2014 04 17
NDP asking Michael Chong to block Unfair Elections Act
Conservative Bill C-23 would deny thousands of Canadians of their right to vote

If Conservative MP Michael Chong is a true democrat, he will join the NDP in voting against the Unfair Elections Act in the House of Commons.

2014 04 17
Ethics Commissioner must continue Nigel Wright investigation
Full ethics inquiry needed into legality of secret payments

NDP Ethics Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay) wrote to Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson today, demanding she continue her investigation into secret PMO payments related to the Senate expense scandal cover-up.

2014 04 17
NDP wants an Open and Transparent Government

The NDP released its initiative for an open and transparent government today, which it will implement when elected Government in 2015. It lays the foundation for an open, transparent, 21st century government that makes information systematically available – not one that hides information from Canadians.

2014 04 17
NDP urges Minister Poilievre to withdraw the Unfair Elections Act

NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto–Danforth) sent a letter to Minister Pierre Poilievre today urging him to withdraw the Unfair Elections Act (Bill C-23) and work with all parties to draft a new bill.

2014 04 16
NDP asks Conservatives to refer the First Nations Education Act to committee

NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic, Jean Crowder (Nanaimo - Cowichan), sent a letter today to Minister Bernard Valcourt asking that the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (C-33) be referred to committee before second reading.

2014 04 16
Harper must help secure release of Canadian journalist held in Egypt

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today urging him to call on the Egyptian government to release Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his colleagues.

2014 04 15
Tom Mulcair calls on Conservative MPs to block the Unfair Elections Act
The NDP has launched a campaign to convince backbench MPs to protect Canadians’ right to vote

The NDP’s fight against Stephen Harper’s Unfair Elections Act entered a new phase today, launching a new campaign to convince Conservative MPs to vote against Bill C-23 in the House of Commons.

2014 04 14
More transparency needed from Conservatives after CRA data breach

With 900 Canadians’ personal information stolen from Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) website due to the Heartbleed security breach, the NDP is calling on the Conservatives start providing answers to Canadians.  

2014 04 14
NDP Condemns Sri Lankan Attack on Civil Society

The NDP is deeply concerned by the attack on international civil society by the Government of Sri Lanka

2014 04 11
NDP nominates Joe Cressy to build on Olivia Chow’s legacy

Joe Cressy will be the NDP candidate in Trinity-Spadina.

2014 04 10
Canada must honour commitment to help Syrian refugees

With the situation in Syria worsening daily, the NDP is calling for the Conservative government to honour its promise to accept more Syrian refugees, and respond generously to the UN’s recent appeals.

2014 04 10
NDP calls on Conservatives to invest in social housing

The cancellation of subsidies and abandoning of the federal financial commitment to social housing have prompted New Democrats to launch a campaign and table a motion in Parliament aimed at ensuring adequate funding.

2014 04 09
New Democrats call for emergency debate on Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Conservative government’s rampant mismanagement of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program prompted NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton-North Delta) to ask for an emergency debate in Parliament yesterday.

2014 04 08
NDP Agriculture critic tables bill to establish National Garden Day

Today, NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food critic Malcolm Allen introduced a private member’s bill to establish a National Garden Day. The Welland MP’s bill would designate the Friday before Father’s Day of each year as National Garden Day.

2014 04 07
Hundreds call on Minister of Defence to help Valcartier cadets

Hundreds have signed an NDP petition calling on the Minister of Defence to recognize and assist former cadets who survived a fatal grenade explosion at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier.

2014 04 05
NDP welcomes new National Director

The New Democratic Party of Canada is proud to announce that Anne McGrath will serve as the party’s National Director.

2014 04 02
Glenn Thibeault elected as NDP National Caucus Chair

NDP MP’s have elected today Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) as National Caucus Chair. They also selected Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) to be vice-chair.

2014 04 02
New Democrats move to make extraction companies more socially responsible

MP Ève Péclet (La Pointe-de-L’Île) has introduced a bill to strengthen corporate social responsibility (CSR) among Canadian extracting companies operating in developing countries.

2014 04 01
Debate starts on palliative and end-of-life care

Today, parliamentarians will begin debate on M-456, an NDP motion to establish a pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end-of-life care. The motion has strong support from medical organizations and NGOs that work with the sick and dying.

2014 04 01
NDP calling for Sylvie Therrien’s Reinstatement

The NDP is calling for better protection for whistleblowers in public office and for the immediate reinstatement of Sylvie Therrien, following her dismissal for having revealed the quotas that were being used to process employment insurance benefits.

2014 04 01
NDP cleared by Elections Canada

Elections Canada has confirmed that the NDP mailing program prior to the start of by-elections in the constituencies of Provencher, Bourassa and Toronto Centre was in full compliance with the Elections Act.

2014 03 31
NDP moves to stop Conservative abuse of government resources

The NDP is introducing an opposition day motion to limit the use of the government’s Challenger jets after revelations that the Conservative Party has been using the planes for non-official travel.

2014 03 31
Conservatives misled Canadians on CPP/QPP

NDP Pensions critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) has asked the Speaker to investigate whether Conservative MP Kevin Sorenson deliberately misled Parliament during debate on an NDP motion to expand the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans (CPP/QPP).

