2014 10 21
Conservatives should answer Malala’s call

Conservatives have yet to pledge to the Global Partnership for Education following June replenishment conference

New Democrats renewed their call on the Canadian government to provide funding for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) replenishment.

 “This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went in part to Malala Yousafzai, the world’s leading advocate for girls’ education. Malala and many civil society activists have asked the Government of Canada to make a significant pledge to the Global Partnership for Education. Now is the time to answer the call,” said NDP International Development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier - Sainte-Marie).  ...

2014 10 21
The fight to keep home mail delivery is far from over

Maintaining home mail delivery remains one of the NDP’s main priorities as it intensifies its campaign to save the services Canadians rely on and deserve.   ...

2014 10 21
Jean-François Larose betrays the memory of Jack Layton

The NDP caucus has criticized Repentigny MP Jean-François Larose for his decision to join a regional party.

 “This is a clear-cut act of disloyalty and betrayal of the memory of Jack Layton, along with the democratic choice of Repentigny voters,” said the Chair of the NDP’s Quebec caucus, Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières).  ...

2014 10 20
Conservatives and Liberals abandon belugas

Despite opposition from experts and citizens, Conservative and Liberal MPs have chosen to put the oil port project in Gros-Cacouna ahead of protecting St. Lawrence belugas – a threatened species under the Species at Risk Act. During a vote in the House of Commons tonight, they rejected the NDP motion to oppose this project.  ...

2014 10 17
Bird watchers are not criminals

The NDP is concerned that instead of going after tax cheats, the Conservatives are using Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) resources to intimidate a law-abiding nature group.   ...

2014 10 15
Minister Ambrose needs to inform Canadians on Ebola

The Minister of Health needs to answer urgent questions on how well Canada is prepared to cope with the virus given the rapid growth of Ebola cases worldwide.  ...

2014 10 14
Mulcair draws on his experience to launch affordable childcare plan

Today NDP Leader Tom Mulcair toured a childcare centre and announced his plan to create or maintain one million affordable childcare spaces across Canada. The goal is to ensure parents don’t pay more than $15 a day for a childcare space.  ...

2014 10 09
New Conservative hiring credit ineffective, wasteful: PBO

The Conservatives’ proposed Hiring Credit is an expensive, ineffective giveaway to corporations that should be scrapped, the NDP said today. According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Conservative Hiring Credit will create – at most – 800 jobs, at a cost of $550,000 per new job.  ...

2014 10 09
NDP rejects any future oil port project in Gros-Cacouna

New Democrats plan to use their opposition day today to urge Conservatives to reject all future oil terminal projects in the Port of Gros-Cacouna – the home environment and natural habitat of the endangered St. Lawrence beluga.  ...

2014 10 08
Muzzling of federal scientists worse than ever

A new report released today by Evidence for Democracy lays bare the widespread muzzling of public scientists working within federal departments and agencies.  ...

2014 10 07
Conservatives will miss their own environmental targets

The sector-by-sector Conservative approach is not working

The Environment Commissioner today confirmed what New Democrats have been warning for years: the Conservative government has failed to tackle climate change.  ...

2014 10 07
Conservatives continue to fail to protect official languages

A new report by the Commissioner of Official Languages confirms what the NDP has been saying: budget cuts are affecting bilingual services across the country.  ...

2014 10 07
Canadian parents deserve affordable childcare

There is an urgent need for affordable childcare and the NDP has heard that call loud and clear.

“In 2014, it’s unacceptable that many families have to pay more for childcare than they do for rent. The NDP is determined to propose a practical plan to address the needs of parents across Canada,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair.  ...

2014 10 06
Conservatives must ban genetic discrimination

As the American company 23andMe begins making health information based on genetic history available to Canadians, New Democrats are raising concerns that Canadians could face possible discrimination based on the results of these tests.  ...

