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2015 06 29
NDP REALITY CHECK: Liberal environmental policy – lots of hot air but still no targets

Today, Justin Trudeau delivered a speech full of promises on the environment but with few details and plenty of policies borrowed from Tom Mulcair’s NDP.  ...

2015 06 28
Mulcair celebrates Pride with pledge to recognize transgender rights and build a more inclusive Canada

Mulcair also promises formal apology and revised service records for those unfairly kicked out of the military because of their orientation

New Democrat leader Tom Mulcair pledged that as prime minister he would legislate equal rights for transgender Canadians and formally apologize to military personnel and civil servants fired because of their sexual orientation.  ...

2015 06 27
Statement by the NDP on Canadian Multiculturalism Day

New Democrat critic for Multiculturalism Andrew Cash made the following statement on Canadian Multiculturalism Day:

“Multiculturalism is a fundamental Canadian value and on this Multiculturalism Day, New Democrats join Canadians in celebrating our nation’s rich diversity.  ...

2015 06 26
Overheard this week: “A desire for change finding its way over to the NDP”

“Something’s happened. Something phenomenal.” That was the assessment of a former Paul Martin advisor on the NDP’s growing momentum this week.  ...

2015 06 26
Tom Mulcair supports Housing Cooperatives

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair visited two of Canada’s largest housing cooperatives in Montreal to present the NDP’s affordable housing plan.  ...

2015 06 26
Statement from the NDP on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

NDP MP Wayne Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek) made the following statement to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture:

“On June 26, we in the international human rights community, honour the world’s many victims of torture.  ...

2015 06 25
Western Chorus Frog: Minister must comply with decision immediately

New Democrats welcome the Supreme Court decision that blasts Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq for her inaction on the Western Chorus Frog file – a species threatened by residential development.  ...

2015 06 25
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservatives promised to fix Ottawa – now their Ethics Spokesperson is going to jail

Today, Dean Del Mastro – the man Prime Minister Stephen Harper handpicked to be the Conservatives’ Ethics Spokesperson – was sentenced to jail time after being convicted of breaking election laws.  ...

2015 06 24
Report reveals Conservatives misled Canadians :

New Democrats are dismayed by reports that the sweeping new information sharing measures enacted by the Conservatives through C-51, now the Anti-terrorism Act of 2015, were not, in fact, requested by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.  ...

2015 06 24
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Quebec’s national holiday and Saint-Jean Baptiste

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Quebec’s national holiday and Saint-Jean Baptiste:

“To mark Quebec’s national holiday and Saint-Jean Baptiste, I join with Quebecers and Francophones across the country in celebrating Quebec’s rich language and culture.  ...

2015 06 23
Denis Blanchette calls on Conservatives to make quick decision about Davie shipyard

The NDP’s Québec lieutenant, Denis Blanchette (Louis-Hébert), is surprised by the Conservative government’s announcement earlier today regarding the Davie shipyard. A decision should have been made for the workers and the shipyard.  ...

2015 06 23
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservative appointees partying it up – and leaving taxpayers with the bill

Stephen Harper came to Ottawa promising to clean up Liberal corruption, entitlement and patronage in the wake of the Sponsorship scandal – but Harper broke that promise.  ...

2015 06 23
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservatives and French – too little, too late!

For 10 years in power, the Conservatives ignored Quebec and showed little respect for the French language. Now, just days before St. Jean Baptiste and Quebec’s national holiday, Stephen Harper has woken up and reminded his ministers in a letter to Cabinet about their “duty to continue to reinforce Canada’s linguistic duality” and to “promote the French language.”   ...

2015 06 23
NDP statement on the 30th anniversary of the Air India tragedy

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the 30th anniversary of the Air India tragedy:

“Thirty years ago today, Air India Flight 182 exploded over the Atlantic Ocean killing 329 innocent people, including 280 Canadians.  ...

2015 06 22
Conservatives must do more to ensure rail safety

NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie) is appalled by the Conservative government’s inability to enforce basic measures recommended by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) to ensure public safety.   ...

