2015 05 23
Statement by the NDP on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident

NDP member of Parliament Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident:

“Today marks the 101st anniversary of the day on which the Komagata Maru, carrying 376 passengers, arrived in Vancouver’s harbour seeking refuge and a better life for their family.  ...

2015 05 22
Overheard this week: “Mulcair emerging as the real agent of change”

This week, Tom Mulcair took his plan to strengthen the middle class and build a stronger Canada to communities across the country.

Momentum continues to build for Tom’s hopeful and optimistic message -- here’s what the pundits and political watchers were saying:  ...

2015 05 21
Conservatives failing Canadians on drug safety

The Conservative government should be doing more to detect problems before unsafe drugs hit the market and need to be recalled, the NDP said today.

Access to Information documents obtained by La Presse revealed that the frequency of drug recalls has increased dramatically under the Conservatives.  ...

2015 05 21
The NDP will reinstate door-to-door mail delivery

An NDP Government will cancel Canada Post’s plan to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and will reinstate delivery in all communities affected by cuts announced in December 2013.  ...

2015 05 20
NDP REALITY CHECK: Ten more senators referred to the police as senate scandal widens

The Auditor General, according to CTV News, has now referred ten new cases of improper spending to the RCMP, as the scandal involving Conservative and Liberal Senators continues to expand.  ...

2015 05 18
Statement by NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough – Rouge River) on the 6th anniversary of the end of the civil conflict in Sri Lanka

“On this, the sixth anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, I am proud to stand with New Democrats, Canadians across the country, and people around the world in renewing our commitment to the pursuit of truth, peace, justice, and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.  ...

2015 05 17
Statement by the NDP on International Day Against Homophobia

NDP LGBT critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca) made the following statement today on International Day Against Homophobia:

 “Today, Canadians are standing together to say no to homophobia and transphobia in our local communities, both here in Canada and around the world.  ...

2015 05 15
Overheard this week: “Libs turning NDP”

Momentum keeps building for New Democrats across the country — and Sun columnist David Akin noticed an emerging trend:

“New Democrats in Ottawa are walking with an extra spring in their steps this week and it’s not just because of the big win last week by Rachel Notley’s Alberta NDP. In the last week, two Ontario municipal politicians, including a mayor, have said goodbye to their Liberal Party of Canada membership cards and signed up to be candidates in this fall’s general election for Thomas Mulcair’s NDP.”   ...

2015 05 14
NDP reacts to the loss of 1,750 more jobs at Bombardier

The Conservative Government has lost more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs in Canada since its election in 2006

The 1,750 layoffs at Bombardier Aerospace is just the latest in an ever-growing number of manufacturing job losses overseen by this Conservative government.  ...

2015 05 14
NDP calls for national strategy for eating disorders

Anorexia and bulimia wreak havoc among youth and too little is done in Ottawa to raise public and media awareness. That is why New Democrat MP Laurin Liu will table a motion in the House of Commons calling for a national strategy for eating disorders.  ...

2015 05 13
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservatives play politics on war crimes

Back in October, when the NDP called for the government to support international efforts to document and prosecute war crimes committed by ISIL, the Conservatives managed to be both dismissive and offensive at the same time:  ...

2015 05 12
NDP secures a victory for veterans

New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) made the following statement on the adoption of the NDP motion to ensure federal covenant with veterans is honoured.

“Canadians recognize that the federal government has a moral, social, legal and fiduciary obligation to the women and men who courageously serve our country.  ...

2015 05 12
Speech by Tom Mulcair at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation

Merci. Thank you.

It’s a real pleasure to stand here today with Canadians working to end global poverty and injustice and to make the world a better place.  ...

2015 05 12
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau's latest flip-flop-- now on corporate taxes

On corporate tax rates.

When asked if he would raise corporate taxes, Trudeau said:

“No, we won’t be raising that. I don’t think we need to raise any taxes, I think the government takes in plenty of money.”  ...

2015 05 11
NDP secures a victory for women

Conservatives agree to remove unfair tax on feminine hygiene products

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) and NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement on the support of their motion to remove the federal tax from feminine hygiene products:  ...

2015 05 11
Let’s honour our covenant with veterans

With their latest opposition day motion, the NDP is urging the Conservatives to recognize its obligation to past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces.  ...

