“New Democrats will continue to study today’s decision and consult with those affected by it.
On behalf of all New Democrats, I would like to congratulate the three Canadian filmmakers whose movies were officially selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
If Conservative MP Michael Chong is a true democrat, he will join the NDP in voting against the Unfair Elections Act in the House of Commons.
NDP Ethics Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay) wrote to Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson today, demanding she continue her investigation into secret PMO payments related to the Senate expense scandal cover-up.
The NDP released its initiative for an open and transparent government today, which it will implement when elected Government in 2015. It lays the foundation for an open, transparent, 21st century government that makes information systematically available – not one that hides information from Canadians.
NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto–Danforth) sent a letter to Minister Pierre Poilievre today urging him to withdraw the Unfair Elections Act (Bill C-23) and work with all parties to draft a new bill.
NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic, Jean Crowder (Nanaimo - Cowichan), sent a letter today to Minister Bernard Valcourt asking that the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (C-33) be referred to committee before second reading.
Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today urging him to call on the Egyptian government to release Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his colleagues.
The last people you can trust to fix elections laws are unelected, unaccountable Conservative and Liberal Senators.
The NDP’s fight against Stephen Harper’s Unfair Elections Act entered a new phase today, launching a new campaign to convince Conservative MPs to vote against Bill C-23 in the House of Commons.
In a recent speech at the National Action Network convention in New York City, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the issue of voter suppression and voter ID laws.
With 900 Canadians’ personal information stolen from Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) website due to the Heartbleed security breach, the NDP is calling on the Conservatives start providing answers to Canadians.
The NDP is deeply concerned by the attack on international civil society by the Government of Sri Lanka
Even a Conservative-dominated Senate Committee is now acknowledging the Unfair Elections Act has crossed the line of basic fairness, and is recommending amendments.
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre happily parrots off lists of identification he claims Canadians can use to vote. But his claims are misleading.
“Catherine and I extend our warmest wishes to members of the Jewish community as they gather to celebrate Pesach with songs, wine and a meal shared with friends and family.
Joe Cressy will be the NDP candidate in Trinity-Spadina.
“It is with great sadness that Catherine and I learned of Jim Flaherty’s passing today. We join all New Democrats in offering our most sincere condolences to his family, loved ones and colleagues in this difficult time."
With the situation in Syria worsening daily, the NDP is calling for the Conservative government to honour its promise to accept more Syrian refugees, and respond generously to the UN’s recent appeals.
New Democrats are saddened that 657 workers at the CBC are losing their jobs today.
The cancellation of subsidies and abandoning of the federal financial commitment to social housing have prompted New Democrats to launch a campaign and table a motion in Parliament aimed at ensuring adequate funding.
Liberals are now claiming they want to prevent the government from using time allocation and shutting down debate on any amendments to the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act.
Stephen Harper is ramming through the Unfair Elections Act and using Time Allocation to avoid debate.
Claim: “When 9/11 occurred in Nunavut I was in the cabinet at the time.” -Leona Aglukkaq, APTN April 8, 2014
The Conservative government’s rampant mismanagement of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program prompted NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton-North Delta) to ask for an emergency debate in Parliament yesterday.
The Leader of the Official Opposition Thomas Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge:
Official Opposition House Leader Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) made the following statement following the Board of Internal Economy’s partisan decision:
Today, NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food critic Malcolm Allen introduced a private member’s bill to establish a National Garden Day. The Welland MP’s bill would designate the Friday before Father’s Day of each year as National Garden Day.
Official Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair made the following statement following the election results in Quebec:
On the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Parliament has unanimously adopted an NDP motion to re-affirm Canada's commitment to preventing genocides.
While the Conservative government says they will be there for out of work Canadians, as usual, their actions don’t match their spin.
Hundreds have signed an NDP petition calling on the Minister of Defence to recognize and assist former cadets who survived a fatal grenade explosion at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier.
