June 20th, 2017

The NDP Critic for Culture and Heritage, Pierre Nantel, made the following statement :

June 21st, 2017

NDP critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou) and MP Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River), made the following statement on National Aboriginal Day:

June 20th, 2017

NDP Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Critic Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East) made the following statement on World Refugee Day:

June 19th, 2017

While the Liberal government fails to keep their promise on transparency of tax evasion investigations, the NDP is proposing new legislation to help crack down on tax cheats.

June 19th, 2017

The Liberals have been in power for 18 months, and the government has yet to present a concrete plan to defend the interests of Quebecers. According to the NDP’s Quebec caucus, this government is showing a great deal of disrespect towards Quebec on a number of issues, particularly by rejecting out of hand Philippe Couillard’s request to have a conversation about Quebec’s place in Canada. 

June 16th, 2017

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the government to enact an all-party plan to protect whistleblowers after the Government Operations Committee presented a unanimous report calling for stronger whistleblower protection in the federal government.

June 15th, 2017

The following is a statement from the NDP’s LGBTQ spokesperson, Randall Garrison, on the Senate approval of Bill C-16 which enshrines equal rights and protections of Trans people in Canadian law: 

June 15th, 2017

OTTAWA – On Thursday, Health Minister Jane Philpott was asked to explain why she misinformed the Standing Committee on Health that HIV organizations would benefit from $30 million of new funding when that funding does not exist in the budget.

June 15th, 2017

OTTAWA — Today, NDP Deputy Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Georgina Jolibois, tabled her Private Member’s Bill calling on the federal government to recognize and honor the Indigenous Peoples living in Canada by making National Aboriginal Day a national statutory holiday.

June 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Liberal government squashed an NDP motion on Wednesday that would have ensured only non-partisan individuals are appointed to be independent federal watchdogs. This follows a month of scandal involving the nomination of a life-long Liberal even though she admitted that, due to her conflict of interest, she would be unable to investigate the Prime Minister.

June 13th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, many New Democrat MPs from Québec, namely Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît), Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières) and Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe – Bagot) are calling on the federal government to re-examine the legislation connected to water sports and recreational boating, and give more regulating powers to municipalities. Joined by the mayor of Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, these MPs held a press conference to remind the Minister of Transportation that municipalities have been demanding this for many years now. 

June 12th, 2017

OTTAWA - The NDP is seeking to change how Officers of Parliament are confirmed in order to better ensure that they can be independent of any political party. The announcement comes less than a week after the nomination of Madeleine Meilleur for Official Languages Commissioner was withdrawn amid criticisms of her links to the Liberal Party.

June 8th, 2017

NDP Fisheries & Oceans critic Fin Donnelly (Port Moody - Coquitlam) made the following statement on World Oceans Day:

June 7th, 2017

The NDP will force a vote in Parliament next week to test the Liberal government’s commitment to nuclear disarmament in light of Canada’s vote against UN talks. NDP Foreign Affairs critic, Hélène Laverdière, is proposing a motion calling on the Liberals to commit to attending future meetings of the United Nations conference to work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons. With the second round of negotiations beginning next week, the debate in Parliament is timely.

June 6th, 2017

OTTAWA – NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) has put forth a motion to expand the Employment Insurance Act to cover spouses of military and Foreign Service personnel who are relocated abroad.

June 1st, 2017

Report slams the government for keeping only 28% of its promises to municipalities to fight climate change

June 1st, 2017

OTTAWA – After months of inaction by the Liberal government, the NDP is welcoming today’s announcement of an $867 million support package, while also urging the government to fight the unfair U.S. tariffs and find a long-term resolution that protects jobs and reflects Canada’s regional differences.

