Statement on arrest in Halifax

NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie made the following statement:

 After yesterday’s tragic and traumatic events in Ottawa, this news is especially disturbing. However, it demonstrates that our law enforcement and first responders are on high alert across our country, and are ready to take swift action in order to protect the safety of Canadians.  On behalf of the NDP, I extend my sincere gratitude to these women and men.

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Speech by Thomas Mulcair on shooting at Parliament Hill and War Memorial

My fellow Canadians,

Today, the peace of our nation’s capital was shattered by an act of hatred and brutality. A cowardly act, designed to strike at the very heart of our democracy— at the heart of who we are.

But I stand here tonight in solidarity— side-by-side with my colleagues, with our Prime Minister and with all Canadians.

This attack struck with sudden and deadly violence.

It was carried out on the very ground where we come together to exchange ideas with the knowledge that whatever our differences we will always resolve them peacefully.

It was intended to make us more fearful of our neighbours and less confident in ourselves.

But it has failed.

Today’s events have instead only succeeded in drawing us closer, in making us stronger.

To the brave women and men of law enforcement, our security services and our Canadian Forces: Your determination, your professionalism and indeed your heroism today will not soon be forgotten.

Just as we have all borne witness to these horrific acts, we have watched in awe your acts of courage— now an abiding emblem of Canadian strength, values and valour.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone here in our nation’s capital are with the family and loved ones of Corporal Nathan Cirillo— the Canadian Forces member from Hamilton, Ontario who lost his life this morning, the second in just a few days.
Corporal Cirillo was literally standing on guard at a monument dedicated to the sacrifice of others who came before him.

To his family and friends, I tell you that 35 million Canadians— at home and abroad, from coast-to-coast-to-coast and around the world— stand with you tonight.

And we will not forget.

In this moment, Canadians are united in grief, and stricken with disbelief.

Canada is shaken today, but we shall not waver.

We woke up this morning in a country blessed by love, diversity and peace, and tomorrow we will do the same.

These acts were driven by hatred, but also designed to drive us to hate.

They will not.

We will stand up, and we will stand together.

We will persevere, and we will prevail.

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NDP statement on shooting at Parliament Hill and War Memorial

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s Principal Secretary, Karl Bélanger, made the following statement:

 “This morning’s horrifying attack has shocked all Canadians and shattered the peace of our nation’s capital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier killed and the people who were injured, and we are deeply grateful for the soldiers and law enforcement officials who quickly and courageously protected the public today.

As we seek to comprehend the enormity of this event, Canada stands united in grief and in resolute determination that we will not give in to fear.  May we give strength to each other at this difficult time.

The leader of the Official Opposition has spoken to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and will be issuing a statement later.”

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Conservatives should answer Malala’s call

Conservatives have yet to pledge to the Global Partnership for Education following June replenishment conference

New Democrats renewed their call on the Canadian government to provide funding for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) replenishment.

 “This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went in part to Malala Yousafzai, the world’s leading advocate for girls’ education. Malala and many civil society activists have asked the Government of Canada to make a significant pledge to the Global Partnership for Education. Now is the time to answer the call,” said NDP International Development critic Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Sainte-Marie).

 Laverdière expressed concern that Canada is lagging behind other countries on this issue. Unlike many other countries, Canada did not make a pledge at the June 2014 replenishment conference held in Brussels. Yet the Global Partnership for Education has a proven track record of success, helping 46 partner countries get nearly 22 million more children in school since 2003.

 “Funding for global education would complement Canada’s approach to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health” said Laverdière, noting that “education has major secondary impacts on the health of women and children by reducing the number of preventable deaths.”

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The fight to keep home mail delivery is far from over

Maintaining home mail delivery remains one of the NDP’s main priorities as it intensifies its campaign to save the services Canadians rely on and deserve. 

“With this government’s marked trend toward privatization, I would like to know if this is also their plan for Canada Post. Canadians are adamant about continuing to receive their mail at home,” said NDP Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie), who was joined by Susan Dixon – the woman behind the petition to keep home mail delivery, which now has 200,000 signatures.  

The end of home mail delivery will be particularly hard on seniors and people living with disabilities—something Canada Post and Conservatives have completely ignored.

“Susan Dixon’s petition has struck a chord with Canadians because she speaks for the many who will endure significant hardships if home mail delivery is ended,” added Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) President, Denis Lemelin, who was also in attendance today.

Boulerice also noted that Canada Post’s financial situation simply does not justify these cuts and criticized the lack of consultations to inform Canadians of the reasons for, and potential impact of, these changes.

“Citizens are being kept in the dark, but they have a right to know the truth. How much will the new community mailboxes cost? We need answers,” added Boulerice.

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