2014 04 17
Statement from the NDP on the Federal Court of appeal decision in the Harry Daniels case
NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) made the following statement regarding the Federal Court of Appeal decision in the Harry Daniels Case:

“New Democrats will continue to study today’s decision and consult with those affected by it.

2014 04 17
Statement from Pierre Nantel on Canadian lineup at the Cannes Film Festival
The Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage, Pierre Nantel (Longueuil--Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement regarding the Cannes Film Festival selections:

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.

2014 04 17
NDP asking Michael Chong to block Unfair Elections Act
Conservative Bill C-23 would deny thousands of Canadians of their right to vote

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.

2014 04 17
Ethics Commissioner must continue Nigel Wright investigation
Full ethics inquiry needed into legality of secret payments

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.

2014 04 17
NDP wants an Open and Transparent Government

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.

2014 04 17
NDP urges Minister Poilievre to withdraw the Unfair Elections Act

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.

2014 04 16
NDP asks Conservatives to refer the First Nations Education Act to committee

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.

2014 04 16
Harper must help secure release of Canadian journalist held in Egypt

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.

2014 04 15
Beware of unelected Senators claiming to fix the Unfair Elections Act

The last people you can trust to fix elections laws are unelected, unaccountable Conservative and Liberal Senators.

2014 04 15
Tom Mulcair calls on Conservative MPs to block the Unfair Elections Act
The NDP has launched a campaign to convince backbench MPs to protect Canadians’ right to vote

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.

2014 04 15
While Obama calls out voter suppression, Pierre Poilievre takes page from the Republicans’ dirty tricks book

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.

2014 04 14
More transparency needed from Conservatives after CRA data breach

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.  

2014 04 14
NDP Condemns Sri Lankan Attack on Civil Society

The NDP is deeply concerned by the attack on international civil society by the Government of Sri Lanka

2014 04 14
Conservative Senator Linda Frum (once again) attacking Elections Canada

Even a Conservative-dominated Senate Committee is now acknowledging the Unfair Elections Act has crossed the line of basic fairness, and is recommending amendments.

2014 04 14
The dwindling list of acceptable voter identification

Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre happily parrots off lists of identification he claims Canadians can use to vote. But his claims are misleading.

2014 04 14
Statement from the Leader of the Official Opposition on Passover
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Thomas Mulcair (Outremont), made the following statement to mark the beginning of Passover:

“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.

2014 04 11
NDP nominates Joe Cressy to build on Olivia Chow’s legacy

Joe Cressy will be the NDP candidate in Trinity-Spadina.

2014 04 10
Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair’s statement on Jim Flaherty’s passing

“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."

2014 04 10
Canada must honour commitment to help Syrian refugees

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.

2014 04 10
Statement by the NDP on the budget cuts to the CBC
NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement in reaction to the budget cuts to the CBC:

New Democrats are saddened that 657 workers at the CBC are losing their jobs today.

2014 04 10
NDP calls on Conservatives to invest in social housing

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.

2014 04 10
Liberals want to debate, except when they don’t

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.

2014 04 09
Stephen Harper – “practices that we are more likely to find in third world countries”

Stephen Harper is ramming through the Unfair Elections Act and using Time Allocation to avoid debate.

2014 04 09
Claim vs Reality – Aglukkaq’s Revisionist History

Claim: “When 9/11 occurred in Nunavut I was in the cabinet at the time.” -Leona Aglukkaq, APTN April 8, 2014

2014 04 09
New Democrats call for emergency debate on Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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.

2014 04 09
Statement by the Official Opposition on the 97th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge

The Leader of the Official Opposition Thomas Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge:

2014 04 08
Statement by Official Opposition’s House Leader on Board of Internal Economy’s partisan decision

Official Opposition House Leader Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) made the following statement following the Board of Internal Economy’s partisan decision:

2014 04 08
NDP Agriculture critic tables bill to establish National Garden Day

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.

2014 04 07
NDP statement on Quebec Election

Official Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair made the following statement following the election results in Quebec:

2014 04 07
Parliament unanimously adopts NDP motion in commemoration of Rwandan genocide

On the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Parliament has unanimously adopted an NDP motion to re-affirm Canada's commitment to preventing genocides.

2014 04 07
Conservatives love creating jobs… for Temporary Foreign Workers

While the Conservative government says they will be there for out of work Canadians, as usual, their actions don’t match their spin.

2014 04 07
Hundreds call on Minister of Defence to help Valcartier cadets

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.

2014 04 06
Official Opposition Statement on Volunteer Action Week

NDP MP Jean-François Larose (Repentigny), spokesperson for Philanthropy and not for profit organizations, made the following statement on Volunteer Action Week:

2014 04 05
NDP welcomes new National Director

The New Democratic Party of Canada is proud to announce that Anne McGrath will serve as the party’s National Director.

2014 04 02
Glenn Thibeault elected as NDP National Caucus Chair

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.

2014 04 02
New Democrats move to make extraction companies more socially responsible

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.

2014 04 01
Conservatives vote against protecting government resources

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:

2014 04 01
Debate starts on palliative and end-of-life care

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.

2014 04 01
NDP calling for Sylvie Therrien’s Reinstatement

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.

2014 04 01
NDP cleared by Elections Canada

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.

2014 03 31
NDP moves to stop Conservative abuse of government resources

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.

2014 03 31
Conservatives misled Canadians on CPP/QPP

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).