2014 10 03
New Democrats promote clean energy

Today, New Democrats are gathering with experts to discuss how Canada can take part in the worldwide growing market for clean energy, which will top 3 trillion dollars per year by 2020. The NDP understands that developing Canada’s clean energy sector will stimulate the economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gases.    ...

2014 10 02
Response to unanimous Veterans Committee report is extremely disappointing

At the 120-day deadline, the Minister for Veterans Affairs tabled his response to a unanimous Parliamentary Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA) report on the review of the New Veterans Charter, and it is disappointing.  ...

2014 10 01
Pedestrian and cyclist safety: Ottawa needs to act now to save lives

Side guards should become mandatory for heavy goods vehicles immediately

NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard-La Prairie) is putting the heat on the Conservatives to make installing side guards mandatory on heavy vehicles.    ...

2014 09 30
Conservatives vote against making Question Period more relevant

The Conservatives don’t believe that Canadians deserve truthful, clear answers and have voted to kill an NDP motion to improve Question Period.

“By opposing our motion, the Conservatives have said to Canadians that the government doesn’t have to answer their questions regardless of how legitimate they are. This is quite disappointing,” said NDP House Leader, Peter Julian (Burnaby – New Westminster).  ...

2014 09 30
Cancer survivors deserve better access to EI

In the wake of a study showing that cancer survivors earn less and are less likely to be employed, the NDP is calling on the federal government to stop blocking Canadians who need income supports like Employment Insurance (EI).  ...

2014 09 30
Conservatives can make Question Period more relevant

Today, Conservative MPs will have the chance to listen to Canadians and vote to improve the tone in Parliament and ensure Question Period can also be known as Answer Period.   ...

2014 09 29
NDP to force vote on Question Period relevance

The NDP is using its opposition day to put forward a proposal to enhance the daily Question Period, make Parliament more democratic and ensure that future governments will not be able to use tricks to evade giving Canadians answers.  ...

2014 09 25
Conservatives oppose action on conflict minerals

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement following the defeat of his private member’s bill on conflict minerals:  ...

2014 09 24
NDP supports Canada – Korea trade deal

Today, the NDP announced its support for the Canada-South Korea Trade Agreement, Canada’s first trade agreement with an Asian country.

“Increasing our trade ties with Asia is key to ensuring Canada’s prosperity in the 21st century," said NDP Trade critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway). "South Korea is a democratic country with a complementary, high-standards economy that provides significant, strategic benefits for Canada.  While we have some concerns, we believe this agreement is, on balance, a good deal for Canada.”  ...

2014 09 23
The NDP pleased with government reversal on Port-Cartier correctional facility

All signs indicate that plans to close a wing of the Port-Cartier correctional facility have been thrown out. NDP MP Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan) has credited union representatives for their swift work that saved 50 jobs.   ...

2014 09 23
Nathan Cullen introduces bill to protect Pacific Northwest

NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) has a plan to protect the Pacific Northwest, and today he introduced legislation aimed at settling uncertainty and avoiding conflict around the future of the North Coast, and the threat posed by Enbridge Northern Gateway.  ...

2014 09 18
NDP calling on government to create a National Seniors Strategy

Today, the NDP Seniors Critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced a motion calling on the government to develop a National Seniors Strategy.  ...

2014 09 17
Champlain Bridge toll would cause traffic chaos

The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) has confirmed the Champlain Bridge toll would cause traffic trouble in the region. Meanwhile, the NDP continues to urge the Conservatives to find a better solution.  ...

2014 09 17
Conservatives fail Canadian steel workers, retirees

The NDP blasted the federal Conservatives today for leaving former Stelco workers and retirees – as well as their families and communities – unprotected in the wake of US Steel Canada filing for bankruptcy protection.  ...

2014 09 17
Conservatives must support Ukraine with more than rhetoric

With the Ukrainian President visiting Canada, the NDP is urging the Conservatives to put rhetoric aside and make concrete commitments to assist Ukrainians with the ongoing crisis in their country.  ...

