Press Releases

March 28th, 2017

NDP in New York to discuss nuclear disarmament

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

Liberals must treat RCMP members fairly: NDP

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 22nd, 2017

Budget 2017 disappoints on building a fair economy

OTTAWA – Canadians struggling with precarious employment, rising costs, and record household debt got little in the Liberal budget to make Canada’s economy work for them, while the wealthy and well-connected were rewarded.

March 21st, 2017

NDP Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Tom Mulcair, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, made the following statement:

March 20th, 2017

We must do more to end violence against young women: NDP

OTTAWA – Following a report from the Committee on the Status of Women on violence against young women and girls, NDP Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) tabled a supplementary report urging the federal Liberals to immediately implement a National Action Plan.

March 14th, 2017

NDP: Suspend Safe Third Country Agreement to save lives

NDP Critic on Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, Jenny Kwan, issued the following statement:

“Last week, a man from Ivory Coast was hospitalized after being found collapsed in the snow after trying to cross into Canada.

March 10th, 2017

Linda Duncan slams Trudeau Government for failure to protect World Heritage Site

EDMONTON – NDP Environment and Climate Change Critic Linda Duncan (M.P. Edmonton Strathcona) is calling on the Federal Government to act immediately to protect Wood Buffalo National Park, a World Heritage Site, following a damning report issued today by the United Nations.

March 9th, 2017

NDP wins vote on tax fairness

NDP secured enough support to pass a motion to tackle tax havens, loopholes and giveaways that benefit the wealthy

March 9th, 2017

NDP statement on Senator Beyak's comments regarding residential schools

NDP Indigenous Affairs critic, and residential school survivor, Romeo Saganash made the following statement:

March 8th, 2017

NDP statement on International Women’s Day

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

NDP statement on International Women’s Day

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

NDP demands full investigation to uncover KPMG affair

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

NDP Statement on recent events targeting the Muslim community

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

NDP commemorates 10th anniversary of Human Rights complaint on First Nations child services

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 14th, 2017

NDP welcomes landmark decision in favour of Sixties Scoop survivors

New Democrat critic for Indigenous affairs, Romeo Saganash, made the following statement following the Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in the Brown v. Canada case:

February 14th, 2017

Liberals 'Sorry, not sorry' for abandoning electoral reform promise

OTTAWA – On Tuesday, Liberal MPs voted down an NDP motion calling on the government to apologize for abandoning its promise to reform Canada’s outdated and unfair voting system.

February 8th, 2017

NDP motion will force Liberals to admit they misled Canadians

OTTAWA – On Wednesday, the NDP announced it will be forcing a vote on the Liberals decision to break their promise to change Canada’s electoral system and make 2015 the last election held under the current outdated and unfair voting system.

February 7th, 2017

Restrictive rules on medical aid in dying failing Canadians

OTTAWA – On Tuesday, marking the two year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on medical aid in dying, NDP Justice Critic Murray Rankin issued a scathing assessment of the government’s restrictive rules on physician assisted dying legislation.

February 1st, 2017

Trudeau reveals that he misled voters on democratic reform

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 26th, 2017

NDP outlines top priorities for new session

OTTAWA – Following their caucus strategy session, New Democrat MPs laid out their priorities for the upcoming parliamentary session, including holding the Liberal government to account on their recent ethic scandals and fighting for a Canada that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and the well-connected.

January 26th, 2017

NDP statement on Trump’s immigration policies

NDP Critic on Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, Jenny Kwan, issued the following statement:

“Today Donald Trump signed executive orders to erect walls and barriers to the peaceful immigration of people into the United States.

January 20th, 2017

Linda Duncan to speak at Women’s March

For Immediate Release

EDONTON - Linda Duncan (MP Edmonton Strathcona) will join millions across North America and around the world coming together to speak in defence of women’s, immigrants and broader human rights.

January 12th, 2017

Cullen asks new Electoral Reform Minister to co-draft bill

OTTAWA – On Thursday, the NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen invited the new Minister for Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, to jointly draft the government’s electoral reform legislation with opposition parties.

December 15th, 2016

NDP welcomes long-awaited ban on asbetos

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 statement on the situation in Aleppo

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

NDP MP Ashton concludes national precarious work consultation with groundbreaking call to action

Critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski) is challenging the federal government to tackle the emerging precarious work crisis faced by Canadians who belong to the Millennial generation.

December 1st, 2016

NDP Statement on World AIDS Day

New DemocratHealth Critic, Don Davies, made the following statement:

“On this World AIDS Day, Canada’s New Democrats remain steadfast in our commitment to building a world where no one has to know the isolation, stigmatization and pain brought on by HIV/AIDS.

December 1st, 2016

Historic report lays out path to a fair voting system

OTTAWA – The Special Committee on Electoral Reform released its final report Thursday morning, which makes a historic recommendation of a Proportional Representation voting system for Canada.

November 29th, 2016

Experts back NDP move to strengthen spy oversight committee

OTTAWA — Pressure is growing on the government to accept changes to Bill C-22 after a string of experts have backed NDP amendments that would expand the powers of the new security watchdog.

November 23rd, 2016

LIBERALS REJECT ATTEMPT TO FIX CPP BILL

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 proposes fixing flawed Liberal Bill on CPP

OTTAWA — The NDP announced they will be introducing amendments to the Liberal legislation on enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan in order to fix a provision that penalizes women and people living with disabilities.

November 18th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON THE OPIOID CRISIS

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

It's time for a complete ban on asbestos

Today, NDP MP Sheri Benson held a joint press conference with the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff, in a combined effort to force the government to impose a complete ban on asbestos and all products containing asbestos in Canada.

November 10th, 2016

VETERANS DESERVE BETTER

NDP Veterans Affairs Critic, Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), is calling on the Liberal government to better recognize and value the contributions of Canada’s veterans.

November 10th, 2016

Liberals must fully compensate dairy farmers for CETA losses

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

Liberal ministers must reveal what they knew about CSIS data storing

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

Liberal oil spill response measures don't go far enough

OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, MP Fin Donnelly (Port Moody – Coquitlam) today expressed his support for some of the measures announced today but called for more to be done to protect our coasts.

November 3rd, 2016

It's time to end Veteran discrimination

OTTAWA — Yesterday, NDP Veterans Affairs Critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), along with NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni), introduced two bills that will amend discriminatory legislation impacting veterans and their families.

November 3rd, 2016

NDP supports plan to reduce government energy use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Linda Duncan, MP for Edmonton Strathcona and NDP Environment Critic expressed support for the government’s announcement on reducing federal energy use.

November 1st, 2016

Liberal privatization scheme will leave Canadians paying more

OTTAWA – The NDP is condemning the Liberal government for its scheme to privatize public infrastructure that will mean new tolls and user fees where there are none, and the hiking of fees where they already exist.

November 1st, 2016

NDP statement on the adoption of motion to end discrimination against First Nations Children

NDP Indigenous Affairs Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) made the following statement following the adoption of his motion on ending discrimination against First Nations children.

November 1st, 2016

NDP statement on the adoption of motion to end discrimination against First Nations Children

NDP Indigenous Affairs Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) made the following statement following the adoption of his motion on ending discrimination against First Nations children.

October 26th, 2016

End discrimination against First Nations children

OTTAWA – Today, the NDP announced that it will put the issue of First Nations child welfare to a vote in Parliament as an opposition day motion in the coming days. New Democrats are calling on the government to comply with the historic ruling of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordering the end of discrimination against First Nations children.

October 26th, 2016

Fix homophobic military records now

OTTAWA- The NDP is calling on the federal government to take immediate action and correct service records for former members of the Canadian Forces who were given dishonourable discharges for being gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

October 25th, 2016

Liberals must act on precarious work for millennials

NDP is calling on Liberals to act on precarious work for young Canadians instead of continue to shrug it off as if there is nothing to be done.

October 17th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON SITUATION IN ETHIOPIA

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, Hélène Laverdière, and NDP Vice Chair of the Subcommittee for International Human Rights, Cheryl Hardcastle, released the following statement today:

October 14th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF JIM PRENTICE

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the passing of Jim Prentice:

“It is with great sadness that Catherine and I learned of the sudden passing of Jim Prentice today.

October 4th, 2016

Liberals reject oversight of Canadian arms exports

Government votes against NDP motion that would have established Parliamentary committee to investigate Canadian arms exports to human rights abusers

October 4th, 2016

NDP calls on government to act on nuclear safety

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Liberal government to act on the findings in the Environment Commissioner’s fall report concerning troubling gaps in the inspection of nuclear power plants by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

September 28th, 2016

NDP Call on Government to Repeal Ministerial Directive on Torture

OTTAWA – The NDP is urging the Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale to end the ministerial directive, which permits the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to use information derived from torture.

September 27th, 2016

NDP Tables Bill to Strengthen Rail Safety

OTTAWA- On Tuesday, NDP Critic for Environment and Climate Change, Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), tabled a Private Member’s Bill to strengthen the regulation of dangerous goods shipped by rail.

September 22nd, 2016

NDP SECURES EMERGENCY STUDY OF OPIOID CRISIS

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

NDP statement on the situation in Gabon

The NDP Critic for Foreign Affairs, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier–Sainte-Marie), and the NDP Critic for International Development, Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières), issued the following statement:

September 7th, 2016

LIBERALS TURNING A BLIND EYE TO FOREIGN ARMS SALES

LIBERALS TURNING A BLIND EYE TO FOREIGN ARMS SALES

OTTAWA- Amid new reports of Canadian arms exported to countries with poor human rights records, New Democrats are renewing their call for a Parliamentary body to examine arms exports.

August 25th, 2016

LIBERAL GOVERNMENT MUST END USE OF UNPAID INTERNSHIPS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE

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

NDP TO INTRODUCE BILL TO STRENGTHEN RAIL SAFETY

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

NEW DEMOCRATS ALARMED BY CRACKDOWN IN TURKEY

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.

July 14th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON NATIONAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN DAIRY PRODUCERS AND PROCESSORS OF CANADA

NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau made the following statement:

“The new agreement between farmers and processors is excellent news for the dairy industry. However, it should not be forgotten that the efficiency of our supply management system is based on three pillars and that one of them – import control – is in the hands of government. Regardless of the content of the agreement, if the government continues to not do its job properly in the case of diafiltered milk and the Duty Deferral Program, the industry will still have to pay for the Liberal’s mismanagement.

July 12th, 2016

LIBERALS MUST TAKE PRINCIPLED ACTION IN WAKE OF SAUDI ARABIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière issued the following statement:

As yet more stories emerge of Canadian-made military equipment being used to target Saudi dissidents, New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to stop making excuses and start taking concrete action to stand up for human rights.

June 20th, 2016

NDP statement on World Refugee Day

NDP Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship critic Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East) made the following statement on World Refugee Day:

June 14th, 2016

Government must restore Palestinian refugee funding

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 14th, 2016

NDP CALLS FOR MANDATORY LABELLING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

New Democrat MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke) tabled Bill C-291 this morning calling for the mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods.

June 7th, 2016

NDP SECURES COLLABORATIVE PROCESS ON ELECTORAL REFORM

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

NDP WELCOMES OFFICIAL APOLOGY ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOMAGATA MARU TRAGEDY

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru tragedy:

May 18th, 2016

NDP OUTRAGED AS LIBERALS TAKE VETERANS BACK TO COURT

New Democrats are outraged by reports today that veterans are yet again being fought in court by their own government that will deny our heroes their benefits. This comes after the Liberal Party campaigned on bringing back a lifetime pension for veterans.

May 13th, 2016

LIBERALS LACKING AMBITION ON INTERNATIONAL AID

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister called the UN goal to spend 0.7% of Gross Domestic Product on foreign aid "too ambitious”. The Minister of International Development had announced earlier this year that her government wouldn't meet the 0.7% foreign aid goal.

May 12th, 2016

RADIO-CANADA, TELEFILM CANADA, NFB: WHERE IS THE PROMISED FUNDING?

