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 ...
Conservatives shield Russian business elite from sanctions Toothless sanctions are out of step with Canada’s closest allies
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.
“With these Conservatives, rhetoric is limitless, but actions are weak,” said NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa-Centre). “What’s the point of Canadian sanctions if you leave out the people and entities that can be most impacted by them?”
The three business magnates left off Canada’s sanctions have close ties with President Putin. Sergey Chemezov runs military corporation Rostec, Igor Sechin is CEO of oil company Rosneft and Vladimir Yakunin is the president of Russian Railways.
“Conservatives are allowing our foreign policy to be shaped by short-term commercial interests,” said NDP’s deputy fo
Conservatives must respond now to Mount Polley tailings pond disaster 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.
“The federal government must immediately offer BC the assistance it needs to help prevent further damage,” said NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley). “The federal government has a role to play in ensuring that all possible steps are taken to protect this sensitive salmon habitat and drinking water that nearby communities rely on.”
Federal and provincial governments share responsibility for mining tailings ponds, and tailings ponds are normally reviewed as part of environmental assessments for proposed projects.
“We need the federal government to immediately review what happened in this case – and take steps to ensure that this kind of devastating environmental disaster isn’t repeated. This is just another reason that Co
The Liberal Party on European Trade: “At some point though we need to see what it is we’re actually supporting” Remember when Chrystia Freeland was going to provide policy heft to her leader’s thin background on important issue like trade and the economy?
Well today, Liberal International Trade critic Chrystia Freeland said of the free trade deal with Europe: “We have been supportive of the deal from the start.”
After declaring her complete support, Freeland actually went on to add: “At some point though we need to see what it is we’re actually supporting.”
And while she continues to be Justin Trudeau’s spokesperson on trade, Freeland has yet to attend a single meeting of the all-party Standing Committee on International Trade.
In the future, might we suggest the Liberals follow the NDP’s thoughtful and responsible approach to this deal: wait to see the final text public before endorsing Stephen Harper’s trade plans.
Statement by the Official Opposition on National Peacekeepers’ Day The Official Opposition’s Defense Critic, Jack Harris (St. John's-East), made the following statement on National Peacekeepers’ Day:
“Today, we join the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association in honouring the tremendous contributions of the more than 125,000 Canadians who have served in international peacekeeping efforts over the past six decades.
“It was 40 years ago today that nine Canadian peacekeepers lost their lives after their plane was shot down by a missile during a refuelling operation in the Middle East. We remember them, and the more than 100 other Canadians who have lost their lives on peacekeeping missions. We thank Canada’s peacekeepers for their courage and sacrifice, and for their contribution to international peace and security.
“Canadians are proud of our peacekeeping tradition, and we welcome the opportunity to acknowledge these efforts. Canada can and should be playing an important role in peacekeeping worldwide, instead of the diminished role we ha