March 20th, 2018

Everywhere in Canada, people’s ability to travel freely within urban areas is restricted by railroad tracks. The lack of safe railway crossings remains a major obstacle to mobility and has serious implications for people’s safety. Today, Hélène Laverdière, MP for Laurier-Sainte-Marie, presented a petition with 2,300 signatures calling on the Minister of Transport to finally take action by installing new railroad crossings that remove existing barriers in urban areas.  

March 20th, 2018

Le Chef parlementaire du NPD, Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette — Témiscouata — Les Basques), a émis la déclaration suivante :

March 19th, 2018

To protect our children and prevent tragedies like the one that has devastated Athena Gervais’ family, the NDP is tabling a motion calling on the Liberals to hold an emergency study at the health committee to better regulate beverages with high alcohol content, caffeine, and sugar. The motion is also calling for the study’s recommendations to be reported back to the House by June 2018, at the latest.

March 15th, 2018

NEW YORK – Panelists at this morning’s United Nations Convention on the Status of Women reiterated years of calls on the Canadian government to heed international and court direction, and immediately reform treatment of Indigenous women in Canada’s justice and corrections systems.

March 13th, 2018

OTTAWA – While Prime Minister Trudeau keeps insisting his Liberal government “has the back of thousands of steel and aluminum workers”, New Democrats are calling on the government to actually get down to the business of shoring up our trade remedy system and putting in place real solutions. NDP International Trade Critic, Tracey Ramsey (Essex) and NDP Finance Critic, Peter Julian (New Westminster-Burnaby) have sent a letter to the Minister of Finance regarding the potential tariffs on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum to the United States. While these tariffs are now delayed, it is clear they will be used as a bargaining chip in NAFTA and that they could still be applied in the future. It is critically important for the Government of Canada to prepare for this action without delay.

March 8th, 2018

ESSEX – NDP International Trade Critic, Tracey Ramsey called the government’s signing of the revised TransPacific Partnership a betrayal of Canadian workers and Canadian values. The Liberal government released the text of the wide-ranging TPP only two weeks ago and upon signing the deal, 27 additional side letters (binding and non-binding) were released.

March 7th, 2018

After years of neglect by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the Federal Liberals are failing to provide protections for marine wildlife, like the Southern Resident Killer Whale population, and have let salmon stocks continue their drastic decline.

March 1st, 2018

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier- Sainte-Marie) is concerned by remaining loopholes in the Liberal government’s legislation on the Arms Trade Treaty following the adoption of amendments by the Foreign Affairs Committee.

March 1st, 2018

For the second time in four months, the Liberal government has voted against an NDP initiative to address the housing needs of Canada’s most vulnerable. The government first voted against an NDP bill to recognize housing as a human right, and today, they have defeated a motion to address Canada’s homelessness crisis.

February 28th, 2018

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government refused to take any responsibility on Wednesday in the House of Commons for the reckless implementation of the Phoenix payroll system. Instead of helping public servants affected by the disastrous system, the Liberals preferred to blame the former Conservative government and refused to offer compensation or an apology to Phoenix’s victims.

February 27th, 2018

Quebeckers who were calling on the federal government to crack down on tax havens and tax loopholes that only benefit the wealthy have every reason to be upset. Once again, despite the consensus in Québec, the Liberals lacked courage in demanding that web giants like Netflix pay fair share.

February 27th, 2018

NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, lamented Tuesday’s budget for refusing to crack down on tax loopholes for the super-rich and failing to make real progress into programs that help Canadians, like affordable housing and pharmacare.

February 26th, 2018

To mark the second anniversary of the government’s reckless implementation of the Phoenix payroll system; the NDP is calling on Minister Carla Qualtrough to do more than just say sorry through the media. It is time the government has the courage to act by compensating all those who have experienced hardships caused by the Phoenix system-including employees of the Miramichi pay centre. To that end, the NDP has tabled a motion calling on the government to apologize to public servants and offer compensation.

February 22nd, 2018

After weeks of pressure from the NDP, it has been reported that Canadian negotiators at the NAFTA table will propose the elimination of Chapter 11 investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions during a meeting with their American counterparts this week. This news comes before the seventh round of NAFTA negotiations are set to resume at the end of February.

February 15th, 2018

Alexandre Boulerice, the NDP Environment Critic, is proposing changes to the bill on the new environmental assessment process. The bill comprised of 364 pages contains a number of measures, but also raises many questions. It is therefore necessary to split the bill to allow for a thorough review of its impacts.

February 15th, 2018

In order to repeal an existing law in Canada’s Immigration Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), NDP Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Critic, Jenny Kwan, is tabling a private member’s bill to remove the discriminatory clause. As it stands, Section 38(1) (c) of the Act discriminates against people with disabilities by allowing for the rejection of an entire family of applicants if one individual has a disability or medical condition.

February 14th, 2018

This morning, the NDP Caucus elected Matthew Dubé (Beloeil – Chambly) as the new Caucus Chair, and Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West) as Vice-Chair

February 13th, 2018

NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food Critic, Alistair MacGregor, NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food Deputy Critic, Ruth Ellen Brosseau, and NDP International Trade Critic, Tracey Ramsey, made the following statement:

February 13th, 2018

Today, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced a bill to amend several acts that discriminate against seniors. The federal government currently denies surviving spouse pensions to the military, Members of Parliament, judges, employees of Crown Corporations, public servants and employees of the RCMP if the retiree entered a spousal relationship after age 60.

February 13th, 2018

On Tuesday, the NDP submitted its priorities for the upcoming federal budget, targeting growing inequality between the wealthiest in society and everyone else. NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, and Finance Critic Peter Julian unveiled the party’s proposals which include closing tax loopholes for the super-rich and investing the recovered revenue to lower the cost of prescription drugs for all Canadians.

February 8th, 2018

NDP announces opposition motion to give the government the opportunity to keep its promise on eliminating the stock-option loophole by including the measure in their Budget 2018.   

February 7th, 2018

Three decades of work by Indigenous Peoples around the world was recognized today when the House of Commons adopted Bill-C-262 at second reading. This bill will finally align Canadian law with fundamental human rights and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

February 6th, 2018

New Democrat Hélène Laverdière presents petition on illegal settlements signed by nearly 4000 Canadians.

February 5th, 2018

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Canada Post Critic, Irene Mathyssen, put forward motion M-166, calling on the Liberals to strike a special committee with the purpose of examining and recommending a plan for a federal postal banking system administered under the Canada Post Corporation.

February 2nd, 2018

OTTAWA – After the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled a fourth compliance order against the Liberal government, NDP Indigenous Affairs (youth) Critic Charlie Angus called on Minister Philpott to make public the funding gap the Liberal government has been ordered to correct.

February 1st, 2018

OTTAWA – Today marks the one-year anniversary of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s broken promise to make the 2015 federal election the last election held under first-past-the-post. In response, the NDP’s BC Liaison and Democratic Reform Critic, Nathan Cullen, stood with stakeholders to remind disappointed Canadians that they can put the issue back on the ballot box in 2019.