New Democratic Party of Canada

Mulcair's Successor To Be Named In Fall Of 2017

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2017 | Canada Politics

The federal council, made up of about 100 New Democrats from across Canada, is considered the party's governing body.

As A Pragmatic Environmentalist, I Find The Leap Manifesto Wanting

Blair King | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

The Manifesto consists of a list of "15 Demands" that range from the somewhat reasonable; to the ridiculous; to the sublime. It would take numerous blog posts to address them individually. Happily, I have been writing blogs for a while and the Manifesto addresses a number of topics I have previously covered.

Everyone Freaked Out About Voter Suppression For No Good Reason

Daniel Dickin | Posted 10.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Restrictive voter identification requirements preventing non-Conservatives from voting were a myth. Rather, voter turnout hit 68.3 per cent, the highest turnout in over two decades. It turns out, when you allow 38 different pieces of identification, people will overwhelmingly use those pieces of ID and just get on with voting.

NDP Missteps Have Distracted Us From Trudeau's Shortcomings

Daniel Dickin | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's political slogan has been "building the team and the plan." So far, his "team" will be forced to be pro-choice and pro-marijuana, and his "plan" is legalizing marijuana, being against fighting terrorism, and placing a price on carbon. The Liberals' position of vacuous nothingness should be garnering far more attention than it has been -- the Press Gallery has only started to actually seriously question Trudeau -- but Trudeau has been ably abetted by a series of New Democrats' missteps.

By-Elections: Liberal Momentum Grows While the NDP's Situation Deteriorates

Ralph Goodale | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

In Ontario, in the one riding the Liberals had previously held (Scarborough-Agincourt), the Party was re-elected with Arnold Chan getting some 60 per cent of the popular vote. In the seat previously belonging to NDP powerhouse Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina), the NDP lost to Liberal Adam Vaughan who polled over 53 per cent.

Why the NDP Won't Save Quebec

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

The only scenario in which the NDP may be organised and stable enough to enter the Québec fray would be if it were to win consecutive mega majorities federally. That would bring us to 2023. This is neither a sustainable nor a realistic political alternative.

For all Women, We Call for Action

Niki Ashton | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Niki Ashton

Today is day 11 of the 16 days of action to address gender-based violence. Every year we call for action, because explicit misogyny, insidious discrimination and gender-based violence continue to provoke fear in the lives of women in Canada and in the lives of our sisters across the globe.

Trudeau May Not Be Alone in Admiring Dictatorships

Sean Holman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Holman

When Justin Trudeau said last week that he had a "level of admiration" for China's "basic dictatorship," the understandable knee-jerk reaction from some politicians and pundits was to kick the federal Liberal leader. But while that gaffe was reprehensible, it was hardly incomprehensible and perhaps entirely understandable given the structure of our own political system, the parties within it and how some Canadians feel about dictatorships.

From Neck-And-Neck To Third Place

The Huffington Post Canada | Eric Grenier | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada Politics

With the House of Commons getting ready to close its doors for the summer, how have the main party leaders performed? In the second of three articles,...

Mulcair: Tories, Liberals 'Corrupted'

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - As the clock ticks down on a scandal-saturated parliamentary sitting, the three main parties are jockeying to claim the ethical high ground.N...

Embracing Nexen Deal? Trudeau Prefers Shock Factor to Leadership

Matt Price | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Matt Price

Why do political handlers confuse contrarianism with "substance"? The Justin Trudeau campaign, keen to put to bed allegations of its candidate being a lightweight, just put out an opinion piece embracing the takeover of Nexen by China's state owned CNOOC. Unexpected, eh? It must therefore be substantive. Who knows, a real debate about Canada with real options beyond the current narrow bandwidth may open up and engage Canadians in politics again. Goodness knows that what's currently on offer isn't exactly inspiring.

Some Lessons MPs Could Learn From Kindergarten

Ryan Painter | Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Ryan Painter

We, as the electorate, have a certain level of expectations for children at school: don't be rude, respect each other and your teachers and complete your work to the best of your ability. I certainly don't think that it's too much then to ask the same of our MPs and our government. We cannot continue to remain silent as our elected "adults" act like children while they represent us, as Elizabeth May did recently.

Will Canada French Kiss Harper Goodbye?

Christopher Sands | Posted 07.13.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

In Canada's next election, which isn't due until 2014, the country could follow France, choosing a socialist over a conservative to captain the ship of state -- in Canada's case, perhaps a canoe of state -- through rough seas ahead.

Liberals Experience the Soft Tyranny of High Expectations

John Laforet | Posted 05.19.2012 | Canada
John Laforet

People who live 4,500k from the Toronto-Danforth riding read in the Vancouver Sun just last month that the Liberals were in a position to win; they'll now be reading about a "lacklustre, no name, uninspiring dud" candidate who blew the Liberals right out of the water. Imagine what that does for confidence in the Liberal brand.

The Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? The Historic Federal Election

John Laforet | Posted 02.25.2012 | Canada
John Laforet

For the first time since Confederation, the once mighty Liberal Party of Canada was neither the government or official opposition. Layton became the first New Democrat to be sworn in as Her Majesty's Official Leader of the Opposition, another historic moment brought to us by May 2nd's election.

Topp Won't Run For Layton's Old Seat

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - NDP leadership hopeful Brian Topp has ruled out running in a byelection to fill the Toronto seat left vacant by Jack Layton's death.Instead, ...

NDP Looks Westward For Growth

CBC | Posted 01.18.2012 | Canada Politics

New Democrat MP and leadership contender Paul Dewar says a "Western agenda" would be a key ingredient in growing his party so it appeals to more Canad...

Peggy Nash: Canada Is No Longer A Normal Country

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - NDP leadership hopeful Peggy Nash says Canada is no longer a "normal" country under Prime Minister Stephen Harper's direction.The Toronto MP ...

Olivia Chow Rules Out NDP Leadership Bid

CP | CP | Posted 11.05.2011 | Canada

TORONTO — New Democrat MP Olivia Chow says she won't be a candidate to succeed her late husband Jack Layton. In an interview with the CBC Sunday ...