After new spending for Canada's cultural sector was announced in the last federal budget, the NDP is disappointed to see that the latest documents tabled by the Treasury Board make no mention of this reinvestment.

April 27th, 2016

HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL PUTS LIBERALS UNDER THIRD PARTY MANAGEMENT

Angus: After months of delays in protecting indigenous kids, the Human Rights Tribunal has now ordered the Liberal government to take immediate action – essentially putting them under third Party Management

April 20th, 2016

NDP MOTION: WE MUST PROTECT OUR DAIRY PRODUCERS

OTTAWA – New Democrats announced today they want to ensure that the Liberal government keeps its election promises and commitments made at the beginning of its mandate and require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.

April 13th, 2016

NDP PRESENTS HOUSING RECOMMENDATIONS

MONTRÉAL — Today, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) released the report from her cross-Canada housing tour. After a three-year tour of more than thirty communities, Boutin-Sweet reports that the situation is devastating.

April 5th, 2016

LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IGNORING WARNINGS, LEAVING FARMERS BEHIND ON TRADE

OTTAWA - Despite warnings from Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about the negative impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal on Canada, Liberals are pushing ahead while refusing to commit to compensation for industries that will be hurt.

April 4th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON CONFLICT IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH

The following statement was issued today by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie):

"This weekend's clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh are profoundly alarming and represent the most serious escalation of this conflict in more than 20 years.

April 4th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON THE "PANAMA PAPERS” SCANDAL

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

NDP REALITY CHECK: Prime Minister to Unemployed Canadians: "You Should Be Pleased”

Justin Trudeau's message to Canadians impacted by the economic downturn has changed dramatically over the past two months.

March 30th, 2016

LIBERAL BUDGET FAILS INDIGENOUS YOUTH AND IGNORES TRIBUNAL RULING

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

NDP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE PRECARIOUS WORK IN MILLENIAL GENERATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA — New Democrats are launching a campaign to address the rising challenge of precarious work among millennials, which leaves many young Canadians with little job security, no benefits, and no ability to plan for the future.

March 11th, 2016

NDP TO CALL MINISTER TO TESTIFY AT FINANCE COMMITTEE ABOUT KPMG TAX EVASION SCHEME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA — New Democrats are putting forward a motion at Finance Committee calling on National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, key CRA officials and KPMG executives to testify regarding the tax evasion scandal revealed in leaked documents.

March 7th, 2016

LIBERALS REFUSE TO FIX BROKEN EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA — Liberal MPs voted against an NDP motion urging the government to keep its election promises and fix the broken Employment Insurance system in Ottawa this evening.

February 24th, 2016

NDP MOTION: FIX BROKEN EI SYSTEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA — New Democrats announced today they are moving to hold the Liberal government to account on its promises to fix our broken Employment Insurance system.

February 16th, 2016

NDP CALLS FOR BALANCED GENDER REPRESENTATION ON CROWN CORPORATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Today, Sheila Malcolmson, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith and NDP Critic for Status of Women, introduced a Bill to require gender balance on Crown corporation boards of directors.

February 4th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON WORLD CANCER DAY

NDP Health critic Don Davies made the following statement on World Cancer Day:

“With the theme ‘We can. I can’, World Cancer Day 2016 will explore how everyone – researchers, family members, volunteers, medical professionals, governments and donors – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

January 26th, 2016

SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION MUST END IN CANADA

NDP Indigenous Affairs critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) made the following statement in the decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal regarding First Nations child welfare:

January 15th, 2016

FOR-PROFIT, PAID BLOOD DONATION SCHEME MUST BE STOPPED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP Health Critic, Don Davies, cites lessons from inquiry into tainted blood scandal

OTTAWA – NDP Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) is calling on the Liberal government to adopt a national ban of for-profit and paid-donor blood clinics in Canada. This comes after repeated attempts by a private, for-profit blood plasma company to open clinics in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan that would offer payments to donors.

January 13th, 2016

LIBERALS NEED TO FIX FAMILY REUNIFICATION IMMEDIATELY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Liberal government needs to act swiftly to fix the broken family reunification plan, the NDP said today after it was revealed that this year’s parent and grandparent quotas were exceeded in three days. In the past three years, the extremely low quota for applications have resulted in families being forced to buy their way into the program with expensive fees for couriers willing to camp out in line.

December 16th, 2015

TIME FOR URGENT ACTION ON SOCIAL HOUSING

In only a few days, several agreements between the federal government and social and cooperative housing providers will expire. New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to honour its commitment to renew the agreements.

May 27th, 2015

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Tonight, Conservatives voted down M-444, A National Action Plan to End Violence against Women. The bill’s sponsor, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement:

May 12th, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR VETERANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) made the following statement on the adoption of the NDP motion to ensure federal covenant with veterans is honoured.

May 11th, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR WOMEN

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April 22nd, 2015

CONSERVATIVES FAIL TO PROTECT UNPAID INTERNS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP MP Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles) made the following statement on the defeat of her motion:

April 14th, 2015

STATEMENT BY THE NDP LEADER ON VAISAKHI

Official Opposition leader, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement on the occasion of Vaisakhi:

"Vahiguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Vahiguru Ji Ki Fateh!

"On behalf of New Democrats, I would like to wish all Sikh Canadians a joyous Vaisakhi.

April 9th, 2015

STATEMENT BY THE NDP LEADER ON THE 98TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge:

March 27th, 2015

TIME TO RENEW CANADA’S COMMITMENT TO ELIMINATE CHILD POVERTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

An NDP Government will eliminate the stock options tax loophole

OTTAWA –Speaking to a packed house at the Broadbent Institute Progress Summit, Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair announced that an NDP government will commit to reducing income inequality and will renew Canada’s commitment to eliminate child poverty.

March 27th, 2015

DECISION TO END HOME DELIVERY OF MAIL A SHAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – An analysis of Canada Post’s finances has revealed that ending the home delivery of mail was completely unnecessary.

March 27th, 2015

NDP STANDING UP FOR THE CBC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The new cuts announced at the CBC – of which half will affect rural communities – reaffirm the urgent need to cancel the Conservatives’ devastating cuts to this Crown corporation, as well as the importance of ensuring stable, long-term, predictable financing to protect the CBC.

March 19th, 2015

TWO FORMER JUDGES JOIN THE NDP TO OPPOSE THE CONTROVERSIAL BILL C-51

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VANCOUVER – NDP leader Tom Mulcair continued his tour in Vancouver today along with two former judges, who will be candidates in this year’s federal election, all voicing opposition to the dangerous and controversial Bill C-51.

March 12th, 2015

NDP URGES CONSERVATIVES TO SUPPORT LANDMARK DEMENTIA LEGISLATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – NDP MP Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) is urging the Conservatives, including federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose, to support his landmark bill for Canada’s first pan-Canadian dementia strategy.

March 10th, 2015

CONSERVATIVES FAIL TO SPEND MILLIONS MEANT FOR THE WEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP is troubled to learn that the Conservative government has repeatedly failed to spend millions of dollars allocated for economic diversification. From 2010 to 2014, the Government left untouched $70 million for Western Economic Diversification.

March 4th, 2015

NDP PROMISES TO CLEAN UP CONSERVATIVE MESS AT CANADA REVENUE AGENCY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Conservative mismanagement and reckless cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency have left taxpayers with inaccurate advice and inadequate service. New Democrats will work with small business organizations and consumer groups to enhance the system and develop a new culture of customer service ‎at the CRA.

March 4th, 2015

VETERANS WITH PERMANENT INJURIES SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO REVI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The recent decision by the Conservative government to change the requirement for disabled veterans to provide proof of their injuries every three years, instead of every year shows just how badly the Conservatives are failing veterans and their families.

February 25th, 2015

NDP CRITICAL OF SENATE ATTEMPT TO BLOCK TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – On this Anti-bullying Day, the NDP is criticizing the unelected Senate for blocking Bill C-279 aimed at protecting the rights of transgender people, after it was legitimately adopted two years ago by elected members of all parties in the House of Commons.

February 25th, 2015

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ANTI-BULLYING DAY

NDP MP Dany Morin (Chicoutimi – Le Fjord) made the following statement on Anti-Bullying Day:

February 10th, 2015

MULCAIR URGES HARPER TO HELP FREE FAHMY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – NDP leader Tom Mulcair has written a second letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to personally intervene to help secure the release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who has been imprisoned in Egypt for over a year.

February 10th, 2015

CONSERVATIVES ADOPT NDP PLAN ON DRUG SHORTAGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – After years of defending the broken system of voluntary reporting, the Conservatives have finally adopted the NDP proposal to require mandatory reporting of drug shortages. The new plan is a victory for doctors and patients, who have been complaining for years that the voluntary system was not working.

February 5th, 2015

MAKE THE ECONOMY WORK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP is putting forward an opposition day motion calling on the Conservatives to take immediate action to stimulate job creation and support the middle class.

February 4th, 2015

NDP MOTION TO END CHILD POVERTY A VICTORY FOR ALL CANADIANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough – Rouge River) applauds the passing of her motion, M-534, to create a national poverty elimination strategy:

February 1st, 2015

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 1, 2015

The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Black History Month:

January 27th, 2015

TOM MULCAIR PROPOSES CONCRETE MEASURES TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Manufacturing, Innovation and Lower Small Business Taxes Will Create Good Jobs and New Opportunities for the Middle Class.”

January 27th, 2015

STATEMENT BY THE NDP OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

NDP leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“Today we mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

January 26th, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON CONST. DAVID WYNN

NDP MP Linda Duncan (Edmonton – Strathcona) made the following statement on RCMP Const. David Wynn’s funeral:

December 19th, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON STEPHEN HARPER’S REFUSAL TO LAUNCH AN INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo – Cowichan) and Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement on Stephen Harper’s stubborn refusal to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women:

December 18th, 2014

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON STEPHEN HARPER’S CARBON TAX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition Environment Critic, Megan Leslie (Halifax), made the following statement on Stephen Harper’s carbon tax:

December 16th, 2014

NDP AND FAIR VOTE CANADA STAND UP FOR ELECTORAL REFORM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Together with Fair Vote Canada, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair reiterated the NDP’s commitment to introduce a mixed-member proportional system, which would make the 2015 election the last unfair election.

December 16th, 2014

STOFFER COMMENTS ON VETERAN’S VICTORY IN AGENT ORANGE CASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONCTON– NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer congratulated veteran Basil McAllister today for winning a federal court case that forces Veterans Affairs Canada to grant him disability compensation in relation to his exposure to defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown.

December 10th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES REJECT BILL THAT COULD HAVE SAVED THE LIVES OF PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – In voting against Bill C-603, the Conservative government has thrown out a simple measure that could have gone a long way to bolstering the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in Canada, and save lives.

December 4th, 2014

THE CONSERVATIVES SAY NO TO A FAIR ELECTIONS SYSTEM

OTTAWA – Today Conservatives said no to a fair elections system.

“The NDP put forward a simple motion asking all parties to commit to replacing Canada’s unfair electoral system with a system of mixed-member proportional representation following the next election. I was disappointed to see the Conservatives and even some Liberals vote against the initiative,” said NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto – Danforth).

December 2nd, 2014

THE NDP WANTS TO IMPLEMENT A MIXED PROPORTIONAL SYSTEM

OTTAWA – The NDP will use its time in the House of Commons Wednesday to turn the government’s attention to the need to implement a mixed proportional electoral system, in order to ensure that 2015 will be the last in the era of unfair elections.

December 2nd, 2014

VICTORY FOR THALIDOMIDE VICTIMS

OTTAWA – Following a five-decade battle for recognition and support, Thalidomide victims will finally get the support they need, after all parties rallied behind the NDP’s motion last week to compensate them.

