2016 04 30
NDP statement on the national day of commemoration of the exodus of vietnamese refugees

New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît) made the following statement:

“On this National Day of Commemoration of the Exodus of Vietnamese Refugees, we highlight the achievements of Canada’s Vietnamese community as well as Canada’s tradition of hospitality and inclusiveness.  ...

2016 04 28
Day of Mourning: Liberals must restore the right to refuse unsafe work

NDP Labour critic Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West) made the following statement on the National Day of Mourning:

"Despite the progress Canada has made over the years, every year many Canadians are still injured and killed in the performance of their work. Today we remember them, and recommit to making workplace safety a top priority.  ...

2016 04 27
Liberals consider Star Wars sequel in secret defence consultations

VANCOUVER — The Liberal government has launched a secretive round of defence consultations that puts "everything" on the table, including the privatization of important services like search and rescue and even reconsidering participation in the American's 'Star Wars' ballistic missile defence program.  ...

2016 04 27
Human Rights Tribunal puts liberals under third party management

Angus: After months of delays in protecting indigenous kids, the Human Rights Tribunal has now ordered the Liberal government to take immediate action – essentially putting them under third Party Management

OTTAWA– After the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal landmark ruling that found that the Canadian government discriminates against Indigenous children, the tribunal is now calling out the Liberal government for failing to take action to protect these children.  ...

2016 04 26
NDP: Alberta needs more than a Liberal cabinet meeting

While the Liberal cabinet holds private meetings with high-paid consultants at in the comfort of Kananaskis, many Albertans are being left behind by the decisions of the Liberal government.    ...

2016 04 26
Liberals recycled privatization schemes belong in the trash

The Liberal Government made big commitments on new infrastructure spending during the election, and while yesterday's announcement falls more than $3.4 billion short of what they promised, it also highlights their privatization scheme.  ...

2016 04 25
Reality check: how many liberal promises does it take to change a tanker law?

If you were surprised to read today’s Bloomberg News report that “Enbridge’s Gateway Resuscitated as Trudeau Wavers on Tankers”,  you’re not alone.  ...

2016 04 22
NDP statement on earth day

NDP Environment and Climate Change critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) made the following statement:

"Earth Day is an opportunity for Canadians to join people around the world in a call for action to preserve our planet.  ...

2016 04 22
LIBERALS MUST FIX INDIGENOUS MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING SHORTFALL IN BUDGET

OTTAWA —Budget 2016 contained zero new dollars to address the huge shortfall in health and mental health services for Indigenous peoples.

“While these communities require long-term solutions, they also require the immediate supports to address the health and mental health crisis that were entirely missing from the Liberal budget,” says MP Charlie Angus NDP Indigenous and Northern Affairs Critic.  ...

2016 04 21
NDP statement on Passover

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement:

"As Passover celebrations begin, my family and I extend our best wishes to all members of the Jewish community – in Canada and around the world.  ...

2016 04 20
NDP MOTION: WE MUST PROTECT OUR DAIRY PRODUCERS

 

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NDP MOTION: WE MUST PROTECT OUR DAIRY PRODUCERS

OTTAWA – New Democrats announced today they want to ensure that the Liberal government keeps its election promises and commitments made at the beginning of its mandate and require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.    ...

2016 04 18
Liberals betray aerospace workers

OTTAWA — New Democrats are calling on the government to withdraw Bill C-10, which would make the layoff of 2,600 Air Canada and Aveos workers permanent. Bill C-10 would allow Air Canada to ship aircraft maintenance jobs out of the country – creating precarious working conditions in the aerospace industry.  ...

2016 04 18
NDP Reality Check: Flexible Liberal Ethics

When is an ethics code more of a suggestion than a rule?

When you're the Liberal Minister of Justice, as it turns out.

The rules that the Liberals made banning selling access to Ministers are clear:  ...

2016 04 14
Mathyssen introduces bills to support Veterans

Today, New Democrat Veterans critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced two bills supporting Canadian Forces (CF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) veterans and their families.   The bills, if passed, will provide much needed financial supports.  ...

2016 04 13
Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet presents housing recommendations

Today, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) released the report from her cross-Canada housing tour. After a three-year tour of more than thirty communities, Boutin-Sweet reports that the situation is devastating.  ...

