In responding to the NDP proposal to make government responses to questions relevant in the House of Commons, government House Leader Peter Van Loan had the following to say:
Official Opposition Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the situation in Hong Kong:
The NDP is using its opposition day to put forward a proposal to enhance the daily Question Period, make Parliament more democratic and ensure that future governments will not be able to use tricks to evade giving Canadians answers.
Some conservatives might feel good about supporting Michael Chong’s bill last night, but they’ll line up today to shut down debate on two bills.
“On this Franco-Ontarian Day, New Democrats will be celebrating the strength and vitality of this Francophone community, which fought long and hard to secure its rights as a people.
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement following the defeat of his private member’s bill on conflict minerals:
Today, the NDP announced its support for the Canada-South Korea Trade Agreement, Canada’s first trade agreement with an Asian country.
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on Rosh Hashanah:
The following are six of the dumbest things that Paul Calandra has said in the House of Commons in response to questions. Keep in mind that he is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada, and received an extra bonus of $16,300 in salary this year for his illustrious role:
All signs indicate that plans to close a wing of the Port-Cartier correctional facility have been thrown out. NDP MP Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan) has credited union representatives for their swift work that saved 50 jobs.
Today in debate on their incorrectly costed EI proposal, Liberal finance critic Scott Brison said:
"A figurehead of Quebec popular culture, Gilles Latulippe touched the imagination of generations of Quebecers and always knew how to make us laugh. With his immense talent, he set the foundation for the golden age of comedy in Quebec.
Today in the House of Commons, Justin Trudeau is pushing a confused and misdirected corporate tax credit. Since proposing this measure last week, Liberals have now tried to use five different numbers to explain it.
NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) has a plan to protect the Pacific Northwest, and today he introduced legislation aimed at settling uncertainty and avoiding conflict around the future of the North Coast, and the threat posed by Enbridge Northern Gateway.
Once again, the Liberals are proposing to raid the contributions of workers to give tax cuts to companies. This time it’s for an ill thought out corporate tax credit that isn’t guaranteed to create any jobs.
This weekend, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien pointed out that by agreeing to sending soldiers into Iraq, we’re already involved for the long-haul. He cast doubt on claims that Canada won’t be involved in combat. He also added:
“Alzheimer’s and related diseases affect 747,000 Canadians – a number that is expected to double over the next 15 years if nothing is done.
“In view of the violence that is currently gripping the planet, this International Day of Peace is a good reminder that our work to promote peace is more important than ever.
“On Democracy Week, Canadians from coast to coast have had an opportunity to celebrate our democracy, and to promote the civic engagement and education that keep it strong.
Official Opposition Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement after his motion on the federal minimum wage was thrown out:
You may remember Canada’s Conservatives from such complaints as “how dare you have regional satellite offices”, “regional offices are the worst” and other such bits of fake indignation.
Today, the NDP Seniors Critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced a motion calling on the government to develop a National Seniors Strategy.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) has confirmed the Champlain Bridge toll would cause traffic trouble in the region. Meanwhile, the NDP continues to urge the Conservatives to find a better solution.
Justin Trudeau has sent some contradictory messages on Canada’s role in Iraq:
The NDP blasted the federal Conservatives today for leaving former Stelco workers and retirees – as well as their families and communities – unprotected in the wake of US Steel Canada filing for bankruptcy protection.
On Monday, Justin Trudeau botched his first ever economic policy announcement--an ill-thought-out response to Stephen Harper on Employment Insurance.
With the Ukrainian President visiting Canada, the NDP is urging the Conservatives to put rhetoric aside and make concrete commitments to assist Ukrainians with the ongoing crisis in their country.
Yesterday Justin Trudeau announced that he would create 176,000 jobs for a mere $225 million in cash from the EI fund.
"Tonight's emergency debate on Canada's military involvement in Iraq must be followed by a parliamentary vote on a clear motion that outlines the details of Canada’s commitment.
What have the Liberals been telling Canadians about the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA)?
The NDP will be using its day in opposition Tuesday to attempt to convince the government to raise the federal minimum wage.
Hard working families deserve a decent living and this is the reason why the NDP committed today to restore the federal minimum wage and set a path to reach fifteen dollars per hour in their first mandate.
After a two year delay, the Conservatives today ratified a controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China that will give China’s state-controlled companies the same protection under the law as private Canadian companies.
The word in Ottawa today is that Stephen Harper will quietly ratify the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) before the weekend.
