2015 01 30
Supreme Court ruling a victory for workers

The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that a Saskatchewan law preventing public sector employees from striking is unconstitutional is a victory for all workers.   ...

2015 01 27
Tom Mulcair proposes concrete measures to help the middle class

“Manufacturing, Innovation and Lower Small Business Taxes Will Create Good Jobs and New Opportunities for the Middle Class.”

In a major speech to the Economic Club of Canada today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced concrete proposals that will help Canada’s manufacturers and small businesses create good-paying, full time middle class jobs for Canadians.   ...

2015 01 27
Statement by the NDP official opposition on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“Today we mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  ...

2015 01 26
The NDP calls for a public inquiry into the Lac-Mégantic tragedy

NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie) has requested that the Conservatives launch a public inquiry into the Lac-Mégantic tragedy.   ...

2015 01 26
Middle class Canadians deserve economic leadership

NDP's first opposition day motion of the year calls on the government to immediately present an Economic and Fiscal Update to parliament and prepare a budget that addresses middle class challenges.  ...

2015 01 23
Conservatives make major cut to disaster relief for provinces

Last week, the Conservatives quietly revealed a change that will massively cut funding to provinces and communities that are hit by disasters.

“It’s shocking that the Conservatives are moving with no warning and no consultation to make it more difficult for provinces to get disaster relief, just as scientists are telling us that climate change will increase extreme weather events,” said NDP Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca).  ...

2015 01 23
First Nations left out of unemployment figures

NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) is calling renewed attention to the fact that the Conservatives have not been collecting employment data on First Nations members living on reserve.   ...

2015 01 23
NDP shadow cabinet ready to fight for the middle class

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has strengthened the NDP’s Shadow Cabinet ahead of the 2015 election. More than ever, New Democrats are ready to fix the damage done by Stephen Harper and finally give the middle class a break.  ...

2015 01 22
Tom Mulcair and NDP MPs attending vigils for Raïf Badawi

NDP MPs to attend today’s ceremonies in Montreal and tomorrow’s events in Sherbrooke

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and several New Democrat MPs are set to take part in a vigil in Montreal today calling for Raïf Badawi’s release. The NDP will also be present at Friday’s event in Sherbrooke.    ...

2015 01 22
NDP to restore CBC funding

If elected to government, the NDP would cancel the Conservatives’ $115 million cut to CBC/Radio-Canada.

“An NDP government would give our public broadcaster some room to breathe, by ensuring stable, predictable, multiyear funding to help protect the CBC from advertising-market fluctuations and to allow it to fulfill its mandate,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair.  ...

2015 01 21
Conservative failures causing more trouble for Canadian economy

While the Bank of Canada cut interest rates amidst grave warnings about the health of our economy, the Conservatives still have no plan to fix Canada’s bleak economic outlook and get Canadians back to work.  ...

2015 01 20
Who speaks for the government?

With the Minister of Employment saying one thing and an unnamed federal official saying another, it seems the Conservatives are in a disorganized panic and scrambling for a plan.   ...

2015 01 18
Budget 2015 must give middle class families a break

VANCOUVER—New Democrats are demanding that the Conservatives use the upcoming budget to change direction and start building an economy that works for Canadians.  ...

2015 01 13
The Conservatives still don’t get that judges should be bilingual

NDP Official Languages critic Yvon Godin (Acadie–Bathurst) is befuddled by the appointment of a unilingual Anglophone to the position of Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada.    ...

2015 01 12
Conservative auto sector promises are too little too late

Government loan for Linamar today comes after the Conservatives oversaw the loss of more than 50,000 auto sector jobs. 

“Liberals and Conservatives have allowed a generation of middle-class jobs to disappear in industries like auto,” said NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley). “The Auditor General has reported that the Conservatives mismanaged funds that were earmarked for supporting the auto sector, which means Canada has lost out on billions of dollars in investments and thousands of jobs.”  ...

2015 01 09
NDP condemns Russian anti-Trans legislation

The NDP is appalled by the Russian government’s adoption of a law banning Transgender and Transsexual people from driving.

“This new law is regressive and unconscionable,” said NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre). “I urge the Canadian government to condemn the Russian government’s discrimination against Russia’s Trans community.”  ...

2015 01 09
Conservatives must close copyright law loophole to end false threats: NDP

The Conservatives must take immediate steps to protect internet users by closing a loophole that allows media companies to bully Canadians with threats of hefty fines that don’t actually exist under Canadian law.   ...

2015 01 09
More job losses under the Conservatives

New figures from Statistics Canada show the Conservatives’ unbalanced economic approach continues to hit Canadian families hard.

The Canadian economy finished 2014 by shedding an additional 4,300 jobs last month, following significant losses in November.  ...

2015 01 08
NDP calls for expansion of search and rescue services

New Democrats strongly support the expansion of search and rescue response services across Canada and urge the Conservative government to take all necessary action to ensure Canada meets international standards, in particular a 30-minute response time, 24/7.  ...

2015 01 05
NDP to new Veterans Affairs Minister: time to change direction

NDP offers list of priorities that need new minister’s urgent attention – including the immediate reopening of veteran’s offices

OTTAWA/SACKVILLE – NDP leader Tom Mulcair welcomed the demotion of minister Fantino today but warned that a change of direction is needed, not just a shuffle of ministers.  ...

