The leader of the New Democratic Party made the following statement on the Islamic New Year:
“The beginning of the new Islamic year is a commemoration of the moment that the prophet Mohammed left mecca with a handful of disciples to escape persecution and to found a pious community in which all citizens would be equal.
“On this 1st day of the sacred month of Muharram, Muslims in Canada and around the world are preparing to observe fast and pray for peace, human solidarity and a better fate for the least fortunate.
This has been a difficult and sombre week in Canada. We were all shocked by the terrible and violent events in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and in our nation’s capital, and we are united in mourning the deaths of two Canadian soldiers. We will not forget them and join with the Muslim community in sending our heartfelt condolences to their family and friends.
NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie made the following statement:
After yesterday’s tragic and traumatic events in Ottawa, this news is especially disturbing. However, it demonstrates that our law enforcement and first responders are on high alert across our country, and are ready to take swift action in order to protect the safety of Canadians. On behalf of the NDP, I extend my sincere gratitude to these women and men.
My fellow Canadians,
Today, the peace of our nation’s capital was shattered by an act of hatred and brutality. A cowardly act, designed to strike at the very heart of our democracy— at the heart of who we are.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair's Principal Secretary, Karl Bélanger, made the following statement:
“This morning’s horrifying attack has shocked all Canadians and shattered the peace of our nation’s capital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier killed and the people who were injured, and we are deeply grateful for the soldiers and law enforcement officials who quickly and courageously protected the public today.
New Democrats renewed their call on the Canadian government to provide funding for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) replenishment.
“This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went in part to Malala Yousafzai, the world’s leading advocate for girls’ education. Malala and many civil society activists have asked the Government of Canada to make a significant pledge to the Global Partnership for Education. Now is the time to answer the call,” said NDP International Development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier - Sainte-Marie).
Maintaining home mail delivery remains one of the NDP’s main priorities as it intensifies its campaign to save the services Canadians rely on and deserve.
“With this government’s marked trend toward privatization, I would like to know if this is also their plan for Canada Post. Canadians are adamant about continuing to receive their mail at home,” said NDP Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie), who was joined by Susan Dixon – the woman behind the petition to keep home mail delivery, which now has 200,000 signatures.