2016 06 14
NDP calls for mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods

OTTAWA — New Democrat MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke) tabled Bill C-291 this morning calling for the mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods.  ...

2016 06 14
Government must restore Palestinian refugee funding

Ottawa - NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier - Sainte-Marie) called on the Liberal government to immediately renew contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which helps Palestinian refugees in multiple countries. The previous Conservative government cut off all Canadian aid to UNRWA.  ...

2016 06 09
NDP calls for pay equity legislation by end of 2016

OTTAWA — New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to act quickly and introduce proactive pay equity legislation. New Democrats were reacting to the report for the Special Committee on Pay Equity in the House of Commons this morning. The committee was struck back in February after the NDP won the government's support.  ...

2016 06 07
NDP secures collaborative process on electoral reform

OTTAWA — New Democrats have secured a significant victory for Canadians in the process of electoral reform. The Liberal government has voted in favor of the NDP's plan to make reforming our electoral system a fair, inclusive process based on cross-party collaboration. The NDP motion establishes a committee to study future voting systems that represents all parties in Parliament and does not give an advantage to any single party.  ...

2016 06 02
NDP wins liberal support on democratic reform

OTTAWA — New Democrats have secured a significant victory for Canadians in the process of democratic reform. The Liberal government has announced it will support the NDP’s motion that establishes a committee to study future voting systems that represents all parties in Parliament and does not give an advantage to any single party.  ...

2016 06 01
NDP moves to begin historic reform of Canada's outdated, unfair electoral system

OTTAWA – The House of Commons will begin debate on an NDP motion Thursday to create a special committee on electoral reform, after eight months of Liberal heel-dragging and delay.  ...

2016 05 24
Dion must demand Badawi release and respect for human rights

OTTAWA – Ahead of his meeting with his Saudi counterpart, the NDP is urging Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion to challenge the Saudi Arabia regime on human rights and to demand the immediate release of imprisoned blogger Raïf Badawi.  ...

2016 05 20
NDP alarmed as liberals approve GM salmon

OTTAWA – New Democrats are alarmed by the Liberal government's announcement that it has approved genetically modified salmon for sale and consumption in Canada.  ...

2016 05 19
NDP forces reversal on liberal power grab

OTTAWA – New Democrats welcome the Liberal government's decision to reverse their lastest attempt to strong-arm Parliament.

At the start of this week, Liberals introduced Motion 6, a motion that if passed, would have robbed MPs of many of the tools they use to do their work and represent Canadians. In an unprecendent show of unity the opposition parties joined together in pressuring the government to reverse their decision.  ...

2016 05 18
NDP outraged as Liberals take veterans back to court

OTTAWA – New Democrats are outraged by reports today that veterans are yet again being fought in court by their own government that will deny our heroes their benefits. This comes after the Liberal Party campaigned on bringing back a lifetime pension for veterans.  ...

2016 05 18
Mulcair welcomes official apology on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru tragedy

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru tragedy: 

“Over a hundred years ago, 376 passengers boarded a Japanese steamship named Komagata Maru. Most of them were Sikhs from the Punjab region of India, searching for safety and a better life in Canada.  ...

2016 05 17
NDP welcomes government bill to protect gender identity and gender expression

OTTAWA – Today, Randall Garrison, NDP LGBTQ critic and MP for Esquimalt — Saanich — Sooke, welcomed the government’s introduction of a bill to add protections based on gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. The text of the government's legislation is identical to bills put forward in the past by the NDP.  ...

2016 05 17
NDP wants to make it easier for family businesses to be passed on to future generations

OTTAWA – Guy Caron, NDP Finance critic, along with his colleagues, Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Agriculture and Agri-Food), Gord Johns (Small Business) and Fin Donnelly (Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard) held a press conference to present measures to make it easier for family businesses to be passed on to future generations.  ...

2016 05 15
NDP selects time frame for leadership vote

OTTAWA – The Federal Council of the New Democratic Party of Canada met in Ottawa today to make key decisions about the process for the NDP to elect its next leader. Council has decided that the next leader will be elected between September 17, 2017 and October 31, 2017.  ...

2016 05 13
Liberals lacking ambition on international aid

OTTAWA — Earlier this week, the Prime Minister called the UN goal to spend 0.7% of Gross Domestic Product on foreign aid “too ambitious”. The Minister of International Development had announced earlier this year that her government wouldn’t meet the 0.7% foreign aid goal.  ...

2016 05 12
Radio-Canada, Telefilm Canada, NFB: where is the promised funding?

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May 12, 2016

OTTAWA – After new spending for Canada’s cultural sector was announced in the last federal budget, the NDP is disappointed to see that the latest documents tabled by the Treasury Board make no mention of this reinvestment.   ...

2016 05 10
NDP budget amendments to oppose $2.2 billion tax on small business

OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Small Business, Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) announced today that his party would introduce amendments to reinstate the small business tax cuts that the Liberal omnibus budget bill proposes to cancel.  ...

2016 05 06
Liberals must recognize right to housing

OTTAWA — Earlier this week, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) called on the government to support two bills aimed at including the right to housing in the Canadian Bill of Rights and implementing a national strategy for secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing.  ...

2016 05 06
Liberals must split omnibus budget to ensure proper study

OTTAWA – The NDP moved two motions yesterday with the aim of splitting the Liberals' omnibus budget bill to ensure that wide ranging changes to more than 30 different Acts can be properly studied by Parliament.  ...

2016 05 05
Liberals launch review to break promise on home mail delivery

OTTAWA — The Minister responsible for Canada Post, Judy Foote, announced today that her government won’t necessarily restore home mail delivery. This contradicts the Liberals’ promise during the election campaign.  ...

2016 05 03
Liberals refuse to protect our dairy producers

OTTAWA – Today, the Liberal government voted against an NDP motion to protect our dairy producers. The Liberals are therefore breaking their election promises and commitments made at the beginning of their mandate to require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.  ...

2016 05 03
AG report: mismanagement putting lives at risk

OTTAWA – Today’s Auditor General Report revealed yet another 12 months of mismanagement within the Federal Government. The report highlights many problems, including Canada’s reservists being treated as second class soldiers, chronic delays in appointment process leaving people in need hanging and a veterans drug benefits mismanaged costing to veterans health and higher costs for taxpayers.  ...