2015 06 21
NDP statement on National Aboriginal Day

Official Opposition Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement on National Aboriginal Day:

“National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the rich history, accomplishments and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The First Peoples of this land are a vital part of Canada’s past, present and future - and we celebrate with them from coast to coast to coast.  ...

2015 06 20
Official Opposition statement on World Refugee Day

NDP Citizenship and Immigration critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds – Dollard) made the following statement on World Refugee Day:

“Today, New Democrats join Canadians and people around the world to mark World Refugee Day; and raise awareness of the plight of millions of people who have had to abandon their homes due to conflict and persecution.  ...

2015 06 19
Overheard this week: “Mulcair assures Bay Street he will champion Main Street”

After almost a decade of Conservative government, it’s clear that Stephen Harper’s plan just isn’t working. Tom Mulcair has a plan to bring change to Ottawa and help middle-class families get ahead.  ...

2015 06 18
Statement by the leader of the NDP on the beginning of Ramadan

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark the beginning of Ramadan:

“On behalf of all New Democrats, I would like to offer my best wishes to all Muslims here in Canada and around the world who will begin their Ramadan celebrations.  ...

2015 06 17
The NDP is ready to replace the Conservatives

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair marked the end of the parliamentary session on a positive note, by recalling the achievements of his team.   ...

2015 06 17
NDP statement on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Official Opposition Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought:

“The focus of this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is ‘attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems.’” This effort, supported by 193 countries, seeks to allow the poorest populations of the world to feed themselves adequately, by fighting against desertification and the misuse of agricultural lands.  ...

2015 06 16
Tom Mulcair's speech at the Economic Club of Canada

 

It is good to be here with you at the Economic Club of Canada. 

 

And it’s so great to be back in Toronto – Canada’s most important city.  ...

2015 06 16
Tom Mulcair to boost manufacturing and innovation for stronger communities

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair has shared his vision for a prosperous economy and stronger cities with the Economic Club of Canada. The NDP’s plan to diversify Canada’s economy will help deliver stable, full-time employment that the middle class needs to succeed.   ...

2015 06 16
Liberals jumping ship

Team Trudeau has taken a bit of a hit in recent days, with four candidates departing the ranks of the nominated and accusations flying of increasingly undemocratic nomination processes.  ...

2015 06 16
Real Change is too hard for Trudeau Liberals

As Justin Trudeau races to make desperate promises to do things differently, let’s look at his real record.

The same Liberal leader who forced his caucus to stand with Conservatives and vote for bill C-51, knowing full well it could be used to stifle dissent, has had a troubled relationship with democracy from the start:  ...

2015 06 15
NDP urges Conservatives to implement recommendations for Hong Kong

The NDP is calling on the Canadian government to implement the unanimous recommendations of the Foreign Affairs Committee following its study of the situation in Hong Kong.  ...

2015 06 15
NDP statement for National Public Service Week

NDP Treasury Board critic Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac) made the following statement to mark National Public Service Week:

“Today, New Democrats join Canadians in saluting the members of our public service. Every day, this dedicated corps helps Canadians from coast-to coast-to-coast obtain the services they need.  ...

2015 06 15
Statement from the NDP on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

NDP Seniors critic Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) made the following statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:

“After a lifetime of hard work, and with all their contributions to their communities and families, seniors have the right to grow old in comfort and dignity.  ...

2015 06 13
Overheard this week: “Prime Minister Mulcair — has a nice ring to it”

From the Senate expense scandal to Conservatives and Liberals teaming up to pass Stephen Harper’s Bill C-51, it’s time for change in Ottawa.

Tom Mulcair continues to prove he’s the only leader with the principles and experience to get Canada back on track. Here’s some of what they’re saying:  ...

2015 06 12
NDP REALITY CHECK: Senators named in AG report owe nearly a million dollars – but cost taxpayers almost $76 million

The full cost to taxpayers – just for salaries – of the Senators named in Auditor General’s report is a whopping $75,017,502.08

 Total Senate expenses flagged by the Auditor General amount to $991,917.00  ...