December 1st, 2014

NDP ASKS THE CONSERVATIVES TO BOOST AID TO SYRIAN REFUGEES FACING FOOD CRISIS

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

NEW DEMOCRATS PLEASED WITH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT OF OUR OPPOSITION DAY MOTION FOR THALIDOMIDE VICTIMS

OTTAWA – The NDP welcomes the confirmation that the Conservative government intends to support our Opposition Day motion to compensate Canadian Thalidomide survivors, who have been fighting to get the care they need for more than five decades.

November 25th, 2014

MORE RESOUNDING FAILURES FROM THE CONSERVATIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Today’s Auditor General’s report again illustrates the Conservative government’s inadequate management of public finances and services that Canadians rely on.

November 4th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES LET DOWN CONSUMERS AND SMALL BUSINESS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - After promising to take real action on merchant fees, today Conservatives retreated in the face of opposition from Visa and Mastercard, ensuring Canadian consumers and small businesses will continue to pay more, and get less.

November 3rd, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR THREE MAJOR STUDIES AT FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - New Democrats are taking the lead at the Foreign Affairs Committee by proposing studies on some of the most pressing issues facing the international community: the brutal onslaught of ISIL, the aftermath of this summer’s conflict in the Middle East, and the democratic movement in Hong Kong.

October 31st, 2014

ENERGY EAST PIPELINE: NEW DEMOCRATS REITERATE CALL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

OTTAWA – As TransCanada files its application for the Energy East pipeline, New Democrats are reiterating the vital importance of a fair, rigorous and open project review process.

October 29th, 2014

LINDA DUNCAN INTRODUCES LANDMARK ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS BILL

Full Text of the Bill on the Parliament of Canada Website

Petition to Enact a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights (Bill C-634): Download PDF English | Français

October 17th, 2014

BIRD WATCHERS ARE NOT CRIMINALS

OTTAWA – The NDP is concerned that instead of going after tax cheats, the Conservatives are using Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) resources to intimidate a law-abiding nature group.

October 14th, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS LAUNCH AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE PLAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA — Today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and his caucus members across the country announced their plan to create or maintain one million affordable childcare spaces across Canada. The goal is to ensure parents don’t pay more than $15-a-day for a childcare space.

October 7th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES WILL MISS THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENTAL TARGETS

OTTAWA – The Environment Commissioner today confirmed what New Democrats have been warning for years: the Conservative government has failed to tackle climate change.

October 3rd, 2014

Speech by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in response to Prime Minister Harper’s Statement on Iraq

Speech by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in response to Prime Minister Harper’s Statement on Iraq / Discours du chef du NPD Thomas Mulcair en réponse à la déclaration du Premier Ministre Harper sur l’Irak

October 3rd, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON YOM KIPPUR

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark Yom Kippur:

“Tonight, members of the Jewish faith in Canada and around the world will gather to observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

October 3rd, 2014

STATEMENT FROM THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION FOR EID AL-ADHA

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark Eid al-Adha:

“Eid Mubarak!

On this very special day of Eid al-Adha, I wish you all—including the many participating in the holy pilgrimage of Hajj—peace, love and happiness.

October 1st, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE NDP TO MARK WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Official Opposition Women’s critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement to mark Women’s History Month:

October 1st, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE NDP ON NATIONAL SENIOR’S DAY

The Official Opposition’s Critic for Seniors, Irene Mathyssen (London – Fanshawe), made the following statement to mark National Seniors’ Day:

September 30th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST MAKING QUESTION PERIOD MORE RELEVANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 30, 2014

OTTAWA – The Conservatives don’t believe that Canadians deserve truthful, clear answers and have voted to kill an NDP motion to improve Question Period.

September 29th, 2014

NDP TO FORCE VOTE ON QUESTION PERIOD RELEVANCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP is using its opposition day to put forward a proposal to enhance the daily Question Period, make Parliament more democratic and ensure that future governments will not be able to use tricks to evade giving Canadians answers.

September 24th, 2014

NDP SUPPORTS CANADA–KOREA TRADE DEAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Today, the NDP announced its support for the Canada-South Korea Trade Agreement, Canada’s first trade agreement with an Asian country.

September 22nd, 2014

NDP FIGHTS FOR A VOTE ON HATE CRIMES PROTECTION BASED ON GENDER IDENTITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Speaker of the House of Commons to allow a vote on adding gender identity to the hate crimes section of the Criminal Code.

September 19th, 2014

MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN: THE NDP FORCES DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[See video of NDP MP Romeo Saganash's speech on missing and murdered aboriginal people's in Canada.]

September 18th, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON THE REJECTION OF ITS MOTION ON THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement after his motion on the federal minimum wage was thrown out:

September 17th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES MUST SUPPORT UKRAINE WITH MORE THAN RHETHORIC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – With the Ukrainian President visiting Canada, the NDP is urging the Conservatives to put rhetoric aside and make concrete commitments to assist Ukrainians with the ongoing crisis in their country.

September 17th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES FAIL CANADIAN STEEL WORKERS, RETIREES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP blasted the federal Conservatives today for leaving former Stelco workers and retirees – as well as their families and communities – unprotected in the wake of US Steel Canada filing for bankruptcy protection.

September 14th, 2014

NDP GOVERNMENT WOULD REINSTATE THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Hard working families deserve a decent living and this is the reason why the NDP committed today to restore the federal minimum wage and set a path to reach fifteen dollars per hour in their first mandate.

September 12th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES GIVE CHINA CONTROL OVER INVESTMENTS IN CANADA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – After a two year delay, the Conservatives today ratified a controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China that will give China’s state-controlled companies the same protection under the law as private Canadian companies.

September 10th, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE NDP ON THE VIDEO TESTIMONIAL OF DECEASED FOREIGN WORKER, IVAN GUERRERO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In the wake of a video testimonial from Ivan Guerrero, a temporary foreign worker who accidentally drowned at a Quebec farm in May, NDP Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims (Newton—New Delta) made the following statement:

September 4th, 2014

NDP REITERATES CALL TO PRIME MINISTER TO HELP INJURED CHILDREN FROM GAZA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP has written to Citizenship and Immigration minister Chris Alexander demanding that the Conservative government agree to help with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s efforts to bring injured children from Gaza to Canada for treatment.

September 1st, 2014

STATMENT BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON LABOUR DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement regarding Labour Day:

August 29th, 2014

NDP CONVINCES TELECOM COMPANIES TO END SOME “PAY-TO-PAY” FEES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – After years of fighting to end “pay-to-pay” fees, the NDP is pleased that telecommunications companies have agreed not to gouge certain customers, but is still pushing for an outright ban on this unfair cash grab.

August 27th, 2014

NDP WILL LAUNCH A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN ITS FIRST 100 DAYS IN POWER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – An NDP government would launch a national inquiry into the cases of the 1,200 Indigenous women that have been killed or gone missing over the last 30 years in its first 100 days in power.

August 22nd, 2014

What if it was your daughter?

Stephen Harper should stop ignoring the facts, take a hard look at the shocking statistics about missing and murdered Indigenous women and call for an immediate national inquiry.

August 14th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES RECKLESSLY CUTTING PROGRAMS THAT WORK FOR CANADIANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – In spite of what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives say, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is clear in his latest report: the federal government is recklessly cutting programs regardless of how well they work.

August 14th, 2014

ROBOCALL JUDGE SAYS CONSERVATIVE STAFFER SONA GUILTY – AND HE DID NOT ACT ALONE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Today a judge in Guelph found former Conservative operative Michael Sona guilty of election fraud but said other people were involved in the scheme – the largest electoral fraud in Canadian history.

August 12th, 2014

CANADIANS FIGHT BACK AGAINST CONSERVATIVE TAX SNOOPING LAW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 12, 2014

VICTORIA – A Conservative attempt to impose invasive US tax laws on Canadians has hit a snag as a group of citizens have filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court alleging that the legislation is unconstitutional.

August 6th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES SHIELD RUSSIAN BUSINESS ELITE FROM SANCTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Canada’s expanded sanctions against Russia continue to shield three Russian tycoons with reportedly significant business ties with Canada. Stephen Harper has once again left out Sergei Chemezov, Igor Sechin and Vladimir Yakunin who have been sanctioned by other countries including the United States.

August 6th, 2014

Conservatives must respond now to mount polley Tailings Pond Disaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – New Democrats are urging the Conservative government to respond immediately to the devastating breach of the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond where billions of litres of toxic water and sands have been released into the surrounding lakes and rivers.

August 5th, 2014

STATEMENT FROM NDP ON THE CANADA-EU TRADE AGREEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

After nearly a year of negotiations since the Conservative government claimed they had reached a deal with Europe, the NDP welcomes what now appears to be actual progress towards a Canada-EU Trade Agreement.

August 5th, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR SPECIAL HEARINGS INTO CONSERVATIVE CRACKDOWN ON CHARITIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Amidst the ongoing Conservative crackdown on Canadian charities, NDP National Revenue Critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) wrote today to James Rajotte, chair of the House of Commons Finance Committee, to request special summer meetings to investigate the matter.

August 1st, 2014

NDP statement on the situation in the Middle East

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar issued the following statement today on the situation in the Middle East:

July 28th, 2014

OFFICIAL OPPOSITION STATEMENT ON THÉRÈSE CASGRAIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP Women’s Caucus Chair Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil–Papineau–Mirabel) made the following statement on Thérèse Casgrain:

July 22nd, 2014

STATEMENT BY NDP LEADER TOM MULCAIR ON SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Millions of innocent civilians have been caught in the line of fire in the Middle East, and hundreds have been killed in recent days. New Democrats are deeply concerned about the situation. This is a time for the international community to play an active role in securing a ceasefire.

July 18th, 2014

STATEMENT BY NDP FOREIGN AFFAIRS CRITIC ON NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on Nelson Mandela International Day:

July 17th, 2014

ONLY THE NDP PROVIDES DEFENCE FOR EI PREMIUMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP is the only party that is prepared to defend workers and their contributions to the Employment Insurance program, the NDP said today, following a Supreme Court ruling that EI premiums do not currently have to be used only for EI. The NDP has a solution to the problem: we introduced Bill C-605 to create a legal fence around the EI Fund to protect it from being raided.

July 16th, 2014

LONG-FORM CENSUS TOO INVASIVE, BUT SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBERS JUST RIGHT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – As revelations surface that Statistics Canada has yet again lost sensitive private data, the agency is planning to ask Canadians taking the census to supply their social insurance numbers.

July 14th, 2014

NDP calls on Canadian government to support ceasefire in Middle East

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement today on the situation in the Middle East:

July 10th, 2014

NDP ASKS FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY OVER TPP MEETINGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The Official opposition International Trade critic, Don Davies (Vancouver—Kingsway) has written a letter to Minister Ed fast to ask the federal government for more transparency over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

July 4th, 2014

HARMFUL CONSERVATIVE CUTS TO REFUGEE CARE OVERTURNED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Confirming what the NDP has been saying for months, the Federal Court ruled today that the government cannot continue to blatantly disregard basic human rights and that Conservative changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) constituted cruel and unusual treatment of refugees and therefore violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

June 25th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES NOT DOING ENOUGH TO ADDRESS DRUG SAFETY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Conservative legislation to address drug safety doesn’t go far enough to protect Canadians, the NDP said today, and the Minister should be required to regularly disclose all information, both positive and negative, held by Health Canada on drug trials and adverse effects. Better drug safety hinges on improved regulations and clearer communication to the public of adverse risks, especially for off-label prescriptions.

June 24th, 2014

NDP Calls on Conservative Government to Increase Funding to Global Partnership for Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa – Today, New Democrat International Development critic, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Sainte-Marie) renewed her call on the Canadian government to provide increased funding at the second international Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Replenishment Conference, to be held June 25 and 26 in Brussels.