2015 05 08
NDP REALITY CHECK: Experts weigh in-- Liberal tax plan helps wealthy Canadians the most

More than 1.3 million Canadians are unemployed and another 20,000 jobs were lost just last month. Canadian families are struggling with growing uncertainty, record high debt, and rising costs for daycare.  ...

2015 05 08
Overheard this week: “Orange crush helps boost federal NDP”

This week, New Democrats scored a historic victory in Alberta – ending 44 years of Conservative rule in that province. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau continued to prove to Canadians that if they want real change after a decade of Stephen Harper, they should turn to the NDP.  ...

2015 05 08
Denis Blanchette tables bill for Pont de Québec

Conservative government could save tax payers $100M by adopting it

New Democrat MP Denis Blanchette (Louis-Hébert) is calling on the Conservatives to prioritize and adopt his Bill C-676 to force CN to repaint the Pont de Québec, tabled today in the House of Commons.  ...

2015 05 07
Conservatives still get an F in official languages

Once again the Commissioner of Official Languages’ latest report gives the Conservatives a failing grade when it comes to official languages. Immigration is the cornerstone of today’s report and he urges the government to take action.  ...

2015 05 07
Let’s end the unfair tax on women

With their latest opposition day motion, the NDP is urging the Conservatives to end their unfair tax on women and remove the GST/ federal portion of the HST from feminine hygiene products.  ...

2015 05 06
Fear and cynicism triumph over democracy

Official Opposition Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) made the following statement on the adoption of Bill C-51:

“New Democrats strongly condemn the adoption of Bill C-51. Thousands of Canadians took to the streets to protest this bill which will erode our rights and freedoms. These people don’t want fear to triumph over the values that guide our democracy.  ...

2015 05 06
Growing the economy by protecting our environment

Tom Mulcair's speech at iVote-jeVote

Merci beaucoup, M. le Doyen Mérette.

Merci à tout le monde d’être ici aujourd’hui à l’Université d’Ottawa.

J’étais ici même il y a à peine plus d’un an dans cette même salle, avec plus de 1000 étudiants pour parler de l’importance de la participation des jeunes dans le processus démocratique.  ...

2015 05 06
Canadian Member of Parliament, Peter Stoffer Knighted by the Netherlands

Peter Stoffer, MP (Sackville-Eastern Shore) today received the Dutch honour Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. The prestigious decoration is bestowed by the King of the Netherlands on persons who have rendered outstanding service to society.  ...

2015 05 06
Liberals must vote against C-51

It’s not too late for the Liberals to join the NDP and the millions of Canadians who oppose the Conservatives’ devastating Bill C-51, which will undermine our rights and freedoms.  ...

2015 05 05
NDP statement on atrocities against the Yezidi community in Iraq

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar and NDP Human Rights Critic Wayne Marston issued the following statement today regarding the mass execution of Yezidis in Iraq:  ...

2015 05 05
Denis Blanchette presents bill to repaint Pont de Quebec

After the Conservative government’s failure to fix the Pont de Quebec once and for all, Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair and NDP MP Denis Blanchette (Louis-Hébert) tabled a bill today to repaint the historic infrastructure.  ...

2015 05 04
REALITY CHECK: Two-thirds of Canadians not invited to Justin Trudeau’s tax cut buffet

The Liberals took over a diner to hype their so-called middle class tax break, but it turns out that people earning the median – in other words the people in the middle – weren’t invited to the party and won’t benefit.   ...

2015 05 04
NDP calling for action on Deschamps Report

New Democrats are calling for senior defence staff to appear at committee following last week’s shocking report from former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps about sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.  ...

2015 05 03
Statement by the NDP on World Press Freedom Day

NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil–Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement today on World Press Freedom Day:

“World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to honour the essential role journalists and media play in keeping people around the world informed. Despite the challenges and risks inherent to their job, journalists continue to defend freedom of expression and democratic principles.  ...

2015 05 01
Overheard this week: “Momentum swinging in Mulcair’s favour”

As Tom Mulcair hits the road to share his plan to strengthen the middle class, support for that NDP vision is up across the country. Here’s some of what was overheard this week:  ...