2015 06 12
NDP statement on Philippine Independence Day

NDP Critic for Multiculturalism Andrew Cash (Davenport) made the following statement on Philippine Independence Day:

As the NDP Critic for Multiculturalism, I would like to extend my best wishes to Canadians of Filipino heritage who are celebrating Philippine Independence Day today.  Filipino-Canadians have made an incredible social, economic and cultural impact on Canadian society.  ...

2015 06 11
Tom's speech to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Merci Céline,

 

Membres du Conseil d'administration de la chambre, distingués invités de la table d’honneur, chers amis…

J’ai fait ma vie à Montréal, Catherine et moi habitons toujours Montréal et j’aime evidemment y revenir le plus souvent possible.  ...

2015 06 11
NDP to restore tax credit for labour-sponsored funds

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he will reinstate the Labour Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCC) Tax Credit – abolished by the Conservatives – when the NDP becomes government.  ...

2015 06 10
Conservatives shut down debate for the 100th time

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have once again lowered the bar on accountability. They have stifled democracy by shutting down debate for a record 100th time – all to evade the scrutiny of Canadians and the opposition.  ...

2015 06 10
Conservatives ignore Canadians, ram through Bill C-51

Despite overwhelming opposition from Canadians and evidence from experts that C-51 is dangerous and fails to make Canadians any safer, un-accountable and un-elected Conservative senators passed the bill last night without a second thought.  ...

2015 06 09
REALITY CHECK: Conservative Guide to Senate Scandal Cover-ups

MEMO: BUILDING A BETTER COVER-UP

FROM: PMO Operatives (THE SHORT PANTS BRIGADE)

Step-by-step instructions for the proper handling of wrongdoing in the Senate:  ...

2015 06 09
Canadians are sick of Conservative and Liberal senate corruption

New Democrats agree with the AG – it’s time for ‘transformative change’ in Senate accountability

Canadians are sick of seeing public money wasted on unaccountable Conservative and Liberal Senators, as the Auditor General outlined in his explosive report on Senate misspending released today.  ...

2015 06 09
REALITY CHECK: Senate Scandal Primer – Who do we know in the PMO?

“The facts here are very clear. Mr. Wright decided to take an action on his own initiative, using his own funds.”

– Stephen Harper, House of commons, October 22nd, 2013  ...

2015 06 09
REALITY CHECK: Trudeau Senate Flip-Flop

Today, you’ll hear Liberals claiming that any real change in the Senate is impossible. They like to do that.

In October 2013, the NDP put forward a motion to force senators out of party caucuses.  ...

2015 06 09
REALITY CHECK: Stephen Harper’s sad record on the Senate

Once upon a time, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives promised they would reform the Senate.

The Prime Minister even vowed he would never appoint a single Senator.  ...

2015 06 09
Conservatives vote against motion to protect Employment Insurance premiums

NDP Employment Insurance critic Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières) made the following statement after the rejection of his motion:

“At a time when 4 out of 10 workers qualify for Employment Insurance when a job loss occurs, it is imperative that we restore the program’s capacity to provide the services it was created for.  ...

2015 06 09
Conservatives vote against fixing Nutrition North

NDP MP Dennis Bevington (Northwest Territories) made the following statement following the defeat of his motion:

“No Canadian should go hungry.

“This is why New Democrats put forward a motion with practical proposals to fix the Conservatives’ Nutrition North program, which has failed to ensure Northerners have secure access to nutritious and affordable food.  ...

2015 06 08
NDP statement on World Oceans Day

NDP Fisheries & Oceans critic Robert Chisholm (Dartmouth – Cole Harbour) made the following statement on World Oceans Day:

“Today we mark World Oceans Day, to honour the resources that come from our oceans and to increase awareness about the impacts that human activities are having on ocean life.  ...