June 23rd, 2014

STATEMENT FROM NDP ON THE SENTENCING OF MOHAMED FAHMY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar and NDP Consular Affairs critic Wayne Marston issued the following statement on the sentencing of Mohamed Fahmy:

June 20th, 2014

OFFICIAL OPPOSITION STATEMENT ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY

NDP Critic for Citizenship and Immigration Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds – Dollard) made the following statement on World Refugee Day:

June 18th, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS RELEASE GAY AGENDA FOR PRIDE SEASON

OTTAWA - Members of the NDP LGBTQ Caucus presented a package of initiatives today to help bring about full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Canadians.

June 18th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES MUST ATTRACT MORE AMERICAN TOURISTS

OTTAWA — New Democrats are joining tourism industry representatives to urge Conservatives to invest in a strategy that will bring American tourists back to Canada and spur job growth.

June 18th, 2014

NDP WANTS TO CRACK DOWN ON AGGRESSIVE TAX AVOIDANCE

OTTAWA – NDP National Revenue critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) has tabled legislation in the House of Commons to enable the government and the courts to more effectively identify, pursue and convict tax cheats.

June 17th, 2014

NDP CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON MUSLIMS IN SRI LANKA

The NDP strongly condemns recent violence against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, which has killed several people and injured dozens more.

June 16th, 2014

NDP REINTRODUCES JACK LAYTON’S CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

OTTAWA – Today, Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York) introduced the Climate Change Accountability Act, an updated version of Jack Layton’s bill.

June 16th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES RAM THROUGH FLAWED IMMIGRATION BILL

OTTAWA – Despite widespread opposition from Canadians and concerns from the legal community about its constitutionality, Conservatives rammed their deeply flawed immigration bill, C-24, through the House of Commons today.

June 16th, 2014

NDP TABLES INTERN PROTECTION ACT

OTTAWA – In 2011, 22-year-old Andy Ferguson died in a head-on collision when he fell asleep at the wheel, after working excessive hours as an unpaid intern at a radio station in Alberta. Today, his brother Matt came to Ottawa to support legislation the NDP tabled that would protect interns.

June 16th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES TRYING TO DERAIL COMMITTEES WITH NEW DIRTY TRICKS

OTTAWA – Conservatives are using new tactics to derail the important work of parliamentary committees.

June 11th, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS WANT BOARD OF INTERNAL ECONOMY TO OPEN ITS DOORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP will also table a motion to push for an unbiased examination of all mailing programs

June 9th, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT BLUE-RIBBON PANEL ON PRIVACY ISSUES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Following recent revelations about how often Canadians’ personal information is collected, shared, and lost, NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins–James Bay) sent a letter today asking Treasury Board President Tony Clement to convene an independent expert panel to make recommendations on securing Canadians’ privacy in the digital era.

June 6th, 2014

Statement from the Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day

On June 6, 1944, nearly 21,000 Canadians took part in the Normandy landings with the goal to free Europe from the grips of the Nazi regime.

June 4th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES FINALLY LISTEN TO REASON AND CANCEL IPOD TAX

NDP pressure pushes Conservatives to back down

OTTAWA – After months of intense pressure from the NDP, the Harper government has finally backed down and cancelled the unfair iPod tax that was passed in the 2013 budget.

May 29th, 2014

NDP Supports Democracy and Diplomacy in Ukraine

OTTAWA - The NDP is congratulating the Ukrainian people on exercising their democratic rights in elections last weekend.

May 28th, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR CHANGES TO IMMIGRATION BILL C-24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Bill C-24, the Conservative’s deeply flawed immigration bill, should be referred to committee immediately for amendments rather than proceeding with second reading in the House of Commons, the NDP said today.

May 28th, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR COMMISSION INTO SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN MILITARY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Minister of National Defence to launch a judicial commission into the disturbing reports of sexual assault in the Canadian Armed Forces.

May 28th, 2014

NDP DISTURBED BY ONGOING VIOLENCE IN SYRIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on disarmament and diplomacy in Syria:

May 27th, 2014

STATEMENT BY OFFICIAL OPPOSITION LEADER TOM MULCAIR ON RAINBOW DAY ON PARLIAMENT HILL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, made the following statement for Rainbow Day on Parliament Hill:

May 12th, 2014

LAST CALL FOR FREE-THINKING CONSERVATIVE MPs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – It’s never too late to do the right thing. On the eve of final voting, New Democrats are once again urging 20 carefully chosen Conservative MPs to vote against the Unfair Elections Act. Each of these Conservatives has shown signs of having the political courage to protect every citizen’s democratic right to vote.

May 9th, 2014

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION LEADER ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF HONOUR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on the National Day of Honour:

May 7th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES DEFEAT BILL AIMED AT INCREASING ACCOUNTABILITY OF GOVERNMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MP Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) made the following statement after his bill to make improvements to the Access to Information Act was defeated:

May 7th, 2014

MARTIN LAMBASTES CONSERVATIVE INACTION ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 7th, 2014

CONSERVATIVE CUTS TO STATSCAN LEAVE MINISTER KENNEY IN THE DARK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – In his Spring Report, the Auditor General confirmed that Conservative budget cuts at Statistics Canada have led the agency to withhold important information on skills gaps due to a lack of funding.

May 6th, 2014

NDP ASKS TIM UPPAL, JAMES RAJOTTE AND LAURIE HAWN TO BLOCK UNFAIR ELECTIONS ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Conservative Bill C-23 would deny thousands of Canadians of their right to vote

OTTAWA – If former Democratic Reform Minister Tim Uppal and his colleagues James Rajotte and Laurie Hawn truly believe in democracy, they will join the NDP in voting against the Unfair Elections Act in the House of Commons.

May 5th, 2014

LET CANADIANS LIVING ABROAD VOTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – In light of the Ontario Superior Court decision, the NDP is asking the government to fast track Bill C-575, which would extend the right to vote to all Canadians living abroad.

May 1st, 2014

CONSERVATIVES MUST REMOVE FATCA FROM BUDGET BILL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to acknowledge the concerns with the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and agree to remove it from Budget Bill C-31.

April 30th, 2014

OFFICIAL OPPOSITION STATEMENT ON THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton— North Delta) made the following statement today after her motion on the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program was rejected:

April 30th, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE NDP ON THE KIDNAPPING OF NIGERIAN SCHOOLGIRLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement regarding the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria:

April 27th, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair (Outremont), made the following statement on Holocaust Memorial Day:

April 24th, 2014

STATEMENT BY TOM MULCAIR ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE RANA PLAZA TRAGEDY IN BANGLADESH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the anniversary of the collapsed building in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh:

April 23rd, 2014

CANADA MUST HELP PREVENT A GENOCIDE IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the government of Canada to offer military support to the international peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.

April 22nd, 2014

CONSERVATIVES PLAY POLITICS WITH WHALES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – New Democrats are questioning the Conservative government’s agenda after its decision to remove the North Pacific humpback whale from the list of threatened species.

April 22nd, 2014

NDP ASKING BAL GOSAL TO BLOCK UNFAIR ELECTIONS ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Conservative Bill C-23 would deny thousands of Canadians of their right to vote

TORONTO – If Conservative minister Bal Gosal is a true democrat, he will join the NDP in voting against the Unfair Elections Act in the House of Commons.

April 22nd, 2014

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON EARTH DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on Earth Day:

“For more than forty years, Canadians have celebrated Earth Day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the fragility of our planet, and as a call to action for a greener future.

April 14th, 2014

MORE TRANSPARENCY NEEDED FROM CONSERVATIVES AFTER CRA DATA BREACH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – With 900 Canadians’ personal information stolen from Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) website due to the Heartbleed security breach, the NDP is calling on the Conservatives start providing answers to Canadians.

April 10th, 2014

CANADA MUST HONOUR COMMITMENT TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – With the situation in Syria worsening daily, the NDP is calling for the Conservative government to honour its promise to accept more Syrian refugees, and respond generously to the UN’s recent appeals.

April 10th, 2014

NDP CALLS ON CONSERVATIVES TO INVEST IN SOCIAL HOUSING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The cancellation of subsidies and abandoning of the federal financial commitment to social housing have prompted New Democrats to launch a campaign and table a motion in Parliament aimed at ensuring adequate funding.

April 9th, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS CALL FOR EMERGENCY DEBATE ON TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Conservative government’s rampant mismanagement of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program prompted NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton-North Delta) to ask for an emergency debate in Parliament yesterday.

April 8th, 2014

NDP AGRICULTURE CRITIC TABLES BILL TO ESTABLISH NATIONAL GARDEN DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food critic Malcolm Allen introduced a private member’s bill to establish a National Garden Day. The Welland MP’s bill would designate the Friday before Father’s Day of each year as National Garden Day.

April 7th, 2014

PARLIAMENT UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTS NDP MOTION IN COMMEMORATION OF RWANDAN GENOCIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – On the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Parliament has unanimously adopted an NDP motion to re-affirm Canada's commitment to preventing genocides.

April 7th, 2014

HUNDREDS CALL ON MINISTER OF DEFENCE TO HELP VALCARTIER CADETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Hundreds have signed an NDP petition calling on the Minister of Defence to recognize and assist former cadets who survived a fatal grenade explosion at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier.

April 2nd, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS MOVE TO MAKE EXTRACTION COMPANIES MORE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA — MP Ève Péclet (La Pointe-de-L’Île) has introduced a bill to strengthen corporate social responsibility (CSR) among Canadian extracting companies operating in developing countries.

April 1st, 2014

NDP cleared by Elections Canada

Elections Canada has confirmed that the NDP mailing program prior to the start of by-elections in the constituencies of Provencher, Bourassa and Toronto Centre was in full compliance with the Elections Act.

March 31st, 2014

CONSERVATIVES CONTINUE TO FAIL ON RAIL SAFETY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard – La Prairie) is concerned that the Conservatives are giving themselves more control over critical elements of rail safety while failing to address basic safety issues.

March 24th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES UNDERMINING PUBLIC HEATLH CARE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – With the 2004 Health Care Accord set to expire in one week, New Democrats are pressing the Conservative government to show leadership and work with provinces and territories to improve our public health care system.

March 24th, 2014

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION REGARDING THE UNFAIR ELECTIONS ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition Democratic and Parliamentary Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto—Danforth) made the following statement after his motion urging the Government to abandon proposals in C-23 was rejected:

March 21st, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF MILITARY SALES WITH RUSSIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WINNIPEG – New Democrats are calling on the Government of Canada to suspend its arms trade with the Russian Federation following the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

March 18th, 2014

TOM MULCAIR STATEMENT ON JIM FLAHERTY’S RESIGNATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

I wish to thank Jim Flaherty for his service to Canada as finance minister.

In the past year, Mr. Flaherty continued to serve in one of Canada’s most difficult jobs despite facing health challenges. He did so with the same strength of character and sense of humour that has characterized his tenure as the finance minister of Canada. I am happy that in his statement today, Mr. Flaherty has announced that he is on the road to a full recovery.

March 7th, 2014

NDP SEEKING JUSTICE FOR CANADA’S MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The Conservatives are once again failing Indigenous women and girls by issuing a committee report sanctioning their refusal to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

March 5th, 2014

STATEMENT BY NDP DEPUTY LEADER DAVID CHRISTOPHERSON (HAMILTON CENTRE) ON THE UNFAIR ELECTIONS ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“In the wake of the Conservatives blocking cross country public consultations on the Unfair Elections Act, Bill C-23, New Democrats will be moving ahead with our own consultations.

February 27th, 2014

NDP MOURNS THE DEATH OF ANOTHER SOLDIER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 26th, 2014

OLIVIA CHOW TABLES “JUSTICE FOR CPP SURVIVOR PENSIONERS” BILL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The existing application deadlines on the Canada Pension Plan are disqualifying widows and widowers from accessing the CPP benefits of their late spouses. That’s why NDP MP Olivia Chow has put forward new legislation to abolish deadlines that restrict survivor benefit claims to 11 months.