2015 05 01
NDP statement on the occasion of Asian Heritage Month

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the occasion of Asian Heritage Month:

“For the past 13 years, we have been celebrating Asian Heritage Month in May. It is an opportunity to thank Canadians of Asian descent who have helped our country grow in areas including culture, the economy and in building a stronger society.  ...

2015 05 01
NDP statement on the occasion of International Workers’ Day

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the occasion of International Workers’ Day:

“For over a century, we have recognized and celebrated the labour movement’s achievements on International Workers’ Day.  ...

2015 04 30
NDP Reality Check: Trudeau Liberals and Harper Conservatives use anti-union sentiments to launch attacks on the NDP

After starting the week claiming to be a friend to the labour movement, the Trudeau Liberals wasted no time in trotting out old-style anti-labour rhetoric to attack the NDP for its staff union.  ...

2015 04 30
NDP REALITY CHECK: Liberal hypocrisy on partisan government advertising

Despite the fact the last federal Liberal government actually misspent $2 million more – in a year less time – than the Harper Conservatives on controversial government advertising, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have been hypocritically feigning outrage all week about government advertising.   ...

2015 04 29
Conservatives vote against passenger rail services

The future of VIA Rail passenger train service is threatened now that the Conservatives have voted against the NDP bill to protect vital rail links and their funding.  ...

2015 04 28
Auditor General finds more Conservative mismanagement

Report finds broad failings in public health, support for First Nations, protect members of the Canadian Forces and in financial management.

Another report from the Auditor General finds Conservative mismanagement across the Federal Government.

“Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are still taking Canada in the wrong direction and are plagued by mismanagement and scandals” said NDP MP Malcolm Allen (Welland). “This report shows that the Conservatives haven’t been looking out for the public good.”  ...

2015 04 28
NDP statement on the National Day of Mourning

NDP Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement on the National Day of Mourning:

"Every Canadian deserves a safe working environment.  ...

2015 04 27
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are no friends to Canadian Firefighters, or Labour

Today Justin Trudeau pretended to be friends with firefighters in Canada and the labour movement. But what about his record?

On February 26th 2014, Justin Trudeau and his whole caucus got up and voted against NDP legislation to provide job protection that would prevent reprisals against volunteer firefighters who must be absent from their work place.  ...

2015 04 27
NDP REALITY CHECK: $953.6 million of Liberal hypocrisy on government advertising?

Liberals are hypocritically claiming to be the new guardians of non-partisan advertising. But what’s the real Liberal record?

As Justice John Gomery described in his report, the Liberal governments of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin were masters of the dark art of using government paid advertising for partisan purposes. In fact, Liberal government advertising and the Sponsorship scandal even brought their government down!  ...

2015 04 24
Overheard this week: “Leave it to our grandchildren – really?”

This week, middle-class families were hoping for action on their priorities. Instead, Stephen Harper brought down a budget that will make these families pay for another tax giveaway to the wealthiest Canadians.   ...

2015 04 24
NDP statement on the death of Senator Pierre Claude Nolin

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the death of the Speaker of the Senate, Pierre Claude Nolin:

“It was with a lump in my throat that I learned this morning of the death of Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, a real gentleman who dedicated his career to public life and served Parliament and the public with competence and devotion.  ...

2015 04 24
Isabelle Morin moving up the ranks in NDP Shadow Cabinet

In preparation for the 2015 election, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has chosen to further strengthen his Shadow Cabinet by giving new responsibilities to MP Isabelle Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine). Morin will be the new deputy critic for Seniors – an important role in fulfilling the NDP’s promise to better protect seniors by returning the retirement age to 65 and expanding the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan.  ...

2015 04 22
Conservatives fail to protect unpaid interns

NDP MP Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles) made the following statement on the defeat of her motion:

“Four years ago, 22-year-old Andy Ferguson died in a head-on collision when he fell asleep at the wheel, after working excessive hours as an unpaid intern at an Alberta radio station.  ...

2015 04 22
NDP REALITY CHECK: What IS Justin Trudeau’s position small on business tax cuts?

Yesterday, Justin Trudeau once again made it painfully clear that he has no plan for the economy, or a sense of where he stands on major policy issues. He’s simply not ready to lead.  ...

