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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NDP calling for a moratorium on offshore drilling near Cacouna

New Democrats are calling for a moratorium on offshore work near Cacouna until Conservatives make the scientific advice they based their decision to green-light drilling and seismic surveying public — noting that the area is key to the survival of local beluga whales.

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NDP will launch a commission of inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women in its first 100 days in power

An NDP government would launch a national inquiry into the cases of the 1,200 Indigenous women that have been killed or gone missing over the last 30 years in its first 100 days in power. 

 “Enough is enough. Stephen Harper has made it clear that he has no intention of doing the right thing. But I can promise that, if the NDP forms government in 2015, we will launch an investigation into murdered and missing Indigenous women,” said the leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair.

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Statement from the NDP on the announcement of a long-term ceasefire

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the announcement of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel:

“New Democrats welcome the announcement of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. This conflict has taken a tragic toll on civilians, especially in Gaza, and now more than ever Canada must focus its diplomatic efforts on helping to achieve a lasting and secure peace. 

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Conservatives ignore deteriorating Inuit health

Statistics Canada released data today that reveals only 45% of Inuit reporting good or excellent health, compared to the Canadian average of 63%.

"The ability to live a healthy life is increasingly out of reach for Canadian Inuit," said Carol Hughes, NDP deputy critic for Aboriginal Health. "As the Prime Minister’s tour comes to an end, he should respond to the pressing needs in these communities and commit to addressing food insecurity and the lack of access to health care".

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