2015 04 24
Isabelle Morin moving up the ranks in NDP Shadow Cabinet

In preparation for the 2015 election, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has chosen to further strengthen his Shadow Cabinet by giving new responsibilities to MP Isabelle Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine). Morin will be the new deputy critic for Seniors – an important role in fulfilling the NDP’s promise to better protect seniors by returning the retirement age to 65 and expanding the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan.  ...

2015 04 22
Conservatives bend to NDP pressure on protections for interns in budget

On the eve of a vote on the NDP’s Intern Protection Act, the Conservatives finally bent to pressure and promised greater protections for unpaid interns in Budget 2015.  ...

2015 04 21
Conservative budget stubbornly spends billions on wealthiest few

“A cynical approach that fails to give cities the flexibility to get Canadians moving”

Canadians have been waiting for a Budget from Ottawa that’s focused on their priorities and the needs of the middle class – not just the wealthiest among us. After ten years of Conservative deficits and mismanagement, Canada’s middle class families are working harder and falling further behind.  ...

2015 04 18
NDP moves to protect BC Coast from oil spills

In the wake of the recent toxic fuel spill off the coast of Vancouver, the NDP is reiterating its call for the Conservatives to immediately reverse reckless cuts made to marine safety and will bring the issue to Parliament for debate in its next opposition day motion.    ...

2015 04 17
NDP calls for emergency debate on Wheat Board transfer

NDP MP Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) has sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons calling for an emergency debate on the transfer of a majority stake in the former Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) to foreign hands.  ...

2015 04 16
NDP demands a public review of Cirque du Soleil takeover

According to the NDP, the Cirque du Soleil’s takeover by foreign interests must be reviewed publicly.

“This transaction is subject to the Investment Canada Act; and the Conservative government has the obligation to ensure that this foreign takeover will offer a clear advantage to Canada. This review must also be transparent,” said the NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher).  ...

2015 04 16
Veterans denied access to care while beds sit empty

New Democrats joined veterans and their families to repeat their call for the federal government to allow all veterans access to Department of Veterans Affairs run hospitals and long-term care facilities across the country.     ...

2015 04 15
Outrageous sale of CWB another slap in the face to Canadian farmers

New Democrats are outraged that a majority stake in the former Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) is being sold to a partnership between US firm Bunge and a subsidiary of the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co.  ...

2015 04 15
Conservative inaction harming our economy

Today’s Bank of Canada decision to cut its growth forecast to zero is alarming and more evidence that Conservative inaction is harming Canadian families and communities.  ...

2015 04 14
New Democrats ramp-up campaign to reverse Harper’s coast guard cuts

Today, New Democrat MPs and candidates ramped up their campaign to reverse the Harper government’s reckless cuts to BC Coast Guard services.

“An NDP government will immediately re-open the Kitsilano Coast Guard base, re-open the Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centre in Ucluelet, and stop closures of these centres in Vancouver and Comox,” said NDP Fisheries and Oceans deputy critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam).  ...

2015 04 14
PM and cabinet owe $2.7 million under proposed balanced budget bill

The Official Opposition is calling on Stephen Harper to put his money where his mouth is regarding his government’s proposed balanced budget legislation. Conservatives have added more to Canada’s debt than any other previous government and should therefore reimburse 5% of their ministerial salaries for each of the seven years their government ran deficits.  ...

2015 04 10
Conservatives’ failure to prepare for oil spills putting Canada’s coasts at risk

This week’s bunker fuel spill from a vessel off the coast of Vancouver should serve as a wakeup call for Canadians. The Conservative government must do more to improve Canada`s ability to respond to spills in the marine environment.   ...

2015 04 10
Welcome to Panama Mr. Harper

The NDP is encouraging Stephen Harper to accept Arthur Porter’s invitation to visit him in prison, while the prime minister attends the Summit of the Americas in Panama, and tell him in person that he will be removed from the Privy Council and stripped of his “Honourable” title.  ...

2015 04 08
The Conservatives' death bed conversion to balanced budgets‎ rings hollow

The past has a tendency to repeat itself and the NDP is highly suspicious of the motives behind Joe Oliver’s plans to table a balanced budget law.

The Harper conservatives have broken records in terms of bad fiscal management. Under Stephen Harper’s watch, the Conservatives have tabled 7 deficits in a row. The Conservatives even registered the highest deficit in Canada’s history, putting the books at 56 billion in the red in 2006.  ...

2015 04 02
Victory for belugas and the St. Lawrence

TransCanada confirms it won’t build oil terminal at Cacouna

New Democrat MPs Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) and François Lapointe (Montmagny—L’Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup) are pleased that plans to build an oil port at Cacouna have been dropped.  ...

