2014 04 16
Harper must help secure release of Canadian journalist held in Egypt

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today urging him to call on the Egyptian government to release Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his colleagues.

 “I would ask that you also intervene in this case, and work with our allies to secure the release of Mohamed Fahmy and his colleagues. Canada needs to send a strong message to the Government of Egypt to respect human rights and defend freedom of expression,” wrote Mr. Mulcair.

 The NDP has repeatedly pressed the Conservatives to help liberate Mr. Fahmy, who has been in an Egyptian jail since December 2013. While the United Nations and U.S. President Barack Obama have called for the release of all journalists captured at the same time, the Canadian government has so far refused to do the same.

Ruth-Ellen Brosseau - Constituency Assistant, Permanent, Part-Time (22.5 hours per week)

 

Office

Ruth-Ellen Brosseau, MP for Berthier-Maskinongé

Location

Constituency Office, Louiseville (QC)

Responsibilities

  • Carry out a variety of administrative and reception duties  
  • Read, file, and distribute mail, faxes and emails, and respond where required
  • Assist other riding employees carry out their casework
  • Liaise with various community-based and governmental organizations
  • Monitor events in riding
  • Update riding databases and distribute correspondence
  • Represent the  Member at events and meetings, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and show sound political judgement
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communicative abilities (both written and spoken)
  • Strong research skills and ability to do casework
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work under limited supervision
  • Strong computer skills including internet research, Windows 7 and MS Office 2010
  • Knowledge of the New Democratic Party, the labour movement, federal government departments, and community organizations
  • Knowledge of Berthier-Maskinongé and riding priorities
  • University diploma (an asset)
  • Excellent French-language skills
  • Vehicle and driver’s licence required

Salary

$25.01

 (salary levels subject to clauses 12 and 21 of the collective agreement)

Closing date

April 22, 2014

Send application to

Hiring Committee, NDP Caucus Services,
131 Queen St, Suite 10-02, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6


or: NDPHR@parl.gc.ca


(office and position applied for must be indicated in subject line if e-mailing application)




Note: A collective agreement is in effect between UNIFOR (local 232) and the Federal New Democrat Caucus. A ten working day appeal period outlined in article 15.04 applies to this position. All applications will be received and held in confidence.


The NDP is an employment equity employer. Women, persons of colour, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons are encouraged to apply for this position. If you are a member of an equity-seeking group, you may choose to identify as such in your application.


We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted

2014 04 15
Beware of unelected Senators claiming to fix the Unfair Elections Act

The last people you can trust to fix elections laws are unelected, unaccountable Conservative and Liberal Senators.

Senators have finally released their widely leaked report on the Unfair Elections Act, and sadly the amendments in the majority report fall far short of any reasonable fix for this bill.

Here’s the top ten things missing from the Senate report.

  1. No power to compel testimony for the Commissioner
  2. Nothing to ensure the Chief Electoral Officer has access to party financial records and still allows for millions of dollars in tax benefits without a single receipt.
  3. Does nothing to reverse the ban on using Voter Information Cards.
  4. Still targets Elections Canada, splitting it in two, and severely limits its role in promoting voting.
  5. Nothing to restore the important “fail safe” of allowing voter vouching.
  6. Elections Canada and the Commissioner will still have to depend on the Treasury Board – and a Conservative cabinet minister – to approve their spending.
  7. Spending limits are still increased, allowing for more big money in politics.
  8. Winning parties will still get to appoint Elections officials in each riding.
  9. Interest groups and third parties will still get greatly expanded spending limits.
  10. Only slightly expands the requirement to keep robocall information, to just three years, well short of even a single election cycle.

Amendments to this bill must not just be ones that are acceptable to Harper's unelected Senators, all the parties should be on board when you make changes to the laws that govern our democracy.

We don’t trust Conservative Senators – the same ones that have been attacking C-23 witnesses – to fix this bill.

Stephen Harper must withdraw his Unfair Elections Act and introduce a bill that actually targets fraud, instead of a bill that targets voters Conservatives don’t like.  

2014 04 15
While Obama calls out voter suppression, Pierre Poilievre takes page from the Republicans’ dirty tricks book

In a recent speech at the National Action Network convention in New York City, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the issue of voter suppression and voter ID laws.

President Obama echoed Canadian election experts who point out that voting fraud is almost non-existent and there is simply no justification for introducing new, highly restrictive voter ID laws – as Republicans have done in the States and Pierre Poilievre and the Conservatives are doing right now in Canada.

“So let’s be clear. The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”
President Barack Obama, April 11, 2014

Sadly, the Unfair Elections Act is doing exactly what President Obama is warning about.

Conservatives persist in making bogus arguments about voter fraud, despite the fact almost all the irregularities investigated by Elections Canada are administrative errors. As a result, Conservatives are ramming through an unfair bill that could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Canadians.

