2014 07 24
Conservatives cut EI benefits as unemployment climbs

A significant drop in the number of people receiving Employment Insurance benefits, even as unemployment rises, shows that Conservative EI cuts are taking their toll, according to the NDP.

2014 07 23
NDP hails CRTC move to examine ‘pay-to-pay’ billing fees

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is the latest body to respond to the growing outrage over fees that are charged to customers monthly just to receive their bills in the mail.

2014 07 17
Only the NDP provides defence for EI premiums

The NDP is the only party that is prepared to defend workers and their contributions to the Employment Insurance program, the NDP said today, following a Supreme Court ruling that EI premiums do not currently have to be used only for EI. The NDP has a solution to the problem: we introduced Bill C-605 to create a legal fence around the EI Fund to protect it from being raided.

2014 07 17
New Democrats call for independent investigation of CRA charity audits

The NDP is calling for an independent external investigation into allegations of intimidation and political interference that continue to emerge in connection with targeted audits of charities undertaken by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

2014 07 16
Long-form census too invasive, but social insurance numbers just right

As revelations surface that Statistics Canada has yet again lost sensitive private data, the agency is planning to ask Canadians taking the census to supply their social insurance numbers.

2014 07 16
Conservatives wrong again on Public Service sick leave

Despite repeated accusations by the Conservative government, a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Office has clearly demonstrated that the use of sick leave in the federal civil service imposes no significant financial costs on the government or taxpayers.

2014 07 11
21,000 private-sector + 11,900 public-sector jobs lost = Stephen Harper’s Action Plan
Latest jobs report reveals more troubling news for Canada’s job market

When it comes to job creation, the Conservatives have completely lost their way. Statistics Canada’s most recent report revealed that 9,400 net jobs were lost in June alone—and unemployment continues to rise.

2014 07 10
Conservatives hamstring external review on military sexual assault

The Conservatives have specifically excluded any examination of how the military justice system has handled sexual assault cases in their upcoming external review of sexual misconduct and harassment in the armed forces.

2014 07 10
Environment Minister must protect Western Chorus Frog

The Conservative government has a legal obligation to take immediate action to protect the Western Chorus Frog—an endangered species that’s being threatened by residential development.  

2014 07 10
NDP asks for more transparency over TPP meetings

The Official opposition International Trade critic, Don Davies (Vancouver—Kingsway) has written a letter to Minister Ed Fast to ask the federal government for more transparency in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

2014 07 09
$399 billion F-35 program in shambles
After years of Conservative mismanagement on F-35s, the only solution is an open and transparent tender process

Daily bad news for the Americans’ troubled F-35 program—including the Pentagon’s decision to ground the entire fleet—should serve as a stark warning to the Conservative government about their mismanaged process to replace Canada’s outdated CF-18 fighter planes, say New Democrats.

2014 07 04
Harmful Conservative cuts to refugee care overturned

Confirming what the NDP has been saying for months, the Federal Court ruled today that the government cannot continue to blatantly disregard basic human rights and that Conservative changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) constituted cruel and unusual treatment of refugees and therefore violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

2014 07 03
Resource development requires a Nation-to-Nation approach

The recent historic decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in favour of the Tsilhqot’in Nation means all levels of government will need to consider whether or not they’ve met the duty to consult or justified an infringement prior to resource development, says the NDP.

2014 06 26
Conservatives’ immigration bill jeopardizes citizenship of Fahmy and others

Despite assurances from the Conservative government that the Citizenship and Immigration Minister will not strip Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy of his citizenship, the NDP remains concerned about the repercussions of the recent Immigration Act changes on others who may be unjustly convicted of similar crimes abroad.

2014 06 24
Conservatives fail to fix foreign worker job loophole
NDP calls for review of all foreign workers coming into Canada

New Democrats are calling for an independent review of all the ways companies can bring in foreign workers, after it was revealed today that a loophole permitting companies to transfer employees internally is still allowing Canadians to be replaced by foreign workers.  This loophole was not closed by any of the inadequate changes the Conservatives announced for the Temporary Foreign Worker program last week.

