Photo: MP Linda Duncan and Hiroshima Peace Ambassador Setsuko Thurlow
NDP MP Linda Duncan is currently in New York City at the United Nations to discuss Nuclear Disarmament.
March 24th, 2017
OTTAWA – Ottawa – This week the NDP learned that a pay raise recommendation for RCMP members, which has been held up at the Treasury board since 2015, will not be given any further consideration than other public service wage requests. This is in spite of the unique challenges and risks undertaken by RCMP members, serious recruitment and retention issues for the force, as well as chronically low morale.
March 20th, 2017
March 10th, 2017
March 8th, 2017
Sheila Malcolmson, NDP Critic for the Status of Women, made the following statement:
“After decades of marching, protesting, resisting, and persisting for equal rights, this year we’ve seen first-hand that the women’s movement is stronger than ever. We’ve also seen misogynistic and prejudiced political rhetoric that make it clear we cannot stop fighting for gender equality and women’s rights.For years, front-line women’s organizations in Canada have been leading the way towards gender equality, while successive Liberal and Conservative governments have consistently failed to act.The current Liberal government was elected with high hopes of real change, but women are now facing the disappointing reality of a government that fails to back up feminist rhetoric with actual policies to improve women's equality.From 2015 to 2016, Canada dropped from 30th to 35th place on the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Index. Reports by the United Nations and groups like Amnesty International and Oxfam Canada are piling up, demonstrating that this government is not living up to its commitments to women.
March 8th, 2017
Sheila Malcolmson, NDP Critic for the Status of Women, made the following statement:“After decades of marching, protesting, resisting, and persisting for equal rights, this year we’ve seen first-hand that the women’s movement is stronger than ever. We’ve also seen misogynistic and prejudiced political rhetoric that make it clear we cannot stop fighting for gender equality and women’s rights.For years, front-line women’s organizations in Canada have been leading the way towards gender equality, while successive Liberal and Conservative governments have consistently failed to act.The current Liberal government was elected with high hopes of real change, but women are now facing the disappointing reality of a government that fails to back up feminist rhetoric with actual policies to improve women's equality.From 2015 to 2016, Canada dropped from 30th to 35th place on the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Index. Reports by the United Nations and groups like Amnesty International and Oxfam Canada are piling up, demonstrating that this government is not living up to its commitments to women.
March 3rd, 2017
OTTAWA – After the shocking revelations made by the Enquête/Fifth Estate television teams, NDP Revenue and Finance critics Pierre-Luc Dusseault and Alexandre Boulerice are calling on the Liberal government to launch a full investigation into the KPMG debacle and the role of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
March 2nd, 2017
The following statement was issued by Tom Mulcair, Leader of the NDP:
"The events of the last couple days are deeply troubling. Yesterday a bomb threat at Concordia University in Montreal targeted Muslim students and on Tuesday a suspected arson occurred at an Islamic information centre and mosque in Toronto.
February 23rd, 2017
Romeo Saganash, NDP critic for Indigenous affairs, made the following statement:
“Ten years ago today, the AFN and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada filed the human rights complaint that ultimately found the federal government racially discriminating against 163 000 First Nations’ children.
February 8th, 2017
February 7th, 2017
February 1st, 2017
New Democrat Critic for Democratic Reform, Nathan Cullen, made the following statement:
“In his most cynical decision to date, Justin Trudeau broke a black-and-white promise to Canadians to make every vote count. This is a betrayal of every Canadian that voted to change the electoral system as well as every Canadian who voted to do politics differently.
January 12th, 2017
December 15th, 2016
NDP Labour Critic, Sheri Benson, issued the following statement today:
“Activists, labour groups and health and safety advocates have long called for a ban on asbestos, and the government’s announcement today is a welcome step in the right direction. We hope that the changes announced today will mean that workers, as well as the public, will be better protected, and that Canada plays a leading role in eliminating asbestos in international trade.
December 14th, 2016
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, Hélène Laverdière released the following statement today:
The situation in Aleppo is horrifying. The situation in Syria is devastating. New Democrats call on the government of Canada to increase its diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire and political solution to the crisis. And we must support the investigation and prosecution of war crimes. These atrocities must not go unpunished.
December 12th, 2016
December 1st, 2016
November 23rd, 2016
OTTAWA — Today in the Finance Committee, the Liberals refused to support NDP amendments to the proposed CPP legislation which would have ensured that women and people living with disabilities are not unfairly penalized. Additionally, Liberal MPs shut down debate in a desperate move to avoid a motion that would have called on the government to fix this bill.
November 18th, 2016
NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, issued the following statement:
“Today, New Democrats are calling on the federal government to declare Canada’s opioid overdose crisis a national public health emergency. Additionally we urge the government to create a national multi-sectoral taskforce on opioid overdose, and repeal or significantly amend Bill C-2 to remove unnecessary barriers to opening new harm reduction facilities.
November 16th, 2016
November 10th, 2016
The NDP is criticizing the Liberal compensation plan for losses to the dairy industry caused by CETA. After abandoning dairy farmers on the issues of diafiltered milk and the Duties Relief Program, the Liberal government is being called out for failing to deliver the compensation it promised for the industry’s CETA-related losses.
