Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Black History Month

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Black History Month:  

“On the dawn of this Black History Month, the NDP is proud to celebrate this community’s incredible contributions to Canadian society, along with its rich heritage.

“In 1605, Mathieu Da Costa became the first black man to set foot on Canadian soil. A polyglot and free man, he was the interpreter for explorer Samuel de Champlain.

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Supreme Court ruling a victory for workers

The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that a Saskatchewan law preventing public sector employees from striking is unconstitutional is a victory for all workers. 

“With this important decision the highest court of the land has reaffirmed fundamental Canadian values like dignity and equality; and recognised every worker’s right to participate in in determining their working conditions,” said NDP Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite Patrie).

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National Organizer - Manitoba

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Feature: Veterans RR

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NDP REALITY CHECK: What’s Justin Trudeau’s view on the backroom Sudbury deals?

“Mr. Speaker, the word ‘flip-flop’ gets overused sometimes, but in the case of the Liberal Party and Iraq, we have seen so many flip-flops, five of them actually, we have had to coin a new word, the ‘fifth-flop’.”

- Glenn Thibeault, House of Commons, October 8, 2014

Glenn Thibeault wasn’t so keen on Justin Trudeau and the Liberals just a few weeks before his backroom deal with Kathleen Wynne.

Now that Trudeau is meeting with Wynne in Ottawa, maybe he could explain a few things to us:

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Conservatives vote against the middle class

“After a decade of Conservative economic mismanagement, middle-class families are working harder than ever, yet falling further behind. Canada is now facing an uncertain economic future including job losses, falling oil prices, and declining government revenues. The Conservative’s response is to hide from reality and keep the facts from Canadians.

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NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau supports half of the mission in Iraq

Now that Canadian Forces on the ground have been engaged in combat with enemy forces in Iraq, Justin Trudeau has an interesting take on things. Last week the Department of National Defence revealed that Canadian soldiers who are participating in an “advise and assist” role have in fact been engaging in direct fire and directing the dropping of bombs.

Here’s what Justin Trudeau said today:

“Well, there's two parts of the mission, the airstrikes mission and the advise and assist mission that the Liberal party from the very beginning was supportive of.”

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Tom Mulcair proposes concrete measures to help the middle class

In a major speech to the Economic Club of Canada today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced concrete proposals that will help Canada’s manufacturers and small businesses create good-paying, full time middle class jobs for Canadians. 

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Kickstarting manufacturing and small business job creation

Thank you very much. Merci beaucoup.

I’m very happy to be back at the Economic Club today.

First, I would like to thank Natasha for her invitation and thank all of you for taking a few minutes out of your busy schedules today to engage with me in this important discussion.

One of the Economic Club’s roles or objectives is to provide a forum for policy makers and political actors to discuss significant problems facing our country, and to explore different solutions together.  

Today will be no exception.

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Statement by the NDP official opposition on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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

“Today we mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

“On January 27th 1945 – soldiers of the Soviet Union’s Army of the First Ukrainian Front opened the gates and liberated the prisoners of the Auschwitz-Birkeneau death camps.

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