There’s no moral crusader like an old moral crusader, and the Conservative MP and challenger seeking the nomination in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner have proven that.
The NDP is demanding that the Minister of Health explain serious oversights in drug safety, including why drug manufacturers that repeatedly failed to meet safety standards are allowed to distribute their products in Canada.
The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement in remembrance of the September 11th terrorist attacks:
Health minister Rona Ambrose’s announcement that the government is creating a research program on dementia this morning is good news, but remains insufficient in the fight against the imminent threat posed by this disease. Dementia will affect 1.4 million Canadians over the next 15 years.
New Democrats welcome this week’s Federal Court decision, upholding that the CBC/Radio-Canada has a responsibility to promote the development of minority-language communities across the country.
New Democrats are urging Conservatives to stop playing politics with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearings after the Heritage Minister released a statement in the middle of “Let's Talk TV” consultations.
“I was heartbroken to read the video transcript released by Radio-Canada, in which Mr. Guerrero describes his time as a vegetable picker here in Canada. To hear that this man felt like he was someone’s dog, and then to know he died as a result of an attempt to complete work outside of his job description, illustrates the great potential for abuse that exists within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Today’s closure of the North-South Institute, Canada’s world-renowned international development think tank, is an enormous loss to both Canada and the global community.
With 111,800 private sector workers losing their jobs in August, Statistics Canada’s recent jobs report highlights the Conservatives’ continued failure to create jobs and lack of progress in addressing the precarious employment conditions Canadians face.
The NDP is calling for an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to shed light on the offshore drilling TransCanada will soon be doing in the fragile ecosystem off the coast of Cacouna.
OTTAWA – The NDP has written to Citizenship and Immigration minister Chris Alexander demanding that the Conservative government agree to help with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s efforts to bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment.
NDP Canada Post critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) has called on the Conservative government to place a moratorium on building post office boxes that are set to replace home mail delivery across the country.
“Following weeks of fighting devastating civilian communities in Gaza, humanitarian relief is urgently needed. With a ceasefire agreement in place, Canada now has an opportunity to contribute to recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction, including funding for housing and shelter; reconstruction of schools, hospitals, water and sewage facilities; and provision of social services, including education and other support for children affected by the conflict.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is in Nunavut this week, talking with Nunavummiut about putting their issues first.
NDP Health critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) is urging Health Canada to reconsider its decision to ban citronella-based insect repellents.
NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions to request he review evidence collected by the RCMP, and make a determination as to whether Nigel Wright should be charged under the Parliament of Canada Act.
“On this Labour Day 2014, New Democrats would like to highlight the vital role that Canadian workers have played in our economic development and potential for innovation.
After years of fighting to end “pay-to-pay” fees, the NDP is pleased that telecommunications companies have agreed not to gouge certain customers, but is still pushing for an outright ban on this unfair cash grab.
Despite widespread calls for action on retirement security, and growing concern amongst Canadians, Conservatives continue to mismanage one of the most pressing economic issues facing Canada today.
Offshore drilling will begin shortly in Cacouna, home of the endangered beluga whale, and New Democrats are wondering what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are hiding? NDP requests for scientific documents concerning the drilling have been delegated to the Minister of Natural Resources — not the Minister of the Environment.
Enough is enough. The Conservative government has to eliminate pay-to-pay billing for all industries under the federal jurisdiction.
New Democrats are calling for a moratorium on offshore work near Cacouna until Conservatives make the scientific advice they based their decision to green-light drilling and seismic surveying public — noting that the area is key to the survival of local beluga whales.
An NDP government would launch a national inquiry into the cases of the 1,200 Indigenous women that have been killed or gone missing over the last 30 years in its first 100 days in power.
NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the announcement of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel:
Statistics Canada released data today that reveals only 45% of Inuit reporting good or excellent health, compared to the Canadian average of 63%.
By now, we are all familiar with how the Conservative government likes to vilify unemployed Canadians.
Official Opposition Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act internment of Canadians from Ukraine and Eastern Europe:
Stephen Harper should stop ignoring the facts, take a hard look at the shocking statistics about missing and murdered Indigenous women and call for an immediate national inquiry.
After leaving thousands of Canadians waiting years to even obtain a Social Security Tribunal hearing, Conservatives have been caught trying to hide information about how broken the Tribunal system really is.
A new report today from Statistics Canada shows that Employment Insurance claims are up by over 10%, but the number of people receiving benefits fell by over 2,500. More evidence of how Canadians are paying the price for Conservative cuts to EI.