2014 09 15
The NDP will press for a vote on the federal minimum wage

The NDP will be using its day in opposition Tuesday to attempt to convince the government to raise the federal minimum wage.

“After 10 years under Stephen Harper, Canadian families are facing urgent problems and need help right away. Reinstating the federal minimum wage is just one of the ways that we want to improve the quality of Canadian jobs,” said NDP Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie).  ...

2014 09 13
NDP government would reinstate the federal minimum wage

Hard working families deserve a decent living and this is the reason why the NDP committed today to restore the federal minimum wage and set a path to reach fifteen dollars per hour in their first mandate.  ...

2014 09 12
Conservatives give China control over investments in Canada

Quiet ratification of FIPA locks Canada into a bad deal for 31 years

After a two year delay, the Conservatives today ratified a controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China that will give China’s state-controlled companies the same protection under the law as private Canadian companies.  ...

2014 09 11
Conservatives failing to ensure drug safety

The NDP is demanding that the Minister of Health explain serious oversights in drug safety, including why drug manufacturers that repeatedly failed to meet safety standards are allowed to distribute their products in Canada.  ...

2014 09 10
Government announcement on dementia insufficient

Health minister Rona Ambrose’s announcement that the government is creating a research program on dementia this morning is good news, but remains insufficient in the fight against the imminent threat posed by this disease. Dementia will affect 1.4 million Canadians over the next 15 years.  ...

2014 09 10
NDP supporting minority-language rights

New Democrats welcome this week’s Federal Court decision, upholding that the CBC/Radio-Canada has a responsibility to promote the development of minority-language communities across the country.  ...

2014 09 10
NDP: Conservative meddling in CRTC hearings is inappropriate

New Democrats are urging Conservatives to stop playing politics with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearings after the Heritage Minister released a statement in the middle of “Let's Talk TV” consultations.   ...

2014 09 10
Conservatives to blame for closure of the North-South Institute

Today’s closure of the North-South Institute, Canada’s world-renowned international development think tank, is an enormous loss to both Canada and the global community.  ...

2014 09 05
Employment grinds to a halt under Conservatives

With 111,800 private sector workers losing their jobs in August, Statistics Canada’s recent jobs report highlights the Conservatives’ continued failure to create jobs and lack of progress in addressing the precarious employment conditions Canadians face.  ...

2014 09 04
Offshore drilling in Cacouna: the NDP calls for an emergency meeting

The NDP is calling for an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to shed light on the offshore drilling TransCanada will soon be doing in the fragile ecosystem off the coast of Cacouna.  ...

2014 09 04
NDP reiterates call to Prime Minister to help injured children from Gaza

OTTAWA – The NDP has written to Citizenship and Immigration minister Chris Alexander demanding that the Conservative government agree to help with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s efforts to bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment.  ...

2014 09 03
New Democrats call for a moratorium on converting home delivery to postal boxes

NDP Canada Post critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) has called on the Conservative government to place a moratorium on building post office boxes that are set to replace home mail delivery across the country.    ...

2014 09 02
Northerners deserve better

Tom Mulcair kicks off Nunavut Tour

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is in Nunavut this week, talking with Nunavummiut about putting their issues first.

“We’ve learned that decisions made behind closed doors in Ottawa don’t work – Northerners deserve a partner that will listen to their challenges and work with them to find solutions, and that’s exactly why I’m here.”  ...

2014 09 02
NDP urges Health Canada to reconsider citronella ban

NDP Health critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) is urging Health Canada to reconsider its decision to ban citronella-based insect repellents.

“It’s not clear why Health Canada seems to be ignoring the scientists’ advice and putting a blanket ban on a natural product, leaving consumers with little choice. Many consumers have concerns with the other options that contain synthetic chemicals such as DEET,” said Davies.   ...

2014 09 02
Director of Public Prosecutions should investigate PMO staff

NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions to request he review evidence collected by the RCMP, and make a determination as to whether Nigel Wright should be charged under the Parliament of Canada Act.  ...