NDP continues fight against EI changes

New Democrats are again criticizing the Conservatives for gutting the employment insurance (EI) program, as the cuts wreak havoc in communities across Atlantic Canada, Quebec and all across the country.

“This summer, we have seen the real consequences of this EI reform,” said NDP Employment Insurance critic Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières). “Many of those who are out-of-work have now lost access to EI and are feeling discouraged, while others continue to face long wait times in order to receive their benefits. Times are tough, and these people deserve our support.”

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Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition on Eid-al-Fitr

“On behalf of all New Democrats, I would like to offer my best wishes to all Muslims in Canada celebrating Eid-al-Fitr that marks the end of the month of Ramadan.

Over the last month, Muslims around the world have honoured their faith and showed their generosity during Ramadan – a time of sharing and compassion.

On this occasion of Eid, New Democrats join Muslims in Canada as we renew our shared commitment to social justice, humanitarianism and peace, and celebrate cultural and religious diversity as fundamental Canadian values. 

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Official Opposition statement on Thérèse Casgrain

“New Democrats are deeply disappointed in the Conservative government’s decision to cast aside the legacy of Thérèse Casgrain—a Canadian feminist, social justice activist and groundbreaking female politician.

“The Conservatives have also quietly done away with the Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award, which was created in 1982 in her honour. They recently replaced it with a new Prime Minister’s award, without making any formal announcement or informing her family. The image of Casgrain on our fifty dollar bills was also surreptitiously replaced in 2012. 

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NDP condemns violence perpetrated by ISIL in Iraq

The NDP is appalled by the violence in Iraq perpetrated by the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including mass killings, sexual violence, forced displacement, and the destruction of holy sites.

“The brutality of ISIL is shocking,” said NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar. “These assaults on human rights and freedoms of religion, belief, and association are disturbing and reprehensible.”

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Statement by the NDP on the Status of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations

The NDP's International Trade Critic, Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), made the following statement on the status of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations:

“The Official Opposition calls on the Conservative Government to come clean about the status of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations in light of reports that Germany may refuse to sign the agreement if it contains controversial provisions on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

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Canada must support UN humanitarian efforts in Gaza

As Canadians continue to be shocked by the mounting casualties and severe humanitarian need in the Gaza Strip, the NDP is calling on the Conservative government to support United Nations humanitarian efforts.

“The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is critical,” NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) wrote today in a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. “Canada has an opportunity and a responsibility to help.”

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Statement by the NDP on the crash of flight AH5017 ‎

"Today, our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who were on flight
AH5017. It is with great sorrow that we learned that the Canadian victims
included a woman and her children from the Outaouais region. We offer our
sincere condolences to the relatives of the victims."


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Conservatives cut EI benefits as unemployment climbs

A significant drop in the number of people receiving Employment Insurance benefits, even as unemployment rises, shows that Conservative EI cuts are taking their toll, according to the NDP.

“The Conservatives are cutting more and more people off EI benefits even as the need is growing,” said NDP critic for Employment Insurance Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières). “The EI system is supposed to help workers in their time of need, but Conservative cuts mean far too many Canadians are losing access to that support.”

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NDP hails CRTC move to examine ‘pay-to-pay’ billing fees

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is the latest body to respond to the growing outrage over fees that are charged to customers monthly just to receive their bills in the mail.

After discovering that many telecom and broadcast companies are charging anywhere between $0.99 and $5.95 per month, the CRTC announced plans to summon these companies to defend the use of such fees.

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