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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NDP MP Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne-Blainville) has written to Industry Minister James Moore urging him to amend Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act.
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.
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.
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar issued the following statement following the release of an NDP report on corporate social responsibility:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York) introduced the Climate Change Accountability Act, an updated version of Jack Layton’s 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.
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.
Conservatives are using new tactics to derail the important work of parliamentary committees.
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.
Industry organizations, consumer advocacy groups, prominent environmentalists and food retailers agree that people have a right to know if they are consuming GMO’s.
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.
Tonight, the NDP will continue a long tradition of voting against the budget allocation for the Senate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.