2014 07 31
HYPOCRISY ALERT: Mulroney-style patronage from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives

Yesterday, Conservatives announced the creation of a new crown corporation for Minister Lisa Raitt: the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.

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.