2016 02 05
Access to Palliative Care Should be a Right, Say New Democrats

OTTAWA – New Democrats introduced a detailed plan to improve palliative care for Canadians at the final hearing of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying in Ottawa on Thursday night.  ...

2016 02 04
NDP: Make democratic reform process truly democratic

OTTAWA —NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) put forward a proposal today to establish a representative and democratic process for considering changes to Canada’s voting system.  ...

2016 02 04
NDP Statement on World Cancer Day

NDP Health critic Don Davies made the following statement on World Cancer Day:

“With the theme ‘We can. I can’, World Cancer Day 2016 will explore how everyone – researchers, family members, volunteers, medical professionals, governments and donors – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.  ...

2016 02 03
TPP Signing Sells Out Canadian Jobs

OTTAWA — With scarce public consultations and no economic impact assessments completed, Liberal Foreign Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland signed onto Stephen Harper’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement today in New Zealand. In the face of today’s signing, Freeland maintains the Liberal government may not actually stand behind their signature.  ...

2016 02 03
Adoption of NDP Pay Equity Motion: A Step in the Right Direction to Reduce Inequalities

OTTAWA — The NDP’s pay equity motion that was adopted today will help lay the groundwork for tackling poverty across Canada and ending discrimination against women when it comes to equal pay for work of equal value, say New Democrats.  ...

2016 02 02
Groundhog Day for Auditor General Report

Mismanagement with the Social Security Tribunal and at Shared Services Canada harms the most vulnerable Canadians.

OTTAWA – Today’s Auditor General Report revealed yet another 12 months of mismanagement within the Federal Government. The report highlights many problems, including an arduous process for disability claim appeals, and the failure of the Canada Border Services Agency to prevent illegal exports.  ...

2016 02 01
NDP: TIME FOR PAY EQUITY IS NOW

OTTAWA — Canada’s New Democrats will introduce an opposition day motion urging the federal government to do everything it can to tackle the unacceptable wage gap between men and women.  ...

2016 01 29
Letter from Tom Mulcair to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

On reinstating funding for the CBC/Radio-Canada

Dear Minister,

We are writing to you today following reports that your government may back down from its election promise to reinvest $150 million annually in CBC/Radio-Canada.  ...

2016 01 27
Liberals Use Pre-Budget Survey to Fill Their Data Bank

The Liberals are filling up their data bank these days. The Liberal Party website is asking the public for its say on the next federal budget—but when you complete their survey, you are asked to provide a wealth of information that will be used for partisan purposes and political fundraising.  ...

2016 01 27
NDP Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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

“Seventy-one years ago today, more than 7,000 prisoners were liberated from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp.

Today, New Democrats join people of conscience around the world in honouring the memory of the millions of Jewish men, women and children who suffered and were murdered alongside countless others because of their race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.  ...

2016 01 25
Liberals Must Enforce Canada Health Act Across Country

To protect the principle of accessibility, New Democrats are calling on the federal Health Minister to intervene and enforce the Canada Health Act, which is being undermined in Quebec’s Bill 20.  ...

2016 01 23
NDP Designates Karl Bélanger as National Director

Karl Bélanger was designated National Director of the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Canada, Saturday.

A native of Quebec City, Karl Bélanger has a degree in arts and media technology as well as a BA in political science from Laval University. He joined the ranks of the NDP when he was 18 years old, becoming a candidate for the first time in the 1993 federal election. Over the years, he has held several positions within the party organization.  ...

2016 01 22
Statement from Tom Mulcair on the La Loche Community School Shooting

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement:

  I wish to echo the words of my friend and colleague, Georgina Jolibois, the former mayor of La Loche and the current MP of the area, regarding today's tragedy.    Catherine and I are shocked and heartbroken after hearing the news of a shooting at the La Loche Community School.    We send our love to the families of those who lost their lives, those injured and the entire community that has greatly suffered this terrible loss.    And I would like to thank Georgina for going above and beyond in supporting her community in the aftermath of this loss of life.    We may not have the words to describe what happened today but, no matter where we are, we can all feel the devastating pain in La Loche tonight.  ...

2016 01 22
NDP: Cauliflower Should Not Be a Luxury Item

Along with many fruits and vegetable cauliflowers have become inexplicably expensive. Canadians are also seeing the same trend with skyrocketing housing prices and rising transportation costs. It was revealed this morning that the rate of inflation in Canada increased by 1.6% in December but families that already struggling to make ends meet don’t need official statistics to tell them that.  ...

2016 01 21
NDP statement on Lincoln Alexander Day

 

 

NDP MPs David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre) and Scott Duvall (Hamilton Mountain) made the following statement on Lincoln Alexander Day:  ...

2016 01 21
PBO: Liberal tax policy fails to fight inequality

Liberal tax plan will give nothing to 60% of Canadians and the biggest breaks go to the wealthy, according to a study today from the Parliamentary Budget Office. The NDP amendment to the plan would have instead benefited twice as many Canadians.  ...

2016 01 21
NDP statement on Liberals’ rejection of citizenship for Raif Badawi

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière issued the following statement:  

"On behalf of New Democrats and concerned Canadians, I urge the government to reverse its decision to not grant Raif Badawi Canadian citizenship. Human rights experts, including Amnesty International, have been calling for Mr. Badawi to be granted Canadian citizenship in order to increase pressure on the Saudi government to release him and reunite him with his family.  ...

