Canada’s NDP » Newsroom en NDP Launches Historic Appeal on Abandoned Vessels Legislation OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson launched an historic appeal on her abandoned vessels bill (C-352) which will lead to a secret ballot vote in the House of Commons allowing individual MPs to decide if her bill should be votable. This appeal, a first in Canada’s history, comes after the Liberals used their majority at the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to block C-352. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 692513fb-d63b-4942-af7f-8d4f56bc76d0 Mr. Morneau, Take Concrete Steps to Tackle Tax Havens OTTAWA - In a letter sent today, the NDP’s Finance Critic Alexandre Boulerice is calling on the Finance Minister to take concrete steps to tackle tax havens. Recent leaks in the Paradise Papers are clearly overshadowing the Liberal government’s willingness to fight tax evasion and abusive tax avoidance. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq ba9c5e22-089e-4317-a08a-c9a05a3b0ffe NDP demands apology to opioid overdose victims NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, issued the following statement: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 98d601bb-9d43-4ffe-bfac-7a6d8f05cff5 NDP statement on Minister Wilson-Raybould's announcement on Bill C-262 NDP Indigenous Affairs Critic and sponsor of Bill C-262, Romeo Saganash, made the following statement: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq cae93116-2fc7-4f47-b6b5-0b9be2b11e04 NDP: Liberals must stop working for pro-profit plasma donations OTTAWA – On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Krever Inquiry into the tainted blood scandal, the NDP, along with health advocates and health professionals, are raising serious concerns about information received under Access to Information that shows Health Canada working in favour of for-profit plasma donation centres. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 30d17ab1-8ea0-40b6-bfc2-11bacebc740a AG report: Liberals failing to help Canadians OTTAWA – Today’s Auditor General Report revealed that the Liberal government is failing to help everyday Canadians when they are faced with problems that fall under federal jurisdiction. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq adda9900-94eb-4082-af74-0214c40b14ff NDP to call on Liberals to work with the provinces on cannabis taxation OTTAWA – In the wake of provinces calling on the federal government to rethink the distribution of taxes on cannabis, the NDP is asking the Liberal government to work with provinces to address concerns and meet all of their needs when it comes to the legalization of cannabis. To this end, NDP Finance Critic, Alexandre Boulerice, is proposing an amendment to the Budget Implementation Act, by inserting a clause calling on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to invite representatives from all the provinces to consult and work together towards a mutually agreed upon plan. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 3f95cffe-da08-4f23-b5c2-c13a4a0ac4cd NDP: National Housing Strategy must be based on human rights OTTAWA – In the lead up to National Housing Day on November 22, the NDP Housing Critic, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga), reiterated the NDP’s expectations for the soon-to-be released National Housing Strategy, details of which will be announced in the coming days. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq ed15eb34-c234-403a-a2da-e42818682518 NDP writes to Freeland on matter of Jagtar Singh Johal and allegations of torture OTTAWA— NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor — Tecumseh) has asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, to look into the matter of Jagtar Singh Johal and offer immediate support to her counterparts in the UK. Mr. Johal was allegedly forcibly abducted by members of the Punjab Police in India. The letter comes after Members of Parliament in both the United Kingdom and Punjab Legislative Assembly highlighted allegations of torture by Mr. Johal’s legal team. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 2dfe0c0b-ba80-4189-ad5b-4ca3ad5d7b6e NDP statement ahead of UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference The following statement was issued by Hélène Laverdière, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, and Randall Garrison, NDP Defence Critic: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 52038963-7f94-4558-95fa-fb936d9ceeca Phoenix Debacle: Government Should Consider Plan B OTTAWA – New Democrats are supporting calls made by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) to ask the Liberal government to look into an alternative to the Phoenix Pay System. Today, PIPSC called on the Liberals to look into a plan B as Phoenix continues to be a fiasco for public service employees. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 45d4fd4c-f6aa-4f20-bd8b-261f6df4eefc NDP Statement on Remembrance Day NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq c5c762ab-8258-45cf-921c-747534113b17 NDP Slams Liberal Medicinal Cannabis Tax OTTAWA – NDP Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver – Kingsway) today criticized the Liberal government’s decision to impose an excise tax on medicinal cannabis. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 90e431ed-6d59-4bed-a7b0-c60e5795c48e NDP Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele NDP Critic for Veterans Affairs, Irene Mathyssen made the following statement: Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 6f07aa4f-64c9-4706-99ce-d4751b230105 Liberals vote against the right to housing OTTAWA — Today, the Liberals defeated Bill C-325 on the right to housing. The Bill, tabled by NDP MP Rachel Blaney, aimed to incorporate the internationally recognized right to housing into Canadian law. Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 8394fbf4-74bc-4601-94e2-31516e9637ef NDP to shed light on Paradise Papers OTTAWA – In an effort to shed more light on the Paradise Papers and schemes that allow wealthy Canadians to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, the NDP is moving a motion to invite Stephen Bronfman, Revenue Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada; and Leo Kolber, former Senator and former chief fundraiser for the Liberal Party of Canada, to explain their actions to the Finance committee. Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 11f5118e-eb21-4efd-b363-1f26b4a71c6c NDP to propose amendments to Bill C-47 on the Arms Trade Treaty Ottawa – NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Sainte-Marie) will propose amendments to Bill C-47, the Canadian government’s legislation on the Arms Trade Treaty. The six NDP amendments would strengthen Bill C-47 to bring it up to the standard required by the Treaty and improve Canada’s arms exports rules. Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 3d68f2e4-ba22-4857-a101-1daf9f3174b3 Jagmeet Singh names Willy Blomme as Chief of Staff OTTAWA - Today NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, announced the appointment of long-time Party activist Willy Blomme as his Chief of Staff. Having previously worked on Jack Layton’s leadership campaign, Blomme first joined the NDP staff team in Ottawa as Layton’s speechwriter. In 2008 she moved on from that role, but remained very active in the NDP, playing key roles on numerous local and national campaigns. After earning her PhD from John Hopkins University, and subsequently working there as an instructor, Blomme joined the Broadbent Institute as its Quebec Director in 2015 and has more recently taken on the role of Program Director at the Institute. Less than a year ago, Blomme also managed the successful campaign of Valérie Plante for the leadership of Projet Montréal. “I’m so excited to have Willy leading this incredible team here in Ottawa,” said Singh. “She has demonstrated a deep commitment towards building a more inclusive and just country, and we’re so lucky to have her wealth of experience to help us build towards forming the government Canada deserves in 2019." Blomme will complete her work at the Broadbent Institute over the next seven weeks before beginning her role as Chief of Staff in January.   Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 63218faa-06a5-45ba-a098-4d8b153decf5 NDP calls for a just apology, not just an apology, for the LGBTQ community Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, along with NDP LGBTQ Critic and Deputy Critic, Randall Garrison and Sheri Benson, are calling on the Prime Minister to provide a just apology to the LGBTQ community for the historic treatment of LGBTQ Canadians.  Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 9e73bb07-bbcc-4f80-a004-eaf74c43933b End pension theft: NDP OTTAWA – Today, NDP Pensions Critic, Scott Duvall, tabled his Private Members’ Bill to end pension theft in Canada. After launching the “End Pension Theft” campaign in September, and consulting with workers and stakeholders from coast to coast to coast, Duvall introduced his legislation to protect the pensions workers and retirees have earned. Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq f3f4e71f-73a4-4c66-bc69-be9da0cf517a Statement by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, in celebration of Gurpurab Today marks the 548th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and on behalf of the New Democratic Party, I wish everyone a joyous and prosperous Gurpurab. Sat, 04 Nov 2017 02:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq cd699419-4736-492f-9bc8-4f91b5594a02 Jagmeet Singh takes a hands-on approach to opioid crisis VANCOUVER – On Thursday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh urged the federal government to do more in the fight against opioid related overdoses while visiting an overdose prevention site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside known as ‘62’. Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq a7aa32fa-8bc9-4633-89c7-687f67781a21 Improve Access to Information: NDP OTTAWA – Today, the NDP is proposing amendments to fix Bill C-58 which proposes changes to the Access to Information Act. C-58 is a huge letdown to Canadians who were hoping for long overdue reform to our broken regime. The NDP proposals aim to fix the Act in order to keep government officials accountable.  Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq b2e4030f-fb11-46d6-bcd4-52f464d8edc0 NDP statement on the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security Statement from Hélène Laverdière, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic: Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 83e21ce4-204e-4fe8-a47e-c8fcce1cbccf NDP statement on the anniversary of the 1984 Sikh Genocide Today, the NDP's Parliamentary Leader, Guy Caron, made the following statement in the House of Commons: Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 18b7a593-3fa2-4140-b5e2-a692f2586402 Morneau must withdraw pensions bill: NDP OTTAWA – Today, the NDP will put forward a motion calling on the Liberals to withdraw pension Bill C-27. Unions and the NDP first raised the alarm on this bad bill, which fails to prioritize the interests of Canadian workers and retirees over wealthy corporate friends. In light of revelations regarding the Finance Minister’s financial involvement in his old company, Morneau Shepell, the NDP and the Ethics Commissioner have raised concerns regarding the bill.    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq e39f8aa9-3879-4b28-90f1-c6ca47050d3c NDP brewing support for free contraceptives OTTAWA – To mark the end of Women’s History Month in Canada, the NDP is renewing their call to the Liberal government for access to free birth control. On Halloween, we honour the “witches” who, throughout history, fought for access to birth control. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq cdf13cdb-ea86-429f-894f-e81964949922 NDP forces Liberals to introduce legislation on abandoned vessels OTTAWA – On Monday, the government finally introduced legislation on abandoned vessels, an issue the NDP has raised over 80 times since the Liberals were elected.  The announcement comes weeks ahead of scheduled debate on an NDP bill which would force the government to implement a comprehensive solution to clean up thousands of abandoned vessels polluting Canada's coasts. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 352c6b94-4b36-4e87-ae1a-e996d60a69e4 NDP statement on the situation in Catalonia The NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, Hélène Laverdière, made the following statement: Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq b42625da-0c86-4941-9629-4b49d72d2e86 Liberals must end the “old boys’ club” culture of CSIS The following is a statement issued by Matthew Dubé, NDP Critic for Public Safety: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 40c49879-2876-45f9-a704-25dcbfeb574f