critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) is urging all MPs to support his bill, The Climate Change Accountability Act, which sets out real action to reduce emissions and combat climate change.  ...

2015 02 18
Protecting Canadians must include protecting freedoms

After a careful analysis of Bill C-51, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has announced that New Democrats will oppose it.

“Terrorism is a real threat, and public safety must be the priority for any government. But we cannot protect our freedoms by sacrificing them,” said Mr. Mulcair. “We have a responsibility to stand up for our values and to never allow these cowardly attackers to change our way of life.”  ...

2015 02 17
Conservatives accused of breaking the law to hide the full cost of war in Iraq

Today the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released estimates that the incremental cost of the Iraq war could be higher than a quarter of a billion dollars in one year, noting that the complete cost of the mission could be six times higher.  ...

2015 02 17
NDP will protect interns

New Democrats are calling on all MPs to crack down on the abuse of unpaid internships and extend workplace standards and safety provisions to interns. NDP’s Intern Protection Act C-636 will have its first hour of debate in parliament tonight.  ...

2015 02 16
Conservatives vote against tax break for small business and jobs for the middle class

NDP Industry critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale–High Park) made the following statement on the defeat of her motion:

"Over the past ten years the Conservatives have failed to manage the economy and middle class families are paying the price. Canadians are working harder than ever but falling further behind.   ...

2015 02 16
NDP condemns the murder of Egyptian Copts by ISIS

NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) has issued the following statement:  

“New Democrats join the international community in unequivocally condemning the brutal killing of 21 Egyptian Christians by Da’esh (ISIS) militants in Libya.   ...

2015 02 16
Statement by the Official Opposition on Louis Riel Day

NDP MPs Niki Ashton (Churchill) and Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) made the following statement on Louis Riel Day:

“Today, the NDP joins all Manitobans in celebrating Louis Riel Day. We celebrate Riel’s legacy as a founder of the province of Manitoba, a father of confederation and a champion of the rights of the Métis people.   ...

2015 02 16
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Family Day

The leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on Family Day:    

“On behalf of the entire NDP team, I wish you all a wonderful time with your loved ones on this Family Day long weekend.  ...

2015 02 15
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf flag

The leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Canadian national flag:   ...

2015 02 13
Overheard this week - Feb 13

“Over my dead body” - and 5 other quotes of the week on Eve Adams

“Justin has said he wanted to be the face of someone who did politics differently, and I’m just not seeing it.”

— Former Liberal MP, Michelle Simson, Ottawa Citizen, February 12 2015  ...

2015 02 13
Harper government needs to reassure consumers and beef exporters

The discovery of a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an Alberta beef herd means the Conservative government must take swift action to maintain food safety and consumer confidence. Mad cow disease once devastated Canadian agriculture, causing billions of dollars in financial losses to beef and cattle producers.  ...

2015 02 12
Conservatives need to prevent tax fraud

The Conservative government needs to step up tax laws and enforcement without delay in response to a tax evasion scheme involving HSBC, in order to stop companies from helping Canadians commit tax evasion.  ...

2015 02 11
The Conservative government needs to keep the Mont-Mégantic Observatory open

The Mont-Mégantic Observatory is set to close down because of the Conservative’s budget cuts. The NDP is urging the federal government to keep this one-of-a-kind research centre up and running, as it is essential to the scientific community.  ...

2015 02 11
Working together to protect belugas

The combined efforts of citizens, environmentalists and the NDP have paid off—TransCanada has finally decided to scrap its oil port project in Cacouna, Quebec.  ...

2015 02 11
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau and the Oil Lobby

As Canadians continue to call for a more sustainable energy policy and respect for the environment, it’s disconcerting to see the extent to which the oil lobby has penetrated into Justin Trudeau’s inner circle.  ...

2015 02 11
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau and the Eve Adams defection: compromising principles

“[W]hen you start to compromise your principles, you’re through.”

– Justin Trudeau, February 22, 2014

The reviews are in, and the Liberal backroom deals of Monday aren’t looking so good:  ...

2015 02 10
NDP REALITY CHECK: Record of manipulation, bullying and dirty tricks? Come on down, you’re the next Liberal MP!

Justin Trudeau says he’s impressed by Eve Adams’ commitment to public services. But what did the Liberal leader have to say about Eve Adams when allegations about her behavior towards a riding association emerged less than a year ago?  ...

