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 ...
Conservative environment minister missing-in-action at climate summit NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement at the Climate Summit of the Americas:
"I was dismayed to see that Canada’s Environment Minister, Leonna Algukkaq, refused to attend the Climate Summit of the Americas. Sadly, Minister Aglukkaq’s absence is not surprising given the Conservatives’ longstanding contempt for fighting climate change.
“From withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol to weakening greenhouse gas emissions targets to delaying oil and gas regulations; it’s clear that Stephen Harper’s approach to climate change is a complete failure and has left Canada with a tattered international reputation.
“Canadians can trust Tom Mulcair’s NDP to fix the damage done by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Only New Democrats take the threat of climate change seriously. Canadians can trust an NDP government to protect the environment and grow the economy. Together we will build a fairer, greener and more prosperous Canada.”
Overheard this week: “NDP viewed as the clearest alternative to Conservatives” With economists predicting another recession, and 200,000 more Canadians out of work than before the last recession, it’s clear that Stephen Harper’s plan just isn’t working.
This week, the Conservative finance minister stubbournly stuck his head in the sand – promising more of the same:
“Finance Minister Joe Oliver says no new economic measures to boost the economy are needed because Canada will not be in a recession at year’s end, despite gloomier private sector economic forecasts.”
— Tonda MacCharles, Toronto Star (July 7, 2015)
Sound familiar? This is what we overheard from Conservatives before the last recession under Harper’s watch:
"We are well positioned to weather this period of global economic uncertainly. Canada's economic fundamentals are solid."
— Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (May 30, 2008)
"This country will not go into recession next year and will lead the G7 countries."
— Prime Minister Ste
Conservative prescription drug failures put Canadians’ health at risk With recent news about the shortage of another essential drug, it is clear that the Conservatives’ failure to manage the Canadian prescription drug supply is putting Canadians’ health at risk.
“It is unacceptable that Conservative inaction is forcing Canadians – who need prescription drugs to maintain their health – to risk going without their medications,” said NDP Health critic Murray Rankin (Victoria). “The worst part is that this could have been avoided had the Conservatives implemented the NDP plan for mandatory drug shortage disclosure years ago.”
Doctors and pharmacists are reporting a shortage of ethambutol, which is used to treat chronic lung infections and tuberculosis. According to the World Health Organization, drugs like this are essential medicines that must be available in adequate quantities at all times. In February, the Conservatives finally adopted the NDP proposal for mandatory reporting of drug shortages, but failed to include concrete measure
Private sector and youth job losses shows Conservative economic plan isn’t working As economy teeters on the brink of a recession, another disappointing jobs report underscores the need for change
Following four straight months of a shrinking economy, today’s Statistics Canada report showing the loss of tens of thousands of private sector jobs and a spike in youth unemployment adds to the mounting evidence of how Stephen Harper’s economic plan just isn’t working.
“Conservatives are standing by congratulating themselves as thousands more Canadians lose their jobs,” said NDP Finance Critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) “Too many Canadian families struggle to make ends meet and household debt is rising to record levels. With the private sector now shedding more jobs and our economy shrinking, it is clearly time for a change.”
The important summer months are providing no relief for youth employment as 26,000 young people lost their jobs in June, and 39,300 more gave up on finding a job at all. Meanwhile private sector employment dropped precipit