2015 04 22
Conservatives bend to NDP pressure on protections for interns in budget

On the eve of a vote on the NDP’s Intern Protection Act, the Conservatives finally bent to pressure and promised greater protections for unpaid interns in Budget 2015.  ...

2015 04 22
NDP REALITY CHECK: About that contingency fund

“We won’t be using a contingency fund. A contingency fund is there for unforeseen circumstances like natural disasters.”

– Jason Kenney, The West Block, Global, January 18th 2015  ...

2015 04 22
NDP statement on Earth Day

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on Earth Day:

“Each of us has the power to make changes that will have a big impact on our environment – especially when we work together. Earth Day is an opportunity for Canadians to join people around the world to take action to preserve our planet.  ...

2015 04 21
Conservative budget stubbornly spends billions on wealthiest few

“A cynical approach that fails to give cities the flexibility to get Canadians moving”

Canadians have been waiting for a Budget from Ottawa that’s focused on their priorities and the needs of the middle class – not just the wealthiest among us. After ten years of Conservative deficits and mismanagement, Canada’s middle class families are working harder and falling further behind.  ...

2015 04 20
Conservatives vote against protecting BC coast

NDP Fisheries and Oceans deputy critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion:

“New Democrats know that the government has a clear obligation to help protect our sensitive BC coast from the threat of oil spills.

“This is why we have repeatedly urged the Conservative government to reverse cuts to marine safety, oil spill response and environmental clean-up capacity on the West Coast.  ...

2015 04 18
NDP moves to protect BC Coast from oil spills

In the wake of the recent toxic fuel spill off the coast of Vancouver, the NDP is reiterating its call for the Conservatives to immediately reverse reckless cuts made to marine safety and will bring the issue to Parliament for debate in its next opposition day motion.    ...

2015 04 17
Overheard this week: A “vague waffler” who has “more in common with Harper”

This week, Justin Trudeau couldn’t decide from one day to the next if he was in favour of working with the NDP to oust Harper or not:

“Trudeau might be open to the idea of forming a coalition with the NDP”  ...

2015 04 17
NDP calls for emergency debate on Wheat Board transfer

NDP MP Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) has sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons calling for an emergency debate on the transfer of a majority stake in the former Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) to foreign hands.  ...

2015 04 16
NDP demands a public review of Cirque du Soleil takeover

According to the NDP, the Cirque du Soleil’s takeover by foreign interests must be reviewed publicly.

“This transaction is subject to the Investment Canada Act; and the Conservative government has the obligation to ensure that this foreign takeover will offer a clear advantage to Canada. This review must also be transparent,” said the NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher).  ...

2015 04 16
Veterans denied access to care while beds sit empty

New Democrats joined veterans and their families to repeat their call for the federal government to allow all veterans access to Department of Veterans Affairs run hospitals and long-term care facilities across the country.     ...

2015 04 15
NDP statement on Holocaust Memorial Day

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day:

“On Holocaust Memorial Day, we pay respect to the six million Jewish people who died in one of the most dreadful genocides of our time. This was an unequalled tragedy, in a century that saw far too many.  ...

2015 04 15
Outrageous sale of CWB another slap in the face to Canadian farmers

New Democrats are outraged that a majority stake in the former Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) is being sold to a partnership between US firm Bunge and a subsidiary of the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co.  ...

2015 04 15
Conservative inaction harming our economy

Today’s Bank of Canada decision to cut its growth forecast to zero is alarming and more evidence that Conservative inaction is harming Canadian families and communities.  ...

2015 04 15
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau - a part-time supporter of women’s right to choose

On Thursday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will join Prince Edward Island Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan for some red team rah-rah at a Summerside rally.  ...

2015 04 14
New Democrats ramp-up campaign to reverse Harper’s coast guard cuts

Today, New Democrat MPs and candidates ramped up their campaign to reverse the Harper government’s reckless cuts to BC Coast Guard services.

“An NDP government will immediately re-open the Kitsilano Coast Guard base, re-open the Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centre in Ucluelet, and stop closures of these centres in Vancouver and Comox,” said NDP Fisheries and Oceans deputy critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam).  ...