2015 02 10
Conservatives adopt NDP plan on drug shortages

After years of defending the broken system of voluntary reporting, the Conservatives have finally adopted the NDP proposal to require mandatory reporting of drug shortages. The new plan is a victory for doctors and patients, who have been complaining for years that the voluntary system was not working.  ...

2015 02 10
Mulcair urges Harper to help free Fahmy

NDP leader Tom Mulcair has written a second letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to personally intervene to help secure the release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who has been imprisoned in Egypt for over a year.   ...

2015 02 09
NDP REALITY CHECK: Hypocrisy Alert: Cast-off right-wing MP turns back on voters, joins Trudeau Liberals

A floor-crossing is always a betrayal of voters, and an exercise in old-school politics. But today’s defection of a cast-off Conservative to the Trudeau Liberals raises the bar on political hypocrisy.  ...

2015 02 09
NDP statement on Eve Adams crossing the floor

NDP Ethics critic, Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay), made the following statement about the decision of Eve Adams to cross the floor of the House of Commons:  ...

2015 02 06
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau – Still lost on the environment

After raising expectations he would make a concrete proposal on the environment, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau failed to present a real plan for fighting climate change, making polluters pay for the pollution they create, or for properly balancing the environment and the economy.  ...

2015 02 06
NDP REALITY CHECK: Cost of the Conservatives Crime Agenda

Today Peter McKay was at the Economic Club of Canada boasting about his Government’s “tough on crime” agenda. But can Conservatives really claim credit for reducing crime?  ...

2015 02 05
Make the economy work for the middle class

NDP plan to boost jobs in manufacturing and small businesses

The NDP is putting forward an opposition day motion calling on the Conservatives to take immediate action to stimulate job creation and support the middle class.  ...

2015 02 04
NDP motion to end child poverty a victory for all Canadians

NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough – Rouge River) applauds the passing of her motion, M-534, to create a national poverty elimination strategy:

I am pleased that all parties have come together to support my motion calling on the government to eradicate child poverty by investing in affordable and accessible housing, child care and child nutrition programs. This is a victory for all Canadians.  ...

2015 02 04
NDP statement on Student Mobilization Day

NDP Postsecondary education critic, Dan Harris (Scarborough-South-West), made the following statement on Student Mobilization Day:

"On this Student Mobilization Day, the NDP is proud to support everyone fighting for better access to affordable, quality postsecondary education.  Improving access to postsecondary education is an integral part of building a fairer, more equitable society where nobody is left behind.  ...

2015 02 01
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Black History Month

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Black History Month:  

“On the dawn of this Black History Month, the NDP is proud to celebrate this community’s incredible contributions to Canadian society, along with its rich heritage.  ...

2015 01 30
Supreme Court ruling a victory for workers

The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that a Saskatchewan law preventing public sector employees from striking is unconstitutional is a victory for all workers.   ...

2015 01 29
NDP REALITY CHECK: What’s Justin Trudeau’s view on the backroom Sudbury deals?

“Mr. Speaker, the word ‘flip-flop’ gets overused sometimes, but in the case of the Liberal Party and Iraq, we have seen so many flip-flops, five of them actually, we have had to coin a new word, the ‘fifth-flop’.”  ...

2015 01 28
Conservatives vote against the middle class

NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion:

“After a decade of Conservative economic mismanagement, middle-class families are working harder than ever, yet falling further behind. Canada is now facing an uncertain economic future including job losses, falling oil prices, and declining government revenues. The Conservative’s response is to hide from reality and keep the facts from Canadians.  ...

2015 01 28
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau supports half of the mission in Iraq

Now that Canadian Forces on the ground have been engaged in combat with enemy forces in Iraq, Justin Trudeau has an interesting take on things. Last week the Department of National Defence revealed that Canadian soldiers who are participating in an “advise and assist” role have in fact been engaging in direct fire and directing the dropping of bombs.  ...

2015 01 27
Tom Mulcair proposes concrete measures to help the middle class

“Manufacturing, Innovation and Lower Small Business Taxes Will Create Good Jobs and New Opportunities for the Middle Class.”

In a major speech to the Economic Club of Canada today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced concrete proposals that will help Canada’s manufacturers and small businesses create good-paying, full time middle class jobs for Canadians.   ...