2014 06 24
NDP calls on Conservative government to increase funding to Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
Canada has yet to reveal its contribution to conference beginning tomorrow

Today, New Democrat International Development critic, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Sainte-Marie) renewed her call on the Canadian government to provide increased funding at the second international Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Replenishment Conference, to be held June 25 and 26 in Brussels.

2014 06 20
Conservative reforms not enough to fix broken Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The changes announced today to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program don’t go far enough to fix it and show the depth of the Conservatives` incompetencein this file.

2014 06 20
Time for the Conservatives to sign the Marrakesh Treaty
This treaty would improve blind Canadians’ access to published works

NDP Industry critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale—High Park) is urging the Conservatives to stop stalling and sign an international copyright treaty that allows blind and visually impaired Canadians greater access to published materials.

2014 06 19
NDP calls on federal government to save First Nations maternal health program

New Democrats are calling on the Conservative government to reverse its decision to end the Strengthening Families – Maternal Child Health (SF-MCH) program for First Nations in Manitoba.

2014 06 19
Summary of session in house: the NDP forces the Conservatives to back down on several key issues
Dedicated work by New Democrats helps protect Canadians’ jobs and right to vote

The NDP had a positive session in Parliament and forced the Conservatives to modify their Unfair Elections Act, place a moratorium on hiring temporary foreign workers, maintain the passenger rail service in Atlantic Canada and cancel the iPod tax.

2014 06 19
Conservatives must amend digital privacy bill

NDP MP Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne-Blainville) has written to Industry Minister James Moore urging him to amend Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act.

2014 06 19
Risky Conservative pension scheme puts retirement security at risk

The consultation period hasn’t even closed, and it’s already clear that the Conservatives’ latest pension scheme is putting the retirement security of thousands of workers at risk. An update mailed to Canada Post pensioners reveals plans to shift greater risks to workers and retirees.

2014 06 18
NDP gets Conservatives to commit to supporting Canada’s cheese industry
The motion tabled by the critic for Agriculture, Ruth Ellen Brosseau, has been passed by the House of Commons

Official Opposition critic for Agriculture, Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) is thrilled that her motion, which seeks to mitigate the negative impacts of the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement on the dairy and cheese producers of Canada, was passed on Wednesday by the House of Commons.

2014 06 18
NDP releases corporate social responsibility report

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar issued the following statement following the release of an NDP report on corporate social responsibility:

2014 06 18
New Democrats release gay agenda for Pride season

Members of the NDP LGBTQ Caucus presented a package of initiatives today to help bring about full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Canadians.

2014 06 18
Canada should secure a hub for the yuan in North America

The NDP has written a letter to the Minister of Finance to encourage the federal government to secure a currency trading hub for the Chinese yuan in Canada.

2014 06 18
Conservatives must attract more American tourists

New Democrats are joining tourism industry representatives to urge Conservatives to invest in a strategy that will bring American tourists back to Canada and spur job growth.

2014 06 18
NDP wants to crack down on aggressive tax avoidance

NDP National Revenue critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) has tabled legislation in the House of Commons to enable the government and the courts to more effectively identify, pursue and convict tax cheats.

2014 06 17
New Democrats stand with BC against Northern Gateway

After Conservatives approved Enbridge Northern Gateway today, New Democrats committed to helping British Columbians fight the Northern Gateway pipeline, and to protect BC’s communities and environment.

2014 06 16
NDP reintroduces Jack Layton’s climate change bill

Today, Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York) introduced the Climate Change Accountability Act, an updated version of Jack Layton’s bill.

2014 06 16
Conservatives ram through flawed immigration bill

Despite widespread opposition from Canadians and concerns from the legal community about its constitutionality, Conservatives rammed their deeply flawed immigration bill, C-24, through the House of Commons today.

2014 06 16
NDP tables Intern Protection Act

 In 2011, 22-year-old Andy Ferguson died in a head-on collision when he fell asleep at the wheel, after working excessive hours as an unpaid intern at a radio station in Alberta. Today, his brother Matt came to Ottawa to support legislation the NDP tabled that would protect interns.