2016 04 12
NDP statement on the upcoming Komagata Maru apology

NDP Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship critic, Jenny Kwan, made the following statement on the announcement of a formal Komagata Maru apology:

“On May 23, 1914 the Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet carrying 376 British subjects from India seeking refuge and a better life in Canada. For two months this vessel sat in port while its passengers were summarily denied disembarkation and basic necessities such as food and water. On July 23 the Komagata Maru was turned around and forced to depart for Asia.  ...

2016 04 10
Statement from NDP National Director, Karl Bélanger

This weekend, in the best traditions of our party, we gathered for lively and respectful debate — and to chart a path forward together.

The membership’s desire for change and renewal has been heard. The NDP Federal Council will meet this afternoon to initiate the process to determine the next steps towards a leadership election.  ...

2016 04 05
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IGNORING WARNINGS, LEAVING FARMERS BEHIND ON TRADE

OTTAWA - Despite warnings from Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about the negative impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal on Canada, Liberals are pushing ahead while refusing to commit to compensation for industries that will be hurt.  ...

2016 04 04
NDP statement on the “Panama Papers” scandal

NDP National Revenue critic Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke) made the following statement:

“Operation ‘Panama Papers’ has exposed the shocking use of offshore tax havens. New Democrats have always fought against this kind of abuse that allows the wealthy to play by different rules than ordinary Canadians.  ...

2016 04 04
NDP statement on conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

The following statement was issued today by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie):

 

“This weekend’s clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh are profoundly alarming and represent the most serious escalation of this conflict in more than 20 years.  ...

2016 03 31
NDP STATEMENT ON THE TRAGEDY IN PIKANGIKUM

NDP critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Charlie Angus made the following statement:

“On behalf of my colleagues in the New Democratic Party I offer my deepest sympathies for the community of Pikangikum that suffered a tragic house fire killing three children and six adults. This nightmare is one more of a long list of needless tragedies that should serve as a wake-up call for change.  ...

2016 03 30
NDP REALITY CHECK: PRIME MINISTER TO UNEMPLOYED CANADIANS: “YOU SHOULD BE PLEASED”

Justin Trudeau’s message to Canadians impacted by the economic downturn has changed dramatically over the past two months.

On February 3, the Prime Minister told Albertans:  ...

2016 03 30
LIBERAL BUDGET FAILS INDIGENOUS YOUTH AND IGNORES TRIBUNAL RULING

Indigenous youth forced to go to court to fight for basic care

OTTAWA- It's been two months since the damning indictment by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that called on the government to immediately end the systemic denial of services to Indigenous youth. And yet the Liberal budget has ignored the tribunal's call for immediate remedies. They didn’t deliver one cent to implement Jordan’s principle in the health care system and they shortchanged action on child welfare reform by 130 million dollars.  ...

2016 03 29
Statement by Tom Mulcair on the Death of Jean Lapierre

"Catherine and I are in shock.

It is with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Jean Lapierre and several members of his family.

Always close to his community, Jean Lapierre was a formidable parliamentarian and minister.  ...

2016 03 29
NDP Reality Check: Liberals Failing Canadians in Need of EI

Only 39% of Canadians who have lost their jobs have access to employment insurance.

There are 850,000 unemployed people in Canada who don’t qualify for employment insurance benefits.  ...

2016 03 24
NDP Reality Check: Top 10 Ways Budget 2016 Shortchanges Canadians

The Liberal budget was long on rhetoric but short on dollars when it came to keeping their promises to Canadians.

While wealthy CEOs were told they could keep their $800 million-a-year stock option tax loophole, seniors, youth, First Nations, public transit riders and so many others in need were all left waiting for help.  ...

2016 03 24
NDP MP wants to eliminate tax on baby products

A New Democrat MP has introduced a bill that would eliminate the federal tax on certain baby products. Christine Moore (Abitibi—Témiscamingue) is calling on the government to abolish this tax and recognize these products as essential. This would give families with young children a helping hand.    ...

2016 03 22
Mulcair: Budget a missed opportunity to reduce inequality

Canadians had high expectations for today’s Liberal budget, but what they got instead were missed opportunities to tackle inequality and backtracking on key commitments. They shortchanged First Nations education by $230 million and First Nations child welfare by $130 million in the first year alone.  ...

2016 03 22
NDP statement following the Brussels attacks

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement today:

 

"Canadians are waking up horrified by the news today of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. We stand, united with the world, in grieving this loss of life and in condemning these  despicable  acts of  violence.  ...

2016 03 21
NDP Reality Check: Liberal Majority Appoints Liberal Majority to Economic Panel

While the Liberal government was quick to emphasize that women make up a majority of the members of its new Advisory Panel on Economic Growth, the government of “openness and transparency” was much less keen to talk about the partisan majority on the new panel.  ...

