Canada’s NDP » Newsroom en Canadians Need Pharmacare Now NDP Tables Canada Pharmacare Act to Cover Medication for All Mon, 24 Feb 2020 10:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 444a363e-7196-4084-9c19-9facf082b0fd Liberals Refuse to Help Canadians who need Insurance from Serious Illness or Injury OTTAWA – New Democrats know that Canadians who suffer from an illness or injury deserve insurance in their time of need.  NDP Critic for Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Daniel Blaikie, tabled a bill in the House of Commons to increase the special Employment Insurance sickness benefits from 15 weeks to 50 weeks.   “Many Canadians suffering from cancer or other diseases with a long treatment period simply need more financial support than the current 15-week EI benefit,” said Blaikie. “The House of Commons spoke clearly on this yesterday and the now Liberals need to get on board to get the job done. All we’re asking today is that it goes to committee so we can figure out the best way to move ahead without unnecessary delay.”   While Liberals promised to increase this illness benefit during the last election, they were the only party that refused to support the motion that the House passed yesterday to ensure Canadians get the support they need when they face a difficult time. This is a long-standing fight that the NDP has taken on to boost Employment Insurance benefits for injury and sickness. The Liberals must answer the NDP's call to immediately bring the bill to committee to make this law quickly.   “It is shameful for the Liberals to turn their backs, once again, on workers when they need help the most,” added Alexandre Boulerice, NDP Deputy Leader. “Starting in 2009, Ms. Marie-Hélène Dubé, who has faced cancer 3 times, has been fighting to prolong employment insurance sickness benefits. Yet once again, the Liberals are refusing to listen. We must do better to support people while they are battling illness or recovering from a serious injury.” Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 307f6a8d-1c72-419a-bdc0-08b4540c5be7 An important conversation on Wet’suwet’en Yesterday, while Justin Trudeau was trying to say as little as possible and the Conservatives were driving divisions, New Democrats were building solutions. We brought together Members of Parliament, representing Canadians from coast to coast to coast, to engage in an important discussion on the growing protests across the country stemming from the situation in the Wet'suwet'en territories. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 809ae339-42ea-46a9-846f-ce77d23f8735 Jagmeet Singh Reaches out to Premiers on Pharmacare OTTAWA – This week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh sent lettersto Canada’s Premiers to update them on the NDP’s plan to bring in pharmacare for all and to seek their support to make sure every person in their province or territory is covered.  Thu, 13 Feb 2020 11:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 1b2ba847-4705-44df-97b8-e7aa5c2f76d9 People Need Help Now, Let’s Implement Pharmacare Coverage for All VANCOUVER – Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh welcomed workers in the healthcare field and people who have struggled with the costs of medication to hear their stories and discuss the need for medication coverage for all. New Democrats will soon table their first piece of legislation which will be a bill to implement pharmacare coverage for everyone.  Wed, 12 Feb 2020 13:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq c7778b61-6be9-4571-9258-868123cc5a44 Action Needed to Address Violence Against Women OTTAWA – Today, New Democrats are joining other opposition parties in the House calling for hearings into a Parole Board decision that resulted in the murder of 22-year-old Marylène Lévesque.  Tue, 04 Feb 2020 21:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 78f32dfd-b05d-45c0-8eaf-3320339de96e NDP: Fast-track Bill Requiring Sexual Assault Training for Judges OTTAWA – Today, New Democrats are asking all Members of Parliament to support a motion that would fast-track the passing of a bill that requires sexual assault training for judges.    “Survivors of sexual assault deserve to feel heard and supported in our justice system. Additional training for judges about sexual assault will ensure survivors’ wellbeing is being considered throughout the process,” said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. “Canadians expect us to support this important bill to help survivors and to work together with all members of the House to make sure this happens as quickly as possible.”   The NDP motion proposes that the government bill is passed as quickly as possible since the content is almost identical to a bill proposed by former MP Rona Ambrose which was passed unanimously by the House. The previous bill was brought forward in the last parliament and seconded by New Democrats but was delayed and eventually died on the order paper in the Senate.    “The criminal justice system can be really daunting for sexual assault survivors. It takes a lot of courage to tell your story and seek justice. The least we can do for these survivors is to make sure judges have the proper training to engage fairly and respectfully,” said Singh. “I hope all members of this House will stand with survivors of sexual assault and work with us to pass the bill immediately.”   