Canada’s NDP » Newsroom en NDP: Liberals must secure deal on softwood lumber New Democrats are renewing their calls to the Liberals to secure a deal on softwood lumber with a second round of duties coming from the U.S. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 26d7c7d8-d984-4f84-bdd8-f8d9237dcd77 NDP to Trudeau: Reject travel ban, increase Canada’s refugee commitments The following is a statement from Jenny Kwan, NDP Critic for Immigration and Refugees: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 9739a8af-42f7-4a25-8ba0-a7adc37f577d NDP Statement on Eid-al-Fitr NDP Multiculturalism Critic Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East) made the following statement on the Eid al-Fitr: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq f13df1ab-da78-4c00-82b0-8c53f5796c32 NDP statement on Quebec's National Holiday and Saint-Jean Baptiste Day NDP Critic for Culture and Heritage, Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Saint-Hubert ), made the following statement: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq f6e37d9e-3112-45d6-9a05-12061b858d27 NDP statement on National Aboriginal Day NDP critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou) and MP Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River), made the following statement on National Aboriginal Day: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 69ba16e4-3785-4a97-bdb4-7b9c321acdb3 NDP statement following announcement regarding appointments to the Board of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation The NDP Critic for Culture and Heritage, Pierre Nantel, made the following statement : Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq bbf12b33-38da-4577-924b-f016e107c55f NDP statement on World Refugee Day NDP Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Critic Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East) made the following statement on World Refugee Day: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 0ee88b03-5de8-498b-9fa0-895130f2cdc3 New NDP bill would crack down on tax cheats While the Liberal government fails to keep their promise on transparency of tax evasion investigations, the NDP is proposing new legislation to help crack down on tax cheats. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq b1cd22b2-0b59-4967-909a-d29bd01328f8 Who speaks up for Quebec in the Liberal Party? The Liberals have been in power for 18 months, and the government has yet to present a concrete plan to defend the interests of Quebecers. According to the NDP’s Quebec caucus, this government is showing a great deal of disrespect towards Quebec on a number of issues, particularly by rejecting out of hand Philippe Couillard’s request to have a conversation about Quebec’s place in Canada.  Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq b463e8a3-b903-4957-a9ef-8838b440c8a9 NDP: Enact all-party plan to protect whistleblowers OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the government to enact an all-party plan to protect whistleblowers after the Government Operations Committee presented a unanimous report calling for stronger whistleblower protection in the federal government. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq e81e9f7c-4d1b-4713-97f9-cbb65b50901a NDP statement on the passage of Bill C-16, enshrining the rights of Trans Canadians in law The following is a statement from the NDP’s LGBTQ spokesperson, Randall Garrison, on the Senate approval of Bill C-16 which enshrines equal rights and protections of Trans people in Canadian law:  Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 04dc329c-8a6d-4d41-801f-c30144f40d18 Health Minister unable to explain HIV funding contradiction OTTAWA – On Thursday, Health Minister Jane Philpott was asked to explain why she misinformed the Standing Committee on Health that HIV organizations would benefit from $30 million of new funding when that funding does not exist in the budget. Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 586d9fdc-6ee6-4c0b-ad83-5362dd4cb98c NDP: Time to make National Aboriginal Day a national holiday OTTAWA — Today, NDP Deputy Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Georgina Jolibois, tabled her Private Member’s Bill calling on the federal government to recognize and honor the Indigenous Peoples living in Canada by making National Aboriginal Day a national statutory holiday. Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq bc0e1bb7-024c-4656-8247-e81c5b7b9b18 Liberals reject reasonable reform to prevent appointment of partisan watchdogs OTTAWA – The Liberal government squashed an NDP motion on Wednesday that would have ensured only non-partisan individuals are appointed to be independent federal watchdogs. This follows a month of scandal involving the nomination of a life-long Liberal even though she admitted that, due to her conflict of interest, she would be unable to investigate the Prime Minister. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 2e3afc5b-81cc-4668-95fc-49533a7acf63 NDP: give muncipalities the ability to regulate water sport activities OTTAWA – Today, many New Democrat MPs from Québec, namely Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît), Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières) and Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe – Bagot) are calling on the federal government to re-examine the legislation connected to water sports and recreational boating, and give more regulating powers to municipalities. Joined by the mayor of Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, these MPs held a press conference to remind the Minister of Transportation that municipalities have been demanding this for many years now.  Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq c126938c-2bed-4bba-a59d-f0a4d85f92e5 NDP unveils process to ensure independence of commissioners OTTAWA - The NDP is seeking to change how Officers of Parliament are confirmed in order to better ensure that they can be independent of any political party. The announcement comes less than a week after the nomination of Madeleine Meilleur for Official Languages Commissioner was withdrawn amid criticisms of her links to the Liberal Party. