New Democrats led the way in 2012, proposing solutions to today’s challenges and effectively holding Conservatives to account for their mismanagement and ethical scandals.

For Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, 2012 was a banner year for getting it wrong. In order to help the Conservatives with their New Year’s resolutions, we've counted down the top ten worst Conservative lowlights from the past year.

10) Heartless refugee health care cuts

9) Conservatives’ war on the environment

8) Cutting Employment Insurance benefits and eligibility

7) Scandals, ethical lapses and naughtiness by Conservative cabinet ministers

6) CFIA cuts and Conservative food safety failures

5) OAS eligibility to be raised from 65 to 67

4) Monster budget bills – the omnibus approach to unaccountable government

3) Stories of Conservative voter suppression

2) Replacing our aging CF-18’s – the F-35 fiasco

1) State-owned Chinese company takeover of Nexen rubber stamped by Stephen Harper


While Conservatives listen only to lobbyists and their insider friends, New Democrats will continue to provide practical leadership in the New Year, focused on building a fairer, greener and more prosperous Canada.