2015 01 27
Kickstarting manufacturing and small business job creation

Tom Mulcair’s speech to the Canadian Economic Club (Ottawa)

Thank you very much. Merci beaucoup.

I’m very happy to be back at the Economic Club today.

First, I would like to thank Natasha for her invitation and thank all of you for taking a few minutes out of your busy schedules today to engage with me in this important discussion.  ...

2015 01 27
Statement by the NDP official opposition on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“Today we mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  ...

2015 01 26
The NDP calls for a public inquiry into the Lac-Mégantic tragedy

NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie) has requested that the Conservatives launch a public inquiry into the Lac-Mégantic tragedy.   ...

2015 01 26
NDP statement on Const. David Wynn

NDP MP Linda Duncan (Edmonton – Strathcona) made the following statement on RCMP Const. David Wynn’s funeral:

"On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats, I extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of RCMP Const. David Wynn.  ...

2015 01 26
Middle class Canadians deserve economic leadership

NDP's first opposition day motion of the year calls on the government to immediately present an Economic and Fiscal Update to parliament and prepare a budget that addresses middle class challenges.  ...

2015 01 23
Conservatives make major cut to disaster relief for provinces

Last week, the Conservatives quietly revealed a change that will massively cut funding to provinces and communities that are hit by disasters.

“It’s shocking that the Conservatives are moving with no warning and no consultation to make it more difficult for provinces to get disaster relief, just as scientists are telling us that climate change will increase extreme weather events,” said NDP Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca).  ...

2015 01 23
First Nations left out of unemployment figures

NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) is calling renewed attention to the fact that the Conservatives have not been collecting employment data on First Nations members living on reserve.   ...

2015 01 23
NDP shadow cabinet ready to fight for the middle class

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has strengthened the NDP’s Shadow Cabinet ahead of the 2015 election. More than ever, New Democrats are ready to fix the damage done by Stephen Harper and finally give the middle class a break.  ...

2015 01 22
NDP REALITY CHECK: So when did that combat/non-combat mission start?

More confused messages today from the Conservatives on Canada’s role in the war in Iraq. The Chief of Defence Staff now says that Canadian participation at the front lines assisting in targeting was always part of the mission, even though he denied that would be happening in October.  ...

2015 01 22
NDP REALITY CHECK: Trudeau’s manufacturing woes

Perhaps tired of criticism that he has no plans, the Liberal leader attempted to roll out two ideas on the future of manufacturing in Southern Ontario in two days – never mind that they are directly contradictory.  ...

2015 01 22
Tom Mulcair and NDP MPs attending vigils for Raïf Badawi

NDP MPs to attend today’s ceremonies in Montreal and tomorrow’s events in Sherbrooke

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and several New Democrat MPs are set to take part in a vigil in Montreal today calling for Raïf Badawi’s release. The NDP will also be present at Friday’s event in Sherbrooke.    ...

2015 01 22
NDP to restore CBC funding

If elected to government, the NDP would cancel the Conservatives’ $115 million cut to CBC/Radio-Canada.

“An NDP government would give our public broadcaster some room to breathe, by ensuring stable, predictable, multiyear funding to help protect the CBC from advertising-market fluctuations and to allow it to fulfill its mandate,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair.  ...

2015 01 22
NDP REALITY CHECK: Pierre Poilievre’s “Respect” for Taxpayers – No Questions, Please

Pierre Poilievre likes to talk about respecting the taxpayer, but he doesn’t seem to think Canadians have a right to know how he’s spending their money.  ...

2015 01 21
NDP REALITY CHECK: Trudeau wants to take your pension for a test drive

As the Liberal retreat comes to a close, they’ve managed to come up with just one new policy proposal: making pension plans pay for infrastructure.  ...

2015 01 21
Conservative failures causing more trouble for Canadian economy

While the Bank of Canada cut interest rates amidst grave warnings about the health of our economy, the Conservatives still have no plan to fix Canada’s bleak economic outlook and get Canadians back to work.  ...

2015 01 21
NDP REALITY CHECK: Tony Clement’s “Commitment” to Open Data

“Open Data is about offering Government data in useful machine-readable formats to enable citizens, the private sector, and non-government organizations to leverage it in innovative and value-added ways.”  ...

2015 01 21
NDP commemorates Lincoln Alexander Day

“Today as people across Canada pay tribute to the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, a special pride burns in the hearts of Hamiltonians and Canada’s black community.”  ...