February 26th, 2014

NDP FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE EVERY VOTE COUNTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – As part of his efforts to ensure Parliament reflects Canadians’ political choices, NDP Democratic and Parliamentary Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto–Danforth) has launched a petition campaign in favour of proportional representation.

February 20th, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR URGENT STUDY OF SPREAD OF DEADLY PIG VIRUS

NDP CALLS FOR URGENT STUDY OF SPREAD OF DEADLY PIG VIRUS

OTTAWA –New Democrats are calling for Parliamentary action in the wake of the spread of a deadly pig virus to three Canadian provinces. Eighteen cases of the PED virus have now been confirmed on hog farms in Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. The NDP is calling on the House of Commons Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food to immediately study the issue.

February 18th, 2014

NDP CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN UKRAINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – New Democrats are appalled by the escalating violence in Ukraine, including the killing and injuring of democratic protesters.

February 18th, 2014

MORE TRANSPARENCY NEEDED IN TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta) is urging the Conservative government to release the names of employers who have been allowed to bring temporary foreign workers into Canada.

February 13th, 2014

NDP WORKS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN

OTTAWA – The NDP is joining forces with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) to urge the Conservative government to finally take action to end violence against Aboriginal women.

February 12th, 2014

NDP Calling for Transparency in Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

NDP International Trade critic Don Davies (Vancouver – Kingsway) is urging the Conservative government to release the full text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement to Canadians for input before it is finalized.

February 11th, 2014

CONSERVATIVE DO-NOTHING BUDGET FAILS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ALBERTANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - There is little in the Conservatives budget to support a more diversified economy and nothing significant to address youth unemployment, according to NDP MP Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), Critic for Western Economic Diversification for the Official Opposition.

February 11th, 2014

NDP DEFENDS CANADIANS’ RIGHT TO VOTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP is launching a national petition campaign to rally the opposition against the Conservatives’ election reform legislation, Bill C-23.

February 6th, 2014

PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER DEBUNKS CONSERVATIVE ATTACKS ON PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – An independent study by the Parliamentary Budget Officer has exposed Tony Clement’s attacks against public service employees.

February 6th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES REJECT GENDER EQUALITY ON CROWN CORPORATION BOARDS OF DIRECTORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Anne-Marie Day (Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles) slammed the Conservatives for rejecting last night her bill to ensure better representation of women on Crown corporation boards of directors.

February 5th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES FAIL CANADIAN WORKERS IN THE BUILDING TRADES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 4th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES LEAVE FAMILIES WAITING TO REUNITE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 4, 2014

OTTAWA — Thousands of Canadians who waited two years in order to apply for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents will now have to wait another 11 months to apply.

February 3rd, 2014

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST BETTER CARE FOR VETERANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDP deputy Veterans Affairs critic Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay – Saint-Constant), made the following statement on the defeat of his motion calling for more government support for veterans and military mental health:

February 3rd, 2014

NDP LAUNCHES PETITION CAMPAIGN FOR QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – New Democrats have launched a petition calling on the Conservative government to work with the provinces and territories to increase the number of quality and affordable child care spaces available in Canada.

January 30th, 2014

LATEST CONSERVATIVE ATTACK ON OUR VETERANS: PUNTING THE VOTE TO SAVE VETERANS' OFFICES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - In a cynical move that puts partisanship ahead of our veterans, the Conservative government has shamefully punted the vote on an NDP motion to call for veterans' offices to be saved before they're closed.

January 29th, 2014

NDP OPPOSITION DAY MOTION MOVES TO PROTECT VETERANS’ HEALTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP has introduced an Opposition Day motion urging the Conservatives to take immediate steps to increase investment in mental health services for Canadian Forces members.

January 29th, 2014

NDP MP TARIK BRAHMI TO INTRODUCE BILL TO HELP VETERANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU —New Democrat MP Tarik Brahmi (Saint-Jean) introduced today a bill amending the Department of Veterans Affairs Act.

January 28th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES VOTE TO KILL DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition Transport critic NDP Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina) made the following statement on the defeat of her motion to maintain door-to-door mail delivery:

January 27th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES FAILING TO PROTECT SOLDIERS’ MENTAL HEALTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP has asked for an emergency debate to address the chronic shortage of mental health staff in the Canadian Forces.

January 27th, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair (Outremont), made the following statement on Holocaust Commemoration Day:

January 26th, 2014

NDP WILL FIGHT TO KEEP DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – In the wake of Canada Post’s irresponsible decision to end door-to-door mail delivery the NDP has introduced an Opposition Day motion supporting the maintenance of this valuable service.

January 24th, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE NDP ON CHUCK STRAHL'S RESIGNATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The NDP's House Leader, Nathan Cullen, made the following statement about Chuck Strahl's resignation:

"As usual, the Conservatives take action only after they're caught. The timing of this resignation shows that the Conservatives realized they had a new scandal on their hands. A government that's proud of its actions, doesn't make an announcement like this on a Friday evening.

January 22nd, 2014

CANADIANS DESERVE ANSWERS ON FATCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty must address growing public anxiety about the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and secret negotiations over an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for the implementation of FATCA in Canada.

January 21st, 2014

STATEMENT BY TOM MULCAIR ON THE DEATH OF LIEUT.-COL. STEPHANE BEAUCHEMIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement regarding the death of Lieut.-Col. Stephane Beauchemin.

January 13th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES BACKTRACK ON RAIL SAFETY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO – New safety regulations announced by the Conservatives are a step back for rail safety according to Official Opposition New Democrats.

January 8th, 2014

FINALLY, A CONSERVATIVE MP RECOGNIZES THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

OTTAWA – Following the surprising admission by Conservative MP Peter Braid that recent extreme meteorological events demonstrate the impact of climate change, the NDP is calling on the Conservative government to finally agree to fight climate change in 2014.

January 7th, 2014

CONSERVATIVE-APPOINTEE STRAHL CAUGHT LOBBYING FOR PIPELINE COMPANY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 6, 2014

OTTAWA – The activities of Canadian Security Intelligence Services Review Committee (SIRC) Chair Chuck Strahl is raising concerns following media reports he is a registered lobbyist for Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

December 19th, 2013

NEW DEMOCRATS STAND WITH CANADIANS OPPOSED TO NORTHERN GATEWAY PIPELINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“The Northern Gateway Project puts Canadian jobs and our coastline at risk, and flies in the face of federal commitments to change course and finally honour aboriginal right and title, including for First Nations and Métis who are bearing the brunt of the oil sands sector in Alberta” said Linda Duncan, M.P. for Edmonton-Strathcona and Official Opposition Critic for Western Economic Diversification.

September 4th, 2013

ACT NOW TO HELP REFUGEES AND REUNITE SYRIAN FAMILIES: Canada has taken in only 9 refugees in 2013 from war-torn Syria

ACT NOW TO HELP REFUGEES AND REUNITE SYRIAN FAMILIES

Canada has taken in only 9 refugees in 2013 from war-torn Syria

OTTAWA – As the humanitarian tragedy grows, the Conservative government must live up to its promises to speed up the process of reuniting Syrians families.

August 27th, 2013

CONSERVATIVES MORE THAN DOUBLE TAXES ON CREDIT UNIONS

CONSERVATIVES MORE THAN DOUBLE TAXES ON CREDIT UNIONS

NDP exposes radical Conservative tax hikes hidden in Budget 2013

OTTAWA – NDP finance critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale High Park) challenged the Finance Minister to explain radical tax increases Canada’s credit unions and caisses populaires may now be facing because of Conservative mismanagement of Budget 2013.

August 23rd, 2013

NDP FORCES PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CHALLENGES FACING WIRELESS TELECOM

NDP FORCES PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CHALLENGES FACING WIRELESS TELECOM

OTTAWA – As the deadline to submit requests about the new cell phone spectrum auction approaches, the NDP has forced an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, to ensure Canadian consumers are treated fairly.

August 21st, 2013

CONSERVATIVES RISK DELAYING NEW LAW TO FIGHT VOTE FRAUD UNTIL AFTER NEXT ELECTION

CONSERVATIVES RISK DELAYING NEW LAW TO FIGHT VOTE FRAUD UNTIL AFTER NEXT ELECTION

TORONTO--Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement he will shut down the House of Commons until at least October is going to delay a new Elections Bill to fight vote fraud even further – likely until after the next election.

August 8th, 2013

Eid Mubarak | Linda Duncan, MP

On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats, I wish to extend best wishes to all who are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan.

July 31st, 2013

NDP CALLS ON CONSERVATIVES TO RESTORE HEALTH CARE FOR VULNERABLE REFUGEES

NDP CALLS ON CONSERVATIVES TO RESTORE HEALTH CARE FOR VULNERABLE REFUGEES

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to reverse his predecessor’s mean-spirited cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).

July 31st, 2013

AUDITOR GENERAL AGREES TO PERFORMANCE AUDIT ON NUTRITION NORTH PROGRAM

AUDITOR GENERAL AGREES TO PERFORMANCE AUDIT ON NUTRITION NORTH PROGRAM

OTTAWA – Canada’s Auditor General has agreed to conduct a Performance Audit on the controversial Nutrition North Program, according to a letter written by the AG to six NDP Members of Parliament. The MPs had written the Auditor General in June formally requesting this action.

June 26th, 2013

Statement by Official Opposition Human Rights Critic, Wayne Marston, on UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture

STATEMENT BY OFFICIAL OPPOSITION HUMAN RIGHTS CRITIC, WAYNE MARSTON, ON UN DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE

June 25th, 2013

Conservatives fail to protect Canadians' personal information: Privacy Czar

CONSERVATIVES FAIL TO PROTECT CANADIANS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION: PRIVACY CZAR

OTTAWA – New Democrats welcomed the privacy commissioner’s calls this week for the Conservatives to better protect Canadians’ privacy and personal information.

June 21st, 2013

Statement from Linda Duncan on National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2013

What better way to celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Edmonton than to voice support for the “Spirit of Edmonton” concept launched by Edmonton arts and culture leader Lewis Cardinal and the Indigenous Peoples' Art and Culture Coalition. The concept celebrates the enduring engagement of indigenous peoples in Edmonton through eight projects, including an Indigenous Centre for Art and Knowledge at Fort Edmonton Park, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Douglas Cardinal; an indigenous art gallery at Donald Ross School; an art and cultural showcase at the Shaw Conference Centre; an indigenous cultures and natural history trail in the river valley connected to a Kihciy Askiy, an indigenous cultural experience center at the Fox farm location near Fort Edmonton; and, a fountain in Rossdale dedicated to Louise Umphreville, an indigenous woman key to the local pemmican trade and buried in the area.

June 21st, 2013

Statement from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on National Aboriginal Day

STATEMENT BY NDP LEADER TOM MULCAIR ON NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

On behalf of New Democrats from coast-to-coast-to-coast, I join Canadians in paying tribute to the vital role that Canada’s indigenous peoples have played in our great country for generations.

June 21st, 2013

Statement from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on flooding in Southern Alberta

STATEMENT FROM NDP LEADER TOM MULCAIR ON FLOODING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA

As states of emergency are being declared in towns across southern Alberta, our thoughts and prayers are with all those facing flooded homes and evacuations, including the people of Calgary facing the cresting Bow and Elbow rivers today.

June 12th, 2013

Conservatives kill NDP transparency bill

CONSERVATIVES KILL NDP TRANSPARENCY BILL

OTTAWA – While the Conservatives promised Canadians greater transparency, their vote to kill an NDP bill designed to strengthen the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) shows they have no interest in being truly accountable to taxpayers.

June 11th, 2013

Canada must lead G8 progress on tax havens and transparency: NDP

CANADA MUST LEAD G8 PROGRESS ON TAX HAVENS AND TRANSPARENCY: NDP

OTTAWA – Today, New Democrats called on the Harper government to stop stalling G8 initiatives to tackle tax havens and promote transparency.

