Canada’s NDP » Newsroom en New Democrats call on federal government to give Canadians more information on COVID-19 VANCOUVER – Today, NDP Health Critic Don Davies called on the federal government to release its modelling and projections of COVID-19 transmission in Canada. "The federal government has a responsibility to be open with Canadians. Transparency is essential for maintaining the understanding, cooperation and trust of the public as we confront this pandemic," said Davies. "We can't fight this virus blindly. Without access to federal data, Canadians are being left in the dark on the potential duration of physical distancing measures and our health care system's capacity to respond to the outbreak." Last Friday, the province of British Columbia released its forecasts of COVID-19 transmission and the province of Alberta has pledged to release its modelling by the end of this week. But when asked about releasing federal models, Prime Minister Trudeau has simply said, "There are a wide range of projections depending on how Canadians are behaving." "Canadians have the right to know if we're ready for all outbreak scenarios," added Davies. "The Prime Minister needs to follow the leadership of his provincial counterparts by releasing federal COVID-19 modelling and projections immediately." Thu, 02 Apr 2020 20:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq ea0960cb-0284-42ce-bdb7-beada8ba16e8 Canadians need help now. Not in weeks or months: NDP NEW WESTMINSTER – Today, NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian used his time at the House of Commons Finance Committee meeting to call on the Finance Minister to stop dragging their feet, get financial support to people who need it and use their power to make the banks waive interest fees and charges on credit cards, mortgages, and bank loans for the period of the crisis. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 20:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 3c5523dd-dcac-4742-9fd9-dce4a9ff3318 NDP renews call for federal help for looming mortgage and rent crisis OTTAWA – With the first of the month just days away, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh, NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian, and NDP Housing Critic Jenny Kwan have written to the Prime Minister, renewing their call for a moratorium on rent, mortgage and utility payments. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 6dbefa36-6ebe-485c-b25a-86cb5494ba67 New Democrats, Business and Union Leaders Win Increased Wage Subsidy for Workers OTTAWA – This week, New Democrats worked with business and labour leaders to successfully push the federal government to increase the wage subsidy to support workers and small and medium-sized businesses, and to keep Canadians working. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 9a600114-4dd6-4395-997f-0c4dfeba534e Eight Things the Government Must Do to Help Canadians Through The COVID-19 Pandemic New Democrats lay out plan to help Canadians now  Tue, 24 Mar 2020 11:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq dc3c613f-11b8-473e-9b2f-5ba87f949b90 NDP Proposes Plan to Get Money into People’s Hands and Save Jobs New Democrats are calling on the government to follow the lead of other countries and provide direct assistance to all and increase its wage subsidy to keep workers in their jobs  Mon, 23 Mar 2020 10:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 81994ede-cf19-4ebb-8cf1-b2c10b1aae33 NDP MP calls for support for agricultural sector during COVID-19 pandemic NDP MP and Critic for Agriculture, Alistair MacGregor, made the following statement: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 20:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq e3433d6e-ec1d-4e22-afd7-6e3da8236028 Liberals must put Canadians ahead of credit card companies Today, NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian and Industry Critic Brian Masse highlighted the NDP’s call to waive interest fees and charges on credit cards for at least the next two payments cycles. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq f2d0bc46-80e7-43e0-8d7c-4a493e6bfd74 Government needs credible plan for gig economy workers hammered by COVID-19 slow down TIMMINS – Today, NDP Critic for Income Inequality and Affordability, Charlie Angus, called on the Liberal government to explain its economic plan to support workers facing serious economic hits from the COVID-19 pandemic. Angus emphasized the precarious state of finances for people in the gig economy and those who live off commissions and contracts who aren't normally eligible for employment insurance. "The government's announcement fails to reveal how precarious workers will be compensated for the lost hours during the pandemic," said Angus. "These are workers who don't have the luxury of waiting while the government figures out how they’ll address the complex varieties of workers in the gig economy. We must act now." The NDP welcomes the government's promise to bring in new programs for those who don't qualify for EI benefits like the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support benefit. But many Canadians will not receive this additional help until April or May. For a growing number of Canadians, this will be a financial disaster. "The Prime Minister promised that no one would be left behind in these extraordinary times, but that’s exactly what’s happening across the country," added Angus. "The Liberals may not realize just how extensive the gig economy has become in this country. They must do everything in their power to ensure that cheques are going out to stabilize the lives of workers who are facing unprecedented disruptions.Tinkering with programs aren’t going to cut it." Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 637595fa-4293-429b-8ae4-837fb634b190 Singh Calls on the Government to Make Sure Federal Funding is Reaching Communities Quickly Urgent action is needed to support Indigenous communities during the COVID-19 pandemic Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 26d09929-ba58-4b13-a07c-98ae470084be NDP Statement in Response to the Prime Minister’s Update on COVID-19 NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 07547275-c03f-4b83-ba11-d2c7eb25f438 Canadian families need the government to come through for them As the spread of COVID-19 continues, people are concerned not only about their health, but also about their ability to keep paying the bills and putting food on the table. Mon, 16 Mar 2020 16:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq bc4b2077-0bdb-4507-b4da-dc1a0281f388 Canadian Workers Faced with COVID-19 Need Direct Support OTTAWA – Today, New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to put Canadian workers first by ensuring their package to stimulate the economy does more than just help corporations. Canadians impacted by COVID-19 can’t wait for support to stay home and pay their bills – they need help now.  Fri, 13 Mar 2020 15:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq d1e7cca3-d9d9-4c07-b6da-9c4e0862a853 NDP demands answers on RCMP use of facial recognition software OTTAWA – Today, NDP Critic for Ethics, Charlie Angus raised concerns about the RCMP's use of facial recognition software and called on the Liberals to tell Canadians why the nation's police force repeatedly denied using it before eventually coming clean. Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:30:00 +0000 @ndp_hq e52ec86b-88ab-4262-adcc-c2ba0fcca8d3 NDP Statement on International Women's Day NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement: Sun, 08 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 71bc1cf5-7358-450b-bdb2-11c1fe9b8e13 Liberals fail by excluding Indigenous Services Minister from COVID-19 committee OTTAWA – Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Northern Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and NDP Health Critic Don Davies called on Prime Minister Trudeau to reconsider his decision to exclude the Indigenous Services Minister from the coronavirus Cabinet Committee to handle the COVID-19 response. Fri, 06 Mar 2020 21:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 4b239e23-ac7c-429f-997f-f28baf8fdb2f Women Can’t Afford to Wait, Let’s Bring in Real Solutions to Help Make Their Lives Better Now LONDON – To mark International Women’s Day, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was joined by NDP MP Lindsay Mathyssen (London – Fanshawe) at My Sisters' Place in London to call on Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to bring in real progress with affordable housing, affordable childcare and a plan to end gender-based violence to make a difference in women’s lives now. Fri, 06 Mar 2020 10:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 4e9f4a21-6833-49b7-8ac6-8c97cbfe1e93 Gazan’s Climate Emergency Action Act to Make a Healthy Environment a Human Right WINNIPEG – Taking another step forward in the fight against the climate crisis, Leah Gazan, NDP Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre introduced Bill C-232, the Climate Emergency Action Act. Bill C-232, once adopted, will ensure that a safe, clean, and healthy environment is recognized as a human right in Canada. Thu, 05 Mar 2020 17:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 441d423b-f291-4777-90f8-f2c6dcd3a25d NDP Calls on Liberals to Make Changes to Improve Media Support Fund OTTAWA – Ahead of this year’s federal budget, the NDP is calling on the government to make some key changes to the federal media support fund. The first change would move the cap for a salary admissible for a tax credit from $55,000 to $85,000. The second change would increase the amount of the salary admissible for a tax credit from 25% to 35%. These changes would bring the fund in line with a similar program offered by the Quebec government. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:45:00 +0000 @ndp_hq aac1a885-f60b-4c34-89b2-fae7bf0e4272 On eighth anniversary, first nation kids still waiting OTTAWA – Eight years after the Parliament of Canada voted unanimously to pass the Shannen's Dream motion to end the systemic underfunding of First Nation schools, children on reserves across Canada are still waiting for justice. Today, NDP Critic for Indigenous Youth Charlie Angus and Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, marked the anniversary with a call for the Liberals to finally follow through on their promises to Indigenous children with real action, justice, and basic fairness. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:00:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 21e0f793-4708-46d9-95b5-d41040b05039 New Democrats Call for Improvements to Employment Insurance OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat Deputy Leader Alexandre Boulerice was joined by representatives of the Conseil national des chômeurs et chômeuses (CNC) and the Bloc Québécois, to renew calls for the federal Liberals to finally make the concrete changes that workers need to Employment Insurance.    The long-overdue changes being called for include permanently extending sickness benefits from 15 to 50 weeks and extending the current pilot project for seasonal workers.    "Workers have the right to have access to an employment insurance program that meets their needs, whether they’re dealing with serious illness or working through seasonal work," said Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La-Petite-Patrie).    Last week, the Liberals were the only members of parliament to vote against extending sickness benefits from 15 to 50 weeks, an important measure for people who suffer, for example, from cancer. Following the vote on the motion, NDP EI Critic Daniel Blaikie introduced a bill that would permanently extend the coverage period to 50 weeks.    "The NDP has a long history of campaigning to improve access to and coverage of Employment Insurance," said Boulerice. “The Liberals have promised to make changes, but again, their words need to be backed up by actual action." Wed, 26 Feb 2020 17:15:00 +0000 @ndp_hq 12269d86-18be-49ad-9ed8-ed8384fd5806 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