The NDP is decrying the Conservatives’ attempt to give political officials direct control over employment decisions at the Bank of Canada, the CPP Investment Board, and the CBC with their latest omnibus bill, Bill C-60.
OTTAWA – NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus has written to RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson regarding the troubling actions of former Stephen Harper top aide Nigel Wright.
TORONTO – Today, NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto-Danforth) sent a letter to Elections Canada asking for an investigation of Mike Duffy’s expense claims from the last federal election.
TIMMINS – NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins--James Bay) has written to the Senate Ethics Officer Lyse Ricard asking for an investigation into accusations of a ‘cash-for-repayment’ scheme involving Mike Duffy and the Prime Minister’s Office.
OTTAWA – Revelations about an alleged cash-for-repayment scheme developed by Mike Duffy and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright are proof that an independent investigation is needed into the Senate spending scandal, according to the NDP.
OTTAWA – With recent confirmation that Health Canada rebuffed oversight meeting requests from a chemotherapy drug supplier, and then attempted to blame the provinces, the NDP is asking the Conservatives to stop playing with Canadians’ lives and take action.
TIMMINS – Today, NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) released two letters asking Senators to publicly release legal opinions on the residency requirements for sitting in the Senate.
New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to finally take the privacy of Canadians seriously and investigate the decade long data breaches from government departments.
OTTAWA – Canada’s term as the Chair of the Arctic Council must maintain the organization’s focus on environmental protection and social development, said New Democrats today.
MONTREAL – New Democrats welcomed the recent measures adopted by the government of Bangladesh today to allow garment workers to unionize.
Official Opposition Treasury Board Critic Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac) sent a letter to Treasury Board President Tony Clement today demanding an immediate investigation into the possible abuse of public servants’ email addresses by the Conservative Party of Canada.
OTTAWA – New Democrats slammed the Conservatives today for making it harder for Canadian families to reunite with their parents and grandparents abroad.
OTTAWA – The NDP is concerned that the Conservatives’ overhaul of the National Research Council (NRC) indicates an alarming lack of insight about how science works and will hurt Canada’s science and innovation capacity.
OTTAWA – Ahead of tomorrow’s NDP Opposition Day, New Democrat Treasury Board critic Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac) tabled the following motion today in the House of Commons:
OTTAWA — New Democrats and labour unions representing workers at Crown corporations have launched a campaign against sections of Bill C-60, which grant the Treasury Board sweeping powers to intervene in the terms and conditions of employment for workers and managers at Crown corporations.
OTTAWA – New Democrats voiced outrage today after reports surfaced showing how the Conservatives were aware that their changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) were making it easier for companies to bring in foreign labour – at the cost of Canadians’ jobs. Despite the warnings, Conservatives chose to do nothing.
OTTAWA – New Democrats slammed Conservative changes to the National Research Council as narrow-minded and short-sighted. The changes will see the NRC focused more on immediate commercial science and lose the once-proud institute’s capacity in long-term scientific and innovation research.
OTTAWA – New Democrat Treasury Board critic Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac) tabled a motion in the House of Commons today to split the Budget Implementation Act (C-60) by removing clauses pertaining to the Financial Administration Act and collective bargaining between Crown corporations and their employees and referring them to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.
OTTAWA – Today, as C-42 continues to be reviewed by a Senate committee, New Democrats were joined by RCMP members' associations in arguing that the Conservative bill will be inadequate to rebuild public confidence in the RCMP.
The Conservative government should take advantage of World Press Freedom Day to withdraw its plan to interfere in the CBC collective bargaining process, said New Democrat Heritage critic, Pierre Nantel.
OTTAWA — New Democrat critic for Human Resources and Skills Development Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), tabled a motion in the House of Commons today to split the Budget Implementation Act (C-60) by removing clauses changing the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the temporary foreign workers program and referring them to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
New Democrat MP Christine Moore (Abitibi-Témiscamingue) tabled a bill today to support volunteer firefighters across the country.