June 11th, 2013

Injured solidier who testified before committee must be reinstated: NDP

INJURED SOLDIER WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE COMMITTEE MUST BE REINSTATED

“We salute Cpl. Kirkland for his courageous testimony and call on Peter MacKay to immediately reverse the discharge orders.”

June 11th, 2013

Statement by Jean Crowder on the 5th anniversary of the Residential Schools Apology

STATEMENT BY JEAN CROWDER ON THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS APOLOGY

Five years ago today, I was honoured to be one of the MPs in attendance when the Residential Schools Apology was made in the House of Commons.

June 10th, 2013

The NDP wants to save the name and the mandate of the Canadian Museum of Civilization

THE NDP WANTS TO SAVE THE NAME AND THE MANDATE OF THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF CIVILIZATION

June 10th, 2013

MP Linda Duncan takes action to protect Slave river

MP LINDA DUNCAN TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT SLAVE RIVER

OTTAWA – In a move designed to urge the Conservatives to reverse reckless changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, NDP MP Linda Duncan (Edmonton – Strathcona) today introduced a private member’s bill, seconded by NDP MP Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic) to protect the Slave River.

June 5th, 2013

Public Works Minister accountable for failure to take heed to worker safety

PUBLIC WORKS MINISTER ACCOUNTABLE FOR FAILURE TO TAKE HEED TO WORKER SAFETY

OTTAWA – Public Works has repeatedly failed to act on warnings that could have prevented worker safety incidents, media reports revealed today. The minister must be held to account for this failure, said New Democrat Critic for Public Works and Government Services, Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona).

June 3rd, 2013

Statement from the NDP for National Aboriginal History Month

Statement from the Official Opposition’s Critic for Aboriginal Affairs, Jean Crowder, for National Aboriginal History Month

May 17th, 2013

Statement by Official Opposition LGBT Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca) on International Day Against Homophobia

Statement by Official Opposition LGTB critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt–Juan de Fuca) on International Day Against Homophobia

May 17th, 2013

Statement from Jean Crowder, Official Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Affairs on the Passing of Elijah Harper

Statement from Jean Crowder, Official Opposition critic for Aboriginal Affairs, on the passing of Elijah Harper

May 14th, 2013

Conservative Government must answer for data breaches: NDP

CONSERVATIVE GOVT MUST ANSWER FOR DATA BREACHES: NDP

OTTAWA –New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to finally take the privacy of Canadians seriously and investigate the decade long data breaches from government departments.

May 14th, 2013

Climate change and social development must remain top priorities for Arctic Council

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MUST REMAIN TOP PRIORITIES FOR ARCTIC COUNCIL

OTTAWA – Canada’s term as the Chair of the Arctic Council must maintain the organization’s focus on environmental protection and social development, said New Democrats today.

May 13th, 2013

New Democrats welcome the formation of Garment Workers' Union in wake of Bangladesh disaster

NEW DEMOCRATS WELCOME THE FORMATION OF GARMENT WORKERS’ UNION IN WAKE OF BANGLADESH DISASTER

MONTREAL – New Democrats welcomed the recent measures adopted by the government of Bangladesh today to allow garment workers to unionize.

May 9th, 2013

Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on the 21st Anniversary of the Westray Mine Disaster

Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on the 21st Anniversary of the Westray Mine Disaster

May 2nd, 2013

NDP REALITY CHECK: Privacy Catastrophe Remix

NDP REALITY CHECK: Privacy Catastrophe Remix

In response to a Written Question by Charlie Angus the government has revealed their utter incompetence at managing and protecting the private information of Canadian.

May 1st, 2013

Statement by Alexandre Boulerice on International Worker's Day

STATEMENT BY ALEXANDRE BOULERICE ON INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY

OTTAWA – New Democrat Labour Critic Alexandre Boulerice has issued the following statement on International Workers’ Day:

April 30th, 2013

NDP REALITY CHECK: Defending friends who didn’t get the job done.

NDP REALITY CHECK: Defending friends who didn’t get the job done.

As people learn of last night’s vote on the NDP’s motion to fight climate change, one party’s position has taken Canadians aback.

April 23rd, 2013

NDP: Government must reject reductions to postal services

GOVERNMENT MUST REJECT REDUCTIONS TO POSTAL SERVICES

Report foreshadows major cuts that will hurt our communities

OTTAWA – Conservatives must pledge to maintain essential postal services for all Canadians, New Democrats demanded.

March 29th, 2013

Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on Ralph Klein’s passing

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Alberta’s 12th Premier and former Calgary Mayor Ralph Klein.

March 26th, 2013

NEW DEMOCRATS TAKE ACTION TO END THE USE OF CONFLICT MINERALS

NEW DEMOCRATS TAKE ACTION TO END THE USE OF CONFLICT MINERALS

OTTAWA – Today New Democrats introduced a bill and launched a campaign to end the use of conflict minerals which have been financing the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

March 26th, 2013

NDP TO INTRODUCE BILL TO REDUCE COSTS FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING THEIR GRANDCHILDREN

OTTAWA – With increasing numbers of grandparents raising their grandchildren, NDP MP Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) is introducing a Private Member’s Bill designed to amend Employment Insurance (EI) and Income Tax legislation to help ease their financial burden.

March 26th, 2013

Linda Duncan Tables Private Member’s Bill to Establish a National Hockey Day

MARCH 26, 2013

OTTAWA - Linda Duncan, MP Edmonton-Strathcona and Official Opposition Critic for Public Works and Government Services today tabled a Private Member’s Bill calling for the establishment of a National Hockey Day.

March 21st, 2013

Statement by LGBTQ Critic, Randall Garrison, On His Gender Identity Bill

Today, New Democrats are proud to have contributed to ensuring equal protection under the law from discrimination and hatred based on gender identity.

March 20th, 2013

Statement by Official Opposition Science and Technology Critic Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby–Douglas) on the Rejection of his Motion to Protect Science

Once again the Conservatives have chosen to persist in their war on knowledge. They have rejected reason and continue to undermine science in Canada.

February 19th, 2013

Statement by New Democrat Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar on the Office of Religious Freedoms

On behalf of the NDP, I congratulate Professor Andrew Bennett on his appointment as Canada’s first ambassador for the Office of Religious Freedom.

February 14th, 2013

NATIONAL INQUIRY FOR MISSING ABORIGINAL WOMEN NEEDED IMMEDIATELY

OTTAWA – The NDP is standing with aboriginal leaders, civil society, and Human Rights Watch to demand a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.

February 12th, 2013

CONSERVATIVES FAIL TO CRACK DOWN ON VOTER FRAUD CALLS

OTTAWA – Nearly a year after Parliament unanimously voted for the NDP’s motion calling for legislation within six months to give Elections Canada more investigative power, Conservatives have failed to act.

December 30th, 2012

PM MUST SHOW LEADERSHIP, AGREE TO MEETING WITH FIRST NATIONS LEADERS

PM MUST SHOW LEADERSHIP, AGREE TO MEETING WITH FIRST NATIONS LEADERS

NDP says swift action needed to avoid tragedy as hunger strike enters fourth week

OTTAWA--As Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike enters its fourth week, New Democrats are calling on the Prime Minister to show leadership and avoid a tragedy.

December 16th, 2012

NDP continues campaign to end Pay-to-Pay fee rip-off

NDP CONTINUES CAMPAIGN TO END PAY-TO-PAY FEE RIP-OFF

TORONTO – Nearly ten thousand Canadians have already signed-on to the NDP campaign to eliminate charges for receiving monthly bills in the mail. The campaign is in response to a two dollar fee introduced by many telephone, TV, internet, and banking companies, for the bills Canadians receive in the mail if they haven't switched to online billing.

December 10th, 2012

NDP: Net Benefit test needs immediate clarification

NDP: NET BENEFIT TEST NEEDS IMMEDIATE CLARIFICATION

OTTAWA – In the wake of the Conservatives’ approving a transaction of limited benefit to Canadians, New Democrats are calling on the House of Commons to direct the Conservatives to honour their two-year-old promise and update the Investment Canada Act.

December 3rd, 2012

FORGOTTEN FILES IN BUFFALO ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF IMMIGRATION MISMANAGEMENT: NDP

FORGOTTEN FILES IN BUFFALO ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF IMMIGRATION MISMANAGEMENT: NDP

Following major cuts, nearly 10,000 immigration files were forgotten by the department

OTTAWA – In their haste to reform Canada’s immigration system, the Conservatives actually forgot about the files of nearly 10,000 qualified worker applicants for permanent residence, said New Democrats.

December 3rd, 2012

NDP MOVES NEW MOTION TO PROTECT LAKES AND RIVERS

NDP MOVES NEW MOTION TO PROTECT LAKES AND RIVERS

New Democrats make final attempt to safeguard environmental protections before tomorrow’s vote on C-45

OTTAWA – On the eve of the vote on the Conservatives’ budget bill, the NDP moved a new motion to protect our lakes and rivers.

November 13th, 2012

FIXING CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD CREATE JOBS AND GROW THE ECONOMY: NDP

OTTAWA – Canada’s mounting infrastructure crisis of crumbling bridges, potholes and traffic gridlock is costing more than $10 billion in lost productivity every year. NDP Transport and Infrastructure critic Olivia Chow was in Toronto today calling on the Conservatives to take action and ensure accountable, transparent and non-partisan infrastructure funding.

November 13th, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY: LINDA DUNCAN HOSTS TOWN HALL MEETING ON HEALTH CARE

LINDA DUNCAN HOSTS TOWN HALL MEETING ON HEALTH CARE

EDMONTON – Linda Duncan, M.P., Edmonton-Strathcona is holding a town hall on public health care today, November 13, at 7pm with Libby Davies, M.P. for Vancouver East and New Democrat Health Critic. Davies is holding public consultations across the country on the future of Canada’s health care system. The NDP is highly critical of the Harper Government’s proposed cuts to health care funding and lack of consultation with the Provinces.

November 8th, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY: LINDA DUNCAN TO ATTEND REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES

LINDA DUNCAN TO ATTEND REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES

EDMONTON – Every year on Remembrance Day we take a moment to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served our country with courage. On Remembrance Day, New Democrats stand with all Canadians to honour the servicemen and women who have served this country in peace-keeping, rescue and relief missions, Two World Wars, Korea and Afghanistan.

October 17th, 2012

NDP: We must get to the root of homelessness among seniors

OTTAWA – With an unprecedented growth in the number of seniors living on the streets and in poverty, New Democrat Seniors critic, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie), and the organization PAS de la rue, launch an awareness campaign against seniors’ poverty.

October 16th, 2012

New Democrats table "Medicines for All" bill

NEW DEMOCRATS TABLE “MEDICINES FOR ALL” BILL

Bill C-398 would facilitate the delivery of affordable medicines to developing countries

OTTAWA – Today marks the first hour of debate at Second Reading of Private Members’ Bill C-398, An Act to Amend the Patent Act (drugs for international humanitarian purposes), which would ensure life-saving medicine gets to people who need them most in developing countries.

October 3rd, 2012

Replace Veterans Review and Appeal Board: NDP

REPLACE VETERANS REVIEW AND APPEAL BOARD: NDP

Simplified process needed to assist disabled veterans

OTTAWA – NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) introduced a bill today to repeal the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB) and replace it with a simplified process for military and RCMP veterans’ disability applications.

October 2nd, 2012

Nexen: NDP Tables Motion Calling for Public Consultations

NEXEN: NDP TABLES MOTION CALLING FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

Discontent over potential Nexen takeover intensifies

OTTAWA – The potential takeover of Nexen by the Chinese Company CNOOC continues to divide. New Democrats tabled a motion today calling for public consultations to properly inform Canadians, once and for all, of the impact of this transaction.

