Northerners deserve better

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is in Nunavut this week, talking with Nunavummiut about putting their issues first.

“We’ve learned that decisions made behind closed doors in Ottawa don’t work – Northerners deserve a partner that will listen to their challenges and work with them to find solutions, and that’s exactly why I’m here.”

Mr. Mulcair’s schedule includes a Town Hall meeting with residents of Iqaluit, several meetings with community leaders and stakeholders and an ATV tour of Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park.

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NDP urges Health Canada to reconsider citronella ban

NDP Health critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) is urging Health Canada to reconsider its decision to ban citronella-based insect repellents.

“It’s not clear why Health Canada seems to be ignoring the scientists’ advice and putting a blanket ban on a natural product, leaving consumers with little choice. Many consumers have concerns with the other options that contain synthetic chemicals such as DEET,” said Davies. 

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Director of Public Prosecutions should investigate PMO staff

NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions to request he review evidence collected by the RCMP, and make a determination as to whether Nigel Wright should be charged under the Parliament of Canada Act.

“As Mike Duffy goes to trial, a lot of Canadians are wondering why the PMO staff involved in a secret $90,000 payment to a sitting senator are walking away from this scot-free” said Angus.

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Statement by the Official Opposition on Labour Day

“On this Labour Day 2014, New Democrats would like to highlight the vital role that Canadian workers have played in our economic development and potential for innovation.

“The NDP would also like to acknowledge the contributions of the women and men who fought for the labour rights which we all benefit from today, but which unfortunately continue to come under attack.

“We acknowledge the solid foundation laid by unions, which guaranteed a safe workplace, the right to negotiate, employment equity, and the hope of a comfortable retirement for today’s workers.

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NDP convinces telecom companies to end some “pay-to-pay” fees

After years of fighting to end “pay-to-pay” fees, the NDP is pleased that telecommunications companies have agreed not to gouge certain customers, but is still pushing for an outright ban on this unfair cash grab.

“Not charging some consumers is a step in the right direction but it’s taken far too long to see action on something that is really an easy fix,” said NDP MP Andrew Cash (Davenport) who has led the fight to end these fees. “Instead of punishing Canadians who receive paper bills, reward customers who switch to online billing.”

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Conservatives ignore widespread calls for action on retirement security

Despite widespread calls for action on retirement security, and growing concern amongst Canadians, Conservatives continue to mismanage one of the most pressing economic issues facing Canada today.

“Canadians and provincial governments understand the urgent need for action from the federal government to address the looming retirement security crisis,” said NDP Pensions critic Murray Rankin (Victoria). “While The Conservatives keep blocking progress to boost the CPP/QPP, Canadians are growing increasingly concerned about their retirement security.”

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Cacouna: What are Conservatives hiding?

Offshore drilling will begin shortly in Cacouna, home of the endangered beluga whale, and New Democrats are wondering what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are hiding? NDP requests for scientific documents concerning the drilling have been delegated to the Minister of Natural Resources — not the Minister of the Environment.

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Conservatives need to put an end to “pay-to-pay” fees

Enough is enough. The Conservative government has to eliminate pay-to-pay billing for all industries under the federal jurisdiction.

“This is an easy fix. Consumers should be rewarded if they switch to online products, not punished because they are receiving their paper bills in the mail”, said NDP Consumer Affairs critic, Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury).

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