2014 10 25
Statement by Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair on the Islamic New Year

The leader of the New Democratic Party made the following statement on the Islamic New Year:

“The beginning of the new Islamic year is a commemoration of the moment that the prophet Mohammed left mecca with a handful of disciples to escape persecution and to found a pious community in which all citizens would be equal.    ...

2014 10 23
Statement on arrest in Halifax

NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie made the following statement:

 After yesterday’s tragic and traumatic events in Ottawa, this news is especially disturbing. However, it demonstrates that our law enforcement and first responders are on high alert across our country, and are ready to take swift action in order to protect the safety of Canadians.  On behalf of the NDP, I extend my sincere gratitude to these women and men.  ...

2014 10 22
NDP statement on shooting at Parliament Hill and War Memorial

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair's Principal Secretary, Karl Bélanger, made the following statement:

 “This morning’s horrifying attack has shocked all Canadians and shattered the peace of our nation’s capital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier killed and the people who were injured, and we are deeply grateful for the soldiers and law enforcement officials who quickly and courageously protected the public today.  ...

2014 10 20
Statement by Tarik Brahmi following the hit-and-run in Saint-Jean

Saint-Jean MP, Tarik Brahmi, made the following statement in response to the hit-and-run involving two military personnel in his riding:

“This was a tragic event and my thoughts go out to the two military officers who were injured in this hit-and-run, along with their families. I wish them both a speedy recovery. The allegations surrounding this hit-and-run are very serious and I have complete faith that the Sûreté du Québec investigators will shed light on the full set of circumstances surrounding this event. In the meantime, let’s allow the police to do their work and avoid jumping to conclusions.”  ...

2014 10 19
Statement on the Alberta NDP Leadership results

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement regarding the Alberta NDP leadership results:

"On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats I extend sincere congratulations to Rachel Notley on her election as leader of the Alberta NDP. 

New Democrats have deep roots in Alberta and I’m looking forward to working with Rachel Notley as we unite progressives to build a greener, more prosperous Canada where no one is left behind."  ...

2014 10 18
Statement by Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair on Persons Day

The leader of the New Democratic Party made the following statement on Persons Day:

“Every year, the New Democratic Party commemorates the landmark “Persons” Case and remembers the work of pioneers of women’s equality in Canada.  ...

2014 10 17
NDP statement on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

New Democrat critic for Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims (Newton–North Delta) made the following statement on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:  ...

2014 10 16
NDP statement on World Food Day

Official Opposition Agriculture critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) made the following statement on World Food Day:

“Ensuring that Canadians have healthy, affordable food is a national priority. Close to 850,000 Canadians visit a food bank every month and over 1 million children in Canada experience food insecurity.  ...

2014 10 15
Statement by the Official Opposition on Citizenship Week

The Official Opposition’s Citizenship and Immigration critic, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds-Dollard), made the following statement on Citizenship Week:  ...

2014 10 13
Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on Thanksgiving

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark Thanksgiving Day:

“Today is an occasion for families and friends to come together in Thanksgiving.  ...

2014 10 10
Statement by the NDP on World Mental Health Day

Official Opposition Health Critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) made the following statement to mark World Mental Health Day:

“On World Mental Health Day, New Democrats stand in solidarity with Canadians affected by mental illness. We also salute their loved ones who stand by them and provide important support during difficult times.  ...

2014 10 07
Statement from NDP leader Tom Mulcair on Conservative motion on Iraq

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, has issued the following statement in reaction to the passage of the Conservative motion on the war in Iraq:  ...

2014 10 03
NDP condemns destruction of Armenian memorial and church in Syria

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement regarding the destruction of the Holy Martyrs Church in Deir ez-Zor, Syria:  ...

2014 10 03
Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Yom Kippur

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark Yom Kippur:

“Tonight, members of the Jewish faith in Canada and around the world will gather to observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  ...

2014 10 03
Statement from the leader of the Official Opposition for Eid al-Adha

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark Eid al-Adha:

“Eid Mubarak!

On this very special day of Eid al-Adha, I wish you all—including the many participating in the holy pilgrimage of Hajj—peace, love and happiness.  ...

2014 10 01
Statement by the NDP on National Seniors' Day

The Official Opposition’s Critic for Seniors, Irene Mathyssen (London – Fanshawe), made the following statement to mark National Seniors’ Day:

“On National Seniors’ Day, we honour the women and men who built this country. Canada’s seniors made incredible sacrifices to defend our values and worked to create the institutions and services we all benefit from. Many seniors continue to give back to their communities by dedicating countless hours to volunteer work in their communities.  ...

