2015 03 01
Tom Mulcair’s NDP will strengthen the mining industry

NDP leader Tom Mulcair outlined his plan to support Canada’s mining industry in a speech to the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).  ...

2015 02 27
The NDP calls for the Supreme Court to intervene

The NDP has lost all faith in the Board of Internal Economy (BOIE) and has decided to turn to the Supreme Court of Canada to allow justice run its course and to finally put an end to the partisan attacks being waged by the Conservatives and Liberals.   ...

2015 02 27
NDP statement on the passing of Second World War veteran Ernest Côté

Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) made the following statement on the passing of Second World War veteran Ernest Côté:.  ...

2015 02 27
NDP demands that Energy East documents be submitted in French

The NDP is once again urging Parliament to demand that TransCanada submit its documents for the Energy East project in both official languages.

“Quebec is at the heart of the Energy East project, and addressing Quebeckers in French is a simple matter of respect,” said MP Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher) who has tabled a motion aimed at requiring all National Energy Board (NEB) documents to be made available in both English and French.   ...

2015 02 25
NDP critical of Senate attempt to block transgender rights

On this Anti-bullying Day, the NDP is criticizing the unelected Senate for blocking Bill C-279 aimed at protecting the rights of transgender people, after it was legitimately adopted two years ago by elected members of all parties in the House of Commons.   ...

2015 02 25
NDP demands Stephen Harper help Mohamed Fahmy

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement regarding the case of Mohamed Fahmy:

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper must speak personally and directly with Egyptian President al-Sisi on behalf of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, and ensure that Mr. Fahmy has all necessary documentation to return to Canada.  ...

2015 02 25
Mulcair stands up for Canadian farmers

Conservatives must take action to protect our beef exports

In the wake of a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canadian beef, NDP leader Tom Mulcair is calling on the Conservatives to take swift action to protect Canadian farmers.  ...

2015 02 25
Statement by the Official Opposition on Anti-Bullying Day

NDP MP Dany Morin (Chicoutimi – Le Fjord) made the following statement on Anti-Bullying Day:     

“The entire NDP team and I join all proudly pink-clad Canadians today in raising awareness about bullying.  ...

2015 02 23
Liberal Party actions compromise Canadian diplomacy

Justin Trudeau is putting Canada’s international relations at risk for his own partisan benefit by inviting foreign diplomats to attend partisan events.  ...

2015 02 20
The NDP will protect passenger train services

New Democrats are taking action to ensure more reliable passenger train service with legislation aimed at preventing federal cuts that threaten those services to rural communities.  ...

2015 02 19
NDP standing up for rights and freedoms

Today NDP Public Safety Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) tabled the following amendments in the House of Commons:

That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:  ...

2015 02 19
Removal of ban on citronella is a victory for Canadians

Health Canada’s decision to reverse the ban on citronella bug sprays is a victory for consumers and for science-based decision-making. The NDP had strongly urged the conservative government to reconsider its verdict on citronella because it wasn’t supported by scientific evidence.  ...

2015 02 19
Statement by the NDP on Lunar New Year

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Lunar New Year:

“I would like to extend my best wishes to all Canadians celebrating the Lunar New Year — one of the most important traditional holidays in Asia.  ...

2015 02 19
NDP will protect the environment and grow the economy

House debates NDP bill to cut emissions and make polluters pay

NDP Urban Affairs critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) is urging all MPs to support his bill, The Climate Change Accountability Act, which sets out real action to reduce emissions and combat climate change.  ...

2015 02 18
Protecting Canadians must include protecting freedoms

After a careful analysis of Bill C-51, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has announced that New Democrats will oppose it.

“Terrorism is a real threat, and public safety must be the priority for any government. But we cannot protect our freedoms by sacrificing them,” said Mr. Mulcair. “We have a responsibility to stand up for our values and to never allow these cowardly attackers to change our way of life.”  ...

2015 02 17
Conservatives accused of breaking the law to hide the full cost of war in Iraq

Today the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released estimates that the incremental cost of the Iraq war could be higher than a quarter of a billion dollars in one year, noting that the complete cost of the mission could be six times higher.  ...

2015 02 17
NDP will protect interns

New Democrats are calling on all MPs to crack down on the abuse of unpaid internships and extend workplace standards and safety provisions to interns. NDP’s Intern Protection Act C-636 will have its first hour of debate in parliament tonight.  ...

2015 02 16
Conservatives vote against tax break for small business and jobs for the middle class

NDP Industry critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale–High Park) made the following statement on the defeat of her motion:

"Over the past ten years the Conservatives have failed to manage the economy and middle class families are paying the price. Canadians are working harder than ever but falling further behind.   ...

2015 02 16
NDP condemns the murder of Egyptian Copts by ISIS

NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) has issued the following statement:  

“New Democrats join the international community in unequivocally condemning the brutal killing of 21 Egyptian Christians by Da’esh (ISIS) militants in Libya.   ...

2015 02 16
Statement by the Official Opposition on Louis Riel Day

NDP MPs Niki Ashton (Churchill) and Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) made the following statement on Louis Riel Day:

“Today, the NDP joins all Manitobans in celebrating Louis Riel Day. We celebrate Riel’s legacy as a founder of the province of Manitoba, a father of confederation and a champion of the rights of the Métis people.   ...