2015 06 08
NDP statement on the Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment

NDP MP Jean Crowder (Nanaimo--Cowichan) made the following statement on the report on a “Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment” from the Procedure and House Affairs subcommittee:  ...

2015 06 08
NDP REALITY CHECK: Harper’s hand-picked Senate Speaker thinks you should thank him

Stephen Harper’s hand-picked Senate Speaker Leo Housakas has gone on the defensive and claimed that despite being flagged by the Auditor General for $6,770 in questionable contracts and travel claims, he has done nothing wrong.  ...

2015 06 08
NDP REALITY CHECK: Did Stephen Harper know his pick to be the most powerful Senator, Leo Housakos, was about to be named in the AG’s audit?

A troubling timeline is emerging when it comes to how senior Conservative and Liberal Senators prepared for the release of the Auditor General’s explosive audit into the Senate spending scandal.  ...

2015 06 08
NDP moves to protect Employment Insurance premiums

Always looking to better protect Canadian workers and their families, New Democrats will use their opposition day to call on the Harper government to protect worker and employer contributions from political interference in order to improve access to employment insurance.  ...

2015 06 06
Tom Mulcair’s plan to build stronger cities and communities

EDMONTON – Federal NDP and Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair has announced new details of his plan for Stronger Cities and Communities in an address to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Tom Mulcair’s plan will deliver stable, long-term investments in Canada’s core infrastructure, a strategy for public transit to get people moving and a plan to make housing more affordable.  ...

2015 06 06
Speech to FCM convention

Thank you very much.

It’s always a pleasure to be in Edmonton and to be back with the FCM.

I’d like to thank Mayor Don Iveson for hosting us.

His leadership in the Truth and Reconciliation file was truly inspiring.  ...

2015 06 05
Overheard this week: “NDP surge on display”

This week, Tom Mulcair continued to propose practical ideas and show positive momentum across the country.

Pollster Frank Graves even said “the NDP is now the only true ‘pan-Canadian’ party […] The Conservatives have not been a serious contender in Quebec for some time and the Liberals do quite poorly in Alberta and Saskatchewan.”  ...

2015 06 05
NDP REALITY CHECK: The cost of self-serving Senate leadership

Initial reports indicate that key senate leaders are among the thirty senators found to have filed ineligible expenses by the Auditor General in an audit report to be released next week.  ...

2015 06 05
NDP statement on World Environment Day

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on World Environment Day:

“Today we mark World Environment Day, to increase awareness about the need to protect and preserve our environment.  ...

2015 06 04
The NDP reflects on one year since the death of three RCMP officers in Moncton

Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on the 1st anniversary of the death of three New Brunswick RCMP officers:

One year ago today, three brave Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were killed during a shooting rampage in Moncton, New Brunswick.  ...

2015 06 04
NDP delivers a plan to fix Nutrition North

On the heels of a successful Respect the North campaign, the NDP has presented a motion aimed at fixing Nutrition North. The motion calls for the immediate inclusion of the fifty communities being left out of Nutrition North, as well as renewed efforts to improve the well-being of Canadians living in isolated communities in Northern Canada.   ...

2015 06 03
NDP statement on the 31st anniversary of the Golden Temple Invasion

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair issued the following statement on the 31st anniversary of the Golden Temple Invasion:

“On the 31st anniversary of the invasion of the Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple, I extend heartfelt sympathies to the families and other loved ones of all those who lost their lives.  ...

2015 06 02
NDP secures victory for consumers on pay-to-pay bank fees

The NDP’s recent victories are delivering results for consumers and will put money back into the pockets of hard-working Canadians.

Today, MPs voted in favour of the NDP’s practical proposal to ban banks operating in Canada from charging consumers an extra fee for basic transactions or to get paper statements in the mail. A mandatory financial code of conduct prohibiting pay-to-pay practices by banks operating in Canada will protect Canadian consumers.  ...

2015 06 02
NDP statement on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair issued the following statement regarding the release of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

“The release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report is a landmark moment in Canada’s reconciliation process. Today, our country is trying to turn the page on the many dark years and to move forward towards a better future for all peoples.  ...