2014 06 16
Conservatives trying to derail committees with new dirty tricks

Conservatives are using new tactics to derail the important work of parliamentary committees.

2014 06 13
Conservative Social Security mismanagement leaves thousands scrambling

The Conservatives have grossly mismanaged the transition to the new Social Security Tribunal, leaving thousands of Canadians waiting months—without income—before eventually receiving a hearing.

2014 06 13
NDP call for GMO labeling gains momentum, widespread support

Industry organizations, consumer advocacy groups, prominent environmentalists and food retailers agree that people have a right to know if they are consuming GMO’s.

2014 06 11
New Democrats want BOIE to open its doors
NDP will also table a motion to push for an unbiased examination of all mailing programs

MPs from all parties will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their openness and transparency today, as the NDP will table two motions in the House that would open to the public the Bureau of Internal Economy and have the mailing programs of all parties be subject to an unbiased examination.

2014 06 10
NDP opposes budget allocation for the Senate

Tonight, the NDP will continue a long tradition of voting against the budget allocation for the Senate.

2014 06 10
How much bad legislation can one government draft?

Stephen Harper’s government will be forced yet again to defending the constitutionality of one of their bills – this time, C-24. On the heels of seeing their pick for the Supreme Court rejected, their Senate agenda ruled unconstitutional and several Conservative crime bills struck down, their competence as legislators is in question.  

2014 06 09
NDP moves against Conservative income splitting scheme

New Democrats will use their last Opposition Day motion of the Spring session to force a vote on the Conservatives’ unfair and expensive income splitting scheme — one that will have no benefit to 86% of Canadians.

2014 06 09
NDP calls for independent blue-ribbon panel on privacy issues

Following recent revelations about how often Canadians’ personal information is collected, shared, and lost, NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins–James Bay) sent a letter today asking Treasury Board President Tony Clement to convene an independent expert panel to make recommendations on securing Canadians’ privacy in the digital era.

2014 06 04
Conservatives continue to fail on exports

Today’s export statistics show an alarming $638 million dollar trade deficit in April. This is more proof that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are not getting results for the growing number of Canadians that are struggling to find good, family-supporting jobs.

2014 06 04
Conservatives finally listen to reason and cancel iPod tax
NDP pressure pushes Conservatives to back down

After months of intense pressure from the NDP, the Harper government has finally backed down and cancelled the unfair iPod tax that was passed in the 2013 budget. 

2014 06 04
NDP launches pan-Canadian food strategy
New Democrats unveil plan that will strengthen Canada’s food system, from farm to fork

Following through on the 2011 election promise, today Official Opposition Agriculture critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) and Deputy Agriculture critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) launched the NDP’s pan-Canadian food strategy titled “Everybody Eats”.

2014 06 03
NDP bill aims to protect infrastructure from theft
Bill will ensure clear penalties for copper theft

A Private Members’ Bill introduced by NDP Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca) will amend the Criminal Code of Canada to protect critical infrastructure.

2014 06 03
NDP tables bill to establish National Day of the Midwife

New Democrat MP Rosane Doré Lefebvre (Alfred-Pellan) tabled a bill in the House of Commons to declare May 5 National Day of the Midwife in Canada. The bill aims to show appreciation for the important role that midwives play in delivering thousands of Canadian babies each year.

2014 06 03
Conservatives have failed Seniors
NDP MPs host round table to release National Strategy on Aging

OTTAWA – Tired by lack of action from the Conservatives since 2006, Canada’s Official Opposition New Democrats undertook extensive consultations with seniors and stakeholders to build a National Aging Strategy. Today, that strategy was released to a round table of stakeholders.

2014 06 03
G7 Summit: the moment of truth has come for Stephen Harper
The Prime Minister must take advantage of the G7 Summit to ensure trade negotiations with Europe are mutually beneficial

Canadians have waited long enough. It’s time for Canada to regain its place on the international scene by working to foster peace, and by adopting trade agreements that truly create jobs and new opportunities for Canadians.