The text of the NDP motion:   That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code, be deemed read a second time and referred to a committee of the whole, deemed considered in committee of the whole, deemed reported without amendment, deemed concurred in at report stage and deemed read a third time and passed. Tue, 04 Feb 2020 20:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq f8e4235d-5fe2-4278-bfdc-e1d219400027 NDP Statement on International Development Week The NDP Critic for International Development, Heather McPherson, released the following statement:   Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq b27d8fcf-eeb2-451a-9b1e-84053f639f5c New Democrats Continue to Advocate for Changes to Medical Assistance in Dying OTTAWA –  New Democrats have heard the concerns of many Canadians about unnecessary suffering caused by our current medical assistance in dying legislation and are calling for quick action to address this problem.     “We have an opportunity in this parliament to alleviate the suffering of Canadians who have been unable to access medical assistance in dying or have had to make the difficult choice to end their lives sooner than they wanted because of the restrictive legislation,” said NDP Justice Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke).    A September 2019 ruling of the Superior Court of Quebec struck down the condition that someone be near death to qualify. The Government of Canada should act quickly to ensure that Canadians' fundamental rights are protected in medical assistance in dying legislation.    “I am optimistic that the Liberals will work with us to remove the unnecessary barriers that fail to put patients first. We are going to make sure the government makes the right choices when it comes to making the necessary changes to this legislation,” said Garrison, following productive meetings earlier this week with the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Health. Fri, 31 Jan 2020 21:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 176abe82-655a-482e-9578-d0e0a5e4c44e New Democrats call on Liberals to stop short-changing Veterans OTTAWA – New facts obtained from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) by the NDP show that the Liberals are still refusing to deliver the funding and services Canadian veterans need and are owed. Despite promises to do better than the Conservatives, the numbers prove that the Liberals took hundreds of millions of dollars that were owed to veterans and slipped it back into their own bottom line.  Fri, 31 Jan 2020 20:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq f675f290-328a-4a9a-90b9-60e8ce63124a NDP Will Table Anti-Scab Legislation in Support of Workers OTTAWA – Today, NDP Labour Critic Scott Duvall (Hamilton Mountain) announced that he will re-introduce anti-scab legislation that will support workers in disputes with their employers who use replacement workers.  Tue, 28 Jan 2020 18:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 5913cb9f-9f97-4626-bb4d-0e3f2d048630 NDP CALLS OUT TRUDEAU ON FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF HUMAN RIGHTS RULING ON KIDS Earlier today, NDP critic for Indigenous Youth Charlie Angus made the following statement: Sun, 26 Jan 2020 20:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 5ebb73df-0ca2-4a1c-9b10-c157f38ca589 Liberals Must Put the Needs of Canadians Ahead of Big Airline Companies OTTAWA – NDP Transport Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill – Keewatinook Aski) is urging the Minister of Transport to stand up for Canadian passengers instead of bowing to the demands of powerful airline companies’ appeal to many of the provisions within the Passenger Bill of Rights. Instead of properly defending the rights of Canadian passengers and upholding the Passengers' Bill of Rights, the federal Liberals deferred the airlines' case to the courts. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 1eec7946-bcde-4a5e-b05d-6ef65bbfb11d New Democrats’ First Bill Will Provide a Clear Path to Pharmacare Coverage for All OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh announced that the NDP’s first bill will be a framework to make pharmacare coverage for all Canadians a reality. In letters to the Prime Minister and other opposition leaders, Singh offered to work with the other parties to ensure this bill, modelled off of the Canada Health Act, quickly becomes law so Canadians can finally get the pharmacare they’ve been promised for decades. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 9bb4a2e3-8a4f-4b56-b195-144791926534 NDP Statement on the New Coronavirus Outbreak NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, issued the following statement: Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq dbefe0ca-56a3-4a50-94b5-162367faa127 New Democrats Focused on Delivering the Solutions Canadians Need Now OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat MPs gathered in Ottawa to plan for the upcoming parliamentary sitting where they will continue to fight to deliver the things Canadians need to help with the problems they face every day. