The New Democratic Party (French: Nouveau Parti démocratique), commonly referred to by its acronym NDP in English and NPD in French, is a social-democratic federal political party in Canada.The current leader of the NDP is Thomas Mulcair, who was elected in the 2012 leadership election.
The provincial wings of the NDP in Manitoba and Nova Scotia currently form the governments in those provinces. Provincial parties have previously formed governments in British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, and the territorial party formed the government in Yukon. In the 2011 federal election under the leadership of Jack Layton, the NDP won the second-most seats in the Canadian House of Commons, gaining the title of Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian ...
Robin MacLachlan is the face of a new breed in Ottawa: NDP corporate lobbyist.
The former NDP staffer works the phones on behalf of 11 clients – including large companies such as Cisco Systems, Nalcor Energy and Nestlé Canada Inc. – and increasingly pops up on political talk shows as an NDP supporter.
He prefers to say he’s in the “government relations” business.
“The word lobbyist has taken on a bit of a pejorative character to it, so for that I may get the odd joke from my social democratic friends, but it’s all in good humour,” ...
New Democratic Party MPs called Thursday for stronger civilian oversight of the Canadian military, saying the Afghan-detainees affair has shown the need for greater transparency and accountability by the Canadian Forces.
They proposed the creation of a civilian office of inspector general, similar to positions in the United States and Australia.
Citing Britain and Australia, they said the existing judge advocate general — the top legal person in the military — should be a civilian, not a member of the armed forces.
The proposals were made at a news conference held by Ottawa MP ...
Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party (NDP) is now the best-ranked federal party leader in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 29 per cent of respondents approve of Layton’s performance, up three points since February.The approval rating for Canadian prime minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper stands at 26 per cent, down two points in a month. 15 per cent of respondents approve of the way Liberal and Official Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff is handling his duties, also down two points in a month. Canadians renewed the House of Commons in ...
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau and the Eve Adams defection: compromising principles “[W]hen you start to compromise your principles, you’re through.”
– Justin Trudeau, February 22, 2014
The reviews are in, and the Liberal backroom deals of Monday aren’t looking so good:
“I mean, that a Harper Tory from Mississauga all of a sudden is going to run here in the middle of Toronto with no connections and no awareness? You know, it’s a real insult to the local Liberals in this community.”
– Liberal MPP Mike Colle
“In welcoming into his caucus the turncoat Eve Adams, Justin Trudeau violated the most important promise that he made to Canadians: putting an end to the ‘old way of doing politics…’. In this decision, Mr. Trudeau has shown that like his Conservative counterpart, he is ready to do anything to win elections. This manoeuver risks disappointing many Canadians. They can say that when it comes to voting for someone who wants to win at any cost, they may as well chose someone who has demonstrated his ability to govern.” [translation]
NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau and the Oil Lobby As Canadians continue to call for a more sustainable energy policy and respect for the environment, it’s disconcerting to see the extent to which the oil lobby has penetrated into Justin Trudeau’s inner circle.
Of course, there were already concerns raised when it was revealed that his Chief of Staff, Cyrus Reporter, had been a leading lobbyist representing oil companies in the past – including BP Energy Canada, Nexen and Syncrude. (Source: Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada registry).
Now, TransCanada – the company behind the Cacouna Oil Port project – is seeking the services of Dan Gagnier, co-chair and strategic advisor for the Liberal Party’s election campaign and one of Justin Trudeau’s trusted advisors.
How can Mr. Trudeau claim to have middle class families’ best interests at heart when he surrounds himself with advisors who are leading defenders of oil companies’ interests?
Canadians deserve better. They deserve a Prime Minister who – like Tom
The Conservative government needs to keep the Mont-Mégantic Observatory open The Mont-Mégantic Observatory is set to close down because of the Conservative’s budget cuts. The NDP is urging the federal government to keep this one-of-a-kind research centre up and running, as it is essential to the scientific community.
“We are once again facing ill-conceived cuts with very serious consequences for the scientific community. This time, they have targeted astronomy. The Mont-Mégantic Observatory is an extraordinary tool for training and research in that field,” said NDP deputy Science and Technology critic Laurin Liu.
The NDP is worried about the consequences of this decision, and is urging the Conservative government to simply cancel the cuts. The Mont-Mégantic Observatory is also a major tourist attraction in the region.
“Closing the Observatory would be catastrophic not only to the scientific community, but to the local economy. Any possible savings the Conservatives are trying to make here are far outweighed by the benefits of keeping it up and runnin
Working together to protect belugas The combined efforts of citizens, environmentalists and the NDP have paid off—TransCanada has finally decided to scrap its oil port project in Cacouna, Quebec.
“This is proof that by working together, we can ensure that the environment is protected - despite resistance from a Conservative government that doesn’t respect Canadians,” said NDP Energy and Natural Resources critic Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata-Les Basques). “We’re relieved that the beluga nurseries will be safe.”
New Democrats have been working to convince the Conservative government to reject all future oil port projects in Gros-Cacouna. The area includes the natural habitat of an endangered species, the St. Lawrence Beluga.
The NDP tabled a motion in Parliament to reject the project, which the Liberals and Conservatives voted against.
“This would be a victory for citizens and send a clear message to the Conservatives and Liberals to put the interests of the environment and the community