2014 03 31
Conservatives continue to fail on rail safety

NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard – La Prairie) is concerned that the Conservatives are giving themselves more control over critical elements of rail safety while failing to address basic safety issues.

2014 03 31
The NDP still fighting to save Canada Post

In order to bring the drastic restructuring at Canada Post back to the spotlight, the NDP held a press conference this morning to condemn the Conservatives’ new price hikes for stamps, which will bring the cost to a record $1 and affect consumers across the country.  

2014 03 31
Conservatives leaving municipalities behind

The New Building Canada plan will in no way reverse the infrastructure and public transit deficiencies that communities are facing throughout the country. The NDP is urging the Conservative government to take immediate action to ensure that the plan meets the needs of municipalities. 

2014 03 27
NDP sends complaint to Official Languages Commissioner
Francophone soldiers deployed in Afghanistan had no access to psychological services in French

In response to reports that French-speaking soldiers in Afghanistan did not have access to psychological support in their own language, the NDP has decided to lodge a complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages.

2014 03 27
NDP bill to encourage Canadians to buy locally-grown food

Eating “local” feeds our home-grown economy, and the NDP is asking MPs from all parties to vote for Bill C-539 today, following its second reading in the House of Commons. 

2014 03 24
Conservatives undermining public health care

With the 2004 Health Care Accord set to expire in one week, New Democrats are pressing the Conservative government to show leadership and work with provinces and territories to improve our public health care system.

2014 03 21
NDP continuing its effort to stop the Unfair Elections Act

New Democrats are devoting another opposition day to stopping C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act, which actually endangers Canadian democracy.

2014 03 21
NDP calls for suspension of military sales with Russia

New Democrats are calling on the Government of Canada to suspend its arms trade with the Russian Federation following the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

2014 03 20
Mulcair announces changes to the Shadow Cabinet

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following changes to the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet today: 

2014 03 18
The Government must ensure Canadians safety

In light of new information regarding serious vehicle defects that have led to several traffic accidents, NDP Deputy Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard – La Prairie) has sent a letter to the Minister of Transportation, Lisa Raitt, to determine when exactly she was informed of this and what measures she has taken to ensure the safety of Canadians.   

2014 03 18
The NDP places a complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages
Bilingual CRA positions eliminated

With the Journée internationale de la Francophonie on the horizon, the NDP critic for Official Languages Yvon Godin (Acadie – Bathurst) placed a complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages, criticizing the Conservative government’s decision to arbitrarily render formerly bilingual positions with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) unilingual.  

2014 03 17
NDP calls for accountability in Sri Lanka

New Democrats have proposed a parliamentary motion calling for an immediate independent and international investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the Sri Lankan civil war.

2014 03 14
NDP launches campaign to support Elections Canada’s youth outreach‎

New Democrats are inviting students and teachers to voice their concerns about the Harper government's move to end programs that encourage young people to vote. The Conservatives’ Unfair Elections Act, C-23, prohibits Elections Canada from supporting youth outreach and education initiatives like Student Vote—a non-partisan school program that encourages young people to participate in the electoral system‎.

2014 03 13
Conservatives stripping temporary workers of benefits

The NDP is outraged that the Conservatives are stripping seasonal workers of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

2014 03 11
NDP calls for action on Port of Metro Vancouver strike

NDP is calling on the Minister of Transport to take immediate action to address the concerns of striking truckers at the Port of Metro Vancouver.

2014 03 11
Secrecy on South Korean trade deal hurts Canadian industry

After a decade of secret negotiations, the Conservative government has announced a trade deal with South Korea while refusing to release its details.

2014 03 07
NDP seeking justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women

The Conservatives are once again failing Indigenous women and girls by issuing a committee report sanctioning their refusal to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

2014 03 06
NDP MP Glenn Thibeault wants action to protect credit card holders

NDP Consumer Affairs critic Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) has written to the Finance Minister urging him to compel credit card companies to honour their commitment to protect Canadian credit card holders when their cards are compromised.

2014 03 05
It’s time for action to reduce food waste: NDP

New Democrat MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier – Maskinongé) tabled a motion in the House of Commons to make reducing food waste a top priority.

2014 03 05
Mulcair announces pan-Canadian consultations on Unfair Elections Act

New Democrats will be moving forward with pan-Canadian consultations on the Conservatives’ Unfair Elections Act, Bill C-23, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced today. 

2014 03 04
Veterans’ families need Ottawa’s help to deal with post-traumatic stress

The family members of Canada’s veterans are in need of immediate assistance to help cope with the daily consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder, say New Democrats.

2014 03 04
Olivia Chow introduces bill to protect Via Rail

NDP Transport Critic Olivia Chow has presented a plan for the future of Via Rail with a new private members’ bill to preserve this essential service.

2014 03 03
NDP challenge Adler’s witch-hunt bill
Time to hear from the real beneficiaries of the bill: Penashue, Gerstein and Del Mastro

New Democrats are challenging the Conservatives to find one credible witness to support Mark Adler’s witch-hunt bill C-520, and think it’s time to hear from the real beneficiaries of the legislation—people like Peter Penashue, Irving Gerstein and Dean Del Mastro.