2015 01 20
Who speaks for the government?

With the Minister of Employment saying one thing and an unnamed federal official saying another, it seems the Conservatives are in a disorganized panic and scrambling for a plan.   ...

2015 01 20
NDP REALITY CHECK: Stephen Harper in September “Canadian soldiers are not accompanying the Iraqi forces into combat”

Yesterday the Prime Minister’s Office assured journalists that despite Canadian Forces being involved in combat in Iraq, they were still not on a “combat mission”.  ...

2015 01 20
NDP REALITY CHECK: NDP has the best record on creating and protecting jobs while in government

Not only are NDP governments the best fiscal managers, according to Finance Canada statistics, the evidence shows that New Democrat governments also do the best when it comes to tackling unemployment.  ...

2015 01 20
NDP REALITY CHECK: Just the Facts on the “most transparent Government in Canadian History”

"Our Government is the most transparent government in Canadian history”

- Tony Clement, December 19, 2012

How are Conservatives really doing? According to the most recent Access to Information Act Bulletin, last year:  ...

2015 01 19
NDP REALITY CHECK: NDP still best fiscal managers – Liberals are the worst: Finance Canada

Justin Trudeau’s brain trust certainly got awfully excited by the NDP caucus meetings last week – making things up and engaging in negative attacks.  ...

2015 01 19
NDP REALITY CHECK: A History of Failure: Liberals and Conservatives on the Access to Information Act

The Conservatives are kicking off 2015 by continuing one of the Liberal Party’s great traditions: promising a more open government, but instead governing in the same old secretive style, breaking all their promises to fix the Access to Information Act.  ...

2015 01 18
Budget 2015 must give middle class families a break

VANCOUVER—New Democrats are demanding that the Conservatives use the upcoming budget to change direction and start building an economy that works for Canadians.  ...

2015 01 17
Statement by the Official Opposition on World Religion Day

Official Opposition Human Rights critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement on World Religion Day:

Across the planet, people are celebrating World Religion Day today.  ...

2015 01 16
NDP statement on Neil Bantleman

Official Opposition Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) and Official Opposition Critic for Consular Affairs Wayne Marston (Hamilton-Stoney Creek) made the following statement today:  ...

2015 01 15
Tom Mulcair's Speech-- 2015 Caucus Strategy Session

Thank you.

Welcome to 2015

Are you ready to bring change to Ottawa?

Are you ready to fight for middle class families?

Are you ready to replace Stephen Harper’s Conservatives with an NDP government and get Canada on track?  ...

2015 01 14
NDP REALITY CHECK: Leona Aglukkaq continues her lies

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) recently caught up with Leona Aglukkaq, Conservative Minister of the Environment and MP for Nunavut.  ...

2015 01 14
Statement by the NDP on Thai Pongal

NDP Multiculturalism critic Andrew Cash (Davenport) made the following statement on Thai Pongal: 

“Today, I would like to wish all Canadians of Tamil origin a wonderful Thai Pongal, or Monsoon Festival.  ...

2015 01 13
The Conservatives still don’t get that judges should be bilingual

NDP Official Languages critic Yvon Godin (Acadie–Bathurst) is befuddled by the appointment of a unilingual Anglophone to the position of Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada.    ...

2015 01 12
Canada must help stop Boko Haram

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement in reaction to the latest attacks by Boko Haram:

“We are deeply disturbed by the brutal attacks in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram. Hundreds of people have been killed in recent weeks. Entire communities have been displaced and destroyed. In the attacks this past weekend, Boko Haram reportedly used a ten-year-old girl as a suicide bomber, yet another reminder of the callous and vicious nature of this terrorist organization.  ...

2015 01 12
NDP REALITY CHECK: New Minister of Veterans Affairs – what better way to start a mandate than with failure?

‏@ErinOTooleMP After some initial meetings I spent my 1st day as MVA calling & listening to leading veterans organizations starting with the @RCL_DC  ...

2015 01 12
Statement from the NDP on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights report on missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia

The Official opposition critic for aboriginal affairs, Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan) made the following statement:

Today’s report from Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says that the “disappearances and murders of indigenous women in Canada are part of a broader pattern of violence and discrimination against indigenous women in Canada.”  ...

2015 01 12
Conservative auto sector promises are too little too late

Government loan for Linamar today comes after the Conservatives oversaw the loss of more than 50,000 auto sector jobs. 

