Statement on the Alberta NDP Leadership results

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement regarding the Alberta NDP leadership results:

“On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats I extend sincere congratulations to Rachel Notley on her election as leader of the Alberta NDP. 

New Democrats have deep roots in Alberta and I’m looking forward to working with Rachel Notley as we unite progressives to build a greener, more prosperous Canada where no one is left behind.”

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Statement by Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair on Persons Day

The leader of the New Democratic Party made the following statement on Persons Day:

“Every year, the New Democratic Party commemorates the landmark “Persons” Case and remembers the work of pioneers of women’s equality in Canada.

On this day in 1929, the Privy Council in London—the highest court of appeal at the time—overturned a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, declaring that women should be included in the legal definition of a “person”. As a result of this decision, Canadian women were given the right to sit in the Senate.  

A great deal has happened since, and we can be proud of the progress we have made in the fight for women’s equality. But there is still work to be done. Inequality is still a fact of life for Canadian women. Aboriginal women, immigrants and exploited workers still face discrimination, as well as many women still unable to enjoy equal status due to their social condition, religion or sexual orientation.  

On October 18, let’s remember the lessons of the past and continue our efforts to break down all the remaining barriers that women face.”

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Bird watchers are not criminals

The NDP is concerned that instead of going after tax cheats, the Conservatives are using Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) resources to intimidate a law-abiding nature group. 

A group of bird watchers from Southern Ontario received a letter from the CRA ordering them to refrain from undertaking partisan activities with the implicit threat that future audits were a possibility.

“The timing simply doesn’t pass the smell test – the CRA letter arrived just days after this bird watching club wrote directly to two ministers, expressing their concern about the impact of government-approved chemicals on vulnerable bee colonies,” said NDP National Revenue critic, Murray Rankin (Victoria).

“The Conservatives’ attack on anyone who questions their short-sighted policies is ridiculous. It is also deeply disturbing,” said Rankin.

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NDP statement on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

New Democrat critic for Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims (Newton–North Delta) made the following statement on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:

“Worldwide, more than 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty.  Here at home, even though we are a rich country, 1 in 10 Canadians still live in poverty. 

Twenty-five years after the House of Commons gave unanimous consent to former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent’s motion calling on the government to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000, poverty rates remain high in Canada.

There is no excuse for this kind of inaction that leaves some of our society’s most vulnerable members struggling to deal with the negative consequences of poverty – including poor health and educational outcomes.

That’s why New Democrats have proposed a National Poverty Elimination Act, which would create a federal plan to reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.  Through coordinated policies such as investment in affordable housing, providing parents with universal, affordable and available childcare, and reforming the Employment Insurance system, we can ensure that – in the words of this year’s theme – we ‘leave no one behind.’”

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NDP statement on World Food Day

Official Opposition Agriculture critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) made the following statement on World Food Day:

“Ensuring that Canadians have healthy, affordable food is a national priority. Close to 850,000 Canadians visit a food bank every month and over 1 million children in Canada experience food insecurity.

Without a comprehensive food policy, Canada lags behind our peers on the world stage. New Democrats are providing the federal leadership that connects Canadians from farm to fork.

We understand that food matters. This is why we released our vision for a pan-Canadian food strategy that connects food security, health, agriculture and the environment. Working with the provinces and territories, we laid out a ten-point plan to strengthen our food system. This includes improving incomes so that every family can afford a healthy meal; implementing a whole of government approach to reduce reliance on food banks; strengthening our food safety system; protecting children from food advertising; and ensuring that local agriculture is sustainable for generations to come.

The theme of this year’s World Food Day is Feeding the world, caring for the earth, emphasizing that we can feed the world while ensuring that we respect the environment. By working together to raise awareness around the issues at the root of poverty and hunger, we can ensure that everyone eats well and our food system is stronger for the generations that follow us. ”

For more information on our Pan-Canadian Food Strategy please visit: http://malcolmallen.ndp.ca/farm-to-fork 

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