2016 02 08
NDP Statement on Expansion of Canada's Military Role in Iraq

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) released the following statement:

“The NDP believes Canada has an important role to play in addressing the threat that ISIS poses to the global community and in alleviating the suffering of civilians caught in the conflict. Instead of playing a military combat role, we have long argued that Canada should focus on stopping the flow of arms, funds and foreign fighters – including improving anti-radicalization efforts here at home.  ...

2016 02 04
NDP Statement on World Cancer Day

NDP Health critic Don Davies made the following statement on World Cancer Day:

“With the theme ‘We can. I can’, World Cancer Day 2016 will explore how everyone – researchers, family members, volunteers, medical professionals, governments and donors – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.  ...

2016 02 01
NDP Statement on Black History Month

New Democrat Multiculturalism critic Rachel Blaney made the following statement on Black History Month:

This Black History Month, New Democrats join Canadians in honouring the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. Despite their many achievements and contributions to our society, black Canadians are often missing from our history books and their sacrifices not well known or recognized.  ...

2016 01 27
NDP Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“Seventy-one years ago today, more than 7,000 prisoners were liberated from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp.

Today, New Democrats join people of conscience around the world in honouring the memory of the millions of Jewish men, women and children who suffered and were murdered alongside countless others because of their race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.  ...

2016 01 22
Statement from Tom Mulcair on the La Loche Community School Shooting

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement:

  I wish to echo the words of my friend and colleague, Georgina Jolibois, the former mayor of La Loche and the current MP of the area, regarding today's tragedy.    Catherine and I are shocked and heartbroken after hearing the news of a shooting at the La Loche Community School.    We send our love to the families of those who lost their lives, those injured and the entire community that has greatly suffered this terrible loss.    And I would like to thank Georgina for going above and beyond in supporting her community in the aftermath of this loss of life.    We may not have the words to describe what happened today but, no matter where we are, we can all feel the devastating pain in La Loche tonight.  ...

2016 01 21
NDP statement on Lincoln Alexander Day



NDP MPs David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre) and Scott Duvall (Hamilton Mountain) made the following statement on Lincoln Alexander Day:  ...

2016 01 21
NDP statement on Liberals’ rejection of citizenship for Raif Badawi

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière issued the following statement:  

"On behalf of New Democrats and concerned Canadians, I urge the government to reverse its decision to not grant Raif Badawi Canadian citizenship. Human rights experts, including Amnesty International, have been calling for Mr. Badawi to be granted Canadian citizenship in order to increase pressure on the Saudi government to release him and reunite him with his family.  ...

2016 01 17
NDP statement on World Religion Day

New Democrat Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière made the following statement on World Religion Day:

“Today, people around the world are celebrating World Religion Day – a celebration that brings together believers from all religions to foster greater understanding.  ...

2016 01 15
Statement by the NDP on Thai Pongal

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Thai Pongal:

Thai Pongal, or the Monsoon Festival, is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Tamil people around the world.

Here in Canada, Thai Pongal occurs during Tamil Heritage Month—a month to celebrate the enormous social, economic and cultural contributions to our country and to recognize the fight for human rights and justice by Tamil-Canadians.  ...

2016 01 14
NDP statement on the Orthodox New Year

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the Orthodox New Year:

“On behalf of New Democrats, I would like to wish a happy and fulfilling year to all those celebrating the Orthodox New Year today.  ...

2016 01 12
NDP Statement on Samar Badawi’s Arrest by Saudi Arabia

NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie) made the following statement in reaction to Samar Badawi’s arrest by Saudi Arabia:

“New Democrats condemn the arrest and detention of activist Samar Badawi, the sister of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. We call on foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion to condemn the arrest by immediately summoning the Saudi ambassador in Ottawa for explanation.   ...

2016 01 12
NDP Statement on 6th Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier–Sainte-Marie) made the following statement on the 6th anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti:

“Six years have passed since the earthquake that devastated Haiti in early 2010. Today, we join the Haitian people in commemorating the hundreds of thousands who lost their lives in this tragedy.  ...

2016 01 01
NDP Statement for the New Year

The Leader of the NDP, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement for the New Year:

“On behalf of the entire NDP team, I wish you peace, health and happiness in the New Year.

In 2015, Canadians expressed a strong desire for change. As the Leader of the NDP, I would like to take this time of renewal to reiterate my commitment to building a fairer, greener, more prosperous Canada.  ...