November 9th, 2016
Today, the NDP is calling on the Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale, and the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to testify before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security about what they knew about CSIS’ illegal activities and when they became aware of them. It was revealed last week that CSIS has been illegally storing information on untold numbers of ordinary Canadians who pose no security threat whatsoever, through its Operational Data Analysis Centre (ODAC). This troubling revelation amounts to a massive breach of privacy, a grave disregard for the rule of law, and a disturbing attempt to hide an abuse of power from the Court
November 7th, 2016
November 1st, 2016
November 1st, 2016
October 4th, 2016
September 28th, 2016
September 22nd, 2016
OTTAWA – NDP Health Critic, Don Davies (Vancouver – Kingsway) has secured a key study of the opioid crisis in Canada. Davies won unanimous support from his colleagues when he put forward a motion calling on the Standing Committee on Health to make recommendations for dealing with the growing opioid crisis.
September 7th, 2016
August 25th, 2016
OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development, Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski), is calling on the federal government to put an end to the use of unpaid internships within the federal public service and to develop a comprehensive strategy that will end the practice of unpaid internships.
August 3rd, 2016
OTTAWA – NDP Transport Critic Linda Duncan (Edmonton – Strathcona) is calling for improved safety regulations regarding the transport of dangerous cargo. To that end, Duncan has announced her intention to introduce, in September, a bill to require strengthened measures to assess and regulate rail shipping of dangerous cargo.
July 26th, 2016
OTTAWA – New Democrats are alarmed at the human rights situation unfolding in Turkey, including Turkey’s President granting his government the ability to bypass parliament and rule by decree; Turkey’s decision to suspend the European Convention on Human Rights; and the possibility that Turkey will re-introduce the death penalty.
June 14th, 2016
NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier - Sainte-Marie) called on the Liberal government to immediately renew contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which helps Palestinian refugees in multiple countries. The previous Conservative government cut off all Canadian aid to UNRWA.
June 7th, 2016
OTTAWA — New Democrats have secured a significant victory for Canadians in the process of electoral reform. The Liberal government has voted in favor of the NDP’s plan to make reforming our electoral system a fair, inclusive process based on cross-party collaboration. The NDP motion establishes a committee to study future voting systems that represents all parties in Parliament and does not give an advantage to any single party.
May 18th, 2016
May 13th, 2016
April 13th, 2016
April 5th, 2016
April 4th, 2016
April 4th, 2016
NDP National Revenue critic Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke) made the following statement:
Operation 'Panama Papers' has exposed the shocking use of offshore tax havens. New Democrats have always fought against this kind of abuse that allows the wealthy to play by different rules than ordinary Canadians.
March 30th, 2016
OTTAWA- It's been two months since the damning indictment by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that called on the government to immediately end the systemic denial of services to Indigenous youth. And yet the Liberal budget has ignored the tribunal's call for immediate remedies. They didn't deliver one cent to implement Jordan's principle in the health care system and they shortchanged action on child welfare reform by 130 million dollars.
March 15th, 2016
March 11th, 2016
December 1st, 2014
OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the Canadian government to urgently increase humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, as a funding crisis today forced the United Nations World Food Programme to suspend a food voucher program serving over 1.7 million refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
November 27th, 2014
July 24th, 2012
May 29th, 2012
May 29, 2012
OTTAWA – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) and Deputy Critic Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay-Saint-Constant) are pleased the federal government will not appeal the recent Federal Court decision on the Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) Long Term Disability payments that ruled in favour of injured veterans. The federal government had until May 31st to announce its intention to appeal.
January 20th, 2012
By: Sonya Bell
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012
The one-day conference between First Nations and the Crown was announced in early December, as Ottawa came under fire for the housing crisis on the northern Ontario reserve. Chiefs have been calling for the meeting since their 2010 annual general assembly.
December 14th, 2011
November 30th, 2011
November 9th, 2011
Posted on November 9, 2011
By Samantha Power
The national panel on Aboriginal education creates controversy over treaty rights
It's internationally acknowledged that Canada is failing to provide equal access to education for Aboriginal students, so when a new national panel was announced last year, it came to the disappointment of many that there would be yet another discussion about the state of education, rather than a constructive action plan.
October 25th, 2011
October 25th, 2011
Posted in the Winnipeg Sun, October 25, 2011By Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau
OTTAWA - A Conservative MP offered a muted mea culpa Tuesday for posting a video on his website that shows a cartoon wheat board executive telling an ambitious wannabe grain farmer to "slow down young man, you are talking Eskimo."
August 31st, 2011
July 5th, 2011
The frustration and grief are evident on the face of the man who has bent over to cry at the news. The photo is of Chief Raoni of Brazil receiving word that a massive hydro-electric dam will be built on the river that ties his community to the land. The photo is circling the Internet, encompassing the exhaustion felt when a David finally succumbs to Goliath and there is nothing left to do but grieve for what you have lost.