July 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – The NDP says today’s appointment of a new minister to deal with asylum seekers does not solve the problems perpetuated by the Liberals’ refusal to change its policy on the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States and adequately support asylum seekers.

July 11th, 2018

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging the Prime Minister to intervene following the announced cancellation of major Greyhound bus routes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwestern Ontario and rural British Columbia.

July 11th, 2018

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling for an emergency meeting of the Immigration and Refugee Committee to discuss the lack of support for the growing number of asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States.

July 4th, 2018

NDP International Human Rights Critic Cheryl Hardcastle issued the following statement today regarding  a  terrorist attack targeting Sikh and Hindu minorities in Afghanistan:

June 29th, 2018

OTTAWA –  After weeks of the NDP calling for support for metal workers, the federal government finally unveiled its list of retaliatory tariffs and support package for steel and aluminum workers on Friday. The NDP welcomes these measures as a positive first step, but New Democrats believe that more must be done to protect Canadian jobs.

June 27th, 2018

Jenny Kwan, NDP Critic for Multiculturalism, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement:

June 26th, 2018

OTTAWA – The House of Commons Trade Committee had an emergency meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday to discuss US-Canada trade uncertainty. In the meeting, NDP International Trade Critic Tracey Ramsey focused on how the government can protect Canadian workers from President Trump’s current steel and aluminum tariffs and looming threats of auto tariffs.

June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – The NDP Women’s Equality Critic, Sheila Malcolmson, urged the Liberal government to immediately reform treatment of Indigenous women in Canada’s justice and corrections systems. The recommendations in the Standing Committee on the Status of Women’s report tabled Tuesday failed to fully reflect the cycle of injustice, poverty, physical, psychological and sexual violence that Indigenous women disproportionately experience. In response, the NDP submitted a supplementary report entitled "Need for Federal Leadership to Reform Indigenous Women’s Treatment in Canada’s Justice and Correctional Systems”.

June 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – Almost 30 years ago, the House of Commons passed an NDP motion to eliminate child poverty in Canada. To this day, a shockingly high percentage of Canadian children still live below the poverty line. A report from Campaign 2000 has revealed the current levels of child poverty in Canada, including a rate of 40% of children living in poverty in the riding of Toronto Centre, held by the millionaire Finance Minister, Bill Morneau.

June 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – Yesterday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released a statement announcing the discovery of unauthorized genetically modified wheat plants along a roadside in Alberta. The CFIA has revealed that they were not able to determine the source of these plants, but there was no other evidence of genetically modified wheat in the area and no risks to food safety. This morning, Japan announced the suspension of the sale of Canadian wheat pending further investigation. The NDP is calling for an immediate hearing to learn more about this issue.

June 14th, 2018

OTTAWA – The NDP Women’s Equality Critic and Deputy Critic, Sheila Malcolmson and Anne Minh-Thu Quach, urged the Liberal government to adopt deeper measures to end women’s economic insecurity. In response to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women’s report tabled today, the NDP submitted a supplementary report titled "Actions to Improve Women's Economic Security and Remove Barriers to Economic Justice for Women in Canada."

June 14th, 2018

The implementing legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership was tabled today despite overwhelming evidence that this trade deal is a betrayal to Canadian workers, the manufacturing sector, and our supply management system. The CPTPP will put 58 000 Canadian jobs at risk and jeopardize both the auto industry and supply managed sectors. The NDP urges the Liberal government to put workers first during this difficult time and not accept this trade deal, which has a weak economic forecast according to the government’s own impact analysis. 

June 14th, 2018

NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay) issued the following statement:

June 12th, 2018

OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood—Transcona) and members of unions representing workers from federal nuclear plants are delivering over 1000 letters to the President of the Treasury Board. These letters are from workers protesting their removal from their pension plan. The NDP is calling on the government to reverse this decision and protect the pensions of these workers.

June 12th, 2018

On Tuesday, the NDP tabled a motion in the House of Commons which spells out how Canada can become a global leader in the fight against climate change as the rate and intensity of severe weather increases across the country.

June 11th, 2018

NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) and NDP Fisheries and Oceans Critic Fin Donnelly (Port Moody-Coquitlam) have criticized Canada's proposed Oceans Plastic Charter as it fails to respond to Canadians’ calls for action, and lacks concrete steps that will effectively address the root causes of plastic pollution.

June 11th, 2018

OTTAWA – NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier- Sainte-Marie) today called on the Trudeau government to withdraw its legislation on the Arms Trade Treaty, in order to work with the NDP and experts on a bill that would fully respect the Treaty. A vote is expected today to send the bill to the Senate. 

June 8th, 2018

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement

June 7th, 2018

According to a press release from the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA), Canada Post has quietly been building partnerships with private financial technology (fintech) companies. The NDP supports a postal banking system that is operated as a public service. Certain Canada Post locations now allow people to access banking services delivered by private companies such as Scotiabank-owned Tangerine and Paytm, a bill payment mobile app.

June 7th, 2018

OTTAWA – Recent revelations in Maclean’s magazine, about two seafood import companies selling genetically modified salmon to Quebec and Ontario retailers, are spreading alarm among Canadian consumers. In response, the NDP is calling on the Liberal government to impose a moratorium on the sale and production of genetically modified animals.

June 5th, 2018

OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) delivered a petition to the office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change just days ahead of the G7 meeting in Quebec. The petition, hosted online by SumOfUs, has been signed by over 105,000 Canadians in support of Johns’ motion, M-151: a national strategy to combat plastic pollution in our aquatic environments.

June 5th, 2018

OTTAWA – This morning, Sheri Benson, MP for Saskatoon West, introduced a bill drafted in collaboration with students that seeks to restore the independence of the judiciary by allowing trial judges to deviate from mandatory minimum sentences. The bill will give trial judges greater discretion in sentencing as long as they provide valid reasoning. The bill is also in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #32, which calls "upon the federal government to amend the Criminal Code to allow trial judges, upon giving reasons, to depart from mandatory minimum sentences and restrictions on the use of conditional sentences."

June 4th, 2018

NPD Critic for Sport, Cheryl Hardcastle, made the following statement:

June 4th, 2018

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Treasury Board Critic Daniel Blaikie will serve notice of over 200 motions at the Government Operations and Estimates committee; one for each questionable item in Treasury Board Vote 40. The new and unprecedented mechanism, usually referred to as “Vote 40”, would grant over $7 billion to the government for new spending without meaningful parliamentary oversight.

June 4th, 2018

NDP Reconciliation Critic, Romeo Saganash tabled a motion on Monday to have MPs vote to reaffirm their support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in light of the Liberals’ decision to purchase the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project with taxpayer money. UNDRIP includes the right to “free, prior and informed consent” prior to any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, including the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion the Liberals have promised to build.

June 2nd, 2018

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement:

June 1st, 2018

OTTAWA – Today, an arbitrator ruled that Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) do equal work to urban letter carriers, and acknowledged the wage gap between the two groups, siding with the methodology presented by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).