“Liberals and Conservatives have allowed a generation of middle-class jobs to disappear in industries like auto,” said NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley). “The Auditor General has reported that the Conservatives mismanaged funds that were earmarked for supporting the auto sector, which means Canada has lost out on billions of dollars in investments and thousands of jobs.”  ...

2015 01 12
Official Opposition statement on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti

Official Opposition Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) and International Development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier–Sainte-Marie) made the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti:  ...

2015 01 09
NDP condemns Russian anti-Trans legislation

The NDP is appalled by the Russian government’s adoption of a law banning Transgender and Transsexual people from driving.

“This new law is regressive and unconscionable,” said NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre). “I urge the Canadian government to condemn the Russian government’s discrimination against Russia’s Trans community.”  ...

2015 01 09
Conservatives must close copyright law loophole to end false threats: NDP

The Conservatives must take immediate steps to protect internet users by closing a loophole that allows media companies to bully Canadians with threats of hefty fines that don’t actually exist under Canadian law.   ...

2015 01 09
More job losses under the Conservatives

New figures from Statistics Canada show the Conservatives’ unbalanced economic approach continues to hit Canadian families hard.

The Canadian economy finished 2014 by shedding an additional 4,300 jobs last month, following significant losses in November.  ...

2015 01 09
Employment Minister Jason Kenney reacts to poor job numbers: “LA! LA! LA! I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”

@kenneyjason: Great to see the creation of 54,000 full time #jobs last month

– Twitter, January 9, 2015

Woot indeed Minister! But if Jason Kenney took the trouble to read the whole Statistics Canada report, he would have learned that these new jobs were more than offset by 58,000 jobs lost.  ...

2015 01 09
NDP calls for the release of Saudi free speech activist

Official Opposition Critic for Human Rights Wayne Marston (Hamilton - Stoney Creek) issued the following statement today:

"New Democrats are appalled that imprisoned Saudi Arabian free speech activist Raif Badawi will be flogged in public today as part of his sentence.  ...

2015 01 08
NDP calls for expansion of search and rescue services

New Democrats strongly support the expansion of search and rescue response services across Canada and urge the Conservative government to take all necessary action to ensure Canada meets international standards, in particular a 30-minute response time, 24/7.  ...

2015 01 07
Small Government? Not when it comes to Stephen Harper’s Buddies!

Before he was Prime Minister, Stephen Harper painted himself as a proponent of small government and a defender of austerity:

“I tend to come from the small government end of conservatism.”  ...

2015 01 07
NDP statement on Gurbakash Singh Khalsa

Official Opposition Human Rights Critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement today:

New Democrats are concerned about the condition of Gurbakash Singh, a peaceful  ...

2015 01 07
Statement from Tom Mulcair on Paris terrorist attack

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NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair made the following statement today in the wake of the mass shooting at the magazine Charlie Hebdo:  ...

2015 01 05
New Conservative Minister Erin O’Toole – a new start or more of the same for Veterans Affairs?


After the dismal performance of Julian Fantino – noted for his heartless comments about veterans offices simply being administrative points of contact as he closed down Veterans Affairs offices across the country, no one can question the fact it was time for a fresh face ready to change things.  ...

2015 01 05
NDP to new Veterans Affairs Minister: time to change direction

NDP offers list of priorities that need new minister’s urgent attention – including the immediate reopening of veteran’s offices

OTTAWA/SACKVILLE – NDP leader Tom Mulcair welcomed the demotion of minister Fantino today but warned that a change of direction is needed, not just a shuffle of ministers.  ...

2015 01 01
Official Opposition statement on Tamil Heritage Month

NDP multiculturalism critic Andrew Cash (Davenport) made the following statement on Tamil Heritage Month:

“On behalf of the New Democratic Party, I am pleased to recognize today as the beginning of Tamil Heritage Month. 

“For the entire month of January, Canada’s Tamil community will be celebrating its history and culture with a variety of events, including the Thai Pongal – the Tamil monsoon celebration.   ...

2015 01 01
Statement by Tom Mulcair on the New Year

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on New Year’s Day:

“On this first day of this new year, my family and my wife Catherine and I would like to wish all Canadians a peaceful, healthy and happy 2015.

“This is a great day to reflect on the kind of country that we want to build together – a fairer, greener and more prosperous Canada for all.   ...

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