2016 01 20
Trudeau fails to show leadership for tackling inequality in speech in Davos

Speaking to the 0.1% richest CEOs and celebrities in Davos, Switzerland, Justin Trudeau missed the opportunity to show leadership for fighting growing income and wealth inequality in Canada and abroad.  ...

2016 01 20
NDP STATEMENT ON POSTMEDIA CUTS

NDP Industry Critic Brian Masse (Windsor West) made the following statement in response to Postmedia layoffs across Canada:

“Following the announcement by Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey today, I am foremost concerned about the jobs lost and the people affected by this news. Our sympathies go out to these employees and their families in this difficult time.  ...

2016 01 19
Tom Mulcair’s speech to the NDP team: Fighting for what matters

I am very happy to be back here, in Montebello, for this very important meeting.

Eight years ago, almost to the day, I was here in Montebello with some of you, at my very first NDP caucus strategy meeting.  ...

2016 01 19
Charlie Angus elected national caucus chair

New Democrat MPs elected Charlie Angus (Timmins—Baie James) as their National Caucus Chair and Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) as Vice-Chair today.  ...

2016 01 17
NDP statement on World Religion Day

New Democrat Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière made the following statement on World Religion Day:

“Today, people around the world are celebrating World Religion Day – a celebration that brings together believers from all religions to foster greater understanding.  ...

2016 01 15
Statement by the NDP on Thai Pongal

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Thai Pongal:

Thai Pongal, or the Monsoon Festival, is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Tamil people around the world.

Here in Canada, Thai Pongal occurs during Tamil Heritage Month—a month to celebrate the enormous social, economic and cultural contributions to our country and to recognize the fight for human rights and justice by Tamil-Canadians.  ...

2016 01 15
On TPP Liberals don’t think better is possible

Memo to Liberal trade minister Chrystia Freeland: this is Canada, and in Canada, better is always possible – especially when it comes to protecting jobs from a bad deal signed by the Harper Conservatives.   ...

2016 01 15
For-profit paid blood donation scheme must be stopped: NDP

NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, cites lessons from inquiry into tainted blood scandal

NDP Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) is calling on the Liberal government to adopt a national ban of for-profit and paid-donor blood clinics in Canada.  This comes after repeated attempts by a private, for-profit blood plasma company to open clinics in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan that would offer payments to donors.  ...

2016 01 14
NDP statement on the Orthodox New Year

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the Orthodox New Year:

“On behalf of New Democrats, I would like to wish a happy and fulfilling year to all those celebrating the Orthodox New Year today.  ...

2016 01 13
Réunification des familles : les libéraux doivent passer de la parole aux actes immédiatement

Les libéraux doivent agir rapidement pour corriger le programme de réunification des familles. C’est l’appel qu’a lancé le NPD aujourd’hui en apprenant que les quotas de 2016 pour les parrainages de parents et de grands-parents avaient été atteints en trois jours seulement. Les trois dernières années, le faible niveau des quotas a forcé les familles à débourser des sommes considérables pour accéder à ce programme, notamment pour payer un coursier prêt à faire la file d’attente en leur nom.  ...

2016 01 13
TPP Puts Quebec Farms at Risk

Quebec dairy producers have had a tough year and Liberal government support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as negotiated by the Conservatives does little to restore farmers’ trust.   ...

2016 01 12
NDP Statement on Samar Badawi’s Arrest by Saudi Arabia

NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) made the following statement in reaction to Samar Badawi’s arrest by Saudi Arabia:

“New Democrats condemn the arrest and detention of activist Samar Badawi, the sister of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. We call on foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion to condemn the arrest by immediately summoning the Saudi ambassador in Ottawa for explanation.   ...

2016 01 12
Break through the paper ceiling

Prominent Canadian women should be featured on Canada’s banknotes, the NDP urged today.

“It’s time to break through the paper ceiling and feature prominent Canadian women on Canada’s money bills,” said NDP status of women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith). “As we reach Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Queen shouldn’t be the only woman who is celebrated on our money.”   ...

2016 01 12
NDP Statement on 6th Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier–Sainte-Marie) made the following statement on the 6th anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti:

“Six years have passed since the earthquake that devastated Haiti in early 2010. Today, we join the Haitian people in commemorating the hundreds of thousands who lost their lives in this tragedy.  ...

2016 01 11
Nipigon bridge fiasco should be wake up call for north – Angus

TIMMINS — As a result of the Nipigon bridge failure, Canadians who want to cross their own country were being forced to detour through the United States. Although efforts are being made to stabilize the situation, MP Charlie Angus says the bridge failure is a perfect symbol of the growing infrastructure crisis in the north.   ...

2016 01 01
NDP Statement for the New Year

The Leader of the NDP, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement for the New Year:

“On behalf of the entire NDP team, I wish you peace, health and happiness in the New Year.

In 2015, Canadians expressed a strong desire for change. As the Leader of the NDP, I would like to take this time of renewal to reiterate my commitment to building a fairer, greener, more prosperous Canada.  ...