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 ...
New Democrats alarmed by continued violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt The NDP’s Foreign Affairs Critic is very concerned by the violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt.
“I strongly condemn the attacks on Egyptian Copts and their churches,” said Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre). “All Egyptians must be able to express their beliefs peacefully and publicly, without fear or intimidation.”
Dozens of churches have been looted, burned, or vandalized throughout Egypt over the past three months. This week, the violence spread into the capital city with a shooting at a church on the outskirts of Cairo that killed four people, including two young girls.
“I urge the Canadian government to call directly on Egyptian authorities to ensure protection of the basic freedoms of all Egyptians, including the Coptic minority,” said Dewar. “Canada can also play a role in supporting the efforts of civil society groups in Egypt to strengthen intercultural understanding. The vast majority of Egyptians are united against the recent violence, and a small minority cann
Corruption in Canada’s Senate: The NeverEnding Story While the trio of Stephen Harper appointed Senators Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau are facing motions to suspend them from the Senate; the list of other senators facing allegations of financial improprieties continues to grow.
This evening we learned that Pierre Trudeau appointed Liberal Senator Colin Kenny has been accused of abusing his position as a Senator.
Former Executive Assistant to Colin Kenny, Pascale Brisson described to RDI the work she did for the Senator. According to her, half the day was devoted to:
Completing personal tasks for the Senator, including ordering his clothes online, finding a personal trainer for him, paying his dog walker, giving money to his son, finding dog sitters.
Dealing with his personal bills which were sent to his Senator office, including his water and hydro bills, condo fees, and his VISA.
Making appointments and coordinating renovations for his personal condo.
The response from Senator Kenny:
“She was responsible
Updated Department of Finance report continues to show the NDP has the best fiscal record in government Tuesday the Department of Finance released its annual Fiscal Reference Tables. This tracks the Federal and Provincial fiscal balances back to 1980.
Comparing the fiscal record of each party, once again the NDP comes out on top as the best fiscal managers with a 44.9% record of balancing the budget. Conservatives come in second, with 40.8% record of balanced budgets. The Liberals score lowest as fiscal managers, with a record of only 25.0% balanced budgets.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, already under fire for his inability to explain monetary policy like Quantitative Easing, is on track for his sixth straight deficit budget – a record that includes the biggest deficit in Canadian history.
Years in surplus
Number of Budgets
Budgets in Deficit
Defeat of NDP motion: Liberals and Conservatives don’t want Senate to change Official Opposition Democratic Reform Critic Craig Scott (Toronto–Danforth) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion:
“The NDP has long called for Senate abolition. The Senate was intended to be a chamber of sober second thought. Instead, it is filled with Conservative and Liberal donors, fundraisers and other party operatives far removed from Canadian realities—who defeat or find other ways to block legislation that duly-elected Members of Parliament have studied and approved.
Canadians are frustrated by the scandals emanating from that undemocratic body. Senators’ continued abuse of Canadians’ trust places the urgency of dismantling it in stark relief.
While the Conservatives dragged their feet, the NDP developed practical steps to bring more accountability to the Senate immediately. As we move towards abolition, this NDP motion would have immediately made the Senate more answerable to Canadians.
New Democrats were optimistic that the old-line parties would