2014 11 24
No child should live in poverty

Twenty-five years after the unanimous adoption of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent’s motion to end child poverty the NDP is tabling a motion urging MPs to recommit to that goal.  ...

2014 11 23
NDP urges compensation for Thalidomide survivors

The NDP is urging the government to provide fair compensation to survivors of the Thalidomide tragedy – victims who have struggled for decades with the tragic consequences of using this drug, which had been approved by the Canadian government as a safe drug for use by pregnant women to deal with morning sickness.  ...

2014 11 21
The government must protect citizens from TransCanada’s misinformation on the Energy East pipeline

According to the NDP, TransCanada’s strategy on Energy East, which was recently leaked to the Greenpeace environmental group, shows the company is willing to go to any lengths—including spreading misinformation and manipulating public opinion—to get this pipeline up and running.   ...

2014 11 20
Official opposition statement on Trans Day of Remembrance

Official Opposition critic on LGBT issues Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca) made the following statement on the Trans Day of Remembrance:

“On this 15th Trans Day of Remembrance, the NDP joins people across Canada and around the world in honouring victims of transphobic violence and in committing to continue the fight against intolerance and violence toward Transgender, Transsexual and gender variant people.”   ...

2014 11 19
National Midwife Day gets unanimous support in Parliament

Today, NDP MP Rosane Doré Lefebvre’s (Alfred-Pellan) Private Member’s Bill, An Act Respecting a National Day of the Midwife (C-608), received all-party support at its 2nd reading vote in the House of Commons.     ...

2014 11 19
House of Commons adopts NDP motion supporting democracy in Hong Kong

The House of Commons today, with all-party support, adopted an NDP motion to support democratic freedoms in Hong Kong.

“This motion demonstrates Canada’s solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and their legitimate demands for genuine universal suffrage,” said NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre), who introduced the motion. “At this crucial moment in Hong Kong, I am pleased to see the Canadian House of Commons adopt this motion to support the democratic aspirations of the people of Hong Kong by urging restraint during demonstrations, respect for existing agreements under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle, and a responsible dialogue on electoral reform.”  ...

2014 11 18
Ontario endorses Tom Mulcair’s affordable childcare plan

Working with the provinces to create more spaces and reduce parents’ costs is central to Tom Mulcair’s plan for Affordable Childcare and we warmly welcome Ontario’s endorsement of our proposal.  ...

2014 11 18
Shameful backlog of cases at Social Security Tribunal

Today, Social Security Tribunal Chairperson Murielle Brazeau confirmed that a significant backlog of cases was apparent from the day the Tribunal opened; that she was first in touch with Minister Kenney about insufficient staffing at the Tribunal over a year ago; that there are no performance measures or standards currently in place at the Tribunal, and that it is currently not possible to estimate when the backlog – now at more than 14, 677 cases – can be cleared.   ...

2014 11 18
NDP MP continues fight to eliminate child poverty

With one in five Canadian children now living poverty, the time to act on this crisis is long overdue. Yesterday in the House of Commons, NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s (Scarborough—Rouge River) private member’s motion M-534 on eliminating child poverty was up for its first hour of debate. While the status of support for this motion remains unclear, the pressing need for urgent action remains constant.  ...

2014 11 18
Trudeau’s transparent hypocrisy on the Board of Internal Economy

Last Spring, while the Liberals were conspiring with Conservatives turn the Board of Internal Economy (BOIE) into a kangaroo court to attack the NDP, repeated New Democrat requests to have the meeting go public were denied.  ...

2014 11 17
Economic update should have been tabled in Parliament

NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) raised a question of privilege in the House of Commons today to decry the Conservative government’s decision to deliver Canada’s economic update in a room full of their friends instead of before the Parliament.  ...

2014 11 14
NDP criticizes closure of bilingual Service Canada centre in Winnipeg

The Conservative government’s decision to close the bilingual St. Boniface Service Canada office in Winnipeg will have serious consequences on Manitoba’s Francophone community and is another blow for la Francophonie.  ...

2014 11 13
Conservatives failing Syrian refugees

The inadequate global response to Syrian refugee crisis is placing innocent lives at risk, according to a new report which reveals neighbouring countries are completely overwhelmed by refugees fleeing ISIL and Syria’s civil war. The NDP is calling on the government to do more to help Syrian refugees immediately.  ...

2014 11 13
Conservatives’ discount diplomacy is a failure

The Conservatives are continuing their fire sale of historic official residences abroad without any long-term strategic vision. 

