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 ...
Canada must honour commitment to help Syrian refugees 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.
“Canadians expect leadership from our country. It’s time for the Conservatives to show some compassion and take real action to help the thousands of Syrian refugees still living in awful conditions,” said NDP Citizenship and Immigration critic NDP Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds – Dollard).
The NDP is urging the Conservatives to increase government-sponsored refugee numbers and accelerate Syrian refugee application processing, as was done in 1999 for Kosovar refugee applications. Canada has still not responded to the UN’s February call for the international community to accept 100,000 additional Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016.
“The scale of this crisis is shocking. Canada needs to do more to help ensure that humanitarian agencies are able to reach the millions of Sy
NDP nominates Joe Cressy to build on Olivia Chow’s legacy Joe Cressy will be the NDP candidate in Trinity-Spadina.
“Joe Cressy has the energy, experience and values to continue the great work that Olivia Chow started in downtown Toronto,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “I’m proud to have Joe on NDP’s Toronto team. Together, we will take on Stephen Harper and fight for Toronto families.”
“I’m running to build on Olivia Chow’s legacy,” said Cressy. “I’m running to get results for downtown Toronto on issues that matter to our families – good jobs, public transit, accountability in government and a clean environment.”
Cressy has served as a senior advisor and director for the Stephen Lewis Foundation where he worked in support of grassroots women’s HIV and AIDS organizations in Africa. He coordinated Polaris Institute’s successful campaign in cities like Toronto to ban bottled water in municipal buildings and promote safe local public water. He has also worked on First Nations literacy programs in Northern Ontario.
Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair’s statement on Jim Flaherty’s passing “It is with great sadness that Catherine and I learned of Jim Flaherty’s passing today. We join all New Democrats in offering our most sincere condolences to his family, loved ones and colleagues in this difficult time."
"As Minister of Finance, Mr. Flaherty served his country with dedication and conviction, even as he faced mounting health challenges. As both a man and a politician, I will remember him for his pleasant demeanour and strength of character."
"Today we all mourn this most proud Canadian.”
Statement by the NDP on the budget cuts to the CBC NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement in reaction to the budget cuts to the CBC:
New Democrats are saddened that 657 workers at the CBC are losing their jobs today.
We believe that the CBC is a core cultural institution and that it must remain strong in order to fulfill its mandate. But that cannot happen unless it receives stable and adequate long-term funding.
Unfortunately, Conservatives have chosen to undermine and weaken it with ideological cuts, even as the CBC has had to deal with an increasingly difficult and competitive market.
The budget cuts announced today by the CBC’s board of directors are worrisome and have made me wonder whether the CBC will be able to fulfill its responsibilities under the current conditions.
Despite the efforts of our public broadcaster, the federal government clearly has no intention of helping the CBC to make the technological turnaround necessary to ensure the corporation’s future.
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