In an effort to help unite progressive voices across Canada, several New Democrat MPs will be taking part in the 2014 People’s Social Forum in Ottawa, the first ever pan-Canadian social forum.
It’s time again for Stephen Harper’s annual trip to Canada’s North, but after 8 years of Conservative government, Northerners still haven’t seen action on their priorities.
Conservative health minister Rona Ambrose’s speech this week to the Canadian Medical Association suggests she doesn’t understand the biggest challenges facing Canadian health care. Perhaps it’s because her government helped create them.
In an historic speech before the Canadian Medical Association, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promised that a New Democrat government would restore previous levels of healthcarefunding to the provinces and cancel the Conservatives’ $36 billion in cuts.
More than ever, New Democrats are convinced that we need to investigate allegations of intimidation and political interference that continue to emerge in connection with the targeted audits of charities undertaken by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Following the discovery of a 15-year-old First Nations girl’s body in a Winnipeg river, New Democrats are again urging the Conservative government to take action and call a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
The conclusions drawn in a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report into the July 6, 2013 Lac-Mégantic derailment, which caused 47 deaths, was decisive: the government shares part of the blame and must restore measures to monitor railway companies as quickly as possible.
“August 19, 1942 will forever be etched in Canadian military history due to the tragic loss of life in northern France that day.
New Democrats and The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) are calling on Conservatives to postpone the enforcement of the anti-spam legislation to give small business owners more time to adjust.
The vast majority of Canadians agree with the NDP that Canada urgently needs a national strategy to address seniors’ care, according to the Canadian Medical Association Report card released today.
Admission of a significant error in Statistics Canada’s July jobs report highlights the cost of Conservative cuts to the agency.
The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on National Acadian Day:
Today a judge in Guelph found former Conservative operative Michael Sona guilty of election fraud but said other people were involved in the scheme – the largest electoral fraud in Canadian history.
In spite of what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives say, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is clear in his latest report: the federal government is recklessly cutting programs regardless of how well they work.
Yesterday saw the return of the Conservative-Liberal Kangaroo Court coalition, sometimes known as the secretive Board of internal Economy, and John Duncan once again gleefully declaring the NDP would have to pay back money because they broke all the rules.
Admission of a significant error in Statistics Canada’s July jobs report highlights the cost of Conservative cuts to the agency and the negative impact on other government services such as Employment Insurance.
“Today, the Board of Internal economy continued to operate like a kangaroo court and continued its vendetta against members of the Official Opposition.
A Conservative attempt to impose invasive US tax laws on Canadians has hit a snag as a group of citizens have filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court alleging that the legislation is unconstitutional.
In an interview Justin Trudeau conducted with the Vancouver Sun, journalist Peter O’Neil noted:
The Official Opposition’s Defense Critic, Jack Harris (St. John's-East), made the following statement on National Peacekeepers’ Day:
Remember when Chrystia Freeland was going to provide policy heft to her leader’s thin background on important issue like trade and the economy?
New Democrats are urging the Conservative government to respond immediately to the devastating breach of the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond where billions of litres of toxic water and sands have been released into the surrounding lakes and rivers.
Canada’s expanded sanctions against Russia continue to shield three Russian tycoons with reportedly significant business ties with Canada. Stephen Harper has once again left out Sergei Chemezov, Igor Sechin and Vladimir Yakunin who have been sanctioned by other countries including the United States.
After nearly a year of negotiations since the Conservative government claimed they had reached a deal with Europe, the NDP welcomes what now appears to be actual progress towards a Canada-EU Trade Agreement.
Amidst the ongoing Conservative crackdown on Canadian charities, NDP National Revenue Critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) wrote today to James Rajotte, chair of the House of Commons Finance Committee, to request special summer meetings to investigate the matter.
Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wrote to Prime Minister Harper today, urging him to support a growing movement to bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment.
This time last year, Catherine and I were lucky enough to join in the traditional celebrations in Surrey, B.C. The community welcomed us with open arms, and we experienced the vitality and exuberance of Punjabi culture first hand.
The leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on the situation in the Middle East: "With the tragic conflict and humanitarian suffering unfolding in the Middle East, many people are asking what can they do to help.
“While we were heartened last night to learn of a new 72-hour ceasefire, it was profoundly disappointing that this agreement was quickly violated by Hamas. Canada must now join the international community in calling for an immediate return to the ceasefire.