2014 12 19
The big blue propaganda machine

The NDP is denouncing the Conservatives for their use of tax payer money to finance a propaganda machine and mislead Canadians.

“This big blue propaganda machine is scandalous,” said NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay). “This government has no problem misleading Canadians by publishing content that looks like news, but cutting access to information for journalists in Canada,”  ...

2014 12 16
UN is against applying religious discrimination to refugees

The Conservative plan to apply religious discrimination to the selection of Syrian refugees for resettlement in Canada stands against UN policies that say “such discrimination undermines the protection and needs-based approach to resettlement”.  ...

2014 12 16
Stoffer comments on veteran’s victory in Agent Orange case

NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer congratulated veteran Basil McAllister today for winning a federal court case that forces Veterans Affairs Canada to grant him disability compensation in relation to his exposure to defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown.  ...

2014 12 15
Feds must start working with provinces on economic challenges

As finance ministers gather today to address Canada’s urgent economic challenges, New Democrats call on the Conservatives to stop refusing to work with the provinces and end their downloading and cuts to transfers.  ...

2014 12 15
NDP and Fair Vote Canada stand up for electoral reform

Together with Fair Vote Canada, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair reiterated the NDP’s commitment to introduce a mixed-member proportional system, which would make the 2015 election the last unfair election.  ...

2014 12 12
NDP demands review of Wheat Board privatization

Amid rumours of the imminent privatization of the interim Canadian Wheat Board, New Democrats are raising the alarm about a back-room process cloaked in secrecy.  ...

2014 12 11
NDP accuses Conservatives of scrapping the CBC’s regional news bulletins

The NDP says the Conservative government is the ultimate party responsible for the new round of massive cuts announced today, which will further impair broadcasting of regional news in many areas of the country.  ...

2014 12 10
Conservatives reject bill that could have saved the lives of pedestrians and cyclists

In voting against Bill C-603, the Conservative government has thrown out a simple measure that could have gone a long way to bolstering the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in Canada, and save lives.  ...

2014 12 09
Conservative government silent on social contract with veterans

Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) blasted Minister Fantino today for remaining silent on whether the federal government has a social contract or social covenant with veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces.   ...

2014 12 06
Statement by the Leader of the NDP on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:      ...

2014 12 05
Job growth staggers under Conservative policies

Job growth in recent months came to a sudden halt in November, as Statistics Canada reported the loss of 10,700 jobs today.   

“Conservative policies are once again leaving more Canadians out of work. Private sector employment dropped by 46,000 last month, while 14,100 young Canadians also lost full-time positions. We’re starting to see the loss of more and more jobs under this Conservative government,” said NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley).  ...

2014 12 03
The Conservatives say no to a fair elections system

Today Conservatives said no to a fair elections system.

“The NDP put forward a simple motion asking all parties to commit to replacing Canada’s unfair electoral system with a system of mixed-member proportional representation following the next election. I was disappointed to see the Conservatives and even some Liberals vote against the initiative,” said NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto – Danforth).  ...

2014 12 03
Irene Mathyssen elected as NDP National Caucus Chair

NDP MPs elected Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) today as National Caucus Chair. They also selected Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) to be Vice-Chair.  ...

2014 12 03
NDP motion demands respect for live-in caregivers

Yesterday, NDP Critic for Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims introduced a motion in Parliament calling on the Conservative government to remove the caps on permanent resident applications for live-in caregivers.  ...

2014 12 03
Another 5,000 farms disappear under Conservatives

New numbers from Statistics Canada reveal that the number of farms in Canada continues to decline.  

“In just one year, almost 5,000 farms of all sizes disappeared from the Canadian landscape. We need to act now to help farming families and protect our local food system,” said Agriculture critic Malcom Allen (Welland), “With food prices going up, the last thing we need is less security in our food supply.”  ...

2014 12 03
The NDP is urging Elections Canada to open an inquiry into Conservative Party financing

In light of a troubling CTV report, the NDP has asked Elections Canada to open an inquiry into allegations that SNC-Lavalin used nominees to finance the Conservative Party of Canada.  ...

2014 12 02
Isabelle Morin presses the government to take action on animal rights

Canada’s poor rating on the World Animal Protection’s index is a strong indication of how ineffective our laws and regulations have become after being left untouched for over 100 years,” stated MP and NDP spokesperson on animal’s rights and welfare Isabelle Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Lachine).  ...

2014 12 02
The NDP wants to implement a mixed proportional system

The NDP will use its time in the House of Commons Wednesday to turn the government’s attention to the need to implement a mixed proportional electoral system, in order to ensure that 2015 will be the last in the era of unfair elections.  ...

2014 12 01
Victory for Thalidomide victims

Following a five-decade battle for recognition and support, Thalidomide victims will finally get the support they need, after all parties rallied behind the NDP’s motion last week to compensate them.    ...

2014 12 01
NDP urges government to reject Cacouna oil port project

In response to the beluga whale’s new status as an endangered species, the NDP is upping the pressure on the Conservative government to reject the oil port in Cacouna.   ...

2014 12 01
NDP asks the Conservatives to boost aid to Syrian refugees facing food crisis

New Democrats are calling on the Canadian government to urgently increase humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, as a funding crisis today forced the United Nations World Food Programme to suspend a food voucher program serving over 1.7 million refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.  ...

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