“International relations should be about long-term investment, not just making a quick buck,” said NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre). “This decade of diplomatic darkness under the Conservatives must come to an end.”  ...

2014 11 12
Budget surplus is the result of Conservatives’ cuts

The NDP will fight the ill-advised approach of the conservatives who chose to gut the fiscal capacity of the government to help people and to create and maintain good jobs in Canada.  ...

2014 11 12
No more excuses for Conservative climate change inaction

While the American and Chinese governments have announced a bold plan to slash carbon emissions, Stephen Harper’s failure to tackle climate change means that Canada is once again lagging behind global action on the climate crisis.  ...

2014 11 11
Statement by Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair on Remembrance Day

New Democratic Party leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Remembrance Day:

“On this day, we honour the ultimate sacrifice of the tens of thousands of Canadians who fought bravely in many conflicts over the years. Let’s pay homage to their remarkable courage and commitment.  ...

2014 11 10
Statement by the NDP on “Proud to Protect Refugees” action week

NDP Citizenship and Immigration critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe made the following statement on Proud to Protect Refugees Action Week:  

“This action week has a particularly urgent tone this year. According to the United Nations, there are currently 50 million refugees and displaced persons in the world – the highest number recorded since the Second World War. The conflict that has ravaged Syria over the last three years is in large part responsible for this terrible situation.  ...

2014 11 10
Statement by the NDP on Veterans’ Week

New Democratic Party Veterans critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) made the following statement on Veterans’ Week:

“Canadians will be taking part in the many activities being organized across the country for Veterans’ Week.  ...

2014 11 06
NDP unveils agenda for prosperous, fair and sustainable cities

After two-and-a-half years of consulting Canadians, NDP Urban Affairs critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) and NDP Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) are introducing the NDP’s agenda for Canadian cities.  ...

2014 11 06
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition on Guru Nanak Gurpurab

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Guru Nanak Gurpurab:

 “Guru Nanak Gurpurab is one of the great sacred anniversaries of the Sikh religion and is dedicated to celebrating the birth of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, some 545 years ago.  ...

2014 11 05
NDP MP secures support to make Remembrance Day a National Holiday

In the lead up to Remembrance Day, NDP MP Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest) celebrates the near unanimous vote of his Private Member’s Bill C-597: An Act to Make Remembrance Day a National Statutory Holiday.    ...

2014 11 05
NDP reacts to Governor Poloz’s comments on youth unemployment

NDP MPs responded to comments made on Tuesday by the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz, which drew attention to the weak job market where young people are increasingly being forced into unpaid work.  ...

2014 11 05
Howard Hampton appointed NDP special advisor for the Ring of Fire

After years of inaction by the federal and provincial governments, New Democrats are reinforcing their commitment to the Ring of Fire with the appointment of Howard Hampton who will act as the NDP’s Special Advisor to the project.    ...

2014 11 04
NDP calls for Canadian action to support democracy in Burkina Faso

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar issued the following statement regarding the situation in Burkina Faso:

 “I am very concerned by recent developments in Burkina Faso. The Government of Canada must urge all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, and facilitate an immediate peaceful transition to democratic governance under civilian control.  ...

2014 11 04
Record numbers relying on food banks under Conservatives

Shocking new numbers on Food Bank use shows the real price Canadians are paying for Conservative economic mismanagement and their failure to act on issues like childcare and affordable housing.  ...

2014 11 04
Conservatives let down consumers and small business

After promising to take real action on merchant fees, today Conservatives retreated in the face of opposition from Visa and Mastercard, ensuring Canadian consumers and small businesses will continue to pay more, and get less.  ...

2014 11 04
Elizabeth May’s climate conference hypocrisy

This week, the Green Party sent out a fundraising email questioning our commitment to fighting climate change  and attacking the NDP for not sending representatives to recent meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  ...

2014 11 03
NDP calls for three major studies at foreign affairs committee

New Democrats are taking the lead at the Foreign Affairs Committee by proposing studies on some of the most pressing issues facing the international community: the brutal onslaught of ISIL, the aftermath of this summer’s conflict in the Middle East, and the democratic movement in Hong Kong.  ...

2014 11 01
Statement by Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair on the November 1984 pogroms in India

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the 30th anniversary of the November 1984 pogroms in India:

 On this 30th anniversary of the tragedy of the November 1984 pogroms in India, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the families of the thousands of victims of the anti-Sikh attacks that took place in New Delhi and in other areas of the country.   ...