September 29th, 2012

Paul Dewar (Foreign Affairs Critic) & Wayne Marston (Human Rights Critic) statement on repatriation of Khadr

STATEMENT FROM FOREIGN AFFAIRS CRITIC PAUL DEWAR AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CRITIC WAYNE MARSTON ON THE REPATRIATION OF OMAR KHADR

September 27th, 2012

Experimental Lakes Area: NDP Urges Conservatives to Reverse Decision

EXPERIMENTAL LAKES AREA: NDP URGES CONSERVATIVES TO REVERSE DECISION

Nearly 20,000 Canadians signed petitions to save the area

OTTAWA – Supported by thousands of Canadians, New Democrats once again urged the Conservatives to reverse cuts to the Experimental Lakes Area.

September 19th, 2012

The Government needs to extend the deadline for residential school survivors applications

THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS’ APPLICATIONS

Estimates show that hundreds of survivors still haven’t filed their claim

OTTAWA - New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to give all residential school survivors the chance to tell their story. With the deadline looming, the NDP is asking Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to provide more time for those eligible to submit their applications to the Independent Assessment Process.

September 18th, 2012

National Transit Strategy Vote: Future of Canada's Public Transit at Stake

National Transit Strategy Vote: Future of Canada’s Public Transit at Stake

NDP Bill supported by mayors, city councils across the country

OTTAWA – No longer willing to put up with traffic gridlock and inadequate public transit, more and more mayors, city councils and groups across Canada are calling for a National Transit Strategy.

September 17th, 2012

CONSERVATIVES BURY CO-OP COMMITTEE REPORT

CONSERVATIVES BURY CO-OP COMMITTEE REPORT

Harper government’s apathy towards Canada’s co-ops disappointing: NDP

OTTAWA – On Monday, the Conservative Government quietly tabled the final report on this summer’s committee hearing into Co-operatives – a fitting end, given the apathy the Harper government has shown towards this vital economic sector.

September 17th, 2012

CHOW TO DISCUSS BROAD RANGE OF SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL TRANSIT STRATEGY

CHOW TO DISCUSS BROAD RANGE OF SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL TRANSIT STRATEGY

Ottawa— In advance of a vote in the House of Commons this week, NDP Transportation critic Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) will hold a press conference tomorrow to discuss her National Transit Strategy Bill and the broad range of support that it has garnered from across the country.

September 14th, 2012

Statement by Linda Duncan, MP on the passing of former Alta. Premier Peter Lougheed

STATEMENT FROM LINDA DUNCAN MP ON THE PASSING OF PREMIER LOUGHEED

I share the deep sadness of all Albertans on the passing of Peter Lougheed. He has clearly left many lasting legacies benefitting Alberta and Canada. He will be well remembered. I send my sincere condolences to his family.

September 13th, 2012

Conservatives cut more services to Canadians

CONSERVATIVES CUT MORE SERVICES TO CANADIANS

OTTAWA – The latest round of Conservative service cuts could have dire consequences for Canadians, New Democrats warned today.

September 12th, 2012

Conservative Inaction Threatening Canadian Economy

CONSERVATIVE INACTION THREATENING CANADIAN ECONOMY

Canada runs largest trade deficit in history

OTTAWA – Canada's growing trade deficit is ringing alarm bells, says Official Opposition Trade Critic Don Davies.

September 12th, 2012

Statement by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar on Killing of US Diplomatic Staff in Libya

STATEMENT BY NDP FOREIGN AFFAIRS CRITIC PAUL DEWAR ON KILLING OF US DIPLOMATIC STAFF IN LIBYA

August 23rd, 2012

Take Drug Patent Issues off the CETA Table: NDP

TAKE DRUG PATENT ISSUES OFF THE CETA TABLE: NDP

CETA patent provisions could add billions to healthcare

VANCOUVER—New Democrat Trade Critic Don Davies is calling on the Conservative government to remove patent reform from the negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union.

August 2nd, 2012

DUNCAN URGES ACTION TO PREVENT DERAILMENT NEAR LAKE WABAMUN

DUNCAN URGES ACTION TO PREVENT DERAILMENT NEAR LAKE WABAMUN

Edmonton - Responding to concerns raised by fellow Lake Wabamun residents, Linda Duncan MP Edmonton Strathcona has written to the federal Ministers of Fisheries and Transport, Chair of the Transportation Safety Board and the Mayor and Council of Parkland County for urgent action. Complaints were filed with the County and Alberta Environment to investigate a land development adjacent to the CN rail line near Fallis. Following an investigation triggered by a complaint August 1st, Alberta Environment has issued a directive to the developer.

July 23rd, 2012

NEXEN TAKEOVER MUST HAVE THOROUGH PUBLIC REVIEW: NDP

NDP will ask the Industry and Natural Resources Committees to look at proposed deal

OTTAWA — New Democrats are raising concerns about the cash agreement to purchase the Canadian resource company Nexen by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation Ltd., a company wholly owned by the Chinese government.

July 18th, 2012

STATEMENT FROM LIBBY DAVIES ON HEALTH ACCORD NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

STATEMENT FROM LIBBY DAVIES ON HEALTH ACCORD NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

Today New Democrats stand with Canadians participating in the National Day of Action for a 2014 Health Accord. We join their call, urging Conservative government to come back to the table and work together with the provinces and territories to renew the Health Accords in 2014.

July 18th, 2012

NDP STANDS AGAINST THE ELIMINATION OF THE LOCAL PROGRAMMING IMPROVEMENT FUND

NDP STANDS AGAINST THE ELIMINATION OF THE LOCAL PROGRAMMING IMPROVEMENT FUND

Local news programs will be most affected by this cut

OTTAWA — The elimination of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF) will affect the quality, quantity and diversity of local news shows. According to the NDP, rural communities will be the ones most greatly affected by CRTC’s decision.

June 29th, 2012

NEW REFUGEE LAW LESS FAIR, LESS ACCOUNTABLE: NDP

OTTAWA – With Canada Day just around the corner, the Harper Conservatives are celebrating with the Royal Assent of a new bill, which – alongside cuts to health care for refugees – hurt those seeking refuge in Canada from persecution, according to the NDP’s Citizenship and Immigration critic Jinny Sims.

June 22nd, 2012

NDP SLAMS ELIMINATION OF IMPORTANT STATISTICS CANADA SURVEY

JUNE 22, 2012

OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Hélène LeBlanc (LaSalle-Émard) slammed the Conservative government’s decision to eliminate Statistics Canada’s Survey of Labour Income Dynamics.

June 7th, 2012

NDP SECURES STUDY INTO CANADA-COLOMBIA HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

JUNE 7, 2012

OTTAWA- The Standing Committee on International Trade has agreed to a New Democrat motion to study the sorely-lacking Human Rights Impact Assessment on the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Colombia. This report contains no information on human rights, contrary to stipulations in the legislation.

June 7th, 2012

Statement by Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on the Rejection of NDP Motion on Science and Research Transparency

We have seen again today just how far the Conservatives will go to dodge accountability and hide under the cloaks of secrecy.

May 29th, 2012

NDP supports over-burdened cities in fight for fair funding

May 29, 2012

OTTAWA - What do Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, NDP MP Olivia Chow and the President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have in common?

May 24th, 2012

NEW RESTRICTIONS LEAVE MORE UNEMPLOYED OUT IN THE COLD

Despite a difficult job market, fewer Canadians than ever will qualify for EI: NDP

OTTAWA – Today’s announcement to further restrict EI qualifications is just another example of bad news for Canadians hidden within the Conservatives’ Trojan Horse budget bill, according to the NDP.

May 8th, 2012

VETERANS REVIEW AND APPEAL BOARD SHOULD BE ELIMINATED: NDP

Veterans Ombudsman’s report shows board is failing veterans

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) and Deputy Critic Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay-Saint-Constant) renewed their call today for the elimination of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB) in response to yesterday’s report by Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent.

May 4th, 2012

NDP SUPPORTS TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD’S CALL FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION

Independent agency’s demands to improve transport safety have been ignored for too long

OTTAWA – The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) slammed the Conservatives for repeatedly ignoring the independent agency’s calls for improved safety regulations. NDP Transport Critic Olivia Chow welcomes the long-needed wake-up call for the Harper government to protect the safety of Canadians after years of Conservative inaction.

April 27th, 2012

NEW DEMOCRATS DEMAND A NATIONAL TRANSIT STRATEGY

Canadians deserve rapid, affordable transit, not Conservative inaction

TORONTO – Following the Conservative budget that provides no leadership on transit, today the NDP reiterated their call for a National Public Transit Strategy. NDP Transport Critic Olivia Chow emphasized that across the country, Canadians are fed up with congestion and long commute times. A Twitter campaign is tapping into the frustration transit commuters and to call for federal action.

April 26th, 2012

STEPHEN HARPER MUST KEEP PROMISE ON ABORTION

Prime Minister must stop his members from re-opening closed debate

OTTAWA – The NDP Women’s Caucus is condemning the underhanded way in which Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are trying to reopen the abortion debate.

April 26th, 2012

MP LINDA DUNCAN COMMEMORATES THE 26TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR DISASTER

OTTAWA – Linda Duncan, Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Strathcona and New Democrat Critic for Public Works and Government Services today marked the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

April 13th, 2012

MP LINDA DUNCAN REACTS TO CONSERVATIVE CUTS TO ABORIGINAL HEALTH

Programs cut by up to 100%

EDMONTON – Linda Duncan, Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Strathcona and New Democrat Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development has expressed outrage at the Harper government decision to strike yet another low blow to long standing health programs for First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

April 11th, 2012

PROGRAMMING AND NEWS SEVERELY AFFECTED BY CONSERVATIVE CUTS TO CBC

OTTAWA — NDP Heritage Critic Tyrone Benskin, says it’s appalling that information and programming at CBC and Radio Canada are footing the bill for Conservative government cuts to the public broadcaster’s budget.

April 5th, 2012

CONSERVATIVE MISMANAGEMENT DESTROYED RIGHTS & DEMOCRACY: NDP

Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière criticizes Minister Baird’s change of tune

OTTAWA - During Question Period in the House of Commons Wednesday, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Ste-Marie) condemned the government’s actions towards the non-partisan Montreal organization Rights & Democracy. Minister John Baird announced on April 2 that the government will close Rights & Democracy, an arms-length organization created by a unanimous Act of Parliament in 1988.

March 27th, 2012

CONSERVATIVES IGNORED DRUG SHORTAGE WARNINGS: NDP

With hospitals now facing critical shortages, NDP asks why government did not act

OTTAWA – A string of documents show the Conservative government received a slew of warnings of a looming nation-wide drug shortage but repeatedly dismissed expert advice.

March 27th, 2012

CONSUMERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES NEED PROTECTION: THIBEAULT

Government must act now to protect Banking Ombudsman before it’s too late

OTTAWA — New Democrat Consumer Protection Critic Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) is calling on the government to implement legislation following reports that the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) may be shut down.

March 24th, 2012

THOMAS MULCAIR ELECTED NEXT LEADER OF CANADA’S NEW DEMOCRATS

Choice sets the NDP on the path to forming next government in Canada

TORONTO – Thomas Mulcair was selected new leader of the Official Opposition today by thousands of New Democrats delegates gathered in Toronto and tens of thousands more who voted online or in advance.

March 14th, 2012

NDP INTRODUCES MOTION TO SAVE POPULAR HOME RETROFIT PROGRAM

With Conservatives, Canada is falling behind on clean energy investments

OTTAWA – The ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program was so popular with Canadians – reducing heating bills, helping the environment, and creating clean energy jobs – that the NDP wants Parliament to review its cancellation by the Conservative government.

March 13th, 2012

DFO LEAK SPELLS TROUBLE FOR FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

OTTAWA - Today in Question Period, NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly questioned the Minister on plans to make sweeping changes to section 35 of the Fisheries Act, essentially stripping habitat protection out of the legislation.

March 8th, 2012

NDP TABLES TWO BILLS TO ADVANCE WOMEN’S EQUALITY

OTTAWA – On this International Women’s Day, New Democrat MPs tabled two private members’ bills to advance women’s equality in Canada.