Canadians deserve a government that encourages people to vote, not the opposite. Canadians deserve better. 

Digital Director

 

Office

Canada’s New Democratic Party

Position

Digital Director

Location

Ottawa, Ontario

Responsibilities

The New Democratic Party of Canada is seeking an experienced Digital Director to run ambitious online fundraising and organizing programs through the 2015 elections. The Digital Director will oversee the digital team and all outbound online communications from the Party. He or she will be responsible for email, social media, digital advertising, and list growth. The Digital Director will need to effectively manage within the Party, and liaise with other department directors; and manage the digital team staff. The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing the overall digital strategy; setting digital goals and metrics; determining processes, tools, tech, and plan needed to achieve those goals; executing the plan; and reporting back.

Responsibilities include:

  • Fundraising – executing the grassroots fundraising plan quarterly and over the next year
  • Acquisition - building the NDP’s email and social lists
  • Email – managing the calendaring, writing, editing, and approval processes
  • Online organizing – working with the Field team to communicate with top-level volunteers, and recruit NDP supporters to engage online and offline in support of organizing efforts
  • Web development – review the web needs for the organization and oversee implementation of updates and new tools
  • Metrics – ensuring all applicable digital areas have established KPIs, sharing metrics across management and team, responsible for measurement and review
  • Optimization – Overseeing tests to optimize landing pages and emails

Qualifications

The Digital Director should have experience managing people, projects, and products in a fast-paced environment. The candidate should have high-level professional experience.  Political experience would be considered an asset.

  • 5+ years high-level professional digital experience
  • Digital organizing and fundraising expertise, including running a national or province-wide digital program at the director or deputy-director level
  • Demonstrated experience running a data-driven program
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and implementation experience
  • Demonstrated experience of cross-departmental, and/or organization-wide digital support
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to NDP's values and mission
  • Bilingual, French & English
  • Preference given for:
    • Statistical analysis and reporting experience
    • Background in multiple areas of digital work (i.e. email, revenue, social media, design, development, etc.)
    • Digital testing

Closing date

April 25, 2014 12 noon EDT

Send application to

Please e-mail your résumé in confidence, with the subject line Digital Director :
Ingrid Caron, Senior Administrative Assistant – ingrid@ndp.ca.




While all interest in our organization is appreciated, only those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

2014 04 14
Conservative Senator Linda Frum (once again) attacking Elections Canada

Even a Conservative-dominated Senate Committee is now acknowledging the Unfair Elections Act has crossed the line of basic fairness, and is recommending amendments.

But we don’t think unelected unaccountable Senators, some of whom have been attacking non-partisan witnesses, can be trusted to fix the Conservatives’ self-serving Election Act changes. 

This morning, Conservative Senator Linda Frum was once again trying to explain her bizarre theory about Elections Canada creating an apparent conflict of interest through their monitoring of the integrity of the electoral system and by promoting voter participation. 

“In attempting to achieve a balance between these two different missions, the evidence suggests that Elections Canada has favoured its turnout goals over preserving the integrity of the process”

Conservative Senator Linda Frum is essentially accusing Elections Canada of allowing just about anyone to vote in order to pad voter turnout numbers! 

But of course there is no “proof” to back up the claim that Elections Canada failed to fulfill its duty to ensure the integrity of the electoral process. 

In fact, it is quite telling that Conservatives – who faced investigations and police raids as part of their In and Out scheme, as well as the fraudulent voter suppression calls traced back to the Conservative Party’s database – are the only ones questioning the integrity or neutrality of Elections Canada.

Furthermore, it is misleading and irresponsible to suggest that our electoral system is somehow failing. Harry Neufeld, an independent expert tasked with studying vouching during the last election found no proof of fraud relating to the vouching system.

Its been over a week since NDP leader Tom Mulcair challenged the Prime Minister to name a single specialist, without ties to the Conservative Party, who is in favour of his electoral reform bill.

The wait goes on…

Canadians deserve better than a Conservative government who makes up facts in order to justify its unfair policies. 

2014 04 14
The dwindling list of acceptable voter identification

Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre happily parrots off lists of identification he claims Canadians can use to vote. But his claims are misleading.

Of the 39 accepted pieces of information, fewer than half include proof of address. 

At least one, old age security cards, aren’t even issued anymore.

And for those trying to save some trees and receive e-bills, those don’t count. Only hard copy mail with your address will be accepted.