2015 06 02
LGBT members of Canadian forces should receive apology for past dismissals

As Pride celebrations start across Canada this month, NDP MP Craig Scott (Toronto-Danforth) is calling on the government to issue an official apology for the decades of discriminatory treatment of LGBT members of the Canadian Forces.  ...

2015 06 01
Statement from the NDP on the abolition of the tampon tax

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) and the NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement following the vote on the abolition of the federal tax on feminine hygiene products:  ...

2015 06 01
NDP takes action to protect consumers from pay-to-pay bank fees

On the heels of a successful campaign to end pay-to-pay fees on phone and Internet bills, the NDP’s latest opposition day motion is taking action to protect Canadian consumers from being charged extra by their banks for everyday transactions.   ...

2015 05 29
Overheard this week: “Mulcair the obvious choice”

This week, political watchers across the country are calling Tom Mulcair “a potential PM in waiting” and “the obvious choice” to replace Stephen Harper.  ...

2015 05 29
Statement by the NDP on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

NDP Defense critic Jack Harris (St.John’s-East) made the following statement on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers:

Today, we pay tribute to the men and women who have served in UN peacekeeping operations. The NDP is proud to support UN peace building and peacekeeping operations as military and foreign policy priorities.  ...

2015 05 28
Tampon tax to be abolished thanks to NDP efforts

After years of efforts, New Democrats are proud to have succeeded in eliminating the federal tax on feminine hygiene products.

This tax, which unfairly penalizes women, transgender and other people with periods, is in the process of being removed thanks to last month’s motion tabled by MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) as well as the concerted efforts of the actors concerned.  ...

2015 05 28
BOIE must investigate Patrick Brown

The NDP has filed a complaint with the Board of Internal Economy asking for an investigation into former Conservative MP Patrick Brown’s activities between November 8, 2014 and May 13, 2015 to determine if he was improperly using Parliamentary resources for his provincial leadership campaign.  ...

2015 05 27
Conservatives vote against ending violence against women

Tonight, Conservatives voted down M-444, A National Action Plan to End Violence against Women. The bill’s sponsor, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement:  ...

2015 05 27
NDP REALITY CHECK: Can Conservatives be trusted on CPP? Ask a Conservative MP

After a decade of letting Canada’s looming retirement security crisis get worse, the Conservatives suddenly claim they might allow for voluntary contributions to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  ...

2015 05 25
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservatives are protecting Conservatives, not respecting the Court

The Prime Minister and his Conservative colleagues frequently claim they cannot comment on matters before the courts, particularly when it comes to questions about the PMO orchestrating senate scandal cover-ups.  ...

2015 05 25
NDP wants ban on plastic microbeads

Two months after the NDP motion to ban plastic microbeads was passed unanimously, Canadians are still waiting on the Conservatives to protect our lakes and rivers from microbead pollution.  ...

2015 05 23
Statement by the NDP on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident

NDP member of Parliament Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident:

“Today marks the 101st anniversary of the day on which the Komagata Maru, carrying 376 passengers, arrived in Vancouver’s harbour seeking refuge and a better life for their family.  ...

2015 05 22
Overheard this week: “Mulcair emerging as the real agent of change”

This week, Tom Mulcair took his plan to strengthen the middle class and build a stronger Canada to communities across the country.

Momentum continues to build for Tom’s hopeful and optimistic message -- here’s what the pundits and political watchers were saying:  ...

2015 05 21
Conservatives failing Canadians on drug safety

The Conservative government should be doing more to detect problems before unsafe drugs hit the market and need to be recalled, the NDP said today.

Access to Information documents obtained by La Presse revealed that the frequency of drug recalls has increased dramatically under the Conservatives.  ...

2015 05 21
The NDP will reinstate door-to-door mail delivery

An NDP Government will cancel Canada Post’s plan to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and will reinstate delivery in all communities affected by cuts announced in December 2013.  ...