2015 02 16
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Family Day

The leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on Family Day:    

“On behalf of the entire NDP team, I wish you all a wonderful time with your loved ones on this Family Day long weekend.  ...

2015 02 15
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf flag

The leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Canadian national flag:   ...

2015 02 13
Overheard this week - Feb 13

“Over my dead body” - and 5 other quotes of the week on Eve Adams

“Justin has said he wanted to be the face of someone who did politics differently, and I’m just not seeing it.”

— Former Liberal MP, Michelle Simson, Ottawa Citizen, February 12 2015  ...

2015 02 13
Harper government needs to reassure consumers and beef exporters

The discovery of a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an Alberta beef herd means the Conservative government must take swift action to maintain food safety and consumer confidence. Mad cow disease once devastated Canadian agriculture, causing billions of dollars in financial losses to beef and cattle producers.  ...

2015 02 12
Conservatives need to prevent tax fraud

The Conservative government needs to step up tax laws and enforcement without delay in response to a tax evasion scheme involving HSBC, in order to stop companies from helping Canadians commit tax evasion.  ...

2015 02 11
The Conservative government needs to keep the Mont-Mégantic Observatory open

The Mont-Mégantic Observatory is set to close down because of the Conservative’s budget cuts. The NDP is urging the federal government to keep this one-of-a-kind research centre up and running, as it is essential to the scientific community.  ...

2015 02 11
Working together to protect belugas

The combined efforts of citizens, environmentalists and the NDP have paid off—TransCanada has finally decided to scrap its oil port project in Cacouna, Quebec.  ...

2015 02 11
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau and the Oil Lobby

As Canadians continue to call for a more sustainable energy policy and respect for the environment, it’s disconcerting to see the extent to which the oil lobby has penetrated into Justin Trudeau’s inner circle.  ...

2015 02 11
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau and the Eve Adams defection: compromising principles

“[W]hen you start to compromise your principles, you’re through.”

– Justin Trudeau, February 22, 2014

The reviews are in, and the Liberal backroom deals of Monday aren’t looking so good:  ...

2015 02 10
NDP REALITY CHECK: Record of manipulation, bullying and dirty tricks? Come on down, you’re the next Liberal MP!

Justin Trudeau says he’s impressed by Eve Adams’ commitment to public services. But what did the Liberal leader have to say about Eve Adams when allegations about her behavior towards a riding association emerged less than a year ago?  ...

2015 02 10
Conservatives adopt NDP plan on drug shortages

After years of defending the broken system of voluntary reporting, the Conservatives have finally adopted the NDP proposal to require mandatory reporting of drug shortages. The new plan is a victory for doctors and patients, who have been complaining for years that the voluntary system was not working.  ...

2015 02 10
Mulcair urges Harper to help free Fahmy

NDP leader Tom Mulcair has written a second letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to personally intervene to help secure the release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who has been imprisoned in Egypt for over a year.   ...

2015 02 09
NDP REALITY CHECK: Hypocrisy Alert: Cast-off right-wing MP turns back on voters, joins Trudeau Liberals

A floor-crossing is always a betrayal of voters, and an exercise in old-school politics. But today’s defection of a cast-off Conservative to the Trudeau Liberals raises the bar on political hypocrisy.  ...

2015 02 09
NDP statement on Eve Adams crossing the floor

NDP Ethics critic, Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay), made the following statement about the decision of Eve Adams to cross the floor of the House of Commons:  ...

2015 02 06
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau – Still lost on the environment

After raising expectations he would make a concrete proposal on the environment, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau failed to present a real plan for fighting climate change, making polluters pay for the pollution they create, or for properly balancing the environment and the economy.  ...

2015 02 06
NDP REALITY CHECK: Cost of the Conservatives Crime Agenda

Today Peter McKay was at the Economic Club of Canada boasting about his Government’s “tough on crime” agenda. But can Conservatives really claim credit for reducing crime?  ...

2015 02 05
Make the economy work for the middle class

NDP plan to boost jobs in manufacturing and small businesses

The NDP is putting forward an opposition day motion calling on the Conservatives to take immediate action to stimulate job creation and support the middle class.  ...

2015 02 04
NDP motion to end child poverty a victory for all Canadians

NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough – Rouge River) applauds the passing of her motion, M-534, to create a national poverty elimination strategy:

I am pleased that all parties have come together to support my motion calling on the government to eradicate child poverty by investing in affordable and accessible housing, child care and child nutrition programs. This is a victory for all Canadians.  ...

2015 02 04
NDP statement on Student Mobilization Day

NDP Postsecondary education critic, Dan Harris (Scarborough-South-West), made the following statement on Student Mobilization Day:

"On this Student Mobilization Day, the NDP is proud to support everyone fighting for better access to affordable, quality postsecondary education.  Improving access to postsecondary education is an integral part of building a fairer, more equitable society where nobody is left behind.  ...

2015 02 01
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Black History Month

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Black History Month:  

“On the dawn of this Black History Month, the NDP is proud to celebrate this community’s incredible contributions to Canadian society, along with its rich heritage.  ...

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