2016 02 05
Access to Palliative Care Should be a Right, Say New Democrats

OTTAWA – New Democrats introduced a detailed plan to improve palliative care for Canadians at the final hearing of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying in Ottawa on Thursday night.  ...

2016 02 04
NDP: Make democratic reform process truly democratic

OTTAWA —NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) put forward a proposal today to establish a representative and democratic process for considering changes to Canada’s voting system.  ...

2016 02 03
TPP Signing Sells Out Canadian Jobs

OTTAWA — With scarce public consultations and no economic impact assessments completed, Liberal Foreign Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland signed onto Stephen Harper’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement today in New Zealand. In the face of today’s signing, Freeland maintains the Liberal government may not actually stand behind their signature.  ...

2016 02 03
Adoption of NDP Pay Equity Motion: A Step in the Right Direction to Reduce Inequalities

OTTAWA — The NDP’s pay equity motion that was adopted today will help lay the groundwork for tackling poverty across Canada and ending discrimination against women when it comes to equal pay for work of equal value, say New Democrats.  ...

2016 02 02
Groundhog Day for Auditor General Report

Mismanagement with the Social Security Tribunal and at Shared Services Canada harms the most vulnerable Canadians.

OTTAWA – Today’s Auditor General Report revealed yet another 12 months of mismanagement within the Federal Government. The report highlights many problems, including an arduous process for disability claim appeals, and the failure of the Canada Border Services Agency to prevent illegal exports.  ...

2016 02 01
NDP: TIME FOR PAY EQUITY IS NOW

OTTAWA — Canada’s New Democrats will introduce an opposition day motion urging the federal government to do everything it can to tackle the unacceptable wage gap between men and women.  ...

2016 01 29
Letter from Tom Mulcair to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

On reinstating funding for the CBC/Radio-Canada

Dear Minister,

We are writing to you today following reports that your government may back down from its election promise to reinvest $150 million annually in CBC/Radio-Canada.  ...

2016 01 27
Liberals Use Pre-Budget Survey to Fill Their Data Bank

The Liberals are filling up their data bank these days. The Liberal Party website is asking the public for its say on the next federal budget—but when you complete their survey, you are asked to provide a wealth of information that will be used for partisan purposes and political fundraising.  ...

2016 01 25
Liberals Must Enforce Canada Health Act Across Country

To protect the principle of accessibility, New Democrats are calling on the federal Health Minister to intervene and enforce the Canada Health Act, which is being undermined in Quebec’s Bill 20.  ...

2016 01 23
NDP Designates Karl Bélanger as National Director

Karl Bélanger was designated National Director of the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Canada, Saturday.

A native of Quebec City, Karl Bélanger has a degree in arts and media technology as well as a BA in political science from Laval University. He joined the ranks of the NDP when he was 18 years old, becoming a candidate for the first time in the 1993 federal election. Over the years, he has held several positions within the party organization.  ...

2016 01 22
NDP: Cauliflower Should Not Be a Luxury Item

Along with many fruits and vegetable cauliflowers have become inexplicably expensive. Canadians are also seeing the same trend with skyrocketing housing prices and rising transportation costs. It was revealed this morning that the rate of inflation in Canada increased by 1.6% in December but families that already struggling to make ends meet don’t need official statistics to tell them that.  ...

2016 01 21
PBO: Liberal tax policy fails to fight inequality

Liberal tax plan will give nothing to 60% of Canadians and the biggest breaks go to the wealthy, according to a study today from the Parliamentary Budget Office. The NDP amendment to the plan would have instead benefited twice as many Canadians.  ...

2016 01 20
Trudeau fails to show leadership for tackling inequality in speech in Davos

Speaking to the 0.1% richest CEOs and celebrities in Davos, Switzerland, Justin Trudeau missed the opportunity to show leadership for fighting growing income and wealth inequality in Canada and abroad.  ...

2016 01 20
NDP STATEMENT ON POSTMEDIA CUTS

NDP Industry Critic Brian Masse (Windsor West) made the following statement in response to Postmedia layoffs across Canada:

“Following the announcement by Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey today, I am foremost concerned about the jobs lost and the people affected by this news. Our sympathies go out to these employees and their families in this difficult time.  ...

2016 01 19
Charlie Angus elected national caucus chair

New Democrat MPs elected Charlie Angus (Timmins—Baie James) as their National Caucus Chair and Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) as Vice-Chair today.  ...

2016 01 15
On TPP Liberals don’t think better is possible

Memo to Liberal trade minister Chrystia Freeland: this is Canada, and in Canada, better is always possible – especially when it comes to protecting jobs from a bad deal signed by the Harper Conservatives.   ...

2016 01 15
For-profit paid blood donation scheme must be stopped: NDP

NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, cites lessons from inquiry into tainted blood scandal

NDP Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) is calling on the Liberal government to adopt a national ban of for-profit and paid-donor blood clinics in Canada.  This comes after repeated attempts by a private, for-profit blood plasma company to open clinics in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan that would offer payments to donors.  ...

2016 01 13
Réunification des familles : les libéraux doivent passer de la parole aux actes immédiatement

Les libéraux doivent agir rapidement pour corriger le programme de réunification des familles. C’est l’appel qu’a lancé le NPD aujourd’hui en apprenant que les quotas de 2016 pour les parrainages de parents et de grands-parents avaient été atteints en trois jours seulement. Les trois dernières années, le faible niveau des quotas a forcé les familles à débourser des sommes considérables pour accéder à ce programme, notamment pour payer un coursier prêt à faire la file d’attente en leur nom.  ...

2016 01 13
TPP Puts Quebec Farms at Risk

Quebec dairy producers have had a tough year and Liberal government support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as negotiated by the Conservatives does little to restore farmers’ trust.   ...

2016 01 12
Break through the paper ceiling

Prominent Canadian women should be featured on Canada’s banknotes, the NDP urged today.

“It’s time to break through the paper ceiling and feature prominent Canadian women on Canada’s money bills,” said NDP status of women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith). “As we reach Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Queen shouldn’t be the only woman who is celebrated on our money.”   ...

2016 01 11
Nipigon bridge fiasco should be wake up call for north – Angus

TIMMINS — As a result of the Nipigon bridge failure, Canadians who want to cross their own country were being forced to detour through the United States. Although efforts are being made to stabilize the situation, MP Charlie Angus says the bridge failure is a perfect symbol of the growing infrastructure crisis in the north.   ...