2015 05 20
NDP REALITY CHECK: Ten more senators referred to the police as senate scandal widens

The Auditor General, according to CTV News, has now referred ten new cases of improper spending to the RCMP, as the scandal involving Conservative and Liberal Senators continues to expand.  ...

2015 05 18
Statement by NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough – Rouge River) on the 6th anniversary of the end of the civil conflict in Sri Lanka

“On this, the sixth anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, I am proud to stand with New Democrats, Canadians across the country, and people around the world in renewing our commitment to the pursuit of truth, peace, justice, and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.  ...

2015 05 17
Statement by the NDP on International Day Against Homophobia

NDP LGBT critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca) made the following statement today on International Day Against Homophobia:

 “Today, Canadians are standing together to say no to homophobia and transphobia in our local communities, both here in Canada and around the world.  ...

2015 05 15
Overheard this week: “Libs turning NDP”

Momentum keeps building for New Democrats across the country — and Sun columnist David Akin noticed an emerging trend:

“New Democrats in Ottawa are walking with an extra spring in their steps this week and it’s not just because of the big win last week by Rachel Notley’s Alberta NDP. In the last week, two Ontario municipal politicians, including a mayor, have said goodbye to their Liberal Party of Canada membership cards and signed up to be candidates in this fall’s general election for Thomas Mulcair’s NDP.”   ...

2015 05 14
NDP reacts to the loss of 1,750 more jobs at Bombardier

The Conservative Government has lost more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs in Canada since its election in 2006

The 1,750 layoffs at Bombardier Aerospace is just the latest in an ever-growing number of manufacturing job losses overseen by this Conservative government.  ...

2015 05 14
NDP calls for national strategy for eating disorders

Anorexia and bulimia wreak havoc among youth and too little is done in Ottawa to raise public and media awareness. That is why New Democrat MP Laurin Liu will table a motion in the House of Commons calling for a national strategy for eating disorders.  ...

2015 05 13
NDP REALITY CHECK: Conservatives play politics on war crimes

Back in October, when the NDP called for the government to support international efforts to document and prosecute war crimes committed by ISIL, the Conservatives managed to be both dismissive and offensive at the same time:  ...

2015 05 12
NDP secures a victory for veterans

New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) made the following statement on the adoption of the NDP motion to ensure federal covenant with veterans is honoured.

“Canadians recognize that the federal government has a moral, social, legal and fiduciary obligation to the women and men who courageously serve our country.  ...

2015 05 12
Speech by Tom Mulcair at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation

Merci. Thank you.

It’s a real pleasure to stand here today with Canadians working to end global poverty and injustice and to make the world a better place.  ...

2015 05 12
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau's latest flip-flop-- now on corporate taxes

On corporate tax rates.

When asked if he would raise corporate taxes, Trudeau said:

“No, we won’t be raising that. I don’t think we need to raise any taxes, I think the government takes in plenty of money.”  ...

2015 05 11
NDP secures a victory for women

Conservatives agree to remove unfair tax on feminine hygiene products

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) and NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement on the support of their motion to remove the federal tax from feminine hygiene products:  ...

2015 05 11
Let’s honour our covenant with veterans

With their latest opposition day motion, the NDP is urging the Conservatives to recognize its obligation to past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces.  ...

2015 05 08
NDP REALITY CHECK: Experts weigh in-- Liberal tax plan helps wealthy Canadians the most

More than 1.3 million Canadians are unemployed and another 20,000 jobs were lost just last month. Canadian families are struggling with growing uncertainty, record high debt, and rising costs for daycare.  ...

2015 05 08
Overheard this week: “Orange crush helps boost federal NDP”

This week, New Democrats scored a historic victory in Alberta – ending 44 years of Conservative rule in that province. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau continued to prove to Canadians that if they want real change after a decade of Stephen Harper, they should turn to the NDP.  ...

