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 REALITY CHECK: Conservatives are protecting Conservatives, not respecting the Court The Prime Minister and his Conservative colleagues frequently claim they cannot comment on matters before the courts, particularly when it comes to questions about the PMO orchestrating senate scandal cover-ups.
“As members know, this matter is before the courts, so it would obviously be inappropriate for me to comment on evidence that is before the courts.”– Paul Calandra, House of Commons, May 11, 2015
“Obviously, I do not accept the premise of that question. He knows full well that he is trying to get me to comment selectively on matters that are before the court.”– Stephen Harper, House of Commons, May 12, 2015
The problem is, Conservatives have often commented in the past on matters before the court:
“As I indicated yesterday, our government believes very strongly that we should defend the rights of long-serving members of the Quebec bar, and in fact of every bar in the country, to serve on the highest court of Canada...We look forward to the Supreme Court itself
Overheard this week: “Mulcair emerging as the real agent of change” This week, Tom Mulcair took his plan to strengthen the middle class and build a stronger Canada to communities across the country.
Momentum continues to build for Tom’s hopeful and optimistic message -- here’s what the pundits and political watchers were saying:
“NDP comes across as the clearest alternative to the Conservatives.”
— Lawrence Martin, Globe and Mail (May 19, 2015)
“Mulcair emerging as the real agent of change … Now, as Canadians begin focusing on the next vote, it is the NDP that offers the clean break from a tired government in its 10th year. Trudeau and his Liberals are offering tentative change, a lurch to the middle with little daylight between them and the Conservatives.”
— Tim Harper, Toronto Star (May 19, 2015)
“In the early running, if you were betting on which party the anti-government vote may coalesce around, you’d probably put your chips on orange … John Fenik, the life-long Liberal mayor of Perth, Ont., who is now seeking a fede
NDP wants ban on plastic microbeads Two months after the NDP motion to ban plastic microbeads was passed unanimously, Canadians are still waiting on the Conservatives to protect our lakes and rivers from microbead pollution.
“We are tired of the Conservatives’ empty promises. We want concrete action now,” said the NDP environment critic, Megan Leslie (Halifax). “The Conservatives promised to tackle this pollution problem; but nothing concrete has been undertaken to act on the unanimous will of the House.”
Microbeads are tiny plastic beads used in consumer products such as facial cleansers, shower gel and toothpaste. They have been found in high concentrations in the Great Lakes, especially downstream of major urban centres, and in the sediments of the St. Lawrence River. The Conservatives promised to tackle this pollution problem; however, nothing concrete has yet been done.
Canadians want their government to act on this issue. A public petition on Change.org has gathered over 40,000 signatures in a few s
Statement by the NDP on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident NDP member of Parliament Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident:
“Today marks the 101st anniversary of the day on which the Komagata Maru, carrying 376 passengers, arrived in Vancouver’s harbour seeking refuge and a better life for their family.
“Sadly, as a result of discriminatory laws, the passengers were refused entry into Canada. The ship remained in port for two months, during which passengers were denied basic necessities such as food and water, before it was sent back.
“To close this dark chapter of Canadian history and pursue a more just society for future generations, the NDP is continuing to call on the Harper government to issue an official apology in the House of Commons on behalf of Canada, so that the healing process can finally begin.”