2014 10 01
Statement by the NDP to mark Women’s History Month

Official Opposition Status of Women’s critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement to mark Women’s History Month:

“During Women’s History Month, we join with many to celebrate the women who have been changing our world.  ...

2014 09 29
NDP calls on government to support rights and freedoms in Hong Kong

Official Opposition Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the situation in Hong Kong:      ...

2014 09 25
Official Opposition statement on Franco-Ontarian Day

Official Opposition critic for Official Languages Yvon Godin (Acadie-Bathurst) made the following statement on Franco-Ontarian Day:

“On this Franco-Ontarian Day, New Democrats will be celebrating the strength and vitality of this Francophone community, which fought long and hard to secure its rights as a people.  ...

2014 09 24
Statement of the leader of the Official Opposition on Rosh Hashanah

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on Rosh Hashanah:

"At this start of the Jewish High Holidays, I would like to offer my best wishes to all those who will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year that begins today at sunset.  ...

2014 09 23
NDP statement on Gilles Latulippe’s death

Official Opposition Heritage critic Pierre Nantel made the following statement on the passing of Gilles Latulippe:

"A figurehead of Quebec popular culture, Gilles Latulippe touched the imagination of generations of Quebecers and always knew how to make us laugh. With his immense talent, he set the foundation for the golden age of comedy in Quebec.  ...

2014 09 21
Statement by the Official Opposition on World Alzheimer’s Day

Official Opposition Health critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) made the following statement on World Alzheimer’s Day:

“Alzheimer’s and related diseases affect 747,000 Canadians – a number that is expected to double over the next 15 years if nothing is done.

“While the Health Minister finally announced a research initiative in early September, the fight against this disease requires a much larger commitment.  Alzheimer’s will remain a serious health concern without more federal investment and real leadership. Like the Alzheimer Society, the NDP has been calling for years for a national strategy on dementia.”  ...

2014 09 21
Statement by the Official Opposition on the International Day of Peace

Official Opposition Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa-Centre) made the following statement on the International Day of Peace:

“In view of the violence that is currently gripping the planet, this International Day of Peace is a good reminder that our work to promote peace is more important than ever.  ...

2014 09 19
New Democrats celebrate Democracy Week, call for change

The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement for Democracy Week:

“On Democracy Week, Canadians from coast to coast have had an opportunity to celebrate our democracy, and to promote the civic engagement and education that keep it strong.   ...

2014 09 18
Statement by the Official Opposition on the rejection of its motion on the federal minimum wage

Official Opposition Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement after his motion on the federal minimum wage was thrown out:  ...

2014 09 16
Statement on Canadian military deployment to Iraq

The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement today:

"Tonight's emergency debate on Canada's military involvement in Iraq must be followed by a parliamentary vote on a clear motion that outlines the details of Canada’s commitment.  ...

2014 09 11
Statement by the Official Opposition on the Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks

The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement in remembrance of the September 11th terrorist attacks:

"It is with great sadness that New Democrats commemorate the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States that shocked the world on September 11, 2001.  ...

2014 09 10
Statement by the NDP on the video testimonial of deceased foreign worker, Ivan Guerrero

In the wake of a video testimonial from Ivan Guerrero, a temporary foreign worker who accidentally drowned at a Quebec farm in May, NDP Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims (Newton—New Delta) made the following statement:

“I was heartbroken to read the video transcript released by Radio-Canada, in which Mr. Guerrero describes his time as a vegetable picker here in Canada. To hear that this man felt like he was someone’s dog, and then to know he died as a result of an attempt to complete work outside of his job description, illustrates the great potential for abuse that exists within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.  ...

2014 09 03
Statement from the NDP on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza

The official opposition International Development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) made the following statement about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza:

“Following weeks of fighting devastating civilian communities in Gaza, humanitarian relief is urgently needed. With a ceasefire agreement in place, Canada now has an opportunity to contribute to recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction, including funding for housing and shelter; reconstruction of schools, hospitals, water and sewage facilities; and provision of social services, including education and other ‎support for children affected by the conflict.   ...

2014 09 01
Statement by the Official Opposition on Labour Day

Official Opposition Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement regarding Labour Day:

“On this Labour Day 2014, New Democrats would like to highlight the vital role that Canadian workers have played in our economic development and potential for innovation.  ...