2015 04 02
All Canadians deserve access to affordable nutritious food

As the Conservatives have failed to ensure that Northerners have secure access to nutritious and affordable food, NDP MPs are again taking concrete action to fix the Nutrition North Program.  ...

2015 04 01
Conservatives talk out of both sides of their mouth on public safety

The NDP denounces the Conservatives’ hypocrisy on public safety. While they continue to talk about the importance of victims’ rights, the Conservative government is about to slash in half funding for an important victimization prevention program.  ...

2015 03 31
Conservatives creating a two-tier food inspection system

The union that represents federal food inspectors revealed details today that suggest Conservatives are failing to keep Canadian food safe. Internal documents show that staff at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have been instructed to cut vital, preventative safety measures as a result of recent budget cuts.  ...

2015 03 31
New report confirms Kashechewan at "intolerable risk" of flood catastrophe

As another season of flooding approaches on the James Bay coast, a new engineering report shows that it is impossible to assure the safety of the community.  ...

2015 03 27
NDP standing up for the CBC

The new cuts announced at the CBC – of which half will affect rural communities – reaffirm the urgent need to cancel the Conservatives’ devastating cuts to this Crown corporation, as well as the importance of ensuring stable, long-term, predictable financing to protect the CBC.  ...

2015 03 27
Time to renew Canada’s commitment to eliminate child poverty

An NDP Government will eliminate the stock options tax loophole

Speaking to a packed house at the Broadbent Institute Progress Summit, Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair announced that an NDP government will commit to reducing income inequality and will renew Canada’s commitment to eliminate child poverty.  ...

2015 03 27
Decision to end home delivery of mail a sham

An analysis of Canada Post’s finances has revealed that ending the home delivery of mail was completely unnecessary.

“Canada Post has been doing profitable business; ending home delivery of mail was an ideological decision, not a financial one. Today, we received unequivocal proof, after it was revealed that they made nearly $200 million in profits this past year,” said NPD Canada Post critic, Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie).  ...

2015 03 27
NDP amendments will kill Bill C-51’s dangerous provisions

New Democrats have introduced amendments that delete C-51 clauses which undermine Canadians' rights and freedoms, and add critical oversight.

"Testimony that we’ve heard has confirmed what we’ve said since the start – this is a dangerous, ineffective bill that should not be adopted” said NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca). "The NDP plan will protect both our rights and our safety."  ...

2015 03 26
The NDP will restore the retirement age to 65

New Democrat critic for Pensions John Rafferty (Thunder Bay – Rainy River) tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the Conservatives to restore Canada’s age of retirement to 65.  ...

2015 03 25
Ashton demands truthful information on missing and murdered Indigenous women

It was revealed today that the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs claims to have unreleased data from the RCMP stating that Indigenous men are mostly responsible for the murders of Indigenous women. The information shared by the Conservative Minister is not backed up in any report by the RCMP.  ...

2015 03 24
NDP scores a victory for our oceans, lakes and rivers

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) and NDP Great Lakes critic Brian Masse (Windsor West) made the following statement on the support of their motion to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers from microbead pollution:  ...

2015 03 24
NDP calls for pathways to citizenship for temporary foreign workers

The NDP is concerned that the Conservatives’ woeful management of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is destroying the opportunity for temporary foreign workers to obtain citizenship, while robbing employers of their experienced staff.  ...

2015 03 23
NDP moves to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers from microbead pollution

With their latest opposition day motion, the NDP is taking action to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers from plastic microbead pollution.     ...

2015 03 23
NDP calls for emergency debate on decline of Arctic Sea Ice

NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) has sent a letter to the House of Commons Speaker calling for an emergency debate on the alarming decline of Arctic sea ice observed this winter.  ...

2015 03 20
Conservatives must ensure consumer choice and protect the cultural sector

New Democrats welcome changes that give consumers greater choice and low-cost basic packages, but caution that the Conservatives haven’t explained how they will ensure that pick-and-pay doesn’t lead to less choice and higher costs for some subscribers.  ...

2015 03 19
Two former judges join the NDP to oppose the controversial Bill C-51

NDP leader Tom Mulcair continued his tour in Vancouver today along with two former judges, who will be candidates in this year’s federal election, all voicing opposition to the dangerous and controversial Bill C-51.  ...

2015 03 17
Scrap income splitting – invest in a stronger middle class

In reaction to the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report today, New Democrats reiterated their call for canceling the Conservatives’ wasteful and ineffective income splitting scheme.  ...