2015 05 08
Denis Blanchette tables bill for Pont de Québec

Conservative government could save tax payers $100M by adopting it

New Democrat MP Denis Blanchette (Louis-Hébert) is calling on the Conservatives to prioritize and adopt his Bill C-676 to force CN to repaint the Pont de Québec, tabled today in the House of Commons.  ...

2015 05 07
Conservatives still get an F in official languages

Once again the Commissioner of Official Languages’ latest report gives the Conservatives a failing grade when it comes to official languages. Immigration is the cornerstone of today’s report and he urges the government to take action.  ...

2015 05 07
Let’s end the unfair tax on women

With their latest opposition day motion, the NDP is urging the Conservatives to end their unfair tax on women and remove the GST/ federal portion of the HST from feminine hygiene products.  ...

2015 05 06
Fear and cynicism triumph over democracy

Official Opposition Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) made the following statement on the adoption of Bill C-51:

“New Democrats strongly condemn the adoption of Bill C-51. Thousands of Canadians took to the streets to protest this bill which will erode our rights and freedoms. These people don’t want fear to triumph over the values that guide our democracy.  ...

2015 05 06
Growing the economy by protecting our environment

Tom Mulcair's speech at iVote-jeVote

Merci beaucoup, M. le Doyen Mérette.

Merci à tout le monde d’être ici aujourd’hui à l’Université d’Ottawa.

J’étais ici même il y a à peine plus d’un an dans cette même salle, avec plus de 1000 étudiants pour parler de l’importance de la participation des jeunes dans le processus démocratique.  ...

2015 05 06
Canadian Member of Parliament, Peter Stoffer Knighted by the Netherlands

Peter Stoffer, MP (Sackville-Eastern Shore) today received the Dutch honour Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. The prestigious decoration is bestowed by the King of the Netherlands on persons who have rendered outstanding service to society.  ...

2015 05 06
Liberals must vote against C-51

It’s not too late for the Liberals to join the NDP and the millions of Canadians who oppose the Conservatives’ devastating Bill C-51, which will undermine our rights and freedoms.  ...

2015 05 05
NDP statement on atrocities against the Yezidi community in Iraq

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar and NDP Human Rights Critic Wayne Marston issued the following statement today regarding the mass execution of Yezidis in Iraq:  ...

2015 05 05
Denis Blanchette presents bill to repaint Pont de Quebec

After the Conservative government’s failure to fix the Pont de Quebec once and for all, Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair and NDP MP Denis Blanchette (Louis-Hébert) tabled a bill today to repaint the historic infrastructure.  ...

2015 05 04
REALITY CHECK: Two-thirds of Canadians not invited to Justin Trudeau’s tax cut buffet

The Liberals took over a diner to hype their so-called middle class tax break, but it turns out that people earning the median – in other words the people in the middle – weren’t invited to the party and won’t benefit.   ...

2015 05 04
NDP calling for action on Deschamps Report

New Democrats are calling for senior defence staff to appear at committee following last week’s shocking report from former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps about sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.  ...

2015 05 03
Statement by the NDP on World Press Freedom Day

NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil–Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement today on World Press Freedom Day:

“World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to honour the essential role journalists and media play in keeping people around the world informed. Despite the challenges and risks inherent to their job, journalists continue to defend freedom of expression and democratic principles.  ...

2015 05 01
Overheard this week: “Momentum swinging in Mulcair’s favour”

As Tom Mulcair hits the road to share his plan to strengthen the middle class, support for that NDP vision is up across the country. Here’s some of what was overheard this week:  ...

2015 05 01
NDP statement on the occasion of Asian Heritage Month

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the occasion of Asian Heritage Month:

“For the past 13 years, we have been celebrating Asian Heritage Month in May. It is an opportunity to thank Canadians of Asian descent who have helped our country grow in areas including culture, the economy and in building a stronger society.  ...

2015 05 01
NDP statement on the occasion of International Workers’ Day

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the occasion of International Workers’ Day:

“For over a century, we have recognized and celebrated the labour movement’s achievements on International Workers’ Day.  ...

Thomas Mulcair