July 26th, 2017

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to fix the broken NEB process, and to meaningfully consult with Indigenous Peoples in order to develop a true nation-to-nation relationship. The NDP is urging the Liberals to fix the process after the Supreme Court of Canada decided today that consultations with Indigenous Peoples in the Clyde River case had been entirely inadequate.

July 21st, 2017

EMERSON – The NDP Critic for Immigration and Refugees, Jenny Kwan, visited Emerson, Manitoba on Friday to get a frontline account of the increased irregular border crossings since the US travel ban was announced.

July 19th, 2017

Saskatchewan MPs Jolibois and Benson call on the Federal Liberals to reinstate the STC in order to protect women in the province.

July 18th, 2017

OTTAWA – New Democrats are criticizing the Liberal plan to hold consultations on potential tax measures instead of acting right away to crack down on wealthy tax cheats.

July 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on Sears Canada to halt bonuses for executives and instead pay the severance due to laid-off workers. Consecutive Conservative and Liberal governments have failed to fix the legislation that allows companies like Sears to pay top executives a bonus instead of paying severance due to workers when facing bankruptcy.

July 12th, 2017

OTTAWA – NDP Ethics Critic, Nathan Cullen, has asked the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner to open an investigation into an arrangement between a Liberal Cabinet Minister’s Office and an industry group with deep Liberal ties.

July 6th, 2017

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to protect pensions and health care benefits of Sears Canada employees and retirees. This call comes after reports today that the company filed a motion asking to suspend $3.7 million worth of monthly payments to its pension and post-retirement benefit plan.

June 29th, 2017

OTTAWA – The NDP is making a final appeal to the Finance Minister to maintain the public transit tax credit. In the last federal budget, the government announced that the tax credit would end on June 30, 2017.

June 29th, 2017

OTTAWA – With NAFTA renegotiations coming as early as August, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and NDP Trade Critic, Tracey Ramsey, sent a letter to the Prime Minister today urging him to come clean to Canadians on his government’s priorities for the renegotiation process.

June 27th, 2017

New Democrats are renewing their calls to the Liberals to secure a deal on softwood lumber with a second round of duties coming from the U.S.

June 24th, 2017

NDP Multiculturalism Critic Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East) made the following statement on the Eid al-Fitr:

June 19th, 2017

While the Liberal government fails to keep their promise on transparency of tax evasion investigations, the NDP is proposing new legislation to help crack down on tax cheats.

June 19th, 2017

The Liberals have been in power for 18 months, and the government has yet to present a concrete plan to defend the interests of Quebecers. According to the NDP’s Quebec caucus, this government is showing a great deal of disrespect towards Quebec on a number of issues, particularly by rejecting out of hand Philippe Couillard’s request to have a conversation about Quebec’s place in Canada. 

June 16th, 2017

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the government to enact an all-party plan to protect whistleblowers after the Government Operations Committee presented a unanimous report calling for stronger whistleblower protection in the federal government.

June 15th, 2017

OTTAWA – On Thursday, Health Minister Jane Philpott was asked to explain why she misinformed the Standing Committee on Health that HIV organizations would benefit from $30 million of new funding when that funding does not exist in the budget.

June 15th, 2017

OTTAWA — Today, NDP Deputy Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Georgina Jolibois, tabled her Private Member’s Bill calling on the federal government to recognize and honor the Indigenous Peoples living in Canada by making National Aboriginal Day a national statutory holiday.

June 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Liberal government squashed an NDP motion on Wednesday that would have ensured only non-partisan individuals are appointed to be independent federal watchdogs. This follows a month of scandal involving the nomination of a life-long Liberal even though she admitted that, due to her conflict of interest, she would be unable to investigate the Prime Minister.

June 13th, 2017

OTTAWA – Today, many New Democrat MPs from Québec, namely Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît), Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières) and Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe – Bagot) are calling on the federal government to re-examine the legislation connected to water sports and recreational boating, and give more regulating powers to municipalities. Joined by the mayor of Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, these MPs held a press conference to remind the Minister of Transportation that municipalities have been demanding this for many years now. 

June 12th, 2017

OTTAWA - The NDP is seeking to change how Officers of Parliament are confirmed in order to better ensure that they can be independent of any political party. The announcement comes less than a week after the nomination of Madeleine Meilleur for Official Languages Commissioner was withdrawn amid criticisms of her links to the Liberal Party.

June 7th, 2017

The NDP will force a vote in Parliament next week to test the Liberal government’s commitment to nuclear disarmament in light of Canada’s vote against UN talks. NDP Foreign Affairs critic, Hélène Laverdière, is proposing a motion calling on the Liberals to commit to attending future meetings of the United Nations conference to work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons. With the second round of negotiations beginning next week, the debate in Parliament is timely.

June 6th, 2017

OTTAWA – NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) has put forth a motion to expand the Employment Insurance Act to cover spouses of military and Foreign Service personnel who are relocated abroad.

June 1st, 2017

Report slams the government for keeping only 28% of its promises to municipalities to fight climate change

June 1st, 2017

OTTAWA – After months of inaction by the Liberal government, the NDP is welcoming today’s announcement of an $867 million support package, while also urging the government to fight the unfair U.S. tariffs and find a long-term resolution that protects jobs and reflects Canada’s regional differences.

June 1st, 2017

OTTAWA – New Democrats are stunned that the Liberal government, who has undergone months of scandal for shady cash-for-access fundraisers, introduce legislation that fails to place any limits on this unsavory practice.   “This bill does absolutely nothing to limit the use of Liberal cash-for-access fundraisers,” said NDP Ethics Critic, Nathan Cullen. “The Liberals are waiving a sign to their wealthy donors that says their government remains open for business of selling influence.”    The Liberal bill simply adds modest measures requiring the publication of these fundraisers that have been frequented by millionaires seeking approval of various schemes. The bill also preserves the Liberal's 'Laurier Club,' which allows wealthy individuals to donate $1,500 at Liberal Party conventions and in exchange get private and undocumented access to various Cabinet Ministers and even the Prime Minister.   “The Liberals are clearly more interested in protecting their millionaire donor club, than actually cleaning up these shady fundraisers,” said Cullen. “Even the Conservative Party of Dean Del Mastro and Mike Duffy refused to get into the business of selling time with Ministers, who control the government’s purse strings, in order to fill their political coffers.”   Additionally the bill fails to include a single recommendation from the Ethics Committee who looked studied the current laws governing political fundraising.