2016 03 21
NDP STATEMENT ON WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY

NDP critic for Sports and Persons with Disabilities Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor-Tecumseh) made the following statement on World Down Syndrome Day:

“Today we recognize the right of persons with Down syndrome to enjoy full and equal rights – including the opportunity to participate fully in their communities. Four areas of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are particularly focused on the needs of persons with disabilities, including those with Down syndrome – access to inclusive education, employment, public transport, and social, economic and political inclusion.  ...

2016 03 20
NDP statement on International day of la Francophonie

NDP critic for International Development and La Francophonie Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières) made the following statement:

“Today we are proudly celebrating Francophonie in Canada and around the world.

International Francophonie Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and cultural richness of the French-speaking community in Quebec, Canada and around the world.  ...

2016 03 18
Budget 2016 : Government Must Tackle Inequality

OTTAWA — In a letter to the Finance Minister ahead of the government’s first budget next week, the NDP is demanding that government tackle inequality, keep their promises and improve tax fairness for Canadians.  ...

2016 03 18
NDP statement on the situation in Honduras

Hélène Laverdière, NDP Foreign Affairs critic, and Cheryl Hardcastle, NDP Member of the House of Commons Sub-Committee on International Human Rights made the following statement:

 

“New Democrats express their profound concern at the worsening situation in Honduras and the targeting of human rights and environmental defenders.   ...

2016 03 15
NDP launches campaign to tackle precarious work in millenial generation

Government must address emerging crisis affecting millennial generation

New Democrats are launching a campaign to address the rising challenge of precarious work among millennials, which leaves many young Canadians with little job security, no benefits, and no ability to plan for the future.   ...

2016 03 14
NDP calls for study on guaranteed minimum income

New Democrats will present a motion calling on the Standing Committee on Finance to undertake a study on guaranteed minimum income. Finance critic Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) says a study is necessary because it’s a complex policy that could be a possible solution to growing income inequality.  ...

2016 03 11
Liberals must not break their promise to First Nations youth: NDP

The Liberal government appears to be walking away from one of their key commitments to Indigenous peoples, a pledge of $2.6 billion for First Nations education. The commitment was contingent on a 2013 Conservative promise of funds that were never allocated.  ...

2016 03 11
NDP to call minister to testify at Finance committee about KPMG tax evasion scheme

New Democrats are putting forward a motion at Finance Committee calling on National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, key CRA officials and KPMG executives to testify regarding the tax evasion scandal revealed in leaked documents.  ...

2016 03 11
NDP Calls on Liberals to Engage Canadians and Pick Up the Pace on Electoral Reform

OTTAWA – NDP Democratic Reform critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) has written to Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, urging the government to pick up the pace on its commitment to reform Canada’s electoral system. The NDP is also calling for the government to establish a Citizens Working Group on Electoral Reform to work in tandem with the parliamentary committee.  ...

2016 03 10
Payment Protection Program Needed for Producers, says NDP

OTTAWA — NDP MP Tracey Ramsey (Essex) is calling on the Liberal government to introduce a payment protection program for Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable producers, in a motion tabled in Parliament.  ...

2016 03 08
Reality Check: Five Missing Priorities on International Women’s Day 2016

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister told an audience of elites in Davos that “ensuring gender parity and the advancement of women’s rights should be a given in 2016.”   ...

2016 03 08
NDP Statement on International Women’s Day

NDP Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) made the following statement on International Women’s Day:

“When women are secure and thriving, so are their families, their communities and by extension all of Canada. The NDP remains committed to continuing the fight for gender equality. Today we stand with women around the world celebrating gains in women's equality, and pressing for further action.   ...

2016 03 07
Liberals Refuse to Fix Broken Employment Insurance System

Liberal MPs voted against an NDP motion urging the government to keep its election promises and fix the broken Employment Insurance system in Ottawa this evening.  ...

2016 03 07
Liberals must close paid-donor blood clinic, say NDP and tainted blood survivors

OTTAWA – New Democrats joined tainted blood survivors and safe blood activists today in calling on Health Minister Jane Philpott to close Canada’s first for-profit, paid-donor blood plasma clinic that opened in February this year.  ...

2016 03 02
Time for Leadership & Concrete Plan on Climate Change

Governments must now set firm targets and enshrine accountability into law

As the prime minister and premiers gather to meet, the NDP is calling on the federal government to step up and show real leadership in the fight against climate change.   ...