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq a27738c1-5ef6-48d9-ac68-3f7ad0f734e1 NDP Calls Out Shocking Legal Case Against Residential School Survivor OTTAWA – Today, NDP Critic for Indigenous Youth, Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay), called out federal Liberals for fighting compensation to a residential school survivor who was the victim of rape by an Indian Affairs official. “This Liberal government is using the Justice Department to fight against Indigenous Peoples,” said Angus. “This case is part of a dismal pattern that this government has employed against the legal rights of residential school survivors and First Nations children. This is an appalling misuse of the power of the Justice Department.”    Angus wrote to Minister Bennett to raise the case of the residential school survivor and demanded recognition for the rights of victims of government abuse and appropriate compensation to restore trust in the process of reconciliation.   “The right thing to do is to stop dragging residential school survivors in courts and giving compensation for the years of abuse they had to endure,” added Angus. “Enough empty words from this Liberal government. We need real action that will bring real justice to Indigenous Peoples in Canada.” Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq f65fb88f-502a-4a22-9877-a228729de00e Report Confirms Liberal Failure to Lift Canadian Children out of Poverty WINNIPEG – Campaign 2000’s most recent report reveals that the Liberal government's refusal to act on measures like pharmacare and a national childcare program has left over one million children still living in poverty across the country.  Tue, 14 Jan 2020 21:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 9ae5fb3d-6bd6-4a75-9c83-de820484ea2f NDP STATEMENT ON REVELATIONS ABOUT THE UKRAINIAN  FLIGHT 752 TRAGEDY Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement on the most recent revelations about the Ukrainian Flight 752 tragedy:  Sun, 12 Jan 2020 21:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq c399268a-7f17-406e-a546-b57826824cf7 NDP Statement on the Passing of John Crosbie NDP MP Jack Harris (St. John's East) made the following statement: Fri, 10 Jan 2020 19:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 88c8defe-d141-4a58-8305-cc60e79efd84 NDP Statement on Developing Situation in the Middle East Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement about the developing situation in the Middle East:  Wed, 08 Jan 2020 15:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 4dd167b7-1837-409b-85df-4d8008927cbf Canadian Workers Shouldn’t Have to Rely on American Politicians to Protect their Jobs NDP calls on Liberals to work together to improve trade transparency and get better deals instead of with Conservatives to keep the status quo Tue, 17 Dec 2019 16:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 778ee384-d29a-4708-8bee-02ba5e4bdcf0 Liberals and conservatives reject plan to put Canadians first OTTAWA — Last night, the Liberals teamed up with the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois to vote down and reject the NDP plan to make parliament deliver for Canadians. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 98616377-054f-4b6d-9199-b582c2da3485 Small changes to government tax plan would make a big difference for millions of Canadians OTTAWA – This morning, NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby) and Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) outlined the NDP proposal for small changes to the Liberals’ planned tax that would focus on the great help – including dental care – for middle class families and those who really need it. Mon, 09 Dec 2019 17:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 71e8d319-d452-4f98-a0e0-254f951dfebf NDP Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s NDP, issued the following statement: Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 4e39bf74-a560-4388-951b-9a949bb1ea15 Trudeau Must Keep Election Promise and Deliver Treatment Centre for Grassy Narrows OTTAWA — On Tuesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh stood with National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations, Ontario Regional Chief Roseanne Archibald, and Chief Rudy Turtle of Grassy Narrows First Nation, to join in their calls for Justin Trudeau to keep his promise to help the people of Grassy Narrows. Tue, 03 Dec 2019 13:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 3eb1d1c9-39ae-464f-8e57-998ff8eda6a5 Singh Visits Iqaluit, Calls for Urgent Climate Action Tougher targets and community investment are key Sun, 01 Dec 2019 17:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq aa349d44-a739-46f5-8826-346b1938ab32 MP Taylor Bachrach Named NDP Critic for Infrastructure and Communities OTTAWA– Today, while speaking at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced that he has named MP Taylor Bachrach (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) as Critic for Infrastructure and Communities in the NDP Shadow Cabinet. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 17:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 888b98c8-16cc-4d99-a13d-cf91eea1f896 Jagmeet Singh Announces NDP Leadership Roles in the House MP Peter Julian Named House Leader and MP Rachel Blaney Named Whip Sat, 23 Nov 2019 14:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq e470b614-190f-44ed-bda9-8fa03831d799 Trudeau shuffles cabinet, changes little More than new ministers, Liberals need to change who they're working for: Singh Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq b6a7199c-be0a-4064-a5a6-c7b3dfacbcb4