January 22nd, 2018

OTTAWA – NDP International Trade Critic, Tracey Ramsey is renewing calls for Minister Freeland to be open and transparent with Canadians as the sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations takes place in Montreal. Ramsey has put forward a motion to the Standing Committee on International Trade inviting the Minister to share the government’s contingency plans if President Trump decides to withdraw from the talks and the free trade agreement.

January 18th, 2018

New Democrats welcome yesterday’s decision by the BC Supreme Court which ruled that indefinite solitary confinement is unconstitutional in federal prisons across Canada. Advocacy groups successfully argued in court that this practice constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and violates the Charter-protected rights to life, security of the person, and equality under the law, since the practice discriminates against mentally ill and Indigenous prisoners.

January 17th, 2018

OTTAWA — New Democrats welcome today’s announcement that the government will establish a new office of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise. However, we are concerned that the structure of this new office may not meet the standards promised by the Liberals during the last election.

January 11th, 2018

OTTAWA – In light of recent news reports, NDP International Trade Critic, Tracey Ramsey is once again renewing calls for transparency from the Liberal government on the status of NAFTA trade renegotiations. The Liberal government must be upfront on how they plan to directly support Canadian businesses and workers if the deal collapses.

January 10th, 2018

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Innovation Critic Brian Masse is calling on the Parliamentary Committee on Industry Science and Technology (INDU) to study the recent Apple iPhone battery scandal. Apple recently acknowledged that the performance of the iPhone 6 or older was deliberately slowed down in a recent Operating System software update.

January 10th, 2018

TIMMINS - The NDP is calling on Minister Bennett to come clean over her department’s ongoing vendetta against survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School. Justice Paul Perrell in a January 4th Ontario Superior court ruling stated that the government’s tactic of going after two St. Anne’s Residential School survivors for court costs amounts to a “settling of scores.”

December 19th, 2017

JONQUIÈRE —  Yesterday, Carla Qualtrough, the Minister responsible for Canada Post, indicated that her response to two reports she received a year ago – including one from the all-party Government Operations Committee recommending restoring door-to-door delivery – will once again be postponed.

December 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – Two years after the Trudeau Liberals made a commitment to a pension for life, the Liberal government today announced that injured veterans would have to wait almost two more years to receive any “new” benefits. The Liberals plan replaces and repackages existing awards and it is unclear at this point if there is any new money for disabled veterans.

December 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, the United States’ Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, which put in place net neutrality protections for consumers. The NDP is calling on the Liberal government to commit to maintaining net neutrality and to commit to refusing changes in trade negotiations with the United States.

December 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Liberal government repeatedly promised it would announce its long-awaited new pension plan for injured veterans before the end of 2017 and with the Parliamentary session over, veterans are left to wonder when the new pension plan will be released.  With two weeks left before the new year, the Liberals continue to make our veterans wait.

December 13th, 2017

OTTAWA – The NDP is renewing calls to the Liberal government to end their ongoing attempt to obstruct the rights of survivors of the notorious St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany, Ontario. Survivors have been forced to go back to Superior Court in an attempt to end the ongoing obstructions put in their path by government lawyers.

December 15th, 2017

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have time and again tried to portray themselves as champions for the middle class. But while they were busy fighting for their Bay Street friends, they have missed several opportunities to help everyday Canadians. Pharmacare On October 5th, the NDP tabled a motion calling for universal Pharmacare, which would have tremendously helped Canadians and saved the government billions of dollars. “(…) PBO estimates total drug spending under a national Pharmacare program would amount to $20.4 billion, if implemented in 2015-16 (Summary Figure 1). This represents savings of roughly $4.2 billion.”  – PBO Report, September 28, 2017 On October 17th, the Liberals voted against the motion… Tax evasion

December 12th, 2017

Accompanied by his Quebec NDP caucus colleagues, Alexandre Boulerice painted a disappointing picture of the work done by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government in 2017. The MP from Rosemont—La-Petite-Patrie criticized Quebec Liberal MPs’ failure to listen to their fellow citizens.

December 7th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, the Parliamentary Budget Officer has raised serious concerns about the Prime Minister’s commitment to end long-term drinking water advisories on reserves within 5 years. The PBO’s report, entitled Budget Sufficiency for First Nations Water and Wastewater Infrastructure, found that in the best-case scenario, the Liberal government would need to invest an additional $2.35 billion to meet its promise.