2014 10 31
Missing military uniforms and equipment a security risk

New Democrats are disturbed to learn from the Public Accounts report that thousands of pieces of Canadian military combat clothing and weapons have gone missing.  ...

2014 10 31
Energy East pipeline: New Democrats reiterate call for environmental protection and community consultation

As TransCanada files its application for the Energy East pipeline, New Democrats are reiterating the vital importance of a fair, rigorous and open project review process.  ...

2014 10 29
NDP introduces landmark environmental rights bill

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is proud to second groundbreaking legislation introduced by Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), an Environmental Bill of Rights to legally enshrine environmental rights for Canadians and the duty of the federal government to take action to protect the environment.  ...

2014 10 29
Swifter, more robust action needed on rail safety

Conservative government’s rail safety changes long overdue

A year and a half after the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, the Conservative government has finally decided to enact the Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) recommendations. However, the measures announced today should have been implemented years ago.   ...

2014 10 28
Conservative EI hypocrisy jumps the shark

For years the Conservatives have struggled with the notion that money in the Employment Insurance fund belongs not to the government, but to the workers and employers who pay into it.  ...

2014 10 25
Statement by Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair on the Islamic New Year

The leader of the New Democratic Party made the following statement on the Islamic New Year:

“The beginning of the new Islamic year is a commemoration of the moment that the prophet Mohammed left mecca with a handful of disciples to escape persecution and to found a pious community in which all citizens would be equal.    ...

2014 10 24
Open letter from Tom Mulcair to the Muslim community

Official Opposition leader, Tom Mulcair, wrote an open letter to the Muslim community

Dear Friends,

This has been a difficult and sombre week in Canada. We were all shocked by the terrible and violent events in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and in our nation’s capital, and we are united in mourning the deaths of two Canadian soldiers. We will not forget them and join with the Muslim community in sending our heartfelt condolences to their family and friends.  ...

2014 10 23
Statement on arrest in Halifax

NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie made the following statement:

 After yesterday’s tragic and traumatic events in Ottawa, this news is especially disturbing. However, it demonstrates that our law enforcement and first responders are on high alert across our country, and are ready to take swift action in order to protect the safety of Canadians.  On behalf of the NDP, I extend my sincere gratitude to these women and men.  ...

2014 10 22
Speech by Thomas Mulcair on shooting at Parliament Hill and War Memorial

My fellow Canadians,

Today, the peace of our nation’s capital was shattered by an act of hatred and brutality. A cowardly act, designed to strike at the very heart of our democracy— at the heart of who we are.  ...

2014 10 22
NDP statement on shooting at Parliament Hill and War Memorial

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair's Principal Secretary, Karl Bélanger, made the following statement:

 “This morning’s horrifying attack has shocked all Canadians and shattered the peace of our nation’s capital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier killed and the people who were injured, and we are deeply grateful for the soldiers and law enforcement officials who quickly and courageously protected the public today.  ...

2014 10 21
Conservatives should answer Malala’s call

Conservatives have yet to pledge to the Global Partnership for Education following June replenishment conference

New Democrats renewed their call on the Canadian government to provide funding for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) replenishment.

 “This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went in part to Malala Yousafzai, the world’s leading advocate for girls’ education. Malala and many civil society activists have asked the Government of Canada to make a significant pledge to the Global Partnership for Education. Now is the time to answer the call,” said NDP International Development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier - Sainte-Marie).  ...

2014 10 21
The fight to keep home mail delivery is far from over

Maintaining home mail delivery remains one of the NDP’s main priorities as it intensifies its campaign to save the services Canadians rely on and deserve.   ...

2014 10 21
Jean-François Larose betrays the memory of Jack Layton

The NDP caucus has criticized Repentigny MP Jean-François Larose for his decision to join a regional party.

 “This is a clear-cut act of disloyalty and betrayal of the memory of Jack Layton, along with the democratic choice of Repentigny voters,” said the Chair of the NDP’s Quebec caucus, Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières).  ...

2014 10 20
Conservatives and Liberals abandon belugas

Despite opposition from experts and citizens, Conservative and Liberal MPs have chosen to put the oil port project in Gros-Cacouna ahead of protecting St. Lawrence belugas – a threatened species under the Species at Risk Act. During a vote in the House of Commons tonight, they rejected the NDP motion to oppose this project.  ...