2014 03 31
Official Opposition Statement for the JUNO Awards
Official Opposition Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement following the JUNO Awards’ Gala:

"The NDP would like to congratulate all the artists who excelled at the JUNO Awards Gala this weekend."

2014 03 31
Conservatives continue to fail on rail safety

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.

2014 03 31
The NDP still fighting to save Canada Post

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.  

2014 03 31
Conservatives leaving municipalities behind

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. 

2014 03 29
Official Opposition statement on Earth Hour

Official Opposition Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on Earth Hour:

2014 03 28
NDP Welcomes UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka

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.

2014 03 27
Statement from NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar on attacks in Kessab

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) has issued the following statement regarding the attacks in Kessab:

2014 03 27
NDP sends complaint to Official Languages Commissioner
Francophone soldiers deployed in Afghanistan had no access to psychological services in French

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.

2014 03 27
NDP bill to encourage Canadians to buy locally-grown food

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. 

2014 03 25
Statement from NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar on Egypt

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) has issued the following statement on the situation in Egypt:

2014 03 24
Statement from the Official Opposition regarding the Unfair Elections Act
Official Opposition Democratic and Parliamentary Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto—Danforth) made the following statement after his motion urging the Government to abandon proposals in C-23 was rejected:

“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. 

2014 03 24
Conservatives undermining public health care

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.

2014 03 24
NDP statement on World Tuberculosis Day
NDP International Development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) made the following statement for World Tuberculosis Day:

“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.

2014 03 21
NDP continuing its effort to stop the Unfair Elections Act

New Democrats are devoting another opposition day to stopping C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act, which actually endangers Canadian democracy.

2014 03 21
NDP calls for suspension of military sales with Russia

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.

2014 03 21
Statement by the Official Opposition on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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:  

2014 03 20
Mulcair announces changes to the Shadow Cabinet

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following changes to the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet today: 

2014 03 20
Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition on Nowruz

The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement for Nowruz:

2014 03 20
Statement by the Official Opposition on the International Day of la Francophonie

Francophonie critic Pierre Dionne Labelle (Rivière-du-Nord) made the following statement on the International Day of La Francophonie:

2014 03 19
Meet your new finance minister

Today, Joe Oliver has been sworn in as the new finance minister, replacing Jim Flaherty, who is slowly retreating to the private sector.

2014 03 18
Tom Mulcair statement on Jim Flaherty’s resignation

I wish to thank Jim Flaherty for his service to Canada as finance minister.

2014 03 18
The Government must ensure Canadians safety

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.   

2014 03 18
The NDP places a complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages
Bilingual CRA positions eliminated

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.  

2014 03 17
Statement from the NDP on violence in Pakistan

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:

2014 03 17
NDP calls for accountability in Sri Lanka

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.

2014 03 14
NDP launches campaign to support Elections Canada’s youth outreach‎

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.

2014 03 13
Conservatives oppose youth voting, especially the kind that includes a YouTube video

Pity the Conservatives and their paranoid ways. 

2014 03 13
Conservatives stripping temporary workers of benefits

The NDP is outraged that the Conservatives are stripping seasonal workers of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

2014 03 12
Statement by the Official Opposition on the end of the mission in Afghanistan

Official Opposition Defense critic Jack Harris (St. John's East) made the following statement regarding the end of the mission in Afghanistan:

2014 03 12
Statement by Tom Mulcair on Olivia Chow’s resignation

“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.

2014 03 11
Bizarre Quotes

Early this morning, a federal department issued a press release that said:

2014 03 11
NDP calls for action on Port of Metro Vancouver strike

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.

2014 03 11
Secrecy on South Korean trade deal hurts Canadian industry

After a decade of secret negotiations, the Conservative government has announced a trade deal with South Korea while refusing to release its details.

2014 03 10
Statement by the Official Opposition on the Canadian Screen Awards

Official Opposition Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement after the Canadian Screen Awards gala:

2014 03 07
Vic Toews gets the patronage appointment he waited his whole life for

Today the federal Conservative government appointed former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews to the bench in Manitoba. 

2014 03 07
NDP seeking justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women

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.

2014 03 06
Statement from the NDP on the approval of the reversal of Line 9

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:

2014 03 06
Conservatives move shut down debate, again – this time to try and disrupt testimony they don’t like at committee

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.

2014 03 06
NDP MP Glenn Thibeault wants action to protect credit card holders

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.

2014 03 05
NDP Congratulates Liberal Party on playing catch up with the NDP on transparency

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.

2014 03 05
It’s time for action to reduce food waste: NDP

New Democrat MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier – Maskinongé) tabled a motion in the House of Commons to make reducing food waste a top priority.

2014 03 05
Mulcair announces pan-Canadian consultations on Unfair Elections Act

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. 

2014 03 04
Statement by NDP Deputy Leader David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre) on the Unfair Elections Act

"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.

2014 03 04
Veterans’ families need Ottawa’s help to deal with post-traumatic stress

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.

2014 03 04
Olivia Chow introduces bill to protect Via Rail

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.

2014 03 03
NDP statement on the situation in Ukraine

New Democrat Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar has issued the following statement on the situation in Ukraine.

2014 03 03
NDP challenge Adler’s witch-hunt bill
Time to hear from the real beneficiaries of the bill: Penashue, Gerstein and Del Mastro

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.