2014 11 21
The government must protect citizens from TransCanada’s misinformation on the Energy East pipeline

According to the NDP, TransCanada’s strategy on Energy East, which was recently leaked to the Greenpeace environmental group, shows the company is willing to go to any lengths—including spreading misinformation and manipulating public opinion—to get this pipeline up and running.   ...

2014 11 19
National Midwife Day gets unanimous support in Parliament

Today, NDP MP Rosane Doré Lefebvre’s (Alfred-Pellan) Private Member’s Bill, An Act Respecting a National Day of the Midwife (C-608), received all-party support at its 2nd reading vote in the House of Commons.     ...

2014 11 19
House of Commons adopts NDP motion supporting democracy in Hong Kong

The House of Commons today, with all-party support, adopted an NDP motion to support democratic freedoms in Hong Kong.

“This motion demonstrates Canada’s solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and their legitimate demands for genuine universal suffrage,” said NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre), who introduced the motion. “At this crucial moment in Hong Kong, I am pleased to see the Canadian House of Commons adopt this motion to support the democratic aspirations of the people of Hong Kong by urging restraint during demonstrations, respect for existing agreements under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle, and a responsible dialogue on electoral reform.”  ...

2014 11 18
Ontario endorses Tom Mulcair’s affordable childcare plan

Working with the provinces to create more spaces and reduce parents’ costs is central to Tom Mulcair’s plan for Affordable Childcare and we warmly welcome Ontario’s endorsement of our proposal.  ...

2014 11 18
Shameful backlog of cases at Social Security Tribunal

Today, Social Security Tribunal Chairperson Murielle Brazeau confirmed that a significant backlog of cases was apparent from the day the Tribunal opened; that she was first in touch with Minister Kenney about insufficient staffing at the Tribunal over a year ago; that there are no performance measures or standards currently in place at the Tribunal, and that it is currently not possible to estimate when the backlog – now at more than 14, 677 cases – can be cleared.   ...

2014 11 18
NDP MP continues fight to eliminate child poverty

With one in five Canadian children now living poverty, the time to act on this crisis is long overdue. Yesterday in the House of Commons, NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s (Scarborough—Rouge River) private member’s motion M-534 on eliminating child poverty was up for its first hour of debate. While the status of support for this motion remains unclear, the pressing need for urgent action remains constant.  ...

2014 11 17
Economic update should have been tabled in Parliament

NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) raised a question of privilege in the House of Commons today to decry the Conservative government’s decision to deliver Canada’s economic update in a room full of their friends instead of before the Parliament.  ...

2014 11 14
NDP criticizes closure of bilingual Service Canada centre in Winnipeg

The Conservative government’s decision to close the bilingual St. Boniface Service Canada office in Winnipeg will have serious consequences on Manitoba’s Francophone community and is another blow for la Francophonie.  ...

2014 11 13
Conservatives failing Syrian refugees

The inadequate global response to Syrian refugee crisis is placing innocent lives at risk, according to a new report which reveals neighbouring countries are completely overwhelmed by refugees fleeing ISIL and Syria’s civil war. The NDP is calling on the government to do more to help Syrian refugees immediately.  ...

2014 11 13
Conservatives’ discount diplomacy is a failure

The Conservatives are continuing their fire sale of historic official residences abroad without any long-term strategic vision. 

“International relations should be about long-term investment, not just making a quick buck,” said NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre). “This decade of diplomatic darkness under the Conservatives must come to an end.”  ...

2014 11 12
Budget surplus is the result of Conservatives’ cuts

The NDP will fight the ill-advised approach of the conservatives who chose to gut the fiscal capacity of the government to help people and to create and maintain good jobs in Canada.  ...

2014 11 12
No more excuses for Conservative climate change inaction

While the American and Chinese governments have announced a bold plan to slash carbon emissions, Stephen Harper’s failure to tackle climate change means that Canada is once again lagging behind global action on the climate crisis.  ...

2014 11 06
NDP unveils agenda for prosperous, fair and sustainable cities

After two-and-a-half years of consulting Canadians, NDP Urban Affairs critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York) and NDP Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) are introducing the NDP’s agenda for Canadian cities.  ...

2014 11 05
NDP MP secures support to make Remembrance Day a National Holiday

In the lead up to Remembrance Day, NDP MP Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest) celebrates the near unanimous vote of his Private Member’s Bill C-597: An Act to Make Remembrance Day a National Statutory Holiday.    ...

2014 11 05
NDP reacts to Governor Poloz’s comments on youth unemployment

NDP MPs responded to comments made on Tuesday by the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz, which drew attention to the weak job market where young people are increasingly being forced into unpaid work.  ...

2014 11 05
Howard Hampton appointed NDP special advisor for the Ring of Fire

After years of inaction by the federal and provincial governments, New Democrats are reinforcing their commitment to the Ring of Fire with the appointment of Howard Hampton who will act as the NDP’s Special Advisor to the project.    ...

2014 11 04
Record numbers relying on food banks under Conservatives

Shocking new numbers on Food Bank use shows the real price Canadians are paying for Conservative economic mismanagement and their failure to act on issues like childcare and affordable housing.  ...

2014 11 04
Conservatives let down consumers and small business

After promising to take real action on merchant fees, today Conservatives retreated in the face of opposition from Visa and Mastercard, ensuring Canadian consumers and small businesses will continue to pay more, and get less.  ...

2014 11 03
NDP calls for three major studies at foreign affairs committee

New Democrats are taking the lead at the Foreign Affairs Committee by proposing studies on some of the most pressing issues facing the international community: the brutal onslaught of ISIL, the aftermath of this summer’s conflict in the Middle East, and the democratic movement in Hong Kong.  ...

2014 10 31
Missing military uniforms and equipment a security risk

New Democrats are disturbed to learn from the Public Accounts report that thousands of pieces of Canadian military combat clothing and weapons have gone missing.  ...

2014 10 29
NDP introduces landmark environmental rights bill

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is proud to second groundbreaking legislation introduced by Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), an Environmental Bill of Rights to legally enshrine environmental rights for Canadians and the duty of the federal government to take action to protect the environment.  ...

2014 10 29
Swifter, more robust action needed on rail safety

Conservative government’s rail safety changes long overdue

A year and a half after the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, the Conservative government has finally decided to enact the Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) recommendations. However, the measures announced today should have been implemented years ago.   ...

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.    ...