2015 03 15
Tom Mulcair presents his plan to build a better Toronto

NDP Leader to appoint a Minister of Urban Affairs

Before a large and enthusiastic crowd of supporters this weekend, NDP Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair presented his plan to support middle-class families and economic growth in Canada’s major urban centres – like Toronto.  ...

2015 03 13
Conservatives fail to stand up for culture

The NDP is calling on the Conservatives to stop ignoring the importance of Canada’s cultural sector in wake of CRTC decisions that could impact Canadian jobs.  ...

2015 03 13
Conservative failures stall economic recovery

With Statistics Canada reporting that unemployment is increasing and the economic recovery is grinding to a halt, the NDP is again urging the Conservatives to take immediate steps to boost quality job creation.    ...

2015 03 12
The Conservatives aren’t doing enough for railway safety

Committee report leaves out essential recommendations

The NDP is disappointed with the Transport Committee’s decision to throw out essential expert recommendations in its report on the review of the Canadian Transportation Safety Regime that was tabled in the House of Commons today.  ...

2015 03 12
NDP urging Conservatives to support landmark dementia legislation

NDP MP Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) is urging the Conservatives, including federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose, to support his landmark bill for Canada’s first pan-Canadian dementia strategy.  ...

2015 03 11
Partisan funding cuts: the NDP calling for an inquiry

The NDP will be sending a letter to Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner today, urging her to launch an inquiry into allegations that funding for the Jean Bosco Centre in Maniwaki was withdrawn after the Conservatives were defeated in the riding at the last federal elections.  ...

2015 03 11
Canada should take a strong stance on gender equality at UN Commission on the Status of Women

NDP Status of Women Critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil--Papineau--Mirabel) is calling on the Government of Canada to take a strong stance on women's equality at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women, ongoing this March at the UN Headquarters in New York.  ...

2015 03 10
NDP demands implementation of Fynes Inquiry recommendations

The NDP is calling on the Harper government to immediately implement the recommendations in today’s report from the Military Police Complaints Commission into the tragic death of Corporal Stuart Langridge.  ...

2015 03 10
Conservatives fail to invest millions meant for regional economic development and job creation

With the recent wave of job losses and the country’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government left millions of dollars sitting in government coffers, rather than investing the money in job creation.   ...

2015 03 10
Budget must make good jobs the first priority

With the CIBC reporting that job quality at its lowest level in 20 years, and that low-paying jobs are becoming the norm, the NDP’s opposition day motion calls on the Conservatives to make investing in good, middle class jobs the first priority of Budget 2015.   ...

2015 03 09
NDP MP celebrates protection for persons with disabilities

Today, NDP MP Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston) was proud to witness the coming into force of the spirit of Private Member’s Bill (C-541), that he first introduced in 2013. Thanks to his efforts, persons with mental or physical disabilities will now be protected from hate propaganda by the Criminal Code of Canada.  ...

2015 03 09
NDP presses Environment Committee to refocus its priorities

Canadians are demanding of their government an economy that is at once growing and sustainable. The NDP is therefore asking the Environment Committee to prioritize studies on the role of a protected and healthy environment within a growing economy.  ...

2015 03 05
Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of investing in Northern Canada

With the recent wave of job losses in Northern Canada and the country’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.   ...

2015 03 04
NDP promises to clean up Conservative mess at Canada Revenue Agency

Conservative mismanagement and reckless cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency have left taxpayers with inaccurate advice and inadequate service. New Democrats will work with small business organizations and consumer groups to enhance the system and develop a new culture of customer service ‎at the CRA.   ...

2015 03 04
Veterans with permanent injuries should not be subject to reviews

The recent decision by the Conservative government to change the requirement for disabled veterans to provide proof of their injuries every three years, instead of every year shows just how badly the Conservatives are failing veterans and their families.  ...

2015 03 03
Conservatives keep millions in their coffers instead of helping entrepreneurs in Quebec

With the recent wave of jobs losses in Quebec and the province’s uncertain economic outlook, the NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government decided to leave millions of dollars intended for job creation in government coffers, rather than invest the money.   ...

2015 03 02
The NDP will stand up for the CBC

The CBC/Radio Canada is at the heart of our identity as Canadians and an NDP government would protect its role as our national broadcaster.

“All Canadians are proud of the CBC/Radio-Canada’s unique way of bringing vibrance to larger cities like Toronto and smaller communities all across the country,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair. “Not only do they enrich local culture, the CBC/Radio-Canada creates jobs and helps keep people connected.”  ...

2015 03 01
Tom Mulcair’s NDP will strengthen the mining industry

NDP leader Tom Mulcair outlined his plan to support Canada’s mining industry in a speech to the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).  ...

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