2014 10 20
Statement by Tarik Brahmi following the hit-and-run in Saint-Jean

Saint-Jean MP, Tarik Brahmi, made the following statement in response to the hit-and-run involving two military personnel in his riding:

“This was a tragic event and my thoughts go out to the two military officers who were injured in this hit-and-run, along with their families. I wish them both a speedy recovery. The allegations surrounding this hit-and-run are very serious and I have complete faith that the Sûreté du Québec investigators will shed light on the full set of circumstances surrounding this event. In the meantime, let’s allow the police to do their work and avoid jumping to conclusions.”  ...

2014 10 19
Statement on the Alberta NDP Leadership results

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement regarding the Alberta NDP leadership results:

"On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats I extend sincere congratulations to Rachel Notley on her election as leader of the Alberta NDP. 

New Democrats have deep roots in Alberta and I’m looking forward to working with Rachel Notley as we unite progressives to build a greener, more prosperous Canada where no one is left behind."  ...

2014 10 18
Statement by Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair on Persons Day

The leader of the New Democratic Party made the following statement on Persons Day:

“Every year, the New Democratic Party commemorates the landmark “Persons” Case and remembers the work of pioneers of women’s equality in Canada.  ...

2014 10 17
Bird watchers are not criminals

The NDP is concerned that instead of going after tax cheats, the Conservatives are using Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) resources to intimidate a law-abiding nature group.   ...

2014 10 17
NDP statement on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

New Democrat critic for Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims (Newton–North Delta) made the following statement on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:  ...

2014 10 16
NDP statement on World Food Day

Official Opposition Agriculture critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) made the following statement on World Food Day:

“Ensuring that Canadians have healthy, affordable food is a national priority. Close to 850,000 Canadians visit a food bank every month and over 1 million children in Canada experience food insecurity.  ...

2014 10 15
Minister Ambrose needs to inform Canadians on Ebola

The Minister of Health needs to answer urgent questions on how well Canada is prepared to cope with the virus given the rapid growth of Ebola cases worldwide.  ...

2014 10 15
Statement by the Official Opposition on Citizenship Week

The Official Opposition’s Citizenship and Immigration critic, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds-Dollard), made the following statement on Citizenship Week:  ...

2014 10 14
Tired old Liberal Party brings out same old excuses on childcare

“This is the least attractive part of the Liberal party; they just assume that they are the only choice and that Canadians just have to go along with them in government.”  ...

2014 10 14
Mulcair draws on his experience to launch affordable childcare plan

Today NDP Leader Tom Mulcair toured a childcare centre and announced his plan to create or maintain one million affordable childcare spaces across Canada. The goal is to ensure parents don’t pay more than $15 a day for a childcare space.  ...

2014 10 13
Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on Thanksgiving

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark Thanksgiving Day:

“Today is an occasion for families and friends to come together in Thanksgiving.  ...

2014 10 10
Trudeau calls in Senate Liberals to the Rescue

Justin Trudeau has faced mounting criticism after weeks of flip-flopping on the mission in Iraq.

“Mr. Trudeau was less than his dazzling persona. Rather than seizing the moment, the moment seized him. He led his party to an absolute no, and to cover so stark a response, sang hymns to generalized humanitarianism.”  ...

2014 10 10
Statement by the NDP on World Mental Health Day

Official Opposition Health Critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) made the following statement to mark World Mental Health Day:

“On World Mental Health Day, New Democrats stand in solidarity with Canadians affected by mental illness. We also salute their loved ones who stand by them and provide important support during difficult times.  ...

2014 10 09
New Conservative hiring credit ineffective, wasteful: PBO

The Conservatives’ proposed Hiring Credit is an expensive, ineffective giveaway to corporations that should be scrapped, the NDP said today. According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Conservative Hiring Credit will create – at most – 800 jobs, at a cost of $550,000 per new job.  ...

2014 10 09
NDP rejects any future oil port project in Gros-Cacouna

New Democrats plan to use their opposition day today to urge Conservatives to reject all future oil terminal projects in the Port of Gros-Cacouna – the home environment and natural habitat of the endangered St. Lawrence beluga.  ...

2014 10 08
Muzzling of federal scientists worse than ever

A new report released today by Evidence for Democracy lays bare the widespread muzzling of public scientists working within federal departments and agencies.  ...

2014 10 08
Here are five flops by the Liberals on the Iraq mission

The CF-18s are still on their way to Iraq, and already the Liberals have racked up an impressive array of flip-flops. See how many you can spot:

“My party supports the limited military role recently proposed by the government of sending in a group of advisors in a non-combat advisory role for a set period of time.”  ...

2014 10 07
Statement from NDP leader Tom Mulcair on Conservative motion on Iraq

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, has issued the following statement in reaction to the passage of the Conservative motion on the war in Iraq:  ...

