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 seeking justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women 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.
“It is appalling that after hearing witness after witness testify that much more needs to be done on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Conservatives could produce a sanitized report saying that everything is fine,” said NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo Cowichan). “This is an intergenerational tragedy that demands immediate action.”
The NDP’s dissenting report recommends that the federal government:
establish a National Commission of Public Inquiry to analyze violence against Indigenous women and girls;
utilize Niki Ashton’s motion (M-444) to develop and implement a national action plan to address violence against Indigenous women and girls;
ensure that Indigenous women lead, design and implement solutions to address this crisis;
Conservatives move shut down debate, again – this time to try and disrupt testimony they don’t like at committee The Conservatives again broke their own record for shutting down debate by using Time Allocation for the 52nd and 53rd time. Add this to the six uses of closure, the most recent being to shut down debate on Brad Butt’s lies to the House of Commons, and you have 59 instances and counting of the Conservatives shutting down debate.
In their latest attempt to evade accountability on the Unfair Elections Act, Conservatives are using dirty tricks in the House of Commons to sabotage the testimony of Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand.
Conservatives had agreed to hear from the Chief Electoral Officer, but then turned around and started playing games and doing everything they can to disrupt Marc Mayrand’s testimony on this important bill.
The Conservatives proposed bill makes radical changes to the Elections Act and could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Canadians. The bill also targets the Chief Electoral Officer, reducing his powers and forbidding him in the future from educating
Statement from the NDP on the approval of the reversal of Line 9 The Official Opposition’s Energy and Natural Resources Critic, Peter Julian, issued the following statement in response to the National Energy Board’s decision to approve the Line 9 reversal: “All Canadians benefit when our resources are developed and transported in a safe and sustainable way. With the proper environmental review and high safety standards, New Democrats believe that processing Canadian oil in Canada makes sense. However, we remain extremely concerned about the changes forced in by the Conservatives that gutted the review and approval process dealing with the Line 9 proposal. This weakened process has created uncertainty for industry, as evidenced by the numerous court challenges facing the Northern Gateway approval. Conservatives have forced artificial timelines on project reviews, slashed the number of environmental assessments, and placed arbitrary limits on who can intervene in consultations. This curtailed review process shuts out communi
Vic Toews gets the patronage appointment he waited his whole life for Today the federal Conservative government appointed former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews to the bench in Manitoba.
It's not the Senate appointment he likely really wanted, but he'll just have to make do with this plum patronage post and the $288,100 salary.
As a minister in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, Vic Toews was most famous for his failed attempt to get warrantless access to Canadians’ emails and phone calls. He even said that anyone who didn't like his warrentless snooping stood with the child pornographers!
Who can forget his own adventures in patronage?
And of course there's his recent lobbying, where he registered on behalf of four different organizations in Manitoba, finding loopholes around the five-year ban on federal ministers lobbying after leaving office.
We can only assume it was his fine legal mind, demonstrated by his record of breaking election laws in Manitoba, that most appealed to Stephen Harper. Couldn't have been his long history as a Conservative