March 6th, 2012

Statement by New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel on defeated motion protecting veterans

Once again, New Democrats are showing leadership on issues that matter to Canadians, especially for our veterans.

March 1st, 2012

FIRST NATIONS DRINKING WATER BILL INSUFFICIENT

First Nations living with boil water advisories, yet Conservatives sunset drinking water and waste water program

February 17th, 2012

NDP MOTION WOULD OPEN UP PARLIAMENT TO CANADIANS

50,000 signatures would trigger a debate in the House of Commons: Kennedy

OTTAWA – New Democrats Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby–Douglas) and Deputy Critic for Democratic Reform Alexandrine Latendresse (Louis-Saint-Laurent) are applauding today’s debate on their motion to allow Canadians to directly influence the topics of discussion in Parliament.

February 16th, 2012

NEW DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE NATIONAL HOUSING BILL OVER CONSERVATIVE INACTION

OTTAWA –New Democrats Official Opposition Housing Critic, Marie-Claude Morin (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot) condemned Conservative inaction on affordable housing today while introducing legislation to create a National Housing Strategy.

February 15th, 2012

NEW DEMOCRATS REINTRODUCE “MEDICINE FOR ALL” BILL

OTTAWA – New Democrat Foreign Affairs Critic, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier-Ste-Marie) will introduce a bill to make vital medication available to poor communities struck by disease. A similar New Democrat bill, “Medicine for All” Bill (C-393), was adopted by the House of Commons in March 2011.

February 15th, 2012

HARPER MUST MAKE SHANNEN’S DREAM A REALITY

First Nations schools receive less than provincial systems; NDP motion calls for equal funding

February 9th, 2012

NDP PUTS FORWARD MOTION TO PROTECT CANADIAN JOBS

Condemns plant closures, calls on Conservatives to strengthen the Investment Canada Act

OTTAWA – New Democrats today blasted Conservative inaction on jobs, while introducing a motion calling on the government to make changes to the Investment Canada Act to protect Canadian jobs.

February 8th, 2012

NDP CALLS FOR EQUITABLE FUNDING FOR FIRST NATIONS’ EDUCATION

Conservatives must commit to action on recommendations of joint panel education report

OTTAWA – New Democrat Aboriginal Affairs Critic Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona) is calling on the Conservative government to take immediate, concrete action on the recommendations of the report from the National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education that was released today.

February 7th, 2012

FIRST NATION INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS MUST BE ADDRESSED

NDP call for Aboriginal Affairs Committee to visit James Bay First Nation communities.

OTTAWA –Today New Democrats are calling on the Aboriginal Affairs Committee to travel to first nations’ communities along the James Bay coast. For years basic infrastructure and amenities enjoyed by other Canadian communities has been denied to these communities by the government.

February 2nd, 2012

BACK DOWN FROM OAS BLUNDER: NDP TO CONSERVATIVES

Opposition day motion calls on House to reject Harper’s changes to OAS

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the House of Commons to take a stand against Stephen Harper’s move to balance the Conservative deficit by cutting future benefits for seniors.

February 1st, 2012

NDP PROPOSES USING GAS TAX FUND TO IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

OTTAWA — An NDP motion on investment in infrastructure will be put to vote today in the House of Commons. The motion seeks to encourage the government to index the Gas Tax Fund and increase the transfer of gas tax money by one cent.

January 31st, 2012

CONSERVATIVES MUST ACT ON HOUSING CRISIS: TURMEL

Historic debt loads and rising prices pushing middle class families out of the market

January 30th, 2012

NDP TO CONSERVATIVES: STOP PLAYING GAMES WITH ECOENERGY RETROFITS

Conservatives end the program with no warning for the second time in two years

January 16th, 2012

CONSERVATIVES CONTINUE TO FAIL CANADIANS ON FOOD SAFETY: NDP

FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE

JANUARY 16, 2012

New report reveals government plan to cut food inspectors

OTTAWA – New Democrat Food Safety critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) is warning that funding cuts quietly announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) this morning will mean major setbacks that increasingly put Canadian families at risk.

January 13th, 2012

THOUSANDS OF SERVICE CANADA EMPLOYEES DEMAND MINISTER’S RESIGNATION

Minister Finley must stop making excuses and fix problems at Service Canada: NDP

OTTAWA – NDP Human Resources Critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) and Employment Insurance Critic Claude Patry (Jonquière-Alma) are demanding that the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development apologize to the 2500 employees of Service Canada who sent her grievances.

December 13th, 2011

Linda Duncan welcomes UN inquiry into fate of Aboriginal women and girls

December 13 2011

Linda Duncan welcomes UN inquiry into fate of Aboriginal women and girls

Ottawa – Linda Duncan, M.P. today urged the Conservative Government to cooperate fully with a United Nations investigation into Canada’s murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls, announced today by the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

December 8th, 2011

KENT’S CLIMATE SUGGESTION FULL OF HOT AIR: LIU

Environment Minister proposes new climate deal while obstructing climate change talks

DURBAN – Speaking from the Durban climate change talks, New Democrat Deputy Environment Critic Laurin Liu today blasted Environment Minister Peter Kent for proposing a new, binding climate change deal by 2015 — while obstructing the very talks trying to reach a deal.

December 7th, 2011

BUNGLED TRADE DEAL WILL HURT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

NDP motion demands study of real impact of botched trade negotiations on health care costs

November 30th, 2011

Statement by Official Opposition Leader Nycole Turmel and New Democrat Foreign Affairs Critic Hélène Laverdière on Abousfian Abdelrazik

November 30, 2011 - New Democrats commend the United Nations Security Council for removing Abousfian Abdelrazik from its 1267 list, despite the inaction of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

November 29th, 2011

ATTAWAPISKAT: NDP SLAMS CONSERVATIVE INACTION IN THE FACE OF SUFFERING FAMILIES

Situation deteriorating, but Harper government has turned a blind eye to needs of most vulnerable

November 24th, 2011

TURMEL TO HOST RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE CANADA SIGNING UN DECLARATION OF RIGHTS FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

OTTAWA – Opposition Leader Nycole Turmel will host a reception at Stornoway to celebrate Canada signing the United Nations’ Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples. NDP Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Critic Linda Duncan will introduce Turmel.

November 15th, 2011

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS WASHING ITS HANDS OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR VETERANS’ HOSPITAL CARE

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) raised concerns today about the transfer of the last remaining federally run veterans’ hospital in Canada to the province of Quebec in terms of its impacts on veterans’ care and Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Stoffer was joined by Yvan Thauvette, President of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees.

November 2nd, 2011

LINDA DUNCAN ATTENDS REPATRIATION CEREMONY IN TRENTON

OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat MP Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona) was in Trenton to attend the repatriation ceremony of Master Corporal Byron Greff, who died in Afghanistan on Saturday. He was a member of Edmonton-based 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

October 26th, 2011

CONCERNS OVER SHALE GAS EXPLORATION CONFIRMED IN MEMO FROM ENVIRONMENT MINISTER

OTTAWA –NDP Environment Critic, Megan Leslie (Halifax), expressed concerns about the injection of thousands of litres of chemicals into the ground where it could place soil and groundwater at risk. These same concerns were raised in a memo sent to Minister Peter Kent from the Deputy Minister of the Environment.

October 3rd, 2011

NEW DEMOCRATS HONOURS NATIONAL SENIORS DAY

OTTAWA - Today, Canada celebrates National Senior's Day. It is a day to recognize how important seniors are to the fabric of Canada. A day to recognize the work they do in their homes, in their communities and in business.

September 30th, 2011

OLIVIA CHOW MOVES FORWARD WITH NATIONAL TRANSIT STRATEGY

OTTAWA – New Democrat Transport Critic Olivia Chow gave a major boost to Canada’s cities today, joining forces with municipal and industry groups to introduce a national public transit strategy.

September 2nd, 2011

CONSERVATIVES CAN’T IGNORE CANADA’S ABORIGINAL PEOPLE

New Democrats today blasted the Conservative government for what they say is a lack of attention being shown to the quality of life of Canada’s indigenous peoples. The NDP is calling on the federal government to devote more resources to the study and improvement of aboriginal health.

September 1st, 2011

DUNCAN SEEKS ANSWERS ON DELIVERY OF FEDERAL DUTIES TO PROTECT FIRST NATION RIGHTS IN PROTECTING CARIBOU

EDMONTON- Linda Duncan, New Democrat Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, is seeking answers from the federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development on his role in the decision to ignore Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in decisions on emergency action to protect boreal caribou habitat and resulting abrogation of the duty of the Crown.

August 22nd, 2011

Statement on the death of Jack Layton

We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday August 22. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Details of Mr. Layton’s funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

July 27th, 2011

DUNCAN CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO HONOUR CLAIMS PROCESS

Official Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Affairs, M.P. Linda Duncan today called on the Harper government to reverse its decision to short circuit the specific claims negotiation process that undermines the Specific Claims Tribunal Act and policy.

July 19th, 2011

DUNCAN RESPONDS TO FIRST NATIONS DRINKING WATER REPORT

July 19, 2011

Linda Duncan, Official Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development today pledged to work with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit to hold the federal government accountable for its failure to address the critical issue of safe drinking water on First Nations reserves.

July 8th, 2011

DUNCAN TO ATTEND AFN AND DENE NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES

Linda Duncan, New Democrat Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development will attend the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly in Moncton, NB and the Dene National Assembly in Fort Providence, NWT.

July 5th, 2011

Green Infrastructure cuts another blow to cash-strapped cities

JUNE 15, 2011

Government scraps funding in the face of rising infrastructure deficit

Ottawa

New details of the government’s “strategic and operating review” reveal Infrastructure Canada is cutting $45-million of green infrastructure funding -- even as it stares down a $123 billion municipal infrastructure deficit.

June 22nd, 2011

Duncan Welcomes New Shadow Cabinet Role

Linda Duncan, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Strathcona today welcomed her new portfolio as the Official Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

May 1st, 2011

Get on the Bus: Linda Duncan’s Biggest Canvass Ever

Media Advisory Campaign to Re-elect Linda Duncan

Edmonton –

This Saturday the goal is to land on 6,000 doorsteps. The volunteer team will meet at the campaign office (9124 – 82 Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. and board a chartered ETS bus at 11:00 a.m. The bus will travel through the riding dropping volunteers off at pre-planned locations.

April 8th, 2011

All Aboard Linda Duncan's VoteMobiles



All Aboard Linda Duncan’s VoteMobiles

Edmonton – Linda Duncan’s campaign in Edmonton-Strathcona is encouraging youth voting by providing rides to the Returning Office. On April 11, 12 and 13 campaign volunteers will drive shuttles from all three university campuses in Edmonton-Strathcona.

April 2nd, 2011

Conservatives accused of hypocrisy in dealing with immigrants

Policies prove they are no friends to new Canadians or foreign workers

Hypocritical federal Conservatives are reaching out to immigrant Canadians on one hand, but crafting policies that punish them with the other, says Alberta’s largest labour group and Linda Duncan, who is seeking re-election in the federal riding of Edmonton-Strathcona.

April 2nd, 2011

Media Advisory

Linda Duncan Celebrates Volunteers

This Saturday, April 2 at 3:00 pm, Linda Duncan will be celebrating the volunteers rallying to support her re-election in the riding of Edmonton-Strathcona. Those who have been part of past campaigns and those eager to help out for the first time are invited to Duncan’s campaign office at 9124 – 82 Avenue.

April 2nd, 2011

Media Advisory

Linda Duncan kicks off campaign with Jack Layton

Edmonton – Linda Duncan, who is running for re-election in Edmonton-Strathcona, will be joining Jack Layton, leader of the New Democrats to kick off the federal election campaign. She will joined by other local NDP candidates for Edmonton-Centre and Edmonton-East, Lewis Cardinal and Ray Martin.