June 1st, 2017

OTTAWA – New Democrats are stunned that the Liberal government, who has undergone months of scandal for shady cash-for-access fundraisers, introduce legislation that fails to place any limits on this unsavory practice.   “This bill does absolutely nothing to limit the use of Liberal cash-for-access fundraisers,” said NDP Ethics Critic, Nathan Cullen. “The Liberals are waiving a sign to their wealthy donors that says their government remains open for business of selling influence.”    The Liberal bill simply adds modest measures requiring the publication of these fundraisers that have been frequented by millionaires seeking approval of various schemes. The bill also preserves the Liberal's 'Laurier Club,' which allows wealthy individuals to donate $1,500 at Liberal Party conventions and in exchange get private and undocumented access to various Cabinet Ministers and even the Prime Minister.   “The Liberals are clearly more interested in protecting their millionaire donor club, than actually cleaning up these shady fundraisers,” said Cullen. “Even the Conservative Party of Dean Del Mastro and Mike Duffy refused to get into the business of selling time with Ministers, who control the government’s purse strings, in order to fill their political coffers.”   Additionally the bill fails to include a single recommendation from the Ethics Committee who looked studied the current laws governing political fundraising. 

May 31st, 2017

OTTAWA – On Wednesday, NDP MPs were joined by Mark Farrant, a former jury foreman in a Toronto murder trial, and called on the government to make counselling and support services available for jurors who have traumatic experiences through their service.

May 30th, 2017

LONGUEUIL - NDP Critic for the Electrification of Transportation, Pierre Nantel, reacted to the Liberal government's intention to develop a national strategy to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on our roads. While he applauds the development of a national strategy, he is disappointed that the announcement was more of a show than an actual plan.

May 30th, 2017

OTTAWA – Following Nathan Cullen’s (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) cross-country 'Keep Your Promise' tour, the NDP Critic for Democratic Reform introduced a motion on Tuesday to adopt the final report of the all-party Electoral Reform Committee. Cullen’s move will force every MP to vote on the Committee’s recommendation of a new, proportional voting system.

May 26th, 2017

Coquitlam - NDP Fisheries & Oceans Critic Fin Donnelly (Port Moody-Coquitlam) condemned the federal Liberal government for disbanding the Coast Guard’s only team of emergency rescue divers as reckless and dangerous.

May 26th, 2017

New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement:

May 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – In a vote on Wednesday evening, the Liberal government defeated a bill introduced by MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke) to make labelling mandatory for genetically modified foods.

May 17th, 2017

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement:

May 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – On the eve of the vote, New Democrat MP for Laurier – Sainte-Marie, Hélène Laverdière, is still wondering if the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, supports her Private Member’s Bill to give him the necessary powers to ensure the mobility and safety of citizens throughout the country.

May 16th, 2017

OTTAWA – In spite of the government’s refusal to provide the Auditor General with required information, today’s report highlights major problems across multiple departments – notably a failure to provide mental health services to RCMP members.

May 15th, 2017

OTTAWA – Recent polls conducted in 20 swing ridings, currently held by Liberals, found that more than 70% of respondents want the government to keep its campaign promise to reform Canada’s outdated and unfair voting system.

May 10th, 2017

OTTAWA — The NDP will be forcing a vote in Parliament on the Liberal government’s Infrastructure Bank. New Democrats have raised the alarm about the secrecy surrounding the creation of this bank and the costs that Canadians will face in order for corporations to profit from it.

May 3rd, 2017

NDP Public Safety critic, Matthew Dubé, made the following statement on World Press Freedom Day:

May 2nd, 2017

OTTAWA – Following the report from the Standing Committee on National Security on Canada’s National Security Framework, Matthew Dubé (Beloeil – Chambly), NDP critic for public safety and member of the Committee, while satisfied of the work accomplished, believes that some essential recommendations are missing.

May 2nd, 2017

OTTAWA — NDP MP Nathan Cullen continued the #KeepYourPromise tour following the Liberals’ abandonment of their commitment to modernize Canada’s voting system. The second leg of the tour took him to Kingston, Peterborough, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Nanaimo and Vancouver. Despite clear feelings of betrayal, attendees focused on how to put electoral reform back on track.