OTTAWA — New Democrat Industry critic Hélène LeBlanc (LaSalle-Émard) tabled a motion in the House of Commons today to split the Budget Implementation Act (C-60) by removing clauses changing the Investment Canada Act and referring them to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
OTTAWA – New Democrat Treasury Board critic Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac) tabled a private member’s bill to strengthen the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act today in the House of Commons.
OTTAWA — New Democrat Finance critic, Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park), tabled a motion in the House of Commons today aimed at dividing the budget bill into several parts so that each one can be properly studied by the appropriate parliamentary committee.
OTTAWA – Alarmed at impending cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), New Democrats are today calling on the Auditor General to open an investigation into the agency’s ability to crack down on tax cheats.
OTTAWA — New Democrat Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) has tabled a motion to conduct a parliamentary study of the tragedy in Bangladesh and take action to prevent similar tragedies in future.
OTTAWA – Today, the MP for Burnaby – New Westminster and Energy and Natural Resources critic, Peter Julian, was re-elected by acclamation as Chair of the national NDP caucus.
OTTAWA –Today, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds—Dollard) was elected new Chair of the Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
OTTAWA – Conservative tweaks to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program are inadequate and fail to protect Canadian jobs.
OTTAWA – Conservatives have let search and rescue deteriorate to the point that Canadians’ lives are at risk. The Auditor General’s lengthy document also identifies serious gaps in government performance and monitoring, resulting in the loss of $29 billion in unpaid taxes and unaccounted expenditure of $3.1 billion in anti-terror funding.
OTTAWA – The Conservatives have once again filled the budget bill with measures which are not related to the budget. Omnibus 3.0 is the Conservatives’ third attempt to evade parliamentary scrutiny on their job-killing agenda.
OTTAWA – Following the Bangladesh factory tragedy, NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) is urging the federal government to ensure that Canadian businesses incorporate greater corporate responsibility in their business practises.
New Democrats are questioning the ability of the Conservative government to ensure Canadians’ safety, noting that for the second time in only a few months, American authorities are sounding the alarm on the bad practices of a Canadian pharmaceutical company.
OTTAWA – Today New Democrats expressed their support for Canada’s diplomats who have been locked in a labour dispute with the Conservative government.
OTTAWA – In the wake of the minister of heritage's visit to Library and Archives, New Democrats have asked the information commissioner to investigate the government's Code of Conduct at Library and Archives, in the context of her ongoing investigation into the muzzling of federal government scientists and experts.
OTTAWA – NDP Agriculture critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) is alarmed by reports that residue of an anti-inflammatory drug was found in meat destined for sale in Quebec – the drug is so toxic that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has a zero tolerance policy towards it.
OTTAWA – Official Opposition New Democrats Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) and Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough—Rouge River) have launched a national campaign to pressure the Conservatives to fully boycott the Commonwealth meetings in Sri Lanka unless an independent and international investigation into alleged war crimes are accepted by the government of that country.
OTTAWA – Conservatives must comply with the PBO’s information request on cuts to DND, New Democrats demand.
OTTAWA – In the wake of the Rehtaeh Parsons tragedy, Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair met with Nova Scotia Justice Minister, Ross Landry and the Parsons family to discuss a proposal for new legislation to criminalise the non-consensual transmission of intimate images.
OTTAWA – On the occasion of the NDP Opposition Day tomorrow, New Democrat Environment critic, Megan Leslie (Halifax), tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:
OTTAWA – Conservatives must pledge to maintain essential postal services for all Canadians, New Democrats demanded.
OTTAWA – In a move designed to urge the Conservatives to reverse reckless changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the NDP has launched a campaign to restore protection to all of Canada’s lakes and rivers, starting with the Canadian Heritage Rivers, by introducing ten private member’s bills.
OTTAWA – MP Alexandrine Latendresse (Louis-Saint-Laurent) is pleased that her bill, C-419, is progressing to 3rd reading in Parliament after being studied by the Official Languages Committee this week.
As part of tomorrow’s opposition day, New Democrat Aboriginal Affairs critic, Jean Crowder, tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:
OTTAWA – Canadian pilots are yet another group to suffer job losses as a result of the Conservatives’ mismanagement of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
Today New Democrats slammed the Conservatives for the $8 billion tax raise on Canadian, including consumer goods like bicycles.