  • Driver's licence
  • ·         Ontario health card
  • Provincial/territorial ID card in some provinces/territories 
  • ·         Canadian passport
  • ·         Certificate of Canadian citizenship (citizenship card)
  • ·         Birth certificate
  • ·         Certificate of Indian status (status card)
  • ·         Social insurance number card
  • ·         Old age security card
  • ·         Student ID card
  • ·         Liquor ID card
  • ·         Hospital/medical clinic card
  • ·         Credit/debit card
  • ·         Employee card
  • ·         Public transportation card
  • ·         Library card
  • ·         Canadian Forces ID card
  • ·         Veterans Affairs Canada health card
  • ·         Canadian Blood Services/Héma-Québec card
  • ·         CNIB ID card
  • ·         Firearm possession and acquisition licence or possession only licence
  • ·         Fishing, trapping or hunting licence
  • ·         Outdoors or wildlife card/licence
  • ·         Hospital bracelet worn by residents of long-term care facilities
  • ·         Parolee ID card
  • Utility bill (telephone, TV, PUC, hydro, gas or water)
  • Bank/credit card statement
  • Vehicle ownership/insurance
  • Correspondence issued by a school, college or university
  • Statement of government benefits (employment insurance, old age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit)
  • Attestation of residence issued by the responsible authority of a First Nations band or reserve
  • Government cheque or cheque stub
  • Pension plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation
  • Residential lease/mortgage statement
  • Income/property tax assessment notice
  • Insurance policy
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
  • One of the following, issued by the responsible authority of a shelter, soup kitchen, student/senior residence, or long-term care facility: attestation of residence, letter of stay, admission form or statement of benefits

If you don’t hold a driver’s license or a provincial identification card with your photo and address on it, you must produce two pieces of ID, one of which must have your home address. And fewer than half of the identification listed would qualify.

Conservatives – starting with their deceitful minister for Democratic Reform – must stop lying to Canadians about what ID they can use to vote.

Canadians deserve better.   

Nathan Cullen - Constituency Assistant (Casework), Permanent, Part-Time (18.75 hours /week)

 

Office

Nathan Cullen, MP Skeena—Bulkley Valley

Location

Constituency Office, Prince Rupert (B.C)

Responsibilities

  • Manage and respond to constituent casework including intake, outreach and correspondence
  • Administer and log incoming phone calls, emails, faxes and walk-in traffic
  • Liaise with various federal government departments and community organizations
  • Assist with Member’s constituent and critic-related correspondence
  • General administrative and reception duties
  • Maintain database lists and direct mail to constituents in coordination with Ottawa parliamentary office
  • Represent Member at events and meetings as required
  • Monitor events in constituency and advise Member on issues in the constituency
  • Assist in coordination of Member’s schedule
  • In consultation with Parliament Hill office,  coordinate and manage outreach opportunities relating to the Member’s work in the riding
  • Liaise with House of Commons department and Member’s Ottawa office to ensure smooth coordination of constituency office including office logistics and overseeing expenses as required
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications

  • Proven  communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Proven research and case work skills
  • Knowledge of government departments, community organizations and the labour movement
  • Strong computer skills including Internet, Windows Vista and MS Office 2010
  • Knowledge of Skeena—Bulkley Valley riding and riding priorities
  • Knowledge of the New Democratic Party and sound political judgement
  • Experience
    with database management, an asset
  • Media relations skills, an asset
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Social Work, or equivalent experience an asset

Salary

$25.01

 (salary levels subject to clauses 12 and 21 of the collective agreement)

Closing date

April 17, 2014

Send application to

Hiring Committee, NDP Caucus Services,
131 Queen St, Suite 10-02, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6


or: NDPHR@parl.gc.ca


(office and position applied for must be indicated in subject line if e-mailing application)




Note: A collective agreement is in effect between UNIFOR (local 232) and the Federal New Democrat Caucus. A ten working day appeal period outlined in article 15.04 applies to this position. All applications will be received and held in confidence.


The NDP is an employment equity employer. Women, persons of colour, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons are encouraged to apply for this position. If you are a member of an equity-seeking group, you may choose to identify as such in your application.


We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted

2014 04 10
Liberals want to debate, except when they don’t

Liberals are now claiming they want to prevent the government from using time allocation and shutting down debate on any amendments to the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act.

This is quite surprising coming from the Liberal Party, since they have a long record of using time allocation to shut down debate on the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act – on four different occasions, between 1996 and 2003.

Canadians deserve better that the third party pretending to criticize the Conservatives for doing exactly what they did for years.

2014 04 09
Stephen Harper – “practices that we are more likely to find in third world countries”

Stephen Harper is ramming through the Unfair Elections Act and using Time Allocation to avoid debate.

 Maybe he should reflect on his comments from 1996:

 “In my view, the procedure of using time allocation for electoral law, doing it quickly and without the consent of the other political parties, is the kind of dangerous application of electoral practices that we are more likely to find in third world countries.”
– Stephen Harper, House of Commons, November 26, 1996

 Canadians deserve better than Stephen Harper’s Conservatives rewriting election laws to give the Conservative Party an unfair advantage.

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