June 20th, 2019
June 20th, 2019
OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh marked the end of the parliamentary session on a strong note reminding people that an NDP MP is someone who stands up for everyday people. Over the last four years, the NDP fought to make life more affordable, to protect our environment, to reduce inequalities and defend workers’ rights. Meanwhile, Trudeau’s Liberals and Scheer’s Conservatives took the side of the richest corporations and helped them profit on the backs of everyday Canadians.
“Trudeau’s sales pitch doesn’t match his actions. When push comes to shove, he always picks the rich and the well-connected over everyday Canadians. And people are still paying the price from the last Conservative government. The Conservatives are telling people they have to go at it alone. This is the wrong approach,” said Singh. “People deserve a government that will fight for them and put their interests over those of rich corporations. With different choices, the NDP will get better results for people.”
Over the course of this parliamentary session, the NDP introduced bold solutions to make people's lives better. The NDP caucus passed motions to encourage the buying and production of local food, to create a national suicide action plan, and to encourage buying Canadian wood for our buildings. Alongside stakeholders, the NDP finally got the oil tanker ban that will safeguard our coastline, communities, and sea life from the risk of a devastating oil spill. NDP MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou) introduced the historic bill C-262 that aims to harmonize Canadian laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“While the Liberals were picking and choosing which rights of Indigenous peoples they’d uphold, Romeo Saganash was pushing them to enshrine into our laws the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People,” added Singh. “It is shameful that unelected and unaccountable Conservative Senators are blocking the passage of the bill in its last legislative stages. Indigenous Peoples deserve better.”
Throughout the four years, the NDP always put solutions for people front and centre in everything they did. They presented plans to give Canadians access to affordable housing, access to affordable medication with a universal and public pharmacare program, priority over the richest corporations and needed roadmaps with concrete measures to fight climate change. New Democrats are committed to continue to fight for people and are excited to bring their message to Canadians from coast to coast to coast. With an NDP MP, people have someone who is on their side, ready to put your interests first.