OTTAWA – Negotiated behind closed doors by the government and containing significant gaps, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) has not been unanimously accepted, even among the Conservatives. New Democrats urge the government to inform China without delay that it will not ratify this agreement in its current form.
OTTAWA – Ahead of tonight’s vote on their Opposition Day Motion urging MPs to condemn tax hikes on consumer goods, New Democrats are requesting that the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology study the impact the tax increases will have on Canadians.
MONTREAL — New Democrats adopted a new preamble to their constitution today, as part of the federal convention being held in Montreal this weekend.
MONTREAL — Today, New Democrats have supported a number of resolutions aimed at building a clean and sustainable future.
Current President of the New Democratic Party, Rebecca Blaikie, was re-elected party president today by delegates at the NDP`s federal convention in Montreal.
OTTAWA — New Democrats tabled a motion in the House of Commons today urging the Conservative government to put an end to its Economic Action Plan advertising campaign and use these funds to put Canadians back to work.
OTTAWA – Even though they promised not to raise taxes in the 2013 budget, the Conservative government is imposing hidden taxes on Canadians, lacking sensitivity and judgement. New Democrats condemn these damaging tax hikes and the hypocrisy of the government, which is breaking its promise to Canadians.
OTTAWA – According to a new Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) report, Conservatives are simply shifting infrastructure money around instead of proposing a real plan to tackle the infrastructure deficit facing Canadian communities.
OTTAWA – Conservatives are hurting Northern Canadian communities and further isolating Canada on the world stage by withdrawing from the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS).
OTTAWA - New Democrat Defence critic Jack Harris today slammed Conservative plans to cut danger pay for Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan and the Middle East. In the face of public outcry, the Prime Minister’s Office has now indicated that it’s reviewing the decision.
Conservative mismanagement of the temporary foreign workers program is putting Canadian jobs at risk. To protect Canadian jobs, New Democrats are calling for an urgent overhaul of the program.
OTTAWA – New Democrats say the Conservative government took too long to issue an urgent recall for Alysena-28 birth control pills, putting women’s health at risk and increasing the risk of unplanned pregnancy.
As federal court hearings begin in Philadelphia to determine the merit of lawsuits contending that the NFL hid the risks of concussion-related brain injuries on players, NDP Consumer Affairs critic Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) is urging the government to take action to protect Canada’s amateur athletes.
OTTAWA –New Democrats are demanding accountability from Conservatives for their continued failure to bring an end to the billions of dollars lost through tax evasion.
TORONTO – NDP Official Opposition Transport critic, Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina), is pleased to announce that Shu-Pak, a Canadian manufacturer of heavy trucks, will be voluntarily installing sideguards on all of its new vehicles.
OTTAWA – NDP Veterans critic Peter Stoffer is pleased by reports that the RCMP is investigating allegations that the Veterans Review and Appeal Board leaked a former member’s personal information.
A study published last week by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates the urgent need to examine the issue of protection of personal information in Canada. As a result, 71% of Canadians surveyed believe that the protection of personal information will be one of the most important issues facing Canadians in the next ten years and 97% want to be informed in the event of a breach.
NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville – Eastern Shore) is pleased that a nearly five-year battle between the federal government and Canadian veterans is coming to a close with the approval of an $887-million settlement.
NDP National Revenue critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) is concerned that, instead of going after white-collar criminals using tax havens, the Conservatives have wasted $5 million of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) severely limited budget in an audit of charitable organisations that has essentially come up empty-handed.
OTTAWA – Canada’s current account trade deficit has ballooned under the Conservatives and it continues to worsen. Stacked up against 18 of the most comparable trading nations, including the US and Australia, Canada is at the bottom of the list when it comes to trade performance. And the trend shows things are getting worse.
OTTAWA — The Conservatives are trying to justify the gutting of employment insurance by using public funds for partisan purposes. Many Canadians recently received a letter from the government describing the changes to EI. However, by disguising the origin of the letter, Canadians instead received a partisan document from the Conservatives, said New Democrats.