2015 04 14
PM and cabinet owe $2.7 million under proposed balanced budget bill

The Official Opposition is calling on Stephen Harper to put his money where his mouth is regarding his government’s proposed balanced budget legislation. Conservatives have added more to Canada’s debt than any other previous government and should therefore reimburse 5% of their ministerial salaries for each of the seven years their government ran deficits.  ...

2015 04 14
Statement by the NDP leader on Vaisakhi

Official Opposition leader, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on the occasion of Vaisakhi:

“Vahiguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Vahiguru Ji Ki Fateh!

“On behalf of New Democrats, I would like to wish all Sikh Canadians a joyous Vaisakhi.  ...

2015 04 10
Overheard this week: “No one has trouble imagining Mulcair as prime minister”

This week, the Mike Duffy trial exposed Stephen Harper’s central role in the ongoing Senate scandal: 

“At the centre of the Mike Duffy trial is a problem Stephen Harper desperately wants to avoid: The prime minister should never have chosen him … Duffy did not meet the primary constitutional qualification for a Canadian senator — that he be ‘resident in the province for which he is appointed.’”  ...

2015 04 10
Conservatives’ failure to prepare for oil spills putting Canada’s coasts at risk

This week’s bunker fuel spill from a vessel off the coast of Vancouver should serve as a wakeup call for Canadians. The Conservative government must do more to improve Canada`s ability to respond to spills in the marine environment.   ...

2015 04 10
Welcome to Panama Mr. Harper

The NDP is encouraging Stephen Harper to accept Arthur Porter’s invitation to visit him in prison, while the prime minister attends the Summit of the Americas in Panama, and tell him in person that he will be removed from the Privy Council and stripped of his “Honourable” title.  ...

2015 04 09
Statement by the NDP leader on the 98th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge:

“Today, we celebrate the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a profound moment in Canadian history when the bravery of Canadians led to the victory of the Allied forces.  ...

2015 04 08
Was Mike Duffy eligible to sit as a Senator when he was appointed by Stephen Harper?

In his opening statement at the trial of Conservative-appointed senator, Mike Duffy, Crown prosecutor Mark Holmes said Duffy was "probably ineligible" under the Constitution to sit as a Senator from PEI.  ...

2015 04 08
The Conservatives' death bed conversion to balanced budgets‎ rings hollow

The past has a tendency to repeat itself and the NDP is highly suspicious of the motives behind Joe Oliver’s plans to table a balanced budget law.

The Harper conservatives have broken records in terms of bad fiscal management. Under Stephen Harper’s watch, the Conservatives have tabled 7 deficits in a row. The Conservatives even registered the highest deficit in Canada’s history, putting the books at 56 billion in the red in 2006.  ...

2015 04 05
NDP statement on the occasion of Easter

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair released the following statement on the occasion of Easter:

“My wife Catherine and I would like to offer our warmest wishes to all Canadians celebrating Easter this week-end.    ...

2015 04 03
NDP statement on the occasion of Pesach

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the occasion of Pesach:

“Catherine and I extend our warmest wishes to members of the Jewish community across the country as they gather to celebrate Pesach.  ...

2015 04 02
Overheard this week: “Ice-cold Camembert” vs. “political backbone”

This week was another study in contrasts. The Senate scandal was back in the news with a report that the Auditor General is looking into questionable expenses, while Tom Mulcair continues to focus on the issues that matter to Canadians.  ...

2015 04 02
Victory for belugas and the St. Lawrence

TransCanada confirms it won’t build oil terminal at Cacouna

New Democrat MPs Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) and François Lapointe (Montmagny—L’Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup) are pleased that plans to build an oil port at Cacouna have been dropped.  ...

2015 04 02
NDP statement on the deaths of five men in Northern Quebec

NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Romeo Saganash (Abitibi – Baie-James – Nunavik – Eeyou) released the following statement on the deaths of five men in northern Quebec:  ...

2015 04 02
All Canadians deserve access to affordable nutritious food

As the Conservatives have failed to ensure that Northerners have secure access to nutritious and affordable food, NDP MPs are again taking concrete action to fix the Nutrition North Program.  ...

2015 04 01
Conservatives talk out of both sides of their mouth on public safety

The NDP denounces the Conservatives’ hypocrisy on public safety. While they continue to talk about the importance of victims’ rights, the Conservative government is about to slash in half funding for an important victimization prevention program.  ...

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