Statement by the Official Opposition on World Alzheimer’s Day

“Alzheimer’s and related diseases affect 747,000 Canadians – a number that is expected to double over the next 15 years if nothing is done.

“While the Health Minister finally announced a research initiative in early September, the fight against this disease requires a much larger commitment.  Alzheimer’s will remain a serious health concern without more federal investment and real leadership. Like the Alzheimer Society, the NDP has been calling for years for a national strategy on dementia.”

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Statement by the Official Opposition on the International Day of Peace

“In view of the violence that is currently gripping the planet, this International Day of Peace is a good reminder that our work to promote peace is more important than ever.

“New Democrats reaffirm their continued support of the 1984 Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, which was passed thirty years ago and is this year’s theme. As the declaration states, “the maintenance of a peaceful life for peoples is the sacred duty of each state.”

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New Democrats celebrate Democracy Week, call for change

“On Democracy Week, Canadians from coast to coast have had an opportunity to celebrate our democracy, and to promote the civic engagement and education that keep it strong. 

Canadian democracy is the product of generations of hard work, and is admired around the world for its tolerance, inclusiveness and stability.

New Democrats cherish and defend it. We also recognize that it is a work in progress, and recent history has shown that we must remain vigilant to protect it.

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Statement by the Official Opposition on the rejection of its motion on the federal minimum wage

Official Opposition Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement after his motion on the federal minimum wage was thrown out:

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Harper Hypocrisy Watch: Conservatives boost spending on political staff in satellite offices

You may remember Canada’s Conservatives from such complaints as “how dare you have regional satellite offices”, “regional offices are the worst” and other such bits of fake indignation.

But more news comes this morning of their own habits. As the Canadian Press reports today:

“Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, the budget for staffing at the regional offices rose from $1.6 million to $2.7 million, according to figures tabled in the House of Commons this week”

Say it ain’t so!

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NDP calling on government to create a National Seniors Strategy

Today, the NDP Seniors Critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced a motion calling on the government to develop a National Seniors Strategy.

“The number of seniors in Canada is set to double by 2036,” said Mathyssen.  “We need to put plans in place now to ensure that we are ready for this dramatic increase.  No one should have to grow old in poverty, insecurity and isolation.”

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Champlain Bridge toll would cause traffic chaos

The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) has confirmed the Champlain Bridge toll would cause traffic trouble in the region. Meanwhile, the NDP continues to urge the Conservatives to find a better solution.

“The last thing the greater Montreal area needs is more traffic congestion. Instead of working with the province and municipalities to find a practical solution, the Conservatives continue to ignore Quebecers’ concerns,” said NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie).

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What’s up with Justin Trudeau and Iraq?

Justin Trudeau has sent some contradictory messages on Canada’s role in Iraq:

“Ten years ago, Mr. Harper was eager to send us into a combat role in Iraq, and we managed to avoid that. I think it would be a mistake to escalate our support.”
Justin Trudeau, September 11, 2014

But as the Globe and Mail also noted:

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Conservatives fail Canadian steel workers, retirees

The NDP blasted the federal Conservatives today for leaving former Stelco workers and retirees – as well as their families and communities – unprotected in the wake of US Steel Canada filing for bankruptcy protection.

“The Conservatives have failed to stand up for workers and communities in the wake of the foreign takeover of Stelco,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “The Conservatives haven’t held the company to account to maintain employment. And now, over 2200 more jobs are in jeopardy.”

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