NDP MP Jean-François Larose (Repentigny), spokesperson for Philanthropy and not for profit organizations, made the following statement on Volunteer Action Week:
The New Democratic Party of Canada is proud to announce that Anne McGrath will serve as the party’s National Director.
NDP MP’s have elected today Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) as National Caucus Chair. They also selected Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) to be vice-chair.
MP Ève Péclet (La Pointe-de-L’Île) has introduced a bill to strengthen corporate social responsibility (CSR) among Canadian extracting companies operating in developing countries.
NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) made the following statement in reaction to the defeat of his motion on Conservative abuse of government Challenger jets for partisan activity:
Today, parliamentarians will begin debate on M-456, an NDP motion to establish a pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end-of-life care. The motion has strong support from medical organizations and NGOs that work with the sick and dying.
The NDP is calling for better protection for whistleblowers in public office and for the immediate reinstatement of Sylvie Therrien, following her dismissal for having revealed the quotas that were being used to process employment insurance benefits.
Elections Canada has confirmed that the NDP mailing program prior to the start of by-elections in the constituencies of Provencher, Bourassa and Toronto Centre was in full compliance with the Elections Act.
The NDP is introducing an opposition day motion to limit the use of the government’s Challenger jets after revelations that the Conservative Party has been using the planes for non-official travel.
NDP Pensions critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) has asked the Speaker to investigate whether Conservative MP Kevin Sorenson deliberately misled Parliament during debate on an NDP motion to expand the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans (CPP/QPP).
"The NDP would like to congratulate all the artists who excelled at the JUNO Awards Gala this weekend."
NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard – La Prairie) is concerned that the Conservatives are giving themselves more control over critical elements of rail safety while failing to address basic safety issues.
In order to bring the drastic restructuring at Canada Post back to the spotlight, the NDP held a press conference this morning to condemn the Conservatives’ new price hikes for stamps, which will bring the cost to a record $1 and affect consumers across the country.
The New Building Canada plan will in no way reverse the infrastructure and public transit deficiencies that communities are facing throughout the country. The NDP is urging the Conservative government to take immediate action to ensure that the plan meets the needs of municipalities.
Official Opposition Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on Earth Hour:
The NDP is pleased to see the resolution adopted Thursday at the United Nations Human Rights Council, emphasizing the continued need for reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.
NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) has issued the following statement regarding the attacks in Kessab:
In response to reports that French-speaking soldiers in Afghanistan did not have access to psychological support in their own language, the NDP has decided to lodge a complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages.
Eating “local” feeds our home-grown economy, and the NDP is asking MPs from all parties to vote for Bill C-539 today, following its second reading in the House of Commons.
NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) has issued the following statement on the situation in Egypt:
“Despite growing opposition to its electoral reform bill, the Conservative government has pursued its efforts to adopt it with great haste and secrecy. As expected, they voted against my motion urging the House to reject this bill that endangers the very foundations of our democracy by prohibiting vouching, voter education programming by Elections Canada, and the use of voter cards as second pieces of identification. The Conservatives refused to agree to the removal of these parts from the bill that have nothing to do with real electoral fraud-- which this bill was originally supposed to be about.
With the 2004 Health Care Accord set to expire in one week, New Democrats are pressing the Conservative government to show leadership and work with provinces and territories to improve our public health care system.
“This World Tuberculosis Day, we honour the work of Robert Koch, who on March 24, 1882, discovered ‘Koch’s bacillus’—the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. We also renew our support for international efforts to eradicate this disease, like those underway at Results Canada and the Stop TB Partnership.
New Democrats are devoting another opposition day to stopping C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act, which actually endangers Canadian democracy.
New Democrats are calling on the Government of Canada to suspend its arms trade with the Russian Federation following the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
Official Opposition Human Rights critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) made the following statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following changes to the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet today:
The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement for Nowruz:
Francophonie critic Pierre Dionne Labelle (Rivière-du-Nord) made the following statement on the International Day of La Francophonie:
Today, Joe Oliver has been sworn in as the new finance minister, replacing Jim Flaherty, who is slowly retreating to the private sector.
