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NDP statement on US-Cuba announcement

“President Obama has made major progress in normalizing relations with Cuba and I believe this will be beneficial to the people of Cuba.

“I thank our Canadian diplomats for their hard work on this file. This is an example of constructive diplomacy, something that Canada is very good at.

“Today is a great day for those who believe in engagement as the most effective tool of diplomacy. We should see more of this constructive approach in Canadian foreign policy.”

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UN is against applying religious discrimination to refugees

The Conservative plan to apply religious discrimination to the selection of Syrian refugees for resettlement in Canada stands against UN policies that say “such discrimination undermines the protection and needs-based approach to resettlement”.

In a letter to the head of the UN refugee agency, NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) asks the organization to reiterate the importance of non-discrimination in the consideration of refugee applications.

*Read Dewar’s letter here

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Tom Mulcair statement on attack on Pakistan school

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement today:

Our hearts go out to the people of Pakistan and to the Pakistani community here in Canada in the wake of today’s shocking attack on a school in Peshawar. The attackers have reportedly killed 132 children and nine staff members. This is an unspeakable horror and Canadians everywhere condemn it in the strongest terms.

As we grieve the loss of these innocent lives, we are reminded that education is a powerful threat to extremism everywhere.

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Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Hanukkah

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on Hanukkah:

“On behalf of the NDP, I extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah tonight across Canada and around the world.  

“This is a time when Jewish families gather to light the Menorah and retell the potent story of liberation and freedom over tyranny. Faith, determination and hope for the future are powerful forces that can help us overcome many obstacles. 

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Stoffer comments on veteran’s victory in Agent Orange case

NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer congratulated veteran Basil McAllister today for winning a federal court case that forces Veterans Affairs Canada to grant him disability compensation in relation to his exposure to defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown.

“Basil fought for almost 10 years to obtain compensation and assistance from Veterans Affairs Canada,” said Stoffer. “He was repeatedly denied assistance but did not give up. I am proud of Basil’s win on this issue.”

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Feds must start working with provinces on economic challenges

As finance ministers gather today to address Canada’s urgent economic challenges, New Democrats call on the Conservatives to stop refusing to work with the provinces and end their downloading and cuts to transfers.

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Justin Trudeau – late to the party on pipelines

So Justin Trudeau has concerns about the Energy East pipeline? Well that’s new.

It was less than two months ago that his fellow Liberals stood up and voted with the Conservatives against an NDP motion opposing TransCanada’s proposed oil export terminal at Cacouna.

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NDP and Fair Vote Canada stand up for electoral reform

Together with Fair Vote Canada, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair reiterated the NDP’s commitment to introduce a mixed-member proportional system, which would make the 2015 election the last unfair election.

“The current system over represents some voices and silences others. We think Canadians deserve a proportional system where every vote counts," said Mr. Mulcair. "We put forward a simple motion asking all parties to commit to replacing Canada’s unfair voting system but Conservatives and Liberals voted against it."

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