2014 10 07
Conservatives will miss their own environmental targets

The sector-by-sector Conservative approach is not working

The Environment Commissioner today confirmed what New Democrats have been warning for years: the Conservative government has failed to tackle climate change.  ...

2014 10 07
Conservatives continue to fail to protect official languages

A new report by the Commissioner of Official Languages confirms what the NDP has been saying: budget cuts are affecting bilingual services across the country.  ...

2014 10 07
Shutting down debate, this time on going to war

In 2006 Stephen Harper promised that deployments of Canadian soldiers would be put to a vote in the House. The caveats he didn’t tell us about were:  ...

2014 10 07
Canadian parents deserve affordable childcare

There is an urgent need for affordable childcare and the NDP has heard that call loud and clear.

“In 2014, it’s unacceptable that many families have to pay more for childcare than they do for rent. The NDP is determined to propose a practical plan to address the needs of parents across Canada,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair.  ...

2014 10 06
Conservative Ministers contradicts each other on extension of mission in Iraq

If you tuned into CTV’s Question Period on Sunday, you would have seen Defence Minister Rob Nicholson refuse to say how long the mission in Iraq would be. As the Canadian Press noted:  ...

2014 10 06
Conservatives must ban genetic discrimination

As the American company 23andMe begins making health information based on genetic history available to Canadians, New Democrats are raising concerns that Canadians could face possible discrimination based on the results of these tests.  ...

2014 10 03
Tom Mulcair responds to Prime Minister Harper on Iraq

Speech by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in response to Prime Minister Harper’s Statement on Iraq.

Mr. Speaker, first, I would like to thank the Prime Minister for coming to the House of Commons today to make this important announcement. This should be a given in a democracy such as ours, because the Prime Minister has just decided the fate of many courageous young men and women who will risk their lives serving their country.  ...

2014 10 03
NDP condemns destruction of Armenian memorial and church in Syria

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement regarding the destruction of the Holy Martyrs Church in Deir ez-Zor, Syria:  ...

2014 10 03
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Yom Kippur

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark Yom Kippur:

“Tonight, members of the Jewish faith in Canada and around the world will gather to observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  ...

2014 10 03
Statement from the leader of the Official Opposition for Eid al-Adha

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark Eid al-Adha:

“Eid Mubarak!

On this very special day of Eid al-Adha, I wish you all—including the many participating in the holy pilgrimage of Hajj—peace, love and happiness.  ...

2014 10 03
New Democrats promote clean energy

Today, New Democrats are gathering with experts to discuss how Canada can take part in the worldwide growing market for clean energy, which will top 3 trillion dollars per year by 2020. The NDP understands that developing Canada’s clean energy sector will stimulate the economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gases.    ...

2014 10 02
Liberals keep lining up with Conservatives

“From pipelines to international trade, there is no lack of examples of general Conservative policy directions upon which Justin Trudeau has been content to stick a Liberal smiley face rather than chart a substantially different course.”   ...

2014 10 02
Response to unanimous Veterans Committee report is extremely disappointing

At the 120-day deadline, the Minister for Veterans Affairs tabled his response to a unanimous Parliamentary Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA) report on the review of the New Veterans Charter, and it is disappointing.  ...

2014 10 01
Pedestrian and cyclist safety: Ottawa needs to act now to save lives

Side guards should become mandatory for heavy goods vehicles immediately

NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard-La Prairie) is putting the heat on the Conservatives to make installing side guards mandatory on heavy vehicles.    ...

2014 10 01
Let the Liberal flip-flopping on Iraq begin!

Three weeks ago, Justin Trudeau took a stand on any mission on Iraq:

“Mr. Trudeau, however, did not completely rule out sending jet fighters in the future, such as when Canada sent six CF-18s to take part in airstrikes in Libya in 2011”  ...

2014 10 01
Statement by the NDP on National Seniors' Day

The Official Opposition’s Critic for Seniors, Irene Mathyssen (London – Fanshawe), made the following statement to mark National Seniors’ Day:

“On National Seniors’ Day, we honour the women and men who built this country. Canada’s seniors made incredible sacrifices to defend our values and worked to create the institutions and services we all benefit from. Many seniors continue to give back to their communities by dedicating countless hours to volunteer work in their communities.  ...

2014 10 01
Statement by the NDP to mark Women’s History Month

Official Opposition Status of Women’s critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement to mark Women’s History Month:

“During Women’s History Month, we join with many to celebrate the women who have been changing our world.  ...