I wish to thank Jim Flaherty for his service to Canada as finance minister.
In light of new information regarding serious vehicle defects that have led to several traffic accidents, NDP Deputy Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard – La Prairie) has sent a letter to the Minister of Transportation, Lisa Raitt, to determine when exactly she was informed of this and what measures she has taken to ensure the safety of Canadians.
With the Journée internationale de la Francophonie on the horizon, the NDP critic for Official Languages Yvon Godin (Acadie – Bathurst) placed a complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages, criticizing the Conservative government’s decision to arbitrarily render formerly bilingual positions with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) unilingual.
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement today on this weekend's attack on a temple and community center in Pakistan:
New Democrats have proposed a parliamentary motion calling for an immediate independent and international investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the Sri Lankan civil war.
New Democrats are inviting students and teachers to voice their concerns about the Harper government's move to end programs that encourage young people to vote. The Conservatives’ Unfair Elections Act, C-23, prohibits Elections Canada from supporting youth outreach and education initiatives like Student Vote—a non-partisan school program that encourages young people to participate in the electoral system.
Pity the Conservatives and their paranoid ways.
The NDP is outraged that the Conservatives are stripping seasonal workers of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
Official Opposition Defense critic Jack Harris (St. John's East) made the following statement regarding the end of the mission in Afghanistan:
“It is with mixed emotions that I mark the departure of the Member of Parliament for Trinity-Spadina today – my friend and colleague Olivia Chow. But our loss is Toronto's gain.
Early this morning, a federal department issued a press release that said:
NDP is calling on the Minister of Transport to take immediate action to address the concerns of striking truckers at the Port of Metro Vancouver.
After a decade of secret negotiations, the Conservative government has announced a trade deal with South Korea while refusing to release its details.
Official Opposition Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement after the Canadian Screen Awards gala:
Today the federal Conservative government appointed former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews to the bench in Manitoba.
The Conservatives are once again failing Indigenous women and girls by issuing a committee report sanctioning their refusal to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
The Official Opposition’s Energy and Natural Resources Critic, Peter Julian, issued the following statement in response to the National Energy Board’s decision to approve the Line 9 reversal:
The Conservatives again broke their own record for shutting down debate by using Time Allocation for the 52nd and 53rd time. Add this to the six uses of closure, the most recent being to shut down debate on Brad Butt’s lies to the House of Commons, and you have 59 instances and counting of the Conservatives shutting down debate.
NDP Consumer Affairs critic Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) has written to the Finance Minister urging him to compel credit card companies to honour their commitment to protect Canadian credit card holders when their cards are compromised.
Today, the Liberal Party is proposing a motion that will have MP expenses posted by the House of Commons, rather than rely on a system of self-reporting as the Liberals originally proposed.
New Democrat MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier – Maskinongé) tabled a motion in the House of Commons to make reducing food waste a top priority.
New Democrats will be moving forward with pan-Canadian consultations on the Conservatives’ Unfair Elections Act, Bill C-23, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced today.
"In the wake of the Conservatives blocking cross country public consultations on the Unfair Elections Act, Bill C-23, New Democrats will be moving ahead with our own consultations.
The family members of Canada’s veterans are in need of immediate assistance to help cope with the daily consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder, say New Democrats.
NDP Transport Critic Olivia Chow has presented a plan for the future of Via Rail with a new private members’ bill to preserve this essential service.
New Democrat Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar has issued the following statement on the situation in Ukraine.
New Democrats are challenging the Conservatives to find one credible witness to support Mark Adler’s witch-hunt bill C-520, and think it’s time to hear from the real beneficiaries of the legislation—people like Peter Penashue, Irving Gerstein and Dean Del Mastro.