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 7cd39fea-fa37-4c8c-ab3c-c7ec18f0ac15 NDP statement on World Oceans Day NDP Fisheries & Oceans critic Fin Donnelly (Port Moody - Coquitlam) made the following statement on World Oceans Day: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 51b78d2c-62ea-4999-b019-334e6af82c67 Why are Liberals walking away from nuclear disarmament? The NDP will force a vote in Parliament next week to test the Liberal government’s commitment to nuclear disarmament in light of Canada’s vote against UN talks. NDP Foreign Affairs critic, Hélène Laverdière, is proposing a motion calling on the Liberals to commit to attending future meetings of the United Nations conference to work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons. With the second round of negotiations beginning next week, the debate in Parliament is timely. Wed, 07 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 73a16be2-df28-45f2-a50d-fb15ae9d5c71 NDP: protect relocated military families OTTAWA – NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) has put forth a motion to expand the Employment Insurance Act to cover spouses of military and Foreign Service personnel who are relocated abroad. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 6e0b4f34-779d-4173-a695-d75bae41c90d Trump pulls out of Paris Accord while Trudeau fails to deliver on Canada's commitments Report slams the government for keeping only 28% of its promises to municipalities to fight climate change Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 752aa1e5-ad14-4858-87d6-182986f11a2f NDP urges immediate support for softwood lumber workers OTTAWA – After months of inaction by the Liberal government, the NDP is welcoming today’s announcement of an $867 million support package, while also urging the government to fight the unfair U.S. tariffs and find a long-term resolution that protects jobs and reflects Canada’s regional differences. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq d72254a2-474d-4a0e-8f32-4b59effdf8dd Liberal bill fails to limit cash-for-access, preserves the millionaire donor club OTTAWA – New Democrats are stunned that the Liberal government, who has undergone months of scandal for shady cash-for-access fundraisers, introduce legislation that fails to place any limits on this unsavory practice.   “This bill does absolutely nothing to limit the use of Liberal cash-for-access fundraisers,” said NDP Ethics Critic, Nathan Cullen. “The Liberals are waiving a sign to their wealthy donors that says their government remains open for business of selling influence.”    The Liberal bill simply adds modest measures requiring the publication of these fundraisers that have been frequented by millionaires seeking approval of various schemes. The bill also preserves the Liberal's 'Laurier Club,' which allows wealthy individuals to donate $1,500 at Liberal Party conventions and in exchange get private and undocumented access to various Cabinet Ministers and even the Prime Minister.   “The Liberals are clearly more interested in protecting their millionaire donor club, than actually cleaning up these shady fundraisers,” said Cullen. “Even the Conservative Party of Dean Del Mastro and Mike Duffy refused to get into the business of selling time with Ministers, who control the government’s purse strings, in order to fill their political coffers.”   Additionally the bill fails to include a single recommendation from the Ethics Committee who looked studied the current laws governing political fundraising.  Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 034ce301-a90d-4e86-b824-42ab33cb9269 NDP calls for national standards for juror support OTTAWA – On Wednesday, NDP MPs were joined by Mark Farrant, a former jury foreman in a Toronto murder trial, and called on the government to make counselling and support services available for jurors who have traumatic experiences through their service. Wed, 31 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq d1e22901-5269-4705-91f7-2b090472cd31 NDP reacts to national strategy on zero-emission vehicles : “The government must have real targets” LONGUEUIL - NDP Critic for the Electrification of Transportation, Pierre Nantel, reacted to the Liberal government's intention to develop a national strategy to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on our roads. While he applauds the development of a national strategy, he is disappointed that the announcement was more of a show than an actual plan. Tue, 30 May 2017 14:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq d00ecc2b-2ec4-4cfe-9d70-53893cb4044a NDP to force vote on Liberal promise of electoral reform OTTAWA – Following Nathan Cullen’s (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) cross-country 'Keep Your Promise' tour, the NDP Critic for Democratic Reform introduced a motion on Tuesday to adopt the final report of the all-party Electoral Reform Committee. Cullen’s move will force every MP to vote on the Committee’s recommendation of a new, proportional voting system. Tue, 30 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq fe7b0d79-6e63-4b17-a75e-ccfa523940b6 Trudeau must reinstate dive team immediately Coquitlam - NDP Fisheries & Oceans Critic Fin Donnelly (Port Moody-Coquitlam) condemned the federal Liberal government for disbanding the Coast Guard’s only team of emergency rescue divers as reckless and dangerous. Fri, 26 May 2017 14:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 6748e99a-1a54-4dc6-8df0-cc07313a6bb5 NDP statement on the beginning of Ramadan New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement: Fri, 26 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 06667687-9f89-4368-9108-8fc3d861da8e GMO labelling: Government chooses secrecy OTTAWA – In a vote on Wednesday evening, the Liberal government defeated a bill introduced by MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke) to make labelling mandatory for genetically modified foods. Wed, 17 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq ecb5ace9-6695-456d-9bcd-6b2a01420f41 NDP statement on the 375th anniversary of Montréal NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement: Wed, 17 May 2017 12:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq e834fc5a-a76e-4868-83c0-2f89ea5c0724 Laverdière to Garneau: yes or no on protecting citizens? OTTAWA – On the eve of the vote, New Democrat MP for Laurier – Sainte-Marie, Hélène Laverdière, is still wondering if the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, supports her Private Member’s Bill to give him the necessary powers to ensure the mobility and safety of citizens throughout the country. Wed, 17 May 2017 11:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 68d8d718-5310-464d-91de-f023833d975a